Georgia Viola Jett


Georgia Viola Jett
Age 99, of Harrisville, WV, passed away, Sunday, January 30, 2011, at Parkersburg, WV.

She was born June 08, 1911 at Washburn, WV, a daughter of the late Ira and Bessie Reed Rexroad.

Georgia had been employed by the Economy Industries, of Harrisville, WV, for 40 years.

She was a member of the Harrisville Apostolic Church for more than 50 years.

She is survived by two daughters, Pearl Mackey, Harrisville, WV, and Mary Goodnight, Pike, WV; three sons, James Robert Jett, Central City, KY, Army Command Sergeant Retired Carl Jett, Uhrichsville, OH, and John Jett, Finley, OH; sixteen grandchildren, including two special grandchildren, Glenda and Cathy; several great grandchildren and several great great grandchildren; care givers Theresa Hartness, Roberta Foster and Cheryl.

In addition to her parents, Georgia was preceded in death by her husband, DeWitt Jett, brother, Ashford Rexroad; sisters, Maude Fredrick, May Garver, Ruby Kiser, Mable Tanzey and Mildred Basnet; and one grandchild.

The family would like to say thank you to Jason for his kindness.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 01, 2011 at the Harrisville Apostolic Church at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Alan Adams and Carl Jett Officiating.

Burial will be in the Harrisville I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, WV, from 4:00 until 8:00 PM on Monday, January 31, 2011 and at the church one hour before the service on Tuesday.



Today - January 31, yyyy

Today is Monday, Jan. 31, the 31st day of 2011. There are 334 days left in the year.

Thought for Today: “We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is disappearing.“ - R.D. Laing, Scottish psychiatrist (1927-1989).

Today’s Highlight in History:


On Jan. 31, 1961, NASA launched Ham the Chimp aboard a Mercury-Redstone rocket from Cape Canaveral; Ham was recovered safely from the Atlantic Ocean following his 16 1/2-minute suborbital flight.

On this date:

In 1606, Guy Fawkes, convicted of treason for his part in the “Gunpowder Plot” against the English Parliament and King James I, was executed.

In 1865, Gen. Robert E. Lee was named general-in-chief of all the Confederate armies.

In 1917, during World War I, Germany served notice it was beginning a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare.

In 1929, revolutionary Leon Trotsky and his family were expelled from the Soviet Union.

In 1944, during World War II, U.S. forces began a successful invasion of Kwajalein Atoll and other parts of the Japanese-held Marshall Islands.

In 1945, Pvt. Eddie Slovik, 24, became the first U.S. soldier since the Civil War to be executed for desertion as he was shot by an American firing squad in France.

In 1950, President Harry S. Truman announced he had ordered development of the hydrogen bomb.

In 1958, the United States entered the Space Age with its first successful launch of a satellite into orbit, Explorer I.

In 1971, astronauts Alan Shepard, Edgar Mitchell and Stuart Roosa blasted off aboard Apollo 14 on a mission to the moon.

In 2000, an Alaska Airlines jet plummeted into the Pacific Ocean, killing all 88 people aboard.

Ten years ago:
•  A Scottish court sitting in the Netherlands convicted one Libyan, acquitted a second, in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. (Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi (AHB’-dehl BAH’-seht AH’-lee ahl-meh-GRAH’-hee) was given a life sentence, but was released after eight years on compassionate grounds by Scotland’s government.)
•  Without any fanfare, the state of Georgia hoisted its new flag above its statehouse, one featuring a smaller Confederate battle emblem.
•  Michel Navratil, one of the last known survivors of the sinking of the Titanic, died in Montpellier, France, at age 92.

Five years ago:
•  In his State of the Union address, President George W. Bush declared that America had to break its long dependence on Mideast oil and rebuked critics of his stay-the-course strategy for the unpopular war in Iraq.
•  Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito was sworn in after winning Senate confirmation.
•  The Senate approved Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve.
•  British ballerina and actress Moira Shearer died in Oxford, England, at age 80.

One year ago:
•  The annual World Economic Forum concluded a five-day meeting in Davos, Switzerland, with widespread agreement that a fragile recovery was under way but no consensus on what was going to spur job growth.
•  Roger Federer easily beat Andy Murray 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (11) for a fourth Australian Open championship.
•  The AFC beat the NFC 41-34 in the Pro Bowl, played ahead of the Super Bowl for the first time.
•  Beyonce collected six trophies to become the most decorated female artist at a Grammy ceremony; Taylor Swift won four Grammys, including album of the year.

Today’s Birthdays:
Actress Carol Channing is 90
Baseball Hall-of-Famer Ernie Banks is 80
Composer Philip Glass is 74
Former Interior Secretary James Watt is 73
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands is 73
Actor Stuart Margolin is 71
Actress Jessica Walter is 70
Former U.S. Rep. Dick Gephardt, D-Mo., is 70
Blues singer-musician Charlie Musselwhite is 67
Actor Glynn Turman is 65
Baseball Hall-of-Famer Nolan Ryan is 64
Singer-musician Harry Wayne Casey (KC and the Sunshine Band) is 60
Rock singer Johnny Rotten is 55
Actress Kelly Lynch is 52
Actor Anthony LaPaglia is 52
Singer-musician Lloyd Cole is 50
Rock musician Jeff Hanneman (Slayer) is 47
Rock musician Al Jaworski (Jesus Jones) is 45
Actress Minnie Driver is 41
Actress Portia de Rossi is 38
Actor-comedian Bobby Moynihan is 34
Actress Kerry Washington is 34
Singer Justin Timberlake is 30

WV Lawmakers Renew Seat Belt Bill


West Virginia is in the minority among the 50 states without a primary offense seat belt law, but Senate Judiciary Chairman Corey Palumbo is making a third straight effort to change that.

Palumbo introduced another in a series of such bills Friday, hoping to reform the law so that police can write a traffic ticket for any motorist not wearing a seat belt.

As a secondary offense, an officer must spot a moving violation of another variety before issuing a ticket for failure to wear a seat belt.

Palumbo isn’t sure how his bill, always passed in the Senate, will be greeted if it advances to the House of Delegates.

“I have no idea,“ he said. “It just never gets any traction in the House for some reason. We’ve been able to pass it out of the Senate the last two years.“

Thirty-one states now have primary offense laws on their books. Texas imposes the largest fine of $200. In West Virginia, the penalty is $25 as a secondary offense.

Two years ago, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration learned that more than 23,000 people died as occupants in accidents, and 55% were riding unrestrained. The agency says lap/shoulder belts cut the risk of fatal injuries to front seat passengers by 45% and the possibility of moderate-to-critical injuries by 50%.

Moreover, the NHTSA says that states with primary seat belt enforcement laws witness use rates that are 10 to 15% higher than those with secondary offense statutes.

The NHTSA says that some 13,250 lives were saved in 2008 and 12,713 others in 2009 by the use of seat belts. If all passenger vehicle occupants over the age of 5 had been restrained, another 4,152 lives would have been spared in 2008 and 3,688 more in 2009.

“And there is a certain amount of medical expenses not being incurred because of the reduction in those injuries,“ Palumbo said.

For some time, the state would have been able to draw down $2 million a year from the federal government with a primary offense law, he pointed out. “We may have blown the window on that,“ Palumbo said. “I’m not sure if that’s still available.“

~~  AP ~~

Gilmer County’s Birthday‏


Gilmer County, WV will be 166 years old on February 03, 2011.

Marion Reed, representing the Historical Society is having a Birthday Party for Gilmer County.

She will be having cake and refreshments on Thursday, February 03, 2011 at the Gilmer County Courthouse from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM.

Everyone is Welcome to this celebration.

WV Governor Announces Drop-Out Prevention Initiative


Governor Earl Ray Tomblin along with Department of Education State Schools Superintendent Ted Mattern, and Higher Education Policy Commission Chancellor Brian Noland today announced a drop-out prevention initiative and legislative proposal.

“I am deeply concerned that too many of our young, bright minds are disconnected from the benefits of a good education,” Gov. Tomblin said. “This Legislative Session, I have proposed a program that will enable schools and communities to come together and develop localized drop-out prevention programs so they can meet the needs of their students and hopefully and make a significant impact on the drop-out rate. My proposal, if passed by the Legislature, will enable these programs to apply for state funding.”

A report prepared by the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, with support from the National Governors’ Association, and issued in November 2010, shows West Virginia students begin to show warning signs of dropping out of school as early as middle school. The most prevalent signs are low attendance, behavior issues, and course failure. Using individual student level data from the 2008-2009 school year, the report looked at sixth and ninth grade students across the state. The report identifies the number of students-in-need, their location by individual school and specific county-by-county data. In addition to the Everyone Graduates Center report, a recommendation report entitled Achieving Graduation for all West Virginians can be found at:

“One dropout is one too many.  We have created a holistic approach to dropout prevention that includes the development of an early warning system, expanding credit recovery opportunities and creating earlier access to career and technical programs,” State Superintendent Ted Mattern said. “The governor’s proposal is an extremely important step in our plans to mobilize local community partnerships, such as we have on the state level. It is through partnerships that we will create an environment in our communities where we all own the issue of graduating all students ready for college and/or careers.”

“In order to ensure that students are able to capitalize on the opportunities presented by higher education, we must guarantee that more students receive proper tools and training in secondary education,” Chancellor Noland said.  “If drop-out prevention methods are provided and applied, we can open the doors to college access for at-risk students who may forgo their pursuit of a quality education and future opportunities.”

The Governor’s proposal, known as Senate Bill 228 is sponsored by Acting Senate President Jeff Kessler (D- Marshall) and Senate Minority Leader Mike Hall (R- Putnam). The proposal in the House of Delegates, HB 2739, is sponsored by Speaker Rick Thompson (D- Wayne) and House Minority Leader Tim Armstead (R- Kanawha).

West Fork Conservation District Supervisors Meeting – 02.01.11


The West Fork Conservation District Board of Supervisors monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 at the USDA Service Center, Mt Clare, WV.

The meeting starts at 9:00 AM.

Contact Dinah Hannah, Administrative Officer, at 304.627.2160 for further information.

The West Fork Conservation District in West Virginia is comprised of the following four (4) counties located in the northern-central portion of the state:

•  Doddridge County
•  Gilmer County
•  Harrison County
•  Lewis County

Recalls - 01.28.11


KEE Action Sports LLC is recalling BT SA-17 Paintball Gun/Marker sold nationwide from May 2010 to August 2010.
When users attempt to pierce the CO2 cartridge by closing the lever to the cartridge chamber, the cartridge can fly out of the marker, posing an injury hazard.
The marker is made of aluminum and resembles a pistol.
It is black with model number BT SA-17 printed on both sides.
It uses a horizontally-fed magazine and requires a 12g CO2 cartridge.
Consumers should return the markers to KEE or the retailer from which the product was purchased for a free repair or contact KEE at 800.220.3222 between 9 AM and 5 PM CT, or visit for the repair parts and installation instructions.

The Land of Nod Recalls is recalling Rosebud drop-side cribs sold nationwide from January 2003 to September 2004.
The drop-side rail hardware on the cribs can break or fail, allowing the drop side to detach from the crib.
When the drop side detaches, a hazardous gap is created between the drop-side rail and the crib mattress in which infants and toddlers can become wedged or entrapped, posing risks of suffocation and strangulation.
This recall includes “Rosebud” cribs manufactured by Status Furniture.
“Status Furniture” appears on crib labeling on the lower portion of the headboard.
Model number “910” appears on the assembly instructions.
Consumers should contact The Land of Nod at 800.933.9904 between 8:30 AM and 5 PM CT Monday through Friday, or visit to receive instructions on how to receive a merchandise credit.

Family Dollar Stores Inc. is recalling remote-controlled toy tanks sold exclusively at Family Dollar stores nationwide from September 2010 to December 2010.
The tank’s controller can overheat and melt, posing a burn hazard.
This recalled product is the Authentic Heroes Target Practice Tank play set, a remote-controlled green toy tank attached by a cable to a gray battery-powered controller.
The controller is marked “Target Practice Tank Play Set.“
Consumers should return the toy to a Family Dollar store for a full refund.
Consumers can also contact Family Dollar at 800.547.0359 between 8:30 AM and 5 PM ET, Monday through Friday, or visit

Kang Sheng Group is recalling butterfly push toy sold at flea markets in North and South Carolina from May 2020 to October 2010.
The plastic balls on the butterfly’s wings can break, causing small metal balls inside to come free.
These metal balls pose choking and aspiration hazards.
The recalled toy is plastic.
It has a 21-inch long handle hooked like a cane.
At the end of the handle is a butterfly with two movable 1 1/2-inch balls in each wing.
The item number L185819 is on a sticker on the package.
Consumers should return the toy to the place of purchase or contact Kang Sheng Group at 877.485.7285 between 9 AM and 5 PM ET to receive a full refund or replacement.

Steelcase Inc. is recalling Cachet Swivel Chairs sold nationwide from May 2002 to November 2009.
The front seat support part of the chair can crack and fail, posing a fall hazard.
This recall involves all Steelcase Cachet swivel chairs with model number 487 manufactured between May 2002 and October 15, 2009.
The model number and manufacture date are printed on a label on the underside of the base of the chair.
Consumers should contact Steelcase at 800.391.7194 between 8 AM and 5 PM ET Monday through Friday or visit to arrange for replacement.

Election of WV Governor‏


As of right now House Bill 2552 introduced on January 19, 2011 has not moved in this legislative session.

I would like to ask that all registered voters of any party in Gilmer County and throughout the state contact your legislators regarding your desire whether to have a public primary election for the office of WV Governor or to have members of party convention decide your candidate.

In addition, February 17, 2011 is WV Women’s Day at the Legislature.

If you are interested in attending please contact me at 304.462.8118 as we are trying to set up transportation to and from the event.

Norma Hurley
President, Gilmer County Democrat Women

NASCAR Makes Changes for 2011

G-Comm: U.S. Slips to 9th Freest Economy


We’re No. 9!

America has slipped one spot since last year — from Earth’s eighth freest economy in 2010, according to 2011′s Index of Economic Freedom. This 17th annual report, jointly published by the Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal, sifts through the wreckage caused by government’s turbocharged acceleration during the Bush-Obama years. America’s slumping score (down from No. 5 in 2008) confirms the urgent need for Washington, D.C. to revitalize free markets and restrain government intervention.

Among the Index’s 179 countries, Hong Kong is rated first, followed by Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Canada, Ireland, and Denmark. These nations all outscored the US across 10 categories, including taxes, free trade, regulation, monetary policy, and corruption.

America barely made the Top 10. Bahrain was tenth, with 77.7 points, one decimal point behind America’s 77.8 rating. Chile reached No. 11 with 77.4, just 0.4 points behind the US.

Even worse, with a score below 80, the US is spending its second year as a “mostly free” economy. As it departed the family of “free” nations in 2010, it led the “mostly free” category. Even within this less-than-illustrious group, America now lags behind Ireland and Denmark.

How did our once unassailable country wind up so winded?

“The national government’s role in the economy has expanded sharply in the past two years, and the federal budget deficit is extremely large, with gross public debt approaching 100% of GDP,” explain the Index’s authors, Terry Miller and Kim R. Holmes. “Interventionist responses to the economic slowdown have eroded economic freedom and long-term competitiveness. Drastic legislative changes in health care and financial regulations have retarded job creation and injected substantial uncertainty into business investment planning.”

Miller and Holmes also criticize Washington for abandoning the free-trade posture of earlier years, an area where former Democratic President Bill Clinton boldly guided his party, starting with the NAFTA trade pact. Washington Democrats these days scorn Clinton’s successful example. As Miller and Holmes write: “Leadership and credibility in trade also have been undercut by protectionist policy stances and inaction on previously agreed free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama, and Colombia.”

On fiscal freedom, the Index marks the U.S. below average. The top American federal income-tax rate is 35%, versus a worldwide average of 28.7%. At 35%, America’s federal corporate tax outpaces the world’s 24.8% average and increases US exports…of jobs. America’s overall average tax burden was 26.9% of GDP, compared to 24.4% globally.

America also suffers a below-average score for government spending. Worldwide, such expenditures average 33.5% of GDP; in the US: 38.9%.

Compare America to Rwanda, the Index’s most-improved nation. This landlocked African nation leapfrogged 18 spots, from No. 93 in 2010 to No. 75 today. How?

“Rwanda scores relatively high in business freedom, fiscal freedom, and labor freedom,” Miller and Holmes observe. “Personal and corporate tax rates are moderate. With a sound regulatory framework that is conducive to private-sector development, Rwanda has achieved annual economic growth of around 7% over the past five years.”

As I noted on my visit there last month, Rwanda remains poor, with a long list of challenges. Yet there is no denying its self-confidence and unflagging commitment to pro-market modernization, Rwanda is moving on up.

America remains blessed with wealth, durable institutions, and creative, clever, industrious citizens. Yet its self-doubt is fueled by an insatiable state that constantly devours more of the nation’s output, and with little to show for its gobbling. Depleted, America stumbles downhill.

Miller and Holmes surveyed the globe and reached this conclusion: Rather than multi-billion-dollar stimuli and 2,000-page regulatory behemoths, “The best results are likely to be achieved instead through policy reforms that improve incentives that drive entrepreneurial activity, creating greater opportunities for investment and job growth.”

The path back to American prosperity and pre-eminence lies in Washington’s bipartisan leadership abiding by the previous paragraph.

~~  By Deroy Murdock ~~

Weekly Horoscope: 01.30.11 - 02.05.11

Aries (Mar 21-Apr 19) - Put time and thought into what you do on the 30th. A lot is expected of you and its best if you are upfront about what you can and cannot finish. Focus on pleasantries on the 31st and 1st. It’s important to get along with everyone but don’t put up with a bully or anyone who puts pressure on you. Your demeanor will set the mood of others. You may encounter a wild ride on the 2nd and 3rd. Stick to what and whom you know best and you will stabilize the situation quickly. You are best to keep whatever you’ve been told a secret on the 4th and 5th. Being accused of spreading a rumor will hurt your reputation and cause a problem between you and someone you love.

Taurus (Apr 20-May 20) - Take a short trip to visit friends or relatives on the 30th. The people you share time with will give you plenty to think about along with some worthwhile suggestions that could potentially make your life easier. A change regarding your professional position is likely on the 31st and 1st. Don’t fret the outcome will be good for you regardless of what happens. Composure and acting responsibly will be what keeps you in the game. Don’t expect someone to help you out on the 2nd and 3rd without wanting something in return. Put more effort into gathering information on the 4th and 5th. Its what you know that will keep you out of trouble and in a position to fight back.

Gemini (May 21-Jun 20) - You will be tempted to spend what you have on the 30th. Discipline will be required and a good budget set in place. Your intuition coupled with favors owed will help you get ahead on the 31st and 1st. Make a move that allows you to use skills to the fullest. Become the master of your destiny and you will be successful. A partnership will make a difference to your future and the way you do things on the 2nd and 3rd. Put everything you want on paper before you decide to celebrate your victory. Expect someone to get in your way or cost you time and money on the 4th and 5th. Don’t pay for someone else’s mistake or make a donation to a cause you know little about.

Cancer (Jun 21-Jul 22) - You’ll tend to overreact on the 30th especially with matters pertaining to an important relationship you have with someone. Think before you say or do something you’ll regret. A positive change in your status is apparent. A money matter can be taken care of on the 31st and 1st that will ease your stress and enable you to plan for the future. Make a creative change to your living arrangements on the 2nd and 3rd and you will find a way to cut your overhead. Added discipline will help you take care of financial and medical concerns. Act on impulse on the 4th and 5th instead of hemming and hawing about what to do next. Your actions will let everyone know you mean business.

Leo (Jul 23-Aug 22) - You should be having fun with friends or your lover on the 30th but that doesn’t mean you should overdo it. Avoid being affluent or indulgent. A short trip to visit someone who has information or skills you would like to acquire will pay off on the 31st and 1st. An interesting proposal can easily turn into a partnership with added benefits. Consider what you have to offer monetarily on the 2nd and 3rd and you will be able to make a worthwhile investment that will bring a high return as well as put you in good company. Find ways to add comfort to your life on the 4th and 5th or to use unusual methods in order to accomplish personal goals that can help you improve your life.

Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22) - Sharing your thoughts, knowledge and skills on the 30th with people who have similar agendas will help you get that much further ahead. Think outside the box on the 31st and 1st and you will come up with an alternative plan regarding personal improvements you want to make. Weed out what no longer works for you. Utilize a workspace at home on the 2nd and 3rd and you will get put a big dent in your to-do list. A progress nutritional lifestyle change should be incorporated into your everyday routine. Avoid overreacting overdoing and overindulging on the 4th and 5th as well as the people you know who tend to take you for granted or influence bad habits.

Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22) - Get out and about on the 30th. The less time spent at home or with family the less hassle you will face. Focus on you and your needs for a change. Your intuition won’t let you down on the 31st and 1st. Putting thought into what you would like to be doing and you will find your niche. Learning traveling and collaborating with creative people should be your intent. Make plans to get out with friend or colleagues on the 2nd and 3rd. Much can be accomplished if you share your ideas with potential business or personal partners. Take care of minor health issues on the 4th and 5th. Check out the latest natural remedies and nutritional diets. Better health will lead to greater efficiency.

Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21) - Don’t allow the past to haunt you on the 30th. You have to let go of what’s already transpired if you plan to move forward. Getting involved in conversations or taking a vacation that will bring you in contact with creative people on the 31st and 1st will pay off in what you learn and who you meet along the way. Problems at home will develop on the 2nd and 3rd if you have been neglectful or insensitive. Do something to compensate for any lack of acknowledgement you may have overlooked. Take care of a to-do list that will please the people who are near and dear to you on the 4th and 5th. Your gesture will save you from a difficult situation and potential loss.

Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 21) - Your erratic behavior on the 30th will not be viewed favorably by friends or family, before you make a promise make sure you can honor it. You’ll be questioning a professional decision on the 31st and 1st. If you made a mistake you are best to do whatever you can to fix what went wrong. Make contact with whoever was involved and make a new deal. Face-to-face meetings on the 2nd and 3rd will have a far greater impact. Do your best to keep up with technology but do not lose the human touch. Emotional problems will surface on the 4th and 5th if you haven’t shared your intentions with people affected by your decisions. You may want to backtrack.

Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 19) - Secrets will get you into trouble on the 30th. Don’t divulge information or get involved in rumors that may hurt someone. Protect the ones you love. Don’t limit what you can and cannot do on the 31st and 1st because of a promise or responsibility you made or took on. You may have to do double duty to fit everything in but it will be worth your while. Mix the old with the new on the 2nd and 3rd and you will come up with a workable solution for whatever problems you face. Let technology help you move forward. Putting a little pressure on others on the 4th and 5th to be more supportive will help you accomplish something you’ve wanted to do for a long time.

Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18) - Ask for favors on the 30th and you will get the help you need. Someone you miss having around will be interested in your progress. Don’t give in to bad habits on the 31st and 1st. You have to protect your health wellbeing and your financial position if you want to avoid trouble with authority figures or people you are responsible to or for. Added discipline will help you accomplish your personal goals on the 2nd and 3rd. Your desire and determination will please the people who care about you most. Reaching out and making a difference to a cause you believe in on the 4th and 5th will encourage others to follow suit. You will impress someone who can change your life.

Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20) - Don’t wait to be told what to do on the 30th or you will end up being criticized as well. You have to show initiative if you intend to fit in. You can make a difference on the 31st and 1st by offering your time, skills or cash to a worthwhile project. Your contribution will take someone important to you by surprise. A partnership looks quite favorable on the 2nd and 3rd. Do your best to discuss what you can offer and what you expect in return. Honest communication will lead to a good deal for both of you. You’ll be emotional on the 4th and 5th when it comes to personal relationships and how people treat you. Impulsive action will not help your situation. Observe for now.


RECEIPTS:        Auctions    Direct    Video/Internet     Total
This Week         312,000    62,400        24,500        398,900   
Last Week         354,400    83,700        68,500        506,600   
Last Year         275,300    60,200        13,600        349,100

Compared to last week, feeder cattle over 600 lbs sold weak to 5.00 lower with mounting pressure from lower CME cattle futures and losses in the cash fed cattle trade.

Steer and heifer calves under 600 lbs traded unevenly from 4.00 lower to 2.00 higher, but the number of auction markets and trade areas with lower prices outnumbered the higher locations by far.

This marked the first predominantly lower weekly nationwide feeder cattle market trend in ten straight weeks, since early November when prices began their vertical trajectory to all-time record highs.

The market finally ran out of steam; after shrugging off higher feedcosts, winter storms, and holiday interruptions.

The main culprit for lower feedlot replacements is the fact that no matter how liberal the estimation of feedlot performance, cattle would no longer hedge a profit or even a breakeven at last week’s highs.

Lighter calf prices were also pressured by the lower futures market, but more so by yet another snowstorm that crossed the country early in the week and the plainer offerings available as most of the top quality strings of lightweights have already been sold.

Direct fed cattle sales were mostly at 105.00 this week and have lost 1.00 in each of the last three weeks, while on-hoof slaughter cow prices have gained at least 10.00 over the same period of time in most areas.

Ground beef demand has recently risen as movement of the expensive retail cuts has slowed with boxed beef cut-out values struggling to maintain levels over 170.00 that are needed to keep live cattle prices from falling.

Higher beef prices are starting to hit home with many restaurants including McDonalds looking into raising menu prices.

Most showlist closeouts are still in the black, but cattle feeders are starting to get into finished pens that were higher priced feeder cattle - plus feedcosts have steadily risen.

Last Friday’s cattle-on-feed report was slightly bearish with higher than expected December placements as winter grazing was extremely short, but this Friday’s cattle inventory report showed another 1% drop in the overall size of our cattle herd (now only 92.6 million head, the smallest since 1958).

Feeder cattle prices may have reached a plateau on current beef, feed, and fed cattle prices.

But, many expect stocker calves to get even higher as spring approaches and most industry members feel that our cattle numbers are tighter than these published reports depict.

However, despite the lower market this week feeder cattle are still selling at outlandish levels as Valentine, Nebraska quoted a fancy load of 703 lb steers at 136.25 and Denison, Iowa sold 150 head of top quality 856 lbs steers at 126.00.

This week’s reported auction volume included 51% over 600 lbs and 43% heifers.

Auction Receipts:  312,000   Last Week:  354,400   Last Year:  275,300

Buckhannon Stockyards, Buckhannon, WV
Weighted Average Report for Wednesday January 26, 2011

Cattle Receipts:  27

Slaughter cows made up 40% of the offering, slaughter bulls 4%, and feeders 56%.

The feeder supply included 78% steers, 15% heifers, and 7% bulls.

Near 4% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    215-215    215       127.00         127.00
    1    285-285    285       132.50         132.50
    1    295-295    295       110.00         110.00   Exotic
    1    360-360    360       138.00         138.00
    1    370-370    370       112.50         112.50   Exotic
    6    425-440    430    124.00-137.50     132.90
    6    465-476    472    134.50-136.00     135.51
    3    588-590    589    115.00-118.00     117.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    465-465    465       115.00         115.00

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    260-260    260       118.00         118.00
    3    382-382    382       120.00         120.00

Feeder Bulls                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    535-535    535       120.00         120.00
    1    700-700    700        52.00          52.00   RWF

Slaughter Cows                Breaker 70-80% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1550-1550  1550        71.50          71.50
                               Boner 80-85% Lean
    5   1365-1390  1376     63.50-68.00       65.36
    9   1450-1845  1614     65.00-67.50       65.94
                                Lean 85-90% Lean
    2   1180-1225  1203     54.50-59.00       56.79
    1   1035-1035  1035        45.00          45.00   Low Dressing
    1   1565-1565  1565        62.75          62.75

Slaughter Bulls                Yield Grade 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2   1615-2205  1910     69.75-71.00       70.28

Weston Livestock, Weston, WV
Weighted Average Report for Saturday January 22, 2011

Cattle Receipts:  43   Total 55 head

Slaughter cows made up 79% of the offering, slaughter bulls 2%,
other cows 5%, and feeders 14%.

The feeder supply included 17% steers, 67% heifers, and 17% bulls.

Near 83% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    720-720    720       102.00         102.00

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    3    620-620    620       100.00         100.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    420-420    420        96.00          96.00

Feeder Bulls                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    660-660    660       101.00         101.00

Slaughter Cows                Breaker 70-80% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1710-1710  1710        67.00          67.00
                               Boner 80-85% Lean
    6   1250-1355  1308     63.00-66.50       64.89
    3   1240-1380  1308     67.50-69.50       68.52   High Dressing
    5   1195-1315  1258     58.00-63.00       61.44   Low Dressing
    5   1410-1530  1469     63.00-66.50       64.68
    4   1420-1525  1475     67.50-72.00       69.53   High Dressing
    4   1405-1875  1585     60.50-63.50       62.24   Low Dressing
                                Lean 85-90% Lean
    6   1105-1330  1193     61.00-63.00       62.00   High Dressing

 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2    950-975    963     72.00-74.00       72.99  

Slaughter Bulls                Yield Grade 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1380-1380  1380        70.00          70.00   High Dressing

Baby calves returned to the farm
 Head           Beef        Dairy
   2           102.50       130.00

Slaughter Hogs
 Head        Wt Range
   2         300-350lbs       56.00

Jackson County Regional Livestock Market, Ripley, WV
Weighted Average Report for Saturday January 22, 2011

Cattle Receipts:  107

Slaughter cows made up 21% of the offering, slaughter bulls 3%,
replacement cows 6%, and feeders 70%.

The feeder supply included 17% steers, 57% heifers, and 25% bulls.

Near 15% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    440-440    440       131.00         131.00
    4    456-480    462    123.00-134.00     125.86
    1    490-490    490       121.00         121.00   RWF
    3    510-510    510       125.00         125.00
    1    570-570    570       121.00         121.00
    1    862-862    862       104.00         104.00
    1   1045-1045  1045        92.50          92.50
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    600-600    600        83.00          83.00

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    3    340-345    342    117.00-121.00     118.35
    3    395-397    396    115.00-120.00     116.66
    6    406-420    411    112.50-122.00     115.06
    8    450-472    458    114.00-117.00     116.01
    6    536-545    538    110.00-114.00     112.66
    6    551-595    562     96.00-110.00     104.26
    1    560-560    560        85.00          85.00   RWF
    4    610-610    610    107.00-111.00     109.00
    1    720-720    720        96.00          96.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    4    355-363    361    112.00-117.00     113.23
    1    510-510    510        76.00          76.00   Thin

Feeder Bulls                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    4    431-445    435    126.00-131.00     127.28
    2    400-425    413    117.00-122.00     119.42   Red
    2    490-490    490       123.00         123.00
    2    450-485    468    105.00-126.00     115.89   Red
    2    552-552    552       114.50         114.50
    3    550-550    550        99.00          99.00   Smoke
    1    605-605    605       101.00         101.00
    1    690-690    690       100.00         100.00
    1    700-700    700        91.00          91.00   Red
                             Small 1
    1    425-425    425        97.00          97.00

Bred Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    775-775    775       710.00         710.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    1    945-945    945       725.00         725.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    1   1525-1525  1525       960.00         960.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Middle Aged
    1   1235-1235  1235       800.00         800.00   Per Head  1-3 Months Bred
    1   1190-1190  1190       850.00         850.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Aged
    1    990-990    990       580.00         580.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred

Slaughter Cows                Breaker 70-80% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    5   1005-1265  1167     62.00-78.00       70.57   High Dressing
    3   1420-1550  1475     67.00-76.00       69.96   High Dressing
                               Boner 80-85% Lean
    1    790-790    790        30.00          30.00
    1    810-810    810        52.50          52.50   Low Dressing
    8   1030-1330  1140     51.00-67.50       57.73
    4   1080-1220  1138     61.50-66.50       64.54   High Dressing
                                Lean 85-90% Lean
    1    790-790    790        30.00          30.00   Low Dressing

Slaughter Bulls                Yield Grade 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1455-1455  1455        69.50          69.50
    1   1955-1955  1955        74.00          74.00
    1   2100-2100  2100        66.00          66.00   Low Dressing

Fat Cattle
    5   67.50-92.50

Baby Calves
    9   40.00-100.00

    Kids      25.00-53.00
    Nannies  110.00-150.00
    Feeders   87.00-130.00
    Bucks    100.00-185.00

Slaughter Hogs
    1     61.00

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Bon Appétit: Classic Minestrone Soup


2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, chopped, 1 cup
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
1 sweet potato, 8 ounces, peeled and cut into 1/2” pieces
1 zucchini, 8 ounces, cut into 1/2” pieces
1 yellow squash, 8 ounces, cut into 1/2” pieces
1 fennel bulb, 8 ounces, cut into 1/2” pieces
5 cups lower-sodium, fat-free chicken broth
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
1 bag (5 ounces) baby spinach
1 can (15 ounces) red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over mediumhigh heat.
Add the onion, garlic, and basil; cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to soften, 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the sweet potato and cook for 1 minute.
Stir in the zucchini, yellow squash, and fennel and cook until just starting to soften, 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the broth and tomatoes; bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium, and simmer, uncovered, until the vegetables are crisp-tender, about 25 minutes.
Stir in the spinach and cook until wilted, 5 minutes.
Add the beans and pepper; cook until hot, 3 minutes.
Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese.

Stargazing - 01.30.11


The Milky Way is arching high overhead in early to mid evening.

It is anchored in the southeast by Sirius, the night sky’s brightest star.

The Milky Way climbs from Sirius to the “horns” of Taurus high overhead, then drops toward M-shaped Cassiopeia in the north and the tail of Cygnus, the swan, in the northwest.





Divine Providence.
The term refers to the care and protection that God exercises over His creation, particularly the human family.  The Bible is filled with examples of God providing for His people in the past, and in most of those cases we are told how He did it.  We firmly believe that God still cares and provides for His children,  but we do not always know how He does it.

Providence vs.  Miracle.
A miracle is a direct act of God that contradicts or supersedes known laws of nature.  It is God working without the use of established laws.  Providence, on the other hand,  is an indirect act of God.  It is an act that takes place in harmony with the laws of nature.  It is God working through His established laws.  Once God has established a system by miracle,  He usually works (provides) through that system,  in a non-miraculous way.

Some Examples.
God created the first oak tree by miracle.  He spoke,  and the oak tree appeared.  To create new oak trees,  God uses acorns,  His established law of reproduction.  Adam and Eve were created by miracle.  To populate the earth, God uses His established law of procreation.  The birth of a baby is marvelous, but is not a miracle.  Babies are born, not in conflict with natural laws,  but in harmony with the natural law of reproduction.

God fed the widow of Zarephath and her son by miracle.  The handful of meal and the little oil in the cruse did not fail until the famine ended (1 Kings 17).  He fed the widows in Jerusalem by providing food through the Christians in that city (Acts 6) .

He provided clothing for Israel during the forty year wandering by miracle.  Their clothes and shoes did not wear out during all that time (Deut. 29:5) .  He provided clothing for the widows in Joppa with the needle of Dorcas (Acts 9:39) .

The Problem.
God has promised to protect His people:  Psalm 34:7.  Psalm 91:11-12. Matt. 18:10.   Sometimes we can see that promise fulfilled,  sometimes not.  An angel delivered Daniel from the mouths of the lions, but no angel stopped Cain’s attack upon Abel.  An angel delivered Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego out of the fiery furnace, but no angel stopped the devil from afflicting Job.  An angel delivered Peter out of prison, but no angel protected Stephen from the stones that took his life.  An angel delivered Jesus in the Garden, but no angel delivered Him from the cross.  We can only ask “Why?”

Where Faith Enters.
Sometimes we can understand why, but we are often left to wonder.  In tragedies like Twin Towers and Tucson, why were some lives spared and some not.  If it were only the wicked who suffered,  we could understand, but so often it’s the innocent.

At times like this, it’s good to remember:  The secret things belong unto the Lord our God:  but those things which are revealed belong unto us… (Deut. 29:29) “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. (Isa. 55:8) .  It would certainly be highly presumptuous for anyone to expect to understand the mind of God.

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Mary Ellen McKinley Nehoda


Mary Ellen McKinley Nehoda
“A luminous light remains where a beautiful soul has passed.” (Antoine Boveua)

Mary Ellen McKinley Nehoda passed through this life gently, with grace and dignity.

Mary was born on March 20, 1924, in Weston, WV, the first child of Edward Rector and Wilma Snyder McKinley.

She spent her formative years in the Weston area, surrounded by friends and family; she especially enjoyed spending time at her Grandmother McKinley’s farm and with her Grandfather, Dr. George Snyder, of whom she was so fond.

After graduation from Weston High School, Mary traveled to Washington, D.C., where she worked as a secretary during World War II. She later lived for a time in New York City, working for an architectural firm and attending the Barbizon Modeling School.

Mary lived her adult years as wife of Joseph Nehoda; devoted, loving and supportive mother to her children, Larry and Lynn; as a dear friend to those she met throughout the years. She filled the quiet times in her life with her love of reading, classical and contemporary music, bird watching and needlework.

Mary also had a keen interest in ancient civilizations, archaeology and astronomy. She truly appreciated the beauty of West Virginia: The flowers, trees, rivers and landscapes. In later years, she often enjoyed memory-filled excursions around the state with her daughter.

She is survived by her daughter, Lynn McKinley Nehoda of Charleston, WV; cousins, Bill McKinley and wife, Jo Ann of Weston and George S. Brown of Towson, MD; niece, Kristen Radford of St. Albans and nephew, Rick Radford of TX; and all those who were touched by her in special ways. We, who survive, are comforted by the words of Rossiter W. Raymond:

“… Life is eternal and love is immortal; and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.”

Mary Ellen McKinley Nehoda passed from this life to the next on Thursday, August 05, 2010, rejoining those who preceded her in death: her beloved grandparents, mother and father, husband, son, Larry Robert Nehoda and sister, Sarah Frances (Sally) McKinley Radford.

A private graveside service was conducted Sunday, August 08, 2010, at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery by Reverend L. Norman Butler with Mary’s interment following next to her husband and son.

Leavitt Funeral Home in Parkersburg were entrusted with the arrangements.

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