Mystery Shopping Scam Poses as BBB Accredited Business

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The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about a mystery shopper scam posing as Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA), which is using a fake address in West Virginia.

An Auburn, Maine resident recently contacted the BBB serving Canton Region and Greater West Virginia after responding to a mystery shopper email. After responding, the Maine resident received a package via UPS with an instruction letter and check for $1,645.00. The instruction letter appears to be from Franco Luggi, Head of Recruitment. The letter instructs the survey agent to cash/deposit the check at their bank, telling them the funds will be available within 24 hours.

The agent is to docuemnt how the transaction goes, noting quality of customer service and how long the transaction took. Once the agent has the money, they are to deduct $200 for their commission and take the remaining amount to Western Union using the “Money in Minutes” service.

The letter then states once the agent emails them to say the assignment has been completed, another assignment will be sent out immediately. The comsumer did respond to an email from the agent asking if she had received the package. Two days after responding she had received the first package, another package was received from Fed Ex including the same instruction letter and a second check for $1,645.00.

The instruction letter includes the logos for both Mystery Shopping Providers Association and the Better Business Bureau; despite that the return label on the first package appeared to come from a company called Presentation Products & Services located at 1341 Bitonti St, Ste A2, Morgantown, WV 26505. The second package had a return address from Gregory Nicholson, PO Box 219, Yuma AZ 85365.

Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA) is a company that provides information on the industry in general. They show how to register to be a mystery shopper with a MSPA member company, offer a database of available jobs and also offer training courses for serous mystery shoppers.

Frank Cilona, BBB President and CEO, states “Similar mystery shopping scams have been around for years. But stealing the name of a real, legitimate company is taking this scam to another level. Not only are they victimizing consumers, they also are victimizing reputable businesses”.

The BBB’s investigation found there are several locations for Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA), one of which is accredited with the BBB in Kentucky. The BBB also found that MSPA has issued a warning on their website regarding this current scam using their logo.

When doing an Internet search for Presentation Products & Solutions, the BBB found the web address domain name is actually for sale and the physical address listed is an apartment building in Morgantown. The checks that were received by the consumer were drawn on LBS FINANCIAL Credit Union, Long Beach, CA and Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union, Anchorage, AK. The BBB contacted both credit unions and were told they were already aware of the fraudulent checks.

BBB offers the following tips for persons cotnacted about mystery shopping jobs:

— Ignore claims that promise big rewards and guaranteed assignments.

— Be cautious of unsolicited mailing, emails or advertisements offering “work-from-home” jobs.

— Avoid claims that “guarantee” a position without training.

— Be on the lookout for businesses that send checks and ask you to use money from the checks to pay for your shopping assignments. Fraudulent checks often look real.

— Never pay money in advance. A legitimate mystery shopping service will not charge money for materials, training or recruiting. Never give them your credit card or bank account numbers.

— Never wire money to businesses you know little or nothing about. Wiring money is the same as sending cash. Once the money is gone, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to recover.

Obama’s Ratings Stay Low in Harris Poll; Americans Also Turn Thumbs Down on Congress

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As President Obama continues to deal with a number of crises, criticism over his vacation and his job ratings also continue to drift downward. This month, almost one-third of Americans (32%) give the President positive ratings for the overall job he is doing, while almost seven in ten (68%) give him negative ratings. This is down from last month, when 34% gave him positive ratings and 66% gave him negative marks; this is the second time this year (January being the other) that his ratings have been this low.

These are some of the results of The Harris Poll® of 2,537 adults surveyed online between August 13 and 18, 2014.

After hitting a “high” mark for the past two years in June with a positive rating of 10%, Congress also drifts downward. Last month 9% of Americans gave them positive ratings and this month 8% do so, while 92% of Americans give them negative marks on the overall job they are doing. Looking at the country as a whole, one-third of Americans (32%) say things are going in the right direction in the country, while almost seven in ten (68%) say things have gotten off on the wrong track. Last month, three in ten (31%) said things were going in the right direction, while seven in ten (69%) said things were going off on the wrong track.

If Washington was like a high school yearbook

As kids around the country go back to school, it is interesting to look at some visible politicians in Washington and around the country and harken back to those high school yearbook lists. There was that one person who was class clown and another who was voted most likely to be President. Well, when given a list of 12 politicians, here is how Americans would vote (top two for each category shown):

Class Clown: Joe Biden (21%) and Chris Christie (14%)

Most Likely to Succeed: Hillary Clinton (15%) and Chris Christie/Rand Paul/Elizabeth Warren (7%)

Teacher’s Pet: Joe Biden/Nancy Pelosi/Hillary Clinton (9%) and Harry Reid (7%)

Best Hair: Marco Rubio/Elizabeth Warren (8%) and Nancy Pelosi (7%)

Most Likely to be President: Hillary Clinton (34%) and Chris Christie/Marco Rubio (6%)

Most Annoying: Nancy Pelosi (19%) and John Boehner (11%)

Most Popular: Hillary Clinton (13%) and Chris Christie (9%)

Presidents as High School Teachers

While many U.S. Presidents taught law and at the college level, John Adams, Millard Fillmore, James Garfield and Chester Arthur taught at the primary and secondary levels as well. So, what if recent U.S. Presidents were high school teachers? Are there ones people wish they could have had as a teacher and ones they never would have wanted to have? Over one-third of Americans (37%) say they wish they could have had Ronald Reagan as a teacher, while one-quarter (26%) wish they could have had Bill Clinton. Just over one in ten wish they could have had Barack Obama (13%) and Jimmy Carter (12%), while under one in ten wish they could have had George H.W. Bush (6%) and George W. Bush (5%).

On the other side, two in five Americans (40%) say they would never want to have had Barack Obama as a teacher, while three in ten (30%) say they same about George W. Bush. One in ten (10%) say they would not have wanted to have George H.W. Bush as a teacher, while less than one in ten say that about Ronald Reagan (7%), Jimmy Carter (7%) and Bill Clinton (6%).

Americans give Obama low ratings for economy, but see positives at regional level

The economy’s a funny thing, as it exists – and can be perceived differently – at so many levels. From world to nation to region, all the way down to your own household, reading economic tea leaves can have a great deal to do with where you’re standing. And while ratings of President Obama’s handling of the economy are holding steady, regional economic indicators are showing signs of improvement.

These are some of the results of The Harris Poll® of 2,537 adults surveyed online between August 13 and 18, 2014.

This month, three in ten Americans (30%) give President Obama positive ratings for his handling of the economy, while seven in ten (70%) give him negative ratings. This is even with last month, but down slightly from this point in the President’s first term (August 2010), when 32% of Americans gave the President positive marks on the economy and just over two-thirds (68%) gave him negative ratings.

Looking ahead, one-fourth (25%) of U.S. adults expect the economy to improve in the coming year, while 46% expect that it will remain the same and roughly three in ten (29%) expect it to get worse. Expectations that it will both improve and that it will worsen have grown since June (when these levels were at 22% and 26%, respectively), while fewer Americans expect things to stay the same (down from 51% in June)

Closer to home

Looking at the home front, half of Americans (51%) say they expect their household’s financial condition to remain the same in the next six months, while just under one-fourth (24%) expect it to be better and one-quarter (25%) say that it will be worse. Compared to July, this represents a slight improvement as 23% of Americans felt things would be better last month and (26%) said things would be worse; the expectation that things would remain the same was identical, at 51%.

Regional job market

Turning to the job market in one’s own region, the perception that it’s good (26%) is on the rise – not just in comparison to the 20% who rated it “good” in March (the last time the question was asked), but in comparison to every data point since January 2009. That’s not to say the news is all good: while the 41% of Americans rating the job market in their region as “bad” is down from March, as well as from any other time since 2008, they still outpace the “good” ratings by a wide margin. Additionally, one-third of U.S. adults (34%) rate the current job market in their region neither good nor bad.

Looking to the next six months, over a fourth of Americans (27%) believe the job market in their region will get better within that time, up from under a fourth in March (23%). Two in ten U.S. adults (20%) believe it will be worse, down slightly from 22% in March. Meanwhile, just over half (53%) believe it will remain the same, a slight decrease from 55% in March.

As one might expect, regional outlooks vary by – you guessed it – region. Westerners (29%) are the most likely to say the current job market in their region is good, while their Eastern counterparts (21%) are least likely to do so. Looking at the next six months, those in the Midwest and in the South (22% each) are more likely than those in the West (15%) to anticipate the job market in their region will get worse.

Annual MDA Telethon to Air Sunday

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ABC television stars will join forces this Labor Day weekend on the 49th MDA Show of Strength Telethon airing Sunday, Aug. 31, 9/8c on ABC television stations across the country to help raise funds and awareness to help save and improve the lives of children and adults affected by muscle disease.

Viewers tuning into the 2014 telethon to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association will enjoy heart-felt appeals and introductions from some of the network’s leading stars, including Alyssa Milano of the hit drama series “Mistresses,“ legendary “All My Children” star Susan Lucci, “Nashville” leading man Charles Esten, “Rising Star” co-mentors Brad Paisley, Kesha, Ludacris and show host Josh Groban, as well as Chris Powell of “Extreme Makeover,“ “Dancing with the Stars” host Tom Bergeron and “ABC News’” Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser.

“As a soon-to-be mother of two, supporting charities that help children in any way is something that is very important to me,“ said Milano. “I came away with such a meaningful experience after meeting MDA families and learning about their courageous ‘stories of strength’ battling muscle disease. If my involvement with this year’s telethon can help raise funds and awareness for those affected, I’m happy to lend my support to help continue the progress in the fight for muscle health.“

Milano, who is due with her second child this fall, took her support for MDA behind-the-scenes at the Hollywood Palladium to meet with children affected by muscle disease, which included an exclusive interview with “blue” carpet correspondent 15-year-old MDA Ambassador Abbey Umali. Umali, of Redlands, Calif., is affected by Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) which causes muscle weakness, lack of coordination and loss of sensation in the upper and lower extremities. Click here to see their interview and learn why Milano supports MDA.

Additionally, MDA’s National Goodwill Ambassador Reagan Imhoff, 9, was also invited to a taping of the ABC’s new singing competition show “Rising Star” where she was able to work her charm on co-mentors Brad Paisley, Kesha, Ludacris and host Josh Groban. The musical artists met with Reagan backstage to learn about her role as an MDA spokesperson and how she’s helping MDA families, like her own, to fight back against muscle disease.

See more exclusive behind-the-scenes telethon footage from the MDA “blue” carpet with Dr. Richard Besser and Charles Esten.

The 2014 MDA telethon will feature a star-studded celebrity lineup with performances from Grammy® winners Rascal Flatts and LeAnn Rimes, plus Aloe Blacc, American Authors, Bret Michaels, Fall Out Boy, Jason Derulo, Matt Nathanson, R5 and Sara Evans. Additional celebrity presenters on the telethon include Jann Carl, Jordin Sparks, Kevin Frazier, Laila Ali, Nancy O’Dell, Pete Wentz, Terry Fator and Victor Ortiz.

About MDA Show of Strength Telethon

MDA’s first Labor Day weekend telethon was broadcast in 1966 on a single New York station and has become the most successful fundraising event in the history of television. The show, with its iconic host Jerry Lewis and with help from a legion of top celebrities and entertainers, has raised millions each year to provide life-enhancing support and services for the families MDA serves. The real stars on the broadcast have always been the MDA families who have graciously agreed to open their homes and hearts to America and tell their stories of strength. This year marks the 49th annual MDA telethon.

In addition to funds contributed by the public, substantial support also comes from MDA’s family of national sponsors, whose work throughout the year on behalf of MDA will be recognized on the telethon. Among the sponsors: International Association of Fire Fighters, CITGO Petroleum Corp., Lowe’s, Harley-Davidson Motor Co., Jiffy Lube International, National Association of Letter Carriers, The Safeway Foundation, 7-Eleven, Dr Pepper Snapple Group/7UP, Acosta and Burger King.

At the community level, MDA is planning telethon viewing parties with hundreds of local groups to rally support for the more than 1 million Americans it helps with lifesaving support and services.

Funds raised by MDA telethons also have contributed to the organization’s worldwide research program. Today, through current clinical trials, there is growing excitement that new lifesaving treatments and discoveries are on the horizon for many of the disorders MDA is dedicated to defeating, including Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

West Virginia’s Latest News - 08.30.14

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A Raleigh County man has admitted his role in the death of a Charleston man whose body was found in a shallow grave.

Twenty-six-year-old Deveron Patterson of Mabscott pleaded guilty Friday in Kanawha County Circuit Court to first-degree murder in the death of 28-year-old Kareem Hunter.

Media outlets report the Patterson told a judge he helped assault Hunter, carried him and put him in the trunk of a car.

Hunter’s body was discovered near an abandoned house near Beckley in October, more than a month after he was last seen in Marmet.

Patterson will be sentenced November 13. Co-defendant Miguel Quinones of Charleston is set for trial October 27.

Kelsey Marie Legg of Marmet previously was sentenced to up to eight years in prison for her role in the case.


Yeager Airport officials are exploring a project that could make the airport the first in the nation to run entirely on electricity it generates from solar panels.

Members approved a motion to find the lowest bid on the project at a board meeting Thursday.

The project would place solar panels atop the parking garage closest to the airport’s terminal and in the airfield near the runway.

It stems from the airport’s sustainability efforts trying to lower the airport’s energy costs and carbon footprint.

“It’s an exciting project,“ airport director Rick Atkinson said, adding that the project could be scaled back if needed.

The money for the $15.3 million project would come from funds leftover from other the Federal Aviation Administration projects. The FAA is expediting its airspace review of the project to ensure the panels won’t negatively impact on current air operations.

“We would be a net producer of electricity instead of a consumer. We’d eliminate basically our electricity bill, which is about $450,000 a year,“ Atkinson said. “I thought (American Electric Power) might not like because we’re in a coal producing state, but at the same time they have to have so many renewable sources in the system, so it’s a benefit to them.“

While the money and the project are not guaranteed, Atkinson said if the entire project is completed, Yeager would be the first airport in the country to be 100% off the grid. Airports in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Tucson, Arizona have solar panels contributing to the airports’ power.


A center that helps educate West Virginia parents of children with disabilities is getting a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Rep. David McKinley announced the grant to West Virginia Parent Training and Information Inc. this week.

McKinley says the center has been dedicated to helping parents of children with disabilities through the concept of parents helping parents.

The Training and Information for Parents of Children with Disabilities Program works to ensure that parents of children with disabilities receive training and information to help improve results for their children.

All services to parents and families from the center are free and are available across the state.


The Charleston Daily Mail reports today that results of the latest version of “The West Virginia Poll” show that West Virginians are choosing to support more conservative candidates from the state legislature to Congress.

Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican seeking to replace Jay Rockefeller in the U.S. Senate, has expanded her lead over Secretary of State Natalie Tennant by 17 points.  Current Congressman David McKinley, a Republican, appears to be on track to easily win re-election over his Democrat opponent and current State Auditor Glen Gainer.

According to the Poll, 41% of those polled indicated that they would prefer to see the Republican Party take control of the WV Legislature.  Only 39% indicated that the Democrats should continue to control both the House of Delegates and the State Senate, control the Democrats have had for the last 80 years.

President Obama’s approval rating continues to decline with now only 25% of West Virginian’s polled indicating support for the President and his policies.  In 2012’s election, President Obama lost every county in West Virginia.

Despite his unpopularity, my opponent MIKE ROMANO continues to support and promote President Obama and his policies.  Romano, a trial lawyer who has won tens of millions of dollars in jury awards in the last two years, is a liberal pro-choice Democrat and a member of the Harrison County Commission.

ROMANO donated more than $4,000 to the President Obama’s re-election campaign AFTER the President spent his first term declaring war on coal and coal fired electric plants.  More than 1,800 West Virginia coal miners have lost their jobs specifically because of President Obama’s environmental regulations imposed by the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection.  Romano also donated $2,000 to the President’s first campaign in 2008.


Governor Earl Ray Tomblin is placing a special emphasis on keeping babies safe while sleeping.

Tomblin and first lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin have proclaimed September as “Infant Safe Sleep Month” as part of a statewide educational campaign.

The campaign will work with hospitals and community partners to help parents identify unsafe sleep practices.

The first lady plans to visit several hospitals this month for awareness events as part of the campaign starting Friday at Princeton Community Hospital and Bluefield Regional Hospital.


Candidates in West Virginia’s 1st and 2nd congressional districts are set to participate in a candidate forum.

Democratic state auditor Glen Gainer and incumbent Republican Congressman David McKinley from the 1st District and Democrat Nick Casey and Republican Alex Mooney in the 2nd District are scheduled to participate in the forum Friday at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs.

The forum is part of the state Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting.

Third-party candidates won’t be involved.

The forum will be streamed online at

McKinley is seeking his third term in Congress in November’s election. Casey and Mooney are vying for the 2nd District seat being vacated by Republican Shelley Moore Capito, who is running for U.S. Senate.


Six years into a natural gas boom, Pennsylvania has for the first time released details of 243 cases in which companies prospecting for oil or gas were found by state regulators to have contaminated private drinking water wells.

The Department of Environmental Protection on Thursday posted online links to the documents after the agency conducted a “thorough review” of paper files stored among its regional offices. The Associated Press and other news outlets have filed lawsuits and numerous open-records requests over the last several years seeking records of the DEP’s investigations into gas-drilling complaints.

Pennsylvania’s auditor general said in a report last month that DEP’s system for handling complaints “was woefully inadequate” and that investigators could not even determine whether all complaints were actually entered into a reporting system.

DEP didn’t immediately issue a statement with the online release, but posted the links on the same day that seven environmental groups sent a letter urging the agency to heed the auditor general’s 29 recommendations for improvement.

“I guess this is a step in the right direction,“ Thomas Au of the Pennsylvania Sierra Club chapter said of the public release of documents on drinking well problems. “But this is something that should have been made public a long time ago.“

The 243 cases, from 2008 to 2014, include some where a single drilling operation impacted multiple water wells. The problems listed in the documents include methane gas contamination, spills of wastewater and other pollutants, and wells that went dry or were otherwise undrinkable. Some of the problems were temporary, but the names of landowners were redacted, so it wasn’t clear if the problems were resolved to their satisfaction. Other complaints are still being investigated.

The gas-rich Marcellus Shale lies under large parts of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York and Ohio. A drilling boom that took off in 2008 has made the Marcellus the most productive natural gas field in the nation, and more than 6,000 shale gas wells have been drilled. That has led to billions of dollars in revenue for companies and landowners, but also to complaints from homeowners about ruined water supplies.

Extracting fuel from shale formations requires pumping millions of gallons of water, along with sand and chemicals, into the ground to break apart rock and free the gas. Some of that water, along with other heavy metals and contaminants, returns to the surface.

The documents released Thursday listed drilling-related water well problems in 22 counties, with most of the cases in Susquehanna, Tioga, Lycoming, and Bradford counties in the northeast portion of the state.

Some energy companies have dismissed or downplayed the issue of water well contamination, suggesting that it rarely or never happens.

The Marcellus Shale Coalition, the main industry group, suggested that geology and Pennsylvania’s lack of standards for water well construction were partly to blame.

Coalition president Dave Spigelmyer said in statement Thursday that Pennsylvania “has longstanding water well-related challenges, a function of our region’s unique geology — where stray methane gas is frequently present in and around shallow aquifers.“ He said many of the problems were related to surface spills, not drilling.

“Our industry works closely and tirelessly with regulators and others to ensure that we protect our environment, striving for zero incidents,“ Spigelmyer said.


Emergency officials in Braxton County said five people were injured in a boating accident at Burnsville Lake Friday afternoon.

Three of the five were taken to Braxton Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.


The veterans and their families affected by the wait times at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center were given the opportunity to voice their frustrations, or their support, directly to the source.

New VA Secretary Robert McDonald sent out a release on August 05, ordering healthcare and benefits facilities to hold town-hall events by the end of September in an effort to regain the trust of their patients.

On Thursday, the facility in Clarksburg held its meeting in the chapel with administrators and staff there to hear what the veterans had to say.

“It gives them an opportunity to ask questions and find out some information about what we’re doing in the future,“ Beth Brown, Louis A. Johnson Director said.

Most of the veterans in attendance said they were pleased with the quality of care they receive but have issues with what sometimes separates them from care. These things include difficulty in scheduling appointments, struggles in communicating with facility staff, issues with parking at the facility and rescheduled appointments.

In regard to the problems with appointments, Dr. Glenn Snider, Chief of Staff, told those in attendance they have difficulties with securing providers.

They have been authorized to hire more staff but run into challenges when hiring personnel.

For one, several medical specialties are simply not producing physicians in the country, particularly mental health professionals.

“We’re also handicapped by the fact that West Virginia doesn’t attract as many medical professionals as large areas, large cities would,“ Snider said. “So, the supply is a problem and the number that come to West Virginia and stay in West Virginia is low in number.“

The staff also addressed individual’s issues when they could by pulling them aside and connecting them with an expert who could walk them through the process.

Patient Laura Ellington, of Fairmont said she was thrilled veterans had the opportunity to speak directly to the staff and the meeting probably covered more topics than they were expecting.

“I think the patient advocated and the other people that were actually taking names and numbers, I think they’re going to be a little busy,“ she said with a laugh. “Because there’s actual people that needed actual results.“

She hopes the hospital takes the information provided to them and moves toward overall improvement.

The meetings is partially a response to a national audit released in June, indicating the average delay in Clarksburg was 54 days for new patients seeking a primary care doctor, 86 days for a specialist and 96 days for mental health services.

Brown said they have been since working to evaluate the problem and implement the best solution possible.

“What we’ve done since the audit was released in June is to try to identify where our specific issues were and then to put the resources where those issues were,“ she said. “So, we have an individual that’s training our staff and re-training our staff. We’ve brought in additional schedulers to help.“

She added that the hospital is reaching out to its community partners to see if there are any other ways of bringing care closer to home.


The Marshall University Police Department alerted students Friday a sexual assault had been reported.

The department learned about the alleged assault Thursday. It reportedly happened August 20, move-in day on campus, at Twin Towers East residence hall.

Students were notified by email Friday.

An investigation is underway.

Movie Review: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ - A Viscious Return to Frank Miller’s Stylized World

Last month, director James Gunn turned a comic book story into the movie hit of the summer. “Guardians of the Galaxy” has raked in hundreds of millions of dollars, making fans out of people who had never heard of the Marvel series.

“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” is not that kind of comic book adaptation. Director Robert Rodriguez first brought “Sin City” to the screen nine years ago, and here, he has turned more of Frank Miller’s brutally violent stories into a stylishly constructed neo-noir nightmare. Both “Sin City” films are for a niche audience that can handle copious amounts of eye-gouging, dismemberment, finger-breaking, decapitation and self-inflicted slicing.

“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” is as visually imaginative as its predecessor. It’s almost entirely in black and white, with the exception of periodic pops of color — a halo of orange curls, a blue coat, a river of blood — and most of the action was shot against a green screen, so the finished product is a slick hybrid of live action and animation.

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Part sequel, part prequel, the movie doesn’t exactly pick up where the last one left off. The chronology is as hazy as the smoke-filled Kadie’s, a seedy strip club where the characters hang out. A man who died in the last movie reappears, very much alive, while others remain dead. One even shows up as a ghost.

Among the returning characters: Dwight (Josh Brolin, taking over for Clive Owen), a private investigator with a moral code; Marv (Mickey Rourke), a pill-popping bouncer with Hulk-like tendencies; the good-natured stripper Nancy (Jessica Alba); and the grotesquely villainous Sen. Roark (Powers Boothe, oozing evil).

Like the first movie, “Dame” is a series of vignettes, and the name of the game in these stories is revenge. Slick operator Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) has it out for Roark, as does Nancy, but for very different reasons. Dwight, meanwhile, has a score to settle with the one who got away, Ava (Eva Green). Marv doesn’t really have any revenge plots to speak of, though he’s always happy to lend a hand when violence is involved.

And there’s plenty of violence. It’s all very stylized, with a gunshot producing a waterfall of white spouting from a character’s back, or a samurai sword sending heads flying. But the audience still groaned during a recent screening when one character relieved another of an eyeball. The sound effects are sickeningly visceral and far more realistic.

Where “Sin City” was equally vicious, it also was quite funny at times. “A Dame to Kill For” feels less incisive and sillier. Maybe the novelty of hearing characters use 1940s-style verbiage has worn thin, or maybe the inner monologues, filled with some really lame lines, is to blame. (“An atom bomb goes off between my legs,” Dwight says after being kicked in the groin.) And the sequel isn’t nearly as exciting or visionary. The aesthetic quality is still there, even if there haven’t been too many great leaps since Rodriguez unveiled “Sin City” in 2005. But the stories aren’t nearly as engrossing.

Fans of Frank Miller’s work will, of course, see the movie, and they won’t care about curious leaps in time or dialogue that might look better on the page than it sounds out loud. This isn’t going to reach a “Guardians”-size audience. Then again, Rodriguez, who’s a huge fan of Miller’s work, probably didn’t intend for it to.

★ ★

R. Contains brutal, stylized violence throughout, sexual content, nudity and brief drug use. 102 minutes.

G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Itinerant Physical Education Teacher - NES, TES

Itinerant Physical Education Teacher

Grade Level:

I. The teacher shall implement the programs of study.   
II. The teacher fosters a classroom climate conducive to learning.  
III. The teacher utilizes instructional management systems models that increase student learning. 
IV. The teacher monitors student progress towards mastery of instructional goals and objectives.  
V. The teacher communicates effectively within the educational community, and with parents on a regular basis.  
VI. The teacher meets professional responsibilities. 
VII. The teacher demonstrates competency in the knowledge and implementation of technology standards.

Job Location or School Name:
Normantown Elementary/Troy Elementary



West Virginia Certification in Physical Education PK-6

Based on Professional Salary Scale for Degree and Experience

Closing Date:

SUBMIT:  Application for employment; Current transcripts of undergraduate and graduate work; Previous two evaluations.  

Apply to:
Judith A. Stalnaker, Personnel Director 
Gilmer County Schools 
201 N. Court Street 
Glenville, WV 26351 
Fax: 304.462.5103

County Contact Email:

The Fallacious Human Shield and Collateral Damage Arguments

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Lady Justice, Justitia, depicted as a blindfolded statue since the 15th century, illustrates John Rawl’s conception of justice as requiring a veil of ignorance (A Theory of Justice, 1971). Such a veil of ignorance means that, in order to be just, we must ignore the differences between people, such as their identity, power or weakness.

To be just, in the following cases, we must not victimize the innocent, whether that person is a cherished child in one’s family or an unknown girl in Iraq, Gaza, or Israel. To do otherwise, in cases of violent conflict, would not only be unjust, it would be terrorism. If one accepts this principle, then the justifications of bombing “militants,” regardless of their use of human shields, or the inevitable civilian deaths as “collateral damage” are fallacious arguments, as explained below.

The human shield argument, in the news today from Israel and the war with Gaza and in the ongoing debates about drones, is similar to the collateral damage argument. Let’s take the collateral damage argument first. (Of course, this argument is given from the perspective of those asserting the argument, not the victims of the argument.)

The collateral damage argument goes like this: First, the enemy intentionally places itself close to civilian populations, so that any attack on the enemy will necessitate civilian deaths. Second, since it is the enemy’s intent to put those civilians at risk, civilian deaths are the enemy’s responsibility, not ours. Therefore, the argument’s proponents are, however regrettably, free to kill civilians because the enemy put them in harm’s way, and cynically uses these deaths for propaganda advantage.

Following along the lines of this collateral damage argument, the human shield argument goes like this: First, the enemy hides amongst civilians, notably in hospitals and schools, so that any attack on the enemy will necessitate civilian deaths, especially children and the sick. Second, since it is the enemy’s intent to put those civilians at risk, the deaths of these children and infirm are the enemy’s responsibility, not ours. Therefore (again with sorrow) we are free to kill children, nurses, doctors and patients because the enemy put them in harm’s way, and cynically uses these deaths for propaganda advantage.

Now, let’s look at these arguments from the perspective of the “enemy,” the potential victims of this argument. Their reply is, “How else would you like us to situate our soldiers, leadership, and munitions manufacturing? Would you like us to place these people and buildings in areas free of civilians, so that they could be more easily targeted and destroyed?” Furthermore, it is important to remember that the world exists in an era of asymmetrical warfare, where exceedingly powerful countries are perceived as occupying and forcefully governing lands of disputed rule or ownership (e.g., Palestine, Ukraine, Iraq, Afghanistan), and are waging war against an overmatched enemy that resorts to guerrilla warfare.

Using an analogy (and being mindful that no analogy is perfect), consider two bank robbery scenarios. In one case, the bank robber takes a child hostage and holds the child in front of himself as a human shield. In this case, a police officer would not shoot through the child to kill the bank robber. There are other ways of catching the bank robber that would not entail the child’s death. In the other case, we would not drop a bomb on plotting bank robbers having a meeting at an apartment complex with innocent people around. There would be another way of stopping bank robbery conspirators.

Indeed, if terrorists were in an apartment in Manhattan or Seattle, we would not bomb the apartment–no matter how “smart” the bomb. Innocent civilian life is too highly valued to do that. There would be another way of apprehending those terrorists.

If we apply our ethics, as Justitia, we would protect our civilians, children, and infirm, in Phoenix, Arizona, just as we should do everything we can to protect the civilians in rural Afghanistan, Iraq, or in Gaza or Israel. At the very least, we should contribute nothing to hurting those children. All civilians deserve the freedom from being treated like expendables by any military anywhere. Anything short of respecting that freedom makes us all terrorists.

~~  Robert J. Gould, Ph.D. - An ethicist, directs the Conflict Resolution Graduate and Undergraduate Programs at Portland State University ~~

Bon Appétit: Rhubarb Curd

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  2 cups chopped fresh rhubarb (about 6 stalks)
  1 vanilla bean
  3 strips orange peel, roughly 3 inches by 1 inch
  ½ medium beet, peeled
  3/4 cup sugar
  4 large egg yolks
  2 large eggs
  2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  ½ teaspoon salt
  6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  1½ teaspoons elderflower liqueur, such as St. Germain (optional)


Put the rhubarb in a medium saucepan with enough water to cover it by about ½ inch. Split the vanilla bean with a paring knife and scrape the seeds into a small bowl. Add the vanilla bean pod, the orange peel, the beet half, and ¼ cup of the sugar to the pot. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the rhubarb has mostly disintegrated, about 15 minutes.

Remove and discard the vanilla pod, orange peel, and beet, and press pulp against a metal strainer placed over a large measuring cup to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard the solids.

Bring a medium pot of water to a simmer over medium heat. Put the remaining ½ cup sugar, the egg yolks, the eggs, the lemon juice, the salt and the reserved vanilla seeds in a medium steel or glass bowl that will fit over the pot, and whisk to combine. Gradually whisk in 1¼ cups of the rhubarb juice (reserve any extra for cocktails or another use), then set the bowl over the simmering water. Cook, beating constantly with a whisk, until the mixture has thickened enough to loosely coat the back of a wooden spoon, 8 to 10 minutes.

Remove the bowl from the pot and whisk in the butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, waiting until each pat has melted before adding the next. Whisk in the elderflower liqueur, if using. If the curd seems lumpy, strain it through a mesh sieve. Allow to cool and then refrigerate until chilled, at least 4 hours, before serving. Store leftover curd in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Makes 2 cups.

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Flashback: What Happened on August 30, ....


•  1889 At Fayetteville, Fayette County, white residents lynched John Turner, an African-American who had been accused of murder.

•  1890 The United States Congress passed an act establishing African-American land grant colleges.

•  1899 The bodies of seven John Brown raiders, which had been buried on the banks of the Shenandoah River near Harpers Ferry, Jefferson County, were re- interred beside the grave of John Brown in North Elba, NY. The bodies had been discovered and removed by Dr. Thomas R. Featherstonhaugh in July.

•  1933 Beckley College was chartered.

•  1968 Former governor Wally Barron was found “not guilty” of bribery - conspiracy charges. Associates Burl A. Sawyers, Vincent Johnkoski, Bonn Brown, and Alfred Schroath were all found guilty. Barron later pleaded guilty to bribing the jury foreman, Ralph E. Buckalew.

•  1979 A federal jury found J. Richard Barber, former liquor commissioner in the Moore Administration, guilty of extortion, mail fraud, and racketeering.

Ask the Doctor: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Causes Numbness


DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Something funny has happened to my right thumb and index finger.
In the past month, they’ve become numb.
They don’t hurt during the day, but sometimes, at night, my thumb wakes me up because of pain.
I move the fingers with no trouble. Do you know what’s going on? - L.P.

ANSWER: I believe you have carpal tunnel syndrome.
A large nerve in the forearm passes into the hand through a tunnel in the wrist (carpus).
The floor of the tunnel is wrist bones; the sides are finger tendons, and the top is a strong ligament.
The tunnel doesn’t have very much room.
If any of those structures becomes slightly swollen, the nerve is compressed and the signs of carpal tunnel syndrome appear.
Numbness, tingling or pain in the thumb, index, middle and adjacent half of the ring finger - all of them or some of them - are the first signs that the nerve is trapped.
As time passes, the same fingers might become weak, and they become clumsy.
Worsening of symptoms at night is typical.
About half of carpal tunnel syndrome patients experience these phenomena in both hands.
The cause?
Illnesses like diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis might be in the background.
Pregnancy often brings on carpal tunnel.
Occupational hazards like operating a pneumatic drill can bring it on.
For many, there is no explanation.
Do you want to try a test?
Press the backs of both hands together, in front of your chest, with fingers pointed down.
Exert firm pressure.
If numbness or pain increases, that’s a positive test and a sign of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Don’t rely on this test or my transcontinental guess as a diagnosis.
See your family doctor.
A wrist splint rests the wrist and reduces swelling.
It might have to be used only at night.
A doctor can inject a cortisone drug in the region of the tunnel to relieve symptoms.
In persistent cases, surgically freeing the nerve cures this common condition.

G-MM™: Meditation Moment - 08.30.14


Happy the people the Lord has chosen to be his own. ‘I give you a new commandment: love one another as

‘I give you a new commandment: love one another as I have loved you.’ This is the gospel acclamation for today. We are familiar with the old catch phrase ‘WWJD’—‘What Would Jesus Do?’ God is love. Jesus loved. Jesus is God made flesh. Jesus is God in love with us. What would we do for love? A woman usually lies down to give birth to her child. She enters into a state of utter vulnerability. Even in the 21st century, childbirth can be risky. Yet, women still lay down their lives to bring new life to birth. They suffer, shed water and blood, die to themselves in order to bring new life. Then they rise from the bed and bring love to life. WWJD? Die for love and rise to live for love. ‘Love one another as I have loved you.’

1 Corinthians 1:26-31. Happy the people the Lord has chosen to be his own—Ps 32(33):12-13, 18-21. Matthew 25:14-30.

Annabelle L. Kerby-Jones

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Annabelle L. Kerby-Jones

Age 61, of Big Bend, WV passed away August 27, 2014 at Charleston Area Medical Center, General Division.

She was born June 17, 1953 in Calhoun County, WV, a daughter of the late Freddie L. and Helen G. Kerby.

She is survived by her husband of 15 years, together 32 years, Walter “Jr.” Jones; children Greg Kerby of Grantsville, Leonard (Jessica) Powell of Grantsville, Timmy (Angie) Powell of Grantsville, and Kim (Curt) Pettry of Grantsville.

She was a proud grandmother of nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

She is also survived by two sisters, Karen Sue (Eugene) Stallman of Ohio and Diana (Timmy) Miller of Creston; one brother Freddie Veon (Joann) Kerby of Grantsville as well as several nieces and nephews. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by one brother Leon Kerby; one sister Linda L. Criss; one niece and three nephews.

Funeral services will be held Sunday August 31, 2014, 3:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville.

Burial will follow in the Big Bend Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 2:00-3:00 PM prior to the services.


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GSC Student Returns from Internship in Nashville

Glenville State College bluegrass music major, Toni Doman, recently returned from a summer internship in Nashville, Tennessee with the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA).

Doman, a senior from Cameron (Marshall County), West Virginia, arranged her internship when visiting Nashville during a GSC-sponsored spring semester trip.

During the school trip, Doman, along with GSC Bluegrass Music Program Director Megan Darby, met many bluegrass music industry notables and visited several historic bluegrass locations. It was on the trip’s last day that they visited the IBMA office where Doman learned of the summer internship opportunity. The IBMA is a trade association that connects and educates bluegrass professionals.

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GSC student Toni Doman outside of the historic Ryman Auditorium located in
Nashville, Tennessee during her summer internship at the IBMA

“On the first day of the internship, IBMA’s staff outlined what I would be working on during the summer. They were very flexible and gave me options to narrow down just what I wanted to work on and learn from the experience. This was absolutely great because I had the opportunity to really focus on what I wanted to learn, and what would be the most beneficial to me as a student,” said Doman.

During the internship, she got to assist in organizing and preparing the schedule for the World of Bluegrass Festival, IBMA’s annual bluegrass homecoming. In addition, Doman had the opportunity to explore the genre of bluegrass and grow as a musician.

“Being a part of the IBMA staff for the summer, I got to be involved in many music events. By attending these events, I got to meet Bobby Osborne and the band Old Crow Medicine Show backstage. I also had the chance to attend bluegrass jam sessions and meet countless musicians,” said Doman.

Doman was originally only interested in taking guitar lessons when she first attended GSC. It wasn’t until after enrolling that she asked about the bluegrass program and was introduced to Darby, the Bluegrass Program Director.  “I waltzed in and never left. You could say it’s where I belong,” said Doman.

After graduation, she plans to continue her education and find a job that reflects her interests in the bluegrass industry.

For more information on the GSC Bluegrass Degree Program, contact Darby at or 304.462.6347.

G-Fin™: Jobless Claims Fall for Second Consecutive Week

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The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell for a second straight week last week, underscoring the strengthening labor market fundamentals.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 298,000 for the week ended August 23, the Labor Department said on Thursday.

Claims for the prior week were revised to show 1,000 more applications received than previously reported.

Economists had forecast claims climbing to 300,000 last week.

A Labor Department analyst said there were no special factors influencing the state level data.

The four-week average of claims, considered a better measure of labor market trends as it irons out week-to-week volatility, fell 1,250 to 299,750, pointing to sturdy job gains and an economy that is growing above its potential.

Job growth has topped 200,000 for six consecutive months, a stretch last seen in 1997, while the economy expanded at a 4.2% annual pace in the second quarter.

The jobless claims report showed the number of people still receiving benefits after an initial week of aid increased 25,000 to 2.53 million in the week ended August 16.

The so-called continuing claims covered the period the government samples households to calculate the unemployment rate for August.

Continuing claims increased 19,000 between the July and August household survey weeks, suggesting little change in the jobless rate, which was at 6.2% last month.

The unemployment rate for people receiving jobless benefits was 1.9% for the seventh consecutive week.

WV to Charge Fees to Obtain Some Public Filings

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West Virginians soon will have to pay to obtain some public documents from the Secretary of State’s Office.

Beginning September 04, the office will charge fees to obtain public filings for businesses and organizations.

The filings include licenses, articles of incorporation, and certificates of dissolution.

These documents previously could be viewed online without charge. The Secretary of State’s Office removed all the filings from its website in June after one displayed an individual’s Social Security number.

Some entities have requested a large amount of documents at one time since the online records were removed, which takes up staff members’ time and resources, Jake Glance, spokesman for the Secretary of State’s Office, told the Charleston Daily Mail.

“We were getting calls from companies to get 30 businesses,“ Glance said.

He said providing the documents in such cases would “take a staff person from the Business and Licensing Division days to complete.“

Employees also must check requested documents page by page to ensure no private information is accidentally released.

“We haven’t been able to go through all the thousands of documents to make sure there’s nothing on there,“ Glance said.

Some information can still be accessed online, such as a business’ current officers, although electronic copies of the documents themselves are no longer available, he said.

The new fees include $5 to have a document sent by email and $10 to have a document faxed. Printed versions can be obtained by mail or picked up in person for $1 for the first page 50 cents for each page thereafter.

“There is a lot of work in going back and getting documents,“ Glance said. “It’s really a way to protect business owners to make sure information stays secure.“

The fee amounts are set by state law.

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~~~ Readers' Comments ~~~

I can understand the need to protect private information like social security numbers. When the state government has an oopsi do they get a free pass? Shutting down an important database seems a bit drastic. After Tennant’s other debacle in the county, it makes you wonder who’s minding the office. If that is her solution rather than scanning and fixing the database as needed, I’d say she doesn’t have the wherewithal to solve problems.

It looks like she decided not to fix the problem and instead make people who need the information pay for the extra staff time required to screen the info.

If she can’t fix something that simple she doesn’t belong in Congress.

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West Virginia’s Latest News - 08.29.14

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The National Park Service has awarded more than half a million dollars in grants to help protect four Civil War battlefields in North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

The funding includes $267,164 to preserve about 107 acres of the Bentonville Battlefield in North Carolina.

The park service also awarded $119,374 to preserve about 43 acres of the Kelly’s Ford Battlefield and about 66 acres of the Rappahannock Station I Battlefield in Virginia.

Another $96,777 grant was awarded to protect 1.8 acres of the Shepherdstown Battlefield in West Virginia.

The park service announced the grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund in a news release on Tuesday.


Marion County school officials are investigating parents’ complaints that their children were injured while participating in a class activity.

Schools Superintendent Gary Price says two North Marion High School teachers involved in the activity are on leave pending the investigation’s conclusion.

Parents say students were tied together during a team building exercise, causing various injuries and leaving grass stains on their clothes.

Price says the investigation is being conducted by North Marion’s principal. The findings will be submitted to the Marion County Board of Education.


A Randolph County man is scheduled to stand trial early next year on charges of killing his wife.

Media outlets report that a Randolph County judge scheduled 84-year-old Theodore Yeager Newlon’s trial during a hearing this week. The trial is set to begin Jan. 12, 2015.

Newlon is charged with murder and wanton endangerment. He is accused of fatally shooting his wife, 68-year-old Dora Newlon, at the couple’s home near Gilman in February 2012.

Newlon’s attorneys opposed setting a trial date. They told Circuit Court Judge Thomas Steptoe that there is still an issue about their client’s competency, based on a criminal responsibility evaluation performed by a psychologist.

Steptoe said two other experts had found Newlon to be criminally responsibility.


A Virginia man authorities say went on a multistate crime spree, partying with college students along the way, and bragging about his exploits on social media, has been sentenced to up to six years in prison in Massachusetts.

Michael Tarpeh was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to charges in connection with a February 2013 carjacking at a service plaza on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Lee.

Prosecutors say the 24-year-old Tarpeh, of Stafford, Virginia, threatened the victim, punched him, and stole his car keys and $150 in cash.

Police caught Tarpeh in Iowa the following month. He is currently serving time in West Virginia. He was also accused of committing crimes in Connecticut and New York.

Tarpeh tweeted about his adventures under the handle “BiggggggMike.“


Six community health groups in West Virginia will receive nearly $1.5 million in federal funding to support facility improvements for patient-centered medical homes.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced the funding this week through the Affordable Care Act.

Movie Review: ‘The Kill Team’ - A Grim Reminder of the Tragedy of War

In 2010, Army Spec. Adam Winfield was at a crossroads. Members of his platoon had killed an innocent boy farming in Afghanistan and planted a grenade on his body. In a message to his father, Winfield asked whether he should become a whistleblower, which might put his life in danger, or just lie low and try to avoid getting pulled into the orbit of his homicidal staff sergeant.

“Why am I the only one that’s not okay with this?” he wrote.

And yet, months later, Winfield was facing murder charges. Just how Winfield got from point A to point B is the subject of Dan Krauss’s documentary “The Kill Team,” a disheartening look at the war in Afghanistan, the military justice system and what can happen when soldiers get bored in the desert.

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The child’s death was only the beginning, and even after sending the message to his father, Winfield ended up in the thick of it. His father tried to report what his son had told him, leaving messages everywhere he could think of. He finally got through to a sergeant at Fort Lewis, Wash., who threw up his hands and said that Adam would have to take his accusations to his superiors. But given that his commanding officer was openly discussing killing Winfield, the specialist thought best to keep everything to himself.

Krauss focuses on Winfield and his parents leading up to the murder trial, but the director also gets access to a few others who were charged, as well as the man, Justin Stoner, who ultimately reported everything (and admits that he wishes he hadn’t). Winfield’s story is tragic — hinging on one moment he will likely replay in his head forever — but the interviews with the other men may be more telling. Their mindsets were disturbingly similar and they admit, with shocking frankness, that their boredom, coupled with an intense distrust for all Afghans (“Nobody’s innocent,” one of them justifies), turned into a killing spree.

If Krauss offers up a clear villain in this story, it’s the men’s staff sergeant, Calvin Gibbs, who was the mastermind. All you need is a “drop weapon,” he told his subordinates, and then you can pretty much kill with impunity. Gibbs also had some sick tendencies, such as collecting fingers of victims that he planned to string together into a necklace and tattooing skulls on his leg to represent each of his kills.

Gibbs isn’t interviewed in the film, which makes him an easy target, but there also was more evil at play, especially given the number of people who either participated in or knew about the killings. There’s a psychological element here that Krauss leaves frustratingly unexplored, even as Stoner says, in his smug way, “I don’t care what the military wants to say, but this goes on more than just us. We’re just the ones who got caught.”

“The Kill Team” is expertly edited, at one point overlaying interviews with the men who participated in the war crimes with B-roll of infantrymen milling about, weapons in hand. And it’s all set to a brilliantly spare and evocative soundtrack. It’s a beautiful way to lose faith in humanity.

★ ★ ★

Unrated. Contains strong language and grisly images. 79 minutes.

Mike Romano for WV Senate

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High School Cross Country 2014: AUTUMN CLASSIC - Girls

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Girls Results

Performer of the Meet:
Caroline Ferrell - Bridgeport

    1. Bridgeport High School               79     9. Wirt County High School             257
    2. Shadyside High School                87    10. St Albans High School               261
    3. Oak Glen High School                 91    11. Paden City High School              264
    4. Doddridge County High School        131    12. John Marshall High School           287
    5. Elkins High School                  155    13. Weir High School                    288
    6. St Marys High School                188    14. Wheeling Central Catholic           294
    7. Liberty High School                 191    15. Riverside High School               300
    8. Ripley High School                  202

                                         GIRLS’ 5K RUN
                                       INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

  FIN   NAME                     TEAM                                     NUM    RESULTS   PTS
    1.  Amanda Reynolds (09)     Tyler Consolidated High School           128    21:45.6     -
    2.  Rachel Beck (10)         St Albans High School                    108    22:11.0     1
    3.  Lavania LeMasters (10)   Robert C Byrd High School                 88    22:13.3     -
    4.  Sophia Ferrelli (9)      Shadyside High School                    114    22:17.4     2
    5.  Hannah Ramirez (11)      Liberty High School                       68    22:25.1     3
    6.  Felicity Nolder (12)     Oak Glen High School                      78    23:37.8     4
    7.  Amber Watson (11)        Tyler Consolidated High School           130    23:45.1     -
    8.  Ashley Visnoc (10)       Shadyside High School                    119    23:54.4     5
    9.  Kayla Hizer (12)         Paden City High School                    87    24:01.6     6
   10.  Caroline Ferrell (10)    Bridgeport High School                     5    24:03.3     7
   11.  Alex Gorrell (12)        St Marys High School                     123    24:06.0     8
   12.  Hannah Gongola (12)      Elkins High School                        49    24:07.0     9
   13.  McKayla Kenemond (11)    Shadyside High School                    117    24:10.5    10
   14.  Hayley Barr (09)         Clay Battelle High School                 29    24:17.9     -
   15.  Savannah Blythe (11)     Bridgeport High School                     3    24:27.8    11
   16.  Jenna Love (09)          Bridgeport High School                    10    24:34.9    12
   17.  Abby Cowher (10)         Weir High School                         148    24:36.1    13
   18.  Deja Taylor (9)          Robert C Byrd High School                 91    24:36.4     -
   19.  Megan Carder (10)        Doddridge County High School              33    24:36.8    14
   20.  Mary Kerby (11)          Wirt County High School                  142    24:37.4    15
   21.  Ryan Wilson (08)         St Marys High School                     126    24:51.4    16
   22.  Emmy Severs (9)          Oak Glen High School                      80    24:54.5    17
   23.  Olivia Arneault (9)      Oak Glen High School                      72    25:05.2    18
   24.  Madison Riley (10)       Liberty High School                       69    25:11.6    19
   25.  Toni Powell (11)         Oak Glen High School                      79    25:15.7    20
   26.  Kylie Pinion (9)         Robert C Byrd High School                 90    25:19.9     -
   27.  Bailey Campbell (11)     Bridgeport High School                     4    25:20.2    21
   28.  Laurel Miller (10)       Ripley High School                        94    25:21.7    22
   29.  Monica Rossi (12)        Elkins High School                        52    25:25.7    23
   30.  Savanah Ferguson (10)    Doddridge County High School              35    25:26.7    24
   31.  Maddi Randolph (9)       Ripley High School                        97    25:30.5    25
   32.  Taylor Maynard (9)       Elkins High School                        51    25:35.8    26
   33.  Lauren Hoffman (10)      Shadyside High School                    115    25:36.1    27
   34.  Ashley Wojciechowicz (10)Bridgeport High School                    14    25:41.2    28
   35.  McKenzie Newton (09)     Doddridge County High School              41    25:42.4    29
   36.  Allison Duke (12)        John Marshall High School                 56    25:42.7    30
   37.  Alexis Leggett (10)      Doddridge County High School              40    25:46.1    31
   38.  Tori Fryer (11)          Oak Glen High School                      75    25:55.3    32
   39.  Rena Reid (12)           Cameron High School                       25    26:02.1     -
   40.  Gracie James (09)        Doddridge County High School              39    26:03.3    33
   41.  Jenna Soltesz (09)       Bridgeport High School                    12    26:12.6     P
   42.  Madison McCormick (09)   John Marshall High School                 61    26:15.1    35
   43.  Sapphire Parsons (12)    Ripley High School                        95    26:18.7    36
   44.  Courtney Walker (09)     Cameron High School                       27    26:24.0     -
   45.  Emily Pelfrey (11)       Wirt County High School                  144    26:24.3    37
   46.  Emily Meeks (08)         St Marys High School                     125    26:29.1    38
   47.  Kaliee Smith (10)        Riverside High School                    103    26:31.4    39
   48.  Victoria Anderson (12)   Paden City High School                    83    26:52.1    40
   49.  Claire Dieffenbaugher  (9Wheeling Central Catholic                132    26:53.7    41
   50.  Cassidy Means (11)       Robert C Byrd High School                 89    26:56.4     -
   51.  Jade Humphrey (11)       St Albans High School                    110    26:58.5    42
   52.  Alexa Coggins (10)       Shadyside High School                    113    27:04.8    43
   53.  Katie Billeter (11)      St Marys High School                     121    27:16.7    44
   54.  Grace Henley (09)        St Albans High School                    109    27:19.1    45
   55.  Kathlyne Simmons (12)    Elkins High School                        53    27:24.1    46
   56.  Kaitlynn Mayle (12)      Liberty High School                       66    27:25.8    47
   57.  Haley Stephenson (11)    Doddridge County High School              44    27:32.1     P
   58.  Lyndsey Howell (10)      Shadyside High School                    116    27:41.2     P
   59.  Natalie Fowler (12)      Brooke High School                        15    27:55.5     -
   60.  Ashley Roop (11)         Bridgeport High School                    11    27:58.8     P
   61.  Leanna High (9)          Elkins High School                        50    27:59.0    51
   62.  Gabriella Velegol (10)   Brooke High School                        18    28:09.4     -
   63.  Madison Beverlin (11)    Bridgeport High School                     2    28:20.8     -
   64.  Caitlyn Cottrell (10)    Wirt County High School                  141    28:21.5    52
   65.  Lauren Hopper (10)       Ripley High School                        92    28:35.4    53
   66.  Kendra Garvin (10)       Doddridge County High School              36    28:44.4     P
   67.  Allison McAllister (10)  Liberty High School                       67    28:56.9    55
   68.  Mallory Estel (12)       Paden City High School                    85    29:03.8    56
   69.  Chelsey Randolph (11)    Doddridge County High School              42    29:05.5     -
   70.  Michelle Spears (11)     Clay Battelle High School                 31    29:14.2     -
   71.  Kimberly Smith (10)      Oak Glen High School                      81    29:15.4     P
   72.  Caroline Lestitian (9)   Wheeling Central Catholic                135    29:35.2    58
   73.  Bethany Blankenship (10) Riverside High School                     99    29:38.3    59
   74.  Kaitlyn McCurdy (10)     Cameron High School                       24    29:41.0     -
   75.  Morgan Hinsley (9)       Riverside High School                    102    29:44.0    60
   76.  Maggie Lohmann (11)      Bridgeport High School                     9    29:45.7     -
   77.  Samantha Labelle (11)    Wheeling Central Catholic                134    29:49.0    61
   78.  Allison Click (10)       Oak Glen High School                      73    29:58.8     P
   79.  Margaret Budik (12)      Weir High School                         146    30:08.9    63
   80.  Morgan Vucelik (12)      John Marshall High School                 63    30:12.5    64
   81.  Hannah Dieffenbaugher  (1Wheeling Central Catholic                133    30:14.0    65
   82.  Matteah Kittle (11)      Bridgeport High School                     7    30:17.8     -
   83.  Brianna Logston (12)     Oak Glen High School                      76    30:24.4     -
   84.  Erikka Davis (11)        Cameron High School                       21    30:28.7     -
   85.  Allison Phillips (10)    Ripley High School                        96    30:29.4    66
   86.  Stacy Russell (11)       Liberty High School                       70    30:32.4    67
   87.  Kaylee Coble (11)        Oak Glen High School                      74    30:34.9     -
   88.  Amanda Zonker (9)        Brooke High School                        20    30:42.0     -
   89.  Samantha Calhoun (12)    Weir High School                         147    30:44.3    68
   90.  Julie Scheutz (10)       Wheeling Central Catholic                136    30:45.3    69
   91.  Jennifer Dayhaw (10)     Riverside High School                    100    30:47.6    70
   92.  Mikayla Wilson (10)      Weir High School                         150    30:58.7    71
   93.  Hannah Fletcher (9)      Riverside High School                    101    31:03.1    72
   94.  Asharay Smith (11)       Weir High School                         149    31:10.6    73
   95.  Megan Sole (09)          Tyler Consolidated High School           129    31:12.1     -
   96.  Cheyenne Bolden (10)     Liberty High School                       65    31:18.2     P
   97.  Autumn Browning (12)     Wirt County High School                  139    31:35.2    75
   98.  Shelby Gatain (10)       Paden City High School                    86    31:53.8    76
   99.  Shaina Litman (09)       John Marshall High School                 60    31:55.4    77
  100.  Alyson Snow (12)         Oak Glen High School                      82    32:07.1     -
  101.  Kalleigh Knicely (12)    Wirt County High School                  143    32:15.6    78
  102.  Madison Taylor (11)      Wheeling Central Catholic                137    32:51.6     P
  103.  Brandi Snodgrass (11)    Riverside High School                    104    33:04.8     P
  104.  Brook Hammel (12)        John Marshall High School                 59    33:07.8    81
  105.  Mara Eisenbarth (08)     St Marys High School                     122    33:08.1    82
  106.  Sara Wyatt (11)          Riverside High School                    106    33:33.6     P
  107.  Erica Anderson (9)       South Harrison High School               120    33:57.5     -
  108.  Addie Bailey (9)         Wirt County High School                  138    35:12.2     P
  109.  Emily Barnard (10)       St Albans High School                    107    35:23.0    85
  110.  Mackenzie Mayhew (9)     Oak Glen High School                      77    35:51.3     -
  111.  Kimberly Walls (10)      Riverside High School                    105    36:16.7     -
  112.  Chelsea Dennis (11)      Paden City High School                    84    36:17.0    86
  113.  Cambrie Currence (10)    Elkins High School                        47    37:29.5     P
  114.  Mikayla Toney (09)       Calhoun County High School                28    38:17.4     -
  115.  Jessica Postlethwait (10)Brooke High School                        17    39:51.4     -
  116.  Caitlin Brown (10)       Doddridge County High School              32    40:10.9     -
  117.  Kayla Scott (12)         St Albans High School                    112    43:57.7    88
  118.  Katy Weber (12)          Bridgeport High School                    13    47:32.9     -

                                          TEAM RESULTS

         TEAM                                     NAME                    FIN    RESULTS    PTS
     1.  Bridgeport High School                   Caroline Ferrell (10)    10      24:03      7
                                                  Savannah Blythe (11)     15      24:27     11
                                                  Jenna Love (09)          16      24:34     12
                                                  Bailey Campbell (11)     27      25:20     21
                                                  Ashley Wojciechowicz (10 34      25:41     28
                                                  Jenna Soltesz (09)       41      26:12
                                                  Ashley Roop (11)         60      27:58

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               2:04:05     79

     2.  Shadyside High School                    Sophia Ferrelli (9)       4      22:17      2
                                                  Ashley Visnoc (10)        8      23:54      5
                                                  McKayla Kenemond (11)    13      24:10     10
                                                  Lauren Hoffman (10)      33      25:36     27
                                                  Alexa Coggins (10)       52      27:04     43
                                                  Lyndsey Howell (10)      58      27:41

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               2:03:01     87

     3.  Oak Glen High School                     Felicity Nolder (12)      6      23:37      4
                                                  Emmy Severs (9)          22      24:54     17
                                                  Olivia Arneault (9)      23      25:05     18
                                                  Toni Powell (11)         25      25:15     20
                                                  Tori Fryer (11)          38      25:55     32
                                                  Kimberly Smith (10)      71      29:15
                                                  Allison Click (10)       78      29:58

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               2:04:46     91

     4.  Doddridge County High School             Megan Carder (10)        19      24:36     14
                                                  Savanah Ferguson (10)    30      25:26     24
                                                  McKenzie Newton (09)     35      25:42     29
                                                  Alexis Leggett (10)      37      25:46     31
                                                  Gracie James (09)        40      26:03     33
                                                  Haley Stephenson (11)    57      27:32
                                                  Kendra Garvin (10)       66      28:44

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               2:07:33    131

     5.  Elkins High School                       Hannah Gongola (12)      12      24:07      9
                                                  Monica Rossi (12)        29      25:25     23
                                                  Taylor Maynard (9)       32      25:35     26
                                                  Kathlyne Simmons (12)    55      27:24     46
                                                  Leanna High (9)          61      27:59     51
                                                  Cambrie Currence (10)   113      37:29

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               2:10:30    155

     6.  St Marys High School                     Alex Gorrell (12)        11      24:06      8
                                                  Ryan Wilson (08)         21      24:51     16
                                                  Emily Meeks (08)         46      26:29     38
                                                  Katie Billeter (11)      53      27:16     44
                                                  Mara Eisenbarth (08)    105      33:08     82

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               2:15:50    188

     7.  Liberty High School                      Hannah Ramirez (11)       5      22:25      3
                                                  Madison Riley (10)       24      25:11     19
                                                  Kaitlynn Mayle (12)      56      27:25     47
                                                  Allison McAllister (10)  67      28:56     55
                                                  Stacy Russell (11)       86      30:32     67
                                                  Cheyenne Bolden (10)     96      31:18

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               2:14:29    191

     8.  Ripley High School                       Laurel Miller (10)       28      25:21     22
                                                  Maddi Randolph (9)       31      25:30     25
                                                  Sapphire Parsons (12)    43      26:18     36
                                                  Lauren Hopper (10)       65      28:35     53
                                                  Allison Phillips (10)    85      30:29     66

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               2:16:13    202

     9.  Wirt County High School                  Mary Kerby (11)          20      24:37     15
                                                  Emily Pelfrey (11)       45      26:24     37
                                                  Caitlyn Cottrell (10)    64      28:21     52
                                                  Autumn Browning (12)     97      31:35     75
                                                  Kalleigh Knicely (12)   101      32:15     78
                                                  Addie Bailey (9)        108      35:12

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               2:23:12    257

    10.  St Albans High School                    Rachel Beck (10)          2      22:11      1
                                                  Jade Humphrey (11)       51      26:58     42
                                                  Grace Henley (09)        54      27:19     45
                                                  Emily Barnard (10)      109      35:23     85
                                                  Kayla Scott (12)        117      43:57     88

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               2:35:48    261

    11.  Paden City High School                   Kayla Hizer (12)          9      24:01      6
                                                  Victoria Anderson (12)   48      26:52     40
                                                  Mallory Estel (12)       68      29:03     56
                                                  Shelby Gatain (10)       98      31:53     76
                                                  Chelsea Dennis (11)     112      36:17     86

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               2:28:06    264

    12.  John Marshall High School                Allison Duke (12)        36      25:42     30
                                                  Madison McCormick (09)   42      26:15     35
                                                  Morgan Vucelik (12)      80      30:12     64
                                                  Shaina Litman (09)       99      31:55     77
                                                  Brook Hammel (12)       104      33:07     81

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               2:27:11    287

    13.  Weir High School                         Abby Cowher (10)         17      24:36     13
                                                  Margaret Budik (12)      79      30:08     63
                                                  Samantha Calhoun (12)    89      30:44     68
                                                  Mikayla Wilson (10)      92      30:58     71
                                                  Asharay Smith (11)       94      31:10     73

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               2:27:36    288

    14.  Wheeling Central Catholic                Claire Dieffenbaugher  ( 49      26:53     41
                                                  Caroline Lestitian (9)   72      29:35     58
                                                  Samantha Labelle (11)    77      29:49     61
                                                  Hannah Dieffenbaugher  ( 81      30:14     65
                                                  Julie Scheutz (10)       90      30:45     69
                                                  Madison Taylor (11)     102      32:51

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               2:27:16    294

    15.  Riverside High School                    Kaliee Smith (10)        47      26:31     39
                                                  Bethany Blankenship (10) 73      29:38     59
                                                  Morgan Hinsley (9)       75      29:44     60
                                                  Jennifer Dayhaw (10)     91      30:47     70
                                                  Hannah Fletcher (9)      93      31:03     72
                                                  Brandi Snodgrass (11)   103      33:04
                                                  Sara Wyatt (11)         106      33:33

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               2:27:43    300

         Calhoun County High School               Mikayla Toney (09)      114      38:17

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **                 38:17

         Robert C Byrd High School                Lavania LeMasters (10)    3      22:13
                                                  Deja Taylor (9)          18      24:36
                                                  Kylie Pinion (9)         26      25:19
                                                  Cassidy Means (11)       50      26:56

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:39:04

         Clay Battelle High School                Hayley Barr (09)         14      24:17
                                                  Michelle Spears (11)     70      29:14

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **                 53:31

         Brooke High School                       Natalie Fowler (12)      59      27:55
                                                  Gabriella Velegol (10)   62      28:09
                                                  Amanda Zonker (9)        88      30:42
                                                  Jessica Postlethwait (10115      39:51

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               2:06:37

         South Harrison High School               Erica Anderson (9)      107      33:57

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **                 33:57

         Tyler Consolidated High School           Amanda Reynolds (09)      1      21:45
                                                  Amber Watson (11)         7      23:45
                                                  Megan Sole (09)          95      31:12

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:16:42

         Cameron High School                      Rena Reid (12)           39      26:02
                                                  Courtney Walker (09)     44      26:24
                                                  Kaitlyn McCurdy (10)     74      29:41
                                                  Erikka Davis (11)        84      30:28

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:52:35

MEC Women’s Golf 2014

The Gilmer Free Press

Notre Dame College has been picked to win the 2014 Mountain East Conference title in women’s golf in a vote conducted by the league’s coaches.

The Falcons finished with 76 points and six first-place selections. NDC led the first two rounds of the MEC Tournament last year before finishing runner-up to Wheeling Jesuit. Notre Dame returns four starters from its lineup, including Michiko Smith who took third individually at the tournament.

West Virginia Wesleyan finished second in the poll with 60 points, including one first-place vote. The Bobcats will be led by first team All-MEC selection Becky Gossard.

Charleston was third with 55 points, and received a first-place vote. Defending champion Wheeling Jesuit was tabbed fourth with 54 points and garnered the final first-place tally. Concord was picked sixth (52), followed by Fairmont State (38), Urbana (34), West Liberty (32), UVa-Wise (25) and Glenville State (24).

2014 MEC Women’s Golf Preseason Poll
1. Notre Dame (6) 76
2. West Virginia Wesleyan (1) 60
3. Charleston (1) 55
4. Wheeling Jesuit (1) 54
5. Concord 52
6. Fairmont State 38
7. Urbana 34
8. West Liberty 32
9. UVa-Wise 25
10. Glenville State 24
() Indicates first place votes * Coaches not able to vote for own team

MEC Men’s Golf 2014

The Gilmer Free Press

The University of Charleston has been picked by the league’s coaches to win the Mountain East Conference championship in men’s golf.

The Golden Eagles finished third at the conference championships last fall, but came on strong in the spring and earned a bid to the NCAA Atlantic Regional and advanced from there to the NCAA Tournament finals. UC returns Thibaut Carmignano and Sense Chaowalit to the squad this year.

Notre Dame College was picked second with 90 points, followed by West Liberty (77) and Shepherd (76). Both the Hilltoppers and the Rams earned a first-place vote.

Concord, the inaugural Mountain East Conference champion, finished fifth with 59 points, followed by Wheeling Jesuit (54), UVa-Wise (53), Fairmont State (50) and Urbana (37). Glenville State finished 10th with 29 points, and West Virginia Wesleyan (22) and West Virginia State (15) completed the poll.

2014 MEC Men’s Golf Preseason Poll
1. Charleston (8) 98
2. Notre Dame College 90
3. West Liberty (1) 77
4. Shepherd (1) 76
5. Concord 59
6. Wheeling Jesuit 54
7. UVa-Wise 53
8. Fairmont State 50
9. Urbana 37
10. Glenville State 29
11. West Virginia Wesleyan 22
12. West Virginia State 15
() Indicates first place votes * Coaches not able to vote for own team

High School Cross Country 2014: AUTUMN CLASSIC - Boys

The Gilmer Free Press
Boys Results

Performer of the Meet:
Nick Kennedy - Riverside

    1. Bridgeport High School               61     9. Liberty High School                 263
    2. Elkins High School                   82    10. John Marshall High School           287
    3. Ripley High School                   97    11. Robert C Byrd High School           288
    4. Fairmont Senior High School         170    12. Wheeling Central Catholic           302
    5. St Albans High School               175    13. Cameron High School                 307
    6. Doddridge County High School        191    14. Paden City High School              308
    7. Riverside High School               226    15. Calhoun County High School          322
    8. Brooke High School                  253    16. Oak Glen High School                330

                                          BOYS’ 5K RUN
                                       INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

  FIN   NAME                     TEAM                                     NUM    RESULTS   PTS
    1.  Matt Wallace (12)        Elkins High School                       219    17:23.6     1
    2.  Hunter Riffle (10)       Doddridge County High School             201    17:35.6     2
    3.  John Sandy (11)          St Albans High School                    302    17:55.3     3
    4.  Nick Kennedy (11)        Riverside High School                    292    17:56.9     4
    5.  Jakeb Van Horn (11)      Fairmont Senior High School              229    18:18.8     5
    6.  Josh Endres (10)         St Albans High School                    299    18:20.3     6
    7.  Austen Zorick (12)       Robert C Byrd High School                270    18:24.6     7
    8.  Timmy Kinney (10)        Bridgeport High School                   167    18:27.4     8
    9.  Jimmy Lacaria (10)       Bridgeport High School                   169    18:29.2     9
   10.  Dalton Hamrick (10)      Elkins High School                       210    18:33.7    10
   11.  Glenn McMillan (12)      Wirt County High School                  327    18:40.9     -
   12.  Clay Thorn (11)          John Marshall High School                238    18:41.5    11
   13.  Antonio Pizzuti (12)     Brooke High School                       181    18:48.6    12
   14.  Ian Frailey (11)         Bridgeport High School                   162    18:52.9    13
   15.  Antonio Jones (12)       Ripley High School                       278    18:53.3    14
   16.  Troy Pallay (12)         Bridgeport High School                   173    19:04.0    15
   17.  Michael Duez (12)        Bridgeport High School                   159    19:06.8    16
   18.  Brady Gorrell (9)        St Marys High School                     311    19:13.7     -
   19.  Drake Bolle (10)         Bridgeport High School                   156    19:28.8     P
   20.  Dalton Fisher (10)       Ripley High School                       276    19:33.1    18
   21.  Levi Phillips (12)       Ripley High School                       281    19:33.6    19
   22.  Remington Boyce (10)     Ripley High School                       271    19:39.5    20
   23.  Richard Butler (11)      St Marys High School                     310    19:40.0     -
   24.  Brendan Wallace (10)     Elkins High School                       218    19:41.3    21
   25.  Jack Funk (11)           Bridgeport High School                   163    19:50.9     P
   26.  Mason Clark (9)          Elkins High School                       205    19:51.9    23
   27.  Corey Bunch (10)         Liberty High School                      239    19:54.7    24
   28.  Josiah Cork (11)         Liberty High School                      240    20:14.7    25
   29.  Trenton Johnson (10)     Ripley High School                       277    20:17.4    26
   30.  Ben Huffman (10)         Elkins High School                       212    20:18.7    27
   31.  Jacob Love (11)          Bridgeport High School                   171    20:24.2     -
   32.  Cole Clutter (10)        Cameron High School                      183    20:29.9    28
   33.  Trey Heaster (10)        Doddridge County High School             199    20:30.9    29
   34.  Cecil Dean (11)          Riverside High School                    288    20:37.3    30
   35.  Dean Frye (12)           Paden City High School                   260    20:38.4    31
   36.  Jacob Bice (10)          Bridgeport High School                   155    20:39.3     -
   37.  Elisha Shank (12)        St Albans High School                    304    20:40.2    32
   38.  Matt Strand (12)         Fairmont Senior High School              227    20:44.4    33
   39.  Ben Hart (9)             Cameron High School                      185    20:44.8    34
   40.  Jeffery Wright (10)      South Harrison High School               307    20:46.9     -
   41.  Nate Miller (11)         Ripley High School                       279    20:48.9     P
   42.  Fisher Rector (10)       Bridgeport High School                   174    20:50.6     -
   43.  Nate McCartney (9)       Fairmont Senior High School              224    20:55.8    36
   44.  Jonathon Hartman (10)    Bridgeport High School                   165    20:56.6     -
   45.  Harvey Matthew (9)       Brooke High School                       180    20:56.8    37
   46.  John Dolan (9)           Bridgeport High School                   157    21:02.0     -
   47.  Luke Daugherty (9)       Tyler Consolidated High School           313    21:04.4     -
   48.  Walker Hashman (9)       St Marys High School                     312    21:07.5     -
   49.  Mark Schlies (12)        St Albans High School                    303    21:07.8    38
   50.  Ethan Hazlett (12)       John Marshall High School                232    21:08.1    39
   51.  Jason Sprinkle Jr (11)   Brooke High School                       182    21:11.5    40
   52.  Nathaniel Bee (9)        Notre Dame High School                   246    21:21.2     -
   53.  Brady Ohrn (11)          Wirt County High School                  328    21:21.5     -
   54.  Hunter McCoy (12)        Wirt County High School                  326    21:21.7     -
   55.  Daniel Crawford (12)     Elkins High School                       206    21:28.7     P
   56.  Sean Fields (10)         Ripley High School                       275    21:29.4     P
   57.  Hunter Hayes (10)        Doddridge County High School             198    21:30.1    43
   58.  Mason Milkovich (10)     Fairmont Senior High School              225    21:32.3    44
   59.  Caleb Estep (11)         Wheeling Central Catholic                319    21:34.2    45
   60.  Christian Fields (12)    Ripley High School                       273    21:34.8     -
   61.  Roger McDiffitt (11)     Cameron High School                      186    21:35.1    46
   62.  Dakota Warren (10)       Oak Glen High School                     256    21:37.5    47
   63.  Sam Lacaria (11)         Bridgeport High School                   170    21:40.3     -
   64.  Shandy Kuzava (12)       Liberty High School                      242    21:47.3    48
   65.  Ben Fredrick (9)         Calhoun County High School               191    21:48.9    49
   66.  Walter King (11)         Elkins High School                       213    21:49.8     P
   67.  Isaiah Blankenship (11)  Riverside High School                    284    21:50.0    51
   68.  Joseph Schmiden (9)      Elkins High School                       217    21:53.2     -
   69.  Gage Clemens (10)        Fairmont Senior High School              220    21:55.0    52
   70.  Cade Crislip (10)        Paden City High School                   259    21:55.9    53
   71.  Ben Rock (10)            Doddridge County High School             203    21:57.6    54
   72.  Julian Runyan (11)       Shadyside High School                    306    22:01.9     -
   73.  Zach Hoskinson (10)      Robert C Byrd High School                267    22:02.2    55
   74.  Tyler Virtue (10)        Weir High School                         333    22:06.6     -
   75.  Matt McCune (11)         Oak Glen High School                     253    22:08.9    56
   76.  Tyler Kiger (11)         Paden City High School                   262    22:12.7    57
   77.  Tyson Childers (11)      Notre Dame High School                   247    22:18.5     -
   78.  Malachi Flati (12)       Wheeling Central Catholic                320    22:22.0    58
   79.  Brad Lacy (9)            Calhoun County High School               193    22:22.3    59
   80.  Dalton Okel (12)         Fairmont Senior High School              226    22:23.5     P
   81.  Adler Roth (12)          Wheeling Central Catholic                322    22:26.6    61
   82.  Dylan Jones (9)          Fairmont Senior High School              223    22:31.0     P
   83.  Colten Oliver (10)       Doddridge County High School             200    22:31.7    63
   84.  Nathaniel Foster (11)    Wheeling Central Catholic                321    22:33.8    64
   85.  Case Carter (9)          Calhoun County High School               190    22:37.7    65
   86.  Dominic Cunningham (11)  Elkins High School                       207    22:43.3     -
   87.  Dakota Graves (10)       Oak Glen High School                     250    22:43.7    66
   88.  Andrew Wilson (11)       Bridgeport High School                   176    22:47.8     -
   89.  Dylan Heiney (10)        Calhoun County High School               192    22:52.6    67
   90.  Dylan Vealey (12)        Riverside High School                    297    22:54.1    68
   91.  John Lowther (11)        Robert C Byrd High School                268    22:54.9    69
   92.  Justin Fields (10)       Ripley High School                       274    22:58.0     -
   93.  Jaron Morris (10)        Robert C Byrd High School                269    22:58.7    70
   94.  Shane Robinson (12)      Wirt County High School                  329    22:59.4     -
   95.  Hayden Vida (12)         Weir High School                         332    23:03.8     -
   96.  Chris Kusky (11)         John Marshall High School                235    23:04.5    71
   97.  Kamron Milhoan (10)      Tyler Consolidated High School           315    23:07.9     -
   98.  Mario Lombardi (12)      Brooke High School                       179    23:09.9    72
   99.  David Dean (12)          Riverside High School                    289    23:12.8    73
  100.  Aric Varlas (11)         Wheeling Central Catholic                324    23:14.9    74
  101.  Shelton Crimm (10)       Doddridge County High School             196    23:20.2     P
  102.  Devon Amos (10)          St Marys High School                     308    23:27.0     -
  103.  Hayden Hizer (10)        Paden City High School                   261    23:28.0    76
  104.  Gage Williams (10)       Ripley High School                       283    23:28.3     -
  105.  Jacob Lewis (9)          Elkins High School                       214    23:32.2     -
  106.  Jacob Earle (10)         Elkins High School                       208    23:35.6     -
  107.  Colin Spangler (11)      Wheeling Central Catholic                323    23:37.0     P
  108.  Conner Rosenlieb (10)    Oak Glen High School                     255    23:42.0    78
  109.  John Erwin (10)          Wheeling Central Catholic                318    23:44.1     P
  110.  Grant Duvall (9)         Bridgeport High School                   160    23:46.4     -
  111.  Forrest Mamgold-Nabors  (Liberty High School                      243    24:01.3    80
  112.  Zack Hamric (10)         John Marshall High School                231    24:02.6    81
  113.  Lucas Wilson (12)        Calhoun County High School               195    24:04.2    82
  114.  Austen Carpenter (10)    Ripley High School                       272    24:08.4     -
  115.  Jesse Lantz (11)         Oak Glen High School                     252    24:10.4    83
  116.  Levi Riley (9)           Doddridge County High School             202    24:11.0     P
  117.  Ryan Patrick (11)        John Marshall High School                237    24:17.1    85
  118.  Hunter Monroe (11)       Liberty High School                      244    24:19.1    86
  119.  Mike Miller (9)          Weir High School                         331    24:28.4     -
  120.  Dalton Hogue (9)         Robert C Byrd High School                266    24:37.4    87
  121.  Justin Estep (10)        Riverside High School                    290    24:40.6     P
  122.  Devan Ricottili (10)     Elkins High School                       216    24:40.8     -
  123.  Jeff Coble (10)          Oak Glen High School                     249    24:44.9     P
  124.  Alec Kuskey (9)          John Marshall High School                234    25:26.2     P
  125.  Josh Frum (9)            Tyler Consolidated High School           314    25:35.8     -
  126.  Travis Leonard (11)      Paden City High School                   263    25:46.1    91
  127.  Gavin Lewis (11)         Brooke High School                       178    25:47.5    92
  128.  Andrew Gibson (9)        Bridgeport High School                   164    25:47.8     -
  129.  Wesley Smith (10)        Paden City High School                   264    25:58.7     P
  130.  Riley Cain (11)          Calhoun County High School               189    26:02.9     P
  131.  Timmy Porch (9)          Riverside High School                    294    26:04.7     P
  132.  Andy Henthorn (10)       St Albans High School                    301    26:15.4    96
  133.  Nick Burgess (11)        Riverside High School                    286    26:15.7     -
  134.  Chris Lacy (11)          Calhoun County High School               194    26:15.9     P
  135.  Justin Schrack (9)       Cameron High School                      187    26:35.4    98
  136.  Ryan McAllister (09)     Liberty High School                      334    27:00.7     P
  137.  Brad Combs (11)          Brooke High School                       177    27:13.5     P
  138.  Justin Bowers (11)       Shadyside High School                    305    27:17.9     -
  139.  Tristan Dotson (8)       Cameron High School                      184    27:32.3   101
  140.  Luke Garrison (9)        John Marshall High School                230    28:04.5     P
  141.  Jordan Shaffer (10)      Riverside High School                    295    28:06.0     -
  142.  Colby Gwynn (9)          Fairmont Senior High School              222    28:08.4     -
  143.  Justin Gumm (10)         Oak Glen High School                     251    28:09.1     P
  144.  Jacob Buck (11)          Wheeling Central Catholic                317    28:23.5     -
  145.  Shane Rhule (10)         Oak Glen High School                     254    28:24.4     -
  146.  Davey Field (10)         Bridgeport High School                   161    28:46.4     -
  147.  Marcus Allen (9)         Paden City High School                   257    28:59.5     P
  148.  Brandon Ricter (11)      Liberty High School                      245    29:02.3     P
  149.  Cameron Cunningham (9)   Liberty High School                      241    29:03.2     -
  150.  Cordell Hutcheson (11)   Bridgeport High School                   166    32:08.5     -
  151.  Nathan Blair (9)         Wheeling Central Catholic                316    33:36.6     -
  152.  Luke Talkington (9)      Notre Dame High School                   248    35:07.7     -

                                          TEAM RESULTS

         TEAM                                     NAME                    FIN    RESULTS    PTS
     1.  Bridgeport High School                   Timmy Kinney (10)         8      18:27      8
                                                  Jimmy Lacaria (10)        9      18:29      9
                                                  Ian Frailey (11)         14      18:52     13
                                                  Troy Pallay (12)         16      19:04     15
                                                  Michael Duez (12)        17      19:06     16
                                                  Drake Bolle (10)         19      19:28
                                                  Jack Funk (11)           25      19:50

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:33:58     61

     2.  Elkins High School                       Matt Wallace (12)         1      17:23      1
                                                  Dalton Hamrick (10)      10      18:33     10
                                                  Brendan Wallace (10)     24      19:41     21
                                                  Mason Clark (9)          26      19:51     23
                                                  Ben Huffman (10)         30      20:18     27
                                                  Daniel Crawford (12)     55      21:28
                                                  Walter King (11)         66      21:49

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:35:46     82

     3.  Ripley High School                       Antonio Jones (12)       15      18:53     14
                                                  Dalton Fisher (10)       20      19:33     18
                                                  Levi Phillips (12)       21      19:33     19
                                                  Remington Boyce (10)     22      19:39     20
                                                  Trenton Johnson (10)     29      20:17     26
                                                  Nate Miller (11)         41      20:48
                                                  Sean Fields (10)         56      21:29

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:37:55     97

     4.  Fairmont Senior High School              Jakeb Van Horn (11)       5      18:18      5
                                                  Matt Strand (12)         38      20:44     33
                                                  Nate McCartney (9)       43      20:55     36
                                                  Mason Milkovich (10)     58      21:32     44
                                                  Gage Clemens (10)        69      21:55     52
                                                  Dalton Okel (12)         80      22:23
                                                  Dylan Jones (9)          82      22:31

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:43:24    170

     5.  St Albans High School                    John Sandy (11)           3      17:55      3
                                                  Josh Endres (10)          6      18:20      6
                                                  Elisha Shank (12)        37      20:40     32
                                                  Mark Schlies (12)        49      21:07     38
                                                  Andy Henthorn (10)      132      26:15     96

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:44:17    175

     6.  Doddridge County High School             Hunter Riffle (10)        2      17:35      2
                                                  Trey Heaster (10)        33      20:30     29
                                                  Hunter Hayes (10)        57      21:30     43
                                                  Ben Rock (10)            71      21:57     54
                                                  Colten Oliver (10)       83      22:31     63
                                                  Shelton Crimm (10)      101      23:20
                                                  Levi Riley (9)          116      24:11

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:44:03    191

     7.  Riverside High School                    Nick Kennedy (11)         4      17:56      4
                                                  Cecil Dean (11)          34      20:37     30
                                                  Isaiah Blankenship (11)  67      21:50     51
                                                  Dylan Vealey (12)        90      22:54     68
                                                  David Dean (12)          99      23:12     73
                                                  Justin Estep (10)       121      24:40
                                                  Timmy Porch (9)         131      26:04

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:46:29    226

     8.  Brooke High School                       Antonio Pizzuti (12)     13      18:48     12
                                                  Harvey Matthew (9)       45      20:56     37
                                                  Jason Sprinkle Jr (11)   51      21:11     40
                                                  Mario Lombardi (12)      98      23:09     72
                                                  Gavin Lewis (11)        127      25:47     92
                                                  Brad Combs (11)         137      27:13

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:49:51    253

     9.  Liberty High School                      Corey Bunch (10)         27      19:54     24
                                                  Josiah Cork (11)         28      20:14     25
                                                  Shandy Kuzava (12)       64      21:47     48
                                                  Forrest Mamgold-Nabors  111      24:01     80
                                                  Hunter Monroe (11)      118      24:19     86
                                                  Ryan McAllister (09)    136      27:00
                                                  Brandon Ricter (11)     148      29:02

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:50:15    263

    10.  John Marshall High School                Clay Thorn (11)          12      18:41     11
                                                  Ethan Hazlett (12)       50      21:08     39
                                                  Chris Kusky (11)         96      23:04     71
                                                  Zack Hamric (10)        112      24:02     81
                                                  Ryan Patrick (11)       117      24:17     85
                                                  Alec Kuskey (9)         124      25:26
                                                  Luke Garrison (9)       140      28:04

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:51:12    287

    11.  Robert C Byrd High School                Austen Zorick (12)        7      18:24      7
                                                  Zach Hoskinson (10)      73      22:02     55
                                                  John Lowther (11)        91      22:54     69
                                                  Jaron Morris (10)        93      22:58     70
                                                  Dalton Hogue (9)        120      24:37     87

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:50:55    288

    12.  Wheeling Central Catholic                Caleb Estep (11)         59      21:34     45
                                                  Malachi Flati (12)       78      22:22     58
                                                  Adler Roth (12)          81      22:26     61
                                                  Nathaniel Foster (11)    84      22:33     64
                                                  Aric Varlas (11)        100      23:14     74
                                                  Colin Spangler (11)     107      23:37
                                                  John Erwin (10)         109      23:44

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:52:09    302

    13.  Cameron High School                      Cole Clutter (10)        32      20:29     28
                                                  Ben Hart (9)             39      20:44     34
                                                  Roger McDiffitt (11)     61      21:35     46
                                                  Justin Schrack (9)      135      26:35     98
                                                  Tristan Dotson (8)      139      27:32    101

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:56:55    307

    14.  Paden City High School                   Dean Frye (12)           35      20:38     31
                                                  Cade Crislip (10)        70      21:55     53
                                                  Tyler Kiger (11)         76      22:12     57
                                                  Hayden Hizer (10)       103      23:28     76
                                                  Travis Leonard (11)     126      25:46     91
                                                  Wesley Smith (10)       129      25:58
                                                  Marcus Allen (9)        147      28:59

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:53:59    308

    15.  Calhoun County High School               Ben Fredrick (9)         65      21:48     49
                                                  Brad Lacy (9)            79      22:22     59
                                                  Case Carter (9)          85      22:37     65
                                                  Dylan Heiney (10)        89      22:52     67
                                                  Lucas Wilson (12)       113      24:04     82
                                                  Riley Cain (11)         130      26:02
                                                  Chris Lacy (11)         134      26:15

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:53:43    322

    16.  Oak Glen High School                     Dakota Warren (10)       62      21:37     47
                                                  Matt McCune (11)         75      22:08     56
                                                  Dakota Graves (10)       87      22:43     66
                                                  Conner Rosenlieb (10)   108      23:42     78
                                                  Jesse Lantz (11)        115      24:10     83
                                                  Jeff Coble (10)         123      24:44
                                                  Justin Gumm (10)        143      28:09

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:54:20    330

    17.  Notre Dame High School                   Nathaniel Bee (9)        52      21:21
                                                  Tyson Childers (11)      77      22:18
                                                  Luke Talkington (9)     152      35:07

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:18:46

         Shadyside High School                    Julian Runyan (11)       72      22:01
                                                  Justin Bowers (11)      138      27:17

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **                 49:18

         South Harrison High School               Jeffery Wright (10)      40      20:46

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **                 20:46

         St Marys High School                     Brady Gorrell (9)        18      19:13
                                                  Richard Butler (11)      23      19:40
                                                  Walker Hashman (9)       48      21:07
                                                  Devon Amos (10)         102      23:27

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:23:27

         Tyler Consolidated High School           Luke Daugherty (9)       47      21:04
                                                  Kamron Milhoan (10)      97      23:07
                                                  Josh Frum (9)           125      25:35

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:09:46

         Wirt County High School                  Glenn McMillan (12)      11      18:40
                                                  Brady Ohrn (11)          53      21:21
                                                  Hunter McCoy (12)        54      21:21
                                                  Shane Robinson (12)      94      22:59

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:24:21

         Weir High School                         Tyler Virtue (10)        74      22:06
                                                  Hayden Vida (12)         95      23:03
                                                  Mike Miller (9)         119      24:28

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:09:37

Sports Brief - 08.29.14

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►   WEEK 1 GAMES: 

Oak Hill (0-0) @ Lewis County (0-0)

Ripley (0-0) @ Parkersburg South (0-0)

Parkersburg (0-0) @ Warren Local, Ohio (0-0)

Buck. Upshur (0-0) @ #2 Bridgeport (0-0)

#9 Fairmont Senior (0-0) @ #4 Robert C. Byrd (0-0)

Lincoln (0-0) @ Braxton County (0-0)

Liberty - Harrison (0-0) @ East Fairmont (0-0)

Grafton (0-0) @ Philip Barbour (0-0)

Clay County (0-0) @ Roane County (0-0)

Notre Dame (0-0) @ #1 Wheeling Central (0-0)

Ritchie County - AA (0-0) @ #2 St. Marys (0-0)

Nicholas County - AA (0-0) @ #3 Greenbrier West (0-0)

#4 Williamstown (0-0) @ Tyler Consolidated (0-0)

Parkersburg Catholic (0-0) @ Buffalo (0-0)

Calhoun County (0-0) @ Gilmer County (0-0)

Webster County - AA (0-0) @ Richwood (0-0)

Doddridge County (0-0) @ South Harrison (0-0)

Wirt County (0-0) @ Valley - Fayette (0-0)


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Growing up in West Virginia, Nick Saban would peek through the rails at the old WVU Fieldhouse as Jerry West played basketball far below.

Watching West Virginia play football, meanwhile, “was like the highlight of my year,“ Saban said.

When Saban leads No. 2 Alabama against the Mountaineers in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, his priority as always on fall Saturdays will be to win a football game — even against his home state program.

He seemed to enjoy waxing nostalgic this week about his favorite boyhood team in memories that include the heartache of listening to his transistor radio when West and the Mountaineers fell 71-70 — yes, Saban remembers the score — to California in the 1959 national championship game.

“You don’t forget stuff like that,“ Saban said, “but now I’m Alabama’s coach. I’m an Alabama fan. We don’t really have to be concerned about any of that. We want to do what’s best for our team and the relationships that we have here.

“But we also respect their traditions and the relationships that we’ve developed through the years in West Virginia.“

Those ties will be evidenced by friends and family traveling to Atlanta for the game, people who say they saw Saban’s potential way back when.

That group includes U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, a former West Virginia governor, who grew up less than 10 miles away from the Sabans and still calls him “one of my best friends in the whole world.“

Manchin played on youth sports teams coached by Saban’s father, Nick Sr., who also operated a service station while running an ice cream shop/restaurant with his wife in front of their modest home just outside Monongah. Nick Sr., Manchin said, “was a builder of men” and his son was always there soaking it in when he wasn’t helping out by washing cars or pumping gas.

“He had all the genes for it and he had the tutelage of his father, who was very rigid and stoic about how he did things,“ Manchin recalled. “You just saw the success come. He saw it by hard work, sacrificing, planning. He knew what it took to succeed, and Nick took it to the next level.

“I always thought he would be the greatest football coach, I believe, in the country today and will go down in history as one of the greatest. And it’s all because of that coal-mining town.“

Nick Sr. died of a heart attack in 1973 when the undersized Saban, spurned by the Mountaineers, was playing baseball and football at Kent State.

Both Manchin and Saban played quarterback in high school. Manchin graduated from Farmington High in 1965, Saban from Monongah High in 1969.

“The biggest mistake WVU ever made was not offering young Nick Saban a scholarship,“ said Manchin, whose West Virginia career was ended early by a knee injury. “He was one of the best athletes to ever come out of the area. His size gave them pause to ever offer him a scholarship.“

Sharing childhood memories weren’t the only time Saban showed a lighter side leading up to this game. He also challenged Manchin and others, including Florida coach Will Muschamp, to participate in the ice bucket challenge that’s gone viral in efforts to raise funds to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Manchin’s wife, Gayle, dumped the senator with ice water.

Manchin said this game is one instance where he’ll be rooting against Saban.

Not so for Saban’s sister, Dianna Thompson, who lives in the Marion County community of Worthington and has had three kids graduate from West Virginia.

“That’s a no brainer: Roll Tide,“ Thompson said. She has to pull for the man she’s always called “Brother.“

“When West Virginia’s playing anybody else, we cheer for West Virginia,“ she said. “But we can’t cheer against Brother.“

If Saban had his way as a teenager, Saturday’s game wouldn’t just be against his old favorite team. He’d be facing his alma mater.

“He really wanted to go to WVU but they wouldn’t give him a scholarship,“ Thompson said. “They told him he could walk on but he got a scholarship to Kent State, so he went to Kent State. He would have gone to WVU if he had been offered a scholarship there.“


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►   COWBOYS’ HAMILTON SUSPENDED FOUR GAMES:  The NFL suspended Dallas Cowboys defensive back Jakar Hamilton four games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

Hamilton will miss the first four games of the 2014 season and will be eligible to return after the team’s Week 4 contest against New Orleans.

The South Carolina product appeared in three games last season as a rookie and recorded a pair of tackles. He has missed two preseason games this month because of a concussion and hamstring injury.

It’s the second suspension for a Cowboys defensive back this season. Orlando Scandrick was also hit with a four-game penalty for violating the league’s policy on PED use.

►   PEYTON MANNING FINED FOR TAUNT:  Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was fined for taunting Houston’s D.J. Swearinger after the Texans defensive back forced Denver receiver Wes Welker out of last week’s preseason game with a concussion.

Welker left the contest after taking a hit from Swearinger late in the first half and Manning completed a touchdown pass on the next play. Manning raced into the end zone and yelled at Swearinger, drawing a taunting penalty.

The Denver Post and ESPN reported the fine to be $8,258 and Manning was quoted by ESPN as saying it was “money well spent.“

Welker is still recovering from the concussion, his third in the past 10 months, and coach John Fox has said the receiver will return when he’s medically cleared.

►   COWBOYS BRING BACK RB TANNER:  The Dallas Cowboys have signed running back Phillip Tanner.

The Middle Tennessee product appeared in 39 games for the Cowboys over three seasons after joining the team as a rookie free agent in 2011. He rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns while catching nine passes for 93 yards, adding 21 tackles on special teams.

Dallas waived cornerback B.W. Webb to open a roster spot.

►   NFL SETS NEW DOMESTIC VIOLENCE POLICY:  Saying he got the Ray Rice suspension wrong, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has instituted harsher penalties for players and league personnel over domestic violence offenses.

The revamped policy was announced in a letter from Goodell to NFL team owners and calls for a six-week suspension without pay for a first domestic violence offense and a lifetime ban for a second offense.

In his letter, a copy of which was obtained Thursday by, Goodell says he “didn’t get it right” last month when he suspended Rice for two games after the Baltimore Ravens running back was arrested on a domestic violence assault charge in February.

Video posted online by showed Rice lifting his then-fiancee out of an Atlantic City casino elevator. The running back avoided prosecution over the incident by entering a pretrial intervention program and has since married the woman.

Goodell suspended Rice for the first two regular-season games and fined him an additional game check for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

The penalty was widely viewed as weak, especially in comparison to another star player’s yearlong ban over marijuana use.

Goodell stood by the penalty in public comments he made earlier this month but says in his letter to owners that the league lost opportunity to show a strong stance “on a critical issue.“

He says they “allowed our standards to fall below where they should be.“

“My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families,“ Goodell says. “I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values. I didn’t get it right. Simply put, we have to do better. And we will.“

Goodell says the public response to Rice’s suspension “reinforced my belief that the NFL is held to a higher standard, and properly so.“

“Much of the criticism stemmed from a fundamental recognition that the NFL is a leader, that we do stand for important values, and that we can project those values in ways that have a positive impact beyond professional football,“ he says.

“We embrace this role and the responsibility that comes with it. We will listen openly, engage our critics constructively, and seek continuous improvement in everything we do.

“We will use this opportunity to create a positive outcome by promoting policies of respect for women both within and outside of the workplace. We will work with nationally recognized experts to ensure that the NFL has a model policy on domestic violence and sexual assault. We will invest time and resources in training, programs and services that will become part of our culture. And we will increase the sanctions imposed on NFL personnel who violate our policies.“

The enhanced penalties apply to the NFL’s personal conduct policy regarding incidents of assault, battery, domestic violence and sexual assault that involve physical force.

Under the new rules, Goodell says, mitigating circumstances will be taken into account “and more severe discipline will be imposed if there are aggravating circumstances such as the presence or use of a weapon, choking, repeated striking, or when the act is committed against a pregnant woman or in the presence of a child.“

Goodell says an offender may petition to be reinstated after a lifetime ban is handed down “but there is no assurance that the petition will be granted.“

“These steps are based on a clear, simple principle: domestic violence and sexual assault are wrong. They are illegal. They have no place in the NFL and are unacceptable in any way, under any circumstances,“ Goodell says. “That has been and remains our policy.“

The NFL Players Association said in a statement that it was informed Thursday of the increased penalties and added, “As we do in all disciplinary matters, if we believe that players’ due process rights are infringed upon during the course of discipline, we will assert and defend our members’ rights.“

Goodell says the league will also take the following actions under the enhanced policy:

- It will enhance its training for rookies entering the league and develop new programs for veteran players and other NFL personnel.

- Team and league personnel will undergo training to help them understand and identify risk factors associated with domestic violence and sexual assault.

- NFL wellness programs will be staffed by trained personnel “to provide prompt and confidential assistance to anyone at risk of domestic violence or sexual assault—whether as a victim or potential aggressor.“

- The league will expand its education programs at the college, high school and youth levels that address domestic violence and sexual assault.

- It will work to incorporate domestic violence and sexual assault awareness into its public service work.

“With very few exceptions, NFL personnel conduct themselves in an exemplary way,“ Goodell says in his letter. “But even one case of domestic violence or sexual assault is unacceptable.

“The reality is that domestic violence and sexual assault are often hidden crimes, ones that are under-reported and under-acknowledged. The steps we are taking will reinforce our commitment to address this issue constructively.“

Goodell says the league is also working to maintain strong policies regarding weapons offenses and to strengthen its response to impaired driving offenses.

►   PEYTON MANNING FINED FOR TAUNT:  Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was fined for taunting Houston’s D.J. Swearinger after the Texans defensive back forced Denver receiver Wes Welker out of last week’s preseason game with a concussion.

Welker left the contest after taking a hit from Swearinger late in the first half and Manning completed a touchdown pass on the next play. Manning raced into the end zone and yelled at Swearinger, drawing a taunting penalty.

The Denver Post and ESPN reported the fine to be $8,258 and Manning was quoted by ESPN as saying it was “money well spent.“

Welker is still recovering from the concussion, his third in the past 10 months, and coach John Fox has said the receiver will return when he’s medically cleared.


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►   A’S RECALL SCRIBNER:  The Oakland Athletics recalled right-handed pitcher Evan Scribner from Triple-A Sacramento on Thursday.

Scribner joins the A’s for his fourth stint this year, posting a 1-0 mark with a 1.69 ERA in six relief appearances. He is also 4-1 with a 3.06 ERA in 40 relief appearances with Sacramento and is tied for fourth in the Pacific Coast League with 16 saves.

To make room for Scribner, the A’s optioned left-handed pitcher Drew Pomeranz to Single-A Beloit.

Pomeranz was recalled from Sacramento on Wednesday to start at Houston and allowed one unearned run in 5 1/3 innings in a no decision in Oakland’s 5-4 win.

In being optioned to Beloit, Pomeranz will be eligible to be recalled once its Midwest League season is over on Monday. Otherwise, Oakland would have to wait 10 days to recall him from a minor league team that season is still ongoing. Rosters expand for major league teams on Monday, September 01.

Pomeranz is 5-4 with a 2.66 ERA in 18 games overall with Oakland.

►   METS STICK WITH VEGAS AS TRIPLE-A TEAM:  The New York Mets and the Las Vegas 51s renewed their Player Development Contract for two more years, keeping the 51s as the Triple-A affiliate for the Mets.

The Las Vegas club has been the Mets affiliate since 2012.

“We have had a great partnership with the Las Vegas 51s and the city of Las Vegas, one which continues to provide player development, winning and community involvement,“ said Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson. “Maintaining continuity in Vegas is something we know will benefit our players, the city, fans and entire community.“

Las Vegas has clinched the Pacific Southern Division of the Pacific Coast League for a second straight season and has recorded back-to-back 80-win seasons for the first time. The playoffs will begin on September 03.

►   ORIOLES RECALL PAREDES:  The Baltimore Orioles recalled infielder Jimmy Paredes from Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday.

Paredes has appeared in 32 games for Norfolk after Baltimore acquired him in a trade from Kansas City earlier this season. The versatile 25-year-old spent time at second and third base.


Final Score: Detroit 3, New York 2

Alex Avila drove a first-pitch slider off the right-field wall in the bottom of the ninth inning Thursday to give the Detroit Tigers a 3-2 win over the New York Yankees. Avila’s two-out blast off Shawn Kelley hit midway up the wall and out of the reach of Ichiro Suzuki, who had to race back into the shadows to track the ball. Victor Martinez started the winning rally with a double off Kelley (2-5) and J.D. Martinez followed with a walk. Pinch-runner Bryan Holaday scored easily on Avila’s hit to give the Tigers their fourth win in five games. They bounced back from an 8-4 loss on Wednesday—when the Yankees had nine straight hits off David Price in an eight-run third inning—to win two of three games in the series and tie Seattle for the second AL wild-card spot.

Final Score: Baltimore 5, Tampa Bay 4

J.J. Hardy broke a tie game with an RBI single in the seventh inning and the Baltimore Orioles held on to top the Tampa Bay Rays, 5-4, in the finale of a four-game AL East series. Baltimore bounced back from a three-game sweep at the hands of the Cubs over the winning by taking three of four from their division rivals. Steve Pearce hit a solo homer for the first-place Orioles, who extended their lead to seven games over the Yankees. Evan Longoria homered and drove in two of Tampa Bay’s runs.

Final Score: Houston 4, Texas 2

Jason Castro’s fifth-inning grand slam lifted the Houston Astros to a 4-2 win over the Texas Rangers in the opener of a four-game set at Minute Maid Park. Collin McHugh (7-9) yielded two runs on eight hits and struck out six over seven innings. McHugh improved to 3-0 in six August starts. Roman Mendez (0-1) took the loss after giving up two runs in the fifth in relief of starter Nick Tepesch, who was charged with two runs on five hits over 4 1/3 innings.

Final Score: Cleveland 3, Chicago 2

Carlos Carrasco pitched into the seventh inning and the Cleveland Indians grabbed a 3-2 win over the Chicago White Sox in the finale of a three-game series. Carrasco (6-4) allowed just one run on four hits with a walk and seven strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings for the Indians, who have won four of their last five. Jose Ramirez was 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, while Michael Bourn went 3-for-5 with a run scored. Jose Abreu and Adam Dunn each drove in a run for the White Sox, who have lost eight of their last nine games. John Danks (9-9) lost his third straight decision as he was charged with two runs on five hits in six innings.

Final Score: Minnesota 11, Kansas City 5 (10 innings)

Jordan Schafer and Brian Dozier each knocked in two runs during a six-run 10th inning, as the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals, 11-5, to avoid a three-game sweep. Schafer went 3- for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored for the Twins, who snapped a four- game skid. Dozier also had three hits with three RBI and two runs scored. Anthony Swarzak (3-1) recorded the final two outs in the ninth to pick up the win. Tommy Milone got the start for Minnesota and gave up four runs on nine hits over 5 1/3 innings. Alex Gordon hit a solo homer and ended with two RBI for the Royals, who lead the Tigers by 1 1/2 games for first place in the AL Central. Detroit beat the Yankees earlier Thursday. Kansas City starter Jeremy Guthrie allowed five runs on nine hits over six innings. Bruce Chen (2-4) gave up six runs on five hits in the 10th to take the loss.


Final Score: Cincinnati 7, Chicago 2

Zack Cozart led a potent offensive attack, as the Cincinnati Reds stole the show in a 7-2 thumping of the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park. Cozart went 3-for-4 with an RBI, three runs scored and two stolen bases for the Reds, who swiped a season-high six bags in winning the rubber match of this three-game set. Todd Frazier also stole two bases, finishing 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored for Cincinnati, which ended a seven-game homestand with four wins. Deuces were wild for Reds speedster Billy Hamilton. The center fielder had two hits, two RBI, a pair of runs scored and two walks, while stealing his 51st base of the season. Reds starting pitcher Dylan Axelrod (1-0) got the win, allowing just two hits over five innings. He struck out eight and walked three. In his second major league game, Jorge Solar went 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Cubs, who have dropped two in a row after winning four straight.

Final Score: San Francisco 4, Colorado 1

Gregor Blanco homered to back six dominant innings by Yusmeiro Petit, who made history in the San Francisco Giants’ 4-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday. Petit, who has split his duties this season between starting and pitching out of the bullpen, retired the first eight batters he faced to break Mark Buehrle’s MLB record with 46 consecutive outs. Petit (4-3) improved to 2-2 as a starter after allowing just one run on four hits over six innings of work. Petit also struck out nine before leaving with just 81 pitches. Petit tied the National League record for consecutive batters retired of 41 with a 1-2-3 first.

Final Score: Atlanta 6, New York 1

Mike Minor was dominant on the mound and at the plate to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 6-1 win over the New York Mets in Thursday’s series finale at Citi Field. Minor (6-8) allowed one run on four hits and struck out five over seven-plus innings. He also went 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored in Atlanta’s second straight win. Emilio Bonifacio collected four hits with two RBI and a run, while Freddie Freeman also had an RBI for the Braves. Jason Heyward went hitless over his first four at-bats with a pair of strikeouts in his first appearance against New York’s Jon Niese since Aug. 21, 2013. The last time the two met, Niese hit Heyward with a fastball in the face and broke his jaw. Heyward did, however, double and score a run in his final turn at the plate during a three-run ninth inning that put the game away. Niese (7-10) allowed three runs on nine hits and a walk with five strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings.


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Final Score: (21) Texas A&M 52, (9) South Carolina 28

Sophomore quarterback Kenny Hill made Texas A&M fans forget all about former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel on Thursday night and introduced them to college football’s newest star. Hill broke Manziel’s school record with 511 yards passing and threw for three touchdowns to lead the 21st-ranked Aggies to a stunning 52-28 win over No. 9 South Carolina in the season and SEC opener for both teams. Many felt that the early departure of Manziel, a first-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns, as well as top-10 picks in offensive tackle Jake Matthews and wide receiver Mike Evans, would mean a down year for Texas A&M (1-0, 1-0 SEC). No one told the Aggies’ new QB. Hill completed 44-of-60 passes and looked every bit the part in his first collegiate start. His 60 pass attempts were four more than Manziel’s career-high 56, set as a freshman against LSU, and four off the school record set by Ryan Tannehill. Tra Carson added three rushing touchdowns for the Aggies, who put an end to South Carolina’s 18-game home win streak. Malcome Kennedy had a game-high 14 receptions for 137 yards. Dylan Thompson put up big numbers for South Carolina (0-1, 0-1) in defeat, throwing for 366 yards and four touchdowns with an interception. Nick Jones was his primary target, making five catches for 113 yards and two scores.

Final Score: (18) Ole Miss 35, Boise State 13

Bo Wallace and the Rebels shook off a slow start as No. 18 Ole Miss pulled away from the Boise State Broncos in a season- opening 35-13 victory at the Georgia Dome. The Broncos hung close with the SEC program for three quarters and were within 7-6 before Wallace threw three fourth-quarter touchdown passes in the span of four offensive plays. The late flourish made Wallace’s numbers look decidedly better than they did after he was picked off three times in the first half. He finished with 387 yards and four scores on 25-of-36 passes. Cody Core was on the receiving end of two touchdown passes, including a 76-yard score, while Laquon Treadwell had seven receptions for 105 yards and a TD for Ole Miss (1-0), which is sporting its highest preseason ranking since 2009. Boise State (0-1) dropped its third straight season opener, though this time the program began on a sour note under Bryan Harsin’s watch. Harsin took over for Chris Petersen after the wildly successful head coach bolted for Washington prior to last year’s bowl game. Grant Hedrick showed some flashes with his legs but threw four interceptions in the setback. Jay Ajayi totaled 179 yards from scrimmage and caught a late touchdown pass from Hedrick.


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►   CONNECTICUT’S OGWUMIKE HONORED AS TOP WNBA ROOKIE:  Connecticut’s Chiney Ogwumike was selected as the WNBA’s Rookie of the Year on Thursday.

Ogwumike received 23 votes from a nationwide panel of 38 sportswriters and broadcasters to outdistance Tulsa’s Odyssey Sims for the honor. Sims, selected behind only Ogwumike in the WNBA Draft, finished with 12 votes.

Kayla McBride of San Antonio was next with two votes, while Atlanta’s Shoni Schimmel picked up one. McBride was the third pick in the draft and Schimmel was selected eighth.

Ogwumike appeared in 31 games for the Sun this season, all as a starter, and averaged 15.5 points with 8.5 rebounds. She led all rookies in rebounding and her 13 double-doubles tied for the second-most overall in the league.

The Stanford product became the second in her family to win the award, following sister Nneka, who captured the top rookie honor in 2012 with the Los Angeles Sparks. Both were first overall draft picks.


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►   SHOULD THE NHL ROLL THE DICE IN VEGAS?:  Sooner or later a major professional sports league is going to take a chance on Las Vegas.

If recent rumors are to be believed the NHL is ready to become that league.

A report Tuesday in the Vancouver Province claims an NHL expansion club in Vegas is a “done deal.“ According to The Province writer Tony Gallagher and his sources the only decision left to make is deciding “which owner will be entitled to proclaim that he brought the first major league sports franchise to Sin City.“

Whether or not the gambling Mecca is a good place for a professional sports team has been a heavily debated topic for decades. First and foremost, there is the thorny issue of basing a team in a city where sports betting is legal but the problems don’t stop there.

Drawing fans to the arena shouldn’t be a problem at first for an NHL club based in Vegas, but it could be difficult sell in the long term. One major roadblock in keeping attendance up would be the stiff competition for things to do in a city known as “The Entertainment Capital of the World.“ Also, while casino owners know they can count on tourists to lay down money to catch Wayne Newton or Britney Spears, it seems unlikely those same visitors will care about seeing an NHL game in a city other than their own.

There is also the problem of putting another team in a non-traditional hockey market. Then again, Gary Bettman has proven immune to criticisms about his strategy of pushing the NHL landscape further south and there is no reason to believe the commissioner has changed his tune. Just think of everything the league has done to keep from moving the Coyotes out of Arizona (or to keep the Predators in Nashville) and it should be obvious Bettman won’t be talked out of placing a team in Vegas just because it’s in the middle of the desert.

Putting aside the specific problems that make a Las Vegas club a risky proposition for the NHL, generally speaking it’s a bad idea for the league to expand at all. That is, it’s a bad idea if one’s primary interest was the overall health of the league and not simply looking for additional ways to monetize the sport of hockey. It shouldn’t be difficult to guess the latter path is of greater value to Bettman and the owners of the NHL’s 30 current franchises.

Considering the relentless pursuit of money is firmly installed as the main objective for the power brokers of the NHL another piece of news reported on Tuesday shouldn’t seem so far-fetched. Howard Bloom of tweeted that the league is planning on adding four expansion teams by 2017, with Quebec City, Seattle and a second Toronto franchise joining the proposed Vegas club.

Bloom noted the NHL’s reported plan would bring $1.4 billion in expansion fees to the NHL’s coffers. That’s a huge sum of cash to be spread out amongst the league’s 30 teams, but an expansion of that size would wreak untold damage to the NHL’s on-ice product. Finding worthy players to fill 30 rosters is bad enough and adding four more teams to the mix would dilute the talent pool to an alarming degree.

Of course, the real losers in the expansion game are fans. But if three lockouts over the last two decades doesn’t make it clear the league and its owners take fan support for granted, nothing will.

Unfortunately, it’s not in the interest of the players to take a stand against expansion either. Not only would the NHLPA love having more NHL jobs to fill, but the players also earn a hefty share of the total revenue generated by the league.

Do you think those players would say no to more money to protect the sanctity of the game? Didn’t think so.

Bloom’s claim that the league will add four teams over the next few years does seem on the high side, but that’s immaterial to the central issue. Whether there’s only one expansion team added or four, the real problem is the NHL seems intent on cashing in on its recent upsurge in popularity even if that means seriously damaging its product.

Of course, hockey fans who don’t want to believe the onslaught of expansion is inevitable could try dismissing these recent reports as nothing more than rumors and go on their merry way. Maybe that’s not such a bad idea considering there is little fans (either in small groups or as a collective whole) could do to stop the NHL if it’s indeed hell-bent on expanding the league.

But just like in “All The President’s Men” the key to figuring out this mystery is to simply follow the money. In the case of NHL expansion the trail leads right to the pockets of the most powerful people in hockey. They would be the first to tell you they didn’t get to where they are by listening to people like me.


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►   WHEN TO HANDCUFF?:  The question of when to handcuff a backup to a fantasy starter becomes paramount late on draft day. Who do you handcuff? And when do you use a draft choice for a guy who doesn’t have much current fantasy value. Let’s start from the beginning.

A handcuff is simply insurance.

You wouldn’t drive a car without insurance. You shouldn’t be walking around without health insurance. And you definitely shouldn’t leave an injury-prone star quarterback/running back/receiver alone on your roster without his handcuff.

The first question a fantasy owner must answer is “who is the backup to your star?“ Just because a player is the next guy on the depth chart, doesn’t mean he’s the handcuff for the starter.

In Atlanta, injury-prone starting running back Steven Jackson’s backup on the depth chart is Jacquizz Rodgers. But Rodgers is really a “change-of-pace” back and if, make that when, Jackson gets injured I would expect that rookie Devonta Freeman would get the bulk of the rushing attempts. Rodgers would continue in his current role.

The same scenario could happen in St. Louis where Zac Stacy is backed up by heralded rookie Tre Mason and second-year tailback Benny Cunningham. It’s the lesser-known Cunningham that would get the starting assignment if something happens to Stacy.

Question No. 2 for fantasy owners is: Can the backup adequately fill the role of the starter and then produce, if not equal, respectable fantasy numbers?

In Detroit, running back Joique Bell has already proven he can produce numbers in the Lions offense when Reggie Bush is injured. In his 11th season, San Francisco receiver Anquan Boldin proved he could replace injured Michael Crabtree as the 49ers No. 1 wideout, posting 1,179 yards and seven touchdowns after Crabtree was injured in the offseason.

When Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback Michael Vick went down to injury last season, the Eagles installed Nick Foles as the starter. We all know what happened next. Foles put together a magnificent season, throwing for 27 touchdowns and 2,891 yards against just two interceptions in 10 starts.

Foles was the perfect handcuff. He not only matched Vick’s fantasy value, but far surpassed the starter’s value.

Why was Foles so good? I believe it was Chip Kelly’s offensive system. He puts his players in a position to succeed.

On the other hand, if Denver star QB Peyton Manning were to be felled by injury, you have to question whether Broncos backup Brock Osweiler could produce numbers anywhere near as good. Because in Denver it’s not the system, it’s the player. Remember the struggles the Colts had to replace Manning in 2011. Same offense, same skill position players, but none of the backups could do what Manning could do.

For that reason, if Manning were to miss games, I’d rather have a starter on another team than Osweiler. I would not use a late draft choice on Osweiler.

Evaluate each of your starters in this way and you will know which players require a handcuff and which do not.

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Major League Baseball - National League
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 7:05 PM - FS-Ohio, ROOT-Pittsburgh, MLB Network, DSS
Philadelphia at NY Mets, 7:10 PM - CSN-Philadelphia, SNY, DSS
Miami at Atlanta, 7:35 PM - FS-Florida, South, DSS
Chicago Cubs at St. Louis, 8:15 PM - WGN (America), FS-Midwest, DSS
Colorado at Arizona, 9:40 PM - ROOT-Rocky Mountain, FS-Arizona, DSS
Los Angeles at San Diego, 10:10 PM - SportsNet LA, FS-San Diego, DSS
Milwaukee at San Francisco, 10:15 PM - FS-Wisconsin, CSN-Bay, DSS

American League
Minnesota at Baltimore, 7:05 PM - FS-North, MASN, DSS
NY Yankees at Toronto, 7:07 PM - YES, SNET, MLB Network, DSS
Boston at Tampa Bay, 7:10 PM - NESN, SunSports, DSS
Detroit at Chicago WSox, 8:10 PM - FS-Detroit, CSN-Chicago, DSS
Cleveland at Kansas City, 8:10 PM - SportsTime Ohio, FS-Kansas City, DSS
Texas at Houston, 8:10 PM - FS-Southwest, CSN-Houston, DSS
Oakland at LA Angels, 10:05 PM - CSN-California, FS-West, DSS

Washington at Seattle, 10:10 PM - MASN2, ROOT-Northwest, DSS

WNBA - Playoffs
Minnesota at Phoenix, 10:00 PM - NBA TV

Canadian Football League
Ottawa at Montreal, 7:30 PM - TSN, RDS,

College Football
BYU at Connecticut, 7:00 PM - ESPN
Bowling Green at Western Ky, 7:30 PM - CBSSN
Villanova at Syracuse, 7:30 PM -
Jacksonville St at Michigan State, 7:30 PM - Big Ten Network
Colorado State at Colorado, 9:00 PM - FS1
TX-San Antonio at Houston, 9:00 PM - ESPN U
UNLV at Arizona, 10:30 PM - ESPN

Major League Soccer
Houston at Sporting Kansas City, 8:00 PM - NBCSN

International Soccer
Olympique de Marseille vs. OGC Nice, 2:25 PM - beIN Sport

EUROPEAN - Italian Open, 5:30 AM - Golf Channel
EUROPEAN - Italian Open, 9:30 AM - Golf Channel
WEB.COM - Hotel Fitness Championship, 12:30 PM - Golf Channel
PGA - Deutsche Bank Championship, 2:30 PM - Golf Channel
LPGA - Portland Classic, 7:00 PM - Golf Channel
CHAMPIONS - Shaw Charity Classic, 9:30 PM - Golf Channel

U.S. Open, 11:00 AM - Tennis Channel
U.S. Open, 1:00 PM - ESPN
U.S. Open, 6:00 PM - ESPN 2

Auto Racing
SPRINT CUP - Oral-B USA 500 practice, 2:30 PM - FS1
NATIONWIDE - Great Clips/Grit Chips 300 practice, 4:00 PM - FS1
NATIONWIDE - Great Clips/Grit Chips 300 practice, 5:30 PM - FS1
SPRINT CUP - Oral-B USA 500 qualifying, 7:00 PM - FS1

Glenville Family Ice Cream Shoppe Holiday Hours

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Gilmer County Farm Show 2014

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Jackson’s Mill Jubilee - August 29 – 31, 2014

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August 29, 30, & 31, 2014 Schedule of Events
Spend the day, Relax to the theme “Then and Now”

Friday, August 29, 2014

11:00 AM – Gates Open ($5.00 per person, Children 3 and under free)

Noon – Jubilee officially opens

All day near the Historic Gate there will be Antique Engines with Doc Gum and others. (A12)

2:00 – 8:00 PM – Gilbert Adams, the amazing balloon man.  Find his location on the map near the Pool Area. (A28)  Friday and Saturday Only

Noon – 8 PM Heritage Arts and Crafts, Concessions, Hillbilly Mobile Zip Line, Kid’s Land, and Barn Open

1:00 – 5:00 PM Judging for Crafters Award

8:00 – 10:00 PM – Square Dancing (Kanawha County Cottage) A14


Noon – 4:00 PM Various Musicians

4:00 PM – Emerald Hills – Irish Fiddlers

5:00 PM – LC Blue – Lewis County High School Students - Bluegrass

5:30 PM - Introduction of the Royal Court – King & Queen of the Jubilee

6:00 PM – Dog and Gun – Americana Music

7:00 PM – Glenville State Bluegrass    

8:00 PM – Weedrags – Contemporary / Old Time Music  


Noon – 8:00 PM – Crafters, Antique Tractors, and New Tractors

While enjoying the Antique Tractors, vote for the tractor of your choice.  There will be ballots and a box provided for the People’s Choice.

2:00 PM – Open Jamming in the Arena

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Jamming with Greg St. Clair in the Arena

8:00 PM – Gates, Crafters, Barn Closes

Saturday, August 30, 2014

9:00 AM – Gates Open ($5.00 per person, Children 3 and under free)

All day near the Historic Gate there will be Antique Engines with Doc Gum and others. A12

9:00 AM – 8:00 PM – Civil War Encampments (A22 & A32)

10:00 AM and 2:00 PM – Civil War Activities on Parade Grounds (A33)

10:00 AM– 8:00 PM – Heritage Arts and Crafts, Concessions, Hillbilly Mobile Zip Line, Kid’s Land, and Barn Opens

11:00 AM - 8:00 PM – Gilbert Adams, the amazing balloon man.  You can find him in the Pool Area. (A28) (Saturday and Sunday Only)

11:00 AM – Kid’s Land will officially open with a ribbon cutting ceremony by the Royal Court.

Noon – 1:00 PM – Native American Style Dancing (A18)

3:00 – 4:00 PM – Native American Style Dancing (A18)

3:00 PM – Parade of Antique Tractors and more

2:00 – 3:00 PM – Accepting pies for the pie baking contest at the SLC Bldg. (A24)

3:00 – 4:30 PM – Judging of the pies at the SLC Building

4:30 – 5:00 PM – Pie Tasting (Yes, you can sample the pies)

7:00 – 8:00 PM – Native American Style Dancing (A18)


1:00 PM – Logantown – Bluegrass

2:00 PM – The Powell Family – Bluegrass

3:00 PM – Gaining Ground – Bluegrass

4:00 PM – Putnam Family – Bluegrass

5:00 PM – Stalnakers – Country / Bluegrass / Variety

6:00 PM – Buck and Company - Bluegrass

7:00 PM – Rachel Burge and Blue Dawning – Bluegrass

8:00 PM – Johnny Statts and The Delivery Boys – Bluegrass


10:00 AM – 8:00 PM – Crafters, Antique Tractors, and New Tractors

While enjoying the Antique Tractors, vote for the tractor of your choice.  There will be ballots and a box provided for the People’s Choice.

1:00 PM – Irish Jamming with Sarah Sink

3:00 PM – Old Time Jamming with Rock Garton

5:00 PM – Bluegrass Jamming The Chapmans

7:00 PM – Open Jamming

8:00 PM – Gates, Crafters, and Barn Closes

Sunday, August 31, 2014

9:00 AM – Gates Open ($5.00 per person, Children 3 and under free)

10:00 AM – Jubilee official opens

All day near the Historic Gate there will be antique engines with Doc Gum and others.

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM – Civil War Encampments (A22 & A32)

10:00 AM and 2 PM – Civil War Activities (A33)

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM – Heritage Arts and Crafts, Concessions, Hillbilly Mobile Zip Line, Kid’s Land, and Barn Open

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Antique Car Show (A34)

1:00 PM – Native American Style Dancing (A18)

2:00 PM – Corn Hole Competition (A36)

4:00 PM – The Jubilee Queen and King will draw for the two Corn Hole Games found in the Kid’s Land area


1:00 PM – Gospel Music Jam

2:00 PM – Prayz’n Jesus! – Bluegrass Gospel

3:00 PM – Michael and Carrie Kline

4:00 PM – Closing Music Jam


10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Crafters, Antique Tractors, and New Tractors

While enjoying the Antique Tractors, vote for the tractor of your choice.  There will be a ballot and a box provided for the People’s Choice.  You can vote until 3:30 PM.  Awards will be presented at 4:15 PM.

2:00 – 4:00 PM – Jamming with Mark Lynch

6:00 PM – 2014 Jackson’s Mill Jubilee Ends – Thanks for attending

All weekend, check out the Model Train Exhibit (Front of LC Cottage)

The times and events listed above are subject to change if warranted

See you next year September 4-6, 2015.  Mark your Calendars.

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West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival - August 29, 30 and 31, 2014

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The West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival will celebrate its 36th Anniversary, August 29, 30 and 31, 2014.

The WVIHF has been rated among the “Top 100 Events in North America” by the ABA, a “Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society” & one of the “Top 4 Italian Festival’s” in the nation by the National Sons of Italy.

It was born out of Love,

Love, and a pride in the cultural heritage of Italian-Americans in West Virginia, that gave life to the idea of a Festival in Clarksburg to honor the past, celebrate the present, and preserve rich traditions for future generations.

During the first West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival in 1979, the wine flowed, tantalizing arrays of delectable food abounded and the music was fast-paced. With color, pageantry, entertainment, events, contests, exhibitions and displays packing the streets of uptown Clarksburg, the Festival was an instant success.

With each successive year, the little Festival has grown, and now is rated one of the “Top 100 Events in North America” including Canada. Each year, this 3-day street festival brings over 100,000 visitors to Clarksburg.

From the opening ceremonies, when the royal court of Regina Maria (Regina meaning “Queen” and Maria the name of the first queen of Italy), is crowned, to its conclusion with the traditional festival dance, the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival overflows with enjoyment.

Please join us to celebrate our 36th Annual Celebration! This year promises to carry on its tradition of being one of the state’s most spectacular and colorful events!

Entertainment and Events for All Ages

The West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival offers events, authentic Italian cuisine and “fun and games” for people of all ages. A special “children’s” area and stage has been added over the years that is designed to entertain the smaller children during the entire Festival, from Happy the Clown to magicians and music.

Top-named entertainers can be found on the main stage during the Festival. Previous years, Festival goers have enjoyed such notables as Tony Danza, Kathy Mattea, Jo Dee Messina, Steve Augeri, Joey Dee and the Starliters, and Frankie Avalon - all free of charge to the public.

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