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Area Briefs 04-17-14

Waco Center's Open House Apr. 26

Gilmer Countians will get to see the public opening of Glenville State College's eagerly anticipated WACO Center in Glenville next week.

On Sat., Apr. 26, from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm, there will be an open house at the $25 million facility. The WACO Center will house the college's Land Resources Department, a 3,000 seat sports/special events arena, some athletic offices and a modern medical facility.

The WACO Center is located just off Mineral Road across from the Pioneer Village student housing complex. See the related special invitation to the public to view it on page 11.

United Bank's John Gumm to speak at Historical Soc. Thurs.

The Gilmer County Historical Society will meet at noon on this Thurs., Apr. 17 at Holt House Annex on Main Street in Glenville.

The guest speaker at this month's meeting will be John Gumm, Asst. V-P at United Bank in Glenville. He will be speaking to the Historical Society about the 175-year history of United Bank.

Born and raised in Tanner, Gumm attended the Tanner School, Troy Elementary and then Gilmer County High School. He graduated from Glenville State College in 1976 with a degree in education and in Feb. 1977 Gumm began working for Kanawha Union, a bank that was bought by United Banks in 1988.

He was promoted to Asst. V-P of the bank in 1990. The same year, he married Rolanna Coberly. The Gumms have two children, Brandon, 20, who attends GSC, and Michala, 17, who is a senior at GCHS.

The general public, not just Historical Society members, are welcome to attend this informational meeting, and to hear Mr. Gumm's presentation.

A call for FRN Board members!

Family Resource Networks (FRNs) are local coalitions working to improve services for children and families in their communities. FRNs assess community needs, develop local plans, promote changes, evaluate results, and assist agencies in improving the service delivery system. They increase community awareness of local and state issues that affect children and families, support local partnerships to maximize community investments, promote coordination of services, and promote opportunities for families to impact decisions that affect them. (

The positions on the FRN Board of Directors that need to be filled include Community Representatives and Family Representatives. Community Representatives are preferred to be from the business community, religious groups, local government entities, community organizations and the community at large, while Family Representatives include anyone who receives social, educational, health, mental health or publicly or privately funded programs, and that counts senior citizens, parents of school children, persons with disabilities, persons who receive benefits under TANF, Medicaid, CHIP (or any other state benefit not listed), Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H, parents of children in the juvenile justice system, foster parents or victims of domestic violence.

You can call FRN Coordinator Jessica Greenlief at 304-462-7545 for more information, or to volunteer to be on the board. Please see the story about the most recent FRN meeting starting on page 1 of this issue.