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Gilmer County Circuit Court Report

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On Monday, May 22, 2017 Chief Judge Facemire held motion day in Gilmer County.

•  Seven juvenile cases were heard.

•  State of West Virginia vs. Robert Potter

He was before the Court and he was readmitted to probation and home confinement for a period of 5 years.

His attorney was Eric Wildman.

•  State of West Virginia vs. Charles Pritt

Upon his former plea was sent for 60 days diagnosis and classification at the penitentiary and his sentencing was deferred until August 28, 2017 at 9:30 AM.

His attorney was Clinton Bischoff.

•  State of West Virginia vs. Patty Reynolds

She was sentenced to 6 months in Central Regional Jail followed by 1 year in Central Regional Jail with sentence suspended and she was placed on 5 years probation with 150 hours per year of community service.

Her attorney was Clinton Bischoff and special prosecutor Shannon Jones worked out this plea deal and dismissed all felony charges against her.

•  The felony charges were also dismissed against William Reynolds who also pled to 2 misdemeanor counts in an information filed against him.

His sentencing is set for July 06, 2017 at 9:00 AM.

He has been in jail since August of last year and he made bond today and was released pending his sentencing.

His attorney was Brian Bailey and Shannon Jones was also the special prosecutor.

•  State of West Virginia vs. Margaret White

She was before the Court for reduction of bond, and it was reduced to $10,000.00 and home confinement.

Her attorney was Eric Hencil.

•  One guardian matter was reset for June 26, 2017 at 9:50 AM.

WV Attorney General , Broad Coalition Reach $18.5M Settlement in Target Data Breach

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced an $18.5 million settlement between national retailer Target, 47 states and the District of Columbia to resolve allegations stemming from a massive data breach in 2013.

West Virginia will receive $200,044 from the record-breaking agreement, which instantly ranks as the nation’s largest multistate data breach settlement to date.

“Our office works to protect and defend consumers,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “This settlement is a victory for West Virginia consumers. It represents the diligent work of our office in holding corporations accountable for customers’ privacy.”

The Nov. 12, 2013, data breach affected more than 41 million customer payment card accounts and contact information for more than 60 million customers.

The states allege cyber attackers used stolen credentials to access Target’s server, which allowed the attackers to exploit weaknesses in the company’s system. The thieves installed malware and captured sensitive consumer data, including full names, telephone numbers, email and mailing addresses, payment card numbers, expiration dates, CVV1 codes and encrypted personal identification numbers.

The settlement additionally requires Target to develop, implement and maintain a comprehensive information security program. It mandates the hiring of an executive to implement the plan and an independent, qualified third-party to conduct a comprehensive security assessment.

The settlement further requires Target to maintain appropriate encryption of consumer data, segment its cardholder data environment from the rest of its network and undertake steps to control access to that network, including use of password rotation policies and two-factor authentication for certain accounts.

West Virginia participated in the Connecticut- and Illinois-led settlement with Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and the District of Columbia.

Kids Swim Camp to be held at GSC

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Glenville State College will be the site of a Swim Camp being held this summer for local children in order to teach them about water safety and swimming techniques.

The day camp is scheduled to take place Tuesday, May 30 through Friday, June 16.

Each week the camp will run Tuesday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until noon.

The camp will take place in GSC’s Health and Physical Education Building.

Children ages 6 through 14 are invited to participate. Cost is $75 per week and $200 for all three weeks. The camp is limited to 20 children each week.

The daily camp itinerary includes approximately two (nonconsecutive) hours in the pool and two (nonconsecutive) hours in the classroom.

Swimming lessons and water safety instruction will be included in the camp.

The first and second weeks of the camp will center on swimming basics followed by advanced swimming and related topics during the third week.

Camp director Jennifer Wenner says, “Many kids will be around the water this summer and it’s important they know not only how to move through the water, but also how to be safe in and around it.”

For more information or to sign up, contact Jennifer Wenner via e-mail at or by calling 304.462.6436.

Governor Justice Amends Special Session Call to Include Budget and Additional Legislation

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Governor Jim Justice announced that he is adding the FY 2018 budget and six pieces of legislation to the special session proclamation.

As a result of meeting with lawmakers and stakeholders, Governor Justice amended the special session proclamation to include the following bills:

  1. A Bill relating to DHHR and the Health Care Authority
  2. A bill relating to the sale of DHHR operated hospitals
  3. A bill relating to physician assistants
  4. A bill relating generally to tax procedures
  5. A Bill relating to county levy rates and public school support
  6. A Bill relating to volunteer fire fighter workers compensation
  7. A bill enacting a state budget for FY 2018

All of the bills are drafted and have been submitted this morning.

“Now that we have action on the revenue legislation in motion I’ve sent up the budget plan,” said Governor Jim Justice. “There is still much work to be done. Once all of the bills are passed, most importantly the roads bills, then the budget is ready to be the last thing to be passed.”

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►  Manchin Warns About Trump Administration Budget Cuts

West Virginia’s Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Manchin says the Trump administration’s proposed federal budget would hurt poorer residents of his state with deep cuts in food stamps, Social Security disability benefits, Medicaid and children’s health insurance.

He says it also would effectively eliminate the Appalachian Regional Commission, funded at $120 million in 2016, that provides development and planning grants for depressed counties.

According to Manchin’s office, about 25 percent of West Virginians get Social Security benefits. The Trump budget proposes cutting $72 billion for disability insurance.

He says the budget proposal from Republican Trump’s budget director shows a “lack of compassion” for the most vulnerable Americans in every state.

He says the Senate Appropriations Committee and its 12 subcommittees will work through the budget trying to find a balance.

►  West Virginia Suspends Ex-Education Secretary’s Law License

The law license of West Virginia’s former education secretary has been suspended by the state’s supreme court.

Clay County attorney Barbara Harmon-Schamberger’s license to practice law was suspended in a court order issued May 16. Her license will be automatically reinstated after the three-month suspension, but she’s required to obtain six additional credit hours of continuing legal education in the areas of ethics and law office management.

The justices’ order also says Harmon-Schamberger is to immediately refund a $1,000 retainer fee to Donnie Sears.

It was not clear what disciplinary rules Harmon-Schamberger violated or who Spears is. She could not be reached for comment Monday.

Harmon-Schamberger was appointed state secretary of education and the arts in 1992.

►  West Virginia Health Centers Get $8.5M in Federal Funding

West Virginia’s U.S. senators say federal authorities are awarding $8.5 million to health centers in Huntington and Baker to support medical, dental, mental health and drug services.

According to Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, the Department of Health and Human Services will provide almost $7.2 million to Valley Health Systems in Huntington and nearly $1.4 million to E.A. Hawse Health Center in Baker.

They say the funding will help enable the clinics to keep providing a broad range of care.

►  Waterfront Place gets new name

The Waterfront Place Hotel is now named Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place.

The hotel is newly upgraded and offers an airport shuttle, full-service spa, fitness center, pool and a full-service Starbucks. The hotel has 207 guest rooms both with river and city views.

All rooms are equipped with high-speed internet, a desk, mini refrigerator, a 55-inch television and coffee maker.

The hotel also is home to the Morgantown Event Center, which has 18 meeting rooms and more than 50,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

Guests and local also can eat at Bourbon Prime, a new bourbon-inspired, full-service eatery in the hotel.

►  BENCHMARK in Weston

BENCHMARK, a global hospitality company which manages Stonewall Resort, has named Ed Riley general manager of the AAA-rated Four Diamond property.

Riley has extensive experience in the hotel industry. Most recently Riley was the general manager of Costa d’Este Beach Resort & Spa, the Gloria and Emilio Estefan-owned resort in Vero Beach, Florida, and a member of Benchmark’s Gemstone Collection.

Riley also served as general manager of the historic, 350-acre Cranwell Spa & Golf Club located in Lenox, Massachusetts, and of Equinox Golf Resort & Spa of Manchester Village, Vermont.

He is a graduate of Western New England College and earned his bachelor’s degree in business management.

►  History Alive! Finds Sacagawea at Cacapon Resort State Park May 26, 2017

Sacagawea, the young Native American woman who accompanied Lewis and Clark on their arduous journey west in 1805, has inspired countless enduring myths and legends and will be the subject of a historical program at Cacapon Resort State Park on Friday, May 26.
The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the park lodge, and include a first-person portrayal of Sacagawea performed by Mary Dailey of Ronceverte, West Virginia. Guests will be provided with Berkeley Springs water and cookies baked fresh at Cacapon Restaurant. The program is free and open to the public.

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When Lewis and Clark hired Sacagawea’s French-Canadian husband as an interpreter for their expedition in 1804, she became the lone female member of the Corps of Discovery. Giving birth to a son in early 1805, she cared for her baby while on the grueling journey to the Pacific. Her ability to communicate with tribes they encountered and her knowledge of the landscape made her a valuable member of the expedition.
Dailey’s portrayal of this remarkable woman will include often-overshadowed details of Sacagawea’s journey. The program will be presented in costume and will include an opportunity for audience questions and comments. It is part of the History Alive! Program, which provides portrayals of historical figures by presenters who have conducted scholarly research on their characters. This History Alive! program is made possible by the West Virginia Humanities Council and West Virginia State Parks programming services.
Cacapon State Park, located near Berkeley Springs on Route 522, has a lodge, conference area, vacation cabins, golf course, swimming, fishing, hiking, stables, restaurant and a nature learning center. The park, which turns 80 years old in 2017, was one of the state’s first parks developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Learn more about the park at or by calling 304.258.1022.

►  West Virginia groups see disease threat from surface mines

West Virginia environmentalists are urging a National Academies of Sciences committee examining the health risks from surface mining to look at rates of cancer, asthma and birth defects among people living near large-scale coal mines.

Representatives of Coal River Mountain Watch, West Virginia Highlands Conservancy and Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition say there’s a connection and scientists should pay close attention to the silica and fine particulates produced by blasting and digging, as well as water pollution.

The committee plans to identify the geological and geochemical characteristics of mining operations, regulatory framework, relevant scientific literature and its sufficiency and potential short- and long-term human health effects.

Committee Chairman Paul Locke, a Johns Hopkins School of Public Health professor, says the study should take about 18 months.

►  12-year-old boy missing in Calhoun County

Emergency crews are searching for a missing 12-year-old boy in Calhoun County.

That’s according to the Calhoun County sheriff’s department and the 911 center.

The search began early Tuesday afternoon.

Neither the sheriff’s department or the 911 center was able to say specifically where crews are searching.

The sheriff’s department did indicate that it’s a rural area with little to no cellphone service.

GSC Athletics Partners With BSN SPORTS and Nike

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Glenville State College Director of Athletics Marcal Lazenby would like to announce that the athletic department has signed a contract with the BSN SPORTS Rewards Program corporate sponsorship agreement to make Nike the preferred and exclusive uniform/apparel and footwear provider for the Pioneers.

With the agreement, all athletic teams, coaches, and staff will exclusively wear Nike uniforms and footwear. “We are thrilled to partner with BSN to become an exclusive Nike apparel school,“ stated Lazenby. “The Nike swoosh is the most recognizable and prestigious brand in the sports world. This agreement with Nike allows us to further our brand.“ BSN SPORTS is the largest distributor of team sports apparel and equipment in the United States.

“On behalf of everyone at BSN SPORTS, we are thrilled to partner with Nike and Glenville State College providing their student athletes, coaching staff and fans with the finest apparel and athletic products,“  Terry Babilla, BSN SPORTS President commented.  “We look forward to continuing our ongoing relationship with Glenville State athletics for many years to come and wish them continued success in Mountain East Conference and throughout all NCAA activities.“

The GSC Athletic Department is excited to partner with BSN SPORTS and to officially become a part of the Nike family.

WV Lawmakers Make Progress on Needed Revenue

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The West Virginia Legislature is getting closer to securing the revenue the state needs. But Ted Boettner, executive director with the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, says lawmakers aren’t there yet.

Bills have passed in the House and Senate that would increase state revenue by as much as $150 million, mostly through raising and expanding the sales tax. But Boettner said they’re still $100 million short for this fiscal year - and even more for next year.

“There is a tremendous amount of unfinished business. If they don’t address it this year, it’s highly unlikely they will next year during an election year,” Boettner said. “And at that point you’re going to talk about major cuts to Medicaid, closing down several universities.“

Boettner said next year’s shortfall could be $140 million, depending on new revenue forecasts due this week. Some lawmakers have called for many more cuts to balance the budget. But Boettner noted that after years of budget tightening, even the Legislature has been unable to come up with enough politically viable cuts to close the gap.

Lawmakers are due back in Charleston on Tuesday.

With the revenue bills that look likely to pass, the state’s budget crisis seems to be approaching a more manageable level. And Boettner said he’s pleased the House is firmly opposed to what he called the “foolish plan” to phase out the state income tax when the state is running in the red.

Senate leaders had argued that enough revenue would come from additional growth sparked by the tax cuts to make up for the losses. But Boettner said House leaders recognized that as a false hope.

“Fortunately, the House rejected the Senate’s offer to cut the income tax by 20 percent and repeal it. The House would like to instead focus on the sales tax,” he said.

The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy has long argued that the state should raise the taxes on tobacco and sugary drinks. But Boettner said that doesn’t seem likely now.

“But when it comes to soda and cigarettes, unfortunately they haven’t looked upon those again to raise,” he said. “But that would be a step in the right direction that would not only bring in revenue, but also improve our state’s health.“

The governor has yet to add the budget to the list of items that can be discussed during the current special session. Right now, discussions are limited to the revenue side.

~~  Dan Heyman ~~

Announcing the 2017 National Service and Civic Engagement Research Grant Competition

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The Corporation for National and Community Service’s (CNCS) Office of Research and Evaluation (ORE) is announcing the 2017 National Service and Civic Engagement Research Competition.

CNCS is seeking applications that build on existing research in the field, address gaps in knowledge, and provide new ideas and methodological approaches to the study of civic infrastructure, civic engagement, volunteering, national service, and other related concepts such as social capital.

The competition is only open to accredited institutions of higher education and is funding research for dissertators and scholars.

Applications are due July 11, 2017, no later than 5:00 pm EST.

Please use this link below to access the full Notice of Funding Availability and Application Instructions:


The mission of CNCS is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.  Through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, CNCS has helped to engage millions of citizens in meeting community and national challenges through service and volunteer action.

CNCS has a strong belief in the importance of scholarly research in order to identify effective strategies for national service and increase the evidence-base for its programs, as well as to increase the nation’s understanding and knowledge about the importance and potential of strengthening civic infrastructure and increasing civic engagement in America.

Eligible Applicants

This competition is only open to accredited institutions of higher education. The institution of higher education (the legal applicant for this competition) will submit an application from a “Program Director” (i.e., Principal Investigator).

Funding Categories

CNCS anticipates funding projects in two categories: Dissertation and Scholars. Dissertation Category targets research that may support doctoral dissertations. The Dissertator must have completed their Ph.D. coursework and passed qualifying exams and achieved All But Dissertation (ABD) status by October 01, 2017. Scholar Category targets established academics, researchers, and postdoctoral researchers, with a proven track record and standing in their respective fields.

Activities to be Funded

  • Research including instrument development, data collection, analysis and reporting
  • Dissemination of results, including reports, publications, and presentations
  • Collaboration with practitioners and policymakers to apply and use results from research findings to support their work with communities, volunteers and/or national service participants

Funding Priorities

CNCS seeks to support research in three broad areas of equal priority.

1) How are civic infrastructure and civic engagement defined, measured, developed and hindered?

CNCS is soliciting innovative qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research studies that can explore how civic infrastructure and civic engagement, and related concepts, such as social cohesion and social capital, are defined, measured, developed or hindered at the community and neighborhood level. These studies can be conceptual as well as empirical. ORE is particularly interested in studies that use participatory research with community residents and stakeholders in local communities.

2)  How does an individual’s civic engagement change over the course of a lifetime?

CNCS is seeking qualitative, quantitative or multimethod research that can explore motivations for becoming engaged, types of civic engagement either informal, formal or both, and outcomes of civic engagement over the life course.

3) What are the impacts associated with civic engagement, volunteering, or national service?

CNCS is interested in studies that address outcomes associated with civic engagement, volunteering, and national service for individuals, families and communities.  Though exploratory studies will receive consideration, CNCS prefers projects in this priority area that are confirmatory and testing hypotheses that can provide causal evidence. We are also interested in Return on Investment or Cost-Benefit studies.

Application Deadline

A Letter of Intent is due June 09, 2017 no later than 5:00 pm EST.  A Letter of Intent is not required for this competition, but strongly encouraged. Please refer to the Notice for instructions.

Applications are due July 11, 2017, no later than 5:00 pm EST.

Notice of Funding Availability (PDF)

Application Instructions (PDF)

A Technical Assistance call will be held on May 25, 2017 at 1 pm Eastern time.

The call will provide a general overview of the Funding Availability and allow time for questions from potential applicants.  The call-in number is 877.918.5751, and you must enter passcode 2129912. Note: you will be asked to review the Notice of Funding Availability and Application Instructions prior to joining the call. 

All calls will be recorded, and the replay number for the call is: 800.945.3639. The replay will be available following the call, through July 16, 2015.​

Spring Oil, Gas Meeting

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The West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association Spring Meeting took place May 15-17 at Oglebay Resort & Conference Center in Wheeling.

The event included presentations from industry representatives and government leaders about the future of oil and gas in West Virginia, legal and regulatory updates and news from WVONGA committees.

Anne Blankenship, executive director of WVONGA, led a discussion on “Shale Insight — A Continuing Partnership” with Robert Petrilli, vice president, MSC, and Shawn Bennett, president, Ohio Oil and Gas Association.

“The oil and natural gas industry is an economic driver in this state and has the potential to grow even more significantly over the coming years and decades,” Blankenship said.

“The spring meeting is an opportunity for our members to come together to learn about what’s happening in the industry both in West Virginia and nationally.”

Blankenship said the conference offered more than 20 expert presenters covering topics ranging from production and midstream development to legislative dynamics and pipeline regulation, among other items.

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►  Science Says: Medications Prevent Opioid Addiction Relapse

Remarks by a top U.S. health official have reignited a quarrel in the world of addiction and recovery: Does treating opioid addiction with medication save lives? Or does it trade one addiction for another?

Health Secretary Tom Price’s recent comments — one replying to a reporter’s question, the other in a newspaper op-ed — waver between two strongly held views.

Medication-assisted treatment, known as MAT, is backed by doctors. Yet it still has skeptics, especially among supporters of 12-step programs like Narcotics Anonymous, because it involves opioid-based medications.

Price appeared to side with that camp when he said during a recent visit to Charleston, West Virginia: “If we just simply substitute buprenorphine or methadone or some other opioid-type medication for the opioid addiction, then we haven’t moved the dial much.“

But in an opinion piece published last week in the Charleston Gazette-Mail, he twice mentioned his agency’s support for medication-assisted treatment. Here’s a closer look.


Because of how opioids act on the brain , people dependent on them get sick if they stop using. Withdrawal can feel like a bad flu with cramping, sweating, anxiety and sleeplessness. Cravings for the drug can be so intense that relapse is common.

Medication-assisted treatment helps by moving a patient from powerful painkillers or an illicit opioid like heroin to a regular dose of a legal opioid-based medication such as buprenorphine or methadone. The ideal dose is big enough to fend off withdrawal, but too small to produce a euphoric high. Patients can drive, rebuild relationships and get back to work.

“They’re not walking around high” and it gives them the chance to practice new ways of coping with family and psychological issues, said Dr. Joseph Garbely of Pennsylvania-based Caron Treatment Centers.

With counseling and education about addiction, patients can get back on track. They eventually can taper off medications, but some take them for years.


Researchers studying these treatments use drug screening to see whether patients are staying off illegal drugs. If someone uses heroin while in treatment, it shows up in their urine.

A 2014 review of 31 studies found methadone and buprenorphine keep people in treatment and off illicit drugs.

The review by the Cochrane Collaboration, an international group of scientists that evaluates research, found each drug worked better than a dummy medication. A side benefit worth noting: Methadone also helps prevent the spread of HIV by reducing needle sharing, a different research review by Cochrane found.

Methadone and buprenorphine can be abused and both can cause overdoses, particularly methadone. But researchers have found that methadone prevents more overdose deaths than it causes.

For most patients, medication combined with counseling is superior to other strategies, according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine.


“What’s right for one person isn’t necessarily right for another person,“ Price said during a May 9 visit to West Virginia.

When asked whether he and his team leaned toward medication or faith-based approaches to opioid addiction, his reply lined up with those who favor abstinence.

Abstinence-only philosophies “are not scientifically supported,“ according to the first surgeon general’s report on addiction, published in November.

Yet people who describe themselves as in recovery consistently say abstinence is important. All told, remission from opioid addiction can take years and multiple tries at treatment.

“The public needs to know that there are proven, effective treatments for opioid addiction,“ former U.S. General Vivek Murthy told The Associated Press. Murthy was fired by the Trump administration after he refused to resign.

Price also mentioned a non-opioid alternative — namely an injection of naltrexone called Vivitrol — as “exciting stuff.“ Vivitrol, a newer drug, can be used only with patients who have completely detoxed and has a limited track record compared to buprenorphine and methadone. Early studies have shown promise, but relapse is a danger after injections stop.

Health and Human Services spokeswoman Alleigh Marre told AP that Price’s comments don’t signal a policy change. Price “has argued that we should be open and supportive to the broadest range of options, from medication-assisted treatments - including methadone, buprenorphine, or naltrexone - to faith-based recovery programs,“ Marre said.

Not informing patients about the effectiveness of treating addiction with medication is like a doctor not telling a cancer patient about chemotherapy, said Dr. Mark Willenbring, a former director of treatment research at the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. “Scientifically, this is a settled matter.“

►  Federal Committee Examining Health Risks From Surface Mines

A federal science committee studying the health risks for people living near surface coal mines has scheduled a public meeting this week in southern West Virginia.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine committee plans to hear from state health and environmental officials, coal operators and environmental groups at a panel discussion Tuesday in Logan.

A Town Hall session is scheduled later Tuesday.

The panel is examining four states in central Appalachia, also including Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia, and planned to visit a mine site Monday.

Citizens groups that oppose the large surface mines, sometimes called mountaintop removal coal mining, say they’re urging members to speak up at the Tuesday session.

►  West Virginia University Receives $402K to Help Rural Areas

The federal government has awarded more than $400,000 to West Virginia University to improve sustainable agriculture and help rural communities thrive.

U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the $402,890 award in a news release this month.

Manchin said the university, through its Extension Services program, invests in rural communities across the state, creating a great benefit for West Virginia.

Capito said the resources will allow the university to continue its work assisting rural West Virginia.

The funding is from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Institute of Food and Agriculture.

►  WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS:  Champ set to return

Golf champion John Daly, 51, is permitted to compete in the Greenbrier Classic July 03-09. This will be his seventh appearance on The Old White TPC Course, where the PGA Tour FedExCup Tournament stops for The Greenbrier Classic.

Daly has been part of the Classic since its start in 2010 and finished in a tie for 12th in 2012.

He is a five-time PGA Tour winner, who earned the 1991 PGA Championship and the 1995 Open Championship. Daly is well known for his style of play and his “loud” clothing.

Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson also will be heading to The Greenbrier this summer for the tournament.

Mickelson started with The Greenbrier team as The Greenbrier PGA Tour Ambassador in 2016 and will participate in the Classic for the fourth time.

Watson will also be making his fourth appearance in The Greenbrier Classic.

Each time Watson has played, his finish has improved.

In 2013, he finished the course 5-under-par and tied for 30th. The next year, he moved up to a tie for 16th in 2014.

►  Blankenship asks Trump to ease up

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship reached out to Donald Trump to block attempts in Congress to increase criminal penalties for coal executives who prosecute mine safety and health standards.

Blankenship, who is now out of federal prison, also asked Trump in a letter to look over a federal investigation into the country’s worst coal mining disaster in four decades.

The former executive served a year in prison for a misdemeanor conviction for conspiring to violate federal mine safety standards at Massey’s Upper Big Branch mine.

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, D-WV, among others have made efforts without success to pass legislation to toughen consequences on mine safety crimes.

►  In-state tuition approved for West Virginia University at Parkersburg

West Virginia University at Parkersburg will offer in-state tuition to all students accepted into its three online baccalaureate degree programs.

Those programs are: Bachelor of Applied Science in Child Development, Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervisory Management.

WVU Parkersburg has the lowest bachelor degree tuition in the state and is ranked among the top 50 more affordable four-year colleges in the country, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

In April, the school’s Board of Governors voted to permit students from across the country to register in the three programs at the same price as in-state students starting with the 2017-2018 academic year. The new rates will decrease tuition costs for out-of-state students pursing one of these degrees by an estimated 40 percent.

►  WV Scholar Program finalists named

West Virginia Wesleyan has named 10 finalists in the 10th annual MetroNews West Virginia Scholar Program.

The students, all juniors, are from across the state. The winner will be announced at the 2017 WV Scholar Award Luncheon at Wesleyan on June 21.

The grand prize includes tuition, fees, room and board at the Buckhannon-based school valued at $160,000.

The following students were named Monday as finalists:

Kylee Casto                        Ripley High School

Presley Fisher                    Ripley High School

Chloe Hibbs                        Hampshire High School

Madison Martin                Winfield High School

Sydney Maxwell               Buckhannon-Upshur High School

Madisen Miles                 Robert C. Byrd High School

River Myers                        Richwood High School

Uriah Myers                       Richwood High School

Christopher Neil               Ripley High School

Baylee Senator                 Chapmanville high School

You can vote for your favorite finalist by clicking on to the Scholar Program icon at Those interested will be able to watch a short video of each finalist and listen to audio recordings from their parents. The vote totals will equal about 10 percent of the final overall score. Only one vote per IP address is counted.

Second prize is a four-year, $5,000 scholarship, while third prize is a four-year, $2,500 scholarship to West Virginia Wesleyan. All of the awards begin with the 2018 fall semester.

In addition to MetroNews and West Virginia Wesleyan, the sponsors for the 2017 MetroNews West Virginia Scholar Program are the West Virginia Hospital Association, ZMM Architects and Engineers, the West Virginia Forestry Association, Jim Goolsby and Ed Stike with RBC Wealth Management, the West Virginia Farm Bureau and Friends of Coal.

►  Drug Company Probing Lawsuit Allegations at Union’s Request

At a union’s request, a California-based drug wholesaler is looking into allegations in a 2016 lawsuit that the company flooded West Virginia with prescription pain pills.

McKesson Corp. spokeswoman Kristin Hunter said the San Francisco-based company appointed a committee to review issues raised by the Teamsters union, which has pension and benefit funds that invest in McKesson.

The committee has hired a Palo Alto, California, law firm. According to a May 11 letter to Teamsters Local 175 President Ken Hall in South Charleston, the law firm has agreed to meet with Teamsters officials.

According to a lawsuit filed by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, McKesson awarded bonuses and commissions to sales managers while “West Virginia was drowning” in millions of doses of addictive painkillers.

Spring Interns Complete Student Teaching for GSC

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Ten students have completed their student teaching internships for Glenville State College and participated in GSC’s 143rd Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 06, 2017.

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Kaitlyn Bircheat of Chapmanville, WV completed her student teaching in Music Education (PreK-adult) at Buckhannon-Upshur High School, Robert L. Bland Middle School, and Jane Lew Elementary School with Jeremiah Smallridge and Tracy Alfred.

Dr. David Lewis and Dr. John Taylor were her GSC supervisors.

She is the daughter of Steve and Dewana Bircheat of Chapmanville, West Virginia.

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Brittany Burdette of Ripley, WV completed her student teaching in English Education (5-adult) at Robert L. Bland Middle School and Lewis County High School with Lesley White and Grace Harris.

Dr. John Taylor and Dr. Melody Wise were her GSC supervisors.

She is the daughter Julie Burdette and Alex Buchanan of Evans, West Virginia.

She is engaged to be married to Spencer Steele, who is a recent GSC graduate.

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Meghan Harubin of Normantown, WV completed her student teaching in Elementary Education (K-6) and Early Education (PreK-K) at Davis Elementary School with Melissa Duckworth and Paula Frame.

Dr. Shelly Ratliff was her GSC Supervisor.

She is the daughter of Chuck and Kathy Harubin of Normantown, West Virginia.

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Jerrica Hilbert of Saint Albans, WV completed her student teaching in Music Education (PreK-adult) at Williamstown High School with Chris Hodges and at Mineral Wells Elementary with Beth Buskirk.

Dr. David Lewis and Dr. Shara Curry were her GSC supervisors.

She is the daughter of Jerry and Sherry Hilbert of Saint Albans, West Virginia.

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Charles ‘Chuck’ Lynch of Sissonville, WV completed his student teaching in Biological Science (9-adult) and General Science (5-adult) at Gilmer County High School with Travis Fisher and Monica Haley.

Dr. Shara Curry and Dr. Jeff Hunter were his GSC supervisors.

He is the son of Dana and Tami Lynch of Sissonville, West Virginia.

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Jonathan Reid of Clear Creek, WV completed his student teaching in Music Education (PreK-adult) at Gilmer County Elementary School and Doddridge County High School with Judy Leggett and Shaylyn Dabbs.

Dr. David Lewis and Dr. Shelly Ratliff were his GSC supervisors.

He is the son of Randall and Kathy Reid of Clear Creek, West Virginia.

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Sara Rollins of Macfarlan, WV completed her student teaching in Music Education (PreK-adult) at Williamstown High School, Pleasant Hill Elementary School, and Arnoldsburg Elementary School with Chris Hodges and John Bugby.

Dr. David Lewis and Dr. Shara Curry were her GSC supervisors.

She is the daughter of Terry and Vicki Rollins of Macfarlan, West Virginia.

Rollins was also named Outstanding Student Teacher of the spring semester by the education honor society Kappa Delta Pi.

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J’Aime Shearer of Weston, WV completed her student teaching in Elementary Education (K-6) and Early Education (PreK-K) at Gilmer County Elementary School with Amber Frashure and Lora Stump.

Dr. Shara Curry and Connie Stout-O’Dell were her GSC supervisors.

She is the daughter of Jim and Beth Barnes of Horner, West Virginia.

She currently resides in Weston with her husband William and daughter Madison.

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Kimberly Smith of Harrisville, WV completed her student teaching in Music Education (PreK-adult) at Lewis County High School, Leading Creek Elementary School, and Roanoke Elementary School with Whitney Ballard and Allen Heath.

Dr. David Lewis and Dr. John Taylor were her GSC supervisors.

She is the daughter of Amy Floyd of Coxs Mills, West Virginia.

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Tiffany (Young) Somerville of Linn, WV completed her student teaching in Elementary Education (K-6) and Early Education (PreK-K) at Leading Creek Elementary School with Debbie Adams and Debbie Moss.

Dr. Shelly Ratliff was her GSC Supervisor.

She is the daughter of Larry and Robin Young of Sand Fork, West Virginia.

She currently resides in Linn with her husband Taylor.

Senior teacher education students take part in an internship during their final semester at GSC. At the conclusion of their internship students must complete a presentation illustrating their mastery of the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards as well as the standards of their particular area of study.

For more information about the Teacher Education Program at Glenville State College, contact 304.462.4119.

West Fork Conservation District Farm Field Day Event!

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The West Fork Conservation District encourages producers and students to attend the 2017 “Grazing Management Strategies” Field Day on Friday July 21st, and Saturday July 22nd, 2017. This field day will be for producers interested in learning about improving grazing practices and soil health, to make their operations more productive and profitable!

What are we talking about? The WFCD, along with WVU Extension, and The Natural Resource Conservation Service, will welcome renowned key note speakers, Mr. Greg Judy, and Dr. Matt Poore, who will come together to educate West Virginia’s local beef producers about extending forage production, successful cattle handling, and many other key features to successful farming.

Rancher and public speaker, Greg Judy, has given numerous talks and seminars all over the US, New Zealand & Canada, teaching the benefits of holistic high density planned grazing, leasing land, multi-species grazing, custom grazing, agroforestry and wildlife management. Mr. Judy will talk about “securing and developing economical grazing leases and mob grazing.”

Dr. Matt Poore, a Professor at North Carolina State University and Extension Beef Specialist, will teach about “making adaptive grazing work for you while maintaining soil health”.

There is something for everyone in this field day, and you do not want to miss these once in a lifetime keynote speakers! (Please note that you will need to pre-register with the District office to attend these events).

The field day will be a two-day event, with a dinner meeting featuring both Mr. Judy and Dr. Poore, taking place Friday, July 21st, at 6:00 p.m. at the Doddridge Co. Park on Snow Bird Road in Doddridge County, WV.

Saturday, July 22nd, will be a day filled with a morning seminar and an afternoon pasture walk, featuring Mr. Judy, Dr. Poore and West Fork’s NRCS District Conservationist, Jeff Griffith. Saturday’s event will start at 9:00 a.m. at the Maxwell farm, owned by John & Sue Ann Spiker, in Doddridge County, WV.

RSVP’s, including payment to attend, will need to be made by July 14th, 2017, and should include the number attending and the events that you wish to attend. We hope to see all of you out there for a chance to take away some great information and make great connections! To register, or for more information on this event, please contact WFCD at
304.627.2160 x 4.

Estate Planning Expert to Provide Seminar

One of the nation’s leading estate planning and taxation attorneys, Charles “Skip” Fox IV, is coming to Parkersburg on May 24th. 

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As a partner in McGuireWoods of Charlottesville, VA,
Skip Fox chairs the firm’s private wealth services team.

Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF), Mid-Ohio Valley Estate Planning Council (MOVEPC), and the Marietta Community Foundation, financial planners, bankers, attorneys, accountants and insurance agents can participate in a national-caliber educational seminar right here at home.  Ohio and West Virginia continuing education credits are available in the fields of law, banking, accounting, insurance and financial planning.

Thanks to generous event sponsors, Astorg & Jones, CPAs, Peoples Bank, WesBanco Bank, and United Bank, the all-inclusive fee is $250 ($200 for MOVEPC members). 

The seminar is on May 24th from 8:30am - 4:30pm at the Parkersburg Country Club. 

To register or learn more, contact the PACF at 304.428.4428 or or visit

PSC and GHSP Join Forces to Emphasize Seat Belt Safety Message

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The Governor’s Highway Safety Program and Public Service Commission have joined forces with other West Virginia law enforcement agencies in the Click It or Ticket campaign now through Memorial Day to remind motorists that seat belts save lives.  Seat belt use is not only a good idea, it’s also the law and failure to wear your seat belt could result in a ticket.

While other agencies concentrate on the general public, the Public Service Commission’s Enforcement Officers deliver the seat belt safety message to drivers of commercial motor vehicles.  Bob Blankenship, Director of the PSC’s Transportation Enforcement Division said, “Our agency is charged with improving safety on West Virginia’s roadways for commercial vehicles. Our participation in the Click It Or Ticket campaign gives us the opportunity to reinforce the message that seat belts save lives.  We emphasize that message to the commercial motor vehicle drivers who travel West Virginia’s highways, which helps keep all motorists safer.”

Data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that nearly half (48%) of the 22,441 occupants killed in crashes in 2015 were unbuckled. In addition, 57% of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night were not wearing their seat belts, compared to 40% killed during the daytime.  Men continue to outnumber women in not wearing seat belts – 52% to 42%, respectively.  Pickup truck occupants tend to be the lowest among any other vehicle type in wearing seat belts – 59% of drivers killed were not wearing a seat belt, compared to 54% for SUV drivers, 42% for passenger car drivers, and 41% for van drivers.

With funding provided by the GHSP, law enforcement agencies are able to conduct these focused patrols on seat belt safety and encourage citizens to drive safely.

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