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2%7 ~/~ y." 9B554-22t~a ,..q% ,q~p.,, rlll ,I ,angs happening in the world, it's great .... i when goodthings SM| |$ : happen See page .... 2A for feel'- good stories to warm the heart. Single Copy Price-75' (70* plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5890) Published b~ People o(Gilmer Countt i THIS WEEK'S PRAYER Heavenly Father, Extend comfort for the recoveries of the sick, injured, displaced or de- pressed in 2016, especially the i nj ured and sick in WV and wodd, including Lance Henline, (heart), the Stahmker family, Greg.lames, Shannon Adams, Herb Ft3,myer, Ronnie F'rashure, Judy Fun" Marks, Margaret Goodwin, Jo Ann Peggs, Dave Goff, Germ' Moore, Herman Nutter, Edsel D. Moss & oth- ers needing Christ's healing touch. Prayer (~ the Week (Editor's Note: Owing to the great need tor prayer in this country tbr peace abroad and at home, plus the numerous friends passing on into eternal life, we editors offer this prayer, especially for the bereaved. DHC, Sr.) God Only "lakes the Best God saw you were getting tired and it was not meant to be. So tie put his arms around you and whispered "Come to me." With tearful eyes we watched you and ~w you pass away. Although we kwed you dearly we could not make you stay, A Golden heart stopped beating hard working hands at rest. God broke our he~rts to prove to us, He only takes the best! Amen. Also, give heart to the families of this week's deceased,namely Edsel D. Moss, Nomtan Dean Smith, Rick E. Thomas, Carlton Meigs Matheny, Colby Lee Pritl, Hazel Virginia Taylor Somerville, Earl Thomas Sprouse, Douglas Ray Hardman, Jeremy Allen Knicely, William Richard (Bill) Dillon, Mickey Lee Nicholas II, and to the relatives and friends of all Gilmer Corn,tans or natives, living here or elsewhere. Finally+ help the victims and families of disasters, includi ng the violence in the world! Amen? p, ,sAj This Week in WV Histoff Dec. 1, 1797: Journalist and poli- tician John S. Gallaher was born in Martinsburg. He owned or man- aged several Whig newspapers and was instrumental in establishing the free school system in Virginia. He played a prominent role in having early railroads routed through the Eastern Panhandle. Dec. 2, 1859: John Brown was hanged at Charles Town in Jefferson County. Maj. Thomas J. Jackson, later nicknamed "Stone- wall." was among those command- ing the Viginia forces standing guard at the execution of the aboliti0]fist. Dec. 5, 1892: Daniel D. T, Farnsworth, 73, died in Buckhan- non. As state senate president, Farnsworth succeeded Governor Boreman. who resigned in the last ':lays of his term. Farnsworlh also ~wned a home and farm.near Troy. The ChrisGt~JaEsA:~t~ing ~,ve'l away will be Sat., Dec. 3, 2016, from 9:00 a,m. to noon at the First Baptist Church of Glenville. Clothing, baby items, small toys and household items will be avail- able. Everyone is welcome. ~ ~i~ii~G ~ ~ ~ ~ At 7 p.m. on next Mon., Dec. 5, the Glenville and Sand Fork City Councils will meet in their respective Town Halls. At 9 a.m. this Fri. Dec. 2, the County Commission will meet at the Gilmer Co. Courthouse. December 1, 1824 - US House o~ Representatives begins to decide the outcome of an election deadlock between John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson (Adams wins). "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more,you are a leader," -- John Quincy Adams news commentary -- "Black Friday': A View of the Day from a Retail Employee By Brandy Smith, biggest shopping day of the year to see News Reporter the other side. For most people, Thanksgiving is a Old Navy is a popular clothing re- time for gathering with frie,lds and taller with over 1,000 stores nation- family to enjoy a bigturkey dinner and wide that boast sales of over $6 billion watch the annual Macy's Thanksgiv- per year amongst their stores. ing Day Parade, followed by football. This includes the Old Navy in the But, this tradition has been fading in Meadowbrook Mall in Bridgeport. recent years. For the holiday, Old Navy promoted The replacement for family time is a 50% off sale, but the sale started the to have a quick meal, then make a day before Thanksgiving and lasted strategy' to get the best prices on hot until the Saturday after, a total of four ticket items at the stores that are open dayslo get the most shoppers into their on Thanksgiving Day and the next stores,as wellasdoorbusterdeals,like day, "Black Friday." a frost free jacket on sale for $10. In last year's issue following Old Navy gives family and friends Thanksgiving,there was a story on the of employees the chance to earn some shopping experience of beating the extra cash during the holiday season crowds on Black Friday. This year, I by coming to work at their local store braved the crowds to work as an era- with their family member. I went to ployee at a popular retailer on the Continued on page 4A IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS- Glenville State College hosted their 1 lth Annual Tree Lig hting Ceremony on campus this past Mon., Nov. 28 on the Clark Hall lawn. Many professors and their families, as well as community members, gathered around the tree, as GSC President Dr. Peter Barr welcomed everyone and led the group in singing Christmas carols before inviting all of the children up to help him light the tree. Santa and Mrs. Claus attended the event to take free pictures and hear the Christmas lists of the children. There were also bounce houses and cookies for everyone to enjoy. The GSC Jazz Band performed an array of Christmas numbers to get everyone into the holiday spirit. Pictured above is Santa and Mrs. Claus with Myla Radcliff (left), Maci Smith (right), and Enslee Smith (front) who stood in front of the tree before it was lit in Pioneer Blue lights. Kudos to Gtenville State College for hosting another wonderful community event! THE FAMILY THAT GIVES OF THEMSELVES TOGETHER ,.. smiles and has fun together. And, that symbolizes the Lloyd and Connie Stewart family, as they have made it a Gilmer County tradition to give to others when those other folks might need it the most. One such example is their small church's Gilmer County Community Thanksgiving Dinner," but. let it be known, this family did it all on this past Thanksgiving evening, Nov, 24. Pastor Lloyd (third from right) says they ve sponsored it for the past 10 years, but at different places. This year it was held at the Glenville Presbyterian Church, although his newly formedand stru lgling New Found Freedom Baptist Church on SR 33 is the sponsor. "We enloY doing it, and we cooked up 10 turkeys and two hams, plus the other traditional Thanksgiving side dishes, not forgetting the delicious Pumpkin Pie for dessert. The diners had no complaints and were edified with the Stewarts' generosity and concern for the lonely, the poor and those needing to be cheered up for the holiday. From left to right are the couple's kindly helpers -- all Stewarts - Lloyd says with pride: Courtne / Brian, Mandy, Conn e, (L oyd), David and Crystal. Normally, they serve this dinner from 54o-7 p.m., but they'd like for the public to give them feedback if there's a better time. Connie's email is: cstewart@shentelnet. Because this family has cheered up many needy people desiring to feel the over me years, they certainly deserve our newspaper's honor for this week. David H. Corcoran, Sr. & Jr,, Publisher & General Manager, respect/ve/y Lewis County girl, Aliayah Lunsford's, body still missing From area news reports the time said Aliayah fell to the ground According to the Lewis County immediately after she was hit, accord- Sheriff's Department, Lena Lunsford ing to court documents. hit: her daughter, Aliayah Lunsford, in Deputies said Lena Lunsford did the head with a solid, handheld object, not initially provide help or medical which caused her death on or about assistance to Aliayah. who was "vie- September24,2011 insidetheirhome, ibly suffering from the trauma." Lena Initialty,thechildwasreportedmiss- Lunsford would not let anyone in the ing, so an extensive search was made home help the child or call 91 l, depu- of th6 area, and, later, federal investi- ties allege. gators were brought in to find the girl. Aliayah died within hours of the All leads, then, led to dead ends. strike, authorities recount. Witnesses who were in the home at Continued on page 4A AWARD-Terri Thomas and students from Normantown Christian accept the grant awards from Marian Clowes, PACF's Senior Program Officer HAPPY HOLIDAY VISITORS - Cate Powell Johnson (center), a GCHS and Martha Haymaker (far right), member of the LKACF Advisory Board. graduate and former member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church, paid a surprise Thanksgiving visit to many of the older members of the parish who remember her growing up here. Now a scholars administrator at Grant to be used for art program WVU in Morgantown, she brought along Aida DeSilva (left), a WVU freshman from East Timor, the country for which the late Father Ed The Parkersburg Area Community awarded $1,815 in grant support to Daschbach, SVD, raised much money to bolster his Order's missionary Foundation and its regional affiliate, Normantowu Christian'Thegrantwill work there. Aida would have been alone at Thanksgiving had it not been the Little Kanawha Area Community for Cate. Here, Glenville's Nancy Conklin (right) gets updated on her Foundation (LKACF), recently Continued on page 4A family. She's the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Powell, of Gettysburg, , PA, and the daughter in taw of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Johnson, of Glenville. !gedy strikes Troy family At approximately 9 a.m. on Wed., Sheriff's Department is working dill- Nov. 23, the Gilmer County Sheriff's gently on an investigation to answer Department was dispatched via 911 to existing questions involving this case. Highway 47 West in Troy for shots The victim's name has not been re- fired.Enroutetothescene,theSheriff's leased because he is a minor. Department was informed by dispatch "On beha}f of the Sheriff's Depart- that the victim, a 10-year-old male, men, and staff, I offer our heartfelt had sustained a gunshot wound to the condolences tothe family and thecom- head and had succumbed to those inju- munity impacted by this terrible trag- ties at the scene, edy," SheriffLarry Gerwig comments. Thevictim.a 10-year-otd male, and (Editor's Note: The victim was a his t I-year-old brother, had access to member of the Pritt family and collec- a loaded .270 rifle. The exact events tion jars have been set up around the leading up to the shooting have not yet county to assist the family with final been determined. The Gilmer County expenses. The obit is on page 6A.) OOO I OOO Christmas Parade Next Sat., Dec. 10 The annual Fireman's Christmas Parade is fast approaching, scheduled for 6 p,m. on next Sat., Dec. I0 on Main Street in Glenville. This year's theme is "An Old Fashioned Christmas." Area businesses and organizations still have time to get their entries into the Fire Department to be a part of the parade. As always, Santa will be visiting with children after the parade to hear their Christmas lists; he will also be giving out treats. For a parade entry, contact the County's VFD, 304-904-8786. Area Bries continued on page 4A