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Techconnect WV Awarded $500,000 in Grant Funds to Boost Innovation and Entrepreneurship in WV

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TechConnect West Virginia has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to “spur innovation and entrepreneurship, long-term competitiveness and job creation across West Virginia.”

TechConnect’s mission is to diversify West Virginia’s economy through innovations in advanced energy, chemicals and advanced materials, biometrics, biotechnology and advanced manufacturing.

The program, known as ScaleUp West Virginia, is a two-year suite of programs designed to accelerate the states’ capacity to diversify its economy in a 40-county region of West Virginia.  The $500,000 grant will be matched with $210,000 in local funding, for a total project spend of $710,000. 

TechConnect Executive Director Anne Barth said the funding “will support programs designed to accelerate the commercialization of new products and technologies, leading to the creation and expansion of small businesses and jobs.”

“With EDA’s support, ScaleUp West Virginia will also foster advanced manufacturing and support small manufacturers in the state by working with proven service providers to catalyze the creation and retention of jobs and improve economic opportunities,” she added.

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, D-WV, announced the grant award, saying public-private teamwork is essential.

“In order to improve West Virginia’s economic success and boost our economy, we need to ensure our public and private sectors work together,” he said “The strategies created and implemented with this funding will coordinate our resources efficiently to overcome our economic challenges and spur our economic growth and develop new opportunities across West Virginia.”

ScaleUp West Virginia will work to develop the next generation of entrepreneurship in West Virginia. The scope of work includes promotion of SBIR/STTR programs in the state;

ScaleUp WV Venture, in partnership with The INNOVA Commercialization Group at the High Technology Foundation; ScaleUp WV Advanced Manufacturing, in partnership with the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing at Marshall University; ScaleUp WV Design for Manufacturing, in partnership with the Center for Applied Research & Technology at Bluefield State College; ScaleUp WV Transformational Manufacturing, in partnership with the WV Manufacturing Extension Partnership at the WVU Industrial Extension; ChemAssist, in partnership with ChemCeption and the Chemical Alliance Zone; and a variety of programs designed to spur the next generation of entrepreneurship in communities and schools.

Counties included in the service area include Barbour, Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Fayette, Gilmer, Grant, Greenbrier, Harrison, Jackson, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Marion, Marshall, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Monongalia, Nicholas, Ohio, Pocahontas, Preston, Putnam, Raleigh, Roane, Taylor, Tyler, Tucker, Upshur, Wayne, Webster, Wetzel, Wirt and Wyoming.

ScaleUp West Virginia will accelerate the state’s capacity to foster business formation through programs designed to encourage entrepreneurship, help startups find the assistance needed to successfully launch, and support existing businesses in devising strategies for growing and adapting to new markets, officials said. It also will accelerate opportunities for small manufacturers to create and retain jobs by helping them explore new and cutting edge innovations in products, process, and services leading to new and expanded markets opportunities. A new generation of entrepreneurs will be connected with mentors, investors and the resources needed to accelerate the launch of startup businesses. Through fostering this economic diversification, the region’s tax base will be expanded, private sector investment will be more easily attracted, and these programs will greatly advance the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the region by building the foundation for a cycle of growth to replace a cycle of decline.

Grandparents Day 2015 at Leading Creek Elementary School

Grandparents came to Leading Creek Elementary on September 11, 2015 to spend some time with students during Grandparents Day.

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Grandparents of students came to the school to read and visit with students.

Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting - 09.21.15 - Today

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Gilmer County Board of Education
Gilmer County High School
Monday, September 21, 2015 – 6:00 PM

I. CALL TO ORDER - Roll Call by President




        A.  Minutes: August 17, 2015

        B.  Student Transfers

        C.  School Volunteers

        D.  Field Trips

        E.  Policies

        F.  Curriculum



        A.  CGCC-Dr. Carl Armour – August 25, 2015

        B. RESA 7- Dr. William Simmons


        A. Monthly Financial Report

        B. Financial Statement

        C. Accounts Payable

        D. Curriculum

        E. Reports

The next Regular Board Meeting is Monday, October 19, 2015.


2015 Business Summit‏: Future of Fossil Fuels

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As a scientist, it really distressed me to see the carbon burning industry flying in the face of science, trying to ramp up carbon energy.  The American Association for the Advancement of Science has listed some 179 scientific organizations that have passed resolutions agreeing with the vast majority of scientific opinion that global warming is occurring and it is caused by human action.

The Union of Concerned Scientists have shown that most of the contrary view is due to a coordinated, decades long disinformation campaign by the fossil fuel industry.

A short article is H E R E

It is based on list of 85 internal memos of corporations and trade associations recently made available to the public by the Union of Concerned Scientists.  The entire list is published elsewhere.  One memo shows Exxon knew as early as 1980, and immediately took steps to counter it.

It has been said, “corporations maximize profit, and individuals maximize utility” (that is, usefulness).  This is because individuals have a multivalue preference system.  Corporations do not. It is profit and no other value unless it is forced on them.

Consider how much of the economy is devoted to fossil fuels: The influence wielded on world stock markets by such corporations is enormous, with oil and gas companies alone making up about 20% of the value of the London financial index and about 11% of that in New York.  One might add to that the organization of capital the industry uses, certainly a vast and powerful industry on it’s own right.

A majority of Americans say climate change is happening, although the percent has decreased somewhat from 2006 to 2014, from about 83% to 73%.  That is because the campaign is effective, not because in the evidence is lacking.  Quite the contrary, it is becoming stronger.  The military is planning for the effects, and, as the Financial Times reports, Mr. Obama said: “I am convinced that no challenge poses a greater threat to our future, to future generations, than a changing climate.”

In fact, one can follow in the news and on the internet, the loss of Arctic Sea Ice, the disappearance of glaciers, the change of habitation zones of wild life, sea rise, the increase in temperature.  July was the hottest month on record, 14 of the last 15 years are the hottest on record. Droughts, heat waves, melting permafrost and more are in the news.

And it is ignored at White Sulfur Springs like an insect ignores a bird flying overhead.  America’s wealth and genius would be better occupied getting on to the successors.  As a scientist who follows such things, it is closer than you people think, but technologically and in terms of cost.  The work is better and more of it, the capital is more disperse, it doesn’t pollute.

People need to help the change, not try to throttle it.


S. Thomas Bond, Ph. D., Inorganic Chemistry
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Leading Creek the Inter-County Elementary School Opens as First of It’s Kind

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LINN, WV — The first inter-county elementary school in state history opened their doors Thursday morning to greet around 160 students from Lewis County and Gilmer County.

Leading Creek Elementary has a majority of students from Lewis County, but some from Gilmer County as well following the closure of two elementary schools in the respective counties–Alum Bridge in Lewis and Troy Elementary in Gilmer.

“Well, of course, everybody was excited,” Leading Creek Elementary Principal Kim Freeland said. “We have been anticipating this day for a long time. The staff and everybody has worked really hard to get everything ready.”

The school can hold 240 students, but began today with around 160. Freeland said that number will need to go up.

“Our classes are pretty full, especially our second grade through sixth grade,” she said. “They’re all at the max.”

Pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade had slightly smaller numbers than hoped for, but Freeland said they’ll begin addressing that issue immediately.

Freeland said the first day has been unique for virtually everybody involved.

“On the first day of school, typically teachers know most of the kids because they’ve seen them the past few years,” she said. “But here we’ve got kids coming from two different schools, so there wasn’t that familiarity. Everyone wasn’t familiar with everyone as it is typically.”

“It certainly has had it’s unique aspects,” she said. “I’m dealing with two Boards of Education, and the school itself has it’s own governing board.”

Freeland thinks this could be a viable option for other county school systems that have similar situations near their county lines–particularly in dealing with younger students.

“When there’s only one elementary in a county and it’s located farther away, it could limit the bus ride for students,” she said. “It could allow communities to keep their school in a fairly short distance.”

~~  Alex Wiederspiel ~~

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G-Eye™: Leading Creek Elementary School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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New CEO Named for William R. Sharpe, Jr. Hospital

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WESTON, WV — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has announced a new Chief Executive Officer for one of the state’s mental facilities.

Patrick W. Ryan will take over the role at William R. Sharpe, Jr. Hospital in Weston, effective August 17, according to Cabinet Secretary Karen L. Bowling on Monday.

“Pat is a well-respected behavioral health professional in our state,” Bowling said. “His working knowledge of the issues facing the field and his established regional and state relationships will greatly benefit him in this position.”

Since 2008, Ryan has served as Regional Director of Operations for Diamond Healthcare and Director of Behavioral Medicine at Fairmont Medical Center, which included administrative oversight of psychiatric inpatient and outpatient programs at 7 facilities in Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

His 25 years of health care service includes work at Horizon Health-Camden Clark Memorial Hospital, United Summit Center, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Valley Comprehensive Community Mental Health Center, and the former Weston State Hospital.

“My start in behavioral health was at the old Weston State Hospital many years ago,” Ryan said. “The patients we cared for and the people I worked with provided the foundation of my professional career. I feel blessed to be able to, in a sense, ‘come home’ and be in a position to work with many of the same folks as we overcome the challenges that the system currently faces.”

Ryan holds an MA in psychology from Marshall University and a BA in psychology from Elon College.

He replaces Kim Walsh, Deputy Commissioner of Programs for the DHHR’s Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities, who has served as interim CEO since December 04, 2014.

“I greatly appreciate Kim’s leadership and dedication to the staff and patients of William R. Sharpe, Jr. Hospital during this transition period,” Bowling said.

Additionally, Randy Housh was named Assistant CEO of William R. Sharpe, Jr. Hospital effective July 16, 2015.

For the past 12 years, Randy has been an employee of Seneca Health Services Inc. in Summersville and has worked in the field of social services, behavioral health and non-profit management. In 2011, he was appointed to serve on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Substance Abuse.

Leading Creek Elementary Golden Eagles “Leading the Way”: Open House and Ribbon Cutting

Linn, WV Leading Creek Elementary School is West Virginia’s first inter-county school to merge Troy Elementary School from Gilmer County and Alum Bridge Elementary School from Lewis County. (According to a historian there was another inter-county school in West Virginia back in 1940s. Union school which had students from both Summers and Raleigh counties.)

Lewis County and Gilmer County jointly undertook the task to build a state-of-the-art facility that would benefit the students and communities of both counties.

Leading Creek is designed for an enrollment of 240 students from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade and includes separate art and music classrooms.

The bright bold colors of the school’s interior were selected to help encourage the students to enjoy and appreciate the time they have as students at Leading Creek.

On Saturday, August 01, 2015 the public had the opportunity to check out the new school during a community open house, dedication, and ribbon cutting ceremony.

The School is built on Gilmer-Lewis county line in Linn, WV.

The total cost of the school was more than $10 million. West Virginia School Building Authority paid for building of the school after each county paid about $350,000 for the land.

Presentations by:

    •  Kim Freeland, (Principal, Leading Creek Elementary)

    •  Dr. Joseph Mace - Superintendent, Lewis County Schools

    •  Dr. Mark Manchin - Superintendent, Harrison County Schools - Former SBA President

    •  Mr. Gabriel Devono - Superintendent, Gilmer County Schools

    •  Special Presentation - Mr. Dan Gum, Commander, Weston Post No. 4 of the American Legion

    •  Pledge of Allegiance - Led by (Dalton DeJarnette, Matilda Arnold, Lena Frymier, Cassie

Other officials present were Dennis Fitzpatrick, Glenville Mayor; Dr. Bill Simmons, GCBOE Presient; Tom Ratliff, GCBOE member; Lewis County State Delegate Peggy Donaldson Smith as well as all the members of Lewis county Board of Education.

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Camp Catch Your Breath, Celebrating 25 Years

JACKSON’S MILL, WV —Every year, children are turned away from summer camps due to a medical condition affecting millions, asthma.  However, Camp Catch Your Breath (CCYB) has provided its campers a haven for the past 25 years.

CCYB is the only camp of its kind in West Virginia, but this is not the only reason these kids return year after year.  The campers are able to learn about their condition in a fun and safe environment, while overcoming their insecurities and understanding that their condition does not have to limit their abilities. 

“The most important lesson that the kids can learn at camp is how to self-manage their asthma,” said Sonny Hoskinson, camp director and UHC pharmacist. “Through this experience they are better able to cope with the disease on a daily basis,”

Not only is the camp specially structured to benefit the children while giving them the experience of a typical summer camp, but also thanks to community and corporate support, the registration fee is only $70.  The cost per child at camp is about $600 on average when calculating a week’s lodging, meals, activities and entertainment. 

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Brenda Conch, RN, director of education at UHC, demonstrating how to perform CPR
to campers at Camp Catch Your Breath.  At the end of camp each camper will receive a
Family and Friends CPR Anytime Kit as a joint gift from the American Heart Association
and Harrison County Emergency Medical Services.

“This support is important, especially when you consider we have 65 campers this year alone,” said Hoskinson. “We never want finances to keep a child from attending.  It’s important for them to be here (at camp) and we have never had to turn a child away due to the inability to pay.”

The Health Plan’s partnership with CCYB is important as their support helps to make others realize the impact that camp has on our youth who struggle with asthma. “The Health Plan sees the beneficial evidence that CCYB provides to children in their week-long camp experience. As an established community health organization, we focus on improving the health and well-being of our members and the community,” says Patti Fast, The Health Plan V.P. of Government Programs and Operations. “We are committed to supporting CCYB and helping to make it available for the youth of West Virginia and beyond.”

The camp started Sunday, July 19 at Jackson’s Mill, in Weston. Children ages 8-13 from all over West Virginia, and some surrounding states, are in attendance at camp to learn about their disease, the most common chronic childhood disorder. Asthma currently affects an estimated 7.1 million children under 18 years of age and can be life threatening if not properly managed.
This year at Camp Catch Your Breath, each camper will be sent home with a Family and Friends CPR Anytime Kit as a joint gift from the American Heart Association and Harrison County Emergency Medical Services.  These kits contain everything needed for the campers and their families to learn basic CPR, AED and choking skills, including a test doll, instructional video and other learning aids. 

“It is wonderful that we can provide these (CPR) kits and impress upon these young individuals that they can make a difference,” said Brenda Conch, RN, director of education. “Even though the children are at camp in a position of illness, they are demonstrating how they can overcome their own disease and even care for others.”

A special instructional training session on how to perform CPR, AED and choking skills procedures will be provided by Conch on Thursday, July 23 at camp.  “For each kit distributed, an average of 2.5 people become proficient, but really we can reach the whole family by putting these in homes,” Conch said.

Along with keeping lungs healthy, campers also enjoy experiences that helped them discover how to keep their bodies healthy through a nutrition and an activity block.  Some of these classes include arts and crafts.

“CCYB is just another way for UHC to reach out to the community to say not only are we caring for our patients within the hospital, but also we are caring for people that are outside the hospital through a wellness program like this,” Hoskinson said.

For more information about CCYB, please call 681.342.1560 or e-mail .

No Internet for Leading Creek Elementary, Imagine That!‏

School Facing Delays
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Possible delays are facing Leading Creek Elementary School from completing the first intercounty school in West Virginia. However, plans are being set to insure no delays stop the school from opening its doors.

These delays may be due to a miscommunication or misunderstanding of what was needed from service providers to finalize the school’s systems. “We have a delay because we do not have internet out there,“said L.D. Skarzinski, personnel director. “It’s in the building, it’s wired in but they are not set to go.“

The company used to provide the school with internet stated there would be working internet by June 26. That date came and went but still the system was not up and running although the building had the necessary equipment.

Not having the use of working internet is causing delays in getting many of the school’s faculty and systems working properly.

“We have a principal that has been working out there everyday trying to get our building ready without any internet access,“ noted Skarzinski, “to me that is beyond what she should have to do.“

Major systems are being delayed because their operation revolves around being web based. The HVAC (Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning), lighting, security cameras, communications and portions of the telephone system can not go through final settings checks without the internet being in place.

Officials for the Lewis County Board of Education were told at Monday night’s meeting that the internet should be working at Leading Creek Elementary by the end of business on Tuesday the 14th.

All other projects are said to be going smoothly and progressing well. Faculty has been at the location, as well as service personnel being transferred to keep the grounds.
Maintenance workers will move pieces from Alum Bridge Elementary needed for Leading Creek. There will be a quote for outside workers to move the playground equipment from Alum Bridge to Leading Creek as not to overload the current staff already working on other projects.

The fire department was taken on a walkthrough of the school last week, giving them an opportunity to see the building.

Final bus runs are being completed and drivers are moving to the routes they will run for the new school.

“We’re in that process, we’re getting the final touches down and completed,“ Skarzinski said, “we’re getting close there is no doubt about it I just wish we had the internet out there.“

In other other school renovation news, Jane Lew Elementary is also nearing the final days of completion. The front of the building is said to be completely unrecognizable from the old. The playground is set and ready for the beginning of the school year. Workers are in the renovated classrooms now getting the facilities ready to go.

Due to SBA regulations every project must now have a testing, adjusting and balancing contractor hired for each site. These contractors review the loads and participles that are involved in the HVAC systems.

All rooftop units or stand alone units outside are checked to ensure airflow is matched and balanced. During the meeting of the board Performance HVAC was selected to inspect the units at Jane Lew Elementary.

The lockers at the school will be painted this week using Hydrostatic paint. A painting process in which the paint is electrically charged and immediately adheres to metal. The process saves on over-spray, it is said to be cost saving because no material is wasted in the process.

“They will begin to tap for the new water line,“ said Skarzinski, “It’s running pretty well, we’re pleased with where we’re at progress wise at Jane Lew.“

Contractors tell officials of the Board of Education they will be going through the final punch-list around August 12 or 13, before the school year begins.

On a personal note, the Bill Ballard memorial pavilion is missing four picnic tables from the site. The board would like to express there want and need for all tables to be returned by the individuals that have them at this time.

The Ballard family, school and community donated money to honor the memory of a longtime educator.

The tables are urgently needed before the beginning of the school year.

~~  Weston Democrat - July 15, 2015 ~~

Lewis County Grand Jury Indictments - July 2015

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The Lewis County grand jury handed up the list of indictments for the July 2015 term:

•  Dimitri Larsen, 46, of Weston, who was indicted on 72 counts of sexual abuse - 36 counts of sexual abuse in the first degree and 36 counts of sexual abuse by a parent. The incidents allegedly occurred from 1997 to 1999.

•  Eric Haines was indicted on one charge of animal cruelty. Haines is accused of shooting his own dog in the head.

•  Peggy Nicholson, 53, was indicted for malicious wounding and assault. Nicholson forced a man to have sex with her in October 2014. Nicholson assaulted the man with a three-pound weight and threatened him with a knife.

•  Luke Allen Wilson, 37, of Walkersville, was indicted for insurance fraud, third degree arson and destruction of property after he allegedly tried to set his car on fire after a vehicle accident.

•  William Lee Baker, Jr., 37, of Fairmont, was indicted for burglary and conspiracy.

•  Justin K. Bleigh, 30, of Weston, was indicted for delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance.

•  Paul Aaron Bolton, 36, of Buckhannon, was indicted for delivery of a controlled substance.

•  Billie Renea Burnside, 20, of Salem, was indicted for burglary and conspiracy.

•  Amber Marie Butcher, 25, of Weston, was indicted for two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, one count of third-offense of driving on a suspended license, one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of battery.

•  Daniel Lee Canter, 30, of Buckhannon, was indicted for two counts of driving while on a suspended license revoked for DUI, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a firearm, and possession with intent to deliver.

•  Christopher C. Cox, 29, of Wallace, was indicted for grand larceny and conspiracy.

•  Vernon Eugene Groves, 34, of Ireland, was indicted for delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy.

•  Brandi Nicole Leggett, of Ireland, was indicted for delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy.

•  Fred Allen Gum, 62, was indicted for driving under the influence, fleeing while driving under the influence, obstructing, battery, operation of a vehicle without a certificate and improper use of registration.

•  Daisy Mae Hall, 34, of Weston, was indicted for delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy.

•  David Joseph Hall, of Weston, was indicted for delivery of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver.

•  Cody Wade Hefner, 23, of Jane Lew, was indicted for two counts of delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy to deliver.

•  Samantha Renee Henline, 20, of Weston, was indicted for delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy.

•  Whitney Tess Higgbotham, 29, of Buckhannon was indicted for delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy.

•  Russell Scott John, 31, of Weston, was indicted for fleeing, property damage and second-offense driving while on a revoked license for DUI.

•  Michael Joshua Ketterman, of Flemington, was indicted for two counts of false pretense.

•  William Thomas Knight II, 36, of Weston, was indicted for two counts of sex registry violations, his second offense.

•  Robin Dawn Lamb, 59, of Weston, was indicted for 42 counts of fraudulent activity.

•  Jason Elsworth Lane, 38, of Crawford, was indicted for 24 counts of fraudulent activity.

•  Justin Lee Marks, 29, of Weston, was indicted for delivery of a controlled substance, conspiracy to deliver and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

•  Shawn Franklin Mayo, 30, of Weston, was indicted for two counts of delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy.

•  Frederick Michael Miracle, 25, of Greenwood, was indicted for grand larceny and conspiracy.

•  Justin Thomas Moots, 34, of Buckhannon, was indicted for delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy.

•  Harold James Murphy, 63, was indicted for delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy.

•  Theodore Leroy O’Connell III, 27, of Clarksburg, was indicted for two counts of delivery of a controlled substance.

•  Christopher A. Reed was indicted on two counts of failure to pay child support.

•  Joseph Michael Anguilli, of Clarksburg, was indicted for felony shoplifting.

•  John Wayne Reed Jr., 28, of Buckhannon was indicted for three counts of soliciting a minor online.

•  Jamie Diane Riffle, 38, of Volga was indicted for embezzlement.

•  Tammy E. Rohrbough, was indicted for 39 counts of forgery.

•  Ronda Dale Romel, 36, of Weston, was indicted for two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, conspiracy and petit larceny.

•  Ida Jessica Rose, 37, of Weston, delivery of a controlled substance, possession, battery and obstruction.

•  Jennifer Renea Rose, of Clarksburg, was indicted for the delivery of a controlled substance.

•  Reymundo Santos, 43, of Munfordville, Ky., was indicted for third-offense DUI.

•  Gary Allen Sprouse, 26, Weston, was indicted for driving while on a revoked license for DUI and destruction of property.

•  Jason Adam Starcher, of Walkersville, was indicted for four counts of delivery of a controlled substance and one count of conspiracy to deliver.

•  Ruth Ann Stewart, 44, of Weston, was indicted for possession with intent to deliver.

•  Kirtiss Stanley Swearingen, of Gassaway, was indicted for three counts of soliciting a minor online.

•  Brett Adam Swecker, 34, of Beverly, was indicted for two counts of delivery.

•  Skyler James Taylor, of Weston, was indicted for one count of intent to deliver and two counts of delivery of a controlled substance.

•  Catherine Marie Thoms, 50, of Weston, was indicted for one count of delivery, two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession with intent to deliver.

•  Nancy Lynn Webb, 26, of Jane Lew, was indicted for two counts of delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy.

•  Rebecca Ann Westfall, 29, of Buckhannon, was indicted for eight counts of fraudulent activity.

•  Chance Doug Wickline, 19, of Weston, was indicted for three counts of delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy.

•  Jamie Lee Wright, 21, or Weston, was indicted for two counts of delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school.

WVDEP Announces More Than $71,000 In Litter Control Grants

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CHARLESTON, WV – Cabinet Secretary Randy Huffman announced today the recipients of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP) litter control matching grants.

There were 28 individual applicants approved for amounts totaling $71,676.79. The grants were awarded to state solid waste authorities, county commissions, and municipalities. Funding for the litter control program is generated through Legislative Rule §22-15A-4; “For unlawful disposal of litter, the circuit clerk shall deposit 50% of all civil penalties into the Litter Control Fund.”

Town of Belle:
The funding will be used to partially fund a street sweeper.

Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority: $2,927.50
The funding will be used for the ongoing litter control program.

Braxton County Solid Waste Authority: $2,200.00
The funding will be used for litter cameras for the litter control program.

Town of Burnsville
: $3,000.00
The funding will be used for a dumpster rental and landfill cost for a town cleanup.

Clay County Solid Waste Authority: $3,000.00
The funding will be used for rental for two compactor trucks and disposal fees for the annual cleanup event.

City of Grafton: $3,000.00
The funding will be used for landfill fees for the ongoing town cleanup project.

Town of Grant Town: $991.00
The funding will be used for the rental of dumpsters and a backhoe and pay wages for a town cleanup.

Greenbrier County Board of Health: $3,000.00
The funding will be used for personnel and mileage reimbursement for the litter control officer program.

Hancock County Solid Waste Authority: $1,487.50
The funding will be used for personnel wages and mileage for a county open dump cleanup project.

Kanawha County Commission: $3,000.00
The funding will be used for overtime for off-duty deputies to issue citations and work cleanup events.

City of Kenova: $3,000.00
The funding will be used for structure razing, trash receptacles, bags and educational materials.

Lincoln County Commission: $3,000.00
The funding will be used for litter control officer wages.

City of Mannington: $1,325.00
The funding will be used for dumpster and backhoe rental and landfill fees for a fall cleanup.

Marion County Solid Waste Authority: $3,000.00
The funding will be used for educational items and supplies, litter cameras and advertising for the county litter control program.

Mason County Commission: $2,992.50
The funding will be used for weekly litter control projects using County Day Report Center and County Drug Court.

McDowell County Commission: $3,000.00
The funding will be used for structure razing.

Mercer County Commission: $3,000.00
The funding will be used for litter control materials and supplies.

Mercer County Solid Waste Authority: $3,000.00
The funding will be used for litter disposal from the County Day Report Center and volunteer cleanups.

City of Milton: $3,000.00
The funding will be used for structure razing.

Monroe County Solid Waste Authority: $1,600.00
The funding will be used for fuel, maintenance and vehicle insurance for the County Day Report Center cleanup program.

City of Montgomery: $2,400.00
The funding will be used for structure razing using prison labor.

New Martinsville Park & Recreation: $1,679.97
The funding will be used for trash receptacles and supplies for the litter control program.

Putnam County Solid Waste Authority: $3,000.00
The funding will be used for labor wages for the county cleanup program.

Wayne County Commission: $3,000.00
The funding will be used for litter control officer wages.

Webster County Commission: $3,000.00
The funding will be used for litter control officer wages and benefits.

City of Weston: $2,000.00
The funding will be used for litter receptacles.

Wood County Solid Waste Authority: $1,073.32
The funding will be used for safety vests and supplies for litter cleanups.

Wyoming County Solid Waste Authority: $3,000.00
The funding will be used for fuel, vehicle maintenance and uniforms for the litter control officer.

Wild, Wonderful WV Kicks Off Restaurant Week with Launch of “101 Unique Places to Dine”

CHARLESTON, WV – Wild, Wonderful West Virginia today  kicked off West Virginia Restaurant Week with the release of its “101 Unique Places to Dine” guide at the Capitol Market in Charleston,  the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, Later Alligator in Wheeling, Forks Inn in Elkins, Café Cimino in Sutton, Secret Sandwich Society in Fayetteville, Poky Dot in Fairmont, North End Tavern and Brewery in Parkersburg, and Parkway Drive.In in Logan. The guide features locally owned and operated restaurants that were chosen by public vote as favorite places to eat. The launch coincided with the rollout of the Real. Campaign’s newest vignette which features Braxton and Lewis counties.

“Wild, Wonderful West Virginia  is home to a wonderful and diverse selection of culinary experiences..from down.home favorites and craft brews to international cuisine and artisan wines,” Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin said.  “This week, we celebrate Real. Mountain Flavor with West Virginia Restaurant Week and the launch of a new edition of the ‘101 Unique Places to Dine’ guide.”

The dining guide launch coincides with West Virginia Restaurant Week, July 13-19, as proclaimed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. Participating restaurants will offer selected specials for the duration of Restaurant Week.  To view specials, visit

West Virginians and visitors  are encouraged to share their Real.culinary experiences, during West Virginia Restaurant Week, with #WVEats.

Restaurants listed in “101 Unique Places to Dine”:

1863 Grill
  830 Harrison Ave., Elkins 26241
  Known for Kansas BBQ and homemade cinnamon rolls.

88 Restaurant & Lounge
  88 E. Main St., Buckhannon 26201
  Known for rustic, home.cooked food.

3rd Base Sports Bar and Grille
  22 Virginia Ave., Petersburg 26847
  Known for great wraps and wings.

Addison Café’
  110 McGraw Ave., Webster Springs 26288
  Known for baby back ribs.

Alfredo’s Ristorante & Mediterranean Grill
  132 W. Washington St., Charles Town 25414
  Known for hummus and kabobs.

Atomic Grill
  595 Greenbag Rd., Morgantown 26501
  Known for dishes that use local sources for meat and produce.

Avenue Eats
  1201 Valley View Ave., Wheeling 26003
  Known for traditional American fare.

Bamboo Garden
  6411 Sissonville Dr., Charleston 25320
  Known for great Chinese cuisine.

Bavarian Inn
  164 Shepherd Grade Rd., Shepherdstown 25443
  Known for German cuisine and wild game specialties.

Black Sheep Burritos & Brews
  702 Quarrier St., Charleston 25301
  Known for unique burritos and craft beer.

Bluegrass Kitchen
  1600 Washington St. E., Charleston 25311
  Known for one.of.a.kind gourmet dishes.

Blues BBQ
  1109 Jefferson Rd., South Charleston 25309
  Known for pulled pork and BBQ.

Blues Smoke Pit
  608 N. Main St., Suite G, Moorefield 26836
  Known for signature ribs and smoked beef brisket.

Bob’s Hotdogs
  Exit 151 of Highway 33, Belington 26250            
  Known for over 250 styles of hotdogs.

Bridge Road Bistro
  915 Bridge Rd., Charleston 25314
  Known for fish and chips.

C.J. Maggie’s
  16 E. Main St., Buckhannon 26201
  Known for hand.tossed, wood.fired oven pizza.

Café Cimino Country Inn
  616 Main St., Sutton 26601
  Known for a menu of local and organic foods.

Café One Ten
  110 Main St. W, Oak Hill 25901
  Known for fried Oreos dessert.

Cathedral Café
  134 S. Court St., Fayetteville 25840
  Known for homemade soups and Paninis.

Chams Lebanese Cuisine
  610 Market St., Parkersburg 26101
  Known for authentic Middle Eastern food.

Chetty’s Pub
  1 Ames Heights Rd., Lansing 25862
  Known for great wings and burgers.

Christopher’s Eats
  6005 US Rt. 60 E., Barboursville 25504
  Known for burgers and Gouda mac.n.cheese.

Church Street Deli
  215 Church St., Spencer 25276
  Known for tasty wraps such as Mango and Hawaiian Chicken.

CJ’s Italian Kitchen
  75 Covington Way, Vienna 26105
  Known for pasta made from scratch and homemade sauces.

Colasante’s Ristorante & Pub
  416 Fairmont Rd., Westover 26501
  Known for fresh homemade pasta, pizza and hoagies.

Company’s Comin’ Murray’s Downhome Diner
  4650 George Washington Hwy. Rt. 50, Tunnelton 26444
  Known for buttermilk pancakes, fresh homemade biscuits and apple dumplings.

Crabby Patti’s
  113 N. Court St., Ripley 25271
  Known for great crab cakes, chowders and shrimp.

Da Vinci’s
  215 Highland Ave., Williamstown 26187
  Known for their trademark German Pizza.

Delfino’s Pizza & Ice Cream
  1005 E. Main St., Oak Hill 25901
  Known for pizza, burgers and homemade cakes.

  213 W. Washington St., Charles Town 25414
  Known for rib eye steak and edamame salad and grilled polenta.

Elk River Inn & Restaurant
  HC 69, Box 7, Slatyfork 26201
  Known for fine dining with a casual feel.

Evaroni’s Pizza
  914 Oak St., Kenova 25530
  Known for deliciously sweet sauce and Baked Spaghetti.

Fairplain Yacht Club
  3869 Cedar Lakes Rd., Ripley 25271
  Known for hand.cut steaks and authentic Italian pasta dishes.

FireSide Grille
  4170 State Rt. 34, Hurricane 25526
  Known for great traditional American fare.

Foxfire Café *
  119 South Price St., Kingwood 26537
  Known for great Paninis

General Lewis Inn
  301 East Washington St., Lewisburg 24901
  Known for fried chicken and mountain trout.

Generations Restaurant & Pub
  338 National Rd., Wheeling 26003
  Known for great chili and wings.

Gumbo’s Cajun Restaurant
  103 S. Court St., Fayetteville 25840
  Known for great burgers and cottage pie.

Helvetia Hutte Restaurant
  1 Main St., Helvetia 26224
  Known for Swiss favorites like sauerkraut and bratwurst.

Holly River Restaurant
  680 State Park Rd., Hacker Valley 26222
  Known for meatloaf and pies made with fresh local ingredients.

Ichiban Pan Asian Cuisine
  103 Capitol St., Charleston 25301
  Known for their great sushi bar and swordfish.

Ihlenfeld Dining Room
  465 Lodge Dr., Wheeling 26003
  Known for sharable plates such as roasted lamb lollipop and swordfish skewers.

J P Henry’s
  5106 Emerson Ave., Parkersburg 26104
  Known for Chef Orville’s Prime Rib.

Jim’s Drive. In
  449 W. Washington St., Lewisburg 24901
  Known for curbside service of burgers, hotdogs and more.

Jim’s Steak & Spaghetti House
  920 5th Ave., Huntington 25701
  Known for spaghetti and homemade pies.

La Famiglia
  1327 6th Ave., Huntington 25701
  Known for traditional authentic flavors
  of Southern Italy.

Larobi’s at Southridge Golf Range
  500 Gateway Blvd., Charleston 25309
  Known for pizza, sandwiches and wings.

Last Run Restaurant
  1 Main St., Cass 24927
  Known for a lumberjack.sized breakfast and mountainous box lunches.

Later Alligator
  2145 Market St., Wheeling 26003
  Known for delicious crepes, wraps and sandwiches.

Locust Hill Inn, Cabin, and Pub
  1525 Locust Hill, Marlinton 24954
  Known for Chef Dave’s fresh breads.

Lola’s Pizza
  1038 Bridge Rd., Charleston 25301
  Known for handmade pizzas.

Los Vaqueros
  2027 E. Main St., Oak Hill 25901
  Known for authentic Mexican food and fabulous fish tacos.

Lost River Brewing Company
  155 W. Main St., Wardensville 26851
  Known for craft beer and fresh oysters on the half shell.

Lost River General Store and Café
  6993 State Rt. 259, Lost River 26810
  Known for homemade sticky buns, scones and pulled pork.

Lost River Grill
  8079 State Rt. 259, Lost River 26810
  Known for fabulous seafood and homemade cakes.

Lot 12 Public House
  117 Warren, Berkeley Springs 25411
  Known for gourmet menu of steak and seafood.

Maloney’s Sports Pub & Grill
  603 Church St., Summersville 26651
  Known for great wings and buffalo shrimp.

Mango Latin Bistro
  701 Market St., Parkersburg 26101
  Known for the empanadas, and special surf and turf.

Mia Margarita
  139 Conference Center Way, Bridgeport 26330
  Known for pizza cooked in a coal.fired oven.

Muriale’s Italian Restaurant
  1742 Fairmont Ave., Fairmont 26554
  Known for delicious lasagna and spaghetti.

Noah’s Eclectic Bistro
  110 McFarland St., Charleston 25301
  Known for the scallops ceviche and wild mushroom risotto.

Nonna’s Italian Kitchen
  929 Mercer St., Princeton 24740
  304 487.6581
  Known for Pasta De Martha or Pasta De Bruto and custom cinnamon rolls.

North End Tavern
  3500 Emerson Ave., Parkersburg 26104
  Known for craft beer and great burgers.

  614 North Main St., Moorefield 26836
  Known for homemade soups, pies and steaks.

P J Berry’s
  226 Main St., Sutton 26601
  Known for great crab cakes.

Panorama at the Peak
  3299 Cacapon Rd., Berkeley Springs 25411
  Known for drunken mushrooms, turkey croquettes, and shepherd’s pie.

Parkway Drive.In
  401 Justice Ave., Logan 25601
  Known for genuine menu with great milkshakes.

Paternos at the Park
  601 Morris St., Charleston 25301
  Known for great Italian dishes including stuffed pepper and the colossal meatball.

Poky Dot
  1111 Fairmont Ave., Fairmont 26554
  Known for 50s diner fare, chicken Caesar wrap and homemade potato chips.

Pretty Penny Café *
  7484 Seneca Trail, Hillsboro 24946
  Known for local beef, breads, and homegrown vegetables.

Provence Market
  603 S. Virginia Ave., Bridgeport 26330
  Known for casual French Cuisine, Roasted Duckling or Coquilles St.  Jacques Provencale.

Ridge View Barbeque
  5010 Fairlawn Ave., Dunbar 25604
  Known for great BBQ and pulled pork and porky cheese fries.

River & Rail Bakery
  210 11th St., Huntington 25701
  Known for handcrafted artisan breads, delicious pastries and organic coffee.

Rollin Smoke BBQ
  4008 Pennsylvania Ave., Charleston 25302
  Known for delicious BBQ, fresh meat and homemade sides.

  1208 6th Ave., Huntington 25701
  Known for a nationally recognized wine list, great steaks and parmesan.crusted sea bass.

Secret Sandwich Society
  103 ½  Keller Ave., Fayetteville 25840
  Known for sandwiches with a unique twist named after presidents.

  70 Olde Main Plaza, St. Albans 25177
  Known for seafood and Italian fare, gumbo or the mouth.watering stuffed mushrooms.

Siriannis Pizza Café
  474 William Ave., Davis 26260
  Known for pizza and other Italian dishes.

South Hills Market & Café
  1010 Bridge Rd., Charleston 25314
  Known for wraps, sandwiches, burgers and more.

  320 Market St., Parkersburg 26101
  Known for fine and casual dining with over 500 wines to choose from.

Stardust Café
  102 E Washington St., Lewisburg 24901
  Known for menu with local grown ingredients.

Sterling Drive.In
  788 Stewart St., Welch 24801
  Known for classic favorites, inside or out.

Stillwaters Restaurant
  940 Resort Dr., Roanoke 26447
  Known for the lunch and dinner kiosk buffet.

The Corner Shop
  171 Main St., Bramwell 24715
  Known for great burgers and homemade ice cream.

The Dining Room
  368 True Apple Way, Inwood 25428
  Known for comfort food and homemade cinnamon rolls.

The Fiddlehead
  Intersection of Rt. 219 & Rt. 66, Slatyfork 26209
  Known for craft beer, hand.cut fries served up with delicious dips.

The Final Cut
  750 Hollywood Dr., Charles Town 25414
  Known for one of the best prime ribs on the east coast.

The Fire House Café
  323 Adams St., Fairmont 26554
  Known for great home.cooked foods including extra hazmat wings and mini pump donuts.

The Forks Restaurant & Inn
  35 Scenic Ridge Rd., Elkins 26241
  Known for casual dining with a great selection of beers and wines.

The Greenhouse
  3554 Teays Valley Rd., Ste. 105, Hurricane 25526
  Known for its grilling, special homemade soups and gourmet sandwiches.

The Kissell Stop Café
  23 Third St., Elkins 26241
  Known for broad selection of food, drinks, and cozy atmosphere.

The Market on Courthouse Square
  200 Ballengee St., Hinton 25951
  Known for the Main Line, a Market signature Reuben.

The Pizza Station
  206 Lafayette St., St. Marys 26170
  Known for specialty pizzas like Mexican and Chicken Cordon Bleu.

The Press Room Restaurant
  129 W. German St., Shepherdstown 25443
  Known for crabs and roasted beet salad.

The Rail Yard Restaurant
  200 Depot St., Elkins 26241
  Known for mouth.watering prime rib and more.

The Red Rooster
  602 Elk St., Gassaway 26624
  Known for great steaks, homemade lasagna and crab cakes.

The Wine Valley
  6 Liberty Square, Hurricane 25526
  Known for one.of.a.kind tapas, cheeses, meats, celebrity.tested chocolate truffles and great wine.

Thyme Bistro
  5 1/2 E. 2nd St., Weston 26452
  304 269.7177
  Known for crab.stuffed shrimp and bacon.wrapped meatloaf.

Tricky Fish
  1611 Washington St. E., Charleston 25311
Known for fish tacos, gumbo, and hot bologna.

When Pigs Fly
  116 Quarry Village Rd., Lewisburg 24901
  Known for Great BBQ, pulled pork and whole chickens with homemade sauces.

Ye Olde Alpha
  50 Carmel Rd., Wheeling 26003
  Known for cold beer and classic American food.

Note: Restaurants market with an * have closed since the public voting period closed.


Governor also issues State of Preparedness for 35 additional counties
The Gilmer Free Press

CHARLESTON, WV - Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today declared a State of Emergency in Braxton, Webster and Wood counties, mobilizing state resources to combat severe flooding following heavy rainfall Sunday night and Monday morning. The governor has also issued a State of Preparedness for 35 additional counties: Barbour, Boone, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Fayette, Gilmer, Greenbrier, Harrison, Jackson, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Monroe, Nicholas, Pleasants, Pocahontas, Putnam, Raleigh, Randolph, Ritchie, Roane, Summers, Taylor, Tyler, Upshur, Wayne, Wirt and Wyoming counties.

“In the past 24 hours, areas of our state have experienced rockslides, mudslides and severe flooding as a result of major storms and substantial rainfall,“ Gov. Tomblin said. “State agencies have people in the field to help local offices of emergency management assess local damages, and additional state resources have been mobilized to prepare for a second major storm event expected to hit Monday evening. As the forecast evolves over the next 24 hours, I encourage West Virginians to gather supplies necessary to prepare for flooding, power outages, downed electric lines and downed trees. As you make preparedness plans, I encourage you to talk to your family about what to do and where to go. Remember to check on the elderly and your neighbors, and consider a plan to care for household pets.“

A State of Emergency does not guarantee federal assistance unless certain thresholds are met. In addition, the declaration does not provide for direct individual assistance. West Virginians should continue to contact their local offices of emergency management for immediate needs. Contact information for each county office can be found here:

The State of Preparedness statue was passed last year to allow the governor to mobilize necessary resources in advance of predicted severe weather or large-scale threats. The powers are similar to those involved in a State of Emergency but allow for additional preparations in advance of the expected event.

Lewis/Upshur/Gilmer County FSA Reminds of Approaching Acreage Reporting Deadline

The Gilmer Free Press

Lewis/Upshur/Gilmer County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Steven C Nestor reminds producers of the July 15, 2015 acreage reporting deadline.

“In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements and avoid late file fees, all producers are encouraged to visit the Lewis/Upshur/Gilmer County FSA office to file an accurate, timely crop certification report,“ said CED Nestor.

The following acreage reporting dates apply for producers in Lewis/Upshur/Gilmer Counties:

July 15, 2015 - Spring seeded crops, CRP, and all other crops for the 2015 crop year

• December 15, 2015 -Fall seeded crops and perennial forage for the 2016 crop year

• January 2, 2016 - Honey Bee Colonies and Locations

• January 15, 2016 - Apples, Peaches, etc.   

The following exceptions apply to the above acreage reporting dates:

• If the crop has not been planted by the acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 15 calendar days after planting is completed.

• If a producer acquires additional acreage after the acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 30 calendars days after purchase or acquiring the lease.  Appropriate documentation must be provided to the county office.

• If a perennial forage crop is reported with the intended use of “cover only,” “green manure,” “left standing,” or “seed” then the acreage must be reported by July 15.

According to CED Steven C Nestor filing timely acreage certifications with FSA establishes eligibility for programs including: Marketing Assistance Loans (MAL), Loan Deficiency Payments (LDP), Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) & Price Loss Coverage (PLC), Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) and others.

For NAP policy holders, the acreage reporting date for NAP covered crops is the earlier of the dates listed above or 15 calendar days before grazing or harvesting of the crop begins.

For questions regarding crop certification and crop loss reports, please contact the Lewis/Upshur/Gilmer County FSA office at 304.269.8431.

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