TRUTH OR TRADITION?  – Something Better   #152



Something Better

World’s Best First.
The world offers its best first.  That new car is the best it is ever going to be the day it rolls off the showroom floor.  From then on, it begins to wear out and eventually becomes a “heap.”  That suit of clothes is the best the first time you put it on.  Drugs and alcohol offers some pleasure in the beginning, but then it’s downhill all the way.  With the world,  the best comes first.

God’s Best Last.
God always has something better in mind.  As we noted last week, the Patriarchal Age was good,  the Mosaic Age better, the Christian Age even better, but the best is yet to come.  Man cannot even imagine the things God has prepared for them that love Him. (1 Cor.  2:9) .  Why waste time and energy on that which is constantly wearing out, while ignoring that which just keeps getting better and better?

The Patriarchal Age.
Abraham was doing well in Ur of the Chaldees.  He was a prosperous cattleman, but God had something better in mind for Abraham:  A great land, a great nation, a great name and a great blessing.

After deceiving his father and brother, Jacob fled to Padanaram where he was becoming quite prosperous.  He had a family of twelve sons and at least one daughter,  his flocks and herds were multiplying,  but God had something better in mind for Jacob:  a new name (Israel), a new relationship, a new day in a land flowing with milk and honey.

Things didn’t go too well for Joseph for a time.  He was sold a slave in the land of Egypt, and ended up in prison, but God had something better in mind for Joseph.  After some thirteen years,  he became governor over all the land of Egypt.

The Mosaic Age.
After Moses fled Egypt, he spent the next forty years in the land of Midian,  and was prospering quite well.  He married a daughter of the priest of Midian, and began raising a family, but God had something better in mind for Moses.  He became one of the greatest leaders of God’s people, and at his death it was said:  “And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face.”  (Deut. 34:10) .

Gideon was from one of the poorest families in Manasseh, and lived at a time when Israel was being severely mistreated by the Midianites, but God had something better in mind for Gideon.  With only 300 men,  he routed all the host of the Midianites and freed Israel from their oppression.  He went on to judge Israel in peace and quietness for forty years.

Ruth was from the land of Moab.  After the death of her husband, her brother-in-law, and her father-in-law, she accompanied Naomi back to the land of Canaan.  They were so poor, that Ruth had to glean in the fields after the reapers in order to put bread on the table,  but God had something better in mind for Ruth.  He arranged for her to marry a prosperous farmer, and to become an ancestor of the promised Messiah.

Something Better.
These are just a few examples of individuals for whom God had something better in mind.  With the world the best is always first, but with God the best is always future.  Why pursue what the world offers and ignore a future with God?


Steer Creek Church of Christ,  3466 Rosedale Road,  Stumptown WV 25267
Minister: Gene H Miller, 3281 Rosedale Road, Shock WV 26638-8410.
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Edgar L. “Ed” Hudson


Edgar L. “Ed” Hudson

Age 91, of Strange Creek passed away Friday December 09, 2011 at his residence.

He was born February 14, 1920 in Charleston, WV the son of the late Lon & Ada Ellis Hudson.

Ed was a Chlorine Chemical Operator for F.M.C. South Charleston, member of Keener’s Ridge Community Church and a W.W.II veteran for 82nd Air Bourne.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife; Mildred “Midge” Hudson and brother; Robert Hudson.

He is survived by his sons; Steven L. Hudson (Elise), Douglas L. Hudson (Karen), Henry L. Hudson (Julie), daughters; Bonnie L. Kiser (Gary), Esther L. Shamblin, Sarah L. Miller, sisters; Mildred “Mickey” Hill, 13 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren,1 great-great-grandchild and Ed’s best friend, Brittney his dog.

Funeral services will be held 11: 00 AM Monday December 12, 2011 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Rev. Ray Teets officiating.

Burial will follow at 2:00 PM at French Cemetery, South Charleston.

Friends may call Sunday December 11, 2011 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the funeral home.

Family suggest donations be made to: Hospice Care Corporation, P.O. Box 323, Burnsville, WV 2633.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbly serving the Hudson Family.

Walter Glen Simmons


Walter Glen Simmons

Age 77, of Sutton passed away on December 09, 2011 at Burton Care Home in Heaters.

He was born on June 03, 1934 in Braxton County, WV to the late Daniel and Hannah Stiltner Simmons.

He was a retired Manager of Flatwoods Canoe Run Public Service Plant.

An Methodist by faith

He was a member of the Moose Lodge #825.

He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters Cora Lively, Ada Brumley, and Geraldine White.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years Loretta Jean Barker Simmons, daughters: Drema Justice and husband Earl of Columbia, MD, Linda Bright and Sheryl Stout and husband Lenny, all of Hernando, FL, Karen Maxey and husband Randy of Middleton, OH , sons: Phil Simmons and wife Janet of Burnsville, Tim and wife Teresa of Sutton, Dale Simmons and wife Kathy of Ripley, Larry Simmons, Bill Simmons and Debbie, and Bob Simmons all of Hernando, FL, brothers: Rona and Don Simmons both of Sutton, 17 grandchildren, 6 great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 1:00 PM at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Rev. Bill Hopkins officiating.

Burial will follow at Braxton Memorial Cemetery.

Friends may call on Monday December 12, 2011 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the funeral home. The family suggests donations to: Hospice Care Corp. P.O. Box 323 Burnsville, WV 26335.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbly serving the Simmons family.



Today - December 11, yyyy

Today is Sunday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2011. There are 20 days left in the year.

Thought for Today: “Every man has his dignity. I’m willing to forget mine, but at my own discretion and not when someone else tells me to.“ — Denis Diderot, French philosopher (1713-1784).

Today’s Highlight in History:


On Dec. 11, 1936, Britain’s King Edward VIII abdicated the throne so he could marry American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson; his brother, Prince Albert, became King George VI.

On this date:

In 1792, France’s King Louis XVI went before the Convention to face charges of treason. (Louis was convicted, and executed the following month.)

In 1816, Indiana became the 19th state.

In 1928, police in Buenos Aires announced they had thwarted an attempt on the life of President-elect Herbert Hoover.

In 1941, Germany and Italy declared war on the United States; the U.S. responded in kind.

In 1946, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was established.

In 1961, a U.S. aircraft carrier carrying Army helicopters arrived in Saigon — the first direct American military support for South Vietnam’s battle against Communist guerrillas.

In 1972, Apollo 17’s lunar module landed on the moon with astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt aboard; they are, to date, the last two men to step onto the lunar surface.

In 1981, the El Mozote massacre in El Salvador claimed the lives of hundreds of civilians at the hands of army troops. The U.N. Security Council chose Javier Perez de Cuellar (hah-vee-EHR’ PEHR’-ehs day KWAY’-yahr) of Peru to be the fifth secretary-general. Muhammad Ali, 39, fought his final fight, losing by unanimous decision to Trevor Berbick in Nassau, Bahamas.

In 1991, a jury in West Palm Beach, Fla., acquitted William Kennedy Smith of sexual battery, rejecting the allegations of Patricia Bowman.

In 2008, Bernie Madoff was arrested, accused of running a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme. (Madoff is serving a 150-year federal prison sentence.)

Ten years ago:

•  In the first criminal indictment stemming from 9/11, federal prosecutors charged Zacarias Moussaoui (zak-uh-REE’-uhs moo-SOW’-ee), a French citizen of Moroccan descent, with conspiring to murder thousands in the suicide hijackings. (Moussaoui pleaded guilty to conspiracy in 2005 and was sentenced to life in prison.)

•  The chairman of the militant Jewish Defense League, Irv Rubin, and an associate, Earl Krugel, were arrested on suspicion of plotting to blow up a Los Angeles mosque and the office of an Arab-American congressman. (Rubin died in Nov. 2002, ten days after what federal officials described as a suicide attempt in jail; Krugel was killed by a fellow inmate in a federal prison in Nov. 2005.)

•  The government approved Swiss food giant Nestle SA’s $10.3 billion purchase of Ralston Purina.

Five years ago:

•  In his farewell address, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan (KOH’-fee AN’-nan) criticized the Bush administration’s leadership on the global stage, warning that America must not sacrifice its democratic ideals while waging war against terrorism.

•  Iran hosted a conference of Holocaust deniers from around the world.

•  After a two-day journey, space shuttle Discovery reached the international space station for a weeklong stay.

One year ago:

•  The eldest son of disgraced financier Bernard Madoff, 46-year-old Mark Madoff, hanged himself in his Manhattan apartment on the second anniversary of his father’s arrest.

•  A U.N. conference in Cancun, Mexico, adopted a modest climate deal.

•  Auburn quarterback Cam Newton won the Heisman Trophy after a season in which he played brilliantly but was also the focus of an investigation which found that his father had violated NCAA rules.

Today’s Birthdays:

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Elliott Carter is 103

Actor Jean-Louis Trintignant is 81

Actress Rita Moreno is 80

Former California state lawmaker Tom Hayden is 72

Pop singer David Gates (Bread) is 71

Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., is 70

Actress Donna Mills is 69

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., is 68

Singer Brenda Lee is 67

Actress Lynda Day George is 67

Music producer Tony Brown is 65

Actress Teri Garr is 64

Movie director Susan Seidelman is 59

Actress Bess Armstrong is 58

Singer Jermaine Jackson is 57

Rock musician Mike Mesaros (The Smithereens) is 54

Rock musician Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue) is 53

Rock musician Darryl Jones (The Rolling Stones) is 50

Actor Ben Browder is 49

Singer-musician Justin Currie (Del Amitri) is 47

Rock musician David Schools (Gov’t Mule, Widespread Panic) is 47

Actor Gary Dourdan (DOOR’-dan) is 45

Actress-comedian Mo’Nique (“The Parkers”) is 44

Actor Max Martini is 42

Rapper-actor Mos Def is 38

Actor Rider Strong is 32

Actress Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”) is 15

WV Lottery - 12.10.11







03-11-14-15-34     Hot Ball: 10    


04-19-33-41-59     Power Ball: 09   PowerPlay: x 5  

G-LtE™: What Should We Assume?


On Saturday morning, December 10, 2011, a medium sized sedan reported as a 2010 Ford Taurus, was found abandoned approximately twenty feet over the embankment on Gassaway road in Normantown area.

A license search revealed that the car is registered to Brian Kennedy.

One would assume that the owner of the car is Gilmer County Commissioner Brian Kennedy.

Can we also assume that the driver of the vehicle swerved to miss a deer and ran over the embankment and left the scene to contact someone for assistance?

Or can one assume that the occupant was driving home in the wee hours of the morning after a night of drinking and left the scene to keep from being charged for driving under the influence.

Either way, was the responsible party charged with leaving the scene of an accident?

Or is this another example to show a public official is above the law?

Someone should ask Sheriff Metz if a citation was issued.

~~  by Hmmm? ~~

~~  Author and Source on File ~~

GSC Women Basketball: Glenville State at Liberty – Today, 2:00 PM


Glenville State heads to Lynchburg, VA, to take on Division I Liberty out of the Big South Conference.

The Pioneers (6-2) have scored over 100 points in their last three games, all of which were wins.

On the year, GSC is averaging 101.9 points a contest and is winning by 13.5 an outing.

The Pioneers are forcing 24.8 turnovers a night.

Six are averaging double figures in scoring.

Leading the way is Tenisha Wilson’s 20.5 points.

Mishae Miles is accounting for 16.8 points and 11.9 rebounds a game while Danielle Woodmore is connecting on 16.6 an outing.

Kenyell Goodson (11.1), Ginny Petties (10.5) and Beth Deren (10.3) are also scoring in double figures.

Jelena Elez and Woodmore have each dished out 36 assists.

Deer Hunters in West Virginia Harvest 59,835 Bucks during The Buck Firearms Season 2011


Preliminary data collected from game checking stations across the state indicate deer hunters in West Virginia harvested 59,835 bucks during the two-week buck firearms season, which ran from November 21 through December 03, 2011, according to Frank Jezioro, Director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR).

The 2011 buck harvest was 38% more than the 2010 harvest of 43,461.

The top 10 counties for buck harvest were as follows:

•  Preston (2,162)

•  Randolph (2,039)

•  Jackson (1,960)

•  Mason (1,931)

•  Greenbrier (1,803)

•  Roane (1,743)

•  Wood (1,703)

•  Hampshire (1,661)

•  Upshur (1,596)

•  Hardy (1,574)

This year’s buck harvest is significantly higher than last year, with increases occurring across all DNR districts.

The largest percentage increases occurred in the western and southern counties.

This year’s preliminary buck harvest remains 3% below the previous five-year average of 61,428.

Wildlife biologists and wildlife managers collected age-specific biological information at checking stations in 12 counties this year.

Preliminary analysis indicates antler development was good and many hunters harvested older-aged bucks.

Other contributing factors such as the exceptional acorn crop in the fall of 2010 and deer densities more in balance with the habitat in many areas combined to make this year’s deer season successful for many hunters.

“White-tailed deer are a product of the environment,” Jezioro said.  “Too many deer on a given tract of land will result in loss of body weight, reduction in antler development, decrease in reproduction and sometimes death due to starvation during winter months.  Hunters and landowners must continually assess their expectations of the proper number of deer sightings versus the visible impacts deer have on vegetation. We need help managing the state’s deer herd by participating and encouraging antlerless deer harvests where needed to benefit not only the deer herd, but all wildlife dependent on our state’s woodland habitat.”

Wildlife Biologists will analyze data from the combined 2011 deer seasons (i.e., buck, antlerless, archery and muzzleloader) before making appropriate recommendations for next year’s deer seasons.

These recommendations will be available for public review at 12 regulations meetings scheduled for March 12 and 13, 2012.

Director Jezioro reminds hunters that the traditional six-day antlerless deer season in selected counties on both public and private land ends Saturday, December 10, 2011.

Muzzleloader deer season begins December 12 and runs through December 17, 2011.

The Youth and Class Q/QQ antlerless deer season will be open on Monday and Tuesday, December 26 and 27, 2011 in any county with a firearms deer season, and will be followed by a four-day reopening of antlerless deer season (December 28 - 31) in 42 counties or portions of counties.

West Virginia Deer Firearm Season Buck Harvest, 2007-2011
County 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Barbour 1380 1413 1307 875 1367
Brooke 386 427 377 337 417
Hancock 361 357 339 299 324
Harrison 1508 1680 1730 1053 1509
Marion 1114 1489 1183 764 1267
Marshall 1126 1339 1321 1087 1370
Monongalia 1474 1927 1536 1116 1518
Ohio 438 485 412 412 479
Preston 2309 2618 2122 2034 2162
Taylor 724 808 727 494 769
Tucker 974 951 874 743 726
Wetzel 1767 2210 1474 958 1524
District I Subtotal 13,561 15,704 13,402 10,172 13,432
Berkeley 973 855 651 661 828
Grant 1733 1531 1228 959 1255
Hampshire 2223 2153 1634 1271 1661
Hardy 2111 2046 1601 1315 1574
Jefferson 657 605 461 482 438
Mineral 1420 1383 1158 947 1264
Morgan 953 806 573 457 617
Pendleton 1698 1416 1257 893 1423
District II Subtotal 11,768 10,795 8,563 6,985 9,060
Braxton 2005 1731 1891 986 1463
Clay 551 540 552 353 515
Lewis 1952 2027 2227 1130 1572
Nicholas 1216 1082 1176 846 1268
Pocahontas 1277 1223 1346 1100 1111
Randolph 1968 2126 1930 1858 2039
Upshur 1517 1536 1383 1088 1596
Webster 929 887 901 807 1061
District III Subtotal 11,415 11,152 11,406 8,168 10,625
Fayette 1101 905 896 742 991
Greenbrier 2204 1925 1976 1367 1803
McDowell 0 0 0 0 0
Mercer 820 537 604 362 669
Monroe 2150 1431 1569 1002 1373
Raleigh 842 577 706 446 752
Summers 1282 932 931 536 861
Wyoming 0 0 0 0 0
District IV Subtotal 8,399 6,307 6,682 4,455 6,449
Boone 676 577 628 471 640
Cabell 947 787 695 464 708
Kanawha 1395 1259 1257 896 1279
Lincoln 1126 983 860 747 1028
Logan 0 0 0 0 0
Mason 2154 1892 2099 1298 1931
Mingo 0 0 0 0 0
Putnam 1401 1311 1065 794 1192
Wayne 898 768 880 570 910
District V Subtotal 8,597 7,577 7,484 5,240 7,688
Calhoun 1163 1252 1124 570 984
Doddridge 1227 1605 1416 767 1048
Gilmer 1401 1585 1398 701 1031
Jackson 2081 1948 2504 1225 1960
Pleasants 398 630 531 332 546
Ritchie 1564 2369 2010 1195 1397
Roane 1873 2010 2112 1049 1743
Tyler 1125 1590 1210 833 1220
Wirt 1006 1186 1265 659 949
Wood 1635 1655 1879 1110 1703
District VI Subtotal 13,473 15,830 15,449 8,441 12,581
West Virginia Total 67,213 67,365 62,986 43,461 59,835

GSC Men Basketball: Glenville State at Lincoln Memorial – Tonight 7:00 PM


Glenville State (1-5) will venture to Lincoln Memorial Saturday evening, December 10, 2011.

The Pioneers are hitting 38.3% of their shots on the season.

The team is forcing opponents into 17.5 turnovers a game.

Kevin Gray is registering a team-high 18.5 points a contest while Jamel Morris is hitting for 17.2 a game.

Chris Abney has been solid, adding 7.7 points and 7.5 rebounds a game.

GSC Track and Field - Turkey Shoot - Saturday, 12.10.11


WV Governor: America 70 Years After Pearl Harbor


December 07, 1941—“a date that will live in infamy”. Those were the words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt during his historic speech to the nation after the Imperial Japanese Navy staged a surprise attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor. The USS West Virginia was one of the battleships that sunk in the attack, which claimed more than 2,400 lives. Of the approximately 84,000 service members present on the island of Oahu, approximately 8,000 are alive today with less than 20 members residing in the Mountain State. All of them are well into their 80’s, and they still have stories to tell.

Until September 11, 2001, Pearl Harbor was known as the most devastating foreign attack on U.S. soil. This week, marked the seventieth anniversary of Pearl Harbor, an event some historians believe fundamentally changed the United States of America.

Many young West Virginians, like men and women throughout the entire country, reacted by joining the armed forces, some ultimately sacrificing their lives so that we may enjoy the freedoms and opportunities afforded to us today. The patriotic response to defend America led to the rise of “Rosie the Riveter”, women who joined the ranks of manufacturing working in factories, building tanks and airplanes for the war effort. Having women in the workplace was a cultural shift for the United States and a prime example of how our country supported the war effort and each other by banding together and rising to the demands war and industry.

There are great similarities in the functional changes that occurred in our country in both in 1941 and in 2001. After September 11th, the terrorist alert system was established; security at our airports and our national monuments was greatly increased. The implementation of these security measures created a significantly different life experience for us, which in turn, greatly altered our response to daily activity and previous past practices. Ten years later these activities and systems are the norm and our way of life.

As we marked the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks this year, we must continue to pause and remember the near unthinkable attack at Pearl Harbor. Like the return of the USS West Virginia to active duty before being decommissioned in 1947, we must also firmly claim the spirit and patriotism of the West Virginians who dedicated their lives to our country. On behalf of the people of West Virginia, I offer my sincere thanks and appreciation to the men who bore arms at Pearl Harbor and throughout WWII, as well as to the women who stepped up to the task and built up our nation to what it is today.

As time passes the number of individuals with firsthand accounts and memories of that day dwindles, and the responsibility of carrying on that piece of history falls to their children and grandchildren. If you are fortunate enough to have someone in your life who remembers the attack on Pearl Harbor, I encourage you to ask them to share their story. Seventy years later, “a date that will live in infamy”, truly does resonate in our modern lives. May we always remember Pearl Harbor.

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