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Thursday,Oct. 14,2004 --The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder-- Page 5A > Corcoran Column continued ,.. co ... fro. from the 30-40 people who attended high quality jewelry, is a good it. Paula's point is well-made, too, way to get your business or civic CountyCommission Meeting Minutes on Rec Center "This is a good idea, just like some "This type of forum is great for net- endeavor known all over the world of the other ones Steve is coming up working with other town business via advertising. Recreation CenierCheckNo.3820, pay $7,303.54 in overdue invoices. with," observes Sandy Pettit, a people." dated June 7,2002,amount $67.37 to The Commission approved this pay- Glenville Waco company executive. Also using the occasion for pro- Democratic HQ opens Mid-State Motors. Serviced 1999 ment." Additionally, Head Start supervi- motion was Steve Robinette, who is On Mon., Oct. 4, the Democratic Oldsmobile Cutlass: 4qt.Oi157.00;! Commission Minutes Book 43, sor and teacher, Charlene Montgom- scheduling new activities at the Best Party's Central CommitteeandDemo- Oil Filter $6.95; OC+F ! 5.00; !-1/2 page 269, file 214: A "letter ofdissat- cry, concurs, "I think this informal Western. Right now he'sarranging to cratic Women opened the County's lbs. freon @ $12./1b. $18.00; Service isfaction was received from Brenda setting for seeing other business and have gospel-singing legend, Darryl Democratic Headquarters in the old AC $10.00; Sub-total $56.95; Tax: Reaser Smith relevant to the condi- community leadersisjustagreat idea." Richmond, of Durham, North Caro- Quest End Restaurant across Conrad $3.42; Total $60.37, Bill No. 8571 tion of the Recreation Center, dirty, Billy and Marge Burke, an affable iina, to perform in the Conference Court from the Conrad Hotel. This "95 Ford Truck $7.00; Total $67.37. etc." Commission Minute Book 43, Gdmer County couple, mixed well Room on Fri.-Sat., Oct. 22-23. He's will also be the John Kerry for Presi- I don't believe the Recreation Cen- page 279, 8-06-02: "Pursuant to sev- with the others, recounting some tall travelled and performed all over the dent Headquarters. :er owns a 1999 Olds Cutlass. eral complaints the Giimer County tales of their years in the Legislature world, including Nashville, singing Among the people getting this 2004 The following list shows Gilmer Commission traveled to the Giimer and on their Titan Farm in Sand Fork. Southern gospel music. On Oct. 22, Campaign Office up-and-running Recreation Centerbank overdraft fees County Recreation Center to observe Billy, in particular, adds much humor Mr. Richmond will perform at 8:30 were: Lane Smith, Cedarville; Sandy they have had to pay. .conditions at the Center. The Com- to most Gilmer social occasions, p.m. and the next evening -- Sat., Pettit, Dusk Camp; Greg Smith, Let- STATEMENT DATES: 3-1-01 to missioners found several problems Marge, as chair of the Glenville State Oct. 22 -- at 7 p.m." For tickets, call ter Gap; Jim Mencer, Gienville; Dan 3-31-01 (2) at 25.00 each total 50.00; that needed attention and action will College Board of Governors, remains Steve or his Best Western staff at Page, Normantown; and Vic Moyers, 5-1-01 to 5-31-01 (1 I) at $27.00 to- soon begin to correct the problems." optimistic about the College's future, 462-55 i 1. Cedarville. tals $297.00, (3) at $2.00 totals $6.00; (I could find no record of what they but will continue to need the ear and The office wiii'he manned by vol- 6-1-01 to 6-30-01 (4) at $27.00 totals had found and/or what they did to support ofyou visitors in the future, www.GlenvilleNews unteersandbeopenonaregularsched- $108.00; 7-1-01 to 7-31-01 (4) at correct the problems.) Dr. Louis Manley, promoter and To you out-of-town alumni, this ule through the November 2 General $27.00 totals $108.00; 8-1-01 to 8- The previous items are small ex- developer of the Manley Farm prop- publisher-editor stresses that our Election, according to Mrs. Pettit. 31-01 (20) at $27.00 totals $540.00; amples of what was occurring at the erty, is back in town from Florida, newspaper's new website, Like with the Country Store Mu- 9-1-01 to9-30-01 (1) at $27.00 totals Giimer County Recreation Center saying that Business After 5 gives, contains seum up on North Court Street and the $27.00; 12-1-02 to 12-31-02 (13) at during the years covered by the audit him a chance to mix and to exchange many ofthemajorstoriesofthe week, GilmerCounty Historical Society Mu- $30.00 totals $390.00; 4- ! -02 to 4- conducted by Gilmer Management. ideas with other area business people, but not all of them. So, if you're a scum in the old Senior Center, the 30-02 (I) at $30.00 totals $30.00; As reported in my two previous let- Newcomers Stan and Paula subscriber, keep subscribing, but if Democrats wouid like for you to stop which totals $1556.00. ters, the Gilmer County Commission Mazzagotte, who just moved here you want a sneak preview of the by and to say, "Hello!" My comment about the above is: WILL NOT act to try and get the from Tampa, Florida, fear that their week's paper, look at our website This is all part of the old-fashioned WHAT A WASTE OF TAXPAYER special prosecutor moving about it 11 new jewelry business isn't known well each Wednesday evening or Thurs, Gilmer County hospitality that you MONEY! themselves and / or they hope it will enough. So, this new business format day by noon. remember from your Golden College Commission Minute Book 43, page die without a full investigation? gives them an opportunity to pass out Local paper's commercial update: Days at GSC. 132, file 234, 10-2-01: "Randy Max- Jim James, their business cards and to show their well requested that the Commission Glenviile B tiff ~lg Helping students get into college via the 'Latin' route Dear Editor, directly from Latin), but even Asian Mosier, Acting Director of Admis- All parents want the best for their languages by broadening a student's sions, Bryn Mawr College. offspring. When it comes to college notion of structures possible in lan- "This year, I was particularly ira- entrance preparations, parents who guage. Roman civilization links us pressedbyastudentwithaveragetest value education and what it offers for with cuT'tures of 57 nations on four scores and grades who had taken their son or daughter's future want continents. Latin throughout middle and high their offspring to be taking courses in Listen as weli to University ofAd- school. We ended up offering the high school that best help that prepa- missions personnel from universities student admission, andl think it's fair ration, across the country. They were re-to say that it was his commitment to In the mail today, Oct. 12, I re- sponding to the question: "When you Latin that tipped the scales." -An- ceived some information from see Latin on a transcript, what ira- dreaThomas, Assistant Dean of Ad- Marshall University that can help im- pression of the student does that give mission, Hamilton College. measurably. It detailed the benefits you?" "This student is likely to be disci- of Latin study. Parents ought to pay "StudentstakingLatinaretypically pithed, haveastrongbasisforfurther careful attention to the following, scholarly. They pursue academic learning, be a little more creative Does Latin help SAT scores? The study in the purestsense, they are not toward intellectual pursuits than answer is a definite yes. simply fulfilling a requirement." - most." - Michael C. Behnke, Vice The mean verbal SAT scores for Matthew Potts, Admissions Counse-President for Enrollment, University 2002 were: All students - 504; Latin lor, University of Notre Dame. of Chicago. students - 666; French students - "We addanextra 'weight'whenwe "Classical languages on a tran- 637; German students-622; Spanish see Latin on a transcript." - Steve script indicate seriousness of pur- students - 58 !. LeMenager, Director of Admissionspose and true devotion to a rigorous Consider the following as well: and Associate Dean, Princeton Uni- program of study." - Fred Zuker, Latin develops a person's English. versity. Vice President and Dean of Strident Vocabulary is enriched (80% of all '"That's a student who is willing to Services, Ll'fii~e~;ty o~" Dallas~ i English words come from Latin), step away from the crowd." - Ray Guess how many Giimer County grammar is sharpened, a sense of or- Brown, Dean of Admissions, Texas High School students took Latin this ganization is instilled. Latin provides Christian University. year: 3. asolid foundation forotherlanguages. "We consider students who study Father Ed Daschbach This includes, not only the Romance Latin seriously (with strong, steady The Lonely Latin Instructor languages (French, Spanish, Italian, performance) to be, excellent candi- . GCHS Romanian and Portuguese that stem dates for Bryn Mawr." - Elizabeth Dear Editor, In reviewing Gilmer County Com- mission meeting and the Gilmer County Recreation Center files, I have found the following: Commission Minute Book #42, Page 365, February 1,2000: "Debbie Friend, WV Extension agent, ap- peared before the Commission to dis- cuss the use of the truck purchased for use by the Gilmer County 4-H and the Recreation Center. It is Friend's con- eem that the truck is misused by Randy Maxwell. Friend recommends the keys be kept in the Extension Office to control the use of the truck. Com- missioner Reta Kight suggested that Friend go over the policy once again with Randy Maxwell and make sure he understands the policy." (The re- sponse by Commissioner Kight is typi- cal of this Commission's "no action" on the Commission's part who is ulti- mately responsible for the Recreation Center.) Gilmer County Recreation Center Check # 3382, dated July 31,2001, to Bronson Hickman for $300.00 was listed Miscellaneous Expense when, in fact, it was for the purchase of a 1981 van. Commission Minute Book #43, page 100, August 6, 2001, "The certificate of title was filed for the 1981 Ford SW to be used by the Gilmer County Recreation Center." Title information 1981 Ford Serial No. TDE14F6BHA66659, Title No. AF42139. I asked Mrs. (Norma) Hur- ley, the county clerk's assistant and bookkeeper, about this vehicle. She told me it was a wrecked van that the Recreation Center purchased and was going to fix it up to transport prison- rs. Recreation Center check # 3423, dated August 3, 2002, to Elk Valley Motor Sales for $626.00, memo re- marks, Parts '81 Van. The invoice for the parts are as follows: lxxx $25.00; I Door R/S 100.00; 1 Radio AM/FM Cuss 40.00; 1 New Bumper $132.00; 1 R/S Fender $63.00; 4 15" Alumi- num Wheels @ $50. Each $200.00; I Sliding door skin lower $38.00; 1 RFT Door Skin Lower $28.00; which totals $626.00. The van is parked up behind one of the buildings at the Recreation Center with missing doors, etc., and some parts are in a storage building. It is apparent it was not repaired. WHAT A WASTE OF TAXPAYER MONEY,! (I question the need for an AM/FM Cassette/Radio and alumi- num wheels for a vehicle being used to transport prisoners.) Hope not for impossibilities. --Thomas Fuller We're here now to make your school church or family reunion both joyful and comfortable/ 60 rooms, interior corridors, elevator a(:cess, fitness CCIIICI'~ all(] moderll i;;-roolll COIIV(qli(~IIC(~S and amenilies. Serving all vour wedding parties, family gatherings, class reunions, graduations and social gathering needs. Group Discounts Available. P qlIFBW, NCIE ROOM available for community, business, or club functions! Passes for the IRIrIIIIEI @Brlll available for purchase! Loea~d Ilu'~ lel~ ~ o,q GI~Nle on SR *T o~ Itl tt~llets ~rttt af ihlslltt~tltteJusiJ off l. For details, Call 304-462-5511 Steve Roblnette, General Manager Gilmer High School Education is 'Worst' in Nation Dear Editor, In September, the WV Higher Edu- cation Policy Commission issued a ~ report entitled "Performance of High School Students Enrolled in Public Colleges and Universities, Fall 2003." The report included, amongst other things, the number of 2003 public high school graduates attending col- lege in the fall, 2003 that required remedial education. The report was picked up by WV Public Radio and ..... aired during the first week of Octo- ,r~ ~ ; ".her. The commentary singled out "Gilmer County for special attention. Why? Because Gilmer County had the worst performance of all West Vir- giniacounties, with fully 85% of high school graduates unable to perform at the college level without remedial i-education, mostly in English and math. ! In a state that ranks 49t~ of 50 in terms i of quality of education, that makes the Gilmer County school system among the very worst in the entire United States, at least by this mea- sure. The report is not the rabid rav- ing of the lunatic left or the radical right. It is factual information and as close to the truth as anyone is likely to find in this world. What does this mean? It means that those students started their adult like with a handicap, and an unnecessary handicap at that. They will be months, mavbe years, behind their peers in acquiring an education. Some will never make up for the deficiency. Some will find college level performance too demanding, not having been properly trained in high school, and quit, never realizing their potential. They were not stupid kids, they were Giimer County's "best and brightest." Their failure to perform was not their fault. It was the result of years of neglect by the Gilmer County school system. Worse still, because of that neglect, the children following the Class of 2003 will for many years suffer from the same deficiency. The education process, particularly in English, read- IIwou,, ,ike to invite reade, to k.p .p wit, t,e li | CANA Report exclusively online at 1! ]l The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder's 11 new webaddress: II ) RE-ELECT Democrat for GLENVILLE STATE COLLEGE IS CENTRAL WEST VIRGINIA'S COLLEGE of Gilmer County I i Your vote and influence will be appreciated. J I , Polilical lid: Paid fOe by tltO ealtdldate. ing and math, starts in the earliest years of primary school, and deficien- cies are difficult to make up. Has anyone's life been ruined? At this early date, it is probably impossible to tell. It may never be possible. It is certain that all of their lives have been stunted to some degree. Who is at fault? Every member of the Gilmer County education establishment bears personal responsibility for this fail- ure, including the School Board, prin- cipals and other administrators, and teachers. When 85% of high school graduates that go on to college cannot perform college level work without remedial education, every member of the school system must bear responsi- bility. Other counties working under the same system and with the same rules, have done much better. If the problem is not the system, it's the people in the system. We are told, especially around elec- tion time, that teachers, principals and administrators "care" about education, that "the children are our future" or that "the children are West Virginia's future." Apparently, according to the report, they don't care enough to do anything about it. Call it callous ne- glect, call it benign difference, call it complacent self-satisfaction, the re- sult is young adults are insufficiently prepared for the real world. I'm sure that some, perhaps many, teachers believe they are doing a good job. This report is a wake-up call to them. You are not doing a good job! I have tried ,o keep this letter de- void of persondl opinion, confining my comments to the facts as I see them. My personal opinion is that I do not understand how anyone could possibly settle for being so bad at what they do for a living or, in the case of school board members, perform so poorly in a position they actively sought. It seems to me that any effort at all to do a good job would have produced better results than those achieved. The West Virginia Higher Educa- tion Policy Commission report en- titled "Performance of High School Students Enrolled in Public Colleges and Universities, Fall 2003" can be found at Alan Wolfe Tanner Straight Talk from GlenviUe State College 2004 Fall Open House Homecoming 2004 Schedule The Glenville State College Admissions Office is currently preparing for its Fall Open House on Saturday, November 6. The Open House is an excellent opportunity for high school students to discover all of the wonderful qualities of GSC that our faculty, staff, alumni and friends already know. ; During the day, prospective students will have an opportunity to meet faculty and staff members from every area of the college, ask questions and inquire about the information that matters most to each of them. Our experienced staff will be available to discuss the admission and financial aid processes. The students will also be able to take part in several activities on campus, including high adventure activities and a rock climbing wall, as well as a Pioneer football game. Each of the students and their guests will be invited to enjoy lunch in the GSC dining room, where they will also be able to interact with members of the GSC family. This is an excellent time for students to discover why GSC is the place for each of them. If you know of anyone who would be interested in attending the GSC Fall Open House, please contact the Admissions Office at (800) 924-2010 or (304) 462-4128. Student Government Association Food Drive The Glenville State College Student Govemment Association will be holding a food drive during Saturday's Homecoming game to help Community Resources Incorporated (CRI), which is in need of non-perishable goods. SGA members will be collecting the food at the "Spirit Giveaway Table" located near the entrance to stadium seating. Please support your community and bring your items with you to the game! Thursday, October 14 8:00 p.m. Bonfire/Pep Rally/Spirit Contest Morns Stadium Friday, October 15 2:00 p.m. - Homecoming Camival 6:00 p.m. Heflin Student Union 7:00 p.m. Open House/Reception Alumni Center Saturday October 16 Homecoming Day 8:00 a.m. Alumni Open House/ Continental Breakfast Alumni Center 10:00 a.m. Homecoming Parade Glonville Main Street 11:30 a.m. Alumni Awards Brunch Recreation Center 2:15 p.m. Pre-Game Festivities *Homecoming Coronation *Recognition of Montrose and Williams Award Winners Morris Stadium 3:00 p.m. Homecoming Football Game GSC vs. WV State Moths Stadium After the Game Pig Roast sponsored by Pioneer Athletic Club Sf0 per person, $15 per couple, $5 children 12 & under Morris Stadium Pavilion 8:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m. Homecoming Dance Verona Mapel Room L