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Single Copy Price-75 (70 plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5890) Published by and for Gilmer County People This week's prayer Heavenly Father, Bless all of our laboring men and women, as Labor Day is approaching on Sept. 7; Shield our U.S. and Allied Troops in lraq and Afghanistan from harm, as the wars are heating up, once again, over there; Protect and inspire our new Gilmer County school students and teachers, who are just starting their new academic year; Provide a boost to our Glenville State College students for this school year; Give the people of Gilmer County and their relatives good health, happiness, and stability during this national recession; Extend consolation to the families who have lost loved ones this past week; Also, ease the pain of those suffering from chronic illnesses, notably Robhie Cottrill, Margaret Moss, Jane Law, Judy Stalnaker, Wanda Luzader, Don and Marilyn Phillips, Blake Grogg, and Tyler Moore; Finally, bless our many community vol- unteers in their efforts to improve and beau- tify Glenville and Gilmer County. Amen. iii&ii6theriiiSSUeS!i:iii i i GSGilbi{ :: RiOi be: S i and :::Pages 6-7 RegiOnal Ma kelOl U.S. & W.V. History Shorts Take a break and take shorter trips, focusing on ourMountain State's past. On Aug. 24, 1852, Rufus Maxwell, of Lewis County, was issued a patent for his improvement in churns; On Aug. 25, 1891, ground was broken on construction of the first building of West Virginia Colored Institute, now WV State University; and On Aug. 26, 1937, the first Spud & Splinter Festival was held in Rich,X,o'od; and On Aug. 27, 1863, Confederate forces defeated the Union Army at the Battle of White Sulpfiur Springs. 2i'mer Goings GILMER CO. AMBULANCE BOARD MEETING The Gilmer County Ambulance Board will be having a meeting Wednesday, September 2, at 5:30 at the OES of- fice on Rt. 33. Public is invited to attend. Continued on page 11 Rub@i eetin s At 4 p.m. on this Thurs., Aug. 27, the FRN will hold its informal planning and work session for the $380,000 Mollohan Downtown Revitalization Grant at Glenville's City Hall. This actual phase-one grant money was just approved this month, so the FRN is providing this opportunity for the public and community improvement groups to give their input. At 9 a.m. on Tues., Sept. 1, the Gilmer County Commission will meet at the Courthouse for its regular monthly meeting.The public's input is welcome, but getting an appointment is recommended. Call County Clerk Beverly Marks at 462-7641 for details. At 7 p.m. on Mort., Sept. 14, the Glenville City Council will meet in the upper City Hall's community room for its regular monthly meeting. At 7 p.m. on Mon., Sept. 14, the Sand Fork's Town Council will meet at City Hall for its regular monthly meeting. Inside This Week The Editorial Page ................................... 3 Sports ................................................... 6-7 Society .................................. 8-9 & 11 - 13 Courthouse News .................................. 10 Legals .................................................... 10 Classifieds ....................................... 14- 15 GGOs ............................................. I & 11 Obituaries .............................................. 11 A Back-to-School Salute ...................... 16 Meditation Moment Thought(s) for the Week -- "Fame is a vapor; popularity an accident; riches take wings; the only certainty is oblivion. " Horace Greeley A merican journalist (1811-1872) "'The obscurity of a writer is gener- ally in Froportion to his incapacity. " Quintilian Roman rhetorician (35-95 A.D.) West Virginia's top political leader, Gov- ernor Joe Manchin, is scheduled to visit Glen- ville for the dedication of GSC's new Morris Criminal Justice Training Center at the old Kinney Shoe Factory Monday. Starting at 3 p.m. on next Mon., Aug. 31, the grand opening ceremony and dedication will feature, as speakers, Governor Manchin, State Cabinet Secretary of Military Affairs and Public Safety James Spears, and GSC President Peter Ban'. The renovated factory-turned academic classrooms will be named, "The Morris Crimi- nal Justice Training Center," in honor of its donors, I.L. "Ike" and Sue Morris. Mrs. Mor- ris is also the College's Chair of the Board of Governors, while Mr. Morris heads up the school's current $10 million fund drive in order to bolster its goal of achieving educa- anty tional excellence. He has been a steadfast and generous donor to the school's football fund, too. The new center will accommodate training for the Criminal Justice professionals through- out West Virginia, as well as GSC's students. For some time, the Regional Jail Correctional officers have received their training on the GSC campus. With the new center in place, more correctional officers from throughout the state are anticipated to take their training here. The center also underscores the growing partnership between the College and state's Dept. of Military Affairs and Public Safety for GSC's handling of the state's criminal justice training. The event is open to the general public, with a reception to follow the dedication. missioners deal responsibilities =:== ii:" THE EARL OF ELKVIEW A livetyWest Virginia musician and patriotic performer was in Glenville last week in order to help orient the incoming Glenville State College freshmen to campus life, the Mountain State, and America. George Daugherty, popularly known as "The Earl of Elkview," met with Professor Buddy Griffin and, later, performed his medley of patriot c and Mountain State songs to motivate the freshmen to excel during their college years here in Glenville. Mr. Daugherty is also an eminent Kanawha County attorney. (Staff photo by Dave Corcoran, St'.) Jamie Mullins, items. News Reporter Commissioners CharIes D. Hess and Brian On Fri., Aug. 21, the Gilmer County Commis- Kennedy arrived early andtooktheirseats, andjust sion met for a Special Session to discuss several as the 9 a.m. bells were chiming, Commission issues that needed attention and had not been President Larry Chapman arrived to call the meet- addressed at their regularly scheduled meeting, ing to order. The agenda was set for discussing more than 15 Continued on page 4 SOMETHING CHANGED -- GSC's Pressbox at the Morris Field on Mineral road has entered the modern sports age, with the addition of a $40,000 facelift. A CALL FOR COMPETITIVE BIDDING ON LEGAL SERVICES -- The main issue that Dr. Carl Armour (left), the new Ward No. 1 Councilperson, brought up during the Mon., Aug. 3 Glenville City Council's meeting was a recommendation that the city's legal services be put out to bid. Mayor Tashua AIIman looks on with interest. S "lift td a Part 1--- ern seat this Th By Drew Moody, Courtesy of GSC By the kick-off of this year's Glenville State College football season this Thurs., Aug. 27, remodeling of the press box should be complete, except for tile September 1 delivery date of new windows. It's a top-to-bottom remodeling effort that expands the structure to 48 x 12 feet with a new restroom facility. An updated sound sys- Inside, two rooms will be dedicated to serv- ing coaches and media requirements. One will serve radio broadcasting needs; the other will support play-by-play coverage of the game, in addition to supporting college, news- paper, and television media. And, two coaches boxes are in place. The combined area was designed to com- fortably seat 18 people, according to site man- ager Buzz Roberts, of Roberts' Brothers, Inc. City Council backs down when asked to put legal services out for bidding By David H. Corcoran, Sr., Publisher-Editor A deafening silence came over the Glenville City Council at its August 3 regular monthly meeting, when a new councilperson proposed that the public body seek competitive bids for its sometimes much debated legal services. Toward the end of the meeting, Dr. Carl Armour, the new Ward No. 1 councilperson, asked the Council to put the city's legal services out to bid. "I want to save the public money; there are some lawyers who will charge us less," he affirmed, quickly explaining that he'd worked closely with lawyers since 1969 and pointing out that legal work has a current trend of "mov- Continued on page 4 tem has also been installed at GSC's I.L. Morris Field facility. The project's total cost is expected to be about $40,000. A treated deck will sit atop the structure with a covered canopy to permit filming of events. A third room in the press box houses a 'uxuD suite built t seat uP t seven ~ ~~ O~ b~~ ~ The GSC Pioneers, defending WVIAC champs, will face Stonehill this Thursday = }} ~{ see page 7 in 000000 O night. Kick-off time is 7 p.m. For more game information, this issue. O 0 0 ! ! this At 4 p.m. on this Thurs., Aug. 27, the FRN is sponsoring an informal planning and work session on Phase One of the $380,000 FRN-Mollohan Grant to start-up the revitalization of downtown Glenville. The meeting will take place in the upper room at City Hall. Mrs. Donna Waddell, the FRN's Executive Director who wrote the grant, wants all stakeholders in the downtown's revival to be present at this informal session. The proposed project's Phase One scope has been announced to be the purchasing of the Nettle's Lot and its adaption into a Riverboat Park and green space. In addition, there was also talk of buying the Kelble property on East Main, and moving the Historic Bank Building onto it, as a possible city informational center. In the meantime, and in an unrelated matter, the Glenville Street Gang's grant application to replace the sidewalks has been denied by the Governor's Office. This volunteer group has been working for two years in order to replace the downtown's unsafe and crumbling sidewalks. As stated in last week's FRN meeting's report, this phase one grant should not be confused with the $400,000 phase-two grant, which recently passed the House of Representatives. Though this second allocation is believed to be a near-reality, it has not been accepted by the Senate or the President yet, and will -- like the first phase -- take some time to administer. Gilmer's Firemen's Rodeo set for Sept 3-5 The annual Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Dept.'s Firemen's Rodeo has been scheduled lbr Thurs.-Sat., Sept. 3-5 in Glenville, according to a sign posted at the Hays City intersection. As of press-time (Tues.), we editors haven't received any further information. Last year's Rodeo was a big success, having activities that were fun for the whole family. Continued on page 4 HANDLING ITS BUSINESS AS USUAL--The Gilmer County Economic Development Association met on Thurs., Aug. 13, in the Best Western conference room. Members took action to improve signage on Route 5, discussed ways to make the Farmer's Market an even greater success, and moved to pay the IRS the money it demands. (Staff photo by Lisa Belknap) EDA members discuss signage, Farmers' Market By Lisa Belknap, News Editor The Gilmer County Economic Development Association held their regular monthly meeting on Thurs., Aug. 13 at noon. Members met at the Glenville Best Western. New Signage for Lignetics Lignetics representative, Brian Ritter, ap- peared to request approval of new signs, which will be placed at the Gilmer County Industrial Park. According to several EDA members and Mr. Ritter, the current signage is "too little, too late"/or the truck drivers making deliveries to the park. Ritter says the new signs will eliminate confusion, potential accidents, and be more at- tractive, in general. This led to discussion of an actual Department of Highways s~gn being lo- cated roughly one mile out from the park. John Utter, of Lignetics, has reportedly already made request for such a sign. Continued on page 4 I ,1 I i II q