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Single Copy Price-50* (47t plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5890) Published by and for Giimer County People A Homecoming Wish -- That our nation and area's Armed Forces serving as peacekeepers in Iraq and Afghanistan may also come home safely! ~ditorlal Page -- ~' Endorsing Joe Manchin & commenting on the debates. Page 3A Gilmer's Sports Scene -- GSC's Pioneers preparing for Homecoming test Sat. at 3 p.m. Pages 4A & 7A 2004 GSC Homecoming Pictures, stories and the week's schedule of events for GSC's Homecoming. Pages 1-5Bj Gilmer Goings On The Veterans' Flag Unit will appear in the Glenville State College Homecom- ing parade on Sat., Oct. 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 9:30 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. VETERANS FLAG UNIT The Veterans Flag Unit will appear in the Gilmer County High School Home- coming parade on Fri., Oct. 22, at 1:30 pm. Damon West points out that all veterans who plan to participate should assemble by 1:00 pro. The veterans line up will take place in the Pizza Hut parking lot on West Main Street. All veterans are welcome. TOPS CLUB TOPS Club announces its best "los- ers" for the months of July, Aug. and Sept. For the month of July the win- ner was Kay Mille. For the month of Aug. Kaye Miller repeated as the first place winner, and second place went to Roberta Blake. Sept. winners were: first place Kay Miller and Loretta Pugh tied. Second place goes to Rita McHenry and third to Roberta Blake. The winner for the entire quarter of July, Aug. and Sept. was Kay Miller. CONGRATULATIONS KAY!!! TOPS Club meets each Tuesday at 6:00 pm, at the Small World Day Care, on Elm St. For information call 462-7777. " -- Continued on page 12B ,-, o The Glenville State College Board of Governors will meet at 12:30 p.m. on next Wed., Oct. 20 in the Heflin Student Union's Verona Mapel Room. Dr. Robert Freeman is College President and Mrs. Marge Burke, the Board's chair. The public is welcome. For more information, call Teresa Stems at 304-462-4110. The Gilmer County Economic Development Association will meet at noon on next 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 Gilmer County Commission will meet at 1 p.m. on next Thurs., OCt. 21 at the Courthouse for its second regular meeting of the month. This meeting will follow the EDA's. To be placed on the afternoon agenda, any citizen must contact County Clerk Beverly Marks (462-7641) two days in advance, if action on an issue is being requested. For any other non-action business, the general public is invited to just drop in. -The Gilmer County Historical I So!ety will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thurs., OcL 28 at the Holt House s Annex. Topics will be the reprinting of the County History, or heritage book, and the election of officers. Hunter Ari'nentrout is Society President. The ge ral public and Society members are welcome. For details, call Margaret Moss at the History Center at 462- 4295. The Editorial Page .......................... 3A Sports .................................... 4A & 7A Obituaries ...................................... l OB Society ....................................... 5-12B Courthouse News ........................... 9A Legals ............................................. 9A Classifieds ............................... 10-11A GGOs .................................. IA & 12B GSC News .............. 1 A, 3A, 4A & 5A CANA News- !, 5A & GSC Homecoming ...................... I-4B Bailey's of Buckhannon ................ 12A Mid-State of Flatwoods ............... 6-7B Ballard's of Weston ......................... 7B Bennett's of Weston ........................ 5B Meditation Moment Thought for Homecoming Week --- Starting at 10:00 a.m. on this Saturday, the sor Emeritus Espy Miller, along-timeEnglish gala Glenville State College Homecoming Pa- teacher at GSC, who is receiving the Alumni rade will begin on Main Street in downtown Association's Community Service Award; Glenville. Judith Elkin Shoemaker Johnson (Class of TheGSC's2004Homecomingthemeis"Mir- 1971), an Irmo, SC resident (Alumna of the ror to the Past ... Window to the Future." Year); Larry G. Gainer (1966), of St. Mary's Mr. Harry Rich, a long-time Gienville State (Alumni Achievement Awardee); Denver E. College music professor emeritus, will be the Drake(1976),0fGassaway(OutstandingEdu- Parade's Grand Marshal . He is currently retired cator Awardee), and the family of the late in Glenville, with his wife, Judy. Claude R. Kemper, a 1933 GSC graduate The general public is invited to come to from Newberne who was noted for being a Glenville and to see this colorful event, great supporter of the COllege, the Folk Festi- Community and club floats and walking val, and the Stonewall Jackson Jubilee. He units are invited to participate, striding in line was also a master of the beautiful craft of bird with the campus entries and GSC Marching wood-carving. Band. Finally, the Class of 1979 --- on their Silver Among the honorees this year will be Profes- Continued on page 6A County Commission deals with Rec Center, EDA & other business By Jeremy Blizard, Recreation Center. They are cdnsidering us- Staff Reporter ing the money for roof repairs and refrigera- A grant was awarded by the Local Economic tion units, but Director Jason Eager stated, "I'11 Development Assistance Grant Programhave to discuss it with my board before mak- (LEDA) to Bill Stemple for the Gilmer County ing any decisions." Even with not yet knowing Volunteer Fire Department (GCVFD), mem- what the grant is going toward, Eager is still bers of the County Commission learned at their very optimistic with the way things should go Jhurs., Oct. 7 regular monthly meeting, and are operatmg at the Center. "It's never LEDA also awarded the County Commis-looked better," claimed Eager. sion a $20,000 grant for community parks, which is being given to the Gilmer County Continued on page 4B Broadband economic access joins technology and development, speakers say By David H. Corcoran, Publisher.FMitor On Thurs., Sept. 30 when Anne Pope, the Appa- lachian Regional Commission's Federal Co-Chair, became the first top ARC official to visit Glenville, she learned that the college-driven plan to provide wireless broadband lnternet access to the schools and community was a good fit for the technology and economic development here. "This project is a history-making event," states John Whitehill, the Glenville field manager for Carnegie Mellon University's Center for Appala- chian Network Access (CANA). "This is a mar- riage of technology ~nd economic development." Continuing, he explains, "This (project) makes Continued on page 6A 0000000000000 O000eO0000000 Moose Lodge to sponsor fund-ratser An Elimination Dinner will be the Glenville Moose Lodge's major social event of the month. Starting at 6 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 23 at the downtown Lodge building, the Elimination Dinner will start out with Chef Kim LaBarre's final meal at the eatery. It will feature stuffed pork tenderloin, a potato, cabbage, noodles, salad, dessert and rolls. "Chipper (a former cook from Weston) will return after this social event and meal," states Ms. LaBarre, who will remain at the Lodge in a serving capacity. "I need a break," she says, noting that she's made a lot of friends at the Lodge, so she wants to keep involved and help out with the fraternity's charitable programs. Tickets for the Elimination Dinner can be purchased at either the Lodge across East Main Street from Go-Mart or from any of the active Moose members around the county. One need not be present to win a projected $2,0(X)-plus in cash prizes; only 200 tickets will be sold. Following the elimination dinner and raffle, the Moose Lodge's Dick Harrison will run the Karaoke program in order to provide music and dancing for the participants to enjoy. Disabled troop convoy aided by Best Western While driving to Glenville on 1-79 on last Thursday morning (Oct. 7), Steve Robinette, the new general manager of Best Western Glenville Inn, noticed a broken down bus which was carrying 52 troops from all over the nation to their next assignment. "I stopped to see if I could help out at about 9:30 a.m.," he relates, mentioning that the bus was actually on fire. As a result of his Good Samaritan stop, he arranged for the troops to come to Continued on page 6A i: HIGH-VOLTAGE GRAND OPENING -- Don Pungitore (I-r), president of Omni Food Concepts, answers questions on The Boss from that Braxton radio station's owner- manager, AI Sergi, at the Grand Opening of the Pittsburgh-area firm's first Sub-Express and Pizza Premo in a Go-Mart. The gala Grand Opening of the sub and pizza shop in Go-Mart took place on last weekend in downtown Glenvilie. "Home is the place where, when you By David H. Corcoran, proudly states, "This Sub-Express in Glen- have to go there, they have to take Publisher-Editor ville is one of our newest locations, one of 40 you in'" The president of a multi-state, fast growing in West Virginia and, our first at a Go-Mart food service company was in Glenville on last We hope to do more business with Go-Mart in Robert Frost Friday to kick-offthe Grand Opening of Sub- the future, because they are fine people to Amencanpoet Express at Go-Marl. work with." ( 1874-1963) Don Pungitore, president of the West Mi ffl in, Penn.-headquartered Omni Food Concepts. Continued on page 6A rnecomlng a=m. Anniversary--will also be recognized, alumni and faculty honorees will, then, be Awards Brunch individually recognized. Luncheon: $10.00 per Following the parade, the Alumni Awards person. Brunch will take place at 1 i:30 a.m. at the On campus at i p.m., a lunch will also be Gilmer County Recreation Center. The 2004 Continued on page 6A HAPPY GSC STUDENTS --- These Glenville State College freshmen are painting the Play House at the Gilmer County Recreation Center's Playground along Sycamore Road. As part of their General Education 100 class, they help out with eight community service projects during their first semester in college. On last Saturday, they, along with about 20 other freshmen, took on the painting not only of this Play House, but also of the playground equipment, picnic tables and the pavilion. From left to right are Jennifer Minney, Ashley Butler, Alica Richards (both inside the house), Amber Williams and Katie Hupp. Stephanie Wines (not pictured), GSC's director of Student Activities, was in charge of the student volunteers. GSC did this volunteer project in conjunction with the Glenville Woman's Club, the Recreation Center's Board, the county's CEOS clubs and the County Commission. Woman's Club President Grace Oppe (not pictured) explains, "Larry Chapman (County Commission president) asked the Woman's Club to help out on this project, because the playground equipment wasn't cheerful enough looking anymore." Because of their cheerfulness and civic-mindedness, all the students in General Education 100 deserve our "Folks Who Shine" award for this week, along with those sponsoring organizations. See additional picture in GSC Homecoming Section in this issue. (Staff photos by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) DEMOCRATS HOLD DEBATE PARTY --- To the 25-30 attendees at the Debate Party in the Best Westem's Conference Room, the Presidential Debate in St. Louis last Friday wasn't even close. Looking at it on a large screen in the room, members of Gilmer County's Democratic Executive Committee and Democrat Women cheered loudly for their candidate, U. S. Senator John Kerry, who they believed won hands down over G.O.P incumbent George Bush. In fact, field organizers from the Kerry for President Campaign even came]o the partisan event. Local Democratic legend, Billy Burke (far dght), introduced the ,Kerry team to the audience, composed mainly of loyal Democrats. From left to right are Mark Delucas and Amanda Parrish, the latter of whom has Gilmer County in her region. Area Democrats see Kerry as clear debate winner against Pres. Bush TworegionalspokespersonsfortheKerry ing Fathers thought -- to protect themselves for President Campaign visited Gilmer against a tyrannical government." County on last Friday evening, primarily to In general, the pair believes in John Kerry's touch base with area's Democrats, to watch vision and idealism about making a better the second Presidential Debate and to cheer America in the future. "We want to be visible on their presidential hopeful with them. as Kerry supporters," the young man says. "We are here to help create an organiza- Both Kerry Campaign organizers are recent tion of volunteers to get out the vote on college graduates, and assure the general pub- Tues., Nov. 2/' states Mark Delucas, the licthat they are not looking for a governmental John Kerry for President Field Organizer job in a potential Kerry Administration. Mark for Braxton County. Delucas is a Pennsylvanian and intends to In addition, Amanda Parrish, who is the pursue agraduatedegreein 20thcentury Ameri- Field Organizer for Gilmer and Webster can history after the election. Amanda Parrish counties, outlines, "We are talking with is a Connecticut resident and has ambitions to many undecided and decided voters about be an author. the benefits of electing the John Kerry-John Of the Gilmer County Democratic Debate Edwards National Democratic Ticket tothe Party, Amanda judges, "This is a good way to presidency and vice-presidency. This is get the county's people re-energized about get- important for all Americans." ting out to vote and backing the Kerry-Edwards Although the team -- based in Sutton --- ticket." has been in the Mountain State for only During the debate, the local crowd's biggest three weeks, they believe that they have a cheers came when Democratic candidate Kerry handle on the state's major issues. "We feel stated that he would fix Medicare, balance the that jobs and healthcare are the critical federal bud e't and stand against the provisions issues here, and John Kerry has plans to of the Patriot Act which are "destroying the correct both of those problems," Mark Constitutional rights of Americans." stresses. Afterwards, Billy Burke, a long-time Demo- Added to those issues, Amanda states, cratic legislative leader and active Sand Fork "What the NRA (National Rifle Associa- farmer, contested President George Bush's as- tion) has said about John Kerry just isn't sertionduringthedebatethatthenation'sfarm- true!" Interrupting, Mark points out, "Our, ers were doing well under his administration. candidate wants the 2nd Amendment to the "We, in America, are losing thousands and U. S. Constitution to stand strong. He be- thousands of small and medium-sized farmers lieves in the rights of people to bear arms to who are being squeezed out by the policies of defend themselves, especially as the Found- Continued on page 6A 1!