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Hometown Team Gilmer County Crush Win the WV ASA 14u Class B Championship

Last weekend the Sue Morris Complex hosted the ASA WV State Class B Tournament with teams from all over WV including:

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Hometown team Gilmer County Crush went undefeated (5-0) in
tournament play for the weekend which led them to
win the WV ASA 14u Class B Championship Game!

Gilmer Crush: (FR) Coach Amanda Stoddard, Haley Wanstreet (3B),
Kassidy Heavner (P, 2B), Kira Riffle (P, 2B), Kailee Seabold (SS),
Keaton Moore (2B, RF), Taylor Armstrong (LF), (TR) Amber Frame (C),
Sierra Poling (1B, 3B), Beth Ramsey (1B, RF),
Kora Younts (P, 1B), Courtney Moore (CF), Coach Matt Stoddard

10B Registrations:

Barbour County Dirt Divas(10B)

Mon County Express(10B)

Synergy (10B)

12B Registrations:

Barbour Battitudes

(12B), Lewis County Blue 12u (12B)

Mon County Express (12B)

MoTown Cheetahs (12B),

Mountain State Girls Softball (12B)

14B Registrations:

Black Diamond Express (14C)

Gilmer County WV Crush (14B)

Lewis County 14-u (14B)

Mountain State Girls Softball (14B)

16B Registrations:

BC Blue Lightning (16B)

Mountain Shine (16C)

WV Wildfire (16B)

Results 10u :

*Champions: Synergy

*2nd place:  Mon County Express

Results 12u:

*Champions: MoTown Cheetahs

*2nd place: Lewis County Blue

Results 14u:

*Champions: Gilmer County Crush

*2nd place: Black Diamond Express

Results 16u:

*Champions: WV Wildfire

*2nd Place: Barbour County Blue Lightning

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Pat’s Chat - 07.20.14

The Editor’s note for Pat’s Chat in The Record Delta for Wednesday, July 16, 2014 states that Country Roads Transit has assumed the role of the senior center van.  That is true, but I feel seniors will be missing the convenience of the senior van because I am told the Country Roads Transit will have to be notified a day ahead of time if one needs it.  Sometimes seniors do not KNOW that far ahead of time when they will need transportation.  Also, I am told that it will be curb-to-curb, meaning that seniors will not have help getting groceries to their door which the kind senior bus drivers tried to do.  The senior van will be greatly missed, I predict.  Although I am thankful for Country Roads, it will not fully replace the senior vans.

The first cousins of the grandchildren of Arlie and Golda McNemar met for a reunion dinner at Hickory House in Weston on July 11, 2014.  The picture shows the following:  Standing in Back: Sam Wiant, Harry Wiant, Jr., Randy McNemar, middle: Debbie Davis, Bobbie Haymond, Sharon McNemar, Pat Ridpath, Robin Bucklew (daughter of Pat) , Mary Ann Bucklew, Teresa Wiant (daughter of Harry); Seated: Ronnie McNemar, Debbie McNemar, Rusty Allison, Melissa Allison.  (Missing are Ellen Stilwell [wife of Denny Stilwell] and son Phil, Katie (daughter of Randy) & Tony Alicea with baby Isaac, and Bronson (son of Ronnie) & Heather McNemar with baby Gunner.  These folk left before the picture was taken.)  Absent from the reunion were Susie Munro and husband Jim, Freeda Wiant (wife of Sam),Wayne Davis (husband of Debbie Davis) Kathy Stover, Becky Mancini, Charlie Krone (husband of Nancy), Cindy McGill and husband Phillip.  Videos of past reunions were shown and several stories of past history were shared and enjoyed.  Hickory House personnel were gracious and the food was good.  I hope we will get first cousins together next year with none missing.

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Another former classmate died last week.  Georgia Burroughs Greenlief died July 06, 2014.  Here is the site where you can view pictures:  You will see her brother, Willis, too.  Willis is married to Susan, the daughter of the late Ada Wiant, a relative of mine.

Frank and Vivian Strader 55th anniversary was on July 18.  He graduated from Burnsville High School.  I saw this announcement in July 16 edition of The Weston Democrat and includes a picture of the couple on their wedding day 55 years ago.  They have one daughter, Tricia.  His brother, Clifford was in my class of 1951.

An event for former old Weston State Hospital employees is slated for September 14 at the Weston Senior Citizens’ Center.  1 to 7 PM.  Bring your own soft drinks and a covered dish to share.  Silverware, plates and napkins will be furnished.  If you have any questions, call Linda at 304.269.3211 or Libby at 304.203.0170 or Dianne at 304.2677.4059.  This is an alcohol-free event.  I’ll see you there, I hope.  (Yes, I worked for a short time in the old Weston State Hospital!)

No man can of himself understand his faults and errors. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9. We may talk a good story about our humility, spirituality, and commitment, but our hearts may be swelling with conceit and exalted righteousness.  The only way we can truly know ourselves is by beholding Christ in his words and works.  That is why I like a red-letter Bible where the words that Jesus spoke are red and easy to find.  We can read about what he did and what he taught.  When we see his consistent love it shows us our own lack of love. When we think about his purity and excellence, we see our own weaknesses and defects.  We can then see that if we are ever to be “saved” it will not be through our own goodness, but through God’s mercy and infinite grace….”No outward observances can take the place of simple faith and entire renunciation of self. But no man can empty himself of self. We can only consent for Christ to accomplish the work. Then the language of the soul will be, Lord, take my heart; for I cannot give it. It is Thy property. Keep it pure, for I cannot keep it for Thee. Save me in spite of myself, my weak, unChristlike self. Mold me, fashion me, raise me into a pure and holy atmosphere, where the rich current of Thy love can flow through my soul.”  (Christ’s Object Lessons page 159)

This is pretty heavy to digest, but only daily contact with Christ through prayer and exploration of his teachings and messages to us in Scripture can help us learn who he really is.  But there are many distractions out there to keep our mind filled with everything except Christ.  Music can be one of the distractions.  Music is powerful and can heal or harm.  Steven Tyler says that rock music is the strongest drug in the world.  One place I learned this was at  There are dozens of different amazing videos at the Shepherd’s Call Ministry site relating the effects of different music..

My brother added Roku to our television.  It is not very expensive at Walmart and if you have not tried it, you will be surprised to find lots of free programs available to you.  The Roku device is not much bigger than a deck of cards but when it is attached (and if you have Wi-Fi and/or internet, I believe) you can choose many, many sites to view.  One is YouTube where I found Fountainview Academy videos.  The videos are made by students from this boarding academy.  These students travel to many locations with their musical instruments and even a grand piano and sing and play orchestral instruments amid beautiful scenic sites at beaches, on mountains, or other places.  It is great!  It is no wonder they have a large waiting list of parents wanting their children to experience this wholesome, beautiful way to use their musical talents.

If you have Roku for your television, please look for the Amazing Facts channel and find out about the Cosmic Conflict (also called The Great Controversy).  And, 3ABN is a channel that has healthful cooking programs, children’s programs, and many other interesting programs for the whole family.  The Hope Channel and other channels are also available.  For those who are history buffs, you may like


West Virginia’s Latest News - 07.22.14

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A Charleston man pleaded guilty Monday to killing a 90-year-old man that he had previously done some odd jobs for.

Anthony Caldwell, age 39, said he used a hammer to take the life of George Molle back in January. Caldwell took a cigar box of cash and a jar of change after the attack.

Caldwell pleaded guilty to murder, charges of breaking and entering, burglary and robbery were dismissed as part of the plea deal.

Kanawha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey will decide if Caldwell will have a chance for parole after 15 years at his September 19, 2014 sentencing.


Four inmates at a Fayette County prison work camp were injured in a Monday morning traffic accident on state Route 39 in Nicholas County.

The inmates were in a van traveling from Slayton Work Camp on the campus of Mount Olive State Prison to the DOH garage in Summersville when the van was struck head-on by a passenger car at 7:45 AM near the Peters Creek intersection.

The driver of the car, William Hanshaw of Summersville, slammed into a tractor trailer and then into the inmate van.

The driver of the van, corrections officer Aramand Brouillard of Belva and four inmates were injured. Brouillard and one of the inmates were treated and released from Charleston Area Medical Center.

Three other inmates were taken to the Summersville Medical Center after suffering minor injuries. Hanshaw was also hospitalized.


Lewis County’s regional jail bill hit another all-time high in June, nearing the $100,000 mark.

The county’s regional jail bill for 2004 inmates at nearly $50 a day was just over $96,000.

Lewis County officials are concerned that more than $770,000 allotted to pay regional jail costs may fall short.


The West Virginia Fire Marshal’s Office is accusing members of a volunteer fire department in Wharton with forging state documents.

The office said it has filed felony criminal complaints against fire officer Ira Rash and fire chief Robert Rash of the Wharton-Barrett Volunteer Fire Department.

The filings charge Ira Rash with forgery of a public record and conspiracy, claiming he forged multiple certificates and documents for himself and other members of the department.

The certificates are required by law for fire departments as part of regular reviews of training and equipment.

Officials say the complaint also alleges Robert Rash knew of the altered documents and signed verifications to the state.

A phone number listed for the fire department went unanswered. Messages left at both residences were not immediately returned.


West Virginia Treasurer John Perdue says a new online billing program will help local governments process their bills better and keep track of their finances.

The program called LGov is also expected to cut down on paperwork and moving money through the system faster and more efficiently.


A West Virginia man and his 24-year-old daughter have been identified as victims of a small plane crash in the Adironddack mountains in New York State.

Police there say 63-year-old Fred Kafka of Vienna, West Virginia, was piloting the plane that crashed over the weekend while trying to land at the Lake Placid airport.


Health authorities in Ohio are advising patients in that state who sought treatment at a clinic in West Virginia to be tested from some infectious diseases.

Ohio health officials say their counterparts in West Virginia have found possible unsafe injection practices at a clinic in McMechen (muhk-MAY’-kuhn) in Eastern Panhandle.


A former caseworker in Logan, West Virginia, has admitted to filing fake claims to more than $58,000 in government benefits from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

Shannon Collins, age 41, of Logan, pleaded guilty Monday, July 21, in U.S. District Court in Charleston to defrauding DHHR.

Collins, also known as Shannon Varney, worked in DHHR’s Logan County office.

Collins used Social Security numbers of two dead people to set up bogus accounts in 2009 that she used to submit claims and then had the benefit checks mailed to her.

She also obtained Mountain State Cards, formerly known as food stamps, which she used from April through December of 2009.

She faces up to 30 years in prison and a potential fine of up to $500,000 at sentencing, which is set for October 29, 2014.

Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Welcom Dr. Jerry Henson, M.D.

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Volunteer Day August 09, 2014 at Polk Creek Community Park

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The City of Weston and Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital (SJMH) are working with a group of very dedicated volunteers to renovate the Polk Creek Playground.  At a recent meeting of the playground committee, it was decided to call the playground Polk Creek Community Park.

The public has taken an active interest in bringing back a memorable “hangout” for generations of children in the West Second Street area.  On Saturday, August 09, 2014, SJMH is planning to have a Volunteer Day at the playground to install and landscape part of the facility.

Connie Riffle and her husband, John, have been instrumental in giving life to the old playground.

“I went to school at Polk Creek and after school ended during the day we stayed and played ball in the field, used the swings and the sliding board that were there,” said Connie. “There were four generations of my family who went through that school so there are lots of memories for my whole family with that place….that is why I am so interested in bringing it to back to life.”

There has great community interest from the very generous people who have donated money and equipment to the effort.  Thanks to Scott Lambert and the Town of Jane Lew, there will be an extra swing set and teeter totter there.  The playground organizers are picking up equipment from Roanoke School, several people who taught at the school, and physicians from SJMH.  If one would like to donate to the effort, please send your check to SJMH, Polk Creek Playground, 230 Hospital Plaza, Weston, WV 26452.

To volunteer during that day, please contact Julia at 304.269.8167.

Charity Softball Tournament - 07.26.14

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The United Way’s mission is to advance the common good for local residents by building strong families, supporting independent seniors, and nurturing thriving children.

Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital (SJMH) and Sharpe Hospital, of Weston, Davis Medical Center, of Elkins, and United Hospital, of Clarksburg, are all dedicated to supporting the United Way in their county.

The four hospitals are joining forces and participating in a “Central West Virginia Hospital Challenge” to raise money for their respective United Way organizations in a Charity Softball Tournament.

The tournament is planned for Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Robert Bland Middle School Softball Field in Weston, beginning at 8:00 AM.

The first game pits the two Weston Hospitals, followed by the Davis, UHC matchup at 9:30 AM.

Kevin Stalnaker, COO at SJMH, has been involved with United Way for years and is delighted by the interest from the four hospitals and all of their employees.

He said, “The United Way plays an important helping non-profits in the community and our employees, who are very charitable, are thrilled to be able to give back to the community.”

The rain date is Sunday, July 27, 2014.


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One of two men indicted in a 1999 Lewis County, WV murder case has entered a plea of not guilty.

Joseph Metz, age 39, of Weston, WV entered the plea to two counts of first degree murder Friday morning before Judge Kurt Hall.

The defense also filed a motion to dismiss the case.

Judge Hall set a hearing for this motion for next week and jury selection for the trial in October.

Metz, along with Charles Steven Freeman, age 51, of Archbold, Ohio, were indicted by a Lewis County grand jury on July 15, 2014.

Freeman was re-arrested on Wednesday while Metz was re-arrested in January.

Both are charged in connection to the 1999 disappearance of Metz’ mother Mary Friend, age 46 and grandmother Maxine Stalnaker, age 69.

The two, along with David Hughes, age 58, were charged in the case in 2013 but the charges were later dropped in light of additional information in the case arising.

Friend and Stalnaker went missing from Lewis County on December 01, 1999 and Friend’s car was later found five days later in Clarksburg, WV.

Freeman was scheduled for arraignment Friday morning but, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department, officials are waiting for his extradition to the state.

CommunityConcerns™: The School Board and the Public Need Vital Information from the State

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This is public record information from the July meeting of the Gilmer County School Board.

It relates to information that has not been provided to the School Board and the Gilmer County public.

Specifically, the Gilmer County School Board and the public have:

1) Not been provided with the final terms of the purchase agreement for the Cedar Creek School (CCS) land;

2)  Not been provided with accurate cost analyses for site preparation costs at the CCS site including those for the new road, how much it will cost, and how that phase will be funded;

3)  Not been provided with professionally defensible documentation for all cumulative future costs for the County to bear by using electric instead of natural gas for heating the CCS school over its functional life span;

4) Not been provided with disclosure of the amount of money in the County’s school system surplus funds at intervention time, a specific accounting for how those funds were spent during intervention, and remaining funds in the surplus account;

5) Not been provided with an official analysis of future budget implications for the County by sending Gilmer County’s students to Lewis County** and;

6) Not been provided with clarification of why inventory information was not provided for all Gilmer County schools at the July public meeting to include when remaining material will be received.

** It is being said that the first year after Gilmer’s students go to Lewis County we will be funded 100% as if they are still in our system, the second year it will be 50%,  and it will be 25% for the third, but what happens next has not been officially documented. Furthermore, there is confusion regarding whether or not all students who are sent to Lewis County will remain there for completion of high school.

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin presides over the WV School Building Authority. He has the power and the fiduciary responsibility to hire an unbiased and qualified consultant to evaluate the best mix of energy use for the Linn and Cedar Creek schools to save money for Lewis and Gilmer Counties. It is not too late for design changes to be made for both projects to get the least expensive energy bills for taxpayers. What about Mr. Devono? Couldn’t he take the lead to settle the energy issue by hiring a qualified consultant? What about consumer common sense? Do you know of anyone who would question the accuracy of the statement that in WV it costs far less to heat with natural gas compared to electricity?

By Astonished By State Inaction  on  07.18.2014

3)  Not been provided with professionally defensible documentation for all cumulative future costs for the County to bear by using electric instead of natural gas for heating the CCS school over its functional life span;

Not only does the county lose the state funds because of students bussed to Lewis County, we get to pay millions more for heating the school. Now that we know a utility could have supplied natural gas via a right of way obtained by eminent domain if necessary, what was the architect’s response to not designing the HVAC using the lowest cost utility source?

We need a study comparing the cost of heating with electricity versus the cost of heating with natural gas.

By Fed up!  on  07.18.2014

The Lewis County school at Linn was first designed for heat with gas, was it not?
Then under the leadership of former Gilmer superintendent, it had to be redesigned for electric?
So….isn’t the design work for gas heating all ready completed?

By dig and find out  on  07.19.2014

he best part of the whole school mess!
LEWIS COUNTY TAXPAYERS get saddled with the EXTREME electric costs!!
Gilmer County - - -  count your blessings!!
You will only get the architect shaft for ONE school instead of two.
LEWIS COUNTY gets the shaft for the other school!

By yippee-yippee  on  07.19.2014

Where are our State level elected officials when we need them? Senator Jeffery Kessler(D), Senator Larry Edgell(D), Senator Douglas Facemire(D), Senator Samuel Cann(D), Delegate Brent Boggs(D), Delegate David Walker(D)? Is there a pattern here and should we make changes? Oh I forgot, the theme that has worked over and over is that Gilmer County never had it so good.

By Tired Off Neglect  on  07.19.2014

Dearest Tired of Neglect:
You wonder where our elected officials are?
Answer: Hiding in their holes.
No help or support to the communities that elected them.
It will be a happy day when we stop seeing names like:  Boggs, Walker, Facemire, and the other ‘do-littles’ on the ballot.
Thanks for pointing out that they are ALL of the SAME DEMOCRAT party affiliation.
At least citizens with the Gilmer School intervention know which party WILL NOT HELP THEM.

By out of their holes come election  on  07.19.2014

Brian Kennedy(D) and Larry Chapman (D) are among those hidden in their holes. Their lame excuse would be that the Commission does not have authority to get involved, but its members could pass a resolution anyway backing the County. That would take backbone and bucking their high level handlers so don’t expect any support there. Don’t forget Gayle Manchin’s (D) role either in our school mess and the secrecy clamp. Governor Tomblin (D) has to take responsibility too. One thing for certain is that the group of officials will deny any involvement in causing our problems, and all of them will apply finger pointing to try to excuse themselves from any blame. Any wonder that WV is moving into the red state column?

By Ted B.  on  07.20.2014

Look up the Williamson and Shriver web site and read about Eastwood Elementary in Mon. County. Dr. Frank Devono (Mr. Gabriel Devono’s brother) talked about Eastwood using one-half the electricity of two other schools. Sounded as if a bill at the new school was $5,000 less for one month (month not given) than bills for each of two other schools. Isn’t it amazing that one of the richest counties in WV was allowed to have energy cost savings while Gilmer, one of the poorest counties, is going the most expensive energy route by not using natural gas at Cedar Creek?  By using Eastwood’s figures assume that for $5,000 per month saved that would equate to $60,000 a year. Over 30 years that would be $1,888,000, not a small amount of money. It is being kept secret how much extra Gilmer will have to pay for energy over the life (75 years?) of the Cedar Creek School. No wonder that the State won’t disclose its disgraceful blunder with Williamson and Shriver’s participation. A lot could have been done for our children and teachers with saved money if local-level planning for a new school, including site selection, had been permitted by the State.

By Planner  on  07.21.2014

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Two Charged in 1999 Disappearance of Two WV Women

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Two men have been indicted on murder charges stemming from the 1999 disappearance of a West Virginia woman and her daughter.

A Lewis County grand jury charged both Charles Stephen Freeman, age 51, of Archbold, Ohio, and Joseph Metz, age 39, of Horner, WV with two counts of first-degree murder on Wednesday in a sealed indictment.

Lewis County Circuit Court Judge Kurt Hall ordered the indictment unsealed Thursday morning following Freeman’s arrest on Wednesday in Ohio.

The men are accused of killing Maxine Stalnaker, age 69, and her daughter, Mary Friend, age 46.

The women disappeared in December 01, 1999, after leaving their Jane Lew home on a Christmas shopping trip.

Their station wagon was found five days later near the Harrison County community of Gore.

Their bodies have not been found.

Metz is Friend’s son and Stalnaker’s grandson.

Co-defendant David Hughes, age 58, of Archbold pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

He is awaiting sentencing.

All three defendants initially were charged in September 2013 with the slayings.

Former Lewis County prosecutor Mike Smith later dismissed the charges, saying there was new information.

Attorney Tom Dyer, who had previously represented Freeman, told The Exponent Telegram that the new charges against Freeman were “a very big surprise.“

“To me, I thought this was all over,“ Dyer said.

Metz has been held at the Central Regional Jail without bond since the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department arrested him on murder charges in January.

Jail records did not indicate whether Metz has an attorney.

West Virginia Agency Appeals Judge’s Pay Raise Directive

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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is appealing a judge’s directive to give pay raises to some workers at the state’s two psychiatric hospitals, arguing that it has fulfilled a similar order issued in 2009.

The directive is part of an order issued June 2 by Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Duke Bloom in an ongoing case centering on the treatment of mental health patients.

Bloom directed the DHHR to immediately implement a special starting salary for new health service workers at William R. Sharpe Jr. Hospital in Weston and Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital in Huntington. Workers hired or promoted since January 2103 must be retroactively compensated.

The DHHR appealed the directive to the West Virginia Supreme Court earlier this month. The appeal said the directive is “arbitrary and capricious and an abuse of discretion” because the DHHR has fulfilled Bloom’s 2009 order, The Charleston Gazette reported Thursday.

“This issue is separate from the merits of the rest of the action because it is DHHR’s position that the pay rate increase was completed as agreed by the parties, and the controversy concluded at that time,“ Victoria Jones, commissioner for the Bureau of Behavioral Health and Health Facilities, told the newspaper. “In our government, it is the role of the legislative branch to appropriate funding for the other two branches of government.“

She said an order issued by Bloom on April 25, 2012, recognized that DHHR was complying with the 2009 order.

“However, in the June 02, 2014 order, it appears that the Court is interpreting the pay increase contemplated by the 2009 agreed order so that additional pay increases would continue beyond the one-time appropriation by the Legislature. DHHR does not share this interpretation,“ Jones said.

The appeal also argued that other aspects of the case are unresolved, including a plan to reduce staff vacancies, discontinue mandatory overtime and stop using temporary contract employees.

“Given the extreme staffing shortages at the two state hospitals, and the effect that those shortages have on patient care, (the) petitioners are disappointed that the Bureau is choosing to appeal the implementation of a small increase in direct care starting salaries that it agreed to years ago, instead of directing its efforts toward recruiting and retaining direct care staff,“ Lydia Milnes, an attorney for Mountain State Justice, told the newspaper.

Mountain State Justice represents employees and patients at both hospitals.

The appeal DHHR’s also said the directive violates the collateral order doctrine because Bloom ordered immediate implementation of the salary increases, making the directive final. The doctrine makes orders subject to appeal if they are final in a case that is ongoing.

On June 27, 2014 Bloom found the DHHR in contempt for failing to comply with previous orders.

A show-cause hearing is set for August 01, 2014.

Elizabeth Ann Snyder

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Elizabeth Ann Snyder

Age 84, of Weston, WV formerly of Burnsville, WV went home to be with her Lord and Savior when He extended His loving arms Friday, July 11, 2014.

Elizabeth was born July 28, 1929 to James T. and Agnes V. Barrett of Buffalo, Braxton County.

At 14 years of age, Elizabeth became one of the original “Rosie the Riveters” when she went to work in a factory producing munitions and war supplies in Cleveland, Ohio, during World War II. Later in life, she was employed at the Kinney Shoe Factory in Glenville and the West Virginia Glass Factory in Weston. She also served as an Avon lady in her community and as a Headstart aide at Burnsville Elementary School.

Fondly known as Squeak to her closest friends and family, Elizabeth married Junior James Snyder December 22, 1951.

The Snyders lived in Gilmer Station, where Squeak became well known for the delicious food she prepared for visitors and the stylish perms she gave the ladies in the small community.

The family moved to Braxton County, just four miles below Burnsville, in 1962, where they resided until Elizabeth suffered a debilitating stroke in 1997, which robbed her of her ability to cook and drive. Her son George and his wife Wanda of Weston served as her caretakers for her remaining years. At the time of her death, Elizabeth was residing at the Country Living Personal Care Home in the care of Mrs. Sherry Sellers.

Elizabeth dearly loved her family and their pets. She was especially fond of Max, Gracie, Pumpkin and Goblin, her furry loved ones. An avid NASCAR fan, Elizabeth’s favorite driver (her “man”) was the late Dale Earnhardt, Sr. She also enjoyed the music of her favorite singer, Josh Turner.
When she lost her husband in 1971, Elizabeth poured herself into raising her large family single-handedly for the next forty-three years. Just days before her passing, she still asked her children to call to let her know they had arrived home safely, no matter how nearby they lived.

She overcame countless physical struggles during her lifetime for the sake of her children.

Elizabeth is survived by her sons David Barrett (Rosalee) and George Snyder (Wanda), both of Weston.

She is also survived by four daughters, Sharon Johnson (Gary) of Alliance, Ohio; Brenda Gibson (Burnard) of Sutton, WV; Janet Snyder of Kingsport, Tenn.; and Tammy McNemar (Jay) of Centreville, VA.

Elizabeth was affectionately known as Gran or Nanny to her nine grandchildren, Michael Johnson, Darla Adkins, David Lee Barrett, Kevin Barrett, Lisa McKisic, Amy Rose, Misty Dawn O’Dell, Elizabeth Gibson and Logan Gibson; eight great grandchildren; and three great great grandchildren.

She is survived by one sister, Shelba Jean Allen (Robert) of Burnsville, and a host of loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband Junior James Snyder and her son Duanne Snyder. In addition, three sisters, Lovie Eagle, Gladys Alkire and Rosa Belle Bush; and one brother, Burton Ray Barrett, preceded her in death.

Family received friends Monday, July 14 from 5-8 PM at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods Corner Drive, Flatwoods, WV 26621.

Funeral services will take place Tuesday, July 15 at 11 AM at the Little Kanawha Independent Church below Burnsville with Pastor Ronzel Roberts officiating. Interment will follow in the K of P Cemetery in Burnsville.

A longtime member of the Little Kanawha Independent Church in Burnsville, Elizabeth deeply appreciated Reverend Roberts and his wife Leona, who visited her faithfully until her passing.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods will be caring for the Snyder family.


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Morrisey: Influx of people doing title work has made it necessary to consider expanding access to records room at the Lewis County Courthouse.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today said his Office recently sent an opinion letter to Lewis County Prosecutor Lea Anne Hawkins informing her that the county may accept funds from a private entity in order to digitize property and mineral records so they may be put online.

“The Office was pleased to assist Lewis County in evaluating the legality of an issue with great practical importance,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “Lewis County and other counties in the state’s Marcellus Shale region are seeing a great deal of use of their records rooms as lawyers, title abstractors and others try to trace land and mineral ownership. This influx of people has made it necessary to consider different ways to expand access to the records room and the documents stored there. When Prosecutor Hawkins wrote us seeking an opinion on whether the county could use donated funds to expand access, we were happy to have an opportunity to help.”

Hawkins requested an opinion on whether the Lewis County Commission could accept a donation from the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association to cover the cost of digitizing property records so they may be accessible online. The digitization would be completed by a contractor the County selects through competitive bidding. The County also would supervise the contractor during the scanning process and the creation of the online access. WVONGA would not be involved in supervising the contract nor would it receive an individual copy of the digital records.

Morrisey said the donation was acceptable as long as the following conditions apply: money was given to the county as a whole and not to an individual; no private party may retain exclusive or advantageous access to the records as the result of the donation; county officials and entities do not solicit the donations; and the county uses competitive bidding to select a contractor to provide the digitization services.

“From the facts you provided, it appears that the proposal satisfies these principles,” Morrisey said.

Morrisey added that Lewis County’s request for an opinion on using donations to digitize records was very similar to a request received last year from Tyler County. Like Lewis County, Tyler County’s records room was very crowded due to a high volume of people researching land ownership in light of increased drilling of natural gas in the Marcellus Shale. WVONGA also offered to donate money to the Tyler County Commission in order for records there to be digitized.

“These are not entirely new issues,” Morrisey said. “Our Office is pleased that we can help counties figure out the best way to ensure that the public has equal access to these records while upholding the law and not costing the county additional money.”

The Attorney General’s Office is authorized under the law to provide written opinions advising county prosecuting attorneys in matters relating to the official duties of their office. The opinions are solely based upon facts provided by the county. Attorney General Morrisey has provided 17 written opinions since taking office in 2013.

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Lewis County Grand Jury Indicts 37 People

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Thirty-seven people were named in indictments by a Lewis County grand jury Tuesday, many of them for drug-related charges.

Prosecuting Attorney Lea Anne Hawkins and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Brian W. Bailey presented the cases to the grand jury.

Those indicted Tuesday include:

•  Danyelle Leigh Wyant, age 24, of Copen, was indicted on nine counts of fraudulent use of an access device and one count of fraudulent schemes.

•  Matthew Alan Kennedy, age 26, of Weston, was indicted on one count of delivery of a controlled substance, marijuana.

•  Victoria Lynn Altland, age 38, of Clarksburg is facing two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, hydrocodone; and one count of delivery of a controlled substance, buprenorphine.

•  Chelsey Nicole Garrison, age 26, of Weston, was indicted on one count of delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, and one count of delivery of a controlled substance, morphine.

•  Tyler Paul Carpenter, age 25, of Weston, is facing one count of delivery of a controlled substance, hydrocodone.

•  David Allen Lane, age 31, of Fairmont, was indicted on two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, marijuana.

•  Kristi Lynn Nuzum, age 39, of Nutter Fort, and Shannon Marie Hannigan, age 36, of Clarksburg, were each indicted on one count of delivery of a controlled substance, hydrocodone, one count of possesion of a controlled substance, hydrocodone with intent to deliver, one count of possession of a controlled substance, alprazolam, with intent to deliver, and two counts of conspiracy.

•  Donald Glen Carder Jr., age 51, of Camden, was indicted on two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.

•  Atha Denzil Cowgar, no age given, of Weston, was indicted on one count of manufacturing a controlled substance, marijuana, and one count of possession of a controlled substance, marijuana.

•  Randall Joe Metz, age 45, of Weston, is named for two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, hydrocodone.

•  Kayla Marie Carder, age 25, of Weston, is indicted on one count of delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, oxycodone; one count of delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and one count of delivery of a controlled substance, hydrocodone.

•  Amber Lee James, age 27, of Weston, was indicted on two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, oxycodone.

•  Andrew Christopher Bailey, age 30, of Clarksburg, was indicted on one count of delivery of a controlled substance, cocaine, and one count of delivery of a controlled substance, hydrocodone.

•  Jeffrey Tyler Davisson, age 28, of Weston, was indicted on two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, oxycodone.

•  Curtis Victor Riggs, age 28, of Sandfork, was indicted on one count of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory; and one count of possession of substances to be used as precursor to manufacture of methamphetamine or another controlled substance.

•  Ronald Dwayne McCartney, age 47, of Crawford, was indicted on one count of third or subsequent offense DUI, third or subsequent offense DUI with blood alcohol over .08, and one count of obstructing an officer.

•  Eric Wade Chidester, age 32, of French Creek, was indicted on one count of persons prohibited from possessing firearms, one count of fleeing in a vehicle with reckless indifference to the safety of others and one count of fleeing from an officer.

•  Kayla Michelle Hamner, age 23, of Flatwoods, and Eric Lee Carpenter, age 26, of Sutton, were named in the same indictment. They are each charged with one count of forgery, one count of uttering and one count of conspiracy to commit a felony.

•  Ryan Edward Gaines, age 23, of Weston, and Todd Michael Gaines, age 20, of Weston, were named in the same indictment charging them each with one count of grand larceny, one count of breaking and entering and one count of conspiracy to commit a felony.

•  Joshua Lee Lockhart, age 22, of Weston, was indicted on eight counts of sexual assault in the third degree.

•  Joshua Duane Adams, age 32, of Weston, was indicted on one count of possesion of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and one count of conspiracy to commit a felony.

•  Brittany Jo Radcliff, age 26, of Weston, was indicted on two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, one count of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, and one count of conspiracy to commit a felony.

•  Connie Sue McCord, age 46, of Walkersville, was indicted on one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, methamphetamine, and one count of conspiracy to commit a felony.

•  Jeremy O. Kincaid, age 24, of Horner, was indicted on one count of soliciting a minor via computer and one count of attempted sexual assault in the third degree.

•  Daniel Reese Price II, age 28, of Weston, was indicted on one count of delivery of a controlled substance, oxycodone.

•  Andrew Lewis Wears, age 27, of Maidsville, was indicted on one count of third or subsequent offense DUI, and one count of third or subsequent offense DUI with a blood alcohol over .08.

•  Corey Shane Bender, age 22, of Buckhannon, was indicted on one count of third offense shoplifting and one count of conspiracy to commit a felony.

•  James Scott Morford, age 30, of Grantsville, was indicted on one count of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory and one count of possession of substances to be used as a precursor to manufacture methamphetamine.

•  Tyson Stephen Chandler, age 27, of Horner, and Richard Neal Clem II, 46, of Camden, were named in the same indictment. They were indicted on once count of possession of substances to be used as a precursor to manufacture methamphetamine, and one count of conspiracy to commit a felony.

•  Chasity Marie Knapp, age 37, of Weston, was indicted on one count each of possession of substances to be used as a precursor to manufacture methamphetamine, possesion of a controlled substance, and conspiracy to commit a felony.

•  Jedadiah A. Stump, age 27, of Buckhannon, was indicted on one count of sexual assault in the third degree, one count of malicious assault and one count of third offense domestic battery.

•  Joseph Wagner, age 32, of Buckhannon, was indicted on two counts of shoplifting third offense.

•  Sarah Lynn Kennedy, age 18, of Lost Creek, was indicted on one count of sexual assault in the second degree and one count of sexual assault in the third degree.

India Victoria Koon

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India Victoria Koon

Age 96, formerly of 21 S Main Avenue Weston, WV, passed away on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 in Crestview Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center of Jane Lew, WV following an extended illness.

She was born in Burnsville, WV on June 02, 1918: daughter of the late Charles Blake and Maggie (Heater) Blake.

On March 12, 1943, India was married to William Howard Koon, who preceded her in death in February 04,1994.

Mrs. Koon is survived by her son: Victor L. (Diane) Koon of Weston, two grandchildren: Scott (Kayla) Koon of Morgantown and Kevin Koon of Weston, two great grandchildren:Isaiah Scott Koon and Levi Jeffrey Koon and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, William.

India was preceded in death by one brother: Bayless Blake and one sister: Anita Blake.

Mrs. Koon was a homemaker and a psychiatric aide with Weston State Hospital. She was a graduate of Burnsville High School. She enjoyed cleaning house.

At Mrs. Koon’s request, she will be cremated and there will be a private interment at the convenience of the family.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of India Victoria Koon.

Weston: Civil War “Living History” Weekend - July 25-27, 2014

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G-otcha™: Regional Jails - Lewis County - 07.15.14

Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name: Ronnie Glen Simons
Height: 5’  9"
Weight: 198 lbs.
Birth Date: 07.26.1962
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 07.15.2014
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

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Lewis County - Bail: $0.00 DOMESTIC ASSAULT 1ST/2ND(BY THREATS)

Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name: Christopher David Debarr
Height: 5’  8"
Weight: 160 lbs.
Birth Date: 01.24.1989
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 07.14.2014
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

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Lewis County - Bail: $50,000.00 BURGLARY DAYTIME BREAK AND ENTER

Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name: Shannon Michael Pritt
Height: 5’  6"
Weight: 165 lbs.
Birth Date: 06.21.1981
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 07.14.2014
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

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Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name: Sue Ann Arbogast
Height: 5’  7"
Weight: 176 lbs.
Birth Date: 02.17.1961
Gender: Female
Booking Date: 07.11.2014
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

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Lewis County - Bail: $0.00 PROBATION VIOLATION

Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name: Matthew Gail Paugh
Height: 6’  4"
Weight: 251 lbs.
Birth Date: 12.09.1982
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 07.11.2014
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

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Lewis County - Bail: $20,000.00 OBSTRUCTING POLICE

Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name: Travis Gray
Height: 5’  7"
Weight: 225 lbs.
Birth Date: 06.22.1976
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 07.11.2014
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

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Lewis County - Bail: $0.00 DISORDERLY CONDUCT

Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name: Jeff Allen Martinez
Height: 6’  0"
Weight: 240 lbs.
Birth Date: 11.04.1963
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 07.11.2014
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

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Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name: Brandon Fisher
Height: 5’  10"
Weight: 140 lbs.
Birth Date: 03.23.1996
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 07.11.2014
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

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Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name: Tracie Renaee Stalnaker
Height: 5’  5"
Weight: 168 lbs.
Birth Date: 03.04.1972
Gender: Female
Booking Date: 07.10.2014
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

Offender Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location Charge(s)
Lewis County - Bail: $5,000.00 DUI

Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name: Ryan Lee Sears
Height: 6’  2"
Weight: 210 lbs.
Birth Date: 06.10.1984
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 07.09.2014
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

Offender Information

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Lewis County - Bail: $0.00 PETIT LARCENY

Walking Trail Behind Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Facility Open to the Public

Many of us always have this nagging voice in the back of our heads saying, “You need to exercise,” but we always come up with some excuse or reason not to.

Whether it’s because you are busy working or, like me, just too lazy, or it never happens and you think, “I’ll get to it tomorrow.”

Yet, when tomorrow comes we do the same thing and push exercising back to next day, then the next, and etc. All of us want to get healthier and feel better about ourselves, but we have trouble motivating ourselves to do so.

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Why should we exercise? Exercising helps to control weight, combat health conditions and diseases, improve your mood, and boosts energy, and promotes better sleep. Exercise and physical activity are a great way to feel better, gain health benefits and have fun. As a general goal, aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. This can be accomplished just by walking daily.

There are many places in the area where you can exercise, but some may not be suitable for your needs. If you are looking for an excellent place to walk or run, and take in the beautiful summer days, Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital has a nice little track on its campus.

It is open to the public and is pet-friendly for anyone who wants a quiet and secluded place to exercise.

The track is located behind the Hospital surrounding the employee parking lot. Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital is always looking to be the leading example in community health and is always looking for ways to promote healthy living in Weston.

We hope to see you there!

~~  Ryan Boyle ~~


West Virginia’s Latest News - 07.15.14

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A camper fire in Tyler County early this morning killed a child and injured three other people.

The fire was reported around 1:05 AM Monday.

Tyler County 911 received a call reporting a camper fire with a child trapped inside on Big Run Road near Alma.

Upon arrival, responders found the camper fully engulfed and witnesses on the scene alerted them that a child was inside.

After the blaze was extinguished, the child’s body was discovered in the camper.

Witnesses at the scene also said that a man, woman and another child had left the scene and traveled to Pine Grove, West Virginia, for help.

The three who left the scene were transported to the West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh.


U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx is in West Virginia to discuss local and national transportation and infrastructure issues.

Foxx spoke Monday at the Culture Center in Charleston.

Other speakers included U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller and U.S. Congressman Nick Rahall.


Law enforcement officials say understaffing is delaying autopsy reports from the West Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office.

The Putnam County prosecutor says waiting for autopsy reports can delay cases.


The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down in Taylor County last week during a summer storm.

The weather service says the EF1 tornado traveled about four-and-a-half miles and carried winds of up to 100 miles per hour.

The tornado damaged two homes, destroyed a carport and uprooted or snapped numerous trees. There were no injuries.

The weather service says the tornado touched down around 3:55 PM last Tuesday about 2 miles north of Grafton.

The twister then traveled northeast.

Investigators believe the tornado traveled about 3 miles through uninhabited land.

Downed trees were seen in this area but a survey was not conducted because of a lack of roads.


More than 500 Fenton Art Glass pieces are expected to be sold when the Fenton Art Glass Museum holds its final auction.

Collectors from around the world are expected to attend the July 26, 2014 auction at the Dexter City Auction Gallery in Dexter City, Ohio.

The auction is the last of three to be held.

Fenton Art Glass in Williamstown stopped traditional production in 2011 and now produces jewelry beads.

The museum closed in December 2013.

Fenton historian Jim Measell says bidders can expect to see a wide range of colors and historical items from the second half of the 20th century, along with stretch glass pieces from the 1920s and 1930s.


One person died following a head on style collision on Hackers Creek Road in Lewis County Sunday morning.

A Ford F-250 driven by Delmos Graham was traveling south on Hackers Creek Road when a driver, Kyle Scott Wilson, age 19, in a Chevrolet 1500, was traveling north just after 6:00 AM near the Plantation Inn.

Wilson’s truck was passing another vehicle when it hit Graham’s truck.

Graham was uninjured.

Wilson was flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries and his passenger, Timothy Brian Eckes, age 34, was pronounced dead at the scene by the state medical examiner.


The trial of Bridgeport Mayor Mario Blount has a new date.

After a hearing on Monday, District Judge Irene Keeley set the trail for Blount and co-defendants Angela and April Davis for 9:30 AM on Monday, December 01, 2014.

According to a federal indictment, the three conspired together to distribute oxycodone and oxymorphone, not for legitimate medical purposes

The trial was initially set for August 04, but the three attorneys representing the three defendants and Assistant U.S. Attorney John Parr held a conference call on July 02 and discovered several conflicts which made the original date unfeasible.

One such reason is additional discovery which Parr reportedly describes as voluminous in nature and possibly resulting in further charges against the defendants.

A final pretrial hearing before December 01 is scheduled for November 14, 2014.


Eleven people died in West Virginia from Saturday through early Monday morning in traffic accidents, fires and homicides.

Separate traffic accidents claimed seven lives in Berkeley, Kanawha, Wayne, Lewis, Marion and Monongalia counties.

The state Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating deadly fires in Berkeley and Tyler counties while murder investigations are continuing in Charleston and Beckley.

The deadly crash in Marion County involved the operator of an ATV near Mannington Saturday morning.

The Monongalia County fatal took place Sunday night on state Route 7 east of Morgantown.

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Paul W. Sias

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Paul W. Sias

Age 68, of Valley Chapel community, Weston, WV passed away on Saturday, July 12, 2014 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following an extended illness.

He was born in Lincoln County, WV on March 25, 1946: son of the late Rhoda Ann (Willis) Sias.

On April 05, 1963, he married his wife of 51 years, Carolyn Bayne (Johns) Sias, who survives.

Mr. Sias is also survived by three daughters: Candy Donaldson of Weston, Susie (Gary) Brown of Manassas, VA and Sandy Beam and Anthony Tomaro, II of Weston, three sons: Doug (Beckie) Sias, Scott (Wendy) Sias and Mike Sias all of Weston, 18 grandchildren: Christopher Donaldson, Deadra Donaldson, Gary Sias, Terissa Shaffer, Taylor Sias, Ty Sias, Tandra Sias, Megan Lauter, Jared Lauter, Justin Lauter, Tanner Brown, Mason Brown, Mike Sias, Jr., Brittany Sias, Autumn Sias, Corrie Beam, Brooke Beam and Lexi Beam, and 10 great grandchildren: Emma Donaldson, Emily Donaldson, Ryker Shaffer, Adalee Shaffer, Isaiah Butler, Chloe Butler, McKenzie Sias, Jacob Sias, Logan Sias and Asher Cawthon. He is also survived by two brothers: Herb Sias of Jane Lew and James Sias of Clarksburg and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death by one brother: Grover Sias and one sister: Ann Marple.

Mr. Sias was a truck driver in the Oil Field with Sam Jack for 26 years. Paul loved hunting, coon dogs, deer hunting, fishing, was a car enthusiast and loved boating on his pontoon boat. He loved being with family and especially his grandchildren. Christmas was his favorite time of year.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 from 5-8 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 2:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Kenny Kendall officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Mt. Morris Cemetery of Valley Chapel.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Paul W. Sias.

Timothy Brian Eckes

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Timothy Brian Eckes

Age 34, of Georgetown Road, Roanoke, WV passed away at 6:00 AM Sunday, July 13, 2014 in Jane Lew, WV as a result of an auto accident.

He was born in Weston, WV August 23, 1979 a son of Barbara Joan Fisher Eckes Bailey of Roanoke and Kenneth Ray “Kenny’ Gandy of Clendenin.

Also surviving are his stepfather, Leonard Edward “Eddie” Bailey of Georgetown Road; two sons: Timothy Brain “TJ” Eckes Jr. and Donald Bo Roush; two sisters: Sherry Joann McCarty and husband John Thomas of Crawford and Jessica Denice Eckes Queen and husband Edward Brent Queen of Philippi; foster brother, Glen Allen Bunnell of OH; step sister, Jennifer Bailey of Jane Lew; step brother, eddie Bailey; one niece, Gracie Nicole Queen and two nephews: Zachery Thomas and Joshua Carol McCarty; three step nieces: Hannah and Faith Murphy and Robin Bailey; one step nephew, Riley Nicholson; one great nephew, Ayden Thomas McCarty; maternal grandparents, Howard Wesley Fisher and wife Wanda Pearl of Orlando and paternal grandfather, Glen Gandy of Clendenin; one uncle, Edward Wesley Fisher and wife Pam,; five aunts: Betty Sue Bailey and husband Danny, Carolyn Marie Fisher, Diana Fay Ables and husband Mark, Brenda Vance and husband Gary, and Pat Casto and husband Jeff; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his stepfather, John David Eckes, who raised him; and his paternal grandmother, Gladys Gandy.

Tim was employed as an equipment operator for Ace Pipeline in Elkview and was a member of the Union Local #18 in Cleveland OH. “4 Point” enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding 4wheelers and spending time with his sons, family and friends.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 5-7 PM on Thursday, July 17, 2014.

Funeral Services will follow at 7 PM from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Toby Dukich officiating.

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

Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Employee of the Month for June 2014

Melissa Neely, of the surgery department and formerly of Dr. Galloway’s office, has been selected as the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital (SJMH) Employee of the Month for June 2014.

Melissa began her employment at SJMH in September 2012.

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She is married to Walter Neely and the couple lives at Deerfield. They have four children – Ashley Hooton, 20, Zack Hooton, 18, Lauren Neely, 22 and Tyler Neely, 21. They also have one grandchild – Jonah Rahming, 4.

Her parents are Donna and Delbert Gaines and she is a graduate of LCHS.

Melissa’s nominator wrote on her nomination, “Melissa is a committed, hard worker who keeps the office running smoothly. She takes a role in multiple SJMH community fundraisers. She works weekend shifts at Lively Healthcare to help out and goes above and beyond by performing clinical duties and obtaining pre-certifications in the office as the clinical assistant needs extra help.”

Melissa has been working in an office setting since she was 18 years old.

“I have enjoyed working in offices throughout my life,” she said.  “People are so wonderful here. We are one big family here and I truly enjoy it.”

In her spare time, Melissa likes to do a lot of crafting and gardening.  She also loves spending time with her family and in particular, her husband, Walter.

Organizational Meeting for a County - Wellness Council Held on July 01, 2014

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Individuals from throughout Lewis County met on July 01, 2014 at Thyme Bistro Restaurant in Weston, WV to discuss an opportunity to create a Wellness Council for the County.

Derek Garrett opened the meeting with an explanation of the purpose and goal of creating a Wellness Council here.

He explained that the Council could become a central clearing house and promoter for wellness activities in the County.  The idea for a Council was born at a conference held in June at Buckhannon. Garrett, Nastausha Hefner, and Julia Spelsberg participated in the conference and came away very excited about the possibilities for making Lewis a healthier county.  Garrett provided information about other cities and counties which actively involved residents in healthy lifestyle choices.  Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital can serve as the lead organization for the Council.  Its IRS designation as a 501(3)c will make it easier to access health grants.

Currently the Hospital, together with the City of Weston, and an army of volunteers is working on making two playgrounds within the City limits. The ultimate goal is to create a playground in each of the city’s four wards.  Robin Poling pointed out that there are sixteen miles of biking and recreational trails at Stonewall Resort.  Garrett also mentioned a Camden on Gauley Turnpike as a possible recreational trail opportunity.  Spelsberg noted that there is an abandoned street -  Bowie Street, paralleling High Street in Weston as a recreational trail within the city limits.
The group then discussed some opportunities and problems that would be encountered such as poor sidewalks for walking, the lack of biking lanes, and more.  There were more positive opportunities discussed such as the creation of community gardens; a plant exchange program; kids triathalon, square dancing, walking clubs, and promoting the walking trail at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital.  It was pointed out that if children begin physical fitness early in life, they will continue with that lifestyle choice throughout their lives.  Central to the plan is the creation of a Facebook or website which would have all of the important health information in one place.

Derek and Nastausha provided suggestions for healthy projects which included: natural playgrounds, community gardens, “Girls on the Run” program; water trails; organize a 5K every month; get river designated as an official water trail; do walkability/bikability assessment; support water trail designation; create school-based health centers (Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital will have a health center at Jane Lew School. Eventually every school will have a center); build small parks and playgrounds; build and connect trails; map walking trails; start walking/running club; build a community greenhouse; community/business challenges; and create increase community awareness.

Each participant was asked to designate which project they would like to work on and those comments are being tallied. If one is interested in participating in this effort call Derek at 304.517.1585 to discuss the opportunities and projects.

Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Welcoms Dr. Jerry Henson, M.D.

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Russell Dale Weese

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Russell Dale Weese

Age 56, of 401 John Street Weston, WV passed away on Tuesday, July 08, 2014 from United Hospital Center of Bridgeport following a sudden illness.

He was born in Weston, WV on May 27, 1958: son of the late James Lee Weese and Emma Edith (Harris) Weese.

Mr. Weese is survived by two daughters: Racheal Weese of Cleveland, OH and Crystal Bierley of E. Sparta, OH, one son: Brian Weese of unknown, seven grandchildren: Gauge Weese, Gavin Vosick, Jazmine Bierley, Jordan Bouska, Jacob Bierley, Jason Bouska, and Rachel Knight and his partner: Kathy Allman.

He is also survived by two brothers: Donald Gary Weese of Bolivar, OH and Ronald Larry Weese of Weston, two sisters: Joyce Ann Law of Weston and Mary Elizabeth Riffle of Elkins and several nieces and nephews.

Russell was preceded in death by one daughter: Holly Marie Knight.

Mr. Weese did body work on cars. His hobby was playing cards.

At the Russell’s family’s request, he will be cremated.

There will be no public visitation or services.

There will be a private graveside service at the convenience of the family.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Russell Dale Weese.

$350,000 for Leading Creek Elementary School Slip Repair

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The West Virginia School Building Authority approved $350,000 on Friday in emergency funding for the Leading Creek Elementary School being built on the Gilmer-Lewis County line.

SBA Executive Director David Sneed said the earth has moved behind the construction project.

He said the slip began on an adjacent property and got to within 20 feet of the building.

Contractors had to take down some scaffolding.

Sneed said the possible problem did not show up during the school’s design phase.

The emergency funding approved Friday will pay a contractor to dig out the dirt and install a drainage system.

“They’ll be doing some sloping and putting a graded bench in,” Sneed said.

The work is not expected to delay completion of the project.

The school is a regional school project that will house students from Lewis and Gilmer counties.

Also at Friday’s meeting Sneed, who was appointed last week by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, was sworn-in to office along with two new authority members.

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Because of Williamson and Shriver’s inept job with a site screening study this extra expense occurred. Another expense from the shoddy work was that private land affected by the slip had to be purchased for more than $50,000 so the total bill my be close to $500,000 for the slip. This is not all. There was a failure of the firm to ensure that natural gas would be available at the site and electric heating will be required. Over the decades while the school is used this neglect will cost taxpayers a secret amount of extra money. The architectural firm got no-bid work for the Cedar Creek School too. Again, there was a poor site selection study to fail to guarantee that natural gas would be used there. Gilmer County taxpayers will be stuck with a huge bill that is being kept secret to pay for electric heat at the school. Wait and see there will be more surprises to run up the bill for the school. Remember that what is being done to Gilmer County is with full knowledge and approval of Gayle Manchin who heads the WV State Board of Education. We know that the State took our school money and paid four times the appraised price for the Cedar Creek School land. Think abut this. The money was wasted while the Normantown Grade School was forced to operate without a 5th grade teacher! The Attorney General of WV should investigate and to begin with to look into why Williamson and Shriver got no-bid work all over the State from the WV School Building Authority headed by Mark Manchin. Mr. Gabe Devono has a choice of keeping up with more of the same or to fully disclose school finances. If nothing wrong is being done, why the secrecy lid?

By Gilmer Tax Payer  on  07.12.2014

Unsettling word leaked out that the State is relying on energy cost figures Williamson and Shriver gave.  We need an independent, qualified source to produce accurate energy cost information for the County. The information should cover the school’s entire operating period, and it should contain a comparison of costs of planned energy use to using natural gas for heating. The firm should not have any affiliation whatsoever with Williamson and Shriver, anyone on the WV Board of Education, or the WV School Building Authority. Any ideas out there how we could get this done?

By Rusty J.  on  07.12.2014

Find an engineer who specializes in HVAC design and is registered as a professional engineer in the State of West Virginia. That person could provide a study comparing the the cost of heating the new school with electricity to natural gas.

The study would prove which is the best option. It would also provide the basis for filing a complaint against the architect with the state board that licenses architects. The architect should redesign the more efficient HVAC for free.

It would be in the Lewis County Board of Education’s best interests to participate. It might be possible to change the HVAC design at the Leading Creek school if the study points to a savings of millions of dollars in energy costs over the life of a school.

By Suggestion  on  07.14.2014

Is there some sort of incestuous relationship between design and building schools going on here?
Can there be ANY justification for the purchase of real estate at these ridiculous prices??
Mrs. Joe Manchin has oversight of all of these ‘irregularities’?  Is that correct?
I would seriously doubt that anyone sitting on the state board of education would pay like prices, for their own use?

By can this be right?  on  07.14.2014

to Rusty.    Unsettling?  You say?  How so?
This is all SOP.  Standard Operating Procedure for the
West Virginia State Board of Education under the leadership of Mrs. Manchin?
I would suggest you contact Gilmer School Board President William Simmons about this matter.
He is the local GC Schools “political guru”.
He will know who to contact and get this issue ‘settled’.​

By just saying  on  07.14.2014

What is the explanation for a study not being done to determine how much money taxpayers could save if natural gas heating were to occur at the two new schools? Something stinks here. When an inflated price was paid for more land than needed at Cedar Creek why isn’t there enough money for an energy use study by an unbiased engineer? Is this controversy an example of the power of King Coal to get more coal dug to generate electricity? After the money is spent for the two schools and the State moves out it won’t come back to bail us out when energy bills eat us alive. What about this? Gilmer lost 50% of its population the past 10 years. This has cost the electric company lots of money. Perhaps it exercised political pressure to get electrical heating used at the two schools to compensate for lost customers. This mess is about making money, not looking out for taxpayers.

By Explanation Owed To Voters  on  07.15.2014

The State dropped the ball with a flawed site selection study for the two new schools. Natural gas access should have been near the top among the selection criteria. No way the State wants a study now to risk more egg on its face. Consider something else for Cedar Creek. What about the cost of blasting a new road to the school. How much will that cost, a million or so? Do you think that the cost of transportation access was considered as an important factor? Obviously not and the cost of the road is being kept secret by the State. It looks as if the aim of the State Board of Education is to shovel out money with nothing to do with improved education and savings for the people. A competition gym could have been built at Cedar Creek for what it will cost for the new road. No wonder with decisions like this why WV rolls in the mud at bottom place for about everything related to the quality of life for our citizens!

By Rick  on  07.15.2014

What a reality show the State Board of Education performs.  lmao
Has anyone said?  Incompetent gaggle of politically assembled buffoons?
With such pitiful administration, it is very clear to see why our schools have failed.

By no brainer here  on  07.15.2014

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G-Biz™: Dr. Prag Mistry

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Dr. Prag Mistry will be opening his practice in pediatric medicine at 251 West Second Street in Weston in August.

His office is located next to the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Physical Therapy Department.

He completed his medical degree at Pramurhswami Medical College, Karamsad, India.

His residency was done at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Patterson, NJ. It is a 700-bed hospital run by the Sisters of Charity.

He is the son of Kishnor Mistry and the late Rusmani Mistry, of Inda.

He has one brother who is a computer engineer in Japan.

Dr. Mistry said that he became a doctor because in his childhood, he remembers one physician in his rural town who was so respected by everyone.

“It seemed to be a very satisfying occupation in helping other people.  That is why I was really inspired to go into medicine,” he said.

His reason for picking pediatrics as a specialty was somewhat the same.

“While doing my rotations I didn’t find geriatric medicine to my liking. However, with pediatrics, if the doctor provides the right treatment, the children bounce right back. So for me, it was much more satisfying to work with children,” he explained.

Dr. Mistry is especially pleased to be able to practice in an area like Weston, since he grew up in a rural area.

He also looks forward to opening a pediatric practice which will benefit the area.

“I want to be a role model of health…especially because of the obesity epidemic among children.

I want to be able to show parents and children the benefits of making healthy lifestyle choices from proper nutrition to better physical activity,” he said. 

Dr. Mistry was happy when he visited the Hospital and Weston area.

He commented that when the SJMH CEO Avah Stalnaker provided a tour he was quite impressed by the friendliness of the staff here.

“In my two visits here it seems as though the staff is very friendly and caring for the community they serve,” he said. “It reminds me of the small town that I grew up in India.

Makayla Nichole Waller

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Rusty and Amanda Waller of Weston, WV announce the birth of their daughter, Makayla Nichole Waller.

She was born Monday, June 16, 2014 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.

The little girl weighed 7-pounds, 9-ounces.

She is the couple’s third child.

The mother is the former Amanda Reed.

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