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2014 >>  WayBackWhen™:  July 24

Today is Thursday, July 24, the 205th day of 2014. There are 160 days left in the year.

Thought for Today:

The Gilmer Free Press

“The Budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed, lest Rome will become bankrupt. People must again learn to work instead of living on public assistance.“ - Cicero, 55 BC

Today’s Highlight in History:

On July 24, 1974, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Richard Nixon had to turn over subpoenaed White House tape recordings to the Watergate special prosecutor.

On this date:

In 1783, Latin American revolutionary Simon Bolivar (see-MOHN’ boh-LEE’-vahr) was born in Caracas, Venezuela.

In 1862, Martin Van Buren, the eighth president of the United States, and the first to have been born a U.S. citizen, died at age 79 in Kinderhook, New York, the town where he was born in 1782.

In 1866, Tennessee became the first state to be readmitted to the Union after the Civil War.

In 1911, Yale University history professor Hiram Bingham III found the “Lost City of the Incas,“ Machu Picchu, in Peru.

In 1923, the Treaty of Lausanne, which settled the boundaries of modern Turkey, was concluded in Switzerland.

In 1937, the state of Alabama dropped charges against four of the nine young black men accused of raping two white women in the “Scottsboro Case.“

In 1952, President Harry S. Truman announced a settlement in a 53-day steel strike.

In 1959, during a visit to Moscow, Vice President Richard Nixon engaged in his famous “Kitchen Debate” with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.

In 1969, the Apollo 11 astronauts — two of whom had been the first men to set foot on the moon — splashed down safely in the Pacific.

In 1987, Hulda Crooks, a 91-year-old mountaineer from California, became the oldest woman to conquer Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest peak.

In 1998, a gunman burst into the U.S. Capitol, killing two police officers before being shot and captured. (The shooter, Russell Eugene Weston Jr., is being held in a federal mental facility.)

In 2002, nine coal miners became trapped in a flooded tunnel of the Quecreek Mine in western Pennsylvania; the story ended happily 77 hours later with the rescue of all nine.

Ten years ago:

Without promising what specific steps he would take, President George W. Bush said in his weekly radio address that his administration was committed to relying on the recommendations of the September 11 commission in waging the war on terrorism.

Former Nixon administration official Fred LaRue, who served a prison term for Watergate, died in Biloxi, Mississippi, at age 75.

Five years ago:

Trying to tamp down a national uproar over race, President Barack Obama acknowledged using unfortunate words in declaring that Cambridge, Massachusetts, police had “acted stupidly” in arresting black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., adding he’d invited the Harvard professor and Sgt. James Crowley, the arresting officer, for “a beer here in the White House.“

One year ago:

The House narrowly rejected, 217-205, a challenge to the National Security Agency’s secret collection of hundreds of millions of Americans’ phone records.

A high-speed train crash outside Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain killed 79 people.

Pope Francis made an emotional plea in Aparecida, Brazil, for Roman Catholics to shun materialism in the first public Mass of his initial international trip as pontiff.

It was announced by Kensington Palace that the newborn son of Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, would be named George Alexander Louis.

Virginia Johnson, half of the renowned Masters and Johnson team of sex researchers, died in St. Louis at age 88.

Today’s Birthdays:

Actor John Aniston is 81

Political cartoonist Pat Oliphant is 79

Comedian Ruth Buzzi is 78

Actor Mark Goddard is 78

Actor Dan Hedaya is 74

Actor Chris Sarandon is 72

Comedian Gallagher is 68

Actor Robert Hays is 67

Former Republican national chairman Marc Racicot (RAWS’-koh) is 66

Actor Michael Richards is 65

Actress Lynda Carter is 63

Movie director Gus Van Sant is 62

Country singer Pam Tillis is 57

Actor Paul Ben-Victor is 52

Actor Kadeem Hardison is 49

Actress-singer Kristin Chenoweth is 46

Actress Laura Leighton is 46

Actor John P. Navin Jr. is 46

Actress-singer Jennifer Lopez is 45

Basketball player-turned-actor Rick Fox is 45

Actor Eric Szmanda is 39

Actress Rose Byrne is 35

Country singer Jerrod Niemann is 35

Actress Summer Glau is 33

Actress Elisabeth Moss is 32

Actress Anna Paquin is 32

Actress Megan Park is 28

Actress Mara Wilson is 27

Rock singer Jay McGuiness (The Wanted) is 24

Actress Emily Bett Rickards (TV: Arrow”) is 23

TV personality Bindi Irwin is 16

Flashback: What Happened on July 23, ....


•  1884 The Webster County Boom and Dam Company was incorporated in West Virginia by the following: David Burns, Gideon M. Burns, W. E. Fleming of Burnsville, Braxton County; Thomas M. Jewell of Elizabeth, Wirt County; and James W. Burns of Fairmont, Marion County. The company’s purpose was to construct booms and dams on the Little Kanawha River and its tributaries in Webster County, Lewis County, and Randolph County, and on the Elk River and its tributaries including the Holly River in Randolph County, Pocahontas County, and Webster County, with its main office in Burnsville, Braxton County.

•  1992 The State Supreme Court ordered state officials to adopt a plan within six months to remove all 320 state prisoners from local government jails due to overcrowding.

2014 >>  WayBackWhen™: July 23

Today is Wednesday, July 23, the 204th day of 2014. There are 161 days left in the year.

Thought for Today:

The Gilmer Free Press

“To be proud and inaccessible is to be timid and weak.“ — Jean Baptiste Massillon (zhahn bah-TEEST’ mah-see-YOHN’), French clergyman (1663-1742).

Today’s Highlight in History:

On July 23, 1914, Austria-Hungary presented a list of demands to Serbia following the killing of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Serb assassin; Serbia’s refusal to agree to the entire ultimatum led to World War I.

On this date:

In 1885, Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the United States, died in Mount McGregor, New York, at age 63.

In 1886, a legend was born as Steve Brodie claimed to have made a daredevil plunge from the Brooklyn Bridge into New York’s East River. (However, there are doubts about whether the dive actually took place.)

In 1945, French Marshal Henri Petain (ahn-REE’ pay-TAN’), who had headed the Vichy (vee-shee) government during World War II, went on trial, charged with treason. (He was convicted and condemned to death, but the sentence was commuted.)

In 1951, Henri Petain died in prison.

In 1952, Egyptian military officers led by Gamal Abdel Nasser launched a successful coup against King Farouk I.

In 1967, a week of deadly race-related rioting that claimed 43 lives erupted in Detroit.

In 1977, a jury in Washington, D.C., convicted 12 Hanafi (hah-NAH’-fee) Muslims of charges stemming from the hostage siege at three buildings the previous March.

In 1982, actor Vic Morrow and two child actors, 7-year-old Myca Dinh Le and 6-year-old Renee Shin-Yi Chen, were killed when a helicopter crashed on top of them during filming of a Vietnam War scene for “Twilight Zone: The Movie.“ (Director John Landis and four associates were later acquitted of manslaughter charges.)

In 1984, Vanessa Williams became the first Miss America to resign her title, after nude photographs of her taken in 1982 were published in Penthouse magazine.

In 1986, Britain’s Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey in London. (The couple divorced in 1996.)

In 1997, the search for Andrew Cunanan, the suspected killer of designer Gianni Versace (JAH’-nee vur-SAH’-chee) and others, ended as police found his body on a houseboat in Miami Beach, an apparent suicide.

In 2011, singer Amy Winehouse, 27, was found dead in her London home from accidental alcohol poisoning.

Ten years ago:

Militants in Iraq took hostage an Egyptian diplomat (Mohammed Mamdouh Helmi Qutb), demanding his country abandon any plans it had to send security experts to Iraq. (He was freed after three days of diplomatic efforts.)

The Pentagon released newly discovered payroll records from President George W. Bush’s 1972 service in the Alabama National Guard, though the records shed no new light on the future president’s activities during that summer.

Joe Cahill, a founding father of the modern Irish Republican Army, died in Belfast, Northern Ireland, at age 84.

Five years ago:

Michael Jackson’s personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, was named in a search warrant as the target of a manslaughter probe into the singer’s death. (Murray was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter.)

Authorities arrested 44 people in New Jersey in a corruption probe. Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox pitched the 18th perfect game in major league history, a 5-0 win over Tampa Bay.

One year ago:

With a high-stakes showdown vote looming in the House, the White House and congressional backers of the National Security Agency’s surveillance program warned that ending the massive collection of phone records from millions of Americans would put the nation at risk from another terrorist attack. (The next day, the House narrowly voted against halting the NSA program.)

Today’s Birthdays:

Actress Gloria DeHaven is 89

Concert pianist Leon Fleisher (FLY’-shur) is 86

Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy is 78

Actor Ronny Cox is 76

Radio personality Don Imus is 74

Country singer Tony Joe White is 71

Rock singer David Essex is 67

Actor Larry Manetti is 67

Singer-songwriter John Hall is 66

Actress Belinda Montgomery is 64

Rock musician Blair Thornton (Bachman Turner Overdrive) is 64

Actress Edie McClurg is 63

Actress-writer Lydia Cornell is 61

Actor Woody Harrelson is 53

Rock musician Martin Gore (Depeche Mode) is 53

Actor Eriq Lasalle is 52

Rock musician Yuval Gabay is 51

Rock musician Slash is 49

Rock musician Nick Menza is 46

Model-actress Stephanie Seymour is 46

Actress Charisma Carpenter is 44

Rhythm-and-blues singer Sam Watters is 44

Country singer Alison Krauss is 43

Rhythm-and-blues singer Dalvin DeGrate is 43

Rock musician Chad Gracey (Live) is 43

Actor-comedian Marlon Wayans is 42

Country singer Shannon Brown is 41

Actress Kathryn Hahn is 41

Retired MLB All-Star Nomar Garciaparra is 41

Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky is 41

Actress Stephanie March is 40

Country musician David Pichette (Emerson Drive) is 37

Rhythm-and-blues singer Michelle Williams is 34

Actor Paul Wesley is 32

Actor Daniel Radcliffe is 25

Country musician Neil Perry is 24

Country singer Danielle Bradbery (TV: “The Voice”) is 18

Flashback: What Happened on July 22, ....


•  1911 Hallie James Jameson informed the Marshall County Board of Education that she had gotten married two days before. The board notified Jameson that she would no longer be allowed to teach music in their schools, as it was their policy to not employ married women. The West Virginia Supreme Court set a precedent by supporting Jameson and she was able to regain her job. However, in 1916, the court did turn down the suit involving compensation during her two months off the job.

•  1919 The Wheeling Workhouse was closed after 147 years in operation, because for the first time there were no prisoners in the facility.

•  1921 Jacob Lutz was executed by hanging at the West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville (Marshall County) for a murder committed in Taylor County.

•  1930 The Dun Glen Hotel in Thurmond, Fayette County, was destroyed by fire.

•  1972 Coal mine fire at Blacksville, Monongalia County, killed 9. Mine owned by the Consolidation Coal Company.

2014 >>  WayBackWhen™: July 22

Today is Tuesday, July 22, the 203rd day of 2014. There are 162 days left in the year.

Thought for Today:

The Gilmer Free Press

“I hold that man is in the right who is most closely in league with the future. “ — Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian dramatist (1828-1906).

Today’s Highlight in History:

On July 22, 1934, bank robber John Dillinger was shot to death by federal agents outside Chicago’s Biograph Theater, where he had just seen the Clark Gable movie “Manhattan Melodrama.“

On this date:

In 1587, an English colony fated to vanish under mysterious circumstances was established on Roanoke Island off North Carolina.

In 1796, Cleveland, Ohio, was founded by General Moses Cleaveland (correct).

In 1893, Wellesley College professor Katharine Lee Bates visited the summit of Pikes Peak, where she was inspired to write the original version of her poem “America the Beautiful.“

In 1916, a bomb went off during a Preparedness Day parade in San Francisco, killing 10 people.

In 1933, American aviator Wiley Post completed the first solo flight around the world as he returned to New York’s Floyd Bennett Field after traveling for 7 days, 18 and 3/4 hours.

In 1943, American forces led by Gen. George S. Patton captured Palermo, Sicily, during World War II.

In 1944, the Bretton Woods Monetary Conference concluded in New Hampshire with an agreement to establish the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

In 1946, Jewish extremists blew up a wing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, killing 90 people.

In 1963, Sonny Liston knocked out Floyd Patterson in the first round of their rematch in Las Vegas to retain the world heavyweight title.

In 1975, the House of Representatives joined the Senate in voting to restore the American citizenship of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

In 1983, Samantha Smith and her parents returned home to Manchester, Maine, after completing a whirlwind tour of the Soviet Union.

In 2011, Anders Breivik (AHN’-durs BRAY’-vihk) massacred 69 people at a Norwegian island youth retreat after detonating a bomb in nearby Oslo that killed eight others in the nation’s worst violence since World War II.

Ten years ago:

The September 11 commission issued a report saying America’s leaders failed to grasp the gravity of terrorist threats before the devastating attacks of 9/11, but stopped short of blaming President George W. Bush and former President Bill Clinton.

The Army Inspector General’s office released a report on abuses by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan which found 94 cases of confirmed or alleged abuse and 39 deaths.

A new high-speed passenger train derailed in northwestern Turkey, killing 37 people.

Five years ago:

President Barack Obama told a prime-time press conference that Cambridge, Massachusetts, police had acted “stupidly” in the arrest of prominent black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., and that despite racial progress, blacks and Hispanics were still singled out unfairly for arrest. Earlier, the president met at the White House with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Millions of Asians witnessed the longest solar eclipse of this century; in some areas, totality lasted as long as six minutes and 39 seconds.

One year ago:

Frenzied crowds of Roman Catholics in Rio de Janeiro mobbed the car carrying Pope Francis as he returned to his home continent for the first time as pontiff, embarking on a seven-day visit.

The Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton, gave birth to a son, Prince George, who became third in line to the British throne after Prince Charles and Prince William.

2011 National League MVP Ryan Braun was suspended without pay for the rest of the season and the postseason, the start of sanctions involving players reportedly tied to a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.

One time Chicago cop-turned-actor Dennis Farina, 69, died in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Today’s Birthdays:

Opera singer Licia Albanese is 101

Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., is 91

Actor-comedian Orson Bean is 86

Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta is 82

Actress Louise Fletcher is 80

Rhythm-and-blues singer Chuck Jackson is 77

Actor Terence Stamp is 76

Game show host Alex Trebek is 74

Singer George Clinton is 73

Actor-singer Bobby Sherman is 71

Former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, is 71

Movie writer-director Paul Schrader is 68

Actor Danny Glover is 68

Singer Mireille Mathieu is 68

Actor-comedian-director Albert Brooks is 67

Rock singer Don Henley is 67

Movie composer Alan Menken is 65

Singer-actress Lonette McKee is 61

Jazz musician Al Di Meola is 60

Actor Willem Dafoe is 59

Rhythm-and-blues singer Keith Sweat is 53

Actress Joanna Going is 51

Actor Rob Estes is 51

Folk singer Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls) is 51

Actor John Leguizamo is 50

Actor-comedian David Spade is 50

Actor Patrick Labyorteaux is 49

Rock musician Pat Badger is 47

Actress Irene Bedard is 47

Actor Rhys Ifans (rees EYE’-fanz) is 47

Actor Colin Ferguson is 42

Rock musician Daniel Jones is 41

Singer Rufus Wainwright is 41

Actress Franka Potente (poh-TEN’-tay) is 40

Actress A.J. Cook is 36

Actor Keegan Allen (TV: “Pretty Little Liars”) is 27

Actress Camila Banus (TV: “Days of Our Lives”) is 24

Actress Selena Gomez is 22

Flashback: What Happened on July 21, ....


•  1875 Construction was begun on the State House Building in Wheeling.

•  1890 The West Virginia Reform School at Pruntytown, Taylor County, admitted its first inmate.

•  1890 The West Virginia Industrial School for Boys was opened on July 21, 1890 at Pruntytown, Taylor County to train boys who had been committed to the Institution by the courts.

•  1891 The Glade Creek and Raleigh Railroad Company was incorporated in West Virginia. This would later become part of the Raleigh and Southwestern Railway Company and then the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company.

•  1933 A regional conference was held in Charleston, Kanawha County, to better explain the new County Unit education system.

2014 >>  WayBackWhen™: July 21

Today is Monday, July 21, the 202nd day of 2014. There are 163 days left in the year.

Thought for Today:

The Gilmer Free Press

“There is no bigotry like that of ‘free thought’ run to seed.“ — Horace Greeley, American journalist (1811-1872).

Today’s Highlights in History:

On July 21, 1944, American forces landed on Guam during World War II, capturing it from the Japanese some three weeks later. The Democratic national convention in Chicago nominated Sen. Harry S. Truman to be vice president.

On this date:

In 1773, Pope Clement XIV issued an order suppressing the Society of Jesus, or Jesuits. (The Society was restored by Pope Pius VII in 1814.)

In 1861, during the Civil War, the first Battle of Bull Run was fought at Manassas, Virginia, resulting in a Confederate victory.

In 1925, the so-called “Monkey Trial” ended in Dayton, Tennessee, with John T. Scopes found guilty of violating state law for teaching Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. (The conviction was later overturned on a technicality.)

In 1930, President Herbert Hoover signed an executive order establishing the Veterans Administration (later the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs).

In 1949, the U.S. Senate ratified the North Atlantic Treaty.

In 1959, the NS Savannah, the first nuclear-powered merchant ship, was christened by first lady Mamie Eisenhower at Camden, New Jersey.

In 1961, Capt. Virgil “Gus” Grissom became the second American to rocket into a sub-orbital pattern around the Earth, flying aboard the Liberty Bell 7.

In 1972, the Irish Republican Army carried out 22 bombings in Belfast, Northern Ireland, killing nine people and injuring 130 in what became known as “Bloody Friday.“

In 1973, Israeli agents in Lillehammer, Norway, killed Ahmed Bouchikhi, a Moroccan waiter, in a case of mistaken identity, apparently thinking he was an official with Black September, the group that attacked Israel’s delegation at the 1972 Munich Olympics and killed 11 athletes.

In 1980, draft registration began in the United States for 19- and 20-year-old men.

In 1994, Britain’s Labor Party elected Tony Blair its new leader, succeeding the late John Smith. Former Senate Republican leader Hugh Scott died in Falls Church, Virginia, at age 93.

In 1999, Navy divers found and recovered the bodies of John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife, Carolyn, and sister-in-law, Lauren Bessette, in the wreckage of Kennedy’s plane in the Atlantic Ocean off Martha’s Vineyard. Advertising executive David Ogilvy died in Bonnes, France, at age 88.

Ten years ago:

President George W. Bush sketched out a second-term domestic agenda, telling campaign donors he would shift focus to improving high school education and expanding access to health care.

Academy Award-winning composer Jerry Goldsmith died in Beverly Hills, California, at age 75.

Richard Bloch (cq), co-founder of H&R Block, the world’s largest tax preparer, died in Kansas City, Missouri, at age 78.

Five years ago:

The Senate voted to terminate further production of the Air Force’s topline F-22 fighter jets.

Prosecutors in Cambridge, Massachusetts, dropped a disorderly conduct charge against prominent black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., who was arrested by a white officer at his home near Harvard University after a report of a break-in.

John “Marmaduke” Dawson, a longtime Grateful Dead collaborator and co-founder of New Riders of the Purple Sage, died in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico at 64.

Taco Bell mascot Gidget the Chihuahua died in Santa Clarita, California, at 15.

One year ago:

Belgium’s King Albert abdicated after a 20-year reign; his son Philippe took over as the fractured nation’s seventh king.

Phil Mickelson won the British Open, shooting a 5-under 66 to match the best round of the tournament and win his first claret jug.

Britain’s Chris Froome won the 100th Tour de France.

Today’s Birthdays:

Singer Kay Starr is 92

Movie director Norman Jewison is 88

Former Attorney General Janet Reno is 76

Actress Patricia Elliott is 72

Actor David Downing is 71

Actor Edward Herrmann is 71

Actor Leigh Lawson is 69

Actor Wendell Burton is 67

Actor Art Hindle is 66

Singer Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) is 66

Cartoonist Garry Trudeau is 66

Comedian-actor Robin Williams is 63

Actor Jamey Sheridan is 63

Rock singer-musician Eric Bazilian (The Hooters) is 61

Comedian Jon Lovitz is 57

Actor Lance Guest is 54

Actor Matt Mulhern is 54

Comedian Greg Behrendt is 51

Rock musician Koen Lieckens (K’s Choice) is 48

Soccer player Brandi Chastain is 46

Rock singer Emerson Hart is 45

Actress Alysia Reiner (TV: “Orange is the New Black”) is 44

Country singer Paul Brandt is 42

Actress Ali Landry is 41

Actor-comedian Steve Byrne is 40

Actor Justin Bartha is 36

Actor Josh Hartnett is 36

Contemporary Christian singer Brandon Heath is 36

Actress Sprague Grayden is 36

Reggae singer Damian Marley is 36

Country singer Brad Mates (Emerson Drive) is 36

MLB All-Star pitcher CC Sabathia is 34

Singer Blake Lewis (“American Idol”) is 33

Rock musician Will Berman (MGMT) is 32

Rock musician Johan Carlsson (Carolina Liar) is 30

Actress Vanessa Lengies (LEHN’-jeez) is 29

Actor Jamie Waylett (“Harry Potter” films) is 25

Flashback: What Happened on July 20, ....


•  1865 The Philadelphia and Burning Spring Oil Company was incorporated in West Virginia by the following: Samuel Kilpatrick, James Ballenger, James W. Early, Daniel H. Foster, J. Mitchell Baker, and William H. Taylor. The company’s main office was at Burning Springs, Wirt County.

•  1865 The Paint Creek and Ritchie County Oil and Mining Company was incorporated in West Virginia by the following: John Cornell, James W. Dare of Parkersburg; Montgomery Rankin of Newark, DE; John R. Hannaman of Wood County; and Charles Murphy of Philadelphia. The company’s purpose was to mine oil in Ritchie County, WV, and Floyd County, KY, with its main office at Parkersburg.

•  1917 Fire destroyed Dawson Hall at West Virginia Collegiate Institute (West Virginia State College) in Institute, Kanawha County. It was rebuilt in 1922.

•  1961 Areas around Charleston were hit by flash floods; twenty-three people were killed.

•  1973 Officials with the federal black lung program met with West Virginia coal miners.

•  1992 Pocahontas County officials admitted they dismissed charges against seven men in 1982, for their alleged roles in the murder of two women at a Rainbow Family gathering in 1980, due to improper state police investigative procedures.

•  1992 Federal Judge Charles Haden II sentenced former Logan County Circuit Judge Ned Grubb to 65 months in prison and fined him $25,000 following his conviction on bribery, obstruction of justice, mail fraud, racketeering and tampering with a witness charges.

2014 >>  WayBackWhen™: July 20

Today is Sunday, July 20, the 201st day of 2014. There are 164 days left in the year.

Thought for Today:

The Gilmer Free Press

“Courage without conscience is a wild beast.“ — Robert G. Ingersoll, American lawyer and politician (1833-1899).

Today’s Highlights in History:

On July 20, 1944, an attempt by a group of German officials to assassinate Adolf Hitler with a bomb failed as the explosion only wounded the Nazi leader. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was nominated for a fourth term of office at the Democratic convention in Chicago.

On this date:

In 1861, the Congress of the Confederate States convened in Richmond, Virginia.

In 1871, British Columbia entered Confederation as a Canadian province.

In 1917, the World War I draft lottery went into operation.

In 1923, Mexican revolutionary leader Pancho Villa was assassinated.

In 1954, the Geneva Accords divided Vietnam into northern and southern entities.

In 1968, the first International Special Olympics Summer Games, organized by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, were held at Soldier Field in Chicago.

In 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon after reaching the surface in their Apollo 11 lunar module.

In 1974, Turkish forces invaded Cyprus after a coup by supporters of union with Greece.

In 1976, America’s Viking 1 robot spacecraft made a successful, first-ever landing on Mars.

In 1989, Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi (soo chee) was placed under house arrest by the military government of Myanmar.

In 1999, after 38 years at the bottom of the Atlantic, astronaut Gus Grissom’s Liberty Bell 7 Mercury capsule was lifted to the surface.

In 2012, a gunman opened fire inside a crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, during a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises,“ killing 12 people. (Suspect James Eagen Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to more than 160 counts of murder and attempted murder.)

Ten years ago:

Former national security adviser Sandy Berger quit as an informal adviser to Democrat John Kerry’s presidential campaign after disclosure of a criminal investigation into whether he’d mishandled classified terrorism documents.

Iraqi militants freed a Filipino truck driver after the Philippines government gave in to their demands to withdraw troops from Iraq.

The head of slain American hostage Paul M. Johnson Jr. was found in a raid in Saudi Arabia.

The U.N. General Assembly demanded that Israel tear down the barrier it was building to seal off the West Bank; Israel vowed to continue construction.

Five years ago:

A roadside bomb killed four American troops in eastern Afghanistan.

The astronauts aboard the shuttle-station complex celebrated the 40th anniversary of man’s first moon landing with their own spacewalk.

One year ago:

People rallied in dozens of U.S. cities, urging authorities to press federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch leader found not guilty in the shooting death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin.

Five employees of an Italian cruise company were convicted of manslaughter in the Costa Concordia shipwreck that killed 32 people, receiving sentences of less than three years.

Longtime White House correspondent Helen Thomas, 92, died in Washington.

Today’s Birthdays:

Actress-singer Sally Ann Howes is 84

Author Cormac McCarthy is 81

Rockabilly singer Sleepy LaBeef is 79

Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., is 78

Actress Diana Rigg is 76

Artist Judy Chicago is 75

Rock musician John Lodge (The Moody Blues) is 71

Country singer T.G. Sheppard is 70

Singer Kim Carnes is 69

Rock musician Carlos Santana is 67

Rock musician Paul Cook (The Sex Pistols, Man Raze) is 58

Actress Donna Dixon is 57

Rock musician Mick McNeil (Simple Minds) is 56

Country singer Radney Foster is 55

Actor Frank Whaley is 51

Rock singer Chris Cornell is 50

Rock musician Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam) is 48

Actor Reed Diamond is 47

Actor Josh Holloway is 45

Singer Vitamin C is 45

Actor Omar Epps is 41

Actor Simon Rex is 40

Actress Judy Greer is 39

Actor Charlie Korsmo is 36

Singer Elliott Yamin (yah-MEEN’) (American Idol) is 36

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen is 34

Rock musician Mike Kennerty (The All-American Rejects) is 34

Actor Percy Daggs III is 32

Actor John Francis Daley is 29

Country singer Hannah Blaylock (Edens Edge) is 28

Country singer-ballroom dancer Julianne Hough is 26

Actress Billi Bruno is 18

Flashback: What Happened on July 19, ....


•  1839 A post office was established at Ravenswood, Jackson County.

•  1961 Areas around Charleston were hit by flash floods, killing twenty-two people.

•  1973 United States Department of Education selected West Virginia as one of twenty-three states to participate in the Right to Read program.

•  1992 Democratic nominee for president Bill Clinton and vice presidential nominee Albert Gore spoke to a large crowd in Weirton, Hancock County.

2014 >>  WayBackWhen™:  July 19

Today is Saturday, July 19, the 200th day of 2014. There are 165 days left in the year.

Thought for today:

The Gilmer Free Press

“No written law has ever been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.” — Carrie Chapman Catt, American feminist (1859-1947).

Today’s Highlight:

On July 19, 1989, 111 people were killed when United Air Lines Flight 232, a DC-10 which suffered the uncontained failure of its tail engine and the loss of hydraulic systems, crashed while making an emergency landing at Sioux City, Iowa; 185 other people survived.

On this date:

In 1553, King Henry VIII’s daughter Mary was proclaimed Queen of England after pretender Lady Jane Grey was deposed.

In 1814, Samuel Colt, inventor of the Colt revolver, was born in Hartford, Connecticut.

In 1848, a pioneer women’s rights convention convened in Seneca Falls, New York.

In 1903, the first Tour de France was won by Maurice Garin.

In 1944, the Democratic national convention convened in Chicago with the renomination of President Franklin D. Roosevelt considered a certainty.

In 1952, the Summer Olympics opened in Helsinki, Finland.

In 1961, TWA became the first airline to begin showing regularly scheduled in-flight movies as it presented “By Love Possessed” to first-class passengers on a flight from New York to Los Angeles.

In 1979, the Nicaraguan capital of Managua fell to Sandinista guerrillas, two days after President Anastasio Somoza fled the country.

In 1980, the Moscow Summer Olympics began, minus dozens of nations that were boycotting the games because of the Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan.

In 1984, U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York won the Democratic nomination for vice president by acclamation at the party’s convention in San Francisco.

In 1990, President George H.W. Bush joined former presidents Ronald Reagan, Gerald R. Ford and Richard M. Nixon at ceremonies dedicating the Nixon Library and Birthplace (since redesignated the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum) in Yorba Linda.

In 1994, a bomb ripped apart a Panama commuter plane, killing 21, including 12 Jews, a day after a car bomb destroyed a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, killing 85 people. A secrecy-shrouded funeral ceremony was held for North Korean dictator Kim Il Sung, who had died July 08 at age 82.

Ten years ago:

Mark Hacking of Salt Lake City shot and killed his 27-year-old wife, Lori, disposed of her remains, then reported her missing; he was later sentenced to six years to life in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder.

A fuel tanker rigged as a massive bomb exploded near the Baghdad police station, killing nine people.

A methane gas explosion in a Ukrainian mine killed at least 34 miners.

Former Japanese Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki died at age 93.

Five years ago:

A Russian-owned civilian helicopter crashed shortly after takeoff from southern Afghanistan’s largest NATO base, killing 16 civilians. Israel rejected a U.S. demand to suspend a planned housing project in east Jerusalem.

Stewart Cink won the British Open in a four-hole playoff with Tom Watson.

Eighty-one-year-old Hershel McGriff became the oldest driver to take part in a national NASCAR series race, finishing 13th in a Camping World West Series event at Portland International Raceway.

Author Frank McCourt, who’d won the Pulitzer Prize for his memoir “Angela’s Ashes,” died in New York at 78.

One year ago:

In a rare and public reflection on race, President Barack Obama called on the nation to do some soul searching over the death of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of his shooter, George Zimmerman, saying the slain black teenager “could have been me 35 years ago.”

A Dallas woman plunged 75 feet to her death from a Six Flags Over Texas roller coaster when her safety restraint apparently failed.

Today’s birthdays:

Actress Helen Gallagher is 88

Country singer Sue Thompson is 88

Country singer George Hamilton IV is 77

Singer Vikki Carr is 74

Country singer-musician Commander Cody is 70

Actor George Dzundza is 69

Rock singer-musician Alan Gorrie (Average White Band) is 68

Tennis player Ilie Nastase is 68

Rock musician Brian May is 67

Rock musician Bernie Leadon is 67

Actress Beverly Archer is 66

Movie director Abel Ferrara is 63

Actor Peter Barton is 58

Rock musician Kevin Haskins (Love and Rockets; Bauhaus) is 54

Movie director Atom Egoyan is 54

Actor Campbell Scott is 53

Actor Anthony Edwards is 52

Country singer Kelly Shiver is 51

Actress Clea Lewis is 49

Percusssionist Evelyn Glennie is 49

Country musician Jeremy Patterson is 44

Classical singer Urs Buhler (Il Divo) is 43

Actor Andrew Kavovit is 43

Rock musician Jason McGerr (Death Cab for Cutie) is 40

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch is 38

Actor Jared Padalecki is 32

Actor Steven Anthony Lawrence is 24

Flashback: What Happened on July 18, ....


•  1890 The People’s Building Association was incorporated in West Virginia by the following: M. R. Lowther, J. P. Saunders, W. E. Fleming, S. B. Rathbone, Jr., G. M. Riddle, and William Beard, all of Elizabeth, Wirt County. The association’s main office was in Elizabeth.

•  1893 1893 the Spencer State Hospital, Roane County, was opened.

•  1979 United Airlines announced it would discontinue service to the Kanawha Airport in Charleston.

•  1983 J. C. Penney became the first store to open in the new Charleston Town Center shopping mall. Other anchor stores opened in the following weeks with the entire mall opening in November.

2014 >>  WayBackWhen™: July 18

Today is Friday, July 18, the 199th day of 2014. There are 166 days left in the year.

Thought for Today:

“Miracles are propitious accidents, the natural causes of which are too complicated to be readily understood.“ — George Santayana, American philosopher (1863-1952).

Today’s Highlight in History:

On July 18, A.D. 64, the Great Fire of Rome began, consuming most of the city for about a week. (Some blamed the fire on Emperor Nero, who in turn blamed Christians.)

On this date:

In 1536, the English Parliament passed an act declaring the authority of the pope void in England.

In 1792, American naval hero John Paul Jones died in Paris at age 45.

In 1872, Britain enacted voting by secret ballot.

In 1932, the United States and Canada signed a treaty to develop the St. Lawrence Seaway.

In 1944, Hideki Tojo was removed as Japanese premier and war minister because of setbacks suffered by his country in World War II. American forces in France captured the Normandy town of St. Lo.

In 1947, President Harry S. Truman signed a Presidential Succession Act which placed the speaker of the House and the Senate president pro tempore next in the line of succession after the vice president.

In 1964, nearly a week of rioting erupted in New York’s Harlem neighborhood following the fatal police shooting of a black teenager, James Powell, two days earlier.

In 1969, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., left a party on Chappaquiddick Island near Martha’s Vineyard with Mary Jo Kopechne (koh-PEHK’-nee), 28; some time later, Kennedy’s car went off a bridge into the water. (Kennedy was able to escape, but Kopechne drowned.)

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In 1976, at the Montreal Olympics, Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci received the first-ever perfect score of 10 with her routine on uneven parallel bars. (Comaneci would go on to receive six more 10s at Montreal.)

In 1984, gunman James Huberty opened fire at a McDonald’s fast food restaurant in San Ysidro (ee-SEE’-droh), California, killing 21 people before being shot dead by police. Walter F. Mondale won the Democratic presidential nomination in San Francisco.

In 1989, actress Rebecca Schaeffer, 21, was shot to death at her Los Angeles home by obsessed fan Robert Bardo, who was later sentenced to life in prison.

In 1994, a bomb hidden in a van destroyed a Jewish cultural center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, killing 85.

Ten years ago:

A spokesman said California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger would not apologize for mocking certain lawmakers as “girlie men,“ despite criticisms from Democrats that the remark was sexist and homophobic.

Todd Hamilton gained a playoff victory over Ernie Els to win the British Open.

Former Environmental Protection Agency chief Anne Gorsuch Burford died in Aurora, Colorado, at age 62.

Five years ago:

The Taliban posted a video of an American soldier who’d gone missing June 30, 2009 from his base in eastern Afghanistan and was later confirmed to have been captured; in the recording, the soldier (later identified as Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl) said he was “scared I won’t be able to go home.“ Authorities in Tennessee arrested Jacob Shaffer in the deaths of six people, five of whom were found slain near Fayetteville; the sixth body was discovered in Huntsville, Alabama. (The victims included Shaffer’s wife, her father, her brother and teenage son. Shaffer later admitted to all the killings and was sentenced to life in prison.)

One year ago: Once the very symbol of American industrial might, Detroit became the biggest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy, its finances ravaged and its neighborhoods hollowed out by a long, slow decline in population and auto manufacturing.

Today’s Birthdays:

Former Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, is 93

Conductor Kurt Masur is 87

Skating champion and commentator Dick Button is 85

Movie director Paul Verhoeven is 76

Musician Brian Auger is 75

Singer Dion DiMucci is 75

Actor James Brolin is 74

Baseball executive Joe Torre is 74

Singer Martha Reeves is 73

Blues guitarist Lonnie Mack is 73

Pop-rock musician Wally Bryson (The Raspberries) is 65

Country-rock singer Craig Fuller (Pure Prairie League) is 65

Actress Margo Martindale is 63

Singer Ricky Skaggs is 60

Actress Audrey Landers is 58

Golfer Nick Faldo is 57

Rock musician Nigel Twist (The Alarm) is 56

Actress Anne-Marie Johnson is 54

Actress Elizabeth McGovern is 53

Rock musician John Hermann (Widespread Panic) is 52

Rock musician Jack Irons is 52

Actor Vin Diesel is 47

Actor Grant Bowler is 46

Retired NBA All-Star Penny Hardaway is 43

Alt-country singer Elizabeth Cook is 42

Actor Eddie Matos is 42

MLB All-Star Torii Hunter is 39

Dance music singer-songwriter M.I.A. is 39

Rock musician Daron Malakian (System of a Down; Scars on Broadway) is 39

Rock musician Tony Fagenson (Eve 6) is 36

Movie director Jared Hess is 35

Actor Jason Weaver is 35

Actress Kristen Bell is 34

Rock singer Ryan Cabrera is 32

Christian-rock musician Aaron Gillespie (Underoath) is 31

Actor Chace Crawford is 29

Actor Travis Milne (TV: “Rookie Blue”) is 28

Bluegrass musician Joe Dean Jr. (Dailey & Vincent) is 25

West Virginia Division of Culture and History Awards $1.3 Million in Arts Grants

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About $1.3 million in art grants have been awarded to 55 organizations and 25 individual artists across West Virginia.

The state Commission on the Arts and the Division of Culture and History announced the grants this week

More than $724,000 will provide general operating support to a dozen long-standing arts organizations.

More than $290,000 is for projects that offer arts programming to the public, and for planning and organizational development projects that strengthen West Virginia arts organizations.

An additional $105,000 will provide funding for school arts projects and tours that expose students to performing, literary and visual artists.

The remainder of the grants will support other initiatives, including funding to artists to expand or improve their work.


Provides funding for in-school and out-of-school curriculum-based arts projects that meet the state Content Standards and Objectives, and tours that expose students in pre-K through 12th grade to various performing, literary and visual artists.

Greenbrier County Schools, Lewisburg, Greenbrier County: $27,745 for artist/professional fees, lodging, study guides, and transportation for students for “Spotlight on Schools” and “Creative Classrooms.”

High Rocks Educational Corporation, Hillsboro, Pocahontas County: $9,560 for artist/professional fees, travel costs, supplies, and materials for “Camp Steele Arts Programming,” “New Beginnings Arts Programming” and “Song School.”

Kanawha County Schools, Charleston, Kanawha County: $5,000 for contracted artist/professional fees for “Earth’s Quilt: Common Threads” tour.

Marshall County Schools, Moundsville, Marshall County: $12,050 for contracted artist/professional fees and travel costs for “Exploring the Curriculum and Imagination through Dance and Poetry.”

Mid-Ohio Valley Symphony Society, dba WVSO-Parkersburg, Parkersburg, Wood County: $10,500 for contracted artist/professional fees and travel costs for Young People’s Concerts, including “Rumplestiltskin” and “Tubby the Tuba.”

The Old Brick Playhouse Company, Elkins, Randolph County: $15,000 for contracted artist/professional fees and project supplies/materials for “Textitude – An Adventure in Positive Thinking” school tour.

West Virginia Professional Dance Company, Beckley, Raleigh County: $15,000 for contracted artist/professional fees and travel costs for “Earth’s Quilt: Common Threads” tour.

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Inc., Charleston, Kanawha County: $5,000 for contracted artist/professional fees and travel costs for “Life Is Better With Music: Montclair String Quartet Tour FY2015.”

West Virginia Youth Symphony, Charleston, Kanawha County: $4,800 for contracted artist/professional fees for instruction in sectional and chamber ensembles.


Provides funding to support access to and deeper experiences of American masterpieces and works of American masters.

Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, Charleston, Kanawha County: $10,000 forThe Great Gatsby Theatre Outreach Project.”
Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, Cabell County: $10,000 forAnsel Adams: Masterworks.”

Oglebay Institute, Wheeling, Ohio County: $7,500 for “The Lawrence Project.”


Provides general operating support to long-standing, stable arts organizations.
Total: $724,426

ArtsBridge Inc., Parkersburg, Wood County: $27,755

Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg, Greenbrier County: $71,651

Charleston Ballet, Charleston, Kanawha County: $34,852

Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, Charleston, Kanawha County:  $113,748

Greenbrier Valley Theatre, Lewisburg, Greenbrier County:  $63,022

Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, Cabell County: $99,940

Morgan Arts Council, Berkeley Springs, Morgan County: $18,439

Oglebay Institute, Wheeling, Ohio County: $78,825

Parkersburg Art Center, Parkersburg, Wood County: $30,211

Randolph County Community Arts Council, Elkins, Randolph County: $31,279

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Charleston, Kanawha County: $89,514

Wheeling Symphony Society, Wheeling, Ohio County: $65,190


Provides funding for innovative projects that provide arts education to community members, expand or improve access to art experiences, use the arts as a catalyst for change, address cultural tourism and celebrate the unique characteristics of the arts in West Virginia, or create strong communities through the arts.
Total: $40,691

Carnegie Hall Inc., Lewisburg, Greenbrier County: $10,000 for the first Lewisburg Music Festival set for July 26, 2014.

Greenbrier Valley Theatre, Lewisburg, Greenbrier County: $3,091 for a school touring program, “Providing Access to Theatre Arts.”

Morgan Arts Council Inc., Berkeley Springs, Morgan County: $10,250 for Engage Berkeley Springs, a pilot project that will document the transformation of Berkeley Springs through murals, mosaics, and sculpture.

The Old Brick Playhouse Company, Elkins, Randolph County: $10,000 for development of original cultural history productions on board the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad excursion trains.
Wheeling Symphony Society, Wheeling, Ohio County: $7,350 for family oriented, pre-concert events and workshops focusing on the importance of classical music in animation.


Provides support for projects that offer arts programming to the public and planning and organizational development projects that strengthen West Virginia arts organizations.
Total: $294,417

Arthurdale Heritage Inc., Arthurdale, Preston County: $850 to help pay musicians to play live music during the New Deal Festival in July.

Arts & Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County, Shepherdstown, Jefferson County: $6,000 for a re-granting program that funds innovative arts, music and humanities projects in Jefferson County’s public schools.

ArtsLink Inc., New Martinsville, Wetzel County: $18,470 to help support the 2015 Missoula Children’s Theater program.

Arts Monongahela, Morgantown, Monongalia County: $2,700 for a regranting program for arts organizations and artists.

Beckley Area Foundation, Beckley, Raleigh County: $4,000 to help pay musicians’ fees for a free Labor Day weekend concert featuring the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Charles Mathena II Foundation, Princeton, Mercer County: $17,258 to help pay for its 2014 concert series.

Charleston Chamber Music Society, Charleston, Kanawha County: $6,931 to help pay artists fees to Carpe Diem String Quartet, Red Priest and Garth Newel Piano Quartet.

Clarksburg Harrison County Cultural Foundation, Clarksburg, Harrison County: $5,400 for a re-granting program that benefits the Chanticleer Children’s Chorus, Studio for the Performing Arts, West Virginia Black Heritage Festival, West Virginia Jazz Society, Fort New Salem, Shinnston Community Band and the Clarksburg Harrison Public Library.

Contemporary American Theater Festival, Shepherdstown, Jefferson County: $19,774 to help pay fees to stage directors, actors and designers involved in the theater’s upcoming season.

Davis & Elkins College, Elkins, Randolph County: $18,092 to help pay fees for master artists to conduct workshops at the Augusta Heritage Center.
Fairmont Chamber Music Society, Fairmont, Marion County: $4,100 to help pay artists’ fees to the West Virginia University Piano Quartet, Richter UIzer Duo, Zodiak Trio and Mana Saxophone Quartet.

Fairmont State University, Fairmont, Marion County: $7,200 to help pay musicians’ fees for a concert featuring the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Friends of the Alban Arts and Conference Center, St. Albans, Kanawha County: $8,875 to help pay artists’ fees for its upcoming season that includes “Bell, Book and Candle,” “Catch and Release,” “Brilliant Traces,” “A Christmas Carol,” “Copenhagen,” and “Legend of Sleeping Beauty.”

Highland Arts Unlimited Inc., Keyser, Mineral County: $10,650 to help pay for concerts featuring the Potomac Concert Band, Brian Gurl’s “Manilow, Joel and the Beatles Rediscovered” and Latshaw Productions’ “Christmas Memories” as well as the American Family Theater’s production of “Cinderella.” 

Historic Beverly Preservation Inc., Beverly, Randolph County: $1,845 to help provide traditional music and artisan demonstrations during Beverly Heritage Days in July and the Beverly Old-Fashioned Christmas in December, and music during Rhythm and Wine in August.

Kanawha Valley FOOTMAD, Charleston, Kanawha County: $10,000 to help pay the salary of a part-time arts administrator to manage activities, projects and initiatives, and artists’ fees for its 2015 concert series.

Mid-Ohio Valley Symphony Society, Parkersburg, Wood County: $12,000 to help pay musicians’ fees for a concert featuring the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Morgan Arts Council, Berkeley Springs, Morgan County: $15,000 to help pay the salary and benefits for an events & facilities coordinator assigned to help expand art experiences at the newly renovated Ice House art and community center and optimize its revenue-generating capacity.

Northern West Virginia Dance Council, Morgantown, Monongalia County: $9,362 to help pay for dancers, costume directors and other costs associated with its productions of “Snow Queen” and “Snow White.”

Old Brick Playhouse, Elkins, Randolph County: $4,500 to help pay the salaries of a part-time education development associate and a part-time arts development associate who work primarily with its Polar Express excursion train.

Pocahontas County Opera House Foundation: $11,105 to pay artists’ fees for its 2014-15 performance series.

Randolph County Community Arts Council, $11,250 to help pay the salary of a program support specialist to assist in the art center’s daily operations.

River Cities Symphony Orchestra, Parkersburg, Wood County:  $8,559 to help pay musicians’ fees for two educational concerts, a fall concert, a joint concert of the River Cities Symphony Orchestra and Marietta College choruses, and its annual pops concert.

Trillium Performing Arts Collective, Lewisburg, Greenbrier County: $16,580 to help pay for choreographers, videographer, guest artists and other stage personnel for its concert series of dance and movement, Trillium Performing Youth program and two educational workshops.

Weirton Area Civic Foundation, Weirton, Hancock County: $3,600 to help pay musicians fees for Wheeling Symphony concert.

West Virginia Artists & Craftsmen’s Guild, Harrisville, Ritchie County: $3,207 to help pay costs associated with its 10th biennial guild juried competition.

West Virginia Jazz Society Inc., Weston, Lewis County: $2,385 to help pay artists’ fees to musicians who will be performing at the Bridgeport Jazz Festival.

West Virginia Professional Dance Company, Beckley, Raleigh County: $17,500 to help pay for composers, dancers and choreographers involved with its new educational touring show, “Earth’s Quilt – Common Threads.”

West Virginia University at Parkersburg, Parkersburg, Wood County: $6,369 to help pay artists’ fees for concerts and workshops featuring the men’s vocal ensemble Cantus and Sô Percussion.

Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia, Beckley, Raleigh County: $23,655 to help pay expenses for an exhibit titled “In Centuries of Childhood: An American Story” and another one titled “Science and Art.”


Provides funding for arts projects to small and emerging organizations with budgets of less than $30,000.
Total: $16,780

Lunar Stratagem, Huntington, Cabell County: $3,000 for its “Page to Stage Literacy Project.”

Monroe Arts Alliance, Union, Monroe County: $1,500 for its student/mentor arts scholarship program.

Preston Community Arts Center, Kingwood, Preston County: $2,900 for its “Laurel Mountain Coffee House” series.

Theatre de Jeunesse, Parkersburg, Wood County: $1,230 for Youth Theatre Project’s production of “Camelot.”

Tri-State Arts Association, Huntington, Cabell County: $2,150 for its juried exhibition 2014.

West Virginia International Film Festival, Charleston, Kanawha County: $3,000 for its spring and fall festival series.

West Virginia Storytelling Guild, Morgantown, Monongalia County: $3,000 for “Speak: Shepherdstown Storytelling Series.”


Provides funding to artists to expand or improve their work.
Total: $54,914

Norma Jean Acord, Fairdale, Raleigh County: $2,466 to purchase an electric pottery kiln and a banding wheel.

Lee Badger, Hedgesville, Berkeley County: $1,280 to purchase a reversible ingot mold and metal rolling mill to create nonstandard working stock in his art metal studio.

Roger Banks, Morgantown, Monongalia County: $1,641 to attend the 2014 American Alliance for Theatre and Education conference and pay annual memberships to three professional organizations.

James Biggs, Princeton, Mercer County: $1,317 to purchase an entry-level 3-D printer and 3-D print filament to create silicone molds for lost-wax aluminum castings for use in his mixed-media sculptures.

Cristofer Botkin, Nitro, Kanawha County: $2,416 to purchase a Hobart Ironman 230 MIG Welder and spool gun that will enable him to create larger sculptures as well as a planer, jointer and mortising machine to make finely crafted furniture and other wood projects.

Sarah C. Brown, Buckhannon, Upshur County: $1,875 to take a class at Penland School of Crafts and purchase rubber-based ink and paper.

Amber Carman, Huttonsville, Randolph County: $2,500 to purchase a torch with hanger and Fenton Glass frit and cullet, and batch.

Christopher L. Clark, Princeton, Mercer County: $2,500 to buy a MacBook Pro and Apple Thunderbolt display to create larger illustrations and stage sets.

Jeff Fetty, Spencer, Roane County: $2,405 to travel with an apprentice to Faizabad in northern India to work with local smiths in creating a sculpture and to research and photograph traditional blacksmiths in that region for later publication.

Charlene Cooper Fulton, Charleston, Kanawha County: $1,574 to attend a 5-day quilting workshop, “Abstracting from Nature,” being taught by Jane Sassaman at Hudson River Valley Art Workshops.

Rebecca Hill, Elkins, Randolph County: $2,448 to attend the DC Tap Festival and take private tap-dancing lessons at the Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center in New York City.

Mary Hott, Berkeley Springs, Morgan County: $2,500 to attend Circlesongs, a seven-day workshop on improvisational singing techniques conducted by musician Bobby McFerrin.

Christine P. Keller, Buckhannon, Upshur County: $1,193 to purchase an electric pottery kiln, cutters, and other accessories.

John Kelly, Berkeley Springs, Morgan County: $2,500 to purchase a Canon XF305 professional camcorder for an online art series that profiles West Virginia artists.

Simon Oliver Lollis, Hillsboro, Pocahontas County: $2,500 to purchase a 25-ton hydraulic forging metal press and heat-treating furnace to produce Damascus billets for knives.

Catherine V. Moore, Fayetteville, Fayette County: $2,155 to purchase a MacBook Pro, computer software and online training to advance her use of audio in documentaries.

Linda S. Rhodes, Culloden, Putnam County: $571 to purchase glass-fusing equipment.

Diane Sanders, Parkersburg, Wood County: $2,500 to buy a Nikon digital camera and battery grip for improved focus, depth of field, color and clarity of her photographs. 

Stuart P. Strong, Elkins, Randolph County: $2,500 to purchase a dust-collection system for his woodshop.

Benjamin Townsend, Romney, Hampshire County: $2,126 to take fiddle lessons from Nora Friedman in New York.

The Tamarack Foundation, Charleston, Kanawha County: $4,528 to host a workshop to help West Virginia artists hone their marketing skills, product-development strategies and more with an emphasis on the Southern Highlands Craft Guild, which is known for its successful retail market expansion.

Cara Wallace, Morgantown, Monongalia County: $2,500 to attend the American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum teacher certification seminar in New York City.

Sarah L. Walters, Davis, Tucker County: $2,282 to purchase soldering and metal-forming equipment, and an air-filtration system for her metal-smithing studio.

Lucas Warner, Hendricks, Tucker County: $700 to travel as an apprentice under Jeff Fetty to Faizabad in northern India to work with local smiths in creating a sculpture.

Jennifer Wilson, Morgantown, Monongalia County: $1,575 for members of the Jenny Wilson Trio to study under jazz master Hal Galper in New York.

Henry H. Ullman, Buckhannon, Upshur County: $2,362 to purchase a bowl-coring system, larger chunks and tooling.

Flashback: What Happened on July 17, ....


•  1863 The West Virginia Legislature appointed D. D. T. Farnsworth, L. E. Davidson, and Lewis Ballard to inspect construction progress on the State Insane Asylum at Weston, Lewis County. It was later re-named the Weston State Mental Hospital.

•  1908 Frank Johnson was executed by hanging at the West Virginia Penitentiary at Moundsville (Marshall County) for a murder committed in Harrison County.

•  1922 Twelve hundred striking armed coal miners from Pennsylvania burned a coal tipple of the Richland Coal Company near Cliftonville, Brooke County.

•  1951 Democrat Elizabeth Kee of Bluefield was elected to complete the unexpired term of her husband, John Kee, who died in May, thus becoming the first woman in the state’s history to serve in Congress. John Kee had appointed his wife as an executive assistant in 1937.

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