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2017: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 9

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Area High School Football Scoreboard
2017: Week 9 Games
Hannan (2-6) 6 #12 North Marion (5-3) 28
Gilmer County (2-6) 46 #12 Braxton County (6-2) 30
Calhoun County (0-9) 18 #11 Valley (Wetzel) (5-3) 7
#6 Webster County (7-1) 53 #10 Doddridge County (7-2) 35
Wirt County (4-4) 40 Williamstown (4-4)  
Ritchie County (2-7) 6 Parkersburg Catholic (0-6)    Saturday  
#1 South Harrison (8-0) 43 Magnolia (3-6) 43
#3 St. Marys (6-1) 15 Tyler Consolidated (4-4) 21
Roane County (AA) (0-8) 14 Paden City (2-6) 12
#14 Ravenswood (5-3) 35 Van (4-5) 66
#4 Midland Trail (A) (8-1) 29 Beallsville, OH 25
Nicholas County (6-2) 34 #8 Cameron (7-1) 58
#4 Liberty Harrison (7-1) 14 Valley (Fayette) (3-6) 8
Robert C. Byrd (5-3) 48 Richwood (5-3) 41
#9 Keyser (5-3) 0 Elkins (3-5) 44
#5 Bridgeport (8-1) 30 #11 Lincoln (6-2) 45
Shady Spring (4-4) 31 #8 Hurricane (4-4) 7
Clay County (5-2) 6 #12 Parkersburg (5-3) 35
Philip Barbour (6-2) 24 Buckhannon-Upshur (3-5) 7
Lewis County (1-8) 22 Brooke (2-6) 28
Greenbrier East (1-7) 12    
Parkersburg South (3-5) 29    
BYE WEEK:  Notre Dame

College Foundation Of West Virginia Sets New Goal For Completion Of Federal Student Aid Application

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The College Foundation of West Virginia (CFWV) has announced the statewide goal to have at least 63 percent of high school seniors file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 15, 2018.

Filing the FAFSA is the first step in applying for financial aid for college. Students who file the FAFSA are considered for the Federal Pell Grant, which awards up to $5,920 annually to students to cover the cost of tuition and other education expenses. Additionally, students must submit a FAFSA to apply for many in-state scholarship and grant opportunities, such as the PROMISE Scholarship, which awards up to $4,750 annually, and the West Virginia Higher Education Grant, which awards up to $2,700 annually.

The following schools met or exceeded last year’s 60 percent FAFSA completion goal:

  • Bishop Donahue Memorial High School
  • Bluefield High School
  • Bridgeport High School
  • Buffalo High School
  • Cameron High School
  • Capital High School
  • Central Catholic High School
  • Charleston Catholic High School
  • Cross Lanes Christian School
  • East Fairmont High School
  • East Hardy High School
  • Elkins High School
  • Fairmont Senior High School
  • Faith Christian Academy
  • Frankfort High School
  • George Washington High School
  • Greenbrier East High School
  • Greenbrier West High School
  • Harman Elementary/High School
  • Hedgesville High School
  • Herbert Hoover High School
  • Hundred High School
  • Hurricane High School
  • Lewis County High School
  • Lincoln County High School
  • Lincoln High School
  • Logan Senior High School
  • Magnolia High School
  • Martinsburg High School
  • Midland Trail High
  • Mingo Central High School
  • Montcalm High School
  • Moorefield High School
  • Morgantown High School
  • Nitro High School
  • North Marion High School
  • Paden City High School
  • Parkersburg Catholic High School
  • Paw Paw High School
  • Pendleton County Middle/High School
  • Petersburg High School
  • Ravenswood High School
  • Ripley High School
  • Scott High School
  • Shady Spring High
  • Sissonville High School
  • South Charleston High School
  • South Harrison High School
  • Spring Mills High School
  • Teays Valley Christian School
  • Tucker County High School
  • Tug Valley High School
  • Tygarts Valley Middle/High School
  • Union Educational Complex
  • University High School
  • Valley High School (Smithers)
  • Valley High School (Wetzel)
  • Van Junior/Senior High School
  • Wahama High School
  • Washington High School
  • Webster County High School
  • Weir High School
  • Westside High School
  • Wheeling Park High School
  • Williamstown High School
  • Winfield High School
  • Wirt County High School
  • Wyoming County East High School


Dr. Paul Hill, Chancellor of the HEPC, noted that student aid dollars oftentimes go unclaimed simply because students do not file the FAFSA.

“The financial aid is out there, but students have to apply to receive it,” said Hill. “All students who plan to pursue some form of education or training beyond high school, regardless of their income or grades, should file the FAFSA to be considered for federal and state student aid.”

Dr. Sarah Tucker, Chancellor for the CTCS, stressed that filing the FAFSA can help many students go to college debt-free.

“If students receive the maximum award amounts for the Federal Pell Grant and the West Virginia Higher Education Grant, they will already have nearly $9,000 to pay for college,” said Tucker. “This is more than double the average yearly cost of tuition at West Virginia’s two-year institutions. Filing the FAFSA is a crucial step in transitioning to postsecondary education.”

March 01 is the deadline for students to submit a FAFSA to be considered for the PROMISE Scholarship, and April 15 is the deadline for students to submit the FAFSA to be considered for the West Virginia Higher Education Grant Program. Students who plan to pursue education or training beyond high school during the 2018-19 academic year can now complete the 2018-19 FAFSA online at using their 2016 tax returns. Students who wish to apply for the PROMISE Scholarship can do so now at

Staff from the Financial Aid Division at HEPC are working with college and university partners to help increase financial aid awareness throughout communities in the state. As a result, hundreds of free financial aid and FAFSA workshops are scheduled throughout the academic year. A full list of workshops is available at

CFWV is West Virginia’s college- and career-planning resource. The initiative is led by HEPC in partnership with CTCS, the West Virginia Department of Education and the Office of Secretary of Education and the Arts.

Top Causes of Shoulder Pain and How to Prevent It

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According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the shoulder is the most movable joint in the entire human body. This also explains why shoulder injuries are so common.

“Your shoulders receive their range of motion from four distinct muscles and the tendons surrounding them called the rotator cuff,” said Joshua Sykes, MD, shoulder specialist at UHC Orthopaedics. Difficulty lifting your arms above your head and moving your shoulders forward or backward may be your first indication that something is wrong. Shoulder pain has several causes. It can be due to damage of the bones or soft tissues or swelling in and around the rotator cuff.

Most Common Causes of Shoulder Pain

The NIH states that pain occurs the most frequently when the rotator cuff and surrounding tissue becomes inflamed from use or gets pinched underneath the bone above the shoulder. The medical name for this condition is bursitis or rotator cuff tendonitis. Other common causes of shoulder pain include:

  • Broken shoulder bone

  • Dislocation of a shoulder joint

  • Rotator cuff tears

  • Arthritis in one or more shoulder joints

  • Overuse of tendons located nearby, such as the biceps

  • Frozen shoulder, a condition that occurs when the ligaments located inside the shoulder stiffen and movement becomes painful or challenging

You may also experience shoulder pain due to a problem in another part of the body, such as your neck or arms. This is called referred pain. You typically don’t experience pain when moving the shoulders in this case.

Home and Professional Remedies to Treat Shoulder Pain

“Placing ice on your sore shoulders for 15 minutes at a time and then removing it for 15 minutes can help to decrease pain and swelling. Be sure to place the ice in a cloth before holding it on your skin to avoid giving yourself frostbite,” said Dr. Sykes. “This

strategy is most effective when you can repeat it three to four times a day for two to three days and then rest your shoulder for the next few days after that.” Most people find a recliner or sleeping with the head and torso elevated helps decrease pain in the shoulder.

Take ibuprofen or naproxen according to recommendations on the bottle for persistent pain or swelling. It is safe to resume regular activities once you feel comfortable enough to do so. If the above home remedies do not lessen your shoulder pain, please schedule an evaluation at the Bruce Carter United Orthopaedic and Spine Center.

Dr. Sykes will ask you several questions about how you injured your shoulder and your current symptoms. He may also order blood or imaging tests to help diagnose the problem. Possible recommendations for treatment include cortisone injections, physical therapy, or prescription medication. Surgery is a last resort when more conservative methods fail to work.

Sudden Shoulder Pain May Be a Medical Emergency

Sudden and extreme pain in one or both shoulders could be a symptom of a heart attack. Please call 9.1.1 or have someone bring you to the nearest hospital emergency room for immediate evaluation. The pain is often crushing and can run from your arm, jaw, or neck to your shoulder. Dizziness, shortness of breath, or sweating that accompanies severe shoulder pain can be a warning sign of a heart attack as well. We also encourage you to go to the emergency room if your injury just occurred and you notice bleeding, significant bruising, severe pain, or excessive swelling.

How to Prevent Injuries to Your Shoulder

It’s always easier to prevent a shoulder injury than to treat one. Here are several tips for keeping your shoulders pain-free and injury-free:

  • Decrease the stress on your shoulders by performing strengthening exercises for your back, neck, arm, and shoulder muscles

  • Stretch and complete several minutes of warm-up exercises before any period of prolonged physical activity

  • Maintain proper posture by standing up straight and relaxed without slumping

  • Always wear your seatbelt in the car, whether you’re the driver or a passenger

  • Don’t try to lift objects that are too heavy to manage on your own

  • Try to avoid overusing your arms and alternate hands while working, completing housework or childcare, or engaging in hobbies

  • Avoid keeping your arms raised over your head for long periods, such as when painting

  • Wear protective gear when playing sports so an injury to one area doesn’t cause you to compensate by overusing your shoulders

Your shoulder muscles and tendons work hard every day. Be sure to give them plenty of time to rest from the constant motion.

2017: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 7

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Area High School Football Scoreboard
2017: Week 7 Games
#14 Doddridge County (5-2) 38 #15 Nicholas County (4-2) 20
Gilmer County (0-6) 6 Braxton County (4-2) 28
#1 St. Marys (5-0) 61 Tyler Consolidated (3-3) 54
Calhoun County (0-7) 8 Ritchie County (2-5) 6
Roane County (0-6) 44 #15 Van (3-3)  
#3 Liberty Harrison (6-0) 59 Richwood (2-3)  Saturday  
Southern Garrett, MD 56 Parkersburg Catholic (0-5) 6
Notre Dame (1-6) 7 #4 Madonna (6-0) 43
#3 South Harrison (6-0) 57 #8 Webster County (5-1) 35
Tygarts Valley (1-5)  Thursday 0 Meadow Bridge (0-6) 14
Buffalo (1-5) 0 #10 Cameron (5-1) 58
Williamstown (3-4) 41 Conotton Valley, OH 0
Ravenswood (4-2) 38 #13 Clay-Battelle (5-1) 32
Wirt County (3-3) 14 Paden City (1-5) 7
#5 Bridgeport (6-1) 40 Hundred (0-6)     Forfeits due to lack of players 0
#10 North Marion (4-2) 22 Valley (Wetzel) (4-2) 1
Grafton (3-3) 21 Philip Barbour (5-2) 41
#16 Lincoln (4-2) 42 East Fairmont (0-6) 14
Robert C. Byrd (4-3) 28 Woodrow Wilson (1-6) 8
Elkins (3-3)   Thursday 24 #10 Parkersburg (4-2) 34
Parkersburg South (2-5) 28 Lewis County (AA) (1-6) 6
Brooke (1-5) 7 Buckhannon-Upshur (3-3) 14
BYE WEEK:  None in the Area

GSC’s Fred Walborn Officiates Wedding for Former Students

When planning for a wedding, there are lot of details to consider – the venue, the cake, guest list, finding a photographer, and more. One of the most important decisions is who will actually perform the marriage ceremony. That was an easy decision for one pair of former Glenville State College students, all they had to do was call up their favorite professor.

Last February, GSC Professor of Psychology Dr. Fred Walborn received a phone call from two former GSC students, Joanna Lamp and Jackson Ranhart, who he had gotten to know through GSC’s Cycling Club; Walborn was an advisor for the club. “I thought she was going to ask me to attend their wedding…turns out, she asked me to marry her and her fiancée. I hesitated at first but the next day, realizing it was an honor, I called them back and volunteered,” Walborn said.

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GSC professor Fred Walborn (center) officiates
the wedding of Joanna Lamp and Jackson Ranhart on August 05

“Jackson and I reunited six years after our bike trip from Pittsburgh to D.C. with Dr. Walborn and the GSC Cycling Club. We missed biking with him like old times, so we called him up and started biking with him again. Our relationship turned into engagement, and as the wedding was approaching, we realized we had to find an officiant. We really didn’t have to think too hard about it and decided to ask Dr. Walborn because he is one of the reasons we met and became friends in the first place. So we thought, why not ask him to seal the deal?” Ranhart said.

In order to serve as the officiant at the wedding, Walborn had to become ordained. It was then that he began worrying about the details of the ceremony. “I was nervous about whether I would start crying during the ceremony - that would not have been good,” he said. “But, it all went well and after the ceremony two couples even asked me if I would marry them. And I’ve had a recent GSC graduate ask me to marry him and his fiancée next summer.”

“Our wedding was absolutely perfect; the weather was gorgeous and Walborn was outstanding. I felt like I was in his class again but instead he was marrying us! We have always considered Fred as a close friend, but now he is more like family,” Ranhart added.

Jackson graduated in December 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Management and an Associate in Science degree in Forest Technology. He is currently working as a GIS Technician with EQT in Clarksburg. Joanna attended GSC in 2007-2008 as part of GSC’s joint nursing program with the WVU Institute of Technology, where she graduated in May 2011. She also holds a Master of Science in Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner) from WVU and is currently working as a family nurse practitioner at Community Care Walk-in clinic in Clarksburg.

2017: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 6

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Area High School Football Scoreboard
2017: Week 6 Games
#7 Midland Trail (5-0)   #3 Liberty Harrison (4-0)  
Gilmer County (0-4)   #13 Braxton County (3-1)  
Calhoun County (0-5)   #14 Wirt County (3-1)  
#13 Clay-Battelle (3-1)   #16 Doddridge County (3-2)  
Ritchie County (2-3)   Williamstown (2-3)  
Ravenswood (2-2)   #1 St. Marys (3-0)  
Tolsia (1-4)   #15 Summers County (2-2)  
#4 South Harrison (4-0)   #5 Webster County (4-0)  
#14 Buckhannon-Upshur (AAA) (2-2)   Paden City (1-3)  
#6 Bridgeport (4-1)   #11 Cameron (3-1)  
#9 Mount View (3-2)   Parkersburg Catholic (0-3)  
Notre Dame (1-4)   Valley (Wetzel) (2-2)  
Robert C. Byrd (2-3)   #6 James Monroe (4-1)  
Lewis County (1-4)   #5 Nicholas County (4-0)  
East Fairmont (0-4)   Clay County (4-1)  
Lincoln (2-2)   Independence (1-4)  
Petersburg (2-3)   #12 Point Pleasant (AA) (4-1)  
Philip Barbour (3-2)   Parkersburg South (1-4)  
#14 Parkersburg (2-2)      
#12 Wheeling Park (3-2)      
BYE WEEK:  Richwood, Roane County, Tyler Consolidated

2017: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 5

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Area High School Football Scoreboard
2017: Week 5 Games
Calhoun County (0-5) 0 #15 Braxton County (3-1) 37
Tyler Consolidated (2-3) 63 Roane County (0-5) 16
Liberty Raleigh (0-4) 14 Ritchie County (2-3) 0
Clay County (4-1) 38 Doddridge County (3-2) 61
Moorefield (0-5) 3 #16 Ravenswood (2-2) 14
#2 South Harrison (4-0) 48 Williamstown (2-3) 52
Notre Dame (1-4) 26 #7 Cameron (3-1) 12
#4 Webster County (4-0) 48 Shenandoah, OH 28
#4 Liberty Harrison (4-0) 24 Richwood (2-3) 28
#14 Grafton (3-2) 21 #12 Pocahontas County (3-2) 13
#8 Bridgeport (4-1) 34 Paden City (1-3) 54
Robert C. Byrd (2-3) 20 Hundred (0-5) 6
Tucker County (A) (2-3) 6 Buckhannon-Upshur (2-2) 25  (2OT)
Philip Barbour (3-2) 35 Greenbrier East (1-4) 23
Marietta, OH 10 John Marshall (3-2) 40
Parkersburg (2-2) 45 Parkersburg South (1-4) 14
Lewis County (AA)  (1-4) 35    
 Preston (1-4) 14    
BYE WEEK:  Gilmer County, Lincoln, Meadow Bridge, Nicholas County, Parkersburg Catholic, St. Marys, Valley (Wetzel), Wirt County

Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries




The administration of the estates(s) of the following deceased is pending before the Clerk of the County Commission of Gilmer County, 10 Howard Street, Glenville WV 26351.

The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below.

Notice is hereby given that the estate(s) of the following has been opened for probate.  Any interested person objecting to the validity of the will, the qualifications of the personal representative or the venue or jurisdiction of the court, shall file notice of an objection with the County Commission within ninety days after the date of the first publication or within 30 days of service of notice, whichever is later.  If an objection is not timely filed, the objection is forever barred.

All persons having claims against the estate(s) of the said following deceased, whether due or not, are notified to exhibit their claims, with the voucher thereof, legally verified, to the undersigned, at the County Clerk’s Office on or before November 20, 2017  otherwise they may by law be excluded from all benefit of said estate(s).  All beneficiaries of said estate(s) may appear on or before said day to examine said claims and otherwise protect their interests.

Claims against the estate must be filed in accordance with West Virginia Code 44-1-14a.


Neva Lynn Gainer Earl Mark Gainer
Larry Glen Gainer
521 Middleville Rd, Bridgeport, WV 26330
30 Laurel Lane, St. Marys, WV 26170
Don Murphy Gregory Douglas Murphy 700 Karl Street
Weston, WV 26452
John D. Villers Donzella Villers 3896 US Hwy 33E
Glenville, WV 26351
Richard Gail Sims Pattie Wilson 2903 WV Hwy 47W
Troy, WV 26443
Joan L. Jones Norman L. Jones 949 Big Lick Road
Linn, WV 26384
Geraldine Ruth Marks Timothy N. Marks 656 Cedar Creek Road
Glenville, WV 26351
Frances Ann Clemons Harry Elsworth Clemons P O Box 452
Glenville, WV 26351
Adam Wayne Ramsey Darrel Ramsey 4568 US HWY 33E
Glenville, WV 26351

Clerk of Gilmer County Commission
Jean Butcher
10 Howard Street
Glenville, WV 26351

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : September 21, 2017

Thirty People Indicted for Stolen Firearms and Methamphetamine Distribution Operation

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Thirty people are facing federal charges after police broke up a scheme involving the theft and sale of firearms and drugs in Upshur County.

A federal grand jury indictment from August 29, 2017 has been unsealed, revealing 12 people from Upshur, Barbour, and Lewis counties, along with one person from Virginia named in a 20-count firearms indictment. The charges are connected to a period of less than one year, from October 2016 to August 2017.

  • Michael Lynn Lough, 32, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Timothy Glen Woods, 28, French Creek, West Virginia
  • Lisa Kay Knight, 24, Upshur, West Virginia
  • Dustin Cain Anderson, 23, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Benjamin Tyler Nazelrod, 26, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Reggie Joe McLain, aka “McLain,” 37, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Aaron Matthew McLain, 36, Volga, West Virginia
  • Carla Denise Jones, 55, Volga, West Virginia
  • Bobby Ray Johnson, Jr., 27, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Roger Lee Clem, II, aka “Woody,” 30, Weston, West Virginia
  • Kimberly A. Warner, aka “Kimmie,” 26, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Danielle Paige Tanner, 22, Glen Allen, Virginia

The gun theft scheme led to the recovery of 100 out of 120 stolen firearms by law enforcement, according to Randolph J. Bernard, Criminal Chief for the U.S. Attorneys Office.

The second indictment names 17 more people from Upshur, Lewis, Harrison, Marion, and Barbour counties in a 50-count indictment. Those listed stand accused of distributing methamphetamine in Upshur County from March 2016 to August 2017.

  • Amanda Me Bachman, aka “AB,” 33, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Rocky Douglas Idleman,, 38, Clarksburg, West Virginia
  • Thunderbolt Dean Whaley, 40, French Creek, West Virginia
  • Cassandra Tahj Riffle, aka “Cassie Hickman,” 31, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Melissa Ann Masuga, 33, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Elizabeth Ellen Golden, aka “Liz,” 42, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Steven Larry Harper, aka “Skip,” 39, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Reggie Joe McLain, 37, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Brett Allen Reed, 23, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Jerry Lee Stewart, Jr., 27, Weston, West Virginia
  • Angela Dawn White, 46, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Clarrisa Michelle Adkins, 24, Wallace, West Virginia
  • Michael Lewis Woodyard, 26, Clarksburg, West Virginia
  • Crystal Michelle Haggarty, 34, Bridgeport, West Virginia
  • Cassie Chase Poland, 18, Fairmont, West Virginia
  • Casey Jo Richards, 28, Bridgeport, West Virginia
  • Austin Jay Robinson, 18, Belington, West Virginia

24 of 30 wanted in the indictment were in custody as of 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

“Self-report; turn yourself in, basically,” Bernard said. “I think that is in everybody’s best interest, including those who have been charged.”

Bernard described this is as simply a first step. The investigation revealed stolen firearms were used as barter and used in furtherance of the distribution of methamphetamine.

“Now that it’s arrived, we are going to be aggressive,” Bernard said. “This is the first step. It is gratifying and satisfying, but there is a lot of work left to do.”

The Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives, The Mountain Region Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, the Greater Harrison Drug &Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, the West Virginia State Police, Upshur County Sheriff’s Office, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, the Buckhannon Police Department, and the Weston Police Department are investigating.

“Every time we make an arrest, every time we dismantle one of these organizations, I think we’ve done a service to the community,” Bernard said. “And we’ll continue doing it.”

Does Your Child’s Backpack Make the Grade?

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Backpacks are one of the best ways to tote homework and school supplies; however, an overloaded or improperly worn one can be where your child’s pack receives a failing grade.

“The way a backpack is worn certainly affects your health, said Eric J. Radcliffe, M.D., program director of UHC Family Medicine Residency Program. “The height of the backpack should extend from approximately two inches below the shoulder blades to waist level or slightly above the waist. It is also recommended that individuals evenly distribute the weight of the backpack by wearing it on both shoulders.”

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Carrying too much weight in a backpack or wearing it the wrong way can lead to pain and strain. Parents can take steps to help children load and wear backpacks the correct way, to avoid health problems later. About 55 percent of students carry a backpack that is heavier than the recommended guidelines of 10 percent of the student’s total body weight.

“At UHC Family Medicine we want to make sure families learn about the proper weight and how to appropriately choose, pack, lift, and carry backpacks,” said Dr. Radcliffe. “That is why UHC Family Medicine will be at the Meadowbrook Mall Food Court from noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 20 on National Backpack Awareness Day.”

In a study on the effect of backpack education on student behavior and health, nearly 8 out of 10 middle school students who changed how they loaded and wore their backpacks reported less pain and strain in their back, necks, and shoulders. UHC Family Medicine, along with the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), urges parents and caregivers to consider the following when selecting a backpack this school year:

  •  Load the heaviest items closest to the child’s back.

  •  Arrange books and materials so they won’t slide around in the backpack.

  •  Check what your child carries to school and brings home. Make sure the items are necessary for the day’s activities.

  •  If the backpack is too heavy or tightly packed, your child can hand carry a book or other item outside the pack.

  •  If the backpack is too heavy on a regular basis, consider using a book bag on wheels if your child’s school permits these.

  •  Distribute weight evenly by using both straps. Wearing a pack slung over one shoulder can cause a child to lean to one side, curving the spine and causing pain and discomfort.

  •  Select a backpack with well-padded shoulder straps. Shoulders and necks have many blood vessels and nerves that can cause pain and tingling in the neck, arms, and hands when too much pressure is applied.

  •  Adjust the shoulder straps so that the pack fits snugly on the child’s back. A pack that hangs loosely from the back can pull the child backward and strain muscles.

  •  Adjust the shoulder straps so that the pack fits snugly on the child’s back. A pack that hangs loosely from the back can pull the child backward and strain muscles.

  •  The bottom of the pack should rest in the curve of the lower back. It should never rest more than four inches below the child’s waistline.

  •  School backpacks come in different sizes for different ages. Choose the right size pack for your child as well as with enough room for necessary school items.

  •  Just as your child will try on clothes and shoes, it is important to try on backpacks, too.

  •  A child who wears a backpack incorrectly or carries a backpack that is too heavy is at risk for discomfort, fatigue, muscle soreness, and musculoskeletal pain especially in the lower back.

  •  More than 2,000 backpack-related injuries are treated annually at hospital emergency rooms, doctor’s offices, and clinics.

“Don’t let your child become a part of these statistics,” said Dr. Radcliffe. “Make sure your child tells you if they are in pain or have discomfort from wearing their backpack, before a serious problem occurs.”

Glenville State Implements Milestone Initiative to Celebrate Student Success

Forty Glenville State College students recently received their associate degree at the College’s first Milestone Ceremony. While Glenville State College currently marks the beginning of a student’s college experience with Fall Convocation, little has been done to celebrate student accomplishments prior to commencement. “The ‘Milestone Initiative’ is meant to signify important academic events in the life cycle of a student, particularly students that initially intend to complete a baccalaureate degree,” stated Dr. Gary Morris, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs. Morris further added that creating and encouraging the completion of milestones such as the associate degree has the potential to encourage students to continue on and provides a tangible credential if they opt not to or cannot complete a baccalaureate degree or their next milestone.

“Based on the number of students that transfer or discontinue their studies prior to completing a baccalaureate degree (more than 50% locally and nationally), it makes sense to award students the highest degree or credential possible for which they are eligible,” said Glenville State President Dr. Tracy Pellett. He also asserted that research by the Lumina Foundation supports this stance by reporting that students who earn an associate degree are 30 percent more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree. “I am very heartened by this positive academic initiative to reward and reinforce positive degree progression and student success. Our faculty and staff are committed to seeing students achieve their educational goals and this initiative is a symbolic and tangible way to recognize progress towards that accomplishment,” Pellett added.

The students who received an associate degree through the first Milestone Ceremony included:

  • Mariah Beam from Weston, WV
  • Jessica Bird from Summersville, WV
  • Julie Bishop from Glenville, WV
  • Ally Brown from Madison, WV
  • Angeles Burgess from Glenville, WV
  • Lauren Chancey from Red House, WV
  • Sara Coombs from Cedarville, WV
  • Hannah Curfman from Weston, WV
  • Bryan Foster from Gassaway, WV
  • Madison Frame from Birch River, WV
  • Travis Gibson from Oceana, WV
  • Ashley Hamilton from Summersville, WV
  • Matthew Herrald from Weston, WV
  • Chelsea Hicks from Big Bend, WV
  • Jaylin Johnson from Glenville, WV
  • Autumn Jones from Brohard, WV
  • Taylor Keenan from Gilboa, WV
  • Donell Lockett from Washington, DC
  • Cameron Loftus from Uneeda, WV
  • Paxton Maher from Buckhannon, WV
  • Ryan Mizia from Salem, WV
  • Matthew Montgomery from Linn, WV
  • Cody Moore from Glenville, WV
  • Mark Moran from Weston, WV
  • Angela Myers from Parsons, WV
  • Kelsey Norris from Fayetteville, WV
  • Kayla Palmer from Montrose, WV
  • Kaitlyn Peyatt from Summersville, WV
  • Kylee Radabaugh from Mineral Wells, WV
  • Wiley Raines from Parsons, WV
  • Megan Ruppert from Salem, WV
  • Marcus Schofield from Mullens, WV
  • Stewart Sink from Normantown, WV
  • Mackenzie Smith from Sylvester, WV
  • Wesley Stauffer from Orrville, OH
  • Sebastian Swartz from Burnsville, WV
  • Miranda Taylor from Sistersville, WV
  • Kelsie Tonkin from Sutton, WV
  • Kahla Von Bergen from Sterling, OH
  • Maren Wentzel from Weston, WV

Some of the students who attended the ceremony are pictured above with Pellett.

According to the 2013 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers with an associate degree earn, on average, $126 more per week than a worker with a high school diploma and $50 more per week than a worker with some college credit but no degree. This initiative is supportive of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s Master Plan – Leading the Way.

For more information about the Milestone Ceremony, contact Glenville State College’s Office of Academic Affairs at or 304.462.6110.

West Virginians Impacted by July Flooding May Qualify for Disaster SNAP Benefits

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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) today announced that residents who lived or worked in Harrison, Marion, Marshall and Wetzel counties during the July 29, 2017, flooding may be eligible for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (D-SNAP) benefits. Approved by DHHR and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), D-SNAP benefits can be used to purchase food, but cannot be used to buy alcoholic beverages, tobacco or non-food items.

“Residents who are not normally eligible for SNAP may qualify for D-SNAP due to disaster-related changes, including inability to access money in checking or savings accounts, unreimbursed disaster-related expenses or loss/reduction in income as a result of the disaster,” said Linda Watts, Interim Commissioner of DHHR’s Bureau for Children and Families. 

Eligibility will be based on the household’s net income, which is determined by adding available income, cash on hand and accessible bank accounts, then subtracting unreimbursed disaster-related expenses. Assets such as homes and automobiles are not included in the net income eligibility determination.

Residents of the 4 identified counties may apply for D-SNAP benefits at the following locations from September 06, 2017 through September 12, 2017.


Site Location

Site Address

Hours of Operation




Harrison DHHR

153 W. Main Street, Suite D

Clarksburg, WV 26302

M-F   8:30 am – 7:30 pm

Sat.   9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sun.  1:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Marion DHHR

416 Adams Street, Suite 307

Fairmont, WV 26654

M-F   8:30 am – 7:30 pm

Sat.   9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sun.  1:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Marshall DHHR

400 Teletech Drive, Suite 2

Moundsville, WV 26041

M-F   8:30 am – 7:30 pm

Sat.   9:00 am –  5:00 pm

Sun.  1:00 pm – 6:00 pm



Wetzel DHHR

1236 North State Route 2

New   Martinsville, WV 26155

M-F   8:30 am – 7:30 pm

Sat.   9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sun.  1:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Applicants are strongly encouraged to bring the following items:

  • photo proof of identity such as a driver’s license or other picture ID;
    • other identification, such as but limited to:  school ID card or record, marriage record, library card, credit card, employment services registration card, Social Security card, voter registration card, military discharge papers, selective service card, state ID card, passport, military identification card, are acceptable.
  • documentation of residence in the affected county at the time of disaster; 
  • verification of all income, including employment income received during July 29, 2017 – August 27, 2017; 
  • verification of assets such as checking and savings accounts; and
  • verification of all disaster-related expenses.  

Most benefits will be available within one day of the date of application. Benefits must be used within 120 days. 

Some residents who currently receive SNAP may be eligible for supplemental benefits.  Residents of Harrison, Marion, Marshall and Wetzel counties who received SNAP benefits in July and were impacted by the flood may request supplemental benefits through signing a supplemental benefits affidavit.  Individuals who received SNAP benefits in July who worked in an eligible county may also request a supplement through signing an affidavit.  Affidavits are available at local DHHR offices, by calling 1.877.716.1212 or at  Current recipients who received the maximum benefit for their households are not eligible for supplemental benefits.

All D-SNAP applications will be checked for duplication.  If you violate the D-SNAP rules, you may be disqualified from the program, fined up to $250,000 and/or put in jail for up to 20 years. Persons who purposely provide false information on a D-SNAP application may be denied benefits and legal action may be taken.

D-SNAP benefits are 100 percent federally funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and offers nutrition assistance to eligible, low-income individuals and families.  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Weekly Update for Gilmer County High School

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Students at Gilmer County High School enjoyed viewing the eclipse with the eclipse-approved sunglasses provided to Gilmer County Schools’ students by Glenville State College.

Students were treated to popsicles during the eclipse by Mrs. Butcher.

Everyone enjoyed the afternoon and the viewing party.

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David Brannon, a 7th grade student at GCHS, was invited to speak to Mrs. Sandy Pettit’s Business & Marketing class at Glenville State College on August 23.

David’s presentation was on couponing and the GSC students were amazed at his knowledge of couponing as a business and corporations and their subsidiaries.

When asked by one of the GSC students what he wanted to be when he grew up, David replied, “I want to be a CEO.“  David is the son of David and Izetta Brannon of Cedarville.

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Lindsay Chapman, junior, and Baylee Wellings, senior, both were medalists at the Charles Point Cross Country Meet in Bridgeport on Saturday, August 26.

Medals were awarded to the top 30 runners in high school boys and girls and middle school boys and girls.

Lindsay placed 28th and 30th.

Lindsay is the daughter of Lora and Jimmy Chapman of Burnsville.

Baylee is the daughter of Jenny and Tom Wellings of Glenville.

New Laws, Upgrades Help Keep West Virginia’s Students Safe

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It has been about a year and a half since West Virginia lawmakers passed a bill that changed how motorists are charged when passing stopped school buses, and officials feel those changes are keeping students safer.

Former Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signed legislation March 2016 that placed liability on the registered owner of a vehicle that violates traffic laws by passing a bus.

“Law enforcement is taxed on many different fronts, and I know there was some issue with the bus drivers having to get information to them to try to get the criminal complaint done to be sent out for a warrant or a ticket,” said Ken Winkie, director of safety and discipline for Harrison County Schools. “The legislature worked on that and gave bus drivers that ability, and now we have more eyes out there.”

Winkie said that the school system worked with Harrison County Sheriff’s Department following the law’s passing of how to gather the information for a criminal complaint.

“Our buses, they have new equipment where if those gates are out and a car passes it, the bus automatically takes the picture,” he said. “It takes a still shot of the vehicle, and the way this law is written, it doesn’t make a difference if they can identify the driver or not; it’s the vehicle.”

Of course, motorists passing stopped buses is not the only threat to protecting students on their way to school. Winkie said distracted driving is becoming more of an issue.

“You can see the statistics on that keep on going up,” he said. “I think as the new automobiles keep on rolling out that everything’s interconnected, you won’t have to look down, but they’re even saying that when you’re on the phone talking about an issue, you’re still distracted from what you’re really supposed to be doing, and that’s driving the vehicle.”

Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and municipal police departments have worked to keep incidents at bay, Winkie said.

“All the chiefs and the sheriffs work together on that with the patrols out there, especially the first couple weeks of school, and the school system really appreciates that,” he said. “They’re out there in numbers going over the bus stops and things like that, following behind buses, making sure they don’t see any violations or keep to them down because of their presence.”

In working to keep students safe, Harrison County Schools has also been changing safety measures taken inside school facilities.

“We’ve implemented various things,” Winkie said. “What we’re working on right now is secure entrances at our schools, meaning using existing space instead of building an addition that costs hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“We just finished [Washington Irving Middle School],” he said. “We have some electronic issues to work through, but after that it will be fully functional.”

Similar systems will be installed at Salem and Wilsonburg elementary schools.

Schools are also receiving upgraded camera systems.

“There’s been a transition, and last year was a hard year with that transition adding new cameras and fixing old cameras,” Winkie said. “We’re trying to go to IT cameras, digital. You remember analog cameras, some of the videos I was looking at I thought were protecting undercover agents.”

Winkie said the analog videos were poor quality with limited zoom capabilities to identify those in the videos.

Other safety methods include reinforced school windows and code red keys.

“Every teacher can lock their doors from inside the classroom,” Winkie said. “They don’t have to go outside of the classroom into the hallway, maybe in harm’s way, to lock that door.”

School systems hope to never have to put those measures into use, but drills are done regularly to assure proper steps would be taken if need be. The state of West Virginia mandates specific drills for all of its schools, but Winkie said that Harrison County takes extra precaution.

“In addition to that, what I do in our county here, I work with 911, law enforcement, the fire department and we do unannounced drills,” he said.

Winkie said that unannounced drills help to better test the systems in place, as opposed to staff knowing when the drills are held.

“I come unannounced. I don’t tell anybody that we’re going to be doing it,” he said. “The only people who know are 911, law enforcement and the fire department, and we’re able to give them a fair assessment of what’s happening on a daily basis. If there’s doors propped open, that’s a huge no-no, or if you’re just getting buzzed in.”

Though changes and upgrades are being made school by school, Winkie said his goal is to get all of the county’s facilities to equal measures of safety.

“Obviously there’s money involved in that, but I’ve really received tremendous support from the superintendent and our board with these things,” he said. “It’s a juggle with that though because we’re there for the education of the kids, and this is a secondary item. But they are cognizant of it, and they do work with me on that.”

~~  Brittany Murray ~~

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