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Rain Results In River Flooding


Central West Virginia counties have taken the brunt of high water from a stubborn storm system and ground heavy with rain from the past week.

The rain, which ranged from 1 to 3 inches, from Tuesday into early Wednesday turned small streams into creeks and creeks into rivers.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Kevin McGrath says the runoff began to impact smaller rivers Wednesday morning when the Little Kanawha River at Glenville in Gilmer County was at or near flood stage.

Flood warnings were scheduled to continue into the mid-morning in parts of Braxton, Upshur, Lewis, Jackson, Putnam, Calhoun and Preston counties.

McGrath says it wasn’t necessarily the amount of rain but the cumulative impact from the past week.

Colder temperatures are on their way into West Virginia.

Some leftover showers are in the forecast for most of Wednesday but higher elevations could see snow Wednesday night.

Thanksgiving Day is forecast to have clearing skies with temperatures in the 50s.

County-By-County Unemployment Rates Tell the Story – October 2011


West Virginia’s unemployment rate continued to decline, dropping four-tenths of a percentage point to 7.4% in October.

Additionally, all but five counties recorded declining unemployment rates.

The unemployment rate rose in Webster, Brooke and Doddridge counties and remained the same in Pocahontas and Wayne. Webster, with a rate of (11.8%), was the only county reporting an unemployment rate considered Much Worse than Average when compared to the state rate.

The number of counties reporting an unemployment rate considered Better than Average when compared to the state rate grew in September.

This group included Lewis (6.1%), Preston (6.0%), Jefferson (5.8%), Putnam (5.8%), Pendleton (5.7%) and Gilmer (5.6%).

Only Monongalia County (5.0%) recorded an unemployment rate considered Much Better than Average when compared to the state rate.

County Total Unemployed   Unemployment Rate
OCT-11 SEP-11 OCT-10 OCT-11 SEP-11 OCT-10
Braxton 520 560 570 9.2% 9.6% 9.9%
Calhoun 250 260 320 9.3% 9.6% 11.7%
Doddridge 240 230 230 8.6% 8.2% 8.4%
Gilmer 190 210 230 5.6% 6.4% 7.0%
Lewis 490 520 580 6.1% 6.6% 7.7%
Ritchie 320 350 370 7.3% 8.0% 8.6%
WV 57,500 61,600 66,500 7.4% 7.8% 8.5%





County Total Nonfarm on Payroll   Goods Producing Employees   Service Providing Employees
OCT-11 SEP-11 OCT-10 OCT-11 SEP-11 OCT-10 OCT-11 SEP-11 OCT-10
Braxton 4,390 4,390 4,420 450 520 710 3,940 3,870 3,710
Calhoun 1,610 1,630 1,620 440 430 350 1,170 1,200 1,260
Doddridge 1,240 1,230 1,300 160 160 180 1,080 1,070 1,120
Gilmer 2,700 2,600 2,620 690 670 560 2,010 1,940 2,070
Lewis 7,480 7,380 7,190 1,820 1,740 1,570 5,660 5,640 5,620
Ritchie 3,550 3,510 3,400 1,540 1,520 1,410 2,010 1,990 1,990

Gilmer County Farmers’ Market Holiday Market


Gilmer County Farmers’ Market Holiday Market

Saturday, December 03, 2011

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

The Holiday Farmers’ Market will feature fresh wreaths, trees, and garland again this year.

There will be Crafts, Baked Goods, and Fresh Fruit.

Apples are available by the bushel ranging in price from $22-$26 per bushel depending on the variety. Of course they are also available by the pound.

We will have Holiday Grapes, Grapefruit, Oranges and Tangerines.

Don’t forget to get your Jams and Jellies for the Holiday at the Market.

Be sure to check your Honey supply and come on out and purchase for the winter.

The Baptist Church Cancer Fund ladies will also with us this year again.  They will have soup and sandwiches, as well as baked goods.  Also they will have soups by the quart again this year.

Come join us for the festivities.

Thanks to all our vendors this year for providing us the opportunity to “Buy Fresh Buy Local”.

Greater thanks go out to the dedicated customers who come to purchase and enjoy the socialization.

Again thanks to everyone.



Titan’s Sydney Pettit Earns First-Team All-State Volleyball


Senior setter Natalie McVey, who helped guide Wirt County to its eighth state championship, was honored as the captain of the Class A all-state volleyball team announced Monday by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

A four-year starter and a three-year setter for the Tigers, McVey finished her last varsity match with 45 assists as Wirt County topped rival Williamstown to win the small school state crown for the first time since 2008.

“For a setter to get this recognition is great,‘’ said Tiger Coach Janet Frazier of McVey, who served at 96%, had more than 1,100 assists this fall and was picked as the Little Kanawha Conference’s Player of the Year.

“Natalie worked hard this year, not only to get the hitters the ball where they could do something with it, but she worked on the mechanics of setting and wanted to do it correctly. It helped her stats she had five different hitters to go to at any time and good passing from the back row.‘’

Two players earned repeat first team honors this season - seniors Mackenzie Polen of Charleston Catholic and Liz Flowers of Williamstown.

Polen, a key cog on Charleston Catholic’s back-to-back state title runs in 2009 and 2010, had 756 downed spikes this year and more than 2,200 for her career. She also produced 89 blocks, 93 aces and nearly 400 digs for the state semifinalists.

Flowers had 15 kills and 25 blocks in the title match versus Wirt County and tallied more than 300 kills this season while averaging close to five blocks a match.

Buffalo senior Hannah Boyer also made the All-State first team. Boyer, who received more than a third of all serves from opposing teams, was a 94-percent server, surpassed 200 kills, 125 digs and 40 aces.

Boyer’s Buffalo teammate, junior Courtney Persinger, made the All-State second team.

McVey was joined by Wirt senior teammate Kaity Bunch on the first team unit. Bunch, considered an “excellent back row player’‘ by her coach, registered more than 300 downed spikes and was a 90% hitter for the Tigers.

Greater Beckley Christian was represented by senior Kara Arvon. Able to do it all on the court, Arvon had close to 400 kills, better than 300 digs, 150 blocks and 50 aces in her final year for the Crusaders.

The rest of the Class A All-State first team were seniors - Trinity’s Kayla Huckaby, Gilmer County’s Sydney Pettit, Dominique Craft of Paden City and Pendleton County’s Morgan Keplinger.

~~  AP ~~

Glenville: Park Name Contest

Park Name Contest

The new green space in downtown Glenville has not been formally named. Please send us your suggestion.

The winner will be announced at the City Council meeting on Monday, December 05, 2011.

Information needed for entry:

•  Contestant’s name, address, and phone number

•  Park Name Suggestion

•  Why did you choose this name? What is the significance?

All entries must be received by 4:00 PM on Monday, December 05, 2011.

Entries may be dropped off at City Hall or mailed- City Hall 20 North Court Street Glenville, WV 26351. Late entries will not be accepted.

Questions? Contact Mayor Allman- “” or 304.462.8040

Artists to Run Poplar Forest November 25 and 26, 2011

Poplar Forest will have two of its member artists working the store following this Thanksgiving Holiday.

We will have Don Coleman, musical instrument maker, who will be accompanied by his wife Roberta who makes quilted pie carriers running the store on Friday the 25th of November.

Then on Saturday, the 26th, Denise Summers who crafts gourds, saw blades and stuffed animals will man the only non-profit arts and crafts store in center of central West Virginia.

Stop by and meet these people as well as peruse the wide selection of… one of a kind… handmade and/or crafted paintings, photographs, quilts, furniture, ceramic and wooden bowls, baked goods candles, beaded jewelry by five artists, mosaics, leather belts and coal fired forged iron hooks and such.

Don Coleman’s 12 note double string psaltery

We also have books written by our members as well as titles by West Virginia authors on local and historical topics of interest.

We have body care products… some being of all natural ingredients. We even have puppets that can be hours of entertainment for children.

We asked Don Coleman for a brief biography. This is what he tells us about himself and his work.

“I began working after my high school graduation as an elementary school teacher in a one-room school.  After three plus years I went into the ministry and was the pastor for churches beginning in 1958.  I completed my college work at WVA Wesleyan and continued my education in The Methodist Theological School, Delaware, Ohio.  After graduation from seminary I worked as an associate pastor for one year and then served as pastor for churches located in various towns throughout WV.  I retired in 1998 and my wife, Roberta and I have lived on Airport Road since that time.

My hobby has been woodworking and building instruments since that time.  I have built harps, psalteries, musical spoons, hammered dulcimers, and a variety of small items.  Also; I rebuild autoharps. The autoharp is the only instrument I play on a regular basis with the Strumalong Group and an occasional song on the banjo.  I have some of these instruments in Poplar Forest and have at least one of the instruments for sale that I have named above.”

Don’s psalteries come with instructions and a tuner plus noted playing scores that you slide under the strings.

Denise Summers told us:

“I’m a single gal in my 50’s.I live with my sister Shelly in Sutton I’ve lived in many places such as Illinois, California, Florida and West Virginia. Although I’m not a native of West Virginia, I will always think of it as home.

Denise Summers with a stuffed frog and her gourd-work

I’ve been doing art projects since I was a young girl. I have several different crafts at Poplar Forest, such as painted saw blades, gourd art, stuffed animals, and grape vine wreathes. Shelly is very crafty too and a talented artist. Many of these projects we’ve worked together.

Please come on down and check out our wares.”

Poplar Forest is open from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 200 Second Street in downtown Sutton across from City National Bank and the Braxton Democrat office.

You are permitted to park in the corner lot.

WVDNR Seeks Help Finding Out-Of-Season Deer Killer


The Division of Natural Resources wants help solving what it calls an out-of-season deer slaughter.

Captain William Persinger says at least 13 deer were shot and left lying on the ground in the Fairmont area in the month before gun season started this week.

They were found in the Apple Valley and Boothsville areas.

Persinger says six were shot within 25 yards of a home.


Another seven were shot nearby, and near homes that were within 100 yards of each other.

He said Tuesday the state of the animals suggests what he calls a “thrill killing.“

Some deer had parts or patches of fur removed.

Persinger compared that to the trophies that serial killers often collect from their victims.

Anyone with information should call the DNR at 304.825.6787.


West Virginia Denies Tax Credit to MTV Show Producers


The West Virginia Film Office has denied tax credits to a company planning an MTV reality series, citing concerns that the show “Buck Wild” will negatively portray the state’s young male residents.

Director Pam Haynes tells The Charleston Gazette that New Remote Productions Inc. applied twice, in May and July.

It was denied both times.

The Film Industry Investment Act offers tax credits of up to 31% for companies that film in West Virginia, but Haynes said the law is clear: Participation is prohibited for derogatory productions.

The executive producer of “Buck Wild,” J.P. Williams of Parallel Entertainment, is a native West Virginian best known for creating Blue Collar Comedy.

He didn’t immediately comment on his plans, and his publicists didn’t immediately respond to messages Tuesday.

Haynes said filming is set to begin next spring in Sissonville and Charleston.

In an interview with TV Guide this week, MTV programming head David Janollari said the show will feature young men participating in “regional pastimes like mud racing, squirrel hunting and rope swinging.”

It’s not the first time West Virginia has battled stereotyping on camera.

In 2002, a public outcry prompted CBS to drop plans for “The Real Beverly Hillbillies,” which was to feature residents of rural Appalachia plunked down in the middle of Beverly Hills.

In 2003, the horror film “Wrong Turn,” shot in Canada, was set in a hypothetical West Virginia, where cannibalistic mountain men terrorized lost tourists.

And in 2008, state leaders responded vehemently when a casting company looked to West Virginia for extras to play inbred degenerates.

Gilmer County Parks and Recreation Board: Open House 12.04.11


WVU: Time to Improve Health in West Virginia Is Now


It is time for leaders across West Virginia to take the “deplorable” state of residents’ health seriously, the interim dean of West Virginia University’s new School of Public Health says.

Founding dean and longtime community medicine director Alan Ducatman told the Rotary Club of Charleston this week that researchers also should be pressured to tackle tough, controversial topics.

West Virginia consistently fares poorly in national rankings for obesity, heart disease, diabetes, tobacco use and prescription drug abuse.

The Charleston Gazette says WVU has piloted some local initiatives to battle those programs, and Ducatman hopes to build on those efforts.

“It’s not going to be OK that West Virginia continues to trail the rest of the country in health in 30, 40, and 50 years,” he said. “We need to catch up.”

Lawmakers have set aside $1 million for the new school, and that commitment has attracted some private support.

Earning accreditation through the Council on Education for Public Health could take WVU several years. The next step, Ducatman said, is Faculty Senate approval of the curriculum.

WVU researchers have ventured into controversial areas, such as possible health threats from a form of strip mining called mountaintop removal coal mining.

Michael Hendryx has authored studies suggesting birth defect rates are higher in areas with mountaintop removal mines than in non-mining parts of central Appalachia. He’s also done reports on cancer rates.

Both studies were attacked by the National Mining Association, which argued that many other health factors weren’t properly considered.

But Ducatman says the data has “the potential to be very valuable” to lawmakers.

GSC Women Basketball: Concord 103, Glenville State 94


Concord recorded a 103-94 victory at Glenville State in a high-scoring affair Tuesday night.

In the loss, Tenisha Wilson poured in 25 points and had 10 rebounds.

Mishae Miles garnered 17 points and 12 boards.

Danielle Woodmore had 14 points while Beth Deren and Jelena Elez each had 10.

Elez also dished out a game-high six assists.

The Mountain Lions had five players in double figures, three of which scored at least 20.

Andrea Bertrand had 25 points while Jolysa Brown accounted for 23 points and 12 rebounds.

Camisha Alexander totaled 20 points.

Amanda Smith and Anna Truckley each chipped in 14.

Lady Pioneers will host Bowie State on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 2:00 PM.

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