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Single Copy Price-50= (47= plus tax) IlSSN 0746-58821 bv and for Gilmer County People Volume 100, Number 53 Glenville, Gilmer County, West Virginia 26351 Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004 A Holiday Wish That all of our nation's troops fighting overseas will have a safe New Year in 2005. 'Editorial Page-- 'Suggested' New Year's Resolutions for area's officials. Page 3 & 5 Gilmer's Sports Scene -- A sports round-up of area teams. Page 4 Health Happiness Consult our sponsoring providers who want to help you! Make a New Year's Resolution to improve your healfh! Page ,/" C Brotherly Lo , Dove, T~ E~or & Kids I See Editorinl Pnge 3 for New Year's Editorial 'Well-Wishes [r orcoran olumn. r Gi,me. Count, Mil.ston.: / " " vi," 1 111 a, By David H. Corcoran, Sr., town. Helen is the Chair of the Gilmer County Publisher-Editor Senior Center's Board of Directors and was A Iongtimc popular and prominent Gilmer named the state Democratic Party's Elcanol: County public servan~ died in an automobile Roosevelt Awardec fbr 2004 -- (me of lhe accident late Wed. afternoon, Dec. 22 a three highest commendations g, lven an active crash that also sent his wife to a Morgan(own party member. hospital with multiple m lurics. The GilmcrCounty community was,shocked Clark James. a three-time Gilmcr County to leA_rn of this tragedy. In speaking for the Sheriff. former Glcnville Police Chief. and County Commission. President Lany Chap- Count) Commissioner. died as a result ofinju- man states. "Clark was a comnussioner and rics sustained when his car was struck by a sheriff, but. of late. was very active in the truck which, m turn. was rear-ended by another Coon Hunters Association which raises money car. on SR 33. while exiting 1-79 cn rbutc to send 4-H kids to summer camp. Hc was a toward downtown Wcston. according to a wonderful fellow and will be missed." Sheriff's Dept. accident report. Gilmcr Circuit Clerk Lane Smith. whose His wile. Helen. who was with him at the friendship with Clark goes back to working time. is now recuperating from extensive lnju- withhimonJohnF. Kennedy's 1960presiden- ries at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgan- Continued on page 6 Gilmer Goings BRIDGE CLOSING The Bailey Trust Bridge, County 12/ 7, Troy District. Gilmer County, will be closed for approximately eight months. Call 678-3258 or Bilco at 304- 565-3077. GCHS PARENT FINANCIAL AID NIGHT RESCHEDULED Gilmer County High School has ar- ranged an evening "to help parents and students with the post-second- ary financial aid process. Karen Lay, director of Financial Aid. Glenville State College will discuss the finan- cial aid process and the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the web, as well as, the paper application. The FAFSA application deadline is March 1. Ms. Lay will also offer some alter- native routes for financial aid. The financial aid workshop will be held Wed., evening, January 12, 2005 in the high school cafeteria, and will begin at 6:30 pro. Copies of the FAFSA will be available at the work- shop, The workshop last year was most helpful to the people who at- tended; this year's session should be equally informative. We look forward to seeing you at this year's workshop. Continued on page 10 The next regularly scheduled meetings of public bodies will not begin taking place until the first week of 2005 The Glenville City Council will meet at 7 p.m. on Mon., Jan. 3 at City Hall. The general public is invited to attend. The Sand Fork Town Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Mort., Jan. 3 at the new Town Hall. The general public is invited to attend The Gilmer County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. on Thurs., Jan. 6 at the Courthouse for its first regular meeting of the month. The general public is invited to attend The Gilmer County Public Service District's Board will meet at 7 p.m. on Mon., Jan. 10 at its West Main.Street, Glenville Office. The public is invitedl The Friends of the Library will meet at 5 p.m. on Mon., Jan. 17 at the Gilmer Public Library. The public is invited. Inside This Week The Editorial Page ............................. 3 Sports ................................................. 4 Obituaries ........................................ I 0 Society ........................................... 7-9 Courthouse News ............................ 11 Lcgals .............................................. 11 Classifieds ................................... 12-13 GGOs ....................................... I & lO GSC News ............................. 3, 4, & 5 CANA News ,.. 5 & Meditation Moment Thought lor .New Year's -- "On New Year's Da)', xome years agO, I swore ~ffah'ohol: All(J, o/re year [~/Id/. I ex('hewed Pqw.~, ctt~arettex, et aL "]?u' ne.~,l, I quit profanity As somelJli/l,tt IlOI too ni('e. And then abandoned .dot machines. Cal'd ,~amt'.v. roulette and dice. 77ntx curing f~ntlts ea('h year, I reached A ytate of.~m'h pe([ection That I hme not a xing/eJlaw' Nou' calling fi,r correction. But New Year's Day is lum,' fin" )he A ruined Instituiion: I"or what is New Year's Day without A New Yeal's resohltion ?" Edward George Bulwer-Lytton /st Baron Lytton & English (mthor (1803-1873) EARLY TELEGRAPH KEY In looking at Gilmer County's emerging high tech future in 2005 and beyond, one only has to study its past to find out that the county has had a firm foundation in innovations and inventions. That was, in part, the message that Bill Decker. a Sand Fork native and Preston County resident, brought al the way from Kingwood to the December meeting of the Gilmer County Historical Society. Sitting in front of him al the table is a U. S. Patent Office-type model of a Telegraph Key to send Morse Code by a dispatcher. It was a modernized Key for the year 1900 that was invented by his grandfather, Frank Levi Decker. "Born in Bath, NY, my grandfather came to Gilmer County in 1900 to work in the oil and gas fields." explains Mr. Decker, who quickly noted, "My grandfather got a lot of patents." Bill maintains his contact with the Sand Fork area having recently spoken at a school annwersary there where he was a star athlete. Moreover. his father. Harry, was a Iongtime merchant in that Gilmer community. Bill s a World War II veteran of the Army Air Corps, is fascinated by our county's history and has wanted to attend a Historical Society meeting for some time. Hence, he brought along this rare patent model to place in the Society's museum collection to save for posterity, but, first, explained the item's significance during the "Show and Tell" segment of the program. (Staff photos by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) i IN HAPPIER TIMES--tR2003' ClarkJames (right) andwife' Helen' celebratedtheir I ~- I~ii[iiii~ ~!~T._. ~ ~] 50th Wedding Anniversary at the Gilmer County Senior Center. with son, Greg (left), . ,-...*., 4 ....... "" ::i:i:;:~i:x~"~[/~ ~:" ~# ".~;~9~+.. ",':'.: ;:i!i:~:~s~ .... ' ~:!i .:~!~:~ ..... : being/ lan:., avid organizer the gala event. 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Gle. nville native, Dave Wilson, 82, is a volunteer Santa annually, because he just likes "cheering up people" as they come into various stores and senior citizen locations. From left to right are Susan Keith (Rite Aid's Asst. Man.), Arbutus Sims (Rite Aid's manager), Santa and Santa's helper and brother, Earl Wilson, 84, also of Glenville. (Staff photo by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) For those.people who, like the Grinch, don't each year in a small, but important way. This believe in Santa Claus, they haven't-- yet-- hard-working volunteer is the generous and met Dave Wilson, an82-year-oldGlenvillearea kind-hearted Santa Claus who many senior resident who really gets into the Yuletide spirit Continued on page 6 ill Meth Lab and drug raids merit Jury's action in two cases In an update on the early December major remains. In his preliminary hearing on Dec. push by the area's law enforcemtmt agencies to 12, the magistrate found "probable cause" on rid Gilmercounty of clandestine drug labs and each one of the three counts, and bound him related criminal dealers, Magistrate Court over to the Grand Jury. records show that, at least, two of the suspects Hurshel Matthew Miller's rcsidenc'c at 706 arrested have been bound over to the Grand North Lewis Street in Glcnville had been Jury. searched on Dec. 10, according to the Gilmer Stcvcn Ray Gibson and Hurshcl Matthew County SherifFs Dept., who were assisted by Miller were bound over to the Grand Jury in the State Police. The search uncovered a clan: recent Magistrate Court hearings, destine drug laboratory (Meth Lab), several On.Dec. 9, the State Police, their K-9 Unit, grams of methamphctaminc and marijuana, and the SherilTsDept. conducted an extensive guns, numcroushypodermic needlesandother search of the house o[ Stcvcn Ray Gibson at drug paraphernalia. Rtc. 1 ; Box 22 (SR 5 cast) near Glenville. Later In Mr. Miller's case, the magistrate bound that day before Magistrate Carol Wolfe, Mr. himovcronDec. 23totheGrandJury, afterhe Gibson was arraigned on charges of three felony waived his right to a prelimina[y hearing. Still counts: I.)Opcratingaclandcstincdruglab;2.) in jail as of this Mon., Dec. 27, his bail was Possession of marijuana with the intent to modified to a $50,000 cash or property bond, deliver this controlled substance; and 3.) Pos- the Magistrate's Court record reflects. session with the intent to deliver a controlled In a Dec. 6 raid and search, the State Police substance (Meth). charged Daniel Smith, of Sand Fork, with His cash bond was set at $75,000 and he was delivering a controlled subsJance, according lodged in the Central Regional Jail where heContinued on page 6 COLORFUL GLASS AT CHRISTMAS -- Two Historical Society members, Grace Oppe of Glenville (left photo) and Hunter Armentrout of Troy (right), brought several pieces of rare glassware to show off and explain during the Show and Tell period at the Society's Thurs. evening, Dec. 16 meeting at the Holt House's Annex just off East Main Street in Glenville. Grace holds a bowl with the Last Supper pressed in it, while Hunter points out one of the many bottles that he brought to demonstrate the fine craftsmanship of West Virginia's glass blowers of a bygone age. MYSTERIOUS GLASS BOTTLE -- No one could top the story of Richard Reed, of Glenville, who dramatically described, in colorful detail, how he came to own the 18th century bottle setting in front ofhim. His Craddock family's lineage in AmeNca can be traced back to England in 1611.when they crossed the ocean to make their way in the New World. In fact, he's an avid genealogis! in pursuit of these family facts. So, in his historical travels, he came across the once-prosperous town of Dumfries, NC (near Quantico) where tobacco warehouses th rived in the 18th centu ry. With the British wanting the tobacco, the ship's captains would unload the ballast of bricks in order to replace them with tobacco cargo and other American products. The bricks were then recycled to construct houses and warehouses in Dumfries. By the 20th century, however, only about three original buildings, constructed of these bricks, still existed, one being the Stagecoach Inn, another a home and the third, a dilapidated warehouse. When the home was razed, though, this bottle was discovered between two walls, recounts Richard, with a big smile, noting that the container's content was "rum." Thus, the building's 18th century masons had more on their minds than just laying brick, he laughs. See additional Show and Tell pictures on page 6. In other business at the Historical Society's December meeting, the local group nominated and unanimously approved Richard Reed and his wife, Marion, as History Heroes for the state's History Day Celebration at the State Capitol in Charleston on January 29. This dedicated couple have been hard-working volunteers and have designed several special historical exhibits in the past three years. Marion also teaches a class in preserving antique textiles. The Society also decided to hold an appropriate exhibit at the Courthouse to commemorate the 160th anniversary of Gilmer County's establishment on Feb. 3, 1845.