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

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2014 REAP Recycling Assistance Grants Awarded

The Gilmer Free Press

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

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

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


Following are the grant recipients:


BARBOUR COUNTY

Barbour County Solid Waste Authority                                           $51,920      

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


BOONE COUNTY

Boone County Solid Waste Authority                                               $52,080      

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


BROOKE COUNTY

Brooke County Solid Waste Authority                                             $84,619.36  

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


CABELL COUNTY

Marshall University Sustainability Department                                   $34,200.99

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


CALHOUN COUNTY

Calhoun County Solid Waste Authority                                           $37,865

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


GRANT COUNTY                                                       

Region VIII Solid Waste Authority                                                 $140,000    

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


HANCOCK COUNTY

Hancock County Solid Waste Authority                                           $25,000

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


KANAWHA COUNTY

Belle, Town of                                                                       $3,000

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

Charleston East End Main Street                                                   $27,470

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

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

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

University of Charleston                                                             $20,793.99

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


MARION COUNTY

Marion County Solid Waste Authority                                             $148,865.75  

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

Northern Mountain State Metals                                                   $75,000      

To purchase a horizontal baler for the ongoing recycling operation.


MASON COUNTY

Mason County Solid Waste Authority                                             $54,248.52  

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


MINERAL COUNTY

Potomac State College of WVU                                                     $7,829.87    

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


MINGO COUNTY

Mountain State Tire Recycling                                                     $71,020      

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


MONONGALIA COUNTY

Monongalia County Solid Waste Authority                                       $99,500

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


MONROE COUNTY

Monroe County Solid Waste Authority                                             $88,350

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


MORGAN COUNTY

Morgan County Solid Waste Authority                                             $24,880

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


OHIO COUNTY

Ohio County Solid Waste Authority                                               $12,650      

To assist with advertising for the ongoing recycling program.

West Liberty University                                                             $24,760

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

Wheeling Area Training Center for the Handicapped                             $54,250      

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


PLEASANTS COUNTY

Pleasants County Commission                                                       $6,185

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

Pleasants County Solid Waste Authority                                           $114,300

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


POCAHONTAS COUNTY                                                

Pocahontas County Solid Waste Authority                                         $29,711.36

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


PRESTON COUNTY

Kingwood, City of                                                                   $25,695.92

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


PUTNAM COUNTY                                                                      

Putnam County Solid Waste Authority                                             $16,000

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


RALEIGH COUNTY

Beckley Garbage Disposal                                                           $42,000

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


RANDOLPH COUNTY

Elkins, City of                                                                         $20,950

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


SUMMERS COUNTY

Summers County Solid Waste Authority                                           $21,046.70

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


TAYLOR COUNTY

Refuse Control Systems                                                             $63,731.25

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

RRHAMCO                                                                         $75,000

To purchase a recycling truck for the ongoing operation.


TUCKER COUNTY                                                                       

Sunrise Sanitation                                                                   $53,955.50

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

Tucker County Solid Waste Authority                                             $100,000

To purchase a tub grinder for a new recycling initiative.


UPSHUR COUNTY

Upshur County Solid Waste Authority                                             $6,270

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


WETZEL COUNTY

Wetzel County Solid Waste Authority                                             $25,000

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


WIRT COUNTY

Wirt County Solid Waste Authority                                                 $33,063

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


WOOD COUNTY                                                                 

Latrobe Street Mission                                                               $75,000

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

Quality Sanitation                                                                   $36,531

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

Wood County Solid Waste Authority                                               $20,089

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

Rachel Anna Nutter Haught

The Gilmer Free Press

Rachel Anna Nutter Haught

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

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

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

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

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

PACF Awards 2013 Annual Fall Grants

The Gilmer Free Press

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Doddridge County Community Foundation Grants

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

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Jackson County Community Foundation Grants

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

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

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

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

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Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation Grants

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

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

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Mason County Community Foundation Grants

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ritchie County Community Foundation Grants

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

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

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

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

Flood Watch Issued for Much of West Virginia

The Gilmer Free Press

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

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

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

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

FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING…


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHARLESTON HAS ISSUED A

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


* FROM THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING


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


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


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

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

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

CURRENT VERSION OF GED TEST TO EXPIRE AT END OF 2013

The Gilmer Free Press

 

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

         

          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.

Fire and Ice Pageant - 01.18.14

Fire and Ice Pageant - 01.18.14

The Gilmer Free Press

A Fire and Ice Pageant, presented by Calhoun High School Class of 2015 will be held January 18, 2014 at 1:00 PM at the Calhoun Middle-High School auditorium.

Entry fee is $35. Side Awards $5 each or $20 for all (must have all side awards to qualify for supreme titles).

Side Awards include Best Smile, Best Dressed, Photogenic (5X7), Prettiest Eyes, Best Hair.

Early Bird - Pay in full by December 11th you will receive $5.00 off, otherwise application due date is December 18th, 2013.

All proceeds go to the Class of 2015 for Prom 2014 and Senior Class Trip.


Categories include:


Girls

0-11 months – Baby Miss

1-2 – Tot Miss

3-4 - Tiny Miss

5-6 - Little Miss

7-9 - Young Miss

10-12 - Jr. Miss

13-18 - Miss


Boys

0-2 - Teeny Mister

3-5 - Little Mister

6-10 - Jr. Mister


For an application Personal Message Ms. Natalie J. White or email

Michelle Lynn Bishop Justice

The Gilmer Free Press

Michelle Lynn Bishop Justice

Age 40, of Chloe, WV, passed away on Monday, December 02, 2013 at home after a long illness.

She was born August 20, 1973 in Parkersburg, WV, a daughter of Jackie Lee and Loretta Cottrell Bishop.

She was a home health care aide.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Jarrett Justice; two sons, Alan and Coy Bailey; and three grandchildren, Brantlee, Peyton Michelle, and Sophia Lynn Bailey.

She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Ed Bishop and Noah Cottrell; and her grandmother, Frona Cottrell.

There will be no visitation or service. Per the family’s wishes, Michelle was cremated.

Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home in Spencer, West Virginia is in charge of the arrangements.

Wetzel D. Putnam

The Gilmer Free Press

Wetzel D. Putnam

Age 77, of Arnoldsburg, WV, finished his journey on this earth November 27, 2013 at home.

Wetzel was born February 25, 1936. The proud parents were the late Fletcher Putnam and Vena Cottrill Putnam.

He married Beatrice McCumbers May 15, 1954 who survives.

To this marriage was born four children, David Putnam of Spencer, WV; Pamela (Richard) Wines of Arnoldsburg, Barbara (Gary) Thayer of McDonough, GA and Marshall Putnam; four grandchildren, David (Sunshine) Vaughn, SC, Trinity (Rodney) Keesee of NC, Shane (Tressa) Wines of PA and Christopher Putnam of Spencer, WV; 8 great grandchildren, Matthew, Mara-Grace, Marshall Vaughn, Kennedy Keesee, Savanah, Arebella, Kensley and Elin Wines. Step great grandchildren Zach, Brison and Parker. Surviving brothers, Van (Nancy) Putnam, Mike (Darlene) Putnam; sisters Delores Wright and Charlotte (Richard) Frame; several nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles; and garage buddies, Zeek, Quick and Bruce Schoolcraft.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one son, Marshall and one sister Rachel Johnson.

Funeral services will be held Saturday November 30, 2013, 10:00 AM at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg with Pastor John Putnam officiating.

Burial will follow in the Rosedale United Methodist Church Cemetery.

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

The family greatly appreciated the Burnsville Hospice Care Unite for their help during the loss of their loved one.

Special Thank You from Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center

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Just wanted to give a special thank you to the Brooksville Baptist Church
and their constant recognition and appreciation for our educators.

The Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center staff really appreciates all that you do to recognize us.

G-otcha™: Two Men Arrested on Meth Charges in Calhoun County

Imprisonment Status:  Pre-Trial Felon
Full Name: Morford,  James Scott
Height: 6’  0"
Weight: 175 lbs.
Birth Date: 12.04.1983
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 11.20.2013
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Pre-Trial Felon

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
13F-271 LEWIS COUNTY - Bail Amount: $50,000.00
Charged with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine meth lab.

Arrested on charges from Lewis County.

 

Imprisonment Status:  Pre-Trial Felon
Full Name: Park,  Adam August
Height: 5’  9"
Weight: 130 lbs.
Birth Date: 10.03.1989
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 11.20.2013
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Pre-Trial Felon

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
13F-165 CALHOUN COUNTY - Bail Amount: $5,000.00
Charged with possession of precursors to manufacture meth.

Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center: Skills USA and Current AM/PM Officers

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Louverne King

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Louverne King

born July 01, 1947, passed away on November 17, 2013 at Laurel Nursing Home after battling with cancer.

She was a homemaker and a Christian lady.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Russell and Geraldine Louise Tanner King.

She left behind three sisters, Cora Wagoner, Chloe, WV; Marie King of Grantsville, WV and Betty Boggs of Grantsville, WV as well as several nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind two very special friends and roommates, Remonia Morton of Ivydale and Carroll Arnold of Chloe, WV.

She will be sadly missed by family and friends.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 1:00 PM, at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with Bobby Bailey officiating.

Burial will follow in the Mt. Zion cemetery.

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

WV FFA CAPTURES NATIONAL OFFICE, PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS AT ANNUAL CONVENTION

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Mountain State FFA Chapters have had a banner year in 2013 and recently took their successes to the national level as they traveled to Louisville, Ky., for this year’s annual FFA Convention. Not only did they bring home over 60 different types of awards,  they boasted three major wins in categories that West Virginia hasn’t held in decades.

Mason County native Wes Davis was named the National FFA Eastern Region Vice President - an office a West Virginian has not held since 1974.

  “I felt very at peace at the ceremony, but when I heard them say ‘West Virginia’ I just started running for the stage,” said Davis. “It’s been 39 years since a West Virginian has held a national office so I’m very glad to give back to this organization.”
 
Davis did not come from a farming background. In fact, his Turkey Creek Poultry Farm,  that has boasted more than 300 birds at times, couldn’t have had a more humble beginning.

  “I grew up on just a couple acres and in the 7th grade I went to the fair and bought a chicken for $1 without my parents even knowing. Shortly thereafter I joined the FFA Chapter in my school and became interested and had instructors that encouraged me. From there I saw opportunities and I began to grow my number of chickens and eventually started serving over 150 households,  9 schools and 10 restaurants.”
 
Davis,  a double major at West Virginia University in Agribusiness Management and Agricultural Education, said even if he hadn’t been selected as a national officer, he knew he would stay involved in FFA.

  “When the selection committee asked me what I would do if I wasn’t selected I simply told them that it wasn’t a question if I would continue to be involved in FFA,” said Davis, “I just told them this would just provide me a direction.”
 
And the awards kept piling up for West Virginia throughout the conference. For the first time since 1996, West Virginia brought home, not one, but two National Proficiency Awards. Not to mention, it was won by a brother/sister duo.

Proficiency Awards are awarded to students who excel with their Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAEs). This year Will Woodworth, of the Mineral County FFA, took home the award for Food Science and Technology and his sister Jessica was the winner in Agricultural Sales.

For years, Will and Jessica have been helping their parents at their local business “Flying W Farms” selling meats, seafood from Virginia, and local fruits and vegetables. In Jessica’s Agricultural Sales SAE, she showed off her responsibilities at her family’s business by keeping track of marketing strategies, employee trainings and customer relations.

“Jessica,  who is currently working on her undergrad in Animal Science at Kansas State,  said, “ My goal is to be a leader in the ag industry while maintaining a good reputation and good quality products at my family’s business.”
 
During Will’s Food Science and Technology SAE he also showcased his responsibilities at the family’s slaughterhouse and meat processing plant. Each year the operation slaughters about 600 head of cattle, 400 hogs, 50 goats and 50 lambs.  Will said he told his panel of judges at the national competition about his responsibilities with inspection services and how he helps to ensure that the workplace remains clean and uncontaminated.

   “I started working in the plant my freshman year of high school and just gained more responsibilities and worked to keep things safe,” said Will. “I’ve learned a lot with my SAE and I’m glad I’ve gotten more knowledge of it over the years.”
 
The two agreed that keeping the wins in the family and in West Virginia this year was one of the best parts about the experience.

Jessica said, “I was shocked because I was the only girl competing in this category and my instructor said it is very diverse and hard to win. But for me to win and my brother win was very unique. It was very cool that we could represent West Virginia in these proficiency awards because our state usually doesn’t have many finalists.

   “I competed against a lot of good people and I had a lot of support getting here,” said Will, “But a brother sister combo winning in the same state and in the same year is just awesome.”
 
Will also led his Mineral County FFA team to 7th place in the Agricultural Technology & Mechanical Systems category. Timothy Nester,  Shelton Lucas, Gabriel Smith, were a great supporting cast as Will also pulled a 6th place Individual win in the category.

West Virginia also brought home Top Ten rankings in Forestry and Environmental and Natural Resources.
The Calhoun County FFA Forestry Team consisting of Cody Starcher, Logan McKown, and Kelsey Jett, were ranked 6th in the nation and were led by Nick Smith who was also awarded 4th place individually at the national level.

There were also several other Gold, Silver and Bronze Emblem Awards for FFA Chapters throughout West Virginia.


Here is a complete list of WV FFA 2013 National Winners:

  • Eastern Regional Vice President - Wes Davis, Mason County

  • National Proficiency Award Winner in Agricultural Sales - Placement- Jessica Woodworth, Mineral County

  • National Proficiency Award Winner in Food Science & Technology -  Entrepreneurship/Placement- William Woodworth, Mineral County

  • Veterinary Science - Gold Emblem Team- Buffalo High

  • Veterinary Science - Gold Emblem Individual- Dakota Reedy, Buffalo High

  • Veterinary Science - Silver Emblem Individual- Kelsey Gatens, Maggie Parsons, Megan King,  Buffalo High

  • Prepared Public Speaking - Bronze Emblem Individual- Dylan Frazier, Wirt County High

  • Poultry-  Silver Emblem Team - Roane County High

  • Poultry-  Silver Emblem Individual - Hannah Higginbotham, Karlee Nutter, Brooke Cornelius, Roane County High

  • Parliamentary Procedure - Gold Emblem Team- Wirt County High

  • Nursery/Landscaping - Silver Emblem Team- Ravenswood High

  • Nursery/Landscaping - Gold Emblem Individual- Haley Snyder, Ravenswood High

  • Nursery/Landscaping - Silver Emblem Individual- Mariah Jackson, Tiffany Harvey, Mackenzie Stutler,  Ravenswood High

  • Milk Quality & Products - Silver Emblem Team- Ravenswood High

  • Milk Quality & Products - Gold Emblem Individual- Kirsten Marks, Ravenswood High

  • Milk Quality & Products - Silver Emblem Individual- Paige Barr, Rehgan Weekly,  Patrick Click, Ravenswood High

  • Meat Evaluation & Technology - Silver Emblem Team- Mineral County High

  • Meat Evaluation & Technology - Gold Emblem Individual- Whitney Alt, Sarah Page,  Mineral County High

  • Meat Evaluation & Technology - Silver Emblem Individual- Tabitha Baker, Noah Wilson, Mineral County High

  • Livestock Evaluation - Silver Emblem Team- Pendleton County High

  • Livestock Evaluation - Silver Emblem Individual- Dylan Dunkle, Allison Ruddle, Jessica Hoover, Pendleton County High

  • Livestock Evaluation - Bronze Emblem Individual- Katelyn Moyers- Pendleton County High

  • Job Interview - Bronze Emblem Individual- Adrianna Burton, Lincoln County High

  • Horse Evaluation - Bronze Emblem Team- Jefferson High

  • Horse Evaluation - Gold Emblem Individual- Alyson Franz, Jefferson High

  • Horse Evaluation - Silver Emblem Individual- Darby Patterson, Jefferson High

  • Horse Evaluation - Bronze Emblem Individual- Katelynne Buffinton, Alexis Hensell,  Jefferson High

  • Forestry - Top Placing Team- 6th Nationwide- Nick Smith, Cody Starcher, Logan McKown, Kelsey Jett, Calhoun County High

  • Forestry - Top Placing Individual- 4th Nationwide- Nick Smith, Calhoun County High

  • Forestry - Gold Emblem Team- Calhoun County

  • Forestry - Gold Emblem Individual- Logan McKown, Cody Starcher, Kelsey Jett, Nick Smith,  Calhoun County High

  • Food Science & Technology - Silver Emblem Team- Marion County High

  • Food Science & Technology - Gold Emblem Individual- Lou Anderson, Marion County High

  • Food Science & Technology - Silver Emblem Individual- Gregory Carr, Devon Martin, Marion County High

  • Food Science & Technology - Bronze Emblem Individual- Skyler Payton, Marion County High

  • Floriculture-  Bronze Emblem Team - Roane County High

  • Floriculture-  Bronze Emblem Individual - Miranda Hall, Kelsi Taylor, Miranda Conley, Kansas O’Brien, Roane County High

  • Farm & Business Management - Silver Emblem Team- Roane County High

  • Farm & Business Management - Silver Emblem Team- Roane County High

  • Farm & Business Management - Silver Emblem Individual- Samantha Lucas, Hannah Thompson, Bradley West, Roane County High

  • Farm & Business Management - Bronze Emblem Individual- Evan Ray, Roane County High

  • Extemporaneous Public Speaking - Bronze Emblem Individual- Ethan Glaze, Hampshire High

  • Environmental & Natural Resources - Top Placing Team- 7th Nationwide- Robbie Flinn,  Conrad McCoy, Delana McCoy, Katie Voiers, Ravenswood High

  • Environmental & Natural Resources - Top Placing Individual- 6th Nationwide- Conrad McCoy,  Ravenswood High

  • Environmental & Natural Resources - Gold Emblem Team- Ravenswood High

  • Environmental & Natural Resources - Gold Emblem Individual- Robbie Flinn, Delana McCoy,  Conrad McCoy, Ravenswood High

  • Environmental & Natural Resources - Silver Emblem Individual- Katie Voiers- Ravenswood High

  • Dairy Cattle Evaluation & Management - Silver Emblem Team- Washington High

  • Dairy Cattle Evaluation & Management - Gold Emblem Individual- India Titus, Washington High

  • Dairy Cattle Evaluation & Management - Silver Emblem Individual- Erica Heflin,  Blayne Ott, Washington High

  • Dairy Cattle Evaluation & Management - Bronze Emblem Indiviudal- Mikayla Willingham, Washington High

  • Creed Speaking- Bronze Emblem Individual - Emily Foote, Jefferson High

  • Creed Speaking- Bronze Emblem Individual - Kamisha Morris- Buffalo High

  • Agronomy-  Silver Emblem Team- Roane County High

  • Agronomy-  Gold Emblem Individual - Tyler Harper, Casey Lassiter, Roane County High

  • Agronomy-  Silver Emblem Individual - Callie Moles, Alexis Sannders, Roane County High

  • Agricultural Technology & Mechanical Systems - Top Placing Team- 7th Nationwide -  William Woodworth, Timothy Nester, Shelton Lucas, Gabriel Smith, Mineral County High

  • Agricultural Technology & Mechanical Systems - Top Placing Individual- 6th Nationwide -  William Woodworth, Mineral County High

  • Agricultural Technology & Mechanical Systems - Gold Emblem Team- Mineral County High

  • Agricultural Technology & Mechanical Systems - Gold Emblem Individual - Timothy Nester, Gabriel Smith, Shelton Lucas, William Woodworth, Mineral County High

  • Agricultural Issues Forum - Bronze Emblem Team - Buffalo High

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