Today - October 05, yyyy
Today is Wednesday, Oct. 05, the 278th day of 2011. There are 87 days left in the year.
Thought for Today: “America has believed that in differentiation, not in uniformity, lies the path of progress. It acted on this belief; it has advanced human happiness, and it has prospered.“ — Louis D. Brandeis (1856-1941).
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Oct. 05, 1921, the World Series was covered on radio for the first time as Newark, N.J., station WJZ relayed reports from the Polo Grounds, where the New York Giants were facing the New York Yankees. (Although the Yankees won the opener, 3-0, the Giants won the series, 5 games to 3.)
On this date:
In 1829, the 21st president of the United States, Chester Alan Arthur, was born in Fairfield, Vt. (Some sources list 1830.)
In 1892, the Dalton Gang, notorious for its train robberies, was practically wiped out while attempting to rob a pair of banks in Coffeyville, Kan.
In 1910, Portugal was proclaimed a republic following the abdication of King Manuel II in the face of a coup d’etat.
In 1931, Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon completed the first non-stop flight across the Pacific Ocean, arriving in Washington state some 41 hours after leaving Japan.
In 1941, former Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis — the first Jewish member of the nation’s highest court — died in Washington at age 84.
In 1947, President Harry S. Truman delivered the first televised White House address as he spoke on the world food crisis.
In 1953, Earl Warren was sworn in as the 14th chief justice of the United States, succeeding Fred M. Vinson.
In 1970, British trade commissioner James Richard Cross was kidnapped in Canada by militant Quebec separatists; he was released the following December.
In 1981, President Ronald Reagan signed a resolution granting honorary American citizenship to Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving thousands of Hungarians, most of them Jews, from the Nazis during World War II.
In 1988, Democrat Lloyd Bentsen lambasted Republican Dan Quayle during their vice-presidential debate, telling Quayle, “Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy.“
Ten years ago:
• Tabloid photo editor Robert Stevens died from inhaled anthrax, the first of a series of anthrax cases in Florida, New York, New Jersey and Washington.
• American statesman Mike Mansfield died in Washington at age 98.
• Barry Bonds set a new mark for home runs in a single season, hitting numbers 71 and 72, but San Francisco was eliminated from the playoffs with an 11-10 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
• Moses Malone was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Five years ago:
• The House ethics committee opened an investigation into the unfolding congressional page sex scandal that resulted in the resignation of U.S. Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla. (The panel later issued a report critical of Republican lawmakers and aides, but which also found that no rules had been broken.)
• Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visited Baghdad, where she warned Iraqi leaders they had limited time to settle their differences.
• NATO took over eastern Afghanistan from U.S.-led forces, assuming control of 12,000 American troops and extending its military role to the entire country.
One year ago:
• Faisal Shahzad (FY’-sul shah-ZAHD’), the Pakistani immigrant who’d tried to detonate a car bomb in Times Square, accepted a life sentence from a federal judge in New York with a smirk and warned that Americans could expect more bloodshed at the hands of Muslims.
• President Barack Obama convened the first-ever White House summit on community colleges, calling them the “unsung heroes of America’s education system.“
• Paroled burglar Steven Hayes was convicted of murdering a woman and her two daughters during a home-invasion robbery in Cheshire, Ct. (Hayes was later sentenced to death.)
“Family Circus” cartoonist Bil (cq) Keane is 89
Actress Glynis Johns is 88. Comedian Bill Dana is 87
Actress Diane Cilento is 78
The former president of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Havel (VAHTS’-lah HAH’-vul), is 75
College Football Hall of Fame coach Barry Switzer is 74
Rhythm-and-blues singer Arlene Smith (The Chantels) is 70
Singer Richard Street is 69
Singer-musician Steve Miller is 68
Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md., is 68
Rock singer Brian Johnson (AC/DC) is 64
Actress Karen Allen is 60
Writer-producer-director Clive Barker is 59
Rock musician David Bryson (Counting Crows) is 57
Rock singer and famine-relief organizer Bob Geldof is 57
Architect Maya Lin is 52
Actor Daniel Baldwin is 51
Rock singer-musician Dave Dederer is 47
Hockey Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux is 46
Actor Guy Pearce is 44
Actress Josie Bissett is 41
Singer-actress Heather Headley is 37
Pop-rock singer Colin Meloy (The Decemberists) is 37
Rock musician Brian Mashburn (Save Ferris) is 36
Actress Parminder Nagra (par-MIHN’-da NAH’grah) is 36
Actor Scott Weinger is 36
Actress Kate Winslet is 36
Rock musician James Valentine (Maroon 5) is 33
Rock musician Paul Thomas (Good Charlotte) is 31
TV personality Nicky Hilton is 28
Rhythm-and-blues singer Brooke Valentine is 26
Actor Joshua Logan Moore (TV: “Desperate Housewives”) is 17
WV Lottery - 10.04.11
03-26-40-45-52 Mega Ball: 11 Megaplier: x 3
Tomblin Elected Governor - You Can Drop The “Acting”
After spending nearly a year in the role of West Virginia’s “acting” governor, Democrat Earl Ray Tomblin has been elected as the state’s chief executive.
Tomblin held a lead of more than 10,000 when 65% of precincts reporting Tuesday in the special gubernatorial election.
With 80% of the precincts reporting, the race tightened to only 3%.
That’s as close as Maloney got to Tomblin.
Over the past year, Tomblin has retained his role as state Senate president, but has acted as governor.
Tomblin took over that role after former-Governor Joe Manchin was elected to the U.S. Senate to fill the seat of the late Robert C. Byrd.
Throughout the campaign, Tomblin has touted his job as acting governor.
Citing a budget surplus of more than $300 million, legislation to eventually eliminate the food tax and his veto of a raise in fees at the Department Motor Vehicles, Tomblin continually repeated the refrain of “More Jobs, Lower Taxes.“
Tomblin also said his administration played a key role in enticing Macy’s to place a large distribution center in the Eastern Panhandle.
Maloney criticized Tomblin for signing a redistricting bill that did not include 100 single-member districts.
The Republican also took Tomblin to task for his alleged ties to the greyhound racing business and an unwillingness to file a lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act.
Maloney also slammed Tomblin for being a “career politician.“
Tomblin, who has served in the state Legislature for more than 35 years, said he had the experience needed to be an effective governor.
Despite the criticism, Tomblin remained ahead of Maloney throughout the campaign.
Maloney cut the lead to one point, according a Public Policy Poll released Monday.
Tomblin has served as Senate president since 1995.
He was first elected to the House of Delegates in 1974 and the Senate in 1980.
Tomblin, a native of Chapmanville in Logan County, has also worked as a school teacher.
He must be sworn in before November 15, 2011.
Gilmer Splits Wins in Tri Match
The GCHS Lady Titan Volleyball team traveled to Williamstown for a tri-match between Calhoun, Williamstown and your Lady Titans on Monday, October 03, 2011.
The Titans opened the match against Williamstown and were defeated 25-20 and 25-8.
The leader Gilmer scorer for this match was Asia Mann, junior, with 5 points and 1 ace.
Mann also had 1 dig, 2 sets and 1 assist.
Others scorers for this match were:
Pettit: 3 points; 39/50 sets, 5 assists, 1 dig
Simmons: 3 points, 3 digs, 1 set, 1 assist
Knicely: 2 points/1 ace
Morris: 1 point/1 ace, 3 kills, 1 dig, 4 sets/4 assists
Bishop: 1 dig, 2 kills, 1 block, 3 sets/3 assists
Somerville: 3 digs, 1 set/1 assist
The Titans then took on Calhoun and defeated them in two sets: 25-22 and 25-23.
The leader scorer for this match was once again Asia Mann, with 10 points/3 aces, 2 kills, 2 digs, 1 set/1 assist.
Other scorers for this match were:
Pettit: 8 points/2aces; 77/85 sets; 22 assists, 1 dig, 1 kill
Simmons: 8 points/ 6 aces; 5 digs, 1 kill, 1 set, 1 assist
Bishop: 2 points, 4 kills, 1 block, 2 sets, 2 assists, 1 dig
Morris: 1 point/1 ace, 8 kills, 1 dig, 3 sets, 3 assists
Knicley: 1 point, 1 set, 1 dig, 6 kills
Somerville: 1 dig
The Lady Titans are now 11-8 for the season and will travel to Braxton County on Thursday, October 06, 2011.
The JV game will begin at 6:00 PM.
FBI: Weston Toddler’s Disappearance Likely a Crime
The disappearance of a 3-year-old Lewis County girl is now considered a crime.
FBI Special Agent Jeff Killeen told media outlets on Monday that investigators no longer believe Aliayah Lunsford just walked away from her Bendale home on September 24, 2011.
Lena Lunsford, Little girl’s mother, told police her daughter was in bed that morning at 6:30 AM, but there has been no sign of the child since.
FBI Agent Killeen said she has likely been the victim of a homicide or abduction, and that authorities have identified a few people of interest.
More than 1,000 volunteers helped hunt for the girl last week, but as of Monday only professionals are involved in the search.
The target area is a 5-mile radius around the Lunsford home.
Aliayah’s family was moved to an undisclosed location last week and the home was roped off with crime scene tape.
Aliayah is about 3 feet tall and 35 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.
She was last wearing purple pajama bottoms and a pink sweatshirt.
No Amber Alert was issued after she vanished because the case didn’t meet the requirements of that program.
Amber Alerts require a vehicle description or license plate number, and investigators didn’t have either.
Lena Lunsford has four other children, from 9 months to 11 years old, and she is 8-months pregnant with twins.
G-LtE™: Butcher’s Land Slated for New County School?
Did the CEFP committee, chaired by Nasia Butcher, recommend that a new public school be built on land at the former auction barn site?
With Nasia Butcher chairing the committee, how could anyone justifiably attack the public’s belief that a school at the site would be a heinous example of preferential treatment for its wealthy owners?
Based on information in Courthouse records the land is owned by Timothy B. Butcher, R. Terry Butcher, and James A. Butcher, an uncle.
If grounds for the Butcher’s land deal rumor are valid, that would add to mounting evidence for the self-serving opposition to Dr. W. K. Simmons being hired as the new superintendent.
Dr. Simmons would not have condoned such an egregious conflict of interest and abuse of power with a pretense that the decision was best for the County’s children!
Additionally, with the palpable outrage in the County because Nasia Butcher remains as our high school’s principal, is there another county anywhere else in America where a person in her predicament would not have been replaced?
For fairness, perhaps rumors of the land deal are baseless or the wealthy Butchers plan to donate the land for the school.
Let’s hope for altruism, but in the interim we shouldn’t hold our breaths because in Gilmer County facts can be more bizarre than fiction.
While on school issues why not poll all elected members on the school board and the County Commission to document each individual’s position on the new school’s location?
The public always has the right to know how our elected officials stand.
~~ A Community Member  ~~
~~ Author and Source on File ~~
WV Wild: Hunting Hits Full Stride in October
It was a typical grey day in Canaan Valley. As I dropped off of the mountain and turned onto the Cortland Road there was a mist in the air that hung heavy on the beech leaves. The clouds were sitting on top of Canaan and Cabin Mountains. As I slowed by the spot where I planned to hunt, I could hear little Snoopy shuffling around in her dog box. Like me, she could sense that we were about to embark on an exciting day in the uplands. This would be the little English Pointer’s first hunt for wild birds. She had performed perfectly the last couple of times on planted quail and now the real test was at hand.
The goldenrod was still standing but the leaves on the trees were 70-80% down and visibility should be good. The damp ground and shifting breeze would provide almost perfect scenting conditions. She was squirming and wiggling as I fastened the little bell around her neck. That task accomplished, I dropped two number 8s into the .28 gauge side by side and pointed her into the wind.
The first thing I noticed was three or four “splashes” of “whitewash.” These droppings of the bird are the tell-tale signs that woodcock are present. Immediately, Snoopy began to get birdy and excited. We dropped down over a little rise and Snoopy’s bell fell silent. As I looked over the hill, the sight that excites all hunters greeted me. There stood little Snoopy, as rigid as a stone statue, staring into a small clump of goldenrod next to a hawthorn tree. I cautioned her with a soft “whoa” and moved a little to the side.
One more step and the ground erupted about 15 feet in front of her with a tiny brown rocket shooting skyward. The bird twisted through the trees and then topped out with a flight heading toward the river. When the barrels covered the bird, I pulled the trigger and the bird folded and plummeted down through a hawthorn. Snoopy raced to the bird, scooped it up and ran back to deliver it to my side. She had passed her test with her first wild bird and I knew that all the hours of training had been well spent.
October Means “The Bird Season”
October ushers in the full hunting season in West Virginia. Some hunters will be after turkeys, some deer and bear with their bows, and some will still be searching the trees for squirrels. But for the hunters with bird dogs October means “the bird season.” When we West Virginians talk about bird hunting, it is about grouse and woodcock. Until the leaves come down, most of our hunters with bird dogs will be out for woodcock. While woodcock hunters are fewer than grouse hunters, they are a very dedicated group of bird hunters. They hold their little russet colored bird in high esteem.
Woodcock are normally the bird we start our grouse dogs on. They hold well and the dogs seem to enjoy searching the upland and wetland covers for the little bird. Called by many names such as “timber doodle,” many non-hunters simply refer to it as the little brown bird with the long bill. However, to the bird dog people it is an important part of the hunting scene. While we have several areas where there are resident populations of woodcock, our main hunting activity is geared to the migration. Nothing excites the bird hunters more than to hear that “the flights are in.”
When the birds are migrating they will “fall” into select coverts where they normally can find moist soil as 90% of their diet is composed of earthworms. When talking about hunting woodcock, the conversation will generally center on hunting in Canaan Valley. Now that the Canaan Valley Refuge has been established, there has been some work done that will benefit woodcock through habitat improvement. While they are a migratory bird, a migratory bird stamp is not required to hunt them. However, the regulation of a plugged gun is in effect if you are using a pump or autoloader. The point is that the gun can’t be capable of holding more than three shells. The birds may be hard to hit, but they are not hard to bring down or kill.
Because of their perfect camouflage coloring, they can be difficult to find once down. Here is where a good retriever is worth its weight in dog food. You may find that the dog likes to hunt for, point and find the down birds, but a few dogs simply refuse to retrieve them.
The West Virginia coverts would be bleak indeed if the little woodcock disappeared. With this in mind, several states have joined into a Woodcock Initiative to promote better habitat for the birds in their nesting grounds, wintering grounds and along their migration route. A day in the October uplands, when the vegetation is on fire with fall colors, when you are following a good dog and listening to the tinkle of the sleigh bell around its neck, is about as good as it gets for our hunters with bird dogs.
WV Special Election Day – 10.04.11
Secretary of State Natalie Tennant says she and her office are prepared for the special general election.
Voting gets underway today, Tuesday at 6:30 AM and runs until 7:30 PM.
Tennant held a video conference Monday outlining some of the procedures that have gone into getting ready for the election, what to expect on Election Day and how members of her office will be just a phone call away if voters or poll workers need help.
First off, Tennant is asking every registered voter in the state to get out and cast their ballot.
“While some people may say we’re getting tired of voting, I challenge them to say that to a man or a woman who has put on a uniform in our armed services and gone overseas and defended our basic right as Americans and our right to vote,” she said.
The Secretary of State also made it clear this election is not for sale.
“Violations of our election laws will not be tolerated.“
Her office will have representatives in all 55 counties and she’s urging, you the voter, to keep an eye out for any possible problems.
“If you’re at your polling place and you see something that you think might be a violation, you call our office,” Tennant said. “And that information that you give us will be kept confidential.“
And she wants you to know voters have rights too.
“It’s simply called the Voter’s Bill of Rights. It includes being allowed to vote if you are standing in line by 7:30 PM. You have the right to protect the secrecy of your ballot. [You have] the right to request a new ballot if you made a mistake, to have your ballot counted fairly and impartially and to vote in a non-disruptive atmosphere,” she said.
If you have any questions on Election Day, you can call the Secretary of State’s Office at 304.558.6000 or toll free at 1.866.767.8682.
GSC West Virginia Veterans Legacy Project Developing
The Glenville State College Robert F. Kidd Library employees are embarking on the West Virginia Veterans Legacy Project.
The goal of this program is to establish an oral history collection that preserves and protects the recollections, memories, and stories of our local men and women who served in the U.S. military.
Other aspects of the project include the collection of and/or digitization of memorabilia, letters, articles, and photographs associated with West Virginia’s part in armed conflicts since World War II.
This project has been made possible through funding provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
“Veterans’ experiences are part of the American being. A West Virginian’s story of service complements a collective identity that West Virginians can share. The Legacy Project will engage students in realizing cross-generational traditions, values, and norms that characterize the era and the region. Students working with the project will be introduced to a vital segment of West Virginia history, interact with historians, and develop research skills,” said GSC Library Associate Jason Gum.
This project builds on the college’s World War II Heroes Project, which records and preserves the experiences of local veterans from that specific conflict.
The project will focus on collecting, preserving, and broadcasting stories of central West Virginia war veterans who served in the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, and the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.
For more information about the West Virginia Veterans Legacy Project, contact Gum at “Jason.Gum@glenville.edu” or 304.462.6163.
West Virginia Utility Assistance Program Taking Applications
A program that helps low-income West Virginia households pay utility bills is taking applications.
The West Virginia Utility Assistance Program provides grants to maintain or restore gas, electric and water service.
Program officials said Monday that applications for grants will be taken until funds are depleted.
The utility assistance program is an initiative of the nonprofit Dollar Energy Fund.
Eligibility guidelines and application instructions are available on the fund’s website, www.dollarenergyfund.org .
West Virginia Examines Student Truancy Trend
West Virginia officials are examining student truancy, a trend that’s starting as young as elementary school.
WV State Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis says it’s important to combat truancy early, to prevent later costs to the children and to the state as a whole.
Davis tells The Herald-Dispatch that eight of every 10 people incarcerated in a West Virginia jail or prison has been truant at some point in their lives.
She and Alan Moats, a circuit judge in Taylor and Barbour counties, will discuss truancy-reduction strategies Friday in Huntington.
The event is the fifth of a 14-stop tour that continues through mid-November.
Moats says a key factor is to hold parents accountable for making sure their children attend school and receive their education.
Snowshoe Resort Gets 9 Inches of Snow
Winter has arrived a bit early and with a vengeance at some of West Virginia’s highest elevations.
Snowshoe Mountain Resort on Monday reported 9 inches of snow from a weekend storm.
Snowshoe spokeswoman Laura Parquette said the snow began falling late Friday night, marking the earliest snowfall at the Pocahontas County resort since September 2006.
Four inches of snow had accumulated by Saturday and heavy snow resumed falling on Sunday night.
The resort doesn’t plan to open up for ski season until November 23, 2011.
Snow-making operations are scheduled to start on November 01, 2011.
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Stumptown: Free Flu Shot Clinic – 10.05.11 - This Wednesday
A Flu Shot Clinic is scheduled on Wednesday, October 05, 2011 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM at the Steer Creek Church of Christ, Stumptown, WV (3.5 miles up Rosedale Road).
The flu shots are being provided by the Gilmer County Health Department (GCHD).
There is no charge for the flu shot, but donations to the GCHD will be accepted during the event.
To register for this clinic, call Patty at 304.462.0384 or Julie at 304.354.9343.
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