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l..O,.n. 0.o The[' Suggested New Year's 'Resolutions' for 2005 from us to YOU As the New Year of 2005 approaches on this Sat., Jan. I, our newspaper traditionally works up a "Wish List" for the next 365 days for the many Gilmer Countians -- public or semi-public officials or well-regarded per- sonages -- whom we all know. Even if the general public doesn't love them, we editors believe that they will be "more liked," if they would adopt some of the below- suggested New Year's Resolutions for civic maorovements and well-wishes. T~ ~ military personnel native to or with connections to Gilmer County, we wish you a most happy and safe New Year's celebration wherever you are serving our coun- try, especially if it is in a combat zone. Your selfless service to our Great Nation is much appreciated back here at home. To County Commissioners Larry Chap- man, Reta Kight, and Dave Hess, we recom- mend that you help stabilize the county's Economic Development Association, inten- sify the area's litter clean-up and Dilapidated Buildings Committee's work, and upgrade the Gi!mer County Recreational Center. To Mayor Brian Kennedy and the Gien- ville City Council, we editors will sing your highest praises .... if ... you don't continue to keep your heads turned away from the City's well-discussed Vision Plan. Granted, most of the Council persons did not involve them- selves in these sessions, but what came out of them was a community-generated outline lead- ing to a better future for Glenville. We can all certainly agree that Glenville needs a growth and revitalization plan, if for no other reason, that the College must attract students to its =ampus here to survive. The Vision Plan of- fers the outline, but it's up to the Mayor and City Council to work with the various other county, state and federal agencies to fill it in, step by step. 2005 will be the ideal year to get that initiative started. To Glenville Utility, we wish these folks well in spending the rate payers' monies, recommending that the purity of water be their top' priority, along with working more closely with the City Council and local com- munity leaders for the community's advance- ment. To the Gilmer County Public Service District, we commend you for pulling to- gether the difficult N0rmantown/Stumptowrd Cedar Creek waterline extension project and wish you well in the upcoming SR 5 waterline extension mmatlve. To the County's Board of Education, we are hopeful that you will discuss more educa- tional issues in the open, rather than behind closed doors in executive sessions. One ben- efit: Discussions in open forum would speed up the meetings, not to mention making your decisions more understandable to those many citizens interested enough to regularly attend these public meetings. Second benefit: The general public will become more in sync with the needs of our public schools, thereby be- coming more helpful to each school's im- provement committee. For example, if the county can attract an increase of families and students here, the public schools' educational budget will not be cut, but that effect will take a bigger community and EDA effort than what the board can provide. To Superintendent Ed Toman, who know s The Corcoran Column By David H. Corcoran Publisher-Editor what it's like to administer a small school system in a small county, we wish you every success. To the county's high school and elemen- tary school teachers and principals, we wish you the best in providing sound, creative and dynamic instruction to our area's young- sters. Moreover, we applaud your continuing efforts to bolster the students' scholastic achievement in this small, rural county which does not have the cultural advantages of larger cities. Hawkins and Devon Shackleford. The Youth Soccer League is a superior activity, along with the 4-H work. To our local civic, church, women's, youth and fraternal organizations, we recommend that you hold more membership enrollment social hours in order to entice new faces into your organizations. The ability of any com- munity to move forward is measured by the strength of its civic, fraternal and church groups, because without their volunteerism, no civic events for the good of the community would be possible pull off. For example, only a few civic or school groups would typically participate in the once colorful downtown Christmas Parade, so it died this last Decem- ber for lack of interest. That's sad! To our Gilmer County businesses and industries, especially those new ones just getting started, we wish you all an increase in your firm's customers, sales, and profits in 2005. To outgoing Governor Bob Wise, we thank To Dr, Robert and Sandy Freeman, we you for the memories which were very enter- commend you for yourcontinuingleadership taining, as well as the statewide economic on College Hill. The future is looking brighter development bond grant package which, we for Glenville State College, but your leader- hope, can still be used to start-up the Thunder ship in turning the enrollment numbers around Ridge NASCAR Track in Braxton County. is crucial. The community wants to help, so Also, wewishyouwellinyourfuture;keepon why not invite us to do so'? moving forward! To GSC Board Chair Marge Burke, we To incoming Governor Joe Manchin, we thank you and your husband, Billy, for being commend you for bringing together some of steadfast supporters and lobbyists for the the state's best leaders, like I. L. Morris of College at each session of the Legislature. Glenville, in order to ease the transition be- The only way the College can grow is if a tween your new administration and that of stable political environment is created among Governor Wise's. We wish you much success the legislators in Charleston at the first of each in reforming state government, but, most im- year. Your legislative experience and savvy portantty, in aflractingnewjobsinto this state. make you ideal for not only defending the Indeed, mostofourruralcountiesneedpeople College against any senseless attacks that who will benefit our schools; local econo- arise, but also explaining to the lawmakers its roles, tax bases and civic initiatives. many benefits to this region and state. Like in 2003 and 2004, we editors continue To the Gilmer County Economic Devel- to urge State Government and new Governor opment Association and President Denny Joe Manchin in 2005 to reduce the govern- Pounds, we wish you continuing success in mental waste and mismanagement evident at cultivating and in bringing new businesses the Higher Education Policy Commission into our county. In addition, we hope that your (HEPC). Also, we still recommend the re- leadership will be energized by many other placing Chancellor Michael Mullen with a members who will step forward to lend a hand real educator, not a statistician or economist! in the fund-raising efforts to replace the lost Our Mountain State's institutions of higher levy monies to match the $30,000 state grant, learning can become rockets of positive ad- To Steve Robinette, new manager of the vancement by attracting out-of-state students, Best Western Glenville Inn, thanks for the into West Virginia, thereby increasing the Business After 5 p.m. Social Hours. We state's revenues and our pool of voh~nteers. recommend that all area business people and But, to accomplish these goals, a genuine community leaders take advantage of them as leader of HEPC needs to be found -- someone a forum to improve local business to our willing and able to coordinate the revival of customers and renewed community spirit. "faith and trust" in our college and university To Kenny Greenlief, Dwight Montgom- systems rather than constantly forecasting ery and the Flying "W" Plastics plant, con- their doom, or deficiencies. Last but not least, gratulations onyourrecentexpansionprojects, HEPC should not be allowed to require the thereby adding new jobs to this county, colleges to fund expensive studies unless the To outgoing Sheriff Gary Rose, we wish resulting savings will offset the study's you well, especially in conquering your can- consultant's fees. cer on the road to improved health. To the Yeager Airport Authority in To incoming Sheriff Mickey Metz, and Charleston, we wish them "a life" at their incumbentofficeholders: Circuit Clerk Lane infant-sized and antiquated airfield. Also, we Smith, County Clerk Beverly Marks, As- recommend that they stop obstructing the sessor Gary Wolfe, Prosecutor Gerry construction of alarge, modern international Hough, and Magistrates Carol Wolfe and airport in the Kanawha Valley that would Bob Minigh, we commend you for your pub- much better serve the economic and transpor- lic service in 2004 and wish you well in 2005. tation needs of this state. We're aware that To the West Virginia University-Gilmer Extension Service, we wish you continued Continued on page 5 success under the new leadership of Staey I : : :It e:n: In I . ;:: Musings of an Oldtimer m ByFran Schmetzer, Glenville Correspondent 9n I i: !:! ! i i !/ii/ )ur Le. ' U = Nation's worst enemy Dear Editor, day stay with a heart attack. While I was in the hospital, I was not allowed to tell anyone who The ACLU (American Civil Liberties phoned that l was there. I had had two friends Union) has done it again. They are undoubt- in the same ward and they were not allowed to edly this riation's worst enemy. Not only do tell me they were there. I found out through they seek to destroy our status as the foremost other visitors. Christian nation in the world, but they seek to I want to take this opportunity to thank all take away all the civil rights of everyone but those who prayed for me, the friends who a favored few. Justbecauseyouareaminority visited, the churches and all who sent cards, doesn't make you any better than anyone else. flowers and gifts. Seeing the names of my And now with their privacy rights act, they many friends on the cards was like visiting are trying to destroy the herding instincts and with them through many happy memories. family fellowship which make us all act as They all brought me a great deal of comfort, members of the human race. strength and encouragement. I wish they could In the process, they are making the work of have put my name out for people to see. I'm hospitals and all other organizations unneces- sure I would have had many more visitors. sarily more difficult. For example I just got I am thankful to the doctors and nurses, out of the hospital a few days ago from a 17 also, who were so patient with me. It seems to me the people who are so secretive of their actions and demand privacy are either com- mitting crimes, planning to, or plotting to take advantage of someone, are wrongfully fol- lowing the lusts of the flesh, or maybe terrorist or their sympathizers. These are the very ones who should have no privacy. And God tells us in the Gospel of Matthew 10:26 and Mark 4:22,23 that there is nothing secret that shall not he revealed or found out. Your sins can be forgiven, but there are al- ways consequences to pay. Congress needs to get some guts, forget politics, and pass a few laws. R.L Pritt Glenville Continued on page 5 r Attention Re : Our 'Letters to the We are in need of more letters to the editor. Feel free to send them in to us. Just remember our policy on the letters. Local newspapers have long been the sounding boards for politi- cal, personal, and patriotic views and this paper is no exception! Relative to writing responses, please keep in mind our Editorial Policy: we will accept letters on a space available basis only and they will be subject to the Editor's scrutiny as to content relative to libel, good taste and timeliness. A good length is generally one to one-and- a-half standard typing pages, double-spaced. The decision of the Senior Editor will be final. Letters must be signed in order to be published - e-mailed letters must include a phone number where ,,,your identity can be verified, but you may still be required to sign the letter via snail mail. Deadlines for letters are Mondays at 10 a.m. for that week's paper. After 10 a.m., they can be accepted for that week as paidadvertisements. However, it would appear for free in a future edition. AlSo, for writers who consistently send in Letters week after week, these messages are constantly evaluated as to content and'to purpose, so they may be considered as an advertisement, especially if they are weekly, lengthy, and repeats of previous letters. Nevertheless, you will be contacted if the latter is the case and will be charged only our regular advertising rate. For more information, contact either Dave Corcoran, Sr., Charlene or Rebecca at 304-462-7309. ,j The editors and staff of the Glenville newspapers wish all of you readers, subscribers, and advertisers a Most Happy New Year of 2005. We truly hope that 2005 will be one of your best years ever. If it's "all good" for you, it will be likewise for us at your county's newspapers, The Glenville Democrat and Glenville Pathfinder. In addition, we are,hopeful that all of you -- and us included -- can think up, make and keep good New Year's Resolutions. The start of the new year always creates an ideal opportunity to make those changes -- at least in baby steps -- that are called for in our lives. Best of luck on them! Finally, if you celebrate the holiday in a big way, be safe and responsible, so that we will continue to have you as a subscriber, not a statistic, in the new year of 2005. Come visit us on a Thursday or Friday, when this editor is normally in the office! David H. Corcoran, Sr., Publisher-Editor At the latest County Commission meeting on Thurs., Dec. 16, the new and incumbent public officials took their Oath of Office which was administered by G ilmer County Clerk Beverly Marks. They were the following county officials: Commission President Larry Chapman, Circuit Clerk Lane Smith, Assessor Gary Wolfe, Sheriff Mickey Metz, Prosecutor Gerald Hough and Magistrates Bob Minigh and Carol Wolfe, along with all sheriffs deputies, who are all appointees, among others from the various offices. Additionally, County Clerk Beverly Marks, who was also re-elected in November's General Election, was sworn-in by her chief clerk, Norma Jean Hurley. We editors commend these public officials, as we ask them to always be mindful of and true to their solemffpledge of unselfish service to this county and our citizens. Best of luck during your next term starting on January 1,2005! DHC, St. The County Commission and the EDA In most West Virginia counties, the economic development function is considered a legitimate activity of county government, in that the agency's duties help to retain, attract and enhance businesses within it. Moreover, the Mountain State's ailing business climate is the root of our state government's tax revenue decreases of recent years, owing to the decline of our major industries, such as coal mining, steel manufacturing and glass making. Most significantly, the EDAs, or Economic Development "Authorities," are funded, in whole or part, by county commissions in order to create a more positive business climate within each one of our state's regions, so that current jobs will be maintained and new ones, created. Hence, the EDAs are also normally considered an integral responsibility of local government to keep that specific area's economy afloat or, better yet, vibrant. In Gilmer County, however, the County's Economic Deveiopment "Association" was originally established as a separate, private and non-profit organization, not as a public agency subordinate to the County Commission, like the Recreation Center. In fact, the local EDA is theoretically subservient only to its members, the people and businesses which pay the dues to join it. As a result, this county's economic development wing, to-date, has been able to maintain some independence from local government, therebybeing able to fly in perhaps different directions than what may have been anticipated by the general public. Some displeasure with the EDA surfaced last year, because the Association's continu- ation of excess levy funding was voted down by the electorate. This loss of local tax funding has led the organization into financial struggles that Were not expected two years ago. Indeed, the organization, itself, is threatened with dissolutionment, if new monies aren't raised tO replace the lost taxpayer dollars needed to match the state's $30,000 Economic Development Office's grant. This current budgetary crunch is affecting the ability of the EDA to carry out its duties to energize this small county's economy. If we, in Gilmer County, hope to progress for the betterment of this and future generations, we need a strong, vigorous and well-funded EDA. Although the County Commission's recent payment of the George "Dave" Frymier bill for servicing the EDA's Industrial Park's sewer plant was timely, correct and appreciated, it doesn't solve the long-term problem of setting the local organization on a solid financial footing, and providing for the further development of the Stouts Mills facility. While the county commissioners may believe that the county can fund the EDA if the Association disbands itself, thereby allowing the commission to charter an Authority to replace it, this would seem to be only a transfer of the financial problem from one group to the next. According to county finances, announced at recent commission meetings, countygovern- ment isn't in the strongest of shape itself. One initiative that the current EDA hasn't tested is fund-raising in this locality and applying for grants from large community-oriented foundations elsewhere. For example, if all area businesses and industries are contacted and solicited, there is no telling how much money can be raised -- just locally -- to secure operating funds for the struggling Association. In addition, when hiring the next executive director, the EDA's officials need to be mindful that fund-raising and grant writing, along with the necessary personality to work with business people and governmental leaders, must be evident in the successful candidate's r6sum6. Nevertheless, whatever the outcome of the current EDA's strategies that will be emerging, the leaders of this group need to know that the general public is backing the organization. Economic progress just can't happen in a county that isn't perceived as wanting it. To the contrary to-date, Gilmer County has been seen as steadfastly behind the efforts to bring in new businesses and to help retain existing ones, via its representative the EDA. Let's all keep it that way! DHC, St. Ed e of the a#:ow THAT - WHY CAN'T THAT NEP L /V OF HZS STZCK ON CU eritus George Harper is our newspaper's award-winning cartoonist, giving his "Cow- toons" cartoons a wider readership, especially among the state's farming residents. He and his wife, Sharon, wish all Gilmer Countians and Glenville Democrat/ Pathfinder readers a Most Happy New Year of 2005! . David H. Corcoran, Sr., Publisher.Editor : P.O, 458; 108 N, Court St., Glenville, WV 26351 ~'HUN~ ~oa-45z-7zo9"'"-- ------ "'-- , :,,? : Web Site: w or technical problems) 30zb462;7 E-MAIL --- glenvillenewsad@rtol,net