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Glenville Mystery: December 10, 2009

We wish we could turn back the time to one year ago today, and tell Fred Hill to stay out of that bar!!

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The mystery remains without any answers!

No answers yet from the special investigation called for by the Gilmer County Prosecutor!

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Will Senate Republicans Produce Another International Disaster?

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As the U.S. Senate prepares to vote this December on ratification of the New START Treaty, Republican legislators appear on the verge of producing an international disaster.

From the standpoint of logic, there are excellent reasons to ratify the treaty. This agreement between the U.S. and Russian governments provides that each of the two nations would reduce the number of its deployed strategic nuclear warheads from 2,200 to 1,550. This reduction—although a modest one, given their current nuclear arsenals totaling over 20,000 nuclear weapons—would honor the commitment of the two governments, under the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty of 1968, to nuclear disarmament. At least as important, it would resume the nuclear arms control and disarmament process, which has been stalled for years. At a time when Washington is pressing the North Korean government to dismantle its nuclear arsenal and to convince the Iranian government not to develop one, New START also would lend moral authority to such non-proliferation efforts.

Certainly, thoughtful observers, both foreign and domestic, wonder why the United States and Russia need 95 percent of the world’s 23,000 nuclear weapons. After all, what possible purpose is served today by these vast, Cold War-style, doomsday arsenals? As the New York Times recently editorialized: “Two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the United States and Russia still have more than 20,000 nuclear weapons. That is absurd.“

Moreover, the New START treaty would strengthen U.S. national security. Minimally, it would ensure that 650 fewer Russian nuclear weapons—each with the capability of massacring hundreds of thousands of people—are pointed at the United States. In addition, it would provide for substantial U.S. examination of Russian nuclear weapons facilities, including eighteen short-notice inspections of Russian nuclear forces every year.

With the expiration of the old START treaty last December, U.S. inspection came to an end and, at present, the United States can no longer keep tabs on what the only other truly major nuclear power is doing with its nuclear weapons.

Not surprisingly, New START ratification is backed by the U.S. secretary of state, the U.S. secretary of defense, the entire current U.S. military leadership, and U.S. allies. Furthermore, it has been endorsed by six former U.S. secretaries of state, five former secretaries of defense, three former national security advisors, and by seven former commanders of the U.S. Strategic Command.

But treaty ratification requires a positive vote by two-thirds of the U.S. Senate. And this is far from assured. Although Senate Democrats have indicated their solid support for the treaty, Senate Republicans have not. Indeed, the GOP solons seem ready to torpedo it. Why?

In part, Republican opposition to the treaty is based on the fact that GOP Senators are simply more hawkish than their Democratic counterparts. Beating the drum for the U.S. military, even when it involves a weapons system or a war U.S. military officials don’t want, has become standard Republican behavior.

But Republican resistance to New START goes deeper, for President Barack Obama—in a clear effort to win Republican support for treaty ratification—has already promised the GOP a huge increase in U.S. nuclear weapons expenditures. As Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton reported only a few weeks ago, the administration has proposed spending 10 percent more on the U.S. nuclear stockpile in the current fiscal year and “more than $80 billion to modernize our nuclear weapons complex over the next decade.“ Overall, “the administration proposes spending more than $180 billion [in the next ten years] on the infrastructure that sustains our nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them.“ And yet, despite this nuclear weapons bonanza, Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ), the chief negotiator for Senate Republicans on the treaty, continues to raise objections to it.

A more important explanation for GOP opposition is that the implementation of New START would be popular and, therefore, redound to Obama’s political benefit. Given the fact that, for some time now, the Republican political strategy has been to denigrate Obama and to block congressional measures that might be considered administration successes, Republican senators are very reluctant to reverse gears and hand the president a victory. The political dimension of GOP resistance is further illustrated by the fact that the old START Treaty, negotiated by Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, was ratified by a Senate vote of 93 to 6 in 1992 and the Moscow Treaty, negotiated by President George W. Bush, won approval by a vote of 95 to 0 in 2003.

Thus, the situation is eerily reminiscent of some ninety years ago, when Republican Senators—eager to hand President Woodrow Wilson a foreign policy defeat—blocked U.S. ratification of the Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations, thus paving the way for World War II. Will we have a modern version of that disaster—through the destruction of the nuclear disarmament process, a return to the nuclear arms race, and, eventually, nuclear war? The answer to that question might well lie in whether Senate Republicans put the good of their country and the world above narrow, partisan political advantage.

~~  By Dr. Wittner - Professor of History emeritus at the State University of New York/Albany ~~

Sutton: Arrest for Snorting Drugs with 2 Minors Present

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Sutton: On Tuesday, November 16, 2010, officials in Sutton arrested four suspects after they allegedly were snorting drugs with minors in the same residence.

Those arrested were:

•  Paulin Shaw, 33
•  Charles Dover, 32
•  Richard McCoy, 40
•  Kathleen Nunes, 42

They were allegedly snorting crushed Hydrocodone tablets, according to a news release from Sgt. Michael Baylous of the WV State Police.

According to the news release, WV State Police responded to a disturbance on Tuesday at 26 Herold Road in Sutton.

When troopers arrived on the scene, they gained probable cause believing the occupants of the residence were allegedly snorting Hydrocodone,.

The report also noted two minor children were present during the crime.

All four suspects were arrested for possession of Hydrocodone and child neglect with the risk of injury.

Oddly Enough: Woman Gets Prison for Special Olympics Theft

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A former bookkeeper for the West Virginia Special Olympics has been sentenced to six months in federal prison in the theft of more than $163,000 from the nonprofit group.

U.S. District Judge Thomas E. Johnston also ordered 48-year-old Victoria Jarvis of Mineral Wells this week to pay restitution, serve an additional two months of home confinement and three years of supervised release.

Jarvis pleaded guilty in June to identity theft.

Federal prosecutors say Jarvis admitted that from 2002 to 2008 she used a computer and software to make counterfeit checks payable to herself.

She then placed the computer-generated signature of the Special Olympics’ CEO on the checks and deposited them into her own account.

G-OB™: GCFRN: Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator‏

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The Gilmer County Family Resource Network is currently seeking applicants to fill a Substance Abuse Prevention, Project Coordinator contract position that includes over 500 hours of project coordination and project implementation criteria, and ends June 30, 2011.

The criterion for the contract position includes:
•  Coalition building
•  Attendance at substance abuse prevention training sessions/meetings
•  Data collection
•  Development of a county strategic plan
•  Implementation of evidence based curriculum practice
•  20 one on one interviews
•  And other criteria as defined in the statement of work and memorandum of understanding of the Substance Abuse Prevention – United in Prevention project.

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest and resume to:  “gilmercountyfrn@gmail.com “ or GCFRN, PO Box 115, Glenville, WV 26351 no later than 4:00 PM on December 02, 2010.

UAB Falls Flat to Marshall

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Quarterback Brian Anderson threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns on 25-of-41 passing as the Marshall Thundering Herd ousted the UAB Blazers, 31-17, in a Conference USA showdown at Legion Field.

Lee Smith recorded receptions for 81 yards and two touchdowns in the win for Marshall (3-6, 2-3 CUSA).

UAB (3-6, 2-3) was led by quarterback Bryan Ellis who completed 20 of his 44 passes for 235 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the defeat.

Marshall opened the scoring when Anderson hooked up with Smith for a four-yard touchdown pass, giving the Herd the early 7-0 advantage.

The Blazers knotted the game at 7-7 after Mike Jones caught an 11-yard strike from Ellis for the score.

Troy Evans caught a five-yard scoring pass from Anderson as Marshall jumped ahead, 14-7.

UAB tied the game at 14 apiece after Ellis found Patrick Hearn for a 43-yard touchdown.

The Herd took a 17-14 lead into the intermission after kicker Tyler Warner connected on a 41-yard field goal with five seconds remaining in the opening half.

After both teams failed to score in the third quarter, UAB received a 20-yard field goal from Josh Zaun and the game was once again tied, this time at 17-17.

That was the last points the Blazers managed to score as Marshall took a 24-17 advantage after Evans recovered a fumble in the end zone. Anderson later found Smith from eight yards out as the Herd finalized the 14-point victory.

WV: The Week in Review - 11.05.2010

West Union: State Workers Die in Traffic Accident

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Two state employees died Monday in a multi-vehicle crash in Doddridge County.

State Police say the victims were traveling in a van that was attempting to turn onto U.S. Route 50 west from Route 18 at about 10 AM on Monday, November 01, 2010.

The van collided with a truck loaded with rocks.

A third vehicle was also involved.

The victims, John Mayfield of New Martinsville and Valerie Fortesque of Wheeling, were in the van.

They were on their way to a training academy in Glenville.

They were pronounced dead at the scene.

WV County Boards to Appeal Dismissal of Benefits Case

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Several county school boards plan to take a dispute over who is responsible for retiree health care benefits to the West Virginia Supreme Court.

In September, a circuit judge threw out a lawsuit filed by 50 of the state’s 55 school boards that challenged the constitutionality of a 2006 law.

The law allows the Public Employees Insurance Agency to charge government employers yearly amounts to address the state’s unfunded liability from non-pension retiree costs.

The school boards say the state should have sole responsibility for funding retiree health care costs.

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Election 2010: Gilmer Public Library Levy

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You Get Your $$$ Value @ Gilmer Public Library

Free Services:

•  Books (approximately 23,500 for all ages and interests)

•  Videos/DVD’s (1,556)

•  Books on Tape/Cd’s  (860)

•  Computers (with word processing, games, internet access, EBSCO, Learning Express Library, on-line databases, etc.)

•  Magazines & Newspapers (approximately 40 supscriptions)

•  Basic Computer Instruction, Programs (Summer Reading Program for elementary children, Reading Challenge for all ages, Photography contest for youths, story hour, etc.)

•  Public Meeting Room (for indivual and group use, tutoring, test taking, etc.)

•  Wireless Internet Service

•  Notary Service

•  Assistance (social studies/science fair projects,homework help, test proctor)

•  Community Utreach

•  A Safe Environment (as an educational and social center for all the people of Gilmer County).

•  For a Small Fee—photo copy (color and black & white)

•  Inter-Library Loans (patron pays one-way postage only)

•  Fax Services (send & receive)

•  Printing (color and b & w)

•  Lamination Services (up to 2 feet wide)

•  Spiral Binding Services


Last year we had about 18,948 visits to the library.

Our patrons checked out 26,668 items (including 6,505 children’s books/movies), and our 9 public access computers were used approximately 5,142 times.

Renewing the vital services levy will not raise your taxes!

Vote “YES” for the Library!

Man Killed with Bow & Arrow

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A 19-year-old Monongalia County man is in custody and charged with murder in the death of another 19-year-old.

Police have charged Andrew McIntyre with first degree murder for shooing Marcus Toothman with a compound bow, killing him.

Police say Toothman came to McIntyre’s home claiming McIntyre had taken $20 and he was going to get it back fighting.

Police say marijuana was also involved.

Police report that an argurment insued and McIntryre retreived a compound bow.

McIntyre says Toothman began walking toward him and that’s when he released the arrown shooting Toothman in the leg and lower abdomen.

McIntyre called 911, but Toothman was declared dead at the scene.

McIntyre is being held at North Central Regional Jail without bond.

A preliminary hearing is set for October 25, 2010.

~~  WAJR-AM - Monongalia County ~~

Bridge Day 2010: It Is Time to Jump

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Hundreds of people will be taking a flying leap off the New River Gorge Bridge in Fayette County on Saturday, October 16, 2010.

About 450 BASE jumpers have registered to be part of the 31st Annual Bridge Day.

BASE stands for Building, Antenna, Span, Earth.

BASE jumpers leap from any of those objects with parachutes specifically designed for rapid deployment.

Saturday is the only day this year when BASE jumping from the New River Gorge Bridge will be allowed by law and people are coming from around the world to take advantage of the opportunity.

To make way for Bridge Day activities, the New River Gorge Bridge will be closed to Route 19 traffic from 7:00 AM until about 5:30 PM on Saturday.  Detours will be in place.

The gates will open to attendees at 9:00 AM.

If you are not jumping, you will still get a good view.  This is the only day that it is legal to walk out onto the New River Gorge Bridge and everyone is encouraged to come out for the experience.

There will be shuttle stops to help the people to get to the bridge.

For more on that and for more information, in general, about Bridge Day go to www.officialbridgeday.com.

October Sky Festival 2010

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The 2010 October Sky Festival takes place from 10 AM to 6 PM Saturday in Coalwood.

It celebrates Homer Hickam’s novel “Rocket Boys” and the film, “October Sky,“ which is based on it.

This year, Randy Stripling, who played Leo Bolden, will be present and will answer audience questions after a free screening of the film.

Real life rocket boys Hickam, Roy Lee Cooke, Billy Rose, O’Dell Carroll and Bill Bolt will also be at the festival.

Activities include a kickoff parade, rocket launches, a car show, coal museum, Coalwood School reunion, kids’ activities and guided trolley tours of Coalwood. Dreama Denver will be on hand to sign copies of her late husband Bob Denver’s autobiography and participate in a Q&A with fans.

Visit www.coalwoodwestvirginia.com/october_sky_festival.htm.

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