Jackie Bruce Shaw

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Jackie Bruce Shaw

Age 59, of Sutton, WV passed away July 30, 2014 at Summersville Regional Medical Center.

He was born August 12, 1954 in Sutton, WV.

Jackie was a Deacon of the Shiloh Fellowship Church and a Christian.

He loved fishing, camping, motorcycles and fixing everybody else’s stuff.

He is survived by wife, Rebecca Edgar Shaw; daughters, Christina Short and Theresa Shaw Lambert; parents, Grant and Phyllis Spaur Shaw of Sutton; brothers, Tony Shaw of Delaware and Michael Shaw of Summersville; seven grandchildren.

Graveside service will be 11 AM Saturday, August 02, 2014 at the Barnett Cemetery, Bug Ridge, Sutton with Pastor Mark Hornish officiating.

A memorial service will be held 6:30 PM Sunday, August 03, 2014 at the Shiloh Fellowship, Sutton.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Osa Merle Wilson Fowler

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Osa Merle Wilson Fowler

Age 93, of Grantsville, WV, passed away July 30, 2014 at Minnie Hamilton Health Center.

Born November 17, 1920 in Apple Farm, WV, she was a daughter of the late George and Bessie Stump Wilson.

She was a long-time member of the Rush Run Baptist Church.

Osa enjoyed quilting, gardening and loved her cats. She dearly loved her friends and the staff at Aging With Grace.

The family would like to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation for the wonderful care she received at Aging With Grace.

She is survived by her son Mikel Ross (Sherry) Fowler of Parkersburg; daughter-in-law Barbara Fowler of Parkersburg; four grandchildren, Brenda Hronec of Westerville, OH, Beth Parsons of Parkersburg, Candace McClung of Parkersburg and David Fowler of Washington, WV; as well as eight great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death in addition to her parents by her husband Lowman Park “Wood” Fowler; son Randel Fowler; four brothers; five sisters.

Funeral services will be held Saturday August 02, 2014, 1:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with Rev. John Vannoy officiating.

Burial will follow in the Bethlehem Cemetery.

William J. Keen

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William J. Keen

Age 51, of Sutton, WV passed away July 30, 2014 at CAMC General Hospital.

He was born October 09, 1962 in Sutton, WV.

He was a carpenter.

He was preceded in death by his father, Stanley Webster Keen.

William is survived by wife, Margretta Hayes Keen; sons, Anthony and Brandon at home; daughter, Lacie Dunkin of Virginia; mother, Shirley McDivott Rigger of Clay; brothers, Stanley, Steve, Billy, Ronnie, Johnnie, and Tony; sister, Ruth Ann; several nieces and nephews.

Graveside service will be 2:30 PM Saturday, August 02, 2014 at the Walnut Grove Church Cemetery, Strange Creek with Pastor Max Reynolds officiating.

Arrangement by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Ernest J. “Ernie” Marrs

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Ernest J. “Ernie” Marrs

Age 92, of West Union, WV, departed this life on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, WV.

Ernie was born January 01, 1922 in Mounds City, IL, a son of the late John and Hattie (Fraunke) Marrs.

Ernie was retired from the United States Postal Service after a 30 year career of serving as a letter carrier for the residents in the West Union area. He was a proud WWII veteran of the US Army –AirForce where he was stationed in Germany during the war, and achieved the rank of sergeant. Ernie was a retired member of the West Union Volunteer Fire Department, served as one of the first crew members for the Doddridge County EMS in 1972, served as a dispatcher for the West Union Police Department, member of West Union VFW #3408 and the West Union American Legion, and was very active as a CB Radio operator having helped save lives with the use of his radio.

He is survived by his daughter, Lois Montgomery (Gary) of Salem, WV; son, Wayne Marrs of West Union, WV; brother, Carl Marrs of Colorado; sister, Edna Hipps of Illinois; grandchildren, Jenny Ensminger, Lee Montgomery, Lisa Hess, & TJ Montgomery, Tabby & Landry Marrs; great grandchildren, Madison, Coty, Taylor, Jacey, & Tyde, Colin, & Piper.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Bernice Marrs; son, Larry Marrs; brothers, Frank, Orville, & Albert Marrs; sisters, Christina Duncan, Juanita Talley, Florence Vaughn, & Bertha Grigsby.

Funeral services will be 2 PM, Sunday, August 03, 2014, at the McCullough Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV with Pastor Lee Montgomery officiating.

Burial will follow in the Cairo Masonic Memorial Park, Cairo, WV.

Visitation will be from 4-8 PM, Saturday, at the funeral home.


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2014 >>  WayBackWhen™: August 01

Today is Friday, August 01, the 213th day of 2014. There are 152 days left in the year.

Thought for Today:

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“Middle age snuffs out more talent than ever wars or sudden deaths do.“ — Richard Hughes, Welsh author and dramatist (1900-1976).

Today’s Highlight in History:

On August 01, 1944, an uprising broke out in Warsaw, Poland, against Nazi occupation; the revolt lasted two months before collapsing.

On this date:

In 1714, Britain’s Queen Anne died at age 49; she was succeeded by George I.

In 1876, Colorado was admitted as the 38th state.

In 1907, the U.S. Army Signal Corps established an aeronautical division, the forerunner of the U.S. Air Force.

In 1913, the Joyce Kilmer poem “Trees” was first published in “Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.“

In 1914, Germany declared war on Russia at the onset of World War I.

In 1936, the Olympics opened in Berlin with a ceremony presided over by Adolf Hitler.

In 1943, rioting broke out in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood after a false rumor spread that a police officer had shot and killed a black U.S. Army soldier who in fact had only been wounded; six people were killed in the violence.

In 1957, the United States and Canada agreed to create the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD).

In 1966, Charles Joseph Whitman, 25, went on a shooting rampage at the University of Texas in Austin, killing 14 people. Whitman, who had also slain his wife and mother hours earlier, was gunned down by police.

In 1971, the Concert for Bangladesh, organized by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, took place at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

In 1981, the rock music video channel MTV made its debut.

In 2007, the eight-lane Interstate 35W bridge, a major Minneapolis artery, collapsed into the Mississippi River during evening rush hour, killing 13 people.

Ten years ago:

The federal government warned of possible al-Qaida terrorist attacks against specific financial institutions in New York City, Washington and Newark, New Jersey.

A supermarket fire on the outskirts of Asuncion, Paraguay, killed more than 400 people.

World Trade Organization members meeting in Geneva approved a plan to end export subsidies on farm products and cut import duties across the world.

Karen Stupples won the Women’s British Open.

Alexandra Scott, a young cancer patient who’d started a lemonade stand to raise money for cancer research, sparking a nationwide fund-raising campaign, died at her home in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, at age eight.

Five years ago:

A fierce storm caused an outdoor stage at the Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose, Alberta, Canada, to collapse, killing one person and injuring dozens of others.

A gunman opened fired at a gay youth center in Tel Aviv, Israel, killing two people.

Former Philippine President Corazon Aquino, 76, died in Manila.

Naomi Sims, 61, believed to be the first black supermodel, died in Newark, New Jersey.

One year ago:

President Barack Obama faced congressional critics of the National Security Agency’s collection of Americans’ telephone records as he and Vice President Joe Biden joined lawmakers on both sides of the issue for an Oval Office meeting.

Defying the United States, Russia granted Edward Snowden temporary asylum, allowing the National Security Agency leaker to slip out of the Moscow airport where he had been holed up for weeks.

Actress-producer Gail Kobe, 81, died in Woodland Hills, California.

Today’s Birthdays:

Actor-director Geoffrey Holder is 84

Singer Ramblin’ Jack Elliott is 83

Former Sen. Alfonse D’Amato is 77

Actor Giancarlo Giannini is 72

Basketball Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams is 64

Blues singer-musician Robert Cray is 61

Singer Michael Penn is 56

Rock singer Joe Elliott (Def Leppard) is 55

Rock singer-musician Suzi Gardner (L7) is 54

Rapper Chuck D (Public Enemy) is 54

Actor Jesse Borrego is 52

Actor Demian Bichir is 51

Rapper Coolio is 51

Actor John Carroll Lynch is 51

Rock singer Adam Duritz (Counting Crows) is 50

Movie director Sam Mendes is 49

Country singer George Ducas is 48

Country musician Charlie Kelley is 46

Actress Jennifer Gareis is 44

Actor Charles Malik Whitfield is 42

Actress Tempestt Bledsoe is 41

Actor Jason Momoa is 35

Singer Ashley Parker Angel is 33

Actress Taylor Fry is 33

Actor Elijah Kelley is 28

Actor James Francis Kelly is 25

Actress Ella Wahlestedt (Film: “Earth to Echo”) is 16

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Gilmer County Family Court Report – 07.23.14

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Family Court Judge Larry Whited held Family Court in Gilmer County on Wednesday, July 23, 2014.

Two divorces were granted as follows:

•  Wendy Wilson (48) of Linn, WV divorced Thomas Wilson (49)  currently lodged in Central Regional Jail on July 23, 2014

•  Meranda Rene Carder (24) of West Union, WV divorced Dustin Wayne Carder (28) of Big Springs, WV on July 23, 2014

•  One divorce was rescheduled.

•  Several domestic violence cases were heard.

Gilmer County Magistrate Court Report - 07.29.14

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Civil Case(s):

Plaintiff Defendant Filed Served Amount
John Zsigray Robert Fox
Pickers Barn Antique
07.14.14 $450.00
Joe Eagle John R. Ellis 07.15.14 $775.00
Warren E. Hacker Levander Brown 07.23.14 $860.00
Credit Acceptance Corporation
c/o Atkins Law Office
James P. Scott 07.25.14 $3,406.99

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Misdemeanor / Criminal Case(s):

Complainant Defendant Offense Date Warrant
Chief Benton Huffman Jennifer Sue Helmick Failure to Report 07.14.14 07.14.14
Bond: $500.00
Chief Benton Huffman Jennifer Sue Helmick Leaving Scene 07.14.14 07.14.14
Bond: $500.00
Kenneth J. Varner II Brian S. Kennedy Driving Under The Influence 07.19.14 07.19.14
Bond: $1,000.00
Gerald B. Hough, Prosecutor Lilly Marie King Driving Suspended / Misc. 07.22.14 07.22.14
07.22.14: Plea of Guilty Entered - Fine $100.00 - Court Cost $160.25 - Total $260.25 - 6 Month Payment Schedule
Joseph R. Garrett Michael Shawn Billups Obtaining Money Under False Pretenses 07.24.14 07.25.14
Bond: $2,500.00
John W. Moss David Eric Bailey Domestic Battery 07.24.14 07.24.14
Bond: $5,000.00
Joseph R. Garrett Michael Shawn Billups Conspiracy To Commit A Misdemeanor 07.25.14 07.25.14
Bond: $2,500.00
K.J. Varner, II Cynthia J. Barker Domestic Assault 07.28.14
K.J. Varner, II Cynthia J. Barker Domestic Battery 07.28.14
Sheriff Larry Gerwig Jose Traveraso Fugitive From Justice 07.17.14
Sheriff Larry Gerwig Jesse Lee Kessinger Fugitive From Justice 07.12.14
Sheriff Larry Gerwig William Markel Warren Fugitive From Justice 07.24.14
Sheriff Larry Gerwig Carlos Wilson07.24.14 Fugitive From Justice

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Gilmer County Sheriff Citation(s):
Defendant Issued Charge(s)
Patrick Eugene Parker 07.22.14 Registration Violation, No Proof of Insurance

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Department of Natural Resources Citation(s):

Defendant Issued Charge(s)
Harry L. Heater 07.19.14 Illegal Burning of Refuse

G-LtE™: Will Gilmer County Regain Control of Its School System?

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If recent events are any indication, that is very unlikely!!!

One of the things that Gilmer County was cited for when the state took over was questionable hiring practices.

Recently, a position was posted where the most experienced applicant was not even interviewed, and the applicant with no experience was recommended for the job.

Could it be that our old “buddy system” where we hire our friends and family is at play, or since the decision makers were hired this way, were they simply passing on tradition?

~~  Author on File ~~

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The state said it was questionable to hire the Normantown Principal because of being a local and they wanted out of town hires.  Went on to be leader of exceptional school!  Who was right the local board or the state?
Isn’t it questionable that Blankenship put a relative at the High School before he retired for the third time and may still be on the state payroll for all we know?

What about the State Board of Ed assigning Gilmer County a Superintendent who never held that position before? That should be pretty questionable, especially in a county in such bad shape they needed put under intervention?

By Ask The State BOE They're In Charge  on  07.31.2014

Hiring practice laws for the school systems have changed in the past year.  Experience, or years of experience is no longer the top hiring criteria. When a person retires, the county does not have to post that job, that can automatically give it to a person that is on the RIF (Reduction in Force) list, or the transfer list.  That very thing happened in my school. A teacher with 15 years experience wanted to switch to a second grade position that was to be open because that teacher was retiring.  She did not have a chance to apply for the second grade job because the county gave it to one of the teachers on the transfer list.  Therefore, a person with experience will now be stuck in that position and will not be able to transfer just because they have more years experience.  The hiring practice with the point system no longer exists.  This system was put in place to keep nepotism down, and now it is back to where we started.  People are being hiring because they have friends/relatives in the system.  So, as usual in West Virginia, it is all “relative”. No pun intended.

By LindaV  on  07.31.2014

Watch. Gilmer gets audited and OEPA cites the county for this and state uses it as an excuse not to give the county back!!! Forgetting they did it or allowed it and local board had no control over employment.

By Jimmy D  on  07.31.2014

I would bet that overall the Gilmer school system is in a much worse state of affairs since the state department of education took over.

Anyone in the know,  *should* write a long list of what has gone wrong since the take over.  Public should know.

It seems obvious with Dr. Simmons and Dr. Armour elected to the board there has been no improvement whatsoever.  Moreover, probably worse off now.

By Johnnie  on  07.31.2014

Oh you mean the if everyone keeps their mouth shut the new Superintendent will give it back twins.  News flash: only the State BOE can take it and only they can give it back! The new ladies man said he was looking to give back in 6-8 months, next words out of his mouth was in a year.  When he turns 65 in two years he is gone with a fatter retirement and even if the State BOE gave it back today the rule is a two year probationary period under a state appointed superintendent and they can take it back any time! Ask the other intervention counties.
They OEPA audit recommends return to the State BOE.  Do you honestly believe Blankenship recommended to give back anything to Gilmer?  Director of OEPA did that and based it on the last audit.  Read the WV BOE minutes of December 11, 2013. That’s how it’s done and no other way. Not going to fall for the old shut up it’s an easy way out, go along to get along attitude like the last three years and keep voting them back in.

By No More Fairy Tales  on  07.31.2014

It’s a personal choice to choose between what the State tells you or to work to find facts. It’s take the easy way out or dig for truth. For example, when was the last time you read a properly advertised public meeting agenda of the Gilmer County BOE? Call that office (if anyone will answer) and ask about it.  You’ll be told by the county’s own employees the untruth that they only have to post it on the doors.  Really? Citizens are supposed to drive by every day and check the doors for a piece of paper, if one is there park the car and get out of the car, walk up and read what it says in case it’s a meeting agenda?  Not true and not what the open meetings law calls for but it is what we get and no one has asked why the BOE agendas on the GFP have been blank. Not possible an agenda can get in the paper in time with barely a 72 hour notice if that. Only publishes once a week.  Very quick to get it on the GFP. Those who really want to know the truth should want to know what’s going on with the Children, the Board and their tax dollars.

How about checking the State DOE website for the 2012-13 Report Card that replaced AYP?  Have you done that because truth is the third grad at Troy Elementary only had a 9.1 score in Math and at Glenvillle Elementary 4th grade Reading Language Arts only came in at 18.2 If it were not for the rest of the grades carrying the schools things would have been a lot more serious than transition status.  Obviously something went wrong there but have you heard about it?  Did the state retest those grades or evaluate the curriculum?  No.  The Troy score on the Westest2 Assessment Data for Math dropped from 50% in 2012 to 26.4% . The Glenville Assesment score in Reading dropped from 48.8% in 2012 to 41.1% in 2013. What’s being done about it? These children are supposed to be functioning at grade level by third grade.

The ACT scores also show very low results in critical thinking and writing at the High School level.  Whoever said 60% of the career center kids failed was wrong but did you check into that? Did you attend their graduation or just take the local newspaper letter to the editor word for it but the truth is critical thinking and writing is a problem and very necessary to the workforce of today.  The career center went after money for two more Teachers to try and help with that and much more needs to be done before the students ever get the.  Is the Board talking about it?

Better read the WV News article here about the Harman School in Randolph County.  There’s one with only about 50 students and the state doesn’t want to touch it and have another Pickens though topography and travel probably justifies it.  Why didn’t Phares handle that?  Their Commission is helping where was Gilmer Countys?  No one would justify two schools of over 200 for Gilmer no matter how far the students have to travel.No matter the need.

By Check It  on  07.31.2014

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Work Underway for Electric Project in Doddridge County

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FirstEnergy Corp. says construction is underway on a new transmission substation in Doddridge County to help meet the electric demands of the area’s rapidly expanding Marcellus Shale gas industry.

The company also says the new substation also will support and help enhance service reliability for Mon Power’s customers in Doddridge and neighboring counties.

Officials say crews recently completed the foundation work and erected steel structures at the new 11-acre site.

The $36 million project near Sherwood also includes a short transmission line to connect the new substation with an existing line located nearby.

The new substation is expected to be completed and operational in December 2014.

Mon Power serves about 385,000 customers in 34 West Virginia counties.

Frontier Workers Contract Talks

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Communication Workers of America took to the streets of downtown Charleston Wednesday afternoon to raise awareness about their ongoing contract negotiations with Frontier Communications.

The union’s current contract ran out on August20, 2013.

Both sides have agreed on more than a half dozen extensions over the last 12 months.

However, with the latest extension set to run out on Saturday, CWA members said they’re tired of waiting.

They want a new contract, something they said was promised by the company when it bought out Verizon back in 2010.

Members of the Communication Workers of America have been working under an extended contract for nearly a year.

They held a honk and wave event Wednesday in Charleston.

“(Frontier) made promises and commitments to former Verizon workers, the PSC and the people of West Virginia. We want them to keep their promises,” said CWA Local 2001 President Kenneth Williams.

Several dozen Frontier workers and CWA members stood outside the Embassy Suites on Lee Street in Charleston during their lunch break holding signs and waving for drivers to honk their horns in support.

Williams said after nearly a year of being patient, union members want a new contract with fair wages and health care.

“Their livelihood is in limbo until we get some kind of agreement,” stressed Williams.

During past talks, health care was one of the sticking point. Williams said there’s more than just one issue holding both sides back.

In a response to MetroNews, Frontier spokesperson Dan Page said, “We are continuing to bargain at the table and are hopeful to get an agreement in the near future.”

The CWA represents 1,500 Frontier workers across West Virginia.

~~  Jennifer Smith ~~

Survey: Parents Look to Teachers for Internet Safety Training

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Who’s responsible for making sure students get an education in online safety?

According to 4 out of 5 teachers, parents are relying on the schools too much in this regard.

A recent survey by security company AVG of 1,800 teachers around the world also found that 38% of teachers said they believe parents don’t know enough about online safety to be able to teach their own kids.

Two-thirds of respondents said that schools should provide better training on using the Internet as an educational tool; only 28% reported that they’ve had formal training.

77% added that Internet safety should show up in the syllabus.

Those numbers are fairly consistent with findings among American teachers specifically.

75% said they feel that parents are too dependent on teachers to teach Internet safety;

39% said they believe that parents lack an understanding about the subject;

68% said they think schools should do a better job of training on Internet use; and

70% suggested that Internet safety be part of the school syllabus.

Nearly three-quarters of teachers in the United States reported that they have never had formal Internet safety training themselves, even though 86% use Web content in the classroom and 40% assign online homework assignments.

Some other countries are being more aggressive in teaching online safety to their students. In Brazil 54% of teachers teach Internet safety “regularly” and 51% have been trained to do so.

80% of Australian schools have guidelines in place for cyberbullying issues and 75% have guidelines for dealing with students who view inappropriate content online.

“Today’s teachers are not only using the Internet regularly as part of their lessons, they are increasingly having to deal with the wider issues it generates and quite often, without any formal training,“ said Tony Anscombe, AVG’s senior security evangelist. “Given the degree to which the Internet is now used as an education tool, many teachers said their schools have put guidelines in place to deal with the most prevalent issues. The gap is that the majority of teachers had not received any formal training in online safety so these guidelines alone are not sufficient. When one in four teachers have had a child come to them with a cyberbullying issue, it is clear to see why more support is needed.“

West Virginia’s Latest News - 07.31.14

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West Virginia University at Parkersburg has signed a transfer agreement with Pierpont Community and Technical College.

Officials say the schools signed an agreement that allows students to get an associate’s degree in computer information technology at Pierpont and then transfer to WVU-Parkersburg to complete their bachelor’s degree in applied technology.

WVU-Parkersburg says the agreement will help meet West Virginia’s needs for advanced training in the areas of computer and networking technology.

Pierpont is based in Fairmont.


A reward in an animal abuse case in Braxton County has climbed another $5,000.

The reward fund is up to $6,500.

The reward money is being offered after the beating and apparent stabbing of a dog in Gassaway, according to the Humane Society of the United States.

The Humane Society is offering a reward of up to $5,000.

The Braxton County Animal Shelter is offering a $1,500 reward.

On July 17, 2014 local residents noticed a car drive past their home shortly before they heard a dog yelping and the car speed away.

A few hours later, the witnesses found a wounded female dog under their camper with several skull injuries, and she was immediately taken to the veterinarian.

An examination revealed her skull was split in two places and the right side of her skull was crushed.

Due to the repercussions of the attack, she was euthanized.

Authorities believe the dog was beaten with a blunt object and possibly stabbed in the head.

The dog, later named “Princess,” recently had puppies.

Two days after the incident, a malnourished 5-week-old puppy was found close to where Princess was left.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the shelter at 304.765.2200.


Thanks to a donation from Dominion Resources and the Dominion Foundation, West Virginia University’s Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering will be building a Natural Gas Measurement Laboratory, WVU announced July 29.

The natural gas industry operates and maintains a complex network of production, distribution and delivery system, including more than 2 million miles of distribution pipelines and 300,000 miles of transmission lines, to meet the growing demand for natural gas, according to the announcement. Gas flow measurement is the critical component of this system.

“Accurate gas flow measurement, which has enormous financial significance, is challenging because of the extremes of both high and low flow rates in this natural gas delivery system,” said Kashy Aminian, professor of petroleum and natural gas engineering at WVU. “The Natural Gas Measurement Laboratory at WVU provides students with the opportunity to become familiar with the gas flow measurement and control technology through hand-on experiments.”

In conjunction with “A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University,” Dominion Resources and the Dominion Foundation, provided $50,000 in funds and another $150,000 in donated equipment to the lab, along with technical support to oversee installation of the equipment, which will allow students in the department to access state-of-the-art equipment.

“Dominion Resources and the Dominion Foundation are proud to have an opportunity to provide grant funding to the WVU Department Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering,” said Brian Sheppard, vice president of operations for Dominion Transmission. “Our support of the program has enabled WVU to continue educating and graduating natural gas engineers of the highest quality.”

“Additionally, it has made it possible for Dominion to recruit many of these high-quality students to our ranks,” Sheppard said.  ~~  Sarah Tincher ~~


An Upshur County man remains in a coma nearly a week after he was found lying in the middle of WV Highway 4.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday Sebastian Michael Marple, of Buckhannon, is a patient at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

Marple was found in the middle of the road on July 24, 2014.

However, investigators are not sure how he got there or what happened to him.

Deputies will not comment on the exact nature of his injures.

They are asking for anyone with information to call the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office at 304.269.8251.


A man from Philippi was apprehended by the West Virginia State Police after he allegedly stabbed a woman for throwing a box containing his drugs and money.

John Edward Hull, age 44, is accused of stabbing his girlfriend in the arm during the argument on Milroy Road in Ireland, WV over guests he had invited to his residence.

When the State Police arrived, he claimed her wounds were self-inflicted.

After Troopers noticed bruises on her face, the woman told police Hull physically assaulted her, punching her and grabbing her by the throat to choke her after she had thrown the gray box which contained his keys and money into the woods.

Hull denied assaulting her but did acknowledge the argument.

Officers began a search for the box and once located discovered 3.9 grams of meth and just over $1000 in cash inside.

Hull is charged with two counts of felony malicious wounding and is being held in Central Regional Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail.


Students at Harman School in Randolph County will begin the 2014 school year in different locations after a unanimous decision was made by the Randolph County Board of Education during Tuesday night’s special session held at Elkins High School.

The reason for the action is because over the July 4 weekend, a large section of plaster fell from the ceiling in one of the rooms. The state Fire Marshal’s Office and architectural firm deemed the building was not safe until repairs can be made.

A venue change to the theater at Elkins High School for the meeting was requested in anticipation of a large crowd.

This proved to be a correct presumption.

Hundreds of students, parents and community members from Harman showed up to support the school and voice their concerns, which ranged from the future of the school itself to the lengthy bus rides when traveling to the alternative schools.

“The kids could be getting on the bus as early as 5 AM, some getting off the buses as late as 6 PM,“ Karin Huffman, a parent of four students at Harman said. “It makes for an extremely long day, especially for the younger students, some being as young as five years of age.“

The 150 students would be travelling from Harman to Elkins High, Elkins Middle, Midland Elementary and Jennings Randolph Elementary. Several facilities closer to Harman and others will be evaluated as possible temporary facilities.

Another concern brought up is this bus ride would affect the time students, and teachers, would have to do work outside of the classroom.

“It’s going to disallow [students] extra time in order to get their homework assignments done,“ Dave Armentrout, a teacher at Harman said. “Or, actually, preparation even for the teachers because we’re ultimately the ones too that’s going to have to travel that distance and it may cut back on the time that we have to actually have in close contact with the students as well as plan for the next day’s events.“

Another concern which drove residents out in droves on Tuesday night was the fear this relocation would lead to the ultimate end of the Harman School.

However, in an executive session, the board amended the superintendent’s proposal so it would read he has authority to “develop a plan to temporarily relocate students to alternative educational facilities.“

“There was no language in that recommendation suggesting possibly closing Harman School,“ Superintendent of Schools in Randolph County Terry George said. “That is not the goal of the administration nor the board members. Our goal is to make the necessary repairs to return the students of Harman back to their home school.“

The attention now turns to acquiring the estimated $175,000 needed to make the emergency repairs to get the students back to Harman and the $775,000 to remediate the entire facility.

Two anonymous donors kicked of the funding at the meeting with a check of $50,000 and $5,000.

“We got a good start tonight when we got commitments from donations inside totaling $55,000 and we have a commitment from the County Commission for another considerable amount of money,“ George said. “So we feel that we’re probably halfway to where we need to make the emergency repairs.“

Besides the County Commission, other politicians representing the area are working to secure funding.

Members of the legislature attempted to contact officials back in Charleston to see what could be done on a state level. The talks were progressing Tuesday but stalled in the evening before the meeting.

“We were really, really thinking that [Tuesday] we’d have some funds that would be coming from Charleston to help us,“ Delegate Denise Campbell (43rd District - Randolph County) said. “Not for sure exactly what happened that sort of put a wrench in that, but we are not going to stop at not having any assistance from Charleston.“

There are grants available the county can apply for, however most do not become available until after the school year starts on August 14.

A fund has been set up at Grant County Bank—which has seven locations in the area, including one in Harman—for people who would like to donate to the repair efforts.


More than 2,000 union workers and other mining supporters from Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio are rallying Wednesday afternoon in Pittsburgh against proposed stricter federal pollution regulations for coal-burning power plants.

They protesters complain the new regulations will hurt coal mining and raise energy costs.


Friday is the deadline for any residents and businesses to file claims in federal bankruptcy court if they were affected by the January chemical spill into the drinking water supply.

The January 09 spill at Freedom Industries’ plant along the Elk River caused a tap-water ban for 300,000 people for days.


A former West Virginia judge has reported to a Florida prison to serve his sentence for a corruption conviction.

Former Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury reported Tuesday to the minimum-security Federal Prison Camp Pensacola to begin serving a sentence of four years and two months.

Movie Review: ‘I Origins’ - The Eyes Have It. Or Do They?

The thesis of Mike Cahill’s new film “I Origins” — that reincarnated souls can be identified through iris biometrics, or high-tech eye scans — is certainly no more outlandish than the premise of “Another Earth,” Cahill’s 2011 entry into the world of sci-fi philosophizing. The filmmaker’s narrative-film debut, which he wrote with fellow Georgetown University graduate Brit Marling, postulated the existence of a parallel world just a short rocket trip away, and was as notable for its physical impossibility as for its intriguing existential implications.

But where “Another Earth” could be read as a giant metaphor for second chances, “I Origins” is a more straightforward thriller, the sort that can’t really be digested without swallowing its suppositions whole. What prevents them from landing in your stomach with a thud is the fact that its protagonists — a married couple played by Michael Pitt and Marling — are scientists who find the eye theory, at least initially, a load of hogwash.

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The fact that their skepticism mirrors ours helps immensely.

Pitt and Marling play Ian and Karen, eye researchers who accidentally discover, via a global database of eye scans, that there’s a child in India, played by newcomer Kashish, whose eyes exactly match those of a former girlfriend of Ian’s, a free spirit named Sofi (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey).

Much of the film’s first half is devoted to Sofi, who is killed in a freak — and unnecessarily gruesome — elevator accident on their wedding day. Yet even if Sofi hadn’t died, Ian later notes, their relationship was probably doomed. Sofi believed in a world of spirits, and Ian trusts only what he can see with his eyes. Like her husband, Karen is an empiricist. But when this eye-scan anomaly crops up, Karen encourages Ian to fly to India and investigate.

What he finds there is a mystery both open-ended and suggestive. The girl, Salomina, does indeed have Sofi’s eyes, which were an otherworldly combination of blue, hazel and other stray flecks of color. What seems, on one level, pure — if unlikely — coincidence, eventually gathers more weighty overtones when Ian tests Salomina with a game of pictorial association meant to determine whether she has, in some part of her unconscious mind, memories of a former life.

The film ends with an ambiguous, yet powerful conclusion. It doesn’t answer the question it raises, yet the way it’s asked keeps it echoing in your head.

Except that Cahill can’t seem to leave well enough alone. What follows that perfectly good — even perfectly beautiful — ending is a post-credits sequence that comes close to ruining the delicious uncertainty left hanging in the air. It’s the kind self-sabotage that has, oddly enough, become a hallmark of his films with Marling, who also starred in and produced “Another Earth.”

It’s not just Cahill. Marling also frequently collaborates with Zal Batmanglij, another Georgetown alum, whose film projects with her include “Sound of My Voice” and “The East.” To some degree, the problem with all four of these films (the last two of which deal with time travel and violent eco-radicalism) is the same. All too often, they begin in an intriguing direction but then run off the rails. They’re like late-night, dorm-room conversations that get taken too far when one of the participants — possibly fueled by a mind-altering substance — starts insisting that he or she has all the answers, when all that’s really needed is to ask the right questions.

★ ★ ½

R. Contains obscenity, nudity and sensuality. 113 minutes.

Sports Brief - 07.31.14

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►   GEARING UP FOR WVU FOOTBALL:  There is a buzz of activity going on inside the Milan Puskar Center today as West Virginia prepares for the start of fall camp on Thursday.

Dana Holgorsen, beginning his fourth year at WVU, said his team is prepared for the immense challenge that is ahead of them, beginning on August 30 when the Mountaineers face Alabama in the Chic-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.

“We’ve never been more excited about going into a season as we are right now,” Holgorsen said. “We play one of the toughest, if not the toughest, schedule in the country.”

With non-conference games against Alabama and Maryland, a home matchup against last year FCS runner-up Towson, and a very difficult Big 12 slate that begins in earnest in Morgantown on September 20 against likely preseason top 5 Oklahoma, the Mountaineers are going to have to perform at a high level just to keep their heads above water.


Holgorsen cleared up his quarterback situation earlier this summer by naming Clint Trickett the starter heading into preseason camp, and his running back room got a boost on Tuesday afternoon when Wendell Smallwood was cleared to return to the team.

Among the 55 returning players with Big 12 experience, how Trickett performs under center will be the most closely scrutinized aspect of the team this fall. Inconsistent play and an overall lack of leadership from the quarterback position was a major factor in West Virginia’s 4-8 record last season – the Mountaineers’ worst record since going 3-8 during Rich Rodriguez’s first season in 2001.

Trickett played well at times when he was healthy, but he spent most of the year nursing a shoulder injury sustained in the Oklahoma State victory. It his Holgorsen’s hope that Trickett can stay healthy and develop into the leader that this year’s offense desperately needs.

“The leadership aspect of it is something that we were missing,” explained Holgorsen, adding that Trickett has displayed leadership qualities in the past and comes from an outstanding football pedigree. “People follow him. He understands what it takes to be successful. He needs to stay healthy and right now we’re talking to him about the specific things that he can do to be able to protect himself, which is what every quarterback needs to do out there.”

One way Trickett can protect himself is by handing the ball off to a bevy of talented running backs – five of them possessing substantial major college experience heading into this season.

Running back Dustin Garrison tries on his helmet Thursday afternoon at the Milan Puskar Center. West Virginia hits the field Thursday evening for the start of preseason camp.

Last week during Big 12 media day in Dallas, Holgorsen said that senior Dreamius Smith is the No. 1 running back heading into fall camp, but Dustin Garrison, Andrew Buie and Rushel Shell will also contend. According to the coach, Shell, a Pitt transfer, has gotten himself into great shape this summer.

“He looks phenomenal right now,” said Holgorsen, adding that the running back position “needs to be versatile and needs to do a lot of different things. We feel like we have a lot of guys that can do that.”

How much defenses will be able to stack the box to stop the running game will be determined by how well the Mountaineers can throw the football down the field this fall. Last year, West Virginia was not very good in that area, partly because of inconsistent play at quarterback and partly because of a young and inexperienced receiver corps that didn’t have a single 50-catch player – something that has never happened during Holgorsen’s 10 years of calling plays.

Seniors Kevin White and Mario Alford should be better, as should sophomore Daikiel Shorts. A pair of dynamic freshmen, Shelton Gibson from Cleveland and Jacky Marcellus from Immokalee, Fla., could also inject life into West Virginia’s vertical passing game.

Up front, West Virginia has a pair of outstanding guards returning in seniors Quinton Spain and Mark Glowinski, while sophomore Tylor Orlosky appears to be a capable option at center. Heading into camp, promising sophomore Adam Pankey will man the blindside tackle position while junior Marquis Lucas is listed No. 1 at right tackle.

Offensive line coach Ron Crook has consistently stated that he would like to have at least eight players ready to go for the five offensive line spots when the Mountaineers take the field against Alabama. Whether or not he can get there remains to be seen.

On the defensive side of the football, first-year coordinator Tony Gibson did quite a bit of tweaking during the spring. Eight players with starting experience are returning, but only three of them are in the same positions as last year. Defensive end Kyle Rose has moved to nose, spur Isaiah Bruce is now a sam linebacker, will linebacker Nick Kwaitkoski is now at mike, buck Brandon Golson has moved to will and free safety Karl Joseph is now listed at bandit safety.

Joining Joseph in the backend are returning corners Daryl Worley and senior Ishmael Banks, while one of the most interesting position battles that will take place this fall will be at free safety between returners Jeremy Tyler, Ricky Rumph and touted true freshman Dravon Henry, the No. 1-rated high school player in Pennslyvania last year.

There will also be a spirited battle at defensive end, where sophomore Noble Nwachukwu will go up against Gardner-Webb transfer Shaquille Riddick.

Sophomore Christian Brown, who appeared in just two games last year, could be the space-eater the Mountaineer defense has been seeking since Holgorsen took over in 2011.

Another thing Holgorsen has been seeking is overall defensive depth - something he finally has this year.

“One of the challenges that we knew going into Big 12 play several years ago is you better have depth, and you better have depth that can compete at a high level,” he said. “Probably the biggest difference in the conference that we used to be in and the conference that we’re in now is that needs to happen if you want to win.

“When guys get injured – and they will – you need guys to step in and perform at a high level,” Holgorsen continued. “The style of ball that exists in the Big 12, although it’s a very exciting style of play, you’re going to end up taking more snaps. So when guys get tired you better be able to replace those guys with guys that go in and perform at a high level.”

The Mountaineers are in great shape in the kicking game, with sophomore place kicker Josh Lambert and junior punter Nick O’Toole returning. Both have the potential to be difference makers. West Virginia’s return game should also be improved.

Overall, Holgorsen believes everyone in the program now has a full and complete understanding of what it takes to be successful in the Big 12.

“You better be ready to go each and every week,” he warned.

That begins Thursday evening. Practice is closed to the general public.


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►   FIRESTONE A PERFECT PLACE FOR TIGER TO SALVAGE SEASON:  Tiger Woods, still tournament rusty after spending much of this year recovering from back surgery, could not have picked a better venue as he strives to turn his season around at this week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Woods has won the elite World Golf Championships (WGC) crown a record eight times at the Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio and would dearly love to add a ninth in his bid to qualify for the PGA Tour’s lucrative season-ending FedExCup playoffs.

The former world number one has just three events remaining to advance from his lowly 215th spot in the FedExCup points list and book his place among the top 125 who will tee off in the playoff opener, The Barclays tournament from Aug. 21-24.

“I am excited to be back,“ Woods, who won last year’s Bridgestone Invitational title by a commanding seven shots, told reporters on Wednesday while preparing for Thursday’s opening round. “I have had some pretty good memories here.

“I’ve had some great rounds and certainly some great moments on this property, so any time I come back here, it’s always a good, solid feeling. I am looking forward to this week.“

Asked whether Firestone would be a perfect test of how his game was progressing, Woods replied: “Not necessarily, because I have come into this event not playing great and I’ve come into this event playing great.

“But there are certain golf courses - here, Torrey (Pines), Bay Hill, even Augusta (National) - no matter what my form is going into that week at those particular venues, I just somehow feel good.

“It doesn’t mean I am going to play well but I still have that feeling. Unfortunately one year, I didn’t play very well here, I finished second to last, but over the years I have finished first eight times. That’s a pretty good stat.“

Since undergoing back surgery in late March, Woods has competed in just two PGA Tour events - missing the cut at last month’s Quicken Loans National and finishing 69th at the British Open 10 days ago.


Needing to show form if he is to qualify for the playoffs and persuade U.S. captain Tom Watson to select him for the Sept. 26-28 Ryder Cup in Scotland, Woods has set his sights on victories at Firestone and next week at the PGA Championship.

“I would like to win these two events and not have to worry about anything,“ said the 14-times major champion. “That’s the plan, that’s the mindset, that’s the focus and we’ll see how it falls after these few weeks.

“I am so far out of it (FedExCup and Ryder Cup points) right now that I need to play well to get myself there, get myself into the playoffs and hopefully play all four weeks (of the playoffs.“

Asked to pinpoint the components of his game which most urgently needed improvement, Woods smiled in reply: “Everything. Everything needs to get a little bit better.

“I just need to be a bit more efficient in what I am doing. My good shots are still really good, my bad shots need to be in positions where I know I should miss (greens with) the golf ball instead of places where I have been missing it.

“I just need to keep progressing. This is only my third tournament back since back surgery ... it takes a little bit of time. I still need to get much stronger than I am now, and I still need to get much more explosive than I am now.“

Woods, who has not triumphed on the PGA Tour since his victory at Firestone last year capped a five-win season, is scheduled to tee off in Thursday’s opening round with U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer of Germany.


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►   CARTER, IRVIN SELECTED AS PRO BOWL CAPTAINS:  Hall of Fame wide receivers Cris Carter and Michael Irvin have been selected as alumni captains for the 2015 Pro Bowl.

Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice served as captains for last year’s All-Star Game under the revised format, in which players are placed into a pool and drafted into two teams.

Both Carter and Irvin will also be assisted in the selection process by two active player captains and one fantasy football champion.

“Being voted to the Pro Bowl was always a tremendous honor for me,“ said Carter, now an NFL studio analyst for ESPN. “Last year, players really seemed to be excited about the new rules and the Pro Bowl draft format. I’m excited to be a part of it this year.“

Players who earn a Pro Bowl berth will once again be selected without regard to conference. Last year, Team Rice posted a 22-21 win over Team Sanders.

“I can’t wait to see which players get the Pro Bowl nod this season,“ said Irvin, currently an NFL analyst for the NFL Network. “I’m already thinking about how to build my team.“

This season’s Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, Jan. 25 in Glendale, Arizona, a week before the Super Bowl at the same site—University of Phoenix Stadium.

►   BENGALS’ ATKINS CLEARED FOR PRACTICE:  The Cincinnati Bengals activated defensive tackle Geno Atkins off the physically unable to perform list Wednesday.

Atkins had surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee last season and the team was easing him back into action.

Atkins tore the ACL in Week 9 last season, ending his campaign. The Georgia product had six sacks and 20 tackles after leading all interior lineman the year prior with 12 1/2 sacks while earning his second Pro Bowl selection.

The Bengals also activated linebacker Marquis Flowers off the PUP list. Flowers was a sixth-round pick out of the University of Arizona.

►   COWBOYS EXTEND TYRON SMITH:  The Dallas Cowboys and offensive tackle Tyron Smith have agreed to a contract extension.

According to the Cowboys’ website, the deal is for eight years and worth $97.6 million. It includes $40 million guaranteed and a $10 million signing bonus. Combined with the final two years of his rookie deal, the overall package is now worth $109 million. He will be under contract through 2023.

“He’s just been everything we wanted to build this program and this team around,“ said Cowboys coach Jason Garrett on Wednesday.

Smith is entering his fourth season with the Cowboys, who selected the Southern California product with the ninth overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft.

In his first three seasons, Smith has started each of the 47 games he has played. He missed one contest in 2012.

►   BILLS SIGN RB JACKSON TO EXTENSION:  The Buffalo Bills signed running back Fred Jackson to a contract extension Wednesday that will keep the veteran with the team through next season.

Jackson’s deal had been set to expire at the end of the upcoming season. The one-year extension he signed Wednesday is worth $2.6 million, according to

Jackson, 33, appeared in 16 games last season for the first time since 2010, rushing for 890 yards and a career-best nine touchdowns while sharing carries with C.J. Spiller.

The previous two seasons were shortened by knee and leg injuries, with Jackson playing in only 20 games and rushing for 1,371 yards and nine scores.

He has gained 5,121 yards on 1,138 carries with 28 rushing touchdowns and six receiving TDs since the Bills signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Division III Coe College in 2006.

►   COWBOYS ROOKIE LAWRENCE SIDELINED WITH BROKEN FOOT:  Dallas Cowboys rookie defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is expected to be sidelined for 2-to-3 months because of a broken foot.

Lawrence was hurt during practice on Tuesday and coach Jason Garrett said surgery is forthcoming at a media briefing on Wednesday.

“He’ll have to go back to Dallas and have surgery on it,“ said Garrett. “He was off to a good start in camp. There’s still a lot of football left in the season after 8-to-12 weeks.“

The Cowboys selected Lawrence with the 34th overall pick of the draft. He posted 20 sacks in two seasons at Boise State.

►   GM THOMPSON SIGNS MULTI-YEAR CONTRACT WITH PACK:  The Green Bay Packers signed executive vice president and general manager Ted Thompson to a new multi-year contract on Wednesday.

Thompson has been a key decision-maker in the Packers’ current streak of five straight playoff appearances.

“I’m pleased that we were able to enter into this contract extension with Ted,“ Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy said. “His outstanding work has been the key factor in the success that we’ve enjoyed in recent years. I have tremendous respect for Ted, and am confident that we will continue to contend for championships under his leadership.“

Thompson has led the Packers’ football operations the last nine years, which includes a Super Bowl victory in the 2010 season and a current three-year run as NFC North Division champions.

►   GIANTS RB WILSON TO MISS PRESEASON OPENER:  New York running back David Wilson will miss the Giants’ first preseason game on Sunday as he recovers from a neck burner.

Wilson left practice on Tuesday with the burner and was sent to a hospital for tests on his surgically repaired neck. It was determined he will be re- evaluated on Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, meaning he will miss all action for the rest of the week, including Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills in Canton, Ohio.

Wilson announced July 21 that he was cleared to practice after undergoing neck surgery in January to fuse vertebrae and repair a herniated disk. The former first-round pick was hurt in a Week 5 loss to Philadelphia last season.

A “burner” is a term that can be used to describe a nerve injury causing a player discomfort or pain in their neck or arms.

In two seasons, Wilson has rushed for 504 yards and six touchdowns over 21 games—including six starts.

►   ‘MEAN JOE’ FINALLY HAS JERSEY RETIRED:  The Pittsburgh Steelers announced on Wednesday that “Mean Joe” Greene’s No. 75 has been retired by the franchise.

A ceremony honoring Greene to make the jersey retirement official is set to take place at Heinz Field during a Nov. 2 contest against the rival Baltimore Ravens. He will be just the second player in team history to be honored, after Ernie Stautner in the mid-1960s.

“Joe Greene is much deserving of this honor,“ said Steelers chairman Dan Rooney. “This isn’t something you can do for everyone. He was a catalyst and to retire his number is something we feel is a special thing. I am so happy we are honoring Joe this way.“

Greene, out of North Texas, arrived in the Steel City in 1969 and, over the next 13 seasons, anchored one of the most feared defensive units in league history. The “Steel Curtain” helped Pittsburgh reverse its fortunes and claim four Super Bowls from 1974 to 1979. Greene was named the NFL’s top rookie in 1969, earned 10 Pro Bowl nominations and was named the league’s best defensive player in 1972 and ‘74.

The 6-foot-4, 275-pounder started in 172 of 181 contests before hanging up his cleats after the 1981 campaign. No Steelers player has worn Greene’s iconic number since then.

“I’m overwhelmed with emotions,“ Greene said. “I’m extremely pleased and I know that Dan (Rooney) and Art (Rooney II) put a lot of thought into making this decision. Retiring jerseys is not something that the Steelers do. That makes it even more signifi

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►   BOSH OFFICIALLY RE-SIGNS WITH HEAT:  Chris Bosh has officially re-signed in Miami.

Bosh, who turned down a maximum deal from Houston to stay with Miami, agreed to terms on a reported five-year, $118 million deal on July 11, but made the signing official on Wednesday.

“Chris Bosh is a two-time NBA champion and one of the most versatile big men in the league,“ said Miami president Pat Riley. “His unique skillset makes him one of the best players in the game today.

“I’ve always felt he was committed to this organization, this staff and this city. I think he’s going to have the opportunity of a lifetime leading this team next season and having the nine-time NBA All-Star back in the fold was a big key for us. We are very blessed to have him.“

The 30-year-old forward joined the Heat in 2010 to play along side LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. The trio helped Miami win two titles and become the third franchise to make the NBA Finals in four consecutive seasons.

All three opted out of their contracts last month, leaving the future unclear for the franchise. James returned to his hometown team in Cleveland and Wade re-signed with the Heat to a two-year contract earlier this month.

Bosh, who was selected fourth overall by the Raptors in 2003, has averaged 17.3 points and 7.4 rebounds in four seasons with Miami after playing his first seven seasons for Toronto. He has averaged 14.9 points and 7.3 rebounds in 78 playoff games for Miami.

►   KINGS REACH DEAL WITH MORELAND:  The Sacramento Kings signed undrafted free agent Eric Moreland on Wednesday.

Terms of the deal were not released.

Moreland, a 6-foot-10 power forward out of Oregon State, came off the bench in six games for Sacramento’s 2014 Las Vegas Summer League championship squad and flashed an ability to rebound and protect the paint at the next level. He averaged 3.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and a team-high 2.7 blocks in less than 20 minutes per game in Vegas.

Despite playing just three seasons of college basketball, Moreland left OSU as its all-time leader in blocked shots (184) and blocks per game (2.07). He was twice named an All-Defensive Honorable Mention in the Pac-12.

►   MINNESOTA SIGNS MO WILLIAMS:  The Minnesota Timberwolves signed veteran guard Mo Williams on Wednesday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Williams was originally selected by the Jazz 47th overall in 2003 and has bounced around despite having a lot of success over his career. The 6-foot-1 combo guard has made two stops in Utah, along with stints in Milwaukee, Cleveland, Los Angeles and Portland.

Williams, 31, has averaged 13.3 points and 4.9 assists per game over his career. His best season came in 2008-09, when he earned an All-Star appearance playing next to LeBron James in Cleveland.

“We are excited to bring Mo into the fold this season,“ said Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders. “His veteran leadership and excellend three-point shooting ability will be a valuable addition to our team.

Williams has hit 3-pointers at a 38.5% clip over his 11-year career.

►   NETS ANNOUNCE ASSISTANT COACHES:  Paul Westphal headlines a group of assistants that will be aiding Brooklyn Nets head coach Lionel Hollins this upcoming season.

John Welch, Tony Brown, Joe Wolf and Jay Humphries were also announced as assistant coaches on Wednesday. General manager Billy King made the announcement.

Westphal reunites with Hollins, who was named Jason Kidd’s replacement in early July after Kidd left abruptly for Milwaukee. The duo were assistants together with the Phoenix Suns from 1988-92. Westphal was then named head coach in 1992, and Hollins remained on the staff as an assistant for the next three seasons.

Westphal, 63, brings more than 20 years of coaching experience to the staff, including three stints as head coach with the Suns, SuperSonics and Kings.

Along with the five assistants, Brooklyn named Jim Sann as its advanced scout.


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►   CARDINALS SNAG MASTERSON FROM INDIANS:  The St. Louis Cardinals acquired pitcher Justin Masterson from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for outfield prospect James Ramsey on Wednesday.

Masterson, a towering right-hander at 6-foot-6, has gone just 4-6 with a 5.51 earned run average over 19 starts this season. He has been sidelined since July 7 thanks to right knee inflammation, and was placed on the disabled list one day later.

The 29-year-old veteran was scheduled to be activated from the DL on Friday, and is expected to join the Cardinals when they return to St. Louis that day, before making his National League debut on Saturday against Milwaukee.

Born in Jamaica but raised outside of Dayton, Masterson departs northeast Ohio with a 48-61 record, 4.23 ERA and seven complete games since arriving in July 2009 from the Red Sox. The 2013 All-Star also pitched parts of two seasons in Boston and owns a career mark of 57-69 with a 4.16 ERA.

Ramsey has spent the entire 2014 season with Double-A Springfield, where he has batted .300 while collecting 13 home runs, 14 doubles, 36 RBI and 47 runs scored over 67 appearances.

St. Louis also announced that pitcher Michael Wacha was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list, and that a corresponding 25-man roster move will be made prior to Friday’s contest.

►   MLB VETERAN ERIC CHAVEZ RETIRES:  ix-time Gold Glove third baseman Eric Chavez is retiring after 17 years in the majors.

Chavez told on Wednesday he didn’t feel right accepting over $1 million remaining on his contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks this season, so he volunteered to move from the disabled list to retirement.

“I’m very lucky,“ Chavez told the website. “I just enjoyed competing and being on the field. There’s nothing like winning at the major-league level.“

The Diamondbacks confirmed Chavez’s retirement and said he would hold a press conference Thursday afternoon at Chase Field.

Chavez, 36, went on the disabled list on June 9 with a sprained left knee. He made his last plate appearance the day before as a pinch-hitter against Atlanta, drawing a walk. Pitcher Bronson Arroyo, running for Chavez, later scored as part of a six-run seventh inning that lifted the Diamondbacks to a 6-5 win.

At his peak as a slugger for the Oakland Athletics, Chavez batted .273 and averaged 28 homers, 94 RBI and a .352 on-base%age between 2000-06, winning six straight Gold Gloves over the last six years of that span.

He signed as a free agent with the New York Yankees in 2011 and spent two seasons in the Bronx, batting .274 with 18 homers in 171 games. Arizona signed him in 2012 and he hit .273 with 12 homers in his only 124 games in the NL.

Chavez’s last eight years were marked by injuries as he averaged just 56 games per season from 2007-14.

“Quite frankly, had injuries not hit at the wrong time, he was on his way to a Hall-of-Fame career,“ A’s general manager Billy Beane told “If you look at what he did to age 26, you could see him ending up (in Cooperstown).“

Chavez finishes with 260 career home runs, 902 RBI, a .268 average and .342 on-base%age in 1,615 games.

►   RED SOX RECALL WORKMAN, DEAL DOUBRONT:  The Boston Red Sox recalled pitcher Brandon Workman from Triple-A Pawtucket to make Wednesday’s start in place of Jon Lester in the finale of a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Red Sox manager John Farrell cited the possibility of Lester being traded as the reason for the change. Farrell made the announcement in the postgame press conference following Boston’s 4-2 loss to Toronto on Tuesday night.

Lester, however, will start Friday if he isn’t dealt by Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline.

Workman is 1-3 with a 4.13 earned run average over 11 games (eight starts) for Boston this season. He has produced a 6-1 record and 4.45 ERA in 10 starts for Pawtucket.

The Sox also dealt left-hander Felix Doubront to the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named later.

Doubront was 2-4 with a 6.07 ERA in 17 appearances for Boston this season. The 26-year-old will depart New England after going 26-22 with a 4.82 ERA and three saves over 98 games (69 starts) since 2010.

►   DODGERS, CUBS COMPLETE BARNEY TRADE:  The Los Angeles Dodgers completed their July 28 trade with the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, sending minor league right- handed pitcher Jonathan Martinez to Chicago as the player to be named later.

The Dodgers acquired infielder Darwin Barney and cash from the Cubs.

Barney was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday as well.

Martinez, 20, went 7-5 with a 3.47 ERA in 19 starts for Single-A Great Lakes in his fourth professional season after he was signed by the Dodgers as a non- drafted free agent on May 31, 2011 out of Venezuela.

Barney was designated for assignment on July 22 after batting .230 with 10 doubles, two home runs and 16 RBI in 72 games for the Cubs this season.


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►   JETS KEEP HALISCHUK WITH ONE-YEAR DEAL:  The Winnipeg Jets and forward Matt Halischuk have agreed to a one-year contract.

The two-way deal will pay the Toronto native $725,000 at the NHL level.

Halischuk scored five goals and added five assists for 10 points in 46 games last season, his first with the Jets.

The 26-year-old veteran has also played for New Jersey and Nashville since making his NHL debut with the Devils during the 2008-09 season. He has 30 goals and 34 assists for 64 points in 203 NHL games.

►   KING TO STAY WITH LA:  The Los Angeles Kings avoided arbitration with restricted free agent forward Dwight King, agreeing to terms on a three-year deal on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old King recorded career highs of 15 goals, 15 assists and 30 points over 77 regular-season games. He also contributed three scores and eight helpers over 26 playoff contests to help the Kings win their second Stanley Cup in the last three seasons.

A native of Saskatchewan, King has posted 24 goals and 54 points over 157 appearances for the southern California franchise since 2010.

►   DEVILS RE-SIGN D GREENE:  The New Jersey Devils re-signed defenseman Andy Greene to a multi-year contract extension on Wednesday.

Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 31-year-old native of Trenton, Michigan, who is scheduled to make $3.5 million for the upcoming season in the final year of his current deal, posted eight goals and 24 assists over 82 games last season, his eighth with the franchise.

Since arriving in the NHL during the 2006-07 campaign, Greene has totaled 28 goals and 121 assists over 477 regular-season appearances. He’s also chipped in three goals and four helpers in 45 postseason efforts.


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►   FORMER WVU OL TYLER RADER NOTCHES FIRST NASCAR WIN:  The No. 3 car hit the line as the checkered flag waved Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Ty Dillon had won his first NASCAR Nationwide Series race and called out over the radio, “We get to kiss the bricks, baby!”

As Dillon emerged from his winning car, his pit crew surrounded him and the television camera picked up a familiar face to West Virginia football fans. Standing on the track waiting to greet Dillon was his gas man, Tyler Rader.

Rader hails from Cross Lanes and came to WVU in the 2007 season, fighting through injuries and position changes to finally take the starting right guard spot as a redshirt senior. When his football career ended with a win in the Orange Bowl, he began exploring his options and the idea of working on a NASCAR pit crew came to the forefront.

“My old man is a huge racing fan. He reads the websites and all that stuff and they had a pit crew combine. It was basically an NFL Combine,” Rader said.

Okay, he could do this. Speed and agility drills – piece of cake. Rader viewed it like any other workout with the Mountaineers’ strength and conditioning staff and he came away with strong results. He got in a car shop to learn more about the vehicles he would be working with and more about the sport in general while he waited for a job.

“A couple of months later, they called me and I moved down [to Winston-Salem] that week and I’ve been here ever since,” Rader said. “It was about as spontaneous as you can get.”

“They” in this instance is Richard Childress Racing, or RCR, the company Rader says he hopes he can spend his entire career with after making the move to Winston-Salem. So far, he has worked with two of Childress’ grandsons, Austin and Ty Dillon.

After Austin won the Nationwide Series Championship last season, he moved up to the Sprint Cup Series and Rader stayed behind to work with Austin’s younger brother, Ty.

The season hasn’t gone exactly the way Dillon and his crew would have liked to this point, but on Saturday, that all changed. Racing at the Brickyard, with Nationwide’s biggest payout on the line, Dillon edged out Kyle Busch to take his first victory.

“This weekend really was a dream come true for me,” Rader said. “Getting into the sport, it was a jaw-dropping experience. I can’t put it into words.”

Except, of course, Rader would be asked to put it into words. What did it mean to him, personally, to get this type of victory so early in his career?

“It doesn’t compare to the Orange Bowl, but it’s pretty damn close,” he said. “This is like beating Pitt in overtime. It’s a once in a lifetime experience.”

Now there is a comparison any Mountaineer fan can appreciate.

Rader also has to appreciate what winning on that track means to him and to anyone who takes that checkered flag and gets to kiss the bricks. Some people in the sport spend their entire careers chasing such a victory and never get it and here he is in his second year boasting such a feat.

He doesn’t take it for granted, but he will certainly step back and take a moment to enjoy it.

Despite the fact that his sport of choice has changed from football to NASCAR, Rader says there are a lot of instances in which he is grateful for the training he got on the field in college to help him to this stage.

“I give [WVU] a lot of the credit. A lot of the guys on pit crews now are ex-college athletes,” he said. “The footwork, the stamina – we started it all in college. I give [former WVU strength coach] Mike Barwis and [current WVU strength coach] Mike Joseph a lot of credit.”

With so many former college football players lining up on pit crews these days, Rader still finds himself engaging in friendly banter with some of the athletes who he came across in his Mountaineer days.

In fact, working for rival Hendrick Motorsports is a former offensive lineman for Clemson, Landon Walker. He and Rader cross paths quite often in their new profession and regardless of what may have happened that day, the Mountaineer can always remind the Tiger of that night in South Florida when the scoreboard read 70-33.

“We’re good buddies and we talk trash all the time,” Rader said. “It’s actually kind of cool. He’s a good dude, but he played at Clemson and I always remind him [of the Orange Bowl].”

That win is part of his past, but with his first career victory under his belt, Rader is looking at an equally successful future.  ~~  Geoff Coyle ~~


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►   ROSOL REACHES QUARTERS IN RAINY KITZBUHEL:  Third-seeded Czech slugger Lukas Rosol was one of only two second-round winners on a rainy Wednesday at the Kitzbuhel Cup.

Rosol got past Austrian crowd favorite Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) on the red clay at Kitzbuhel Tennis Stadium.

His quarterfinal opponent will be Argentine Maximo Gonzalez, who handled Spanish fellow qualifier Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-4, 6-4 on Day 3.

Six second-round matches were postponed until Thursday, including ones for top-seeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber, the 2012 runner-up, and second-seeded reigning champion Marcel Granollers of Spain.

Three other seeds will play second-rounders on Thursday, including rising Austrian Dominic Thiem and last week’s Gstaad champion Pablo Andujar, who beat Argentine Juan Monaco, the 2007 Kitzbuhel titlist, in last week’s final in Gstaad.

This week’s winner will claim $104,000.

►   JOVANOVSKI OUSTS CIRSTEA IN DC:  Bojana Jovanovski beat No. 8 seed Sorana Cirstea in the second round of the Citi Open on Wednesday.

Jovanovski broke Cirstea’s serve seven times in the match, including three times in the third set as she rallied for a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory on the hardcourts at FitzGerald Tennis Center.

Earlier at the U.S. Open Series tennis event, 18-year-old American qualifier Taylor Townsend lost to Kristina Mladenovic 6-3, 6-4 and Marina Erakovic beat American wild card Shelby Rogers 6-2, 6-2.

Mladenovic ousted top seed Lucie Safarova on Tuesday.

Also Wednesday, Kurumi Nara was leading 4-0 in the third set when Zarina Diyas retired. Nara had rallied to win the second set 6-2 after losing 3-6 in the first.

This year’s champion will earn $43,000.


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►   PALACE MALICE AND WILL TAKE CHARGE TO LOCK UP IN WHITNEY:  Leading thoroughbred Palace Malice and champion colt Will Take Charge renew their rivalry, along with seven other horses, in Saturday’s $1.5 million Whitney Handicap at Saratoga Race Course.

Part of the Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” program, a victory in the 1 1/8- mile Whitney guarantees a place for the winner in this November’s Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita.

Palace Malice, the even-money favorite for the Whitney, and Will Take Charge, the 4-1 second pick, have faced each other several times, most notably last year at Saratoga as 3-year-olds.

In 2013 at Saratoga, Palace Malice won the Jim Dandy Stakes with Will Take Charge a length behind in second and four weeks later in the Travers it was Will Take Charge winning as Palace Malice finished fourth. . Trained by Todd Pletcher for Dogwood Stable, Palace Malice will start from post 5 with Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez. The 4-year-colt currently leads the NTRA Thoroughbred Poll.

“It’s a huge race,“ Pletcher said. “The horse is doing fantastic. He’s off to a great start this year, and we’re just hoping for more of the same from him. He’s been super consistent and impressive. We know he likes Saratoga from the way he ran here the last two years, so we’re excited about the Whitney.“

Palace Malice is undefeated in 2014 with four wins in as many starts. The colt began the year by winning the Gulfstream Park Handicap on March 8 followed by a solid victory at Fair Grounds in the New Orleans Handicap three weeks later. He then claimed the Westchester Handicap at a mile by almost 10 lengths at Belmont Park on May 11 and most recently won the Met Mile on the Belmont Stakes card.

The colt has won seven of 16 career starts for $2,631,135.

Eclipse Award winner Will Take Charge will break from the rail with Luis Saez again riding. The 4-year-old, trained by D. Wayne Lukas for Willis Horton and Three Chimneys Farm, was voted last year’s champion 3-year-old colt.

The current year has not been as smooth for Will Take Charge as Palace Malice. Lukas’ 4-year-old has just the victory in the Oaklawn Handicap from five starts.

He began 2014 with a pair of seconds in the Donn and Santa Anita Handicaps and followed the Oaklawn win with a sixth in the Alysheba at Churchill Downs and another runner-up result in Churchill’s Stephen Foster Handicap.

Will Take Charge has banked $3,774,648 with seven wins and six seconds in 20 career starts.

Here is the full field for the Whitney in post-position order: Will Take Charge, Luis Saez, 4-1; Prayer for Relief, Joel Rosario, 20-1; Moreno, Junior Alvarado, 10-1; Itsmyluckyday, Paco Lopez, 12-1; Palace Malice, John Velazquez, even, Departing, Robby Albarado, 6-1; Romansh, Jose Ortiz, 10-1; Golden Ticket, Julien Leparoux, 20-1 and Last Gunfighter, Javier Castellano, 15-1.

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Major League Baseball - National League
Colorado at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 PM - CSN-Chicago, DSS
St. Louis at San Diego, 3:40 PM - FS-Midwest, San Diego, DSS
Philadelphia at Washington, 7:05 PM - CSN-Philadelphia, MASN2, DSS
Cincinnati at Miami, 7:10 PM - FS-Ohio, Florida, MLB Network, DSS
Pittsburgh at Arizona, 9:40 PM - ROOT-Pittsburgh, FS-Arizona, DSS
Atlanta at Los Angeles, 10:10 PM - SportSouth, SportsNet LA, DSS

American League
Chicago WSox at Detroit, 1:08 PM - WGN (America), FS-Detroit, DSS
Seattle at Cleveland, 7:05 PM - ROOT-Northwest, SportsTime Ohio, DSS
LA Angels at Baltimore, 7:05 PM - FS-West, MASN, MLB Network, DSS
Minnesota at Kansas City, 8:10 PM - FS-North, Kansas City, DSS
Toronto at Houston, 8:10 PM - SNET, CSN-Houston, DSS

Canadian Football League
Winnipeg at Hamilton, 7:00 PM - TSN,

Atlanta at Tulsa, 8:00 PM - No scheduled television
Phoenix at Minnesota, 8:00 PM - No scheduled television
New York at Chicago, 8:00 PM - WCIU, NBA TV
Indiana at Seattle, 10:00 PM - LiveWell, NBA TV

International Soccer
Bayern Munich vs. Chivas Guadalajara, 8:00 PM - ESPN

PGA/EUROPEAN - WGC Bridgestone Invitational, 1:30 PM - Golf Channel
PGA - Barracuda Championship, 6:30 PM - Golf Channel

Glenville National Nigh Out - 08.05.14

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Stouts Mills: Huge Porch Sale 08.01.14 - 08.03.14

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Huge Porch Sale

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

August 01, 02, and 03, 2014

WV Hwy 5 East, Stouts Mills

At Bobbie Templeton’s

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Rain or Shine

Quilt Material and Supplies, Curtains, Glassware, DVD’s

2 Gooseneck Chairs, New Truck Toolbox, Quilting Frames

Loveseat, Some Fenton, Push Weedeater

Women’s Size 3x Clothing, Bedspreads and Quilts

Much Much More

GCHS Varsity Cheer Tryouts - 08.04.2014 - 08.06.2014

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GCHS Varsity Cheer Tryouts will be held Monday, August 04, 2014 - Wednesday, August 06. 2004 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon in the high school gym.

Any student in grades 9-12 wishing to tryout must have at least a 2.0 GPA from last school year and a new physical (after June 01, 2014).

For questions or concerns, please contact Coach Duelley at 304.904.2993.

ANNUAL FAMILY GARAGE SALE - 07.30.14 to 08.02.14 Ongoing

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - Saturday, August 02, 2014

Maxine Rastle’s Residence
1760 US Hwy 33W, Weston, WV (located in Pricetown)

Phone # 304.269.1453
Clothing, all sizes, boys clothing 4-5, old jars, bottles, glassware, Antiques and collectibles.

Pictures (large and small), tools, guns, books, bedding, curtains, cookware, household items.

Boys and girls toys.

New items added daily.


TANNER: MOVING / YARD SALE - August 01-02, 2014

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Friday, August 01, 2014, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Saturday, August 02, 2014,  8:00 AM to ??

Clothes, Household Items, etc.

Something for everyone.

Not responsible for accidents.

Meadows Residence

Approximately 3/10ths of a mile on Tanner School Road (just past the old Tanner School).

The Absurd, Bureaucratic Hell That Is the American Police State

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“The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid ‘dens of crime’ that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices. Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern.”—C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

Whether it’s the working mother arrested for letting her 9-year-old play unsupervised at a playground, the teenager forced to have his genitals photographed by police, the underage burglar sentenced to 23 years for shooting a retired police dog, or the 43-year-old man who died of a heart attack after being put in a chokehold by NYPD officers allegedly over the sale of untaxed cigarettes, the theater of the absurd that passes for life in the American police state grows more tragic and incomprehensible by the day.

Debra Harrell, a 46-year-old South Carolina working mother, was arrested, charged with abandonment and had her child placed in state custody after allowing the 9-year-old to spend unsupervised time at a neighborhood playground while the mom worked a shift at McDonald’s. Mind you, the child asked to play outside, was given a cell phone in case she needed to reach someone, and the park—a stone’s throw from the mom’s place of work—was overrun with kids enjoying its swings, splash pad, and shade.

A Connecticut mother was charged with leaving her 11-year-old daughter in the car unsupervised while she ran inside a store—despite the fact that the child asked to stay in the car and was not overheated or in distress. A few states away, a New Jersey man was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of his children after leaving them in a car parked in a police station parking lot, windows rolled down, while he ran inside to pay a ticket.

A Virginia teenager was charged with violating the state’s sexting law after exchanging sexually provocative videos with his girlfriend. Instead of insisting that the matter be dealt with as a matter of parental concern, police charged the boy with manufacturing and distributing child pornography and issued a search warrant to “medically induce an erection” in the 17-year-old boy in order to photograph his erect penis and compare it to the images sent in the sexting exchange.  The police had already taken an initial photograph of the boy’s penis against his will, upon his arrest.

In Georgia, a toddler had his face severely burned when a flash bang grenade, launched by a SWAT team during the course of a no-knock warrant, landed in his portable crib, detonating on his pillow. Also in Georgia, a police officer shot and killed a 17-year-old boy who answered the door, reportedly with a Nintendo Wii controller in his hands. The cop claimed the teenager pointed a gun at her, thereby justifying the use of deadly force. Then there was the incident wherein a police officer, responding to a complaint that some children were “chopping off tree limbs” creating “tripping hazards,” pulled a gun on a group of 11-year-old boys who were playing in a wooded area, attempting to build a tree fort.

While the growing phenomenon of cops shooting family pets only adds to the insanity (it is estimated that a family pet is killed by law enforcement every 98 minutes in America), it’s worse for those who dare to shoot a police dog. Ivins Rosier was 16 when he broke into the home of a Florida highway patrol officer and shot (although he didn’t kill) the man’s retired police dog. For his crime, the teenager was sentenced to 23 years in prison, all the while police officers who shoot family pets are rarely reprimanded.

Meanwhile if you’re one of those hoping to live off the grid, independent of city resources, you might want to think again. Florida resident Robin Speronis was threatened with eviction for living without utilities. Speronis was accused of violating the International Property Maintenance Code by relying on rain water instead of the city water system and solar panels instead of the electric grid.

Now we can shrug these incidents off as isolated injustices happening to “other” people. We can rationalize them away by suggesting that these people “must” have done something to warrant such treatment. Or we can acknowledge that this slide into totalitarianism—helped along by overcriminalization, government surveillance, militarized police, neighbors turning in neighbors, privatized prisons, and forced labor camps, to name just a few similarities—is tracking very closely with what we saw happening in Germany in the years leading up to Hitler’s rise to power.

When all is said and done, what these incidents reflect is a society that has become so bureaucratic, so legalistic, so politically correct, so militaristic, so locked down, so self righteous, and so willing to march in lockstep with the corporate-minded police state that any deviations from the norm—especially those that offend the sensibilities of the “government-knows-best” nanny state or challenge the powers that be—become grist for prosecution, persecution and endless tribulations for the poor souls who are caught in the crosshairs.

Then there are the incidents, less colorful perhaps but no less offensive to the sensibilities of any freedom-loving individual, which should arouse outrage among the populace but often slip under the radar of a sleeping nation.

For instance, not only is the NSA spying on and collecting the content of your communications, but it’s also going to extreme lengths to label as “extremists” anyone who attempts to protect their emails from the government’s prying eyes. Adding insult to injury, those same government employees and contractors spying on Americans’ private electronic communications are also ogling their private photos. Recent revelations indicate that NSA employees routinely pass around intercepted nude photos, considered a “fringe benefit” of surveillance positions.

A trove of leaked documents reveals the government’s unmitigated gall in labeling Americans as terrorists for little more than being suspected of committing “any act that is ‘dangerous’ to property and intended to influence government policy through intimidation.” As The Intercept reports: “This combination—a broad definition of what constitutes terrorism and a low threshold for designating someone a terrorist—opens the way to ensnaring innocent people in secret government dragnets.” All the while, the TSA, despite the billions of dollars we spend on the agency annually and the liberties to which its agents subject travelers, has yet to catch a single terrorist.

No less disconcerting are the rash of incidents in which undercover government agents encourage individuals to commit crimes they might not have engaged in otherwise. This “make work” entrapment scheme runs the gamut from terrorism to drugs. In fact, a recent report released by Human Rights Watch reveals that “nearly all of the highest-profile domestic terrorism plots in the United States since 9/11 featured the ‘direct involvement’ of government agents or informants.”

Most outrageous of all are the asset forfeiture laws that empower law enforcement to rake in huge sums of money by confiscating cash, cars, and even homes based on little more than a suspicion of wrongdoing. In this way, Americans who haven’t been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of wrongdoing, are literally being subjected to highway robbery by government agents offering profit-driven, cash-for-freedom deals.

So who or what is to blame for this bureaucratic nightmare delivered by way of the police state? Is it the White House? Is it Congress? Is it the Department of Homeland Security, with its mobster mindset? Is it some shadowy, power-hungry entity operating off a nefarious plan?

Or is it, as Holocaust survivor Hannah Arendt suggests, the sheepish masses who mindlessly march in lockstep with the government’s dictates—expressing no outrage, demanding no reform, and issuing no challenge to the status quo—who are to blame for the prison walls being erected around us? The author of The Origins of Totalitarianism, Arendt warned that “the greatest evil perpetrated is the evil committed by nobodies, that is, by human beings who refuse to be persons.”

This is where democracy falls to ruin, and bureaucracy and tyranny prevail.

As I make clear in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, we have only ourselves to blame for this bureaucratic hell that has grown up around us. Too many of us willingly, knowingly and deliberately comprise what Arendt refers to as “cogs in the mass-murder machine.”

These cogs are none other than those of us who have turned a blind eye to the government corruption, or shrugged dismissively at the ongoing injustices, or tuned out the mayhem in favor of entertainment distractions. Just as guilty are those who have traded in their freedoms for a phantom promise of security, not to mention those who feed the machine unquestioningly with their tax dollars and partisan politics.

And then there are those who work for the government, federal, state, local or contractor. These government employees—the soldiers, the cops, the technicians, the social workers, etc.—are neither evil nor sadistic. They’re simply minions being paid to do a job, whether that job is to arrest you, spy on you, investigate you, crash through your door, etc. However, we would do well to remember that those who worked at the concentration camps and ferried the victims to the gas chambers were also just “doing their jobs.”

Then again, if we must blame anyone, blame the faceless, nameless, bureaucratic government machine—which having been erected and set into motion is nearly impossible to shut down—for the relentless erosion of our freedoms through a million laws, statutes, and prohibitions.

If there is any glimmer of hope to be found, it will be at the local level, but we cannot wait for things to get completely out of control. If you wait to act until the SWAT team is crashing through your door, until your name is placed on a terror watch list, until you are reported for such outlawed activities as collecting rainwater or letting your children play outside unsupervised, then it will be too late.

Obedience is the precondition to totalitarianism, and the precondition to obedience is fear. Regimes of the past and present understand this. “The very first essential for success,” Hitler wrote in Mein Kampf, “is a perpetually constant and regular employment of violence.” Is this not what we are seeing now with the SWAT teams and the security checkpoints and the endless wars?

This much I know: we are not faceless numbers. We are not cogs in the machine. We are not slaves. We are people, and free people at that. As the Founders understood, our freedoms do not flow from the government. They were not given to us, to be taken away at the will of the State; they are inherently ours. In the same way, the government’s appointed purpose is not to threaten or undermine our freedoms, but to safeguard them.

Until we can get back to this way of thinking, until we can remind Americans what it really means to be a free American, and learn to stand our ground in the face of threats to those freedoms, and encourage our fellow citizens to stop being cogs in the machine, we will continue as slaves in thrall to the bureaucratic police state.

~~  John W. Whitehead ~~

Movies This Week - 07.31.14

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Guardians of the Galaxy

Opens Nationwide Friday, August 01, 2014 | 122 min.

PG-13 - Some Language, Intense Sci-Fi Action/Violence.

Starring:   Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio Del Toro, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close

Genre: Science fiction, Adventure, Action


Brash space adventurer Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) finds himself the quarry of relentless bounty hunters after he steals an orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain.

To evade Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with four disparate misfits: gun-toting Rocket Raccoon, treelike-humanoid Groot, enigmatic Gamora, and vengeance-driven Drax the Destroyer.

But when he discovers the orb’s true power and the cosmic threat it poses, Quill must rally his ragtag group to save the universe.

Distributor: Walt Disney

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Get on Up

Opens Nationwide Friday, August 01, 2014 | 138 min.

PG-13 - Violent Situations, Drug Use, Some Strong Language, Sexual Content.

Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott, Dan Aykroyd

Genre: Biography, Docudrama


Singer James Brown (Chadwick Boseman) rose from poverty to become the world’s “Godfather of Soul.“

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Bon Appétit:  Caramelised Onion pizza with Rosemary and Goats Cheese

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  5 medium brown onions, halved, thinly sliced
  1/4 cup olive oil
  1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  1 large bought pizza base
  12 drained anchovy fillets, halved
  20 pitted black olives
  4 oz. goats cheese, crumbled
  1 sprig fresh rosemary, leaves picked


Place the onion and oil in a large heavy-based frying pan over medium heat. Cook, covered, stirring occasionally, for 12 minutes or until the onion softens.

Uncover and cook, stirring often, for 12 minutes. Add the vinegar. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.

Preheat oven to 325°F. Place the pizza base on a baking tray. Spread the onion mixture over the base. Arrange the anchovy, in a diamond pattern, on top. Place the olives on the pizza. Sprinkle with goats cheese and rosemary. Bake for 15 minutes or until the base is crisp and golden. Serve.

Flashback: What Happened on July 31, ....


•  1766 Virginia Lieutenant Governor Francis Fauquier warned settlers west of the Alleghenies that they would be given no protection by the government against Native American attacks.

•  1851 The Virginia Reform Convention of 1851 passed a capitation tax to be paid by every white male adult to be used in primary and free schools.

•  1863 The governor approved an act dividing each county into townships, re- named districts in the 1872 Constitution.

•  1955 WHIS - TV went on the air, the first television station in Bluefield, Mercer County. It later changed its call letters to WVVA.

Ask the Doctor: Hearing Becoming Too Good


DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Is there any help for people whose hearing is too good?
I feel like I am constantly bombarded by noises that others don’t notice.
Having to listen to people’s conversations, eating and crackling papers have been particularly stressful in the office.
At home, lawnmowers, power tools and ice-cream trucks have left me in tears.
I wear landscaper’s ear protectors at home, but I cannot do that at work.
Is there any way to turn down the volume of the world? - K.F.

ANSWER: Hearing whose volume control has been turned to the highest setting goes by the name of hyperacusis.
It’s a problem that you share with quite a few other people.
Do you have ear ringing or other noises, too?
About 90% of those with hyperacusis also suffer from ear noises.
That’s tinnitus.
On the list of causes are head injury, stress and some medicines.
For many, no cause is ever found.
It might be that your brain has a defect in the way it regulates incoming sound.
Your first task is an examination by an ear, nose and throat doctor.
If the doctor confirms the hyperacusis diagnosis, programs that desensitize your ears to sound are helpful.
Listening to low-frequency sound for two hours a day turns down the volume of incoming sound.
The two hours don’t have to be one entire block of time; they can be broken into smaller periods.
Results take several months.
This is something for which you must have guidance.
The ENT doctor can direct you to programs available in your locale.
Earmuffs and other sound-dampening devices are fine, but you should not wear them constantly.
Continual use worsens this condition.

G-MM™: Meditation Moment - 07.31.14


‘This is how it will be at the end of time.’

Using the familiar image of fishermen sorting their catch, Jesus draws attention to the fact that we must all some day render an account of how we have lived our lives. Michelangelo’s Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel is a startling visual reminder of this truth. One way of responding to this teaching is to practice what, in Jesuit spirituality, is called the Examen. In this daily act of discernment and reflective decision-making we see more clearly how we stand in our relationship with God and one another. With the psalmist let us pray: ‘Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!’ (Ps 139:23-24)

Jeremiah 18:1-6. Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob—Ps 145(146):2-6. Matthew 13:47-53.

William Jennings Bryan (Matt) Dillon

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William Jennings Bryan (Matt) Dillon

Age 87, of Crystal Lake Road, West Union, WV left this life on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 in his residence surrounded by his loving family.

He was born December 17, 1926 in Tyler County, WV a son of the late Theodore Elwood and Olive Leora Lyons Dillon. He is survived by his wife, Naomi L. Haught Dillon.

Also surviving are four sons, Michael Dillon, Medina, WV, William (Bill) Dillon, West Union, Gregory Dillon, Washington, WV, Eric Dillon, Parkersburg, two sisters, Shirley Snyder, Massillon, Ohio, Hettie Norman, Canal Fulton, OH, 14 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son, Shawn Dillon, sisters, Betty Hoover, Silvia James, Stella Holcraft, Bessie Chapman, Mary Lowe Forrester and brothers, Gerald Dillon, Luther Dillon, Homer Dillon and Thomas Dillon.

Mr. Dillon was a Unites States World War II veteran serving with the occupational forces in Japan and had been a member of DAV and American Legion. He had worked for Mountain State Steel for 14 years and Stork’s Bakery for 25 years. He had been a Little League Coach in Parkersburg in the 1960’s and had been a member of the State Championship Bowling team in 1964 sponsored by Stork’s Bakery.

Mr. Dillon was a member of the First Christian Church in West Union.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home, 212 Front Street, West Union on Saturday, August 02, 2014 at 2:00 PM with Richard McMillan presiding.

Interment will follow in Hartley Cemetery, Brohard, WV.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Friday, August 01, 2014 from 4-8 PM and after 10 AM on Saturday until time of service.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Dillon family.


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2014 >>  WayBackWhen™: July 31

Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

Thought for Today:

“The art of life is to show your hand. There is no diplomacy like candor. You may lose by it now and then, but it will be a loss well gained if you do. Nothing is so boring as having to keep up a deception.“ — E.V. Lucas, English author and critic (1868-1938).

Today’s Highlight in History:

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On July 31, 1964, the American space probe Ranger 7 reached the moon, transmitting pictures back to Earth before impacting the lunar surface.

On this date:

In 1777, the Marquis de Lafayette, a 19-year-old French nobleman, was made a major-general in the American Continental Army.

In 1875, the 17th president of the United States, Andrew Johnson, died in Carter County, Tennessee, at age 66.

In 1919, Germany’s Weimar (VY’-mahr) Constitution was adopted by the republic’s National Assembly.

In 1930, the radio character “The Shadow” made his debut as narrator of the “Detective Story Hour” on CBS Radio.

In 1933, the radio series “Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy,“ made its debut on CBS radio station WBBM in Chicago.

In 1942, Oxfam International had its beginnings as the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief was founded in England.

In 1954, Pakistan’s K2 was conquered as two members of an Italian expedition, Achille Compagnoni and Lino Lacedelli, reached the summit.

In 1964, country singer-songwriter Jim Reeves, 40, and his manager, Dean Manuel, were killed when their private plane crashed in bad weather near Nashville.

In 1972, Democratic vice-presidential candidate Thomas Eagleton withdrew from the ticket with George McGovern following disclosures that Eagleton had once undergone psychiatric treatment.

In 1973, Delta Air Lines Flight 723, a DC-9, crashed while trying to land at Boston’s Logan International Airport, killing all 89 people on board.

In 1989, a pro-Iranian group in Lebanon released a grisly videotape showing the body of American hostage William R. Higgins, a Marine lieutenant-colonel, dangling from a rope.

In 1991, President George H.W. Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in Moscow.

Ten years ago:

The Vatican issued a document denouncing feminism for trying to blur differences between men and women and threatening the institution of families based on a mother and a father.

Actress Virginia Grey died in Woodland Hills, California, at age 87.

Five years ago:

Three American tourists were arrested by Iran on suspicion of espionage while hiking along the Iraq-Iran border. (Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were sentenced to eight years after being convicted on spy-related charges, but were released after more than two years; Sarah Shourd was released on health grounds after 14 months.)

Space shuttle Endeavour and its seven astronauts returned to Earth, completing a long but successful construction job that boosted the size and power of the international space station.

One year ago:

President Barack Obama’s national security team acknowledged for the first time that, when investigating one suspected terrorist, it could read and store the phone records of millions of Americans.

Voters in Zimbabwe went to the polls in national elections that were won by President Robert Mugabe amid opponents’ allegations of fraud.

Today’s Birthdays:

Actor Don Murray is 85

Jazz composer-musician Kenny Burrell is 83

Actor Geoffrey Lewis is 79

Actress France Nuyen is 75

Actress Susan Flannery is 75

Singer Lobo is 71

Actress Geraldine Chaplin is 70

Former movie studio executive Sherry Lansing is 70

Singer Gary Lewis is 69

Actor Lane Davies is 64

International Tennis Hall of Famer Evonne Goolagong Cawley is 63

Actor Barry Van Dyke is 63

Actor Alan Autry is 62

Jazz composer-musician Michael Wolff is 62

Actor James Read is 61

Actor Michael Biehn is 58

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is 58

Rock singer-musician Daniel Ash (Love and Rockets) is 57

Entrepreneur Mark Cuban is 56

Rock musician Bill Berry is 56

Actor Wesley Snipes is 52

Country singer Chad Brock is 51

Musician Fatboy Slim is 51

Rock musician Jim Corr is 50

Author J.K. Rowling (ROHL’-ing) is 49

Actor Dean Cain is 48

Actor Ben Chaplin is 45

Actor Loren Dean is 45

Actress Eve Best is 43

Retired NFL quarterback Gus Frerotte is 43

Actress Annie Parisse (pah-REES’) is 39

Actor Robert Telfer is 37

Country singer-musician Zac Brown is 36

Actor-producer-writer B.J. Novak is 35

Actor Eric Lively is 33

Country singer Blaire Stroud (3 of Hearts) is 31

Singer Shannon Curfman is 29

Actor Rico Rodriguez is 16

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WV House Speaker: Spill Law Should Exempt Small Oil and Gas Operators

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West Virginia House Speaker Tim Miley wants Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to limit regulation on small oil and gas operators in a law responding to a January chemical spill.

In a July 09, 2014 letter, Miley said small, non-Marcellus Shale wells are in “survival mode” and should be exempt from new above-ground tank inspections and registrations.

He says inspections could cost $2,000 per well annually.

Miley urged Tomblin to lessen the impact through administrative rule-making.

He suggested an executive order to delay the law’s implementation for small wells, and a special legislative session to change it.

Spokesman Chris Stadelman says Tomblin does not think executive order should be used, but his environmental agency is considering options.

A January tank leak contaminated 300,000 people’s drinking water for days with a coal-cleaning chemical.

2014 GSC Pioneer Football Kickoff Bash

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With the 2014 Pioneer football season rapidly approaching, Glenville State College Head Football Coach David Hutchison would like to announce the official start of the football preseason camp with the 1st Annual Glenville State Pioneer Football Kickoff Bash on Friday, August 08, 2014.

The bash is a fundraiser with all proceeds going to help the program’s budget and scholarships.

The Football Kickoff Bash will be held at I.L. & Sue Morris Stadium.

There are 500 tickets available for $100 each. With every ticket you have a chance to win over 50 cash prizes including a grand prize of $3,000.

You do not have to be present at the bash to win. GSC players and coaches will be on hand at this fun and exciting event.

Tickets went on sale June 01, 2014 and are going quickly.

There will be music, food, and other entertainment as the start of the 2014 Pioneer football season is celebrated.

To reserve a ticket, call GSC’s Cashier’s Office at 304.462.6190.

Be sure to mention the Football Bash, and provide your information.

A football staff member will contact you afterward so you can receive your ticket. If you would like to pay by check, make it payable to ‘Glenville State Football’ and mail to: GSC Athletic Department, 200 High Street, Glenville, WV 26351.

Remember there are only 500 tickets being sold.

Gates open at 4:00 PM and dinner will be served from 4:00 until 8:00PM.

Prize drawings will begin at 5:00 PM.

Additional admission may be purchased for $20 per person.

Prizes include:

•  One $3,000 grand prize

•  One $1,500 second place prize

•  One $1,000 third place prize

•  One $500 fourth place prize

•  Four $250 fifth place prizes

•  Ten $100 sixth place prizes

•  Twenty $50 seventh place prizes

•  Twenty $25 eighth place prizes.

There will also be a silent auction and other door prizes available at the event.

For more information contact Dave McEntire at 304.462.6225.

West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office Announces Development Grant Recipients

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The West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH) will present $469,000 in development-grant funds for 19 projects involving the restoration and rehabilitation of historic sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) of the WVDCH administers the development-grant program. A list of grant recipients is attached.

A review panel appointed by the SHPO developed recommendations for grant funding for the Archives and History Commission, which made the final grant determinations. Funding for the grants program comes from the appropriation of funds from the West Virginia Legislature. A complete list of recipients is attached.

For more information about the historic preservation development grants or a complete program description, visit the division’s website at,  or contact Pam Brooks, grants coordinator for the SHPO, at 304.558.0240x720 or “”

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts. The division brings together the past, present and future through programs and services focusing on archives and history, arts, historic preservation and museums. For more information about the division’s programs, events and sites, visit The division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Historic Preservation Development Grant Recipients for 2014:

Barbour County
Adaland Mansion Development,  Inc., $25,450 to repair masonry and the basement wall at Adaland in Philippi.

Braxton County
  Gallery 191, $3,850 to assist with masonry repair to the front facade of the Masons Building in Sutton.

Greenbrier County
  Carnegie Hall, Inc., $37,922 to assist with masonry repair at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg.

Jefferson County
  Donald and Marie Davis, $7,525 to assist with window,  lentil, sill and chimney repair on the main building of The Carriage Inn B&B in Charles Town.
  David Michael McMillion, $5,050 to assist with roof,  chimney, snowguards and gutter repair at the Robinson-Tabb House in Shepherdstown.
  G. Roger and Bonita Tingley, $19,750 to assist with the repair/replacement of the roof and gutters of the Dr. A.O. Albin House in Charles Town.

Kanawha County
  Crawford Holdings, LLC, $78,437 to assist with replacing the roof at the Staats Building in Charleston.

Marion County
  City of Fairmont, $47,850 to assist with repairing/replacing the roof of the Fairmont Fire Station in Fairmont.
  Woman’s Club of Fairmont, $5,000 to assist with repairing chimneys at the Thomas Fleming House in Fairmont.

Mercer County
  Mercer County Commission, $46,200 to assist with replacing the roof of the Mercer County Courthouse in Princeton.

Mingo County
  City of Williamson, $36,925 to assist with repairing the roof of the Williamson Field House in Williamson.

Ohio County
  Hendershot Properties, LLC, $36,961 to assist with masonry repointing and repair of windows at the Flaccus Brothers Building in Wheeling.
  Patrick and Nikki Lenz, $3,276 to assist with replacing the floor joists at the Fischer-Lasch Farmhouse in Wheeling.
  Market Street Now, $25,475 to assist with repairing the roof and replacing the skylight at The Professional Building in Wheeling.

Pocahontas County
  Pocahontas County Historical Society, $34,872 to assist with replacing the roof on the Pocahontas County Museum in Marlinton.

Randolph County
  City of Elkins/Kump House Trust, $10,010 to assist with drainage issues at the Kump House in Elkins.

Summers County
  Mountain Plex Properties, LLC, $25,221 to assist with repairing the windows at the Hotel McCreery in Hinton.

Tucker County
  Parsons Revitalization Organization, Inc., $9,122 to assist with replacing the roof of the Tucker County Bank Building in Parsons.

Upshur County
  Bekki Leight, $10,104 to assist with replacing the roof of the Milkint Building in Buckhannon.

Jerry Henson, M.D. Now Practicing At Mountaineer Healthcare For Women

“Delivering a baby is one of the most exciting experiences one could ever have,” explained Jerry Henson, M.D. – the newest physician at Mountaineer Healthcare for Women.  With that philosophy, becoming an OB/GYN was the perfect career selection for him.

Dr. Henson joins Tony Naim, M.D., Matthew Denti, M.D., and Vicki Smith. CNM at the medical office located in Physician Building #2, next to Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital (SJMH) in Weston.

He was born in Russellville, Alabama, and attributes part of his choice of a medical career to his father.

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“My father worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority which meant he worked with many engineers, which interested me in the field of science. I went to school on the co-op program and while doing my master degree decided to become a doctor,” explained Dr. Henson. “Also, seeing the old family doctors in a small rural town strongly influenced my decision. All of this together with a desire to do good for people led me to deciding on medicine.

During his hospital rotations he found that delivering babies was the area in which he wished to practice.

“I sure do love obstetrics,” said Dr. Henson. “I am so glad that I made the decision to go in to the field when I am delivering babies.  It is exciting, but I must admit that delivering babies can be scary too,” he explained. “When you experience the baby’s birth, you feel like you are part of the family.”

Dr. Henson received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University. His medical degree is from the University of Alabama. During his 20-year professional career he has practiced in Alabama, West Virginia, Montana, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.

He was a member of the U.S. Army Reserves and National Guard. While in the Reserves he was called up and served during the first Gulf War.  He went into the Medical Corps and was activated as part of a MASH unit.

He is very happy to be here in Weston at SJMH.

“I am very, very excited to be here.  I was in temporary retirement but would have not come out of retirement unless I could come to a place like Stonewall,” said Dr. Henson.  “The hospital is so good and busy. I also think that Weston and the area remind me of the hometown in Alabama.”

“Everyone is friendly here. I feel more like home here and what is even nicer, is that people are just like me,” he laughed.

He and his wife, Pat, have been married for 47 years and have, have a son Stuart, daughter-in-law, Elesa, and daughter, Kristi. They also have four grandchildren - Ethan Henson, Ewan Henson, Caleb Saint, and Noah Saint. They live in Lewis County.

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