Gilmer WV News is a public service resulting from a collaborative venture between the Gilmer County Economic Development Association, Glenville State College, and the Gilmer County Commission.

Donkey Basketball set for October 6th

Normantown Elementary School and the Gilmer County FFA will be having a Donkey basketball game on Monday, October 6th in the Gilmer County High School Gymnasium at 6:00 p.m. Advanced admission tickets are $6.00 and can be purchased at Fred’s Country Store, Glenville Foodland, and Gilco Faith Pharmacy. You can also contact the Normantown Elementary P.T.O. or the Gilmer County FFA. Gate admission tickets will cost $8.00.

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and all children 6 years old and under get in for free. Also, there will be $1.00 donkey rides for kids 12 years old and under. Please come out and support  Normantown Elementary School and the Gilmer County FFA.



Glenville, WV – Create West Virginia, the statewide grass-roots initiative stimulating Innovation Economy growth in West Virginia, and The Building Conference, West Virginia’s placemaking conference, will hold their first-ever joint conference in partnership Glenville State College in Glenville, WV, October 26-28, 2014.

“This year’s conference will break barriers in how our state thinks about growth and prosperity,” said conference creative director Rebecca Kimmons. “We want entrepreneurs, engineers, contractors, business and community leaders and educators to think about how connecting cultures through social and technology networks can generate new opportunities for our citizens.”

This year’s joint conferences are also unique with their unprecedented participation by young people, especially college students. Glenville State College is serving as host venue and planning partner with Create West Virginia and The Building Conference to stimulate feedback and ideas from the next generation of West Virginia leaders.

“As a participant in past Create West Virginia Conferences, I’ve seen first-hand how ideas and connections are sparked at this very unique conference,” said Dr. Peter Barr, Glenville State College president. “It became obvious to me that holding this statewide training and networking conference at GSC would add new opportunities to generate an even more exciting level of innovative thinking.”

The Building Conference portion of the agenda, organized by WV GreenWorks with support from West Virginia State University’s Economic Development Center, WVU College of Creative Arts, and the US Green Building Council WV focuses on the design and retrofitting of West Virginia’s buildings, communities and public places to attract and retain innovative, entrepreneurial people. “Partnering with Create WV makes it easier to bring everyone together who can and is making a difference across this state. We’re providing an expansion of Create
WV’s Quality of Place track this year because so much more public discussion and cross pollination is needed on
the subjects of making our building stock, public places and communities not only more attractive, but more
efficient, healthier and supportive of the creativity of the people who use them,” said Sarah Halstead, WVSU
Extension’s Community and Economic Development Specialist.

The Building Conference agenda at Create West Virginia offers Local Economic Development credits and points
for development professionals working for the state, and with the West Virginia Housing Development Fund.

With support from the City of Glenville and Gilmer County, the conference will integrate nationally-recognized
keynote speakers, hands-on workshops and cultural experiences into the conference.
Speaker highlights include:

- Dr. Mark Bates is the son and grandson of Mingo County coal miners and has been involved in medical
device innovation for 20 years. He holds over 60 US issued and pending patents in the areas of stents,
embolic protection, gene therapy, stem cell implantation, regenerative therapy, nanotechnology, spinal
cord injury, catheter design and drug delivery. The founder of several medical start-up companies, he is
CEO and founder of Nexeon MedSystems, Inc., a translational research company. He attended Marshall
University, and graduated from WV State University and WVU Medical School.

- Carla Diana is a “hybrid designer” focused on realizing new visions for smart objects and the Internet of
Things. She is a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania’s Integrated Product Design Program
and an advisor for the group Tomorrow-Lab, a design firm that creates electro-mechanical solutions for
smart devices. She is also a Fellow at Smart Design, where she oversees the Smart Interaction Lab.

- Majora Carter, founder and CEO of the Majora Carter Group, is a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship winner
and a community revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award winning
broadcaster. She is responsible for the creation and successful implementation of numerous greeninfrastructure
projects, policies, and job training and placement systems and one of the first and most
watched TED Talk speakers.

- Paul Garnett is a Director in Microsoft’s Technology Policy Group, where he focuses on promoting
higher-bandwidth, more efficient and ubiquitous spectrum-based broadband connectivity. He has been
instrumental in the development of TV White Space technology, which has been used to bring
broadband Internet to rural areas of Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, and Tanzania. Paul’s team, in partnership
with WVNet, will bring this cutting-edge technology to Glenville for a special demonstration during the

- Ed O’Malley is the CEO of the Kansas Leadership Center, an initiative from the Kansas Health Foundation
that equips people with skills to make positive change for the common good.

- Tom Welch of Tom Welch Consulting is an education consultant, thought leader and former “Director of Seeding Innovation” in Kentucky’s Department of Education.

Create West Virginia will continue its tradition of infusing diverse cultural and learning experiences throughout the conference. Showcasing Glenville’s legacy as a folk music and history center, renowned bluegrass and folk musicians will share music throughout the conference. Mike Curtin, CEO of DC Central Kitchen will join Karyn Calabrese and Kate Long in a session focused on using food to stimulate economic development, create jobs, and address health and wellness issues. DC Central Kitchen leads the nation in reducing hunger with recycled food, training adults for culinary careers, serving healthy school meals, and rebuilding urban food systems through social enterprise.

The 2014 Placemakers Awards will also be conferred on Monday evening, October 27, celebrating high performance buildings, communities and people. The US Green Building Council will offer an overview of the new LEED Version 4 accreditation program, while statewide water quality, energy and building code experts share trends in innovation, legislation, and accountability.

Sunday afternoon’s pre-conference program will offer free sessions for community members and any visitor to Glenville. Sessions on October 26 including training workshops on using YouTube and digital content to promote your cause or business, digital communication etiquette, and developing a unique value proposition for your organization.

The public is also invited to join building owners, designers, architects, engineers, energy efficiency experts and planners for a free community design session focused on a portion of downtown Glenville. Facilitated by West Virginia chapters of the US Green Building Council and the American Institute of Architects, this event will offer valuable information to all community leaders, planners and building owners on best practices for revitalization of buildings and public spaces for efficiency, lower operational costs and beautification.

A variety of attendance options are available, ranging from one-day passes to full-conference participation in both Create West Virginia and The Building Conference. A full conference early bird rate of $249 is available until September 30, 2014, and a special $49 rate for high school and college students is offered. All registration offers and pricing, along with the full conference agenda and speaker lineup can be found at Questions or sponsorship inquiries can be forwarded to


Historic Theater to play Classic Horror Film

Sutton, West Virginia – The Elk Theatre in downtown Sutton, WV will be playing a horror classic this October. John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) will be shown October 28th, 29th, 30th, and 31st (Halloween day) at 7 p.m. each evening at the historic single screen theater.

The Elk Theatre is known for playing host for many unconventional events. The theater has been the home of the Elk River Music and Arts festival which is a two day festival held in April. The WV FILMmakers Festival has called the theater home for years and this year is no exception. The festival will be held October 3rd through the 5th.

The owners Charles and Jane Murphy are also the theaters only employees, along with a loyal family of volunteers that help out on busy nights. Every weekend you will find Charles selling tickets at the front window while Jane works the concession stand. The Elk Theatre was originally named the Alpine Theatre and was built in the 1930′s. For more information on the Elk Theatre visit their website at


WVU Extension Service launches ‘W.Va. Agritourism Initiative’ to help local farm operators profit from new ‘value-added’ opportunities


Helping local farmers create and profit from farm-based tourism opportunities is the idea behind West Virginia University Extension Service’s new Agritourism Initiative – a training program for aspiring and beginning agritourism operators.

With the help of a $30,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Northeast Extension Risk Management Agency, WVU and industry experts will engage participants in a series of four, day-long training sessions in areas like risk-management, marketing, hospitality management and business collaborations.

“Farmers are exploring agritourism and farm-based education as an opportunity to help diversify farm income and improve cash flows,” Dee Singh-Knights, WVU Extension Service agricultural economics specialist, said. “The challenge is the lack of education-specific resources and expertise to help them effectively evaluate this new opportunity.”

Organizers say the program will serve as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for agritourism resources, helping farmers to better navigate the risk management issues arising from agritourism activities.

“The program builds on the ‘entertainment’ value of agritourism, to include the overlooked ‘educational’ value, in response to consumer demand for understanding where their food and related products comes from,” Singh-Knights said.

The program is a collaboration between WVU Extension Service, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, the West Virginia Division of Tourism and West Virginia State University.

Participants who successfully complete the course requirements are eligible for certification as a West Virginia Agritourism Initiative Business.

Classes are limited to 20 participants in each of three locations and registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Cost of the entire course is $40 and includes course materials, meals and snacks.

The classes are offered to the northern region in Morgantown at the Agricultural Science Building on WVU’s Evansdale Campus, on Nov. 1, Dec. 6, Jan. 10 and Feb. 7.

Residents in the southern part of the state can attend classes at the Emma Byrd Higher Education Center in Beaver. The class meets Nov. 8, Dec. 13, Jan. 17 and Feb. 14.

A third course option is available online. Participants in the online session work at their own pace to complete the course between Jan. 15 and March 30.

A spring capstone trip to Raleigh, North Carolina will be available to a limited number of participants who complete the course. Participants are responsible for paying for their lodging and some meals. Transportation and admissions fees for our ‘classroom on wheels’ are covered by grant funds.

To learn more about the course, visit To register, you can visit Deadline to apply is Wed., Oct. 15.

For more information, please contact Dee Singh-Knights at or 304-293-7606.

Connecting the people of West Virginia to the University’s resources and programs is the primary goal of WVU Extension Service and its 55 offices throughout the state. Local experts, like WVU Extension’s agents and specialists, work to help improve the lives and wellbeing of youths, workforces, communities, farms and businesses through trusted research in the counties in which they serve.

To learn more about WVU Extension programs, visit, or contact your local office of the WVU Extension Service.

CONTACT: Dee Singh-Knights, WVU Extension Service

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Gilmer County Farmer’s Market Dynamic Doggie Photo Contest

Do you have a cute dog? A helpful dog? A funny dog? Or a dog that defies description? Then you need to enter our GCFM Dynamic Doggie Photo Contest. All ages and breeds are welcome. We’ll have fun prizes for winners in a variety of categories, and we’ll publish your pooch’s picture in the October 18 issue of Fresh Picks, the market newsletter. E-mail photos to or attach them to a message on our Facebook page. Include your name, your dog’s name and age, and your city. Photos must be received by midnight October 10th. And don’t forget to come out to the market for Kids’ Day October 18th!


Backyard, Pastured Poultry Workshop Schedule for September 23rd

Backyard Pastured Poultry Workshop


Rose Mary Byrd

Rose Mary Byrd, age 61 of Glenville, West Virginia, departed this life at 12:44 p.m. on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, West Virginia following an extended illness.

Born June 24, 1953 in Ritchie County, West Virginia, Rose was the daughter of the late Burlin and Hazel Workman Byrd.

Rose was a homemaker and mail carrier for the United States Postal Service. She enjoyed Sewing, spending time with her family, and loved taking care of her grandchildren.

Surviving are three children, Mike Frymier and girlfriend Tina Godfrey of Glenville, WV, Michelle Shackleford and husband West of Linn, West Virginia, and Emary Frymier and wife Jessica of Cox’s Mills, West Virginia; eight grandchildren: Autumn Frymier, Ally Frymier, Amber Shackleford and boyfriend JD Duelley, West Shackleford, Beth Shaffer and husband Melvin, Monica Bush and husband Bryan, David Frymier, and Kaithlyn Frymier; and five great-grandchildren: Avarie Duelley, Gaige and Brystal Shaffer, and Richard and Ava Bush.

There are also five siblings surviving, Shirley Barnett, of Glenville, WV, Frank Byrd and wife Emma of Glenville, WV, Kathy Junkins and husband David of Barlet, Ohio, Betty Swanson of Marietta, Ohio, and Wilda Moore and husband Charlie of South Carolina.

Along with her parents, Rose was preceded in death by two brothers, Burlin Byrd Jr. and Bud Byrd and two sisters, Nancy Craig and Helen Smith.

At her request, Rose will be cremated and a memorial service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. in Glenville with Rev. Kenny Fisher officiating. Burial will follow in the Hazel Green Cemetery, in Ritchie County. Friends may call from 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Rose Mary Byrd with arrangements.


The Women Behind Wynette: GVT to Present Tammy Wynette Story in Sutton, W.Va., One Night Only

“Sometimes it’s hard to be a woman.” No one knew that truth quite like country singer Tammy Wynette. And she sang about it. She sang about it a lot. Greenbrier Valley Theatre, the State Professional Theatre of West Virginia, will bring her poignant and tumultuous story to life in Stand By Your Man: The Tammy Wynette Story, one night only, on Saturday, September 20 at the Landmark Studio for the Arts in Sutton, W.Va., at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 and will be sold at the door. For more information, call the GVT Box Office at (304) 645-3838 or visit

Before she was known as the ‘First Lady of Country Music’ Tammy Wynette was Virginia Wynette Pugh. From humble beginnings on a cotton farm in Miss., her determination to succeed in a male-dominated industry would make her one of the most well-known names in country music. Wynette released 20 number one singles, won two Grammy Awards and sold more than 30 million records, grossing over $100 million. “Stand By Your Man” is still the top-selling single in the history of country music.

Hannah McGinley as Tammy Wynette in GVT’s “Stand By Your Man: The Tammy Wynette Story”. (Photo by 84 Agency, Courtesy of Greenbrier Valley Theatre.)

Hannah McGinley as Tammy Wynette in GVT’s “Stand By Your Man: The Tammy Wynette Story.” (Photo by 84 Agency, Courtesy of Greenbrier Valley Theatre.)

“She[Tammy Wynette], along with Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn, definitely inspired the later women in country music with her passion, since it was mostly a man’s business until she came on the scene, hence her nickname ‘The First Lady of Country Music,’” said Hannah McGinley.

McGinley portrays the tenacious country star in GVT’s upcoming production of Wynette’s life story. Growing up in the heart of country music, just outside of Nashville, McGinley admired more than Wynette’s pioneering journey through the country music industry, but her powerful voice as well.
“I think my favorite thing about [her] music would be the genuine way in which she feels all of her songs. There is a quiet calm in a lot of her ballads, seemingly on the verge of tears, that is outstandingly powerful,” McGinley added.

Stand By Your Man: The Tammy Wynette Story delves into more than her astonishing career as a country music artist and her tumultuous five marriages. The production gives insight into her youth, where her interest in music took root and her struggle to make it Nashville.

“Tammy was absolutely determined to succeed, even though her circumstances were almost wholly against her. I find her tenacity intensely inspiring,” said Micah Labishak, who plays a teenage Wynette.

You won’t want to miss McGinley’s striking portrayal of Tammy Wynette in Greenbrier Valley Theatre’s production of Stand By Your Man: The Tammy Wynette Story, one night only, on Saturday, September 20 at the Landmark Studio for the Arts in Sutton, W.Va., at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 and will be sold at the door. For more information call the GVT Box Office at (304) 645-3838 or visit

Located in beautiful, historic downtown Lewisburg, “America’s Coolest Small Town,” Greenbrier Valley Theatre, The State Professional Theatre of West Virginia, is committed to its mission statement to create live, professional quality theatre in West Virginia and, through theatre, to enlighten, enrich, and enliven the life of our region.

Throughout each year, GVT produces first-class theatrical productions featuring professional actors. Additionally, Greenbrier Valley Theatre offers a successful after-school drama program, a summer camp for children and teens, literary readings, live simulcasts of the Metropolitan Opera, special events and musical performances, art appreciation activities, lectures, discussions and workshops.


Mary Jean Heater

Mary Jean Heater, age 79 of Burnsville, West Virginia, departed this life Friday evening, August 29, 2014 at her residence following an extended illness, surrounded by her loving family.

Born June 8, 1935 in Long Shoal, West Virginia, Mary was the daughter of the late Alton and Jessie Mae Cosner Carson.

Mary was a loving mother, housewife, and homemaker. She loved quilting, gardening, and spending time with her loving family. Mary was a Methodist by faith and attended the Stouts Chapel on Hyers Run. Her favorite scripture was the 23rd Psalms and she was also a member of the quilting club known as the “Country Quilters” and a member of the “Gem Homemakers Club.”

Scan_Pic0001On January 1, 1955 she was united in marriage to Roy Heater who preceded her in death on May 21, 2004.

Surviving are six children, Roy Junior Heater of Falls Mills, West Virginia, Johnnie Heater and wife Kimberly of Baldwin, West Virginia, Charlene Messenger and husband Michael of Linn, West Virginia, Donald Heater and wife Bessie of Burnsville, West Virginia, Connie White of Burnsville, West Virginia, and James Heater of Philo, Ohio.

There are nine siblings, Ray Carson and wife Ruby of Long Shoal, WV, Glen Carson and wife Linda of Tioga, WV, Carl Carson of Little Birch, WV, John Sherman Carson and wife Betty of Buckhannon, WV, Ralph Carson and wife Ruth of Long Shoal, WV, Viola Mae Nicholson of Burnsville, WV, Freeda  Perrine of Burnsville, WV, Joyce Moore and husband David of Cheshire, OH, and Carol Robinson and husband Larry of Morehead, KY.

There are also several grandchildren and several great-grandchildren surviving.

Along with her parents and husband, Mary was preceded in death by one great-grandson, Walter Robert Given, a daughter-in-law, Sandra Cayton Heater, and one brother, Russell Carson.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc in Glenville at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 with Rev. Ronzel Roberts officiating. Burial will follow in the Canfield Cemetery on Sliding Run Road. Friends may call from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Monday, September 1st at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc is assisting the family of Mary Jean Heater with arrangements and online condolences can be expressed at