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Single Copy Price-50 (47 plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5890) Published by and for Gilmer County Peop.le Volume 100, Number 51 Glenville, Gilmer County, West Virginia 26351 Thursday, Dec. 16, 2004 A Holiday Wish-- That all of our nation's troops fighting overseas will have a safe holiday season in 2004. (Editorial Page-- Tributes to the late youth, Billy Frashure, and the regular editorials. Page3A&5A ' ,.mer's sports GSC*s Men take consolation match; Lady Pionee ,s upset twice inCA. Page4A& 7A Chflstmas Shopping -- Buy your last minute gifts from our area's merchants! See their 'Winter Wondertand of Savings!" Pages IOA . I.lea Happiness -- Consult A major State Police-led mmative to rid raid was reportedly made on a Gluck Run Gilmer County of clandestine drug labs and Road house, but no information is available related criminal dealers netted several arrests on this alleged investigation, as of press-time last week and early this week. (Tues., Dec. 14). On Mon, Dec. 6, the State Police charged " Thursdayafiernoonandearlyevening(Dec. Daniel Smith, of Sand Fork, with delivering a 9) found the State Police, their K-9 Unit, and controlled substance, according to Gilmer the Sheriffs Dept. busy at work investigating County Magistrate's Court records. Being at- the contents of the Steven Ray Gibson house raigned on the next day, Magistrate Bob at Rte. 1; Box 22 (SR 5 east) near Glenvill Minigh set a $3,000 surety bond which the for several hours. See related photograph on accused posted to gain his release, page 6A. Then, on Wed., Dec. 8. a law enforcement Continued on page 6A Normantown 'shows off' for Board of Education at linkage meeting Monday [. J C L1 C S S a Y :t rl | h n k S 1" C d Y 'S O ! Gilmer Goings OPEN HOUSE Area friends are invited to an "Open House," to be held in several of the apartments at Glenville Gardens, on Fri., Dec. 17 and Sat., Dec. 18. Re- peat visitors are welcome as well. .The residents recently enjoyed their Annual Christmas covered dish din- ner and a gift exchange. They were invited to see other decorated apart- ments after the dinner. UTILITY COMMISSION BOARD The Glenville Utility Commission Board will meet at 7:00 pm, Thurs., Dec. 16, at the Glenville Utility office. The general public is invited to at- tend. DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP The Diabetes Support Group will be meeting on Thurs., Dec. 16, at 6:30pm at the First Baptist Church, Main Street Gtenville (Lower Level). Guest Speaker is Kathy Reis, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator, and Rural Diabe- tes Coordinator from Marshall Uni- versity. Kathy will be discussing"Holi- day Tips"; how to handle-portion sizes and varities of foods during the Holidays. She will also discuss indoor exercises for the winter months. Dia- betics, family members, and friends are welcome. The Diabetes Support Group Meetings are free of charge to all participants. Refreshments served. Call Julie Beckner at 304-462- 7322 for details. Sponsored by Gilmer Primary Care. MORRIS OPEN HOUSE An Open House to be held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Morris on Sun., Dec. 19th, at 1:00-4:00 PM--No Gifts Please. GILMER COUNTY HEALTH DEPT. The Gilmer Co. Health Department has Flu. shots available for residents that are high risk and over 50. Call, 462-7351 for more information. Continued on page 8B PubI0c Mti #s The Gilmer County Commission will meet at I p.m. on this Thurs., Dec. 16 at the Courthouse for its second regular monthly meeting. The general public is invited to attend. The Gilmer County Economic Development Association's meeting for December has been cancelled, but will meet in January forthe organization's annual Membership Meeting, President I Denny Pounds has announced. Watch this newspaper for further details. The Gilmer County Historical Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. on this Thurs., Dec. 16 at the Society's offices in the Holt House Annex on East Main Street. Members are asked to bring a historical "Show & Tell" item to this meeting. The Hon. Hunter Armentrout is the Society's president. The Gilmer County Public Service District will meet at 7 p.m. on this Fd., Dec. 17 at its West Main Street Office for its regular monthly meeting. This is a re-scheduled meeting. The general )ublic is invited to attend. k,,, The Editorial l ge .......................... 3A Sports .............................................. 4A Obituaries ........................ 8A ..... , ................... News ............................ 7B CI ..... , ............................. 8-9A By Bill Williams, III, Santa's Toy Shop, school newspaper, and Staff Reporter much more. One of the parents even volun- Over 35 people braved the cold to attend the teers as librarian during the week. Dec. 13, 2004 Linkage Meeting of the Gilmer The school's thorough Reading First Pro- County Board of Education held in gram wasexplainedviaPowerPointpresen- Normantown. iation. According to national statistics, a child Chief among the surprises at the meeting who is not proficient in reading by grade was Superintendent Ed Toman's revelation three stands a much higher chance of not that Gilmer County High School Principal graduating from high school. Understand- John Bennett had tendered his resignation, ably, the focus is on making sure all the Bennett, who also served as Athletic Director students reach that benchmark. at the High School, is leaving to take a posi- The school has adopted many incentives, tion at the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center. rewards, and interesting ways to make read-, AccordingtoToman, Bennett'slastdaywould ing fun. They have re-invigorated the Re- be early this week and he will start immedi- sponsible Student Program (RSP) and stu- ately afterwards at the Career Center. dents may choose their reward trips. Also, Normantown Principal Connie Frame and parent Misty Pritt has responded to a request several other school members then conducted to create "Reader's Theater" plays. These the Linkage Meeting. Frame highly praised plays are created from stories that the stu- the Local SchoollmprovementCouncil (LSIC) dents read in class. About adozen youngsters and the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO). put on a short play for the board about a girl "We appreciate them very much," she said named Jamaca and her brother. citing numerous activities that they coordi- Further methods of teaching and testing hate for the students. Some of the events the students were described to the assembly. include: Heritage Day, Halloween Parties, Continued on page 6A 0000000000000 eO00000000000 Mayor Kennedy will seek re-election in 2005 Glenville Mayor Brian Kennedy, who won a tight mayoral race against four opponents in 2003, has changed his mind and will seek re.-election in 2005. ~ -- At this month's City Council meeting on Dec. 6, he startled council members and the general public by announcing that he didn't know if he'd be running for re-election. His decision would be contingent on an out-of-city change of address, he revealed at the time. On Monday, however, he informed this newspaper that he had intended to move to his family's farm in Normantown, but his current Glenville house agreement wouldn't allow that at this time. "I want to continue as the city's mayor," he now states. One item mentioned on the Mayor's agenda is to engineer a pay raise for the City Council members. In an unrelated matter, long-time Council- man Dennis Fitzpatrick has announced that he won't seek to be re-elected in 2005, due to his growing duties in the GSC athletic department. t I EDA gets $30K grant The Gilmer County Economic Development Association has been informed that it has been awarded a $30,000 State Development Office D; ] grant for this fiscal year. According to EDA President Denny Pounds, Continued on page 6A GILMER COUNTY NATIVE HAPPY -- L. G. Marks, a native of Sand Fork, has always wanted to own his own restaurant. Now, that dream has come true, as he's established a new eating establishment in the old Trezan's next to the Best Western Glenville Inn on SR 5 just east of Glenville. He named it, "The River Packet," owing to its closeness to the historic and colorful Little Kanawha River dght behind it. (staff photos) GGOs .................................... 1A & 8B GSC News ................... 1.3, 4,5 & 6A CANA News 5A & "I've been a chef for 26 years, and I just ....... Last'Shopping,, for X,mas ............. IOA enjoy doing it," states a happy L. G. Marks, Meditation Moment owner and head chef of the newly opened, Thought for the Week -- "The River Packet." The new SR 5 restaurant, located in the qNe underatand death for the first time when he puts former Trezan's next to the Best Western his hand upon one whom we love." Madam De Sta ! Glenville Inn, takes its name from its get- French author graphical setting -- along the banks of the (1766-1817) scenic and historic Little Kanawha River. "If Sand Fork man, L. G. Marks, starts new restaurant with local flavor the building just set a little higher, you could see the river from the back deck," he jokes, noting that he'll have to construct a pier, so that his customers can "really dive into th(; river's lore." All kidding aside, Mr. Marks is very glad to be an entrepreneur in Gilmer County. "I've always wanted to have my own business, and Continued on page 8B PRESIDENT'S OPEN HOUSE --- As a continuing tradition at Glenville State College, President Robert and First Lady Sandy Freeman held a Christmas Open House for the college's faculty, staff, students and community. Approximately 50 people signed the guest register, but several more also enjoyed the first couple's festive holiday hospitality. Among those attending and extending their well-wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year of 2005 was Dr. Espy Miller (right), a retired GSC English professor. From left to right are Sandy (holding "The First Dog," Ellie) and Rob Freeman. (Smff phoeos by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) .... WILLIE NELSON IN GLENVILLE? -- Much humor was played into Gilmer County's annual "Community Celebration of Christmas" musical feast at Glenville State College's Fine Arts Auditorium on last Sat. evening, Dec. 11. Pulling back into his Nashville contacts, GSC Music Professor Buddy Griffin, who was in charge of the program, attracted "Willie Nelson" (far left, singing at mike), among other country music and TV greats, to entertain the audience. And, most people present couldn't see or hear the difference between the real Willie and his Braxton County impersonator, Mo Thurmond, who actually sang Willie's Christmas songs. In addition, Buddy even got Rob and Sandy Freeman, the college's president and first lady, to sing a rousing duet of "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer," which provided much good-spirited laughter. At the end, Griffin asked all of the 150 in attendance to join in a sing-a-long of some old Christmas favontes, just like in the olden days around the family's fireplace. Because so many talented volunteers were kind enough to keep this "Community Celebration of Christmas" musical going for another year, Professor Buddy Griffin, all of the performers and stage hands richly merit our "Folks Who Shine" Award this week. Their generosity of musical talent made this community celebration a special kick-off of the 2004 Yuletide season for all of Gilmer County. DHC, St., Publisher-Editor MCCARTNEYTRAILERS.COM --- One of the biggest business success stories in Gilmer County is the rapid growth of McCartney Trailers & Feed Store in Sand Fork. Forming it in the year 2000, Pat and Gall McCartney, two devoted Gilmer County residents, will be celebrating their Fifth Anniversary in business there next May. Moreover, as proof of their substantial growth, they started this small business with only four trailers in stock, but now have 40 on their lot, not to mention a warehouse stockpiled with large bags of all kinds of farm animal, horse and pet feed. Gall and Pat, who are pictured holding their Scottish Terrier, "Holly," invite all area residents to visit and see their progress and to patronize their local business, which has just gone on the Intemet at Pat & Gaff McCartney have good rea- son to celebrate their anniversaries One local couple is very proud of their firm's 2000 --- almost five years ago. success story, and they believe that other busi- In building their horse, farm and utility hess people can do the same in Gilmer County. trailer business from the ground up, they've AfteralI, Pat and Gaii McCanney have seen now expanded into the related animal feed their small business --- McCartney Trailers lines, specializing in the nationally-respected (andFeedStore)atSandFork--growbyleaps Purina Mills products. and bounds since its grand opening in May of Continued on page 6A