Daily G-Eye : 01.11.11

Gilmer County Commission
(L-R) Jean butcher-Clerk, Dave Hess-President, Brian Kennedy, Darrel Ramsey

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Stargazing - 01.11.11


The constellations of autumn are giving way to those of winter, but a few linger in the evening sky.

One example is Perseus, which is high in the north at sunset.

One of its most beautiful sights is the Double Cluster, two star clusters that appear side by side.

Meditation Moment - 01.11.11


God—for whom and through whom all things exist ...

This affirmation from the Letter to the Hebrews is the most basic and most profound of all expressions of faith.
How timely it is, when the being of God is disregarded by so many and so vehemently contested by others and when research points so clearly to the fragility of human existence.
In this context it is exciting to believe in a God for whom and through whom all things exist.
We are finding new ways of expressing the all-embracing relationship between God, humanity and the world we share.
We are exhilarated by the invitation to be part of the mystery by which God is in Christ reconciling the world to himself.

Hebrews 2:5-12. You gave your Son authority over all your creation. Ps 8:2-5, 9. Mark 1:21-28.

Rena Mae (Barrett) Gregory


Rena Mae (Barrett) Gregory
Age 68, of Napier, WV went home to with her Lord and Savior on Saturday January 08, 2011. She died peacefully, at her home, surrounded by her family, after a long battle with cancer.

She was born on December 31, 1942 at her home on Buffalo Run near Burnsville, WV.

She was a daughter of the late John and Ercie Conrad Barrett.

She lived in Buckhannon, WV for many years where she was employed at Reidboard Brothers and Tenny’s Grocery.

On September 12, 1996 she married Wade “Buck” Gregory.

He preceded her in death on September 30, 2008.

Also preceding her in death were her parents and four brothers, Marvin, John, Richard and Dewey.

Rena is survived by her sisters, Mary Davis of North Jackson, OH; Mildred (Virgil) Jackson of Hiram, OH; Madge (John) Wines and Lena Barrettt both of Buckhannon, WV. Three step-children, Joyce (Wilbur) Gregory Rose of Napier, WV. Frank (Donna) Gregory and Charles Gregory both of Sutton, WV; two step-grandchildren and one step great-grandchild.

Rena was an avid animal lover. She enjoyed walking with her beloved pets and sitting on her porch.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Wednesday January 12, 2011 at Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home in Flatwoods, WV with Rev. Ronzel Roberts officiating.

Burial will be in Falls Mill Cemetery.

Friends may call from 6:00-8:00 PM Tuesday evening at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to either the Burnsville Hospice, PO Box 323 Burnsville, WV 26335 or Braxton County Animal Shelter, #10 Animal Shelter Lane, Sutton, WV. 26601

Madelyn Willis


Madelyn Willis
Age 82 of Court St. West Union departed this life on Sunday, January 09, 2011.

She was born in West Union on May 13, 1928 a daughter of the late Lewis Russell and Helen Victoria Gain Bonnell.

Her husband of 59 years, Clifford “Bud” Willis preceded her in death on October 06, 2004.

Surviving is one daughter, Jane E. Merritt and husband Jim of Weston, with whom she had made her home recently, two sons, Richard “Rick” Willis and wife Cindy, Duck, WV, Mark Willis and wife Lori, Bedford, NH, five grandchildren, Josh Merritt and wife Alisa, Amanda Gump and husband Pat, Michael Willis, Jessica Willis and McKenzie Willis, three great grandchildren, Hannah, Sarah and Noah Merritt, one sister, Pauline Sacco and husband, Marco, Pittsburgh, PA. One daughter Rebecca Willis preceded her in death.

Mrs. Willis served as Librarian at the Doddridge County Library for over 30 years. She was a member of the West Union Baptist Church for more than 50 years and had been attending Faith Baptist Church, West Union. Madelyn was a member of the Night Owl’s CEOS and a former member of Salem and Lake Floyd Country Clubs.

Funeral services will be held in the Spurgeon Funeral Home 212 Front St. West Union on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 1:00 PM with Pastor Jim Messenger presiding.

Interment will follow in the Masonic Memorial Park, West Union.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Friday, January 14, 2011 from 2:00-8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM until time of service.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Willis family.

Lonnie Curtis Hall


Lonnie Curtis Hall
Age 58, of Tulsa, OK formerly of Birch River, WV passed away Thursday December 30, 2010.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday January 11, 2011 at Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home in Flatwoods, WV with Rev. Linn Schiefer officiating.

Burial will be in Hall/Hoover Cemetery at Birch River, WV.

Friends may call one hour prior to the services on Tuesday.



Today - January 11, yyyy

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 11, the 11th day of 2011. There are 354 days left in the year.

Thought for Today: “If you are ruled by mind you are a king; if by body, a slave.“ - Cato, Roman statesman and historian (234 B.C.-149 B.C.)

Today’s Highlight in History:


On Jan. 11, 1861, Alabama became the fourth state to withdraw from the Union, with delegates voting 61-39 in favor of an Ordinance of Secession during a convention in Montgomery.

On this date:

In 1805, the Michigan Territory was created by an act of Congress.

In 1815, Sir John A. Macdonald, the first prime minister of Canada, was born in Glasgow, Scotland.

In 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed the Grand Canyon National Monument (it became a national park in 1919).

In 1913, the first sedan-type automobile, a Hudson, went on display at the 13th National Automobile Show in New York.

In 1935, aviator Amelia Earhart began an 18-hour trip from Honolulu to Oakland, Calif., that made her the first woman to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean.

In 1942, Japan declared war against the Netherlands, the same day that Japanese forces invaded the Dutch East Indies.

In 1943, the United States and Britain signed treaties relinquishing extraterritorial rights in China.

In 1964, U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry issued the first government report that said smoking may be hazardous to one’s health.

In 1977, France set off an international uproar by releasing Abu Daoud, a PLO official behind the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

In 1995, 52 people were killed when a Colombian airliner crashed as it was preparing to land near the Caribbean resort of Cartagena - however, a 9-year-old girl, Erika Delgado, survived.

Ten years ago:
•  The Army acknowledged that U.S. soldiers killed an “unknown number” of South Korean refugees early in the Korean War at No Gun Ri, but said there was no evidence they were ordered to do so.
•  President-elect George W. Bush chose Elaine Chao to be secretary of labor after Linda Chavez withdrew.
•  The Federal Communications Commission approved the merger of America Online and Time Warner.

Five years ago:
•  A Georgian court convicted a man of trying to assassinate President George W. Bush and Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili (sah-kahsh-VIH’-leh) with a grenade in Tbilisi (tuh-BLEE’-see) on May 10, 2005, and sentenced him to life in prison.
•  Gunmen stormed an offshore oil platform run by Royal Dutch Shell in Nigeria and seized the workers, an American, a Briton, a Bulgarian and a Honduran. (The four were freed nearly three weeks later.)

One year ago:
•  A federal judge in San Francisco began hearing arguments in a lawsuit aimed at overturning Proposition 8, California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. (Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker later overturned the ban; his ruling is currently under appeal.)
•  Mark McGwire admitted to The Associated Press that he’d used steroids and human growth hormone when he broke baseball’s home run record in 1998.
•  Miep Gies, the Dutch office secretary who defied Nazi occupiers to hide Anne Frank and her family for two years and saved the teenager’s diary, died in Amsterdam at age 100.
•  French New Wave director Eric Rohmer, 89, died in Paris.

Today’s Birthdays:
Producer Grant Tinker is 86
Actor Rod Taylor is 81
Composer Mary Rodgers is 80
The former prime minister of Canada, Jean Chretien (zhahn kray-tee-EHN’), is 77
Actor Mitchell Ryan is 77
Actor Felix Silla is 74
Rock musician Clarence Clemons is 69
Movie director Joel Zwick is 69
Country singer Naomi Judd is 65
World Golf Hall of Famer Ben Crenshaw is 59
Singer Robert Earl Keen is 55
Musician Vicki Peterson (The Bangles) is 53
Actress Kim Coles is 49
Actor Jason Connery is 48
Contemporary Christian musician Jim Bryson (MercyMe) is 43
Rock musician Tom Dumont (No Doubt) is 43
Rhythm-and-blues singer Maxee Maxwell (Brownstone) is 42
Movie director Malcolm D. Lee is 41
Singer Mary J. Blige is 40
Musician Tom Rowlands (The Chemical Brothers) is 40
Actor Marc Blucas is 39
Actress Amanda Peet is 39
Actor Rockmond Dunbar is 38
Reality TV star Jason Wahler (TV: “Laguna Beach”; “The Hills”) is 24

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Glenville: GSC Basketball Tonight – 01.10.11


Charleston (9-4, 5-2) @ Glenville State Lady Pioneers (8-6, 5-3) – 5:30 PM

Charleston is one of the hottest teams in the league, having reeled off four consecutive wins, including two of which came against WVIAC opponents.

In the win over Seton Hill Saturday, Lindsey Kentner netted a team-high 17 while Tiana Beatty and Ali Tobias each had double figures.

UC will vie for a .500 mark away from home this season while trying to improve to 3-2 in road WVIAC games.

Glenville State is coming off its lowest point total of the season, falling at West Liberty 84-63 Saturday.

Danielle Woodmore netted 16 and Tenisha Wilson 13 in the loss.

GSC is back at home after two straight road games.

The team is 4-0 at home and has won all four WVIAC home dates thus far.

Charleston (4-7, 2-5) @ Glenville State Pioneers (2-9, 2-6) – 7:30 PM

Charleston downed Seton Hill at home Saturday evening by four, 83-79, ending a five-game losing skid.

In that game, John Liggins netted 18 points while John White was huge, tallying 13 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.

Charleston is looking to win its first road game of the season.

Glenville State dropped its last game, coming at the hands of West Liberty.

In the game, Justin Caldwell dropped in 24 and Nick Dent 21.

Glenville State is looking to snap a seven-game losing streak and will vie for its second home win of the year.

GSC’s last win came at home – December 04, 2010 by a 101-90 mark over UPJ.

PACF: Scholarships Available to Area Students


The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) and the regional affiliate foundations of Doddridge, Ritchie, Jackson, Mason counties and the Little Kanawha area (Wirt/Calhoun) - announces the availability of scholarships for students from throughout the foundation’s service area (Wood, Calhoun, Gilmer, Doddridge, Roane, Wirt, Ritchie, Jackson, Mason, and Pleasants counties in West Virginia and Washington County) who are pursuing vocational or technical degrees.

The Hino Motors Scholarship is open to graduating seniors from Wood, Wirt, Jackson, Ritchie, Pleasants, Doddridge, Calhoun, Gilmer, Roane or Mason counties in West Virginia or Washington, Noble, Athens, or Meigs counties in Ohio was are seeking at least as associates degree in a program related to manufacturing, transportation, or logistics/distribution systems at a post-secondary institution located in the state of West Virginia or within 75 miles of the Hino manufacturing plant in Willliamstown. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average and a minimum 19 on the ACT.

The Parkersburg-Marietta Contractors Association Scholarship is open to residents of Jackson, Ritchie, Pleasants, Wirt or Wood County in West Virginia or Washington County, Ohio, who are actively engaged in the pursuit of study or training involving the following occupational trades: carpentry, millwright, sheet metal work, welding, electrical work, plumbing, painting, engineering operations, building construction or other closely-related trades. Applicants must be newly entering the trade or field and scholarship funds may be used for educational studies or to purchase tools and equipment to enter the trade.

The Harrisville Lions Club Scholarship is open to residents of Ritchie County who are pursuing vocational, technical or trade-related education. Applicants must have a minimum 2.0 grade point average and have financial need for scholarship support.

The William Reaser Scholarship is open to Ritchie County High School graduating seniors who plan to pursue post-secondary education in a technical or vocational field. Selection is based on academic achievement or potential in the area of vocational/technical studies, character, service, and financial need.

The “Sig” and Kate Barker Memorial Scholarship is open to Ritchie County High School graduating seniors and Ritchie County resident. Applicants must have a 2.0 minimum grade point average and must be enrolled at an accredited vocational, technical or trade school. Selection is based on financial need and academic promise.

The Chester R. Bruce Scholarship is open to former graduates or graduating seniors of Wirt County High School who are pursuing either vocational or trade studies or Christian ministry or service. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average and must be enrolled as a full-time student in an undergraduate two- or four-year program, a vocational/technical program, or a graduate school.

The Mason County Scholarship of Promise is open to graduates or graduating seniors of Point Pleasant High School who plan to attend or are attending a post-high school educational institution to pursue an associate’s degrees and/or certificate program. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 2.85. Selection is based on financial need, community service, leadership qualities, and participation in school activities, with an emphasis on co-curricular and community service learning activities.

Students can access information about these scholarships, and other scholarships offered by the foundation, by visiting the foundation’s web site at The Foundation uses one consolidated application for most scholarships; this application can be completed and submitted online this year. To access the application, click “Find Scholarships” on the Foundation’s home page.

The application deadline for this consolidated application form is March 07, 2011.

To assist students with the preparation of their application, the foundation is hosting two free webinars on the scholarship process. Students, parents, and other interested individuals can participate in the webinar from any location at which they have a computer with Internet access and a telephone. A webinar will be offered at 7:00 PM Tuesday, February 08, 2011.

To register, send an e-mail to “” and the foundation will send instructions on how to access the webinar.

For more information: 1 .304.428.4438 or toll-free at 1.866.428.4438.

Gilmer County FRN Meeting – Wednesday, 01.12.11


The Gilmer County Family Resource Network will hold their regularly scheduled monthly meeting at the Gilmer County FRN office at 113 E. Main Street in Glenville on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 4:00 PM.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

For more information call: 304.462.7545.

Innovation Transfer Consortium Study involving GSC and 17 Other Higher Education Institutions in WV


Innovation Transfer Consortium Study is funded through a grant awarded by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, and supported by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, the survey will involve 18 smaller colleges and universities, both public and private.

Anne Barth, executive director of TechConnectWV, said, “Ultimately, such a consortium could connect researchers at our smaller institutions of higher education with private sector partners who could help them commercialize new products, services, and technologies.”

Dr. Paul Hill, Vice Chancellor for Science and Research of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and a member of TechConnectWV’s board, said “Both WVU and Marshall University have technology transfer offices that exist to find commercial applications for research.

“What we want to find out is whether a consortium organized around the smaller institutions in the state could be instrumental in moving research into the marketplace, which could create jobs.”

Schools to be included in the assessment include:

•  Bluefield State College
•  Concord University
•  Fairmont State University
•  Glenville State College
•  Shepherd University
•  West Liberty University
•  West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
•  West Virginia State University
•  WVU Institute of Technology
•  Alderson-Broaddus College
•  Appalachian Bible College
•  Bethany College
•  Davis & Elkins College
•  Mountain State University
•  Ohio Valley University
•  West Virginia Wesleyan College
•  Wheeling Jesuit University
•  University of Charleston

TechConnectWV works to enhance awareness, spur collaboration, and raise the discussion of issues surrounding technology-based economic development.

Its goals are to diversify the state’s economy, promote economic prosperity, and create high-paying jobs.

For more information, contact Anne Barth at 304.444.2918.

Study: “Crisis” over WV Retiree Costs Overblown


A new report is challenging the thinking on what’s expected to be a key issue during the West Virginia Legislature’s upcoming session.

State officials estimate an $8 billion funding gap from health benefits promised to public employees when they retire.

But the West Virginia Center for Budget and Policy questions whether that amounts to a crisis.

The center’s new report says the state can continue to manage these costs, as it has in the past.

It argues that some have panicked because a recent national accounting standard calls on the state to calculate this liability.

But some lawmakers want these other post-employment benefit, or OPEB, costs addressed this session.

They’ve also been raised as a chief concern by some potential candidates for governor.

GED Classes Resuming Gilmer and Calhoun Counties

GED Classes in Gilner and Calhoun Counties Resume in 2011


GED classes are available in both Gilmer and Calhoun Counties .

Calhoun county classes will be held at the Career Center on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM.

Gilmer county classes will be held at St. Marks Church on Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM. (St. Marks is located one mile from Glenville; across the street from the new fire station.)

Due to changes in the GED program, the GED test is now free. However, candidates must first pass a OPT Practice Test prior to taking the full-length GED test. If you cannot attend a GED class to do this, please call 304.354.6151 and we will schedule a time for you to take the practice test.

Although many think that ABE classes are only for those seeking a GED, we offer many other services. Perhaps you are preparing for a college entrance exam or are enrolled in college but need help with your foundation classes.  Or maybe you would just like to improve your basic literacy or computer skills. Whatever the case, we have a program to suit your educational needs.

Call your local Adult Learning Center at 304.354.6151 and let us help.

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