The Grand Jury returned seven indictments and candidates
began filing for the Primary election.
Filing fees were 1% of the annual salaries at the
courthouse, which are $24,420 for county commissioner; $41,910, sheriff;
$50,160, prosecuting attorney; $41,910, assessor; and $43,625,
Benefits were held for Eddie Roberts and Glen Siegrist.
Services were held for William Rymer “Doc” Law, 94,
former owner of Law Hardware, Grantsville.
Jane Lynch, superintendent of Calhoun County Schools,
gave a report on education performance audits.
The Calhoun wrestling team finished second of 21 teams
at Nitro and second of 23 teams at Braxton. The Red Devils were ranked
third in Class AA-A.
It was reported that $45,000 was available from USDA for
a new town office, if funds from other sources are in place.
Thanks were expressed to DAV volunteer drivers Robert
Yoak, Dan Uplinger, Adrian Ball and James Yoak.
Fifty-eight Notice to Redeem legals were published for
properties sold for tax liens.
Law enforcement responded to the deaths of two county
residents, Teresa Lynn Knicely of Orma and Louis E. Milam of Barnes Run.
Fifteen candidates filed for local offices, but sheriff
Carl Ballengee withdrew his application.
Due in large part to a lack of a youth program, the CHS boys and girls varsity basketball teams were
0-27 before the girls defeated Parkersburg Christian.
Calhoun County board of education accepted the
retirements of 15 employees.
Public Service Commission announced that a new area code
would be added in West Virginia during 2009.
Hubert Witte of Akron, Ohio, donated numerous items to
Calhoun Historical Society.
Grantsville Police Dept. announced the beginning of its
house watch program and reminded residents to leave handicap parking
spaces to those with restricted mobility.
Calhoun High School graduates Jason Poling and Kara
Haymaker, students at Glenville State College, presented projects at
Undergraduate Research Day in Charleston.
Fourteen obituaries were listed in the Feb. 14 issue of
the Chronicle, ranging in age from 33 to 103.
Thirty-one Calhoun Middle/ High School students were
recognized as participants in the Hidden Promise Scholar program at GSC.
Ten Calhoun wrestlers qualified for the state tournament
and six placed in the top six of their respective weight classes,
including championship efforts by Cody Clark and Zac Yeager.
placed third of 44 teams.
Erin Smith, 2008 History Hero of Calhoun County, was
recognized at the W.Va. Cultural Center, Charleston.
Calhoun Middle School presented information on its
Respect and Protect Program.
Willard Jones, the “Mayor of Five Forks,” celebrated his
varsity girls (1-22) and varsity boys (0-23) were a combined 1-45 in
Maricia Mlynek joined the Chronicle staff as reporter.
Her first duties were covering the county commission and town council
Internal Revenue Service announced that the first
economic stimulus letters would be mailed in March and that payments
would begin in May.
Robert F. Bonar presented an in-depth story on former CHS coach Hick Hamrick at the Calhoun Historical
Donald Gatsoff and Mabel Jones were selected king and
queen during MHHS long term care’s Valentine Tea.
Paul and Glenna Fleming were featured as “Threads In Our
Calhoun Quilt.” Fiddler Jake Krack was also featured. He records and
teaches his craft.
Easter was celebrated on Mar. 23, the earliest since
1913. It will not happen that early again until 2228. Easter can fall as
early as Mar. 22, but that will not happen again until 2285.
The Melissa Oshoway Memorial Easter Egg Hunt was
attended by several hundred children and adults at Wayne Underwood
The Disaster Shelter team met and invited additional
volunteers to join and help victims in times of need.
Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center continued to offer free
industrial sewing classes, with jobs offered by local manufacturers to
those who successfully completed the course.
Glen Fowler, 86, a resident of Phillips Run, was
featured. He is a Naval Air Corp veteran and former banker, and is
enjoying retirement while tending his garden.
The former Calhoun County High School facilities in
Grantsville were sold again. New owners were George and Sherry Kusner of
The Calhoun County Democratic Convention was held at
Arnoldsburg Community Building. The Republican Party met at Calhoun
The Calhoun County Flag Design Challenge contest was
The Road to Recovery, an American Red Cross program, and
its volunteer driver Burl Simers were featured.
Grantsville Police Dept. made arrests for battery and
assault, trespassing, driving while license suspended, DUI, possession
of marijuana, and obstructing an officer.
An interior lightning protection system and high voltage
surge protector devices were installed at the 911 center at Mt. Zion.
More than 100 charter members of VFW Post No. 5959 were
listed. The organization was formed on Feb. 23, 1946.
Long-time Chronicle correspondent Dorothy Dye was
featured. She is active in Five Forks and Victory Baptist churches and
continues to quilt at the Senior Citizens Center.
Calhoun County Schools emphasized the importance of
WESTEST to teachers and students, with the county curriculum team
participating in training and staff development sessions held at each
The eighth annual Mother and Daughter Tea was sponsored
by CCCOA at the Senior Citizens Center.
The county commission heard updates on Community
Resources, Inc., Little Kanawha Bus Co., and E-911.
Seventeen candidates had free profiles published in the
County voters nominated Scottie (Chip) Westfall for
county commissioner, Allen D. Parsons for sheriff, Jason Nettles for
assessor, and Teresa Robinson and Richard G. Postalwait for magistrate.
Joy M. Starcher and Cynthia Dale were elected to board of education
Paul Whytsell, a U.S. Army veteran, was featured. He and
wife Freda are volunteer coordinators for the Disabled American Veterans
baseball team completed its season with a record of 4-21. The softball
team was 7-15.
Upper West Fork Bluegrass Festival was held May 22-24.
Registrations began arriving for the 21st annual Alumni
The State Fire Marshal was in Grantsville to investigate
a house fire, one of several in the county during 2008.
Allison Gumbarevic and Jordan Brooke Mace were announced
as Golden Horseshoe winners.
Seventy-five students were listed as 2008 CCHS
Amie Carilli received the Carl R. Morris Scholarship.
Curtis Garretson began his duties as WVU Extension agent
in the county.
The county commission adopted a new Calhoun County flag,
designed by contest winner Charlie Whipkey.
Maria Kisner was selected as Queen Flora XLVI and
reigned over the annual Calhoun County Wood Festival, June 4-7.
Flooding on the Little Kanawha River forced postponement
of the festival’s demolition derby that was planned at Wayne Underwood
Field on Friday.
The flooding caused damages to gardens and hay fields
over much of the county, but made Saturday’s mud bog even more fun.
Reporter Maricia Mlynek began a series on travel to
surrounding counties, “A Tank of Gas and $20.”
football players Matt Houchin and Zac Yeager participated in the BACF
game and Jeff Goodrich was named as a participant in the North-South
More than 240 had registered for the annual Alumni
Reunion in July.
Relay for Life was held at Wayne Underwood Field and
over $24,500 was raised in the county for the American Red Cross.
A legal notice reported that Daniel W. Finch, Jr., had
tendered an application “for city of license change for radio station
construction permit . . . from Arnoldsburg, W.Va., to Fayetteville,
CCHS football statistics were updated by Robert F.
Bonar, who has done extensive research on CHS
Minnie Hamilton Health System’s Sunshine Corner Gift
Shop celebrated 25 years of service to the hospital and to the
community. It raises money to fund a $1,000 scholarship.
The 21st annual Calhoun County High School Alumni
Reunion, sponsored by the CCHS Alumni Association, was held, with 13
states and 20 West Virginia counties represented.
Energy Express program opened at Calhoun Middle/High
Farmer’s Market coupons were available at Calhoun County
Committee on Aging.
Reformers Unanimous, a faith-based addictions program,
started a chapter at New Testament Baptist Church, Big Springs.
Members of the W.Va. Army National Guard’s 821st
Engineer Co. returned from Iraq, including several Calhoun residents.
Over 100 children attended Family Fun Day at Wayne
Underwood Field. The event was sponsored by more than a dozen churches,
plus other organizations, businesses and individuals.
Work continued at the Calhoun Historical Society’s
Heritage Village at Calhoun County Park, including reconstruction of the
Announcement was made that a high voltage power line
might be coming through Calhoun. It would run 244 miles in West
Virginia, from near St. Albans to northeast of Martinsburg.
Herbert C. Smith, Sr., 87, of Grantsville, and Dottie
Slider, 61, of Hur, were among the deaths. Smith was a former owner of
Smith’s Auto Parts. Slider was employed at Calhoun Banks for 44 years.
Sixty-six members attended the annual 4-H camp.
Board of education members heard reports of major
repairs needed to the sewer system at Pleasant Hill School. Special
meetings were planned to discuss the problem.
The 11th annual Fireman’s Bluegrass Festival was held at
Upper West Fork Park, Chloe.
Peter and Linda Sims and their businesses, including
Roxy’s Sugar Shack at Arnoldsburg, were featured.
In what many thought would be a rebuilding year, the CHS football team opened camp.
Eileen Sullivan, 85, Army Air Corps’ medical technician
veteran, was featured.
Leon and Nina Whipkey, formerly of Nobe, celebrated
their 70th wedding anniversary. Leon, 93, died Dec. 4.
Little Kanawha Gas Measurement and owner Ralph
Cunningham were featured.
The 49th annual Mt. Zion Ox Roast was held at Mt. Zion
Progress continued on planning of the Sand Ridge/Rt. 16
South water line extension.
The board of
education approved several personnel hirings before the new school year
was scheduled to begin.
A special meeting was held by the county commission to
discuss payback issues of a sheriff’s grant. Commissioners approved
$10,346 from its capital outlay fund and $11,000 from the sheriff’s
Robin Gordon joined
The Calhoun Chronicle staff as
In a divided vote, Grantsville town council approved a
request by Calhoun Banks to do a site survey and feasibility study on
the former town office property.
football team defeated Gilmer, 58-6, the first of three straight wins to
open the season.
County commissioners discussed election problems,
including the lack of a list of Democratic poll workers and a
possibility of change in polling precincts at Pleasant Hill School
because of repairs.
The Wood Festival’s Demolition Derby was held after
flooding in Grantsville postponed the event in June.
The Mansion House, Orma, was the first historical house
highlighted in a new series, “If These Walls Could Speak . . .”.
The first annual Calhoun County Park Fun Festival was
held to showcase the park’s facilities and Heritage Village.
Two groups were working on Christmas lights for
Grantsville. One was raising money to buy new lights and the other was
refurbishing former lights.
C.A. Witt, born at White Oak and operator of several
businesses in Calhoun, was featured in the first of a two-part series.
First Baptist Church, Grantsville, celebrated its 175th
The 41st annual West Virginia Molasses Festival was held
at West Fork Park, Arnoldsburg, from Sept. 25-27.
Calhoun County 4-H clubs planned several events to
celebrate National 4-H Week’s “Keeping It Green.”
Octoberfest was held at Upper West Fork Park.
Several benefits were held, including dinners for Rusty
Jones, Marlene Webb and Kenny Goodnight.
The Knotts family was featured, including Joseph and
Mary, who are credited with building the first cabin in Calhoun County
Leah Cheyney, Sandy Ravnosky and Gail Warfield honored
their parents, Catherine and Coleman Burrows, by dedicating mammography
equipment at Minnie Hamilton Health System.
Future all-stater Randy Fluharty scored five touchdowns
as the Red Devils defeated South Harrison, 33-14, in the annual
homecoming football game.
Superintendent of schools Jane Lynch’s resignation was
accepted by the board of education, effective Nov. 12.
Delinquent property taxes increased by 12.5% to $82,733
in Calhoun over the previous year.
Reporters Robin Gordon and Maricia Mlynek began a series
of columns about their deer hunting experiences (or lack thereof).
Erin Lynn Smith and William Clayton Barnhart were
married in an outdoor ceremony at Heritage Village.
With only one local race in the General Election, voter
turnout was down 11% from 2004. In the contest for county commissioner,
Chip Westfall defeated Lyle Kerby, 1,372 to 1,018.
Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Collection began in
Calhoun County, with Brooksville Baptist Church as a relay center.
Calhoun’s football team improved to 7-2 with a 46-13 win
over Braxton, and qualified for the state Class A playoffs for the third
time in four years.
The annual Fall Health Fair was held at the Senior
Citizens Center, sponsored by CCCOA, in collaboration with the Bureau of
The annual tribute to veterans was featured, and VFW
Post 5959 and Calhoun County Committee on Aging also sponsored veterans’
The county commission signed a resolution opposing a
proposed high voltage electric line through the county.
New superintendent of schools Roger Propst took the oath
Snow covered county roads on Nov. 18.
The Red Devil football team lost to Weirton Madonna,
16-0, in the playoffs, and finished with a record of 7-4. Three of the
four losses came to the three of the final four playoff teams.
Calhoun County Committee on Aging was featured.
A new series, “Calhoun Comments,” began. It will give
residents an opportunity to answer questions about different subjects.
“Christmas Country Style” was celebrated Dec. 5.
Jim Bennett, executive vice president of Calhoun Banks,
was featured in an article on why the bank is safe and secure.
Deer checked in during the first week of gun season were
200 higher than last year. DNR
announced that 1,269 deer were harvested in Calhoun during the two-week
wrestling team began its campaign for a 29th straight winning season.
Statistics for the first 28 years were published.
basketball teams had new coaches--Danny Bunch for the boys and Adam
O’Harrow for the girls.
A suspect, who allegedly robbed the Arnoldsburg branch
of Calhoun Banks on Dec. 5, was arrested the following day in Akron,
The state School Board Authority approved $64,317 less
than the $611,500 requested for repairs at Pleasant Hill School.
County commissioners approved a request by Calhoun
County Committee on Aging to repurchase the former Minnora School
property, with a 99-year lease given on the current West Fork Senior
West Central Beekeepers Association announced that it
would sponsor a beekeeping course at West Fork Park, Arnoldsburg, on
Mondays from Jan. 26 to Mar. 2, 6 to 9 p.m.
A column by former Calhoun resident Cory Boothe,
“Experiencing the Outdoors,” had its initial publication.
Calhoun residents, Rood and Hester McCartney, were
featured in a story by their granddaughter, Robin Gordon.
WVU Extension Service announced that its annual 4-H Ski
Trip would be held Monday, Jan. 19.