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November 4, 1976     The Glenville Democrat
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November 4, 1976

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il , :i The lenvi I le emocrat A Giimer Graphics, Inc. Newspaper Published Bx ?nd For Gilmer {)unh Peol)le Single Copy Price 15c [Incl. Tax] GLENVILLE, GILMER COUNTY, WV 26351 'PARCELS--Since the United Parcel Service went on the Glenville post office has seen a dramatic of parcel post packages they have had to employees are pictured above unloading a were delivered Monday, Nov. 1. [Democrat Merchants adjust during UPS strike B3 Paul Brown Editor It has been more than a month since the Teamster Unmn struck the United Parcel Service {UPS) and Glenville businessmen, like the rest of the country, are feeling the pinch. The strike, which began Sept. 15, affects all of New England, the Mid-Atlantic States, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina and the District of Cohunbia. Most local businessmen are now receiving their orders by parcel post. Some merchants maintain that parcel post shipments are slower and more expensive than UPS shipments. "I used t be able to order things out of PittsJrgh and get them in a day and a ha: UPS. It takes a week to ten days for tae same thing to get here by mail. rd estimate it probably costs a third mre to ship by parcel post," said Chester Westfall. owner of The Dalton Store. Jake Minnich, owner of Minnich Florist, has a different problem with parcel post. Most of the companies he does business with will not send shipments by parcel post. Usually by this time we've already received our Christmas inventory," said Minnich. "I didn't know how much we depended on UPS until they went on strike." The strike hasn't hurt Minnich's plant sales because all his plants come by air freight to Charleston and he drives down and picks them up. Phil Rastle, owner of Towne Bookstore has also shifted to parcel .post delivery, but the change hasn't hurt his business as bad as others. "We're able to get the same orders through parcel post. just expect to wait a little longer for the shipments to come in. "It may not hurt us so bad as some others because we've only been open about seven months and aren't as set in our ways as some other businesses may be," he added, A directive was recently issued by the U.S. Postal Department which forbids any postal employee from discussing the relationship between the UPS strike and postal service. However, a reliable source at the Glenvile post office said they are now handling twice as many parcels as they were before the strike was called. Charlie Wolfe, parts manager for Glenville Ford, has a lower inventory of parts, but this is more a result of the recent strike by Ford Motor Co. than the UPS strike. Most of his parts are delivered by freight truck, instead of UPS. Kenneth Black. owner of Glenville Auto Parts, has, however, had good experience with parcel post deliveries. "I usually don't order a lot of stuff through UPS, because I have to call the warehouse at a certain time so they can meet the UPS schedule. But I can call up about 4 p.m. and have something shippecl parcel post special delivery and have it here the next moning." said Black. One alternative to parcel post shipments is truck freight. However. a $16 minimum is tagged on every shipment no matter how small its weight, which means it would cost as much to ship one pair of boots as it would to ship 50 pairs. Local merchants received some surprise deliveries recently when Chester Wesffall drove to Elkins to pick up some of his packages which were stranded there when the strike was called, fie also delivered a number of packages which were bound for ether Glenville merchants: (;timer Graphi:s Inc. President Bob Arnold ,'as coufrmted wittl a different problem a few weeks ,, as a result of the, UPS strike. 13cJiverv of the Calhoun Chronicle (one ,f thre newspapers the com;m:v pr.,luces) • was delayed five days when the Charleston post otficc refused to process the newspapers until they orecessed a backlog ,,f parcels. Thursday, November 4, 1976 i Because of postal route setups, newspapers bound for communities in Calhoun Ceuntv go to Charleston first and are then shipped back to Calhoun Count,. (:hronicle Editor Mary Ann : Barrmvs is now personally delivering. newspapers to some of the post offices m Calhoun County. Negotiations between Teamster ruckers and UPS began two weeks afo There are no predictions when the dispute will end. of Community appeared before Monday night, extension of city he had brought the council on Occasions, but the a way to fund Gilmer County has told Roten that septi c system or by next month, trice Commission the council that provide sewer to the city. Davidson asked suing the leave me little reetings Davidson has maintained that a study done several years ago by Milam Engineering Inc. shows that Com- munity Super Market cannot be served by a gravity flow sewage system. Under PSC regulations a city does not have to provide sewer lines to a customer that cannot be served by a gravity flow system. However, Davidson was unable to produce a copy of this engineering study. Roten presented his own blueprints which show that his store can b l served by a gravity flaw system. The mayor and members of council told Roten that they would like to provide him with a sewer line, but they de not have the money. In a related matter, the council decided to include Roten's request for a sewer line in their pre-application for a federal HUD block grant . The council instructed the mayor to apply for funds to extend sewer lines into Hays City and up Vanhorn Drive. and lines up Clayton St. and River St. Councilman Robert Reed brought up another sewage problem that he wanted included in the pre-applica- tion. He noted that for several years the city has been dumping raw sewage into the Little Kanawha River from an overflow line behind the Conrad Motel. He added that the city is also discharging raw sewage from low lines on Walnut St. and near the water plant. "It will take some money to get this cleaned up, but it's something we'd better do, because I'll bet we get caught on this sooner or later," said Reed, The city decided to make the pre- application alone, instead of making a combination application with the county commission and school board. In other business the council: APPROVED wage hikes for city employees. Each employee got at least a $25 raise. The council will use coal severance tax revenues and some revenue sharing funds to, pay for the increases. APPROVED the reviM,n of 68 city ordinances in order to allow the city specific jurisdiction in cases which may conflict with the jurisdiction of the new magistrates when they take office Jan. 1. The ordinances were passed as a public emergency at the request of the mayor because, "Our old ordinances are badly out of date. This will eliminate some of our questionable ones." HIRED Denzil Hess as a new city policeman. reveals need for Gilmer nursing home nursing home to was recently of the Project Virginia Planning Corn- approved the a 90-resident ttolbrook Nursing because nursing area of Upshur and one of three of Which have no facilities. of the needs that the a deficiency of Therefore. that the facility would for additional area. Holbrook s from all five their claim for central West the following by the Region increase in in 1974 to down Holbrook Inc. popula- in Gilmer fact that and older grew t of the total 13,2 per cent in of people 65 a whole Holbrook Inc. assumes that four per cent of the number of persons 65 years old or older is a fair number of licensed nursing home beds for a given region. 1970 population figures show that in 1970 there were 1026 people in Gilmer County 65 years of age or older. Based on Hothrook lnc.'s formula that means there is a need for 41 nursing home beds in Gilmer County. There are currently no beds available. Holbrook Inc. proposed that additional nursing homes be built with grant funds rather than imposing the facilities' cost on the senior citizens or the taxpayers of the county. The primary reason thecompany made this assertion was that 21.3 per cent of the people 65 years'old orolder in Gilmer County are now living below the poverty level. This compares to 19,7 per cent of the senior citizen population statewide. The company also pointed out that 1972 figures show 34.3 per cent of the families in Gilmer County make less than $3.000. Statewide the percentage of families earning less than $3.000 is 17.1 per cent while nationwide the figure is only 10.3 per cent. Intensive investigation nets marijuana haul After nearly a week's investiga- tion and 23 hours of constant surveilJance the GlenviHe city police arrested Haymon Cottrill. 38, of Glenville for possession and intent to deliver marijuana, On Wednesday. Oct. 11 at 11:15 a.m. city police and State Police ' Trooper Kenneth Smith, served Cottril] with a search warrant in his room in the Conrad ttotel. The policemen confiscated a substance which Glenville Police (',hief l)allas (;oodrich estimated weighed mort; than 15 grams and probably less than four pounds. The police did not weigh the subslant:e betore sending it to a state police laboratory in Charleston for positive identification. In West Virginia it is a misdemeanor to possess leas than 15 grams of marijuana and a felony for possession of more than 15 grams. Cottrill was charged with a felony by Magistrate Robert Minnigh. He was incarcerated in the Gilmer County jail with a bond of $2.000. Goodrich estimated that it would take about three months for the result of the laboratory tests to come back because of a severe backlog of items thai still have to be tested. However. t;(udrich said thal he had made . enough marijuana arrrests to know what the plant looked like. He called the laboratory tests "just a formality." Goodrich said that Glenville police have arrested six to eight people in the past year on possessmn of marijuana charges, but this is the first time Glenville police have confiscated such a large quantity. It is also the first time that the local police have made an arrest with a search warrant or with the aid of such an intensive investigation• The arrest came after city police had been working on the case for five days and after officer Mike Duelley and Marvin Henson held Cottrill under constant surveillance for 23 straight hours. Glenville Mayor Delbert Davidson said that Glenville police have been investigating marijuana flow,in the city for "'quite some nine.'" The mayor commended the efforts of the police force. "We've been having a lul of preblems with kids 12.13 and 14 years (rid appearing to be intoxicated. A h)t of kids were going astray. We wanted to get to the bottom of this and we did. r said Davidson. Jury trials to begin BEWITCHING--Area youngsters celebrated the special holiday of Halloween with a lively party sponsored by the local Lions' Club. The bewitching witch, pictured above, Joined friends in costume competition, games, refreshments and good times. See page two for more pictures and names of costume competition wi [Democrat photo by Chris Brownl .... / in Gilmer CircuitCourt Gilmer Cmmlv Circuit Court met Monday, Nov. 1 with Judge William Kidd presiding. Kidd made judgements on civil cases and the grand jury met later in the day to bring indictments for the next term of court. 'l he State of West Virginia will be prosecuting the following cases before the iurv and |udRe Kidd on Thursday. " Nov. 4 and Monday. Nov. 8: Hersel S Stone for attempted rape: Charles Mullen for fehmious assault: William Rubin tar breaking and entering; Salango for breaking and Harry lames Wood. Harr, Ha Cottrill and lvin Lee Gottrill all for rand larceny: Bernard Stuart eli on a misdemeanor for resisting arrest and Richard Kennard Stuart on a public intoxication appeal. The lury will also hear two suits involving William Conrad vs. Sterling Edward and Paul Lester Shifter vs. Wilber! Conrad. PILFERED POT--Glenville cry police raided the a Haymon Cottrill last Wednesday, Oct. 27 and confiscated marijuana pictured above. Although they didn't know the exact weight, police say it was definitely more than 15 grams, which is the limit for a misdemeanor offense. Possession of over 15 grams is a felony offense. [Democrat photo l