History on January 10, yyyy

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 10, the 10th day of 2012. There are 356 days left in the year.

Thought for Today:

“I know that I don’t know what I don’t know.“ — Marguerite Youcenar, French author (1903-1987).

Today’s Highlight in History:


On Jan. 10, 1776, Thomas Paine anonymously published his influential pamphlet, “Common Sense,“ which argued for American independence from British rule.

On this date:

In 1860, the Pemberton Mill in Lawrence, Mass., collapsed and caught fire, killing up to 145 people, mostly female workers from Scotland and Ireland.

In 1861, Florida became the third state to secede from the Union.

In 1862, American inventor Samuel Colt, famed for his revolver, died in Hartford, Conn., at age 47.

In 1870, John D. Rockefeller incorporated Standard Oil.

In 1901, the Spindletop oil field in Beaumont, Texas, produced the Lucas Gusher, heralding the start of the Texas oil boom.

In 1920, the League of Nations was established as the Treaty of Versailles (vehr-SY’) went into effect.

In 1946, the first General Assembly of the United Nations convened in London.

In 1947, the musical fantasy “Finian’s Rainbow,“ with music by Burton Lane and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg, opened on Broadway.

In 1957, Harold Macmillan became prime minister of Britain, following the resignation of Anthony Eden.

In 1962, an ice avalanche on Nevado Huascaran in Peru resulted in some 4,000 deaths. John W. McCormack became speaker of the House, succeeding the late Samuel T. Rayburn.

In 1971, “Masterpiece Theatre” premiered on PBS with host Alistair Cooke introducing the drama series “The First Churchills.“ French fashion designer Coco Chanel died in Paris at age 87.

In 1982, actor-comedian Paul Lynde died in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 55.

Ten years ago:

Marines began flying hundreds of al-Qaida prisoners in Afghanistan to a U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The White House revealed that Enron Corp. had sought the administration’s help shortly before collapsing with the life savings of many workers.

Todd Eldredge won his sixth U.S. Figure Skating Championship title.

Five years ago:

President George W. Bush said he took responsibility for any mistakes in Iraq and announced an increase in U.S. troops there to quell violence.

The Democratic-controlled House voted 315-116 to increase the federal minimum wage to $7.25 an hour.

One year ago:

The nation got its first look at Jared Loughner, the accused assailant of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, as a federal judge in Phoenix ordered the 22-year-old suspect held without bail.

A judge in Austin, Texas, ordered former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay to serve three years in prison for his role in a scheme to illegally funnel corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002. (DeLay remains free on bond as he appeals.)

No. 1 Auburn beat No. 2 Oregon 22-19 on a last-second field goal to win the BCS national title. Singer Margaret Whiting, 86, died in Englewood, N.J.

Today’s Birthdays:

Opera singer Sherrill Milnes is 77

Blues artist Eddy Clearwater is 77

Rock singer-musician Ronnie Hawkins is 77

Baseball Hall-of-Famer Willie McCovey is 74

Singer Scott McKenzie is 73

Movie director Walter Hill is 72

Singer Frank Sinatra Jr. is 68

Singer Rod Stewart is 67

Rock singer-musician Donald Fagen (Steely Dan) is 64

Actor William Sanderson is 64

International Boxing Hall of Famer and entrepreneur George Foreman is 63

Roots rock singer Alejandro Escovedo is 61

Rock musician Scott Thurston (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) is 60

Singer Pat Benatar is 59

Hall of Fame race car driver and team owner Bobby Rahal is 59

Rock musician Michael Schenker is 57

Singer Shawn Colvin is 56

Rock singer-musician Curt Kirkwood (Meat Puppets) is 53

Actor Evan Handler is 51

Rock singer Brad Roberts (Crash Test Dummies) is 48

Actress Trini Alvarado is 45

Rock musician Matt Roberts (3 Doors Down) is 34

Rock singer Brent Smith (Shinedown) is 34

Rapper Chris Smith (Kris Kross) is 33

Actress Sarah Shahi is 32

WV Lottery - 01.09.12








Voluntary Recall Issued on Excedrin, Bufferin, NoDoz and Gas-X


Drugmaker Novartis is voluntarily recalling bottles of Excedrin, NoDoz, Gas-X-Prevention and Bufferin in the U.S. because they may contain stray pills or broken or chipped tablets.

Select bottles of these over the counter medications are under recall after an internal review and complaints of “broken gelcaps, chipped tablets and inconsistent bottle packaging line clearance practices” where inspectors could not rule out the possibility of pills getting into the wrong bottles, according to a release from the company.

The company has not received any complaints about the possible mix-ups or broken tablets.

Here are all medications on the recall list:

  • All Bufferin products expiring December 20, 2013 or earlier, including regular strength tablets, low dose tablets and extra-strength tablets.
  • All Gas-X Prevention products expiring December 20, 2013 or earlier.
  • All NoDoz products expiring December 20, 2014 or earlier.
  • All of the following Excedrin products expiring December 20, 2014 or earlier: Excedrin Extra Strength Caplets, Excedrin Extra Strength Express Gel Caplets, Excedrin Extra Strength Gel Caplets, Excedrin Extra Strength Tablets, Excedrin Back & Body Caplets, Excedrin Sinus Headache Caplets, Excedrin Migraine Caplets, Excedrin Migraine Gel Tablets, Excedrin Migraine Tablets, Excedrin Menstrual Complete Express Gel Caplets, Excedrin PM Caplets, Excedrin PM Express Gel Caplets, Excedrin PM Tablets, Excedrin Tension Headache Caplets, Excedrin Tension Headache Express Gel Caplets, Excedrin Tension Headache Gel Tablets

Novartis is asking that all medications on the list either be destroyed or returned. Visit the Novartis website for a product return and reimbursement form.

Scientific Research Grants Exceeding $150K Awarded to GSC Faculty Member and 6 Others in WV


More than $150,000 in scientific research grants were awarded to seven faculty members at West Virginia colleges and universities for 2012.

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s Division of Science and Research announced the awards last week.

The awards were offered from two grant programs.

One provides funds for advanced laboratory equipment while the other targets larger innovations.

West Virginia Wesleyan College and Shepherd University each had two faculty members receiving grants.

The other three are at WVU Institute of Technology, Concord University and Glenville State College.

G-FYI™: Gilmer Schools Coalition News – 01.09.12

Following is the letter sent by Gilmer Schools Coalition (GSC) to the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) requesting answers to questions:



West Virginia’s DUI Arrests Increased in 2011


The director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program says arrests for driving under the influence increased in the past year, contradicting earlier reports.

Highway Safety Director Bob Tipton said Friday that 2011 produced about 1,000 more DUI arrests than 2010 and that both years’ numbers are higher than state police recorded.

That is because he is using figures from the Department of Motor Vehicles, which requires police to notify it when someone has been arrested on a DUI-related charge within 48 hours.

WV State police had been using numbers from reports submitted to the National Incident-Based Reporting System.

That is a problem because not every DUI-related arrest gets turned into state police to compile for that report.

“For instance, when someone is not arrested when the incident occurred, because they were sent to the hospital, these kind of arrests go through the cracks,” Tipton said. “It’s not the full picture, but it is a picture. And I used to use (those numbers) in the past because it was the best I could get.”

Tipton says there were about 8,600 DUI arrests in 2011.

In 2010, there were about 7,600 DUI arrests.

Last month, State Police Sgt. Michael Baylous said there were about 6,100 arrests in 2010.

WV State Police officials said they expected about 5,000 arrests in 2011.

Baylous said Friday he wasn’t wrong in reporting fewer arrests because he got the information from federal Uniform Crime Reporting data.

However, he added, not every agency contributes to those reports.

“That’s why our numbers are not made public most of the time, because they don’t reflect all agencies,” Baylous said. “They only reflect the agencies that report to us.”

Tipton agreed that it is not the state police’s job to audit the data.

He said the biggest problem in compiling DUI arrest figures is that there is not one structured process for collecting the data.

Each West Virginia agency collects and reports the data in different ways.

“Trying to get accurate counts—it’s bad,” Tipton said. “There’s different agencies and different hands in the mix. If somebody doesn’t report something—or enough of it—it skews the numbers.”

Baylous originally attributed the lower DUI numbers in December to special grant money allocated for troopers and other law enforcement agencies to put more officers on the streets and highways.

Tipton said increased patrols might have led to more arrests.

G-otcha™: Woman Arrested for Obstructing of an Officer




Imprisonment Status:  Misdemeanor Pre-Trial

Shirley Ann Ball

Full Name: Ball,  Shirley  Ann
Height: 4′  11″
Weight: 138 lbs.
Birth Date: 05.02.1948
Gender: Female
Booking Date: 01.08.2012
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Misdemeanor Pre-Trial

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
M-12 CALHOUN COUNTY – Bail Amount: $0.00

Shirley Ball of Bull River Rd., Calhoun County (formerly Gilmer County) who perjured herself under the direction of Gerald B Hough during the Travesty of Justice trial in which Gilmer County public officials knowingly backed false evidence and false testimony all the way to the Supreme Court, was arrested for battery of a police officer and obstruction of a police officer on Sunday, January 08, 2012, and was booked into the Central Regional Jail.

Ball also has been accused of stealing the defendants VOLVO in that case.

Trooper Smith of Glenville was given the order to find the car in 2010 but the vehicle could not be located and is a total loss.

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G-LtE™: Thank You for Allowing Me to Exercise This Right


This letter was originally sent to Glenville Democrat:

To Glenville Democrat’s LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Mr. Corcoran, I have some issues with the “Attention Letter Writers” statement at the bottom of page 3A of the Dec. 8 edition of your paper.

First, the very first sentence states “Welcome, GSC students!“. I’m not sure the comma is required but why are you welcoming GSC students on the 8th of December?? Or was this copied from a previous print back in the summer? I believe the students are leaving campus about this time of year.

Secondly, I would hope that if I wanted my name withheld from print under a letter I send you (even though I would sign the original), that you would oblige me, as is policy at any paper that I know of. Are you saying that every letter you receive in that office that the author WILL BE NAMED in the paper?? I have seen (name withheld by request) in many letters. Please clarify this statement.

The last letter I wrote (emailed) to this newspaper was signed and you know who I am, yet it was NOT published in the paper. I stated in that letter that you may withhold my name “if you wish” however you withheld the whole letter from print. I am signing this one also and sending it both email and snail-mail so you may actually see my signature (perhaps this is why it was unpublished).

Third, you allude to the policy of the Gilmer Free Press as publishing letters without authors. This could not be further from the truth. Each letter must come from a valid email on file with the owner’s information provided. They know who each author is, but unlike you will publish each letter it received from a validated source. It seems you’re beginning to “show your “bum”“ with statements like this and isn’t at all professional.

Fourth, I am going to assume that you will NOT print this letter in your paper in a timely manner if at all, and if so will be heavily edited. Just know that a copy of this letter WILL go to the Gilmer Free Press and be printed if it does NOT show up your newspaper. Call it “literary blackmail” if you will but we do still have Freedom of Speech in this county, at least for a time.

Thank you for allowing me to exercise this right.

~~  by Sam Arnold - Glenville, WV ~~

West Virginia Auto Show Organizers Revved Up


It is time to get geared up for the 13th annual West Virginia International Auto Show.

“The show will be exciting because the industry is back in full force,“ said Ruth Lemmon, president of the West Virginia Automobile and Truck Dealers Association.

“We’re expecting a great lineup of vehicles from all manufacturers.“

The event is set for January 27-29, 2012 at the Charleston Civic Center.

Hours are 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM Friday and Saturday and 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Sunday.

The Civic Center will be full of vehicles for car enthusiasts who like to browse leisurely.

“We’ll have a lot of new things this year,“ Lemmon said. “We have pre-production vehicles not yet in dealerships to be released later this year. We’ve got virtually every make and model. All manufacturers are represented with a great selection of their products.“

However, she could not be specific.

“We don’t know exactly what we will get,“ she said. “GM, Ford and Chrysler ship vehicles to us.

“We will have a gas car, one that operates on natural gas,“ she added. “We will have 40-plus hybrid cars.“

There will be several special displays.

“Major Domestic & Import Manufacturers” will include the latest 2012 cars, trucks, crossovers, vans, hybrids and sport/utility vehicles.

Vehicles making their West Virginia International Auto Show debuts include the Fiat 500, Ford Focus, Hyundai Veloster, Toyota Camry, Volkswagen Beetle and others.

“Pre-Production Models” include the 2013 Infiniti JX, 2013 Ford Mustang, 2013 Ford Escape and 2013 Chevrolet Malibu.

“The 40+MPG Club” includes hybrid and non-hybrid models that are fuel friendly. Among those on display will be the all-electric, plug-in Chevrolet Volt.

There will also be opportunities to test drive vehicles from GM, Ford, Acura and Suzuki.

Wally Thornhill, a co-chair of the show, said organizers work hard every year to make the show bigger and better. He said the event is a boost for dealerships throughout the state as consumers get a chance to see what will be available in months to come.

“It kicks off the spring market,“ Thornhill said.

Aside from admiring shiny new vehicles, attendees will have the chance to win cash.

“We’ll have an exciting program by Mardi Gras Casino,“ Lemmon said.

Ticket purchasers will be entered to win $25,000 in cash. A ticket will be drawn each day of the show and one lucky winner will get the cash prize, she said.

That would be a good return on your money. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and over, $4 for children 7 to 12 and free for children 6 and under. On Sunday, children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by one paying adult. Go to to purchase online and save $1 off the regular adult admission price.

Visit any One Stop location during the week of the show and buy eight gallons of fuel to get a “Buy One, Get One Free” coupon to attend the event.

Attendees will receive a free one-year subscription to Motor Trend magazine, courtesy of the West Virginia Automobile & Truck Dealers Association.

The show is presented by the West Virginia Automobile and Truck Dealers Association, produced by Motor Trend Auto Shows and sponsored by Charleston Newspapers.



Intel Foundation: Schools of Distinction Program

The Intel Foundation Schools of Distinction Program honors U.S. schools that have demonstrated excellence in math and science education.

In order to be considered as an Intel School of Distinction, schools must develop an environment and curricula that meet or exceed benchmarks, including national mathematics and science content standards.

Maximum award: $25,000.

Eligibility: middle and high schools.

Deadline: February 15, 2012.

National Association of Biology Teachers/ Vernier Software & Technology: Ecology/Environmental Science Teaching Award

The Ecology/Environmental Teaching Award will be given to a secondary school teacher who has successfully developed and demonstrated an innovative approach in the teaching of ecology/environmental science and has carried his/her commitment to the environment into the community.

Maximum award: $1,000 toward travel to the Professional Development Conference, and $500 of Vernier equipment.

The recipient also receives a recognition plaque to be presented at the NABT Professional Development Conference, and a one-year complimentary NABT membership.

Deadline: March 15, 2012.

Pathways Within Roads to Reading

The Pathways Within Roads to Reading Initiative donates books to literacy programs in small and rural low-income communities.

Maximum Award: 200 books appropriate for readers age 0 to young adult; English only.

Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations that run school, after-school, summer, community, day-care, and library reading and literacy programs; must have an annual operating budget of less than $95,000 (schools and libraries are exempt from this budget requirement) and be located in an underserved community with a population of less than 50,000).

Deadline: March 30, 2012.

Gilmer County Commission Meeting - 01.10.12


Agenda for Regular Meeting
January 10, 2012 @ 9:00 AM
Location:  Gilmer County Commission Room, 10 Howard Street, Glenville, WV

Call meeting to order

Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. Flag

Public Comments


        Discussion and/or action on:

• 09:00 AM   Angel Ball – Establishing a Taxable Fringe Benefit Policy

• 09:15 AM   Karen Elkin – Backup for Computer

• 10:00 AM   Dave Matthews (Lewis County 911) – Road Name

• 10:15 AM   Gerry Hough – Union Gas Corp.

Routine Business

        Discussion and/or action on:

• Exonerations and/or Consolidations

• Approve estate qualifications and estate settlements

• Board Appointments and/or Resignations

• Budget Revisions

• Approve invoices for payment

• Mail

New Business
        Discussion and/or action on:

• Executive Session

• Resolution – Bridge Name

• Resolution – GCEDA Industrial Park Development

• Resolution – West Virginia Physical Activity Day

• Recreation Center Audit

• Recreation Center Utilities: Garbage and Phone

• Approval of County Courthouse Hours, Holidays, and President of the Commission for 2012

• Set dates for Monthly Commission Meetings

• Set Board of Equalization

• Approval of HUD Meeting Dates for 2012

• County Board Appointments

• Adoption of an Application for Requests of County Funding

• Troy Cottrell – Vacation Days

County Administrators Report

        Discussion and/or action on:

• Application for HAVA Grant (Polling Places)

G-otcha™: Man Behind Bars for Operating Meth Lab in Braxton County

Imprisonment Status:  Pre-Trial Felon

David Roy Rhodes

Full Name: Rhodes,  David  Roy
Height: 5’  11”
Weight: 175 lbs.
Birth Date: 01.29.1979


Booking Date: 01.07.2012
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Pre-Trial Felon

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
11F-  BRAXTON COUNTY - Bail Amount: $105,000.00 

David Roy Rhodes, age 32 from Braxton County is charged with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine lab.

West Virginia State Police received an anonymous tip Friday night, January 06, 2012, that meth was being cooked at a home on Bug Ridge Road in Sutton.

Upon arrival at the Scene, the officer smelled chemical odor.

After obtaining a warrant they searched Rhodes home and found two meth labs.

Rhodes is being held at the Central Regional Jail on a $105,000 bond.

Governor’s Advisory Council on Substance Abuse Issues Report to Governor Tomblin


Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced the Governor’s Advisory Council on Substance Abuse presented its report outlining recommendations for state, county and local action to combat substance abuse in West Virginia.

“When I formed the Advisory Council and the six regional task forces, I envisioned this to be the first step in a long-term action plan,” Governor Tomblin said. “I am pleased that in three short months, the Council has provided me with a foundation from which we can begin to strengthen our communities and implement the Statewide Substance Abuse Strategic Action Plan.”

Since September 2011, the Governor’s Regional Substance Abuse Task Forces have met three times in 18 counties representing each of the six regions of the state. Three additional rounds of meetings are scheduled for January, March, and April of 2012.

Recommendations found in the report include, but are not limited to:

•  reviewing options for more funding earmarked for substance abuse prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery;

•  monitoring and enforcement of options to prevent doctor shopping and accountability related to prescribing and dispensing prescription drugs;

•  reviewing options to encourage and support individuals progressing from recovery to employment, including those facing job discrimination.

The Governor issued Executive Order No. 5-11 on September 06, 2011, which created the Governor’s Advisory Council on Substance Abuse and appointed its members.

The Council includes Cabinet level positions in the Department of Health and Human Resources, Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, and the Department of Veterans Assistance.

It also includes leadership representing the State Police, Chiefs of Police, Sheriffs, West Virginia Supreme Court, the State Board of Education, WorkForce West Virginia, and the Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities.

In addition to state agency professionals, key stakeholders from community based organizations participated that include substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery service providers, faith based leaders, homelessness and domestic violence prevention advocates, and a range of medical professionals.

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