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Kenneth Cody Harris

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Kenneth Cody Harris

Age 18, of Spencer, WV, passed away on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Charleston Area Medical Center General Division in Charleston, West Virginia.

He was born May 03, 1995 in Spencer, WV, a son of Tammie Goff Reynolds and her husband, Rodney of Spencer and Kenneth Harris of Calhoun County, WV.

He was a recent graduate of Roane County High School.

Cody is also survived by his sister, Kendra Hayes of Spencer; brothers, Jordan Harris of Harmony, WV and Rodney Reynolds of Spencer; and his grandparents, Buddy and Sally Goff of Elizabeth, WV, Elmer and Faye Waggoner of Sand Ridge, WV, and Raymond and Katie Reynolds of Harmony.

Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at the Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home in Spencer, with Minister Toby Wagoner officiating.

Burial will be in the Craig Hill Cemetery on Craig Ridge near Spencer.

Visitation will be two hours prior to the service on Sunday at the funeral home.

High School Football Game Night - 10.11.13

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Vere “Bill” Eugene Brannon

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Vere “Bill” Eugene Brannon

Age 73, of Mineral Wells, WV, formerly of Grantsville, WV, passed away October 09, 2013 at Minnie Hamilton Health Systems after an extended illness.

He was born in Calhoun County, WV, the son of the late Denver Ray and Amy May Brannon.

He was a veteran of the United States Army. He was retired from Hardman’s and B. F. Goodrich.

Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Joanne (Sampson) Brannon; one daughter, Anetia (Mike) Wilson; one son, Carl (Judy) Brannon; three grandchildren, Amber Wilson (Joe Blair), Andrew Wilson, Berlisha (Jeffery) Miller; two great grandchildren, Hunter Blair and Olivia Brannon.

Also survived by sisters Betty Keen of Chloe, Carolyn Bailey of Orma, Mae Conley of Looneyville and Dottie Lou Parsons of Ohio. One brother, Larry Brannon of Spencer and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one grandson, Randy Eugene Brannon. Three sisters, Ruth Boggs, Opal Cottrell and Erma Jean Brannon.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 12, 2013, 1:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg with Rev. Kevin Church officiating.

Burial will follow in the Gibson Cemetery at Arnoldsburg with full military graveside rites.

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

Gilmer County Family Court Report – 10.09.13

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On Wednesday, October 09, 2013 Family Court Judge Larry Whited was in Gilmer County with 6 cases on his docket.

•  Two domestic violence orders were terminated.

•  Two divorces were continued.

Two divorces were granted:

•  Amanda L. Helmick (34) of Grantsville, WV divorced Scott Helmick (39) of Burnsville, WV.

•  Harlin A. Campbell (22) of Glenville, WV divorced Ashley Campbell (24) of Weston, WV.

C.A. Minney

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C.A. Minney

Age 73, passed away October 07, 2013 at Miletree Health Center in Spencer.

Born at Orma, Calhoun County, WV, May 15, 1940, he was a son of the late Ira and Myrtle Hess Siers Minney.

He was a member of the Ebenezer Baptist Church of Orma, WV.

C.A. was a US Army Veteran, a farmer and was employed for several years in the timber business prior to a timber accident in October 19, 1984.

Surviving are his sister, Darlie Schoolchraft of Dalton, OH and a half brother, George Siers of Conneautville, PA, as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Waneta Sue Minney, daughter, Patty Jane Minney Little, half brothers, Renis, Ressie and Oye (stillborn) Minney, half brothers, Arnold B. and Arno Creed Siers, half sisters, Cressie, Ruth (stillborn), Rena, Ina and Ena Minney.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 Noon, Friday October 11, 2013 at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Orma ,WV with Elder George Rose officiating.

Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service.

Interment will be in the Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

          October 16 and 17, 3013

          November 13 and 14, 2013

          December 11 and 12, 2013

- Call 304.354.6151 for more Information

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

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

CGCC: Repair Projects Needed for Automotive Program - Fall 2013


The Automotive Program at Calhoun Gilmer Career Center is now accepting live vehicles as lab projects for our students. The details are as follows.

How much does it cost?

Low Labor Price at $5 per hour, charged by the job not the time it takes the student to complete the project. An authorization of at least $50 toward repairs is required for all requests. Part of this process requires you to authorize a dollar amount so that we may start repairs on your car in the event you are unable for contact at that time.

Should I bring my own parts or will you provide them?

We can provide parts for your vehicle. The cost of parts is the same list price that you would pay at the parts store. Of course you are welcome to provide parts for your own vehicle if you know what it needs.


Call the Calhoun Gilmer Career Center to set up a time to have your vehicle repaired. You will be asked a few questions such as the Year, Make and Model of your vehicle. Afterwards, we will call you to set up a time when you can drop your vehicle off. It is possible we will need your vehicle for several days.

What not to bring:

•  Body Work
•  Carburetors
•  Vehicles that have been sitting unused.
•  A vehicle that you can’t be without for more than one day.

Make sure you can drop the vehicle off. Customers won’t be waiting at the facility for the vehicle to be repaired.

Vehicles should be 1996 or newer.

Types of Repairs we need:

•  Battery Problems, Starting and charging issues
•  Alternators
•  Brakes
•  Ball Joints,
•  Suspension
•  Wheel Alignment,
•  Loose Steering
•  Shocks & struts
•  Wheel bearings
•  Air Conditioning & Heating
•  Tune ups,
•  water pumps,
•  Misfires
•  Overheating,
•  Coolant Leaks

Frequently Asked Questions:

A student calls me to bring my car in for a repair. What should I expect? The students will request that you bring your car up to the Calhoun Gilmer Career Center before the designated lab and check the car in with the front office. Part of this process requires you to authorize a dollar amount so that we may start repairs on your car in the event you are unable for contact at that time. Once the student has had an opportunity to diagnose your car he will call and give you a preliminary diagnosis and obtain any additional information. The student should also call you with regular progress reports.

Can you come and get my vehicle for me? It is the customer responsibility to deliver the vehicle to us. We do not have a towing service but there are many good ones locally who will be willing to serve you.

Will you diagnose my vehicle for me and then I will do the repairs? No. The focus of the program is that the students get to experience not only the diagnosis, but also the knowledge that the diagnosis was correct. This helps them to build confidence and learn many important things during the repair process.

Can I pick up my car at the end of each day? No. The only time you may take your vehicle is after a completed repair. All parts and service fees must be paid before the vehicle can be released.

How long will the repair take? Students only work during on projects the designated labs which follow class schedules. Because this is a learning environment we are not as efficient as regular retail shops. Therefore most projects will be here for a minimum of 2 lab periods. The bigger the job the more lab periods required to complete the repair.

How may I pay for my repair? We will take cash, check.

What kind of cars are you looking for? This needs to be a good experience for both the customer and the student. We prefer modern technology to supplement the classes. Therefore 1996 and newer is a good place to start. We would like vehicles which have a natural problem. Cars that have already been taken apart, dismantled, sitting for more than a year, or have been modified from original production; do not make good projects. The cars that make the best candidates are ones that are currently licensed and insured; something that has been in use and has developed an issue or concern under normal use.

DISCLAIMER - Repairs made will be done as an instructional project by automotive students.  The school and its employees and agents will not be liable for loss or damage to the vehicle.  You agree that the vehicle will not be released until fees are paid.  A mechanics lien may be assigned to the vehicle to recover those fees.  Students may operate the vehicle for purposes of testing and diagnosis at your risk.

People Are Urged to Take GED Before Test Changes

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The West Virginia Department of Education is urging more than 13,000 West Virginians to complete their GED before the test changes.

On January 02, 2014, an electronic version of the high school diploma equivalency test will debut.

The new version’s content will align with the national Common Core standards.

People who have not completed the existing GED by December 31, 2013 will have to start all over over.

Another change is the cost.

West Virginia is one of only four states that offers the $50 test for free. The Legislature voted in 2008 to provide state funding for GED vouchers to cover the cost.

The state funding is not enough to cover the $120 cost of the new electronic GED.

In addition to the current form of the GED test expiring, there were some financial concerns because the cost of the test was going to go up, and it was unknown if the state could continue to pick up the bill.

At this point, there are solutions in progress, including re-bidding the test to another vendor that would not cost additional monies, and therefore current allocated state monies could cover the costs.

The test will remain free for West Virginians until at least the end of the year.

Having the GED paid for ... it’s made a huge difference. GED testing did not used to be free years back.

About 4,000 people in West Virginia received their GED.

The passing rate was 76%, compared to 69% nationally.

Contact the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center for more information on taking the test.304.354.6151.

Anna “Susan” Hartshorn

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Anna “Susan” Hartshorn

Age 51, of Annamoriah, WV, daughter of the late Clyde “Joe” Frame and Dorma Pepper Frame, left this earthly home on October 05, 2013.

Surviving are her husband Gary Hartshorn; her son, Carl “Cade” (Kara) Groves; her grandson, Sawyer; her brothers and sisters, Patty Bennett of Alabama, Eric (Martha) Newell, Neva (Bob) Bailey, Dyer (Crystal) Frame and Mark (Donna) Frame; her stepsons Jeremiah and Gary Boyd Hartshorn and Gabriel Ramirez of New Mexico as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Susan was a graduate of Calhoun County High School. She was a certified nursing assistant and was employed by Minnie Hamilton Healthcare System.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday October 09, 2013, 11:00 AM at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with Rev. Kevin Church officiating.

Burial will follow in the Wolverton Cemetery at Big Bend.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 9:00-11:00 AM prior to the services.

High School Football Results - 10.04.13

West Virginia High School Football Results:

Class A:

Class A:        #1 Williamstown (4-1)  #2 St. Marys (5-0)  13-32   |  Bridgeport, OH (2-4)  #3 Madonna (5-0)  0-55   |  #4 Notre Dame (4-1)  Danville, OH   22-65   |  #5 Moorefield (5-1)  Berkeley Springs AA (0-6)  53-7   |  #5 Man (4-1)  Fayetteville (2-4)  30-25   |  #5 East Hardy (5-0)  Pendleton County (2-4)  40-23   |  #9 Meadow Bridge (5-1)  #5 Valley - Fayette (5-0)  8-16   |  Kiski Prep, PA   #10 Wheeling Central (5-1)  12-20   |  Valley Wetzel (2-2)  #11 Clay-Battelle (4-0)  GAME POSTPONED TO MONDAY!  |  #12 Tucker County (4-2)  So. Garrett, MD   20-28   |  #13 Greenbrier West (5-1)  Pikeview AA (2-4)  48-12   |  #14 Wahama (5-1)  Southern, OH (5-1)  28-14   |  #15 Doddridge County (4-2)  #16 Parkersburg Catholic (5-1)  6-15   |  Pocahontas County (2-4)  Bath County, VA   0-7   |  BYE WEEK for Bishop Donahue (3-2)  |  Paden City (2-4)  Cameron (2-4)  19-20   |  Tygarts Valley (0-5)  Gilmer County (4-2)  21-38   |  Corning Miller, OH   Hannan (1-4)  26-20   |  BYE WEEK for Hundred (0-4)  |  Monroe Central, OH (3-3)  Magnolia (3-3)  8-32   |  BYE WEEK for Midland Trail (2-3)  |  Montcalm (1-5)  Northwood, VA   13-37   |  Van (2-3)  Richwood (1-5)  39-35   |  Calhoun County (0-6)  South Harrison (2-3)  18-25   |  East Ridge, KY   Tug Valley (2-4)  40-28   |  Buffalo (0-6)  Tyler Consolidated (2-4)  14-46   |  BYE WEEK for Wirt County (1-4)      ………..     


Class AA:

Class AA:        #1 Fairmont Senior (4-1)  #5 Bridgeport (5-1)  14-37   |  #2 Summers County (5-1)  Covington, VA   16-23   |  #3 Wayne (5-0)  #11 Mingo Central (3-2)  40-12   |  Mountain Ridge, MD   #4 Frankfort (5-0)  14-50   |  BYE WEEK for #6 Sissonville (4-1)  |  Richlands, VA   #7 Bluefield (4-1)  14-38   |  #8 Ritchie County (4-2)  Ravenswood (3-2)  21-43   |  #8 Wyoming East (5-1)  #12 River View (3-2)  14-12   |  Grafton (0-6)  #10 Lincoln (5-1)  14-45   |  James Monroe (1-4)  #13 Chapmanville (4-2)  0-36   |  #13 Robert C. Byrd (3-3)  #15 Nicholas County (4-2)  0-24   |  Liberty - Harrison (0-5)  Braxton County (1-5)  0-39   |  BYE WEEK for Clay County (1-4)  |  Sherman (2-4)  Independence (2-4)  14 22 (OT)  |  Webster County (1-5)  Liberty - Raleigh (2-4)  50-38   |  BYE WEEK for Mount View (1-4)  |  East Fairmont (1-4)  North Marion (1-5)  22-25   |  Weir (3-3)  Oak Glen (0-6)  27-23   |  Petersburg (2-4)  Philip Barbour (4-2)  21-28   |  Herbert Hoover (2-3)  Poca (1-5)  27-12   |  BYE WEEK for Roane County (3-2)  |  Westside (2-4)  Scott (3-3)  20-35   |  BYE WEEK for Tolsia (2-3)      ………..     


Class AAA:

Class AAA:      #2 Capital (4-1)  #1 Huntington (6-0)  10-24   |  #2 George Washington (5-0)  Princeton (2-3)  40-14   |  East Liverpool, OH   #2 Wheeling Park (5-0)  0-52   |  #5 Point Pleasant (5-0)  Brooke (1-5)  35-7   |  #6 Oak Hill (5-0)  Shady Spring (1-5)  52-12   |  Washington (2-3)  #7 Martinsburg (5-1)  0-34   |  Woodrow Wilson (2-3)  #8 Cabell Midland (5-1)  0-42   |  #9 University (5-1)  Greenbrier East (3-3)  56-24   |  #15 Keyser (AA) (4-2)  #10 Hampshire (3-2)  49-20   |  Dubois Area, PA   #11 Morgantown (5-1)  21-52   |  Preston (2-4) #12   Hedgesville (4-1)  40-46   |  BYE WEEK for #12 Logan (4-1)  |  #14 Lewis County (4-1)  Buckhannon-Upshur (2-4)  31-20   |  Parkersburg (2-3) #15   South Charleston (3-2)  19-21   |  BYE WEEK for #16 Jefferson (3-2)  |  BYE WEEK for Elkins (0-5)  |  BYE WEEK for Hurricane (3-2)  |  BYE WEEK for Lincoln County (0-5)  |  John Marshall (3-2)  Musselman (3-2)  7-34   |  Ripley (1-5)  Nitro (1-4)  41-20   |  BYE WEEK for Parkersburg South (1-4)  |  St. Albans (1-4)  Riverside (1-5)  13-42   |  BYE WEEK for Spring Mills (0-5)  |  Winfield (2-3)  Spring Valley (4-2)  20-25       ………..     

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Beverly Cain Bunch

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Beverly Cain Bunch

Passed away Thursday September 26, 2013. Beverly was a longtime resident of Huntington WV.

She was born and raised in Calhoun County, WV and is the daughter of the late Thomas B. Cain and Agnes Gillespie.

Beverly was retired from Marshall University after 25 years of service in administrative positions of various departments. She was particularly fond of her years as a secretary in the Marshall University football department and was forever a Thundering Herd promoter and fan.

While attending Marshall University, Beverly was an accomplished majorette winning several state and regional awards for her baton twirling. In college, she was a member of ALPHA XI DELTA Sorority.

Beverly was a member of Fifth Avenue Baptist Church.

She enjoyed tennis and duplicate bridge.

Beverly is survived by her sister, Mrs. Norma Cain Long of Romney WV; her daughter, Brenda Bunch Gorman (John) of Charlottesville, VA; son William Garland “W.G.” Bunch Jr. (Tracy) of Huntington; three grandchildren, Zachary Gorman, Brooke Irby and Blake Irby.

Beverly has been interred at Bethlehem Cemetery in Grantsville, WV in a private ceremony with Stump Funeral Home in charge of the services.

A memorial service celebrating her life was held on Saturday, October 05, 2013 at the chapel of Fifth Avenue Baptist Church in Huntington.

The family received well-wishers at 5:00 PM with a memorial service beginning at 6:00 PM.

Donations may be made in her name to Cabell County Community Services Organization, 724 10th Ave. Huntington, WV 25701.

Colvin James Martin

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Colvin James Martin is the name chosen for a son born to Alecia and Eric Martin of Glenville, WV.

He was born Friday, September 20, 2013. at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston and is the couple’s third child.

The little boy weighed 8-pounds, 14-ounces.

The mother is the former Alecia Alcaraz-May and is a DHHR Social Worker.

The father is employed at Lignetics.

Maternal grandparents are Gary and Veronica May of Arnoldsburg, WV.

Paternal grandparents are Jeff and Sandi Wise of Danville, California, and Betty and Jack Cecil of Florida.

Ruby E. Smith

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Ruby E. Smith

Age 92, of Orma, WV, passed away October 02, 2013 at Ravenswood Care Center in Ravenswood, WV.

She was born, August 07, 1921, in Calhoun County, WV, a daughter of the late Charles and Almeda Gae Houchin.

Ruby was a loving mother and grandmother.

She was a member of the Beech United Methodist Church.

She was a former cook with the Calhoun Board of Education.

She is survived by a son, Daniel Smith and his wife Kathy; two sisters, Kathleen Sears and Jean Boggs as well three grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her first husband Lawrence Smith and second husband Cecil Carpenter; four brothers, Harley, Chester, Garrett and Rex; one sister, Pearl Hall.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 05, 2013, 1:00 PM, at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg with the Rev. Rick Metheney officiating.

Burial will follow in the Smith Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 12:00 PM until the time of the service.

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Sisters of St. Joseph Charitable Fund & Our Community’s Foundation Offer Grant Workshop in Calhoun

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The Sisters of St. Joseph Charitable Fund (SSJCF) and Our Community’s Foundation - The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) and the Regional Affiliates – will offer a free grant workshop on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM at Calhoun County Committee on Aging, 105 Market Street, Grantsville, WV.

Representatives from nonprofit organizations, government entities, and schools are invited to attend the workshop to learn more about both foundations’ grantmaking processes.

Light refreshments will be provided.

The workshop will be co-presented by Our Community’s Foundation Program Officer, Marian Clowes, and SSJCF Program Officer Sr. Molly Bauer, who will provide participants with information about applying for grants from their respective foundations.  The program will cover each foundation’s grantmaking priorities, tips on preparing an effective grant request, and advice on grantseeking and proposal writing.

Our Community’s Foundation makes grants twice each year, in the fall and spring, to nonprofit organizations, government entities, and schools in Wood, Mason, Jackson, Wirt, Calhoun, Ritchie, Roane, Doddridge, Pleasants, and Gilmer Counties in West Virginia and Washington County, Ohio.

The Sisters of Saint Joseph Charitable Fund makes grant twice a year, in the fall and spring, to support projects that promote healthy and sustainable communities in Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt, and Wood Counties in West Virginia and Athens, Meigs, and Washington Counties in Ohio.

SSJCF recently introduced a new Basic Needs/Direct Service Grant Program. General information about each foundation’s grantmaking program can be found at and

To register to attend the workshop, send an e-mail to or call the SSJCF office at 304.424.6080.

Deadline to register is October 28, 2013.

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