Today - April 21, yyyy

Today is Thursday, April 21, the 111th day of 2011. There are 254 days left in the year.

Thought for Today: “I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.” — Stephen Leacock, Canadian economist and humorist (1869-1944).

Today’s Highlight in History:


On April 21, 1910, author Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, died in Redding, Conn., at age 74.

On this date:

In 1509, England’s King Henry VII died; he was succeeded by his 17-year-old son, Henry VIII.

In 1649, the Maryland Toleration Act, which provided for freedom of worship for all Christians, was passed by the Maryland assembly.

In 1789, John Adams was sworn in as the first vice president of the United States.

In 1836, an army of Texans led by Sam Houston defeated the Mexicans at San Jacinto, assuring Texas independence.

In 1918, Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the German ace known as the “Red Baron,“ was killed in action during World War I.

In 1930, a fire broke out inside the overcrowded Ohio Penitentiary in Columbus, killing 332 inmates.

In 1940, the quiz show that asked the “$64 question,“ “Take It or Leave It,“ premiered on CBS Radio.

In 1960, Brazil inaugurated its new capital, Brasilia, transferring the seat of national government from Rio de Janeiro.

In 1971, Haitian President Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier died at age 64; he was succeeded by his son, Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier.

In 1986, a rediscovered vault in Chicago’s Lexington Hotel that was linked to Al Capone was opened during a live TV special hosted by Geraldo Rivera; aside from a few bottles and a sign, the vault turned out to be empty.

Ten years ago:
•  Western Hemisphere leaders meeting in Quebec ratified a plan barring undemocratic nations from a massive free trade zone they hoped would expand prosperity across their 34 nations.
•  For a second day, protesters clashed with nightstick-wielding police who fired water cannons and rubber bullets.
•  The Los Angeles Xtreme beat the San Francisco Demons 38-6 in the first—and last—XFL championship game.

Five years ago:
•  Nouri al-Maliki was nominated by the Shiites as Iraq’s prime minister after outgoing Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari gave up his bid for another term.
•  Chinese President Hu Jintao wrapped up his US tour with a visit to Yale University in New Haven, Conn.
•  Miss Kentucky Tara Elizabeth Conner was crowned Miss USA.

One year ago:
•  Pope Benedict XVI promised “church action” to confront the clerical abuse scandal.
•  Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was suspended for six games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. (Commissioner Roger Goodell handed down the punishment after prosecutors decided not to bring charges in a case involving a 20-year-old college student who’d accused Roethlisberger of sexually assaulting her.)
•  Juan Antonio Samaranch, 89, who’d served as president of the International Olympic Committee for 21 years, died in Barcelona, Spain.
•  Former Nuremberg prosecutor Whitney Harris, 97, died in Frontenac, Missouri.

Today’s Birthdays:
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is 85
Actress-comedian-writer Elaine May is 79
Actor Charles Grodin is 76
Singer-musician Iggy Pop is 64
Actress Patti LuPone is 62
Actor Tony Danza is 60
Actress Andie MacDowell is 53
Rock singer Robert Smith (The Cure) is 52
Rock musician Michael Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) is 52
Actor John Cameron Mitchell is 48
Rapper Michael Franti (Spearhead) is 45
Rock singer-musician Glen Hansard (The Frames) is 41
Comedian Nicole Sullivan is 41
Rock musician David Brenner (Theory of a Deadman) is 33
Actor James McAvoy is 32

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Coach Rich Rodriquez Returning to Glenville for GSC Football Golf Outing


Former Glenville State College Head Football Coach and Curtis Elam Hall of Fame inductee Rich Rodriguez will be the Guest of Honor on Friday, May 20, 2011 at the GSC football golf outing fundraiser. Coach Rod, along with many of his coaches and players who were a part of the amazing Rodriquez era at GSC, will participate in the event.

“We are so fortunate to have Coach Rodriguez, his staff and players come back to Glenville for this outing. As we have been putting this event together, I have talked with Coach Rod and he told me how excited he is to come back to Glenville and see everyone. Coach Rod, his former coaches and players, and the Glenville community are looking forward to a great outing,“ said Pioneer Head Coach David Hutchison.

During Coach Rod’s tenure at GSC (1991-1996), he twice made the National playoffs highlighted by his 1993 team that finished as the National runner up.  His teams also won the WVIAC Championship his last four seasons at GSC (1993-1996).  Regarded as one of the innovators of the Spread Offense, he is truly known as one of the top coaches in all of college football.

All Glenville State College alumni, fans, and friends are cordially invited to participate in a great day of fun and camaraderie at the Glenville Golf Club to benefit the GSC football program.

Entry fee for this scramble format tournament is just $75 per player and includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and social reception. Those interested may also choose to attend the social reception only at 7:00 PM for $25. Complete details are available online at Anyone interested in playing is encouraged to sign-up as soon as possible as a full field is expected for the tournament.

To register or for more information contact, GSC Head Coach David Hutchison at “” or 304.462.6230, or GSC Defensive Coordinator Blake Tasker at “” or 304.462.6231.

College Football Hall of Fame Nominee Chris George


In recent years, the spread offense has revolutionized the game of college football.

There are many variations of the spread, and its origins are often debated. One coach who receives much notoriety for his version of the run-heavy spread is former West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez. Everybody remembers the success Rodriguez had at West Virginia with Pat White, and most recently at Michigan with Denard Robinson, but many are unaware that Rodriguez first unveiled the spread as a pass-first, air-raid style while coaching at NAIA Glenville State College.

The spread helped launch Rodriguez’s coaching career from the NAIA ranks into major college football. Along the way it also helped a five-foot-eleven, 175-pound kid from small-town West Virginia surpass names like Jerry Rice and Fred Biletnikoff to become college football’s all-time leading receiver.

This year Chris George is on the ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame. Statistically, one might guess that the local legend would be a shoe-in, considering the fact that he is college football’s all-time leader in career passes caught (430), career receiving yards (6,177), career receiving yards-per-game (160.8), most passes caught in a season (144 in 1993), and most passes caught in a single game (23 vs. WV Wesleyan, 1994), but with names on the ballot like Randall Cunningham, Eric Dickerson, Eddie George, and Deion Sanders, there are no guarantees.

Chris George’s path to the top of the college football record books was a bit untraditional. After transferring from private to public school after his sophomore year of high school, George went unnoticed by most colleges.

“The timing was bad because I fell off a lot of school’s radars. I found out that the recruiting process starts way before your senior year,” says George. “On top of that I played at a small school. I had a good senior year and I got some interest but nothing major.”

Luckily for George, he had a connection with a young, volunteer assistant coach at West Virginia University who began to take notice of his athletic ability, on and off the football field.

“He (Rich Rodriguez) had previously coached Salem College and he owned a house in my hometown,” remembers George. “ We actually played in softball leagues and basketball leagues together. My brother coached with him at Salem as a graduate assistant, and I became very familiar with him. Eventually he came down, watched my games, saw some film, and invited me to walk-on at WVU.”

Gregory Shamus/Getty Images Seemingly George had landed the opportunity of a lifetime. A West Virginia kid getting the opportunity to play football for the state’s flagship institution, under a coach who he has formed a friendship with is all a young player could ask for.

As George prepared for the spring game at WVU after redshirting the 1990 season, he created another friendship, this time with a quarterback who transferred to WVU from Samford, Jed Drenning. That spring game, George caught a 63-yard touchdown from Drenning as the two developed a strong connection, on and off the field.

“That is where our connection started,” say George. “I’ve always felt like from that touchdown on, for whatever reason, it linked us up for a long period of time. Jed was just a real smart QB. We played enough together and got along so well that we knew what each other was thinking. We are still friends to this day. I can’t say enough about what kind of job Jed did.”

Life was good for George coming out of the spring season, but shortly thereafter he would be forced to make a decision that would impact his life, and his football career.

“After my first year at WVU, Coach Rodriguez accepted the job at Glenville State and he asked me to come with him,” remembers George. “My goal was always to be a D-I football player, and if I didn’t stay with it I knew there was going to be a fail type of mentality for me. But on the other hand I knew they (WVU) ran a run-heavy offense where I might have only caught about 30 balls my whole career and never have a chance to play at the next level.”

“Eventually I decided to go, and hands-down it was the best thing that ever happened to me.”


That summer, Rodriguez had convinced George to go to Glenville with him. The two also persuaded Drenning to come along, and the trio packed up and headed 90-miles south to Glenville State College. Once in Glenville everything quickly began to fall into place.

By 1993, Glenville State had won the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title before advancing to the NAIA National Championship game. Although the Pioneers fell in the title game to East Central Oklahoma, George finished the season with an unprecedented 144 receptions for 2,221 yards.

“The run was awesome,” says George. “At the time I felt like we were doing something special and we were also having a ton of fun doing it. I think the biggest thing is Coach Rodriguez’s ability to build a family environment. We had a group of guys that were real close-knit. I’ve been on some other teams and I’ve been in some other locker-rooms, but I’ve never seen a group that was as close as the group we had. We truly, at the core, cared about each other.”

Despite having a first team All-American receiver, and the NAIA’s fifth all-time leader in career yards, not all of Glenville’s success came through the air.

“The offense lends itself toward creativity,” says George.  “I was lucky enough to be in a situation where coach Rod believed in me. We had a lot of talent. I think every year we had a 1,000 yard rusher. People look back and think all we did was throw the ball all over the place, but I think to have the passing number we did, plus have a 1,000 yard rusher speaks for the balance of the offense.”

Opponents quickly took notice of George’s ability to find the ball, and teams quickly began to retrofit their schemes to stop him. Despite their efforts, Rodriguez was able to stay one-step-ahead of opposing defenses, finding new ways to get the ball into George’s hands.

“Early on I just saw conventional defenses, but after I started catching balls and getting involved in the offense more teams started doing some creative thing defensively,” said George. “So Coach Rodriguez started to become more creative as to how he was getting me the ball. He would line me up in a bunch of different positions, motion me around, and it really threw teams off as to how they were going to guard me defensively.  He was very creative as to how he got me the ball, and it speaks to how, at such a young age, he figured out exactly how to manipulate defenses.”

On the field, George credits Rodriguez for putting him into the position to make plays and break records, but off the field he credits another man who played a major role in his success.

“First of all I had a father that was unbelievable,” says George when speaking about his father, William, who passed away 10 years ago. “He instilled a belief in me that I could do anything. If I washed a car, my dad would say I washed that car better than anyone else could have washed it. When you have someone who believes in you so deep that you can feel it, you can’t help but to believe in yourself. He instilled in me that I can do anything.”

Critics might look at George’s numbers and quip about the NAIA level of competition. As for George, he wouldn’t have had it any other way.

“I can’t say enough about my experience.” says George. “To be coached by Rich Rodriguez is something I can tell my grandkids about. I think we are still going to see what that guy is made of. Also I met many lifelong friends and my wife at Glenville State. I am extremely thankful and I love the people of Glenville. I know a lot of times people see it as, ‘Yeah, he was successful but he had to go to a small school to do it,’ but it’s the best thing that has ever happened to me.”

After college, George was invited to the Philadelphia Eagles as a free agent. Rather than risking the chance of getting cut before the start of the season, George signed a contract to play for the Edmonton Eskimos in the CFL. During his stint in Canada, George caught the attention of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and remained with the organization on-and-off for two seasons before eventually returning to Canada where we finished his playing career.

George acknowledges that an induction into the College Football Hall of Fame would be the ultimate capstone on a successful career.

“It is an honor,” said George. “You really don’t know what to say about it in the big picture. You look at guys like Eric Dickerson, who you watched since you were a kid, and it’s just unbelievable. When you hear your name mentioned in the same sentence as those guys it’s surreal. Looking back I’m proud of what I did and I’m proud of the guys I did it with. I think it speaks a lot for the coaches, it speaks a tremendous amount about Coach Rodriguez and what he was able to do.”

“Honestly we were just a bunch of misfits. For whatever reason we were guys that somebody didn’t want or somebody discarded and we all came together in a little place called Glenville. I just think it’s a great story.”

Today George resides in Bridgeport, WV with his wife Alicia, and their three kids. As time passes George explains how his priorities have shifted since hanging up the cleats and becoming a husband and father.

“Looking back I’m super proud of what I did and I am flattered by this nomination, but it’s funny how things change. Back than playing football was number one, now my family is my whole life.”

Chris George is one of 24 non-Division-I players considered for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.

~~  By Tony Sotelo (Contributor)  ~~

Gilmer County Commission Special Meeting Report - 04.19.11


The Gilmer County Commission started their special meeting on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 with Commission President, Dave Hess; Commissioner, Darrell Ramsey; Clerk of Gilmer County Commission, Jean Butcher; and the Gilmer County Administrator, Connie Osentoski Present:

Lay Levy for Budget

It was approved by the state on March 11, 2011.

The Commissioners approved and signed it.

Exoneration for Eddie Reed

Eddie Reed presented the necessary documents to fix the property tax issue on his property.

After the Gilmer County assessor and prosecutor signed the document, the commissioners approved and signed it.

Sally Hart – Mowing at Rosedale
Sally Hart had requested $100 per month to mow the county property at Rosedale.

As an alternative, county employee (Troy Cottrill) can do the mowing with county owned tractor on company time.

Commissioners decided to go with the alternative.

Gilmer County Industrial Park – Contract for Fairman/Lignetics – Agreement with Lignetics for sewer disposal. Future contracts for businesses at Industrial Park

According to the report by Commissioner Darrell Ramsey, Lignetics contract has not been signed since 2008.

Commissioner Ramsey had prepared the proper documents to be signed by Lignetics.

Commissioner Ramsey noted that Mr. Fairman had told him that he did not feel he had to pay for sewer usage.

Mr. Fairman indicated to Commissioner Ramsey that he had a hand shake agreement with the previous commissioners!

Commissioner Ramsey along with President Hess said, unless Fairman has some kind of legal document, the cost for the sewer usage must be paid.

The cost is about $300 and this is the amount Lignetics is paying.

Gilmer County Commission is paying $500 per month for sewer treatment.

Commissioners agreed that there have been some bad deals made before.

Commissioners thought Fairman must pay something and sign legal documents as well.

Commissioners talked about the properties in the park that was sold to Rick Frame and inquired about the type of agreements that were signed about the sewer.

At the conclusion, the commissioner passed that Fairman has to pay for sewer the amount that matches his water bill.

Gilmer County Health Department

Commissioners approved resignation of Brenda K. McCartney from the Gilmer County Board of Health effective end of June when her term expires.

Budget Revisions for 4-H

Commissioners approved the budget revision.

Budget Revisions for County Commission

Commissioner approved the Funding allocation and transfers to correct account.

Use of Special Cards Suggested by State Auditor’s Office

Commissioner Ramsey along with County Administrator, Clerk, and Bookkeeper attended a meeting with State Auditor’s Office for use of the same card State uses for purchases.

By using the suggested card there will be an electronic record of all the purchases.

A plus for the use of card for purchases is the county will get a percentage return on the purchases.

The use of the suggested card will help with accounting by accurately tracking purchases and reduce paper work.

Currently 47 counties use this money saving card.

It was noted the county was approached before and everyone was puzzled why the county never went for it.

Another plus for use of the system is the fact that it will interact with the accounting system eliminating check printing and manual entries.

GCVFD: Hot Dog Sale


The Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department Support Group would like to invite everyone to come and eat lunch at the Fire Department Concession Stand.

We will be set up EVERY WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, and FRIDAY from now until APRIL 29, 2011 at the Glenville Foodland Parking Lot.

We will be OPEN each day from 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM.

The Menu each day includes:

•  Hotdogs (Chili, Onion, Slaw, Relish, Mustard, Ketchup)

•  Chips

•  Nacho’s

•  Pop

•  Candy bars

We would like to THANK everyone in this great county for all your support in each of our fundraisers throughout the year.

All money raised will benefit YOUR fireman in better assisting you in your time of need.

~~ Eric Squires - GCVFD ~~

G-FYI™: Courthouse Access and GCEDA


In a meeting with the Gilmer County Commissioners, The Gilmer Free Press questioned a couple of issues on behalf of the Gilmer County Concerned Citizens:

Courthouse Access by Unauthorized Individual

The Commissioners Dave Hess, and Darrell Ramsey along with County Clerk Jean Butcher noted that they had changed all the interior locks in the courthouse.

The action was taken because they could not collect the keys from some of the individuals who had them.

Now only authorized personnel have access to offices.

Gilmer County Economic Development

The Gilmer County Economic Development Association broke away from the Gilmer County Commission several years ago.

Therefore, Gilmer County Commission has nothing to do with any actions GCEDA makes.

WVU Law Professor’s Book Focuses On Moms’ Worries


The authors of a new book say finding a work-life balance isn’t about settling. It’s about redefining perfection.

The book is “Good Enough is the New Perfect: Finding Happiness and Success in Modern Motherhood.“

West Virginia University law professor Hollee Schwartz Temple and journalist Becky Beaupre Gillespie share stories of working moms across the country, along with their own choices and career ramifications.

Temple says moms often feel alone when they make difficult choices about a work-life balance, and the book gives them a voice. The co-authors surveyed more than 1,000 women nationwide in their research.

Temple expected most women to list financial, work or marriage issues as their biggest roadblocks to happiness.

Instead, she says it was the unrelenting quest for perfection.

That, she says, is a losing battle.

Sand Fork: Little Kanawha Association ABW Ministries Spring Rally - 04.28.11


The LK ABW Ministries “SPRING FLING” will be held at Sand Fork Baptist Church in the Family Life Center on THRUSDAY, APRIL 28, 2011 with registration beginning at 6:00 PM.


2. Bring A COVERED DISH to share in a meal at 6:30 PM

3. Bring a “ Spring “ related item for the Silent Auction (baked goods will be fine too)

4. Other activities will begin around 7:00 PM


Questions, contact Sharon Radabaugh, President

Rosedale: Bake Sale/Indoor Yard Sale – 04.22,23.11


There will be a Bake Sale/ Indoor Yard Sale on Good Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23, 2011from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Rosedale Community Building in Rosedale, WV.

All proceeds will be used for materials to continue making Burden Bears and lap quilts that are distributed free of charge to Hospice, hospitals and nursing care facilities.

Your support and donations will be greatly appreciated.

This event is sponsored by the Burden Bear Group, “Sewing every seam with love.“

Fundraiser: Jewelry and Longaberger Basket Bingo - 05.01.11


Stan and Paula Mazzagotte

Jewelry and Longaberger Basket Bingo

When: May 01, 2011

Where: Gilmer County Senior Center

Time: 1:00 PM (Doors open 12:00 Noon)

20 games for $20.00 Donation

Door prizes/raffle, 50/50 drawing

Additional bingo cards available.

Great food, great prizes and lots of fun.

Get tickets at the door or call Pam at 304.462.8024

Stan Mazzagotte will have other jewelry for sale as he is going out of business sale due to health reasons.


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