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[i! il iil : 2 The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder August Z& 1975 IIII . J[ ........ e i ..,,,,H I a Again, the people of Gilmer County have spoken. They will not support a school improvement bond and this newspaper, along with school officials and many parents, is saddened as a result. But another aspect of this failure to support local schools is even more disheartening. And that is the spate of rumors and untruths which continually bomb arded the sensibilities of more astute, caring county residents. That community rivalry in Gilmer County exists is of no special significiance. But when that rivalry leads to embittered strife and intransigent attitudes, based on mean opinions and exaggeration - in some instances outright falsehoods - then it is time for sectionalism to end, as soon as possible. Even though we may disagree, we do not hold it against a person to vote against an important issue, no matter how dearly we hold to it. Voting is a cherished expression of opinion in this country, and each person has a right to his or her own judgement. But when decisions are made only upon base emotional judgement, colored by misinformation and antagonism and fueled by resentment, then we all are victims. It is high time we considered ourselves as part of a community - Gilmer County: If we, as individuals choose to disagree then we should do so without rancor and blind sectional loyalties Our .only considerations when making a decision as vital as a school bond election should be to truth and heartfelt conviction. a Vandalism is perhaps the most senseless and aggravating of crimes. It is especially loathsome when damage is done to a prime camping and recreation area or point of historical interest ............. Fetty's Cave is sfich a place, combining a natural camping shelter wi[h archeological significance. The cave has been privately owned for many years, but the owners have been kind enough in the past to open the area in the rustic Bear Fork region to all interested parties. No longer, for vandals have desecrated the area and made it unfit for neither camping nor educational field trips. The destructive malefactors have chisled away an Indian head likeness carved, the owners claim, by native Americans in the region many years ago. Names have been spray-painted in the shallow cave and debris has been scattered in all directions. Picnic benches have been pilfered and deep trenches dug,perhaps in a search for artifacts such as Indian arrowheads or pottery. Such despoiling can only be the work of an unthinking, seLrmh person or group of persons who care not one whir for the natural beauty of the site or the fact that it might be a favorite camp and recreation site for quite a few county residents. As a result, the Cave has been officially declared off-Limits to any and all persons, except those who ask and receive permission to visit. That the owners are considerate enough to allow visitors to the Cave despite the recent vandalism speaks highly of their generosity. Many owners of private property would seek more drastic prohibitive action in the wake of such witless destruction. We would hope that such vandalism comes to a complete halt in Gilmer County and that persons who think of desecrating the public domain broaden their sensitivities to include the rest of us who cherish and respect another's man's property and the right of others to enjoy the beauty of nature we find so prolific in central West Virginia. L T/le 6balyiib lle m l-Clms imid m Glenvllle * ix lldl joml mllllh l ~ubqeriptton price ~,00 plus 15 cents isle tax in Gilmer r,o.ntv- other West Virginia reMdm ${5.60 plus" 17 cm~tS ,,, O,, of state subsriptior.s $6.00. Can not ~.ept ~,thq~rir)tions for less tttDn I moflths. .t|M JACOSS ................................... EO|TOP lOAN LAYNE ................. CIRCULATION MANAGER by lira lacobs "The last special election, the office was packed with people. including teachers. You couldn't find a seat." said Jeanne Kennedy, sitting at her desk waiting for the phone to tins. At a few minutes after 7 p.m., just before the polls closed last Friday night, the Board of Education offices were nearly empty, devoid of any sound except the low whirr of air conditioning units and time-kiUing conversation emanating from a staff office at the end of the hall. Supt. Ron Welty sat behind a desk, feet up, in a clean shirt and tie, waiting it out with Bill Jones, coach and teacher at Troy; and Board staffers Mabel Wolfe and Marie Huff. "Why don't you take a photo of Mr. Welty," Marie suggested. He's so relaxed." No, no," Welty chided, smiling with embarrassment, swinging his feet down and straightening the desk top, letting a trace of the inner feelings show. EarLier in the hot, sweltering humid afternoon, Jeanne Kennedy hurried from the Annex across Court St. with a folder and papers under her arni. The Lights from the Annex second floor weren't visible behind the dark, tinted windows. "Are we open? Well I guess so. Don't you know what today is? Sure Mr. Welty's in. He's been pacing all morning," she laughed nervously. Courthouse Hill was quiet in the shimmering heat. Inside the Annex, a modern, cool refuge, Welty was in the middle stage of his waiting, talking with his second in command, Bob Hardman. While on Main St. people scurried to finish their chores. There wasn't the usual chatting under the awning at Dalton's You could sense that. despite the stifling heat, people had plenty to keep them busy-picking up spare parts for the truck, shopping for the weekend camping trip; the pace of commerce was almost hectic for a Friday. "We heard from Cedarville," Welty said about 1:30 p.m, "Only 40 people have shown up so far. A lot of them forgot the election was today. One of the precinct workers didn't even show up. She forgot. A precinct worker," he emphasized. "They've been mad out there ever since they had to consolidate with Normantown," somebody mur- mured. "But I'm optimistic," Welty explained, looking solemnly at a sheet of paper with voter registration figures. This man, like many, is dedicated to his job: Modern Education- an institution which has grown and prospered and become complex and confusing to many people with its swift transformation over several decades. ' fnile the inertia of reluctant porents-angered by a system they see as impersonal and costly-keeps it at bay in Gilmer County the only way they know how. At 7:15 p.m. the conversation in the back room stops. Everyone walks to the main office and Mabel and Marie sit at a long table in another room to keep a vote tabulation. Mabel says she remembers when voters approved a school bond 20 years ago. "We danced then," she said. Ike Morris and Lyle Coffman file into the office with a handful of others. They had been boasting a day earlier that they were going to vote against the school bond. "We're tired of losing; we want to be on the winning side," they joked. The small group, including several Board members, waited quietly for the polls to close and the phone to ring. "We'll probably be here until 10:30. At least that's when we left the last time," somebody offered. 7:35 - the phone rings but it's a personal call for Welty. 7:40 - the phone rings again and Jeanne answers it. Somebody wants to know the results. "They won't call in the results," Welty says gruffly. 7:50- precinct workers from the Courthouse slowly climb the Annex stairs with their ballots and tally sheet: "Courthouse 81 percent for," Mabel declares. East Courthouse next, 65 percent for. South GlenviUe, 75 percent for. Then the outlying districts trickle in. Tanner, 7 percent for. A collective low groan emanates from the central office where only a dozen onlookers are sitting and waiting. Stout's Mills, 13 percent for. Troy, 18 percent for. Precinct workers from Cox's Mills bring in their ballots and tally sheet. "Cox's Mills, 12 for 89 against," Mabel reads aloud. "Thanks for the support Cox's Mills," someone mumbles mournfully. "And we'll do it the next time, tool" a woman proclaims angrily. She is one of the Cox's Mills precinct workers. Her adamant anger stuns everyone and cuts sharply through the gloom of waiting. It is the first sign during the long, hot day of the conflicting interests that Lie simmering in the hearts of the residents of Gilmer County who have struck down-the third time in 17 months-school bonds intended to pay for new construction and rehabilita- tion of the four remaining elementary schools and the consoldiated county high school. By 9 p.m. the results are in and the few ardent supporters straggle out of the darkening office, some clutching figure sheets showing vote totals of the past three failed bond issues. Ike Morris remains seated and curses quietly, He sits looking down at the desk top similar to the one his 9-year-old son, Doug will occupy for many years to come, most likely in a school that many voters decided should remain as it is. , II I,I, ]i|lll v I, ,I Illl, To the Editor: Two events of considerable interest to Gilmer County citizens will take place Labor Day weekend {August 3e-September 1) at Droop Mountain Battlefield Park in Pocahontas County. First, the W.Va. Department of Natural Resources will hold the grand opening of a new Civil War museum, which will display many articles that were used in the Battle of Droop Mountain and have been recovered. Second. Company E, 27th Virginia Infantry, will recreate the Battle of Droop Mountain. Sunday afternoon. August 31. They plan to reproduce all of "'the smoke, noise, and excitement" of the battle and. in addition, will erect two authentic soldier camps, one Confederate and one Union. Many Gflmer County boys. including my own grandfather {Charles S, Cooper} and two great-uncles {Jacob S. Hall and George W. Cooper}. fought in the Battle of Droop Mountain. The Gilmer County volunteers rode horseback or walked to Frankford in Greenbrier County to enlist. Most served in the cavalry under Colonel William L. Jackson. a first cousin of Stonewall Jackson. Our family has a letter describing the battle, written by Jacob S. Hall shortly afterwards to let his parents in Gilmer County know that he was unharmed. Further information about the Labor Day events can be obtained from: Army of Western Virgina. P.O. Box 5276. Charleston. West Virginia 25311. Homer C~ Cooper 145 Pendleton Drive Athens, Georgia 30601 m Barbara Williams, Riddle: What do two round saw and a stream have in common? Unless your answer was either obviously have not been a recent extra-curricular activities around Cox's And what, you ask. could I possibly Aha-THERE I have you! After having following the marriage of Manley Zinn Sharon Snyder, I am most certainly, an A serenade is sort of an old which takes a great deal of teamwork, great deal of planning. This was a difficult was a difficult case is that Mardey expect from his friends and neighbO~ participated in this initation rite for a newlyweds. Normally, what happens is this: a equipped with saw blades, hammers, coW else that could cause a ruckus {no. l'm not that!} proceed to do just that-sur~ victim couple. The noise is beyond description~ If you can possibly imagine about eight suspended blades with hammers, while on horns, and yell. well.., you've got it After all this hassle, the couple has to is the crowd to be "'treated" to s merely tolerated in the hopes that it will Woe to the couple that opts Number Zinn. Woe. for that matter, to ANYONg rail. in all likelihood to the nearest In case you are still wondering, the unruly mob. but upon threat of a his first decision, and returned from the boxes of goodies. At this point, as a greenhorn to a serenading, I decided to join in the chide the guy for his lack of haste in ours (the hasslers}. I have always been a great believer in they explained it back home "Just Well, poetic or not. I guess I did get mine, expected to be a candy bar turned out cigar. To make things even worse. I was standi~ wrong group to have received such a lighted matched suddenly a quite realized what had happened, I from the thing. Now that my cigar-smoking dayS {FOREVER!}, I look back at the when Gary Bourne pops in our office fonl-smei/ing'objects protruding from some idea'of the suffering he is little more miserable. Thanks agin, And thanks. Manley. And thanks you characters. And no thanks! 6ilmer County Monday-Thursday - Nutrition Program Center, reservations a day in advuce, Gilmer County Athletic Boosters Club of each month, 7:30 p.m. at the High Immunization Clinic Schedule - Every Tuesday of the month, 9-11:30 a.m. and Friday, August 29 - CAlmer Co. TIUms at Calhoun. 8 p.m. August 29 - Sept. 1 - Stonewall Jackson Arts Jackson's Mill State, 4-H Camp, off dancing, arts and C afts, mmdc. August 31 - Sept. 1 - Jerry Lewt~ Telethon, WSAZ and WBOY "IV, 11:30 p.m. Monday. Local headquarters in Monday, September 1 - Gilmer C.mmty meeting to elect new officers for year st 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4 - Rotary Family pleats, Park, 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. S - Gilmer Co. Restaurant, 6:30 p.m. September 13-14 - Gospel Sing at Gthaer Center, Saturday, 13th, begins at 7 p.m. OPEN LETTER To all of you fine people who helped bond, do you realize what you have I doubt it. in voting against the bond the school board's bad management Glenville getting all of the money, you new school at Sand Fork. No we don't Normantown, No don't repair acceptable standards. No don't make any high school. Regardless of the negative vote. th~ will have a new school they very much near future you wig probably be sendi~ also. because it will be easy to expand Glenville. and very expensive to keep the Remember when we had five high How many have we got now? When spending more time riding the bus to the classroom, don't forget you voted for