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1 ) / 3 ,f f ( J i I ! r , , [. '" The small business worm and what else is happening in Gilmer County The progress being made on Calhoun Banks- Glenville's proposed ultra-modem, three-q uar- ters of a million dollar new branch building is slow, but heartening. As Glenville Branch Manager Bruce Fitz- water recently said, "We hope to have a ground- breaking for the new bank in the first quarter of next year (2005), and to be in the facility by the fall of that year." It's a shame that the rapidly growing Grants- ville-based banking chain, which has local branches throughout the Little Kanawha River Valley, has run into so much more regulatory red tape than what was initially anticipated. This is an example of how big government can stymie progress, because Glenville -- especially in the Hays City area-- can really use the more modern bank building. In fact, Glenville and Gilmer County are where the bank's greatest growth has taken place, in spite of its currently over-crowded quarters in the Foodland Plaza Mall, states the bank's CEO, Mr. Jim Bennett. The new bank will be located on the property next to Rite Aid on SRs 33/i 19. Nevertheless, Calhoun Banks has been a good corporate citizen in this county since 1997, so the upcoming ground-breaking cer- emony and, later,.the grand opening will be greatly appreciated by its Gilmer County cus- 3mers, not to mention the area's businesses. Mi Ranehito, yes! With high spirits in evidence at Mi Ranchito (Gilmer County's Mexican restaurant), Mrs. Gloria Shaffer, the owner, has reminded us that u The Corcoran Column By David H. Corcoran Publisher-Error last Fri., Oct. I was her first anniversary in business. The restaurant is located under the same roof with Flynn's Tax Service which is the old Sears Building on North Lewis Street in Glen- ville. Flynn's business is on the structure'.s one side, and Gloria's, on the other. For any new, small business, the first year is the hardest, so we commend Gloria Shaffer for sticking it out. She offers a good selection of"South of the Border" cooking at a reasonable price. In a related matter, she, along with one of her employees, Debbie Hess, aims to start a new business on this Saturday. It's a horse tack and pet and animal feed store to be named "Monkey-Monkee." We'll have more on that later, as we get more news about the prospective new business. Also, see the re- lated ad on page IB! Country Store Museum open The new and upgraded Country Store Mu- seum -- located just up North Court Street from the corner of West Main -- is making quite a positive impact on downtown Gten- ville. If you haven't been downtown on a Friday or Saturday lately, you probably have missed the activity going on in front of and inside the museum, which is a Iongtime preservation project of the West Virginia Folk Festival Committee. Dave and Judy Brown, a retired couple who are talented craftspeople with commercial retailing experience as well, have revamped the museum's displays, held crafts' demon- strations there weekly, and offer some prod- ucts for sale as a fund-raiser. In past years, the museum has been more known for its many historical artifacts remi- niscent of our county's rich agricultural, in- dustrial, musical and crafts heritages than it has for promoting educational and arts and crafts activities. On these fall weekends, the visionary, kind- hearted, and civic-minded Browns, with the help of several other devoted community vol- unteers, are keeping the museum open: Fri- days 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon. Fridays are "learning days" for crafts, while Saturdays are devoted to public tours. The museum's colorful enhancements and activities have helped to breathe new life into the ailing downtown's business district; hence, this is good for everyone's business Kudos to Continued on page 5A 'Stopped" a new job pffer & a ye This will be the final "Don't Get Me Started" column to appear in The Glenville Democrat/ Pathfinder. No, I haven't been arrested by the secret service for expressing dissent. And I certainly haven't switched political parties. I haven't even given up being a columnist for this paper. But as fun asithas been, as cathartic as it has proved to be, "Don't Get Me Started" is ready to retire early. Unfor- tunately, I don' t have that luxury myself, and will be moving on to a different career. My fhst concession regarding my two and a half years at the Glenville Democrat and Pathfinder is that they have been 29 months of I never have to cover another one. Same goes for City Council and Board of Education meetings. (One question I would like to pose, which I never had the chance to write about, is this: why was Donna Waddell --- the only certified Community Developer in the county and one of only a handful of certified Community Developers in the state -- why was she not appointed by the Gilmer County Commission as the county's private sector representative to the Region VII Planning and Development Council? I urge people to attend County Com- mission meetings and ask this question of our elected officials. But "don't get me started" on it.) I'll also concede that I never expected people to even read this column, much less take the time to write or call me -- both at the newspa- per office and at home -- to either praise me or bless me out. I received each of these .non-stop learning and growing. News report- reactions in equal doses, which has given me mg is something I had not only never done; I both the confidence and the humility to face hadst'i dreamed I would ever do it. situations in the future more calmly. The first time I ever covered the County Looking back, I regret that there have been Commission, I wondered forlornly what l had so many things I didn't write about, usually gotten myselfinto.Thirty-plusmeetingslater, because the Tuesday deadline was looming I still haven't figured it out; I'm only glad that and I had so many other tasks to perform in addition to writing and editing. While I did, from time to time, "recycle" older things for the column, there were also times when I was still writing fresh copy for "Don't Get Me Started" at 4:00 on a Tuesday afternoon, a mere three or four hours before the paper was "put to bed." What I may miss most of all --- because I never expect it to be duplicated in any other work setting -- is my experience with the rest of the staff here. Catherine and Jodi left us long ago, and I still miss them.'When I say "so long" to Charlene, Mrs. King, Rebecca, Davey and Buddy, I hope they will know how much I'!! pine for them and the working environ- ment we created. (A! So, I' !1 apol ogize once again to Charlene for my fit-pitching, eye-rolling and.., the other thing of which I'm so often guilty; for arguing over the placement of commas and word usage with Mrs. King; and for con- stantly complaining about.Macintosh com- puters to Davey. Buddy the Dog and Rebecca, I'm sure, will both agree that I am perfect.) More than anything, I'll miss working with Dr. Corcoran. Over the last two years, Dr. C. i i'if/if I Continued on page 5A I t Iili Musings of an old-timer -- Mea culpa! I missed a typo in last week's column, but not Herbert Hoover By Frances Myers Schmetzer, GlenviUe columnist As usual, I had saved my notes and a draft. My penciled scribbles had been accurate, but I typed a date wrong, as any interested reader might notice~ Not of major importance, this is really a lead-in for a comment on research. Given that my columns are accounts of personal experiences in decades past, it is surprising how much time it takes to verify any factual information surrounding the memories. Once in a while, that means a ~hone conversation with a sibling. Often it r- ~ V " " , |~_ odes asking questaons of folks I see at Senior Center lunches. A bit of research hap- pens on the Internet. Most time-consuming, though, is looking for old newspaper articles. I begin at the History Center with help from Society Secre- tary Margaret Moss. (She is at the Holt House five days a week from 10 a.m. to I p.m.) Then hours are spent at microfiche copies of the Glenville Democrat. For an ele~tion comment, this month l have Gilmer County Courthouse. A platform was wanted to write a memory from the 1930s. built across the steps facing Courthouse Hill. Asking many old-timers, only Everett Ellison At the time, the Myers home was across the and Oleta Singleton have told me that they street, inthehousethatisnowtheofficeofthis remember, but were not present, at the inci- newspaper. My grandmother, America Frances dent. Since it was certainly newsworthy, I Myers, and aunt, Ivy Lee Myers, began plan- wanted to read an account in the Democrat. ning a list of people to invite to our 'balcony Butafloodinthe 1930sdestrovedaboutthree seats' to hear President Hoover. We carried years worth of papers locally. It seemed im- diningroomchairsouttoseehowmanypeople portant enough to spend time in the West could be accommodated. Then they wrote a Virginia University library in Morgantown, list of neighbors and friends. where newspapers from all the counties have I remember nothing that Mr. Hoover said been preserved. I didn't find it. but was impressed with how well he could be Talking again with Oleta, we determined heard. If it was acoustic oratory or my first that the incident would have happened, not in experience with a sound system, I do not the election of 1932, but in 1936 or maybe remember. The crowd filled the street and early 1937. Back to the College library here. courthouse lawn, with chairs only on the plat- And I still didn't find an account, form and our porch. So, now you get my raw, undocumented To this day, I hear my grandmother saying, memory. The possibility exists that it had "One of the neighbors I have to invite is a something to do with Hoover Dam, not an Republican, so we can't talk politics." This election, year, I feel it is important that we do talk Herbert Hoover spoke in Glenville at the politics, but not in this column. instructs R.L. Pritt t Dear Editor, You see, we have been and will continue to dent an~,way.) I would like to comment about Mrs. R.L. be, a Republic! Not a "Democracy." What's While I agree with you on the fact that Pritt's letter in your paper on 9--23--04, "Lib- the difference? For one, "WE THE PEOPLE" Partial-Birth-Abortion is hideous, and can- eral Judges' threat to America's Democracy." do not elect our President, Vice president, not think of any reason why this style of very Firstly, IwouldliketopointouttoMrs. Priu Secretary of State, Defense minister, etc. We late term abortion is needed, except to that in America, while it has many fine things, kinda, sorta get a say in who gets in office, rationize murder. (Of course this is just my it does not have a "tn~ Democracy." Never (just the President, none ofthe others,) but not opinion.) But, I do not see how same sex has, and unless someone gets one of these always (references to Election 2000, A! Gore marriage between consenting adults hurts "petitions" started to change the Constitution WON the election by more than 535,000 anyone, degrades anyone, demoralizes any- of the United States, it never will. votes, but George Bush was selected Presi- Continued on page 5A Attention Readers: Our 'Letters to the Editor' Policy We are in need of more letters to the editor. Feel free to send them in to us. number where your identity can be verifie, but you may still he required to sign lust remember our policy on the letters, the letter via snail mail. Deadlines for letters are Mondays at 10 a.m. for that Local ~ have long been the sounding boards for political, week's paper. After 10 a.m., they can he accepted for that week as pa/d personal, ann patriotic views and this paper is no exception! advertisements. However, it would appear for free in a furore edition. .Relative to writing responses, please keep in mind our Editorial Policy: we Also, for writers who consistently send in Letters week after week, these ~e,J..~ tettea-s, on a space available basis only and they will be subject to messages are constantly evaluated as to content and to purpose, so they may r.,attor s scrutmy as to content relative to libel, good taste and timeliness, he considered as an advertisement, especially if they are weekly, lengthy, and Ago~xl length is generally one to one-and-a-half standard typing pages, repeats of previous letters. Nevertheless, you will he contacted if the latter is uo,e-spaced. The decision of the Senior Editor will be final. Letters must the case and will he charged only our regular advertising rate. be signed in order to be published - e-mailed letters must include a phone For more information, contact either Dave Corcoran, St., Charlene or Rebecca at 304-462-7309. ~ Last Issue Before Election: News, Letters, & Ads ~ The Iong-standingpolicy of this newspaper has always been that if, in the issue before an election, one candidate or citizen makes allegations about another candidate of issue, that the other party be given the right of rebuttal. Readers of this newspaper know that we editors have had this policy in effect for the past eight years in order to make certain that the journalistic and ethical principles of fairness and equality be assured on these pages relative to both the news and advertising side. t Supreme Court Justice McGraw needs the people's With all of the nasty, negative television advertisements being hurled at Supreme Court Justice Warren McGraw these days, it looks like he is the first of our current West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals'judges who are being marked for vicious attacks by the state's big corporations, their Political Action Committees and related organizations. "Radical McGraw," the ads propound, adding that he isn't a fit enough justice to stand up to defend you or your family. To the contrary, that line of blarney is a lie, in that the state's largest corporations, such as the coal companies and healthcare industry, know that Justice McGraw has consistently backed the small and middle class people and the poorest of the state's workers against the ambitious, greedy and reckless corporate giants on the high court. If the state's Big Businesses had their way, and judges like Warren McGraw were too intimidated and afraid to hear out the small litigants against them, the Robber Barons, who have historically and financially raped our state and taken its natural resource wealth elsewhere, would have no problem of carte blanche denigrating our environment, demeaning our people and denying our workers their just benefits. In 30-plus years of living in this state, this editor has never seen such a vicious. unfounded and preposterous attack against one of our state's judicial incumbents, and has never known a more honest, hard-working, intelligent and fair Supreme Court justice as Mr. McGraw. In fact, I lived and worked in his home county (Wyoming) for over a decade, so I was able to observe him, first-handedly, as a State Senator, State Senate President, local Board of Education President and Supreme Court Justice. He governed with a goal of helping people, especially those who couldn't afford to press their causes in the higher circles of state government and the court system. Most importantly, he did a great job, which is verified by Big Business's current vilification of him in those self-serving media ads. If the state's voters fall for these Madison Avenue-style political advertising smears, they'll vote against the Justice. However, if you voters want to retain a check on the giant corporations which own and manipulate most of this state, you'll vote to re-elect Warren McGraw. In fact, we editors urge you to embrace the latter vote choice, because we are, once again, happy to unconditionally endorse Justice Warren McGraw for re-election to the Supreme Court of Appeals. DHC, Sr., Publisher-Editor Economic Summit advances good ideas This area's first Regional Community & Economic Development Summit, which took place in Ritchie County on Sat. evening, Sept. 25, did a splendid job in promoting and rewarding volunteerism and in giving these local workers many new and novel ideas for advancing their community's progress. With the theme of"It Doesn't Just Happen," the Regional Summit, which embraced e,ght of central West Virginia's counties, drew a big crowd of over 150 people and was jointly sponsored by Ritchie's Family Resource Network (FRN) and Economic Development Authority (EDA). For Gilmer County, it was fitting that Darren Felt, a Troy man nominated by the Gilmer County Commission, was named as our county's "Outstanding Community Developer of the Year" during the dinner testimonial and in-service training session at Ritchie County Middle/High School. After all, Mr. Felt has donated countless hours of volunteer work to better our county. In particular, he has been a driving force behind forming the Gilmer Watershed Coalition, which is taking an active role in advocating a well-reasoned approach to flood control. Additionally, he was a planner of the Glenville River Days Festival concept, which we're certain will be re-activated next year after being cancelled this fall due to flooding in the state. Finally, he moved a $250,000 grant application for flood mapping to fruition -- a project which should have a significant impact on Gilmer County's future. Most importantly, Gilmer County was well represented at the large conclave by the staff of the county's FRN office, County Commission President Larry Chapman and Economic Development President Denny Pounds, and about 10 other citizens. Our commendations especially go to the FRN staff who manned the registration table and checked in the 150- plus attendees. Best Of all, Donna Waddell, FRN's executive director, was publicly recognized for putting together information packets for the attendees. In the end, most of the Gilmer County delegation said that they found the summit to be very beneficial. In the words of Ritchie EDA chief, Kent Spellman, "We want to keep doing this every year (Gilmer will host it next year). I'm here as an economic development proponent, but you can't have economic development unless we are doing well in our communities. We (in economic development) have been diluting our efforts by not working closer with our community development people. Ecgnomw development is ~uch more effective whep we~ share resources witti our ~s. Today, you can t have economic development unless you have a good place to live/ind toi:aise y0uf families. So, we Want our people to inve~ more" time in improving their communities." "It Doesn't Just Happen" like the summit's theme stated, so we, in Gilmer County, need to get out and support our FRN and EDA to make "it happen." In this November's General Election, a good way to start would be to vote for the levies to fund the EDA. DHC, Sr. The utilities & the public's rip-off Edge of theWl R? by George Harper CLOSE THAT BARN DO0" ! -- With winter just around the corner, Glenvilte State College Art Professor Ementus George Harper comments on the currently proposed home heating rate increase for natural gas. He remembers from his childhood that his parents would scold their kids for not closing the house's door fast enough ona cold winter's day or night. They'd yell, "Close that door! Were you raised in a barn?" Sadly, this old saying may come back into play in the weeks and months ahead when many of us Wast Virginia homeowners will be feeling the pinch of yet another gas rate increase. DHC, Sr., Publlaher-Editor