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Upcoming Community Events

Friday, September 4, 6:30-8:30PM: The Town of Sand Fork is hosting its annual community picnic and fireworks at Sand Fork Elementary. Pulled pork and drinks will be available – bring a covered dish and a lawn chair.

Saturday, September 5, 3:00 PM..: Cedarville will celebrate its annual homecoming with music, kids games, crafts auction and grilled hotdogs and fixings – bring a covered dish.

Wednesday, September 9, 9:30AM: The Gilmer County Farm Show begins! The Youth show will begin on the 9th and the Dinner will be held on the 10th at 4:30PM. Look for signs around the community!

Saturday, September 12: Eat some pancakes from 7AM to Noon, Boy Scout Troop 79 will hold a pancake breakfast at Trinity United Methodist Church, then starting at 9AM the Gilmer County High School Band will be washing cars at Advanced Auto.

Tuesday, September 15, 6:00PM to 7:30PM: The Cradle to Classroom Committee and Gilmer County Title 1 Program is hosting the Gilmer County Art and Ice Cream Social in the Glenville City Square Park. Bring your family to create art in the park and eat delicious treats!

Weekend of September 18-19: TANNERFEST! Many events are being planned for Friday and Saturday.

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Certified Police Officers Sought for Glenville

The City of Glenville is currently searching for a a CERTIFIED POLICE OFFICER. Contact the Mayor’s Office at (304) 462-8040 for more information.

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Wilma Jean Huffman

Wilma Jean Huffman, age 83 of Copen, West Virginia, departed this life Monday afternoon, August 10, 2015 at the Crestview Nursing Facility in Jane Lew, West Virginia, following an extend illness. Born July 8, 1932 in Gilmer County, West Virginia, Wilma was the daughter of the late Wellington and Hazel Messenger McHenry.

Wilma was a former housekeeper at Oglebay State Park in Wheeling, West Virginia, and a Methodist by faith.

Surviving are 2 children, Danny Godfrey and wife Peggy of  Wheeling, WV; and Brenda Godfrey of Folnsbee, West Virginia, 2 grandchildren, Amy McKenna and husband Paul of Wheeling, WV; and Kimberly Godfrey of Cleveland, Ohio, 2 great-grandchildren, Kmiah McKenna and Aidan McKenna both of Wheeling, WV, and 1 sister, Betty Salvino of Weston, West Virginia.

Along with her parents, Wilma was preceded in death by her first husband, James Godfrey and her second husband Carl Huffman.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc., 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV; 26351 at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 14, 2015 with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating. Burial will follow in the McHenry II Cemetery on Sand Fork Road. Friends may call from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Friday morning at the Mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Wilma Jean Huffman with arrangements.

, age 83 of Copen, West Virginia, departed this life Monday afternoon, August 10, 2015 at the Crestview Nursing Facility in Jane Lew, West Virginia, following an extend illness. Born July 8, 1932 in Gilmer County, West Virginia, Wilma was the daughter of the late Wellington and Hazel Messenger McHenry.

Wilma was a former housekeeper at Oglebay State Park in Wheeling, West Virginia, and a Methodist by faith.

Surviving are 2 children, Danny Godfrey and wife Peggy of  Wheeling, WV; and Brenda Godfrey of Folnsbee, West Virginia, 2 grandchildren, Amy McKenna and husband Paul of Wheeling, WV; and Kimberly Godfrey of Cleveland, Ohio, 2 great-grandchildren, Kmiah McKenna and Aidan McKenna both of Wheeling, WV, and 1 sister, Betty Salvino of Weston, West Virginia.

Along with her parents, Wilma was preceded in death by her first husband, James Godfrey and her second husband Carl Huffman.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc., 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV; 26351 at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 14, 2015 with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating. Burial will follow in the McHenry II Cemetery on Sand Fork Road. Friends may call from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Friday morning at the Mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Wilma Jean Huffman with arrangements.

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Mary Susan Black

Mary Susan Black, 89, of Stouts Mills, Gilmer County, West Virginia died peacefully in her home on Sunday, August 9th. She was born in Ames, Iowa on June 9, 1926, the daughter of the late Oral A. and Mary McMorrow Brown, both of whom hailed from Braxton County.

Mary attended elementary school in Ames and later graduated from Coffee County High School in Enterprise, AL. She graduated with a degree in English from Auburn University in 1945. After graduation, she taught English at Auburn and later at West Virginia University in Morgantown.

After returning to Stouts Mills, Mary worked for a time at the Glenville State College library. She later became the head librarian at the Burnsville Public Library, where she served the community for over 30 years.

Mary was a staunch conservationist and was the primary steward of her family farm for over 60 years. She gardened, raised cattle and embraced progressive organic and agricultural concepts. She was a voracious reader who never tired of learning and was known for her keen wit, interest in politics, and tireless support of environmental preservation causes.

In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Black, and her brother William Brown of Nevada. She is survived by her son David and his wife Dana of Pittsburgh, PA.

In accordance with Mary’s wishes, no public memorial service will be held. Anyone wishing to honor her memory is encouraged to make a memorial contribution to either the Burnsville Public Library (235 Kanawha St, Burnsville, WV 26335 / (304) 853-2338) or the Gilmer Public Library (214 Walnut St, Glenville, WV 26351 / (304) 462-5620).

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is honored to assist the family of Mary Susan Black with arrangements.

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Lenita Rose Reale

Scan_Pic0001, beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother, as well as teacher to legions in Gilmer County, departed this life on August 6, 2015 at the age of 92. Born on January 1, 1923 in Frenchton, West Virginia, she will be reunited with her parents, A.G. and Eula Harris Casto and her late husband, Patrick V. Reale, each of whom preceded her in death.

She was a public school teacher in the Gilmer County School System for nearly 40 years, serving students in one room schools in various locations in the county and later in elementary schools at Gilmer, Lynch Run, Rosedale, Sand Fork, Cedarville, Glenville and Tanner.  Her students were her extended family, many of which provided her well wishes in her final days.  It was clear she touched the lives of many in a positive and loving way that was not forgotten.

She was active in many local organizations including her church, Trinity United Methodist Church of Glenville, Glenville Women’s Club, Gilmer County Association of Retired School Employees, Gilmer County Senior Citizens, Order of the Eastern Star, Rebecca’s, Gilmer County Public Library and her “Book Club” friends, the Red Hat Society, Sand Fork School Alumni Association, Glenville State College Alumni Association, Gilmer County Democratic Women’s Club and the West Virginia State Folk Festival, which honored her in 1998 as being a festival belle from Gilmer County.

She was a treasure trove of Gilmer County history and was part of Dr. Patrick Gainer’s inaugural experience with the West Virginia State Folk Festival.  She was a member of his first WV Folklore Class at Glenville State College and the launching of what we now know as the West Virginia State Folk Festival.  She delighted in sharing stories of her youth, growing up in what, at the time, was a thriving Gilmer Station where her father was the stationmaster at the local train depot.  With several coal mines in the area and the rail station being the primary location for shipping and receiving goods and materials to and from the Gilmer County and Glenville area prior to the development of paved roads, there was much to tell about life in and around Gilmer Station.  Her stories of real life experiences were indeed captivating.

Lenita had many special friends throughout the local community who gave her help and assistance in so many kind and loving ways during the later years of her life.  She felt truly blessed to have such wonderful friends and worried that she had not sufficiently thanked each.

She is survived by her sister, Mary C. Davis (formerly of Glenville and Weston, WV and now of Winston-Salem, NC), four children, daughters Vicki Glass (Dallas, Texas), Susan Chapman (Glenville, WV), Mary Roseann Thompson (Elkview, WV), and son, Philip Reale (Charleston, WV); nine grandchildren, Andy Glass (Dallas, TX), Kelly Holland (Denton, TX), Keith Glass (San Antonio, TX), Devon Chapman (Albuquerque, NM), Brett Chapman (Glenville, WV), Lyndsey Thompson and Jonathan Thompson (Elkview, WV), Philip Reale, II (South Charleston, WV) and Anthony Reale (Charleston, WV).  She also has eight great grandchildren.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, the kind act of charitable contributions to the Gilmer County Public Library be extended.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc., 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV; 26351 at 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 10, 2015 with Rev. Mark James officiating. Burial will follow in the Meadow Lane Cemetery on WV Highway 5 West. Friends will be received from 5-8 p.m. Sunday evening at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is honored to assist the family of Lenita R. Reale with arrangements.

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Douglas Allen “Doug” Broome

Douglas Allen “Doug” Broome, age 54 of Glenville, West Virginia, departed this life Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, West Virginia, following an extended illness. Born November 12, 1960 in Columbus, Ohio, Doug is the son of the late Lady Joan Donley Broome.

Doug was self employed as a Completion Engineer in the oil and gas industry. He was a graduate of Brookville Area High School, Brookville, PA; class of 1978. In his free time, Doug enjoyed Riding motorcycles and deer hunting.

Surviving are his father and step-mother, Edward A. Broome and wife Jackie of Glenville, one brother, Kenneth D. Broome and wife Pamela of Glenville, one sister, Susan Kay Leslie and husband Keven of Reading, Ohio, five nieces, two nephews, and one great niece.

Along with his mother, Doug was preceded in death by one sister, Gayle Louise Broome.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc; 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV; 26351 at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 8, 2015 with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating. Burial will follow in the Meadow Lane Cemetery on Route 5, west of Glenville. Family and friends will be received from 9:30-10:00 a.m. Saturday morning at the Mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is honored to assist the family of Douglas Broome with arrangements.

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Basket Bingo Benefit on August 15th

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Opportunity for Area Senior Citizens

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7th Annual That Dam Race 5K

Participants of last year's That Dam Race

Participants of last year’s That Dam Race

Sutton, West Virginia – July 25th marks the date for the seventh annual That Dam Race 5k. This race and it’s unique and challenging terrain has attracted many runners and walkers to the Sutton Dam for six straight years. This 5k offers diverse terrain including, blacktop road, steep hills, wooded trail, historic cobble stone, the most unique terrain being the Sutton Dam itself. The US Army Corp of Engineers opens up the top of the dam once a year for this event which is out of the ordinary for most dams. In this day and age of liability and security concerns the ability to run or walk across the top of the majestic Sutton Dam is a rare treat. Why not be one of the few who will see the town from a bird’s eye view? All proceeds from this year’s event will go the Braxton County High School track program. Registration is $25.

The race will begin at 8 a.m. with registration starting at 7 a.m. Race shirts will be included with the price of registration while sizes and supplies last. A few new features are being added to the awards this year as well. The race metals will be custom made out of ceramic and will feature a photo of the beautiful Sutton Dam. The top-overall men and top-overall women runners will also receive a box full of running goodies provided by RunnerBox.

As in previous years, the 5K crew will be conducting a children’s dash race, That Darn Race, after the 5k at around 10 a.m. Registration for That Darn Race will take place just before the dash. Participation in That Darn Race is free.

Be sure to follow That Dam Race 5k on Facebook and use the hashtag #DamStrong when sharing your 5k experiences on social media.

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