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Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Business Class Attends FBLA/PBL Fall Leadership Conference

The CGCC Business Students attended the FBLA/PBL Fall Leadership Conference at the Days Hotel in Flatwoods, WV on October 06-07, 2014.

FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) is a national organization with more than 200,000 members nationwide.

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(L-R) , Brandy Dobbins, Joseph Thomas, Thomas Eakle,
Dearra Stull and Advisor Sarah Dennison


During the conference, students attended workshops on various business related issues like solving business problems with mobile apps, stock market game, Communications, your key to success, March of dimes, etc.

They could also take competitive practice tests to help prepare them for competitions in the spring.

That evening students were treated to a nice formal dinner, a dance and minute to win it games for entertainment.

The conference ended Tuesday after a few workshops that morning.

Overall, the students had a really good time and are looking forward to attending the state competition conference in April.

Students and advisor would like to thank all those businesses that have supported FBLA in any way.

Firearm Antlerless Deer Hunting Opportunity Starts in October

Deer hunters can take advantage of an October three-day firearm antlerless deer season on private land again this year, according to Paul Johansen, assistant chief in Charge of Game Management for the Division of Natural Resources (DNR). In counties or parts thereof having a firearms antlerless deer season, the season on private land opened Thursday, October 23 and remain open through Saturday, October 25.

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“There are several advantages to hunters and to deer management if hunters participate in this season,” Johansen said. “Many hunters may find the weather better for stand hunting since temperatures should be warmer than during late November and December. Hunters who hunt in one of the 31 counties where they are required to harvest an antlerless deer prior to taking a second antlered buck can harvest an antlerless deer now. Then, they won’t have to worry about filling this requirement later in the season if they hunt for a second antlered buck in November and December. From a deer management view, for every antlerless deer harvested in the early October season there will be more food for the remaining deer over the winter months.”

The harvest of antlerless deer is the key to healthier, heavier and more productive deer herds. To manage West Virginia’s deer herd, hunters and landowners must continually assess their expectations of the proper number of deer sightings versus the visible impacts deer have on vegetation, and encourage antlerless deer harvest where needed to benefit not only the deer herd, but all wildlife dependent on our state’s woodland habitat.

“The early opening date for antlerless deer hunting with a firearm is a good opportunity for hunters and landowners to accomplish their antlerless deer harvest objectives and put some meat in the freezer,” Johansen said.

GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES - 10.20.14

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ARRL: ETP Grants

Through its Education & Technology Program, the National Association for Amateur Radio offers grants for radio station equipment and related software and resources for classrooms in the U.S.

Maximum award: varies.

Eligibility: schools that provide a plan to use Amateur Radio as part of an enrichment program and/or as part of in-classroom learning.

Deadline: November 01, 2014.


NSTA: Wendell G. Mohling Outstanding Aerospace Educator Award

The National Science Teachers Association Wendell G. Mohling Outstanding Aerospace Educator Award recognizes excellence in the field of aerospace education.

Maximum award: $3,000, as well as $2,000 in expenses to attend NSTA’s national conference.

The recipient of the award will be honored during the Awards Banquet and the Aerospace Educators Luncheon at the NSTA Conference.

Eligibility: educators in formal education settings.

Deadline: November 30, 2014.


AAPT: Barbara Lotze Scholarships for Future Teachers

The American Association of Physics Teachers Barbara Lotze Scholarships offer funds for future high school physics teachers.

Maximum award: $2,000.

Eligibility: U.S. citizens attending U.S. schools as undergraduates enrolled, or planning to enroll, in physics teacher preparation curricula, and U.S. high school seniors entering such programs.

Deadline: December 01, 2014.

Gilmer County Commission Regular Meeting – 10.22.14

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GILMER COUNTY COMMISSION  
REGULAR MEETING AGENDA
October 22, 2014 @ 9:00 AM
Gilmer County Courthouse Annex – Glenville, WV

I. CALL TO ORDER


II.  PLEDGE of ALLEGIANCE TO THE U.S. FLAG


III. PUBLIC COMMENTS


IV. APPOINTMENTS

              09:15 DARLENE CRANE, Little Kanawha Transit Authority – RE:  Changes to Medicaid Paid Ridership of Bus

              09:30 FRANK JOHNSON – RE:  Oil & Gas Drilling Safety

              10:00 WILLIAM HAWKINS, “WV Your Way” – RE:  Online Directory


V. ROUTINE BUSINESS:

        Discussion and/or action on:

              1) Exonerations and/or Consolidations

              2) Approve Estate Qualifications and Estate Settlements

              3)  Board Appointments and/or Resignations:

                      a)  Board Seats remain open on the:

                              ** Unsafe Buildings & Lands Enforcement Agency - Dekalb/Troy & Sand Fork Corporation

              3) Budget Revisions

              4) Budget Control Report

              5) Approve invoices for payment

              6) Approve County Commission Minutes for September 02, September 17, October 02, October 09

              7) Receipt of County Board Minutes:

                      a) Gilmer County Ambulance Authority 08.14.2014

                      b) Lewis-Gilmer Addressing Report September 2014

                      c) Lewis-Gilmer E-911 Advisory Board September


VI. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

              1) Recreation Center Gas Bill From Hayden Harper-Update

              2) Right of Way on Kanawha Street, Camden Flats Subdivision as Inquired by Pat Golden-Update

              3) Review of Designated Smoking Location on Courthouse Property

              4) Presentation for Payment of North Central Regional Emergency Medical Services, Inc. for FY 2014 EMS Assessment in the Amount of $434.65

              5) NACO Membership Dues in the amount of $450

              6) Signed Agreement received from the USPS for placement of mailboxes at Tanner Community Building


VII. NEW BUSINESS:

        Discussion and/or action on:

              1) Consider the change of time of 11.05.214 Commission meeting to 10:30 AM due to post election duties of County Clerk’s Office

              2) Office of Emergency Management’s Request for Exchange of IRP Radios

              3) Set date for Canvas of Votes on Monday,  November 10, 2014 at 9:00 AM in the Commission Office


VIII. OTHER BUSINESS


IX.    ADJOURNMENT - NEXT MEETING:  Wednesday, November 05, 2014 at _______ AM. 

G-LtE™: Response to Hoppy Kerchaval Commentary—Do we Need 55 School Boards​

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Mr. Kerchaval, you seem much more intelligent than to buy in to the West Virginia Board of Education charade.  Or maybe you are just protecting your employment?

The WV State educational system can be easily graded with a big fat “F”.  No discussion needed on that.  This is a result of poor choices in selection of employees and the governor’s appointments based on political paybacks, friendships and of course, nepotism.

Its commonly known, that the bloated Department of Education,  employes more individuals than the State of New York.  New York having a population of over 20 million and West Virginia a mere 1.2 million.

Taxpayers also know West Virginia is 46th in education rankings, but is first in education spending.

Now the Board of Education wants to control all tax dollars in all school districts.  According to some sources, the requirements placed on local boards, state all ready controls 86% of that spending.  We must give credit to Governor Joe Manchin and Governor Earl Ray Tomblin for having their chosen board members come up with this great idea.

The board will have all the tax money, and while rewarding themselves in this fashion, the big bonus is the Superintendent of Schools, Mrs. Gayle Manchin, and the nine $70k per year, part time, board appointees, remove themselves of any educational responsibility to boot!  What a ‘two-fer’ they are pulling off.

​The WVBOE​ RESA spending all the county​ dollars,  local school boards only responsibility will be​ educational achievement, so ​only the local boards can​ be held accountable for educational failure.  The bloated bureaucracy known as the West Virginia Board of Education will totally escape all educational responsibility.

A​nyone believe they can handle finances properly?  If the saga of the Lewis County Linn School building and the Cedar Creek blunders, are any indications, there is your answer.

Hoppy, if you want the real education story, visit Gilmer County, interview the Gilmer School Coalition, and get the facts straight from local citizens.

Of course the biggest story of all, is the fact West Virginia’s largest newspapers all refuse to acknowledge the plight of small counties.

~~ author on file ~~

G-Fin™: Marcellus Shale-Related Oil and Gas Jobs Grew Modestly in West Virginia

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West Virginia’s oil and gas industry grew by just 69 jobs in 2013, but average salaries jumped more than $2,400, according to a state report.

At the same time, about 1,100 people previously on unemployment were able to land West Virginia oil and gas jobs in 2013. Almost 600 of them were new to the industry.

Workforce West Virginia’s update came in an October 08 draft report to state legislators. After seeing the Marcellus industry boom, state lawmakers passed a fracking law in 2011 that requires employment updates by November 01 annually.

There were 727 fewer workers on oil and gas pipeline and related structure construction last year compared to 2012, an 18.4% drop. Employment grew in the other five Marcellus-related fields considered in the report.

Overall, average wages grew 3.2% to about $78,000.

“Activity within the Marcellus Shale Gas Field continues to have a positive impact on West Virginia’s economy,“ the report states.

As expected, the northern part of the state boasted the biggest gains. Across Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Ohio, Tyler and Wetzel counties, average industry wages grew about $18,600, or 26.4%. With 339 jobs added, employment almost doubled in the region.

The jobs covered in the report include crude petroleum and natural gas extraction; oil and gas well drilling; oil and gas support activities; pipeline and related structures; and natural gas pipeline transportation.

A Workforce survey showed pipeline and related structure construction used the fewest in-state workers, 48.4%. Only about half of employers responded to the survey, however.

Steve White, state Affiliated Construction Trades Foundation director, said the pipeline number looks accurate, but he questioned some of the other survey stats. For instance, extraction and drilling categories had 96 and 100%in-state employment. Drill sites are known to employ plenty of out-of-staters, he said.

It’s the first time Workforce included any data on residency of Marcellus workers in the annual report, though the 2011 law requires it.

SPOOKY Night Tours at West Virginia Wildlife Center October 24 and 25, 2014

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The name says it all: SPOOKY Night Tours.

The 4th annual event at the West Virginia State Wildlife Center in French Creek will be held October 24 and 25, 2014.

This family friendly event is a rare opportunity to visit the Wildlife Center at night.

Hayrides around the exhibit of native West Virginia animals are from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Guided tours around the 1.4-mile exhibit area start every 10 minutes from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. 

“New for this year is our first ever maze,” said Judy Channell of the Wildlife Center. “You won’t know which way to turn! The maze will be open from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM”

Regular admission fees apply and this is a cash-only event. The fee for adults 16 and older is $3 and for children ages 3-5 it is $1.50. Seasonal passes will be honored.

“The idea behind the event was, ‘Is it spooky to be in the woods at night with mountain lions, wolves and bears?” Channell said. “If those aren’t spooky enough, we have added animated decorations, strategic lighting and sound effects, and a few costumed actors. We will build a fire at the start of the trail for folks to keep warm while waiting for their turn on the tour.”

The West Virginia State Wildlife Center is located in Upshur County in north-central West Virginia, 12 miles south of Buckhannon on WV Hwy 20. From the north, take exit 99 off Interstate 79 and follow US Hwy 33 east approximately 12 miles to Buckhannon and turn south on WV Hwy 20. From the south, take exit 67 off Interstate 79 at Flatwoods and follow US Hwy 19 and WV Hwy 4 north approximately 30 miles to Rock Cave and WV Hwy 20. Follow WV Hwy 20 North for 2 miles to the center. Visiting the Wildlife Center is a convenient side trip for travelers on I-79.

Call 304.924.6211 or visit www.wvdnr.gov/Wildlife/WildlifeCenter.shtm for more information about the West Virginia Wildlife Center and the SPOOKY Night Tours.

Buckwheat Breakfast Buffett A Success

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The Gilmer parks and recreation center had another successful fund raiser
for the new bathrooms/office and cabin roofs projects, on Sunday, October 19, 2014.

There were 140 people that came out to enjoy there Buckwheat Breakfast Buffet.

We want to thank each and everyone who came out and supported this fund raiser.

Special thanks go out to Rick Sypolt, Gary and Reta Kight, Sharon Riffle, Barbara Marks,
Lenora Marks, Greg James, Buck Stephens, Karen Mounts
for all there hard work in serving the 140 guest there breakfast.

Again thank you all who came out and the workers to make this a success.

Darrel Ramsey/Director
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G-Fin™:  U.S.A.: Economic Brief – 10.17.14

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Producer Price Index

The Producer Price Index for final demand decreased 0.1% in September.

Final demand prices were unchanged in August and advanced 0.1% in July.

In September, the index for final demand goods fell 0.2% and prices for final demand services declined 0.1%.


U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes

Prices for U.S. imports fell 0.5% in September, after declining 0.6% in August and 0.3% in July.

The price index for U.S. exports also declined in September, decreasing 0.2% following a 0.5-percent drop in August.


Job Openings and Labor Turnover

There were 4.8 million job openings on the last business day of August, up from July and the highest level since January 2001.

The hires rate (3.3%) was down and the separations rate (3.2%) was little changed in August.

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POLICE USED TEAR GAS AND CHEMICAL MUNITIONS TO DISPERSE CROWDS RIOT IN MORGANTOWN AFTER BIG WIN OVER BAYLOR

A big win for WVU over Baylor Saturday led to an even bigger problem hours later. Riots broke out across the city.

Police Chief Ed Preston said it all started after the game, building through social media. Police and fire fighters responded to calls of street parties, blazes and destruction of property around 10:30 PM starting in Sunnyside.

“We had fires in residential neighborhoods. We had where they tried to flip vehicles over in other places,” said Preston.

The chief explained just as police would get one situation under control, officers would get called to another area.

“As they were broken up or dispersed, other gatherings would occur in other parts of the city. Sometimes two, three, four gatherings were occurring at a time at various locations throughout the city,” said the chief.

When groups moved into downtown, they began pushing over street lights on High Street and throwing rocks and bottles at public safety personnel and their vehicles. That’s when police moved in. Officers from multiple agencies warned the crowd to disperse. When that didn’t happen, they used pepper spray and chemical munitions to disrupt the riots. The crowd scattered quickly to get away from the fumes.

“Although we had a number of riots involving thousands of people, we were able to prevent any serious injuries. We did have property damage but we didn’t have any major property damage. We didn’t have any buildings set on fire or anything like that,” said Preston.

A student took cell phone video of a riot near Summit Hall. Loud bursts can be head then white smoke appeared within the crowd. Rioters starting running in the opposite direction.

Morgantown Police arrested seven people Saturday night into Sunday morning. However, that number will go up according to Preston because State Police and Westover Police also made arrests.

This is the first time this season that the crowd has gotten out of control after a WVU home game. The Mountaineers defeated Baylor 41-27. It was considered a major victory for WVU.

“This is a fantastic sports program but their victories end up being marred by the conduct of people like this. That’s the really disappointing thing,” stressed Preston.

The chief said it will take a couple of days to assess the damage.


MASSIVE GRANT COUNTY BUCK KILLED ILLEGALLY

A Grant County man faces citations for game law violations after Natural Resources Police discovered the massive buck he showed off on social media turned out to be illegally killed.

Natural Resources Police received a complaint from a man who believed a buck he had been watching on his trail camera had been killed, but the hunter who claimed the animal was not being truthful about where he actually killed it.

“The complainant found out somebody had killed an 11 point buck and had a picture of it on a Facebook page,” said Lieutenant Brad McDougal. “When he compared the pictures it had some distinguishing characteristics which made him believe it was the same deer.”

Officer Adam Kuykendall got the case and made the comparison of the two pictures. Kuykendall agreed they appeared to be the same deer. Upon further investigation, Kuykendall found however, the Facebook deer had been checked in as a landowner kill in Mineral County and confronted the hunter.  McDougal said the location on the check tag was 40 miles from the original trail cam site where the deer had been spending all its time in Grant County, raising suspicion.

“When the individual was questioned, It was determined the deer was in fact shot with a bow and arrow in archery season. The deer was killed in Grant County,” said McDougal. “The defendant did have permission to be on the property where he was hunting, however he did not have a hunting license and he falsified the check tag. He took it to another county, checked it in, and lied about the location of the kill.”

Although the citations were issued and filed in Grant County Magistrate Court, McDougal and the DNR would not identify the suspect in the case.  MetroNews has been unable to confirm the suspect’s identity. As of Friday, he had not made an appearance to answer to the charges at Magistrate Court in Petersburg.  He’s cited for hunting without a license, falsifying a check tag, and illegal possession of wildlife,

The deer was a bruiser.  It green scored at 161 5/8ths on the Pope and Young Scoring System.  The buck’s antlers had a nearly 22 inch inside spread. The measurements are key to the case because the fine structures become much more severe for large racked bucks.

“There’s a $200 replacement fee for the deer itself,” explained McDougal. “But that 22 inch inside spread ups the fine by $2,500. It’s a total replacement cost of $2,700 because of the rack’s size.”

McDougal said the suspect owns land in Mineral County where he claimed he killed the deer. McDougal added the land where the deer was killed was not the land owned by the person who filed the complaint.

“Somebody can come in and give us just a little information and sometimes it works out,” said McDougal. “Also, so many people hunt and claim landowner status when it’s not true.  The moral of the story is you can do that for 20 years, but eventually it might catch up with you.”

McDougal also credited Corporal Brian Nuzum, Officer Brett Simon, and Officer Terry Srout for their work on the case.  Officers confiscated the deer’s rack in the investigation.


HIGH STUDENT KILLED IN BICYCLE WRECK

The investigation continues in Jefferson County where a student at Jefferson High School was killed when a car hit the bicycle he was riding on Thursday afternoon.

Deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department identified the victim as Gabe Bauserman, age 15. He was hit around 3:30 PM along Gardners Lane, a narrow road, in Shepherdstown.

Initial reports from investigators indicated another Jefferson County High School student was driving the car that struck Bauserman.

No charges had been filed in connection with the accident as of Friday morning.


WEST VIRGINIA SUPREME COURT HAS ORDERED A NEW TRIAL

The West Virginia Supreme Court has ordered a new trial in a case involving a cemetery damaged by a bulldozer.

The court says in a ruling issued Friday that the jury received erroneous instructions from the circuit court.

The ruling overturned $700,000 in compensatory damages and $200,000 in punitive damages awarded to the plaintiffs by the jury.


WV LAWMAKER ARRESTED FOR DUI

A West Virginia state lawmaker has been arrested for driving under the influence.

Delegate Doug Skaff from South Charleston was arrested Saturday morning in Monongalia County.


HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAME CANCELLED

A high school football game in West Virginia was canceled because no referees showed up for the game.

The Friday game was Woodrow Wilson’s homecoming game against the top-ranked team in the state, Capital.


WV DAD SENTENCED FOR NOT PAYING CHILD SUPPORT

A West Virginia man will spend more than four years in prison for failing to pay more than $87,000 in back child support.

43-year-old Carl Hazzard of Princeton pleaded guilty in September 2013 to four counts of failure to pay child support. He received probation.

Legal secretary Joy Lamb with the McDowell County prosecutor’s office tells the newspaper that a condition of the probation required Hazzard to get a job and begin paying the back child support.

A McDowell County Circuit Court judge recently revoked Hazzard’s probation because he failed to get a job. Hazzard received four consecutive one-year sentences.

Lamb says Hazzard received an additional 10-day sentence for contempt because he cursed during the probation revocation hearing.


DHHR WORKING PLAN TO INCREASE PAY AT PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITALS

A plan written by the state Department of Health and Human Resources will be implemented to increase pay for some employees at the two psychiatric hospitals in the state.

“We have a court order, and it is not an agreed order,“ Karen Bowling, DHHR Secretary said. “It is a court order to implement pay increases for certain classifications of employees based on a plan that was written at the discretion of the judge.“

Based on a case which originated in 1981, Kanawha Circuit Judge Duke Bloom ordered the DHHR to develop a plan in 2009 to increase the pay for health services workers, nurses and physicians at William R. Sharpe, Jr. Hospital in Weston and Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital in Huntington.

The department has recently complied with the order and presented their plan which will possibly see salaries for new employees begin next month and raises for current employees estimated to take effect by the start of next year, at a cost of nearly $3 million the first year.

Representatives for the DHHR have said they are exploring the options in regard to how to implement the pay increases.

Bloom’s rationale in his decision was current wages do not attract and retain qualified, full-time employees and results in the use of contract workers—a practice union representatives in the state claim has cost the state $9.1 million since 2013.

However, Bowling contests the salaries were not the problem with attracting employees, but rather the fact there simply are not as many qualified workers to attract.

“The idea behind an increase is to recruit more people but we have to keep in mind there’s a shortage of health care providers,“ she said. “You’re always going to have some contract labor.“

Bowling defended contract workers, saying the practice is utilized throughout the country and contracted workers have provide competent care at the state’s two facilities.

“I believe we provide quality care at our two behavioral health hospitals,“ she said. “I admire all of the employees that work there and contribute to that.“

Though they are compliant with the court order, Bowling said they do not agree that it is the right decision.

“You’re only giving an increase for only a select number of employees at a facility,“ she said. “Quite frankly, I have a whole DHHR full of employees that would all need or deserve a raise. Again, we’re following the court order and we’re complying. We respect the judicial system and we’re complying with the order, but, as I’m sure you’re aware, we’ve appealed that.“

The DHHR filed an appeal with the state supreme court in August, requesting a stay on the court’s order.

Movie Review: ‘St. Vincent’ - A Celebration of Bill Murray as the Grizzled Eccentric

Bill Murray, the closest thing pop culture has to a secular saint, makes it official in “St. Vincent,” in which he’s canonized — if not literally, then pretty close to it — as America’s most cherished grizzled eccentric.

The man who made us fall for him, hard, in such classics as “Saturday Night Live,” “Groundhog Day” and “Ghostbusters,” has sealed the deal off-screen as well, famously crashing weekend kickball matches, taking tickets at baseball games, photobombing anyone with an iPhone and, on his time off, hitting George Clooney’s wedding just for yuks.

Murray musters every ounce of goodwill that he’s earned as a lovably gonzo free spirit in “St. Vincent,” in which he plays a grouchy, alcoholic ne’er-do-well who hires out to babysit the 12-year-old son of his new neighbor. In another movie, Vincent McKenna would be a tragic figure: As the movie opens, we see him stumble-down drunk, perilously driving himself back to his Sheepshead Bay home, taking out his fence in the process and passing out on his kitchen floor.

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The scene is queasily unfunny. But when a single mom named Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) and her precocious son, Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher), show up the next day, writer-director Ted Melfi begins to send unmistakable signals that “St. Vincent” isn’t going to be a cautionary downer about the heartbreak of drinking, aging and angry isolation.

Soon enough, Oliver — literally left to his own devices in a new city, finding his school by way of Google Maps and GPS — has wormed his way into the heart of a man best described as a cross between Pigpen and Hunter S. Thompson. Stopping by Vincent’s every day after class (an arrangement that helps the old man with some gambling obligations), Oliver learns how to eat sushi (sardines on a cracker), belly up to a bar and bet his lunch money on the trifecta at Belmont.

If it all sounds too adorable for words, that’s because it is: “St. Vincent” faithfully follows every trope and cliche of the ingratiating kid-and-curmudgeon genre. Throw in a hooker with a heart of gold (Naomi Watts), a wisecracking Catholic school teacher (Chris O’Dowd) and some touching surprises in Vincent’s back story, and Melfi hits a trifecta all his own, shamelessly soliciting laughter, tears and sentimental sighs with the same ham-handed insistence as Vincent’s most thuggish debt collectors.

Still, like the man at its center, it’s hard to stay mad at “St. Vincent” for long, mostly because the performances are consistently appealing: McCarthy has finally found a toned-down role equal to her native sweetness and charm (she spends most of the film either in or on the verge of tears), and Melfi has found a gem in Lieberher, a disarming string bean of a kid who’s believable even when his character displays only-in-the-movies levels of wisdom and innocence. Despite its many contrivances, the production has an easy, unforced tone made even mellower by a lovely soundtrack dominated by the likes of Jeff Tweedy and the National that, in the mainstream Hollywood version, would no doubt be replaced by generically chipper violins.

Make no mistake: The single element that keeps “St. Vincent” from being worthy of that music is Murray, whose freewheeling, deadpan image fuses so thoroughly with Vincent’s own endearingly grizzled misanthropy that it’s hard to tell where the actor ends and the geezer begins.

As a showcase for Murray’s proven rapport with his audience, “St. Vincent” occasionally threatens to become a self-congratulatory victory lap. But as a celebration, it’s a chance to revel in the Murray personae — wiseacre, hipster, humble man of the street and hell of a nice guy — that has allowed him somehow to reach mass-media stardom while retaining his own idiosyncratic niche. That may not be entirely tantamount to the courage, sacrifice, compassion and humanism that are elevated in the tear-jerking climactic moments of “St. Vincent,” but in the world of showbiz, they’re heavenly enough.

★ ★ ½

PG-13. Contains profanity and mature thematic material, including sexual content, alcohol and tobacco use. 102 minutes.

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►   Pioneers Dominate UVa-Wise on the Road

The Glenville State Pioneer football team scored on their first two offensive possessions of the ball game and never looked back as the Pioneers would dominate the UVa-Wise Cavaliers on the road 35-9.

Rahmann Lee would score on a one yard touchdown run, his 10th of the season, and Sean Steele would hit Lee for an 84 yard touchdown pitch and catch as the Pioneers would take a 14-0 lead after the first quarter of play.

The Pioneers would add to their lead in the second quarter at the 10:36 minute mark as Steele hit fullback Billy Perkins on a five yard touchdown pass, his first touchdown catch of his career, as GSC claimed a 21-0 lead.

UVa-Wise would get on the score board in at the 4:00 minute mark of the second quarter as Von Purvis scored from one yard out as the Cavaliers cut the Pioneers lead to 14 points, 21-7.

However the Pioneers would add another touchdown right before halftime as Sean Steele hit Dante Absher from five yards out as Glenville State took a 28-7 lead into the half.

In the third quarter UVa-Wise would force a Pioneers safety as the Cavaliers blocked a punt attempt by Tanner Wright in the endzone as Wright would fall on it making it, 28-9.

In the fourth quarter GSC would put the game away as Sean Steele hit Ralph Gordon on a 23 yard touchdown pass, Steele’s fourth touchdown pass of the game, as the Pioneers would be victorious on the road at UVa-Wise, 35-9.

The Pioneers ran 64 total plays for 403 total yards of offense while UVa-Wise ran 75 plays but for only 200 total yards of offense. Both team played a clean game as GSC only had three penalties for 25 yards while the Cavaliers had five penalties for 30 yards.

GSC was three for four in the red-zone while the Cavaliers went one for two.

Rahmann Lee continued to put up monster numbers as he rushed for 157 yards on 22 carries with a touchdown. He also caught two passes for 90 yards and a touchdown.

Sean Steele went 14 for 28 for 244 yards and four touchdowns, his favorite target was Dante Absher as he caught four passes for 73 yards and a touchdown. Also for GSC wideout Ralph Gordon caught three passes for 48 yards and a touchdown.

The Pioneers defense was led by linebacker Jordan Kesson as he had 10 total tackles while defensive end Gary Henderson also finished the game with 10 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Defensive lineman Hunter McWhorter finished with seven tackles, two sacks, and three tackles for loss.

UVa-Wise was led by running back Von Purvis as he rushed for 70 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown.

The Pioneers return home to I.L. & Sue Morris Stadium next Saturday, October 25, 2014 when Notre Dame College travels to Glenville.



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►   A change in calling the game

Announcers can no longer call the number of points scored by a player or the type of foul or violation, according to NFHS guidelines.

High school basketball fans could hear a change at games this season after the National Federation of State High School Associations set stricter guidelines for public address announcers.

The NFSH, of which the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission is a member, has banned PA announcers from saying things such as the number of points scored by a player, the type of foul or violation and the “emphatic” announcement of who scored a basket.

Emphasizing the new emphasis aims to promote sportsmanship, the NFSH wrote the PA announcer’s role does not include “cheering the home team on” or otherwise inciting the crowd.

“Evidently there are problems across the country in some areas where PA announcers are not taking care of responsibilities they’re supposed to take care of and going beyond that,” said Gary Ray, executive director of the WVSSAC.

WVOW’s Speedy Bevins, who serves as a broadcaster for MetroNews Sports, said he understands the new guidelines in light of some PA announcers taking a play-by-play approach or showing favoritism.

“Over the years, it became more of making the announcement with an emotional emphasis,” Bevins said. “For years (previously) the public address announcers were, ‘This is who scored it and this is who the foul was on.’ There was very little emotion brought into that.”

Having broadcast games across the state, Bevins doesn’t see the problem as being prevalent in West Virginia.

“My initial impression is that, probably, a lot of good public address announcers at high school events are being penalized for the overreaction of probably a few,” he said.

As for the WVSSAC, Ray said the change is needed. “If a (PA) announcer announces a 3-pointer and it’s not a 3, it really creates an issue for the official and the teams involved.”

Bevins predicted this coming season might be a challenge for some PA announcers.

“I’m sure there’s going to be points during the game to where habit is ‘the charging call is on this person’ or ’3-point basket by so and so.’ It’s going to be a process to try and work toward following these guidelines.”



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►   West Virginia enters at No. 22 in AP poll, No. 25 in coaches

West Virginia returned to the AP rankings for the first time since November 2012, entering at No. 22 on Sunday after upsetting previously unbeaten Baylor 41-27.

Winners of three straight, the Mountaineers (5-2, 3-1) were ranked one spot ahead of Marshall (7-0), which dominated Florida International 45-13.

Baylor fell eight spots to No. 12, behind two other Big 12 teams, No. 10 TCU and No. 11 Kansas State.

Oklahoma slipped six spots to No. 17, while Oklahoma State—the team West Virginia faces in Stillwater next Saturday—dropped out of the poll.

The Mountaineers last appeared in the AP rankings on November 30, 2012. They were No. 23 before a 39-38 overtime loss to TCU knocked them out.

In the latest coaches poll, West Virginia debuted at No. 25, three spots behind Marshall.


►   WVU sees record-setting royalties from logo use

From T-shirts to shoes to bouquets of roses, it seems almost everything is available with a West Virginia University logo.

T-shirts continue to be the biggest-seller, said Marsha Malone, WVU’s director of trademark licensing. But traditional gear is just the beginning for fans who want to proclaim their college allegiance.

TOMS Shoes is globally recognized for its “One for One” movement, donating a pair of shoes to a child in need for every shoe purchased. WVU fans can buy a pair of TOMS that feature the school’s gold-and-blue with the “Flying WV” logo on the box.

The FTD Rose Program offers distinctive, stem-dyed, blue-and-gold bouquets of 12 to 24 roses, displayed in an etched vase and shipped in a WVU gift box.

Other products adorned with WVU insignia range from duct tape to a toaster to mailbox decals. There’s a cuddly Pillow Pets-brand black bear wearing a coonskin cap and plush blue and gold jersey.

Expected soon: gloves with touch-screen fingers.

It’s all regulated by WVU’s trademark licensing program, which grossed a record-setting $3.5 million in royalties in the 2011-2012 financial year.

“Royalty revenues generated from the sale of officially licensed WVU merchandise help fund university marketing initiatives and provide support for WVU athletic scholarships,“ Malone said.

Malone said the WVU trademark-licensing program began in the mid-1980s with the registration of four trademarks: “West Virginia University,“ the WVU Seal, the Mountaineer Mascot and the “Flying WV” logo.

The university’s portfolio of trademarks has grown over the years. It now includes “West Virginia” when used in reference to WVU, “Mountaineers,“ ‘'WVU,“ ‘'Let’s Go Mountaineers!“ and “Gold Rush.“

“Currently there are approximately 480 companies licensed for use of the WVU trademarks,“ Malone said. “It is difficult to quantify how many retail outlets carry WVU-trademarked merchandise. The availability of WVU-licensed merchandise has grown significantly over the years and the Internet has helped improve availability.

“We do believe that there is a correlation between the success of the sports programs and the increase in sales of licensed products,“ she said.

Collegiate Licensing Co. has managed the program for the last four years. Earlier this month the Atlanta, Ga.-based company signed a 10-year contract extension with WVU.

In a press release announcing the extension, Collegiate Licensing Co. said it has enabled WVU to extend its retail presence in the marketplace into new channels of distribution and to expand product selection in current distribution channels including Best Buy, Cracker Barrel, Walmart and Target.

West Virginia University is one of seven schools in the Big 12 Conference represented by Collegiate Licensing Co. The company said it represents nearly 200 colleges, universities, bowl games, athletic conferences, The Heisman Trophy and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Malone said WVU extended its contract with Collegiate Licensing Co. to continue to increase exposure in the marketplace and to help ensure the continued growth of all facets of the university’s licensing program, which includes assisting WVU with the protection and enforcement of its trademark rights.

Payments to WVU from Collegiate Licensing Co. are based on%ages of annual generated revenue, she said.    ~~  GEORGE HOHMANN ~~



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►   No. 10 TCU now highest-ranked Big 12 team

TCU coach Gary Patterson quickly dismissed any talk about the Big 12 title chase.

Someone brought up the league standings The No. 10 Horned Frogs, now the conference’s highest-ranked team, had just completed their first-ever stretch of playing three consecutive top-15 opponents with a dominating 42-9 victory over Oklahoma State.

“I haven’t thought about it. I didn’t think about it before, “ Patterson said. “We’ve got six games left, and all six are capable of playing very well.“

While TCU (5-1, 2-1 Big 12) is one of four teams with a league loss and behind Kansas State (5-1, 3-0) in the standings, the Frogs are ranked higher than any of them halfway through their third season in the power-five conference. That comes after winning three consecutive Mountain West titles and then going 6-12 in Big 12 games the past two years.

Asked if they were the best team in the conference, dual-threat junior quarterback Trevone Boykin responded, “I wouldn’t say that right now. We still have a lot of football left.“

TCU moved up two spots in the new Associated Press poll Sunday, a day after holding Oklahoma State (5-2, 3-1) out of the end zone and outgaining the Cowboys 676-258 in total yards. The Frogs are just ahead of No. 11 Kansas State and No. 12 Baylor (6-1, 3-1), which dropped eight spots after its loss at West Virginia (5-2, 3-1), which moved into the poll at 22.

Oklahoma slipped from 11th to 16th after its one-point loss to the Wildcats and Oklahoma State dropped completely out from 15th after its five-game winning streak was snapped.

Patterson knew long before the season the difficult stretch they faced once they got into conference play after having two off weeks in September. They wrap up their October stretch at home Saturday against Texas Tech (3-4, 1-3).

TCU started this month with a 37-33 win over Oklahoma in its Big 12 opener before a 61-58 loss at Baylor after blowing a 21-point lead in the final 11 minutes and losing on a last-play field goal.

The Frogs quickly eliminated any notion that the 4 1/2-hour shootout loss had any lingering effects on them. They led Oklahoma State for good after three long touchdowns in a span of four offensive snaps in the first quarter — a 34-yard run and catch-and-run plays of 77 and 84 yards from Boykin to Josh Doctson.

“We definitely had to bounce back and get a confidence boost. That’s what we’re used to doing,“ cornerback Kevin White said. “Great teams have to bounce back. You can’t let one loss define your season and define your team. We knew one loss wasn’t going to define us, and we would just play harder, that’s all we could do.“

Following the home game against Texas Tech, which won 56-53 in triple overtime its last trip to Fort Worth two years ago, the Frogs go to West Virginia and then host K-State.

Patterson said his team has already shown him plenty about its character by how it has handled tough stretches.

“Nobody flinched. You can either look around and you can blame people or we can just roll up our sleeves. That’s what we’ve done,“ Patterson said. “But that’s what we’ve always done at TCU. You can’t last 17 years, 14 as a head coach, without outlasting some hard times. Some close games. Some heartbreaks.“



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►   AP Top 25 Poll

1
Mississippi State (43)
SEC
Record: 6-0
PV Rank
1
Points
1,480
2
Florida State (14)
ACC
Record: 7-0
2
1,433
3
Mississippi (3)
SEC
Record: 7-0
3
1,404
4
Alabama
SEC
Record: 6-1
7
1,235
5
Auburn
SEC
Record: 5-1
6
1,231
6
Oregon
Pac-12
Record: 6-1
9
1,142
7
Notre Dame
Division I FBS Independents
Record: 6-1
5
1,133
8
Michigan State
Big Ten
Record: 6-1
8
1,066
9
Georgia
SEC
Record: 6-1
10
1,055
10
TCU
Big 12
Record: 5-1
12
962
11
Kansas State
Big 12
Record: 5-1
14
905
12
Baylor
Big 12
Record: 6-1
4
858
13
Ohio State
Big Ten
Record: 5-1
13
753
14
Arizona State
Pac-12
Record: 5-1
17
643
15
Arizona
Pac-12
Record: 5-1
16
639
16
Nebraska
Big Ten
Record: 6-1
19
537
17
Oklahoma
Big 12
Record: 5-2
11
461
18
East Carolina
The American
Record: 5-1
18
445
19
Utah
Pac-12
Record: 5-1
20
437
20
USC
Pac-12
Record: 5-2
22
356
21
Clemson
ACC
Record: 5-2
24
283
22
West Virginia
Big 12
Record: 5-2
31
272
23
Marshall
Conference USA
Record: 7-0
25
184
24
LSU
SEC
Record: 6-2
27
177
25
UCLA
Pac-12
Record: 5-2
26
118

Others receiving votes: Duke 108, Oklahoma State 91, Minnesota 61, Colorado State 12, Louisville 4, Missouri 4, Stanford 4, Maryland 3, N. Dakota State 3, Texas A&M 1



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►   Manning breaks all-time TD pass record

Peyton Manning’s latest feat might be his most impressive.

The Broncos quarterback tossed his 509th touchdown pass on Sunday to break Brett Favre’s NFL record.

Manning tossed for scores on three of his first four drives against the San Francisco 49ers to vault past Favre’s previous mark. The five-time NFL MVP fired an 8-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas on a 3rd-and-goal in the front right part of the end zone in the second quarter to set the mark.

“It was a special night,“ Manning said. “It’s one I’ll always remember.“

Following the score, the Broncos receivers along with Julius Thomas played a game of keepaway with Manning, not letting him have the ball before finally giving it to the future Hall of Famer.

The Broncos played a brief tribute on the big screen, which included messages from Favre, John Elway and several of Manning’s teammates.

Favre congratulated Manning on Twitter shortly thereafter.

“Well deserved Peyton, Congratulations on breaking my record. #Onto600,“ he said.

Manning reached the record in his 246th game—56 games fewer than Favre.

“I’m humbled and I’m honored,“ Manning said. “I’m grateful to have all the teammates and coaches I’ve had over my career.“

Manning and Favre are the only quarterbacks in NFL history to throw over 500 TD passes.


►   NFL Game Results - Week 7

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19

Final Score: Baltimore 29, Atlanta 7

Joe Flacco threw for 258 yards and two touchdowns to back a strong defensive effort as the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 29-7, on Sunday. Flacco, coming off a five-touchdown performance against Tampa Bay last week, completed 16-of-25 passes with two interceptions, Torrey Smith had three catches for 81 yards and a score and Owen Daniels also hauled in a TD pass for the Ravens (5-2), who registered at least five sacks for a second consecutive week. Justin Forsett ran for 95 yards on 23 carries and Bernard Pierce plunged into the end zone from a yard out to give the Ravens their third straight win at home. Matt Ryan went 29- of-44 for 228 yards and a touchdown and Roddy White made nine grabs for 100 yards and a score for Atlanta (2-5), which lost its fourth straight game overall and sixth in a row away from home.


Final Score: Buffalo 17, Minnesota 16

Kyle Orton found Sammy Watkins for a 2- yard touchdown with one second left to lift the Buffalo Bills to a 17-16 win over the visiting Minnesota Vikings. The prospect of the Bills winning appeared dim when Orton was sacked at the Buffalo 40 on third down inside the two-minute warning. However, the veteran quarterback converted a 4th-and-20 with a 24-yard pass to Scott Chandler. Orton later hit Chris Hogan near the sideline at the 2 for 28 yards before spiking the ball to stop the clock with five seconds remaining. Orton then connected to Watkins in the front left corner of the end zone, and Dan Carpenter made the decisive extra point. The Bills (4-3) overcame four turnovers and the lose of running backs Fred Jackson (groin) and C.J. Spiller (shoulder). Orton turned the ball over twice while finishing 31-of-43 for 283 yards and two touchdowns to the rookie Watkins. Minnesota rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, making his first road start, was 15-of-26 for just 157 yards. He threw his first touchdown pass, but was also picked off twice by Leodis McKelvin in the Vikings’ third straight loss. A bright spot for the Vikings (2-5) was Jerick McKinnon. The rookie rushed for 103 yards on 19 carries against a Buffalo defense that entered Week 7 leading the NFL in allowing 67.5 yards per game on the ground.


Final Score: Miami 27, Chicago 14

Ryan Tannehill was nearly perfect in the first half, and the Miami Dolphins put last week’s stinging loss to Green Bay behind them with a 27-14 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday at Soldier Field. Tannehill completed his first 14 passes and misfired only once in the opening 30 minutes as the Dolphins built a 14-0 lead. He finished the contest 25-of-32 for 277 yards with a pair of touchdowns and no interceptions, adding 48 yards on six carries. Lamar Miller ran for 61 yards with a touchdown for Miami (3-3), which forced three Chicago turnovers and sent the Bears (3-4) to their third loss without at win at home. It’s Chicago’s worst home start since 2004. Jay Cutler completed 21-of-34 passes for 190 yards with a touchdown and an interception in defeat. Matt Forte totaled 109 yards from scrimmage with a touchdown catch and a rushing score for the Bears, while Brandon Marshall caught six passes for 48 yards against his former team.


Final Score: Detroit 24, New Orleans 23

Corey Fuller’s touchdown catch inside of two minutes to play capped a late Detroit comeback to give the Lions a 24-23 win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Matthew Stafford struggled for much of the game, but led two fourth-quarter touchdown drives for Detroit and finished 27-of-40 for 299 yards with two scoring passes and two interceptions. Golden Tate stepped up again in place of an inactive Calvin Johnson as he caught 10 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown, while Joique Bell added a rushing touchdown for the Lions (5-2), who have won their past two games. Drew Brees went 28-for-45 for 342 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for the Saints (2-4), who have lost all four of their road contests this season. Marques Colston had six catches for 111 yards, while Kenny Stills added five receptions for 103 yards and a score in the loss.


Final Score: Green Bay 38, Carolina 17

Aaron Rodgers extended a historic streak and the Green Bay Packers continued their dominance in the month of October with a 38-17 shellacking of the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Rodgers completed 19- of-22 passes for 255 yards and three scores, joining Tom Brady as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with four straight games of three touchdown passes and no interceptions. Rodgers, who hasn’t been intercepted since Week 1 in Seattle, also extended a personal-best streak to 192 pass attempts without a pick. Randall Cobb caught six passes for 121 yards and a touchdown, and Jordy Nelson made four catches for 80 yards and a score. The Packers (5-2) have now won 10 straight games in October and 16 of their last 17. Fresh off a career-high 17 rushes for a season-best 107 yards, Cam Newton was bottled up by Green Bay’s defense. Newton threw for 205 yards with a touchdown and an interception and added just 41 yards on the ground in the humbling setback. Carolina (3-3-1), which tied the Bengals last week, has just one win in its last five games.


Final Score: Indianapolis 27, Cincinnati 0

Andrew Luck’s two touchdown passes and a smothering defensive display carried the Indianapolis Colts to a fifth consecutive win, a 27-0 demolition of the struggling Cincinnati Bengals at Lucas Oil Stadium. Luck recorded his fifth straight 300-yard effort, finishing with 344 through the air on a 27-of-42 completion rate, and the Colts rendered a stagnant Cincinnati offense to 135 total yards to post their first shutout since a 23-0 blanking of Tennessee in the 2008 regular season finale. Ahmad Bradshaw had both a rushing and receiving touchdown in the rout, with T.Y. Hilton adding 107 yards on seven catches for Indianapolis (5-2). Without star wide receiver A.J. Green for a second straight week due to a toe injury, Cincinnati (3-2-1) mustered a paltry eight first downs in having its winless streak reach three games. Andy Dalton threw for just 126 yards on 18-of-38 passing while under heavy pressure for much of the day. Jermaine Gresham came up with a career-best 10 catches for 48 yards in the lopsided loss, but Giovani Bernard was held to a mere 17 yards on seven carries.


Final Score: Jacksonville 24, Cleveland 6

The Jacksonville Jaguars are winless no more. Denard Robinson rushed for 127 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown as the Jaguars overcame three Blake Bortles interceptions to beat the visiting Cleveland Browns 24-6. Bortles was 17-of-31 for 159 yards and a touchdown as the Jaguars (1-6) capitalized on late miscues to avoid opening 0-7 for the second consecutive season. Brian Hoyer completed 16- of-41 passes for 215 yards and committed two of Cleveland’s three second- half turnovers. Andrew Hawkins had 112 yards on five receptions for the Browns (3-3), who were seeking a third straight win.


Final Score: St. Louis 28, Seattle 26

Thanks to a total team effort, the St. Louis Rams sent the Seattle Seahawks to their first losing streak in nearly two years. Austin Davis was an efficient 18-of-21 passing for 152 yards with two touchdowns, and the Rams held off the Seahawks for a 28-26 win. St. Louis (2-4), which snapped three-game losing streaks both overall and against Seattle, had a punt return touchdown and converted a gutsy fake punt late in the game to seal the victory. Tre Mason rushed for 85 yards on 18 carries and scored the first touchdown of his career in the win. The Seahawks (3-3), who were coming off a 30-23 setback at home to Dallas last Sunday, hadn’t lost two straight games since doing so in late October of 2012. The loss spoiled an outstanding effort from Russell Wilson, who threw for 313 yards with two touchdowns and also rushed for a game-high 106 yards and a score. Wilson became the first player in NFL history with 300- plus passing yards and 100-plus rushing yards in a single game.


Final Score: Washington 19, Tennessee 17

Kai Forbath’s fourth field goal of the contest, a 22-yard try, split the uprights as time expired and gave Washington a 19-17 decision over Tennessee in Week 7 action. Colt McCoy took over after halftime and led his club on the winning drive, completing 11-of-12 passes overall for 128 yards and one score to Pierre Garcon for the Redskins (2-5), who put the brakes on a four-game skid. Kirk Cousins was under center for the first half, racking up 139 yards and an interception on 10-of-16 attempts. Garcon finished with 87 yards on five receptions, while Alfred Morris totaled 54 yards on 18 carries. Charlie Whitehurst ended up 17-of-26 for 160 yards, two touchdowns and one pick for the Titans (2-5), who have lost five of six. Kendall Wright and Derek Hagan posted a TD grab apiece and Bishop Sankey was held to 56 yards on 16 carries.


Final Score: Kansas City 23, San Diego 20

Cairo Santos’ third field goal of the game came with 21 seconds left and gave the Kansas City Chiefs a 23-20 victory over the San Diego Chargers in an AFC West battle. Alex Smith was 19-of-28 for 221 yards and a touchdown, while Jamaal Charles added 22 carries for 95 yards and a score for the Chiefs (3-3), who were coming off their bye after losing to the 49ers in Week 5. Philip Rivers went 17-of-31 for 205 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for the Chargers (5-2), who lost for the first time since dropping their opening game of the season at Arizona.


Final Score: Dallas 31, NY Giants 21

DeMarco Murray went over the century mark for the seventh straight week and Tony Romo threw three touchdown passes as the Dallas Cowboys took care of the New York Giants, 31-21, in an NFC East clash between two teams trending in opposite directions. Murray gained 128 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries, becoming the first running back in NFL history to open the season with seven straight weeks of 100-plus yards in the process. Last week, Murray matched Jim Brown’s NFL record of six straight weeks with a 115-yard performance in Dallas’ win in Seattle. The surging Cowboys (6-1) have won six in a row following a Week 1 loss to the 49ers in which Romo threw three interceptions. Since then, he has tossed 13 touchdown passes and just three picks. Romo went 17-for-23 for 279 yards in his fifth straight multi-touchdown game. Two of his three touchdowns went to tight end Gavin Escobar, who made three catches for 65 yards in the first multi-score game of his career. Dez Bryant led all receivers with nine catches and 151 yards. Eli Manning completed 21-of-33 for 248 yards, with rookie Odell Beckham Jr. hauling in two of his three touchdown passes. Beckham started for the injured Victor Cruz, who tore his right patellar tendon in a loss to Philadelphia last week. New York (3-4) will head into its bye week having lost two straight following a three-game win streak.


Final Score: Arizona 24, Oakland 13

Carson Palmer threw for 253 yards with two touchdowns and an interception to lead the Arizona Cardinals to a 24-13 win over the Oakland Raiders. Andre Ellington led the Cardinals (5-1) in both rushing and receiving, carrying the ball 24 times for 88 yards and catching six passes for 72. Stepfan Taylor had a rushing touchdown and a receiving score in the win, Arizona’s second straight. It’s been a long time coming for the Cardinals, who haven’t started 5-1 since 1976. Derek Carr went 16-for-28 for 173 yards for Oakland (0-6), which has lost 12 straight games dating back to last season. The Raiders, who are now the only winless team in the NFL, haven’t tasted victory since Nov. 17 at Houston. Darren McFadden rushed for 48 yards on 14 carries with the lone touchdown in the setback.


Final Score: Denver 42, San Francisco 17

Peyton Manning didn’t waste much time surpassing Brett Favre. Getting a hold of the record-breaking football wasn’t so easy. Manning tossed his 509th touchdown pass in the second quarter to break Favre’s NFL record and threw for four scores overall in three quarters of work as the Denver Broncos routed the San Francisco 49ers 42-17 on Sunday night. The five-time NFL MVP Manning fired touchdown passes on three of his first four drives, with his 8-yarder to Demaryius Thomas on a 3rd-and-goal in the front right part of the end zone setting the record at the 3:09 mark of the second. Following the score, the Broncos receivers along with Julius Thomas played a game of keepaway with Manning, not letting him have the ball before finally giving it to the future Hall of Famer. The Broncos also played a brief tribute on the big screen, which included messages from Favre, John Elway and several of Manning’s teammates. Manning, who threw for 399 of his touchdown passes while with the Indianapolis Colts, reached the record in his 246th game—56 games fewer than Favre. Manning finished 22-of-26 for 318 yards, while Demaryius Thomas caught eight passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns for the Broncos (5-1), who have won three straight games.


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16

Final Score: New England 27, NY Jets 25

Tom Brady tossed three touchdown passes and Chris Jones blocked Nick Folk’s 58-yard field goal attempt on the final play of the game to help the New England Patriots hang on for a 27-25 win over the New York Jets. Trailing 27-19, Geno Smith tossed a 10-yard score to Jeff Cumberland on a 3rd-and-6 with 2:31 remaining to get the Jets within two, but Smith overshot Jace Amaro on the ensuing two-point conversion. New York’s defense, though, forced a three-and-out after a failed onside kick attempt and the Jets regained possession at their own 12 with 1:06 left and no timeouts. Smith led the Jets to the Patriots’ 40, but Folk drove his kick too low and Jones got his right hand on the ball to preserve New England’s third straight win. Brady, who has thrown nine touchdown passes without an interception during the winning streak, was 20-of-37 for 261 yards for New England (5-2), which won despite possessing the ball for just 19:06. Brady moved to 7-0 in his career on Thursdays, tossing 16 touchdowns compared to just two interceptions. Shane Vereen, filling in for the injured Stevan Ridley, caught five passes for 71 yards and two touchdowns and added 43 yards rushing on 11 carries.



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►   2014-15 Denver Nuggets Preview

Last season for the Denver Nuggets was derailed by injuries and they were left out of the postseason for the first in a decade.

With some healthy bodies back and a few fresh faces in the Rocky Mountains, the Nuggets are hoping to ride high in 2014-15.

The Nuggets had lofty expectations for last season after a 57-win campaign the one before. However, center JaVale McGee played in only five games, small forward Danilo Gallinari didn’t play at all and top point guard Ty Lawson missed 20 games. Guard Nate Robinson and forwards J.J. Hickson and Wilson Chandler were dealt with injuries as well.

Denver’s decimated roster put first-year head coach Brian Shaw in a tough predicament and at times he appeared to have lost the locker room. Lawson said Shaw didn’t have a full team with people down and his coach wasn’t sure who would be healthy enough to play on any given night. But Lawson feels Shaw will have a gauge on what the Nuggets will see on a regular basis with everyone healthy.

“I’m just really looking forward to the depth that this team will have with everybody healthy and available to play,“ Shaw said. “We’re hopeful that by the first game of the season (10/29 vs. Detroit) that we’ll have everybody available and ready to go.“

McGee said it was unfair for Shaw to have to deal with all the issues last season and feels this season will be a test for the coach and the players to compete at a high level. The Nuggets weren’t overly active in free agency, but guard Arron Afflalo is back in the fold and the team can finally see what a deep roster can do.

Adding Afflalo to play alongside Lawson and the one known as “Manimal” (Kenneth Faried) should easily improve the offense. The Nuggets acquired Afflalo from Orlando in exchange for guard Evan Fournier and a draft pick, and he played for the Nuggets from 2009-2012 before being traded to the Magic.

Afflalo is coming off a career season in which he averaged 18.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 73 games.

Lawson averaged 17.6 points and 8.8 assists in only 62 games last season, while Faried (13.7 ppg), Chandler (13.6 ppg) and guard Randy Foye (13.2 ppg) rounded out the other tops scorers. In order to compete in a Northwest Division with powerhouse Oklahoma City and rising Portland, the Nuggets must stay out of the trainer’s room and perform consistently.

For how injury stricken and inconsistent the Nuggets performed last season, they were still battling toward the end. This campaign could be the same story as far as missing out on the playoffs in a loaded Western Conference.

“I believe in us ... a lot of other people probably don’t,“ Robinson said. “Last year was disappointing just because we had so many injuries and we still we’re right there in the hunt. I really believe that this year’s going to be an extremely challenging year but it’s going to be fun and we’re going to shock a lot of people.“

2013-14 Results: 36-46, 4th in Northwest, Missed playoffs

ADDITIONS: G Arron Afflalo, G/F Alonzo Gee, G Gary Harris, G Erick Green, C Jusuf Nurkic

PROJECTED STARTING FIVE:

PG- Ty Lawson SG- Arron Afflalo SF- Danilo Gallinari PF- Kenneth Faried C - JaVale McGee

KEY RESERVES: G/F Alonzo Gee, C Timofey Mozgov, PF J.J. Hickson, SF Wilson Chandler, G Randy Foye, G Gary Harris, G Nate Robinson, F Darrell Arthur

FRONTCOURT: Will this be the year Faried emerges on an All-Star level? He had a terrific summer winning a gold medal with Team USA in the FIBA World Cup and averaged 13.7 points and 8.6 rebounds. Faried is highly energetic and plays well on defense. He recently signed a contract extension worth a reported $50 million over four years, proving that the Nuggets are committed to one of their best players.

“We value the energy and excitement that Kenneth brings night-in and night-out and we are thrilled to have reached an agreement on a contract extension,“ said Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly. “We are truly looking forward to watching Kenneth continue to grow as a player and leader for the Denver Nuggets.“

The Nuggets hope Faried, who averaged 18.8 points and 10.1 rebounds in the second half of last season, can carry his productive summer into a long season and push the team to another level. That is a strong possibility with McGee back at center. An inside presence on both ends of the floor, McGee will make Faried a much better player as long as he stays healthy. McGee’s rebounding can improve, but his shot blocking is always a problem for opponents.

Perhaps the biggest “addition” to Denver’s roster is the healthy return of Gallinari. Gallinari needed two surgeries to repair his knee and said during media day he feels strong. The only issue for him is gaining back the confidence he once had in the knee. A scorer from all areas of the floor and great in transition, Gallinari hooking up with Lawson again brings back promising memories.

“The knee is stronger than before. Once you come back from the injury, the mental part is the one that you have to recover from,“ Gallinari said.

Gallinari has the potential to average 20 points a night, something he has come close to once in his career (16.2 ppg in 2012-13). Mix in similar results for Lawson and the Nuggets have a legitimate chance to crack the top eight in the West.

BACKCOURT: Like Faried, Lawson is trying to become an All-Star. He has the ability to do that as long as he stays on the floor. Lawson has played more than 70 games only once in the past three years. He is one of the top point guards in the conference behind the likes of Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard and Russell Westbrook. Those players will most likely keep him from making an All-Star squad.

Lawson is a creator in transition and should have an easier time this season with Gallinari and Afflalo to work with. Afflalo is a key piece to this Denver backcourt and brings veteran leadership to the locker room. He ran the floor quite well with the Magic, which is why the Nuggets acquired his services and gave up on Fournier. He will only help Lawson maximize his ability.

BENCH: With many players walking without a limp, the Nuggets’ bench should be one of the deepest and most talented in the NBA. Just take a look at the reserves: Robinson, Chandler, Darrell Arthur, Foye, Timofey Mozgov, Hickson and Alonzo Gee. As long as the players understand and buy in on Shaw’s coaching technique, Denver’s reserves could lead the league in points.

Most of the reserves could start somewhere else, especially Foye with his 3- point shooting. The well-traveled Villanova product made 38.0% of his 3-point shots last season and has buried that many in each of the past three seasons. Foye averaged 13.2 points in 81 games in 2013-14.

Robinson is another guard who can find a rhythm and carry the team. He is confident the Nuggets will get it together and make a run toward the playoffs, and sometimes gets an itchy trigger finger. Chandler, Hickson and Mozgov are all vital pieces to the bench’s frontcourt.

Denver’s bench outscored opponents in 53 of its 82 games last season and scored 50-or-more points 15 times (10-5 in those games). Finding minutes for the reserves will be another task for Shaw.

COACHING: This should actually be considered Shaw’s first season as head coach and deserves a mulligan for 2013-14. He will have his work cut out for him in trying to develop chemistry and finding the right rotations with added depth. As previously stated, getting minutes doled out fairly is another task. And so is improving the half-court game.

Shaw won’t be shorthanded like he was last season. That will help in his approach to running teams out of the arena by using pace and energy. If only he could intravenously use some of Faried’s energy and inject it into the rest of the team. Denver should be better on both ends with Gallinari scoring and McGee inside.

The Nuggets, and Shaw’s job, will be in trouble if injuries occur again.

OUTLOOK: Defense and staying healthy are key to Denver’s chances of making a run to the playoffs. Odds are the Nuggets will make it as high as the 10th seed due to the fact they play in a jumbled Western Conference. All the pieces have to fall in place in order for the success rate to climb in Denver and that means everyone has to be on the same page. The Nuggets are optimistic and convinced that with a healthy squad good things will come.

It only took Dallas 49 wins last season to capture the eighth spot, so anything’s possible. Even if the Nuggets squeak into the playoffs, it will be difficult to move on, thus bringing more optimism for 2015-16.


►   2014-15 Minnesota Timberwolves Preview

If there’s a team built for the future it’s the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Timberwolves no longer have to worry about what the future holds for All- Star Kevin Love because he was finally traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers and will team up with superstars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.

Love wants to win NOW and knew it wasn’t going to happen in the near future with the Timberwolves, who apparently didn’t have a strong enough supporting cast around the former face of the franchise. So the powers-that-be decided to deal Love to the Cavs as part of a deal that landed Minnesota the No. 1 picks in the last two drafts, Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett.

Minnesota also got veteran power forward Thaddeus Young from Philadelphia and drafted UCLA guard Zach LaVine to add to a core that includes Nikola Pekovic, Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin and Corey Brewer. Brewer still feels that Timberwolves are talented enough to move on without Love.

“I feel like we can still compete,“ Brewer said. “I played on a Denver team that was the third seed and we didn’t have a superstar at all. You don’t have to have a superstar to be able to compete.“

It does help, Corey. But there is plenty of upside and potential with this young nucleus of players. The Wolves will be exciting for sure, but don’t expect a playoff run any time soon. Look for about 20 to 25 wins for Minnesota in the return of head coach Flip Saunders. Saunders spent parts of 10 seasons from 1995-2005 as the Wolves’ coach and was let go at the start of the 2004-05 campaign.

Saunders, though, returned to the Twin Cities in 2013 as president of basketball operations. He also took a minority ownership stake in the team and is replacing the retired Rick Adelman, who spent three seasons with the T- Wolves.

With plenty of “what-ifs,“ the Wolves could jell toward the end of the season when the players get used to Saunders’ scheme and playing with each other. That being said, while there’s plenty of potential, there are too many holes and this franchise will need about two years to finally figure it out.

The T-Wolves have missed the playoffs in each of the last 10 years, and Martin felt the team was qualified for the postseason.

“We had enough veterans to jell the team, but there was just something that happened around February,“ Martin said. “I couldn’t put my hand on it but our team just went in a totally different direction. We dealt with a lot of off- the-court issues.“

Of course the Love issue was at the forefront.

“I knew he was going to get out of here. I’ll be honest,“ Brewer said. “But it is what it is. You’ve just got to adjust. We’re young. It’s not an excuse not to win. A lot of young teams win. Think about it. Phoenix was young last year and they should’ve made the playoffs.“

Patience will benefit Brewer, who’s now one of the top players on the team.

The Wolves went 40-42 and were third in the NBA in scoring with 106.9 ppg. On the flip side, Minnesota was awful on defense and allowed 104.3 ppg. They were 3-20 when failing to score 100 points and it could get worse with Love gone.

2013-14 Results: 40-42, 3rd in Northwest; Missed playoffs

ADDITIONS: HC Flip Saunders, F Thaddeus Young, G Mo Williams, F Andrew Wiggins, F Anthony Bennett, G Zach LaVine

PROJECTED STARTING FIVE:

PG- Ricky Rubio SG- Kevin Martin SF- Corey Brewer PF- Thaddeus Young C - Nikola Pekovic

KEY RESERVES: G Mo Williams, F Andrew Wiggins, F Anthony Bennett, G Zach LaVine, C Gorgui Dieng, F Chase Budinger, G Jose Barea, F Dante Cunningham, C Ronny Turiaf, F Robbie Hummel, F Shabazz Muhammad

FRONTCOURT: Young is not expected to replace the scoring of Love, but he will bring veteran leadership and experience. Young averaged a career-best 17.9 points and 6.0 rebounds in 79 games last season with the Sixers. A seven-year veteran who has played his entire career in Philadelphia, Young has career averages of 13.7 points and 5.5 rebounds.

“I’m not trying to replace 26 (points) and 12 (rebounds),“ Young said of the numbers Love left behind. “Twenty-six and 12 hasn’t made it to the playoffs. If we can get to the playoffs with me doing 10 to 18 or something like that, I’m great with that. I just want to win basketball games. I’m not trying to come here and be a stat stuffer.“

Young is a slasher down low and creates mismatches inside. The left-hander has a smooth scoring touch and his actions will rub off on the younger players. Brewer will be relied on to supply the scoring and posted 12.3 points and 2.6 rebounds last season on a career-high 48.1% shooting. His scoring numbers could improve and that will only make this group of unknowns better. Brewer scored a team-best 51 points against Houston last April, making a team- high 19 field goals on 30 tries.

Pekovic posted a career-high 17.4 points and grabbed 8.7 rebounds in 2013-14. However, Pekovic started the first 44 contests before being sidelined for 28 of the final 38 due to bursitis in his right ankle. He is an underrated player who should benefit the most with Love now in Cleveland because he can focus on solely scoring and not having to share the paint.

“I think the loss of Kevin Love, I think there was something somewhere in the air toward the end of the season,“ Pekovic said. “Still, we had some hope that he would stay. But we tried to make our team younger, and I see a lot of new faces, a lot of younger guys. Just waiting to see how Flip and the rest of the coaching staff are going to put everything together.“

BACKCOURT: It will be interesting to see how Rubio runs Saunders’ offense this season without having a certain sharpshooter to feed the ball to. Rubio has become one of the premier facilitators in the game and appeared in all 82 contests in 2013-14, posting a career-low 9.5 points to go along with a career-high 8.6 assists. Rubio knows how to pick-pocket as well and his 190 steals broke the franchise record previously held by Tyrone Corbin (175 in 1989-90). Rubio played for host Spain at the 2014 FIBA World Cup, averaging 5.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 5.1 apg and a tournament-best 3.57 spg.

Rubio is excited to get the season started and is hoping for a large contract. He knows he will be one of the driving forces for the Wolves.

“Kevin (Love) was a superstar last year,“ Rubio said. “It was his team. Now we have to step up. (Martin), me, have to step up and put this team higher than it has been the last 10 years. We’re gonna make it, and I think we’re excited to do it. That’s it.“

Martin wrapped up his first season with the Wolves (10th in the NBA) by starting 68 games and averaging 19.1 ppg. Martin can score 20 points a night and that should happen often this season now that expectations are even higher for him.

BENCH: Talk about some potential talent on this Minnesota bench.

While it’s still uncertain what the Wolves will get from Wiggins or Bennett, the sky’s the limit without a doubt. Wiggins, who has the chance to become Rookie of the Year in a weak class, didn’t dominate as much at Kansas, but was still taken No. 1 overall by the Cavs. He showed flashes of brilliance in the summer league and even displayed his athleticism. Both Wiggins and Bennett are still raw talents and will learn from some of the veterans. Bennett needs to stay healthy after experiencing a knee issue and illness in 2013-14.

Budinger missed a lot of time the last two seasons with injuries, but when healthy, he’s a great shooter, going for 36% for his career from long range.

Veteran guard Mo Williams and rookie guard LaVine will be at Saunders’ disposal, as will center Gorgui Dieng. Dieng has plenty of upside and will spell Pekovic. He averaged 16.0 ppg for Senegal at the FIBA World Cup and hopes that carries over into the new season. LaVine, meanwhile, averaged 15.7 ppg in the Las Vegas Summer League.

Glenn Robinson III, Jose Barea, Dante Cunningham, Robbie Hummel, Ronny Turiaf and Shabazz Muhammad will also come off the bench.

COACHING: Saunders is well aware of what he’s getting himself into, but will the basketball mind have the patience for another stint making calls on the sideline? In what’s considered a jumbled roster of youth and veterans, Saunders has the support of the Wolves’ brass and the job is his to lose.

“After an exhaustive process and several thorough discussions with Flip, we came to the conclusion that he was the stabilizing force needed to lead our team,“ Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said in a statement. “Flip led us to our most successful seasons; he knows what it takes to win in the NBA as his track record speaks for itself.“

It’s not going to be peaches and cream at first for the Wolves and it’s going to take a lot of time to figure this roster out. The future seems bright and some experts think Minnesota can compete for the playoffs right away. Realistically, things won’t coagulate overnight and players need to develop. Saunders has done a good job assembling the roster and getting worthy talent in the Love deal.

OUTLOOK: Getting the Timberwolves back to the playoffs won’t happen overnight and they could finish with one of the worst records. Not that they would tank the season for another high pick, the T-Wolves hope to find out if Wiggins, Bennett and LaVine are for real. At least they already know Rubio, Martin, Brewer, Pekovic and Young can compete. Worst case scenario is that Wiggins, Bennett and LaVine are busts, and everything the team had hoped for goes up in smoke. It’s time to embrace the youth movement in Minnesota because the playoffs are not a realistic prognostication any time soon.


►   2014-15 Atlanta Hawks Preview

The Atlanta Hawks organization is in flux and it’s all their own doing.

Controlling owner Bruce Levenson sent an e-mail to general manager Danny Ferry in June of 2012 detailing the racial divide in attendance at Philips Arena. What started as a business strategy memo derailed quickly into a mind-boggling display of racism filled with plans to diminish the presence of African- Americans during, among other things, cheerleading routines, half-time shooting contests and yes, the kiss cam.

What prompted the discovery of this e-mail was a comment by Ferry at a team meeting when, while reading a scouting report about free agent Luol Deng, he said “he’s a good guy over all, but he’s not perfect. He’s got some African in him. And I don’t say that in a bad way.“

The results of this debacle are that Levenson, who voluntarily turned himself into Commissioner Adam Silver, will sell his majority shares, and Ferry is on a leave of absence.

“I will maximize my time during this leave to meet with community leaders and further educate myself and others on the extremely sensitive issues surrounding race, diversity, and inclusion,“ Ferry said in a statement. “I will find a way to make a positive difference in this area, and further learn from the sensitivity training that I will go through.“

And Deng is playing for the Miami Heat.

This void in leadership might be a problem as the season progresses, depending on how long Ferry is gone. The team has had money to spend in the last few offseasons, but doesn’t have a lot to show for it.

Atlanta has been mired in mediocrity the last few seasons. The Hawks have been good enough to make the postseason, but never good enough to advance. Same story in 2013-14 when the Hawks grabbed the eighth seed, despite finishing under .500. They gave the sinking Indiana Pacers a good run, but fell in seven games.

The Hawks didn’t do much in the offseason, at least not much to garner huge headlines. They littered their bench with solid second-unit guys like Thabo Sefolosha and Kent Bazemore. The Hawks did well in the draft to get Michigan State’s Adreian Payne, who could play right away if the Hawks weren’t loaded up front.

There is talent in Atlanta, namely the trio of Paul Millsap, Jeff Teague and Al Horford.

The final name is interesting because some might have forgotten about him. Horford has torn both of his pectoral muscles in the last two-plus years. He played 11 games during the 2011-12 season and just 29 during the 2013-14 campaign. Horford is a two-time All-Star.

Millsap made his first All-Star squad last season and is consistently one of the most unappreciated talents in the game. Teague is emerging into that category as well.

DeMarre Carroll and Kyle Korver are fantastic role players.

This team has ingredients, but lacks the true superstar it takes to win the whole enchilada in this world of the NBA.

But before the Hawks can worry about the on-court product, the front office situation will need to be resolved.

CEO Steve Koonin has become the face of the organization. He has been vocal about how poorly the team has handled things this summer, including an open letter to fans and citizens of Atlanta.

“To be clear, I am angry that this has happened,“ he said. “I am deeply saddened and embarrassed that this has put a blemish on our team and our city, which has always been a diverse community with a history of coming together as one. We should build bridges through basketball, not divide our community and serve as a source of pain.“

The Hawks are a disaster. Maybe the team can overcome it on the floor.

2013-14 Results: 38-44, 4th in Southeast; Lost in East quarterfinals to Indiana

ADDITIONS: G/F Thabo Sefolosha, F Adreian Payne, G Kent Bazemore

PROJECTED STARTING FIVE:

PG- Jeff Teague SG- Kyle Korver SF- DeMarre Carroll PF- Paul Millsap C- Al Horford

KEY RESERVES: G/F Thabo Sefolosha, G Kent Bazemore, F Mike Scott, F Elton Brand, C Pero Antic, G Shelvin Mack, G Dennis Schroder, F Adreian Payne

FRONTCOURT: Millsap made the All-Star team last season with a career-high average of 17.9 points. He also posted 8.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, which was also a personal best, and decent shooting numbers. Millsap’s game evolved past the 3-point line where he attempted almost three a game and converted on 36%.

He’s under-appreciated because there’s no flash. Millsap is versatile, adequate on defense and could be in line for an even bigger season considering he’s a free agent at the end of it. Millsap only took a two-year deal to come to the Hawks.

Horford made the All-Star team in both 2010 and 2011. He made the All-NBA Third team after the 2010-11 season and has finished in the top 10 in rebounding twice.

Horford has scored at a high level the last two seasons. He rebounds at a high level. He hasn’t shot less than 52% from the floor since his second season in the league and, Horford has a good little jump shot.

Basically, Horford is one of the league’s best centers, although he’s still more of a natural power forward in the NBA. If he can keep his pectorals together, Horford should return to form.

Carroll blossomed last season when he finally got real minutes (32.1 per night). He scored 11.1 ppg and pulled down 5.5 rpg, which is a decent number for a small forward. Carroll is a big-time energy guy and plus defender.

BACKCOURT: Teague made another solid season in 2013-14. After signing a four- year offer sheet with the Milwaukee Bucks, which the Hawks matched, Teague’s scoring jumped to 16.5 ppg. Teague’s assist numbers aren’t astronomical, but that’s fine because the Hawks are very team-oriented in distribution. They finished second to the San Antonio Spurs in team assists.

Teague is a gamer. He’s missed three games the last three seasons and can always be found attacking the basket. Teague isn’t a great 3-point shooter, but he’s an excellent free-throw shooter. His turnover numbers (2.9 per night) are a little high, but he’s in the upper echelon of point guards.

Korver made his bones in the league as a long-range shooter, but he’s evolved into a capable NBA starter. Korver almost played 34 minutes a game last season, which is probably a little high, but he scored 12 ppg. For the second time in his career, Korver led the league in 3-point%age, hitting on 47% from beyond the arc.

Korver should benefit some from being a part of USA Basketball’s training camp for the FIBA World Cup this summer. He didn’t make the final cut, but it had to be a nice confidence boost to be included in that group.

When it comes to man-to-man defense, Korver is pretty terrible. But, as a help defender he’s not so bad.

BENCH: Atlanta finished in the middle of the pack in bench scoring last season, but the Hawks’ numbers should jump for 2014-15.

Sefolosha can’t score anymore (actually, he never really could), but he can knock down an open three occasionally. Sefolosha is in Atlanta to defend. Carroll is a good perimeter defender, but Sefolosha adds another piece. He could finish out close guys to lock down the other team’s best wing player.

Bazemore can score. When he was traded from the Golden State Warriors to the Los Angeles Lakers last season, his scoring average jumped to 13.1 ppg. He hit 37% of his 3-point attempts with the Lakers. Bazemore tore a tendon in his right foot during the season, but he should be alright for the Hawks.

Mack got a three-year deal with two guaranteed from the Hawks. He slid by Schroder for primary backup point guard duties, but it’ll be a fight between the two again in the preseason.

Brand is nearing the end, but still has a role as a rebounder and occasional scorer in the interior.

Scott is a personal favorite. He almost got to 10 points per game off the bench last season, only playing 18 minutes. Scott is high volume and hits 31% from long range.

Antic is a very serviceable big man in just his second season.

Payne has a lot of skills, including deep shooting. It might be tough for him to crack this rather deep rotation, but Payne is an NBA player. Will he be ready to take over for Millsap if he leaves at the end of the season? Doubtful, but Payne has a lot of upside, despite being 23.

This group lost Lou Williams, one of the best bench scorers in the NBA. But, it’s still pretty deep and while the names aren’t marquee-level, they are productive.

COACHING: Mike Budenholzer did fine in his first season after a rocky start, including a DUI arrest. His pedigree is unmatched after working under Gregg Popovich all those years.

The players seemingly bought into his philosophy, which preaches ball movement and jump-shooting. Budenholzer didn’t get his full roster last season, losing Horford after just 11 games.

He’s just fine, although, he may have to become more of a face of the franchise with the problems in the hierarchy.

OUTLOOK: The Hawks are still stuck in mediocrity.

Horford’s presence alone should account for more victories, and the bench acquisitions weren’t sexy, but Sefolosha and Bazemore seem like great change of pace players on different sides of the ball.

All of these things should get Atlanta close to .500. That’s going to be good enough to make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, but that will be the team’s peak.

Atlanta is nowhere near as good as Cleveland or Chicago, and the Hawks seem to trail Washington, Toronto, Miami and Charlotte. The seventh or eighth seed would be a logical landing spot for the Hawks.

Of course, things could really fall into an abyss if the problems upstairs seep into the players.



The Gilmer Free Press

►   World Series position-by-position breakdown

You could bill it as destiny versus dynasty.

The San Francisco Giants are going after their third World Series title in five years, while the Kansas City Royals are seeking their first crown since 1985.

It’s a matchup nobody envisioned at the beginning of the playoffs, let alone the start of the season, as the Royals and Giants become the first World Series matchup between wild card teams since the Angels beat San Francisco in 2002.

This also marks the first World Series in a non-shortened season to feature two teams with fewer than 90 wins in the regular season.

Kansas City’s run in October has been nothing short of spectacular, as it has become the first team in major league history to start its postseason with eight consecutive wins.

After rallying to beat Oakland in the wild card game, the Royals swept both the Angels and Baltimore Orioles in the ALDS and ALCS, respectively.

San Francisco has taken a similar path, winning a wild card game (Pittsburgh), then taking out the best team in the National League (Washington), before securing its sixth pennant since moving from New York with a thrilling series win over St. Louis.

While the Royals are in the midst of a historic run, San Francisco is 15-2 in its last 17 in the postseason, a run that also includes two World Series titles.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the matchups at each position:

CATCHER

Buster Posey is one of the best players in baseball. He could be in the mix for his second NL MVP Award after a second half that saw him hit .354 with 12 home runs, 13 doubles and 43 RBI in 62 games. That’s continued here in the postseason, as he’s batting .333 with five RBI.

Given how much the Royals run the spotlight in this series will be on Posey, who threw out runners at a 29.8% clip this season, fifth in MLB among 15 qualified MLB catchers

Salvador Perez is as good as there is behind the plate, but he has struggled offensively in October. He may have had the winning hit in the wild card win, but is batting just .118 this postseason.

EDGE: GIANTS

FIRST BASE

Brandon Belt has been solid this postseason after hitting just .243 in the regular season. He’s batting .286 in these playoffs with a .781 OPS. Belt also delivered the game-winning homer in the Giants’ 18-inning win over the Nationals in Game 2 of the NLDS.

Like Belt, Eric Hosmer he has turned it on in the playoffs and is hitting .448 in the Royals’ eight playoff games.

Both are above average defensively, but Hosmer has just been tremendous in October.

EDGE: ROYALS

SECOND BASE

Joe Panik was one of the best rookies in the league this season and that has carried into the postseason. Panik homered in the Giants’ clincher and has struck out just once in the playoffs. However, he’s only batting .239 and managed just four hits in 22 at-bats against the Cardinals.

Still, he’s better than Omar Infante, one of the few Royals who doesn’t use his legs to his advantage. Infante has struck out nine times in eight games and is batting just .207.

EDGE: GIANTS

THIRD BASE

Pablo Sandoval has become one of the best postseason hitters of all-time and enters this series having reached base safely in 23 straight postseason games. Although he only has one RBI this postseason, he’s hitting .326, while playing a terrific third base.

Mike Moustakas has followed up an awful regular season that saw him hit .212 with a power surge in October, as he has a .655 slugging%age with a .922 OPS and four home runs in the playoffs.

EDGE: GIANTS

SHORTSTOP

Brandon Crawford set the tone for the Giants with a grand slam in the wild card win over the Pirates, but has hit just .211 in the playoffs. Still, anything San Francisco gets out of him at the plate is gravy, as he is one of the best defensive shortstops in the game.

Alcides Escobar is also a shortstop known more for his defense than what he brings to the plate, but he is hitting .278 this postseason and homered against the Orioles in the ALCS. It’s his speed, though, that gives him the edge here.

EDGE: ROYALS

LEFT FIELD

Travis Ishikawa’s pennant-clinching home run will go down in Giants history. As a great moment as it was, Ishikawa is a journeyman and admittedly, he is a first baseman playing left field.

Alex Gordon, on the other hand, is the best defensive left fielder in baseball. He also hit 19 home runs this season and leads the Royals with nine RBI in October.

EDGE: ROYALS

CENTER FIELD

Gregor Blanco did his part for the Giants in the regular season and has played some solid defense in the postseason. Offensively, though, he is only hitting .159

The best part of this postseason has been America’s introduction to Lorenzo Cain, who has become the breakout star of these playoffs. He may not have hit much in the ALDS, but his play in center field was as big a part of that series win. Cain let his bat do the talking against the Orioles, as he batted .533 (8-for-15) with two doubles, two walks and a stolen base and was named the MVP of the series.

EDGE: ROYALS

RIGHT FIELD

Hunter Pence has become the vocal leader of the Giants. Plus he’s one of the few Giants who has any power and he also stole 13 bases.

Nori Aoki has been tremendous at the plate this October, hitting .285, while getting on base almost 35-percent of the time as the team’s leadoff hitter. He also stole 17 bases during the season.

Both are an adventure in the field. They both look awkward out there, but more times than not they make the play. Still, Pence’s power threat and overall intangibles gives him the edge.

EDGE: GIANTS

DESIGNATED HITTER

An oblique strain limited Mike Morse to just two at-bats since August 31 before the NLCS. It was not a coincidence that the Giants struggled to score runs without him. He only had four at-bats against the Cardinals, but one was a game-tying home run in the eighth inning of the Game 5 triumph.

Billy Butler, one of the longer tenured Royals, had another solid season. But, “Country Breakfast” is what he is at this point. No longer the doubles machine he used to be, Butler can still be a threat at the plate and had one of the Royals’ two RBI in their clinching win over the O’s and has driven in five RBI this postseason.

EDGE: ROYALS

STARTING PITCHING

San Francisco doesn’t have many glaring advantages for this series, but it does have one with regards to the starting staff, namely left-hander Madison Bumgarner.

If there was no Kershaw we may very well be talking about an NL Cy Young Award for Bumgarner, who set career-high marks in wins (18) and strikeouts (219) and pitched to a 2.98 ERA.

That has carried over into the postseason, as he has pitched to a 1.42 ERA in four starts and 31 2/3 innings this postseason.

Bumgarner will be on regular rest if Bochy opts to use him in Game 1 against the Royals. And he should, as Bumgarner was also one of the best road pitchers in the league this season, going 11-4 with a 2.22 ERA in 18 starts away from AT&T Park. Both of his postseason wins this season have come on the road.

Bumgarner is followed by a pair of right-handed veterans in Jake Peavy and Tim Hudson, both of whom have been terrific in the playoffs. Ryan Vogelsong will also get a start and is 3-0 all-time in the postseason with a 2.16 ERA in six starts.

If there is one perceived weakness within the Royals it could be their starting pitching.

James Shields is the ace and will likely go in Game 1, but he certainly hasn’t lived up to his “Big Game” moniker come October, as he is just 3-4 in nine postseason starts with a 5.19 ERA. He’s also pitched to a 5.63 ERA in three starts in these playoffs.

Royals manager Ned Yost hasn’t announced his rotation, but if he opts to not change anything, Shields will be followed by hard-throwing rookie Yordano Ventura, veteran Jeremy Guthrie and lefty Jason Vargas.

EDGE: GIANTS

BULLPEN

Kansas City’s bullpen gets a ton of attention, and rightfully so, but the Giants corps has actually outpitched them from a statistical standpoint this postseason.

The Giants bullpen, which is spearheaded by closer Santiago Casilla, has pitched to a 1.78 ERA in the playoffs and has struck out 30 batters in 35 1/3 innings.

Lefty Yusmeiro Petit has been particularly effective in a long relief role, as he has two wins and has struck out 11 over nine scoreless innings.

Kansas City relievers, meanwhile, allowed two runs in five innings in Game 1 against the O’s, but pitched 11 2/3 scoreless innings the rest of the way. The three-headed monster of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland pitched to a 0.61 ERA over 14 2/3 frames.

Holland saved all four games in the series for the Royals, while no Kansas City starter recorded an out after the sixth inning.

Overall, KC’s pen has pitched to a 1.80 ERA in 35 innings.

Kansas City’s ‘pen is 6-0 with six saves, and San Francisco is 5-1 with five.

This is a case of stats not telling the whole story. As good as the Giants pen has been, you just have more faith in the Royals group getting the job done in a big spot.

EDGE: ROYALS

BENCH

As Morse showed, he’ll give the Giants some right-handed pop off the bench. Joaquin Arias will also be used in some late-inning running situations. Rounding out the bench will likely be outfielder Juan Perez, infielder Matt Duffy and catcher Andrew Susac.

Yost has two terrific speed options off his bench in outfielders Terrance Gore and Jarrod Dyson. Also, Josh Willingham has some pop from the right-hand side, not to mention Butler could become a huge factor in San Francisco.

The speed on the Royals’ side, though, gives them the advantage.

EDGE: ROYALS

MANAGERS

This is the third time in the last five years that Bochy has led the Giants to the World Series. He also guided the San Diego Padres to the postseason four times, including a World Series appearance in 1998. If he wins another title here, he may be on his way to the Hall of Fame.

Nobody has been criticized more than Yost. He’s left fans in Kansas City scratching their heads so often that they’ve coined a new adjective to describe situations when they seemed doomed by their manager: #yosted. You can call him a dunce all you want, but he’s now the first manager in baseball history to guide his team to eight straight victories to start the postseason.

EDGE: GIANTS


►   World Series Preview - San Francisco Giants vs. Kansas City Royals

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS: NL Wild Card (def. Pittsburgh Pirates); def. Washington Nationals, 3-1, in NLDS; def. St. Louis Cardinals, 4-1, in NLCS

KANSAS CITY ROYALS: AL Wild Card (def. Oakland Athletics); def. LA Angels, 3-0, in ALDS; def. Baltimore Orioles, 4-0, in ALCS

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Kansas City Royals are back in the World Series for the first time in 29 years. If they want to nail down their first title since that 1985 season, though, they’ll have to get past a team in the San Francisco Giants who will be vying for their third World Series championship in five years.

Kansas City kicks off the 110th edition of the Fall Classic against the Giants starting on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium.

A matchup nobody envisioned at the beginning of the playoffs, let alone the start of the season, the Royals and Giants become the first World Series matchup between wild card teams since the Los Angeles Angels beat San Francisco in 2002.

This also marks the first World Series in a non-shortened season to feature two teams with fewer than 90 wins in the regular season.

Kansas City’s run in October has been nothing short of spectacular, as it has become the first team in major league history to start its postseason with eight consecutive wins.

It didn’t look good for the Royals in their wild card game against the Oakland Athletics, as a curious pitching change by manager Ned Yost triggered a five- run inning for the A’s. Kansas City, though, started to show the resiliency that has been its trademark in these playoffs and rallied for a 9-8 win in 12 innings.

Kansas City had an easier time of it against the Angels, sweeping the American League Division Series in three games, thanks to two extra inning wins in Anaheim.

The Royals’ amazing run continued versus the Baltimore Orioles in the American League Championship Series, as they once again won in sweeping fashion, taking all four games to reach the World Series for just the third time in franchise history.

The Royals rely on their speed, defense, timely hitting, and, of course, one of the better bullpens in postseason history.

Kansas City relievers allowed two runs in five innings in Game 1 against the O’s, but pitched 11 2/3 scoreless innings the rest of the way. The three- headed monster of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland pitched to a 0.61 ERA over 14 2/3 frames.

“It’s definitely been the model for us,“ Yost said. “It started out, find a way to get the ball to Holly in the ninth inning. With Kelvin’s emergence this year, it turned into, ‘Let’s just find a way to get through six and we’re going to be in great shape.‘“

Holland saved all four games in the series for the Royals, while no Kansas City starter recorded an out after the sixth inning.

“You get through the sixth inning and you’re down a run, and, all of a sudden, here comes Herrera, here comes Davis, and here comes Holland,“ Yost added. “That’s a little bit deflating.“

No team signified small ball more than Kansas City, which won 89 games this season thanks in large part to its ability to play defense and manufacture runs. The Royals also led the AL with 153 stolen bases, but their 95 home runs were the fewest in baseball.

Kansas City, though, has found its power stroke in the playoffs, swatting eight home runs in its eight games.

If you are looking for a star on this Royals team, good luck.

Eric Hosmer, Alex Gordon, and Mike Moustakas get most of the attention, considering how highly regarded they were coming up through the organization, but Lorenzo Cain might be the most underrated player in the game.

Cain made a few game-changing plays with his glove in the ALDS, but was the driving force behind the Royals’ offensive attack in the ALCS, as he batted .533 (8-for-15) with two doubles, two walks and a stolen base and was named the MVP of the series.

“A lot of guys stepped up,“ said Cain, who matched Willie Wilson’s 1985 franchise record with eight ALCS hits. “Any of those guys, or even the entire bullpen, is definitely deserving. Luckily, I got it.“

There used to be a joke in New York that 75% of the world was covered in water and the other 25% was covered by Darrelle Revis. Well, people in Kansas City can now apply that joke to their outfield.

“There’s really no weaknesses,“ said Gordon, who set the tone in Wednesday’s win with a terrific catch, while running into a chain link fence. “It’s someone new every day, and someone new making the play every day. It’s pretty cool to be a part of eight guys out there that are very talented and very good at defense and good at what they do.“

If there is one perceived weakness within the Royals it could be their starting pitching. James Shields is the ace and will likely go in Game 1 against the Giants. Yost hasn’t announced his rotation, but if he opts to not change anything, Shields will be followed by hard-throwing rookie Yordano Ventura, veteran Jeremy Guthrie and left-hander Jason Vargas.

San Francisco, meanwhile, has made a habit recently of winning titles in even years, as the Giants ended a 56-year drought by beating the Texas Rangers in 2010, then swept the Detroit Tigers 2012.

Like the Royals, San Francisco’s run this year began with a wild card win, but it had a much easier time, as Madison Bumgarner blanked the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Then the Giants took out the NL’s best team, the Washington Nationals, in four games, before beating St. Louis in five games.

The Giants clinched their sixth NL pennant since moving to San Francisco in dramatic fashion on Thursday, as Travis Ishikawa stroked a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, setting off a wild celebration.

Michael Morse had belted a tying home run an inning earlier for the Giants, who homered three times in the clincher after going their previous six games without a home run.

As is the case with Kansas City, San Francisco can score from a number of different ways. All six of its runs in Game 5 were scored on home runs, but the Giants have hit only five homers this whole postseason.

In fact, before Thursday’s outburst, 12 of their last 22 runs were scored without recording a hit.

“When you put the ball in play, good things happen,“ San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. “If you’re not hitting long balls, you have to find ways to manufacture runs.“

Pablo Sandoval continues to be a postseason monster for the Giants, as the 2012 World Series MVP has reached base in 23 straight postseason games and his single in the ninth started the winning rally.

If there is one advantage the Giants will have against the Royals, it will be their starting staff, namely Bumgarner.

If there was no Kershaw we may very well be talking about an NL Cy Young Award for Bumgarner, who set career-high marks in wins (18) and strikeouts (219) and pitched to a 2.98 ERA.

That has carried over into the postseason, as the southpaw tossed a four-hit shutout to beat the Pirates, but then absorbed the lone loss in the NLDS for the Giants and only allowed two earned runs in seven innings.

Bumgarner was named the NLCS MVP, as he held the Cardinals to three runs in eight innings in Game 5 after throwing 7 2/3 scoreless innings in Game 1. Bumgarner finished the series with a 1.72 ERA in his two starts.

Between the wild-card game, the NLDS and NLCS, Bumgarner has a 1.42 ERA in four starts and 31 2/3 innings this postseason.

Bumgarner will be on regular rest if Bochy opts to use him in Game 1 against the Royals. And he should, as Bumgarner was also one of the best road pitchers in the league this season, going 11-4 with a 2.22 ERA in 18 starts away from AT&T Park. Both of his postseason wins this season have come on the road.

Bumgarner is followed by a pair of right-handed veterans in Jake Peavy and Tim Hudson, both of whom have been terrific in the playoffs. Ryan Vogelsong will also get a start and is 3-0 all-time in the postseason with a 2.16 ERA in six starts.

The Giants bullpen has been just as dominant as Kansas City’s, but gets nowhere near the recognition. The group, which is spearheaded by closer Santiago Casilla, has pitched to a 1.78 ERA in the playoffs and has struck out 30 batters in 35 1/3 innings.

Kansas City’s ‘pen is 6-0 with six saves, and San Francisco is 5-1 with five.

Lefty Yusmeiro Petit has been particularly effective in a long relief role, as he has two wins with 11 strikeouts over nine scoreless innings.

These teams actually met in the regular season, as the Royals completed a three-game sweep at Kauffman Stadium.

PROGNOSIS: There is nobody who could have predicted this World Series matchup at the start of the season. Heck nobody could have seen this coming at the start of the postseason. But, here we are. Two wild card teams with less than 90 wins in the regular season. They almost mirror each other in the way they play, too. Both have great bullpens, neither really relies on the long ball and both can score in a number of different ways. It should be a fun series to watch. As evenly matched as they are, the Royals just seem to do everything a little better. The Giants were able to take advantage of some St. Louis mistakes in the NLCS. The thing we’ve seen with the Royals in these playoffs is that they don’t make a whole lot of mistakes. And they seem to take advantage of every one the other team makes. If I was going to make a case for the Giants I may point toward their postseason experience. But I don’t think the Royals are going to be overwhelmed.

PREDICTION: ROYALS in SIX



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►   Keselowski remains alive in Chase with Talladega win

Desperately needing a victory to advance into the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, Brad Keselowski passed Ryan Newman for the lead on the final lap to win Sunday’s Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

While Keselowski moved on to the Eliminator Round, which begins next weekend at Martinsville, Jimmie Johnson, the six-time and defending Sprint Cup Series champion, and his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is NASCAR’s most popular driver, have been eliminated from championship contention. Kasey Kahne, also with Hendrick, and Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch are out of the Chase as well.

Keselowski joined Joey Logano, his teammate at Team Penske, and Kevin Harvick as those drivers who automatically advanced into the Eliminator Round by winning a race in the Contender Round. Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards and Jeff Gordon accumulated enough points to remain in the title hunt.

This race featured two green-white-checkered finish attempts. Keselowski held the top spot for the restart in the second two-lap overtime finish. Newman grabbed the lead on the penultimate lap, but on the last circuit around this 2.66-mile superspeedway, Keselowski pulled ahead of Newman. He then beat Kenseth to the finish line by 0.142 seconds for his series-leading sixth win of the season and the 16th of his career, including his third at Talladega.

Clint Bowyer finished third, followed by Landon Cassill and Newman.

Johnson led the most laps with 84 but ended up getting shuffled back in the field during the last two laps to finish 24th. Earnhardt, who led 31 laps, was involved in a multi-car wreck just after the restart for the first green- white-checkered attempt. He placed 31st.

Busch was caught up in a big crash on lap 103 and spent nearly 50 laps in the garage for repairs before his return. He finished 40th.

Kahne, who placed 12th, missed the cut into the next playoff round by just three points over teammate Gordon.


►   Kyle Busch involved in big crash at Talladega

Kyle Busch’s hopes of advancing into the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship took a big hit when he was involved in a multi-car crash during Sunday’s Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

The accident occurred on the backstretch on lap 103, right after a round of green flag pit stops had begun, and it involved Busch, A.J. Allmendinger, Aric Almirola, Alex Bowman, Austin Dillon, Terry Labonte, Tony Stewart and J.J. Yeley.

While running in a tight pack of cars, Almirola got into the back of Yeley and put him hard into the outside wall, triggering the incident. Busch sustained heavy damage to his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota when it appeared that Dillon collided into him. Busch was running in the back of the field in 37th at the time of the wreck.

“We were just all starting to shuffle around there and getting ready to pit, and I think it was the 83 (Yeley) in front of me, and I think he might have been trying to check up to get to the bottom,“ Almirola said. “I just barely started to push him, and it hooked his car, and we all wrecked.“

Busch along with Yeley, Almirola and Bowman had to take their cars to the garage for repairs. Busch was listed in last place in the 43-car field when the race resumed on lap 109.

It was the second caution in this 188-lap, 500-mile race. The first caution happened on lap 60 for a crash on the frontstretch involving Chase driver Joey Logano, who won two weeks ago at Kansas, and Jamie McMurray. Both drivers continued on in the event.

Busch came to Talladega second in the Chase standings, just six points behind leader Logano. After this race, the Chase field will be trimmed from 12 drivers to eight for the Eliminator Round, which begins next Sunday at Martinsville.



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►   Things we learned on Sunday of Week 7

It wasn’t a huge day for offensive production, Oh sure, Andrew Luck threw for 300 yards ... again, but overall the numbers were down this weekend.

Rookie Sammy Watkins led the receivers with 122 yards and two touchdowns including the game-winner in the final few seconds.

DeMarco Murray made it seven consecutive games to start the season with 100 yards or more and he’s scored a touchdown in six of the seven contests. It doesn’t get any more consistent than that.

Below are a few more things we observed.

Atlanta at Baltimore

The Falcons offense had been bad on the road before, but not this bad.

Atlanta averaged just 3.9 yards per play, went 3-for-13 on third down and allowed five sacks. Matt Ryan was 29-for-44 for 228 yards and threw one touchdown. At least he avoided throwing a pick.

Joe Flacco was disappointing for fantasy owners hoping for an encore after last week’s five touchdown performance in the first half. Because of an injury to the team’s long snapper, Flacco did throw a deep touchdown pass to Torrey Smith to help pad his stats. The former Fighting Blue Hen threw for 258 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Justin Forsett is still the leading rusher for the Ravens. He had 23 carries for 95 yards, but Bernard Pierce vultured the one Baltimore rushing touchdown. Pierce also had eight rushes for 21 yards.

Torrey Smith managed to avoid another fantasy dud, catching the late touchdown pass thrown from Flacco. Smith had three catches for 81 yards and the score.

Steve Smith, Sr. also had three catches for 67 yards. Owen Daniels caught the other touchdown pass and led the Ravens with six receptions and eight targets.

For the fourth straight game Julio Jones did not score a touchdown pass. Roddy White, however, had his best game of the season. He had nine catches for 100 yards and a touchdown. White saw 15 targets versus Jones’ eight.

It seemed like Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter tried to get Antone Smith more touches, but he still had just five, and he did not score. Steven Jackson had eight carries for 22 yards. As a team, Atlanta rushed for 68 yards and has not had a 100-yard rusher in the last 33 games.

Minnesota at Buffalo

This game was turnover galore early on, but it turned into an exciting comeback for Buffalo as the Bills won on the last play from scrimmage. Sammy Watkins led the comeback with nine receptions for 122 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner. Kyle Orton went 31-for-43, 283 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

The Bills lost both their running backs to injury in this game. Fred Jackson has a groin injury while C. J. Spiller reportedly has a broken his collar bone. Anthony Dixon or Bryce Brown will be a top waiver wire pickup next week.

Teddy Bridgewater regressed a little bit in his development at Orchard Park. He was 15-of-26 for 157 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

Finally, Jerick McKinnon officially took over the majority of the carries for the Vikings. He rushed 19 times for 103 yards versus Matt Asiata’s six carries for 24 yards.

There was a Cordarrelle Patterson sighting as he caught a touchdown, but he still had just 11 yards from scrimmage on three touchdowns. That’s right, Norv Turner again gave Patterson the ball fewer than five times. Greg Jennings was Minnesota’s leading receiver with six catches and 77 yards.

Miami at Chicago

Jay Cutler continued his inconsistent play as the Bears start 0-3 at home for the first time since 2004.

Cutler followed up his highest passing total of the season, 381 yard passing day in Week 6, with 190 yards against Miami. Just like the Green Bay game two Sundays ago, Chicago fell behind early and in a furious comeback attempt, the Bears turned the ball over three times. Cutler was responsible for two of them with an interception and a fumble.

Fantasy owners cannot count on Cutler producing consistent fantasy numbers. At his best, he is a clear-cut QB1. At his worst, he barely cracks the top-20.

The Chicago receivers had a huge size advantage, even more than usual, against the Dolphins small cornerbacks, but it produced very little results. Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery combined for eight catches and 57 yards.

The longest play from scrimmage for Chicago was a 39-yard pass interference penalty.

Matt Forte, however, continued to make his fantasy owners happy. He gained 109 yards from scrimmage on 17 touches and scored twice. Martellus Bennett had five catches for 58 yards.

Ryan Tannehill had perhaps his best day as a pro, going 24-for-30 with 266 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 50 yards, which included a 30- yard run on fourth and one halfway through the third quarter. On that play, Tannehill kept it on a read option; that play worked all day.

Mike Wallace and Charles Clay were on the receiving end of Tannehill’s two touchdown passes. Clay led the team with 58 receiving yards and Wallace led the Dolphins with five catches on eight targets.

Lamar Miller had 18 rushes for 61 yards and a touchdown. He is a solid RB2 option going forward.

New Orleans at Detroit

What looked like another typical Detroit disappointment turned into another amazing Matt Stafford comeback.

Stafford threw two touchdowns in the final four minutes to rally the Lions for a one-point victory. He was 27-of-40 with 299 yards, the two touchdowns and two interceptions. Golden Tate and Corey Fuller caught the two scores.

Who is Corey Fuller? Good question.

Tate had a huge day again with Calvin Johnson out. He had 10 catches for 154 yards, including a 73-yard grab Tate ran down the sidelines to score and help start the comeback.

It is no coincidence the Lions offense got going in the second half when offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi turned to Joique Bell in the running game. On Detroit’s first touchdown drive, Bell had six carries and capped it off with the touchdown.

Bell had 18 carries for 48 yards and a touchdown. Reggie Bush had four carries for 10 yards and should take a back seat to Bell going forward.

The Saints were also missing their biggest star on offense in Jimmy Graham. Although he dressed, he did not catch a pass. Austin Johnson caught the first touchdown of the game

Who is Austin Johnson? Another good question. His touchdown was his first target of his NFL career. We are still trying to figure out who Corey Fuller is.

Mark Ingram led the Saints in carries, but barely averaged a yard per carry. Khiry Robinson had a 8.7 average, but lost a fumble.

Marques Colston and Kenny Stills both went over 100 yards and Stills had a touchdown catch. Brees was 28-of-45 for 342 yards, one touchdown and an interception.

Carolina at Green Bay

The Green Bay offense was firing on all cylinders in Week 7, which makes any fantasy owner with a Packer in their lineup very happy.

Aaron Rodgers completed 19-of-22 passes for 255 yards and three touchdowns. He again spread the wealth as all three of his scores went to different receivers.

Randall Cobb led the team with seven targets, six receptions and 121 receiving yards. Jordy Nelson had four catches for 80 yards, and rookie Davante Adams had a single grab for 21 yards. All three caught a touchdown pass.

Eddie Lacy is still not the workhorse back for the Packers, but he looked great, rushing for 63 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown. James Starks remained fantasy relevant with seven rushes for 36 yards and a score.

Owners were likely salivating after Cam Newton’s performance last week and with Green Bay missing both their top cornerbacks. That adds to Newton owners’ frustration as he threw for just 205 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also gained 41 yards rushing.

It is obvious that Carolina cannot be the same dominate defensive team unless it can control the time of possession and the pace of the game with its running attack. Jonathan Stewart is not cutting it with 55 yards on 14 carries.

Greg Olsen had eight receptions for 105 yards, and Kelvin Benjamin caught a touchdown to avoid disappointing their owners.

Cincinnati at Indianapolis

Surprisingly, this game started out as a defensive battle to the dismay of fantasy owners everywhere.

Last week the Bengals overcame the absence of star wideout A.J. Green, but not today. They managed just 135 yards of offense. Given that number, we don’t need to discuss the individual players, they obviously did nothing.

The Colts ended up scoring a touchdown in each of the final three quarters, but the disappointing Bengals never did put the ball in the end zone.

Andrew Luck was his usual stellar self, putting another 300-yard passing game on the resume, with a pair of touchdown passes.

T.Y. Hilton was quite as magical as last Thursday night, but he still earned the 100-yard bonus (7-107-0).

The combination of Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw is working for the Colts and fantasy owners. Richardson combined for 118 yards from scrimmage and Bradshaw scored one rushing and once receiving and totaled 88 yards, so both guys posted double-digit fantasy points.

Cleveland at Jacksonville

Brian Hoyer was ugly, there is no other way of saying it. He was 12-of-34 for just 192 yards and couldn’t get his team into the end zone.

Ben Tate was not much better than Hoyer, rushing 14 times for just 37 yards.

Jordan Cameron, a dynamic player last weekend, was targeted five times and caught none of them.

Denard Robinson was the Jaguars primary ball carries in the first half, with nine carries and 64 yards to just two carries for one yards from Storm Johnson. He was the guy in the second half too. I guess we have our answer as to whom we should start going forward.

Seattle at St. Louis

At least Marshawn Lynch saw 20 touches today. That’s certainly an improvement. He totaled 71 yards, but had a touchdown run called back on a holding penalty, so his fantasy owners won’t like the final results.

Doug Baldwin was very good, getting a team-high 11 targets and catching seven for 123 yards and a touchdown. That’s almost as much as they got from Percy Harvin all season.

Say goodbye to any remaining fantasy value for Rams running back Zac Stacy. It appears the Rams are ready to hand over the keys to the backfield to rookie Tre Mason. It was Mason doing the running in the first quarter and scoring on a run right up the middle from the 6-yard line. In the second quarter Benny Cunningham scored on a shuffle pass and Mason continued to run the football finished with 18 carries for 85 yards and the touchdown. Meanwhile, Stacy and his fantasy owners can only watch.

Another great first half from the Rams. They might be the best first-half team this season. Despite their 2-4 record, they were up 21-0 over Dallas, 14-0 over the 49ers and 21-6 over the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks. This time they held on, though a late fumble made their fans sweat bullets.

Austin Davis was good at what they asked him to do. He threw 21 times, mostly short, and completed 18 for 152 yards and two touchdowns. Most importantly, he didn’t turn the ball over and wasn’t sacked.

Unfortunately, for fantasy owners, Davis hit eight different receivers and none had more than 46 yards receiving.

Tennessee at Washington

Running back Bishop Sankey is getting the work, but not doing much with it. Today it was 16 carries for 56 yards (3.5 ypc) and nothing in the passing game. He doesn’t appear to be the answer.

Kendall Wright led the Titans in targets (9) and yards (68) scoring one time. He’s a nice low-end WR3, but not much better than that, particularly with Charlie Whitehurst under center.

Delanie Walker got nothing going today and the bloom if off the rose after a nice run over the first four games of the season. he might not be playable until Jake Locker returns to the lineup.

Kirk Cousins was pulled after the first half and Colt McCoy led the Redskins to 13 second-half points and the victory. Robert Griffin III can’t return soon enough for fantasy owners, who might have handcuffed Cousins to him, but certainly don’t have room on their roster for McCoy too.

Alfred Morris was injured for part of this one, but didn’t do much with the 18 carries while in there.

As always, it’s boom or bust with DeSean Jackson and today was a bust (3-49-0). He did set up the winning field goal by drawing a pass interference penalty, but that doesn’t help his fantasy owners.

Pierre Garcon’s line looks good (5-87-1) until you realize he did almost all of the work on one play, a 70-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter. Other than the one play he was ineffective.

Kansas City at San Diego

Jamaal Charles looked very good and very healthy, rushing for 95 yards and a touchdown. As long as it stays that way, Knile Davis owners can’t use him as anything but insurance.

No Chiefs receiver had more than one catch in the first half. Really makes it tough to start any of them doesn’t it? Dwayne Bowe finished as the high man with five receptions for 84 yards.

When in doubt, quarterback Philip Rivers usually throws the ball to Antonio Gates. It’s rarely a bad idea. On the same second quarter drive he caught a 27-yard “toe-tapper” by the sidelines and a tipped pass for a 27-yard score. Gates finished with three receptions for 61 yards and the score.

Rivers played at an MVP level in the first half (11-of-16 for 122 yards and two scores) but was watching from the sidelines for most of the second half as the Chiefs controlled the ball and the clock. San Diego finished with just 21 minutes of possession time and Rivers couldn’t get anything going after the break.

Branden Oliver owners came back down to earth with a mediocre 16 touches for 78 yards and no scores. It happens to the best of them too.

New York Giants at Dallas

We saw the “good” Eli Manning. Doing nothing crazy he guided the Giants to two first-half touchdowns and zero turnovers. That’s all Tom Coughlin asks from him. He finished the day with 248 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Don’t blame this loss on Eli.

Andre Williams has done little with his starting opportunities. Sunday, he rushed for 51 yards on 18 carries. Last week it was 17 carries, 59 yards. Rashad Jennings’ job as the starter should be safe.

Odell Beckham Jr. scored twice. He and Manning have quickly become an “item.“

On a team with Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and “touchdown maker” Terrance Williams, Gavin Escobar caught two touchdown passes. What were the odds?

Williams, who also caught one in the end zone, has six touchdown catches in seven games this season, after having just five in 16 games last year.

Ho hum. Another 100-yards and a touchdown for Murray. Fantasy owners are just praying the workload, he had 29 touches today, isn’t too much for him come fantasy playoff time.

Dez Bryant was doing very little, or so it seemed. At the end of the 60 minutes he finished with nine catches for 151 yards.

Arizona at Oakland

The Cardinals offense runs so much better with Carson Palmer under center. The posted 14 first-half points with Palmer throwing for 158 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Playing the Raiders he didn’t need to do much more than that.

Andre Ellington continues to get the work, but is struggling to put up good fantasy numbers. Again Oakland he rushed for 88 yards on 24 carries (3.7 ypc). But it was backup Stepfan Taylor who scored twice.

Welcome back to reality Derek Carr. He couldn’t come close to repeating last week’s fantasy totals, going 16-of-28 for 173 yards and no scores. He’s a rookie, what did you expect?

Fantasy owners should have figured out by now that the Oakland running game belongs to Darren McFadden, not Maurice Jones-Drew or even a shared situation. Run DMC is still only a low-end option.

Andre Holmes where were you? Typical of Holmes who can be great one week and the “Invisible Man” the next. He caught three balls for 34 yards.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2014


National Football League
Houston at Pittsburgh, 8:30 PM - ESPN


Major League Baseball - World Series
No games scheduled


National Basketball Association - Preseason
Chicago at Cleveland, 7:00 PM - CSN-Chicago, FS-Ohio
New Orleans at Washington, 7:00 PM - CSN-DC
Philadelphia at Brooklyn, 7:30 PM - YES
Milwaukee at New York, 7:30 PM - MSG


National Hockey League
Tampa Bay at Edmonton, 9:30 PM - TVA Sports, SunSports, SNET-West, DSS


International Soccer
Genoa CFC vs. Empoli FC, 2:40 PM - beIN Sport
West Brom vs. Manchester United, 2:55 PM - NBCSN
United States vs. Haiti (Women’s World Cup Qualifier), 7:30 PM - FS1

High School Cross Country 2014: LKC CHAMPIONSHIP - Boys

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LKC CHAMPIONSHIP
MINERAL WELLS, WV
10.16.14
Boys Results

                                             SCORES
    1. Webster County High School           64     6. Braxton County High School          142
    2. Ritchie County High School           73     7. St Marys High School                146
    3. Wirt County High School              94     8. Doddridge County High School        166
    4. Williamstown High School             95     9. Calhoun County High School          211
    5. Roane County High School            136    10. Tyler Consolidated High School      260

                                            BOYS’ 5K RUN
                                       INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

  FIN   NAME                     TEAM                                     NUM    RESULTS   PTS
    1.  Brettley Harris (12)     Webster County High School              2661    16:15.3     1
    2.  Glenn McMillan (12)      Wirt County High School                 2670    16:31.5     2
    3.  Daniel Cooper (11)       Ritchie County High School              2634    16:38.9     3
    4.  Hunter Riffle (10)       Doddridge County High School            2621    16:49.1     4
    5.  Hunter Deem (11)         Ritchie County High School              2635    16:55.3     5
    6.  Seth Backus (10)         Braxton County High School              2601    16:58.5     6
    7.  Austin Hayes (11)        Webster County High School              2662    17:01.7     7
    8.  Caleb Pell (12)          Roane County High School                2644    17:06.6     8
    9.  Caleb Shirey (11)        Roane County High School                2646    17:16.2     9
   10.  Logan Kerby (11)         Wirt County High School                 2668    17:23.9    10
   11.  Chandler Antill (12)     Williamstown High School                2674    17:41.0    11
   12.  Brady Gorrell (9)        St Marys High School                    2652    17:46.8    12
   13.  Richard Butler (11)      St Marys High School                    2651    17:49.4    13
   14.  Chase Uppole (10)        Williamstown High School                2681    17:54.3    14
   15.  Cooper Brady (11)        Braxton County High School              2603    17:56.0    15
   16.  Adam Romano (12)         Webster County High School              2665    17:57.9    16
   17.  Tyler Beckett (9)        Williamstown High School                2675    17:59.5    17
   18.  Ben Cochrane (11)        Webster County High School              2658    18:01.0    18
   19.  Brady Ohrn (11)          Wirt County High School                 2671    18:01.3    19
   20.  Jacob Monn (12)          Ritchie County High School              2637    18:04.0    20
   21.  Travis Pickering (10)    Ritchie County High School              2638    18:04.7    21
   22.  Kyle Humphrey (12)       Webster County High School              2663    18:12.0    22
   23.  Austin Hall (12)         Williamstown High School                2680    18:13.3    23
   24.  Chase Sullivan (9)       Ritchie County High School              2640    18:27.9    24
   25.  Jacob Bell (9)           Ritchie County High School              2633    18:30.2     P
   26.  Walker Hashman (9)       St Marys High School                    2653    18:34.8    26
   27.  Holden Hunter (10)       Braxton County High School              2604    18:49.5    27
   28.  Andrew Mahaney (10)      Ritchie County High School              2636    18:50.7     P
   29.  Hunter McCoy (12)        Wirt County High School                 2669    18:52.1    29
   30.  Colby Marks (10)         Ravenswood High School                  2631    18:57.1     -
   31.  Chris Berman (12)        Williamstown High School                2676    19:00.3    30
   32.  Kyle Stutler (10)        Roane County High School                2647    19:12.3    31
   33.  Dylan Heiney (10)        Calhoun County High School              2613    19:20.9    32
   34.  Hunter Hayes (10)        Doddridge County High School            2618    19:24.7    33
   35.  Shane Robinson (12)      Wirt County High School                 2672    19:26.6    34
   36.  Ethan Collins (11)       Williamstown High School                2677    19:35.7     P
   37.  Jeffery Wright (10)      South Harrison High School              2648    19:39.6     -
   38.  Price Beane (11)         Braxton County High School              2602    19:41.1    36
   39.  Dustin Anderson (10)     Ravenswood High School                  2628    19:41.5     -
   40.  Jarod Ball (9)           Ravenswood High School                  2629    19:49.7     -
   41.  Ben Rock (10)            Doddridge County High School            2623    19:57.0    37
   42.  Logan Given (11)         Webster County High School              2660    19:58.0     P
   43.  Chris Murray (9)         Ravenswood High School                  2632    19:59.0     -
   44.  Ben Fredrick (9)         Calhoun County High School              2610    20:02.2    39
   45.  Troy Fisher (12)         Roane County High School                2642    20:03.2    40
   46.  Brad Lacy (9)            Calhoun County High School              2614    20:05.2    41
   47.  Robbie Cogar (11)        Webster County High School              2659    20:06.5     P
   48.  Shelton Crimm (10)       Doddridge County High School            2616    20:14.4    43
   49.  Luke Daugherty (9)       Tyler Consolidated High School          2654    20:18.2    44
   50.  Dakota Prevatte (12)     Gilmer County High School               2627    20:23.9     -
   51.  Devon Amos (10)          St Marys High School                    2649    20:28.3    45
   52.  Quinton Fleming (9)      Williamstown High School                2679    20:44.4     P
   53.  Jesse Gillespie (12)     Gilmer County High School               2625    20:46.8     -
   54.  Case Carter (9)          Calhoun County High School              2609    21:03.9    47
   55.  Rayne Somerville (9)     Ritchie County High School              2639    21:06.8     -
   56.  Logan Goodall (11)       Roane County High School                2643    21:08.2    48
   57.  Colten Oliver (10)       Doddridge County High School            2620    21:12.8    49
   58.  Chase Correll (9)        St Marys High School                    2755    21:17.4    50
   59.  Kamron Milhoan (10)      Tyler Consolidated High School          2657    21:23.8    51
   60.  Riley Cain (11)          Calhoun County High School              2608    21:49.6    52
   61.  Levi Riley (9)           Doddridge County High School            2622    22:05.9     P
   62.  Kyle Fleming (12)        Williamstown High School                2678    22:11.9     -
   63.  Eli Henthorn (9)         Tyler Consolidated High School          2656    22:17.2    54
   64.  Josh Frum (9)            Tyler Consolidated High School          2655    22:24.0    55
   65.  PJ Wright (9)            Tyler Consolidated High School          2754    22:25.5    56
   66.  Chris Lacy (11)          Calhoun County High School              2615    22:44.8     P
   67.  Ian Tetrick (11)         Braxton County High School              2605    23:09.8    58
   68.  Sebastian Morris (12)    Gilmer County High School               2626    23:16.5     -
   69.  Jaron Hall (9)           Calhoun County High School              2611    23:31.1     P
   70.  Drew Smarr (9)           Doddridge County High School            2624    23:56.7     P
   71.  James Reid (9)           Roane County High School                2645    24:04.4     P
   72.  Maverick Travis (10)     Webster County High School              2666    24:21.2     -
   73.  Christian Hash (11)      Calhoun County High School              2612    33:26.6     -


                                          TEAM RESULTS
         TEAM                                     NAME                    FIN    RESULTS    PTS

     1.  Webster County High School               Brettley Harris (12)      1      16:15      1
                                                  Austin Hayes (11)         7      17:01      7
                                                  Adam Romano (12)         16      17:57     16
                                                  Ben Cochrane (11)        18      18:01     18
                                                  Kyle Humphrey (12)       22      18:12     22
                                                  Logan Given (11)         42      19:58
                                                  Robbie Cogar (11)        47      20:06

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:27:26     64

     2.  Ritchie County High School               Daniel Cooper (11)        3      16:38      3
                                                  Hunter Deem (11)          5      16:55      5
                                                  Jacob Monn (12)          20      18:04     20
                                                  Travis Pickering (10)    21      18:04     21
                                                  Chase Sullivan (9)       24      18:27     24
                                                  Jacob Bell (9)           25      18:30
                                                  Andrew Mahaney (10)      28      18:50

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:28:08     73

     3.  Wirt County High School                  Glenn McMillan (12)       2      16:31      2
                                                  Logan Kerby (11)         10      17:23     10
                                                  Brady Ohrn (11)          19      18:01     19
                                                  Hunter McCoy (12)        29      18:52     29
                                                  Shane Robinson (12)      35      19:26     34

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:30:13     94

     4.  Williamstown High School                 Chandler Antill (12)     11      17:41     11
                                                  Chase Uppole (10)        14      17:54     14
                                                  Tyler Beckett (9)        17      17:59     17
                                                  Austin Hall (12)         23      18:13     23
                                                  Chris Berman (12)        31      19:00     30
                                                  Ethan Collins (11)       36      19:35
                                                  Quinton Fleming (9)      52      20:44

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:30:47     95

     5.  Roane County High School                 Caleb Pell (12)           8      17:06      8
                                                  Caleb Shirey (11)         9      17:16      9
                                                  Kyle Stutler (10)        32      19:12     31
                                                  Troy Fisher (12)         45      20:03     40
                                                  Logan Goodall (11)       56      21:08     48
                                                  James Reid (9)           71      24:04

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:34:45    136

     6.  Braxton County High School               Seth Backus (10)          6      16:58      6
                                                  Cooper Brady (11)        15      17:56     15
                                                  Holden Hunter (10)       27      18:49     27
                                                  Price Beane (11)         38      19:41     36
                                                  Ian Tetrick (11)         67      23:09     58

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:36:33    142

     7.  St Marys High School                     Brady Gorrell (9)        12      17:46     12
                                                  Richard Butler (11)      13      17:49     13
                                                  Walker Hashman (9)       26      18:34     26
                                                  Devon Amos (10)          51      20:28     45
                                                  Chase Correll (9)        58      21:17     50

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:35:54    146

     8.  Doddridge County High School             Hunter Riffle (10)        4      16:49      4
                                                  Hunter Hayes (10)        34      19:24     33
                                                  Ben Rock (10)            41      19:57     37
                                                  Shelton Crimm (10)       48      20:14     43
                                                  Colten Oliver (10)       57      21:12     49
                                                  Levi Riley (9)           61      22:05
                                                  Drew Smarr (9)           70      23:56

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:37:36    166

     9.  Calhoun County High School               Dylan Heiney (10)        33      19:20     32
                                                  Ben Fredrick (9)         44      20:02     39
                                                  Brad Lacy (9)            46      20:05     41
                                                  Case Carter (9)          54      21:03     47
                                                  Riley Cain (11)          60      21:49     52
                                                  Chris Lacy (11)          66      22:44
                                                  Jaron Hall (9)           69      23:31

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:42:19    211

    10.  Tyler Consolidated High School           Luke Daugherty (9)       49      20:18     44
                                                  Kamron Milhoan (10)      59      21:23     51
                                                  Eli Henthorn (9)         63      22:17     54
                                                  Josh Frum (9)            64      22:24     55
                                                  PJ Wright (9)            65      22:25     56

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:48:47    260

    11.  South Harrison High School               Jeffery Wright (10)      37      19:39

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **                 19:39

    12.  Gilmer County High School                Dakota Prevatte (12)     50      20:23
                                                  Jesse Gillespie (12)     53      20:46
                                                  Sebastian Morris (12)    68      23:16

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:04:25

    13.  Ravenswood High School                   Colby Marks (10)         30      18:57
                                                  Dustin Anderson (10)     39      19:41
                                                  Jarod Ball (9)           40      19:49
                                                  Chris Murray (9)         43      19:59

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:18:26

High School Cross Country 2014: LKC CHAMPIONSHIP - Girls

The Gilmer Free Press
LKC CHAMPIONSHIP
MINERAL WELLS, WV
10.16.14
Girls Results

                                             SCORES
    1. Williamstown High School             64     5. Wirt County High School             120
    2. Doddridge County High School         65     6. Ritchie County High School          128
    3. St Marys High School                 79     7. Tyler Consolidated High School      138
    4. Braxton County High School           90

                                            GIRL’S 5K RUN
                                       INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

  FIN   NAME                     TEAM                                     NUM    RESULTS   PTS
    1.  Hailey Miller (12)       Ravenswood High School                  2706    20:13.5     -
    2.  Kasey McNamara (9)       Williamstown High School                2749    20:22.1     1
    3.  Taylor Treadway (12)     Ravenswood High School                  2707    20:43.2     -
    4.  Logan Frame (12)         Braxton County High School              2684    20:43.6     2
    5.  Alex Gorrell (12)        St Marys High School                    2721    21:11.0     3
    6.  Ryan Wilson (9)          St Marys High School                    2724    21:15.6     4
    7.  Allie Robinson (12)      Williamstown High School                2750    21:20.2     5
    8.  Abby Charles (10)        Doddridge County High School            2691    21:23.9     6
    9.  Amanda Reynolds (09)     Tyler Consolidated High School          2728    21:25.5     7
   10.  Taylor Mace (12)         Ritchie County High School              2711    21:34.4     8
   11.  Megan Carder (10)        Doddridge County High School            2690    21:35.9     9
   12.  Courtney King (11)       Webster County High School              2733    21:37.4     -
   13.  Taylor Love (11)         Ravenswood High School                  2705    21:40.2     -
   14.  Mary Kerby (11)          Wirt County High School                 2741    21:52.2    10
   15.  Lillian Greenleaf (11)   Wirt County High School                 2740    22:02.6    11
   16.  Amber Watson (11)        Tyler Consolidated High School          2730    22:06.1    12
   17.  Savanah Ferguson (10)    Doddridge County High School            2692    22:13.4    13
   18.  Tiara Hunter (11)        Braxton County High School              2686    22:24.1    14
   19.  Sarah Settle (12)        Williamstown High School                2751    22:28.6    15
   20.  Kate Golinsky (11)       Braxton County High School              2685    22:34.0    16
   21.  Katie Billeter (11)      St Marys High School                    2718    22:37.7    17
   22.  Alexis Leggett (10)      Doddridge County High School            2697    22:47.9    18
   23.  McKenzie Newton (09)     Doddridge County High School            2698    22:51.1    19
   24.  Gracie James (09)        Doddridge County High School            2696    22:51.7     P
   25.  Sierra King (10)         Webster County High School              2734    22:54.9     -
   26.  Charlotte Gray (12)      Williamstown High School                2747    23:11.0    21
   27.  Sophie Cox (09)          Williamstown High School                2744    23:30.2    22
   28.  Haley Stephenson (11)    Doddridge County High School            2701    23:36.8     P
   29.  Olivia Vanoy (12)        Ritchie County High School              2712    23:47.0    24
   30.  Emily Meeks (9)          St Marys High School                    2723    23:55.6    25
   31.  Tristen Brown (10)       Braxton County High School              2683    23:57.2    26
   32.  Kendra Garvin (10)       Doddridge County High School            2693    24:07.9     -
   33.  Janessa Adams (12)       Ritchie County High School              2708    24:15.8    27
   34.  Madison Loughridge (10)  Webster County High School              2735    24:16.7     -
   35.  Taylor Hammond (11)      Ritchie County High School              2709    24:20.2    28
   36.  Allyssa Kern (11)        Williamstown High School                2748    24:28.2     P
   37.  Kylee Buzzard (10)       St Marys High School                    2719    24:40.8    30
   38.  Kalleigh Knicely (12)    Wirt County High School                 2742    24:44.9    31
   39.  Nicoletta Bonazzo (10)   Braxton County High School              2682    24:50.2    32
   40.  Caitlin Cottrell (10)    Wirt County High School                 2739    24:53.1    33
   41.  Kaley Strauss (10)       Williamstown High School                2753    25:13.8     P
   42.  Emily Pelfrey (11)       Wirt County High School                 2743    25:24.3    35
   43.  Renne Fisher (12)        Roane County High School                2713    25:37.0     -
   44.  Autumn Browning (12)     Wirt County High School                 2737    25:47.4     P
   45.  Giovanna Pennesi (10)    Roane County High School                2715    25:57.7     -
   46.  Addie Bailey (9)         Wirt County High School                 2736    26:17.7     P
   47.  MacKenzie Huff (11)      Gilmer County High School               2703    26:20.6     -
   48.  Kaylee Hulin (9)         Tyler Consolidated High School          2727    26:50.9    38
   49.  Loren Fulks (09)         Williamstown High School                2746    26:52.0     -
   50.  Samantha Cain (12)       Wirt County High School                 2738    27:16.3     -
   51.  Mikayla Toney (09)       Calhoun County High School              2688    27:28.0     -
   52.  Mariah Stansberry (10)   Williamstown High School                2752    27:44.0     -
   53.  Megan Sole (09)          Tyler Consolidated High School          2729    27:55.1    39
   54.  Sydney McCullough (9)    South Harrison High School              2717    28:03.4     -
   55.  Mara Eisenbarth (9)      St Marys High School                    2720    28:42.1     P
   56.  Erica Anderson (9)       South Harrison High School              2716    29:35.2     -
   57.  Mackenzie Deem (11)      Williamstown High School                2745    30:31.4     -
   58.  Kelcie Metz (10)         Roane County High School                2714    30:34.5     -
   59.  Hannah Kopshina (09)     Ritchie County High School              2710    31:21.3    41
   60.  Katherine Keith (11)     Gilmer County High School               2704    31:33.6     -
   61.  Damara Winfrey (11)      Tyler Consolidated High School          2731    32:31.3    42
   62.  Emmie Glass-Hotch (9)    Gilmer County High School               2702    32:46.7     -
   63.  Samantha Maidens (10)    St Marys High School                    2722    37:32.4     P
   64.  Shawna Frazier (11)      Webster County High School              2732    41:43.5     -


                                          TEAM RESULTS

         TEAM                                     NAME                    FIN    RESULTS    PTS

     1.  Williamstown High School                 Kasey McNamara (9)        2      20:22      1
                                                  Allie Robinson (12)       7      21:20      5
                                                  Sarah Settle (12)        19      22:28     15
                                                  Charlotte Gray (12)      26      23:11     21
                                                  Sophie Cox (09)          27      23:30     22
                                                  Allyssa Kern (11)        36      24:28
                                                  Kaley Strauss (10)       41      25:13

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:50:51     64

     2.  Doddridge County High School             Abby Charles (10)         8      21:23      6
                                                  Megan Carder (10)        11      21:35      9
                                                  Savanah Ferguson (10)    17      22:13     13
                                                  Alexis Leggett (10)      22      22:47     18
                                                  McKenzie Newton (09)     23      22:51     19
                                                  Gracie James (09)        24      22:51
                                                  Haley Stephenson (11)    28      23:36

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:50:49     65

     3.  St Marys High School                     Alex Gorrell (12)         5      21:11      3
                                                  Ryan Wilson (9)           6      21:15      4
                                                  Katie Billeter (11)      21      22:37     17
                                                  Emily Meeks (9)          30      23:55     25
                                                  Kylee Buzzard (10)       37      24:40     30
                                                  Mara Eisenbarth (9)      55      28:42
                                                  Samantha Maidens (10)    63      37:32

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:53:38     79

     4.  Braxton County High School               Logan Frame (12)          4      20:43      2
                                                  Tiara Hunter (11)        18      22:24     14
                                                  Kate Golinsky (11)       20      22:34     16
                                                  Tristen Brown (10)       31      23:57     26
                                                  Nicoletta Bonazzo (10)   39      24:50     32

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:54:28     90

     5.  Wirt County High School                  Mary Kerby (11)          14      21:52     10
                                                  Lillian Greenleaf (11)   15      22:02     11
                                                  Kalleigh Knicely (12)    38      24:44     31
                                                  Caitlin Cottrell (10)    40      24:53     33
                                                  Emily Pelfrey (11)       42      25:24     35
                                                  Autumn Browning (12)     44      25:47
                                                  Addie Bailey (9)         46      26:17

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:58:55    120

     6.  Ritchie County High School               Taylor Mace (12)         10      21:34      8
                                                  Olivia Vanoy (12)        29      23:47     24
                                                  Janessa Adams (12)       33      24:15     27
                                                  Taylor Hammond (11)      35      24:20     28
                                                  Hannah Kopshina (09)     59      31:21     41

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               2:05:17    128

     7.  Tyler Consolidated High School           Amanda Reynolds (09)      9      21:25      7
                                                  Amber Watson (11)        16      22:06     12
                                                  Kaylee Hulin (9)         48      26:50     38
                                                  Megan Sole (09)          53      27:55     39
                                                  Damara Winfrey (11)      61      32:31     42

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               2:10:47    138

     8.  South Harrison High School               Sydney McCullough (9)    54      28:03
                                                  Erica Anderson (9)       56      29:35

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **                 57:38

     9.  Gilmer County High School                MacKenzie Huff (11)      47      26:20
                                                  Katherine Keith (11)     60      31:33
                                                  Emmie Glass-Hotch (9)    62      32:46

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:30:39

    10.  Ravenswood High School                   Hailey Miller (12)        1      20:13
                                                  Taylor Treadway (12)      3      20:43
                                                  Taylor Love (11)         13      21:40

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:02:36

    11.  Webster County High School               Courtney King (11)       12      21:37
                                                  Sierra King (10)         25      22:54
                                                  Madison Loughridge (10)  34      24:16
                                                  Shawna Frazier (11)      64      41:43

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:50:30

    12.  Calhoun County High School               Mikayla Toney (09)       51      27:28

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **                 27:28

    13.  Roane County High School                 Renne Fisher (12)        43      25:37
                                                  Giovanna Pennesi (10)    45      25:57
                                                  Kelcie Metz (10)         58      30:34

                                                  ** TEAM TOTAL **               1:22:08

Delegate Brent Boggs: Voter Appreciation Picnic - 10.26.14

The Gilmer Free Press

Quilters Get-A-Way Weekend at North Bend State Park October 22–26, 2014

The Gilmer Free Press

Enjoy the peaceful setting that North Bend State Park offers during the fall Quilters Get-A-Way Weekend October 22-26, 2014.

This four-day experience is a relaxing time to spend working on unfinished projects or taking a class to learn from skilled quilters.

“North Bend offers several quilters retreats during the year, but the autumn long-weekend event encourages some holiday thinking as well as providing time to spend with friends and share ideas,” said Ken Zebo, activities coordinator at North Bend State Park.

Marilyn Maher is a featured instructor. Her class, “Celebrations,” features the making of a holiday table runner or wall hanging. Participants will select a holiday and an appropriate kit will be provided. Karen Harris, another featured instructor, offers “Big Stitch Quilting,“ a class done with #8 pearl cotton thread to give your project an old-fashioned look simply and efficiently.

Instructions about fabrics and supplies will be given upon registration for either class. Marilyn’s class will be offered Wednesday through Saturday and Karen’s class will be offered Thursday through Sunday. A refreshment station with coffee, tea and water will be provided. Quilters may bring their own refreshments or snacks.

Quilters Get-A-Way weekend packages are available for single room occupancy or up to four-person room occupancy. The package includes three nights lodging and activities. Double occupancy rate is $257.34. Activity fees without lodging are $30. Advance registration is required.

To register for the classes and activities, contact Marilyn Maher at 304.428.7424 or Karen Harris at 304.386.4238 to secure a space and receive a supply list or kit for their classes. Class size is limited so early registration is recommended. For lodging, call North Bend State Park at 304.643.2931.

North Bend State Park is easily accessible from U.S. Hwy 50, a four-lane highway stretching west to east from Parkersburg to Clarksburg. Driving EAST, take U.S. Hwy 50 to the junction of WV Hwy 31 to Cairo and follow the signs to the park. Driving WEST, take U.S. Hwy 50 to WV Hwy 16 (Harrisville) and follow the signs to the park.

Visit www.northbendsp.com for more information.

FPWV1011- House For Sale

House for Sale

Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Open House – Thursday, 10.23.14

The Gilmer Free Press


The Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center will host an Open House, Parent Teacher Conference and Local School Improvement Council (LSIC) meeting on Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

Please attend this event if you have a student enrolled at Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center to discuss their progress.

The LSIC will also meet during the evening at 5:00 PM.

The Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center has gone through several renovations this summer.

New tile, painting, and some new furniture have been added.

Please stop in and see the center and all the programs it offers.

Examples of student projects and credentials will be on display.

The Culinary Program students will have snacks available for purchase.

No appointment is required.

Special Oktoberfest Dinner at GSC on October 23, 2214

The Gilmer Free Press

The public is invited to Mollohan’s Restaurant at Glenville State College on Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 4:30 until 7:00 PM for GSC’s Oktoberfest Premium Night.


The Menu For The Dinner Includes:

•  Chicken Cordon Bleu

•  Beef Sauerbraten

•  Grilled Brats with Sauerkraut

•  Soft Pretzels with Cheese Sauce and German Mustard

•  Beer Battered Onion Rings

•  Medley of Green Beans

•  Asparagus and Carrots

•  A Spätzle Station

•  German Potato Salad

•  Full Salad Bar and Cheddar Cheese Soup


Desserts For The Special Dinner Will Include:

•  Baked Apple Strudel

•  Black Forest Cake

•  German Chocolate Cake

•  Carrot Cake


Costs for the Oktoberfest Premium Night are $ 13.75 for guests, $ 12.75 for seniors, $12.50 for faculty and staff using Flex Dollars, $10.30 for students using Flex Dollars, and $6.50 for children under 12.

Reservations are welcome and can be made by contacting the GSC Dining Services Office at 304.462.6360.

Reservations may be left on the voice mail​

For Rent: 4-Bedroom House

The Gilmer Free Press

FOR RENT

Tanner Area

Nice 4-Bedroom House with Acreage

Good Hunting, Gas Heat Paid

$565 per Month Trash Collection Included

Reference Required, No Inside Pets

Call 304.904.1374 or 304.462.0282

For Rent: 2-Bedroom Upper Apartment

The Gilmer Free Press

FOR RENT

Rt. 5 West

Clean 2-Bedroom Upper Apartment

With Washer and Dryer

Partially Furnished

$345 per Month plus Deposit

References Required

No Pets

Water and Trash Included

Call 304.904.1374 or 304.462.0282

G-Comm™: Hoppy’s Commentary - WVU’s Post Game Celebration Goes Too Far… Again

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WVU wins a big football game and students turn Morgantown into a riot zone.

Stop me if you’ve heard this before.

Unfortunately, the big story the day after the Mountaineers upset 4th ranked Baylor 41-27 isn’t about the game, but rather about how a portion of the fan base upended the community.

According to Morgantown City Police, the trouble started about 10:30 Saturday night when authorities responded to “reports of street parties with the probability of riots and fires throughout locations in Morgantown.”

Police say the initial complaints came from the infamous Sunnyside district, but rowdy crowds then spread to other parts of town.

Rioters set fires, pushed over street lights and threw rocks and beer bottles at public safety personnel and their vehicles. “The extent of damage throughout the city is currently unknown, but will be assessed over the next couple of days,” according to a Morgantown Police Department release.

Police say they called for the crowds to disband, but when they didn’t the police used pepper spray and chemical munitions “to disperse the crowds and prevent any serious injuries and minimize any additional property damage.”

Video turning up on social media shows scary scenes of students scrambling to safety when the police start firing tear gas.

Morgantown and WVU have been through this before, unfortunately, so we know what will follow.  Some will accuse the police of not being fully prepared, and then overreacting to the situation.  WVU will promise to take action against those students the University can identify as rioters.

But we have to keep in mind it’s the behavior of the rioters that’s most embarrassing.

Mountaineer fans packed Milan Puskar Stadium Saturday and played a role in the most significant victory in several years.  But for some, the unbridled joy that came with the win wasn’t enough.  They felt the need—fueled by alcohol–to adopt a mob mentality, destroying property and assaulting authorities.

WVU continually struggles with its image as a party school.  I’ve always believed there’s nothing wrong with attending a University where you can get a quality education and have a good time.

However, there’s a difference between a party and a riot. Unfortunately, we were reminded again Saturday night that the behavior of some WVU students too easily descends into the latter.

G-OB™: Little Kanawha Bus Is Now Hiring One Full Time or Part Time Driver

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Little Kanawha Bus Is Now Hiring One Full Time or Part Time Driver to Work in Gilmer County

Minimum Qualifications:

Individual must be 23 years of age or older. Individual must be able to pass a physical examination and be certified medically acceptable for work by the examining physician. Individual must be able to pass a back ground check and have no serious accidents in the past five years. Individual must be able to pass a Pre-Hire Drug test and enter a Random Drug and Alcohol Pool with other LKB employees upon their employment. Individual must be willing to take training in CPR, First Aide, PASS and other trainings requested. This position could be an asset for a retired individual that would like to supplement their income. Starting salary will be $8.00 an hour. Full time driver would receive vacation and sick leave. Insurance also available. Part time drivers do not receive benefits.

This position will be to transport in Gilmer County area and transport to Clarksburg, Flatwoods, and Weston on specific days and drive in Calhoun if needed on other days if hired for a part time position. If hired for a full time position individual would work in the office helping answer phones on days not driving.

Please call toll free at 1.866.354.5522 with any questions. Little Kanawha Bus is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.


LETTERS OF INTERST AND RESUME MUST BE RECEIVED no later than 4:00 PM on October 31,  2014 TO THE FOLLOWING:

Darlene Crane/Manager
PO Box 387
Grantsville, WV 26147

Can also email: or fax to 304.354.6225

WV Legislative Update: Delegate Brent Boggs - Chairman of the House Committee on Finance - 10.20.14

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It seems like every channel you turn to on cable or satellite TV, someone is interviewing healthcare professionals and looking to elicit some insider info to further frighten our nation about the Ebola virus, Ebola outbreak and the disease, symptoms and overall situation in the U.S. and around the world. This is certainly something of great concern and bears watching closely throughout America.  As of this writing, one person has died from the disease in the U.S.  Several others have been successfully treated.  The safety of our population is of paramount importance.

In doing some quick research, statistics indicate that, in an average year, approximately 36,000 Americans die from either the flu or flu-related illnesses.  I mention this for two reasons:  first, get a flu shot.  It’s worth your time and definitely may protect you and others from a very serious illness.

Second, the twenty-four hour news continues to churn and scare our citizens about the Ebola outbreak.  While it is a very serious and dangerous situation, compare that with the annual flu statistics and maybe the 24 hour news channels should give some equal time to influenza: a disease that kills many more citizens each year.  America should not be paralyzed with fear; we need to be alert and aware to all threats to our public health.

With interim meetings this week at the Capitol, another busy time is in store for House and Senate members.  Several interim studies are under way and despite the size of the Capitol building, meeting space is somewhat difficult to obtain.  We always use the largest venue available – the House Chamber – for meetings that will need to accommodate large numbers of members and provide sufficient room for visitors, guests and interested parties.  It’s not uncommon for the hallways to be teeming with members and guests waiting for one meeting to adjourn so we can promptly empty the room and move the next meeting into place.  While it often seems to be chaotic, the House and Senate staff members keep everything moving in an orderly and efficient fashion.

This week, I will be meeting with the new State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Michael Martirano.  While this will be the first opportunity I’ve had to meet him in person, there are several issues I want to bring up on the education front and obtain his feedback.  One issue in particular is full implementation of HB 3160 - Providing for a pilot initiative on governance of schools jointly established by adjoining counties.  Sponsored by my friend and colleague, Delegate David Walker, the bill was passed by the House and Senate unanimously and was eventually signed into law by Governor Tomblin during the 2013 session.

The decision to construct a joint elementary school to serve Troy and Alum Bridge across county lines was a local decision by both counties.  The Legislature had no role in the decision.  However, early in the process, there were very legitimate concerns that Gilmer County was not being afforded equal footing in governance, decisions, etc.  HB 3160 was signed into law to make the Gilmer-Lewis venture a true working laboratory of what it takes to make a two county school work effectively and fairly for students, families and educator in both counties.

The lack of implementing this bill as intended by state officials will certainly severely dampen any hopes of similar opportunities working in other areas of our State.  I look forward to meeting with Superintendent Martirano about this and other issues of importance for our area.  It is also imperative that local control is returned to the school system as soon as possible.

Finally, remember that early voting gets underway this week.  Regardless of your choice of candidates, be certain to exercise your right to vote.  Every vote counts.


Please send your inquiries to the Capitol Office at:  Building 1, Room 462-M, Charleston, WV 25305.  Or, call the Finance Committee office at 304.340.3230; or Jennifer McPherson at 304.340.3942; or, fax to 304.340.3388.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.  For those with Internet access, my e-mail address is: .

You may also obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and leave me a message on the Legislature’s web site at www.legis.state.wv.us/.  When leaving a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional information, including agency links and the state government phone directory, may be found at www.wv.gov. Also, you may follow me on Facebook at “Brent Boggs”, Twitter at “@DelBrentBoggs” , as well as the WV Legislature’s Facebook page at “West Virginia Legislature” or on Twitter at twitter.com/wvlegislature.

Continue to remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  Until next week – take care.

MAKING FALL MEMORIES IN THE MOUNTAIN STATE

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Greeting us with brilliant red, yellow and orange foliage, a breath of crisp cool air and the crunch of fallen leaves underfoot, the autumn season calls us to linger outside a little longer and enjoy the natural beauty of the Mountain State.  Whether you’re hiking the Appalachian Trail, enjoying the history of Babcock State Park or selecting your perfect pumpkin to carve, the opportunities for family fun and beautiful photos are abundant.

With more than 80 percent of the state covered in forest, all you need to do to see and experience Mother Nature’s handiwork is look out the closest window, as fall color is everywhere in the Mountain State.  Recommended points of interest include the New River Gorge (a great place to mountain bike) and Harpers Ferry (a great place to capture a bit of history).  If you’re looking to take a scenic drive, simply get in your car with family and friends and drive down any West Virginia country road. 

One of the most popular ways to enjoy fall foliage is by train.  Whether you choose Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad, the New Tygart Flyer, Cheat Mountain Salamander, New River Train Excursions or the Durbin Rocket, there are many trips available that will take you into the heart of West Virginia’s mountains-including one that drops passengers off to spend the night in a caboose and another that includes eagle sightings on more than 90 percent of its excursions.

If you happen to live in an area where the leaves have peaked-or they’ve fallen due to recent rain and wind-grab your boots, pack up the kids and visit one of West Virginia’s “pick your own” farms.  Be sure to have your camera ready for those special moments-picking the perfect pumpkin to take home and decorate, gathering a basket (or shirt-full) of apples for fresh pies and spending time with family (which is what it’s all about).

As the sun begins to set and the chill of autumn sets in, grab a flashlight and a couple friends to experience the history and heritage of the West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville, first opened in 1876, or the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, the largest hand-cut stone masonry building in North America.

The opportunities to experience Wild, Wonderful West Virginia with our families and friends are plentiful-from winter snowflakes and spring blooms to long summer days and colorful fall foliage. No matter where this fall season takes you, I hope it’s filled with family fun and memories to last a lifetime. I encourage you to find your adventure at www.GoToWV.com  and share your wild and wonderful stories and photos on Twitter with#GoToWV.

Congressman McKinley: 10.17.14

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Stopping the Ebola Epidemic from Spreading

In response to the recent spread of the Ebola virus from West Africa to the United States, I am urging the Obama Administration and public health officials to take a more aggressive response, including restricting travel from West African countries where there have been significant outbreaks.

Combating the spread of Ebola requires an aggressive and coordinated plan. Unfortunately the response thus far has been full of missteps and confusion and the American public is losing confidence.

Stopping the outbreak in West Africa is the only way to contain the virus – and the U.S. needs to continue to provide leadership on that front– but there are several common sense steps we need to take to protect the American people. Temporarily banning travel from the West African countries hit hardest by Ebola until this gets under control should be one step.

A travel ban won’t solve the Ebola crisis, but it should be part of a broader strategy, including resources to fight the outbreak in Africa, enhanced screenings at airports, and more intensive training for health care workers. The United States has the best health care system in the world, despite the inadequate response thus far, I am confident we can lead the fight to defeat Ebola with a more aggressive plan.

Yesterday the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of Energy and Commerce held a hearing with leadership from the Centers for Disease Control and National Institutes of Health. The hearing was just the latest action taken by the House to address the threat to public health.


Addressing the Natural Gas Utilization Conference

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to speak at the Penn State Natural Gas Utilization Conference, where I highlighted the potential for economic growth in the region as a result of the Marcellus and Utica Shale.

The abundance of natural gas in our region can transform America’s economy and pave the way for a renaissance in manufacturing. We just need to make sure we don’t get in the way. The prospect of thousands of jobs, billions in investment, and lower energy prices should be something we embrace. Unfortunately, there are some in Washington who want to impede this progress.

There are several challenges facing the natural gas industry, including scare tactics about hydraulic fracturing, delays in permitting for pipeline infrastructure, and efforts to stop the export of LNG.

We are sitting on top of the second largest natural gas field in the world, which has the potential to provide a competitive advantage to American manufacturers and attract huge investments like ethane crackers. We need to be vigilant and stop actions that would derail it.


Meeting with Volunteer Firefighters

According to the National Fire Protection Association, 69% of firefighters in the U.S. are volunteers. They represent an important entity in our communities, and are supported by their local areas. That is why I met with volunteer firefighters in Marshall County this week, to hear their concerns and learn how I can better support them.

In Congress I have also worked to protect VFDs by co-sponsoring a bill that would have protected firefighters from being counted as employees under Obamacare, therefore requiring VFDs to provide health insurance to their volunteers. The Administration heard our concerns and ended up exempting volunteers from Obamacare. I am also currently drafting legislation that would provide tax credits and deductions to VFDs to help them promote recruitment.


Nutritious Lunches for Our Children

This past week, October 13-17th, was National School Lunch Week. The National School Lunch program has served our nation admirably for over 60 years, providing lunch and breakfast to students across the country. The lunch program is dedicated to the health and well-being of our nation’s next generation and aids nutrition education and awareness.

The federally-funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides nutritionally balanced, healthy meals to students every day.  The program requires school meals to meet federal nutrition standards like offering fruits and vegetables every day, serving whole-grain rich foods, and limiting fat, calories, and sodium.

My office has heard from concerned parents and teachers across the First District in regards to the importance of healthy food and lunch options in our schools. I will continue to fight for this cause.


Constituent Meetings

Throughout October I will be traveling around the First District meeting with constituents and visiting local businesses. Next week I will be in Tyler, Wetzel, Harrison, Pleasants and Wood Counties meeting with business leaders, farmers, and many more. Keep an eye out, I may be visiting your town.

If you are ever in the Washington D.C. office please drop in and say hello. If you want an appointment just give my office a call at 202.225.4172, or submit a request on my website at www.mckinley.house.gov.
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Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito – 10.17.14

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Many of you have been following the news closely regarding the latest on Ebola and the federal government’s response, and I’d like to share my thoughts with you on how we can work to keep Americans safe from this devastating disease.

One month ago, the president told the nation that the odds of an Ebola outbreak in the United States were extremely low. Since that time, Thomas Eric Duncan traveled from West Africa to Texas, where he was diagnosed with Ebola and later died.

At least two health care workers who treated Mr. Duncan have been infected, and one reportedly flew on a commercial airline along with 132 other passengers just hours before she was hospitalized and diagnosed with Ebola. The Centers for Disease Control now says the patient should not have flown after having an elevated temperature after treating Duncan. As we have seen in recent weeks, just a handful of travelers infected with Ebola have the potential to spread this gruesome illness throughout the United States.

Our hearts go out to the nations suffering from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and the United States should provide humanitarian aid to help local governments and medical professionals treat and contain Ebola.

However, we must work to protect our homeland and the health of Americans, which is why I’ve called on President Obama to protect the American people from this devastating disease by banning travel to the United States from West Africa for the duration of this crisis and establishing concrete protocols to stop the transmission of Ebola within our country.


DUPONT WASHINGTON WORKS

Earlier this week, I visited the DuPont Washington Works plant near Parkersburg. The plant employs about 1,500 people, and the materials made in West Virginia are used in a wide range of products such as paint brushes, toothbrushes and suspension fabrics. I met with employees in the filament department and took their questions on issues such as education, national security and government regulation. I also discussed regional economic development opportunities that would be spurred by the proposed ethane cracker, which would be located on property adjoining the Washington Works facility.
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It’s Never Too Early to Plan for Your Future

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Explore higher education this College Application and Exploration Week

A college degree opens the door to opportunity for so many students and helps West Virginians land high-paying jobs. Job training programs and vocational degrees also boost up job applicants and give them the skills and competitive edge they need when looking for employment. For the average worker, a college degree can mean $1 million more in earnings over your lifetime compared to those with a high school diploma alone. Because taking every opportunity to further your education holds so much promise for your future, it is never too early to start planning your next steps.

While you may be interested in earning a higher degree, you may also be overwhelmed by the endless list of schools and the application process. Luckily, our state has many resources available for students interested in attending college or vocational school.

Next week is West Virginia’s College Application and Exploration Week, which gives students of all ages an opportunity to learn about and apply to postsecondary education programs that offer four-year degrees, two-year degrees, and certificates. College Application and Exploration week runs from Monday, October 20 through Friday, October 24 and is coordinated by the College Foundation of West Virginia (CFWV). 

As a former president at West Virginia Wesleyan, I understand the difference a college degree can make in a person’s life. And when more Americans have access to a strong education, our economy is stronger and our workforce is more competitive.

During my time in Congress, I’ve supported policies that put higher education in reach for more of our students. I worked to expand federal Pell Grant funding, and supported loan consolidation programs and income-based repayments that make student loans more manageable for recent grads and young professionals. I also helped create the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, which will give students who commit to at least 10 years of post-graduate teaching, or other public service jobs, the opportunity for the forgiveness of their remaining loan balance starting in 2017. And I created the Noyce Scholarship Program to provide scholarships for math and science students who commit to teaching.

There are also many grant and scholarship opportunities specifically for West Virginians, including the PROMISE Scholarship Program, the West Virginia Higher Education Grant, the West Virginia Engineering, Science, and Technology Program, the Underwood-Smith Teacher Scholarship Program, and the Higher Education Adult Part-time Student (HEAPS) Program.

To learn what a college degree will do for your future, I encourage you to explore CFWV’s many educational resources about higher education by visiting, www.cfwvconnect.com/caew_resources.html. You should also see if your school is one of the hundreds of schools across West Virginia participating in College Application and Exploration Week or find a location at, www.cfwvconnect.com/caew_locations.html.

Bon Appétit: Curry Pot Roast

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Ingredients:

Recipe makes 6 servings

  1 (2 1/2 pound) boneless beef chuck roast
  salt and ground black pepper to taste
  2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  1 onion, chopped
  1 teaspoon red curry paste, or to taste
  2 teaspoons ground cumin
  1 teaspoon ground coriander
  2 cups chicken broth
  1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk
  1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chiles
  3 tablespoons Asian fish sauce, or to taste
  1/4 cup brown sugar
  4 cloves garlic, minced
  1 tablespoon tomato paste
  1 (3 inch) piece fresh ginger root, peeled and sliced
  1 lime, juiced
  2 bay leaves
  1 1/2 pounds small potatoes, halved
  4 small heads baby bok choy, sliced in 2-inch sections, green leaves intact
  1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  1 tablespoon water

  For garnish:
  1/4 cup chopped roasted peanuts, or to taste
  1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, or to taste


Directions:

Generously season beef chuck roast with salt and pepper.

Heat a large skillet over high heat; add vegetable oil. When oil is hot, brown roast on all sides, about 2 minutes per side. Remove pan from heat.

Spread chopped onions in slow cooker; place browned roast on top of onions.

Spoon red chili paste into the hot skillet. Add cumin and coriander. Rub mixture into hot oil with the back of a spoon to blend. Place skillet over medium heat.

Pour in chicken stock. Return heat to high. Stir in coconut milk. Add diced tomatoes with green chiles, fish sauce, brown sugar, minced garlic, tomato paste, and sliced ginger; stir in lime juice. Bring to a boil.

Pour mixture over pot roast; add bay leaves. Stir to distribute ingredients in the slow cooker.

Cover slow cooker and set to Low. Cook until fork tender, 7 to 8 hours.

Remove meat from the broth. If desired, skim some fat from the surface of the broth.

Place potatoes and bok choy into the broth; stir. Cover and turn heat to high. Cook until potatoes are tender, about 12 minutes.

Blend cornstarch and water in a small dish until dissolved. Stir into broth mixture.

Cut meat into large chunks and add to the slow cooker; stir. Cover slow cooker and cook on high until meat is heated through and broth is slightly thickened, about 12 minutes.

Ladle into serving bowls and garnish with chopped peanuts and cilantro.

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G-MM™: Meditation Moment

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The Lord grant us a peaceful night and a perfect end.
Amen

Our help is in the Name of the Lord;
The maker of heaven and earth.

Let us confess our sins to God.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father: We have sinned against you, through our own fault, in thought, and word, and deed, and in what we have left undone. For the sake of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, forgive us all our offenses; and grant that we may serve you in newness of life, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

May the Almighty God grant us forgiveness of all our sins, and the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm 4

1   Answer me when I call, O God, defender of my cause; *
you set me free when I am hard-pressed; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

2   You mortals, how long will you dishonor my glory; *
how long will you worship dumb idols and run after false gods?

3   Know that the LORD does wonders for the faithful; *
when I call upon the LORD, he will hear me.

4   Tremble, then, and do not sin; *
speak to your heart in silence upon your bed.

5   Offer the appointed sacrifices *
and put your trust in the LORD.

6   Many are saying, “Oh, that we might see better times!“ *
Lift up the light of your countenance upon us, O LORD.

7   You have put gladness in my heart, *
more than when grain and wine and oil increase.

8   I lie down in peace; at once I fall asleep; *
for only you, LORD, make me dwell in safety.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm 134

1   Behold now, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, *
you that stand by night in the house of the LORD.

2   Lift up your hands in the holy place and bless the LORD; *
the LORD who made heaven and earth bless you out of Zion.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Lord, you are in the midst of us, and we are called by your Name: Do not forsake us, O Lord our God. Jeremiah 14:9,22

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit
For you have redeemed me, O Lord, O God of truth.
Keep us, O Lord, as the apple of your eye;
Hide us under the shadow of your wings.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil.

Lord, hear our prayer;
And let our cry come to you.
Let us pray.

Look down, O Lord, from your heavenly throne, and illumine this night with your celestial brightness; that by night as by day your people may glorify your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.

Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

Luke 2:29-32

Lord, you now have set your servant free
to go in peace as you have promised;
For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior,
whom you have prepared for all the world to see:
A Light to enlighten the nations, *
and the glory of your people Israel.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Antiphon: Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

The almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless us and keep us. Amen.

Joyce Lou Clark

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Joyce Lou Clark

Age 76, of Mill St. Weston, WV passed away at 6:31 PM on Friday October 17, 2014 in the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown following an extended illness.

She was born in Weston, WV on December 18, 1937 a daughter of the late Ernest Heater and Lillian Gay Ocheltree Heater.

On June 03, 1955 she married Edwin R. Clark, who survives, and they celebrated 59 years of marriage.

She is also survived by one son, Edwin Andrew Clark and wife Deanna of Weston; one daughter, Kathryn Robinson and husband Kevin of Buckhannon; four grandchildren: Jason Clark and partner Emily and Jessica Clark and partner Cory, Ian Robinson and Mort Robinson and partner Errin; three great grandchildren, Camren, Corin and Jaden; one brother, Bill Heater and one sister, Kathryn Reed and husband James, all of Palm Coast FL; and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by one sister, Betty Ciurca.

Joyce was employed by Gassaway Hospital as a lab technician for many years. She enjoyed weaving, quilting, gardening and enjoying the company of her cat, Lucy, who misses her dearly.

Joyce’s request for cremation has been honored and family and friends will gather for a Celebration of Life Service at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew at 2 PM on Sunday October 26, 2014 with Reverend Ken Miller officiating.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Joyce Lou Clark.

Roy Parsons

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Roy Parsons

Age 81, of Five Forks, WV went home to be with the Lord Friday, October 17, 2014.

He was born May 23, 1933, a son of the late Harrison and Agelintine Parsons.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, who served in the Korean War.

He was a resident of Calhoun County and a member of Five Forks Community Church.

Roy was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. He loved his wife and family.

He is preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by his brothers Jim, Homer, Berlin, and George; his sisters, Julie, Ulie, Caroline, Letha, and Mary.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Edith Parsons; brother, Doy Parsons of Big Bend, WV; children, Anita McCumbers (Steve) of Orma, WV, Patricia McCumbers (Bill) of Five Forks, WV, Doy Ray Parsons (Barbara) of Big Springs, WV, Lettie Parsons of Big Springs, WV and Richard (Mary) Parsons of Creston, WV. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 1:00 PM.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to services.

Rev. Alfred Hickman officiating.

Interment will be in Hunt Cemetery, Big Bend, WV.

Albert “Eddie” Reed

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Albert “Eddie” Reed

Age 73, of Ellenboro, WV, passed away October 18, 2014, at Charleston Area Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family.

Eddie was born July 27, 1941, in Ellenboro, WV, a son of the late Albert and Vada Ethel (Delancey) Reed.

He had worked on the B&O Railroad and served as a janitor for Ellenboro Elementary School. Eddie later worked for the former Robinson Motors and Rick Shively Auto Dealership of Harrisville, WV, and managed the South Side Service Station in Harrisville for many years.

He attended Harrisville Baptist Church.

He loved working outdoors, woodworking, fixing bicycles at Christmas for children, helping people and spending time with friends and family.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving wife of four years, Barbara (Debrular) Reed; daughters, Crystal (David) Corbin of Waverly, WV, and Teresa (Eddie) Bartlett of Pullman, WV; son, Mike (Ella) Reed of Harrisville, WV; stepson, Kevin Stout, of St. Marys, WV; grandchildren, Tommy Johnson (Jackie Cronin), Jennifer Johnson (Richie Compton), Vicky Bartlett, Kayla (Stephen) Cole and Neil Reed; step-grandson, Michael Stout; seven great-grandchildren; four step great-grandchildren; sisters, Alice (Harold) Bunner of Ellenboro,WV, and Mardella Satterfield of Cairo, WV; brother, Larry Michael (Sharol) Reed of Parkersburg; along with many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Carmel Louise (Adams) Reed; grandson, Nathaniel Patrick Bartlett; brother-in-law, Bob Satterfield; and his father and mother-in-law, Brady and Virta (Cumpston) Adams.

Funeral services will be 1 PM Tuesday at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Pastor Robert Perine and Evangelist Don Hardman officiating.

Burial will follow in Ellenboro Masonic Cemetery.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be dropped off at the funeral home to help offset Eddie’s medical expenses.

Leslie Maynard Sachs, Jr.

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Leslie Maynard Sachs, Jr.

Age 62, of Weston, WV passed away on Friday, October 17, 2014 in Crestview Nursing Home of Jane Lew, WV following an extended illness.

He was born in Clarksburg, WV on October 31, 1951: son of the late Leslie M. Sachs, Sr. and Dorothy (Bright) Sachs.

Mr. Sachs is survived by two daughters: Nicole O’Dell of Claysville, PA and Melissa Self of Horner, one son: Bruce Lee Sachs St. Louis, MO and five grandchildren: Ethan and Aiden O’Dell and Abby and Gilly Biddle and Ruby Sachs. He is also survived by one brother Bernard “Bernie” Sachs of Weston and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Sachs was a carpenter and a janitor at the Weston Moose. He was a member of the Eagles. His hobbies included hunting and fishing.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Friday, October 24, 2014 from 11 AM until 1 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Friday at 1 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel.

At Mr. Sachs request, he will then be cremated.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Leslie Maynard Sachs, Jr.

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