West Virginia’s Unemployment Rate at 7.8% in January 2012
West Virginia’s unemployment rate climbed four-tenths of a percentage point to 7.8% in January.
The number of unemployed state residents rose 2,400 to 61,600.
Total unemployment was down11,100 over the year.
Total non-farm payroll employment declined 16,100, with losses of 3,400 in the goods-producing sector and 12,700 in the service-providing sector.
Within the goods-producing sector, employment declines were led by a seasonal loss of 2,700 in construction.
Manufacturing employment dropped 700, while employment in mining and logging was unchanged. Within the service-providing sector, declines included 4,100 in government, 3,800 in trade, transportation, and utilities, 1,900 in educational and health services, 900 in leisure and hospitality, 900 in professional and business services, 500 in other services, 400 in financial activities, and 200 in information.
Since January 2011, total non-farm payroll employment has risen 19,200, with gains of 5,800 in the goods-producing sector and 13,400 in the service-providing sector.
Employment gains included 5,300 in government, 3,600 in leisure and hospitality, 3,400 in educational and health services, 3,200 in mining and logging, 2,900 in construction, 1,700 in professional and business services, 300 in other services, and 300 in trade, transportation, and utilities. Employment declines included 1,200 in financial activities and 300 in manufacturing. Information employment was unchanged over the year.
West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined four-tenths of a percentage point to 7.4% in January, while the national rate declined two-tenths of a percentage point to 8.3%.
West Virginia on Track for Record Meth Lab Busts in 2012
Police are seizing at least one methamphetamine lab a day in West Virginia.
WV State Police Lt. Mike Goff tells the Charleston Gazette that the state could break its record for meth lab seizures if that pace continues.
The record is 353 meth labs seized in 2005.
WV State Police data show that 59 labs have been seized in homes, hotels and vehicles since January 01, 2012.
Kanawha County led the state with 22 meth lab seizures, followed by Mason County with six.
Three labs each have been seized in Hardy, Nicholas and Webster counties.
Gilmer County Circuit Court Report – 02.27.12
On Monday, February 27, 2012 Judge Richard A. Facemire presided over his regular monthly motion day in Gilmer County.
• State of West Virginia vs. Kevin Curry
He entered a plea of guilty to count 3 of his indictment (with all remaining counts dismissed).
He was represented by Christina Flanagan of Buckhannon and will be sentenced on Monday, April 23, 2012 at 9:15 AM.
• One juvenile was heard and reset for Monday, June 25, 2012 at 9:15 AM.
• Another was reset for Thursday, March 08, 2012 at 9:00 AM.
• Two juvenile cases were consolidated to be heard on Thursday, March 08, 2012 at 9:00 AM also.
• In the civil case of Bobby Gene Roberts vs. Frank Masiarczyk
A case that was presumably settled last year, a status conference was held with Tom Smith (attorney for defendant) appearing in person, and Bernie Mauser (attorney for plaintiff) appearing by telephone.
Smith agreed to submit the release to Mauser for the third time and the matter would be disposed of.
• State of West Virginia vs. Osmond Brown Jr.
He pled to count 1 of the indictment (with all remaining counts dismissed).
He was represented by Christina Flanigan and will be sentenced on Monday, April 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM.
• State of West Virginia vs. Tim Furr
He was before the Court for revocation of his bond, which motion the Judge granted.
His bond had originally been $33,000.00 and Facemire reset his bond at $100,000.00 good and sufficient surety to be approved by the Clerk of this Court and home confinement hookup.
After Furr was unable to make bond, he was delivered to the Central Regional Jail.
He is represented by Drannon Adkins who works with Kevin Hughart of Sissonville.
• State of West Virginia vs. Casey Cottrill
She pled to count 2 of her indictment (with all remaining counts dismissed) under a multi county plea agreement.
She was represented by Garth Beck of Clarksburg and will be sentenced on Monday, April 23, 2012 at 9:45 AM.
• State of West Virginia vs. Amanda Smith
She pled no contest to count 1 of her indictment (with all remaining counts dismissed).
She was also represented by Garth Beck and will be sentenced on Monday, April 23, 2012 at 9:30 AM.
• State of West Virginia vs. Amy Lamarti
She was sentenced to 1-5 years in the penitentiary upon her former plea of guilty, with said sentence being suspended and she was placed on probation for 5 years and given 6 months home confinement.
Her probation will be transferred to the state of New York and she must perform 100 hours of community service per year of probation.
She received no fine but must pay customary and usual court costs.
She must enroll in substance abuse classes and attend NA and AA and have full time employment.
Drannon Adkins was her attorney in the matter.
• One expungement was heard and granted by Judge Facemire.
• State of West Virginia vs. Karen Burns
She was before the Court for entry of plea.
However, Judge Facemire refused to take the plea and her case was continued until the March term of Court.
She was represented by Kevin Duffy of Clay.
• A juvenile case was reset for Thursday, March 08, 2012 at 9:00 AM.
• The civil case of Jay Lawrence Smith vs. Jean Butcher & Gilmer County Commission was before the Court and Judge Facemire dismissed the same with prejudice.
Judge Facemire informed Gerry Hough that he could file a defamation civil suit if he so desired.
Smith represented himself in the matter (pro se).
• In the case of Gilmer County Commission vs. Union Gas Corp., after testimony by Gilmer County Assessor Gary Wolfe, Judge Facemire said the settlement was fair and accepted the same and the case was dismissed.
• In the case of Frame vs. Frame, defense counsel, Timothy Butcher of Glenville, was before the Court with plaintiff’s attorney, Bill Richardson of Parkersburg, appearing by telephone for continuance of the trial.
After Judge Facemire directed depositions be completed by Friday, April 27, 2012, he ordered mediation to be completed by Monday, May 28, 2012 and set a status/scheduling conference for Monday, June 25, 2012 at 9:30 AM.
GFP - 02.29.2012
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GSC Accounting Students Offering Free Tax Return Assistance
The Department of Business at Glenville State College is once again offering free assistance for filing your basic federal and West Virginia income tax returns through a new IRS program called FAST (Free Assisted Self-service Tax preparation).
The GSC Department of Business partners with the Internal Revenue Service through the college’s Accounting 399 course.
GSC senior accounting majors, who are IRS certified, assist qualifying low to moderate income people (generally those making $57,000 or below) who need help preparing their basic Federal and West Virginia income tax returns.
GSC Accounting seniors Brian Griffith and Stephanie Harper (right) assist
GSC junior Jillian Robison (center) with her tax returns under the guidance of
GSC Associate Professor of Business Cheryl McKinney.
The FAST experience is the IRS’ new ‘self-service’ option that is available to those with basic computer skills. Taxpayers will actually be preparing their own returns at a computer with assistance as needed from trained GSC accounting students. Once completed, federal and state returns may be electronically filed.
Taxpayers may choose either the TurboTax or TaxSlayer program based upon eligibility criteria.
Once an account is created at our site, it may be accessed from anywhere if additional information is needed before filing.
One distinguishing characteristic of FAST is that taxpayers may electronically file both federal and state returns at no charge. However, if you access one of the software programs directly without first going through the FAST site, there will be a charge for the state return.
Those who wish to receive this free tax assistance from the GSC FAST site should bring: a copy of their 2010 tax return, if available, wage and earning statements (Form W-2) from all employers, interest and dividend statements (Form 1099), any other relevant information or forms relating to income and expenses, social security cards for taxpayers and dependents, if available, and bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit/direct payment, if desired.
Also, students and anyone who received financial aid and/or paid tuition and fees must have a copy of the Tuition Statement (Form 1098-T) provide by the school before your tax return can be completed.
Those who cannot locate that document must request a duplicate copy or find it on their EdNet account. Form 1098-T should be in hand upon arrival at the FAST site so assistance can be given in a timely manner.
The GSC FAST site is located in Room 309B of the Heflin Administration Building (the Ernie Smith Computer Lab).
The FAST program allows for multiple taxpayers to be assisted.
The FAST site is open on Tuesdays from 4:30 - 6:30 PM and Wednesdays from 3:00 - 5:00 PM through April 11, 2012.
The Glenville State College Department of Business has been offering free tax return assistance to campus and community taxpayers for over sixteen years.
For more information about the GSC FAST program, contact Cheryl McKinney at 304.462.6263.
Gilmer Schools Coalition’s Mission
Establish the best K-12 school system in West Virginia for Gilmer County’s children to provide them opportunities for superior educations.
Strategies for Mission Success
• Clearly define roles, responsibilities, and authority of the Superintendent and School Board members to eliminate confusion and uncertainty in performing duties, and require State DOE training to be taken to familiarize the team with the details.
• Require the Superintendent and Board members to receive State DOE training to enable them to develop and apply team skills in avoiding and resolving interpersonal conflicts with potential to detract from mission success.
• Require the Superintendent and the Board to receive State DOE training pertaining to laws and regulations for hiring practices, budgeting, contracting and other activities for which the team is responsible.
• Require the Superintendent and the Board to develop a 10-year mission plan with clearly defined milestones with pre-defined, measurable metrics for each stage for use to accurately monitor progress and to make plan modifications when necessary to achieve mission success.
• Require the Superintendent and the Board to implement annual performance evaluations of all individuals in the County’s school system, including the Superintendent, with emphasis on documentation of opportunities for increased efficiency to achieve mission success.
• Establish and strengthen parent and teacher associations at each school for collaborative involvement in contributing to mission success.
• Require the Superintendent to submit an annual report to the public to document progress toward mission success to include plan modifications which may have been necessary to keep the mission on track.
ROANOKE: Stonewall Resort to Host Dance Weekend
Following up on previously successful ballroom and Latin dance weekends, Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, WV, will welcome WV Dance Inc. back to the resort at the end of March.
The resort will host the dance weekend from Friday, March 30, to Sunday, April 01, 2012.
The weekend will include lessons in East Coast Swing and all different forms of Latin and ballroom dances.
There is no dress code for the weekend, but guests are encouraged to wear shoes with either a leather or suede sole to facilitate ease of movement.
The weekend package costs $285 per couple or $221.50 for singles, plus tax and resort fee, and includes all dance instruction, overnight lodging on Friday and Saturday nights and breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
For more information, call the resort at 888.278.8150 or go to www.stonewallresort.com.
More Americans Seeking Dental Treatment at the Emergency Room
More Americans are turning to the emergency room for routine dental problems — a choice that often costs 10 times more than preventive care and offers far fewer treatment options than a dentist’s office, according to an analysis of government data and dental research.
Most of those emergency visits involve trouble such as toothaches that could have been avoided with regular checkups but went untreated, in many cases because of a shortage of dentists, particularly those willing to treat Medicaid patients, the analysis said.
The number of ER visits nationwide for dental problems increased 16% from 2006 to 2009, and the report released Tuesday by the Pew Center on the States suggests the trend is continuing.
In Florida, for example, there were more than 115,000 ER dental visits in 2010, resulting in more than $88 million in charges. That included more than 40,000 Medicaid patients, a 40% increase from 2008.
Many ER dental visits involve the same patients seeking additional care. In Minnesota, nearly 20% of all dental-related ER visits are return trips, the analysis said.
That is because emergency rooms generally are not staffed by dentists. They can offer pain relief and medicine for infected gums but not much more for dental patients. And many patients are unable to find or afford follow-up treatment, so they end up back in the emergency room.
“Emergency rooms are really the canary in the coal mine. If people are showing up in the ER for dental care, then we’ve got big holes in the delivery of care,“ said Shelly Gehshan, director of Pew’s children’s dental campaign. “It’s just like pouring money down a hole.
“It’s the wrong service, in the wrong setting, at the wrong time,“ she said.
The center in Washington, D.C., is a division of the nonprofit Pew Charitable Trusts.
Pew researchers analyzed hospital information from 24 states, data from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and studies on dental care.
Not all states collect data on ER visits for dental care, but those that do reveal the trend, Gehshan said.
In 2009 alone:
— 56% of Medicaid-enrolled children nationwide received no dental care.
— South Carolina ER visits for dental-related problems increased nearly 60% from four years earlier.
— Tennessee hospitals had more than 55,000 dental-related ER visits — five times as many as for burns.
Using emergency rooms for dental treatment “is incredibly expensive and incredibly inefficient,“ said Dr. Frank Catalanotto, a professor at the University of Florida’s College of Dentistry who reviewed the report.
Preventive dental care such as routine teeth cleaning can cost $50 to $100, versus $1,000 for emergency room treatment that may include painkillers for aching cavities and antibiotics from resulting infections, Catalanotto said.
These infections can be dangerous, especially in young children, who may develop fevers and dehydration from preventable dental conditions. In Florida, for example, 200 children were hospitalized in 2006 for those types of infections, he said.
The recession has contributed to the trend, Catalanotto added. When a family member loses a job, dental care may take a back seat to food and other necessities.
Part of the problem is low Medicaid fees for dentists. In Florida, only about 10% of dentists participate in the state Medicaid program, he said.
The numbers also are rising in hospitals in Illinois, where dentists have complained about low Medicaid reimbursements.
Pekin Hospital in the central Illinois town of Pekin has seen a significant increase in ER patients with “very poor dental health,“ said Cindy Justus, the hospital’s ER nursing director. They include uninsured patients and drug abusers, and many are repeat patients.
“There’s just not a lot of options” for them, Justus said.
Shortages of dentists, especially in rural areas, have contributed to the problem, Gehshan said.
She said the Pew center is working with states to develop training for dental hygienists and other non-dentists in treating cavities and other uncomplicated procedures. Other potential steps include increasing water fluoridation and use of dental sealants.
Putting plastic sealants on molars can prevent cavities, but “children at the lowest risk are most likely to get them. It needs to be the opposite,“ Gehshan said.
WVIAC Men’s Tournament 2012 - Day One Review
#4 WV Wesleyan 66, #13 Glenville State 43
WV Wesleyan posted a 66-43 victory over Glenville State in the first round of the WVIAC Tournament.
Raymont McElroy posted a game-high 24 points for the Bobcats in the win.
Colby Wohlleb and Reggie Chambers each accounted for 14 points while Travis Johnson garnered 10 points to go along with 9 rebounds.
Jamel Morris and Mark Walker each totaled 8 points for the Pioneers in the game.
Walker also grabbed 7 rebounds.
Kevin Gray added 7 points while Nate Cash accounted for 9 boards.
#2 Charleston 100, #15 Bluefield State 88
#3 Wheeling Jesuit 87, #14 Davis & Elkins 66
#5 Alderson-Broaddus 79, #12 Fairmont State 64
#6 Concord 106, #11 Ohio Valley 76
#7 Pitt-Johnstown 85, #10 Seton Hill 75
#9 Shepherd 77, #8 WV State 66
Gilmer County 4-H: IcyHot Challenge 2012 - 03.09.12
Gilmer County Farm Bureau and WVU-Gilmer Extension Plant/Berry Sale 2012
The Gilmer County Farm Bureau and WVU-Gilmer Extension now have their annual Plant/Berry Sale Order forms available.
Stop into the WVU-Gilmer Extension Office to pick up a form, or call 304.462.7061 for more information.
Orders will be accepted through Friday, March 09, 2012, and money will be collected when the order is placed.
Glenville: Benefit Dinner for Matthew Cottrill - 03.03.12
G-Comm™: Making Sense of School Shootings
On February 27, 2012, a teenager—reportedly a victim of bullying and something of a social outcast—walked into a Cleveland high school and opened fire in the cafeteria, killing two students and wounding three others. The teenager, identified as T.J. Lane, has been taken into police custody. Now media pundits are speculating on who or what is to blame for this latest spate of violence.
Yet we’ve been caught in the grip of a cycle of school violence that started almost 20 years ago. It was February 1997 when a 16-year-old Alaskan boy pulled out a shotgun and killed his principal and another student. Two years later, on April 20, 1999, two teenagers, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, opened fire on classmates and teachers at Columbine High School, killing 12 students and one teacher and leaving 24 others wounded.
Then, on October 10, 2006, a 13-year-old seventh grade boy, apparently fascinated with the 1999 Columbine High School bloodbath, carried an assault rifle into his Joplin, Missouri middle school. Dressed in a dark green trench coat and wearing a mask, he pointed the rifle at fellow students and fired a shot into the ceiling before the weapon jammed. This was no spur-of-the-moment act. It was a planned attack. The student’s backpack contained military manuals, instructions on assembling an improvised explosive device and detailed drawings of the school. Moments before he fired the rifle, the boy said to a school administrator: “Please don’t make me do this.”
The outbreak of school shootings that have taken place over the past two decades have forced school officials, public leaders and parents to search for ways to prevent further bloodshed. In their attempts to make the schools safer, students have been forced to deal with draconian zero tolerance policies, heightened security, routine locker checks, guard dogs, metal detectors and numerous other invasions of their property and privacy.
Despite the precautions (all of which have proven to be altogether ineffective), other student-led shooting sprees and bloodshed followed, culminating with the most recent incident. To be sure, the instinctive response to this latest school shooting will be to appease parents by adopting measures that provide the appearance of increased security. However, enacting tighter zero tolerance policies and installing more metal detectors in the schools will do little to advance the dialogue on why such shootings happen in the first place.
One thing is clear: there are no easy solutions. In fact, there’s so much that we don’t know about school shooters. For example, a 2002 U.S. Secret Service report on school violence, based on interviews with students who had planned and executed school shootings, found that there is no profile for a school shooter. Shooters come from many types of families and from all incomes, races and academic backgrounds. And there are no easy explanations—such as mental illness, drugs or video games—for their actions..
Moreover, as the Secret Service report found, the shooters plan their shootings in advance. They “did not snap.” According to the report, most shooters told their friends what they were planning. But the friends neither reported what they had been told nor tried to stop the shooters. And when the Secret Service asked former school shooters what they would have done if a teacher had asked them what was wrong, the shooters said they would have told the adult the truth, including their plans. But are we adults listening? As one school shooter recalls, “Most of them don’t care. I just felt like nobody cared. I just wanted to hurt them.”
In struggling to understand the teenage mind—and find some motivation for the rash of school shootings of the past several years—public leaders have targeted everything from the negative influence of movies to music to violent video games. Now the scapegoat seems to be bullying and peer pressure.
Evidently, something more sinister than disgruntled students is at work here. While there are conditions—such as peer pressure, low self-esteem, childhood abuse, etc.—that can trigger or facilitate violent behavior, we’re facing a crisis that goes much deeper, one that has as much to do with a lack of spirituality and morality as it does with education, relationships and culture.
Young people have unfortunately become the casualties of our age. They know that something is dreadfully wrong, but many adults, busy trying to make ends meet and keep pace with the demands of work and raising a family, often do not hear when the kids scream for help. For example, at least one in 10 young people now believe life is not worth living. A 2009 survey of 16- to 25-year-olds by the Prince’s Trust found “a significant core” for whom life had little or no purpose, especially among those not in school, work or training. More than a quarter of those polled felt depressed and were less happy than when they were younger. And almost “half said they were regularly stressed and many did not have anything to look forward to or someone they could talk to about their problems.“
Paul Brown, director of communications at the Prince’s Trust, noted that the study showed that there are thousands of young people who “desperately” need help: “Often, young people who feel they have reached rock bottom don’t know where to turn for help.“ Family relationships help, but too often because of the fractured modern family, little support can be found in the family setting.
Indeed, our young people are members of a lost generation—raised in a world where life has little to no value, the almighty dollar takes precedence and values are taught by primetime sitcoms and Saturday morning cartoons. They are being raised by television and the Internet and nourished on fast food. They are seeking comfort wherever they can find it—in sex, drugs, music, each other. They are searching for hope and finding few answers to their questions about the meaning of life.
More so than any previous generation, young people are growing up in an age of overwhelming mass media, mixed messages and multitasking. The average American child lives in a house with 2.9 TVs, 1.8 VCRs, 3.1 radios, 2.6 tape players, 2.1 CD players and a computer. Forty-two percent of American homes are “constant TV households,” meaning that a set is on most of the time. The average American watches television about four hours per day, and it consumes 40 percent of his or her free time.
Gone is the innocence of childhood. In a multitude of ways, children have been adultified, and their childhood is disappearing. Today’s young people often know more about sex, drugs and violence than their adult counterparts. By the year 2000, 25 percent of U.S. teens were involved with weapons; 70 percent admitted cheating on tests in school; more than 15 percent had shown up for class drunk; and five million children—including three-year-olds—were regularly left home alone to care for themselves. As University of Edinburgh professor Stuart Aitken writes, “In short, the sense of a so-called disappearance of childhood is, in actuality, about the loss of a stable, seemingly natural foundation for social life that is clearly linked not only to laments over the lost innocence of childhood, but also a growing anger at and fear of young people.”
No wonder life seems so meaningless to so many. According to a June 2009 study, 15 percent of American teens who were in 7th through 12th grades believe they will die before age 35—a perspective strongly linked to risky behavior. Activities related to such a pessimistic view of the future include attempting suicide, using illegal drugs, sustaining fight-related injuries that require medical care, engaging in unprotected sex, being arrested by the police and contracting HIV or AIDS.
Wherever these young people turn, life is chaotic—wars, violence, environmental crises, oil depletion and terrorism, to name a few. Children are confronted on a daily basis with issues, images and material of all sorts—abortion, drugs, alcohol, pornography—and preyed upon by sexual predators, marketing mavens, even the government. Although teenagers can cope with a number of emotional hazards, with each additional hazard introduced, their resilience—like soldiers in combat too long—diminishes to such an extent that breakdowns are imminent. As Cornell University professor James Gabarino recognizes, one of the key factors leading to violence is a “spiritual emptiness” that brings on a feeling of not being connected to anything, of having no limits for behavior and no reverence for life.
Dr. James P. Comer, professor of psychiatry at Yale University’s Child Study Center, suggests that in order to treat the damage done to the next generation, “We’re going to have to work at systematically recreating the critical elements of community that once existed naturally. We can’t go back to the past, but there was a time when people cared about each other and would look out for each other.”
Is anyone listening?
~~ John Whitehead ~~
Mobile 1 death in 2008Alaska
Madison 1 death in 2010
Huntsville 3 deaths in 2010
Bethel 2 deaths in 1997
Jonesboro 5 deaths in 1998California
Fayetteville 2 deaths in 2000
Conway 2 deaths in 2008
Fullerton 7 deaths in 1976
San Diego 2 deaths in 1979
Stockton 6 deaths in 1989
Olivehurst 8 deaths in 1992
Reseda 1 death in 1993
San Diego 3 deaths in 1996
Santee 2 deaths in 2001
El Cajon no deaths in 2001
Oxnard 1 death in 2008
San Bruno no deaths in 2009
Antioch no deaths in 2009
Littleton 1 death in 1982Connecticut
Littleton 15 deaths in 1999
Bailey 2 deaths in 2006
Jefferson County 0 deaths in 2010
Portland 1 death in 1982Delaware
Middletown 1 death in 2009
Dover 1 death in 2007
Largo 1 death in 1988Georgia
Lake Worth 1 death in 2000
Fort Lauderdale 1 death in 2008
Scottdale 1 death in 1996Illinois
Conyers no deaths in 1999
Atlanta 1 death in 2009
Winnetka 1 death in 1988Iowa
Chicago 1 death in 1992
DeKalb 6 deaths in 2008
Iowa City 6 deaths in 1991
Goddard 1 death in 1985
Grayson 2 deaths in 1993Louisiana
Paducah 3 deaths in 1997
New Orleans 1 death in 2003Massachusetts
Baton Rouge 3 deaths in 2008
Larose 1 deaths in 2009
Great Barrington 2 deaths in 1993Michigan
Cambridge 1 death in 2009
Mount Morris Township 1 death in 2000Minnesota
Detroit 1 death in 2008
Dearborn 2 deaths in 2009
Cold Spring 2 deaths in 2003Mississippi
Red Lake 8 deaths in 2005
Jackson 2 deaths in 1970Missouri
Pearly 2 deaths in 1997
Manchester 2 deaths in 1983
Reno no deaths in 2006
Florham 2 deaths in 2004
Olean 3 deaths in 1974North Carolina
Amityville 1 death in 1993
Manhattan no deaths in 2002
East Greenbush no deaths in 2004
Fayetteville no deaths in 1986Ohio
Greensboro 1 death in 1994
Hillsborough 1 death in 2006
Kent 4 deaths in 1970Oklahoma
Wickliffe 1 death in 1994
Cleveland 1 death in 2003
Cleveland 1 death in 2007
Columbus 2 deaths in 2010
Fort Gibson no deaths in 1999
Springfield 2 deaths in 1998
State College 1 death in 1996South Carolina
Edinboro 1 death in 1998
Red Lion 2 deaths in 2003
Nickel Mines 6 deaths in 2006
Orangeburg 3 deaths in 1968Tennessee
Blackville 2 deaths in 1995
Lynnville 2 deaths in 1995Texas
Jacksboro 1 death in 2005
Memphis no deaths in 2008
Knoxville 1 death in 2008
Austin 15 deaths in 1966Vermont
Amarillo no deaths in 1992
Essex 2 deaths in 2006
Chesapeake 1 death in 1988Washington
Grundy 3 deaths in 2002
Blacksburg 33 deaths in 2007
Woodbridge 1 death in 2009
Moses Lake 3 deaths in 1996Wisconsin
Tacoma 1 death in 2007
Seattle 2 deaths in 2007
Tacoma 1 death in 2010
Wauwatosa 1 death in 1993
Cazenovia 1 death in 2006
Gilmer County Commission: PUBLIC NOTICE - SPECIAL SESSION
STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA,
COUNTY OF GILMER, TO-WIT:
I, Brian Kennedy, President of the County Commission of Gilmer County, West Virginia, in concurrence with Charles D. Hess and Darrel W. Ramsey, Commissioners of said Commission hereby call and appoint a Special Session the County Commission of Gilmer County, to be held at the courthouse in said county on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 9:00 AM in the County Commission Chambers to transact the following business:
To complete the business pending before the Board of Review and Equalization
And to adjourn said Board for 2012, provided all business has been completed.
Given under my hand this 7th day of February 2012.
GILMER COUNTY COMMISSION
Brian Kennedy, President
February 28, 2012
Jean Butcher, County Clerk
WV: The Legislature Today - February 27, 2012
Bon Appétit: Cajun Roast Beef
2 teaspoons garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon prepared horseradish
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons malt vinegar
2 pounds beef eye of round roast
Stir the garlic, horseradish, hot pepper sauce, thyme, salt, pepper, Cajun seasoning, olive oil, and malt vinegar together in a bowl until thoroughly blended.
Pierce the beef roast all over with a meat fork. Place the roast in a large, resealable plastic bag.
Spoon in the marinade and turn the roast so it’s well coated.
Refrigerate overnight, turning occasionally if desired.
When ready to cook, place the roast in a slow cooker along with any remaining marinade.
Do not add water.
Roast on Low for 8 to 10 hours, or until desired doneness.
For medium-rare, a meat thermometer should read 135 degrees F (57 degrees C).
Remove from the slow cooker to a serving plate, and allow to rest 15 minutes before slicing across the grain.
GFP - 02.29.2012
Ask the Doctor: Flu Shot
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My wife and I are senior citizens who have heard from friends that the flu shot to be given this year is actually a combination of West Nile virus vaccine and the flu vaccine.
We were told that the combined shot has made quite a few people sick.
We were advised not to get it.
What is your advice on this? - T.M.
ANSWER: Whoever told you that is either misinformed or is pulling your leg.
The West Nile virus is not included in the flu vaccine.
I haven’t seen or heard of any more reactions from this year’s flu vaccine than has happened in the past.
Most reactions are a bit of swelling and redness at the site of injection.
A very few people develop a slight temperature and feel out of sorts for a day or two.
Even these minor reactions occur infrequently and ought not to scare you from having the shot.
Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475.
GFP - 02.29.2012
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Stargazing - 02.29.12
Today is Leap Day, an extra day added to (almost) every fourth February to keep the calendar aligned with the seasons.
The basic western calendar was enacted by Julius Caesar, with a tweak to the Leap Day rule by Pope Gregory XIII in the 16th century.
Thirty days has September, April, June, and November. All the rest…. well, you know the rest — and if you don’t, that’s what the Internet is for. But this little jingle reminds us how neat and orderly the modern calendar really is. Each month has a set number of days, and each year has a set number of months.
There’s just one little blip — a blip that appears today: Leap Day. It’s added to every fourth year to keep the calendar aligned with the seasons.
Earth’s annual march around the Sun takes 365 days and almost six hours, and those extra hours have to be accounted for to keep the calendar in sync with the seasons.
The basic calendar we use today was instituted by Julius Caesar — a system of 12 months, each with a fixed length, for a total of 365 days. Even in Caesar’s time, though, those six extra hours were well known. So an extra day was added to every fourth February, making the years average out to exactly 365-and-a-quarter days.
But the true year is actually a few minutes less than that. By the 16th century, those minutes had added up to a big difference. So Pope Gregory the 13th ordered a change in the calendar: Leap Day is dropped from three of every four “century” years — years that end with double zeroes.
Even this system isn’t perfect — it leaves an error of one day every 3300 years. Still, we’ve got quite a few centuries to go before anyone has to tinker yet again with the rules for Leap Day.
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