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> Corcoran Column continued ... ,,f , , Go-Mart on last weekend was pulled off without a hitch. It is one of Gilmer County's newest businesses. Impressively, the president of this m ulti-state food service company was m Glenville himself, too. That sur- prised me. But, the affable president, Don Pungitore, relates, "This Sub- Express in Glenville is one of our newest locations, one of 40 in West Virginia and our first at a Go-Mart. We hope to do more business with Go-Mart in the future, because they are fine people to work with. I wanted to be here, personally, although I don't go to all of our Grand Openings." That was a nice compliment for Glenville's people and Go-Mart's managers. Inside Go-Mart, you can now pur- chase pizzas and subs from Pizza Premo and Sub-Express. Don also says that the holding company, Omni, operates a third business, Bellarico's New York-Style Pizza, in other loca- tions. Their subs are toasted and baked, so they're great-tasting and hot sand- wiches, Don emphasized to me. Also, their pizzas are moderately priced. Good luck to these fine folks from and Gloria Shaffer, who are more known for being the stalwarts at Mi Ranchito (Giimer County's Mexican restaurant), have now opened a new shop on SR 5 East, about one mile past Hays City on the left. It's a horse tack and pet and animal feed store named "Monkey-Monkee." I've seen several people going into the shop, but I haven't had the opportunity to visit there yet. At the same time, I intend to patronize this local establish- ment, because I do have a beloved pet. In a related matter, the restaurant, Mi Ranchito, celebrated its First An- niversary recently. Congratulations, Gloria! It is located under the same roof with Flynn's Tax Service which is the ('ld Sears Building on North Lewis Street in Gtenville. Flynn's busi- ness is on the structure's one side, and Gloria's, on the other. Again, good luck to Debbie and Gloria for much future success in this new venture.. Rosedale water progress The Gilmer County Public Service District's Board recently decided to work with the Gilmer County Com- mission and Braxton County to pro- vide water service to the Rosedale the Pittsburgh area of Pennsylvania for many profitable years in Glen- community. ville! On Tues., Aug. 24, members of the Continued from page 3A i J want public water for their commu- nity. The PSD Board members were a total insult to the intelligence of impressed with these folks. There are West Virginia sportsmen. 22 households within a 3.2 mile area. See the Glenville Democrat, Sept. To this newspaper, Board member Nelson Smith comments, "They want water badly and will work with us in getting it." One problem is that in the Dear Editor, eight-and-a-half miles up SR 23 to- The National Rifle Association ward Stumptown, the residents, in (NRA) is at it again, spreading lies general, don't want the PSD's water. If about John Kerry's Senate record,just Gilmer County exclusively handles as they did to Jay Rockefeller two the new line, the hook-on for the years ago, and to AI Gore four years branch line to Rosedale would be at ago. Stumptown, after the proposed new To begin with, I'm no anti-gun nut. Normantown/Cedar Creek/Stump- I own five guns and used to be a town waterline gets flowing, member of the NRA. I believe that the Mr. Smith adds, "We'll have to work framers of the Constitution inserted out something with Braxton County the 2rid Amendment to the Bill of to get them water, with an agreement Rights because they believed that a to protect us (at the PSD) from losing well-armed population was a good federal grants to construct additional thing, and maybe the ultimate defense public works in Gilmer County. The against tyranny. two county commissions need to get The respect I used to have for the together and decide what to do in this NRA is now completely gone, after case." the list of lies and distortions that they We editors commend the Gilmer paid for in newspapers all over the PSD's members for having the fore- state. John Kerry never voted for any sight and flexibility to switch gears in amendment to outlaw most ammuni- order to work with the Gilmer County tion used by deer hunters. That amend- Commission and Braxton's public authorities for the public's good. The main idea is to bring a reliable and healthful water supply to this under- Thursday,Oct. 21, 2004 -- The Glenville m mm Democrat/Pathfinder Page 5A Continued frOm page 3A : iii; : Cedarville man challenges... 30, 2004, page 7 issue. This dog will Jerry Sponaugle & Larry Bud hunt and has the trophies to prove it. Sponaugle, CedarvUle iiii Sen. Kerry 'does not want to take our guns away' merit dealt only with certain types of Why does Bush have to depend on armor piercing bullets. As for sup- lies to get enough people to support porting higher taxes on firearms and him? First, it was the swift boat con- ammunition; an outright lie. And, troversy.Then, it was the Republican Kerry never voted to ban all semi- NationalCommittee'sridiculousclaim automatics, only certain types of as- that the Democrats want to ban the sault weapons, a ban that Bush also Bible. And, they say that Kerry only claims to support, wants to rescind the tax cuts for those The fourth claim is absurd. They making over a quarter million dollars say that Kerry voted to allow big city a year and to close certain tax loop- politicians to sue firearms makers, holes for big corporations. Those The truth is that no industry has a things have got to be done or the blanket exemption from law suits and national debt will eventually destroy the attempt to exempt firearms mak- the economy. ers was voted down in the Senate 90 Bush is a rich man's president and to 8. an extremist with nothing to offer the And, the next claim is a lie. Kerry average West Virginian. Kerry is a never voted to close any public land to progressive who will be good for the hunters. Most public land is open to economy and stronger on national hunting, but there's always been cer- security. And, Kerry does not want to rain areas that for good reasons are take our guns away. closed. All of the above is public BiUDwyer, record. Bonnet Run National Chamber of Commerce aims to unseat Justice McGraw ~ ~ ) Monkey-Monkee business Gilmer PSD had met with a group of served Rosedale area, and that's com- Dear Editor, , ,'. During the past week, Debbie Hess enthusiastic Rosedale residents who mendable. We respond to the letter of Steve ,, , Roberts, President of the West Vir- Where do our tax dollars go? ginia Chamber of Commerce about Dear Editor: other commissioners to be thinking The e.,pense of the Gilmer County about hiring a part-time grant writer Economic Development Association or contracting for a grant writer. And audit has been billed to the Gilmer his reason being that the Gilmer County Commission. The Gilmer County Economic Development As- County Commissioners are again sociation had NOT written their re- "sticking it" to the tax payers of the quest for the state economic develop- county by paying the audit cost with ment association grant. It appears that county tax dollars. Commissioner Chapman wants us As reported in your paper dated taxpayers to pay for GCEDA's grant August 12, 2004 by Kristal Sheets, request. the Gilmer County Economic Devel- In another matter, as I was review- opment Association owes the county ing county commission meeting rain- $15,000.00. When I questioned why utes, I found the following in Order doe Commission had not collected Book 40, Page 189, dated June 26, dais debt, Commissioner Chapman 1995: "June Skinner, Director of the informed me that they (GCEDA) Recreation Center appeared before :lidn't have the money to pay it back. the commission to question whether Now the tax payers are paying the the Recreation Center board could audit cost for a nonprofit private cor- purchase equipment from Western poration (GCEDA). Auto, and was informed by Commis- At the September 16, 2004 meet- sioner Chapman that this would be a ing, Commissioner Chapman told the conflict of interest and could not be the Supreme Court race recently pub- WV Live stock Protection Program , West Virgiuia is one of six new states to be included in an expanded federal livestock program, allowing 11,000 cattle producers in the Moun- CANA Report exclusively online at The Glenville Democrat~Path finder's new web address: www.glenvillenews.com (304) goldmakersinc @ aol.com Auto Beside Nationwide Insurance 03 Chev Monte Carlo SS, Loaded, 1 7K ....... s17,000 02 Ford Taurus, Loaded, 77K, Gray ............. =6,300 01 Pont Grand AM, 4Dr, 4Cyl, Auto, Air, 76K .... *'6,500 01 Ford Escort SE, Auto, Air, Tape, 53K ....... s5,100 01 Chev Malibu, Auto, Air, CD, 51K ............. s5,900 01 Chev Cavalier, 2 Dr, 4CvI, 5Spd, Air, 54k--~4,900 O0 Dodge Stratus, Loaded, only 57K .......... s5,200 00 Dodge Neon, Auto, Air, 73K ........... s4,500 00 Chry Concord LXI, Loaded. new, 32 K---s11,500 O0 Ford Ranger, 4x4, 5 spd, Air, 103K ......... $6,700 OO Chev S-10 Blazer, Auto, Air, Loaded, 8OK- s7,900 O0 Ford Explorer, Sport, Auto, Air, 71K ........ s7,400 00 Ford F150, 5 Spd, Air, 72K ..................... s6,400 99 Merc Sable, Auto, Air, 86K ..................... s4,200 99 Ford Taurus, SE, Auto, Air, Sunroof, 75K .... s4,500 98 Chev $10 x-Cab, 5 spd, Air, 4x4 4.3, 107K ...... =6,700 98 Ford Taurus, Auto, Air, 90K ................... $3,90 98 Ford F150, 4x4, Auto, Air, 129K ............... $7,995 97 Ford F150, 4x4, 5 Spd, Air, 1 15K ............. s6,400 96 Chev $10, X-Cab. 5Spd, Air, 123K ........... $3,700 i! OIds Achieva 2 Dr, 6Cyl, Auto, Air,97K---s2,400 Ford Explorer, Sport, 5Spd, Air ONLY 75K ..... $5,400 $ Chev S10, 5SIOd .................................. 1,500 II I I II done." iished in newspapers statewide. When reviewing Recreation Cen- The public needs to be aware that terrecords, I found numerous checks Mr. Roberts is the designated local made out to Western Auto in the total mouthpiece of a well-funded national amount of $15,955.42. The check I effort to tamper with state courts na- found started in August 1998 after tionwideby spending millions ofdol- Mr. Maxwell became the director. It lars to defeat judgeswhose opinions was hard to try and figure out what reflect fairness in cases against big had been purchased because the most business and the insurance industry. of the notations on the checks were Ifyouhesitateinbelievingourstate- "account payment" and I had a prob- ment, Irefer you to an articlein Forbes lem in trying to find and match re- Magazine published July 21, 2003. ceipts and invoices to the checks. It The cover of that business magazine appeared that numerous receipts and listed the feature story as "THE SE- invoices were missing. If it were a CRET WAR ON JUDGES." In the "conflict of interest" when Mr. Skin- article, the national president of the her was Director, why would it not be Chamber of Commerce admits that a "conflict of interest" when Mr. "money is rolling in from drug corn- Maxwell was Director? panics, heavy manufacturers, large retailers, insurance companies, even Thank you, banks." It goes on to indicate that Jim James "[i]nsurance giant American Interna- Glenville, WV26351 tional Group, Home Depot and Daimler / Chrysler are chipping in. The influx of money has raised the stakes: In 2000 candidates spent $46 million in state judicial elections -- or $430,000 per race, up 60% from the previous election .... The chamber thus has reshaped the once sedate, lawyer-friendly game of electing judges, roiling it with vituperative politics replete with attack ads, whis- per campaigns and allegations ofelec- tain State to protect themselves against a drop in prices for a specific feeding or gazing period, according to Com- missioner of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass. Feeder cattle, fed cattle and swine are included in the program, and poli- cies should be available in October. "I encourage all producers to take advantage of this program," said Com- missioner of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass. "Adding livestock to "USDA's traditional crop insurance programs is something I have advo- cated for some time. These programs will help West Virginia farmers bet- ter control their bottom lines from year to year." The Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) program is part of an inte- grated risk management program, the goal of which is to help West Virginia farmers to develop individual farm plans that guard against catastrophic losses by spreading, transferring, re- ducing or eliminating risk factors. West Virginia and other northeast states have been declared "underserved" by the USDA because there have been just a few crop insur- ance programs that matched the agri- cultural mix in those states. The LRP program sets the level of indemnity based on the Chicago Mercantile Ex- change national feeder cattle price index, which is a formulated national benchmark development by the Live- stock Market Section of the U.S. De- partment of Agriculture (USDA.) For more information, or to apply for the program, contact your local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office or visit www. rma. usda. gov. Halloween 'Trick-or.Treat' Glenville's City Council set the community's official 2004 Hallow- een Neighborhood Trick-or-Treating for Sat., Oct. 30 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Councilman Garry Kight explained his recommended motion by citing the reservations of having a commu- nity- or county-wide event conflict- ing with local football games on Fri- day. The motion was then seconded and passed at the Mon., Oct. 4 Coun- cil meeting. Sand Fork's Trick-or-Treating is also scheduled for Sat., Oct. 30 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Visit our newspapers'. website at: www. GlenvilleNews, com I I tion law violations." The Forbes ar- borne this out perhaps better than any ticle said the chamber would target other modern political consultant's." Justice Warren McGraw of West Vir- The article indicates that the goal of ginia this year. And so it has! Karl Rove was to replace the Ala- Mr. Roberts's letter is just a fulfill- bama judiciary with Republicans. ment of last year's threat from the Over the last 10 years, he has suc- national organization! Out-of-state ceeded. manufacturing concerns and the in- Rove's smear tactics have been surance industry are helping to fund adopted in West Virginia this year by several political groups who are cur- the insurance industry and the big rently using deceptive, misleading and businesses which are among the pri- false ads to smear the good record of mary funding sources for the "527" Justice McGraw. political organizations which are Interestingly, the November 2004 spreading the distortions and mislead- edition of Atlantic Monthly Magazine ing accusations against Justice War- indicates that the plan to take over ren McGraw. Last week, the Associ- statecourtsystemswasmasterminded ated Press reported that more money by Kari Rove, thechiefpoliticalstrat- is being spent on this race than any egist to the White House and the long- other single judge's race in the nation. time cohort of big business and the Consumers do not have the funds to insurance industry. The article dis- fight such abusive politics. Our only closes that Rove led big business in hope is that the media will publish taking over state courts in Texas, Ala- letters such as ours to reveal what is bama, and Mississippi long before the really taking place. ChamberofCommercetargetedWest Justice McGraw is a fair, compe- Virginia last year. The article first tent and honest jurist and a long-time describes the smear tactics used in public servant! Alabama to take over the judiciary: Please do not be deceived by the "Rove brought to Alabama a formula, smear tactics of big business, nor by honed in Texas, for winning judicial the letters of the State Chamber of races. Commerce. Justice McGraw deserves It involved demonizing Democrats to be re-elected. as pawns of the plaintiffs' bar and When you vote, tell the Chamber stokingpopulistresentmentwithtales that justice is not for sale in West of outrageous verdicts .... Though itVirginia. is forever fashionable to denounce negative campaigning, every politi- Christopher W. Cooper cal expert understands that it can be and John W. Cooper extremely effective. Rove'scarcer has Parsons, WV Straight Talk from Glenville State College Homecoming 2004 Poe, Sophomore Prince and Pdncess, Randall Cook and Elizabeth "Niki" Richmond, Junior Prince and Terrible weather could not dampen the spirits of the Princess, Donald Taylor and Stephanie Fitch, and 2004 Glenville State College Homecoming partici- Senior Princes and Princesses Kipp Colvin, John pants. The Homecoming parade kicked off the day at Lopez, Shaylyn Kimble and Melissa Shahan. 10:00 a.m. with student organizations, high school Sewing as this year's court attendants were bands, alumni award winners, the homecoming court Elizabeth Dittman, EUe Hankinson, Trent Boone and and the parade marshal entertaining the crowd, Kyle Langford. despite the weather. '~' The homecoming game started with technical Immediately following the parade, the annual Alumni difficulties after the loss of power in Glenville. Even Awards Brunch was held at the Gilmer County though the game was played without a scoreboard Recreation Center. Over 100 alumni and friends of due to the electricity, GSC triumphed over the West the College were in attendance to honor this year's Virginia State Yellowjackets in a 28-7 win. award winners. After introductions by President Robert N. Freeman and Stephen Barnett '70, President of the GSC Alumni Association, the attendees enjoyed lunch and were introduced to each of this year's awardees. The Grand Reopening of the Jack Woodyard Room took place during the game. The room now has furniture and many photographs for visitors to view. The room will be open for all home football games. R. Fred Radabaugh '52, a member of the GSC Board of Governors, presented the Posthumous Award to Claude R. Kemper '33, which was accepted by Kemper's son and daughter-in law, Ronald and Lynn Kemper. The Outstanding Educator Award was presented to Denver Drake '76 by Ruth Chisler '59. The Community Service Award was present to Dr. Espy Miller by Debra Simon 75. The Alumni Achievement Award was presented to Larry Gainer, '66 by Bill Hanlin, '53. Judith Elkin Shoemaker Johnson, '71 was honored as the Alumna of the Year. Her ex-husband, Daniel Shoemaker, '67, presented her with the award In honor of Claude Kemper, Ginny Yeager volunteered to open the Claude and Ethel Kemper Room in the library on Saturday to allow homecoming visitors to see the room. At approximately 2:15 p.m. at I.L. and Sue Morris Stadium, the 2004 Homecoming Court was honored on the track and 2004 King and Queen were announced and crowned. Bill Shahan was named the 2004 Homecoming King, while Nicole Maxwell was named the 2004 Homecoming Queen. Other members of this year's court include Freshman Prince and Princess, Joshua A. Brown and Linda Homecoming Competition Winners Student organizations competed during Homecoming week for a vanety of prizes. On Thursday, October 16, dunng the annual Bonfire/Pep Rally, the organizations competed for the coveted spirit stick during the Spirit Competition. This year's Spirit Competition winners were: 1st Place - MENC ($50 pnze) 2nd Place - Delta Xi Rho ($30 prize) 3rd Place - Alpha Theta Xi ($20 prize) During the parade, the organizations participated in two other competitions.~Each student organization must compete in either ~ banner competition or the float competition. This y~ar's winners were: Banner Compet on 1st Place - MENC ($50 prize) 2nd Place - Delta Xi Rho ($25 prize) 3rd Place - Alpha Theta Xi ($15 prize) Float Competition 1st Place - MENC ($75 prize) 2nd Place - Delta Xi Rho ($50 prize) 3rd Place - Phi Lambda Psi ($25 prize) I