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West Virginia Hunters Harvest 11,539 Spring Turkeys In 2017

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Spring turkey hunters harvested 11,539 gobblers this year, an increase of more than 11 percent from 2016, according to preliminary numbers provided by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

The harvest is the largest since 2006 when 11,735 birds were harvested, and is more than 18 percent above the 10-year average.

“Weather conditions were variable across the state during this year’s spring gobbler season, so it’s nice to see hunters were able to get out and enjoy some successful hunting, which is reflected in the harvest numbers,” said Mike Peters, DNR game bird biologist.

Five of the six DNR districts reported increased harvests over last year.

District 4 was the only district in which fewer birds were harvested than in 2016.

District 1 again recorded the most birds harvested this year (2,578), followed by District 6 (2,250), District 5 (2,090), District 4 (1,858), District 3 (1,733) and District 2 (1,030).

The top five counties with the largest harvests were Preston (475), which was up more than 100 birds from last year, Mason (448), Jackson (408), Wood (380), and Harrison (327).

Youth hunters harvested 458 turkeys during the one-day youth season on April 15.

Those numbers are included on the accompanying table.

West Virginia Spring Gobbler Season Results

County

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Barbour

162

178

127

165

204

Brooke

104

84

67

78

100

Hancock

110

110

89

98

106

Harrison

355

264

247

286

327

Marion

218

149

170

192

256

Marshall

300

220

174

207

255

Monongalia

262

174

199

197

266

Ohio

131

91

109

111

113

Preston

403

344

333

371

475

Taylor

103

87

72

101

135

Tucker

57

88

82

90

97

Wetzel

256

203

168

196

244

District 1 Subtotal

2,461

1,992

1,837

2,092

2,578

Berkeley

98

112

124

115

147

Grant

129

129

131

161

145

Hampshire

124

138

156

170

184

Hardy

129

135

116

132

132

Jefferson

60

57

82

79

114

Mineral

87

96

118

134

132

Morgan

54

62

64

54

64

Pendleton

117

95

94

88

112

District 2 Subtotal

798

824

885

933

1,030

Braxton

238

175

194

197

209

Clay

147

68

83

101

120

Lewis

221

180

194

211

249

Nicholas

221

164

213

330

311

Pocahontas

160

130

145

144

143

Randolph

217

186

225

250

248

Upshur

262

229

231

228

303

Webster

118

113

114

156

150

District 3 Subtotal

1,584

1,245

1,399

1,617

1,733

Fayette

287

244

239

292

278

Greenbrier

299

245

242

308

269

McDowell

308

215

218

200

177

Mercer

177

170

161

176

192

Monroe

206

212

181

184

192

Raleigh

277

214

231

283

279

Summers

258

209

199

219

209

Wyoming

291

255

257

320

262

District 4 Subtotal

2,103

1,764

1,728

1,982

1,858

Boone

230

159

138

157

157

Cabell

138

80

110

114

176

Kanawha

332

231

227

285

319

Lincoln

213

178

169

215

228

Logan

246

181

172

181

165

Mason

370

293

314

378

448

Mingo

141

93

91

131

143

Putnam

225

150

181

210

268

Wayne

144

103

108

139

186

District 5 Subtotal

2,039

1,468

1,510

1,810

2,090

Calhoun

179

135

128

145

164

Doddridge

138

126

118

137

160

Gilmer

191

147

124

132

143

Jackson

326

293

264

302

408

Pleasants

83

73

71

80

89

Ritchie

326

245

218

216

263

Roane

236

232

210

231

256

Tyler

211

136

144

182

181

Wirt

193

177

153

174

206

Wood

294

271

248

328

380

District 6 Subtotal

2,177

1,835

1,678

1,927

2,250

State Total

11,162

9,128

9,037

10,361

11,539

8th Graders Honored For Golden Horseshoe Accomplishments

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More than 200 eighth-graders from across West Virginia were honored at the state Culture Center in the annual Golden Horseshoe ceremony.

The students earned the honor of Knights of the Golden Horseshoe for their knowledge of West Virginia history.

“I am proud of each student who earned this elite honor today,” state School Superintendent Dr. Steve Paine said. “The Golden Horseshoe recognizes students’ appreciation and understanding of West Virginia and promotes pride in our state.”

The Golden Horseshoe test has been given each year since 1931 in West Virginia. This year marks the 301st anniversary of the Golden Horseshoe tradition that began in the 1700’s when West Virginia was part of Virginia.

A complete list of 2017 winners can be found by visiting HERE.

New State Record Musky On The Little Kanawha River

Joe Wilfong’s plans to go musky fishing last Sunday were definitely last minute.  The Burnsville native had a buddy visiting from South Dakota who begged him to go fishing.  Wilfong was tired after a night of work and couldn’t even find all of his fishing gear, including a net.  But not wanting to be a poor host, he agreed to go.

The two longtime friends shared a lot of laughs about the old days as they cast back and forth along their float on the Little Kanawha River in Braxton County.  They managed to raise four fish and his buddy lost a pretty good one.  Otherwise, it wasn’t a very productive fishing day until they reached the last stretch of the trip.

“I said if it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen right here,” Wilfong explained. “It wound up being my last cast and I saw a mouth come wide open and missed it.”

Wilfong could tell from the jaws it was a good sized fish, so he cast back toward the fish and saw the swirl of water coming toward his bait.

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“I did a figure eight and on the second turn it just smoked it,” Wilfong said. “Now I got this fish hooked, didn’t have a net, didn’t have anything to grab it with.  I gave Frankie the pole and I grabbed it by the tail and it started thrashing around.”

The two managed to get the giant fish to the bank where they corralled the beast in some shallow water.  A man who lived on the bank above them came out to have a look at the commotion.

“He said, ‘Man I think that thing may be 30 inches’,” laughed Wilfong. “I said, I think he’s a little better than that.”

Wilfong’s fish dwarfed a four foot fold out measuring stick.  He called his uncle to bring a tape measure, still not believing he had a potential state record.  The tape revealed a length of 53 3/8ths inches, letting Wilfong know there was a chance.  He soon called a buddy who showed up with a catfish net to at least give him some relief in the water to hold the fish and got on the phone with the DNR.

Biologists were understandably skeptical as his buddy tried to describe the measurement, but Wilfong got on the phone and convinced them he was an experienced angler and knew a trophy fish when he saw it.

“They said it would be about two hours,” said Wilfong. “I told them I had already been in the water for two hours so come on.”

Biologists arrived and were elated to see the big fish still alive.  The official measurements revealed the official length was 53.5 inches, which bested the old record by three-quarters of an inch.  The weight of the fish was 34.58 pound, well short of the standing record for weight.  With the measurements done and the pictures taken, Wilfong turned him loose.

“It swam away just fine,” he proudly proclaimed. “He was so old he had black teeth.  He was so old he didn’t have very many teeth in his mouth, but the ones he did have they were very big.”

Wilfong said he’s been fishing all of his life to catch a musky of that size and thanks to his efforts to release it alive, others will have a chance to fish for it as well.

~~  Chris Lawrence ~~

Gilmer Students Among GSC Business Department Honorees

The Glenville State College Department of Business recently announced its list of Distinguished Business Students for 2017. Recognition of these top twenty business students is based on multiple criteria including academic achievement, class rank, campus involvement, and leadership in department classes and programs. Additionally, some students are recognized for specific departmental awards.

Those recognized as Distinguished Business Students included: Julie Bishop from Glenville, West Virginia; Kristin DesRocher from Chapmanville, West Virginia; Conner Ferguson from Glenville, West Virginia; Bryan Foster from Jacksonville, Florida; Landon Gumm from Glenville, West Virginia; Charles Kendall III from Grantsville, West Virginia; and Stephen Mickle from Woodbridge, Virginia.

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GSC Assistant Professor of Business Administration Dr. Dwight Heaster with Julie Bishop


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GSC Professor of Economics Dr. Gary Arbogast with Conner Ferguson


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GSC Professor of Economics Dr. Gary Arbogast with Landon Gumm


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GSC Professor of Economics Dr. Gary Arbogast with Brett Rinehart


Specific award recipients included:

  • Ernest H. Smith Award and Outstanding Accounting Student – Raven Fatool of Sunbury, Pennsylvania

  • Freshman with the Highest Major Fields Test Score – Jakob Payne of Webster Springs, West Virginia

  • Senior with the Highest Major Fields Test Score – Brett Rinehart of Cumberland, Maryland

  • Outstanding Computer Science Student – Jordan Batton of Flatwoods, West Virginia

  • Outstanding Management Student – Abigail Jerden of Weston, West Virginia

  • Outstanding Marketing Student – McKenzie Edmonds of Clendenin, West Virginia

  • Outstanding Sport Management Student – Hunter Given of Cowen, West Virginia

  • Outstanding Business Education Student – Nathan Kincaid of Summersville, West Virginia

  • Outstanding Two-Year Student – Tiffany Brannon of Chloe, West Virginia

  • Outstanding Freshman Business Student – Gregory Lail of Hickory, North Carolina

  • Outstanding Sophomore Business Student – Daniel Crawford of Elkins, West Virginia

  • Outstanding Junior Business Student – Luke Carpenter of Glen Daniel, West Virginia

  • Outstanding Senior Business Student – Moriah Creelfox Sr. of Alma, West Virginia

For more information on the event or the GSC Department of Business, call 304.462.4123.

Report: More Mountain State Students Pursuing Higher Education

Braxton, Doddridge and Clay counties lead the way in improving college-going rates

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More West Virginia high school graduates went on to pursue higher education last year, according to a report released by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) and West Virginia Community and Technical College System (CTCS). The college-going rate increased for the second consecutive year, inching up by 0.3 percent — or 266 students — from 2015 to 2016.

“These gains, while subtle, represent a solid step in the right direction,” Dr. Paul Hill, HEPC Chancellor, said. “For several years, the impact of the 2008 recession led to wide variations in college-going rates, not only in West Virginia but across the nation. Now that the economy is beginning to stabilize, we’re more confident that the small strides we’re witnessing represent genuine progress in creating a college-going culture in West Virginia — a process that takes time and occurs student by student, community by community.”

Braxton, Doddridge and Clay counties led the state in achieving the highest rates of improvement in college-going rates from 2015 to 2016. Braxton County High School (Braxton), Magnolia High School (Wetzel) and Chapmanville Regional High School (Logan) showed the greatest gains at the school level. Ohio, Mineral and Monongalia counties had the highest rates overall. A complete list of rates by school and county is available at http://www.wvhepc.edu/resources/reports-and-publications/2016-college-going-rate/.

“West Virginia needs more college graduates to grow its economy and invigorate its workforce,” Dr. Sarah Tucker, CTCS Chancellor, said. “I commend those high schools and school districts that are putting a real focus on helping their students pursue some form of postsecondary education. The future prosperity of our state depends on getting more students into college and ensuring they succeed and graduate.”

The 2016 Higher Education Report Card, released last fall by HEPC and CTCS, also outlined gains in college retention and a record number of degrees awarded by the state’s public colleges and universities.

HEPC and CTCS are charged with developing and implementing a five-year statewide strategic plan for higher education that includes a strong focus on improving access to higher education and promoting college completion and success. As part of this process, the agencies have in recent years launched a number of strategies that are proving to have an impact on higher education attainment.

For example, the federally funded “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)” initiative provides college mentoring and planning services to middle and high school students in ten of the state’s most economically challenged counties. The statewide College Foundation of West Virginia (CFWV) initiative offers information, including text message counseling, to help students navigate the college application and enrollment processes. And recent policy changes overhauling the delivery of developmental education and encouraging students to enroll in a minimum of 15 credit hours per semester are showing promising results toward raising college graduation rates.

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report

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Chief Judge Richard Facemire presided over a lengthy motion day in Gilmer County on Monday, April 24, 2017 working through lunch and completing a 3 page docket.


•  Two names changes were granted.


•  One fugitive from justice, namely Antoine Calabrese, waived extradition to return to the state of Virginia.

He was represented by Clinton Bischoff and authorities from Virginia have until 4 PM May 02, 2017 to pick him up or Central Regional Jail will release him.


•  Seven pleas were taken as follows:


•  Charles Pritt

He who was represented by Clinton Bischoff, pled to 1 count of child neglect resulting in injury.

The remaining counts of the indictment were dismissed by the prosecutor.

After the probation officer completes his presentence he will be sentenced May 22, 2017 at 9:20 AM.


•  Matthew Sandy

Accompanied by his attorney, Teresa Monk, entered a plea to 1 count of escape and all other counts of the indictment were likewise dismissed by Gerald B. Hough, prosecuting attorney.

He will be sentenced July 06, 2017 at 9:00 AM.


•  Danny Minigh

Alone with his attorney Brian Bailey, entered a no contest Kennedy plea to 1 count of sexual abuse in the first degree.

The other count of his indictment was dismissed and he will be sentenced in BRAXTON COUNTY on July 05, 2017 at 1:30 PM.


•  Richard Williams Jr.

With his attorney, Kevin Hughart, entered a conditional plea to 1 count of brandishing and 1 count of possession with intent to deliver.

His bond was modified to $10,000.00 surety and home confinement with his mother in MD.

Sentencing was deferred for 1 year while he is on home confinement.


•  Patty Reynolds

She pled to 2 misdemeanor counts after an information was filed against her and the previous felony indictment was dismissed.

Her attorney was Clinton Bischoff.

Shannon Johnson was the special prosecutor that prosecuted her case.

She will be sentenced May 22, 2017 at 9:30 AM.


•  Charles Balliett III

He was before the Court with his attorney, Hughart, and pled to conspiracy with the other count of his indictment being dismissed.

He will be sentenced May 18, 2017 at 10:00 AM in BRAXTON COUNTY.


•  Timothy Maxwell-Lanham

He saw 21 counts of his indictment dismissed and was allowed to plead to 1 count of incest.

He will also be sentenced in BRAXTON COUNTY on July 05, 2017 at 2:00 PM.

His attorney is Bryan Hinkle.


•  Central Regional Jail failed to bring William Reynolds so his plea hearing was rescheduled for May 22, 2017 at 9:40 AM.

He is represented by Brian Bailey with special prosecutor Shannon Johnson representing the state of WV.


•  Three juvenile matters were also before the Court.


•  One magistrate appeal was sent to mediation and a bench trial was set before the Judge for June 22, 2017 at 9:00 AM.


•  There will be a pretrial on August 08, 2017 at 9:00 AM in BRAXTON COUNTY in the case of John Zsigray vs. Cindy Langman.

The trial is set for August 15, 2017 at 9:00 AM.


•  A suppression hearing will be heard May 02, 2017 at 9:00 AM with the trial remaining on the docket for May 16, 2017 in the case of State of West Virginia vs. Charles Collins.

Collin is represented by attorney Joseph Spano.


•  Two trials were continued to the July term:


•  State of West Virginia vs. Coy Pritt Jr.

He is represented by Teresa Monk.


•  Tiffany Parmer (Mayo)

She is represented by Timothy Gentilozzi also had her bond reduced to $10,000.00 without home confinement.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Geoffrey Shaffer

He was before the Court for pretrial represented by Jonathan Fittro.

He is scheduled to enter a plea May 03, 2017, but later failed a urine screen and an order was entered for him to be jailed.




On Tuesday, April 18, 2017 Chief Judge Richard A. Facemire held Court in Glenville.


•  One juvenile hearing was held.


Four criminal matters were heard as follows:


•  David Curry

He appeared for further arraignment and filled out a new financial affidavit requesting an appointed attorney and Judge Facemire appointed Kevin Hughart to represent him.

He entered a not guilty plea and was released back on $5000.00 surety bond.

He will not have a pretrial but his trial is set for May 16, 2017 at 9:00 AM.


•  Joshua Bohn

He was before the Court for a multi county plea and due to it involving charges in Braxton County it was reset for April 27, 2017 at 1:30 PM in Braxton County.

Jeff Davis represents him in Gilmer County with Andrew Chattin representing him on the Braxton County charges.


•  Richard Williams Jr.

He will enter a plea on April 24, 2017 at 9:00 AM.

He is represented by Kevin Hughart of Sissonville.


•  Steven Gibson

He was before the Court for revocation of probation and Judge Facemire denied the revocation and readmitted him to probation.

His attorney was Bryan Hinkle.



On Thursday, April 20, 2017 Judge Jack Alsop heard several matters in Gilmer County.


•  One guardian petition was granted.


•  Three juvenile matters were heard.

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report

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On Monday, March 27, 2017 Chief Judge Richard A. Facemire sped through a 3 page docket and arraigned 12 defendants in Gilmer County Circuit Court.

Eight trials were set for May 03, 2017, namely:


•  Charles Balliett III represented by Kevin Hughart,


•  Charles Pritt, represented by Clinton Bischoff,


•  Coy Pritt Jr., represented by Teresa Monk,


•  Tiffany Parmer (Mayo) represented by Timothy Gentilozzi,


•  Geoffrey Shaffer, represented by Jonathan Fittro.

Shaffer later flunked his urine screen and was sent to Central Regional Jail until he tests clean.


•  Richard E. Williams Jr., represented by Kevin Hughart,


•  Matthew Sandy, represented by Teresa Monk,


•  Danny Minigh, represented by Brian Bailey.


Other dispositions were as follows:


•  Timothy Maxwell-Lanham who is represented by Bryan Hinkle has a trial date set for April 25, 2017.


•  Earl Bailey, represented by Jeff Davis, had his trial continued to the July term.


•  David Curry was arraigned and attorney Teresa Monk was appointed to represent him, however upon filling our an affidavit for appointed attorney he made too much money so she was relieved as his counsel, and he must hire his own attorney.

His arraignment was continued until April 18, 2017 and he posted a $5,000.00 personal recognizance bond in the Circuit Clerk’s office and must post a surety bond in the same amount by Noon on Friday, March 29, 2017.

Thereafter he flunked his urine screen and was remanded to jail until he has a clean urine screen.


•  Also Jessica Nicholson, represented by Brian Bailey failed to appear and a bench warrant was issued for her arrest and incarceration in Central Regional Jail until $200,000.00 cash bond may be posted.


•  Seven juvenile cases were heard.


•  The 2 Reynolds trials set for April 04, 2017 were cancelled and pleas will be entered later.


•  One trial remains on for April 04, 2017 namely Dale Lee Carr, represented by Eric Wildman.


•  Joshua Bohn will enter a multi county plea in Braxton County on March 28, 2017 at 10:45 AM.

His attorney is Jeff Davis.


Two bound over cases were dismissed, namely:


•  Whitney Henderson represented by Teresa Monk.

Bond will be released after entry of the order.


•  Danielle Smith represented by Clinton Bischoff.

Bond will be released after entry of the order.


•  A third bound over case was before the Court for reduction of bond, namely Jason Jarrell who is represented by Thomas Rist of Fayetteville.

His bond was lowered to $100,000.00 and he must be placed on house arrest, but allowed to go out of state for his job.

Braxton County Prosecutor Steps Down Amid Misconduct Allegations

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Braxton County’s prosecutor abruptly resigned this week amid allegations of misconduct. The decision to step down by Kelly Hamon McLaughlin came as a shock to the county commission earlier this week.

“We knew nothing,” said Braxton County Commission President Ronald Facemire. “We were told nothing.”

The commission received McLaughlin’s letter of resignation Wednesday effective immediately and in an emergency meeting named Assistant Prosecutor William McCourt the acting prosecutor for 30 days.

McLaughlin faced charges of misconduct and conflict of interest which were filed last October by the state Office of Disciplinary Council. According to court documents the incident started in 2013 when an elderly relative of McLaughlin was accused of the sexual abuse his neighbor, an 11-year old girl. Although the incident was reported to the Braxton County Sheriff’s Department, the matter was never brought to court.

Despite her relation to the accused, McLaughlin did not recuse herself nor did she request a special prosecutor for the case. However, those documents further claimed she told investigators a special prosecutor had been assigned. Eventually the charges against the elderly family member were dismissed.

The incident was also tied to the resignation of a Braxton County deputy who was accused several months later of breaking into the Braxton County Sheriff’s Department in February 2014. The documents revealed McLaughlin allowed the deputy to resign his position in lieu of prosecution.

During a hearing before the Disciplinary Council on Thursday, McLaughlin admitted to all of the original allegations with the exception of one which accused her of dishonesty.

The panel reached an agreement with McLaughlin. The agreement stipulated she immediately resign, not run for prosecutor again, and not practice law for the next three years.

“The point of the counsel is to protect the public” said Rachael Fletcher Cipoletti, Chief Lawyer Disciplinary Counsel, “Her immediate resignation is big step in protecting the public.”

The agreement and recommendation has been submitted to the West Virginia Supreme Court which will be the final arbiter on whether that agreement is accepted.

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report

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Chief Judge Richard A. Facemire held Court in Glenville on Tuesday, February 21, 2017.


Two fugitives waived extradition to return to their respective states.

•  Samuel Dozier waived to return to MD.

•  Jason Freeman waived to return to the state of Ohio.

Authorities in their states have until 4 PM March 01, 2017 to pick them up or Central Regional Jail will release them.

Both men were represented by Tim Gentilozzi.


•  One juvenile matter was heard.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Ronald Adkins Jr.

He failed to appear for the revocation of probation hearing scheduled at 9:30 AM and it was reported that he was being transferred to a hospital in Charleston.

Judge Facemire questioned his girlfriend and informed her that he would continue the matter to February 28, 2017 at 1:30 PM and directed the Clerk to issue a summons to be served upon Adkins to appear.

His attorney is Kevin Hughart of Sissonville.


•  One divorce appeal was heard and counsel were directed to file Findings of Facts and Conclusions of Law and then Judge Facemire will make a ruling. Mark Kelley was plaintiff’s attorney and defense attorney was Mark Swartz.



On Wednesday, February 22, 2017 the jury trial was cancelled.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Eric Williams

He was before the Court wherein he entered a plea to count 12 of the indictment returned against him for fraudulent schemes wherein he took money from Rick and Desari Garrett for a contract job that was never done.

All other counts of the indictment were dismissed in the plea agreement and he will make restitution to the other victims.

He will be sentenced April 10, 2017 at 9:20 AM after Mike Haley prepares a presentence report in the matter.

Special prosecuting attorney Shannon Johnson of Calhoun County represented the State of West Virginia and Thomas Kupec represented Williams.


•  Also scheduled to be heard today was the preliminary revocation of probation involving John Phillips who is being held at South Central Regional Jail and they failed to transport him.

Judge Alsop reset the matter for Friday, February 24, 2017 at 9:00 AM.

He is represented by David Karickhoff of Sutton.


The November 2016 term of petit jury is now over.

March term begins on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 with grand jurors to report when indictments will be presented.



On Monday, February 27, 2017 Chief Judge Richard A. Facemire presided over his regular monthly motion day in Glenville.

He called the docket for the March, 2017 term and directed issuance of capias’ in the cases from previous terms wherein defendants have never appeared.


•  Four juvenile matters were heard.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Steven Gibson

He was before the Court for a preliminary hearing regarding revocation of his probation.

Whereupon Gibson made admissions and was sentenced to serve 60 days in Central Regional Jail (with credit for time already served) and then he will be readmitted to probation.

Bryan Hinkle of Buckhannon represented Gibson.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Khristopher Speas

He was before the Court with his attorney, Tyler Mason, asking for additional credit for time served on his sentence.

After argument of counsel, Judge Facemire directed he receive the additional credit and the commitment order will be amended.



Om Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Chief Judge Facemire heard 2 juvenile cases were heard.


•  One fugitive from justice waived to return to the state of Ohio.

Deon Ray was represented by Clinton Bischoff and authorities have until 4 PM on March 09, 2017 to pick him up or Central Regional Jail will release him.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Ronald Adkins Jr.

He was before the Court for revocation of probation.

He made admissions and was sentenced to 60 days in Central Regional Jail, followed by 60 days on home confinement in Clay County and then he will be readmitted to probation until February 22, 2019.

Kevin Hughart of Sissonville was his attorney.


•  A scheduling conference/conference call was held with Shannon Johnson, special prosecutor and Brian Bailey participating. Bailey represents William Reynolds and Clinton Bischoff was present in the Court room representing his client, Patty Reynolds.

Pretrials will be conducted in their cases on March 27, 2017 at 10:30 AM and April 04, 2017 is when their trial is scheduled.



On Thursday, March 02, 2017 Judge Jack Alsop heard a civil case in Gilmer County.

Gilmer County Family Court Report

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On Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Family Court Judge Steven Jones heard cases in Glenville.

Three divorces were granted:


•  Marsha Lynn Wine (38) of Cox’s Mills, WV divorced Christopher Wine (40) of Copen, WV.


•  Terri Ann Pettry (44) of Buckhannon, WV divorced Casey Pettry (32) of Vienna, WV.


•  Barry Rollyson (56) of Glenville, WV divorced Marti Rollyson (44) of Murfreesboro, TN.


•  Two DV petitions were continued.


•  One divorce had no order entered it in at this time.

Secretary of State’s Office Announces Field Representative for Mid-Ohio Valley

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West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner is pleased to announce that Dot Underwood has joined his staff as Field Service Representative for Tyler, Pleasants, Doddridge, Harrison, Ritchie, Gilmer, Braxton, Wood and Wirt counties.

“Dot Underwood is one of a group of dedicated individuals who are helping us launch our new Field Service Representative initiative,’ Warner said. “Our Field Service Representatives will assist new businesses with registration and licensing, work side-by-side with county clerks to improve our office’s assistance, reach out to voters and candidates, assisting with registration, election questions, and associated issues.”

Dot Underwood is no stranger to the region she is serving. She was a Regional Representative for former Governors Joe Manchin and Earl Ray Tomblin, serving many of the same counties. As a Regional Representative, Underwood represented the Governor’s Office for official functions, as well as helping constituents with questions and issues.

“Our field representatives will serve as mobile Secretary of State offices, providing instant communication between citizens, businesses, and our office as needed,” Warner said. “I can think of no one better than Dot Underwood to represent this office in the Mid-Ohio Valley area.”

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report

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•  On Wednesday, February 08, 2017 Judge Jack Alsop heard a juvenile matter in Gilmer County.


•  After he recessed his hearing, Chief Judge Richard A. Facemire heard a juvenile by video conference from Braxton County.

Unfortunately the Circuit Court equipment was not working and all parties had to use the Magistrate Court Room to participate in the video conference.

Mountain Valley Pipeline Public Hearing Notice

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection – Division of Water and Waste Management will hold public hearings regarding the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline project for State 401 Water Quality Certification, Natural Streams Preservation Act Permit, and for Oil and Gas General Water Pollution Control Permit. Oral and written comments will be accepted at each hearing. The hearings will start at 6:00PM at the following locations:

For Natural Streams Preservation Act Permit, State 401 Water Quality Certification, and Oil and Gas General Water Pollution Control Permit:

• Summers County at Summers Memorial Building (451 1st Ave in Hinton) on Tuesday March 07, 2017. 

For State 401 Water Quality Certification and Oil and Gas General Water Pollution Control Permit:

• Webster County at Webster County High School auditorium on Monday March 6, 2017.

• Harrison County at Robert C. Byrd High School Large Group Instruction Room on Thursday March 09, 2017.

The Mountain Valley Pipeline project is comprised of approximately 195 miles of natural gas pipeline along with compressor stations, meter stations, access roads, and interconnects through: Wetzel, Harrison, Doddridge, Lewis, Braxton, Webster, Nicholas, Greenbrier, Fayette, Summers, and Monroe Counties in West Virginia. The associated Oil & Gas Construction Stormwater General Permit (WVR310667) would be for the discharge of stormwater associated with the disturbance of 4,214 acres of land for the of construction of this project. The Natural Streams Preservation Act permit (NSP-17-0001) being sought is for a proposed crossing of Greenbrier River in Summers County near Pence Springs. The State 401 Water Quality Certification (WQC-16-0005) would be for activities that will or may discharge fill into waters of the State. Mountain Valley Pipeline project is proposing to mitigate for the streams and wetlands permanently impacted by this project.

Any interested person may submit written comments on the Oil & Gas Construction Stormwater General Permit, the Natural Streams Preservation Act Permit, and/or the State 401 Water Quality Certification by addressing such to the Director of the Division of Water and Waste Management during the comment period, which begins with this notice and ends on March 19, 2017 at 8PM. Comments or requests should be emailed to or by mail addressed to:

Director, Division of Water and Management, DEP

ATTN: Sharon Mullins, Permitting Section

601 57th Street SE

Charleston, WV 25304-2345

Applicant Type Permit ID

Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC Oil & Gas Construction Stormwater General Permit WVR310667

Mountain Valley Pipeline, INC. State 401 Water Quality Certification WQC-16-0005

Mountain Valley Pipeline, INC. Natural Streams Preservation Act Permit NSP-17-0001

Additional Information

State 401 Water Quality Certification application (WQC-16-0005) (This is a large PDF file, which may take a moment to download and view)

Natural Streams Preservation Act permit application (NSP-17-0001) (This is a large PDF file, which may take a moment to download and view)

Oil & Gas Construction Stormwater General Permit (WVR310667)

Instructions for navigating the Oil and Gas Construction Stormwater General Permit webpages

Mountain Valley Pipeline Information Page

Glenville State College President’s Honor List for Fall 2016

The Free Press WV

Glenville State College has announced the names of GSC students who attained the President’s Honor List for the Fall 2016 semester.  To be named to the President’s Honor List, a student must have a 4.0 grade point average.

The students making the President’s Honor List are listed as follows according to their county of residence:


Berkeley County: Brianna D. Caison, Lawrence C. Wolf


Braxton County: Bridget D. Carr, Dakota S. Johnson, Stacy N. Loyd, Brittany V. White


Calhoun County: Devon T. Toppings


Clay County: Jessica M. Beckett, Julie A. Gross, Dalton M. Holcomb, Carrie G. Huffman, Andrea P. Litton, Kaitlyn J. Samples


Doddridge County: Joshua L. Smith


Fayette County: Matthew H. Hackworth


Gilmer County: Jonathan E. Clark, Landon P. Gumm, Michaela L. Gumm, Sean M. Lang, Brett M. Rinehart, Wesley A. Self, Hilari E. Sprouse, Trevor D. Wright


Grant County: Larissa A. Henry


Greenbrier County: Myka K. Perry


Hardy County: Faith V. Smith


Harrison County: Joseph M. Bush, Cecilia A. Matheney, Megan E. Ruppert


Jackson County: Brittaney M. Burdette, Chelsey Hager, Evan D. Merical


Jefferson County: Jasmine Z. Tarman


Kanawha County: Austin Broussard, Jerrica D. Hilbert


Lewis County: James Z. Browning, Daniel C. Conrad, Mariah L. Daniels, Abigail E. Jerden, Torie A. Riffle


Logan County: Hannah P. Runyon, Matthew A. Zachary


Marion County: Phillip J. Poling


Mason County: Kaylee M. Howard


Morgan County: Colton L. Brandenburg


Nicholas County: Lindsey S. Butcher, Joshua D. Huffman, Eric W. Peyatt, Kathryn G. Waddell


Preston County: Madison H. Null


Putnam County: Joshua L. Brennan, Jessica A. Layne


Randolph County: Diana R. Miller, Melissa D. Nicholson


Ritchie County: Brianna N. Ratliff, Kimberly A. Smith


Tyler County: Jessica L. Fiber


Upshur County: Brandy L. Bachman, Skylar A. Fulton


Webster County: Samuel A. Canfield, Hunter A. Given, Amber N. King, Chelsea E. Rule


Wood County: Michael L. Briggs


Out of State: Chere Y. Davis, Jacqueline T. Deary, Sarah M. DiSpaltro, Raven P. Fatool, Cedric J. Johnson, Kellie N. Kinsinger, Allison A. Parski, John S. Peloro, Victoria L. Peterson, Emily A. Walker, Brian S. Williams

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