The Gilmer County Commission held their regular meeting Nov. 6 at the courthouse. President Larry Chapman called the meeting to order and led attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance.
The minutes were approved from the Oct. 20th meeting and minutes from Gilmer County Parks and Recreation Board, WesMonTy RC and D Board, and Gilmer County Health Dept. meeting were received. An agreement for 2016 with Mountain State Waste was also approved.
Licenses for Sand Fork Elementary School’s Bingo Fundraiser and Gilmer County Senior Center’s Bingo fundraisers were also approved. County Clerk Jean Butcher explained the difference between a limited license and an annual is the amount of times per year an organization holds these types of fundraisers.
At the corner of Route 74 and Route 47 in Cox’s Mills is a little store with big things going on. Ben and Shannon Donaldson bought the store and reopened it on April 1, 2015 under the name Ben and Hunter’s.
Shannon said they had talked about opening their own business and the opportunity arose to purchase the store from JoAnn Simmons so they jumped on it. The store stocks all the normal convenience store items, but they also serve homemade food for breakfast and lunch or dinner.
The Donaldson’s also started serving pizza, which is quickly becoming one of their most popular items. All their menu items can be made to go or eaten in the store, including in the game room.
Gilmer PSD President William Stalnaker eagerly called the 6 p.m. meeting to order right on time. After the lengthy reading of the minutes by Gen. Manager John Moore, they were approved as read.
As no-one from the public chose to speak, the first item in Old Business was the signing of the Town of Sand Fork’s Inter-Utility Agreement with the PSD. This agreement will help the Town of Sand Fork collect delinquent utility bills. According to the initial request from the Town, there were some people in the area who had “never yet paid a sewer bill” issued. The agreement would give the Town the added leverage to get these bills paid in future. According to Town officials the paperwork had been “approved by Charleston” and was ready for the Gilmer PSD’s signature.
The Board deliberated for a very short time before agreeing to the measure.
Members of the Glenville State College student organization “Pioneers for a Cause” braved a frosty Monday morning to bring awareness to a somber subject – student suicide.
The students covered the campus lawn at Clark Hall with backpacks that included stories of students who had been lost to suicide. The packs and stories were a dynamic way to visually represent the sometimes silent struggle facing students. Nationwide estimates note approximately 1,100 students take their own lives each year.
As part of the awareness event, students who visited the display were able to read the personal stories of a person lost. Additionally, they were encouraged to write a message of encouragement on small yellow flags and place them around the backpack display. Students could then write that same message on a dry erase board, take a photo, and share it on Instagram and other social media using #BeTheVoiceGSC