Mabel Hash Friend


Mabel Hash Friend
Mabel died peacefully at the age of 96 years, 9 months on May 25, 2011.

She was born August 16, 1914 in Ivydale, WV (Clay County).

Mabel was the last living child of eight children born to John E. and Carrie Francis Hash of Ivydale, WV.

Mabel moved to Gassaway from Ivydale in 1948 where she lived and raised her family. Mabel was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Thurston V. Friend and her oldest son, John Marion (Bubby) Friend who died at the age of 32.

Mabel was preceded in death by three brothers: Grafton, Herb and Russell Hash all of Ivydale, WV, Four sisters preceded her as well: Mamie Eaton, Winnie Walker, Beatrice Hash all of Clay, WV and Vesta Grose of Terra Alta, WV.

Mabel was a Methodist. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for over 50 years. During that time she held several different offices. Mabel’s daughters and granddaughter were also members: Carolyn Dean, Martha Long and Shelba Gillespie-50 year members; along with Linda Sue Mobley and Batanya Gillespie-Jackson.

Mabel is survived by her children Carolyn Dean and husband Homer of Sierra Vista, AZ; Martha Long and husband Bob of Gassaway; Sheba Gillespie and husband Ronald of Sutton; Thurston “Von” Friend Jr. and wife Nancy of Charleston, South Carolina and Linda Sue Mobley and husband Charles of Charleston, South Carolina.

Mabel had 15 grandchildren: Jeffery Dean, Cheryl Dean Kennedy and Sandi Dean Espiau, Pam Friend Wine and Douglas Friend; Kevin Long, Karin Long Miller and Kris Long; Batanya Gillespie-Jackson, Cliff Gillespie-Jackson, and Greg Gillespie; Kara Friend and Taryn Friend; and Brian Rabal and Kristen Rabal Bell.

In addition, she was blessed with 21 great grandchildren: Bradley Kennedy; Nicholas, Lori and Jason Wine; Samantha Friend; Bailey and Lindsey Long, Kasey Miller Smith; Bethany, Katelyn, Karlee and Kaelee Miller; Graham, Spencer and Threy Jackson; Clarissa and Cecillia Gillespie; Samantha Gillespie; Julianne and Lauren Rabal; and Rabal Sue Bell.

Mabel’s home of 51 years was taken by the West Virginia Department of Highways for a new bridge across the Elk River. The bridge went right through her property. Mabel was fortunate to find a home on the same street.

Mabel loved working in her garden, planting her tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, canning vegetables. She also enjoyed her flowers, trees and bushes that bloom from spring into fall. During the winter months, Mabel would pass the time by quilting. All of her children and grandchildren enjoy a quilt handmade by her.

In July 2004, Mabel was honored by her children and grandchildren in a celebration of her 90th birthday. The Annual Friend cookout each July was always a big event for her.

Friends called on Monday, May 30, 2011 from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM at the Richard M. Roach Funeral Home.

Services by grandsons and granddaughter: Cliff Gillespie, Brett Miller and Bethany Miller.

Funeral Arrangements was with Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV.

Burial in Douglas Cemetery, Ivydale, WV (Clay County).

The Family would like to express their gratitude to the Burnsville Hospice Corp. for the loving care they provided for the final years of Mabel’s life.

Craig Lee Warner


Craig Lee Warner
Age 48, of Sisk Carter Road, passed away Monday, May 30, 2011, at Carolina Medical Center-North East.

A visitation was held Thursday night at Wilkinson Funeral Home.

Craig was born September 25, 1962, in Weston, to the late Clifton and Ethel Warner.

He was employed with Blythe Construction Company in Charlotte. Craig loved NASCAR racing, his family, and especially Cole, his son.

Craig is survived by his wife, Kathy Horn Warner of the home; son, Cole Gregory Warner of the home; step-children, Jessica Dozier Buesch of Rockwell and William “Randy” Dozier of Concord; four step-grandchildren; sisters, Cathy Harris of Weston, and Shelia Farley of Bluefield; and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by brothers, Gregory and Daniel Warner and sister, Rebecca Jones.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cole Warner Account, c/o Wachovia-Wells Fargo, 50 Union Street N, Concord, NC 28025 Attn: Jessica D. Buesch.

Murel Louis (Louie) Hinton


Murel Louis (Louie) Hinton
Age 62, of Randolph Street in Salem, passed away Sunday, June 12, 2011, at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born in Ritchie County on October 17, 1948, a son of the late Charles Albert Hinton and Gladys Emma Smith Hinton.

Mr. Hinton is survived by a son, Anthony Hinton and wife Gina, of Montreal, Canada; two daughters, Angela Wagner and husband Michael of Clarksburg and Ashley French and husband Danny of Martinsburg, WV; his former wife, Karen Hinton of Salem; two brothers, Larry C. Hinton and wife Rose of Pennsboro and Lesley Hinton and wife Sherrie of Ellenboro. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Anthony Hinton, Logan Wagner and Zane Wagner; an aunt, Shirley Ridgeway and husband Bob of Pennsboro; and several nieces and nephews.

Louie graduated from Pennsboro High School and attended college at Parkersburg Community College and Salem College. He enjoyed hunting and fishing in his earlier years and continued to enjoy reading all his life.

He was Baptist by faith.

Friends called at Greathouse Funeral Home in Salem on Wednesday, June 15, 2011, from 3:00 - 8:00 PM.

The funeral service will be held at the funeral home Thursday at 11:00 AM with Rev. Roger Fontaine presiding.

Interment will follow at the West Virginia National Cemetery at Pruntytown with full military rites accorded by Salem VFW Post No. 9151.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to People’s Hospice at 327 Medical Park Dr. Bridgeport, WV 26330.

A Greathouse service.



Today - June 16, yyyy

Today is Thursday, June 16, the 167th day of 2011. There are 198 days left in the year.

Thought for Today: “I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me.“ — Dudley Field Malone, American attorney (1882-1950).

Today’s Highlight in History:


On June 16, 1911, the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co. was incorporated in New York State; it later became known as International Business Machines, or IBM.

On this date:

In 1567, Mary, Queen of Scots, was imprisoned in Lochleven Castle in Scotland. (She escaped almost a year later but ended up imprisoned again.)

In 1858, accepting the Illinois Republican Party’s nomination for the US Senate, Abraham Lincoln said the slavery issue had to be resolved, declaring, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.“

In 1903, Ford Motor Co. was incorporated.

In 1932, President Herbert Hoover and Vice President Charles Curtis were renominated at the Republican national convention in Chicago.

In 1933, the National Industrial Recovery Act became law. (It was later struck down by the Supreme Court.)

In 1941, National Airport (now Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport) opened for business with a ceremony attended by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

In 1959, actor George Reeves, TV’s “Superman,“ was found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound in the bedroom of his Beverly Hills, Calif., home; he was 45.

In 1963, the world’s first female space traveler, Valentina Tereshkova, was launched into orbit by the Soviet Union aboard Vostok 6.

In 1970, Kenneth A. Gibson of Newark, N.J., became the first black politician elected mayor of a major Northeast city. Chicago Bears running back Brian Piccolo, 26, died at a New York hospital after battling cancer.

In 1978, President Jimmy Carter and Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos exchanged the instruments of ratification for the Panama Canal treaties.

Ten years ago:
•  Face to face for the first time, President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged during a meeting in Slovenia to deepen their nations’ bonds and to explore the possibility of compromise on US missile defense plans.
•  City lawmakers elected Klaus Wowereit Berlin’s first openly gay mayor.

Five years ago:
•  The House rejected a timetable for pulling US forces out of Iraq, 256-153. In Iraq, three 101st Airborne Division soldiers were killed in an attack while two others were abducted (their mutilated bodies were found three days later).
•  In Martinez, Calif., Susan Polk, 48, was convicted of second-degree murder for stabbing to death her millionaire psychotherapist husband, Felix Polk, whom she had first met as a 14-year-old girl in treatment.
•  “Lonelygirl15,“ a fictitious video blogger played by actress Jessica Lee Rose, made her online debut.

One year ago:
•  After meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House, BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg announced the oil giant was establishing a $20 billion claim fund and suspending dividends as he insisted, “We care about the small people.“
•  Movie director Ronald Neame (“The Poseidon Adventure”) died in Los Angeles at age 99.

Today’s Birthdays:
Actor Bill Cobbs is 76
Author Joyce Carol Oates is 73
Country singer Billy “Crash” Craddock is 72
Songwriter Lamont Dozier is 70
Rhythm-and-blues singer Eddie Levert is 69
Actress Joan Van Ark is 68
Actor Geoff Pierson is 62
Rhythm-and-blues singer James Smith (The Stylistics) is 61
Boxing Hall of Famer Roberto Duran is 60
Pop singer Gino Vannelli is 59
Actress Laurie Metcalf is 56
Model-actress Jenny Shimizu is 44
Actor James Patrick Stuart is 43
Actor Clifton Collins Jr. is 41
Actor John Cho is 39
Actor Eddie Cibrian is 38
Actress China (chee-nah) Shavers is 34
Actress Missy Peregrym (PEH’-rih-grihm) is 29
Actress Olivia Hack is 28
Singer Diana DeGarmo (“American Idol”) is 24

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Gilmer County Special Olympics Summer Games 2011

Gilmer County Special Olympics wishes to thank all of the individuals, businesses, and organizations who gave so generously to make possible our trip to State Special Olympics Summer Games in Charleston.

The trip was very successful with many gold, silver, and bronze medals and ribbons.


This was the first year for Turbojav to be offered in West Virginia Special Olympics and four of our athletes were able to compete and become the first Special Olympians in the state to win gold, silver, bronze, and 4th place ribbon in this sport.

We want to congratulate Kala Wood, Jake Stewart. Rebecca Sumpter, and Kandus Sumpter.

Special thanks go to Coach Cam Perry of Glenville State College for training them.

Our hearts are filled with gratitude for the support you gave which made this trip possible.


We can only say, “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts” to the following:

•  Minnie Hamilton Health System

•  Jack’s Septic Service, Inc.

•  Continental Petroleum

•  S & S Services Dean and Mary Strickland

•  Waco Oil & Gas

•  Daniel Smith Insurance

•  Rockwell Resources

•  Frank Robert King

•  Energy Corporation of America

•  Smith Land Surveying

•  Drake’s Auto Sales

•  Flying “W” Plastics

•  Calhoun Banks

•  John Westfall, D.D.S.

•  Shackleford Construction

•  United Bank

•  Appalachian Piping

•  Glenville Woman’s Club


Also the following for their support for Gilmer County Spring Games:

•  Glenville Elementary School

•  Glenville Foodland

•  Glenville U Pak

•  Vienna Foodland

•  Glenville State College

•  Coach Cam Perry and GSC students

•  Other Volunteers



Calhoun County Students Named To GSC Honor Roll – Spring 2011


Glenville State College has announced the names of students who attained the Provost’s Honor Roll for the 2011 Spring semester.

To be named to the GSC Provost’s Honor Roll, a student must have a minimum 3.5 grade point average.

Calhoun County students who were named to the GSC Provost’s Honor Roll are:

•  Chelsey L. Ball of Big Bend

•  Daniel M. Burkett of Grantsville

•  Maria M. Kisner of Millstone

•  TaLonne R. Mefford of Grantsville

•  Kayla B. Miller of Mount Zion

•  Megan L. Prater of Chloe

•  Randy R. Smith of Grantsville

•  Loretta N. Whytsell of Grantsville


West Virginia’s Unemployment Rate Dropped to 8.6% in May 2011


West Virginia’s unemployment rate inched downward one-tenth of a percentage point to 8.6% in May.

The number of unemployed state residents fell 200 to 67,700.

Total unemployment was unchanged over the year.

Total nonfarm payroll employment added 1,100 jobs, with a gain of 1,400 in the goods-producing sector easily overpowering a slight decline of 300 in the service-providing sector.

Employment gains within the goods-producing sector included 1,000 in construction and 600 in mining and logging.

Manufacturing employment declined 200.

Within the service-providing sector, gains included 1,300 in leisure and hospitality, 300 in educational and health services, 100 in financial activities, 100 in other services, and 100 in government.

Employment declines included 1,800 in professional and business services and 400 in trade, transportation, and utilities.

Information employment was unchanged over the month.

Since May 2010, total nonfarm payroll employment has risen 1,700, with gains of 1,500 in the goods-producing sector and 200 in the service-providing sector.

Employment gains included 2,500 in educational and health services, 2,300 in mining and logging, 2,000 in professional and business services, 1,000 in trade, transportation, and utilities, 300 in manufacturing, 300 in information, and 200 in leisure and hospitality.

Employment declines included 5,600 in government, due largely to the loss of federal census workers who were actively collecting data at this time last year, 1,100 in construction, 100 in financial activities, and 100 in other services.

West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined two-tenths of a percentage point to 8.6%, while the national rate inched upward one-tenth of a percentage point to 9.1%.

Doddridge County Watershed Association – Presentation by Janet Clayton, DNR Biologist - Thursday

Please join us for the next Doddridge County Watershed Association meeting, Thursday June 16, 2011, 6:00 PM at the Senior Center in West Union.

Janet Clayton, Wildlife Diversity Biologist with the WV Division of Natural Resources will be our guest speaker.

The subject will be about mussels specific to Middle Island Creek, giving some life history and address threats.

She will also speak about an upcoming, multi-year DNR project, assessing Meathouse Fork and Middle Island Creek, which is home to the endangered Clubshell and the soon to be listed as endangered, Snuffbox.


Freshwater mussels are important to the stream ecosystem and provide many services that are critical to a streams health.

Mussels help stabilize stream bottoms, their shells provide habitat for other aquatic organisms, and mussels remove bacteria and excess nutrients from the water and then recycle those nutrients to make food available for other aquatic organisms.

They are an excellent pre-filter to water treatment facilities.  Mussels are to streams as the canary is to the coal mines.

The DNR intends to cover the full length of the stream documenting mussel populations and ultimately setting up some permanent monitoring stations that will be revisited over time to document changes in the populations.

This is an excellent time to step up and become more involved with the watershed association, which offers any assistance to the DNR for this important survey and ongoing monitoring.

This presentation is timely and important for community members, given the recent gas drilling waste spill into England Run, which also passed through Buckeye Creek and into Middle Island Creek.

All are welcome to attend.

Please check out our Facebook page also, under Doddridge County Watershed Association for frequently updated information.

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report – 06.14.11


On Monday, June 13, 2011 Judge Jack Alsop presided over his regular monthly motion day in Gilmer County.

Four fugitives from justice cases were before the Court, all 4 being represented by Christopher Moffatt of Charleston.
All individuals waived extradition back to their respective states as follows:


1) Marcus Darnell Mitchell waived to return to Ohio;


2) Dorian Steven Phillips also waived to return to Ohio;


3) Juan Manuel Alderete waived to return to New Mexico; and

4) Andrew Mullins waived to return to Pennsylvania.

Authorities in their states have until 4:00 PM Wednesday, June 22, 2011 to pick these individuals up at the Central Regional Jail or they will be released.

Several juvenile reviews were conducted and further hearings were scheduled for Monday, August 08, 2011 at 9:30 AM, Monday, September 12, 2011 at 9:00 AM, Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 1:00 PM, Monday, July 11, 2011 at 10:00 AM and Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 1:00 PM.

A habeas corpus petition filed by David Allen Shaffer was before the court.
However, after doing a video conference from Denmar Correctional Center with Shaffer, his attorney Kevin Hughart informed the Court that due to the Judge having amended his sentencing order there were no more issues to address in the petition.
This matter will now be dismissed from the Court’s docket.

State of West Virginia vs. Walter Wallace Adkins Jr.
He was again before the Court on a motion to reduce bond (as well as the home confinement requirement), which the Judge denied and Adkins will be the first trial on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 before the petit jury.

Before Judge Alsop left for the day he performed a wedding.

Judge Alsop will return in July for his term of court.

Municipal Election Results – 06.14.11



» Tashua Marie Allman 40 «

Town Recorder
» Debra Starcher-Johnson 45 «

City Council – Ward 1 (1)
Marcal Lazenby 7
» Vonda “Pedro” Montgomery 13 «

City Council – Ward 2 (1)
» Kevin Wiant «

City Council – Ward 3 (1)
» Dennis T. Fitzpatrick «
Anna Jean Rogucki - Candidate had asked for no vote die to emergency matters

City Council – Ward 4 (1)
Lester Rowland 0

City Council – Ward 5 (1)
» Garry Kight «



» Garretson 46 «
Petrosky 44
Gary Knight 31
Helen Jordan 10

City Council (5)
» Erin Barnhardt 79 «
» Loretta Stevens 64 «
» Andrew Smith 61 «
» Dorothy McCauley 60 «
» Katheryn Kerby 52 «
Mary Sue Jordan 49
Geneva Nicholson 44
Robert Duskey 28
James Ball 26
Dolly Hickman 26
Debra Summers 26
Linda Staton 21
Cris Ferrebee 13
Douglas Gallagher 4 write-ins

Town Recorder
» Barbara Duskey 71 «
Criss Ferrebee 13 write-in votes


West Union

» Robert Fetty «

» Etta A. Stadler «

City Council (5 Open)
» Dave Bonnell «
» Lowell McAfee «
» Nancy Travis «
» Joseph Thorpe - write in candidate «



» Julia Spelsberg - 316 «
Roy Jones - 162

City Council, Ward I
» Jim Oldaker - 73 «
Robert “Bob” Atchison - 52
Kirsten Milligan - 10

City Council, Ward II
» Terry Cogar - 66 «

City Council, Ward III
» Roger Gaines - 78 «
Larry Batten - 64

City Council, Ward IV
» David Blake - 99 «

Sand Fork Elementary Honor Roll - 4th Nine Weeks – 2010-11

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WV Rainy Day Fund Levels Reaching Maximum Limit


West Virginia’s main emergency reserve fund is almost filled to capacity.

State law requires officials to deposit half of any budget surplus into that Rainy Day fund. Legislators learned at a Tuesday interim meeting that this year’s general revenue surplus should reach $300 million.

That means $150 million or so for the Rainy Day fund. But state law also halts these annual deposits once the fund equals 10 percent of general revenue.

The legislative Council of Finance and Administration was told that the fund will soon hit that threshold.

Revenue Secretary Charles Lorensen said Governor Earl Ray Tomblin hopes to ask lawmakers next year to increase the fund’s capacity.

Levels discussed Tuesday included 12% and 15% of general revenue. But some lawmakers want excess revenues dedicated elsewhere.

Veterans Flag Unit at WV State Folk Festival Parade 2011


The Veterans Flag Unit will be a part of the WV State Folk Festival Parade on Saturday, June 18, 2011at 11:30 AM.

Organizer, Damon West suggests that all veterans wanting to participate, report to Pizza Hut parking lot at 11:00 AM.

Those veterans not able to walk please bring your car and join the parade.

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