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.

National Trails Day to be Observed at Cedar Creek on June 1st

GCEDA - BannerGilmer County on the Move – Walking Groups Challenge II members, friends, and neighbors are invited to get a little exercise and help celebrate the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day at Cedar Creek State Park on Saturday, June 1st.

According to Jeff Campbell, Gilmer County Economic Development Association’s Health & Wellness Committee Chairman and Project Coordinator of Gilmer County on the Move, “We are proud to hold this great event for the first time and invite guests to bring the family and be active: walk the grounds, hike one or all of the seven trails, bike, paddle boat, swim, play basketball, tennis, volleyball, softball, bird watching/photography and you are welcome to bring your dog on a leash. There is no cost – come spend the day in the park with us.”

The first 100 Gilmer County on the Move Walking Group Challenge team participants that turn in their first six week Walking Log will receive a 2013 GCOM T-Shirt. Our base will be the Apple Shelter for the day, providing maps & trail guides as well as water and light snacks. Any local business or individuals who would like to donate to help us with these expenses is greatly appreciated.

Nestled in the ‘Heart of West Virginia’ Cedar Creek State Park’s 2,483 lush acres offer a pastoral setting of rolling hills and wide valleys that provide an ideal backdrop for a wide variety of recreational opportunities from cycling to pleasant family strolls. For more information on the park check out:

If you have any questions or would like to make a donation please contact: Jeff Campbell at 304-871-6232 or email

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Canine Parvo Diagnosed in Local Animals

The highly contagious canine disease, parvovirus (more commonly referred to as parvo), has recently been diagnosed in several animals in the Gilmer and Lewis County areas. It is very easily transmitted, usually by other animals or humans who have tracked through infected feces. The disease can linger on carriers, shoes, and other objects.

You can visit this link to learn more about parvo.

Local Vet Resources:

Dr. W.H. Aspinall (Weston)
(304) 269-3654

Dr. William Moodispaw (Weston)
(304) 269-3288

Nicholas Animal Hospital (Summersville)
(304) 872-5030

Upshur Vet Hospital (Buckhannon)
(304) 472-6575

Central WV Animal Hospital (Gassaway)
(304) 364-5252

Special thanks to Paula Mazzagotte for bringing this to the attention of local residents.


Leragean S. “Pickle” Rowh

Leragean S. “Pickle” Rowh, age 78 of Bragg Run Road, Burnsville, West Virginia, departed this life at 1:23 a.m. on Sunday, May 26, 2013 in the United Hospital Center at Bridgeport, West Virginia following an extended illness.

Born April 16, 1935 in Gilmer County, West Virginia she was the daughter of the late Otis and Myrtle Thompson Jamison.

Leragean was a Christian by faith and an active member of the Church of God of Prophecy. She enjoyed watching game shows on TV, working puzzle books, and reading. She also enjoyed helping tend to and transport others in need.

On August 5, 1967 she was united in marriage to John T. Rowh, who preceded her in death on July 27, 1999.

Surviving are two daughters, Christine Lake and husband George and Cherrie Dean and husband Howard Jr., both of Burnsville; one step-son, Mike Rowh and wife Linda of Parkersburg, West Virginia; two step-daughters, Cindy Carter and husband Chuck of Ohio and Kim Heater and husband Johnnie of Glenville, West Virginia; four brothers, Paul Jamison  of Sand Fork, West Virginia, Gerald Jamison of Sutton, West Virginia, Randall “Tater” Jamison, and Omar “Tuffy” Bosley of Ohio; and one sister, Orlea Gerwig of Exchange, West Virginia. There are 12 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren also surviving.

Along with her husband and parents, Leragean was preceded in death by her first husband, James Edward Demastus, two sons, James Mark Demastus and Kevin Holland Rowh, and one step-son, Joseph Rowh.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Church of God of Prophecy in Sand Fork, West Virginia at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating. Burial will follow in the Church of God of Prophecy Cemetery on Dusk Camp Road. Friends may call from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the church.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Leragean S. Rowh with arrangements.


National Trails Day at Cedar Creek



Marcellus Shale Informational Program Tonight


Tuesday, May 21, 2013
6:00 PM
Gilmer Public Library

An informative, educational program that examines the what, how, where, and why of Marcellus Shale hydraulic fracturing. The basic science behind the process is explored as many sides of the issue are considered: the environmental to the economic from a neutral position.



Church to Hold Book Signing on May 25th

Local author Bill Church will be holding a book signing at the Gilmer County Public Library on Saturday, May 25th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Cedarville 4-H Club Wins Environmental Awards

Club Leader JoAnn Woodyard, Daisy Snyder, Kathy Metz, Grace Adams, Dustin Harper, Hannah Beckner, Logan Phares, Kaylene Snyder, Mikala Pyles, Colton Henderson, and Caleb Pyles

Club Leader JoAnn Woodyard, Daisy Snyder, Kathy Metz, Grace Adams, Dustin Harper, Hannah Beckner, Logan Phares, Kaylene Snyder, Mikala Pyles, Colton Henderson, and Caleb Pyles

The Cedarville Centurions 4-H and Cloverbud Club participated in the 50th West Virginia Youth Environmental Day on Saturday, May 18 at North Bend State Park. Approximately 1,500 participants attended and more than $11,000 in cash awards and scholarships were given in recognition of outstanding environmental accomplishments by the youth groups enrolled in the program.

The Cedarville Centurions 4-H Club received first place in the West Virginia State Parks Superintendents Association Awards for their flower and tree planting efforts at Cedar Creek State Park. Presented by Kathy Metz, North Bend State Park Assistant Superintendent, the award included a check for $300, a recycled glass trophy, and certificate.

Kaylene Snyder with her first place award-winning poster.

Kaylene Snyder with her first place award-winning poster.

Kaylene Snyder was presented a first place award in the Cardinal Art Poster Contest for her poster entitled “Where Does Your Water Shed?.” The award included a scholarship to 2013 Junior Conservation Camp at Cedar Lakes, a recycled glass trophy, blue ribbon, and certificate.

During the weekend, club members camped in tents on Friday and Saturday nights, visited Berdine’s 5 & Dime in Harrisville, toured exhibits, participated in a parade, scavenger hunt, hiking, fishing, and making crafts from reused materials. The club would like to thank Vision, Vessels and Victory for providing camp supplies and the parents who made it a successful weekend.


Bradley R. Adams

Bradley R. Adams, age 73, of New Concord, Ohio departed this life Friday, May 17, at the OSU Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.

He was born January 12, 1940 in Troy, West Virginia and was a son of the late Denzel and Josephine Reed Adams. He retired as a truck driver for Detroit Diesel, Byesville, OH.

He is survived by his wife, Anita L. Patterson Adams, whom he married July 11, 1959; daughter, Shanda (Perry) Burt of Cambridge, Ohio; son, John Adams (Cindy Boylan) of Canton, Ohio; sister Jackie (Ed) Broome of Glenville, West Virginia; brothers Edward “Bud” (Connie) Adams of Weston, West Virginia; Gary “Sam” (Jeanette) Adams of Cedarville, West Virginia; James “Jim” (Karen) Adams of New Concord, Ohio; sister-in-law, Sharon Adams Hall of Weston, West Virginia; brother-in-law, Bill (Ryta) Patterson of Heath, Ohio; grandson, Raymond Burt of Cambridge, Ohio; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

A brother, Roger “Skeet” Adams is deceased.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 22nd at Ellyson Mortuary in Glenville from 11:00 a.m. until time of services at noon with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating. Burial will follow in the Troy I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc. is assisting the family of Bradley R. Adams with arrangements.


From the Office of the Mayor

To the citizens of Glenville:

I have been honored to serve as Mayor of Glenville for the past four years. I have, however, decided not to seek a third term.

For four years, you have generously granted me opportunities to play a role in the progress of our community. The opportunities have been exhilarating, occasionally exhausting, and always dedicated to shaping a community for the future. We have come together for memorable community celebrations—National Night Out, the Back to School Bash, and Halloween events. Together we have witnessed the success of the City Square on Main Street and welcomed a modernized Police Department with two K-9 units.

As you go to the polls on June 11th, I urge you to cast your ballot for a candidate of unquestioned integrity, unimpeachable ethics, an unassailable work record, forward-thinking views, and just plain honesty. I hope my successor will continue to advance the progress of a community I love.

I thank you all for four years that I will always treasure.
Sincerely Yours,

Mayor Tashua Allman-Duval
City of Glenville


Dedication Ceremony for Sand Fork Veteran’s Plaques to be May 25th

On Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. the Town of Sand Fork will dedicate the first two granite plaques honoring veterans from the Sand Fork area and Gilmer County who have previously or are currently serving their country. The dedication will take place at the Sand Fork Town Hall. The first plaques will list 52 names each, but all names submitted to date will be read and honored at the ceremony. Additional plaques will be installed as they are filled. Names may still be submitted to be added the plaques. Everyone is invited to attend this ceremony.

Questions? Contact Council Members Sue Edwards or Judy Jones.