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December 12, 1975     The Glenville Democrat
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December 12, 1975

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I O A Gilmer Graphics, Inc. Newspaper Published By and For Gilmer County People Single Copy Price 15c [Incl. Tax] GLENVILLE, GILMER COUNTY. WV 26351 Friday, December 12, 1975 22, was named the Glenvflla week by Publisher end Inc. reins of the from Bayard as interim resignation of November. to California to career. with a BS and a minor is a native at WVU, of Sigma Phi r and was named as that Fraternity's Most Valuable Senior in 1975. He was a member of Sigma Delta Chi, the Profes- sional Journalists. Dalesio was Editor-in-Chief of the "Greek Letter", a fraternity- sorority newspaper; a volunteer reporter-cohimnist for the "Daily Athenaeum; and Publications Director of the WVU Inter- fraternity Council. The new Editor, now living in Camden Flats Addition, graduated from Weir Senior High School in Weirton in June 1971, and was sports editor of "Weirite" and ' rom-Tom", the school yearbook and newspaper. He was a member of the Hi-Y and Future Teachers of Club, in Rotary Founds- would like West in Year. Education ered through Fellow- Scholarships, Awards. and recommend while the may recommend Wilburn of the local has interested. of completed 15, 1976. of these in mrns = awardee is a country other is expected to =mdent and an Ha will. upon and with his awards. woman, are: for those {ages a bachelor :!:i degree or equivalent; Undergraduate Scholarships, for those {ages 18-24) who are studying at the university level but have not completed a bachelor's degree; Technical Training Awards for those (ages 21-35} who are high school graduates or equivalent and who have been engaged in a technical field for at least two years at time of application; and Teachers Awards, for those [ages 25-50} who have been employed as full-time teachers of the physically, mentally or educationally handicapped for at least two years at the time of application. The basic period of an educational award is one academic year. The award covers the cost of round-trip transportaion between the awardee's home and place of study, registration, tuition, boratory and other school fee=. booim and educational supplies, room and board, incidental living costs, limited educational travel, and where necessary, intensive language training. Study must be undertaken in a country where there are Rotary Clube. Those interested in securing applications or in obtaining more information may contact Dr. Wilburn. Presidents Office, Glenville State College, Glanvilla, W'V 26351 or call 462-7361, extension 204. of Housing announced 12, 1975 into ram. Acting Federal stated "We National offers the property of floods, the general is now that it must of property in byHUD virtually all for building FHA or VA the Small loans from or supervised and loan while to all the Federal mtnst building for Gilmer =m to provide in helping in Gilmer the new Ill. and assistance will not apply to property outside the danger zones. Policies can be purchased from any licensed local property insurance agent or broker with U. S. Fidelity and Guaranty Company, 3324 McCorkle Ave., S. E., Charleston. WV 25304 as the designated flood insurance servicing company for the County. Under this program, broader coverage can be obtained for all buildings and their contents at affordable federally subsidized rates. Policies are effective immediately during the first 30 days the insurance becomes available. After the first 30 days, there is a 15-day waiting period. The Gilmer County Commission in establishing eligibility for federal flood insurance met the requirements as specified by HUD. These requirements included an application, resolution indicating an interest, resolution indicating compliance with the law and a building permit system requiring permits for demolishing, erecting, constructing, reconstructing, repair- ing, remodeling or otherwise alter structurally any building or an addition to any building within the County of Gilmer. where he held the post for 20 years. six years. Moundsville Center in rot thr and to Gilmer Nancy and Erin. are and plan asth wmau= Twenty-four Gilmer County school buses passed inspection Dec. 4 by State Police Troopers Corporal Davis and T.F.C. Smith. The buses were inspected to determine whether or not they are in safe mechanical condition and to make sure all safety equipment and devices are operative. The buses are kept in top shape by Herman Radcliff, head mechanic at the maintenance garage, and helper Paul Jenkins. The inspection is a part of a routine check where Davis and Smith inspect the buses four times a year: in Corporal Davis huqmcflng one of the 24 county school buses. One of two new, 54 passenger c~un~y buses. #20 and #21 cost about $12,000 each and are equipped with 8 light warning system and amber lights indicating when bus is about to stop. Even though City Council "'tem- porarily" closed Walnut Street at the last meeting, some property owners and contractors working at the site would like to see it reopen. Reasons to reopen the street are that some residents, as well as contractors, use the road and it is easier to move the heavy equipment in and out, since trucks use it as a turn-around. However. Mayor Davidson and Council stood firm in keeping the road closed. Davidson said that out of 19 area residents asked, "17 of them want it closed." What prompted City Council to close the road was the "thick layers of mud and dirt that heavy machinery scatter throughout the residential area." This mud and debris caused "property damage" and, at times, "hazardous driving conditions." Also, residents lose "between $300 and $400 worth of gravel after trucks scatter it along with the mud." Davidson also explained that the street was "never officially opened" to the public, although during good weather, "such as the summer," the road was available to use. What worries Council is that the city is "responsible for the road and can legally be sued if accidents occur" caused by the rain and muddy conditions. After much discussion, all concerned accepted to keep Walnut Street "temporarily" closed during the "'bad weather months" and to let Council look into the problem again in the Spring. The paving and widening of Walnut Street may occur somtime in the near future, but the project would require public approval. Council also passed a beer ordinance at the request of Mayor Deriders. The mayor informed Council that he has received numerous complaints from residents about nightly disturbances from rowdy persons on the streets. "Streets and traffic have been blocked and citizens have been disturbed" and "numerous beer cans have been scattered about the downtown area, especially on Powell Street." After getting approval from state Attorney General, Chauncey H. Browning, Jr., Davidson asked Counc to approve the ordinance to prohibit anyone from "drinking beer in the streets, blocking traffic, or behaving in an unlawful, unbecoming way." The fine was sat at $10. In other matters, Council ap- proved: -To hire Kevin Garratt at $480 per month as Water Service Trainee. -All City employees wilI be paid time and a half instead of double time for "any and all" overtime and holiday pays. effective Dec. 13. g August, before December 15, before March 15, and in June for the summer session. The annual distance last year the county buses travelled was 226,928 miles. They made over 200,000 stops loading and unloading students. The amount of gas used was 38,495 gallons. A total of 319 extracurricular trips, primarily athletic activities, put on 23,940 extra miles. All in all, the buses travelled a total of over a quarter million miles (250,868). The busing budget runs about $242,000 a year. Director of Tramq~ortation, Bill Bennett said that "1.600 students are transported in the county, which is 950 of all who attend school. The state average is 60e/o and Gilmer County claims the highest amount transported of any county in the state." Bennett cited, the July issue of the Superintendent's News Lettar where it is written that "Wast Virginia transportation is the first in tha nation for its safety record. In 25 years, our buses travelled six million miles, or 240 times around the earth, without a serious injury or having one bus turn over." In a National Safety Council report antitled "The Slaughter of Innocents", the main cause of disaster is stud~mt disobedience in regard to existing regulations. The Safety Council recognizes drivers authority for keeping order on the buses. State law gives bus drivers the same authority as classroom teachers when students are being transported on county buses. In addition to bus inspection, the drivers must also undergo pre-servica and in-service training annually. Routine' examinations consisting of physicals and a written exam on state road laws and transportation proce- dures are given. Also, drivers must give demonstrations of driving ability take semi-annual ,are enrolled in the National Safety Council Safe Driving Award Program and have a standard First Aid Certificate. By state law, bus pick-up stops are at least .2 of a mile apart or 1,056 feet. To board a bus, students "are expected to walk 200 feet out of a curve or off the crest of a hill or from any other obstructed view. for safaty raasons, Bennett added. About 200 Gilmer County students walk to bus routes each day. Close to "125 walk I/= to 1 mila to the bus, 75 walk 1-1 V3 miles and 3 students walk more than 2 miles. Bus drivers with most years of service are: Leonard Wilmoth, 27 years service; Raymond Adams, 24 years; Claude Pritt. 20 years; Eustice Tomblin and Ted Sleeth, 17 years each: Ray Turner, 16 years; Bertis Byrd, 13 years; Ray Campbell and Clark Minnie, 10 years each; Adrian Conrad and Doyle Heckart, 9 years each; Paul Jenkins, 6 years; Herman Nutter, 4 years; Frank Byrd and Raymond Hart, 3 yaars each; Charlie Gregory, 2 years: and Harry Butcher, Ron Miller, Glen Moore and Lee Parnell, all with one years experience: First year drivers for the Vocational Technical School are Gena Ryand, rald White, and Kent Frymiar. Both Corporal Devis and Bennett want to warn automobile drivers that you can not pass a school bus when red lights are flashing and students are being loaded and unloaded. Bus drivers are instructed by Corporal Davis to get license numbers of the offender and give it to the police where . a warrant will be drawn-up for their arrest. According to Corporal Davis, a number of arrests have already been made since opening day for schools. state resolution The State Board of Education, at its November meeting, approved a resolution identifying the teaching of reading as the highest curricular and instructional priority in the schools. The aim of the resolution is eliminate functional illiteracy which stands at "approximately 20% of the adult population over sixteen years of age." There currently exists a strong interest among educators and parents in the state in increasing both time and resources devoted to tha teaching of reading. Beginning January 1. 1976. the teaching of raadin8 "shall becoma the highest priority in the curriculum" of West Virginia Schools. The Gilmer County Board voted to "formally adopt and locally support'" the state resolution at their November 25 meeting.