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Rhonda Pearl McCumbers

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Rhonda Pearl McCumbers

Age 93, of Nicut WV, passed away January 10, 2013 at Hubbard House in Charleston.

She was born September 29, 1919, in Calhoun County, WV, a daughter of the late Eldridge and Nora Cottrell.

She was a member of the Fairview Baptist Church at Lower Nicut, WV.

She was employed as a cook for several years at the Beech Grove Elementary School and later worked at the Senior Citizens Center in Grantsville, WV.

She was preceded in death in addition to her parents, by her husband, Bernard McCumbers on January 04, 2010. Two brothers, Ray and Hobert Cottrell, one sister, Dessie King and a daughter-in-law Mava McCumbers.

Surviving are her five sons and daughters-in-law, Darrell and Juanita McCumbers of Woolwine, VA; Dare McCumbers of Spencer, WV; Denzil and Marlene McCumbers of Rosedale, WV; Robert (Buck) and Patty McCumbers of Elizabeth, WV and Dwayne and Barbara McCumbers of Shiloh, OH; two daughters and son-in-law, Sandra McCumbers of Parkersburg and Connie and Bill Hardman of Navarre, OH; 14 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, 1:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg, WV with Rev. Carl Marks officiating.

Interment will be in the Conley Cemetery.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fairview Baptist Church, Attn. Ronald Neely, 1533 Upper Nicut Road, Chloe, WV 25235.

Delegate David Walker - 01.09.13

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With the start of a new year, the Legislature’s first and foremost priority this year will be education reform. After the release of the education efficiency audit last year, the Legislature and the Governor were awakened to critical issues that are plaguing our secondary education system. One problem found was the Department of Education’s administration was “top heavy.”

January’s interim meetings also saw many presentations from various speakers on a number of topics. One speaker was Dr. Joseph Scotti from West Virginia University who provided committee members with the final report and analysis of the 2012 West Virginia Military Veterans survey.

The Veterans survey was commissioned by the Legislature in order to gain perspective from the state’s veterans on issues of health, work, education, retirement and family.

More than 1,200 out of the state’s 170,000 veterans replied to the survey. Dr. Scotti told the committee that the results of the survey showed signs of lowers rates of alcohol, tobacco and caffeine use among our veterans.

However, many of the veterans who responded to the survey are not rating their quality of life that high. This includes trouble sleeping, suffering from PTSD, and in dealing with family interaction.

The study still shows that our veterans are still suffering in various areas but are improving in others. This study will help the Veterans’ Affairs committee and the Legislature as a whole as we focus on policies that will help our veterans lead a better life, one in which they deserve.

The regular session will begin its 60 days of work on February 13 which the state will be hearing from the Governor and his proposed bills he would like the Legislature to consider. Each week I will continue to update everyone in my district on the decisions being made by the Legislature.

I look forward to this year’s session and representing the 33rd district. If you should have any questions or comments regarding any issues or bills before the Legislature, please feel free to contact me. To write me, my address is Delegate David Walker, State Capitol, Building 1, Room 210-E, Charleston, WV 25305.  Or you may call me at 304.340.3135.  I encourage all my constituents to remain active and become part of the legislative process.

George Eugene Shaffer

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George Eugene Shaffer

Age 85, of Grantsville, WV, passed away January 07, 2013 at Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg.

Born October 23, 1927 in Grantsville, WV, he was a son of the late Charter and Odessa Pearl Connolly Shaffer.

He was a US Army Veteran and was a retired employee of the General Motors Corporation. He was a volunteer bus driver for the Veteran’s Administration. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias and I.O.O.F. Lodge of Glenville, the Oberlin Masonic Lodge #0380 F. and A.M., Nemesis Shrine Temple of Parkersburg, Royal and Select Masons of Ohio, Elyria Council, the Royal Arch Mason of Ohio, Oberlin Chapter 219, Order of the Eastern Star, Stone City Chapter #325, Knights of Templar of Elyria, Ohio and Knight Masons of Dublin, Ireland, Shannon Council #28 and the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council from 1983-1990 and the Junior Order of American Mechanics.

Surviving are one daughter, Daisy Martinear and her husband Quan of Japan; two sons, Steve and Ritchie of Orma, WV; one stepson, Scott Coon and his wife Delta of Parkersburg, WV; one brother, James Shaffer of Belle, WV and a special friend of 24 years, Etta Coon; six grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, 1:30 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with Rev. Kevin Church officiating.

Interment will follow in the Collins Community Cemetery at Stumptown.

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

Blaine Burton Postalwait

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Blaine Burton Postalwait

Age 71, of Sutton, West Virginia, departed this life at 7:46 AM January 08, 2013 at his residence following an unexpected illness.

He was born October 09, 1941 in Calhoun County, West Virginia, a son of the late Orville and Olga Boggs Postalwait.

A former employee of Kaiser Aluminum, he then became a collector and trader and did this with great passion and care for his collectibles.

Anyone who knew him, knew he was the ultimate NASCAR fan, nearly matched by his love of trout fishing.

Surviving are one sister and one brother, Betty L. Price of Millstone, WV and Richard B. Postalwait of Grantsville, WV.

As per Blaine’s request he was cremated and private services will be at the convenience of the family.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. of Glenville WV is assisting the family of Blaine Postalwait with arrangements.

Marie Vanhorn

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Marie Vanhorn

Age 79, of Grantsville WV, passed away January 07, 2013 at Marietta Memorial Hospital in Marietta Ohio.

She was born August 27, 1933, a daughter of the late Tollie and Mary Elizabeth Hicks Jarvis.

She was a former CNA at Roane General Hospital in Spencer and was retired from Spencer State Hospital.

Surviving is one daughter, Connie Starcher of Chloe, WV; one son, Richard Vanhorn of Grantsville, WV; three sisters, Evelyn Estep of Barberton, Ohio; Dorma Ewing of Minnora, WV and Geneva McKee of Illinois; three brothers, Virgil Jarvis of Orma, WV; Fred Jarvis of Mt. Zion, WV and Eddie Jarvis of Illinois; seven grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her husband, Hencel James Vanhorn; two sons, Larry and Roger Vanhorn and a brother Donald Jarvis.

Funeral services will be held Friday, 1:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg WV with Pastor Gene Miller officiating.

Interment will be in the Minnora Cemetery.

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

Donald Wetzel Ferrebee

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Donald Wetzel Ferrebee

Age 75 of Greenwood departed this life on Monday, January 07, 2013 in the Camden Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born in West Union, WV on December 09, 1937 a son of the late Harry Lee and Margaret Elizabeth Miller Ferrebee.

Surviving are two sisters, Nellie Curry, Lake Milton, OH; Carol Lutz, Pennsboro, WV; two brothers, Larry Ferrebee, Akron, OH; Marshall Ferrebee, Calhoun County, WV and his best friend, Dean Cunningham, Greenwood. One sister, Sarah Slone Ferrebee preceded him in death.

Donald enjoyed hunting, fishing and all outdoor activities and collecting guns.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home 212 Front St. West Union on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 1:00 PM with Pastor Gilbert Neely presiding.

Interment will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery, Greenwood.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Saturday, January 12, 2013 after 11:00 AM until service time.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Ferrebee family.

Oda E. Carpenter

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Oda E. Carpenter

Oda E. Carpenter’s (98) soul has gone to the arms of his Lord and Savior. His body will be brought back to the hills of his beloved West Virginia.

He was born at Weston, WV, October 25, 1914 at the home of his grandparents, the Eaton’s, and died January 04, 2013 with his loving family around him and his faithful dog, Tasha.

He was preceded in death by his first wife of 49 years, Grace (Crawford) Carpenter and his second wife of 22 years, Etta (Crawford) Carpenter, his parents, Roy W. and Jane (“Janie”) Eaton Carpenter, and brother, Oakie Carpenter, sister, Veda Mace, and his precious baby, Geraldine.

He is survived by his son, Darrell (Maria) Carpenter of Old Town, Florida; daughter, Mary (Robert) Harris of Akron, Ohio; brother, Tom Carpenter of Old Town, Florida; sister, Dary Wilson, of Newark, Ohio; grandchildren, Mike (Joy) Harris of Palestine, W.Va., Tracey (Jim) Campbell of Akron, Ohio, David (Lisa) Carpenter of Orange Park, Florida, Christopher (Cindy) Midcap of New Jersey, and Matt (Yvonne) Carpenter of Manitou Springs, Colorado.

He is also survived by 14 great grandchildren, Alexandria, Tanaya, Travis, and Trevor Carpenter, Sarah, Donald, Matthew and Robert Harris, John, Juliette and Jeremiah Campbell, Mandy and Brother Midcap, and Kyla Carpenter.

Oda loved his country and proudly served in WWII aboard the USS Fulton, a submarine tender (also known as a floating bomb because they carried all the fuel and ammunition for ten submarines). They went all over the Pacific Ocean, until the end of the war. After the battle of Midway, the Fulton picked up the survivors of the USS Yorktown. The men pulled the survivors up over the side of the ship, evaluated them, and gave them their own clothes, shoes, toiletries, and etc. They then took them to Pearl Harbor.

When he came home from the service, he was the mailman for many years for the Millstone, Arnoldsburg, Mt. Zion and Daniel’s Run route. He was also a charter member of the Mason’s Lodge in Grantsville, WV. He lived in Akron, Ohio for fourteen years and worked at Guran Construction Company driving a truck.

Darrell and Mary feel that God gave them the best father he ever made. He was a good friend to many and always made time to talk to people and ask them to come to the historical church at Sand Ridge. Oda was also a farmer and loved poetry. Although his body was failing for many years, his mind was sharp as a tack to the end.

Funeral services with be held at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg Saturday January 12, 2013 at 1:00 PM with full Military Graveside Rites with Pastor Rick Swearingen officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11:00 AM until the time of the going home services.

He will be laid to rest between the two women he loved, with Masonic Graveside Rites at the Sand Ridge United Methodist Church cemetery.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt Thank You to the hospice nurses for their help and support and also to Maria Carpenter for taking such wonderful care of her second father.

Applications Now Being Accepted for the Foundation’s 2013 Civic Leaders Fellowship Program

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Our Community’s Foundation – Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and its Regional Affiliates (PACF), including the Little Kanawha Area affiliate serving Calhoun, Gilmer and Wirt counties – is now accepting student and employer applications to participate in its summer 2013 Civic Leaders Fellowship Program.

This Program began last year to improve access to local employment for interested students and to help improve their civic leadership capacity. In 2012, for seven weeks, Monday through Thursday, fourteen college-age students participated in career-related internships, then, on Fridays, gathered from across the Foundation’s service region at its Center for Philanthropy for a program of personal, business and civic development.

Students receive interest-related summer employment in their hometowns and the opportunity to build networks and skills to find post-graduation employment. Local employers – nonprofits, businesses and government –receive a summer intern at no cost except supervision, in exchange for willingness to provide meaningful summer work experiences for local students. Students must have successfully completed at least their fall semester of the freshman college year to apply. Students and employers must reside / be located in the following counties: Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt and Wood in West Virginia, and Washington County, Ohio.

Executive Director, Judy Sjostedt said that during the research and community conversations associated with the Foundation’s strategic planning, “It was obvious our communities face serious educational, employment and economic development challenges. These factors contribute to erosion of our region’s civic leadership base. The absence of entry-level employment opportunities combined with students’ own lack of career-related work experiences leads to significant out-migration of our educated youth. We seem to be doing a great job of preparing our graduates to work, live and serve in other places. We need to bring those graduates home. This is an issue that our communities can – and should – try to do something about. So, in partnership with other funders and concerned citizens, we launched the Civic Leaders Fellowship to improve our next generation’s ability to find local employment.”

Sjostedt said, “We were encouraged by the many partners who stepped up to support the Civic Leaders Program with funds, training and opportunities. Funders matching or exceeding PACF’s level of program support included the Claude Worthington Benedum and Bernard McDonough Foundations. A seven-member team from the higher education, government, nonprofit and the business community served as Program Advisors. And, nearly 40 other community leaders participated in the Friday learning sessions.”

Program details and the online applications for students and host employers are now available on the Foundation’s website at www.pacfwv.com, under the “Grants” menu tab. Sjostedt said donations to the program are tax deductible and are necessary to allow more students to participate this summer, noting that they hope to hire twice as many students in 2013. To help employ more local young people, please contact Judy Sjostedt at 304.428.4438 or “JudyS@pacfwv.com”.

Arena (Margie) Groves Nicholas

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Arena (Margie) Groves Nicholas

Age80, of Orma, WV passed away January 05, 2013 at Charleston Area Medical Center Memorial Division.

Born January 10, 1932 at Orma, WV, she was a daughter of the late Theodore and Mary Rogers Groves.

Surviving are two sons, Junior McCumbers and Robert Nicholas, both of Orma; six sisters, Virgina McCumbers of Orma, Jean Marks of Philo, OH; Faye Norman of Zanesville, OH; Mae Lambert of Baltimore, MD; Thelma Hall of Mt. Zion, WV and Emma Lucas of Dresden, OH; two brothers, Joe Groves of Orville, OH and James Groves of Orma.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, 1:00 PM at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Orma with Rev. Carl Marks officiating.

Interment will be in the Conley Cemetery at Orma.

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

Stump Funeral Home of Arnoldsburg is in charge of arrangements.

Peggy O’Neil Knotts

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Peggy O’Neil Knotts

Age 82, of Leachtown, WV passed away January 07, 2013, at her home.

She was born September 06, 1930, at Arnoldsburg, WV, a daughter of the late Clyde and Elsie Witte Wilson.

Peggy was a high school graduate, and was a homemaker.

Suviving is her son, David (Patty) Knotts of Canton, Ohio; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren; one sister, Martha (Richard) Wolfe of Davis, WV; and a special cousin, Robert Giles of Parkersburg.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward C. Knotts; and a son, Edward C. Knotts Jr.

There will be no services or visitation.

Kimes Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Parkersburg is assisting the family.

James F. Snider

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James F. Snider

Age 69, of Ravenna, Ohio passed away on Sunday, December 30, 2012, in his home.

He was born on July 19, 1943 in Grantsville, West Virginia to the late, James L., and Geneva (Heiney) Snider.

He lived in Brady Lake for over 30 years and was a veteran of the US Army serving during the Vietnam War. James earned the code of conduct, NDSM, GCMDL, and Soldier of the month. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge #768. James retired from Goodyear Tire & Rubber after 30 years of service, he loved buying and selling antiques and collectables.

James is survived by his children, Steven (Stephanie) Snider of Tennessee, Julia F. Parks of Florida, and Tom (Callie) Snider of Texas; seven grandchildren; sisters, Sandra Ferrebee of West Virginia, Wanda (Bob) Crawford of North Carolina, and Doris Davis of West Virginia; and many loving nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his sister, JoAnn Snider and brothers, Ray and Andrew Snider.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday from 2:00-4:00 PM with a Masonic service starting at 3:30 PM at the Shorts-Spicer-Crislip Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, where a funeral service will be held on Monday at 1:00PM.

Internment will follow in Grandview Memorial Park.

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Applications Now Being Accepted for the Foundation’s 2013 Civic Leaders Fellowship Program

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Our Community’s Foundation – Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and its Regional Affiliates (PACF), including the Little Kanawha Area affiliate serving Calhoun, Gilmer and Wirt counties – is now accepting student and employer applications to participate in its summer 2013 Civic Leaders Fellowship Program.

This Program began last year to improve access to local employment for interested students and to help improve their civic leadership capacity. In 2012, for seven weeks, Monday through Thursday, fourteen college-age students participated in career-related internships, then, on Fridays, gathered from across the Foundation’s service region at its Center for Philanthropy for a program of personal, business and civic development.

Students receive interest-related summer employment in their hometowns and the opportunity to build networks and skills to find post-graduation employment. Local employers – nonprofits, businesses and government –receive a summer intern at no cost except supervision, in exchange for willingness to provide meaningful summer work experiences for local students. Students must have successfully completed at least their fall semester of the freshman college year to apply. Students and employers must reside / be located in the following counties: Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt and Wood in West Virginia, and Washington County, Ohio.

Executive Director, Judy Sjostedt said that during the research and community conversations associated with the Foundation’s strategic planning, “It was obvious our communities face serious educational, employment and economic development challenges. These factors contribute to erosion of our region’s civic leadership base. The absence of entry-level employment opportunities combined with students’ own lack of career-related work experiences leads to significant out-migration of our educated youth. We seem to be doing a great job of preparing our graduates to work, live and serve in other places. We need to bring those graduates home. This is an issue that our communities can – and should – try to do something about. So, in partnership with other funders and concerned citizens, we launched the Civic Leaders Fellowship to improve our next generation’s ability to find local employment.”

Sjostedt said, “We were encouraged by the many partners who stepped up to support the Civic Leaders Program with funds, training and opportunities. Funders matching or exceeding PACF’s level of program support included the Claude Worthington Benedum and Bernard McDonough Foundations. A seven-member team from the higher education, government, nonprofit and the business community served as Program Advisors. And, nearly 40 other community leaders participated in the Friday learning sessions.”

Program details and the online applications for students and host employers are now available on the Foundation’s website at www.pacfwv.com, under the “Grants” menu tab. Sjostedt said donations to the program are tax deductible and are necessary to allow more students to participate this summer, noting that they hope to hire twice as many students in 2013. To help employ more local young people, please contact Judy Sjostedt at 304.428.4438 or “JudyS@pacfwv.com”.

January 2013 Educational Dinner Meeting – Jackson’s Mill - Deadline to Register Today

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Aaron Helmick will be the featured speaker at the educational dinner meeting to be held at Jackson’s Mill on January 09, 2013, at 6:30 PM.

The dinner will be at the Dining Hall and the program at the Assembly Hall.

The dinner will cost $3.00/person with reservations that are made by Wednesday, January 02, 2013 at the Extension Office 304.462.7061.

The discount on the meal is possible thanks to sponsorship from the West Fork Conservation District, Wes-Mon-Ty Rural Conservation and Development Council, and the WVU Extension Service.

Aaron, Tara, & Andy Helmick live on and operate, Little Brown Cow Dairy, a grass-based dairy operation in Monroe County, WV.  Both Aaron and Tara are natives of the state and hold agricultural degrees from WVU.

Aaron and Tara work on the farm with no outside income and have very little outside labor.  In the spring if 2013, they will have 150 crossbred cows to freshen which will be milked throughout the year.  Aaron has a unique situation because the farm his family operates is a leased farm, which has both positive and negative aspects.

The Helmick’s operate their farm strictly from a business perspective.  As a result, their production decisions must be economically viable for their operation.

Aaron’s experience on his farm is relevant even though his is a dairy farm and we have no dairy in the area.  Aaron will discuss the business aspect of the farm, which is important for any type of farming operation.

Participants can also earn three pesticide re-certification credits. Again, reservations are due by Wednesday, January 02, 2013 by calling 304.462.7061.

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

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Welding Technology Class:

The class would be an evening welding course.

The class will run 3 hours per week for 10 weeks.

A minimum of 5 students is needed.

The following areas of study may be available:

•  SMAW (Stick)
•  GMAW (Mig) Steel
•  GMAW (Mig) Aluminum
•  FCAW (Mig) Steel
•  GTAW (Tig) Steel
•  GTAW (Tig) Aluminum
•  Oxy-fuel Cutting
•  Oxy-fuel Welding
•  Oxy-fuel Brazing
•  Plasma Arc Cutting
•  Air Carbon Arc (gouging)
•  Computer assisted Plasma Burning

Training and testing are also offered for WV State Certification in plate and pipe welding.

The cost of the class will be $250.

If you are interested in any of these areas of welding technology and would like to enroll in the course please call Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center at 304.354.6151 by January 04, 2013.

Classes would begin the following week.

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

Earl B. Ragland

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Earl B. Ragland

Age 90, of Chloe, WV, died December 29, 2012 in the Laurel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Ivydale.

He was born December 18, 1922 in Rosine, KY, a son of the late Thornton and Cansada Stewart Ragland.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his First wife, Virginia Ragland; second wife, Orine Ragland; two brothers and one sister.

Mr. Ragland was a retired employee of the WV DOH, Calhoun County, WV office. He was a former bus driver for the Calhoun County BOE, a former employee of the Spencer State Hospital and a former rural letter carrier. Also, he was a well-known farmer and stockman in Calhoun County.

While living in Wooster, OH, he was employed by the Wooster Iron and Metal Company.

He was a Christian and a member of the Milo Church.

He was a Navy veteran.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Hazel Bailey Ragland of Chloe; daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn Pryor of Byrdstown, TN; Janet and Kenny Sunderland of Canal Fulton, OH; Sue and Tick Frazier of Millersburg, OH; son and daughter-in-law, Allen and Stephanie Ragland of Ripley, WV; step daughter, Connie of Wooster, OH; nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held January 03 at 1:00 :00 PM in the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Rev. John Meadows officiating.

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

Friends may call at the funeral home two hours before the service.

Marshall O. Drake

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Marshall O. Drake

Age 72, of Kimbolton, OH, died December 29, 2012, in the Southeast Ohio Regional Medical Center, Cambridge, OH, after a long battle with cancer.

He was born February 16, 1940, at Mud Fork, WV, a son of the late Otha Orrin and Opal Maysel May Drake.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Duane Junior Drake; a daughter, Tammy Leach; two grandchildren; brother, Raymond Drake; sisters, Paulene McCourt and Ruth Drake.

Marshall was a retired employee of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Akron, with 32 years of service. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and most of all, his family.

Survivors include his wife, Charlotte “Sammy” Drake; a daughter, Karla Sue Hibbard of Cambridge, OH; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jackey Drake of Big Otter, WV; Forrest and Darlene Drake of Maysel, WV; Charles Robert and Mary King of Chloe, WV; sisters and brothers-in-law, Cleo and George Adelman of Rootstown, OH; Imogene and Ed Blacklock of Pie Town, NM; Crickette (Careen) and Don Traxler of Richwood, OH; four grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held January 02, 2013 at 1:30 PM in the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, WV.

Burial will be in the Coen Cemetery, Nebo.

Friends may call at the funeral home one hour before the service.

Foundation Awards Community Grants

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Our Community’s Foundation announced more than $200,000 Grants going to organizations throughout the region.

“I think people who have never been part of a foundation or organization that awards funds would think that it can be easy to give away money, but it is really difficult because there are so many deserving organizations out there and only so much money available to give out,“ said Marian Clowes, program development officer for the foundation.

The foundation includes the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and the Regional Affiliate Foundations of Doddridge, Ritchie, Jackson, Mason counties and the Little Kanawha Area, which covers Wood, Wirt, Ritchie, Doddridge, Mason, Calhoun, Gilmer, Roane, Pleasants and Jackson counties in West Virginia, and Washington County, Ohio.

The $205,378 in total grants awarded included $136,888 by the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation to 28 organizations; $6,912 by the Jackson County Community Foundation; $56,778 distributed by the Mason County Community Foundation affiliate; $1,400 by the Doddridge County Community Foundation affiliate; $2,500 by the Ritchie County Community Foundation affiliate; and $900 in grants by the Little Kanawha Area Foundation affiliate.

Another $51,000 in grants was awarded by Our Community’s Foundation to schools in its West Virginia service counties in support of projects integrating the arts with science, technology, engineering and math and to develop partnerships between schools and artists, arts organizations and/or higher education institutions.

This year’s recipient organizations were chosen for their focus on either economic development, education or increased civic involvement, Clowes said.

Founded in 1963, Our Community’s Foundation serves the region by building permanent charitable funds to benefit the communities. Nationally certified, the foundation manages more than 400 named charitable funds, representing $32.5 million in assets.

This year’s grant recipients are:


Parkersburg Area Community Foundation Grants:

* City of Ravenswood - $500

* Doddridge County 4H Foundation - $5,000

* Doddridge County 4H Teen Leaders - $600

* Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Department - $5,000

* Glendale Women’s Club - $5,000

* Heartwood in the Hills - $3,500

* Marietta College -$2,000

* Mason County Library - $1,000

* Mid-Ohio Valley Fellowship Home - $10,000

* New Haven and Community Volunteer Fire Department - $1,100

* NFS Ministries - $9,038

* Old Man Rivers - $10,000

* Opportunity Council - $9,000

* Our Lady of Guadalupe Migrant Ministry - $3,000

* Parchment Valley Baptist Church - $7,500

* Parkersburg Art Center - $8,000

* Parkersburg Day Nursery - $8,000

* Pleasant Valley Hospital - $2,150

* The Bomar Club - $5,000

* The Education Alliance - $3,500

* Theatre West Virginia - $2,000

* Volunteer Action Center of the Mid-Ohio Valley - $8,000

* West Virginia University at Parkersburg Foundation - $4,000

* West Virginia University Foundation - $2,000

* Wood County 4-H Leaders Association - $5,000

* Wood County Habitat for Humanity - $5,000

* Wood County Master Gardeners - $4,500

* Wood County Senior Citizens Association - $7,500


Doddridge County Community Foundation Grants:

* Doddridge County 4H Teen Leaders - $1,400


Jackson County Community Foundation Grants:

* City of Ravenswood - $1,000

* Parchment Valley Baptist Church - $2,500

* The Bomar Club - $2,500

* West Virginia University Foundation - $912


Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation Grants:

* Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Department - $600

* West Virginia University Foundation - $300


Mason County Community Foundation Grants:

* Beale Elementary School - $1,000

* Bend Area Community Center - $1,200

* Contact Huntington - $1,750

* Fort Randolph - $10,000

* Gordon C. and Mildred R. Jackson Library and Media Center at Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School - $16,500

* Hannan High School - $1,000

* Main Street Point Pleasant - $10,000

* Make a Wish Foundation - $3,000

* Mason County Alternative Education - $1,000

* Mason County Library - $400

* New Haven and Community Volunteer Fire Department - $1,100

* Pleasant Valley Hospital - $3,000

* Point Pleasant Intermediate School - total of $2,384 to support two programs

* Save the Children - $2,500

* Theatre West Virginia - $1,000

* Wahama High School - $944


Ritchie County Community Foundation Grants:

* Creed Collins Elementary School - $1,700

* Glendale Women’s Club - $800

* Evans Elementary School - $5,000

* Hamilton Middle Schools - $2,500

* Mason County Schools - $5,000

* New Haven Elementary School - $1,500

* Parkersburg Catholic Elementary School - $5,000

* Parkersburg High School - $5,000

* Parkersburg South High School - $1,500

* Pleasants County Schools - $5,000

* Pleasant Hill Elementary School - $5,000

* West Virginia University at Parkersburg - $10,500

* Williamstown Elementary School - $2,500

* Williamstown High School - $2,500

Garry Wayne Vannoy

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Garry Wayne Vannoy

Age 65, of Grantsville, WV, passed away December 26, 2012 at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV.

He was born January 24, 1947 in Gilmer County, WV, a son of the late Holly and Effie McWilliams Vannoy.

He was a member of Enon Baptist Church.

He was retired from the WV Department of Highways. Garry was a United States Army veteran, serving in the Vietnam War.

He is survived by his wife, Anita Hartshorn Vannoy. Sisters, Bertha Roberts of East Lake, OH and Edna Chapman of Marietta, OH. Brothers, Clarence (Alma) Vannoy of Belpre, OH; Bernard Vannoy of PA and Harry (Mary) Vannoy of Mentor, OH as well as several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death, in addition to his parents by sisters, Leona Wright, Olena Ball, Betty Koon and one infant sister. One brother, Harold Vannoy.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 29, 2012, 12:30 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with Rev. John Vannoy officiating.

Burial will follow in the Collins Community Cemetery at Stumptown, WV.

Friends may call from 10:30 AM until the time of the services on Saturday.

Willard Radabaugh

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Willard Radabaugh

Age 73, of Nicut, WV, passed away December 24, 2012 at St. Francis Hospital in Charleston, WV.

He was born at Revere, WV, September 03, 1939, a son of the late Albert and Della Church Radabaugh.

He was retired after 43 years from Burke, Parsons & Bowlby. He loved camping, fishing and hunting.

He is survived by two sons; Jeff Radabaugh of Stumptown, WV and Willard Ray Radabaugh of Arnoldsburg, WV. Two daughters; Barbara McCumbers of Burnsville, WV and Norma Jean Nicholas of Orma, WV. Eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Also surviving are one sister, Eudor Radabaugh King of Big Bend, WV and three brothers; Orval Radabaugh of Nebo, WV; Ralph Radabaugh of Nobe, WV and Delmas Radabaugh of St. Clairsville, OH.

He is preceded in death in addition to his parents by brothers Arthur and Clarence Radabaugh and two sisters, Pauline Radabaugh and Adelpha Radabaugh Yoak. He is also preceded in death by two infant children, Janice Marie and Joann Radabaugh.

Funeral services will be held Friday, December 28, 2012, 1:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg with Pastor Christopher Stout officiating.

Burial will follow in the Mount Run Cemetery.

Friends called from 5:00-8:00 PM Thursday at the funeral home.

County-By-County Unemployment Rates Tell the Story – November 2012

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West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined two-tenths of a percentage point to 7.3% in November 2012.

Unemployment rates increased in 29 counties.

Twenty counties reported declining unemployment rates in November.

Six counties, Gilmer, Lewis, Logan, Monroe, Raleigh, and Taylor, reported no change in their unemployment rates.

Counties with unemployment rates over 10% included Clay (14.1%), Webster (13.0%), Pocahontas (11.3%), Grant (10.4%), and Wetzel (10.3%).

Counties with unemployment rates less than five percent included Jefferson (4.1%) and Monongalia (4.0%).

County Total Unemployed   Unemployment Rate
NOV-12 OCT-12 NOV-11 NOV-12 OCT-12 NOV-11
Braxton 520 530 530 9.4% 9.5% 9.4%
Calhoun 280 260 290 9.7% 8.8% 10.1%
Doddridge 210 200 240 6.5% 6.2% 7.3%
Gilmer 220 220 220 6.7% 6.7% 6.6%
Lewis 460 470 460 5.7% 5.7% 5.6%
Ritchie 270 290 300 6.3% 6.5% 6.8%
WV 53,100 54,100 57,200 6.7% 6.7% 7.2%

 

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County Total Nonfarm on Payroll   Goods Producing Employees   Service Providing Employees
NOV-12 OCT-12 NOV-11 NOV-12 OCT-12 NOV-11 NOV-12 OCT-12 NOV-11
Braxton 4,090 4,090 4,240 480 470 450 3,610 3,620 3,790
Calhoun 1,750 1,750 1,680 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......
Doddridge 1,310 1,330 1,300 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......
Gilmer 2,540 2,560 2,650 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......
Lewis 7,500 7,490 7,660 2,000 1,990 1,960 5,500 5,490 5,710
Ritchie 3,480 3,550 3,550 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......

Norma L. Looney Ketchum

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Norma L. Looney Ketchum

Age 88, of Hockingport, Ohio, passed away Friday, December 21, 2012.

She was born February 09, 1924, in Calhoun County, WV, to the late Peter and Clara (Wright) Looney.

She and her late husband, Harold Ketchum, opened and operated Ketchum’s General Store in Hockingport for more than 50 years, and were a mainstay of support and service to the community throughout their lives.

She attended the Hockingport United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Ketchum was preceded in death by her husband, Harold; two brothers, Denzil and Harold Looney; and three sisters, Mae Hicks, Maude Hileman and Paulene Boso.

Norma is survived by her children, Karen (and Gilbert) Branham of Parkersburg, WV and Roger Ketchum of Hockingport, Ohio; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and her brother, Ralph Looney, also of Parkersburg.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Monday at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre.

Burial will follow in the Stewart Cemetery at Hockingport

Friends called at the funeral home 2:00-4:00 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM Sunday.

Lela Cottrell

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Lela Cottrell

Age 76, of Rosedale, WV, passed away December 20, 2012, at Eldercare in Ripley, WV.

She was born in Calhoun County, March 06, 1936, a daughter of the late Frances and Ina Minney Cottrell.

She has resided in Eldercare for the past 18 years.

She was former member of the Frozen Run Baptist Church.

She is survived by one brother, Vane Cottrell of Windom, Ohio; One sister, Neva Siers of Rosedale, WV; One niece, Pamela Cottrell of Revana, Ohio. Three nephews, Marty (Ashley) McCumbers of Streetsboro, OH; Donnie (Laura) Siers of Bentonville, VA and Richard Siers of Charleston, WV.

Funeral services will be held Sunday December 23, 2012, 2:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg with Elder Larry Fisher officiating.

Burial will follow in the Frozen Run Cemetery.

Friends may call from 12:30 PM until the time of the service.

Denise Louise Smith

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Denise Louise Smith

Age 43 of Normantown, WV, departed this life at 2:04 PM, Wednesday, December 20, 2012 in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, following an extended illness.

She was born August 19, 1969 in Prince George County, Maryland a daughter of Basil and Barbara Moran Dungan of Doddridge County, WV.

Denise was a graduate of Gilmer County High School Class of 1988; a former employee of the Gilmer County Senior Citizens as a home health care provider; she was always taking care of her children and anyone else who needed a place to stay or to be taken care of. She enjoyed cooking and baking.

On June 09, 1988 she was united in marriage to James Smith who survives at their Normantown home.

Four children survive, Brandi Cottrill, Kenneth Smith, Jessica Smith and Donald Smith all of Normantown. She is also survived by several brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc. at 2:00 PM, Sunday, December 23, 2012 with Rev. Kenny Fisher officiating.

Burial will follow in the Hunt Cemetery, Grantsville, WV.

Friends may call from 1:00 to 2:00 PM at the Mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc. is assisting the family of Denise L. Smith with arrangements.

Brice Raymond Peterson

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Brice Raymond Peterson

Age 69, of Grantsville, WV died Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at his home, after an extended illness.

He was born April 27, 1943, at Littleton, a son of the late Brice and Ruth Anderson Peterson.

Mr. Peterson was a retired machine shop foreman and enjoyed working on cars.

Survivors include his wife, Zetta Duncan Peterson of Grantsville.

In keeping with his wishes, he will be cremated.

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

Basil C. Bailey

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Basil C. Bailey

Age 83, of Congress Village, West Salem, Ohio, died Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at Wooster Community Hospital following a two week illness.

Basil was born February 16, 1929 in Minnora, WV, the son of the late Okey and Mae (Badgett) Bailey.

He married Janet Brannon on September 12, 1952, who survives.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War serving from 1951 – 1954. He retired from Rogers Overhead Door following 20 years of service and previously had worked at Locke Manufacturing. He had made his home in Congress for the past 23 years having previously resided in Canaan for 20 years. He was a member of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Assoc. and enjoyed attending the Wayne County Fair, woodworking and spending time with family.

Surviving are his wife Janet; his four children, Lelah (Bryan) Buckwalter of Akron, Jeff Bailey of Liberty, KY; Ruby (David) Grau of Fredericktown and Loretta (Dave) Heath of Congress Village; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Delmar (Wanda) Bailey of Minnora, WV and Holly (Nina) Bailey of Milton, WV; a sister Myrl (Paul) Bailey of Newton, WV; sister-in-law Aunt Retta Miller who has been a wonderful help to the family and special friends Jay and Tessie Grunder.

He was preceded in death by a grandson; 2 infant brothers and 2 infant sisters.

Funeral services will be Monday at 11:00 AM at Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg, WV, where friends may call Sunday from 6:00-8:00 PM.

Burial will be in the Clark Jarvis Cemetery at Chloe, WV.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greater Wayne County, 2525 Back Orrville Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.

Ethel Jane Shimer Boltz 109th Birthday

Ethel Jane Shimer Boltz celebrated her 109th birthday on December 02, 2012 with her sister, Evelyn, of Fairmont, and the rest of the family and her friends.

She was born on the family farm about two miles from Annamoriah in Calhoun County on December 02, 1903, a daughter of Sherman Shimer and Mary Catherine Hayes Shimer.

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Ethel Jane Shimer Boltz and Evelyn Bowman


She married Emmanuel “Bill” Davilla Boltz in 1929.

She moved to Beverly, WV in April 1943 with her husband and two sons, James and Donald.

She continues to live in Beverly with her son Donald and his wife, Polly Boltz.

Cards may be sent to: Ethel J. Boltz, Route 1 Box 184B, Beverly, WV 26253.

Orville “Pappy” Norman

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Orville “Pappy” Norman

Age 93, of Orma, WV died Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at Laurel Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Ivydale, WV after a short illness.

He was born December 09, 1919 at Beech, WV and was the last surviving child of the late Isaac Homer and Lula Brannon Norman.

He was a Baptist by faith, formerly attended and was a member of the Arnoldsburg Southern Baptist Church and was a devoted family man.

Orville worked on the family farm during his early life and for years he was well known all over the community as “Jack of all trades”. He was the traveling butcher, miller, blacksmith, etc. during the winter months and in summer he was the plumber, electrician, carpenter, mechanic, etc., being a self-taught tradesman with a great number of unique skills that always kept him busy helping his friends and neighbors. Later he worked in the timber industry and at Burke-Parsons-Bolby of Billings WV. He loved repairing small engines and did so until the last couple of years.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Teresa Wears whom he married September 11, 1972; stepchildren, David Greathouse, Barbara Nicholas and twin brother William “Bill” Finkenbinder; sisters, Murl, and Irene Norman, Ona Helmick and Pearl Conrad; brothers, Bunker, Homer Jr., William and Arnold Norman.

Survivors include stepdaughters, Linda (Gary) Dorsey of Palestine; WV; Diana (Mike) Sampson of Spencer, WV; stepson, Timothy (Sherry) Finkenbinder of Orrville, OH. Also, daughter-in-law, Shirley Greathouse of Millstone, WV; son-in-law Wesley Nicholas of Orma; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, caregivers and friends at Laurel Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and his beloved dog Katie.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 22, 2012, 11:00 AM with military graveside rites at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg, with the Rev. Carl Marks officiating.

Burial will be in the Greathouse Cemetery, Orma, WV.

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

Six GSC Hidden Promise Scholars Graduate

Six more Glenville State College students have completed the Hidden Promise Scholars Program. They were recognized at the annual December 2012 Hidden Promise Scholar Graduation Dinner and Installation Ceremony held on December 3rd. These students were also recognized at the GSC Senior Recognition Program on Thursday, December 13, 2012 and can participate in the 139th GSC Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 11, 2013.

 

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(L-R) Stephanie Stacy, Dusty Mullins, Tiffany Johnson, Rebecca Johnson,
Chelsea Gragg, and Dana Thomas-Ferrell.

 

“The Hidden Promise scholarship has taken me places that I never thought I would be able to go. Being the first in my family to graduate from college is a big accomplishment for me. I am very thankful for Dr. Barr and the scholarship. It really has made a difference in my life,“ said GSC Hidden Promise Scholar Stephanie Stacy. She is earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Behavior Science with a concentration of Psychology and Sociology and a minor in Criminal Justice.  Stacy is a native of Millstone, West Virginia (Calhoun County).

“The Hidden Promise Scholars Program gives students many experiences they wouldn’t have in college elsewhere. It also helps financially, which is always a blessing,“ said GSC Hidden Promise Scholar Chelsea Gragg. She is earning a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree. Gragg is very active at Camden Flats Baptist Church where she serves as a games leader with the AWANAS group and for Vacation Bible School. She is a native of Smithville, West Virginia (Ritchie County).

“I am glad to have been a part of the Hidden Promise Scholar Program. We got to experience so many different things because of this program. I have made lifelong friendships because of this program,“ said GSC Hidden Promise Scholar Dana Thomas-Ferrell. She is earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education with specializations in Early Education (PreK-K) and Elementary (K-6).  Thomas-Ferrell is a native of Chloe, West Virginia (Calhoun County).

“The Hidden Promise Program was a true blessing. Financial help is just one type of support the program provides to college students. Throughout my college career, the program provided many different opportunities for me such as going new places, meeting new people, and providing me with job opportunities. I am very glad to have been a part of this very generous and beneficial program,“ said GSC Hidden Promise Scholar Dusty Mullins. He is earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education with specializations in Social Studies (5-12) and Health & Physical Education (Pre-K-adult). Mullins was a member of the GSC Pioneer Basketball Team his freshmen and sophomore year and participated in Cross Country his junior year. He is a native of Ravenswood, West Virginia (Jackson County).

“Being a member of the Hidden Promise Scholars Program was an opportunity I earned by staying on task, getting good grades, and staying out of trouble throughout my high school years. I encourage members still in the program to be active members; after all, you earned it,“ said GSC Hidden Promise Scholar Tiffany Johnson.

She is earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with specializations in Computer & Information Systems and Architecture & Security. Johnson was a member of GSC Cheerleading her freshmen year. She completed her degree requirements in July and is now working at the FBI Center in Clarksburg, West Virginia (Harrison County). Johnson is from Walkersville, West Virginia (Lewis County).

“The Hidden Promise Scholars Program is great, it provides its members with good opportunities to see new places and meet new people,“ said GSC Hidden Promise Scholar Rebecca Johnson. She is earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with specializations in Computer & Information Systems and Architecture & Security. Johnson was a member of GSC Cheerleading her freshmen year. She currently works full-time at the FBI Center in Clarksburg, West Virginia (Harrison County) as she only had to take one class this fall to finish her degree. Johnson is from of Walkersville, West Virginia (Lewis County).

“The heart of the Hidden Promise Scholars program is about dispelling the myth that college is an exclusive society just for those perpetuating a family tradition of earning college degrees.  Our scholars program is all about student potential. The December 2012 Hidden Promise Scholar Graduation Dinner and Installation Ceremony recognizes six scholars who demonstrate a further step toward fulfilled potential; next week they will hold a Glenville State College degree. That degree will open doors to incredible opportunities to further fulfill their potential” said GSC President Dr. Peter Barr.

“I have been working with the Hidden Promise Program for a little over a year now and have enjoyed participating in three of the Hidden Promise Scholars Graduate Ceremonies. I feel this ceremony creates the perfect ending to a new beginning for each of our scholars. Being able to witness the emotion and pride that is expressed when they receive their class rings and plaques in front of all their classmates and family members is priceless. It reminds all of us of the importance of this program, how it makes a difference in the lives of our scholars and how it better prepares them for a successful future. I’m very happy to be a part of it all,“ said GSC Hidden Promise Coordinator Jenny Boggs.

The Hidden Promise Scholars Program is an alliance among Glenville State College and thirty seven county school districts across West Virginia, Ohio, and Connecticut. The program is 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.

GSC 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. 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.

For more information about the GSC Hidden Promise Scholars program, contact Boggs at “Virginia.Boggs@glenville.edu” or 304.462.6059.

Local WVU Extension Agent Honored for Program Excellence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Spreads Holiday Cheer

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

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

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

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