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NOTICE TO REDEEM: PAUL CLEVENGER HEIRS, THE HEIRS AT LAW, ...

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NOTICE TO REDEEM

TO: PAUL CLEVENGER HEIRS, THE HEIRS AT LAW, DEVISEES, CREDITORS, REPRESENTATIVES, SUCCESSORS, OR ASSIGNS

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=$243.68
Amount paid for other statutory costs (described below):
County Clerk Recording Fee=$  —-
TOTAL=$353.89

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

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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.

HEALTH CARE REFORM MUST BE AFFORDABLE

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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: greene-robertsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements were by Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, WV.

Rosemary (Kady) Ballard

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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

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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 www.mcculloughrogersfuneralhome.com

Nicholas Raymond Attanasio

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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

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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.
Amen.

12.08.09

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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:

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

Contacts
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 “Boggs34@aol.com”. 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 http://www.legis.state.wv.us/.  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 www.wv.gov .

Finally
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

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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!!

Gilmer Red Hats Christmas Luncheon

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Gilmer Gadabouts will hold their Christmas luncheon at Brown Dog Bistro (beside Best Western) on Thursday, December 10, 2009 at Noon.

Please bring a Christmas gift ($5-$10 value) if you wish to exchange gifts.

Also, bring a can and/or package of non-perishable food for holiday meals for the needy.

Ritchie County: Little Princess Ball at North Bend State Park

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Daughters and dads are invited to start the New Year right by attending the “Little Princess Ball” at North Bend State Park.

This exclusive party is schedule for Saturday, January 2, 2010, for fathers with their princess or princesses ages 5-12.

“We see events planned primarily for women and children, but rarely for dads and daughters” says Kristi Steed, North Bend’s meeting planner. “The Little Princesses Ball is a first for North Bend, and we’re taking a lot of calls. The first question the girls ask is ‘Can I wear my party dress?’ and the answer is ‘absolutely.”

The “Little Princess Ball” package includes an overnight stay at North Bend Lodge on January 2, 2010 dinner for two with a choice of two seating times, dance, sundae bar, crafts and game time, snacks, Daddies’ Den, taxes and gratuities for $99 per father/daughter reservation.

Additional princesses (sisters) are welcome for only $21.70.

The Daddies’ Den will be located in the park’s comfortable lobby complete with Wi-Fi service, big screen TV to watch the game and snacks while the girls enjoy the craft and game room.

The Princess Ball is from 7:00 – 9:00 PM, hosted by DJ Jack Horton of V96.9.

Princess photo time is from 6:30 - 7:30 PM with each girl and dad receiving a memory photo.

North Bend State Park is located in Ritchie County, WV, near Harrisville. The park features a 29-room lodge, nine vacation cabins, two campgrounds, North Bend Rail Trail, 304-acre lake, fishing, full-service restaurant, picnicking, and hiking trails. Open year-round, this state park is noted for its affordable overnight packages and special events.

Other 2010 upcoming events include:
Winter Wonder Weekend, January 15-17
Organized and Energized, January 30
Sweetheart Weekend, February 12-14
Quilters Retreat, February 21-26
Women’s Getaway Weekend, March 19-21
The Needle Stitch-In, March 21-26

Additional events and packages are online at www.northbendsp.com or call North Bend at 304.643.2931.

Pension Bill Now Law

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It is unclear how many of the 53 municipal pension plans in West Virginia will opt for the provisions under a new state law.

The bill passed in a recent special session was signed into law late last week by Governor Joe Manchin.

It allows cities to close their current police and firefighter pension plans, pay off the debt over 40 years and begin a new less-lucrative plan for new hires.

Cities like Huntington will go under the new program right away, but other cities may wait a few years until their current pension payments become too large to handle. Those current payments go up 7% a year under the old plan. The new plan sets an annual payment for 40-years, which the cities would be responsible for, not the state.

Supporters say the most important part of the new law may be an oversight board that will be appointed by the governor that will work with the individual pension boards from the different municipalities.

NOTICE TO REDEEM: SETH E. CLEVENGER, ...

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NOTICE TO REDEEM
TO: SETH E. CLEVENGER,  THE HEIRS AT LAW, DEVISEES, CREDITORS, REPRESENTATIVES, SUCCESSORS, OR ASSIGNS

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 Seth E. Clevenger 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=$243.68
Amount paid for other statutory costs (described below):
County Clerk Recording Fee=$  —-
TOTAL=353.89

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

Movie: Box Office 12.06.09

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TWLWTitleWOC
12The Blind Side3
21The Twilight Saga: New Moon3
3NBrothers1
45A Christmas Carol (2009)5
54Old Dogs2
7320124
6NArmored1
86Ninja Assassin2
97Planet 513
10NEverybody's Fine1

TW = This Week     LW = Last Week     WOC = Weeks On Charts

WV Landowners Want More Horizontal Gas Wells

A group of West Virginia landowners plans to ask the WV Legislature to take steps that encourage natural gas companies to drill more horizontal wells and fewer vertical ones.

Horizontal wells typically cause less water pollution, destroy fewer meadows and forests, and help preserve coal reserves, according to the West Virginia Surface Owners’ Rights Organization.

For many decades, the only way to extract natural gas was to drill a well straight down into the ground.

With horizontal drilling, a drill is sent down vertically up to a mile or so underground, and then turned at a 90-degree angle horizontally into the shale for up to another mile.

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By doing so, the drill bit hits significantly more pockets of natural gas than it would using the vertical drilling method.

On average, horizontal wells produce three to five times more natural gas than vertical ones.

As many as six horizontal wells may stem from the same well pad, replacing up to 24 vertical well pads.

Small oil companies drill vertical because vertical wells can be drilled for a lot less money.

Compulsory pooling and spacing compels landowners to unite their leased tracts into a common pool under one drilling company. The mineral owners share the royalties according to their share of the acreage of the common pool.

Vertical Marcellus shale wells are typically spaced 40 acres apart, while horizontal ones may be spread out by about 640 acres.

For the third consecutive year, surface owners’ group plans to ask state lawmakers to give them more rights when oil and gas operators show up to drill any kind of well on their property.

The “Surface Owners’ Bill of Rights” is meant to protect the rights of surface landowners when mineral ownership is separate from surface ownership, and oil and gas companies plan to drill for those resources.

Surface landowners want more notice of drilling proposals and the right to negotiate those plans before they’re sent to state Department of Environmental Protection approves them.

For information on the West Virginia Surface Owners’ Rights Organization, visit www.wvsoro.org .

Don’t Become A REAL Nit-Picker

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You have probably heard someone who is overly critical or constantly fussing about tiny details being called a nit-picker. But do you know where that expression came from? Nits are the eggs of head lice and picking nits out of someone’s hair was (and still is) useful in getting ride of lice.

Winter is on its way, and the kids will be bundled up in hats, scarves and hooded jackets. That means that it’s a great time of year for spreading head lice!

Catching head lice is not a sign of poor hygiene. It just means that one was unfortunate enough to get close to a source of lice. Lice can’t hop or fly, but they can walk from an infested person or that person’s clothing to someone else. When kids take off hats and coats and pile or hang them together, lice can spread. Other common means of spread are close contact during play and sleep overs, and sharing things such as hats, hairbrushes, towels and pillows.

Head lice (Pediculus humanus capitis) are among the few wingless insects. The closely-related body lice (Pediculus humanus corporis) are the lice associated with crowded and unsanitary conditions and can spread disease. So far, head lice are not known to transmit any diseases, so an infestation is simply considered an unpleasant condition that people prefer to avoid.

Head lice feed on blood and their feeding causes itching. They seem to prefer to feed on children.

An adult head louse is about 1/8 inch long. It is gray and very flat-bodied. Its legs end in claws for holding onto hair. The eggs, called nits, are white and about the size of pinheads. They are glued onto hair close to (about half an inch) the scalp. Nits that are farther away have either hatched out or are dead. They ordinarily hatch in five to 10 days.

Young lice, called nymphs, take about three weeks to grow to adulthood, and adults can live about another month. However, head lice of any age cannot live more than two days off a human. They do not feed on dogs, cats or other non-human mammals.

If a child was found to have lice, it used to be recommended that everyone in the family be treated. More recently, it has been recommended to only treat those family members who actually have lice or nits, but all should be carefully examined.

Over-the-counter lice remedies are available. However, understand that they contain insecticides and care should be taken to follow the instructions exactly. More is definitely NOT better! These products should not be used on very young children - consult your paediatrician.

Some people have tried non-insecticidal methods such as covering the hair with vegetable oil, baby oil or even mayonnaise and leaving it on overnight. This supposedly suffocates the lice. Some say it works, others say it does not.

Whatever method you choose for killing the lice, you should always remove lice and nits with a special fine-tooth nit comb, available in pharmacies or on the Internet. Metal is better than plastic. Look for lice and nits when the hair is wet and part the hair many times. Since eggs can hatch over time, use the nit comb every day for at least two weeks after you see the last live lice.

Wash and dry all bedding and clothes of infested people at a high temperature. Stuffed animals can be vacuumed and put in plastic bags in a freezer for a few days.

Do NOT apply the lice-killing substances to furniture, bedding, walls or floors. Vacuum thoroughly.

If over-the-counter lice treatments do not work, see a physician. Lice have become resistant to some products, so it may be necessary to get a prescription product.

The best thing to do about head lice is to try to avoid them! Remind (Nag if you must!) your children to keep their hats, coats and scarves away from those of others.

Girls, in particular, tend to share combs and brushes and try on each other’s headgear. This is a bad idea. A very nice, very embarrassed young college woman confided that she had caught head lice from a borrowed brush, so don’t think it can’t happen to you!

Don’t become a REAL nit-picker!
~~  By Claire Stuart   ~~

Genevieve Crites

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Genevieve Crites
Age 81, of Birch River, WV died December 2, 2009 in Braxton County Memorial Hospital, Gassaway, WV.

She was born in Nicholas County, WV, a daughter of the late Earl and Ressie Crites Barnett. Also preceding her in death were her husband Charles Crites; son Charles Everett Crites; and 2 brothers Ralph & Larry Barnett.

She was a homemaker.

She is survived by 3 sons Marvin, Sherman & Ronnie Crites & wife Peggy all of Birch River; 1 daughter Beverly Hoover and husband Farrel of Little Birch, WV; 2 brothers Don Barnett of Glenville & Dan Barnett of Birch River; and 5 sisters Viola Bennett & Esta Barnett of Birch River, Betty Peters of Akron, OH, Lula Bell Barnett of Fairmont, and Ida Mae White of Pennsylvania; 2 grandchildren Ronald Crites & wife Charlotte and Christopher Crites & wife Erika; and 9 great grandchildren.

Services were held at 1:00 PM at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, WV on Sunday, December 6, 2009 with Rev. Tom Propst officiating. Burial was in the Birch River Cemetery, Birch River, WV.

Friends called at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

Online condolences may be sent to greene-robertsonfuneralhome.com . Arrangements are by Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, WV.

Margaret Ann Adams Romel

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Margaret Ann Adams Romel
Age 85, of Olive Street, Weston, WV, died Thursday, December 3, 2009, at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born October 15, 1924, in Dry Fork, WV, a daughter of the late June L. Williams and Celia Ann Morris Williams.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Willard E. “Bill” Adams; one son, Billy E. Adams; six sisters, Winnie Mae Taylor, Laura G. Williams, Erica “Dolly” Sims, Madge M. Henline and Lucille G. “Teen” Malindzak; and six brothers, Henry L. Williams, Harley “Buck” Williams, Howard W. Williams, Harold E. Williams, Hoy S. Williams and Harvey E. “Jim” Williams.

She is survived by her loving husband, James E. “Jim” Romel, whom she married on February 14, 1994; one son, Gerald E. Adams and wife Pamela of Lost Creek, WV; one daughter, Patricia Ann Adams of Pasadena, CA; one sister, Betty Dean Bell and husband Clarence of Buckhannon, WV; one grandson, Robert E. Adams; one granddaughter, Kim Mullooly; three great-grandchildren, Jessie Stalnaker, Matt Mullooly and Magan Mullooly; and several nieces and nephews.

Margaret served as Deputy Sheriff of Lewis County for 17 years and Chief Deputy for 15 years under three Sheriffs.

Her first job was with Union Drug. She then went on to work at Go-Mart and as a secretary at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital.

She was a professional glass cutter, showing her skill as Chief Glass Cutter for Brilliant Glass Company.

She participated in the foster parent and grandparent school programs, was very active in the Lewis County Senior Center, formerly served as head of the Lewis County Red Cross and was the Republican Executive Committee Chairman for two terms.

She was recognized in 1970 as a Distinguished West Virginian by Governor Arch Moore.

She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and the WV Deputy Sheriff Association.

She was an avid fisherman and excellent pistol shot.

She loved sports and supported all local colleges, Glenville, West Virginia Wesleyan, WVU and Marshall.

Margaret led a very active and fulfilling life.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 PM Sunday, December 6, 2009, at Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Avenue, Weston, WV.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 2 PM Monday, December 7, 2009, at St. Patrick Catholic Church with Rev. J. Stephen Vallelonga celebrant.

Interment will follow in Machpelah Cemetery, Weston.

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Laverne Tucker

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Laverne Tucker
Age 86, of 667 Locust Avenue Weston passed away at 5:00 AM on Friday, December 4, 2009, at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born in Weston on August 28, 1923; daughter of the late Paul Harrison and Marguerite (Farnsworth) Harrison.

On July 28, 1944, she married William Henry Tucker, Jr., who preceded her in death on September 13, 1991.

Mrs. Tucker is survived by two daughters: Terri Tyler and husband Tony of Port Washington, Long Island, New York and Vicki Gillespie and husband Warren of Weston; one son: William Henry Tucker, III and wife Barb of Weston; 7 grandchildren: Lauri Tinelle, Eric LeMaster, Paul Gillespie, Teri Roberts, Danny Gillespie, Morgan Tucker, Corey Tucker and Britt Tucker; and 8 great-grandchildren. She was blessed with wonderful caregivers: Sherry Marple, Bonnie Detamore and John Love.

Mrs. Tucker was a homemaker. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Weston. Laverne enjoyed her time with her children and grandchildren.

Family and friends were received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home, Weston, on Sunday, December 6, from 1-2 PM Funeral services were held on Sunday at 2 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Jonathan Nettles officiating. Interment followed services in the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Louis Bennett Public Library, 148 Court Street Weston, WV 26452 or the charity of your choice.

Daily Prayer - 12.07.09

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Gracious God, the leaves have fallen, the air has become cold, and bare trees now seem to open the sky.
Remind me that this is a time to slow down in order to be attentive to the stark stillness winter brings.
Help me breathe deeply the frigid air and know myself to be held in the warmth of your love.
When the sun is high, let me look up and be bathed in your gift of winter’s gold.
When the moon lights up the night, let me look up and drink in your gift of snowy calm.
I ask this for the sake of your love.
Amen.

12.07.09

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Today: 12.07.yyyy

Today is Monday, Dec. 7, the 341st day of 2009. There are 24 days left in the year.

Thought for Today: “What man strives to preserve, in preserving himself, is something which he has never been at any particular moment.“ - George Santayana, Spanish-American philosopher (1863-1952).

Today’s Highlight in History:

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On Dec. 7, 1941, Imperial Japanese warplanes attacked the US Navy base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, as well as other American and British bases in the Pacific; the preemptive raids prompted the United States to enter World War II.

In 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the US Constitution.

In 1796, electors chose John Adams to be the second president of the United States.

In 1808, electors chose James Madison to be the fourth president of the United States.

In 1836, Martin Van Buren was elected the eighth president of the United States.

In 1909, in his State of the Union address, President William Howard Taft defended the decision to base US naval operations in the Pacific at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, instead of in the Philippines. Chemist Leo H. Baekeland received a US patent for Bakelite, the first totally synthetic plastic.

In 1946, fire broke out at the Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta; the blaze killed 119 people, including hotel founder W. Frank Winecoff.

In 1972, America’s last moon mission to date was launched as Apollo 17 blasted off from Cape Canaveral.

In 1983, in Madrid, Spain, an Aviaco DC-9 collided on a foggy runway with an Iberia Air Lines Boeing 727 that was accelerating for takeoff, killing all 42 people aboard the DC-9 and 51 aboard the Iberia jet.

In 1987, 43 people were killed after a gunman aboard a Pacific Southwest Airlines jetliner in California apparently opened fire on a fellow passenger, the two pilots and himself, causing the plane to crash.

In 1988, a major earthquake in the Soviet Union devastated northern Armenia; official estimates put the death toll at 25,000.

Ten years ago: NASA scientists all but gave up hope of contacting the Mars Polar Lander, last heard from four days earlier as it began its descent toward the Red Planet.

Five years ago: Hamid Karzai was sworn in as Afghanistan’s first popularly elected president. The House of Representatives passed an intelligence network overhaul measure, 336-75. Amway co-founder Jay Van Andel died in Ada, Mich. at age 80. Singer Jerry Scoggins, who performed “The Ballad of Jed Clampett,“ the theme song to “The Beverly Hillbillies,“ died at age 93.

One year ago: President-elect Barack Obama introduced retired Gen. Eric Shinseki as his choice to head the Veterans Affairs Department. Actress-singer Barbra Streisand, actor Morgan Freeman, country singer George Jones, dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp and musicians Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of The Who received Kennedy Center Honors.

Today’s Birthdays:
Actor Eli Wallach is 94
Linguist and political philosopher Noam Chomsky is 81
Bluegrass singer Bobby Osborne is 78
Actress Ellen Burstyn is 77
Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., is 72
Broadcast journalist Carole Simpson is 69
Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench is 62
Country singer Gary Morris is 61
Singer-songwriter Tom Waits is 60
Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, is 57
Basketball Hall of Famer Larry Bird is 53
Actress Priscilla Barnes is 52
Former “Tonight Show” announcer Edd Hall is 51
Rock musician Tim Butler (The Psychedelic Furs) is 51
Actor Jeffrey Wright is 44
Actor C. Thomas Howell is 43
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Terrell Owens is 36
Pop singer Nicole Appleton (All Saints) is 34
Country singer Sunny Sweeney is 33
Actress Shiri Appleby is 31
Pop-rock singer Sara Bareilles is 30
Singer Aaron Carter is 22

19-Point Antlered Doe

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Michael Tomey of Lewis County, recently shot what he thought was a buck on Sleethe’s Run, near the Gilmer-Lewis County border.

When Tomey went to retrieve the carcass, he discovered he had an antlered doe.

The 19-point antlered doe still had velvet on the horns.

Wildlife Biologist Jim Crum commenting about the doe says “It’s an imbalance in the hormones,“ and “She has more testosterone than she should have.  All the deer have the capability of having antlers; females and males.“

Crum says a study done in Pennsylvania shows the probability of finding one of these does is one in 4,000 in our neighbouring state.  But in West Virginia, they’re even rarer. “I have not seen 19-point does.  Usually they’re smaller sized antlers.  That is abnormal,“ says Crum.

The doe was checked in at Somerville Exxon in Linn, WV.

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WV High School Football Championships

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Class A: Madonna Blue Dons, the State Champions

Madonna Blue Dons revenged their 2008 finals loss by beating the Man Hillbillies, 27-7.

Max Nogay was the star Saturday night, throwing for two touchdowns and running for another.

Nogay was named Most Valuable Player of the game.

The win wraps up the Blue Dons perfect 14-0 season.

Class AA: Bluefield Beavers Win the State Title

Bluefield’s Marcus Patterson returned an interception 97 yards for a TD in the third quarter and Brad Fox brought back a fumble 94 yards for a score in the final period to lock up the Beavers 10th state title 27-7.

Bluefield ran just eight offensive plays in the second half but held Wayne scoreless in six red zone possessions to hand the Pioneers their first loss of the season.

Bluefield was held to just 91 yards of total offense led by Jake Lilly’s 48 yards rushing on 9 carries and one touchdown.

Wayne rushed for 278 yards with Clyde Ferrell netting 108 yards on 20 carries and Corey Damron adding 107 yards on 24 carries and Wayne’s lone touchdown.

The win was the Beavers fourth state title since the games were moved to Wheeling in 2004.

Class AAA: South Charleston State Champions

The South Charleston Black Eagles came into the Class AAA title game as the number two seed but quickly established themselves as the team to beat on Saturday Afternoon at Wheeling Island Stadium.

The Black Eagles used the athleticism of wideout Pierria Henry to run by the Brooke Bruins 28-7. Henry, a 6’3 basketball player turned football star, caught 3 passed for 139 yards and two touchdowns.

He also intercepted Brooke quarterback Cotey Wallace on the first offensive series of the game and returned it 44 yards for another score.

The fourth Black Eagle touchdown was scored by quarterback Tyler Harris who lead the Black Eagles in rushing with 12 carries and 74 yards.

For the Brooke Bruins, who lost for the first time in 14 games this season, Cotey Wallace carried the ball 24 times for 77 yards as South Charleston held Brooke to a total of 214 yards of offense.

Wallace was also 9 of 19 passing for 96 yards.

The Black Eagles captured their third overall state football championship with the 28-7 victory.

They also won last year’s state championship when they defeated George Washington 39-8.

Their first state football title came in 1994 when they defeated University 27-7 in the first Class AAA championship game played on Wheeling Island.

Christmas Tree Tips

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Real Christmas trees can be purchased in many ways, but the two most popular are retail lots and choose-and-cut farms. You also can buy a balled-and-burlapped tree to be planted after the holidays. Many different species of Christmas trees are sold. The most popular are the white pine, Fraser fir, Scotch pine, and Norway spruce.

Freshness
It is very important for consumers to be able to tell whether or not a tree is fresh. In general, each tree should have a healthy, green appearance without a large number of dead or browning needles. Needles should appear fresh and flexible and should not come off in your hand if you gently stroke a branch. A useful trick is to lift a cut tree a couple of inches off the ground and let it drop on the cut base. Green needles should not drop off the tree. A few dried, inner needles may fall, but certainly the outer, green needles should not be affected.

Care of Christmas Trees
Once you have returned safely home with your Christmas tree, its continued freshness depends upon the type of care you provide. The tree should have a fresh cut across the bottom, about 1 inch above the old base. This removes any clogged wood that may not readily absorb water. Next, the tree should be placed in a stand with a large reservoir of water. Depending upon the size, species and location of the tree, it may absorb a gallon of water in the first day, so it should be checked frequently and re-watered as necessary. It is recommended that consumers keep the tree well-watered with pure tap water.

As long as the tree is able to absorb and transpire water, it is reasonably fire-resistant. It is important that the tree always be kept watered and not allowed to dry out. If the tree does become dried out, it may not be able to adequately absorb moisture once it is re-watered, and it will shed its needles prematurely.

The Christmas tree should be located in a safe place, preferably near a wall or corner where it is not likely to be knocked over. Keeping the tree away from heat sources such as hot air ducts, wood stoves, fireplaces, etc., will help to preserve freshness and lessen the danger of a fire. Similarly, light cords and connections used in decorating the tree should be in good working condition. Lights should always be turned off at bedtime or when leaving for an extended period of time.

Fresh, well-watered Christmas trees do not represent a fire hazard. Trees that are dried out, however, do. The best fire retardant is to keep the tree supplied with plenty of water.

According to the 2006 West Virginia Christmas Tree Production Survey 22,531 trees grown in West Virginia were sold in 2006 . Scotch pine trees ranked first with white pine second. White pine was the most commonly selected tree on choose- and-cut farms. Growers planned on ordering 55,510 seedlings for the 2007 planting season. West Virginia production averages 12.7 acres per grower. It takes 6 to 12 years of management of the trees in order to be harvested as a Christmas tree. More than 32 million Christmas trees are sold each year, grown on tree farms in the U.S., employing 100,000 people in the live Christmas tree industry. In 2002, there were 21,904 farms producing conifers for the cut Christmas tree market in America, with 446,996-acres planted in Christmas Trees.

Teachers, check out the following Web site for lessons for your class: www.realtrees4kids.org/

One well known Christmas tree is the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.
Did you know that the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is usually a Norway Spruce? The preferred height is 75- to 90-feet tall. The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree usually comes from a single planted tree from a front or backyard so that it is full all the way around.

Every year since 1971, the tree has been recycled. Since 1974, the mulch has been donated to the Boy Scouts of America and used at their camps as ground cover to combat soil erosion and to create paths. Each year’s tree provides almost 3 tons of mulch. In addition, every year the largest part of the trunk at the base of the tree is offered to the U.S. Equestrian Team, headquartered in Gladstone, N.J., for use as an obstacle jump.

What are the top states in Christmas Tree production?
Oregon is the top producer in terms of number of trees harvested with 6,850,841 in 2007. Oregon was followed by North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Washington, New York, Virginia, Ohio and Minnesota rounding out the Top 10 states based on number of trees harvested. West Virginia ranks in the top half of the 50 states when it comes to Christmas tree production. West Virginia ranked 25th in number of trees harvested, 26th in Christmas tree acres and 24th in number of Christmas tree farms with sales. This data came from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Pioneer Men Outscored by Vulcans

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The California University of Pennsylvania Vulcans wins over Glenville State College Pioneers in men’s basketball game on Saturday 80-54.

Glenville State falls to 1-4 while Cal U extended its record to 5-1. n

Cal U opened the game with an 8-0 run in the first three-plus minutes and expanded its lead to nine points, 12-3, with a lay-up by Kelsey Williams with 13:10 minutes left in the first half.

Glenville State countered with seven-straight points to trim the deficit to 12-10. Leading by three points in the final six minutes of the first half, the Vulcans mounted a 7-2 run capped with a layup by sophomore guard Travon Vann with 5:07 remaining. Despite the Pioneers scoring the final five points of the half, Cal U took a 32-31 lead into halftime.

The Vulcans seized momentum of the game early in the second half with a 10-1 rally to take a 46-34 lead with 13:41 left in the game.

Glenville State then scored the next four points before Cal U tallied eight-unanswered points to take a 56-40 lead with 9:23 remaining.

The Pioneers would again mount a rally before the Vulcans sealed the victory with an impressive 17-4 run over a span of 5:29 to take a 73-48 lead.

After shooting over 50% in the second half, Cal U shot 45.7% (32-of-70) from the field and 68.8% (11-of-16) from the free-throw line. Meanwhile, Glenville State was limited to 35.2% (19-of-54) from the floor and 92.3% (12-of-13) from the charity stripe.

The Vulcans out-rebounded the Pioneers by a 40-33 margin and scored 16 second-chance points off 14 offensive rebounds. Cal U also collected 13 steals and committed only 12 turnovers against Glenville State.

Glenville State continues the season on the road against Bluefield State on December 16, 2009 at 7:30 PM.

Recalls - 12.05.09

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HOODED SWEATSHIRTS
Sunsations Inc. is recalling Children’s Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings sold at Sunsations stores in Virginia Beach, VA, Ocean City, MD and North Carolina from April 2006 to July 2009. The sweatshirts have a drawstring through the hood which can pose a strangulation hazard.
The recall involves children’s hooded sweatshirt sizes 2T through 12 sold in various solid colors. Style numbers included in this recall are: KD102, KD124 and KFS102.
Consumers should immediately remove the drawstrings from the sweatshirts or return the garment to Sunsations for a full refund.
Consumers can also contact Sunsations at 800.786.9044 between 9 AM and 5 PM ET Monday through Friday, or visit www.sunsationsusa.com .

“HELLO KITTY” SWEATSHIRTS
NTD Apparel is recalling “Hello Kitty” Zip Up Hoodie Sweatshirts sold at Macy’s and Dillard’s stores nationwide from November 2008 to December 2008. The sweatshirts have a drawstring through the hood which can pose a strangulation hazard.
The “Hello Kitty” hoodie has an appliqué on the right chest and screenprint on left chest and left sleeve. They were sold in black with silver lining and in sizes 2T, 3T, 4, 5, 6 and 6X. NTD APPAREL, D1592H7273, RN#116180 is printed on the neck label and care label.
Consumers should immediately remove the drawstrings from the sweatshirts, or return the garment to either the place of purchase or to NTD Apparel for a full refund.
Consumers can also contact NTD Apparel at 866.317.3974 between 9 AM and 5 PM PT Monday through Friday.

ATVS
BRP U.S. Inc. is recalling Model Year 2010 Can-Am® ATVs sold nationwide from August 2009 to November 2009. The dynamic power steering can fail, resulting in the sudden loss of steering control. This poses a risk of injury or death to riders. 
The recall involves Model Year 2010 Can-Am® Outlander and Renegade ATVs.
Consumers should contact any Can-Am® dealer to schedule a free repair.
Consumers can also contact BRP at 888.638.5397 between 8 AM and 6 PM ET Monday through Friday, or visit www.can-am.brp.com .

LA JOBI CRIBS
LaJobi Inc. is recalling “Molly” and “Betsy” Cribs sold nationwide from May 2000 to September 2001. The cribs have cut-outs in the end panels that can allow young children to get their heads entrapped, which can pose a strangulation hazard.
This recall involves both “Molly” and “Betsy” style wooden cribs. The end panels on the “Molly” style cribs are made of solid wood with openings on both sides. The end panels on the “Betsy” style cribs are constructed with wood slats.
Consumers should contact LaJobi at 800.266.2848 between 8:30 AM and 5 PM ET Monday through Friday to receive replacement end panels which eliminates the hazard or visit www.Lajobi.com .

BLENDERS
Haier America Trading L.L.C. is recalling blenders sold nationwide from November 2006 to October 2009. The blade assemblies of the blenders may come apart or break, posing a laceration risk.
This recall involves commercial-style 500-watt blenders with model number HB500BSS. “Haier” is printed on the front below the power switch, and the model number is printed on a label on the bottom of the blenders.
Consumers should contact Haier America at 866.327.6147 anytime to receive a free replacement blade assembly or visit www.haieramerica.com .

Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito - On Afghanistan and Jobs

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The nation turned its attention this week to two incredibly significant challenges: the need for a new strategy in Afghanistan and the perils of double digit unemployment. With the President’s Tuesday announcement, another 30,000 troops will deploy to Afghanistan, while debate will continue regarding the possibility of a new “jobs” bill.

On Afghanistan
If one piece of the Afghanistan challenge is obvious, it’s that we have an incredibly strong and dedicated group of military men and women who continue to sacrifice on our behalf. They’ve made a commitment to ensure that Afghanistan will never again become a breeding ground for terrorists or terrorist organizations. We owe them our gratitude, but we also owe them our own commitment to match theirs with the tools and manpower they need to be successful.

I remain concerned about the President’s statements about an 18 month withdrawal, but I believe it is clear that the current environment demands a surge in forces and resources. Moving forward, however, the President must let the commanders and facts on the ground –not a Washington-driven political timetable – determine our policy and future strategy.

On a “Jobs” Bill
When Congress passed the $787 billion economic stimulus package earlier this year, the President and others promised that unemployment would not go higher than 8.5%. Unfortunately, even after this original “jobs bill,” the national unemployment rate now stands at 10% leading many in Washington to call for another round of “stimulus” legislation.

While I’ve long encouraged the President to focus on jobs and job-creation, this issue is greater than a jobs-summit photo-opp or a third stimulus package.

We must have policies that truly encourage private-sector job growth and economic expansion. We can’t afford to shoulder our job-creators with new taxes under a cap-and-trade regime or a trillion dollar health plan. We also can’t afford misguided regulations that will put the squeeze on the credit our businesses need to grow and expand.

Instead, we need to find consensus on cutting taxes for small businesses, on getting our fiscal house in order and on creating some level of certainty so our job-creators can plan and invest for the future. I’m encouraged by the President’s renewed – albeit belated – interest in job creation, but he must remember that rushing to spend more money on the same failed policies won’t help us meet these challenges.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact my office with your thoughts and concerns, it is truly an honor to serve you and your family.
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Lady Pioneers Fall to Lady Flames

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Glenville State Lady Pioneers fell to Liberty Lady Flames in an away game 45-86 on Saturday.

The lady Pioneers fall to 3-2, after seeing their three-game winning streak halted.

Glenville State shot just 19.2% (15-of-78) from the field and was held 54 points below its season scoring average.

Liberty, which improves to 6-1 on the season, grabbed a Vines Center-record 67 rebounds and racked up 64 points in the paint.

Glenville State shot just 20% (8-of-40) from the floor before the break.

Liberty scored the first six points of the second half, extending its overall run to 16-0. Back-to-back layups by Brown pushed the Lady Flames’ advantage to 22 points, at 45-23.

Four straight Glenville State tallies trimmed the Pioneers’ deficit to 18, 45-27, with 16:51 remaining on the second-half clock.

Layups by Avery Warley bookended a 9-0 Liberty run, which enabled the Lady Flames to double up Glenville State’s score once again, at 54-27.

The Pioneers never got any closer than 24 points down for the remainder of the game. Liberty’s lead reached 42 points, before the Lady Flames closed out their second 40-point home win of the season, 86-45.

Liberty was able to break the game open in the second half by making 75% (21-of-28) of its field goals, with all 21 made field goals coming in the paint. The Pioneers, on the other hand, shot only 18.4% (7-of-38) after halftime.

For the game, the Lady Flames made 61.4% (35-of-57) of their field goals and only attempted one three-pointer.

Conversely, 49 of the Pioneers’ 78 shots came from three-point range, which was the most triples ever attempted by a Liberty opponent. Glenville State connected on just seven of its three-point tries, for a 14.3% success rate.

Liberty, which ranks No. 10 nationally in rebounding margin, outrebounded the Pioneers by 38 caroms (67-29) on the afternoon.

Glenville State’s swarming defensive pressure translated into 15 steals and 33 Liberty turnovers.

Davis finished as the Glenville State leader in points (12), rebounds (4) and assists (3), while sharing the team lead with Deren in steals (3). Donita Adams, who entered the contest averaging a team-high 22.3 ppg, was limited to five points on Saturday. The Pioneers’ lone senior made only one of her 12 field goals.

Glenville State Lady Pioneers will remain on the road for its next contest, Tuesday at District of Columbia. The game will tip off at 6 PM.

Mystery Find Was an EGGaggerated Joke to Fool a Relative

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Case cracked! Mystery solved. A giant egg found by a hunter in the woods of West Virginia turned out to not be such a mystery after all.

In an attempt to fool his brother who is an avid hunter, Herbert Herold said he obtained an ostrich egg from the Benedict Haid Farm, located about three miles from where it was found in the woods by Sherman Farley.

Farley, also a hunter, found the egg first, and thus the mystery of the 4.5 pound, 18-inches in diameter egg was hatched.

Reportedly, the find found in the woods outside Clendenin, West Virginia, even stumped wildlife experts.

With Herold’s admission that it was no more than a practical joke aimed at one person, his brother, the mystery was solved, and Farley’s wife Rosie, now has an empty, bleached and sterilized ostrich egg as a trophy sitting on her kitchen counter.

WV First Lady - Gayle Manchin: December is the Month of Sharing and Giving

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Our family celebrated Thanksgiving this year in beautiful Canaan Valley, WV. Family members all arrived on Wednesday evening from varied points in and out of the state. By Friday, we awoke to a blanket of white snow on everything-a testimony to the beauty of our state and the peacefulness that comes from looking out on a winter wonderland.

Joe has said many times, “If we have blessings, then we have blessings to share.” At our Thanksgiving dinner, we remembered those who were without their loved ones, those who were missing from our table, and for those family members, who serve our country, who could not be together for the reunion. Our conversation later moved to Christmas and plans that needed to be made, presents that needed to be bought, and an even bigger conversation around what we could do for others, individually and collectively.

Christmas brings friends and family, neighbors and acquaintances together to celebrate the season not only with cheer and laughter but also with faith and hope. It’s the time of the year that opening our hearts can go a very long way in spreading help and happiness to others. Hopefully, these are a few ideas your family might adopt as a new holiday tradition of sharing the joy of giving.

One opportunity is through Toys for Tots, a nationwide program organized by the Marines that gives thousands of toys to children in need. Another national and local program is the Salvation Army’s “Angel Tree,” which provides much-needed clothing items, special needs gifts and other wished-for toys to our neediest children. In addition, the Salvation Army “Bell Ringers” are as much a part of the season as Santa Claus!

Programs like ‘S hop with a Cop” offer children of all ages the opportunity to actually select their gifts with donations made, from families in the community, to local police detachments. Many local organizations around the state plan special Christmas parties for children, in the community, who will not have Christmas at home.

Every community has shelters, children’s homes, and an array of agencies who serve our neediest citizens every day; therefore, I encourage each of you to choose a program, a home, a family, or one child to add to your Christmas list. It is not just about money; it can be sharing time, preparing a meal, packing food boxes, collecting for clothing drives-your blessings to others can come in your own unique way.

My special gift to my six grandchildren is a donation, in each of their names, to the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia. These gifts give my grandchildren “food for their soul,” but for those children served by the Children’s Home Society, it truly gives them hope of a brighter future, and the reassurance that someone does indeed care about them.

As you share your blessings with others, you are assuring that many families in West Virginia will have a more blessed Christmas and a healthier, happier New Year! Joe and I wish peace and joy to you and your families during this beautiful season.

Weekly Horoscope: 12.06-12.09

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Aries (Mar 21-Apr 19) - Interact with the ones you love on the 6th and 7th and you will improve your relationship. Join forces with someone that can help you fast-forward a project you are pursuing. Take stalk of what you have completed and what you have left to do on the 8th and 9th and you will find it much easier to organize your time and reach your goals. Networking or getting away with someone that can make a difference in your life on the 10th and 11th will influence your future as well as the relationship you have with this person. Emotional matters can be discussed and resolved on the 12th if you are honest and speak from the heart. Set of rules will help keep things running smoothly.

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Taurus (Apr 20-May 20) - Don’t divulge secret information on the 6th and 7th. You’ll face interference and emotional setbacks if you are too open or accommodating. Face opposition with dignity not force. Your intentions must be honorable on the 8th and 9th or you will end up in a power struggle with someone that accuses you of misinterpretation. Reserve judgment on the 10th and 11th and you will be the one who looks good in the end. Use your imagination to help someone that is carrying a huge burden and you will gain a friend and confident. Share your feelings on the 12th with someone you want to partner with and you will get the response and the help you need to pursue a personal goal.

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Gemini (May 21-Jun 20) - Keep things equal on the 6th and 7th. If someone offers help do so in return. Accept any invitation that allows you to participate in something challenging. You don’t have to spend money to get something you want to do off the ground on the 8th and 9th. Rely on your ingenuity and your ability to persuade others to foot the bill. Business and pleasure will go hand in hand on the 10th and 11th. Entertain the people you wish to do make a deal with and you will have something concrete to put on paper. Collect an old debt on the 12th or ask for financial assistance but before accepting help make sure you know what is expected in return. Nothing in life is free.

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Cancer (Jun 21-Jul 22) - Rely on the experiences you have had in the past on the 6th and 7th in order to make the right decisions and follow the correct path now. Establish rules that fit your current lifestyle. Don’t make accusations that may not be valid on the 8th and 9th. A feud will change the dynamics of a relationship that is precious to you. You need to get away on the 10th and 11th. Rest and relaxation will help rejuvenate you mentally and physically. Children will give you great insight into your lifestyle and the changes you should make. A profitable plan will be made possible on the 12th if you partner with someone that has the same goal. Turn a hobby into a profitable venture.

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Leo (Jul 23-Aug 22) - Let any confusion you are feeling run its course on the 6th and 7th. Wait until you feel confident before making a decision that will change your life. Put everything aside on the 8th and 9th and focus on love romance and what you can do to make your life better. Make choices that will allow you freedom to spend more time with someone you love. Home improvement projects or claiming a space that can be used for entertainment will enhance your life on the 10th and 11th. Surprise someone with your plans. Emotional problems will escalate on the 12th if you overspent on something that is questionable. A few slight changes can turn things around but you’ll have to act fast.

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Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22) - Reevaluate your schedule on the 6th and 7th and you will find something that you can pass along to someone else to take care of. Your time is valuable and must be allocated wisely. Someone will limit what you can do on the 8th and 9th by setting a strict budget or trying to bully you in to doing things you don’t care to do. Opt to do things alone rather than give in to an ultimatum. Set rules on the 10th and 11th and you will find it much easier to reach your goals. Your responsible actions will speak volumes about who you are and what you are capable of. Talks with children family or friends will lead to information that will change your way of thinking and your actions on the 12th.

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Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22) - Show how spirited you are on the 6th and 7th by taking part in something that will help others. Include the people you love most and make it an affair to remember. Don’t let emotional issues or private matters cloud your vision on the 8th and 9th causing you to fall short of your goals or promises made. Do not deviate off course. You’ll have a much better handle on the situation you face with friends neighbors and relatives on the 10th and 11th if you listen to the complaints being made. Make any corrections possible and you will regain control. A force play will turn in your favor on the 12th if you use your imagination to come up with feasible solutions that suit everyone.

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Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21) - Don’t dawdle on the 6th and 7th when there are so many counting on you to finish up your end of a project. Free up your time and help others move on. A past love may disrupt your personal life on the 8th and 9th. Be careful whom you share information with and how you present what you have to offer to others. Do what you can to fix up your surroundings on the 10th and 11th. The opportunity to make a move or to adjust your overhead is apparent. Your reluctance to take action will be your downfall. Take a power position on the 12th. Discuss your plans with someone that can contribute. Your emotional connection to this person will be what makes the difference.

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Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 21) - You need more adventure in your life on the 6th and 7th. Sign up for something challenging that you can incorporate into your future lifestyle. Don’t jump to conclusions on the 8th and 9th. You will face repercussions if you let your emotions get involved with issues that involve your work or status. Keep busy and avoid impulsive action. Travel or visit someone you feel close to on the 10th and 11th and you will get a much better view of your situation and the options you have to available. A move may be a consideration. Don’t be fooled on the 12th by a flimsy offer. There has to be a concrete plan in place for you to make a decision that will affect your whole life.

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Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 19) - Refuse to let anyone make you feel guilty on the 6th and 7th. Recount all the things you’ve done for others. Protect your assets and enjoy a little down time. Put some thought into your investments and how you can make them grow on the 8th and 9th. Don’t let someone lacking business savvy cause you to miss a great opportunity. Your past will come into play on the 10th and 11th. Get in touch with someone you would like to reconnect with and you will discover you have lots to talk about. Take care of personal matters on the 12th. Discuss your plans for the future with the people your decisions will affect and propose how you intend to move forward.

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Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18) - Outspoken and alert will be what’s required of you on the 6th and 7th. The response you receive will indicate what others will do to help or hinder your plans. A change in the way you feel about someone on the 8th and 9th will affect the decision you make regarding your home and your lifestyle. A move or a commitment will be beneficial. You will come into cash or receive an early gift on the 10th and 11th. Be thankful but smart with what you are given. Budget for something you really want and need. You will receive help on the 12th from someone you’ve always been able to count on. Do what you can to do something nice in return to ensure that you get future help.

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Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20) - You will have to go beyond the call of duty on the 6th and 7th if you want to fit in and excel. Flush out any problem before it escalates. Make changes that please others. Find out exactly what’s expected of you on the 8th and 9th before you get started on something that can affect your professional reputation. Working in unison with someone you respect on the 10th and 11th will be an experience that offers great rewards. Advancement can be yours if you contribute your original ideas. A partnership can develop that will further your interests. Formulate what you want on the 12th and prepare to negotiate a deal that will alter your life and your financial status.

Top DVD Rentals - 12.04.09

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TWTop RentalLWWOC
1Four Christmases Reese Witherspoon-1
2Angels & Demons Tom Hanks-1
3Funny People Adam Sandler-1
4Star Trek Chris Pine12
5The Ugly Truth Katherine Heigl33
6My Sister's Keeper Cameron Diaz22
7The Taking Of Pelham 123 Denzel Washington44
8G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra Channing Tatum54
9The Proposal Sandra Bullock67
10Up Ed Asner73

TW = This Week     LW = Last Week     WOC = Weeks On Charts

Marion W. Nichols

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Marion W. Nichols
Age 86, of Cairo, WV, died Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, at Parkersburg.

Mr. Nichols was born May 12, 1923, in Harrison County, WV. He was a son of the late William M. and Bessie Belle Rexroad Nichols.

Mr. Nichols is retired from Republic Steel of Canton, Ohio. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Germany and England. He is a member of the Cairo Baptist Church.

Mr. Nichols is survived by two brothers, James Nichols of Shinnston, WV, and Paul Nichols of Hepzibah, WV; and one sister, Catherine Hupp of Boise, Idaho.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Nichols was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Bernice Cunningham Nichols; three brothers, Eddie, John and Charles Nichols; one sister, Ruby Nichols; and a good friend, Ruth Henthorn.

Funeral services will be 1 PM Wednesday, Dec. 9, at the Raiguel Funeral Home of Cairo, with the Pastor Frank Vannoy officiating. Interment will follow the service at the Cairo IOOF Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4-8 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be expressed to the Nichols family at www.mcculloughrogersfuneralhome.com

Daily Prayer - 12.06.09

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Gracious God, there’s so much waiting in my life.
I wait in lines, I wait for a better job, I wait for others, I wait for financial security, I wait for a doctor’s report, I wait for love, I wait for pain to abate, and I even wait for death.
Sometimes the waiting erodes my joy and fills me with dread.
Help me find waiting to be the friend that invites me into the spaciousness of stillness.
Give me the grace to refrain from rushing ahead in order to bring waiting to an end.
Instead, let me find joy in the waiting itself.
I ask this for the sake of your love.
Amen.

12.06.09

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Today: 12.06.yyyy

Today is Sunday, Dec. 6, the 340th day of 2009. There are 25 days left in the year.

Thought for Today: “Marriage is a lottery in which men stake their liberty and women their happiness.“ — Madame Virginie de Rieux, 16th-century French writer.

Today’s Highlight in History:

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On Dec. 6, 1884, Army engineers completed construction of the Washington Monument by setting an aluminum capstone atop the obelisk.

In 1790, Congress moved to Philadelphia from New York. |

In 1889, Jefferson Davis, the first and only president of the Confederate States of America, died in New Orleans.

In 1907, the worst mining disaster in US history occurred as 362 men and boys died in a coal mine explosion in Monongah, W.V.

In 1917, some 2,000 people died when an explosives-laden French cargo ship collided with a Norwegian vessel at the harbor in Halifax, Nova Scotia, setting off a blast that devastated the city.

In 1922, the Irish Free State came into being under terms of the Anglo-Irish Treaty.

In 1939, the Cole Porter musical comedy “Du Barry Was a Lady” opened on Broadway.

In 1947, Everglades National Park in Florida was dedicated by President Harry S. Truman.

In 1957, America’s first attempt at putting a satellite into orbit failed as Vanguard TV3 rose about four feet off a Cape Canaveral launch pad before crashing down and exploding.

In 1969, a free concert by The Rolling Stones at the Altamont Speedway in Alameda County, Calif., was marred by the deaths of four people, including one who was stabbed by a Hell’s Angel.

In 1989, 14 women were shot to death at the University of Montreal’s school of engineering by a man who then took his own life.

Ten years ago: The Supreme Court, reconsidering its landmark Miranda ruling, agreed to decide whether police were still required to warn criminal suspects that they had a “right to remain silent.“ (The justices upheld that right the following June.) SabreTech, an aircraft maintenance company, was convicted of mishandling the oxygen canisters blamed for the cargo hold fire that caused the 1996 ValuJet crash in the Florida Everglades that killed 110 people. (Eight of the nine counts were later thrown out on appeal.)

Five years ago: Militants struck the US Consulate in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia with explosives and machine guns, killing nine people in an attack claimed by al-Qaida. Ohio certified President George W. Bush’s 119,000-vote victory over Democrat John Kerry, even as the Kerry campaign and third-party candidates prepared to demand a statewide recount. A dozen expensive homes under construction in Indian Head, Md., were deliberately burned down. (Five men either pleaded guilty or were convicted in the case; prosecutors had cited a variety of motives, including anger by some of the white perpetrators that most of the new homeowners were black.)

One year ago: President-elect Barack Obama said in a Saturday radio and Internet address that he’d asked his economic team for a recovery plan that would save or create more than 2 million jobs. Indicted Democratic US Rep. William Jefferson was ousted from his New Orleans area district in a special election won by Republican attorney Anh “Joseph” Cao, who became the first Vietnamese-American in Congress. A Greek youth, 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos, was shot to death during a confrontation with police in Athens, sparking two weeks of riots. Heiress Martha “Sunny” von Bulow, who’d spent the last 28 years of her life in a coma, died in New York City at age 76.

Today’s Birthdays:
Jazz musician Dave Brubeck is 89
Pro Football Hall of Famer Andy Robustelli is 84
Comedy performer David Ossman is 73
Actor Patrick Bauchau is 71
Country singer Helen Cornelius is 68
Actor James Naughton is 64
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is 64
R&B singer Frankie Beverly (Maze) is 63
Former Sen. Don Nickles, R-Okla., is 61
Actress JoBeth Williams is 61
Actor Tom Hulce is 56
Actor Kin Shriner is 56
Actor Wil Shriner is 56
Actor Miles Chapin is 55
Rock musician Rick Buckler (The Jam) is 54
Comedian Steven Wright is 54
Country singer Bill Lloyd is 54
Singer Tish Hinojosa is 54
Rock musician Peter Buck (R.E.M.) is 53
Rock musician David Lovering (Pixies) is 48
Actress Janine Turner is 47
Rock musician Ben Watt (Everything But The Girl) is 47
Writer-director Judd Apatow is 42
Rock musician Ulf “Buddha” Ekberg (Ace of Base) is 39
Writer-director Craig Brewer is 38
Actress Colleen Haskell is 33
Actress Lindsay Price is 33
Christian rock musician Jacob Chesnut (Rush of Fools) is 20

Mountaineers Headed To Gator Bowl

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West Virginia has accepted a bid to the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida following a 24-21 win over Rutgers.

The Mountaineers will face an A.C.C. team that invitation will be extended by Sunday.

Tickets for the January 1st bowl game will go on sale Saturday evening at www.wvugame.com.

WV Secret Meetings - 12.04.09

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Not A Good Week for Open Government in West Virginia

There are at least seven meetings listed in Friday’s edition of the State Register that violated the public notice requirements of the state open meetings law.

The agencies involved are the Wood County Development Authority, the Consolidated Investment Board, the Glenville State College Board of Governors, the Partnership to Promote Community Well-Being, the Agriculture Department’s State Committee, the West Virginia Tax Modernization Project, and Workforce West Virginia’s Investment Board.

The West Virginia Open Governmental Proceedings Act requires agencies to send meeting notices to the Secretary of State in time for notices to appear in the State Register five days prior to a scheduled meeting. Every week, the register lists the agencies that didn’t comply, thanks to the Secretary of State’s office, which kindly marks those agencies with an asterisk in the list of meetings published each Friday in the Register.

~~  by Ken Ward Jr.  - Charleston Gazette ~~

On page 7 of the Register, one of two GSC’s Meetings did not comply according to WV Secretary of State’s office.

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Please read the COMMENTS on this article before
reading this CommunityConcern by concerned citizens.

=============== Sunday, 12.06.09 - 9:30 AM =================

This is a clear signal that GSC Board of Governors does not like to follow any rulings or procedures.

We have not forgotten the public Bond hearings which had to be rescheduled due to technicality just because people found out about it.

To Mr. Larry Porter of Glenville State College, instead of making bogus accusations why haven’t you answered the questions raised by people instead of trying to control the media? Mistakes do happen, but this has become a routine policy of your establishment.

In your comment you wrote: “I guess it’s more fun to take the Corcoran approach and leave out pertinent information or misrepresent information so that the masses who won’t actually look into the story can be led to believe what you want them to about things”. Are you saying the “masses” are unintelligent? I beg to disagree, We may not be as privileged, but we do read the details. It is you that didn’t. Simply, we are not stupid as you have noted. The “ Masses” do follow the laws, but you have not. Keep in mind that laws were not written just for the “masses”, elites do have to follow them too. Shame on you.

Why didn’t GSC Board of Governors announce their meeting? It is apparent from your writing that possibly you may have something to do with it. Do you? Did you fail to comply?

Finally, If public is good enough to take the risk, and award GSC with $28,000,000.00 public bonds, don’t they deserve to know what is going on?

=============== Monday, 12.07.09 - 10:00 AM =================

Mr. Larry Porter, in defense of the writer whom you are accusing of hiding behind GFP, some of us are not lucky enough to get away with it like you have. Obviously, you are lucky enough to get away with it.
I cannot agree more with your ‘GiGo’ reference. The garbage that came out of you is what you have been fed.
Most of us ‘masses’ are not lucky enough like you and few others to have jobs created for us out of blue sky in an educational establishment. Jobs that were not again, legally advertised.
I have personally observed you in the mornings directing traffic so only select people can park in the parking spots that we have paid for? Is this part of your high price job? Otherwise we have seen you and few others doing just nothing and getting paid by taxpayers money.
We have to miss our classes because we are not good enough to park and have to miss our classes because of your action.
You talk about GSC jobs. We love our GSC and we ‘masses’ have been with it for a long time. We just did not happen to show up. Please watch what you say about Gilmer Countians as an outsider. We ‘masses’ do not like your attitude because who you are with. We appreciate what GSC provides for the community. We just want GSC involve the community and be honest.
From all these events apparently GSC has something to hide. This is how it seems.  Otherwise, the questions raised would have been answered by now.
Mr. Porter as I read earlier shame on you and shame on anyone who supports your ill action.

=============== Monday, 12.07.09 - 11:05 AM =================

We love GSC and there is nothing wrong with it. We do not like the ones who use GSC to gain and further their own interest which most of the time has nothing to do with education.

=============== Monday, 12.07.09 - 11:54 AM =================

We masses have to work from the bottom up and nothing gets handed to us.

=============== Monday, 12.07.09 - 12:52 PM =================

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=============== Monday, 12.07.09 - 02:15 PM =================

Mr. Porter, in one sentence you talk as if you are representing Glenville state and in the next you say you are giving your personal opinion. Make up your mind.

=============== Monday, 12.07.09 - 02:20 PM =================

Man, this guy really know how to make the people he worships look bad.

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