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Barbara June (Lamb) Stanczak

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Barbara June (Lamb) Stanczak

Age 77, of 11213 Longshore Way West, Naples, Florida, died at 2:30 AM Friday, March 16, 2012 at Avow Hospice in Naples, Florida, following an extended illness.

She was born in Lewis County, West Virginia, June 19, 1934.

Barbara was the daughter of the late John Aubrey Lamb and Ina Melinda Lamb. She was preceded in death by her sister, Delores Marlene “Susie” Lamb Lewis.

On November 06, 1954 she was married to John R. Stanczak, who survives her.

Barbara is also survived by one son; Stephen P. Stanczak of Palm Desert, CA, three daughters; Cheryl A. Horbal of Naples, FL, Karen M. Cline of Lawrenceville, GA, Diana S. Greer of Memphis, TN, one brother; John A. Lamb of Weston, and two maternal nieces; Christy D. Woods and Nina R. Calvert.

She had seven grandsons and four granddaughters, and one great-grandson; Bradley L. Horbal, Bryan D. Horbal, Abby L. Horbal, Christopher D. Cline, Jason M. Cline, Kaley M. Cline, John D. Stanczak, Scott A. Stanczak, Jordan G. Greer, Jackson W. Greer, Aubrey M. Greer, and Weston S. Cline.

Visitation and funeral will be held at Hardman Paletti Funeral Home, 730 N. Main Avenue, Weston, West Virginia on Friday, March 23, 2012.

Visitation will begin at 12:00 Noon, followed by the funeral service at 2:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel officiated by Reverend Carolyn Nettles.

A graveside ceremony follows at Rock Grove Cemetery, Linn, WV and a dinner at Rock Grove Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Avow Hospice at 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, Florida 34105, 239-261-4404.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for Barbara June (Lamb) Stanczak.

G-FYI™: Proposed School Crosses County Lines

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Charleston Daily Mail Reports:

To avoid lengthy rides to school and costly building repairs, officials from Gilmer and Lewis counties want to create an inter-county elementary school.

If funding for the plan is approved, the school would be the only one of its kind in West Virginia, Gilmer Superintendent Ron Blankenship said.

“It’s very exciting,“ Blankenship said. “It’s a great opportunity for students in both counties.“

According to the plan submitted to the state School Building Authority, Gilmer County would consolidate Troy Elementary School with Lewis County’s Alum Bridge Elementary School at the new building, tentatively plotted in the border community of Linn.

The plan anticipates more than $500,000 in annual savings and more than $500,000 in avoided costs for the counties.

Each school caters to about 100 students, but the new school would house 240 children, Blankenship said. Troy serves students in pre-kindergarten programs through sixth grade, while Alum Bridge only serves students up to the fourth grade, Blankenship said. Lewis County officials have agreed to send students through the sixth grade to the new school.

Both schools received “poor” ratings from the authority staff for different parts of their facilities. Problems included site access, parking, restrooms and food service facilities.

The report said Troy “is in very deplorable condition and has been cited for several health and safety violations.“

A new school will let each county affordably provide a better learning opportunity for students, Blankenship said. It will also cut down on transportation times for children who live far away from school, he said. 

“Parents should be able to send their children to the closest school,“ Blankenship said.

Although a combined school will lead to some duplication of duties, Blankenship expects few jobs to be lost. Teachers at Troy are already forced to teach several different grade levels, so the new school could allow them to focus on one particular group, he said.

The actual employees who are retained for the school is up to the state Board of Education, Blankenship said. Each county must submit a list to the board with the names of current employees who would like a position at the new school. New positions will be filled from the list before the board looks elsewhere. 

A location hasn’t been chosen yet, Blankenship said. The counties have agreed to split the cost.

The state took over operations of the Gilmer County school system in June 2010. In the wake of that decision, a group calling itself the Gilmer County Education Coalition organized to “restore credibility” to the school system, spokesman William Simmons said.

He said there is some concern now among group members over a possible conflict of interest within the group.

One of the group’s 35 members owns a parcel of land that is among those being considered for the new school site. 

Blankenship said he could not comment on where the final site might be.

The counties are eyeing properties that straddle the county line, he said. Whichever most of the school falls on will be the side responsible for the building.

Both counties have agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding stating that each needs to take part in the direction of the school. A group comprised of people from both counties will have some say in what happens at the school.

Apart from the site dispute and what Simmons described as a lack of openness in the selection process, he said the coalition was excited about the new school.

“It’s probably the wave of the future,“ he Simmons, adding that he has worked in education at various levels throughout the state for years.

Mary Scott, principal at Alum Bridge, said both counties have been very cooperative thus far but declined further comment. Messages left with Lewis County Superintendent Joseph Hale were not returned by press time.

There are no other plans for other inter-county schools associated with Gilmer County, but Blankenship thought the idea could serve as a model for other rural schools looking to provide similar services.

Liza Cordeiro, spokeswoman for the state Board of Education, said the tentative plan would be the only of its kind currently under consideration. Lincoln and Logan counties once had a similar agreement though, she said. 

Gilmer and Lewis counties are relying on the authority to fund the school as a part of its 2012 needs projects requests. The counties will need a little more than $11 million from the authority in order to build the school, according to the report. Blankenship would not commit to an exact cost estimate, but said the plan was for the authority to cover all construction costs.

There are 22 other requests before the authority, including a roughly $14 million bid from Gilmer County to construct a different elementary school. The authority is slated to discuss the projects during a meeting Monday, and will render final decisions for which projects to fund at an April 23 meeting, Blankenship said.

Dave Boucher 304.348.4843 - “david.bouc…@dailymail.com”  ~~

Basketball: LKC Girls Night of Champions

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Taylor Bragg of Braxton County made a perfect 10-of-10 free throws to become the first repeat winner of the foul-shot competition at the LKC Girls Night of Champions at Parkersburg Catholic Saturday.

Runner-up was Tristin Toman of Ritchie County with 9 of 10 free throws made.

Capturing the Top Gun 3-point shoot-out was Amber Wilford of Calhoun County who sank 12 of 25 shots from behind the arc for the Red Devils’ first winner of the event since Brandi Richards in 2001.

Second behind Wilford was a three-way tie between Jacee Markle of Clay County, Taylor Youell of Ravenswood and Liz Flowers of Williamstown with 11-of-25 marks.

Also recognized were the LKC girls basketball Scholar-Athlete winners from each conference school.

They were:

•  Braxton - Montana Flint

•  Calhoun – Wilford

•  Clay - Montana Barker

•  Doddridge County - Holly Curtis

•  Gilmer County - Olivia Somerville

•  Parkersburg Catholic - Liz Ruscitto

•  Ravenswood - Taylor Treadway

•  Ritchie County - Maria Webber

•  Roane County - Brooklyn Pavalok

•  St. Marys - Audra Clark

•  South Harrison - Erica Eddy

•  Tyler Consolidated - Sydney Yoho

•  Williamstown - Megan Albertson

•  Wirt County - Hannah Nichols

Gilmer County Family Court Report – 01.27.12

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Helen Spade (64) of Normantown, WV Divorced Benjamin Spade (69) of Oberlin, Ohio on January 27, 2012.


Erlina Singleton (47) of Normantown, WV Divorced Basil Singleton (52) of Buckhannon, WV on January 27, 2012.


Traci Montgomery (20) of Normantown, WV Divorced Jeremy Montgomery (23) Of Linn, WV on January 27, 2012.

Flora Alice Turner

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Flora Alice Turner

Age 71, of 1447 US Hwy 33 W Weston, went to be with the Lord on Friday, January 20, 2012 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following a sudden illness.

She was born in Jane Lew on May 30, 1940: daughter of the late Lawrence Messenger and Gladys (Rogers) Messenger.

On August 30, 1963 she married Denver R. Turner, who survives.

Also surviving is one daughter: Kim Brown and husband Boone of Jane Lew and two grandchildren Devin and Breanna Brown. Also surviving are two brothers: Tom and Dave Messenger both of Jane Lew and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death be one brother: Henry Messenger.

Mrs. Turner was a retired Instructional Aide for the Lewis County School System with 18 years of service. Flora was a graduate of Weston High School with the “Class of 1960.” She attended the Waldeck United Methodist Church, where she was the Adult Sunday School Teacher and Secretary of the WSCS. Mrs. Turner was a member of the Lewis County Farm Bureau, WV Farm Bureau, where she served as chairperson of Region V Women’s Leadership Committee and was secretary of Lewis County Livestock Association. She was a member of the Teresa Snaith Auxiliary of Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston, was a founding member and board of director of the Lewis County Fair Association and was a member of Chapter# 40 Order of the Eastern Star of Weston. Flora was a volunteer for the Central WV and Lewis County Shrine Clubs.

She was a member of the “Pins and Needles Club” of the Rock Grove Baptist Church of Linn, WV.

Family will receive friends at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 North Main Aveune, Weston on Monday, January 23, 2012 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM and 6:00 - 8:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 1:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Russell Furr officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens of Jane Lew.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of the arrangements for Flora Alice Turner.

Carl James Luzader

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Carl James Luzader

Age 85 of Joe’s Run Rd. (Sand Fork Community), departed this life Sunday morning, January 15, 2012 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Weston, following an extended illness.

He was born August 29, 1926 in Gilmer County, a son of the late Raymond and Melvie Danley Luzader.

Mr. Luzader was a member of the Sand Fork Baptist Church

He was a coal miner, and retired from the West Virginia Department of Highways as a heavy equipment operator. He also proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World War II.

On April 15, 1950 he was united in marriage to Doris Jean Lowther,  who survives at their Joe’s Run Rd. home.

Surviving are: (2 Daughters) Kathy Chapman and husband Darrell of Mt. Olive, North Carolina, and Diana Langford and husband Jim of Chloe, West Virginia; (2 Sons) Billy Joe Luzader and wife Shae of Grafton, Ohio and James “Randy” Luzader and wife Sherry of Sand Fork, West Virginia; (5 Grandchildren) Kristi Bailey and husband Chris, Meagan Luzader, Steve Chapman and wife Lynn, Chris McVaney and wife Torie, and Aaron James Langford and wife Heather; (5 Great-Grandchildren) Chesney Best, Alexis McVaney,  Destiny Langford, Shawn and George McVaney; (1 Brother) Tom Luzader of Glenville WV; (1 brother-in-law) Harold Lowther and wife Rebecca of Sand Fork WV. There are also several nieces and nephews surviving.

Along with his parents, Carl was preceded in death by siblings Roscoe, Aaron, Raymond, Danley, and Jennings Luzader,  Evelane Miller, Annabell Luzader, and Catherine Williams.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. Glenville West Virginia, on Thursday January 19, 2012 with Pastor Bryan Groves and Pastor Phil Wilson officiating.

Burial will follow in the Hiney Cemetery, Linn West Virginia.

Friends may call from 6:00 – 8:00 PM Wednesday evening at the mortuary.

The family would like to thank Dr. Snuffer and the nursing staff in the Intensive Care Unit at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital for their care and compassion. The Family would also to thanks everyone for their prayers and act of kindness.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is humbled to serve the family of Carl James Luzader with arrangements.

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Freddie D. Helmick

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Freddie D. Helmick

Age 62 of Cedar Creek Road, Glenville, WV departed this life at 1:05 PM Saturday January 07, 2012 in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown WV following a one week illness.

He was born October 16, 1949 in Gilmer County, son of the late Irene Helmick.

Freddie was a graduate of Burnsville High School and was a heavy equipment operator. He worked in the oil fields and just recently retired from the Gilmer County Board of Education as a school bus driver. He was a Marine Veteran during the Vietnam War, and then joined the National Guard Military Police Branch.

Fred was a member of the Gilmer County Fire Department and E.M.S. for 30 years. One of his favorite pass times was running sideline chains for the Gilmer County High School and Glenville State College football. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, but Freddie’s purpose was helping others and anyone who knew him, knows that.

He also faithfully attended the Church of God of Prophecy at Sand Fork.

On July 21, 2009 he was united in marriage to Helen Williams Helmick, who survives at their Cedar Creek Home.

Two daughters survive; Michelle R. Gum and husband Jim and Jennifer D. Fallo and husband Chuck both of Weston WV, ( 1 step daughter) April Fridley and Fiancee Kieth Tibado of Frostproof Florida, (6 grandchildren) Maddysen Parsons, Leah Fallo, Brayden Fallo, Erin Jenkins, Toby Fridley, and Kameron Tibado.

Also surviving is (1 brother) Larry Joe Helmick of Cleveland Ohio, (1 sister) Doris Jean King of Glenville,  (2,  1/2 brothers) Kenny Conrad of High Point North Carolina, Ronnie Conrad of Glenville, (2,  1/2 sisters) Linda Rowh of Parkersburg West Virginia, and Kathy McCune of Glenville.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Church of God of Prophecy, Sand Fork West Virginia at 11:00 AM Wednesday, January 11, 2012 with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

Burial will follow in the Hiney Cemetery, Linn WV.

Friends may call 4:00 – 8:00 PM Tuesday at the church and one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. Glenville WV. is humbled to serve the family of Freddie Helmick with arrangements.

Attention all Teachers, Parents and Concerned Citizens of Gilmer County - 12.29.11

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Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 6:00 PM at Audrey’s (Common Place) there is a meeting of the Gilmer Schools Coalition in coordination with any and all interested parties willing to organize and stand as one voice, united, to take back Gilmer County Schools.

This is an opportunity for each individual to have your voice heard, choose a spokesperson via true democratic process and move forward with honest efforts to end this nightmare.

It is an opportunity to show that we will put the children and their future before the political well-being of others.

Let us set the example showing that we will, as a community, stand up and be counted when it comes to their future.

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Daniel L. Hill

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Daniel L. Hill

Age 44 of Glenville West Virginia departed this life at 8:32 PM Wednesday December 14, 2011 at the United Hospital Center following a sudden illness.

He was born February 06, 1967 in Pontiac Michigan, son of the late Charles W. Hill and survived by his mother Alia Adams Hill Pinto of Mikado Michigan.

Daniel was a block layer and general handy man in the construction industry.

He was a member of the Glenville 1st Baptist Church.

Surviving are; ( 3 children) Isaiah Hill of Glenville West Virginia, Clora Hill of Pontiac Michigan, and Teresa Hill of Baltimore Maryland, ( 6 siblings) Debra Furney of Pontiac Michigan, Charles Hill of Hudson Florida, David Hill of Ypsilanti Michigan, Robert Hill of Oscoda Michigan, Mary Pinto Fuller of Clinton South Carolina, Jason Pinto of Hammond Indiana, and Christine Welker. He is survived by his step father Ronald Pinto of Mikado Michigan. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 AM Monday December 19, at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. Glenville West Virginia with Rev. Kenny Fisher officiating.

Burial will follow in the Rock Grove Cemetery in Linn West Virginia.

Friends may call from 9:30 AM until the time of the funeral.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. humbled to serve the family of Daniel Hill with arrangements.

Shelia Annette Weaver

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Shelia Annette Weaver

Age 73 of Cox’s Mill departed this life at 8:50 AM, Monday, November 21, 2011 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston following an extended illness.

She was born April, 18, 1938 in Gilmer County a daughter of the late Delford and Mildred Miller Westfall.

Shelia retired for Holiday Inn Hotels in Atlanta, GA where she was supervisor of housekeeping.  She loved being a homemaker and taking care of her family.

She enjoyed singing gospel songs and attended the Chestnut Grove Baptist Church.

She was united in marriage to Hayward D. Weaver on July 16, 1957 and he preceded her in death October of 1984.

Five children survive:  Brenda Minney of Normantown; Donald Weaver (wife Shirley), Lois Darlene Prosser and Christopher Weaver all of Cox’s Mill; and Sandra Weaver (husband Scott Beck) of Linn, WV.

One brother survives:  Don Westfall (wife Judy) of Grantsville.

There are 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren surviving.

Shelia was preceded in death by one son, Randy Weaver in January 1993, one grandson, James Ary Prosser; two sisters, Gaytha Lockard and Jeanie Sawyer and two brothers, Robert and Billy Westfall.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 11:00 AM, with Pastor Phil Wilson officiating.

Burial will follow in the Chestnut Grove Cemetery.

Friends may call 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Friday at the Mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc. is assisting the family of Shelia A. Weaver with arrangements.

Evelyn N. Brown

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Evelyn N. Brown

Age 88, of Linn, WV, and a longtime resident of Trevorton, Pennsylvania, went home to be with her Lord on Thursday, November 17, 2011.

Born October 24, 1923 in Trevorton, PA, she was the daughter of the late Cloyd C. and Florence G. (Miller) Crissinger.

On June 29, 1946 she married Willard J. Brown who preceded her in death on November 01, 1988.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Donna Danner, a grandson, John Kahler, a great-grandson, Jason Kahler, one brother, James Crissinger and two sisters, Jean Wooten and Naomi Crissinger.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Doris and Roy Hoffman of Millmont, PA and Debbie and Dean Kahler of Bellevue, OH; two sons and daughters-in-law, Dale and Debbie Brown of Land O’Lakes, FL and Duane and Rachel Brown of Linn, WV; 16 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Pauline Lahr of Sunbury, PA and Lois Schankweiler of Bethlehem, PA.

Mrs. Brown graduated from Trevorton High School in 1941. She was co-owner of Brown’s Store in Trevorton from 1950 to 1972. She was a homemaker and was known for her crocheted baby sweater sets.

She was a charter member of Wayside Mission Church in Dornsife, PA where she faithfully attended for 47 years.

Rev. James Sampson will conduct the funeral service which will be held at the Wayside Mission church, Dornsife, PA on Wednesday November23, 2011 at 11:00 AM, with visitation from 10:00 AM to time of service.

Friends may call from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at the Robert Foust Funeral Home, 841 West Shamokin Street, Trevorton, PA.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that you consider contributing to the Evelyn Brown Memorial Fund to be used for missions.

Contributions can be mailed to the Evelyn Brown Memorial Fund, God’s Missionary Church World Missions, 109 Evergreen Ln, Spring Mills, PA 16875.

Denzil Lee Sprouse

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Denzil Lee Sprouse

Age 58 of Crooked Creek Rd., Glenville departed this life at 6:25 PM, Monday, November 14, 2011 at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born November 04, 1953 in Gilmer County a son of the late Ernest and Hazel Carpenter Sprouse.

Denzil retired from Schlumberger cement crew as an operator and trainer with 29 years of service.

He loved fishing, hunting and camping.  This was only surpassed by his love for his family and extended family.

He was a Baptist by faith and was a born again Believer.

Denzil was married to Debbie Collins Sprouse July 22, 2007 who survives at their Glenville home.

Survivors include a son and daughter :  Nicky Sprouse and girlfriend Lisa Leadbetter of Pricetown; April Fridley and fiancée Keith Tibado of Frostproof, FL;  step-son Steve Palmer Jr. and wife Deanna of Weston; 6 grandchildren:  Erin Jenkins, Toby Fridley, Wesley Palmer, Kameron Tibedo, Summer Sprouse and Maxwell Palmer.  Eight brothers and sisters survive:  Rondal Sprouse of Normantown; Larry Sprouse (wife Beverly) of Normantown; Carolyn Johnson of Elkins; Loretta Swinerton of St. Albans, WV; Norma Bagley (husband Bob) of Cox’s Mills; Neal Sprouse (wife Becky) of Normantown; Kelvin Sprouse (wife Vicky) of Linn and Mike Sprouse (wife Anita) of Glenville.

Several aunts, uncles, numerous nieces, nephews and a host of cousins survive.

He is also survived by his father-in-law Roy Collins of Pricetown and brother-in-law Jerry Collins (wife Faye) of Cumberland, MD.

He was preceded in death by infant sister Anna Lou Sprouse.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville, 11:00 AM, Friday, November 18, 2011 with Pastor Mike Sprouse officiating.

Burial will follow in the Turner Cemetery, Lockney, WV.

Friends may call 5:00 – 9:00 PM, Thursday at the Mortuary.  Denzil requested in lieu of flowers donations be made to the family.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc. is assisting the family of Denzil Sprouse with arrangements.

Missing Lewis County Girl’s Search Focused on Gilmer County Area

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The continuing search for a missing child in Lewis County has crossed county lines.

WAJR-FM in Clarksburg reports the FBI has moved its mobile command center in the hunt for three-year-old Aliayah Lunsford from the Weston area to a remote part of Gilmer County.

The new search point is in the community of Vadis, nearly ten miles north of Glenville.

The move is reported based on what federal investigators call “valuable information” received from public tips.

The young Lunsford disappeared from her home in the Lewis County community of Bendale on September 24, 2010.

Members of the community held balloon launch earlier this week to mark the one-month disappearance.

They say they hold out hope for a miracle.

FBI investigators said recently there’s likely little chance the young girl is still alive.

The girl’s mother, Lena Lunsford, was arrested earlier this month on a federal fraud charge.

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Upper Ellis Church: 2nd Annual Community Weiner Roast - 10.08.11

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The Upper Ellis Church will have their 2nd Annual Community Weiner Roast Saturday October 08, 2011 starting at 5:00 PM in the evening at the church on Ellis Rd.

Everything will be furnished by the church.

Everyone from the Linn Community is invited to come.

Bring a lawn chair and join us for good food and great fellowship.

Hope to see everyone there.

Kaylee Marie Tomey

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Kaylee Marie Tomey was the name chosen for the daughter born to Jamie McKay and Howard Tomey of Linn.

The little girl was born August 17, 2011, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.

She weighed 6 pounds 5 ounces.

She has two brothers, Jayden and Dalton, and one sister, Sabrina Tomey.

Her mother is the former Jamie Freeman and is a homemaker.

Her father is employed by Energy Contractors/Nabors Wells Service.

Maternal grandparents are Jerry Freeman of Linn and Mary Dennison of Sand Fork.

Paternal grandparents are Bonnie and Charles Tomey of Sand Fork.

Gilmer County Commission Meeting Report – 09.06.11

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The Gilmer County Commission started their regular monthly meeting at 9:00 AM with Dave Hess, the Commission President; Commissioners, Brian Kennedy and Darrell Ramsey; Jean Butcher, County Clerk; and Connie Osentoski, Commission Administrator present.


The Following business was conducted:


•  (Item NOT on Agenda) – The Gilmer County Prosecutor at the start of the meeting presented to the Commission with information regarding the past due taxes by Oil and Gas Companies.

The commissioners had asked him to check into the back taxes by oil and gas companies and he reported that multiple letters have been sent and ignored by the companies and now he has to pursue the next step of filing with the magistrate court.

About 50 gas companies are delinquent on their taxes.

Prosecutor said since there are steps involved in collecting the taxes, he is going to need more help.

He said a law school graduate can do the work and he can monitor the process.

Commissioners did not make any decision about his suggestion since the item was not on the agenda.


•  Commission approved the minutes of the August 2011 meeting.


•  Commission reviewed the invoices presented and approved them for payment.

Discussion was made with Sheriff Mickey Metz about the invoice from Dog Catcher and a question was asked as why some animals are being kept for about 12 days.

Commissioner Kennedy indicated the animal should not be kept that long and they should be taken either to Ritchie or Roane County animal Shelters.

Sheriff Metz was asked to check into it and make the necessary correction.

Later in the meeting, after looking at the details and explanation by the County Bookkeeper, it was explained the reason was because the large number of animals that were seized and the fact they had to be kept longer before the matter was settled.


•  There were no Board Appointments and/or Resignations at this meeting.


•  Commission approved Exonerations and/or Consolidations.


•  Commission approved Estate Qualifications and Estate Settlements.


•  Leisa Dean with the Assessor’s office – flood plain insurance discounts/CRS program:

Leisa Dean talked about flood management.

She said, there are steps that can be taken to save the citizens money on their flood insurance.

The saving will be 20% to 30% to maximum of 50-60%.

The County earns points for each step it takes in the program which determines the amount of savings.

One step is to have a computer with internet access and all the flood plain maps to be accessible for use.

To do this a dedicated computer is needed which the County Clerk Jean Butcher said, can be used by getting a computer for the bookkeeper and use her computer for this project.

The funding for the computer will come through a grant funding in Gilmer County Clerk’s office. Commissioners approved the project.


•  Frontier Communications:

Frontier Communications presented a brief program about the company and the steps being taken to improve the service.

Mike Sims, the General Manager for the Mountain Lake Region in West Virginia which includes Gilmer County along with Anthony Rome, Patrick Marozzi, and Trevor Clark – Gilmer County Manager presented the program.

Frontier is currently spending over $500,000 in Gilmer County.

Their engineers are identifying the bad copper lines and replacing them with new improved lines.

Sand Fork, Stouts Mills, Tanner Area, WV Hwy 5 W, Linn, WV Hwy 47 have been done which increased their total DSL ports by 626.

Grass Run, Little Bull Run, WV Hwy 5E/Gilmer Station, Hyers Road, Orlando, U.S.Hwy 33/119, additional Hwy 5, Blackburn, Cox’s Mills, Sinking Creek, and secondary Rt. 17 are in the works.

This will increase the DSL service to 828 households.

Normantown Area is under plan.

The representatives indicated Gilmer County was neglected for a long time by Verizon and Frontier is repairing the mess and plans to have everyone on DSL.

According to Mr. Sims, the DSL project is ahead of schedule.

Right now Frontier responds to service calls within 72 hours and the plan is to change it to 24 hours.

Frontier said they are fixing a lot of lines which were neglected by Verizon and they are finding a lot of places where the lines are covered with plastic bags.

On the business side, they offered a program for the Courthouse which saves the County a lot of money. The rates offered, which are lower, are negotiated with the State, and the County can benefit from it if it switches the service.

One feature of the service is that there is no contract and the County can opt out anytime it likes.

Rome reported the Centrex Service Frontier offer is cheaper than what is currently paid.

Lewis County has recently just converted to Frontier service.

Sims said the changeover is fast and trouble free.

If the County decides to go with Frontier it will eliminate multiple contacts/vendors the county is currently dealing with.

Frontier offered to sit down and go over all the details for the system.

Commissioner Hess said they have to contact all the elected officials to see exactly what they need.

One feature Frontier offered is personal contacts instead of calling an 800 number and deal just with anyone.


•  Kevin Means and Kathrine Blankenship with Doddridge County Community Correction:

Mr. Means reported the grant has been obtained for the project and presented the Commission with a copy of it.

The grant is to be shared by several counties.

He said the goal is to regionalize the program.

Any salary for this program is paid by the grant except the matching portion by each County.

The program is an alternative to putting people with minor offenses in jail.

The program allows the offender to be busy doing something rather than sitting in jail or at home.

The program can include community service, GED program with supervision.

Kevin Means said the program has decreased the jail expense for Doddridge County when Commission President Dave Hess asked about it.

Means said there is going to be a forum/meeting in Doddridge County on September 12, 2011, where everyone can ask questions and all the Doddridge County elected officials can answer.

The matching portion of the program is $12,000 for each County.

Commissioner Kennedy said the program sounds good and the commission will look into it.

Commissioner Kennedy talked about a program which is practiced in other states.

The program hires a deputy and the judge assigns offenders to work with this deputy.

Doing so has proven to save a lot of jail expenses.

Commissioner Kennedy said in this program the community will present their project and after approval offenders in this program can be assigned to them.

He suggested they need to explore the possibility and talk to judges about it.


County Clerk Report

•  The check has been received for the amount of $809.00 from REIP Program request.

•  The contract for voting equipment has run out and needs renewed.

State is no longer covering the maintenance and County has to cover the cost.

The company who has the contract now is making a presentation at 2:30 PM on Thursday, September 08, 2011.


EMS Request for Financial Assistance

•  The Commissioners approved the cost of 5-year Audits conducted by WV State Auditor’s Office for Ambulance Service.

The cost is about $23,310.00 and the County will cover the cost.


Jack Heater – OES Deputy Director – hourly wage when covering for OES Director

•  Jack Heater asked to be paid for the time he has to cover for OES Director Susie Kirkpatrick.

The Commission approved to pay him $12.50 per hour.


Bookkeeper – Budget Control Report and Revisions

•  Budget revision was made by the Bookkeeper for the Community Participation and Recreation Grant obtained by the Gilmer County Recreation Center.

•  A budget revision was made for the Dog Warden for the extra help in previous months.

•  A budget revision was made to separate out the overtimes.

•  A budget revision was made to jail fund.

•  A budget revision was made to Extension Service for fund received.


Region VII – Projects and Points for CEDS List

•  Commissioner decided to remove the Airport project on WV Hwy 5 W, Industrial Park, and Industrial Shell Building from Region VII initiative.

They noted the priorities are Water System Improvements in Allis Road/Cox’s Mill and other places in addition to Sewer System in Sand Fork.

Doing so will help to get the funds for these projects.


Courthouse Improvement

•  Daniel Loftis from L&L has quoted about $100,000 each for two sides of roof in the Courthouse.

•  Commission decided to put the project for bid.

•  Courthouse renovation is also on the list for Region VII.


OES – Purchase Used Vehicle

•  OES is planning to buy a used vehicle to be used instead of using personal vehicles and turning in mileage.

The vehicle will be used only during emergencies.

The LEPC project will pay for half of it.

A 4-wheel drive vehicle is desired.

Commissioner Ramsey thought to get a vehicle from State Auction like a Durango for about $1,200.00.

Commissioner Kennedy thought taking into account the maintenance on the vehicle, it might be better if they use their own vehicle.

Commissioner Ramsey said, the idea came about since there is a grant available for it and this was the way to use it.

Commissioner Kennedy said there are a lot of things that County needs to do, but the Commission has to be careful in trying to take care of everything.

He said Commission should have funds on hand and be prepared to take care of emergency situations.

Commissioners agreed that they definitely did not want to get in bad shape like some other counties are in.


County Administrator’s Report

•  Application and resolution for $3,000.00 Grant – Alzheimer’s Transmitters for Sheriff Department was presented and signed by the Commission.

•  Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority Grant was presented and signed by the Commission.


•  The Commission meeting date in October was changed from the 4th to the 11th because of the special election.

•  There will be a Special Commission meeting on September 14, 2011 at 5:00 PM to conduct a public test of the ivotronic machine.


•  There will be a Homeland Security Department meeting at Stonewall Resort to go over the recent mock drill and for participating counties to get their grade.

Commissioner Ramsey along with the GCOES Director Susie Kirkpatrick will attend the meeting on September 21, 2011.


Meeting was adjourned at 11:40 AM.

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Stephen M. Fealy

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Stephen M. Fealy

Age 64 of Loveberry Community passed away on Tuesday, September 06, 2011 at 4:15 AM at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, WV from and extended illness.

He was born October 24, 1946 in Weston, WV, the son of the late Joseph and Rose Angela Stark Fealy.

He is survived by two sisters, Rose Ann (Steve) Frye of Linn, WV and Mary (John) McCloud of Lost Creek, WV, sister-in-law Sharon Fealy of Buckhannon, WV, 5 nieces and nephews and 9 great nieces and nephews. Also one uncle Wilber Cox of Camden and a special cousin & friend Tom Fealy.

He was preceeded in death by two brothers, Joe and Pat Fealy.

Steve worked for Western Union in Virginia before retiring to Loveberry. He also served in the United States Army from 1964 to 1967.

Friends my call from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Thursday, September 08, 2011 at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Avenue, Weston, WV.

Graveside services will be held 10:00 AM Friday at the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Weston with Father Steve Vallenaro. Military Honors will be provided by the Lewis County Honor Guard.

Boyle Funeral Home, Weston.

GCHS Lady Titans Bring Home Runners Up Trophy with Pettit & Bishop Winning Individual Honors

The GCHS Lady Titans travelled to Doddridge for the annual Doddridge Bulldog Bash on Saturday, September 03, 2011.

The Lady Titans battled their way through 4 matches, winning all four to leave them winners of their bracket.

Their first match against Williamstown saw the Titans lose their first set 17-25 to defeat the Jackets 25-22 and 15-3 in their remaining sets.

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Lady Titans wore their “Breast Cancer Awareness” uniforms for this tournament

The second match against St. Mary’s went 26-24, 22-25 and 16-14.

Calhoun was no problem for the Titans, with scores of 25-15 and 25-6.

Titans’ final bracket game of the day was South Harrison, 23-25; 25-10 and 15-5.

In the championship game, the Lady Titans went up against Philip Barbour and lost 24-26 and 20-25, winning Runners up in the Doddridge Bulldog Bash and bringing home a large trophy.


•  Senior Jordan Morris led the day in scoring with 63 points and 8 aces.

Other Scorers Were:

•  Mann -  50 points/4 aces

•  Bishop - 49 points/10 aces

•  Knicely - 45 points

•  Simmons - 44 points/5 aces

•  Pettit 27 points/2 aces.


Others Stats:

•  Pettit - 4 digs, 66 assists, 276 sets, 14 dinks/kills

•  Simmons - 8 digs, 5 kills; Mann 2 digs, 2 blocs, 1 kill

•  Morris - 2 digs, 1 block, 9 kills

•  Somerville - 7 digs

•  Bishop - 5 blocks, 7 kills, 1 assist

•  Knicely - 1 dig, 7 blocks, 6 kills

•  Gordon - 1 dig, 1 block

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Sydney Pettit, the team’s senior setter and sophomore Julie Bishop were selected as members of the All-tournament team.

The tournament brings the Lady Titan’s record to 5-1.

The Gilmer County Titans will host Braxton County Eagles at home Tuesday, September 06, 2011 with the JV team opening at 6:00 PM.

Lawrence William Keith

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Lawrence William Keith

Age 83 of Low Gap Road, Sand Fork, departed this life at 8:00 AM, Sunday, August 21, 2011 at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born October 21, 1927 in Gilmer County a son of the late Opha and Katie Campbell Keith.

Lawrence was an Army veteran of World War II, former employee of Cleveland Steel Mill and upon moving back to Gilmer County he went to work and retired from I.L. Morris Oil and Gas.

On August 13, 1951 he was married to Agnes Thompson Keith who survives at their Low Gap home.

One daughter survives:  Linda Feigenbaum of Columbus, OH.

Two grandchildren survive:  Shianne and Shannon Feigenbaum of Columbus, OH along with 3 great-grandchildren:  Devon, Austin and Shyler Feigenbaum.

One brother survives:  Asa Keith of Stouts Mill along with several nieces and nephews.

Lawrence was preceded in death by one daughter, Linda Keith, 2 brothers, Orville Lee and Opha, 4 sisters Eula Mae, Helen, Goldie and Marie.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM, Thursday, August 25, 2011 at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

Burial will follow in the Hiney Hill Cemetery, Linn, WV.

Friends may call 5:00 – 8:00 PM, Wednesday at the Mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc. is assisting the family of Lawrence W. Keith with arrangements.

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Man Entered a Guilty Plea for Stealing Postal Money Order in Linn, WV

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United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that:

On August 17, 2011, in United States District Court in Clarksburg before Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull,  URIAH SCOTT CRISLIP, 37, entered a plea of guilty to one count of stealing and converting for his own use two blank postal money order forms on October 25, 2010, in Linn, West Virginia.

CRISLIP, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces a maximum exposure of 5 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen D. Warner and was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service.

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Congressman Nick Rahall: Community Counts in Postal Closures

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The U.S. Postal Service recently announced that it is considering closing 85 post offices in southern West Virginia.  These are among the 150 in West Virginia – and roughly, 3,700 nationwide – that the Postal Service has determined may be subjects of discontinuance studies, the first step in the closure process.

The potential closures would affect roughly one in four postal facilities in our region, and follow an aggressive schedule to consolidate mail processing and distribution operations that have impacted Huntington and Beckley, and now Bluefield. These additional potential closures threaten further disruption of postal services, inconveniencing and burdening businesses and residents alike.

Needless to say, these announcements have caused a lot of concern.  I have heard from many constituents about how our towns and communities depend on the Postal Service as the only convenient and realistic option for safely retrieving and sending mail – whether a monthly benefit check, vital prescription medication, or a parcel pickup or mailing for a routine business transaction.

West Virginians know better than most that our post offices are neighborhood gatherings spots and can be the heart of communities. When the Postal Service schedules a public meeting in some areas, I think they are surprised to learn that the only place available to host such meetings is the local post office.

The Postal Service has considerable discretion in deciding whether to close a post office.  However, its authority is not unlimited.  The Postal Service must consider the impact on a community, on postal workers, and on mail delivery services.  Further, it is prohibited from closing a post office solely for operating at a deficit.

I have been active in opposing these closures and consolidations, meeting with the Postmaster General and garnering the support of the Members of the West Virginia and Virginia Congressional Delegations.  Recently, along with the other Members of the West Virginia Congressional Delegation, I wrote a letter to the Postmaster General, laying out my arguments against these postal closings, and echoing the concerns that I have heard from constituents in the past few weeks.

I also wrote, along with the rest of the Delegation, to the Postal Regulatory Commission, which exercises oversight of the Postal Service, noting the statutory protections for rural post offices.

Federal law requires the Postal Service to “provide a maximum degree of effective and regular postal services to rural areas, communities, and small towns where post offices are not self-sustaining,“ declaring that “no small post office shall be closed solely for operating at a deficit.”

The law also requires that there be “postal facilities of such character and in such locations, that postal patrons throughout the Nation will, consistent with reasonable economies of postal operations, have ready access to essential postal services.“  The Postal Service must “provide prompt, reliable, and efficient services to patrons in all areas and shall render postal services to all communities.”

In my letter, I asked that the Postal Service not look just at the foot traffic and financial balance sheets for each post office, but also at the impact of a closure on the community, on postal workers, and on mail delivery services.

These efforts will help but they may mean little unless the Postal Service hears from the public. There will be an opportunity for public comment and participation related to each potential post office closing and it is vitally important that we exercise that right.

The Postal Service needs to hear about the importance of our postal facilities to residents and businesses.  We need to tell them about mail theft in rural areas, requiring residents to have mailboxes at the local post office. They need to hear that it’s inconvenient, to say the least, to have to drive to the next town, 20 miles to 30 miles into the hills, just to pick up the daily mail or to purchase a money order.

And do not let them tell you these closings are necessary in order to balance the Postal Service’s budget.  Closing these post offices nationwide is projected to save $200 million annually, while the deficit for the Postal Service is projected to be $8 billion in this year alone.  I keep telling Postal officials that no matter how hard they look, they are not going to find $8 billion in our little post offices.

These potential closures are not a done deal.  In the coming weeks and months, I will continue my strong and vocal opposition to postal consolidations and closures in our area.  I hope you will join me.

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Gilmer County: Man Behind Bars for Sexual Assault Involving a Young Girl

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John Robert Carder, 33, from Linn, WV is behind bars for multiple sexual abuse charges.

Carder is charged with 4 counts of sexual abuse of a child by a person of trust, and 4 counts of sexual assault in the second degree.

According to Gilmer County Sheriff Deputies, Carder allegedly gave a young girl alcohol and then performed sexual acts on her.

Carder is at Central Regional Jail on a $100,000.00 bond.

The Gilmer County Sheriff Department is investigating.

G-Biz™: Linn Pottery Moved

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For over thirty years, the Linn Pottery was a mainstay in the central West Virginia, but has now relocated to the upper Ohio Valley.

The Linn Pottery Studio and Gallery is now open at 1035 Chapline Street, Wheeling, WV.

Paul Latos, resident potter, moved back the area where he grew up.

Latos is a native of Windsor Heights and a Brooke High School graduate.

Reorganized as part of PTL, LLC, the pottery creates a unique retail and arts center in Wheeling, and enhances the city’s efforts to make Wheeling a destination community.

Over the last 30 years in the Gilmer County area, Latos produced stoneware pieces as well as uniquely-designed one of a kind pottery.

The recipient of several juried pottery awards, he has supplied valued pieces to over 125 craft shops throughout the United States.

He has provided his pottery to Tamarack Center in Beckley, West Virginia since its opening in 1996.

His work is now also available at the Wheeling Civic Garden Center, Wheeling Artisans Center, and Artworks Around Town.

Latos was recently selected as one of the top fifteen artisans serving Tamarack.

He is featured in the summer issue of West Virginia Living magazine as well as on the West Virginia Living website, wvlivingmagazine.com.

Relocating to Wheeling from the original site in Linn, WV allows for continued production of high quality functional stoneware and other ceramic items, including porcelain.

His move into a larger facility facilitates the creation of a showroom for retail sales.

The business name has been changed to the Linn Pottery Studio and Gallery to recognize the expanded scope of Latos’ work.

Many of the pieces from the Linn Pottery Studio and Gallery may be seen on the website at linnpottery.com.

Purchases may be made by calling the retail showroom.

The Gallery is open for retail business from Wednesday thru Friday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

The showroom is closed on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

Appointments may be made by calling the gallery number or by email.

The spacious first floor retail area is served by ample off-street parking, which makes access easy for all customers.

Donald Lee “Danny” Jones

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Donald Lee “Danny” Jones

Age 63 of Martinsville, Indiana departed this life at his home Sunday, July 31, 2011 following a sudden illness.

He was born in Gilmer County March 15, 1948 a son of Helen M. Jones of North Lewis Street, Glenville and the last Donald C. Jones who preceded him in death May 24, 2005.

Danny was employed by Transcorr Trucking as a supervisor.

Graduate of Gilmer County High School Class of 1966 and then attended WV Institute of Technology.  He lived and loved to play golf.

Surviving is one son, Chadwick Brenton “Chad” Jones and wife Tara and grandchildren Brenden Jones and Daron Parker all of Oolitic, IN.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc. 11:00 AM, Monday, August 08, 2011.  Pastor Bryan Groves will officiate.

Burial will follow in the Hiney Cemetery, Linn, WV.

Friends may call 5:00 – 8:00 PM, Sunday, August 07 at the Mortuary.

Post Offices in West Virginia Could Close

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The United States Postal Service announced Tuesday that 3,700 small post offices, stations and branches are on the Expanded Study Access List. One-hundred and fifty of those are in West Virginia.

Postal Service spokesperson Cathy Yarosky says none of the post offices on the list will shut down immediately. The U.S.P.S. plans to take it’s time and study each post office, talk to people in the community and see where their needs lie before any decisions are made.

“It does not mean they will definitely be closed if they’re on this list,” she said. “But I would anticipate that many of them will be closed.“

Yarosky says it’s a sign of the times. More and more people are moving away from traditional postal service options.

“The Postal Service finds itself in a very dire financial situation. In just the past five years, our mail volume has declined by 43.1 billion pieces. Customer visits to our post offices have also declined by 200-million. And our retail transactions have declined by two billion dollars,“ she said.

Yarosky says more people every year are using the latest in technology, like smart phones and i-pads, to pay their bills, even buy stamps.

That’s why the Postal Service is trying a new approach, getting rid of costly brick and mortar post offices and replacing them with what the U.S.P.S. calls “Village Post Offices.“

“It’s an opportunity for a local business, such as a grocery store, a small local retailer, a mom and pop store, for them to offer Postal Service products to people in the community,” Yarosky said.

Village Post Offices wouldn’t require a postal employee. Instead, the U.S.P.S. would offer workers at those businesses specialized training to sell Postal Service products, saving money in the long run.

As for the employees of the small post offices that are slated for closure, Yarosky says there will be no layoffs.

“We will work with our employees to make sure they are either reassigned positions in local areas or in other areas in other facilities.“

As for a time line, Yarosky says the Postal Service does not plan to rush. No decisions will be made on the closure of post offices before December.

The post offices on the list from West Virginia are:

ALLEN JUNCTION 25810 GREEN SPRING 26722 PICKENS 26230
ALLOY 25002 HANDLEY 25102 PINEY VIEW 25906
ALUM BRIDGE 26321 HARTFORD 25247 POINTS 25437
AMMA 25005 HAYWOOD 26366 POND GAP 25160
ASHTON 25503 HEATERS 26627 PRINCEWICK 25908
BARBOURSVILLE MALL 25504 HELEN 25853 PULLMAN 26421
BARTLEY 24813 HELVETIA 26224 RAGLAND 25690
BAYARD 26707 HIAWATHA 24729 RAWL 25691
BERGOO 26298 HOMETOWN 25109 RED CREEK 26289
BIG CREEK 25505 HUGHESTON 25110 RIDGEVIEW 25169
BIG SANDY 24816 IRELAND 26376 ROBSON 25173
BIM 25021 ITMANN 24847 ROCK VIEW 24880
BLAIR 25022 JEFFREY 25114 ROSEMONT 26424
BUCKEYE 24924 JOSEPHINE 25857 SARAH ANN 25644
CAMDEN 26338 KELLYSVILLE E 24732 SHARPLES 25183
CAMP CREEK 25820 KERENS 26276 SHIRLEY 26434
CANNELTON 25036 KESLERS CROSS LANES 26675 SHOCK 26638
CAPON SPRINGS 26823 KIAHSVILLE 25534 SHORT CREEK 26058
CASSVILLE 26527 KISTLER 25628 SIMON 24882
CLEAR CREEK 25044 KYLE 24855 SINKS GROVE 24976
CLOTHIER 25047 LAYLAND 25864 SLAB FORK 25920
COAL MOUNTAIN 24823 LEFT HAND 25251 SMITHFIELD 26437
CORINNE 25826 LESLIE 25972 SMOOT 24977
COSTA 25051 LINN 26384 SOUTHSIDE 25187
COVEL 24719 LONDON 25126 SPELTER 26438
CUCUMBER 24826 LORENTZ 26229 SPURLOCKVILLE 25565
DALLAS 26036 MABIE 26278 SQUIRE 24884
DAWES 25054 MACFARLAN 26148 STEPHENSON 25928
DILLE 26617 MAMMOTH 25132 SWISS 26690
DRENNEN 26667 MAYBEURY 24861 SWITCHBACK 24887
DRY BRANCH 25061 MC GRAWS 25875 TALLMANSVILLE 26237
DRY CREEK 25062 MEADOW CREEK 25977 THORPE 24888
EAST SIDE FAIRMONT 26554 MIAMI 25134 TIOGA 26691
EDGARTON 25672 MILLSTONE 25261 TOWN CENTER CHARLESTON 25389
EDMOND 25837 MONTANA MINES 26586 TWILIGHT 25204
ELBERT 24830 NALLEN 26680 UNEEDA 25205
ERBACON 26203 NEBO 25141 VERNER 25650
ESKDALE 25075 NEMOURS 24738 WANA 26590
ETHEL25076 NEW MILTON 26411 WARRIORMINE 24894
FALLING ROCK 25079 NEW RICHMOND 24867 WEST COLUMBIA 25287
FOLSOM 26348 NEWHALL 24866 WHITE OAK 25989
FOUR STATES 26572 ODD 25902 WIDEN 25211
GALLOWAY 26349 ONEGO 26886 WILCOE 24895
GAY 25244 ORGAS 25148 WILSONDALE 25699
GILBOA 26671 ORLANDO 26412 WINDSOR HEIGHTS 26075
GIVEN GIVEN 25245 ORMA 25268 WINONA 25942
GLEN FERRIS 25090 OTTAWA 25149 WOLFCREEK 24993
GLEN GLEN 25088 PAGETON 24871 WYATT 26463
GLEN ROGERS GERS 25848 PENCE SPRINGS 24962 WYCO 25943
GORDON 25093 PENTRESS 26544 WYOMING 24898

Rockefeller Statement on Potential Post Office Closings

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Senator Jay Rockefeller released the following statement after the U.S. Postal Service announced it is studying the possibility of closing 150 post offices in West Virginia as part of a cost-cutting initiative.

“I am concerned about the impact these potential closings will have on post office customers, especially in rural communities. I want to be absolutely certain that rural states haven’t been unfairly targeted. If that’s the case, I’ll be pressing post office officials to look more closely at their criteria to make sure the process is fair. For example, West Virginia stands to lose more post offices than California. That’s a red flag for me. Rural communities must continue to have access to postal services.”

“Finally, I encourage concerned West Virginians in areas that have been identified for closure to call the Appalachian District of the Postal Service to share their concerns and have their voices heard.  The Postal Service needs to know directly how these possible closings are going to impact West Virginians.”

Manchin Statement about USPS Plans to Potentially Close 150 Post Offices in WV

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U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) issued the following statement about the U.S. Postal Service’s plans to study 150 post offices in West Virginia for potential closure as part of an effort to close a $20 billion budget gap.

“While I understand that families and businesses are facing tough financial choices in a difficult economic climate, I urge the Post Office to make every effort to maintain services to the people who need them most,” Senator Manchin said. “I grew up in the small town of Farmington – with just several hundred people – and I speak from experience when I say that rural post offices serve as a critical lifeline to communities. As an elected representative, I receive dozens – sometimes hundreds – of letters a day from my constituents, many of whom can only reach me by writing a letter. While I understand that tough choices are necessary in this difficult budget climate, I urge the Post Office to make every effort to maintain their services.

“With respect to this terrible announcement, the Post Office needs to explain why it seems that West Virginia faces a disproportionate burden of these closings when compared with other states, as well as how the post office will continue to serve rural communities. I plan to reach out to the Postmaster General and ask him to explain this decision and what steps can be taken to minimize the negative effects this action will have on our families.”


Background:

In April, officials from the United States Postal Service attended regional open meetings in West Virginia communities whose post offices are facing potential closure, and representatives from Senator Manchin’s staff were on hand to help facilitate these community workshops. There, local residents had the opportunity to communicate creative proposals that might help preserve postal service.

Senator Manchin has previously joined his colleagues in the West Virginia Congressional delegation to call on the Postmaster to explain why a disproportionate number of area mail processing studies are occurring in West Virginia.

Gilmer County Family Court Report - 07.22.11

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Family Court Judge Larry Whited spent most of Friday, July 22, 2011 in Gilmer County hearing cases.


•  He heard an allocation proceeding between Brian Nichols vs. Jodie L.Turner.

After which he referred them to mediation.

Ms. Turner was represented by Shelly DeMarino of Glenville.


Two divorces were granted:


•  Danny J. Mathess (36) of Cox’s Mills divorced Melissa Mathess (32) of Linn.


•  Gloria Shaffer divorced Richard D. Shaffer

But the final order has not yet been received because her attorney is preparing it.


•  A modification was heard in the case of Miranda Stump vs. Jonah Stump with a temporary order being entered.


•  A temporary order was also entered in the paternity case of Corey Dokes and Betsy Jo Wiley.


•  Genetic testing was ordered in the paternity case involving Deborah Kittle and Jeremiah Luzader.


•  A temporary order was also entered in the case of Don Marks and Heather Black.


•  A temporary order was also entered in paternity case of Gary and Stephanie Jenkins.


•  A temporary order was entered in the modification involving Donna Davisson and Ricky Pettit.


•  Two hearings were cancelled.

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NWS: Excessive Heat Warning Remains in Effect from Noon to 8:00 PM Today – 07.21.11

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•  Heat Index Values:  105-107.

•  Timing: Noon Thursday to 8:00 PM Thursday evening.

•  Impacts: Heat illness will be possible for people spending an extended amount of time outdoors or engaging in strenuous outdoor activities. This would be especially true for the elderly. Pets are also vulnerable to heat related stress and should be checked on to make sure plenty of water and shade are available to them.


Precautionary/Preparedness Actions :

•  An excessive heat warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur.

•  The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely.

•  Drink plenty of fluids.

•  Stay in an air-conditioned room.

•  Stay out of the sun.

•  Check in on relatives and neighbors.

•  Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside.

•  When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.

•  Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

•  Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.


To reduce risk during outdoor work, the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.

Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.

Heat Stroke is an emergency - call   9 1 1.

Dorothy L. Smarr

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Dorothy L. Smarr

Age 89 of Glenville went to be with the Lord at 1:57 PM, Monday, July 18, 2011 in United Hospital Center, Bridgeport following an extended illness.

She was born July 12, 1922 in Gilmer County a daughter of the late Alvin and Grace Burnside Beal.

Dorothy was a true homemaker; she loved taking care of her husband, children and especially household duties which she truly enjoyed.  She was a former member of the Gilmer County Ladies Aid and she enjoyed entertainment of any kind especially singing.

She was a Methodist by faith.

Surviving are six children:  Barbara Wine and husband Kenny of Burnsville; Janice Wilson and husband Clark of Glenville; Thelma Davisson and husband Danny of Jane Lew; Roscoe Smarr and wife Pamela of Clarksburg; Shelia Mozingo of Darlington, SC and Diana Eubank of Bridgeport.

There are 17 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren surviving.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Farrell Smarr whom she married April 29, 1950 and preceded her July 04, 1989; one grandson, David Hall; one brother James Beall; four sisters Theda Cross, Mary Riddle, Joann Cropot and Ruby Maynard.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville at 11:00 AM, Saturday, July 23, 2011 with Rev. Ronzel Roberts officiating.

Burial will follow in the Hiney Cemetery, Linn.

Friends may call 4:00 – 8:00 PM, Friday at the Mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc. is assisting the family of Dorothy Smarr with arrangements.

2010 Gilmer County PSD Consumer Confidence Report

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The 2010 Consumer Confidence Report is available for your inspection at the Public Service District Office during regular office hours.

The report indicates the quality of drinking water you receive from the Gilmer County Public Service District.

This report will not be mailed so a copy will be provided to you upon request.

If you have any questions or comments concerning your drinking water, please contact Brenda Lawson at 304.462.4272.

Gilmer County Public Service District
Brenda Lawson, General Manager

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G-otcha™: Two Sentenced in Federal Court - 06.22.11

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Two individuals were sentenced on June 17 - 20, 2011, in United States District Court in Clarksburg before United States District Judge Irene M. Keeley.


United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that:


•  RICKY JOE FRASHURE

Age 39, of Linn, West Virginia, was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment to be followed by two years supervised release.

FRASHURE entered a plea of guilty on March 04, 2011, to one count of an Indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm on October 02, 2008, in Gilmer County, West Virginia.

FRASHURE is currently free on bond and will self-report to a designated federal institution.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Zelda E. Wesley.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Department.


•  DONALD EDWARDS

Age 29, an inmate at FCI Gilmer, was sentenced to 12 months and one day imprisonment.

EDWARDS entered a plea of guilty on June 17, 2011, to one count of Information charging him with striking a Correctional Officer in the forehead while officers were attempting to restrain him on August 02, 2009.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Brandon S. Flower.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Special Investigative Services at FCI Gilmer.

Rock Grove Baptist Church Vacation Bible School - Started Monday, June 20, 2011

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Rock Grove Baptist Church announces this year’s Vacation Bible School.

Where: Rock Grove Baptist Church, U.S. Highway 33 East & Sleeths Run Road Linn, WV.

When: June 20-24, 2011

Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Theme: Hometown Nazereth: When Jesus was a boy

Grades: K thru High School

Contact: Cherri West

Phone: 304.462.7125

Bring all the children and come join in the fun, as we learn about how Jesus grew up, in a biblical market place setting.

Gilmer County Students Named To GSC Honor Rolls - Spring 2011

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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 2011 Spring semester.


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

•  Kristina G. Beron of Troy

•  Ezekiel G. Bonnett of Cox’s Mills

•  Justin A. Brown of Linn

•  Marilynn L. Burkowski of Glenville

•  Lindsay S. Butner of Glenville

•  Aaron Frymier of Glenville

•  Mackenzie M. Langman of Glenville

•  Elora D. Shock of Rosedale

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:

•  Krystal M. Bailey of Glenville

•  Anita L. Carder of Linn

•  Mary V. Dickey of Shock

•  Richard H. Doss, II of Glenville

•  Adam P. Fischer of Linn

•  Dustin W. Freshour of Glenville

•  Brian K. Griffith of Glenville

•  Kyle S. Kelly of Glenville

•  Sara J. McFarland of Glenville

•  Andrea B. Minigh of Glenville

•  Casey D. Pritt of Glenville

•  Kari A. Radcliffe of Normantown

•  Rachel R. Ramezan of Glenville

•  Adam W. Ramsey of Glenville

•  Lori A. Rosenburg of Troy

•  Catisha L. Scavairello of Linn

•  Timothy A. Swiger of Linn

•  Tiffany A. Tomey of Linn

•  Asa C. Witte of Cox’s Mills

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

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Rock Grove Baptist Church Vacation Bible School - June 20-24, 2011

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Rock Grove Baptist Church announces this year’s Vacation Bible School.

Where: Rock Grove Baptist Church, U.S. Highway 33 East & Sleeths Run Road Linn, WV.

When: June 20-24, 2011

Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Theme: Hometown Nazereth: When Jesus was a boy

Grades: K thru High School

Contact: Cherri West

Phone: 304.462.7125

Bring all the children and come join in the fun, as we learn about how Jesus grew up, in a biblical market place setting.

Gilmer County Residents Graduate from GSC – 05.14.11

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Thirty-one students from Gilmer County were awarded their degrees during the 137th Glenville State College Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2011.


•  Lamas James Anderson of Glenville graduated Magna Cum Laude with an Associate in Science Degree in Business.


•  Kristina Gayle Beron graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. She and her husband Tim reside in Troy.


•  John Mahlon Brown of Glenville graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education with a specialization in Math and Science (5-9).


•  Richard Edward Burkowski of Glenville graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education with a specialization in Social Studies (5-Adult).


•  Kayla Ashley Bush of Glenville received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting.


•  Roseanna Lynn Bush was awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management. She is the daughter of Roger and Debra Bush of Glenville.


•  Stacy Lynn Butler received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education with specializations in Social Studies (5-9) and Elementary Education. She and her husband Leon reside in Glenville with their three children Hannah, Garrett, and Grant.


•  Amanda Michelle Miller-Butta of Glenville received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management. She is the daughter of Richard Miller of Glenville and Rhonda Reed of Morgantown, West Virginia.


•  Misty Blue Cochran of Glenville earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting.


•  Kevin D. Drake of Glenville was awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management.


•  Adam Patrick Fischer of Sand Fork graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry. He is the son of Rhoda Fischer of Stouts Mill and Robert Fischer of Baltimore, Maryland.


•  Marion Frampton, III of Glenville received an Associate in Science Degree in Business.


•  Cassandra Buckhannon Freshour of Glenville earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Behavioral Science with a concentration in Psychology/Sociology. She is the daughter of Charles and Sandra Buckhannon of Glenville.


•  Dustin Wade Freshour graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting and Management. He is the son of Roger and Margie Freshour of Glenville.


•  James Franklin Furby of Glenville received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Resource Management and an Associate in Science Degree in Forest Technology.


•  William Homer Grayson of Glenville earned an Associate in Science Degree in Business.


•  Taki Troy Hughes of Glenville received an Associate in Science Degree in Business.


•  Christopher Alexander Hunter of Glenville graduated Cum Laude with an Associate in Science Degree in Business.


•  Wendell Antonio Johnson of Glenville was awarded an Associate in Science Degree in Business.


•  Brianna Beth Lowther received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education with specializations in Elementary Education and Early Education (PreK-K). She is the daughter of Joe and Kim Lowther of Linn.


•  Mark Salvatore Esposito of Glenville earned an Associate in Science Degree in Business.


•  Charles Herbert Miller of Glenville was awarded a Regents Bachelor of Arts Degree.


•  LaVelle Wade Parks of Glenville received an Associate in Science Degree in Business.


•  Alicia Leann Rose of Rosedale earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology.


•  Catisha Lamar Scavairello of Linn graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music. She is the daughter of Tom Scavairello and Connie Meyers.


•  Joel A. Smith of Glenville received an Associate in Science Degree in Business.


•  Michael Justin Smith of Glenville graduated Summa Cum Laude with an Associate in Science Degree in Business.


•  Michael Ray Smith of Glenville graduated Cum Laude with an Associate in Science Degree in Business.


•  Whitney Lewis Stalnaker graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Behavioral Science with a concentration in Psychology/Sociology. She is the daughter of Sherri Stalnaker of Glenville.


•  Timmothy Scott Walker of Glenville received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education with a specialization in Math (5-Adult).


•  Michael Woolfolk of Glenville was awarded an Associate in Science Degree in Business.


The Glenville State College Class of 2011 includes two-hundred and eight graduates who completed requirements for an Associate or Bachelor Degree in a variety of academic areas including business, teacher education, criminal justice, and natural resource management. These students represent thirty-two West Virginia counties, and seven other states (California, Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia).

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Rock Grove Baptist Church Vacation Bible School 2011

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Rock Grove Baptist Church announces this year’s Vacation Bible School.

Where: Rock Grove Baptist Church, U.S. Highway 33 East & Sleeths Run Road Linn, WV.

When: June 20-24, 2011

Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Theme: Hometown Nazereth: When Jesus was a boy

Grades: K thru High School

Contact: Cherri West

Phone: 304.462.7125

Bring all the children and come join in the fun, as we learn about how Jesus grew up, in a biblical market place setting.

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