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November 14, 1991

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(ISSN 0746-5890) Glenville, Glimer Corny, wee Virginia 26351 Published By and For GUmer County People Single Copy Price-35 cents (33 cents plus tax) Thursday, November 14, 1991 fails to return nt in Waddell case Melton Waddell, Stouts Mills resident Counts of lirst degree murder, was not indicted of the Gilmer County Grand Jury. accused of murdering brothers Ronnic Stump, 28 37, also of Stouts Mills on July 15, 1991. taken by the Grand Jury included the following Frashure, two counts of uttering. Bernard Dcwall, two counts: manufacturing substance; possessing with intent to manu- a schedule I. L. Albright, manufacturing a schedule I con- Thompson, manufacturing a schedule I Pettry, malicious assault. / Rondo Lively, jail breaking their regular One loss in four against Robert School, the School team season victory In the Gilmer Tourna- easily de- opponent County, scored 13 and five to wctory. with and two houn County 37-4 in the conso- lation game. In the championship game Friday, November 8, Lori Min- hey scored 14 points and had four steals and two assists to lead GC to the 37-16 victory. Karrie Brannon tallied 10 points, pulled down 14 rebounds and had four steals. Kelly Osbom assisted the ef- fort with five points and five re- bounds. Other stat leaders were Michele Wellings-four points, six steals, five assists; Jenny Duelly-four points; Tracy Wil- liams-five rebounds; and Amie Starcher-three rebounds. Gilmer County teammates Loft Minney, Karrie Brannon star leaders points, Minney-six three steals; points. -Amie and Tracy round action, Jane Low lost to Cal- "and Micheie. LeJ|mg ,. ezrc named to the all-tournament team. Others named to the team were, from Wilt County, Crystal Boice and Sara Wigal; Dixie Helmic, Calhoun County; and Tonya Randolph., Jane Lcw. The 1991 Mini-Titans are the third consecutive Gilmer County team to win the junior high tour- nament. County High School Lady Mini.Titans: r.) Amber Westfall, Jennifer Chambers, Micbele Amie Starcher and Karrie Brannon. (Back Drake (statistician), Mandy Brady, Tracy Wil- Dueily, Heather Freshour, Kelly Osborn, fiel Moyers (manager), and Andy Tomblin Voters present at a sparsely attended Town Meeting at the Gilmer County Recreation Cen- ter Monday night heard detailed explanations from elected offi- cials and heads of six agencies involved in the upcoming special levy election as to why such a levy is needed and the effects on the community if the levy does not pass. The meeting, spon- sored by Gilmer County Citizens for Progress, was called to give voters the opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues di- rectly with the agencies who would receive operating funds if the three-year levy passes. The levy, which calls for the raising of $214,000 annually during the three-year period, will be held on December 7, 1991 and go into effect on July 1, 1992. Serving on the panel were County Commissioners Larry Chapman, Gene Ellyson and Reta Kight; Gilmer County Health Board Chairman Lowell Peterson; Mary Ellyson, Director of the Gilmer County Senior Citizens Center;, Paul Mechem of the Gilmer County Office of Summit Center for Human De- velopment; Gilmer County in- dustrial Development Associa- tion Executive Director Don Pepe; Gilmer County Agent Everett Mason of the West Vir- ginia University Cooperative Extension Service and Librarian Kyle Emerson of the Gilmer County Public Library. The meeting, chaired by Dr. Peterson, opened with County Commission President Larry mission, was necessary. General Revenue Sharing funds wcrc eliminated by the Congress in 1986. The County's share of those funds were roughly $250,000 and were designated for expenditure only on pro- grams which were directed to- ward improving the quality of life for citizens, i.e. health, rec- reation, education, economic op- portunities, etc., in the various jurisdictions receiving the funds. These funds have not been avail- able to the county for a number of years. Chapman went on to explain that conservative fiscal manage- ment by previous commissions had built up surpluses in these accounts and Gilmer County, unlike most of its neighboring counties who have experienced severe budget crunches for sev- eral years, has been able to con- tinue funding these agencies. However, the surpluses have dried up and beginning in July 1992 no funds will be available in the county budget to provide operating funds to such agen- cies. The funding crisis has be- come further complicated in that state government has mandated progressive cuts in its support of many of these services and a de- clining population has also re- sulted in attritions of census- based funding. The current tax base in the county allows only constitutional offices to be funded by taxes collected here. Chapman based his support for the levy on two factors: jobs ence" is that does not pass strongly endorsed by the Corn- there is a no question that some GCIDA holds regular meeting; discusses tourism projects for county The Gilmer County Industrial Development Association held its regular meeting November 7 in the Verona Mapel Room of the Heflin Student Center on the campus of Glenville State Col- lege. Don Pepe, GCIDA Executive Director, reported that much had been done on the tourism effort in the last few months. He sJ.ated that action had been taken on previously discussed plans in- volving the "Patchwork in the Glen" project and other projects related to tourism. Mack Samples, chairman of the tourism committee, reported that committees had been as- signed at a recent meeting to get tourism projects off the ground. The goals of the committees are to begin a project to have a pre- Christmas craft sale on Main Street and to attract out-of-town people to the area through pro- motion in neighboring towns. Samples also reported that the target date for kick-off of the "Patchwork in the Glen" project is April. This project is designed to attract local craftspeople and artisans to conduct business in the downtown Glenville area. Another tourism project dis- cussed included the rejuvenation of downtown Glenville that would involve clean-up and mi- nor repairs. Contacting local civic organizations and commu- nity action groups to volunteer in clean-up efforts was also dis- cussed including an effort to get one store owner and one civic group to cooperate to improve one building within the next three weeks so that the public could see what could possibly be achieved through a clean-up. The group also discussed plans to reestablish the Gilmer County fair stating that .Gilmer County has all the ingredients Continued on page 9 jobs will have to be eliminated and that the level and quality of services Gilmer County citizens have come to expect will suffer. He further explained that the ramifications of not having oper- ating funds for the six agencies goes beyond the operations of the department immediately af- fected. As an example, he pointed out that the Health De- partment and Summit Center pay a significant portion of the rent received by the Medical Center on Mineral Road, If funds are not available to meet this ex- pense, the question arises as to whether the center could con- tinue to stay open. Commissioner Kight pre- sented some examples of what the passage of the levy would mean in additional taxes to a typical taxpayer in the county. Owners of cars and trucks could expect a yearly increase of $4-5 on the average assessed vehicle. Residential property assessed at $12,379 and located outside town or city limits would see an increase of less than $10 annu- ally while city property assessed at $9,000 would require an addi- tional $7.25 in property taxes on an annual basis. It was pointed out that the cost of one flu shot or two paperback books exceeds the additional tax expenses in- volved. Gene Ellyson, long time com- mission member, encouraged voters to think about the things that the citizens of the county won't have if the levy fails. He also pointed out that Gilmer County enjoys an enviable repu- tation among other counties in the region for its facilities, level of services and aggressive ef- forts in economic development and job creation. According to comments heard at meetings throughout the region, Gilmer County is far in the lead in many areas vital to the well-being of its people and the passage of the levy will send another strong message that we are willing and able to take care of our own, he added. Mary Ellyson of the Senior Center outlined the services cur- rently offered by that agency and indicated that the services of at least one van used to transport seniors and some home deliv- ered meals would have to be dropped. She also indicated that it might be necessary to cut back on the 14 people now employed in providing home care to more Continued on page 7 Y Elementary School recently placed third in the state in a poster contest held in conjunc- tion with National School Bus Safety Week. The theme of the contest, sponsored by the West Virginia Association of Pupil Transporta- tion, was "Inside or out...Safety is what it's all about." Amber, the 10-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Doug Skinner, won the county contest sented with a $50 savings bond for her accomplishments from Martha Harold of United Na- tional Bank. The county winner for grades K-3 was April Frymier, a third grade student of Betty Jenkins at Troy Elementary. April, age 9, is the daughter of Connie Radcliff and James Frymier of Tanner. The winning posters are on display at United National Bank. Poster contest winners (left) Amber Skinner and (right) April Frymier. )art informational series. in the are West Extension County 'U Exten- for activities exten- agricul- unity m Gilmer are become and of society ]cam- various 4- and led by 4-H activi- or curtail- in- re- judging Through 4-H projects, young Gilmer Countians are given the opportunity .to complete activi- ties on a variety of subjects from feeder calves to ATV projects to handling money. Retreat weekend provides 4- H'ers with the opportunity to re- ceive hands-on instruction in several vocations and to interact with youth from other counties. In the past, Gilmer County has had three 4-H land judging teams win at the national level and two that have placed second. A total of four land judging teams and 10 horticulture teams have won first place at the state level. Many residents of Gilmer County are currently involved in extension homemaker clubs. These clubs are designed to strengthen, develop and improve the quality of life in the home. They endeavor to promote eco- nomic growth and social and educational activities that will broaden the ot" families. Current activities available to members of extension home- makers that will be affected by this levy are holiday house, achievement banquet and craft day. The WVU Extension office also provides the county with important agricultural informa- tion including pmgrmns dealing with animal husbandry, horticub tare, crops, fruit trees, forages, soil conservation and enterprise management. They also provide assistance for the Gilmer County Recre- ation Center, the farm show and the Gilmer Comwj Farm Bureau as well as aiding in the organira- tion of the Governor's Summer Youth Program. Oarrently, the WVU Exten- sion Office is funded by three agencies: the United States De- partment of Agriculture, West Virginia University and the Gilmer County Commission. The U.S. Department of Agricul- tare along with WVU provides the funding for the salaries of the two pan-time extension agents. The County Commission, which currently provides tbe funding for equipment, supplies, travel, secretarial supporL etc., will no longer be in the position to pro- vide this fm' ing beginning in fiscal year 1992. The exxon office is re- questing $25,000 annually from the levy which is less than their expected e tare of $26,500 rotor 1991, Another agency facing and/or elimination of its grams is the Gilmer County Pub- lie Library. T he library is re- questing $17,000 per year to cover part of its gelleral Ol~rat- ing expenses which are currently approximately :$40,000. The re- mainder of the budget is funded through state grants with small amounts coming in through fed- eral grants. The library offers many ser- vices for usage by Gilmer County residents. Among those are current best selling books, children's books, children's story hour, collections for instruc- tional classroom usage, refer- ence materials for all ages, large print books for the visually im- paired, 25 magazines and three newspapers, stereo records, books on cassette, video collec- tion, Polaroid cameras and travel guides. Other services offered are in- ter-library loan, fax machine ser- vice, copy machine service, spe- cial viewing for cable and satel- lite television shows and special delivery of materials to shut-ins and the elderly. According to Kyle Emerson. librarian at the Gilmer County Public Library, "Without the funds being sought through the levy, patrons can expect to see a reduction of about one-third of the services now available. Book purchases will be severely lira- Red, magazine purchases will be virtually elim , all special programming will cease, the purchase of audio-visual materi- als will no longer be possible, and a cut-back in hours of opera- tion will bew.,ome a reality." The continuation of many programs utilized by Gilmer County residents including 4-H, extension homemakers and those offered through the Gilmer County Public Library, is contin- gent the passage of the spe- cial levy. Voters are urged to consider the impact non-passage of the levy will have on the many per' ns who utilize and depend on these important ser- vices.