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WV Division of Culture and History: Trophy Winners in A. James Manchin Memorial Marble Tournament

CHARLESTON, WV – Six trophies were awarded to the top three boys and girls at the West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s seventh annual A. James Manchin Marble Tournament on Saturday, April 04, at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston.

The free tournament is sponsored by the West Virginia Marble Shooters Association and is open to children from 7 to 14 years of age and all skill levels.

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James Manchin Memorial Marble Tournament winners for 2015
(L-R) Ezra Somazze, Rosalia Somazze, Gavin Perna, Philip Morgan, Annabeth Keller and Ava Gunter
(L-R, BR) Rachel Moses and Chris Reed, cultural program specialists for
the West Virginia Division of Culture and History


The winners in the girls category include Ava Gunter, first place; Rosalia Somazze, second place; and Annabeth Keller, third place.

The boys category includes Philip Morgan, first place; Gavin Perna, second place; and Ezra Somazze, third place.

The winners received a trophy and are invited to compete in the marble tournament at the Glass Festival in Weston, WV.

Interested participants practiced from 12:30 to 1:30 PM, and the tournament began at 1:30 PM.

The tournament’s marble game, Ringer, is played by placing 13 marbles in the form of an “X” in a 10-foot circle with players alternating shots.

For more information about The A. James Manchin Memorial Marble Tournament, contact Chris Reed, cultural program specialist for the division, at 304.558.0220 x 185.

GSC Business Department Recognizes Distinguished Students

GLENVILLE, WV – The Glenville State College Business Department recently announced its list of Distinguished Business Students for 2015. Recognition of these top twenty-five business students is based on multiple criteria including academic achievement, class rank, campus involvement, and leadership in department classes and programs. Additionally, some students are recognized for specific departmental awards.

This year’s group of Distinguished Business Students included:

•  Senior accounting major Samantha Brookover from Auburn, West Virginia

•  Junior accounting major Kathy Childers from Spencer, West Virginia

•  Senior management and marketing major Robert Cline from Gassaway, West Virginia

•  Junior sport management and marketing major Hunter Given from Cowen, West Virginia

•  Senior accounting major Morgan Lambert from Oceana, West Virginia

•  Senior management major Madison Martin from Canvas, West Virginia

•  Senior accounting and management major Kristen Meadows from Gassaway, West Virginia

•  Sophomore management major Kalleone Moret of Roanoke, Virginia

•  Senior accounting and management major Meghan Ruddlesden of Parkersburg, West Virginia

•  Senior accounting and management major William Sarine of Harrisville, West Virginia

•  Senior accounting and management major Valeri Sprouse of Glenville, West Virginia

•  Junior sport management major Tyler Wiseman of Baltimore, Maryland.

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2015 GSC Distinguished Business Students (l-r)
back row: Alfonso Medina, Kaitlin Carpenter, Alexander Joseph, Hunter Given, Nathan Kincaid, Kalleone Moret
middle row: Kathy Childers, Samantha Brookover, Graydon Jedamski, Gregory Steele, Robert Cline, Kristen Meadows, Erica Whitney
front row: Lucas DeMarino, Ashley Woodford, Julie Greenlee, Madison Martin, Meghan Ruddlesden, Valeri Sprouse
(not pictured: Randy Stiers, Stefano Pecci, Jason Rosenburg, Morgan Lambert, William Sarine, and Tyler Wiseman)


Those receiving specific awards included these talented students:

•  Senior accounting, management, and computer and information systems triple major Ashley Woodford of Cox’s Mills, West Virginia who earned the Ernest H. Smith Award and was named the Outstanding Accounting Student.

•  Computer and information systems major Randy Stiers of Gassaway, West Virginia who was recognized as the Freshman with the Highest Major Fields Test Score.

•  Accounting and management major Erica Whitney of Strange Creek, West Virginia who was named the Senior with the Highest Major Fields Test Score.

•  Best Business 193 Service Learning Team which was comprised of sophomore business major Lucas DeMarino of Glenville, West Virginia

•  Junior management major Alfonso Medina of Venice, California

•  Senior natural resource management major Stefano Pecci of Dana Point, California

•  Junior business major Graydon Jedamski of Broadway, Virginia was recognized as the Outstanding Two-year Student

•  Senior business and marketing education (5-adult) major Julie Greenlee of Duck, West Virginia was recognized as the Outstanding Business Education Student

•  Junior computer and information systems major Jason Rosenburg of Troy, West Virginia was recognized as the Outstanding Computer Science Student

•  Senior management major Gregory Steele of Sand Fork, West Virginia was recognized as the Outstanding Management Student

•  Senior marketing and management major Kaitlin Carpenter of Grantsville, West Virginia was recognized as the Outstanding Marketing Student

•  Senior sport management major Nathan Kincaid of Summersville, West Virginia was named the Outstanding Sport Management Student

•  Senior sport management major Alexander Joseph of Fairmont, West Virginia was named the Outstanding Intern

All of the award recipients enjoyed a luncheon with GSC faculty and staff prior to the awards ceremony.

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For more information on the event or the GSC Business Department, call 304.462.4123.

GSC Theatre Group to Perform ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’

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GLENVILLE, WV - Members of the Glenville State College theatre group are getting ready for their next show, ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan,‘ a comedy by Martin McDonagh.

You can see the show on Thursday, April 16th, Friday, April 17th, and Saturday, April 18th at 7:00 PM in the Heflin Administration Building Presidents Auditorium.

General admission is $3.00 and is free for GSC students with a valid ID.

“This play tells the story of Billy Claven, a teenager who has grown up with an arm and a leg left unusable by a childhood disease. He’s also an orphan, and is being raised by his Auntie Eileen and Auntie Kate on a small island off the coast of western Ireland. Bullying and belittlement are the way of life for everyone on the island, though Billy probably catches the worst of it. With the arrival of an American filmmaker, everybody sees it as their chance to make it big and leave the island, but nobody wants it more than Billy Claven,“ said GSC Theatre Director and Professor of Communications Dennis Wemm.

Cast members for the performance include:

•  Jeremiah Underwood from Summersville (Nicholas County), West Virginia as Billy Claven;

•  Brittany Ferguson from Glenville (Gilmer County), West Virginia as Auntie Eileen;

•  Mary Lewis from Harpers Ferry (Jefferson County), West Virginia as Auntie Kate;

•  Eric Jones from Weston (Lewis County), West Virginia as Johnnypateenmike O’Dougal;

•  Neysa Brown from Alum Bridge (Lewis County), West Virginia as Mammy;

•  Brittany Robinson from Mabie (Randolph County), West Virginia as Slippy Helen McCormick;

•  Cody Mullens from Calvin (Nicholas County), West Virginia as Bartley McCormick;

•  Ryan Helmick from Grafton (Taylor County), West Virginia as Babbybobby Bennett; and

•  Travis ‘Tyler’ Hammack from Spencer (Roane County), West Virginia as Dr. McSharry.

‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’ is intended for mature audiences and parents are strongly cautioned that the play is not recommended for children.

There are scenes of violence and strong language, though most of it consists of swearing in an Irish dialect.

For more information, contact Wemm at or 304.462.6323.

GOVERNOR TOMBLIN ANNOUNCES FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARATION HAS BEEN GRANTED

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FEMA declaration to assist government agencies following

Winter Storm Thor

CHARLESTON, WV - Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced his March 24 request for a federal disaster declaration following Winter Storm Thor has been granted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The federal declaration will provide assistance for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities.

“These federal funds will provide much needed financial assistance to counties that bore the brunt of Winter Storm Thor,“ Governor Tomblin said. “I appreciate the hard work of our state’s first responders and the West Virginia National Guard during the response to Winter Storm Thor and am grateful for their efforts to keep our residents safe. This declaration will provide our state, counties and municipalities with the assistance and support needed to rebuild and move forward.“

The following counties are eligible to receive federal public assistance funding under the declaration: Barbour, Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Jackson, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Marshall, McDowell, Mingo, Monongalia, Putnam, Raleigh, Ritchie, Roane, Summers, Tyler, Upshur, Wayne, Webster, Wetzel, Wirt, Wood and Wyoming.

West Fork Conservation District Supervisors Meeting – Thursday, 04.02.15 - Tomorrow

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The West Fork Conservation District Board of Supervisors monthly meeting will be held on Thursday, April 02, 2015, at the Steer Steakhouse, Weston, WV.

The meeting starts at 9:30 AM.

Please if you have questions contact Robin Ward, Administrative Officer for the West Fork Conservation District at 304.627.2160 x 113.

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

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

Zuccaro Ordered Back to Sharpe Hospital to Remain in Leg Shackles; Creating Frustration for Some

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UPDATE:

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has collaborated with Brooke County Prosecuting Attorney Joseph Barki to file a motion which will seek to move Rocco Zuccaro to a facility in South Carolina instead of back to Sharpe Hospital.

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The West Virginia State Police will be adding up what it cost the agency to conduct a nearly two-day search for an escapee from Shape State Mental Hospital who will likely soon be returned to that same hospital.

Accused murderer Rocco Zuccaro, who took off from the Sharpe Hospital in Weston on Monday by climbing a 15-high brick wall and scaled a fence on his way off the property was captured Wednesday night about 15 miles away near Lost Creek in Harrison County.

West Virginia State police brought in troopers from different parts of the state to conduct the search and used the West Virginia State Police helicopter.

Zuccaro, who allegedly murdered a man in Brooke County in 2013, was ordered back to Sharpe Hospital by Brooke County Circuit Judge Ronald Wilson Thursday.

Brooke County Prosecutor Joe Barki said the judge had few options because Zuccaro had been ordered there previously for competency restoration.

Judge Wilson’s order said Zuccaro would be required to wear leg shackles at all times at Sharpe Hospital.

The exact return date will be worked out by regional jail and hospital officials.

Brooke County Sheriff Chuck Jackson said the decision to send Zuccaro back to Sharpe was frustrating.

“He just escaped Sharpe. Do I like him going back to Sharpe? Absolutely not. Would I rather have him in a regional jail setting? Absolutely.”

Prosecutors still hope to have Zuccaro on trial this June.

Governor Tomblin Announces Transportation Alternatives, Recreational Trails Program Grants

More than $5.6 million to assist with 42 projects across West Virginia
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CHARLESTON, WV – Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today joined representatives from the West Virginia Division of Highways and the Federal Highway Administration’s West Virginia Division Office to award over $5.6 million in Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grants to 42 projects across West Virginia. 

“Today’s grant presentations are the start of many anticipated infrastructure improvements in cities and towns across the Mountain State,” Governor Tomblin said. “These projects will not only help make communities safer, but also more accessible and enjoyable for the people who call them home.” 

The total grant funding was allocated as follows: 

The West Virginia TAP grant is administered as part of a federal program held in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It is a federal-aid program of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Recipients of the TAP grants include:

Berkeley

Martinsburg Train Station Corridor 2014 - $154,000

Boone 

Madison Main Street Streetscape 2014 - $120,198

Brooke 

Beech Bottom Sidewalk Improvements 2014 - $144,000

Cabell 

Huntington Old Main Corridor 2014 - $350,000
Huntington Paul Ambrose Trail for Health Pedestrian Bridge 2014 - $500,000

Greenbrier 

Lewisburg Elementary School Safe Routes Project 2014 - $80,000
Lewisburg Feamster Road Sidewalk 2014 - $200,000
Rupert Sidewalk 2014 - $99,084
White Sulphur Springs Main Street Streetscape 2014 - $259,200

Hampshire 

Romney Sidewalk & Streetscape 2014 - $214,720

Harrison 

Lost Creek Train Depot Renovations 2014 - $40,000
Shinnston Rail Trail Restoration 2014 - $184,206
West Milford Sidewalk Improvements 2014 - $96,000

Kanawha 

Charleston Sidewalks in South Hills 2014 - $160,000
Dunbar 12th Street Streetscape 2014 - $205,344
St. Albans Streetscape 2014 - $245,000

Marion 

Pleasant Valley Sidewalks 2014 - $160,000

Mason 

Mason Sidewalk Improvements 2014 - $179,976

Monongalia 

Morgantown City-wide Bicycle Signage & Facilities 2014 - $96,000

Pleasants 

St. Marys Sidewalk Improvements 2014 - $152,000

Preston 

Kingwood Sidewalks 2014 - $143,200

Putnam 

Poca Sidewalks 2014 - $119,429

Ritchie 

Cairo Sidewalks 2014 - $100,000

Roane 

Spencer Streetscape 2014 - $200,030

Tyler/Wetzel

Paden City School Sidewalk Improvements 2014 - $80,000

Wood 

Vienna Grand Central Avenue Streetscape 2014 - $127,881

Wyoming 

Pineville River Drive Sidewalks 2014 - $200,000

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is also an assistance program of the FHWA and allows states to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both non-motorized and motorized recreational trail use. Recipients of the RTP grants include:

Greenbrier

Confederate Cemetery Recreational Trail - $80,000
Rainelle Recreation Trail: Phase II - $48,000

Harrison 

Trail Relocation - $24,200

Kanawha 

Nature Trails-Phase II Trail Maintenance Equipment - $56,320
Kanawha County Trail System - $80,000
Kanawha County Trailhead Facility - $40,000

Lewis 

Golf Course Ridge Trail - $32,947

Logan/Mingo

Wayne County Trailhead Facility - $40,000

Mason 

Wellness Trails - $120,000

Monongalia 

Mon River/Caperton Trail Connector-Star City River Landing - $96,000
Collins Ferry Road: Mon River Trail Connector - $60,000
Foundry Street Linkage-Downtown to Rail-Trail - $34,320

Monongalia/Preston

Deckers Creek Trail Surface Repair Project - $101,376

Tucker 

Tucker County Rocks! - $120,000

Wayne/Kanawha/McDowell/Mingo/ Wyoming 

Wayne County Trail System - $80,000

The Escapee from Weston Sharpe Hospital Is Captured

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BRIDGEPORT, WV – The accused murderer from Pennsylvania who escaped from Sharp Mental Hospital in Weston, Lewis County, WV earlier this week is back in police custody.

West virginia State Police said Rocco Zuccaro, age 30, of Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, was apprehended in the McWhorter area of Harrison County on Wednesday night.

State Police said Sgt. J.M. Menendez found Zuccaro hiding in tall grass near a natural gas facility.

Law enforcement officers from across West Virginia were searching the McWhorter area because of multiple reports from people who had spotted Zuccaro.

Zuccaro, who is being held on the North Central Regional Jail, will be charged with felony escape Thursday morning.

The search for him started Monday afternoon when he escaped from William R. Sharpe, Jr. Hospital in Weston where he was undergoing a psychological evaluation ahead of a possible trial for the 2013 shooting death of a Brooke County man, Jason Pratz.

In addition to West Virginia State Police, the West Virginia National Guard, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Department, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Police, the Weston Police Department, the U.S. Marshal Service and other law enforcement agencies were part of the search for Zuccaro.

2015 WV Counties’ Health Ranking

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SAND FORK, WV – Pendleton County ranked healthiest in West Virginia, according to the 2015 County Health Rankings.

The report was eleased Wednesday, by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

The five healthiest counties in West Virginia, starting with most healthy, are Pendleton, Jefferson, Monongalia, Pleasants, and Upshur.

The five counties in the poorest health, starting with least healthy, are McDowell, Wyoming, Mingo, Logan, and Mercer.

The rankings are a comparison of health in nearly every county in the United States.

The counties in each state are compared among 30 factors that influence health including education, housing, violent crime, jobs, exercise, and diet.

This year’s rankings showed that the healthiest counties in each state have higher college attendance, fewer hospital stays, and better access to gyms and parks.

he least healthy counties have more smokers, more teen births, and more alcohol related car crash deaths.

Area Counties Health Rankings (Better to Worst)
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4th——-  Pleasants
5th——-  Upshure
11th—— Ritchie
12th—— Wirt
17th—— Barbour
22nd——Gilmer
26th—— Tyler
27th—— Braxton
30th—— Calhoun
32nd——Wood
33rd—— Wetzel
34th—— Harrison
37th—— Roane
40th—— Clay
43rd—— Webster
45th—— Lewis
46th—— Nicholas

Click H E R E to see the Entire Detailed Report/Data

Make It Shine Day Saturday, April 04, 2015;Cleanup in Weston is April 06-10, 2015

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Volunteers will meet at 8:00 AM on Saturday, April 04, 2015 at Garton Plaza to begin cleaning up during Weston’s Make It Shine day.

There are several dozen people volunteering for the cleanup.

The event is done in cooperation with the Department of Environmental Protection’s state-wide cleanup efforts.

It is also done in preparation for Weston’s 5K Walk Run on Saturday, April 11, 2015.

Volunteers will pick up trash along Brown Avenue, and through the route of the annual Walk Run.

Normally, it takes the morning to clean up along the route. 

Organizers also suggest that it would be helpful to the effort to sweep sidewalks, which are dirty from winter cinders.

The Weston Street Department will start sweeping the streets but having sidewalks cleaned provides easy walking for residents.

This year volunteers will be expanding their efforts to work on Arnold Avenue and the Old City Cemetery.

This will be done as a project coordinated by the Weston Better Buildings Committee.

The Arnold Avenue area is one of those neighborhoods noted in the Better Buildings survey as having a multitude of bad buildings.

As a benefit to our Weston residents, the Weston Street Department will also be picking up refuse at Weston residents’ home April 06-10, 2015.

Residents must call the City Building at 304.269.6141 by Friday April 03 to make a reservation for pickup.

There are a few restrictions on the pickup.

The Street Department can only make one trip to a household and only one small truckload per household can be picked up.

The department will not pickup up items which the trash company will not pick up either.

Mountain State Waste is also helping the City on this project.

HONORING WEST VIRGINIA’S FARM FAMILIES AND THE ENDURING SPIRIT OF AGRICULTURE

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THE WEST VIRGINIA CENTURY FARM PROGRAM

HONORING WEST VIRGINIA’S FARM FAMILIES AND THE ENDURING SPIRIT OF AGRICULTURE

The State of West Virginia will forever be indebted to those pioneer families who sacrificed to create farms from the daunting wilderness, producing the products so essential to the existence of the State’s residents.

Today, descendants of many of these first families continue to produce food on the same land as their forefathers, contributing significantly to the State’s economy.

The State of West Virginia is further indebted to the generations of farm families who have maintained the farms throughout the centuries following those original agricultural enterprises.

A major portion of our current culture, traditions, and values stems from this agricultural heritage.

To honor those families who have continuously farmed the same tracts of land for at least one hundred years, the West Virginia Association of conservation Districts has initiated the West Virginia Century Farm Program.

To qualify as a Century Farm:

    (1) the same family must have maintained ownership (title of the land) for a minimum of 100 consecutive years,

    (2) the farm must consist of at least ten acres of the original land holdings,

    (3) the farm must gross at least $1,000.00 annually from farm products, and

    (4) a family member must live on the farm or be an integral part of the day-to-day operation of the farm enterprise.

Those agricultural operations selected as Century Farms will receive a plaque and an outdoor sign for display.

Application forms for the West Virginia Century Farm Program are available at the West Fork Conservation District, 87 Ollie Lane Suite 104 , Mt. Clare, WV 26408, 304.627.2160.

** Completed applications must be submitted to the District no later than April 01, 2015

Search Continues for Escaped Accused Killer, Some Area School on Code Yellow

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Weston, WV – The search continued Tuesday for the Pennsylvania man and accused murderer who escaped from the William R. Sharpe, Jr. Hospital in Lewis County, one of two state mental hospitals.

Rocco Jesse Zuccaro, age 30, of Burgettstown, PA, was last seen after 4:00 PM Monday at the Weston facility where he was undergoing a psychological evaluation ahead of a possible trial for the 2013 murder of Jason Pratz, age 30, in Brooke County, WV.
Rocco Zuccaro

“He scaled a brick wall that was 12 to 15 feet high, then darted across a parking lot and climbed a chain link fence and then got into the wooded area around the hospital,” said Lt. Michael Baylous, State Police spokesperson.”

Area Counties police officials suspect might be in the area.

Brooke County Sheriff Chuck Jackson suspects Zuccaro might be fleeing in his area as well.

Zuccaro was considered armed and dangerous.

“We don’t know the circumstances here. We don’t know if he had help. Someone could have very easily helped him and had a weapon for him somewhere or he could have broken into a house and gotten a weapon. We just don’t know,” Baylous said.

“There’s a lot of unanswered questions so, to be safe, it’s best to consider him dangerous.”

There are no indications of where Zuccaro could be.

“All we could do is start out with a narrow focus and then expand from there,” Baylous said.

Anyone with information about Zuccaro’s location can contact their local State Police detachment or call 911.

“He is very capable of cognitive thought. He is very capable of planning. If he’s out on the run, he’s very capable of making his way through the woods, and stealing clothing, or whatever he needs to do,“ Jackson said.

Zuccaro is accused in the 2013 shooting death of Jason Lee Pratz, age 30.

Last month he was found incompetent to stand trial.

He is about six feet tall, weighs 175 pounds and was last seen wearing ripped black pants, a dark blue or black pullover shirt and glasses.

He has dark hair and a mustache.

In Gilmer County the schools operated on a code “Yellow”.

03.25.2015
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Get your facts straight, please—this ignorance is very dangerous.  He has not been found guilty, he was not carrying a weapon, and speculation is not fact. He was refused mental help long before this shooting. He has been denied medical treatment for his illness while imprisioned and denied a fair and speedy trial for the past two years. He wants to go to trial to prove his innocence, but it doesn’t appear that is on the agenda for our Legal system.

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WV State Police Is Search for Runaway Accused Killer from Weston Sharp’s Hospital

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WESTON, WV – West Virginia State Police are looking for an accused murderer Monday night after he walked away from a State Mental Hospital in Weston, Lewis County earlier in the day.

Rocco Jesse Zuccaro, age 30, of Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, is believed to have escaped at 4:20 PM from the William R. Sharpe, Jr. Hospital.

“He’s been described as a white male, six foot tall, about 170 pounds, wearing black pants that had a rip on the left pant leg and a dark blue or black pullover shirt, glasses. He has dark hair and a mustache,” Lt. Michael Baylous with the State Police said. “We’re unsure of what direction he took off when he escaped.”

Police believe Zuccaro to be dangerous and warn not to approach him, rather, call West Virginia State Police or 911 if he is encountered.

He is supposed to be wearing both a dark shirt and dark pants with a rip in the left leg.

Zuccaro is accused of murdering Jason Lee Pratz, age 30, who was found shot to death inside his home in February 2013 in Brooke County.

Late in February of this year, he was found mentally incompetent to stand trial, and was admitted to a mental institution.

“He has ties to [Burgettstown and Brooke County], but he could be anywhere,” Baylous said. “The most important thing is if anyone encounters him, they need to contact the West Virginia State Police by phone or in person immediately, or dial 911.”

Crystal Devon Sipe

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Crystal Devon Sipe

Age 43, of Wright Street, Weston, WV passed away at 6 PM on Tuesday March 17, 2015 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston.

She was born in Clarksburg, WV on July 20, 1971 a daughter of the late Clifford Barker and Linda Hitt Ables of Weston.

On August 25, 2006 she married Robert Wayne Sipe and they celebrated eight years of marriage.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by one son Tucker Wade Barker; stepdaughter, Whitney Sipe; two brothers: Robert Wilson Barker of England and Robert Lynn Smith II of Weston; two sisters: Rachel Barker of VA and Sarah Barker of Charleston.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by two sons: Dillion and Dakota Barker.

Crystal was employed by the Dairy Queen in Weston. She enjoyed reading and watching movies.

Crystal’s request for cremation has been honored.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 1-2 PM on Sunday March 22, 2015.

A Memorial Service will follow at 2 PM with Reverend Wease Day officiating.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Crystal Sipe.

Audra Bell Vannoy

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Audra Bell Vannoy

Agge 90, of Walkersville, WV passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston.

She was born July 27, 1924, at Orlando, WV: a daughter of the late James Orvil and Ertha Deltha Bennett Blake.

She was preceded in death by one sister and four brothers.

Surviving are her daughter, Iva Jane White of Walkersville; sister, Madelene (Steve) Sovolewski of Rachel; two brothers, Robert Arnold (BEtty) Blake of Weston and Homer Lewis (Mary) Blake of Walkersville; and four nieces and four nephews.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, canning and sewing.

Funeral services were held at 2 PM Sunday, March 15, at the Alkire Funeral Chapel in Ireland, with Rev. Jay Burkhart officiating.

Interment was in the Mitchell Cemetery.

The Alkire Funeral Chapel of Ireland, is in charge of the arrangements.

G-Eye™: Leading Creek Governance Board Meeting - 03.10.15

A MUST Watch Meeting

This meeting is very important to watch because it clears a lot of misinformation in the communities
and answers a lot of question regarding:

Troy Elementary School in Gilmer County, Alum Bridge Elementary School in Lewis County
and the first inter-county elementary school in West Virginia, the Leading Creek Elementary School

Charles Edward “Eddie” Morris

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Charles Edward “Eddie” Morris

Age 84, of Weston, WV passed away at 3:15 PM on Saturday March 14, 2015 in the Crestview Manor Nursing Home in Jane Lew following an extended illness.

He was born in Clarksburg, WV on December 05, 1930 a son of the late Aubrey Morris and Lorree Dodson Morris Oldaker.

On December 17, 1962 he married the former Louise Clark and they celebrated 42 years of marriage before her passing on June 14, 2005.

He is survived by two children: Pamela Morris of Buckhannon and John C. Morris and wife Deena of Weston; foster daughter, Rosie Carder and husband Denny of Sassafrass; two grandchildren: Tamber Dawn Morris and John Tyler Morris; three step grandchildren: Brandace Sellers and companion Frank, Charla Sellers Chipps and husband Eric, and Chelsea Sellers Jones and husband Bubby; stepfather, Elza Oldaker, who raised him; and Jordan, his German Shepherd, who misses him dearly.

Ed was an honored veteran of the United States Air Force and served in the Korean War. He was later employed by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department then retired from Craig Motor Company/Fisher Auto Parts in Weston with 42 years of service.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew from 11 AM -12 Noon on Tuesday March 17, 2015.

Funeral Services will follow at 12 Noon from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Roby Dukish officiating.

Interment will follow in the Friendship Cemetery in Berlin.

Full military honors will be accorded by the United States Air Force and the Lewis County Honor Guard.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Ed Morris.

Kenneth R. Cottrill

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Kenneth R. Cottrill

Age 86, of 543 Berlin Road Weston, WV passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2015 in Crestview Manor Nursing Home of Jane Lew following an extended illness.

He was born in Lewis County, WV on September 05, 1928: son of the late Wayne Cottrill and Anna (Gum) Cottrill.

On August 20, 1949, he married Mildred I. (Waugh) Cottrill, who survives.

Mr. Cottrill is also survived by three daughters: Margie (Lowell) Smith of Buckhannon, Susie (Chuck) Landsettle of Calcutta, OH and Ronda (Steve) Osburn of Buckhannon, 4 grandchildren: Chad Landsettle, Stephanie Groves, Whitney Chapman and Breanna Smith and six great grandchildren: Kasey Davis, Danner and Stevie Groves, Logan and Marisa Landsettle and Lakelyn Chapman.

In addition to his parents, Kenneth was preceded in death by one brother: Roger Cottrill, two sisters: Margaret Morrison and Madeline Gordon and one infant brother.

Mr. Cottrill retired as linesman with C & P Telephone Company with 33 years of service and after his retirement was a consultant with Thomas and Betts. Earlier he worked with B & O Railroad.

Kenneth was a member of the Stonecoal United Methodist Church of Weston.

He was a charter member of the East Weston Lion’s Club, member of the Telephone Company Pioneers and an honorary lifetime member of the Jaycees. Kenneth was a member of Weston Lodge #10 AF & AM and the Nemesis Shrine of Parkersburg. He also was a driver for Meals On Wheels at the Lewis County Senior Center of Weston, WV.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 from 4-8 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 11 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Bob King officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Weston Masonic Cemetery of Weston, WV.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Stonecoal United Methodist Church 1251 Old Route 33 Weston, WV 26452or the Lewis County Senior Center 171 W. 2nd Street Weston, WV 26452.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Kenneth R. Cottrill.

Pauline Whelan Kurtz

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Pauline Whelan Kurtz

departed this earthly world on Friday, March 13, 2015, with her loving husband of 63 years, David H. Kurtz, by her side.

Born May 30, 1933 in Weston, WV to Paul Joseph and Mabel Nixon Whelan, who preceded her in death, she was also preceded in death by her older sister Mary Catherine Chapman and younger brother Dannie Paul Whelan.

Mother to Constance S. Kurtz of Weston and Laura Kurtz Kuhns of Fairmont, who survive along with son-in-law Donald, she was beloved grandmother to Sarah Virginia (Boyd) Fallon and great-grandmother to Abigail, Emily and Joshua, all of Weston. Also surviving are her nieces and nephew, Melissa Whelan Woody (husband David) of Weston, Susan Chapman Daugherty of Parkersburg, and Randall Chapman (wife Carol), along with several grand-nieces and nephews, and sister-in-law and her husband, Sheila and William Hicks of Jane Lew.

A graduate of Weston High School Class of 1951, Pauline lived briefly in Germany with Dave during his stint in the US Army, and later accompanied him throughout his adventures in stock car racing in the 1950s. Later they became state skeet champions and enjoyed fishing, camping and golfing together. She worked with Dave at his gun shop, Dave’s Sport Shop, throughout the sixties and seventies, and later worked for the local cable company in Weston and Sutton. After closing the sport shop, she and Dave spent time in Marco Island, Florida, where they enjoyed fishing and boating.

In the early 1990s, she and Dave opened a popular local restaurant and bar, Eli’s, which they operated for 10 years. She also worked with him later in his most recent business in Weston, and after retiring in recent years, greatly enjoyed spending time with her great-grandchildren and other family members and Peg, her devoted Boston Terrier (her other Boston, Buster preceded her in death).

A Catholic by faith, Pauline’s life will be celebrated with a graveside memorial on Monday, March 16,2015 at 1:00 PM at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens of Jane Lew, WV with Reverend J. Stephen Vallelonga as celebrant.

Interment will follow services.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privledged to serve the family of Pauline Whelan Kurtz.

Glen David Burkhammer

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Glen David Burkhammer

Age 65, of Weston, WV passed away on Friday, March 06, 2015 following an extended illness.

He was born in Weston on July 12, 1949: a son of the late Glen Burkhammer, Sr. and Pauleen (Tomey) Burkhasmmer.

Mr. Burkhammer is survived by one brother: Steven Burkhammer and wife Elsie, one sister: Betty Griffith and husband Ron, three sons: Glen Junior Burkhammer and wife Christina and John Henry Burkhammer both of Wooster, OH and Jason David Burkhammer of Mount Vernon, OH and one daughter: Betty Sue Weimer of Weston. He is also survived by several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was thrice married: first to Edna Sue Garrison, who preceded him in death, second, Phyllis (Rupe) Burkhammer, and third: Tammy Montgomery who both survive.

Mr. Burkhammer was a self -employed mechanic and cut right-of-ways for oil and gas companies. He worked as a custodian for the Lewis County Board of Education and worked at the Lewis County Senior Center as a van driver. He also was a custodian and groundskeeper for the Lewis County Park and drove taxi for the city of Grafton.

Mr. Burkhammer was a veteran serving in the United States Navy with the Seals. He loved the outdoors: hunting, camping, fishing, hiking, and nature walks. He loved to dance and riding motorcycles. He was always willing to lend a hand to help those in need. He was a loving father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He was a hard worker and good provider for his family and touched many hearts with his kindness and generosity.

At Mr. Burkhammer’s request, he will be cremated.

At a later date, an interment will be held at the West Virginia National Cemetery of Pruntytown, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Glen David Burkhammer.

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