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Althea M. Cass

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Althea M. Cass

Age 90, of West Union, WV departed this life on Wednesday, August 08, 2012 in Salem Care and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born August 30, 1921 in Perrysville, Ohio a daughter of the late William Harvey and Sarah Katherine Robinson Bowen.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald H. Cass.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Eddie “Eureta” Underwood, New Milton, Mrs. Kevin “Edna” Boyce, Morgans Run Community, West Union, three adopted sons, Delbert Russell Cass, Parkersburg, Charles Eugene Cass, West Union, Shaun Leroy Cass, Crystal Lake Community, West Union, 15 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one sister, Marie Ellen Bowen and two brothers, Fred Bowen and Cloyd Bowen.

Mrs. Cass was a member of the Faith Baptist Church, West Union.

She was a loving mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed by her family.

Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, August 10, 2012 at 1:00 PM in the Spurgeon Funeral Home, 212 Front St., West Union with Pastor David McCauley presiding.

Interment will follow in the Ruley Cemetery on Arnolds Creek.

Family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Thursday, August 09, 2012 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM on Friday until time of service.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Cass family.

Region VI Workforce Investment “Executive” Board Meeting - 08.09.12

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The Region VI workforce Investment Full Board will meet Thursday, August 09, 2012, from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM at the Region VI Workforce Investment Board Office, 17 Middletown Rd., White Hall, WV.

Area Counties include: Braxton, Doddridge, Gilmer, and Lewis.

For more information about the meeting contact Barbara J. DeMary at 304.368.9530.

Substance Abuse Task Force Meetings Set in Flatwoods

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Governor’s Regional Substance Abuse Task Force meetings are taking place throughout the state, as officials work to combat the substance abuse problem in West Virginia.

The following meeting is set in the area:

Region 4:

August 09, 2012 (5:30, 7:30 PM, Thursday

Days Hotel/Conference Center; 2000 Sutton Lane, Flatwoods

This includes Monongalia, Preston, Marion, Doddridge, Harrison, Taylor, Barbour, Tucker, Gilmer, Lewis, Upshur, Randolph and Braxton counties.

More information is available by emailing “SubstanceAbuseTeam@gmail.com”.

Mountaineer Gas Asks For Rate Reduction

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Lower natural gas prices could lead to lower gas bills, this winter, for Mountaineer Gas customers.

On Thursday, Mountaineer Gas officials filed a request with the state Public Service Commission for a reduction to the purchased gas rate part of its rate structure.

That covers what the company pays for natural gas.

If the request is approved, company officials estimate the average customer’s bill will drop by $6.78 a month, almost 11%.

In a year’s time, the savings could add up to more than $80.

However, another part of what you pay for natural gas could alter that amount.

That other part is the company’s base rate.

A request for an almost 5% increase to the base rate for Mountaineer Gas customers is still pending.

If approved, average bills would go up by about $40 a year.

The PSC will make decisions on those requests, which could average out to about $40 in savings annually, later this year.

Mountaineer Gas has 226,000 customers in 48 of West Virginia’s counties including our area counties.

Webinars on Disaster Assistance after Storm

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The West Virginia Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will conduct a series of webinar applicant briefings for counties and cities impacted by the severe June 29/July 01, 2012 storm and straight-line winds event.

The purpose of these briefings is to provide information necessary for accessing Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Public Assistance Program and Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

The PA program assists local governments and certain private nonprofits with restoring public infrastructure to pre-disaster conditions, while the HMGP provides funds for mitigation projects that will eliminate future risk to lives and property from natural hazards.

These briefings are intended for the public officials who will be directly responsible for managing recovery operations, receiving and accounting for federal and state funds.

Auditors, public works directors, road supervisors and emergency managers are especially encouraged to participate.

Three separate applicant briefings webinars are scheduled, including 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM Tuesday; and 2:00 PM Wednesday.

Local governments or private nonprofit organizations can gain access to the webinar, as well as ask questions regarding the briefings, by contacting their local office of emergency management.

The webinars will discuss assistance to local governments only for the following 45 counties: Barbour, Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Fayette, Gilmer, Grant, Greenbrier, Hardy, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Marshall, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Monroe, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pleasants, Pocahontas, Preston, Putnam, Raleigh, Randolph, Ritchie, Roane, Summers, Tucker, Tyler, Upshur, Wayne, Webster, Wetzel, Wirt, Wood and Wyoming.

Robert Ray Davis

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Robert Ray Davis

Age 62 of West Union, WV passed away July 27, 2012 at his residence.

He was born in Ellenboro, WV a son of the late Kenneth Homer Davis and Melissa Maude (Hardman) Davis.

Surviving is a brother Granville Davis of Clarksburg, sister-in-law Nancy Davis of Nutter Fort and cousin Art Cokeley of Cairo.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers Ralph, Harold and John Davis and sister Sue Davis.

Funeral services will be Monday 1:00 PM at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro with Reverend Olin Dale Parker officiating.

Interment will follow at the Ellenboro Masonic Cemetery.

Visitation will be Monday 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM.

A Request for Individual Assistance Has Been Sent In to the Federal Government

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin issued the request Thursday to be added to his previously granted federal disaster declaration.

If granted, the assistance would aid in the ongoing recovery and repair efforts in West Virginia following the June 29, 2012 storm.

The request would provide help to individuals and businesses in the following 24 counties:

Boone, Calhoun, Doddridge, Fayette, Gilmer, Greenbrier, Jackson, Kanawha, Logan, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Putnam, Raleigh, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Webster, Wetzel, Wirt and Wood Counties.

As damage reports continue to be collected, more counties could be added to the request.

While information continues to be collected, initial estimates show the financial losses, emergency response and repair costs from the storm will exceed millions of dollars.

Federal Disaster Declaration Has Been Granted for West Virginia

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced that his July 17, 2012 request for a federal disaster declaration has been granted by the federal government.

The declaration will provide assistance with the ongoing recovery and repair efforts in West Virginia following last month’s severe storms and straight-line winds.

“These federal funds will provide the much needed financial assistance to our state agencies, counties, cities, towns and public service districts for emergency work and repair of storm damaged facilities,” Governor Tomblin said. “My thanks to Senators Rockefeller and Manchin for their support of my request and their ongoing commitment to the people of West Virginia.”

Two types of funding will be available under the federal disaster declaration.

The declaration provides assistance for emergency work and the repair or replacement of public facilities damaged in the June 29 to July 01, 2012 storms.


The following 45 counties are eligible to receive the federal public assistance funding:

Barbour, Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Fayette, Gilmer, Grant, Greenbrier, Hardy, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Marshall, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Monroe, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pleasants, Pocahontas, Preston, Putnam, Raleigh, Randolph, Ritchie, Roane, Summers, Tucker, Tyler, Upshur, Wayne, Webster, Wetzel, Wirt, Wood and Wyoming counties.


Hazard Mitigation grants are also available with today’s declaration.

All counties are eligible to apply for this financial assistance for actions taken to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural hazards.

“We are grateful to FEMA for quickly aiding our staff, county and local responders from across the state. We worked together to meet the needs of our constituents during this unprecedented emergency,” said Jimmy Gianato, Director of West Virginia’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

State and federal emergency management officials continue assessing storm damage throughout the state.

Governor Tomblin will also request individual assistance from the federal government once all assessments have been completed. 

County-By-County Unemployment Rates Tell the Story – June 2012

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The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in West Virginia inched upward one tenth of a percentage point to 7.0% in June 2012.

Unemployment rates climbed in 23 counties as well.

Twenty-five counties reported falling unemployment rates in June.

Seven counties, Jefferson, Marion, Nicholas, Raleigh, Ritchie, Taylor, and Webster, reported no change in their unemployment rates.

Counties with unemployment rates over 11% included Mason (11.1%), Webster (11.9%), and Boone (12.2%).

Counties with unemployment rates less than 6% included Monroe (5.8%), Putnam (5.8%), Jefferson (5.2%), and Monongalia (5.2%).

County Total Unemployed   Unemployment Rate
JUN-12 MAY-12 JUN-11 JUN-12 MAY-12 JUN-11
Braxton 490 530 540 8.7% 9.4% 9.3%
Calhoun 270 290 310 9.1% 9.8% 10.9%
Doddridge 220 200 260 6.6% 6.3% 8.2%
Gilmer 240 230 260 7.2% 6.9% 7.6%
Lewis 500 500 510 6.0% 6.1% 6.2%
Ritchie 330 320 400 7.0% 7.0% 9.1%
WV 59,700 59,000 66,200 7.3% 7.3% 8.2%

 

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County Total Nonfarm on Payroll   Goods Producing Employees   Service Providing Employees
JUN-12 MAY-12 JUN-11 JUN-12 MAY-12 JUN-11 JUN-12 MAY-12 JUN-11
Braxton 4,150 4,150 4,350 460 450 590 3,700 3,680 3,760
Calhoun 1,720 1,740 1,630 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......
Doddridge 1,270 1,290 1,300 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......
Gilmer 2,500 2,590 2,570 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......
Lewis 7,510 7,420 7,390 1,900 1,880 1,690 5,610 5,540 5,700
Ritchie 3,710 3,650 3,340 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......

Gale Smith

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Gale Smith

Age 86, of Pennsboro, WV died July 11, 2012 at Louis A. Johnson, V.A. Medical Center, Clarksburg.

He was born August 10, 1925 at Cabin Run, Doddridge County, WV the son of the late Chauncy W. and Clara Etta Adams Smith.

Gale worked as a mail carrier, farmer and timber worker and later retired as a truck driver for the WV Dept. of Highways. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and attended Greenwood United Methodist Church. He was an avid deer hunter and furnished game to families in need.

He is survived by one daughter, Marlene Gayle Wilson (Eddie) of St. Marys; sisters, Margery Talkington of Pennsboro, and Rosemary Shannon (Don) of VA; brother, Dr. Steven Smith (Linda) of Buckhannon; grandchildren, Julie Ann Lopez (Joe) of Greenwood, Gary Mitchel Talkington (Lisa) of Chesapeake, VA, Michelle Leggett (Scott) of St. Marys and Melanie Wilson of Volo, IL; great grandchildren, Joseph, Heather, Anthony, Brooke, Noah and Henry; and great-great grandchildren, Jordin, Paiten and Maddox.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marion E. Waldo Smith; daughter, Sandra Ann Talkington and Sister Eva Hess.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, July 14, 2012 at McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro with Rev. Randy Stewart officiating.

Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery.

Friends called at the funeral home, Friday from 4:00 - 8:00 PM.

Mon Power: The Light at the End of Tunnel

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Mon Power Customers still without Power on Friday, 07.13.12 - 3:39 AM (14 Days after the storm):

Braxton: 4

Calhoun: 19

Doddridge: 0

Gilmer: 0

Lewis: 0

Ritchie: 4


Clay: 10

Harrison: 0

Roane: 89

Upshur: 0

Webster: 6

Wirt: 3

Wood: 6

~~  Source: MonPower - First Energy ~~

Mon Power: Still Customers without Power

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Mon Power Customers still without Power on Thursday, 07.12.12 - 3:31 AM (13 Days after the storm):

Braxton: 160

Calhoun: 562

Doddridge: 13

Gilmer: 67

Lewis: 9

Ritchie: 687


Clay: 187

Harrison: 4

Roane: 690

Upshur: 4

Webster: 103

Wirt: 471

Wood: 126

Sonja Ruth Sanders

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Sonja Ruth Sanders

Age 60, of 1314 Casey Drive, Camden, West Virginia, passed away on Thursday, July 05, 2012 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.

She was born on February 28, 1952 in Doddridge County, West Virginia daughter of the late Mathew Clement Schulte, Sr. and Priscilla Ruth Schulte who survives.

In addition to her father she was preceded in death by two ex-husbands and one brother.

In addition to her mother she is survived by her children Dawn L. Brown and husband Robert, Thomas Weese and wife Teresa, Matthew C. Spencer, and Angel L. Spencer. Also surviving ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She is also survived by four brothers and three sisters.

Sonja was Catholic and her true joy was spending time with her grandchildren.

She also enjoyed crocheting and spending time on the computer on her facebook account.

Family received friends at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 North Main Avenue, Weston on Monday, July 09, 2012 from 12:00 to 2:00 PM.

Funeral services followed visitation at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel at 2:00 PM with Reverend J. Stephen Vallelonga officiating.

Hardman-Palettti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of the arrangements for Sonja Ruth Sanders.

Mon Power: Slowly Getting There

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Mon Power Customers still without Power on Wednesday, 07.11.12 - 3:35 AM (12 Days after the storm):

Braxton: 273

Calhoun: 640

Doddridge: 28

Gilmer: 138

Lewis: 5

Ritchie: 739


Clay: 256

Harrison: 4

Roane: 813

Upshur: 5

Webster: 179

Wirt: 506

Wood: 164

Bonnie F. Runyon

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Bonnie F. Runyon

Age 63 of W. Main St., West Union, WV departed this life on Monday, July 09, 2012 in the Salem Care and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born on March 03, 1949 at New Milton a daughter of the late Blakely and Sylvia Kelley Nicholson.

On December 11, 1976 she married Michael Runyon who survives.

Also surviving are one son, Kenna Runyon, Gulf Port, MI, one daughter, Crystal Lau and husband William, West Union, six grandchildren, Cody, Cory, Carter and Collan Runyon and David and Samuel Lau and one sister, Connie Jo Weekley, New Milton. One brother, Robert Nicholson and one sister, Lula Schulte preceded her in death.

Mrs. Runyon was a member of First Assembly of God, West Union.

She was a 1967 graduate of Doddridge County High School and had been employed by Myles Manufacturing as a seamstress and the Ford Motor Company as an assembly line worker.

Bonnie enjoyed reading her Bible and working puzzles. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

A celebration of her life was held in the First Assembly of God, 203 Neely Ave. West Union on Friday, July 13, 2012 at 6:00 PM with Pastor Jeff Stefanov presiding.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Runyon family.

Mon Power: Many Homes in Gilmer and Area Counties Still without Power

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As of Monday morning, there were 27,000 homes and businesses, serviced through Mon Power, without electric service.

Some of those outages were new additions from storms on Sunday as well.

First Energy Spokesperson Patti Michael said their goal was finish most of the restoration work by the end of the day Monday.

First Energy is the parent company of Mon Power.

However, she says, “What we’re finding is that, as we’re moving into these hard hit areas, we’re finding additional restoration needs and additional damage that has occurred,“ Michael said.

More than half of the homes and businesses in West Virginia lost power in the June 29, 2012 Derecho.


Mon Power Customers still without Power on Tuesday, 07.10.12 - 2:49 AM (11 Days after the storm):

Braxton: 548

Calhoun: 1,185

Doddridge: 102

Gilmer: 797

Lewis: 107

Ritchie: 1,450


Clay: 449

Harrison: 26

Roane: 936

Upshur: 65

Webster: 536

Wirt: 779

Wood: 1,231

Doddridge County Grand Jury Indictments – July 2012

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The Doddridge County grand jury has returned indictments against nine people in the July 2012 term:


•  James America, age 55 of West Union, WV was indicted on one count of third or subsequent offense driving while license suspended or revoked for driving under the influence of alcohol.


•  Tonalea Lahneen Chapman, age 52 of Salem, WV was indicted on one count of transporting a controlled substance onto the grounds of the North Central Regional Jail.


•  Justin Travis Flesher, age 23 of West Union, WV was indicted on one count of breaking and entering, one count of conspiracy to commit breaking and entering and one count of petit larceny.


•  Shane Michael Gray, age 38 of Greenwood, WV was indicted on one count of escape.


•  Ryan P. Lavoie, age 27 of Salem, WV was indicted on two counts of delivery of a controlled substance.


•  Thomas Jay Smith, age 41 of West Union, WV was indicted on one count of accessory after the fact.


•  Amy Stickle, age 34 of Clarksburg, WV was indicted on one count of transporting a controlled substance onto the grounds of the North Central Regional Jail.


•  James Blair Strahin, Jr. , age 42 of Salem, WV was indicted on one count of burglary and one count of breaking and entering.


•  Alicia Williams, age 29 of Salem, WV was indicted on one count of entering without breaking and one count of petit larceny.

Mon Power struggling to Fulfill Promises

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Mon Power Customers still without Power on Monday, 07.09.12 - 3:35 AM (10 Days after the storm):

Braxton: 1,269

Calhoun: 1,444

Doddridge: 415

Gilmer: 756

Lewis: 478

Ritchie: 1,559


Clay: 385

Harrison: 124

Roane: 1,108

Upshur: 478

Webster: 578

Wirt: 1,059

Wood: 1,667

Mon Power Is Hoping for Light at the End of Tunnel

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Update: Customers without Power 07.08.12 - 6:15 PM:

Braxton: 1,359

Calhoun: 1,554

Doddridge: 468

Gilmer: 783

Lewis: 630

Ritchie: 1,707


Clay: 610

Harrison: 556

Roane: 1,113

Upshur: 575

Webster: 421

Wirt: 1,150

Wood: 1,926


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Mon Power has slightly adjusted its projections for restoring power to its customers.

Mon Power said customers in Pendleton, Preston, Randolph and Tucker counties should be on by Saturday night.

The company says by Sunday night it hopes to have customers in Barbour, Braxton, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Jackson, Marion, Monongalia, Pocahontas, Ritchie, Roane, Taylor, Wetzel and Wood counties back on line.

The remaining Mon Power customers in Calhoun, Clay, Greenbrier, Lewis, Monroe, Nicholas, Pleasants, Summers, Tyler, Upshur, Webster and Wirt counties should be on by Monday night.

MonPower: Area Customers without Power - 07.07.12

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Total Area customers without power on Saturday, 07.07.12 - 03.30 AM  \Friday, 07.06.12 - 03.35 AM\  /Thursday, 07.05.12 - 03.37 AM/  (Wednesday, 07.04.12 - 5:45 AM)    [Tuesday, 07.03.12 - 6:50 AM]:

Braxton:  1,793  \2,509 \  /4,080/  (4,434)  [3,917]

Calhoun:  1,796    \2,067\  /2,044/  (3,165)  [3,074]

Clay:  817    \692\  /699/  (736)  [505]

Doddridge:  1,369    \1,442\  /1,061/  (1,974)  [2,101]

Gilmer:  1,551    \1,714\  /1,940/  (2,408)  [2,135]

Harrison:  1,089    \3,212\  /5,903/  (5,934)  [8,190]

Lewis:  2,482    \3,999\  /4,050/  (5,016)  [5,443]

Nicholas:  3,573    \6,786\  /6,808/  (6,692)  [5,774]

Ritchie:  2,023    \2,770\  /2,912/  (3,200)  [3,588]

Roane:  1,397    \2,412\  /2,780/  (3,477)  [2,156]

Tyler:  1,133    \1,535\  /1,992/  (2,494)  [3,742]

Upshur:  1,926    \3,579\  /6,148/  (7,796)  [8,291]

Webster:  1,623    \1,976\  /2,394/  (2,294)  [1,534]

Wirt:  1,469    \1,794\  /1,839/  (1,427)    [2,987]

Wood: 5,928    \10,115\  /11,061/  (16,924)  [17,085]

Lewis David McMullen

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Lewis David McMullen

Age 66, of W. Main Street, West Union, WV departed this life on Thursday, July 05, 2012 in the United Hospital Center.

He was born on February 26, 1946 at Wolf Summit a son of the late Lewis Milton and Julia Randolph McMullen.

Surviving are two sisters, Alice Harris, Clarksburg, Mary Griffin Louisville, OH, and nieces and nephews.

Mr. McMullen had been employed by Myles Manufacturing as a laborer.

David was cremated and there will be no services.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the McMullen family.

MonPower: Area Customers without Power - 07.06.12

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Total Area customers without power on 07.06.12 - 03.35 AM   /07.05.12 - 03.37 AM/  (07.04.12 - 5:45 AM)    [07.03.12 - 6:50 AM]:

Braxton: 2,509   /4,080/  (4,434)  [3,917]

Calhoun: 2,067   /2,044/  (3,165)  [3,074]

Clay: 692   /699/  (736)  [505]

Doddridge: 1,442   /1,061/  (1,974)  [2,101]

Gilmer: 1,714   /1,940/  (2,408)  [2,135]

Harrison: 3,212   /5,903/  (5,934)  [8,190]

Lewis: 3,999   /4,050/  (5,016)  [5,443]

Nicholas: 6,786   /6,808/  (6,692)  [5,774]

Ritchie: 2,770   /2,912/  (3,200)  [3,588]

Roane: 2,412   /2,780/  (3,477)  [2,156]

Tyler: 1,535   /1,992/  (2,494)  [3,742]

Upshur: 3,579   /6,148/  (7,796)  [8,291]

Webster: 1,976   /2,394/  (2,294)  [1,534]

Wirt: 1,794   /1,839/  (1,427)    [2,987]

Wood: 10,115   /11,061/  (16,924)  [17,085]


Mon Power Says Almost Daily Storms Add to WV’s Woes, Slow Down Restoration Efforts:

Thousands of utility workers trying to restore power across West Virginia face more challenges than heavily forested mountains and steep, hilly terrain.

Mon Power spokesman Todd Meyer says they’re also dealing with new thunderstorms nearly every day.

And those storms are either knocking out power that had been restored or darkening homes that weren’t affected last Friday.

Meyer says utilities can’t just fix one thing and put 30,000 people back online. There’s too much work in too many different areas.

He says at least 477 Mon Power poles broke during the storm, and that’s unprecedented. Some of those poles are so old that they were originally set by mules.

Meyer says now, crews are trying to navigate that same “crazy terrain,“ but it’s going to take some time.

MonPower: Area Customers without Power - 07.05.12

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Total Area customers without power on 07.05.12 - 03.37 AM   (07.04.12 - 5:45 AM)    [07.03.12 - 6:50 AM]:

Braxton: 4,080   (4,434)  [3,917]

Calhoun: 2,044   (3,165)  [3,074]

Clay: 699   (736)  [505]

Doddridge: 1,061   (1,974)  [2,101]

Gilmer: 1,940   (2,408)  [2,135]

Harrison: 5,903   (5,934)  [8,190]

Lewis: 4,050   (5,016)  [5,443]

Nicholas: 6,808   (6,692)  [5,774]

Ritchie: 2,912   (3,200)  [3,588]

Roane: 2,780   (3,477)  [2,156]

Tyler: 1,992   (2,494)  [3,742]

Upshur: 6,148   (7,796)  [8,291]

Webster: 2,394   (2,294)  [1,534]

Wirt: 1,839   (1,427)    [2,987]

Wood: 11,061   (16,924)  [17,085]

MonPower: Area Customers without Power - 07.03.12

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Total Area customers without power on 07.03.12 - 6:50 AM:

Braxton: 3,917

Calhoun: 3,074

Clay: 505

Doddridge: 2,101

Gilmer: 2,135

Harrison: 8,190

Lewis: 5,443

Nicholas: 5,774

Ritchie: 3,588

Roane: 2,156

Tyler: 3,742

Upshur: 8,291

Webster: 1,534

Wirt: 2,987

Wood: 17,085

MonPower: Area Customers without Power - 07.01.12

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Total Area customers without power on 07.01.12 - 6:02 PM:

Braxton: 5851

Calhoun: 3328

Doddridge: 2425

Gilmer: 3203

Lewis: 9918

Ritchie: 2947

Statewide Cooling Stations

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Counties Cooling Stations (Daytime Only) Shelters
Barbour   Belington Church of Nazarene 
Berkeley Martinsburg Fire Department  
S. Berkeley Fire Department  
Hedgesville Fire Department  
Martinsburg Mall  
Bedington Fire Department  
Boone Rt. 119 and Rt. 3 Intersection Racine Fire Department
Danville Fire Department  
Van Fire Department  
Wharton Fire Department  
Braxton   Gassaway Fire Department
  Burnsville Senior Center
  Braxton NG Armory
Cabell Beard Mortuary (304-522-8253)  
Calhoun Grantsville Fire Department  
Grantsville Comm. On Aging  
Clay   Big Otter Elementary
Fayette Mt. Hope Fire Department Fayetteville Church of God
Pax Fire Department Oak Hill Lewis Center
Meadowbridge Town Hall   
Gilmer   Glenville Rec Center
Grant Health Dept (8a-4p)  
Greenbrier Rainelle Med Center  
Rainelle Fire Department  
Williamsburg Community Center  
Hampshire Capon Springs (Rt 259 near Hardy)  
Christ Comm. Church Augusta (3-9)  
Hardy Baker Rescue Squad  
RRT Bldg (Moorefield behind 911)  
Harrison Anmoore Fire Department  
Nutter Fort Fire Department  
4H Center  
Jackson Ravenswood First Baptist  
Ripley High (until 4p)  
Grasslick Baptist Kenna (until 7p)  
Jefferson Washington/Jefferson High School  
Wildwood Middle School  
Kanawha Civic Center Kanawha City Rec Center
Kings Center Dupont Middle School
Marmet Rec Center Aldergates UMC Sissonville
Redeemer Lutheran Tyler Mtn Community Center
Pinch Central Fire  
Clendenin Fire Dept  
St. Paul Church (Nitro)  
Dunbar UMC  
St. Albans Lakewood Fire Department  
Poiroit Chuch Cross Lanes  
Cross Lanes Bible Church  
Lewis Midway Fire Department  
Christ Town Fire Department  
Weston Fire Department  
Lincoln Duvall Middle School  
Lincoln Primary Care  
Harts VFD  
McCorkle Community Center  
Logan Pride Headquarters in Logan  
McDowell   Five Loaves Two Fishes Kimball
  Sandy River Middle School
Marion Marion Rescue Squad Fairmont  
Marion Rescue Squad Mannington  
Marshall Benwood Fire Hall  
Chesapeake Building  
Cameron Fire Department  
Moundsville FD Bingo Hall  
Mason   Pt. Pleasant High School 
Mercer   Princeton Rescue Squad
Mineral Keyser #2  
Mingo Beech Creek Fire Department Matewan
Gilbert  
Monongalia American Red Cross Building  
Monroe Union Senior Center Lynnside Senior Center
Morgan St. Vincent Depaul Berkeley Spr (9-3 T,F)  
Nicholas   Summersville Senior Center
  Summersville FD
Ohio Salvation Army 16th and 28th St  
Pendleton Brandywine VFD  
Franklin Community Bldg  
Pleasants Jim Spence Center  
Pocahontas Marlington Fire Department Cass Community Center
Hillsboro Fire Department  
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NWS: Severe Thunderstorm Warning – 07.01.12

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NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON WV ISSUED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PITTSBURGH PA 8:34 PM EDT SUN JUL 01 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHARLESTON HAS ISSUED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
                             
  EXTREME NORTHEASTERN WASHINGTON COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST OHIO…

  NORTHEASTERN BRAXTON COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA…

  NORTHEASTERN CALHOUN COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA…

  NORTHERN GILMER COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA…

  NORTH CENTRAL UPSHUR COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA…

  LEWIS COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA…

  NORTHEASTERN WIRT COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA…

  EAST CENTRAL WOOD COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA…

  WEST CENTRAL TAYLOR COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA…

  DODDRIDGE COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA…

  HARRISON COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA…

  EASTERN PLEASANTS COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA…

  TYLER COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA…

  RITCHIE COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA…


* UNTIL 9:30 PM EDT

* AT 8:31 PM EDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH.  THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 16 MILES WEST OF MIDDLEBOURNE TO 7 MILES NORTHWEST OF NORTH BEND STATE PARK TO 18 MILES SOUTHWEST OF NORTH BEND STATE PARK…  MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 45 MPH.

* OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO

  HARRISVILLE…      MIDDLEBOURNE…    WEST UNION…

  GLENVILLE…      WESTON…        CLARKSBURG…


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

IF YOU ARE IN THE PATH OF THIS STORM…PREPARE IMMEDIATELY FOR DAMAGING WINDS…DESTRUCTIVE HAIL…AND DEADLY CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING. PEOPLE OUTSIDE SHOULD MOVE TO A SHELTER…PREFERABLY INSIDE A STRONG BUILDING BUT AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

PLEASE REPORT HAIL…STRONG WINDS OR WIND DAMAGE TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BY CALLING TOLL FREE. 1.877.633.6772…WHEN YOU CAN DO SO SAFELY.

IN ADDITION TO DAMAGING WINDS…CONTINUOUS CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM. MOVE INDOORS IMMEDIATELY! LIGHTNING IS ONE OF NATURES NUMBER ONE KILLERS. REMEMBER…IF YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER…YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11:00 PM EDT SUNDAY EVENING FOR CENTRAL KENTUCKY AND SOUTHEAST OHIO AND CENTRAL WEST VIRGINIA.

West Fork Conservation District Supervisors Meeting – 07.03.12

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The West Fork Conservation District Board of Supervisors monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 03, 2012 at the USDA Service Center, Mt. Clare, WV.

The meeting starts at 9:00 AM.

Contact Dinah Hannah, Administrative Officer, at 304.627.2160 for further information.

The West Fork Conservation District in West Virginia is comprised of the following four (4) counties located in the northern-central portion of the state:

•  Doddridge County
•  Gilmer County
•  Harrison County
•  Lewis County

Albert E. Ash

The Gilmer Free Press

Albert E. Ash

75, of West Union, WV departed this life on Monday, June 25, 2012 in the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center, Clarksburg.

He was born December 29, 1936 on Big Battle, Doddridge County a son of Freda Ford Ash, Salem and the late Murle Ash.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Camilla Fisher Ash on March 05, 2001.

Surviving are three daughters, Melissa Sutton, Salem, Karen Siders and husband, Jeffrey, Salem, Martha Cade and husband Greg, Salem, one son, Phillip Ash and wife Rebecca, Parkersburg, 10 grandchildren, Tiffany Sutton, Ian Ash, Caleb Cade, Jayde Britton, Albert Keith Britton, Devron Siders, Emily Cade, Jessica Siders, Eli Ash and Jon Edgar Ash, five sisters, Sharon Darby, FL., Janice Evans, Salem, Rita Costilow, West Union, Rhonda Cavins, Grafton, Donna Yerkey, Salem, six brothers, Lester Ash, Salem, Larry (Charlie) Ash, TN, Kenneth (Leonard) Ash, Salem, Freeman Ash, Salem, Richard (Rick) Ash, Salem and Jeffrey Ash, Salem. He was preceded in death by one brother, Rexford Ash.

Mr. Ash was a graduate of the Doddridge County High School and retired from Mon Power. He was a veteran of the United States Marines and was a member of the American Legion #25 and VFW# 3408.

Albert was a member of the Vermont Baptist Church.

Albert was an avid Doddridge County Bulldog Sports fan and was at all sporting events. He was a loving son, brother, father, grandfather, uncle and friend and will be sadly missed by family and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 1:00 PM in the Spurgeon Funeral Home, 212 Front St., West Union with Pastor Chad Ash presiding.

Interment will follow in the Christian Church Cemetery, Center Point.

Full military graveside rites will be accorded by the combined Doddridge County Veterans Organizations.

Family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Thursday, June 28, 2012 from 2:00 to 8:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Vermont Baptist Church, c/o Ora Ash, Route 2, Box 242, Salem, WV 26426.

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