A Sand Fork lady farmer and politician, the Hon. Marge Burke, was recently honored by the statewide Democratic leadership at a recent confab.
Leading the recognition ceremony was United States Senator Joe Manchin III, who joined with Democratic leaders from throughout West Virginia in honoring Marjorie Burke as one of West Virginia's “Outstanding Democrats of the Year.”
Mrs. Burke was selected by local county leaders for her hard work and dedication to the Democratic Party in Gilmer County. She received the tribute from Democrats assembled at the recent Roosevelt-Kennedy Dinner Celebration in Charleston on Fri., Nov. 15, 2019. This year's special Keynote Speaker was United States Senator Jon Tester (D-MT).
An owner of Sand Fork's Titan Farms with her late husband, Billy, the couple have made part of the state's history over the years, as both served as WV State Delegates, held leadership positions in the House of Delegates, have been honored by the WVU College of Agriculture, and by many other similar organizations. An excellent Parliamentarian, Mrs. Burke also distinguished herself by being named Speaker of the House, upon occasions when the regular Speaker could not serve Ñ the first woman to be named to that position.
Known fondly as “Marge,” she has been honored locally by being named as a West Virginia State Folk Festival Belle, a recognition of which she is very proud. She's also been an avid supporter of the Gilmer County Farm Show and the Farm Bureau's activities. She is now helped by her granddaughter, Mrs. Burke Holvey Friend, who with her husband, manages the Titan Farm's production of award-winning beef cattle.
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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