Beulah “Nellie” Bennington

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Beulah “Nellie” Bennington

of West Union, WV,  departed this life on Friday, May 03, 2013 in the Heartland Nursing Home.

She was born April 17, 1918 a daughter of the late Jesse and Cora Hitt Golden.

Surviving are ten daughters, Linda Bennington, Clarksburg, Bonnie (Harold) Stalnaker, Lincolnton, NC, Fay (Tom) Whitlatch, Hoschton, GA, Nancy (Eddie) Vanscoy, Mineral Wells, Rose Russell, Parkersburg, Wendy Sandstrom, West Union, Margie (Virgil) Matheny, Clarksburg, Judith McElwain, West Union, Karen Ross, Clarksburg and Joellen (Grant) Trent, West Union, one son, Carroll Bennington, Baltimore, MD, 16 grandchildren, over 25 great grandchildren and one sister, Velma Stover, Weston. She was preceded in death by two sons, Steven and Gerald “Jerry” Bennington, one daughter Sharon Bennington, sisters and brothers, Clifford Golden, Hobert Golden, Irene Golden, Pauline Golden and Jean Woofter.

Mrs. Bennington had worked at the Britton’s Rest Home as a CNA for many years and had worked at the Doddridge County Senior Citizens. She loved quilting, reading, growing flowers and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was a loving mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed by her family.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home, 212 Front St., West Union on Wednesday, May 08, 2013 at 1 PM with Pastor Bill Davis presiding.

Interment will follow in the Rock Grove Cemetery, Sleeth Run Rd, Linn, WV.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Wednesday, May 08, 2013 from 11 AM - 1 PM.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Bennington family.

Budge R. “Budgie” Frashure

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Budge “Budgie” R. Frashure

Age 62, passed away at 5:35 PM at his residence in Linn, WV on April 27, 2013 following an unexpected illness, with his beloved Collie dog and best friend, Levi by his side.

He was born on April 06, 1951 in Weston, WV a son of the late Roy “Bob” and Goldie M. Keith Frashure. One brother, Bobby J. Frashure, and one nephew, Bobby Ray Frashure, also preceded him in death.

On January 02, 1970 he married the former Dottie Grogg and they remained married until 1998.

He is survived by one sister, Rosalie Heater and husband Orie of Orlando, WV; two daughters: Wendy Mathess and husband Steve of Jane Lew, WV; Nikki Frashure of Farmington; two grandsons: Breyer and Branson Mathess of Jane Lew; two nephews: Ricky J. Frashure of Linn, and Lee Frashure of Jane Lew; and one niece, Sherry Peters of Good Hope, WV.

Budge devoted his younger years to his work as a heavy equipment operator in the coalfields from 1974-1997. He had a well-earned reputation among the employees for being the “best operator around”. He never missed a day’s work for years, even during illness. He also worked at Lignetics until leaving to care for his elderly mother until her death in 2010.

He loved to watch Western movies in his free time and play with his Collie, Levi. His family and friends will sadly miss him.

There will be a private Family and Friends Gathering at the Hiney Cemetery in Linn, WV.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. Jane Lew is honored and privileged to serve the Frashure family.

Linn: The Construction of the Inter-county School Should Begin Soon

In a few weeks, the beginning phases of construction of the first Inter-County school in West Virginia should start.

The school site is located on the border of Gilmer and Lewis Counties in Linn, WV.

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Located on U.S. Highway 33/119 in Linn, WV


The school is to serve the students from Troy Elementary School in Troy, WV (Gilmer County) and Alum Bridge Elementary School in Alum Bridge, WV (Lewis County).

The Lewis County Board of Education approved Capitol Valley Contractors of Elkview, WV as the company to complete the site work at its meeting Monday, April 22, 2013.

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School Property is both in Gilmer and Lewis Counties


The low bid was just over $1 million, according to Lewis County Board of Education President Paul Derico.

The Funding for the construction of this school is provided fully by the West Virginia School Building Authority (WVSBA), therefore the approval of the bids is necessary by WVSBA



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The Lewis - Gilmer inter county elementary school will house students PK through grade 6

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The enrollment will be around 230 students


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The school is expected to open in August of 2014


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School property is right about Welcome Signs for both counties

Claude E. McHenry Sr.

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Claude E. McHenry Sr.

Age 87, Orrville, Ohio, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at his residence with his family by his side.

He was born on April 23, 1925, in Glenville, WV, the son of Hoy and Edna (Messenger) McHenry.

He was united in marriage to Louvone Helmick on July 21, 1946, in Linn, WV. She survives.

Claude had been a resident of Orrville since 1962, and had been employed in the maintenance department for the Orrville City Schools for 13 years prior to retiring.

He was a member of the Orrville Christian Church, where he was a past president and member of the Faithful Followers Class.

He was a past president and former member of the Kidney Foundation of Wayne County for many years.

Claude enjoyed his grandchildren, watching softball at Orr Park, cooking and playing cards. He was a 23-year cancer survivor.

In addition to his wife, Louvone, he is survived by four daughters, Mary (Jim) Saunders Sr. of Canton, Linda (Junior) Kerns of Clyde, Sheila (Doc) Burrows of Willard, and Sally (Keith) Hartzler of Sterling; two sons, Eugene McHenry of Orrville and Richard (Tess) McHenry of Maineville; 12 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Jim (Joann) McHenry of Glenville, WV.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Naomi Jackson; brothers, Hoy, Herman, Harley and Dana McHenry; and sisters, Irene Riffle, Pauline Wells and Opal McHenry.

Services will be held at Orrville Christian Church in Orrville on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at 11:00 AM with Pastor Tom Ledford officiating.

Burial will take place at Crown Hill Cemetery in Orrville.

Friends may call at Auble Funeral Home in Orrville on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 6:00-8:00 PM, or one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Orrville Christian Church, 925 N. Elm St., Orrville 44667 or to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greater Wayne County, 2525 Back Orrville Road, Wooster 44691.

Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries - 04.18.13




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 July 17, 2013  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.


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Haymon Cottrill Jamie Jones & Rose Craig 206 Kanawha St., Glenville, WV 26351 None Required None Required
1654 Little Ellis Rd, Linn, WV 26384
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Catherine Williams Eric Les Marks 3004 Sycamore Run Rd None Required None Required
Glenville, WV 26351
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Betty L. Nicholson William Shane Nicholson PO Box 342 None Required None Required
Glenville, WV 26351
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Randolph Jennings Teresa VonStorch 33 Kimberly Drive None Required None Required
Stafford, VA 22554
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Patricia LaRocca Peter LaRocca 477 Buckwheat Rd None Required None Required
Cox's Mills, WV 26342
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Clerk of Gilmer County Commission
Jean Butcher
10 Howard Street
Glenville, WV 26351

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : April 18, 2013

Attention Gilmer Schools Coalition Members and Concerned Citizens of Gilmer County, Good News!


Delegate David Walker informed us that legislation first started by himself and Delegate Boggs on the governance of inter-county schools has been passed from the Education Committee by unanimous vote and is moving forward from that committee.

Also, an additional bill is in progress to set the standards for a clear exit plan after state intervention.

More information will be provided when available.

~~  Facilitator, Gilmer Schools Coalition ~~


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The West Virginia Department of Agriculture recognized the best in agritourism marketing efforts over the past year during the 2013 Small Farm Conference at Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown February 28.

“Marketing is a key component of a successful agritourism operation,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick. “Each year, these awards recognize the best in marketing and promotions, and encourage others to improve their communications programs.”

This year’s winners are:

Best brochure for an agritourism attraction or event:

•  The Wild Ramp, Huntington

•  Clay County Golden Delicious Festival, Clay

•  West Virginia Miniature Horse Championships, Reedsville

Best rack card for an agritourism attraction or event:

•  Daniel Vineyards, Crab Orchard

•  Gobblers Ridge Lodge Bed and Breakfast, Linn

•  Bloomery Plantation, Charles Town

Best website for an agritourism attraction or event:

•  Cider Mill House Bed and Breakfast, Berkeley Springs

•  Clay County Golden Delicious Festival, Clay

•  West Virginia Strawberry Festival, Buckhannon

Best brochure or rack card for a fair or festival:

•  West Virginia Strawberry Festival, Buckhannon

•  West Virginia State Honey Festival, Parkersburg

•  West Virginia Miniature Horse Championship, Reedsville

Best brochure or rack card for a farmers’ market, roadside stand or CSA:

•  Church View Farm, Romney

•  Parkersburg Farmers’ Market, Parkersburg

•  Butler’s Farm Market, Martinsburg

Best website for a farmers market, roadside stand or CSA:

•  Clay County Farmers’ Market, Clay

•  Morgantown Farmers’ Market, Morgantown

•  Parkersburg Farmers’ Market, Parkersburg

Best photo depicting West Virginia agritourism:

•  Clay County Golden Delicious Festival, Clay

•  Smoke Hole Outfitters, Seneca Rocks

•  Stone Road Vineyards, Elizabeth

Missing Bluetick Coon Dogs in Ellis Road/Linn Area

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We have two missing Bluetick Coon Dogs that have been missing since February 24, 2013 from Ellis Road/Linn Area.

If anyone has any information about them, please contact us at 304.462.4767.

Gilmer County Students Named to GSC Honor Rolls – Fall 2012

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Glenville State College has announced the names of GSC students who attained the President’s Honor Roll and the Provost’s Honor Roll for the Fall 2012 semester.

Gilmer County Students who were named to the GSC President’s Honor Roll are:

•  Dianna Allegretti of Glenville

•  Ryan M. Bennett of Glenville

•  Ezekiel G. Bonnett of Cox’s Mills

•  Heather Coleman of Glenville

•  Kevin D. Drake of Glenville

•  Olivia F. Ferrell of Glenville

•  Sadie Golliher of Glenville

•  Molly P. Hicks of Glenville

•  Debra K. Huffman of Linn

•  Tiffany M. Hulse of Cox’s Mills

•  Camden L. Kinder of Glenville

•  Andrea B. Minigh of Glenville

•  Jacqueline K. Moore of Glenville

•  Devin W. Riffle of Troy

•  Garrett J. Rinehart of Glenville

•  Jamie L. Schindel of Glenville

•  Elora D. Shock of Glenville

•  LeRon K. Smith of Glenville

•  Annetta L. Snyder of Burnsville

•  Valeri Sprouse of Glenville

•  Gregory T. Steele of Burnsville

•  Timothy A. Swiger of Linn

•  Jenny N. Wolfe of Glenville

•  Ashley D. Woodford of Cox’s Mills

•  Robert L. Woods of Glenville

To be named to the GSC President’s Honor Roll, a student must have a 4.0 grade point average.

Students from Gilmer County who were named to the GSC Provost’s Honor Roll are:

•  Rebecca S. Baldwin of Glenville

•  Mary Catherine Butcher of Glenville

•  Michelle D. Cottrill of Glenville

•  Linville F. Couch of Glenville

•  Amanda L. Davis of Glenville

•  Nicholas E. Dent of Glenville

•  Mary Ann Alexis L. Escarda of Glenville

•  Aaron Frymier of Glenville

•  Kelly M. King of Glenville

•  Jazzmin L. Langman of Glenville

•  Ginny L. Mills of Glenville

•  Sarah M. Normant of Glenville

•  Andrea E. Osborne of Glenville

•  Jodie L. Parsons of Normantown

•  Adrian D. Patterson of Glenville

•  Casey D. Pritt of Glenville

•  Joshua A. Ramsey of Glenville

•  Nicole C. Riffle of Linn

•  Wayne J. Roberts of Normantown

•  Tiffany A. Tomey of Linn

•  Latasha R. White of Sand Fork

•  Asa C. Witte of Cox’s Mills

•  Jacob N. Wolfe of Glenville

To be named to the GSC Provost’s Honor Roll, a student must have a grade point average of 3.5 to 3.99.

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Massachusetts Woman Sentenced for Traveling to WV to Have Sex with a Minor from Linn Area

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CARISSA HADS, age 25, of Quincy, Massachusetts, was sentenced on January 29, 2013, in United States District Court in Clarksburg by Judge Irene M. Keeley.

HADS was sentenced to 87 months imprisonment to be followed by lifetime supervision.

HADS entered a plea of guilty on October 10, 2012, to “Traveling in Interstate Commerce with the Intent to Engage in Illicit Sexual Conduct” on February 23, 2012, when HADS traveled from Massachusetts to North Central West Virginia to have sex with a minor from Linn, WV.

Court documents indicate that HADS posed as an 18-year old man on a social media website and also took steps to change her appearance in order to deceive the victim as to her true identity.

HADS met the alleged victim online in 2010 and the two communicated for over a year before the first in-person meeting took place.

HADS traveled at least three times from Massachusetts to visit the alleged victim, and was arrested at the Pittsburgh International Airport by F.B.I. agents on May 25, 2012, on one of her visits to the area.

As part of her plea, HADS agreed to the forfeiture of the computer and electronic equipment seized from her and her residence.

HADS was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a
Federal institution.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn A. Morgan, Chief of the Criminal Division for the U.S. Attorney’s Office and investigated by the West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Haymon Cottrill

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Haymon Cottrill

Age 75 of Sliding Run Road, Stouts Mill, West Virginia, departed this life at 8:43 PM Saturday January 19, 2013 in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, West Virginia follow a brief illness.

Born November 29, 1937 in Gilmer County, West Virginia, son of the late Henry and Dottie Nicholas Cottrill.

Haymon was a member of the Sand Fork Church of God of Prophecy.

He enjoyed teaching younger generations how to survive, and before his health diminished he enjoyed hunting, turtle fishing, and gardening. Most of his working life was spent as a laborer and anyone that knew him knew he liked to work hard.

On October 03, 1990 he was united in marriage to Linda White Cottrill, who survives. Before they made their union official Haymon and Linda had been together since the early 1980’s.

Surviving are 2 sons and 2 daughters, David Cottrill and girlfriend Shannon of Stouts Mills, WV; Rose Craig and husband Freddy of Linn, WV; Rita Brown of Stouts Mills, WV; and James Jones and wife Pam of Glenville,  WV.

There are also 13 grandchildren,  14 great-grandchildren, 1 brother, Freddie Cottrill of Buckhannon, WV; and 1 sister, Hazel Walton of Buckhannon, WV,  surviving.

Along with his parents Haymon was preceded in death by 3 children Haymon Lynn Cottrill, Cheryl Miner, and John Jones. He was also preceded in death by 1 grandson, Robbie Cottrill, 1 infant grandson Frederick Craig, 1 infant great granddaughter Marissa Sumner, and 22 brothers and sisters.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. Glenville, West Virginia at 2:00 PM Sunday January 27, 2013 with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

Burial will follow in the Cottrill Cemetery on Sliding Run Road, Stouts Mills.

Friends may call from 4:00-8:00 PM Saturday at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Haymon Cottrill with arrangements.

Russell E. Wiant

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Russell E. Wiant

Age 88 of Ellis Road, Linn (Gilmer County), West Virginia, departed this life at 7:00 PM, Friday, January 18, 2013, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital (Weston, West Virginia), following an extended illness.

He was born on September 15, 1924 in Gilmer County, WV and was the son of the late Rex F. and Dora Radcliff Wiant.

Russell worked in timber, coal mines, at the Louie Glass Factory, and retired from the WV Department of Highways. He loved CB radios and the friends he made on them, and also had a great passion for hunting and fishing. We all love Russell and will miss him deeply, we thank God for those years with us but look ahead to being in heaven some day with him.

Three daughters and one son survive: Linda Lue Tomey of Little Birch, West Virginia; Shelia Kay Wiant of Weston, West Virginia; Geraldine Lois Hershman of Linn, West Virginia; and Darrell Emmit Wiant and wife Joyce of Linn, West Virginia. 15 grandchildren also survive: Steve Wiant, John Wiant, Blaine Wiant, Chad Wiant, Chuck Sprouse, Scott Sprouse, BJ Sprouse, Anthony Wiant, Lillie Wiant, Scottie Queen, Brandon Queen, Nicole Queen, Brittany Wiant, Bryon Wiant, and Joey Wiant.

Along with his parents, Russell was preceded in death by two sons, Larry Gene Wiant and Russell Emmit Wiant, Jr., one grandson Terry Sprouse, three brothers, Donald, Rex, and Gene Wiant, and two sisters, Maxine McNair and Wanda Goff.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. in Glenville, West Virginia, at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

Burial will follow in the Hiney Cemetery.

Friends may call from 5:00-8:00 PM on Tuesday at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Russell E. Wiant with arrangements.

Bentley Michael Armstrong

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Danielle Brunecz and Anthony Armstrong of Glenville, WV announce the birth of their first child, a son, Bentley Michael Armstrong.

He was born Thursday, December 20, 2012 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.

The little boy weighed 9-pounds, 12-ounces.

The mother is employed at Foodland and the father is employed at MEC construction.

Maternal grandparents are Benny and Lorrie McCure of Glenville, WV.

Paternal grandparents are Jerry Freeman and Mary Armstrong of Linn, WV.

G-Vine™: Heard It Through G-Vine – 12.31.12


Community talk heard through the G-Vine:

•  Is it true about the new school they want to build in the Linn area that they want natural gas and Garretts refusing to give them a right away so they might have to re-design everything and make the school all electric?

•  Was the site for the new school in Linn nothing but a swamp area and could this cause a lot of problems?


•  There is chatter about recent alleged sexual misconduct at the GCHS involving staff and students. Do you know if there is anything to it?

•  Since Mickey Metz is leaving the office there should be a settlement report due December 31, 2012. Should it not?

•  Commissioners Kennedy and Ramsey have failed to report the financial crisis and missing funds under Sheriff Metz’s role as the county treasurer? Why?

•  The last day of school before Christmas, an english teacher at GCHS caught students in the back of her classroom using marijuana and reported them to the principal. What is the deal with that?

•  It is horrible that examples of alleged misconduct at GCHS go unreported.  That failure is enabling the individuals who could care the least about decency. What it will take is a parent or another individual in the know to rise up to file a formal complaint about the sexual misconducts at school. Have any complaints been filed? If administrators know about problems and they fail to act it is my belief that they could be held accountable similar to what happened at Penn State.



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Greggory Zane Woodson

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Greggory Zane Woodson is the name chosen for a son born to Amber Hitt and Wayne Woodson Jr., of Linn, WV.

The little boy was born Wednesday, December 05, 2012 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.

He weighed 6-pounds, 14-ounces and is the couple’s second child.

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