Here, members of the Gilmer County Cancer Unit contribute $7,500 from various yearly fundraisers to the First Baptist Church of Glenville’s Cancer Fund. These monies help those needy, in-county families — regardless of religious affiliation who are financially harmed by the dreaded disease. The local Gilmer County Cancer Unit has been led by Rosa Belle Cunningham (second from right) for many years, along with many volunteers. Pictured are (left to right) are: Linda Bailey, Susie Sheets, Beverly Montgomery, Debbie Stalnaker, (Cunningham), and Teresa Lydick. Ms. Stalnaker is accepting the check on behalf of the FBC Cancer Fund. The Gilmer Unite sponsors annual Salad Luncheon fund-raisers in the Trinity United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall (the next will be on Oct. 18), as well as a chocolate Easter Egg fundraiser in the spring hosted at the Lions Club building at the Gilmer County Rec Center. Many local businesses also donate to the fund. Separate funds are designated for the American Cancer Society’s national research projects. Finally, the FBC Cancer Fund recently received another donation from proceeds from the Kenny Greenlief Golf Tourney. All involved deserve to be “Folks Who Shine.” (Staff photo by Dave Corcoran, Jr.)
West Virginia’s Special Election on floating Road Bonds to repair and improve roads and bridges in the state will be coming up on Sat., Oct. 7, 2017?
New Governor Jim Justice has called for a Special Election to pass a $1.6 billion Road Bond Amendment. This measure is necessary because the State’s Constitution doesn’t permit going into debt. If passed, the $1.6 billion will be borrowed and allocated to the State’s Division of Highways (DOH) over a three year period. In that way, the DOH will be able to schedule the needed highway, road and bridge repairs and upgrades on a systematic basis.
The deadline for registering to vote in this Special Road Bond Election is Mon., Sept. 18, which is only four days from now. Consequently, time is running out, if you are not registered in Gilmer County and elsewhere in the state.
When you register, please bring to the County Clerk's Office at the Courthouse several forms of identification, including a photo I.D. and utility bill with your current address.
After registering, you will be able to vote.
If you have any questions about where you should vote, please contact County Clerk Jean Butcher or her able staff, who will be most helpful to you. The Gilmer County Clerk's Office can be contacted at 304-462-7641.
In recent months, many people from Gilmer County and other communities from Central West Virginia have stopped to talk with me at Walmart, Meadowbrook Mall, Towne Center and on the streets of Glenville and Weston about concerns they have for the future of Central West Virginia. Specifically, they point out that the promised economic prosperity that the federal prison would bring has not materialized, and they express the concern that Glenville State College has been isolated from its traditional service areas in Lewis, Braxton and Nicholas Counties.
Except for a few short years in graduate school and public school teaching in Jefferson and Wood Counties, I have spent my entire life in Gilmer County. While I have had many wonderful professional experiences elsewhere, my greatest satisfaction was teaching students and leading Glenville State College to its historically highest enrollment level.
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