Welcome all military Veterans, your families, and friends to Gilmer County this Saturday for the 5th Annual Veterans Parade & Program, honoring our area's Veterans, the Centennial of Veterans Parades, and Dedication of the city's new Historic Marker!
The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder newspapers with the Gilmer County Historical Society, along with many area Veterans, are, once again, pleased to sponsor this patriotic parade and program on this Sat., Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. in downtown Glenville.
Like last year, all area Veterans and their families are encouraged to participate in Gilmer County's extra special 2019 parade events, which generally conclude by noon, thereby not placing in jeopardy any family's Saturday routines.
Although Veterans Day itself is actually on next Mon., Nov. 11, and since many of our younger Veterans work on that day, Saturday is a better day for all concerned, at both the newspaper office and Historical Society, as well.
The Veterans Day Parade and Program starts at the City Square Park with music, compliments of Glenville State College's Associate Professor of Music Dr. Jason Barr.
At this time, coffee and hot chocolate will be available in the park, due to the kindness of the County's Volunteer Fire Dept. and area restaurants.
The Invocation will be given by the Rev. Cody Ford, the new pastor at Good Shepherd Catholic Church.
Upon starting the park phase of the program, city Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick, a Veteran himself, will welcome all visitors to this community and county.
Then, Mrs. Melissa Hess, of the Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Dept.'s Auxiliary, will sing the National Anthem.
A Flag Unit Color Guard will present the colors.
Also, thanks to the Calhoun County Civil Air Patrol and the Gilmer County Girl Scouts for their volunteering to participate in this program.
This is the 5th year of the Veterans Parade, and giving our American military service personnel what they richly deserve Ñ recognition, respect, and thankfulness for their service. Indeed, on this morning, “Thank a Veteran for his or her service and dedication to our Great Nation!”
Yes, we, at Glenville's newspapers and the Historical Society, anticipate that many more Veterans will participate. It's all for them and our local citizens, who want to express their gratitude to them. Already the local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) has agreed to march or ride in the parade. Also, veterans working at the federal prison expressed interest in participating this year, too.
In addition, families of deceased veterans are encouraged to carry their photographs in the parade.
All those present will march or ride up the street- a short distance- to the Historic Holt House Museum's front porch, where there'll be a brief Veterans program, starting with dedicating our area's new Historical Marker, also related to Gilmer County's Veterans of an earlier war.
Jeff Miller speaks
For this dedication, the main outside speaker will be Mr. Jeff Miller, a native Gilmer Countian, retired State Police Commander, and a Veteran, being a U.S. Army Ranger serving along the then (1980s) Iron Curtain in Germany. After mustering out in 1983, he came back to the county for a brief stint in the WV Oil Fields here and, later, 30+ years of law enforcement experience all over the state. He wanted to get closer to his Gilmer roots, having grown up in Shock, the son of Mrs. Mavis Miller and the late Arlyn Bly Miller. Also, he states that by honoring the Veterans of past wars here, he feels good about giving back to his home county.
The inside program
The parade group will then enter the Historical Society's Annex for the inside program.
Miss Keely McWhirter, Gilmer County Girl Scout, will lead the “Pledge of Allegiance.”
Historical Society President Steve Ostaff, a Veteran of the Iraq War, will read, “In Flanders Field,” in honor of the 100th Anniversary of Veterans Day ceremonies in America.
State Delegate Brent Boggs, a real friend of Veterans in the State Legislature, will lead off with his remarks.
Then, Dr. Gary Morris, Glenville State College's Interim Provost/Academic Vice-President and a Veteran himself, will deliver the main 15 minute address. He promises to deal with Veterans issues, as he sees them. His plans for a stronger Veterans participation program should be of interest to all attendees. Also, he's an accomplished researcher in biomedical sciences coming here to GSC from Vanderbilt University in 2008. In the U.S. Navy in the early 1990s, he had been a diver, being trained in underwater maintenance and repair exercises. He also was involved in basic underwater medicine and physics and shipboard firefighting and damage control Ñ very interesting service!
There will be a moment of silent prayer for those Veterans who we lost this past year, notably WW II Veterans Herman Nutter and Warren Metheny, among others- missing but not forgotten!
The program ends with the playing of TAPS by the talented GSC Music student Kristie Taylor, with appreciation to Professor Emeritus Harry Rich.
The Society will provide the space for this year's program in the Holt House Museum's Annex just like in years past. Plenty of chairs for older Veterans!
At noon when the program is over, people can remain for a light luncheon, sponsored by the Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Dept. and served by the Weston American Legion Post No. 33's teenage baseball team, composed of players from Gilmer, Calhoun, and Lewis counties. This option for lunch is new this year, due to the generosity of our Volunteer Fire Dept. and Fire Chief Martin Hess's family and friends. Thanks to them for adding more color, meaning, and thankfulness to this Veterans Celebration.
The morning program will end with the Lighting of a Memorial Candle by VFW Chaplain Rick Lawson and Benediction by retired Pastor and Veteran Kenny Fisher, 1st Baptist Church of Glenville.
See the related “Corcoran Column!” But, whatever, do join us for this “Salute to our area's Vets,” on this Saturday morning.
As in the past, the emcee will be David H. Corcoran, Sr., Glenville Newspaper Publisher, with help from his staff and the Historical Society's members.
While this DUI may be simulated, the actual one will result in a trip to jail.
The West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration (WVABCA) is starting the new 2019-2020 school year with a brand-new DUI Simulator. The WVABCA presented the DUI Simulator Program to students attending Gilmer County High School on Mon., Oct. 28.
Carried from school to school in a large-ish trailer, the simulator looks like one of the sit-down arcade driving games that used to be popular in malls around the country. However, while those machines gobbled quarters and entertained you for a while, this “game” demonstrated just how you are affected by drinking and / or distracted driving.
The program that runs the simulator is keyed to the steering and breaking... the more the”digital driver” “drinks,” the more the computer unexpectedly messes with the steering wheel and brakes.
One GCHS student using the simulator spun off the “mountain road” she was driving on and, even though she “steered” back onto the path, the event was enough damage to the vehicle to end the simulation. “At least I didn't die!,” she happily announced when she exited the machine. “At least until your parents find out you took the car and went drinking and driving...” was the sobering response.
WVABCA Commissioner Fred Wooton said, “The DUI Simulator is in great demand and since 2010, the WVABCA has attended 604 events and 54,127 people, mostly students, have experienced this life saving program.” Wooton further stated,
“By engaging our youth in this interactive manner, we are better able to provide valuable tools to combat underage drinking and distractive driving.” The new Simulator is much larger with enhanced graphics and a drivers' seat that moves in reaction to the driving course.
The program provides youth with the opportunity to experience various driving conditions, hazards and scenarios while safely using a simulation system. The program mimics the difficulties drivers will encounter at various blood alcohol content (BAC) levels. The program also includes a classroom lecture and collects relevant statistical information to aid in prevention programming.
The purchase of the new Simulator / Trailer and funding for the program is provided by grant funding from State Farm¨, National Alcohol Beverage Control Association, and the Governor's Highway Safety Program.
The WVABCA would also like to remind the public of their other premier educational program. The 7th annual NO School Spirits PSA contest for the 2019-2020 school year is currently underway. The contest invites high school and middle school students to submit a video that addresses underage drinking and/or drinking and driving. The grand prize-winning school will receive $5,000.00, second-place $2,500.00 and third-place $1,000.00.
For more information about the DUI Simulator and the NO School Spirits PSA contest, you may visit the WVABCA website at https://abca.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx
By Myra Chico,
The Gilmer County Board of Education conducted a regular meeting on Oct. 14, but it started in an unusual way.
Immediately after the beginning of the meeting, Calhoun Banks-Glenville Branch Manager Royce Steele officially presented a check to the board for $5,300. Steele said that “Gilmer County High School is taking on a new endeavor” with wresting for middle school aged children. She explained that the money will buy a new mat that will have the GCHS logo on it along with Calhoun Bank's logo. With smiles, GCHS Principal Steve Shuff and Superintendent Patty Lowther accepted the check.
Once the presentation was completed, the board members went into executive session for 21 minutes to discuss personnel matters.
When the board members returned from executive session, Lowther began reading the names of the new hires by category for approval.
Tyson Price was hired as principal of Gilmer County Elementary School. Price will replace Toni Bishop who is retiring at the end of October.
Lowther then asked the board's permission for Counselor Daniel Reed to offer a field trip to New York City for any middle school or high school student. She said no school funds would be used and the trip will be totally self-funded for those who choose to participate. The trip is planned for March 26-30.
Treasurer Clay Chesser gave the board members a financial report and stated that revenues are starting to come in. He also explained that there are two purchases over $5,000 that are needed. One request was for a three-door freezer from Child Nutrition Director Joe Frashure and the second one was from Technology Director Judy Stalnaker for six smart boards for different classrooms throughout the schools. The board approved both purchases and the financial report.
Board Member Tammy Stewart said the active shooter drill went very well. She said there would be a follow-up meeting on Oct. 21. And, she continued to explain that Homeland Security will be giving them an evaluation of how the drill went. Frashure said that he felt the drill went very well also. He said that communication needs to be improved. Frashure added that every teacher has been asked to evaluate the drill, he said he hopes to get a lot of good feedback from them.
Board Member Bob Minigh explained that out of 144 students at Leading Creek Elementary School, only 44 of those students are from Gilmer County. He said academics at the school are improving and attendance is good. He added that all the teachers at Leading Creek are certified except one part-time special education teacher.
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By Myra Chico,
A former Gilmer County Assessor was arrested on Oct. 20, 2019 on a felony child abuse charge.
Leisa Carol Dean, 46, of Norris Road in Glenville was charged with one felony count of child abuse by Glenville Police Patrolman J. R. Braniff. He was assisted by West Virginia State Police Senior Trooper N. K. Mires.
The complaint, written by Braniff, states that he received a call from Glenville Police Chief Ben Huffman at 1:06 a.m. advising Braniff of a domestic situation at 410 Norris Road. Braniff said that he contacted Mires, who assisted on the call.
Braniff said he arrived on the scene at 1:10 a.m. “and immediately made contact with the victim.” The victim is a juvenile male. The boy “advised us that she (Dean) came home intoxicated around 1200 hours (midnight) and was being aggressive throwing things around the house.”
The juvenile apparently reported to the police “that Mr. and Mrs. Dean began arguing and woke him and his brother.” Braniff said that “once they were out of bed, he advised that his mother had gotten mad about him unplugging the computer and she slapped him on the left side of his face.”
Braniff wrote that the juvenile son “stepped outside the home, not long after Mr. Dean” and his older brother “were walking out to the truck. Mr. Dean stated he was taking his brother to the emergency room for an injury to his hand. The father also advised the son to call 911 and report the issue to the police.”
Leisa Dean was arrested and lodged in Central Regional Jail. She was then released on a $5,000 cash or surety bond. She has requested a court appointed attorney.
A hearing has not yet been set in this case.
By David Corcoran, Jr.
The Fri., Sept. 20, 2019 meeting of the Gilmer County Commission was called to order at 9 a.m. by President Brian Kennedy, and, after the Pledge of Allegiance, the meeting immediately got down to business.
At 9 a.m. Jeff Campbell spoke to the Commissioners in his capacity as the President of the Economic Development Association to ask for some paperwork to be approved. The paperwork was necessary to pick up some “leftover funds” from the Community Development Block Grant so the broadband line could be funded between Glenville and the Braxton County line. This is the first chance that the county has had to use last year's broadband engineering report and Campbell is excited to move forward. The paperwork was read, discussed, and approved.
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GSC Student with Hearing Loss Awarded Scholarship from EarQ & the NFL Players Association's PAF
Jacob Hartman, an incoming freshman at Glenville State College, was one of five recipients of the nationwide student-athlete scholarship from EarQ and the NFL Players Association's Professional Athletes Foundation.
EarQ and the NFLPA have been tackling issues surrounding hearing loss since the partnership began in 2011. The scholarship program was born in 2015 in an effort to inspire a new generation of athletes who have overcome challenges surrounding their hearing loss and are pursuing higher education.
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In competition with 1,400 other entries, the Glenville Democrat and Glenville Pathfinder were able to nail down several awards in a West Virginia Press AssociationÕs Better Newspaper Contest, judged by the New Jersey association.
David Corcoran, Sr. won a 1st Place for the Best Newspaper Column writing. The NJ judges noted that the column contained a lot of good community information in it and was folksy. Additionally, in the same category, Myra Chico took the 2nd Place prize plaque for mainly her touching memories of her Christmas dog, “Oslo.”
Corcoran, Sr. also took a 3rd Place in the Best Editorial competition, and Myra Chico landed a 2nd Place for being a Best News Columnist.
In the Advertising category, David Corcoran, Jr. garnered a 2nd Place for a Half Page ad with Best Spot Color. In addition, he was complemented with another 2nd Place for a Photo Essay of the Mysti-Con, a Fantasy Club Convention.
And, the entire News Staff was honored for its coverage of several local government issues.
Finally, both the Democrat & Pathfinder was honored by its efforts at Community Service with a 2nd Place for sponsoring the Annual Veterans Parade & Program and the Community Easter Egg Hunt.
Corcoran Sr. states, “We were most gratified to win so many awards as individuals, but the true mark for a successful newspaper is what it does for its community. We, consequently, treasure our service award the most.”
A MOUNTAINEER BOYS STATE COMMENDATION - John Harper (r), along with three other GCHS seniors (not pictured), got congratulated at this summer's Mountaineer Boys State by U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV). The weeklong citizenship camp, sponsored by the American Legion, takes place at Jackson's Mill, Lewis County annually. Young John Harper states, "It was a great learning experience." Hence, John Harper, as well as his classmates Ty Haley, Zane Cogar, and Andrew Liu, are all to be commended for achieving this noble distinction all Boys State graduates and in Gilmer County, "Folks Who Shine!" David H. Corcoran, Sr., Publisher-Sr. Editor