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Nancy J. Watson Summers Curry

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Nancy J. Watson Summers Curry

Age 80, of Harrisville, passed away July 22, 2011, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

She was born July 17, 1931, in Ritchie County, a daughter of the late Henry Carl Watson and Ruby (Zinn) Watson, Lawless. She was raised by William and Mary Zinn.

Mrs. Curry was the librarian in Ritchie County for many years and was instrumental in establishing the Pennsboro Branch of the Ritchie County Library.

Nancy was also an active den leader for the Cub Scouts for 10 years and was a volunteer for the American Red Cross for 18 years during the Korean War era.

Surviving are two childrenm, David M. (Cindy) Summers and Scott W. Summers; and three grandchildren, Matthew, Jenna and Aaron Summers, all of Harrisville.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John S. Curry; and brother, Lewis Watson.

Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Tuesday at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Pastor John Frum officiating.

Interment will follow at IOOF Cemetery, Harrisville.

Visitation were from 6:00 - 8:00 PM Monday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ritchie County Library, 608 E. Main St., Harrisville, WV 26362.

Randall Lacy Lusk

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Randall Lacy Lusk

Age 53, of Auburn, WV, passed away July 23, 2011, at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport.

He was born June 02, 1958, in Welch, WV, son of the late Alfred and Shirley Lusk.

Randall worked for Simonton Windows. He formerly worked for numerous companies in the coal fields of southern West Virginia, spending 17 years underground. He was an accomplished guitarist and an avid outdoorsman. He loved hunting, fishing, riding bikes, horses and 4-wheelers.

Randall was a member of Bright Prospect Baptist Church in Wyoming County and attended the Churches of God at Cox’s Mill and Pullman.

He will be greatly missed by his loving family and church family, whom he loved dearly.

Surviving is his wife of 28 years, Katrina Lusk; two sons, Jeremy Randall Lusk of Parkersburg and Jared Lee Lusk of Summersville; brother, Ronald Hays Lusk of Cyclone, WV; granddaughter, Rylee Copeland of Newark, WV; and niece, Lori Jean Lusk of Michigan.

A celebration of Randall’s life will be 7:00 PM Tuesday at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Pastors Ralph Blankenship and Randall Farley officiating.

A time of gathering for family and friends will be from 4:00 - 7:00 PM Tuesday.

Deryl L. Perkins

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Deryl L. Perkins

Age 61, of St. Marys, WV (formerly of Mountain Community near Pennsboro, WV), departed this life July 23, 2011, at his residence, following a courageous fight with cancer.

Deryl was born January 10, 1950, in Harrisville, WV, a son of Carl and Louise (Fortney) Perkins of St Marys.

He was a graduate of Pennsboro High School with the class of 1968. He attended Marietta College for two years, studying petroleum engineering, before transferring to David Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, and receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Upon returning home, he helped reorganize Carl D. Perkins Drilling of Pennsboro, WV (founded by his father) into Perkins Oil & Gas Inc. And also in 1976, he helped incorporate New Martinsville Supply. In 2002, he was the founder of Perkins Supply of Pennsboro.

Deryl also was a graduate of Worldwide Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa, and served as an auctioneer for the local community and was a licensed member of the West Virginia Auctioneer Association. He was a past officer of the Southeastern Ohio Oil & Gas Association, achieved his real estate license, and remains very involved and devoted to his 1968 classmates of Pennsboro High School.

He has been a member of Pennsboro Church of Christ for many years and faithfully worshiped at Dewey Avenue Church of Christ in St. Marys. Deryl was an active leader of Boy Scout Troop 225 of St. Marys for many years, an avid supporter of all the local youth groups and sporting events, greatly enjoyed working at his farm, and enjoyed his friends, family and co-workers dearly.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his beloved wife of 39 years, Judy; two sons, Clay Perkins and his wife, Rhonda, of Newport, Ohio, and Clinton Perkins of Midland, Texas; granddaughters, Carrie and Amber Perkins; sister, Carla Parks and her husband, Dave, of St. Marys; and nephews, Darren Parks and his wife, Terri, of St. Marys and Drew Parks of Myrtle Beach, SC.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Friday at Pennsboro Church of Christ with Evangalist Terry Jones, Pastor Dan Kessinger and Youth Pastor Andrew Jones officiating.

Burial will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery, near Joseph’s Mills, WV.

Friends may call from 2:00 - 4:00 and 5:00 - 8:00 PM Thursday at McCullough Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, and from 10:00 - 11:00 AM Friday at the church.

The family requests that donations in Deryl’s name be sent to the WV Christian Youth Camp, 207 Fairmont Ave., Fairmont, WV 26554 or to Spring Hill Cemetery in care of Perry Haught, HC 74, Box 26, Wilbur, WV 26320.

Ruth Imogene Spurlock Walls

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Ruth Imogene Spurlock Walls

Age 83, of Auburn, formerly of Craneco, went to be with the Lord Thursday, July 14, 2011, from her home after an extended illness.

Born March 03, 1928, at Toney Fork, she was a daughter of the late Rev. Brooks and Stella Adkins Spurlock.

Also preceding her in death was her husband of 41 years, Claude Walls; one son, Shelly Walls; one granddaughter, Nora Jean Browning and one son-in-law, Jack Browning.

Ruth was a homemaker who loved to fish and treasured the times she spent camping and fishing with her children and grandchildren on the banks of the New River.

Those left to cherish her memory include seven children, Dreama (Elder Chester) Osborne and Vivian Walls, both of Auburn; Stella Browning of Clendenin; Beverly (Earnest) Grimmett and Eddie (Beverly) Walls, both of Craneco; Shelia (Rev. Robert) Maxwell of Amherstdale and Deborah (Carlis) White of Greenwood; a daughter-in-law, Cyndy Walls of Massillon, Ohio; 25 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services were held at 1:00 PM Sunday, July 17, at the Lundale Freewill Baptist Church.  Elder John T. Vance and Elder Lacy Cox Jr. officiated.

Burial followed in Highland Memory Gardens at Godby.

Pallbearers were Chester Osborne Jr., Larry Lay, Jackie Browning Jr., Raymond Grimmett, Troy Goodman and Daniel Walls.

Visitation began after 6:00 PM, Saturday, at the church.

Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home.

NWS: Excessive Heat Warning Remains in Effect from Noon to 8:00 PM Today – 07.21.11

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•  Heat Index Values:  105-107.

•  Timing: Noon Thursday to 8:00 PM Thursday evening.

•  Impacts: Heat illness will be possible for people spending an extended amount of time outdoors or engaging in strenuous outdoor activities. This would be especially true for the elderly. Pets are also vulnerable to heat related stress and should be checked on to make sure plenty of water and shade are available to them.


Precautionary/Preparedness Actions :

•  An excessive heat warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur.

•  The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely.

•  Drink plenty of fluids.

•  Stay in an air-conditioned room.

•  Stay out of the sun.

•  Check in on relatives and neighbors.

•  Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside.

•  When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.

•  Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

•  Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.


To reduce risk during outdoor work, the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.

Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.

Heat Stroke is an emergency - call   9 1 1.

Heat Advisory: Time to Be Careful as Heat and Humidity Continue to Build

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The heat is on across the area and the air is becoming increasingly unhealthy.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service say the oppressive heat will stay with us for the remainder of this week.

“At least through the weekend,“ said Meteorologist Jamie Bielinski of the Charleston Weather Bureau.

“It looks like as we get toward the weekend we’ll start to see things change in the atmosphere and start to cool down for next week.“

The high and humid temperature may become unhealthy for sensitive groups that include children, people suffering from asthma, heart disease or other lung diseases, and the elderly.

The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible. The interior of vehicles can reach lethal temperatures quickly. Do not leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle even for a minute. Drink plenty of fluids (Note: Drinking sodas in these conditions dehydrates a person even more), stay in an air-conditioned rooms, stay out of the sun and be sure to check on relatives and neighbors.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible… reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

To reduce risk during outdoor work. The occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.

Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency - call 9 1 1.

The high humid temperature has caused the National Weather Service to issue heat advisories over a number of counties.

“Heat advisory is issued when we expect temperatures to reach a threshold that could be dangerous,“ she said. “Anytime we have temperatures expected to be 90-to-95 degrees which makes it feel like 100 to 103, we issue to let people know that heat illness is possible.“

Bielienski says West Virginia is sitting under a ridge of warm air which forms a heat dome over the entire state.

The heavy humidity creates the potential for heavy thunderstorm activity that could be accompanied by heavy and isolated downpours and intense lightning.

PACF: Grant Applications Accepted

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Our Community’s Foundation - The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) and the Regional Affiliates of Doddridge, Ritchie, Jackson, Mason Counties and the Little Kanawha Area (Wirt/Calhoun) - is currently accepting applications for grants for the fall cycle of its Community Action Grant Program.

Applications must be postmarked by September 01, 2011.

Organizations apply to PACF and/or any of the affiliates on the same application form, the Foundation’s Community Action Grant Application.

To be considered for a Community Action Grant, an applicant must be a private, non-profit organization, tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a public institution.

To be eligible for a grant from the Foundation, either the applicant or program to be funded must be located in the Foundation’s eleven-county geographic service area:

•  Wood
•  Wirt
•  Doddridge
•  Ritchie
•  Pleasants
•  Roane
•  Calhoun
•  Gilmer
•  Jackson
•  Mason

These counties are in West Virginia, and Washington County in Ohio.

The Foundation’s grantmaking guidelines provide more specific information on eligibility and priorities for all types of grants; visit the Foundation’s web site at www.pacfwv.com to access the grant guidelines and application form.

For more information on the Community Action Grant Program: Marian Clowes at 304.428.4438 or “info@pacfwv.com”.

Mollie Geraldine Haynes

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Mollie Geraldine Haynes
Age 92, of Salem, WV, died July 17, 2011 at Pine View Continuous Care Facility, Harrisville.

Geraldine was born April 11, 1919 at Racy, WV (Ritchie County), the daughter of the late Flavious Bruce and Emma C. Nutter Kerns.

She attended Cairo High School and previously worked at the former Cairo Marble Factory, and Myles Manufacturing, Harrisville, Pine View Continuous Care, and North Bend State Park. She was a past president of the PTA at the former Cairo School and helped with Cairo Little League.

She was a member of Ten Mile Church of Christ.

She is survived by one son, Flavious O. Haynes of Lake Floyd, WV; sister-in-law, Lorraine Kerns of Charleston; grandchildren, Donald Haynes (Crystal) of St. Augustine, FL, Steven Haynes (Brandi-lyn) of Salem, and Jason Haynes (Jessica) of Lake Floyd, WV; great grandchildren, Austin, Zach and Chase Haynes of St. Augustine, FL, and Brandon and Hailey Haynes of Salem; 17 nieces and nephews ; and many great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Orval C. Haynes; daughter, Katherine L. Haynes; brothers, Delbert, Hobert, Oval and Merlin Kerns; and sisters, Mildred Layfield, Arlene Barrett, Eula Kerns, Margaret Kerns and Mabel Kerns.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Evang. Kevin Lough officiaiting.

Burial will follow in the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 2:00 - 8:00 PM.

Margaret Louise Corra Davis

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Margaret Louise Corra Davis
Age 80, of Pennsboro, passed away July 17, 2011 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport surrounded by her family.

She was born Feb. 21, 1931 in Pennsboro, a daughter of the late Abraham Corra and Fahada (Farris) Corra.

Mrs. Davis graduated from Pennsboro High in 1949 and was the Homecoming Queen and Valedictorian of her class. She graduated from the St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Parkersburg in 1952.

Margaret was one of the original members of the Pennsboro Country Roads Festival Committee and served for several years. She was also a member of the Pennsboro Improvement Committee, the Pennsboro Citizens Association, and a devout Catholic and member of the Christ Our Hope Catholic Church in Harrisville. She was a former co-owner of Davis Glassware and Gift Shop in Pennsboro.

Surviving are her six sons, Steve (Pat) Davis, Rick Davis, Mike (Debbie) Davis, John (Mindy) Davis, Mark (Regina) Davis and Joe (Kelly) Davis, all of the Pennsboro area; sister, Sophie Jones of Parkersburg; grandchildren, Bryan, Nikki, Josh, Isiah, Jeremy, Amanda, Andrea, Andrew, Ashley, Brittny and Santana; great-grandchildren, Madison, Payton, Xavier, Jonas, Jaelyn, Silas, Elizabeth and Aubrey; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James C. Davis, in 2007; brothers, James and Peter Corra; sisters, Mary Pratt and Lt. Helen Corra; and an infant brother and sister.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 AM Wednesday at the Christ Our Hope Catholic Church in Harrisville with the Very Reverend Anthony Cincinnati officiating.

Interment will follow at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Pennsboro.

Visitation will be from 5:00 - 8:00 PM Tuesday at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro with Christian Wake services at 8:00 PM.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ritchie County Ministerial Association, c/o Georgette Healy, P.O Box 187, Smithville, WV 26178.

$2,765,721 for Health Centers at 9 West Virginia Schools

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Funding Will Help Keep Kids Healthy so They Can Excel at School

Senator Jay Rockefeller today announced that nine health centers located in or affiliated with West Virginia schools will receive a total of $2,765,721 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The funding will enable the health centers to assist even more West Virginia students through health screenings, health promotion and disease prevention activities, and enable children with acute or chronic illnesses to better manage their conditions at school.  The funding was provided through the health care reform law, which Rockefeller helped write.

“Healthy children are able to go to school, learn more, and better succeed both in the classroom and in the future,” said Rockefeller.  “This funding will help many health centers throughout the state support even more students with critical health care services.  Our children deserve the best education possible.  With this funding, we can help make sure that they are healthy enough to make the most of that education.”


The following clinics received awards:

•      Lincoln County Primary Care Center in Hamlin - $398,522

•      Rainelle Medical Center Inc. in Rainelle - $452,456

•      Tug River Health Association Inc. in Gary - $91,000

•      Valley Health Systems Inc. in Huntington - $492,835

•      Wirt County Health Services Association Inc. in Elizabeth - $249,795

•      Womencare Inc. in Scott Depot - $90,838

•      Monroe County Health Center in Union - $155,950

•      Ritchie County Primary Care Association Inc. in Harrisville - $334,325

•      New River Health Association Inc. in Scarbro - $500,000


Background

According to Marshall University, between 2007-2008 school-based health centers in West Virginia provided one-on-one care to 15,458 students recording over 67,575 visits.  An additional 8,660 encounters were recorded for services provided to area school students, school staff, and members of the community.  At the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year there were 56 school-based health care centers in the state serving 61 schools in 24 counties.

School-based health centers are essential to helping students stay healthy.  They provide a variety of services including treatment for illnesses ranging from the flu to diabetes or asthma, as well as dental, vision, and hearing care.  The centers focus on prevention, early intervention, and risk education so that students can stay healthy and continue to attend school.  They also have professionals to counsel students on many threats including healthy habits, prevention and injury, and violence.

School-based health centers often are operated as a partnership between the school and a community health organization, such as a community health center, hospital, or local health department.  The specific services provided by school-based health centers vary based on community needs and resources as determined through collaborations between the community, the school district, and the health care providers.

Robert F. Lovett

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Robert F. Lovett
Age 85, of 213 Burnside Ave. Weston, died at 6:00 PM Friday, July 08, 2011, in the United Hospital Center in Clarksburg following a brief illness.

He was born in Clarksburg, January 24, 1926, a son of the late Robert O. Lovett and Maude Gum Lovett.

On January 01, 1948, he married the former Margie Mae Butcher who survives.

Also surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Mrs. Robert “Linda” Wyatt of Akron, Ohio, and four step grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two infant siblings.

Mr. Lovett was the retired postmaster of the Camden Post office with several years of service and was owner and operator of Lovett Store at Camden for several years.

He was a member of the Broad Street United Methodist Church where he served on various offices.

He was an active member of the Lewis County Senior Center and drove Meals on Wheels for 10 years.

He was a 50 year member of the Weston Lodge # 10 A.F.&A.M., where he was also a former treasure, member of the St. Johns Commandry # 8 Knights Templar where he served as treasurer, Scottish Rite of Clarksburg, Nemsis Shrine Temple of Parkersburg, York Rite of Weston, Bigelow Royal Chapter # 4 and past treasure, Past High Priest, Eastern Star Chapter # 40.

Friends were received at the Boyle Funeral Home, Weston, Monday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM Tuesday from the Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Richard Justice officiating.

Interment followed in the Weston Masonic Cemetery with Weston Lodge # 10 A.F.& A.M. having graveside rites.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Broad St. United Methodist Church.

$10,000 Bully Prevention Grant Awarded to Gilmer County Schools‏

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School-Based Bullying Prevention Grants Awarded

A $10,000, school-based “bullying prevention” grant to Gilmer County Schools was one of four grants totaling $50,000 recently announced by a coalition of funders from the Mid-Ohio Valley.

The grants are primarily for raising awareness of the problem of bullying in schools as well as to implement comprehensive bullying prevention programming. Further, the grants are designed to have lasting impact and to create an overall positive climate and culture change.

Derived from the Bullying Prevention Forum held in Parkersburg back in February, eligible recipients could be from both public and private schools located in Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt or Wood Counties.

Recipients of the funding are Martin Elementary/Edison Middle School - $17,500 for Rachel’s Challenge; Pleasants County Schools - $15,000 for Rachel’s Challenge; Gilmer County Schools - $10,000 for Olweus; and Ashton Elementary School/Hannan Junior/Senior High School -$7,500 for Steps to Respect/Second Step/Rachel’s Challenge.

Every project will be developmentally appropriate for the age-level targeted and will involve the entire school community, with collaboration between administration, counseling staff, teachers, support staff, parents, students and community members. All programs are to be implemented in the 2011-12 school year.

Funding for the bullying prevention programs was obtained from the West Virginia Grantmakers Association’s (WVGA) Youth Challenge Grant program. Project partners, who are providing matching funds for the WVGA grant, are the Bernard McDonough Foundation, Our Communities’ Foundation (Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates), The Ross Foundation, and Sisters of Saint Joseph Charitable Fund. United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley is also a community partner in this initiative.

Vida Mae Florence Williamson

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Vida Mae Florence Williamson
Age 76, of south Parkersburg, passed away on July 10, 2011 at her residence.

She was born January 13, 1935, in Ritchie County, WV, a daughter of the late Ted and Oleta Lodge Hamilton.

Vida was a graduate of Parkersburg High School and was a homemaker. She had previously worked at Commerce Bank in Harrisville. She enjoyed puzzles, game shows and activities at church and at the Unity Plaza.

She is survived by one son, Rob Florence of Parkersburg; two grandchildren, Breanna and R.J. Florence of Cairo, WV; and close family friend, Sandra Graham.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Don Watts; her second husband, Robert Florence; her third husband, William E. Williamson; and her daughter, Debra Watts.

Funeral services will be held at 7:00 PM. Thursday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Pike St., South Parkersburg with Pastor Terry Schmelzenbach officiating.

Visitation will be from 5:00 - 7:00 PM Thursday at the funeral home.

James E. Deem

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James E. Deem
Age 85, of Harrisville, passed away July 10, 2011 at Camden Clark Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Campus, Parkersburg.

He was born January 31, 1926 in Harrisville, the son of the late F.S. “Dick” and Lila M. Matheny Deem.

Jim went into the army his senior year at Harrisville High School. He served with the 100th Infantry Division in the Rhineland, and Central European Campaigns and was a German Prisoner of War. After his discharge, he worked in the oil and gas business until 1970 when he became a member of the Parkersburg Local 565 Plumbers and Steamfitters Union. He worked construction until his retirement in 1991. He was a 50 year member and past master of Harrisville Lodge 98 AF & AM, and Scottish Rite of Parkersburg. He was also a member of The Harrisville Baptist Church.

He is survived by his brother, J. Frank Deem (Becky) of Vienna; a son, Gene Deem (Barbara ) of Pennsboro; daughters, Lila Hart of St. Marys and Spring Deem of Yuma, Ariz.; step-daughter, Kitty Ray (Robbie) of Harrisville; grandchildren, John Deem (Emily), James Deem (Tina), Jacob Deem (Andrea), Niles Hart (Kelli Ervin), Stacy Moody (Josh), Angel Webber (Raymond), and Gary Denning II; and eleven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene Deem; his first wife, Helen Hogue Mahaney; second wife Avalene Reeves Pool; and son-in-law, Rick Hart.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 PM Friday at Harrisville IOOF Cemetery with the Reverend Larry Hooper officiating.

Friends may call from 4:00 - 8:00 PM Thursday at Raiguel Funeral Home.

Rosetta Fern Terrell

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Rosetta Fern Terrell
Age86, of Parkersburg, passed away July 04, 2011, at Camden-Clark Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Campus.

She was born June 06, 1925, in Ritchie County, WV, a daughter of the late Alonzo and Grace Virginia Rinehart Hanlon.

She was a member of Landmark Baptist Church, the Foster Grandparent Program, she played in the Parkland Place Senior Band, and always had a way to make you laugh.

She is survived by one daughter, Brenda Christine (Terrell) McMahan; grandchildren, Jennifer and Brent McMahan and Katherine Terrell; one sister, Pauline Brookover; and close friend, Richard Streight.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James P. Terrell; one son, Randall Stephenson Terrell; five brothers; and four sisters.

Services were 2:00 PM Thursday, July 07, 2011 at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Tim Lindsey officiating.

Visitation was two hours prior to the services on Thursday.

Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens.

Ella Louise Pierce

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Ella Louise Pierce
Age 88, of West Union, WV, passed away Saturday, July 09, 2011, at Salem Care and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born January 23, 1923, in Central Station, WV, the daughter of the late Harry and Laura Carder.

She was a retired cook from the Doddridge County school system and late was a caregiver to many of the elderly. She was also known as the “Hot Dog Lady” at the Britton Auction House. Her hot dog sauce recipe is made in many homes and businesses today.

She is survived by two children, Dale Pierce and wife Paulette and Sandra Trent and husband Jim, all of West Union, WV; one sister, Genevieve Owens, Pennsboro, WV; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse F. Pierce; one son, Joe Pierce; three brothers, James, Robert and Elmer Carder; and one sister, Mary Doll.

At Ella’s request, her body will be cremated, and no public services will be held.

McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV, is assisting the family.

$306,485 in Funding For West Virginia Schools and Libraries

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Rounds 1-3 of 2011 E-Rate Funding Given to Applicants throughout the Stat

Senator Jay Rockefeller today announced that 37 counties across the state will split $306,485 in “E-Rate” funds from the Universal Service Administrative Corporation (USAC) to help pay for Internet access at West Virginia schools and libraries.

Rockefeller helped to create the E-rate program, which is designed to make certain that every student, no matter where they live or what their income, has access to information technology.

Rockefeller is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, which oversees the program.

“I created this bipartisan education program to make sure that all of West Virginia has access to the latest in technological advancements,” said Rockefeller.  “This program benefits children, teachers, parents, and communities – no matter where they are located or the size of their budget.  Students in rural areas deserve to have access to the latest tools in the classroom and to be engaged with technologies that provide the opportunity to be competitive in the modern world.”

A total of 37 counties will benefit from this round of E-Rate funding.


Important Background

West Virginia has received more than $131 million in E-Rate awards since Senator Rockefeller created the program by an amendment to the 1996 Telecommunications Act.  These are the first three rounds of funding, and more awards are expected in the coming weeks.  For 2010, West Virginia schools and libraries received more than $19 million.

The Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund, commonly known as E-Rate, is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) under the direction of the FCC, and provides discounts to assist most schools and libraries in the United States to obtain affordable telecommunications and Internet access.

The Schools and Libraries Program supports basic telecommunications and connectivity - the conduit or pipeline for communications using telecommunications services and/or the Internet. Funding is requested under two priorities: the first priority focuses on telecommunications services and Internet access; the second priority deals with the basic maintenance of internal connections.

The Area award recipients for all 3 rounds are:

Fund_Req_ID Applicant Address Service Discount % Amount
791698 BURNSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY PO BOX 141 BURNSVILLE, WV 26335 Telcomm 0.8 $624.38
815136 CALHOUN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 540 ALAN B MOLLOHAN DR MOUNT ZION, WV 26151 Telcomm 0.8 $2,304.00
815136 CALHOUN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 540 ALAN B MOLLOHAN DR MOUNT ZION, WV 26151 Telcomm 0.8 $91,200.00
815136 CALHOUN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 540 ALAN B MOLLOHAN DR MOUNT ZION, WV 26151 Telcomm 0.8 $19,200.00
789871 CLAY COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY MAIN STREET, PO BOX 60 CLAY, WV 25043 Telcomm 0.8 $873.60
799425 DODDRIDGE COUNTY LIBRARY 117 COURT ST WEST UNION, WV 26456 Telcomm 0.8 $10.27
799425 DODDRIDGE COUNTY LIBRARY 117 COURT ST WEST UNION, WV 26456 Telcomm 0.8 $428.45
799425 DODDRIDGE COUNTY LIBRARY 117 COURT ST WEST UNION, WV 26456 Telcomm 0.8 $1,276.13
795045 GASSAWAY PUBLIC LIBRARY 536 ELK STREET GASSAWAY, WV 26624 Telcomm 0.8 $138.82
795045 GASSAWAY PUBLIC LIBRARY 536 ELK STREET GASSAWAY, WV 26624 Telcomm 0.8 $475.78
793196 GILMER PUBLIC LIBRARY 214 WALNUT ST GLENVILLE, WV 26351 Telcomm 0.8 $657.41
805566 RITCHIE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY 130 NORTH COURT STREET HARRISVILLE, WV 26362 Telcomm 0.7 $100.80
805566 RITCHIE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY 130 NORTH COURT STREET HARRISVILLE, WV 26362 Telcomm 0.7 $856.80
805566 RITCHIE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY 130 NORTH COURT STREET HARRISVILLE, WV 26362 Telcomm 0.7 $67.20
805566 RITCHIE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY 130 NORTH COURT STREET HARRISVILLE, WV 26362 Telcomm 0.7 $3,187.80
805566 RITCHIE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY 130 NORTH COURT STREET HARRISVILLE, WV 26362 Telcomm 0.7 $522.48
790824 UPSHUR COUNTY LIBRARY RR6 BOX 480 BUCKHANNON, WV 26201 Telcomm 0.8 $1,362.24
790824 UPSHUR COUNTY LIBRARY RR6 BOX 480 BUCKHANNON, WV 26201 Telcomm 0.8 $188.16
788414 WEBSTER ADDISON PUBLIC LIBRARY 331 S MAIN ST WEBSTER SPGS, WV 26288 Telcomm 0.8 $653.09

Jacqueline “Jackie” Gumm

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Jacqueline “Jackie” Gumm
Age 79, Smithville, WV, went to Heaven on Tuesday, July 05, 2011 at Camden-Clark Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Campus, Parkersburg, WV.

She was born on March 25, 1932 at Racket, Ritchie County, WV, a daughter of the late John Paul and Ova Bernice Riddle Burnside.

She was a homemaker and farmer.

She was a member of the Pleasant Valley Church and attended Tanner Chapel.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and her faith in God was a big part of her life.

Surviving is her son, John Gumm (Phyllis Spaulding), White Pine, WV; daughters, Linda Bush (Russell), Susan Frymier (Tony Riddle), Judy Johnson (Bill), all of Smithville, WV, and Cindy Nichols (Roger “Bub”), St. Marys, WV; sister, Jeineen Haddox, Burnt House, WV; grandchildren, Sherry Wade (Allen), Lisa Hammond (Roy), Terry Frymier (Kelli), John Gumm, (Dedra Brannon), Nicki Heiney (Eric), Tiffanay Dearing (Jared), Christopher George and Jenni Nichols; great-grandchildren, Taylor Hammond, Levi Wade, Erica Heiney and Kila Frymier; and special family, Maxine Gumm, Mallory and Robin Riddle.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Gumm was preceded in death by her husband, Jennings Earl “Mutt” Gumm and brother, John Paul Burnside, Jr.

Funeral Services were held Friday, 11 AM at Hardman Chapel, Smithville, WV with Pastor Alfred Hickman officiating.

Friends may called from 4:00 - 8:00 PM Thursday, at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, WV and one hour prior to service at the church.

Wilford L. “Tinker” Minigh

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Wilford L. “Tinker” Minigh
Age 64 of Auburn WV, departed this life at 8:56 PM Friday July 01, 2011 at the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg following a brief illness.

He was born on January 28, 1947 in Gilmer County, son of the late Paul W. and Margaret Moss Minigh.

Wilford was a retired pipefitter from Stuart McMunn and member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local #152. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and watching football.

Surviving are (3 sons): David Minigh and wife Jennifer of Beckley WV, Paul Minigh and wife Stacey of Huntington WV,  Mark Minigh and wife Sara of Staunton VA. (4 grandchildren): Julia Minigh of Beckley, Ryan and Reagan of Huntington, and Jonah of Staunton.

Also Surviving are (4sisters): June Perrin of Burnsville WV, Pam Minigh of Weston WV, Paulette Beall and husband Peter of Weston WV, Annette Intihar and husband Bobby of Mentor OH, (6 brothers): Leonard Minigh and companion Jean of Jane Lew WV, Roger Minigh and wife Debbie of Glenville WV, Paul Minigh and wife Pam of Glenville WV, Marvin Minigh and wife Roberta of Cedarville WV, Robert Minigh and wife Rebecca of Glenville WV, Patrick Minigh of Glenville WV.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 11:00 AM Wednesday July 06, 2011 at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. Glenville with Pastor Dwight Goff officiating.

Burial will follow in the Moss Cemetery (Little Bull Run).

Friends may call from 5:00 – 8:00 PM Tuesday at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Wilford L. “Tinker” Minigh with arrangements.

Signup for 2012 Gypsy Moth Suppression Program to Begin July 01

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Agriculture Commissioner Gus R. Douglass is urging West Virginia landowners to help the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) and West Virginia University (WVU) Extension Service fight gypsy moths, the state’s number one plant pest, through the Cooperative State-County-Landowner (CSCL) Gypsy Moth Suppression Program.

The CSCL Gypsy Moth Program will accept egg mass survey applications from landowners in Barbour, Berkeley, Braxton, Brooke, Doddridge, Gilmer, Grant, Greenbrier, Hampshire, Hancock, Hardy, Harrison, Jefferson, Lewis, Marion, Marshall, Mineral, Monongalia, Monroe, Morgan, Nicholas, Ohio, Pendleton, Pleasants, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph, Ritchie, Taylor, Tucker, Tyler, Upshur, Webster, and Wetzel Counties.

The signup period runs from July 01-August 31, 2011.

Landowners must provide a 7½-minute topographic map with property boundaries clearly marked. The WVDA cannot map your property for you. Topographic maps are available from the United States Geological Survey at 1.800.ASK.USGS or their website at store.usgs.gov.

The minimum acreage required to participate in the program is 50 contiguous acres of wooded land. Adjoining landowners may combine their properties to meet the acreage requirement. Blocks must be made as rectangular as possible to be treated properly by aircraft without significant overspray.

The presence of electrical transmission lines, communication towers, etc. may prohibit some blocks or portions of some blocks from being sprayed.

Application forms and brochures detailing the program are available at the WVDA’s Plant Industries Division website at: www.wvagriculture.org/images/Plant_Industries/About_Us.html or home.comcast.net/~wvdanewcreek/, your local WVU Extension offices, and at WVDA field offices in Elkins (304.637.0290), Inwood (304.229.5828), Morgantown (304.285.3133), New Creek (304.788.1066), and Moorefield (304.538.2397).

Once applications are received, a forest health protection expert will visit the property to determine if the level of gypsy moth infestation meets program guidelines. A final decision to participate in the program must be confirmed by signing a contract and making a deposit to the WVDA by early December 2011. A final payment to the WVDA will be required prior to actual treatment. Notification of the deadline for final payment will be by mail.

During the last few years, the cost for gypsy moth treatment under the CSCL Gypsy Moth Program has been $33.43 per acre for Btk and $20.96 per acre for Dimilin, but prices for the coming year may be higher.

A 50% cost share on treatments may be available from the USDA Forest Service through a cooperative agreement with the WVDA.

The total cost depends on the USDA Forest Service cost sharing, total acres proposed for treatment, and the cost of the insecticide and aerial application.

For more information, contact WVDA Plant Industries Division Director Sherrie Hutchinson at 304.558.2212 or Assistant Division Director and Gypsy Moth Program Manager Quentin “Butch” Sayers at 304.788.1066.

Olive Mary Morton

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Olive Mary Morton
Age 88, of Big Springs, WV, passed away on June 26, 2011, at her residence.

Graveside services will Wednesday, 1:00 PM at the Mt Pisgah Cemetery, near Pullman, WV.

Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Julia Ann Ramsey

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Julia Ann Ramsey
Age 71 of Pennsboro passed away June 26, 2011 at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born at Sistersville, Tyler County, a daughter of the late Irvin E. Richmond and Leona May (Steed) Richmond.

Julia worked in the Garment Industry in Ritchie County, was a nurse’s aide at the Sheppard Nursing Home and was an Aide at the Colin Anderson for over 10 years.

Surviving is her husband of 51 years Boyd R. Ramsey, daughter Brice Ann Reaser of Twin Oaks, brothers Samuel and Joseph Richmond of Smithville, sisters Iva Sinnett of Harrisville and Carolyn Cottrill (Gary) of Pennsboro, grandchildren Jennifer Dawn Cunningham of Pennsboro and Kristen Michelle Cunningham-Edwards of Weirton, and great grandchildren: Zia Raquella Edwards, Kalisa Unique Edwards, Teesa Annalease Edwards and Xavier Jaquise Cunningham.

Funeral services will be Wednesday 2:00 PM at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro with Reverend Harlan Hodge officiating.

Interment will follow at the Mt. Harmony Masonic Cemetery, Pennsboro.

Visitation will be Tuesday 5:00 - 8:00 PM.

Ritchie County: Shooting at McDonald’s

After a shooting at the McDonald’s in Ritchie County Two men are in custody and another man hospitalized.

The shooting happened Friday evening.

West Virginia State Troopers have charged:

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•  Timothy Paul Cota, 18, from Parkersburg, with malicious assault and wanton endangerment


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•  Shawn Linville-Harding, 20, from Parkersburg, with being an accessory to a shooting


State Police Troopers say a 25-year-old man was shot at the McDonald’s in Ellenboro at just before 5:30 PM Friday evening.

He was taken by helicopter to Ruby Memorial Hospital.

State Police in a chase, caught up with Cota and Linville-Harding just down U.S. Route 50 near Mountwood Park.

They are now being held in the North Central Regional Jail.

David Charles Casto

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David Charles Casto
Age 38, of Parkersburg, formerly of Harrisville, passed away June 22, 2010 in Ritchie County.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Monday at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Pastor Bobby Perine officiating.

Interment will follow at the King Knob Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6:00 - 8:00 PM Sunday.

House Members Appointed to Marcellus Committee

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House of Delegates Speaker Rick Thompson has appointed five members to serve on a Marcellus Shale committee that will look at possible regulations for natural gas drilling.

•  Barbara Fleischauer, D-Monongalia;

•  Tom Campbell, D-Greenbrier;

•  Woody Ireland, R-Ritchie;

•  Bill Anderson, R-Wood;

will serve on the committee that will be chaired by:

•  Tim Manchin, D-Marion.

Last week, Senate President Jeff Kessler appointed five senators to the 10-member committee.

Marcellus Shale regulations could be brought up in special session later this year.

Thompson says he wants the committee to be ready to deal with the issue.

“I know the House has been very deliberative in working on guidelines for the relationship between oil and gas extractors and the owners of surface rights and mineral interests that protects the environment and ensures proper labor practices,“ Thompson said.  “This Select Committee will continue that effort in preparation for a special session.”

A special session will likely come in early August.

It is unclear whether Marcellus regulations will be a part of that session.

Robert Edward Burch

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Robert Edward Burch
Age 67 of Walker, WV passed away June 22, 2011 at Salem Care and Rehab Center after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

He was born July 21, 1943 at Wick, Tyler County, a son of the late George E. Burch and Merle (Pyle) Burch.

Bob retired from Federal Industrial Services as an Assistant Supervisor with over 20 years service and formerly worked for the City of Steubenville in the street department.

Bob was a Christian man who enjoyed farming, Wick School reunions and family gatherings. He was an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoyed hunting.

Surviving are his step children: Marie Delo of Parkersburg, Jimmy Leggett of Summerville, SC and Gene Leggett of Wintersville, OH, sisters: Linda Smith (Justin) of Pennsboro and Judy Wagner of Harrisville, brothers: Bill Burch (Hilda) of Pennsboro, Dennis Burch (Karen) of Pennsboro and Larry Lowther of New Martinsville, six grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Bertha L. (Cumpston) Burch in 2008, a brother Pete Burch, sisters Dorothy Britton and Grace Chaddock and two infant sisters.

Funeral services will be Saturday 11:00 AM at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro with Evangelist Ed Melott officiating.

Interment will follow at the Coleman-Freeman Cemetery, Crystal Lake, Doddridge County.

Visitation will be Friday 4:00 - 8:00 PM.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association West Virginia Chapter 1218 Market St. Parkersburg, WV 26101.

Help Save Auburn Post Office - Meeting on Wednesday, 06.22.11

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Please help us “Save the Auburn Post Office”.

Meeting at 7:00 PM, Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at the Auburn Community Center.

Again, please help save the Auburn Post Office.

County-By-County Unemployment Rates Tell the Story – May 2011

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West Virginia’s unemployment rate inched downward one-tenth of a percentage point to 8.6% in May 2011.

Just over one-half of all counties recorded declining unemployment rates as well.

The number of counties reporting an unemployment rate considered much worse than average when compared to the state rate fell to two: Roane (12.9 %) and Pocahontas (16.5 %).

The number of counties recording an unemployment rate considered better than average when compared to the state rate declined as well.

This group included Gilmer (7.2 %), Lewis (7.1 %), Jefferson (6.8 %), and Pendleton (6.8 %).

Once again, Monongalia (6.0 %) was the sole county recording an unemployment rate considered much better than average when compared to the state rate.

County Total Unemployed   Unemployment Rate
MAY-11 APR-11 MAY-10 MAY-11 APR-11 MAY-10
Braxton 560 620 530 9.9% 10.8% 9.1%
Calhoun 330 390 350 11.9% 14.0% 12.7%
Doddridge 310 290 250 10.8% 10.3% 8.8%
Gilmer 230 240 240 7.2% 7.5% 7.6%
Lewis 550 550 580 7.1% 7.2% 7.4%
Ritchie 420 400 390 9.6% 9.4% 9.2%
WV 67,700 67,900 67,700 8.6% 8.7% 8.6%

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County Total Nonfarm on Payroll   Goods Producing Employees   Service Providing Employees
MAY-11 APR-11 MAY-10 MAY-11 APR-11 MAY-10 MAY-11 APR-11 MAY-10
Braxton 4,390 4,400 4,510 600 570 670 3,790 3,830 3,840
Calhoun 1,620 1,590 1,600 360 360 350 1,250 1,230 1,250
Doddridge 1,270 1,300 1,320 140 170 160 1,130 1,130 1,160
Gilmer 2,610 2,600 2,530 580 580 530 2,030 2,030 1,990
Lewis 7,290 7,060 7,120 1,720 1,510 1,470 5,570 5,440 5,650
Ritchie 3,470 3,470 3,330 1,480 1,480 1,370 1,990 1,990 1,960

Kenneth Gail Cropp

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Kenneth Gail Cropp
Age 70, of Salem, passed away June 12, 2011, at the Salem Care and Rehab Center.

He was born October 02, 1940, in Bridgeport, a son of the late Tedter and Glady (Lycans) Cropp.

Mr. Cropp worked for the Weston State Hospital as a nurse’s aide and attended the Greenville United Methodist Church with his family while living in Virginia.

Surviving are his three sons, Ronald D. Cropp and his wife Vanessa of Greenville, VA, Kevin G. Cropp of Pennsboro and Michael W. Cropp of Texas; brother, Ronald Cropp; sisters, Sandy Condrowski, Kay McIntyre and Romona Boyce; four grandchildren; and three stepgrandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John Cropp.

Funeral services was Thursday at 1:00 PM at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with Chaplain Dennis W. Taylor officiating.

Interment followed at the Bridgeport Cemetery.

Visitation was Wednesday 6:00 - 8:00 PM.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to his caregivers: Jackie Brown, Wayne Taylor and stepgranddaughter, Rebecca McCoy.

Murel Louis (Louie) Hinton

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Murel Louis (Louie) Hinton
Age 62, of Randolph Street in Salem, passed away Sunday, June 12, 2011, at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born in Ritchie County on October 17, 1948, a son of the late Charles Albert Hinton and Gladys Emma Smith Hinton.

Mr. Hinton is survived by a son, Anthony Hinton and wife Gina, of Montreal, Canada; two daughters, Angela Wagner and husband Michael of Clarksburg and Ashley French and husband Danny of Martinsburg, WV; his former wife, Karen Hinton of Salem; two brothers, Larry C. Hinton and wife Rose of Pennsboro and Lesley Hinton and wife Sherrie of Ellenboro. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Anthony Hinton, Logan Wagner and Zane Wagner; an aunt, Shirley Ridgeway and husband Bob of Pennsboro; and several nieces and nephews.

Louie graduated from Pennsboro High School and attended college at Parkersburg Community College and Salem College. He enjoyed hunting and fishing in his earlier years and continued to enjoy reading all his life.

He was Baptist by faith.

Friends called at Greathouse Funeral Home in Salem on Wednesday, June 15, 2011, from 3:00 - 8:00 PM.

The funeral service will be held at the funeral home Thursday at 11:00 AM with Rev. Roger Fontaine presiding.

Interment will follow at the West Virginia National Cemetery at Pruntytown with full military rites accorded by Salem VFW Post No. 9151.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to People’s Hospice at 327 Medical Park Dr. Bridgeport, WV 26330.

A Greathouse service.

WVDEP: Cease Operations Order Issued for Hall Drilling

On June 09, 2011, the Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Oil and Gas issued three notices of violation and an order to cease operations to Hall Drilling, LLC, based in Ellenboro, WV, for an incident in which a storage tank overflowed into England’s Run in Doddridge County.

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England’s Run in Doddridge County

This incident occurred at a centralized storage tank maintained by Hall Drilling for the purpose of temporarily storing wastewater and oil from well sites.

The company was cited for causing the storage tank to overflow; failing to have appropriate containment and or diversionary structures to prevent discharged oil or other pollutants from reaching the waters of the state; and for allowing pollutants to flow into waters of the state.

While the agency first believed the spill to be primarily produced water, further investigation has led inspectors to believe that the discharge was primarily, if not totally, crude oil.

As a result of these violations, the agency ordered the company to cease operations at the Swiger 1 well pad and the storage tank facility.

The company contained the discharge downstream and nearby water intakes were properly notified through the agency’s spill notification system.

Honorable Larry Willis Border

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Honorable Larry Willis Border
Age 60, died on June 08, 2011, of a stroke.

He was born in Parkersburg, WV, to Willis and Helen Border, originally from Ritchie County, WV.

Graduating from Parkersburg High School in 1970, he then attended Parkersburg Community College, then West Virginia University-graduating from WVU School of Pharmacy in 1975. He worked as a pharmacist for over 35years, most recently with CVS pharmacy in Parkersburg. He trained many WVU pharmacy students over the years.

Larry was an active member and trustee at Word of God Ministries Church.

He sang, along with his wife, Anna, in the “Friends” gospel quartet. He devoted himself to the Parkersburg and Davisville communities, to Wood and Wirt counties, and to the state of West Virginia in numerous ways over the years as a charter member of the Eastwood Lions Club, where he was a Melvin Jones Fellow recipient, and in the Wood County Planning Commission, Wood County Republican Committee, and as a member in the West Virginia State Legislature in the House of Delegates for 21 years.

Delegate Larry Border was instrumental in legislation to provide hepatitis B immunizations to all WV firemen, cosponsored legislation to protect unborn citizens and the restriction of gambling in the state of West Virginia, and numerous other legislation and committees to benefit all West Virginians. Most recently, Delegate Border composed legislation to decrease crystal meth by restricting the availability of its precursor, pseudoephedrine, by making it a Schedule II drug. This last bill did not pass the WV Senate, but he was not going to give up, and we hope that his fellow delegates will continue his work.

He mentored many new delegates to the WV Legislature and was affectionately known as their “Den Mother.“ Delegate Larry Border also served as Minority Whip - a position to unify the Republican delegates continuously since 2005.

He was the Minority Chairman of the House Health and Human Resources Committee, a member of the House Finance, Rules, and Agriculture Committees. Delegate Border was appointed to be a board member for the National Legislative Association on Prescription Drug Prices whose focus is to keep prescription drug prices affordable.

Larry is survived by his wonderful wife of 38 years, Anna Lois Adams Border, who was his love and confidant. He is also survived by his parents, Willis and Helen Border, of Davisville, WV, and his children: Heather Border Mullens, D.O., her husband Scott, and three children, of Cary, NC; Rebecca Border Dimit, C.P.A., her husband, Brad, and two children, of Williamstown, WV; Christopher Border, PharmD., his wife Naddine, and two children, of Williamstown. He is also survived by an aunt, Wandalee Watkins, of Morgantown, WV; an uncle, Lloyd Border, of Davisville, and numerous cousins.

Larry was preceded in death by his sister, Charlene Border.

Visitation hours will be today, from 3:00 - 9:30PM at Leavitt Funeral Home, and again Saturday, from 1:00 - 2:15 PM at Vienna Baptist Church.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, 2:30 PM at Vienna Baptist Church with graveside service and burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery following.

Family would like memorial contributions made to Word of God Ministries, P.O. 3471, Parkersburg, WV 26104, and Parkersburg Area Community Foundation in Memory of Larry Border for the Honorable Larry W. Border Scholarship for WVU School of Pharmacy, P.O. Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26102.

Ritchie County Residents Graduate from GSC – 05.14.11

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Four students from Ritchie County were awarded their degrees during the 137th Glenville State College Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2011.


•  Rebecca Jean Chesser received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education with a specialization in English (5-9). She is the daughter of Willard and Connie Gray of Smithville. She resides with her husband Clay in Cox’s Mills.


•  Samantha Jean Crouch earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. She is the daughter of Glenna Amos of Pullman and the late John Crouch.


•  Joseph Michael Jackson was awarded an Associate of Science Degree in Land Surveying Technology. He is the son of Robert and Malinda Jackson of Harrisville.


•  Betsy Marie Nelson graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education with specializations in Elementary Education and Early Education. She is the daughter of Denny and Kay Nelson of Nutter Farm.


The Glenville State College Class of 2011 includes two-hundred and eight graduates who completed requirements for an Associate or Bachelor Degree in a variety of academic areas including business, teacher education, criminal justice, and natural resource management. These students represent thirty-two West Virginia counties, and seven other states (California, Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia).

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John Paul Burwell

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John Paul Burwell
Age 73, of Harrisville, died June 06, 2011 at his residence after an extended illness.

John was born January 23, 1938 in Harrisville, the son of the late Burl H. and Dollie Mae Elder Burwell.

He was a Harrisville High School graduate with the class of 1956 and a U.S. Air Force Veteran.

He worked for 25 years at Quaker State, St. Marys and retired as Maintenance Supervisor for the Town of Harrisville.

He was a member of the Harrisville Baptist Church.

He is survived by one son, Matthew Burwell of Harrisville; one daughter Janelle Dotson (Jerry) of Parkersburg; three brothers, Raymond Burwell of Akron, OH, Edward Burwell of Martinsburg, WV, and Robert Burwell of Parkersburg; and two sisters, Violet McCormick of Logan, OH and Virginia Warlick of Oregon.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilynne Dianne Barnard Burwell in 2005; two brothers, Burl H. “Red” Burwell, Jr., and Charles J. Burwell.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, June 09, 2011 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Pastor Robert Perine officiating.

Burial will follow in the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 5:00 - 8:00 PM.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Harrisville Volunteer Fire Dept., 612 E. Main St., Harrisville, WV 26362.

2010-2011 High School State Champs

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CLASS A

Baseball: Wheeling Central

Softball: Buffalo

Boy’s Basketball: Madonna

Girl’s Basketball: St. Joseph

Football: Wheeling Central

Cheerleading: Clay-Battelle

Golf: Madonna

Boy’s Soccer: Charleston Catholic

Girl’s Soccer: Charleston Catholic

Boy’s Tennis: Charleston Catholic

Girl’s Tennis: Charleston Catholic

Boy’s Track: Doddridge County

Girl’s Track: Williamstown

Volleyball: Charleston Catholic

Schools Winning Championships: 8

Schools With Multiple Titles: Charleston Catholic (5), Wheeling Central (2), Madonna (2)


CLASS AA

Baseball: Chapmanville

Softball: Ritchie County

Boy’s Basketball: Oak Hill

Girl’s Basketball: Summers County

Football: Magnolia

Cheerleading: Liberty (H)

Boy’s Cross Country: Grafton

Girl’s Cross Country: Philip Barbour

Golf: Ritchie County

Boy’s Track: Magnolia

Girl’s Track: Berkeley Springs

Volleyball: Summers County

Wrestling: Point Pleasant

Schools Winning Championships: 10

Schools With Multiple Titles: Ritchie County (2), Summers County (2), Magnolia (2)


CLASS AAA

Baseball: Jefferson

Softball: Lincoln County

Boy’s Basketball: George Washington

Girl’s Basketball: North Marion

Football: Martinsburg

Cheerleading: Spring Valley

Boy’s Cross Country: Cabell Midland

Girl’s Cross Country: University

Golf: Wheeling Park

Boy’s Soccer: Woodrow Wilson

Girl’s Soccer: University

Boy’s Swimming: George Washington

Girl’s Swimming: Morgantown

Boy’s Tennis: Huntington

Girl’s Tennis: Huntington

Boy’s Track: Jefferson

Girl’s Track: Buckhannon-Upshur

Volleyball: Musselman

Wrestling: Parkersburg South

Schools Winning Championships: 15

Schools With Multiple Titles: Jefferson (2), Huntington (2), University (2), George Washington (2)

Maxine May Goodnight

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Maxine May Goodnight
Age 69, of Macfarlan, WV, died Saturday June 04, 2011 in Parkersburg, WV.

She was born April 28, 1942 at Five Mile, WV, Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Pearl and Stella Wilcox Jones.

Maxine had worked at the Minnie Hamilton Health Care, Grantsville, WV, as a cook, prior to that she had been a cook at Pine View Nursing Home, Harrisville, WV, and had worked at BF Goodrich, Rubber Crafters, Smithville, WV, and Wirt Inflatable, Elizabeth, WV.

She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and gardening.

She is survived by two sons, Kenny Goodnight and wife Brenda, Macfarlan, WV and Ronnie Goodnight and wife Kristen, Brohard, WV; two daughters, Dedera Goodnight, Macfarlan, WV and Donna Rose and husband, Terry, Brohard, WV; siblings, Lester Jones and wife Jean, Danny Jones and wife Tammie, Gracie Ayers and Hersel Jones all of Big Springs, WV, Mack Jones and Ivan Jones and wife Norma, Brohard, WV; grandchildren, Stephanie Moore (Joey), Alex Goodnight (Amber), Dominic Goodnight, Kendra Goodnight (Jason), Keshia Goodnight (Bobby), Dillon Goodnight, Gavin Goodnight, and Wade Goodnight; great-grandchildren, Jakob Henderson, Ally Henderson, Kaleigh Moore, Joseph Moore, Kierra Collins, Kolten Collins and Kayden Collins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ronzel Goodnight, sisters, Betty Abel and Ada Billy, brother, James Jones.

Funeral services will be held at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, WV, Tuesday, June 07, 2011 at 1:00 PM with the Rev. Alfred Hickman officiating.

Interment will follow in the Goodnight Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4:00 until 8:00 PM, Monday, June 06, 2011 and after 9:00 AM on the day of the service.

Elsa Leon Cain

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Elsa Leon Cain
Age 86, of Parkersburg, passed away June 02, 2011, at her residence.

She was born in Smithville, WV, daughter of the late William E. and Clara Mills Prince.

She worked in the Akron, Ohio, area at plants supplying materials for the war effort during World War II. Later, she was a homemaker and had worked as a waitress at Seddons Restaurant. Elsa and her husband owned and raced greyhound dogs and rescued retired greyhound racing dogs. She was a member of Chapter No. 14 of the Eastern Star.

She was a member of Smithville United Methodist Church.

She is survived by four sisters, Edith Phillips (Calvin) of Harrisville, WV, Betty Fortney of Belpre, Virginia Gardner (Kenneth Sr.) of Smithville and Lottie Belle Shaffer (Donald) of Ellenboro, WV; a brother, William E. Prince Jr. of Beverly, Ohio; numerous nieces and nephews; and her dog, Rachel.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Cain in 1991; and a sister, Lorene Madeline Prince.

Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Wednesday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 400 Green St., Parkersburg, WV, with the Rev. Sandy Runnion officiating.

Burial will follow at Westfall Cemetery in Smithville.

Visitation will be from Noon until time of service Wednesday at the funeral home.

West Virginia Youth Environmental Awards Issued

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Youth groups and individuals received awards totaling more than $11,000 during the recent West Virginia Youth Environmental Day at North Bend State Park in Cairo.

Sponsored by the state Department of Environmental Protection on May 21, 2011, the 48th annual Youth Environmental Day drew more than 1,000 young people from across the state.

Awards were presented based on participation in community environmental projects that included litter cleanups, recycling drives, school beautification projects, tree planting, backyard composting, wildlife management, watershed protection and much more.


Following is the list of winners:


Rick Vecellio Memorial Scholarship
Amanda Hannon, Mountaineers 4-H Club, Mason County. This scholarship is presented to an active Youth Environmental Program member with exemplary conduct throughout his/her school years. Recipient receives $2,500 per year for four years.


West Virginia Forestlands & Wood Products Art Awards
Gage Smith, Greenwood Wildcats 4-H Club, Doddridge County (grade school); Adrianna McCoy, Mountaineers 4-H Club, Mason County (middle school); Cody Gallagher, Busy Bison 4-H Club, Marion County (high school). Three $150 awards are presented for art creations that promote West Virginia’s forest resources or wood products created from these forests.


Sustainable Forestry Art Poster Award
Gweneth Paige Ashman, Daisy Troop 4988, Roane County. This $150 award is presented for the poster that best expresses ideas on sustainable forestry.


Maple Award (tree planting)
Mountwood Park Youth, Wood County. This $150 award is presented to the youth group completing the best tree planting project.


Go-Mart Corporate Energy Essay Award
Mary Jorgensen, Winfield High Environmental Action Club, Putnam County. First place $125.


Bear Category Environmental Award
Wilsonburg New Horizon 4-H Club, Harrison County. This $500 award is presented to a youth group, whose members are ages 12-14, completing projects that answer an environmental need.


Litter Control Award
Busy Bison 4-H Club, Marion County. This $250 award is for the youth group that has completed the most successful litter clean-up projects.


Mountain Laurel Category Environmental Award
Haer Bears 4-H Club, Mason County. This $500 award recognizes youth groups, ages 6-11, which have completed projects addressing an environmental need.


Cardinal Art Poster Awards
Two first-place winners) Sarah Pomeroy, Midway Meridians 4-H Club, Putnam County. Faith Cook, Golden Stars 4-H Club, Mason County. Cardinal Art Posters must depict an environmental theme. They are judged on originality, quality, and choice of theme.


Rick Vecellio Memorial Art Poster Awards
(Five winners) Michael King, Busy Buddies 4-H Club, Mason County; Matthew Richardson, Roadrunners 4-H Club, Mason County; Josie Hill, Haer Bears 4-H Club, Mason County; Lily Pauley, Winfield Scotts 4-H Club, Putnam County; Amanda King, Busy 4’s 4-H Club, Mason County. The $100 awards are given for posters that depict an environmental theme, judged on originality, quality, and choice of theme.


Governor Earl Ray Tomblin Beautification Award
Boy Scout Troop and Crew 32, Hampshire County. The $150 award is presented to the youth group that completes the most outstanding job of community litter prevention, clean-up and beautification.


Keep West Virginia Beautiful Awards
Sand Hill Explorers 4-H Club, Wood County. The $125 award is presented for the most outstanding litter prevention project conducted for a school.


Mountain State Award of Excellence Environmental Project
Highland School Hawks Conservation Club, Ritchie County. This $500 award is for clubs with projects answering an environmental need, that have also won first place in the past two years in the Mountain Laurel, Bear and Rhododendron categories.


DEP Cabinet Secretary Randy C. Huffman Brook Trout Kindergarten Award
Belleville 4-H Cloverbuds, Wood County. This $200 award is presented to the kindergarten group that completes the most outstanding environmental projects.


Youth Environmental Hall of Fame Awards
Elaine Ashman, Girl Scout Troop 4988, Roane County. Cody Gallagher, Busy Bison 4-H Club, Marion County. The $100 awards go to the outstanding boy and girl who are nominated based on their extensive involvement in their club’s community environmental activities.


Stream and Trails Award
Sharp Shooters Shooting Sports 4-H Club, Wood County. This $100 award goes to the youth group that has shown the most effort in cleaning a stream and/or building or maintaining a trail.


Pepsi Cola District Awards
(Given to youth groups in each of the six districts in recognition of their overall community environmental efforts). Each receives $100. District 1: Cross Roads 4-H Club, Marion County. District 2: Jersey Mountain Workers 4-H Club, Hampshire County. District 3: Horner Busy Bees 4-H Club, Lewis County. District 4: Hinton Helping Hands 4-H Club, Summers County. District 5: Ashton Elementary Second Grade, Mason County. District 6: Comet Cardinals 4-H Club, Jackson County.


Environmental Achievement Award
Greenwood Wildcats 4-H Club, Doddridge County. This $125 award is presented to a newly enrolled youth group that has shown the most progress through participation in community environmental projects.


Rhododendron Category Environmental Awards
Winfield High School Environmental Action Club, Putnam County. This $500 award is presented to a youth group completing projects that answer an environmental need, whose members are ages 15 years and older.


Recycling Awards
Hill Billie 4-H Club, Mason County. This $300 award is presented to a youth group with the best overall recycling projects. The projects are judged not only on the total pounds recycled, but also on the diversity of recyclables and community involvement.


Wildlife Management Award
Go Getters 4-H Club, Mason County. This $200 award is presented to a youth group completing a wildlife management project that encompasses food, water and cover for West Virginia’s wildlife, especially during the winter months.


Recycling Education and Awareness Award
Cow Creek Hi Strivers 4-H Club, Putnam County. This $150 award is given to the youth group with the best community recycling education and awareness project based on club and community involvement.


Save Our Streams Award
Lucky Leaf 4-H Rhododendron Club, Randolph County. This $100 award is given to the youth group whose project(s) meets the goals of the Save Our Streams Program, which are increasing West Virginia’s ability to monitor the quality of state rivers and streams and enhancing public awareness of the need for their protection.


Kroger Plastic Recycling Awards
Midway Getters 4-H Club, Preston County. This $250 award encourages recycling plastic shopping bags.


Environmental Education Award
Mountaineers 4-H Club, Mason County. The award is presented to the youth group that has completed the most outstanding work in environmental education by creating public awareness on environmental issues such as recycling, litter laws, hunter safety, hazardous waste, nongame wildlife, etc.


Watershed Protection Award
Boy Scout Troop 250, Kanawha County. The $250 award is given to the youth group that shows the most effort in watershed protection, education and community awareness.


REAP Adopt-A-Spot Award
Schultz Ridge Runners 4-H Club, Pleasants County. This award is presented to the youth group with an Adopt-A-Spot that has maintained the spot with three reported cleanups and that has planted and maintained flowers on the spot for each blooming season.


North Bend Clean & Green Litter Control Award
Cub Scout Pack 47, Wood County. This $200 award is presented to the youth group that completes the most outstanding job of litter prevention and cleanup efforts at North Bend State Park, especially during Youth Environmental Day.


West Virginia State Parks Superintendents Association Award
Pony Pals 4-H Club/Summers County Green Team, Pence Springs. This $250 award was established by the late Steve Boler, superintendent of Pipestem Resort State Park, to foster relationships between local youth groups and state parks, forests and wildlife management areas.


REAP Recycling Power Point Presentation Awards
Girl Scout Troop 4988, Roane County. This award was created for those youth groups wishing to step up their involvement in environmental activities by creating a Recycling Power Point Presentation. The presentation includes the community environmental impact, the educational impact and media coverage of the group’s recycling project.

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