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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

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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

Glenville State College Vice President’s Honor List for Fall 2016

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Glenville State College has announced the names of GSC students who attained the Vice President’s Honor List for the Fall 2016 semester.  To be named to the Vice President’s Honor List, a student must have a minimum 3.5 grade point average on a minimum of 12 semester hours.

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


Berkeley County: Alexander R. Miller, Brianna A. Shivers


Boone County: Ally K. Brown, Michele L. Epling, Crystal M. Jarrell, Gregory I. Lail


Braxton County: Jordan D. Batton, Coleden R. Belknap, Tyler K. Cunningham, Kathryn L. Dean, Larissa E. DeLuca, Jacob D. Haymond, Samantha N. Mazzella, Teddy J. Richardson, Cami D. Roberts, Alexis S. Spell, Heather N. Thayer, Kelsie R. Tonkin, Maranda J. Vaughan, Andrea B. Vidal, Brandon M. White, Shanna S. Wine


Calhoun County: Tiffany A. Brannon, Moriah J. CreelFox, Sr., Jared B. Fitzwater, Taylor S. Garrett, Chelsea  R. Hicks, Kelsey E. Jett, Erica N. Jones, Danielle N. Kendall, Cassandra D. Lamont, Johnathan X. Taylor


Clay County: Casey E. Brown, Opalene D. Huffman, William C. Robertson, Sydnee M. Vance


Doddridge County: Joshua M. Pitcock, Lindsey G. Travis


Fayette County: Vladimir V. Iotov, Kelsey L. Norris, Trevor D. Wood


Gilmer County: Anthony K. Aviles, Katelyn S. Benson, Julie A. Bishop, Monica D.  Bush, Madison L. Campbell, Sara B. Coombs, Colby G. Cunningham, Lucas D. DeMarino, Meghan Harubin, Christina L. Jenkins, Jaylin K. Johnson, Amanda R. Lamb, Tonya L. Lyons, Matthew M. Montgomery, Adam H. Moore, Cody M. Moore, Hannah M. Moore, Zandel M. Sponaugle, Alexus C. Sprouse, Zaon A. Starseed, Elania N. White, Carrissa M. Wood


Greenbrier County: Sarah Brunty, Tina M. Jerman


Hampshire County: Dylan G. Kesner


Harrison County: Hannah J. Barron, Lia Runyan


Jackson County: Ryan A. Gregory, Kirsten M. Marks, Joel E. McDonald, Sapphire N. Parsons, Clayton Swisher, Bradley J. Titus, Kelly J. Trippett


Jefferson County: Taylor L. Corey, Mary E. Lewis, Anthony R. Vazquez


Kanawha County: Faith Donze, McKenzie M. Edmonds, Kayli N. Hudson, Rema K. Jordan, Zachary Lively, Jonathan L. Mullins, Jeri D. Potter, Rebecca E. Wiseman


Lewis County: Haley R. Biller, Jennifer M. Eiler, Destiny L. Grimes, Michael W. Marion, James W. Martin, III, Justin P. Raines, J’Aime L. Shearer, Kelly L. Weaver


Logan County: Kaitlyn A. Bircheat, Alec G. Maynard


Marion County: Morgan P. Hardesty


Marshall County: Logen M. Lemasters


Mason County: Charles B. Walton


Mercer County: Lindsey R. Compton


Monongalia County: Alyssa B. Boback


Morgan County: Michaela A. Munson, Michael I. Pracht, Brady A. Tritapoe


Nicholas County: Autumn G. Barnett, Jessica R. Bird, Marlyn S. Donelson, Zachary G. Dotson, Madison R. Frame, Morgan Francis, Taylor Keenan, William Z. Lyons, Elizabeth M. Messer, Kaitlyn D. Peyatt, Autumn Siminski, Brooke A. Spencer, Nathan S. Spencer, Mason A. Thomas, Samuel P. Whitlock


Pendleton County: Virginia L. Bruce, Raven D. Turner


Pleasants County: Bethany G. Mote


Pocahontas County: Steven L. Casto, Isaac C. Hise


Preston County: Kathleen L. Faber


Putnam County: Jacob M. Stover


Raleigh County: Luke D. Carpenter, Kaylee S. Dickenson, Michael A. Layne


Randolph County: Christopher A. Cozad, Angela R. McWilliams, Kathlyne L. Simmons, Christopher D. Varner


Ritchie County: Madison E. Cunningham, Carleena P. Elliott, Olivia D. Goff, Trinity R. Muschweck


Roane County: Georgia B. Bing, Joshua C. Runyon, Bonita J. Schreckengost, James D. Williams


Taylor County: Eva S. Guthrie


Tucker County: John Chambers, Wiley T. Raines, Stephanie R. Williams


Tyler County: Devon J. Harris


Upshur County: Autumn Knight, Belinda L. Lewis


Wayne County: Taylor N. Brumfield


Webster County: Valerie L. Rule, Danielle Williams


Wetzel County: Daniel M. Jackson, Colton L. Ring, Andrew R. Tefft


Wirt County: Micheal L. Morgan, Mary M. Strong


Wood County: Taylor A. Broadwater


Wyoming County: Travis D. Gibson, Kaci M. Mullins


Out of State: Karla Y. Barr, Chandler R. Carrera, Ibrahim O. Ghanem, Dwyron K. Gillard, II, Taylor A. Gilliland, Noah R. Green, Jake Hensell, Justin S. Koogler, Momi P. Lievan, Paris M. McLeod, Anthony W. McPoyle, Emily M. Meyers, Stephen G. Mickle, Art’om T. Rank, John F. Routzahn, Isaiah R. Sattelmaier, Casey R. Sheaffer, Wesley D. Stauffer, Johnni M. Tillman, Ernesto Torres, Paranda S. Uber, Jack H. Varndell, Timothy G. Wine, Hannah N. Wright

Gilmer Athletic Director Charged with Battery Of Student Athlete

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Police in Gilmer County have charged the athletic director of Gilmer County High School with battery, related to an incident last weekend at the Gilmer-Braxton ballgame in Glenville.

Director Shawn Leo Cole has been charged by the Glenville Chief of Police Brenton Huffman, after the juvenile boy’s mother filed a complaint related to an incident in the school gymnasium.

The complaint, based upon reviewing video footage and photographs, indicates that Cole picked up the player off the floor by his neck and carried him off the gym floor, after he was shooting a basketball.

“Mr. Cole grabbed the ball… and grabbed (subject) with his left arm around the chest…and placed his right arm around area of his neck and picked him up off the floor and carried him off the gym floor and put him down,” says the complaint.

The player was reportedly a middle school student.

The juvenile player’s mother sent photos of her son with what the complaint says showed “red marks on both sides of his neck.”

The juvenile’s mother said she received a text message from Mr. Cole following the incident saying “He was sorry for what happened between him and her son and never meant to hurt him or embarrass him.”

The case will be heard by Gilmer County Magistrate Court.

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Gilmer County Family Court Report

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On Wednesday, January 11, 2017 new Family Court Judge Steve Jones heard matters in Gilmer County Family Court.


•  He heard 8 matters with 3 cases having temporary orders entered.


•  One divorce was granted wherein Lorrie McCord (38) of Glenville, WV divorced Jackie McCord (51) of Burnsville, WV.


•  The remainder of the cases will have orders prepared by the child advocate bureau and are not available at this time.

West Virginia Hunters Harvest 112,384 Deer In 2016

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Preliminary counts indicate West Virginia hunters harvested 112,384 white-tailed deer during the recently completed bucks firearms, antlerless, muzzleloader, archery, crossbow, and youth/Class Q/Class XS deer seasons, according to Paul Johansen, chief of the Division of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Resources Section. This year’s total harvest was 19 percent below the 2015 deer harvest of 138,493 and 15 percent below the five-year average of 132,466.

A breakdown of the combined 2016 deer seasons reveals 46,071 bucks harvested during the traditional buck firearm season, 32,508 antlerless deer taken during all antlerless firearm hunting opportunities, 28,808 deer harvested by bows and crossbows, and 4,997 deer taken by muzzleloader hunters.


Antlerless Deer Season

The 2016 antlerless deer season harvest, which includes the youth/Class Q/Class XS deer season, was 18 percent less than in 2015 and 26.5 percent below the five-year average of 44,239.  “It is important to note that the antlerless harvest is the key component to any deer management strategy, as it controls the future deer population,” said Johansen.  Hunters are reminded that on March 13 and 14, 2017, the DNR will hold 12 public meetings across the state to gather comments on proposed fall 2017 antlerless deer hunting seasons in each of the 51 counties where firearms deer hunting is permitted.  The 2016 top 10 counties are: Preston (1,535), Upshur (1,485), Lewis (1,292), Mason (1,269), Jackson (1,224), Ritchie (1,215), Wood (1,126), Roane (1,034), Harrison (972), and Braxton (854).


Muzzleloader Deer Season

The 2016 muzzleloader harvest of 4,997 was 3 percent below the 2015 harvest of 5,178, and 21 percent below the five-year average of 6,344. The top 10 counties are Randolph (243), Nicholas (232), Preston (217), Upshur (185), Lewis (168), Jackson (158), Braxton (157), Mason (153), Wood (141), and Webster (139).


Archery and Crossbow Deer Season

The bow and crossbow hunter’s take of 28,808 deer was 11 percent less than the 2015 archery season harvest of 32,540, and four percent above the five-year average archery season harvest of 27,596.  Archery harvests are inversely correlated to hard mast crops. The below-average acorn crop in 2015, followed by a better acorn crop in 2016, likely contributed to the lower 2016 harvest; however, the proportion of the harvest taken using a crossbow increased in 2016 over that recorded in 2015.  The 2016 top 10 counties are: Preston (1,365), Randolph (975), Wood (945), Kanawha (921), Upshur (867), Wyoming (867), Mason (791), Jackson (785), Nicholas (765), and Raleigh (738).


WESTVIRGINIA DEER HARVEST, 2016

County

BuckFirearms

Antlerless

Muzzleloader

Archery/Crossbow

Total

Barbour

1,098

773

133

568

2,572

Brooke

268

367

38

287

960

Hancock

209

164

34

357

764

Harrison

1,138

972

113

632

2,855

Marion

765

787

113

521

2,186

Marshall

727

493

73

357

1,650

Monongalia

827

644

91

707

2,269

Ohio

270

222

46

294

832

Preston

1,774

1,535

217

1,365

4,891

Taylor

581

490

70

303

1,444

Tucker

730

191

73

409

1,403

Wetzel

899

819

90

335

2,143

District 1Subtotal

9,286

7,457

1,091

6,135

23,969

Berkeley

737

627

67

582

2,013

Grant

954

439

81

351

1,825

Hampshire

1,197

836

88

421

2,542

Hardy

1,076

610

63

317

2,066

Jefferson

422

413

54

417

1,306

Mineral

922

684

80

404

2,090

Morgan

437

406

44

241

1,128

Pendleton

1,088

448

70

345

1,951

District 2 Subtotal

6,833

4,463

547

3,078

14,921

Braxton

1,102

854

157

571

2,684

Clay

390

164

43

241

838

Lewis

1,246

1,292

168

629

3,335

Nicholas

1,044

470

232

765

2,511

Pocahontas

921

202

56

278

1,457

Randolph

1,617

803

243

975

3,638

Upshur

1,399

1,485

185

867

3,936

Webster

941

303

139

548

1,931

District 3 Subtotal

8,660

5,573

1,223

4,874

20,330

Fayette

889

266

124

718

1,997

Greenbrier

1,447

699

135

565

2,846

McDowell

456

456

Mercer

636

383

86

684

1,789

Monroe

1,099

752

70

550

2,471

Raleigh

648

206

70

738

1,662

Summers

657

562

62

403

1,684

Wyoming

 

 

 

867

867

District 4 Subtotal

5,376

2,868

547

4,981

13,772

Boone

573

147

72

364

1,156

Cabell

677

404

60

434

1,575

Kanawha

1,058

385

78

921

2,442

Lincoln

846

522

106

466

1,940

Logan

574

574

Mason

1,267

1,269

153

791

3,480

Mingo

386

386

Putnam

992

803

119

661

2,575

Wayne

815

252

62

419

1,548

District 5 Subtotal

6,228

3,782

650

5,016

15,676

Calhoun

705

599

69

326

1,699

Doddridge

946

706

70

308

2,030

Gilmer

791

634

93

311

1,829

Jackson

1,487

1,224

158

785

3,654

Pleasants

334

251

27

154

766

Ritchie

1,422

1,215

102

630

3,369

Roane

1,178

1,034

105

544

2,861

Tyler

855

766

82

330

2,033

Wirt

777

810

92

391

2,070

Wood

1,193

1,126

141

945

3,405

District 6 Subtotal

9,688

8,365

939

4,724

23,716

StateTotal

46,071

32,508

4,997

28,808

112,384

West Virginia Hunters Harvest 3,012 Black Bears In 2016

The Free Press WV

West Virginia hunters harvested 3,012 black bears during the combined 2016 archery, crossbow and firearms seasons, according to Colin Carpenter, Black Bear Project leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

The preliminary black bear harvest data for the combined 2016 seasons were 6 percent lower than the record set in 2015. The harvest is the second highest bear kill recorded and is the second time the harvest has topped 3,000.

“The mast index for all oak species in 2016 increased significantly over 2015 and was above the long-term average,” said Carpenter. “Historically, an abundance of oak mast makes bears harder to target for archery hunters. Conversely, increased oak mast typically means a higher December firearms harvest because many bears delay entering their dens due to the abundance of food.”

Carpenter added, “In the 2016 Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook, we predicted a decreased archery harvest and a similar-to-slightly greater December firearms harvest over the levels observed in 2015. Our prediction held true for the archery season, but did not hold up in the December season.”

“Overall, the 2016 harvest declined during the archery, buck-gun and December seasons over the levels recorded in 2015. However, those decreases were partially offset by very successful early gun seasons in September and October.

Hunters killed 1,012 bears during the first segment of the 2016 archery season (Sept. 24 – Nov. 19).  They took 584 bears with vertical bows and 428 with crossbows. The top five counties were Randolph (82), Fayette (74), Nicholas (60), Greenbrier (55) and Preston (52).

Firearms hunters harvested 2,000 bears during 2016. Hunters took 883 bears in September and October, 349 during the concurrent buck-gun bear season, and 768 during the traditional December season. The top five counties were Pendleton (177), Randolph (167), Pocahontas (161), Nicholas (153) and Hardy (133).

2016 WEST VIRGINIA BLACK BEAR HARVEST

County

Bow/Crossbow

Sept/Oct Gun

Buck Gun

December

Total

Barbour

45

20

1

0

66

Brooke

0

0

0

0

0

Hancock

0

0

0

0

0

Harrison

16

0

2

0

18

Marion

3

0

0

0

3

Marshall

2

0

0

0

2

Monongalia

7

0

2

0

9

Ohio

0

0

0

0

0

Preston

52

41

22

22

137

Taylor

17

0

1

0

18

Tucker

35

37

6

50

128

Wetzel

1

0

0

1

2

District 1 Subtotal

178

98

34

73

383

Berkeley

3

0

3

0

6

Grant

25

31

6

39

101

Hampshire

17

0

29

4

50

Hardy

26

61

14

58

159

Jefferson

3

0

2

0

5

Mineral

11

0

0

9

20

Morgan

8

0

11

0

19

Pendleton

37

100

10

67

214

District 2 Subtotal

130

192

75

177

574

Braxton

36

11

4

11

62

Clay

9

13

7

16

45

Lewis

13

0

5

0

18

Nicholas

60

56

31

66

213

Pocahontas

23

62

11

88

184

Randolph

82

99

4

64

249

Upshur

14

10

2

6

32

Webster

38

50

9

52

149

District 3 Subtotal

275

301

73

303

952

Fayette

74

21

39

13

147

Greenbrier

55

45

12

73

185

McDowell

49

38

5

16

108

Mercer

33

0

4

2

39

Monroe

24

27

17

29

97

Raleigh

36

25

9

7

77

Summers

26

0

8

0

34

Wyoming

24

30

1

2

57

District 4 Subtotal

321

186

95

142

744

Boone

23

28

30

32

113

Cabell

0

0

0

0

0

Kanawha

26

38

33

28

125

Lincoln

1

0

0

0

1

Logan

22

26

1

2

51

Mason

0

0

0

0

0

Mingo

13

14

0

7

34

Putnam

0

0

0

0

0

Wayne

1

0

0

0

1

District 5 Subtotal

86

106

64

69

325

Calhoun

1

0

3

0

4

Doddridge

3

0

0

0

3

Gilmer

7

0

4

3

14

Jackson

0

0

0

0

0

Pleasants

0

0

0

0

0

Ritchie

4

0

0

0

4

Roane

1

0

0

0

1

Tyler

2

0

0

0

2

Wirt

4

0

1

1

6

Wood

0

0

0

0

0

District 6 Subtotal

22

0

8

4

34

State Total

1012

883

349

768

3012

Bears listed for Logan, McDowell and Wyoming counties as"Buck Gun” are bow or crossbow kills from 11.21.16 -12.031

November 19, 2016. All other bow and crossbow kills have been separated based on the seasonsin which they were killed

GSC Professor to Lead Local Science Series

The Free Press WV

Glenville State College Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Gary Morris will be participating in a special four-part reading, viewing, and discussion program for adults. The free series, titled ‘Pushing the Limits,’ will take place at the Burnsville Public Library (BPL). The events will be held at 6:00 p.m. on the following Tuesdays: January 24, February 21, March 21, and April 25.

The Library is one of a number of rural public libraries nationwide receiving grants to host the series which centers on the topics of science and technology. Pushing the Limits brings together books and videos featuring authors, scientists, and everyday people who thrive on exploring the natural world.

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Dr. Gary Morris


The Pushing the Limits program will explore ideas through discussions that will include feature film quality videos and recommended popular books. The overarching theme is one of real people, real stories, and real science. Group discussion events will be held monthly centering on the following books and topics in the following order:

  • When the Killing’s Done by T.C. Boyle (nature)
  • Thunderstruck by Erik Larson (connection)
  • Arctic Drift by Clive Cussler (survival)
  • The Land of Painted Caves by Jean Auel (knowledge)

Discussion of the content will be led by Morris.

“Mrs. Beth Anderson, Director of the Burnsville Library, reached out to me to inquire if Glenville State College would be interested in participating in this program. I thought it represented a wonderful opportunity for a member of the College to directly engage members of the local community so I accepted the invitation to participate. I have never been a part of a program like this but I think the idea is a very good one: using science-based topics presented in books of fiction as a platform to talk about real science in current events. I look forward to having great discussions with participants who attend each of the scheduled events,” said Morris.

Interested participants should contact the Burnsville Public Library to obtain copies of books for the program. The materials are not required for participation in the program.

This national program was developed by a team of library professionals, scientists, and filmmakers. Their organizations include Dartmouth College, the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, the Califa Group (a California-based library consortium), Dawson Media Group, and Oregon State University – with generous funding from the National Science Foundation.

The BPL is located across from the Burnsville Elementary School at 235 Kanawha Avenue in Burnsville, West Virginia. For more information, contact the Library at 304.853.2338.

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