Kanawha School District, over 60 schools. How many positions are over formula and excess levy supported is unknown. It is sad for every person who loses employment. Every position not filled means a job gone. Leaders of WV must learn to live within means. The economy has stagnated. Relatively young buildings stand empty in the inner city of Charleston. Why so many years of budget deficit repeated as they admitted revenue was on the decline?
One of the southern coalfield counties recently reported over 46% of their school-aged children do not have a parent in the home. Following the expensive and ineffective trend of non-violent offender incarceration is that of jailing or institutionalizing children.
High poverty, at the top with illicit drug use, no treatment available puts us number 1 again and not in a good way. Serious issues that can not be fixed overnight. Hopefully the budget problem will be reolved and the Legislature will dedicate more time to study such pressing problems and work with community leaders of every county toward effective solutions.
To those who think it is all good and well for a male to be allowed to go do his business in a females bathroom, shower room or any where that is for females you are crazy. It should be the freedom of privacy of a female to feel safe, to those who do not see this way have no “common sense” “no sense of privacy” and are asking for trouble. A male has no business in my bathroom in a public place. You are allowing sexual perverts to also access our bathrooms. When you think a male can enter a females bathroom whether wearing male or female clothing you are asking for big trouble. What is wrong with the government? Stop this before someone is injured in some way. Transgenders should have a PRIVATE restroom for them in a single bathroom with a door that locks and have it marked for uni-sex or family restroom but one stall and a locking door. Females go in the females restroom, shower room, dressing rooms and males go in the men’s restroom, shower rooms and dressing rooms. Designate a separate room for any one other than a true female or male and leave the ones of us who believe this alone. What is so hard or difficult with that? It should be the majority of believers but in this administration it is if one person is offended let’s change to please them and to heck with everyone else. OK I am offended because I am not rich and I expect all of those with money to give it to me, new car, new house and all the rest. MY feelings are hurt. BOO HOO. Washington you have the ability to stop this bathroom issue. Remember you have a pen and phone. God created ADAM, a male and EVE a female. Two sexes male and female. GOD does not make mistakes so trying to add a third gender is WRONG and going against GOD. GOD HELP AMERICA!!!
More service building,gym and office area than classrooms. A whole lot of money for not much of anything to improve education. Not likely to see a fair shake from the WVBOE. Not until every available dollar is spent and that excess levy gets voted down. When the ones who treat a public checkbook as their own are in power consider yourself in trouble.
The WVBOE took precisely zero action on the Gilmer County OEPA agenda item in April.State Board members did not even vote to accept the report. It is expected it will be addressed on their May agenda.
Reporters say G. Devono made a statement to the BOE that he wanted that report changed.
Several closed door unprincipled meetings were held the day of the meeting and thereafter. One question.
Will state actions reveal the State Board of Education and the OEPA are controlled by intervention county Superintendents? Will the truth finally come out as to why the State Board fails repeatedly to improve the status of education in West Virginia? Could a large part of the failure be because of this unlawful and unethical alliance which excludes lawful,local boards of education whom they should be working with as elected liasons? Is the State Board of Ed more interested in creating a who’s who list for a silly Charleston clique than meeting the needs of the children?
Very good news about the forward movement regarding the dam removal project here in Oregon. Here in the Pacific NW, we’re very familiar with damn removal, particularly the largest dam removal project to date on the Elwa River in Washington state. Contrary to concerns, the Elwa project has increased the river delta estuary, lessoning what has been rapidly eroding. Looking forward to updates.
Good coaches are a lot like smartphones. Both can, if used correctly support and track our good qualities and bettering ourselves; both can are crucial in the area of sports (phones remind of of appointments and we receive necessary updates; both are used to make us self aware especially when things aren’t going well; both are big for encouraging and creating life skills of taking responsibility; both are very necessary in teaching how to attain goals, so important in individuals; both excel as confidence boosters and hopefully at the end are self confidence promoters; in both we become conscious of what we excel at and what we need to work on; and lastly the actual quality ultimately sets the tone our days. And coaches always effect us, both on and off the court. Big congratulations to coach Kim Stephens. Go Lady Pioneers!
Honors Doled Out by WVWC During Academic and Leadership Banquet
Honors Doled Out at Annual Academic and Leadership Awards Banquet
Students, faculty, and staff members were honored on Saturday, April 23 during West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Academic and Leadership Awards Banquet, held in the French A. See Dining Center on the Buckhannon campus.
Listed below are the awards and their recipients.
Student Senate Award – Faculty:Jeanne Sullivan, associate professor of biology
Student Senate Award – Staff:Jessica Vincent, leadership & service program assistant
Greek Woman of the Year –Keana Bertocci (Alpha Xi Delta; Perryopolis, PA)
Greek Man of the Year –Joshua Loptiz (Theta Xi; Leonardtown, MD)
International Student Ambassador–Julia Uchoa (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award –Erin Hudnall (Ansted, WV)
The Mary Mildred Sullivan Award –Shawna L. Clayton (Clarksburg, WV)
2015 Newman Civic Fellows Award –Mark Leadingham III (Sharpsburg, MD)
John Wesley Do All the Good You Can Award – Amadu Bah (Laurel, MD) and Ashley Cooper (Rupert, WV)
Wesleyan Values Award – Elaine Ashman (Newton, WV) and Keana Bertocci (Perryopolis, PA)
Outstanding Peer Leader Award – Kayla Hinkley (Hurricane, WV)
Outstanding Community Outreach Awards – Angelica Harvey (Buckhannon, WV)
Outstanding Senior Award –Haley Chambers (Jumping Branch, WV)
Outstanding Junior Award –Reno Swiger (Shinnston, WV)
OutstandingSophomore Award –Kelsey Acree (Mt. Nebo, WV)
Outstanding Freshman Award –De’andre Brown (Baltimore, MD)
Outstanding Senior – Rebecca Davis (Mechanicsburg, PA), Rebekah Honce (Bridgeport, WV), and Langely Salyers (Moorefield, WV)
Outstanding Research Student –Rebekah Honce (Bridgeport, WV)
Outstanding Chemical Hygiene Officer Assistant –Angelica Harvey (Buckhannon, WV))
Overall Most Outstanding Senior –James Young (Hurricane, WV)
Excellence in Applied Learning –Kelsie Andrews (North East, MD)
Excellence in Writing –Timothy Nelson (Charleston, WV) and Mattison Swartz (Lewisburg, WV)
Excellence in Speaking –Joshua Lopitz (Leonardtown, MD)
Criminal Justice Award –Ryan
Rado (St. Augustine, FL)
Academic Achievement Freshman Award – Mary Ambuul (Martinsburg, WV)
Academic Achievement Sophomore Award – Leah Casarano (Aurthurdale, WV) and Andrew Kinkead (Stuarts Draft, VA)
Academic Achievement Junior Award – Kathalyn Maxson (Ravenswood, WV) and Logan Tucker (Ravenswood, WV)
Academic Achievement Senior Award – Holden Akers-Toler (Beckley, WV) and Emily Jenkins (Albright, WV)
Dr.Ruth Mansberger Shearer Education Award –Samantha Swann (Owings, MD)
The Dorie McHugh O’Brien ’64 Education Award – Chad Gradisek (Mount Pleasant, PA)
Outstanding Senior English Major –Joseph Keener (Buckhannon, WV)
Outstanding English as a Second Language Student –Shin Fujikawa (Japan) and Kohtaroh Kusunoki (Japan)
Outstanding Senior in Athletic Training –Devon Brosh (Petersburg, WV)
Freshman with Highest GPA for Athletic Training –Hannah Pulley (Lusby, MD)
Delta Psi Kappa/David E. Reemsnyder Award –Lauren Graham (Bessemer City, NC)
Sam Ross Athletic Scholars –Tanner McGrew (Buckhannon, WV) and Rebekah Honce (Bridgeport, WV)
Outstanding Senior History Majors –Sarah Campbell (Saint Marys, WV) and Stephanie Frazer (Alum Creek, WV)
Outstanding Junior History Majors –Tori Badaway (Canada) and Richard Baisden (Clarksburg, MD)
Outstanding Senior International Studies Major –Rebecca Davis (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Pamela Thorn Humanities Award –Morgan Carter (Fredericksburg, VA)
Hallam Awards –Zachary C. Abbot (Carmel, IN), Stacie M. Baumann (Gahanna, OH) Jacob W. Coleman (Belington, WV), Andrew R. Kinkead (Stuarts Draft, VA), Mark P. Leadingham (Sharpsburg, MD), Jericho A. Norris (Vienna, WV), Daniel R. Plaugher (Salem, WV), and Trevor T. Williams (Buckhannon, WV)
Outstanding Senior Music Awards –Holden Akers-Toler (Beckley, WV) and Julia Uchoa (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Academic and Leadership Awards –Leah Bailey (Baden, PA), Chloe Bland (Dunmore, WV), Megann Boone (Frametown, WV), Devon Brosh (Petersburg, WV), Robert Brosh (Charles Town, WV), Morgan Carter (Fredericksburg, VA), Shawna Clayton (Clarksburg, WV), Alberta Crawford (Wellsburg, WV), Lauren Cronise (Hagerstown, MD), Rebecca Davis (Mechanicsburg, PA), Nicole Friedemann (Canby, OR), Tracey Gregory (Craigsville, WV), Rebekah Honce (Bridgeport, WV), Mikaela Hutchinson (Charleston, WV), Emily Jenkins (Albright, WV), Jeremy Lambson (Buckhannon, WV), Tanner McGrew (Buckhannon, WV), Gregory Strader (Moon Township, PA), Samantha Sunshine (Blacksburg, VA).
Senior Who’s Who Among Students in America –Elaine Ashman (Newton, WV), Victoria Crise (Natrona Heights, PA), Carson Cunningham (Buckhannon, WV), Paula Gyamfi (Beltsville, MD), Bethany Jordan (Scott Depot, WV), Danielle Lancaster (Millstone, WV), Danielle Nehilla (South Park, PA), John Prentice (Elkins, WV), Kirsten Reneau (Grafton, WV), Corey Rhodes (Seneca Rocks, WV), Catherine Riggleman (Beverly, WV), Nathan Ropelewski (Richmond, VA), Telena Sanson (Summersville, WV), Scott Stoeckle (Buckhannon, WV), Philip Summers (Charleston, WV), and Jordan Tate (Charleston, WV)
Junior Who’s Who Among Students in America –Jackson Carey (Follansbee, WV), Katherine Casey (Canton, OH), Audrey Chefan-Kemseu (France), Kimberly Culver (Culpeper, VA), Jordan Danko (Ravenswood, WV), Jessica Engels (Kingwood, WV), Kortney Frame (Troy, WV), Taylor Germain (Oakland, MD), Thomas Haines (Green Spring, WV), Wilson Harvey (Weston, WV), Madison Ovies (Franklin, TN), Sarah Petitto (West Milford, WV), Kaitlyn Romain (Bridgeport, WV), Aurora Snyder (Royersford, PA), Destinee Tunstall (Indian Head, MD), and Mason Winkie (Bridgeport, WV)
Voters will start going to the polls for the May primary election as soon as Wednesday in West Virginia when the early voting period begins in the Mountain State ahead of the May 10 primary election.
“If you’re ready to go, go vote then in West Virginia’s election,” said Secretary of State Natalie Tennant who is a fan of the early voting option.
“It allows a voter to determine themselves when Election Day is and fit it into their schedule.”
Early voting first launched in West Virginia during the 2002 primary election. That year, 14,000 people cast ballots ahead of Election Day.
By the 2014 midterm primary, early voting was up above 44,000, according to information from the Secretary of State’s Office.
During an appearance on Tuesday’s MetroNews “Talkline,” Tennant did not make any predictions about how early voting would go ahead of the 2016 primary.
This year, West Virginians are nominating candidates for president, U.S. House of Representatives, governor, secretary of state, auditor, treasurer, agriculture commissioner, attorney general, state Senate, state House of Delegates
For the first time, judges are being elected on nonpartisan ballots.
Races for Supreme Court, circuit court, family court and magistrates will be at the end of the May ballots. The judicial races are split up by divisions and there is no nominating process. The judicial candidates elected will take their seats on January 01, 2017.
On Republican ballots, delegates to the Republican National Convention are also being selected. The judicial races come after the more than 200 possible GOP Presidential delegates.
At the local levels, there are also board of education races, which are nonpartisan, along with mayoral, city council and county levy elections in parts of West Virginia.
“Remember, this is a longer ballot. All of our offices are on the ballot except for U.S. Senate, so you really need to be doing some research right now,” Tennant advised.
As for unaffiliated or independent voters who are not registered with any particular political party, “When you go into the polling place, you have to ask for a ballot. You have to ask for Democrat, Republican or Mountain Party,” Tennant explained.
The poll workers cannot offer you a party ballot, she said. “You have to ask for a ballot otherwise you only receive (the ballot for) the nonpartisan election.”
The ten-day early voting period continues through May 07.
In addition to regular weekday hours, early voting is an option on two Saturdays, April 30 and May 07, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Early voting locations vary by county and are either at county courthouses, courthouse annexes or at other community voting locations.
On Tuesday, May 10, polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Throughout the election season, violations of election law can be reported to the Secretary of State’s Office at 304.558.6000.
Tennant, who was first elected in 2008, is again seeking renomination during the primary election. She is facing a primary challenge from Delegate Patsy Trecost (D-Harrison, 48), a former member of Clarksburg’s City Council.
The Republicans seeking the Secretary of State nomination are Mac Warner, a U.S. Army veteran, military officer and lawyer, and Barry Holstein, a Kanawha County native, U.S. Army veteran and operations management worker.
Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries
CLERK OF THE COUNTY COMMISSION OF GILMER COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA
NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND BENEFICIARIES
The administration of the estates(s) of the following deceased is pending before the Clerk of the County Commission of Gilmer County, 10 Howard Street, Glenville WV 26351.
The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below.
Notice is hereby given that the estate(s) of the following has been opened for probate. Any interested person objecting to the validity of the will, the qualifications of the personal representative or the venue or jurisdiction of the court, shall file notice of an objection with the County Commission within ninety days after the date of the first publication or within 30 days of service of notice, whichever is later. If an objection is not timely filed, the objection is forever barred.
All persons having claims against the estate(s) of the said following deceased, whether due or not, are notified to exhibit their claims, with the voucher thereof, legally verified, to the undersigned, at the County Clerk’s Office on or before June 20, 2016 otherwise they may by law be excluded from all benefit of said estate(s). All beneficiaries of said estate(s) may appear on or before said day to examine said claims and otherwise protect their interests.
Claims against the estate must be filed in accordance with West Virginia Code 44-1-14a.
Millie S. Beall
Hunter L Beall Amy M. Self
2906 Sassafras Run Road, Weston, WV 26452
28 VanHorn Drive, Glenville, WV 26351
Lloyd Glenn “Buck” Stephens
4433 Bradley Road
Huntington, WV 25704
91 Main Street
W. Alexander, PA 15376
Clerk of Gilmer County Commission
10 Howard Street
Glenville, WV 26351
The date of the first publication of this Notice is : April 21, 2016
DHHR’s ‘Safe At Home’ Program To Expand Out To More WV Counties
The first phase of the state Department of Health and Human Resources’ “Safe at Home” program has seen positive results so far, according to Nancy Exline, commissioner for the state DHHR’s Bureau for Children and Families.
The program was implemented last year in Berkeley, Boone, Cabell, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Morgan, Putnam and Wayne counties. The program serves 12-17 year olds and their families, caregivers and foster parents by providing them with wraparound services in order to develop and maintain a stable and loving environment.
Exline said, so far, 122 children have been referred for wraparound services and 16 of them have returned to West Virginia. She also said 22 have moved back to their communities from in-state residential placements and 37 have been prevented from entering residential placements.
“We are still working with them. We’re trying to build capacity for maybe a foster home for those children that meets their needs to bring them back to their communities,” Exline said.
Plans to expand the program out to several other West Virginia counties will happen this July or August, she said.
Phase two will include Barbour, Brooke, Grant, Greenbrier, Hampshire, Hancock, Hardy, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Mercer, Mineral, Monongalia, Monroe, Nicholas, Ohio, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph, Summers, Taylor, Tucker and Upshur counties.
They eventually want to implement the program in all 55 counties, but Exline said it takes time.
“It’s always a good idea to start slow and build as you build capacity for community-based services,” she said. “We’re moving across the state.”
The goal is to have the program in place for all of West Virginia by next year.
The long-term plan, she said, is focused on four main goals: to keep children safe, to keep them healthy, to make sure they are supported in their communities and that they grow up to be successful adults.
“It is important that we build the base here in West Virginia that children are able to stay with their families,” Exline said.
The department’s Bureau for Children and Families is always looking for families interested in becoming foster parents, Exline said. For more information, visit the DHHR’s website.
Governor Tomblin Announces Records Management, Survey and Planning Grants
More than 50 communities receive $464,177 in grant funding to preserve local archives
CHARLESTON, WV – Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today awarded more than $464,000 in grant funding to more than 50 communities across the state to preserve West Virginia history through the survey and planning and records management and preservation grant programs.
“Whether written stories about our past or historic land documents, West Virginia is full of records, archives and landmark structures that play an important role in defining our state’s history,” Governor Tomblin said. “This grant funding will help enhance access to public records and maintain historic infrastructure around the state to ensure our state’s past is preserved and passed down for generations.”
The Records Management and Preservation Grant Program is administered through the Records Management and Preservation Board (RMPB) and includes projects to improve management, storage conditions, access, and preservation of public records held in county offices. Funding for the grants program comes from filing fees collected by county clerks and deposited in the special Public Records and Preservation Account. Recipients of Records Management and Preservation Grants include:
Barbour County Commission
To scan and index criminal case files in the prosecuting attorney’s office.
Berkeley County Council
To index digital images of case files in the circuit clerk’s office.
Boone County Commission
To scan and index civil and criminal case files in the circuit clerk’s office.
Braxton County Commission
To purchase open steel shelving and archival cubic foot records storage boxes for the prosecuting attorney’s, sheriff’s and circuit clerk’s offices; and to digitize chancery case files in the circuit clerk’s office.
Brooke County Commission
To rebind and encapsulate deed books in the county clerk’s office.
Calhoun County Commission
To index deed books digitized by the RMPB Statewide Preservation Project in the county clerk’s office.
Doddridge County Commission
To purchase a map cabinet and Mylar sleeves to encapsulate maps, and to rebind and encapsulate will and land books in the county clerk’s office.
Fayette County Commission
To digitize birth, death, and marriage books in the county clerk’s office, and for the county commission to purchase an oversize scanner to digitize maps, blueprints, and other records that will be used by all county offices.
Gilmer County Commission
To purchase roller shelving for improved storage of deed books in the county clerk’s office.
Grant County Commission
To digitize deed books and deeds of trust books in the county clerk’s office.
Greenbrier County Commission
To scan and index map cards in the assessor’s office, and to scan and index civil and criminal case files in the circuit clerk’s office.
Hampshire County Commission
To restore and digitize wills and will books, and to purchase roller shelving in the county clerk’s office.
Hardy County Commission
To digitize land books in the assessor’s office.
Harrison County Commission
To digitize the assessor’s copies of land books in the county clerk’s office.
Jackson County Commission
To purchase map cabinets and Mylar sleeves to encapsulate maps in the county clerk’s office.
Kanawha County Commission
To purchase roller shelving for oversize deed and land books in the county clerk’s office; and to scan and index civil case files in the circuit clerk’s office.
Lewis County Commission
To index digitized deed books in the county clerk’s office, and to scan and index criminal case files in the circuit clerk’s office.
Lincoln County Commission
To index deed books digitized by the RMPB Statewide Preservation Project, to purchase public access computers for the records room, and to restore and encapsulate land books in the county clerk’s office.
Marshall County Commission
To review records and implement the retention schedule, and to scan and index case files in the prosecuting attorney’s office.
Mason County Commission
To digitize the assessor’s copies of land books, and to scan and index estate files in the county clerk’s office.
McDowell County Commission
To digitize maps in the county clerk’s office.
Mercer County Commission
To purchase moveable track shelving for long-term inactive case files in the circuit clerk’s office.
Mingo County Commission
To scan and index order books in the circuit clerk’s office.
Monroe County Commission
To scan and index map cards in the assessor’s office, and to purchase shelving for inactive case files in the circuit clerk’s office.
Morgan County Commission
To scan and index tax records, and to purchase two color scanners and open steel shelving for the sheriff’s office.
Nicholas County Commission
To restore and encapsulate the assessor’s copies of land books in the county clerk’s office.
Ohio County Commission
To digitize microfilm of case files in the circuit clerk’s office.
Pendleton County Commission
To digitize deed, release, and deeds of trust books, and to restore, rebind, and encapsulate deed books in the county clerk’s office.
Pocahontas County Commission
To review and implement the records retention schedule and scan and index deed books in the county clerk’s office.
Preston County Commission
To scan and index deed books in the county clerk’s office.
Putnam County Commission
To digitize oil and gas lease books in the county clerk’s office, and to purchase open steel shelving for homestead and property records in the assessor’s office.
Raleigh County Commission
To review and implement the records retention schedule, and to purchase a high-volume, cross-cut shredder to dispose of records that have exceeded the retention requirement in the assessor’s office.
Ritchie County Commission
To purchase moveable track shelving for improved case file management in the prosecuting attorney’s office.
Roane County Commission
To encapsulate and rebind the earliest chancery order books in the circuit clerk’s office.
Summers County Commission
To digitize military discharge books, and to restore, rebind, and encapsulate will and deed books in the county clerk’s office.
Taylor County Commission
To scan and index map cards, and to purchase color scanners and public access computers for the assessor’s office.
Tucker County Commission
To scan and index birth books, to purchase public access computers, and to restore, rebind, and encapsulate the assessor’s copies of land books in the county clerk’s office.
Upshur County Commission
To digitize chancery and law case files in the circuit clerk’s office.
Wayne County Commission
To index deed books digitized by the RMPB Statewide Preservation Project, to encapsulate the assessor’s copies of land books, and to purchase a map cabinet in the county clerk’s office.
Webster County Commission
To scan and index deeds of trust books in the county clerk’s office.
Wood County Commission
To index deed books digitized by the RMPB Statewide Preservation Project in the county clerk’s office.
Wyoming County Commission
To restore, rebind, and encapsulate will and birth books in the county clerk’s office.
The Survey and Planning Grant Program is administered with funds from the Historic Preservation Fund, National Park Service. The grants may be used for activities including conducting architectural/archaeological surveys, National Register nominations, predevelopment plans and heritage education projects. Recipients of Survey and Planning Grants include:
Beverly Historic Landmark Commission
To assist with the 2016 Statewide Preservation Conference to be held in Beverly/Elkins, Randolph County.
City of Lewisburg/Lewisburg Historic Landmark Commission
To assist with the Barracks Plans and Specs in Lewisburg, Greenbrier County.
City of Morgantown/Morgantown Historic Landmark Commission
To assist with the architectural survey of the Suncrest neighborhood in Morgantown, Monongalia County.
Hampshire County Historic Landmark Commission
To assist with the Phase II of a cemetery survey of Hampshire County.
City of Wheeling/Wheeling Historic Landmark Commission
To assist with predevelopment documents for the Towngate Theatre and Stifel Arts Center projects in Wheeling, Ohio County.
Moorefield Historic Landmark Commission
To assist with the architectural resurvey of the Moorefield Historic District in Moorefield, Hardy County.
Greenbrier County Historic Landmark Commission
To assist with the preparation of a National Register Nomination on the Senator Robert Boone Property in Ronceverte, Greenbrier County.
Corporation of Shepherdstown
To assist with the historic structures report on the Mecklenburg Tobacco Warehouse in Shepherdstown, Jefferson County.
Beckley Historic Landmark Commission
To assist with the Neville and Main Street Building Assessments in Beckley, Raleigh County.
Governor Tomblin Presents 13 Communities with Small Cities Block Grants
Funding supports more than $12 million in local projects
CHARLESTON, WV – Governor Earl Ray Tomblin presented more than $12 million in Small Cities Block Grant funds for 13 critical infrastructure projects to support communities across West Virginia. In total, more than $44 million in other federal, state and local funding will support these projects for more than 17,000 West Virginia households, improving infrastructure reliability statewide.
“Today’s grant funding kicks off a number of anticipated improvement projects in cities and communities across West Virginia,” Governor Tomblin said. “Economic development projects and infrastructure improvements, like those supported by the Small Cities Block Grant program, are investments that not only open the door to new business prospects, but also improve the quality of life for West Virginians now and for years to come.”
Small Cities Block Grant funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Community Development Division of the West Virginia Development Office manages the administration of these funds.
GREENBRIER COUNTY COMMISSION
This $10 million project will enable the Greenbrier Public Service District to extend water service in and around several Greenbrier County communities along I-64 / US Rt. 60 including, but not limited to, Crawley, Shawver’s Crossing, Sam Black Church, Clintonville, Alta, Williamsburg and Trout to more than 400 new households. The project will provide water service to customers who currently rely on wells and cisterns. The project will also provide an interconnection to the Town of Rupert, which will enable the town’s aging plant to be placed on standby status.
JACKSON COUNTY COMMISSION
This $1.28 million project will enable the Northern Jackson Public Service District to extend water service to 54 new household customers along Trace Fork Road. The project will provide reliable water service to area residents who currently rely on private wells and other water collection methods.
LEWIS COUNTY COMMISSION
This $3.6 million project will enable the Lewis County Commission to extend water service to 96 households in the Churchville and Sugar Camp area, including Laurel Run, Mare Run, Limestone Run and Murphy Creek areas in the Northwest Lewis Water Extension. This area is currently served by individual wells, many of which have low quantity and quality.
LINCOLN COUNTY COMMISSION
This $4.57 million project will enable the Lincoln County Public Service District to extend safe drinking water to 147 new household customers in the areas of Lower Mud River, Laurel Creek, Straight Fork, Buffalo Creek, Little Buffalo Creek, and surrounding areas. The project includes a 100,000 gallon storage tank; one pressure reducing station; and 51 fire hydrants, valves, and individual customer services.
LOGAN COUNTY COMMISSION
This $4.95 million project will enable the Logan County Public Service District to extend water service to approximately 195 residential households in the communities of Big Harts Creek, Smokehouse Road, White Oak Branch, and surrounding areas of Logan County. The project will provide a reliable source of water in the project area which is currently served by private wells.
MARION COUNTY COMMISSION
This $2.1 million project will allow the Colfax Public Service District to decommission its waste water treatment plant; and extend the Colfax sewage system to the Kingmill Valley Public Service District, benefitting a total of 230 households. This project promotes a regional approach to the provision of critical public services and eliminates duplication of treatment facilities. The project will protect public water sources by halting overflow into the Tygart Valley River, which is upstream from the Town of Monongah and the City of Fairmont’s public water intakes.
TOWN OF MARLINTON (Pocahontas County)
This $4.35 million project will enable the Town of Marlinton to upgrade its existing water treatment plant and water storage system to 721 households. The project will also enable the town to replace three water storage tanks; update booster stations, install telemetry to the plant, tanks and boosters; and complete related upgrades throughout the system to ensure its long-term viability.
MERCER COUNTY COMMISSION
This $5.1 million project will enable the Oakvale Road Public Service District to extend water service to approximately 150 new households in the Elgood area, including the communities of Elgood, Twin Oaks and Christians Ridge in Eastern Mercer County. The project will include the installation of new water lines, booster stations, water storage tank and related improvements needed to provide safe drinking water to area residents.
TOWN OF NORTHFORK (McDowell County)
This $6.35 million project will allow the Town of Northfork to replace the existing water system which serves the Upland, Powhatan, Kyle, Northfork and Keystone communities and provide a second water source for the Maybeury Water Treatment Plant, serving a total of more than 400 households. This project replaces a water distribution system that has exceeded its useful life and is plagued by frequent line breaks and water loss.
TOWN OF PAW PAW (Morgan County)
This $1.5 million project will enable the Town of Paw Paw to replace old water lines throughout the project area to serve more than 240 households. This project will establish a more reliable and efficient water system for the Paw Paw residents as its current water distribution system is outdated, inefficient and often unsafe.
TOWN OF PENNSBORO (Ritchie County)
This $5.1 million project will enable the City of Pennsboro to complete the third and final phase of necessary upgrades to its aging and antiquated wastewater treatment plant that services approximately 590 households. This project allows the Town of Pennsboro to comply with a consent order to correct deficiencies at the wastewater treatment plant.
CITY OF RICHWOOD (Nicholas County)
This $6.4 million project will allow the Town of Richwood to improve its municipal water system and extend water service to approximately 115 new households of the Hinkle Mountain and Little Laurel Creek areas. This project will provide these residents with a reliable source of water, some of whom are forced to treat the water in their homes or transport it from other sources.
TUCKER COUNTY COMMISSION
This $6.25 million project will upgrade the existing Hamrick Public Service District water treatment plant, improve the existing distribution system and provide water service along Location Road to more than 700 households. The project will also include the installation of new water lines, booster stations, and tanks to serve residents who currently rely on private wells, many of which have low quality and quantity.
WESTON, WV — The March 2016 term of the Lewis County Grand Jury convened Monday in Weston and indicted 18 individuals, according to the prosecuting attorney’s office.
• Anthony Eugene Horner, 27, of Walkersville, who is charged with two felony counts of Domestic Assault, two misdemeanor counts of Assault, one count misdemeanor of Destruction of Property, two misdemeanor counts of Reckless Driving, one misdemeanor count of Leaving the Scene and two misdemeanor counts of Stalking.
• Jonathan Leroy Taylor, 30, of Jane Lew, who now faces one felony count of Burglary and one felony count of Grand Larceny.
• Tommie Larry Rinehart, Jr., 42, of Jane Lew, who is accused of one felony count of Attempted Robbery, one misdemeanor count of Assault and one misdemeanor count of Obstructing an Officer.
• Matthew Lee Jones, 22, of Jane Lew, who is charged with one felony count of Grand Larceny.
• Gloria Ann Yeager, 36, of Weston, who faces two felony counts of Forgery and two felony counts of Uttering.
• Everett J. Wine, 57, of Weston, who is accused of one felony count of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, Methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.
• Diana Lynn Summers, 50, of Florida, who is charged with one felony count of Abuse or Neglect of Incapacitated Adult by a Caregiver.
• Guy Summers, of Florida, who is also charged with one felony count of Abuse or Neglect of Incapacitated Adult by a Caregiver.
• Thomas William Bonnell, Jr., 41, of Weston, who faces one felony count of Driving While License Revoked for DUI, Third Offense.
• David Oren Webb, Sr., 44, of Buckhannon, who is accused of five felony counts of Wanton Endangerment, one misdemeanor count of Domestic Battery and one misdemeanor count of Obstructing.
• Michael Wesley Marion, 25, Weston, who is charged with one felony count of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, Marijuana, one felony county of Manufacture of a Controlled Substance, Marijuana, and one misdemeanor count of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Psilocybin.
• Michael Lawrence Louk, 45, of Weston, who faces two felony counts of Driving While License Revoked for DUI, Third Offense, one misdemeanor count of Duty Upon Striking Fixtures and three total misdemeanor counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance for Heroin, Methamphetamine and Marijuana.
• David Mark Ratliff, 46, of Burnsville, who is accused of two felony counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Methamphetamine.
• James Brian Stout, 40, of Jane Lew, who is charged with two felony counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Hydrocodone.
• Elizabeht Michal Carpenter, 26, of Weston, who faces three felony counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Buprenophine, within 1,000 feet of a school, one felony count of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, Buprenophine and one felony count of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, Alprazolam.
• Steven Michael Sears, 38, of Weston, who is accused of five felony counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm.
• Justin Allen Lyons, 24, of Spencer, who is charged with two felony counts of Forgery of Public Record, two misdemeanor counts of Driving While License Suspended and two misdemeanor counts of Speeding.
• John William Cole, 36, of Camden, who faces one felony count of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Third Offense, one felony count of Driving While License Revoked for DUI, Third Offense, one misdemeanor count of Improper Registration and one misdemeanor count of No Insurance.
Judge Jacob Reger presided while Prosecuting Attorney Christina Flanigan and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kurt Hall presented the cases.
Those indicted are ordered to report to the Lewis County Judicial Annex Circuit Courtroom, 117 Court Avenue, Weston, at 9 a.m. on March 11 for arraignment.
There are several currently proposed WV Senate Bills in the WV Legislature now that could seriously hurt our rights as property owners:
SB 508 Destroys a more than 200 year old law that allows citizens the right to file “Nuisance Suits” against neighbors or companies who harm their property values or their right to the pursuit of happiness on their property.
SB 565 Would allow drillers to build well pads and access roads on a surface owner’s property without having a permit to drill a well. This is actually Forced Trespassing.
SB596 Would Allow gas and pipeline companies to come onto private property to survey your land for pipelines which may not even be in the public interest. This is actually- Legalizing Trespassing.
SB 601 Forces West Virginia Landfill authorities to take drill cuttings from Marcellus Wells which may include contaminated waste and radioactive materials that could pose risks to our aquifers and water supplies. Good water is a West Virginian’s God Given Right.
None of these bills should be amended! They are wrong in any possible form.
None of these Senate Bills should come to the full Legislative floor for a vote.
All these Bills should be killed/stopped – NOW!
These Senate Bills seem to be totally for the benefit of the Marcellus Drilling and Pipeline companies and are putting our property rights, values, lives and peace of mind at risk. The out-of-state companies will be gone in ten years, but many of our property rights could be gone forever. It’s time to Act to get involved!
Crossover Tuesday on March 2 is when these Senate Bills will move to the House of Delegates for review. So, they should be killed in the House in the next two weeks in the event they make it out of the Senate.
Our Senators will not be representing “the majority” of their constituents if they sponsor or support or vote for these Senate Bills!
Please watch closely how your elected representatives vote in this session of the Legislature. It is important that they vote for our Property Rights.
It just does not seem to stop. Governor, Tomblin asked the WV Senate to Pass Bill SB 419. This bill will eliminate some of revenue derived from the State Severance Tax on oil and gas extraction by 4.7 cents per thousand cubic feet of natural gas (along with a fee on coal extraction).
Call me thunderstruck, but this tax revenue cut comes at a time when our state has a shortfall of over $350 million in the WV budget.
Yes, the fee was originally to be used to pay down the state’s old workers’ compensation debts and Tomblin had promised that once the debt was paid, the fee would be lifted.
Guess what. Our WV Senators have unanimously passed Senate Bill (SB) 419 and it is now awaiting the Governor’s signature. If signed, we will lose this potential tax revenue source that could help us fix our state’s budget. So I ask you, “Who is working to fix our budget”?
Finally, we need to kill any Bill that supports forced pooling.
Two such bill are SB646 and HB 4639 which support forced pooling. These bills will allow drilling under a surface owners property without their consent and without benefit to the surface owner. These are the worst forced pooling bills ever. Last year the legislature tried to pass a forced pooling bill and it failed because it is an unfair concept and an unfair law.
I thought this was the year that our infrastructure was to have been top priority. What Happened?
Our roads and bridges need repair and improvement. We need new roads. We still need to get good water to the thousands of folks who are on spring or well water. Yes, many families are still in need of reliable city water. So many people today in our state are still living as third world citizens.
So ask your representative why they are working so hard on taking away more of our rights?
There has never been a more important time to watch what is going on in Charleston!
There is still time to contact your elected officials. So take action now to protect your property rights.
These bills are taking away people’s rights and it is unfair to take away the legal system from ordinary citizens.
You can check a bill’s status at: www.legis.state.wv.us and you can also find your legislator by clicking on Senate or Delegate and then Member to get the phone number or email address to contact your representative.
You can make a positive impact. Take the time to protect your property rights now.
Age 54, of Spencer, WV passed away peacefully, with his family at his side, Sunday, February 21, 2016, at his residence, after a short illness.
He was born April 29, 1961, in Lewis County, WV a son of the late Jimmie Ray Rogers and the Pauline Greathouse Rogers Matheny.
David was a disabled tow motor operator.
Survivors include his wife, Christina Poore, and their daughter, Veronica Kathryn Rogers of Spencer; children from a previous marriage, D.J. Rogers and Sabreina Angelin both of West Virginia; brother, Rusty Rogers of Ohio; sister, Jeannie Rogers of West Virginia.
There will be no visitation or funeral service.
John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, is handling the arrangements.
We seldom comment on religion and religious beliefs, as those are private and sensitive topics. However, it seems that many of our current crop of politicians are eager to make religion, especially their own Christian piousness, a campaign issue. Generally they want to tout themselves as being the “Christian” candidate, the “Values” candidate, the “Family Values” candidate, or some similar title, indicating that they possess some moral superiority over their competitors.
We all are aware of Donald Trump’s little spat with Pope Francis, who had the audacity to suggest that some positions held by Donald and other self-proclaimed Christian candidates may not actually be in accordance with Christian beliefs, Christian Church policies, or the teachings of Jesus. The Pope was right to question our politicians and their beliefs, values, and position. If one decides to make their own religiosity an issue in the campaign, they should be prepared to take questions, explain themselves and justify their positions in terms of their claimed core beliefs and values.
Indeed, one has to wonder if any of the many candidates for public office, from Sheriff to President, can really walk their positions back and show how their positions are derived from and are consistent with their claimed core beliefs and values. One would expect anybody claiming some religious belief system (or any belief system) as the basis for their world view, their values and morals, and their actions to be able to clearly articulate and explain their beliefs, their values, and their moral codes, and explain how their positions, policies, and actions on important issues can be derived from them.
Exactly how does one start with the teachings of Jesus and come to an adamant opposition and rejection of health care as a basic right for all, regardless of income or circumstance? How does one turn the teachings of Jesus into a rejection of and slamming the door on our poor and less fortunate neighbors? When was Jesus an advocate for denying food and shelter to hungry children? How do Jesus’ lessons lead to opposition to clean air and water? When did Jesus preach on the virtues of policies that favor the wealthy and punish the poor and working classes? For that matter, how does one derive an amoral economic system, based on rampant materialism, greed, and self-interest from Jesus’ teachings and life? These are all valid questions for those who want to proclaim themselves to be, first and foremost, Christians in the political arena.
As citizens, we all have a right and an obligation to hold our candidates and elected officials responsible for explaining their core belief systems, core values, and showing how their policy positions and actions stem from those belief systems and values. This holds for all candidates and officials, whether or not they claim to represent some particular religious group. If they cannot do that, if they cannot walk their political positions and actions back to their claimed core beliefs and values, perhaps they are not who they claim to be. Perhaps they are using their supposed religious beliefs as just another marketing ploy. Or perhaps they have no beliefs and are for sale to the highest bidder.
Recent Snow days have required county school boards to adjust school calendars to make up for lost instructional time.
Gilmer County Superintendent Gabe DeVano said seven instructional days have been lost so far due to snow and bas weather.
Due adjustments which have been made to the calendar based on recommendation of the superintendent, the school board had to reduce the length of spring break.
But, the end of the school year has not been changed unless there are more days off.
To make up for snow days, the school board simply converted three Continuing Education (CE) and Professional Development (PD) days into instructional days. These were days on the calendar that were for instructors only.
Now the Friday before and the Monday after the Easter Sundat are the only days for Spring Break.
Lewis County students have missed nine school days this winter.
The last day of school for the Lewis County will be May 31, with staff continuing to report until June 02. Students were originally projected to finish the school year on May 26.
Upshur County isn’t far behind Lewis when it comes to the number of snow days. Students there have lost eight instructional days this year. Superintendent Roy Wager said spring break has been affected by the adjustments to scheduling. However Good Friday and Easter Monday have been protected.
March 11, 18 and March 29-April 01 are make-up days.
Please Watch the VIDEO as Joey Frazier, the Transportation and Child Nutrition Director explains the planning for next years calendar.