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Honors Doled Out by WVWC During Academic and Leadership Banquet

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Honors Doled Out at Annual Academic and Leadership Awards Banquet

Students, faculty, and staff members were honored on Saturday, April 23 during West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Academic and Leadership Awards Banquet, held in the French A. See Dining Center on the Buckhannon campus.

Listed below are the awards and their recipients.

 

Student Senate Award – Faculty: Jeanne Sullivan, associate professor of biology

Student Senate Award – Staff: Jessica Vincent, leadership & service program assistant

Greek Woman of the Year – Keana Bertocci (Alpha Xi Delta; Perryopolis, PA)

Greek Man of the Year – Joshua Loptiz (Theta Xi; Leonardtown, MD)

International Student Ambassador  Julia Uchoa (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award – Erin Hudnall (Ansted, WV)

The Mary Mildred Sullivan Award – Shawna L. Clayton (Clarksburg, WV)

2015 Newman Civic Fellows Award – Mark Leadingham III (Sharpsburg, MD)

John Wesley Do All the Good You Can Award – Amadu Bah (Laurel, MD) and Ashley Cooper (Rupert, WV)

Wesleyan Values Award – Elaine Ashman (Newton, WV) and Keana Bertocci (Perryopolis, PA)

Outstanding Peer Leader Award – Kayla Hinkley (Hurricane, WV)

Outstanding Community Outreach Awards – Angelica Harvey (Buckhannon, WV)

 

ART

Outstanding Senior Award – Haley Chambers (Jumping Branch, WV)

Outstanding Junior Award – Reno Swiger (Shinnston, WV)

Outstanding Sophomore Award – Kelsey Acree (Mt. Nebo, WV)

Outstanding Freshman Award – De’andre Brown (Baltimore, MD)

 

BIOLOGY

Outstanding Senior – Rebecca Davis (Mechanicsburg, PA), Rebekah Honce (Bridgeport, WV), and Langely Salyers (Moorefield, WV)

Outstanding Research Student – Rebekah Honce (Bridgeport, WV)

Outstanding Junior – Evan McLanahan (Red House, WV)

Outstanding Sophomore – Kelsey Acree (Mt. Nebo, WV)

Outstanding Freshmen – Mary Catherine Bandak (Charleston, WV), Mason Lee (Wheeling, WV), and Erick Trent (Point Pleasant, WV)

Outstanding Student Assistant – Dillon Wagman (Mahopac, NY)

 

DANCE/THEATRE

Outstanding Senior in Dance Lydia Krimmel (Mineral Wells, WV)

Outstanding Theatre Arts Students – Elizabeth Clever (Inwood, WV) and Emily Jenkins (Albright, WV)

 

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

Outstanding Senior – Jeremy R. Davidson (Buckhannon, WV)

Outstanding Junior – Thomas Anderson (Rock Cave, WV)

Outstanding Sophomore – James DeMarco (Vanderbilt, PA)

Outstanding Freshman –   Viola Donegia (Belington, WV)

Outstanding Research – Emma Malcomb (Buckhannon, WV) 

 

BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS

Outstanding Accounting Student – Jessica Hardman (Buckhannon, WV) and Alex Pugh (Buckhannon, WV)

Outstanding Business Administration Student – Tyler Gray (Buckhannon, WV)

Outstanding Economics Student – Hannah Gurtis (Morgantown, WV)

Outstanding International Business Student – Abigail Hensley (Huntington, WV)

Outstanding Management Student –Soeren Doessing (Denmark) and Sydney Pettit (Sand Fork, WV)

Outstanding Marketing Student – Keenan Moreta (Bayfield, CO)

Outstanding Sport Marketing Student – Nicole Friedemann (Canby, OR)

Outstanding 5-Year MBA Student – Kayla Hinkley (Hurricane, WV)

 

CHAPEL

Sheridan Watson Bell Award – Jeremy Lambson (Buckhannon, WV)

 

CHEMISTRY

Outstanding Senior – Asa Nichols (Saint Marys, WV)

Outstanding Junior – Aaron Kessler (Cowen, WV)

Outstanding Laboratory Assistant – Kelsey Krantz (Elkins, WV)

Outstanding Chemical Hygiene Officer Assistant – Angelica Harvey (Buckhannon, WV))

 

COMMUNICATION

Overall Most Outstanding Senior – James Young (Hurricane, WV)

Excellence in Applied Learning – Kelsie Andrews (North East, MD)

Excellence in Writing – Timothy Nelson (Charleston, WV) and Mattison Swartz (Lewisburg, WV)

Excellence in Speaking – Joshua Lopitz (Leonardtown, MD)

 

CRIMINIAL JUSTICE

Criminal Justice Award – Ryan Rado (St. Augustine, FL)

 

EDUCATION

Academic Achievement Freshman Award – Mary Ambuul (Martinsburg, WV)

Academic Achievement Sophomore Award – Leah Casarano (Aurthurdale, WV) and Andrew Kinkead (Stuarts Draft, VA)

Academic Achievement Junior Award – Kathalyn Maxson (Ravenswood, WV) and Logan Tucker (Ravenswood, WV)

Academic Achievement Senior Award – Holden Akers-Toler (Beckley, WV) and Emily Jenkins (Albright, WV)  

Dr. Ruth Mansberger Shearer Education Award – Samantha Swann (Owings, MD)

The Dorie McHugh O’Brien ’64 Education Award Chad Gradisek (Mount Pleasant, PA)

 

ENGLISH

Outstanding Senior English Major – Joseph Keener (Buckhannon, WV)

Outstanding English as a Second Language Student – Shin Fujikawa (Japan) and Kohtaroh Kusunoki (Japan)

 

EXERCISE SCIENCE

Outstanding Senior in Athletic Training – Devon Brosh (Petersburg, WV)

Freshman with Highest GPA for Athletic Training – Hannah Pulley (Lusby, MD)

Delta Psi Kappa/David E. Reemsnyder Award – Lauren Graham (Bessemer City, NC)

Sam Ross Athletic Scholars – Tanner McGrew (Buckhannon, WV) and Rebekah Honce (Bridgeport, WV)

 

HISTORY

Outstanding Senior History Majors – Sarah Campbell (Saint Marys, WV) and Stephanie Frazer (Alum Creek, WV)

Outstanding Junior History Majors – Tori Badaway (Canada) and Richard Baisden (Clarksburg, MD)

Outstanding Senior International Studies Major – Rebecca Davis (Mechanicsburg, PA)

 

HUMANITIES

Pamela Thorn Humanities Award – Morgan Carter (Fredericksburg, VA)

 

MATHEMATICS

Hallam Awards – Zachary C. Abbot (Carmel, IN), Stacie M. Baumann (Gahanna, OH) Jacob W. Coleman (Belington, WV), Andrew R. Kinkead (Stuarts Draft, VA), Mark P. Leadingham (Sharpsburg, MD), Jericho A. Norris (Vienna, WV), Daniel R. Plaugher (Salem, WV), and Trevor T. Williams (Buckhannon, WV)

 

MUSIC

Outstanding Senior Music Awards – Holden Akers-Toler (Beckley, WV) and Julia Uchoa (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

 

NURSING

Outstanding Senior Nursing Awards – Chelsea Bennett (Jane Lew, WV), Jessica Frolo (Belle Vernon, PA), and Tracey Gregory (Craigsville, WV)

 

PHYSICS AND ENGINEERING

Outstanding Seniors – Lauren Cronise (Hagerstown, MD), Cody O’Meara (Charles Town, WV), and Corey Rhodes (Seneca Rocks, WV)

Outstanding Freshmen – Kaylee Burdette (Cross Lanes, WV), Rebecca Davis (Blakeslee, PA), Allison Haertter (Reading, PA), Emily Kearney (Ranson, WV), Bobbi Mitchell (Scott Depot, WV), Mackenzie Robatin (Uniontown, PA), Olivia Rycroft (Elkins, WV), and Zachary Whiting (Ashland, WI)

 

POLITICAL SCIENCE

Outstanding Senior – Robert Brosh (Charles Town, WV)

 

PSYCHOLOGY

The Kelly Lynn Martin Memorial Psychology Award – Erin Hudnall (Ansted, WV)

 

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Outstanding Senior in Religious Studies Jeremy Lambson (Buckhannon, WV)

 

SOCIOLOGY

The John Warner Memorial Sociology Award – Jordon Barr (Buckhannon, WV)

The Vijaya Rao Global Awareness Award – Erin Hudnall (Ansted, WV)

Outstanding Senior in Sociology – Erin Hudnall (Ansted, WV)

Wesleyan Spirit Awards

Freshmen – Maya Eberhart (Brooklyn, NY) and Jacob Sullivan (White Sulphur Springs, WV)

Sophomores – Tobi Carter (Baltimore, MD) and Lucas Trovato (Mogantown, WV)

Juniors – Reno Swiger (Shinnston, WV) and Peyton Teets (Elkins, WV)

Seniors – Allie Browne (Charleston, WV) and Soeren Doessing (Denmark)

 

Outstanding Seniors – Keana Bertocci (Perryopolis, PA), Kayla Hinkley (Hurricane, WV), Erin Hudnall (Anstead, WV), Cody O’Meara (Charles Town, WV), and Sydney Pettit (Sand Fork, WV)

 

Academic and Leadership Awards – Leah Bailey (Baden, PA), Chloe Bland (Dunmore, WV), Megann Boone (Frametown, WV), Devon Brosh (Petersburg, WV), Robert Brosh (Charles Town, WV), Morgan Carter (Fredericksburg, VA), Shawna Clayton (Clarksburg, WV), Alberta Crawford (Wellsburg, WV), Lauren Cronise (Hagerstown, MD), Rebecca Davis (Mechanicsburg, PA), Nicole Friedemann (Canby, OR), Tracey Gregory (Craigsville, WV), Rebekah Honce (Bridgeport, WV), Mikaela Hutchinson (Charleston, WV), Emily Jenkins (Albright, WV), Jeremy Lambson (Buckhannon, WV), Tanner McGrew (Buckhannon, WV), Gregory Strader (Moon Township, PA), Samantha Sunshine (Blacksburg, VA).

 

Senior Who’s Who Among Students in America – Elaine Ashman (Newton, WV), Victoria Crise (Natrona Heights, PA), Carson Cunningham (Buckhannon, WV), Paula Gyamfi (Beltsville, MD), Bethany Jordan (Scott Depot, WV), Danielle Lancaster (Millstone, WV), Danielle Nehilla (South Park, PA), John Prentice (Elkins, WV), Kirsten Reneau (Grafton, WV), Corey Rhodes (Seneca Rocks, WV), Catherine Riggleman (Beverly, WV), Nathan Ropelewski (Richmond, VA), Telena Sanson (Summersville, WV), Scott Stoeckle (Buckhannon, WV), Philip Summers (Charleston, WV), and Jordan Tate (Charleston, WV)

 

Junior Who’s Who Among Students in America – Jackson Carey (Follansbee, WV), Katherine Casey (Canton, OH), Audrey Chefan-Kemseu (France), Kimberly Culver (Culpeper, VA), Jordan Danko (Ravenswood, WV), Jessica Engels (Kingwood, WV), Kortney Frame (Troy, WV), Taylor Germain (Oakland, MD), Thomas Haines (Green Spring, WV), Wilson Harvey (Weston, WV), Madison Ovies (Franklin, TN), Sarah Petitto (West Milford, WV), Kaitlyn Romain (Bridgeport, WV), Aurora Snyder (Royersford, PA), Destinee Tunstall (Indian Head, MD), and Mason Winkie (Bridgeport, WV)

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Voting Begins Today for May primary

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Voters will start going to the polls for the May primary election as soon as Wednesday in West Virginia when the early voting period begins in the Mountain State ahead of the May 10 primary election.

“If you’re ready to go, go vote then in West Virginia’s election,” said Secretary of State Natalie Tennant who is a fan of the early voting option.

“It allows a voter to determine themselves when Election Day is and fit it into their schedule.”

Early voting first launched in West Virginia during the 2002 primary election. That year, 14,000 people cast ballots ahead of Election Day.

By the 2014 midterm primary, early voting was up above 44,000, according to information from the Secretary of State’s Office.

During an appearance on Tuesday’s MetroNews “Talkline,” Tennant did not make any predictions about how early voting would go ahead of the 2016 primary.

This year, West Virginians are nominating candidates for president, U.S. House of Representatives, governor, secretary of state, auditor, treasurer, agriculture commissioner, attorney general, state Senate, state House of Delegates

For the first time, judges are being elected on nonpartisan ballots.

Races for Supreme Court, circuit court, family court and magistrates will be at the end of the May ballots. The judicial races are split up by divisions and there is no nominating process. The judicial candidates elected will take their seats on January 01, 2017.

On Republican ballots, delegates to the Republican National Convention are also being selected. The judicial races come after the more than 200 possible GOP Presidential delegates.

At the local levels, there are also board of education races, which are nonpartisan, along with mayoral, city council and county levy elections in parts of West Virginia.

“Remember, this is a longer ballot. All of our offices are on the ballot except for U.S. Senate, so you really need to be doing some research right now,” Tennant advised.

As for unaffiliated or independent voters who are not registered with any particular political party, “When you go into the polling place, you have to ask for a ballot. You have to ask for Democrat, Republican or Mountain Party,” Tennant explained.

The poll workers cannot offer you a party ballot, she said. “You have to ask for a ballot otherwise you only receive (the ballot for) the nonpartisan election.”

The ten-day early voting period continues through May 07.

In addition to regular weekday hours, early voting is an option on two Saturdays, April 30 and May 07, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Early voting locations vary by county and are either at county courthouses, courthouse annexes or at other community voting locations.

On Tuesday, May 10, polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Throughout the election season, violations of election law can be reported to the Secretary of State’s Office at 304.558.6000.

Tennant, who was first elected in 2008, is again seeking renomination during the primary election. She is facing a primary challenge from Delegate Patsy Trecost (D-Harrison, 48), a former member of Clarksburg’s City Council.

The Republicans seeking the Secretary of State nomination are Mac Warner, a U.S. Army veteran, military officer and lawyer, and Barry Holstein, a Kanawha County native, U.S. Army veteran and operations management worker.

Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries

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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 June 20, 2016  otherwise they may by law be excluded from all benefit of said estate(s).  All beneficiaries of said estate(s) may appear on or before said day to examine said claims and otherwise protect their interests.

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

 

DECENDENT NAME PER.REP/NAME REPER.REP/ADDRESS
Millie S. Beall Hunter L Beall
Amy M. Self
2906 Sassafras Run Road, Weston, WV 26452
28 VanHorn Drive, Glenville, WV 26351
Lloyd Glenn “Buck” Stephens Sally Keefer 4433 Bradley Road
Huntington, WV 25704
Dianna Smith James Wright 91 Main Street
W. Alexander, PA 15376


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

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : April 21, 2016

DHHR’s ‘Safe At Home’ Program To Expand Out To More WV Counties

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The first phase of the state Department of Health and Human Resources’ “Safe at Home” program has seen positive results so far, according to Nancy Exline, commissioner for the state DHHR’s Bureau for Children and Families.

The program was implemented last year in Berkeley, Boone, Cabell, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Morgan, Putnam and Wayne counties. The program serves 12-17 year olds and their families, caregivers and foster parents by providing them with wraparound services in order to develop and maintain a stable and loving environment.

Exline said, so far, 122 children have been referred for wraparound services and 16 of them have returned to West Virginia. She also said 22 have moved back to their communities from in-state residential placements and 37 have been prevented from entering residential placements.

“We are still working with them. We’re trying to build capacity for maybe a foster home for those children that meets their needs to bring them back to their communities,” Exline said.

Plans to expand the program out to several other West Virginia counties will happen this July or August, she said.

Phase two will include Barbour, Brooke, Grant, Greenbrier, Hampshire, Hancock, Hardy, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Mercer, Mineral, Monongalia, Monroe, Nicholas, Ohio, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph, Summers, Taylor, Tucker and Upshur counties.

They eventually want to implement the program in all 55 counties, but Exline said it takes time.

“It’s always a good idea to start slow and build as you build capacity for community-based services,” she said. “We’re moving across the state.”

The goal is to have the program in place for all of West Virginia by next year.

The long-term plan, she said, is focused on four main goals: to keep children safe, to keep them healthy, to make sure they are supported in their communities and that they grow up to be successful adults.

“It is important that we build the base here in West Virginia that children are able to stay with their families,” Exline said.

The department’s Bureau for Children and Families is always looking for families interested in becoming foster parents, Exline said. For more information, visit the DHHR’s website.

Batman Visits Leading Creek Elementary School

Batman went to Leading Creek Elementary on March 30, 2016 for an inspirational talk for the students.
He addressed bullying, and how to make positive life choices.

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Governor Tomblin Announces Records Management, Survey and Planning Grants

More than 50 communities receive $464,177 in grant funding to preserve local archives
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CHARLESTON, WV –  Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today awarded more than $464,000 in grant funding to more than 50 communities across the state to preserve West Virginia history through the survey and planning and records management and preservation grant programs.

“Whether written stories about our past or historic land documents, West Virginia is full of records, archives and landmark structures that play an important role in defining our state’s history,” Governor Tomblin said. “This grant funding will help enhance access to public records and maintain historic infrastructure around the state to ensure our state’s past is preserved and passed down for generations.”


The Records Management and Preservation Grant Program is administered through the Records Management and Preservation Board (RMPB) and includes projects to improve management, storage conditions, access, and preservation of public records held in county offices.  Funding for the grants program comes from filing fees collected by county clerks and deposited in the special Public Records and Preservation Account. Recipients of Records Management and Preservation Grants include:


Barbour County Commission
$6,218

To scan and index criminal case files in the prosecuting attorney’s office.


Berkeley County Council
$10,000

To index digital images of case files in the circuit clerk’s office. 


Boone County Commission
$10,000

To scan and index civil and criminal case files in the circuit clerk’s office.


Braxton County Commission
$13,182

To purchase open steel shelving and archival cubic foot records storage boxes for the prosecuting attorney’s, sheriff’s and circuit clerk’s offices; and to digitize chancery case files in the circuit clerk’s office.


Brooke County Commission
$4,215

To rebind and encapsulate deed books in the county clerk’s office.


Calhoun County Commission
$10,000

To index deed books digitized by the RMPB Statewide Preservation Project in the county clerk’s office.


Doddridge County Commission
$8,650

To purchase a map cabinet and Mylar sleeves to encapsulate maps, and to rebind and encapsulate will and land books in the county clerk’s office.


Fayette County Commission
$10,305

To digitize birth, death, and marriage books in the county clerk’s office, and for the county commission to purchase an oversize scanner to digitize maps, blueprints, and other records that will be used by all county offices. 


Gilmer County Commission
$12,347

To purchase roller shelving for improved storage of deed books in the county clerk’s office.


Grant County Commission
$9,245

To digitize deed books and deeds of trust books in the county clerk’s office.


Greenbrier County Commission
$12,500

To scan and index map cards in the assessor’s office, and to scan and index civil and criminal case files in the circuit clerk’s office.


Hampshire County Commission
$6,954

To restore and digitize wills and will books, and to purchase roller shelving in the county clerk’s office.


Hardy County Commission
$9,455

To digitize land books in the assessor’s office.


Harrison County Commission
$10,000

To digitize the assessor’s copies of land books in the county clerk’s office.


Jackson County Commission
$14,859

To purchase map cabinets and Mylar sleeves to encapsulate maps in the county clerk’s office.


Kanawha County Commission
$19,091

To purchase roller shelving for oversize deed and land books in the county clerk’s office; and to scan and index civil case files in the circuit clerk’s office.


Lewis County Commission
$15,000

To index digitized deed books in the county clerk’s office, and to scan and index criminal case files in the circuit clerk’s office.


Lincoln County Commission
$11,650

To index deed books digitized by the RMPB Statewide Preservation Project, to purchase public access computers for the records room, and to restore and encapsulate land books in the county clerk’s office.


Marshall County Commission
$2,727

To review records and implement the retention schedule, and to scan and index case files in the prosecuting attorney’s office.


Mason County Commission
$12,500

To digitize the assessor’s copies of land books, and to scan and index estate files in the county clerk’s office.


McDowell County Commission
$3,000

To digitize maps in the county clerk’s office.


Mercer County Commission
$11,703

To purchase moveable track shelving for long-term inactive case files in the circuit clerk’s office.


Mingo County Commission
$7,500

To scan and index order books in the circuit clerk’s office.


Monroe County Commission
$7,847

To scan and index map cards in the assessor’s office, and to purchase shelving for inactive case files in the circuit clerk’s office.


Morgan County Commission
$6,355

To scan and index tax records, and to purchase two color scanners and open steel shelving for the sheriff’s office.


Nicholas County Commission
$4,818

To restore and encapsulate the assessor’s copies of land books in the county clerk’s office.


Ohio County Commission
$10,000

To digitize microfilm of case files in the circuit clerk’s office.


Pendleton County Commission
$4,636

To digitize deed, release, and deeds of trust books, and to restore, rebind, and encapsulate deed books in the county clerk’s office.


Pocahontas County Commission
$7,500

To review and implement the records retention schedule and scan and index deed books in the county clerk’s office.


Preston County Commission
$7,500

To scan and index deed books in the county clerk’s office.


Putnam County Commission
$9,500

To digitize oil and gas lease books in the county clerk’s office, and to purchase open steel shelving for homestead and property records in the assessor’s office.


Raleigh County Commission
$4,963

To review and implement the records retention schedule, and to purchase a high-volume, cross-cut shredder to dispose of records that have exceeded the retention requirement in the assessor’s office.


Ritchie County Commission
$13,991

To purchase moveable track shelving for improved case file management in the prosecuting attorney’s office.

Roane County Commission
$4,523

To encapsulate and rebind the earliest chancery order books in the circuit clerk’s office. 


Summers County Commission
$5,146

To digitize military discharge books, and to restore, rebind, and encapsulate will and deed books in the county clerk’s office.


Taylor County Commission
$7,993

To scan and index map cards, and to purchase color scanners and public access computers for the assessor’s office.


Tucker County Commission
$11,136

To scan and index birth books, to purchase public access computers, and to restore, rebind, and encapsulate the assessor’s copies of land books in the county clerk’s office.


Upshur County Commission
$10,000

To digitize chancery and law case files in the circuit clerk’s office.


Wayne County Commission
$17,109

To index deed books digitized by the RMPB Statewide Preservation Project, to encapsulate the assessor’s copies of land books, and to purchase a map cabinet in the county clerk’s office.


Webster County Commission
$7,500

To scan and index deeds of trust books in the county clerk’s office.


Wood County Commission
$7,500

To index deed books digitized by the RMPB Statewide Preservation Project in the county clerk’s office.


Wyoming County Commission
$4,909

To restore, rebind, and encapsulate will and birth books in the county clerk’s office.


The Survey and Planning Grant Program is administered with funds from the Historic Preservation Fund, National Park Service.  The grants may be used for activities including conducting architectural/archaeological surveys, National Register nominations, predevelopment plans and heritage education projects. Recipients of Survey and Planning Grants include:


Beverly Historic Landmark Commission
$6,300

To assist with the 2016 Statewide Preservation Conference to be held in Beverly/Elkins, Randolph County.


City of Lewisburg/Lewisburg Historic Landmark Commission
$16,800

To assist with the Barracks Plans and Specs in Lewisburg, Greenbrier County.


City of Morgantown/Morgantown Historic Landmark Commission
$11,000

To assist with the architectural survey of the Suncrest neighborhood in Morgantown, Monongalia County.


Hampshire County Historic Landmark Commission
$3,500

To assist with the Phase II of a cemetery survey of Hampshire County.


City of Wheeling/Wheeling Historic Landmark Commission
$14,490

To assist with predevelopment documents for the Towngate Theatre and Stifel Arts Center projects in Wheeling, Ohio County.


Moorefield Historic Landmark Commission
$12,000

To assist with the architectural resurvey of the Moorefield Historic District in Moorefield, Hardy County.


Greenbrier County Historic Landmark Commission
$5,000

To assist with the preparation of a National Register Nomination on the Senator Robert Boone Property in Ronceverte, Greenbrier County.


Corporation of Shepherdstown
$5,460

To assist with the historic structures report on the Mecklenburg Tobacco Warehouse in Shepherdstown, Jefferson County.


Beckley Historic Landmark Commission
$5,600

To assist with the Neville and Main Street Building Assessments in Beckley, Raleigh County.

Governor Tomblin Presents 13 Communities with Small Cities Block Grants

Funding supports more than $12 million in local projects
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CHARLESTON, WV – Governor Earl Ray Tomblin presented more than $12 million in Small Cities Block Grant funds for 13 critical infrastructure projects to support communities across West Virginia. In total, more than $44 million in other federal, state and local funding will support these projects for more than 17,000 West Virginia households, improving infrastructure reliability statewide.

“Today’s grant funding kicks off a number of anticipated improvement projects in cities and communities across West Virginia,” Governor Tomblin said. “Economic development projects and infrastructure improvements, like those supported by the Small Cities Block Grant program, are investments that not only open the door to new business prospects, but also improve the quality of life for West Virginians now and for years to come.”

Small Cities Block Grant funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Community Development Division of the West Virginia Development Office manages the administration of these funds.


GREENBRIER COUNTY COMMISSION  
$200,000

This $10 million project will enable the Greenbrier Public Service District to extend water service in and around several Greenbrier County communities along I-64 / US Rt. 60 including, but not limited to, Crawley, Shawver’s Crossing, Sam Black Church, Clintonville, Alta, Williamsburg and Trout to more than 400 new households. The project will provide water service to customers who currently rely on wells and cisterns. The project will also provide an interconnection to the Town of Rupert, which will enable the town’s aging plant to be placed on standby status.


JACKSON COUNTY COMMISSION                                                    
$704,000

This $1.28 million project will enable the Northern Jackson Public Service District to extend water service to 54 new household customers along Trace Fork Road.  The project will provide reliable water service to area residents who currently rely on private wells and other water collection methods.


LEWIS COUNTY COMMISSION        
$1,250,000

This $3.6 million project will enable the Lewis County Commission to extend water service to 96 households in the Churchville and Sugar Camp area, including Laurel Run, Mare Run, Limestone Run and Murphy Creek areas in the Northwest Lewis Water Extension. This area is currently served by individual wells, many of which have low quantity and quality.


LINCOLN COUNTY COMMISSION
$1,500,000

This $4.57 million project will enable the Lincoln County Public Service District to extend safe drinking water to 147 new household customers in the areas of Lower Mud River, Laurel Creek, Straight Fork, Buffalo Creek, Little Buffalo Creek, and surrounding areas.  The project includes a 100,000 gallon storage tank; one pressure reducing station; and 51 fire hydrants, valves, and individual customer services.


LOGAN COUNTY COMMISSION
$1,300,000

This $4.95 million project will enable the Logan County Public Service District to extend water service to approximately 195 residential households in the communities of Big Harts Creek, Smokehouse Road, White Oak Branch, and surrounding areas of Logan County. The project will provide a reliable source of water in the project area which is currently served by private wells.


MARION COUNTY COMMISSION                                                    
$238,694

This $2.1 million project will allow the Colfax Public Service District to decommission its waste water treatment plant; and extend the Colfax sewage system to the Kingmill Valley Public Service District, benefitting a total of 230 households. This project promotes a regional approach to the provision of critical public services and eliminates duplication of treatment facilities. The project will protect public water sources by halting overflow into the Tygart Valley River, which is upstream from the Town of Monongah and the City of Fairmont’s public water intakes.


TOWN OF MARLINTON (Pocahontas County)        
$1,000,000

This $4.35 million project will enable the Town of Marlinton to upgrade its existing water treatment plant and water storage system to 721 households.  The project will also enable the town to replace three water storage tanks; update booster stations, install telemetry to the plant, tanks and boosters; and complete related upgrades throughout the system to ensure its long-term viability. 


MERCER COUNTY COMMISSION              
$1,209,503

This $5.1 million project will enable the Oakvale Road Public Service District to extend water service to approximately 150 new households in the Elgood area, including the communities of Elgood, Twin Oaks and Christians Ridge in Eastern Mercer County. The project will include the installation of new water lines, booster stations, water storage tank and related improvements needed to provide safe drinking water to area residents.


TOWN OF NORTHFORK (McDowell County)                                     
$200,000

This $6.35 million project will allow the Town of Northfork to replace the existing water system which serves the Upland, Powhatan, Kyle, Northfork and Keystone communities and provide a second water source for the Maybeury Water Treatment Plant, serving a total of more than 400 households. This project replaces a water distribution system that has exceeded its useful life and is plagued by frequent line breaks and water loss.


TOWN OF PAW PAW (Morgan County)                                       
$1,500,000

This $1.5 million project will enable the Town of Paw Paw to replace old water lines throughout the project area to serve more than 240 households. This project will establish a more reliable and efficient water system for the Paw Paw residents as its current water distribution system is outdated, inefficient and often unsafe. 


TOWN OF PENNSBORO (Ritchie County)                                       
$1,500,000

This $5.1 million project will enable the City of Pennsboro to complete the third and final phase of necessary upgrades to its aging and antiquated wastewater treatment plant that services approximately 590 households. This project allows the Town of Pennsboro to comply with a consent order to correct deficiencies at the wastewater treatment plant.


CITY OF RICHWOOD (Nicholas County)                                           
$200,000

This $6.4 million project will allow the Town of Richwood to improve its municipal water system and extend water service to approximately 115 new households of the Hinkle Mountain and Little Laurel Creek areas. This project will provide these residents with a reliable source of water, some of whom are forced to treat the water in their homes or transport it from other sources.


TUCKER COUNTY COMMISSION                  
$1,250,000

This $6.25 million project will upgrade the existing Hamrick Public Service District water treatment plant, improve the existing distribution system and provide water service along Location Road to more than 700 households. The project will also include the installation of new water lines, booster stations, and tanks to serve residents who currently rely on private wells, many of which have low quality and quantity.

Lewis County Grand Jury Report

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WESTON, WV — The March 2016 term of the Lewis County Grand Jury convened Monday in Weston and indicted 18 individuals, according to the prosecuting attorney’s office.


    •  Anthony Eugene Horner, 27, of Walkersville, who is charged with two felony counts of Domestic Assault, two misdemeanor counts of Assault, one count misdemeanor of Destruction of Property, two misdemeanor counts of Reckless Driving, one misdemeanor count of Leaving the Scene and two misdemeanor counts of Stalking.


    •  Jonathan Leroy Taylor, 30, of Jane Lew, who now faces one felony count of Burglary and one felony count of Grand Larceny.


    •  Tommie Larry Rinehart, Jr., 42, of Jane Lew, who is accused of one felony count of Attempted Robbery, one misdemeanor count of Assault and one misdemeanor count of Obstructing an Officer.


    •  Matthew Lee Jones, 22, of Jane Lew, who is charged with one felony count of Grand Larceny.


    •  Gloria Ann Yeager, 36, of Weston, who faces two felony counts of Forgery and two felony counts of Uttering.


    •  Everett J. Wine, 57, of Weston, who is accused of one felony count of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, Methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.


    •  Diana Lynn Summers, 50, of Florida, who is charged with one felony count of Abuse or Neglect of Incapacitated Adult by a Caregiver.


    •  Guy Summers, of Florida, who is also charged with one felony count of Abuse or Neglect of Incapacitated Adult by a Caregiver.


    •  Thomas William Bonnell, Jr., 41, of Weston, who faces one felony count of Driving While License Revoked for DUI, Third Offense.


    •  David Oren Webb, Sr., 44, of Buckhannon, who is accused of five felony counts of Wanton Endangerment, one misdemeanor count of Domestic Battery and one misdemeanor count of Obstructing.


    •  Michael Wesley Marion, 25, Weston, who is charged with one felony count of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, Marijuana, one felony county of Manufacture of a Controlled Substance, Marijuana, and one misdemeanor count of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Psilocybin.


    •  Michael Lawrence Louk, 45, of Weston, who faces two felony counts of Driving While License Revoked for DUI, Third Offense, one misdemeanor count of Duty Upon Striking Fixtures and three total misdemeanor counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance for Heroin, Methamphetamine and Marijuana.


    •  David Mark Ratliff, 46, of Burnsville, who is accused of two felony counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Methamphetamine.


    •  James Brian Stout, 40, of Jane Lew, who is charged with two felony counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Hydrocodone.


    •  Elizabeht Michal Carpenter, 26, of Weston, who faces three felony counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Buprenophine, within 1,000 feet of a school, one felony count of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, Buprenophine and one felony count of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, Alprazolam.


    •  Steven Michael Sears, 38, of Weston, who is accused of five felony counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count of Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm.


    •  Justin Allen Lyons, 24, of Spencer, who is charged with two felony counts of Forgery of Public Record, two misdemeanor counts of Driving While License Suspended and two misdemeanor counts of Speeding.


    •  John William Cole, 36, of Camden, who faces one felony count of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Third Offense, one felony count of Driving While License Revoked for DUI, Third Offense, one misdemeanor count of Improper Registration and one misdemeanor count of No Insurance.


Judge Jacob Reger presided while Prosecuting Attorney Christina Flanigan and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kurt Hall presented the cases.

Those indicted are ordered to report to the Lewis County Judicial Annex Circuit Courtroom, 117 Court Avenue, Weston, at 9 a.m. on March 11 for arraignment.

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G-LtE™: Wake Up West Virginia

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There are several currently proposed WV Senate Bills in the WV Legislature now that could seriously hurt our rights as property owners:

  • SB 508 Destroys a more than 200 year old law that allows citizens the right to file “Nuisance Suits” against neighbors or companies who harm their property values or their right to the pursuit of happiness on their property.

  • SB 565 Would allow drillers to build well pads and access roads on a surface owner’s property without having a permit to drill a well. This is actually Forced Trespassing.

  • SB596 Would Allow gas and pipeline companies to come onto private property to survey your land for pipelines which may not even be in the public interest. This is actually- Legalizing Trespassing. 

  • SB 601 Forces West Virginia Landfill authorities to take drill cuttings from Marcellus Wells which may include contaminated waste and radioactive materials that could pose risks to our aquifers and water supplies. Good water is a West Virginian’s God Given Right.

None of these bills should be amended!  They are wrong in any possible form.

None of these Senate Bills should come to the full Legislative floor for a vote.

All these Bills should be killed/stopped – NOW!

These Senate Bills seem to be totally for the benefit of the Marcellus Drilling and Pipeline companies and are putting our property rights, values, lives and peace of mind at risk.  The out-of-state companies will be gone in ten years, but many of our property rights could be gone forever.  It’s time to Act to get involved!

Crossover Tuesday on March 2 is when these Senate Bills will move to the House of Delegates for review.  So, they should be killed in the House in the next two weeks in the event they make it out of the Senate.

Our Senators will not be representing “the majority” of their constituents if they sponsor or support or vote for these Senate Bills!

Please watch closely how your elected representatives vote in this session of the Legislature. It is important that they vote for our Property Rights.

It just does not seem to stop.  Governor, Tomblin asked the WV Senate to Pass Bill SB 419.  This bill will eliminate some of revenue derived from the State Severance Tax on oil and gas extraction   by 4.7 cents per thousand cubic feet of natural gas (along with a fee on coal extraction). 

Call me thunderstruck, but this tax revenue cut comes at a time when our state has a shortfall of over $350 million in the WV budget.

Yes, the fee was originally to be used to pay down the state’s old workers’ compensation debts and Tomblin had promised that once the debt was paid, the fee would be lifted.

Guess what.  Our WV Senators have unanimously passed Senate Bill (SB) 419 and it is now awaiting the Governor’s signature. If signed, we will lose this potential tax revenue source that could help us fix our state’s budget.  So I ask you, “Who is working to fix our budget”? 

Finally, we need to kill any Bill that supports forced pooling.

Two such bill are SB646 and HB 4639 which support forced pooling. These bills will allow drilling under a surface owners property without their consent and without benefit to the surface owner. These are the worst forced pooling bills ever. Last year the legislature tried to pass a forced pooling bill and it failed because it is an unfair concept and an unfair law.

I thought this was the year that our infrastructure was to have been top priority.  What Happened?

Our roads and bridges need repair and improvement. We need new roads. We still need to get good water to the thousands of folks who are on spring or well water. Yes, many families are still in need of reliable city water. So many people today in our state are still living as third world citizens.

So ask your representative why they are working so hard on taking away more of our rights?

There has never been a more important time to watch what is going on in Charleston!

There is still time to contact your elected officials. So take action now to protect your property rights.

These bills are taking away people’s rights and it is unfair to take away the legal system from ordinary citizens.

You can check a bill’s status at:  www.legis.state.wv.us  and you can also find your legislator by clicking on Senate or Delegate and then Member to get the phone number or email address to contact your representative.

You can make a positive impact. Take the time to protect your property rights now.

John W. Cobb, Jr.
Ireland, West Virginia

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David Ray Rogers

Age 54, of Spencer, WV passed away peacefully, with his family at his side, Sunday, February 21, 2016, at his residence, after a short illness.

He was born April 29, 1961, in Lewis County, WV a son of the late Jimmie Ray Rogers and the Pauline Greathouse Rogers Matheny.

David was a disabled tow motor operator.

Survivors include his wife, Christina Poore, and their daughter, Veronica Kathryn Rogers of Spencer; children from a previous marriage, D.J. Rogers and Sabreina Angelin both of West Virginia; brother, Rusty Rogers of Ohio; sister, Jeannie Rogers of West Virginia.

There will be no visitation or funeral service.

John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, is handling the arrangements.

Fatal Accident in Lewis County Backs Up I-79 North

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LEWIS COUNTY, WV — The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal accident along I-79 Thursday evening.

First responders were at the scene just after 3 PM.

The Lewis County 911 Center reports one person is dead, and an unknown number of people were transported to hospitals.

The accident occurred in between mile markers 85 and 86 going north bound.

Traffic is said to be backed up for several miles.

G-LtE™: “The Donald and the Pope”

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We seldom comment on religion and religious beliefs, as those are private and sensitive topics. However, it seems that many of our current crop of politicians are eager to make religion, especially their own Christian piousness, a campaign issue. Generally they want to tout themselves as being the “Christian” candidate, the “Values” candidate, the “Family Values” candidate, or some similar title, indicating that they possess some moral superiority over their competitors.

We all are aware of Donald Trump’s little spat with Pope Francis, who had the audacity to suggest that some positions held by Donald and other self-proclaimed Christian candidates may not actually be in accordance with Christian beliefs, Christian Church policies, or the teachings of Jesus.  The Pope was right to question our politicians and their beliefs, values, and position. If one decides to make their own religiosity an issue in the campaign, they should be prepared to take questions, explain themselves and justify their positions in terms of their claimed core beliefs and values.

Indeed, one has to wonder if any of the many candidates for public office, from Sheriff to President, can really walk their positions back and show how their positions are derived from and are consistent with their claimed core beliefs and values. One would expect anybody claiming some religious belief system (or any belief system) as the basis for their world view, their values and morals, and their actions to be able to clearly articulate and explain their beliefs, their values, and their moral codes, and explain how their positions, policies, and actions on important issues can be derived from them.

Exactly how does one start with the teachings of Jesus and come to an adamant opposition and rejection of health care as a basic right for all, regardless of income or circumstance? How does one turn the teachings of Jesus into a rejection of and slamming the door on our poor and less fortunate neighbors? When was Jesus an advocate for denying food and shelter to hungry children? How do Jesus’ lessons lead to opposition to clean air and water? When did Jesus preach on the virtues of policies that favor the wealthy and punish the poor and working classes? For that matter, how does one derive an amoral economic system, based on rampant materialism, greed, and self-interest from Jesus’ teachings and life? These are all valid questions for those who want to proclaim themselves to be, first and foremost, Christians in the political arena.

As citizens, we all have a right and an obligation to hold our candidates and elected officials responsible for explaining their core belief systems, core values, and showing how their policy positions and actions stem from those belief systems and values. This holds for all candidates and officials, whether or not they claim to represent some particular religious group. If they cannot do that, if they cannot walk their political positions and actions back to their claimed core beliefs and values, perhaps they are not who they claim to be. Perhaps they are using their supposed religious beliefs as just another marketing ploy. Or perhaps they have no beliefs and are for sale to the highest bidder.

Sincerely,

Tom and Becky Berlin

School Calendars Adjusted for Snow Days

Recent Snow days have required county school boards to adjust school calendars to make up for lost instructional time.

Gilmer County Superintendent Gabe DeVano said seven instructional days have been lost so far due to snow and bas weather.

Due adjustments which have been made to the calendar based on recommendation of the superintendent, the school board had to reduce the length of spring break.

But, the end of the school year has not been changed unless there are more days off.


To make up for snow days, the school board simply converted three Continuing Education (CE) and Professional Development (PD) days into instructional days. These were days on the calendar that were for instructors only.

Now the Friday before and the Monday after the Easter Sundat are the only days for Spring Break.

Lewis County students have missed nine school days this winter.

The last day of school for the Lewis County will be May 31, with staff continuing to report until June 02. Students were originally projected to finish the school year on May 26.

Upshur County isn’t far behind Lewis when it comes to the number of snow days. Students there have lost eight instructional days this year. Superintendent Roy Wager said spring break has been affected by the adjustments to scheduling. However Good Friday and Easter Monday have been protected.

March 11, 18 and March 29-April 01 are make-up days.

Please Watch the VIDEO as Joey Frazier, the Transportation and Child Nutrition Director explains the planning for next years calendar.

Area Closings and Delays on Monday, February 15, 2016

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Monday, February 15, 2016
Glenville State College    
Gilmer County Board of Education    
Gilmer County Courthouse  
Gilmer County Health Department  
Gilmer County Senior Center  
Minnie Hamilton Health System, Glenville Office Clinic
Gilmer County Schools 2 Hour Delay -to- ALL CLOSED  
Braxton County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Calhoun County Schools 3 Hour Delay -to- ALL CLOSED  
Doddridge County Schools    
Lewis County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Ritchie County Schools All Closed  
 
Barbour County Schools 2 Hour Delay -to- ALL CLOSED  
Clay County Schools All Closed  
Harrison County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Nicholas County Schools All Closed  
Pleasants County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Roane County Schools 2 Hour Delay -to- ALL CLOSED  
Tyler County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Upshur County Schools All Closed  
Webster County Schools All Closed  
Wetzel County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Wirt County Schools All Closed  
Wood County Schools All Closed  

 

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