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December 16, 1976     The Glenville Democrat
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December 16, 1976

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2 The Glenvme Democrat/ Pathfinder December 16, 1976 One more chance The Gilmer County School Board is offering the voters ef the county one more opportu_nity to improve the schools by placing a special school bond election before them this Friday. If the bond proposal passes 17 new classrooms would be erected at Normantown Elementary and 14 new classrooms would be erected at Sand Fork Elementary. Among other projects which would receive funding if the bond passes are  new band room at the high school, new sewage disposal plants at Troy and Tanner schools and a new gymnasium at Glenville Elementary. All health, fire and safety violations in the county schools would also be corrected. A favorable vote for the school bond would also mean we could keep our schools in the outlying areas of the county. No judge or fire marshall would dare shut one of those schools down if the people had pledged themselves to honded indebtedness. But if no money is appropriated for the schools they will continue to deteriorate, making the prospect of their closure more imminent. Gilmer is one of omtwo counties in the state which has refused to commit itself to some kind of indebtedness for their schools, Give attr kids the same opportunities as others in the state. Vote yes on the school bond issue. Kidd takes offense Dear Mr. Editor: I observed the article in the Thursday, December 9, 1976, edition relating in part "to the judicial puzzle." At the outset I must state that I am disturbed by certain matters set out therein and desire to set the record straight in regard thereto. I know that we are in disagreement on this article but our respective opinions are merely academic at this time and I will therefore discuss them no further. I cannot help but conchde that the article as written leaves me as the Judge of the Circuit Court of Gilmer County in a most unfavorable light. I cannot let inferences of impropriety in my official position go unanswered. Now to correct a few of the errors that are manifestly inaccurate and at this time disregard those that are a matter of subjective conclusions, You state "Kidd told the commissioners that if necessary he will order all of the occupants of the court house annex except the West Virginia University Extension Service to abandon their offices for the magistrates." This statement is absolutely incorrect. No demand was made for any space on the second floor or for any part of the premises occupied by the Gilmer County Board of Education which you state "rents the whole top floor". The space requested consists of two vacant rooms and five small rooms on the first floor and in the rear of the annex. The total space is between 900 and 1000 square feet. I have been authorized to pay as much as $6.00 per square foot for county property. I have offered the commissioners the maximum sum permitted. This would amount to apprcrdmately $6,000 a year. They receive no comparative compensation from any other source, . You further state "The commissioners noted that two office spaces have remained emptor/or thepast two llears even though Kidd had the commissioners lay carpet in the rooms which he had designated as a potential library and conference room for him". This statement is incorrect. The two rooms are used at all terms of Court when it is necessary to exclude the witnesses from the Court room or when a separation of witnesses is demanded. These rooms will remain the rooms of the Circuit Court of Gilmer County. Efforts have been made to secure a law library available to all the lawyers and other citizens through the LEAA. Braxton and Clay Counties have secured these valuable libraries. I have exerted every effort to assist Gflmer County in securing the same, but I am ouly in a position to assist; the initiative must come from the Commissioners and other County" officers. The Prosecuting Attorney, Mr. J. W. Perrill, and his summer assistant, Mr. Phil Reale, and MesSrs. Terry Butcher and Paul H. Wooodord II, attorneys at law, are aware of the efforts that are being made in this direction. It is correct that as Judge of the 14th Judicial Circuit I have exercised the authority placed upon me as a matter of law; and further, pursuant to the direction of the Chief Justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court. The Supreme Court through the Chief Justice has provided the minimum requirements for the Magistrates' offices and what the Chief Justice expects of the Circuit Judges in securing such premises, In this respect I quote in part from a speech made by Chief Justice Thornton G. Berry to the newly elected Magistrates at their Judicial Education meeting: "Chief Justice, Thornton G. Berry, Jr., W.Va. Supreme Court of Appeals, welcomed the 148 Magistrates in this terminology: 'I am suddenly aware that this is the biggest group of judges I have ever addressed, for you are all judges and I think it appropriate to remind you of this fact at the very onset tonight. You are not Justices of the Peace sitting in isolation, responsible for your own bailiwicks, but Magistrates - Judges of the State, whose conduct and responsibillity is to the entire Judicial System of W.Va. and to the people we Serve. ' The emphasis was on a new day in the Judicial System in West Virginia which will take it out of the back room into the sunshine, for this will be a State Court and the Cannons of Ethics for judges apply to Magistrates as well. There have been minumum standards set for office and courtroom space and furniture for this entire JudiciaI System has been purchased by the State and will be delivered about December 15, 1976. In the first three mouths of the new year there will be visits from the personnel of the Supreme Court to insure the standards for office space and administration is in compliance with their dictates." Quoted from the December 1, 1976 issue of THE WEBSTER ECHO. I have advised the County Commissioners that rooms must be supplied for the Magistrates that meet the standards set out by the Supreme Court of West Virginia. Under my oath and in good conscience I can do nothing loss. The Uniform Court System, including the new Magistrates, is an effort to upgrade the system of justice in the State of West Virginia. It would be a tragedy if this effort to upgrade such system should fail It will not do so due to lack of diligence on my part. The unified court system will be in the Courthouse Complex. Courthouses are for courts. The transition will be made in a reasonable manner. But it will be made. Very truly yours, William M. Kidd, Judge i f It's not that simple I see that Mr. Stallman and Mr. Shuman have recently written you in favor of a plan whereby those of us who want decent and safe schools should wake contributions to the school board. This is a "terrific" idea, Why not expand that idea -- those who wish good roads, make contributions to the  highway department; those who desire jails, to our court system; those who believe in the of g them gifts; trouble is, nice as it sounds, I don't think it will work. Yes, there is a place for contributions. I believe the furniture in the new elementary school is a case in poinL We could name others. But for basic facilities that we, upon a little reflection, realize we owe to our children, and grandchildren and community children, let us not dodge or shun our responsibility. Grant a little may Wish it wasn't a But, e Head Start kids are in the m Uncle Sam is giving Santa Claus a little help this providing presents for the 19 children at the Start and Day Care Center. The federal government $100 to the center to spend for presents. But in an attempt to provide an even more Christmas for the kids, the directors of the head start[ will held a rummage sale on Dec. 17 from 9 a.m. to 6 and match the federal money and buy more presents, they collect over $100 will be used to furnish their Claus will appear at the center on Dec. 22 for a and party. If you have anything you'd like to contribute to thee 462-7422 between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. and after 4 462-5342. The head start kids pictured on this page have of the last few days working off their pre-Christmas by making various crafts of the season. TREE MENT Mlnney, Head worker, helps David his ornament to Christmas tree in tl upper left. n also Join in the left Jake Young Luzader, Bobble Jo Bell make their own ments. I IT CAN BE MESS--From left and advancing counter clock._ we see that Steven Fisher and Jerry Minney enjoy finger paiBtz Christmas trees and Bobble Jo Bell is making a sparkling crO Terry Ratcllff and Bobble Jo Bell clean up after an enjoy au' morning of Christmas decorating. Published Every Thursday ByGILMER COUNTY PUBLISHING. INC. At 109 E. Main St, Glenville, WV 26351 Phone 462-7309 Second-Class postage paid at Glenville and at additional mailing offic Subscription price $5.50 tax included in Gilmer residents $6.00 tax included. Out of state subscriptions subscriptions for lass than 6 months. (ALL PRICES EF