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- ! e Single Copy Price-50• (47' plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5890) Published by and for Gilmer County People viile. Gilmer County, We t irginia 26351 America is at war to bring peace to the world. May our armed forces in Iraq be kept safe, including the Gilmer County soldiers on page 6 in this issue! -% Get Me Started' --- A Wesley Clark. Page 6 : in another =hanceltor stupid act: Page 3 teams lose, but moments! Pages 4 & Goings ]~"~ans Flag Unit will appear in , ~1~ ~n~.Cou. nty High School Home- rtdl~ ,=¢~'=a(lE~ i~ e on Fn., Oct. 3 at 1:30 ~non West points out that all ~~ plan to participate ~l~h" ble by 1"00 p.m. The ~wUl take place in'the Pizza Hut ~ta~..~_ on Main Street. All Veter- J~ ~" welCOme. Bnng a Veteran. --o ~ BREAST CANCER ~'~ ~ARENESS DAY " "~' ;-,,,'1~ National Breast Cancer '~,~d~-il~ Month. Gilmer County will ~'~11~1~'~. nual Breast Cancer Aware- ~Y On Oct. 6 at Glenville Trin- 12 00 noon. :,are !o joa.end G,me C ty l to host one of the fifteen 1~ ~,~tare occurring around the ill~uring the month. Gilmer l~a~i~alk for Women...take a ~'~ breast cancer" will take ~"~'-',~1. 11. Registration begins ~-~,m. at Morris stadium. For ~",'~=°~rnation on either of these , call 304-462-7061. ~'(T " 'TOPS' ~ake off pounds sensibly) l~ ~_..muir winners for the most ~t~ m the month of August. ~1~. Went]o Linda Peggs, sec- i~l~Went to Rita McHenry, and ~L-'~ Went to Linda Nolan. The ~'~QrR~best" weekly loser for the ,~'t~.~Pt. 8 was Lois Hickman. p.~,uu meets every Tuesday at ~'-at the Small Wodd Day h,,-~J Elm St n "nforma- w~e=, ;_" . F_r more i | ''" 462-7777 or 462:5017. L r,.. LE.p.C MEETING ~1~~er County L.E.P.C. will be f':~ ~ n~eeting on Tues, Sept. 30 I~0~rn. at the County Commis- h:'~ at the Gilmer County Court- | " e general public is invited. L, N WALDMAN AT GSC i~,s iff.°rming at Glenville State [at~.~eflin Center on Wed., Sept. ~01~n "P.m. The event is FREE | ~"~ to the public. 10) a meeting at 6:30 lurs., Sept. 25 at the Jseum's office Street. Officials of U.S. an Alan Mollohan's Pmportant presentation. the beneficiary of a to restore the grandeur. The to the general public. todal Highway Will meet 6 p.m. on next =n the Gilmer County ' would extend from and Spencer, 33/119, and then on ey, ending with an Ohio Point further down SR ;loner Larry local insurance man are Gilmer County's 3 .,4&7 ........ 10 : ......................... , ........ 8-9 1] 11 AGilmer Technology s nd commission mtg. By David H. Corcoran, lowered in the 2fX)3 Levy from the year Publisher-Editor 20(X)'s rate by three percent, or from $2.86- Although the Thurs., Sept. 18 Gilmer County to-2.78 per $ ] 00 of assessed valuation and Commission meeting was packed with routine $5.72-to-5.55, respecuvely. Additionally, items on its business agenda, an out-of-the- Class II/(vehicles) and Class IV (in-town ordinary announcement was made -- the pro- rentals and non-residential businesses) will posed Special Vital Services Tax Levy rates be reduced by 2.8 percent from $11.44-to- have been reduced by about three percent. 11.12 in both categories. "Look at that," Commission President Larry Benefiting from th~s existing excess tax Chapman instructed, letting his characteristic levy are the following Gilmer County agen- wide grin appear. "These proposed rates are less cies and their share of the Class I funds: because oftbe increased business activity in the Board of Health, $1.03 per $100 of assessed county." valuation; Senior Citizens Center, .72; WVU- Then, on top of this good news. the commis- Gilmer Extension Service, .31; Public Li- sioners learned that the county is also finan- brary, .43; and the }~onomic Development cially healthy. The County Clerk Office's book- Association, .37. keeper, Norma Hurley, reported that as of July "This is an important election for each one l, 2003, the county treasury had an opening of these vital agencies " President Chapman balance of $256,034.18. With the payment of observes, noting that he'd like to see every bills since then, however, the current balance is eligible voter in the county go to the polls. $190,376.48. Moreover, her estimated value of "For three weeks before the November 8 unencumbered funds, which the commission Election, you can vote in the County Clerk's has some leeway to allocate, is $176,432.48. Office," he explains. "There is no longer any Nevertheless, all of the financial news wasn't excuse for not voting. Under Secretary of good, in that the Sheriffs Department continues State (Joe) Manchin's (user-friendly) regula- te overspend its budget due, in part, to the grave lions, this is not a situation that you can't find illness and absence of Sheriff Gary Rose and a the time anymore." lack of line item controls in the office itself, Financial report according to the bookkeeper. In fact, the corn- In bringing the commissioners up-to-date missioners alsocomplained about the high Con- with the county's financial picture, County tral Regional Jail incarceration fees. "For Au- Bookkeeper Norton Hurley outlined some gust, we have to pay $4,275 for only four contingency line items which need alloca- inmates," President Chapman points out -- a lions from the $176,432.48 in unencum- monthly expense of $1,395 for jailing each one bored funds. "There are some problems with of the county's prisoners, the (current) budget and revisions are Levy rate reductions needed," she states. The commissioners gave a boost to the up- First of all, the Sheriffs Department needs coming Sat., Nov. 8 Vital Services Levy Elec- $11,000 to pay its part-time help. Secondly, lion which they hope voters will approve, thereby the same department needs $2,000 more for extending the current levy for another three mailing out the tax statements. Thirdly, the years. Assessor's Office needs $3,500. Fourthly, Seeing it as a taxpayer-friendly development, the Courthouse's computer network should they released and approved the new lower rates be upgraded for $8,000. Finally, Commis- for the 2003 Levy Call at the meeting, sioner Reta Kight injected that the Class I (farm animals and farm machinery) Courthouse's rock( is leaking and a new roof and Class II (residential property) will both be Continued on page 6 e SOLAR-POWERED PUMP- During a recent demonstration of his newly installed solar pump, Larry Chapman, a Leading Creek farmer, tells a group of curious onlookers about the panels used to track sunlight to power the pump for the well on his farm. Local herdsman harnesses solar energy for farm use By Kristal Sheets, "In order to water the cows at the creek, a Staff Reporter fence would have to be built around the Larry Chapman, a local businessman and creek, but that wasn't feasible," Chapman herdsman, spent years trying to tease out the said. easiest, most cost effective way to water a The soil on the land didn't allow for a hundred head of cattle on 70 acres of his pond to bedug, soChapman hada 138-foot Leadin~ Creek farm. Continued on page 6 • il • An innovati ve law en f~rcement traini ng cen- ter wilt s~)n be established at Glenvilte State College. U.S. Congressman Alan B. Mollohan (Dem.- 1st Dist.) ann()unced Monday that a law en- forcement training annex will be set up at Glen ville State College this sch(g~l year through a partnership with the National Corrections and Law Enforcement ]raining and Technol- ogy Center (NCLETTC) in Moundsville. "This partnershipis still in the early stages, but it's already generating excitement within the two organizations," said Congressman Mollohan. "Leaders at both Glenville State and NCLE'Iq'C recognize the benefits that will result from a successful collaboration on the project." Continued on page 13 Gilmer EDA's News& Views 1958 GSC CHAMPS HONORED --- At Saturday's half-time during the Glenville State- Clarion University home football game, the 1958 Pioneer team was given a special recognition, and seven members of the squad were in attendance to accept it. Extending the College's well-wishes to each returning alumnus was Dr. Robert Freeman, interim president (second from left), who shakes the hand of Gone Alkire, a 1961 graduate who later had a successful 38-year coaching career at several different high schools, including Gilmer County. In commenting on this GSC degree, Coach Alkire states, "l had opportunities to coach all over the United States due to my GSC degree. If you graduated from GSC, they knew that you attended a great school." Also commenting on that fabled and undefeated 1958 West Virginia College Conference Championship team were Fred Taylor and Ronnie Peters. Taylor, a 1960 graduate and a Walton native, coached at Ravenswood High School for 31 years. Peters, a 1959 graduate and one-time Sand Fork teacher, recalls that the team's greatest moment was fighting back and ultimately beating Fairmont State College after falling behind in the first quarter. Taylor is now retired in Spencer and Peters, in Rockville, Md. (Staff photo by Dave Coreoran, Sr.) PONDERING WHO SHOULD BE COMMUNITY AWARDEES -- At last Thurs., Sept. 18th's Gilmer Courtly/ Economic Development Association meeting at the Courthouse, about 20 people pondered the major reports outlined to the group. Listening intently from left to right are Larry Chapman, Dr. Louis Manley, Dr. Jim Hilgenberg, Ken Foglesong, Dr. Robed Freeman, (Dan Johnson, behind Dr. Freeman), Gary Stone, arm Jim Stout. The upcoming 6:30 p.m., Tues., Nov. 4 Annual E.DA Community Awards Dinner was one o; me agenaa's mare aiscusslon topics. The EDA is requesting nominations for the following categories: Gilmer Countian(s) of the Year, Senior Services Outstanding Person(s) of the Year, Outstanding Business (or Business Person) of the Year, Outstanding Youth Services Person(s) of the Year, and Outstanding Community Volunteer(s) of the Year. The EDA members and the general public are urged to write letters of nomination to honor civic-minded people and business achievers in their communities ASAP and to mail them to: Gilmer County EDA, Attn. Community Awards Nomination, P.O. Box 223, Glenville 26351. Look for more EDA news in next week's edition. (staff photo by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) 000000000000 00e~eeeoeooo Everyone, it seems, braced for hurricane Isabel last week, including states as far inland as West Virginia. The storm slammed into the coast of North Carolina on Thursday, destroying man-made beaches and engulfing islands. The damage to NC state road 12 was extensive enough to hamper rescue and clean-up efforts well into the weekend. By Monday, there were still 800,000 Dominion Power customers in North Carolina, Virgi.nia and Washington, D.C. without electricity. According to Allegheny Poveer, there were 230,000 reported power outages on Thursday and Friday throughout their service area in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. By Tuesday, 96 percent of the customers affected by Isabel's storms had power restored. While nearly two million people were without electricity from North Carolina to Washington, D.C., few homes were affected in Gilmer County. Here, it seems a steady rain and brisk winds were the greatest indications of what havoc was being wreaked by nature along the coastline. Gilmer County Sheriff's Deputy Larry Gerwig stated, "Where I live, we're usually the first to have electricity and phone service go, but we were fine during the storm." The majority of state power failure occurred in the eastern panhandle of the state, which juts =,~ ..... 14-15 into northwestern Virginia. . ................................ /&lO .......... l, 3, 5, Ex.Glenville policeman seeks change of venue SPECIAL VISITOR TO GILMER COUNTY -- On this past Sunday, the Ca!holic t' ........ -- Former Glenville Police Sgt. Michael Lee Kendall, who faces a trial on a nine-count Grand communitypriest, Rev.°fBernardGilmer CountYschmitt,hostedbishopa specialof the Wheeling-Charlestonand perhaps last visit Diocese.bY the stateBishopS top tation Moment Jury indictment in Gilmercounty, ,s seeking a change of venue, according to statewide press Schmitt, a native West Virginian who has recently announced his forthcoming reports. I o | "ught of Isabel's Week --- Defense attorney Jura d J nes reportedly filed a change of venue motion in the Gilmer County retirement, traveled to Glenville s Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church on Mineral 'eLperfections, ' in order Circuit Court on Wed., Sept. 17, citing the need to find an impartial jury --- a condition that Road in order to bless the new renovated and modernized church. He also co- celebrated the regular Sunday Mass with Pastor Edwin Daschbach, SVD and gave would be difficult in the count)' where the controversy erupted, nEen 'a tnh;t riws- se;nC°n'Aft r od :ent °i-'-pa-h l°nerse r~: o.';~at she is the image of Not wanting to comment on the motion, Circuit Clerk Lane Smith would only say that Circuit % ered dish dinner at the l ¢ e ' , nlydefects'His toimage.ShoW,,that onJUdgeMon.,JaCksept-Als°P29.wouldn't rule o :he motion until the previously scheduled pro-trial hearing left' to right: Bishopty 'Schmilt, Grog" .... Bamberger, Jr., StevenY ViotaedS(bothavailablechurchareyouthfr°m ['~naat ~ Pascal On July 15, the then suspended Police Sgt. Kendall, of the Glenville P~)lice Department, had from Glenville), and Kristi Rogucki McWhirter, a state s attorney, Mass reader and ! " ~.matician & philosopher Continued on page 6 dinner volunteer. After socializing at the meal, Bishop Schmitt joined Father Ed for the I (/623.1062) afternoon s worship service at the federal prison, (Staffphoto by Dave Corcoran, Sr.)