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Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito – 11.15.13

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As reported earlier this week in the Charleston Daily Mail, about 8,800 West Virginians have bee n notified that their existing health plans are being canceled in 2014. While the president said today that he will allow insurers to offer plans next year that do not comply with Obamacare’s minimum benefits rules, West Virginia’s families should never have been placed in this position. Families are confused about their coverage, worried that they will lose their doctors, and unsure if they will be able to afford to be insured.

I have heard from West Virginians from all across the Second District who have received cancellation notices or simply can’t access healthcare.gov. I spoke on the House floor earlier this week about the stories I’m hearing from you and my support for the Keep Your Health Plan Act. This bill, which the House will vote on tomorrow, is simple: It will save Americans from the broken promises of Obamacare and allow their current healthcare plans to be offered for another year. Please click here to watch my floor remarks.

If you have questions about your health insurance or concerns about losing your coverage, please email me or contact one of my offices in Charleston, Martinsburg or Washington.


VETERANS DAY

When America has asked for help, West Virginians have answered the call. I visited Charles Town on Monday to say thank you to our Eastern Pandhandle veterans in person and participate in the Veterans of Foreign Wars/American Legion Veterans Day ceremony.

Our veterans have been called upon to make special sacrifices, spending months or even years away from their families, facing danger in foreign lands. We as a nation cannot let any veteran – young or old; male or female; Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine, Coast Guard, Reserves or National Guard – slip through the cracks.

We as a nation must provide for our veterans, and we must care for the wounds that can be seen as well as the wounds that are less visible. I will continue to support legislation to improve standards of care for our veterans, identify and treat post-traumatic stress disorder, and speed up the claims process at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Our veterans deserve nothing less.

This week in the House, we passed a 1.5 percent cost-of-living adjustment for veterans, which includes disability compensation and survivor benefits. Having already passed in the Senate, the bill now goes to the president’s desk for signature. This cost-of-living increase is a timely gesture of appreciation for their years of service, sacrifice and dedication on behalf of our nation.


WATER INFRASTRUCTURE BILL

I was named this week to the conference committee on the Water Resources Reform and Development Act. The conference committee will work out an agreement on differences between the House and Senate-passed water infrastructure bills. The House passed its bill last month, while the Senate passed its version in May.

The House’s passage of this important water transportation bill was a victory for American jobs and West Virginia’s economy. I look forward to working with my House and Senate colleagues on both sides of the aisle to reach an agreement to ensure efficient and effective water transportation, protect the inland waterways trust fund, and reduce the number of incomplete river construction projects.


MOBILE OFFICE HOURS

I will be holding mobile office hours in Spencer, Franklin, Grantsville, Martinsburg, Buffalo, Moorefield, Ravenswood and Elkins next week. My staff will be available to help Second District residents who are having problems with federal agencies and programs. Please bring along documents you have received from federal agencies related to your issues.


Monday, November 18
10:30-11:30 AM
Roane County Senior Center
811 Madison Ave
Spencer, WV 25276


11:30 AM to 1 PM
Franklin Senior Center
231 Mill Road
Franklin, WV 26807


Tuesday, November 19
10:30-11:30 AM
Calhoun County Senior Center
105 Market St.
Grantsville, WV 26147


11:30 AM to 1 PM
Berkeley County Senior Center
217 N. High St.
Martinsburg, WV 25401


Wednesday, November 20
10:30-11:30 AM
Buffalo Senior Center
48 Wrights Lane
Buffalo, WV 25033


11:30 AM to 1 PM
Moorefield Senior Center
409 Spring Ave.
Moorefield, WV 26836


Thursday, November 21
10:30-11:30 AM
Ravenswood Senior Center
511 Washington St.
Ravenswood, WV 26164


Friday, November 22
10:30-11:30 AM
Randolph County Senior Center
Fifth Street and Railroad Avenue
Elkins, WV 26241
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Janet R. Davidson

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Janet R. Davidson

Age 62, of Big Springs, WV, passed away November 14, 2013.

She was born December 02, 1950, in Big Springs, WV, the daughter of the late Hollie Burrows and Oma (Richards) Burrows.

Janet worked 22 years as a cook for the Calhoun County Board of Education.

She was enjoyed by many as a member of the Burrows Sisters singing gospel trio.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Roy Davidson; two daughters, Tresea Davidson and Lisa Davidson McDonald (Ryan McDonald) of Monmouth ME; two grandchildren, Cody McDonald and Andrea McDonald; two brothers, Larry and Jeanette Burrows of Big Springs, Gary and Sherry Burrows of Parkersburg, WV; two sisters, Jean and Lester Jones of Big Springs and Shirley Haught of Parkersburg, WV.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Dewayne and Bobby Burrows, one sister, Pamela Lynn; and one grandchild, Alexis Marie McDonald.

She was cremated per her request and private services were held.

Thank you to all family and friends who have shown support and lifted prayers.

G-otcha™: Calhoun Man Behind Bars on Sexual Charges

Imprisonment Status:  Pre-Trial Felon
Full Name: Patterson,  Clarke Douglas
Height: 6’  1"
Weight: 300 lbs.
Birth Date: 08.15.1968
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 11.15.2013
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Pre-Trial Felon

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
13M-468 & 169 RCALHOUN COUNTY - Bail Amount: $0.00
Charged with sexual abuse 3rd degree, and sexual exploitation of a minor.

He made unwanted sexual advances toward the female who was in his custody while he was taking her to Calhoun Middle-High School.

He asked the minor girl to skip school and “fool around,“ among other behaviors performed at a residence in the Chloe area.

CGCC Offers Welding Technology Night Classes for Adults - Register by 01.03.14

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Welding Technology Class:  The class would be an evening welding course.

The class will run 3 hours per week for 10 weeks.

A minimum of 5 students is needed.

The following areas of study may be available:

•  SMAW (Stick)
•  GMAW (Mig) Steel
•  GMAW (Mig) Aluminum
•  FCAW (Mig) Steel
•  GTAW (Tig) Steel
•  GTAW (Tig) Aluminum
•  Oxy-fuel Cutting
•  Oxy-fuel Welding
•  Oxy-fuel Brazing
•  Plasma Arc Cutting
•  Air Carbon Arc (gouging)
•  Computer assisted plasma Cutting

The program also offer training and testing for WV State Certification in plate and pipe welding.

The cost of the class will be $250.

If you are interested in any of these areas of Welding Technology and would like to enroll in the course please call Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center at 304.354.6151 by January 03, 2014.

Classes would begin the following week.

All fees need to be paid at the beginning of the first class.

The Class Title: Basic Adult Welding Class

All fees are paid to Calhoun- Gilmer Career Center

Course Code 1985-01

Happy 3rd birthday Hayden Richards Jr.

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Hayden Darren Richards Jr., 3 on November 12, 2013, is the son of Amy (Clark) and Hayden Richards, Lore City, Ohio.

He has a sister, Kayla, 9. Grandparents are Darlene and Hayden Richards, Cambridge, and Sharon and Paul Clark, Byesville.

Great-grandparents are Thelma Lowe, Grantsville, WV; Betty Clark, New Philadelphia; Jim and Zelda Burchfield, Cadiz; and the late Bob Clark and Shirley Burchfield.

Beall Receives His Stick Plate Certification

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Carl J. Collins, the Welding Technology Instructor at Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center is pleased to announce Adam Beall Just received his Stick Plate Certification in welding.

Adam is another good example of what students can achieve with hard work and dedication.

Collins said, “I am very proud of his skill and work ethic in the field of Welding.“

Adam is the son of David and Tabatha Beall of Glenville, WV.

Venison 101 Class Canceled for 11.14.13

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WVU Extension Service -Venison 101 Class, at the Calhoun Gilmer Career Center has been canceled for 11.14.13.

The class will be rescheduled at a later date, and we will be sure to notify participants.

If you have any questions please contact the WVU Gilmer County Extension Office, 304.462.7061. 

STATE SEEKS FOOD PRODUCERS TO MEET SCHOOL DEMANDS

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West Virginia schools spend more than $100 million each year on food for students. Unfortunately, a high percentage of that money is spent on produce and foods from outside the state. The West Virginia Farm to School Program is working to change that - connecting local producers with schools.

This past month, ten AmeriCorps members were placed in service in West Virginia to focus on making the farm to school connection. Members will serve as liaisons between the schools and the community, working to coordinate with food service directors and network with farmers.

WV Farm to School is hoping to create a regional database of farmers interested in providing local foods and produce to schools, and to provide those farmers with resources on the process of obtaining food handling and agricultural practices and extending the growing and production season. By working with farmers and growers, WV Farm to School hopes to keep money spent by the state’s schools systems within West Virginia.

The Mid-Ohio Valley Farm to School region includes Roane, Jackson, Calhoun, Gilmer, Wood, Wirt, Ritchie, Doddridge, Tyler and Pleasants Counties. In parts of the region, some Farm to School operations are already in place and growing. If you are a grower interested in expanding your production to provide fruits, vegetables, meats, or other food items to West Virginia schools, please contact the Mid-Ohio Valley Farm to School coordinator, Lisa Minney, at the WVU Roane Extension Office at 304.927.0975.


West Virginia Farm to School is a statewide initiative of the WV Farm to School Community Development Group, and aims to incorporate locally grown products into school meals. WV Farm to School AmeriCorps is funded in part by Volunteer West Virginia, the state’s Commission for National and Community Service and by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

G-otcha™: Calhoun Man Behind Bard for Obstruction

Imprisonment Status:  Misdemeanor Pre-Trial
Full Name: Smith,  Brian Lee
Height: 5’  8"
Weight: 145 lbs.
Birth Date: 06.07.1986
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 11.12.2013
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Misdemeanor Pre-Trial

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
13M-285 CALHOUN COUNTY - Bail Amount: $0.00
Charged with Obstruction.

High School Football Results - 11.08.13

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Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Veteran’s Day Assembly 2013

Veteran’s Day Assembly


November 07, 2013


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(L-R) Mrs. Cain (Veteran’s Day Coordinator), Ken Townsend (Infantry- US Army),
Bob Cain (Marines), Jon McCormick (British Army), Howard ‘Mick’ Sterns (US Navy),
Bryan Sterns (CGCC Director)


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Susan Greathouse, Veteran from the Vietnam Era (Air Force)


All Veterans that came to the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center for our assembly were given
an American Flag as a token of our appreciation.

Thank you to all that participated this year! It means a lot to the students to hear your stories and experiences,
ones that they will not find in a history book.

We look forward to seeing you again next year!

High School Football Game Nigh - 11.08.13

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Terry Doyle Vaughan

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Terry Doyle Vaughan

Age 102, of Jacksonville, Florida died on November 05, 2013.

He was born on February 22, 1911, in Elmira, Braxton County, WV, the son of Edna Heinzman and Squire Lee Vaughan.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Zella Hall Vaughan; two sisters, Glenna Nichols and Erie Hollister; his daughter, Barbara Barna, and his grandson, Scott Barna.

Survivors include his sister, Helen Cobb of Charleston, WV; his son and daughter-in-law, Edwin and JoAn Vaughan of Woodside, CA; four grandchildren, Sherri Johnson of Jacksonville, FL; Joseph Lee Vaughan of Riverside, CA; Laura Vaughan Lange of Woodside, CA; and Stephen Doyle Vaughan of Redwood City, CA; eleven great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandson.

Doyle was married to his wife Zella for seventy years.

For many years he was a member of the First Baptist Church of South Charleston, WV and Grace United Methodist Church of Merritt Island, Florida.

Doyle served in the navy during World War II and for twenty-eight years worked for the Union Carbide Corporation in South Charleston, WV.

A funeral service celebrating his life will be held at the Albert’s Chapel Methodist Church at Sand Ridge, WV Sunday November 10, 2013, 2:00 PM.

Friends may call at the church from 1:00-2:00 PM prior to the services.

Local arrangements are being handled by the Stump Funeral Home of Grantsville.

He will be buried beside his wife of seventy years, Zella Hall, who preceded him in death.

In lieu of flowers, memorials should be sent to the Elmira Baptist Church, Duck WV, 25065.

CURRENT VERSION OF GED TEST TO EXPIRE AT END OF 2013

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GED testing centers in West Virginia encourage adults
to finish and pass before test deadlines

West Virginia announced that the current version of the GED test will expire at the end of 2013. The current version, known as the 2002 Series GED test, will be replaced with the new 2014 GED test on January 02, 2014.

Those who have taken the 2002 Series GED test, but not passed all five parts, have until the end of 2013 to pass or they will need to start over again in 2014 with a new high school equivalency assessment in order to receive their high school credential.

“The GED test opens doors to college, better jobs, the respect adults deserve, and the satisfaction of earning a high school credential,” said Debra Kimbler, West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE), Office of Adult Education and Workforce Development. “So we want to be sure that everyone is aware of this deadline. GED test-takers must act now to finish and pass before the current test expires.”

“Support is available, right here in West Virginia,” said Dr. Debrah Varner, Executive Director of Adult Education and Workforce Development.  “We can help adult learners get prepared to take the parts of the GED test they still need to pass. We want you to succeed!”

Test takers may take the GED test for free in West Virginia.  Prior to taking the GED test, test takers must take and pass the Official GED Practice Test (OPT) at an Adult Basic Education site.  These class sites may be found at the WVDE website, wvde.state.wv.us/abe/ or by calling 1.800.642.2670.  Once passing scores are achieved, the ABE instructor will assists the students with registering for the GED test.


A few important tips you should know about testing in Calhoun and Gilmer County before the end of 2013:

- OPT practice tests will be given at both GED class sites on a walk-in basis.

- GED test dates are currently scheduled at the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center on the following dates:

         

          November 13 and 14, 2013

          December 11 and 12, 2013


- Call 304.354.6151 for more Information


- “To anyone who has already started the GED test, your future is calling. By passing the GED test, you can answer that call,” said Randy Trask, president and CEO of GED Testing Service. “You owe it to yourself. Don’t miss the chance to turn one small step into your next big opportunity in life.”

- The GED test has opened doors to better jobs and college programs for more than 18 million graduates since 1942. Last year nearly 800,000 adults sat for the GED test, which is accepted by virtually all U.S. colleges and employers.

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