You will take notice that MBR Enterprise the purchaser, (or____the assignee, heir or devisee of                     , the purchaser) of the tax lien(s) on the following real estate:

1/99 Interest Minerals 71.25 Acres Brier Lick, Center District

Located in Center District, which was returned delinquent in the name of Paul Clevenger Hrs and for which tax lien(s) thereon was sold by the Sheriff of Gilmer County at the sale for delinquent taxes made on the 20th day of November 2008, has requested that you be notified that a deed for such real estate will be made to him on or after the first day of April, 2010, as provided by law, unless before that day you redeem such real estate.  The amount you will have to pay to redeem on the last day, March thirty-first, will be as follows:

Amount paid to Sheriff at sale, excluding surplus, with interest to March 31st =$ 103.21
Amount of taxes paid since sale, with interest to March 31st =$  —-
Amount paid for title examination and preparation of list of those to be served,
with interest to March 31st=$  —-
Amount paid for preparation of the notice to redeem =$  7.00
Amount paid for service of the notice to redeem=$243.68
Amount paid for other statutory costs (described below):
County Clerk Recording Fee=$  —-

You may redeem from the County Clerk at any time before March thirty-first by paying the above total less any unearned interest payable to the Sheriff, and a redemption fee payable to the County Clerk.

Redemption Fee=$35.00

Given under my hand this 7th day of December 2009.
Clerk of the County Commission of Gilmer County, State of West Virginia

Doddridge Officials Still Waiting for Answers


Officials in West Union have yet to get more answers on a contaminant spill that took place this summer in a stream on Buckeye Run.

Duane Reynolds, chief water operator of the West Union water treatment plant, has been trying to get in touch with someone from the Department of Environmental Protection since he learned of the spill in October.



Offering Three Amendments Addressing Costs of Health Insurance, Out-of-Pocket Costs, and Prescription Drugs

Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, Chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, has introduced three amendments to make health insurance more affordable for Americans: limiting the rise of health insurance premiums and out of pocket expenses, and making it easier for Americans to have access to true competition and affordable prices for generic drugs.

“My priority in health reform is as much about making coverage truly affordable for all West Virginians as it is about expanding access to health care,” said Senator Rockefeller. “We cannot make sweeping changes to our health care system without reducing exorbitant out-of-pocket fees for families—whether for their health insurance premiums, their co-payments, or prescription drugs. These amendments will make a real difference in for people to afford the health care coverage that they need.”

Rockefeller’s affordability amendments are as follows:

  Affordability/Insurance Market Reform: This amendment would limit health insurance premium growth from year-to-year by prohibiting health insurers from increasing their rates by an amount that is greater than the rate of medical inflation from one year to the next.  In the event that they do, insurers would be required to refund the excess premium dollars back to either the consumer or to the federal treasury.

  Limit on Out-of-Pocket Costs: This amendment would cap total out-of-pocket expenses at 7.5% of annual income for those under 200% of poverty ($44,050 for a family of four), 10% of annual income for those between 200 and 400% of poverty ($88,200 for a family of four), and 12% of annual income for those above 400% of poverty.

  Eliminate Authorized Generics During 180-Market Exclusivity Period:  This amendment would eliminate so-called “authorized generics” by brand drug manufacturers during the 6-month period that Congress intended for true generics to have market exclusivity.  This amendment will increase access to lower cost generic drugs for consumers.

Olive Roberta Ward


Olive Roberta Ward
Age 75, of 9 Trolley Street, Jane Lew, passed away on Saturday, December 5, 2009, at her residence following an extended illness. She was born in Monongalia County on January 13, 1934, daughter of the late Russell W. Detamore and Olive Irene (Grogg) Detamore.

On June 22, 1953, she married Robert Ward, Sr., who preceded her in death on January 6, 1995.

Mrs. Ward is survived by two daughters: Roberta Helmick and husband John, and Lilly Jackson and husband Allen, both of Jane Lew; and five sons: Robert Ward, Jr., and fianc/e Rachel of Jane Lew, Russell Ward and wife Charlotte of Good Hope, Ronald Ward and fianc/e Krista and Robert Blackwell Ward, both of Jane Lew, and Stephen Matthew Ward of Elkins. Also surviving are three sisters: Margaret Detamore and Maxine Perkey, both of Weston, and Delores Curtis of Jane Lew; and several nieces and nephews.

Olive is also survived by 10 grandchildren: Johnny Ray Helmick, Jr., Blair Richard McCauley, James Russell Ward, Justin Thomas Ward, Jared Tyler Ward, Kayla Renee Helmick, Nicole Laselle Jackson, Amy Rachelle Ratliff, Kenneth William Ward and Timothy Edward Ratliff; four great-grandchildren; and special nieces: Debbie Rush, Kim and Renie Polk and Sandy Bode.

She also enjoyed several special people in life: Sheena and Mackenzie Deem, Rachel Mick’s girls Rebecca, Elizabeth and Mary Ann, Ashley Cogar, Martha Marvel, Wanda Heath, Ashley and Amanda, Cathy Clevenger, Tammy and Dawn.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers: Richard Ward Detamore and Russell William Detamore.

Mrs. Ward was a homemaker. Her family was her life, and she was affectionately known as “Grandma Bertie.”

Family and friends were received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home, 730 N. Main Avenue, Weston, on Monday, December 7, 2009, from 4-8 PM Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 2 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Bill Coffindaffer officiating. Interment will follow services in the Broad Run Cemetery of Jane Lew.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for Olive Roberta Ward.

Charles F. Rowgh


Charles F. Rowgh
Age 94, of Cottage Avenue, Weston, WV, died Thursday, December 3, 2009, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV, following a brief illness.

He was born June 16, 1915, in Camden, WV, a son of the late Leopold Rowgh and Adeline Ruppert Rowgh.

On April 25, 1946, he united in marriage with Sarah Theresa Dunn, who preceded him in death on July 29, 2000.

He is survived by two daughters, Betty L. Hill and husband James S. of Weston, and Mary K. Wensyel and husband John R. of Wheeling, WV; one son, Rev. T. Mathew Rowgh of Shepherdstown, WV; two grandchildren, Patrick M. Wensyel of Pasadena, MD, and Stephanie L. Wells and husband Justin of Huntersville, NC; two stepgrandchildren, Matthew S. Hill and wife Sarah of Bentleyville, PA, and Melanie S. Hill of Columbia, MD; one stepgreat-granddaughter, Emily C. Hill of Bentleyville; one sister, Gertrude R. Ables of Pomeroy, OH; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and spouse, he was preceded in death by five sisters, Clara E. Hines, Rena Rowgh, Mary A. Hines, Nora F. McDermott and Catherine Rowgh; and one brother, John H. Rowgh.

Mr. Rowgh was a carpenter and former maintenance person at St. Patrick Catholic Church and School in Weston.

He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church.

Family and friends called from 2 to 8 PM Sunday, December 6, 2009, at Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Avenue, Weston, WV.

Mass of Christian Burial were held 11 AM Monday, December 7, 2009, at St. Patrick Catholic Church with Rev. T. Mathew Rowgh celebrant.

Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Weston.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Patrick Church Restoration Fund, 210 Center Ave., Weston, WV, 26452, or St. Agnes Church Memorial Building Fund, P.O. Box 1603, Shepherdstown, WV, 25443.

Charles F. Rowgh


Charles F. Rowgh
Age 94, of Cottage Avenue, Weston, died Thursday, December 3, 2009, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, following a brief illness.

He was born June 16, 1915, in Camden, a son of the late Leopold Rowgh and Adeline Ruppert Rowgh.
On April 25, 1946, he united in marriage with Sarah Theresa Dunn who preceded him in death on July 29, 2000.

He is survived by two daughters, Betty L. Hill and husband James S. of Weston and Mary K. Wensyel and husband John R. of Wheeling; one son, Rev. T. Mathew Rowgh of Shepherdstown; two grandchildren, Patrick M. Wensyel of Pasadena, Md., and Stephanie L. Wells and husband Justin of Huntersville, N.C.; two step-grandchildren, Matthew S. Hill and wife Sarah of Bentleyville, Pa., and Melanie S. Hill of Columbia, Md.; one step-great-granddaughter, Emily C. Hill of Bentleyville; one sister, Gertrude R. Ables of Pomeroy, OH; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and spouse, he was preceded in death by five sisters, Clara E. Hines, Rena Rowgh, Mary A. Hines, Nora F. McDermott and Catherine Rowgh; and one brother, John H. Rowgh.
Mr. Rowgh was a carpenter and former maintenance person at St. Patrick Catholic Church and School in Weston.

He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church.

Family and friends were received Sunday, December 6, at Boyle Funeral Home, Weston. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11:00 AM Monday, December 7, at St. Patrick Catholic Church with Rev. T. Mathew Rowgh celebrant. Interment followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Weston.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Patrick Church Restoration Fund, 210 Center Ave., Weston, WV, 26452, or St. Agnes Church Memorial Building Fund, P.O. Box 1603, Shepherdstown, WV, 25443.

Eugene W. Cook


Eugene W. Cook
Age 87, of Birch River, WV died December 3, 2009 at the VA Medical Center, Beckley, WV.

He was born January 20, 1922 in Nicholas County, WV a son of the late Bud & Bertha Cantrell Cook. One sister Oreda Asbury and one brother Charles B. Cook also preceded him in death.

He was a member of the Birch River Baptist Church for 47 years, an Army World War II veteran, and a retired coal miner. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #130, at Strange Creek, WV for 57 years.

He is survived by his wife Beulah; 3 sons, Gene Cook & wife Lillian of Mt. Nebo, David L. Cook, Sr. & wife Marsha L. of Birch River, and Roger N. Cook & wife Sharon of Summersville; 16 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 PM on Monday, December 7, 2009 at Birch River Baptist Church, Birch River with Rev. Linn Schiefer officiating. Burial was in the Birch River Cemetery with military graveside rites by American Legion Post #33. Friends called 2 hours prior to the service at the church.

Online condolences may be sent to: Arrangements were by Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, WV.

Rosemary (Kady) Ballard


Rosemary (Kady) Ballard
Passed away on Friday afternoon, December 4, 2009, at Country Living Personal Care Home in Jane Lew following an extended illness.

Mrs. Ballard was born April 29, 1928, in Keyser, West Virginia, the daughter of the late John Michael Kady and Vena (Behan) Kady.

After graduation from Keyser High School, she attended Potomac State College, where she met her husband, William Ballard, who preceded her in death on June 2, 2008. They were married on September 4, 1948, at the Church of the Assumption in Keyser and were lifelong residents of Jane Lew.

Mrs. Ballard is survived by her daughters, Karen Nosbush and son-in-law Bruce of Lake Forest, California, and Susan Pickens and son-in-law Joe of Jane Lew. She had five grandchildren, Michael Lynch, Carrie Lynch and Robert Lynch, all of Orange County, California, and Joseph Pickens and wife Tonya, and Tim Pickens and wife Jessica of Jane Lew. She is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Jean Albanese of Wilmington, Delaware.

Mrs. Ballard was retired from the Lewis County Board of Education with over 20 years of service. She began employment as secretary at Jane Lew Elementary School. Her last position was office manager at Lewis County High School.

She was a member and an officer of the Jane Lew American Legion Auxiliary and a charter member of the Theresa Snaith Hospital Auxiliary. Mrs. Ballard also served several years on the School Improvement Council for Jane Lew School.

Mrs. Ballard was a member of Saint Patrick Church of Weston and Catholic Daughters Court Victory.

Friends were received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home, 730 North Main Avenue, Weston, on Sunday, December 6, 2009, from 2-8 PM A Prayer Service were recited on Sunday at 7:30 PM at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, December 7, 2009, at St. Patrick Catholic Church of Weston at 9 AM with Father Steve Vallelonga as celebrant. Interment was followed in the Broad Run Cemetery of Jane Lew.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 7012, Albert Lea, MN 56007-8012.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for Rosemary (Kady) Ballard.

Belvia L. Fleming


Belvia L. Fleming
Age 92, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at Harrisville, WV.

Belvia was born on June 21, 1917, on Buck Run near Pennsboro, WV, a daughter of the late Erice and Nellie Fleming Ferrebee. She was a member of the Pennsboro Senior Citizens and attended the former Oak Grove Methodist Church and upon moving to Pennsboro, attended the former First United Methodist Church, now known as the Pennsboro United Methodist Church.

She is survived by a stepdaughter, Ernestine Robinson of Marietta; special lifelong friend, Sharon Hall of Pennsboro; and cousin and caregiver, Janice Freeland and husband, Rex, of Pennsboro.

In addition to her parents, Belvia was preceded in death by her husband, Boyd L. Fleming; brothers, John and Charles Ferrebee; and an infant sister, Marie Ferrebee.

Funeral services will be 11 AM Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, from the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with the Rev. Steven Lightner officiating. Interment will be in the West Union Masonic Memorial Park at Crystal Lake, WV Friends may call from 5-8 PM today and after 9 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

Nicholas Raymond Attanasio


Nicholas Raymond Attanasio
Age 86, of 217 Bland Street, Weston, passed away 6:07 AM on Saturday, December 5, 2009, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon following an extended illness.

He was born in Newark, N.J., on March 18, 1923, son of the late Antonia and Raffaela (Pepe) Attanasio.

On June 26, 1982, he married Harriett (King) Post-Attanasio, who survives.

Also surviving are four children Julie Jones of Buckhannon, Jerry Attanasio of Canton, OH, Jon Attanasio of Seattle WA, and Gemma Sims of Stow OH, and three stepchildren, Sherry Post of Walkersville, Dan Post of Bridgeport and Peggy Goodwin of Westminster, MD. Also surviving are one sister, Marie Napurano of Toms River, NJ; eight grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.

Mr. Attanasio retired from the Weston Democrat in August of 1998 after 47 years of service.

He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church of Weston. Mr. Attanasio was a Boy Scout Master, a Weston Volunteer Fireman, a Volunteer with the Lewis County Emergency Squad and a Volunteer with Our Neighbor of Weston.

Nick was a Veteran of the United States Navy, serving as a gunner’s mate during WWII, and was a member of the VFW. He enjoyed woodworking, photography and traveling.

Friends were received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home, 730 North Main Avenue, Weston, on Monday, December 7, 2009, from 4-8 PM. A Prayer Service was held at 7:30 PM in the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 10 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Father Steve Vallelonga and Reverend Becky VanStavern officiating. Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens of Jane Lew. Full Military Honors will be conducted by the Lewis County Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church Restoration Fund, 210 Center Avenue, Weston, WV 26452 or Bendale United Methodist Church, 1163 U.S. Hwy 19S, Weston, WV 26452.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements of Nicholas Raymond Attanasio.

Daily Prayer - 12.08.09


Gracious God, as the roots of a tree spread out in darkest soil, let me spread out into the darkness of my own life to see what is nourishing me there.
Help me trust your presence as I dig deep into the darkness of myself to find both the clods of unhealthiness that need to be broken up, and the gems of goodness that need to be praised.
Remind me that there is nothing to fear when I face myself squarely, for always in the mystery of my own being, the tracks of your love are visible.



Today: 12.08.yyyy

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2009. There are 23 days left in the year.

Thought for Today: ‘'Untilled ground, however rich, will bring forth thistles and thorns; so also the mind of man.‘’—St. Teresa of Avila, Spanish Carmelite nun (1515-1582).

Today’s Highlight in History:


On Dec. 8, 1941, the United States entered World War II as Congress declared war against Japan, a day after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

In 1776, during the Revolutionary War, Gen. George Washington’s retreating army crossed the Delaware River from New Jersey into Pennsylvania.

In 1854, Pope Pius IX proclaimed the Catholic dogma of the Immaculate Conception, which holds that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was free of original sin from the moment of her own conception.

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln announced his plan for the Reconstruction of the South.

In 1886, the American Federation of Labor was founded in Columbus, Ohio.

In 1949, the Chinese Nationalist government moved from the Chinese mainland to Formosa as the Communists pressed their attacks.

In 1978, former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir died in Jerusalem at age 80.

In 1980, rock star John Lennon was shot to death outside his New York City apartment building by an apparently deranged fan.

In 1982, a man demanding an end to nuclear weapons held the Washington Monument hostage, threatening to blow it up with explosives he claimed were inside a van. (After a 10-hour standoff, Norman D. Mayer was shot dead by police; it turned out there were no explosives.)

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed a treaty at the White House calling for destruction of intermediate-range nuclear missiles.

In 1993, President Bill Clinton signed into US law the North American Free Trade Agreement, which went into effect at the start of 1994.

Ten years ago: A Memphis, Tenn. jury hearing a lawsuit filed by the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.‘s family found that the civil rights leader had been the victim of a vast murder conspiracy, not a lone assassin. A Russian diplomat was ordered to leave the US after he was allegedly caught gathering information from the State Department with an eavesdropping device.

Five years ago: The Senate completed congressional approval of the biggest overhaul of U.S. intelligence in a half-century, voting 89-2 to send the measure to President George W. Bush, who signed it nine days later. Disgruntled U.S. soldiers complained to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld during a question-and-answer session in Kuwait about long deployments and a lack of armored vehicles and other equipment. Treasury Secretary John Snow accepted President Bush’s offer to remain in the Cabinet. “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, 38, an influential heavy metal guitarist, was fatally shot with three other people during a performance in Columbus, Ohio; the gunman was then shot dead by a police officer.

One year ago: In a startling about-face, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed told the Guantanamo war crimes tribunal he would confess to masterminding the Sept. 11 attacks; four other men also abandoned their defenses. (The Obama administration has since decided to try the defendants in federal civilian court.) A malfunctioning F/A-18D Hornet military jet trying to reach Marine Corps Air Station Miramar slammed into a densely populated San Diego neighborhood, killing four members of a family and incinerating two homes; the pilot ejected safely. Mystery writer Hillary Waugh died in Torrington, Conn. at age 88. Character actor Robert Prosky died in Washington, D.C. five days short of his 78th birthday.

Today’s Birthdays:
Actor-director Maximilian Schell is 79
Actor James MacArthur is 72
Flutist James Galway is 70
Singer Jerry Butler is 70
Pop musician Bobby Elliott (The Hollies) is 68
Actress Mary Woronov is 66
Actor John Rubinstein is 63
Rock singer-musician Gregg Allman is 62
Reggae singer Toots Hibbert (Toots and the Maytals) is 61
Actress Kim Basinger is 56
Rock musician Warren Cuccurullo is 53
Rock musician Phil Collen (Def Leppard) is 52
Country singer Marty Raybon is 50
Rock musician Marty Friedman is 47
Actor Wendell Pierce is 46
Actress Teri Hatcher is 45
Rapper Bushwick Bill (The Geto Boys) is 43
Singer Sinead O’Connor is 43
Actor Matthew Laborteaux is 43
Rock musician Ryan Newell (Sister Hazel) is 37
Actor Dominic Monaghan is 33
Actor Ian Somerhalder is 31
Rock singer Ingrid Michaelson is 30
R&B singer Chrisette Michele is 27
Rock singer-actress Kate Voegele is 23
Actress AnnaSophia Robb is 16

USS West Virginia


A Monday ceremony at the mast of the USS West Virginia on West Virginia University’s Downtown Campus was just one of several events held in West Virginia to mark Pearl Harbor Day.

It’s been 68 years since the Japanese attacked the U.S. at Pearl Harbor, killing more than 2,400 Americans in the process.  The USS West Virginia sank on that day, December 7, 1941, along with many other ships in the U.S. fleet.

A more than 20 foot long model of the USS West Virginia that weighs more than half a ton is now displayed at the Raleigh County Veterans Museum.

Five months after it sank the USS West Virginia was refloated and repaired and back in action in the Philippines two years later.  The ship went on to be in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945 for the Japanese surrender.

Federal Prison on Lockdown - Inmate Killed


According to a press release from federal Bureau of Prisons in Preston County, Jimmy Lee Wilson, 26, was pronounced dead, Sunday night at about 7:30 PM.

The assault erupted between several inmates.

Currently the federal prison is on lockdown.

Five other inmates were hurt in the assault, but none of their injuries are life-threatening.

Wilson has been an inmate at USP Hazelton since July 2009.

He was ordered there by the U.S. District Court of Maine to 130 months for armed credit union robbery and use of a firearm during a crime of violence.

Sand Fork 4-H Breakfast


Sand Fork 4-H Seminoles had their Christmas breakfast from 9:00 AM to Noon on Saturday 12.05.2009 at the Sand Fork Baptist Church to raise some funds to send their kids to 4-H camp.

~~  By Gary Collins   ~~

WVU & Marshall Going Bowling


Gator Bowl – WVU vs. FSU

Daniel Kennedy Murphy, Chairman of the Gator Bowl Association and Senior Vice President and Treasurer of Fidelity National Financial, announced today that West Virginia University will play Florida State University in the January 1, 2010 Konica Minolta Gator Bowl.

The West Virginia Mountaineers, the Big East Conference representative, finished their regular season with an overall record of 9-3. This match-up will mark West Virginia’s fourth New Year’s Day trip to Jacksonville in seven seasons, and its first since beating Georgia Tech in 2007.

The Florida State Seminoles, the Atlantic Coast Conference representative, finished their regular season with an overall record of 6-6. They will also make their seventh appearance in the Gator Bowl Classic and the 5th appearance under Coach Bobby Bowden. The Seminoles Gator Bowl record stands at 5-0-1.

The December 30, 1982 Gator Bowl Classic featuring West Virginia and Florida State was the first time West Virginia University played in the Bowl game and the first appearance by Florida State under Coach Bobby Bowden. The 2010 Konica Minolta Gator Bowl will be Coach Bowden’s 28th consecutive Bowl appearance which began with the 1982 Gator Bowl matchup with West Virginia.

The last time these teams met in the Gator Bowl Classic was on January 1, 2005, which Florida State won 30-18.

The West Virginia Mountaineers will be making their eighth-consecutive bowl appearance and third under Bill Stewart, who was named Head Coach in January 2008 after leading West Virginia to a 48-28 victory over Oklahoma in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

He finished his first season with a 9-4 record, and the 2009 regular season 9-3. “We are honored and proud to represent the Big East Conference in the 2010 Konica Minolta Gator Bowl,” Stewart said. “Our football team and fans are looking forward to traveling to Jacksonville to play in this great bowl game.

West Virginia University has a great history and tradition with the Gator Bowl, and we look forward to our trip to that great city and the game on January 1st.” “We had a great season, and it will be an honor to play Florida State and Coach Bobby Bowden.

He is one of the greatest coaches in the game, and we have the utmost respect for him.

We all know about his ties to West Virginia, and what he has done for college football has been tremendous,” added Stewart.

Bobby Bowden will coach his final game in the 2010 Konica Minolta Gator Bowl. This will complete his 34th season as coach at Florida State. During his 44 years of coaching, Coach Bowden is the second winningest coach in major college football history with 388 career coaching victories. “It excites me to know that we’re going to go to the Gator Bowl. It was the first bowl I was associated with as an assistant coach at Florida State in 1964 when we played Oklahoma in the January 2, 1965 Gator Bowl. And of course, the first bowl in our 28-bowl streak was against West Virginia in the 1982 Gator Bowl,” said Bowden.

“We are extremely excited to go back to Jacksonville. They’ve been great partners with Florida State. It is also a wonderful opportunity for Coach Bowden to have his final game in the Gator Bowl against West Virginia and it gives our fans the chance to be there for this historic event,” said Florida State Director of Athletics, Randy Spetman.

“West Virginia and Florida State are truly among the greatest of football traditions in the nation. The Mountaineers and Seminoles will provide one of the most exciting and emotional games of the Bowl season and we are looking forward to welcoming both teams and their fans to Jacksonville for this great New Year’s Day matchup,” said Chairman Dan Murphy.

The 65th Annual Konica Minolta Gator Bowl will be played January 1, 2010, at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. Kickoff will be at 1:00 PM EST and the game will be televised nationally on CBS Sports.

Ticket prices for the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl are $60 for VIP seats and $50 for stadium seats.

Pizza Bowl – MU vs. OU

Marshall University Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick announced that the Thundering Herd football team accepted a bowl invitation to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on December 26, 2009 at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich.  MU will play Ohio University at 1 p.m. and the game will air on ESPN.

“We are excited to take part in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl,” Hamrick said.  “We have accepted this bowl invitation for our seniors who have not had this opportunity; actually none of our current players have represented Marshall in a bowl game.  The team will get three weeks of additional practice along with gaining national television exposure [ESPN].”

MU finished the regular season 6-6 and will partake in a postseason game for the first time since the 2004 Fort Worth Bowl, when the Herd lost to Cincinnati 32-14.

“Number one is we are excited and ecstatic to go to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in the Motor City of Detroit,” interim coach Rick Minter said.  “Mike [Hamrick] promised the coaching staff and players he would do all he could to have us play in a bowl game and we thank him for this opportunity.  Now we are going to take the ball and run with it.  It is a great reward for the seniors and the younger players realize the investment we have in them.  This is a great day for Marshall football and we hope the fans will come out on Saturday [Dec. 26] and watch the Herd play in the Motor City.”

It marks the fifth time that MU has played in the bowl, participating each season from 1997 to 2000, earning victories against Louisville (48-29), BYU (21-3) and Cincinnati (25-14).

Ohio finished the regular season 9-4, 7-1 MAC on the season.  The Bobcats lost the Marathon Mid-American Conference Championship to Central Michigan, 20-10, on Friday, Dec. 4 at Ford Field.

“We had a team meeting tonight and there was a lot of tension as we were waiting to hear the news,” junior captain Lee Smith said.  “No one on this team has ever played in a bowl game and all our hard work and all the 6 am practices have paid off.  Everybody burst out when we found out we were going to Detroit, and it was a good moment for Marshall football.  These seniors have left their stamp and hopefully we will be going to bowl games for the next couple of years.”

MU holds a 29-17-6 advantage in the all-time series against Ohio, winning the last four meetings and eight of nine.  The last time the two teams squared off was Oct. 9, 2004 in Athens, Ohio, with the Herd winning 16-13.

“It feels really good for the players and coaches to get back to a bowl,” junior Brian Anderson said.  “I hope our fans come out and support us in Detroit.”

The Herd is one of six Conference USA teams that have accepted bowl invitations, including:  East Carolina, Houston, SMU, Southern Miss and UCF.

The Gilmer County Journal - New Weekly Newspaper


On December 4, 2009 the first edition of ‘‘The Gilmer County Journal’ hit the newsstands in the area.

The new weekly newspaper is published by the Gilmer County Publishing in Glenville.

The following is a message from the publisher Lisa Belknap in first edition of the paper:

The Gilmer County Journal has been a longtime coming, and I’m sure some of you may observe it has a long way to go. That’s just fine. I hear it is all about the journey anyway.

This paper is to be just what the name implies, as accurate a reflection of the people of this community as is possible. The staff here does not simply accept your contributions, ideas, opinions, and special dates, we appreciate and depend upon them to make this endeavor a success.

For the next three months, you will be able to find a weekly edition of “The Journal” in roughly 40 locations. Some of these are retail locations, some are not. During this period, the paper will be given to the public at no cost. This will enable you to become familiar with its format and content before being asked to fork out money for it.

At the end of this three months, “The Journal” will still be available at your nearest retail location for $.53 (tax included). Shortly thereafter, subscriptions will be available to you or your loved ones living outside of the county.

Classified advertisements are free to Gilmer County residents. All you have to do is contact our office at 304.462.5575, and leave your advertisement on our machine. You are also encouraged to submit your information via email, as it will provide the most accurate and efficient method for having your goods or services published.

The above applies to all wedding, birth and event announcements as well. However, if a photograph is involved, it must be submitted electronically or on disk — otherwise there may be a small charge for processing.

Though in these difficult economic times it was scary to set off on such an adventure, this paper has been greeted with a tremendous amount of support, advice, well-wishes and excitement.

Gilmer County people know that they deserve the secure feeling that comes from knowing what they are being told by their local news source is accurate, objective and complete.

At “The Gilmer County Journal,“ writers are expected to practice an old-fashioned thing called “journalism.“ Sure it isn’t for everyone, but if a person intends to educate and inform the public about any issue, they had better know the whole story. More importantly, they’d do well to understand that when we obscure the facts, we are only admitting our own weak capacity to reason. After all, if a writer feels they must lie or misrepresent in order to defend their “side” of a story, aren’t they admitting — at least to themselves — that they know they are wrong?

With that said, this community does need some good journalists. If this sounds like you, give us a call, or just submit your story.

We are also looking for columnist from each small community. If you are interested, contact us immediately.

I hope that you find these pages interesting and relevant, and that you’ll thank the advertisers who took a bet on this enterprise.

Change is in the air folks. I encourage you to come and be a part of it. This is just one small step in the right direction, but that’s how any worthy journey begins.

Until Next Week ....

Lisa Belknap

Legislative Update – by – Delegate Brent Boggs - House Majority Leader - 12.07.09


Interim Meetings & Christmas
As I write this week’s column, I’ve been doing a few chores around the house Sunday afternoon, as I’ll be heading out the Capitol later tonight for interim meetings.  After church, we made our Christmas season visit to Grafton Tree Farm on Berry’s Fork to get our Christmas tree and wreath from Sue and Ed “Doc” Grafton.  Visiting with them, along with the snow and cold weather only made the day more memorable, as we’ve been getting our Christmas trees there since the kids were little.

With the short time elapsed between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I hope everyone will give every consideration to using our local merchants for their holiday shopping.  These businesses employ many of our neighbors and friends throughout central West Virginia.  It only makes sense to support those that likewise support our many schools, civic groups and charitable organizations with donations and in-kind contributions throughout the year.

GSC Hidden Promise Scholar Program & Jason Project
Senator Facemire and I were pleased to host an event at Glenville State College last Friday that highlighted the GSC Hidden Promise Scholar Program and also the acclaimed JASON Project.  Along with Delegate David Walker, GSC President and Mrs. Barr and a host of faculty, alumni, local leaders and board members, the evening was interesting and informative.  Presentations by visiting leaders in the program greatly added to the students in the afternoon and the reception and dinner later that evening.  I commend President and Mrs. Barr for the Hidden Promise initiative, and also the county school superintendents and principals that participate in this innovative program.  Anytime we can identify students at a young age and allow middle, high and higher Ed teachers and instructors to become involved in identifying their needs and interests, they and West Virginia will surely benefit as a result.

Likewise, the JASON Project was founded in 1989 by Dr. Robert D. Ballard, the oceanographer and explorer who discovered the shipwreck of RMS Titanic.  The JASON Project connects students with great explorers and great events to inspire and motivate them to learn science.  Some of the opportunities:
•  Embed cutting-edge research from NASA, NOAA, the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Geographic Society and other leading organizations.
•  Allow leading scientists to work side by side with JASON students.
•  Challenge students to apply their knowledge to the real-world scenarios scientists face every day.
•  Live events on-line and real time interaction with leading scientists and researchers.

Earlier in the day, over 500 middle school students from seventeen counties participated in the event, held at the GSC Fine Arts Center.  I especially wish to thank Congressman Mollohan for his staunch support of the JASON Project and to GSC for making this a priority for central West Virginia students.  Many will be the science leaders of tomorrow.

Moreover, Dr. Ballard will be visiting GSC as part of the JASON Project in April of next year.

Pearl Harbor
Finally, I will close with the most important item.  This week we sadly commemorate the events at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, where over 2,400 sailors, soldiers and airmen were killed and another 1,300 wounded.  God bless our service men and women, past and present, for their willingness to keep us safe, often by making the ultimate sacrifice.  It is estimated that only about 3,000 veterans of the approximately 60,000 stationed at Pearl Harbor and surrounding military bases at the time of the attack are still living.  We owe a great debt to their bravery and service.

Finally, a reminder when contacting me at home or at the Capitol with your suggestions, concerns or problems:  If I am not home or unavailable, please leave your name, number and a brief message as to your concern or problem.  This helps me or my staff to gather information regarding your call and to expedite an answer.  It is my desire to assist as quickly as possible after the necessary information is gathered for a response.

Through the remainder of the interim period, please address your mail to my home office at PO Box 254, Gassaway, WV 26624.  My phone number is 304.364.8411 and fax 304.364.8711.

If you need immediate assistance, call the Capitol office at 304.340.3220 or my Assistant to the Majority Leader, Mr. Tom Bennett at 304.340.3262 or fax to 304.340.3213.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or a list of all bills that passed both the House and Senate, please let me know.

For those with Internet access, my e-mail address is “”. You also may obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and other information from the Legislature’s web site at  If you write or leave a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide.  Additional information, including agency links and state government phone directory may be found at .

Remember to thank a veteran for their service to our nation and continue to remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  Until next week, take care.

Athletics Basket Bingo‏


The GCHS Athletic Department is sponsoring a Basket Bingo on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at the Gilmer County Recreation Center.

The door open at 5:00 PM and Bingo Games will be begin at 6:00 PM.

Concessions, Silent Auctions and Raffles will be held as well.

Tickets are $20.00 to admit one player.  Players will be provided for ticketholders unable to attend.

For a ticket, contact Sandy Pettit 304.871.3648 or see Kelly or Peg at the Common Place.

Proceeds will be used to purchase new mats in the gym.  Your support of this project is greatly appreciated!!

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