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:; > Thursday, September 25, ~ ~ Page 3 i O ID ' Gilmer's heroes, and a city of 'Vision' Buddy Griffin, who the 2nd Annual Glenville State Festival and International with Fine Arts Division's meant much when he was a blow-out crowd, with a lot this year who stayed the entire huge crowd to Glenville on the was one of Professor goals, not to mention billing entertainers for the audi- platform for lesser known second evening's attendance 800-1,000 people. Their have pulled it off. ale that this GSC Bluegrass al Fiddle Champion- going to become "the biggest development boost for ever." And, based on the interest between last have to agree with him. new festival is y others around the r example, Weston had one development that, no crowd in Glenville. there's no substitute for can continue to sched- "tes such as Jesse and the Virginia Boys, the iseman, as well uP-and-comer Lizzy Long, Glenville's West Virginia in June, Mountain State music fans every- another rare treat here -- a Bluegrass Festival and " in Septem- ~i ton and many of the state's other metro areas are constantlypromotingurb revitalization Hapless Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) Chancellor The plans, of which many wouldn t bold a candle to what the HNTB ideas will do to make Michael Mullen is lining up on the losing team, relative to yet another Corcoran I Illl Glenvillea better place tolive, work and play. controversy. Of late, he has wooed the presidents of West Virginia Univer- Column Illlll our compliments go to HNTB and the sity and Marshall, David Hardesty and Dan #dlgel, into a pact in order to try sponsoring Gilmer County Economic Devel- to negate a state-mandated nine percent higher education budget cut for this By David H Corcctan | Illlll opment Association which got the substantial fiscal year. grantAlso,tO thefUndvisionthis exhaustiVeplan, whichStUdY'mainly fore- Although the state colleges (including Glenville State, will also be ___--- sees the renovation and beautification of the covered by this budget reduction, Dr. Mullen s vapid leadership on this downtown and Hays City commercial dis- heretofore secret initiative has failed to gain public support be, cause he 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, Tant jumped 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, 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 chieL Jim Fealy, is to get 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, 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 aiad 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, Sr. Publisher-Editor ,1o Tant, a 20-year- "ran out of his home in was lifeflighted to a Charleston hospital, there's a better-tl-Lan-even chance that we can Buddy Griffin, John Nevertheless, we editors give a thumbs-up find and secure those grants. Colleges army ofvolun- to both Shylo Tant and Kevin Tingler, two As to this overall Vision Plan effort, the Whatever happened to Osama? ; new fest a great success! Tanner area young men, who placed them- EDA's Fealy remarks: "Out Glenville city's Would help to bolster the selves in danger for the greater good of saving beautification and modernization is being de- ... and it did. the lives of other people. Although the good veloped on a sound footing, and the general ~tionaboutjoiningBuddy deeds of youth are hardly ever recognized- public is in the know. That should help us el, call the GSC Fine Arts as the bad deeds get more publicity, weeditors greatly." ~ 8, 2-4126. wanted to set the record straight and corn- We editors enthusiastically endorse this mE ~ A CAVE-,,E,~E ~IA CAVI[j~ ;~E~A,I iC!tAfl[~ , I of Elkview n the ne mend them for their public spiritedness, con- plan and look forward to working with the Bluegrass fan i w cern for others, and quick action under stress, planners to develop a new look for our own ~ : Secretary of State candi- The big tomatoes newspaperoffices. Most importantly, we hope ~. erty, Esq., of Elkview. , We editors are grateful to Ruby Butcher thatotherbusinesspeopleinthetwocommer- < as the "Earl of Elkview' who gave us three giant and delicious toma- cial areas feel the same way. After all, by plays the guitar at his own toesfromhergardenthisfall.Sheshouldhave making our business fronts more attractive, I Oted for putting on many probably entered them in the Vegetable Con- this will not only spark more business from COmmunities statewide, in- test at the recent Gilmer County Farm Show. consumers but also create a prettier place to programs stress the Ruby, a retiree who resides at Glenville Car- work and be. rginia, via a lively dens, is not out for the prizes, but just likes Annual Recognition Dinner doing good deeds. The Annual EDA Community Awards Din- an excellent, and more goodAnd'friends,they includingare appreciatedus, by her many Nor.her' which4 ~ thehaSG$c[WenB~Lr0om,sct for 6:30 p.m.,is expectedTUes'to -, spokesperson for our A 'Vision for Gienville -draw a large crowd to celebram this year's ne is elected. And, we will be. After an intensive year's study of this corn- community economic development and vol- nl local heroes munity by FINTB and its city planning associ- unteer recipients. OCcasions, young Gilmer ates, the city of Glenville now has a Vision If you know ofa local success story of either forwardih-fo dangerous Planformodernizingandbeautifyingthearea- an individual or group, send your nomina- and, being Good It calls for new streetscapes lined with trees tion(s) to the: Gilmer County EDA, P.O. Box to save people in dire and flower" arrangements, new signage, and 223, Glenville 26351. renovated storefronts and buildings-Thishand- Awards will be made in the following cat- some plan makes us Glenville residents look egories: Gilmer Countian of the Year, Senior like we're "big city folks." After all, Charles- Continued on Page 5 of an oldtimer --- Oleta Singleton: Part 1---Journey to Glen ville in 1918 "Mother was a very particular pets-on; Sl~, nice; Hershoeshad high heels,andbutton .eM I Sehmet.,,,. Onde - """ ressed Father's blue serge suit, wasneo, ann up me sines. I ney were .... maoe or tan rao .. ~nt . _ P " best white shirt, shined his black leather. Her hat was white with a wide brim, !Post aingteton, is a httle ,roned ~.s ...., ~,;, ,i,, and hankie with his a tan ribbon and a bi rose that was lovely. ' min 1909 and weighs sn, . Now, as Father always Now everyone's clo gcs were ready to go to THE 'LAST CRUSADE'-- The current War against Terrorism, which should ~.,I :she likes to write, and wmu~ r,~,~ . "" ...... ad" the coun'-' seat" ~no~h, sol asked if s~ said~l~iSl~rd~nwger~gn~xT~.;~ssedmy new ."The ~a~xt m~'ning we popped out of bed, be more properly named the "Last Great Crusade," is abold attempt to rid the world of senseless violence and those who espouse and perpetrate it. For her earl memones - Y ....... with the ~,',uare collar with two red milked the cows, fed the stock and chickens. yore of Glenville in 1918. sauor~___,,.,~ a~td a black tie at the front All that done, we were ready to eat and take these reasons, the Bush Administration deserves some credit for aiming their ' . stars In ~ ot.n ut,= ~ . l Usta teaser. I am stretch- . ....... ;t,.,,.~ ,,,,m= made ready my white our baths. You see, back then we had no big guns at the terrorist groups which, if gone unchecked, would continue to a three-week story! She sl'Ketoc -=kmn 's a;.. ca n"e' x ve ,mY kn s, and were running water or special room to .take a bath.r sneakWreak attackshaVc andagainstdeathourOn owninncentgreatPepleland of Wrldwide'fre_e,_dom. to say nothing of other in th " held by garters. Then she. but~red' mybl~k We, put a large washt.ub.on the kitchen floe At the same time, though, our Edtodal Page s award-winning carloonG-"t, e comer, m my old rernemberin,, thin,,s of the patent leather slippers witla tt~ big stony oucK- wire warm water and oamea m IL" of my first time to ~ rathe les on the t,oes. When I was all fixed, Mother "I,was first to take my bath, don my clothes Professor Emeritus George Harper, sees things from a different perspective. ,.:,, -:o- b.-- . .... t ' ano nave my hair combed. Two braids in me While our nation and its allies should put down the terrorist threats in Iraq and ' anathedifferencesm c ,am, e" , ,,, toutherdark tan skirt withthe back witha big blue bowoneach one. Now Afghanistan, the leaders of violence are still evil men (and women), are still " lie onl wa to et to ,,,,2u, ~, - ;: Y Y - g .... ~,.-'t'~n"tlie sides about 18 inches above I was to sit on a chair to stay neat until every planning attacks against us and are still at large. Simultaneously, we seem to 1 ,a a horse-drawn buggy, t~,^v,_~,---.--.-j i.,, li t tan blouse with the one else was read " be losing our focus on finding them and putting them on trial for war and no a " " 8 me nero a. .... r gh y. ut 191 , omobtles m ..... ~-.~t. -leeves and the pleated lace on (Next week we go with Oleta on her first genocide crimes. to o from our farm in muuou ~,,,~,,- o . . g . ,, d collar My mother always made trip to Glenvflle.) What s happened to Osama bin Laden, for instance? w o o. the cuffs an . - as our (lay t g fui I knew she would look clothes so beaut] , 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 Christians of them. Now we're It It It there for better reasons: to protect ourselves from their horrible, archaic I ' brutality, to neutralize their intense hatred of the West and to show them the Welfare recipients aren't all bad, need a break benefits of democracy. don't do drugs and I don't drink., enable the children of today to learn aherna- Unfortunately, until their failed leaders are arrested and put on trial at the 'behind- todav to read the I receive these benefits to provide for my tives to welfare, such asjobs and college. But World Court, little progress can be made toward ending this War Against ...~ . ~ ....... ,.aa,en They are wlaat matters necause mey uon't forget to some of the children in this Terrorism. These high profile trials could dramatize the gruesome facts of their when I saw me u_ue ox ~'"~-" ~. .... of this country, RIGHT. I sup- state, going to college is only a dream, not a violent coils to the whole world, including the other Arab nations. It is human ifl,,ed, "Tanner Lady are me ~,e~ess choose to live in their car, too. reality. And that is an injustice, not the state 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 stories to the whole world, then maybe we allies won t have to devote the next three centuries to sending our troops into the Arab world for follow-up Crusades. Hopefully, this current war will be our Last Great Crusade. DHC, Sr. : efits, Ifeelperson- we AL . . - " The- -- -- " GlenvilleDemocraVPaUltlnaer erve to steak my that all jobsand ~.ncomea~,. the Anonymous afull-timeioband taking' eat-er '-'e-vest:na-t nwe'dsutatle GlenviUe, WV l: vtd t4. Corcor, n, $r.' Pubtlstuw'E or ! . .". * ",. ,.nino to ~o oanm'upt necause u=tnu= u .... I ;rtainlmost ce y neana.uu.,,,,v..---- ----- -- ,,, , ,~ 6[0111p$ ---- PHONE 304-462-7309 Yo . ...." for vour civic, social, church, or youth group or cause by u can gmn l,,, lict-J of Senotll~ li~heP;hlcalesSkg~sh ~fr Yclll~!~l:eatiPpO B=l?:2hlo0u81g~ editors , --,-.---,;o,,,,~nts" in order to be in corn liance with the election laws nttca~ P O!~_,M_ in "Paid Po" " ,~u .......... t | |