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Single Copy Price-50c (47' plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5890) Published by and for Gilmer County People An American Wish -- That all of our nation's troops fighting overseas will have a safe holiday season in 2004. Page 3 _ Gilmer Goings ATTENTION RED HAT SOCIETY MEMBERS Don't forget our trip to Fayetteville next Wed., Dec. 8, leaving at 9:00 am from Foodland parking lot (near high- way). Wear red hats/purple. In case. of snow, trip is postponed. TALENT SHOW A Talent Show will be held by the Behavioral Science Club, Mon., Dec. 6, 6:00 pm, at P.G.'s Snack Bar (GSC). There is a small entry fee or the option of Christmas toy donation. Admission is a canned food item or a Christmas toy donation. Prizes will be awarded! All proceeds will be used to purchase Christmas toys for children and any toy donations will be given to a child. To enter the Talent Show contact Darryl Milam at 462-7361 ext. 7275 or Ryann meadows at 462-5205, by Dec. 3. ORDER PIES FOR CHRISTMAS The Gilmer County Recreation Cen- ter will be taking orders for pies iapple, cherry and pumpkin), to be delivered on Dec, 23 and 24. Call Jason at 462-7653 for details. DONKEY BASKETBALL The Normantowtn P.T.O. is sponsor- ing a Donkey Basketball Game on Sat., Dec 4, at 7:00, in the Normantown School Gym. Advanced tickets are available at Sears Exxon in Stumptown and at the Normantown School. Continued on page 8 Rub0ic :,The Gilmer County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. on this Thurs., Dec. 2 at the Courthouse for its first regular meeting of the month. To be placed on the agenda, a citizen must contact ' C0unty Clerk Beverly Marks (462-7641) two days "n advancd, if action on an issue is being requested. For any other non-action business, the general public is invited to just drop in. The Glenville City Council will meet at 7 p.m. on Mon., Dec. 6 at City Hall. The general public is invited to attend. The Sand Fork Town Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Mon., Dec. 6 atthe new Town Hall. The general public is invited to attend. The Gilmer County Public Service Di ct will meet at 7 p.m. on Mon., Dec. 6 at its West Main Street Office for its regular monthly meeting. The general public is invited to attend. The Glenville State College's Board of Governors will meet at 12:30 p.m. on Wed., Dec. 15 in the Louis Bennett Hall's Conference Room on campus (formerly the FIPSE Computer Lab). The public is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Teresa Stems at (304) 462-4110. The Gilmer County Historical Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thurs., Dec. 16 at the Society's offices in the Holt House Annex on East Main Street. Members are asked to bdng a histoncal "Show & Tell" item to this meeting. The Hon. Hunter Armentrout is the Society's president. Lnside This The Editorial Page ....... . ..... , ....... """3 Sports ................................ :. ..... , ..... :4 Obituaries ........................................ .. 8 Society .......................................... %11 Courthouse News ............................ 10 Legats ...... : .................. . .................. lO Clas-sit'uals ................ . ................. 12-13 ..... , ........ , .............. .,, ......... l& g GSC News ...................... ~;~ 1, 3, 4 & 5 CANA News ,..5 & g/cnv/ gNews .......... ,....;.:.,: ......... 14i Meditation Moment Thought for the Week -- "rm living so far beyond my income that we may almost l~e said to be living apart." . Saki (H~r Hugh Munro) American humorist pal unity y to m. at ren's The area's children and their parents will not be left without a Christmas community celebration this December. A Community Christmas Party will take place from 6-9 p.m. on this Sat. evening, Dec. 4 at the Gilmer County Recreation Center's Dining Hall. Most importantly, and as in the past, Santa Claus will be the featured visitor from the North Pole. He'll want to see each of the children and hear their Christmas wishes. Finally, complimentary pictures will be made available with Santa. In addition, this Glenville Jr. Woman's Club and Business Organizational-sponsored fes- tivity will provide free hot dogs and hot choco- late, face painling, Karaoke, crafts and games, Christmas caroling and special free door prize drawings (featuring board games, hot wheels and two bicycles). Moreover, candy will be distributed to those present. The Candy Cane Kids from the area's schools are invited as the honored guests, and will be Continued on page 6 as interim executi By David H. Corcoran, failed to pass the local voters' approval. Next Publisher-Editor and in a flurry, Darren Felt, a board member The regular monthly meeting ofthe Gilmer and former county commission candidate, County Economic Development Association jumped up from his chair to give what seemed was anything but typical, to be a speech outlining a revitalization plan Starting off the Thurs., Nov. 18 evening for winning wider support for the demoral- meeting in a somber tone, President Denny ized organization. Finally, in a low-key tone Pounds outlined many of the reasons why the of voice, Donna Waddell, the county's Family Nov. 2 Special Excess Levy for the EDA had Resource Network's manager, unveiled the meeting's biggest surprise, offering to take Dennis Fitzpatrick not over the vacant EDA executive director's post for $ 1.00 per year. seeking re-election Moreover, she also proposed that the EDA become more visible as an organization by On this Monday, longtime Glenville City moving its office from the Courthouse's out- Councilman, Dennis Fitzpatrick, announced of-the-way Old Jail down to where more that he would not seek re-election to the commercial activityistakingplace--atMrs. public body. Waddelrs Community (Center) Showcase The 10-year veteran of city government Building between the bank and post office on laments that his regular job, as Glenville State East Main Street. College's asst. coach of the Lady Pioneers and Hence, by the end of the meeting, most Continued on page 6 Continued on page 6 Validity of sports volunteers for B0E questioned By Bill Williams, !!I, about volunteer coaches at count3 schools. Staff Reporter Because of liability issues, anyone who The Special Board Meeting of the Gilmer desires to assist in any way with school athlet- County Board ofEducation on this past Mon., ics -- who is not inwd~','~ in the Gilmer Nov. 29 saw many viewpoints aired.County educational system --- must be hired, The bulk of the hour-and-23-minute meet- licensed and pass a coaching test. This revela- ing was dedicated to discussion and questions Continued on page 6 in county After the first full week of deer hunting, the deer kill totals compared with last year. numbers coming from the deer checking sta- All of the locations were contacted by this tions indicate a slight decline in the county's newspaper's staff at about 4-5 p.m. on this Tues., Nov. 30, thereby taking in the first full week's harvest totals since the Monday of the week (Nov. 22) before -- the first day of the head mistaken for ! in Gilmer County A Raleigh County hunter was mistaken for a groundhog, and was accidentally shot by another hunter on Rock Camp Road in Gilmer County on Mon. morning, Nov. 22. The incident occurred at about 8:45 a.m. when Eric Von Hardman, 41, of Rockport in Wood County, took aim at what he thought was a groundhog's head, according to the Department of Natural Resources' Public In- formation Officer Hoy Murphy. To the contrary, the head of Cethus Allen Fieshman, 54, of Midway in Raleigh County, was injured on the left side of his scalp by Hardman's rifle shot. Continued on page 6 gun season. In general, for the first week last year, the Gilmer County Tagging Stations reported 1,696 kills compared with !,661 this year, or a two percent decline. Moreover, like last week's first day report in this newspaper, the Glenville Sports Shop's staff has checked through the most deer for the first week, tagging 585 deer, or a 12 percent increase from that first week in 2003. Coming in second is Somerville Exxon & Grocery, at Linn, which processed 391 deer, or a 34 percent decrease from last year." Third is Sears Exxon, at Stumptown, where 335 deer were tagged, or a 29 percent increase from last year. Fourth is a new checking station, Simmons Grocery, at Cox's Mills, which tagged 250 this first week. Last year, the store wasn't in business yet. Finally, Roberts Service Center, on SR 5 East of Gienville, checked in 100, or a 32 Continued on page 6 'HE GOT HIS BUCK' --- Posing outside the Glenville Sports Shop with his buck last Saturday aftemoon is Glenville's Jason Pools, who is being bugged by his three-year- son, Isaac. After all, it was only a 3-point buck, but, as Jason explains, bucks have been hard to find this hunting season. "rve been trying all week to find one, and I finally did get this one at Tanner (on last Sat., Nov. 27 at noon)," he says, adding, "rve been hunting for years, have always gotten a big buck early, but I feel lucky this year to have found this one." According to the local game tagging stations, the deer kill in Gilmer County was slightly less dunng this year's first week, compared with the similar period last year. See related story above. (Staff photo by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) THANKS GIVING BREAKFAST FOR SENIORS-- In the finest spirit of last Thursday's holiday, McDonald's teams up with the Glenville Lions Club to offer a free hot breakfast and social get-together for this area's senior citizens at the Hays City restaurant. So, from 7-9 a.m., approximately 130 free breakfasts were either eaten inside or delivered by the Lions to shut-ins. Making] the food production fast and efficient were from left to right: Cindy Pounds, Cathy Bell, Lion Thud Wilt and McDonald's owner/manager, Denny Pounds. As in past years, Ms. Bell, a relative of the Pounds family, came all the way from Indiana to volunteer her services that morning. For their generosity, hard work and concern for the elderly on their day off, we editors salute McDonald's and the Lion's Club for a job well done. DHC, Sr., Publisher-Editor THANKSGIVING DINNER FOR COMMUNITY-- In their annual tradition last Thursday evening, the owners and staff of the 33 Country Club provided a free Thanksgiving Dinner to any members of the general public who wanted the hot meal and friendly fellowship. And, those diners found waiting for them a table filled with more than just the typical turkey, gravy, and all of the trimmings dinner, as there were probably about 30 different entrdes to choose from. Making this annual community dinner happen and standing by the full table of tasty dishes were from left to right: Tavern owners Bub and Karen Shackleford, Cathy Shackleford, and regular staffers Becky and Chuck Junkins. Because so many people live alone in Gilmer County and don't have the blessing of sharing a meal with their families, the Shacklefords' and Junkins' generosity and true Thanksgiving spint of giving merit them, like McDonald's and the Lions Club above, our newspaper's "Folks Who Shine" award of accomplishment. DHC, Sr. eeeeeeeeeeeae eeeeeeee0oaee Cedar Creek man arrested in Meth Lab raid In a raid at the Cedar Creek Road home of Dave Phares, II on Sat. evening, Nov. 20, a multi- police sting operation discovered a Math lab, seized the equipment and manufacturing substances, and arrested the suspect. Dave Phares, II, 31, of Rte. 1; Box 6 on the Cedar Creek Road --- the suspect -- was apprehended that evening; charged with operating a clandestine laboratory, was arraigned before Gilmer Magistrate Carol Wolfe and, later, remanded to the Central Regional Jail in lieu of a $50,000 cash bond, according to Gilmer County Sheriffs Dept. Deputies. Phares allegedly operated the lab to make methanthetamine, a very dangerous and addictive drug like speed, according to the Sheriffs Deputies. The Deputies, however, would divulge neither on the street value of the drugs seized nor tell the exact nature of the laboratory items confiscate because the investigation is continuing.. On this past Sat. evening, they shipped the cache off.from storage in the Courthouse's Old Jail for further police analysis at the state's crime lab. The sting operation was carded out by the Sheriffs Dept., Gilmer Detachment of the State Police, the Dept. of Natural Resources and the state's Bureau of Criminal Investigations. New restaurant, 'River Packet,' opens Fri. Starting on this Fri., Dec. 1, "The River Packet," a new restauram in the building where the old Trezan's used to be, will open for lunch --- its first meal. According to family sources, the chef and new owner, L. G. Marks, a native Gilmer Countian, got the week offto a good start by celebrating his 42rid birthday. Moreover, the seasoned chef, who has wide-ranging cooking experience at fine restaurants in the mid-west and at Vision's Restaurant in the Days Inn in Flatwoods, plans to keep the restaurant open 11 a.m.-9 p.m., seven days a week. "He just enjoys cooking," states his mother, Judy Furr Marks, also a native of Gilmer County and former Black Walnut Festival Queen. She relays that L. G, will be serving a wide variety of foods, something for every taste and pocketbook. "L. G. has always wanted to return to Glenville and to be of service to his native county, especially in the restaurant business," she adds. The restaurant's name, The River Packet, is most appropriate for its historic Little Kanawha River location next to the Best Western Glenville Inn on SR 5. 's The FIPSE Computer Lab has been temporarily moved to the Robert Kidd Library's second floor from its former Louis Bennett Hall location, according to Glenville State College's Assoc. Vice-President for Technology, Larry Baker. "Right now we have the computers lined up around the walls of the library, but they will eventually he moved to the first floor once the Library's renovations are completed," he outlines. The sudden change was necessary, due to the start-up of the renovations and construction in the Heflin Student Union. The College needed a large Conference Room, sothe old FIPSE Lab in Louis Bennett is nearby and fulfills the college's meeting needs, Mr. Baker explains, noting, "With the Verona-Mapel Room closed now, there was no place for the Board of Governors to meet. Now they have a place.". , "l'12e general public is still welcome to use the computer lab at the posted times, Mr. Baker adds. Free gun locks available at SheriWs Dept. In a press release, the Gilmer County Sheriffs Dept. realizes that hunting season is upon us, and as activity increases with firearms, so can firearm-related accidents. Continued on page 6