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Thursday, September 25, 2003 mPage 3 ~ ' Gilmer's heroes, and a city of 'Vision' MUsic Professor Buddy Griffin, who Glenville State Festival and International ) with Fine Arts Division's y, meant much when he out crowd, with a lot this year who stayed the entire a huge crowd to Glenville on the Weekend was one of Professor not to mention billing entertainers for the audi- Colorful platform for lesser known he second evening's attendance 800-1,000 people. Their 9ulled it off. me that this GSC Bluegrass 3nal Fiddle Champion- going to become "the biggest development boost for ever." And, based on the public's interest between last I'd have to agree with him. that the new festival is with so many others around the • For example, Weston had one a development that, no the crowd in Glenville. hand, there's no substitute for iuddy can continue to sched- old favorites such as Jesse and the Virginia Boys, the Mac Wiseman, as well y Long, to Glenville's West Virginia in June, Mountain State Bluegrass music fans every- ,are treat here -- a Bluegrass Festival and petition in Septem- Buddy Griffin, John College's army of volun- fest a great success ! would help to bolster the and it did. ioiningBuddy call the GSC Fine Arts 2-4126. The Corcoran | Jlll £o? n Illlll sandals and boxer shorts" early in the morning to find a car that had landed in the creek. To make matters worse, its occupants, Lesa Prunty of French Creek and Marshall Blake of Tan- ner, couldn't swim. With a great presence of mind and courage, Tantjumped into the water to catch Blake who was being carried down- stream. He, then, returned to the car to free Prunty who was trapped atop it. After he aided her, the car floated downstream. Sadly, the Tant family says that they have seen many other accidents at the narrow bridge by their home. Hence, if the state's Highway Department would erect some warning signs at the approaches to that bridge, maybe fewer accidents would happen there. The second instance of heroism took place on Fri. morning, Aug. 22 when youthful Kevin Tingler of Tanner, a passing motorist, saw a smoking truck on a hillside on SR 9 (Bull Fork). With great public spiritedness and brav- ery, he stopped and pulled an 18-year-old man out of the fiery vehicle. Although Lucas Minney, the 18-year-old Burnt House man, was badly injured and trapped inside, Tingler was able to free him. Later, the Gilmer County Ambulance Author- ity treated and transported him --- with second and third degree burns-- to Minnie Hamilton Healthcare Center in Grantsville. He, in turn, was lifeflighted to a Charleston hospital. Nevertheless, we editors give a thumbs-up to both Shylo Tant and Kevin Tingler, two Tanner area young men, who placed them- selves in danger for the greater good of saving the lives of other people. Although the good deeds of youth are hardly ever recognized --- as the bad deeds get more publicity, we editors wanted to set the record straight and corn- Earl of Elkview mend them for their public spiritedness, con- Bluegrass fan in the new cern for others, and quick action under stress. was Secretary of State candi- The big tomatoes augherty, Esq., of Elkview. We editors are grateful to Ruby Butcher wn as the "Earl of Elkview" who gave us three giant and delicious toma- ; .and plays the guitar at his own toes from her garden this fall. She should have ,)s noted for putting on many probably entered them in the Vegetable Con- ; in communities statewide, in- test at the recent Gilmer County Farm Show. Ville. His programs stress the Ruby, a retiree who resides at Glenville Gar- ~out West Virginia, via a lively dens, is not out for the prizes, but just likes ; show venue, doing good deeds. n~e an excellent, and more And, they are appreciated by her many ~ve, spokesperson for ourgood friends, including us. ~, if he is elect" ed. And, we A 'Vision' for Glenville - he will be. After an intensive year's study of this com- mathful local heroes munity by HNTB and its city planning associ- at occasion s,._,young Gilmer ales, the city of Glenville now has a Vision P~ forward into dangerousPlan for modernizing and beautifying the area. anner area and, being Good It calls for new streetscapes lined with trees to save people in dire and flower arrangements, new signage, and renovated storefronts and buildings. This hand- ident, Shylo Tant, a 20-ye~- some plan makes us Glenville residents look "ran out of his home m like we're "big city folks." After all, Charles- t i t i~) i~~ ~ • [ ton and many of the state's other metro areas are constantly promoting urban revitalization plans, of which many wouldn't bold a candle to what the HNTB ideas will do to make Glenville a better place to live, work and play. Our compliments go to HNTB and the sponsoring Gilmer County Economic Devel- opment Association which got the substantial grant to fund this exhaustive study. Also, the Vision Plan, which mainly fore- sees the renovation and beautification of the downtown and Hays City commercial dis- tricts, is picking up some steam. As a race boost, the concept got some favorable re- gional coverage in a Business Section story appearing in the Sun., Sept. 14 issue of The Parkersburg News. The next hurdle for the county's Economic Development chief, Jim Fealy, is toget Glen- ville Mayor Brian Kennedy and the City Coun- cil to buy into the program. We editors don't anticipate any problems there, as any town needs a facelift every so many decades. Glenville's last storefront clean-up was done by the historic Flood of 1985 when many of the downtown businesses were destroyed, thereby necessitating the development of Hays City as a second commercial area. Gilmer County Commissioners Larry Chap- man, Reta Kight and Dave Hess have already given their pre-approval to the concept, but will still have to pass official judgment on it at the appropriate time. Most importantly, since the plan deals with private property, it can't move ahead without the good will and elbow grease of our local business people, civic leaders and Glenville State College. To get the brick-and-mortar phase jump-started, Gilmer's EDA hopes to attract several government and private foun- dation grants. Under U.S. Congressman Alan Mollohan's alert and hands-on leadership, there's a better-than-even chance that we can find and secure those grants. As to tiffs overall Vision Plan effort, the EDA's Fealy remarks: "Our Glenville city's beautification and modernization is being de- veloped on a sound footing, and the general public is in the know. That should help us greatly." We editors enthusiastically endorse this plan and look forward to working with the planners to develop a new look for our own newspaper offices. Most importantly, we hope that other business people in the two commer- cial areas feel the same way. After all, by making our business fronts more attractive, this will not only spark more business from consumers but also create a prettier place to work and be. Annual Recognition Dinner The Annual EDA Community Awards Din- ner, which has been set Nov. 4 at the to draw a large crowd to ~ this year's community economic development and vol- unteer recipients. If you know of a local success story of either an individual or group, send your nomina- tion(s) to the: Gilmer County EDA, P.O. Box 223, Glenville 26351. Awards will be made in the following cat- egories: Gilmer Countian of the Year, Senior Continued on Page 5 of an oldtimer -- Oleta Singleton: Part 1 --- Journey to Glenville in 1918 nice. Her shoes had high heels and buttoned "Mother was a very particular person. She Schmetzer, sed Father's blue serge suit, washed and pies Post Singleton, is a little ironed his best white shirt, shined his black :was born in 1909 and weighs shoes, laid out his tie and hankie with his She likes to write, and white panama hat. Now, as Father always memory, so I asked if shesaid, his 'trotting rig' was ready. "My clotbes were next. She pressed my new Wrote of Glenville in 1918. sailordresswiththesquarecollarwithtw°red I am stretch- stars in the corners and a black tie at the front a three-week story! She like the sailors wore, made ready my white stockings that came above my knees and were in the corner, in my old held by garters. Then she 'b.utte.r~ mybl~k .am remembering things of the Patent leather slippers witrt me o|g stony DucK" , first time to go to the les on the toes. When I was all fixed, Mother n .. differences in came next." . ow. The only way to get to "Mother got out her dark tan skirt wl~ the ~as in a horse-drawn buggy, box pleats on the sides about 18 mcnes aoove had no automobiles in 1918, the hem, and her light tan blouse with the ~g time to go from our farm in mutton shank sleeves and the pleated lace on the cuffs and collar. My mother always made °morrow was our day to go." clothes so beautiful, I knew she would look up the sides. They were made of tan kid leather+ Her bat was white with a wide brim, a tan ribbon and a big rose that was lovely. Now everyone's clothes were ready to go to the county seat." "The next morning we popped out of bed, milked the cows, fed the stock and chickens. All that done, we were ready to eat and take our baths. You see, back then we had no running water or special room to take a bath. We put a large washtub on the kitchen floor with warm water and bathed in it." "I was first to take my bath, don my clothes and have my hair combed. Two braids in the back with a big blue bow on each one. Now I was to sit on a chair to stay neat until every one else was ready." (Next week we go with Oleta on her first don't do drugs and I don't drink. trip to Glenville.) my Welfare recipients aren't all bad, need a break enable the children of today to learn aiterna- I receive these benefits to provide for my tives to welfare, such as jobs and college. But children. They are what matters because they don't forget to some of the children in this are the future of this country, RIGHT. I sup- state, going to college is only a dream, not a pose homeless choose to live in their car, too. reality. And that is an injustice, not the state ifyouaskedsomeonewhoreceivebenefits,HELPING families like mine. A lot of the I could guarantee you that 100 percent °fthem residents in West Virginia don't get a fair deal would tell you that they would rather work a because of economics. There are no jobs full-time job and have money than receive around this area without traveling, and, benefits and not be able to pay the bills or eat, newsflash, it takes money to travel. sometimes, even choosing between the two. I'm not saying that some MAY not abuse In this state, the wages are low for those the system, I'm just saying make sure you those who truly without a college degree and that cannot guar- antee an income, either. Especially after 9-11, we ALL learned that nothing is secured and that all jobs and income are available for the taking. If Johnna Heater believes that the state is going to go bankrupt because of individuals behind" today to read the when I saw the title of titled, "Tanner Lady has to be a joke. as I continued to read on, the further my jaw dropped. I I someone could be sojudg- m group of people. of speech and all, but Is AGAINST the law. To out- don't discriminate against need the help. working on getting my on welfare, then maybe they should put more . I most certainly heart and thought into the school systems and 6 ups -- e recipients "sit on their s" is absurd. As a benefits, I feel person- and I deserve to speak my works a full-time job and our two young children. I Anonymous Glenville, WV Letters continued on Page 5 wrong roa Hapless Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) Chancellor Michael Mullen is lining up on the losing team, relative to yet another controversy. Of late, he has wooed the presidents of West Virginia Univer- sity and Marshall, David Hardesty and Dan Angel, into a pact in order to try to negate a state-mandated nine percent higher education budget cut for this fiscal year. Although the state colleges (including Glenville State) will also be covered by this budget reduction, Dr. Mullen's vapid leadership on this heretofore secret initiative has failed to gain public support because he didn't publicize it effectively to all of the colleges. Even though GSC President Robert Freeman is in contact with Mullen regularly, there's been no effort to inform this newspaper and our readers --- mostly avid GSC alumni and fans -- to come to the College's defense• Either Dr. Mullen isn't stressing the importance of a concerted statewide effort to defeat the measure or Dr. Freeman isn't telling us the facts. Knowing Dr. Freeman first-handedly, we don't believe the latter. In fact, GSC's state allocation is becoming so miniscule that it would hardly be sensible to cut it. Governor Bob Wise voices strong criticism of this HEPC initiative saying if Mullen and the presidents have a better plan to balance the state's budget this year, to let him know. Otherwise, shut up and get on with the budgetary slashing throughout all state agencies (the K-12 public schools being exempted). The Governor has a point. Unfortunately, when our state's top higher education official, Dr. Michael Mullen, spends most, if not all, of his research time on working up the negative statistics and hurdles that face our public colleges and universities, there's little time or effort to do the necessary planning to point them in a winning direction, particularly for the recruitment of students -- a very desirable goal for increasing each institution's revenues and closing state government's budgetary gaps. Dr. Mullen's tenure has been disappointing, unimaginative and inept. His resignation, which we editors recommend, could open the door to a new, more visionary top educator who could not only handle HEPC's adminis- trative duties but also help the institutions to move ahead into a period of future stability, growth and achievement• DHC, St. Publisher-Editor Whatever happened to Osama? • , •i~i!¸ THE 'LAST CRUSADE'-- The current War against Terrorism, which should be more propedy named the "Last Great Crusade," isa bold attempt to nd the world of senseless violence and those who espouse and perpetrate it. For these reasons, the Bush Administration deserves some credit for aiming their big guns at the terrorist groups which, if gone unchecked, would continue to wreak havoc and death on innocent people worldwide, to say nothing of other sneak attacks against our own great land of freedom• At the same time, though, our Editorial Page's award-winning cartoonist, Professor Emedtus George Harper, sees things from a different perspective. While our nation and its allies should put down the terronst threats in Iraq and Afghanistan, the leaders of violence are still evil men (and women), are still planning attacks against us and are still at large. Simultaneously, we seem to be losing our focus on finding them and putting them on trial for war and genocide cdmes. What's happened to Osama bin Laden, for instance? For three centuries during the Middle Ages, the western nations launched several Great Crusades against the Arab nations for mostly religious reasons -- mainly to subjugate the infidels and to make Chnstians of them. Now we're there for better reasons: to protect ourselves from their hornble, archaic brutality, to neutralize their intense hatred of the West and to show them the benefits of democracy. Unfortunately, until their failed leaders are arrested and put on trial at the Wodd Court, little progress can be made toward ending this War Against Terrorism These high profile tnals could dramatize the gruesome facts of their violent cells to the whole wodd, including the other Arab nations. It is human nature to want to live in peace and security, so the majority of Arab people, we believe, are no different in that respect, but many adhere to the false policies of madmen such as Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. If these men are taken alive and made to tell their paranoid stones to the whole wodd, then maybe we allies won't have to devote the next three centuries to sending our troops into the Arab wodd for follow-up Crusades. Hopefully, this current war will be our Last Great Crusade. 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