Hurrah — GCHS’s Girl Titans No. 2!

Head Coach Amy Chapman has performed miracles with her Lady Titan basketball teams the last couple of years. The Lady Titans are now on a 17 game winning streak and ranked No. 2 in the state for Single A schools. These young ladies are really making Gilmer County proud, as do the Boy Titans and GSC Pioneer Men and Women’s teams!

Since it won’t be too long until March Madness starts, why not spend an evening cheering on your favorite Gilmer County team? Remember, though we live in a small county, our young people represent us well, even in competition with much larger counties and their schools. The local players, with their hearts and minds in the games, truly make us proud! So, check out the sports page and “Hoop Happiness” community service advertisements for more information about their games. DHC, Sr.

Super idea! Christian School in the works

A well-thought-out and ambitious private Christian elementary school is now being developed in Gilmer County.

Its name will be “Normantown Christian,” with a motto of “One School Under God,” and it will be housed in the Steer Creek Church of Christ near Stumptown, starting this fall.

Quite a few counties in West Virginia have very successful Christian schools, and there’s no reason why one can’t also be a good fit and a winner here in Gilmer County. Christian schools offer parents in their localities an alternative of sending their children to these faith-based schools rather than public schools. Christian schools don’t present much of a threat to the county’s public schools, because very few families can afford the cost of a private school.

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Fiscal woes — County makes hard decisions!

With the State Legislators debating whether or not to cut back the budgets of West Virginia’s state agencies and departments as Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has proposed, it is prudent in these challenging and trying economic times for our local governments to keep a close watch on their own tight budgets, thereby practicing caution, restraint and common sense. Also, perhaps promoting more citizen volunteerism to fill the voids in governmental service left by dwindling finances would be in order.

For example, we editors applaud the Gilmer County Commissioners for keeping an eye on the taxpayers’ monies, looking over every alternative option to increased spending and holding back on tacking on new and costly initiatives to their projected budget for this fiscal year, ending June 30.

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Happy Super Bowl, No. 50!

Most Americans like sports. We watched the various athletic games on the television when we were toddlers — too young to participate, played ball in our backyards as youths, and made the teams in elementary school and possibly high school or college. Great fun, but better exercise we had in those youthful athletic activities.

Better than that, as we played touch football, sandlot baseball, backyard or alley basketball in our neighborhoods with teenage friends, we dreamed — thinking perhaps that we, one day, would become sports stars for our high schools, colleges or maybe even the pros.

Those were the good old days before we learned the sad truth: “We weren’t good enough!” Or, an injury prevented us from excelling in our favorite sport. Finally, perhaps our parents didn’t encourage us because, after all, studies, not sports, would land us our big job and adult happiness and prosperity.

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