Kenneth Lee “Kenny” Self
Age 44 of Dusk Camp, Gilmer County departed this life Monday evening August 16, 2010 at Stouts Mills as a result of a timbering accident.
He was born May 22, 1966 in Lorraine County, Ohio a son of J. Danny and Wanda Goodrich Self who survive at Dusk Camp Road, Stouts Mills.
Kenny was a graduate of Gilmer County High School Class of 1984.
He started logging and timbering early in high school and became owner and operator of A & H Logging.
He was a member of the NRA; Wild Turkey Federation and an avid hunter and fisherman.
He was a member of the Dusk Camp Baptist Church.
On April 24, 1997 he was married to Amy M. Beall Self who survives at their Dusk Camp home along with his 2 sons Hunter and Levi Self.
One daughter survives, Annamoriah Self of Morgantown.
Amy and Kenny were expecting the birth of a daughter Arabella in November.
One brother and two sisters survive: James Danny Self Jr. of Hillsville, VA; Vicki D. Penner (Ed) of Carlisle, PA and Deanna Beron (Tom) of Sand Fork. He is also survived by his mother-in-law Millie Beall of Dusk Camp. His father-in-law was the late Hunter Beall.
Kenny was preceded in death by a son, Anderson Malachi on July 04, 2007.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM, Saturday, August 21, 2010 at the Sand Fork Baptist Church, Sand Fork with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.
Burial will follow in the Self Family Cemetery, Dusk Camp.
Friends may call 4:00-8:00 PM, Friday and one hour prior to services at the Church.
Ellyson Mortuary, Inc. is assisting the family of Kenny Self with arrangements.
Mrs. Sandra Ruth Hosay
Age 64, of 114 High Street, Weston, passed away at 9:20 AM on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following an extended illness.
She was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 26, 1945: daughter of the late Fredrick Larsen and Minda (Heskestad) Larsen of Westwood, NJ. In June of 1969 she married Frank Hosay, who preceded her in death in March of 1988.
In addition to her mother she is survived by one daughter Minda Briley and husband Brett of Pittsburgh, PA. Also surviving is one brother Jan Larsen of Stanford, CT.
Mrs. Hosay was a school teacher at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School.
She attended St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Weston, where she sang in the choir.
She was a member of the Buckhannon Community Theater and she loved to travel.
Family will receive friends at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 North Main Avenue Weston on Saturday, August 21, 2010 from 1-3 PM.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 3:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Father John Valentine officiating.
Private interment will be held on Monday, August 23, 2010 at the Niles City Cemetery in Niles, OH.
Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of the arrangements for Sandra Ruth Hosay.
Today is Thursday, Aug. 19, the 231st day of 2010. There are 134 days left in the year.
Thought for Today: “A mere madness, to live like a wretch and die rich.“ - Robert Burton, English author (1577-1640).
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Aug. 19, 1960, a tribunal in Moscow convicted American U2 pilot Francis Gary Powers of espionage, two days after his 31st birthday. (Although sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment, Powers was returned to the United States in 1962 as part of a prisoner exchange.)
On this date:
In 1812, the USS Constitution defeated the British frigate Guerriere off Nova Scotia during the War of 1812.
In 1909, the first automobile races were run at the just-opened Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
In 1918, “Yip! Yip! Yaphank,“ a musical revue by Irving Berlin featuring Army recruits from Camp Upton in Yaphank, N.Y., opened on Broadway.
In 1934, a plebiscite in Germany approved the vesting of sole executive power in Adolf Hitler.
In 1942, during World War II, about 6,000 Canadian and British soldiers launched a disastrous raid against the Germans at Dieppe, France, suffering more than 50-percent casualties.
In 1955, severe flooding in the northeastern U.S. claimed some 200 lives.
In 1976, President Gerald R. Ford won the Republican presidential nomination at the party’s convention in Kansas City.
In 1980, 301 people aboard a Saudi Arabian L-1011 died as the jetliner made a fiery emergency return to the Riyadh airport.
In 1990, Leonard Bernstein (BURN’-styn) conducted what turned out to be the last concert of his career at Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass. with the Boston Symphony Orchestra; the program ended with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.
In 1991, Soviet hard-liners announced to a shocked world that President Mikhail S. Gorbachev had been removed from power. (The coup attempt collapsed two days later.)
Ten years ago:
• Norwegian divers with video equipment went down to the sunken Russian submarine Kursk in a final attempt to find survivors trapped for a week, even though Russian officials said all 118 seamen aboard were probably dead.
Five years ago:
• A Texas jury found pharmaceutical giant Merck and Co. liable for the death of a man who’d taken the once-popular painkiller Vioxx, awarding his widow $253.4 million in damages. (Texas caps on punitive damages reduced that figure to about $26 million; a Texas court overturned the verdict in May 2008.)
• Attackers firing Katyusha rockets narrowly missed a U.S. amphibious assault ship docked at the Red Sea resort of Aqaba, but killed a Jordanian soldier.
• Britain’s former Northern Ireland chief, Mo Mowlam, died in Canterbury, England; she was 55.
One year ago:
• Suicide bombers struck Iraq’s finance and foreign ministries, killing more than 100 people.
• Four members of an elite Army special operations unit were killed when their helicopter crashed on a Colorado mountain during a training mission.
• Don Hewitt, the TV news pioneer who created CBS’ “60 Minutes,“ died at his Long Island, N.Y. home at age 86.
Actor L.Q. Jones is 83
Actress Debra Paget is 77
Eastern Tennis Hall of Famer Renee Richards is 76
Baseball All-Star Bobby Richardson is 75
Actress Diana Muldaur is 72
Rock musician Ginger Baker (Cream, Blind Faith) is 71
Singer Johnny Nash is 70
Actress Jill St. John is 70
Actor and former U.S. senator Fred Thompson is 68
Singer Billy J. Kramer is 67
Country singer-songwriter Eddy Raven is 66
Rock singer Ian Gillan (Deep Purple) is 65
Former President Bill Clinton is 64
Tipper Gore, wife of former Vice President Al Gore, is 62
Actor Gerald McRaney is 62
Rock musician John Deacon (Queen) is 59
Actor-director Jonathan Frakes is 58
Political consultant Mary Matalin is 57
Actor Peter Gallagher is 55
Actor Adam Arkin is 54
Singer-songwriter Gary Chapman is 53
Actor Martin Donovan is 53
Football Hall-of-Famer Anthony Munoz is 52
Rhythm-and-blues singer Ivan Neville is 51
Actor Eric Lutes is 48
Actor John Stamos is 47
Actress Kyra Sedgwick is 45
Actor Kevin Dillon is 45
Country singer Lee Ann Womack is 44
TV reporter Tabitha Soren is 43
Country singer-songwriter Mark McGuinn is 42
Rapper Nate Dogg is 41
Actor Matthew Perry is 41
Country singer Clay Walker is 41
Rapper Fat Joe is 40
Olympic gold medal tennis player Mary Joe Fernandez is 39
Actress Tracie Thoms is 35
Country singer Rissi (REE’-see) Palmer is 29
Actress Erika Christensen is 28
Pop singer Missy Higgins is 27
Country singer Karli Osborn is 26
Olympic silver medal snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis is 25
Actor J. Evan Bonifant is 25
Rapper Romeo is 21
Rockefeller to FCC: Fix Broken Universal Service System
~~ Inadequate System Means Many Rural Areas Still Lack Service ~~
Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, sent a letter to all five commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging them to fix inadequacies in the current universal service system.
As implemented by the FCC, the existing high-cost universal service system—which was over $4.2 billion last year—is designed to subsidize the cost of telephone service in rural and high-cost regions of the country. The bulk of the support goes to telephone companies, but support also goes to providers of wireless service. Today, the high-cost fund does not directly provide support for broadband service.
The letter comes on the heels of a Commerce Committee hearing in June, which examined how the current system is working, and what can be done to make sure rural areas throughout the country have broadband and wireless services on par with those available in urban areas. Additional information on the committee hearing can be found here.
“In West Virginia, as many as one in five households lack access to broadband service. Only 71% of the state’s population has access to 3G wireless service. This is profoundly unacceptable,” Rockefeller said. “The existing universal service system has shortchanged too many residents of rural communities. West Virginians—and all Americans—deserve the same access to quality communications as those in more urban areas. This is not just my opinion—it’s the law.”
TechNews: Microsoft Links New Smart Phones to Xbox Live
Microsoft is bringing its video-game expertise to the forthcoming Windows Phone 7 line, an attempt to capitalize on the success of the Xbox 360 as the software maker tries to compete with Apple’s iPhone.
Microsoft says a dedicated group inside of Microsoft Game Studios will develop video games for Windows phones, help outside game publishers and scout out small, independent game makers. Video game companies will be able to use the same tools to make a game for a Windows phone or for the Xbox 360 console.
The company is also announcing a preliminary lineup of games that will be available when the phones go on sale during the holidays. The list includes popular Xbox 360 console games such as “Halo Waypoint,“ “Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst” and “Guitar Hero 5,“ as well as newcomers including “ilomilo,“ a puzzle game in which players try to unite cute little cartoon critters separated by increasingly tricky paths and mazes.
Microsoft is linking the Windows phone games hub to its Xbox Live service, which about 25 million Xbox and PC gamers already use to check out new games, keep track of scores and send messages to fellow players. On Windows phones, Xbox live members will be able to do those things, plus interact with their animated game-world avatar - a cartoon character customized to look like them.
The software maker plans to make its games-related announcements Tuesday at a video game conference in Germany.
While Microsoft has been working on its next-generation smart phone system, the iPhone and devices running Google Inc.‘s Android system have exploded in popularity. Apple, in particular, has advertised its iPhone and iPod Touch - essentially an iPhone without the phone - as ideal mobile gaming devices.
Microsoft’s Xbox chops may help sway some phone buyers who are already into video games. The company is also hoping that Xbox Live on Windows Phone 7 devices might get a boost from the upcoming launch of Kinect, a motion-sensing game controller for the Xbox 360. Like the Nintendo Wii, Kinect is expected to lure people who haven’t traditionally been interested in video games.
It has been months now since the new healthcare reform bill was passed into law. As is so typical, this massive piece of legislation was passed with a sense of urgency so acute that leadership declared America could not afford to wait until legislators, their staff and the general public had time to thoroughly read the bill.
The truth comes out eventually, however. Much like the recently discovered exemption from Freedom of Information Act requirements for the SEC that was slipped into the equally massive and “urgent” financial reform bill, we are finally seeing what other insidiousness has been hiding in the fine print of the healthcare reform bill. It seems that all provisions in this poorly written and poorly conceived monstrosity need to be repealed as soon as possible.
One such disaster-waiting-to-happen is one of the revenue generating provisions used to claim that the healthcare reform bill was “paid for”. $17 billion in additional tax revenues is supposed to come from an onerous new IRS reporting requirement that any taxpayer with business income who spends over $600 in one year with one business will have to report those expenditures to the IRS. Mind you, this is a cumulative total of $600 in transactions in one year. This will involve so much extra accounting and paperwork that the IRS claims it will be unable to deal with it effectively, and even the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (to whom it should be a boon) has come out against it! Apparently they realize they will actually lose customers, especially small businesses, to bankruptcy because of this!
Gold dealers are especially alarmed by this provision, as most of their transactions easily top $600. This represents a significant outlay of time and paperwork and no additional revenue for businesses with which to hire people. Not to mention this makes every business a de facto IRS agent, as if they didn’t have enough to worry about already!
Of course, there is a tremendous outcry against this. Several other legislators also see how unreasonable this is and are trying to repeal it. However, this would simply mean that $17 billion in healthcare funding will have to come from somewhere else, and there are no good options. Taxes from some other equally bad collection scheme? Borrowing and more debt? Creating more money from thin air and adding to inflationary pressures?
The best answer, of course, would be to repeal the entire health care law, along with all other unconstitutional spending. But Congress is more likely to continue the shell game to cover the fact that we are broke and can afford none of this.
This whole idea of “paying for” new programs is a political euphemism that suggests that raising taxes is just as good as cutting spending since neither one increases the national debt. Raising taxes and overwhelming small businesses with paperwork and regulations still increases governmental burden on our fragile economy. But this is our government’s idea of “fiscal restraint” in action. Washington needs to stop creating new programs and spending so much money. That would be true fiscal restraint.
USDA Reminder: Sign-Up Deadline for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)
USDA Reminds Producers of Approaching Sign-Up Deadline for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).
The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers that the deadline to enroll in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up is quickly approaching.
Farmers and ranchers have until close of business on Friday, August 27, 2010, to offer eligible land for CRP’s competitive general sign-up.
Applications can be completed by land owners at the FSA county office where their farm records are maintained.
The 2008 Farm Bill authorized USDA to maintain CRP enrollment up to 32 million acres.
In addition to producers signing up for the first time, CRP participants with existing contracts that are scheduled to expire on September 30, 2010, may elect to re-enroll under a new 10-15 year contract.
Cropland that is highly erodible, or within a national or state Conservation Priority Area, or is covered under an expiring CRP contract is generally eligible to be enrolled into CRP, provided all other eligibility requirements are met.
Contracts awarded under this 39th sign-up are scheduled to become effective October 01, 2010.
CRP is a voluntary program that helps farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers protect their environmentally sensitive land.
Producers enrolling in CRP plant long-term, resource-conserving covers in exchange for rental payments, cost-share and technical assistance.
In addition to the general sign-up, CRP’s continuous sign-up program is ongoing.
Continuous acres represent the most environmentally desirable and sensitive land.
For more information on the general CRP sign-up, or the continuous CRP sign-up, producers should contact their local FSA county office, or visit www.fsa.usda.gov.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.
To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights,1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll-free 800.795.3272 or 800.877.8339 (TDD)
Melodie Bailey, CED
Gilmer-Calhoun FSA Office
201 E. Main St., Rm. 122
Glenville, WV 26351
Area Counties’ Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Report for 2009-10
West Virginia public school students did better in math and reading/language arts when they took the WESTEST2 last spring.
The state Department of Education released the results Monday. They show the most improvement among 7th graders who were tested in math and 3rd graders in the reading category. The only drop came in reading testing for 11th graders.
State School Superintendent Dr. Steve Paine says he’s pleased test results were up along with the number of schools meeting Adequate Yearly Progress.
Paine says West Virginia now has a more difficult test than it used to and it’s also more difficult for students to reach mastery. Paine told reporters Monday the goal is to help West Virginia students compete on a national and international level.
“The rigor of this test is very much like the rigor of the Nation’s Report Card and the TIMSS test (International Math-Science test),“ Paine said.
The superintendent says West Virginia will now be able to do comparisons with students in other states and other countries in a very meaningful way.
“We have really raised the bar,“ Paine said. “We have made a self-correction, nobody made us do it, but we did this because we think it’s the right thing to be transparent with our parents and our kids.“
The testing last spring was the second year for the WESTEST2.
Since April, several small quakes have been reported in areas near Flatwoods, Sutton and Gassaway.
The latest came at about 2:30 AM Monday when the U.S. Geological Survey recorded a 2.5 magnitude earthquake in an area about ten miles east of Flatwoods.
There was no damage reported and no injuries.
Chapman says the frequency of the quakes may or may not be a clue to what is causing them.
Some residents claim drilling is causing the underground slips. Chapman says that is a possibility.
“It’s been seen in other parts of the country, sometimes, when you do fluid injection, if that’s what’s going on up there, it can have the potential for causing, inducing some earthquakes.“
Chapman says he can only speculate, though.
“In a natural situation, the earthquakes, they’re pretty much unpredictable. You can’t say exactly when the next one’s going to be. But, if you do something to weaken the rock mass, for example if you pump water into the ground under pressure, you actually lubricate those faults.“
Chapman says Central West Virginia is not really a region that is in severe danger of a larger quake.
“I don’t think that that would be a very likely possibility,“ he said.
City of Glenville: Public Notice Regarding Unpaid Municipal Fees
August 16, 2010
To All Interested Agencies, Groups, and Persons:
West Virginia State Code §8-13-13, “Special Charges for Municipal Services” gives the City of Glenville the authority to collect fees which are imposed through the Municipal Service Fee Ordinance (400-01) which was enacted March 7th, 1991. Furthermore, West Virginia Code §8-13-14, “Penalties”, allows the City of Glenville to enact penalties for the violation of the ordinance.
The Municipal Service Fee was established for the purpose of police protection, parks and recreational facilities, street cleaning, street lighting, street maintenance, and street improvements within the City of Glenville. The public health, safety, comfort and general welfare of the citizens and residents of the City require the installation, continuance, maintenance, or improvement of said services and the revenues of the City are not sufficient, giving due regard to other necessary costs and expenses of the City government, to pay the expenses thereof.
The fee is imposed upon the respective owners, as of July 1st of each fiscal year, of all residential, commercial, industrial, governmental, or other buildings and structures of every kind and nature regardless of the types of construction. A municipal service fee in the amount of .0229 cent(s) per square foot of floor space of such residential, commercial, industrial, governmental or other buildings or structures will be levied.
The municipal service fee for the year shall be due and payable on or before the first day of November, or 60 days after the statement date, whichever is later. Failure to pay the fee by the deadline shall be deemed a delinquency and interest shall accrue on the unpaid balance owed at the rate of ten per cent (10%) per annum until paid. Any individual, corporation, or other person or business charged with the municipal service fee hereby levied and imposed, can also declared guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction, the violator shall be punished by a fine of not more than $500.00.
The City of Glenville is offering a grace period which will end on September 30, 2010. During this grace period, the City will waive any interest that has accrued on an unpaid account. Fees billed through FY 2007-2009 will be collected. Anything billed prior to FY 2007, will also be forgiven.
On October 1st, 2010, the City will publish the names, addresses, and unpaid fee amount(s) of property owners with delinquent accounts. At this time, the unpaid interest will be added. A fee of $5.00 will be charged for each property owner whose name is published.
Questions regarding the municipal service fee can be directed to:
The City of Glenville
20 North Court Street
Glenville, WV 26351
How Much Is Enough? America’s Runaway Military Spending
The August 09 announcement by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates of cost-containment measures at the Defense Department should not obscure two underlying facts.
First, as he conceded, these proposed economies will not result in cutting the overall Pentagon budget, which is slated for expansion.
And, second, as a Washington Post article reported, “defense officials characterized them as a political preemptive strike to fend off growing sentiment elsewhere in Washington to tackle the federal government’s soaring deficits by making deep cuts in military spending.“
But why should anyone want to cut the U.S. military budget?
One reason is that—with $549 billion requested for basic military expenditures and another $159 billion requested for U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—the record $708 billion military spending called for by the Obama administration for fiscal 2011 will be nearly equivalent to the military spending of all other nations in the world combined. When it comes to military appropriations, the U.S. government already spends about seven times as much as China, thirteen times as much as Russia, and seventy-three times as much as Iran.
Is this really necessary? During the Cold War, the United States confronted far more dangerous and numerous military adversaries, including the Soviet Union. And the U.S. government certainly possessed an enormous and devastating military arsenal, as well as the armed forces that used it. But in those years, U.S. military spending accounted for only 26 percent of the world total. Today, as U.S. Congressman Barney Frank has observed, “we have fewer enemies and we’re spending more money.“
Where does this vast outlay of U.S. tax dollars—the greatest military appropriations in U.S. history—go? One place is to overseas U.S. military bases. According to Chalmers Johnson, a political scientist and former CIA consultant, as much as $250 billion per year is used to maintain some 865 U.S. military facilities in more than forty countries and overseas U.S. territories.
The money also goes to fund vast legions of private military contractors. A recent Pentagon report estimated that the Defense Department relies on 766,000 contractors at an annual cost of about $155 billion, and this figure does not include private intelligence organizations. A Washington Post study, which included all categories, estimated that the Defense Department employs 1.2 million private contractors.
Of course, enormously expensive air and naval weapons systems—often accompanied by huge cost over-runs—account for a substantial portion of the Pentagon’s budget. But exactly who are these high tech, Cold War weapons to be used against? Certainly they have little value in a world threatened by terrorism. As Congressman Frank has remarked: “I don’t think any terrorist has ever been shot by a nuclear submarine.“
Furthermore, when bemoaning budget deficits, Americans should not forget the enormous price the United States has paid for its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to the highly-respected National Priorities Project, their cost, so far, amounts to $1.06 trillion. (For those readers who are unaccustomed to dealing with a trillion dollar budget, that’s $1,060,000,000,000.)
When calculating the benefits and losses of these kinds of expenditures, we should also include the opportunities forgone through military spending. How many times have government officials told us that there is not enough money available for health care, for schools, for parks, for the arts, for public broadcasting, for unemployment insurance, for law enforcement, and for maintenance of America’s highway, bridge, and rail infrastructure?
Admittedly, there are other reasons for America’s failure to use its substantial wealth to provide adequate care for its own people. Some Americans, driven by mean-spiritedness or greed, resent the very idea of sharing with others. Furthermore, years of tax cuts for the wealthy have diminished public revenues.
Even so, it is hard to deny that there is a heavy price being paid for making military power the nation’s top priority. With more than half of U.S. government discretionary spending going to feed the Pentagon, we should not be surprised that—in America, at least—it is no longer considered feasible to use public resources to feed the hungry, heal the sick, or house the homeless.
We would do well to recall an observation by one of the great prophets of our time, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.“
Preheat the oven to 450°F.
Coat a 13” x 9” baking dish with vegetable oil spray.
In a large bowl, combine the rice, oregano, and 2 tablespoons of the cheese.
Stir in the beef until combined.
Scatter the zucchini into the reserved baking dish in a single layer.
Using a small ice cream scoop, shape the meat mixture into sixteen 1 1/2” balls.
Place the meatballs on top of the zucchini.
Drizzle with the marinara sauce.
Cover with aluminum foil.
Bake for about 22 minutes, or until the meatballs are no longer pink.
Uncover and top with the remaining 2 tablespoons of cheese.
Let sit in the oven for about 1 minute, or until the cheese melts slightly.
One can get the message of today’s parable without understanding all the details.
The chance of a life-time was offered and refused—for frivolous reasons.
But invitations to that wedding are still being sent out.
God invites everyone to the wedding feast of heaven.
My parents accepted on my behalf when they had me baptised.
The Christian life I endeavour to lead tells God that I am still interested.
Even so, it is possible to make a poor preparation for that great event that will go on forever.
One does not go along to a wedding empty-handed.
One brings a gift to show appreciation of the invitation and friendship.
What gifts am I getting ready now for God?
Ezekiel 36:23-28. I will pour clean water on you and wash away all your sins—Ps 50(51):12-15, 18-19. Matthew 22:1-14.
* For the Rhode Island public school threatened with lawsuit by the ACLU unless it removes a 52-year-old banner asking for God’s guidance from its cafeteria walls.
Frederick L. James
Age 83, of Frametown, died August 14, 2010.
He was born October 05, 1926 in Frametown, WV (Braxton County).
He was a retired carpenter and belonged to the Mid Atlantic United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local Union 1207 and worked for various contracting companies in the Charleston, WV area. Previously he was the owner and operator of the James Cabinet Shop between Gassaway and Sutton where he specialized in kitchen cabinetry.
During World War II he served in the Army492nd Air Service Group as a Cryptographic Technician and worked in various locations of Europe. He belonged to the Gassaway Order of the Eastern Star #32 and was a 50+ year member of the Gassaway Masonic Lodge #133. He was a Methodist by faith and a 50+ year member of the Spruce Grove United Methodist Church in Frametown, WV. He was also involved in the Boy Scouts of America for many years and served as a Scoutmaster in the Frametown area.
He was preceded in death by his father, Willis Junie James in 1973; mother, Belva Arlene (Long) James in 1983; Brother-in-laws: Raymond Snyder in 2000, Rex Dillon in 2001, Rev. Rondal C. Browning in 2010; and his wife of over 50 years, Nola June James in 2003.
Surviving are one son, Danny L. James of Daytona Beach Shores, Florida; one daughter, Janet L. Lemon and husband, John D. Lemon of Elkview, WV; one sister, Patricia Ann Dillon of Dover, Florida; Three grandchildren, Jennifer L Wentz and husband Aaron Wentz of Charleston, WV, Jonathan D. James and Nicholas R. James of Warrentown, VA; three great grandchildren, Garrett Wentz and twin girls Katie and Teri Wentz of Charleston, WV as well as many nieces, nephews and other extended family members.
Fred was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. His hobbies included woodworking and making grandfather clocks after he retired. He was a faithful member of the Spruce Grove United Methodist church where he volunteered his skills and talents to the betterment of the church for any years. He enjoyed attend the Gassaway Masonic Lodge and was a very devoted member who mentored many young inductees over the years. Fred will be sadly missed by all those who loved him or were associated with him.
The family would like to give special, heartfelt thanks to Sarina Riffle for her tender, loving care during the difficult months of Fred’s declined health along with Evelyn Deal, who both exhibited kind and unyielding dedication to his home health care needs. Also to Hospices Care Corporation of Burnsville, WV who provided the family with generous professional support in his final days.
Funeral service were held on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at 11:00 AM at the Spruce Grove United Methodist Church, Frametown, WV with the Rev. Johnny Conrad and Rev. Melvin Browning officiating. Burial followed in the Sugar Creek Cemetery, with military and Masonic rites.
Friends called at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home from 6 to 9 PM on Tuesday, August 17, 2010.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Spruce Grove United Methodist Church, c/o Jo Ellen Smith, PO Box 54, Frametown, WV 26623.
Larry Francis “Mouse” Lantz
Age 66, of 1796 Gee Lick Road Weston passed away at 4:20 AM on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 in United Hospital Center of Clarksburg following an extended illness.
He was born in Lewis County on December 01, 1943: son of the late Arthur Lantz and Helen (Butcher) Lantz.
On December 12, 1988, he married Connie Marie (Fisher) Lantz, who survives.
Larry is also survived by one daughter: Lisa Lantz Bradshaw and husband Michael of Raleigh, NC, one son: Todd Allen Lantz and wife Carly of Clayton, NC and two step sons: James Stalnaker and D. J. Stalnaker both of McWhorter. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Jana Claire Bradshaw, Davis Christian Lantz, Cody, Brooklynn and Preston Stalnaker and a special niece: Cloe Danelle. Also surviving are two brothers: Harvey Lantz of Pittsburgh, PA and Kenny Lantz of Ft. Myers, FL, one sister: Diana Blythe of Dallas, TX and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Lantz was a retired utility man with Dominion Natural Gas Company. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose of Weston and the Deerfield Country Club of Jane Lew. He was also a veteran of the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Larry enjoyed fishing, camping, gardening and golfing, but really loved spending time with his kids and grandkids.
Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Thursday, August 19, 2010 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11:00 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend David Riddle officiating.
Interment will follow services in Broad Run Cemetery of Jane Lew.
Full military honors will be conducted by the Lewis County Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to People’s Hospice P. O. Box 1680 Clarksburg, WV 26301.
Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for Larry Francis “Mouse” Lantz
Dennis Lynn Norman
Age 67, of 603 Simpson Run Road Weston passed away at 11:20 PM on Monday, August 16, 2010 in Ruby Memorial Hospital of Morgantown surrounded by his loving family following a sudden illness.
He was born in Weston on November 18, 1942: son of the late Dennis Lee Norman and Vera (Queen) Lamb.
On June 30, 2000, he married Sheila (Marple) Norman, who survives.
Mr. Norman is also survived by one son: Dennis Mark Norman and wife Deborah Kay of Bridgeport and two grandchildren: Kayla Dawn Norman and Dennis Zackery Norman. He is also survived by three siblings: Kathryn Kemper and husband Joe of Gilmer County, Michael Preston Norman and wife Linda of Lost Creek and Suzanne Norman Bradford of Lost Creek, one niece: Julie K. Norman and one nephew: Michael John Norman.
Mr. Norman retired as a member of the staff development of Sharp Hospital of Weston. He was a college professor at West Virginia Wesleyan and taught at Lewis County High School and Adult Education classes in Weston. He was a graduate of Weston High School with the “Class of 1960.” Dennis was an announcer and a DJ for WDTV Channel 5 and was an announcer for WHAW. He was an author of several books.
Mr. Norman was veteran of the United States Army and the United States Army National Guards with a rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He served with the 1097th Engineering Battalion overseas where he served as battalion commander. He later oversaw operations at Camp Dawson here in West Virginia.
Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Friday, August 20, 2010 from 5-8 PM. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11:00 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Russell Furr officiating. Interment will follow services in Fairview IOOF Cemetery of Jane Lew. Full military honors will be conducted by the Lewis County Honor Guards.
Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is charge of arrangements.
Virginia Lucille (Thayer) Green
of Sutton, passed away August 13, 2010 at the home of her daughter in Ashville, OH.
She was born December 17, 1913 in Braxton County, WV, daughter of the late Howard Thayer and Bessie Mae James Thayer.
In addition to her parents, Virginia was preceded in death by her infant son Ronald; husband Olen Green; brothers Herbert, Charles, and Gilbert J. Thayer; sister Frances (Floyd) Greene; and special son-in-law Gene Von Ins.
Surviving are her daughter Patricia Von Ins; two grandchildren Karen and Don, and three great grandchildren: Branden and Jessie Von Ins and Ryan Gray all of Ashville OH.
She is survived by one sister-in-law, Pauline (Greene) Thayer of Lafayette, LA and several nieces and nephews.
Viewing will be at the Greene-Robertson Funeral Home in Sutton from 12 Noon until 2 PM on Sunday, August 22. Funeral service will follow.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Skidmore Cemetery, 240 S. Franklin Ave., Sutton, WV 26601.
Today is Wednesday, Aug. 18, the 230th day of 2010. There are 135 days left in the year.
Thought for Today: “The self-hatred that destroys is the waste of unfulfilled promise.“ - Moss Hart, American playwright and director (1904-1961).
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Aug. 18, 1587, Virginia Dare became the first child of English parents to be born on American soil, on what is now Roanoke Island in North Carolina. (However, the Roanoke colony ended up mysteriously disappearing.)
On this date:
In 1838, the first marine expedition sponsored by the U.S. government set sail from Hampton Roads, Va.; the crews traveled the southern Pacific Ocean, gathering scientific information.
In 1846, U.S. forces led by General Stephen W. Kearny captured Santa Fe, N.M.
In 1894, Congress established the Bureau of Immigration.
In 1910, floral delivery service FTD began under the name Florists’ Telegraph Delivery (the “T” now stands for “Transworld”).
In 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which guaranteed the right of all American women to vote, was ratified as Tennessee became the 36th state to approve it.
In 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King dedicated the Thousand Islands Bridge connecting the United States and Canada.
In 1958, the novel “Lolita” by Vladimir Nabokov was first published in New York by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, almost three years after it was originally published in Paris.
In 1963, James Meredith became the first black student to graduate from the University of Mississippi.
In 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in Bethel, N.Y. wound to a close after three nights with a mid-morning set by Jimi Hendrix.
In 1976, two U.S. Army officers were killed in Korea’s demilitarized zone as a group of North Korean soldiers wielding axes and metal pikes attacked U.S. and South Korean soldiers.
In 1983, Hurricane Alicia slammed into the Texas coast, leaving 21 dead and causing more than a billion dollars’ worth of damage.
Ten years ago:
• Fresh from the Democratic National Convention, Al Gore and Joseph Lieberman shoved off from the banks of the Mississippi on a riverboat cruise to stir excitement for their freshly launched White House campaign.
Five years ago:
• Cindy Sheehan, who’d started an anti-war demonstration near President George W. Bush’s Texas ranch nearly two weeks earlier, left the camp after learning her mother had suffered a stroke, but told supporters the protest would go on.
• A judge in Wichita, Kan. sentenced BTK serial killer Dennis Rader to ten consecutive life terms, the maximum the law would allow.
• Pope Benedict XVI began his first foreign trip as pontiff in low-key style, returning to his “beloved” German homeland.
One year ago:
• Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, during his first visit to Washington in five years, offered lavish praise of President Barack Obama; for his part, Obama spoke of an “extraordinary opportunity” for making peace in the Middle East.
• Ohio executed Jason Getsy, a murder-for-hire triggerman, for killing the mother of his intended target.
• Robert Novak, the combative TV and newspaper pundit, died in Washington, D.C. at 78.
• Former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung died at age 85.
Former first lady Rosalynn Carter is 83
Academy Award-winning director Roman Polanski is 77
Attorney and author Vincent Bugliosi is 76
Olympic gold medal decathlete Rafer Johnson is 75
Actor-director Robert Redford is 74
Singer Johnny Preston is 71
Actor Christopher Jones is 69
Actor Henry G. Sanders is 68
Rhythm-and-blues singer Sarah Dash (LaBelle) is 67
Actor-comedian Martin Mull is 67
Rock musician Dennis Elliott is 60
Comedian Elayne Boosler is 58
Country singer Steve Wilkinson (The Wilkinsons) is 55
Actor Denis Leary is 53
Actress Madeleine Stowe is 52
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (GYT’-nur) is 49
News anchor Bob Woodruff is 49
The president of Mexico, Felipe Calderon, is 48
Bluegrass musician Jimmy Mattingly is 48
Actor Adam Storke is 48
Actor Craig Bierko (BEER’-koh) is 45
Rock singer-musician Zac Maloy (The Nixons) is 42
Rock singer and hip-hop artist Everlast is 41
Rapper Masta Killa (Wu-Tang Clan) is 41
Actor Christian Slater is 41
Actor Edward Norton is 41
Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner is 40
Actress Kaitlin Olson is 35
Actor-writer-director Hadjii is 34
Rock musician Dirk Lance is 34
Actor-comedian Andy Samberg (TV: “Saturday Night Live”) is 32
Actress Parker McKenna Posey is 15
The Glenville State College Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble, under the direction of GSC Assistant Professor of Music and Fine Arts Department Chair Lloyd Bone Jr., performed this summer in Tucson, Arizona.
The group was one of only twenty-two collegiate and university tuba and euphonium ensembles from around the world invited to perform at the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference (ITEC) staged at the University of Arizona.
The conference is a huge bi-annual event that showcases some of the finest low brass performers, educators, ensembles and researchers from around the world.
The GSC Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble visited the Grand Canyon on their trip to Arizona.
Pictured left to right, (front row) Timmothy Walker, Professor Lloyd Bone Jr., Jessica Patterson, Stephanie Sumner
(second row) Ryan Deems, Kenny Noland, Leon Hart, Matthew Sumner, (back row) Chris Baber, and Travis Truax
This was a major honor for the GSC Department of Fine Arts as they were the only group of their type from West Virginia invited. Along with the Penn State Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble, they were also one of only two ensembles representing this entire region of the United States.
The GSC performers were:
• Matthew Sumner of Gilmer County, West Virginia
• Ryan Deems of Bridgeport, West Virginia
• Kenny Noland of Oakland, Maryland
• Stephanie Sumner of Gassaway, West Virginia
• Jessica Patterson of New Enterprise, Pennsylvania
• Travis Truax of St. Mary’s, West Virginia
• Leon Hart of Parkersburg, West Virginia
• Chris Baber of Craigsville, West Virginia
• Timmothy Walker of Coolville, Ohio
Half of the group flew to the conference, while the other half traveled by van with Professor Bone.
The drive from Glenville to Tucson was roughly thirty-six hours and was done with only restroom and meal breaks!
At the end of the conference the group was treated with a trip from the very southernmost part of Arizona to the northern part of the state to visit the Grand Canyon!
Senior Music Education major Stephanie Sumner said, “The trip was a great experience and I am so glad we got to go. It provided us with a lot of new information, a chance to meet people and an opportunity to see some incredible places we may never get to see again. I am thankful for those who helped send us on this trip because without them we would not have had this great experience.”
Ryan Deems, senior music education major said, “It was a fantastic experience to see some of the best performers in the business and to see a whole part of the country I had never seen before!”
“Seeing our students’ reactions as they were watching some of the finest musicians on the planet perform was just priceless. It was actually really funny because I would look down the row of GSC students and they were just awe-struck and speechless! Then they saw the Grand Canyon! The trip was phenomenal! We cannot thank everyone enough who helped make this amazing experience possible. Special thanks, goes out to Dr. and Mrs. Barr for all of their help and support. It was truly a blessing from God,” said Professor Bone.
Performing at ITEC is a major honor as this conference is only held once every two years and is the largest event in the tuba and euphonium business. Thousands of tuba and euphonium performers and educators attend the event. The Glenville State College Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble were also invited to perform at the 2008 ITEC which was held in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) provides low-interest financing for producers to build or upgrade farm storage and handling facilities for commodities such as, but not limited to, hay, corn, and fruits and vegetables.
An FSA farm storage facility loan must be approved by the local FSA county committee before any site preparation and/or construction can be started.
A few types of facilities and upgrades that are eligible for a farm storage facility loan include new structures suitable for storing hay, new conventional cribs, new silo type and flat-type structures, and electrical and safety equipment.
The net cost for building or upgrading farm storage and handling facilities and equipment may include:
1) Purchase price and sales tax;
2) Shipping and delivery charges;
3) Site preparation costs;
4) Installation costs;
5) New material and labor for concrete pads, electrical wiring, and electric motors;
6) Off-farm paidlabor;
7) New on-farm material approved by FSA; and
8) Attorney or archaeological study fees.
An eligible borrower is any person who is a landowner, landlord, leaseholder, tenant or sharecropper who:
1) Produces an eligible facility loan commodity;
2) Has a satisfactory credit rating as determined by CCC;
3) Demonstrates the ability to repay the debt for the facility loan;
4) Possesses no delinquent non-tax federal debt;
5) Demonstrates a storage need based on the borrower’s three-year-average acreage and share of production, minus any current storage available;
6) Provides proof of multi-peril crop insurance from the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) or a private company for the life of the loan;
7) Provides proof of all peril insurance and, if applicable, flood insurance with CCC as a loss payee;
8) Demonstrates compliance with USDA provisions for highly erodible land and wetlands;
9) Demonstrates compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act;
10) Demonstrates compliance with any applicable local zoning, land use, and building codes; and
11) Has not been convicted of a controlled substance violation.
The maximum loan amount through the Farm Storage Facility Loan Program is$500,000 per loan.
The following are the terms for farm storage facility loans:
• A 15% cash down payment is required; thus, CCC’s loan is limited to 85% of the net cost of the eligible storage facility and permanent drying and handling equipment (subject to the applicant’s storage needs test). The down payment cannot include any trade-in, discount, rebate, deferred payment, or post-dated check.
• Loan terms available are seven (7) years, ten (10) years or twelve (12)years depending on the amount of the loan.
• Interest rate is fixed for the loan term based on the rate in effect during the month the loan is initially approved. The interest rate is equivalent to the rate of interest charged on Treasury Securities of comparable term and maturity.
• Loans are to be repaid in equal amortized installments.
• Loan will not be disbursed until the facility has been erected and inspected with the exception of one (1) qualifying partial disbursement.
• Each applicant will be charged a nonrefundable $100 application fee.
• CCC will pay all collateral lien searches and recording fees for filing Form UCC-1 and credit reports.
• Applicants pay all other fees, such as severance agreements, attorney fees, real estate lien search fees, and instrument filing fees.
• For loans over $50,000, applicants will be required to pay the cost of obtaining a title search/opinion or title insurance.
The following persons are required to sign the loan agreement:
• For sole proprietorships and joint ventures, all individuals, including spouses, if applicable.
• For general partnerships, any member unless the Articles of Partnership are more restrictive.
• For corporations and limited partnerships, an individual with signature authority on file with FSA.
For information on this or other FSA programs, policies and procedures contact the Gilmer-Calhoun FSA Office at 304.462.7171x2 or visit the office located in the Glenville Post Office Building, Room 122.
Special accommodations will be made, upon request, for persons with disabilities, vision or hearing impairments. Please call if accommodations are required.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.
WV Governor: Bridging Communities by Improving Infrastructure
I had the pleasure of joining local and state officials for a ribbon cutting dedication of the newly restored Ross Booth Memorial Bridge. Formally known to many as the Winfield Toll Bridge, the bridge was renamed in 2006 after carpenter Ross Booth who helped with its construction.
In December 1957, the Winfield Toll Bridge was opened to traffic and ended a 138-year era of ferryboat transportation across the Kanawha River. Since then, this bridge has contributed to the tremendous amount of business development and population growth for Putnam County and surrounding areas. After providing more than 50 years of service, it was time to restore this vital community structure.
I appreciate the public’s patience dealing with the detours and delays that took time away from daily travel schedules during this construction process. But because the contractor finished the work earlier than scheduled, motorists are now able to get back to their normal routines and routes.
Orders Construction Company worked a very aggressive schedule. Nearly 100 employees worked 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to have the bridge finished before the start of this school year.
I know that every construction project takes patience from residents and businesses, but when complete, the benefits are great.
Transportation is one of the most critical services that must be sustained in West Virginia and across the nation. Since I’ve been in office as governor, we have dedicated more than $4 billion to our Division of Highways - funding that has gone into highway infrastructure in all our state’s counties.
From commerce to tourism to day-to-day travel for our citizens, West Virginia’s progress relies heavily on having sound roads, highways and bridges. Until 50 years ago, this bridge was the missing piece of the puzzle for the people of Red House, Winfield, Putnam County and the surrounding region. Today, it is an economic lifeline into these communities.
“We are still fighting two increasingly trying wars overseas, witnessing terrifying new levels of creativity from would-be terrorists (underwear bombs, etc.), mopping up a greasy mess in the Gulf of Mexico and trying to right an economy that seems insistent on remaining off the rails. And the so-called leader of the free world thinks the best use of his time is to yuk it up with Whoopi Goldberg.“—S.E. Cupp, New York Daily News (July 28, 2010)
America is in dire straits.
Unemployment stands at 9.5% (and a staggering 34.5% for young black men), with more than 15 million Americans out of work, and 6.3 million of them having been unemployed for six months or longer. More than 11 million mortgages are now underwater. In fact, July 2010 marked the 17th consecutive month in which more than 300,000 American homes were undergoing foreclosure.
The number of people receiving food stamps has reached an all-time high, with assistance being doled out to more than 40 million Americans. This translates to one in eight Americans and one out of every four children. However, with more than 20,000 people a day being added to the roster, that number is projected to rise to 43.3 million in 2011.
For the first time in close to three decades, the government will have to pay out more in Social Security than it pulls in. According to the Washington Post, by 2037, Social Security reserves will have been drained and the income flowing into the program will only be enough to pay 75 percent of scheduled benefits—troubling news for the 66% of senior citizens who rely on the payouts as their main source of income.
Our public debt is in excess of $13 trillion and continues to grow at a rate of about $3.83 billion each day. According to the Congressional Budget Office, U.S. debt could rise to 87% of the GDP by 2020—that’s just ten short years away.
While the fiscal cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan continues to skyrocket, the human cost is also growing exponentially. More than 5,600 American servicemen and women have died so far in Iraq and Afghanistan. That does not include the rising numbers of military personnel who have committed or attempted to commit suicide at a rate exceeding that of the national standard. (By late November 2009, more U.S. military lives had been lost to suicide than were killed in the Afghan war.) If you take into account injuries such as hearing loss and diseases including mental illness, the number of American casualties tops more than 500,000. As these wars stretch on, reports indicate that the use of antidepressants and painkillers by soldiers has tripled in the past five years, with roughly 106,000 soldiers on some form of depression, anxiety or pain medication.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the massive problems facing our nation right now. And what is our commander in chief doing about these crises? He’s busy making the rounds of various television talk shows, including The View, playing basketball with celebrity athletes and politicians alike, and generally enjoying the lavish lifestyle, perks and acclaim that go along with being the nation’s first black president—and all of this is costing us, the taxpayers, millions upon millions of dollars.
As Dana Milbank of the Washington Post reports, “While President Obama’s wife and younger daughter were conducting international relations in Majorca on Sunday with Spain’s King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, the commander in chief was at home hosting a fantasy camp for himself. He and his buddies had a birthday weekend barbecue and basketball game with LeBron James, Alonzo Mourning, Magic Johnson and other legends of the sport. The day before, it was a four-hour golf outing for Obama and the boys. On Monday, he hosted the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints at the White House and talked about his own exploits on the gridiron last year with Saints quarterback Drew Brees.“
In total, according to “unofficial presidential statistician Mark Knoller of CBS News, Obama has left the White House to play basketball 16 times so far, in addition to the countless times he has played on his home court. He’s shot 44 rounds of golf, gone fishing and played tennis. Total sporting-related events hosted at the White House: 45. That’s about six times the number of news conferences he has held. He’s been to see the Nationals twice this year, the last time in June with Malia and Sasha to see the Nats play Obama’s White Sox. Last week, he took Sasha to see the Washington Mystics of the WNBA at Verizon Center.“
With the country suffering in the throes of a massive recession, with unemployment high, the populace struggling to keep roofs over their heads and food on the table, and our military spread thin, why in the world is Obama jet-setting around and indulging in lavish parties and vacations? Shouldn’t he roll up his sleeves and get to work? Doesn’t he recognize that there’s a lot to be done to get this country back on the road to recovery? Doesn’t he understand that the solutions won’t be found on the basketball court or among the Beltway elite?
Unfortunately, the problem, as foreign affairs analyst Nile Gardiner recently observed, is that the Obama presidency “increasingly resembles a modern-day Ancien Régime: extravagant, decaying and out of touch with ordinary Americans. The First Lady’s ill-conceived trip to Spain at a time of widespread economic hardship was symbolic of a White House that barely gives a second thought to public opinion on many issues, and frequently projects a distinctly elitist image.“
More than anything else right now, what this country needs is leadership, backbone and vision. What we don’t need is another politician leading a life of entitlement at taxpayer expense. We need a president who is “of the people, by the people and for the people” enough to understand that his priority must be getting Americans back to work. Labor experts estimate that we need roughly100,000 new jobs a month just to offset the staggering unemployment numbers. That’s a lot of new jobs, and the only way we’re going to pull that off is for the president to make job creation his first priority.
Thus, it’s time for the president to stay at his desk, get to work and show the American people that he understands the gravity of the situation at hand. He can start by cancelling the lavish parties and political fundraisers (he’s already done more fundraisers for his own political party than any president before him). Suspend all trips not absolutely necessary for jumpstarting the economy. Put a moratorium on presidential vacations (there’s enough time for that when he’s out of office)—or if the First Family must vacation, relax at Camp David. In an effort to show that he cares, the president (already a millionaire) could donate his salary to a homeless shelter or another needy organization.
The bottom line is this: Obama needs to exert some leadership. It’s time to stop twitting and get to work. This country is desperately in need of change we can believe in, and a good place to start is with the way the president does business.
Try to get a copy of any complaint registered against Gilmer County. You can’t, the state will tell you it doesn’t exist. Quite a few know about T-shirts on a bus though.
John B stood there with proof of incorrect audit findings but that was nit picky.
You can tell by the amount of paper work in their hands the State Board had already decided on take over. The subject was not up for debate or discussion.
Seal didn’t want to repeat any of the good things Mrs. Starkey pointed out. No time to review that.
Would anyone agree that the state board of ed is making a mockery of the state legislature?
Or are they partners in this together?
Giving a performance for all to watch?
I wonder the legislature is in it as deep as the educators?
Nothing seems to happen on that front.
At the point of state control the Fayette board lost their ability to try, just like Gilmer. We hear you Fayette and experience has taught us not to expect anything from intervention but more intervention. Keep speaking up, don’t let silence be the last thing your children and families hear from their own communities. This is far from over and your telling the state BOE your broke it you bought it is proof of that! Way to Go!
Kenna Seal’s retirement was already on their desk. Gayle Manchin loudly proclaims Gilmer County didn’t follow “the letter of the law”? The state did the nit-picking. Operating in the black, not hiring over formula, students meeting AYP. THATwas Gilmer County’s performance record. Four years later every student in Gilmer is in the same buildings and trailers they said created that they do an “emergency” takeover based primarily on “faciities”. Our children will be herded into town (what we have left). The rest were given away and our funding goes with them.
We’ve watched meetings of the Gilmer BOE for four years. Show us how these state appointed superintendents with no oversight are following any WV Code for education, any policies any Ethics Commission advisory opinions, any financial procedures??? What has improved?
Worried about hiring? The Education Committee just passed a bill put forth by Earl Ray to hire anybody with a BS in business/manufacturing or engineering but no teaching degree because out of 1500 degrees issued annually only about 400 stay in the state. How does any of this improve education? What are they doing TO the children should be questioned. Our Teachers work hard for those degrees and a lay person can replace that? Or is it “just good enough” for WV? Want to save some money? This jury rigged setup of a strong, self sustaining county shows where to start cutting the state’s payroll.
At the end the high performance of Gilmer County students was “blessed” by Mrs. Manchin to show Gilmer wasn’t all bad.She da*ned us then blessed us? That quality of education could never have happened without effective leadership at the board and admin levels. John Bennett is just too nice a guy. He didn’t get it was no good to show respect to people who have no self respect.
They weren’t interested in hearing from the new Superintendent and he didn’t volunteer to defend us. Perhaps voiding his contract could be called the one good thing that came out of intervention.
The Lloyd Jackson mentioned in this article is a STATE BOE member, not the local board. (per wvboe.gov)
A former member of the legislature. Is this cream puff job a crony payoff?
He says local board has tried and the state board has tried?
That is a clear admission the state is incapable that after their FIVE YEARS of trying they can’t fix it either!!?
Apparent our Fayette is a job that the State is not capable of repairing. There own words.
“maybe we could have been a little more aggressive perhaps”.
You Gilmer County up there, don’t get your hopes up for anything different.
View video 6 under close review of Marple’s list of 15 or so motions and issues.
Do not believe this list completely factual. Reads like a laundry list, a list of we need to find ‘something’ in order to justify takeover.
Reading this audit report, actually it shows a lot of good stats about your county schools.
The items listed a deficient or lacking, what is the standing today?
Has the state cleared all those issues?
With the passing of 4 years all the issues should be cleared.
In this amount of time, one would suppose there have been several more state audits, checking on their own work, to see if they are progressing?
Have not read in the paper or on Free Press of any more audits though?
Martirano insinuates no connection to OEPA while their Director serves at will and pleasure of the WVBOE as does the Director of RESA. Where are those figures? Department of Ed is a pass through agency under direction of the WVBOE. Break it apart anyway they want all those employees are hired and fired and budgets handled under the approval of the WVBOE. How many of the “cut” positions were simply transferred over to RESA? Read the minutes and follow the money. The audit meant nothing. $180,000 wouldn’t cover salary and benefits for OEPA Director. How many millions went to Cedar Creek Lake Conference Center instead of the children at the direction of the WVBOE?
An objective person reading the report must conclude that problems existed, but some criticisms were over blown to suggest that the WVBOE had an ax to grind.
A formal advance warning was not issued by the WVBOE to give Gilmer County a specified time to correct specific problems to avoid intervention.
If the WVBOE had a mission of being a service to the County it could have done the audit and have provided helpful oversight afterwards as a good faith cooperator to quickly fix problems without all the turmoil.
Most problems in the report related to improper procedures including those associated with record keeping, hiring, personnel evaluations, not following policy, and other categories. Academic achievement by our students was not stated as a problem leading to intervention.
There is much more to our intervention than meets the eye. It had to involve raw politics, and someone making lots of money.
Also, persons with Charleston connections got to receive high pay to supplement their retirement benefits, and there is the WVBOE scheme for a bi-county school and forced Gilmer County consolidation without proper planning and true cross-section community input.
There must be a formal investigation to prevent something like this from ever happening again in WV. Dr. Gus Penak and other members of the OEPA audit committee should be subpoenaed.
The local board is responsible for approval of payments. How can this be if?
-board does not see complete listing check register?
-bills cannot be paid in a timely manner if there is only one meeting per month?
-didn’t the school board meet twice a month in the past?
-are the local board members expected to make a special trip to admin office to view records?
One must conclude the WVBOE is making it difficult to see finances? For what reason?
The last agenda I read here said there was a list of invoices at the office. Does that mean the Board of Education members don’t see it every meeting? Would they have to go to the office? Doesn’t seem right.
JJ better watch the videos, listen to your board president telling the Superintendent he doesn’t want the monthly reports just a couple of pages of the bottom line. If it weren’t for center district members resistance to breaking the laws that board would be back to the pledge and adjournment. What passes for leadership about has it there again. The state will believe the whole board wanted it that way because that’s what your president and superintendent will tell the OEPA when they come. We hear the board president has such delusions of power he can tell your Superintendent not to let the state give it back.There’s no oversight through closed eyes.
Karen P. Word from last years legislature, one in the know, has stated that the reason Walkers effort for our schools did not make it, was plain to see.
His attempts were stopped by your Gilmer elected reps BB and RF. They are the old boys but now are in the minority thankfully.
Maybe we can out them enough to keep them from being re-elected?
What is observed at meetings is that the State’s superintendents have spent the County’s money as pleased without any advance consultations with the board, the goods are already delivered, and the board is expected to rubber stamp everything. What happened to local oversight?
If I had Mr. Devonos email address would send him this BOE letter of instruction.
We understand he has no experience as a superintendent, so it would surely be helpful to him and our school board members as well.
Being open, honest, truthful, with Gilmer citizens will earn their respect.
Probably would make your job even enjoyable.
Creating dissent, attempting to divide and conquer will build roadblocks, create distrust, and eventually be anyones undoing.
Hope all the Gilmer school board members read this.
Cannot “constitutionally” force us to spend our money.
But no, you can “back door” us with the state takeovers.
Manchin and Co. saw GC had 2 million. Says ‘yep, lets go get it’....and force them into consolidation, keep our ####### friend on the job and all of those dumb GC CUBES keep voting Democrat for us.
We will have our way, spend their money, and frost that GC Cake by leaving them in debt for years to come.
THAT is what GC is being left with. Oh, we can do it, all we have to do is tell a lot of lies along the way.
Cut the budget and establish a rule that for all future use of SBA money, bidding must be required. It would be revealing for the SBA to be required to list all school facilities it funded with architect’s names to show who got the no bid money.
Reported before the WV State Board of Education Friday:
“I’m not here to talk about the failure of the board of education in Fayette County because you took us over 5 years ago,”(Fayette School Board Member) Ivey said. “I’m here to talk about your failure as a board for 5 years of doing nothing.”
How many state employees are on your payroll Mr. Snead? You borrow money using our taxes as security, make the payments with our taxes and then want more to loan it back to us.Now the State Board expects Fayette County to not only pass a bond but raise their taxes. When will it stop?
Has the Legislature read the State’s audit report used to justify intervention in Gilmer County, and does it know that for the first time a County was not given advance official warning to fix problems or to be taken over by a specified time?
Has the Legislature seen the video of Gilmer County’s pleas for it not to purchase the Cedar Creek land for the inflated price? Does it know that after pleas were made the WVBOE voted to purchase the land anyway?
Does the Legislature know that the WVBOE claimed that Gilmer’s Board was dysfunctional, but the recent superintendent sent to the County did not have a proven record as an effective superintendent?
Reports are that CEFP records leading up to the Cedar Creek site choice were destroyed by the State to eliminate sticky evidence. Mr. Devono said that he could not locate records when questioned about how decisions were made.
If the Legislature wants to determine if proper site decisions complied with WV CEFP Policy 6200, the County’s records could be subpoenaed. More insight could be obtained by reviewing SBA rules and procedures for full compliance. The string of CEFP members should be interviewed too.
The the WV Legislature should stop the Hays City project, start over by following CEFP 6200, and to keep SBA money allocated for Gilmer County in escrow until the new process is completed.
Simultaneously,an investigation should be done about the role of the WVBOE, the WVDOE, and the SBA (over which the Governor presides) in awarding no-bid contracts to architects to build WV schools. With the vast sums of money involved lots of justifiable questions exist.
SBA can’t make a county give money for a school “constitutionally” but they want $980,000 from little old Gilmer County to build the only one we’ll get? If you’ve got it the state wants to get their hands on it! All they have to do is label a board dysfunctional.
The State Board of Ed sets the rules, law, guidelines.
Then, where they should be setting the example, are total failures? Would seem.
Read in the WV Gazette Sunday how the State BOE has pretty much messed up the Fayette School System.
Senator Manchin appointed his wife. Senator Capito was standing at the Governors State of the State address this month. WV Senators communicate with and influence the Governors office on all aspects of WV life. The Governor is the President of the School Building Authority and appoints the WVBOE. They are all West Virginians with a voice.If their children were young enough to be in these schools they would get involved very quickly. The federal government mandates No Child Left Behind. A lot of federal dollars come down to education earmarks. If it weren’t for Dave Walker Gilmer wouldn’t be getting a thin dime for transporting students to Lewis County.
The truth if it’s ever been told. Blankenship knew it, Jorea knew it, Phares knew and so does Mark Manchin who was conveniently taken out of the loop when things heated up. Gilmer County knows.
Devono doesn’t know one bit of it. He’ll ask if it’s true when his dirty little job is done. Martirano doesn’t have a clue and will never be told.He’ll operate under don’t ask, don’t tell as long as he can. Gayle Manchin knows the facts. She wants to forget that terrible day they took us over as a political favor and screamed at Gilmer County people like an Irish washer woman in the streets as they say.
If there’s any justice the truth should set them and a few more free.
A clarification: David Walker knew all about the mess and said he couldn’t do anything. He didn’t try, either. Capito is not a state legislator and has nothing to do with this, never did. The US House and Senate have no authority over the WV state school board. None. This all has to be fought out right here in WV. Some of us have been trying for years to get people to contact the state school board about this. The governor knows all about this and could care less, obviously. No one in the former legislature would step up and do anything. Maybe we can get some action now that there is a whole new focus in the state legislature!