Today - August 08, yyyy

Today is Monday, Aug. 08, the 220th day of 2011. There are 145 days left in the year.

Thought for Today: “Man adjusts to what he should not; he is unable to adjust to what he should.“ — Jean Toomer, African-American author-poet (1894-1967).

Today’s Highlight in History:


On Aug. 08, 1911, President William Howard Taft signed a measure raising the number of members in the US House of Representatives from 391 to 433, effective with the next Congress, with a proviso to add two more members when New Mexico and Arizona became states. (The number of House seats has remained at 435 ever since, except for a temporary increase to 437 after Alaska and Hawaii were admitted to the Union.)

On this date:

In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte set sail for St. Helena to spend the remainder of his days in exile.

In 1861, biologist William Bateson, founder of the science of genetics, was born in Whitby, Yorkshire, England.

In 1942, six convicted Nazi saboteurs who’d landed in the US were executed in Washington, D.C.; two others were spared.

In 1953, the United States and South Korea initialed a mutual security pact.

In 1963, Britain’s “Great Train Robbery” took place as thieves made off with 2.6 million pounds in banknotes.

In 1968, the Republican national convention in Miami Beach nominated Richard Nixon for president on the first ballot.

In 1973, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew branded as “damned lies” reports he had taken kickbacks from government contracts in Maryland, and vowed not to resign—which he ended up doing.

In 1974, President Richard Nixon announced his resignation, effective the next day, following damaging new revelations in the Watergate scandal.

In 1978, the US launched Pioneer Venus 2, which carried scientific probes to study the atmosphere of Venus.

In 1994, Israel and Jordan opened the first road link between the two once-warring countries.

Ten years ago:
•  Former President Ronald Reagan’s daughter Maureen died in Granite Bay, Calif., at age 60.
•  Mohammad Khatami was sworn in for a second term as Iran’s president.

Five years ago:
•  Sen. Joe Lieberman lost the Connecticut Democratic primary to political newcomer Ned Lamont (however, Lieberman ended up winning re-election to the Senate by running as an independent).
•  The Federal Reserve left a benchmark interest rate unchanged after 17 consecutive rate hikes over more than two years.
•  Roger Goodell was chosen as the NFL’s next commissioner.

One year ago:
•  Flooding in Gansu province in China resulted in mudslides that killed more than 1,400 people.
•  Academy Award-winning actress Patricia Neal died in Edgartown, Mass., at 84.

Today’s Birthdays:
Actress Esther Williams is 90
Actor Richard Anderson is 85
Joan Mondale, wife of former Vice President Walter F. Mondale, is 81
Actress Nita Talbot is 81
Singer Mel Tillis is 79
Actor Dustin Hoffman is 74
Actress Connie Stevens is 73
Country singer Phil Balsley (The Statler Brothers) is 72
Actor Larry Wilcox is 64
Actor Keith Carradine is 62
Rhythm-and-blues singer Airrion Love (The Stylistics) is 62
Country singer Jamie O’Hara is 61
Movie director Martin Brest is 60
Radio-TV personality Robin Quivers is 59
Actor Donny Most is 58
Rock musician Dennis Drew (10,000 Maniacs) is 54
TV personality Deborah Norville is 53
Actor-singer Harry Crosby is 53
Rock musician The Edge (U2) is 50
Rock musician Rikki Rockett (Poison) is 50
Rapper Kool Moe Dee is 49
Rock musician Ralph Rieckermann is 49
Middle distance runner Suzy Favor-Hamilton is 43
Rock singer Scott Stapp is 38
Country singer Mark Wills is 38
Actor Kohl Sudduth is 37
Rock musician Tom Linton (Jimmy Eat World) is 36
Singer JC Chasez (‘N Sync) is 35
Actress Tawny Cypress is 35
Rhythm-and-blues singer Drew Lachey (lah-SHAY’) (98 Degrees) is 35
Rhythm-and-blues singer Marsha Ambrosius is 34
Actress Lindsay Sloane is 34
Actress Countess Vaughn is 33
Actor Michael Urie is 31
Tennis player Roger Federer is 30
Actress Meagan Good is 30
Britain’s Princess Beatrice of York is 23
Actor Ken Baumann (TV: “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”) is 22

G-Biz™: Linn Pottery Moved


For over thirty years, the Linn Pottery was a mainstay in the central West Virginia, but has now relocated to the upper Ohio Valley.

The Linn Pottery Studio and Gallery is now open at 1035 Chapline Street, Wheeling, WV.

Paul Latos, resident potter, moved back the area where he grew up.

Latos is a native of Windsor Heights and a Brooke High School graduate.

Reorganized as part of PTL, LLC, the pottery creates a unique retail and arts center in Wheeling, and enhances the city’s efforts to make Wheeling a destination community.

Over the last 30 years in the Gilmer County area, Latos produced stoneware pieces as well as uniquely-designed one of a kind pottery.

The recipient of several juried pottery awards, he has supplied valued pieces to over 125 craft shops throughout the United States.

He has provided his pottery to Tamarack Center in Beckley, West Virginia since its opening in 1996.

His work is now also available at the Wheeling Civic Garden Center, Wheeling Artisans Center, and Artworks Around Town.

Latos was recently selected as one of the top fifteen artisans serving Tamarack.

He is featured in the summer issue of West Virginia Living magazine as well as on the West Virginia Living website,

Relocating to Wheeling from the original site in Linn, WV allows for continued production of high quality functional stoneware and other ceramic items, including porcelain.

His move into a larger facility facilitates the creation of a showroom for retail sales.

The business name has been changed to the Linn Pottery Studio and Gallery to recognize the expanded scope of Latos’ work.

Many of the pieces from the Linn Pottery Studio and Gallery may be seen on the website at

Purchases may be made by calling the retail showroom.

The Gallery is open for retail business from Wednesday thru Friday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

The showroom is closed on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

Appointments may be made by calling the gallery number or by email.

The spacious first floor retail area is served by ample off-street parking, which makes access easy for all customers.

Gilmer County Board of Health Meeting - 08.16.11


The Gilmer County Board of Health will be meeting on Tuesday, August 16, 2011, at 2:00 PM, in the Health Center Conference Room on Mineral Road in Glenville.

All Board of Health meetings are open to the public.

Recalls - 08.05.11



Target Corporation is recalling Step Stools with Storage sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide from January 2007 to October 2010.

The wooden step stools can break apart or collapse under the weight of the user, posing a fall hazard.

The Circo step stool has a lid on the bottom step that lifts to provide storage.

The Do Your Room DYR step stool has a lid on the top step that lifts to provide storage.

The Circo brand name or DYR brand name and UPC numbers are printed on a label found underneath the step stool.

Consumers should return the item to any Target store to receive a full refund.

Consumers can also contact Target at 800.440.0680 between 7 AM and 6 PM CT Monday through Friday, or visit


Build-A-Bear Workshop is recalling Love-Hugs-Peace lapel pins sold nationwide and in Canada from July 2009 to October 2010.

Surface paints on the lapel pin contain excessive levels of lead.

The 1.5 inch lapel pin features graphics of a heart, bear head, and peace sign all positioned in front of a globe.

The words “Love-Hugs-Peace.” appear at the bottom of the pin.

Consumers should return the lapel pin to any Build-A-Bear Workshop store to receive a $5 store coupon.

Consumers can also contact Build-A-Bear Workshop at 866.236.5683 between 8 AM and 6 PM CT Monday through Friday, between 9 AM and 4 PM CT Saturday, or visit


NexTorch is recalling NexTorch™ NT123A flashlight batteries sold nationwide from February 2009 to June 2011.

Batteries can overheat and rupture, posing a fire and burn hazard.

The recalled product is a NexTorch NT123A flashlight battery, bearing the trademark ™ superscript, rather than registered trademark ® superscript.

Its body is silver metallic-colored and has the NexTorch logo and the voltage 3 V on it.

The battery is often packaged with NexTorch flashlights.

Consumers should contact NexTorch at 877.867.2415 Monday through Friday between 9 AM and 5 PM PT or visit for instructions on how to receive a free replacement.


Battat Inc. is recalling toy keys with remote sold nationwide and in Canada from January 2006 to May 2011.

The metal toy keys and the plastic key ring can break, posing a choking hazard.

This recall includes all B. FunKeys™ with factory code H58000-01 or H26300-01, and Parents® Magazine Electronic Keys with factory code H26300-01.

The factory code is located on the back of the remote.

Consumers should contact Battat at 866.665.5524 between 8 AM and 4:30 PM ET Monday through Friday, or visit to receive a free mailer to return the item for replacement keys.


Cloud Engines Inc. is recalling Pogoplug Video file sharing device sold nationwide and in Canada from March 2011 to June 2011.

The unit can overheat or catch fire, emitting excessive heat, sparks, smoke or flames.

This recall involves the Pogoplug Video file sharing device.

It is used to stream and share videos, photos, and music and to provide remote access to files stored on drives attached to the device.

The device has the word “Pogoplug” on the side.

“Model: Pogoplug Video” is listed on a label on the bottom of the device.

Consumers should contact Cloud Engines at 866.582.6651 between 9 AM and 5 PM PT or visit to receive a refund or replacement device.

Weekly Horoscope: 08.07.11 - 08.13.11

Aries (Mar 21-Apr 19) - You can take a calculated risk on the 7th but don’t make an impulsive move. There will be a fine line drawn between what you know and what you need to find out. Emotions will be difficult to control on the 8th and 9th. Refuse to let anything or anyone upset you on the 10th and 11th. Focus more on improving your image and socializing with people who share your interests. Avoid troublemakers and meddlers. Take an original approach to everything you do on the 12th and 13th and you will attract the right kind of attention as well as greater interest in something you want to do that will help a group or cause. Love is highlighted so put time aside for romance and socializing.

Taurus (Apr 20-May 20) - You’ll be tempted to spend on luxury items on the 7th but before you do look for a bargain that suits your budget. You will learn valuable information on the 8th and 9th if you press someone with experience to share knowledge that is pertinent to something you are pursuing. Your persistence will be a signal that you want to participate and can lead to a very special opportunity to get involved first hand. Emotions will escalate regarding a job that needs to be finished on the 10th and 11th if you are too pushy. Give everyone the space required to do his or her own thing. Deception will unfold while interacting at social events on the 12th and 13th. Proceed with caution.

Gemini (May 21-Jun 20) - Paying too much attention to the wrong people or to something that is upsetting to others will cause an emotional rift on the 7th. You should spruce up your surroundings on the 8th and 9th or work on your relationships with the people that live with you. Love is highlighted and good results can be expected if you do something nice for someone you think is special. Uncertainty and changing your mind at the last minute will lead to a personal loss on the 10th and 11th especially if you let someone down who is counting on you. Entertaining friends or hosting an event on the 12th and 13th will enhance your reputation and help you connect with someone beneficial.

Cancer (Jun 21-Jul 22) - Enjoy time spent with friends or family on the 7th. Show your feelings by taking care of little details that will please those you love most. You can learn a lot on the 8th and 9th from someone who is involved in the same industry as you if you discuss business as well as ways to use your strengths to be more efficient. You may feel anxious on the 10th and 11th if you are burdened by a domestic problem that needs your undivided attention. Don’t waffle when a decision is required to set things straight. You need to take a break on the 12th and 13th. A mini vacation will help to ease your stress and make you feel good about who you are and what you are capable of doing.

Leo (Jul 23-Aug 22) - Careful what you say or do on the 7th. You are likely to upset someone if you overreact overindulge or overspend. You’ll have plenty of backing when it comes to socializing and activities that require skill on the 8th and 9th. Your competitive nature will help you reach the finish line with pizzazz. Go all out on the 10th and 11th when it comes to your professional goals. You’ll advance if you put a little extra into whatever you pursue. Whether it’s a job interview or a project you are working on already do more than what’s expected of you. Set time aside to have fun with friends or family on the 12th and 13th. Love is in the stars and positive personal gains can be made.

Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22) - Honesty will be the best policy on the 7th whether it’s being true to you or to someone else. Don’t let emotional matters in your personal life escalate on the 8th and 9th or you will have trouble getting back on track as well as on good terms with someone you care about. Don’t let your pride get the better of you. Sharing thoughts with people you respect on the 10th and 11th will help you get a broader view of the possibilities that are available. A short trip will pay off in terms of what you learn about different cultures and lifestyles. Pull yourself together on the 12th and 13th and put your effort into a project or goal you left undone. Completing what you start will feel good.

Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22) - Emotional deception will trick you into an impulsive situation on the 7th that can affect your home and family life. Interact with friends or neighbors on the 8th and 9th who understand the way you feel and who share your views. Helping someone you respect will have its rewards. Expect to face complaints and opposition on the 10th and 11th if you haven’t done your share at home or at work. You will have to put in extra time if you want to satisfy someone who can influence your personal or professional position. A creative hobby or enjoying the company of someone who inspires you will lead to a good idea and plan for the future on the 12th and 13th.

Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21) - The emphasis will be on what you do and how well you do it on the 7th. You will attract attention and must be on your best behavior. Professionalism will be important on the 8th and 9th. A passionate approach will make people realize what you have to offer and lead advancement. Take any opportunity that arises on the 10th and 11th to please anyone you are in a partnership with and you will end up making progress getting what you want out of the relationship. Information regarding your personal life may not be offered willingly on the 12th and 13th. Ask the right questions if you really want to know where you stand. Tough love may be required.

Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 21) - A change at home and to your personal life on the 7th will turn out to be to your advantage. Love is highlighted and money is heading your way. Put some effort into fixing up your surroundings on the 8th and 9th. The changes you make to your residence will ease your stress and help you feel good about your personal future. A serious attitude on the 10th and 11th regarding how you will proceed with your professional goals will enable you to connect with people who can offer you insight and suggestions. You’ll be able to talk circles around anyone you encounter on the 12th and 13th. Make sure you don’t promise more than you can deliver. Your reputation is at stake.

Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 19) - You’ll feel anxious on the 7th when dealing with matters that concern your personal relationships. Listen carefully and you will know what’s expected of you. Emotions will be close to the surface on the 8th and 9th. Show everyone you are in control and make whatever changes are necessary at home to make your life easier and your relationships better. Taking time out on the 10th and 11th to do things that will please the people you love most will pay off. Make a move or add something new to your current residence. Don’t be fooled by a fast-talking sales person on the 12th and 13th. There will be hidden costs involved in a quote you are given. Get more than one quote.

Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18) - You are in control on the 7th. Own the day by being aggressive and pursuing what you want. Offering someone help on the 8th and 9th will ensure that you get help back when in need. A partnership can be formed that will be a winning situation for both you and the person you get involved with. Good fortune can be yours on the 10th and 11th if you work hard and invest wisely. There are deals to be made so keep your eyes open. Networking will pay off in terms of the people you meet and what they have to offer. Emotional situations will develop on the 12th and 13th that will be difficult to deal with. Don’t lose your perspective and do something you’ll regret.

Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20) -  Watch what you say to whom on the 7th or you may end up being blamed for spreading rumors. Talk business deals and reveal your goals and plans for the future on the 8th and 9th with people who can influence the outcome of a project you are working on. There is plenty to gain if you play your cards right. Don’t leave anything to chance on the 10th and 11th. Do your best to please everyone you are doing something for and you will get the same respect when you need something done for you. There will be plenty going on behind closed doors on the 12th and 13th. Be careful what you do and say, as it will be held against you if you aren’t completely upfront and honest.

Region VI Workforce Investment “Executive” Board Meeting - 08.11.11


The Region VI Workforce Investment “Executive” Board will meet Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 10:30 - 11:30 AM at Region VI Workforce Investment Board Office, 17 Middletown Road, White Hall, WV.

Area Counties include: Braxton, Doddridge, Gilmer, and Lewis.

For more information about the meeting contact Barbara J. DeMary at 304.368.9530.

G-Comm™: The Plight of Marco Sauceda

Manchin’s Message from the Hill to the Mountains: REACHING A DEAL ON THE DEBT CEILING


After watching the debt ceiling debate for several weeks, you must have no question: our political process is needlessly dysfunctional and partisan. I truly apologize for what you had to witness and what this country went through. But I haven’t let Washington break me, and you shouldn’t let it break you, either.

The bipartisan compromise struck by Congressional leaders and the President this week opens a commonsense pathway to work on fixing our long-term spending and debt problems. As I pledged to the people of West Virginia, we protected vital programs like Social Security and Medicare, responsibly cut trillions in spending, and ensured that Congress will vote in a few months on what I hope will be a balanced, long-term deficit reduction plan.

With all that said, the deal is far from perfect; it is a compromise that doesn’t contain everything we’d wish for in a perfect world.

The deal itself provides some needed certainty to our economy by extending the debt limit through 2013. At the same time, it cuts about $1 trillion immediately and provides a path for Congress to cut an additional $1.5 trillion in the near future. A special committee will be formed to specify those $1.5 trillion in cuts. You might be saying: “I’ve heard of committees before and they haven’t done anything.” The difference is that this deal requires Congress to act by the end of the year, or other automatic spending cuts will be made. If Congress does not find a way to cut at least $1.2 trillion on its own, automatic spending cuts will be triggered to achieve at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction. And the deal eliminates a so-called war savings gimmick that included savings from wars we should no longer be fighting as savings.

I am hopeful that this framework will finally force our federal government to live within its means – just like families all over this country and just like the state of West Virginia. We need to show the world that this country has its fiscal house in order, that an investment in America is still a wise one, and that political posturing won’t stop our leaders from doing the right thing for this nation.

More troubling than the result was the process that the American people had to endure – and the uncertainty it created in our economy.  The type of political games and partisanship that I witnessed throughout these negotiations was unlike anything I have ever seen. Elected leaders need to be more concerned about the next generation than the next election. We can – and we must – do better.

This was not the first high-stakes battle to take place in this Congress, and it certainly won’t be the last. You deserve a Congress that is willing to put politics aside and make the tough decisions that will put this country on a steady path forward, create jobs, and provide certainty to your families and the economy. I hope that as we go forward, members of Congress can start working together and put their country first. I will do my part to work hard every day to focus on restoring confidence, creating jobs and rebuilding our economy.

It’s time for Washington to pass commonsense legislation that will restore confidence and create an economic environment that will allow families and businesses – whether in West Virginia or across America – to thrive and succeed. We need to focus on job creation, adopt a plan to achieve energy independence, eliminate out-of control rules and regulations, and achieve fiscal stability by responsibly cutting spending. Now more than ever, it’s time to rebuild America.


RECEIPTS:        Auctions    Direct    Video/Internet     Total
This Week         158,700    48,300       249,300        456,300   
Last Week         168,100    49,500        94,900        312,500   
Last Year         186,500    78,600        11,900        277,000

Compared to last week, lighter receipts of feeder cattle selling through the auctions traded very uneven across the country with most trends ranging from steady to 2.00 higher to steady to 3.00 lower.

Generally, calf prices through the Southeast sold steady to 2.00 lower.

Feeder cattle prices this week were extremely uneven as was feeder calf quality depending on geographic locations.

Oklahoma City reported 40 days of 100 degree plus heat that is plaguing the state and the whole Southwest with hay and water supplies reported minimal with the exodus of feeder cattle being forced from **drought stricken pastures continuing.

The Southern Plains has and almost unheard of near 90% of grazing lands rated poor to very poor this comprising mostly of Texas, Oklahoma and southwest Kansas.

In this part of the country near 25% of the beef cows are located and now facing liquidation.

The Dodge City, KS office also reported that farmers/ranchers baling CRP grass hay in the area were having trouble with balers catching on fire baling hay losing both hay and equipment.

The auction in Kearny, NE reported active buying on yearlings with near 700 head of steers weighing between 850-900 lbs. averaging 132.14 as the market was called steady.

Dodge City had near 5100 head and reported a mostly steady market with aggressive buying on all weights of cattle.

Yearling demand remains good as the calf market remains moderate to good with buyers being a little more selective on the calves wanting ones that are hard weaned and can withstand the heat stress more efficiently.

Feeder cattle futures were pressured hard this week as on Tuesday, corn was limit higher but failed to build upon its gains the rest of the week as a combination of outside market influences pressured the commodity markets.

The stock market on Thursday plunged more than 500 points over U.S. economy concerns; this was the worst day for the Dow since October 22, 2008.

The U.S. dollar this week was sharply higher, also pressuring grain prices.

Despite outside market negativity on Friday morning the live cattle market traded 4.00-5.00 higher on live sales in the Southern Plains with Texas 4.50 higher at 113.00 and Kansas 4.00-5.00 higher at 111.00 to mostly 112.00.

In Nebraska live sales were 3.00 higher trading at 113.00 and dressed sales 4.00-5.00 dollars higher at 178.00-180.00.

Feedlots had to be encouraged by record high pork cutouts as they had seven consecutive days of record level prices.

On Thursday morning the Iowa/Minnesota weighted average carcass price was trading at 107.74.

Competitive protein prices should be supportive to the entire meat complex.

This week’s reported auction volume included 40% over 600 lbs and 40% heifers.

Auction Receipts:  158,700   Last Week:  168,100   Last Year:  186,500

Weston Livestock, Weston, WV
Weighted Average Report for Thursday August 04, 2011

Cattle Receipts:  2207

Feeders made up 100% of the offering.

The feeder supply included 64% steers, and 36% heifers.

Near 100% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
   72    725-725    725       136.75         136.75
  329    750-790    768    132.00-138.00     134.49
  308    800-840    826    131.00-134.50     132.95
  656    850-875    856    125.00-136.25     131.43
   54    960-960    960       122.00         122.00

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
   67    740-740    740       123.00         123.00
  408    750-780    760    122.00-124.75     123.12
  313    800-815    809       122.00         122.00

Buckhannon Stockyards, Buckhannon, WV
Weighted Average Report for Wednesday August 03, 2011

Cattle Receipts:  16

Slaughter cows made up 38% of the offering,
replacement cows 31%, and feeders 31%.

The feeder supply included 20% steers, 60% heifers, and 20% bulls.

Near 60% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    565-565    565       102.50         102.50   Exotic

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    450-450    450       116.00         116.00
    1    655-655    655       102.00         102.00
    1    760-760    760        83.00          83.00

Feeder Bulls                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    750-750    750        82.50          82.50   RWF

Bred Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2   1050-1050  1050       750.00         750.00   Per Head  1-3 Months Bred
    2   1010-1030  1020    550.00-600.00     575.25   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    1    980-980    980       550.00         550.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred

Slaughter Cows                 Boner 80-85% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2   1180-1185  1183     62.50-64.50       63.50
    1   1505-1505  1505        68.50          68.50
                                Lean 85-90% Lean
    2    965-980    973     53.00-57.00       55.02
    1   1180-1180  1180        40.00          40.00   Low Dressing

Buckhannon Stockyards, Buckhannon, WV
Weighted Average Report for Tuesday August 02, 2011

Cattle Receipts:  2341

Feeders made up 100% of the offering.

The feeder supply included 71% steers, and 29% heifers.

Near 100% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
  197    750-780    770    130.75-131.00     130.83
  237    820-840    830    128.00-130.00     128.76
  602    850-885    861    124.50-130.00     127.28
  119    910-925    917    122.00-125.50     123.75
  209    950-965    956    119.00-123.50     120.88
                             Holstein Medium and Large 3
  150    750-775    763    105.50-109.00     107.22

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
  130    750-780    763    121.00-122.75     121.95
  355    800-840    823    118.25-121.25     120.75
  132    855-875    865    117.25-118.50     117.91

Weston Livestock, Weston, WV
Weighted Average Report for Saturday July 30, 2011

Cattle Receipts:  124

Slaughter cows made up 19% of the offering, slaughter bulls 14%, and feeders 67%.

The feeder supply included 31% steers, 48% heifers, and 21% bulls.

Near 30% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    235-235    235       132.50         132.50
    1    250-250    250       125.00         125.00
    1    350-350    350       133.00         133.00
    2    435-440    438    120.00-125.00     122.51
    1    510-510    510       125.00         125.00
    7    565-598    583    114.00-137.00     133.26
    2    705-705    705       127.00         127.00
    3    702-702    702       127.00         127.00   RWF
    1    750-750    750       118.00         118.00

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    275-275    275       110.00         110.00
    3    360-395    372    108.00-118.00     114.46
    1    360-360    360       100.00         100.00   RWF
    1    440-440    440       100.00         100.00
    1    500-500    500       114.00         114.00
    1    525-525    525        98.00          98.00   RWF
    7    550-598    590    109.00-122.50     119.77
    6    600-640    627    110.00-123.00     118.85
    2    630-635    633    117.00-119.00     118.00   Exotic
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    400-400    400       104.00         104.00
    2    497-497    497        98.00          98.00
    3    562-562    562       113.00         113.00

Feeder Bulls                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2    340-340    340    120.00-125.00     122.50
    1    375-375    375       125.00         125.00
    1    445-445    445       130.00         130.00
    1    400-400    400       115.00         115.00   Exotic
    1    490-490    490       108.00         108.00   Exotic
    1    525-525    525       100.00         100.00
    1    590-590    590       109.00         109.00
    1    585-585    585       101.00         101.00   Exotic
    4    600-645    625     97.00-113.00     105.40

Slaughter Cows                Breaker 70-80% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1395-1395  1395        69.50          69.50
                               Boner 80-85% Lean
    1    785-785    785        64.00          64.00   Low Dressing
    7   1090-1315  1195     63.00-67.50       65.04
    1   1335-1335  1335        70.00          70.00   High Dressing
    1   1200-1200  1200        62.00          62.00   Low Dressing
    1   1520-1520  1520        74.00          74.00
    1   1610-1610  1610        76.00          76.00   High Dressing
                                Lean 85-90% Lean
    3    870-1185  1022     54.50-56.00       55.12
    1   1185-1185  1185        45.00          45.00   Low Dressing

Slaughter Bulls                Yield Grade 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    4   1020-1445  1235     72.00-78.50       75.71
    5   1570-2145  1848     75.50-84.50       80.91
    4   1735-1990  1850     85.00-89.75       86.80   High Dressing

Slaughter and feeder lambs
  Slaughters Choice and prime # head 1
    YG 1-2, few 3’s  100-125 lbs  150.00
  Feeders  # head 33
                 90-125 lbs 177.00
                 75-90      173.00
                 45-60      105.00

Ewe Receipts
  Slaughter ewes # head 5 
                 Thin       82.50
                 Fleshy     87.50-92.50

Jackson County Regional Livestock Market, Ripley, WV
Weighted Average Report for Saturday July 30, 2011

Cattle Receipts:  202

Slaughter cows made up 6% of the offering, slaughter bulls 2%,
replacement cows 3%, and feeders 88%.

The feeder supply included 47% steers, 43% heifers, and 10% bulls.

Near 47% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Teleauction load lots

Lot 1   72hd strs @ 840lbs  125.25
Lot 2   65hd strs @ 825lbs  128.00
Lot 3   65hd strs @ 850lbs  123.35

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    295-295    295       151.00         151.00
    5    410-420    418    148.00-152.00     148.78
    6    450-478    470    119.00-139.00     122.91
    6    505-527    515    128.00-138.00     132.98
   15    550-595    566    131.00-137.00     132.87
    3    610-630    623    135.00-136.00     135.67
    1    615-615    615       109.00         109.00   RWF
   10    650-683    662    130.00-136.00     132.85
    1    655-655    655       101.00         101.00   Red
    1    660-660    660       121.00         121.00   RWF
    3    730-730    730       121.00         121.00
   15    755-796    783    122.00-132.50     128.86
    3    833-833    833       128.50         128.50
    6    850-860    852    106.00-115.00     113.49
    1    905-905    905       113.00         113.00
                             Small 1
    1    510-510    510       105.00         105.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    290-290    290       130.00         130.00
    1    450-450    450       124.00         124.00
    1    555-555    555       121.00         121.00
    1    840-840    840       102.50         102.50
                             Holstein Medium and Large 2
    1    440-440    440        77.00          77.00

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    280-280    280       127.50         127.50
    3    350-355    353    120.00-132.00     128.04
    4    405-410    409    124.00-133.00     128.76
    3    457-485    466    130.00-136.00     133.92
   11    515-545    522    120.00-130.00     124.63
   15    550-590    574    114.00-130.00     125.85
    4    575-575    575    125.00-126.00     125.50   Red
    1    620-620    620       123.00         123.00
    5    683-685    683    122.00-132.00     130.00
   20    816-816    816       121.00         121.00
    1    865-865    865       110.00         110.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    2    275-275    275       121.00         121.00
    1    330-330    330       113.00         113.00
    1    435-435    435       110.00         110.00
    1    585-585    585        70.00          70.00   RWF
    2    637-637    637       121.00         121.00
    1    665-665    665       105.00         105.00
    1    740-740    740       110.00         110.00

Feeder Bulls                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    3    370-370    370    124.00-129.00     127.33
    3    435-435    435    135.00-140.00     138.33
    2    475-475    475       106.00         106.00   RWF
    2    510-510    510       125.00         125.00
    4    647-647    647       124.00         124.00
    1    840-840    840        90.00          90.00
    1    985-985    985        76.00          76.00
    1   1010-1010  1010        85.00          85.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    310-310    310       108.00         108.00

Bred Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Middle Aged
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    905-905    905       675.00         675.00   Per Head  1-3 Months Bred
    3    930-1065  1003    710.00-765.00     734.09   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    1   1595-1595  1595   999.00-1100.00    1100.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Aged
    1   1250-1250  1250       790.00         790.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred

Slaughter Cows                Breaker 70-80% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1220-1220  1220        79.50          79.50   High Dressing
                               Boner 80-85% Lean
    1    700-700    700        65.00          65.00
    4   1015-1180  1079     69.00-72.75       70.49
    2   1040-1340  1190     74.50-77.00       75.59   High Dressing
    3   1085-1245  1143     48.50-66.00       60.14   Low Dressing
    1   1405-1405  1405        65.00          65.00   Low Dressing
                                Lean 85-90% Lean
    1    690-690    690        44.00          44.00   Low Dressing

Slaughter Bulls                Yield Grade 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2   1290-1325  1308     70.50-72.00       71.24   Low Dressing
    1   1515-1515  1515        80.00          80.00
    1   1780-1780  1780        86.50          86.50   High Dressing
    1   1705-1705  1705        67.00          67.00   Low Dressing  

Cow Calf Pairs
    5   700.00-1000.00

Fat Cattle
    3   117.50-125.00

Baby Calves
    10  27.50-115.00

    11   avg wt 79lbs  147.50-171.00
    82   avg wt 114lbs 162.00-171.00

Market Hogs
    40   71.00-95.00

    47  Feeders     50.00-95.00
        Nannies     60.00-115.00
        Billies     60.00-200.00

Bon Appétit: Shrimp Lemon Pepper Linguini



  1 (8 ounce) package linguine pasta
  1 tablespoon olive oil
  6 cloves garlic, minced
  1/2 cup chicken broth
  1/4 cup white wine
  1 lemon, juiced
  1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  salt to taste
  2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  1 pound fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
  1/4 cup butter
  3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil


Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.

Add linguine, and cook for 9 to 13 minutes or until al dente; drain.

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, and saute garlic about 1 minute.

Mix in chicken broth, wine, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, and pepper.

Reduce heat, and simmer until liquid is reduced by about 1/2.

Mix shrimp, butter, parsley, and basil into the saucepan.

Cook 2 to 3 minutes, until shrimp is opaque.

Stir in the cooked linguine, and continue cooking 2 minutes, until well coated.

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Stargazing - 08.07.11


The gibbous Moon flirts with danger tonight: It passes between the head and heart of Scorpius, the celestial scorpion.

Three stars to the right of the Moon form the wide head, while the heart is marked by bright orange Antares to the lower left of the Moon.

Moon and Antares

The gibbous Moon flirts with danger tonight: It passes between the head and heart of Scorpius, the celestial scorpion. Three stars to the right of the Moon form the wide head, while the heart is marked by Antares, a brilliant orange star to the lower left of the Moon.

Antares is one of the giants of the galaxy: a behemoth that’s about 350 times wider than the Sun. If it took the Sun’s place in our own solar system, it would engulf Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars, and reach halfway out to Jupiter.

The star produces so much energy that, to have comfortable conditions for life, a planet would have to be more than 200 times farther out than Earth is from the Sun—farther than any planet in the solar system.

Although it looks quite bright, most of the energy Antares produces is in the infrared. It’s invisible to the human eye, but it’s a form of energy that we feel as heat.

Antares produces so much infrared energy because its surface is thousands of degrees cooler than the Sun. That gives the star its characteristic orange color, but also ensures that most of its energy comes out at wavelengths that are much longer than red light—the infrared.

Look for this big, cool star close to the Moon tonight. The Moon moves closer to Antares as the night progresses. They set around one o’clock in the morning. And if you miss them tonight, try tomorrow night, when Antares will be a little farther to the right of the Moon.





The Second Plague
God brought upon Egypt to persuade Pharaoh to let His people go, was a multitude of frogs.  When Pharaoh asked Moses to take them away, Moses asked him, “When?”  Pharaoh replied,  “Tomorrow about this time.”  Why not now?  Why would Pharaoh want to spend another night with the frogs?  Why would anybody?

Frogs Picture Sins
in our lives,  and we see in Pharaoh the human tendency to procrastinate…to put off getting rid of them.  There are a number of evils that result from procrastination:

Loss Of Blessing.
God has blessed the human family so abundantly with things like sunshine and rain, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, etc.  All these blessings are unconditional.  Even the atheist enjoys those.  But there are certain special blessings reserved for the children of God.  Paul writes that God has “blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ…” (Eph. 1:3) .  To enjoy these special blessings, we must get rid of the frogs in our lives.  The longer we put off doing that, the longer we deprive ourselves of these special spiritual blessings.

More Years Of Unfruitfulness.
Jesus said, “I am the vine,  ye are the branches.” (John 15:5) .  The branch that does not bear fruit will be cast forth and burned.  Living with frogs in our lives keeps us from being bearing fruit for Christ, and our example discourages our friends and neighbors from doing good.

More Years Of Burden Bearing.
Come unto me,  all ye that labour and are heavy laden,  and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28) .  To enjoy that rest, we must get rid of the frogs.  The longer we procrastinate,  the heavier those burdens become.  A hiker can start out the day with a brisk walk, carrying a backpack,  but as the day wears on,  that pack becomes heavier and heavier.  By the end of the day,  he can hardly tote it. So with the frogs in our lives.

More Set In Ways. Habits are like ruts…..easy to get into, hard to get out of.  The longer we hold on to a habit, the harder it is to break.  The frogs we sometimes carry are much the same.  Can you wade the Mississippi River?  Sure you can!  According to World Book Encyclopedia, where it flows out of Lake Itaska, it is only about 18 feet wide and a foot deep.
But the farther downstream you travel, the harder it becomes to wade.  By the time you get to where it empties into the Gulf of Mexico, it is over a mile wide and 100 feet deep in places.  The longer we keep our frogs, the harder they are to get rid of.

Judgment Is Coming.
By far the greatest tragedy of living with frogs is the fact that judgment is coming.  Someday, somehow we are going to have to deal with them, “because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness…” (Acts 17:31) .  God doesn’t like frogs.  We’d best get rid of them before that day comes.

Next:  How To Get Rid Of Frogs.  If you don’t want to spend another week…another night with frogs, give me a call today.

Steer Creek Church of Christ,  3466 Rosedale Road,  Stumptown WV 25267
Minister: Gene H Miller, 3281 Rosedale Road, Shock WV 26638-8410.
Phone:  304.462.0384     E-Mail:  “”  Web Site:



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