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2017: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 5

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Area High School Football Scoreboard
2017: Week  Games
Calhoun County (0-5) 0 #15 Braxton County (3-1) 37
Tyler Consolidated (2-3) 63 Roane County (0-5) 16
Liberty Raleigh (0-4) 14 Ritchie County (2-3) 0
Clay County (4-1) 38 Doddridge County (3-2) 61
Moorefield (0-5) 3 #16 Ravenswood (2-2) 14
#2 South Harrison (4-0) 48 Williamstown (2-3) 52
Notre Dame (1-4) 26 #7 Cameron (3-1) 12
#4 Webster County (4-0) 48 Shenandoah, OH 28
#4 Liberty Harrison (4-0) 24 Richwood (2-3) 28
#14 Grafton (3-2) 21 #12 Pocahontas County (3-2) 13
#8 Bridgeport (4-1) 34 Paden City (1-3) 54
Robert C. Byrd (2-3) 20 Hundred (0-5) 6
Tucker County (A) (2-3) 6 Buckhannon-Upshur (2-2) 25  (2OT)
Philip Barbour (3-2) 35 Greenbrier East (1-4) 23
Marietta, OH 10 John Marshall (3-2) 40
Parkersburg (2-2) 45 Parkersburg South (1-4) 14
Lewis County (AA)  (1-4) 35    
 Preston (1-4) 14    
BYE WEEK:  Gilmer County, Lincoln, Meadow Bridge, Nicholas County, Parkersburg Catholic, St. Marys, Valley (Wetzel), Wirt County

Opioid Abuse Prevention Games of The Week

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Attorney General Morrisey Announces Gilmer – Wirt As Opioid Abuse Prevention Game of The Week


West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced his office will feature the Gilmer County vs. Wirt County and Calhoun County vs. Doddridge County gridiron matchups as an Opioid Abuse Prevention Games of the Week.

Throughout each week the initiative engages with student athletes, coaches, school officials and communities across West Virginia. Field representatives discuss the dangers of opioid use with the respective coaches and provide educational material for display and distribution in the schools to foster more discussion of the issue.

The week culminates with the Attorney General’s Office staffing an information booth at each of the select sporting events to distribute opioid abuse awareness materials.

“Alleviating the opioid scourge is vitally important to making our state the best it can be,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “This epidemic has taken too many of our young people and left children without parents. As long as we work together, we will make a difference.”

The initiative, now in its second year, is part of a broader partnership to tackle opioid use in high school athletics. It involves the Attorney General’s Office, West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission and the West Virginia Board of Medicine.

“I am excited to be partnering with the Attorney General’s Office to raise awareness for opiate abuse,” said Eric Cheeseman, athletic director at Wirt County High School. “It is my hope that through this initiative we can make students, parents, and our communities aware of the devastation that drug abuse brings.”

Opioid painkillers may temporarily relieve pain, but do nothing to address the underlying injury and can have serious side effects. The medication also carries striking similarities to heroin.

The Attorney General and his partners worry the unnecessary usage of opioid painkillers to treat athletic injuries could lead to increased dependence, abuse and addiction.

This initiative pushes other forms of pain management. Alternatives include physical therapy, non-opioid painkillers, acupuncture, massage therapy and over-the-counter medication.

Parents and caregivers are urged to discuss alternative treatment plans with their child’s healthcare provider. If an opioid proves necessary, they are encouraged to strictly use the medication as directed, closely monitor their child’s use, safely dispose of any unused pills and talk about the inherent dangers of misuse, abuse and sharing.

Attorney General Morrisey Announces Calhoun – Doddridge As Opioid Abuse Prevention Game of The Week

30 Counties Included in Severe Thunderstorm Watch

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The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center issued a severe thunderstorm watch at 12:40 p.m., an upgrade on a hazardous weather outlook issued Monday.

The counties of BARBOUR, BROOKE ,  CABELL, CALHOUN, DODDRIDGE, GILMER, HANCOCK, HARRISON, JACKSON, KANAWHA, LEWIS, LINCOLN, MARION, MARSHALL, MASON, MONONGALIA, OHIO,  PLEASANTS, PRESTON, PUTNAM, RITCHIE, ROANE,  TAYLOR, TUCKER, TYLERUPSHUR, WAYNE, WETZEL, WIRT,  and WOOD are all included in the watch.

“We’ve got a strong cold front baring down over the area,” Accuweather Senior Meteorologist Bob Larson said. “The front has triggered storms that’ll be moving through. Any thunderstorm is likely to bring very heavy rainfall at the risk of flash flooding. There’s also the potential for damaging wind gusts as the storms move through.”

“They are fast moving, so we’re not expecting storms to linger through the night. After early evening storms, just a couple of leftover showers.”

Further south, the watch includes the counties of Barbour, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Ritchie, and Upshur. In total, 30 West Virginia counties are listed under the watch, which expires at 9:00 p.m Tuesday night.

“It is a large watch area that extends 30 counties,” Larson said. “It also extends from here north through all of Western Pennsylvania. And north of there it becomes a tornado watch across western New York state. ”

“So, widespread area of severe weather today as this strong cold front moves through. The front dropping down from Ontario. It’ll be moving across New York state, Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, and, of course, here through West Virginia.”

Larson said the rain will be heavy and the winds could be damaging, but said widespread flooding isn’t expected.

“There’s going to be heavy downpours, and there’s often the risk of flash flooding when this occurs,” he said. “The one saving grace is that the storms will be fast moving. It’s not the type of situation where storms stall and linger over a given community for hours on end. That’s when we have the real high risk of flooding. That’s not the case with these storms.”

Additionally, Larson said the speed with which the storms are likely to move will help avoid the risk of widespread flooding — but said the risk of flash flooding does exist.

“Quick downpours, certainly flooding in poor drainage areas, certainly the risk of flash flooding, but I don’t think we have rain lasting long enough for there to be widespread flooding,” he said.

It remains unclear exactly how strong wind speeds are projected.

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West Virginia News

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►  County board of education proposes e-cigarette ban

A West Virginia board of education is listening to public comments on a policy revision that would ban e-cigarettes and all substances containing nicotine from property that the school system owns or operates.

The Kanawha County Board of Education put the changes out for public comment Monday. School system General Counsel Jim Withrow says concerns were raised regarding e-cigarettes or vapes that don’t contain tobacco, but have nicotine.

The school system currently has a 1997 policy in place, banning tobacco. The proposed changes would add nicotine and e-cigarettes to the existing tobacco prohibition policy. It would also ban substances containing nicotine from all property that is owned, leased or operated by the school system.


►  Ex-West Virginia highway gets prison for fraud conspiracy

A former West Virginia Division of Highways employee has been sentenced to 21 months in prison after pleading guilty to wire and tax fraud, admitting he used his position to funnel work to a South Carolina business and received secret payments of almost $200,000.

Bruce Kenney III, of Norfolk, Virginia, has admitted to his role in a conspiracy from 2008 to 2014 to bypass normal state procedures and steer $1.5 million of inspection work to Dennis Corp. of Columbia.

The 61-year-old Kenney, who pleaded guilty in federal court to two charges, worked in the Traffic Engineering Division.

Kenney was ordered to pay $34,714 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service to forfeit $162,536.

Three others have also been prosecuted in the case.


►  Postcards to 130,000 WV registered voters seek to confirm current address

More than 130,000 West Virginia voters will soon be getting a postcard from the Secretary of State’s office.

“These postcards are nothing more than a request for you to update your address,” said Donald Kersey, Director of the Elections Division and Deputy Legal Counsel for the Secretary of State.

The mailings are largely routine to bring voter registration information up to date in West Virginia.  West Virginia, as a member of a national network, receives notice from other states when it appears somebody may have moved and failed to transfer their registration information to their new home.  The mailing is an effort to help county clerks update the voter roles.

“If you have moved, confirm it and sign the card and we’ll take appropriate action,” Kersey said. “These post cards will NOT result in the immediate cancellation of any registration, with the one exception if the voter checks the box that requests cancellation of their registration since they moved out of state.”

The cards will be directed to voters who have relocated from the voting precinct where they originally registered.

“What we’re doing is making sure our voter roles are as accurate as possible,” Kersey explained. “So on Election Day when the poll clerk checks the poll books, they’ll know the person is eligible to vote and can feel confident that person should be eligible to vote.”


►  Governor says he has “no regrets” after changing registration back to Republican

Governor Jim Justice said Wednesday on MetroNews “Talkline” he is “perfectly comfortable with the staff” after his decision last week to switch his registration from Democrat to Republican.

Justice said he doesn’t expect wholesale turnover but there will likely be some casualties beginning with administration Press Secretary Grant Herring.

“Grant has done a great job and he’s a good young man but Grant’s personal feelings are entrenched in the Democratic Party through and through. I do not think Grant is going to survive with me,” Justice predicted.

Herring joined Justice during last year’s gubernatorial campaign as the campaign spokesman and then was hired to stay on with the administration.

Justice said Chief of Staff Nick Casey, a former West Virginia Democratic Party chairman, is not in the office this week but that was time off that was previously planned. Justice did not offer a guess Wednesday on what Casey’s ultimate decision would be.

Justice said he gave similar messages to his staff and cabinet in separate meetings after the party switch announcement.

“I said, ‘If you feel the least bit uncomfortable in the direction we are going–because I know exactly what direction we’re going here. If you feel the least bit uncomfortable in your loyalty to me then you’ve got to go,‘” Justice said.

Justice said state Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Austin Caperton stood up and pledged his support.

“Austin’s family has been Democrats forever and Austin stood up and said, ‘Listen governor, I truly believe the people of West Virginia elected you to get something done and I understand totally what you’re doing and I’m with you 100 percent. I’m not going anywhere,‘” Justice said.

Justice also said Wednesday there’s been very little “backlash” from his decision.

“I don’t have any regrets whatsoever. I’m excited about working with the Republicans and I’m hoping I can still work with some of the Dems. What I’m hearing from everybody is good stuff,” Justice said.

Justice announced his decision last week during a rally in Huntington featuring Donald Trump. He signed the papers Friday. Justice was a registered Republican until 2015 when he switched to Democrat. He ran the following year for governor.


►  Justice companies settling suit for flood cleanup

Three businesses owned by West Virginia Governor Jim Justice and his family have agreed to settle for $551,420 a lawsuit that claimed they had not paid for $771,268 of cleanup work after the Greenbrier resort was hit by severe flooding last year.

The consent judgment filed Monday in federal court says the Greenbrier Hotel Corp., James C. Justice Companies Inc. and Justice Family Group LLC will pay post-judgment interest of 7 percent until it’s paid in full.

The December lawsuit by Texas-based BMS CAT followed a mechanic’s lien against the Justice companies in October for the unpaid bills.

The flood remediation was done on the resort’s chapel, ballroom, PGA tournament office and other buildings following the June flooding.

Company officials said last year they were awaiting compensation from their insurance carrier.


►  West Virginia state fair opening Thursday

West Virginia’s State Fair opens Thursday and fair officials say they will offer various admission discounts during its 10-day run in Lewisburg.

On opening day, gates open at 2 p.m. with $5 admission tickets and $20 ride passes until 11 p.m.

Other specials include $1 admission from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, August 16.

Children 12 and under can enter free every day. Daily adult tickets at the gate cost $11.

The fair’s concert series begins Thursday evening with Aaron Lewis. Other shows include Martina McBride and Josh Turner on Friday.


►  DOH Assessing Flood Damage in Twelve Counties

The West Virginia Division of Highways continues to make repairs and assess damages in twelve counties hit by heavy rains and flooding July 28-29.

July 28-29 Flooding

Update: 08.09.2017

District

County

Estimated Damage Costs

4

Doddridge

$60,200

4

Harrison

$585,700

4

Marion

$458,212

4

Monongalia

$776,500

4

Preston

$343,500

4

Taylor

$288,883

6

Marshall

$3,482,000

6

Ohio

$2,059,025

6

Tyler

$154,500

6

Wetzel

3,829,705

8

Randolph

$125,000

8

Tucker

$686,000

Total

$12,849,225

►  County Democratic Chairman Resigns Following Justice Switch

A Democratic Party executive committee chairman from Greenbrier County has resigned following Governor Jim Justice’s flip from Democrat to Republican.

Paul Moya has resigned, telling the Charleston Gazette-Mail that Justice’s change back to the Republican Party is indicative of weak party leadership at the state level.

Moya says he won’t give up, but he’s out and he’s tired of it.

He announced his resignation on Facebook, where he calls Justice’s claim that the party left him a “lame a—excuse.“

The party leadership backed Justice in the Democratic primary he won in 2016 against state Senator Jeff Kessler and former federal prosecutor Booth Goodwin.

Moya says he believes the party leadership should be neutral in primaries.

Public School Start/End Dates for 2017-18 Across the Area

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Barbour County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Tuesday, August 15

Last Day of School for Students: Wednesday, May 23


Braxton County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 10

Last Day of School for Students: Wednesday, May 16


Calhoun County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Tuesday, May 22


Clay County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Wednesday, May 30


Doddridge County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, May 25


Gilmer County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Tuesday, May 22


Harrison County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Tuesday, August 15

Last Day of School for Students: Thursday, May 24


Lewis County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Tuesday, May 22


Nicholas County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 21

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, May 25


Pleasants County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Thursday, May 31


Ritchie County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Thursday, May 31


Roane County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Wednesday, August 16

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, June 01


Tyler County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, June 01


Webster County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, May 25


Wetzel County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 21

Last Day of School for Students: Thursday, June 07


Wirt County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, June 01


Wood County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Wednesday, August 16

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, June 01

NWS Puts Most of State Under Flash Flood Watch Through Friday Evening

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The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued a Flash Flood Watch for its entire coverage area in West Virginia through Friday at 8 p.m.

“Rounds of showers and thunderstorms with very heavy rain are expected through Friday,” the NWS message said. “This rainfall, coupled with rain that has already fallen, could produce flash flooding, especially along small streams, creeks, low spots and poor drainage areas.”

Counties under the watch include: Barbour, Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Jackson WV, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, McDowell, Mingo, Fayette, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Raleigh, Randolph, Webster, Pleasants, Putnam, Ritchie, Roane,Taylor, Tyler, Upshur, Wayne, Wirt, Wood and Wyoming.

The National Weather Service Office in Pittsburgh issued a similar Flash Flood Watch for the Northern Panhandle, Eastern Panhandle and north central counties from 6 a.m. Friday through 1 a.m. Saturday.

Sunday Storms Could Cause Flash Flooding

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More than two dozen counties in West Virginia are under a Flash Flood Watch through Sunday evening, the National Weather Service said.

Additional rounds of thunderstorms containing very heavy rain could cause flooding along small streams and poor drainage areas, meteorologists said.

The counties under the watch include: Mason, Jackson, Wood, Pleasants, Tyler, Putnam, Kanawha, Roane, Wirt, Calhoun, Ritchie, Doddridge, Clay, Braxton, Gilmer, Lewis, Harrison, Taylor, Upshur Barbour, Fayette, Nicholas, Webster, Pocahontas, and Randolph.

Scholarships Available Through Women’s Opportunity Fund

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The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for the Women’s Opportunity Fund – Linda H. Culp Memorial Scholarship.  The Women’s Opportunity Fund provides educational resources to non-traditional female students who are working to complete their education or to pursue additional schooling toward higher level career goals, professional certification, or other degrees.  As a memorial to Linda H. Culp, this fund honors a pioneering and hardworking local leader who mentored and supported other women in accomplishing their hopes and dreams.

To be eligible for financial assistance, an applicant must meet all the following requirements:

·      Applicant must be a female, adult learner who is not a recent high school graduate.

·      Applicant must reside in one of the following counties:  Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt, or Wood counties in West Virginia and Athens, Meigs, or Washington counties in Ohio.

·      Applicant must be pursuing a form of post-secondary education, including bachelor’s degrees, advanced degrees, certificate programs, or vocational/technical studies in any chosen field.

Recipients are selected by an independent scholarship advisory committee.  The scholarship can be applied toward tuition, books or other education related costs.  To apply, visit the Foundation’s website, www.pacfwv.com/Scholarships/Apply.  The application deadline is July 26th.  For additional information, please contact the PACF’s Regional Scholarships Officer, Rachel Brezler, at 304.428.4438.

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About Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates:

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or nonprofit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of our community.  PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages more than 350 charitable funds with nearly $40 million in assets.  PACF works in partnership with its local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area.  Since 1963, PACF has helped local citizens support charitable needs and touch every aspect of life in the community in a variety of lasting ways.  For more information about PACF, visit www.pacfwv.com or call 304.428.4438.

Grants Available From Community Foundation

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The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) is currently accepting grant applications for the fall cycle of its Community Action Grants Program. 

The Foundation’s application process is online and the deadline to submit is midnight on September 15. 

To access the online application, visit the Foundation’s website:  www.pacfwv.com/Grants/Apply.

To be considered for a Community Action Grant, an applicant must be a private, nonprofit organization, tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a public institution. 

Either the applicant or program to be funded must be located in the Foundation’s eleven-county geographic service area (Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood counties in West Virginia, and Washington County, Ohio).

Priority counties for Foundation grant support are:

  • Calhoun
  • Doddridge
  • Gilmer
  • Ritchie
  • Roane
  • Wirt
  • Wood

The Foundation provides support for capital and equipment projects, program development, technical assistance, training, capacity building, and, under special circumstances, operating support. 

Submitted applications are considered for support from charitable funds managed by the PACF that are designed to support a wide variety of projects and causes throughout the region. 

Applications from Calhoun, Gilmer and Wirt counties are also reviewed by the Foundation’s Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation regional affiliate advisory board.

“In an effort to make a larger and more immediate impact on regional needs, the Foundation has made important changes to its Community Action Grants Program,” said Marian Clowes, PACF’s Senior Program Officer.  “As a result, the maximum grant request size has been increased to $15,000.  Additionally, the proposed projects must be completed within a 12-month timeframe.”

To learn more about the Foundation’s Community Action Grants Program, visit www.pacfwv.com/Grants or contact Marian Clowes at 304.428.4438 or .

 

About the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or non-profit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of our community.  PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages more than 340 charitable funds with nearly $34 million in assets.  PACF works in partnership with its local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area.  Since 1963, PACF has helped local citizens support charitable needs and touch every aspect of life in the community in a variety of lasting ways.  For more information about PACF, visit www.pacfwv.com or call 304.428.4438.

Flash Flood Watch in Effect For Several WV Counties

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The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for nearly two dozen West Virginia counties through Friday evening.

According to NWS meteorologists, “A frontal system is expected to pass through the region Thursday afternoon and Friday. Storms associated with it could produce excessive rainfall. This rain coupled with the wet soils across the area could produce flash flooding, especially along small streams, creeks, low spots and poor drainage areas.”

Counties named in the watch include:

  • Barbour
  • Braxton
  • Calhoun
  • Doddridge
  • Gilmer
  • Harrison
  • Jackson
  • Lewis
  • Mason
  • Pleasants
  • Pocahontas
  • Randolph
  • Ritchie
  • Roane
  • Taylor
  • Tyler
  • Upshur
  • Webster
  • Wirt
  • Wood

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