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November 11, 1976     The Glenville Democrat
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November 11, 1976

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The lenvil le A Gilmer Graphics, Inc. Newspaper Single Copy Price 15c [Incl. Tax] emocrat Published B, And For Gilmer County Pe0'ple While most other home in warm ,6, and her brother walk through and down a road way to the six other 3/4 of a mile hour and 15 the children lift feet and another Day Care teachers.} go through this parents have Road, 8tats says is no six families maintain that , enough for the are also the state does s familiar one in of the state's eCOnomic cycles, Were at times abandoned. abandoned a also abandon that this Hollow. county maps in it does not after the state of county roads Bell have lived for five various other have sought and Harold William GLENVILLE, GILMER COUNTY, /V 26351 ds adopt orphaned road Ritchie and Governor-elect Jay Rockefeller to no avail. {Jay recently sent them a form letter stating their request would be placed on file.) Burke, who is chairman of the House Finance committee, told The Democrat that an orphan roads bill had come before his committee, but it was sent back to a lower committee because the fiscal request was much more than the state could afford. The hollow residents have.,also made numerous trips to the local Department of Highways office and to the district office in Weston. In fact, according to Mrs. Bell, an official at the Weston office told her three years ago that they would fix the road. Nothing was ever done. At the request of the, hollow residents, Jim Martin, an attorney for West Virginia Legal Services, has taken their case. Martin has informed the district office in Weston that he intends to bring a mandamus suit against them unless they begin maintaining the road again. Martin's case may be bolstered by the recollections of Boyd James, a retired employee of the department of Highways. James, an older brother of Gilmer County Sheriff Clark James, lived in Bennett Hollow for nearly 30 years, He told the Democrat that until he moved from the hollow in 1956, he graded the road from Rt. 33 to the old Leading Creak Road many times. "I've graded that road many a time clear over to Leading Creek. I don't care what they say, that's a state road." said James. Shon Dwyer, mother of the two children who live farthest from the bus stop, is contemplating taking her children out of school. According to __+. Thursday, November II, It/6 SLOSHING HOME-Pictured above are some of the children who live on Bennett Hollow Road and must pick their way through the mud that was once a read to get to the school bus stop. The stashes abandoned the road. Residents of the hollow are trying to force state law a parent is not required to send a child to school if he lives more than two miles from the bus stop: "I guess I could teach them myself. But this would be unfair to the children. Your school days experienc- es are some of the best in your life. And there's a lot of things that school gives them that I couldn't" said Mrs. Dwyer. A state regulation says that if a student lives within the two-mile limit or if the board of education requires a student living more than two miles to come to school the board must maintain safe foot bridges over streams if that student must walk to the state to resume maintenance. The closest child lives sA of a mile from the bus stop, while other children must walk nearly two miles down the road which is treacherous going for a four-wheel drive vehicle. [Democrat photo] the bus stop on roads other than public highways. The Dwyers own a four-wheel drive truck, but it's in such a bad state of disrepair that they use it only for emergencies. The hollow residents are not the only people who attempt to use the road. Oil and gas company trucks, lumber trucks and Christmas tree haulers also use the road. "The road is serving a much broader public use, than just the people who live up here" said hollow resident Bob Colt. "We could probably maintain the road ourselves if we were the only ones using it, but when you get a big lumber truck or something tearing through here it's impossible to maintain." None of the hollow residents mention leaving. But as the days get colder and the road gets even more impassable some sort of change in the situation must inevitably occur. County bridge may be repaired Gilmer County's representatives on the Region VII Planning and Development Council were recently successfull in placing the repair of the Stout's Mill bridge on a priority list for proposed Highway Department projects in this area next year. During the Oct. 28 meeting Glenville Mayor Delbert Davidson and Gilmer County Commission Chariman Billie Jean Summers persuaded Council members to approve the bridge repair as one of the top three priority projects. As the state Highways Department formulates their budget for next year, they will determine whether or not to give final approval for the bridge repairs. The project, if approved, would call for the repair of deterioriated areas, truss strengthening, stringer replacement and replacement of the floor with a steel grid. Total estimated cost for the project would be $90,000. 214 204 115 150 103 303 , 247 243 113 163 119 321 223 201 98 124 , 98 265 i II II I I I 220 153 89 96 67 331 157 166 107 145 137 98 II 236 243 92 172 129 306 127 84 97 49 63 104 II 01 67 50 59 58 86 82 201 166 83 102 75 240 223 139 72 60 119 115 198 109 232 261 102 125 98 234 275 IIIIEII III IIII I 257 250 135 176 136 281 276 198 65 49 53 57 123 103 III 115 62 63 62 68 138 71 235 232 98 162 122 281 307 228 208 101 121 95 255 269 I I 93 50 47 54 63 106 57 226 93 1414 265 278 mini maml a 239 217 104 157 120 310 II I I I I 74.59 per cent of all registered voters Clay, Burke drew 11,160 votes, Long in the county, County Clerk Mary drew 10,983 votes and Gregory polled I Davidson called it a record turnout. 4,399 votes. ! Clark James was re-elected Gilmer Jimmy Carter carried the county County sheriff by a margin of 2,478 to 282 198 254 225 102 160 2245 in the presidential race as did Jay 1,007 over challenger Davy Loe Miller, 113 30 I 181 130 60 1371 Rockefeller in the governor's race. Robert Minigh drew the most Every other state Democratic candi- votes in the magistrate's race with date carried the county. 2,179 votes. John George Wolfe won the 166 288 227 96 156 2266 The Gilmer County school bond other magistratn's seat when he 27 106 185 137 62 1336 issue failed to draw the necessary 60 polled 1,852 votes to 1,366 votes for per cent of votes for passage. The bond Willard "Hap" Wright. Logretha issue drew 1,928 votes in favor and Keesecker received 834 votes for 1,672 against for a 53.5B per cent in magistrate. favor. The Gilmer County Board of Richard Stalnaker defeated Dale, Education voted Nov. 8 to run a special Thrasher for assessor with 2,4 vot 170 275 278 123 162 2478 election Dec. 17 to seek passage of the to 942 votes. 93 19 104 113 103 51 1007 bond issue again. In the state senate race William0 I I Incumbents Billy B. Burke of Sharps received 2,224 votes to  +,+ Glenville and Harold Long of Birch votes for Eric Spelsburg. Sharpe  River were returned to their seats in won in every other county in the 131h 18 69 100 115 39 834 the House of Delegates. Burke drew district. 91 ,++ ,,,, ,3+ I candidates file ,, ..5 - Loca 159 237 220 86 152 2179 campaig00disclosure forms 167 290 266 108 156 2498 All the candidates who ran for candidate with $212.35. Dale Thrash- 17 87 110 116 54 942 Gilmer County offices in the Nov. 2 er. the unsuccessful candidate for I general election have filed the , assessor, spent $192.94. Davy Miller, necessary campaign disclosure forms who ran unsuccessfully for sheriff, with Gilmer County Clerk, Mary spent $110.96. NelsonGarrett. whoran Davidson. The party executive unopposed for county commissioner, 14 87 107 111 43 941 committees are also required to submit spent $41.10 on his campaign. Robert 168 278 261 .114 166 2424 similar campaign financial disclosure Minigh, who drew the most votes in the 155 257 237 95 141 2162 statements. While the Gilmer County Magistrate's race, spent $31.72. Clark Democratic Executive Committee did James. who won re-election as sheriff. submit the statement, the Gilmer spent $13.70 and Logretha Keeeecker, County Republican Executive Commit- who finished last in the Magistrate's, 18 83 128 109 44 854 tee did not. race. svent $15. Mrs. Davidson said that she would Candidates J.W. Perrill-Prosecut. ing Attorney, Richard Stalnaker-- 161 251 222 101 157 inform the Republicans that their Assessor and John George Wolfe-- m    report is past due. No candidate for county office Magistrate, listed no expenses. listed any campaign contributions. All the candidates listed expenses which 170 2419 I they ,had incurred between the primary election and five to lO days before the general election. They must 141 2256 file another financial statement within 30 days after the election. The expenses were primarily for various kinds of advertising. 156 2491 The Gilmer County Democratic 140 2141 Executive Committee listed donations. personal contributions and fund I raising revenues totaling $552.15. They listed expenses totaling $918.10. 60 1928 Willard "Hep' Wright, who 160 | 1672 finished third in the magistrate's race, listed more expenses than any other 221 231 98 137 104 273 269 152 102 95 92 98 159 121 280 161 282 257 122 , II 256 156 272 243 99 294 163 297 261 114 259 156 250 228 101 I [ I II 24[2 60 259 275 76 150 130. 123 138 161 + Continued on Pale 2 221 245 117 136 110 227 153 92 71 10, 92 203 III I II 7 " ? + Democrats +++ .... ....... , Record t0000rnout hel " M " 5    fortunes of Gilmer County Democrats 2,162 and Republican Ron Gregory of  . + .,. as every member of their party was Grantsville drew 941. In the  .fl 1 swept into office. The warm sunny day four-county delegate district which brought 3,719 voters to the polls or includes Gilmer, Braxton, Calhoun and