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G-LtE™: Lesbian Couple Suing Over Harassment While Obtaining Marriage License

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When marriage equality became law in their hometown in 2014 following the federal court decision in Bostic v. Schaefer, Samantha Brookover and Amanda Abramovich sought out a marriage license in Gilmer County, West Virginia. They were met with derision, harassment and hatred and refused an application by the county clerk’s office. Sixteen months later (following the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v Hodges that made marriage equality law of the land nationwide), they tried again and were met with the same level of vitriol and harassment.

Despite that discrimination, they successfully filed for a marriage license application. That success didn’t come without long-lasting repercussions. That’s why Brookover and Abramovich just filed a lawsuit against Gilmer County and several officials that either engaged in or condoned the religion-based harassment they endured throughout the process.

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Writing at Americans United for the Separation of Church and State (AU) – the organization helping file the lawsuit – the couple described the level of harassment they endured at the hands of Gilmer County officials:

Sixteen months later – well after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld marriage equality – we went to the courthouse again for a marriage license. This time, we brought family members with us who were excited to take part in our special day.

When we arrived, the same clerk was on duty. When we asked her for a marriage license, she began shouting at us that we are “an abomination.” She yelled that our desire to marry was wrong and that she believed that God would “deal” with us in time. We asked her to stop, and she told us that she has a religious right to talk this way to us.

In the end, she processed our marriage application – but not before we were left shaking and in tears.

When we complained to the county clerk about this abusive behavior, she defended it and said that any future same-sex couples seeking to marry would receive the same treatment – or worse.

No one should be forced to endure the pain and humiliation Brookover and Abramovich experienced in merely attempting to obtain a government-maintained service in their hometown. Religious proselytization has no place in government services. Moreover, using personal religious belief to deny service and harass taxpayers using a taxpayer-funded government role constitutes a serious breach of constitutional duties.

Discussing the lawsuit against Deputy Clerk Debbie Allen, County Clerk Jean Butcher, and Gilmer County, AU executive director Rev. Barry Lynn argued, “Same-sex couples shouldn’t have to run a gauntlet of harassment, religious condemnation and discrimination in order to realize their dreams of marriage.” Lynn added, “Government officials must apply the law fairly to everyone, regardless of religious beliefs. If these clerks are unable to fulfill their duties, they shouldn’t work in a government office.”

Andrew Schneider, executive director of Fairness West Virginia, echoed that sentiment in a statement saying, “West Virginia is a place that’s known for its hospitality and its adherence to the Golden Rule, to treat others as you’d like to be treated. The behavior of the Gilmer County clerks violates those values by perpetuating fear and intimidation in our community.” Schneider added, “LGBT couples in Gilmer County, and across West Virginia, should be free to be themselves when encountering government officials.”

Fairness West Virginia will be serving as co-counsel with AU presenting Brookover and Abramovich’s lawsuit.

In that lawsuit, the two organizations argue in part:

Here, same-sex couples are not afforded the right to marry on the same terms and conditions as opposite-sex couples because officials at the Gilmer County Clerk’s Office intimidate, humiliate, and harass them when they exercise their legal right to apply for and obtain a marriage license. And when a deputy clerk demeans, insults, or chastises a same-sex couple attempting to obtain a marriage license, County Clerk Jean Butcher defends their behavior because it is consistent with her personal religious convictions.

When Deputy Clerk Debbie Allen saw that a same-sex couple was applying for a marriage license, she did not provide the license on the same terms as for opposite-sex couples. Instead, Allen launched into a tirade of harassment and disparagement. She slammed her paperwork down on her desk, screaming that the couple was an “abomination” to God and that God would “deal” with them. Her rant continued for several minutes. Another clerk joined in, encouraging Allen’s attack on Amanda and Samantha by shouting “it’s [Allen’s] religious right” to harass same-sex couples while performing the official state duties of the Clerk’s office.

Throughout the attack, Amanda remained silent and shaking; Samantha was brought to tears.

When Samantha’s mother later called County Clerk Butcher to report the abusive attack on her daughter and her daughter’s fiancée, Butcher said that the couple deserved it and that the next same-sex couple who attempted to get a marriage license in Gilmer County would get the same or worse.

That’s not all.

After issuing the marriage license, and in a further attempt to deter the couple from marrying, Allen told Amanda and Samantha that officials in Gilmer County had stopped performing marriages after the County had become legally required to recognize same-sex marriages and that no one in Gilmer County would marry the couple.

The lawsuit summarizes the harassment and discrimination concluding:

Amanda and Samantha were made to wait some sixteen months after their initial, lawful application for a marriage license because they were improperly turned away by Defendant Allen. Not only did they suffer emotional distress because of the wrongful denial, but during the intervening period they were denied all the legal (as well as emotional) benefits of marriage, including benefits and privileges under federal and state law; legal rights to make healthcare decisions rights for one’s spouse; legal rights and presumptions concerning the ability to hold real property, bank accounts, and other property in common; important and valuable rights under West Virginia’s estate and intestacy laws; and a host of other privileges under West Virginia family law.

Moreover, the Clerk’s Office is located in the Gilmer County Courthouse, where other government services are provided.

Amanda and Samantha must visit the Courthouse every year to pay property taxes on their automobiles.

Amanda and Samantha are in the process of looking for a house to purchase and, should they do so, will need to visit the Courthouse every year to pay property taxes.

Samantha wishes to register to vote in Gilmer County but fears that she will be harassed once again by Allen at the Courthouse.

Amanda and Samantha reasonably fear that, because of the unconstitutional policies of the Gilmer County Clerk, they will be deprived of equal access to government services in the Gilmer County Courthouse. And they reasonably fear that, when they are forced to enter the Courthouse, they will again be harangued and mistreated by Clerk’s Office personnel.

You can read the full complaint HERE .

Using personal religion to discriminate and harass others using a government position is unconstitutional. It not only violates the Establishment Clause, but also deprives victims their Equal Protection and Due Process rights.

That county officials admitted publicly they would treat all same-sex couples similarly strengthens the case – particularly since federal courts have repeatedly ruled that LGBTQ status cannot be singled out as reasoning for offering differential treatment in government services.

While this should be an open and shut case, given the current federal administration it could become a drawn out affair if the Sessions Justice Department decides to weigh in on the county’s behalf.

~~  Tim Peacock ~~

Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries

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CLERK OF THE COUNTY COMMISSION OF GILMER COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA
NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND BENEFICIARIES

The administration of the estates(s) of the following deceased is pending before the Clerk of the County Commission of Gilmer County, 10 Howard Street, Glenville WV 26351.

The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below.

Notice is hereby given that the estate(s) of the following has been opened for probate.  Any interested person objecting to the validity of the will, the qualifications of the personal representative or the venue or jurisdiction of the court, shall file notice of an objection with the County Commission within ninety days after the date of the first publication or within 30 days of service of notice, whichever is later.  If an objection is not timely filed, the objection is forever barred.

All persons having claims against the estate(s) of the said following deceased, whether due or not, are notified to exhibit their claims, with the voucher thereof, legally verified, to the undersigned, at the County Clerk’s Office on or before June 19, 2017  otherwise they may by law be excluded from all benefit of said estate(s).  All beneficiaries of said estate(s) may appear on or before said day to examine said claims and otherwise protect their interests.

Claims against the estate must be filed in accordance with West Virginia Code 44-1-14a.

 

DECENDENT NAME PER.REP/NAME REPER.REP/ADDRESS
Kevin Jensen Matthew Jensen 6751 South Lamar
Littleton, CO 80128
Joanne Collins Jason Drennen 2445 New Holland Road
Wagener, SC 29164
Gladys M. Ellison Patricia A. Golden 525 Kanawha Street
Glenville, WV 26351
Jeffrey Greenlief Tessa Greenlief 374 Flint Rock Hill
Petroleum, WV 26161


Clerk of Gilmer County Commission
Jean Butcher
10 Howard Street
Glenville, WV 26351

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : April 20, 2017

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Wellspring Family Services Appoints New Leader in New Martinsville and Harrisville

Wellspring Family Services, the community-based counseling division of Crittenton Services, Inc., is proud to announce a new site director at its Wetzel County and Ritchie County locations.

Lya Burgess, a native of Doddridge County, is the site director for both the New Martinsville and Harrisville offices. Burgess brings 22 years of therapy practice to the position. Prior to joining Crittenton, she conducted a private practice in New Martinsville. She said, “I’m excited to take on a new challenge. At Wellspring, I have the opportunity to bring behavioral health services to more West Virginia families.”

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Burgess earned a Regents BA from West Virginia State University, with an emphasis in Human Services. She went on to earn her MSW from West Virginia University in 1995. Burgess has been a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LICSW) in West Virginia since 2001. In her free time, Lya enjoys participating in horse shows with her quarter horse, Reggie, and spending time with her two dogs.

Wellspring Family Services offers outpatient and in-home counseling services to children, families and adults for more than 30 years. Wellspring therapists assist individuals and families struggling with behavioral health issues like depression, behavioral problems, addiction, divorce, parenting concerns, problems at school, family relationships and emotional issues. Most insurance plans are accepted, including all WV Medicaid managed care providers. Last year, more than 1700 clients chose Wellspring Family Services as a mental health provider. Wellspring currently has 7 offices serving 21 counties in West Virginia.

The New Martinsville office is located at 761 Third Street and serves clients in Wetzel and Tyler Counties. The Harrisville Wellspring office is located at 2479 Ellenboro Road and serves clients in Ritchie, Doddridge and Gilmer Counties.

For more information, call 1.800.280.2229 or visit www.wellspringwv.com.

Society of American Foresters Holds Meeting at GSC

Glenville State College recently hosted a two-day meeting of the West Virginia Division of the Society of American Foresters (SAF). The West Virginia group is part of the Allegheny Chapter, which also includes members from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The Allegheny Chapter has around 1,100 professional foresters as members in those five states. The theme of the meeting was technology.

As part of the schedule, the meeting included a field trip for participants where timber sale preparation, stiltgrass control, and non-timber forest products were discussed. Presentations on various forest technology applications and research findings were conducted. The group also learned about activities that have been taking place throughout the West Virginia Division. Glenville State College’s Forestry Program was highlighted as well.

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SAF meeting attendees and GSC students watch as a drone (upper right-hand corner) takes flight outside the Waco Center


Members in attendance were able to view a drone flight demonstration. In forestry applications, drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles are used for ultra-high resolution aerial photography. These aerial photos improve all aspects of forest management and can be integrated into a geographic information system. Drones are being used in experiments to estimate forest volumes and can also monitor forest health and detect insect and disease damage. Faculty members in GSC’s Land Resources Department are working to acquire drone technology.

“The Waco Center at Glenville State College was a great place to hold the meeting since it has a large meeting room and ample parking. Of course, Glenville is also centrally located in the state. Current students and faculty were able to connect and network with alumni, foresters, researchers, and other attendees. Many alumni had not been on campus since the completion of the Waco Center and they were pleased with the new facility,” said GSC Associate Professor of Forestry and meeting host Dr. Brian Perkins.

Attendees were eligible to earn Continuing Forestry Education credits through the SAF’s Certified Forester program that encourages lifelong learning and professional development.

Since 1900, the Society of American Foresters has provided access to information and networking opportunities to prepare members for the challenges and the changes that face natural resource professionals. The mission of the Society of American Foresters is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and, to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethic of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society.

GSC last hosted the meeting in 2013.

Gilmer County Family Court Report

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On Monday, April 10 and Wednesday, April 12, 2017 Family Court Judge Steven Jones presided over Family Court in Gilmer County.

Two divorces were granted:


•  Christina Wilson (43) of Troy, WV divorced on April 10th Jason Wilson (40) also of Troy, WV.


•  Jason Anderson (38) of Glenville, WV divorced on April 12th Lee Ann Anderson (32) of Charleston, WV.

Glenville Resident Named Irene McKinney Fellow at WVWC

Rachel Receives Fifth Irene McKinney Postgraduate Teaching Fellowship
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Virginia “Ginny” Rachel, a 2015 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program, has been awarded the fifth annual Irene McKinney Postgraduate Teaching Fellowship.  Rachel, of Princeton, WV, received her bachelor’s degree from Concord College in 2001. For the past two and a half years, Rachel has been working as a traveling adjunct instructor.

Next year, Rachel will be teaching two Composition II courses as well as Introduction to Literature.  She will be working under the supervision of Jesse van Eerden, MFA director.  During her tenure as a student in the MFA program, Rachel worked with short stories until the shape of her writing became a novel in her thesis, How Small the World.  Her characters survive together in Piney Oak, a fictional West Virginia town where they explore a sense of place through various perspectives.

Returning for the MFA’s cross-genre option in the fall of 2016, Rachel developed a new interest in creative nonfiction.  She is excited for the opportunities this fellowship will bring.

“I am extremely thankful and thrilled to have received the Irene McKinney Fellowship so I might have the experience of working with students and faculty at Wesleyan,” she said.  “I am excited to have the opportunity of a year to focus on teaching and to learn as much as I can in the process.”

The Irene McKinney Postgraduate Teaching Fellowship is available to all graduates of the College’s MFA Program for up to three years after graduation.  The fellowship honors the founding director of the College’s MFA Program, Dr. Irene McKinney, Professor Emeritus and West Virginia Poet Laureate, who passed away in 2012.

For more information on the MFA program, please contact Director van Eerden at .

Camp Catch Your Breath Receives a Generous Donation from the Eastern Star

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United Hospital Center (UHC) and Camp Catch Your Breath (CCYB) received $5,013 donation recently, which brings the total donations since 2016 to more than $20,000, from the WV Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star. Their support helps Camp Catch Your Breath, a statewide asthma camp for children ages 8 through 13. Eastern Star Chapters donate funds to a wide variety of worthy charities. Pictured left: Greg Kennedy, Past Grand Patron and Fran Lemley, Past Grand Matron, both are presenting a check on behalf of the WV Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star to Sonny Hoskinson, clinical director of the pharmacy at UHC and Camp Catch Your Breath director.“ This generous donation helps to offset camp expenses including food and lodging for campers, as well as equipment, supplies, and educational material, said Hoskinson. “CCYB offers an opportunity for children who, as a result of their asthma, would not otherwise be able to participate in a ‘camp’ experience.”

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report

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The Gilmer County Circuit Court Judge Jack Alsop presided over Court at his regular monthly motion day on Monday, April 10, 2017.


•:  He heard 6 juvenile matters.


Two sentencing hearings were scheduled namely:

•:  Eric Williams

He was before the Court for sentencing represented by Thomas Kupec.

Judge Alsop reset his case for an evidentiary hearing to determine restitution to victims and to be sentenced on May 08, 2017 at 11:00 AM.


•:  Michae Puffenbarger

She was before the court for his 3rd violation of probation.

Judge Alsop left open his amount of restitution and sentenced him 1-10 years in the penitentiary with further hearing to be held May 08, 2017 at 11:00 AM.

He was represented by Christopher Pritt.


•:  One guardian hearing was held with Mary Beth Snead being appointed as guardian ad litem to represent the infant.

The matter was reset for April 26, 2017 at 11:00 AM.


•:  State of West Virginia vs. Chris DeBarr

He made admissions and his probation was revoked and he was sentenced to 1-10 in the penitentiary with recommendation of drug treatment.

He was represented by Christopher Moffatt.

Federal Review of Atlantic Coast Pipeline Fails People and the Environment

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An analysis of environmental impacts for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline is completely inadequate and falls far short of legal requirements.This is the overwhelming consensus of thousands of comments filed this week with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).The agency had issued on December 30 a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on the proposed 600-mile natural gas pipeline that would go from central West Virginia, through Virginia and terminate in southern North Carolina.

“FERC’s inability to provide a sound analysis of this project is a violation of the National Environmental Policy Act,” said Lewis Freeman, Chair and Executive Director of the Alleghany-Blue Ridge Alliance, a coalition of 51-organizations opposing the project. “What’s more, the Commission is poised to make a decision that will reverberate for decades based on inadequate information.”

The shortcomings of the DEIS are considerable because of its failure to:

  • Assess the true market demand for natural gas in the region of the proposed pipeline;
  • Take a hard look at the effects the proposed route planned through predominantly minority and low-income neighborhoods would have on communities;
  • Consider the devastation to mountaintops construction would have across steep, forested Appalachian ridges;
  • Provide adequate environmental information. The DEIS lacks sufficient information about the ACP and its potential environmental impacts on a wide variety of resources, including water resources, wetlands, cultural resources, threatened and endangered species and climate change implications; and
  • Identify, consider, and analyze all reasonable alternatives.

“The federal government is glossing over the massive impacts this 600-mile pipeline would have on neighboring communities and climate change,” said Alison Kelly, an attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council. Greenlighting this pipeline without a sufficient review of the damage it would cause is a disservice to the people who life in its path and treasure this part of Appalachia.”

Greg Buppert, a senior attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center, said: “FERC is only telling one side of the story, and that story fails to answer the critical threshold question – is this project even necessary?”Buppert points out that recent energy demand forecasts have cast serious doubt on the need for the ACP.Furthermore, two-thirds of new generating capacity being added in the United States is based on renewable sources, not natural gas. Building the ACP would be contrary to the future growth of the electric utility industry.

“ACP refused to do the necessary impact analysis, so we have had to hire engineers to find out what will actually happen,” said Ben Luckett, a senior attorney with Appalachian Mountain Advocates. “We’ve learned the pipeline would create millions of cubic yards of excess dirt and rock for which ACP has no disposal plan and will level many of our scenic ridgetops, much like a mountaintop removal coal mine. We fear the most likely resting place for all of that construction spoil will be in our rivers, lakes, and streams. It is truly a slap in the face to hear FERC dismiss these impacts as ‘insignificant’ or, worse yet, to see that they have failed to analyze them at all.”

“The Atlantic Coast Pipeline environmental review failed to adequately address the threats it poses to our communities and our environment. This dirty and dangerous pipeline creates concern for significant risks of adverse impacts due to the nature of the terrain that the line would cross. Based on multiple unresolved environmental issues and potential hazards, and the magnitude of this project, FERC must reject the application. The stakes are very high and the risks are far too great,” said Kirk Bowers, Virginia Chapter, Sierra Club.

Anne Havemann, Senior Counsel at the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, said: “The Atlantic Coast Pipeline would be a disaster for the climate. It will trigger a massive new wave of fracking, bringing climate pollution equivalent to 20 new coal-fired power plants. FERC’s own former chairman Norman Bay said that the agency should reconsider how it analyzes environmental impacts of pipelines like ACP, including analyzing lifecycle climate emissions. FERC should heed his advice and revise its analysis, or reject the pipeline.”

Peter Anderson, Virginia Program Manager for Appalachian Voices, noted: “A couple of months ago, the former Chairman of FERC raised significant doubts that the agency adequately analyzes pipeline need and climate impacts. This draft environmental impact statement is no different. FERC should rescind this DEIS and start over, this time with final route proposals, completed surveys, climate analysis that accounts for the entire life cycle, and a critical analysis of market demand and alternatives.“

“We know that projects like these are invariably placed near communities of low-income, people of color, or the elderly. In usual fashion, the ACP places a heavy burden on the poor and elderly, perhaps by design. These folks may not have the energy, stamina, and resources to fight, and that’s what these companies are banking on. This is an example of outside interests that plan to use our resources and toxify our land for their own benefit. It’s an old story that continues to play out the same way, despite the best efforts of local people to change our energy landscape,” said April Pierson-Keating Mountain Lakes Preservation Alliance, Upshur County, WV.

Glenville City Council Meeting Minutes

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GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
March 06, 2017
7:00 p.m.

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Fitzpatrick with Council members Wiant, Taylor, Walters, and Fisher present. Councilwoman Huffman was absent.


Pledge of Allegiance

 

Led by the Boy Scout Troop


I. Call to Order


II. Public

 

None


A. Approval of Minutes – February 06, 2017

 

Minutes for the February 06, 2017, meeting were reviewed and placed on file for audit.


III. Reports


B. Financial

 

The budget is currently at 68.21% of fiscal year with revenue at 77.74% and expenditures at 62.00%. The book keeper requested a transfer of funds to the following:

 

$9000 from 700 - Police Dept to 750 - Street Dept

 

$6200 from 699 - Contingency Fund to 410 – City Council ($3000) and 413 – Treasurers Office ($3200)

 

$1000 – Coal Severance to 916 – Library

 

Councilwoman Taylor made a motion to approve the transfer of funds. Councilman Walters seconded the motion. Motion passed.

The budget workshop went well and the new budget will be submitted to the State Auditor’s office for approval. Council will meet on April 18 to Lay the Levy.

 

Councilman Walters made a motion to approve the financial report as presented. Councilman Wiant seconded the motion. Motion passed.


C. Street report

 

Mayor Fitzpatrick provided the street report and noted the workers installed the LED lights in the stoplight.


D. Police

 

Chief Huffman provided the police report to council. He requested executive session to discuss personnel matters.

 

Council will go into executive session at the end of the meeting.


E. Glenville Utility

 

Mayor Fitzpatrick attended the February 28 meeting.

 

There were three (3) service line leaks that were repaired.

 

On sewer side, the new pump installation was completed at the lift station at Fitzwater’s on Rt. 5E.

 

There was approximately 300 ft. slip behind Western Auto and the pipe was replaced.


F. Recorder

 

Nothing to report.


G. Mayors Comments


- Update Municipal Ordinance Penalty Phase

Still in progress


- City Wide Clean Up – April 08

Make It Shine is scheduled for April 08 at 9:00 a.m.

 

Volunteers will meet at the football field and cover the city limits.

 

This will take approximately 2 hours.

 

The GSC football team will volunteer.


- Pi 5K Run 9:00 a.m. – (Route may change) Saturday March 18th

There will be a change in route for 5K run due to the bridge being out on Sycamore.

 

They will begin at the WACO center to Sycamore Road and return.


- Update on Camp Workers

Lost 2 camp workers last fall. Now have a new worker with hope to get a second worker.

 

Mayor has sent a letter to FCI-Gilmer requesting second worker.


- Laying of Levy April 18th

Council will meet to Lay the Levy on Tuesday, April 18, at 6:00 p.m.


- Resolution (guardrails installed on Route 5 going East)

The resolution was read on behalf of the citizens in Gilmer County that Glenville City Council supports this idea.

 

Mayor Fitzpatrick signed the resolution.

Councilman Wiant made a motion to move into executive session at 7:11 p.m. Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed.

 

Councilman Wiant made a motion for council to move out of executive session at 7:27 p.m. Councilwoman Taylor seconded the motion. Motion passed.

 

Councilman Walters made a motion to approve Chief Huffman to hire Mr. Gandy as the new police officer. Councilwoman Taylor seconded the motion. Motion passed.

 

Councilwoman Taylor made a motion to approve Chief Huffman to participate in Drug Take-back Day. Councilman Wiant seconded the motion. Motion passed.


IV. Unfinished Business

 

None


V. New Business

 

Councilman Wiant asked about the River Clean Up project through grant money. He suggested trees under the bridge would be a good area to clean up and noted the project should start this week. Mayor Fitzpatrick will talk with Eric Squires.

 

Councilman Walters asked about the decision for the River Street property. It had been previously suggested to become a community garden and Mayor Fitzpatrick would like to continue with this.

 

Councilman Wiant understood the walkway on old bridge is scheduled for possible repair.


VI. Other Business to come before Council

 

None


VII. Next council meeting

 

April 03, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

 

Meeting to Lay the Levy – Tuesday, April 18, at 6:00 p.m.


VIII. Adjourn

Meeting adjourned at 7:32 p.m.

___________________________

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Coming to Stonewall Resort in April

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Stonewall Resort in Lewis County soon will accommodate the growing number of guests who drive electric vehicles (EV). Three EV charging stations will be installed at the property in April, resort officials have announced. Stonewall joins Blackwater Falls, Pipestem Resort, Twin Falls, Cacapon Resort, Tygart Lake and Hawks Nest lodges in incorporating EV charging stations as a complimentary guest service.

“The popularity and versatility of electric vehicles continue to grow and we’re pleased to offer this service to our guests,” said Mike Hager, general manager at Stonewall Resort. “Our location near Interstate 79 provides a perfect location for guests to stop and refuel, while also taking time to enjoy our natural lakeside setting and amenities.”

Hager said the electric vehicle charging stations will be installed in parking spaces in the resort’s circle drive. Two of the parking spaces will be dedicated Tesla-brand vehicle charging stations and the third spot will be equipped with a charging station that can handle a broad range of electric vehicles. Electric Vehicle owners should check their EV station location apps to learn when the Stonewall Resort charging docks become active.

For additional information and reservations, contact the resort at 888-278-8150 or visit www.StonewallResort.com.

Missing Gilmer County Woman’s Body Found In Stream

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The body of 42-year-old Melinda “Mendy” Rice of Gilmer County, WV, was found in a creek near Wileyville on Thursday.

West Virginia State Police confirmed Rice’s body was discovered at about 12:30 p.m. in a stream behind a home on Mountaineer Highway between Wileyville and Brock Ridge in Wetzel County.

Rice had been missing since March 20, when she walked away from a residence on Brock Ridge.

Despite a search held April 01 in the area, the missing woman’s remains were not discovered until Thursday.

Officials said there were no obvious signs of trauma to indicate a cause of death. Her body was sent to Charleston for an autopsy.

According to Rice’s family, several people searched all day on April 01 for signs of the missing mother of four. Some searched the Brock Ridge area, while others searched the ridges surrounding Brock Ridge.

The family had offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to Rice’s discovery.

They also had planned another search for next weekend. When she was last seen, Rice was wearing a dark colored West Virginia hooded sweatshirt, a pair of jeans and white tennis shoes.

Rice’s family has searched for her, or signs of her whereabouts, since her disappearance.

The family said they found an article of clothing along the road in the area where she was last seen.

The item was taken to the state police.

The state police also had taken search dogs to the area where Rice was last seen.


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Condolences to this lady’s family and friends.
So very, very sad to lose a loved one this way.

It is also a reminder of the unsolved murder of poor Fred Hill.
Many in our local community believe Fred’s murder was covered over because of individuals involved?

His death was a cover-up instead of a real investigation?
If that is the case, would be nice to think all involved, would rot in hell?  Sooner than later.

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Gilmer County Resident Attends Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol

Three students from Glenville State College recently traveled to the state capitol to participate in Undergraduate Research Day. The purpose of the event was to showcase current research occurring at state higher education institutions. The attending students presented a research poster in the Capitol Rotunda and had the opportunity to talk with West Virginia lawmakers and other guests.

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GSC Undergraduate Research Day attendees
(l-r) Dr. Jeremy Keene, Tara Evans, Carrie Huffman, and Kelly Weaver


This year Kelly Weaver, Tara Evans, and Carrie Huffman attended with professors Dr. Kevin Evans and Dr. Jeremy Keene. Weaver and Evans presented their poster titled ‘Optimizing the Reaction Conditions for the anti-Markovnikov Hydrobromination of Alkenes.’ Huffman presented her poster titled ‘Evolutionary Analysis of Monopyle (Gesneriaceae) from Central America.’ In addition to presenting to state delegates and representatives, the GSC students also spoke about their research to high school students who attended. 

Evans is a Glenville, WV resident and a GSC senior chemistry major.

The students got involved with this event by submitting their abstracts for review to get the approval to present. GSC has been represented at Undergraduate Research Day by many talented students over the past several years. “This event was really just a great way to highlight GSC student research, plus it helps them to interact with so many people at the state level. The day was a success in my opinion,” said Keene.

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