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Stargazing - 12.31.11


Two planets greet the new year.

The brighter of the two is Jupiter.

It’s low in the west at midnight, but it outshines everything else in that part of the sky, so you can’t miss it.

Fainter orange Mars is about the same height in the east.

New Year’s Eve Sky

If you need a break from the countdown to the new year this evening, step outside for a moment to enjoy the lightshow in the midnight sky.

Two planets greet the new year.

The brighter of the two is Jupiter, the giant of the solar system. It’s low in the west at that hour, but it outshines everything else in that part of the sky, so you can’t miss it. Fainter Mars is about the same height in the eastern sky. It shines with a distinctive orange hue, so it’s pretty easy to pick out, too.

Another brilliant pinpoint stands well up in the south: Sirius, the Dog Star, which is the brightest true star in all the night sky. If you look carefully, you’ll see it twinkle from red to blue to pure white in the blink of an eye.

And up above Sirius, and a bit to the right, is one of the most beautiful constellations — and one of the easiest to find. It’s Orion, the hunter. Its “belt” of three bright stars aims toward Sirius. Two other bright stars stand above the belt, with two more below it. They form a wide box. And between the belt and the bottom of the box is a slash of objects known as Orion’s sword. Its most famous member is the smudge of light known as the Orion Nebula — a vast nursery of newborn stars. It’s a good symbol for the newborn year of 2012.

G-MM™: Meditation Moment - 12.31.11


The Word was made flesh. He lived among us, and we saw his glory.

The opening verses of John’s Gospel introduce the major themes that the evangelist proceeds to develop.

Echoing the phrase, ‘in the beginning’, which opens the book of Genesis, he proclaims a new creation in which the promise of the Lord to Ezekiel—‘My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people’ (37:27)—is fulfilled in an extraordinary manner.

What a profound, consoling mystery is expressed in these simple words, ‘The Word was made flesh, he lived among us.’

Recalling what the preacher says: ‘May we come to share in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share in our humanity.’

1 John 2:18-21. Let heaven and earth exult in joy!—Ps 95(96):1-2, 11-13. John 1:1-18b.

Ronald Junior Hardman


Ronald Junior Hardman

Age 78 of James Street Glenville, West Virginia, departed this life at 8:01 AM Tuesday December 27, 2011 at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born March 17, 1933 at Normantown WV, son of the late Albert and Genevie Grace Shaffer Hardman.

Ronnie was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, retired from the United States Postal Service, where he was maintenance from 1966 until his retirement in October 1992 at the Glenville branch.

He was also a Methodist by faith and loved fishing.

On October 20, 1956, he was united in marriage to Josephine Mark Hardman who survives at their James Street home.

3 sons survive: Ronald M. Hardman of Orlando FL, Roy Lee Hardman and wife Rose of Deltona FL, and Robert J. Hardman of Elderton PA. 2 grandchildren also survive; Matthew and Michael Hardman.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family having been preceded in death by 3 sisters; Katherine Taylor, Annabelle McPherson, and Juanita Paugh.

A memorial service will be held at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc., Glenville WV at 1:00 PM, Saturday December 31, 2011 with Rev. Mark James officiating.

Leona M. Hardman


Leona M. Hardman

Age 81, of Parkersburg, formerly of Tanner, WV, passed away December 29, 2011 at Eagle Point Health Care Center in Parkersburg.

She was born in Gilmer County WV, daughter of the late Lynn and Sarah Wagoner Frymier.

She was a retired elementary teacher having taught 23 years in Wood County and four years in Gilmer County.

She was a member of the Pythian Sisters of Tanner.

Surviving are her children, Tami Hardman of Mineral Wells WV, Beth Hernandez of Miami FL, Robert Hardman of Grantsville WV, Eric Hardman of Rockport WV; a brother, Claude Frymier of Smithville; 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Hardman; a grandson, Adam Spears; and two brothers, Jimmy and June Frymier.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Tuesday, January 03, 2012 at Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with Rev. Ronzel Roberts officiating.

Interment will be in the Mt. Liberty Cemetery at Tanner.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Monday.



Today - December 31, yyyy

Today is Saturday, Dec. 31, the 365th and final day of 2011.

Thought for Today:

“Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. Middle age is when you’re forced to!“ — William E. Vaughan, American newspaper columnist (1915-1977).

Today’s Highlight in History:


On Dec. 31, 1951, the Marshall Plan expired after distributing more than $12 billion in foreign aid.

On this date:

In 1759, Arthur Guinness founded his famous brewery at St. James’s Gate in Dublin.

In 1775, during the Revolutionary War, the British repulsed an attack by Continental Army generals Richard Montgomery and Benedict Arnold at Quebec; Montgomery was killed.

In 1879, Thomas Edison first publicly demonstrated his electric incandescent light in Menlo Park, N.J.

In 1909, the Manhattan Bridge, spanning the East River between Manhattan and Brooklyn, was officially opened to vehicular traffic.

In 1946, President Harry S. Truman officially proclaimed the end of hostilities in World War II.

In 1961, the Green Bay Packers shut out the New York Giants 37-0 to win the National Football League Championship.

In 1969, Joseph A. Yablonski, an unsuccessful candidate for the presidency of the United Mine Workers of America, was shot to death with his wife and daughter in their Clarksville, Pa., home by hitmen acting at the orders of UMWA president Tony Boyle.

In 1985, singer Rick Nelson, 45, and six other people were killed when fire broke out aboard a DC-3 that was taking the group to a New Year’s Eve performance in Dallas.

In 1986, 97 people were killed when fire broke out in the Dupont Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Three hotel workers later pleaded guilty in connection with the blaze.)

In 1991, representatives of the government of El Salvador and rebels reached agreement at the United Nations on a peace accord to end 12 years of civil war.

Ten years ago:

New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani spent his final day in office praising police, firefighters, and other city employees in the wake of 9/11, and said he had no regrets about returning to private life.

Notre Dame tapped Tyrone Willingham to be its football coach, replacing George O’Leary, who’d resigned because of misstatements about his academic and athletic achievements on his resume; Willingham became the first black head coach in any sport for the Irish.

Actress Eileen Heckart died in Norwalk, Conn., at age 82.

Five years ago:

The death toll for Americans killed in the Iraq war reached 3,000.

Hundreds of Iraqis flocked to the village of Ouja (OO’-juh) where Saddam Hussein was born to see the deposed leader buried in a religious compound 24 hours after his execution.

Ordinary Americans paid their respects to former President Gerald R. Ford, walking slowly by his flag-covered casket in the U.S. Capitol.

One year ago:

Tornadoes fueled by unusually warm air pummeled the South and Midwest, killing a total of eight people in Arkansas and Missouri.

The body of federal defense consultant John Wheeler III, 66, was found in a Wilmington, Del., landfill; his death, ruled a homicide, remains under investigation.

Today’s Birthdays:

TV producer George Schlatter is 82

Actor Sir Anthony Hopkins is 74

Actor Tim Considine (“My Three Sons”) is 71

Actress Sarah Miles is 70

Rock musician Andy Summers is 69

Actor Sir Ben Kingsley is 68

Producer-director Taylor Hackford is 67

Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg is 65

Actor Tim Matheson is 64

Pop singer Burton Cummings (The Guess Who) is 64

Singer Donna Summer is 63

Actor Joe Dallesandro is 63

Rock musician Tom Hamilton (Aerosmith) is 60

Actor James Remar is 58

Actress Bebe Neuwirth is 53

Actor Val Kilmer is 52

Singer Paul Westerberg is 52

Actor Don Diamont is 49

Rock musician Ric Ivanisevich (Oleander) is 49

Rock musician Scott Ian (Anthrax) is 48

Actress Gong Li is 46

Author Nicholas Sparks is 46

Actor Lance Reddick is 42

Pop singer Joe McIntyre is 39

Rock musician Mikko Siren (Apocalyptica) is 36

Rock musician Bob Bryar is 32

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G-otcha™: Gassaway Man Arrested for Operating Multiple Meth Labs

Imprisonment Status:  Pre-Trial Felon

Matthew  Burton Friend

Full Name: Friend,  Matthew  Burton
Height: 6’  1”
Weight: 170 lbs.
Birth Date: 01.09.1986


Booking Date: 12.30.2011
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Pre-Trial Felon

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
11F205 THRU 216  WEBSTER COUNTY - Bail Amount: $0.00 


Matthew Burton Friend, age 25, from Gassaway, WV was arrested by Webster County Division of West Virginia State Police on Friday, December 30, 2011.

Friend is on six conspiracy and six felony charges of operating or attempting to operate clandestine drug laboratories.

Criminal complaint filed indicates the State Police witnessed Friend wearing a gas mask while “gassing” a meth lab from a tube.

Officials also found multiple black plastic trash bags containing trash from a clandestine drug lab, including soda bottles with methamphetamine residue, Drano cleaner, dissected lithium batteries, containers of ice packs, empty Coleman fuel, blister packs from Sudafed and burned aluminum foil.

The criminal complaint indicates total of six drug labs present at the residence.

Friend is behind bars in the Central Regional Jail.

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OddlyEnough: Verizon Wireless to Charge $2 to Pay Some Bills

Verizon Wireless, the country’s largest cellphone company, says it will start charging $2 for every payment subscribers make over the phone or online with their credit cards.


Capitalism: First they trick you into going paperless and Green, and then charge you more calling it Convenience Fee.

Power of People: People stood up and spoke and Verizon retreated as the result.

GCHS Girls’ Basketball: Lady Titans champion of the Kermit VanScoy Invitational


The Gilmer County High School Lady Titans won the championship game of the Kermit VanScoy Invitational in Doddridge County on Thursday, December 29, 2011 by defeating Ritchie County 61-44.

Lady Titans were led by Maggie Lilly scoring 17 points and Julie Bishop with 16 points.

Ritchie County earned the spot in championship game by defeating Doddridge County 47-42.

Gilmer County defeated Calhoun County on Thursday to play in championship games.

Doddridge County played Calhoun County in the consolation game.

Lady Titans will travel to St. Marys on Thursday, January 05, 2012 for their next game.

Tip-off will be at 7:30 PM.

Box Score:

Gilmer 17 12 11 21-61

Ritchie 14 13 12 5-44


Maggie Lilly 6 5-6 17

Jordan Morris 4 2-2 12

Tiffany Young 1 0-0 2

Julie Bishop 4 6-6 16

Morgan Allen 3 1-2 8

Michaela Gumm 2 2-2 6

TOTALS: 20 16-18 61

3-Point Goals: Morris 2, Bishop 2, Allen 1.


Tristin Toman 7 6-11 21

Kylie Gump 2 0-0 4

Amanda Davis 3 0-0 6

Vanessa Tallman 1 4-9 6

Maria Webber 1 1-3 3

Sydney Snodgrass 2 0-0 4

TOTALS: 16 10-23 44

3-Point Goals: Toman 1

Gymnastics Classes – 01.02.12


There are still a few openings for gymnastics classes for children age 4 & up.

Classes are held Monday evenings at the Sand Fork Baptist Church.

First class starts promptly at 5:00 PM for the younger children; 6:00 PM for the next group class and a 7:00 PM class for older kids.

Our next classes will be held on Monday, January 02, 2012.

Our instructors come to us from Champs Central in Clarksburg.

The cost is $45/month payable the first Monday of the month.

If you are new to the group, please go to Champs Central website at and print off the registration form to bring with you the first night of class.

For further information look for Gilmer County Gymnastics on Facebook.

WV State Police: Sandusky Case Brings More Attention to Child Sex Crimes


The Commander of the West Virginia State Police Crimes Against Children Task Force says the arrest, this year, of former Penn State Assistant Football Coach Jerry Sandusky will help shine a light on child sex crimes in the coming years.

In November, Sandusky was arrested and charged with dozens of counts of sexually abuse involving eight young boys over a period of 15 years.

The number of victims has since grown to ten.

The charges against Sandusky lead to the firing of legendary Penn State Head Football Coach Joe Paterno along with several Penn State academic officials.

“He was found out,“ Sgt. Casto says of the Sandusky case.  “The other good part of that is that other victims came forward that have lived with this for many years.“

He says there are a lot of sexual abuse victims out there.

“These crimes go heavily underreported.  Probably only up to about a quarter of these crimes ever reach law enforcement.  The rest are hidden away forever.“

Sgt. Casto says the Internet has brought all kinds of crimes, many of them targeting kids, directly into homes throughout the Mountain State.

“We really didn’t realize how big of a problem it was until we became involved in it, especially in West Virginia.“

You can find out more about the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force at

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