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Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries - 07.05.12

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CLERK OF THE COUNTY COMMISSION OF GILMER COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA
NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND BENEFICIARIES

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 October 03, 2012  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.

DECENDENT NAME PER.REP/NAME REPER.REP/ADDRESS ATTORNEY FID./COMM.
NAME/ADDRESS NAME/ADDRESS
Dorothy Irene Rhoades Fermen Lee Rhoades II & Jack Michael Rhoades P O Box 364 None Required None Required
Glenville, WV 26351
Eileen D. Dixon John D. Dixon 164 Hemlock Rd None Required None Required
Linn WV 26384
Howard Rafferty Sheryl L. Rafferty 529 Dark Run Rd. None Required None Required
Grantsville WV 26147
Kevin James Clowser Jancie Michelle Clowser 291 Ash Road None Required None Required
Cedarville WV 26611
Blair O. Brady Charlotte Brady 504 Walker Road None Required None Required


Clerk of Gilmer County Commission
Jean Butcher
10 Howard Street
Glenville, WV 26351

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : July 05, 2012

Charles Britton Lovett

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Charles Britton Lovett

Age 40, of 112 McGary Avenue Weston, WV passed away on Sunday, July 15, 2012 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following a brief illness.

He was born in Lewis County on August 20, 1971: son of Charles Lovett of Weston and Helen (Hitt) Radcliff of Gilmer County.

On September 10, 2009, he married Tammy Lynn (Cole) Lovett, who survives.

Mr. Lovett is also survived by two daughters: Marsha and Renae Lovett both of Elkins, three step sons: John Hill, James Hill, and Shawn Hill and girlfriend, Tawni Stapleton and one step grandchild, Paetyn Hill. Also surviving are two brothers, David Lovett of Jane Lew and Jack Lovett of Petersburg, one sister: Mary Ann Marsh of Beckley and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Mr. Lovett was preceded in death by maternal grandparents: Roscoe E. Hitt and Velma D. (Lake) Hitt and paternal grandparents: James and Virginia Lovett.

Mr. Lovett was a well tender. He was a graduate of Lewis County High School, “Class of 1989 and also graduated from Glenville State College with a degree in Business Administration. Charles also worked with Domino’s Pizza. He loved fishing hunting and watching TV.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend J.R. Dean officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Rock Grove Cemetery of Linn, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for Charles Britton Lovett.

Mason Cody Stalnaker

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Mason Cody Stalnaker

Age 4 months, departed this life Sunday morning, July 08, 2012 in United Hospital Center Emergency Room following an unexpected illness.

He was born March 05, 2012 in Morgantown, WV the son of William Cody and Kristin Stalnaker of Glenville, WV.


Mason is survived by:

Maternal grandmother:  Lynn Lowther of Linn, WV and maternal grandfather, Barry Leady of Auburn, WV

Paternal grandparents:  Bill and Debbie Stalnaker of Glenville, WV

Paternal great-grandparents:  Bill and Betty Stalnaker of Glenville, WV

Maternal great-grandparents:  Gene and Arletta Dalton of Summersville, WV

Maternal great-grandmother:  Ann Leady of Auburn, WV

Paternal great-great -grandmother:  Winnie Stalnaker of Letter Gap, WV


He was preceded in death by maternal great-grandfather,  Bob Leady and maternal great-grandparents, Harold and Esther Stewart and great-great-grandfather Okie Stalnaker.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Glenville First Baptist Church at 1:00 PM, Wednesday, July 11, 2012 with Rev. Kenny Fisher officiating.

Burial will follow in the Meadow Lane Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Church from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Wednesday.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc. is assisting the family of Mason Cody Stalnaker with arrangements.

Gilmer County: Gasoline Status

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Status of Gasoline availibity in Gilmer County:

Go-Mart:  Yes

Rich’s:  No

Sunoco:  No

Mountaineer Mart - Exxon:  No

Tomblin Service Station:  No

Linn - Exxon   - No Electric

Fred’s Exxon -  No Electric

G-otcha™: Massachusetts Woman Pleads Not Guilty in Linn, WV Sex Case

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The Massachusetts woman accused of posing as a boy and crossing state lines to prey on a Linn, West Virginia girl has pleaded not guilty.

Twenty-five-year-old Carissa Hads of Quincy, Massachusetts was indicted last week on one count of traveling in interstate commerce to engage in illegal sexual conduct.

She entered a plea Thursday, June 28, 2012 before U.S. Magistrate John Kaull, who ordered her held until trial.

Jury selection is set for Monday, September 24, 2012 before U.S. District Judge Irene Keeley in Clarksburg, WV.

Investigators say Hads pretended to be a 17-year-old boy and began an online relationship with the victim in 2010.

She visited the teen at least three times and had a sexual encounter with her in February.

Investigators say her disguise included a back brace to cover her chest.

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Colton Timothy Scott Swiger

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Colton Timothy Scott Swiger is the name chosen for the son born to Timothy and Jackie Swiger of Alum Bridge, WV.

The little boy was born June 07, 2012 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.

He weighed 7-pounds and is the couple’s first child.

The mother is the former Jackie Moss and is an accountant at Waco Oil and Gas.

The father is a veteran and student at Glenville State College.

Maternal grandparents are Jeff and Liz Moss of Glenville, WV.

Paternal grandparents are Tim and Kathy Swiger of Linn, WV.

G-otcha™:Massachusetts Woman Charged With Traveling to WV to Have Sex with a Minor in Linn, WV

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A woman from Massachusetts has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly traveling to West Virginia to have sex with a minor, according to United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II.

CARISSA HADS, age 25, of Quincy, Massachusetts (both pictures), was named in a one count indictment this week charging her with “Traveling in Interstate Commerce with the Intent to Engage in Illicit Sexual Conduct.”

The indictment charges that on February 23, 2012, HADS traveled from Massachusetts to North Central West Virginia to have sex with a minor.

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.

A federal magistrate judge has ordered that HADS be detained pending trial after finding that she is danger to the community as well as a flight risk.

If convicted, HADS faces up to 30 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.

Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

HADS is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

“The West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is to be commended in how it conducted this investigation,” said Ihlenfeld.  “After the tip was received immediate steps were taken to ensure the safety of the victim and to make sure that the suspect was held accountable.”

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn A. Morgan, Chief of the Criminal Division for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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Lewis/Gilmer County Line: Bridge Dedication to Honor SP5 Lynn Waitman Peters

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The public is invited to attend the bridge-naming ceremony for the new bridge at Sleeth’s Run on U.S. Highway 33 East near Linn, WV on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 11:00 AM.

During the 2012 Session of the West Virginia Legislature, the bridge was named in honor of SP5 Lynn Waitman Peters.

Peters was a member of the U.S. Army Special Forces.

He was killed by sniper fire in 1965 in Vietnam.

SP5 Peters is buried in the cemetery overlooking the bridge.

The bridge is located near the Lewis/Gilmer County line, approximately 11 miles east of Glenville.  From Glenville take US-119 N/US 33 E toward Weston. Turn right onto Sleeths Run Road at the bridge.

The Rock Grove Church is located along US 119/33, just before the turn-off for the Rock Grove Cemetery.

Everyone is encouraged to take a chair for the short bridge-naming ceremony.

G-otcha™: Girl Posed as Boy to Solicit a Girl from Linn, WV

Imprisonment Status:  Federal Inmate
Full Name: Hads,  Carissa  Ann
Height: 5’  2”
Weight: 100 lbs.
Birth Date: 06.16.1987
Gender: Female
Booking Date: 06.05.2012
Facility: North Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Federal Inmate

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
TBS  US MARSHALL SERVICE/NORTHERN - Bail Amount: $0.00 
Posed as a 17-year-old boy on social networking online to solicit a 15-year-old female from Linn, WV, in October of 2010. An online tip alerted the officials that two children from Gilmer County, WV were in danger. Hads sent the girl a cell phone to be used for sending naked pictures. The mother of victim and two other 15-year-old children went with the girl and paid for Hads to stay in a separate room in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania motel in December 2011. They then had sexual encounters and more sexual encounters when the 15-year-old girl’s mother brought Hads to the family home on Linn, WV. Charges note coercion or enticement of a minor.

 

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GSC Awards Scholarships to Gilmer County Students

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Three Gilmer County High School graduates have been awarded scholarships from Glenville State College for the 2012-2013 academic year.


•  Jessica Montgomery of Linn was awarded the Helen Shaw Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship was established by Carl Shaw in honor of his late wife Helen Shaw to provide an annual award to an outstanding freshman.

This annual scholarship is given to a student from central West Virginia who is completing his or her freshman year at Glenville State College.

The recipient is selected by a committee composed of professors from the GSC English Department from a pool of applicants based upon faculty recommendations and a short essay.

Montgomery will be a sophomore majoring in Chemistry/Biology.


•  Corri Phillips of Glenville will receive the Helen E. Hunter and Alice M. Singleton Scholarship.

This scholarship was established by Helen E. Hunter and Alice M. Singleton in 1997.

As alumni of Glenville State College, their wish was that the scholarship, endowed in 2005, be established in appreciation of the education they received from the College.

The scholarship is awarded to students who are entering or already enrolled in the teacher education program at Glenville State College with academic promise and financial need.

Phillips was also awarded the John C. Shaw Scholarship. Established in 1985 by John C. Shaw, President of Glenville State College from 1901-1908, this scholarship is awarded to academically talented freshmen from West Virginia. Phillips will be a freshman majoring in Physical Education and Health.


•  Jessi Smith of Cedarville was also awarded the John C. Shaw Scholarship.

In addition, she will receive an Academic Tuition Assistance Scholarship.

Smith will be a freshman majoring in General Studies.


For more information about Glenville State College scholarships, contact the GSC Foundation office at 304.462.6380.

Rock Grove Baptist Church Vacation Bible School - June 11-15, 2012 - Starting Monday

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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 11-15, 2012

Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Theme: “Sky , Everything is possible with God”

Come join us for music, stories, mission, snacks, and loads of fun!

All ages welcome.

Our mission this year is to purchase enough mosquito nets to cover the children of the Malaria ravaged country of Malia and “Lets squash Malaria”

Contact persons:  Cherri West Youth Ministry @ 304.462.7125 after 6:00 PM or leave a message.  Micki Rose @ 304.462.5130.

Daily G-Eye™: 06.09.12

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Twin Rainbows over Linn, Thursday evening, June 07, 2012


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Rock Grove Baptist Church Vacation Bible School - June 11 to 15, 2012

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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 11-15, 2012

Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Theme: “Sky , Everything is possible with God”

Come join us for music, stories, mission, snacks, and loads of fun!

All ages welcome.

Our mission this year is to purchase enough mosquito nets to cover the children of the Malaria ravaged country of Malia and “Lets squash Malaria”

Contact persons:  Cherri West Youth Ministry @ 304.462.7125 after 6:00 PM or leave a message.  Micki Rose @ 304.462.5130.

Gilmer County Residents Graduate with Honors from GSC

Thirty-four members of the Glenville State College Class of 2012 are honor graduates and wore gold honor stoles at the GSC Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 05, 2012.

To receive this honor, students must graduate Cum Laude with a grade point average of 3.50 – 3.69, Magna Cum Laude with a grade point average of 3.70 – 3.84, or Summa Cum Laude with a grade point average of 3..85 – 4.00.

The honor graduates received their stoles at a reception hosted by GSC President Dr. Peter Barr and wife Betsy at their home on May 03, 2012.

The following Gilmer County residents were recognized as honor graduates:

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GSC President Dr. Peter Barr (L) and GSC Provost Dr. John Peek (R) presents Justin Brown
with their gold honor stoles at the GSC Honor Graduates Reception


Bachelor of Science in Accounting/Management/Marketing degree recipient Justin Brown from Linn, West Virginia;


Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management degree recipient Marilynn Burkowski from Glenville, West Virginia***;


Associate in Arts and Science in Business degree recipient Harold Carter from Glenville, West Virginia ***;

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GSC President Dr. Peter Barr (L) and GSC Provost Dr. John Peek (R) presents Brian Griffith
with their gold honor stoles at the GSC Honor Graduates Reception


Bachelor of Science in Accounting/Management degree recipient Brian Griffith from Winfield, West Virginia in Putnam County who now resides in Glenville, West Virginia;

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GSC President Dr. Peter Barr (L) and GSC Provost Dr. John Peek (R) presents Mackenzie Langman
with their gold honor stoles at the GSC Honor Graduates Reception


Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics Education degree recipient Mackenzie Langman from Glenville, West Virginia;

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GSC President Dr. Peter Barr (L) and GSC Provost Dr. John Peek (R) presents Rachel Ramezan
with their gold honor stoles at the GSC Honor Graduates Reception


Bachelor of Science in Management/Marketing degree recipient Rachel Ramezan from Sand Fork, West Virginia;

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GSC President Dr. Peter Barr (L) and GSC Provost Dr. John Peek (R) presents Lori Rosenburg
with their gold honor stoles at the GSC Honor Graduates Reception


and Bachelor of Science in Psychology/Sociology degree recipient Lori Rosenburg from Troy, West Virginia.


“We are so proud of all of our honor graduates. Betsy and I congratulate them on their academic success during their time at Glenville State College and wish them the best in their future endeavors,“ said Glenville State College President Dr. Peter Barr.


** Marilyn Burkowski and Harold Carter did not attend the event but were also recognized as honor graduates (not pictured).

Bridge Named For Hero of Vietnam War

The West Virginia Legislature has passed a resolution naming the new bridge from U.S. Route 33/119 East crossing Leading Creek to Sleeth Run Road, near Pickle Street, in honor of the late SP 5 Lynn Waitman Peters.

Lynn Waitman Peters was born and raised on December 22, 1938 at Pickle Street, Lewis County.

He attended Troy High School in Gilmer County. His father (Floyd) was the mail carrier at Linn, WV and that is why he and his brother Carl and sister Mary Ann attended Troy School.

Lynn played trumpet in the band during high school. He always had a love for music and also played fiddle, mandolin, and guitar. Lynn and his family attended the Rock Grove Church all of their lives and in fact his great-great-grandfather, W. W. Yerkey, was a preacher at the Rock Grove in the past.

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Lynn shot his first deer on the ridge above Rock Grove Cemetery and before he went to Vietnam he told his father that he wanted to be buried there because it was so peaceful and beautiful there early in the morning. He would become the first of his family to be buried in this cemetery after losing his life while in service to his country in the Vietnam War in 1965.

Lynn was married to Mary Baker on January 12, 1962 in Alexandria, VA. Mary was ,born in Tennessee and raised in Texas but she always enjoyed coming to West Virginia and made sure their daughter spent time here with Lynn’s family every summer. Mary worked until she retired from Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Their daughter, Sheila Lynn Peters, was born on September 04, 1963 and was not quite two years-old when her father was killed in Vietnam. Mary ended up raising her alone.

Lynn is currently survived by not only his wife Mary, daughter Sheila and grandson Scott, but by three brothers including Richard, Jon and Michael Peters, and two sisters, Mary Ann Hardbarger and Sharon Radcliff. He is also survived by ten nephews and five nieces.

The resolution, adopted by the Legislature reads as follows:


HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 20

(By Delegate Peggy Donaldson Smith)

“Requesting that bridge number 21-119/1-0.01 on County Route 119/1 in Lewis County, West Virginia be named the ‘SP5 Lynn Waitman Peters Memorial Bridge.’

Whereas, SP5 Lynn Waitman Peters was born to Floyd F. Peters and Loretta Self Peters on December 22, 1938, at Pickle Street, LewisCounty. He attended schools in Gilmer County throughout his youth leaving Troy High School to join the military. His father was the mail courier at Linn, which is why he attended Troy High School.

In high school he was a member of the Future Farmers of America and played trumpet in the band. He always had a love for music and also played fiddle, mandolin and guitar; and

Whereas, SP5 Lynn Waitman Peters’ lifetime dream was to become a Green Beret and to proudly serve his country. After leaving high school he entered the Army in 1957, volunteering for Special Forces and was a demolition expert. He attended parachute training school at Fort Benning, Georgia and Special Forces school at Fort Bragg, North Carolina earning the rank of Specialist Five; and

Whereas, SP5 Lynn Waitman Peters, served at Fort Knox, Kentucky from March 20, 1957 to November 1959, in Korea in September 1960, at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia from 1960 to 1963, at Fort Benning, Georgia from August 1963 to September 1963, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina from September 1963 to February 24,1965 in the 7th Special Forces Group (Abn), and in Vietnam from February 24, 1965 to May 25,1965; and

Whereas, SP5 Lynn Waitman Peters was killed May 25, 1965 by sniper fire m Tay Ninh Province, South Vietnam while accompanying a convoy. He was a member of the DET A-324 (NUI BA DEN) 5th Special Forces Group, U.S. Army; and

Whereas, SP5 Lynn Wait-man Peters received the Purple Heart-with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star, the Vietnamese Military Merit Medal, the Vietnamese Military Merit Medal, the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm, the Parachute Badge, the Sharp Shooter (pistol), the Good Conduct Medal and the Special Forces Tab; and,

Whereas, SP5 Lynn Waitman Peters was a young man who loved his family, his community and his nation. He was affiliated with the Rock Grove Baptist Church and is buried in the family plot in the Rock Grove Cemetery. His parents, along with two of his brothers, Carl F. Peters and Ronald J. Peters and his sisters Nina L. Pyles are now buried near him; and

Whereas, SP5 Lynn Waitman Peters served his country and his state with honor and distinction and gave the ultimate sacrifice; therefore, be it,


Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to name bridge number 21-119/1-0.01 on County Route 119/1 in Lewis County, West Virginia the “SP5 Lynn Waitman Peters MemorialBridge”; and, be it

Further Resolved, That the Commissioner of the Division of Highways is hereby requested to erect signs at both ends of the bridge containing bold and prominent letters proclaiming the bridge the “SP5 Lynn Waitman Peters Memorial Bridge”; and, be it

Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates, forward a certified copy of this , resolution to the Commissioner of the Division of Highways; his wife, Mary A. Peters of Fayetteville, North Carolina; daughter Sheila Lynn Peters Baker of Fuquay-Varina, NorthCarolina; grandson Scott Waitman Baker of Fayetteville, North Carolina; brothers, Richard Peters, John Peters and Michael Peters; and sisters, Mary Ann \Hardbarger and Sharon Radcliff.“

Bridge-naming ceremonies will be held in June 2012.

~~  The Weston Democrat ~~

Rock Grove Baptist Church Vacation Bible School - June 11-15, 2012

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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 11-15, 2012

Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Theme: “Sky , Everything is possible with God”

Come join us for music, stories, mission, snacks, and loads of fun!

All ages welcome.

Our mission this year is to purchase enough mosquito nets to cover the children of the Malaria ravaged country of Malia and “Lets squash Malaria”

Contact persons:  Cherri West Youth Ministry @ 304.462.7125 after 6:00 PM or leave a message.  Micki Rose @ 304.462.5130.

Daily G-Eye™: 05.22.12

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Karen & Ken Pennebaker house sign on Little Cove over at Linn, WV


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Mr. Heinlein From The WV Department Of Education Briefed Gilmer’s Citizens About School Takeover

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Mr. Charles Heinlein From The WV Department Of Education Briefed Gilmer’s Citizens About School Takeover

On April 26, 2012 Mr. Charles Heinlein, Dr. Jorea Marple’s deputy, attended a meeting sponsored by the Gilmer Schools Coalition.

He addressed the State’s takeover of our schools, but he forcefully refused to elaborate on justifications for the takeover.

There was clarity that like it or not the State has control.

Also, Mr. Heinlein stated that our duly elected school board was rendered essentially powerless by the State’s decree and Mr. Blankenship represents the State.

The consequence is that normal checks and balances, essential elements for survival of a democracy, are suspended at the County level.

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The Board’s authority to deal with issues including personnel actions, school facilities, finances, and other functions with the exception of responsibilities involving student discipline, expulsions and school trips were summarily removed.

Mr. Heinlein did not disclose the time line for returning the school system to local control or specifics regarding exactly how the Board can remove its deficiencies.

Other notable omissions included a failure of Mr. Heinlein to define specifics about how the State would work with the Board to provide needed services from Charleston to enable the Board’s authority to be restored expeditiously.

Numerous questions and concerns surfaced at the meeting.

The focus was opinions about the State’s failures including problems with honesty, deliberate avoidance of transparency, behind the scenes activity of a select few leading to the takeover, the State’s failure to give the County a chance to solve its problems prior to a takeover as was done for other counties, and the State’s deliberate blockage of information to keep citizens uninformed while secret takeover activities were underway.

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One citizen asked Mr. Heinlein to cite one example of what Mr. Ron Blankenship had done during his tenure to be something which would not have been done otherwise and the question was unanswered.

There seemed to be a pervasive feeling among meeting attendees that what was cited as the State’s justification for taking over our school system was pure camouflage.

It was expressed that true reasons probably dealt with a long-term plan to consolidate counties.

That would result in regionalized court houses, law enforcement, K-12 schools, and other functions normal for a sovereign county.

The question is what can we do about our plight?

Our elected officials failed us miserably and our recourse as responsible citizens is to take decisive action at the ballot box.

Instead of complying with demands of the bosses for how we should vote, we can judge candidates on their proven ability, honesty, commitments to transparency, and their firm pledge to keep lines of communication open to prevent future deal making behind closed doors.

Jesse James Marks Jr.

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Jesse James Marks Jr.

Age 68 of Ellis Rd. Linn, West Virginia, departed this life at 8:30 PM, Sunday April 15, 2012 at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born April 10, 1944 in Gilmer County, son of Phyllis M. Frashure Marks of Glenville, West Virginia, and the late Jesse J. Marks Sr.

Jesse retired from Mon Power with 16 years of service. He owned and operated an over the road Tractor and trailer, formers employee of 4-D Manufacturing for several years, drove truck for Appcon, and was an Army Veteran of the Vietnam War.

He was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy at Sand Fork, WV.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, softball, bowling, and loved to sing and pick the guitar.

On June 26, 1966 he was united in marriage to Barbara Langford Marks who survives at their Ellis Rd. home.

Surviving are 2 sons; Jesse James Marks III and wife Lenora of Glenville; and Justin Lee Marks and wife Becca of Nettie, West Virginia.  1 brother; Lynn Marks of Glenville.  1 sister; Iris Ann McCartney and husband French of Wood County. 1 brother-in-law; Jennings Law of Glenville. 2 grandchildren; Autumn Jade Marks and Jesse James Marks both of Glenville.

Along with his father, Jesse was preceded in death by 1 sister Phyllis Jane Law in March 2010.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Church of God of Prophecy, Sand Fork, West Virginia, at 1:00 PM, Saturday April 21, 2012 with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

Burial will follow in the Hiney Cemetery on Ellis Road.

Friends may call 4:00 to 8:00 PM Friday at the Church of God of Prophecy.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Jesse James Marks Jr. with arrangements.

G-Comm™: Inter-County School Project Could Open Doors To More Change

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A high school English teacher years ago warned me to be careful when using the word “unique” to describe an event or even an idea. And my most memorable example of extremely poor usage of this word was a newspaper colleague years ago who described something as “very unique and quite different.“

But Executive Director Mark Manchin of the state School Building Authority was justified in his usage of the word “unique” to describe a proposed inter-county elementary school planned by the school boards of Lewis and Gilmer counties. At last week’s SBA meeting, Lewis County School Superintendent Joe Mace and Gilmer County School Superintendent Ron Blankenship presented a plan to merge two elementary schools they described as “decrepit” into a new consolidated inter-county school that would straddle the border between the two central West Virginia counties.

There are seven potential sites for the school intended to replace Troy Elementary School in Gilmer County and Alum Bridge Elementary School in Lewis County. The initial cost estimate for the new inter-county school is $11.1 million.

It is one of 23 proposed construction projects submitted to SBA for the next bond issue for new school construction that would require a total expenditure of about $170 million if all 23 were to be authorized. However, the proposed bond sale in May will only provide about $40 million for this latest round of statewide public school construction.

Lewis County’s population is more than twice that of Gilmer County and since most of the 20-acre site that is the preferred location for the new school would be in Lewis County, that county would be the financial agent for the project. But the two counties would split the cost of purchasing the property for the new school.

According to a staff member of the state Board of Education this is the only inter-county plan currently under consideration. There was one similar agreement previously between Logan and Lincoln counties.

The economics of this idea are compelling. The two counties estimate this proposal would result in an annual savings of more than $500,000 and another $500,000 in current expenses that could be avoided. That’s probably why Manchin said last week that he “fully anticipates” the SBA will award some of the $40 million bond sale planned for May to this inter-county project.

The SBA will make final decisions on which of the many deserving school construction projects will be funded at an April 23 meeting. One of the other projects is a $14 million proposal for a different elementary school to be constructed in Gilmer County.

Some people hope this is the first step toward “regional school management” and elimination of the 55 separate county boards of education, replacing them with so-called “regional school management areas.“ It’s unlikely this single inter-county elementary school project can do that. But the opportunity to be more user-friendly to youngsters and their parents along the border of these two counties is a worthwhile move.

So much for the high profile attempt to woo a $2 billion cracker plant to West Virginia by providing a property tax break of as much as $25 million to $30 million a year for the next 25 years. The plant will be built in neighboring Pennsylvania, just a few tantalizing miles from this state’s northern panhandle border.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin had the signed bill in his hand when he flew to Texas to make his pitch to Shell Oil Co. in late January but the company decided to locate the new facility in another state. There is still hope for a small cracker plant somewhere in the Kanawha Valley but it will not reach the $2 billion minimum cost required to take advantage of this lavish tax incentive.

The consolation prize may be a $300 million ethane catalytic “cracker” plant that would provide new jobs for as many as 200 people at the Institute Industrial Park in western Kanawha County by 2015.

An announcement on this project, originally planned for last week, apparently has been postponed for a few weeks, according to state Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette. But he insists that he is “very optimistic” about the smaller facility planned by Aither Chemicals. The more certain aspect is that state officials apparently can expect this company to request a similar tax break from West Virginia as a condition to make this happen.

Good grades are always appreciated, whether it’s your child or even state government. And in the case of West Virginia, the state’s ranking for providing online information about how the state’s tax revenues are spent has gone from the basement to the penthouse, according to a study released by a national public interest group’s rankings of the 50 states.

The report, entitled “Follow the Money, 2012: How the 50 States Rate in Providing On-Line Access to Government Spending Data,“ indicates West Virginia has jumped from a dismal failing score of 28 to a score of 91 in one year, which ranks the Mountain State as sixth in the country. This state’s improvement can be traced to its decision to copy the example of Texas, which ranked first both in the 2011 and 2012 reports, and set up the TransparencyWV.org website.

~~  Tom Miller - Retired State Government Reporter for The Herald-Dispatch – Huntington, WV ~~

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