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Single Copy Price-50 (47 plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5890) Published by and for Gilmer County People Volume 100, Number 41 www• Glenville, Gilmer County, Veest Virginia 26351 Thursday, Oct. 7, 2004 A Columbus Day Wish n That our nation and area's Armed Forces 4. serving as peacekeepers in lraq and Afghanistan be made safe this holiday! Editorial Page--- Endorsing Justice McGraw & Kristal's final 'Don't Get Me Started.' Page 3A Gilme~s Sports Scene -- GSC's Pioneers & Gilmer High's Titans take on their rivals. Pages 4A & 7A Shopping Happiness-- Stay up-to-date with shopping bargains via our Region's Best Marketplace page! ,,_ Page 7Aj GILMER PRIMARY CARE STAFF BENEFIT YARD SALE The staff of Gilmer Primary Care will be hosting a Yard Sale at 809 Min- eral Road on Sat., Oct. 9, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm., rain or shine. All profits will be donated to the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (BCCSP) to aid low-income women in receiving rec- ommended screenings• Educational information also aiailable. VETERANS FLAG UNIT The Veterans' Flag Unit will appear in the Glenville ,c, ~ College Homecom- ing parade o~ .,t., eel 16, at 10:00 am. The parade will come down Main St. Damon West points out that all veterans who plan to participate should assemble by 9:00 am. The veterans line up will take place on the sidewalk in front of Bonnie Erwin's home on East Main St. All veterans • are welcome. ANGEL TREE APPLICATIONS Community Resources will start tak- ing Angel Tree applications on Oct. 12. Must be income eligible. Ages will be 14 and under. No over the phone sign-ups. Bring shirt, pants, shoes and jacket sizes. The final day to sign up is Nov. 19. You MUST have all your _new information with you to get ,on the computer if you have not done so. For more info. Call 462-8698. HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMM. The Gilmer County Historic Land- marks Commission will meet Thurs., Oct. 21, at 6:30 pro, at the Commu- nity Showcase, 115 E. Main St. Continued on page 6B P 0ic The Gilmer County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. on this Thurs., Oct. 7 at the Courthouse for its first regular meeting of the month. To be placed on the agenda, a citizen must contact County Clerk Beverly Marks (462-7641 ) two days in 'vance, if action on an issue is beirk .quested. For any other non-action business, the general public is invited to just drop in. The Gilmer County Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. on Men., Oct. 11 at the High School Library. The general public is invited to attend. The Gilmer County Economic Development Association will meet at noon on Thurs., Oct. 21 in the Gilmer County Courthouse. The public is invited. President Denny Pounds or Michelle Kight can be reached at 304- 462-8098. The Gilr County Historical Society will me,., at 6:3( a. on Thurs., Oct. 28 at the Holt House s Annex. One topic will be the reprinting of the County History, or heritage book. The general public and Society members are welcome. For further information, call Margaret Moss at the History Center at 462-4295. This Week The Editorial Page .......................... 3A Sports .................................... 4A & 7A Obituaries ........................................ 613 Society ......................................... I-3B News ............................ 4B Legals .......................................... 4-5B Classifieds ................................... 8-9A GGOs ................................... 1A & 6B GSC News .............. 1 A, 3A, 4A & 5A C/kNA News-l,5A& Region's Best Marketplace ............. 7B Bailey's of Buckhannon ................ 10A Sub Express at Go-Mart ................. 8B Meditation Moment Thought for Columbus Day -- "In a museum in Havana, there are two skulls of Christopher Columbus, 'one when he was a boy and one when he was a man." " Mark Twain American author t'i835-1910) By David 1t. Corcoran, Publisher-Editor "People must have high-speed lnternet ac- cess to be competitive these days," stated Anne Pope, the Federal Co-Chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), during a stop- over in Glenville on last Thurs., Sept. 30. In the historic first for an ARC chief visiting Giimer County, she came here to review the progress being made on the joint Glenville State College-Carnegie Mellon University wireless broadband lnternet ac- cess project to move this small rural Appa- lachian area into the forefront of the Infer- mation and Communications Age. And, what she saw, she liked, so she conveyed to a crowd of local and statewide educational, technological and governmen- tal dignitaries attending Progress Report meetings at GSC. "There is no better way to progress than to do it using this modern technology," she relates. "This is a demonstration project, and we want to demonstrate that small businesses, industries, schools, governmen- tal units and people can overcome the geo- graphic barriers of these mountains. If the First of all, the Gilmer county seat has strong local leadership, she observes, noting that Ike and Sue Morris, via a substantial private con- tribution, have advanced the pilot project even further than originally planned through the establishment of a Distance Learning Center where the meeting was held. Secondly, the people here believe that hav- ing a close, central connection to the Internet is important. "Your (the people's) role is more important than ours (at the ARC)," she quickly adds. Finally, Gienville State College, its presi- project works in Glenville, it will be a dent, Dr•RobertFreeman,andtechnologychief, model for other communities where the Larry Baker, were key leaders in this effort, she mountainshaveimpededprogressforyears, mentions, stressing that without them, the My family once had a fourth-generation project would not have been funded. By Bill Williams, !1I, Oct. 30 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Kight then business in Tennessee, so I'm concerned Town walk through Staff Reporter ' explained this recommendation by citing his about what happens to these small commu- After arriving in town, Pope walked through In a close-to-record-setting short meeting, reservations of having the event conflicting nities." the downtown, seeing how the new wireless the Gienville City Council set the dates for with local sporting events on Friday. The Glenville's THE TOWN broadband was working in the Community upcoming events of great importance to the motion was seconded and passed. "Why Glenville." she rhetorically in- Showcase, Police Department and College. youth of Gilmer County. Councilmember Garry Kight made the rec- Kight also proceeded to recommend that quired'~ ommendation for setting Gilmer County s offi- the Council give approval to Glenville State ' Continued on page 6A cia12004 Halloween Trick-or-Treating for Sat., College s request te~:lhave their Homecoming Continu on page 6A .... :: i : I ....... .......... .... .............. ................ • !i ! i ii ~ ~ A GIFT FOR THE VISITOR -- H. John Whitehill (second from left), Carnegie Mellon University's wireless broadband Internet access project's spokesperson, gets a pleasing response from Appalachian Regional Commission Co-Chair Anne Pope (far left) when he presents her with a West Virginia coffee mug which he purchased on this newspaper's website, www.G/envil/ The ARC's chief was in town to review the progress being made on the joint federal- state government agency's grant to connect remote and rural Glenville and Gilmer County with the world, via a variety of Intemet initiatives. Smiling as they looked on at the lively exchange are Barbara Lay (second from right), Minnie Hamilton Healthcare Center'stop administrator, and Lee Kraus, a vice-president of the private research and information technology company, IRC, Inc. The meeting took place m" the Sue Morris Distance Learning Center at Glenville State College on last Thurs. morning, Sept. 30, and was moderated by the College's technology chief and DEMOCRATS OPEN LOCAL OFFICE ON CONRAD COURT --- On Monday, several local associate v-p, Larry Baker (not pictured). (Staffphotoa by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) Democrats ~ representing both the Party's Central Committee and Democratic Women -- opened the County's Democratic Headquarters in the old Quest End Restaurant across Conrad Court from the Conrad Hotel• This will also be the John Kerry for President Headquarters. Getting the 2004 Campaign Office up-and-running were from left to right: Lane Smith, Cedarville; Sandy ::,~ Pettit, Dusk Camp; Greg Smith, Letter Gap; Jim Mencer, Glenville; Dan Page, Normantown; and Vic Moyers, Cedarville. The office will be manned by volunteers and be open on a regular schedule through the November 2 General Election, states Mrs. Pettit. :'~: oeeeeeeeoeeee i¸ WIRELESS SYSTEM'S AN'fENNA -- Standing atop Pickens HalL on last Thurs. moming, Glenville State College's associate vice-president and technology chief, Larry Bake r (far right), points to the wireless system's antenna sticking up beside him. This modern innovation of bringing wireless broadband Intemet access to a small town like Glenville and a college like GSC was made possible by a joint $250,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Benedum Foundation. The ARC's head, Anne Pope, is standing on the far left, and was learning from Mr. Baker how the antenna's beams connected the system to the Community Showcase and Police Station downtown, among other sites. The grant was awarded to and is administered by Carnegie Mellon University's Center for Appalachian Network Access (CANA) -- a non-profit arm of the highly-acclaimed Pittsburgh university's School of Computer Science. oeeeeeeeeeeee GSC to honor five outstanding people qt its 2004 Homecoming, Oct. 16 At G,cnville State College's Annual Alumni Awards Brunch on Sat., Oct. 16, five special individuals will be singled out and honored for their outstanding service to the college, community and society during the 2004 Homecoming. Professor Emeritus Espy Miller, a long-time GSC English teacher, is being given the Community Service Award ".r the past six decades, the Glenville resident has been active on many local boards, is a Wor,~. ˘gar II veteran and 50-year Rotarian. The family of the late Claude R. Kemper, a 1933 GSC graduate from Newberne, will receive the College's Posthumous Award in his memory. Mr. Kemper was noted for being a great supporter of the College, the Folk Festival, and the Stonewall Jackson Jubilee, as well as mastering the precise and beautiful craft of bird woodcarving. Others to he honored that day at the I 1:30 a.m. Gilmer County Recreation Center Brunch will he Judith Elkin Shoemaker Johnson (Class of 1971), of Irmo, SC, as Alumna of the Year; Larry G. Gainer (1966), of St. Mary's, Alumni Achievement Awardee; and Denver E. Drake (1976), of Gassaway, Outstanding Educator Awardee. Finally, the Class of 1979 will also be recognized. To make reservations at $10.00 each, call Dabble Nagy, coordinator of Alumni Affairs, at 304- 462-4122 or 1-866-239-0285 (toll free). New pet food ar ' tack shop to open "Monkey-Monkee" is the name of the new feed and tack shop just outside of Glenville on SR Continued on page 6A SURPRISE GIFTS .-- Steve Robinette (left, foreground), the newly hired general manager of the Best Westem Glenville Inn, showed much surprise when his staff gave him welcome gifts. Rhonda Miller (right), the hotel's assistant manager, made the presentations at last Thursday's first Business After 5 in the hotel's spacious Conference Room. BUSINESS AFTER 5 -- Among the 40 local business people taking advantage of Local business people push their agendas Gilmer County's first "Business After 5" social hour on last Thurs. evening, Sept. 30 were from left to fight: Kenny Foglesong, of Hays City Auto Sales and Nationwide Insurance By Doll H. Corcomn, other community leaders took advantage of and Financial Services; Paula and Stan Mazzagotte, two new jewelers in Glenville; and Publisher-Editor the county's first-ever "Business After 5" so- Larry and Susan Chapman, of the Western Auto-Radio Shack store. The Mazzagottes In the spacious Conference Room of Best "cial mixer. even brought sample jewelry to the informal social with extensive snacks in order to Western Glenville Inn last Thursday from Most importantly, the 40-plus people who show the high quality of their products. (Staff photos by Dave Corcoran, St.) 5-9 p.m., many local business peoplc~nd •Continued on page~