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Area Briefs 12-05-2013

Christmas Parade this Sat., Dec. 7 at 5:00 p.m.

On this Sat., Dec. 7 at 5:00 p.m., Main Street will come to life for the Annual Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Dept.'s Christmas Parade. The theme this year is "Island of Misfit Toys." There will be a float contest again this year and Santa will be giving out treats in Town Square Park after the parade. (Bring your camera!) The parade is sponsored by Glenville McDonald's. For more information, please call or text 304-406-2268 or 304-904-8786.

Mayor Fitzpatrick announces upcoming workshops that are free and open to public

Two one-hour workshops are being held at Glenville State College on Mon., Dec. 16, 2013. The first, which begins at 10:30 a.m., is on Robert's Rules of Order. There will be a break for lunch, which is not provided. Then, the second workshop, dealing with Sexual Harassment, will begin at 12:30 p.m. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Mayor Fitzpatrick at 304-462-8040, or to his assistant at 304-462-7411 by Weds., Dec. 11. The workshops are open to everyone.

Christmas Farmers Market Next Sat., Dec. 14

The Farmers Market will be open on Sat., Dec. 14 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. There will be crafts and baked goods available. There are no table rental fees that day, so if you have something to share, come out and set up! Hot drinks will be available and soup and sandwiches are being provided by members of the First Baptist Church Cancer Fund.

GSC football star charged with misdemeanors

Rahmann Lee, a sophomore at Glenville State College and a member of the Pioneer football team, was charged with two counts of obtaining money under false pretenses on Nov. 13. According to the criminal complaint, Lee used a food plan card that belonged to another student to make purchases at the Rusty Musket, the snack bar on campus. He used the card twice, knowing that is wasn't his and that he did not have the owner's permission to use it. Once he charged $38.25 against the prepaid balance. Another time, he charged $60.88. Interestingly enough, the food plan card is also the student ID, which includes the name and photo of the owner.

Lee gained recognition for the college early in the football season, earning the Mountain East Conference's designation as "Player of the Week" several weeks in a row. Now, he brings attention to the college again as his case adds to the recent rash of thefts on campus.

Newspaper seeks 'Letters to Santa' and stories of personal Christmas memories
Attention writers young and old! We are asking for submissions for our paper's Christmas edition. "Letters to Santa" can be submitted until Fri., Dec. 13. They should be short and signed with the child's first name and age ONLY. The letters are not only a joy for our readers, but it gives the children an opportunity to write and to have their Christmas wishes printed for their scrapbooks.

For you faithful adult subscribers, teachers or the general public, we editors have an idea for you, too! Traditionally, we invite you to share your own Christmas stories in our special edition in order to make this 2013 Yuletide season something more meaningful for YOU.

Our newspaper's submission requirements are simple: Your short story should be no longer than two typed, or computer-written, double spaced pages on standard 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper. Also, we'd like a mug shot of you and a family photo of the Christmas which you are remembering, if available. As with the Letters to Santa, please send or bring your memorable Christmas story to the: Democrat/Pathfinder, P.O. Box 458-108 N. Court St., Glenville 26351.

The deadline is next Fri., Dec. 13, so you'll have to get on this project ASAP. Christmas and New Year's are the happiest times of the year! So, let us hear from you!

FCI Gilmer employee pleads guilty to bribery charges

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, an employee of FCI Gilmer and his girlfriend entered pleas of guilty in United States District Court in Clarksburg on July 30, 2013, before Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that: Jason N. Squires, age 28, and Nikole M. Watkins, age 24, entered pleas of guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Bribery of a Public Official and Bribery of a Public Official. Between January 1, 2012, and August 14, 2012, Squires, a correctional officer at FCI Gilmer, smuggled tobacco into the prison on multiple occasions. Squires provided the tobacco to inmates. In exchange, the inmates arranged to have contacts outside of the prison send money to Watkins, who was the girlfriend of Squires, via Western Union and Postal money grams. Watkins was aware that Squires was smuggling contraband to inmates. Squires and Watkins received approximately $40,000 for the tobacco that Squires smuggled into the prison. Squires and Watkins, who are free on bond pending sentencing, face up to 20 years imprisonment and a $500,000 fine. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Brandon S. Flower and investigated by the United States Department of Justice Office of Inspector General, with assistance from the Special Investigative Services Unit at FCI Gilmer.

Annual GSC Holiday Premium Night

The public is invited to the Glenville State College's Mollohan's Restaurant on Wed., Dec. 11 from 4:30 until 7:00 p.m. for GSC's Holiday Premium Night.

The menu for the dinner includes herb crusted prime rib with au jus and horseradish sauces, grilled chicken with sherry mushroom sauce, a pasta station, rustic mashed potatoes, rice pilaf, green beans, spiced pecans, specialty salads, a salad bar, a creamy cheese fondue, and dinner rolls. The dessert menu for the evening includes Christmas cookies, peppermint ice cream, red velvet cake, hot fudge cake, hot apple cider, and eggnog.

The costs for the special holiday dinner are $13.15 for guests, $12.15 for seniors, $12.00 for faculty and staff using flex dollars, $9.85 for students using flex dollars, and $6.50 for children under 12.

Please call ahead for reservations, which may be left on the voice mail. To make reservations or for more information, contact the GSC Dining Services Office at 304-462-6360.