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Pat’s Chat

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My mom, Allegra McNemar Wiant, was born on this day in 1912, but lived only long enough to be a wonderful mother to her four children and to see all of her ten grandchildren, barely.  The last one, Angela Wiant, was born in 1967 and mom died September 29, 1967.  She was only 51!  I still miss her.  She is resting until the great resurrection morning when Jesus comes.  I am glad that is what the Bible teaches – that death is a sleep.  Jesus called it that.  We all need to do as the ancient Bereans did, who, according to Acts 17:11, “received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”  If we believed this, there would be no one fooled by the apparent appearance of one of our dead loved ones, no fear of ghosts of departed souls.  I say, I am glad because I would not like her to see the state of the world as it is now, only evil continually, or the problems in her family.  That would not be Heaven for her who refused to listen to very much of the world news.  No, she is resting in peace and will be resurrected in the first resurrection, at the last trump, just as the Bible says.  There was an old country song that said, “I’d like to be standing at Mother’s grave, when Jesus comes in His power.”  I would like to do that.

Not everyone agrees with me on this and it is good to remember that millions are where they are, as to religious denomination, through the accident of birth or association rather than through study or conviction.  I think we all need to recognize that others are as honest as we are—and as anxious for the light of God’s truth.  But opportunities differ for everyone, and surroundings are not often the same.  We must not attempt to judge human hearts.  God alone can do this.  If you disagree with someone’s views, don’t argue.  Just search it out for yourself.  The internet makes it easy to look up differing views, but only the Bible, not other writings, will give you God’s Word alone, which is the true light.

Talking about remembering my mom, Thursday evening, November 09, the Seventh-day Adventist Church had a wonderful get-together to honor our veterans.  Without advertisement we had nearly 60 people attend and 18 of them were veterans, including one female who reported 18 years of service.  Thanks to Mike and Sandi Stutler of Weston, and his sisters and other members of our church, we had plenty of good food.  The organization of it all came mostly from Sandi and Mike Stutler.  It has been almost a yearly celebration at our church, but Sandi’s organizational skills helped create a wonderful occasion.  Folks from Highland Adventist Academy of Elkins led us in the pledge to the flag, the national anthem, and God Bless America to set the tone for the service.  After dinner each veteran told us something about his or her memories of their service in the different branches of our armed forces. I only wish we had recorded the many interesting stories that each of them shared with us.  One veteran was unable to attend although he was ready to go but I didn’t pick him up as I had promised to do!  I felt so sad about that.  (I had tried to call him several times to see if we could leave earlier and got no answer because, as I learned later, his phone was being charged, so I went on without him).  He says we will do better next year because it will be the actual 100th anniversary of the Armistice and we’ll remember that.  Wikipedia tells us “Armistice Day is commemorated every year on 11 November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. The date was declared a national holiday in many allied nations, and coincides with Remembrance Day and Veterans Day, public holidays.”  So I am praying that Alvin J. “A.J” Duke will attend for certain next year.


Veterans who attended, in the order that they signed my paper:

Al Tucker, USAF, Retired,

Jim LeVos, MASH Unit,

Terry N. Gould, (Failed to write branch of service),

Donald Canterbury, USN,

Richard Whiting, Army 101st Airborne 187th INF,

Charles A. Howell, Army,

Gene Hornbeck, Army,

Jack Marteney, Marine,

Fred Seeley, Army,

Jerry Heckert, Air Force,

John Simons, USAF,

Susan Bradley, Army

Rev. Paul J. Ours, Army

Michael Stutler, USN

Benny Shifflett, M.O.P.H. Comm Ch 1118 Clarksburg

George Erwin, U.S.M.C.

H. Ford Carver, U.S.M.C.

Gary Wolford, Marine

Alvin J. Duke, Air Force

Maranatha!

Schools in 28 Counties to Ask for SBA Funding

The Free Press WV

School superintendents from nearly 30 West Virginia counties will be in the Capital City to start the week to pitch needed school construction, renovation and other improvement projects to the state School Building Authority.

In all, the requests for funding total $106 million and Frank “Bucky” Blackwell, SBA executive director, said the Authority has $50.5 million to allocate this year.

Three of the 28 county school systems are requesting SBA funding for the construction of new schools.

“The rest of the needs, they just fluctuate. Some of them are like new roofs, new HVACs for schools even drainage problems, renovations, classroom additions,” Blackwell said of the proposals.

Summaries of the projects, in the order they’ll be presented to the SBA on both Monday and Tuesday, are as follows:


LINCOLN COUNTY
Lincoln County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $1,129,270 and will be providing $200,000 in local funds for a total of $1,329,270. These funds will be used for roof replacements at Guyan Valley Middle School (partial), Midway Elementary School,
Hamlin PK-8 School (partial), Duval PK-8 School, and Ranger Elementary.


RITCHIE COUNTY
Ritchie County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $1,512,431 and will be providing $504,144 in local funds for a total of $2,016,575. These funds will be used for additions and renovations to Ritchie County Middle/High School, which include a safe school entrance, exterior door replacement, and relocating the administration offices.


WAYNE COUNTY
Wayne County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $3,686,750 and will be providing $150,000 in local funds for a total of $3,836,750. These funds will be used for HVAC renovations and a roof replacement to correct indoor air quality and water
infiltration issues at Spring Valley High School.


WOOD COUNTY
Wood County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $8,400,600 and will be providing $1,591,400 in local funds for a total of $9,992,000. These funds will be used for additions and renovations to the Wood County Technical Center, which include additional space for for expanding enrollment and programs. Also, this will allow Wood County to house all programs within one facility in increase operating efficiency.


WIRT COUNTY
Wirt County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $1,064,706 and will be providing $125,000 in local funds for a total of $1,189,706. These funds will be used for door, fire alarm, restroom upgrades and HVAC renovation at Wirt County Primary/Middle School. These renovations will correct several school access safety,
ADA and indoor air quality issues at this facility.


PLEASANTS COUNTY
Pleasants County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $464,494. They are providing $81,969 in local funds for a total of $546,463. These funds will be used for safe school entrances at St. Mary’s Elementary School and Belmont Elementary School in order to more adequately address today’s school access safety standards.


MONROE COUNTY
Monroe County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $16,242,000 and will be providing $1,192,000 in local funds for a total of $3,758,000 upon the passage of a local bond issue and is requesting an additional $1,000,000 in QZAB funds for a total of $22,192,000. These funds will be used for the construction of a new Peterstown PK-8 School. Should this project be funded, the existing Peterstown Elementary and Peterstown Middle School will close and a new 750 student facility will be built in the Peterstown area.


MONONGALIA COUNTY
Monongalia County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $4,024,133 and will be providing $1,341,377 in local funds for a total of $5,365,510. These funds will be used for classroom addition and school access safety upgrades and other building renovations to the existing Morgantown High School.


MINERAL COUNTY
Mineral County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $8,718,368 and will be providing $500,000 in local funds for a total of $9,218,368 for interior renovations at Keyser Middle School, reconfiguring the facilities original open-concept floor plan into
more traditional spaces.


PRESTON COUNTY
Preston County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $1,292,400 and will be providing $0 in local funds for a total of $1,292,400. These funds will be used for roof replacements at Bruceton PK-8 School and Kingwood Elementary School.


TUCKER COUNTY
Tucker County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $828,647 and will be providing $0 in local funds for a total of $828,647. These funds will be used for a new roof replacement and site drainage improvements to assist with water infiltration issues at Davis Thomas Elementary/Middle School.


WEBSTER COUNTY
Webster County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $6,489,390 and will be providing $0 in local funds for a total of $6,489,390. These funds will be used for additions and renovations to the Webster County High School. The work proposed includes exterior façade wall repairs, HVAC unit replacement, sidewalk replacement, flooring replacement, door security hardware upgrades, and a middle school gym addition.


CALHOUN COUNTY
Calhoun County is requesting SBA funding in an amount of up to $895,118 and will be providing $0 in local funds, for a total of $895,118. These funds will be used for renovations to the existing waste water treatment plant and restroom renovations at
Calhoun County Middle/High School.


BRAXTON COUNTY
Braxton County is requesting SBA funding in an amount of up to $575,979 and will be providing $200,000 in local funds, for a total of $775,979. These funds will be used for a new roof over a majority of the facility and HVAC replacement of 3 existing HVAC units at Sutton Elementary School.


MASON COUNTY
Mason County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $482,261 and will be providing $53,585 in local funds for a total of $535,846. These funds will be used for building automation and fire alarm system upgrades at Roosevelt Elementary School, Ashton Elementary School, and Point Pleasant Middle/High School and Career Center.


KANAWHA COUNTY
Kanawha County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $6,992,759 and will be providing $1,748,190 in local funds for a total of $8,740,949. These funds will be used for HVAC renovations and a new roof replacement at Ben Franklin Career Center.


CABELL COUNTY
Cabell County is requesting SBA funding in an amount of up to $6,618,539 and will be providing $6,618,539 in local funds, for a total of $13,237,078. These funds will be used for the construction of a new Highlawn Elementary School on the site of the old Enslow Middle School. The existing Enslow Middle School building, with the exception of the gymnasium, will be demolished in order to build the new 300 student facility within the Highlawn neighborhood.


CLAY COUNTY
Clay County requests SBA funding in an amount of up to $9,263,438 and will be providing $500,000 in FEMA disaster relief funds, for a total of $9,763,438. These funds will be used in conjunction with a FEMA grant to renovate the existing Clay County High School, where the basement and locker rooms were flooded in the June 2016 disaster. SBA funds will be used for the reconfiguration of the gym/locker rooms, access safety upgrades, restroom renovations, HVAC, Electrical and window upgrades and a commons area addition. While the school sits within the 100-year flood plain, all proposed work, with the exception of the basement, will occur in areas that were not flooded in June, 2016.


MINGO COUNTY
Mingo County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $916,365 and will be providing $310,000 in local funds for a total of $1,226,365. These funds will be used to transform Gilbert Middle School into a renovated Gilbert PK-8. Should this project be funded, the existing Gilbert Elementary will close.


MERCER COUNTY
Mercer County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $10,704,032 and will be providing $1,500,000 in local funds for a total of $12,204,032 for the construction of a new PK-2 Elementary School. Should this project be funded, at the conclusion of
construction of this facility, Memorial Elementary and Whitethorn Elementary will close. Two additional Pre-K classrooms will be included to accommodate additional Pre-K students. Additional space for special education students from this attendance area, that are currently being transported out of area, will also be included to allow for reduced travel times.


TYLER COUNTY
Tyler County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $1,414,800 and will be providing $157,200 in local funds for a total of $1,572,000. These funds will be used for new roofs at Arthur I. Boreman Elementary School and Sistersville Elementary School.


RANDOLPH COUNTY
Randolph County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $6,178,645 and will be providing $100,000 in local funds for a total of $6,278,645. These funds will be used for renovations and additions to Beverly Elementary School and George Ward
Elementary School to accommodate for the additional students as a result of the closures of Valley Head Elementary and Homestead Elementary Schools.


MARSHALL COUNTY
Marshall County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $693,780 and will be providing $341,713 in local funds for a total of $1,035,493. These funds will be used for safe school entrances at Cameron Elementary School, Center McMechen Elementary School, and Moundsville Middle School.


HANCOCK COUNTY
Hancock County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $1,000,000 and will be providing $270,000 in local funds for a total of $1,270,000. These funds will be used for a new roof at Weir Middle School.


HAMPSHIRE COUNTY
Hampshire County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $168,562 and will be providing $56,188 in local funds for a total of $224,750. These funds will be used for a partial roof replacement at Augusta Elementary School.


PENDLETON COUNTY
Pendleton County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $2,564,624 and will be providing $200,000 in local funds for a total of $2,764,624. These funds will be used for new HVAC systems at Pendleton County Middle/High School and North Fork Elementary School.


UPSHUR COUNTY
Upshur County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $546,164 and will be providing $0 in local funds for a total of $546,164. These funds will be used for a roof replacement at Tennerton Elementary School to correct numerous issues which have caused roof leaks in several areas of the building.


WYOMING COUNTY
Wyoming County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $3,054,500 and is requesting $1,000,000 in QZAB funds for a total of $4,054,500. These funds will be used for a roof replacement to correct water infiltration issues and an HVAC system upgrade to improve indoor air quality at Wyoming East High School.


Local funding helps, Blackwell said, but “It’s not required because there may be a county that just has a daggone need that just does not have the revenue to match it in any way, but it’s a desperate need and, I think, the SBA will fund it.”

The SBA meeting for presentations begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday and continues at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Funding decisions will be made in December.

Since 1989, Blackwell said the SBA had allocated more than $3 billion total for school projects across West Virginia.

“That’s a lot of money and a lot of improvements that have been made out in our county school systems,” he said.

WV Legislative Update: Delegate Brent Boggs - Minority House Finance Chairman

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First, congratulations to the Braxton Eagles football team and coaches for an outstanding season and making the 16-team playoff field.  While a first round playoff victory was not to be, these young men – especially the senior class – laid the groundwork for continued success in the years ahead.  Well done, gentlemen, for your dedication and positive influence, on and off the field.  We are indeed proud of your accomplishments.

I enjoy attending a multitude of meetings and events each year.  One of the most meaningful and solemn events always is the privilege of honoring our veterans.  It’s always humbling be among these heroes from all branches of service and their families. A great parade in Gassaway was followed by a huge crowd at the National Guard Armory for dinner and recognition of the service to our nation by veterans from all branches of the military.  A special thanks to Lt. Col. John Garza; and to keynote speaker, Master Sargent Jason Elson. Thanks to both for their service to our nation in the United States Marines.

Thanks to all the parade participants, sponsors, volunteers and Central WV Aging Services and American Legion Post 33.  I’m looking forward to next year, as this Veterans Day event continues to grow each year.

Congratulations to Dr. Tracy Pellett, President of Glenville State College on the occasion of his inauguration as the Twenty-Fourth GSC President.  It was an honor to participate in the events of the inaugural day, including meeting his wife, Heidi and their family.  Dr. Pellett and the Board of Governors are standing out among the other colleges and universities in our State by holding the line on tuition increases; lowering student fees, room and board; and an aggressive plan to substantially reduce other costs further.  All this translates into students being able to graduate sooner, transfer credits more easily, and see students graduate on time.  All this will save students and families thousands of dollars over the course of earning a degree, cut student debt and as a result, increase enrollment for traditional and non-traditional students.

On the budget front, the numbers are in for October and the news is not great, but much better than last year.  Through the first four months of the current fiscal year, revenues are running about $8 million below estimates.  That’s a sizeable sum, but consider this time last year revenue was running over $80 million below estimates, necessitating big mid-year cuts.

As the margin is only $8 million, no mid-year cuts are anticipated, according to Revenue Secretary Hardy, unless the next two months would prove catastrophic.  This is good news for education, higher education and many agencies that provide critical services for which we all depend.

Also last week, a meeting in Summersville with representatives from Braxton, Fayette, Clay, Webster and Nicholas Counties met to discuss the preliminary report regarding the Rimfire ATV Trail project.  This is an exciting project that hopefully will be done in conjunction with the Hatfield & McCoy Trail system to bring some much needed tourism dollars and recreational opportunities to the aforementioned counties.  We’re still a couple years away, but I hope we can receive some financial support from a variety of sources that, thus far, seem to favor southern West Virginia projects over those in central West Virginia.

Likewise, broadband projects are beginning to spring up across West Virginia with some increased access to funding.  However, Frontier has shown little or no interest in helping or growing dependable internet access in central West Virginia.  We need to partner with multiple counties – immediately – if we have any hopes of getting broadband out to the folks that need it most.  Bigger projects with more potential customers gain the most attention of grant agencies.

If we could get some serious interest from the WV Development Office in support of our central West Virginia initiatives, our potential is limited only by the need to grow our population to provide a larger, drug-free and well-trained workforce.  It’s all achievable, but not unless there is strong local support.  Good things happen when we all step up and help together.  Otherwise, the growth will again pass us by.  And that is not a viable option.

Please send your inquiries to the Capitol office:  Building 1, Room 258-M, Charleston, WV 25305.  My home number is 304.364.8411; the Capitol office number is 304.340.3142.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.  For those with Internet access, my legislative e-mail address is:

You may also obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and leave me a message on the Legislature’s web site at www.legis.state.wv.us/.  When leaving a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional information, including agency links and the state government phone directory, may be found at www.wv.gov. Also, you may follow me on Facebook at “Brent Boggs”, Twitter at “@DelBrentBoggs” , as well as the WV Legislature’s Facebook page at “West Virginia Legislature” or on Twitter at twitter.com/wvlegislature.

Continue to remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  Until next week – take care.

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2017: WV High School Football Scoreboard: First Round of Playoffs

The Gilmer Free Press

Area High School Football Scoreboard
2017:
First Round of Playoffs
 
AAA AA A
 
#16 South Charleston (4-7) 14 #16 Robert C. Byrd (6-5) 40 #16 Williamstown (5-5) 10
#1 Huntington (11-0) Saturday 44 #1 Mingo Central (11-0) Saturday 76 #1 East Hardy (11-0) Friday 14
 
#15 Morgantown (4-7) 0 #15 Braxton County (7-4) 14 #15 Richwood (6-5) 19
#2 Martinsburg (11-0) Friday 61 #2 Bluefield (11-0) Friday 46 #2 South Harrison (10-1) Friday 58
 
#14 Spring Mills (5-6) 7 #14 Weir (7-4) 12 #14 Fayetteville (6-5) 75
#3 University (11-0) Friday 37 #3 Bridgeport (10-1) Saturday 35 #3 Midland Trail (10-1) Saturday 35
 
#13 George Washington (5-6) 0 #13 Keyser (7-4) 12 #13 Pocahontas County (7-4) 29
#4 Spring Valley (9-2) Friday 31 #4 Fairmont Senior (10-1) Friday 34 #4 Tug Valley (10-1) Saturday 30
 
#12 Cabell Midland (6-5) 28 #12 Sissonville (7-4) 28 #12 Doddridge County (8-3) 14
#5 Musselman (8-3) Saturday 18 #5 Wayne (10-1) Saturday 54 #5 St. Marys (9-1) Saturday 44
 
#11 Wheeling Park (6-5) 21 #11 Winfield (8-3) 29 #11 Summers County (7-4) 28
#6 Capital (8-3) Friday 63 #6 James Monroe (8-3) Friday 0 #6 Webster County (9-2) Friday 0
 
#10 John Marshall (8-3) 42 #10 Philip Barbour (8-3) 14 #10 Wheeling Central (7-4) 34
#7 Parkersburg (7-4) Friday 35 #7 Point Pleasant (9-2) Saturday 63 #7 Cameron (9-2) Friday 20
 
#9 Hurricane (7-4) 52 #9 Nicholas County (8-3) 7 #9 Sherman (9-2) 37
#8 Hedgesville (7-4) Friday 21 #8 Liberty Harrison (9-2) Friday 27 #8 Madonna (8-3) Friday 14
 

WV Legislative Update: Delegate Brent Boggs - Minority House Finance Chairman

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Sunday afternoon is my usual time to get my thoughts together and begin putting words to keyboard on my old, outdated laptop computer.  Unusual for me, I had not listened to any news reports throughout the day. Late in the afternoon, my phone begins to blow up with news alerts regarding a church shooting in Texas.  As the hours have unfolded since, a congregation has been brutally attacked by a deranged gunman.  It appears more than two dozen have been killed while worshiping.  Sick, sad and senseless are the only words that initially come to mind. 

So, with a heavy heart on the heels of this unfolding and most recent tragic event, I will continue to write an abbreviated version what I had initially planned…

This has been a difficult couple weeks for Jean, as her dad – a retired Air Force officer – has been very ill, but thankfully is beginning to improve.  While he has had to transition to a rehabilitation facility before hopefully returning to his home, it’s still a difficult physical climb.  We traveled to Teays Valley in the early hours Sunday to spend the morning with him before returning home.

I was in hopes that Legislative Services would have the November interim schedule to share this week, but as of this writing, it is yet to be finalized and distributed.  Also, the latest revenue collection figures for October, including severance tax collections, should be available early this week.  These first four months of the state 2018 fiscal year will give us some idea of where we will be in budget planning and negotiations going into the 2018 legislative session and the FY 2019 budget bill.  The session begins in two months on January 10.

A busy weekend with well attended community fundraisers for worthy causes with the Burnsville PPR dinner at the Burnsville Community Building; Sutton Public Library annual fundraiser at the Sutton Moose Lodge; and Chapel VFD fundraiser at the Chapel Firehouse.  It is wonderful to see members of the communities and well beyond always eager to support these events and the good works that result.  I want to thank all those that work so hard behind the scenes to make these and all events in our community a reality.

While Veterans Day will be officially celebrated this weekend on the calendar, a host of celebrations are already underway in and around West Virginia.  Last Thursday in Glenville, the Gilmer County Senior Center honored veterans and their families at their annual event.  It was a great celebration.  Upcoming this week on Saturday, Veterans Day, there will be a parade and afterwards dinner at the WV National Guard Armory honoring our veterans and families.

Congratulations to the Braxton County Eagles for making the AA playoff field after completing a 7-3 regular season.  Next up is #2 ranked Bluefield this Friday, November 10 at Bluefield.  Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 pm.  We’re all pulling for our Eagles!

Likewise, congratulations to the BCMS Knights for winning their middle school conference football championship.  Two great teams!

Finally, happy birthday wishes to our twin grandkids, Kenzie and Carson.  I can’t believe they’re now nine years old.  I also can’t believe they are the youngest of our four grandkids.  Time marches on and grandkids are truly priceless.

Please send your inquiries to the Capitol office:  Building 1, Room 258-M, Charleston, WV 25305.  My home number is 304.364.8411; the Capitol office number is 304.340.3142.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.  For those with Internet access, my legislative e-mail address is:

You may also obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and leave me a message on the Legislature’s web site at www.legis.state.wv.us/.  When leaving a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional information, including agency links and the state government phone directory, may be found at www.wv.gov. Also, you may follow me on Facebook at “Brent Boggs”, Twitter at “@DelBrentBoggs” , as well as the WV Legislature’s Facebook page at “West Virginia Legislature” or on Twitter at twitter.com/wvlegislature.

Continue to remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  Until next week – take care.

2017: The Final High School Football Playoff Ratings from the WVSSAC

CLASS AAA

RankSchoolRatingWonLostScoredAllowedPointsBonus
1HUNTINGTON16.510033612811748
2MARTINSBURG15.71005708911740
3UNIVERSITY15.210039418611735
4SPRING VALLEY12.6823901669630
5MUSSELMAN11.7823952219324
6CAPITAL11.1733762108427
7PARKERSBURG10.4733542638123
8HEDGESVILLE9.7733332628413
9HURRICANE9.5642452596332
10JOHN MARSHALL8.7733252007215
11WHEELING PARK8.5643242586916
12CABELL MIDLAND7.8554033406018
13GEORGE WASHINGTON7.2552251775715
14SPRING MILLS7.1552112566011
15MORGANTOWN6.6462022594818
16SOUTH CHARLESTON5.8461312614810
17ST. ALBANS5.646023332045
18RIVERSIDE5.246026828845
19RIPLEY4.946024527339
20PARKERSBURG SOUTH4.137019828536
21BROOKE3.837013126336
22BUCKHANNON-UPSHUR3.637013228733
23WASHINGTON3.537021640633
24PRESTON HIGH SCHOOL2.928014734221
25GREENBRIER EAST2.528016233324
26HAMPSHIRE2.428018139321
27WOODROW WILSON1.419011138412
28PRINCETON1.21901353309
29JEFFERSON00100994430

CLASS AA

RankSchoolRatingWonLostScoredAllowedPointsBonus
1MINGO CENTRAL13.61005632029046
2BLUEFIELD13.61004741089937
3BRIDGEPORT12.6913301338739
4FAIRMONT SENIOR12.2913811348438
5WAYNE11.1913771817833
6JAMES MONROE10.1823541747823
7POINT PLEASANT9.9824161527227
8LIBERTY (Harrison)9.6823512436927
9NICHOLAS COUNTY9.6823411566333
10PHILIP BARBOUR9.1822731886625
11WINFIELD8.7734772006324
12SISSONVILLE8.7732852656324
13KEYSER8.7732991967215
14WEIR8.2733731416913
15BRAXTON COUNTY8.1732842046318
16ROBERT C. BYRD8643492715426
17PIKEVIEW7.873031719654
18LINCOLN7.464031831357
19NORTH MARION764037827557
20INDEPENDENCE6.664019014051
20CHAPMANVILLE6.664029028354
22WESTSIDE6.364027124251
23BERKELEY SPRINGS6.264032024145
24ELKINS655026023348
25SHADY SPRING5.755020318245
26CLAY COUNTY5.364022316345
26OAK HILL5.355022528939
28PETERSBURG4.655028128136
29SCOTT4.346029435333
30HERBERT HOOVER3.237018134527
31GRAFTON3.137017431224
32WYOMING EAST2.328012730618
33LOGAN2.228021441218
34NITRO2.128011936918
34RIVER VIEW2.128013636515
36FRANKFORT1.928024235718
36POCA1.928023340015
38OAK GLEN HIGH SCHOOL1.828018845918
39Lewis County1.319015930112
40EAST FAIRMONT1.11901283379
41MAN HIGH SCHOOL11901212819
42ROANE COUNTY001001523430
42LIBERTY (Raleigh)00100953730

CLASS A

RankSchoolRatingWonLostScoredAllowedPointsBonus
1EAST HARDY10.91003961216940
2SOUTH HARRISON10.5914381135748
3MIDLAND TRAIL9.4913831346331
4TUG VALLEY9.3913191006033
5ST. MARYS9813761235130
6WEBSTER COUNTY8.9913221725732
7CAMERON7.9914771105425
8MADONNA7.6823001674828
9SHERMAN7.482349985420
10WHEELING CENTRAL7.3642791934528
11SUMMERS COUNTY 7.1642602003932
12DODDRIDGE COUNTY7.182397834823
13POCAHONTAS COUNTY6.2732691774517
14FAYETTEVILLE6.1642442584219
15RICHWOOD6.1642962253625
16WILLIAMSTOWN5.44543192103019
17RAVENSWOOD555021422733
18TYLER CONSOLIDATED4.855036126730
19VAN4.7845025223627
20VALLEY (Wetzel)4.764017521636
21CLAY-BATTELLE4.564031021636
22WAHAMA4.455020920730
23MOUNT VIEW4.246026234230
24WIRT COUNTY3.755023627730
25NOTRE DAME3.646024338824
26MAGNOLIA3.446027327524
27MONTCALM3.2245018520324
28MEADOW BRIDGE2.937012429718
29VALLEY (Fayette)2.837016728621
30TUCKER COUNTY2.337013426218
31PENDLETON COUNTY2.237024630218
32GREENBRIER WEST2.128018030812
33GILMER COUNTY237015131218
34BUFFALO1.928010928915
35TOLSIA1.828015936312
36TYGARTS VALLEY1.428015035812
36PADEN CITY1.428016737712
38HANNAN1.228010634112
38RITCHIE COUNTY1.228012935212
40MOOREFIELD00100754050
40PARKERSBURG CATHOLIC0080642910
40CALHOUN COUNTY00100744680
40HUNDRED0090564130




2017: High school football playoff pairings and times

Dates and times announced for the high school football playoff opening round games.

 

CLASS AAA

Friday, November 10 at 7:30 PM

# 15 Morgantown (4-6) at # 2 Martinsburg (10-0)

# 14 Spring Mills (5-5) at # 3 University (10-0)

# 13 George Washington (5-5) at # 4 Spring Valley (8-2)

# 11 Wheeling Park (6-4) at # 6 Capital (7-3)

# 10 John Marshall (7-3) at # 7 Parkersburg (7-3)

# 9 Hurricane (6-4) at # 8 Hedgesville (7-3)

Saturday, November 11 at 1:30 PM

# 16 South Charleston (4-6) at # 1 Huntington (10-0)

# 12 Cabell Midland (5-5) at # 5 Musselman (8-2)

 

Class AA Pairings

# 16 Robert C. Byrd (6-4) at # 1 Mingo Central (10-0)

# 15 Braxton County (7-3) at # 2 Bluefield (10-0)

# 14 Weir (7-3) at # 3 Bridgeport (9-1)

# 13 Keyser (7-3) at # 4 Fairmont Senior (9-1)

# 12 Sissonville (7-3) at # 5 Wayne (9-1)

# 11 Winfield (7-3) at # 6 James Monroe (8-2)

# 10 Philip Barbour (8-2) at # 7 Point Pleasant (8-2)

# 9 Nicholas County (8-2) at # 8 Liberty Harrison (8-2)

 

Class A Pairings

# 16 Williamstown (5-4) at # 1 East Hardy (10-0)

# 15 Richwood (6-4) at # 2 South Harrison (9-1)

# 14 Fayetteville (6-4) at # 3 Midland Trail (9-1)

# 13 Pocahontas County (7-3) at # 4 Tug Valley (9-1)

# 12 Doddridge County (8-2) at # 5 St. Marys (8-1)

# 11 Summers County (6-4) at # 6 Webster County (9-1)

# 10 Wheeling Central (6-4) at # 7 Cameron (9-1)

# 9 Sherman (8-2) at # 8 Madonna (8-2)

2017: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 11

The Gilmer Free Press

Area High School Football Scoreboard
2017: Week 11 Games
Gilmer County (3-7) 18 #11 Braxton County (7-3) 27
Meadow Bridge (3-7) 34 Sissonville (7-3) 34
Roane County (0-10) 20 #7 Parkersburg (7-3) 27
 Independence (6-4) 24 Parkersburg South (3-7) 24
#12 Robert C. Byrd (6-4) 20 Tyler Consolidated (5-5) 14
#13 Philip Barbour (8-2) 21 #5 St. Marys (8-1) 55
#8 Doddridge County (8-2) 67 #7 Cameron (9-1) 65
Parkersburg Catholic (0-8) 6 Hannan (2-8) 0
Wirt County (5-5) 8 Tolsia (2-8) 0
#10 Sherman (8-2) 55 #16 Williamstown (5-4) 42
Notre Dame (4-6) 14 Valley (Wetzel) (6-4) 45
Tucker County (3-7) 12 Paden City (2-8) 6
#2 South Harrison (A) (9-1) 40 #6 Webster County (A) (9-1) 8
#6 Liberty Harrison (8-2) 0 Clay County (6-4) 6
#14 Lincoln (6-4) 21 Buckhannon-Upshur (AAA) (3-7) 14
#4 Bridgeport (9-1) 56 Elkins (5-5) 47
#13 Richwood (A) (6-4) 7  
#10 Nicholas County (8-2) 42
BYE WEEK:  Calhoun County, Lewis County, Ritchie County

1,096 High School Students Register to Vote in October

The Free Press WV

Secretary of State Mac Warner announced today that 1,096 high school students were registered to vote during the first month of a statewide effort to register eligible high school students to vote.

Working with county clerks and high school administrators across the state, the Secretary of State’s Field Service Team reported that 13 high schools conducted voter registration drives in the month of October. Because of the October 7th special election, the voter registration drive didn’t actually begin until October 9th.

“We are very pleased with the early success of this voter registration effort in our high schools,” Secretary Warner said. “It demonstrates the level of commitment our school administrators and educators have for the civic engagement of our youngest voters. None of this would be possible without our county clerks, who are on the front lines of voter registration and who have taken an interest in seeing the next generation use their voices at the ballot box.”

In West Virginia, the Secretary of State’s Office recognizes high schools who register 100 percent of their eligible students with the presentation of the Jennings Randolph Award. The award is named for former U.S. Senator Jennings Randolph of West Virginia, the father of the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which lowered the voting age from 21 to 18.

The 26th Amendment was ratified in 1971 after Senator Randolph spent his entire career working to pass a lower voting age, trying 11 times over a 29-year period. Senator Randolph escorted the first 18-year-old to register to vote in the United States, Ella Mae Thompson Haddix of Randolph County.

In the 2016-2017 school year, under Warner’s leadership a record high of 16 high schools earned the Jennings Randolph Award. Warner says he hopes to increase that number this year.

For the 2017-2018 school year, 13 high schools have already hosted voter registration drives. Those schools and the number of students registered are listed below:

•    Braxton County High School  75
•    Chapmanville High School (Logan)  100
•    Fairmont Senior (Marion)  45
•    Hedgesville High School (Berkeley)  185
•    Lincoln County High School  63
•    Nicholas County High School  76
•    Nitro High School (Kanawha)  68
•    Richwood High School (Nicholas) 76
•    Robert C. Byrd High School (Harrison) 30
•    Scott High School (Boone)  120
•    Shady Spring High School (Raleigh) 107
•    St. Albans High School (Kanawha)   101
•    Westside High School (Wyoming) 50

According to Secretary Warner, another 14 voter registration drives are being planned in the month of November. The Secretary of State’s Field Services Team works with the county clerk in each county as well as with the principal to help organize the effort in each high school.

Since taking office on January 16, 2017, Warner’s administration has been working closely with the state’s 55 county clerks on cleaning up voter registration rolls. As of October 18th, there have been 74,546 outdated, deceased, duplicate and improper voter files deleted. At the same time, there have been 30,893 new voters registered to vote.

Pat’s Chat

The Free Press WV

Last evening the Children’s Department at our Brushy Fork Seventh-day Adventist Church enjoyed Fall Festival which was very festive.  Some of the children dressed up in Bible character outfits (as opposed to witches, devils, etc.).  I was there and enjoyed their games and crafts, the yummy snacks, and later popcorn and a movie I MUST have seen as a youngster myself, but I remembered nothing about it, so it was like new to me.  “Old Yeller!”  The children then had a sleepover, sleeping bags and all.  I heard one of the children say, “I hope we get to do this again, Ms. Bonnie!”  Bonnie Cutright, the pastor’s wife and Darlene Parker, the Children’s Department Leader, planned the celebration.  On Sunday morning, the children were taught how to make homemade bread and worked on other crafts.

One of our church members, Reese McElwain, passed away this past week at age 95.  We will miss his poetry and lively comments.

Ms. Bonnie also had the Children’s story a couple of weeks ago.  She had the older (like 83-year-old) children in the congregation also interested in it!  Her topic might surprise some of you.  What many people don’t realize is that in the Bible are only a few words actually WRITTEN by God Himself.  These few words are said to be written by God’s own finger IN STONE, no less.  Haven’t you heard the expression quoted when speaking of a rule or regulation, saying, “It is not written in stone, you know!”?—-meaning that it is not as important to obey as it would be if it were written in stone.  I am sure that expression came from people who knew that the Bible had only the 10 Commandments that were said to be written in stone and these stones were placed inside the Ark of the Covenant, a very sacred place.  All the other rules and regulations were written by priests and scribes on scrolls and rolled up and placed in a cubicle on the OUTSIDE of the Ark, alluding, I am sure, to the fact that those ceremonial laws would be done away with at the cross, since they were all pointing to the that event when Jesus would become the actual LAMB sacrificed to pay the penalty for our sins.  Some of the verses that mention God writing the commandments are Exodus 24:12, 31:18, 32:16, 34:1 and Deuteronomy 9:10?  (You can read the Commandments in Exodus 20.)

The third commandment talks about not taking the name of the Lord thy God in vain (or carelessly).  Bonnie then explained that these days we often see written or abbreviated or hear these three little words which, if taken separately can be good.  Like “Oh!”  Not a bad word.  Then “My!”  Also, not a bad word.  Then “God!”  Can be either bad or good, depending on how it is used.  The abbreviation, OMG, or Oh, my god becomes careless when we are told that some angels veil their faces when He is near, possibly out of respect.  My grandfather used to never allow himself to say anything stronger than, “My, Oh!”  It came out more like “Myee Yo!”  If you knew my grandfather, Arley McNemar, very well I am sure you heard him saying that.

As Bonnie told the children about these things, she told them that Jesus taught His disciples to pray saying, “Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed by thy name.”  Hallowed means holy.  His NAME is holy.  We should treat it with respect because it is special and holy.  She also told them that many common exclamations used carelessly are euphemisms for God or slang that was considered less offensive, like Golly, Gosh, Gee, are euphemism for God or Jesus.  Then “heck” is slang for Hell and “darn” is euphemism for Damn.  I wish you could have seen those children sitting on the front pew, wide-eyed and attentive as she told them.  The rest of us (older children) enjoyed it, too.  I am thinking that I probably should not use my favorite exclamation, “Oh, my goodness!” since, if you think about it, I have no goodness of my own.  The Bible says our righteousness is as filthy rags compared to Christ’s righteousness, but if we accept Christ as our Savior, He forgives us and cleanses us from all unrighteousness (I John 1:9) and what God sees is His righteousness that saves us.  If I am good, it is just “Christ in me, the hope of glory.”  So, let me repeat that it is His righteousness that saves us, as we have none of our own.  It is by His mercy, His grace that we are saved.  We don’t obey the commandments to be saved, but because we love Him and like to think it brings a smile to His face when we rightly represent Him to others.  It is out of respect for our Savior that we use His name respectfully.

Maranatha!

WV Legislative Update: Delegate Brent Boggs - Minority House Finance Chairman

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I was putting winter weather off as long as my mind would allow as late as last Saturday while out mowing with the Gravely tractor on the hillside in summer clothes.  Fast forward twenty-four hours and we’re in a snowstorm on Powell’s Mountain on our way back from Summersville Sunday evening.

On a beautiful October afternoon last Tuesday, I had the privilege of participating in the ribbon cutting and dedication of the new Sutton Elementary School playground.  From the music by the SES Chorus, the guided tour of the new playground by the SES “Little Mountaineers”, the great reception afterwards, it was a wonderful day to celebrate the new addition to the school that provides a safe and fun area for SES kids and those in the community.

Thank you to Principal Kyre-Anna Minney, the SES faculty and staff, PTO, sponsors, county education officials, parents and those providing grants, funds and awards, the GSC Baseball team for their manpower in helping install the equipment, volunteers, and to Susan Schiefer for her tireless work and for keeping me informed of the progress.  Most of all, thank you to the students.  Their enthusiasm, attentiveness and school spirit on display was inspirational.

There are so many more to thank for their long, determined, and fruitful efforts to provide something for the kids and community that many thought was not financially attainable.  I am so appreciative that those working on this project chose to reach to new heights verses settling for a lesser, scaled-down version.  Central West Virginia can and should take note of this accomplishment.  We all should be willing to work and sacrifice for the next generation.  They will learn from our example and do likewise for future generations.  To do otherwise is just going in reverse.

I’m looking forward to the first of the Veterans Day events this week as the Gilmer County Senior Center hosts their annual event and dinner on November 2.  Always a full house of veterans, their families and a grateful community to pay tribute to the sacrifice and service of the men and women that served our country throughout the years.

Likewise, the Braxton Veteran’s celebration is Saturday, November 11.  A parade will be followed by dinner at the WV National Guard Armory for veteran and families.  These two important events are annual tributes to recognize and thank our veterans.  However, I know all West Virginians join me in recognizing that every day should always be Veterans Day in our actions, thoughts and prayers.

Finally, I plan to devote an entire column soon to the growing epidemic of crooks and deceptive fundraisers that are increasingly bilking hard earned dollars from our citizens – especially our elderly population that seems to be their prime target.  Despite government “do not call lists”, these crooks seem to stay one step ahead of the technology meant to deter them.  Moreover, even cell phones seem to be just as vulnerable as land lines.

I plan to introduce a bill during the session to prohibit callers from using technology to falsify the number or location from where a call is originating, as displayed on caller ID.  Just this week, I received a credit card scam call from an overseas entity that displayed the number of a local business in Gassaway.  I have some great AARP information that I will share soon on how to protect your finances from these bottom-feeding crooks.

Please send your inquiries to the Capitol office:  Building 1, Room 258-M, Charleston, WV 25305.  My home number is 304.364.8411; the Capitol office number is 304.340.3142.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.  For those with Internet access, my legislative e-mail address is:

You may also obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and leave me a message on the Legislature’s web site at www.legis.state.wv.us/.  When leaving a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional information, including agency links and the state government phone directory, may be found at www.wv.gov. Also, you may follow me on Facebook at “Brent Boggs”, Twitter at “@DelBrentBoggs” , as well as the WV Legislature’s Facebook page at “West Virginia Legislature” or on Twitter at twitter.com/wvlegislature.

Continue to remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  Until next week – take care.

2017: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 10

The Gilmer Free Press

Area High School Football Scoreboard
2017: Week 10 Games
Gilmer County (2-6) Cancelled East Fairmont (1-8) 7
Parkersburg Catholic (0-6)   Saturday Cancelled  #11 Braxton County (7-2) 48
Clay County (AA) (6-3) 42 #7 Liberty Harrison (8-1) 35
Calhoun County (0-10) 6 Lewis County (1-9) 7
Ritchie County (A) (2-8) 15 #9 Lincoln (6-3) 6
Berkeley Springs (6-4) 57 Philip Barbour (7-2) 27
#1 South Harrison (8-1) 20 #5 St. Marys (7-1) 20
#2 East Hardy (9-0) 41 #13 Ravenswood (5-4) 10
Montcalm (3-5) 7 #7 Cameron (8-1) 52
#6 Webster County (8-1) 39 Bridgeport, OH 6
Notre Dame (3-6) 34 #11 Summers County (5-4) 14
#16 Clay-Battelle (6-3) 20 #15 Richwood (6-3) 28
Tygarts Valley (2-7) 6 Paden City (2-7) 20
Wirt County (5-4) 42 Beallsville, OH 35
#13 Nicholas County (7-2) 45 Mount View (4-6) 16
#12 PikeView (7-3) 14 Meadow Bridge (2-7) 22
North Marion (5-4) 46 Tyler Consolidated (5-4) 51
#15 Robert C. Byrd (6-3) 68 Valley (Wetzel) (5-4) 8
Ripley (AAA) (3-6) 44 Riverside (4-6) 30
Roane County (0-9) 14 #10 Parkersburg (6-3) 44
Parkersburg South (3-6) 28 Preston (2-7) 24
#14 Wheeling Park (5-4) 35 Buckhannon-Upshur (3-6) 3
BYE WEEK:  Bridgeport, Doddridge County, Williamstown

2017 West Virginia Fall Trout Stockings Completed

The Free Press WV

West Virginia’s annual two-week fall trout stocking is complete.
The following waters were stocked the week of October10-13, 2017:

Anthony Creek
Big Clear Creek
Blackwater River
Brandywine Lake
Buckhannon River
Buffalo Fork Lake
Coopers Rock Lake
Cranberry River
Elk River
Evitts Run
Glade Creek of New River
Knapps Creek
Lost River
New Creek Dam 14
North Fork South Branch
Opequon Creek
Pinnacle Creek (lower section)
Pond Fork
R. D. Bailey Tailwaters
Rock Cliff Lake
Seneca Lake
Shavers Fork (Bemis)
Shavers Fork (lower)
Shavers Fork (upper section)
South Branch (Franklin)
South Branch (Smoke Hole)
Spruce Knob Lake
Summersville Tailwaters
Summit Lake
Sutton Tailwaters
Teter Creek Lake
Tygart Headwaters
Tygart Tailwaters
West Fork Greenbrier River
Williams River


The following waters were stocked the week of October 16-20, 2017:

Anthony Creek
Big Clear Creek
Blackwater River
Brandywine Lake
Buckhannon River
Buffalo Fork Lake
Clear Fork of Guyandotte River (delayed harvest)
Coopers Rock Lake
Cranberry River
Elk River
Evitts Run
Glade Creek of New River
Knapps Creek
Lost River
New Creek Dam No. 14
North Fork South Branch
Opequon Creek
Pinnacle Creek (lower section)
Pond Fork
R. D. Bailey Tailwaters
Rock Cliff Lake
Seneca Lake
Shavers Fork (Bemis)
Shavers Fork (lower)
Shavers Fork (upper section)
South Branch (Franklin)
South Branch (Smoke Hole)
Spruce Knob Lake
Summersville Tailwaters
Summit Lake
Sutton Tailwaters
Teter Creek Lake
Tygart Headwaters
Tygart Tailwaters
West Fork Greenbrier

Pat’s Chat

The Free Press WV

I have always said that we are as young as we feel and keeping a positive, happy attitude will help us live healthfully and happily longer.  Here is a note from my cousin, Betty Sorrentino, RN wrote for her church’s newsletter:


“THE INFLUENCE OF AGE PERCEPTION

    “  Question:  How old would you say you are, if you didn’t really know how old you are?  Pretend that there are no mirrors around anywhere.  Just kind of look out into space and let your self-perception tell you!  I used to think that I am probably the only crazy person in the world that continues to feel significantly younger than my actual age!  But according to a nationwide survey, 72% of people feel younger than they actually are!


    “  So what?!  Does that matter?  New research from Purdue found that the maxim ‘you’re only as old as you feel’ is more truth than fiction—especially for older adults!  Our perception of feeling younger than our chronological years gives us an edge in maintaining a lot of the skills and abilities that we prize.  People who feel younger than their age are more likely to have greater confidence about their cognitive abilities a whole decade later than those who feel every bit as old as they really are.


    “ In addition to the natural tendency to feel younger than our years, there is also the desire to feel younger and to maintain our abilities.  So there may be actual benefits in trying to maintain a sense of youthfulness by keeping up with trends and activities that feel invigorating.  For example, it may be worth the effort—frustrating as it is—to master your computer and smart phone; or to learn a new skill—like quilting or woodworking or golf; or how to speak a new language or play a guitar.  Learning new skills is one way that people can continue to improve their cognitive ability and maintain their youthful attitude, and maybe even extend their lives.

Sources: Parade and Cleveland Clinic; Science Daily and Purdue University; Psyche Central.  (Thanks to Dave Rau for the Parade article and the idea!) 


I played the piano for a beautiful wedding at the Methodist Church in Burnsville for David and Sharon Brinkerhoff.  Their combined family includes triplets who were planted right up there on the rostrum in their individual jumper, bouncing seat adding their special happy blessings to the special ceremony.  I was blessed by being asked to be a part of the joy of the day.  I also saw friends from the community and that church.

Might you be lost and not even know you are lost?  Here is another message from my favorite devotional, Walking Through the Bible with H.M.S. Richards.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did:

“The son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).

“A picture program was being held in a little church in central England several years ago.  All the children in the neighborhood were there on the front seats, listening to the speaker who was showing the Bible pictures.  Someone came to the door and passed a note up to the minister, who stopped to read it and then said, ‘A report has just come to us that Mary Jones is lost.  Her parents don’t know where she is, and her father and the policemen are out hunting for her all over town.’  Well, no Mary Jones responded and they went on with the service.

“After it was over and they turned on the lights, there was Mary Jones on the front seat.  A lady said, ‘Why, Mary, didn’t you hear the announcement that you were lost and that your parents were looking for you?  Why didn’t you speak up?‘

“Mary answered, ‘I wasn’t lost.  I knew where I was all the time.  I was right here in church.‘

“You know, friend, there are many people today who don’t know that they are lost.  There are thousands of people lost right in church, sometimes on the front seat.  Sometimes some of us preachers get lost—in the winding paths of modern speculation.  We get lost in philosophic subtleties of our supposed modern superiority.  Some of us are just plain lost in sin.

“We need to be found by somebody, somebody who is out seeking the lost for Jesus.  Oh, my friend, you may not know that you are lost; but if you do come to the realization that you are lost from the fold of Christ, I pray that something in this book may help you back to the fold of the true shepherd, the only place where you will find peace and confidence and hope and rest.“

Maranatha!

WV Legislative Update: Delegate Brent Boggs - Minority House Finance Chairman

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My thanks to the Rosedale Senior Center for inviting me for lunch in route home from Charleston last week.  The center is a wonderful asset to the residents of Braxton, Gilmer and Calhoun Counties.  I’m always impressed with their enthusiasm and the hard work and expansion that’s occurred since the center was built.  I enjoyed great music, food and fellowship and I’m looking forward to stopping by again very soon.

Last week’s special session was held in conjunction with the October interim meetings at the Capitol.  Surprisingly, the two-day session actually ended in the allotted time.  However, some important legislation passed and moved on to the Governor, who is expected to sign them into law.  The following bills passed during the session:

  • HB 201 Exempting military retirement income from personal income tax
  • HB 203 Relating generally to tax credits for rehabilitation of historic buildings and structures
  • HB 205 Relating to the West Virginia Jobs Act  
  • SB 2002 Allowing certain tax information be shared with designated DOH employees  
  • SB 2003 Implementing special hiring procedures for DOH and Tax Division
  • SB 2005 Finding and declaring claim against state

  The exempting of all military retirement from WV income tax is a long sought goal to honor our veterans.  Additionally, it should be an incentive to keep our veterans in West Virginia and hopefully convince others to move here after retirement and make West Virginia their home.

  Unfortunately, we could have done more.  I was pleased to be a sponsor of an amendment to this bill that would have also exempted social security benefits from State income tax for all residents that have and adjusted gross income of less than $50,000.  This had overwhelming support but we were not permitted to vote on the amendment, as the Speaker ruled the amendment not germane to the bill.  I strongly disagree with the ruling, but the decision was upheld.  We’ll try again during the 2018 regular session, as we did during the 2017 regular session.

  The changes to the WV Jobs act will strengthen the likelihood of West Virginians getting a larger share of construction jobs from road and other projects.  Among the numerus changes that actually put enforcement teeth in the bill is the prohibition of itinerant construction workers claiming residency in the State by staying in a motel, RV park, or by securing a Post Office box.  It also makes changes that impose much greater fines for non-compliance than the current version.

  Along the same lines, SB 2002 will close a tax loophole that kept the State Tax Department from sharing information with the Division of Highways.  Closing this loophole will make certain that when out-of-state workers are here on construction projects, WV taxes will be withheld from these workers and directed to our general revenue fund.

  SB 2003 will allow a streamlined process to fill vacancies in DOH, including making sure adequate inspectors are checking contractors to ensure that what we’re paying for is actually being done correctly, safely and with the correct materials.  Likewise, the Tax Department needs to beef up its efforts to collect taxes from out-of-state corporations.  This important audit function has not been adequately addressed in the last few years.

  Finally, I appreciate the comments received regarding my speech on the floor of the House last week relating to economic development and the need for all branches of State government to work hard for all counties and communities – large and small.  At the heart of the issue is a small right-of-way in Burnsville and a potential business that needs to lease the property for a period longer than DOH was willing to consider.

  The impasse derailed the project.  I’m appreciative that the Transportation Secretary Smith and Governor’s Chief of Staff Mike Hall joined me in intervening, along with Senator Manchin.  While the small right-of-way or lease terms now should not be an issue, it remains to be seen if the developer will reconsider.  Hopefully, some well-placed calls will help bring them back around.

  However, it points to a much broader, problematic issue.  Is State government working as hard for economic development for our smaller, rural counties as they are for Kanawha, Berkley, Wood, Cabell, Ohio, Monongalia and other more populous and prosperous counties?  The visible indications are disappointing.

  I applaud when our State lands big projects, like Proctor & Gamble, Macy’s distribution center, and similar developments that will employ hundreds.  However, there needs to be an equal effort to recruit and welcome smaller businesses and stores to our smaller communities.  They are just as important and a few jobs in a small county move the employment needle in a positive direction.  State agencies need to be directed by the Governor to work in lifting all boats in all counties – large and small.

  The road bond amendment passage will assure that our highways and bridges will begin to have the funding necessary to better maintain our mountainous road system.  In the meantime, we need a major push on water extension projects; High-speed broadband that is both affordable and accessible in rural areas as well as towns and cities; affordable higher education and technical education opportunities to maximize job and earning potential; a State dedicated to healthy lifestyles and recreational opportunities that will both benefit our residents, and likewise entice others to move here or visit with their tourism dollars.

Please send your inquiries to the Capitol office:  Building 1, Room 258-M, Charleston, WV 25305.  My home number is 304.364.8411; the Capitol office number is 304.340.3142.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.  For those with Internet access, my legislative e-mail address is:

You may also obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and leave me a message on the Legislature’s web site at www.legis.state.wv.us/.  When leaving a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional information, including agency links and the state government phone directory, may be found at www.wv.gov. Also, you may follow me on Facebook at “Brent Boggs”, Twitter at “@DelBrentBoggs” , as well as the WV Legislature’s Facebook page at “West Virginia Legislature” or on Twitter at twitter.com/wvlegislature.

Continue to remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  Until next week – take care.

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