Located on Howard Street overlooking downtown Glenville is the Little Kanawha Valley Bank building. The Little Kanawha Valley Bank received its charter in 1901, and the building was constructed the same year. In 1906 the bank merged with the First National Bank forming the Kanawha Union Bank, and the Classic Revival style building was occupied until 1916 when the bank outgrew the small facility. Originally located on Powell Street, it was moved to its present location in 1977 when the Kanawha Union Bank donated the building to the West Virginia State Folk Festival. The building has served various functions since 1916 and has been moved three times, but is now situated on a lot roughly a block from its original location. The building is architecturally significant for its pressed metal material and its use of classical detail – the bank’s sheet metal exterior is its most notable characteristic. Pressed metal was a popular building material during the early 20th century, and the low cost of the material allowed the bank to imitate the impressive classical fronts of larger, urban financial institutions. Since the 18th century, American buildings have displayed ornamentation in a variety of metals which was primarily reserved for grand houses and large commercial and religious buildings. Technological advances after 1800 led to a greater variety of metals available at a lower cost, but sheet metal became less popular after the 1930’s. Many buildings that had been covered with metal were stripped, and those that were originally covered with the metal during the turn of the century are few. Although the Little Kanawha Valley Bank has been moved several times, it still retains its original sheet metal exterior that it had in 1901. For many years, the building was home to the late Claude Kemper’s “Birds of My Hollow” exhibit during the Folk Festival, and this tradition continues with Ron and Lynne Kemper, the son and daughter-in-law of Claude. The building is also home to the paper quilling demonstrations by Reita Marks during the festival. The Folk Festival would like to continue using the building for these purposes, as well as for other artistic uses throughout the year. In order for this to continue, repairs to the roof and windows are urgently needed. The Little Kanawha Valley Bank is a historic treasure that only adds to the legacy of the downtown area, but it has had little attention in recent years. Its most urgent need is a new roof, which requires that the Folk Festival Committee conduct fund-raising activities. The results of a successful fund-raising effort toward the repair of the building can only be a positive for the Glenville and Gilmer County communities. The Little Kanawha Valley Bank building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1991 and is now under federal protection. Contributions for the maintenance and improvements to the building are welcome and may be sent to the West Virginia State Folk Festival, P.O. Box 362, Glenville, WV 26351.
From the desk of Executive Director Jessica Greenlief
With spring peaking around the corner, many of us are preparing for the opening of doors and windows to air out our homes. The elusive spring cleaning is a commonality in many households. When cleaning out our medicine cabinets, we may find partially used prescriptions or over the counter vitamins. Then the question arises … how do I dispose of this unused medication? Community members are able to bring any unused prescription medications and safely deposit them in the prescription drug drop box located in the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Department. Prior to bringing in any unused medication, it is suggested the individual secures the medication in a ziplock bag or in as few containers as possible. When you visit the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Department, simply deposit your medicine in the white drop-box. What kind of medications can we put in the prescription drug drop box? Acceptable medications for the drop box are: controlled substances, any prescription medication, over the counter medications, vitamins, inhaler cartridges, pet medications, pre-loaded syringes, or medicated ointments and lotions. Items that are not acceptable for the drop box include toothpaste, shampoo, sunscreen, peroxide, or other non-medicated personal care products, as well as empty or used needles and syringes. If you have any questions regarding the prescription drug drop box, please contact the Gilmer County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition at (304)462-7545, or the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Department at (304)462-7441. Access to the prescription drug drop box is available Monday thru Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Funded by a grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities.
By David H. Corcoran, Sr., Publisher-Editor Fund-raising is hard anyway, but when you have to do it in 15-degree weather — and a time when people don’t want to travel anyway — it’s doubly difficult. But, for the local volunteers working to find a cure for the debilitating Angelman Syndrome, not even Gilmer County’s harshest of winter chills could hold them down. In fact, several of the dozens of volunteers stood out at the windy Hays City intersection collecting the passersby’ contributions, in a well publicized bucket donation effort. Then, in the Senior Center next door, more volunteers prepared and served delicious Brown Beans & Cornbread and spaghetti meals for donations. Plus, they held a 50-50 drawing in true Gilmer County style. Crystal Minney Fassett, youngster Dakota Moore’s mother, stated with a smile, “This fund-raiser went very well, due to the assistance of all of the Minneys and our many friends.” Well, how is Dakota doing? "He's doing well; the best he can do," his mother said with a smile, quickly adding, "There's real hope, because they've (medical researchers) found a cure in the mind's model. They are running tests on it now." Dakota is now 8-years-old, but his mental capacity is only at the 3-year-old level, she informs with an air of sadness, noting that he's under the care of a neurologist in Charleston. He doesn't know that he has Angelman Syndrome, but he can walk, a physical skill that most with that ailment can't do, she explains. He also loves playing in water, with a ball and he's a happy child, she relays. His favorite TV shows are action ones. How well is Crystal herself doing? She doesn't work, because taking care of Dakota is a full-time job. "My family has given me a lot of support, and I don't know what I'd do without them," the Gilmer County native now Upshur County resident affirms. Her family's devotion showed up clearly, brightly and strongly at last Sunday's fund-raiser at the Senior Center and Hays City intersection. About five or six of her relatives stood out in the 15-degree cold, not counting the wind chill factor, to hold out buckets for the passing motorists to drop in donations. They did this act out of kindness, she says, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. She also mentioned that Buddy Minney, Denzil Huffman and David Minney stood out there the whole time. Then, inside the ladies of the family and family friends cooked up homemade dinners, with many sides. "Very delicious," Crystal emphasized. Continuing, she confided, "I'm just thankful for all of their help." The more than $1,200 that was raised will go to the Angelman research centers in Massachusetts and North Carolina, she says, noting that they had planned the fund-raiser for Sun., Feb. 15, because that is National Angelman Syndrome Awareness Day. "I want every penny to go toward finding a cure for this ailment," Dakota's mother states. In a previous news article, she stressed, "A cure is possible, because they know what is wrong. It's the lack of one gene — UBE3A is missing." She also relays that if Angelman Syndrome can be cured, it would open the door to cure other neurological disorders, such as autism and Alzheimer's Disease. Also, the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics was founded in 2008 and is working diligently to find a cure. According to its website cureangelman.org, it was first diagnosed by Dr. Harry Angelman in 1965. In addition to using this newspaper to publicize Sunday's event, Crystal worked up a "Team Dakota" Facebook page to get the word out. Dakota Moore could not be present for the event, due to the ailment. His mother is Crystal (Minney) and Greg (stepfather) Fassett and John and Maneriva (stepmother) Moore. Also, Dakota is the brother of three sisters: Laken, Kallie and Brianna. His paternal grandparents are Peggy Moore and the late Fred Moore. His maternal grandparents are Brenda Minney and Buddy and Debi Minney, and the late Kesslie Minney. If you missed this fund-raiser, but still want to give, checks can be written to: Calhoun Banks, Team Dakota, and, then, dropped off at any branch: Glenville, Grantsville or Arnoldsburg. Or, just test FAST to 52000 in order to donate $10.00. Finally, and to show the joyfulness of the Senior Center crowd by participating in this event, Kelly Radcliff won the 50-50 drawing, and donated her winnings back to the cure cause.
GSC students & faculty back to town!
Hi there, Glenville State College students and faculty, along with those in the area's public schools! If you're not excited and eager for the spring semester to begin, cheer up! It can't get too much colder than what we experienced early this week, always remembering that the warm spring breezes are right around the corner.
We editors were recently questioned about if the Little Kanawha Bus service can "make a financial go of it" here in Gilmer County. All we can say is: "It's still running, but, maybe, at half speed or one-fourth of capacity." Truly, this public service really needs a boost.
To increase ridership, our suggestion is that the service's management make contact with the agencies and places that would most benefit from its services, notably the college, senior center, Historical Society, the downtown and Hays City merchants, among others. In that way, the bus line can create special trips to accommodate the specific clienteles. Or, with the senior center, maybe even arrange day mini-vacation trips to historic and scenic sites around the Mountain State. In fact, this senior editor would be happy to give a tour of the historic Southern West Virginia Coalfields to any area groups who'd want that type of day long excursion. Seeing the hometown of the Rocket Boys, the first Head Start School, the only World War I Colored War Memorial Building in the United States, and other landmarks of the coal mining history. Yes, we editors will help the LK Busline, if asked.
By Jamie Mullins, Sports Editor
Many had felt the strong 2013-2014 performance of an experienced Titan squad would be hard to follow up, but when the GCHS boys took the court in December, they proved they were ready to take on anyone! A trio of Titan seniors, Austin Ratliff, Zach Chapman, and Cory Grogg, put the weight of the team on their shoulders, and to the rest of the Little Kanawha Conference, it was pressure they were more than ready to carry. With Ratliff handling the ball and taking control at the perimeter, the duo of Chapman and Grogg raised havoc under the basket. They led the 2014-2015 Titans to a 19-5 season and a Sectional Championship. The efforts of these three men did not go unnoticed by the rest of the conference. Ratliff came up just short in the LKC Player of the Year ballots and was named LKC POY Runner Up and a member of the All-LKC First Team. Ratliff finished his final season in the blue, red, and white shooting 47.4% from the field. He averaged 16.7 points, 4.1 assists, and four steals per contest. Chapman and Grogg also represented the GCHS Titans on the LKC rosters. The pair were each named to the All-LKC Second Team. These three seniors were also recognized with All-State accolades. Ratliff was named the Captain of the All-State Second Team. This means that he was the next person on the list to make the All-State First Team. Chapman and Grogg were each named Honorable Mention for the 2015 All-State Single A Basketball Team. One other Titan was recognized amongst the All-LKC honors. Sophomore Trey Shuff was named All-LKC Honorable Mention. The young point guard proved he could handle the ball even in high pressure contests! Congrats, Titans, on an awesome 2014-2015 campaign!