Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Justice visited Gilmer County last Thurs., Aug. 11 at a social-political event in his honor at the Ike and Sue Morris homeplace on SR 33/119 East. After finishing his speech, he asked for questions and got more than what he bargained for in one from David Brannon, a 10-year-old from Gilmer County. The question: “What would you do to prevent the Special Sessions of the State Legislature that cost taxpapers $600,000?” Quite an inquiry from a lad, who, apparently, is much more advanced than his age in polictical savvy! We editors suggest that the young man — with that much knowledge — be placed on the candidate’s campaign staff.
HISTORIC MOMENT — RIBBON CUTTING: U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) (center, tall man) was in town on last Thurs. afternoon, Aug. 11 to help dedicate the new school, while Superintendent Gabe Devono cut the ribbon, thereby unveiling the state-of-the-art Gilmer County Elementary School at Hays City. Following the ribbon cutting was a brief public ceremony inside. From right to left are various School Board and public officials: Bob Minigh (looking down), Norma Hurley, Glenville Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick, Senator Manchin, Schools Superintendent Gabe Devono and other educational dignitaries. (Staff photo by Dave Corcoran, Jr.)
A large crowd filled the parking lots all around the nursing home and Foodland Plaza parking lots on last Thurs., afternoon Aug. 11 to attend the historic Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of the area’s newest school, Gilmer County Elementary School.
The principal speaker was U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), who helped cut the ribbon and, later, gave the main address to a packed in audience in the schools large cafeteria/assembly room.
“This school helps the community and the children,” Sen. Manchin states, adding that this modern facility far outshines the one he started out his education in. “I went to an old school, like many of you older residents, that didn’t even have a cafeteria.”
What Jim Justice has accomplished in making The Greenbrier resort into a world class hotel and entertainment complex he also hopes to do for the entire state of West Virginia.
In addressing a mainly Democratic Party rally, though a public event, on his behalf at the Ike and Sue Morris home east of Glenville last Thurs. evening, Aug. 11, he states, “I love West Virginia and want to do my share for it. I’m running for governor because I care!”
Continuing, he explains, “I don’t need the money, the status or anything involving ego. I just want to help West Virginia.”
To enumerate how he can be helpful, he stresses, “I’m a businessman in oil and gas, coal, medicine and sports, also in agriculture. These businesses create jobs. Like in agriculture, one of my daughters entered her livestock at the State Fair and won two blue ribbons. We know business and farming.”