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November 21, 1975     The Glenville Democrat
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November 21, 1975

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@ A Gilmer Graphics, Inc. Newspaper Published By and For Gilmer County People Single Copy Price 15c [Incl. Tax] L i:j GLENVILLE, GILMER COUNTY, WV 26351 Friday, November 21, 19~ .i t team pose with their coach. Seated. L-R: I~ Stemple and Dorothy Wright: standing, L-R: Delbert arnsworth. Mark Hickman, Brenda Henthorn. and coach State College by Katherine Speech Dept., strength won sweepstakes Invitational weekend. The at Parkersburg I(~SC team won 12 scored 184 teams from Wright State Morehead. Cloud of Minn., W. Vs. University as many ad 26 entries in the tournament. Of these. 16 made it to the semi-finals and finals. Brenda Henthorn, entered in six events, semi-finaled in four and finaled in two. placing second in After Dinner Speaking and fourth in Sales. In Sales. Brenda was assisted by Ms. Leisering's Scotch terrier. Duncan. in selling Hartz Mountain pet products. This was Duncan's third tournament and third assist to the finals of an event. His owner reports. "Duncan is a natural forensic star and requires little coaching. He is always on time. knows what he is supposed to do, and does it. !te is an asset to the. team." Ms. Henthorn was also entered in the pentathlon division, placing sixth and receiving a separate award for this achievement. Mark Hickman finaled in all three : of the Gilmer last Thursday. McCartney Harlan Hogue, secretary, and for the of officers. for the New which is at 6 p.m.. at While this n-nual drive for in the to attend. drinks will be Farm Bureau. to bring a vegetable, salad, or dessert covered dish. State Farm Bureau President Paul Nay has been invited to be the principal speaker at the dinner. however, to date he has been unable to make a firm commitment. If he is unable to come, Lou Stour, State FB Executive Secretary. may be the speaker. Music for the occasion will be provided by B. G. Roberts' Trail Riders. In addition to their repertoire of country, western, and popular music, President McCartney reports that the Christmas theme will be observed with the singing of many familiar carols, He urges members of the community to participate in this pleasant, annual dinner, of his events in this his second tournament. He placed fourth in poetry interpretation and sixth in prose interpretation pitted against 52 others. Teamed with Dorothy Wright. he placed second in duo interpretation. Ms. Wright also made the semi-finals in prose and poetry. In her first tournament of the year. Judy Ditlow placed first out of 53 entries in prose interpretation and semi-finaled in drama duo with Brenda Henthorn. Tina Crump placed third in prose interpretation and sixth in poetry in the finals for these events. This was her second tournament. For two recent additions to the GSC team, this was their first tournament. Mary Lou Farnsworth, of Linn, placed sixth in Sales. and competed in Drama Duo with Brenda Miller. Delbert Conley of Spencer placed first in Persuasion. Rounding out the award winners was Barbara Stemple who semi-finaled with Brenda Henthorn in Drama Duo. She added sweepstake points by her After Dim'mr and poetry presentations. Other team members who helped accumulate sweepstake points were Judy Crites who competed in Persuasion, After Dinner, Informative, Extemp and Impromptu: Brenda Miller who competed in After Dinner and Duo with Ms. Farnsworth; and Cindy BoRon who competed in poetry interpretation. In all, Glenville received four certificates of achievement in addition to the 12 trophies. The nine Finalists are now qualified in their categories for the national finals to be held on the campus of U.C.L.A. in late April. Two others qualified for this event in the previous tournament at Morehead, Ky. This and the fact that this is the 19th straight tournament victory for the GSC team is a remarkable record since the first team was organized iust three years ago by Ms. Leisering. .Sunday mail skt dm ,# As a frequent user of the Sunday outgoing mail service, this newspaper has noted that many people are unaware of the necessity of putting this mail in the collector OUTSIDE THE POST OFFICE, IF IT IS TO GO OUT ON SUNDAY. The only collector for this service is located on the North-West corner of the Federal {Post Office} building lot. For several months, Sunday outgoing marl has been collected from this collector at 5.'~ p. m. Recently, the label on the Post Office side of the collector was changed to read that this pick-up would be 4:10 p. m. The street-side label has not been changed. When questioned regarding the 4:10 pick-up, Postmaster C. Clark Wolfe explained that the earlier time was being established to allow for road conditions during winter weather. We though you would like to know to ensure that your Sunday mailings go out on Sunday. Joyce Bean's Volvo Ms. loyce Bean of Cowen was coming to the college last Thursday morning in her '73 Volvo 145 sedan. State Route 5 was dry in most places. However. the berm was wet and soft, and the edge of the paving somewhat irregular. As she entered a moderate curve {for Route 5} opposite the Darrell Wilmoth home, she met a car going East. Pulling too far to her right, her car struck potholes that threw it out of control. It crossed the road, sideswiped a utility pole, plunged over the bank. and came to rest some 50 feet below and about 200 feet from the pole. Fortunately. the car did not turn over and Ms. Bean was not iniured. The Eastbound car did not stop since the driver ~bty ~d~d not see the accident from his position on or beyond the curve. The area lost a highly valued and active contributor to the community Sunday, November 9, with the death of Dr. Herbert Franklin Withers, in the Veterans Administration Hospital, Clarksburg, following a brief mess. For over 50 years, he served many of the dental needs of a large segment of the local population. He was a son of the late Herbert H. and Estella Whiting Withers and was born in Gilmer County, Dr. Withers attended Glenville Normal School and West Virginia Wesleyan College, and was graduated from the Ohio School of Dental Surgery, Cincinnati, O., in 1917. At WVW, he was a member of the football team, and a lifelong supporter of local sports. I after shearing off utility pole and plunging Dr. Bruce Flack of the GSC faculty was approaching the curve on his way to Webster County and witnessed the accident. Although he was in no way involved in the accident, he stopped to see if he could be of assistance. He remained with Ms. Bean until the State Police came, gave then an account of the accident, and returned Ms. Bean to her home in Cowen, The Volvo was severely damaged on the left side. The utility pole was broken in half with the top half dropping power lines to the Wilmoth and Bessie Garrett homes being thrown ar:r(,ss the r(,~dbed. P~)wer crew's were on the site m record time to remove them and restore power to the homes. He was a veteran of World War I and a retired captain in the Army Reserve; a member and elder of the Glenville Presbyterian Church: a member of Gilmer County Lodge 118 AF and AM: Glenvilla Chapter 90 Order of Eastern Star; a charter member and past president of the Glenville Rotary Club; a former member and past president of the Gilmer County Board of Education; and an emeritus member of the West Virginia Dental Society. His survivors include his widow, Janet Duff Withers; one son, Scott, White Sulphur Springs; two daughters, Mrs. Catherine Aker. Dallas, Tex.. and Mrs. Anna Lilly, Glenville: and nine grandchildren. into the field below. According to reports, this is the second one-car accident at this particular curve on Route 5 within a week. The local State Police are vary much concerned with the rash of one-car accidents this month. By Thursday of last week, they had investigated five. The Deputy Sheriff reported that he had investigated two, The Sheriff investigated two Friday before last. State Police say thie twice as many as usual. They account for them in view of the goad weather. Their concern is for the increase that may occur when read conditions become worse. Hence, their plea for drivers to review their driving habits and improve them before one of these accidents ta~ one or more lives. He was preceded in death by one : brother, Everett. Burial was in the Stalnaker Cemetery with the Ray. B. B. Breitenhirt, Jr., conducting the services. Due to Thanksgiving weekend, all ads, personals, and other news items must be in the newspaper: office by 5:00 p. m. Friday. Nov. 21 to be printed in the Thanksgiving week issue. have never improvements Creek State ponds lost Were promoted with an SOme sort to not done. Came out of the and runn g a continued All of this from funds allocated in 1972 but not used to date. In late summer, a crew moved in, cleared trees from the stream bank, excavated at the dam site, and installed a large pipe structure to help regulate the water level. They also installed a temporary 3-inch line to the upper pond to funnel the normal stream flow', for the time being. Then it rained and the workers moved on. No one seems to know when the iob will be completed. Some question the water-retaining properties of the on-site material set aside for building the dam. It appears to contain much sand and fine gravel. Some also question the effectiveness of the proposed half-acre lake that will be formed when the dam with a 15-foot height is installed. The three ponds each cover about three acres. Two Run drops to a trickle, or less, usually after the middle of July. Thus, it appears that the dam could be helpful in retaining t~e water levels in the ; ,~f" ponds during springs and early summers. After mid-July, there are questions. With the universal increase in interest in tennis, three local groups. or facilities, are planning courts to provide places where residents may learn the game and play. For years, the few courts at Glenville State College have been in constant use both day and into the night. Presently, GSC has plans for courts in the athletic complex on Mineral Road. These may be availahle next spring. At Cedar Creek State Park. ground has been graded near the swimming pool parking lot and requests for bids for black topping two courts published. Carl Richards, Park Superintendent, had hoped that these would be available this fall, However, when a few days of rain stopped work at the park. the work crew moved to another park and did not return during the amazing period of good weather that ended this past week. Again, perhaps next spring. ~,.: 5 The third group attempting:to promote more tennis courts is ~: Glenville Rotary Club. They hope to have a tennis court and black top~!~ basketball play area installed at ~= local Recreation Center with finar~ help of the County Court and Recreation operating funds. There ~ some reason to.hope that this faci~ may be available next year. :::,! For years. Gilmer County has ~fi~ a hotbed of basketball. Does the above push for tennis courts portend a shift to tennis? Dam Site "%~nnis (k~rt gite ........ ............ ,, , , , ~, r' mt lli, ...... ,l,,l,rn rJl ,,,,ml iJ I [11 " ": C/::: I