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Former Roane County Chief Tax Deputy Charged with Embezzlement

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The former chief tax deputy, for the Roane County Sheriff’s Department, Patricia Daugherty, has been under investigation for nearly two years on allegations she embezzled money from the department.

Daugherty is set to be arraigned on four felony charges and enter into a plea agreement Thursday.

Daugherty worked in the tax office for more than 20-years under four sheriffs before she resigned from the job back in January of 2012.

That wass when accusations of missing money began to surface.

Calhoun County Prosecutor Shannon Johnson, named a special prosecutor in the Daugherty case, said an information was filed two weeks ago that included four felony charges.

“[She’s charged with] one count of embezzlement, two counts of falsifying accounts and one count of fraudulent schemes,” according to Johnson.

It came to light, according to the special prosecutor, not long before Daugherty resigned from office.

“Through an investigation by the Roane County Sheriff’s Office and through the State Police,” said Johnson.

The amount of money missing from the Sheriff’s Tax Department coffers is $96,000.

The money was taken between August of 2010 and December of 2011.

As part of the information, Daugherty is cooperating with investigators.

Roane County Prosecutor Josh Downey recused himself from the case because of his close connections with the Sheriff’s office.

~~  Jennifer Smith ~~

Glinda Jean Boggs

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Glinda Jean Boggs

Age 51, of Orma WV, passed away November 23, 2013 at her home.

She is survived by her boyfriend, Timothy Cottrell; a son, Christopher Harris; a daughter-in-law, Retta Jarvis; a granddaughter, Madilyn Harris; uncles, Danny Dolan and Larry Hall and an aunt, Sue Dolan.

She is preceded in death by her father, Burl Eugene Hall; and her grandparents, Fronia Hancell Hall and Herbert Eugene Hall, whom raised her.

As per her request, Glinda has been cremated.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Hazel Ruth Wallbrown Brannon

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Hazel Ruth Wallbrown Brannon

Age 102, of Arnoldsburg, WV, passed away on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at home.

Hazel was born December 12, 1910 at Beech in Calhoun County, WV, a daughter of the late William Henry and Grace Maude Price Wallbrown.

She married Wyatt Brannon on September 07, 1929.

She worked at Goodyear in Akron, Ohio during World War II. She then moved back to Calhoun County in 1944 where she was a homemaker until they returned to Akron in 1952. In Akron, she worked for the Summit County Child Welfare Services until 1970 when she retired and moved back to Calhoun County.

She was a member of the Louisa Chapel United Methodist Church in Arnoldsburg.

Hazel is survived by a daughter, Myrtle Grace Carpenter of Arnoldsburg; a son, Richard Brannon of Parkersburg, WV; a sister, Pearl King of Ripley, WV; three grandsons, Ronald, Jerry, and Jeff Carpenter; seven great-grandchildren; and twelve great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wyatt Brannon in 1978; a daughter, Pearl Eldean Zimmerman; two sisters, Irene Wallbrown and Eula Hall; four brothers, Dale, Harley, Carl, and Bernard Wallbrown; and a great-grandson, Damien Carpenter.

A service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at the Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home in Spencer, WV, with Rev. Kevin Church officiating.

Burial will follow in the Liberty Hill Cemetery near Arnoldsburg.

Visiting is Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home.

Gilmer Shut Out of School Building Grants for Consolidated Elementary

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Gilmer County school officials were unsuccessful on Monday in their attempt to secure state money to build the Gilmer Elementary School to consolidate Glenville Elementary, Normantown Elementary, and Sand Fork Elementary Schools.

The West Virginia School Building Authority has awarded more than $4 million for school renovation projects in nine counties.

The SBA approved grants on Monday for projects in Grant, Harrison, Marshall, Mason, Mercer, Monroe, Morgan, Raleigh and Ritchie counties.

The SBA also awarded more than $2 million to seven projects that are regional or statewide in scope.

The funding includes $414,169 awarded to the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center for Tile, Plumbing, Painting and Parapet Wall Caps.

Harrison County will receive $1 million for a six-classroom addition and kitchen renovation to Simpson Elementary School.

Ritchie County will receive $226,800 to replace the cooling tower at Ritchie County Middle School.

In addition to the Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, the SBA also approved 3% projects for the following facilities: the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center, the Fred W. Eberle Technical Center, the Roane-Jackson Technical Center, the James Rumsey Technical Institute, United Technical Center and the Burlington Center School.

 

The SBA held their quarterly meeting on Monday, December 09, 2013 at the SBA Office in Charleston, WV.
The following Major Improvement Grant awards were made by the Authority:

County

Project Description

Project Cost Local Funds SBA Awarded Funds
Grant Union Ed. Comples Fire Alarm & Gymnasium Floor Replacement $289,498 $50,000 $239,498
Harrison Simpson ES Classroom Addition & Kitchen/Dining Renovation $2,700,000 $1,700,000 $1,000,000
Marshall Glen Dale ES HVAC, ADA, Window & Door Renovationas $1,385,902 $554,361 $831,541
Mason County Wide HVAC & Control System Replacement $2,562,000 $1,947,120 $614,880
Mercer Bluefield HS Boiler Replacement $966,968 $311,935 $655,033
Monroe James Monroe HS Lighting Renovations $110,000 $0 $110,000
Morgan Pleasant View ES HVAC Renovation $121,605 $0 $121,605
Raleigh Beckley/Stratton MS HVAC System Renovation $5,717,408 $4,717,408 $1,000,000
Ritchie Ritchie County MS Cooling Tower Replacement $226,800 $0 $226,800
Total $14,080,181 $9,280,824 $4,799,357

In addition, 3% Projects were awarded in the following Amounts:
Facility Project Description 3% Funds Requested Local/Other Funds Total Project Cost
Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Tile, Plumbing, Painting and Parapet Wall Caps $414,169 $50,000 $464,169
Fred W. Eberle Technial Center Interior Doors & HVAC upgrade $238,300 $0 $238,300
Roane-Jackson Technical Center HVAC Replacement, Building A $248,800 $0 $248,800
James Rumsey Technical Institute Intercom System Replacement $217,766 $0 $217,766
United Technical Center Hallway/walkway Enclosure, Dust/air Handling System, Ventilation & Electrical System $377,190 $0 $377,190
Burlington Center School Classroom Addition $600,000 $535,000 $1,135,000
WV Schools for the Deaf & Blind Roofing, Parapet Repair, Gutters/fascia, Sprinklers & 4 HVAC Units $234,950 $19,050 $254,000
WVDE Statewide Preventive Maintenance Program Continuation of the Statewide Preventive Maintenance Program Software $80,958 $0 $80,958
Total   $2,412,133 $604,050 $3,016,183

Basil Earl Richards

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Basil Earl Richards

Age 64, of Winter Garden FL, formerly of Calhoun County, WV, passed away December 04, 2013 at his home following a long illness.

Born July 16, 1946, in Ritchie County, WV, he was a son of the late Thomas Henderson and Indabella Smith Richards.

He was a former cabinet maker in the woodworking industry.

He is survived by one son, Timothy Richards of Winter Garden FL; one daughter Angela Farnsworth of Parkersburg, WV; two grandchildren, Kirsten and Sydney Farnsworth of Parkersburg; one sister Pauline Headley of Grantsvill, WVe; one brother Larry Richards of Cleveland, OH; one great grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by five sisters: Opal Valentine, Lenore Hammond, Fern Hammond, Barbara Carpenter and Gloria Jean Strickling. Two nephews, Larry Richards, Jr. and Chad Richards.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday December 11, 2013, 1:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with Rev. Randy Wilson officiating.

Burial will follow in the Richards Family Cemetery at Macfarlan, WV.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:00-1:00 PM prior to the services.

Frank L. Kimble

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Frank L. Kimble

Age 52, departed this life on December 05, 2013 at the Genesis Health Care Center, Glenville, WV, following a long illness.

Born April 16, 1961 in Grantsville, WV, son of the late Berl Kimble and Carol Tallman Kimble, who survives at her Glenville home.

Per the family’s request, Frank was laid to rest privately at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Grantsville.

A Memorial Service will be set at a later date.

In Lieu of flowers the family request memorial contributions be made to Hospice Care of Burnsville, P.O. Box 323, Burnsville, WV, 26335.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Frank L. Kimble with arrangements.

Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Tuesday 12.10.13

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Glenville State CollegeOpen
Gilmer County CourthouseOpen
Gilmer County Senior CenterOpen
Gilmer County Schools2-Hour Delay
Braxton County Schools2-Hour Delay
Calhoun County SchoolsAll Closed
Doddridge County SchoolsOpen
Lewis County Schools2-Hour Delay
Ritchie County SchoolsOpen
Barbour County Schools2-Hour Delay
Clay County Schools2-Hour Delay
Harrison County SchoolsOpen
Nicholas County SchoolsOpen
Roane County SchoolsOpen
Tyler County SchoolsOpen
Upshur County Schools2-Hour Delay
Webster County SchoolsAll Closed
Wirt County SchoolsOpen
Wood County SchoolsOpen

Please Send Us Your Closings and Delays

Delegate David Walker - 12.09.13

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A recent report found West Virginia has the highest rate of overdose deaths in the country. The Veterans Affairs medical centers in Beckley and Huntington prescribed power painkillers at some of the highest rates in the nation during the past decade, according to a different report.

During the November meeting of the Select Committee on Veteran Affairs, the committee was told that there are roughly 170,000 veterans in West Virginia, giving the state one of the highest veteran populations in the country. Sadly, West Virginia veterans at the highest risk of committing suicide are least likely to seek medical or mental health care, according to data presented in November to a legislative committee.

The committee heard a presentation from West Virginia University professor Joseph Scotti, who also runs WHOLE Veterans, an organization aiming to help veterans successful transition back into civilian life.

The data presented to the committee was information gathered from a 2012 survey of more than 1,200 West Virginia veterans.

According to the survey, many veterans said they couldn’t make themselves get help, didn’t think others would understand or didn’t think the treatment would help anyway. Similar stigmas surrounding treatment for mental health issues keep many veterans from getting help.

Released last January, the survey found more than 20% of West Virginia’s veterans meet the criteria for a suicide risk.

About 40% of the state’s veterans meet the criteria for depression and 25% meet the criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder. Veterans suffering from depression or PTSD are far more likely to commit suicide than those who do not, according to data from the survey.

While these ratios aren’t unique just to the veteran population, veterans suffer from these mental health issues at a far higher rate than the general public.

The survey also shows nearly a quarter of West Virginia veterans suffering from depression or PTSD who did not seek medical treatment did so because they couldn’t make themselves get treatment. Almost 20% of those veterans cited the same reason for not seeking mental health care.

Other common reasons veterans suffering from these issues did not seek medical or mental health treatments include: not able to afford treatment; not able to take time away from work; bad experiences with other providers; others have greater need; and others will think the person is weak for seeking help.

Veterans suffering from these mental health issues who are a high risk for suicide most often cited some of these reasons for not getting help, the survey showed.

This was the first time that we lawmakers saw a breakdown of reasons why veterans don’t get help from the information in the survey.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns that you feel need addressed. You can reach me by calling 304.340.3135, by e-mailing “david.walker@wvhouse.gov” or writing to my office address: Room 210W, Building 1, State Capitol Complex Charleston, WV 25305.

Cecil L. “Jack” Dawson

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Cecil L. “Jack” Dawson

Age 83, of Grantsville, WV, passed away December 06, 2013 at his home surrounded by his loving family and friend Opal Swisher.

Jack was born January 28, 1930 at Big Bend, WV, son of the late Cecil and Della Morehead Dawson.

He attended the Brooksville United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Madeline; a daughter Patti Wilmoth of Mt. Zion; son Richard (Roberta) Dawson of Grantsville. Grandsons, Steve (Andrea) Wilmoth of Mineral Wells, James (Jessie) Wilmoth of Grantsville, Ryan (April) Dawson of Burning Springs, Jacob France of Elizabeth. Granddaughter, Sierra (Brandon) Dawson. Great grandsons Braylen Dawson, Ray and Dart Atkinson.

Great granddaughters, Trinity Wilmoth and Breigyn Dawson. Brothers Don (Sam) Dawson of Cleveland, OH, Larry and Lanny Dawson of Grantsville.

Sisters Georgia Smith of Florida and Delores “Boots” Richards of Big Springs as well as several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death in addition to his parents, by son-in-law Steve Wilmoth; sister Janice “Sally” Whipkey and brother Gene Dawson.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday December 10, 2013, 2:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with Rev. John Lowther and Rev. Mary Zimmer officiating.

Burial will follow in the Goodnight Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 12:00-2:00 PM prior to the services.

Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Monday 12.09.13

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Monday, December 09, 2013
Glenville State CollegeOpen
Gilmer County CourthouseOpen
Gilmer County Senior CenterOpen
Gilmer County SchoolsOpen
Braxton County SchoolsOpen
Calhoun County SchoolsOpen
Doddridge County SchoolsOpen
Lewis County SchoolsOpen
Ritchie County Schools2-Hour Delay
Barbour County SchoolsOpen
Clay County Schools2-Hour Delay
Harrison County SchoolsOpen
Nicholas County SchoolsOpen
Roane County Schools2-Hour Delay
Upshur County SchoolsOpen
Webster County SchoolsOpen
Wetzel County SchoolsOpen
Wirt County Schools2-Hour Delay
Wood County SchoolsOpen

Please Send Us Your Closings and Delays

2014 REAP Recycling Assistance Grants Awarded

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West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Cabinet Secretary Randy Huffman awarded grants worth $2 million to 40 recipients Thursday through the REAP (Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan) Recycling Assistance Grants program.

Secretary Huffman presented the 2014 grants during a ceremony at the DEP’s Charleston headquarters. Grants were awarded to state solid waste authorities, county commissions, municipalities, private industries and nonprofit organizations.

Funding for the grant program is generated through the $1 assessment fee per ton of solid waste disposed at in-state landfills and is provided by West Virginia Code 22-15A-19(h) (1).


Following are the grant recipients:


BARBOUR COUNTY

Barbour County Solid Waste Authority                                           $51,920      

To purchase recycling trailers, safety equipment and to assist with personnel and building improvements for the ongoing county-wide program.


BOONE COUNTY

Boone County Solid Waste Authority                                               $52,080      

To purchase fuel for recycling trucks, baling wire, promotional items, recycling bags, office supplies and to assist with personnel, utilities and conference attendance for the ongoing county-wide program.


BROOKE COUNTY

Brooke County Solid Waste Authority                                             $84,619.36  

To assist with personnel, transportation costs, utilities, truck maintenance, conference attendance and to purchase fuel, recycling supplies and roll-offs for the ongoing county-wide program.


CABELL COUNTY

Marshall University Sustainability Department                                   $34,200.99

To purchase an industrial paper shredder, installation and training for shredder and to assist with student collection wages for the university’s recycling program.


CALHOUN COUNTY

Calhoun County Solid Waste Authority                                           $37,865

To assist with personnel, equipment maintenance, household battery recycling, crane inspection, utilities and to purchase fuel and rearview camera system on the box truck for the ongoing county-wide program.


GRANT COUNTY                                                       

Region VIII Solid Waste Authority                                                 $140,000    

To assist with the construction of two metal buildings for recycling at both transfer stations.


HANCOCK COUNTY

Hancock County Solid Waste Authority                                           $25,000

To assist with personnel at the recycling center for the county’s program.


KANAWHA COUNTY

Belle, Town of                                                                       $3,000

To purchase folding recycle bag stands, recycle bags and recycle bins for the town’s program.

Charleston East End Main Street                                                   $27,470

To purchase solar powered recycling compactors for a new recycling initiative.

Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam Counties                       $44,551      

To purchase a fork truck, fuel and to assist with personnel and supplies for the latex paint recycling program.

University of Charleston                                                             $20,793.99

To purchase a utility vehicle with trailer and a dump trailer for current truck, including fuel and maintenance for the campus-wide recycling program.


MARION COUNTY

Marion County Solid Waste Authority                                             $148,865.75  

To purchase a horizontal baler with conveyor, vertical baler, platform scales, skidsteer and hooklift recycling containers for a new recycling center.                       

Northern Mountain State Metals                                                   $75,000      

To purchase a horizontal baler for the ongoing recycling operation.


MASON COUNTY

Mason County Solid Waste Authority                                             $54,248.52  

To assist with personnel and to purchase a recycling truck and fuel for the ongoing county-wide program.


MINERAL COUNTY

Potomac State College of WVU                                                     $7,829.87    

To purchase recycling containers, promotional items, weight scale, fuel, advertising and bags for the campus-wide program. 


MINGO COUNTY

Mountain State Tire Recycling                                                     $71,020      

To purchase a refurbished hydraulic power unit with freight, hook cutters and hydraulic fluid for a tire shredder for the ongoing operation.


MONONGALIA COUNTY

Monongalia County Solid Waste Authority                                       $99,500

To purchase 20-yard recycling containers and legal advertising for the ongoing county-wide program.


MONROE COUNTY

Monroe County Solid Waste Authority                                             $88,350

To purchase a recycling truck with an aluminum bed, two portable recycling trailers and to assist with personnel for the ongoing county-wide program.


MORGAN COUNTY

Morgan County Solid Waste Authority                                             $24,880

To assist with personnel, cardboard hauling and to purchase operating supplies, safety clothing and education materials for the county-wide program.


OHIO COUNTY

Ohio County Solid Waste Authority                                               $12,650      

To assist with advertising for the ongoing recycling program.

West Liberty University                                                             $24,760

To purchase recycling storage buildings, recycling containers, a utility vehicle, bags and scales for the campus-wide recycling program.

Wheeling Area Training Center for the Handicapped                             $54,250      

To purchase a vertical baler, recycling containers, gloves, recycling cube trucks, tilt trucks with lids and to assist with personnel and advertising for the recycling operation.                             


PLEASANTS COUNTY

Pleasants County Commission                                                       $6,185

To purchase recycling containers and legal advertising for a new recycling initiative.

Pleasants County Solid Waste Authority                                           $114,300

To purchase recycling trailers, vehicle maintenance and fuel, legal advertising and to assist with personnel, operating expenses and equipment maintenance for the ongoing county-wide program. 


POCAHONTAS COUNTY                                                

Pocahontas County Solid Waste Authority                                         $29,711.36

To assist with the county recycling contract and transportation costs, recycling advertising, pamphlets, promotional items and conference attendance for the ongoing county-wide program.


PRESTON COUNTY

Kingwood, City of                                                                   $25,695.92

To purchase recycling bins and tires for the truck and skidsteer for the city-wide program.


PUTNAM COUNTY                                                                      

Putnam County Solid Waste Authority                                             $16,000

To assist with recycling transportation, mobile home recycling and advertising for the ongoing county-wide program.


RALEIGH COUNTY

Beckley Garbage Disposal                                                           $42,000

To purchase a truck with special bed and hoist for the pallet/white goods recycling operation.


RANDOLPH COUNTY

Elkins, City of                                                                         $20,950

To assist with recycling service collection, conference attendance and to purchase indoor/outdoor recycling containers, bags, educational and advertising materials for a new recycling initiative.


SUMMERS COUNTY

Summers County Solid Waste Authority                                           $21,046.70

To assist with personnel, conference attendance, vehicle fuel and maintenance, advertising and to purchase scales, recycling bags and tires for the recycling trailers for the ongoing county-wide program.


TAYLOR COUNTY

Refuse Control Systems                                                             $63,731.25

To purchase a baler with transportation and installation costs for the ongoing operation.

RRHAMCO                                                                         $75,000

To purchase a recycling truck for the ongoing operation.


TUCKER COUNTY                                                                       

Sunrise Sanitation                                                                   $53,955.50

To purchase drop-off containers and pre-bale holding bins with shipping and freight for the ongoing operation.

Tucker County Solid Waste Authority                                             $100,000

To purchase a tub grinder for a new recycling initiative.


UPSHUR COUNTY

Upshur County Solid Waste Authority                                             $6,270

To assist with the paper shred event, conference attendance, school “bounty” program, telephone costs and promotional items for the ongoing county-wide program.


WETZEL COUNTY

Wetzel County Solid Waste Authority                                             $25,000

To purchase fuel, insurance and maintenance for the recycling truck, recycling containers, advertising, tires for truck and trailers and to assist with driver wages for the ongoing county-wide program. 


WIRT COUNTY

Wirt County Solid Waste Authority                                                 $33,063

To assist with personnel, contracted transportation, equipment maintenance, conference attendance and to purchase gaylord boxes and tires for the forklift and trailer for the ongoing county-wide program.


WOOD COUNTY                                                                 

Latrobe Street Mission                                                               $75,000

To assist with personnel, travel for training, telephone cost, utilities, advertising, equipment maintenance and to purchase a downstroke baler with freight, baling supplies, a box truck, a forklift and fuel for a new recycling initiative.

Quality Sanitation                                                                   $36,531

To purchase a side dump recycling trailer for the ongoing operation.

Wood County Solid Waste Authority                                               $20,089

To purchase multi-stream recycling containers and mixed recycling containers for the ongoing county-wide program.

Rachel Anna Nutter Haught

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Rachel Anna Nutter Haught

Age 73, of Little Hocking, Ohio was born January 06, 1940, in Rockdale, WV, in Calhoun County to the late Anderson Ray and Ruhamah Ruth Everson Nutter.

She was a 1959 graduate of Vincent High School and retired from E.I. DuPont Washington Works in 1997 after 20 years of service. She enjoyed watching NASCAR, watching Ohio State basketball and football, her Dachshunds dogs and traveling, but most of all, she loved spending time with her family.

Rachel is survived by her loving husband of 31 years, Denzil L. Haught; four daughters, Kathy Benedict of Belpre, Kimberly Warren (Ross) of Bellbrook, Ohio, Kelly Diane Jester (Wesley) of Vincent, Ohio, and Tara Haught Cavanagh of Sonoma, WV; one son, Malcolm “Huck” Haught of Fleming, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Amber Schaad of Marietta, Colin Starkey of Vincent, McKinzi and Harrison Warren of Bellbrook, Ohio, Christopher Cavanagh of Parkersburg, Kristin Miller (Seth) of Belpre and Jon Haught of Fleming; and four great-grandchildren, Bailey, Olivia, Sophia and Claira Miller, all of Belpre. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one infant daughter, Karen Sue Benedict; and three brothers.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association and/or Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

A gathering of friends and family will be held on Saturday, December 07, from 3-5 PM, at Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre.

PACF Awards 2013 Annual Fall Grants

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Our Community’s Foundation celebrated the announcement of its annual fall grant awards Tuesday with a luncheon.

Our Community’s Foundation is the collective name for the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and its Regional Affiliate organizations in Doddridge, Jackson, Little Kanawha Area, Mason and Ritchie counties.

In this cycle, the PACF awarded grants totaling $134,800 to 30 different organizations. In conjunction, Jackson County Community Foundation awarded $5,000; Mason County Community Foundation awarded $55,133; Ritchie County Community Foundation awarded $3,580; Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation awarded $1,250; and Doddridge County Community Foundation awarded $1,150.

Grants awarded through the Community Action Grant program are provided through various unrestricted, field of interest and donor advised funds at the foundation.

The 2013 calendar year marks the 50th anniversary of the PACF as a tax-exempt nonprofit public charity foundation, which was created in 1963 by local citizens to make grants to nonprofits, schools, churches and municipalities in 11 counties and scholarships to students. While the foundation offers many different types of charitable funds, the focus is to build permanent endowments to annually distribute some earnings forever.

Through the Fall Community Action Grants program, a total of $200,913 was awarded to organizations within the foundation’s 11-county service region of Wood, Wirt, Ritchie, Doddridge, Mason, Calhoun, Gilmer, Roane, Pleasants and Jackson counties in West Virginia and Washington County, Ohio.

During Tuesday’s event at the PACF offices on Park Avenue, representatives of organizations who received funds through the latest grant cycle discussed their grant-funded projects and to provide input to the foundation on its grantmaking process and on the needs of the communities that the grantee organizations serve. Recipient organizations in Jackson and Mason counties received their awards during separate programs earlier in the fall.

Our Community’s Foundation began in 1963 and manages more than 400 charitable funds by supporting a variety of charitable causes in our region. In 2012, the foundation awarded $1.65 million to the region in grants and scholarships.


The organizations who received funds through the Fall Community Action Grants program were:

•  Artsbridge Inc.: $1,500 for operating support to assist with relocation to a new facility.

•  Community Resources: $2,600 for equipment to assist the agency in becoming paperless to improve organizational efficiency.

•  Criss School Parent Teacher Association: $3,000 for the purchase of bleachers.

•  Downtown PKB: $7,000 for support of the 2014 Summer Concert Series at Point Park.

•  EVE Inc.: $2,000 for the Survivor’s Assistance Loan Fund.

•  Jackson County Public Library Association: $7,000 to expand the family literacy program.

•  Literacy Volunteers of the Mid-Ohio Valley: $1,000 to provide software and printed materials to support the needs of adult learners.

•  Main Street Ripley: $2,200 for signage for Mill Creek Valley Water Trail.

•  Mason County CERT: $4,000 to provide equipment for CERT volunteers.

•  Mid-Ohio Valley Fellowship Home: $7,500 for operating support.

•  Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department: $5,500 to purchase meningitis vaccine.

•  Nazareth Farm: $2,850 to encourage homeowners who receive home repairs through the organization to engage in community service as a means of relieving a portion of the repair costs.

•  Old Man Rivers: $5,100 for painting of the facility and replacement of awnings.

•  Parchment Valley Baptist Church: $5,000 for the Snak Pak project, which provides supplemental food to Jackson County school children for the weekends.

•  Parkersburg and Wood County Public Library: $5,000 to digitize genealogy/local history materials.

•  Parkersburg Area Coalition for the Homeless: $5,000 for operating support for House to Home.

•  Parkersburg Art Center: $7,000 for operating support.

•  Parkersburg High School Physical Education Department: $7,500 to purchase a heart rate monitor system for use in physical education.

•  Regeneration Inc.: $5,000 to purchase supplemental food to provide Ritchie County school children with food for the weekends.

•  Ritchie County Middle/High School Peer Mediators: $3,000 to support training for the school’s peer mediators.

•  SW Resources Inc.:- $7,600 to purchase carpet cleaning equipment to employ clients.

•  The BoMar Club: $3,250 to replace windows in the club facility.

•  Vienna Public Library: $5,300 to update the library’s computer lab with new computers and software.

•  West Central Beekeeping Association: $2,000 to purchase equipment in order to provide training for beekeepers and to introduce the art of beekeeping to students.

•  West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-Parkersburg: $500 to purchase a laptop computer.

•  West Virginia University Foundation, Bonnie Wells Wilson Mobile Mammography Program: $5,500 to support screening mammograms for women in Doddridge, Gilmer, Pleasants, Ritchie and Wirt counties.

•  West Virginia University Foundation, Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Project: $4,700 to support comprehensive low vision clinics in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

•  Williamstown Elementary School: $5,200 for the purchase of iPads to improve student learning in the second and third grades.

•  Wood County Christian School: $2,000 to assist with the installation of a security system.

•  Wood County Habitat for Humanity: $5,000 for incentives for homeowners to participate in a post-purchase homeowner education program.

•  Wood County Permanent 4-H Camp Association: $5,000 to replace the walk-in refrigeration system and large capacity mixer at the 4-H camp.

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Doddridge County Community Foundation Grants

•  Nazareth Farm: $1,150 to encourage homeowners who receive home repairs through the organization to engage in community service as a means of relieving a portion of the repair costs.

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Jackson County Community Foundation Grants

•  Cottageville Elementary School: $500 for the purchase of a digital piano and iPads to improve music instruction.

•  Fannin Chapel Family Center: $1,900 to construct an emergency shelter for the people of northern Jackson and southern Wood County.

•  Main Street Ripley: $1,800 for a summer arts camp for youth at the Alpine Theatre.

•  West Virginia University Foundation, Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Project: $800 to support comprehensive low vision clinics for children in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

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Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation Grants

•  Gilmer County Family Resource Network: $250 for program support

•  West Virginia University Foundation, Bonnie Wells Wilson Mobile Mammography Program: $1,000 to support screening mammograms for women in the Little Kanawha area.

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Mason County Community Foundation Grants

•  Ashton Elementary School: $994 to develop a listening library for first grade classrooms.

•  Beale Elementary School: $1,000 to support performances by Sadecky’s Puppets, teaching kindness and respect to students.

•  Main Street Baptist Church: $3,765 to support “Backpack Blessings” which provides supplemental food for weekends to participating K-2 children from Point Pleasant Primary School.

•  Make a Wish of Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia: $3,900 to support wish expenses for a Mason County child.

•  Mason County Alternative Education: $920 to purchase graphing calculators.

•  Mason County CERT: $3,100 to provide equipment for CERT volunteers.

•  Mason County Public Library: $2,600 for a display case and folding chairs.

•  Mason County Schools: $4,500 to provide ACT test preparation classes for high school students.

•  Mason County Sherriff’s Department: $400 to support the DARE program.

•  New Haven and Community Volunteer Fire Department: $3,200 to purchase a hose reel and personal protective equipment for firefighters.

•  Point Pleasant High School Baseball Boosters: $5,000 for improvements to the baseball facilities.

•  Point Pleasant Junior Senior High School: $14,129 to purchase iPads and a charging cart to improve the Gordon and Mildred Jackson library’s research capabilities and to implement “flipped classroom” instruction and $900 to purchase “Geo Safari” devices for geography instruction.

•  Point Pleasant Primary School: $5,500 to purchase stringed instruments to enhance music programs.

•  Roosevelt Elementary School: $800 for a school garden project for fifth and sixth graders and $1,000 to purchase pedometer kits for students and teachers to improve physical fitness.

•  Wahama Junior Senior High School: $925 to purchase paperback novels to be used in project-based learning in the classroom.

•  West Virginia University Foundation, Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Project: $2,500 to support comprehensive low vision clinics for children in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

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Ritchie County Community Foundation Grants

•  Creed Collins Elementary School: $500 for iPads to assist with systematic educational reforms.

•  Ritchie County Commission: $1,000 to repair the clock tower at the courthouse.

•  Ritchie County Middle/High School Peer Mediators: $1,040 to support training for the school’s peer mediators.

•  West Virginia University Foundation, Bonnie Wells Wilson Mobile Mammography Program: $1,040 to support screening mammograms for women in Ritchie County.

Flood Watch Issued for Much of West Virginia

The Gilmer Free Press

Heavy rains are bringing a flood threat to much of West Virginia.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for at least 26 counties from Thursday evening through Saturday morning.

The weather service says the storm could bring up to 3 inches of rain, leading to flooding on small streams and creeks.

Among the cities in the watch area are Clarksburg, Charleston, Huntington, Logan and Parkersburg.

FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING…


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHARLESTON HAS ISSUED A

* FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST KENTUCKY… SOUTHEAST OHIO AND WEST VIRGINIA… INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS… IN NORTHEAST KENTUCKY… BOYD… CARTER… GREENUP AND LAWRENCE KY. IN SOUTHEAST OHIO… ATHENS… GALLIA… JACKSON OH… LAWRENCE OH… MORGAN… MEIGS… PERRY… VINTON AND WASHINGTON. IN WEST VIRGINIA… BARBOUR… BOONE… BRAXTON... CABELL… CALHOUN... CLAY... DODDRIDGE... GILMER... HARRISON... JACKSON WV… KANAWHA… LEWIS... LINCOLN… LOGAN… MASON… MINGO… PLEASANTS… PUTNAM… RITCHIE... ROANE... TAYLOR… TYLER… UPSHUR... WAYNE… WIRT AND WOOD.


* FROM THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING


* A FRONTAL SYSTEM WILL MOVE OVER THE REGION DURING THE DAY ON THURSDAY AND STALL. WARM MOIST AIR AHEAD OF THIS SYSTEM, COUPLED WITH SEVERAL WAVES OF LOW PRESSURE RIDING UP AND ALONG THE FRONTAL BOUNDARY WILL CAUSE PROLONG PERIODS OF RAIN, SOME OF WHICH COULD BE HEAVY. RAIN SHOULD DIMINISH SATURDAY MORNING. RAIN AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE BETWEEN 2 AND 3 INCHES OVER MUCH OF THE WATCH AREA.


* WITH THESE RAIN AMOUNTS, SMALL STREAMS AND CREEKS COULD HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO FLOOD WHICH IN TURN COULD CAUSE SIGNIFICANT RISES ON RIVERS. THIS WATCH INCLUDES SUCH BASINS, BUT LIMITED TO, THE BIG AND LITTLE SANDY, AND TYGART CREEK IN NORTHEAST KENTUCKY, THE HOCKING, THE SYMMES AND RACCOON IN SOUTHEAST OHIO, AND MOST RIVERS AND STREAMS IN THE LOWLANDS OF WEST VIRGINIA.


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON CURRENT FORECASTS.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING ALONG FLOOD PRONE CREEKS AND RIVERS SHOULD BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP.

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