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$350,000 for Leading Creek Elementary School Slip Repair

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The West Virginia School Building Authority approved $350,000 on Friday in emergency funding for the Leading Creek Elementary School being built on the Gilmer-Lewis County line.

SBA Executive Director David Sneed said the earth has moved behind the construction project.

He said the slip began on an adjacent property and got to within 20 feet of the building.

Contractors had to take down some scaffolding.

Sneed said the possible problem did not show up during the school’s design phase.

The emergency funding approved Friday will pay a contractor to dig out the dirt and install a drainage system.

“They’ll be doing some sloping and putting a graded bench in,” Sneed said.

The work is not expected to delay completion of the project.

The school is a regional school project that will house students from Lewis and Gilmer counties.

Also at Friday’s meeting Sneed, who was appointed last week by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, was sworn-in to office along with two new authority members.

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Because of Williamson and Shriver’s inept job with a site screening study this extra expense occurred. Another expense from the shoddy work was that private land affected by the slip had to be purchased for more than $50,000 so the total bill my be close to $500,000 for the slip. This is not all. There was a failure of the firm to ensure that natural gas would be available at the site and electric heating will be required. Over the decades while the school is used this neglect will cost taxpayers a secret amount of extra money. The architectural firm got no-bid work for the Cedar Creek School too. Again, there was a poor site selection study to fail to guarantee that natural gas would be used there. Gilmer County taxpayers will be stuck with a huge bill that is being kept secret to pay for electric heat at the school. Wait and see there will be more surprises to run up the bill for the school. Remember that what is being done to Gilmer County is with full knowledge and approval of Gayle Manchin who heads the WV State Board of Education. We know that the State took our school money and paid four times the appraised price for the Cedar Creek School land. Think abut this. The money was wasted while the Normantown Grade School was forced to operate without a 5th grade teacher! The Attorney General of WV should investigate and to begin with to look into why Williamson and Shriver got no-bid work all over the State from the WV School Building Authority headed by Mark Manchin. Mr. Gabe Devono has a choice of keeping up with more of the same or to fully disclose school finances. If nothing wrong is being done, why the secrecy lid?

By Gilmer Tax Payer  on  07.12.2014

Unsettling word leaked out that the State is relying on energy cost figures Williamson and Shriver gave.  We need an independent, qualified source to produce accurate energy cost information for the County. The information should cover the school’s entire operating period, and it should contain a comparison of costs of planned energy use to using natural gas for heating. The firm should not have any affiliation whatsoever with Williamson and Shriver, anyone on the WV Board of Education, or the WV School Building Authority. Any ideas out there how we could get this done?

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Dominion Using Research Vessel to Collect Data for Offshore Wind Turbines

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A 110-foot long lift vessel will periodically be located off the shore of Camp Pendleton during July to obtain core samples needed for Dominion Virginia Power to move ahead with its proposal to build wind turbines 27 miles off the coast.

The U.S.-flagged Inez Eymard literally lifts itself out of the water to provide a stable platform for collecting the core samples. As weather permits, the vessel will conduct borings off Camp Pendleton during July. The vessel’s location will range from 300 to 3,300 feet from the shoreline while collecting data for the design of the underground electric distribution line.

“This proposed project provides a very interesting opportunity to develop renewable offshore wind energy for Virginia,“ said Paul Ruppert, senior vice-president of Business Development and Generation Construction.

“Both the demonstration project and the commercial venture tie into our strategy of promoting a diverse generating mix that includes nuclear, natural gas, coal, hydro, solar and sustainable wind while providing our customers with reliable and affordable electricity.“

The Inez Eymard, which usually works in the Gulf of Mexico, has spent the past few days working at both Camp Pendleton and at the turbine site 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.

Dominion has received two Department of Energy grants totaling $51 million for its wind turbine demonstration project. If the project is approved, the company plans to build two 6-megawatt turbines and test design features intended to lower the cost of construction, reduce maintenance and withstand hurricane-force winds.

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Dominion also holds the lease on 112,800 acres of commercial wind area adjacent to the demonstration project. The company intends to use lessons learned from the demonstration turbines to guide the development of up to 2,000 megawatts of wind turbine energy.

To develop the demonstration project, Dominion is working with a team of national and international organizations recognized for their offshore expertise. The team includes: Alstom Power Inc., a wind turbine manufacturer and major supplier of equipment and services to the global power generation market; KBR, a global engineering, construction, and services firm with experience in offshore wind; and the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, which will hold the lease on the demonstration site.

Additional partners include the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the U.S. Department of Energy’s primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development; Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute, representing the Virginia Coastal Energy Research Consortium; Keystone Engineering, Inc. developer of the turbine foundation; Tetra Tech Inc., an environmental consultant; and Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries.

The four borings at the turbine site will be collected approximately 330 feet below the ocean floor. The samples will be used to determine soil characteristics — such as composition and strength — to finalize the design of the wind turbine foundations.

Near shore, the vessel has finished two borings and has nine more to complete.

The samples will be used to finalize the installation plan of the underground distribution line that will run from the turbines to Camp Pendleton, where they will be connected to Dominion’s electrical grid. Each of these borings will be obtained approximately 80 feet below the ocean floor.

Dominion still needs to obtain several regulatory approvals. Based on approval by mid-2016, major construction would occur in 2017 and the wind turbines would begin operating later that year.

Glenville: Gilmer County Farmers’ Market - Saturday, July 12, 2014 - Today

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The Gilmer County Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Gilmer County Senior Citizens pavilion in Glenville, WV.

Lots of vendors are set up with vegetable and flower plants and some vegetables are now available, fresh lamb meat,  baked goods, honey, jelly and jams, fresh farm eggs, lunch is available, and much more.

Come out and see what our Farmers Market has to offer.

West Virginia’s Latest News - 07.12.14

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MANCHIN-CARBON EMISSIONS

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin is encouraging West Virginia residents to speak out on new pollution limits.

The West Virginia Democrat is directing state residents to the Federal Register to voice their concerns regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed limits on carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired plants.

Manchin has been an outspoken critic of the new rules. He argues more effort should focus on developing so-called clean coal power plants.

Carbon emissions are a primary ingredient of greenhouse gases responsible for climate change.


MARSHALL RESEARCH

Marshall University is teaming up with an international biosciences company to develop potential anti-cancer drugs.

The partnership is between the Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research and the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and Shanghai’s HD Biosciences Co. Ltd.

The partners will share the costs and risks of discovery and development of new drugs.

By the same token, they will jointly own any intellectual property and commercialization rights to products developed through the arrangement.

A representative with HD Biosciences says the Marshall medical school has developed viable drug candidates over the years.

He said the collaboration will speed what is typically a long process and spread the costs.


NEW CUMBERLAND METAL RECYCLING PLANT EXPLOSION

The federal Chemical Safety Board is coming to Charleston next week to release findings about a New Cumberland metal recycling plant explosion that killed three workers in December 2010.

The board says it also will update the public on its investigation of a January chemical spill at the July 16 meeting.

The Freedom Industries tank leak contaminated drinking for 300,000 people for days.

In March, metal recycler AL Solutions in New Cumberland settled to pay a $100,000 civil penalty to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a $97,000 penalty to the U.S. Department of Labor.

The settlement requires AL Solutions to process or dispose of 2.4 million pounds of titanium and zirconium stored at two facilities. It also must implement safety procedures for the New Cumberland plant.


ENGINEERING JOBS

An engineering firm has announced plans to expand its operations in Boyd County in northeastern Kentucky.

Governor Steve Beshear’s office says EN Engineering will create 80 engineering jobs and invest nearly $3 million in the project.

The company provides engineering expertise to industrial clients, including natural gas and oil pipeline infrastructure, gas distribution and petroleum refining.

EN Engineering currently employs nearly 90 workers in the state, and is expanding its engineering capacity to better serve the tri-state region of Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio.

In addition to adding the new jobs, EN Engineering plans to build a 24,000-square-foot facility to consolidate its Kentucky operations.

The company operates 10 offices throughout the country with approximately 725 employees.


BEHAVIORAL HEALTH INITIATIVE

West Virginia officials are launching an initiative to help Medicaid members with behavioral health diagnoses live healthier and happier lives.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Medical Services said it launched the Health Homes initiative for behavioral health on July 01, 2014.

As part of the program, a team of professionals coordinates to help manage medical conditions and medications, remember doctor appointments and understand medical tests and results.

Teams will also work with doctors, counselors and specialists to support recovery and prevent other illnesses or complications.

The program is available in Cabell, Kanawha, Mercer, Putnam, Raleigh and Wayne counties.

Officials say those locations were selected because of the high rates of individuals who are already being treated for behavioral disorders.


BROOKE-HANCOCK-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The Brooke-Hancock Regional Development Council is being awarded $70,000 from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

Congressman David McKinley said the funds will be used to promote and support private industry, investment and job creation in the region.

McKinley said it’s important to revitalize the economy in places like Weirton and New Cumberland when families continue to struggle.


DAM FISHING

No fishing next week at APCO hydro site

Starting Monday, the public fishing access at the Winfield Hydroelectric Project in Kanawha County will be closed.

The planned five-day closure announced by Appalachian Power is needed while a small structure is built for future water monitoring.

The fishing area is scheduled to reopen on July 26, 2014, subject to weather and river conditions.

Public fishing access at the Marmet Hydroelectric Project nearby will remain open.

The Winfield power plant on the Kanawha River has three generating units.


TENNANT-WARREN

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s trip to West Virginia will take her to Shepherdstown for a Natalie Tennant campaign event.

The Massachusetts Democrat will be in the Eastern Panhandle city Monday.

Tennant is West Virginia’s secretary of state.

She is running for the Senate against Republican Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito. Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller is retiring from his long-held seat.

Capito is bringing in her own noteworthy guest Monday – Congressman Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican and 2012 vice presidential nominee.

He will accompany Capito for a business roundtable in Charleston.


WIRE FRAUD

A West Virginia woman will spend more than four years in prison for her role in a Nigerian wire fraud scheme.

U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy says 47-year-old Audrey Elaine Elrod of Bluefield, West Virginia, received a 52-month sentence this week in federal court in Abingdon.

Elrod had pleaded guilty in January to structuring transactions to avoid reporting requirements and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Heaphy says Elrod received more than $446,000 from victims of the scheme.

The money was sent to bank accounts she controlled by wire transfers.

She structured more than $411,000 in cash transactions in an attempt to hide the transactions from the government.

Movie Review: ‘Begin Again’ - A Keira Knightley Musical that Misses Too Many Notes

“Begin Again” stars Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley in a can’t-miss setup to make a romance-starved moviegoer salivate. Which makes it all the more painful when it does miss. Written and directed by Irish filmmaker John Carney, who charmed the knickers off audiences with the winsome 2007 musical “Once,” this follow-up feels almost like a sequel, except with a bigger budget, better clothes and — here’s the bad news — worse music.

Ruffalo plays Dan, a record label executive who hasn’t broken an act in seven years, has pawned his Grammy Awards and split from his wife and teenage daughter (Catherine Keener and Hailee Steinfeld). He’s in the final throes of a potentially suicidal alcoholic bender when he hears the dulcet tones of Gretta (Knightley), a doe-eyed Brit strumming her guitar in a downtown New York dive.

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Gretta is unsteady and a shy, halting performer, but Dan immediately hears a possible hit in her folky tune. He begins to visualize a musical arrangement, which Carney stages with a magical flourish as invisible players begin to play instruments onstage. It’s an endearing scene, and as Dan and Gretta strike up a business relationship and then a friendship, it turns out to anticipate a story that is suffused with warmth and heart, even at its most fantastical. When Dan can’t persuade his former partner (played with silky authority by Yasiin Bey, a.k.a. Mos Def) to sign Gretta, they go the DIY route, calling in favors from an assortment of session cats and music students, pulling a pair of pantyhose over a microphone, hitting the streets of New York and making their own recording with a laptop and a dream.

“Once” fans will recognize the loose, improvisatory ethos of “Begin Again” and even part of the story line: Gretta’s relationship with her American boyfriend, David (portrayed with spot-on tone and soaring singing chops by Adam Levine), bears more than a passing resemblance to that of “Once” stars Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. But unlike Carney’s previous film, which was filled with bravura moments and music that meshed seamlessly with the story’s busker-in-Dublin setting, “Begin Again” feels more contrived and highly processed, its songs — most written by Gregg Alexander with a series of collaborators — coming off as twee, wispy and instantly forgettable.

A film about the transcendent powers of music should at least have good music, but even the catalogue choices in “Begin Again” are weirdly lifeless, including the cuts that Dan plays for Gretta during a painfully forced interlude while they traipse through Times Square. None of it rings true. But there are moments that do, such as a split-second glance Keener gives Ruffalo during a brief encounter in her upstairs bathroom and the looks Knightley and Levine exchange during a pivotal moment in his character’s career. (In addition to Keener and Bey, “Begin Again” is graced with a number of appealing supporting performances, including James Corden as Gretta’s affable British mate and a cameo from Cee Lo Green.)

Those are the times that “Begin Again” comes to palpable life and that make it pleasant and refreshingly open-hearted, even as it heads toward a predictable, only-in-the-movies climax. Ruffalo and Knightley may not generate white-hot chemistry, but they project an easy affability and don’t try to oversell their native charms. Knightley in particular exudes an Audrey Hepburn-like appeal in a vintage-inspired linen wardrobe that looks as if it was acquired on an all-expense buying binge starting at Madewell and ending in Manhattan’s hippest consignment shops. (Translation: I’ll take it all in size 10, thanks!)

The best part of “Begin Again” is Dan and Gretta’s relationship, which is animated by a palpable, unspoken attraction. Still, viewers are kept unsure as to how or where it will be resolved. Carney handles the ambiguous dynamic with care and creativity, avoiding “A Star Is Born” cliches while indulging in all the pleasures the familiar plot has to offer. “Begin Again” may not always swing, but it makes up for that in sincerity and a welcome willingness to ambush expectations.

★ ★ ½

R - obscenity. 104 minutes.

Sports Brief - 07.12.14

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•  The Football Writers Association of America, today, announced that West Virginia University football redshirt senior offensive lineman Quinton Spain was named to the 2014 Outland Trophy watch list.

The Outland Trophy, named after the late John Outland, an All-America lineman at Penn at the turn of the 20th century, is presented annually to the national’s outstanding collegiate interior lineman.

The Outland Trophy winner is chosen from three finalists who are part of the FWAA All-America Team.

The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the entire membership, selects the 26-man first team and eventually the Outland finalists.

Committee members, then by individual ballot, select the winner.

Only interior linemen on offense or defense are eligible for the award; ends are not eligible.

Spain, a preseason All-America Third Team selection by Athlon Sports, started all 12 games last season for the Mountaineers and 25 straight, most of any lineman.

He was named to the 2013 All-Big 12 Conference Third Team by Phil Steele and earned All-Big 12 Conference Honorable Mention honors as voted on by the league’s coaches.

The list includes nine representatives from the Big 12 – the third most of any conference.

The Southeastern Conference’s 19 recognitions were the most of any conference.

The list will be trimmed to six or seven semifinalists on November 20, 2014.

Four days later the FWAA will name three finalists.

The winner of the 69th Outland Trophy will be announced on ESPN on The Home Depot College Football Awards on December 11, 2014 from Disney’s Boardwalk in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.


•  West Virginia senior punter Nick O’Toole was named to the Ray Guy Award Watch List on Wednesday.

The award is annually given to the best punter in college football by the Augusta Sports Council.

O’Toole is one of 25 punters to be recognized across the country.

He’s joined by a pair from the Big XII Conference in Kansas’ Trevor Pardula and Baylor’s Spencer Roth.

O’Toole joined the Mountaineer Football program in 2013 as a junior college transfer.

Originally from Corona, California, O’Toole attended Fullerton College prior to arriving in Morgantown.

His numbers were among the best in the Big XII Conference, as well as the entire nation after last season.

O’Toole finished with 73 punts for 3,218 yards, averaging 44.1 yards per punt.

Those numbers were good enough for runner-up in the Big XII Conference and 15th nationally.

Additionally, O’Toole finished with 26 punts of 50 yards or more and placed 22 punts inside the opposition’s 20-yard-line.

The annual award is named after Ray Guy, a former All-American punter at Southern Mississippi and All-Pro for the Oakland Raiders.

The award has only existed since 2000, but has been won by a punter from a non-power conference each of the last three seasons.


•  West Virginia University football junior safety Karl Joseph was named to the watch list for the 20th annual Bednarik Award, as announced by the Maxwell Football Club.

The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995.

Chuck Bednarik, former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame’s Class of ‘69 and the NFL Hall of Fame’s Class of ‘67.

Joseph finished with 68 tackles as a sophomore in 2013, as well as having two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, four pass breakups, an interception and three tackles for loss.

He also ranked No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 2 nationally in fumbles recovered.

He finished with five or more tackles in seven games and five or more solo tackles in six games.

Semifinalists for the Bednarik Award will be announced November 03, 2014, while the three finalists will be unveiled November 24, 2014.

The winners of the 2014 Awards will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on December 11, 2014.

The formal presentations of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Revel Casino Hotel Atlantic City on March 06, 2015.

The watch list candidates have been chosen by the Maxwell Football Club’s selection committee, which analyzes both past performance and future potential.

The Club reserves the right to make additions and deletions to these lists as the 2014 season unfolds.

All members of the Maxwell Football Club, NCAA sports information directors, FBS head coaches and selected national media are eligible to vote for the awards.



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•  LeBron James has finally made his decision and will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

James spent the first seven years of his NBA career with the Cavs, then left for Miami and won two NBA titles during his brief four-year run with the Heat.

It’s a return home for the Akron native, who revealed his latest decision Friday in an article with Sports Illustrated, saying his “relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now.“

Four years ago, James left as a free agent for Miami, doing so in a televised special that angered many in the Cleveland area and spurred Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert to write a scathing letter in response to the now-four-time MVP’s decision.

James said he and Gilbert have “talked it out” and he doesn’t hold a grudge.


•  With James’ decision out of the way, more dominoes should start falling.

Star free agents, including Carmelo Anthony and former Heat star Chris Bosh will begin announcing their future plans.

Anthony, earlier this week, was said to be headed back to the Knicks, although the Lakers and Bulls are apparently still in play.

Bosh, meanwhile, had said he would return to Miami if James went back, but is now likely to take a reported max deal with Houston.


•  The NBA free agency signing period is in its second day and Golden State made it official with guard Shaun Livingston, signing the well-traveled veteran to a deal reportedly worth $16 million over three years.

Livingston averaged 8.3 points, 3.2 assists and 3.2 rebounds in a career-high 76 games for Brooklyn last season.

The 28-year-old Illinois native entered the NBA straight out of high school as the fourth overall pick of the 2004 draft and has career averages of 7.0 points, 3.4 assists and 2.7 rebounds in 466 regular-season games with the LA Clippers, Miami, Oklahoma City, Washington, Charlotte, Milwaukee, Cleveland and Brooklyn.


•  Elsewhere, the Washington Wizards made it official with center Marcin Gortat.

Terms of the deal were not released, but reports earlier this month indicated the contract was worth $60 million over five years.

Gortat was acquired by Washington in a five-player trade with the Phoenix Suns last October and averaged 13.2 points with 9.5 rebounds in 81 games with the Wizards, helping the franchise reach the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.


•  In another move, the Phoenix Suns have reportedly acquired point guard Isaiah Thomas from the Sacramento Kings in a sign-and-trade deal.

According to several outlets, including the Sacramento Bee, the Kings will receive a $7 million trade exception along with the draft rights to power forward Alex Oriakhi, who was a second-round selection of the Suns in 2013.


•  The Utah Jazz have signed 2014 first-round draft picks Dante Exum and Rodney Hood, the team announced Friday.

Financial terms of the rookie deals were not disclosed.



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•  Injuries continue to pile up for the New York Yankees, who could be without ace rookie right-hander Masahiro Tanaka for at least six weeks and possibly longer.

MRI exam results revealed a partial tear in the ulnar collateral ligament, but three different doctors each recommended rehab rather than Tommy John surgery.

The reconstructive elbow procedure could still be in the works down the line if rehab is unsuccessful.

The Yankees have lost four of their five original members of the starting rotation to injury this season, as Tanaka has joined CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda on the shelf.


•  New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka has been diagnosed with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow, though the team is hopeful the All-Star hurler will be able to return later this season.

In a conference call held with reporters on Thursday, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman stated that three separate doctors who evaluated Tanaka recommended that he attempt to rehab the injury.

The standout right-hander will undergo a platelet-rich plasma injection next week in New York.

If Tanaka’s rehab proves successful, he could return to action in approximately six weeks.

If not, the 25-year-old will likely be forced to have Tommy John surgery which would likely sideline him for all or most of next season.


•  One day after fracturing his nose in two places while taking batting practice, New York Yankees outfielder/designated hitter Carlos Beltran was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list by the team.

Beltran suffered the injury after being struck by a batted ball that caromed off the screen in front of the pitcher’s mound prior to Wednesday’s game against Cleveland.

The veteran slugger was scratched from the lineup for the contest, which the Yankees won in 14 innings. The 37-year-old switch-hitter had missed the first two games of the Cleveland series due to inflammation in his right knee. Beltran had gone just 2-for-15 on the Yankees’ current road trip and is hitting .216 with nine home runs and 28 RBI in 61 games for the season.


•  St. Louis Cardinals All-Star catcher Yadier Molina has a torn ligament in his right thumb, the team announced Thursday.

He is scheduled to have surgery Friday and will miss 8-to-12 weeks. Molina suffered the injury during the second inning of Wednesday’s 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates while sliding into third base.

He caught another half-inning before departing for a pinch- hitter in the third. Molina, who was voted to his sixth All-Star Game Sunday and fourth as a starter, is hitting .287 with seven homers and 30 RBI so far this season.


•  Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale and Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo are headed to the 2014 All-Star Game after winning the online fan vote.

Rizzo received 8.8 million votes to hold off both Colorado’s Justin Morneau and Atlanta’s Justin Upton and become the first Cubs player to win the Final Vote.

He is batting .277 with 20 home runs and 49 RBI in 90 games this season.

Sale is the fourth White Sox player to win the Final Vote after collecting 6.7 million votes.

He joins Scott Podsednik (2005), A.J. Pierzynski (2006) and Paul Konerko (2011) after surviving a late charge from Angels pitcher Garrett Richards.

The Chicago left-hander is 8-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 14 starts this season.


•  Toronto Blue Jays first baseman/designated hitter Adam Lind was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right foot fracture.

The injury was originally sustained when Lind fouled a ball off his foot during a series in Baltimore on June 14.

He was initially diagnosed with a bone bruise and attempted to play through the pain before eventually undergoing an MRI exam.



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•  The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed center Brandon Dubinsky to a six-year contract extension through the 2020-21 season.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but a Columbus newspaper on Friday reported the deal to be worth $35.1 million.

Dubinsky notched 16 goals and a career-high 34 assists for 50 points in 76 games last season, his second with Columbus.

The Blue Jackets acquired him in July 2012 from the Rangers as part of the deal that sent Rick Nash to New York.



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•  Matteo Trentin of Italy edged Slovakia’s Peter Sagan in a photo-finish Friday to win Stage 7 of the Tour de France.

Trentin outsprinted a large group and hit the wire millimeters in front of Sagan to claim his second career stage victory in cycling’s most prestigious event.

He covered the 234.5 kilometers from Epernay to Nancy in a time of 5 hours, 18 minutes and 39 seconds.

Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali finished 16th and was among 26 riders credited with the same time as the stage winner to keep the overall lead.

He remained two seconds in front of Denmark’s Jakob Fulgsang, who was placed 25th on Friday.

Sagan is still third overall, 44 seconds off Nibali’s pace.



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•  Kyle Busch will start on the pole for the Camping World RV Sales 301 after setting a new track record and beating Jimmie Johnson in Friday’s qualifying at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Johnson held the provisional pole with a lap at 137.790 mph until Busch made a lap at 138.130 mph to earn the top starting position for Sunday’s 301-lap race.

Busch claimed his second pole of the season and the 15th of his Sprint Cup Series career.



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•  In Germany, the World Cup is flag season: not just German flags on houses, pubs and cars but an assortment of flags.

During each of the past few World Cups, there were many more Brazilian flags on display than there are Brazilians in Germany.

It is fashionable, here, to root for a team that is “exotic,” plays seriously good football and, as a bonus, tends to win.

In some quarters, German flags are not very popular; displaying the colors of other countries gives the desired impression of worldliness and playful anti-nationalism.

Still, there is no commercial article that is not available in black, red and golden, the colors of the German flag.

During the World Cup, many cars are decorated with small German flags, at least until the children decide to open the side windows that hold the flags.

We don’t know who will win the World Cup, but we know for sure that when the tournament ends, the sides of the famous German Autobahn highways will be strewn with flags that have become road kill.

The ubiquity of German flags is relatively recent, and it is not uncontested.

Before the 2006 World Cup, waving the German national flag was seen as unbecoming.

The dominant explanation was a belief that the serious excesses of German nationalism during the 20th century made it unseemly to show the national colors, out of respect for other countries — notably those once invaded or occupied by German armies.

Anti-nationalists argued that there is no such thing as good patriotism; waving any national flags equals nationalism.

The German flag was seen as symbolically dangerous.

In 2006, ahead of the World Cup in Germany, it was decided that the self-imposed moratorium on waving national flags should be lifted: The host country of the World Cup should not be seen flagless.

Overnight, Germany had become a “normal country” whose flag did not pose any hazard for other nations.

Yet, other cultural view about flags and nations persisted.

For example, an Arab-German businessman in Berlin who celebrated the 2010 World Cup by hanging a national flag measuring 20 by 5 meters from his house repeatedly found his flag vandalized or stolen, allegedly by radical leftists.

During the World Cup, Germany is a country of many flags: most of them German, worn by people, dogs and cars.

This year, 20.23 percent of the flags sold are black, red and golden; Brazilian flags rank second with 11.35%, trailed by U.S. flags with 5.41%.

There is no reason to settle on just one flag: While Germany is reluctant to grant dual citizenship, during the 2008 Euro championship match between Turkey and Germany, many Berliners wore Turkish flags over German jerseys or vice versa, as if to demonstrate through dress that another form of citizenship is indeed possible.


•  Argentina’s hopes for the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea were high.

A team stacked with super-talented and vastly experienced players such as Juan Sebastian Veron, Gabriel “Batigol” Batistuta, Roberto Ayala, Diego Simeone and Javier Zanetti were strongly tipped to carry La Albiceleste to their first world title since Maradona in 1986.

But after two games in the group stage (a win against Nigeria and a loss against England), we had to face Sweden to decide who would stay and who would leave the competition.

I was a teenager then, and this was one of the first World Cups in which I knew the full Argentinian lineup, even the subs, and in which I had studied our rival teams.

As a 13-year-old, I experimented daily with my emotions, my relationships and, sure, with my loneliness.

The World Cup was happening in eastern Asia, so the time difference was enormous and games happened at very inconvenient times.

But the game against Sweden was the first Argentina match that was played very early on a weekday morning, which made it impossible to gather some friends to watch it.

We had to go to school and there was no time to get people together.

The day before the game I ate dinner earlier than usual, I set the alarm clock so it would wake me in time to watch the pre-match build-up, and I did my best to go to sleep.

When I finally managed to do so, I had a spectacular dream, in which I saw the game between Argentina and Sweden.

The odd thing was that the game was being played at my beloved Platense’s stadium but, as it still was a dream, that stadium was in Japan, where Argentina would play the game, though nobody around looked Japanese.

I remember turning around and seeing Mariano Closs, a famous Argentine sports journalist and commentator.

He told me that Argentina was out of the World Cup.

I woke up completely devastated, with tears in my eyes.

The TV was on in my room and my nightmare was playing out in front of me.

Closs was speaking in real life.

Argentina had lost.

My dream was over and so was Argentina’s.



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•  When defending champion Ryan Villopoto was knocked out of the motocross season, the list of contenders figured to be short and filled with the usual suspects: Dungey, Stewart and Reed.

Instead, a young German rider is leading the pack — in his first season at motocross’ top level, no less.

Finishing no worse than third through the first six races, Ken Roczen has powered his way to the top of AMA Motocross’ 450cc class in a very short time.

Villopoto has been the dominant rider in motocross, winning four Supercross championships and two outdoor titles.

He became the first rider to win four straight Supercross titles earlier this year, but will miss the outdoor season due to knee surgery.

With Villopoto out, the favorites were former champions Ryan Dungey, James Stewart and Chad Reed, with a handful of up-and-comers figuring to push them, though not necessarily contend for the title.

That changed quickly when Roczen raced out to the front and stayed there.

The 20-year-old from Mattstedt, Germany, finished second in the 250cc class last season and was a surprising third in Supercross this season, his first racing on a 450.

Using the knowledge he picked up in Supercross, Roczen has been dominating so far, winning six of 12 motos (qualifying races) and four of the six overall titles.

Roczen enters this weekend’s race at Budds Creek MX Park in Mechanicsville, Maryland — the season’s midpoint — with a 26-point lead over KTM teammate Dungey.

Roczen’s quick rise has turned KTM into the top team in motocross.

KTM pulled off a huge coup in 2011 when it signed five-time motocross champion Roger De Coster as its team manager and landed Dungey, his protege.

Now that Roczen is racing 450s, KTM has the top two riders on the circuit and an intriguing battle between teammates.

 

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SATURDAY, JULY 12, 2014


Major League Baseball - National League
Atlanta at Chicago Cubs, 4:05 PM - FS-South, WGN (America), DSS
Arizona at San Francisco, 4:05 PM - FS-Arizona, CSN-Bay, DSS
Miami at NY Mets, 4:10 PM - FS-Florida, WPIX, DSS
St. Louis at Milwaukee, 4:10 PM - FS1
Washington at Philadelphia, 7:15 PM - FOX
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 7:15 PM - FOX
San Diego at Los Angeles, 10:10 PM - FS-San Diego, SportsNet LA, MLB Net, DSS


American League
Chicago WSox at Cleveland, 3:05 PM - CSN-Chicago, DSS
NY Yankees at Baltimore, 4:05 PM - YES, MASN, WJZ, DSS
Toronto at Tampa Bay, 4:10 PM - SNET, SunSports, DSS
Boston at Houston, 4:10 PM - NESN, CSN-Houston, DSS
Detroit at Kansas City, 7:10 PM - FS-Detroit, DSS
LA Angels at Texas, 7:15 PM - FOX
Oakland at Seattle, 10:10 PM - CSN-California, ROOT-Northwest, MLB Net, DSS


Interleague
Minnesota at Colorado, 4:10 PM - FS-North, ROOT-Rocky Mountain, DSS


WNBA
Atlanta at Indiana, 7:00 PM - SportSouth, FS-Indiana
Washington at Tulsa, 8:00 PM -  No scheduled television


Arena Football League
Cleveland at San Antonio, 8:00 PM - ESPN3.com
Arizona at Spokane, 10:00 PM - CBSSN
Los Angeles at Portland, 10:30 PM - ESPN3.com


Canadian Football League
Calgary at Toronto, 6:30 PM - TSN, ESPN3.com
British Columbia at Saskatchewan, 9:30 PM - TSN, ESPN3.com


International Soccer - World Cup
Brazil vs. Netherlands - Third-Place Game, 4:00 PM - ESPN, Univision


Major League Soccer
Houston at Toronto FC, 7:00 PM - CSN-Houston+, SportsNet 360, DSS
Columbus at Red Bull New York, 7:00 PM - MSG, DSS
Colorado at Philadelphia, 7:00 PM - Altitude, 6ABC
Sporting Kansas City at Montreal, 7:30 PM - KMCI, RDS, TSN2, DSS
Chicago at New England, 7:30 PM - CSN-New England, Time Warner, My50, DSS
Chivas USA at Vancouver FC, 10:00 PM - TSN2, DSS
Real Salt Lake at Los Angeles, 10:30 PM - CW30, DSS


Golf
LPGA - Women’s British Open, 8:00 AM - ESPN 2
EUROPEAN - Scottish Open, 9:30 AM - Golf Channel
EUROPEAN - Scottish Open, 12:00 PM - NBC
PGA - John Deere Classic, 1:00 PM - Golf Channel
CHAMPIONS - U.S. Senior Open, 2:30 PM - NBC
PGA - John Deere Classic, 3:00 PM - CBS
WEB.COM - Utah Championship, 6:30 PM - Golf Channel


Tour de France
Stage Eight, 8:00 AM - NBC


Auto Racing
SPRINT CUP - Camping World RV Sales 301 practice, 9:00 AM - FS1
NATIONWIDE - Nationwide 200 qualifying, 10:00 AM - FS1
SPRINT CUP - Camping World RV Sales 301 practice, 11:30 AM - FS1
NATIONWIDE - Nationwide 200, 3:30 PM - ESPN 2
INDYCAR - Iowa Corn Indy 300, 8:00 PM - NBCSN

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Before the Next ISIS, We Need Nonviolent Counterterrorism Strategies

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A relatively new group engaging in non-state political violence, ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, recently called for the creation of an Islamic state in Iraq and Syria and a continuation and strengthening of jihad during Ramadan, according to a video that emerged through social media. ISIS, born of Al Qaeda members in Iraq and matured in the Syrian civil war power vacuum, is so radical that Al Qaeda “disowned” it. As if its goals of coerced dominance aren’t bad enough, Al Qaeda criticized ISIS for its brutality against civilians and Muslims. Repeat: Al Qaeda criticized ISIS. For brutality.

Enough is enough. All violent counterterrorism-intervention policies have completely failed. We’re sowing and reaping perpetual tragedy with this violence machine and the only people benefitting are sitting on top of a mountain of cash in the conflict industry (I’m looking at you, Lockheed Martin.) It’s time for a major shift in conflict management strategies. Can we finally start listening to the numerous scholars and studies with scientifically supported strategies for nonviolent counterterrorism? Here is a three-step strategy all sensible persons (and politicians) should advocate:

First, immediately stop sending funds and weapons to all involved parties. This is the easiest of the three. Ten years of terrorism-making and we still think our guns aren’t going to fall into the “wrong” hands? The hands they fall into are already “wrong.” If you need a good example, take a look at our darlings, the Free Syrian Army, and their blatant human rights violations, such as using child soldiers, documented by Human Rights Watch in 2012 and2014.

Second, fully invest in social and economic development initiatives in any region in which terrorist groups are engaged. In his 2004 book, “Nonviolent Response to Terrorism,” Tom Hastings, Ed.D., professor of conflict resolution at Portland State University, questions: “What if the terrorists – or the population base from which they draw – had enough of life’s necessities? What if they had secure jobs, decent living standards, drinkable water and healthy food for their children? Do we seriously think they would provide a recruiting base for terrorism?” Harvard lecturer Louise Richardson, author of the 2007 book “What Terrorists Want” makes the same argument, and Kim Cragin and Peter Chalk of the Rand Corporation drew the same conclusion from their 2003 study on social and economic development to inhibit terrorism. ISIS gained some of its current strength from economically providing for the families of fallen fighters, promising education to young boys (and then handing each a weapon), and capitalizing on grief and anger in Syrian communities. If we want to weaken ISIS and any other group engaging in terrorist activities, we have to start focusing on the needs they fill in those communities. Local communities in the region should be self-sustainable and civilians should feel empowered to provide for themselves and their families without taking up arms or using violence.

Third, fully support any and all nonviolent civil society resistance movements. Whoever is left – give them whatever support is needed the most. Erica Chenoweth and Maria Stephen, in their 2011 groundbreaking study on civil resistance, “Why Civil Resistance Works,” found that “between 1900 and 2006, nonviolent resistance campaigns were nearly twice as likely to achieve full or partial success as their violent counterparts.” In addition, successful nonviolent resistance campaigns are less likely to descend into civil war and more likely to achieve democratic goals. We should have fully supported the nonviolent Syrian revolution when we had the chance. Instead, we gave legitimacy to the violent rebel factions – those same groups now fighting alongside Al Qaeda and ISIS. If we send our unconditional support to whatever nonviolent civil society actors are left on the ground in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, we might just find that the best remedy for terroritis has been right in front of us the entire time – civil society.

These are three easy paths any rational politician could advocate that will decrease hostilities, prevent the emergence of new terrorism recruiting environments and empower local communities to engage in nonviolent conflict resolution strategies. We’ve had centuries to discover that violence doesn’t work, hasn’t worked and won’t work. It’s time to try something different. Global leaders need to get on board the logic train and put some serious and sustained effort into nonviolent counterterrorism strategies. Otherwise, it’s only a matter of time before ISIS starts criticizing the next group for wanton violence and human rights abuses.

~~  Erin Niemela ~~

G-Comm™: Hoppy’s Commentary - Lions and Tigers and… Snails. Oh My!

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Should you be able to own a pet lion?  How about a python or a three-toed sloth?

Currently there’s nothing on the books in West Virginia that would stop you from possessing most any creature, unless it’s already prohibited by the federal government.

But that’s changing.  This year the state Legislature passed the Dangerous Wild Animals Act, designed to regulate the ownership of certain wild animals in the state. The law requires a permit at a cost of $100 for each animal.

West Virginia is one of the few states that does not have restrictions on wild animal ownership.  Lawmakers decided to push forward with a law after a bizarre tragedy in Ohio.

Three years ago, the owner of a private wildlife preserve near Zanesville released four dozen wild animals and then killed himself.  Fearing the tigers, lions and bears would terrorize the town, sheriff’s deputies killed them all.

State lawmakers were also motivated by concerns over how non-indigenous invasive species could spread disease or upset the ecosystem.  For example, neighboring Maryland has been battling the voracious Asian snakehead fish for over a decade.

Representatives of the state Department of Agriculture, Division of Natural Resources and Department of Health and Human Resources (who comprise the Dangerous Wild Animals Board) have come up with a proposed list of banned animals, and it’s a long one, from aardvarks to the Zebra mussel.

In many cases it includes all species of a particular order or family.  For example, all species of the Family Elapidae are included. That’s about 60 different snakes, including cobras and adders.

Some of the prohibited animals are pretty obvious, like crocodiles, elephants and giraffes.  However, others are less so; rabbits and hamsters are on the list, as are turtles, snails and many kinds of tropical fish.  The DNR wanted these and others included because of the potential threat of the spread of disease or ecosystem damage if they are released in the wild.

Pet store owners are fuming.  They have flooded the Board with comments protesting the inclusion of many of the creatures they sell every day.  How, they ask, can they afford $100 for a permit for an aquarium snail that sells for $2?

The process of determining what animals will be on the list is ongoing.  The Ag, DNR and DHHR representatives will review the public comments, perhaps adjust the list, and then turn it over to lawmakers. The Legislature’s Rule Making Review Committee will meet later this year to finalize the list for the full Legislature next year.

You can read the full list of animals H E R E

Bon Appétit: Chicken and Summer Squash

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Ingredients:

Recipe makes 4 servings

  4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  1/2 teaspoon salt
  1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  1 tablespoon butter
  1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  3/4 pound yellow squash, sliced
  3/4 pound zucchinis, sliced
  1 medium tomato - peeled, seeded and chopped


Directions:

In a large nonstick skillet, melt butter in the oil over medium high heat. Season chicken with half of the salt and half of the pepper, and add it to skillet. Cook until lightly browned, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to large plate or platter, and cover to keep warm.

Pour off fat from skillet, and add squash, zucchini, and tomato. Season with remaining salt and pepper. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until squash is slightly softened, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat, and return chicken to skillet. Cover partially. Cook until squash is soft, and chicken is white throughout but still juicy, about 5 minutes longer.

Transfer chicken to platter, and cover with foil to keep warm. Raise heat to high. Cook vegetable mixture, stirring often, until almost all of the liquid has evaporated, about 2 minutes. Arrange vegetables around chicken, and serve.

Ask the Doctor: Three Treatments for Gland

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DEAR DR. DONOHUE: It’s only taken a full year and a half and three doctors to finally diagnose me as having Graves’ disease.
I’m glad to know what I have, but I am upset at how long it took to find out.
At one point, I was told my symptoms were all in my head.
Now that the diagnosis has been made, I am facing the prospect of deciding what the best treatment is.
I would appreciate your opinion. - E.E.

ANSWER: Graves’ disease is a thyroid gland that has gone wild.
The actual culprit is the immune system.
It makes antibodies that stimulate the thyroid gland to overproduce thyroid hormone.
Excessive thyroid hormone produces the myriad signs and symptoms of this illness.
The heart beats fast even when a person is sitting quietly.
People are warm and might sweat when others are quite comfortable.
Weight loss in the face of increased calorie consumption indicates that all body processes are in overdrive.
Menstrual periods become irregular.
The hands might develop a trembling.
Often the eyes bulge, because excessive thyroid hormone fills the eye sockets with a gooey material.
The thyroid gland enlarges and becomes a goiter.
In the days before effective treatments, the death rate for Graves’ disease was between 10% and 30%.
You have a pick of three quite different treatments.
Your doctor will help you make the choice based on your specific situation.
Oral medicines can stop the overproduction of thyroid hormone.
The two most commonly prescribed are Tapazole and PTU.
The only drawback to oral medicines is that Graves’s disease can recur after the pills are stopped.
Surgical removal of the gland is another option.
That eradicates the problem.
In North America, radioactive iodine is the treatment chosen most often.
Iodine makes a beeline to the thyroid gland, and the radioactivity destroys it.
After this treatment and after surgery, people have to take replacement thyroid for the rest of their lives.


DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am 16.
I have had menstrual periods for three years.
I am very much in the dark about them.
How long is normal for a period?
How much blood is lost with each?
I’ve never discussed this with anyone. - D.J.

ANSWER: Three to six days of bleeding are normal for a period.
Around 1 to 2 ounces (30 ml to 60 ml) of blood is lost.
The first day of bleeding marks the first day of the menstrual cycle.
A normal cycle is approximately 28 days, with a range of 24 to 35 days.

Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible.

Flashback: What Happened on July 12, ....

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•  1941 Governor Neely prohibited the “beating of inmates” at the West Virginia Industrial School for Boys at Pruntytown. Shortly before the announcement, Governor Neely had confiscated several whips during a surprise visit to Pruntytown. To improve conditions, he appointed future United States Representative from West Virginia Robert Mollohan as the new superintendent.

•  1984 Employees went on strike at the Heartland Nursing Home in Beckley (Raleigh County), protesting a proposed cut in wages and benefits. Violence occurred numerous times during the fifteen-day strike, with several strikers hit by automobiles.

•  1985 Former UMW president Arnold Miller died of cancer and was buried in the Montgomery cemetery at London, Kanawha County.

G-MM™: Meditation Moment - 07.12.14

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It is enough for the disciple that he should grow to be like his teacher.

A taxi driver said he thought of giving up driving a cab because of the attitude of many customers. Some people thought that, because they were paying, the driver was their servant and they could speak and act towards him any way they liked. Some people were deliberately and provocatively racist in their comments. Some were so out of control because of alcohol or drugs that he feared for his own safety. A wealthy customer refused to pay the fare because he felt delayed unduly. Jesus, you showed us how to serve rather than to be served. You respected every person and were open and available to all, irrespective of race, color, age, gender, belief or religion, rich or poor. Help me to follow your example.


Isaiah 6:1-8. The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty— Ps 92(93):1-2, 5. Matthew 10:24-33.

James L. Shaffer

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James L. Shaffer

Age 67, of Hartville, Ohio passed away on Tuesday, July 08, 2014 in the Hospice Care Center in Akron, Ohio.

He was born in Mt. Zion, WV on January 07, 1947, to the late, Fred C. and Bernice (Wilmoth) Shaffer.

He was employed by Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company for 37 years, retiring in 2003.

James was a member of North Canton Church of Christ and the United Steel Workers, Local #2 in Akron.

He had his private pilot’s license and enjoyed gardening, animals and was a beekeeper. Jim loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Harlan, Joe and Thomas Shaffer.

Survivors include his loving wife Cynthia Shaffer, whom he married on November 21, 1966; two daughters, Elizabeth (Shon) McKinley of Macedonia, OH and Sara (Gary) Viar of Hudson, OH; grandchildren, Andrew, Lydia, Rebecca and Emma McKinley of Macedonia, OH and Julianna, Trey, Robert and Nevaeh Viar of Hudson, OH; brothers Don (Mary) Shaffer of Cleveland, OH Paul (Carolyn) Shaffer of Mt. Zion, WV; sister, Kathryn Wilson of Medina, OH; and several nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to send a special Thank you to Dr. Ralph White and Dr. Kathie Greene.

Funeral services will be Monday at 1 PM in the Reed Funeral Home North Canton Chapel, with Minister Ted Blackwood officiating.

Burial will follow in Warstler Cemetery.

Calling hours will be Sunday from 2-4 PM and one hour prior to the service from 12-1 PM on Monday at the funeral home.

Wilma L. Ash

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Wilma L. Ash

Age 93, of West Union, WV (Central Station Community) departed this life on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at Worthington Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Parkersburg, following an extended illness.

Wilma was born December 02, 1920 near West Union, WV, a daughter of the late Wesley W. and Anna May (Harper) America.

She spent her life as a loving homemaker for her family and also served as a cook at the former Central Station Grade School and later for the Doddridge County Head Start for 20 years.

She was a member of the former EUB Church of Central Station and was a great quilter.

She is survived by her sons, Jack Ash (Virginia) of Washington, WV and Connard Ash (Betsy) of Wipple, Ohio; sister, Mary Rollins, Elizabeth, WV; grandchildren, Tina Wheeler, Samuel Richards, Stacy Hartman; great grandchildren, Tyler Withee, Devon, Mahalia, and Seth Richards, Dylan and Kyle Keplinger, and Gavin and Lucas Hartman.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Bartlett Ash; daughter, Patty Ann Fox; brother, William W. America; sisters, Wanda Maude Weaver and Kathleen Tucker, and her grandchildren, Jeffrey Ash and Sherry Fox.

Funeral services will be 1 PM Sunday, July 13, 2014, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV.

Burial will follow in the West Union Masonic Memorial Park near West Union, WV.

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

07.12.14

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2014 >>  WayBackWhen™: July 12

Today is Saturday, July 12, the 193rd day of 2014. There are 172 days left in the year.


Thought for Today:

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“The tragedy is not that things are broken. The tragedy is that they are not mended again.“ — Alan Paton, South African author (1903-1988).


Today’s Highlight in History:

On July 12, 1984, Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale announced his choice of U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York to be his running mate; Ferraro was the first woman to run for vice president on a major-party ticket.


On this date:

In 1543, England’s King Henry VIII married his sixth and last wife, Catherine Parr.

In 1690, forces led by William of Orange defeated the army of James II at the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland.

In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill authorizing the Medal of Honor.

In 1909, the House of Representatives joined the Senate in passing the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, allowing a federal income tax, and submitted it to the states. (It was declared ratified in February 1913.)

In 1943, the World War II tank battle of Prokhorovka between German invaders and Soviet defenders took place with no clear victor.

In 1948, the Democratic National Convention, which nominated President Harry S. Truman for a second term of office, opened in Philadelphia.

In 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower was flown by helicopter from the White House to a secret mountaintop location as part of a drill involving a mock nuclear attack on Washington.

In 1967, six days of race-related rioting erupted in Newark, New Jersey; the violence claimed 26 lives.

In 1974, President Richard Nixon signed a measure creating the Congressional Budget Office. Former White House aide John Ehrlichman and three others were convicted of conspiring to violate the civil rights of Daniel Ellsberg’s former psychiatrist.

In 1977, President Jimmy Carter defended Supreme Court limits on government payments for poor women’s abortions, saying, “There are many things in life that are not fair.“

In 1988, Democratic presidential candidate Michael S. Dukakis tapped Sen. Lloyd Bentsen of Texas as his running mate.

In 1994, President Bill Clinton, visiting Germany, went to the eastern sector of Berlin, the first president to do so since Harry Truman.


Ten years ago:

President George W. Bush defended the Iraq war during a visit to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, saying the invasion had made America safer.

Wall Street brokerage Morgan Stanley settled a sex discrimination suit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, agreeing to pay $54 million.


Five years ago:

Rebels in Nigeria set fire to an oil depot and loading tankers in Lagos, killing five people in the group’s first attack outside the Delta region.

Eun Hee Ji of South Korea made a 20-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole, finishing off an even-par 71 to win the U.S. Women’s Open.


One year ago:

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced her resignation.

A train carrying hundreds of passengers derailed and crashed outside Paris; at least six people were killed and dozens injured.

NSA leaker Edward Snowden emerged from weeks of hiding in a Moscow airport, meeting with Russian officials and rights activists.

The Texas Senate passed sweeping new abortion restrictions, sending them to Gov. Rick Perry to sign into law after weeks of protests and rallies that drew thousands of people to the Capitol.


Today’s Birthdays:

Movie director Monte Hellman is 85

Comedian Bill Cosby is 77

Singer-musician Christine McVie is 71

Actress Denise Nicholas is 70

Singer-songwriter Butch Hancock is 69

Fitness guru Richard Simmons is 66

Actor Jay Thomas is 66

Singer Walter Egan is 66

Writer-producer Brian Grazer is 63

Actress Cheryl Ladd is 63

Country singer Julie Miller is 58

Gospel singer Sandi Patty is 58

Actress Mel Harris is 58

Actor Buddy Foster is 57

Rock guitarist Dan Murphy (Soul Asylum) is 52

Actress Judi Evans is 50

Rock singer Robin Wilson (Gin Blossoms) is 49

Actress Lisa Nicole Carson is 45

Olympic gold medal figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi is 43

Country singer Shannon Lawson is 41

Rapper Magoo is 41

Actress Anna Friel is 38

Rhythm-and-blues singer Tracie Spencer is 38

Actor Steve Howey is 37

Actor Topher Grace is 36

Actress Michelle Rodriguez is 36

Country singer-musician Kimberly Perry (The Band Perry) is 31

Actress Natalie Martinez is 30

Golfer Inbee Park is 26

Actor Erik Per Sullivan is 23

Olympic gold medal gymnast Jordyn Wieber is 19

WV Lottery - 07.11.14

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G-TechNote™: Microsoft Says Cybercrime Bust Frees 4.7 Million Infected PCs

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Microsoft Corp said it has freed at least 4.7 million infected personal computers from control of cyber crooks in its most successful digital crime-busting operation, which interrupted service at an Internet-services firm last week.

The world’s largest software maker has also identified at least another 4.7 million infected machines, though many are likely still controlled by cyber fraudsters, Microsoft’s cybercrime-fighting Digital Crimes Unit said on Thursday.

India, followed by Pakistan, Egypt, Brazil, Algeria and Mexico have the largest number of infected machines, in the first high-profile case involving malware developed outside Eastern Europe.

Richard Domingues Boscovich, assistant general counsel of the unit, said Microsoft would quickly provide government authorities and Internet service providers around the world with the IP addresses of infected machines so they can help users remove the viruses.

“Those victims are currently not aware they are infected,“ Boscovich said in an interview.

The operation is the most successful of the 10 launched to date by Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit, based on the number of infected machines identified, Boscovich said.

Microsoft located the compromised PCs by intercepting traffic headed to servers at Reno, Nevada-based Vitalwerks Internet Solutions, which the software maker said criminals used to communicate with compromised PCs through free accounts on its No-IP.com services.

Vitalwerks criticized the way Microsoft handled the operation, saying some 1.8 million of its users lost service for several days. The Internet services firm said that it would have been glad to help Microsoft, without interrupting service to legitimate users.

Microsoft has apologized, blaming “a technical error” for the disruption, saying service to customers has been restored.[ID:L2N0PK1R4]

The operation, which began on June 30 under a federal court order, targeted malicious software known as Bladabindi and Jenxcus, which Microsoft said work in similar ways and were written and distributed by developers in Kuwait and Algeria.

City of Glenville Police Report - June 2014

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City of Glenville, WV Police Report - June 2014
Crime/Ordinance Violation
Officer
Disposition
Location
Disabled motorist Huffman Forklift was stuck in the ditch called a tow truck and got them out no accident report needed N. Lewis Street
Active Domestic Garrett No Domestic TV was really loud everything ok S. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited College St
Expired Registration Huffman Warnings Issued for Expired Registration, No Proof of Registration, and Failure to Change address College St
Expired Registration Jenkins Cited for Driving while Suspended, No Insurance and 2 other subjects cited for Possession of <15 grams Go Mart
Serve Warrants Huffman Subject arrested Magistrate Court
Serve Warrants Huffman Subject arrested Magistrate Court
Subject laying in the roadway Garrett Subject was under the influence and was cited for Possession of <15 grams College St
No Seatbelt Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and No Proof of Insurance Warning Issued for Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and No Proof of Insurance N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding, No Proof of Insurance and No Proof of Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street.
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and warning Issued for Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Assist another Agency Garrett Attempted to Serve warrants negative Contact Right Ellis Rd
Assist another Agency with an Active Domestic Garrett Assisted Sheriffs Department Tanner Creek Rd
Intoxicated Driver Garrett Negative Contact WV HWY 5 E
Petit Larceny Garrett CI Started Mountaineer Mart
Domestic Jenkins No Domestic Occurred Bank Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning Issued for Speeding and Disturbing the Peace N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Non Active Breaking and Entering Huffman CI Started Charmed Ones
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding and Failure to Change Address N. Lewis Street
Money Scam Huffman CI Started Foodland Plaza
Attempted B&E Huffman Just wanted to report that it happened didn’t want a report Elm Street
Someone shot a cat Jenkins Sheriffs Department investigating Bailey Street
Open Containers Jenkins Cited Mineral Road
Suspicious Person Jenkins Negative Contact Brooklyn Dr.
Expired Registration Jenkins Cited for Expired Registration and Expired MVI S. Lewis Street
Unruly Juvenile Jenkins Spoke to Subjects everything ok E. Main Street
Reckless Driving Huffman Negative contact W. Main Street
Search Warrant Huffman/Jenkins/
GCSO/WVSP/IRS
Search Warrant Executed S. Lewis Street
No Seatbelt Jenkins Cited N. Lewis Street
Unattended Juvenile Jenkins Everything ok parents with the juvenile E. Main Street
Cell phone while driving Huffman Cited for No Seat belt and Talking on a cell phone while driving Church Street
911 Hang up Huffman No One at there and doors locked N. Lewis Street
Assist another agency Jenkins Assisted Sheriff’s Department with Active Domestic Parsonage Ave
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning West Main Street
No MVI, Expired Registration Jenkins South Lewis
Speeding/Cell Phone Jenkins Cited North Lewis
Remove person Jenkins Assisted Sheriff’s Department WV Highway 47 W
Suspicious Activity Jenkins Assisted Sheriff’s Department, WVSP Jackson Street
Welfare Check Jenkins Everything ok South Lewis Street, Go-Mart
Theft Jenkins Nothing was taken after investigation Glenville Foodland
Assault Garrett Arrested for obstructingx2 Disorderly Conduct, Domestic Battery 304 East Main Street
Gas Drive Off Garrett CI started Rich Oil
Traffic Stop Jenkins Warning for speed and unsigned registration North Lewis Street
Traffic Stop Jenkins Warning for speeding North Lewis Street
Traffic Stop Jenkins Warning for Speeding North Lewis Street
Traffic Stop Jenkins Warning for speed, equipment violation and no proof insurance North Lewis Street
Traffic Stop Garrett Warning Stop sign violation North Lewis
Traffic Stop Garrett Warning Stop sign violation North Lewis
Traffic Stop Garrett Warning Expired Registration North Lewis
Burning complaint Jenkins Everything ok Brooklyn area
Loose Dog Jenkins Cited, has been warned before Go Mart
Remove a person Jenkins Arrested for Burglary and transported to jail 304 East Main Street
Traffic Stop Jenkins Warning for speeding West Main Street
Traffic Stop Jenkins Warning no MVI, Failure to change operators WV Highway 5 E
Traffic Stop Jenkins Speeding North Lewis Street
Altercation Jenkins Asked parties to leave property Glenville Hardware
MVC Jenkins Vehicle struck by tree Western Auto
Reckless Driver Garrett Assisted WVSP, GCSO WV Highway 5 E
Traffic Stop Jenkins Warning for speed and no proof insurance West Main Street
Traffic Stop Jenkins Warning for cracked windshield, muffler, unsigned registration WV Highway 5 E
Petit Larceny, Burglary Jenkins Investigation Started South Lewis Street
Alarm Investigation Jenkins OK WV Highway 5 E
MVC Jenkins Report done Foodland
Unlock Jenkins Unlocked WV Highway 5 E
Fugitive Warrants Jenkins Assisted GCSO with Warrants Kanawha Street
Speeding Garrett Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning Issued for Speeding and Cited for Expired Operators N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration Cited for No Proof of Insurance W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding and Failure to Carry Operators N. Lewis Street
Motor Vehicle Accident Huffman Accident Report Completed Walnut Street
Suspicious Person Huffman Everything Ok Sunoco
Non Active Breaking and entering Huffman CI Started Walnut Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and warning Issued for Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Left of Center Jenkins Warning S. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Jenkins Warnings for Defective Equipment and Expired MVI W. Main Street
Speeding Jenkins Warnings issued for Speeding and No Proof of Insurance N. Lewis Street
Expired MVI Jenkins Warnings issued for Expired MVI and Unsigned Registration S. Lewis Street
No Seatbelt Jenkins Cited x2 S. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Cited for Driving while Suspended and No Proof of Insurance E. Main Street
Assist another Agency with Active Domestic Huffman/Jenkins WVSP Investigating US HWY 33 W
Expired Registration Jenkins Warnings Issued for Expired Registration and Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warnings Issued for Speeding and defective Equipment N. Lewis Street
Leaving Scene of Accident Garrett CI Started Church Street
Vehicle Unlock Garrett Vehicle unlocked Nursing Home
Assist another agency with Suspicious Vehicles Jenkins/ Garrett Assisted Sheriff’s Department and WVSP Indian Fork Rd
Leaving the Scene Jenkins Report Taken College Street
Equipment Garrett Warning West Main
Speeding Garrett Cited North Lewis
Disorderly Conduct Jenkins Warned for disorderly conduct, public intoxication, obstructing an officer. Was advised to go home. South Lewis Street
911 hang up Jenkins Everything ok Foodland Plaza
Petit Larceny Jenkins CI started South Lewis Street
Traffic Stop Jenkins Warning North Lewis Street
Traffic Stop Jenkins Cited for no MVI North Lewis Street
Injured Deer Jenkins Dispatched North Lewis Street
Traffic Stop Jenkins Warning for speed North Lewis Street
Traffic Stop Jenkins Cited Driving Suspended North Lewis Street
Traffic Stop Garrett Warning for Illegal use of horn North Lewis Street
Traffic Stop Jenkins Warning for improper display and Expired MVI North Lewis Street
Traffic Stop Jenkins Warning for speed North Lewis Street
Parking Complaint Jenkins Cited for Double Parked East Main Street
Person with gun Jenkins Arrested for brandishing, assault, and possession <15 grams Sumac Court
Assist another agency Jenkins Warrants served Jackson Street
Assist another agency Garrett Negative contact River Street
Traffic Garrett Warning for equipment, and no proof of registration West Main
Noise Garrett Warning for Disturbing the peace East Main Street
Traffic Garrett Cited for speeding North Lewis Street
Traffic Garrett Cited for speeding North Lewis Street
Traffic Garrett Cited for speeding North Lewis Street
Traffic Garrett Cited for speeding North Lewis Street
Traffic Garrett Cited for speeding North Lewis Street
Traffic Garrett Cited for speeding North Lewis Street
Traffic Garrett Cited for speeding North Lewis Street
No Seatbelt Huffman Cited W. Main Street
No Seatbelt Huffman Cited W. Main Street
Communications Device (Talking) Huffman Cited for Communications Device (Talking) and Warning Issued for Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Communications Device (Talking) Huffman Cited for Communications Device (Talking) W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited W. Main Street
Improper Display Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and No Seatbelt W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and No Proof of Insurance W. Main Street
No Seatbelt Huffman Cited W. Main Street
No Seatbelt Huffman Cited for No Seatbelt Warning Issued for Failure to Carry Operators W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited W. Main Street
No Seatbelt Huffman Cited for No Seatbelt and Expired Registration W. Main Street
Communications Device (Talking) Huffman Cited for Communications Device and No Proof of Insurance warning Issued for Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
No Seatbelt Huffman Cited for No Seatbelt and Warning for No Proof of Registration W. Main Street
No Seatbelt Huffman Cited S. Lewis Street
Expired Registration Huffman Warnings Issued for Expired Registration and Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
No Seatbelt Huffman W. Main Street
Expired Registration Huffman Warnings Issued for Expired Registration, Unsigned Registration and Failure to change address W. Main Street

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G-Biz™: Dr. Prag Mistry

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Dr. Prag Mistry will be opening his practice in pediatric medicine at 251 West Second Street in Weston in August.

His office is located next to the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Physical Therapy Department.

He completed his medical degree at Pramurhswami Medical College, Karamsad, India.

His residency was done at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Patterson, NJ. It is a 700-bed hospital run by the Sisters of Charity.

He is the son of Kishnor Mistry and the late Rusmani Mistry, of Inda.

He has one brother who is a computer engineer in Japan.

Dr. Mistry said that he became a doctor because in his childhood, he remembers one physician in his rural town who was so respected by everyone.

“It seemed to be a very satisfying occupation in helping other people.  That is why I was really inspired to go into medicine,” he said.

His reason for picking pediatrics as a specialty was somewhat the same.

“While doing my rotations I didn’t find geriatric medicine to my liking. However, with pediatrics, if the doctor provides the right treatment, the children bounce right back. So for me, it was much more satisfying to work with children,” he explained.

Dr. Mistry is especially pleased to be able to practice in an area like Weston, since he grew up in a rural area.

He also looks forward to opening a pediatric practice which will benefit the area.

“I want to be a role model of health…especially because of the obesity epidemic among children.

I want to be able to show parents and children the benefits of making healthy lifestyle choices from proper nutrition to better physical activity,” he said. 

Dr. Mistry was happy when he visited the Hospital and Weston area.

He commented that when the SJMH CEO Avah Stalnaker provided a tour he was quite impressed by the friendliness of the staff here.

“In my two visits here it seems as though the staff is very friendly and caring for the community they serve,” he said. “It reminds me of the small town that I grew up in India.

ST. JOSEPH’S HOSPITAL AUXILIARY INVOLVED IN LOCAL AND STATE-WIDE ACTIVITIES AND AWARDS IN 2014

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St. Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliary has been involved in several local and state-wide activities.

At the annual meeting of the West Virginia State Hospital Auxiliary Association, the Auxiliary was represented by St. Joseph’s Hospital Auxilians, Diana Simmons, State President and Ester Dyer, State Scholarship Chairperson.

They were also recognized by the St. Joseph’s Foundation as one of the top three donors during the Foundation’s “Wall of Recognition” unveiling.

Locally, they held their annual recognition dinner where new officers were installed:  Esther Dyer, President and Carolyn Hornbeck, Vice-President.

Members were recognized for their hours of service to the hospital which ranged from 100 hours to 14,000 hours.

Recognized were:  Carolyn Carpenter, Frances Carter, Esther Dyer, Charlotte Eskew, Vonnie Hager, Doris Hamman, Carolyn Hornbeck, Shirley Lewis, Boots Marino, Delores McCollum, Fred Newman, Betty Osborn, Margaret Riggs, Coleen Simons, Diana Simmons, and Shirley Sprecker.

The Auxiliary also awarded two $750 scholarships to high school seniors David Maxwell, Jr. and Lindsey Wagoner, who will both be freshmen at West Virginia Wesleyan College this fall.

St. Joseph’s Auxiliary welcomes new members any time throughout the year.

Applications for membership may be picked up the hospital information desk or by calling Esther Dyer at 304.472.3046 or Yvonne Foster at 304.472.5193.

2014-2015 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary Available

The Gilmer Free Press

The 2014-2015 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary brochure is available at West Virginia hunting and fishing license agents, Division of Natural Resources district offices, and the DNR Elkins and South Charleston offices.

This regulations summary is also available online at the Division of Natural Resources’ website: www.wvdnr.gov.

DNR officials urge sportsmen and women to carefully review these regulations, as there are several changes in place this fall and next spring.

•  The archery boar season will open two weeks earlier on September 27, 2014, and run through December 31, 2014.

•  The statewide archery deer season will open on September 27, 2014, and run through December 31, 2014.

•  Black bear firearms hunting seasons have been modified, mainly requiring permits for hunting on public lands in addition to private lands in 17 counties.

•  The fall wild turkey hunting season will be more restrictive this year with fewer counties open for a two-week season.

•  Trappers checking in beavers beginning April 01, 2015, and hunters checking in turkeys during the 2015 spring gobbler seasons must follow the new rules for electronic checking of game. This will be accomplished by either going online to www.wvhunt.com, stopping at any license agent, or by calling 1.844.824.3251 (1.844.UCheck1).

•  Voters in five counties (Braxton, Calhoun, Nicholas, Webster and Wirt) approved Sunday hunting on private land.

Visit the DNR website for a current list of all counties open to Sunday hunting on private land.

GOVERNOR TOMBLIN NAMES HOPKINS TO SERVE AS HEAD OF BUSINESS AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today appointed Kris Hopkins as the head of the Business and Industrial Development section of the West Virginia Development Office. The appointment is effective immediately.

“I’ve had the opportunity to work with Kris on several major natural gas projects, including the recruitment of the Wood County ethane cracker,“ Governor Tomblin said. “He is an extremely talented young man, and I’m confident he will be a tremendous asset as we continue our efforts to recruit world-class companies to the Mountain State.“

“We are thrilled that Kris has accepted this position,“ said Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette. “Kris has a great vision for expanding our marketing efforts. He is a smart, forward-thinking leader and has been an indispensable part of our recruitment efforts. We are fortunate to have him lead our team, and I very much look forward to working with him in this new role.“

Hopkins grew up in Chesapeake, WV, and holds an economics degree from Harvard University and an MBA from the University of Charleston. Before returning to West Virginia, he held a leadership position for a Fortune 1000 company. He began working in business development for the West Virginia Development Office in 2005 as a Manager of National Accounts. In 2008, he was promoted to Senior Manager of National Accounts. For the last three years, Kris has led the state’s efforts to attract manufacturing projects stemming from West Virginia’s shale gas boom, including the state’s bid for ethane cracker plants.

Hopkins resides in Cabell County with his wife Dr. Jill Hopkins and their daughter Harper.

Hopkins’ predecessor, longtime director Mark Julian, recently accepted a position as the Director of Workforce and Economic Development for the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia. 

“Throughout his time at the Department of Commerce, Mark has been a vital part of our successful efforts to attract investment to the state,“ Governor Tomblin said. “He will be missed in the Development Office, but I look forward to working with him on workforce development at our community and technical colleges - another area that’s critical to our state’s economic future.“

Survey: More Than Half of Employees Have Worked for a Micro-Manager

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Micro-managers are known for peering over employees’ shoulders, stifling their independence and meddling in the minutiae of their everyday work. And in a recent Accountemps survey, a majority of workers polled said they have firsthand experience with an overbearing boss. 59% of employees interviewed reported working for a micro manager at some point in their careers. The survey also found the constant scrutiny has a negative impact on most workers. Of those who felt they’d been micromanaged, 68% said it decreased their morale and 55% said it hurt their productivity.

The survey was developed by Accountemps, the world’s first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals, and conducted by an independent research firm. It includes responses from more than 450 employees 18 years of age and older who work in an office environment in the United States.

Workers were asked, “Have you ever worked for a micro manager?“ Their responses:

Yes =  59%

No =  41%

100%  = View an infographic of the full research findings.

“Bosses micromanage for many different reasons, but no matter how good their intentions, taking a heavy-handed approach typically hurts employee output, job satisfaction and, as a result, retention efforts,“ said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of Motivating Employees For Dummies® (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.). “Personally making sure every ‘t’ is crossed might help avoid some mistakes, but the costs associated with failing to trust your team can have a longer-term impact.“

Accountemps offers this six-step plan to help micro-managers learn to loosen the reins:

Recognize that you may be the problem. Does the word delegate make you wince? Do you feel you have to do it all and keep a controlling hand on everything at all times? You might be a micro-manager.

Let it go. Start practicing restraint by dropping the red pen. You don’t need to put your personal stamp on every single item that passes your desk. Making changes to an employee’s work simply for the sake of making changes is a habit worth breaking.

Keep the check-ins in check. Constantly inquiring about routine assignments rarely helps employees get them done any faster or more efficiently. Provide clear directions upfront, check in once if need be and then trust your team members to do their jobs.

Stop sweating the small stuff. When you allow yourself to get bogged down by the little things, you’re taking away time and energy from bigger-picture organizational objectives that could have a far greater impact on the bottom line.

Get to the point (person). Identify a few tasks you currently handle that can be easily delegated to someone. Think about the time and skills needed for the job and then assign accordingly.

Empower your employees. When they’re managing projects, give team members the freedom to make decisions—and, yes, mistakes. You might encounter some initial hiccups, but in the long run, offering autonomy will help your employees build their problem-solving and leadership skills.
About Accountemps

Accountemps, a Robert Half company, is the world’s first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. The staffing firm has more than 340 offices worldwide. More resources, including online job search services and the Accountemps can be found at accountemps.com.

Number of Registered Democrats in WV Drops to Historic Low

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Republicans in West Virginia are touting an accomplishment this week that has historical significance for the state. For the first time in more than 80 years, Democratic voter registration has dropped to below 50%.

Numbers from the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office show it is true, that number has dropped, but just barely.

The number of registered Democrats in West Virginia as of June 30 stands at 612,288. Of the 1,226,745 voters in the state, that’s 49.9%.

“Democratic Party leaders, both in this state and Washington, have alienated themselves from conservative West Virginians,” state Republican Party Chairman Conrad Lucas said in a release.

“They have voted against our interests and our traditional values. They have held back our great state and its people.”

West Virginia Republicans are on the attack this year leading into November’s mid-term elections. On the state level, the House of Delegates is four seats from turning red for the first time since 1928.

Republicans also tout being able to fill the ballot for the first time since 2004. They have managed to find a Republican challenger for all 117 federal and state legislative races- both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate and the West Virginia House of Delegates and Senate.

“The fact is Democrats still outnumber Republicans two to one,” state Democratic Party Chairman Larry Puccio said in an email. “The numbers show that Democrats will continue to lead in registration and in the very near future, Independents will overtake Republicans.”

The stories the numbers don’t tell, however, are the amount of registered Democrats who are choosing red in the privacy of the voting booth. Professor of Political Science at West Virginia Wesleyan College Robert Rupp said in an interview with West Virginia Public Broadcasting last fall that’s a phenomenon that’s becoming more and more common.

“The state still has a two to one Democratic edge in registration, but the story in West Virginia is a state that’s two to one Democratic is switching over to Republican,” Rupp said.

“Now, what’s even more interesting is that when you go down to Wyoming County, it’s seven to one, nine to one Democrats. Virtually everyone in that county is registered as a Democrat, but they’re not voting as a Democrat.”

Rupp pointed to the state’s record on the federal level to support his statement. West Virginia hasn’t been won by a Democratic presidential candidate since Bill Clinton in 1996.

More and more, West Virginians are sending Republicans to Congress as well, with the exception of Joe Manchin, someone Rupp said isn’t a true Democrat in the country’s understanding of the term.

“In America, there are three political parties,” Rupp said. “There’s the Republican Party, the Democratic Party and the West Virginia Democrats.”

“[The Democratic Party in West Virginia] is a huge tent in which you can have very conservative members feel comfortable in the Democratic Party as well as liberals.”

The trend of a state changing political affiliation is one that historical trickles down according to Rupp, starting at the federal level, working to the state and eventually local races.

~~  Ashton Marra - WVPR ~~

Horses with Hearts Breaks Ground at New Facility

The Gilmer Free Press

What began nine years ago as a mission to help one child, blind and wheelchair-bound due to cancer, ride a horse has grown into a program that has helped hundreds of special needs residents throughout the Eastern Panhandle.

Established nine years ago, Horses with Hearts is a nonprofit organization that provides equine-assisted activities for those with special needs, whether physical, mental or emotional. The organization’s mission to provide a recreational activity and foster confidence for residents with special needs began from the desire to make a difference in one child’s life.

“The little girl who we founded the program for, she died in 2006. The goal of getting her on a horse never happened, but because of her, this program has reached so many. We started with one horse and one rider. Today, we have eight horses in the program and about 40 riders (per semester),“ said co-founder Kay Barkwill.

On June 26, Horses with Hearts broke ground on its new 30-acre location in Martinsburg, realizing a decade-long dream.

Since 2005, Horses with Hearts has boarded its horses and operated from Homestead Farms, but in 2013, Trinity United Methodist Church donated 30 acres to the nonprofit to build its own facility.

With the majority of the organization funded through donations and grants, the new facility will be built in stages as funding becomes available. The first phase of construction will include fencing for the pasture, a run-through for the horses and water.

The first phase will be built in 40 days.

Eventually, Burkwill and co-founder Cathy Dodson envision a $1 million complex that will house a climate-controlled indoor arena, classrooms, stalls, an observation area, a playroom and offices.

Burkwill and Dodson also plan for the program to eventually be full-time. Currently, the program operates three nights a week from April to July and September to August. With the new facility, the program will also transition from entirely volunteer-run, about 70 volunteers per semester, to having a few staff positions.

“Our goal is to have kids coming out during their school day as part of their school curriculum and veterans coming out as part of their rehabilitation. It could reach the (Berkeley) Senior Center. I would love to see dementia patients coming out and spending the day petting or riding,“ Barkwill said.

Through the program, Barkwill said riders gain confidence, have fun, encounter positive social interaction, improve memory and learning skills and increase coordination.

“I had one mother say she liked this program because when her son comes here, it’s all about him. That’s something that all the volunteers know, that it’s all about the kids,“ Barkwill said.

“A lot of parents have been told that their kids can’t do anything and they can’t participate in an activity that their brother and sister could come watch and cheer for them. Now, these kids are doing something, and their parents and brother and sister come and cheer for them and clap for them,“ Dodson said.

Not only does the program have personal benefits for riders but it also provides physical benefits, Barkwill said.

“A horse’s gait is the closest gait to a human walk. So when you’re sitting on a horse, your body’s using all of the muscles and everything that it needs to walk. You build core muscles and strength, so kids with cerebral palsy or spina bifida and other disorders who don’t normally have core stability, they build that when they’re on the horse,“ Barkwill said.

With the success and impact the program has had, Barkwill and Dodson are eager to be able to open the new facility and expand its outreach in the community.

With the grand opening ceremony already planned, Horses with Hearts is still actively fundraising to accomplish phase one. To build the pasture, the organization must install $40,000 worth of fencing to properly provide for the horses.

To date, the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation has provided a $10,000 grant for the fencing, and the remainder is being generated through community donations. Community members can purchase an eight-foot section of fence and, once installed, that section will bear a plaque in honor or memory of an individual.

More information on Horses with Hearts or how to donate to the program and new facility is available at the organization’s website, www.horseswithhearts.com.

~~  Information from: The Journal ~~

West Virginia’s Latest News - 07.11.14

The Gilmer Free Press

GUILTY PLEA

A Logan County man has pleaded guilty to failing to pay employment taxes as part of a kickback scheme at an Arch Coal mine.

Alvis Porter admitted in U.S. District Court in Charleston that he paid $400,000 in kickbacks to the manager at Arch’s Mountain Laurel Mining complex in Logan County.


MCHM TOXICITY

A researcher from the University of South Alabama says in a new study that a chemical that spilled into West Virginia’s biggest drinking water supply in January could be more toxic than a previous test indicated.

Andrew Whelton released findings Thursday from crude MCHM toxicity tests on freshwater fleas.


EF-1 TORNADO

Forecasters with the National Weather Service have confirmed a tornado touched down near Fairmont this week during a summer thunderstorm.

The weather service says the EF-1 tornado traveled about 2 miles along a between the communities of Smithtown and Opekiska on Tuesday but caused no injuries.


NIGERIAN WIRE FRAUD

Authorities say a West Virginia woman will spend more than four years in prison for her role in a Nigerian wire fraud scheme in which victims were bilked out of $446,000.

U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy says 47-year-old Audrey Elaine Elrod of Bluefield, West Virginia, received a 52-month sentence this week in federal court in Abingdon.


VEHICLE ROLLS ALONG I-79

The accident was reported about 2:00 PM in the northbound lanes of Interstate 79 near the Big Chimney exit.

Emergency crews are on the scene of a crash where a vehicle has rolled several times after it was involved in a hit and run.

One person has been thrown from the vehicle.

Before the vehicle crashed it was involved in a hit and run near 42nd Street in Kanawha City.

Then, the driver headed towards downtown Charleston before getting on the interstate.

Police say the driver of the car was involved in at least five separate crashes, including at least two near the I-77/I-79 split before the vehicle rolled. Police say several cars were hit.

A witness at the scene said the driver of the car passed him on the interstate going at least 100 MPH and cutting off other cars on the road.

The witness says when he caught up to the vehicle he noticed the driver had crashed and he was thrown from the car.

No word on the extent of the injuries.

One northbound and one southbound lane were closed in the area of the crash.


234 MARIJUANA PLANTS, EIGHT FIREARMS

A Harrison County man has been arrested on felony drug charges after authorities seized 234 marijuana plants from his farm.

Howard Hickey Jr. was found operating an illicit marijuana grow on his farm in Sardis after a search warrant was executed by the Harrison County Street Crimes and Drug unit, the Sheriff’s Departments SWAT team, Patrol Deputies and members of the Natural Resources Police on Thursday.

SCAD seized 234 marijuana plants, eight firearms, weighing scales and other items associated with marijuana cultivation.

The seized marijuana plants have a street value of $2,000 each and –if they were allowed to grow to maturity– could potentially produce a pound of consumable marijuana per plant, meaning authorities potentially brought in $468,000 worth of plants.

A tip about the operation two weeks prior to the arrest alerted SCAD Deputies, who then began convert surveillance on the marijuana fields and eventually filmed Hickey tending the marijuana plants.

Once it was confirmed Hickey was the sole operator, the search warrant was obtained and executed.

Hickey is in custody and has been charged with two felony counts; Cultivation of Marijuana and Possession of Marijuana with intent to cultivate.

He was taken before Harrison County Magistrate Warren Davis where his bond was set at $100,000 cash.


MONSANTO SETTLEMENT CLAIMS OFFICE OPENS IN NITRO

Years after the Monsanto plant near Nitro closed its gates for good, those who lived in the shadow of the herbicide plant finally have resolution in a longstanding court battle with the company.

Claimants in a class action lawsuit which took eight years of litigation have finally come to an agreement on what benefits the company will pay.

The lawsuit filed by those who lived, worked, or attended school in Nitro during those years was finalized in 2012 ahead of what was expected to be a long and complicated trial.

The plaintiffs sued and were awarded medical monitoring for health effects of dioxin as well as environmental cleanup on their property.

This week a claims office opened in Nitro to begin registering members of the class for the benefits included in the $93 million settlement.

More than 5,000 people who pre-registered have received letters. Letters have also been sent to the entire class area.

They also hope to reach former residents who may have moved away, but still qualify for the monitoring.

Those wishing to register can call 1.877.673.5049.

Under the settlement, Monsanto agreed to a 30-year medical monitoring program.

The settlement designates $21 million for testing and a subsequent fund of $63 million to continue treatment depending on the level of dioxin found in the tests.

If the testing reveals a claimant is suffering adverse health effects from dioxin, the victim retains the right under the language of the settlement to sue for personal injury from the company.

Additionally the company will spend $9 million to clean up 4,500 homes.


WORKERS FIGHT FOR JOBS

Child care workers at the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind are asking the West Virginia State Board of Education to reconsider a new policy requiring them to obtain an associate’s degree.

A group of workers and parents spoke out against the policy during the board’s meeting on Wednesday in Charleston.

The policy will affect 35 employees who work during non-instructional hours with students who live in the Romney schools’ dorms.

Their jobs are being changed to residential care specialists.

They have until 2018 to obtain an associate’s degree in child development, psychology, social work or a related field.

But there is no guarantee they will be rehired.

Employee Cathy Evans told the board that the workers do not need additional training.


BENEDUM FESTIVAL IN BRIDGEPORT

The Benedum Festival is getting an early start this year in Bridgeport.

The festival started a day earlier than usual this year, and making a concentrated effort to bring out more teens to this year’s festivities.

There was a DJ on Thursday night and live music from locals like Lauren Starkey.

The festival honors one of the great philanthropists of Michael Benedum.

Festival continues until Saturday, and it will include a 5K.


WV’S POOR RURAL ROAD CONDITIONS

A new report by TRIP ranks West Virginia as the third worst state in the nation for rural road conditions and fatalities.

The report claims 33% of WV rural roads are rated in poor condition.

Only Connecticut and Rhode Island have worse statistics.

West Virginia also ranks number three in rural traffic fatalities with nearly three deaths for every 100 million vehicle miles of travel.

WV has the 6th largest roadway system in the country with 36,000 miles of roadways.

Only 1,800 miles of that 36,000 make up highways and the rest is rural routes.

Funding and typography of WV are the major problems.

D.O.T receives funding from the gas tax and vehicle registration fees, but it is not enough to keep up with the economy, population growth, and deteriorating rural roads.

The West Virginia Transportation and Infrastructure Summit to address the state’s transportation needs will be Monday, July 14, at the Culture Center in Charleston.

Movie Review: ‘Earth to Echo’ - A Recognizable Throwback Phones Home

Any movie about kids and aliens inevitably will draw comparisons to “E.T.,” but “Earth to Echo” also includes the friendship adventure of “The Goonies” and “Stand By Me” combined with the sci-fi thrill of “Super 8” and “Chronicle.” Yes, it’s plainly derivative, but Dave Green’s debut feature is heartfelt and fun, particularly for children craving live-action films beyond big-budget superhero reboots and animated sequels — all in nearly half the time it takes to watch the latest “Transformers” installment.

Made for a tech-savvy generation of YouTube subscribers and Skype users, “Earth to Echo” unspools as shaky footage shot by digital diarist Tuck (Brian “Astro” Bradley). He’s eager to show the world what he and his two best friends, Alex (Teo Halm) and Munch (Reese Hartwig), discovered during their final 24 hours as neighbors in a Nevada subdivision that’s scheduled for demolition.

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The boys’ smartphones begin “barfing up” weird shapes that eventually map out a piece of desert just miles away. Armed with Tuck’s Handycam, Munch’s backpack of essentials and their thirst for excitement, the boys ride away on a bicycle mystery tour reminiscent of “E.T.” but compressed into an “American Graffiti”-esque night of best-friend exploits.

In the desert, they swipe a metal capsule that houses a small, frightened metallic alien with little more than huge, glowing blue eyes. The injured creature’s ability to mimic sounds with adorable electronic squeaks leads the boys to name their extraterrestrial find “Echo.” From there, the boys set off on an all-night adventure across Nevada to search for Echo’s missing parts and spaceship. It’s “phone home,” but with iPhones.

Hartwig’s Munch, the sweet and honest introvert, enjoys the funniest lines as the sole rule-follower. “She’s already had enough guys lying to her,” he laments early on about telling his mom a sleepover cover story. If Munch is the trio’s conscience, Alex, the handsome but sensitive orphan, is its heart. As a foster-care veteran, he understands what it’s like to be lost and lonely, and Halm plays him with a subtle maturity, even when the dialogue turns overly sentimental.

The refreshingly brisk film’s imperfections don’t arise so much from its cinematic deja vu — which is obvious but well meaning — but from its original elements: the unrealistic plot developments (no kid learns to drive without incident in two minutes!), underwhelming revelations and uneven characterization. The “villains” aren’t convincingly threatening or dangerous; Echo’s definitely cute, but his back story is too vague to be memorable; and the addition of popular classmate Emma to the group is an unnecessary stab at light romance delivered by a “pretty but fierce” stereotype. Emma would’ve been more interesting had she not been “the hot mannequin girl” all of the boys fancied.

Despite its flaws and recycled parts, “Earth to Echo” is engaging enough to impress preteen audiences and nostalgic enough to please their parents.

★ ★ ½

PG - for some action and peril, and mild language. 89 minutes.

G-Comm™: When U.S. Senate Panel Grills NCAA, It Comes with a Side of Hypocrisy

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Leave it to our high-minded Washingtonians to set about fixing the NCAA by plopping down Mark Emmert at a varnished wooden table for three hours and flogging him with tones of outrage and ridicule.

Sure, the NCAA has richly deserved its blitzkrieg of PR dents during recent years, but taking a pummeling from a bunch of Capitol Hill caretakers with an 8% approval rating? (Next up: Comcast rips Delta for poor customer service.)

Emmert couldn’t have been treated worse had he shown up wearing an Ed O’Bannon throwback and handing out bumper stickers that read “Concussions Ain’t My Problem.” As senators piled on about the NCAA’s reluctance to upend its business model by sharing profits with student-athletes and their families, you wondered how much hypocrisy Emmert could stand. Here’s a tip for future committee members: Commence lecturing on how to run a business only after you’ve solved the nation’s $680 billion deficit.

Look, these hearings—at least the ones that receive coverage—are made for the sound bites and dramatic accusations, with elected officials brandishing their prosecutorial lines for the cameras. Some lean so farcical they force guys like Sammy Sosa to completely forget English.

Perhaps the only enlightening outcome at the NCAA hearing was a survey revealing that 30% of public colleges allow athletic departments to have oversight of sexual violence cases involving student-athletes. That’s so nonsensical and alarming it would have been jaw-dropping at 1%. A revelation so disturbing and wide-ranging the Senate committee wanted it remedied by nightfall.

“You’ve got to fix that right away,” declared New Hampshire’s Kelly Ayotte. “The athletic department is not where you handle these allegations, Dr. Emmert. Walk out the door and fix that.”

Ayotte might as well have sent Victoria Beckham out the door to fix England’s soccer team, showing a deep misunderstanding of Emmert’s power to influence campus-policy of some 1,079 college presidents.

Even Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, who commissioned the study, proved ignorant of Emmert’s purview and the rule-making bureaucracy of the NCAA: “I can’t tell whether you are in charge or whether you are a minion to the schools and college presidents. … And if you have no control, if you’re merely a monetary go-through, why should you even exist?”

That should have been Emmert’s cue to remind McCaskill, “I’m here because you called me.”

While we applaud McCaskill for exposing data on the questionable handling of sexual assault investigations, her report inexplicably chose to obscure individual responses from colleges. (Let fly the FOIAs …)

MORE: View Senator McCaskill’s complete survey.

The closest thing to a reasonable call-to-action came from New Jersey Senstor Cory Booker, himself a former Stanford running back, who said: “We need another hearing, with the real rule makers, the college presidents.”

Soon-to-retire West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller also was a prominent stager in the hearing, though he delved into areas of conference realignment that seemed better suited for sports-talk radio.

On the specific topic of WVU joining the Big 12, Rockefeller asked Emmert: “West Virginians who are not high-income, or even moderate-income, cannot go to any games out in the southwest, but West Virginia University surely makes a ton of money from it. … Is that right? Is that fair? Is that progressive?”

About as progressive as a government that, given the litany of serious issues requiring attention, prioritizes the convenience of a fan’s road trip to watch a college football game.

As the hearing concluded, Rockefeller opined, “My real feeling from this is that we haven’t accomplished much,” borrowing the precise words that could be used to adjourn most sessions of Congress.

~~  Alan Taylor ~~

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Sports Brief - 07.11.14

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•  Former West Virginia standout Devin Ebanks split time during his first two seasons between the Los Angeles Lakers and a pair of D-League teams in the Bakersfield Jam and Los Angeles D-Fenders.

But he ultimately found himself back in the NBA Developmental League during his third year after the Lakers traded his rights to the Dallas Mavericks.

Dallas ended up cutting Ebanks, resulting in his signing with the Texas Legends, another NBA D-League franchise.


•  NBA signings can officially begin today and the Washington Wizards made it official with center Marcin Gortat.

Terms of the deal were not released, but reports earlier this month indicated the contract was worth $60 million over five years.

Gortat was acquired by Washington in a five-player trade with the Phoenix Suns last October and averaged 13.2 points with 9.5 rebounds in 81 games with the Wizards, helping the franchise reach the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.


•  Where LeBron James winds up is still a question.

However, there are reports from multiple media outlets that he will either return to the Miami Heat or go back to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

James met with the Heat in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

He spent the past four years in Miami, winning a pair of titles in four NBA Finals appearances, after playing his first seven NBA seasons in Cleveland near his hometown of Akron.


•  The Cavaliers have apparently freed up enough cap space to give James a max contract, doing so in a trade with Brooklyn and Boston.

Cleveland sent guard Jarrett Jack and swingman Sergey Karasev to Brooklyn and center/forward Tyler Zeller to Boston, while acquiring the draft rights to Ilkan Karaman, Christian Drejer and Edin Bavcic from the Nets.

The Celtics will also receive guard Marcus Thornton from the Nets and a first-round pick from Cleveland as part of the package.

The max deal the Cavs could then give James would be $20.7 million.


•  Kyle Lowry is officially staying in Toronto. Shortly after the moratorium for free agency ended early Thursday morning, the Raptors announced a deal to confirm confirming the Lowry signing.

Earlier reports had Lowry and the Raptors agreeing to a four-year contract worth $48 million.

The 28-year-old veteran averaged 17.9 points and 7.4 assists in his second season with the Raptors, helping them reach the playoffs for the first time in six years.



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•  FIFA announced Thursday that it has rejected Luis Suarez’s appeal against a lengthy ban for biting an opponent during a World Cup match.

Suarez was banned for nine competitive international matches, four months from all football and fined $112,000 for biting the shoulder of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay’s 1-0 win in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup.

The Liverpool striker can still appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

It is the third time Suarez has been banned for biting an opponent.

He was suspended during his time with Ajax of the Dutch Eredivisie for biting the shoulder of Otman Bakkal and again with Liverpool for gnawing on the arm of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.



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•  Andre Greipel of Germany won Stage 6 of the Tour de France and Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali remained the overall leader of cycling’s most prestigious race.

Greipel won a sprint to the finish line Thursday, completing the 194- kilometer trek from Arras to Reims in a time of 4 hours, 11 minutes and 39 seconds for his sixth career Tour de France stage win.

Nibali, who has owned the coveted leader’s yellow jersey since Stage 2, was placed 18th on Thursday with the same time as the stage winner.

He has an overall lead of two seconds on Denmark’s Jakob Fuglsang, who was 15th in Thursday’s stage.


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•  Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale and Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo are headed to the 2014 All-Star Game after winning the online fan vote.

Rizzo received 8.8 million votes to hold off both Colorado’s Justin Morneau and Atlanta’s Justin Upton and become the first Cubs player to win the Final Vote.

He is batting .277 with 20 home runs and 49 RBI in 90 games this season.

Sale is the fourth White Sox player to win the Final Vote after collecting 6.7 million votes.

He joins Scott Podsednik (2005), A.J. Pierzynski (2006) and Paul Konerko (2011) after surviving a late charge from Angels pitcher Garrett Richards.

The Chicago left-hander is 8-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 14 starts this season.


•  One day after fracturing his nose in two places while taking batting practice, New York Yankees outfielder/designated hitter Carlos Beltran was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list by the team.

Beltran suffered the injury after being struck by a batted ball that caromed off the screen in front of the pitcher’s mound prior to Wednesday’s game against Cleveland.

The veteran slugger was scratched from the lineup for the contest, which the Indians won in 14 innings.

The 37-year-old switch-hitter had missed the first two games of the Cleveland series due to inflammation in his right knee.

Beltran had gone just 2-for-15 on the Yankees’ current road trip and is hitting .216 with nine home runs and 28 RBI in 61 games for the season.


•  St. Louis Cardinals All-Star catcher Yadier Molina has a torn ligament in his right thumb, the team announced Thursday.

He is scheduled to have surgery Friday and will miss 8-to-12 weeks.

Molina suffered the injury during the second inning of Wednesday’s 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates while sliding into third base.

He caught another half-inning before departing for a pinch- hitter in the third.

St. Louis recalled catcher Audry Perez from Triple-A Memphis prior to Thursday’s tilt with Pittsburgh to replace him.

Molina, who was voted to his sixth All-Star Game Sunday and fourth as a starter, is hitting .287 with seven homers and 30 RBI so far this season.


•  New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka has been diagnosed with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow, though the team is hopeful the All-Star hurler will be able to return later this season.

In a conference call held with reporters on Thursday, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman stated that three separate doctors who evaluated Tanaka recommended that he attempt to rehab the injury.

The standout right-hander will undergo a platelet-rich plasma injection next week in New York.

If Tanaka’s rehab proves successful, he could return to action in approximately six weeks.

If not, the 25-year-old will likely be forced to have Tommy John surgery which would likely sideline him for all or most of next season.



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•  Former Mountaineer All-American and NFL player Aaron Beasley was charged with his second offense of DUI, driving on a suspended license, possession of a controlled substance, lane violation and no certificate of insurance in Morgantown.

It was his second DUI offense, with the first one coming in Georgia during February 2005.

According to Morgantown Police, Beasley became combative toward an officer after being pulled over adjacent to an on-ramp to Interstate-68 on Earl L. Core Road.

Police decided to pursue Beasley when noticing his vehicle veer left of center around the 2:30 AM time frame.

The arresting officer noted slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and determined a noticeable odor pertaining to alcohol coming from the driver’s seat.

There was also an open alcohol container placed inside the cup holder as well.

After refusing to take a breathalyzer at the scene of the incident, Beasley was ultimately arrested for DUI with bond set at $6,000.

Beasley played for the Mountaineers from 1992 to 1995.

He earned All-American honors in 1995, resulting in being drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1996. Beasley suited up for a total of three NFL teams during his nine-year career, including the Jaguars, New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons.

Community Yard Sales July 11 – 12, 2014

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1 -45 Ellis Road

Tons of new baby and toddler boy clothes. Toys, bed, ride on toys and much more.


2- 1759 Right Ellis Road 5+ FAMILY

0-6 months baby girl clothes, women’s xl – 2xl clothes, men xl 36-40 clothes,  Shoes, 2 Infant car seats one boy one girl, Infant Car seat and Stroller combo for a girl, Book Bags, Diaper Bags, Purses, Dining Room Table, VHS’s, Books, Toys, 2 Meep Tablets, Furniture, movies, Glassware, collectables, and much more.


3 - 1746 Right Ellis Road 3 Family

Furniture, clothing, collectables, paintings, household Items, lots more


4- 1822 Right Ellis Road

Miscellaneous Items, Wooden Desk, Clothes, Shoes, Purses, Jewelry,


5.-1988 Right Ellis Road

Lots of various Items, something for everyone.


6 - 3763 Ellis Road

Name Brand Boys Clothing, Shoes, School Supplies, DVD’s and much more


7 - 97 Little Ellis Road

Various Items, something for everyone.


8 - 58 Rafter Drive

Boys, Girls, Ladies and Men’s Clothing, Western Tack, Home Interior, DVD’s, Silk Arrangements, lots of Miscellaneous Items


9 - 5355 Sand Fork Road Saturday ONLY

Boys clothes size 3-6, Toys, Women’s Clothes, Shoes, Household Items


10 - Mouth of Butchers Fork

Baby Items, Purses, household, much more. (Saturday ONLY)


11- Sand Fork Road

Baby Items, Clothing, household Items, Much more.


12 – Turkey Fork Road off of Dusk Camp

Household, Truck Parts, Women’s Boys and Toddler Girls Clothing, etc. (Thursday – Saturday)


13 – 3576 Dusk Camp Road

Various Items, Lots for everyone (Thursday-Saturday)


14 – 440 Toler Run Road (4 family sale)

Brand Name Clothing, Purses, Primitives, fishing, tools, home décor, much more


15-16 Dusk Camp Road

Miscellaneous Items great deals.

Glenville: Ivan Parker Concert - 07.13.14 - Sunday

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Glenville: Multi-Family Yard Sale July 09-11, 2014

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Multi-Family Yard Sale

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

July 09-11, 2014

172 River Street, Glenville

Aeropostale Clothes, Homecoming Dresses, etc.

Priced Cheap

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Makayla Nichole Waller

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Rusty and Amanda Waller of Weston, WV announce the birth of their daughter, Makayla Nichole Waller.

She was born Monday, June 16, 2014 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.

The little girl weighed 7-pounds, 9-ounces.

She is the couple’s third child.

The mother is the former Amanda Reed.

Aaliyah Ann Marie Riley

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Charles and Jamie Riley of French Creek, WV announce the birth of their daughter, Aaliyah Ann Marie Riley.

She was born Monday, June 16, 2014 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.

The little girl weighed 8-pounds.

She is the couple’s first child.

The mother is the former Jamie Tenney. Maternal grandparents are Arthur and Jennifer Tenney of French Creek, WV.

Paternal grandparents are John and Gladys Riley of Crawford, WV.

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Eliminating War to Eradicate Polio – Rotary International’s Next Challenge?

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Polio, once a global scourge, was on the verge of eradication in 2012. Since that time, it has reemerged as a global public health emergency according to the World Health Organization. Why has it now spread from its final strongholds in Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan to at least 10 countries spanning Asia, Africa and the Middle East? It is not because of changes in the virus or ineffective vaccines. The answer is war, and as we all know, “truth is the first casualty of war.”

The Taliban claims that immunizations can cause infertility or worse, and violently obstructs the polio vaccinators while vilifying them as part of a U.S. plot. Indeed, in years past, the U.S. CIA did a great disservice when it disguised its officers as polio vaccine workers in efforts to capture Bin Laden, giving fuel to the Taliban’s false claims and violence.

Efforts to reclaim the momentum in eradicating polio will require a renewed global effort, and ultimately the elimination of war itself. In our ever shrinking world, it is only a matter of time before we see this scenario play out with a resurgence of polio in the U.S. and West as more and more young families avoid vaccinating their children against polio thinking it is a disease of generations past and in some cases a disease they have never heard of.

Both war and polio should be eliminated and we can do both. It will take unprecedented collaboration amongst humans across national and cultural lines, and will involve many organizations and associations.

There may be no organization in the world better suited to take on some aspects of the challenge than Rotary International, with its longstanding mission of peace and peace building, and a dedicated membership of 1.2 million Rotarians joined together in service work though Rotary clubs in 220 countries of the world including China and Russia

In our nuclear-armed, polio-infected world, President Kennedy’s statement that “mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind” remains true today.

We must not be naïve in this effort. Self-defense and international peacekeeping will always be needed, but violence is quickly becoming maladaptive. Peacekeeping and preventing war is much harder than fighting war but the outcomes benefit everyone.
There will always be conflict – it is the tools of resolving conflict without war that must become the cultural norms. These are tools that already exist and that have been used to resolve every conflict that has ever been fought. These include:

1. Diplomacy, 2. Cooperation and collaboration on international programs like polio eradication, 3. Appropriate foreign aid emphasizing the meeting of essential human needs of food, water, shelter, education, health care and a healthy environment and, finally 4. Adherence to international law, not unilateral action.

We must abandon unexamined assumptions, e.g., that war will always exist, that we can continue to wage war and survive, and that we are separate and not connected. When we awaken to the reality of interconnectedness we see that polio cannot be eradicated without ending war.

As a ground-up organization, Rotary International has had a university-level peace fellows program for more than 10 years pursuing understanding and international peace building. Individual Rotarians joined together to form a growing and active Rotarian Action Group for Peace in 2012. Eliminating nuclear weapons is an important step in this process. The Rotary Action Group for Peace has collaborated with the Nobel Peace Prize group Physicians for Social Responsibility and their international affiliate International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War to educate on the humanitarian consequences of even a very limited nuclear war. This has resulted in developing an international physician Rotary speaker’s bureau of 79 physicians in 21 countries speaking and engaging Rotary clubs the world over.

This type of remarkable collaboration may be just the prescription for our very survival.

~~  Robert Dodge, MD ~~

Fishing Report - 07.10.14

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BEECH FORK

Anglers should call the Beech Fork Corps of Engineers office at 304.525.4831 and go to www.lrh-wc.usace.army.mil/wc/bbfns.htm  for information and current lake levels.  Hybrid bass can be caught with shad imitating lures fished near the surface.  Some walleye and sauger have been reported from the tailwater area as well as stocked trout.  Catfish and bass anglers are reporting catches.


BLUESTONE

Fishing on the lake is good as some fish are still on the spawning beds.  Anglers should try their luck around any downed trees or weed beds using worms, small minnows or jigs for sunfish.  Bass anglers should concentrate their efforts along areas with good structure such as downed timber, rocky drops, or weed beds.  Top water baits such as rapalas, tiny torpedoes, and sluggoes are excellent choices.  Because some bass and sunfish are still in spawning mode, anglers may expect somewhat higher success rates and also chances to catch larger fish.  Bluegills can provide anglers with some fast action.  Best baits are worms and small jigs.  Anglers can have a blast fishing for the sunfish.  Channel catfish are also hitting in the lake primarily at night on chicken livers and worms.  Carp and channel catfish are hitting in the tailwaters with best baits being corn and nightcrawlers.  Occasionally, anglers have been catching some other species such as smallmouth bass and hybrid stripers in the tailwaters on jigs and minnows.


BURNSVILLE

The lake is at summer pool and clear.  The surface temperatures are in the 80’s.  Bass are in about 10-12 feet of water.  Crappie and bluegill are also hitting on jigs and live minnows.  We have received reports of Musky being caught in the upper end of lake.  The tailwaters were stocked with trout on May 27.  For more information call Corps of Engineers at 304.853.2398 and go to www.lrh-wc.usace.army.mil/wc/busns.htm.


EAST LYNN

For information on current lake levels call the Corps of Engineers recorded message at 304.849.9861 and go to www.lrh-wc.usace.army.mil/wc/eltns.htm .  The lake is at summer pool.  Surface lures late and early have been producing for some anglers.  Try your favorite lure or bait, right now is a great time to fish due to temperature levels.  Zara Spooks, pop Rs, jitterbugs, and buzz baits are favorites to try now early and late.  Muskies have been caught recently as well using a variety of baits.

R.D. BAILEY

Some spotted bass should be hitting.  The bass will be found along the rocky drops with points another good spot to try.  Good baits are plastic jigs in black and chartreuse colors or live shad.  However, with some bass still on the spawn, anglers may experience higher success rates and also chances to catch larger fish.  Bluegill are providing consistent action in the standing timber.  Best baits are worms and small jigs.  Hybrid striper and channel catfish fishing is good off of shallow points at night.  Best baits are chicken liver and soft-shell crayfish.  Anglers should concentrate their efforts early and late during periods of extreme heat.  Carp are also providing a lot of fun for night anglers.  Best baits are corn and dough balls.  Some trout are still being creeled in the tailwaters also.


STONECOAL LAKE

The lake is at normal pool.  The surface temperatures are warming and in the 80’s.  Bass are in about 10-12 feet of water.  Crappie and bluegill are also hitting on jigs and live minnows.  A few walleye have also been in about 10-15 feet of water.


STONEWALL JACKSON

The lake is at summer pool.  The surface temperatures are warming and in the 80’s.  Bass are in about 10-12 feet of water.  Crappie and bluegill are also hitting on jigs and live minnows.  The tailwaters were stocked with trout on May 27.  Before heading to the lake please call Corps of Engineers at 304.269.7463.


SUMMERSVILLE

The lake is at summer pool.  The surface temperatures are in the 80’s.  Bass are in about 10-12 feet of water.  Crappie and bluegill are also hitting on jigs and live minnows.  Lots of walleye have moved to upper end of lake.  Try minnows and small crank baits.  The tailwaters were stocked with trout on June 27.  For more information contact the Corps of Engineers at 304.872.3412 and go to www.lrh-wc.usace.army.mil/wc/suens.htm.


SUTTON

The lake is at summer pool.  The surface temperatures are in the 80’s.  Bass are in about 10-12 feet of water.  Crappie and bluegill are also hitting on jigs and live minnows.  The tailwaters were stocked with trout on May 27.  Before heading to the lake please call Corps of Engineers at 304.765.2705 and go to www.lrh-wc.usace.army.mil/wc/suens.htm.


TYGART LAKE

The lake is at the summer level and starting to fall slowly.  The water temperature is 80 degrees from the surface to 10 feet, 79 at 25 feet, 70 at 50 feet, 65 at 75 feet, and 62 degrees at 100 feet.  Smallmouth bass can be caught using crank baits or tube jigs along the shoreline.  Fish for crappie in the fish shelters between the boat ramps at the marina.  Start fishing for walleyes at dark when they move into shallow water to feed.  During the day walleyes will be in the 30 to 50-feet depths where the water temperature is around 70 degrees.

The tailwater temperature is 62 degrees.  There are lots of trout in the tailwater.  Walleye numbers are as high as they will be for the year in the tailwater, and this is the best place in northern West Virginia to fish for them.  Walleye fishing is best during higher flows (1,500 to 5,000 cubic feet per second) and trout fishing is best at low flows (less than 1,000 cubic feet per second).  Call the Corps of Engineers telephone hotline at 304.265.5953 for daily lake and tailwater conditions.


NORTHERN WEST VIRGINIA


OHIO RIVER (New Cumberland, Pike Island, and Hannibal pools and tailwaters)

There are lots of hybrid white bass, sauger, walleye, and white bass in the tailwaters and the river is in good fishing condition.  Walleye and sauger will start feeding about an hour before sunset and then throughout the night.  Jigs with minnows are particularly good baits but 3-inch plastic grubs and deep-running crank baits are also productive.  Hybrid striped bass will also move in and out of the tailwaters and can be caught using large crank baits, casting spoons, or cut bait.


MONONGAHELA RIVER

The water temperature is 78-80 degrees.  The best fishing success for sauger and walleye is during low light conditions 1-2 hours before and after sunset.  Sauger, smallmouth bass, walleye, and white bass are always attracted to the currents in the tailwaters.  Jigs with minnows are the best baits right now.  Channel and flathead catfish are abundant throughout the river.  Carp are being caught from shore at the Ruby Park and at the Star City ramp.  Troll large crank baits for muskies anywhere on the river.  The shoreline from the Morgantown lock to the mouth of Deckers Creek is always a good place to fish from the shore.


CHEAT LAKE

The easiest way to fish the lake for all species is drifting along the shoreline with a night crawler or minnow on a hook with a couple of split shot at a depth of 10 to 15 feet.  Cast small rooster-tail spinners for large bluegills and pumpkinseed sunfish in downed trees along the shoreline across from the Sunset Beach cove to the I-68 bridge.  Channel catfish are doing well and 2 to 3-pounders are abundant throughout the lake but are particularly numerous upstream of Mt. Chateau.  Night crawlers on a number 6 hook with a ½-1-ounce egg sinker cast into 15 to 25-feet of water will catch catfish.  The best areas for shoreline anglers are the Cheat Lake Park fishing piers and the Ices Ferry Bridge Public Access Site.  Cheat Lake has the best channel catfish population in this part of the state.

Try the tailwater fishing pier for sauger, smallmouth bass, walleye and white bass.  Jigs with minnows or 3-inch power grubs are the best baits.  White or chartreuse are good colors.  Start fishing at dark when saugers and walleyes begin feeding.  The pier is located entirely in West Virginia about 25 minutes from Morgantown and is lighted for night fishing and is handicapped accessible.


EASTERN PANHANDLE


South Branch and Cacapon Rivers

Most streams throughout the eastern panhandle are below normal flow for this time of year and the water temperatures are near 80.  The water may be turbid at some locations due to localized thunderstorms.  Anglers have been successful catching channel catfish but the smallmouth bass fishing has been slow over the past couple weeks.  Biological surveys also indicated good channel catfish populations in the South Branch with lots of catfish over 25 inches. 


Shenandoah River

Flows in the Shenandoah River is slightly above normal and the water may be milky at some locations.  Fishing plastics and topwaters near the head of pools around the bedrock ledges and in the eddy’s is always a good strategy.


North Branch River

Flows in the upstream sections of the North Branch are currently near 250 cfs and projected to remain at that level over the next couple days.  Anglers are still catching holder trout from the spring stocking events.  No additional white whitewater events are scheduled on the North Branch this year.


Small Impoundments

Small impoundments are in great fishing condition.  Bass and bluegill are biting and some small impoundments have holdover trout.  Most small impoundments are stratified so anglers should fish in less than 8 feet of water.  Cacapon State Park Lake, Edwards Run Pond and Fort Ashby Lake have received adult catfish stockings that can be caught throughout the summer.


Jennings Randolph Lake

Jennings Randolph Lake is currently 2 foot below conservation pool and will be dropping slowly.  Anglers should target smallmouth bass with crankbaits and topwater lures.  The WV ramp is open for the season and launching fees are no longer charged for the WV Ramp.  A $5 per day fee is still being collected for the Maryland Ramp. Jennings Randolph Lake has a dedicated phone line for up-to-date recreational information 304.355.2890.


Mt. Storm Lake

Anglers at Mount Storm Lake should target striped bass, black bass and walleye.  Recent biological surveys indicate good bass and walleye populations.  Fish can be caught throughout the lake but many anglers do well fishing with chicken livers near the discharges.  Anglers and biological surveys have been reporting good catches of striped bass.


CENTRAL WEST VIRGINIA

Water levels are normal and clear.  If you are looking for a place to go, please check the fishing regulations and the WVDNR website for a list of public access sites or call your local WVDNR district office for some advice and a place to fish.  Trout stocking season has concluded but holdover trout should be available throughout summer months at some locations as long as stream flow remain normal.


SOUTHERN WEST VIRGINIA

The New and Greenbrier rivers are providing some good fishing for smallmouth bass.  Anglers should try white spinner baits, white plastic grubs or small rapalas in black and silver or live bait such as minnows.  Spots below or above shoals are good spots to try your luck.  Fishing is still good in all of the small impoundments in southern West Virginia and you should catch some fish and have a great time but as the waters begin to warm, the bite may slow and anglers may want to concentrate on the early and late hours.  Try spots at the end of points, weed beds, or fallen timber.  Best baits are plastic worms fished slowly along the bottom, spinnerbaits are also good choices.  Lakes such as Plum Orchard, Stephens, Horse Creek, Hawks Nest, and Pipestem will all provide good bass fishing.  Channel catfishing is good in areas like Hawks Nest Lake and some of the other small impoundments.  Best time to fish is late night and very early morning with chicken livers or soft shells.  This is a prime time to take a child fishing!  There is no better way to introduce a child or novice to fishing than to take them out for an evening of carp fishing.  Try chumming with creamed corn upstream of where you are fishing and use shredded wheat dough ball or whole kernel corn for bait.  Make sure your rods are anchored down with a rock or a carp may take it!!!  Good spots to catch a carp are Bluestone and R.D. Bailey lakes, New River and Kanawha River.  Bluegill are spawning all around the state and they make an excellent quarry for a young fisherperson.


SOUTHWESTERN WEST VIRGINIA


Lower Ohio and Kanawha Rivers

Reports of nice catfish boated.  Hybrids are biting behind locks along the Kanawha and Ohio, try shad type lures.


Guyandotte, Coal, Poca, Elk, and Mud Rivers

Anglers are reporting catches of game fish during float trips.  Try surface lures early and late for bass and muskie, and go to subsurface lures during the day.  Some bass anglers are having luck using various soft plastics.


Small Impoundments

A number of small impoundments have been stocked recently with catchable channel catfish, some are very large, give them a try.  Laurel and Chief Logan lakes are two waters in district 5 recently stocked.  Krodel Lake in Point Pleasant also received a stocking of catchable sized channel catfish.


WEST-CENTRAL WEST VIRGINIA

Summer is an excellent time to fish Belleville tailwaters of the Ohio River.  Anglers are catching white bass, hybrid striped bass, and a few other species.  Lead headed jigs with twister tails (white or chartreuses), which are fished along the bottom, are the lure of choice.  Clever anglers are tipping their jig hooks with minnows or shad.  Best spots to fish these areas include eddies and back-current sections, and anywhere that river flows are unusual.  Schools of hybrid striped bass will periodically move up to the surface to ambush prey, so keep a look out for this activity.  When this activity is seen, agitator bobbers fished with rubber minnow imitations or fresh bait fished with surf casting equipment, generally provides the best result.  Fresh bait (small skipjack) can be caught from these areas using “Sabiki” rigs.  Fishing along the Willow Island tailwaters is restricted due to hydro-power development.  Anglers now have access only to a point approximately 150 yards below the dam, and flows have changed significantly.   

Elsewhere on the Ohio River fishing for catfish has been good.  Channel catfish anglers should use night crawlers, chicken liver, or prepared catfish type baits.  Live fish should be used for flatheads.  Good fishing sites for catfish include deep areas along islands and tributary mouths.

Fishing has been good for largemouth bass in area lakes.  Spinner baits, rubber worms, crank baits, and surface lures are producing bass in areas of good cover.  Good choices for area lakes include Mountwood in Wood County, Conaway Run in Tyler, Charles Fork in Roane, North Bend Lake in Ritchie County, and Elk Fork, Woodrum, and O’Brien lakes in Jackson County.  Best fishing times will be early in the morning and during the evening hours.  These lakes can also supply good bluegill fishing.  For these sunfish use trout magnets or spinners, small jigs, or small worms.

Summer is a good time to fish for channel catfish in area lakes and streams.  Chicken livers, night crawlers, and prepared catfish bait work well.  Remember fishing at night is generally better than fishing during the day for catfish in the summer.

Local musky streams should be fishable this weekend.  Summer musky anglers use large crank baits or jurk baits and best spots are usually around fallen trees or riffle areas.  Fishing has been quite good this year for musky along Middle Island Creek, the Little Kanawha River, and on the Hughes River and its forks. 

Stream Conditions
LOW NORMAL HIGH CLEAR MILKY MUDDY
NORTHERN Levels Conditions
Ohio River (Wheeling) Low       Milky  
Fish Creek Normal   Clear    
Fishing Creek Normal   Clear    
Big Sandy (Preston) Normal   Clear    
Monongahela River Normal     Milky  
Black Water Creek   Normal     Milky  
Wheeling Creek Low       Milky  
Buffalo Creek Normal   Clear    
EASTERN PANHANDLE Levels Conditions
S. Branch (Potomac) Low     Clear    
S. Branch (Smoke Hole) Low     Clear  
Shenandoah River   Normal   Clear  
Patterson Creek Low     Clear    
N. Fork S. Branch Low     Clear  
Cacapon River Low     Clear  
Back Creek   Normal   Clear    
Opequon Creek   Normal   Clear  
Lost River Low     Clear  
CENTRAL Levels Conditions
Elk (Sutton)   Normal     Milky
Little Kanawha   Normal     Milky
Elk (Clay)   Normal     Milky
West Fork River   Normal     Milky
Gauley River   Normal     Milky
Cranberry River   Normal     Milky
Cherry River   Normal     Milky
Cherry River (N. Fork)   Normal     Milky
Cherry River (S. Fork)   Normal     Milky
Williams River   Normal     Milky
Knapps River   Normal     Milky
Greenbrier (E&W Forks)   Normal     Milky
Little River   Normal     Milky
Shavers Fork   Normal     Milky
Buckhannon River   Normal     Milky
Holly River   Normal     Milky
Elk River (Webster)   Normal     Milky
Elk River (Back Fork)   Normal     Milky
SOUTHERN Levels Conditions
New River (Hinton) Low     Clear    
Greenbrier (Hinton) Low     Clear    
Greenbrier (Ronceverte)   Normal     Milky  
Anthony Creek   Normal     Milky  
Big Creek   Normal     Milky  
Meadow River   Normal     Milky  
Turkey Creek   Normal   Clear    
Potts Creek   Normal   Clear    
Second Creek   Normal   Clear    
Pinnacle Creek   Normal     Milky  
Horse Creek Lake   Normal     Milky  
Big Huff Creek   Normal     Milky  
Indian Creek   Normal     Milky  
Glade Creek (New River)     High     Muddy
Marsh Fork   High     Muddy
New River (Gauley) Low     Clear    
Glade Creek (Man) Low     Clear    
Camp Creek   Normal     Muddy
East River   Normal     Muddy
Fork Creek   High     Muddy
Dry Fork Creek   High     Muddy
Berwind Lake   High     Muddy
WESTERN & SOUTHWESTERN Levels Conditions
Little Kanawha River Normal   Milky  
Ohio River Normal   Milky  
Hughes River Normal   Milky  

Bon Appétit: Grilled Chicken Curry Salad

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Ingredients:

  1 teaspoon mild curry powder, or more to taste
  Finely grated zest and fresh juice of 1 large lemon
  2 Tablespoons olive oil
  Kosher salt
  Freshly ground black pepper
  1 pound thinly sliced chicken breast cutlets
  1/3 cup nonfat or low-fat plain yogurt
  2 Tablespoons regular or low-fat mayonnaise
  1 large sweet and crunchy apple, cored and cut into 1-inch matchsticks
  2 Tablespoons finely chopped cilantro


Directions:

Combine the curry powder, lemon zest and juice, and oil in a zip-top bag. Season lightly with salt and pepper, then add the chicken cutlets. Seal the bag, pressing out as much air as possible; massage to coat the chicken completely. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes, or refrigerate for 2 hours.

Prepare the grill for direct heat: If using a gas grill, preheat to medium-high (400 degrees) with the lid closed. If using a charcoal grill, light the charcoal or wood briquettes; when the briquettes are ready, distribute them evenly over the cooking area. For a medium-hot fire, you should be able to hold your hand about 6 inches above the coals for 4 to 6 seconds. Have ready a spray water bottle for taming any flames. Brush the grill grate. Place the marinated chicken cutlets on the grill. Close the lid and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until the chicken has good grill marks and is almost cooked through. Turn the cutlets over, close the lid and cook until the cutlets are done throughout, 3 to 5 minutes.

Transfer to a plate to cool for 15 minutes. Slice each cutlet into 1 1/2-inch-long strips, each a generous 1/4-inch thick.

Whisk together the yogurt and mayonnaise in a large bowl; season lightly with salt and pepper.

Add the sliced chicken, apple and cilantro, stirring to incorporate. Taste, and adjust the seasoning as needed. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Makes 4 or 5 servings (makes 4 cups).

Ask the Doctor: Medicine Can Hurt Muscles

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DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have a question about taking simvastatin for cholesterol.
After about six weeks of taking it, my right heel began to hurt, as if I’d bruised it.
In another week, my left heel began to hurt.
My blood tests were OK.
It turned out I had plantar fasciitis.
Could the simvastatin have caused this problem?
I have never known anyone who had plantar fasciitis.
I have read where statin drugs can have some bad and unknown side effects.
- G.P.

ANSWER: Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain.
The plantar fascia is a band of dense tissue that runs from the heels to the base of the toes.
It supports the foot bones.
“Fasciitis” indicates it is inflamed, usually from overuse.
That simvastatin caused it is so remote as to be almost unbelievable.
A few isolated reports of simvastatin possibly related to tendon inflammation have been mentioned, but fascia and tendons are not the same.
Most of our cholesterol comes from our liver’s production of it, not from foods we eat.
Statin drugs are the most effective cholesterol-lowering drugs we have.
There are six: Zocor (simvastatin), Lipitor (atorvastatin), Mevacor (lovastatin), Lescol (fluvastatin), Pravachol (pravastatin) and Crestor (rosuvastatin).
All their generic names end with “statin,“ hence the family name.
These medicines markedly cut cholesterol production and blood cholesterol level.
Muscle damage is one important side effect of statin drugs.
Symptoms are muscle pain, tenderness and weakness.
Creatine kinase - CK - a muscle enzyme, rises in the blood to indicate muscle injury.
Discontinuation of the medicine almost always reverses muscle changes.
Liver damage is another possible and important side effect.
It, too, can be detected by checking the blood for a rise in liver enzymes.
Stopping the medicine almost always allows liver recovery.
Statin drugs have other benefits.
They quiet inflammation of arteries, something that leads to buildup of cholesterol on artery walls.
They have, therefore, a double effect in the prevention of heart attacks and strokes.
They also might lessen the risk for prostate cancer.
They reduce the chances of coming down with gallstones.

Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475.

Flashback: What Happened on July 11, ....

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•  1867 West Virginia governor John J. Cornwell was born in Ritchie County.

•  1935 WPAR radio went on the air, the first radio station in Parkersburg. The call letters were later changed to WIKS.

•  1978 The West Virginia Board of Regents approved plans for the new Mountaineer Field at West Virginia University in Morgantown (Monongalia County). The legislature had appropriated $20 million in 1977 for construction of a new football stadium.

•  1990 Former Governor Arch A.Moore, Jr. is sentenced by Federal district judge to five years and ten months in prison and a $170,000 fine for a variety of corrupt practices both in and out of office.

G-MM™: Meditation Moment - 07.11.14

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The beauty of olives and the fragrance of Lebanon are promised to those who look to the Lord.

Hosea continues—disloyalty will be healed, orphans will be comforted, for the way of the Lord is one of completion and fruitfulness. Jesus, in a forewarning to those about to join him on his journey, tells of a life that will require both strength and weakness. The strength of courage against adversity, and a ‘weakness’ which will allow openness to the spirit. To be on mission with Jesus requires both flexibility to the journey’s demands and the ability to respond fully to each occasion. God grant us such a daily mix of strength and weakness, and the discernment to know the appropriate response to each situation—to be as ‘cunning as serpents yet as harmless as doves’.


Hosea 14:2-10. My mouth will declare your praise— Ps 50(51):3-4, 8-9, 12-14, 17. Matthew 10:16-23.

Winifred Mae “Tommie” Allman

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Winifred Mae “Tommie” Allman

Age 85, of 450 Center Avenue Weston, WV passed away on Wednesday, July 09, 2014 at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born in Georgetown, WV on April 24, 1929: daughter of the late Schley Samuel Stalnaker and Mary Almira (Linger) Stalnaker.

On February 16, 1946, she married Harry Clifford Allman, who preceded her in death on July 07, 2008.

Mrs. Allman is survived by three sons: William G. (Vicki) Allman of Iken, SC, Harry R. (Linda) Allman of Horner and Darrell L. (Beth) Allman of Weston, six grandchildren: Shelley, Nikki, Sara, Jared, Jessica and Daniel and five great grandchildren: Miranda, Schyler, Damien, Spencer and Keiran. She is also survived by one brother: Rex (Mary Ann) Stalnaker of Weston, one sister: Elsie Payton of Cross Lanes, WV and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Harry, Mrs. Allman was preceded in death by one brother: Elden Stalnaker and one sister: Meschal Collins.

Mrs. Allman was a homemaker.

She was a member of the Elaim United Methodist Church of Elberton, GA and a member of the Order of Eastern Star of Georgia and the Granite City Shrinettes.

She loved to listen to Country music.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Friday, July 11, 2014 from 6-8 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Dwayne Brownofficiating.

Interment will follow services in the Weston Masonic Cemetery of Weston, WV.

In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Winifred may be made to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital 950 W. Faris Rd. Greenville, SC 29605.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Winifred Mae “Tommie” Allman.

Charles F. Bunner

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Charles F. Bunner

Age 89, St. Marys, WV, passed away Wednesday, July 09, 2014, at his residence.

Born on June 23, 1925, in Ritchie County, WV, he was a son of the late Herman and Ethel Hart Bunner.

Charles was a supervisor at Abichts now Chem Pump for many years. He loved farming and gardening.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Hazel Evans Bunner; five children, Gary (Janet) Bunner, Ron (Carolyn) Bunner, Steve (Karen) Bunner, Linda (John Templeton and David (Leslie) Bunner; two step-children, Edward Evans and Nancy Lemley; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and a daughter-in-law, Debby Bunner.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Eleanor Bunner; son, Jim; daughter, Carolyn Heasley; an infant son, Brian Keith; and brothers and sisters, Zana, Ruby, Miranda, Alva, George, Hubert and Henry.

Services will be 2:00 PM, Saturday, July 12, at Ingram Funeral Home, with Pastor Jimmy Taylor officiating.

Burial will be in Cloverdale Cemetery.

Friends may call from 2:00-4:00 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM Friday, and 1:00-2:00 PM, Saturday, July 12, at the funeral home.

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