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Agenda for November 19th County Commission Meeting

11 19 2014 Agenda County Commission Meeting


5K Raises Over $1,000 for Charity

foodbankThat Dam Race 5K raised $1,274 in proceeds this summer for the Braxton County BackPack program. Burton Spaur, of the Dam Race committee, presented the Mountaineer Food Bank with a check for $1,274 to be used as an available credit, from which the BackPack programs in Braxton County can draw funds. The BackPack program helps to feed children in need on weekends when they might not otherwise have food outside of school. Accepting the check on behalf of the Mountaineer Food Bank was director of development, Chad Morrison.

That Dam Race 5K race has been held for six years at the Sutton Dam, in Sutton, WV. The course of the race takes runners and walkers up a difficult hill to the top of the dam, across the dam, through the woods, in downtown Sutton, and finally back to the starts point below the dam. The difficulty and beauty of the course has been a yearly destination to some of WV’s most competitive runners. For more information on the event “Like” the races fan page on Facebook, by searching “that dam race 5k”.

The 5K organizers could not have raised this much money without the help of their generous sponsors: Braxton County CVB, Go Mart, Grindo Law Offices, Vicky Murphy/State Farm, Amy Ostilin Photography, Finca la Despensa Coffee, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Town of Sutton.


Agenda for Special Commission Meeting on November 10th



November 10, 2014 @ 9:00 AM

Location: Gilmer County Commission Room, 10 Howard Street, Glenville, WV









Canvass Votes of 2014 General Election


George W. Belknap

George W. Belknap, age 103 of Cedarville, WV, departed this life November 4, 2014 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV.

He was born at Old Field Fork in Lewis County, outside of Weston, WV on March 1, 1911 and was the son of the late Dyer and Dora Bennington Belknap. The family soon moved to Sand Fork in Gilmer County. Being about 17 years old, he worked on the bridge being built across the Little Kanawha River coming into Glenville on Route 33. He went from there to Harry Deckers Garage in Sand Fork for 13 years and taught himself to be an auto mechanic and drove one of the big new school buses in Gilmer County for three years. After three years he married Hazel Greenleaf of Cedarville on May 5, 1939. Soon after he was drafted into the Navy for the last two years of World War II. When he was discharged he and his wife opened a country store and bought two large farms and raised cattle (85 to 95 heads) on them. He put up all the hay by himself and fed it to the cattle every day without help. They were honored for Farming For A Better Living about three years.

Hazel passed away in 1983 leaving George alone. Because of his failing health, he went to Morgantown, WV to live with his niece, Lillian Eddy the rest of his life. He made many friends in Morgantown during those years. During his last four birthdays, parties were held for him and pictures and write-ups were in the Morgantown Paper by Ron Rittenhouse and the Dominion Post the next morning. Never having lived where he could eat out often, he loved it. Every day he and Lillian went to Wendy’s where his 100th birthday party picture is placed on the wall. To get different foods, they went to Bob Evans in Westover ever day. He enjoyed all of the attention he got going there. In March 2008, Secretary of State Betty Ireland came from Charleston to the Glenville Courthouse to present George with a certificate and medal for being the oldest active voter in Gilmer County. He was 97 at the time. It would take a large book to hold all of his accomplishments in his 103 years.

Friends may call from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 8th at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 9th at the Mortuary with Elder Larry Fisher officiating. Burial will follow in the Cedarville Cemetery at Cedarville with full military honors.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc. is assisting the family of George W. Belknap with arrangements.


Election Day Rummage & Bake Sale

rummageRummage and Bake Sale at the library on Election Day, Tuesday, November 4th, from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. You can find books, movies, ladies plus size clothes, TV, furniture, new and used gift items, and LOTS OF YUMMY THINGS TO EAT! Sponsored by Friends of the Library to benefit the roof fund! All donations are tax deductible!!!!


Breaking the Cycle of Bullying at Gilmer Public Library

buddiesGilmer Public Library took the pledge and so can you. Come on down and pick up your “Break the cycle of Bullying!” activity book (appropriate for elementary ages).

Be a Buddy not a Bully! Take your pledge, complete your book, and return to our library for a PRIZE!

County Commission Meeting Moved to October 24th

The meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday, October 22nd has been rescheduled for Friday, October 24th at 9:00 a.m.  It will be held in the Magistrate Courtroom of the Courthouse Annex building.10 22 2014 Agenda County Commission Meeting


7th Annual CreateWV Conference

The seventh annual CreateWV conference will be held in Gilmer County October 26-28, 2014.

CreateWV Magazine

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CreateWV program

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WV Women in Agriculture Conference Registration Deadline Extended

Roanoke, WV–Please note that the WV Women in Agriculture Conference early-bird registration deadline has been extended to November 1st and other registrations will be taken up to November 14th for the inaugural event!

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There’s a new resource for West Virginia’s female farmers and farm service providers – the inaugural Women in Agriculture conference, sponsored by the West Virginia University Extension Service. The conference, Nov. 14-15 at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, West Virginia, will give female farmers the chance to network, learn farm business marketing and finance “best practices” and improve their leadership skills.

Activities begin with a pre-conference farm tour on Friday, Nov. 14. Visits to several local farms will show participants thriving farm enterprises providing traditional agriculture products, as well as other methods to grow a farm business through agritourism initiatives like community, school and family events. A networking dinner rounds out Friday.

Saturday sessions are divided into four educational tracks – livestock, horticulture, farm finances and farm niches. With more than a dozen sessions ranging from livestock production and liability issues to marketing basics and governmental relations, participants can tailor their conference experience to their specific needs.  There will also be age-appropriate activities for youths, age 5-18 on Saturday for $15 per child.

The weekend is designed to give farmers and farm service providers the opportunity to gain valuable insight and skills from local experts with real world experience-and to use that knowledge to build and improve their own farm operation through effective management practices.

There will be an exhibitor hall.  Vendor who would like to participate in the exhibition fair would pay a $150, which covers their booth space and two meals.  State or non-profit agencies can exhibit at a discounted rate of $35 per person working the booth.

Student farmers and young aspiring youth entrepreneurs are strongly encouraged to attend.  FFA and 4-H youth are offered a discounted rate of $20 per student to participant.  Youth and disadvantage farmer scholarships are available by request ONLY.

Early bird conference registration runs through  Nov.1 and offers discounted rates of $30 for the pre-conference farm tour, $35 for the conference or $55 for both. Registration fees after Nov. 1 are $40 for the pre-conference farm tour, $40 for the conference or $70 for both. The conference registration deadline is Nov. 14.

Lodging is available for an additional $99/night by calling Stonewall Resort at 304-269-7400.   Attendees should mention the conference when booking.

To learn more or register, visit, or call your local WVU Extension Service office or the state office at 304-293-6131.


Gilmer County On The Move Walking Challenge Is Back