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G. Mavis Lowther

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G. Mavis Lowther

Age 77, of Linn, Gilmer County, WV passed away at 1:45 PM Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at her residence following a sudden illness.

She was born in Linn, WV on April 02, 1936 a daughter of the late Harvey Wilbert Shackleford and Ella Mae Ables Shackleford.

On May 17, 1958 she married Ervin Freddie Lowther, who passed away on December 28, 1990.

Surviving are three sons: Freddie Lowther and companion Kathy of Linn, Dan Lowther and companion Rose of Linn, and Bernie Lowther and wife Carolyn of Alum Bridge, WV; one daughter, Tammy Loudin and husband Don of Linn; 12 grandchildren: Jennifer Lowther, Kristen Clevenger, Jodi Steadman, Lee Wolfe, Deron Lowther, Anthony Rock, Samantha Loudin, Dustin Lowther, Pamela Loudin, Melody Lowther, Harley Kraus and Hannah Jenkins; six great grandchildren: Kassy and Konner Clevenger, Dameon, Chole and Gage Wolfe and Lena Frymier; six sisters: Shady Hannigan of Weston, Rose Montgomery of Linn, Ella Mae Tomey of Dry Fork, Violet Bush of Old Field Fork, Molly Lamb of Horner and Mary Starcher of Weston, WV; five brothers: Wilbert “Bub” Shackleford of Linn, Jesse Shackleford of Vadis, WV; Jim Shackleford of Troy, WV; Delbert Shackleford of Linn and Rocky Shackleford of Alum Bridge.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Gilbert “Gib” Shackleford.

Mavis was a homemaker who adored her grandchildren and was happy to help them anyway she could. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, gardening, and vacationing with her children. She also cherished her time spent sitting on her front porch, reading, watching the birds and listening to her favorite music.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew on Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Friday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Bryan Bukovesky officiating.

Interment will follow in the Hiney Cemetery.

The Pat Boyle Funeral home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Mavis Lowther.

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Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries - 03.13.14




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 June 11, 2014  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.


Marion Rae Reed Robert A. Spencer 186 Peacock Drive None Required None Required
Glenville, WV 26351
Jack W. Kirchberg Opal Kirchberg 279 Sycamore MHP Lot 19 None Required None Required
Glenville, WV 26351
Arnetta B. Norman Timothy B. Butcher PO Box 100 None Required None Required
Glenville, WV 26351
Dave Wilson Bobby C. Wilson, Sr. 35467 Jug Ln None Required None Required
Beverly, OH 45715
Dreama Faye Coen Sherry Lynn Metz 1139 Butcher’s Fork Rd None Required None Required
Linn, WV 26384
Carol Ann Wisemiller Timothy B. Butcher PO Box 100 None Required None Required
Glenville, WV 26351
Clora V. Murphy James A. Murphy PO Box 204 None Required None Required
Glenville, WV 26351


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

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : March 13, 2014

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Election 2014: Gilmer County, WV Senate and House Candidate Filling

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Candidate Filing for 2014 Primary Election

COUNTY COMMISSIONER - (Only One Candidate Can Be Elected in May Primary)

•  Brian Kennedy - Democrat - Center District - Normantown

•  Reta Kight - Democrat - City District - Glenville

BOARD OF EDUCATION - (Only 3 Candidates - 1 Each from Center, City, Dekalb-Troy Districts)

•  Norma Hurley - Non-Partisan - Center District - Normantown

•  Carl L. Armour - Non-Partisan - City District - Glenville

•  Larry Butcher - Non-Partisan - DeKalb-Troy District - Cox’s Mills

•  Thomas “Tom” Ratliff - Non-Partisan - DeKalb-Troy District - Glenville (Leading Creek)


•  Larry “Bud” Sponaugle

Gilmer County Executive Committee-Democrat - Male - (1 from Each District)

•  Robert L. “Bob” Radabaugh (Linn) - Glenville District -  Unopposed

•  Conner Ferguson (Glenville) - DeKalb-Troy District -  Unopposed

Gilmer County Executive Committee-Democrat - Female - (1 from Each District)

•  Sandra Moyers Pettit (Sand Fork) – Glenville District - Unopposed

•  Wilda Porter Jones (Linn) – DeKalb Troy District -  Unopposed

•  Heather Minney (Cedarville) – Center District -  Unopposed

•  Anna Jean Rogucki (Glenville) – City District -  Unopposed

Gilmer County Executive Committee - Republican - Male

•  Willard Wright Jr. (Glenville) - Unopposed

WV Senate - District 12 - Harrison, Lewis, Gilmer, Braxton, Clay Counties - (1 Democrat, 1 Republican in Primary)

•  Samuel Cann - Democrat - Bridgeport, WV

•  Micheal Queen - Republican - Clarksburg, WV

•  Mike Romano - Democrat - Clarksburg, WV

WV Senate - District 2 - Marshall, Monongalia, Wetzel, Marion, Tyler, Doddridge, Ritchie, Calhoun and Gilmer Counties - (1 Democrat, 1 Republican in Primary)

•  Larry John Edgell - Democrat - New Martinsville, WV

•  Kent Leonhardt - Republican - Fairview, WV

WV House of Delegates - District 33 - Clay, Calhoun, Gilmer Counties - (1 Democrat, 1 Republican in Primary)

•  David A. Walker - Democrat - Precious, Clay County

Roger Hanshaw - Republican - Wallback, Clay County

WV House of Delegates - District 34 - Braxton, Gilmer Counties - (1 Democrat, 1 Republican in Primary)

•  Brent Boggs - Democrat - Gassaway, Braxton County

•  Brian K. Griffith - Republican - Glenville, Gilmer County

•  June Turner - Republican - Glenville, Gilmer County

Gilmer County Family Court Report – 01.08.14

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Family Court Judge Larry Whited held Court in Gilmer County on Wednesday, January 08, 2014.

•  One divorce was dismissed.

•  Two contempt proceedings were rescheduled.

•  One divorce was continued.

•  One divorce was granted:  Kelly Lowther (25) of Alum Bridge, WV divorced Deion Paul Lowther (26) of Linn, WV.

•  Also a domestic violence case was heard.

•  Several divorces were set for pre-conference and notices were mailed to the parties.

G-Eye™: Gilmer County Board of Education Meeting Report - Monday - 11.18.13


Gilmer County Board of Education Meeting Report
Gilmer County High School Monday, November 18, 2013 - 6:00 PM

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Meeting was called to order by Board President Dr. Simmons. Board Members Phyllis Starkey, Misty Pritt, Dr. Armour, and Tom Ratliff were present. Also present was State appointed Superintendent Ron Blankenship.[Video]


Dr. Simmons Asked Dr. Armour to lead the pledge of Allegiance.[Video]


Superintendent Blankenship introduced Ted Shriver from Ted Shriver-Williamson, Shriver Architects.

Ted Shriver made a presentation explaining the status of the Leading Creek Elementary Construction.[Video]

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Dr. Mace, Superintendent of Lewis County and his Assistant were present for this presentation. Dr. Mace talked about the ball-field for this new school. He said there is a need for fence for it. He also mentioned there are places for books in this school. He said that due to the fact the new school does not have a library. Dr. Mace also noted the playground equipment at Alum Bridge Elementary are new and will be moved to Leading Creek Elementary. Troy Elementary also has new playground equipment.[Video]

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Proposed Gilmer Elementary School


CGCC: November 19, 2013 - Mrs. Starkey

The meeting was scheduled for the following day.


RESA VII: November 14, 2013 - Dr. Simmons

MINUTES of RESA 7 Regional Advisory Council Meeting October 17, 2013 at 11:30 AM
Barbour County at Alderson-Broaddus College - Trustee Board Room

I.      Call to Order
Welcome with Dr. Joe Super, Barbour County Superintendent. Dr. Super welcomed everyone to Barbour County and thanked Alderson-Broaddus for allowing us to use their space for our meeting.

II. Agenda Adjustments
Dr. Almond made a motion to approve the Agenda Adjustments. Dr. Super seconded the motion.

III. Reports/Recognition - Executive Director

Speaker:    Mr. Gabriel J. Devono, RESA 7 Executive Director

Mr. Devono welcomed Mr. Steve Wotring, Preston Co Curriculum Director, to the Regional Council.

Focus Schools Update - Principals Meeting
A Priority Schools Leadership Conference was held at Stonewall at the end of September for all county-level staff working with the Priority Schools, as well as all Priority School principals and school leadership teams. RESA 7 would like to mimic this 2-day conference for our Focus Schools. A plan will be drafted and presented at the November meeting.

Focus Schools MOU
A copy of the finalized MOU for Focus Schools was distributed. All counties are encouraged to ensure they are using this copy with their schools.
Ruby Paine Training
We are nearly finished with all the diagnostic visits. Ms. Idress Gooden, RESA 7, is a Ruby Paine trainer who will be setting up a training sometime in January 2014.

WVDE Accountability Training - Part 2
A meeting was held at RESA 7 on October 16 to understand the new accountability system conducted by the WVDE. Another training will be held on November 5 at different times throughout the day for the WVDE to review specific school-level data. This session will be made available for all school administrators.

RESA 7 Reading Grant
Early literacy is a primary focus, however there isn’t much reading support after 3rd grade. RESA 7 has been in talks with WVU about writing a Benedum grant to develop a reading program for grades 4-6. We would like each county to provide us with a name of someone who could assist in writing this grant.
PD360 Pricing
RESA 7 will tell the School Improvement Network representative Mr. Nate Wray to please contact counties individually to assess who will and will not be signing up to use the PD360 product.

At this time, only three counties have shown interest in Globaloria: Randolph, Marion and Upshur counties.

Ms. Tara St. Clair, Brickstreet Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, WVU College of Business and Economics

A Benedum grant was received to assist the WVDE in organizing the High School Business Plan Competition. Entries are due by November 15, 2013. The final competition will be March 22, 2014. The grand prize is a $10,000 scholarship for the winning team of no more than 3 students.

Ms. Amy Willard, Executive Director, WVDE Office of Finance Affordable Care Act

A handout was distributed with pertinent information. Information is continually changing and Ms. Willard suggests speaking with attorneys prior to taking action concerning this act.

Beginning January 01, 2015, large employers are required to offer full-time employees the opportunity to participate in minimum essential coverage. A large employer is anyone with more than 50 full-time employees. A full-time employee is anyone working at least 30 hours per week or more. Under this definition, substitute teachers could be included if other criteria is met. State Board Policy 1224.1, Appendix D is a reference for independent contractors. More information is needed to clarify procedures for coaches, people with one or more extracurricular position, substitutes, part-time employees, after-school employees etc.

Motion Made

A motion was made by Dr. Super to send a letter from RESA 7 to the Dr. Phares, PEIA, the WV State Board and WVDE legal counsel that legal advisement be offered equally across the state with uniform procedures offered for all county boards of education. A response is being requested by WVDE legal counsel by November 6, 2013. Dr. Devono seconded the motion. The motion carried.

Motion Made

Dr. Devono made a motion that RESA 7 seek legal counsel in the event the WVDE does not provide legal counsel concerning the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Super seconded the motion. The motion carried.

IV. Information

A. Regional Advisory Council Meeting Dates - Attachment A

B. Medicaid - Attachment B

C. Activities Report - (September 2013) - Attachment C
Agenda - Action

V. Approve the Minutes

D. Minutes from September 19, 2013 Meeting - Attachment D
Dr. Campbell made a motion to approve the Minutes with a correction on the attendance. Mr. DeLorenzo seconded the motion with the correction.

VI.    Consent Agenda

E. Budget Adjustments - Attachment E

F. Payment of Invoices - Attachment F

G. Treasurer’sReport-AttachmentG

H. Aging Report - Attachment H
Mr. Hicks made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. Dr. Super seconded the motion.

VII.    Personnel

I.  Employment - Attachment I J.  Resignations - Attachment J
Dr. Campbell made a motion to approve the Personnel Agenda. Mr. Hicks seconded the motion.

J.    State Department

K. State Board Meeting Agenda (October 2013) - Attachment K
Ms. Willard reported in Mr. Panetta’s absence. The School Calendar policy, Policy 3234, is the former year-round school policy. Year-round schools will now comply with the new policy so the former will be repealed. County boards are now being afforded new flexibility to create their calendars while still providing students the required 180 days of instruction. All county boards must hold at least 2 public hearings prior to adopting a new calendar. In the event a county misses the regular 180 •  days, then ISE days will be repealed and/or schools will go further into the summer to ensure students are given 180 instructional days. The 200-day employment term can now be spread over 48 weeks instead of just 43 weeks. Instructional time must be added to make up for instructional minutes missed due to early dismissals or late arrivals. Policy has changed concerning when Faculty-Senate meetings can be held.

IX. WVASA Report
Dr. Devono reported. The WVASA plans to meet after Dr. Phares completes his meeting on October 30, 2013. They hope to discuss the Affordable Care Act and even maybe the school calendar concerns. Those meetings will be held at the Bridgeport Conference Center.

X. WVSBA Report
The next meeting is scheduled for November 2, 2013 in Charleston.

XI. Council Members Discussion

XII. Next Meeting - November 14 , 2013 - Harrison County, 3:00 pm

XIII. Adjournment
Mr. Hicks made a motion to adjourn. Dr. Super seconded the motion.






A. Minutes - October 21, 2013

The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer
Monday, October 21, 2013 - 6:00 PM
Gilmer County High School

The meeting was called to order at 1800 hours by President, Dr. William Simmons.

Members present: Carl Armour, Misty Pritt, Tom Ratliff, William Simmons, Phyllis Starkey and Ronald Blankenship, Secretary.
Others Present: Kim Bonnett, Robin Brown, Faye Chambers, Bill Church, Tena Church, Norma Hurley, Patty Lowther, Matthew McCarty, Dendra Miller, Pam Minigh, Paul Minigh, Dave Ramezan, Julia Stewart, Colin Sprouse, Vada Woodford.

Dr. Carl Armour led the Board in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Patty Lowther, Co-Instructional Leader, provided a report on the new Accountability System for schools which resulted from the ESEA waiver from the federal government.

Phyllis Starkey reported on the September 17 and October 15 meetings of the CGCC Administrative Council.
Dr. William Simmons reported on the September 19 meeting of RESA VII. TRIP REQUESTS
Trip requests were approved on a motion by Tom Ratliff and second by Carl Armour. Motion carried unanimously.

A. Minutes - September 16, 2013 Attachment VI.A
B. Personnel Attachment VLB
C. Budget Supplements & Transfers Attachment VI.C
D. Accounts Payable Attachment VI.D
E. Policies for Approval Attachment VI.E
F. Student Transfers Attachment VI.F
G. School Volunteers Attachment VI.G
The Board chose the following goals for the coming year: increase in student achievement, return of the school system to local control, and completion of new elementary school.
Phyllis Starkey suggested voting on the number of schools, questioned maintenance expenditures, and suggested running buses for parents to visit the Career Center.

Mathew McCarty, WVEA, spoke on behalf of Normantown faculty concerning an additional teacher.
Norma Hurley addressed the Superintendent concerning numbers for the new Gilmer Elementary, governance of Leading Creek Elementary and the need for a new school at Normantown.

Tom Ratliff moved and Carl Armour seconded that the meeting adjourn at 8:29 p.m. Motion carried unanimously.


B. Personnel

Board member Dr. Armour questioned the high number of resignation and employment at this time of the year which is higher than normal.[Video]

1. Resignations:

•  Patricia Peggs, Retirement effective 07.19.2013
•  Jacqueline Caudill, Resignation effective 07.19.2013
•  Lisa Darby, Resignation effective 07.23.2013
•  Samantha Dent, Resignation effective 07.31.2013
•  Hannah Gearhart, Resignation effective 08.06.2013
•  Edward Durham, Resignation effective 11.07.2013
•  Crystal Wagner, Resignation effective 08.02.2013



3. Leave of Absence:

•  Lu Ann Drake, Cook II GES

4. Postings:

•  Facilitator for Gifted Education, Itinerant, 2013-14
•  Mentor Teacher, Title I Reading (Fox), TES
•  Mentor Teacher, Elementary 3rd Grade
•  SFES Mentor Teacher, Elementary 3rd Grade, (Stout), TES
•  Title I Reading Teacher, GES, 2013-14
•  Mentor Teacher, Spanish, GCHS
•  Mentor Teacher, Social Studies (Bush)
•  GCHS Mentor Teacher, Title I Reading (Salisbury), GES
•  Technology Support Specialist
•  Elem. Boys Basketball Coach (Glenville, Normantown, Sand Fork, Troy)
•  Elem. Girls Basketball Coach (Glenville, Normantown, Sand Fork, Troy)
•  Cheerleading Coach (Glenville, Normantown, Sand Fork, Troy)
•  Head Varsity Softball Coach, GCHS
•  Asst. Varsity Boys Basketball Coach, GCHS
•  Auxiliary Varsity Boys Basketball Coach, GCHS
•  Asst. Varsity Girls Basketball Coach, GCHS
•  Head Mini Titan Boys Basketball Coach, GCHS
•  Mini Titan Boys Track Coach, GCHS
•  Mini Titan Girls Track Coach, GCHS
•  Reading Interventionist, Sand Fork Elementary
•  Substitute Custodian
•  Cook II, GES (Due to Leave of Absence of Regular Employee)

5. Employment

•  Rosario Modero, Spanish Teacher, GCHS 2013-14
•  Janette Ramezan, Family & Consumer Science Teacher, GCHS, 2013-14
•  Lmdsey Bush, Social Studies Teacher, GCHS, 2013-14
•  Michaela Fox & Joshua Ramsey, Substitute Teachers
•  Lora L Chapman, Mentor Teacher, Spanish (Madero), GCHS
•  Karen McClain, Mentor Teacher, Social Studies (Bush), GCHS
•  Amber Frashure, Mentor Teacher, Reading Specialist, (Salisbury), GES
•  Kenneth Blair Fisher, Art PK-Ad, County
•  Cheryl Strother, Technology Int. Spec., GCHS
•  Waylon Kincaid, Teacher, GCHS
•  Daniel Reed, Counselor, GCHS
•  Bobbi Sandy, Cook II, Half-time, Sand Fork Elementary
•  David Goff, Substitute Bus Operator
•  Joseph Cottrill, Substitute Bus Operator
•  John T. Fox, Head Mini Titan Football Coach, GCHS
•  Mickey Metz, Head Varsity Volleyball Coach, GCHS
•  Stephanie Montgomery, Volunteer Varsity Cheerleading Coach
•  Diana Sharps, Boys Basketball Coach, GES
•  Kathy Szeliga, Boys and Girls Basketball Coach, SFES
•  Isac Osborne, Boys Basketball Coach, TES
•  John T. Fox, Girls Basketball Coach, TES
•  Leslie Campbell, Cheerleading Coach, NES
•  Carrie Mann, Cheerleading Coach, SFES
•  Cherri West, Cheerleading Coach, TES
•  Michael Haley, Asst. Boys Varsity Coach, GCHS
•  Monica Haley, Head Mini Titan Boys Basketball Coach, GCHS

C. Budget Supplements & Transfers

Budget Supplement October 2013   =  $871.23

Budget Carryover Supplements October 2013   =  $252,296.57

Budget Transfers October 2013   =  $279,836.83

D. Accounts Payable

10.22.13       State Approved   =  $378.85

10.23.13       State Approved   =  $400.00

10.24.13       State Approved   =  $200.00

10.28.13       State Approved   =  $115,855.04

E. Policies for Approval


F. Student Transfers


G. School Volunteers



Board Member Starkey asked for the BOARD CONCERNS to be the last item on the agenda like it used to be. She said doing so will allow the members respond to the delegation’s concerns. She said public wanted to know why the other board members did not address anything about the Normantown Elementary in previous meeting. Starkey said Normantown Elementary’s Principal, Teachers and Staff have come to several board meetings asking for a 5th grade teacher and no one seems to want to address their concern. She said even the previous superintendent did not address it. She said every school should have a 5th grade teacher.

Dr. Armour spoke about upcoming OEPA audit and asked whether it were possible for the member to get a summary of findings before the main report.

Board member Ratliff spoke about the drug issue. He is wondering whether there is anything that can be done to prep the kids in schools for getting jobs.

Starkey question why there is not any drug program in schools like it used to be.

Simmons said part of the problem with drug issues is at homes. He said that has to change. Dr. Simmons said the kids should know the consequences if they are not on the right track.

Pritt praised Patty Lowther for her program in the last meeting. She thinks the materials which are to be sent to homes might be confusing. She thinks it might not be a bad idea to have workshops for the parents. She also talked about the Normantown Elementary School and supported the teachers at that schools and think a 5th grade teacher is needed.[Video]


Norma Hurley – She asked why she had not received the information asked for under FOIA from the superintendent. She said she had talked to Mr. Heiline about it at the state department and had not gotten a response either.
She asked Blankenship about the 2nd floor mentioned in report in the proposed school. Blankenship said the school will have only one story.[Video]



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Devin and Dawn Shackleford of Linn, WV announce the birth of their daughter, Riley Cheyanne Shackleford.

She was born Saturday, November 30, 2013 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.

The little girl weighed 7-pounds, 14-ounces and is the couple’s fourth child.

The mother is the former Dawn Messenger and is a homemaker.

The father is employed at the Gilmer County Senior Center.

Maternal grandparents are Ed and Cindy Messenger of Glenville, WV.

Paternal grandparents are Delbert and Nancy Shackleford of Linn, WV.

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Oakley Monroe Kirkpatrick

Heaven has been graced with the arrival of its newest angel, Oakley Monroe Kirkpatrick who was just 1.5 months old when she got her wings after being called home to God in the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh at 2:20 PM on Tuesday November 26, 2013.

She blessed this Earth and the lives of her parents, Charles Aaron Kirkpatrick and Megan Grace Dempsey Kirkpatrick, at 6:19 AM on October 12, 2013.  With just one look into her twinkling little eyes, they fell in love and formed an everlasting bond with this precious little soul. Although her life was short, it was certainly sweet, as she touched the hearts and lives of not only family and friends, but strangers far and wide who felt her promise of hope and peace this holiday season.

Her sweet, innocent spirit will be carried on in her family, which includes two sisters: Kami Grace Dempsey and Journey Lenay Dempsey; paternal grandparents Susan Kirkpatrick of Glenville, WV and Joey Kirkpatrick of Lost Creek, WV; maternal grandparents, MaryAnn and Barry Dempsey of Weston, WV and Gigi and Poppy of Mingo County, WV; paternal great-grandmother, Genny Kirkpatrick of Glenville, WV; maternal great-grandmother Francis Janette Dempsey of Weston; five aunts and uncles: Tommy and Amber Kirkpatrick of Pt. Pleasant, WV; Carrie and John Ozales of Charleston, WV; Monica Dempsey of Butler, PA; Melissa Miller and Marla Dempsey, both of Weston, WV; several cousins; her favorite little doll; and pet zebra and monkey.

Friends and family will gather to celebrate Oakley’s life at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew on Saturday November 30, 2013 from 4:00-8:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Sunday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Mike Ford officiating.

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

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home is honored and privileged to serve the family of Oakley Kirkpatrick.

Rest in peace little angel.

G-LtE™: The Murder of Willard Cottrill Part Two – Embezzlement Cover Up, …

The Murder of Willard Cottrill Part Two
– Embezzlement Cover up –
Conspiracy between the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office
and the Prosecuting Attorney

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After gathering evidence in concern for the Cottrill Estate Debacle which turned out to be even worse than the infamous Albert J. Woofter estate—In which the Butcher and Butcher law firm did not do an accounting in over 12 years!  Accountings are required every year.

In Albert J. Woofter estate, although several attorney’s that represented the beneficiary attempted to contact them for several years demanding an accounting—while the “Benny” ran up tens of thousands in lawyer fee’s with no out of state lawyer getting so much as a reply.

In that outrageous action by a local law firm, it was recently discovered one of the B*** and B*** Law Firm employees’ R*** B*** G*** C*** received as much as $6,000 from the missing one-sixth of 112 acres of surface property in a matter in which Gainer was no relation, and certainly no heir.

R*** B*** was not an heir and the deed that was pulled from the land books had nothing to do with the AJ Woofter estate, proved by a court action in which the former County Clerk Beverly Marks used the excuse that she doubted the validity of the deed when it was presented which was a matter of court record in civil action 06-29-C.

The deed was also sought after to prove ownership in the famous “Travesty of Justice, “ case in which the Gilmer County Prosecutor wrongfully brought three false felony charges against an award winning major market broadcaster for the reason he didn’t like what the man was writing about him and judge Facemire on the internet.

All Felony charges were defeated in the “Travesty,” case and the defendant was never told he was waiving a statute of limitations - which the defendant would have never done - if informed he was waiving his rights by his attorney F. John Oshoway!

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Larry Gerwig, Gilmer County Chief Sheriff Deputy
Now, The Gilmer County Sheriff

Oshoway also stands accused of suppressing evidence in that court case which was a secret tape made 15 months before the actual trial that proved the actual value of the 24 year old farm equipment as $390, which if that evidence would have been brought forward, Gerry Hough’s false case would have been killed, for he brought the case three years after the alleged incident, and the matter would have been time barred because of the statute of limitations, so Gerry Hough LIED about the value.

See this article featured below and play the tape and you will notice the same three culprits GERWIG- HOUGH and a lawyer named OSHOWAY featured in acts of misconduct in the Cottrill estate too!

Isn’t that an interesting fact? The same names and same people involved in misconduct just keep popping up!

Review this article for facts and click on the link and listen to the tape with a google chrome browser, or another browser, but you can’t play the audio with Fire Fox!

The real price of the 24 year old used rusted farm equipment is revealed on the tape by the real appraiser John Lemon, but Gerry Hough lied to the jury about the value and brought Marilyn Matheny - heard on the tape – into court as a witness.

Matheny committed perjury by giving a value in a Judge Facemire circuit court, which was not given by John Lemon of Lemon equipment.

John Lemon has been the appraiser of used farm equipment at Lemon’s Farm Equipment for over 30 years.
Now you see how they do it in Glenville?  Public officials will break the law if they have to; to get their way—And this same ruse the state of West Virginia backed all the way through the WV Supreme Court!!

SECRET AUDIO a Proof of Criminal Conspiracy in Gilmer County, WV’s Legal System

Sheriff Gerwig got on the stand and the court record reflects that Gerwig did not tell the truth about the value giving the value equal to brand new retail prices not the actual value. Gerwig said the 24 year old used rusted farm equipment was worth $2,498.00.

The articles in the FREE PRESS present the facts and YOU as the READER can make up your own mind.

Gilmer County residents were lied to by Sheriff Metz for 8 years about his educational background. Hopefully it will not be the same with Sheriff Gerwig.

You do find the same players in the Willard Cottrill Debacle, even Mickey Metz played a part in the early part of the investigation, that was no investigation at all just like the unsolved Fred Hill murder case.

Employees of the courthouse are often involved in the wrongdoing, some by choice and some because they are unfortunately just there, for some will tell you to hire a lawyer.
We are here to tell you that is a lie!

Recently, The Gilmer Free Press was told to get a lawyer when it was called on as a witness by the Gilmer County Prosecutor and then had to go through high legal fees for personal vendetta, hate, racism, and harassment by the prosecutor, after the Judge told the prosecutor that he was wrong in what he was doing and ruled in favor of the Gilmer Free Press.

For you don’t always need a lawyer and before Marlea Cottrill walked into the magistrate’s office, she was told she needed a lawyer.  Someone suggested F. John Oshoway just like Lane Smith did years earlier in the “Travesty” case!

So, Marlea Cottrill more than a year ago was told she needed a lawyer, just like court employee’s had done so many times before especially people from out of state.  Unfortunately, what often happens is courthouse employees will refer someone that they know will cooperate with public officials!

Over a year ago Marlea Cottrill did hire F. John Oshoway and he took her money and then lied about the amount paid to him.

When Marlea was dissatisfied with her lawyer and the results, she asked for help.

Several concerned citizens helped her knowing what she was going through—And an article in the West Virginia Record reveals the facts of that matter


Complaint: Calhoun attorney engaging in ‘legal tomfoolery’

April 20, 2012 7:32 AM

The Gilmer Free Press
F. John Oshoway

CHARLESTON – A New York woman is accusing a Calhoun County attorney of “legal tomfoolery” in representing her interests in an estate dispute in neighboring Gilmer County.

Marlea Cottrill on April 9 filed an ethics complaint against F. John Oshoway with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, the arm of the state Supreme Court that investigates attorney misconduct.

In her complaint, Cottrill, 51, of Jump, N.Y., a suburb of Syracuse, hired Oshoway, 60, a sole practitioner in Grantsville, to defend her in a lawsuit involving the estate of her late father, Willard, only to have him do next to nothing.

According to her complaint, Willard Cottrill passed away in October 2010 “under extreme and unusual circumstances.” In June, Cottrill was named as a co-defendant in a suit to quiet title filed by the estate’s executor, Michael W. Murphy, her brother-in-law in Gilmer Circuit Court.

The suit seeks to divest any interest on Willard’s property in Linn claimed by Ruth Mitchell, the other co-defendant. According to the suit, Willard in his will dated Nov. 1, 2006, requested Mitchell, “be provided a residence on his real property.”

It was not until two months later, Marlea Cottrill says, that she found out about it, and only through Mitchell. In a panic, she says she drove nine hours to Gilmer County to find an attorney to answer the complaint or risk losing all her rights to inheritance.

Eventually, she found Oshoway who agreed to accept her case for $2,000. Initially, Cottrill paid him $500, and sent him a check for the balance after returning to New York.

Between then and last month, Cottrill says Oshoway has failed to communicate with her about not only the status of the case, but its implications. Also, he has failed to provide her copies of any court documents filed since then including her answer.

All documents she’s received have either been provided by Mitchell or her attorney, Dan Grindo. A copy of the answer Oshoway filed for Cottrill, that Grindo’s office sent her via fax on Sept. 2, 2011, does not bear the time-stamp of the circuit clerk’s office.

Because she was not properly served with a summons, and copy of the complaint, Cottrill says Oshoway should’ve moved to have her dismissed from the suit. However, he failed to do that.

Eventually, Cottrill says she received a telephone call from Oshoway early last month. In it, she says he expressed bewilderment she hadn’t received any documents from him, but would ensure she receive a copy of all pleadings made since she hired him.

However, when she did not receive anything after two weeks, Cottrill wrote him a letter asking him to withdraw from the case. In her letter, she also asked he provide an accounting of his work, and a refund of her retainer.

Shortly thereafter, Oshoway responded saying he would be filing a motion to withdraw as her attorney. However, he disputed receiving an additional $1,500 from her after the initial $500. Instead, he said the check she sent was for $1,000.

In her complaint, Cottrill says that “is absolutely untrue” and provided a copy of the cancelled check Oshoway cashed for $1,500. Also, she made clear the basis of her complaint she was not disputing Oshoway’s fee, but instead his “lack of communication, and zealous representation for the work I thought I paid him to do.”

“One of my concerns,” Cottrill said, “is the area of West Virginia that Mr. Oshoway works from is severely economically depressed and I wonder how often this sort of legal tomfoolery happens.”

“I fear for the people of Calhoun and Gilmer counties that have no other means of justice as Mr. Oshoway doesn’t seem the least bit inclined to follow up on clients’ needs or wishes once he has been paid,” Cottrill added. “And even then, Mr. Oshoway doesn’t seem to feel the need to accurately reflect records of payment received by those clients.”

When reached for a comment about Cottrill’s complaint, Oshoway said “I was not aware of it.” Also, he said “I wouldn’t comment on it” after seeing it.

According to ODC, Cottrill’s complaint is one of four pending against Oshoway.


Lawrence Smith was on hand to witness Marlea Cottrill plead her case last Wednesday the 20th of November, and she ask the Gilmer County Commission to adhere to the wishes of the deceased Willard Cottrill—that he requested in his will that his estate not be sold—And that Ruth Mitchell could live on the property as long as she wanted to.

Recently the Supreme Court upheld a judge Alsop rule on the Mitchell issue by a vote of 4 to 1 that Ruth Mitchell could live on the property as long as she desired.

The County Commission of Gilmer is anxious to put this matter to rest, but cannot get the cooperation of Gerald B. Hough who has concocted an almost unbelievable tale about the fact the matter of the wrongful death of Willard Cottrill is still under investigation.

What investigation? You heard the same excuse about the Fred Hill murder case! Have you heard the result of the Prosecutor’s investigation?

Well that situation is truly laughable now, and an embarrassment to Larry Chapman, Darrell Ramsey and President Kennedy who went to fetch Prosecutor Hough so he could explain himself in front of the public, but Hough refused!

Hough’s refusal answered the question asked by the commission as to what the holdup is.

The Gilmer Free Press
Gerlad B. Hough
Gilmer County Prosecutor

More importantly, it has been proven by evidence gathered—that Hough and Deputy Wheeler of the Sheriff’s office have been lying to the public all along—for they have not interviewed any of the witnesses or conducted any sort of investigation.

The Cottrill investigation conducted by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s office from the time when Sheriff Mickey Metz was there has all been a lie, and there should be consequences for that lie!

At the end of the Gilmer County Commission meeting last Wednesday, Ruth Mitchell was not allowed to finish what she wanted to say about how Gilmer County Sheriff Deputy Huffman treated her, so it is our duty at the FREE PRESS to let her tell her story on the Gilmer Free Press.

Now, that Ruth’s civil rights and right to remain on the property have been backed by the Supreme Court, the actions by Ben Huffman—who is now the Police Chief of Glenville—appear to be seriously criminal.

If the statements made in this article are backed by affidavit, then it should seriously lead to the arrest of Ben Huffman former Deputy Sheriff for Gilmer County.

The Gilmer Free Press
Deputy Sheriff Ben Huffman
Now Glenville Police Chief

Ruth Mitchell told the press that the first time Ben Huffman came out to the Cottrill estate he came up on the porch with Mike Murphy the executor of the estate and Venita Cottrill-Murphy. Venita sat on the chair with her head down and told Ben Huffman that Ruth has accused her of killing her father.

“That is because you did kill your father,” Ruth Mitchell stated emphatically!

Huffman then jumped in obviously taking the side of Venita and said …

“If you know what is good for you, you will keep your mouth shut or I will escort you out of this holler, besides you are here illegally and have no right to be here!”

Huffman then ask Venita Cottrill Murphy if she had a right to be there,

“Does she have a right to be here?” Huffman spoke again loudly!

“For now she does, but not for long the matter is still in the court,” Venita Cottrill said.

Actually the reality of the situation is that Ruth Mitchell had already had a ruling in the court of the Honorable Judge Alsop, and so the circuit court did decide to adhere to the wishes of the will, and that was a decision Judge Alsop made after studying the last will and testament of Willard Cottrill.

What is interesting is that Gerald B. Hough Gilmer County Prosecutor showed up in the courtroom and sat off to the left with Stacy Criswell that day, during the matter before Judge Alsop.

Criswell is the lawyer for Venita Cottrill-Murphy and the executor Mike Murphy.

Why was Hough there?   He had no dog in this fight and reporter Lawrence Smith who was there representing the West Virginia Record said that Hough slumped down in his chair and tried not to be seen.

Well, Gerald B. Hough was like the 3000 pound elephant in the room and one had to wonder why he was in the courtroom—if there was no legal reason for him to be there—and he claims to be such a busy person you cannot even get him on the phone—then truly what was the purpose for Gerry Hough being there?

This is the answer: Gerry Hough was there because he had already been doing business with Sally Bozeat who is an attorney and the ex-wife of Willard Cottrill for work on the will which is not something a county prosecutor should be doing.

The Gilmer Free Press
Venita Cottrill Murphy (R) SISTER MORPHINE the mastermind of the murder of
Willard Cottrill—her father—for money and property with the help of
Freda Cottrill—the wife of Willard’s brother Melvin Cottrill.
Willard always hated Freda, so it must have been a nightmare for him as she held his head
while SISTER MORPHINE administered the dangerous concoction of
narcotics that included the lethal dose of morphine!

The second time Ben Huffman came out to the Cottrill property he came back with Venita and the executor Mike Murphy again, and walked into the house, even though the court had already ruled in favor of Ruth Mitchell staying there, that ruling stands until overturned by a Supreme Court decision - which never happened, but Huffman and company acted like it already did happen and went into the spare bedroom of Ruth’s home and then forced their way into Ruth Mitchell’s room while she screamed , “You can’t go in there!”

“If you know what is good for you, you will sit there and keep your mouth shut,” Huffman threatened, and then proceeded to let Venita and the Executor of the estate search the dresser and the closet and while going through the closet - whatever they touched they took out and tossed in the middle of the bedroom floor.

Ruth could not stand it anymore and had her court papers handy on the table next to her and held them up and said, “This court ruling means you can’t come in here and bother me!”

“Those papers don’t mean sh*t, that court ruling isn’t worth the paper it is written on,” Huffman screamed, as he stayed in the living room with Ruth Mitchell while Venita and Mike Murphy went into the kitchen where they proceeded to go through the cabinets and searched through all the drawers!

Mark Cottrill an heir to the estate and the brother to Marlea Cottrill called while the kitchen was being tossed and Ruth put the phone on speaker - when she answered it—all she said was, “Hello.”

“Ruth, Tell Venita and Mike they are on their own, I am done, but the job they paid me to do will be carried out… Marlea’s tires will be slashed!”

Ruth spoke, and said, “OK I will tell them,” but everybody heard what Mark Cottrill said, for if you have ever been to Ruth’s house, then you know she always puts the phone on speaker phone.

“This ain’t right,” Ruth said finally speaking up.

Huffman responded with, “You better shut up or else!”

The third time Ben Huffman came to the Cottrill Estate, Huffman pulled out his gun and pointed it right at Ruth and said:

“I want to know who helped you bring this freezer up here from the garage!

Ruth told him about the two young men that moved it, and further stated that Marlea Cottrill was the one that told her to go ahead and move it up to the house, it was doing nobody any good out in the garage.

“Who are you?” Huffman asked the man in a threatening manner - that was standing close by Ruth who was shocked that Huffman had pulled his weapon and had it pointed right at Ruth Mitchell.

Before the man could answer, Huffman screams, “You need to f*c*ing leave!”

“I’m not going to leave until you do,” the man replied.

Ben Huffman proceeded to leave but stopped up the road a piece and waited for the man to pull out in his car. Then Huffman pulled the man over without probable cause just to find out the man’s name.

The brave friend of Ruth Mitchell is a man named Eugene Turner, who had to endure some more threats from the deputy Sheriff from Gilmer County before he left, after Huffman ran his plates.

This time Mitchell called Dan Grindo her lawyer and Grindo contacted Ben Huffman and told him to stay away from Ruth Mitchell and that if he bothered her ever again he would have his job, since formal charges would be brought against him.

Dan Grindo, is under staffed and under paid, and over worked, for his work week is never less than sixty hours a week - and that does not always include travel time to different circuit courts. Grindo certainly went over and above the call of duty that day.

Ruth Mitchell told her lawyer later ..
“I think if Eugene Turner wasn’t here, that crazy deputy Ben Huffman would have killed me!”

Now, I have to ask you Gilmer County, is this any way to treat our elderly?

To Be Continued….

The murder of WILLARD COTTRILL Part three to be published on the Gilmer Free Press soon!

G-LtE™: The Murder of Willard Cottrill Part One - For the Love of Money, Property and Greed!

It will be very hard to keep trying to forgive the local public officials in Gilmer County, after GFP readers absorb the facts involving the Willard Cottrill Estate and this tale of murder, and killing in the name of money and property in Linn, West Virginia.

The Gilmer Free Press

It has been found out the people holding up the murder investigation are our very own elected officials. At first it was previous Gilmer County Sheriff Mickey Metz who has finally found a job that suited him, selling used cars along with another person that has been through this ploy of keeping the investigation open until people forget - while conducting no investigation at all - and that is The Gilmer County Prosecutor Gerald B Hough.

How can you forgive anyone for the misery brought by the Gilmer County Prosecuting attorney Gerry Hough for once again fooling the public and the Gilmer County Commission into thinking there is an investigation into the death of Willard Cottrill for three long years, just like he fooled the public into thinking there was an investigation into the murder of Fred Hill. The only law enforcement officer investigating the murder of Willard Cottrill has been Deputy Mike Wheeler whose duties mostly include being a traffic cop.

Some people are saying that Gilmer Prosecutor does not have the knowledge to even know how to prosecute a murder case, starting out his career by working for I** M***** and MIKE R**S in the courthouse, searching title and deeds and oil rights and leases for a couple of rich men looking to get richer. That of course was back in the day when Gilmer Prosecutor got caught for his FERPA violation of a rape victim while defending the alleged rapist GSC football star QB.

Our Prosecutor came close to losing his license to practice law for that Ferpa Violation, but the Office of Disciplinary Counsel decided to just fine him $400 since he had only been a lawyer for a little more than a month before being caught in the act of misconduct. In addition to the fine, GSC denied him a raise that everyone else got, and he had to write a letter admitting that he lied about the incident the first time he was questioned by the ODC.

Back in those early days, when Hough worked for I** M***** and Mike R**s, R**s was a state senator that fell out of favor and lost an election. All of the sudden a West Virginia State Delegate was by some miracle killed in a convenient car crash and was DOA.  At that point in time Governor Manchin being connected tightly with I** M***** appointed his business partner Mike R*** that vacant position the now dead delegate held—And so it goes in a county called Gilmer. M***** and R*** back in business with Gerry Hough doing the research.

Three years ago, Sheriff Metz did nothing to investigate that murder of Willard Cottrill and never even saw Marlea Cottrill Willard’s oldest daughter, who asked for the investigation into the wrongful death of her father.

Now the matter has been inherited by the Gilmer County’s current sheriff, who also has done not one thing to investigate the murder of Cottrill, and recently made a statement that drew many a red flag from law enforcement professionals.

Sheriff Gerwig said it was the witnesses to the murder against the word of those accused of the murder. Professional law enforcement officers asked to help on this case stated, that by that statement alone they showed the cards in their hands at the Gilmer County Sheriff’s office, and that the current Sheriff is fully involved in a cover up, by order, coming from above him and that would be the prosecutor Gerald B Hough.

The local Sheriff’s office under the leadership of Sheriff Larry Gerwig, the Gilmer County Commission, and the Gilmer County Clerk are once again neck deep in a murder that is as disturbing a murder—and as blatant of a cover up—as the FRED HILL, No Foul Play,” display of debauchery and misconduct! Why? Because they all follow the Gilmer County Prosecutor’s advice.

Sheriff Gerwig makes a statement that implicates him in the MURDER conspiracy of WILLARD COTTRILL- Professional detective given information.

Criminal Intent was shown by Sheriff Gerwig this past week, as several witnesses to the Willard Cottrill MURDER attempted to file criminal complaints.
Sheriff Gerwig refused to take the complaints and said, “I do believe there was a murder, but it is your word against theirs!”

The Gilmer Free Press

As soon as the Sheriff said, “I do believe there was a murder …” in front of witnesses he showed criminal intent and now the Cottrill murder case is busted wide open.

Immediately within a very short time that quote by Sheriff made Wednesday November the 13th was shared with a detective, and the result was the Sheriff could very well be charged with a crime now involving conspiracy to commit murder.

The detective said,“It is a matter of police procedure under normal conditions to take all complaints involving a murder investigation!”

“The complaint is taken and investigated”

“This small town Sheriff Gerwig by making that statement has just made himself the JUDGE and the JURY as soon as he said, He believes there was a murder, but it was Ruth Mitchell’s word against theirs!”

“Well that statement implicates him in criminal conduct!”

“As police officers you take the complaint and investigate the complaint — you never make yourself out to be the judge and jury by saying something as stupid as—it is your word against theirs!”

“If the body is exhumed and a great amount of morphine is found to be administered, then this Sheriff should be one of the first arrested.”

It appears someone has been paid to cover up the murder of this unfortunate 73 year old man from Linn, WV.

The detective and investigator monitoring this murder investigation also said, that, “NOBODY CAN TAKE A MURDER INVESTIGATION WITH THEM ON MEDICAL LEAVE!”

He further added, “That an investigation is reassigned if anyone has an extended medical leave as Deputy Wheeler.”

The alleged murder investigation has been drawn out 37 months by Deputy Wheeler who has not interviewed even one witness, and there are several witnesses to the murder, which negates the statement by Sheriff Gerwig.

Deputy Wheeler has done NO INVESTIGATION and now Gerry Hough the prosecutor for Gilmer County and Sheriff Gerwig has Deputy Wheeler hidden out so that he cannot be reached to be questioned by investigators.

Deputy Wheeler also could be implicated in a conspiracy to commit murder by his own actions to be reported at a later date.

This detective said obviously the Gilmer County Sheriff’s office is involved in the murder by drawing out the investigation for no obvious reason and ignoring FOIA requests by the press, for which they may be liable for now.

This detective said, “You should immediately report this matter to the FBI!”

At that time the detective was told that Gerry Hough likely took a bribe from Mike Murphy, after being retained by Sally Bozeat years earlier.

The detective said that the actions of Prosecutor and Sheriff, by extending the investigation for years with excuses that have nothing to do with proper police procedure implicates them both for their criminal involvement in this murder case.

The Day of the MURDER October 20th and the Killers enter the home of Willard Cottrill

On the day of the murder of Willard Cottrill, Melvin Cottrill one of Willard’s brothers was celebrating his birthday, but not before Willard got to tell his brother that in his opinion he thought that he was a, “Low down lying thieving bastard,“ those were his exact words according to Ruth Mitchell who was about to go through an event that could very well mark the worst day in her life.

The Gilmer Free Press

Ruth said that Melvin left around 12:30 PM when Venita Cottrill-Murphy, Freda Cottrill and Carol Peterson who is the girlfriend of Jerry Cottrill another brother to Willard, and a hospice nurse only identified as Debbie came in.

Carol Peterson was there to make sure that Ruth Mitchell could not use the phones and guarded the telephone and would not allow Mitchell to call out.  That act is serious violation of civil liberties, and Venita Cottrill is the person that gave that order.

“Make sure that Ruth doesn’t use the phone,” Venita Cottrill instructed Peterson, while Venita also restricted Ruth’s movements in the house, by saying, “Where do you think you are going,” when Ruth attempted to step on the porch.

Ruth Mitchell was then ordered to go sit in the living room, and ordered to sit down and stay down. This is a clear violation of Ruth Mitchell’s civil liberties and those acts by Peterson and Venita Cottrill are criminal.

Venita had just returned with the morphine she had picked up that the local doctor had prescribed. Venita then got herself a piece of birthday cake and she walked over to Willard who had already had at least one beer from an earlier celebration that day and said, “Doesn’t this look good daddy, too bad you can’t have any.”

In investigation of this bizarre tale about a family murder and police cover up, I did discover that Venita never actually lived much of her life with Willard Cottrill, but grew up in the home of Melvin Cottrill, who some say is her real father, and not Willard. Only a DNA test could conclude this fact for sure. However, circumstances mixed with attitude and innuendo coming from someone about to murder another human being that day, leads any reasonable person to believe that indeed Melvin was not only the person that raised Venita, but Melvin very well could possibly be her biological father as well, not Willard as many people have thought.

The Gilmer Free Press

The yellow slip of paper which was used to keep track of the drugs given to Willard that fateful day was found by Josh Holmes a close personal friend of Willard Cottrill’s and the husband to the cousin of Ruth Mitchell, Diana Holmes. The original is being held for evidence, and this evidence indicates that the Gilmer County Sheriff’s office never conducted any investigation into the death of Willard Cottrill, for they were not even interested in the drugs given Willard Cottrill.  I as a person who has investigated this murder case for 19 months have drawn conclusions as to the cause of the NON- INVESTIGATION.

A quote by Deputy Mike Wheeler shortly after the murder of Willard Cottrill may shed some light on this subject, Wheeler said…
“I don’t want to bring Dr. M****r who prescribed the morphine, or “Debbie” the hospice nurse into this murder investigation, for they both have good jobs and I don’t want to ruin their reputations”

Isn’t that nice of Deputy Mike Wheeler, who Gerry Hough and Sheriff Gerwig said was in charge of the investigation. Wheeler who is more or less a traffic cop was allowed to take this entire murder investigation with him on medical leave.

A high ranking detective whose name and contact number are on file with the GFP said, “Never, never in an investigation an officer is allowed to go on medical leave.” Therefore Sheriff and Prosecutor are breaking basic police procedure, so they do not have to answer any questions for the press or give any answers to citizens about a murder they are now caught covering up.

The Local Doctor should immediately have her licensed suspended and complaints should be filed. We only know the hospice nurse by her first name, “Debbie,” we understand Deputy Wheeler knows her last name, and most likely will try to protect this accessory to murder. If you know the last name of this person please bring it forward so that we can give it to the proper federal authority.

You can look on the yellow slip of paper included in this article and you can determine the dose of drugs Willard Cottrill was given along with the time.

For the most part Freda Cottrill held Willard’s head as he struggled moving his head side to side as not to be given the deadly drugs, for Willard was starting to get the idea he was being killed for his money and his property. He must have sensed it early when he told his brother Melvin exactly what he thought of him.

Earlier that day another person to see Willard alive on his last day witnessed the very first dose of drugs being given to him, and here is what he had to say …

The Gilmer Free Press


“I’M Mad because Willard is Gone!”

This man was like a son to Willard and is an expert marksman and hunter like many people in West Virginia. This witness to murder was more like a son to Willard Cottrill than his own sons!

He says he was talking to Willard just hours before he was murdered and said….

“Willard was laying in bed .. I asked him how he felt and he said he felt pretty good !”

“He said he was doin a little better, but that his back hurts.”

“At the time Venita Cottrill said, ‘ I can help you daddy’ .. and then came and gave him a dose of what I now know was morphine!”

“I never saw the man alive again, and I am a little upset about it, just as if it happened yesterday, it feels just as bad now as it did then to lose him.”

“The truth is the truth, and I am not on anybody’s side, not on yours, not on theirs, but the truth will come out and I believe he was killed with drugs on purpose—for the money and his land—and I believe that to be true. Willard Cottrill was a wonderful man and I miss him.”

“The truth is the truth!”

On the 20th of October the day Willard Cottrill was murdered, Venita came back with the hospice nurse to show them how to use the lethal dose of morphine just after Willard had a beer.

The nurse changed her mind at the house and then said, “I cannot show you because I am not authorized,” so she sat on the couch and drew pictures to hide how nervous she was.

Venita took 2 Xanax, and an Oxycodone, crushed it all up good in a spoon, put morphine on top of that and then forced the drug cocktail into the mouth of Willard Cottrill.

Willard kept turning his head from side to side, because just hours earlier he had told Ruth Mitchell he thought his own daughter was going to kill him. Days earlier, Sally Bozeat, the ex wife of Willard told someone on the porch that Venita was really the daughter of Melvin Cottrill, Willard’s brother, and that is why she grew up in the home of Melvin’s house instead of her own fathers house. We are not sure why Sally Bozeat told that story on that particular day, but it made sense to many when it was found out that Venita ordered the morphine, brought the morphine to the house and crushed it up into a cocktail of other drugs mixed with pudding to hide the taste.

The Gilmer Free Press

As Willard moved his head trying to avoid the death dosage, Venita hollered for Freda Cottrill to come hold his head while Venita delivered the deadly dope. They repeated the same act several times clear up until the last dosage, Willard went limber just before 11 PM after getting a deadly dose of drugs for almost 8 hours.

Freda Cottrill was the person that gave Willard the “killing dose,” and then shortly after Freda said he was gone, Venita ask Freda, “My God what do we do?” Freda said, “Let’s get everything cleaned up, and then called Terry Ellyson of Ellyson Mortuary in Glenville, WV.

This entire matter was recorded accurately, for Ruth Mitchell was there and was a witness to it all from the early afternoon until Willard passed around 11 PM on October the 20th.

Terry did not come; Terry’s son came, did not do an examination or declare him dead, against all WV laws and just took him to the mortuary.

The son put him on the gurney wrapped a red blanket around Willard and took him away, there was no goodbye, and on the night Willard Cottrill became just another MURDER in Gilmer County!

Lots of evidence has been gathered and the executor Mike Murphy was taped secretly and that will be provided for GFP readers soon to hear. Murphy stole all the money out of Willard account on the 1st of October, and used some of it to bribe family members. The money bands below are being used for evidence. That action of taking the cash from the bank is highly illegal.


The Gilmer Free Press

(More on the Willard Cottrill Murder will be published soon on the Gilmer Free Press)

Work Progresses on WV’s First Two-County Consolidated School

The Gilmer Free Press

The Exponent-Telegram Reports:

Construction of the new Leading Creek Elementary School building is expected to begin this week as site preparation work comes to a close.

The school will consolidate Alum Bridge Elementary in Lewis County and Troy Elementary in Gilmer County, said Steve Casto, office administrator for Lewis County Schools.

The new school will be the first-ever consolidation of schools from separate counties in West Virginia, said Dr. Joseph Mace, Lewis County superintendent of schools.

The parking lots and entrance road to the school have been completed, Casto said. Crews from City Construction of Clarksburg can begin digging the footers.

Crews plan to work on the building as much as possible this winter when weather permits, Casto said.

“The game plan is they’ll work through the winter. As long as it doesn’t get too cold or we get too much precipitation, they’ll keep going,” Casto said

“If it gets too bad, what they’ll do is they may not walk completely away. They’ll watch and see if they have an opportunity to come back and work. We’re going to be driven by the weather,” he said.

The tentative completion date is December 29, 2014. Students, staff and faculty won’t move into the school until the fall of the 2015-2016 school year, Casto said.

“That’s an aggressive date,” Casto said.

“We’ve been working on the site since early spring. This is big now that we’re going to start moving toward the construction phase of the building,” he added.

The new school represents a $10,457,800 million investment in education in Lewis and Gilmer counties, Casto said. The project is being funded by the West Virginia School Building Authority with local contributions from the two participating boards of education.

It’s exciting to have two counties partnering together for the first time in West Virginia for a consolidated school that will benefit both communities, Mace said.

The new building will sit on the county line and will be located minutes away from the old schools. The upshot of that is students shouldn’t have to endure long bus rides, Mace said.

“We get to keep the neighborhood school concept,” he said.

The school will serve about 240 students, Casto said.

It will be a model for consolidating schools from separate counties in the future,  Mace added.

“The memorandum of understanding we worked out with the counties has guidelines that will be followed in the future. We did a lot of things for the first time,” Mace said.

It could have cost each county nearly as much to build its own separate school. Building one school is a great savings, Casto said.

“The biggest benefit is you’re getting a brand-new facility for two counties that could not afford to build new schools on their own. And you’re getting a modern, up-to-date, energy-efficient school,” he said.

Administrators do not expect any job losses as a result of the consolidation, Mace said.

Faculty and staff members from both schools were on a committee to name the new school, and they involved the students in the process. They decided on the name Leading Creek, after a stream that starts in Lewis County and flows through Gilmer County, Mace said.

The community seems excited about the project, Mace said. The excitement will continue to build as work progresses, Casto added.

“When you walk into that new building on the first day, that’s when it really hits you,” Casto said.

~~  Roger Adkins ~~

Supreme Court Affirms Gilmer County Decision about Willard Cottrill’s Estate

The Gilmer Free Press

The WV Record Reports:

Because the intentions in his will were clear enough, the state Supreme Court has ruled a Gilmer County woman may continue to reside in the home she shared with her former companion.

In a 4-1 decision, the court affirmed the ruling Gilmer Circuit Judge Jack Alsop made in August 2012 granting summary judgment to Ruth Mitchell in a suit to quiet title brought by the estate and heirs of Willard Cottrill.

In a memorandum opinion issued October 18, two days shy of the third anniversary of Cottrill, 73, dying suddenly and under suspicious circumstances, the court said the effort by the estate’s executor, Michael Murphy, Cottrill’s son-in-law, and the heirs to eject Mitchell from the modular home she shared with Cottrill on his 42-acre property in Linn is “wholly inconsistent,” with his last will and testament.

Memorandum opinions are issued by the court in cases that present no new issues of law and would not be aided by oral argument. Chief Justice Brent Benjamin cast the dissenting vote.

According to court records, Cottrill’s will was admitted into probate on November 05, 2010. In it, he directed that a residence be provided for Mitchell “for so long as she chooses to reside, with this provision becoming void should she at any time choose or need to live elsewhere.”

Cottrill also specified that Mitchell’s “residency shall not preclude divestiture of the property by my heirs, and is not intended to establish a life tenancy.” Furthermore, he “direct[ed] that income from the rental units on my property be used for taxes and upkeep of the remainder of the property including the unit occupied by Ruth Mitchell, and the parcel referenced in the above provision.”

On June 17, 2011, Murphy, along with his wife, Venita, and her brothers Mark and Alan Cottrill, residents of Syracuse, N.Y., filed suit seeking an order to compel Mitchell to “vacate the premises.”

However, on August 21, 2012, the eve of a trial date in the case, Alsop granted Mitchell’s motion for summary judgment recognizing, as Cottrill specified in his will, she had a right to reside on the property so long as she desired.

In affirming Alsop’s decision, the court clarified that Mitchell’s residence is no way construed to be a life estate or tenancy. Regardless, ordering her out of the dwelling she’s called home for the last decade would go against Cottrill’s express wishes.

“The relief [the estate and the heirs] sought beyond clear title – this is, ejectment – is wholly inconsistent with [Cottrill’s] directive that [Mitchell] be provided a residence,” the court said.

“Inasmuch as the circuit court was called upon to construe Mr. Cottrill’s will in this action to quiet title, it appropriately followed the tenant of this Court: ‘The cardinal principle in construing a will is to ascertain the intent of the testator as expressed in the wills and codicils, giving consideration to the surrounding circumstances.’”

The estate, and the heirs were represented by Staci N. Criswell with Dinsmore and Shohl. Mitchell was defended by Gassaway attorney Dan Grindo.

West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals case number 12-1213

Gilmer Circuit Court case number 11-C-20

~~  Lawrence Smith - WV Record  ~~

Lewis, Gilmer Bridge Gap with School

The Gilmer Free Press

The Charleston Gazette Reports:

In November, workmen will begin laying the foundation of Leading Creek Elementary School—a school that will serve as the foundation for the future of West Virginia’s educational landscape, one that “blurs the lines” between county school systems.

“If there’s a way we can expand our money, make it go further, expand our operations and create more effective operations, it’s to look between county lines,“ said Mark Manchin, executive director of the state’s School Building Authority.

Leading Creek, a 35,762-square-foot facility that will enroll as many as 240 students from pre-school through the sixth grade, is the result of a groundbreaking partnership between Lewis County and Gilmer County.

The school, which should be complete in the summer of 2015, will replace the aging Troy Elementary School in Gilmer County and Alum Bridge Elementary School in Lewis County. Those schools were identified by the SBA as two of the state’s 15 most “in need” schools, but the cost to build two new schools would be nearly $20 million and did not meet the cost-effectiveness guidelines that the Authority looks for in its projects, Manchin said.

“The cost of a school for 100 students is not greatly different than the cost of one for 250,“ he said. “To build a new Alum Bridge would have cost $9 million. To build a new Troy would have cost $9 million.“

So in November 2011, both counties and the SBA broached the idea of building a new school together.

Manchin said that Leading Creek is unprecedented. West Virginia has several multi-county vocational schools, but Leading Creek is the first of its kind in the state, and the $10.5 million project has found a location that takes its dual-county partnership to a new level.

“They managed to find a site that sits right on the county line,“ Manchin said. “There will be a physical marker on the property, and students will actually attend classes in one county and then the other.“

The logistics of the Leading Creek project were not simple, but Manchin said the state code that governs every school board had provisions that covered nearly every aspect of the project, from curriculum, to personnel, to funding.

The SBA developed a document that outlines the responsibilities of both counties. Each county contributed to the purchase of 20 acres of land for the school.

A council with both county superintendents, a member from each county’s board of education, a representative from each county’s Local School Improvement Council and the president of each existing elementary school’s PTA will govern Leading Creek.

The council will make recommendations concerning personnel that will be forwarded to the Lewis County board of education. As the designated “receiving” county, Lewis County holds the title to the new school and will gain students from Gilmer County, the “sending” county. Gilmer County will not be able to count the students it sends to Lewis County as its own after three years, but it will not be responsible for the upkeep of the school. Lewis County will eventually become responsible for Leading Creek, but will receive the customary state aid for each student, and the joint advisory board will remain in place.

Joseph Mace, superintendent for Lewis County Schools, said every teacher currently employed at Troy and Alum Bridge will have a job at Leading Creek. Gilmer County teachers who teach at the new school will retain their seniority in Gilmer County and gain seniority in Lewis County, and will continue to accrue both as long as they work there.

“All of the staff at both schools will get priority when hiring for the new school,“ Mace said. “The only person that we have two of are principals, and we will have to decide which principal, the one from Troy or the one from Alum Bridge, will become the principal there. We’ll go through that process when it’s the right time to do it.“

There is a chance there might be a lesser need for maintenance personnel, but Mace said the project is a solution the Lewis County school board is behind. The board voted unanimously to approve the project.

“I think when those buses go out on the first day, people will see what a beautiful school it’s going to be,“ Mace said. “We had a committee made up of people from Troy and here and we discussed playgrounds, parking configurations - we looked at a lot of things in great detail. The people of Gilmer County are proud of this school, just like our county, because it’s the people’s school; it’s the kids’ school.“

Unlike in other Lewis County schools, which are pre-K through the fourth grade, Leading Creek will adopt the Gilmer County system and have fifth and six grade classes, as well, Mace said. Students sent to Leading Creek will enter middle school in Lewis County in the seventh grade instead of the fifth unless other arrangements are made, and Gilmer County students at Leading Creek will be given the option to continue attending middle school and high school in Lewis County.

Ronald Blankenship, superintendent for Gilmer County Schools, said Troy Elementary School is nearly 100 years old. Like many older schools, Troy has outlived its expectations, and Blankenship said the partnership was something he and Mace had discussed as a positive one for both counties.

“We knew that by submitting each school individually, we weren’t going to get them funded—they just don’t meet the economies of scale,“ Blankenship said. “We actually decided almost three years ago to go in together on this project.“

Blankenship became the superintendent of Gilmer County Schools three years ago, after the county school system was taken over by the state board of education. The WVBOE entered into the Leading Creek agreement on Gilmer’s behalf, but Blankenship said he believes other counties will see the advantage of inter-county schools.

“I’m optimistic that this won’t be the first and last; there will undoubtedly be other opportunities for it,“ he said.

Manchin said he believes the funding shift for the SBA will be toward more inter-county schools in the future. He recently approached the Putnam and Mason County school boards with a similar proposal to join to elementary schools near the county line.

Leon Elementary has roughly 150 students and is seven miles from the Putnam County line, and Buffalo Elementary has about 250 students and is three miles from Mason County. Manchin estimates the cost of building two new schools would be around $25 million; the potential joint school would cost an estimated $13 million.

The Putnam County BOE voted earlier this month to contract architectural services to evaluate the project. Chuck Hatfield, superintendent of Putnam County Schools, said he has invited the Mason County board to attend the next Putnam board meeting, which will be held Monday in Winfield.

“Our board is certainly interested in exploring it,“ Hatfield said. “It’s still a possibility, but it’s very early in the process.“

~~  Lydia Nuzum - Charleston Gazette ~~

Gilmer County Family Court Report – 09.25.13

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On Wednesday, September 25, 2013 Family Court Judge Larry Whited was in Gilmer County.

•  One divorce was dismissed.

Two divorces were granted between:

•  Stacey Stull (24) of Linn, WV divorced Jasper Stull (25)of Sanford, NC.

•  Cynthia Barker (53) of Glenville, WV divorced Richard Dale Barker (59) of Troy, WV.

WVSBA’s Mark Manchin: “No longer Are We Going to Say This County or That County…“

The Gilmer Free Press

The West Virginia School Building Authority has started discussions that may impact the futures of Meadow Bridge High School in Fayette County and Greenbrier West High School in Greenbrier County.

SBA Executive Director Mark Manchin said the conversations follow a recent move by the state Board of Education that asked the Fayette County School Board to put off plans to consolidate Meadow Bridge with two other schools in Fayette County.

Manchin said Meadow Bridge is only 14 miles away from Greenbrier West and the school in Charmco recently received a $21 million upgrade.

“Greenbrier County ran a bond and part of that bond included major upgrades to Greenbrier West, in fact, we gave 10-million, they put 11-million in. It’s a gorgeous school. It’s a comprehensive high school.”

Manchin said the comprehensive high school aspect could also help Meadow Bridge where students enrolled in technical education courses have to travel 30 miles one way to Oak Hill for those classes.

The SBA has in recent years given more attention to blurring county lines.

“No longer are we going to say this county or that county,” Manchin said. “We (have funded) Gilmer and Lewis (Leading Creek Elementary) and now we’re talking to Mason and Putnam and other counties about when a remote school is closer to another county. We are encouraging counties to bring us those projects,” he said.

Manchin added he anticipates the SBA will fund another multi-county project next spring.

~~ WVMN ~~

Leo D. Sprouse

The Gilmer Free Press

Leo D. Sprouse

Age 77, of Ellis Road, Linn, West Virginia, departed this life at 11:50 AM, Wednesday, September 18, 2013 in the United Hospital Center, Bridgeport, West Virginia, following an extended illness.

Born June 22, 1936 in Gilmer County, WV;  son of the late Wilbur and Mae Frashure Sprouse.

Leo enjoyed playing bingo, wood working, gardening, fishing in his younger years, he also enjoyed visiting friends and family. He retired as a maintenance man at the United Bank of Glenville and Louie Glass in Weston. He was a member of the Stonecoal Fishing Club, and the Glenville Moose Lodge

Surviving are 7 children, Joyce Frashure and husband Larry of Glenville, WV;  Teresa Ann Dumendic and husband John of Ashtabula, Ohio; Leon Sprouse and wife Carol of Jane Lew, WV; Connie Lea Perkins and husband Keith of Pocola, Oklahoma; Becky Ryan and husband Bobby of Weston, WV; Louvonne Blake and husband Terry of Weston, WV; and Michael Queen of Kimberly, Wisconsin.

There are 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren surviving.

Also surviving are 2 brothers, Willie Sprouse of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Jim Sprouse of Horner, West Virginia, and 1 sister, Sue Peters and husband Richard of Linn, WV.

Along with his parents Leo was preceded in death by his first wife, Liza Radcliff Sprouse, grandson William “Billy” Frashure, and 2 brothers, Harold and Sherwood Sprouse.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc., 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV, 26351, at 3:00 PM Saturday, September 21, 2013, with Pastor Kenny Fisher officiating.

Burial will follow in the Boilon Cemetery, Copley, WV.

Friends may call from 1:00-3:00 PM Saturday at the Mortuary.

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

Dog Found in Linn Area

Update: 09.23.13

The owner has claimed her!!!

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FOUND: 09.18.13

Linn, WV area

Pomeranian mix dog

Phone 304.462.5741 daytime

Ask for Lynn

School Building Authority Raises Cost of Building New Schools including Leading Creek Elementary

The Gilmer Free Press

New mandatory security features for school construction in West Virginia could add up to $175,000 to an individual project.

The West Virginia School Building Authority on Monday approved the security measures, which require schools built next year to have shatterproof glass, a line-of-sight entry, mantraps and a panic button.

The SBA guidelines are projected to raise the cost of new construction to $253 per square foot, a hike of $3.

“It’s a small price to pay to assure our children are safe,” said SBA Executive Director Mark Manchin.

Manchin said the security improvements will also be part of projects currently under design, including a new East Fairmont High School in Marion County, a project at St. Marys High School in Pleasants County and the new Leading Creek Elementary School for Gilmer and Lewis counties.

Manchin said funds are already tight for new school construction and adding an additional $175,000 will be a challenge, though it is a step that must be taken.

“It’s going to cost a little bit more now to build a school, but it’s money well spent,” he said.

The next round of funding for school construction projects will be handed out next spring. The SBA expects to have about $50 million to allocate to various counties.

Jerry Lynn Tomey

The Gilmer Free Press

Jerry Lynn Tomey

of Old Town, Florida, passed away September 07, 2013, under the care of Hospice, following an extended illness.

He was born at Right Hand Fork of Upper Ellis on on November 12, 1952: son of Howard and Eva Tomey.

He is survived by four sisters, Rosa Westfall of Weston, WV; Judy (Joe) Sullivan of TN, Betty Westfall of KY, and Faye Tomey of AZ; four brothers, Joel Tomey of Linn, WV; Jim Tomey of FL, Charles Tomey of Sand Fork, WV and Dale Tomey of Linn, WV.

He is preceded in death by three brothers, Harvey Tomey, John Robert Tomey and David Tomey; and one sister, Mary Ruth Tomey.

Jerry loved his pets, his many friends, fishing, hunting and ginsenging.

At his request, his body was cremated.

Minter Junior “Jim” Mowery

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Minter Junior “Jim” Mowery

Age 82, of 150 Minnich Street Weston, WV, passed away on Tuesday, September 03, 2013 at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born in Gilmer County, WV on March 21, 1931: son of the late Minter Jackson Mowery and Myrtle (Connor) Mowery.

On December 28, 2011, he married Wanda (Binion) Mowery, who survives.

He is also survived by eight children: Jimmy R. (Rita) Mowery of Clarksburg, Patricia (Tom) Bragg of Weston, Rebecca Mowery of Weston, Thomas (Jo Lynn) Powers of Jane Lew, Kathy Carter of Weston, Celia Powers of Jane Lew, Kerry Powers of Jane Lew and Debra (Gene) Persinger of Linn, eleven grandchildren: Brittany (Matthew) Marlow, Brenton Fisher, Destiny (Philip) Schevront, Cody Powers, Christopher Powers, Wanda Messick, John Carter, Cameron( Brittany) Radcliff, Aaron(Cassie) Radcliff, Andy Persinger and Jamie Persinger and three great grandchildren: Eaden Marlow, Addalee Fisher and Mason Schevront. He was also survived by three sisters: Pauline Lundsford and Marg Butcher both of Weston and Mary Frame of Fairborne, OH and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by four brothers: Walker, Herb, Ophie and Bio Mowery and one sister: Madge Townsend.

Mr. Mowery was a retired cook with the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center of Clarksburg, WV. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving in the Korean Conflict as a Staff Sergeant. Jim enjoyed going out to eat and talking to everyone. He never met a stranger.

Family and friends were received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Thursday, September 05, 2013 from 5-8 PM.

Funeral services were held at 2PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Randall Hughes and Pastor Jim Curtis officiating.

Interment followed services in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens of Jane Lew, WV.

Full military honors were conducted by the Lewis County Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America 322 Eighth Ave 7th Floor New York, NY 10001 or United Home Health and Peoples Hospice 300 Davisson Run Road Clarksburg, WV 26301.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Minter Junior “Jim” Mowery.

Ruby Gene Carder Hayden

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Ruby Gene Carder Hayden

Age 74, of Parkersburg, WV, formerly of Grantsville,WV,  died August 30, 2013, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus.

She was born February 13, 1939, in Linn, WV, to the late Judd and Mildred (Sidwell) Carder.

Ruby was the Co-Pastor at Camden Avenue Church of God. She enjoyed putting together and sending the daily devotion and prayer requests to the congregation.

She loved playing bingo and would play anywhere she could. She was a Senior Companion and the MC for the Heavenly Express Prison Team.

She is survived by her husband of 15 years, Edward G. Hayden; two sons, Dennis Carder of Elizabeth, WV, and Donald Carder of Parkersburg; three daughters, Darlene Norton of Louisville, KY, Denis Hughes (Roger) of Parkersburg and Janet V. Hiner (Kenneth) of Parkersburg; nine grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

The funeral service was 1:00 PM Tuesday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Dale Parker officiating.

Visitation was be Tuesday one hour prior to the service from Noon-1:00 PM at the funeral home.

Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries - 07.25.13




The administration of the estates(s) of the following deceased is pending before the Clerk of the County Commission of Gilmer County, 10 Howard Street, Glenville WV 26351.

The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below.

Notice is hereby given that the estate(s) of the following has been opened for probate.  Any interested person objecting to the validity of the will, the qualifications of the personal representative or the venue or jurisdiction of the court, shall file notice of an objection with the County Commission within ninety days after the date of the first publication or within 30 days of service of notice, whichever is later.  If an objection is not timely filed, the objection is forever barred.

All persons having claims against the estate(s) of the said following deceased, whether due or not, are notified to exhibit their claims, with the voucher thereof, legally verified, to the undersigned, at the County Clerk’s Office on or before October 23, 2013  otherwise they may by law be excluded from all benefit of said estate(s).  All beneficiaries of said estate(s) may appear on or before said day to examine said claims and otherwise protect their interests.

Claims against the estate must be filed in accordance with West Virginia Code 44-1-14a.


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John Russell Lattea Laura Bell 901 Walnut St None Required None Required
Glenville, WV 26351
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Kenton W. Bell Kathryn M. Bell PO Box 300 None Required None Required
Glenville, WV 26351
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Kenneth L. Osborn Kenneth L. Osborn, Jr. 3722 Ellis Rd None Required None Required
Linn, WV 26384
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Clerk of Gilmer County Commission
Jean Butcher
10 Howard Street
Glenville, WV 26351

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : July 25, 2013

Hogan Ottawa Short

The Gilmer Free Press

Hogan Ottawa Short

Age 18 day old son of Eldon and Brianna Lowther Short went to be with the lord Thursday morning, July 18, 2013 at Troy following an unexpected illness.

He is survived by his twin sister, Hailey Short who is lives at home, Maternal Grandparents, Joe and Kim Lowther of Linn, WV., Maternal Great-Grandparents, Avon and Elizabeth Lowther of Linn, WV., and Maternal Great-Grandmother Sandra Beall of Normantown, WV., Paternal Grandparents, George and Sharon Short of Linn, WV., Paternal Great-Grandparents William and Patricia Self of Cox’s Mill, WV.

He was preceded in death by Paternal Great-Grandparents, Eldon and Mattie Short and Maternal Great-Grandfather Jack Beall.

Funeral Services were conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn Dr. Glenville, WV. 26351 at 2:30 PM, Monday July 22, 2013, with Pastor Brian Bukovesky officiating.

Burial followed in the Farnsworth Cemetery, Troy, WV.

Friends called from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM the funeral hour at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the parents of Hogan O. Short with arrangements.

Linn: Yard Sale - July 04-05, 2013 - Ongoing

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Thursday, July 04, 2013 and Friday, July 05, 2013

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

299 Right Ellis Road in Linn, WV (located at the Frye Farm)

Rain or Shine

Women’s, men’s and boys’ clothing, shoes, toys, linens, bicycles,

glass ware, household items, tools, misc. items and much more.

Yard Sale in Linn, WV - July 03-05, 2013 - Ongoing

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Three Family Yard Sale

At Somervilles Exxon in Linn, WV

Starting Wednesday July 03, 2013 through Friday July 05, 2013

Hours are 9:00 AM - ??

Linn: Yard Sale - July 04-05, 2013 - Thursday and Friday

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Thursday, July 04, 2013 and Friday, July 05, 2013

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

299 Right Ellis Road in Linn, WV (located at the Frye Farm)

Rain or Shine

Women’s, men’s and boys’ clothing, shoes, toys, linens, bicycles,

glass ware, household items, tools, misc. items and much more.

Donald Ray “Abe” Loudin

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Donald Ray “Abe” Loudin

Age 74, of Linn, WV passed away on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at his home following an extended illness.

He was born in Weston, WV on February 12, 1939: son of the late Robert B. and Marguerite (Stockert) Loudin.

His wife of 53 years, Sue (Stutler) Loudin survives, along with two sons: Donald R. and Tammy Loudin of Linn, WV and Daniel L.. and Judy Loudin of Sand Fork, WV and one daughter: Donna S. and Tim Squires of Weston, WV.

Also surviving are seven grandchildren: Jodi, Samantha, and Pamela Loudin of Linn, J.D. and Alexis Loudin of Sand Fork, and Gregory and Katelyn Squires of Weston and three great grandchildren: Lena Frymier of Linn, and Jobe and Jerec Loudin of Sand Fork and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Abe was preceded in death by three brothers: Robert S. Loudin, John E. Loudin and Charles E. Loudin.

Mr. Loudin was a retired employee of the Equitable Gas Company with twenty years of service. He ran Loudin’s Dairy for twelve years and Loudin’s Farm Equipment for seven years before retiring to a hobby of woodworking and he was an avid hunter. Mr. Loudin enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Mr. Loudin was a fort-eight year member of the Masonic Lodge #97 AF & AM of Clay, WV. He was a past Worthy Patron of Glenville Chapter #90 Order of Eastern Star.

He was also a member and trustee of Doyle Chapel United Methodist Church of Alum Bridge, WV.

Family and friends were received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Tuesday, July 02, 2013 from 4-8 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 2:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Kenny Fisher officiating.

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

Masonic Lodge #97 AF & AM of Clay, WV will conduct graveside rites.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Donald Ray “Abe” Loudin.

Yard Sale in Linn, WV - July 03-05, 2013

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Three Family Yard Sale

At Somervilles Exxon in Linn, WV

Starting Wednesday July 03, 2013 through Friday July 05, 2013

Hours are 9:00 AM - ??

VVV Warehouse Sale

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Since my sister Sherry’s death, I have been trying to do many of the things I’ve always wanted to do in my life.  Life is short.  It’s even shorter now because the second coming of the Lord will be much sooner than many believe.  The time is right for Jesus’ return.

2 Timothy 4:3-4 (KJV),  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;  And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

The New Life Version says it best, in my opinion, The time will come when people will not listen to the truth. They will look for teachers who will tell them only what they want to hear. 4 They will not listen to the truth. Instead, they will listen to stories made up by men.

We are in such a time. Come, Lord Jesus, Come!

Anyway, in so doing my many projects I was clueless as to why I was doing them Someone told me a few months ago that I am doing my “bucket list.“  A deer in the headlights of an oncoming semi couldn’t have been more shocked.  Sure enough, that’s what I’ve been doing.  The forest was too close for me to see the trees.

Most of the projects I’ve attempted I loved. The food pantry, while extremely taxing, is the joy of my heart because through it we have the awesome opportunity to meet people at their point of need and tell them about Jesus. The food has always been secondary.  The need is great for food, clothing, HBA and other tangible items, but what people really want is to know someone cares.  We now take the prayer requests of each person passing through.  They are prayed for on our site at the end of our day and then taken to a local church for additional prayer. Only the blood of Jesus can save a soul from eternal Hell.

Farming/animals are dear to my heart. God willing I will go back to raising animals one day.  There have been a few projects that, although I love them, I’m not at all suited to them or am too old and physically incapable of doing them well. However, there is only one project, thus far, that is not pleasing to me in the slightest, including the fact that it’s not suited to me and my understanding and knowledge thereof is very limited.  I’m speaking of Visions, Vessels, and Victory, Inc. Warehouse.  Therefore, it is my intention to sell all the product and accessories of my warehouse in a lump sum.  The building and land are NOT included in this sale. 

Mr. Greg Shackleford, who managed Appcon Lumber and Supply, Inc. for years and has been the director of VVV for many years, has estimated the market value of our entire product to be in the neighborhood of 3/4 to 1.2 million dollars.  When you consider the vast amount of items, the shelving, peg board, pegs, sinks, windows, doors (over 2000), welding supplies, and countless items such as handicap bars, sink drainers, Ondora, lumber, paint, hardware, etc., I’m positive he is correct.  We have many truckloads of product.

Now, we’re not looking to get rich by the sale of the warehouse. Simply said, I just want out of it.  There are other plans I have for the Appcon building that will benefit the community.  In addition, I want to finish the pantry building and have it running as we had planned long ago. This would be an excellent buy for someone wanting to start his or her own store.  It would be better still for a non-profit that has the funds and the manpower to do projects that will help people and could bring them recognition.  Or even better still, if a non-profit sold the items to help their projects, teams, schools, etc.  We’re asking $250,000, which is always negotiable.

Pass on the word.  Call 304.462.5323 if interested or if you know of anyone or business that is interested.  Ask for Greg or Deana or leave a message if no one answers.

Deana J. Burke
Founder/Executive Director

The Gilmer Free Press

Linn: Yard Sale - July 04-05, 2013

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Thursday, July 04, 2013 and Friday, July 05, 2013

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

299 Right Ellis Road in Linn, WV (located at the Frye Farm)

Rain or Shine

Women’s, men’s and boys’ clothing, shoes, toys, linens, bicycles,

glass ware, household items, tools, misc. items and much more.

Gilmer County Family Court Report – 06.26.13

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Family Court Judge Larry Whited presided over Family Court in Gilmer County on Wednesday June 26, 2013.

•  He entered a temporary order in a modification case.

•  He continued a final divorce hearing until Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 11:00 AM.

•  He heard a modification hearing (with attorneys so no order has been entered yet).

•  He heard a contempt hearing (also with an attorney).

•  He dismissed one domestic violence case after a lengthy hearing.

•  He heard another case with attorneys.

•  He granted one divorce between Lili Parker Johnson(53) of Linn, WV divorcing John W. Johnson (75) of Tampa, Florida.

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