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December 16, 1976

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The lenville emocrat A Gilmer Graphics, Inc. Newspaper Published B And For Gilmer County People 13 Single Copy Price 15c [Incl. Tax] GI.I.NVH.LE, G- COUNT]f, WT " 26351 rner native named to head GSC of Regents sifted applications from all over while trying to find a Glenville State College burn. But in the came from right County. K. Simmons. 37, Cox's Mills was chosen 7 to succeed Wilburn. dean of academic He received his A.B. biological science and GSC in 1961. He was a at GSC from 1969 he became dean of was educated at GSC County he feels not be a hindrance in leadership to the that regardless of who be changes made. do things alike. I don't changes to begin an open mind on all said. attempt to maintain as one of the premier institutions in the Dr. William K. Simmons "We've traditionally been known for our teacher education program. This must remain our strong point. The fact that many institutions are beginning to develop programs other than teacher education will lend strength to our program. "We'll continue to strengthen our forest technology program. Our location makes this an ideal area for us to concentrate on. "We'd like to strengthen our social work program and perhaps develop health-related programs that could be combined with our social work program to bring better service to this area." Simmons said he hopes to increase the number of classes offered on the extended campuses in Parkersburg and Nicholas County. He has plans to step up recruitment efforts in order to eliminate a growing problem on several college campuses. "We're faced with the same problem that many college are faced with, that being decreasing enrollment and increasing costs. I think we've got to be prepared to tighten our belts in some areas. But I think that with the modest fees we charge we can expect to remain competitive with other institutions." Simmons sees a bright future for GSC as a result of 'current societal changes. We're-seeing a shift in values in our society from urban values to rural ones. I think that Glenville State is in a unique position, with its rural setting, to take advantage of this. We have a firm committment to quality, which is the salvation of smaller schools These two things should make GSC a stable and viable institution," he added. The new president received his doctoral degree in English in 1969 from Ohio University. He received his master's degree in English in 1964 from West Virginia University. From 1961-64 he taught at Harper's Ferry High School and Benjamin Franklin Junior High School of Parkersburg. He has served as president and vice president of the West Virginia Association of College English Teach- ers and in 1974 was a member of the Board of Regents Advisory Council of Faculty. He is a member of the West Virginia Council on Teacher Prepara- tion. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Simmons, currently reside in Glenville. He and his wife, Dolores, have a daughter, Ann, 6. He will take over for the retiring Wflhurn on July 1, 1977. es due when magistrates take offic 1 the new magistrate will go into effect in By that time the county the circuit judge will their dispute over office for the magistrates. law the commission office rental space for that meets with the circuit judge. Circuit has indicated that be located on the the courthouse annex dmsie  have provide the office space in the annex because it would mean the eviction of the Gilmer County Mental Health Clinic the Gilmer County Historical Society and state conservation officers. It would also be necessary to take one of the three rooms which the West Virginia Extension Service occupies on the first floor, A total of seven rooms are needed for the magistrates. Judge Kidd maintains that he is merely following the letter of the law in securing office slice in the annex. "I was against the judicial amendment that created the magis- woman dies after reens off icy road 28, of Shock Dec. 8 after the she was driving State Rt. 23 near plunged into the Right inia State Police reported that Mrs. lost control of her hit an icy spot in the that ice covered both for a stretch of Smith was called to 9:30 and arrived at 9:50 of Gilmer, County's also rushed to the reports of the radio in the fire Assistant Chief Grog Nicholson ,said that when the car was pulled from the creek both doors were locked and both windows were rolled up. The back window was broken out. Trooper Smith also noted that there was good ' response from wreckers and emergency squads from Glenville and Grantsville. Gilmer County Coroner V.E. Heeler determined that drowning was the cause of death. Mrs. Urbanik was office manager for the Gilmer County Medical Center. She and her husband, Timothy, lived on a farm near Shock with their sons Christopher and Elijah. She had been employed at the medical center for over a year, after coming to the area from Pittsburgh. trate system," says Kidd. "But now that it has been passed Im going to see to it that it's implemented in the right way. "One of the purposes of the new system' is to remove the stigma of the old justice of the peace system. These Correctien Those of you familiar with the courthouse annex probably noticed our error iJast week's story about 0fflce space for the magistrates. We inadvertently referred to the first floor of the annex as the second floor. Judge Kidd has no plans to use office space on the second floor for the magistrates. magistrates are constitutional officers and as such are entitled to the same respected treatment as any other constitutional officer of the state. I'm not going to have their offices located in some back aIley or over top a pool room." The commissioners say that two empty rooms in the courthouse were set aside at the judge's request as a potential library and conference room for his use. Kidd maintains that this is not the case. "I asked that one of those rooms be used as a place to separate witnesses during a trial and that the other be used as a law library for lawyers, people in jail and the public. Funds are available from the Law Enforcement Assistant Act to stock the library. It is up to the county to secure those funds. I'm just trying to get the courthouse updated. Whenever you have to look up a point of law during a trial you have to go down to the county clerk's office to see a copy of the state code. If they don't want the library they can just tell me and they don't have to put it in." The commissioners had carpeting laid in the potential library two years ago. The magistrate court system will *differ in many ways  the justi of the peace system. The magistrates, Robert Minigh and John George Wolfe in Gilmer County, will have jurisdiction over all misdemeanors and civil cases which involve settlements of up to $1,500, Justices of the peace currently handle civil cases which amount to no more than $300. The magistrates will have 'no jurisdiction over cases involving juveniles unless they are involved in traffic offenses. Under the justice of the peace system it was a common practice for the justice of the peace to write up the complaint form based on a policeman's account of the crime and then try the same man. This sometimes led to charges of judicial prejudice. Under the magistrate system the arresting officer must complete a complaint form and submit it to the magistrate who will determine if there are enough facts to warrant a trial. The magistrates will not person- ally handle any money. The magistrate court clerk, Dixie Moyers in Gilmer County, will collect all fines and (Continued on Page 9} Thursday, December 16, 1976- Greg Nlcholson of Glenville checked in this handsome 8-point buck he shot in Gflmer County the first week of the season. State, county hunters bag record number of deer As predicted by game officials, West Virginia's regular gun season deer kill topped 30,000 according to unofficial figures released by the Dept. of Natural Resources last week. A total of 31,208 bucks were taken, eclipsing the previous record harvest of 28,995 set last year. Deer hunters smashed all records in almost every county, including Gilmer where 810 bucks were killed this year compared to 710 in 1975, 468 in 1974 and 536 in 1973. Hunters checked 1,044 bucks through Gilmer Stations, also a record. Hampshire was one of the few counties showing a decrease, but still led the state with a total of 2,701 bucks killed. Last year, 3,172 deer were taken in Hampshire. DNR officials attributed the new record kill to an expanding state deer population. The herd is now estimated at approximately 200,000. Hardy County had the second highest kill in the state with 2,127 deer bagged. Other leading counties were as follows: Pendleten, 1,672; Randolph, 1,666; Grant, 1,579; Preston, 1,342; Tucker, 1,260; Ritchie, 1,260; Poca- hontas, 1,245; Mineral, 1,072; Lewis,. 1,036; Braxton, 835; Doddridge, 814. The kill in neighboring Calhotm County was 344. up 19%. School bond election Frida, Gilmer County Y0ters wiq o to the this Friday Dec,.t7 m v on e special school bond election. The Gilmer County School Board is asking for a bond issue proposal which would appropriate $2,459,000 for various construction and improvement projects in all county schools. The proposal is the same one which was defeated in the Nov. 2 general election. The proposal drew 53 per cent yes votes, but 60 per cent of all votes cast must be in favor of the proposal for it to pass. If the proposal passes Norman- town Elementary would receive $714,440 for renovation and recon- struction. Sand Fork Elementary would receive $620,100, Troy Elementary would receive $79,000. Tanner would also receive $79,000, Gilmer County High would receive $595,460 and Glenville Elementary would receive $371,000 all for renovation and reconstruction projects. The polling places are the same as during the general election, except in Normantown where the polling place has been moved from the main building of the Normantown Elementary School to the school's VoAg building. This was done in order to eliminate a hardsld who found it difficult to walk up the steps to the main building. The polling places will be oben from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. The polling places are: lenville gets into ristmas spirit ;/ / / / j/ The Christmas spirit is beginning to settle over Glenville as various groups wind up preparations for celebrations of the season. Luminaria The Glenville Rotary Club will again present their Christmas Eve Luminaria. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Main St. from Lewis St. to College St. and North Court St. from Main St. to Linn St. will be lighted by candles. The Rotary will line the streets with candles placed in bags of sand. Individuals who would like to set up their own display can buy candles, bags and sand from the Rotary members. The Luminaria display originated many years ago in the southwestern part of the country. In recent years many communites throughout the nation have adopted the custom. Glenville has presented the display for the past five years. This year's Luminaria has drawn the special attention of the cameras of WWVU-TV. The display will be televised on the Mountain Scene Tonight at 7 p.m. on Dec. 24 and will be repeated that same evening at 11 p.m. Mrs. Kathy Channel was in Glenville last week to interview Dr. Delmer Somerville and to select pictures to present on the program. Nutcracker Suite The Gilmer County Center for the Performing Arts will stage their own special presentation of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite on Thursday, Dec. 18, at 8 p.m. in the Gilmer County High gym. Santa Claus will narrate the story while 30 children between the age of 3 and 14 dance the ballet. Many of the children who will perform in the ballet are from low-income families and have been sponsored by Glenville merchants and interested citizens. The high school choir and band will present a program of Christmas music following the ballet. Santa will also lead a music iamboree and hand out presents afterwards. A one dollar donation admission will be charged and a door prize will be drawn. On Friday, Dec. 17, the Performing Arts Center will give another presentation of the ballet, for children only. at 1 p.m. in the high school gym. There will be no admission charge. joy Gift The annual Christmas Joy Gift Service will be held at the Glenville Presbyterian Church this Sunday, Dec. 19 during the 11 a.m. morning worship service. The service will include Christmas music by Mrs. Bryan Turner on the organ end MAss Kathy McCartney on flute. The Children's Choir will also sing and the advent Candles will be lit. Erica Gillespie and Dr. Byron Turner will give an Precinct 1, Normantown-- Normantown Elementary School Precinct 5. Cedarville--Cedarville Community Building Precinct 6. Shock--Bennett's Store Precinct 12, Third Run--Bonnie Waggy's residence Precinct 13, Tanner --Tanner Elementary Precinct 16, Courthouse--court- house Precinct 17, Sand Fork--Sand Fork Elementary Precinct 18, Stouts Mill--Ed Shiflet's residence Precinct 20, South Glenville. Turner Brothers Lumber Co. Precinct 23, East Courthouse-- Courthouse Precinct 27, Trey--Troy Elemen. tary Precinct 31, Cox's Mills--Cox's Mills Community Building. explanation of the Christmas Tree. Mrs. John McCreary will present a puppet show about a Christmas story she has written. The special Joy Gift offering will also be collected at this time. This is an offering made each Christmas which provides assistance to retired and disabled ministers. Immediately following the morning service the congregation will have a fellowship hour in the dining room and the Women of the Church will serve brunch. Kanawha Drive Special Glenville State College's Art Department has helped the women of the Kanawha Drive Community Church prepare for their special Christmas program Sunday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. Santa's Coming The Lions Club and The Gilmer Volunteer Fire Department will again sponsor a visit by Santa Claus for county children. Santa will be at the bank on Dec. 24 at 3 p.m. Christmas Music A Christmas musical presentation will also be offered by the Gilmer County High School Choir, on Monday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the high school gym.