Doddridge County

Doddridge County

Clayton Delano Young

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Clayton Delano Young

Age 77, of Mineral Wells, WV, passed away on March 21, 2013, at the home of his caregiver, former wife, R. Jean Young of Parkersburg.

He was born March 3, 1936, in Jackson County, WV, a son of the late Arthur Young and Ozella Workman. He was retired from the Wood County Board of Education, and was an avid hunter, fisherman and gardener. He was a tree surgeon and enjoyed working with trees. He was a member of the Tri-County Worship Center of Rockport.

He is survived by his son, Clayton G. Young (Jo Ann) of Mineral Wells; three brothers, Arthur Young Jr. (Frieda) of Vienna, WV, Delford Young (Opal) of West Union, WV, and Royal Hudson Jackson (Nancy) of Georgia; one sister, Regina Young of Salem, WV; three sisters-in-law, Betty Campbell of New Martinsville, WV, Beverly Young of Irondale, Ohio, and Patricia Young of Ravenswood, WV; one grandson, Wesley Clayton Young (Amanda) of Mineral Wells; three great-grandchildren, Abby Young, Cody Akins and Cady DeBarr; and his former wife and caregiver, R. Jean Young of Parkersburg. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Wendell Young, Falford Campbell, Opha Campbell, Raymond Young and Rockford Dwight ‘Rocky’ Young.

Funeral services were held 1:00 PM Monday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Pike St., south Parkersburg, with Pastor Everett Snyder officiating.

Interment followed at Sunset Memory Gardens. Visitation was 4:00-7:00 PM Sunday at the funeral home.

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Archie Wayne Adams

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Archie Wayne Adams

Age 76, of Dalton, OH, formerly of West Union, WV passed away March 23, 2013 with his family by his side.

He was born April 13, 1936, a son of the late Forest and Pearl (Bates) Adams in West Union where he spent most of his life.

Archie retired from the Massillon State Hospital with 27 years service. He was also a driver for the Doddridge County Senior Citizens. Archie was an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoyed hunting.

Surviving is his wife of 57 years, Iva Gerrie (Nutter) Adams, daughters: Rita Ann Hester (Bernie) of Massillon, Kathy L. Freetage of Waynesburg, PA and Karen S. Ballone of Barberton, OH and brother Herman L. Adams of New Matamoras, OH.

He also leaves behind his loving grandchildren: Charlene Hoffman, Michael Crosland (Louise), Kraigg Hoffman (Stacy) and David Crosland (Christina), several great grandchildren and many family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandfather Delbert Adams, and sister Ramona Adams.

Funeral services will be Thursday 11:00 AM at the McCullough Funeral Home, Pennsboro with Pastor Danny Lipscomb officiating.

Interment will follow at the Cabin Run Cemetery, Doddridge County.

Visitation will be Wednesday 5:00-8:00 PM.

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County-By-County Unemployment Rates Tell the Story – February 2013


West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.3% in February 2013.

Unemployment rates increased in fifteen counties.

Thirty-five counties reported declining employment rates during the month of February.

Counties with unemployment rates over 12% included Clay (17.0%), Webster (14.4%), Calhoun (14.3%), Wirt (14.1%), Roane (13.2%), Grant (12.5%), and Mason (12.2%).

Counties with unemployment rates less than 6% included Jefferson (5.1%), and Monongalia (4.9%).

County Total Unemployed   Unemployment Rate
FEB-13 JAN-13 FEB-12 FEB-13 JAN-13 FEB-12
Braxton 660 660 650 11.6% 11.5% 11.5%
Calhoun 410 430 370 14.3% 14.6% 13.6%
Doddridge 260 260 280 8.0% 8.0% 8.9%
Gilmer 260 270 250 7.9% 8.3% 7.5%
Lewis 580 620 550 7.0% 7.3% 6.8%
Ritchie 410 360 400 9.0% 7.9% 9.2%
WV 65,200 66,400 64,700 8.1% 8.3% 8.1%


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County Total Nonfarm on Payroll   Goods Producing Employees   Service Providing Employees
FEB-13 JAN-13 FEB-12 FEB-13 JAN-13 FEB-12 FEB-13 JAN-13 FEB-12
Braxton 4,160 4,150 4,140 540 540 470 3,620 3,610 3,670
Calhoun 1,590 1,630 1,500 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......
Doddridge 1,460 1,480 1,250 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......
Gilmer 2,540 2,500 2,550 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......
Lewis 7,590 7,650 7,450 2,070 2,110 1,980 5,520 5,540 5,470
Ritchie 3,580 3,610 3,310 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......

Ferrell Ray Childers

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Ferrell Ray Childers

Age 76, of Big Flint, WV, departed this life, Thursday, March 21, 2013, at his residence.

He was born on January 30, 1937, at Ashley, WV, the son of the late Burley Ray and Pansy Lyons Childers.

Ferrell had attended several churches including the former Chestnut Grove Church.

He had worked for the West Virginia Department of Highways, Doddridge County Headquarters, Colliers Construction, Strongsville OH, as a truck driver and heavy equipment operator, and was owner-operator of Big Flint Auto. He loved his family and his grandchildren, being a witness for the lord, listening to gospel music and reading his bible. He was a great father, grandfather and husband.

He is survived by his wife, Ethel F. Hoalcraft Childers, sons, Michael Childers, Big Flint, WV, Daniel Childers, Wilmington, NC, Andy Childers, Salisburg, NC; daughters, Bonnie Lasure(Edward), Big Flint, WV, Karen Hefner(Greg), Tarklin Road, and Melissa Cork, Clarksburg, WV; grandchildren, Angie Lasure, Aaron Lasure, Mandy Nicholson, JR Cork, Ashley Cork, Jordon Stover, Taylor Childers, Tessa Childers, Hannah Childers and Zach Childers; sisters, Lenna Bell Utter, Salem, WV, Louella Davis, Waldo Run, Nina Eddy, Salem, WV and Charlotte Samples, Waldo Run.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry L. Childers.

Funeral service will be held at the McCullough Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV, at 4:00 PM Saturday, March 23, 2013 with the Rev. Darrell Cramer officiating.

Burial will follow in the Chestnut Grove Cemetery, Big Flint, WV.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday, March 23, 2013, from 11:30 AM until the hour of service.

Report: It Matters Where We Live When It Comes to Our Health

In the report that was released Wednesday, Monongalia, Pendleton, Doddridge, Jefferson and Hampshire counties, in that order, were listed as the healthiest counties in West Virginia.

The unhealthiest counties were McDowell, Wyoming, Mingo, Logan and Boone.

Each year those with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute assess almost every county in the United States, including those in the Mountain State.


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A total of 25 factors like obesity and smoking rates, family and social support, access to physicians and dentists, physical activity levels, childhood poverty and education are considered to determine overall health.



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Overall Ranking Morbidity Mortality
1 Monongalia (ML) 1 Pendleton (PE) 1 Monongalia (ML)
2 Pendleton (PE) 2 Hardy (HR) 2 Doddridge (DO)
3 Doddridge (DO) 3 Wirt (WI) 3 Pleasants (PL)
4 Jefferson (JE) 4 Jefferson (JE) 4 Pendleton (PE)
5 Hampshire (HA) 5 Hampshire (HA) 5 Gilmer (GI)
6 Tucker (TU) 6 Tucker (TU) 6 Jefferson (JE)
7 Pleasants (PL) 7 Roane (RO) 7 Putnam (PU)
8 Upshur (UP) 8 Upshur (UP) 8 Hampshire (HA)
9 Putnam (PU) 9 Monongalia (ML) 9 Tucker (TU)
10 Hardy (HR) 10 Berkeley (BE) 10 Calhoun (CH)
11 Ritchie (RI) 11 Hancock (HN) 11 Marshall (MR)
12 Ohio (OH) 12 Ritchie (RI) 12 Preston (PR)
13 Roane (RO) 13 Ohio (OH) 13 Marion (MA)
14 Berkeley (BE) 14 Tyler (TY) 14 Wood (WO)
15 Marshall (MR) 15 Grant (GR) 15 Ritchie (RI)
16 Hancock (HN) 16 Putnam (PU) 16 Upshur (UP)
17 Tyler (TY) 17 Doddridge (DO) 17 Ohio (OH)
18 Preston (PR) 18 Marshall (MR) 18 Mineral (MI)
19 Mineral (MI) 19 Mineral (MI) 19 Brooke (BK)
20 Marion (MA) 20 Brooke (BK) 20 Randolph (RN)
21 Grant (GR) 21 Preston (PR) 21 Berkeley (BE)
22 Wirt (WI) 22 Marion (MA) 22 Roane (RO)
23 Brooke (BK) 23 Barbour (BA) 23 Barbour (BA)
24 Gilmer (GI) 24 Morgan (MG) 24 Hancock (HN)
25 Barbour (BA) 25 Taylor (TA) 25 Wetzel (WT)
26 Calhoun (CH) 26 Pleasants (PL) 26 Grant (GR)
27 Jackson (JA) 27 Jackson (JA) 27 Jackson (JA)
28 Randolph (RN) 28 Monroe (MO) 28 Tyler (TY)
29 Wetzel (WT) 29 Harrison (HI) 29 Braxton (BR)
30 Taylor (TA) 30 Braxton (BR) 30 Taylor (TA)
31 Braxton (BR) 31 Greenbrier (GE) 31 Hardy (HR)
32 Wood (WO) 32 Wetzel (WT) 32 Harrison (HI)
33 Morgan (MG) 33 Randolph (RN) 33 Greenbrier (GE)
34 Harrison (HI) 34 Calhoun (CH) 34 Morgan (MG)
35 Greenbrier (GE) 35 Kanawha (KA) 35 Monroe (MO)
36 Monroe (MO) 36 Gilmer (GI) 36 Wirt (WI)
37 Kanawha (KA) 37 Wood (WO) 37 Cabell (CA)
38 Pocahontas (PO) 38 Webster (WE) 38 Mason (MS)
39 Clay (CL) 39 Pocahontas (PO) 39 Wayne (WA)
40 Webster (WE) 40 Clay (CL) 40 Clay (CL)
41 Cabell (CA) 41 Fayette (FA) 41 Kanawha (KA)
42 Mason (MS) 42 Cabell (CA) 42 Pocahontas (PO)
43 Lewis (LE) 43 Lewis (LE) 43 Lewis (LE)
44 Nicholas (NI) 44 Mason (MS) 44 Nicholas (NI)
45 Raleigh (RA) 45 Summers (SU) 45 Webster (WE)
46 Summers (SU) 46 Raleigh (RA) 46 Raleigh (RA)
47 Fayette (FA) 47 Nicholas (NI) 47 Summers (SU)
48 Lincoln (LI) 48 Lincoln (LI) 48 Lincoln (LI)
49 Wayne (WA) 49 Boone (BO) 49 Mercer (ME)
50 Mercer (ME) 50 Mercer (ME) 50 Fayette (FA)
51 Boone (BO) 51 Logan (LO) 51 Boone (BO)
52 Logan (LO) 52 McDowell (MD) 52 Logan (LO)
53 Mingo (MN) 53 Wayne (WA) 53 Mingo (MN)
54 Wyoming (WY) 54 Mingo (MN) 54 Wyoming (WY)
55 McDowell (MD) 55 Wyoming (WY) 55 McDowell (MD)




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Cooks to Compete in WV Smart Foods Cooking Challenge for Bragging Rights to Best School-Made Roll

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The West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Child Nutrition and the West Virginia School Nutrition Association (WVSNA) are looking for the best school-made rolls as part of the West Virginia Smart Food Cooking Challenge.

School cooks from across West Virginia will prepare their best entry on Friday from Noon to 4:00 PM at Stonewall Resort in the Birch Room.

In addition to preparing nutritious rolls using at least 50% whole grain flour, cooks also will compete for best entrée or side dish using at least a quarter cup of dark green or red/orange vegetables. Winning teams in each category will receive $500.

“West Virginia’s school cooks are dedicated and hardworking members of the school staff,” said Office of Child Nutrition Executive Director Richard Goff.  “This contest gives them an opportunity to showcase their creativity and cooking skills.”

The cooking challenge, which grew out of the need to find recipes that meet the new nutrition standards, tests cooks’ skills to develop recipes that feature nutrient-rich ingredients, such as whole grains, dark green vegetables and red/orange vegetables.

Recipes used in the challenge must be readily adaptable to school kitchens and must meet standards for the National School Lunch Program. Actively employed school cooks may work alone or in teams of three. About 150 cooks and county food service directors are expected to participate in the event, which also will include a trade show with food and equipment vendors.

Judges are members of a team that have been developing a clearinghouse of school recipes from around the state.  They are food service directors from Doddridge, Hancock, Mineral, Monroe, Putnam and Roane counties. Winners will be announced at the WVSNA banquet on Saturday.

The WVSNA is an affiliate of the national School Nutrition Association.  The purpose is to encourage and promote the health and nutrition of children through nutritionally adequate, educationally sound and financially accountable school food programs.

Class A Boys High School Basketball All-State Teams - 2012-13

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•  Mark Winters, Magnolia (Sr.) 28.5 ppg—CAPTAIN

•  Austin Brewer, Tug Valley (Sr.) 15.1 ppg

•  Nick George, Charleston Catholic (Jr.) 15.6 ppg

•  Levi Jordan, Buffalo (Sr.) 17.0 ppg

•  Keith Mullins, Greater Beckley Christian (Sr.) 19.1 ppg

•  Mikey Newsome, Tug Valley (Sr.) 17.8 ppg

•  Cody Triplett, Trinity (Sr.) 21.8 ppg

•  Jake Ullman, Parkersburg Catholic (Jr.) 22.3 ppg


•  Cal Cistaro, Notre Dame (Jr.) 19.1 ppg—CAPTAIN

•  Anthony Aviles, Gilmer County (Sr.) 17.5 ppg

•  Chase Harler, Wheeling Central (Fr.) 18.2 ppg

•  Josh Martin, Greenbrier West (Sr.) 17.0 ppg

•  Garret McCarty, Charleston Catholic (Jr.) 11.9 ppg

•  Logan Opyoke, Clay-Battelle (Sr.) 17.0 ppg

•  Tyler Snyder, Tucker County (Sr.) 18.0 ppg

•  Javonne Staunton-Bailey, Greater Beckley Christian (Jr.) 18.1 ppg


•  David Park, Wheeling Central (Jr.) 16.5 ppg—CAPTAIN

•  Kalob Bell, Wirt County (Jr.) 25.0 ppg

•  Raeshawn Breckenridge, Valley Fayette (Jr.) 14.4 ppg

•  Zach Chisler, Clay-Battelle (Jr.) 16.6 ppg

•  Andrew Cosper, St. Marys (Sr.) 16.3 ppg

•  Anthony Ghiardi, Trinity (Sr.) 18.0 ppg

•  Logan Kirby, South Harrison (Sr.) 14.6 ppg

•  Brandon Pritt, Tygarts Valley (Sr.) 14.2 ppg


•  Kolby Abruzzino, Notre Dame

•  Ryan Adkins, Man

•  Alex Armentrout, Harman

•  Thomas Baisden, Tug Valley

•  Evan Arrington, Pendleton County

•  Anthony Bayless, St. Marys

•  Zach Bennett, Richwood

•  Hunter Bradley, Wahama

•  Will Bowser, Madonna

•  Tyler Burns, Hannan

•  Kennedy Cain, Paden City

•  Richie Carter, Midland Trail

•  Adam Cassell, Tygarts Valley

•  Zach Casto, Charleston Catholic

•  Austin Cunningham, Gilmer County

•  Colby Ennis, Greenbrier West

•  Brandon Elswick, Van

•  Justin Goff, Notre Dame

•  Nathaniel Goldstein, Tucker County

•  Laythen Good, Buffalo

•  Brett Griffith, Tygarts Valley

•  Jake Grimmett, Midland Trail

•  Tristan Haught, Clay-Battelle

•  Ashton Hinzman, Doddridge County

•  Bryce Jones, Bishop Donahue

•  Garrett Keller, Moorefield

•  Jon Keffer, Man

•  Michael Mayes, St. Joseph

•  Tyler Mongold, East Hardy

•  Aaron Muncy, Tug Valley

•  Cody Muncy, Sherman

•  Travis Murphy, Union

•  Ian Nichols, Tucker County

•  Joe Padden, Parkersburg Catholic

•  Logan Pomeroy, Meadow Bridge

•  Stephen Rogalski, Magnolia

•  Dylan Romine, Tyler Consolidated

•  Tommy Retton, Trinity

•  Logan Routt, Cameron

•  Zach Semple, Fayetteville

•  Shawn Skovron, East Hardy

•  Dylan Smith, South Harrison

•  Adam Snyder, Moorefield

•  Payton Sturm, Parkersburg Catholic

•  Mark Walker, Cameron

•  Zac Warden, Valley Fayette

•  Ben Weber, Richwood

•  River Weese, Paw Paw

•  Cody White, Meadow Bridge

•  Jordan Whitehair, St. Marys

•  Zach Wilhoite, Magnolia

Douglas C. Landers

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Douglas C. Landers

Age 57, of Jockey Camp Run, West Union, WV, departed this life on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 in the United Hospital Center, Bridgeport.

He was born on April 10, 1955 in Clarksburg, a son of the late Harry and Patsy Wheatley Landers.

On June 22, 1973 he married Susan Garrison Landers who survives.

Also surviving one daughter, Teresa Kimball and husband Matthew, Smithburg, one granddaughter who was his pride and joy, Katelyn Kimball, two brothers, Gary Landers and wife Crystal, Port Orange, FL, Greg Landers and wife Tonya, Bridgeport, one sister, Tonia Maxwell and husband Ollie, Clarksburg, special sister-in-law, Kathy Cork, Smithburg, several nieces and nephews who were very special to him, and 2 nephews who were more like grandsons, Alex and Jason Cork, Smithburg. One sister Beverly Landers preceded him in death.

Doug attended Doddridge County High School. He was manager of Doddridge County Farm Services for several years. Doug owned and operated Doug’s Shop and was a former employee of Star Furniture.

Doug was a family man. He was an avid NASCAR fan, his driver was Mark Martin. Doug enjoyed camping and hunting and was very fond of his dog” REGGIE”. Doug developed a very special relationship with the staff & patients at Fresenius Medical Care where he received dialysis for the past two years. He affectionately referred to them as his dialysis family.

He attended Rock Run Wesleyan Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home, 212 Front St., West Union on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 1:00 PM with Rev. John Dye presiding.

Interment will follow in the Masonic Memorial Park, West Union.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Friday, March 15, 2013 from 2:00-8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM on Saturday until time of service.

Spurgeon funeral Home is privileged to serve the Landers family.

Bonnie J. “Sally” Underwood

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Bonnie J. “Sally” Underwood

Age 80 of Nutter’s Fork, West Union, WV departed this life on Friday, March 08, 2013 in the United Hospital Center following an 18 month battle with leukemia.

She was born on June 03, 1932 at Nutter’s Fork a daughter of Otha E. and Ruth Squires Smith.

In November 1959 she married Robert R. Underwood, who preceded her in death July 27, 1983. Her first husband, William Maxwell preceded her in death in 1996.

Surviving are two daughters, Kathy Maxwell Sisler and husband Kerry Sisler, O’Fallon, IL Trish Cooper and husband Dewayne, West Union, one son, Phillip Underwood, West Union, three grandchildren, Nate Sisler and wife Melissa, Courtney Sisler, Brian Cooper one great granddaughter, Autumn Marie Sisler, one brother, Duane Smith, Parkersburg and several beloved nieces and nephews.

One daughter, Tammy Underwood, one sister, Patty Gain and one brother Robert Johnson preceded her in death.

Sally was a 1950 graduate of Doddridge County High School. She had worked in the Glass Industry, Goodyear and several grocery stores in the area. Sally was a former employee of the Doddridge County Board of Education as a custodian. She enjoyed being with her family, mowing grass, gardening and feeding her humming birds. Sally was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and aunt and will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home 212 Front St. West Union on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM with Pastor Tim Underwood presiding.

Interment will follow in the Coleman Cemetery, Crystal Lake.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 from 2:00-8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM on Wednesday until time of service.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Underwood family.

Edgar Alan “George” Richards II

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Edgar Alan “George” Richards II

Age 35, of New Milton, WV, departed this life on Monday, March 04, 2013 as a result of an automobile accident.

He was born February 02, 1978 in Clarksburg, WV, the son of Edgar Alan and Beverly Farley Richards.

He was the owner operator of George’s Auto of Smithburg, WV. He loved riding four wheelers, fixing cars, his play station, people and his wife Sheila.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Sheila Lipscomb Richards, New Milton, WV; children, Ryan Richards, Alexis Richards, Eli Richards, all of Salem, WV, Jacklyn Lipscomb, Central Station, WV, Okay Lipscomb, New Milton, WV, Sheena Cox, Belmont, WV; sisters, Kimberly Plummer, FL and Crystal Hill, Parkersburg, WV; grandchildren, Julianna Lipscomb, Abbigayl Cox and Raylen Cox. Several Aunts and Uncles and Nieces and Nephews. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 09, 2013, at the McCullough Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV, at 1:00 PM, with the Pastor John Kopshina officiating.

Burial will follow in the South Fork Cemetery, near Summers, WV.

Friends called at the funeral home on Friday, March 08, 2013, from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM and may call after 9 AM on the day of the service.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to McCullough Funeral Home, P.O. 485, Pennsboro, WV 26415, to help the family with expenses.

Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Wednesday 03.06.13



Status of Area Closings and Delays on Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Glenville State CollegeOpen
Gilmer County CourthouseOpen
Gilmer County Senior CenterOpen
Gilmer County SchoolsOpen
Braxton County SchoolsAll Closed
Calhoun County SchoolsOpen
Doddridge County Schools2-Hour Delay
Lewis County SchoolsOpen
Ritchie County SchoolsAll Closed
Barbour County SchoolsAll Closed
Clay County Schools2-Hour Delay
Harrison County SchoolsAll Closed
Nicholas County SchoolsAll Closed
Roane County SchoolsOpen
Upshur County SchoolsAll Closed
Webster County SchoolsAll Closed
Wetzel County Schools2-Hour Delay
Wirt County SchoolsOpen
Wood County SchoolsAll Closed

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G-LtE™: The Good Trusting Citizens of the Mountain State

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The Good Trusting Citizens of the Mountain State,

West Virginia is a great place to have been born, to live, to raise a family.  Not many of us will dispute these facts.  Communities are made up of great neighbors, friends, and families that tend to look after each other much more than in other places in America.  The scenery, the climate, cost of living, vast recreational opportunities from rafting to fishing to railroad excursions, hunting and lots more are at every turn.

OK.  So now this question.  Why does our Great State of West Virginia remain at the bottom of nearly all economic and educational rankings?  I believe the answer reflects on the very goodness of our fellow citizens.  We are a very trusting, close knit, family oriented, mostly rural folks.  You trust your friends and neighbors.  We also trust our politicians.

We never stand back and look at the politicians with a good eye.  We trust them.  The politicians have learned this and have now for generations taken advantage of us.  We looked at them as ‘part of the family’.  We have not looked hard enough to actually evaluate what they have been doing.  We put our faith in them; they are ‘just one of us’.  Well, at one time that was the gist of it.  Somewhere along the line, these politicians, who were family and friends, discovered they could fleece us of our money, stuff their pockets with it, put all their family, friends, and cronies to work and build little empires for themselves.

So where are we now?  The state educational system is a ‘hot topic’ in Charleston as well as many other communities at present.

Do you realize West Virginia spends more dollars per student, than 95% of the other states?

Do you realize West Virginia students score at 47th in state education?

Our politicos that have controlled our West Virginia for the past 80 or so years, are really responsible for all our woes.  We trusted them and we have been taken squarely to the cleaners for giving them that trust.  They have failed the voters, most especially, with our failed education system.  We have been promised, told it will be repaired.  Myself and a lot of others do not believe it.  We think there is just more of the same old lip service and broken promises by the same old bunch.

All of these old horse incumbents that have caused the problems are now telling us they are up to fixing it?

A. Lincoln said it best:    “you can’t fool all of the people all of the time”.

Actions always speak louder than words and we can’t see anything but the same-o same-o.

We know now that Mingo County was under State Control for 12 years before they got it repaired and returned.  So how long will it take Charleston to repair the entire BOE?

Doubtful any of us alive today will live long enough to see that happen.

~~  by WeKnow – Info on File ~~

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