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i; ( O i ii illl A Gilmer Graphics. Inc. Newspaper Published B~ And For Gilmer County People Single Copy Price 1So [Incl. Tax) GLENVILLE, GILP~ COUNTY. WV 26351 Thursday, August 28, 1W~ soon Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center ready for occupancy. of educational and Gilmer its debut here on 3. when students begin Career Center Kanawha River Glenville and areas or Commercial Mechanics. will instructors, instead of 'classroom' in explained Earl of the new during a week. in the colorfully building, classes ~t under way in date_,..'." said response to of the Center also is The Center i eAppalachian" and the Bureau and Adult instructors and staff includes appointed Mrs. and James to life Labor Day War Buffs from the Battle of Mountain of Weston y 200 will live Friday August 1, eating dried beans lean-tos at the of Co. his men are Salaries of the instructors are now being paid by the State under "start-up" funding. Gainer explained. These will be placed on the State Aid Formula later. The Gilmer and Calhoun Boards of Education will provide I0 percent of the cost of operations this year, he added. This wilt be increased gradually each year until 90 percent of the costs are paid by the counties and 10 percent by the State. "At the end of the school year we had 329 students from the two counties enrolled in the Center," Gainer stated. Approximately 300 can be served during school hours and about 150 adults can utilize the evening programs. "'Not all of the 329 enrolled were able to work out a schedule." Gainer said, Except for those enrolled in the Occupational Survey course, most of. the students wilt be juniors and seniors bussed to the Center from their respective high schools. Post gra- _ duates {former students who dropped out of school, for example} can also enroll when space is available. "If only seven high school students apply for a class in which eight slots are open," Gainer explained. "a post graduate can make up that eighth slot." Post graduates also must apply at Gikner or Calhoun High, not at the Career Center. The one-year Occupa- tional Survey course is for high school freshmen and sophomores. All regular classes at the Center will be held in both morning and afternoon sessions, and are free. Adults classes will be in the evening. constructing autlluutic breastworks which the Confederates will defend. An area will be set aside for spectators to view the battle, which will be a "photographer's paradise." according to Millhorn. The ren-enactment is sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources and Company E, 27th VA. INF. Company E was first called the "Greenbrier Rifles" which were organized in 1861 at Lewisburg, West Virginia {then Virginia}. Com- pany E was a part of the elite Stonewall Brigade. L I 8 i ~i "'There is no tuition cost," Gainer emphasized. "'although some small fees may be necessary for expendable materials or special lockers." all textbooks also are free. When enough applicants are available, the number of students in the classes will be evenly divided between Gilmer and Calhoun High Schools, Gainer said. All classes are open to both girls and boys. "We've even had girls apply for Automotive Mechanics," he stated. Students enroll for courses with their high school counselors, and will receive three credit units for successfully completing a year program. These credits may be applied toward graduation, Gainer pointed out. "'Fruidy, we're all very excited about the program," Gainer said enthusiastically as we walked through , the air~ ~inted~, AUbu~ four of the labs are air conditioned and all are fully protected by a modern fire alarm and sprinkler system. Smoke and heat sensors are located at various points throughout the building. As an example of the cheery atmosphere designed into the Center. the Business and Office Education Lab is equipped with red, white, and blue electric typewriters. The board walls area painted beige, and block walls a brilliant yellow, and the doors blue, green, and red. The floors are carpeted in gold. The building contains 34,000 square feet of floor space, but even this appears to be greater since the {Continued on Page 8) The one and one-half hour battle re-enactment, set for 3 p.m. Sunday, will feature the same maneuvers used during the Civil War. Full scale artillery pieces will be used for added affect. All exhibits at Droop Mountain battlefield State Park are free. The park is located 24 miles north of Lewis- burg on Rt. 219 and 15 miles south of Marlington on Route 219. Also scheduled for Labor Day weekend is the grand opening of the park's new Civil War Museum. ates" gather around campfire at Droop Mt. to hear latest news. o ', . m, For the third time in 17 months. Gilmer County voters have reiected a school bond. For that matter, area voters have rejected every school bond proposed over the last 20 years. The Friday vote tally was 783 for the bond issue and 762 against. State law requires that 60 percent of those voting approve bond issues. The most recent bond issue would have provided $2.2 million for a school improvement program. The bonds would have helped finance construc- tion of classroom and related facilities at Sand Fork and Normantown Elementary Schools, including renova- tions there, and rehal Lltate existing facilities at Troy and Tanner elementary schools. The county high school would also have been renovated with bond revenue. Voter turnout was low for the special election Friday. Of the county's 4,526 registered voters, only 1,565 or just over 34 per cent exercised their franchise. As expected, Glenville voters approved the bond, as did voters in Normantown and Sand Fork. Voters in Sand Fork and Normantown had previously voted against school bond issues. Outlying precincts rejected the bond issue, led by Tanner {seven per cent for), Cox's Mills {12 per cent for). Stout's Mills {13 per cent for} and Troy (18 per cent for). The decision to run another school bond was made last May by the Gilmer County Board of Education. as recommended earlier in the month by the Citizens Cernmittee for Better Schools. A Committee survey during the spring of approximately 2.500 area residents yielded a 65 per cent favorable response. M.A~CH 1974 For Alg [1] Nermuntew- 60 [s] cedarv z6 2o7 [61 Shock 9 [12] Third Run 59 117 [13] Tanner 16 138 [16] ct. nmme 238 m [17] Sand Fork 79 204 [18] stoutm Mtns s t19 [2o] So. Glenvtne 19o 132 [23] o. mmse 211 [27] Troy 18 168 [31] cox's Mill 7 150 TOTAL 916 1899 The &allowing is a series of notes obtsined h'om the r sc ds of Common Council meetinZs in Glenvflle, 1000- 1902. The mhmtu were hsndwrltten but are preserged in a bound copy at Jan. 1, 1900 It was ordered that the Mayor {lawyer O.C. McQuain) be directed to draft an ordinance prohibiting cows from running at large within the corporate limits of the town at any time, with the exception of being brought to and from pastures and stables, and shall, at all times, be attended and guarded by competent drivers. All bids of furnishing oil for the street lamps must be before Council... the grade of oil to be designated "'Superior." {Oil was later purchased from L.L, Griffith at sixteen and a quarter cents per gallon}. April 2, 1900 Ordinance amended and re-enacted to read: All horses, mules, asses, bulls, steers, hogs. milk cows, or any cattle of any kind found running at large upon any of the strats, alleys, or public places within said Town shall be taken up at expense of the owner.., liable to fine of not less than 50 cents nor more than $5. Failure to pay fine within five days will result in sale of animal. The bond vote effort emanated from the State board of Education's approval in March of the county's Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan. The State Board voted to approve the plan, earmarking $829,500 in matching funds which were released recently in a surprise move. It was the first time the State Board had released matching Better Schools Amendment money prior to a county school bond election. Of approximately 35 counties who have run bond issues since BSA funding was legislated in July, 1973 less than half have passed bond issues. Gilmer County Board officials felt that voters had to okay a proposed $2.2 million bond in order to augment state matching funds to pay for the two-phased facilities improvement program. As it presently stands, the CEF Plan with only state funds to cover the costs of Phase I will include construction of a new elementary school in Glanville and a new cafeteria at the high school. State funds will also provide for elimination of 60 fire and safety violations at aU four elementary schools recorded by the State Fire Marshal, including installation of fire alarm systems. School bond funds were needed to rehabilitate the 45-year-old elementary school classrooms and related facilities, and to upgrade high school facilities. Phase It of the CEF Plan, which would have completed the refurbishing of the schools, now appears inoperative. "But we're not giving up,' said Welty on Monday. "l don't know what we're going to do, maybe try some other approach," ha said, August 1, 1900... that there be levied $1 capitation tax on each male citizen over age of 21; $1 tax for each male dog; $3 tax for each female dog. NOVEMBER 1974 Percent For Against for 19/o 139 142 11% 89 118 5% 71 56 34% 83 75 I0.4o/0 25 134 70.8% 219 72 50o/0 114 111 40 35 100 58.9o/0 168 109 5t5.5% 200 116 9,60/0 41 137 4.30/0 26 117 31/o 1211 1287 Sept. 3, 19110 Council ordered a committee to be appointed to draw up specifications for a boardwalk, four feet wide {made of Chestnut Oak boards} from Court House to Normal School Building {site of GSC} and from alley crossing Bridge St. to Bridge and on Bridge St. also. Sept. 10, enact an ordinance restraining and prohibiting all boys and girls under 16 years of age from running at large or loitering on the streets, alleys, vacant premises, public places and other places after ringing of the curfew bell {drafted by Mayor McQuain). Ordinance was amended and passed by Common Council; . . . not after 9 p.m. from May 31 to August 1, Although various rumors have reached the superintendent's office about why the school bond was defeated, Welty scoffed at them. "It has to be economics," he reasoned. "People just aren't ready to do anything about the schools. It has to be the money required for the program that voters in Troy and Tanner defeated the bond so badly. I iust won't consider these other superficial reasons." The "superficial" reasons Weltv mentioned have circulated around the county for many months, and according to Welty, are based on misinformation and divisiveness a- mong various communities. Yet, are the reason most opponents of the school bonds cite when asked to state their reasons for rejecting the bond issue8. ] They range the gamut from "GlenviLle gets all the money, ' to thel schools are all right the way they are. Welty didn't try to l'dd'ehis ! disappointment, but he said he was happy that Sand Fork and Nor. mantown carried the school bond for the first time. He was also pleased that support from Glenvile increased from Novem- ber, 1974 "A lot of people said that GlenviLle voters wouldn't support the bond because they go their new school with state matcl'dng funds. It didn't happen that way and I'm glad," he said. Despite the school bond rejection, Welty appeared consoled by the state matching funds which guarantee completion of Phase I of the CEF Plan! "Thank goodness we can remedy o.rl fire and safety violations in the l schools, replace the high school cafeteria and b-Aid the new Glenville School or this would really be a sad day." Percent for 49o/o 42% $60/0 53% 16Olo 75% 50% 26Olo 61% 63% 23% 18% 48.3% AUGUST 22, 1975 For Against Percent for 93 62 60% 49 84 370/0 45 545 450/0 55 59 48o10 7 97 70/o 156 37 61eto 96 57 63010 8 53 13/o 126 42 750 116 53 68% 24 93 18% 12 89 12% 783 782 50.03 not after 8 p.m. from August 1 to November 1;0 not after 7 p.m. from November 1 to May 31. Fine of $5 and costs of imprisonment [five days in County Jail}. Dec. 18, 1900 I,S. Goff sworn in as Mayor of Glenville. Feb. 11, 1901 Common Council accepts proposition of R.L. Riddle to construct water works, including 8 fire hydrants, 25,000-gallon capacity water tank.., franchise granted for 30 years. Also. in case Riddle desires to put in electric light plant in connection with water works, he will be allowed free {continued on page 9j tNt jW~' Main Street Glenviile, Iook g West in 1909.