By David H. Corcoran,

Senior Editor and Publisher


All seemed to be going smoothly with the start-ups at Gilmer Elementary and High Schools, as well as at Glenville State College. No problems, yet!

Moreover, we editors note several promising initiatives happening at each and every one of our county's schools. The High School's Agriculture program will be leaping a giant step forward by securing the needed equipment to process the hams and bacon that the Future Farmers of America (FFA) put up for sale at the academic yearÕ' end, thereby giving the kids a financial boost for college or the next school year. Congratulations to Mr. Nick Cox, Ag Teacher, for being alert to the opportunity to secure this important teaching and production acquisition.

Then at GSC, we noticed several tents erected to welcome new students to the hilltop campus, as one comes in from the North Entrance. In years past though, there was just the sign at that entry down on College Street/Budeman Blvd., which directed newcomers up to the hilltop but didn't signal where next to go when getting there. The tent, now up there with a big “Welcome to GSC,” greets each student and their families to campus, without having to ask directions as to the registration station. A good change, indeed!

Several of the new students have spoken with us and they seem to be well satisfied and adjusted to their new home, especially after the regal Convocation to officially kickoff the new academic year. So, kudos to new Interim President Kathy Nelson and her committee for getting the new year off to a good start, in spite of the unanticipated departure of her predecessor last spring! At the same time, for many students and parents, their parting for the first time in the youth's life is often traumatic. If students feel homesick, they should seek out a kind faculty or counselor's ear. Several years ago, former President Peter Barr asked me to console a very homesick student, to which I did. Calm then came to the lad. And, we all have such feelings of doubt, anguish, and bewilderment whenever we change our life's direction and stepping up from high school to college, or from dark into light is one such instance. This Sr. Editor has had these traumatic thoughts every time when switching jobs ... even changing gears to come here to “ole laid back” Glenville 25 years past!

In the main, cheer up parents and you students who study here in this county for there are always plenty of school personnel willing to help you, as well as us at this newspaper!

To all Gilmer County and Glenville State students, have a great new school year! Study hard and you'll be “okay” in fact, moving forward in your lives!

David H. Corcoran, Sr., Publisher-Sr. Editor


Be mindful: Crazy thoughts abound, hopefully not here!

Owing to the recent tragic mass murdering sprees, and us common folks always thinking that It can't happen here, everyone everywhere has to be “on alert” for possibly deranged individuals within our reach. In case such harmful talk is heard, please be advised to contact the campus authorities, police, school teachers, or college administrators who need to be informed so that the potentially unpleasant issue can be investigated and resolved.

We are not talking about hunters who enjoy the sport annually during the proper game seasons. Everyone has the right, via the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, to own arms for their protection and for sport. Moreover, we welcome them to our county during squirrel and rabbit seasons, among others, but moreso during deer season at Thanksgiving. The hunters give a good healthy boost to our local economy, without harming our farms, forests, structures or people ... for the most part. In fact, in the past few years, rarely any hunting accidents have occurred here in Gilmer County. Thus, Welcome Hunters and keep on coming here!

Yes, what we refer to are mass shootings! Truly, it's a sad day in America when such tragedies, such as in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH, happen. But, much of such bloodshed can be prevented, if the families and friends just remain alert and report any suspicious activities of those close to them. The M.O. is always the same: someone who keeps to themselves, has few friends, finds socializing difficult with others, expresses crazy thoughts of racism with intimates, and is suspicious of outsiders. Although we all are watchful of potential foreigners, the El Paso and Dayton shooting deaths were caused by the so-called “White Nationalists.”

Historically, White Nationalism or “Nativism” pops up its ugly head about every 20-to-30 years, according to the late Arthur Schlesinger, Sr. who wrote a book in the 1940s on the topic. In fact, this Sr. Editor's own St. Louis University had buildings burned down then, due to Nativist attacks targeting Catholics. Fortunately, no one was killed, but the attackers hated Catholics so much at that time. Then, in 1860s, the South, which defended the slavery of Blacks, seceded from the Union to keep that unnatural institution, leading to the racism and segregation following the Civil War. We editors can continue our decade skipping outline, but you get the idea!

In the main, each individual must look into their own hearts and say, “Is such racism and bloodshed right or not?” We, truly, hope they will answer with the latter a resounding “No!”

America has always been a land of opportunity, which allows everyone who works hard, is honest, and keeps the laws to succeed! Most significantly, this can happen everywhere in our great nation if everyone does their fair share of being alert in order to keep the peace. Keep our students and Gilmer County residents safe just by being alert and acting when strange people raise questions in your mind!

    DHC, Sr.

On next week's Pathfinder's Editorial Page: You readers will see a different editorial. Change is a part of life, especially when political pressure is being placed upon you. Not only can Donald Trump thrust out such political force against anyone disliked, but we're now feeling it at these Glenville newspapers, as well, but from a different source.

As a result, we editors will now present two different editorials in Glenville's two newspapers, thanks to our County Commission. On this page in the editorial column, ThePathfinder will advocate “Republican ideas, plans and advocacies” as it has traditionally been a G.O.P. newspaper, while the Democrat will still be this Sr. Editor's ideas, which will be as usual - “telling it like it is.”

Of course, this change will cost us more money to print each week's newspapers, so we editors still depend on not only our many fine current advertisers to support this county's weekly paper, but also now additional ones are solicited and needed.

For businesses here and in our region, the best way to get your message out to your potential customers is through this newspaper. Yes, you get the “biggest bang for the buck” right here in Glenville, compared with other media prices! And, with a bare bones and efficient staff, we've accomplished that by helping area businesses increase their sales and profits for the past 127 years. As a special notice, your customers are out there, but you just need to inform them that you welcome and encourage them to buy your fine products and/or services.

Our weekly work will be more time-consuming and costly, but we, of course, want to please all of our readership, including the County Commission. So far, I've been informed that Mr. Mitch Carmichael, the State Senate's President, will write an editorial per week, as well as Mr. Mike Myer, of Wheeling Newspapers. Each provide the G.O.P. perspective.

Our State Delegate Brent Boggs, my “Corcoran Column,” and the Letters to the Editor will remain in place. We can't change the whole page without disrupting the entire weekly paper.

The Pathfinder will continue to be sold in local stores, but the change might bring a need to review our Democrat's circulation.

We editors, truly, appreciate Senate President Mitch Carmichael and Editor Mike Myer's willingness to become our newest editorial contributors.

With anything new, the pathway to change may be rocky at first, but please bare with us and give your input, if you feel so compelled. I can be reached at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 304-462-7309, the latter mainly between 4-to-5 p.m. daily.

GSC's V-P for Business and Operations John Beckvold sent me a note pointing out that over 2,000 newspaper have gone out of existence in the past 20 years or so. Of course, the vulnerability of any special type of enterprise can't be secure forever, but I remain optimistic about newspapers.

As John so adroitly points out, the article he refers to states, “The story of (a newspaper's) demise is part of a Times series examining the collapse of local news. Studies have shown that the loss of a community paper leads to greater polarization, lower voter turnout, more pollution, less government accountability and less trust.”

Truly, kudos to you, John, and all of our subscribers, readers, and advertisers for your preference of seeing your news and advertising in hard copy. Also, knowing that these services are reaching people up every “hill 'n holler” in Gilmer County, along with all of the surrounding ones, at least in part. That's consoling!

A restful experience, you can hold the newspaper in your hands, see what the area's news is, take note of the business deals available, then put it aside, read it again later, prevent the eye strain of computer screens, and you have it all in your reach at home.

Newspapers are not the internet, where you might see something one day, and can't find it the next, if desired ... a frustrating and, at times, infuriating exercise.

When the West Virginia Editor par excellenceJim Comstock died about 24 years ago, his much beloved West Virginia Hillbilly and local Richwood News-Leader both died, due to the family's lack of vision, determination, or both. The Hillbilly was a popular statewide and national publication, funded mainly by the WV Coal Association during that resource's heydays. It contained much WV history, genealogy, and personal columns of, well, us “hillbillies.” On the other side of the business, the News-Leader covered only the local news and advertising on a Main Street that was fully populated by store after store, all doing a good business.

But after Jim and his newspapers died, the town started going down hill and, then, sadly, to pot. Now, almost all of those Main Street storefronts are empty, except for an Art Gallery, bank, insurance agency, and maybe a couple of other shops.

I hope after my departure from life that that dire fate will not beset Glenville's newspapers to the detriment of the city, county, Glenville State College, and the many fine organizations that we have here trying to keep the town and schools alive and well!

If you've followed my writings for 25 years, you know that my heart is here and I want this college and town to succeed. Nevertheless, about once every four years, GSC will be attacked in State Government, either by the legislature or by the higher education commissions. It's truly trying to face such onslaughts as we editors have done time after time, over the past two decades.

Our newspaper's greatest desire is to keep this town and college, as well as all of the businesses, community organizations, churches, etc. moving forward, not backward. Although we have to tell it like it is, our criticisms or suggestions are meant to uplift the whole community, not to tear it apart, as some people think.

I'll admit that it's difficult to change personal feelings, especially relative to town-gown relations. Our goal is to mitigate these old adversities and to embrace several new ideas, simply because the college needs the town and vice versa. With the GSC Bluegrass Dept.'s performing stage now downtown, that greatly helps town-gown amity.

Richwood, however, never had a college to rely on, just the newspapers, coal mines, and timber industry keeping the economy moving. Then, with the death of the newspapers, all of those assets declined, faster and faster.

On top of that, the record Historic 1,000-Year Flood they suffered on June 23, 2016 destroyed their middle and high schools. With the students being bussed to the Cowen schools as alternate sites, that meant even less foot traffic for Richwood's businesses. A really sad tale that continues on to this day, with little FEMA reconstruction and replacement taking place, due to State Government and local foul-ups. Indeed, any river community doesn't have to deal with 1,000-Year Floods every so often to know how to handle them. May God prevent any from likewise striking Glenville!

* Mrs. Virginia Gregory, the 1992 Braxton County Folk Festival Belle, will be celebrating her 100 Birthday soon. So, Happy Centennial Birthday, Virginia!

To honor her though, her daughter Janet Gregory Shure is searching for a picture of her as a Belle! As she has not found one yet, so do any of you readers have Belle pictures from 1992? Our newspaper files start at 1995 when I bought the newspapers, so I'm of no help, unfortunately. I can probably take the photo to Janet, if I can get it (304-462-7309). Thanks for looking!

¥ At the Gilmer County Historical Society, the antique loom donation is now about in working order. Does any reader know how to operate such a loom? We are looking for someone to demonstrate it, especially during the annual Folk Festival. In years past, a nice lady used to demonstrate one at the Country Store Museum. I'd doubt if she's able anymore, though. The Society's Historic Holt House Museum is air-conditioned which is a plus for any crafts demonstrators, thanks to a very generous and kindhearted donor of the new A/C-Heating units.

* The determined Jim Bailey, President of the Gilmer County Historic Landmarks Commission, requested the County Commission to get behind his efforts to preserve the rather unique Gilmer County Poor Farm Infirmary building at the Recreation Center. But, his pleas constantly fall on deaf ears. It's depressing that our county's rich history is so lowly respected!

* The active Elkins Chamber of Commerce has printed a slick brochure outlining the Gandy Dancer Dinner Theater which they claim is “the Hottest Entertainment Destination” in West Virginia! Check them out at: 855-426-3998 or Gandy It looks cool for music fans!

Of course, we all like music and you can find it at GSC on a regular basis or at the Pioneer Stage downtown on each Thursday evening!

Also, be kind to others, nice folks!

By David H. Corcoran

Senior Editor/Publisher

Hi there, new and previous students and faculty members at GSC and Gilmer County's schools! If you're not excited and eager for the fall semester to begin, cheer up! Each new term brings a fresh start for everyone!

With the new college and Board of Education terms beginning now, we editors proudly take this time to warmly welcome you to Glenville State College, the gracious city of Glenville, and historic Gilmer County! In fact, we, residents and businesses alike, are very appreciative that you college folks chose a fine school and community to pursue your higher academic studies. Moreover, we hope that our pleasant combination of town 'n' gown will be to your liking and a winning one for making this a productive college year for you, especially on your way to that “key to life's success” - the Associate's or Bachelor's Degree. Also, for those at Gilmer County High School, to earn that diploma, as well, is of similar academic importance!

Advice for all students: Take full advantage of and get the most out of the academic and community life here! Don't let distractions, such as sloppy study habits, partying, texting excessively, homesickness, or loneliness, derail your career track this year!

Make a pledge to yourself right now to "stay the course" by attending each one of your classes, preparing for them, taking the exams, and handing in your assignments on time! If you follow this advice, you'll not only finish this academic year admirably, but also be an Honors Student.

College tips: As a former faculty member here and at other colleges, this publisher-sr. editor knows the importance of higher education to both the faculty and students. The faculty also knows that when a student is a long way from home, there's a good chance that he or she will get off course. After all, you'll be making a new set of friends, and, possibly, many of them will want to minimize their studying, party or waste time a lot, and miss their classes.

To the contrary, the faculty, staff, and community leaders are hoping that this won't happen to you in the new Class of 2023 and all returning students, especially those seniors who are scheduled to graduate next May of 2020.

Being far away from home, you are naturally lonely. It's a natural feeling, because the comfort and protection of your parents and friends aren't there anymore. Conversely, you'll make new friends here. When we editors were students, we know the feeling, because many years ago this publisher went away to college over 200 miles from my home, parents, and loving relatives. While certainly feeling the drastic separation, this publisher made a lifelong friendship with his roommate. We had many nighttime chats comparing our high school years and the girls taken out on Saturday nights of romance. Our desire, though, was to make new contacts, to attend the college's social events, and to do well in our studies. And, we both succeeded, graduating in four years and taking a master's degree in the following year. Then, taking off on our separate life's journeys, but being well-prepared for them.

Welcome new faculty!

You've made a wise choice to teach in a small college! At Glenville State, you get to know your students on a first-name basis. But remember, you professors have a high calling in life. Teaching is the crucial component in this most basic educational process, because education comes from the Latin word, "educare," which means "to lead out." As a result, teachers must be leaders in the first instance, their informational and instructional classes having a direct impact on igniting, energizing, and opening the minds and, later, lives of their students, not to forget their being good role models for their younger charges.

With the proper teaching approach, students can be "led out" to a great, new world of expanded ideas, new forms of knowledge, and new heights of achievement. We editors envy you, in that we'd like to be among you in your great vocation, yes a mission, to teach, inspire, and motivate young people to reach their full potentials. Nothing is more satisfying than that!

To you returning students

Welcome back to Glenville and good luck this year! As you realize, the key to your success in life, as you've learned in past years, is to become a master of the various skills that you're learning here.

For most of us, learning a subject, or often just one concept in a class, can be a most challenging task. Yet, after getting on top of it, we students, like a general in the field of battle, feel good about conquering the subject matter and, perhaps, learning a concept that might be helpful to us at a later time. Hence, to be successful at Glenville State, you upperclassmen must be open-minded, forward-thinking, positive in outlook, and willing to study hard. If you tackle your studies daily in both preparing for class and reviewing your notes afterwards, you will accomplish much during this year.

Higher education is a waste of time on youth,” so an author once wrote, but, to the contrary, it provides students with an outline of life which they can fill in as they march along through their future years. So, professors and teachers instruct well and the fruits of your efforts will be rewarded in the years to come.

At the Elementary and High Schools

On these levels, you parents will have to help your youngster's teacher by having them ready for school each day. They need a good breakfast for energy, books for learning, and, the evening before, much encouragement for tackling their homework. Plus, all of the above advice for college students is applicable for the elementary and high schools, as well. So with your help - good parents - your children can succeed in school. The Gilmer County Board of Education members are trying their best to upgrade the learning process here, but it's up to you to have your children take advantage of it!

In conclusion, “Where people can read, and the press is free, all (in the country) is safe,” stated Thomas Jefferson. Thus, our study recommendations are not just for the present, but also for our nation's future well-being! David H. Corcoran, Sr., Publisher-Sr. Editor

Kudos -

Mountaineer Food Bank!

Hunger is a problem in West Virginia, including Gilmer County. Our County Editor, Myra Chico, recently pointed out some disturbing estimates of school age youths going to bed and waking up hungry.

Doing a good job to combat this tragedy is the Mountaineer Food Bank in Gassaway, which is the food distribution center for 40+ counties in WV, so staff member Rick Lawson tells me. He also praises our county's CRI and the Normantown School Community Center for their food distribution efforts here locally.

Therefore, we editors likewise commend these three organizations for their concern and love of the people who cannot afford a normal amount of food monthly. Kudos to these groups! DHC, Sr.

By David H. Corcoran

Senior Editor/Publisher


Last week, the eloquent Mr. Jim Bailey, President of the Gilmer County Historic Landmarks Commission, requested that I write a recommendation for his West Virginia State Grant Proposal to preserve and restore the rather unique Gilmer County Poor Farm Infirmary building at the Recreation Center.

I was very glad to add this newspaper's support to such a noble preservation effort, because “history” is one crucial factors that makes the fabric of any old community survive and thrive, economically speaking. If you don't believe that, you may have never visited Colonial Williamsburg, Va. - the poster child of historic preservation.

Also, closer to home, take a look at Wheeling (Ohio County), Thomas (Tucker), Arthurdale (south of Morgantown), New River Gorge communities, like Fayetteville, and most older towns' “Downtowns,” including Glenville and Weston's. All of these aforementioned cities, among many others, have preserved their historic buildings, homes, and other structures, thereby creating their uniqueness. They could be train towns like Thurmond (New River), coal towns like in Southern WV, or college towns like Glenville. In fact, the college here, a historic Appalachian institution, the Little Kanawha River Trail, Holt House Museum, and the Gilmer County Poor Farm at the Recreation Center give this community a certain luster that no other town in the state has.

On the other hand, when citizens let their town's historic sites go to pot, the communities dry up and die. Look at Richwood (Nicholas County) and Welch (McDowell County), along with many other flooded communities, which have let their historic gems be demolished! Both of the above cited towns are now trying to reestablish themselves as “Historic” in order to attract the lucrative tourist trade.

My arguments

For the Poor Farm

In writing to the State's Dept. of Culture & History that can award Mr. Bailey and the Landmarks Commission a “Predevelopment Grant” to inspect, study, and recommend options for the building's preservation, I wrote the following:

Gilmer County is the home of many West Virginia historical events, notably the composing of an official State Song, “West Virginia Hills,” in the 1880s and the backdrop mountains of Joseph Diss DeBar's WV State Seal, along with many other historical sites in and around the county seat of Glenville. The other historic places include both old schools and churches, which are being preserved by dedicated volunteer groups. I believe that the same enthusiasm for preservation will hold true for the county's Poor Farm Infirmary.

But sadly, left out in the dark is the Gilmer County Poor Farm's Infirmary Building, which is one of the only 4-or-5 Poor Farm structures still left in the State of West Virginia. Our Poor Farm history has been forgotten by most people and is not taught in the state's classrooms, as far as I know. On the other hand, it represents a charitable and loving aspect of our nation and state's long ago past before the Social Security System became the law in 1935. Yes, thank goodness for SSI, but we West Virginians shouldn't forget that before that date, lonely and chronically sick people - without families or savings had to struggle for survival, so they depended on county Poor Farms for their shelter, food, and friendships. (No fine Senior Centers back at that time, either.) There, at the Poor Farm, they performed tasks, if they were able, such as gardening, farming, serving meals, housekeeping, babysitting, etc. In fact, early in the 20th century, the Gilmer Poor Farm housed about 80 residents annually, all indigents. Had it not been here, they would have died on the streets and roadsides as “homeless people,”as we call them today. Indeed, the Poor Farm System worked well and was a savior for many a last descendent of one of our pioneer families, and the County Commissions provided this service “with a heart” for these ailing people and moneyless retirees.

My editorial interest here in Glenville is to support the above-noted proposal, submitted by our Landmarks Commission's President Jim Bailey. In fact, I have written many editorials calling for its preservation by the Gilmer County Parks & Recreation Commission, so that may have slowed them down in their intent to demolish “an old and unwanted building” (so they think). Truly, the white wood frame, three story structure is not in that bad of shape as it's been used for many different purposes over the years, such as a CEOS and WVU-Gilmer Extension Service office, school classrooms, among other community civic efforts.

Restoration works

In my nearly 50 years as a West Virginian, I've been both a college history/economics teacher, a journalist, and a historic restorationist. Notably, my first job in the state to restore the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace into its former grandeur of 1850. In fact, that Hillsboro site was in much worse shape structurally back then than the Poor Farm Building is today. After the restoration was completed and on May 4, 1974, the PSB Birthplace had a gala Grand Opening attracting over 3,000 visitors, and has been an inspiration to the writers, children, and general public in this state and worldwide ever since. Miss Buck's novels were given a boost back then and this site will keep her image as WVÕs Most Distinguished Centennial (1963) Daughter alive for many years to come. But, who is standing up for the state's poor? JFK did in the 1960s, with the provisions for Food Stamps and Head Start (incidentally, our local Head Start was in the Poor Farm Building for many years, until they moved into a bigger place)?

As with the PSB Birthplace of so long ago, a WV State Predevelopment Grant will set the record straight that this Gilmer County Poor Farm Infirmary is suitable for restoration and for use as a place to remind today's people of the fact that “poverty” is still an important problem to think about, to study, to remember, and to eradicate. And, maybe this restored Poor Farm will inspire some future young leader to find an answer to our three generations of poverty-stricken families!

Thank you for giving Mr. Jim Bailey's proposal your full attention and action!

Respectfully yours,

Kudos to Jeff James!

Digital Book Work, a national trade group, has nominated Glenville native Jeff James for “Publisher of the Year” at their Sept. 10-12 Convention in Nashville. He is the V-P/Publisher of HarperCollins Leadership in Charleston and the son of the late GSC historian, Dr. Gay James. So, congrats to Jeff, an affable gentleman!


Of course, we all know that poverty is still around, and the poor are victimized more than anyone else. Poor Farm support is needed!

A final note: The Karen Shackleford Benefit Dinner at the Rec Center was a gigantic success last Sunday for a fine lady! Commendations to all for supporting it.

Also, be kind to others, nice folks!

By David H. Corcoran


West Virginia's newspaper publishers, editors, some of their staffs and friends will assemble for our trade association's annual Press Association Convention in Morgantown this week.

It's a festive occasion giving everyone an opportunity to learn many interesting new facts about the Newspaper Industry, as well as to socialize with our friends owning or managing newspapers from great distances from our own Glenville newspapers. Also, it gives our families a chance to get-together.

Of course, our common cause is to provide the best possible news, editorial, and advertising services to our respective communities and readers. Moreover, many of our newspaper people have to do so at great sacrifices of their time, talents, and finances. Truly our efforts over the years have proven us newspaper editors and teams right, otherwise we wouldn't still be in business.

In talking about business, the Glenville Democrat and Glenville Pathfinder have been going strong for the past 127 years, being established in 1892. Yes, 2017 was our 125 Anniversary of helping our community, Glenville State College, and area businesses to progress and prosper. Of that century-and-a-quarter, this current publisher has contributed 25 years of service, ownership, and “grunt effort.” During this quarter century, we editors all across the state have gone from 19th-20th century techniques into the new Age of Technology and Innovation. Most of us, in fact, now offer online services and exposure, along with our printed versions.


Read more in this week's issue- on stands now!

Welcome back to Gilmer County Glenville State College professors, new public school teachers, and any other newcomers to our area. Although Glenville is a small town, the residents and Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick are a welcoming bunch of citizens.

By David H. Corcoran


Please note that GSC also has a new Interim President Dr. Kathy Nelson, who will be guiding the college during this academic year. She's making a good impression, especially for those college folks, with whom she'll be closely working.

Gilmer County

High's Reunion

Last Saturday I covered the Gilmer County High School's All-Class Reunion. It was great fun for all those alumni, spouses, and friends who attended it, especially the 50th Anniversary honorees in the Class of 1969. They admitted to me that they were the best class ever to graduate from the then newly consolidated high school. Moreover, as the first graduating class, they were true pioneers in school history here perhaps a fact that they didn't realize. A great bunch of grads, indeed!

Reading for fun!

2017 Mason County Folk Festival Belle April Pyles recommended that I read R. F. Delderfield's novel, All Over The Town. The author also wrote, “God Is An Englishman,” and “To Serve Them All Of My Days!” The latter novel was also highly recommended by former GSC History Professor Charles Holt, an associate of ex-GSC President Bill Simmons, who believes it's a great read to recharge burnt-out teachers in uplifting their classroom skills.

Back to “All Over The Town:” It's scene is Sandcombe, England after WW II, when the small town's editor comes back after serving in the Royal Air Force. He finds that his job has been taken over by a young lady, so you can guess much of the plot from here on.

Sadly though, he had expected Sandcombe to have progressed during his four year absence, but it hadn't. As conditions at the newspaper changed, he bought it and made some rather dramatic (and funny) shifts in the paper's reporting. This strategy was done to bring the citizens together and to spark progress there, if not also reducing the old guard's influence in civic affairs.

Just go to your local library, ask for the book, and see for yourself how it all pans out! I mean are our small West Virginia communities not like that, too?


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