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September 5, 1975     The Glenville Democrat
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September 5, 1975

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statement provided by the Gilmer County the Fmcal year ending June 30, 1975 reveals a $191,645.77. $50,000 is in a Certificate of Deposit Account Bank. A two-year, time deposit account, that earning 6 percent interest of $3,000 a year. County has a savings account at KUB totahng -$84,155.30 - is listed by County Clerk Mary a checking account at the bank and is the last fiscal year. revenue picture, the county anticipates tax levies totaling $11,686 over last fiscal to the County Commission Budget for 1975-76. had receipts totaling $326,495.01 for last g84spent $242,339.71, leaving a net balance two ,155.30, plus the $107,490.47 surplus sitting in side of the ledger, the county paid out r total government services, including Magistrates urt, Jury fees, election expense, utilities and and supplies, Sheriff's Office and Jail, salaries and related items. For health, education and welfare, the county paid out $23,924.97 and for total special services, including the Medical Center, the county spent $25,189.82. Total employee's benefits cost the county $24,054.56. Unclassified items, according to the financial statement, cost the county $34,493.08. In the federal funds category, the county received $2,O92.76 from the Governor's Office of Federal-State Relations for police communications equipment. From the federal revenue sharing portion of the ledger, the county had$181,717.O4 net balance at the end of last fiscal year. They received an additional $188,164 for this fiscal year for a total of $372,859.65. The county spent $240,781.27 last fiscal year and. as a result, has a balance of revenue sharing funds amounting to $1 32,078.38. The largest expense out of revenue sharing funds was construction of the new Courthouse Annex, listed in the financial statement as costing $192,284.52. There were also expenditures for operating maintenance. $17,697.05; repairs, $28,324; and assorted items, including only $1,747.39 spent on recreation out of capital expenditure. Revenue from the Justices of the Peace (county magistrates) fines fund totaled $7,387. Of that, the county spent $5,490.43, leaving a surplus of $1,896.57. The county paid out $642,789.44 over the last fiscal year for building and equipping the new Medical and Health Center. The majority of the money to operate the clinics came from a federal grant. There was a surplus two months ago of $456.58. It has been estimated that the County Commission has enjoyed a revenue surplus of over $100,000 for many years. When questioned about the large surplus, when there are potential development projects which could benefit county residents, county officials reason that they don't want to be caught short-handed. In the past, county officials have been reluctant to allow their surplus revenues to be spent because of a no-income gap between July 1 and the date tax monies are collected. Officials have reasoned that they have to carry over a particular sum of money from the previous fiscal year to pay bills and to avoid borrowing from banks and paying high interest rates. Critics of the county's financial planning in this regard say they understand the county's motive but question whether the county needs to accumulate a sum as large as $191,645.77. @ A Gilmer Graphics, Inc. Newspaper Published By and For Gflmer County lhmple Single Copy Price 15c [Incl. Tax] GLENVILL~ GILMER COUNTY, WV 26351 Friday0 Sep,mbar S, 1975 B Planrdng listed major east and west of Highway to a request Jr.. State to be period, Burke, CPC upgrading. He said commissioners would each report at the next monthly meeting in September, either by mail or in person with their own recommen- dations for highway improvements over the next 10 years. Priorities would then be developed, Burke said. On a tentative basis, the CPC mentioned that Rt. 5 access east to Interstate 79 should be improved, along with Rt. 5 access west to Inter- state 77 at Pekersburg. It was also aug- Commission, which appoints CPC members has not yet filled three vacant seats. Former members David Alton, Joe Messina and Mazel Luzader, must be replaced in order for the CPC to operate at full strenght (14). Burke said he would present three names to the County Commission on September 2 and ask that the Commission designate them as CPC commissioners. They are: Everett Ellyson, Robert Minnigh, and Mayor was in the gested that consideration be given to Davidson. Davidson would be the Planning improving three bridges in the county: representative from city government. Region VII Leading Creek bridge at Linn on R't, " It was also learned that v o~ the letter ~J/li~}, Stewart's Creek bridge on Rt, 5 represan~fl~ves from j.~ ~i|am, Inc . ~!, at the q~cent Wednesday. six of 13 includ- McPherson, and Bill Joe Messina's Jim Roten is Also attending Dnlbert L. agreed considerable at Hays City, and Sand Fork bridge on Rt. 5. In a related matter, Burke said he sent a leter to Patrick Erwin, district engineer for" the Department of Highways at Weston, requesting that guard rails be erected a long a stretch . of Rt. 5 near Kanawha Drive Community Church. Burke said that vehicles coming east into Glenville along R. 5 have trouble negotiating a curve near the church. On three occasions, cars have actually run into the church. Burke said. Burke also said that the County consulting engineers, would appear at ,/%~ "the next CPC meeting to present a sewer feasibility study of an area west of Glenville back to the eastern county border. It is expected that government officials from the city, county and town of Sand Fork will attend. ~ The study was financed by a $15,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to determine .... .... the dimensions of a public service district for a possible sewage collection system. That area is presently without a public sewage '~L. collection system. ago. many West moving from there's a sr alltown and 1970. momentum bring in the lifestyle over 1970, West was risen to 4.5 percent. Nationwide. the increase in nonmetro population was 4.2 Dercent. compared with a rise of only 2.9 percent in metro areas during the period. An average of than 350,000 people are believed to be moving back to rural areas each year, compared with annual losses of about 300,000 in the 1960's. What does the population shift mean? For one thing, the experts don't think the nation is dismantling its sytem of cities. But, except for Boston. all of the largest U.S. metro areas have had major slowdowns in growth. The eight largest areas, which contain a fourth of the total U.S. population. grew by less than one-third by national growth rate in the 1960's. The population turnaround follows three decades during which about a million persons per year left rural areas for the cities. The current shift back to rural America is not yet fully understood, but is beleived to stem largely from a feeling tha smaller communities offer an escape from the (Continued on Page 8} m | in front of k '-car carrier andcms tmtimsM tractm' with 1957 NmJh cars. qL 1 I. Mank (r] cmfe with rescuers abN/Irs, | IIMuy I. Fr kn. Jrs wr,kq, millkd . A 14-month-old boy was reported Monday in very serious condition in the intensive care ward at University Hospital, Morgantown in the aftermath of head-on collision on a rain-slicked curve on Town Hill at 2 p.m. Sunday. James Frymier, son of Mr. and Mrs. Danny J. Frymier of Kent, O. was transported by Gilmer County ambu- lance to the Morgantown hospital with a head injury after the Fiat sportscar he was riding in collided with a pick-up truck driven by Overt Hardman of Glenville, about one-quarter mile west of Arbuckle Park. His father, Danny. was reported in satisfactory condition with a broken leg, according to a hospital spokesman. Hardman and Mrs. Frymier were reported in fair condition at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston, both with facial cuts. State Police said the Frvmier averts car was heading west on Rt. 33/119 and the Hardman truck heading east when the accident occurred. Frymier, trapped in the wreckage of his car, was freed after police and bystanders pried a section of the auto apart with a crowbar. H.K. Frymier of Bull Fork, cousin of the injured family, said they were visiting relatives over Labor Day weekend and were headed for Cedar Creek State Park when the accident occurred, Danny is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee FrymJer of Canton, Ohio, formerly of Bull Fork. State Police were still investigatin$ the accident Monday. Park Batten is a 74-year-old retired trucker who covered 2.5 million miles of blacktop and still can't get from behind the wheel. "Just after I retired in August of '61 my wife, Dollie, and I covered ~.000 miles in seven weeks - across the Canadian border down the Pacific coast, across the southern U.S. border and on up through West Virginia to Michigan where we lived." "My wife died in September. 1968, just before we were to move from Michigan back to Sand Fork. But I still drive around-to the Grand Old Oprv in Nashville, to Denver, to the West Coast 1 meet some of the guys I used to drive with and see what's going on. Why, I just got back from a tr~ to the Carolinas. Ohio and Virginia." he said. Driving is in the man's blood. It's evident from the memorabilia in his house reflecting his trucking career - a glass-enclosed gold pocket watch. National Safety Council awards and badges, newsclippings and photo- graphs of diesel powered rigs. and a gold and diamond company pin for 22 years of accident-free driving. Park also possesses one of the most unusual scrapbook collections of old picture postcards, most of them humorously illustrated, which he mailed to Dollie over the years on the road. Two nephews and a neighbor boy giggled over nearly 1.000 cards one afternoon last week while Park recounted his career. Economic condl~ determined Park's driving vocation. Born at the mouth of Indian Fork, the youngster attended the one-room Ellis School and worked on his father's (J.T. Batten) farm. Coming of age during the Depression meant that Park, like many rural men, had to leave the roiling hills for the city. He left Sand Fork in 1932 and worked for a while as a printing press operator in a Michigan paper mill. When that job soured in 1937. Park answered an advertisement in a Toledo newspaper and became a driver for Kenosha Auto Transport (KAT}. "1 transported Willys autos two at a time, driving one and towing the other, before the company used auto carriers," said Park, who was one of 25 original KAT drivers. / . Soon. he was delivering all types of autos-Nash. Chrysler, Plymouth, Hud- son. Graham-Pa|ge-to various shipping ports like New York, Miami and New Orleans. He worked out of Toledo and Detroit before the company transferr- ed him to Ft. Wayne, Indiana. That's when Park decided to stay with KAT and lie became a wartime convoy leader in 1942. "I led convoys of heavy equipment, like busses, tank retrievers car~o carr~er~ and Burma Road vehicles, to military bases and shipping ports all over the U.S. Many of the drivers went to work in defense factories for more money but I stayed with KAT because I knew the routes," he said. # After the war. Park began driving in the company's first car carrier system. He drove his own rig-a $10,000 International Tractor and Mechanical Handling Trailer with a four-car load capacity "of any make from Jeep to Cadillac." The limit on carriers was 45 feet long and eight feet wide and loads were limited to 13 feet 6 inches in height. (Today's rigs have 8-vehicle loads with 6e-foot length limits}. He moved again, this time to the company's home base in Kenosha. Wisc. But he and Dollie made their home in Monroe Michigan. White Park's nephews packed up the picture post cards and admired his initialed KAT belt buckle, the two -lane blacktop veteran reminisced. "I drove everything everywhere in them days, and sometimes took trains back to Chicago after hauling convoy equipment. The boss used to give me plenty of cash to pay expenses for the 15 or so men in the convoy. But the gas stamps really came in handy. One station master got us seats in trade for 156 five-gallon stamps. Another guy who owned a restaurant in Gulfport. Miss. t raded a suitcase full of (Continued on Pa e 81