What WV Folk Festival attendees should know about the event and Gilmer County!

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At 11:00 a.m. on this Sat., June 18, the gala West Virginia State Folk Festival Parade will begin at the stoplight between Pizza Hut and Sunoco and, then, march eastward along East Main Street to College Street.

Onlookers may view the parade from anywhere they can on East Main Street downtown from Go-Mart at the stoplight area on up to the Gilmer County Historical Society’s Holt House Museum with its crafts demonstrations and snow cones. The parade’s participants should line up along Sycamore Run at 10:30 a.m., although the Veterans Flag Unit carriers and Folk Festival Belles can use the lot across from Pizza Hut to assemble.

Several festive Folk Festival activities will take place prior to the parade, though. These events include: the annual Bell Ringing ceremony to signal the opening of the Folk Festival on this Thurs. at 4:00 p.m. at the City Square Dance platform; the Children’s Square Dance 101 is also on Thurs. at 6:30 p.m. at the Square Dance platform. Friday morning begins the first full day of the Festival with the crafts sales opening at 10:00 a.m., while the Country Store and Museum also opens at the same time.

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Gilmer Belle Wilda Porter Jones says, ‘Welcome to the Festival!’

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THE 2016 GILMER COUNTY BELLE FOR THE 67TH ANNUAL WV STATE FOLK FESTIVAL IS MRS. WILDA PORTER JONES.

(PHOTO BY JEANIE SWANSON)


I was surprised to be named Gilmer County’s Folk Festival Belle,” states Mrs. Wilda Porter Jones.

To the contrary, she shouldn’t have been because she’s distinguished herself as a longtime Gilmer County civic leader and volunteer. For years, she was instrumental in moving the local Democratic Woman’s Club forward, both as president and as an active member. “John F. Kennedy was my favorite president,” she relates with a big smile, in this up-and-down election year.

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Former First Lady of GSC Memorialized

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THE DORA HEFLIN GARDEN ON THE GLENVILLE STATE COLLEGE CAMPUS, NEAR CLARK HALL, DEDICATED TO MRS. DORA HEFLIN (PICTURED IN INSET)


Former Glenville State College First Lady Dora Morgan Heflin is being remembered on the GSC campus after passing away at her Morgantown home on last Mon., May 30.

She and her husband, Dr. Harry B. Heflin, served the college with distinction as first lady and president from 1947 to 1964. She was 103.

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Sand Fork Town Council enacts new ordinances

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I’ll be the police of Sand Fork,” Mayor James Tatman confidently stated when he was questioned who would be enforcing the new city ordinances.

The Town of Sand Fork Council officially enacted the eight new ordinances at their Mon., June 6 meeting after Mayor Tatman read the latest revised copy aloud to the four board members and the eight folks from the public. The board members voted unanimously to accept the current copy of the ordinances and enact them immediately.

Prior to the meeting being called to order, Mayor Tatman asked for public comment, stating that no comment would be heard after the meeting was officially called to order. Several people took the opportunity to voice concerns about the ordinances. Mrs. Burke Friend commented, “You have made some changes and it looks better, but I need some clarification with some wording.” She was talking specifically about the Section 1 Ordinance that states: “Keeping of domesticated animals is restricted to temporary stays...” and needed “temporary stays” to be clarified. The Mayor could only state that she keeping her goats inside in the winter time and calves nearby while they were getting ready for showing was approved, but did not get a specific number or time frame in regarding “temporary stays.”

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