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The Glen00ille Democrat Single Copy Price-75 (70 plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5890) Published by and'for Gilmer County People This week's prayer Heavenly Father, Bless all of our many community volun- teers in their vision to improve and beautify Glenville and Gilmer County; Protect our U.S. and Allied Troops in lraq and Afghanistan from harm, as the wars heat up during this winter season; Motivate our area's parents and grandpar- ents to give regular encouragement to their children to study hard and to excel in school; Inspire our local governmental leaders to work in unison with Glenville's "Street Gang" and FRN-Mollohan revitalization group; Give relief to the unemployed and hurting businesses, due to the national recession; Give the people of Gilmer County and their relatives good health, happiness, and stability during this national recession; Console the families who have lost loved ones, notably the Rick Butler family; and Finally, ease the pain of those suffering from chronic illnesses or recovering from sur- geries. Amen. U.$. & W.V. History Shorts Take a break and take shorter trips, focusing on our Mountain State's past. On Sept. 23, 1938, the Mingo Oak, estimated to date before Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas, was cut down; On Sept. 24, 1952, GOP presidential candidate, Dwight Eisenhower, and v-p candidate, Richard Nixon, met in Wheeling to decide if the latter would remain on the ticket; On Sept. 26, 1928, truck driver, Ray Tenney, of Buckhannon, was killed, when his gasolin e truck broke through the floor of an Upshur County Covered bridge; and On Sept. 29, 1910, WV authoress, Rebecca Harding Davis, died. .1 inch for page 1 GGO on 9-24-09 Continued on page 12 Publio MQtB00gs The Gilmer County Historical Society will meet at 1 p.m. on this Thurs., Sept. 24 in the Holt House Annex. The topic for historical discussion will be a "Grab Bag for Interesting Gilmer County Historical Facts." Bring atrue and/orengaging family story or an unusual historical object for this "Show & Tell" session. A covered dish lunch will also be available to those who attend. For more details, call Mrs. Marion Reed, Gilmer President, at 462-4002. At 7 p.m. on Man., Oct. 5, the Glenville City Council will meet in the upper City Hall's community room for its regular monthly meeting. At 7 p.m+ on Man., Oct. 5, the Sand Fork's Town Council will meet at City Hall for its regular monthly meeting. At 7 p.m. on next Man., Oct. 12, the Gilmer County Board of Education will meet at the GCHS Library. At 7 p.m. on Mon.,Oct. 12, the Gilmer County Public Service District will meet at its West Main Street Office. The Gilmer County Business After 5 PM Social Hour will meet at 5 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 15, atthe Best Western Hotel. The Glenville State College's Students For Free Enterprise (SIFE), under Professor Beth Oppe, will present their community service projects for the year. The general public is invited. For details, call Dave Corcoran at this newspaper (304-462-7309). Inside This Week The Editorial Page .................................. 3 Sports ................................................... 6-7 Society ............................................... 8-12 Courthouse News. ................................. 13 Legals .................................................... 13 Classifieds ....................................... 14-15 GGOs ............................................. 1 & 12 Obituaries .............................................. 12 Regional Marketplace ........................... 16 Job's Temple Homecoming ................. 8-9 Meditation Moment Thought(s) for the Week -- '"l'he wilderness and the idea of the vilderness is one of the permanent /tomes of the human .spirit. " Joseph Wood Krutch American critic & nature writer ( 1893-1970) "'If poverty is the mother of crime, lack qf , is the.father. " ,lean Del La Bruyere Pr.,'nch essayist & moralist ( 1645- 1696) Part 2 -- City resident worried about prison sewage leaks into Little Kanawha; legal services motion okayed By David H. Corcoran, Sr., Publisher-Editor At the Man., Sept. 14 City Council meeting, Mayor Tashua Allman and the councilpersons must have thought that the Halloween season was getting started earlier than normal this year. A lot of strange and unexpected topics arose at the public session, before a full house at City Hall. In addition to having a visit from Glenville State College officials asking the Council to approve a major street shutdown for the next morning (which they refused to do), the Coun- cil, later in the session, did set this "Community's Halloween Neighborhood Trick or Treating" time for from 6-to-7:30 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 30. Sewer leakage issue One of the old issues revisited that evening was the question of why citizens aren't informed, when the prison's sewer line breaks, thereby leaking raw sewage into the Little Kanawha River? Continued on page 4 CONCERNED ABOUT SEWAGE LEAKS INTO LITTLE KANAWHA-- Robert Reed, a resident of downtown and a local property owner, appeared before the September 14 City Council to express his fear of prison line sewer water leakage getting into the Little Kanawha River. Late last year, one leak on his property contaminated the river, in an area upstream from the city of Glenville's public water plant. "1 think that (i cases of leaks like that one) Glenville Utility ought to put out a water alert," he asserted. "The people in town should be told about this " (Staffhoto by Dave Corcean, ,gl_ ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: :: ::: :.:.: :.:.:.:.:.: :.:.: : :.:.:+:+: :.:.: ; :,:::+:+:.: :,: :.::: :+::: :'i i i '! ii! Ei i ! ii!i : i i i i : i : :i:i:i: :i:i: :i:i:i:: :i: : : : : : :-:: PATROLMAN DAVID TETERS -- Although new Glenville Patrolman DavidTetersjoined the city's Police Department on last November 28, citizens may not have met him yet, because after his hiring, he went off for four months of training at the State Police Academy, from which he graduated on April 24. A native of Wood County, he's a graduate of Parkersburg High School, and has taken criminal justice classes at Colorado Tech University. As to his change of cities, he states; "1 like working with people, and absolutely like the small town atmosphere that Glenville has to offer. I can really get to know the people here. The new officer is married to Melissa, and they have three boys: David, Tyler, and Adam. Welcome to the 'Ville,' Patrolman Teters! Glenville's progress to be featured in CreateWV video By Lisa Belknap, News Editor The Gilmer County Economic Develop- ment Association heard some exciting news during its regular monthly meeting at noon on Thurs., Sept. 10, in the conference room of Glenville's Best Western. CreateWV Glenville is one of a few towns in the state to be featured in a major new video through Create West Virginia. According to EDA Treasurer Anna James, four contacts have been made in town, and each contact is to offer a different perspective of the town. Glenville State College, City Mayor Tashua Allman, and President of the Family Resource Network's Board of Directors Dave Brown, are the other three contacts who will be inter- viewed in the video. Mariah Hibarger, account executive for marketing company WELD, was hired by Create WV Director, Jeff James, for this project, which is to be scheduled and filmed soon. The EDA's role is to showcase the entrepre- neurial spirit of Glenville. Several ideas were discussed. "Minich Property" Sold Members opted to sell a 1.75 acre slice of property at the Industrial Park to Mr. Rick Frame. Apparently, due to the natural lay of that particular landscape, it is useless to the association, while its acquisition by Mr. Frame Continued on page 4 Job's Tempi ? ceLeon00tes 71st Annual Homecoming The 71 st Annual Job's Temple Homecom- ing, Sun:, Aug. 9, had an attendance of nearly 100 from seven states. In addition, a special guest appeared, West Virginia's top history administrator, Mr: Randall Reid-Smith, who is the Mountain State's Commissioner of Culture and History. Those attending from Maryland were: Ri- chard and Babette Pickens, Scott Pickens, Crofton; Roger Pickens, Annapolis; Ed and Carolyn Wetzel, Smithsburg; Keith Dodson, Jefferson, Thomas Dodson, Brunswick; B.J., Kim, Kristie, Brian, and Melissa Sweeney, Continued on page 4 COMMUNITY FUN AT TANNERFEST, 2009 -- TannerFest was held this past Fri.- Sat, Sept. 18-19. It was a day full of fun for all ages. For the fellas, there were lawn mower races and a bowshoot. For the ladies, there was a skillet toss and chili and pie contests. However, the children had the most fun of all! Sack Races, face painting, nua-noopmg, ana some strange game mvoIvmg Deach balls and safety cones. All-in- all, TannerFest at the old Tanner School grounds in Tanner was a huge success for young and old alike. (Staff photos by Lisa Belknap, News Editor) HULA HOOP CHAMPION --Christopher Kennedy, pictured above, was the Hula Hoop Grand Champoin during TannerFest. Small towns have their troubles and their comforts. Tanner showed us a little of what makes a small town a fine place to live, with festivities beginning at 6 pm on Friday evening with a community cook-out and hay ride. There were hot dogs and drinks, a "white elephant auction" and covered dish dinner. Saturday morning Visions, Vessels, and Victory, a local non-profit, faith-based agency, served breakfast, and Willie's Sport Shop sponsored a bow-shoot. Meanwhile, folks of all ages gathered together for a day of music, games, fun and sunshine. ......... Area Briefs ......... Glenville Council sets Halloween for Oct. 30 The Community Halloween "Trick or Treating" will take place from 6-to-7:30 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 30 in Glenville. The Glenville City Council decided upon that date, after Mayor Tashua Allman recom- mended it, at its September 14 public meeting. There's no home football game that evening. Unsigned 'Letter to Editor' must be signed We editors have received an unsigned and long "Letter to the Editor" dealing with a BOE- GCHS issue. To be considered for publication, it must be signed, so if the anonymous writer would come into our office, identify the letter, and sign it, we can consider it for printing in a future issue. See the related "Corcoran Column" on pages 3 and 5for more details, relative to this newspaper's "Letters" policies. HAPPY FOLKS IN GLENVILLE -- When a person gives a pint of their blood, he or she just feels happy. After all, by this donation, they are helping others-- less fortunate -- to live. Blood plasma is a life-saving substance, easing victims through serious operations and other needy people with life-threatening diseases. Here, Glenville State College Professor Rick Sypolt, who has given blood for over four decades, tells a joke, getting a smile out of Sarah Westfall, a Red Cross blood collector. Professor Sypolt is the chair of the College's Land Resources Division and an active civic leader. The local area produced 31 pints of blood during the Wed., Sept. 16 American Red Cross's Bloodmobile, held in the Trinity United Methodist Church's Fellowship Hall. The next Blood Drive in Glenville will be on November 11. ($taffphotobyoaveC ........ Sr.)