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Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries

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CLERK OF THE COUNTY COMMISSION OF GILMER COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA
NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND BENEFICIARIES

The administration of the estates(s) of the following deceased is pending before the Clerk of the County Commission of Gilmer County, 10 Howard Street, Glenville WV 26351.

The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below.

Notice is hereby given that the estate(s) of the following has been opened for probate.  Any interested person objecting to the validity of the will, the qualifications of the personal representative or the venue or jurisdiction of the court, shall file notice of an objection with the County Commission within ninety days after the date of the first publication or within 30 days of service of notice, whichever is later.  If an objection is not timely filed, the objection is forever barred.

All persons having claims against the estate(s) of the said following deceased, whether due or not, are notified to exhibit their claims, with the voucher thereof, legally verified, to the undersigned, at the County Clerk’s Office on or before December 18, 2017  otherwise they may by law be excluded from all benefit of said estate(s).  All beneficiaries of said estate(s) may appear on or before said day to examine said claims and otherwise protect their interests.

Claims against the estate must be filed in accordance with West Virginia Code 44-1-14a.

 

DECENDENT NAME PER.REP/NAME REPER.REP/ADDRESS
Lorous I. Roberts Angela Isenhart 510 Jackson Street
Glenville WV 26351
Flora B. Putnam Lester Joe Putnam 307 East Main Street, Glenville, WV 26351
Stephen L. Putnam 22991 US Hwy 195S, Ireland, WV 26376


Clerk of Gilmer County Commission
Jean Butcher
10 Howard Street
Glenville, WV 26351

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : October 19, 2017

2017: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 7

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Area High School Football Scoreboard
2017: Week 7 Games
#14 Doddridge County (5-2) 38 #15 Nicholas County (4-2) 20
Gilmer County (0-6) 6 Braxton County (4-2) 28
#1 St. Marys (5-0) 61 Tyler Consolidated (3-3) 54
Calhoun County (0-7) 8 Ritchie County (2-5) 6
Roane County (0-6) 44 #15 Van (3-3)  
#3 Liberty Harrison (6-0) 59 Richwood (2-3)  Saturday  
Southern Garrett, MD 56 Parkersburg Catholic (0-5) 6
Notre Dame (1-6) 7 #4 Madonna (6-0) 43
#3 South Harrison (6-0) 57 #8 Webster County (5-1) 35
Tygarts Valley (1-5)  Thursday 0 Meadow Bridge (0-6) 14
Buffalo (1-5) 0 #10 Cameron (5-1) 58
Williamstown (3-4) 41 Conotton Valley, OH 0
Ravenswood (4-2) 38 #13 Clay-Battelle (5-1) 32
Wirt County (3-3) 14 Paden City (1-5) 7
#5 Bridgeport (6-1) 40 Hundred (0-6)     Forfeits due to lack of players 0
#10 North Marion (4-2) 22 Valley (Wetzel) (4-2) 1
Grafton (3-3) 21 Philip Barbour (5-2) 41
#16 Lincoln (4-2) 42 East Fairmont (0-6) 14
Robert C. Byrd (4-3) 28 Woodrow Wilson (1-6) 8
Elkins (3-3)   Thursday 24 #10 Parkersburg (4-2) 34
Parkersburg South (2-5) 28 Lewis County (AA) (1-6) 6
Brooke (1-5) 7 Buckhannon-Upshur (3-3) 14
BYE WEEK:  None in the Area

Foliage Report: Fall Colors Beginning to Pop in West Virginia

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The West Virginia Tourism Office in partnership with the West Virginia Division of Forestry released the third fall foliage report of the season Wednesday:

Higher elevations in Region 2 (Braxton, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Lewis, McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Raleigh, Randolph, Summers, Upshur, Webster and Wyoming counties) still have some good viewing opportunities, but leaf drop has begun. Color is beginning to extend to the mid elevations of the region, but the best viewing is still a week to 10 days from peak color. This may be the last colorful weekend in higher elevations.

West Virginia counties currently showing vivid color:

Greenbrier (65%) — Beech Ridge is at peak this weekend but the rest of the county will color in the next 10 days.

Mercer (50%) — Higher elevations around Flat Top may be near peak this weekend. Expect good color on U.S. 19 from Flat Top to Camp Creek State Forest.

Nicholas (60%) — Higher elevations around Richwood should be near peak this weekend and Powells Mountain appears to have good viewing.

Pendleton (45%) — Dolly Sods will be peak color this week. In Petersburg, South Side Depot Fall Train Rides begin October 07.

Randolph (70%) — Higher elevations, especially Cheat Mountain and the Harman area, will be at peak or slightly past peak this weekend. Recommended drives are U.S. 33 from Bowden to Harman; U.S. 19 from Huttonsville to Mingo; and U.S. 250 from Huttonsville to Durbin.

Webster (65%) — Higher elevations have reached peak viewing for the weekend while the lower elevations still have green colors mixed with the maples, beeches, birches and gums. A recommended drive is WV Route 15, from Webster Springs to Valley Head. The Upper Gauley River should be peak this weekend.


Featured #AlmostHeaven Road Trip: Pocahontas County

At 70 percent peak, higher elevations in Pocahontas County should have some good viewing, but leaf drop has begun, so this weekend may be your last opportunity to see the best color.

Recommended drives are U.S. 219 from Mace to Marlinton; County Route 66 from Slaty Fork to Cass; and WV Route 150 (Highland Scenic Highway).

The area has much to explore, from the natural beauty of the Falls of Hills Creek, Cranberry Glades Botanical Area and Beartown State Park, to the historical sites of Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park and the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace, to the wonders of science and technology at Green Bank Observatory.

You can find overnight lodging, dining and lots of recreational opportunities at Snowshoe Mountain. Ride the Cass Scenic Railroad and explore a historic logging camp while you savor the brilliant fall color of the surrounding mountains.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to continue sharing their favorite fall photos, moments and memories using #AlmostHeaven.

2017: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 6

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Area High School Football Scoreboard
2017: Week 6 Games
#7 Midland Trail (5-0)   #3 Liberty Harrison (4-0)  
Gilmer County (0-4)   #13 Braxton County (3-1)  
Calhoun County (0-5)   #14 Wirt County (3-1)  
#13 Clay-Battelle (3-1)   #16 Doddridge County (3-2)  
Ritchie County (2-3)   Williamstown (2-3)  
Ravenswood (2-2)   #1 St. Marys (3-0)  
Tolsia (1-4)   #15 Summers County (2-2)  
#4 South Harrison (4-0)   #5 Webster County (4-0)  
#14 Buckhannon-Upshur (AAA) (2-2)   Paden City (1-3)  
#6 Bridgeport (4-1)   #11 Cameron (3-1)  
#9 Mount View (3-2)   Parkersburg Catholic (0-3)  
Notre Dame (1-4)   Valley (Wetzel) (2-2)  
Robert C. Byrd (2-3)   #6 James Monroe (4-1)  
Lewis County (1-4)   #5 Nicholas County (4-0)  
East Fairmont (0-4)   Clay County (4-1)  
Lincoln (2-2)   Independence (1-4)  
Petersburg (2-3)   #12 Point Pleasant (AA) (4-1)  
Philip Barbour (3-2)   Parkersburg South (1-4)  
#14 Parkersburg (2-2)      
#12 Wheeling Park (3-2)      
BYE WEEK:  Richwood, Roane County, Tyler Consolidated

National Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration to be held at Stonewall Resort State Park

Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to Stonewall Resort State Park in Lewis County for West Virginia’s Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day, September 23-24.

The event is the state’s largest outdoor hunting and fishing show, with more than 50 vendors exhibiting hunting, fishing and conservation-related merchandise and information.

Staff from the Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources, Law Enforcement and State Parks sections will be available throughout the weekend to assist visitors in learning skills and to answer any questions.

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Byron Ferguson, longbow exhibition shooter, will perform hourling shows at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. both days.

Returning this year is Neal James of Animal Planet’s “Call of the Wildman” show. He will be on-site to meet visitors and play his banjo. Additionally, James will be visiting local schools, retailers and th Veterans Affairs Hospital in Clarksburg before performing at the National Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration.

The Outdoor Youth Challenge will take place both Saturday and Sunday.

Youth ages 6-18 may participate and will be eligible to win prizes, such as a lifetime hunting and fishing license and other hunting- and fishing-related items.

Youth who compete in the five scored events also can win a scholarship to Conservation Camp.

Seminars on wild game cooking, snakes, coyote calling and hunting, waterfowl hunting with dogs and recording your own hunts will be presented each day.

The event is open Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is $6 for adults and free for children 15 and younger.

Complete schedules are available at www.wvdnr.gov under the “Special Opportunities” heading. The event is cosponsored by the WVDNR and the West Virginia Wildlife Federation.

2017: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 5

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Area High School Football Scoreboard
2017: Week 5 Games
Calhoun County (0-5) 0 #15 Braxton County (3-1) 37
Tyler Consolidated (2-3) 63 Roane County (0-5) 16
Liberty Raleigh (0-4) 14 Ritchie County (2-3) 0
Clay County (4-1) 38 Doddridge County (3-2) 61
Moorefield (0-5) 3 #16 Ravenswood (2-2) 14
#2 South Harrison (4-0) 48 Williamstown (2-3) 52
Notre Dame (1-4) 26 #7 Cameron (3-1) 12
#4 Webster County (4-0) 48 Shenandoah, OH 28
#4 Liberty Harrison (4-0) 24 Richwood (2-3) 28
#14 Grafton (3-2) 21 #12 Pocahontas County (3-2) 13
#8 Bridgeport (4-1) 34 Paden City (1-3) 54
Robert C. Byrd (2-3) 20 Hundred (0-5) 6
Tucker County (A) (2-3) 6 Buckhannon-Upshur (2-2) 25  (2OT)
Philip Barbour (3-2) 35 Greenbrier East (1-4) 23
Marietta, OH 10 John Marshall (3-2) 40
Parkersburg (2-2) 45 Parkersburg South (1-4) 14
Lewis County (AA)  (1-4) 35    
 Preston (1-4) 14    
BYE WEEK:  Gilmer County, Lincoln, Meadow Bridge, Nicholas County, Parkersburg Catholic, St. Marys, Valley (Wetzel), Wirt County

Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries

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CLERK OF THE COUNTY COMMISSION OF GILMER COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA
NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND BENEFICIARIES

The administration of the estates(s) of the following deceased is pending before the Clerk of the County Commission of Gilmer County, 10 Howard Street, Glenville WV 26351.

The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below.

Notice is hereby given that the estate(s) of the following has been opened for probate.  Any interested person objecting to the validity of the will, the qualifications of the personal representative or the venue or jurisdiction of the court, shall file notice of an objection with the County Commission within ninety days after the date of the first publication or within 30 days of service of notice, whichever is later.  If an objection is not timely filed, the objection is forever barred.

All persons having claims against the estate(s) of the said following deceased, whether due or not, are notified to exhibit their claims, with the voucher thereof, legally verified, to the undersigned, at the County Clerk’s Office on or before November 20, 2017  otherwise they may by law be excluded from all benefit of said estate(s).  All beneficiaries of said estate(s) may appear on or before said day to examine said claims and otherwise protect their interests.

Claims against the estate must be filed in accordance with West Virginia Code 44-1-14a.

 

DECENDENT NAME PER.REP/NAME REPER.REP/ADDRESS
Neva Lynn Gainer Earl Mark Gainer
Larry Glen Gainer
521 Middleville Rd, Bridgeport, WV 26330
30 Laurel Lane, St. Marys, WV 26170
Don Murphy Gregory Douglas Murphy 700 Karl Street
Weston, WV 26452
John D. Villers Donzella Villers 3896 US Hwy 33E
Glenville, WV 26351
Richard Gail Sims Pattie Wilson 2903 WV Hwy 47W
Troy, WV 26443
Joan L. Jones Norman L. Jones 949 Big Lick Road
Linn, WV 26384
Geraldine Ruth Marks Timothy N. Marks 656 Cedar Creek Road
Glenville, WV 26351
Frances Ann Clemons Harry Elsworth Clemons P O Box 452
Glenville, WV 26351
Adam Wayne Ramsey Darrel Ramsey 4568 US HWY 33E
Glenville, WV 26351


Clerk of Gilmer County Commission
Jean Butcher
10 Howard Street
Glenville, WV 26351

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : September 21, 2017

Thirty People Indicted for Stolen Firearms and Methamphetamine Distribution Operation

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Thirty people are facing federal charges after police broke up a scheme involving the theft and sale of firearms and drugs in Upshur County.

A federal grand jury indictment from August 29, 2017 has been unsealed, revealing 12 people from Upshur, Barbour, and Lewis counties, along with one person from Virginia named in a 20-count firearms indictment. The charges are connected to a period of less than one year, from October 2016 to August 2017.

  • Michael Lynn Lough, 32, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Timothy Glen Woods, 28, French Creek, West Virginia
  • Lisa Kay Knight, 24, Upshur, West Virginia
  • Dustin Cain Anderson, 23, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Benjamin Tyler Nazelrod, 26, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Reggie Joe McLain, aka “McLain,” 37, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Aaron Matthew McLain, 36, Volga, West Virginia
  • Carla Denise Jones, 55, Volga, West Virginia
  • Bobby Ray Johnson, Jr., 27, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Roger Lee Clem, II, aka “Woody,” 30, Weston, West Virginia
  • Kimberly A. Warner, aka “Kimmie,” 26, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Danielle Paige Tanner, 22, Glen Allen, Virginia

The gun theft scheme led to the recovery of 100 out of 120 stolen firearms by law enforcement, according to Randolph J. Bernard, Criminal Chief for the U.S. Attorneys Office.

The second indictment names 17 more people from Upshur, Lewis, Harrison, Marion, and Barbour counties in a 50-count indictment. Those listed stand accused of distributing methamphetamine in Upshur County from March 2016 to August 2017.

  • Amanda Me Bachman, aka “AB,” 33, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Rocky Douglas Idleman,, 38, Clarksburg, West Virginia
  • Thunderbolt Dean Whaley, 40, French Creek, West Virginia
  • Cassandra Tahj Riffle, aka “Cassie Hickman,” 31, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Melissa Ann Masuga, 33, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Elizabeth Ellen Golden, aka “Liz,” 42, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Steven Larry Harper, aka “Skip,” 39, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Reggie Joe McLain, 37, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Brett Allen Reed, 23, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Jerry Lee Stewart, Jr., 27, Weston, West Virginia
  • Angela Dawn White, 46, Buckhannon, West Virginia
  • Clarrisa Michelle Adkins, 24, Wallace, West Virginia
  • Michael Lewis Woodyard, 26, Clarksburg, West Virginia
  • Crystal Michelle Haggarty, 34, Bridgeport, West Virginia
  • Cassie Chase Poland, 18, Fairmont, West Virginia
  • Casey Jo Richards, 28, Bridgeport, West Virginia
  • Austin Jay Robinson, 18, Belington, West Virginia

24 of 30 wanted in the indictment were in custody as of 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

“Self-report; turn yourself in, basically,” Bernard said. “I think that is in everybody’s best interest, including those who have been charged.”

Bernard described this is as simply a first step. The investigation revealed stolen firearms were used as barter and used in furtherance of the distribution of methamphetamine.

“Now that it’s arrived, we are going to be aggressive,” Bernard said. “This is the first step. It is gratifying and satisfying, but there is a lot of work left to do.”

The Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives, The Mountain Region Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, the Greater Harrison Drug &Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, the West Virginia State Police, Upshur County Sheriff’s Office, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, the Buckhannon Police Department, and the Weston Police Department are investigating.

“Every time we make an arrest, every time we dismantle one of these organizations, I think we’ve done a service to the community,” Bernard said. “And we’ll continue doing it.”

Stonewall Resort to Host Arnold Palmer Birthday Celebration Golf Event

Stonewall Resort State Park will celebrate what would be golf legend and Stonewall Resort golf course designer Arnold Palmer’s 88th birthday this Sunday, September 10, with a special golf event.

Palmer, whose career spanned more than six decades, is considered one of the greatest professional golfers in the sport’s history, having won 62 PGA titles during his career. Arnie’s Army, a charitable organization Palmer started to help children, along with Stonewall Resort will kick off the “Life Well Played” Challenge at the event.

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Arnold Palmer attended the dedication of the
Palmer Golf Course at Stonewall Resort in 2002


“Join us as we celebrate everything that made Palmer a beloved sports icon – from his bold yet unassuming charm to his overwhelming drive to help his fellow man – by showcasing how you’re making a positive impact in the lives of those around you,” said Stonewall’s PGA Golf Professional Randy Hernly.

The event will begin at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start. Hernly will welcome participants and explain what Palmer meant to Stonewall Resort and the legacy he left in north central West Virginia.

The cost to participate for each person is $60 and includes lunch and range and green fees. Birthday cake will be provided, and prizes will be awarded. The event is limited to the first 60 entrants. Registration is required and can be made by contacting the Golf Shop at 304.269.8885 or visit www.stonewallresort.com.

For more information about the “Life Well Played” Challenge, visit www.arniesarmy.org.

30 Counties Included in Severe Thunderstorm Watch

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The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center issued a severe thunderstorm watch at 12:40 p.m., an upgrade on a hazardous weather outlook issued Monday.

The counties of BARBOUR, BROOKE ,  CABELL, CALHOUN, DODDRIDGE, GILMER, HANCOCK, HARRISON, JACKSON, KANAWHA, LEWIS, LINCOLN, MARION, MARSHALL, MASON, MONONGALIA, OHIO,  PLEASANTS, PRESTON, PUTNAM, RITCHIE, ROANE,  TAYLOR, TUCKER, TYLERUPSHUR, WAYNE, WETZEL, WIRT,  and WOOD are all included in the watch.

“We’ve got a strong cold front baring down over the area,” Accuweather Senior Meteorologist Bob Larson said. “The front has triggered storms that’ll be moving through. Any thunderstorm is likely to bring very heavy rainfall at the risk of flash flooding. There’s also the potential for damaging wind gusts as the storms move through.”

“They are fast moving, so we’re not expecting storms to linger through the night. After early evening storms, just a couple of leftover showers.”

Further south, the watch includes the counties of Barbour, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Ritchie, and Upshur. In total, 30 West Virginia counties are listed under the watch, which expires at 9:00 p.m Tuesday night.

“It is a large watch area that extends 30 counties,” Larson said. “It also extends from here north through all of Western Pennsylvania. And north of there it becomes a tornado watch across western New York state. ”

“So, widespread area of severe weather today as this strong cold front moves through. The front dropping down from Ontario. It’ll be moving across New York state, Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, and, of course, here through West Virginia.”

Larson said the rain will be heavy and the winds could be damaging, but said widespread flooding isn’t expected.

“There’s going to be heavy downpours, and there’s often the risk of flash flooding when this occurs,” he said. “The one saving grace is that the storms will be fast moving. It’s not the type of situation where storms stall and linger over a given community for hours on end. That’s when we have the real high risk of flooding. That’s not the case with these storms.”

Additionally, Larson said the speed with which the storms are likely to move will help avoid the risk of widespread flooding — but said the risk of flash flooding does exist.

“Quick downpours, certainly flooding in poor drainage areas, certainly the risk of flash flooding, but I don’t think we have rain lasting long enough for there to be widespread flooding,” he said.

It remains unclear exactly how strong wind speeds are projected.

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Public School Start/End Dates for 2017-18 Across the Area

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Barbour County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Tuesday, August 15

Last Day of School for Students: Wednesday, May 23


Braxton County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 10

Last Day of School for Students: Wednesday, May 16


Calhoun County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Tuesday, May 22


Clay County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Wednesday, May 30


Doddridge County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, May 25


Gilmer County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Tuesday, May 22


Harrison County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Tuesday, August 15

Last Day of School for Students: Thursday, May 24


Lewis County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Tuesday, May 22


Nicholas County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 21

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, May 25


Pleasants County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Thursday, May 31


Ritchie County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Thursday, May 31


Roane County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Wednesday, August 16

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, June 01


Tyler County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, June 01


Webster County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, May 25


Wetzel County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 21

Last Day of School for Students: Thursday, June 07


Wirt County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, June 01


Wood County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Wednesday, August 16

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, June 01

Stonewall Bass

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Four years ago when the West Virginia Natural Resources Commission agreed to a recommendation to change the long held catch and release restriction on black bass at Stonewall Jackson Lake there was widespread concern.  Many bass anglers feared they would see heavy stringers of fat bass carried through the lake’s parking lots. There was a concern the state’s crown jewel for bass would become just another run of the mill fishing lake.  But it turns out none that has happened.

“When people catch and want to bring fish home, they’re thinking pan fish or walleye,” said Division of Natural Resources District Fisheries Biologist Jim Walker. “They don’t usually think, ‘I want a mess for dinner, I’m going to take some five pound bass.‘”

Still, the agency was cautious about allowing harvest of the hefty largemouth bass for which the lake is known.  The current restriction allows anglers to keep five bass, but only one can be over 18 inches.  It was a compromise at the time to address some of the concerns raised by fishermen.

“We put that there because we really weren’t sure how people were going to react,” said Walker. “We didn’t want to create some big boom where people are going there and harvesting big loads of big bass.  We erred to the side caution because once you make a decision it sticks.”

Since the regulation was put into place, it has allowed for bass tournaments to flourish on the lake.  But tournament fishermen werent’ the primary concern.  Those fish, per tournament rules, go into a live well and are released back into the water after the weigh-in. But careful monitoring has shown very few of the non-tournament anglers are keeping the bass either.

“We tagged close to 300 bass two years in a row,” said Walker. “The aim was for anglers to see that tag, give us a call and let us know what they did with the bass.  Out of that study, only one angler reported harvesting the bass.”

It was a small study, but it was backed up by fish surveys at the ramp.  A creel clerk working for the agency spent two summers interviewing anglers as they came off the water.  The clerk logged more than 400 interviews with fishermen as they pulled their boats out of the lake, they recorded only two bass harvested after those interviews.

“From that little bit of research, we’ve determined it’s still functioning as a catch and release impountment,” Walker surmised.

The current regulation created an interesting dynamic for tournament anglers who naturally try to catch the biggest creel possible.  Under the current restrictions however, only one of their day’s fish can be over 18 inches. Many bass fishermen often have to change tactics in hopes of catching smaller bass to fill out their limit.  Some would like to see the regulations loosened to change the dynamic.  It could happen before long according to Walker.

“It’s possible. It’s something we’re going to be looking at over the next year or so,” said Walker. “We wanted to give it five years and then we may revisit it.  We realize the regs are fairly complicated, but there’s a reason for every regulation we’ve got.”

~~  Chris Lawrence ~~

Annual Stonewall Triathlon and Cardboard Boat Race

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The 10th annual Atlantic Coast Pipeline Stonewall Jackson Triathlon winners will be eligible for national competition after the August 17 race.

Participants will go for a 1,000-meter swim in Stonewall Jackson Lake, a 26-mile bike ride along local country roads and finish with a four mile run through Stonewall Resort State Park and the Arnold Palmer golf course.

“This year, racers will be back on the original bike course. Last year it was rerouted because a bridge was out, but it’s back again this year,” said Benji Jones, owner of Jones Racing Co.

The duathlon option is also available again this year, he said. For those who don’t want to or can’t swim, it’s set up as a run-bike-run option. They do a one mile run, the 26 mile bike ride, and then a four-mile run to finish.

While average age of race participants is 39, Sherry Rogers, executive director of the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce, said people from teenagers to those in their late 70s take part, too.

“Since the race’s inception, athletes have traveled from 10 states and all around West Virginia to compete,” she said. “When you register, you can look at the participant list to see where other people are from, their gender and age. It’s really interesting to look at.”

The money that isn’t used for operational costs of the race goes to operating the chamber, Rogers said.

“The Chamber of Commerce runs on memberships, donations and fundraisers. This helps to fund the chamber in day-to-day operations,” she said.

Rogers said the triathlon is a big deal not only because it’s a sanctioned race and named “Best of the Best” by USA Triathlon, but it showcases Lewis County.

“This showcases our area and the beauty of West Virginia. Participants and their families oftentimes have return visits to Lewis County and the resort at different times throughout the year,” she said.

Registration is available online at www.jonesracingcompany.com until 8 a.m. on August 16. Registration and packet pickup will also be available from 4-8 p.m. at The Lodge at Stonewall Resort and 6-7 a.m. at the picnic pavilion near the resort’s Roanoke building.

The annual cardboard boat race will immediately follow the swim portion of the triathlon, said Samantha Norris, community outreach director for the resort. The race is hosted by the Stonewall State Park Foundation and sponsored by Appalachian Stream Restoration.

“First of all it’s a great opportunity to engage our community and guests on the water,” she said. “It’s a fabulous time of recreation for the entire family on the lake. Second, we conduct it with the triathlon because it offers spectators some entertainment during the bike portion.”

Norris mentioned that once the athletes are finished swimming and have moved to the bicycling portion of the race, the cardboard boat race begins.

“We ask everyone to meet at the marina parking lot to make sure we all launch together for the safety of the athletes,” she said. “It’s also a really awesome team building event from Boy Scouts to church youth groups and different companies.”

It’s an event for all ages to watch and participate, Norris said. There are awards for first, second and third place for best time, but also for best design and most spectacular sinking.

“Essentially the only products that can be used to build the boat are cardboard, duct tape and paint or whatever they want to use to decorate,” she said. “The cost is only $10 a team; it helps us cover the cost of the event and it’s very affordable.”

More information about the cardboard boat race rules and regulations and to sign up can be found by visiting the Stonewall State Park Foundation Facebook page or contact Norris at 304.269.8820.

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