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Page 2---The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder---Thursday, September 5, 1991 It's getting to be "fright.time" Our front page story concerning population and employment statis- tics for Gilmer County and Region Seven should scare the pants off a discerning reader and, certainly, give pause to those folks who think economic development efforts in the county are a waste of time. The serious population and economic deterioration in this area revealed by those figures are the direct result of no sustained effort to improve the local economic picture over the past decade. They present a monumental problem in turning around what has become a tragic present and future for many of our people. The efforts taken during the past year by a relative handful of Gilmer County citizens to try to fight years of neglect and indifference are commendable and deserve not only the support, but the active partici- pation, of every person in the county. The statistics point out a seemingly inexorable momentum toward oblivion that must be stemmed. That will only come about by Herculean efforts to retain and attract private businesses in the county. We can't survive as a viable commu- nity on government handouts. Our growing dependency of such lar- gesse is alarming and can only lead to even greater problems and stagnation than we have endured over the past ten years. We urge our readers to study the figures contained in our story and to contemplate where the trend is leading us. If it frightens you, it dam well should. The real question to be answered by each and every Gilmer County resident is--"what are you willing to do about it?" -RDA To All Voluntary Recyclers Dear Voluntary Recyclers: Three out of four students who enter the 9th grade graduate from High School. That's a 25 percent dropout rate. One-third of those graduating leave school unable to read well enough to function properly on any job beyond basic manual labor. These statistics are shocking--they are a tragedy. One is prone to ask, "are our youth too dumb to leam?" This is hardly true, for I believe our youth are as intelligent as any past generations. If we agree on this point, then there simply has to be an answer--if not an answer, then a series of reasons perhaps? Several educators have advanced the case that television has taken overthe entertainment business, and that good books are a dying source for passing away leisure time. One highly radical educator has questioned the value of vocational training during high school. He points out that the student having difficulty with scholastics is sent off to the vocational center to be trained in auto mechanics, welding, food service, etc., when they should be staying in the classroom learning the three Rs-- Reading, (w) firing, and (a) fithmetic. He bases his argument on the fact that more and more welding is being done in the robotics field and that the average automobile is actually a sort of "computer on wheels," meaning that these vocations demand an ability to read to keep pace with changes occurring almost daily. Vocations, he says, can be taught in vocational colleges and the like, after the student has gotten a good basic education. Another critic challenges the idea of television in school to teach current events. Reading the newspaper or some of the programs offered by the news magazines (both Time and Newsweek offer fine current events programs) is a much better way to teach current events, he claims. Surprisingly, even though there seems to be a mind-set against testing as a means of determining a student's accomplishments, there is a growing movement to implement a SAT type testing for entry into High School. I was really shocked when I read this suggestion coming from a professional in the education field, for that is precisely what 1 have been saying all along. The old system of the 8th grade diplom a test served to eliminate those who simply couldn't (or wouldn't) master eighth grade level studies. That system kept them repeating the eighth grade until they either passed the examination or reached the age of 16, at which time they were free to drop out of school. Such a system would guarantee that all students entering the 9th grade would be capable and willing to achieve, GCIDA NOTES This week I thought it would be important to explain some of the activity that goes into an economic development effort. Some people tend to be overly critical because they don't have a basic understanding of what has to be done; so a short explana- tion can be helpful. It is impor- tant to note that there is a lot of preparation that goes into a suc- cessful economic development program before you can even contact and talk to potential businesses. In order to set the stage for attracting business and industry. to the community, the person or persons responsible for job cre- ation have to develop the impor- tant relationships with the people and groups that will be able to help their area. Such an exercise is absolutely necessary and sometimes very time consuming. Nonetheless, it is an integral part of being able to network your community's needs and match them with information from these sources that would prove profitable later. Such groups in- clude utility companies, the phone company, Federal and State governments, business pro- /Don Pepe people or county. This tO comes along points. With concentrating wood erations, and other higlll The big we go businesses Gilmer many ways. the tioncd earlier, fessional people who tention. by digging up any source ticular effort is time sometimes the bears no fruit. arc times that some of the possibilities. Sometimes posure for the! the shows or held around our budget is PleaseacceptmyapologyfortheAugustpick-upday, whcthcrwires and would virtually eliminate the high school dropout phenomena, fessionals, civic and citizen of shows that were crossed or due to unexpected circumstances, said pick-up was One very important observation made during the course of my groups as well as other eco- is limited as iG missed. I know that a lot of participants in this program felt the same conversation with members of the teaching profession was that students nomic and industrial develop- and choose Wats way that l did--both disappointed and distraught, l don't blame anyone who are enrolled in the head-start program, usually finishhighschool, ment professionals across the dustrial showS_ of t] who decided to just let their recyclables be pickup up by the rash and for the most part are above average students. The fact that parents country., portunities to 'iety C collectors---I probably would have done the same thing, too. careenoughtoenrolltheirchildren in l'|ead-start indicates that they care By the way. as 1 sa a m our munity and t nce dcc s onmaketS -- This program has been coordinated around the cooperation of about theirchild's education, and will continue to do so throughout high Town Meetings, every Gilmer " " another party besides myself. Thus, in actuality, I have been the go scho ,. The value of parental encouragement and participation in the County citizen is a "potential industry. Somc Was betweerr.--a concerned individual attempting to better the environ- child s education then, cannot be overemphasized, source of possible leads and as- PenrScOranal cont the ment. Over the past year a growing number of laersons with similar Which leads us to another "study" involving 10,000 high school sistance. I recognize that I have ge te a posiU principals.Nearly allofthem said that success in education startsin the only two eyes and two ears and I When I get rium concerns enlisted to be a part of this plan. And together we were slowly home, ar ,d recommended that parents "go through school with their am certainly open to the advice to quail fy the a F making a difference. Unfortunately, recycling is not a money making business and I children. Building self esteem in children, the principals said, was one and opinions of others. It is ulti- insure that it is would be surprised if the party directly responsible for picking up of the major keys to successful education. This can be accomplished, it mately my responsibility to do chase". If I detO,I recyclables was even covering travel time and gasoline for the effort, was noted by paying consistent attention to questions and feelings, the job but if any person has I am thankful the effort has been made on their part and am sorry that maybe it hasn't been worth it. Which brings me to my second apology. To date I am still unsure of the reason or cause for the missed pick-up. But before another is scheduled I intend to pursue other possible alternatives. I have not given up and am hoping that most of you feel the same way. A recycling program is most definitely needed, but sometime the will to do it is easier than finding plan that works. I know that there is a solution to this problem, but just haven't come upon it as of yet. Any and all suggestions are welcome and I thank each and everyone of you listening when they talk and making it a point to praise them when they've done a good job. So what's new? Way back in !953 1 remember attending a leadership school for non-commissioned officers. In it we were told that successful supervision evolved form making the individual want to achieve. This, the leadership experts claimed, could be accomplished by listening to questions, recognizing the feeling of each separate and unique member, and through giving credit for good work. So isn't it logical to assume that the key to turning out educated graduates is to instill the desire to learn new and exciting things in their some insight or skill that can help the community then I will make good use of it. Being able to cultivate this sort of coopera- tion was and is one of my top priorities. At any rate, in order to even begin to create jobs we had to prepare ourselves to compete in the marketplace and then let the for caring about the environment minds as early as possible and to keep this spark glowing throughout the outside world know "we were in Lynda Harrisschool experience? Seems to me that parents who are constantly the hunt. Remember, job ere- .... ~ r ..... complaining about the cost of education would want m do everything ation is a competitive market. .......Lookmgfo Former Members intheirpowerto guarantee the greatest possible return fortheirm0ney. We are not the only ones doing Teachers and admimstrators can only do so much---their primary duty ' it anff there, are many attractive is to present the necessary information to the student. It is the duty ofthe and desirable places that are try- home environment to create a desire for learning, and a pride in ing to "land" those industries The 150th Association is looking for former members who served with the 150th Infantry Regiment in Panama during WW II and those who served with the 150th Armored Cavalry Regiment at Ft. Meade, Maryland in 1961-62. This includes members of the West Virgima Army National.Guard who were mobilized with the Regiment as well as all others who were assigned to the Regiment following mobiliza- tion. The reunion will be held in Charleston, WV during the week-end of 27-29 September, 1991 and all former members of the 150th are urged to attend. Thisreunion will be a celebration of the 50th anniversary of me 1941 mobitization and the 30th Anniversary of the 1961 mobiliza- tion. For additional information, contact the undersigned. Noble Wayne Lanharn Secretary/Treasurer 150th Association 1282 Poca River Road "1 FI eS/Kyle Emerson A couple of weeks ago the Democrat/Pathfinder carried a news story concerning the status of Gilmer County High School in regards to some very damning statistics. The next week, the story was given further elaboration, under the heading that spoke of a "bum rap." Seems the problem was with the drop-out rate, and that in other areas the county's school system fared very well in comparison with the rest of the state and nation. During the "in between" of the news stories, I had a very interesting conversation with one of Gilmer County's very dedicated teachers and a former teacher. Both were anxious to defend both the school system and the students. According to the still active teacher, things are looking up at Gilmer County High School. We had a "bright group" graduating last year, the seniors this year are equally impressive, and there are more really exceptional students coming along in the lower grades, she said. This is really welcome news, but we must be careful aboul.relaxing our vigil. Somehow, comparing our students to the rest oftbe state and nation and being able to say that they are average or even a little above average doesn't say a whole lot. Some recent statistics should bear this OUt. Scholastic aptitude Test (SAT) scores released last week revealed that verbal skills among high school graduates are at the lowest point since records began being kept in 1969. Only 17 percent of West Virginia's graduating high school students took the test but they averaged 441 compared to the nation's average of 422. (This out of a possible 800 points.) At 441, West Virginia's students are still 10 points above the highest national average ever recorded! Nearly 50 percent of the people entering the work force are function- ally illiterate. iii The Glenviile Democrat The Glenville Pathfinder Published by Gilmer County Publishing Inc. Robert D. Arnold- Publisher/Editor Sheryl A. Short - Advertising Sales Published Thursdays at least 50 weeks of the year. Secoud Class Postage paid at Glenville, WV 26351 e to Postmaster: Please send address corrections to: P.O. Box 458, Glenville, WV 26351 . SubKrilRi Pri : $15.90 (tax iaduded) in County, $19.08 (tax htiud l) in State; $20.1 for Out-e-State Subscribers Clmnot accept subscriptions for less than six months. (3O4) 4 -7309 achievement that will make the student view the process of learning as an exciting experience rather than a drudgery. Our Secretary of Education, Lamar Alexander put it all in the proper perspective in last week's Parade magazine when he asked if each parent of a school aged child had "spent 15 minutes in conversation with your child today, read to the child, discussed right and wrong and religion, played together, gone somewhere together, listened, hugged, check on homework, school attendance, and monitored (and limited) TV watching?" With the busses rolling and school is session, its about time that all of us: parents, community leaders and public servants, and every adult make a resolution to help our education system pr6duce well educated graduates so that they can take their place in society without worry--- without failure. One-room schools being listed A list of known one-roon Dusk; Edmiston; Gilmer;, Gluck schools in Gilmer County is be- ing compiled by district. Many times as the population shifted, buildings burned, or better struc- tures were built, schools were established at different locations and given new names on the same stream. Does anyone know the loca- tion of Buck Lick School? If there are corrections or additions please contact Billy and Reva Bennett, Glenville (462-7233) or Mary Radabaugh, Route 2, Box 475, Parkersburg, 26104 (428- 5421). CENTER DISTRICT Bear Fork; Big Bull Run; Bird; Buck- eye; Butcher's Run; Cedarville; Chestnut Lick; Clevenger; Crooked Run; Cub Fork; Dawson; Fairview; Laurel; Lau- rel Run; Leatherbark; Letter Gap; Level Run; Lick Fork; Little Bull Run; Lockney; Mud Lick; Normantown; O'Brien; Oak Grove; Orton; Peach Tree; Perkins; Persimmon Grove; Pop- lar Lick; Reip; Shock; Steer Run; Stout; Stumptown; Tanner #4; Three Forks; Timothy Knob; Upper Spruce and Walnut Grove. DEKALB DISTRICT: Beall; Cather; Cedar Creek; Cherry Grove; Chestnut Grove; Cooper; DeKalb; Ellis; Hardman; Job's Run; Latonia; Lower Laurel; Lower Run; Lower Trace; Middle Run; Red School House; Revel; Stump; Sunrise; Tanner; Third Run; Three Poplar;, Upper Laurel; Up- per Trace and Webster. GLENvILLE DISTRICT Baldwin; Bear Run; Blackburn; Conner;, Dry Run; Duck Run; Run; Heater's Fork; Indian Fork; Jesuit Wood; Joe's Run; Keith; Long Shoals; Low Gap; Lower Stewart's Creek; Lynch Run; Middle Ellis; Mud Lick; Rocky Fork; Rudkin; Sand Fork; Slid- ing Run; Snyder; Torfiblin Run; Turkey Fork; Upper Ellis and Sugar Grove. TROY DISTRICT: Alice; Allman; Bailey; Big Run; Bloody Run; Broomsage; Buckhorn; Bush; Conings; Cox;s Mill; Ellis Run; Fairview; Flat Run; Gooden; Hall; Laurel Point; Lick Run; Little Cove; Low Gap; Meadowview; Mound Run; Mount Lookout; Newberne; Osborne; Paw Paw; Pine Grove; Rocky Point; Rush Run; Springston; Spruce Run; Troy; Upper Big Run; Upper Little Cove; Walton and Wolf Pen. Wyoming leads in coal production In 1991, American coal pro-. duction and consumption is ex-. pected to again reach the 1 bib lion ton level. The nation's top-. producing state continues to be Wyoming. Its large Powder fiver Basin surface mines are some of the most productive in the na- tion. Of the top- 10 producing mines in the United States, which are all located in the West, six are in Wyoming's Powder River Basin. Riches have made more men covetous, than covetousness hath made men rich.-.Proverb which may be looking to relo- cate or expand. Since we are put in the position of competing, not only outside of West Virginia but inside the state as well, we needed to assess both our strong and weak points in order to de- velop a strategy that would work for us. In the very beginning I sat down with number of people in the community from many groups to discuss this issue. At the same time I took a course that was consistent with my pro- fessional experience and tried to blend that experience with what the community had to say,Again that was an important for the Town Meeting concept. Please note that if you have not been a part of this process up to this point it is because you have chosen not to. However, there is still ample opportunity to do so since we are far form completing all of our goals. Next it was decided that the type of industry we needed to at- tract would be one that would be consistent with the lifestyle of the community and one that would not be harmful tO the Amedca'S 1991 Teaeller of Year, be ves West Governor Gaston C.apterttm County a lesson in computer fiteraey. I tary reading tmr.llNr from Hamp.,thlre Court! eram" at Park High School for a teaehem real a tom" of the school's computer govermr, also paid a visit to Fairmont State with futare readers about the role they will play vtr Ws to pursue than i of introduction formation on done in a fessional by letter, contact by son de business is a matter of needs of the of the toward tractive with which That is the process mind that many other be taken into arc working ment such as these issues I For the time that our first in our ex of compame the length so. In a it is better to businesses that ble chance rit t .z'nar up the majo into l tnding every other c:oP' into landing lJt _ ever; other ence hoping to get. t Also it is ick T development amongst oursel l those compani _ We have to pot. *e-.- best light same time "~M:~ I.Ut;lli weaker pointS This certainly effort .by Re within the harm to the long