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West Virginia Hunters Harvest 112,384 Deer In 2016

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Preliminary counts indicate West Virginia hunters harvested 112,384 white-tailed deer during the recently completed bucks firearms, antlerless, muzzleloader, archery, crossbow, and youth/Class Q/Class XS deer seasons, according to Paul Johansen, chief of the Division of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Resources Section. This year’s total harvest was 19 percent below the 2015 deer harvest of 138,493 and 15 percent below the five-year average of 132,466.

A breakdown of the combined 2016 deer seasons reveals 46,071 bucks harvested during the traditional buck firearm season, 32,508 antlerless deer taken during all antlerless firearm hunting opportunities, 28,808 deer harvested by bows and crossbows, and 4,997 deer taken by muzzleloader hunters.


Antlerless Deer Season

The 2016 antlerless deer season harvest, which includes the youth/Class Q/Class XS deer season, was 18 percent less than in 2015 and 26.5 percent below the five-year average of 44,239.  “It is important to note that the antlerless harvest is the key component to any deer management strategy, as it controls the future deer population,” said Johansen.  Hunters are reminded that on March 13 and 14, 2017, the DNR will hold 12 public meetings across the state to gather comments on proposed fall 2017 antlerless deer hunting seasons in each of the 51 counties where firearms deer hunting is permitted.  The 2016 top 10 counties are: Preston (1,535), Upshur (1,485), Lewis (1,292), Mason (1,269), Jackson (1,224), Ritchie (1,215), Wood (1,126), Roane (1,034), Harrison (972), and Braxton (854).


Muzzleloader Deer Season

The 2016 muzzleloader harvest of 4,997 was 3 percent below the 2015 harvest of 5,178, and 21 percent below the five-year average of 6,344. The top 10 counties are Randolph (243), Nicholas (232), Preston (217), Upshur (185), Lewis (168), Jackson (158), Braxton (157), Mason (153), Wood (141), and Webster (139).


Archery and Crossbow Deer Season

The bow and crossbow hunter’s take of 28,808 deer was 11 percent less than the 2015 archery season harvest of 32,540, and four percent above the five-year average archery season harvest of 27,596.  Archery harvests are inversely correlated to hard mast crops. The below-average acorn crop in 2015, followed by a better acorn crop in 2016, likely contributed to the lower 2016 harvest; however, the proportion of the harvest taken using a crossbow increased in 2016 over that recorded in 2015.  The 2016 top 10 counties are: Preston (1,365), Randolph (975), Wood (945), Kanawha (921), Upshur (867), Wyoming (867), Mason (791), Jackson (785), Nicholas (765), and Raleigh (738).


WESTVIRGINIA DEER HARVEST, 2016

County

BuckFirearms

Antlerless

Muzzleloader

Archery/Crossbow

Total

Barbour

1,098

773

133

568

2,572

Brooke

268

367

38

287

960

Hancock

209

164

34

357

764

Harrison

1,138

972

113

632

2,855

Marion

765

787

113

521

2,186

Marshall

727

493

73

357

1,650

Monongalia

827

644

91

707

2,269

Ohio

270

222

46

294

832

Preston

1,774

1,535

217

1,365

4,891

Taylor

581

490

70

303

1,444

Tucker

730

191

73

409

1,403

Wetzel

899

819

90

335

2,143

District 1Subtotal

9,286

7,457

1,091

6,135

23,969

Berkeley

737

627

67

582

2,013

Grant

954

439

81

351

1,825

Hampshire

1,197

836

88

421

2,542

Hardy

1,076

610

63

317

2,066

Jefferson

422

413

54

417

1,306

Mineral

922

684

80

404

2,090

Morgan

437

406

44

241

1,128

Pendleton

1,088

448

70

345

1,951

District 2 Subtotal

6,833

4,463

547

3,078

14,921

Braxton

1,102

854

157

571

2,684

Clay

390

164

43

241

838

Lewis

1,246

1,292

168

629

3,335

Nicholas

1,044

470

232

765

2,511

Pocahontas

921

202

56

278

1,457

Randolph

1,617

803

243

975

3,638

Upshur

1,399

1,485

185

867

3,936

Webster

941

303

139

548

1,931

District 3 Subtotal

8,660

5,573

1,223

4,874

20,330

Fayette

889

266

124

718

1,997

Greenbrier

1,447

699

135

565

2,846

McDowell

456

456

Mercer

636

383

86

684

1,789

Monroe

1,099

752

70

550

2,471

Raleigh

648

206

70

738

1,662

Summers

657

562

62

403

1,684

Wyoming

 

 

 

867

867

District 4 Subtotal

5,376

2,868

547

4,981

13,772

Boone

573

147

72

364

1,156

Cabell

677

404

60

434

1,575

Kanawha

1,058

385

78

921

2,442

Lincoln

846

522

106

466

1,940

Logan

574

574

Mason

1,267

1,269

153

791

3,480

Mingo

386

386

Putnam

992

803

119

661

2,575

Wayne

815

252

62

419

1,548

District 5 Subtotal

6,228

3,782

650

5,016

15,676

Calhoun

705

599

69

326

1,699

Doddridge

946

706

70

308

2,030

Gilmer

791

634

93

311

1,829

Jackson

1,487

1,224

158

785

3,654

Pleasants

334

251

27

154

766

Ritchie

1,422

1,215

102

630

3,369

Roane

1,178

1,034

105

544

2,861

Tyler

855

766

82

330

2,033

Wirt

777

810

92

391

2,070

Wood

1,193

1,126

141

945

3,405

District 6 Subtotal

9,688

8,365

939

4,724

23,716

StateTotal

46,071

32,508

4,997

28,808

112,384

West Virginia Hunters Harvest 3,012 Black Bears In 2016

The Free Press WV

West Virginia hunters harvested 3,012 black bears during the combined 2016 archery, crossbow and firearms seasons, according to Colin Carpenter, Black Bear Project leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

The preliminary black bear harvest data for the combined 2016 seasons were 6 percent lower than the record set in 2015. The harvest is the second highest bear kill recorded and is the second time the harvest has topped 3,000.

“The mast index for all oak species in 2016 increased significantly over 2015 and was above the long-term average,” said Carpenter. “Historically, an abundance of oak mast makes bears harder to target for archery hunters. Conversely, increased oak mast typically means a higher December firearms harvest because many bears delay entering their dens due to the abundance of food.”

Carpenter added, “In the 2016 Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook, we predicted a decreased archery harvest and a similar-to-slightly greater December firearms harvest over the levels observed in 2015. Our prediction held true for the archery season, but did not hold up in the December season.”

“Overall, the 2016 harvest declined during the archery, buck-gun and December seasons over the levels recorded in 2015. However, those decreases were partially offset by very successful early gun seasons in September and October.

Hunters killed 1,012 bears during the first segment of the 2016 archery season (Sept. 24 – Nov. 19).  They took 584 bears with vertical bows and 428 with crossbows. The top five counties were Randolph (82), Fayette (74), Nicholas (60), Greenbrier (55) and Preston (52).

Firearms hunters harvested 2,000 bears during 2016. Hunters took 883 bears in September and October, 349 during the concurrent buck-gun bear season, and 768 during the traditional December season. The top five counties were Pendleton (177), Randolph (167), Pocahontas (161), Nicholas (153) and Hardy (133).

2016 WEST VIRGINIA BLACK BEAR HARVEST

County

Bow/Crossbow

Sept/Oct Gun

Buck Gun

December

Total

Barbour

45

20

1

0

66

Brooke

0

0

0

0

0

Hancock

0

0

0

0

0

Harrison

16

0

2

0

18

Marion

3

0

0

0

3

Marshall

2

0

0

0

2

Monongalia

7

0

2

0

9

Ohio

0

0

0

0

0

Preston

52

41

22

22

137

Taylor

17

0

1

0

18

Tucker

35

37

6

50

128

Wetzel

1

0

0

1

2

District 1 Subtotal

178

98

34

73

383

Berkeley

3

0

3

0

6

Grant

25

31

6

39

101

Hampshire

17

0

29

4

50

Hardy

26

61

14

58

159

Jefferson

3

0

2

0

5

Mineral

11

0

0

9

20

Morgan

8

0

11

0

19

Pendleton

37

100

10

67

214

District 2 Subtotal

130

192

75

177

574

Braxton

36

11

4

11

62

Clay

9

13

7

16

45

Lewis

13

0

5

0

18

Nicholas

60

56

31

66

213

Pocahontas

23

62

11

88

184

Randolph

82

99

4

64

249

Upshur

14

10

2

6

32

Webster

38

50

9

52

149

District 3 Subtotal

275

301

73

303

952

Fayette

74

21

39

13

147

Greenbrier

55

45

12

73

185

McDowell

49

38

5

16

108

Mercer

33

0

4

2

39

Monroe

24

27

17

29

97

Raleigh

36

25

9

7

77

Summers

26

0

8

0

34

Wyoming

24

30

1

2

57

District 4 Subtotal

321

186

95

142

744

Boone

23

28

30

32

113

Cabell

0

0

0

0

0

Kanawha

26

38

33

28

125

Lincoln

1

0

0

0

1

Logan

22

26

1

2

51

Mason

0

0

0

0

0

Mingo

13

14

0

7

34

Putnam

0

0

0

0

0

Wayne

1

0

0

0

1

District 5 Subtotal

86

106

64

69

325

Calhoun

1

0

3

0

4

Doddridge

3

0

0

0

3

Gilmer

7

0

4

3

14

Jackson

0

0

0

0

0

Pleasants

0

0

0

0

0

Ritchie

4

0

0

0

4

Roane

1

0

0

0

1

Tyler

2

0

0

0

2

Wirt

4

0

1

1

6

Wood

0

0

0

0

0

District 6 Subtotal

22

0

8

4

34

State Total

1012

883

349

768

3012

Bears listed for Logan, McDowell and Wyoming counties as"Buck Gun” are bow or crossbow kills from 11.21.16 -12.031

November 19, 2016. All other bow and crossbow kills have been separated based on the seasonsin which they were killed

Area Closings Delays and Early Dismissal on Thursday, January 05, 2017

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Status of Area Closings Delays and Early Dismissal on Thursday, January 05, 2017
 
Closings and Delays
Early Dismissal
Glenville State College  
Gilmer County Board of Education  
Gilmer County Courthouse  
Gilmer County Health Department  
Gilmer County Senior Center  
Minnie Hamilton Health System, Glenville Office Clinic 
Gilmer County Schools   Closing at 12:30 PM
Braxton County Schools   Closing 1 Hour Early
Calhoun County Schools   Closing at 12:00 PM
Doddridge County Schools   Closing 2 Hours Early
Lewis County Schools   Closing 2 Hours Early
Ritchie County Schools   Closing 3 Hours Early
Barbour County Schools   Closing 2 Hours Early
Clay County Schools   Closing 2 Hours Early
Harrison County Schools  
Nicholas County Schools  
Pleasants County Schools   Closing at 1:00 PM
Roane County Schools   Closing 3 Hours Early
Tyler County Schools   Closing 3 Hours Early
Upshur County Schools   Closing at 1:00 PM
Webster County Schools   Closing 2 Hours Early
Wetzel County Schools   Closing 2 Hours Early
Wirt County Schools   Closing 2 Hours Early
Wood County Schools  
Please Send us your closings and delays:  ‘tellus@gilmerfreepress.net’  or   304.462.8700


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Fall Interns Complete Student Teaching for GSC

Sixteen students have completed their student teaching internships for Glenville State College and participated in GSC’s December Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, December 10.

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(L-R) Sarah Gillespie, Katie Stover, Kennedy Cochran, Justin Oney, Justin Lewis,
Nathan Kincaid, Larisa Gray, Krystal Jones, Elizabeth Shuman, Jacob Yocum,
Athena Morris, Seth Elmore, Amanda Hanks, Anissa Cox, Kayla Rose, and Paige Tuttle

  • Kennedy Cochran completed her student teaching in Elementary Education (K-6) and Multi- Categorical Special Education (K-6) at Leading Creek Elementary School with Brianna Short and Melissa Wood. Dr. Shelly Ratliff and Dr. Tara Cosco were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Clinton and Lisa Cochran of Clifftop, West Virginia. Cochran was also named Outstanding Student Teacher of the fall semester by the education honor society Kappa Delta Pi.


  • Anissa Cox completed her student teaching in Elementary Education (K-6) and English Education (5-9) at Jane Lew Elementary School and Robert L. Bland Middle School with Carmen Shafer and Traci McCarty. Dr. Shara Curry and Dr. Melody Wise were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Charles Holcomb of Paden City, West Virginia and Yvonne and Brian Tannous of Weston, West Virginia. She currently resides in Jane Lew, West Virginia with her husband Brent and son Elliot.


  • Seth Elmore completed his student teaching in Music Education (5-adult) at Gilmer County Elementary School and Lewis County High School with Judy Leggett, Allen Heath, and Tina Norman. Dr. David Lewis, Dr. Shara Curry, and Donald Sheets were his GSC supervisors. He is the son of Joseph Wayne and Kandi Jo Elmore of Greenville, West Virginia. He currently resides in Dixie, West Virginia with his wife Courtney.


  • Sarah Gillespie completed her student teaching in Elementary Education (K-6), and General Math-Algebra I (5-9) at Tennerton Elementary School and Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School with Rachel Stump and Carol Shenuski. Dr. John Taylor and Joseph Wood were her GSC Supervisors. She is the daughter of Matthew and Rena Gillespie of Buckhannon, West Virginia. She currently resides with her Fiancé Daniel Nolte in Buckhannon, West Virginia.


  • Larisa Gray completed her student teaching in Math Education (5-adult) at Robert L. Bland Middle School and Lewis County High School with Tammie Lattea and Theresa Johnston. Dr. John Taylor and Joseph Wood were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Daniel and Victoria Gordon of Cox’s Mills, West Virginia. She currently resides with her husband, Breken, in Westminster, Maryland.


  • Amanda Hanks completed her student teaching in Early Education (PreK-K) and Elementary Education (K-6) at Glade Creek Elementary School with Lori Symes and Briana Waters. Frances Fry was her GSC supervisor. She is the daughter of Mike and Kim Hanks of Summersville, West Virginia.


  • Krystal Jones completed her student teaching in Elementary Education (K-6) and Multi-Categorical Special Education (K-6) at Summersville Elementary School with Aime Thomas and Betsy Strickland. Dr. John Taylor was her GSC supervisor. She is the daughter of Myrtle Jones and Donald Barnes of Milford, Virginia.


  • Nathan Kincaid completed his student teaching in Business and Marketing Education (5-adult) at Gilmer County High School with Lora Chapman. Dr. Kevin Cain and Dr. John Taylor were his GSC supervisors. He is the son of Michael and Sandra Kincaid of Summersville, West Virginia.


  • Justin Lewis completed his student teaching in Social Studies (5-adult) at Gilmer County High School and Calhoun County Middle/High School with Karen McClain and Brandi Richards. Dr. Shara Curry was his GSC supervisor. He is the son of Danny and MaLesa Lewis of Boonsboro, Maryland.


  • Athena Morris completed her student teaching in Elementary Education (K-6) and Multi-Categorical Special Education (K-6) at Arnoldsburg Elementary School with Tammey Webb and Maria Arnold. Dr. Tara Cosco was her GSC supervisor. She currently resides in Glenville, West Virginia with her husband Gary and children Kevin, Sebastian, and Isabel.


  • Justin Oney completed his student teaching in Social Studies (5-adult) at Gilmer County High School and Calhoun County Middle/High School with Lindsey Bush and Dan Cosgrove. Dr. Shara Curry and Don Sheets were his GSC supervisors. He is the son of Eric and Kristi Oney of Logan, West Virginia.


  • Kayla Rose completed her student teaching in Elementary Education (K-6) and Early Education (PreK-K) at Burnsville Elementary School with Sherri Stalnaker and Melinda Wilson. Frances Fry was her GSC supervisor. She is the daughter of Jessica Rose of Weston, West Virginia. She currently resides with her husband JR in Clarksburg, West Virginia.


  • Elizabeth Shuman completed her student teaching in Social Studies (5-adult) and Elementary Education (K-6) at Lewis County High School and Jane Lew Elementary School with Ben Whetsell and Lisa Vaillancourt. Dr. Shara Curry was her GSC supervisor. She is the daughter of Kelly Shuman of Jane Lew, West Virginia and Nelson Shuman of Fairview, West Virginia and is the mother of Karus Musselman.


  • Katie Stover completed her student teaching in English Education (5-adult) at Braxton County High School and Geary Elementary School with Janis Collins and Staci Moore. Her GSC supervisors were Dr. Shara Curry, Dr. Melody Wise, and Frances Fry. She is the daughter of Brett and Kara Stover of Wallback, West Virginia.


  • Paige Tuttle completed her student teaching in Early Education (PreK-K) and Elementary Education (K-6) at Gilmer County Elementary School with Ronni Facemire and Tanya Stewart. Dr. Shelly Ratliff was her GSC supervisor. She is the daughter of David and Heather Tuttle of Fairview, West Virginia.


  • Jacob Yocum completed his student teaching in Social Studies (5-adult) at Gilmer County High School and Braxton County Middle School with McKinley Buckley and Lori Dittman. Frances Fry and Don Sheets were his GSC supervisors. He is the son of Jennifer and Rodney Thompson of Elkins, West Virginia.


  • Senior teacher education students take part in an internship during their final semester at GSC. At the conclusion of their internship students must complete a presentation illustrating their mastery of the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards as well as the standards of their particular area of study.


For more information about the Teacher Education Program at Glenville State College, contact 304.462.4119.

West Virginia Hunters Check in More Than 2,000 Fall Turkeys in 2016, Up 82% from 2015

The Free Press WV

Preliminary numbers show fall turkey hunters checked in 2,066 turkeys this fall, according to Chris Ryan, supervisor of Game Management Services for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR). This was the first time in recent history that all 55 counties were open to a fall season.

The fall turkey harvest was up 82 percent from 2015. The top 10 counties were Nicholas (140), Randolph (116), Preston (105), Upshur (92), Webster (91), Wood (84), Greenbrier (74), Mason (64), Wyoming (62) and Monroe (61). The 14 “traditional” fall hunting counties accounted for 37 percent of the total fall turkey harvest.

All six DNR districts had higher harvests compared to 2015. District 3 led the state with a harvest of 564 birds, followed by District 1 (412), District 4 (368), District 6 (275), District 5 (238) and District 2 (209).

“Hunter participation, recruitment of turkeys into the population, and availability of hard mast account for most of the variability in fall turkey harvests,“ Ryan said. “Although acorns were more plentiful in 2016, increased reproduction and having more counties open to fall hunting led to a better harvest, as was predicted in the 2016 Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook.“

The 17-year cicada, which emerged in 2016 across much of the state, increased poult survival in areas of cicada abundance. This high-protein food source helped in turkey reproduction which was noted by an increased number of broods observed throughout much of the State in 2016, according to Ryan.

“In addition, hunters enjoyed the new season format that enabled them to chase this magnificent bird throughout the entire state.”

Fall harvest of wild turkeys in West Virginia, 2012-2016.

County

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Barbour

30

0

18

0

29

Brooke

7

9

2

6

15

Hancock

11

8

5

8

6

Harrison

26

20

20

28

41

Marion

15

4

6

19

38

Marshall

28

10

22

9

50

Monongalia

18

24

15

25

30

Ohio

12

9

3

6

21

Preston

63

77

53

71

105

Taylor

11

8

5

2

23

Tucker

25

14

25

13

14

Wetzel

14

2

18

0

40

District 1 Subtotal

260

185

192

187

412

Berkeley

18

36

19

30

21

Grant

31

41

17

38

57

Hampshire

22

41

15

35

30

Hardy

30

34

18

31

27

Jefferson

0

0

0

0

8

Mineral

22

28

16

25

22

Morgan

5

14

15

15

9

Pendleton

46

26

31

25

35

District 2 Subtotal

174

220

131

199

209

Braxton

0

0

0

0

43

Clay

0

0

0

0

12

Lewis

0

8

0

25

21

Nicholas

98

39

88

63

140

Pocahontas

79

57

54

62

49

Randolph

77

59

83

114

116

Upshur

43

28

0

59

92

Webster

58

35

50

48

91

District 3 Subtotal

355

226

275

371

564

Fayette

0

0

0

0

38

Greenbrier

138

64

81

81

74

McDowell

0

33

0

0

30

Mercer

0

0

2

0

27

Monroe

89

71

52

61

61

Raleigh

0

0

0

0

47

Summers

73

42

41

26

29

Wyoming

0

37

35

41

62

District 4 Subtotal

300

247

211

209

368

Boone

0

0

0

0

21

Cabell

12

4

0

0

12

Kanawha

0

0

0

0

38

Lincoln

0

14

0

0

26

Logan

0

0

0

0

25

Mason

41

26

33

43

64

Mingo

0

0

0

0

8

Putnam

21

2

0

19

27

Wayne

0

17

0

0

17

District 5 Subtotal

74

63

33

62

238

Calhoun

14

8

0

0

19

Doddridge

0

0

0

0

12

Gilmer

0

6

0

0

10

Jackson

39

18

37

24

48

Pleasants

5

4

3

6

7

Roane

0

2

12

0

21

Ritchie

0

0

0

0

26

Tyler

6

1

8

15

18

Wirt

23

19

23

17

30

Wood

44

20

31

47

84

District 6 Subtotal

131

78

114

109

275

State Total

1,294

1,019

956

1,137

2,066

Deer Hunters In West Virginia Harvest 45,871 Bucks During The 2016 Buck Firearms Season

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Preliminary data collected from the electronic game checking system indicate deer hunters in West Virginia harvested 45,871 bucks during the two-week buck firearms season which ran from November 21 through December 03, 2016, according to Paul Johansen, chief of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Resources Section.

The 2016 buck harvest is down 25 percent from the 2015 harvest of 60,814. The top 10 counties for buck harvest were:  Preston (1,769), Randolph (1,610), Jackson (1,482), Greenbrier (1,445), Ritchie (1,414), Upshur (1,392), Mason (1,266), Lewis (1,238), Hampshire (1,183) and Wood (1,182).

The buck harvest decreased in all six DNR districts. The buck season harvest was predicted to decrease in the Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook brochure, primarily because of an increased number of acorns in 2016 compared to acorn crop production in 2015. In addition, high winds across much of the state limited deer activity and decreased success rates on the first two days of the season. 

“Hunters continued to use the electronic game checking system established in 2015,“ Johansen said. “Hunters enjoyed the ease of being able to check deer and other game using the telephone, internet or by stopping at a license agent.“

Johansen reminds hunters that several days of deer hunting opportunity still remain for 2016, including the remainder of the muzzleloader season, which runs through Saturday, December 10. The traditional antlerless deer season in selected counties on both public and private land opens Thursday, December 15, and runs through Saturday, December 17. The Youth, Class Q/QQ and Class XS deer season for antlerless deer will be open December26 and 27 in any county with a firearms deer season. This will be followed by the reopening of Class N/NN antlerless deer season December 28-31 in specified counties or portions of counties.

West Virginia Buck Firearms Season Harvest, 2012-2016
County 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Barbour 1177 1109 886 1281 1,094
Brooke 407 389 251 286 267
Hancock 320 273 200 208 206
Harrison 1385 1301 930 1418 1,132
Marion 1089 1130 702 1190 762
Marshall 1309 1051 707 818 726
Monongalia 1297 1107 689 1023 824
Ohio 466 399 232 290 266
Preston 2158 1741 1526 2046 1,769
Taylor 684 635 453 732 579
Tucker 649 527 494 783 726
Wetzel 1471 1537 891 1144 896
District 1 Subtotal 12,412 11,199 7,961 11,219 9,247
Berkeley 767 871 522 908 732
Grant 1250 1135 783 1304 949
Hampshire 1588 1846 1094 1947 1,183
Hardy 1429 1447 920 1709 1,073
Jefferson 526 445 385 499 421
Mineral 1181 1345 835 1335 920
Morgan 602 743 412 678 433
Pendleton 1373 1163 861 1297 1,088
District 2 Subtotal 8,716 8,995 5,812 9,677 6,799
Braxton 1401 1626 921 1660 1,100
Clay 528 475 329 618 388
Lewis 1365 1692 1166 1875 1,238
Nicholas 1212 824 871 1274 1,041
Pocahontas 1152 961 831 1008 920
Randolph 1804 1329 1291 1659 1,610
Upshur 1283 1396 1009 1704 1,392
Webster 817 717 632 1080 941
District 3 Subtotal 9,562 9,020 7,050 10,878 8,630
Fayette 996 835 725 1214 885
Greenbrier 1875 1509 1372 1816 1,445
McDowell 0 0 0 0 0
Mercer 682 536 402 843 633
Monroe 1569 1466 1004 1462 1,092
Raleigh 749 579 506 895 643
Summers 1077 973 657 999 653
Wyoming 0 0 0 0 0
District 4 Subtotal 6,948 5,898 4,666 7,229 5,351
Boone 898 725 519 868 573
Cabell 750 763 421 641 672
Kanawha 1164 1380 730 1547 1,053
Lincoln 1319 1124 720 1312 842
Logan 0 0 0 0 0
Mason 1676 1495 1002 1488 1,266
Mingo 0 0 0 0 0
Putnam 1191 1210 565 1114 987
Wayne 1041 870 528 963 814
District 5 Subtotal 8,039 7,567 4,485 7,933 6,207
Calhoun 770 1164 504 1063 703
Doddridge 950 1243 615 1376 941
Gilmer 911 1427 669 1435 790
Jackson 1630 1917 1107 1870 1,482
Pleasants 371 438 273 492 332
Ritchie 1512 2091 1123 2024 1,414
Roane 1391 1893 927 1846 1,172
Tyler 922 1000 566 1064 850
Wirt 846 1091 681 1152 771
Wood 1403 1580 1011 1556 1,182
District 6 Subtotal 10,706 13,844 7,476 13,878 9,637
State Total 56,383 56,523 37,450 60,814 45,871

Winter Feeding Management of Livestock Program

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An educational program and informational meeting on conservation management practices to improve winter feeding management of livestock will be held December 12 in Lewis County.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Weston USDA Service Center located on Grass Run Road, Weston, WV.

Jeff Griffith, district conservationist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, will present a program to area farmers on management considerations and options for Winter Feeding Management of Livestock.

Bruce Loyd, WVU Extension agent from Lewis County, will also be on hand.

For more information, contact Griffith at 304.269.8431 x 3, or Loyd at 304.269.4660.

If you need an accommodation to participate in this event, contact Nan Kimble at 304.284.7546, or by e-mail at .

Transportation Alternatives and Recreational Trails Grants

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today announced grant awards to fund 54 community and infrastructure projects across the state. The Transportation Alternatives and Recreational Trails Grant programs will provide more than $7 million for a variety of improvements.

“Improvements like those supported by the Transportation Alternatives and Recreational Trails programs are investments that build a better and brighter future of West Virginia,” said Governor Tomblin. “Today’s grant funding will allow us to build and repair infrastructure across the state—making our communities better places to live and work.”

Funding is provided by the Federal Highway Administration. The West Virginia Division of Highways administers the programs.

Recipients are:

14 Recreational Trails Grants - $1,158,538


Audra State Park (Barbour)
Alum Cave Trail Phase II
Federal Funds Awarded $96,000


Anthony Boat Launch (Greenbrier)
United States Forest Service
Federal Funds Awarded $28,000


Babcock State Park (Fayette)
Babcock State Park Trail Maintenance Equipment
Federal Funds Awarded $37,700


Hatfield-McCoy Regional Recreation Authority (Logan and Mingo)
Hatfield McCoy Trail System – Bearwallow and Buffalo Mountain Maintenance
Federal Funds Awarded $80,000


Hatfield-McCoy Regional Recreation Authority (McDowell and Mercer)
Hatfield McCoy Trail System – Indian Ridge and Pocahontas Trail Maintenance
Federal Funds Awarded $80,000


Hatfield-McCoy Regional Recreation Authority (Logan, Mingo and Wyoming)
Hatfield McCoy Trail System – Rockhouse and Pinnacle Creek Trail Maintenance
Federal Funds Awarded $80,000


Barboursville, Village of (Cabell)
Barboursville Park Equestrian Trail
Federal Funds Awarded $56,000


Citizens Conservation Corps, Inc. (Raleigh)
Burning Rock Trails Project 2016
Federal Funds Awarded $120,000


North Bend Rails to Trails Foundation, Inc. (Doddridge and Harrison)
North Bend Rail Trail Restoration
Federal Funds Awarded $80,000


Friends of the Cheat (Preston)
Cheat River Rail Trail Design and Construction Phase I
Federal Funds Awarded $150,000


Parsons, City of (Tucker)
Corrick’s Ford Battlefield Park Development
Federal Funds Awarded $80,000


National Coal Heritage Area Authority (Lincoln, Logan and Mingo)
Guyandotte Water Trail
Federal Funds Awarded $125,000


Friends of Blackwater (Tucker)
North Fork of Blackwater Trail Development Project
Federal Funds Awarded $74,238


Preston County Parks and Recreation Commission (Preston)
WV Northern Rail Trail
Federal Funds Awarded $71,600


40 Transportation Alternatives Grants - $5,917,737


Bradshaw, Town of (McDowell)
Bradshaw Sidewalk Rehabilitation
Federal Funds Awarded $150,000


Iaeger, Town of (McDowell)
Town of Iaeger Sidewalk Rehabilitation
Federal Funds Awarded $150,000


Shinnston, City of (Harrison)
Shinnston Lincoln High School to WV Rt. 20 Sidewalk
Federal Funds Awarded $192,882


West Milford, Town of (Harrison)
West Milford School Street Sidewalks Improvements
Federal Funds Awarded $108,000


Rupert, Town of (Greenbrier)
Rupert Phase III Sidewalk Improvements
Federal Funds Awarded $99,084


Linwood Alive, Inc. (Pocahontas)
Linwood Alive, Inc. Linwood Project
Federal Funds Awarded $50,000


Morgan County Commission (Morgan)
Morgan County Commission/North Berkeley Rail Trail III
Federal Funds Awarded $160,000


Romney, City of (Hampshire)
City of Romney – Main Street Sidewalks (High Street to Grafton Street)
Federal Funds Awarded $200,000


Romney, City of (Hampshire)
City of Romney – Main Street Sidewalks (South Side)
Federal Funds Awarded $322,469


Bridgeport, City of (Harrison)
Bridgeport Rt. 58 Walking Trail
Federal Funds Awarded $560,000


Barboursville, Village of (Cabell)
Barboursville Pedestrian/Bicycle Path
Federal Funds Awarded $100,000


Parkersburg, City of (Wood)
Parkersburg Gihon Elementary School
Federal Funds Awarded $64,920


Wood County Commission (Wood)
Wood County Commission Route 14/Pike Street Trail
Federal Funds Awarded $8,000


Brooke County Commission (Brooke)
Brooke Pioneer Expansion North Connector
Federal Funds Awarded $50,000


Parkersburg, City of (Wood)
Parkersburg Rayon Drive (Phase One)
Federal Funds Awarded $240,000


Ranson, City of (Jefferson)
Ranson 5th Avenue Extended Complete Street Project
Federal Funds Awarded $200,000


Morgantown, City of (Monongalia)
Morgantown Pleasant Street Streetscape
Federal Funds Awarded $128,000


Regional Intergovernmental Council (Clay)
Regional Intergovernmental Council Town of Clay Streetscape
Federal Funds Awarded $250,000


Barrackville, Town of (Marion)
Barrackville Phase 7 PublicWalks
Federal Funds Awarded $96,000


Putnam County Parks and Recreation (Putnam)
Hometown Parks Improvements Construction Phase
Federal Funds Awarded $45,777


Grantsville, Town of (Calhoun)
Grantsville Main Street Streetscape
Federal Funds Awarded $350,000


Madison, City of (Boone)
Madison State Street Streetscape Phase I
Federal Funds Awarded $401, 005


Jane Lew, Town of (Lewis)
Jane Lew Main Street Streetscape
Federal Funds Awarded $200,000


Oak Hill, City of (Fayette)
Oak Hill Main Street and Central Avenue Connector Trail
Federal Funds Awarded $60,000


Oak Hill, City of (Fayette)
Oak Hill Lighting and Security
Federal Funds Awarded $192,000


Bruceton Mills, Town of (Preston)
Bruceton Mills Sidewalk Project
Federal Funds Awarded $135,200


Salem, City of (Harrison)
Salem Sidewalk Project Phase I
Federal Funds Awarded $50,000


Morgantown, City of (Monongalia)
Morgantown Multi-Use path Along WV 705
Federal Funds Awarded $400,000


Mullens, City of (Wyoming)
Mullens TAP and RTP
Federal Funds Awarded $250,000


Charleston, City of (Kanawha)
Charleston Quarrier St. West and Virginia St. West Bike Trail
Federal Funds Awarded $100,000


West Union, Town of (Doddridge)
West Union Downtown Sidewalk Project
Federal Funds Awarded $32,000


Glenville, City of (Gilmer)
Glenville Hays City Trail
Federal Funds Awarded $35,000


Princeton, City of (Mercer)
Princeton Thorn Street North Side
Federal Funds Awarded $50,000


Nitro, City of (Kanawha)
Nitro Second Avenue Streetscape
Federal Funds Awarded $50,000


Bath, Town of (Morgan)
Berkeley Springs State Park Improvements
Federal Funds Awarded $38,400


Babcock State Park (Fayette)
Babcock State Park Babcock to Sewell-Trail Restoration Project
Federal Funds Awarded $150,000


Gilbert, Town of (Mingo)
Gilbert Sidewalk Enhancements Phase II
Federal Funds Awarded $60,000


Corporation of Harpers Ferry
Harpers Ferry High Street Project
Federal Funds Awarded $64,000


Vienna, City of (Wood)
Vienna Grand Central Avenue Streetscape Phase II
Federal Funds Awarded $75,000


Sistersville, City of (Tyler)
Sistersville Downtown Streetscape Phase II
Federal Funds Awarded $50,000

WV County Breakdown of the General Election

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We know that Republicans scored big (or at least maintained their advantage) in statewide and Legislative races in the General Election earlier this month, but what about county races?  Patti Hamilton, the executive director of the West Virginia Association of Counties, has broken down the races for assessor, circuit clerk, county clerk, county commission, prosecutor and sheriff in all 55 counties. Here’s what she found:

–The biggest turnover was in the position for sheriff, where there are 29 new office holders. However, Hamilton points out that’s due in part to term limits that prevent the sheriff from serving more than two consecutive terms.

–The highest turnover after sheriff was for county commission.  Fifty-six of the 169 commission positions were open and 34 (61 percent) of the positions were filled by a new face.

–West Virginia has 19 new assessors, 12 new circuit clerks, 13 new county clerks, 34 new commissioners, 14 new prosecutors and 29 new sheriffs, for a total of 121 new county office holders. Of those 121, 63 are Democrats and 58 are Republicans.

–Of the 19 new assessors, 11 are Democrat and 8 Republican. The 12 new circuit clerks are split evenly between the two parties. Eight of the new county clerks are Democrats and five are Republicans. Twenty-one of the 34 new commissioners are Republicans and 13 are Democrats.  Of the 14 new prosecutors, eight are Republicans and five are Democrats. Twenty of the 29 new sheriffs are Democrats and nine are Republicans.

–Democrats hold all county offices in eleven counties: Boone, Brooke, Calhoun, Clay, Logan, Marion, McDowell, Mingo, Ohio, Webster and Wetzel.  Republicans hold all county offices in eight counties: Doddridge, Grant, Mineral, Morgan, Preston, Putnam, Tyler and Upshur.

–The biggest changes came in Grant, Harrison, Jefferson, Mercer, Morgan, Nicholas, Wirt and Wood counties; each elected four new county officials.  Only Gilmer County had no change in county officials; all incumbents were re-elected.

–Jefferson County was tough on former legislators. Outgoing Democratic State Senator Herb Snyder lost his bid for county clerk.  Dale Manuel, a Democratic former House of Delegates member, lost his race for re-election to the county commission. Outgoing Cabell County House of Delegates member Jim Morgan had better luck; he won a commission seat. Wayne County Democrat Rick Thompson, a former Speaker of the House of Delegates, was elected Sheriff.

And finally, Hamilton says she’s retiring June 30th after serving in that capacity for 20 years.  Hamilton has been a strong, professional voice for the West Virginia Association of Counties. She will be missed.

~~  Hoppy Kercheval ~~

CommunityConcerns™: The State’s A-F Grading System Inflates Letter Grades For Schools

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Long awaited A-F grades for West Virginia’s schools were released by the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) on November 16, 2016. The new grading system caused considerable controversy and its vocal critics included teachers, the West Virginia Education Association, and county school system administrators.

After the grading system’s details and grades were made public more controversy is spreading throughout the State. A major criticism is that the WVBE’s grading system caused grade inflation with disclosure that measures were taken to improve A-F grades for public consumption.

Consider high schools as an example. For reading and math proficiency each of the two categories was allocated 250 possible points to potentially total 500 points.  A total composite score, to be used to determine a final letter grade, involved adding points for ten other categories of variables for a possible total score of 1500 points. Assuming that a high school got 500 points for reading and math that would mean that for the two academic areas that score would be 500/1500 possible points=33.3%  of a total score. The effect is that points for the 10 other categories have more weight in determining a final score as the basis for a high school’s letter grade.

Also, based on a standard grading scale used in education a high school can have F grades for reading and math and still get a C or a higher grade.

According to the WVDE’s adjusted A-F grading system with 1500 possible points for a high school and total scores expressed as percentages,  54.66% would be an A compared to 49.38% for a B, 41.43% for a C, and 36.21% for a D. This proves that the WVDE made adjustments to inflate A-F grades for high schools.

If the WVDE wants to be transparent with how the State’s high school students are truly performing in math and reading proficiency, a separate letter grade should be assigned for those subjects with use of the education profession’s long standing A-F grading system to avoid grade inflation and sending wrong signals to the public.

Regardless of what happens next the WVDE has legal authority to impose its school grading system on WV’s counties. The special challenge to counties is what to do next.

The obvious choice is to set their own standards for proficiency for reading, math and other subjects. Then, their elementary, middle, and high schools could be managed accordingly to prepare high school graduates to be career and college ready.

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Click on each school to see the details:

Gilmer County

Grade - School - State Ranking

A - Normantown Elementary - 13 out of 401

C - Glenville Elementary School - 206 out of 401

C - Sand Fork Elementary - 274 out of 401

B - Gilmer County High School - 56 out of 118

Braxton County

Grade - School - State Ranking

C - Burnsville Elementary School - 321 out of 401

B - Davis Elementary School - 26 out of 401

D - Flatwoods Elementary School - 340 out of 401

C - Frametown Elementary School - 127 out of 401

D - Little Birch Elementary School - 364 out of 401

C - Sutton Elementary School - 164 out of 401

C - Braxton County Middle School - 66 out of 171

A - Braxton County High School - 25 out of 118

Calhoun County

Grade - School - State Ranking

C - Arnoldsburg School - 40 out of 401

B - Pleasant Hill School - 182 out of 401

D - Calhoun Middle/High School - 93 out of 118

Doddridge County

C - Doddridge County Elementary School - 150 out of 401

C - Doddridge County Middle School - 50

A - Doddridge County High School - 19 out of 118

Lewis County

Grade - School - State Ranking

D - Roanoke Elementary School - 319 out of 401

D - Peterson-Central Elementary School - 357 out of 401

D - Jane Lew Elementary School - 381 out of 401

C - Robert L. Bland Middle School out of 171

C - Lewis County High School - 89 out of 118

Ritchie County

Grade - School - State Ranking

C - Ellenboro Elementary - 254 out of 401

C - Harrisville Elementary - 216 out of 401

C - Creed Collins Elementary - 192 out of 401

B - Smithville Elementary - 128 out of 401

C - Ritchie County Middle 87 out of 171

B - Ritchie County High School - 64 out of 118

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report

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On Thursday, November 10, 2016 Chief Judge Jack Alsop called the criminal docket and 21 capias’ were renewed for criminals who failed to appear.


Two fugitives from justice waived to return to their states:

•  Eric Coffee waived to return to Maryland.

•  Charles Smith waived to return to Wisconsin

Both defendants were represented by Kevin Hughart of Sissonville and authorities in those states have until 4 PM November 22, 2016 to pick the fugitives up or Central Regional Jail will release them.


•  The trial of State of West Virginia vs. Adam Couch was continued pending an evaluation report being received from Clayman & Associates.

A status hearing is now set for December 12, 2016 at 11:00 AM.

Couch is represented by co-counsel Kevin Hughart and Brian Bailey of Buckhannon.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Kevin Curry

He was before the Court and the Court on its own motion set a hearing on the motion to dismiss filed by prosecutor for Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 9:00 AM.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Dennis McKay

He was set for a hearing but it was rescheduled due to him not being transported.

His case will now be heard on November 14, 2016.


On November 14, 2016 Chief Judge Alsop held Court in the annex building in Magistrate Court due to their being NO HEAT in the main Court House.

Later he dispensed with the new petit/magistrate jurors having to report on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 as summonsed by the Circuit Clerk. Karen Elkin’s office later contacted all the jurors who had provided telephone numbers and they will receive a letter telling them when to report for indoctrination, as well as upcoming trial dates for the November term which runs through the end of February 2017.


•  NO PETIT JURORS WILL REPORT ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH.


The 2 special prosecutors appeared and arraignments were held in the cases they presented to the grand jury and secured indictments.


Shannon Johnson was special prosecutor in the following cases:


1) William Lewis Reynolds entered not guilty pleas to all the counts of his indictment and he will have a pretrial hearing at 9:00 AM on February 03, 2017 and his trial is set for the third case February 15th.

Brian Bailey of Buckhannon represents Mr. Reynolds.


2) Patty Jane Reynolds also entered not guilty pleas in her indictment.

Her pretrial is also set for 9:00 AM on February 03, 2017 and she is scheduled to be the first trial on February 15th.

She is represented by Clinton Bischoff of Summersville.


3) State of West Virginia vs. Eric Brent Williams

He entered not guilty pleas to all 14 counts of his indictment.

He is represented by Thomas Kupec of Clarksburg and his pretrial is set for 10:00 AM February 03, 2016 and his trial is set for February 16th.


•  Kurt Hall of Lewis County was special prosecutor in the case of State of West Virginia vs. Jason Wayne Starcher.

Starcher entered not guilty pleas to all 6 counts of his indictment and he is represented by Timothy Gentilozzi of Clarksburg who appeared by telephone.

His pretrial will be 9:30 AM on February 03, 2016 and he is second trial on February 15th.


•  Eight juvenile matters were heard.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Dennis McKay

He was ordered to undergo a mental examination by Charleston Forensic Psychologists and an order will be entered scheduling that examination. McKay is represented by Teresa Monk of Walton.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Eric Winston Langford

He was also ordered to undergo a mental examination and he is represented by Christopher Moffatt of Charleston.


•  In the case of John Puffenbarger vs. David Ballard, Warden it was determined that Bailey had already filed the habeas on his behalf, thus the state has to respond within 20 days and an evidentiary hearing was scheduled for January 06, 2017 at 2:00 PM.


•  A name change petition was continued by the Court and he appointed Kevin Hughart as guardian ad litem to represent the best interest of the child.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Charles Collins

He was before the Court on a motion filed by the state for a DNA sample.

Collins voluntarily agreed to provide it and the state has to set a date and time for the submission.

Collins is represented by Joseph Spano.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Joshua Clark

He was before the Court for reconsideration but due to him being scheduled for a parole hearing in early December the Judge decided it was up to the parole board to make the decision.


•  One matter was before the Court for release of funds held by the General Receiver and upon submission of being Executrix over the estate of her father Judge Alsop ordered the funds be released to her.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Brittney Nickeson

She was before the Court after successfully completing the program at Anthony Correctional Center for Youthful Offenders with no violations of any kind.

She was admitted to 4 years probation with 80 hours per year of community service.

Her attorney was Clinton Bischoff.


•  Michael Kendall was before the Court for expungement of his record, which request was denied by Judge Alsop.




On Wednesday, November 09, 2016 Chief Judge Jack Alsop came to Gilmer County for his regular November term of Court.


Wednesday was grand jury day and at 9:17 the jury was seated and Judge Alsop instructed them and Daniel Minney was named foreperson and Daniel Page was named Deputy Foreperson.

At 9:47 AM they went to their jury room and 2 special prosecutors, namely Shannon Johnson of Calhoun County and Kurt Hall of Lewis County presented cases and at 11:22 AM the grand jurors returned to open Court and returned 4 indictments as follows:


•  State of West Virginia vs. William Lewis Reynolds

He was indicted for one count of child abuse causing bodily injury, 1 count of child neglect causing bodily injury, 1 count of conspiracy to commit child abuse resulting in bodily injury and 1 count of conspiracy to commit child neglect causing bodily injury.

Reynolds is represented by Brian Bailey of Buckhannon and will be arraigned at 9:00 AM Monday, November 14, 2016.

Special prosecuting attorney Shannon Johnson is handling this case.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Patty Jane Reynolds

She was indicted for the same 4 counts as her husband, William and is represented by Clinton Bischoff of Summersville and her arraignment will also be on Monday.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Eric Brent Williams

He was indicted for 7 counts of obtaining under false pretenses and 7 counts of fraudulent schemes.

His attorney is Thomas Kupec of Clarksburg and will be arraigned Monday as well.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Jason Wayne Starcher

He was indicted for 5 counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person in position of trust and 1 count of sexual abuse in the third degree.

Kurt Hall of Lewis County is the special prosecuting attorney handling this case.

This arraignment will be Monday, November 14th also.


Later prosecuting attorney Gerald B. Hough presented 5 more indictments as follows:


•  State of West Virginia vs. Dale Lee Carr

He was indicted for one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver a schedule I controlled substance ( heroin) and 1 count of conspiracy.

Carr is represented by David Karickhoff of Sutton and his arraignment will be Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 9:00 AM.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Ralph Jennings McCourt Jr.

He was also indicted for one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver a schedule I controlled substance (heroin) and 1 count of conspiracy.

His attorney is Brian Bailey of Buckhannon.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Joshua David Bohn

He was indicted for one count of entry of a building other than a dwelling and one count of conspiracy.

He is represented by Jeff Davis of Clay.


•  State of West Virginia vs. James Anthony Christman

He was indicted for one count of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory and one count of conspiracy.

He is also represented by David Karickhoff.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Dale Lee Carr

He was also indicted for 7 counts of sexual assault in the second degree, 7 counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person in a position of trust to a child.


All of Prosecutor Hough’s indictees will appear at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 for arraignment.



Judge Richard A. Facemire denied an expungement he had previously taken under advisement.

Dale Carr’s bond was reduced.

Gilmer County Family Court Report

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Family Court Judge Larry Whited held Court in Gilmer County.

•  One domestic violence petition was reset for November 16, 2016.

•  One contempt was heard continued.

•  One divorce was continued until January 11, 2017.

•  One modification was continued to January 11, 2016.

•  Two temporary hearings were heard.


Two divorces were granted as follows:

•  Kenneth Broome (53) of Linn, WV divorced Pamela C. Broome (49) of Weston, WV.

•  Elizabeth Shaffer (26) of Normantown, WV divorced Melvin Shaffer (32) of Normantown, WV.


•  One domestic violence petition was granted.

•  2 domestic violence petitions were denied.

•  Two modifications had temporary orders entered in them with final orders to come at a later date.

•  One modification was continued due to death in the family.

•  2 domestic violence cases were continued.

•  One divorce was continued.

•  One allocation petition was granted.


•  One divorce was granted between Autumn McKeown (26) of Glenville, WV divorced William Dennison (34).

In West Virginia….

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►  Mother charged with daughter’s death makes court appearance

The Lewis County mother accused of killing her 3-year-old daughter has made her first appearance in court.

Media outlets report 34-year-old Lena Lunsford waived the time limit for her preliminary hearing in Lewis County court on Thursday. Lunsford’s preliminary hearing has now been rescheduled for Wednesday.

According to a criminal complaint, witnesses saw Lena Lunsford bludgeoning her daughter, Aliayah Lunsford, with a “handheld object” in September 2011. Witnesses said Aliayah fell to the ground from the head injury and died hours later.

The complaint says Lena Lunsford then withheld medical attention from the child and prevented others from summoning help. She then allegedly took steps to conceal the crime.

The child’s body hasn’t been recovered.

Lunsford’s attorney, Barbara Harmon-Schamberger, declined to comment.


►  WVU Students protest Trump

With folks protesting Trump across the nation, students in Morgantown took to the streets to the same.

Earlier this week students marched around Morgantown chanting and holding signs protesting against the president-elect.

We talked with a member of the Young Democrats of West Virginia, who is a student at West Virginia University. He said he supports the protest, but doesn’t want to see it get violent.

“I support their protest, I agree with their reasons for protesting, but I think when things get violent, destruction of property takes place, that’s when I draw my line,“ said Justin Click, Vice President of Programming for the Young Democrats of West Virginia.

And how do WVU officials feel about this?

“I certainly respect the rights of all people, students, to express support for their opinion,“ said Corey Farris, Dean of Students at WVU. “As long as it’s done in a peaceful, respectful way, then it’s good.“


►  Community mourns death of Aliayah Lunsford in Lewis County

With a soft, reassuring voice and a number family and community members in church, Reverend Ronald C. Brown led the first of what could be many memorials for Aliayah Lunsford, the three-year-old girl who went missing on September 24, 2011, and is now believed dead.

“More or less just talking to people,” Brown said, describing his role, Saturday. “Allowing them to know that Aliayah is safe in the arms of Jesus.”

It was a somber day for the community, according to Aliayah’s great aunt Vickie Bowen. But, she and Reverend Brown agreed it was a day that may be another step along the path to closure.

“They don’t have Aliayah’s body yet, but this gave them some closure that Aliayah is safe,” he said.

Rev. Brown, who has served Bendale United Methodist Church for the past four years, said it had been a day involving more goodbye’s for the family and community and a day that raised a number of difficult questions as well.

“What kind of a person would she be like today?” he said. “The picture’s, the updates on what she would like, when I saw them I said, ‘She’s a beautiful child.‘”

Rev. Brown asked for the community to also pray for Aliayah’s mother, Lena Lunsford. She has been charged, more than five years after the initial disappearance, with child abuse by a parent causing death.

“She’s the one that can lead the detectives or Sheriff’s department to the body,” he said. “She can do that, I believe, through prayer from everybody.”

Police arrested Lunsford in Pinellas County Florida on November 3. She was extradited to West Virginia the next day.

Her preliminary hearing has been continued until Wednesday, November 16.

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