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The play took place in the Glenville State will be held ai 6 30 m. ..... College s Administration Budding s Auditorium on Aug. 27-28. The cast is from left The meeting : p . i ~ ....... he Glenville Presbyterian Church. el I 1 to right: Hugh McGough, Paul Nagy, Travis Caffrey, Zac Caffrey, Jonathan Phillips, m and Olive Dadismon will present 1 Ill l Lois Miller, Morgan Ames and Whitney Wildman. Not pictured is the behind-the- the ro ram on The First B ack ... P..g ..... '.. . ..... 1 II scenes crew of Dennis Wemm (director), Alex Wemm (lighting) and Bill Caffrey ~cnooJmwestvrgna, asomeyw,~ ===" ...... * == "c-s'um-s a J s .......cG - "s ' " : "1 t o te ne ets) Hugn M ougn al o served as assistant director. talk about the restoration of the F :~ .... '" I ........ 1 ; - 10 Formed from the o d Gilmer Arts & Heritage Council, The Arts Umbrella is a newly Flemington Jail /ore will entertain ~ - ........ :" ......... . ] formed conglomeration of local artists and arts supporters from the community and me ladle's wlm nls songs we ex~enu m k '~ ,. --- ........ " ........ = couege, t all Dennis Wemm at Glenville State College at 462-7361 for more details an open invltatlorl 1o anyone ifl t(l~ F I community, who would like to join our [i t:.A .... (Staff photos by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) club or attend this meeting. ~ f ,,,-- \ | open Friday and Saturday, Sept. 17 and 18, 10 am to 5 pm, for the River Days and Bluegrass Festivals. Ad- ~:, mission to the Museum, home of the West Virginia State Folk Festival, is free. We'll be looking for you ! Continued on page 12 \ The Glenville City Council will meet at 7 p.m. on next Mon., Sept. 13 at City Hall for its regular monthly meeting. The general public is invited to attend. The Sand Fork Town Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. on next Mon., Sept. 13 at the new Town Hall. The general public is invited to attend. The Gilmer County Public Service District will meet at 7 p.m. on next Mon., Sept. 13 atJts West Main Street office for its regular monthly meeting. The general public is welcome to attend. The Gilmer County Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. on Mon., Sept. 27 at Gilmer County High. The general public is invited to attend. The Gilmer County Economic Development Association's regular monthly meeti ng will take place at noon on next Thurs., Sept. 16 in the Gilmer County Courthouse. The public is invited. President Denny Pounds or Michelle Kight can be reached at 304- 462-8098. The Gilmer County Commission will meet at 1 p.m. on next Thurs., Sept. 16 at the Courthouse for its second regular meeting of the month. This meeting will follow the EDA's. To be placed on the aftemoon agenda, any citizen must contact County Clerk Beverly Marks (462-7641) two days in advance, if action on an issue is being requested. For any other non-action business, the general public is invited to just drop in. The Friends of the Library will meet at 10 a.m. on Mon., Sept. 20 at the Gilmer Public Library. Anyone with ideas that would benefit the library is welcome. Upcoming event: Bake Sale )lanning for Oct. e This The Editorial Page ............................. 3 Sports .......................................... 4 & 7 Obituaries ........................................ 12 Society ......................................... 8-12 Courthouse News ............................ 13 Legals .............................................. i 3 Classifieds .................................. 14-15 GGOs ........................................ 1 & 12 GSC News .................. 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 CANA News ... 5 & glenvillenews.com Medical Directory ............................. 6 Verizon ............................................ 16 Meditation Moment Thought for Week --- "The problems seem so easy out there on the stump. Deficits shrink with a rhetorical flourish." Hugh Sidey American journalL~'t (1927-) i! ;;+ !!,~ i ;ii !ili;i GSC UPDATE: NEW FACE, NEW JOB -- In the lounge of Pickens Hall recently, Cheryl McKinney, director of Student Life, is pleased to introduce John Lopez to the Glenville State College and Gilmer County communities. "John will help to make a difference as an upperclass mentor to the new freshmen living in the hall," affirms Mrs. McKinney. As a senior music education major from Fairmont, John has been involved in residence halt operations, student government and several other school activities for some time, she explains, noting that as a senior, his areas of residence hall responsibility have been expanded to fit his abilities. "He's very talented," she adds. As to the benefits of attending GSC for new or prospective freshmen and women students, John firmly relays, "1 can only speak for myself. It's the small size and the nice people who make GSC THE PLACE to attend college. Here, you can have a good professional relationship with your teachers." For their efforts to make the transition and settling in to college life easy, comfortable and meaningful for the newcomers during the recent Freshman Orientation Week, Mrs. Cheryl McKinn y, JoP, Lopez and all of the other enthusiastic student mentors, student, faculty anc stafi volunteers most deservedly merit our newspaper's "Folks Who Shine" Award. DHC, Sr., Publisher-Editor commun By Travis Beall, one being too high and the other being re- Staff Reporter ceived too late. The firms bidding were RT The three county commissioners--LarryChap- Sales, of Clarksburg, which bid $55,388 (too man, Reta Kight and Dave Hess -- dealt with high), and Visors Radio Service, which bid several operational-related issues at their Thurs., $48.710 (too late past the deadline). Sept. 2 meeting. Acting Sheriff Jimmy Moss reports that Communications system update most of the Sheriffs Dept. vehicles can be O;~fice of Emergency Services director, Ed upgraded to VHF. The county department Messenger, was present for the bid opening for the would then be in sync with the West Virginia new $50,000 federal upgrade of the county's law State Police communications system. enforcement communications system. Police au- The commission will review the matter, thorities are seeking to have VHF in order to be including a Kenwood dealer, at its second consistent with the other county emergency ser- vice agencies. Both bids, however, were declined, Continued on page 6 MOTOR SCOOTER MANIA? --- Did any Gilmer Countians think that they were seeing things, like an unusually large number of odd-looking motor scooters on SR 5, on last Thursday? Or, did you think you were suffering from the Motor Scooter Flu? Well, you weren't! On Thurs., Sept. 2, and Fri., Sept. 3, about 27 motor scootering fanatics came riding through Gilmer County enroute from the West Coast to the East Coast --- an ambitious transcontinental journey. Here, they parked their scooters in a huddle in front of the Best Western Glenville Inn where they stayed overnight on Thursday. There were a lot of handsome scooters, too. Rhonda Miller, the hotel's assistant manager, relays to us that they were a nice group of people. Mostly seniors, they ranged in age from 42 to 70, and were participating in the Wandering Wheels' ride across America. Due to being bounced around so much on the sm&ll bikes, they take frequent rest breaks during their 3,600-mite trip, they told Rh nda (Staff photo) 2004 STONEWALL JACKSON JUBILEE -- Last weekend, the annual Stonewall Jackson Jubilee took place at Jackson's Mill in nearby Lewis County, and, as usual, was a great success. Many Gilmor Cour',tiar s attended the gala four-day festival that features a multitude of crafters, historical re-enactors, old-time skills demonstrators, artists, musical performers, a bee expert and numerous community organizations trying to raise money. Also, of particular interest to Gilmer Countians, this year's event was dedicated to the late Claude Kemper, Newberne's bird-carving expert, who passed on this last year. Here, Johanna and Leonard Montgomery, of Sliding Run Road, take a moment to admire the large hot-air balloon (in the background) that took people up for a brief ride in the air. Also, the white tents of the Civil War Encampment can be seen beyond the balloon. By David H. Corcoran, "" Publisher- Editor Although a Braxton County firm may be looking for a new, permanent location for its log products supercenter, its owners have several options, beside Gilmer County, that they have been studying of late. Richard Cook, a co-owner with Richard Yeager, II, of Highland Forest Products in Flatwoods, appeared before a mainly Gilmer County Economic Development Association group at a public meeting on Mon., Aug. 30. He stated at the outset, "We have obligations elsewhere, and have been approached by other counties. But, we're looking foran ideal site to own and to be permanent, so if Gilmer County wants to be considered, it will." With that, Gilmer County Commissioner Larry Chapman injected, "We're interested in you!" In continuing his train of thought, the Gilmer official expounds on the prospect, "We've talked about this for our industrial Park for some time, but nothing has happened. A lot of people (Gilmercounty's small loggers) don't have the trucks to get logs to Braxton County, economically-speaking. The small farmers here, too, could benefit from this log super yard." The logging superstore In explaining his business, Mr. Cook out- lines that at the current Braxton County op- eration, they buy, grade and sell logs to vari- ous mills and markets. They apparently do not have a saw mill. "We purchase logs from many counties, and, then, they are bought by individuals or companies to make baskets, baseball bats, furniture, barrels, veneer products and many other wood products," he says, estimating that his Braxton yard processes four million board feet of logs per year. Highland Forest Products buy about 10 percent of their logs from small farmers and loggers. "We have some p:~-]c who brim, in a truck with only five logs on it," he points out, noting that they receive their supplies from small and medium-sized cutters from Braxton, Gilmer, Fayette, Webster, Lewis, Clay, Monongalia and other surrounding counties. If Highland came to Giimer County, they'd expect to pick up a lot more trees from Gilmer, Calhoun, Roane, Wirt and other surrounding counties. "We buy standing timber, too," he adds, noting that they'll take 15 different species of trees. But mostly, Mr. Cook mentions that the major- ity of Highland's suppliers are medium-sized producers like JeffRoberts who has a saw mill on SR 5 wesrof Glenville. About 20 percent of the logs purchased are sold locally, he also points out. In addition, Highland's logs are shipped to wood finishing plants in Iowa, Wisconsin and Indiana. Right now a lot of high-quality veneer woods are very popular and are being purchased. At the same time, this summer's weather, he laments, has been "rough" on the logging industry. Benefit to the community "We (at Highland Forest Products) contribute a lot to the Braxton community," Mr. Cook re- ports. He relates that some of the buyers come for three days to make their purchases, stay in Flat- woods' motels and eat there, too. Additionally, the trucking industry there has expanded due to the establishment of the High- land log supercenter. Finally, he says that Highland even employs two lumbgrjacks to cut the timber when they buy it standing. Commenting, Jeff Roberts says, "This supereenter would benefit us (P & J Logging). Any savings on freight is very helpful to us and other small sawmill and logging operations." Daily operations Richard Cook admits, "The Gilmer County Industrial Park has a great entrance." He goes on to explain that at the current loca- tion, the loading takes place in the morning and the evening. Approximately 12-14 trucks enter Continued on page 6 "I