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Single Copy Price-50' (47* plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5890) Published by and for Gilmer County People An American Prayer --- That all of our nation's troops fighting overseas will have a safe and festive upcoming Tha~k._sgiving Day, 2004. fEEditorial Page -- The Folk Festival's Museum moves forward & other local business! Page 3A Gilmer's Sports Scene --- ' John Whitehill's Pittsburgh Steelers, GSC's Girl's Tourney & honoree Anthony Carter. Page 4A Election Results --- Results of Gilmer's Gen. Election by precinct is now available. Page 7B , ,,~' ATTN.: NEXT NEWS & AD DEADLINE With Thanksgiving coming up next Thurs., Nov. 25, our newspaper's news and advertising deadlines will be moved up for that holiday week to this Fri., Nov. 19, so that we editors can make up the paper on Mon., Nov. 22, and print it the next day. In that way, most of you readers should have it prior to Thursday's holiday. We hope that you and your families will have a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy reading the newspaper during this festive day. Gilmer Goings BOOK FAIR Sand Fork Elementary invites par- ents and members of the community to come and browse at the Book Fair on Fri., Nov.19, from 4 - 7 pm. The Book Fair is being held in the art/ music room over the cafeteria. HOLIDAY HOUSE The Gilmer Co. CEOS, sponsors the Annual Holiday House, Fri., Dec. 3, at the Gilmer County Recreation Cen- ter, at 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. A fee will be charged at the door. Public eating begins at 11:30. Everyone welcome. ATHLETIC MEETING Gilmer Co. High School Athletic Meet- ing will be held on Thur., Nov. 18, at 6:00 pm, at the High School Com- mons Area. Please Come!!! HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION The Gilmer County Historic Land- marks Commission will meet Tues., Nov. 30, at 6:30 pro, at Town Hall. Call 266-1831 for info. OPEN HOUSE AND CRAFT SALE The Community Showcase is spon- soring an Open House on Thur., Dec. 2, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, at 115 East main Street in Glenville. All craft items wig be reduced 30% for the Open House Event. Over a dozen local crafters and artisans have mer- chandise for sale in the Community Showcase. Spend your Christmas money locally in support of the com- munity and take home a unique one- of-a-kind gift for someone speCial. Light refreshments will be served, and many of the local crafters will be on hand to meet and take special or- ders. Hope to see you at the Open House. For further information con- tact Donna Waddell at 462-7545. Continued on page 6B ,,~ The Gilmer County Commission will meet at I p.m. on this Thurs., Nov. 18 at the Courthouse for its second monthly meeting of November. To be placed on the agenda, a citizen must contact County Clerk Beverly Marks (462-7641) two day,; in advance, if action on an issue is being requested. For any other non-action business, the general public is invited to just drop in. The Gilmer County Economic Development Association will meet at 6 p.m. on this Thurs. evening, Nov. 18 in the County Commission Room at the Courthouse. The meeting will deal with the failed levy and the organization's future. The general public is invited to attend. The Gilmer County Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. on Mon. Nov. 29 atthe High School Library. The general public is invited to attend. tie This Week The Editorial Page .......................... 3A Sports ...................................... : ....... 4A Obituaries ........................................ 6B Society ......................................... l-SB Courthouse News ............................ 7B Legals ............................................. 7B Classifieds ................................... 8-9B GCK~ .................................... |A&6B GSC News.. ............. 1 A, 3A, 4A & 5A CANA News 5A & glenviUenews.com Meditation Moment Thought for the Week -- "The blessing of an active mind, . when it is in a good condition, is, that it not only employs itself, but is almost sure to be the means of giving wholesome emplyment to others." Anonymous Gilmer County Commission awards bid, gets update on road name changes, debates EDA's future By David H. Corcoran, can save one of those (four) businesses, he'd Publisher-Editor be worth it." A wide variety of Gilmer County's govern- Immediately expressing disagreement, Mr. mentalbusinesswasdiscussedandsomeitems Mumma retorts on a personal note, "I can't were acted upon at the Thurs., Nov. 4 regular stand the B.S. voiced at the EDA meetings. County Commission meeting. Moreover, later They stand up there and brag, but they've said in the session, some sparks flew when the nothing. They said you'd have three houses topic of the local Economic Development out there (for prison workers to live in) and Association was broached, you'd have 500 acres out next to the prison Toward the end of the daylong meeting, the (for more developments), but none of that's commissioners took turns to report on the happened. Look at the local stores, their variouscounty agency meetingthat they regu- inventories are down. I hope they make it." lady attend. It was Commission President Interrupting,CommissionerRetaKightre- Larry Chapman's take on the EDA's situation joins, "You (two) do nothing but complain." that roused the wraith of the viewing public. In conclusion, Ron Mumma threw up his Pointing out that the recent EDA Special hands, saying in exasperation, "I will never Excess Levy failed, Mr. Chapman states, mention GCEDA again in this room. I'll "They (the EDA's members) have tried to gain never change your minds, and you won't the public's support, but will now have to meet change mine." soon either to (fund) raise the operating ex- 911 addressing project penses themselves or to let us (at the County Bill Rowan and Phyllis Croather, of the Commission) take a stab at it." Lewis-Gilmer 911 Center, updated the com- Emphasizingthevalueofhavingaproactive missioners on the status of their agency's EDA, he adds, "Its main functions are the street and road mapping project. retention of jobs and the creation of new Although the initiative has been going on ones." for the past tour years, the Weston pmr tore- This latter statement apparently set off Ron see light at the end of the tunnel. "Five years Mumma, a Tanner resident, and Jim James, a from now, this addressing system will be in Nutter Run resident, both of whom regularly good order," predicts Mr. Rowan, mention- attend the commission's meetings. "They (the ing that once it is operative, the 911 dispatch- EDA) hasn't shown that, and I don't think ers will be able to place a computer's mouse there's a need for it," Mr. Mummapropounded. on the map and tell esactly who lives in the "Things won't get any better either, if the houseandwhatmedicalconditionstheyhave, county commission takes it over." if an emergency call comes in from it. Agreeing, Mr. James, another regular critic The two 911 employees lament that the ofthecommissioners, asserted, "They (EDA) project has taken them much longer than dug their own grave (relative to the levy's what they originally estimated. "When we failure)." name the road, it's up to the post office to give In countering their pessimism, President you a route number," Rowan explains, men- Chapman asserted, "When we had an execu- tioning that this is often a time-consuming tive director, we were growing (as a county), process. After we lost him, we've had nothing but About two years ago the Gilmer County closures, including three restaurants and an Commissioners named all of the unnamed auto parts store." roads in the county, but they mention that To Mr. Chapman's way of thinking, "A full- since then, several other side roads have been time director could have put in time to save constructed on private property to get to the these failed businesses, and the way we are new homes. Replying, Rowan instructs, "If going now is reactive (to economic develop- your road hasn't been named, name it, but not merit problems), not proactive .... If a director Continued on page 6 GILMER HISTORY BEING REPRINTED -- Shirley Johnson Grose (center), a Summersville publisher with Gilmer County roots, shows members of the Gilmer County Histoncal Society what the reprinted "Gilmer County History" will look like. Speaking to the group at its regular monthly meeting on Thurs. evening, Oct. 28 atthe Holt House Museum's Annex, she outlines a method to get the reprinted book on a CD disc, thereby making it even easier to call up family names in a genealogical search. Listening to her are from left to nght: Margaret Moss, an unidentified visitor, (Grose), Jim Bettis and Richard Reed. The books can now be ordered through the Society for $50.00, or a $5.00 reduction off the post-printing price. For details, call Margaret at the Society between 10 a.m.ol p.m. during the week at 304-462-4295. In an unrelated and late breaking news item from the Society, a Histoncal Society website is being planned, as part of the Vandalia Foundation's involvement with the local history group. On this past Monday at noon, Treasurer Norma Hurley led a group discussion of what the website should contain, and Karen Pennebaker volunteered to type it up for the Vandalia group's review. The proposed site would allow the general public to access selected Gilmer County histoncal and genealogical records, Mrs. Hudey explains, fStaff photos by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) BUSINESS SOCIAL HOUR CHILl COOK-OFF -- Aflast Thurs. evening's, Nov. 11 Gilmer County "Business After 6 Social Hour," a Chili Cook-Off was the featured entertainment and the featured meal as well at the sponsoring Best Western Glenville Inn. Only one dozen local business, govemmental and civic leaders took advantage of the delicious fare, pleasant business chit-chat and the latest around-town rumors. From left to right are FRN's Donna Waddell (head facing away from the camera), Best Western manager Steve Robinette, Chili Cook-off winner Jason Frymier (who won with a spicy chili recipe) and Gilmer County Commission President Larry Chapman and his wife, Susan. The hour and a half-long event was enjoyed by air in Best Westem's comfortable Conference Room. See Corcoran Column on page 3 for details. iiii:i:ii? !ii!ili i!ii:i :i!i!iiii:il i LOST SOUL ON CAMPUS??? -- Absolutely not! Mr. Sterling Phipps, of Mechanicsburg, PA., came to Glenville State College on a quest last Thurs., Nov. 11, seeking out his treasure, finding it, accomplishing his mission, chatting momentarily with a newspapereditor for the first time in his 34-year project, and, finally, leaving Glenville, much as he'd come, unnoticed and unknown. (Sta#photo byDave Corcoran, Sr.) Unusual hobby of Pennsylvanian man, attracts him to GSC By David H. Corcoran, Sr., momerit at every stop -- searching, seeking Publisher-Editor and probably shopping for something very Walking quietly and unassumingly into the special. Glenville State College Bookstore, Sterling Finally, his eyes opened much wider and Phipps, looking like a new college professor sparkled, as his hand grasped for an object-- on campus, avoided the other customers in quickly picking it up and walking over to the order to get down to bhsiness, check-out counter. Not asking any directional questions, and The smiling and apparently relieved figure acting like a novice professor searching for searched for his wallet with one hand, while one particular esoteric book, he walked up he clutched the standard oblong Glenville and down the aisles with a purpose, looking State College car decal with the other. He'd here and stopping there -- but for only a Continued on page 6A BIRTHDAY BLOOD BOY-- On Wed., Nov. 10, the American Red Cross's Bloodmobile came to Glenville's Wesley Center for its gular Blood Drive. What BloodmolSile supervisor Pare Hamilton (standing) found ffas a rare person, who on his birthday, didn't want to get a present, but wanted to give one instead -- that gift being "the gift of life." Here, Rick Barker (reclining), of Troy, celebrates his birthday with a special highlight that he won't forget. "I'm giving blood to someone who needs it," Rick, an employee of Univeral Well Service in Buckhannon, relates. Having first given in 1977, he recalls that his own brother was the first benefactor of his blood, because he was suffering from a severe illness at Ohio State University's Hospital at the time. Also, a couple of times he gave pints to ease his mother through her hospitalizations. "I've given seven gallons (to- date)," he noted, as he was giving a new pint of blood at the recent bloodmobile. As a precaution, he also advises, "It's good to give blood, because you may need it yourself some day. And, after giving it, I feel healthier myself." Because of his generosity on his own birthday to help those people less fortunate in their health, Troy's Rick Barker richly deserves our newspaper's "Folks Who Shine" honor, as well as the entire Johnstown (PA.) Bloodmobile team that regularly comes to Glenville. Oh, and as to his age, his comment is "no comment." DHC, Sr., Publisher-Editor eeeeeeeeeeeee oeeeeeeeeeeee Thanksgiving meal for seniors next Thurs. McDonald's of Glenville and the community's Lions Club are, once again, teaming up to provide a free breakfast for area seniors on next Thurs., Nov. 25 -- Thanksgiving Day. From 7-9 a.m. only, the annual Community Seniors Breakfast, featuring either a pancake or biscuit and gravy meal plus a drink, will take place at McDonald's in the Hays City business district. The two sponsors want to make certain that senior citizens have, at least, one hot meal and be able to socialize a little bit on this festive holiday when most other eating establishments or non-profit centers are closed. McDonald's is not open to the general public on Thanksgiving Day, li ing closed so that its employees can celebrate the holiday with their families. So, the Lions Club members do the cooking, serving and delivering for this special community promotion. Note: All able-bodied seniors are expected to eat in the restaurant for thisThanksgiving meal. The community-minded sponsors ean only deliver meals to bonefide shut-ins, because the local volunteer manpower is minimal on this national holiday. As a result, true shut-ins should call Oral Cunningham at 462-7410 earlier in the week to find out the procedure for securing a breakfast. Finally, the restaurant closes for the day at 9 a.m., so no meals can be served after hours. "Seniors, come early and enjoy this fun occasion," states McDonald's owner, Denny Pounds.