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Local WVU Extension Agent Honored for Program Excellence

Daisy Fryman, an agent in the Calhoun and Gilmer county offices of the West Virginia University Extension Service, was honored recently by her peers for her work to help women be more successful in agriculture in West Virginia.

As a member of the statewide Annie’s Project Team, Fryman developed and delivered a program to enhance farm viability through improved risk management to female farmers. She, along with other Extension educators, received the WVU Extension Service’s 2012 Diversity Programming Excellence Award.

The awards were presented during the WVU-ES Appreciation and Accolades Luncheon held at WVU Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp near Weston.

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During the past decade, the number of women who own and operate farms has increased faster in West Virginia than the national average. Many have inherited farming operations. Others see the focus on locally grown food as a viable career opportunity. Often these women don’t have the backgrounds or experience they need to be successful, and report feeling isolated from traditional farmers and from needed information and educational networks.

Annie’s Project is a six week face-to-face education program that provides risk-management education, coaching and mentoring assistance and networking opportunities designed to increase the number of women leading profitable agribusinesses in West Virginia.

Topics include financial management, food safety requirements, business plans and best practices. The program is helping to create a network of women farmers who can share information and improve farm success.

Connecting the people of West Virginia to the University’s resources and programs is the primary goal of WVU Extension Service and its 55 offices throughout the state.  Local experts, like WVU Extension’s agents and specialists, work to help improve the lifestyles and well-being of youths, workforces, communities, farms and businesses through trusted research in the counties in which they serve.

To learn more about WVU Extension programs, visit www.ext.wvu.edu, or contact your local office of the WVU Extension Service.

Contact Daisy Fryman, WVU Extension Agent- Gilmer and Calhoun Counties, 304.462.7061 or 304.354.6332 for more information about extension programs.

Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Spreads Holiday Cheer

The Building Construction class at the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center prepared bird houses to assemble with elementary students at Pleasant Hill Elementary School.

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Mr. Paul Parsons, the Building Construction instructor, organized this event in collaboration with the 1st Grade Elementary School teachers.

Each student, assisted by CGCC Building Construction students were able to build their own bird house to take home to their families for the Holidays.

CGCC Offers Welding Technology Night Classes for Adults - Register by 01.04.13

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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 Burning

Training and testing are also offered 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 04, 2013.

Classes would begin the following week.

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

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Donzel Blair Whipkey

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Donzel Blair Whipkey

Age 86, of Vienna, WV, passed away December 15, 2012, at the Willows Center.

He was born on July 23, 1926, in Calhoun County, WV, a son to the late James and Fonda Radabaugh Whipkey.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II.

He was a member of Faith Baptist Church.

He loved hunting, fishing and gardening. He retired from Anchor-Hocking Glass in Salem, NJ.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Eulah Lang Whipkey; five sons, Steven and his wife, Elaine, of New Jersey, Gregory Whipkey and his wife, Pam, of Mineral Wells, Michael Whipkey and his wife, Mary, of New Jersey, Mark Whipkey and his wife, Debbie, of New Jersey and Donzel Lee Whipkey and his wife, Donna, of New Jersey; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Marven Whipkey and his wife, Ruthelene, of Parkersburg, Wavel Whipkey and his wife, Reba, of Vienna and Gail Siers and his wife, Barbara, of Elizabeth; one sister, Barbara Roberts of Nobe, WV; and one brother-in-law, Franklin Cain of Parkersburg.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, James Logan Whipkey; and two sisters, Willa Dene Amos and Mini May Cain.

Services will be 11:00 AM December 22, 2012 at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Jim Yoak officiating.

Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be held 2:00-6:00 PM Friday at the funeral home.

Harold W. Cadle

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Harold W. Cadle

Age 80, of Chloe, WV, passed away December 14, 2012 at CAMC in Charleston.

He was born at Mud Fork August 13, 1932, a son of the late Eddie and Alma Coen Cadle West.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War, was a gradall operator and was retired from the Steelworkers Union.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Lula Nicholas Cadle; one son, Brian Cadle of Charlottesville, VA; two daughters, Nanette (Rick) Seabolt and Renita (Eddie) Gandee, all of Clendenin, WV; his grandsons are Josiah (Kelly) Cadle of McGaheysville, VA and Jeremiah Cadle Grantsville, WV; his granddaughters are Amber (Forrest) Griffin of Richmond, VA; Hannah Gandee and Hope Gandee and Sarah Seabolt all of Clendenin; a great granddaughter Elliana Grace Cadle; a brother, Raymond (Delores) Cadle of Grafton, Ohio; and a sister Inez Westfall of Ivydale, WV.

Harold was preceded in death in addition to his parents by brothers, Carroll and Richard Cadle, Blain, Bernard and Darrell West and sisters, Agnes Ball and Zelma Cadle.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, 1:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg with Pastor Richard Talbot officiating.

Burial will be in the Cadle Cemetery with Military Graveside Rites.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 6:00-8:00 PM Tuesday.

Tracie Lynn Garner

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Tracie Lynn Garner

Age 44 of Pennsboro, passed away December 10, 2012 at the Camden Clark Hospital, Memorial Campus in Parkersburg.

She was born February 24, 1968 in Akron, OH, a daughter of the late David “Cotton” Garner and Kathleen (Underwood) Doak.

Tracie had worked for Pineview Continuous Care as a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Surviving is a son Michael Paul Moore Jr. of Charleston, daughter Miranda Keister of Pennsboro, grandchildren: Bobby Keister, Devon Keister, Kaylynn Jones and Jesse Jones, all of Pennsboro, and brother Cotton Garner of Greenwood.

Funeral services are Friday 11:00 AM at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro with Pastor Paul Cantrell officiating.

Interment follows at the Greenwood Cemetery.

Visitation is Thursday 6:00-8:00 PM.

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Ruth Whipkey

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Ruth Whipkey

Age 75, of Mt Zion, WV passed away December 03, 2012 at the Charleston Area Medical Center after a long illness.

She was born in Stewart County, Georgia on July 05, 1937.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Lorene Huddleston, her husband, Cecil Whipkey, 3 brothers and 2 sisters.

She was employed by Rubber Crafters for several years. She enjoyed cooking for her family, quilting, being outside and gardening.

Surviving and left to cherish her memory are her children, Jean (Cecil) Parsons, Becky Cooper, both of Grantsville, Shirley Greathouse of Millstone, Mary Whipkey of Mt. Zion and Cecil Whipkey Jr. of Spencer WV; one sister; 10 grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren.

Following cremation, funeral services will be held Friday December 14, 2012, 5:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with Rev. Kevin Church officiating.

Friends may call from 4:00-5:00 PM prior to the services.

Captain Ford Rogers

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Captain Ford Rogers

Age 87, of Arnoldsburg, WV passed away Sunday, December 09, 2012, at his home, after an extended illness.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Donie E. Rogers; son, Carl R. Rogers of Annamoriah; daughter, Christine Conley of Arnoldsburg; sister Doris Emogene Rogers-Myers of St. George; two grandchildren, Heather and Jennifer; three great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Chester Lee Rogers July 09, 1968; parents, Gruder and Ella Gay Bailey Rogers; three sisters and one brother.

He established Rogers Used Cars and Trucks in 1964 and operated the business himself until 2011. Over the years he had several hobbies, but the one he enjoyed the most was flying his small airplanes with his friends from the WV Fun Flyers Club, Leon, WV.

He was recognized by the governor for being the oldest active flyer in West Virginia. He was a truly remarkable man and will be greatly missed by all.

A funeral service will be held Friday, December 14 at 2:00 PM in the West Fork Community Building, Arnoldsburg, with the Rev. Ronald Rogers officiating.

Burial will be in the Minnora Cemetery, Minnora, WV.

Friends may call at the community building from 6:00-8:00 PM Thursday.

John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer is in charge of arrangements.

Deer Hunters in West Virginia Harvest 56,173 Bucks During the Buck Firearms Season

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Preliminary data collected from game checking stations across the state indicate deer hunters in West Virginia harvested 56,173 bucks during the two-week buck firearms season, which ran from November 19 through December 01, 2012.

The 2012 buck harvest was 7% less than the 2011 harvest of 60,157.

The top 10 counties for buck harvest were as follows: Preston (2,108), Greenbrier (1,907), Randolph (1,792), Mason (1,667), Jackson (1,662), Hampshire (1,570), Monroe (1,563), Ritchie (1,518), Wetzel (1,496) and Hardy (1,435).

This year’s buck harvest is slightly less than last year, with decreases occurring in four of the six DNR districts. The largest percent decreases occurred in the western and central counties of the state. The harvest was 27th among all recorded antlered buck firearm seasons. This year’s preliminary buck harvest remains 7% below the previous five-year average of 60,236.

Wildlife biologists and wildlife managers collected age-specific biological information at checking stations in 24 counties this year and preliminary analysis indicate antler development was good. The dry weather was good for hunter participation this year but made moving in the woods noisy. Deer densities that were more in balance with the habitat in many areas, combined with the better-than-average acorn crop that allowed deer to frequent open fields less frequently, made this year’s deer season challenging for many hunters. Residual access problems associated with Hurricane Sandy, such as downed trees blocking forest roads, may have hindered the ability of some buck hunters to reach their favorite hunting spots, especially in some of the high mountain counties.

Wildlife biologists will analyze data from the combined 2012 deer seasons (i.e., buck, antlerless, archery and muzzleloader) before making appropriate recommendations for next year’s deer hunting seasons. These recommendations will be available for public review at 12 regulations meetings scheduled for March 18 and 19, 2013.

Hunters are reminded that several days of deer hunting opportunity still remain for 2012.

The traditional antlerless deer season in selected counties on both public and private land opens December 13 and runs through December 15, 2012.

The Youth, Class Q/QQ and Class XS deer season (antlerless deer only) will be open on December 26 – 27, 2012 in any county with a firearms deer season, and will be followed by the reopening of Class N/NN antlerless deer season on December 28 – 31, 2012 in 48 counties or portions of counties.

     

West Virginia Antlered Deer Gun Harvest, 2008-2012

County

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

Barbour

1413

1307

875

1372

1178

Brooke

427

377

337

413

407

Hancock

357

339

299

324

325

Harrison

1680

1730

1053

1494

1378

Marion

1489

1183

764

1249

1080

Marshall

1339

1321

1087

1407

1289

Monongalia

1927

1536

1116

1508

1286

Ohio

485

412

412

467

451

Preston

2618

2122

2034

2224

2108

Taylor

808

727

494

768

681

Tucker

951

874

743

738

635

Wetzel

2210

1474

958

1615

1496

District 1   Subtotal

15,704

13,402

10,172

13,579

12,314

Berkeley

855

651

661

835

673

Grant

1531

1228

959

1266

1284

Hampshire

2153

1634

1271

1676

1570

Hardy

2046

1601

1315

1589

1435

Jefferson

605

461

482

447

522

Mineral

1383

1158

947

1286

1175

Morgan

806

573

457

601

601

Pendleton

1416

1257

893

1391

1379

District 2   Subtotal

10,795

8,563

6,985

9,091

8,639

Braxton

1731

1891

986

1468

1403

Clay

540

552

353

519

557

Lewis

2027

2227

1130

1586

1353

Nicholas

1082

1176

846

1279

1198

Pocahontas

1223

1346

1100

1106

1150

Randolph

2126

1930

1858

2032

1792

Upshur

1536

1383

1088

1612

1284

Webster

887

901

807

1063

812

District 3   Subtotal

11,152

11,406

8,168

10,665

9,549

Fayette

905

896

742

1005

980

Greenbrier

1925

1976

1367

1783

1907

McDowell

0

0

0

0

0

Mercer

537

604

362

647

682

Monroe

1431

1569

1002

1364

1563

Raleigh

577

706

446

739

735

Summers

932

931

536

865

1084

Wyoming

0

0

0

0

0

District 4 Subtotal

6,307

6,682

4,455

6,403

6,951

Boone

577

628

471

653

882

Cabell

787

695

464

705

746

Kanawha

1259

1257

896

1275

1159

Lincoln

983

860

747

1146

1320

Logan

0

0

0

0

0

Mason

1892

2099

1298

1944

1667

Mingo

0

0

0

0

0

Putnam

1311

1065

794

1170

1168

Wayne

768

880

570

894

1043

District 5   Subtotal

7,577

7,484

5,240

7,787

7,985

Calhoun

1252

1124

570

962

772

Doddridge

1605

1416

767

1000

855

Gilmer

1585

1398

701

1029

921

Jackson

1948

2504

1225

1962

1662

Pleasants

630

531

332

512

382

Ritchie

2369

2010

1195

1701

1518

Roane

2010

2112

1049

1694

1434

Tyler

1590

1210

833

1189

922

Wirt

1186

1265

659

944

870

Wood

1655

1879

1110

1639

1399

District 6   Subtotal

15,830

15,449

8,441

12,632

10,735

State Total

67,365

62,986

43,461

60,157

56,173

Vere Harold Brannon

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Vere Harold Brannon

Age 78, of Arnoldsburg WV died December 06, 2012.

Vere was a Christian for many years. He was a member and faithfully attended Louisa Chapel United Methodist Church where he held many offices.

He enjoyed his family and friends more than anything. He also took great pleasure and pride in restoring old cars and trucks, farming, and raising cattle.

Vere is survived by his wife, Susie, of 37 years; daughters, Cindy Carbaugh (Rick) of Knoxville, Tennessee; Shelly Mace (Jeff) and Amie Carper (Sheldon) all of Arnoldsburg; seven grandchildren, Misty Bays of Bristol, TN; Kristyn Ball of Stoughton, MA; Chris and Evan Mace and Gracie, Riley, and Holly Carper all of Arnoldsburg; two great grandchildren, Hayden and Logan Bays; two sisters, Doris Davis of Harrisville, WV; and Juanita Berdine of Arnoldsburg. Vere had several nieces and nephews and friends galore.

Vere was preceded in death by his parents Victor and Eleanore Brannon and one sister, Dorothy Brannon Hayhurst.

Funeral services will be held at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg Sunday, December 09, 2012 at 1:00 PM with Rev. Timothy Hickman and Rev. Shelly Mace officiating.

Visitation will be on Saturday, December 08, 2012 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM.

Interment will be in the Brannon Family Cemetery.

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Opal Maxine Burrows

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Opal Maxine Burrows

Age 81, passed away on Sunday, December 02, 2012, at Moses Cone Hospital.

Opal was born on December 14, 1930 in Freed, WV, the daughter of Willie A. and Nancy Jane Richards Collins.

She was a loving mother who devoted her life to her three children. Their father, Wilford Ball passed away at an early age, after which she continued to successfully raise her children and provide them a loving home. She will be deeply missed.

Opal was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Wilford in 1969; brothers, Delmas Collins and Darl Collins.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children; Duane Ball and wife Celesta of Burke, VA, Donna Ellis of Rittman, OH and Diane Ball and fiancé Kevin Wood of Jamestown, NC; grandchildren, Sarah Ball, Adam Ellis, Brian Ellis, Caitlynn Ellis and Devin Ellis; brothers, Paul Collins and Ron Collins, both of Grantsville, WV and sister, Phyllis Bunner of Parkersburg, WV.

The family received friends on Wednesday evening from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM at Hanes Lineberry Sedgefield Chapel.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 07, 1:00 PM at Prosperity Baptist Church in Grantsville, WV with burial to follow in the Saunders Cemetery.

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G-OB™: CALHOUN-GILMER CAREER CENTER - Bus Operator – Health Occupations Rotation - 12.04.12

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Title
Bus Operator – Health Occupations Rotation (Schedule is determined by Instructor)/and or Work Based Students (One driver for both runs)

Grade Level
High School

Description
TERM OF EMPLOYMENT: January 22, 2013 thru May 24, 2013 (as needed) 
 
CALHOUN-GILMER CAREER CENTER 

JOB DESCRIPTION 
CONTRACT BUS OPERATOR 
 
Employees who already have bus operator classification will be accepted as duly qualified.  First priority for the position will be given to employees within the Calhoun or Gilmer County School systems who are properly classified and most senior. 
 
Individuals who do not have a bus operator’s classification will have to meet mandated qualifications. 
 
In addition, the following qualifications must be met: 
 
1. High school diploma 
2. Meet all mandated requirements as a bus operator. 
 
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES  
 
1. Implement all rules, regulations, and policies governing transportation of pupils. 
2. Performs specific duties in accordance with instructions received from the Director of Support Services. 
3. Performs preventive maintenance operations and care of the bus in accordance with instruction from the Director of Support Services. 
4. Keeps in contact with the Director of Support Services at times when inclement weather or other conditions may cause a change in the dismissal hour. 
5. Monitors route in order to make proper decision about running.  Notifies the families on the route of the decision, when run will not be made. 
6. Reports to bus periodically when school is closed because of weather conditions and check starting ability, remove snow, puts on chains, etc. 
7. Notifies the Director of Support Services at least a day before he is to be absent.  (Emergencies to not apply to this ruling). 
8. Instruct students in the proper procedure to cross a highway. 
9. Observe all speed limits (40 MPH maximum on secondary roads), regulates speed according to road conditions.  Uses chains where any part of the bus route may be considered hazardous.  Uses headlights as per state law. 
10. Participate in staff development activities as directed. 
 
Job Location or School Name
Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center

City
Grantsville, WV

County
Gilmer

Qualifications
Employees who already have bus operator classification will be accepted as duly qualified.  First priority for the position will be given to employees within the Calhoun or Gilmer County School systems who are properly classified and most senior. 
 
Individuals who do not have a bus operator’s classification will have to meet mandated qualifications. 
 
In addition, the following qualifications must be met: 
 
1. High school diploma 
2. Meet all mandated requirements as a bus operator. 

Salary
$10.00/Trip – 1 Morning Run 1 Afternoon Run

Closing Date
2012.12.04

Comments
APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 04, 2012, at 4:00 PM 
 

Apply to
Bryan P. Sterns, Director 
Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center 
5260 E Little Kanawha Hwy 
Grantsville, WV 26147 
304.354.6151 

County Contact Email

G-OB™: CALHOUN-GILMER CAREER CENTER - Substitute Bus Operator – HOR - 12.04.12

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Title
Substitute Bus Operator – Health Occupations Rotation (Schedule is determined by Instructor)/and or Work Based Students (One driver for both runs)

Grade Level
High School

Description
TERM OF EMPLOYMENT: January 22, 2013 thru May 24, 2013 (as needed) 
 
CALHOUN-GILMER CAREER CENTER 

JOB DESCRIPTION 
CONTRACT BUS OPERATOR 
 
Employees who already have bus operator classification will be accepted as duly qualified.  First priority for the position will be given to employees within the Calhoun or Gilmer County School systems who are properly classified and most senior. 
 
Individuals who do not have a bus operator’s classification will have to meet mandated qualifications. 
 
In addition, the following qualifications must be met: 
 
1. High school diploma 
2. Meet all mandated requirements as a bus operator. 
 
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES  
 
1. Implement all rules, regulations, and policies governing transportation of pupils. 
2. Performs specific duties in accordance with instructions received from the Director of Support Services. 
3. Performs preventive maintenance operations and care of the bus in accordance with instruction from the Director of Support Services. 
4. Keeps in contact with the Director of Support Services at times when inclement weather or other conditions may cause a change in the dismissal hour. 
5. Monitors route in order to make proper decision about running.  Notifies the families on the route of the decision, when run will not be made. 
6. Reports to bus periodically when school is closed because of weather conditions and check starting ability, remove snow, puts on chains, etc. 
7. Notifies the Director of Support Services at least a day before he is to be absent.  (Emergencies to not apply to this ruling). 
8. Instruct students in the proper procedure to cross a highway. 
9. Observe all speed limits (40 MPH maximum on secondary roads), regulates speed according to road conditions.  Uses chains where any part of the bus route may be considered hazardous.  Uses headlights as per state law. 
10. Participate in staff development activities as directed. 
 
Job Location or School Name
Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center

City
Grantsville, WV

County
Gilmer

Qualifications
Employees who already have bus operator classification will be accepted as duly qualified.  First priority for the position will be given to employees within the Calhoun or Gilmer County School systems who are properly classified and most senior. 
 
Individuals who do not have a bus operator’s classification will have to meet mandated qualifications. 
 
In addition, the following qualifications must be met: 
 
1.High school diploma 
2.Meet all mandated requirements as a bus operator. 

Salary
$10.00/Trip – 1 Morning Run, 1 Afternoon Run

Closing Date
2012.12.04

Comments
APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 04, 2012, at 4:00 PM

Apply to
Bryan P. Sterns, Director 
Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center 
5260 E Little Kanawha Hwy 
Grantsville, WV 26147 
304.354.6151

County Contact Email

Elizabeth Anne Smith

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Elizabeth Anne Smith

Age 70, a lifelong resident of Grantsville, WV, passed away from her all-too-brief fight with pancreatic cancer on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 8:00 AM at the Charleston Area Medical Center.

Anne was a devoted wife, a loving mother, and a dedicated educator. Her most fulfilling and rewarding years were spent teaching our children as a para-professional with the Calhoun County Board of Education until she retired eight years ago.

After retirement, Anne spent much of her spare time with the Red Hat Society, children charities such as the Christmas Connection and the Gabriel Project, and her rare, but much loved trips to her favorite vacation spot in the world, Maui, Hawaii.

Anne is preceded in death by her parents, Fred O. and Eleanor Barnes, and her brother Bill Barnes.

She is survived by her husband, Bill Smith, her two children, Jason and Shannon Smith, and her brother Dick Barnes. Anne had two grandsons, Christopher and Mykal Johnson and three great-grandchildren that she loved with all her heart.

Per Anne’s wishes, her remains will be cremated.

There will be a “Celebration of Life” held at the Calhoun Senior Center from 2:00 to 4:00 PM December 23, 2012 (Sunday) to wish a fond “aloha” to Anne.

In lieu of flowers, Anne’s family is requesting donations made to the American Cancer Society or for the purchase of children’s books to be donated to Pleasant Hill School in her honor.

Nancy Delores Hetzer

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Nancy Delores Hetzer

Age 87, of Cedar Grove Personal Care, died November 22, 2012, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus.

She was born in Calhoun County, WV, on August 12, 1925, and was the daughter of the late Ira R. and Eva Mae Nutter Sampson.

She attended Calvary Community Church in Belpre, OH.

She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star in Coolville, was an avid camper and with her husband had visited all 50 states and went to Israel.

Survivors include two sons, Jim Hetzer and friend, Linda Coate, of Columbus, Ohio, and Ed (Pat) Hetzer of Belpre; a daughter, Brenda H. Robertson of Charleston, WV; grandchildren, Travis, Tara and Samantha Hetzer, Alicia (Lawrence) Shao and Sherrilyn Robertson; great-grandchildren, Reese, Carson, Baron Hetzer and David Shao; five brothers, Duane, Max, Ronzil, Bill and Don Sampson; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Arthur in 2011; a son-in-law, Dave Robertson; and three brothers, Theodore Riggs, Bruce Riggs and Charles Sampson.

Services will be 1:30 PM Monday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre, with Pastor Ken Fullerton and the Rev. Jim Condrey officiating.

Burial will follow in Rockland Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:30 AM until time of services Monday.

Donations may be made to the Gideon’s in memory of Nancy.

Bertha Margaret McCormick

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Bertha Margaret McCormick

Age 62, of Ellenboro, WV, died November 29, 2012 at Camden Clark Memorial Campus, Parkersburg.

She was born July 01, 1950 in Clay County, WV, the daughter of the late Otis and Virginia Frazier.

Bertha worked as a seamstress in the Garment Industry, Troy Mills and later the WV Department of Health and Human Services.

She was a member of Church of God at Pike, WV.

She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Bernard McCormick; son, Tracy Frazier of Harrisville, WV; nephew raised in the home, Joseph Frazier (Kelly) and his children, Joey, Haley, James, Marisa, Triniti, Jesa-Rae, and Jusiah; step-sons, Bernard D. McCormick of Harrisville and Franklin D. McCormick of Grantsville, WV; step-daughters, Nicole McCormick and Cindy McCormick, both of Logan, OH; brother, Mike Frazier of Cleveland, OH; two sisters, Becky Plant and Katy Frazier, both of Vernel, FL; ten grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Rick Frazier, and Tony Frazier.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, December 03, 2012 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Rev. Ruford Abnerl officiating.

Burial will follow in the Ayers Cemetery, Smithville, WV.

Friends may call at the funeral home, Sunday from 6:00-8:00 PM.

Delegate David Walker -  11.29.12

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The Legislature returned to the Charleston last week for November’s interim meetings. Various topics were discussed in these meetings including the education audit and the Board of Education’s response to this audit.

For months now the Legislature awaited the release of an education efficiency audit that would provide recommendations for the state to consider in improving West Virginia’s school system. Aside from making numerous recommendations, the audit also concluded that West Virginia has one of the country’s most inflexible and bureaucrat-heavy school systems.

The President of the state Board of Education, Wade Linger, was in attendance for Education Subcommittee B’s meeting in order to address the Board’s response to the education audit. From the many recommendations made in the audit, the Board agreed with all except 10.

Mr. Linger informed the committee that in the Board’s response to the audit, the recommendations that they found to be of utmost importance were listed first. One of those recommendations was to develop, reward, and keep our excellent teachers. In order to do this, the Board wants to make an Evaluation System that looks like that of the National Best Practices and Research. They would also like to improve teacher salaries in order to attract and keep the best teachers here. Lastly, they want to strengthen school leadership.

While I was pleased to have Mr. Linger in attendance, I have more questions than answers after that meeting. For one, he kept talking about how the Legislature needs to make some policy decisions. That’s fine because that is what we are here for. The problem is we need some direction as to what policy changes need made and Mr. Linger was not able to name those changes needed.

The response from the Board was worded nice but in the end the Legislature is left wondering where we need to start in order to help the Board so that we can begin the process of helping our education system. That is the goal here and I am afraid we are losing sight of this through all of these studies and audits. There is a lot of talking going on but no action. I hope that before the legislative session begins in February we can have some more insight as to what we need to do on our end.

I was lucky enough to be a part of the tour of Marshall University’s Forensic Science Center last week. During this tour, I and other members of Judiciary Subcommittee B got to visit and meet those operating this nationally recognized facility.

The Forensic Science Center is one of only a handful of institutions in the country whose forensic sciences programs are accredited. It is the site for the master’s degree program in forensic science and it is a working research and testing laboratories. As working research and testing laboratories, the Forensic Science Center’s work extends outside the borders of West Virginia.

Law enforcement agencies from other states have reached out to the center for help. One agency looking for help was the New Orleans Police Department who had an extensive backlog of more than 800 untested sexual assault kits. Hurricane Katrina left the department’s evidence room and DNA lab submerged in water. Marshall’s Forensic Science Center stepped in to help. Other agencies looking for help from the center include the Los Angeles Police Department and law enforcement in Miami Dade Florida and Charleston, South Carolina. Most of the help requested by Miami Dade and Charleston South Carolina are property crimes. Aside from helping out of state agencies, the Forensic Science Center works with the West Virginia medical examiner and the West Virginia State Police.

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.

Mitchell Stump

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Mitchell Stump

Age 55, left this life on November 26, 2012 following a short illness at CAMC Memorial hospital.

He was born May 10, 1957, a son of Zella Stump.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years Tamela “Tammy” Robinson Stump, son Jonah Mitchell Stump and daughter Kasey Tamela Stump of Ravenswood, WV and two grandchildren are Miley Ann Stump and Rilyn Nichole Stump.

Additional surviving family includes sisters Helen Lou Wilson and Karen (Ronzel) Boothe, Uncle Leon Stump and Aunt Ella (John Wilber) Elliot, In-laws, Vinton and Mary Jane Robinson, Deb (Rusty) Hern, Timothy (Bea) Robinson, Terry (Tim) Hickman and Brenda (Randy) Ball and many other aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his mother Zella Stump, uncles; Brent, Milford, Denver, Deward and Loren Stump, aunts; Lelah Leach, Leta Boatright and Arlene Hicks.

He worked at various employments including: B.F. Goodrich, Garland’s Grocery, Smith’s Exxon, Grantsville Foodland, Bob Yoak Ford, Barberton Recon, Glenville Ford, Ravenswood Aluminum and currently at Ronald Lane, Inc. He also worked at the Glenville Foodland where he met his wife in 1980.

Mitchell was a member of the Enon Baptist Church and Grantsville Fire Department and was a Calhoun High School graduate, class of 1975.

Hobbies included vehicle restoration, car shows, hunting and community service activities such as building handicap ramps and mowing yards for the elderly and he volunteered many hours of his working skills helping others.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday December 01, 2012 at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with Rev. Ken Miller, Rev. Tim Hickman and Rev. Alfred Hickman officiating.

Gathering of family and friends will be from 6:00-9:00 PM on Friday November 30, 2012 and from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM Saturday prior to the service.

Burial will follow in the Clayton Stump Cemetery.

Mitchell having the love for antique vehicles and in celebration of his life, there will be a car show beginning at 9:00 AM on Saturday at the Stump Funeral Home parking lot in Grantsville.

The antique cars will proceed in the funeral procession to the Clayton Stump Cemetery on Zekes Run off of Russett Road.

Open House at Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center – 11.29.12 - This Evening

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Ruth Self

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Ruth Self

Age 84, of Elizabeth, WV, passed away November 24, 2012, at Ohio Valley Health Care of Parkersburg, WV.

She was born July 30, 1928, in Thacker, WV, the daughter of the Late Ezra and Florence (Mann) Queen.

She was a Baptist by faith, and was baptized early in life at Dusk Camp Baptist Church in Gilmer County, WV.

Ruthie was a survivor in all aspects of her life, from raising her children, to her courageous battle that she won with ovarian and colon cancer. She lived her life as an inspiration to those who knew her, she never gave up and always had a smile on her face. She worked hard all her life as a business owner in the Wirt County area, and several of those businesses that she started are still in operation today.

She is survived by her seven children, William (Pat) Self of Glenville, WV, Patricia (Jim) Deem of Mineral Wells, Phyllis Bowe of Akron Ohio, Frank (Sharon) Self of Elizabeth, WV, Mary (Don) Pfalzcraft of Elizabeth, WV, Dave (Ann) Self of Arnoldsburg, WV, and Connie (Jerry) Patterson of Elizabeth, WV; 20 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by both her parents; husband, William O. Self; three bothers; four sisters; three grandchildren, Cindy Self, Harry Jr. and Chris; and good friends, Deloris Patterson and Mick Watson.

Services were 11:00 AM Tuesday at Matheny Whited Funeral Home of Elizabeth, WV, with the Rev. Delmas Stutler officiating.

Visitation was 6:00-8:00 PM Monday.

Interment was at Friend Cemetery in Ivydale, WV.

The family would like to express a very special thank you to the staff of Ohio Valley Heath Care.

Ruby Geneva McHenry

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Ruby Geneva McHenry

Age 90, of Grantsville, WV, passed away November 24, 2012 at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

She was born in Gilmer County, a daughter of the late Bill and Ina Richards Simmons.

Surviving are her children, James (Arlena) Myer, John David Myer, Ricky Myer and Carol Sue Myer all of Grantsville, WV; Larry Glen (Judy) Myer of Charleston, WV and Sandra K. Summers of Lorain Ohio; four brothers, Henry Simmons, Bearl Simmons, Cecil Simmons and Earl Simmons, all of Cleveland, Ohio; two sisters, Pearl Heiney of Glenville, WV and Sara Cool of Fairmount, WV.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Glen Myer and her second husband, Austin McHenry; sisters, Elodine, Nettie and Mettie Simmons, Ernestina Simmons, Erma Kline and Louise Spencer; brothers, Orval and Eugene Simmons.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM, Thursday, November 29, 2012 at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville.

Rev. Ron Chesser will officiate.

Interment will be in the Big Springs Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 6:00-8:00 PM Wednesday.

Open House at Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center – 11.29.12

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Former Paramedic, Town Councilman Arrested Again On Drug Charges

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An ex-paramedic and Reedy Town Councilman accused of stealing drugs from ambulances in Roane and Calhoun counties is facing new drug-related charges.

Steven Mullins is accuses of stealing drugs from a neighbor’s house in Reedy.

He is charged with daytime burglary.

Mullins was arrested last December on the ambulance thefts, but has not been indicted yet.

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WV State of Emergency will be Lifted December 21, 2012

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today filed a proclamation adjusting the statewide state of emergency declaration first issued due to severe weather, October 29, 2012.

“After I surveyed the damage left behind from the winter storm and Hurricane Sandy first-hand, I knew our hardest hit communities would need additional time and assistance to restore everyday life. That’s why today, nearly a month after high winds, large amounts of snowfall and fallen trees impacted the entire state, I continue to direct state and federal resources at my disposal to assist the most devastated areas with their recovery efforts,” Governor Tomblin said. “Other areas of the state have begun to return to life as normal and are now self-sustaining. It is my goal to restore everyday life to the entire state no later than December 21st.”

This declaration extends the state of emergency in the following 22 counties until December 21, 2012: Barbour, Boone, Braxton, Clay, Fayette, Grant, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Lewis, Marshall, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Preston, Raleigh, Randolph, Summers, Taylor, Tucker, Upshur, Webster and Wyoming. These counties will continue to receive state and federal help with debris removal and other needs.

The declaration rescinds the state of emergency previously issued for the following 33 counties: Berkeley, Brooke, Cabell, Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Hampshire, Hancock, Hardy, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Lincoln, Logan, Marion, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mineral, Mingo, Monongalia, Monroe, Morgan, Ohio, Pleasants, Putnam, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wayne, Wetzel, Wirt, and Wood.

To view the proclamation in its entirety click H E R E.

Thelma Louise Dillon

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Thelma Louise Dillon

Age 81 passed away on November 19, 2012, a few days before her 82nd birthday, as a result of complications of diabetes.

Thelma was the eldest of four children born to Harry and Anna Williamson, all deceased.

The Dillon’s moved from Big Bend in Calhoun County, WV to the Charleston area to be closer to their daughters, Linda (Dillon) Khumnark and Brenda Dillon, when her husband began to decline from Parkinson’s disease. Thelma tirelessly cared for Thomas until his death December 26, 2010. She will be placed to rest beside him at the Big Bend Cemetery in Calhoun County, finally finding the peace she has sought.

Special thanks to her close friends Kathryn Walker and Joanne Jones, whose regular calls and cards kept her in touch with home and helped cheer her, to Virginia Ash, and to Hettie (Dillon) Norman, Jennings Dillon and wife Naoma and Shirley (Dillon) Snyder, and to all the nieces and nephews that she loved and watched grow to have families of their own.

Thelma retired in 1993 from the Brooksville Elementary School where she worked as a cook and was instrumental in setting up a breakfast program at her school. She was never more happy than when she was running the kitchen, planning menu’s and doing paperwork. She was an excellent homemaker who enjoyed decorating her home and being the hub of holiday dinners.

Thelma was a kind and loving person who will be sadly missed by everyone who knew her.

Funeral services will be held Friday, November 23, 2012 at 1:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with Pastor David Carpenter officiating.

Burial will follow in the Big Bend Cemetery.

Friends may call from 12:00 PM until the time of the services on Friday.

Calhoun County: Two Kidnapped, A Woman and A Child

Update:

Arrest has been made by law enforcement officials:

Imprisonment Status:  Pre-Trial Felon
Full Name: Kute,  Joseph  Paul
Height: 5’  11”
Weight: 245 lbs.
Birth Date: 12.13.1922
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 11.21.2012
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Pre-Trial Felon

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
12F X 2, 12M X 2  CALHOUN COUNTY - Bail Amount: $0.00
Charges: domestic battery, burglary and child endangerment.
Woman and Child Found Safe, Man Charged for Taking Them against Will.
Kute to a house on Tipton Road about 10:30 PM Thursday night, kicked in the door and then took his ex-girlfriend and their child.
The woman was staying at a friend’s house at the time.
Some of her friends were also at the house at the time of the incident and called 911.
Kute told police that he took the woman and their baby to several other friends’ houses, but when no one was home, they finally returned to the house where the woman was staying, according to Trooper Moore.
They returned about 2:00 AM Friday.
The woman and child were not hurt.
Kute says he took them just because he wanted to be with them.

 

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A woman and child have been kidnapped in Calhoun County.

Authorities said the incident happened in the Yellow Creek area of the county late Tuesday night.

West Virginia State Police are currently searching for a Grey Buick Sentry.

Anyone with information regarding the kidnapping is asked to call the State Police.

No other information has been released at this time.

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