It’s over — Sand Fork passes city ordinances!

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The Town of Sand Fork Council officially enacted eight new ordinances at their Mon., June 6, 2016 meeting, after Mayor Jim Tatman read the latest revised versions aloud to the four Council members and the eight local citizens present. Then, the councilpersons voted unanimously to accept the ordinances as read, thereby enacting them immediately.

In general, the ordinances, as we editors understand them, are designed to make Sand Fork a safer, more beautiful and better place to live. Moreover, if that is the case, the ordinances are an admirable step up and step forward for the city. After all, it is the “Gateway City” to all of Gilmer County for those visitors coming in on SR 5 from the east. A more beautiful Sand Fork will send a very positive message to such motorists — Gilmer people care about how their communities look!

Our only question is: “Were the final revisions properly publicized in this newspaper of record in Gilmer County? Such ordinances are generally placed as legals in this newspaper at some point during the process of passing them. If they had been so published, then the residents could see, in black and white, what progressive measures are being taken. While posting them at the Post Office may fulfill the minimum legal requirements, a wider promulgation would do much to allay the public’s fears of such changes.

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Truth — President’s ‘Executive Orders,’ are they valid?

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President Barack Obama is being criticized for his use of “Executive Orders” to put into effect social and administrative reforms that Congress won’t bring up to a vote. But, this is nothing new in the American political system.

Many previous presidents, likewise, have had trouble getting Congress to enact such reforms. One, in particular, wanted to expand the then unpopular “Merit System” to secure jobs with the federal government. In prior times, one got federal jobs, many high paying and top level ones in the bureaucracy, by simply contacting his or her U.S. Senator or Congressman who would arrange the appointment through the so-called “Spoils System.” In this latter method, many very unqualified people, some of whom couldn’t read or write, obtained great jobs, owning to their political allegiance and connections, either Republican or Democrat, according to the president’s political party.

So, during the previously noted but unnamed president’s administration, he appeared many times before Congress asking for the extension of the Merit System throughout the whole national government, as most of those positions are, today, in the Diplomatic Corps, Justice Dept., Treasury Dept., etc.

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Welcome — Glenville & Sand Fork alumni to town, along with other reunioners

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In Gilmer County, like throughout West Virginia, the reunions each summer — of the old schools, churches, and families — can't get much better than they are. Indeed, they offer ideal and comforting places for old classmates, friends of years ago, and relatives to reunite, socialize, and rekindle their institutions’ or families’ bright but often-forgotten good memories. Most importantly, at these various assemblies, upbeat spirits ignite good feelings and good cheer among all the participants.

Among the most active reunions in Gilmer County is the Old Glenville High School's Alumni Association, which is holding its annual feat on this Friday and Saturday evenings. They are a most congenial group, always welcoming newcomers to the entertaining, exciting, and nostalgic "reunion experience." Their secondary school succumbed to consolidation in 1969, with the birth of the new Gilmer County High School. (Be informed: Congratulations to the GCHS Lady Titans Basketball Team and their Coach Amy Chapman for winning this year’s Class A State Championship Trophy! Some future Belles will be among this winning team.)

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Good show — 2016 Folk Festival: an inspiration!

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After many months of planning, hard work and execution muscle among the many committee members and other community volunteers, the 2016 West Virginia State Folk Festival did take place for a 67th year. Notably in certain instances, it excelled.

Yes, it’s hard not to have a successful event, with so many colorful Folk Festival Belles participating from all over our great Mountain State and with talented folk musicians coming from the North, South, East and West. Although most people didn’t realize it, this 67th Folk Festival actually came out well in spite of the ferocious statewide competition of Charleston’s much larger “FestivALL,” which copy cats our original state Appalachian folk culture event here. But, that bigger fest still doesn’t honor the lovely, intelligent and resourceful ladies who have contributed so much to their families, communities and the state, like our Folk Festival’s County Belles do. This year, there were 23 representing their counties who highlighted the Sat. Lions Club’s Parade. One Belle affirmed, “The people, who we’ve never met, are so nice to us here.” Quite a Festival goers’ compliment! And, in addition to longtime operational coordinator for the Belles, Susie Kirkpatrick, two new overall planners — Kyre-Anna Minney and Michelle Hill Brannon — shined in making their stay both comfortable and meaningful.

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