WV Lottery - 02.28.13
As spring approaches, so does the threat of forest fires. The West Virginia Division of Forestry reminds residents that the state’s spring forest fire season starts on March 01, 2013, and runs through May 31, 2013. During these three months, daytime burning is prohibited from the hours of 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Outdoor burning is permitted only between the hours of 5:00 PM and 7:00 AM.
State law requires a ring or safety strip around outdoor fires to keep the fire from spreading into the woods. This safety strip must be cleared of all burnable material and be at least 10 feet wide completely around the debris pile.
Additional requirements of the state’s fire laws include staying on-site until the fire is completely extinguished, and only burning vegetative materials like leaves, brush and yard clippings.
If you allow a fire you have started to escape and it causes a wildfire or forest fire, you will be subject to fines ranging from $100 to $1,000. An additional civil penalty of $200 also will be assessed against you.
The Division of Forestry offers these tips for safe outdoor burning:
• Burn only after 5:00 PM — it’s the law — and put your fire out completely by 7:00 AM.
• Put debris in several small piles instead of one large one
• Never burn on dry, windy days
• Select a safe place away from overhead power lines, phone lines or other obstructions and where the fire cannot spread into the woods or weedy or brushy areas
• Clear at least a 10-foot area around the fire and make sure the area is clear of all burnable material
• Have water and tools on hand to extinguish anything that may escape the burn area
• Be conscientious of neighbors and don’t burn debris that produces a lot of smoke at times when smoke does not rise. If the smoke spreads out near the ground instead of rising, put out the fire and burn another time.
• Stay with the fire at all times until it is completely out. Leaving a fire unattended for any length of time is illegal.
• Call 911 immediately if a fire does escape
Commercial burning permits may be obtained by public utilities and people burning in conjunction with commercial, manufacturing, mining or like activities.
These burning permits cost $125 each and are issued by local Division of Forestry offices.
A permit is required for each site where this type of burning takes place.
The West Virginia State Police took part in a film that was released earlier this year and will be showing at several locations across the state in the next week.
The film is called “Finding Faith.” It’s based on actual events and the career of Sheriff Mike Brown of Bedford County, VA. He was one of the first in the country to set up an Internet Crimes Task Force. He helped the West Virginia State Police set up theirs.
Sgt. Mike Baylous with the West Virginia State Police says it was an honor for the Department to be part of a film that focuses on Internet crimes against children.
“It’s a proactive attempt to reach these children before they’re exposed to these types of crimes,” says Baylous. “What it’s designed to do is create an open conversation between parents and children and communities on the dangers of the Internet.”
Starring as Sheriff Brown is Erik Estrada, best known for his role as Frank “Ponch” Poncherello on the 70′s TV series “Chips.”
The plot focuses on a girl who befriends a man on the Internet and is abducted and taken to a home in West Virginia. That’s where you’ll see members of the West Virginia State Police portraying themselves as they help find the girl.
Baylous says while the scenes are set in West Virginia, it could just as easily have been any state in the country.
“Sometimes we think [internet predators] are a problem that’s unique to West Virginia. It’s not,” says Baylous. “It’s a worldwide problem.”
“Finding Faith” will have one of its second viewing in West Virginia on Saturday at the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Hurricane at 5pm. Estrada will be there to talk about his role and the dangers of the Internet.
To find out where you can see the film, log on to www.findingfaithfilm.com.
~~ Jennifer Smith – WVMN ~~
|Full Name:||Kreh, Ashley Nicole|
|Facility:||Central Regional Jail|
|Imprisonment Status:||Pre-Trial Felon|
Offender Court Order Information
|Court Info Number||Issuing Agency Location|
|12F-26||CALHOUN COUNTY - Bail Amount: $750,000.00|
|12M-169||BRAXTON COUNTY - Bail Amount: $5,000.00|
|13M-50||BRAXTON COUNTY - Bail Amount: $25,000.00|
|Calhoun County woman was indicted for the death of her infant daughter earlier this year.|
Calhoun County judge ordered a 60-day evaluation instead of sentencing on Monday, February 25, 2013.
she was charged with murder and child abuse resulting in the death of her 2-month-old girl.
Autopsy results showed the infant died of blunt force trauma to the head in February 2012.
The infant had sustained a skull fracture and a broken arm.
The infant died a couple of days later.
If convicted, she could face between 10 and 40 years in prison.
She told the Calhoun County judge that she was sorry!
More of West Virginia’s best fishing waters are scheduled to be showcased on episodes of the Outdoor Channel’s program, “Fly Rod Chronicles with Curtis Fleming.” The 2013 season premiere, which aired January 01, 2013, featured trout fishing at Pipestem Resort State Park.
“Fly Rod Chronicles” is shown each week, Tuesdays at 11:00 AM, Fridays at Noon, and Saturdays at 6:30 PM.
The schedule for the rest of this season includes these shows featuring West Virginia themes:
• Week of March 10, 2013 – West Virginia Grand Slam
• Week of March 17, 2013 – Cast ‘n’ Blast at Lodge of Chama (New Mexico) Part 1, featuring West Virginia coal miner Sonny Fleming
• Week of March 24, 2013 – Cast ‘n’ Blast Part 2
• Week of April 14, 2013 – WVU Basketball Coach Bob Huggins and his daughter Jacque fish the Potomac with Curtis and his daughter Laken; it’s a father/daughter show.
• Week of April 28, 2013 – Eastern Panhandle Fishing
• Week of May 05, 2013 – Cast ‘n’ Blast on the Greenbrier River
• Week of May 12, 2013 – Elk Springs Resort (Randolph County)
The West Virginia Department of Commerce has made the state a presenting sponsor of the 2013 broadcast season of the program.
The sponsorship includes 13 original 30-minute episodes. Six shows have been or will be taped on streams, rivers or lakes in the state.
West Virginia will be integrated into the other seven shows. Primary Commerce agencies contributing to the sponsorship and show content are West Virginia Development Office, Division of Tourism and the Division of Natural Resources State Parks and Forests section.
“The show shines a national spotlight on West Virginia’s scenic beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities,” said West Virginia Department of Commerce Cabinet Secretary Keith Burdette. “By touring our towns and talking to our people, the program will help viewers learn about the attractions, culture and heritage that make West Virginia ‘almost heaven.’”
A native of Bridgeport, WV, Fleming travels the world to find and experience the best hunting and fishing.
The Outdoor Channel is known to sportsmen across the country and around the world for its programming on all aspects of the sporting life. Now in its 10th season, “Fly Rod Chronicles with Curtis Fleming” boasts a viewership of nearly 1 million viewers per episode.
To learn more about “Fly Rod Chronicles with Curtis Fleming” visit www.flyrodchronicles.tv.
To find out more about West Virginia State Parks click www.wvstateparks.com.
Groups that work with troubled West Virginia children want lawmakers to support a bill requiring all state agencies to use a standardized evaluation tool that they say could help ensure more effective placements and treatments while also improving inter-agency communication.
Supporters say the West Virginia Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths assessment has already been tailored to meet the needs of the largely rural state and will help ensure the many agencies that deal with kids in crisis are working from the same playbook.
Kathy Szafran, chief executive officer of Crittenton Services Inc. in Wheeling, wrote the legislation that grew from meetings of the West Virginia Child Care Association last year. It will help ensure children get the care they most need, she said, whether they’re in residential treatment, foster care or a juvenile justice facility.
It will also generate data for a statewide database that West Virginia University would maintain to help policy makers, colleges and universities, and others spot trends then identify what resources are needed in different regions.
Troubled children come into state care through many different channels, she said, yet agencies have no uniform method of communicating or evaluating their needs.
“And these kids don’t fit into the silos we’ve developed,” she said, noting many have suffered previously unreported trauma that affected their behavior and put them on a path to the child-welfare system
The CANS tool, developed by the Illinois-based Praed Foundation, is a functional assessment that looks at the child holistically. It evaulates what’s happening in the home and many other aspects of their environments, Szafran said, “not just the child’s IQ or personality traits.”
Last year, a national study found that children are dying from abuse and neglect at a higher rate in West Virginia than any other state, a problem that judges, social workers and others say is fueled by rampant substance abuse in families.
But communities, particularly in the most rural and least populated areas, typically lack a sufficient safety net of foster care, adoptive families, in-home services and community-based prevention and treatment programs for addicted parents and their children.
Cases of abuse and neglect clog the criminal court system, their numbers doubling in less than a decade. Troubled kids often skip school, use drugs, become violent and commit crimes, further burdening the justice system.
Sen. Donald Cookman, D-Pocahontas, was for years chief judge of the 22nd Judicial Circuit covering Hampshire, Hardy and Pendleton counties, and saw those cases firsthand. Now he’s the lead sponsor on the legislation.
“That’s true in just about every aspect of the court system ... there’s very little community support,” he said Wednesday.
Judges often struggle to choose the best placement for a child, relying on the subjective recommendations of guardians, social workers and others. The CANS tool will provide more comprehensive, objective information, he said.
“It’s not an end-all, obviously,” Cookman said, “but I think it’s a good assessment tool and would give us a lot more information than the parties have actually ever had before. And they’re all reading off the same page.”
The state Department of Health and Human Resources supports a universal assessment tool, said agency spokeswoman Marsha Dadisman. But she said DHHR has not evaluated the possible costs of the bill, which must first go through the Senate Judiciary and Finance committees.
Szafran says the costs would be minimal because Crittenton already has people ready to train others.
The CANS tool is used in several other states, she said, including Illinois and Maryland, and in Allegheny County, Pa., which includes the city of Pittsburgh.
“We’ve had it developed for our population, not urban New York City kids but West Virginia kids,” Szafran said.
WVU will store the data that’s collected, which could help give policy makers a better idea of what services are needed and where.
“Right now, we have patterns. We’ll do community focus groups, but maybe 20 people show up for town meetings,” Szafran said, “so we’re not really getting a clear picture of the trends.”
The database would also help colleges and universities customize educational programs to meet the state’s needs, perhaps offering more master’s degree programs in social work, for example.
“Historically, we bring in consultants to come into our state and tell us how to do behavioral services. They provide a beautiful report in a beautiful binder, and we all promptly stick it on the shelf,” Szafran said. “This will give us hard data to see what’s really going on with West Virginia kids.”
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin wants online retailers to start collecting West Virginia’s sales tax on purchases by state residents.
Legislation introduced Wednesday follows the lead of several other states as brick-and-mortar businesses complain of an unfair tax burden.
Tomblin proposes requiring retailers located out-of-state to start applying the sales tax if they or a subsidiary has a physical presence in West Virginia.
That would appear to apply to e-commerce giant Amazon.com, which recently opened a customer service center in Huntington. A company spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
West Virginia has long pursued e-retail revenues through the multi-state Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement.
Congress has also weighed the online sales tax question, with the latest version of the proposed Marketplace Fairness Act introduced February 14, 2013.
U.S. Census figures show West Virginia leads the nation in the%age of adults receiving federal government income assistance who have disabilities.
The Census report released shows that of the 46 million adults who received income-based government assistance in 2011, 30.4% of them had a disability.
In West Virginia, the rate is 41.7%.
Arizona had the lowest rate at 25.1%.
Twenty-two states had disability rates above the national average of 30.4% and 15 were below that.
The Census report defined disabilities as people having vision, hearing, cognitive, ambulatory, self-care or independent living difficulties.
The report also found that of those people with disabilities in West Virginia, 26.8% reported having severe difficulties walking or climbing stairs, compared with the national average of 18.2%.
|Full Name:||Barnette, Robert Vaughn|
|Facility:||Central Regional Jail|
|Imprisonment Status:||Pre-Trial Felon|
Offender Court Order Information
|Court Info Number||Issuing Agency Location|
|13F-38, 39||LEWIS COUNTY - Bail Amount: $250,000.00|
|Operating Nine meth labs in and around Barnette’s Weston, WV area home.|
Two of those labs were actively cooking meth when discovered.
Charged with operating a clandestine drug lab and face other charges.
|Full Name:||Sellers, Mathew Paul|
|Facility:||Central Regional Jail|
|Imprisonment Status:||Pre-Trial Felon|
Offender Court Order Information
|Court Info Number||Issuing Agency Location|
|13F -||LEWIS COUNTY - Bail Amount: $250,000.00|
|Operating Nine meth labs in and around Barnette’s Weston, WV area home.|
Two of those labs were actively cooking meth when discovered.
Charged with operating a clandestine drug lab and face other charges.
West Virginia Superintendent Jim Phares joined other state education leaders Wednesday during the ACT State Organization 2013 Annual Conference.
About 700 people from K-12 and higher education participated in the annual event. This year’s theme is “Engage for Change!” Other keynote panelists were Cabinet Secretary Ketih Burdette of the West Virginia Department of Commerce; Chancellor Paul Hill of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission; Chancellor Jim Skidmore with the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education. Kanawha County Test Coordinator Bill Mullet will serve as moderator.
“About 68% of our high school graduates in the Class of 2012 took the ACT college entrance exam, which is a record for West Virginia,” Phares said. “Still, West Virginia students continue to have a composite score below the national average. We know we must do better if our students are to be successful on the ACT, in college and careers.”
The conference brought together higher education and K-12 representatives to address ways to better prepare students for the ACT and post-secondary education. Topics discussed during the day-long conference included best practices at middle, secondary, and post-secondary institutions; updates about state and national initiatives and changes; effective programs to maximize work force and college readiness; planning for the future; expanding career technical education to middle schools; financial aid; ACT Compass to aid with college placement; ACT work force assessments; college applications and exploration week; retention; ACT Explore career planning for eighth graders; ACT Plan career tool for 10th graders; Common Core State Standards; and other issues.
The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement test made up of four separate exams in English, reading, mathematics and science, plus an optional writing test. The ACT is scored on a scale of one to 36. The test is administered in all 50 states and is the predominant college entrance exam in 25 states, including West Virginia. ACT also assesses a student’s ability to succeed in college.
To better prepare for the ACT, students can use free ACT practice tests, study guides and preparation tools available at www.cfwv.com, West Virginia’s college- and career-planning website.
Senator Jay Rockefeller today announced that he cosponsored a bill to encourage American businesses to stop moving jobs overseas, and incentivize them to bring those jobs back home and hire American workers.
“Our country has a long, proud history of manufacturing with deep roots in West Virginia’s mills and factories,” said Rockefeller. “American workers give it their all each and every day, and they deserve a level playing field, good benefits, and the full support of their government. That starts with making sure we do all we can to keep their jobs here at home. This bill puts Americans back to work, gives businesses an incentive to bring outsourced jobs home for good, and shows our workers that we have their backs.”
The Bring Jobs Home Act would stop tax breaks for companies that ship American jobs overseas, and instead provides a 20% tax credit to businesses that bring jobs back to America. Businesses can use the tax credit for costs associated with moving a production line, trade, or business located outside the country back to the United States. The bill also stops the deduction companies can currently take for the costs associated with outsourcing.
As part of his longstanding commitment to creating jobs in West Virginia, Rockefeller has worked for years to promote manufacturing and spur new economic opportunities in the state and across America. In addition to this bill, Rockefeller:
• Introduced and cosponsored several bills recently that will help protect existing jobs and create new ones. The bills will level the playing field for American companies with foreign competition, incentivize companies to keep jobs in the U.S., and encourage job training programs.
• Demanded Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) benefits be extended and expanded to include the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) for steelworkers and other American workers hit hard by unfair trade. Most recently, Rockefeller has fought for RG Steel workers and retirees who were laid off last year after RG Steel filed for bankruptcy.
• Held a series of “Making it in America” roundtables across West Virginia. He heard from industry and labor leaders, as well as business owners and government officials, on how to strengthen West Virginia’s manufacturing sector. Rockefeller continues to hold discussions with West Virginians about this issue.
• Held two Commerce Committee hearings in Washington, in addition to a hearing in West Virginia. The hearings focused on the future of manufacturing in America and ways in which the government and industry can promote job growth.
• Led the Congressional effort to create the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program. Passed into law in 1988, MEP established a network of federal, state, and industry advisors to improve the productivity of American manufacturers.
Spearheaded the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (COMPETES). COMPETES underscores the need to support not only advanced and innovative manufacturing processes, but also the preparation of future generations of highly-skilled American workers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.
Charleston 65, Glenville State 57
The University of Charleston drained 11 three-point shots en route to a 65-57 upset of top-seeded Glenville State.
The teams struggled to find the basket in the early going, with Kenyona Simmons hitting the first field goal of the contest 4:58 into the game. The Golden Eagles took an early five-point edge on Nichole Perry’s three-point shot, making it 15-10 at the 6:57 mark. The Pioneers came back to tie it with 5:10 to go on Ginny Mills’ three-point bucket. UC pushed the margin to three with 1:09 to go, but Kenyell Goodson drilled a three-point shot to tie it before the half at 28.
UC took an eight-point edge on another three by Perry at the 15:36 mark. After GSC pulled within one, the visitors made it a 10-point game with 1:03 left on the clock. The Pioneers could get no closer than six the rest of the way.
The Golden Eagles were paced by Nichole Perry’s game-high 18 points. Chrissy Keir tallied 14 points and eight assists in the win while Tianni Kelly added nine boards. Chelsea Brumby accounted for nine points off the bench while LeAnne Ross scored eight.
Mills and Simmons guided the Pioneers with 11 points apiece. Simmons snagged a team-high eight rebounds. Ashleigh Fossett and Jelena Elez netted nine and eight points, respectively. Aesha Peters had seven boards and two blocks.
———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— University of Charleston vs Glenville State 02.27.2013 6:30 PM at Charleston Civic Center Coliseum ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— VISITORS: University of Charleston 16-12 TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS ## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN 11 Perry, Nichole…... * 6-11 5-10 1-2 1 1 2 0 18 1 2 0 1 27 12 Keir, Chrissy….... * 4-12 1-1 5-6 0 1 1 3 14 8 1 0 1 35 21 Kelly, Tianni….... * 1-2 0-0 0-3 2 7 9 3 2 2 3 3 2 33 24 Cuttaia, Kali….... * 2-5 0-0 0-1 0 6 6 1 4 0 2 2 2 33 25 Cowden, Jessi….... * 2-8 2-7 2-2 1 4 5 2 8 1 0 0 1 29 04 Brumby, Chelsea….. 3-7 1-4 2-2 1 0 1 1 9 2 2 0 1 14 15 Dozier, Kayla….... 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 1 1 1 1 13 22 Ross, LeAnne…..... 3-7 2-6 0-0 0 2 2 0 8 0 0 0 0 16 TEAM…............. 2 4 6 1 Totals…........... 22-53 11-28 10-16 8 27 35 10 65 15 12 6 9 200 TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 11-31 35.5% 2nd Half: 11-22 50.0% Game: 41.5% DEADB 3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 5-14 35.7% 2nd Half: 6-14 42.9% Game: 39.3% REBS F Throw % 1st Half: 1-5 20.0% 2nd Half: 9-11 81.8% Game: 62.5% 2 ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— HOME TEAM: Glenville State 26-3 TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS ## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN 03 Jelena Elez…...... * 4-7 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 8 3 3 0 0 23 12 Ashleigh Fossett…. * 2-11 0-3 5-6 1 1 2 1 9 2 3 0 2 18 32 Ginny Mills…...... * 4-14 3-9 0-0 0 3 3 3 11 0 1 0 1 29 35 Kenyona Simmons….. * 5-16 1-3 0-0 3 5 8 3 11 0 3 0 2 25 40 LaToya Hambrick….. * 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 3 2 0 1 0 0 13 01 DaShawna Carey…... 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 1 3 2 0 0 1 0 0 7 05 Jessica Parsons….. 2-3 0-0 0-1 3 3 6 1 4 3 1 0 0 17 10 Kenyell Goodson….. 3-8 2-5 0-0 0 2 2 3 8 0 2 0 0 25 20 Briauna Nix…...... 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 8 21 Tiffani Huffman….. 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 24 Madison Martin…... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 44 Aesha Peters…..... 2-4 0-0 0-0 5 2 7 0 4 1 0 2 0 19 TEAM…............. 5 5 10 Totals…........... 23-69 6-20 5-7 21 27 48 20 57 9 16 2 5 200 TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 11-34 32.4% 2nd Half: 12-35 34.3% Game: 33.3% DEADB 3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 2-9 22.2% 2nd Half: 4-11 36.4% Game: 30.0% REBS F Throw % 1st Half: 4-4 100 % 2nd Half: 1-3 33.3% Game: 71.4% 0 ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Officials: McMillion, Morrow, Terry Technical fouls: University of Charleston-None. Glenville State-None. Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total University of Charleston…... 28 37 - 65 Glenville State…............ 28 29 - 57 WVIAC Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal Game #3 ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
Seton Hill 51, Alderson-Broaddus 45
Seton Hill withstood a strong challenge from Alderson-Broaddus to earn a 51-45 quarterfinal victory Wednesday afternoon.
The Griffins held a 30-25 halftime margin by canning 10-of-11 free throws in the opening half. SHU opened the second half with a 6-0 spurt for an 11-point advantage. However, the Battlers fought back, pulling within four, 41-37, with 7:50 to play.
A-B sliced the deficit to two with 4:29 to go and again at the 3:40 mark – both times with points from Cayla Rhodes. The Battlers could get no closer though as SHU hit its free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
The Griffins were paced by Katie Gattuso’s game-high 20 points. She also added a team-best seven rebounds. Paige Alviani connected for 10 points and dished out four assists. Kelly Brennan and Tiara Stossel each hit for nine points. Brennan netted the final two points of the afternoon. SHU drained 19-of-21 free throws in the game.
The Battlers were led by Rhodes and her team-high 15 points. Leah Hurst scored 12 while Erica Brooks amassed eight. Amanda Peoples was held to four points, but secured a game-high 14 rebounds. A-B out-rebounded the Griffins 46-35 and held a 21-11 advantage on the offensive glass.
West Liberty 88, Shepherd 87 (2 OT)
West Liberty bested Shepherd 88-87 in double-overtime Wednesday afternoon in an instant classic.
The Hilltoppers’ Liz Flowers connected on two free throws, tying the game at 69 and force the extra session. The Rams took a five-point lead in overtime only to see WLU use a 6-0 run to take a 77-76 lead with 30 seconds to play. Priscilla Moseh hit one of two free throws with 21 ticks on the clock, tying the contest. SU’s defense stepped up and did not allow the Hilltoppers to get off a potential game-winning shot.
In the second overtime, there were four ties, with the last coming at 85 apiece with 1:39 to go. Flowers hit a lay-up and hit a free throw for an old-fashioned three-point play. The Rams’ Alex Weakland stole the ball and hit a lay-up with 12 seconds to play, but WLU was able to keep the ball the rest of the time.
The Hilltoppers were led by Hillary Southworth’s game-high 27 points. Flowers connected for 21. She also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds as did Emily Blevins. Meghan Wiseman notched 14 points and three blocks and Jasmin Kiley came off the bench to net 11.
The Rams were paced by Emily Daniel’s tremendous performance. She amassed 25 points and 20 rebounds in 49 minutes of action. Priscilla Moseh notched 20 points to go along with seven rebounds. Gabby Flinchum hit for 12 points and tallied two blocks while Jimyse Brown registered 10 points and seven rebounds.
Fairmont State 65, West Virginia Wesleyan 54
Fairmont State overcame an early eight-point deficit by countering with a 27-6 run en route to a 65-54 victory over the defending WVIAC Champion West Virginia Wesleyan.
Trailing 12-4 with 14:15 to play in the first half, Kaitlin Snyder hit a lay-up that sparked the spurt by the Falcons. The 27-6 run spanned 11:25 and concluded on Hailey Garrett’s tip-in. FSU shot 48% in the first half while limiting the Bobcats to 29.4%.
The Falcons built a 27-point lead with 7:17 to go in the contest on a free throw by Garrett and cruised to the victory.
Briana Welch guided the victors with a game-high 18 points on a perfect night from the floor. She hit all seven field goals and connected on all four charity tosses in 32 minutes of action. Snyder netted 15 points, including her 2,000th of her storied career. She also dished out six assists. Garrett totaled 11 points and game-high 13 rebounds while Hallie Gunnoe and Tiffany Nicholson scored 10 points apiece.
The Bobcats were led by Brittany Williams’ team-best 15 points. She also added five rebounds and three steals. Brittany Maxey and Danesha Richardson each hit for eight points. Richardson snagged a team-high seven rebounds while Maxey had two blocks.
Semifinals – Friday, March 01, 2013
No. 2 West Liberty vs. No. 3 Fairmont State – 1:00 PM
No. 5 Seton Hill vs. No. 9 Seton Hill – 3:00 PM
#11 Glenville State vs. #3 Alderson-Broaddus – 1:00 PM
The Battlers won both meetings against the Pioneers this season. A-B posted a 105-99 overtime win at home on Jan. 14 before notching a 79-70 victory in Glenville February 23.
O’Dell Eargle led five Battlers in double figures in the first meeting. He scored 23 points while Casey Ainslie amassed 20. Roy Brown hit for 19 points while Richard Lemon scored 13. Kurklin Bohanon went for 11 points as the team shot 52.2% from the field. Jamel Morris drained 11 field goals en route to a 30-point performance for the Pioneers. Lamar Mallory scored 19 and D.J. Blanks totaled 16. JJ Vazquez accounted for 11 points as GSC drained 57.1% of its shots from the floor.
Bohanon guided A-B with a game-high 22 points in the second contest. Brown hit for 16 points and dished out five assists. Adam Kline nearly had a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds. The Pioneers were led by Morris’ game-high 22 points. Blanks added 17 points and Mallory scored 15. Morris totaled a team-high seven boards.
#2 Fairmont State vs. #7 Seton Hill – 3:00 PM
The Falcons and Griffins split a pair of contests this year. FSU won its home game on Jan. 7 by a 69-53 score and SHU took a 76-73 victory on February 21.
Isaac Thornton scored a team-high 17 points in the win for the Falcons. Malik Stith added 13 points and Brendan Cooper had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Isaiah Hill chipped in 10 markers as the team hit 44.6% of its shots. Max Kenyi posted a game-best 20 points for the Griffins, including 12 from the foul line. Kameron Taylor added 15 points and Malachi Leonard narrowly missed a double-double with eight points and 10 boards.
SHU had a balanced scoring attack in its win. Kenyi and Leonard paced the squad with 17 points apiece. Lenjo Kilo netted 11 points and grabbed a team-high six rebounds. David Windsor added four steals. Stith scored a game-high 27 points for the Falcons. Cooper added 12 points and 13 rebounds while Thornton connected for 12 markers. Hill added nine points to go along with eight rebounds.
#4 Wheeling Jesuit vs. #5 Charleston – 6:30 PM
Wheeling Jesuit took both games from Charleston this season. The Cardinals won 68-67 on the road on Jan. 26 and posted an 86-80 double-overtime victory at home on February 21.
Joe Prati paced the victors in the first meeting by netting a team-best 22 points. Justin Fritts amassed 14 points and Ben Siefert totaled eight points, eight assists and eight rebounds. WJU pulled down 18 offensive rebounds in the win. Terrell Lipkins guided the Golden Eagles with a game-best 30 points. He also added six assists and six rebounds. Quincy Washington posted 16 markers on a seven-of-13 effort from the floor. UC canned 44.3% of its shots from the floor in the loss.
Fritts poured in a game-high 25 points and registered a career-best 10 steals in the second win for the Cardinals. Recardo Gaddy added 19 and Ben SIefert totaled 18 points and nine assists. Eric Siefert amassed 14 points and Prati swatted away four shots. Evan Faulkner scored 22 points to lead the Golden Eagles. Robbie Dreher scored 20 points and Lipkins netted 15. Xavier Humphrey added a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
#1 West Liberty vs. #9 Pitt-Johnstown – 8:30 PM
The Hilltoppers swept the season series, downing Pitt-Johnstown at home on Jan. 5 by a 101-92 score and on February 21 in Johnstown, Pa., by a 98-83 count.
In the first outing, Cedric Harris canned 14 field goals en route to a 32-point performance. C.J. Hester added 18 points while Chris Morrow and Shawn Dyer chipped in 17 and 10, respectively. WLU canned 52.9% of its shots from the field, including 52.6% from the three-point stripe. Nick Novak led the Mountain Cats with 26 points. Jordan Miller totaled 23 points while Ian Vescovi garnered 17 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Bill Luther scored 14.
Alex Falk connected for a game-best 32 points and had seven assists in the second meeting. Morrow accounted for 18 points and Seger Bonifant tallied 11. Hester amassed 10 points in the contest. The Hilltoppers drained 54.4% of their shots in the game. Novak guided UPJ with a team-high 27 points. Vescovi totaled 17 while Miller had 14 points and five assists. Luther accounted for 12.
We have two missing Bluetick Coon Dogs that have been missing since February 24, 2013 from Ellis Road/Linn Area.
If anyone has any information about them, please contact us at 304.462.4767.
Troy Elementary School - Gettysburg Fundraiser
|02.01||Susie Kirkpatrick||$50 Wal-Mart Gift Card||Wal-Mart||$50|
|02.02||Barry Rollyson||Fishing Rod & Reel Combo
36 pc. Socket Set
|Mr. Clean’s Bow Shop
|02.03||Rudeen Sealy||Car Cleaning Kit
$20 Foodland Gift Certificate
|02.04||Kay Allen||GSC Shirts, Visor & Misc. Items||Glenville State College||$45|
|02.05||Joyce Miner||Pampered Chef Food Processor/Oil||Mimi Riffle||$61|
|02.06||Pat Johnson||Vera Bradley Small Duffel||Caplan’s Jewelry Store||$69|
|02.07||Nicole Moyers||$25 Cash
$20 Betty’s Floral Gift Certificate
|United National Bank
|02.08||Mark Johnson||$50 Glenville Inn Gift Certificate||Glenville Inn||$50|
|02.09||Debbie Ruppert||Glenville Democrat Subscription
5qt. Oil Change & Tire Rotation
|02.10||Michael Cole||Longaberger Messenger Tote||Zinn Girls||$130|
|02.11||Jameson Adams||$50 Pioneer Grille Gift Certificate||Brian Kennedy||$50|
|02.12||Katrina Lusk||Master Peace Collections Statue||Gil-Co||$50|
|02.13||Vern Walker||Wooden Sheep Plaque
Large One Topping Pizza
One Month Tanning
|Camden Creek Primitives
Four Seasons Tanning
|02.14||Sarah Bonnett||26” Sanyo LCD HDTV||Anonymous||$213|
|02.15||Sheila Ables||$50 Pioneer Auto Wash Gift Card||Pioneer Auto Wash||$50|
|02.16||Brenie Lowther||Longaberger Basket (filled)
|State Farm Insurance
|02.17||Betsy Barr||Thirty-One Mini Utility Bin filled w/Bath & Body Works||Kaelynn & Garrett Moyers||$65|
|02.18||Lacy Lamb||$50 Exxon Gas Card||Somerville’s Exxon||$50|
|02.19||Jessica Helmick||Hair Products Glenville
|02.20||Brad Stevens||Longaberger Item (filled)||Calhoun Banks||$60|
|02.21||Pam Broome||Vera Bradley Laptop Backpack w/Tech Decals||Caplan’s Jewelry Store||$115|
|02.22||Danny Bonnett||$50 Car Detailing/Drakes Auto||Doug Cottrill||$50|
|02.23||Betsy Barr||Mary Kay Cosmetic Bags, Brush Set & filled Compact Pro(your choice of colors)||Doris Adams||$240|
|02.24||Nicole Moyers||Vera Bradley Purse||Caplan’s Jewelry Store||$44|
|02.25||Kathy Mumbauer||Longaberger Basket (filled)||Jackie Broome||$100|
|02.26||Mikky Allen||GNC Nutrition Products||GNC/Willie Furr, Mgr.||$73|
|02.27||Mary McCloud||$25 Western Auto Gift Certificate
5qt. Oil Change & Tire Rotation
|02.28||Bruce Wilson||$100 Exxon Gas Card||Ed Broome Inc.||$100|
Troy Elementary 4th, 5th & 6th grade students
would like to thank everyone who donated items, purchased tickets
or helped in any way during our fundraiser.
Your support is greatly appreciated!
The United States has seen a deluge of much-needed attention to the issue of bullying in the last decade. Horrific examples of young people harassing and abusing their peers–sometimes to the point that the victims commit suicide–have forced parents and educators to begin thinking about the issue and to initiate or expand bully prevention efforts. What is often missed in these discussions, however, is the problem of adults who bully young people. Adult bullies cause perhaps even more damage, as it is adults that young people are supposed to trust and to look up to.
The United States is, as Jessie Klein recently argued, a Bully Society. And it is not just our young people who are responsible. Adults model bullying behavior all the time, demonstrating to young people how to pick on others who have different-colored skin, look different, or act different. Big bully 60-year-old Joe Rickey Hundley, upset because 19 month-old African-American toddler Jonah Bennett had the audacity to cry on an airplane, announced that someone should “shut that nigger baby up.” Hundley then proceeded to slap Jonah in the face, according to numerous reports. Bullies berate and attack those who dare to challenge them. This was cyclist Lance Armstrong’s decades-long modus operandi whenever he was asked whether he was riding free of performance-enhancing substances, which of course he was not.
While we hear about students bullying each other, teachers bully students, too. Take for instance the case of Akian Chaifetz, a 10-year-old boy with autism who suddenly began having violent outbursts in class. His father found out why when he sent Akian to school wearing a wire. The verbal abuse Akian was enduring by teachers and aides would bring anyone to tears. The tape revealed the following barrage: “Oh, Akian, you are a bastard … Go ahead and scream because guess what? You’re going to get nothing until your mouth is shut. Shut your mouth!”
Like so many other problems, this one also cannot be chalked up to “bad apples.” Rather, bullying persists in our educational institutions that are created and maintained by adults. In many of our public schools, young people endure abusive yelling by teachers, are prohibited from using restrooms when they are in desperate need, and sometimes even experience physical assault in the form of corporal punishment. Special education students and young men of color are disproportionately told they are worthless when they are suspended or expelled via “zero tolerance” laws. In higher education, administrators sometimes bully students who offer any form of dissent, as in the case of Hayden Barnes who was “administratively withdrawn” from Valdosta State University because he protested the university’s proposal for a new parking garage. While these actions aren’t typically called bullying but instead are “for their own good,” the result is that young people are harassed, excluded, and assaulted in educational institutions with regularity.
The young people who are victimized by big bullies suffer emotionally, academically, and often physically. They are more likely to drop out of school and engage in other dangerous behaviors.
What can we do? We can start by calling these things what they are. Bullying. Abuse. Assault. Adults need to practice what we preach and treat others with the dignity and respect they deserve. Adults also need to recognize that the policies and practices we say are protecting children or holding them accountable often create more damage than good.
Since we have begun a “national dialogue” about violence and bullying, we better be sure to look at our own behaviors as well.
~~ Laura L. Finley, Ph.D. - Teaches Sociology and Criminology ~~
Jack the Giant Slayer
Opens Friday, March 01, 2013 | Runtime: 1 hr. 55 min.
PG-13 - Intense scenes of fantasy action violence, some frightening images and brief language
A young farmhand (Nicholas Hoult) gets swept into the realm of legend when he must defend his land from a seemingly unstoppable force of giant warriors. When young farmhand Jack (Nicholas Hoult) unwittingly opens a portal between his realm and a race of giants, it rekindles an ancient war. Roaming Earth for the first time in centuries, the fearsome giants seek to reclaim the land they lost long ago. Jack has to face an army of foes that he thought existed only in legend, but through his arduous fight for the kingdom and its people, he may win the love of a brave princess, perhaps becoming a legend himself.
Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, Bill Nighy, Ewan McGregor
Director: Bryan Singer
Genres: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
21 and Over
Opens Friday, March 01, 2013 | Runtime: 1 hr. 33 min.
R - Crude and sexual content, pervasive language, some graphic nudity, drugs and drinking
Straight-A college student Jeff Chang has always done what he was supposed to do. But when his two best friends Casey and Miller surprise him with a visit for his 21st birthday, Jeff Chang decides to do everything he wants to do for a change, even though his important medical school interview is early the next morning. What was supposed to be one beer becomes a night of humiliation, over indulgence and utter debauchery in this coming-of-drinking-age-comedy, from the writers of ‘The Hangover,‘ about living youth to its fullest.
Cast: Miles Teller, Skylar Astin, Justin Chon, Sarah Wright, François Chau
Directors: Scott Moore, Jon Lucas
The Last Exorcism Part II
Opens Friday, March 01, 2013 | Runtime: 1 hr. 29 min.
PG-13 - Horror violence, terror and brief language
Continuing where the first film left off, Nell Sweetzer (Ashley Bell) is found terrified and alone in rural Louisiana. Back in the relative safety of New Orleans, Nell realizes that she can’t remember entire portions of the previous months only that she is the last surviving member of her family. Just as Nell begins the difficult process of starting a new life, the evil force that once possessed her is back with other, unimaginably horrific plans that mean her last exorcism was just the beginning.
Cast: Ashley Bell, Julia Garner, Spencer Treat Clark, Louis Herthum
Director: Ed Gass-Donnelly
Genres: Horror, Suspense/Thriller
Opens Friday, March 01, 2013 | Runtime: 1 hr. 37 min.
R – Violence
Ed Harris plays the captain of a Cold War Soviet missile submarine who has recently been suffering from seizures that alter his perception of reality. Forced to leave his wife and daughter, he is rushed into a classified mission, where he is haunted by his past and challenged by a rogue KGB group (led by David Duchovny) bent on seizing control of the ship’s nuclear missile. With the fate of humanity in his hands, Harris discovers he has been chosen for this mission in the belief he would fail. PHANTOM is a suspense submarine thriller about extraordinary men facing impossible choices.
Cast: Ed Harris, William Fichtner, David Duchovny, Lance Henriksen, Johnathon Schaech
Director: Todd Robinson
Recipe makes 4 servings
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup dried bread crumbs
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 (4 ounce) jar sliced pimento peppers, drained
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
Place milk and bread crumbs in separate, shallow bowls.
In skillet, heat butter or margarine to medium heat.
Dip chicken in milk, then coat with crumbs.
Cook in butter or margarine, on both sides, until juices run clear (about 10 minutes).
Remove and keep warm.
Add broth to skillet.
Bring to a boil over medium heat, and stir to loosen browned bits from pan.
Stir in cream and pimentos; boil and stir for 1 minute.
Add Parmesan cheese, basil and pepper.
Stir sauce and cook until heated through.
Pour mixture over chicken and serve!
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The Moon and the star Spica are separated by just a fraction of a degree as they rise late this evening.
Spica is the brightest star of the constellation Virgo.
Moon and Spica
Since Galileo first turned his small telescope toward the heavens four centuries ago, astronomers have been building ever-bigger telescopes to gather ever more light. Yet sometimes, they learn as much from what they can’t see as what they can.
What brings this to mind is a close conjunction between the Moon and the star Spica. They’re separated by just a fraction of a degree as they rise late this evening.
Spica lies near the ecliptic — the Sun’s path across the sky. The Moon stays close to the ecliptic as well, so it passes close to Spica every month — as well as any other star within a few degrees of the ecliptic.
When the geometry is just right, the Moon can cover up these stars — an event known as an occultation. And astronomers have used occultations to study these stars.
They precisely measure a star’s light as it “winks out” behind the Moon. The time it takes the star to disappear, combined with its distance, reveals the star’s diameter. And if there’s a sudden drop in the light level, it means the star has a companion. This technique has revealed companion stars that were so close to the main stars that they were impossible to see on their own. And watching occultations in different wavelengths reveals details about the environment around the star.
Thanks to better technology, occultations aren’t as important today as they were in the past. But they show us that there’s often a lot more to a star than meets the eye.
We know from our own experience that the impulse to selfishness is strong in all of us.
The parable we hear today tells us what we have seen for ourselves: that selfishness wounds us as human beings.
But the parable also reminds us of the cure: opening ourselves to the word that God has spoken.
The rich man could have had his eyes opened to what life was really offering if he had tuned in to the experience his people had had of God, for the Scriptures were read to him each week in the synagogue.
But he didn’t allow them to do that: for him they remained just words.
Lord, like the rich man and his brothers, I have listened to your word today—help me to listen to what it is saying to me at this moment in my life.
Jeremiah 17:5-10. Happy are they who hope in the Lord—Ps 1:1-4, 6. Luke 16:19-31.
Marjorie Marks Gerwig
Age 92, passed away peacefully on February 27, 2013 at the home she shared with her daughter, Sharon Clodfelter in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was a former long-time resident of Ford City, Pennsylvania.
Mrs. Gerwig was born September 27, 1920 to James Orval and Maysel Bourn Marks in Mabie, Randolph County, West Virginia.
She was educated in West Virginia and Pennsylvania and moved to Ford City, Pennsylvania in 1948. She taught school for 28 years, starting in a one-room school in West Virginia and ending her teaching career in the Armstrong School District as a second grade teacher.
Mrs. Gerwig held membership in the Armstrong School District, Pennsylvania State Education Association, and National Education Association.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ford City, where she was active in American Baptist Women and taught Sunday School.
She enjoyed sewing, cooking, and gardening and gave selflessly to her family and friends. In her retirement years, she was an avid reader, quilter, and crossword puzzle worker, who generously contributed her culinary and sewing talents to many a church project.
Survivors include twin daughters, Deborah (Dr. Thomas R.) Powell of Orange, California and Sharon Clodfelter of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; four grandchildren and one great grandchild: Jessica Powell (Luke Miner), Britton Powell, William Monteith, Emily Monteith, and Unika Dawn. One sister, Doris Wise (Bob) of Bucyrus, Ohio and three brothers, Charles Marks (Jean) of Buckhannon, West Virginia, Carnie Marks (Dawn) of Tucson, Arizona, Fred (Patsy) Marks of Gaithersburg, Maryland, as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Herman N. Gerwig, of 57 years (December 28, 1998) and her brother, J.J. Marks.
Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. at 1:00 PM on Saturday, March 02, 2013.
Burial will follow in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Normantown, West Virginia.
Friends may call from 11:00 AM -1:00 PM on Saturday with services starting at 1:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Winston-Salem, NC. (101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103)
Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Marjorie Gerwig with arrangements.
Betty M. Frame
Age 83, of Frametown, WV, died February 26, 2013.
There will be no services.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.
Harry Lawrence Morrison, Jr.
763, of Varney, WV, passed away Thursday, February 14, 2013 at Charleston, following a lingering illness.
He was born February 25, 1939, at Sutton, WV. He was the son of the late Henry Lawrence Morrison, Sr., and Audra G. Boyce-Morrison Tingler.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Lee “Bubby” Tingler.
He was an Army Veteran serving in Korea. He was a retired manager from Flowers Baking Company.
He was a member of the Varney Baptist Church.
Henry is survived by his wife of 50 years, Loretta (McCormick) Morrison; four sons, Rodney (Linette) Morrison of Taylorville, WV; Gary Morrison of Newtown, WV; Timothy (Fawn) Morrison of Varney, WV, and Billy Morrison of Fayetteville, NC. Henry has five grandchildren, Nathaniel, Nicole, Kyle, Morgan and Amanda Morrison, and one great-grandson, Kaiden; one brother John Camden (Anna) of Sutton, WV; three sisters Doris (Jerrell) Stewart, Ann Gum, both of Sutton, WV, and Betty (Jack) Harris of Concord, OH, and several nieces and nephews. Henry made several acquaintances, both personal and professional throughout his life. He never met a stranger and will be sadly missed by all.
Services were held at 1:00 PM, Sunday, February 17, 2013, at Collins Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bill Snodgrass and Pastor Gifford Rawls officiating.
Burial followed at the Musick Cemetery.
Pallbearers were family and friends.
Collins Funeral Home at Switzer, WV, was in charge of the arrangements.
Dottie L. Harris
Age 68, of Mount Zion, WV, went home to be with the Lord on February, 25, 2013, after a sudden illness.
She was born January 31, 1945, one of fifteen children born to the late Aaron and Tracy Lamp Stull.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 34 years, Ronnie Harris; a sister, Phyllis Sampson and brother, Robert Stull.
She graduated from Calhoun County High School in 1965. She was retired from B.F. Goodrich.
She was a member of Victory Baptist Church in Grantsville, WV.
She is survived by one daughter, Angie Slider and her husband Tommy Slider and grandsons, Daniel Slider and Ryan Slider of Mount Zion, WV. She is also survived by seven brothers and five sisters, Doug (Joan) Stull of Grantsville, WV, David (Dorie) Stull of Mount Zion, Earl Stull of Big Bend, WV; Jack (Melva) Stull of Mount Zion, Larry (Vicky) Stull of Mount Zion, Eugene (Sandy) Stull of Grantsville, Johnny (Beth) Stull of Grantsville, Leona (Clay) Yeager of Five Forks, Linda (John) Simers of Mount Zion, Rosemary (Ronnie) Brown of Grantsville, Elizabeth (Roy) Parsons of Big Springs, WV; Kathy (Charlie) Wagoner of Big Springs; several nieces and nephews and her two dogs, Sam and Ollie.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Thursday February 28 at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with Pastor Mike Worf officiating.
Burial will follow in the Carpenter Cemetery.
Friends may call Wednesday from 6:00-8:00 PM at the funeral home.
Musette Samples Berry
Age 102, formerly of Sutton, West Virginia, and more recently of South Charleston, died Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at Genesis Healthcare’s Dunbar Center. She would have observed her 103rd birthday in three more months.
She was predeceased by her husband, James R. “Jimmie” Berry.
Survivors include son James Richard “Dick” Berry of Columbus, OH, daughters Nancy (Jim) Byrne of South Charleston, Carole Berry of Saint Albans, Pam Berry of Dunbar, Janet (Jim) Garrett of Manitowoc WI. She also had ten grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Musette was a graduate of Gassaway High School, and attended Glenville State College.
She spent most of her adult life in Sutton, where her late husband had a career as a public accountant. Both were heavily involved in local church, civic, fraternal, and government activities. Musette’s most important job was being a mother to five active children, but she also worked with her husband in his business in later years.
Musette enjoyed music all her life, and sang in the church choir for many years. For several years, she was director of the junior choir at Christ Church United Methodist, Sutton. She was active with her children’s activities, including helping with Girl Scouts and school projects.
In retirement, Musette and Jimmie enjoyed traveling and visiting children, grandchildren, and other relatives throughout the United States.
She will be well remembered by her family as a wonderful cook and homemaker who kept a home filled with laughter and love.
A memorial service was conducted Monday, February 25, at 3:00 PM at Christ Church United Methodist in Sutton, with Pastor Douglas W. Smailes officiating.
Cremains will be interred at Sutton Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Boulevard West, Charleston, West Virginia 25387-2536.
Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium, Nitro, WV is assisting the Berry Family.
Today is Thursday, Feb. 28, the 59th day of 2013. There are 306 days left in the year.
Thought for Today:
“Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know.“ — Daniel J. Boorstin, American historian, educator and Librarian of Congress (1914-2004).
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Feb. 28, 1993, a gun battle erupted at a religious compound near Waco, Texas, when Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents tried to arrest Branch Davidian leader David Koresh on weapons charges; four agents and six Davidians were killed as a 51-day standoff began. (The siege ended April 19 as fire erupted while federal agents smashed their way into the compound; Koresh and 78 other people were killed.)
On this date:
In 1844, a 12-inch gun aboard the USS Princeton exploded as the ship was sailing on the Potomac River, killing Secretary of State Abel P. Upshur, Navy Secretary Thomas W. Gilmer and several others.
In 1861, the Territory of Colorado was organized.
In 1911, President William Howard Taft nominated William H. Lewis to be the first black Assistant Attorney General of the United States.
In 1942, the heavy cruiser USS Houston and the Australian light cruiser HMAS Perth were attacked by Japanese forces during the World War II Battle of Sunda Strait; both were sunk shortly after midnight.
In 1951, the Senate committee headed by Estes Kefauver (ES’-teez KEE’-faw-vuhr), D-Tenn., issued an interim report saying at least two major crime syndicates were operating in the U.S.
In 1953, scientists James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick announced they had discovered the double-helix structure of DNA.
In 1960, a day after defeating the Soviets at the Winter Games in Squaw Valley, Calif., the United States won its first Olympic hockey gold medal by defeating Czechoslovakia’s team, 9-4.
In 1972, President Richard M. Nixon and Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai issued the Shanghai Communique, which called for normalizing relations between their countries, at the conclusion of Nixon’s historic visit to China.
In 1975, more than 40 people were killed in London’s Underground when a subway train smashed into the end of a tunnel.
In 1983, the long-running TV series “M-A-S-H” ended after 11 seasons on CBS with a special 2½-hour finale that was watched by an estimated 121.6 million people.
In 1986, Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme (PAHL’-meh) was shot to death in central Stockholm. (The killing remains unsolved.)
In 1988, the 15th Olympic Winter Games held its closing ceremony in Calgary, Canada.
Ten years ago:
NASA released video taken aboard Columbia that had miraculously survived the fiery destruction of the space shuttle with the loss of all seven astronauts; in the footage, four of the crew members can be seen doing routine chores and admiring the view outside the cockpit.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stood by its ruling that reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools was unconstitutional because of the words “under God.“
The Food and Drug Administration announced that every bottle of ephedra would soon bear stern warnings that the popular herb could cause heart attacks or strokes, even kill. (The government banned ephedra in Feb. 2004.)
Five years ago:
President George W. Bush told a White House news conference the country was not recession-bound; Democratic candidate Barack Obama said the economy was “on the brink of a recession” and blamed economic policies espoused by Bush and Republican presidential contender John McCain.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates told his Turkish counterpart that Turkey should end its offensive against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq as soon as possible.
Deposed Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra (TAHK’-sin SHIN’-uh-wah) returned to Thailand from 17 months in exile to face corruption charges.
Mike Smith, lead singer for the British band Dave Clark Five, died outside London at age 64.
One year ago:
Republican Mitt Romney won presidential primary victories in Arizona and Michigan.
Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, announced she would not seek re-election, citing what she called the increasingly polarized climate of Washington.
Angela Castro, 88, an elder sister of Cuban leaders Fidel and Raul Castro, died in Havana.
Producer Saul Zaentz is 92
Architect Frank Gehry is 84
Actor Gavin MacLeod is 82
Actor Don Francks is 81
Actor-director-dancer Tommy Tune is 74
Hall of Fame auto racer Mario Andretti is 73
Actor Frank Bonner is 71
Actress Kelly Bishop is 69
Actress Stephanie Beacham is 66
Writer-director Mike Figgis is 65
Actress Mercedes Ruehl is 65
Actress Bernadette Peters is 65
Energy Secretary Steven Chu is 65
Actress Ilene Graff is 64
Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman is 60
Comedian Gilbert Gottfried is 58
Basketball Hall-of-Famer Adrian Dantley is 57
Actor John Turturro is 56
Rock singer Cindy Wilson is 56
Actress Rae Dawn Chong is 52
Actress Maxine Bahns is 44
Actor Robert Sean Leonard is 44
Rock singer Pat Monahan is 44
Author Daniel Handler (AKA “Lemony Snicket”) is 43
Actor Rory Cochrane is 41
Actress Ali Larter is 37
Country singer Jason Aldean is 36
Actor Geoffrey Arend is 35
Actress Michelle Horn is 26
Actor Bobb’e J. Thompson is 17
01-03-06-20-38 Hot Ball: 05
03-14-20-34-48 Power Ball: 21
“Because taxpayers are consenting to be taxed in excess of what the law requires when they approve excess levies, providing full and complete information to them so that an informed decision can be made would be good public policy.” Byrd v. Board of Education. (CODE CITATION)
Excess levies are an example of a rare moment in politics: citizens choosing to be taxed more heavily than required by the law. In West Virginia, there has been a tradition of excess levies imposed by local boards of education. West Virginia Code 11-8-16 provides the specifics for the power to lay (levy) an excess levy. Levies imposed by boards of education require only a simple majority of the votes of those who show up at the polls for passage, and the outcome affects every taxpayer in the county. Therefore, all should recognize the necessity of informing themselves on the nature of the issue and then exercising their right to vote on these levies.
Given the importance of proper stewardship in taxing and spending, it is important to maintain transparency and accountability in this process. These levies should be subject to the scrutiny of an informed public. Under normal circumstances, oversight for the expenditure of school funds would be entrusted to the local elected board of education. However, as the State Board of Education intervened into the administration of Mingo County Schools, the county board has no authority as to the expenditure of funds, which would include funds collected with this levy. This levy has effectively been called by the State Board, and that body will have control over how the money is spent. In essence, there is no democratic mechanism by which the taxpayers of Mingo County can control how their money is spent.
In looking at the past four levy elections (including the proposed 2014 levy) in Mingo County, it is important to note the tremendous benevolence of the citizens regarding their support of excess levies. This benevolence can be expressed in dollars using the amounts of money the people have paid historically and will pay including the proposed levy on March 23, 2013. This will be approximately $160,000,000.00, or about $8,000,000.00 annually extra money for school purposes.
While Mingo County has been generous in school support, a number of counties in West Virginia have either failed to ever pass a special school excess levy or do not have excess levies at the present time. These counties are Barbour, Braxton, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Roane, Summers, Tucker and Webster, a total of twelve counties from the fifty five counties comprising West Virginia.
Where then do counties, with or without excess levies, derive funding for education? This question is of particular importance because the West Virginia Constitution has given high priority to the education of the citizens. It tells us both who shall provide and the quality of education that shall be provided: “The Legislature SHALL provide, by general law, for a thorough and efficient system of free schools.”(WV Constitution, Article XII 12-1). Further, this same constitution states that the Legislature shall provide for the support of free schools by appropriating thereto—-and by general taxation of persons and property or otherwise.
A recent article by Talkline host Hoppy Kercheval stresses the consequences of this constitutional mandate: “West Virginia spends about $3.5 billion (state and federal dollars) on public education every year. That`s a lot of money, especially considering the state`s small size. In fact, West Virginia ranks 8th in education spending relative to income.” There could be a bit of irony in this statement since Mingo County ranks 8th in the state in per pupil expenditures.
The funding for education in West Virginia, however, comes from a variety of sources, which is important to understand in looking at the case of Mingo County. The West Virginia Legislature has historically been generous in the funding allocation of the state`s limited resources to education. Mingo County will receive (estimated for the year ending June 30, 2013, mandated by WV Code 11-8-12) $26,781,610.00 from the state as aid to the schools. The federal government also plays an important role in the funding of education, as Mingo County will receive an estimated $900,000 in unrestricted funds from that source. The taxpayers of Mingo County also contribute to funding as mandated for their share of public school support. These are funds collected at the local level (real and personal property taxes) estimated at $8,000,000.00 for this tax year.
It is well to remember the efforts taken by former members of the local board of education, as stated in the Mingo County Comprehensive Plan (2000-2010), to provide a thorough and efficient education system. At the crux of this effort was the consolidation of four high schools, Burch, Gilbert, Matewan and Williamson into a new comprehensive school.
The plan mentioned above (CEFP) has cited the annual savings for the closure of Cline, Gilbert and Varney Elementary Schools—all closed in 2004—as $3,500,000. These savings are derived from the personnel, utilities, insurance, maintenance and other costs attributed to these closures. At the close of this school year, 2013, the CEFP indicates further savings will accrue from the closure of Burch Elementary (contingent upon School Building Authority funding), Matewan Middle, Williamson Middle, as well as two high schools, Matewan and Williamson, which were not closed when the new Mingo Central High School was opened in 2011. Next year, Mingo County will be comprised of nine or—maybe ten schools.
Given the above historical and factual information, the taxpayers consenting to be taxed more heavily in excess of what the law requires should ask questions regarding the expenditure of more money for education in the spirit of Byrd v. Board of Education. I have some questions of my own.
1. Who is the board/entity who takes the responsibility to determine that there are insufficient funds available to provide a thorough and efficient education?
2. Who is the one person that has the prevailing power to spend, not only budgeted but unrestricted, funds amounting to millions of dollars?
3. Who is the person accountable for the tracking and inventorying the millions of dollars spent on equipment, technology (including iPads, iPods, computers, televisions, tools, materials, etc.)?
4. Who has taken the responsibility to address the same issues facing our state in the recent (January 2012) Education Efficiency Audit of West Virginia? Has this person addressed these issues in the proposed excess levy:
1. Maximize Limited Personnel Resources
2. Better Connecting the Education System to Workforce and Career Futures
3. Mandate 180 days of instructional time (will require legislative input).
4. Improve Teacher Compensation. Please note that in the proposed levy NO new dollars have been included nor have been included in at least 20 years, for personnel.
5. Strengthen School Leadership by Investing in Principals.
6. Launch a plan to Recruit the Best Teachers and Improve Training and Licensure and to Retain our own best teachers and support staff?
Mingo County, as well as the state of West Virginia as a whole, has opportunities that, if utilized, could well make our students the leader in education reformation. As voters, we must ask ourselves these questions as we prepare to go to the polls and vote on the critical issue of the excess levy. It was William Shakespeare who said, “Failure has many architects.” It is my belief that a well informed populace and a transparent and accountable administration can be architects for success. We have a responsibility as citizens to ensure that our government spends our money fairly and effectively for the betterment of everyone, especially our children.
William D. Duty, President
Mingo County Board of Education
Supporters of the federal health care overhaul say expanding Medicaid in West Virginia will create both jobs and economic activity.
Figures presented at a Tuesday state Capitol press conference suggest a $664 million boost to the economy and 6,200 added jobs in 2016.
The advocacy group Families USA hired Regional Economic Model Inc. to develop the estimates. It presented its findings with West Virginians For Affordable Health Care.
The gains would come from providing health care through Medicaid for at least 100,000 additional state residents.
The federal law calls on states to open up their programs. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin is awaiting an accounting analysis before deciding whether West Virginia’s should expand.
Medicaid is already a $3.1 billion program in the state, putting increasing pressure on the budget.
West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has introduced a bill intended to ease overcrowding in the state’s filled-to-capacity prison system.
The bill introduced Tuesday would mandate that non-violent offenders are released six months early into supervised release programs.
The bill also provides for one-year mandatory supervision for violent offenders after their regularly scheduled release.
In an effort to lower the rate at which released prisoners end up back in jail, courts would no longer revoke probation for minor rules violations.
The bill would standardize the risk assessment evaluations that prisoners are subject to and would provide for better drug treatment programs.
The bill is the result of a recent study of the state’s prison system.
It will be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee next week.
|Full Name:||Lamp, Christopher Scott|
|Facility:||Central Regional Jail|
|Imprisonment Status:||Pre-Trial Felon|
Offender Court Order Information
|Court Info Number||Issuing Agency Location|
|13F-11-14, 13M-41-42||CALHOUN COUNTY - Bail Amount: $130,000.00|
|Two counts of sexual assault 3rd degree.|
Sexual abuse 3rd degree.
Sexual abuse by parent or custodian.
West Virginia Democratic legislators joined with children’s advocacy groups to kick off the “Our Children, Our Future” campaign to fight child poverty in the state.
Speaking in the Capitol rotunda on Monday, Senate Majority Leader John Unger compared the evils of society to the Death Star from “Star Wars.“ He said that child poverty was the crucial hub within the Death Star that legislators could attack.
The campaign emphasized expansion of Medicaid in the state. That would insure more than 100,000 additional West Virginians at levels just above the poverty line.
Senate President Jeffrey Kessler said he supported Medicaid expansion, although Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has yet to announce whether he intends to expand the program.
The campaign also emphasizes child care programs, prison reform and domestic violence.