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The A Gilmer Graphics, Inc. Newspaper lenvil le Democrat t Published By And For Gilmer Comity People single Copy Price 15c [Incl. Tax] GLENVILLE, GILMER COUNTY, WV 26351 Thursday, November 3, 1977 II ayor Robert Wyatt resigns effective November 8, Robert j. Wyatt has position effective Tues- 8. At a special meeting Council held in City ay. October 28. at 7:30 Mayor tendered his COuncil voted unani- it. statement, Wyatt much deliberation and reached a necessary my life. I wish to submit my as Mayor of the City of }be effective November. the reasons for taking health and that of my that is consumed in the th the many pressures of I. ha  brought me to the I feel it is in the best and family to step reasons for taking this to the business of Being mayor has more time than I had partner has been rough it all and given need. but this still does responsibility I feel the Mayor said . "I have tried very ood job and have been tlings with the Council n dlle. If nothing else ",hirt p Breitenhirt, Jr., who as ,r of the Glenville r from January 1, October 30. is tc rate in Eastman, who prefers not to as "Reverend." was and belongings at arch and his home last d his activities long with The Democrat/ Was born in Charles- "'exas. "I've always .We get Texas in there," a graduate of Green o], King College in and Union Theo- r in Richmond. entered the ministry in who in addition to of the local church Board of Directors Medical Center, that, "I have relationship with of this community." of Mr. Breitenhirt is a minister. B. Blake and Mrs. Breitenhirt in Johnson City, can be said. I hope you can appreciate this. "I wish to thank everyone who has aided me in any way and, most especially, during the last four months. Your support and help will be remembered as a great page in my life," Mayor Wyatt concluded. Councilman Don Barker moved that the Mayor's resignation be accepted, and Councilman Harry Hoover seconded the motion. The Mayor's statement concluded at exactly 7:35 p.m. Fifteen individuals were present to witness the remarks. They were: Kline Ralston. Charles Collins. Municipal Judge Delbert Davidson. Rick Lawson, Joan Layne. Sharon Layne. Mike Duelley. Council- men Hoover, Barker, Lonnie Fitzpat- rick. Lowell Fredin and John Collins. Recorder Edna White. Darlene Gregory and Ronald Gregory. Mayor Wyatt, co-owner of Pioneer's Grocery on Main Street. was elected Mayor of Glenville on June 7 of this year by a wide margin. Of 440 official votes cast, Wyatt received 221 ballots. His nearest opponent, among a crowded field, garnered only 82 votes. Following his official statement and the acceptance of his resignation, Wyatt told the Council that the session was concluded except for any discussion they would like to carry on. PASTOR LEAVING-Former Glenvflle Presbyterian Pastor, B. Blake Breltenhlrt, Jr. [Democrat Photo] Prior to coming to Glenville, B. Blake Breitenhirt. Jr. served Pastor- ates in Alabama, Georgia and Florida. On August 30, 1975, Breitenhirt was married, 'and on "Labor Day of 1976," he laughs, his wife, Jean. presented him with a daughter, Catherine. Labor Day in 1976 was on September 6. The First Presbyterian Church of Eastman, Georgia extended a call to Breitenhirt to become Pastor of that congregation. According to the former Gleville Pastor. a church issues a call. which a minister may either accept or refuse. If he accepts, the Presbytery of the Church must approve the action. In this case, Breitenhirt accepted the call and the Presbytery approved. Breitenhirt remarked that East- man is a town of approximately five to six thousand people. It is located about 50 miles southeast of Macon. "I'm looking forward to seeing Billy Carter," Breitenbirt quipped. In reflecting on his association with the Glenville Presbyterian Church. Brietenhirt said, "The people of this church have been tremendously warm and generous to me." He officially became Pastor of the Eastman Church on Tuesday. Nov- ember 1. A Committee has been appointed by the Glenville Presby- terian Church to find a new Pastor. / in Charleston for visit President Mondale [Mrs. Billy B. Burke in Charleston on 2L for a reception of Vice President President was in e as guest speaker at Conference on lL and Economic el e was held in the invitation of I" ROckefeller. IV. tere in attendance erSce, which exam- 'q:lS the region and r '"endations to meet I rcluded Governors PPalachian states. r ! Sponsored by the Appalachian Regional Commission {ARC}. Governor Rockefeller has been named by President Jimmy Carter to serve as Chairman of the National Conference on Balanced Growth and Economic Development. The group will hold a session in January in Washington, D.C., and the Governor will present some of the recommen- dations made at the Conference at that time. Vice President Mondale arrived in Charleston Friday afternoon and the reception was held at the Governor's Mansion on Kanawha Boulevard at 5:30 p.m. Delegate and Mrs. Burke received special invitations from the Governor to attend the reception. The Vice President later ad- dressed the Conference. Delegate and Mrs. Burke did not attend that session. Council discussed the fact that they would have the responsibility to name a person to succeed Mayor Wyatt. Councilman Collins said, "Maybe what we should do is schedule some meetings to talk it over among ourselves, and in the meantime be looking around and listening to what other people have to say and taking their suggestions. "I think that what we may have to do at those meetings, since there will Chapter XLVII, Sections 20, 21 and 22, Pages 15 and 16 state the following: "When a vacancy shall occur from any cause in the office of Mayor, Recorder, or in Council, the vacancy shall be filled by appointment by the Council, from among the citizens of the city, town or village, eligible under this Chapter. "The Mayor, Recorder and Councilmen, must be residents of such city. town or village and entitled to be people's names mentioned, is to go into executive session," he concluded. Councilman Fredin commented that such a move would be legal. Following more discussion, Coun- cil agreed to meet again on Wednesday, November 2. at 7:30 p.m. to consider the steps to be taken. A vote to adiourn concluded the meeting. According to Chapter I, Section 10, Page 5 of the Laws and Ordinances of the City of Glenville. whenever a vacancy occurs from any cause in the office of Mayor, Recorder, or Council. the vacancy is to be filled by appointment by the Council. vote for member of its Common Council. "Whenever two or more persons shall receive an equal number of votes for the same office, if such number be the highest cast for such office, the person, under whose supervision the election is held, shall decide by lot which of them shall be returned as elected, and shall make their return accordingly." The Council will meet in regular session on Monday, November 7. at 7 p.m. At that time. the new Mayor is expected to be named. MAYOR RESIGNS..Glenville Mayor Robert J. Wyatt reads his resignation statement to Glenvflle City Council Friday, October 28. Councilman Lowell'Fredin [right] listens. [Democrat Photo] Several Gilmer Countians attend opening On June 28, 1973 the West Virginia Department of Highways under then-Governor Arch A. Moore, Jr., awarded a bridge contract that set state, national and world records. Now the records have become a reality, and several Gilmer Countians were on hand to celebrate the dedication of the New River Gorge Bridge on Saturday, October 22. A number of Gilmer Countians traveled by bus to the dedication. The bus was provided by the Gilmer County Board of Education for use by the local Senior Citizens. Others traveled by private vehicle. Despite the chilly morning weather on Saturday, a high-spirited crowd began gathering at the entrance to the bridge hours before 7:30, a.m. when the span was opened to pedestrian traffic. Some people reportedly arrived on Friday and camped out in hopes of being the first to cross the world's largest steel arch bridge, Randy Hicks, 16, of Lansing, was officially the first to cross the bridge at 7:30 a.m. Consequently, he received the first of 10,500 scrolls given by a daily newspaper for the occasion. It turned out the paper had grossly underestimated the turnout for the dedication. Crowd estimates varied from 20,000 to 50,000. The Fayette County Sheriff's Office put the figure at 25,000. Several of the Gilmer Countians present said there must have been more on hand than that. With a rub of snuff between his gums and cheek, the youth said he was impressed by the size of the structure. "It saves you about 40 minutes to get from Oak Hill to Lansing. It's a big help to tourists," he said. The bus carrying the Gilmer County group arrived at the bridge site at approximately 10 a.m. The bus driver was Ray Campbell Others on the bus were: Gaylord Vanhorn, Opal Vanhorn, Flora Varner, Anabelle Scott, Bayard Young, Mary Grace Young, Mary Young, Bernadine Benrtt, Clyde Frymier, Charlotte ]smrtOs, Vera  Alone Froths Jones, Merle Owens. Elva Brown, Lucy Reed, Eleanor Shock, Alice Hoover, Paul Fidler, Beulah Fidler, Georgie Carr, Retha Spaur, Nellie Engelke, Bill Peck, Stalls Simmons, Noma Collins, Pauline Radabaugh, Susan Sullivan, Thelma Richards, Zetta Campbell, Ions Burke, Elsie Kirkpatrick, Audy Turner, Mrs. Audy Turner, Glenna Hefner, Ruth Reed, Reenie Minney, Ena Allen, Lucille McVaney and Daisy Jones. Most members of the local group walked across the bridge after arriving. They reported the view was beautiful. Bayard Young was along to WVU team gives hearing tests A team from West Virginia University was in Gilmer County on Monday, October 24, conducting hearing examinations at the Gilmer County Health Center on Mineral Road. The -tests were given in connection with previous examinations which had been conducted in Gtlmer County schools. Fifty-five Gilmer County school students were given tests on October 24. The team from WVU consisted of Phyllis Flowers, Audiologist: Chris Ritz, Audiology Graduate Student: Sam Whitaker, Ear. Nose and Throat Medical Doctor: and Kay Whitaker, Medical Doctor. Assisting in the examinations were representatives from the Gilmer County school system who also gave the original examinations during the week of September 19. Speech Therapists Cheryl Kochman and Patsy Siostrom, and School Nurse Mary Morrow helped in the testing. On the 55 students tested, ten were found to be normal when results of the October 24 testing were analyzed. The remaining students were found to have some hearing difficulty. Recommendations as to appropriate action to be taken will be given to each parent. In fact, all parents in the county will eventually be given a report concerning test findings with regard to their children. The Speech Therapists remarked that the tests went very well and that all students were well-behaved. It was expected that the examinations would continue until 3 p.m., but. because of the cooperation shown by students. testing was over at approximately 2 p.m. The same testing was conducted in the local school system last year and was also highly successful. The examinations do not cost the county school system any money, according to the Board. photograph the activities, but was unable to get the Gilmer County delegation together for a group picture. The manner of getting across the bridge was varied for the thousands of people on hand for the day. Some drove and walked across, others maneuvered the length in wheelchairs, one man brought a monkey and buggy carriage to make the journey, and another rode a horse. Official dedication ceremonies began at noon with Charlie McCoy singing the National Anthem. A salute from Fayetteville American Legion Post Number 149 came next, then the invocation, delivered by Rev. Billy Wickline of the United Methodist Church of Fayetteville. " " Oak Hill Mayor Walter Brown and Fayetteville Mayor John Witt, along with several local representatives of business and government, delivered brief addresses. Following the opening remarks, U.S. Steel Corporation President D.M. Roderick, Michael J. Baker, Incorpo- rated President, Michael Baker III, Fayette Plateau Chamber of Commerce President Roy Cruikshank, and Federal Highway Administration Executive Director Lester Lamm made brief statements. After a short musical interlude, "Shenandoah," the state officials took their turn at the microphone. Highways Commissioner Charles Mil- ler spoke first, then Senate President William T. Brotherton, House Speaker Donald Kopp," United States Repre- sentative Harley Staggers, United States Senator Jennings Randolph, and Governor John D. Rockefeller. IV. Three former Governors were present for the festivities. Past Governors Okey Patteson, Hulett C. Smith and Arch A. Moore. Jr. were all present. Moore's Highways Commis- sioner, William Ritchie, was also on hand. Governor Rockefeller told the crowd "only God can make a mountain or spill a river and make it exist in such harmony that no one can doubt who the master of builders is." Senator Randolph called the bridge, "a people's project. It lets us know what we are doing here today and what we can do here tomorrow." The singing of "Amazing Grace" followed the talks, and Rev. Shirley Donnelly. Chaplain of the Veterans Administration Hospital in Beckley, delivered the benediction. Then, while the crowd sprinkled with Gilmer Countians looked on, Governor Rockefeller cut the ribbon. and McCoy and Russ Hicks broke into a rerdition of "Country Roads." Thomas Wood. a 1f-year-old Fayetteville lad, accompanied the Governor and his wife. Sharon. as they drove across the span, Wood won the opportunity to ride with the Governor and First Lady by entering a contest sponsored by the Charleston Daily Mail. ........ New River Gorge Bridge was complte] at a cost of nearly $37' million. One workman lost his life working on the proiect. It is designed to serve as a viable transportation link between Fayette and Raleigh Counties and northern West Virginia. The world's longest steel arch bridge is also the highest in the United States east of the Mississippi River. Its main span is 1.700 feet and, for those who looked down Saturday and wanted to know, the distance to the New River is exactly 876 feet, The bridge carries Appalachian Corridor "L," also designated as US 19, across the canyon of the New River iust north of Fayetteville. The first of the 21,000 tons of structural steel was erected in June of lO74. Construction of concrete forms and temporary platforms began in July of 1973. The last piece of steel was bolted into place in May of last year. Don Snodgrass of Malden fell to his death in May of 1974, when a temporary platform shifted, also iniuring seven other men. Delegate Billy B. Burke of Glenville, along with his wife, Marge,, was among the local people on hand for the dedication. He called the bridge "the eighth wonder of the world." The Senior Citizen bus loaded at approximately 3 p.m. and arrived back in Glenville at approximately 6 p.m. Most of those who attended the event had only a few words to say concerning the structure and the view it afforded. "Fantastic." "amazing," and "gorgeous." were the terms we heard most often. STUDYING RESULTS-.Gilmer County Speech Therapists Cheryl Kochman [left] and Patsy SJostrom [center] look over hearing test results with School Nurse Mary Morrow. [Democrat Photo] Thursday, November 5 There will be a Christmas Auction at Gilmer County High School beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 4 The Annual Carnival will be held at Sand Fork Elementary School from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Parents' Night will be observed prior to the GCHS-East Preston football game at the GCHS Athletic Field. Special activities begin at 6:20 p.m. Saturday, November 5 There will be a dance at GCHS sponsored by the Student Council from 9 p.m. to midnight. The Democrat Women's Club will meet in Glenville City Hall at 7 p.m. Sunday, November 6 The Republic of China National Basketball Team will be at the Glenville State College gymnasium to meet the Pioneers at 7 p.m. Monday, November 7 A revival will begin at 7 p.m. at the Tanner Church. Glenville City Council meets in regular session at City Hall beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 9 A movie, "In Memory of the Land and People." will be shown in the GSC Little Theater beginning at 7:30 p.m. NONCE r0 *00ADERS We would like to again point out that in order for us to give proper consideration to news stories and announcements, it is important that such Items be in our hands as quickly as possible. As a general rule, it is impossible for us to prepare, stories we receive after 5 p.m. oll Friday for the coming week's paper. Items for "This Weak" should also be ih to us no later than 5 p.m. Friday, i,