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Robert Darrell Freshour

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Robert Darrell Freshour

Age 72, of Macfarlan, Ritchie County, WV, passed away March 11, 2013 at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital in Parkersburg.

Surviving are his wife, Pauline Freshour, four daughters; Barbara Bonnett and Charlottie Smith, both of Liberty, WV, Sherry Freshour of Macfarlan and Marie King of Grantsville, WV. One sister, Louise Mollett and one brother, Delbert Freshour, both of Arizona. 10 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his mother Claudine Freshour and two brothers.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Saturday at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with Rev. Carroll McCauley and Rev. Alfred Hickman officiating.

Interment will be in the Nobe Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:00 AM until the time of the services.

G-Biz™: Pre-Order Delicious, Local, Free-Range Chickens

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Do you eat chicken? If so, read on, please!

Misty Mountain Farm in Grantsville is going to raise broiler chickens this year. These chickens will be pasture-raised and fed special non-GMO food. The price is higher than you’d pay for feedlot chicken in the grocery store, of course, but it’s still a lot lower than “organic” chicken at even Walmart or Kroger. Misty Mountain will be asking for $4.25 per pound dressed weight (quartered if you want).

Now is the time to pre-order because nothing tastes better than truly free-range chicken. Diana Austin emailed and advised that interested folks should pre-order because she’s going to be buying chicks soon and is figuring how many she should buy. Free-range, non-GMO chickens. Yum!

We hope you’ll consider supporting Misty Mountain Farm. In addition to chickens, Diana and her family raise other animals. Give them a call if you are interested in any of their products. Below is the description of their farm from the Eat Wild website:

Misty Mountain Farm is 160 acres of rolling hills in Calhoun County, WV. Purchased as a 100-year-old rundown homestead, we are slowly restoring our land naturally. Through rotational grazing of our Dexter cattle, goats, and pastured chickens and turkeys, we hope to bring balance and fertility back to our pastures. Since we are a small and still growing farm, we advise you to call or e-mail to see what we have currently available, or to schedule a visit.

We invite you to come grow with us! Misty Mountain Farm, Michael and Diana Austin, 5293 Left Fork Creek Road, Grantsville WV 26147. 304.354.9001.

E-mail: “mistymtfarm@hughes.net”.

Website: www.mistymtfarm.com

CALHOUN-GILMER CAREER CENTER LINKAGE MEETING - Thursday, March 14, 2013

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CALHOUN-GILMER CAREER CENTER
LINKAGE MEETING
Thursday, 03.14.13, 6:00 PM

I. Welcome

      •  Meal provided by Chef Benson and her ProStart/Culinary students
      •  Career and Technical Education lab displays

      •  Introductions of CGCC Staff


II. Mission Statement, Goals and Core Beliefs


III. Local School Improvement Council

      •  Members

      •  Meeting dates

      •  Topics Discussed


IV. Facilities Improvements


V.  Data Profiles


VI. Community Service


VII. Work Base Opportunities


VIII. 2012-2013 Events

      •  Career Day

      •  Veterans Day Ceremony

      •  WIN Program

      •  Skills USA, FBLA, Hospitality Cup

      •  Senior Appreciation Ceremony

      •  School Based Health

      •  Adult Services

              o Adult Welding Class

              o Industry Training (Hardman’s)

              o ASE Certifications


IX. Closing

CGCC: GED Classes in Calhoun and Gilmer Counties

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The GED test is going to change on January 2014. Therefore all 2002 Series GED Test scores will expire on December 31, 2013.

This means that, if you are GED candidate who started with the 2002 version of the test, you will have to complete your testing by December 31, 2013 or start all over again.

If you are one of these partial completers,  time is of the essence.

GED classes are available in both Gilmer and Calhoun counties.

Calhoun County classes will be held at the Career Center on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Gilmer County classes will be held at St. Marks Church on Wednesday from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM. (St. Marks is located one mile from Glenville; across the street from the new fire station.)

Dean R. Stump

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Dean R. Stump

Age 74, of Grantsville, WV passed away Monday March 11, 2013 at Genesis Healthcare Glenville Center.

He was born at Apple Farm, Calhoun County, WV, the son of the late Edwin and Lurland (Robinson) Stump.

He was a 1956 graduate of Calhoun County High School. Served in the United States Army, drove tractor and trailers for several years throughout the United States, was a heavy equipment operator, last working for D.P. Gunn Dozer Service of Mt. Zion, WV.

He enjoyed fishing and hunting and was an avid Nascar fan.

He is survived by his children, Linda (Dale) Martin of Grantsville, Mark Stump of Grantsville, and Denise (Jerry) Bunner of Creston, WV; 4 stepchildren, Diane (Gene) Satterfield of Arnoldsburg, WV; Sherry (Donald Poe) Gunn of Mt. Zion, WV; Stuart “Kim” (Robin) Starcher of Spencer, WV; and Kevin Starcher of Arnoldsburg; 17 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; 1 sister, Lyla Sharps of Glenville WV; 1 brother, Garrel (Dorthoy) Stump of Parkersburg, WV; and ex-wife Phyllis Hathaway of Grantsville; several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by both his parents; his first wife, Susanne Margaret; infant brother, Edwin Duane Stump; and grandson, Marc Antony Stump.

Memorial services will be Saturday March 16 at 1:00 PM at Matheny Whited Funeral Home of Elizabeth, WV with the Rev. Roger Cater and Rev. Gene Satterfield officiating.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the services on Saturday.

CGCC: GED Classes in Calhoun and Gilmer Counties

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The GED test is going to change on January 2014. Therefore all 2002 Series GED Test scores will expire on December 31, 2013.

This means that, if you are GED candidate who started with the 2002 version of the test, you will have to complete your testing by December 31, 2013 or start all over again.

If you are one of these partial completers,  time is of the essence.

GED classes are available in both Gilmer and Calhoun counties.

Calhoun County classes will be held at the Career Center on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Gilmer County classes will be held at St. Marks Church on Wednesday from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM. (St. Marks is located one mile from Glenville; across the street from the new fire station.)

Roy Lee Nutter, Sr.

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Roy Lee Nutter, Sr.

84, of Orma, WV, passed away March 6, 2013 at his home.

Born at Clarksburg, Harrison County, he was a son of the late Lewis Jennings Nutter and Ruth Virginia Simpson Nutter.

He was a Marine Corps Veteran of the Korean War, a former Alliance, Ohio city policeman and was retired from the Revenna, Ohio Arsenal. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles #2174.

Surviving are his children, Richard L. (Laura) Nutter, Roger L. (Kimberly) Nutter, Roy Lee (Angie) Nutter, Jr., Sharon (Jim) Hull, Carol Howell and Deborah McPhearson. Roy’s step-children are Mary (Paul) Perry, Thomas Michael (Patty) Graham and Patricia Kunkle. Several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Lena L. Graham Nutter and his parents.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, 1:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg.

Mike Graham will officiate.

Interment will be in the Minnora Cemetery with military graveside rites.

Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the services.

Diana G. Murphy

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Diana G. Murphy

Age 64, of Arnoldsburg, WV passed away March 05, 2013.

She was the daughter of the late Helen G. Starcher.

Diana was a former employee of the Y Restaurant for 22 years.

She was a former member of Arnoldsburg Community Church.

Surviving is her loving companion Michael McKown of Arnoldsburg, WV; three daughters, Susie (Roy) Wood, Diana (Curtis )Hager and Crystal Dye, all of WV; two sons, Sam (Tonya) Murphy of WV and Jim Murphy of NC; six granddaughters, Helenna, Sami, Marissa, Lisa, Kirsta and Kami; seven grandsons, Derek, Dillon, Tim, Chris, Anthony, Dennis and Andrew; two great-grandsons, Kaleb and Karter; eight brothers, Terry and Joe Naylor, Fred, Dana, Charlie, Stanley, Shoat and Randy Starcher, all of WV; a sister, Kandy Summers of WV; several nieces and nephews and her extended family, the McKown’s.

Diana was preceded in death by her husband Whitey Murphy; a sister Kathy Starcher; two brothers, Gary and Chuck Starcher.

Mrs. Murphy was cremated.

GSC Visits Calhoun Students and Parents

The Glenville State College Hidden Promise Scholars Program held their annual ‘Meet and Greet’ community gathering on the evening of Monday, February 11, 2013 in the library at Calhoun County Middle/High School.

The event was held to meet with parents and students from Calhoun County to discuss program updates and upcoming summer camps and to answer any questions they have about the program.

Ten GSC Hidden Promise Scholars along with their parents enjoyed pizza and soft drinks and met with GSC Hidden Promise Coordinator Jenny Boggs and GSC Assistant to the President Marlon Henry. GSC Hidden Promise Mentors Joseph Overbaugh, a GSC junior from Mount Zion, and Sarah Lane, a freshman from Arnoldsburg, and Calhoun County High School Counselor Terry Goodnight were also in attendance.

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The Hidden Promise Scholars program is an alliance among Glenville State College and county school districts across West Virginia aimed at improving communication between higher education and K through 12. Other goals include increasing the number of high school and college graduates as well as aligning the K-12 and higher education curriculum.

Hidden Promise Scholars are students in the eighth through twelfth grade from central West Virginia. Selected by county superintendents and principals, these students interact with Glenville State College students and faculty and explore the vistas that a college education opens. Hidden Promise Scholars will mentor with college students at their home schools and participate in an array of campus visits.

There are currently thirty-two students in Calhoun County who have been selected as Hidden Promise Scholars.

Upon high school graduation, Hidden Promise Scholars who enroll at Glenville State College receive an annual scholarship. The annual grant is renewable throughout their enrollment at GSC as full-time students maintaining standard academic progress.

Similar ‘Meet and Greet’ events are planned for each of the thirty-seven counties and Belpre, Ohio school systems that participate in the GSC Hidden Promise Scholars Program. “These community gatherings provide the opportunity to discuss the program in a casual setting and allow the Scholars to meet their Mentors in person. They are a very important part of the program, and I love having them,“ said Boggs.

To learn more about the GSC Hidden Promise Scholars Program, contact Boggs at “virginia.boggs@glenville.edu” or 304.462.6059.

Cooper Lee Summers

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The first child of Patricia L. and Ronald L. Summers of Weston, WV was born Monday, February 18, 2013 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.

The little boy was named Cooper Lee Summers and weighed 7-pounds, 15-ounces.

The mother is the former Patricia Siers and is an executive assistant and the father is an engineer.

Maternal grandparents are Amo and Deborah Siers of Orma, WV.

Paternal grandparents are Ronnie and Kathy Summers of Orma, WV.

Bryant Ross Jones

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A 5-pound, 13-ounces baby boy was born to Brittany Alkire and Bryan Wease-Jones of Weston, WV on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.

The little boy was named Bryant Ross Jones and is the couple’s first child.

Both mother and father are employed at McDonalds.

Maternal grandparents are Lloyd and Mary Alkire of Weston, WV.

Paternal grandparents are Larry Jones of Weston, WV and Phelma Wease of Grantsville, WV.

Calhoun County: Chloe Woman and Her Family Win a Generator from WCHS-Fox11

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Cassie Elkins of Chloe, WV is the winner of the 5,500-watt generator that was up for grabs in the WCHS-Fox11 Facebook contest.

Cassie and her family went to TV station in Charleston on Tuesday to pick up the generator, and it could not have come at a better time.

Snow has been in the forecast, and the family lives in a small community that is usually the last to get its power back on when there is an outage.

In recent storms, the family has lost a lot of food when the power gets knocked out.

Based on the past experience of this Calhoun County woman and her family, this prize could be generating some power at some times when they really need it.

Cassie entered the contest at the suggestion of her father, and she said she is excited because she has never won anything previously.

Congratulations to Cassie and her family

CGCC Offers Welding Technology Night Classes for Adults - Register by 03.22.13

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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 March 22, 2013.

Classes would begin on March 26, 2013.

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
Starting date on the following week

Course Code 1985-01

CGCC: Parent-Tracher Conference - March 18, 2013

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Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Wednesday 03.06.13

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Glenville State CollegeOpen
Gilmer County CourthouseOpen
Gilmer County Senior CenterOpen
Gilmer County SchoolsOpen
Braxton County SchoolsAll Closed
Calhoun County SchoolsOpen
Doddridge County Schools2-Hour Delay
Lewis County SchoolsOpen
Ritchie County SchoolsAll Closed
Barbour County SchoolsAll Closed
Clay County Schools2-Hour Delay
Harrison County SchoolsAll Closed
Nicholas County SchoolsAll Closed
Roane County SchoolsOpen
Upshur County SchoolsAll Closed
Webster County SchoolsAll Closed
Wetzel County Schools2-Hour Delay
Wirt County SchoolsOpen
Wood County SchoolsAll Closed

Please Send Us Your Closings and Delays

G-LtE™: The Good Trusting Citizens of the Mountain State

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The Good Trusting Citizens of the Mountain State,

West Virginia is a great place to have been born, to live, to raise a family.  Not many of us will dispute these facts.  Communities are made up of great neighbors, friends, and families that tend to look after each other much more than in other places in America.  The scenery, the climate, cost of living, vast recreational opportunities from rafting to fishing to railroad excursions, hunting and lots more are at every turn.

OK.  So now this question.  Why does our Great State of West Virginia remain at the bottom of nearly all economic and educational rankings?  I believe the answer reflects on the very goodness of our fellow citizens.  We are a very trusting, close knit, family oriented, mostly rural folks.  You trust your friends and neighbors.  We also trust our politicians.

We never stand back and look at the politicians with a good eye.  We trust them.  The politicians have learned this and have now for generations taken advantage of us.  We looked at them as ‘part of the family’.  We have not looked hard enough to actually evaluate what they have been doing.  We put our faith in them; they are ‘just one of us’.  Well, at one time that was the gist of it.  Somewhere along the line, these politicians, who were family and friends, discovered they could fleece us of our money, stuff their pockets with it, put all their family, friends, and cronies to work and build little empires for themselves.

So where are we now?  The state educational system is a ‘hot topic’ in Charleston as well as many other communities at present.

Do you realize West Virginia spends more dollars per student, than 95% of the other states?

Do you realize West Virginia students score at 47th in state education?

Our politicos that have controlled our West Virginia for the past 80 or so years, are really responsible for all our woes.  We trusted them and we have been taken squarely to the cleaners for giving them that trust.  They have failed the voters, most especially, with our failed education system.  We have been promised, told it will be repaired.  Myself and a lot of others do not believe it.  We think there is just more of the same old lip service and broken promises by the same old bunch.

All of these old horse incumbents that have caused the problems are now telling us they are up to fixing it?

A. Lincoln said it best:    “you can’t fool all of the people all of the time”.

Actions always speak louder than words and we can’t see anything but the same-o same-o.

We know now that Mingo County was under State Control for 12 years before they got it repaired and returned.  So how long will it take Charleston to repair the entire BOE?

Doubtful any of us alive today will live long enough to see that happen.

~~  by WeKnow – Info on File ~~

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

Imprisonment Status:  Pre-Trial Felon
Full Name: Hillegas,  Dustin  Ray
Height: 5’  10”
Weight: 150 lbs.
Birth Date: 07.10.1987
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 03.02.2013
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Pre-Trial Felon

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
13F-15-16
CALHOUN COUNTY - Bail Amount: $25,000.00
Charged with:

Sexual abuse of first degree.

Sexual abuse by a parent or guardian.

Bessie E. Kyer

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Bessie E. Kyer

Age 78, of Palestine, WV died Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg.

She was born September 24, 1934, at Nicut, Calhoun County, WV, a daughter of the late Seldon and Lydia Rogers Parsons.

Bessie attended the New Life Worship Center in Elizabeth, and loved cooking, sewing, gardening and singing.

Survivors include her husband, Grant Kyer of Palestine; children and their spouses, Robert and Shirley Kyer of Palestine, and Betty and Randy Deem of Leroy; sisters, Maysel Kyer of Leroy, and Goldie Jeffers of Canton, Ohio; and a brother, Vear Parsons of Canton, Ohio. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Joshua Deem of Ripley, Maria Richards of Leroy, Matthew Deem of Parkersburg, Angel Whited of Palestine, Jeremy Kyer of Louisville, Ky., and Melissa Canterbury of Palestine. She also leaves behind five great-grandchildren, Levi McCune, and Skyler, Hannah, Hallie and Isabelle Deem.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Roger Kyer; and a brother, Denver Parsons.

Funeral service was 1:00 PM Saturday at the New Life Worship Center in Elizabeth, with Rev. Dean Ash officiating.

Interment followed in Good Hope Cemetery, Reedy.

Steven Glenn Knotts

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Steven Glenn Knotts

Age 45, born November 07, 1967 in Orma, WV, was taken to heaven on February 25, 2013 after a tragic timber accident.

He is survived by his parents, Glen and Sharon Knotts of Orma, his wonderful 8 year old son Hunter Gauge Knotts, his fiancée Vania R. Fox of Glen Dale, WV, a sister Sherry Wade, one niece Jenna (Travis) Nicholas. One great nephew, Dayton Roy Nicholas and one special little buddy, Andrew Blayne Skrzyneki. Steve also is survived by many friends and extended family who will greatly miss him.

Steve was a 1986 graduate of Calhoun County High School and a long-time employee of Pete Gould & Sons, Inc. of Ravenswood, WV where he happily worked as a foreman until his last breath. He will best be remembered for his infectious laugh and practical jokes. He always believed that his greatest accomplishment in life was being a great father. The sun rose and set on Hunter. He was a strong, big-hearted loving man who didn’t know a stranger. His loss will affect those in Orma, his many friends in the areas where he worked and in Glen Dale, WV where he resided at the time he passed.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Sunday March 03, 2013 at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg with Rev. Roger Carter officiating.

Burial will follow in the Knotts Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday from 6:00-9:00 PM.

Calhoun County Judge Orders Evaluation for Woman Charged with Murdering Her Infant

Imprisonment Status:  Pre-Trial Felon
Full Name: Kreh,  Ashley  Nicole
Height: 5’  3"
Weight: 160 lbs.
Birth Date: 04.05.1990
Gender: Female
Booking Date: 02.22.2012
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Pre-Trial Felon

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
12F-26 CALHOUN COUNTY - Bail Amount: $750,000.00
12M-169 BRAXTON COUNTY - Bail Amount: $5,000.00
13M-50 BRAXTON COUNTY - Bail Amount: $25,000.00
Calhoun County woman was indicted for the death of her infant daughter earlier this year.
Calhoun County judge ordered a 60-day evaluation instead of sentencing on Monday, February 25, 2013.
she was charged with murder and child abuse resulting in the death of her 2-month-old girl.
Autopsy results showed the infant died of blunt force trauma to the head in February 2012.
The infant had sustained a skull fracture and a broken arm.
The infant died a couple of days later.
If convicted, she could face between 10 and 40 years in prison.
She told the Calhoun County judge that she was sorry!

Dottie L. Harris

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Dottie L. Harris

Age 68, of Mount Zion, WV, went home to be with the Lord on February, 25, 2013, after a sudden illness.

She was born January 31, 1945, one of fifteen children born to the late Aaron and Tracy Lamp Stull.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 34 years, Ronnie Harris; a sister, Phyllis Sampson and brother, Robert Stull.

She graduated from Calhoun County High School in 1965. She was retired from B.F. Goodrich.

She was a member of Victory Baptist Church in Grantsville, WV.

She is survived by one daughter, Angie Slider and her husband Tommy Slider and grandsons, Daniel Slider and Ryan Slider of Mount Zion, WV. She is also survived by seven brothers and five sisters, Doug (Joan) Stull of Grantsville, WV, David (Dorie) Stull of Mount Zion, Earl Stull of Big Bend, WV; Jack (Melva) Stull of Mount Zion, Larry (Vicky) Stull of Mount Zion, Eugene (Sandy) Stull of Grantsville, Johnny (Beth) Stull of Grantsville, Leona (Clay) Yeager of Five Forks, Linda (John) Simers of Mount Zion, Rosemary (Ronnie) Brown of Grantsville, Elizabeth (Roy) Parsons of Big Springs, WV; Kathy (Charlie) Wagoner of Big Springs; several nieces and nephews and her two dogs, Sam and Ollie.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Thursday February 28 at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with Pastor Mike Worf officiating.

Burial will follow in the Carpenter Cemetery.

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

G-otcha™: Cahounty County Man Behind Bars for Sexual Abuse

Imprisonment Status:  Pre-Trial Felon
Full Name: Lamp,  Christopher  Scott
Height: 6’  0”
Weight: 180 lbs.
Birth Date: 10.21.1991
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 02.24.2013
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Pre-Trial Felon

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
13F-11-14, 13M-41-42 CALHOUN COUNTY - Bail Amount: $130,000.00
Two counts of sexual assault 3rd degree.
Sexual abuse 3rd degree.
Sexual abuse by parent or custodian.

CGCC: Parent-Tracher Conference - 03.18.13

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CGCC: GED Classes in Calhoun and Gilmer Counties

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The GED test is going to change on January 2014. Therefore all 2002 Series GED Test scores will expire on December 31, 2013.

This means that, if you are GED candidate who started with the 2002 version of the test, you will have to complete your testing by December 31, 2013 or start all over again.

If you are one of these partial completers,  time is of the essence.

GED classes are available in both Gilmer and Calhoun counties.

Calhoun County classes will be held at the Career Center on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Gilmer County classes will be held at St. Marks Church on Wednesday from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM. (St. Marks is located one mile from Glenville; across the street from the new fire station.)

Carl F. Sturm

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Carl F. Sturm

Age 96, of Rootstown, Ohio, formerly of Millstone, WV, passed away February 23, 2013 in Ravenna, Ohio.

Born at Arnoldsburg, November 04, 1916, he was a son of the late Roy Sturm, Sr. and Florence Ferrell Sturm.

He was retired from Consolidated Natural Gas Company and had lived in Pineville for many years before moving to Millstone.

He was a former member of the Rock Castle Baptist Church in Pineville and was currently a member of Albert’s Chapel United Methodist Church at Sand Ridge.

He is survived by one daughter, Judy Lambert and her husband Bill of Rootstown Ohio; one brother, Chester Sturm of Ormond Beach, Florida; three grandchildren, Renee (Jeff) Hunter of Kent Ohio, Billy (Sandra) Lambert of Atwater Ohio and Carl (Missy) Lambert of Uniontown Ohio; and six great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Arleta McKee Sturm; four sisters and four brothers.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, March 02, 2013 at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg with Rev. David Weaver officiating.

Interment will follow in the Sturm Cemetery at Millstone.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 12:00-Noon until the time of the services.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Robinson Visiting Nurses and Hospice, 6847 North Chestnut Street, P O Box 1204, Ravenna, Ohio, 44266 or to Albert’s Chapel United Methodist Church, c/o Kandas Smith, 4341 Sycamore Road, Millstone, WV 25261.

The family wishes to extend their deepest appreciation to Bonnie Klusty of Bonnie’s Home Health Care of Ravenna for the loving care given to Mr. Sturm during his illness and passing.

Senior Appreciation Day - 05.09.13

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Greater Harrison Task Force Takes the Lead on Drug Education in North Central West Virginia

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School Officials & Law Enforcement Join Forces to Fight Addiction, Overdoses


Law enforcement leaders and local school administrators announced a new drug education and outreach program for North Central West Virginia on Thursday known as Project FUTURE: The Right Prescription for West Virginia.

Board members from the Greater Harrison County Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force (hereinafter “Task Force”) were joined today by Harrison County School Officials in making the announcement.  According to United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, Project Future is a comprehensive strategy designed to educate parents and children about the dangers of prescribed medicine, synthetic drugs, and other illegal drugs that are plaguing communities in West Virginia.

“The goal of Project Future is for every child to live a life free from substance abuse, and we plan to achieve that goal by the aggressive enforcement of drug trafficking laws as well as by educating our youth about the dangers of drugs,” said Ihlenfeld.

Dr. Gregory Moore, Assistant Superintendent of Harrison County Schools stated: “Prescription drug abuse is the leading type of drug abuse in the state of West Virginia. Project Future will supplement the educational programs Harrison County Schools already has in place that focus on prescription and illegal drugs in order to give our school system a comprehensive approach to teach children about the dangers of drug abuse. Since prescription drugs come from a doctor, people tend to believe that they are safe. But unless those drugs have been prescribed to you—nothing could be further from the truth.“

“The Task Force has a responsibility to do more than just arrest, indict, and lock people up,” said Chief John Walker, Bridgeport, WV, Police Chief and Chairperson of the Task Force Board. “We have a duty to inform the young people of Harrison County that the choices they make on a Friday or Saturday night at a party could affect them for the rest of their lives, or could even end their lives.”

Over the next year members of the Task Force Board will visit schools in North Central West Virginia and they’ll be joined by special guest speakers with real-life experience in dealing with addiction. In addition, community awareness meetings will be held in the evenings so that parents can be fully informed and made aware of warning signs that their children may be using drugs.

The Project Future events that have already been scheduled for the area include:


February 21, 2013

9:30 AM - Robert C. Byrd High School (11th & 12th grades)

1:30 PM - Robert C. Byrd High School (9th & 10th grades)

6:00 PM – Community Awareness Meeting (at Robert C. Byrd High School)


February 22, 2013

9:00 AM - Bridgeport Middle School (7th & 8th grades)

10:30 AM – Washington Irving Middle School (8th grade)

1:45 PM – Liberty High School (9th & 10th grades)


March 27, 2013

Calhoun County Middle-High School (7th thru 12th grades)

Gilmer County High School (7th thru 12th grades)


April 09, 2013

Cameron High School (7th thru 12th grades)


April 30, 2013

Tucker County High School (9th thru 12th grades)


May 01, 2013

Liberty High School (11th & 12th grades)

Fairmont Senior High School (9th thru 12th grades)


The dates of additional events in Marion, Monongalia, Mineral and Hampshire Counties are in the process of being finalized and will be announced in the near future.

The Project Future program has partnered with United States Senator Jay Rockefeller, who has been a leader in Congress in tackling the issues related to prescription drug abuse.  Drug Free Clubs of America is also a partner with the initiative.

U.S. Attorney Ihlenfeld said that he encourages other schools and community groups that are interested in hosting a Project Future event to contact his office at 304.234.0100.

Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Friday 02.22.13

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Friday, February 22, 2013
Glenville State CollegeOpen
Gilmer County CourthouseOpen
Gilmer County Senior CenterOpen
Gilmer County SchoolsOpen
Braxton County Schools2-Hour Delay
Calhoun County SchoolsOpen
Doddridge County Schools2-Hour Delay
Lewis County SchoolsOpen
Ritchie County Schools2-Hour Delay
Barbour County SchoolsOpen
Clay County Schools2-Hour Delay
Harrison County Schools2-Hour Delay
Nicholas County Schools2-Hour Delay
Roane County Schools2-Hour Delay
Upshur County Schools2-Hour Delay
Webster County Schools2-Hour Delay
Wetzel County Schools2-Hour Delay
Wirt County Schools2-Hour Delay
Wood County Schools2-Hour Delay

Please Send Us Your Closings and Delays

CGCC: GED Classes in Calhoun and Gilmer Counties

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The GED test is going to change on January 2014. Therefore all 2002 Series GED Test scores will expire on December 31, 2013.

This means that, if you are GED candidate who started with the 2002 version of the test, you will have to complete your testing by December 31, 2013 or start all over again.

If you are one of these partial completers,  time is of the essence.

GED classes are available in both Gilmer and Calhoun counties.

Calhoun County classes will be held at the Career Center on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Gilmer County classes will be held at St. Marks Church on Wednesday from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM. (St. Marks is located one mile from Glenville; across the street from the new fire station.)

CGCC: Brandon Riley Receives a GMAW Welding Certification

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Carl J. Collins the Welding Technology Instructor at Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center would like to announce that Brandon Riley has received a GMAW welding certification.

Brandon is a second year student and has work very hard the past two years.

Mr. Collins is very proud of Brandon’s efforts and interest in the Welding Industry.

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CGCC Accepting Enrollment: Adult Basic Education Program

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Earn Your GED and get a head start in a better career! Contact us today to enroll!

Our classes are held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

We look forward to meeting with you! Interested parties should contact the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center at 304.354.6151 or visit us at 5260 E. Little Kanawha Hwy Grantsville, WV 26147.

(The Career Center does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, handicapping condition, marital status, or national origin in the administration of any educational programs or activities.)

Gilmer County Farm Bureau and WVU Extension Service-Gilmer County Plant Sale 2013

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Order and payment must be turned into the WVU Extension Service- Gilmer County Office by
Friday, February 22, 2013 at 4:00 PM

(If you are a resident of Calhoun County, you may drop off/ pay at the Calhoun County Office.
Plants will be delivered to Calhoun County Extension Office for pickup. 304.354.6332)

 

Strawberries

Early Season
Annapolis: $5 for 25 plants

Annapolis has attractive, high-quality berries that maintain their large size through several pickings. A vigorous and winter-hardy variety, Annapolis has resistance to red stele. With its consistent performance, Annapolis has become a top variety.

Early Mid-Season
Northeasterner: $5 for 25 plants

This variety demonstrates excellent vigor and high disease resistance. Production varies from site to site but is generally ample, with good-sized fruit that holds up well during the season. Northeaster is prized for its very fine flavor and attractive firm berries. Also noted for its resistance to foliage diseases. Northeaster performs well in heavier soils.


Blackberries

Chester: $18 for 5 plants
Considered one of the more winter hardy and productive thornless varieties available, Chester produces large, high-quality fruit that ripens in early to mid-August. Fruit has good flavor and does not soften or lose its shiny black color in hot weather. Chester plants are vigorous and show resistance to cane blight.


Raspberries

Red
Heritage: $10 for 5 plants

For many years this was the standard variety for production and high-quality fruit by which fall-bearing varieties were judged. The fall crop is highly productive and ripens from the end of August through October, depending on your location. The berries have good size, color and flavor. The fruit is good for jam and freezing and is delicious for fresh use, as well.

Black
Mac Black: $18 for 5 Plants

Mac Black is a late-season variety that will extend the black raspberry season. Mac Black berries have excellent flavor, good size and production. Mac Black will benefit from a trellis system.


Blueberries

Chandler: $8.50 each
This is a mid to late season blueberry plant with the largest berry of any available on the market today. Chandler will fruit over a period of 4-6 weeks, and has very nice flavor. This variety is vigorous, with a spreading habit of 5-6 feet.

Not Responsible for Plants that are not picked up within 5 days of arrival!

Plant Order Form

Name:____________________________________________________________

Address:__________________________________________________________

Phone #:________________________

Plant Type No. of Plants in Order Quantity Price Total
Strawberries        
     Annapolis 25   $5.00  
    Northeasterner 25   $5.00  
Blackberries        
    Chester 5   $18.00  
Raspberries        
    Red- Heritage 5   $10.00  
    Black- Mac Black 5   $18.00  
Blueberries        
    Chandler 1   $8.50  
 
Total Amount Due:      


Paid: Check___ (#          ) Cash______ Amount Received__________

Make Checks Payable to: Gilmer County Farm Bureau

All money is due when order form is turned in.  All orders and money are due no later than Friday, February 22, 2013, at 4:00 PM.

You will be contacted to pick up your order when they arrive.

 

Not Responsible for Plants that are not picked up within 5 days of arrival!

Mail or drop off to WVU Extension Service-Gilmer County, P.O. Box 310, Glenville, WV 26351

Our physical location is at Gilmer County Recreation Center

304.462.7061

Virginia Ellyson Simmons

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Virginia Ellyson Simmons

Age 92, passed away February 15, 2013 at home on Leading Creek, Gilmer County, WV.

She was born May 19, 1920 on Sinking Creek, Gilmer County, WV, the daughter of the late Walter Ellyson and Rosa Belle Price Ellyson.

Virginia grew up in Gilmer County and married Creed Simmons. They later moved to Indiana and lived there many years. After Creed retired they moved back to Gilmer County where they enjoyed the country life and visiting with their many friends in the area.

She is survived by her daughter Wilma Wells (Jesse) of Glenville, WV; son Marvin Simmons (Cathy) of Indiana; as well as grandchildren, Heather, Rachael, Evelyn, Kim, Creed, Clinton and Amy; several great-grandchildren; sister and brother Genevieve Earl of Grantsville, WV and Willard Ellyson of Lehigh Acres, FL.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Creed Simmons; brothers Arch Ellyson, George Ellyson, Walter James Ellyson, Edward Ellyson, Bernard Ellyson and Charles Thomas Ellyson; one sister, Martha Jane Ellyson Kyer Spencer.

Private services were held February 18, 2013 at Ellyson’s Mortuary with interment at the Stalnaker Cemetery on WV Highway 5 West in Glenville.

Arlan Gail “Butch” Burch, Jr.

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Arlan Gail “Butch” Burch, Jr.

Age 62, of Grantsville, WV, died on February 17, 2013 at the home of his sister.

He was born on May 15, 1950, to Arlan Gail and Catherine Kelley Burch of Grantsville, WV.

Arlan graduated from Calhoun County High School and attended Glenville State College.

He worked at various jobs including factory work at Rubber Fabricators in Grantsville, WV; Kenny Shoes in Glenville, WV and Norris Industries in Spencer, WV.

Most recently he was employed by the Calhoun County Commission at the Calhoun County Park and the Calhoun County Courthouse. Arlan served in the U.S. Army Reserves for six years.

Arlan’s biggest joy was music, playing guitar and singing with his friends in the band, Dixie Moon.

He loved the West Virginia mountains and the West Virginia Mountaineers.

He was a patriot who cherished our constitution and worried that our freedoms were being eroded. He had a big heart and a gentle spirit and will be greatly missed by his friends and family.

Arlan is survived by his sister, Patricia Barnes (Jack); nieces, Stephanie Mills (Geoff), Holly Martin (Breck) and nephew Eric Barnes. He is also survived by special friends, Mike and Mary Alice Wilson and son Mike Jr., Harold and Jean Wilson, Rick Pitts, Donnie Price, J.B. Butcher, Rick Magly, Tom and Barbara Fluharty, Bob and Gina Burns, Richard and Shirley Starcher. If we are lucky to have one good friend in life, then Arlan was truly blessed because he had several. We are not forgetting all the other friends Arlan had including employees at the Calhoun County Courthouse and Calhoun County Magistrate Court.

Arlan was preceded in death by his parents.

We would like to thank the employees of Housecalls Home Health, Housecalls Hospice and Camden Clark Medical Center Oncology floor for their loving care.

Memorial donations may be made to Housecalls Hospice, 1226 Market Street Parkersburg, WV 26101.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Thursday February 21, 2013, at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with Rev. Ron Chesser officiating.

Burial will follow in the Enon Cemetery.

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

Get a Head Start on Spring and Order your Berry Plants Now! - Deadline This Friday

The Gilmer Free Press

Gilmer County Farm Bureau and WVU Extension Service- Gilmer County will once again be placing a bulk order for berry plants.

The berry plants that are available this year will be Strawberries, Blackberries, Raspberries (both red and black), and Blueberries.

If you would like to improve your garden by adding one or more of these berry plants contact the WVU Extension Service- Gilmer County at 304.462.7061, and we will mail you an order form.

Orders and payment is due by February 22, 2013, at the close of business, 4:00 PM.

Calhoun County residents may also participate.

The WVU Extension Service- Calhoun County will be taking orders, and payment, but they must also be in by February 22, 2013, this will also serve as a pickup location.

Once plants arrive all participants will be called and plants will need to be picked up within 5 days.

Do not miss out on this opportunity to add some fresh berries to your future family meals.

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