The late LeRoy Lang was recently named Firefighter of the Year at the Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department’s annual awards banquet held on Sun., Oct. 16. Lt. Lang was a member of Station 6 in Sand Fork for 20 years where he earned the rank of Lieutenant. “Even as he got sick, he would still respond to calls,” Fire Chief Martin Hess said. Lt. Lang lost his fight with cancer in early September, but Chief Hess had already made up his mind that he would receive this honor for his hard work for the department. His wife, Nicky, was at the banquet to accept the plaque for him. Because of his efforts to help keep our county safe and for receiving such a prestigious honor from the department, Lt. LeRoy Lang is this week’s “Folks Who Shine.”
The Glenville State College Homecoming Committee has planned a number of activities for students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends during this week of October 17 for GSC’s annual Homecoming celebration.
This year’s theme is “Walking Down Memory Lane: Celebrating Past GSC Queens and Kings.” Honored guests will include GSC’s former Homecoming Queens and Kings. Everyone is encouraged to make plans to come back to Glenville for the celebrations.
Coronation of the Homecoming royalty was held on Mon., Oct. 17 in the amphitheater.
GSC graduate Joseph Pettit (‘76) returns to the Robert F. Kidd Library for a showing of his artwork again this year. Stop by throughout the day on Fri., Oct. 21 to see his paintings.
Also on Friday, the Lady Pioneer Softball team will sponsor a Homecoming Golf Outing at the Glenville Golf Club. The event is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. For more information about the golf tournament, contact (304) 462-6229.
Sponsoring a “Haunted Float” was among the topics discussed at the September meeting of the Little Kanawha River Trail. It was held at the Glenville Inn at 5:30 p.m. on September 12, 2016.
Call to Order
President Kathy Gilbert called the meeting to order. Also in attendance were Shelly DeMarino, Sandy Pettit, Deanna Stewart, Donna Singleton, Anita Simpson, Teresa Bailey, Jeff Campbell, Ted Charles, Matt Thiel, Jeremy Keane, Brandy Smith, Dave Rock and Rick Sypolt.
Dave Rock joined us and was very complimentary of the Sand Fork access clean up. The minutes of the last meeting were approved. The group has $605 in the bank. The kayak raffle was successful, but more t-shirts need to be sold.
Here, members of the Gilmer County Cancer Unit contribute $8,000 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) Teresa Lydick, Susie Sheets, Beverly Montgomery, (Cunningham), and Linda Bailey. Mrs. Sheets is accepting the check on behalf of the FBC Cancer Fund. The group sponsors annual Salad Luncheon fund-raisers in the Trinity United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall (the 2016 salad fest to be next Wed., Oct. 19), as well as a chocolate Easter Egg fundraiser in the spring hosted at the Lion’s 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. (Staff photo by Dave Corcoran, Jr., General Manager)
From wetland restoration to green roof technology, this year’s Dominion educational grants will engage students of all ages in a variety of outstanding energy- and environmental-focused science, math and technology programs. Some of the higher education grants also support workforce training programs.
For the 2016-17 academic year, schools and educational institutions in 11 states will share grants totaling $1 .0 million from the Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources.
“This year’s grants will support a variety of innovative programs encouraging young people to learn the essential skills needed to tackle real-world issues,” said Hunter A. Applewhite, president of the Dominion Foundation. “They will help students gain knowledge and experience with technologies that are leading the way to a greener energy future.”
Dominion’s K-12 Education Partnership will give 66 K-12 schools and educational organizations grants that support the study of energy and the environment. The Higher Education Partnership will award 30 college and post-secondary schools up to $50,000 each to fund projects in energy, environmental studies, engineering and workforce development.
The lively meeting was the culmination of much work.
After paperwork, meetings, discussions, and yet more paperwork, the Gilmer Public Service District finally got to ‘meet’ with Eric Taylor and Tri-State Pipeline, Inc. – the contractor who will finish the Rte. 5 waterline out to the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center.
The 11 a.m. meeting on Oct., 6, 2016 got off to a slow start, as it was revealed that Taylor was unavoidably late due to dealing with an unexpected issue elsewhere. However, as everyone else was in attendance, a solution was quickly worked out.
“As soon as we get the paperwork signed, we’re ready to start” stated Taylor, who ‘attended’ the meeting via speakerphone. This was greeted with relief by the assembled crowd as all of the rest of the paperwork had been finished, or was in the process of being finished at the meeting.