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Movies This Week – 01.24.13

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Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

Opens Friday, January 25, 2013 | Runtime: 1 hr. 28 min.

R - Fantasy Horror Violence/Gore, Brief Sexuality/Nudity and Language

Fifteen years after Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) defeated the wicked witch who planned to have them for her dinner, the siblings have come of age as skilled bounty hunters. Hell-bent on retribution, they have dedicated their lives to hunting down and destroying every witch still lurking in the dark forests of their homeland. As the notorious blood moon approaches, the siblings face a great evil—one that could hold the secret to their terrifying past.

Cast: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Peter Stormare, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal

Director: Tommy Wirkola

Genres: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

 

 

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Movie 43

Opens Friday, January 25, 2013 | Runtime: 1 hr. 37 min.

R - Strong pervasive crude and sexual content including dialogue, graphic nudity, language, some violence and drug use.

Take a hilarious director, add a brilliant cast, mix in some twisted jokes, remove all boundaries, and then stand back…way back. In Movie 43, comedy is served steaming hot (literally) by director Peter Farrelly of The Farrelly Brothers (Something About Mary, Dumb & Dumber) in one of the most shocking, original, and dangerous comedies ever made. Starring Johnny Knoxville, Gerard Butler, Anna Faris, Seann William Scott, Hugh Jackman, Richard Gere, Uma Thurman, Halle Berry, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Kate Bosworth, Kate Winslet, Terrence Howard, Liev Schreiber, Elizabeth Banks, Justin Long, Kristen Bell, Patrick Warburton, Josh Duhamel, Jason Sudeikis, Chloe Grace Moretz, Stephen Merchant, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jack McBrayer, Kieran Culkin, and Chris Pratt, Movie 43 is jaw-dropping, uproarious, outrageous fun. Warning: not for the weak-stomached, faint of heart, or easily offended.

Directors: Steven Brill, Rusty Cundieff, Peter Farrelly, Brett Ratner, Steve Carr

Genres: Comedy

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Parker

Opens Friday, January 25, 2013 | Runtime: 1 hr. 58 min.

R - Brief Sexual Content, Brief Nudity, Language Throughout and Strong Violence

Parker (Jason Statham) is a professional thief who lives by a personal code of ethics: Don’t steal from people who can’t afford it and don’t hurt people who don’t deserve it. But on his latest heist, his crew double crosses him, steals his stash, and leaves him for dead. Determined to make sure they regret it, Parker tracks them to PalmBeach, playground of the rich and famous, where the crew is planning their biggest heist ever. Donning the disguise of a rich Texan, Parker takes on an unlikely partner, Leslie (Jennifer Lopez), a savvy insider, who’s short on cash, but big on looks, smarts and ambition. Together, they devise a plan to hijack the score, take everyone down and get away clean.

Cast: Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, Clifton Collins, Jr., Wendell Pierce, Michael Chiklis, Nick Nolte

Director: Taylor Hackford

Genres: Action/Adventure, Suspense/Thriller

GSC and Gilmer Public Libraries Participating in Statewide Reading Challenge

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Staff members from Glenville State College’s Robert F. Kidd Library and the Gilmer Public Library invite you to join them, the West Virginia Library Commission, and the West Virginia Center for the Book in the WV Reads 150 reading challenge. West Virginia Reads 150 is designed to celebrate and honor West Virginia’s sesquicentennial (150th) birthday.

The yearlong reading initiative encourages West Virginians to read 150 books in any format including traditional printed books, e-books, downloadable text, and more during the course of 2013. Books can be on any topic and can be fiction or non-fiction, but they must be read between January 01 and December 31, 2013.

Books can be read individually or through teams to reach the 150 books total. Teams can have up to 15 members, but each team must choose a name and select a leader to keep track of the books read by individual team members.

All ages and groups can participate. If children are too young to read on their own, their parents may read to them. Families may use their completed Summer Reading Program titles as part of their West Virginia Reads 150 tally.

Robert F. Kidd Library Director Gail Westbrook said, “Our staff members are really looking forward to this friendly competition between us and the Gilmer Public Library staff.  We are already busy reading at home during any spare time we manage to find.“

According to Gilmer County Public Library Director Susan Atkinson, a few different teams from the community have signed up in addition to the group that the library staff has. “The idea is just to get people reading. You usually don’t keep track of how many books you read, so it will be interesting to see what kind of numbers these groups reach,“ Atkinson said. She also adds that the five readers from the public library team will have no trouble making the 150 book goal and that they intend to ‘take no hostages’ when it comes to winning the competition between them and the RFK Library readers.

To register for the program, visit www.librarycommission.wv.gov and select WV Reads 150 from the ‘Programs’ drop-down menu.

For more information on the WV Reads 150 challenge, contact GSC’s Robert F. Kidd Library at 304.462.4109 or the Gilmer Public Library at 304.462.5620.

West Virginia Seeks Submissions for 2014 Wildlife Calendar

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It may be only January, but West Virginia natural resources officials are thinking 2014.

The state’s Division of Natural Resources is looking for original wildlife art for next year’s edition of its annual wildlife calendar.

Paintings can depict popular game and fish, or illustrate lesser-known species such as snakes, frogs, bats, salamanders and small mammals.

A $100 prize is awarded for each painting chosen.

A $500 prize goes to the artist whose artwork is chosen for the cover of the division’s 29th edition of the popular calendar.

The deadline for submitting artwork is February 18, 2013.

Artists are reminded that the calendar format is horizontal. Paintings not chosen in previous years can be submitted anew.

West Virginia Gets an “F” for Tobacco Prevention

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The state received an “F” across the board in four areas the study covers: in funding for tobacco prevention and control programs, in smoke free air, in cigarette taxes and in cessation coverage.

Vice President of Mission for the American Lung Association Chantal Fields said a better job can be done at the government level.

“There are some steps that they should be taking to help the prevention of tobacco use among kids and to protect our citizens from second hand smoke,” said Fields. “We do not have adequate budget in this state to do the things that are necessary for prevention.”

West Virginia receives $231 million in tobacco-related revenue annually, but only invests $5.7 million to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources to be spent on tobacco prevention and cessation programs.

That amount is well below the $27.8 million investment the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends.

“When you consider that tobacco is costing the state about $690 million a year just in health care costs for smokers, the $27.8 that we should be getting is pennies comparatively,” said Fields.

Fields adds that the $27.8 million would also do a great deal in lowering the health care costs the state incurs each year for smokers.

The report also rated tobacco prevention efforts on the county level as well and Fields said the results were a little better there.

“Some of our counties have done a wonderful job and have comprehensive clean indoor air regulations that cover restaurants , bars, work sites, everything,” said Fields. “Other counties have regulations in place but they are not quit as comprehensive.”

In this report, twenty counties earned “A” grades, 19 earned “B” grades, 10 earned “C” grades and the remaining 6 counties received “F” grades.

In order to get the grades up in the state, Fields said better funding for tobacco prevention is needed, more clean indoor air regulations, cigarette taxes and cessation coverage for people.

Tobacco causes an estimated 3,821 deaths in West Virginia annually alone and 443,000 deaths nationwide.

Fields said the American Lung Association urges state lawmakers to do more to adequately protect citizens.

~~  Travis Brinkstbrinks – WVMN ~~

Cairo, Ritchie County: Filming on ‘Hollow Creek’ Wrapped Up in West Virginia

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Actress, producer and director Guisela Moro says a visit to West Virginia to buy a puppy inspired her to make a movie in the state.

Filming on Newfoundland Films’ “Hollow Creek” wraped up Thursday in Cairo, Richie County.

The film was shot in Ritchie and Wyoming counties.

Moro says she came to Wyoming County from Washington, D.C., to buy a Newfoundland puppy.

She fell in love with the scenery and decided to write a movie and film it in the state.

Moro describes “Hollow Creek” as a “Stephen King-style thriller.”

The film is expected to release in the fall.

Moro says special screenings will be held in locations where filming occurred.

Gilmer County: Friends of Library Meeting - Monday - 01.21.13

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The Friends of Gilmer Public Library will meet on Monday, January 21, 2013 at 10:00 AM at the library.

WVWC: American Scholar Winners Will Be Announced 01.21.13

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West Virginia Wesleyan College is pleased to announce the finalists for its seventh annual American Scholar Program.

Finalists are:

•  Conner Ferguson of Glenville, WV, Gilmer County High School

•  Logan Godfrey of Clarksburg, WV, Robert C. Byrd High School

•  Christopher Gum of Camden, WV, Lewis County High School

•  Andrea Heater of Salem, WV, Liberty High School

•  Hunter Hirsh of Morgantown, WV, Morgantown High School

•  Ryan Holcomb of Lumberport, WV, Lincoln High School

•  Samara Kendrick of Clarksburg, W, Liberty High School

•  Susan King of Fairmont, WV, East Fairmont High School

•  Kelsie Krantz of Elkins, WV, Elkins High School

•  Katilyn Romain of Bridgeport, WV, Bridgeport High School

•  Christen Saab of Bridgeport, WV, Bridgeport High School

•  Mason Winkie of Bridgeport, WV, Bridgeport High School

In collaboration with Magic 106.5, West Virginia Wesleyan provides students from the Magic 106.5 listening area the chance to compete for a full, four-year scholarship to Wesleyan that includes tuition, room, and board.

The first and second runners-up will receive four-year scholarships of $5,000 and $2,500 respectively, in addition to other West Virginia Wesleyan academic awards.

Winners will be announced at the American Scholar Day at West Virginia Wesleyan College on Monday, January 21, 2013.

The program is sponsored by West Virginia Wesleyan College, in conjunction with West Virginia Radio Corporation and the law firm, Columbo & Stuhr, PLLC.

For more information about the American Scholar program, contact the West Virginia Wesleyan Office of Admission at 800.722.9933.

GSC’s Mark Jackson to Play in 87th East-West Shrine Game - 01.21.13 - Monday

Glenville State’s Mark Jackson has accepted an invitation to play in the 87th East-West Shrine Game®.

The Game will be held Monday, January 21, 2013 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, kicking off at 3:00 PM CT and televised live on the NFL Network.

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An offensive tackle from Columbus, OH was a three year starter for the pioneers.  In 2012 he was a team captain, voted Team MVP and was a first team All-WVIAC honoree for the third year in a row.  Jackson was also named t 1st Team All American by the AFCA Coaches and 2nd Team by Beyond Sports Network.

Jackson joins an elite list of football greats, such as John Elway, Tom Brady, Brett Favre, and 62 NFL Hall of Famers, who have played in the East-West Shrine Game along with 52 players currently on active NFL rosters.

“The East-West Shrine Game has always fielded players among college football’s best,“ said East-West Shrine Game Executive Director Harold Richardson. “With all 32 NFL teams represented by GMs, coaches and scouts during game week, our players have the terrific opportunity to showcase their talents and get their first glimpse of life in the NFL ... `Just Like on Sunday.‘“

While the teams are divided by East and West, the players come together for the beneficiary of the event, Shriners Hospitals for Children®, an international pediatric specialty health care system.

“We hope our supporters all over the country will come out and enjoy this exciting game,“ said Douglas E. Maxwell, president and CEO of Shriners Hospitals for Children. “Our health care system depends on the generosity of our supporters, and this game is one of our signature events benefitting Shriners Hospitals for Children.“

The East-West Shrine Game tickets are on sale now through all Ticketmaster outlets. Fans can purchase tickets for the January 21, 2012 game online at www.shrinegame.com, www.ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 727.342.5777.

All game tickets are $15 general admission tickets (price does not include service fees).


About Shriners Hospitals for Children

Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. The 22 hospitals in the United States, Canada and Mexico provide advanced care for children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. To learn more about Shriners Hospitals for Children, please visit www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.

Movies This Week – 01.17.13

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Broken City

Opens Friday, January 18, 2013 | Runtime: 1 hr. 49 min.

R - Violence, Some Sexual Content and Pervasive Language

Ex-cop Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg) sees a chance for redemption when New York’s powerful mayor, Nicolas Hostetler (Russell Crowe), calls upon him for a special job. Hostetler thinks his wife, Cathleen (Catherine Zeta-Jones), is having an affair, and that it might hurt his chances for re-election. However, as Billy starts to investigate, he becomes embroiled in a bigger scandal than he realized. Double-crossed by the mayor, Billy begins a relentless quest for justice.

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeffrey Wright, Barry Pepper

Director: Allen Hughes

Genres: Suspense/Thriller

 

 

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The Last Stand

Opens Friday, January 18, 2013 | Runtime: 1 hr. 46 min.

R - Language and Strong Bloody Violence

After leaving his LAPD narcotics post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with remorse and regret, Sheriff Ray Owens (Schwarzenegger) moved out of Los Angeles and settled into a life fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction. But that peaceful existence is shattered when Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega), the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the western hemisphere, makes a deadly yet spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy. With the help of a fierce band of lawless mercenaries led by the icy Burrell (Peter Stormare), Cortez begins racing towards the US-Mexico border at 250 mph in a specially-outfitted Corvette ZR1 with a hostage in tow. Cortez’ path: straight through Summerton Junction, where the whole of the U.S. law enforcement, including Agent John Bannister (Forest Whitaker) will have their final opportunity to intercept him before the violent fugitive slips across the border forever.

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Peter Stormare, Forest Whitaker, Jaimie Alexander, Luis Guzman, Johnny Knoxville

Director: Kim Jee-Woon

Genres: Action/Adventure, Suspense/Thriller

 

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Mama

Opens Friday, January 18, 2013 | Runtime: 1 hr. 40 min.

PG-13 - Violence and terror, some disturbing images and thematic elements

On the day that their parents die, sisters Lilly and Victoria vanish in the woods, prompting a frantic search by their Uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend, Annabel (Jessica Chastain). Five years later, miraculously, the girls are found alive in a decaying cabin, and Lucas and Annabel welcome them into their home. But as Annabel tries to reintroduce the children to a normal life, she finds that someone—or something—still wants to tuck them in at night.

Cast: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jessica Chastain

Director: Andy Muschietti

Genres: Horror

Google: Doodle Wanted from West Virginia

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Students throughout West Virginia are being asked to draw their best days ever for a chance to see that artwork on Google’s homepage.

Submissions of redesigned Google logos, based on that theme, are now being accepted for the Doodle 4 Google contest.

“It can be an imaginary day, something that may even be impossible or may be possible one day.  It can be based on a memory, so something nostalgic or something that you would like to have happen someday soon,” Google Doodler Mike Dutton said.

His official job title is ‘Google Doodler’ and, in that role, he tells MetroNews he finds inspiration in a lot of places.

“A lot of it comes from the occasion itself.  We look at a lot of these doodles that we do on a quarterly basis and, as we dive into the research, we learn from something new and become inspired by that,” Dutton said.

The 2013 winner will see his or her artwork featured for a day at Google.com.  The student will also receive a $30,000 scholarship and his or her school will pick up a $50,000 technology grant.

The Doodle 4 Google contest is now in its sixth year.

It is open to students from kindergarten through the 12th grade.

Doodles must be submitted by March 22, 2013.

Katie Couric, Brian Henson and Chris Sanders, the creator of Disney’s Lilo & Stitch, will help select the top designs.

For more information on how to submit redesigned Google logos, go to www.google.com/doodle4google.

~~  Shauna Johnson ~~

Gilmer Public Library: WV Reads 150

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Join the West Virginia Library Commission (WVLC), the West Virginia Center for the Book and libraries across the state in West Virginia Reads 150, a fun reading challenge that celebrates West Virginia’s 150th birthday in 2013.

The year-long reading initiative encourages West Virginians to read 150 books in any format (printed book, e-book, downloadable text, etc.) from any source, during the course of 2013, West Virginia’s sesquicentennial year. Books can be on any topic, fiction or non-fiction; they must be read between January 01 and December 31, 2013.

People can read 150 books individually, or create teams to read 150 books collectively. Libraries across West Virginia are encouraged to form teams to compete. Teams, which can have up to 15 members, must choose a name and select a leader to keep track of the books read by team members.

All ages and groups can participate – friends, coworkers, book clubs, classmates, seniors, etc. If children are too young to read on their own, kids can have their parents read to them. Families can use their Summer Reading Program reading toward their West Virginia Reads 150 tally.

To participate, sign up at Gilmer Public Library.  Contact the library at 304.462.5620 for more information, or you can check us out on Facebook.

Who Could Run in Rocky’s Place in 2014?

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Now that U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller has announced his retirement, there’s lots of speculation about who will run for the Democratic nomination for that seat in 2014.

Here are a couple names that have come up, in no particular order, and some of their pros and cons.


Carte Goodwin

Pros: He has a jump start because he served for four months as U.S. Senator in 2010 between the time that Robert Byrd died and Joe Manchin won election.  He is part of a family that is well-connected in West Virginia politics.  His wife, Rochelle, works for Senator Rockefeller.

Cons: He does not have personal wealth and would have to raise large amounts of money.  He has only limited political experience and has never run for office.  The other side of being well-connected is that some resent the Goodwin family’s influence in West Virginia politics.


Booth Goodwin

Pros: Just like his cousin, Carte, Booth or someone in his family knows everybody worth knowing in West Virginia Democratic politics.  He has increased his profile dramatically in the last couple of years while serving as the U.S. Attorney for the southern district.

Cons: Like his cousin, Booth cannot write a check for a big campaign.  He has not demonstrated that he can win a political race.  And again, the Goodwin name causes some blowback from those who are suspicious (or jealous) of the family and its politics.


Robin Davis

Pros: Davis, who was just elected to her second term on the state Supreme Court, has proven she can win a statewide race.  She is an effective campaigner who, along with her successful trial lawyer husband Scott Segal, can write a big check for a race.

Cons: Davis would have to give up her seat on the court the moment she declares her candidacy.  She has a ton of Supreme Court opinions that would be fodder for an opponent.


Gaston Caperton

Pros: The former Governor left on a high note after two terms.  Caperton has enough personal wealth to contribute heavily to his own campaign.  Caperton expanded his network of contacts during his tenure as president of the College Board.

Cons: Caperton has been out of the public eye for awhile; it’s been 17 years since he was Governor.  He will turn 74 in 2014, making him 80 years old at the end of the term.


Nick Rahall

Pros:  Rahall has seniority.  The Congressman has represented the third district since the 1976 election.  He would have an advantage in the Primary Election because he has run successfully in his district many times.  He can argue that knows the ways of Washington .

Cons: It may hurt more than help these days to be a Washington veteran.  While Rahall has never lost a race in his district, he is not nearly as well known north of Route 60.  He has taken thousands of votes that could be dissected by opponents.


Wildcard

Pros: Somewhere out there could be a fresh face, perhaps even someone with money.  Think Gaston Caperton in 1988.  Critics will say this newcomer has no experience, but that also means no voting record to be exploited.

Cons: It’s often hard for a newcomer to cut through the clutter.  The media coverage migrates toward the known names.  Who out there with success and money wants to subject themselves to the rigors of a big time political campaign?

So, these are just a few names. What names would you like to submit?

~~  Hoppy Kercheval ~~

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