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Endorsing the candidates& issues; I ,,._ P,..rB; Gilmer Goings OPEN HOUSE The public is invited to meet Jason Eager, new director of the Gilmer County Recreation Center, on Sun., Oct. 31, at 2:00-4:00 pm. Refresh- ments wilt be served. The public is invited to tour the recreation centers facilities. PARENT/TEACHER Gilmer County High School will con- duct a parent/teacher conference on Tues., Nov. 9, from 5:00-6:30 pro. This conference will allow parents to check on their child's academic progress. All parents are encouraged to get involved in their child's educa- tion and visit GCHS on conference night. TRICK OR TREAT? Trick or Treat for the Normantown area, and Sand Fork wiltbe Sat., Oct. 30, from 6:00 to 8:00. Trick or Treat in Glenville will be held on the same night, from 6:30 to 8:00. TECH PREP SEMINAR Following the parent-teacher confer- ence at 6:30 pm, Linda Cronin, WV Central Tech Prep Consortium Coor- dinator, will host a Tech Prep infor- mational seminar, for parents and stu- dents in the school's Commons Area. Parents can become informed on how Teb_2iProp may better prepare stu- dents for future employment and how students may get the EDGE, take high school courses for community and technical college credits. Parents and students are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about Tech Prep and EDGE, Earn a Degree, Graduate Eady! Continued on page llA PubOic Meeting+ The Gilmer County Historical ]S hociety will meet at 6:30 p.m. on this urs., Oct. 28 at the Holt House's Annex. Topics are to be the repnnting of the County History, the Vandalia Foundation's visit, and the election of officers. Hunter Armentrout is Society President. The general public and Society members are welcome. For details, call Margaret Moss at the History Center at 462-4295. The Glenville City Council will meet at 7 p.m. on next Men., Nov. 1 at City Hall for its regular monthly meeting. The general public is invited to attend. The Sand Fork Town Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. on next Men., Nov. 1 at the new Town Hall. The general public is invited to attend. The Gilmer County Public Service District will meet at 7 p.m. on Men., Nov. 8 at its West Main Street office for its regular monthly meeting. The general public is welcome to attend. The Gilmer County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. on next Thurs., Nov. 4 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 advance, if action on an issue is being requested. Forany other non-action business, the general public is invited to just drop in. The F torial Page, ....................... 3A ; Sports ........ , .......... . ....... ,, ................. 4A Obi ....................................... 9A Society ........ ,, .............. 1-513 & I I+12B News ..... . ..................... 713 i ..,..,.,.....;. ....... ,+..... ........... -6"1013 Classifieds ......... --.,.. ................ 12-13,6, GGOs ............................... . IA& IIA GSC News IA, 3A, 5A ....... & IB CANA News 5A & g/enm'// aec on Banots Meditation Moment Thought for Election Week -- "All voting is a sort of gaming, like chequers or backgammon, with a slight moral tinge to it." Henry David Thoreau American author and philosopher (1817-1862) By Bill Williams, II1, Staff Reporter The West Virginia Board of Education and Department of Education recently praised schools in Gilmer County as part of the "West Virginia Achieves Recognition Tour." Dr. Pam Cain, a top state Dept. of Educa- tion official and GSC alumna returned to Gilmer County on this past Men. night, Oct. 25 to address the assembled Board of Educa- tion at the Gilmer County High School's Annual Linkage meeting. "You are doing an excellent job here in Gilmer County," she stated emphatically. According to Cain, excellence areas of recognition include "Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), Best Among Peers, Achiev- ing Above Mastery and Beyond, and Best in Closing the Sub-Group Achievement Gap." Statewide, 70% of schools met at least one of the areas. In Gilmer County, the following schools achieved exemplary marks: Gilmer County High School-met AYP and had 40% of the students scoring at the "Above Mas- tery" and "Distinguished" levels in reading and math; Glenville Elementary School-met AYP, Best in Closing the Sub-Group (2) Achievement Gap in Reading and Math and Low SES; Normantown Elementary School- met AYP; Sand Fork Elementary School-met AYP; Troy Elementary School-met AYP and Best Among Peers. Each school received a plaque to display in a,place of prominence these proclamations of their distinguished achievements. The county's Board of Education also hon- ored seven students from the county who achieved 4.0 scores on recent examinations. The students so honored were: Abby Lilly (1 lth grade), Maranda Richards (1 lth), Kassity McCullum (11 th), Nichole Jenkins (llth), Jessica Hixson (9th), Elisabeth Coombs (5th) and Landon Gumm (5th.) The Linkage meeting continued with Prin- cipal John Bennett speaking about the recent confusion over an inaccurate statistic relating to the amount of remedial students at GCHS. This discussion was also brought up and further clarified by Mrs. Nasia Butcher, chair of the Local School Improvement Committee (LSIC). Mrs. Butcher also treated the Board to an informative powerpoint presentation new at By David H. Corcoran, Publisher.Editor + Before Jason Eager, the new manager of the Gilmer County Recreation Center, stepped up to speak to the County Commission, he asked that his report not be tape-recorded by Jim James, a citizen activist who regularly attends all of the commission meetings. ,'No," was Mr. Jarnes's instant reply, sitting back in his hard wooden chair and pointing out that last Thursday afternoon's regular County Commission session at the Court- house was "a public meeting." He, therefore, would tape everything that transpires. Injecting another point, Commission Presi- dent Larry Chapman told the small audience, "We (commissioners) need a legal opinion on this (non-taping request), and will find out what your (Mr. Eager's) rights are." James, who had asked the commissioners for years to have a complete taped record of their meetings and was denied those requests, started taping the public sessions on his own volition about one year ago. But, this was one of the first times that a county official chal- lenged the not-official practice. Afterwards, Eager told this newspaper that he made the request, because he wasn't sure how Mr. James would use his comments in the future. Also afterwards, James told this newspaper that if Eager had stipulated that he going to talk about his own personal situation, his non-taping request would have been honored. Nevertheless, as stated, if it was the public's business, the tape recorder would he acti- I I I vated, James propounds. Later on still, Commhmoner eon- tends that J~Jll~s has ~ t~ t~s in the past, especially in playing back uncom- plimentary sections to county officials and private citizens-- perhaps just for the amuse- ment value. "These commission meetings should have a dignity to them, and this sol- emn atmosphere should he honored by people attending them, even Mr. Jan s --- this is the public's business," Mr. Chapmlm maintains. After all of this hubbub, Eager made a rather routine report to the commissioners. He requested funding for the purchase of a new, safer cooking hood for the Rec Center's kitchen and $1,000 worth of new tables for upcoming events. The Commission approved both of his requests. The Rec Center's manager also notes that he's bringing in more money than last year. being about $10,000 ahead in revenues. In addition, the Center will host three major shows between November 5-7, notably Phil Cunningham's Knife & Gun Show, the An- nual Gilmer County Crafts Show ("Some- thing Old, Something New" See related ad. vertisement elsewhere in this issue) and a new Jewelry Show. All of these shows are taking place at the Center on the same week- end. thereby demanding the need for addi- tional tables and kitchen safety. An Open House Finally, Eager notes that the Re Center will hold an Open House at 2 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 31. "We'll give coffee, tea and hot dogs Continued on page 6A IUI II 00000000@0000 00@0000000000 State Sup. Ct. Justice McGraw visits Gilmer Although Election Law prevented him from meeting officeholders at the Courthouse, due to the absentee voting that was taking place at the time, a great number of Gilmer County officials and area attorneys walked across North Court Street to the Glenville Democrat's Office to pay a courtesy call to West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Warren McCaaw Monday morning. "I've never seen so many people in The Democrat's Office at the same time," states Billy Burke, an ex-state legislator and Sand Fork farmer, who facilitated Justice McCaaw's campaign swing through Gilmer County in his bid for re-election. After meeting with local people at The Democrat's Office, Justice McGraw, then, had a discussion with I. L. "lice" Morris, met with seniors at the Senior Center, and, finally, with oil & gas and Glenville State College representatives at the Best Western Glenville Inn. Justice McGraw, who has been slammed by a Big Business attack campaign daily for the past two months, reaffirmed his devotion to the people of West Virginia and Gilmer County during his 9 a.m. to early afternoon visit to Glenville. He, also, thanked Democrat/Pathfinder Publisher David Corcoran for endorsing his candidacy for re-election. "After the Glenville newspaper= endorsed me, The Charleston Gazette and other state papers followed suit," Justice McGraw said. Mr. Burke, his host, stated at the end of the day, "It looks good for Warren because he's spent his lifetime fighting for people. The other side has brought in an Ohioan (Republican Blent Benjamin) to ram against him and put millions of dollars in negative advertising against him, but it's not working. West Virginians are smarter than to believe that stuff." Local attorney, R. Terry Butcher, Esq., who was also in the touring group, comments, "Justice McGraw was received very well and warmly everywhere he went in Gilmer County." In other Democratic campaign news, Burke notes that U. S. Senator Jay Rockefeller (Dem.- W.Va.) was scheduled to speak out for presidential candidate, John Kerry, in Gienville on Tuesday, but had to change his plans, owing to a conflict in Washington. Instead, he'll be addressing a 9 a.m. campaign breakfast crowd at the Days Inn in Flatwoods this Thursday. Glenville Moose Lodge anticipating move A special meeting notice has been mailed out to all Glenville Moose Lodge No. 2604 informing them that the main order of business will be "to discuss and approve the relocation of (the Lodge) to the premises of the former 'Quest's End' Restaurant." This decision-making meeting will take place starting at 7 p.m. on this Fri., Oct. 29 at the current 10 E. Main Street location. Ex-WVU football players involved in robbery The alleged armed robbers of Glenville Foodland had been prominent football players at West Virginia University and in the National Football League, according to regional press reports. Holding up Foodland for over $13,000 in cash on Fri. evening, OcL 15 at closing time, Travis Garvin. 25, and Alvoid Mays, 38, were later caught by the fast action of Glnnvitle Police Lieutenant Sam Cutlip, who chased them toward Bumsville on SR 5 at of 100 mph, before they ow-rturned their vehicle. Later that night, a battalion of State Policemen, with a K- 9 Unit sniffing the hills around Gilmer Station, made the arrests. The Gilmer County Sheriffs Dept. also assisted the other law enforcement agencies at various times during the high profile incident --- Gilmer County's first armed robbery in over 22 years. Continued on page 6A examining GCHS's progress for the future. "We have lofty goals for this year," she con- eluded. Mr. Jack Heater, a Glenviile concerned citizen who regularly attends the board meet- ings, spoke on behalf of the LSIC and re- minded the audience of the upcoming meet- Continued on page 6A GILMER COUNTY HIGH'S HOMECOMING -- For the county's general public, the traditional GCHS Homecoming Parade, which took place in downtown Glenville on last Friday afternoon, was the highlight of the festive weekend. Two long-time high school educators, who are now retired, were honored as the Co-Parade Marshals (in these two photos). In this top photo, Judy (Mrs. Jim) Meads (right, in car), who was noted as the high school's expert drama teacher over the years, is greeted by good fnend and Delta Kappa Gamma sorority sister, Yvonne King (left, standing), herself a Professor Emeritus of English at Glenville State College. Mrs. King presented her with a bouquet of flowers from the sorority, and the other co-marshal (Mary Bland Strickland) was also given another bouquet from the group. Mrs. Meads enjoyed all the weekend's honors, as well as being named as Gilmer County's Teacher of the Year. (Snaf phot br Debble Huffman, m GSC Butm Depf. intern) A COLORFUL AND BIG PARADE -- The 2004 GCHS Annual Homecoming Parade was one of the longest ones in recent years, lasting aln' st 45 minutes along the parade route of East Main Street in Glenville. Here, Mary Bland Strickland (center), a long-time special education instructor at the high school but now retired, was also honored as a Co-Parade Marshal. She liked the sunny and warm fall afternoon that made this year's parade one of the best attended ones in recent years. Kay Chico, a GSC retired professor, is the driver of the vehicle. If ever the Gilmer County Economic De- velopment Association's Special Excess Levy needs to be passed, it is now, so its .board members sadly learned at the last ThULrS.'~POcto 21st regular monthly meeting. At the outset of the noon meeting, President Denny Pounds asked Treasurer Sandy Pettit, Her instant reply was, "$70.00, but we have bills totalling $1,200: Part of the financial problem has been caused by the state's sewage treatment requirements needed at the GCEDA's Industrial Park. "We're working on an agreement with IAg tics to pay back for the sewer plant's operations," "How much money do we have in the bank?" Continued on page 6A p.~ , - : y/~ ~-~ , / . /,~ :..:.,,g4:~" :EP JBLiC N REPUBLICAN HEADQUARTERS OPENS -- The Gilmer County Republican Party got a big boost from the George Bush for President Campaign which, in part, is funding the opening of its headquarters in the old Fun' Auto Building at Hays City, Glenville. Much joy and activity permeated the air on this Monday when the headquarters officially opened. Helping in the Grand Opening were from left to right: Darren Feit (a write-in candidate for the County Commission), Loma Wine, Marchetia "Kitty" Cottrill, WillardWright, Frances Myers Sehmetzer, Ruth Chisler and Dr. Betty Jones (executive chair of the Gtlmer County Republican Party and president of the county's GOP Woman'. Club). With a smile on.her face, Dr. Jones states, "This headquarters gives the GOP more visibility in Gilmer County and helps to promote a good cause. In this county, Republicans are a minority, so it gives us a'voice." In conclusion, she adds that the office will be open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily during the week. (St#lphotob O=ve Corcor= St.) 7 i