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Today - March 21, yyyy

Today is Monday, March 21, the 80th day of 2011. There are 285 days left in the year.

Thought for Today: “Never lose your temper with the press or the public is a major rule of political life.“ Dame Christabel Pankhurst, English suffragist (1880-1958).

Today’s Highlight in History:

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On March 21, 1806, Mexican statesman Benito Juarez was born in the state of Oaxaca (wuh-HAH’-kuh).

On this date:

In 1685, composer Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany.

In 1804, the French civil code, or the “Code Napoleon” as it was later called, was adopted.

In 1907, U.S. Marines arrived in Honduras to protect American lives and interests in the wake of political violence.

In 1940, a new government was formed in France by Paul Reynaud (ray-NOH’), who became prime minister, succeeding Edouard Daladier (dah-lah-DYAY’).

In 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower and British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan began a four-day conference in Bermuda.

In 1960, about 70 people were killed in Sharpeville, South Africa, when police fired on black protesters.

In 1965, more than 3,000 civil rights demonstrators led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. began their march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala.

In 1972, the Supreme Court, in Dunn v. Blumstein, ruled that states may not require at least a year’s residency for voting eligibility.

In 1981, Michael Donald, a black teenager in Mobile, Ala., was abducted, tortured and killed by members of the Ku Klux Klan. (A lawsuit brought by Donald’s mother, Beulah Mae Donald, later resulted in a landmark judgment that bankrupted one Klan organization.)

In 1985, police in Langa, South Africa, opened fire on blacks marching to mark the 25th anniversary of Sharpeville; the reported death toll varies between 29 and 43.

Ten years ago: Space shuttle Discovery glided to a predawn touchdown, bringing home the first residents of the international space station. The Supreme Court ruled that public hospitals could not test pregnant women for drug use and turn the results over to police without the women’s consent. The U.S. ordered 51 Russian diplomats to leave, in retaliation for Russia’s use of an FBI spy, Robert Hanssen.

Five years ago: President George W. Bush predicted American forces would remain in Iraq for years and that it would be up to a future president to decide when to bring them all home. But defying critics and plunging polls, Bush declared, “I’m optimistic we’ll succeed.“ Sgt. Michael J. Smith, an Army dog handler at Abu Ghraib, was convicted at Fort Meade, Md., of abusing prisoners. (Smith was sentenced the next day to 179 days in prison.)

One year ago: Frustrated with the pace of action to overhaul the country’s immigration system, thousands of immigrant rights supporters descended on the nation’s capital, waving American flags and holding homemade signs in English and Spanish. France’s long-flailing political left made a big comeback, crushing President Nicolas Sarkozy’s (sahr-koh-ZEEZ’) conservatives in regional elections.

Today’s Birthdays:
Actor Al Freeman Jr. is 80
Violinist-conductor Joseph Silverstein is 79
Actress Kathleen Widdoes is 72
Actress Marie-Christine Barrault is 67
Singer-musician Rose Stone (Sly and the Family Stone) is 66
Actor Timothy Dalton is 65
Singer Eddie Money is 62
Rock singer-musician Roger Hodgson (Supertramp) is 61
Rock musician Conrad Lozano (Los Lobos) is 60
Rhythm-and-blues singer Russell Thompkins Jr. (The Stylistics) is 60
Comedy writer-performer Brad Hall is 53
Actress Sabrina LeBeauf is 53
Actor Gary Oldman is 53
Actor Matthew Broderick is 49
Comedian-talk show host Rosie O’Donnell is 49
Rock musician Jonas “Joker” Berggren (Ace of Base) is 44
Rock MC Maxim (Prodigy) is 44
Rock musician Andrew Copeland (Sister Hazel) is 43
Hip-hop DJ Premier (Gang Starr) is 42
Actress Laura Allen is 37
Rapper-TV personality Kevin Federline is 33

West Virginia Teachers Take Thompson

The state’s teachers unions are joining forces to support House of Delegates Speaker Rick Thompson in his run for governor.

Representatives of the American Federation Teachers of West Virginia and West Virginia Education Association stood with Thompson Tuesday at what they called an “unprecedented” endorsement.

There are six Democrats seeking the party’s nomination in the May 14 special gubernatorial primary.

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WVEA President Dale Lee says Thompson has a “passion for public education.“ Lee says after the interview process with other candidates Thompson was the clear choice.

“He has a proven pro-education record,“ Lee said.

AFT-WV President Judy Hale says Thompson has a 100% voting record with working people.

“He’s a person of the people,“ Hale said.

A number of AFT-WV county groups have already backed Thompson.

Thompson says the endorsements give his campaign a big momentum boost.

“I think it will really start the beginning of driving our campaign forward,“ Thompson said.

He’s been busy with the legislative session for the last two months, but now Thompson says he’s ready to spend time fundraising and meeting West Virginians.

Thompson says he supports collective bargaining for teachers, he wants to hold monthly on-line town hall meetings with teachers as governor and he believes teachers need to be given the freedom from Washington to teach.

Thompson says he believes both groups will work hard on his behalf. He says his campaign also has business support.

“I’ve been a friend of business also. I’ve done a lot of things for business, I’ve just never done it at the expense of working families,“ Thompson said. “Never have, never will.”

~~  WVMN ~~

Gilmer County E.M.S. Board of Directors Meeting - 03.24.11

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The Gilmer County E.M.S. Board of Directors will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 5:30 PM.

The meeting will be held at the G.C.O.E.S. building located beside the State road garage.

All public welcomed.

First Lady Tomblin Encourages West Virginians to “Light the Way”

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First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin today announced that on March 21, 2011, World Down Syndrome Day, the West Virginia Governor’s Mansion will be lit in blue joining the Light the Way campaign which raises awareness of Down syndrome cognitive research.

“In recent years, biomedical research advancements designed to treat intellectual challenges associated with Down syndrome have been made,“ First Lady Tomblin said. “These advancements may enable individuals with Down syndrome to improve their memory, learning and communication skills. In an effort to raise awareness of this important research, I encourage all West Virginians light their homes in blue on the 21st.“

In the United States, approximately 400,000 individuals are affected by Down syndrome. As medical research has advanced, most individuals with the condition will outlive their parents. The biomedical research may increase life opportunities for those with Down syndrome.

First Lady Tomblin joins First Lady Mary Pat Christie of New Jersey and other First Spouses in an effort to raise awareness of the non-profit group Research Down Syndrome’s efforts to continue cognitive research. In addition, the Light the Way campaign seeks to motivate both the Down syndrome community and general public to empower individuals with intellectual disabilities to reach their fullest potential and lead independent lives.


About Light the Way:

Light the Way campaign seeks to add support to Research Down Syndrome’s efforts to educate and increase awareness and funding for Down syndrome cognitive research.


About Research Down Syndrome:

Research Down Syndrome is a non-profit foundation that supports and funds Down syndrome cognitive research conducted at leading institutions that are studying the basis of the intellectual impairments associated with Down syndrome. For more information, visit www.researchds.org.

Gilmer County: Friends of Library Meeting - Monday - 03.21.11

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The next meeting of the GILMER COUNTY FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY is scheduled for MONDAY MORNING 10:00 AM, March 21, 2011 at the Library.

Public welcome.

Recalls - 03.17.11

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BACKPACK BLOWERS AND DUSTERS
Maruyama U.S. Inc. is recalling gasoline-powered backpack blowers and Mister Dusters sold nationwide and in Canada from April 2008 to December 2010.
The gasoline tank can split and leak fuel, posing a fire hazard.
This recall involves gasoline-powered blowers and mister dusters sold under the Maruyama brand name.
Model numbers are printed on the product’s recoil starter.
Consumers should return the items to the nearest dealer for a free replacement fuel tank.
Consumers can also contact Maruyama at 866.783.7400 between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM CT Monday through Friday or visit www.maruyama-us.com.


BACKPACK BLOWERS
Kawasaki Motor Corp. is recalling gasoline-powered backpack blowers sold nationwide and in Canada from August 2008 to February 2011.
The gasoline tank can split and leak fuel, posing a fire hazard.
This recall involves gasoline-powered blowers sold under the Kawasaki brand name.
Model and serial numbers are printed on the product’s blower housing.
Consumers should return the blowers to the nearest dealer for a free replacement fuel tank.
Consumers can also contact Kawasaki Motor at 877.364.6404 between 8 AM and 6 PM ET Monday through Friday or visit www.kawpowr.com.


POGO STICKS
Bravo Sports is recalling pogo sticks sold nationwide from May 2010 to March 2011.
The bottom of the pogo stick’s frame tube can break or come apart and a pin holding the spring in place can break, posing laceration and fall hazards.
This recall involves the Rocket Stick Pogo, Pop Stick Pogo, Monster Stick Pogo and Twin Stick Pogo.
Rocket, Pop, Monster or Twin are printed on the stem and on the foot pedals.
Only pogo sticks with manufacturing date codes between 04.01.2010 - 046HE and 10.31.2010 - 046HE are included in the recall.
The manufacturing date code is located on a white label underneath the foot pedal or on the stem of the pogo near the foot pedals.
Consumers should contact Bravo at 877.992.9905 between 7:30 AM and 5 PM PT Monday through Friday or visit www.bravopogorecall.comto receive a full refund.


GIRLS’ JEANS
Parigi Group Ltd. is recalling girls’ jeans for toddlers sold nationwide from May 2010 to June 2010.
Decorative rhinestones and sequins on the jeans’ pockets can pose a choking hazard.
This recall involves “Baby Phat” branded jeans for toddlers in sizes 2T to 4T.
Style number BM02545 can be found on a label sewn in the rear waistband.
Consumers should return the jeans to the retail store where they were purchased for a full refund, or contact Parigi Group at 212.378.1205 between 9 AM and 5 PM ET Monday through Friday or visit www.parigigroup.com for instructions on how to return the product by mail for a full refund.


QUADSPORT ATVS
Suzuki Motor Corp. is recalling QuadSport ATVs sold nationwide from September 2008 to February 2011.
The regulator/rectifier circuit board can fail and cause the engine to stall during riding due to an insufficient battery charge, increasing the risk of a crash.
This recall affects all 2009 LT-Z400 and LT-Z400Z QuadSport ATVs.
The words “QuadSport” and the model number are written on the front left fender of the ATV.
Consumers should contact a local Suzuki ATV dealer to schedule an appointment for a free repair.
Consumers can also contact Suzuki at 800.444.5077 between 8:30 AM and 4:45 PM PT Monday through Friday, or visit www.suzukicycles.com.


GIRLS’ DRESSES
Matilda Jane LLC is recalling girl’s Chelsa dresses sold nationwide from February 01 to February 25, 2011.
The buttons can come off, posing a choking hazard.
The Chelsa dress is a girl’s sleeveless sundress in sizes 2, 4, and 6.
The top is white with green polka dots; the bottom is printed with a green and yellow floral design and has a multi-colored floral border at the hem.
Anyone possessing this dress should return it for repair or refund by contacting Matilda Jane Clothing at260.424.3511 or visit www.matildajaneclothing.com.

Congressman Nick Rahall: Investing in America’s Energy Future

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Gas prices are surging throughout the nation and across southern West Virginia.  It’s hard to believe that a gallon of gasoline is fifty cents more expensive this week than four weeks ago, and that it costs one dollar more today than this time last year.

We are told that political unrest in the Middle East, and increasing demand from emerging market economies are to blame, along with speculative trading in the financial markets.  However, that provides little comfort to households on fixed incomes, especially seniors who have to drive far to medical appointments or workers who have long daily commutes.

I have long advocated for a sustainable, long-term energy policy to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.  I believe that we must invest in new energy research and technologies so that we can take advantage of our nation’s domestic energy sources, like coal.  For example, the technology exists to develop coal-to-liquid (CTL) fuels that could be used to supplement oil-based fuels.

The U.S. Air Force is working to certify its fleet to fly on synthetic fuels, like CTL, and I have worked to provide the Department of Defense with the authority it would need to enter into long-term contracts to help jump-start a domestic CTL industry.  In addition, I have voted for legislation to bolster efforts by our own nation to develop ways to capture and store the carbon dioxide emitted when coal is burned – something the coal industry recognizes as vital to establishing CTL production on our shores and the use of coal throughout the foreseeable future for power generation.

A CTL industry would provide a viable energy alternative and create jobs in southern West Virginia.  TransGas Development Systems is pursuing the construction of a coal-to-gasoline facility in Mingo County, which would convert coal from the region into thousands of barrels of ultra clean gasoline.  The plant has already been issued a construction permit by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, and work on the site is scheduled to begin this summer.  Workers will be needed to build and operate the facility, and to ship the coal to and the gasoline from the site.  As a long-time Member of, and now top Democrat on, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I have been working to secure transportation and pipeline infrastructure to make this and other similar facilities possible.

One of the great dangers in this budget-cutting environment is that funding for energy research and technology investments, along with transportation and infrastructure, is being targeted by those who have little interest in coal and the jobs it creates.  The recently passed budget by the House of Representatives, along with the President’s budget request for next year, would roll back investments in coal-related research and fossil energy.  Ironically, the same people who campaigned against President Obama last year are now lining up with him in trying to cancel funding for fossil energy and coal.  I oppose the House budget, as I oppose the President’s budget request for coal research, believing that these investments are vital to the long-term economic might of our nation.  Now, with soaring gasoline and energy prices, it becomes even clearer why cuts in energy research must be resisted.

Americans have been hit by the peaks and valleys of oil prices repeatedly over the last several decades.  Each time, we collectively vow to do something about it – to generate a greater share of our own energy resources, to become more energy efficient, and to boldly advance cutting-edge technologies that can protect our family pocketbooks and national economy from the whims of foreign oil.  If we wish to buckle down and increase our energy dependence, we have to be committed to making the financial investment, as well as the investment of American know-how.  Now is not the time to be cutting energy research and development off at the knees in the name of budgetary belt-tightening.
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G-Comm: Supporting Democracy from the Base

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Main Street Wisconsin—harbinger for the nation—is becoming aware that our democracy is being threatened by some very rich, powerful people.

The super-wealthy are threatening the very core of our democracy as they consolidate more and more wealth and power. For those who recognize this conflict and want to resist, the first thing to realize is there is no quick fix. Abolitionist Frederick Douglass wrote, in 1857, “If there is no struggle there is no progress. … Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” Benjamin Franklin reportedly told people that the form of government our founders had created “is a democracy- if you can keep it.” Preserving our democracy is not something we can accomplish with one powerful demonstration. Like freedom, democracy’s cost is eternal vigilance.

I receive dozens of requests each month to provide financial support for progressive organizations. They talk about matching the Koch funded tours or Karl Rove’s mega fund ready to pour millions of dollars into Wisconsin campaigns. It is clear to me, however, that as long as these rich and powerful people are skimming the profits off the work, savings, and consumption of millions of Main Street folks, our contributions will never match the money they are now free to pump into any political campaign they choose.

Money controls mass media and advertising, which has an undeniable effect on the public opinion we need to challenge the policies that are destroying our society. The Supreme Court decision in Citizens United has made it completely clear we cannot compete effectively by matching them dollar for dollar. It is tempting to fight fire with fire, but matching the political spending of billionaires is not a sustainable plan. We need to fight fire with water.

The Firefighters in Wisconsin have again taken the lead on this by taking their money out of the M&I Bank. M&I has provided strong financial support to Governor Walker, and individual Firefighters were able to withdraw enough money in one day to force the Madison bank to close its doors early. We need to follow this lead. We need to understand that every dollar the Koch brothers pour into union-busting once belonged to one of us; then we gave it to them. We fuel the power of super-rich individuals and corporations when we use their banks and buy their services and products. We must stop paying for our own destruction if we are to have any hope of regaining our democracy.

It is often difficult to follow the money and know who you are supporting in the products and services you purchase. Fox News and their advertisers, ATT, and virtually any large bank, however, are clear examples of where we can start, and more and more web-sites are telling us which corporations advertise on Fox News and which companies the Koch brothers own. We have the power to put an end to the increasing centralization of wealth and power—if we have the discipline once we realize this is where the real battle is being fought. I recently heard my non-profit Group Health Cooperative advertising on Rush Limbaugh’s show. I called the marketing director and told her I did not want my money funding Limbaugh’s hate. I was told I was not the first to have complained about this and she would stop the advertising immediately. I asked her to write me when it had been accomplished.

A very basic start is to move your money and insurance to credit unions and mutual insurance companies. Beyond that, buy everything you possibly can—including gas—from cooperatives and small, locally-based producers. No more Bank America, McDonalds, Subway, or Starbucks; even when they are so convenient. This may cost more in the short-run, and it may mean we do not have access to 1000 ATMs, but it is a sustainable plan for regaining our democracy. If we want change without struggle and inconvenience, Douglass reminds us, we may as well quit now and allow the rollback to slavery.

~~  David D. Leeper - A District Attorney ~~

WV Governor: It is National Food Safety Awareness Week

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While our snow-capped mountains are beautiful and offer exciting winter sports for residents and visitors alike, the winter season in West Virginia can be relentless.  We often find ourselves longing for the warmth and sunshine of spring long before it arrives.  Starting this weekend, spring will finally be upon us.  While we welcome the flowers and the longer evenings, we must remember that with spring comes rain and snow-melt, and the risk of flooding.

Each year in West Virginia and across the country, floods prove to be the most frequent and costly natural disaster facing our residents.  Just this week, communities along the Ohio River watched helplessly as water levels rose covering roadways and infiltrating homes and businesses.  We were fortunate to suffer only minor property damages, but are reminded of the powerful forces of Mother Nature.

This week is National Flood Safety Awareness Week and I hope that all West Virginia families will take time to become familiar with the hazards associated with floods and what actions they can take to minimize risks and damages.  The key to being prepared is being educated, and while we cannot prevent flooding, we can take steps to lessen the impact.

Everyone should invest in flood insurance, especially if your home is located in a low-lying area or close to a stream of any size.  Many people are under the misconception that homeowners insurance covers floods, when in fact, many times it does not.  You should maintain an emergency kit and evacuation plan for your family.  When flooding occurs, especially flash flooding which is very common in West Virginia, requests for assistance can overwhelm emergency responders.  During such circumstances, individuals and families must take responsibility for their own safety.

The best piece of advice, though, is to use common sense.  In West Virginia, the number one cause of weather related fatalities is driving through flooded roadways and low water crossings.  Flood waters can roll boulders, tear out trees and destroy bridges, so they can certainly carry your car away in an instant. Lives have been lost when people decided to drive through flooded roadways and other areas.

My hope is that this spring West Virginia will avoid the devastating floods that we’ve seen in the past.  However, that hope is not something that we can count on, so we must prepare for anything that nature decides to send our way.  Please take a moment to visit www.ready.gov/floodawareness where you can quickly and easily review important flood safety information.

NATIONAL and Local FEEDER & STOCKER CATTLE SUMMARY - WEEK ENDING 03.18.2011

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RECEIPTS:        Auctions    Direct    Video/Internet     Total
This Week         263,200    46,000        51,000        360,200   
Last Week         241,500    62,200        20,100        323,900   
Last Year         266,400    39,400        35,100        340,900

Compared to last week, feeding-type steers and heifers headed straight to the feedlot ended the week 2.00-5.00 lower after starting the trading session slightly higher on Monday.

Stocker cattle and calves traded unevenly steady to firm with those most suitable for grass selling as much as 5.00 higher in sporadic areas.

Aftershocks from Japan’s catastrophic earthquake and ensuing tsunami were felt in dusty salebarns across the United States this week.

The damage to nuclear power facilities in northeast Japan triggered fear across the world and sent publicly traded markets tumbling, including Chicago’s nearby cattle and grain futures contracts that locked down-the-limit for two straight days.

Rebounds were made late in the week, but sales of cattle going into and coming out-of the feedlot took an unforeseen hit at midweek before sellers of both classes mostly decided to lock their gates until the radioactive smoke clears.

A lighter movement of fed cattle sold 3.00-5.00 lower from 113.00-115.00.

The recent regularity of natural disasters has made them as much of an economic risk to agriculture producers as sharp swings in supply or demand with absolutely no way to anticipate them.

Throughout the current run of historic cattle market records, producers have been on the lookout for which factor would come out of left field to spoil the profit party.

A combination earthquake/tsunami/nuclear scare was probably near the bottom of the list when it came to cattle market concerns, but when an event like this is big enough to shift the earth on its axis – a midweek adjustment to cattle and grain markets seems minor.

Stocker cattle buyers seemed mostly unfazed by the week’s horrific activities with pastures in the southern half of the country starting to turn green.

The best demand was noted for 600-750 lb short yearlings in a thin-fleshed rugged condition with a big appetite for an all-they-can-eat spread of newly emerging forage varieties.

A fancy load of 665 lb steers in Pratt, Kansas brought 144.75.

Replacement heifers and Value Added feeders topped the market in the Northern Plains as producers look to rebuild their herds and local feedlots search for niche opportunities for a premium export product.

Four straight loads of (NHTC) non-hormone treated cattle were featured at the Valentine, Nebraska Livestock Auction with all the tags and paperwork in order.

These favorably conditioned black-hided cattle outsold the balance of the offering with two loads of steers; 701 lbs and 778 lbs bringing 147.00 and 138.75, respectively while the two loads of heifers weighing 651 lbs and 711 lbs brought 137.75 and 142.25 with the heavier girls outselling the 6 weights by 4.50.

Friday’s cattle-on-feed report pegged on-feed totals exactly as analysts predicted at 105% of last year.

February placements were larger than thought at 99.4%, but fed marketings were heavier than predicted at 104.5% of the same period a year ago.

This week’s reported auction volume included 55% over 600 lbs and 46% heifers.

Auction Receipts:  263,200   Last Week:  241,500   Last Year:  266,400

Weston Livestock, Weston, WV
Weighted Average Report for Saturday March 12, 2011

Cattle Receipts: 182  Total: 292

Slaughter cows made up 19% of the offering, slaughter bulls 4%,
replacement cows 2%, other cows 2%, and feeders 73%.

The feeder supply included 30% steers, 57% heifers, and 13% bulls.

Near 18% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    360-360    360       145.00         145.00
    6    463-468    465    145.00-157.50     153.30
    2    473-473    473       125.00         125.00   RWF
    6    506-515    508    137.50-144.00     142.90
    1    535-535    535       135.00         135.00   Smoke
   10    563-585    577    131.00-139.00     135.76
    1    550-550    550       120.00         120.00   RWF
    1    660-660    660       116.00         116.00
    2    700-715    708       116.00         116.00
                             Small 1
    2    265-265    265       122.50         122.50
    1    385-385    385       120.00         120.00
    2    460-460    460    120.00-126.00     123.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    510-510    510       131.00         131.00
    1    625-625    625       106.00         106.00
    2    705-730    718    104.00-109.00     106.46
                             Holstein Medium and Large 3
    1   1045-1045  1045        65.00          65.00

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    335-335    335       109.00         109.00   RWF
    4    360-390    383    120.00-128.00     121.88
    1    365-365    365       133.00         133.00   Exotic
    3    420-430    427    122.50-132.00     128.88
    2    400-410    405    110.00-113.00     111.52   Exotic
   14    460-493    478    123.00-139.00     127.71
    2    530-540    535    112.00-117.00     114.48
    1    505-505    505       118.00         118.00   Exotic
    1    525-525    525       120.00         120.00   Smoke
    8    575-595    590    113.00-122.00     119.78
    3    635-635    635       117.00         117.00
    1    620-620    620       113.00         113.00   Smoke
    3    665-665    665       108.00         108.00
    1    700-700    700       106.00         106.00   Exotic
                             Small and Medium 1
    3    517-517    517       108.00         108.00
                             Small 1
    2    530-535    533     90.00-96.00       92.99
                             Medium and Large 1 - 2
    8    529-529    529       116.00         116.00   RWF
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    335-335    335       116.00         116.00
    1    435-435    435       110.00         110.00
    3    483-490    485    110.00-115.00     113.32
    1    505-505    505       109.00         109.00   RWF
    6    553-595    575    108.00-123.00     117.53
    1    665-665    665       106.00         106.00
    1    705-705    705        95.00          95.00
    1    805-805    805        96.00          96.00
                             Small and Medium 2
    3    402-402    402       108.00         108.00

Feeder Bulls                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    320-320    320       131.00         131.00   Smoke
    1    475-475    475       125.00         125.00
    2    475-490    483    117.00-120.00     118.48   RWF
    1    570-570    570       124.00         124.00
    1    590-590    590       115.00         115.00   Exotic
    1    630-630    630       114.00         114.00
    1    650-650    650       108.00         108.00   Exotic
    1    700-700    700       113.00         113.00
    1    795-795    795        89.00          89.00   RWF
                             Small 1
    1    495-495    495       112.50         112.50
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    415-415    415       120.00         120.00
    3    592-592    592       120.00         120.00
    2    640-640    640       121.00         121.00

Bred Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2    910-910    910       750.00         750.00   Per Head  1-3 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Middle Aged
    2   1160-1160  1160       790.00         790.00   Per Head  1-3 Months Bred

Slaughter Cows                Breaker 70-80% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    3   1475-1640  1565     67.00-67.25       67.17
    1   1500-1500  1500        70.00          70.00   High Dressing
                               Boner 80-85% Lean
    2   1315-1365  1340     65.00-66.00       65.51
    4   1235-1330  1278     67.75-72.50       69.66   High Dressing
    2   1175-1310  1243     55.00-61.50       58.07   Low Dressing
    1   1400-1400  1400        66.50          66.50
    1   1490-1490  1490        68.50          68.50   High Dressing
                                Lean 85-90% Lean
    8    995-1295  1125     55.00-64.00       60.24
    8   1075-1280  1194     65.50-70.50       68.80   High Dressing
    4    910-1285  1105     50.00-54.00       51.12   Low Dressing

Other Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    3    955-1040   995     66.00-81.00       71.32  

Slaughter Bulls                Yield Grade 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    4   1005-1410  1214     64.00-72.00       69.14
    1   1475-1475  1475        75.00          75.00   High Dressing
    3   1730-2335  2052     77.00-82.00       79.54   High Dressing

Baby Calves Returned to the farm
  Head 28                        Beef             Dairy
             Newborn          65.00-85.00       15.00-20.00
             100-150lbs       95.00-142.50      27.50-40.00      
             150-250lbs      112.50-120.00        71.00

Slaughter Hogs
 Head     Wt. Range         Price
   10      300-over       60.00-67.00

Feeder Hogs
 Head      Wt. Range           Price
   8       50-100lb         37.50-70.00

Goats 32
  Head           Selction 1          Selction 2
  Kids             37.50             20.00-27.50            
  20-40lbs                             52.50  
  40-60lbs
  60-80lbs       70.00-90.00                         
  Big Billies   157.50-165.00
  Sm Billies   
  Big Nannies      100.00            75.00-85.00  
  Sm Nannies                         55.00-67.50

Jackson County Regional Livestock Mkt, Ripley, WV
Weighted Average Report for Saturday March 12, 2011

Cattle Receipts:  302

Slaughter cows made up 10% of the offering, slaughter bulls 3%,
replacement cows 1%, and feeders 87%.

The feeder supply included 28% steers, 45% heifers, and 27% bulls.

Near 22% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    200-200    200       150.00         150.00
    4    273-280    275       145.00         145.00
    5    315-346    334    145.00-155.00     148.78
    8    402-402    402       153.50         153.50
    2    450-455    453       140.00         140.00
    7    539-539    539       135.50         135.50
    9    560-570    569    128.00-142.00     140.47
    7    629-629    629       128.00         128.00
   21    735-735    735       125.80         125.80
    1    820-820    820        88.00          88.00
    1   1020-1020  1020        95.00          95.00
                             Holstein Medium and Large 2
    3    310-310    310        86.00          86.00
    1    355-355    355        98.00          98.00
    8    430-435    431     80.00-100.00      97.47
    6    500-500    500        71.00          71.00

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    4    260-260    260     13.00-135.00      74.00
    3    320-340    332    130.00-135.00     133.06
    3    350-350    350       135.00         135.00
   14    401-438    422    131.00-139.50     134.04
   25    480-490    489    127.00-129.00     127.24
    7    502-505    503    120.00-126.00     122.56
   37    560-599    596    122.50-133.00     123.08
    3    576-576    576        94.00          94.00   RWF
    1    625-625    625       115.00         115.00
    1    615-615    615       114.00         114.00   Smoke
    1    610-610    610       110.00         110.00   Fleshy
   11    672-687    678     99.00-115.00     106.34
    1    670-670    670        96.00          96.00   RWF
    1    725-725    725       104.00         104.00
    1    760-760    760        90.00          90.00
    4    771-771    771        94.50          94.50   RWF
    1   1010-1010  1010        95.00          95.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    4    330-331    331    132.00-133.50     133.13
    6    396-396    396       133.50         133.50
    1    440-440    440       111.00         111.00
    3    461-461    461       110.00         110.00
    1    520-520    520       117.00         117.00
    2    672-672    672        85.00          85.00

Feeder Bulls                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2    302-302    302       140.00         140.00
   12    350-365    352    140.00-150.00     148.84
   36    401-446    428    134.00-145.00     138.56
    9    460-486    480    142.00-144.00     143.57
    2    535-535    535       133.00         133.00
    4    566-595    573    123.00-125.00     124.48
    1    640-640    640       122.00         122.00
   12    931-931    931     94.50-95.00       94.92
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    390-390    390       130.00         130.00
    2    480-480    480       129.50         129.50
                             Medium and Large 3
    1    470-470    470        93.00          93.00
    1    500-500    500        90.00          90.00

Bred Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    625-625    625       525.00         525.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    1   1065-1065  1065       725.00         725.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Aged
    1   1155-1155  1155       830.00         830.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred
    1   1660-1660  1660   999.00-1060.00    1060.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred

Slaughter Cows                Breaker 70-80% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    9   1130-1345  1239     68.00-78.00       72.15   High Dressing
    2   1445-1450  1448     68.50-73.00       70.75   High Dressing
                               Boner 80-85% Lean
    7    935-1290  1161     54.00-64.50       60.90
    9    980-1230  1113     68.50-76.00       70.98   High Dressing
    3    935-1155  1062     47.00-59.50       52.39   Low Dressing
    1   1400-1400  1400        74.00          74.00   High Dressing
                                Lean 85-90% Lean
    1    730-730    730        30.00          30.00   Low Dressing
    2    845-965    905     53.00-54.25       53.67

Slaughter Bulls                Yield Grade 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1435-1435  1435        81.00          81.00
    6   1510-2070  1772     74.00-82.00       77.94
    2   1720-2205  1963     86.50-93.00       90.15   High Dressing

Head Bulls
 Head 
    2   1060.00-1150.00

Baby Calves
 Head
    5   65.00-175.00

Cow Calf Pairs
 Head 
    4    825.00-1050.00

Fat Cattle
 Head
    2    104.00-106.50

Market Hogs
 Head
    4    60.00-73.00

Lambs
 Head 
    4    142.50-225.00 

Weekly Horoscope: 03.20.11 - 03.26.11

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Aries (Mar 21-Apr 19) - Line up what needs to be done to improve your personal life and key relationships better on the 20th and 21st. A joint venture or money matter is likely to turn sour on the 22nd and 23rd if you have made decisions with your heart instead of with your head. Look at the facts and figures and be honest in your assessment before moving forward. Talks can go either way on the 24th and 25th. Being aggressive or pushy will result in a stalemate however offering incentive and options will help you get what you want with little conflict. Inconsistency will be the enemy on the 26th. Once you make up your mind try to stick to the game plan. Emotions will be difficult to control.

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Taurus (Apr 20-May 20) - Avoid secret affairs or getting involved in someone else’s personal business on the 20th and 21st. You are likely to be accused of meddling. Sorrow will prevail if you try to hide information vital to a decision that needs to be made. Take charge on the 22nd and 23rd and do something that will benefit not only you but others as well. Fair will be the key word if you want to avoid a loss of friendship. Take care of personal paperwork, investments or residential changes on the 24th and 25th and you will ease stress and please others. A change of plans on the 26th will make you rethink your next move. Information vital to making the right choice is likely to be withheld.

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Gemini (May 21-Jun 20) - Stay calm on the 20th and 21st and everything else will be easy. Don’t let someone you are trying to help frustrate you. Walk away if you meet with opposition. A professional problem will result in emotional sorrow on the 22nd and 23rd if you aren’t prepared to fight back or to put in the extra time required to stabilize your position. Being a team player on the 24th and 25th will be what helps open a door to a bigger and better future. A partnership will help you accomplish more as well as lead to a profitable part time business. Keep your emotions out of the equation on the 26th when dealing with organizations that are looking for a donation. Offer time nothing more.

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Cancer (Jun 21-Jul 22) - Seriousness will be required on the 20th and 21st when dealing with children older relatives, people or organizations in need. It’s what you do to help now that will bring you rewards later. Misinformation about a work related matter is likely on the 22nd and 23rd. Before making a decision check the facts first hand. Getting upset on the 24th and 25th will be useless. You are better off looking at your options and doing what needs to be done in order to spare anyone including you any grief. Staying calm will be required. Be quick to make personal changes on the 26th if it will ensure that you don’t have to put up with ongoing turmoil. Protect your heart and your assets.

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Leo (Jul 23-Aug 22) - Fix up your residence or make a move on the 20th and 21st and you will ease your stress and boost your ego. There is a profit to be made if you sell something you no longer need. You need a change of scenery on the 22nd and 23rd. You will learn from an experience you have or while attending a class tradeshow or event that offers information. Network on the 24th and 25th and you will meet someone influential and willing to help you get ahead. Discuss what you have to offer openly and someone will propose a way to put your talent to good use. Stick close to home on the 26th. Travel plans will become complicated and lead to delays. Keep your opinion to yourself.

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Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22) - Go after your goals on the 20th and 21st. Dealing with friends, relatives and neighbors will help you gain approval of something you want to pursue or someone you want to introduce. Sorrow will prevail on the 22nd and 23rd if you get into an emotional argument with someone you care about. Refrain from saying something you will live to regret. Focus on what you can do to improve your home life and family situation on the 24th and 25th. Your concern and desire to make others happy will help you avoid a dispute that has been festering. Hidden costs are likely on the 26th. Before you offer to purchase or pay for something or someone determine the final price.

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Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22) - Socializing, overindulgence and emotional matters will lead to ongoing problems on the 20th and 21st. Before you make a commitment you are best to do a little soul searching. Making a last minute change on the 22nd and 23rd will save you from a pending problem. Moving from one position to another or checking out how you can use your skills to make greater profit will enhance your income. Don’t trust anyone to do a job that you are responsible for on the 24th and 25th. Buckle down and do what’s expected of you. Don’t use force or put up with anyone bullying you on the 26th. Adversity will result if you are or you put up with overindulgence of any kind.

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Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21) - Changes on the 20th and 21st at home and in your personal life will be rewarding. Live, love, laugh and accept the inevitable and everything will fall into place. Expect to feel as if you are on an emotional rollercoaster ride on the 22nd and 23rd. Focus on staying calm, you can find answers and solve problems if you are positive. A reminder of a lifetime of memories will cloud your vision on the 24th and 25th. Stay close to the people you love most and nothing will be lost. A change of scenery will be good for you. Emotional interaction and overreacting overindulging and overdoing can all be expected on the 26th. Remember to make love not war and everything will be fine.

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Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 21) - Added responsibilities at home on the 20th and 21st will also bring you greater control as well as a unique blend of satisfaction and financial gain. A great deal of traveling and communication can be expected on the 22nd and 23rd. Prepare to deal with controversy and someone who has a difference of opinion. You can secure your personal position on the 24th and 25th by discussing what you want and what you expect. Make changes to your residence conducive to using the latest technology. A user-friendly environment will help you settle in to a better lifestyle. Not everyone will agree with your plans on the 26th. You are best to ask for approval before you get started.

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Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 19) - Compassion and understanding will be required on the 20th and 21st especially if dealing with longtime friends or family. Be prepared to listen but don’t take over or meddle. Someone from your past may cause you grief on the 22nd and 23rd. Stay away from an old flame that probably doesn’t have your best interest at heart. Engaging in family gatherings or getting together with old friends on the 24th and 25th will lead to interesting conversations about old goals and new possibilities as long as you don’t overindulge or take on too much responsibility. A sudden change in your attitude or financial position can be expected on the 26th. Protect your assets.

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Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18) - Everything will start to fall into place on the 20th and 21st if you set a budget and a game plan for future endeavors. Joining forces with someone you love will enable you to save and accomplish more. Someone may lead you astray on the 22nd and 23rd if you believe everything you are told. Letting your heart overrule your common sense will end in sorrow. Getting out and involved in a project you believe in on the 24th and 25th will bring you in contact with someone who is inspirational and that you enjoy and learn from. Rely on past experience and mistakes on the 26th that caused emotional, financial mental or physical pain and you will avoid suffering similar results.

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Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20) - You’ll be anxious to get things done on the 20th and 21st but you are best not to move too fast or mistakes will set you back causing greater stress. Money will come from an unexpected source on the 22nd and 23rd. Remain levelheaded regardless of what occurs. You need to be of sound mind and body to handle situations that require detailed thought and decisions. Everything will balance itself out if you refuse to let your emotions get the better of you on the 24th and 25th. Keep everyone around you clear of confusion. Simplify information and moderate reactions. Someone with a different opinion will complain on the 26th. Prepare to defend your position.

Bon Appétit: Maple-Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

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Ingredients:
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
2 large eggs
1/4 cup fat-free plain greek yogurt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 cups white whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup raisins
3 tablespoons trans-free margarine
3/4 cup maple syrup
1 1/2 cups pecans, coarsely chopped

Directions:
Warm the milk in the microwave until the temperature reaches 100° to 110°F, 30 to 40 seconds.
Stir in the brown sugar and yeast and let the mixture sit for 10 minutes, or until bubbles form.
Combine the eggs, yogurt, and vanilla extract in a separate bowl.
Combine the flour, 1 tablespoon of the cinnamon, and the salt in a large bowl of a stand mixer with a dough hook.
Slowly add the milk and yogurt mixtures while the mixer is running on low.
Knead for 8 minutes, adding the raisins after about 5 minutes.
Coat the bowl and dough with cooking spray.
Cover and keep in a warm place until the dough is doubled in bulk (about 1 hour).
Meanwhile, mix the margarine and 1/4 cup of the maple syrup in a small bowl and set aside.
Combine 1 cup of the pecans, 1/4 cup of the syrup, and the remaining 1 tablespoon cinnamon in another small bowl and set aside.
Coat a 13” x 9” baking dish with cooking spray and pour the remaining 1/4 cup syrup over the bottom.
Cover with the remaining 1/2 cup pecans.
Set aside.
Punch down the dough and transfer to a lightly floured work surface.
Roll the dough into a rectangle about 1/2” thick.
Spread the margarine mixture over the dough, leaving a 1” border around the edges.
Slowly pour the pecan-syrup mixture into the center and spread over the margarine mixture.
Starting on a long side, carefully roll the dough into a log shape.
Slice into 12 equal pieces.
Arrange the pieces cut side up in the baking dish.
Cover and let rise in a warm place for 45 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Bake the rolls uncovered for 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
Let cool slightly and serve warm.

Daily G-Eye : 03.20.11

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GSC: Core Sampling for New Gymnasium, -24-Hour Emergency Care, and Land Resources Building Complex
Mineral Road, Glenville - 03.17.2011‏
By Gary Collins


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Stargazing - 03.20.11

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Winter ends at 7:21 PM Eastern Daylight Time today, at the moment of the vernal equinox.

The Sun crosses the celestial equator from south to north, bringing more sunshine and the promise of warmer days ahead.


Spring Equinoxes

It’s been a miserable winter for parts of the country, with record-breaking snowfall creating nasty messes. Those messes may or may not be over quite yet, but at least winter is—it ends at 6:21 p.m. Central Time today—the vernal equinox. The Sun crosses the celestial equator from south to north, bringing more sunshine and the promise of warmer days ahead.

Other planets have their own equinoxes. That’s because, like Earth, almost every other planet in the solar system is tilted on its axis. One planet is even tilted all the way over on its side.

The planet with the most dramatic looking tilt is Saturn. Its axis is tipped just a little more than Earth’s is. But the planet is encircled by broad rings. So as Saturn orbits the Sun, its rings “nod” up and down as seen from here on Earth.

Saturn had its own vernal equinox in August of 2009. The rings lined up edge-on to Earth, so they formed a thin line that was barely visible. Now the rings are nodding downward, so Saturn’s northern hemisphere is seeing more and more sunlight. That process will continue for another six years, with the rings tilting into better view the whole time—making Saturn shine brighter and brighter.

The planet already shines pretty brightly right now. Look for it to the upper left of the Moon as they rise around 9 or 10 o’clock. Saturn looks like a bright golden star. The true star Spica is closer to the lower left of the Moon.

TRUTH OR TRADITION?  – LIVING WITHOUT ANSWERS - Part 3 #114

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LIVING WITHOUT ANSWERS #3

In Solomon’s Search
for answers to life’s questions,  he concluded:  “No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun.  Despite all his efforts to search it out, man cannot discover its meaning.  Even is a wise man claims he knows, he cannot really comprehend it.” (Eccl. 8:17) .  Like Solomon, we, too,  sometimes must learn to live without answers about life and God.


In Our Search
for answers there are three important concepts to keep in mind.  The first is TRUTH.  Let’s not accept just anything that may sound good, but be sure we have the Truth, the Whole Truth, and nothing but the Truth.  Wrong answers and partial answers can be misleading and devastating.  Living without answers requires FAITH, our second important concept.


What Faith Is.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”   (Heb. 11:1) .  Faith is the foundation of our hope,  proof of the invisible.  Faith is based on evidence.  I have never seen the designer and maker of my watch, nor the universe, but I am convinced there had to be one for both.  That’s only logical.  If a watch does not just pop into existence, is it reasonable to believe that a universe could?  Faith based on reason is the answer to our unanswered questions.


What Faith Does.
Faith enables us to go on living and serving God even without answers to all our questions.  Noah had never seen an ark or a flood,  but he lived and served as if he had.  That’s what faith does.  Abraham had never been to Canaan.  In fact, when he left Ur of the Chaldees, he didn’t even know that’s where he was going, but he lived and served as if he did.  That’s what faith enables us to do.


What Faith Means.
Faith means trust in God, and in the promises He has made,  even when we cannot see how those promises are going to be fulfilled.  After days of sorrow and suffering,  of waiting and wondering what was going on,  and desiring to speak to God about it,  God finally came to Job,  but He didn’t explain why Job was suffering the way he was.  Instead, he grills Job with a barrage of questions (beginning in Job 38) , and basically what He was saying was:  Job, just trust me.  I created this universe.  I can sustain it and provide for it.  And I can take care of you.  Just trust Me.

When Elijah fled from Jezebel, he hid in a cave on Mount Horeb.  God appeared in a strong wind,  an earthquake, and a fire (1 Kings 19) .  What was the purpose in that?  What God was telling Elijah was:  Just trust me.  If I can shake this mountain, I can handle Jezebel.  Just trust me.

What God was telling both Job and Elijah is expressed by the psalmist:  “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10) .  That’s God’s message to His suffering servants yet today.  Just trust me.  So, living without answers requires FAITH.


Steer Creek Church of Christ,  3466 Rosedale Road,  Stumptown WV 25267
Minister: Gene H Miller, 3281 Rosedale Road, Shock WV 26638-8410.
Phone:  304.462.0384     E-Mail:  “ghmiller@rtol.net”  Web Site:  steercreekchurchofchrist.org

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