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Area Briefs 10-30-2014

Early Voting started on Wed., Oct. 22

Early and Absentee Voting started on Wed., Oct. 22 and lasts until Sat. Nov. 1, Gilmer County Clerk Jean Butcher has announced. During the weekdays, the Courthouse closes at 4 p.m. But, the County Clerk's Office will be open for early voting from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the two inclusive Saturdays of Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, 2014, according to Clerk Jean Butcher.

Historical Society to sponsor Vets Day Program

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Glenville State College: A Picturesque Campus with a Haunting Past

A cold case, an unsolved murder, and restless spirits from the past- all of these things sound like they came straight out of a movie and not from Glenville State College. There are countless eyewitness accounts from across the GSC campus. The majority of these “experiences” or “sightings” happened in Clark Hall, Louis Bennett Hall, and the Administration Building. Many say the ghost in these buildings is “Sis Linn.” There have been stories about her haunting the GSC campus since at least the 1970s not only around Halloween each fall but also all year long.

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Firearm Antlerless Deer Hunting Opportunity

Deer hunters can take advantage of an October three-day firearm antlerless deer season on private land again this year, according to Paul Johansen, assistant chief in Charge of Game Management for the Division of Natural Resources (DNR). In counties or parts thereof having a firearms antlerless deer season, the season on private land will open Thursday, Oct. 23 and remain open through Saturday, Oct. 25.

“There are several advantages to hunters and to deer management if hunters participate in this season,” Johansen said. “Many hunters may find the weather better for stand hunting since temperatures should be warmer than during late November and December. Hunters who hunt in one of the 31 counties where they are required to harvest an antlerless deer prior to taking a second antlered buck can harvest an antlerless deer now. Then, they won't have to worry about filling this requirement later in the season if they hunt for a second antlered buck in November and December. From a deer management view, for every antlerless deer harvested in the early October season there will be more food for the remaining deer over the winter months.”

The harvest of antlerless deer is the key to healthier, heavier and more productive deer herds. To manage West Virginia's deer herd, hunters and landowners must continually assess their expectations of the proper number of deer sightings versus the visible impacts deer have on vegetation, and encourage antlerless deer harvest where needed to benefit not only the deer herd, but all wildlife dependent on our state's woodland habitat.

“The early opening date for antlerless deer hunting with a firearm is a good opportunity for hunters and landowners to accomplish their antlerless deer harvest objectives and put some meat in the freezer,” Johansen said.

For more details on license requirements and all deer hunting seasons, including the counties open for the October portion of firearm antlerless deer season, please see the 2014-2015 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary available at DNR offices and license agents across the state.

Spaghetti dinner & social hosted by Gilmer County Democratic Party

By David Corcoran, Jr.,

General Manager

A lovely late lunch was sponsored by the Gilmer County Democratic Party on Sun., Oct. 19, 2014, so visitors could meet their candidates in the upcoming November election.

Emceed by Bob Radabaugh of Sand Fork, the event kicked off at 1 p.m. at the Gilmer County Senior Center with a spaghetti dinner. The food was provided by local sponsors including Ike Morris and prepared by longtime friends of Gilmer County, Mike Audia and Anna Jean Rogucki.

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Gil's Pit Beef to open permanent location

By Brandy Smith,

News Reporter

Gil's Pit Beef is a family-owned business that has made a name for itself at the local Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings. With the overwhelming support from regular customers at the Market and word-of-mouth, the Gilbert family has decided to open a permanent location in Glenville.

Mrs. Kathy Gilbert is originally from Glenville, but went away to college in Morgantown where she met her husband, Tom. Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert were married and moved to Tom's home state of Maryland, but Kathy always wanted to come back to her home in Glenville.

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Pair hosting Longaberger Basket bingo on Nov. 1 to raise funds for adoption

By Brandy Burkhammer Smith,

Staff Reporter

Charlie and Ashley (Moss) Smith have the fairy-tale romance: they met in high school, fell in love, and got married a few years after graduation.



Naturally, the next step in their journey was to start a family. However, after trying for over three years to conceive, the Smiths learned that that may never happen due to infertility issues.

Through many hard decisions, they have decided to give a child a better life through adoption.

This is where the couple needs the public's help- they are hosting a Longaberger Basket Bingo on Sat., Nov. 1 to raise money to go towards the very expensive adoption fees. Tickets are $20 for 20 games and can be purchased now at local businesses or at the door on the day of the bingo.

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This is Only a Drill!

Richwood couple comes to help Create WV

By David H. Corcoran, Sr.,

Publisher-Sr. Editor

Like the Folk Festival's annual prelude, one of Glenville and Gilmer County's largest fests is rapidly approaching with a hurry and scurry, but these preparations may be escaping the general public's eye.

Most of the 7th Annual Create WV Convention/Festival will take place at the new WACO Center on Mineral Road from Oct. 26-28, but the organizers also want to "bring it into town" for the public and commercial districts' benefits

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Gilmer County Commission elects Larry Chapman as new president after Pres. B. Kennedy steps down

By Brandy Smith,

News Reporter

In the Thurs., Oct. 2 Special Session meeting of the Gilmer County Commission, Brian Kennedy submitted his resignation as President of the Commission.

Mr. Kennedy felt he could not continue to be an adequate president, due to taking a job at Frame's Oilfield Services and being out of town multiple times each week. The commission accepted his resignation and chose to elect Larry Chapman, a longtime commission member and Glenville businessman, as the new Gilmer County Commission president. Mr. Kennedy will continue to be a commissioner of Gilmer County and Mr. Chapman took over the presidential position immediately.

Also at the Special Session, the commission approved a grant resolution.

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Former Gilmer County man lectures on fall and winter pasture management


The Gilmer County Farm Bureau hosted their first dinner with an educational speaker on Tues., Sept. 30 at the Gilmer County Senior Center.

The topic for the evening's discussion was fall and winter pasture management, a very interesting topic for the farmers and other folks in attendance.

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Postmaster Pam Bonnett says, “Good-bye”

By David H. Corcoran, Sr.,

Publisher-Sr. Editor

It's often hard to say, “Good-bye,” to not only a helpful public servant who is retiring, but also a friend whose made the day for many of her patrons at several different post offices over the past 29 years.

But, for Pam Bonnett, Troy's postmaster for the past decade, retiring and saying “Farewell” was easy, because she did it with her typical smile and isn't leaving the area, either.

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New benches and walkway installed at Gilmer County Senior Center

The Gilmer County Senior Center, under the director of Mrs. Sallie Mathess, recently received donations from former Senior Center members that were used to potentially change the lives of the members who use the benefits.

Normally, projects at the Senior Center are funded by Community Partnership grants, but the Center is never sure when they will actually be receiving those funds.

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CRI taking steps to address the needs of Gilmer County

Community Resources, Inc. (CRI) is committed to understanding, anticipating, assessing, and, ultimately, addressing the needs in our region.

Beginning in the fall of this year, Community Resources, Inc. will form a collaborative work group with local elected officials, community-based organizations, city council members, and current clients within an 11 county region known as northwestern WV.

A collaborative community needs assessment will be conducted to evaluate and gain a better understanding of our region's needs as it relates to under-resourced families.

It is the hope that after the assessment is completed, Community Resources, Inc. will be able to better identify specific issues and needs facing our community. We will be able to better evaluate how those needs are being met in order to better connect residents with services in the multi-county region.

If you are interesting in completing the assessment and making your community a better place to live, please visit our website at, Facebook page at or reach us by phone at 304-485-5525/

We thank you in advance for your time and dedication to your community by completing our needs assessment. 

Newspaper website is back

For over a year, has been, for all practical purposes, either "off or on" or "out of commission." Now, however, the site has been redesigned and is being updated weekly, sometimes more often as breaking news comes in.

The website was designed by local businessman Stanley McLaughlin II, who owns Data Solutions. Kristal Sheets is now managing the web page.

Having lived in Glenville between 2001 and 2004, Sheets has returned to Glenville after being gone for several years. She was a contributor to the paper during most of time she lived in Glenville, and in 2005, she, as editor, won a WV Press Association award for "Best Columnist" for a 2004 submission to her column titled "Don't Get Me Started." 

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“Gilmer County on the Move” restarts

A healthful practice –

“Gilmer County on the Move” is a six-week fitness program, which takes place here in Gilmer County. It's a golden opportunity for local people, wanting to shed some weight or become more healthy, to walk together on a regular basis, to log their miles and to, perhaps, win a prize.

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Create WV confab/festival to visit Glenville & Gilmer County

Think “creative” –

Welcome to all of you visitors who are orchestrating and attending the upcoming 7th Annual Create West Virginia Conference and Festival, this year being held here in Glenville and Gilmer County! We editors know that much thought, organizing and hard work have gone into the planning and the implementing of the upcoming gala and instructional events, which are geared toward getting us West Virginians and others to think more “creatively.”

It's definitely a good idea!

To think “creatively” might seem challenging, even a bit threatening, to some people among Gilmer County's general population, business men and women, school personnel, and nonprofit agency staffers, among others. At the same time, if we rural folks of like innovative minds come together in Glenville for this Sun.-Tues., Oct. 26-28 Create WV Conference & Festival, we will not be alone. To add emphasis to this line of reasoning, let us look at a comparable situation. In central Pennsylvania, one woman, who liked to hike on trails in the woods, wouldn't do it, because she felt real fear of walking alone due to the possible attack of a predator. As a result, she sent a news note for printing in the local newspaper. This public notice prompted approximately 35 other women of like minds to contact her to form a hiking club, so that with their numbers, no one member would feel fearful about walking in the woods again.

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WV's Future???

Election Day, Nov. 4, is nearing ... are you ready?

The crucial 2014 General Election is impending, in fact, it is to take place on Tues., Nov. 4- less than three weeks away.

Are you ready for it?

Read more: WV's Future???

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