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spotlight sorry situation .1 by Region and Develop- in to the 1990 recent employ- to paint a concerning SOcial issues in figures, con- 1991 issue newsletter point Lployment in the area. Region of Gilmer, s, Upshur, and Tucker y six per cent of the state's nearly 1,800,000 people live in the area. REGION SEVEN ... "we're gelting smaller, older and more scattered.. " Gilmer County's population count stood at 7,669 in 1990, down 665 from the 1980 count of 8,334 or a loss of eight per cent. In the Region, Tucker County was the biggest percent- age loser (10.9%), a drop of 947 people, followed by Lewis County with an 8.5% loss or 1590 people. Upshur County showed the smallest percentage loss (2A%) in the seven-county area. County populations range from 27,803 (Randolph) to 7,669 (Gilmer). Overall the re- gion lost over 6500 people or 5.5% during the ten year span. As a region, this loss of popula- tion was somewhat better than the statewide figures which showed a decline of 8% for a to- tal of 157,(X)0 people. The most startling statistic re- vealed in the latest census con- cemed the significant aging of the resident population in Re- gion Seven. In 1990 the median age was 35.2 years, up from 30.6 years in 1980. The number of persons 18 years of age and younger fell 17.8% and the num- ber of persons 65 and older rose more than five per cent. Children now make up less than a quarter of the population in the Region, while the elderly account for 16%. THIs CHANGE (-17.8%) IN THE NUMBER OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN OUR SOCIETY "has had serious consequences for the Region's school .~stems and will significantly affect the area's poten- tial for popMation growth..." Households in the region in- creased by 900 while average persons per household fell from 2.79 to 2.57 reflecting the aging of the Region's population. Employment data comparing June 1990 to June 1991 was not encouraging. In Region Seven the number of persons employed fell from 41,830 in 1990 to 40,760 in June 1991 with an overall unemployment rate of 14.4 % for the region. Gilmer County had the lowest unem- ployment rate in the Region in June (9.7%) and was the only county in the Region which indi- cated more people working in O June 1991 compared to June 1990 and with an unemployment rate under 10%. Unemployment rates ranged from 20.4% (Barbour County) to 9.7% in Gilmer. The rate for West Vir- ginia was also 9.7%. For the na- tion as a whole, the rate was 6.9%. In other Council news, John Bennett, private sector member from Gilmer County was elected vice-chairman of the council and Delbert L. Davidson was ap- pointed to serve as a private sec- tor member. ( See editorial -- Page 2) (ISSN 0746-5890} Glensille, Gilmer County, West Virginia 26351 Published By and For (;ilmer County People Umber 36 Single Copy Price-35 cents (33 cents plus tax) Thursday, September 5 1991 / Y ber 5 a.m Exhibits P.m. Barbeque P.m. 6 ll.m. Dinner 7 noon Lm. " Ows p.m. Farm |V Bus " the bus ast pan #42 0 a.m.; Duck Elem. 8:03 VanHorn 8:17 a.m.; Can ity Hall. Crafters all fine P.m. This in p.m. in at GSC. A dream come true/Gilmer County's first new fire truck in more than 15 years on display on Main Street. Charley Gregory, Chairman of GCVFD Board -cepts $125,000 check from Ney Williamson, District Director FmHA to complete purchase of the new pumper. Also pictured are (i-r): Don Bailey, Secretary, GCVFD, Gerald Davis, Fire Chief and Jeff Hunt, FmHA Supervisor for Giimer County. tncil rules out action in In action taken at a special meeting called August 27, the Glcnville City Council voted to rescind decisions reached in a prior special meeting held Au- gust 20 in which a controversial vote upheld actions taken earlier by the Mayor in a Police Depart- ment matter. The August 27 meeting was convened when four council members employed a rarely used procedure of issu- ing a warrant requiting the spe- cial session. At issue was the disposition of a grievance fried by Officer Richard Miller protesting action taken by the Mayor following an earlier high speed chase which ended some 13 miles beyond the city limits. Review by the coun- cil is one step of a formal griev- ance procedure adopted by the council some time ago. In the re- view, the council has the author- ity to either approve or rescind any action taken by Department Heads or other supervisory per- sonnel. The council voted four to one to approve a motion by Council- man James Mencer to "rescind all actions taken at the council meeting held on August 20, 1991 and do, further move the appeal filed by Officer Richard Miller be upheld; and that any and all actions so taken by any- one against Officer Miller be re- scinded and any and all papers mailed or delivered to or placed in Officer Miller's records or other records be removed and declared null and void and that no further action is to be taken on or pertaining to this incident". Voting for the motion were Council members James Mencer, Bantz Collins, June Evans and Delben L. Davidson. Voting against the measure was Recorder Anna Jean Rogucki. Councilman William Grottend- ieck was absent. Mayor Bruce Smith com- menting on the Council's action stated he had no problem in ac- cepting their decision, that he had authority to take action and did so and that the grievance procedure had fulfilled its pur- pose. He further pointed out that while all copies of letters and memorandums relating to the in- cident would be removed from city records, the minutes would still contain mention of the pro- ceedings and that he would re- tain copies in his private file. Under the city charter the mayor is vested with "control of the police of the town". Post office burglars bun Burglars, who entered the Troy Post Office sometime dur- ing the night of August 26, ap- parently went away empty handed according to Steve Randolph, Special Agent for the United States Post Office In- spection Division. The night time intruders attempted to break into several secured areas in which stamps, money and blank money orders were stored but were unsuccessful in their ef- forts. Randolph, who is assigned to the Clarksburg District, said that the investigation into the thwarted theft is continuing and that no suspect has been identi- fied. The Post Office is located on Route 47 in Troy and is one of three postoffices located in the northern sector of the county along that highway. The other two offices, Lima and Cox's Mills, were undisturbed. With flashing lights and wailing sirens, members of the Giimer County Volunteer Fire Department drove their new fire truck down Main Street Glenville late in the afternoon of August 23, completing a long journey from the Pierce Manufacturing Company in Appleton, Wisconsin. Actually, it was the completion of a journey that began over three years ago when the truck was first ordered and was the culmination of efforts by scores of Gilmer County citizens. Those efforts included thousands of "under the B-15" calls at Monday night bingo, numerous raffles, door-to-door sales of first aid kits, hauling water to residents affected by a series of droughts, gamering votes to pass a funding levy, accepting donations from individuals and businesses throughout the county, organizing sup- port groups, securing specially allocated funds from the County Commission and arranging major financing from the Farmers Home Administration. The effort was not without its set-backs. The company which won the original bid on the truck and its equipment went out of business before the truck was completed. Last summer the bid was reopened and was awarded to Pierce who completed the project. Another passing of a levy by overwhelming p |des fun for both the fire depa ent and the ambulance service. The new truck and its equipment cost a total of $174,000. The down payment of nearly $50,000 was made available by a special grant from the county government of $15,000 with the remainder coming from fund-raising activities. Monthly payments on the $125,000 FHA loan are $1380 and fund-raising efforts will continue according to Fire Chief Gerald Davis. In describing the newly acquired equipment, Davis said the new pumper can pump twice the water any of the present trucks can deliver and "that when water is available, it will greatly improve the amount of water our department can put on a fire". The truck is also equipped with more breathing apparatus and has a self-contained 110-volt electrical system which will enable the use of lighting and ventilation equipment without the requirement of an auxiliary gen- erator. The truck also has a fixed deck gun which is capable of pumping over a 1,000 gallons per minute directly from the truck by the pump operator eliminating the need for hoses and additional manpower. The equipment is made chiefly of aluminum and stainless steel which should prevent rusting a lead to a useful life span of up to 30 years. The truck is the largest size that would prdl e effective in a rural county such as Gilmer. According to Davis the GCVFD answers some 100 calls each year. Structure fires account for 30-40 of those calls with the rest being wrecks, brush fires, downed power lines, drownings and lost persons. There are approximately 75 active fire fighters in the county. Roughly 25 are assigned to the main station in Glenville and the rest to sub-stations located in Normantown, Sand Fork, Cedarville and Troy. Each of the substations have one older pumper and some have auxiliary 4-wheel vehicles. The new truck will allow the de- partment to retire an early 1950 GMC truck presently house.d at Troy. The department was formally organized in 1947 and it is be- lieved the first fire fighting truck was secured in the 1920's. The department also has an organized support group made up of persons interested in helping the fire department but not interested in actual fire fighting. The support group works mainly on fund-raising ef- forts. As part of its fire prevention and safety programs the depart- ment provides phone stickers with emergency numbers as well as identification posters for children's and invalid's bedroom windows. In addition, members of the department visit schools and conduct fire house tours for scouting and 4-H groups. The annual fund drive will be held in October during Fire Prevention Week. The new truck should be in service in two or three weeks follow- ing installation of equipment. Sweep program m 5eptemoer, cittmer county Schools will begin their sweep screening program to determine speech/language, hearing and vi- sion abilities in the school popula- tion. Screening will continue throughout the year. Those to be screened for speech/lang ge in- begins in schools clude those students who have failed previous screenings, stu- dents who were in the speech pro- gram last year, teacher and parent referrals, all first grade students, and all students new in the schools. Vision and hearing screening will Continued on page 5 I Editorials/Letters ............................................................................... 2 Society .............................................................................................. 3 Sport.s/Football Contest ..................................................................... 4 Obituaries .......................................................................................... 6 Coutn.hou_s News .............................................................................. 7 Classified/Legal Advertising ............................................................ 8 Gilmer Goings On ........................................................................... 10