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The Glenville Pathfinder A Grimer Graphics, Inc. Newspaper Published By and For Gilmer County People Single Copy Price 15c [Incl. Tax] GLFVflJ.I- Gll2Vn COUNTY, WV 26351 s for support Bond that the will be public of all the L8 reade by ina Gilmer for Better the d Welty a better out, to Plan. from the be based not the recently not just Board of can be spending he and the are now )nce again of a 2. defeat raajority of feel that labors to can be who to merely that a Bond issue would never pass because "the Board deliberately let the schools run down"...."You can't trust the Board".... "They wouldn't know how to spend the money if they had it," Welty said these no longer apply to the Grimer County Board. More recently, Welty's memo states, new accusations have been leveled at the Board, including "They didn't do what they said they would with the Better Schools money." Actually, the Superintendent states. "we have completed or will complete every aspect of Phase I of our Comprehensive Plan" before June 30, 1977, which is the expiration date of my contract" Answering a criticism that "Taxes will triple if the Bond Issue passes," Welty said that taxes wouldn't even approach double, much less triple. Answering still another accusa- tion that the Board "will take away our schools anyway," Welty writes: "The Board, in both written word and performance, has over and over exhibited their support for the community school concept and law guarantees that the money realized from the Bond Issue must be spent as stated in 'the Bond Call" (The new Bond Call, which includes all schools, will be published in this newspaper on Oct. 20 and 27.} "The people of Gilmer County," Welty went on, "should be proud of their Board of Education. For the first time in years, progress {see seperate article elsewhere) is very evident and still we have people who are searching for ways to stop the forward motion. If they would stop and think, they would realize that the Board of Education cannot profit from passage of the Bond Issue. It's the children and the county that can realize the greatest benefit." Petit juries drawn and six Gilmer Ralph J. :era on been duty on Allen, Burton Jr., H. A. Collins, Claude D. William Terry Lee ;. Iamison, Jack Alice also been Duty, r3. F. Cates, Coffman, Collins II, F. Davis, Fisher, E. Frye, Furr, Paul Charles Leo Louise Joann M, D. henna J. Loretta r. Espy A. Minney, Woodrow D. Perkins, Jane Post, Dorothy L. Radcliff, Susan Lea Reale, Bobby L. Rose, David Lee Sharps, Loretta R. Shaver, Michael Richard Stalnaker, Alice Virginia Steele, Mildred J. Summers, William C. Summers, Guy T. Taylor, Juanita W. Wright, John O. Furr. New School mascot- the Black Panther Glenville has a new mascot--e Black Panther. The sleek, sly. ferocious feline came up with a clear majority vote of students {Grades 4 through 8) at the new Glenville Elementary School last Wednesday. Red and black were chosen as the school colors. But the choice apparently didn't come easy. A letter asking for parents' and students' suggestions for mascot and colors resulted in five long pages of ideas. Students met Wednesday morning and narrowed the list to the four most-asked-for color combinations and the five most mentioned mascots. A ballot was made up and the elective process then took over. The first Black Panthers to compete in athletic competition will be the girls' basketball team with their game now set for Oct. 4. Plans already are under way to obtain, or have volunteers make at homo, red and black uniforms for the team and for cheerleaders. New water tank nearly complete Welder puts finishing touches to seams on city's new 300,O00-gallon water tank. Weather permlting, the tank will be painted and filled thls week. More campsites planned for Riffle Run area on Burnsville Lake Fifty campsites, instead of 25, will be built at the Riffle Run area at Burnsville Lake, and if a study shows they are needed, additional sites could be built at a later date. The increase  sites was promised bye Army Corp of Engineers at a meeting in Burnsville last week with representatives of Gilmer and Braxton Conties who sought better recreational facilities for the Riffle Run area. The additional sites, the citizens group maintained, would serve the recreational needs of local residents better than sites in the Bulltown area. This would also be some boost to the economy of the two-county area, they said, since users would then travel through this area on their way to and from the lake. Attending the meeting were Glenville and Burnsville mayors Delbert Davidson and John Moran: Jim Retch. president of the Gilmer County P:in Commission; Dr. Rotmie Burke, secretary of "the Plszmtall Commission; Joe Hickman of Glenville State College; and Tim Butcher, GSC Student Congress president. Mayor Davidson is also vice-president of the Planning Commission. The citizens group had requested 15o campsites, but settled for the 50 and the study to see if more might be warranted. The campsites will be completed next year. The Corps said that 254 campsites are planned for the Bulltown Recreation Area, but that this figure is subject to change. 1 1 Deer killed on roads in Aug. The number of road-killed deer took a dramatic jump in Grimer County last month, according to figures released by the W.Va. Conservation Officers in Glenville. The officers investigated 11 highway deer kills here during August. This compares to only one in July, four in June and two in May. Other deer kills investigated during the four-month period included one known illegal kill in May and one in June, and one kill in July due to other causes. Citations and/or arrests resulting in prosecutions, May through August, totaled 17, according to the officers. This included five for littering private property, three for fishing without a license, three for discharging waste into a stream without a permit, and two for willfully discharging into a stream without a permit. Other citations and/or arrests made included one for each of the following: violation of strip mine law; operation of a vehicle with an invalid registration; operation of a motorcycle without registration; and for not having a spark arrestor on a well pumping jack engine. Six warning tickets also were issued by ' the officers who, in the four month period, received 28 complaints in addition to the calls to investigate the above deer kills. The officers also condu'cted gun safety and marksmanship training for 11 days at two different youth camps and gave a two-hour instruction course at Glenville State College. Glenville city officials and residents concerned about an ample water supply will be able to breath a bit easier next week when the new 300,O00-gallon water storage tank on "Tank Hill" between Routes 33/119 and 5 goes into operation. Final welding of the steel tank seams was completed last week and testing for leaks was to be done Monday followed by painting and sandblasting. The tank will be painted an aqua color. Once the new tank is in operation, Glenville Utility will be able to store without pumping, enough water to supply Glenville for two days. The old tank could hold only 150,000 gallons of in the past few years has been plagued with frequent leaking problems. When Glenville State College is in session, the City currently uses approximately 150,000 gallons of water in a 2-hour period. In 1971, about 100,000 gallons per day were used. Glenvrile Utility now serves 755 water customers compared to 650 in 1971. If needed, the tank can serve the entire community. Glenville Mayor Delbert Davidson explained during a tour last week. The other 300,000- gallons storage tank located off Route 5 across from the Kinney Shoe plant, can supply the entire city too, but only when it's completely filled. When half full, the water from this tank cannot reach all sections of Glenville. The newest tank, built by Welding, Inc. of Charleston, has a 4e-foot diameter and is 34 feet high. Cost of the tank is $101,000 and is being totally paid for by HUD grant funds. An additional $54,000 grant. Davidson said, may be used to renovate the old tank if it is found that repair work is feasible. In addition to being able to store a two-day supply of water, the new tank will eliminate the need to pump water all weekend, the Mayor said. It should enable the Utility company to pump during normal working hours. This will reduce overtime work, he said, resulting in a considerable saving. Another bonus of the new water tank project, it was learned, will be the reinforcement of the dam on the Little Kanawha River at the Glenvflle water treatment plant. Approximately 15 truckloads of rock that were removed at the new tank site will be used to strengthen and heighten the dam. This is expected to increase the size of the pool from which city water is drawn. During the recent long dry spell, the water level in the pool got drastically low and possible rationing of water was under consideration. Gilmer Countians take top Livestock Roundup honors Gilmer County 4-H'ers and FFA members walked away with several top honors at the 46th Annual State 4-H and FFA Livestock Roundup at Jackson's Mill, September 13-16, iaC the Grand Champion Steer of the Show, shown by Ina Burkhammer of Cox's Mill. Inn's steer was a Hereford cross raised as part of an FFA project. "We believe this is the first time a Gilmer Countian has taken this top award at the Roundup," Everett Mason, Extension Agent here. said. Sharon Zinn, of Cox's Mill. showed the Champion Hereford Heifer of the Show, and also qualified for the finals of the Senior Division Girls Showman- ship award along with Diana Sommerville. Debbie Bennett and Elizabeth Marks qualified for the finals of the Junior Division. Second place honors in the County Show were won by Gilmer County for the first time in several years. They placed behind Greenbrier County; Lewis County was third. Calves for this class belonged to Mauley and Sharon Zinn, Glendall Butcher and Ins Burkhammer. A Gold Medal first place award also went to Miss Burkhammer in the FFA Showmanship class, while Gary Bush placed second. Gary also placed second in the Senior Division of the 4-H Showmanship class, with Mark Burkhammer taking third place honors. Jeff Bailey and Danny Simmons qualified for the finals in the same Division but failed to place. "Just qualifying for the finals is a real honor and testimony to the young people's ability," Mason stated. Leroy Fincham placed third in the Junior Division, 4-H Showmanship calls and Terry Lilly qualified for the finals. Manley Zinn, competing in the "Showing of Get-of-Sire" class, plaoed fourth with a Mixed Trio (Two steers and one heifer sired by the same bull) and fourth with his Three Steers entry. Gilmer Comtians showed a total of 70 calwil at the annum roundup. Those participating were: Ins, Mark, and Eddie Burkham- mar; manley and Sharon Zinm Leroy Fincham; Gary Bush; Myron, Mark and Jeff Bailey; Dabble Bennett; Diana and Rodney Sommerville; Mike and Randy Peggs; Terry and Jerry Lilly; Keith Cole: Daniel arid Debbie Gordon; Larry Butcher; Danny and Debble Simmons; Steve and Kathy Ellyson, Elizabeth, Cathy and Dabble Marks; Diane Burke; Glendall Butcher. Homecoming Queen Kathy McCartney, Student Coun- cil President and Senior at Gilmer County High School, will reign as Queen over Homecoming festivities due to get under way next week. Kathy is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Loren McCartney of Glenville. Serving as Princess in the Queen's Court will be Senior Cheryl Cart, Junior Cindi Rutherford. Sophmore Lig Glarer and Freshman Sherri McPher- son. Homecoming Day is Friday. October 8, and will be highlighted by a parade, complete with class floats, scheduled to take place in downtown Glenville at 5 p.m. Homecoming ceremonies will follow in the evening at the new football field on Van Horn Drive. The Titans will face So. Harrison under lights with whistle time at 8 p.m. i  i benches provide area for relaxation before and after classes. Schools progress report School has a new look A new student mall, new water coolers and radiator covers, two outdoor basketball banking boards, and new entrances are among some of the many recent improvements at Gilmer County High, giving the local school a refreshing air of newness. The improvements were among those listed in a progress report sent last week to the Gilmer County Citizens Committee for Better Schools by Superintendent Ran Welty. At the high school the entrances to the buildings have been replaced. the hall floors and stairs retried, and classroom entrances have all been replaced with fire-rated doors. Welty reported. "When the remaining doors. frames, and hardware arrive and are installed." he said, "we will have rid our high school of all present fire violations." During a visit to the high shcool by this newspaper, Principal William Piercy said that all the concrete work done for the student mall area was paid for by donations from the FFA. FHA and the Student Council and by the High School and Board of Education, The Student Council. using money earnaa as a prize in last year's .Energy-Saving Program, pur- chased the aluminum tables ann benches in the mall area, the banking boards, and a bicycle rack. The improvements were suggested by students in a survey conducted earlier at the school. "The new high school cafeteria is all but complete,' Welty said in his progress report, "and is proving te be a most functional addition to our school program. We invite everyone to come and inspect the improvements." {Note:an, Open House will be held at the school on Sunday. October 17.} Other improvements in the school system noted by Welty included installation of new fire alarm systems at the Troy and Tanner schools. Both have been inspected and approved by the State Fire Marshal s office. {continued on Page 7) Senior Kathy MeCartaey takes tlme for a drink st me M hlgh school's new water eoolen.