Stargazing - 11.20.10


The Moon will be full at 12:27 PM EST tomorrow.

It lines up opposite the Sun as seen from Earth, so sunlight illuminates the entire lunar disk.

November’s full Moon is known as the Snow Moon or Frost Moon.

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Meditation Moment - 11.20.10


‘The widow is married seven times, but to whom in the afterlife is she married?’

These Sadducees ask a question that is designed to trip Jesus up, to make him look a fool. Jesus’ response—strong, faith-filled and unwavering—diffuses their cynical intentions.
In a way, such Sadducees are still here in our society today.
At times we might be like them.
At times we might ask questions not in a spirit of genuine enquiry, open to the possibility of being renewed and transformed, but to reinforce our own beliefs and make others seem weak, silly or just plain wrong.
We see it often on television, reporters questioning their subjects to trip them up or tear them down.
What can I learn from the close-minded approach of the Sadducees?
How can I bring my questions to God with an open mind and heart?

Apocalypse 11:4-12. Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!—Ps 143(144):1-2, 9-10. Luke 20:27-40.

Waneta Sue Minney


Waneta Sue Minney
Age 62, of Orma, WV passed away on November 14, 2010.

Surviving are her husband, C.A. Minney; three sisters, Thelma Ball (Jacob), Evelyn McMillion (Eric) and Rachel Stump all of Jane Lew WV; four brothers, Ricky Stump (Laura), David Stump (Betty), Billy Stump (Jennifer) all of Jane Lew, and Alexander Stump Jr. (Michelle) of McWhorter, WV; a half sister, Pearl Carpenter of Arnoldsburg, WV; and her father Alexander Stump Sr. of Jane Lew.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Patty Little wife of Commodore Little of Orma; two sisters, Macel Gay Murphy and Wavelene Cottrell; and a brother, Melvin Hardway.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM on Sunday at the Ebenezer Baptist Church at Orma. Elder George Rose will officiate. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the services.

Hurman E. Cottrill


Hurman E. Cottrill
Age 68 years old of Warren, Ohio died on Friday, November 19, 2010 at 5:20 AM.

He was born on October 17, 1942 in Shock, WV, the son of the late Archibald and Ruth A. Perkins Cottrill.

Mr. Cottrill was a superintendent with the Acme Construction Company and also worked for Collins Railroad Construction and also worked in the coal mines for 4 years before coming to Ohio.

Hurman was a member of the Champion Church of God and enjoyed camping, fishing, boating, water skiing, gardening and traveling.

Hurman was passionate about his Christian Faith, he loved blue grass music and attended music festivals when he was able.

Survivors include his children, Sharon (Dennis) Doing of Warren, Charles M. (Lynda) Cottrill of Lawton, Oklahoma, Debra Cottrill of Orwell, Bobbie Lee Cottrill of Orwell, William Cottrill of Toledo and Linda Lou Munich of Warren; his grandchildren, Jesse Morrison, Cheryl and JJ Shipman, Douglas Doing, Michelle Haggerty, Leslie Collins, Missy Blankenship, Brittany Cottrill, Stephanie and Miranda Cottrill, Charles Cottrill Jr., Joshua and Jenna Knight; his great grandchildren, Alexis Rose Popadak, Noah Collins, Jaedon Knight Kisner, Allison, Andrea and Erin Knight, Aurora and Lillee Cottrill, Ryan Gabriel.

Mr. Cottrill is also survived by his siblings, Robert, Harry and Henry Cottrill all of Warren, Larry Cottrill of Canton, Kathy West of Spencer, WV, Shirley Schartiger of Navarre, Ohio, Nellie Hall of Cleveland, TN, JoAnn King of Front Royal, VA, Phyllis Skelton of McDough, GA and Margaret McCumbers of Rosedale, WV.

In addition to his parents, Hurman was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Cottrill on March 12, 2010; they were united in marriage on April 28, 1972; his children, DeWayne and Hurman, Jr.; one grandchild, Lee Cottrill; and his siblings, Nancy Conrad and Denver “Pee-Wee” Cottrill.

Family and friends may visit from 6:00-8:00 PM on Sunday, November 21 at the Carl W. Hall Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg, WV at Noon on Tuesday, November 23 where family and friends may visit two hours prior to the service.

Burial will be in the Cottrill Cemetery in Rosedale, WV.

Charles Frances Heiney, Sr.


Charles Frances Heiney, Sr.
Age 80, of Grantsville, WV, died at his home on November 16, 2010.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Howard and Retta Hosey Heiney.

Charles was an Army veteran of the Korean War from 1951 until his discharge in 1958. After retiring from Bernard Pipeline of Barberton, Ohio, he worked for Mt. Zion Construction.

He enjoyed cattle and his farm.

He was a member of Enon Baptist Church.

Charles is survived by his wife, Sharlene Heiney; two sons, Kenny (Cathy) Heiney of Elizabeth WV and Charles Jr. (JoAnn) Heiney of Grantsville; two daughters, Patricia (Dave) Leach of Oklahoma and Brenda Johnson of Beckley WV; stepchildren, Scott and Emily Yoak of Parkersburg WV and April (Homer) Wilson of Big Springs WV.

Also surviving are one brother, Henry H. Heiney of Ravenna OH; five sisters, Lela Reeder, Juanita (Eugene) Reynolds, Grace (Jim) Wilson of Parkersburg, Eleanor (Manny) Ciarcia of Aurora OH, and Louise (Jake) Newbrough of Brohard WV; 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Charles was preceded in death by his first wife Katherine V. Heiney; four brothers, Forest L. Heiney of Tanner WV, Don Heiney of Grantsville, Denver Heiney of Byron MI, Doyle Glen Heiney of Grantsville; two sisters, Geneva Snider of Grantsville, and Marie Mascoline of Bedford OH.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 20 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM with funeral services on Sunday, November 21 at 2:00 PM at Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with Pastor Rick Metheney officiating.

Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery.

Roger Dale Wears


Roger Dale Wears
Age 63, of Orma, WV passed away on November 14, 2010 at Charleston Area Medical Center, General Division.

He was born in Kanawha County, a son of the late Raymond and Dorothy Wilson Wears. He was a former employee of the Hoover Company in Ohio.

Surviving are his wife, Ruth Ann Wears; and children, Edgar (Jennifer) Wears of Canton, OH, Robert Wears of Michigan, Larry (Melissa) Joseph of Arnoldsburg, WV, Tammy Joseph of Grantsville, WV, and Christina Wears of Canton; grandchildren, Anthony Joseph, Andrew Milhoan, Alexis Joseph, Makayla Rainsburg, Justin Gerber, Carl Gerber, Brittany Kearns, Thomas Kearns and Matthew Kearns, Joseph Cline, Holly Wears, Nicole Bailey, Rhonda Bailey, and Michael Bailey; and dear friends, Hayward Helmick and Donald Greenlief.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by children, Loyde, Gertrude and Roger Wears, and a grandchild, Issac Wears.

Friends were received at Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg on Wednesday, November 17.

A private family service will be held at a later date.



Today - 11.20.yyyy

Today is Saturday, Nov. 20, the 324th day of 2010. There are 41 days left in the year.

Thought for Today: “There is no greatness where there is not simplicity.“ - Leo Tolstoy, Russian author (born 1828, died this date in 1910).

Today’s Highlight in History:


On Nov. 20, 1910, the Mexican Revolution of 1910, which overthrew longtime President Porfirio Diaz, had its beginnings under the Plan of San Luis Potosi that had been issued by Francisco I. Madero.

On this date:

In 1620, Peregrine White was born aboard the Mayflower in Massachusetts Bay; he was the first child born of English parents in present-day New England.

In 1789, New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights.

In 1929, the radio program “The Rise of the Goldbergs” debuted on the NBC Blue Network.

In 1947, Britain’s future queen, Princess Elizabeth, married Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey.

In 1959, the United Nations issued its Declaration of the Rights of the Child.

In 1967, the U.S. Census Bureau’s Population Clock at the Commerce Department ticked past 200 million.

In 1969, the Nixon administration announced a halt to residential use of the pesticide DDT as part of a total phaseout. A group of American Indian activists began a 19-month occupation of Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay.

In 1975, after nearly four decades of absolute rule, Spain’s General Francisco Franco died, two weeks before his 83rd birthday.

In 1980, faced with disastrous reviews from New York critics, United Artists announced it was withdrawing its movie “Heaven’s Gate,“ whose estimated cost topped $40 million, for re-editing.

In 1985, the first version of Microsoft’s Windows operating system, Windows 1.0, was officially released.

Ten years ago:
•  Lawyers for Al Gore and George W. Bush battled before the Florida Supreme Court over whether the presidential election recount should be allowed to continue.
•  Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori (foo-jee-MOHR’-ee) resigned, ending a 10-year reign.

Five years ago:
•  Israel’s dovish Labor Party voted to pull out of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s government in the opening salvo of an election campaign.
•  A gunman opened fire at a crowded shopping mall in Tacoma, Wash., wounding seven people and taking four hostages before surrendering. (Dominick Maldonado was later convicted of 15 charges, including attempted murder, assault and kidnapping; he was sentenced to just over 163 years in prison.)

One year ago:
•  Scientists in Geneva restarted the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest atom smasher, after a year of repairs.
•  A Chinese national killed four people and wounded nine in a shooting rampage on the Pacific island of Saipan before taking his own life.
•  Holding back tears, Oprah Winfrey told her studio audience that she would end her talk show in 2011 after a quarter-century on the air.

Today’s Birthdays:
Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer is 87
Actress-comedian Kaye Ballard is 85
Actress Estelle Parsons is 83
TV personality Richard Dawson is 78
Comedian Dick Smothers is 72
Singer Norman Greenbaum is 68
Vice President Joe Biden is 68
Actress Veronica Hamel is 67
Broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff is 64
Actor Samuel E. Wright is 64
Singer Joe Walsh is 63
Actor Richard Masur is 62
Opera singer Barbara Hendricks is 62
Actress Bo Derek is 54
Former NFL player Mark Gastineau is 54
Reggae musician Jim Brown (UB40) is 53
Actress Sean Young is 51
Pianist Jim Brickman is 49
Rock musician Todd Nance (Widespread Panic) is 48
Actress Ming-Na is 47
Actor Ned Vaughn is 46
Rapper Mike D (The Beastie Boys) is 45
Rapper Sen Dog (Cypress Hill) is 45
Actress Callie Thorne is 41
Actress Sabrina Lloyd is 40
Actor Joel McHale is 39
Actress Marisa Ryan is 36
Country singer Dierks (duhkrs) Bentley is 35
Actor Joshua Gomez is 35
Actress Laura Harris is 34
Olympic gold medal gymnast Dominique Dawes is 34
Country singer Josh Turner is 33
Actress Nadine Velazquez is 32
Actor Dan Byrd is 25
Rock musician Jared Followill (Kings of Leon) is 24
Actor Cody Linley is 21

WV Lottery - 11.19.10









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Gift Card Tree Raffle‏

Watch Me Grow, CDC

will be raffling off a



(A Christmas tree covered in various gift cards, in case there was any confusion)

There will be AT LEAST $200 in gift cards on the tree!

Raffle tickets are available through

Watch Me Grow, CDC

Or you can contact Marissa Fox at 304.266.7029

$1/each or $5 for 6 !

The proceeds from this raffle will go to purchasing a soft climbing structure for the children in their classrooms.

Please stop by before the end of today (Friday).

The drawing will take place

Monday, November 22,  2010

So the winner might have the gift cards for their Black Friday shopping!

GSC Relay for Life Kickoff


The Glenville State College Relay for Life Kickoff has been scheduled for Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 12:30 PM in the Rusty Musket Cyber Café.

The event will recognize those who have survived cancer as well as those still fighting cancer.

The theme for GSC’s Relay this year will be ‘Survivor,’ based off the hit television show.

“I Relay for my grandmother who is a survivor of breast cancer. This is our third Relay at Glenville State which is about spreading cancer awareness and coming together in hope to one day find a cure for cancer, and also having fun while doing it,” said GSC Relay for Life Co-Chair Katie Morris of South Charleston (Kanawha County).

“The reason I Relay is to eliminate cancer as a death sentence. Last year we raised $8, 000 for the American Cancer Society and this year we are hoping to reach $10, 000,” said GSC Relay for Life Co-Chair Melissa Pursley of Parkersburg (Wood County).

If you would like to donate time, money, supplies, etc to the event, contact the GSC Relay for Life Committee at “” or on their Facebook page, GSC Relay for Life.

You can go online at to make a money donation.

GCHS: Principal’s List - First Nine Weeks - 2010-11

First Nine Weeks

Bame, Michaela Benson, Katelyn Arbogast, Skylar
Beron, Mya Johnson,  Jaylin Coombs, Sara
Frame, Ammanda Miller, Linda Gumm, Michaela
Harlow, Brooke Wine, Shelby Lyons, Tonya
Jedamski, Emilie Wright, Trevor Marlatt, Jodi
Keith, Kathern Murphy, Michaela
Linger, Taylor Roberts, Hannah
Loudin, Alexis Underwood, Ben
Moore, Adam Wanstreet, Tyler
Price, Lexie White, Elania
Ramsey, Erin
Richards, Taylor
Beirne, Guinevere Bell, Nathan Beall, Kourtney
Beron, Michaela Buckner, Chelsie Clemons, Rachel
Ferguson, Conner Buckner, Heaven Cottrell, Samantha
Gordon, Larisa Coombs, Elisabeth Cunningham, Tyler
Gregory, Lindsay Fisher, Allison DeMarino, Hannah
Jones, Jessica Gumm, Landon Frame, Mischell
Richison, Abbie Knicely, Chelsea Kinder, Cam
Lents, Becki Loudin, Pam
Lilly, Maggie Lowther, Dustin
Miller, Desirae Miller, Bethany
Pettit, Sydney Miller, Herbert
Riffle, Devin Montgomery, Jessica
Simmons, Hannah Moore, Jacqueline
Smith, Jessi Ramezan, Emily
Steele, Tyler Riffle, Charles
Summers, Bradley Roberson, Yumus
Wolfe, Jenny

WVIAC: Pioneer Football Players Earn Honors


The Glenville State Pioneer football team had twelve players earn WVIAC honors for the 2010 season.

Mark Jackson was the only Pioneer to earn WVIAC 1st Team Offensive honors as an offensive lineman.

Donald Marshall made the WVIAC 2nd Team Defense even after missing the last four games of the year.

The Pioneers had ten players earn honorable mention.

On the offensive side of the ball:
Wide receivers Jordan Griffin
Wide receivers Antwan Stewart
Offensive lineman Bo Cielenski,
Running back Joe Mesadieu.

On the defensive side of the ball:
Defensive lineman Hunter Hamrick
Defensive lineman Clifford Mason,
Defensive lineman Mathew Porter
Linebacker Nate Ingersoll
Safety Terry Reese.

Tanner Collins also made honorable mention as a punter.

The complete 2010 All-WVIAC football squad, as selected by league head coaches, follows:

1st Team Offense:
OL-Steve Baisey (SU, Sr., 5-10, 270, Gaithersburg, MD)
OL-Shannon Breen (WVWC, Sr., 6-4, 271, New Market, MD)
OL-Mark Jackson (GSC, Soph., 6-6, 330, Columbus, OH)
OL-Larry Wreidt (WL, Jr., 6-6, 320, Sacramento, CA)
C-Nick Madia (WL, Sr., 6-1, 300, Valencia, CA)
TE-Ryan Travis (WL, Sr., 6-3, 245, Massillon, OH, 126 rec., 1402 yds, 15 TD)
QB-Zach Amedro (WL, Sr., 6-0, 200, Moundsville, WV, 68% comp., 4058 yds, 38 TD)
WR-Jermaine Carter (WL, Jr., 6-3, 190, Los Angeles, CA, 64 rec., 787 yds, 11 TD)
WR-Jermain King (WVSU, Sr., 6-1, 210, Wachula, FL, 69 rec., 944 yds, 7 TD)
WR-Thomas Mayo (CU, Jr., 6-2, 184, Reston, VA, 74 rec., 1315 yds, 14 TD)
WR-Jon Meadows (WVWC, Jr., 6-1, 186, Carroll, OH, 91 rec., 985 yds, 10 TD)
RB-Tommy Addison (SU, Jr., 5-9, 180, Germantown, MD, 1178 rush yds, 15 TD)
RB-Kevon Calhoun (WL, Sr., 5-11, 191, Rockville, MD, 1088 rush yds, 39 rec., 18 TD)
RB-Brian Kennedy (CU, Jr., 5-8, 174, Centreville, VA, 1092 rush yds, 14 TD)

1st Team Defense:
DL-Luke Black (FSU, Jr., 6-6, 280, Marietta, OH, 28 TT, 5 TFL)
DL-Jonas Celian (WVWC, Soph., 6-0, 200, North Lauderdale, FL, 53 TT, 24 TFL, 13 sacks)
DL-Mike Price (WVWC, Sr., 6-1, 280, Morgantown, WV, 44 TT, 18 TFL, 9 sacks)
NG-Derrell Hand (WVWC, Sr., 6-4, 305, Philadelphia, PA, 47 TT, 13 TFL)
ILB-Clay Beeler (WL, Sr., 6-1, 225, Waverly, OH, 82 TT, 9 TFL)
ILB-Brian Taylor (SU, Sr., 6-3, 240, Elkridge, MD, 64 TT, 3 INT)
OLB-Nick McGahagan (SHU, Jr., 5-11, 220, Youngstown, OH, 97 TT, 27 TFL)
OLB-Greg Underwood (FSU, Jr., 6-0, 190, Anderson, SC, 93 TT, 4 INT, 8 PBU)
CB-Keon Robinson (SU, Soph., 5-11, 185, Fairfax Station, VA, 46 TT, 8 INT)
CB-Ottis Scott (WVWC, Jr., 5-11, 170, Tampa, FL, 45 TT, 4 INT, 9 PBU)
S-Dewey McDonald (FSU, Soph., 6-1, 205, Ranson, WV, 69 TT, 3 INT, 9 PBU)
S-Aaron Martinez (CU, Jr., 6-1, 200, Yorba Linda, CA, 78 TT, 5 INT)

1st Team Special Teams:
P-Ben Landis (FSU, Jr., 6-2, 175, Johnstown, PA, 40.5 ypp)
K-Frank Keenan (FSU, Jr., 5-10, 200, Byfleet, England, 38-41 PAT, 8-10 FG)
KR-Deante Steele (SU, Sr., 5-8, 192, Woodbridge, VA, 20.9 y/kor, 9.9 y/pr)

2nd Team Offense:
OL-Josh Harvey (UC, Sr., 6-2, 275, St. Albans, WV)
OL-Matt Khouri (FSU, Sr., 6-6, 320, Pittsburgh, PA)
OL-Bryan Roof (CU, Sr., 6-0, 275, Liberty, WV)
OL-Josh Spring (SU, Jr., 6-0, 290, Lovettsville, VA)
OL-J.B. Walton (WVWC, Jr., 6-4, 290, Indian Head, MD)
C-Brandon Link (CU, Jr., 6-1, 280, Cumberland, MD)
TE-Dominique Jones (SU, Sr., 6-2, 250, San Diego, CA)
QB-Zack Grossi (CU, Soph., 6-2, 215, Jefferson, FL)
QB-Adam Neugebauer (WVWC, Jr., 6-2, 184, Pittsburgh, PA)
WR-Perry Baker (FSU, Sr., 6-1, 170, New Smyrna, FL)
WR-Andre Higgins (UC, Sr., 6-5, 205, Cincinnati, OH)
RB-Bobby Humphries (SU, Sr., 6-3, 250, Frederick, MD)
RB-Jordan Roberts (UC, Soph., 5-11, 215, Madison, WV)
RB-Julien Valentin (WVWC, Soph., 5-8, 195, St. Lucie, FL)

2nd Team Defense:
DL-Howard Jones (SU, Soph., 6-3, 225, Woodbridge, VA)
DL-Thomas Hearons (CU, Sr., 6-4, 265, Penny Farms, FL)
DL-Craig Kampfer (UC, Sr., 6-2, 235, Kensington, OH)
NG-Mike Franklin (SU, Fr., 6-2, 310, Elkridge, MD)
NG-Josh Miller (CU, Soph., 6-2, 282, Pulaski, VA)
ILB-Donald Marshall (GSC, Jr., 6-0, 230, Wichita, KS)
ILB-Austin McClain (UC, Jr., 6-3, 220, Lancaster, OH)
OLB-Joe Greenway (CU, Jr., 5-10, 190, Roanoke, VA)
OLB-Jayson Keyser (WL, Sr., 6-2, 185, Bellaire, OH)
OLB-Ben Minturn (SU, Sr., 6-1, 210, Gaithersburg, MD)
CB-Steven Bumpus (WVSU, Jr., 6-1, 175, Charleston, WV)
CB-Ryland Newman (FSU, Soph., 6-2, 175, Ranson, WV)
CB-Riyadh Richardson (CU, Fr., 5-8, 175, Byrnes, SC)
S-Corey Washington (SU, Soph., 5-9, 185, Alexandria, VA)
S-Chris Woomer (UC, Sr., 5-11, 185, Marietta, GA)

2nd Team Special Teams:
P-Brad Cox (CU, Soph., 5-10, 175, Christiansburg, VA)
K-Eric Dobratz (SU, Jr., 5-11, 170, Woodbridge, VA)
KR-Zack Page (FSU, Sr., 5-8, 180, Plain City, OH)

Honorable Mention Offense:
OL-A.J. Anderson (UC, Sr., 6-4, 265, Grove City, OH)
OL-Joe Angiotti (FSU, Soph., 6-3, 270, Clarksburg, WV)
OL-Bo Cielenski (GSC, Sr., 6-2, 290, Downers Grove, IL)
OL-Mitch Hairston (CU, Soph., 6-1, 265, Clarksburg, WV)
OL-Kyle McLain (WVWC, Jr., 6-3, 262, Labelle, FL)
OL-Ryan Scaperotta (WL, Jr., 6-6, 305, San Diego, CA)
C-Ryan Miller (WVSU, Sr., 6-0, 270, Chicago, IL)
C-Nick Schrader (FSU), Fr., 6-3, 290, Plain City, OH)
TE-Zach Delo (SHU, Jr., 6-4, 235, Ambridge, PA)
TE-Corey Queen (SHU, Sr., 6-1, 226, Irwin, PA)
QB-Kevin Clancy (SU, Sr., 6-1, 190, Westminster, MD)
QB-Maurice Leak (UC, Fr., 5-10, 175, Waxhaw, NC)
QB-Logan Moore (FSU, Fr., 5-11, 185, Fairmont, WV)
QB-Ricky Phillips (WVSU, Soph., 6-2, 195, Huntington, WV)
WR-T.J. Benners (WVWC, Jr., 5-11, 182, Princeton, WV)
WR-Robert Byrd (SU, Jr., 6-1, 187, Alexandria, VA)
WR-Horace Daughtry (CU, Fr., 6-4, 195, Palm Beach, FL)
WR-Jordan Griffin (GSC, Jr., 6-1, 185, Clarksburg, WV)
WR-Nikkolai Norrell (SU, Jr., 6-2, 178, Richmond, VA)
WR-Chris St. Hilaire (FSU, Fr., 5-9, 175, Tallahassee, FL)
WR-Antwan Stewart (GSC, Jr., 6-0, 195, Washington, DC)
WR-Willie Walker (WL, Sr., 6-5, 190, Cadiz, OH)
RB-Nate Hoyte (SU, Jr., 5-10, 200, Waldorf, MD)
RB-Trey Massey (WVWC, Soph., 6-0, 185, Upper Marlboro, MD)
RB-Joe Mesadieu (GSC, Soph., 5-11, 190, Roanoke, VA)

Honorable Mention Defense:
DL-Josh Arrington (CU, Sr., 6-5, 240, Oak Hill, WV)
DL-Chris Galadyk (SHU, Jr., 6-3, 220, Colonia, NJ)
DL-Hunter Hamrick (GSC, Sr., 6-4, 235, Charleston, WV)
DL-Devin Johnson (FSU, Jr., 6-1, 255, Gaithersburg, MD)
DL-Clifford Mason (GSC, Jr., 6-3, 250, Haines City, FL)
DL-Isaac Omaits (WL, Jr., 6-3, 240, Dillonvale, OH)
DL-Leonidas Redding (WL, Soph., 6-2, 270, Cleveland, OH)
DL-Nick Ringwalt (WL, Jr., 6-4, 305, Coshocton, OH)
DL-James Stormer (WVSU, Sr., 6-1, 280, Battle Creek, MI)
DL-Brian Vukela (WVWC, Soph., 6-2, 205, Pittsburgh, PA)
DL-Will Wheeler (SU, Sr., 6-2, 235, Chantilly, VA)
NG-Matt Betz (WL, Jr., 6-0, 275, Louisville, OH)
NG-Mathew Porter (GSC, Jr., 6-2, 270, Martinsburg, WV)
ILB-Garrett Davis (FSU, Fr., 6-3, 215, Havana, FL)
ILB-Zach Gibbins (CU, Jr., 5-10, 230, Redding, CA)
ILB-Jesse Robertson (WVWC, Soph., 5-9, 215, Upper Marlboro, MD)
OLB-Nate Ingersoll (GSC, Soph., 6-2, 215, Ashburn, VA)
OLB-Taylor Jovicic (UC, Sr., 5-11, 215, Shadyside, OH)
OLB-Daniel Strosnider (FSU, Soph., 6-1, 200, Morgantown, WV)
CB-Eli Davis (SU, Jr., 5-7, 185, Silver Spring, MD)
CB-Stephon Knox (WVWC, Soph., 5-7, 155, Plainfield, NJ)
CB-Ricky Strother (UC, Sr., 5-10, 180, Culpeper, VA)
S-John Maddox (WVWC, Soph., 6-2, 185, Philadelphia, PA)
S-Davon Marion (CU, 5-11, 205, Mount Hope, WV)
S-Dominique Matthews (WVSU, Fr., 6-3, 215, Arundel, MD)
S-Terry Reese (GSC, Fr., 6-0, 195, Washington, DC)
S-Alec Wood (WL, Fr., 6-0, 195, Wheeling, WV)

Honorable Mention Special Teams:
P-Tanner Collins (GSC, Soph., 6-3, 190, Buckhannon, WV)
P/K-Wes Sherrill (UC, Sr., 6-2, 180, Charlottesville, VA)
K-Craig Wissler (WVSU, Sr., 5-11, 180, Toledo, OH)
KR-Lavaughn Hughes (WVWC, Soph., 5-9, 175, Upper Marlboro, MD)
KR-Julian Johnson (UC, Sr., 5-8, 175, Cincinnati, OH)
KR-Landon Johnson (WVSU, Jr., 6-0, 190, Houston, TX)


WVIAC Coaches of the Year:
1976-Tony Colobro, Concord
1977-Tony Colobro, Concord
1978-Tony Colobro, Concord
1979-David Ritchie, Fairmont State
1980-Tony Colobro, Concord
1981-Roy Lucas, West Virginia Tech
1982-Walter Barr, Shepherd
1983-Walter Barr, Shepherd
1984-Marvin Williams, Concord
1985-Terry Bowden, Salem
1986-Mike Jacobs, Shepherd
1987-Marvin Williams, Concord
1988-Wally Hood, Fairmont State
1989-Bob Gobel, West Virginia Tech
1990-Bob Mullett, Concord
1991-Monte Cater, Shepherd
1992-Monte Cater, Shepherd
1993-Rich Rodriguez, Glenville State
1994-Rich Rodriguez, Glenville State
1995-Bill Struble, WV Wesleyan
1996-Doug Sams, Fairmont State
1997-Monte Cater, Shepherd
1998-Monte Cater, Shepherd
1999-Monte Cater, Shepherd
2000-Bob Eaton, West Liberty State
2001-Paul Shaffner, Glenville State
2002-Bill Struble, WV Wesleyan
2003-Bill Struble, WV Wesleyan
2004-Monte Cater, Shepherd
2005-Monte Cater, Shepherd
2006-Monte Cater, Shepherd
2007-Monte Cater, Shepherd
2008-Alan Fiddler, Glenville State
2009-Roger Waialae, West Liberty
2010-Dennis Creehan, WV Wesleyan

WVIAC Offensive Players of the Year:
1974-Jack Deloplaine, Salem; Randy Little, West Liberty
1975-Jack Deloplaine, Salem
1976-Larry Riley, Salem
1977-Jeff Boyles, Concord
1978-Carlos Lee, Concord
1979-Frank Zebrasky, West Liberty
1980-Dave Renner, Concord
1981-Luc Tousignant, Fairmont State
1982-Mike Coyle, Shepherd
1983-Mike Coyle, Shepherd
1984-Mike Coyle, Shepherd
1985-Jimbo Fisher, Salem; John Fotta, Shepherd
1986-Jimbo Fisher, Salem
1987-Keith Franklin, WV State
1988-Keith Franklin, WV State
1989-Lee Holder, West Virginia Tech
1990-Bryan Hamm, Concord
1991-Chris Hairston, Concord
1992-Jed Drenning, Glenville State
1993-Jed Drenning, Glenville State
1994-Chris George, Glenville State
1995-Scott Otis, Glenville State
1996-Mike Joseph, Fairmont State
1997-Wilkie Perez, Glenville State
1998-Damian Beane, Shepherd
1999-Damian Beane, Shepherd
2000-Bryan Harman, Fairmont State
2001-Bryan Harman, Fairmont State
2002-Duriel Cobb, WV Wesleyan
2003-Luke Struble, WV Wesleyan; Joey Conrad, Glenville St.
2004-Antonio Carter, Glenville State
2005-Joey Conrad, Glenville State
2006-Dervon Wallace, Shepherd
2007-Dervon Wallace, Shepherd
2008-Jerry Seymour, Glenville State
2009-Zach Amedro, West Liberty
2010-Zach Amedro, West Liberty

WVIAC Defensive Players of the Year:
1974-Ed Evans, West Liberty
1975-Jim Meeker, Salem
1976-Rocky Martin, Salem
1977-Jim Calhoun, West Liberty
1978-Bob Pauley, Concord
1979-Steve Brinkley, Concord
1980-Milton Spradley, WV State
1981-Randy Jones, Fairmont State
1982-Gene Lugat, Shepherd
1983-Mark Brower, Shepherd
1984-Mike Payne, Glenville St.
1985-Jeff Shaw, Salem; Kevin Johnson, Concord
1986-Kevin Johnson, Concord
1987-Craig Plymal, Concord
1988-Steve Borlie, Shepherd
1989-Tracy Gravely, Concord
1990-Mike Spradling, Concord
1991-Brooks Bennett, Shepherd
1992-Brooks Bennett, Shepherd
1993-Henry Newby, Fairmont State
1994-Freddie Ford, Concord
1995-Quinton Barnes, West Virginia Tech; Dave Peterson, West Liberty
1996-Greg Stup, Shepherd
1997-Charles Smith, WV State
1998-Andre Jones, WV State
1999-E.J. Burt, West Liberty State
2000-E.J. Burt, West Liberty State
2001-Davon Deveaux, WVU Tech
2002-Mike Mayer, West Virginia State
2003-Jadae McGuire, WVU Tech
2004-Alan Krutulis, W.Va. Wesleyan
2005-Dan Peters, Shepherd
2006-Dan Peters, Shepherd
2007-Vince Black, Fairmont State
2008-Darren Banks, West Liberty
2009-Andrew Eggleton, West Virginia State
2010-Clay Beeler, West Liberty

WVIAC Offensive Freshmen of the Year:
2010-Logan Moore, Fairmont State

WVIAC Defensive Freshmen of the Year:
2010-Alec Wood, West Liberty

GCHS: Honor Roll - First Nine Weeks - 2010-11


First Nine Weeks

Ashley, Hunter Arden, Jenna Baxter, Taylor
Beall, Britney Carafelli, Christina Beall, Lucas
Burkhammer, Ethan Collins, Kyle Bishop, Julie
Butler, Alayna Cottrill, Terri Conrad, Jeffrey
Campbell, Madison Ferguson, Michaela Cunningham, Austin
Chapman, Aaron Hough, Lauren Edman, Jenny
Conrad, Kaleb Jenkins, Bradley Evans, Tara
Cool, Janessia LaGrone, Tia Furby, Kayla
Donaldson, Charles McCumbers, Sharon Heater, Kayla
Emerson, Justin McRae, Michaela Jackson, Richonna
Freshour, Trevor Miller, Katelyn Lamb,  Amanda
Helmick, Destiny Montgomery, Matthew Lamb, Megan
Helmick, Wyatt Morris, Markeem Martin, Emilie
Huff, MacKenzee Morris, Sebastian Rader, Nicole
Jackson, Lexi Pritt, Jordanne Sink, Stewart
Jones, Lynnia Ratcliff, Keri Skinner, Seth
Marks, Autumn Self, Wesley Smith, Kenneth
Moore, Hannah Shiow, Chemutai Ullom, Adan
Moore, Kitric Tomblin, Cloey Warner, Mercedeas
Morris, Makahla Wood, Carrissa Weese, Katelyn
Pyles, Chelsey Williams, Nicholas
Richards, Cody Young, Theresa
Shiow, Cheruto
Smith, Hunter
Sprouse, Isaac
Steele, Karibee
Stout, Nathan
Summers, Hayley
Turner, Kindra
Young, Samantha
10th  GRADE 11th GRADE 12th GRADE
Allen, Morgan Anfenson, Jacob Bell, Brittani
Anfenson, Brittani Bailey, Beaulah Collins, Kellee
Aviles, Anthony Buckhannon, Tanya Collins, Viktoriah
Bush, Ashley Burke, Hannah Cottrill, Matthew
Chapman, Sarah Collins, Brian Dennison, Samuel
Conrad, Jamie Collins, Katelyn Fitzpatrick, Amanda
Cool, Teayria DeMarino, Luke Frederick, Amanda
Emerson, Courtney Dennis, Devon Gilbert, Daniel
Frame, Kortney Gregory, Samantha Gragg, Hollie
Frame, Natalie Harkleroad, Tory Heater, Ryan
Freeman, Jennifer Huffman, Kayla Hosey, Frank
Frye, David Kazee, Breeanna Luzader, Meghan
Garcia, Nicholas Keilman, Heather Moore, Caleb
Helmick, Lee Lamb, Amanda Normant, Megan
Jenkins, Christina McCord, Michael Parker, Janie
Lindsay, Jacob Montgomery, Dylan Parker, Kelsey
Mar, Anthony Moore, Laken Parsons, Jodie
Marlatt, Dustin Morris, Jordan Roberts, Joel
Massey, Shayla Richards, Amber Roberts, Wayne
Moore, Cody Richards, Kayla Self, Charles
Ratliff, Brianna Robinson, Lindsey Shackleford, Ashley
Rhoades, Kevin See, Kaitlyn Smarr, Lindsey
Riley, Brandon Simmons, Gary Somerville, Taylor
Sprouse, Alexus Somerville, Olivia Stuart, Jerama
Wagner, Lexsey Stump, Amelia Stump, Robert
Yeager, Colton Summers, Brandon Tallhamer, Parker
Young, Tiffany Watson, Kelli Tomey, Beverly
Yost, Brianna



TALA, WVU Working Together on Interpretation Initiative


The West Virginia University History Department and the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston are working together on a recent project called The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum Oral History and Interpretation Initiative.

Graduate students Ashley Whitehead and Jay Smith from the history department at WVU will be working with the director of public history at WVU, Dr. Melissa Bingmann, and the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum to record oral histories of former workers at Weston State Hospital, residents of Weston, who lived in the town while the hospital was still active, and former patients treated at the hospital who might be willing to share their stories about the hospital.

The project members recognize the significance of the hospital not only as a historic and architectural structure, but also as a key tool for analyzing change over time in American perceptions and treatments of mental illness, as well as in the evolution of the administration and operation of state hospitals.

The oral histories seek to preserve stories about the daily experiences, working conditions and lifestyles of former workers and patients at the hospital, as well as stories about the town’s residents’ interactions with or perceptions of the hospital. These oral histories are being recorded with the ultimate goal of having them transcribed and preserved for future research at the State Archives in Charleston, and potentially including them in an “acousti-guide” tour of the asylum for visitors to the site.

WVU also plans to hire an assisting visiting scholar to tour TALA, provide suggestions on the creation of potential future exhibits at the asylum by future public history students at WVU and deliver a lecture to the town of Weston on the significance of the site and the public history opportunities at the asylum.

Weston residents and any former hospital workers, who are willing, will have the opportunity to contribute to the content development of these exhibits by providing feedback, by way of a community forum, about potential interpretive themes and/or personal anecdotes about the asylum during its operation that they feel would enhance the interpretive experience at TALA.

Simultaneously, the team hopes that their project will help to stimulate visitation to the asylum and will help to rejuvenate the economy of the surrounding community through heritage tourism.

Additionally, the project hopefully will help to re-instill within the community a sense of pride for its traditionally close ties with and support of this important institution and historically significant landmark. By rejuvenating community pride in the asylum, the team hopes to help foster greater collective stewardship of this currently privately owned and operated historic site for the purpose of preservation, education and interpretation. By stimulating heritage tourism to TALA and community interest in the stewardship of TALA, the project can help to increase TALA’s year-round, education-based source of income for necessary preservation projects at the asylum.

Through such simultaneous enhancement of interpretation and preservation, TALA might serve as a future model for other similar institutions that are looking to improve their own interpretive and preservation efforts.

The project team is still looking for additional potential interviewees for the oral histories and would like to encourage any willing former Weston State Hospital workers or patients, as well as long-term residents of Weston with any stories pertaining to the hospital, to contact the project team for more information about the interview process. Call Ashley Whitehead at 339.234.0265 or e-mail “” for more information.

WVU and Marshall Football - 11.20.10


Geno Smith threw four first-half touchdown passes as the Mountaineers rolled over the Cincinnati Bearcats, 37-10, in a Big East Conference matchup this past weekend.

Smith was 15-of-25 through the air for 174 yards and one interception in addition to his four scores, helping the Mountaineers earn bowl eligibility with their sixth win.

Jock Sanders caught six balls for 95 yards and two scores and Tavon Austin turned his two receptions into a pair of TDs to help West Virginia end a two-game skid.

Noel Devine carried the ball 18 times for 77 yards and a touchdown, while Shawne Alston added 75 yards on 17 totes.

The Mountaineers will be on the road this coming weekend at Louisville.

There is absolutely no doubt that the Cardinals are disappointed after Saturday’s 24-21 overtime loss to South Florida in front of the home crowd.

Bilal Powell, the nation’s fifth-leading rusher entering the weekend, returned from a knee injury to rush for 140 yards on 31 carries for Louisville, which remains one win shy of earning bowl eligibility.

Justin Burke started his second straight game at quarterback in place of injured starter Adam Froman (leg) and threw for 146 yards and three touchdowns in a losing effort.

The Cardinals figure to have their hands full this Saturday when the West Virginia Mountaineers come to town.

QB Brian Anderson passed for 251 yards and three TDs, as the Thundering Herd posted a 28-13 victory over Memphis this past weekend.

Anderson hit on 20-of-28 pass attempts, as Marshall (4-6, 3-3) captured its third win in a row.

Lee Smith pulled in seven passes for 73 yards and a TD, while Troy Evans snatched three balls for 83 yards and a score.

Evans also had 28 yards and another TD on the ground.

The defense was even strong for Marshall, posting three sacks and limiting Memphis to only 241 total yards.

The Herd will try to continue its winning streak when it faces SMU this weekend.

The Mustangs were idle this past week as they prepare for Saturday’s bout against Marshall.

SMU (5-5, 4-2) has dropped three of its past four games and that includes a 28-14 setback at Texas-El Paso on November 06, 2010.

Despite the recent slide, the Ponies remain in the hunt for the West Division title and bowl eligibility.

Ron Paul: Introducing the American Traveler Dignity Act


Mr. Speaker, today I introduce legislation to protect Americans from physical and emotional abuse by federal Transportation Security Administration employees conducting screenings at the nation’s airports. We have seen the videos of terrified children being grabbed and probed by airport screeners. We have read the stories of Americans being subjected to humiliating body imaging machines and/or forced to have the most intimate parts of their bodies poked and fondled. We do not know the potentially harmful effects of the radiation emitted by the new millimeter wave machines.

In one recent well-publicized case, a TSA official is recorded during an attempted body search saying, “By buying your ticket you gave up a lot of rights.” I strongly disagree and am sure I am not alone in believing that we Americans should never give up our rights in order to travel. As our Declaration of Independence states, our rights are inalienable. This TSA version of our rights looks more like the “rights” granted in the old Soviet Constitutions, where freedoms were granted to Soviet citizens—right up to the moment the state decided to remove those freedoms.

The incident of the so-called “underwear bomber” last Christmas is given as justification for the billions of dollars the federal government is spending on the new full-body imaging machines, but a Government Accountability Office study earlier this year concluded that had these scanners been in use they may not have detected the explosive material that was allegedly brought onto the airplane. Additionally, there have been recent press reports calling into question the accuracy and adequacy of these potentially dangerous machines.

My legislation is simple. It establishes that airport security screeners are not immune from any US law regarding physical contact with another person, making images of another person, or causing physical harm through the use of radiation-emitting machinery on another person. It means they are subject to the same laws as the rest of us.

Imagine if the political elites in our country were forced to endure the same conditions at the airport as business travelers, families, senior citizens, and the rest of us. Perhaps this problem could be quickly resolved if every cabinet secretary, every member of Congress, and every department head in the Obama administration were forced to submit to the same degrading screening process as the people who pay their salaries.

I warned at the time of the creation of the TSA that an unaccountable government entity in control of airport security would provide neither security nor defend our basic freedom to travel. Yet the vast majority of both Republicans and Democrats then in Congress willingly voted to create another unaccountable, bullying agency—in a simple-minded and unprincipled attempt to appease public passion in the wake of 9-11.  Sadly, as we see with the steady TSA encroachment on our freedom and dignity, my fears in 2001 were justified.

The solution to the need for security at US airports is not a government bureaucracy. The solution is to allow the private sector, preferably the airlines themselves, to provide for the security of their property. As a recent article in Forbes magazine eloquently stated, “The airlines have enormous sums of money riding on passenger safety, and the notion that a government bureaucracy has better incentives to provide safe travels than airlines with billions of dollars worth of capital and goodwill on the line strains credibility.” In the meantime, I hope we can pass this legislation and protect Americans from harm and humiliation when they choose to travel.

Fishing Report - 11.18.10


The lake is approximately one foot below summer pool and clear. Fishing is good. Bass are in about 10-15 feet of water.  Try afternoons when the sun warms the water.  Sunfish have been caught around cover with small jigs and live bait.  Crappie are in about 10-12 feet of water and live minnows are working best.  Getting reports of nice flathead catfish being caught as well.  For more information call Corps of Engineers at 304.853.2398.

The winter drawdown period began November 1 and the winter ramp at Cheat Lake Park is now open. The Sunset Beach ramp is usable when the lake elevation is 866 and above, and the lake is rising. Channel catfish are moving into deeper water in the lower half of the lake and can be caught from the bank at the Cheat Lake Park. Yellow perch are abundant on the flats around the I-68 and Ices Ferry bridges. Minnows are the best bet but other artificial baits will work too. The easiest way to fish the lake for all species is drifting along the shoreline with a nightcrawler or minnow on a hook with a couple of split shot at a depth of 10 to 15 feet. Cast small rooster-tail spinners for large bluegills and pumpkinseed sunfish in downed trees along the shoreline.

The lake is approximately five feet below summer pool and clear. Fishing is great. Bass are in about 10-15 feet of water. Try afternoons when the sun warms the water for the best action.  Sunfish have been caught around cover using minnows and live bait. A few crappie have been caught in 10-12 feet of water.  Try live bait in shallow water (1-2 feet).  A few trout are still being caught on spinners.

The lake is approximately four feet below summer pool and milky.  Fishing is good.  Bass are active and in about 10-12 feet of water. Try afternoons when the sun warms the water in and around big timber for the best action. Sunfish have been caught around cover with small jigs.  Crappie are in about 10-12 feet and live minnows are working the best. Some nice trout reported being caught this week in the tailwaters.  They were stocked with brood trout on August 26th.  Before heading to the lake please contact Corps of Engineers at 304.269.7463.

The lake is approximately 38 feet below summer pool and clear. Bass are in about 15-20 feet of water. Try afternoons when the sun warms the water for the best action. Sunfish and crappie have been caught around cover. Try the upper end of the lake for walleye.  The tailwaters were stocked with trout on October 19.  If you are looking for a back country trout fishing experience hike down in and enjoy. For more information call Corps of Engineers at 304.872.5809.

The lake is approximately six feet below summer pool and clear. Fishing is good.  Try early mornings and late evening for the best action. Bass are moving into deeper water 20-25 feet and hitting plastic baits.  Crappie and bluegill have also been caught around standing timber with small jigs and live bait.  The tailwaters are normal and clear. Trout were stocked in the tailwaters on October 19. Before heading to the lake please call Corps of Engineers at 304.765.2705.

The lake is approximately 35 feet below summer pool.  Walleye have been caught during the day in the 30 to 50 feet depths and at dark when they move into shallow water to feed. Smallmouth bass can be caught using crankbaits or tube jigs along the shoreline.
The tailwater temperature is 61 degrees. Two fall trout stockings have been completed and flows are good for trout fishing. Call the Corps of Engineers telephone hotline at 304.265.5953 for daily lake and tailwater conditions.

Elk River
The WVDNR is conducting a muskie study on the Elk River currently. If an angler keeps a muskie with what appears to be a metal tag on the dorsal fin, please contact the district office in Pt. Pleasant (304.675.0871). Anglers may also relay catch information and release the fish to be caught again. We would like to gather information (total length = tip of snout to maximum length with the tail fin lobes squeezed together, location of capture, tag number) from the tagged fish. Flyers have been placed at put-ins, and in small tackle/convenient stores along the Elk River in Braxton, Clay, and Kanawha counties.

The water temperature is 50-52 degrees and fish are actively feeding. Flows are low but fishing continues to be good during the day for smallmouth bass in the lock and dam tailwaters. The best fishing success for sauger and walleye is during low light conditions at dawn and dusk. Sauger, smallmouth bass, walleye and white bass are always attracted to the currents in the tailwaters. Jigs with minnows are the best baits right now. Channel and flathead catfish are abundant throughout the river. Troll large crankbaits for muskies anywhere on the river.

Water levels are normal and clear.  Fall is a great time to introduce a child to fishing.  The weather is nice and fish are very active.  If you are looking for a place to go please check the fishing regulations and the WVDNR website for a list of public access or call your local WVDNR district office for some advice and a place to take a youngster fishing. Fall trout stocking is here! If going alone, always tell someone where you are going and when you will return.

Early fall is an excellent time to fish Ohio River Tailwaters. Anglers fishing below the Belleville and Willow Island dams are catching white bass, hybrid striped bass, and a few other species.  Pencil poppers and lead headed jigs with twister tails (white or chartreuse) are the lures of choice. Clever anglers are tipping their jig hooks with minnows or shad. Best spots to fish these areas include eddies and back-current sections, and anywhere that river flows are unusual. Best times for sauger and walleye fishing are during non-daylight hours.
Fishing has been good for largemouth bass and bluegill in area lakes. Spinner baits, and rubber worms are producing bass in areas of good cover, while bluegill are being taken on small jigs fished deep, at depths of 10 to 12 feet. Good choices for area lakes include Mountwood in Wood County, Conaway Run in Tyler, Charles Fork in Roane, North Bend Lake in Ritchie County, and Elk Fork, Woodrum, and O’Brien lakes in Jackson County.
Local musky streams should be fishable this weekend.  Fall musky anglers use large crankbaits or jerk baits and best spots are usually around fallen trees or riffle areas. Fishing has been quite good this year for musky along Middle Island Creek, the Little Kanawha River, and on the Hughes River and its Forks. Musky fishing at North Bend Lake also has been productive this year.

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

G-Comm: Banks Aren’t Out of the Financial Hole


America is starting to see some recurring signs of a recovery, including a recent increase at last in the number of new jobs in 23 states. That’s still marginal and less than half of the country but it’s a start and in the right direction.

A basic principle of economics is that momentum of any kind will continue in the same direction without some kind of intervention. In other words, the rock is no longer rolling over us.

However, the tangled mess of mortgages that crashed the country into the Great Recession still has a few good punches to the gut left before we can put it all behind us. The hairy part is that the problems that are left are still big enough to trip up the recovery and drag out the recovery further or perhaps even send us into a double-dip recession.

Officially, in case you missed it, the Great Recession was over in June of last year. Now, we’re in the midst of the Great Recovery, which means we’ve hit bottom and are looking toward the rebuilding instead of trying to prevent further deterioration.

But while the US economy is no longer leading to late night meetings at the White House to get us off the critical list, we’re still in a financial ICU and it’s still because of mortgages.

Investors who purchased mortgage-backed securities from banks have become fed up with getting nothing for their money and are suing the banks. Bank of America has several lawsuits filed against it for at least 54 billion dollars. Originally, they had pegged the amount at 375 billion but after a court ruling had to scale back the numbers.

While the different lawsuits in several states are varied about the exact offenses by BOFA, there is one underlying problem that everyone agrees has aggravated the problem. Sloppy record keeping has led to confusion about who exactly has owned or still owns the mortgages. BOFA is not the only major US bank being accused of the problem. CitiGroup, Wells Fargo, PNC Financial and JP Morgan Chase are some of the others who have recently had lawsuits filed against them citing the same types of problems.

Now, in the good old days, prior to the ’80’s and banking deregulation, when someone bought a house and acquired a mortgage the loan stayed with the bank that gave it to them. There was accountability, better oversight and at the least, basic accounting practices.

Once the wild round of selling first bundled mortgages and then mortgage-backed securities began those in charge appeared to have cared less and less about making sure the paperwork was in order and more about how to keep generating large fees.

Not enough banks were even making sure that they were buying or selling something that actually belonged to them. That’s one of the reasons BOFA can’t say for sure how many billions of dollars are involved and why their math may be off by 300 billion. Surely, that’s a failing grade.

Into this mess comes the question of foreclosures and modification loans. In order for a bank to foreclose on a mortgage they have to be sure they own the debt. However, many banks have been using software to automatically sign the foreclosure paperwork. Not only have the banks not checked to see if they clearly had ownership of the debt, a New Jersey lawsuit points out instances where banks repeatedly ignored approved loan modifications or mediated settlements and proceeded to kick families out of their homes.

It’s easy to see where the banks’ interests lie and it’s got nothing to do with the communities around them.

Banks have argued that taking the time to unravel the mess will cost them money in terms of legal fees, processing fees and not being able sell properties and recoup some money. The easy answer is to just say too bad that’s the consequence for caring more about year end bonuses than the millions of lives wrapped up in all of those homes.

But, the executives who are still receiving big paychecks at those banks are well aware of the country’s precarious economic recovery and know that even a perception of banks getting ready to fail could send everything back into a downward spiral.

They still have the rest of us by the short hairs and are willing to leverage that into continued rapid foreclosure proceedings and no penetrating investigations into their practices. If we give into that wholesale the end result will be that history will not only repeat itself but it will do so quickly, more severely and economic hardships that may be felt into the next generation.

~~  By Martha Randolph Carr ~~

Jocalynn Debra-Rose Black


Jamie and Meagan Black of Weston announce the birth of their daughter, Jocalynn Debra-Rose Black, on October 22, 2010, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.
The little girl weighed 6 pounds 4 ounces.
She has four siblings.
Her mother is the former Meagan Craig.
Her father is a self-proprietor.
Maternal grandparents are Shane Craig and Charlotte Warner of Weston.
Paternal grandparents are Richard and Diana Black of Buckhannon.

Bentley Michael Bowen


Bentley Michael Bowen was the name chosen for the son born to Misty Cool and Gregory Bowen of Weston.
The little boy was born October 21, 2010, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.
He weighed 8 pounds 3 ounces.
Maternal grandparents are Steve Cool and Buffy Wilson of Weston.
Paternal grandparents are Earl and Tina Bowen of Maryland.

Ashlyn Jayde Floyd


Ashlyn Jayde Floyd was the name chosen for the little girl born to Ciara Nicole Wilson and James Edward Floyd of Belington.
She was born October 22, 2010, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.
She weighed 7 pounds 2 ounces.
Her father is employed by Armstrong Flooring.
Maternal grandparents are Tammy Cormier and Serge Cormier (stepfather) of Weston.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ed Floyd of Elkins.

Lynzie Florence Nida


Corey Michael Nida and Ashley Nicole McMillion of Weston announce the birth of their daughter, Lynzie Florence Nida, on October 24, 2010, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.
She weighed 8 pounds 1 ounce.
Her father is employed in food production and is a full-time student at Pierpont Community and Technical College.
Maternal grandparents are Eric and Evelyn McMillion of Jane Lew.
Paternal grandparents are Jodi Pettit of Weston and Lewis Edward Nida Jr. of Bridgeport, Ohio.

Zayden Eugene Ables


Zayden Eugene Ables was the name chosen for the son born to Crista Nicole and David Glen Ables of Weston.
The little boy was born October 31, 2010, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.
He weighed 5 pounds 3 ounces.
He has one half-brother, Tyruss Glen Ables.
His mother is the former Crista Fultineer and is a homemaker.
His father is employed in construction.
Maternal grandparents are Robert Eugene Fultineer and Alisa Darlene Sisley of Weston.
Paternal grandparents are Dave Eugene Ables of Weston and Michelle Lynn Ables of Clarksburg.

Bon Appétit: Southwestern Rubbed Turkey


2 tablespoons smoked paprika
1 tablespoon cumin seeds, toasted and ground (see Tip)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons plus 2 cups water, divided
1 12-pound turkey, giblets removed

Position rack in lower third of oven; preheat to 350 degrees F.
Mix paprika, ground cumin, cinnamon, salt and pepper in a small bowl; stir in 2 tablespoons water to make a paste.
Rub the mixture all over the turkey, particularly under the skin and onto the breast meat.
Place the turkey breast-side down on a roasting rack in a large roasting pan.
Add 2 cups water to the pan.
Roast for 1 1/2 hours.
Remove the turkey from the oven and turn it over”either use silicon oven gloves or cover the bird with foil and use cloth oven mitts to turn it over.
Continue roasting, basting occasionally with pan juices, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh without touching bone registers 180 degrees F, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours more.
If the bird is browning too deeply, tent with foil while it continues to bake.
If the pan runs out of juices, add about 1/2 cup water, scrape up any browned bits, and use this liquid for basting.
Let rest at room temperature for 30 minutes before carving.

Tip: Toast cumin seeds in a small skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
Transfer to a plate to cool. Grind in a spice mill or blender into a fine powder.

~~  Photo: Ken Burris, EatingWell ~~

Stargazing - 11.19.10


The Moon sails high across the sky tonight, illuminating the night with its icy glow.

It is Earth’s only natural-born satellite.

Our planet may sometimes capture a passing asteroid for a few months or years, creating a temporary satellite.

Daily G-Eye : 11.19.10


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Meditation Moment - 11.19.10


We praise your glorious name, O mighty God.

Today’s psalm response is the reminder we need for our prayer, Lord, so often we can think of our own needs, our own desires, when we come to you in prayer.
This day I want to spend my prayer time in contemplating your greatness and glory.
The readings remind me of this duty too.
The temple was the focus of worship, but Jesus declared that it is our inward disposition that is important.
For that disposition we need your grace.
Give us a deep reverence for you.
In your grace you come to make your home in each one of us.
May this time of prayer be for your praise and glory.

Apocalypse 10:8-11. How sweet to my taste is your promise!—Ps 118(119):14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131. Luke 19:45-48.

Victor O. Smith


Victor O. Smith
Age 86, of Orlando, Florida, formerly of Grantsville, WV, passed away November 12, 2010.

He was born in Calhoun County, a son of the late Jay and Maude Ward Smith.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers, Paul, Jay, Albert and Cleo; a sister, Bessie Lynch; and his wife of 48 years Barbara Ruth Houston.

After serving two years in the US Army in Europe during WWII, he was employed at Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio for many years before establishing the Northeastern Ohio Realty and Insurance Company.

He retired to Lake City, Florida in 2006 and later moved to Orlando due to illness.

Surviving are daughters, Barbara (Richard) Calipetro of Orlando, and Beverly Smith of Cleveland OH; a grandson, Charles (Heidi) Muenger of St. Petersburg FL; a granddaughter, JoAnn (Troy) Lane of Dallas TX; great grandson, Drew Muenger, and great granddaughters, Madeline and Katherine Lane.

There will be a visitation Saturday, November 20 from 2;00 to 4:00 PM at Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville.

Private burial will be in the St. Paul Cemetery.

Thelma L. Conley West


Thelma L. Conley West
Age 84, of Burnsville, WV, passed away Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at her home after a long illness.

She was born on July 30, 1926 in Clarksburg, WV, a daughter of the late Coleman and Masel McCauley Conley.

She was a retired Postmaster at Burnsville Post Office with 49 years of service.

She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the Burnsville Lions Club.

She was a former employee of the “Variety Store” in Burnsville.

Thelma loved to cook, bake, fish and square dance.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, James Gilbert “Gib” West, sister, Wilma Blake and brother, Sam Conley.

She is survived by her son, Keith “Tink” (Terri) West of Erie, PA, and daughter, Kim West of Burnsville, WV.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 20, 2010 at Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home in Flatwoods, WV, with Rev. Bryon Bukovesky.

Burial will be in Quickle Cemetery in Burnsville, WV.

Friends may call from 5:00-8:00 PM Friday evening at the funeral home.

Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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