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September 16, 1976

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T The Glenville Pathfinder A Gilmer Graphics. Inc. Newspaper Published By and For Gilmer County People Single Copy Price 15c Jlncl. Tax] GLENVILLE. GILMER COUNTY. WV 26351 Friday, September 10, 19-76 BLAZING FURY -- An explosion resulting from a fractured gas line ripped through the residence of Joseph Wiseman early Thursday morning, Glenville Volunteer firemen were called to the fire at 3:23 a.m. The home was totally destroyed, with damages amounting to nearly $25,000. Wiseman is currently recuperating in Calhoun General Hospital. [Democrat photos by Stan Meseroll] morning explosion destroys Wiseman home home at 217 in the basement, causing the explosion. by an Roush estimated damages at night, $25,000. Wiseman, a math professor at accident GSC, was given emergency treatment at the Gilmer County Medical Clinic Marshall before being rushed to Calhoun occured General Hospital in Grantsville. He a car suffered second degree burns, severe sophomore cuts and shock. struck According to Roush, Gaff lost his 1967 Pontiac while down High St. at about 1:30 lter tank a.m. Gaff told Roush that his car struck a tree. turned sideways, skidded over arrived. Henson pursued Goff but was the bank and struck Wiseman's home. unable to apprehend him. Henson then Sgt. Marvin Hens0n of the drove back by the scene of the i ii hill A trust fu_nd to help defray |oe Wiseman's expenses has been set up at Kanawha Union Bank. You can contribute by bringing your deposit to the bank or by calling Jim Mead Freda Wright or Father Michael Rooney. Glenville police force was called to accident and found Goff and another investigate the auto accident at 2:05 prson trying to move Goff's car. a.m. According to Henson. Goff According to the fire marshall. Goff alledgedly fled the scene when he again struck the house as he was attempting to get the car back up the hill. Henson said that Gaff again fled the scene. He was later apprehended at about 7:30 a.m. in his apartment in Glenville. Gaff was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and failure to have vehicle under control.% According to Grog Nicholson, assistatt fire chief of the Glenville Volunteer Fire Department, three sides of the house were blown out. Ntcholson said that "three cars besides Goff's were damaged by flying debris. One car was damaged by flying cement blocks, another was hit by a 2" x 4" piece of lumber and another was covered by other debris. The explosion caused minor damage to the Fred Killingsworth home next door. While cleaning up, Nicholson found an undamaged painting on sworth's roof which ,,: had been blown from the Wiseman home. Councilme i .... Commissioners meeting at Sept. 7, the OFt to increase of the Wolfe and involved in Delbert with When it sewer rate asked the a written Service to increase. a in lie that appoint to take wouldn't Lonnie I tell the past remember. by The council also discussed a city policy which states that the parking spaces in the alley beside Glenville Supply be used only by patrons of that store. In January of 1975 the coutgci] re-stated their policy which says that the alley is to be used as a loading zone for that Store between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. If any one parks in the alley and goes into any other store they are liable for ticketing. The council scussed possible alternatives to the policy, but no formal action was taken to change it. In other business the council: GAVE their permission for Bill Perry to trim limbs from a tree which are damaging the roof of his Ben Franklin store. The tree is on city property. The council specified that only those limbs which are actually causing damage to the building be trimmed. RENEWED a liability insUrance policy for any accidents which may occur on city property or involve city employeeS. The yearly premium cost jumped from $367 last year to $641 this year. ADDED $1,000 to the budget for the construction of the new city water tank. This money was diverted from a $50,000 HUD grant for water related projects. According to Davidson construction crews have found that excavation costs will be higher than anticipated since there is more rock to be removed. prmes continue at prices you'll hardly believe will be found customers will be honored with a tremendous merchants and courteous salespeople are all trs the biggest welcome and greatest center. They invite you to be here this great values they have to offer. in Glmville. The Glenvi]le merchants posters wish to show you they appreciate you the best service available anywhere. page in today's edition  of the Glenville [ your needs You'U find a big welcome at all of tremendous "Festival of Values" array of Glenville Variety, Glenville Ford Sales. , Spirit of Fashion. Daltons, Jewelry, Davis Clothing, Glenville Calhoun Super Service. Glenville Supply, Pharmacy, M & G Furniture, Ben grant chances The Gilmer Conty Commissioners met with Dr. Ronnie Burke during their monthly meeting Sept. 7 to discuss pro-application for Community Deve- lopment block grants from the department of Housing and Urban Development. Burke, director of the Community Development Research Center, told the commission the majority of those applications which received funding dealt with sewer or water related projects. This will be the third year the county has applied for HUD funds. Their requests have been turned down each time. According to Burke, HUD accepted only 15 of about 50 pre-applications made from the state of West Virginia last year. None of these 15 received final funding. The pro-applications must be submitted by Jan. 1. 1977. The commissioners paid August bills totaling $32,025.29. BACK TO SCHOOL - These girls flashed big smiles last week to show that school work hasn't gotten them down yet. The new Glenvme Elementary School experienced an unexpected increase in enrollment which has caused some reorganization [Democrat Photo] School enrollment differs from estimates The first week of school in Gflmer County provided a few surprises for school administrators. At the end of school last year, bnrollment in county schools stood at 1,655. Board of Education officials estimated this year's enrollment would drop to 1.643. But when school opened Sept. 7 the actual enrollment was down to 1.611. ,The biggest difference between prcted and actual enrollments occurred at Normantown Elementary where an enrollment d 330 was projected and only 296 students actually showed up the first day of school. At Gilmer County High School 480 studehts were enrolled on the first day compared to a projected enrollment of 500. The enrollment situation was just the opposite at the new 'Glonville Elementary School. When the board decided to construct the new school last year re.were 238 identified students livihg within the school boundaries. Therefore the board deciJed to construct a building to accomodate 25O students. But the number of students living within the school boundaries grew to 236 by the end of last year and finally to 297 on the first day. The increased enrollment has caused some reorganization. In addition to first, second and third grade classes there will now be a combined first and second grade class and a combined second and third grade class. Each grade will retain their separate curriculums, in order to accomodate the change it was necessary to move the special education class to a vacant classroom in the opposite wing of the school. This freed a classroom in the primary grades wing. A teacher was transferred to teach the combined first and second grade class. Superintendent of Schools, Ran Welty noted that the increased enrollment did not present a problem as far as available space. "Thank goodness we had another room available. Space was not a problem." said Welty. The school still has not received new desks. According to Welty, the furniture company from which the desks were ordered have been on strike until recently and it will probably be three more weeks until the desks are delivered. The primary grades are currently using excess desks from other schools in the county. while the intermediate grades are using desks without tops which were loaned to the school by the furniture company. The addition of the Glenville Elementary School caused a decrease in the amount of time several students in other county schools must spend traveling to and from school, Transportation Director  Bennett estimates that hie busses are now on the road 3 hours and 20 minutes lmm than last year when they were.hauling students to and from Glenville to the various outlying schools. Local women to organize club Some women in Glenville are presently making plans to organize a |unior Women's Club for women between the ages of 18 and 35. The club would actively promote projects for the betterment of life in relation to the home and the community. They will also work for civic, cultural and educational advancement. Anyone who is interested in joining should contact Helen Fitzpa. trict at 462-7645 after 5 p,m. A meeting will be planned. School nurse will conduct he00g tests Gilmer County School Nurse Mary Morrow and SleCh therapists Pat Downey and Pate/Sjostrom will be conducting hearing screenings county schools on Sept, 16. The testa will be aclminitered to studenta in every ounty, conducted by This is the first been