Gilmer School Levy Hangs By Thread

By Dave Boucher
Daily Mail Staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gilmer County Schools Superintendent Ron Blankenship described his outlook for Tuesday in one word: "apprehension."

It's the day he'll discover whether the seven-vote margin providing the money to pay many school system bills holds up.

"We thought it would be close, but we didn't think it would be this close," Blankenship said Thursday in a phone interview.

Right now it appears Gilmer County voters approved a renewal of the excess levy in Tuesday's election. But the tenuous margin of victory hangs on the outcome of the county clerk's official canvass of votes.

The canvass is Tuesday, said Deputy Clerk Debbie Allen. With fewer than 50 provisional ballots remaining, Allen said the count could definitely affect the levy ...

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