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Today is Thursday, March 08, the 68th day of 2012. There are 298 days left in the year.

Thought for Today:

“The intelligent man who is proud of his intelligence is like the condemned man who is proud of his large cell.“ — Simone Weil, French philosopher (1909-1943).

Today’s Highlight in History:


On March 08, 1862, during the Civil War, the ironclad CSS Virginia rammed and sank the USS Cumberland and heavily damaged the USS Congress, both frigates, off Newport News, Va.

On this date:

In 1702, England’s Queen Anne acceded to the throne upon the death of King William III.

In 1782, the Gnadenhutten (jih-NAY’-duhn-huh-tuhn) massacre took place as more than 90 Indians were slain by militiamen in Ohio in retaliation for raids carried out by other Indians.

In 1854, U.S. Commodore Matthew C. Perry made his second landing in Japan; within a month, he concluded a treaty with the Japanese.

In 1874, the 13th president of the United States, Millard Fillmore, died in Buffalo, N.Y., at age 74.

In 1917, Russia’s “February Revolution” (so called because of the Old Style calendar used by Russians at the time) began with rioting and strikes in Petrograd. The U.S. Senate voted to limit filibusters by adopting the cloture rule.

In 1930, the 27th president of the United States, William Howard Taft, died in Washington at age 72.

In 1942, Imperial Japanese forces occupied Yangon in Burma (Myanmar) during World War II.

In 1944, two days after an initial strike, U.S. heavy bombers resumed raiding Berlin during World War II.

In 1960, Democrat John F. Kennedy and Republican Richard M. Nixon won the New Hampshire presidential primary.

In 1965, the United States landed its first combat troops in South Vietnam as 3,500 Marines were brought in to defend the U.S. air base at Da Nang.

In 1971, Joe Frazier defeated Muhammad Ali by decision in what was billed as “The Fight of the Century” at Madison Square Garden in New York. Silent film comedian Harold Lloyd died in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 77.

In 1988, 17 soldiers were killed when two Army helicopters from Fort Campbell, Ky., collided in mid-flight.

Ten years ago:

Kmart Corp., struggling to climb out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, announced the closing of 284 stores and elimination of 22,000 jobs.

The U.S. Senate gave final congressional approval to a bill cutting taxes and extending unemployment benefits.

Five years ago:

President George W. Bush arrived in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as he began a 6-day tour of Latin America.

House Democrats unveiled legislation that would require the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq by the fall of 2008; the White House said President Bush would veto it.

In his first news conference since taking over command of U.S. forces in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus said insurgents were seeking to intensify attacks and that it was “very likely” additional U.S. forces would be sent to areas outside Baghdad where militant groups were regrouping.

One year ago:

Voters in Bell, Calif., went to the polls in huge numbers and threw out the entire City Council after most of its members had been charged with fraud. (Residents were infuriated to find out that former City Manager Robert Rizzo had been receiving an annual salary of $1.5 million, and that four of the five City Council members had paid themselves $100,000 to meet about once a month.)

Today’s Birthdays:

Actress Sue Ane (correct) Langdon is 76

Baseball player-turned-author Jim Bouton is 73

Songwriter Carole Bayer Sager is 68

Actor-director Micky Dolenz is 67

Singer-musician Randy Meisner is 66

Pop singer Peggy March is 64

Baseball Hall-of-Famer Jim Rice is 59

Singer Gary Numan is 54

NBC News anchor Lester Holt is 53

Actor Aidan Quinn is 53

Country musician Jimmy Dormire is 52

Actress Camryn Manheim is 51

Actor Leon (no last name) is 49

Rock singer Shawn Mullins (The Thorns) is 44

Actress Andrea Parker is 42

Actor Boris Kodjoe is 39

Actor Freddie Prinze Jr. is 36

Actor James Van Der Beek is 35

Rhythm-and-blues singer Kameelah Williams (702) is 34

Rock singer Tom Chaplin (Keane) is 33

Rock musician Andy Ross (OK Go) is 33

Rhythm-and-blues singer Kristinia (kris-teh-NEE’-ah) DeBarge is 22

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Gilmer County Grand Jury Returns 10 Indictments - 03.06.12


Chief Judge Jack Alsop began his March term of Court in Gilmer County by indoctrinating the Grand Jury on Tuesday, March 06, 2012.

The jurors retired to their jury room at 9:37 AM and returned to the Court Room at 11:40 AM and returned the following 10 indictments:

•  State of West Virginia vs. Shane Daniel Posey

He was indicted for Failure to provide sex offender registration change of information.

He is represented by Daniel Grindo of Gassaway.

He is free on $1,000.00 bond posted by B&B Bonding.

•  State of West Virginia vs. Gary Paul Ferrell

He was indicted for failure to provide sex offender registration change of information.

He is represented by Garth Beck of Clarksburg.

He is free on $1,000.00 bond posted by B&B Bonding.

•  State of West Virginia vs. Patrick Shawn Collins

He was indicted for 3 counts of Failure to provide sex offender change of information.

He is represented by Kevin Duffy of Clay.

He is currently in jail in lieu of $5000.00 cash bond.

•  State of West Virginia vs. Tonya Alisa Ramsey

She was indicted for obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation.

She is represented by Kevin Duffy.

She is free on $5,000.00 bond posted by B&B Bonding.

She also goes by the name of Tonya Hayley.

•  State of West Virginia vs. Jimmie Glen Stewart

He was indicted for 5 counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree.

He is represented by Daniel Grindo.

He is free on $10,000.00 bond on all charges posted by B&B Bonding.

•  State of West Virginia vs. Timothy Alan Furr

He was indicted for Burglary, Grand Larceny, Manufacture, Delivery or possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver a Schedule I controlled substance, and possession of a controlled substance 3 counts.

Furr is represented by Kevin Hughart of Sissonville

He remains in jail with bond set at $100,000.00.

•  State of West Virginia vs. Alicia Nichole Wine

She was indicted for 2 counts of Forgery, 2 counts of uttering, 2 counts of conspiracy to commit forgery and 2 counts of conspiracy to commit uttering.

She is free on $10,000.00 bond posted by AAA Bonding.

She is represented by Clinton Bischoff of Summersville.

•  State of West Virginia vs. Joshua Allen Hoover

He was indicted for 3 counts of forgery, 3 counts of uttering, 2 counts of conspiracy to commit forgery and 2 counts of conspiracy to commit uttering.

He is represented by David Karickhoff of Surton.

He is currently in jail under $15,000.00 bond.

•  State of West Virginia vs. Catherine McGhee

She was indicted for 3 counts of delivery of controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school.

She is currently in Central Regional Jail under $25,000.00 bond.

•  State of West Virginia vs. Sundee Marie Honaker

She was indicted for 1 count of delivery of a controlled Substance within 1,000 feet of a school.

All persons indicted will be arraigned on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 9:00 AM and those defendants without attorneys will be able to fill out financial affidavits and request court appointed attorneys (if they meet the guidelines).

Bond will also be set and posted that day or they will be returned to jail.

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Gilmer County Circuit Court Report - 03.06.12


On Tuesday, March 06, 2012 session of Gilmer County Circuit Court with Chief Judge Jack Alsop:

Two fugitives from justice hearings were held.

Dajuan Raphael Patterson waived extradition back to the state of Virginia and Jeffery Lacomb waived extradition back to the state of Vermont.

Both defendants were represented by Daniel Grindo of Gassaway and authorities in their respective states have until 4:00 PM on Friday, March 16, 2012 to pick them up at Central Regional Jail or they will be released.

Status conferences were held in several civil matters.

In the case of Michael and Rachel Langford vs. Patrick Robert Bush

The scheduling order previously entered will be followed.

In the cases of

First Reolution Investment Corp vs. Leonard F. Terrango


Citibank NA vs. Angela C. Nicholas


Ford Motor Credit Co. vs. Lucas J. McCune


Citibank vs. Robert A. Spencer

The Judge noted that no service had been made on defendants and ordered the plaintiffs’ attorney in each case to have the defendants served on he would dismiss the cases.

An expungement hearing will be held on Monday, April 09, 2012 at 10:45 AM in the case of Jordan D. Sheldon vs. State of West Virginia.

He is represented by Nicholas T. James with the state being represented by prosecutor Gerald B. Hough.

A bench trial was set for Tuesday, August 14, 2012 in the civil case of Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital vs. Crystal Ann Marks, who is representing herself in the matter.

Christopher McCarthy represents SJMH.

In the case of State of West Virginia vs. William Sharpe Jr. Hospital

The Court entered an order directing the hospital to release records previously subpoenaed by the prosecutor.

Judge Alsop returns to Gilmer County on Wednesday and Thursday for more Court.

Family Court will meet in Gilmer County on Wednesday also welcoming back Family Court Judge Whited.

Arch Coal Foundation Honors 12 WV Classroom Teachers with Prestigious Teacher Achievement Awards


The Arch Coal Foundation honored 12 outstanding West Virginia classroom teachers today with Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards. It is the state’s longest running, privately sponsored teacher recognition program.

Announcement of the teachers receiving a 2012 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award was made by Steven F. Leer, Arch Coal chairman and chief executive officer.

He was accompanied by West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and West Virginia Education Association (WVEA) President Dale Lee.

The 2012 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award recipients are:

Dr. Teresa Baxter — North Marion High School — Farmington

Tabby Beall — Gilmer County High School — Glenville

Linda L. Berg — Scott Teays Elementary School — Scott Depot

Mary K. Blaker — Parkersburg High School — Parkersburg

Teresa D. Brown — Craigsville Elementary School — Craigsville

Lee Anne Burton — Monongah Elementary School — Monongah

Sonda Folk Cheesebrough — North Elementary School — Morgantown

Bill Gibson — Morgantown High School — Morgantown

Sheila B. Leach — Huntington High School — Huntington

Mary McClure — Cabell Midland High School — Ona

Connie McClung Scarbrough — Nicholas County Career Technical Center — Craigsville

Debra A. Sowards — Scott Teays Elementary — Scott Depot

“We predict that Arch Coal will need to hire almost 2,000 new employees in the next five years as global energy markets surge once again,“ said Leer. “About half of those new employees will be in West Virginia. We’re counting on these award-winning teachers and their colleagues to make sure that the students who come through their classes are well-educated and well-prepared. Arch Coal and the rest of the business community owe a huge debt of gratitude to great teachers - and we will be relying on them to an even greater degree in the future.

“With excellent classroom teachers, our children learn to compete and excel in today’s increasingly complex world,“ said Leer. “The teachers we honor as Achievement Award recipients are examples of the best of the best educators in the state’s classrooms, and they deserve our thanks and admiration.“

“The power of education is demonstrated through the lasting positive impact our teachers have on our young people,“ said Governor Tomblin. “The knowledge and wisdom our teachers impart daily serve as a guiding light that enables our young people to realize their diverse talents and interests. I am pleased that Arch Coal continues to support education in West Virginia, and it is with great pleasure that I congratulate this year’s award recipients. Your dedication has truly made all the difference and our young people are better prepared because of it.“

“WVEA is pleased to once again partner with Arch Coal for the Teacher Achievement Awards,“ said Lee. “It is refreshing to find a corporation such as Arch Coal that understands the value of teaching and the dedication of West Virginia’s teachers to the academic success of their students. It is even rarer to find one that is willing to create and finance a program to honor those teachers. WVEA wants to thank Arch Coal and all the outstanding teachers throughout the state of West Virginia for their commitment to public education.“

The 12 teachers collectively have more than 250 years of classroom experience, one doctorate, 10 masters, and numerous additional years of post-graduate studies. Arch Coal Foundation officials said almost 600 nominations were made. The public nominates teachers, and a blue-ribbon panel of the teachers’ peers - previous recipients of the award - review applications and make the award selections each year.

In addition to recognition, Teacher Achievement awardees receive a $3,500 unrestricted cash award, a distinctive trophy and a classroom plaque. The West Virginia Foundation for the Improvement of Education, a foundation of WVEA, makes a $1,000 award to each recipient’s school, for use with at-risk students.

The teacher recognition awards are underwritten by the Arch Coal Foundation and supported in program-promotion by the West Virginia Department of Education, the WVEA and the West Virginia Library Commission. The Arch Coal Foundation also supports teacher recognition or grant programs in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado, as well as a number of other education-related causes. U.S.-based Arch Coal, Inc. ACI -1.56% is a top five global coal producer and marketer, and the most diversified American coal company, with mining complexes across every major U.S. coal supply basin. In 2011, Arch continued to lead the U.S. coal industry in safety performance and environmental compliance among large, diversified producers. In West Virginia, Arch Coal subsidiaries operate mining complexes at Beckley; Buckhannon (Imperial); Cowen (Eastern); Grafton (Tygart); Holden (Coal-Mac); Morgantown (Patriot); Philippi (Sentinel); and Sharples (Mountain Laurel).

Tougher Distracted Driving Bill Advances


A House committee has advanced a tougher bill that would crack down on distracted driving by allowing police to stop drivers who are using their cellphones.

After several hours of debate Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee altered the bill so that holding or using a cellphone while driving would be a primary offense — a change from the Senate version of the bill.

Under both versions, texting while driving would also be a primary offense.

The committee also clarified that hands-free devices which convert spoken words into a text message or accept verbal commands would be allowed and would not violate the proposed ban.

Delegates questioned how police would enforce the proposed bans.

The committee rejected amendments that would have limited the scope of the bill.

Minnie Hamilton Health System: National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month


March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and Minnie Hamilton Health System would like to encourage all readers to take a step toward good colorectal health by knowing the facts about this disease that is needlessly killing thousands of people each year.

Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer—cancer of the colon or rectum—is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Colorectal cancer also is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the United States.

The risk of developing colorectal cancer increases with advancing age. More than 90% of cases occur in people aged 50 or older.

Colorectal cancer screening saves lives. However, many people who are at risk for the disease are not being screened according to national guidelines.

It is estimated that as many as 60% of colorectal cancer deaths could be prevented if all men and women aged 50 years or older were screened routinely. In most cases, colorectal cancer develops from precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) in the colon or rectum. Screening tests can find precancerous polyps, so that they can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screening tests also can find colorectal cancer early, when treatment works best.

Some studies show that increased physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight may decrease the risk for colorectal cancer. Evidence is less clear about other ways to prevent colorectal cancer.

You should begin screening for colorectal cancer soon after turning 50 and then continue getting screened at regular intervals. However, you may need to be tested earlier or more often than other people if:

• You or a close relative have had colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer; or

• You have inflammatory bowel disease.

If you are aged 50 or older, or think you may be at increased risk for colorectal cancer, speak with your doctor about getting screened. Several tests are available to screen for colorectal cancer. Some are used alone; others are used in combination with each other. Talk with your doctor about which test or tests are best for you. These screening tests are recommended by the USPSTF:

• Colonoscopy (every 10 years).

• High-sensitivity fecal occult blood test (FOBT) (every year).

• Flexible sigmoidoscopy (every 5 years).

In addition to these tests, some groups also recommend the double contrast barium enema as a screening test (every 5 years).

For more information about colorectal cancer, visit

WVU Extension’s 2012 Garden Calendars Explore Family-Friendly Gardening


Gardening is a time honored tradition for many West Virginia families.  Not only does it provide a great opportunity for kids to learn about math and science in their own backyards, but it can also bring families closer together.  The 2012 WVU Extension Service Garden Calendar is designed with this in mind.

Throughout the year, gardeners will explore “Kids’ Gardening Adventures,” in the 2012 calendar.  It includes gardening articles written by WVU Extension experts with youth in mind. This year’s calendar also exhibits exclusive artwork designed by West Virginia 4-H’ers. 

The free garden calendar, WVU Extension Service’s most-requested publication, is now available at the Gilmer County WVU Extension office.

The monthly calendar and gardening guide offers information helpful to both beginning and avid gardeners. The calendar provides day-to-day planting and harvesting reminders for the entire year. Daily tips range from when to design your garden layout to when to prune bushes and turn compost.

In January, readers are reminded to order seeds and fertilizer for their spring garden. In February, reminders include tips about seeding vegetables indoors and cleaning dust from houseplants. The important notes continue throughout the growing season into December.

Each month, the calendar features a short article on gardening written to encourage children’s interest in gardening and to increase family gardening knowledge. Learn to grow the ingredients for a pizza in your garden, including basil, oregano, onions, peppers and tomatoes.

Also outlined is how to start and build a garden project at school and how to distinguish garden-friendly bugs from pests. Each monthly article is coupled with corresponding artwork created by 4-H’ers from all over the state.

For the first time, the calendar features QR codes that can send readers to more information from WVU Extension Service seamlessly from their smartphones. Once the QR code is scanned with a smartphone equipped with a QR code reader, readers will be sent to more information specific to that month’s article, right there on their phones.

The calendar lists the phone number of each county office of the WVU Extension Service.

To begin the 2012 gardening season with a green thumb, look to the experts. Pick up your WVU Extension Service Garden Calendar at the Gilmer County office of the WVU Extension Service it the Gilmer County Courthouse Annex, or reserve your copy by calling 304.462.7061.

LCHS Event to Raise Funds


The annual Mr. Shamrock competition sponsored by the Lewis County High School National Honor Society is set at 2:00PM March 18, 2012, in the high school auditorium.

Student Council has been selling raffle tickets for a technology-based basket as well.

Some of the items include a 26-inch flat-screen TV, an iPad, a router, DVD player and iPod Nano.

Tickets will be sold on that day.

Student Council also is sponsoring the Miss Lass competition in which young ladies will raise funds to compete for the title.

Katie Roth of Lewis County and Aaron Marshall of Elkins will be the beneficiaries of this year’s competition.

Roth, a junior at LCHS, was in a car accident in November that ejected her from her vehicle.

Her pelvis was broken in five places; she had a compound fracture to her right leg and bruised bowels, lungs and kidneys.

After initial surgeries to repair bones, she developed a staph infection, which resulted in seven additional surgeries including a skin graph.

She has made great progress with physical therapy.

She is able to walk with a walker and her wounds are healing.

She was battling gall bladder attacks and had surgery to have it removed recently.

Her rehabilitation will continue over the next few years with the hope to get back to her normal routine and return to school.

Marshall, a student at Alderson-Broaddus College, recently was diagnosed with a stage three brain tumor. He currently lives in Elkins with his mother and 10-year-old brother.

His mother, Katherine Davis, recently opened a center for families who have children diagnosed with autism. He is receiving treatment in Pittsburgh for this rare form of cancer.

The Lewis County High School has sponsored the Mr. Shamrock contest for 16 years.

Proceeds help local families who are dealing with serious medical problems.

Students of the National Honor Society plan, create and often perform in the pageant to help raise money for this worthy cause.

This year’s competitors are a variety of all the classes from LCHS. They are also competing for the role of Mr. Photogenic, which involves a penny per vote into their favorite can. Mr. Photogenic voting will continue at the contest.

Mr. Shamrock will be selected by a panel of judges who will score the contestants based on talent, wardrobe and question and answers. The judges are members of the Honor Society.

Admission is $3 dollars for ages 12 and older; $1 for kindergarten to age 11; and there will be no charge for younger children.

The day of the competition, starting at noon, Student Council will host a spaghetti dinner with all funds going toward Mr. Shamrock recipients. Donations will be accepted.

The National Honor Society and Student Council members hope the community will come to enjoy a fun and eventful afternoon as well as to support this commendable cause.

Schools Encouraged to Start Preparing for the State Archery Tournament


The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) will be hosting its 7th Annual West Virginia State Archery in the Schools (AIS) Tournament Saturday, March 24, 2012, at the Charleston Civic Center.

The DNR anticipates nearly 800 students from across the state will be participating making this the largest indoor youth archery tournament ever held in West Virginia.

The AIS Program is the DNR’s largest and fastest growing educational program, reaching more than 60,000 students through the participation of nearly 300 schools.

“Since the DNR implemented the program in 2004, more than 2,000 students have participated in six state tournaments. Several hundred have qualified and competed at the National Tournaments held in Louisville, KY.  This year we had several students participate in the World Tournament in Orlando, FL,” according to AIS Program Coordinator Krista Snodgrass of the DNR Wildlife Resources Section.

“With the interest in our state tournament, we’re encouraging all participating schools to start working with their students now to get their registration material in before the February 24, 2012 deadline,” said Snodgrass. “We are encouraging all parents, principals and teachers to actively support their AIS Program and consider coming to this year’s tournament. Schools can attend even if they do not have a full team of 12 co-ed students; schools can still be represented by sending students to participate in the Individual Division.”

Schools that have trained AIS instructors but have not yet purchased archery equipment still have the opportunity to participate in the tournament. “Certified instructors may volunteer to help with the tournament,” said Snodgrass. “In fact, it provides instructors first-hand knowledge of what goes on at a tournament, which would be of great benefit to their school. However, volunteers will need to contact us well in advance.”

For more information on the AIS State Tournament and how to get your school involved, visit the DNR’s website at or contact Krista Snodgrass at 304.558.2771.

Glenville: HUGE INDOOR SALE!!! – Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 03.09.12 - 03.11.12



Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

March 09-10-11, 2012

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Gilmer County Recreation Center

Glenville, WV

All NEW Rocky, Georgia, Durango Brand Clothing from adult to youth (Coats, Bibs, Pants, Shirts) Boots (Casual, Western, Insulated and Non, also Steel Toed) for Outdoor Hunting or work use.

Also, Camo and Fashion Purses for the ladies and Guns, Knives, Hunting items,  Hand tools, 800 thread ct. sheet sets, Candles, home decor and misc. items from the home.

Questions call 304.477.3654.

We Buy, Sell, and Trade

Gilmer Red Hat Gadabouts Meeting – 03.08.12


The Gilmer Red Hat Gadabouts meeting will be held at the Smoke House in Glenville at 12:00 Noon, Thursday, March 08, 2012.

Gilmer County Farm Bureau and WVU-Gilmer Extension Plant/Berry Sale 2012


The Gilmer County Farm Bureau and WVU-Gilmer Extension now have their annual Plant/Berry Sale Order forms available.

Stop into the WVU-Gilmer Extension Office to pick up a form, or call 304.462.7061 for more information.

Orders will be accepted through Friday, March 09, 2012, and money will be collected when the order is placed.

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