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West Virginia Hunters Harvest 131,444 Deer in 2012

The Gilmer Free Press

Preliminary counts of game checking tags indicate West Virginia hunters harvested a total of 131,444 white-tailed deer during the recently completed bucks-only, antlerless, muzzleloader, archery and youth/Class Q/Class XS deer seasons.

This year’s total harvest was three% below the 2011 deer harvest of 135,696.

A total of 56,658 bucks, 45,169 antlerless season deer, 24,571 bow-killed deer and 5,046 muzzleloader season deer were taken during the 2012 season.


Antlerless Deer Season

The 2012 antlerless deer season, which includes the youth/Class Q/Class XS deer season, was 12% above 2011 and one and one-half% below the five-year average of 45,845.

“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 Jezioro. “Many counties had liberalized antlerless hunting seasons in 2012, including 10 counties that required hunters to harvest an antlerless deer before harvesting a second buck with a gun or bow, and a new October antlerless firearms season in all open counties.  These modifications to the antlerless season structure led to an increase in the harvest and will ensure that deer populations do not exceed management objectives.”

The top 10 counties are: Preston (2,343), Mason (2,026), Jackson (1,759), Wood (1,608), Lewis (1,575), Upshur (1,569), Harrison (1,511), Ritchie (1,391), Monongalia (1,340) and Randolph (1,325).


Muzzleloader Deer Season

The 2012 muzzleloader harvest of 5,046 was 36% less than the 2011 harvest of 7,873 and was 37% below the five-year average of 7,969.  “A change in season dates and an above-average acorn crop contributed to the decline in the muzzleloader harvest,” Jezioro said.

The top 10 counties are: Preston (237), Randolph (230), Nicholas (219), Braxton (216), Webster (203), Jackson (173), Fayette (170), Upshur (160), Lewis (157) and Mason (147).


Archery Deer Season

The bow hunters take of 24,571 deer was 10% below the 2011 harvest of 27,404, 10% below the five-year average harvest of 27,339. Archery harvests are directly correlated to hard mast crops, and the above average acorn crop was the primary factor for the lower harvest in 2012.

The top 10 counties are: Preston (1,089), Kanawha (863), Raleigh (796), Randolph (791), Monongalia (769), Wyoming (765), Logan (739), Greenbrier (727), Fayette (707) and Nicholas (693).

 

West Virginia Hunters Harvest 131,444 Deer in 2012

 

2012 WEST VIRGINIA DEER HARVEST

County

Buck Gun

Antlerless

Muzzleloader

Archery

Total

Barbour

1185

882

136

368

2571

Brooke

407

592

48

310

1357

Hancock

325

488

69

434

1316

Harrison

1383

1511

139

636

3669

Marion

1094

1132

84

472

2782

Marshall

1302

1315

109

377

3103

Monongalia

1302

1340

103

769

3514

Ohio

453

480

40

303

1276

Preston

2132

2343

237

1089

5801

Taylor

682

754

64

281

1781

Tucker

639

456

83

294

1472

Wetzel

1500

1152

135

287

3074

District I Subtotal

12,404

12,445

1,247

5,620

31,716

Berkeley

690

655

57

386

1788

Grant

1312

701

69

299

2381

Hampshire

1583

1117

72

228

3000

Hardy

1447

1077

77

193

2794

Jefferson

530

458

41

302

1331

Mineral

1190

1016

96

275

2577

Morgan

604

479

40

138

1261

Pendleton

1401

728

66

245

2440

District II Subtotal

8,757

6,231

518

2,066

17,572

Braxton

1405

1267

216

399

3287

Clay

557

147

36

226

966

Lewis

1368

1575

157

367

3467

Nicholas

1219

594

219

693

2725

Pocahontas

1157

357

65

315

1894

Randolph

1794

1325

230

791

4140

Upshur

1285

1569

160

461

3475

Webster

819

503

203

510

2035

District III Subtotal

9,604

7,337

1,286

3,762

21,989

Fayette

1005

419

170

707

2301

Greenbrier

1925

834

93

727

3579

McDowell

0

0

0

560

560

Mercer

693

71

27

578

1369

Monroe

1563

961

119

499

3142

Raleigh

748

130

14

796

1688

Summers

1086

1169

112

519

2886

Wyoming

0

0

0

765

765

District IV Subtotal

7,020

3,584

535

5,151

16,290

Boone

903

89

23

421

1436

Cabell

752

423

60

386

1621

Kanawha

1177

632

68

863

2740

Lincoln

1327

666

75

546

2614

Logan

0

0

0

739

739

Mason

1697

2026

147

641

4511

Mingo

0

0

0

364

364

Putnam

1187

1121

109

507

2924

Wayne

1055

373

70

376

1874

District V Subtotal

8,098

5,330

552

4,843

18,823

Calhoun

772

764

62

205

1803

Doddridge

855

723

55

199

1832

Gilmer

922

634

89

207

1852

Jackson

1678

1759

173

583

4193

Pleasants

383

342

30

91

846

Ritchie

1528

1391

87

305

3311

Roane

1436

1141

101

364

3042

Tyler

928

928

95

230

2181

Wirt

871

952

95

277

2195

Wood

1402

1608

121

668

3799

District VI Subtotal

10,775

10,242

908

3,129

25,054

State Total

56,658

45,169

5,046

24,571

131,444

GCHS Jr. Varsity Boys Basketball Results – 01.14.13

The Gilmer Free Press

Monday, January 14, 2013


Gilmer “B” vs. Doddridge


Gilmer - 35
Doddridge – 15


Scorers:

Hunter Self 13

Gunnar Haley 12

Jared Pritt 6

Dalton Law 2

Tyler Frashure 2


Current Record:  9 – 3

Gilmer “A” vs. Doddridge


Gilmer - 52
Doddridge – 22


Scorers:

Noah Aviles 18

Trey Shuff 11

Lukas Sirbaugh 11

Bryce Roberts 4

Jared Pritt 2

Chandler Ferguson 2

Dalton Law 2

Cole Haley 2


Current Record:  11-1

 

Next Game:

Both teams play Walton tonight, Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at Wirt County for the Championship games of the Wirt County Tournament.


Both teams will travel to Pleasants on Thursday January 17, 2013 with the “B” game starting at 6:00 PM.

Donald Wetzel Ferrebee

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Donald Wetzel Ferrebee

Age 75 of Greenwood departed this life on Monday, January 07, 2013 in the Camden Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born in West Union, WV on December 09, 1937 a son of the late Harry Lee and Margaret Elizabeth Miller Ferrebee.

Surviving are two sisters, Nellie Curry, Lake Milton, OH; Carol Lutz, Pennsboro, WV; two brothers, Larry Ferrebee, Akron, OH; Marshall Ferrebee, Calhoun County, WV and his best friend, Dean Cunningham, Greenwood. One sister, Sarah Slone Ferrebee preceded him in death.

Donald enjoyed hunting, fishing and all outdoor activities and collecting guns.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home 212 Front St. West Union on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 1:00 PM with Pastor Gilbert Neely presiding.

Interment will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery, Greenwood.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Saturday, January 12, 2013 after 11:00 AM until service time.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Ferrebee family.

Stanley D. Gain

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Stanley D. Gain

of Marshville community passed away January 01, 2013, in United Hospital Center.

He was born June 05, 1912, on Big Flint in Doddridge County, WV and had celebrated his 100th birthday with family and friends at Marshville Community Center last summer.

His parents were the late Reason Gain and Orpha Underwood Gain.

He was married to the late Pearl Williams Gain and later to the late Rhea Utter Gain.

He was retired from U Carbide-Graftech.

Mr. Gain was the last surviving member of his immediate family, having been predeceased by five brothers and one sister.

Surviving are one son, LeRoy D. Gain and wife, Nancy, of Helvetia,; three daughters, Dorothy J. Burner of Madison, Ohio, Norma L. Williams of Mentor, Ohio, and Yvonne S. Peck and husband, Robert, of Texas; one stepson, Don M. Herrod and wife, Debra, of Marshville; a stepdaughter, Linda Linder and husband, Charles, of Mineral Wells; and 17 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Robert D. Gain and Glen K. Gain.

His daughter-in-law, Beth Sullivan Gain, survives in Nutter Fort.

Mr. Gain enjoyed woodworking, carving, making baskets, small engine repairs and chain saw sharpening.

Friends called at Greathouse Funeral Home in Salem Friday, January 04, from 3:00 to 8:00 PM where the funeral service will be conducted Saturday at 1:00 PM with Pastor Bill Davis presiding.

Interment will follow in Marshville Cemetery.

Arrangements are in care of Greathouse Funeral Home.

Manchin Announces Service Academy Nominations

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Recommends 34 students from 21 counties including Doddridge, Lewis, and Ritchie

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced that he will nominate 34 West Virginia students to the U.S. service academies, which include the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point.

“I am so honored to recommend 34 of our state’s brightest young men and women to the U.S. service academies,” Senator Manchin said. “All of our students worked hard to earn these nominations and are determined to serve our country and some are striving to carry on their families’ proud military heritage as well. A nomination to one of these service academies is such an honor because these institutions are developing the next generation of military leaders.”

The students are from the following counties: Berkeley, Brooke, Cabell, Doddridge, Grant, Harrison, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lewis, Mason, Marshall, Marion, Mingo, Monongalia, Ohio, Pocahontas, Putnam, Ritchie, Taylor, Wyoming and Wood.

“Our selection process was extensive, from grading students’ classroom performance to leadership abilities to their work in their communities,” Manchin added. “I am confident that these young men and women will make our state proud and as always, I wish these students the very best in their future endeavors.”

Senator Manchin is recommending the following students to the service academies. Final admission is determined by the respective academy.


Air Force Academy

Ryan Graf, Jefferson High School

Quentin Buckley, Poca High School

Chris Unger, Langley High School (father stationed in Virginia), from Ohio County

Andrew Bruffy, West Virginia University, from Monongalia County

Skyler Terrell, Parkersburg High School

Alex Brown, Martinsburg High School

Nick Marcum, Scott High School

Adam Pauley, Petersburg High School

Jon Massile, Point Pleasant High School

David “Jonah” Sneeringer, Winfield High School


Military Academy at West Point

Samantha Harris, Charleston Catholic High School

Katie Warner, University High School

Derek Hamman, Pocahontas High School

Kelsie Burns, Huntington High School

Sean Dennison, Home School, from Lewis County

Andrew Parker, Wiesbaden High School (father stationed in Germany), from Monongalia
County

Cameron Davis, Westside High School

William Mohr, Petersburg High School

Daniel Gaston, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (father stationed in Germany), from Ritchie County

Michael Palkovic, West Virginia University, from Ohio County


Naval Academy

Joseph Gentile, Hedgesville High School

Caleb Moore, Doddridge County High School

Christian Smith, Home School, from Kanawha County

Luisa Holland, Jefferson High School

Mason Winkie, Bridgeport High School

Tyler Lucas, Tug Valley High School

Raymond Isner, Grafton High School

Forrest Welsh, WT Sampson High School (father stationed in Cuba), from Marshall County

Jack DeVault, East Fairmont High School

Alec Buchmelter, Brooke High School


Merchant Marine Academy

Caleb Barnette, George Washington High School

Charlie Hageboeck, George Washington High School

Kimberly Smith, Jefferson High School

Kyler Martin, Hedgesville High School

Foundation Awards Community Grants

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Our Community’s Foundation announced more than $200,000 Grants going to organizations throughout the region.

“I think people who have never been part of a foundation or organization that awards funds would think that it can be easy to give away money, but it is really difficult because there are so many deserving organizations out there and only so much money available to give out,“ said Marian Clowes, program development officer for the foundation.

The foundation includes the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and the Regional Affiliate Foundations of Doddridge, Ritchie, Jackson, Mason counties and the Little Kanawha Area, which covers Wood, Wirt, Ritchie, Doddridge, Mason, Calhoun, Gilmer, Roane, Pleasants and Jackson counties in West Virginia, and Washington County, Ohio.

The $205,378 in total grants awarded included $136,888 by the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation to 28 organizations; $6,912 by the Jackson County Community Foundation; $56,778 distributed by the Mason County Community Foundation affiliate; $1,400 by the Doddridge County Community Foundation affiliate; $2,500 by the Ritchie County Community Foundation affiliate; and $900 in grants by the Little Kanawha Area Foundation affiliate.

Another $51,000 in grants was awarded by Our Community’s Foundation to schools in its West Virginia service counties in support of projects integrating the arts with science, technology, engineering and math and to develop partnerships between schools and artists, arts organizations and/or higher education institutions.

This year’s recipient organizations were chosen for their focus on either economic development, education or increased civic involvement, Clowes said.

Founded in 1963, Our Community’s Foundation serves the region by building permanent charitable funds to benefit the communities. Nationally certified, the foundation manages more than 400 named charitable funds, representing $32.5 million in assets.

This year’s grant recipients are:


Parkersburg Area Community Foundation Grants:

* City of Ravenswood - $500

* Doddridge County 4H Foundation - $5,000

* Doddridge County 4H Teen Leaders - $600

* Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Department - $5,000

* Glendale Women’s Club - $5,000

* Heartwood in the Hills - $3,500

* Marietta College -$2,000

* Mason County Library - $1,000

* Mid-Ohio Valley Fellowship Home - $10,000

* New Haven and Community Volunteer Fire Department - $1,100

* NFS Ministries - $9,038

* Old Man Rivers - $10,000

* Opportunity Council - $9,000

* Our Lady of Guadalupe Migrant Ministry - $3,000

* Parchment Valley Baptist Church - $7,500

* Parkersburg Art Center - $8,000

* Parkersburg Day Nursery - $8,000

* Pleasant Valley Hospital - $2,150

* The Bomar Club - $5,000

* The Education Alliance - $3,500

* Theatre West Virginia - $2,000

* Volunteer Action Center of the Mid-Ohio Valley - $8,000

* West Virginia University at Parkersburg Foundation - $4,000

* West Virginia University Foundation - $2,000

* Wood County 4-H Leaders Association - $5,000

* Wood County Habitat for Humanity - $5,000

* Wood County Master Gardeners - $4,500

* Wood County Senior Citizens Association - $7,500


Doddridge County Community Foundation Grants:

* Doddridge County 4H Teen Leaders - $1,400


Jackson County Community Foundation Grants:

* City of Ravenswood - $1,000

* Parchment Valley Baptist Church - $2,500

* The Bomar Club - $2,500

* West Virginia University Foundation - $912


Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation Grants:

* Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Department - $600

* West Virginia University Foundation - $300


Mason County Community Foundation Grants:

* Beale Elementary School - $1,000

* Bend Area Community Center - $1,200

* Contact Huntington - $1,750

* Fort Randolph - $10,000

* Gordon C. and Mildred R. Jackson Library and Media Center at Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School - $16,500

* Hannan High School - $1,000

* Main Street Point Pleasant - $10,000

* Make a Wish Foundation - $3,000

* Mason County Alternative Education - $1,000

* Mason County Library - $400

* New Haven and Community Volunteer Fire Department - $1,100

* Pleasant Valley Hospital - $3,000

* Point Pleasant Intermediate School - total of $2,384 to support two programs

* Save the Children - $2,500

* Theatre West Virginia - $1,000

* Wahama High School - $944


Ritchie County Community Foundation Grants:

* Creed Collins Elementary School - $1,700

* Glendale Women’s Club - $800

* Evans Elementary School - $5,000

* Hamilton Middle Schools - $2,500

* Mason County Schools - $5,000

* New Haven Elementary School - $1,500

* Parkersburg Catholic Elementary School - $5,000

* Parkersburg High School - $5,000

* Parkersburg South High School - $1,500

* Pleasants County Schools - $5,000

* Pleasant Hill Elementary School - $5,000

* West Virginia University at Parkersburg - $10,500

* Williamstown Elementary School - $2,500

* Williamstown High School - $2,500

G-otcha™: WV Jail Corrections Officer in Doddridge County Faces Sex Charges

Imprisonment Status:  Pre-Trial Felon
Full Name: Jones,  Jerrel  Jacob
Height: 6’  0”
Weight: 220 lbs.
Birth Date: 02.24.1993
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 12.28.2012
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Pre-Trial Felon

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
12F-65,66,67,68,69,70 DODDRIDGE COUNTY - Bail Amount: $120,000.00 

 


A former corrections officer at North Central Regional Jail has been arrested for sexual misconduct with an inmate.

West Virginia State Police say 19-year-old Jerrel Jones of Parkersburg was arrested Friday.

He was charged with six counts of imposition of sexual acts on a person incarcerated or under supervision.

West Virginia State police say the charges relate to Jerrel’s sexual involvement with a female inmate while he was employed at the jail.

The arrest is the latest black eye for corrections officers.

Fifteen officers are on suspension at Western Regional Jail for various charges.

Another officer, William Roy Wilson, was charged in September with sexually abusing three female inmates at Southern Regional Jail.

Jones was arraigned Friday in Doddridge County Magistrate Court.

It was not immediately known whether he had an attorney.

West Virginia Announces $80 Million in Funding

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The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded $2 million in competitive federal grants to four sponsors of school-based health centers (SBHCs) in West Virginia to improve access to basic primary health care for school-aged children, many of whom have no other sources of care.

The SBHCC program awards funds to support expanded capacity of SBHCs and increase the availability, efficiency, and quality of care for children and adolescents. The funds are available for construction, renovation, and equipment needs.

West Virginia’s federal legislators joined in congratulating the grant recipients on their efforts to expand services.

“Investing in our children’s health is an investment in our nation’s future, which is why I’ve always fought to improve access to health care for our children,“ said Senator Jay Rockefeller, D-WV.

“School-based health centers offer vital services to countless children, regardless of their parents’ ability to pay. This award from the health reform law will help school-based health centers keep our kids healthy by providing much-needed access to preventive and primary care.“

“Good health and education are the twin pillars of a productive life. Our state continues to wisely invest in healthy families by planting health services where they can grow the most, in our schools,“ said U.S. Congressman Nick Rahall, D-WV, a senior member of the Congressional Rural Health Caucus. “The easier it is to see a doctor or a nurse when you’re sick, the quicker you will recover and save money to boot. Add wellness programs and preventive care to the mix, suddenly a whole community will grow healthier. The nation gets healthier, one town at a time, and health care costs go down. That is a sound federal investment.“

“Investing in health facilities that provide students with basic health care needs including substance abuse counseling, nutrition education, disease education and mental health care - helps our children reach their fullest potential,“ Senator Joe Manchin, D-WV, said. “These funds help make sure our students receive the best education possible so that they can get good-paying jobs when they graduate.“

Collectively, these four sponsors will open new health centers in Braxton, Doddridge, Hancock, Harrison, Lewis, Pocahontas and Upshur counties. Currently, none of these counties are served by a SBHC.

“We are very pleased with the announcement that we will be receiving additional HRSA funding for our school-based health center program,“ said Rick Simon, chief executive officer for Community Care of West Virginia, Inc. “We have made school-based health a real priority for our organization, and we feel confident that we can use this funding to improve the lives of so many children in these underserved counties.“

School-based health centers are a cost-effective investment, proven to reduce inappropriate emergency room use, increase use of primary care, and reduce hospitalization rates, particularly for hard-to-reach populations.

West Virginia remains a national leader in school-based health. There are currently 75 SBHCs in the state, serving 94 schools in 28 counties. All but three are sponsored by federally qualified health centers, and with parental consent, all children can utilize the SBHC’s services, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

“I think this is such a great use of federal dollars,“ said Bill Snider, chief executive officer of Ritchie Regional Health Center. “It’s not something that money is spent on and forgotten about. It’s creating a sustainable program, jobs, and services that will help people year after year.“ The West Virginia School-Based Health Assembly’s president, Eric Ruf, echoed the sentiments,

“This is a great day for the many students in West Virginia that will be served by these centers,“ Ruf said.

Below is a list of the four West Virginia school-based health center sponsors and the amount they were awarded by this grant program:

- Community Care of West Virginia, Rock Cave, $500,000.

- Camden-on-Gauley Medical Center Inc., Camden On Gauley, $498,618.

- Ritchie County Primary Care Assoc. Inc., Harrisville, $500,000.

- CHANGE Inc., Weirton, $500,000.

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

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West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined two-tenths of a percentage point to 7.3% in November 2012.

Unemployment rates increased in 29 counties.

Twenty counties reported declining unemployment rates in November.

Six counties, Gilmer, Lewis, Logan, Monroe, Raleigh, and Taylor, reported no change in their unemployment rates.

Counties with unemployment rates over 10% included Clay (14.1%), Webster (13.0%), Pocahontas (11.3%), Grant (10.4%), and Wetzel (10.3%).

Counties with unemployment rates less than five percent included Jefferson (4.1%) and Monongalia (4.0%).

County Total Unemployed   Unemployment Rate
NOV-12 OCT-12 NOV-11 NOV-12 OCT-12 NOV-11
Braxton 520 530 530 9.4% 9.5% 9.4%
Calhoun 280 260 290 9.7% 8.8% 10.1%
Doddridge 210 200 240 6.5% 6.2% 7.3%
Gilmer 220 220 220 6.7% 6.7% 6.6%
Lewis 460 470 460 5.7% 5.7% 5.6%
Ritchie 270 290 300 6.3% 6.5% 6.8%
WV 53,100 54,100 57,200 6.7% 6.7% 7.2%

 

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County Total Nonfarm on Payroll   Goods Producing Employees   Service Providing Employees
NOV-12 OCT-12 NOV-11 NOV-12 OCT-12 NOV-11 NOV-12 OCT-12 NOV-11
Braxton 4,090 4,090 4,240 480 470 450 3,610 3,620 3,790
Calhoun 1,750 1,750 1,680 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......
Doddridge 1,310 1,330 1,300 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......
Gilmer 2,540 2,560 2,650 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......
Lewis 7,500 7,490 7,660 2,000 1,990 1,960 5,500 5,490 5,710
Ritchie 3,480 3,550 3,550 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......

Denise Louise Smith

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Denise Louise Smith

Age 43 of Normantown, WV, departed this life at 2:04 PM, Wednesday, December 20, 2012 in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, following an extended illness.

She was born August 19, 1969 in Prince George County, Maryland a daughter of Basil and Barbara Moran Dungan of Doddridge County, WV.

Denise was a graduate of Gilmer County High School Class of 1988; a former employee of the Gilmer County Senior Citizens as a home health care provider; she was always taking care of her children and anyone else who needed a place to stay or to be taken care of. She enjoyed cooking and baking.

On June 09, 1988 she was united in marriage to James Smith who survives at their Normantown home.

Four children survive, Brandi Cottrill, Kenneth Smith, Jessica Smith and Donald Smith all of Normantown. She is also survived by several brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc. at 2:00 PM, Sunday, December 23, 2012 with Rev. Kenny Fisher officiating.

Burial will follow in the Hunt Cemetery, Grantsville, WV.

Friends may call from 1:00 to 2:00 PM at the Mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc. is assisting the family of Denise L. Smith with arrangements.

G-otcha™: If They Let You Out of Jail, Don’t Steal Car on Your Way Out

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A man and a woman did just that on Wednesday night, December 12, 2012 immediately upon being released from jail in Greenwood, authorities said.

To make matters worse, they then ran a red light and T-boned a sheriff’s car as they fled pursuing state and county officers in Pennsboro, WV; the Ritchie County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

That brought their escape - if you can call it that, considering they had just been released from North Central Regional Jail in neighboring Doddridge County - to a crashing halt.

The suspects, identified as Michael Lee Sharp and Amanda Clendenning, were checked out and released from hospitals with no major injuries, as was Ritchie County Deputy Jim Asbury.

As for the condition of Benji, the K-9 dog who was in the car with Asbury: In a posting on the department’s Facebook page, the deputy wrote that he was “little bit sore this morning and am getting ready to take Benji to the vet to get him checked out but he seems to be doing OK”.

The No. 1 thing not to do when you are released from jail, steal a jail worker’s car on your way out of the pokey.

Richard Lee “Dick” Legett

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Richard Lee “Dick” Legett

Age 77, of Burnsville, WV, passed away December 03, 2012, at 7:29 PM at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born August 12, 1935, in West Union, WV, a son of the late Rex and Inez Tustin Leggett, and step-son of William Cosner, also deceased.

In 1954 he married Doris Jean Riffle who survives.

Also surviving are two sons: Ricky Lee Leggett and wife, Linda, of Burnsville, and Ronnie Gene Leggett of Burnsville. One brother, Larry Leggett and wife, Patti, of Toledo, Ohio; one sister, Sandra Tixler of Akron, OH; 8 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild, also survive. One brother, Harold Leggett is deceased.

Mr. Leggett retired from working at the Fominko General Store as a meat cutter.

Friends were received at the Morris Funeral Home of Jane Lew, Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Funeral services were held Friday morning at 11:00 AM at the Morris Funeral Home with Pastor Delmur Singleton and Pastor Bryan Bukovesky officiating.

Burial followed in the Orlando Cemetery.

Morris Funeral Home is n charge of the arrangements.

Judge Tosses EQT’s Lawsuit against Doddridge County Commission

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A judge has thrown out a Pennsylvania gas company’s lawsuit against the Doddridge County Commission, saying he has no jurisdiction to hear the fight over a flood plain ordinance that he’s determined is partially unconstitutional.

Pittsburgh-based EQT sued the north-central West Virginia county in May for revoking a flood plain permit after the company had spent $300,000 on the permitting process. The county acted after its flood plain manager realized homes and livestock would be vulnerable if 20,000 cubic yards of earth were moved in to build a well pad.

EQT asked Doddridge County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Sweeney to issue an injunction on the permit revocation so it could proceed with plans for 12 wells. Sweeney denied that and EQT’s motion for summary judgment in a ruling filed with the circuit clerk earlier this week.

Sweeney also declared the county’s ordinance “constitutionally defective’‘ under the West Virginia Constitution because it fails to give nearby property and mineral rights owners the right to due process—in this case, notification of proposed development and the right to be heard.

Without that, Sweeney ruled, EQT is not entitled to an injunction. And regardless of whether EQT complied with the ordinance, Sweeney wrote, “it has no clear right to the permit.‘’

The ordinance does, however, support “a legitimate public interest and is an appropriate exercise of governmental authority and power,‘’ the judge said.

EQT spokeswoman Linda Robertson said that given the wording of the ruling, “it’s possible we wouldn’t need to obtain a flood plain permit.‘’

“However, we’re still looking at the judge’s order, what options we may have and what other obstacles may exist before we decide on anything,‘’ she said. “The Doddridge County Commission is already at work on a new ordinance, so we’re likely to want to see that as well before moving forward.‘’

None of the county commissioners immediately returned messages.

EQT had argued that the county and the state Department of Environmental Protection granted permits, so the flood plain manager had no authority to revoke them. But Joye Huff, a landowner who was allowed to intervene in the lawsuit, said that when the Federal Emergency Management Agency pointed out the potential problems, the manager had no choice but to withdraw the David McMahon of the West Virginia Surface Owners Rights Organization represented Huff at the start of the litigation. He said EQT’s engineering consultant predicted that the earth-moving plans would cause flood waters to rise, but by less than 1 foot.

McMahon’s group hired other engineers who concluded it would raise the waters more than 1 foot.

Either way, McMahon said, the property owners should have had the chance to make that argument to the County Commission before the permit was issued.

Huff said the dispute over how her 10-acre meadow would be affected began four years ago, when EQT first proposed two wells. Over time, she said, that grew to four, then eight, then 12, ultimately covering seven of her acres.

“We have no concern with them drilling on our property,‘’ she said. “We understand they have the lease. That’s not the issue.‘’

Rather, she and about a dozen other farm owners are concerned about future flooding that could put both lives and property at risk.

“We did try to constantly discuss for the last four years our concerns,‘’ she said. “We just never could get them to come to the table.‘’

Huff’s farm has been in her family since 1863, she said, and she won’t just let it be destroyed.

“I have always felt like the big corporations forget about the human part and they don’t try to work with the community and the residents,‘’ she said. “They just want to drill and get their product out and leave. And we’re going to be the ones left behind with all the side effects.‘’

Lebanon Lee Cox Hamilton

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Lebanon Lee Cox Hamilton

Age 50, of Smithburg, WV departed this life on Monday, December 17, 2012 in the Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown following a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born May 06, 1962 a daughter of the late Darrel G. and Elizabeth Vickers Cox.

She is survived by her brother Brett W. Cox and Julie Suan, Monroe, NC, step mother, Janice Cox, West Union, step sister, JoAnn Ellifritt, Clarksburg, step brother, John Ellifritt and wife Katherine, West Union, WV; step nephews, Jared and Gage Ellifritt, two special aunts, Mary Louise Cox, West Union, Louise Harris, Racine and several beloved aunts, uncles and cousins.

Lebanon graduated from Doddridge County High School and West Virginia University and received her Master’s Degree from Fairmont State University. She had been a teacher in Doddridge County for 24 years.

She was a member of the South Fork Baptist Church, Doddridge County; she went to South Fork from Trinity Christian Church in Marion County, in which she carried an emotional fondness. She started her religious path at the West Union Baptist Church.

Lebanon was a breath of fresh air, her love without prejudice, cheerful attitude, along with her full gospel background was an enlightment. Lebanon greatest and last desire was for her life to be an inspiration of unity, both to her physical and spiritual family. Without a doubt Lebanon will be missed.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home, 212 Front St., West Union on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 1:00 PM with Pastor Randy Landis and Pastor Robert Marino presiding.

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

The family will receive friends on Thursday, December 20, 2012 from 4:00-8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM on Friday until time of service in the funeral home chapel.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Cox family.

West Virginia SBA Awards $6.2M for School Projects

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School construction and repair projects in eight counties are getting funding from the state.

The West Virginia School Building Authority awarded more than $6.2 million in grants Monday.

Mercer County received $1 million to replace boilers at four schools.

Upshur County also received $1 million to renovate heating and air conditioning at three schools.

Kanawha County received $750,000 to build a classroom addition at John Adams Middle School.

The authority awarded $771,600 to Cabell County and $768,950 to Doddridge County for heating and air conditioning projects.

Fayette County received $806,760 to replace a boiler at Divide Elementary School.

Grant County received $934,808 for improvements at Maysville Elementary School.

The authority awarded $210,910 to Ohio County to repair the foundation and replace a ramp at Triadelphia Middle School.

Gilmer County had applied but according Superintendent Blankenship did not received any funding.

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