Gilmer County CEOS

At the last meeting of the Gilmer County Commission, Jennifer Shirey, the Gilmer County Extension Service Agent presented a program about Gilmer County Community Educational Outreach Service (GCCEOS) and asked the commissioner to sign the resolution for the upcoming CEOS activities and their mission.


Upon inquiries about the CEOS program she explained the following:

West Virginia Community Educational Outreach Service (WVCEOS) is a voluntary, nonprofit organization. Volunteers meet regularly to conduct and participate in educational programs dedicated to helping members continue their education, gain leadership skills and inspire community involvement.

Purpose of Club Work is to promote:

•  Education
•  Home and Community improvement
•  Leadership development
•  Fellowship

The mission of the West Virginia Community Educational Outreach Service is to strengthen individuals and families through:




She then explained about the active Clubs in Gilmer County:


2010 Gilmer County CEOS Clubs

Baldwin CEOS Club
President: Bonnie Drake 304.462.8702
Meets 1st Tuesday at 1:30 PM
Baldwin Community Building

Conings CEOS Club
President: Ann Nestor 304.462.4318
Meets 3rd Friday at 11:00AM
Gilmer County Senior Center

Cox’s Mills CEOS Club
President: Vada Woodford 304.462.8062
Meets 2nd Tuesday at 6:00 PM
Cox’s Mills Community Building

Kanawha Drive CEOS Club
President: Caroline Cusick 304.462.8549
Meets 1st Monday at 7:00 PM
Kanawha Drive Community Building

Lockney CEOS Club
President: Linda Bailey 304.462.7715
Meets 2nd Tuesday at 7:00 PM
Lockney Community Building

The Extension Service in West Virginia came into being with the Morrill Act signed on July 02, 1862, by President Lincoln.

This established a land-grant college in each state. West Virginia University was founded in 1867 as the land-grant college.

•  December 14, 1914 – Farm Women’s Club established in Ohio County
•  1919 – Farm Women’s First State President, Mrs. Rhodes of Harrison County
•  1921 – Jackson’s Mill established
•  1930 – First Statewide Conference – Jackson’s Mill
•  1949 – First International Student – Germany
•  1954 - 1968 – Home Demonstration Clubs (name change)
•  1968-1998 – Extension Homemakers Clubs (name change)
•  October 07, 1998 – Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS Clubs) (name change)



Finally, she explained about the upcoming program and invited everyone to attend:




Ye Tao is the 2010-2011 CEOS International Student.

She is from China, specifically Lianyungang City in Jiangsu Province.

She will be giving a presentation at the Gilmer County Senior Center on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 from 10:30 to 11:30 AM.


Relay for Life Raises over $8,000 for American Cancer Society

The Glenville State College Relay for Life (RFL) participants have raised $8,212.32 for the American Cancer Society.

The event was held on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 in the Mollohan Campus Community Center Ballroom and the GSC Amphitheater.

GSC Relay for Life Chairpersons Kindra Davis-Kidd and Katrina Fitzwater led the
Survivors Lap which recognized cancer survivors Ed Toman, GSC Director of
JASON Project and Coordinator of Hidden Promise Consortium, and
Michelle Clowser, GSC Foundation Office Administrative Assistant.

The activities began at 7:00 PM and lasted until 1:00 AM with over one-hundred individuals participating from the Glenville State College campus.

“I am so proud of the job that our students have done here at GSC in the fight against cancer. The students at GSC did not just raise money but turned our first RFL event into a civic engagement and service learning project for the entire campus. The more than eight thousand dollars that was raised was three thousand over our goal of five thousand; this will help the American Cancer Society in the fight against cancer and the cure that will be seen by this generation in their lifetime,” said GSC Director of Student Activities Kipp Colvin.


GSC Relay for Life participants wrote the reasons they relay and
facts about cancer on their feet as part of a future video project for the event.

The top fundraising team of the event was Chi Zeta Pi raising $1,855.33.

The top fundraiser was Chi Zeta Pi member Laural Smith who raised $615.00.

“The 2010 Relay for Life event was outstanding. Our committee of students really came together and had a great night of laughter and tears. It is nice to see a young group of students trying to make a difference and help find a cure for cancer,” said 2011 GSC Relay for Life Events Chairperson Christine DeLay.


The GSC Relay for Life Lumanria Ceremony was held in the GSC Amphitheater and
recognized everyone who has been affected by cancer.

All of the money raised at this event is being contributed to the American Cancer Society to be used in West Virginia.

For more information, contact Colvin at “” or 304.462.6412.

For more information about the American Cancer Society visit or call1.800.ACS.2345.

The Carnival Is Coming to Town!


The Glenville Lions Club will be hosting a Carnival Wednesday, May 19, 2010 through Saturday, May 22. 2010.

The Lions Club Hot Dog stand will open at Noon on Tuesday, May 18, 2010.

Come out and join us and have a delicious corn dog or hotdog!



National Weather Association: Sol Hirsch Teacher Grants
National Weather Association Sol Hirsch Teacher Grants aim to improve students’ education in meteorology.
Selected teachers can use funds to take an accredited course in atmospheric sciences, attend a relevant workshop or conference, or purchase scientific materials or equipment for the classroom.
Maximum award: $750.
Eligibility: K-12 teachers.
Deadline: June 01, 2010.

href=“” title=“National Endowment for the Arts: Grants for Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth”>National Endowment for the Arts: Grants for Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth
NEA Grants for Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth support in-depth, curriculum-based arts education experiences that occur over an extended period in school-based or community settings.
Projects must provide participatory learning and engage students with skilled artists, teachers, and excellent art.
All projects must include:
1) the opportunity for students and their teachers to experience exemplary works of art, in live form wherever possible;
2) study of the art experienced, including the acquisition of skills for practicing the art form, where appropriate;
3) the performance/making of art within the discipline(s) studied; and
4) assessment of student learning according to national or state arts education standards.
Maximum award: $150,000.
Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations that administer school-based projects for children and youth between kindergarten and grade 12, directly connected to a school curriculum and instructional program, and ensuring the application of national or state arts education standard; or community-based projects for children and youth between ages 5 and 18.
Deadline: June 10, 2010.

ASCAP Foundation: Grants for Music Education
The ASCAP Foundation is now considering proposals from organizations engaging in music education and talent development programs that support music education for aspiring songwriters and composers.
Maximum award: $3,000.
Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations.
Deadline: October 01, 2010.

Freedoms Foundation: Leavey Awards for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education
The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge Leavey Awards for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education honor outstanding educators who excite a commitment in their students to the free enterprise system and unleash the entrepreneurial skills of their students at the elementary, junior high school, high school, and college level.
Maximum award: $15,000.
Eligibility: teachers at schools (K-12), colleges, and universities.
Deadline: November 30, 2010.

Unsafe Work Place? ‘Call Us!‘


Governor Joe Manchin wants workers all across the state to pick up a phone and call a toll-free tip line if they feel conditions where they’re employed are unsafe.

“I have said from day one that basically every person that goes to work in the morning should return home safely. And this hotline is to empower every worker in West Virginia,” the governor said Friday.

The Mine and Industrial Accident Safety Tip Line is staffed 24-hours a day, 7-days a week by the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management call center.

Manchin says after the tragedy at the Upper Big Branch Mine last month that claimed 29 lives, it’s important to remind West Virginians that it’s there.

“We’re had this hotline in place. This is not something new. But I want to reemphasize—call us!“ Manchin stressed.

You can reach the Tip Line toll-free at 1.866.808.0875. Callers can choose to remain anonymous.

Manchin says if worker see things going on in a place of business that would harm anyone, help is just a few numbers away.

“If you see something and don’t feel empowered that you can do it, you feel intimidated, for any reason—call us!” Manchin continued. “If there’s no vehicle or avenue for you to cure a problem at a workplace wherever you may be, in a mine or in a factory—call us!“

All calls made to the tip line will be reported to the proper regulatory or law enforcement agency. As a system of checks and balances, that agency will be required to report back to the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to make sure the issue has been addressed.

“No West Virginian should be put in an unsafe situation for the sake of their family to make sure they’re making a living for them,” the governor said. “I’m going to do everything I can in my power to make sure that doesn’t happen.

What the `Net Neutrality’ Debate Means


One reason the Federal Communications Commission is changing the way it regulates broadband is so that it can apply a principle called network neutrality.

Net neutrality, as it is known, is the idea that the Internet should be like roads and highways - generally open to all traffic.

President Barack Obama and FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski want Internet service providers to have similar requirements.

That means the companies should not be allowed to block, hinder or otherwise discriminate against certain data traffic - even if the traffic, such as video files, use up a lot of network capacity.

It also means broadband providers should not be allowed to favor their own traffic or the traffic of companies that pay for priority.

Web companies such as Google and Skype strongly support net neutrality.

Internet service providers, however, question whether the road analogy should apply to their lines, which carry e-mails, Web pages and other Internet data into homes and businesses.

These companies say that after spending billions of dollars on their networks, they should be allowed to manage Internet traffic.

They want the freedom to prevent certain applications from hogging capacity. And they want to be able to create premium services such as those that might let a Web company pay for priority on the networks.

There haven’t been many known instances of Internet service providers hindering Web traffic that they don’t like.

One case came when Comcast Corp. interfered with a service called BitTorrent, which lets people swap movies and other big files over the Internet.

Advocates of net neutrality say that showed how an Internet service provider that also sells cable TV service could degrade a service that competed with its core business.

Legislative Update – by – Delegate Brent Boggs - House Majority Leader - 05.10.10


Mother’s Day
After harsh storms and winds moved through the area last Friday night and early Saturday morning, the weekend turned out to be a cool, beautiful Mother’s Day weekend.  While our kids were unable to make it home to visit, we had a fine weekend celebrating Mother’s Day for my Mom and Jean.

Glenville State College Commencement
The weather was equally cooperative for Glenville State College graduation ceremony on Saturday morning.  Again, I want to offer my heartfelt congratulations to the GSC graduating class of 2010.  It is always an exciting time when dedicated men and women have completed their course of study after years of hard work and commitment.  No doubt, their perseverance will provide a lifetime of new and exciting opportunities, options, friendships and memories.  Additionally, congratulations to the GSC Class of 1960 also honored at the ceremony.  The 50-year class recognition has become a meaningful tradition at GSC commencements for college and community.

It was indeed a great honor for me to serve as the keynote speaker and I am humble and appreciative at being awarded an honorary Doctorate in Public Service from Glenville State at the event.  I want to offer my sincere thanks to GSC President Barr and Mrs. Barr, GSC Board of Governors, faculty, staff and students for this honor.  It was a day my family and I will long remember and appreciate.

Special Session
It is back to railroading early this week in preparation for the upcoming special session that Governor Manchin has scheduled to begin at noon on Thursday, May 13, 2010.  On Wednesday, the House leadership is meeting to further discuss the proposed bill topics and tentative bill language received from the Governor, although we have yet to receive a definitive list of bills the Governor plans to introduce.  To date, his tentative proposals include (subject to change): education bills relating to charter innovation zones, teacher hiring and empowerment and other areas; high risk insurance pool; natural resources police officers; child health screenings; unemployment compensation fund.  In addition, I believe there will be other issues that he will either initially place on the call or amend the call at some point after the session begins.  There will also be several supplemental appropriations bills for various agencies which need acted upon before the end of the fiscal year on June 30.

During a special session called by the Governor, only bills he proposes may be acted upon.  However, they can be amended and the House and Senate still must pass the bills if they are to move forward for gubernatorial approval.  It appears the agenda will be an aggressive one with one or more the issues that the House, Senate and Governor could not reach agreement during the regular session.  To date, I do not know that this has changed significantly.  Unless all parties, including the Legislature and Administration find some common ground or compromise language, a few issues it may be in for a rough ride over the next few days at the Capitol.  However, that’s why we have separate branches of government.

Finally, I’ve had numerous calls and email from many friends throughout West Virginia and around the country regarding the wave of minor earthquakes we’ve experienced in Gassaway, Frametown and surrounding area.  I didn’t notice the first round of tremors, but last Friday morning, while sitting down with a cup of coffee in the early morning before heading for work, I definitely felt the jolt – or more descriptive, a short, muffled thump that slightly vibrated the house.  Seems like the words “minor” and “earthquake” shouldn’t be used in the same sentence, but I that’s what the geologists and seismologists are calling these events. 
How to Contact
Please send address your inquiries to the Capitol Office at: Building 1, Room 226-M, Charleston, WV 25305.  Or, call the Capitol office at 304.340.3220 or my Assistant to the Majority Leader, Mr. Tom Bennett at 304.340.3262 or fax to ,b>304.340.3213.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.

For those with Internet access, my e-mail address is “”. You also may obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and other information from the Legislature’s web site at  If you write or leave a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide.  Additional information, including agency links and state government phone directory may be found at and on the Facebook site of the West Virginia Legislature.

Remember to thank a veteran for their service to our nation and continue to remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  Until next week – take care.

Poll Result: Littering


~~  Comments ~~

•  Glenville gets cleaned, but look at less than ½ mile of roads leading to it.
•  Occurs especially the first of the month. Can you say “mole tree” camera?
•  I think businesses with carry out services should take responsibility.
•  Law enforcement should be more vigilant and arrest the irresponsible people littering.
•  Anywhere. Litterers are careless and cause more work for other people AND make our county look bad.
•  I can’t believe we are to lazy to put our trash where it belongs.
•  The entire county—I wish the anti-littering laws and fines were enforced more often and to the max.
•  County road side areas seem to receptacles for the remains of fast food lunches.
•  The amount of trash along the roadways is deplorable.. so is the amt. of drinking & driving.
•  But I think the lack of recycling is a MUCH bigger problem!
•  Roadways especially
•  McDonalds is the big contributor
•  Over the hill next to Kenny Foglesong’s business.
•  Everywhere
•  Seriously, how hard is it to keep a grocery bag or something in your car and toss your trash later?
•  YES! Houses, porches, yards, high grass, old vehicles. Do something Mayor please. Disgusting!
•  Especially as you enter GLENVILLE
•  rt5
•  People who litter, SUCK

Nascar: Southern 500 - Darlington - Race 11 of 36 - 2010

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Denny Hamlin - Toyota - FedEx Express
Denny Hamlin did more than win a race at Darlington on Saturday night. As David Caraviello writes, Hamlin proved once again that he is a serious title contender.

Top 10:
01 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express
02 01 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s
03 02 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite
04 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet National Guard Facebook / DuPont
05 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target
06 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil
07 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Doublemint
08 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar
09 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Haas Automation
10 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull

Driver Standings - Southern 500:
01 Kevin Harvick 1622 Leader
02 Jimmie Johnson 1512 -110
03 Kyle Busch 1509 -113
04 Jeff Gordon 1475 -147
05 Matt Kenseth 1472 -150
06 Denny Hamlin 1458 -164
07 Greg Biffle 1431 -191
08 Kurt Busch 1420 -202
09 Jeff Burton 1394 -228
10 Mark Martin 1357 -265

Normantown: Community Project Notice‏


Volunteers needed to help clear/clean the old Vanhorn (Golda Jenkins) ancestors plus ????? cemetery located beside Roger/Jeane Kennedy home on Left Fork of Steer Creek.

Chain saws and weed eaters will be necessary plus willing people to work.

This would be a wonderful community project which we hope can be maintained.

Please contact Jeane Kennedy at 304.462.5241 so a work date can be set.

Thank you.

Little Pioneer Football and Cheerleading Sign-ups

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May 11, 2010 Tuesday (5:00 – 6:00 PM)
May 15, 2010 Saturday (9:00 – 10:00 AM)
May 22, 2010 Sunday (10:00 - 11:00 AM)

Place: Sue Morris Complex

Registration Fee:
$30.00 1st child/$20.00 each additional child
Any Child between the ages of 5 and 12 years of age are encouraged to signup.

Please bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate.

We will be playing in the I-77 Midge Football League.

This league plays Roane, Wirt, Williamstown, Ritchie, and Calhoun.

If you can’t make one of these days you will need to contact Leisa Dean to make other arrangements to sign your child up.

Deadline is June 15, 2010! No Exceptions!

For more information please contact: Jeremy or Leisa Dean at 304.462.5927 or 304.619.7831

Movie: Box Office - 05.09.10


This WeekLast WeekTitleWeek #
1NIron Man 21
21A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)2
32How to Train Your Dragon7
43Date Night5
54The Back-Up Plan3
65Furry Vengeance2
77Clash of the Titans (2010)6
89Death at a Funeral (2010)4
96The Losers3

Daily Prayer - 05.10.10


Gracious God, when prices go up and the money I work so hard to make doesn’t increase at the same rate, I worry that I won’t have enough.
I worry that my resources will be so thin that my enjoyment of life will diminish.
I worry that I won’t be able to survive an emergency.
Help me trust that I am as important to you as the lily in the field, or the sparrow in the tree.
When I feel the bands of fear tightening around me, strengthen my faith in the power of your providence.
Remind me of your love and watchfulness, so I rest in your protective embrace.
I ask this for the sake of your love.

WV Public Service Commission Ordered Verizon to Do More


The state Public Service Commission says Verizon must do more to improve its quality of service.

The commission handed down an order Monday requiring Verizon to place $72.4 million into an irrevocable escrow account to be used to improve quality of service over the next several years.

The PSC began investigating the company’s customer service a few years ago and issued an order in December 2008 for the company to make improvements.

“The commission deemed it just wasn’t happening,“ PSC spokeswoman Sarah Robertson said Monday.

Verizon’s disbursements and reimbursements from the account must be first approved by the PSC.

The company is required to use the money to do things like restoring copper infrastructure, maintenance, the hiring of additional workers and taking care of right of way maintenance through vegetation control.

“The commission found there’s absolute validity to these complaints,“ Robertson said. “There are some many of them in here and they all stem back to Verizon’s quality of service.“

Monday’s order has no connection to the Verizon-Frontier landline case before the PSC.

The commission has yet to decide whether to allow the transaction.

Verizon responded to the order late Monday in a prepared statement: “We disagree with the commission’s characterization of Verizon’s landline service quality in West Virginia. We’ll continue to review the commission’s order fully over the next few days.“

Lois Lorraine Summers


Lois Lorraine Summers
Age 83, of Alum Bridge, passed away on Friday, May 07, 2010, in United Hospital Center of Clarksburg, following a brief illness.

She was born in Cabin Creek, WV, on April 12, 1927, daughter of the late Ephriam Perry and Dorothy (Watson) Perry. On July 12, 1957, she married James B. Summers, who survives.

Mrs. Summers is survived by her oldest daughter: Brenda Carlisle (Allen) of Rahway, NJ; granddaughter: Carol Ann Abati of Louisville, KY; great-grandchildren Kayla Frey, Kelsey Frey and Hunter Abati; grandson: James J. Abati, III (Brenda) of Tunnelton; great-grandchild: Jacinda Abati, oldest son: James R. Fraley (Janet) of West Union; grandchildren: Bryan Fraley of Virginia, Kristin Sellers (friend, Jeff) of Alabama and Glenn Fraley (Shelley) of West Union; great-grandchildren: Michael, Jason and Kayleigh Fraley and Hunter, Natasha and Allison Sellers; daughter: Joyce C. Fraley of Alum Bridge; and son: Paul R. Summers (Chloie) of Thornton, WV; grandchildren: Jennifer, Cody and Jessie Summers, Matthew Ringer and Paul Underwood (Virginia) of Salem; great-grandchildren: Jayden, Jeonah and Justice Underwood. She is also survived by one brother: Gordon Perry of Albany, OH; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Summers was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law: Phyllis and Bob Hodge and James Fraley.

Mrs. Summers owned and operated the Spinning Wheel Fabric Shop of Alum Bridge area and the Little Red Wagon Antique Shop of Weston. She also worked construction during her life. She was a member of the Rock Grove Baptist Church of Linn. Lois enjoyed hunting, fishing and digging ginseng.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home, 730 N. Main Avenue, Weston, on Monday, May 10, 2010 from 4-8 PM. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 11 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. James Bunting officiating. Interment will follow services in the Rock Grove Cemetery of Linn, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for Lois Lorraine Summers.

Augustine H. Skinner


Augustine H. Skinner
Age 96, of Winter Avenue, Weston, WV, went to be with her heavenly father 3 AM Thursday, May 06, 2010, in Crestview Manor Nursing Home, Jane Lew, WV. A special thank you goes to the staff of Crestview for their loving care and concern during her extended illness.

She was born March 02, 1914, in Gilmer County, WV, a daughter of the late P.F.A. Harkins and Rosa May White Harkins Jarvis.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, William H. Skinner, on November 13, 1994; step-father, Robert L. Jarvis; three brothers, Bill Harkins, Joe Harkins and John Harkins; two sisters, Goldie Wallbrown and Bayrene Jarvis Swisher; and three infant sisters.

She is survived by one sister, Roberta Fisher of Weston; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Augustine retired from A&P Tea Company of Weston after 34 years of service.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Weston.

Friends may call from 10 AM to Noon Monday, May 10, 2010 at Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Avenue, Weston, WV.

Funeral services will be held Noon Monday, May 10, 2010, at the Boyle Funeral Chapel with Father John Valentine officiating.

Interment will follow in Machpelah Cemetery, Weston.

Boyle Funeral Home, Weston.



Today: 05.10.yyyy

Today is Monday, May 10, the 130th day of 2010. There are 235 days left in the year.

Thought for Today: “Creative minds always have been known to survive any kind of bad training.“ _ Anna Freud, Austrian-born psychoanalyst (1895-1982).

Today’s Highlights in History:


On May 10, 1940, during World War II, German forces began invading the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium and France. The same day, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain resigned, and Winston Churchill formed a new government.

On this date:

In 1760, Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, who wrote the French national anthem “La Marseillaise,“ was born.

In 1774, Louis XVI acceded to the throne of France.

In 1775, Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys, along with Col. Benedict Arnold, captured the British-held fortress at Ticonderoga, N.Y.

In 1865, Union forces captured Confederate President Jefferson Davis in Irwinville, Ga.

In 1869, a golden spike was driven in Promontory, Utah, marking the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the United States.

In 1924, J. Edgar Hoover was given the job of FBI director.

In 1933, the Nazis staged massive public book burnings in Germany.

In 1960, the nuclear-powered submarine USS Triton completed its submerged navigation of the globe.

In 1978, Britain’s Princess Margaret and the Earl of Snowdon announced they were divorcing after 18 years of marriage.

In 1984, the International Court of Justice said the United States should halt any actions to blockade Nicaragua’s ports (the US had already said it would not recognize World Court jurisdiction on this issue).

Ten years ago:
•  High wind drove what began as a deliberately set fire into a New Mexico canyon, forcing the evacuation of the entire town of Los Alamos. (The fire had been set to contain an earlier blaze intended to clear brush.)
•  Actor Craig Stevens, who’d starred in the 1950s TV series “Peter Gunn,“ died in Los Angeles at age 81.

Five years ago:
•  A federal bankruptcy judge approved United Airlines’ plan to terminate its employees’ pension plans.
•  Cheered by tens of thousands in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, President George W. Bush urged the spread of democracy across the former communist world and beyond.
•  Germany dedicated its new national Holocaust memorial.
•  Gunmen kidnapped the governor of Iraq’s Anbar province; the governor (Raja Nawaf Farhan al-Mahalawi) was later killed.

One year ago:
•  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a surprise one-day visit to Baghdad to discuss US-Iraqi economic relations with the prime minister.
•  Pope Benedict XVI urged Middle East Christians to persevere in their faith as 20,000 people filled a Jordanian sports stadium where the pontiff celebrated the first open-air Mass of his Holy Land pilgrimage.
•  Russia defended its gold medal at the World Hockey Championships in Bern, Switzerland, beating Canada 2-1 in a rematch of the previous year’s final.

Today’s Birthdays:
Sportscaster Pat Summerall is 80
Author Barbara Taylor Bradford is 77
Rhythm-and-blues singer Henry Fambrough (The Spinners) is 72
TV-radio personality Gary Owens is 71
Actor David Clennon is 67
Writer-producer-director Jim Abrahams is 66
Singer Donovan is 64
Singer Dave Mason is 64
Rhythm-and-blues singer Ron Banks (The Dramatics) is 59
Actor Bruce Penhall is 53
Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) is 52
Actress Victoria Rowell is 51
Rock singer Bono (BAH’-noh) (U2) is 50
Rock musician Danny Carey (Tool) is 49
Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks is 47
Model Linda Evangelista is 45
Rapper Young MC is 43
Actor Erik Palladino is 42
Rock singer Richard Patrick (Filter) is 42
Actor-singer Todd Lowe is 38
Country musician David Wallace (Cole Deggs and the Lonesome) is 38
Race car driver Helio Castroneves is 35
Rock musician Jesse Vest is 33
Actor Kenan Thompson is 32
Rhythm-and-blues singer Jason Dalyrimple (Soul For Real) is 30
Rock musician Joey Zehr (The Click Five) is 27
Singer Ashley Poole (Dream) is 25
Actress Odette Yustman is 25

Another (4th) Earthquake Recorded in Braxton County


On Friday, the fourth earthquake in about a month was measured just outside of Gassaway in Braxton County.

Friday’s tremor happened around 6:30 AM and measured 2.6 on the Richter scale.

So far the four tremors have measured between 2.6 and 2.8 on the Richter scale.

Experts say many tremors like these could be foreshocks or signs of a bigger earthquake to come.

Dr. Dewey Sanderson, chair of the geology department at Marshall University, says the geology of Braxton County won’t allow for a major earthquake.

Sanderson says Braxton County is not on a major fault line, so the biggest earthquake he believes could hit the area would be a three or four on the Richter scale.

“I would not expect these are foreshocks of some major event happening,“ Sanderson says.

Sanderson also says he doesn’t believe the tremors are caused by mining activity in the area. He says all the activity is reviewed by a seismologist, and manmade tremors register differently on the Richter scale than do natural events.

Frost Advisory: Cover the Plants


It’ll be a chilly start to the work week on Monday.

With the help of clear skies, temperatures were expected to drop in a big way Sunday night into Monday morning in much of West Virginia after a sunny Mother’s Day.

The National Weather Service issued a Frost Advisory for the following counties from 2:00 AM until 9:00 AM Monday:

Braxton, Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Lewis, and Ritchie.

Mother’s Day 2010


World: Mother’s Day


The United States commercial market for Mother’s Day has skyrocketed in recent years.

According to the Society of American Florists, 25% of all purchases of fresh flowers and plants are for Mother’s Day; and Hallmark says Mother’s Day is the third largest card selling holiday and second most popular gift-giving holiday after Christmas. 

So it may surprise you to find that the first efforts to establish Mother’s Day in the US weren’t exactly successful.

After the Civil War and during the start of the Franco-Prussian War, social activist Julia Ward Howe wrote a Mother’s Day Proclamation calling for peace.  She was inspired by a woman named Ann Jarvis who attempted to unite women and improve sanitation conditions through the Mothers’ Work Days.  Howe’s Mother’s Day for Peace did not gain much of a following and her proposal to convert the July 4th festivities into a celebration of peace and mothers fell flat. 

In 1908, after Jarvis’ death, her daughter Anna M. Jarvis campaigned for a Mother’s Day holiday.  Her Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia held the first official Mother’s Day celebration and in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson eventually declared the second Sunday of May the official national date for the holiday.

By the end of Anna Jarvis’ life, Mother’s Day was celebrated in more than 40 countries.  The carnation was Ann Jarvis’ favorite flower and was present at her funeral.  The tradition has arisen of wearing a carnation, colored if the mother is living, and white if not, to honor one’s mother on the holiday.  It is also common to honor Grandmothers, wives, and other important mother figures in your life. 

Here’s a look at Mother’s Day traditions around the world:

In Mexico, Mother’s Day has been celebrated on May 10 since the early 1900s.  It is one of the biggest gift-giving holidays in Latin American countries.  The celebration is also tied to the Virgin of Guadalupe who is considered a symbol of motherhood.  There is a special mass for Dia de las Madres along with traditional breakfast or brunch for mothers and some sort of serenade in the morning as well in Mexico.

El Salvador and Guatemala also observe Mother’s Day on May 10. 

In the United Kingdom Mother’s Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent.  In the 1600s, children that were working away from home as servants visited their Mother Church on Mothering Day.  They also saw their families and their mothers during this time.  Eventually the holiday began to take on a secular celebration as well.  A tradition of giving your mother a glazed cake was started.  The cake comes from a folk tale about a married couple named Simon and Nell.  When they couldn’t decide whether to boil or bake a cake, they did both and invented the Simnel cake. 

In Spain and Portugal, where the holiday is more religious, people respect and remember the Virgin Mary on December 8. Children also honor their own mothers on this day.

In the former Republic of Yugoslavia, Mother’s Day was tied to a three day series of holidays.  The Mother’s Day cycle in Yugoslavia began with Children’s Day or “Dechiyi Dan” three days before Christmas. The following Sunday was Mother’s Day or “Materitse”, and the Sunday after that was Father’s Day or “Ochichi.“  It was a three day event where in the parents and the children alternated in tying each other up.  The children had to promise to be good in order to be released and the mother offered the children treats so that she could be freed. 

Many countries celebrate Mother’s Day on March 8:  Afghanistan, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Armenia, to name just a few.  However, that date has other importance as well.  International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8, recognizes the economic, political, and social achievements of women.

The Socialist Party of American began celebrating a National Women’s Day in 1909.  The following year the Socialist International met in Copenhagen and established a Women’s Day of an international nature in order to support the women’s rights movement.  Albania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Russia are just a few of the countries that celebrate International Women’s Day rather than Mother’s Day. 

France celebrates Mother’s Day the last Sunday in May. After WWI the holiday took shape around the desire to repopulate the country.  Medals were awarded depending on the number of children a woman had.  This springtime Sunday is referred to as La Fete des Meres, and it provides children and adults throughout France with the opportunity to make their mother the center of attention, and give her gifts and treats. Today a common gift is a cake shaped to resemble a bouquet of flowers, along with candies, flowers, cards and perfumes.  In Sweden, the Swedish Red Cross sells little plastic flowers before Mother’s Day. They then use the money that they make from these flowers to help needy children and their mothers. 

In Finland Mother’s Day is called aidipayiva.  The family picks flower and presents a bouquet to the mother.  A small white pungent flower called the valkovuokko is usually preferred. 

Some Asian countries, such as Singapore and China, follow suit with the American Mother’s day tradition.  In China most names begin with a character signifying mother which honors the maternal heritage.  Other Asian countries have their own unique traditions.  In Thailand, the celebration of the beloved queen Sirikit Kitayakara’s birthday on August 12 has become a Mother’s Day celebration.

Hong Kong’s holiday, called mu quin jie, usually honors the parents of the mother if she is deceased.

In Japan, the name for Mother’s Day is haha no hi. In the early 1900s the Japanese celebrated Mother’s day according to Western custom, but this was banned during World War II. After the war, the tradition became widespread again and there were drawing contests offered for children to illustrate their mothers.  The exhibits celebrating mothers and peace toured throughout the country. 

In Iran and Bahrain, Ruz-e Madar or Mothers’ day is observed on the first Day of Spring, March 21.  This also happens in Lebanon and United Arab Emirates

In Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, Yaum ul-umm, is modeled after Western Mothers’ Day and is marked by celebrations and feasts. 

In Ethiopia, Mother’s Day occurs in mid-fall when the rainy season ends.  There is a three day feast called “Antrosht,“ which is part of the celebration.

South Africa celebrates Mother’s Day on the first Sunday in May.

The Egyptian goddess Isis was considered the mother of the gods.  She was revered as a loving wife and mother and symbol of fertility and magic.  She was revered and a cult even formed to worship her.

In ancient Greece, Rhea, “mother of the gods,“ was honored in the spring with honey-cakes, fine drinks, and flowers at dawn.  Her Roman counterpart, Cybele, was celebrated with games and a procession through the streets. 

The Celtic goddess Brigid, was celebrated during spring in connection to the first milk of the ewes and calves that flowed, symbolizing purity and nourishment. 

For thousands of years, In India, the Hindu people celebrate for nine days in October during a festival called Durga Puja.  This puja (or worship) celebrates Hindu goddess Durga, a warrior-like protector and mother.  It is currently the largest Hindu festival in Bengal.

Get Ready for Boating Season‏: Boater Education Classes are Mandatory


The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) is requesting you open your windows and look outside. It is warm out there. The water is looking great and it is boating time again.

Even though it is the first part of May, it is time to get the boat out of storage and get on the water.

Before you do, there are certain precautions to take to make your boating season enjoyable, according to Lt. Tim Coleman, state coordinator for the DNR boating education program.

For instance, inspect your boat for any mechanical defects and replace, if needed, any safety equipment.

Make sure you have enough life jackets, they fit properly and are in good shape, and are readily available in case of an emergency.

Check for a fire extinguisher and make sure it is properly charged and not rusted, and make sure you check all the bells and whistles, literally.

Check the trailer and make sure the lights work, is well greased, and in overall good condition.

West Virginia’s 2009 boating season was one of the worst in recent history with 36 boating accidents resulting in 12 fatalities.

In an effort to make 2010 one of the safest boating seasons, the Law Enforcement Section of the Division of Natural Resources is stepping up its efforts to make the public more aware of safe boating with a two-front attack.

First, anyone born after December 31, 1986, must first successfully complete a boating safety education class in order to operate a motorboat upon the waters of West Virginia.

The DNR is putting on a “BLITZ” week of classes the week before the Memorial Day Weekend to meet the needs of the boating public.

If you need a class, you can find one near you anywhere in West Virginia or go online and complete a course. Both are recognized in any state.

Just visit www.wvdnr.govand follow the boating prompts for either an online course or do the class search for a traditional class near you.

Do it now before you hit the water; they will be full soon.

On the second front, officers are being trained now on how to better spot potential safety hazards and violations, including “Boating Under the Influence” violations.

Areas of high incidents will be targeted as well as peak activity times. The public also can help by reporting violations they see to local law enforcement agencies.

Make it a cooperative effort to make 2010 one of West Virginia’s safest boating seasons and enjoy our beautiful waterways.

Recalls: 05.07.10


Conair Corp. is recalling BabylissPro Compact Hair Dryers sold nationwide from January 2006 to April 2010. The spinning fan within the hair dryer can break apart, striking the hair dryer’s plastic shell. This causes the plastic to shatter, creating a laceration hazard.
This recall involves the BabylissPro 052 Series Professional Compact Hair Dryer. The hair dryer is sold under the brand names Babyliss® Pro Mighty Mini, Babyliss® Pro Nano Titanium(TM), Babyliss® Pro Porcelain Ceramic, BabylissPro TT® Tourmaline and BabylissPro TT® Tourmaline Titanium. The model name is on the hair dryer’s plastic shell. Also, “1000W” and the model number are on the dryer handle.
Consumers should contact Conair at 800.687.6916 between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM ET Monday through Friday or visit  to receive a free replacement hair dryer.

MIM-PI USA LLC is recalling girls’ hooded sleeveless vests sold nationwide from January 2009 to December 2009. The garments have a drawstring through the hood which can pose a strangulation hazard.
This recall involves girls’ hooded sleeveless vests with drawstrings sold in sizes 2 through 10. The vests were sold in two colors: blue with pink flowers and black with white polka dots. Both styles have a fake fur trim around the hood and a black sweater-like knit trim at the armholes and waist. The vests have an interior zipper covered by an exterior flap closure and a sewn-in neck tag that reads “mim-pi.”
Consumers should immediately remove the drawstrings from the recalled garments or return the vests to the place of purchase for a store credit.
Consumers can also contact MIM-PI USA at 407.492.8361 between 9 AM and 4 PM ET Monday through Friday, or visit

C&T International/Sorelle is recalling Drop-Side Cribs sold nationwide from January 2000 to March 2010. The cribs’ drop-side hardware can disengage from the tracks, causing the drop side to detach from the crib.
This recall involves C&T International, Sorelle and Golden Baby wood cribs. The full-size cribs were sold in natural, white and cherry finishes. The model number and/or model name is printed on a label affixed to the footboard or headboard under the Caution statement.
Consumers should contact C&T/Sorelle at 877.791.9398 between 10 AM and 4 PM ET Monday through Friday or visit to receive a free replacement kit.

Klean Kanteen Inc. is recalling Sport Cap 2.0 water bottle spouts sold nationwide and in Canada from April 2009 to April 2010. The water bottle spouts can break or crack, posing a choking hazard.
The Sport Cap 2.0 water bottle spouts are made of black plastic and have an attachment loop. “Klean Kanteen” is stamped into the side of the cap.
Consumers should contact Klean Kanteen at 877.546.9063 anytime, or visit to receive a free mailing envelope to return the water bottle spout and to receive a free replacement.

Specialized Bicycle Components Inc. is recalling 2010 26” Epic and 26” Era Bicycles sold nationwide from September 2009 to October 2009. The shock absorber mount can break and the shock absorber can make contact with the wheel spokes, posing a fall hazard.
This recall involves alloy seat stays on the following 2010 Specialized 26” Era and 26” Epic bicycles: 2010 Epic Marathon Carbon, 2010 Epic Marathon Frame, 2010 Epic Expert Carbon, 2010 Epic Expert, 2010 Epic Comp Carbon, 2010 Epic Comp, 2010 Era FSR Expert Carb, 2010 Era FSR Expert and 2010 Era FSR Comp.
Consumers should contact a Specialized dealer for a free repair.
Consumers can also contact Specialized at 877.808.8154 between 9 AM and 5 PM MT Monday through Friday or visit

Roberta Roller Rabbit is recalling Roberta Roller Rabbit Children’s Kimono Robe, Lounge Sets and Slumber Short Sets sold at Roberta Roller Rabbit stores in New York. East Hampton, NY and Santa Monica, Cal. from January 2005 to February 2010. The recalled sleepwear fails to meet the federal children’s sleepwear flammability standard, posing a burn hazard.
This recall involves long sleeved children’s kimono robes, lounge sets and slumber short sets. The garments were sold in sizes 0 (12months), 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10. A yellow label at the inside neck reads “Roberta Roller Rabbit.”
Consumers should return the items to a Roberta Roller Rabbit retail store for a store credit.
Consumers can also contact Roberta Roller Rabbit at 877.449.0604 between 9:30 AM and 6:30 PM ET Monday through Friday, or visit (pdf).

Nirve Sports Ltd. is recalling Chopper-style bicycles sold nationwide from December 2008 to April 2009. The bicycle stem on the handlebars can crack and cause the rider to lose control, posing a risk of serious fall and injury.
This recall involves three models: Red Star, Skulls and Cannibal chopper-style bicycles with the model names printed on the chain guard. Red Star has a black finish; Skulls bear a skull graphic and come in grey and black; and Cannibal bears a dragon graphic and comes in a black finish. Serial numbers are located on the bottom of the bicycle between the pedals.
Consumers should return the bicycles to the place of purchase for free repair.
Consumers can also contact Nirve Sports at 888.296.4783 between 8 AM and 5 PM PT Monday through Friday or visit

JD Fine & Company is recalling Children’s Hooded Velour Sweatshirts with Drawstrings sold at Saks Off 5th Avenue outlet stores nationwide from July 2009 to April 2010. The hooded sweatshirts have a drawstring at the neck which can pose a strangulation hazard.
This recall involves hooded sweatshirts sold under the “Sweet Tart” brand name in three styles: G80072873C in navy with rhinestones in the shape of a star; G80072874M in pink with rhinestones in the shape of a peace sign; and G80072875F in gray with rhinestones in the shape of a heart. The sweatshirts were sold in children’s sizes XS, S, M and L and the name “Sweet Tart” can be found on the neck label.
Consumers should immediately remove the drawstrings from the jackets or return the product to the store where purchased for a refund.
Consumers can also contact JD Fine & Company at 925.521.3300 between 9 AM and 5 PM PT Monday through Friday or visit

Blair LLC is recalling Roman Shades sold nationwide from April 2007 to January 2010. Strangulations can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the blind or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck.
This recall involves three styles of Roman shades; standard, tasseled and Duppioni.
Consumers should contact the Window Covering Safety Council at 800.506.4636 anytime or visit for a free repair kit.
Consumers can also contact Blair at 877.392.7095 between 9 AM and 9 PM ET Monday through Saturday, or

Gilmer County Board of Education Meeting Monday - 05.10.10


The next meeting of Gilmer County Board of Education is on Monday, May 10, 2010 at 7:00 PM.

Meeting is held at Gilmer County High School Library.

Weekly Horoscope: 05.09.10 - 05.15.10

Aries (Mar 21-Apr 19) - Take pride in what you do personally and professionally on the 9th. You don’t want to leave any room for criticism or gossip. Turn someone else’s uncertainty into your benefit. Participating in events or activities on the 10th and 11th that will broaden your social spectrum will also enhance your confidence. Don’t give in to pressure. A counter attack will bring you added respect. Take a break on the 12th 13th and 14th. Quiet time will give you the opportunity you need to rejuvenate as well give you some distance from the situations you’ve been dealing with. Visiting a place you used to enjoy on the 15th will arouse fond memories and the desire to reconnect with someone.

Taurus (Apr 20-May 20) - There will be a lot going on in secret on the 9th. Stay in the loop and you will be able to control the outcome of any situation you are involved with. Now is not the time to show anger but it is the time to put your foot down. An interesting turn of events will take place on the 10th and 11th if you have stood your ground without using threats or ultimatums. You’ll be emotional on the 12th 13th and 14th but that can work to your advantage if you speak from the heart and divulge your intentions and plans for the future. Don’t trust what others say, find out first hand. Have some fun on the 15th. Do something that will challenge you physically and you will feel great satisfaction.

Gemini (May 21-Jun 20) - Making a fuss on the 9th may seem like a good idea at the time but in hindsight you will regret your actions. Patience and tolerance will be required. Look around you on the 10th and 11th before making a move. If you focus on what you can do for people who have something to offer you in return you will make greater headway with less conflict. Take care of any money matter on the 12th 13th and 14th. Clear debts set up a workable budget and take care of any contract or agreement that has the potential to stand in your way in the future. Use your imagination on the 15th when it comes to romance and socializing and you will attract someone as experimental as you.

Cancer (Jun 21-Jul 22) - Don’t wait for things to happen on the 9th you be the one to instigate change and to start something new. Your take-charge attitude will lead to greater opportunities. Stick to what you know and do best on the 10th and 11th. As soon as you get mixed up in other people’s business you can expect to be blamed with meddling. If you want to help someone out offer your services or physical help not your suggestions. A little can go a long way on the 12th 13th and 14th. The more you give the more you will get back. Volunteer and you will end up garnering the rewards you deserve. Emotional games will end in disaster on the 15th. Stick to the truth and do what needs to be done.

Leo (Jul 23-Aug 22) - Stop worrying on the 9th about the things you cannot change. Concentrating on the big picture and what you can do to make things better for you your community and the causes you care about will suffice. Try to be flexible with people who are not on the 10th and 11th. Your ability to work with what and whom you are given will show how valuable you are. You will have to stay on top of the power plays that are going on around you on the 12th 13th and 14th. Getting angered by someone’s antics will make you look bad. Best to use diplomacy coupled with facts, figures and a little humor. Do something comforting on the 15th. You deserve a break and a little pampering.

Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22) - You can come to terms with issues regarding partnerships finances and the options you have and the changes required on the 9th. Don’t spend if you don’t have to on the 10th and 11th but do set up a structured budget that will keep you abreast of what you have to work with and what it will take to get what you want. Make a strategic move on the 12th 13th and 14th and you won’t be sorry. A chance to close a deal or learn something new that will help you parlay in a new direction should be you prime target. Don’t let an emotional reaction you receive on the 15th from a close friend lover or associate lead you down the wrong path. Make decisions based on facts not feelings.

Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22) - Expect the unexpected on the 9th and you won’t be surprised by what the people around you do. The less you react the better the outcome. Avoid getting pulled in to someone else’s dilemma on the 10th and 11th. Offer an entertaining alternative that will ease stress and you both enjoy. A self-improvement plan will turn out well and give you a confidence boost. Focus on your domestic budget your surroundings and how you can make your place more inviting on the 12th 13th and 14th but avoid lending or borrowing. Put time aside for fun and games and a little romancing on the 15th. A jaunt to one of your favorite close by destinations will add to your enjoyment.

Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21) - Gear up for change on the 9th. It’s time to try your hand at something different. Socialize with people that motivate and inspire you. An idea you have on the 10th and 11th may be good but not everyone is going to go along with your plan. A partner will pose problems for you if you try to get things happening without approval. Avoid getting into a spat on the 12th 13th and 14th. It won’t be worth your while in the end if it spoils a good relationship. Do your best to compromise by making suggestions that suit everyone. An impulse purchase will tempt you on the 15th leaving you short of cash and in trouble with someone who thinks you are being frivolous.

Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 21) - You can run but you cannot hide on the 9th. Whatever you try to get away with will come back and bite you. Best to be upfront and honest. Use your imagination on the 10th and 11th and you will capture someone’s attention that will offer you some ideas that fit into your current plans but don’t be too willing to share the information you’ve been given with your peers. Put in the time on the 12th 13th and 14th and do the best you can or you will face criticism and may have an effect on your future. You’ll find yourself in a difficult emotional situation with someone on the 15th if you have been avoiding relationship problems that need to be addressed.

Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 19) - Don’t worry about what people think on the 9th. You have to do what you feel is in your best interest. You will learn from your experience. Start making plans on the 10th and 11th to change your surroundings, make a move or renovate. You can make your assets grow with an investment made now. Taking care of personal business will ease your stress on the 12th, 13th and 14th as well as give you a better idea where you stand. Entertain at home. Sharing your place with others will result in a nice surprise. Getting involved in a business capacity on the 15th with someone from your past will bring mixed emotions and unsatisfactory results. Proceed with caution.

Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18) - Make personal changes to your home on the 9th. Invite friends or relatives over for a get-together. Entertaining others will lead to new friendships. You must address an old situation on the 10th and 11th that keeps cropping up. Leaving personal matters or pending problems undone will slow you down and can even cause you to miss an opportunity. Someone will influence you on the 12th 13th and 14th. Before you venture down a path you don’t know well question if the person leading you is capable or not. Concentrate on love romance and making your home a place of comfort on the 15th. A relationship will be enhanced by what you both bring to the table.

Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20) - Get your feelings out in the open on the 9th and it will help you come to terms with a stressful situation regarding a partnership. Focus on getting to know someone you work with or have common interests with better on the 10th and 11th. The friendship you build will lead to greater opportunities both personally and professionally. Mixing the old with the new will help you see the possibilities you can aspire to on the 12th 13th and 14th. An interesting idea you may not have been able to get started in the past will now show some renewed promise. You must tackle emotional problems directly on the 15th if you want to resolve matters quickly and move on.



RECEIPTS:       Auctions    Direct    Video/Internet     Total
This Week        219,300    51,900        43,200        314,400   
Last Week        260,700    60,800        63,700        385,200   
Last Year        217,800    39,000        25,100        289,100

Compared to last week, feeder and stocker cattle prices continued to show modest gains even though most industry members feel the market is near its peak if not top heavy.

Throughout the nation, steady to 2.00 higher was a recurring trend with the exception of a few areas posting slight weakness on heavier feeders and some sales reporting stocker calves more than 2.00 higher.

Handsome price levels are pulling graze-out wheat cattle off pastures a bit earlier than usual this year, with heavy auction receipts at many large volume sale barns across the Southern Plains.

More sellers are moving load-lots through the auctions as they figure paying a little freight and commission is a small price to pay for increased competition.

Country bids remain closely tied to the CME Board and don’t often rise above hedging levels like they often do in an auction setting.

Like the graze-out yearlings; lightweight new-crop calves, culled slaughter cows and bulls, and fed steers and heifers are all being pulled ahead to take advantage of the lofty cash markets – which continues to embolden beef cattle fundamentals.

Cattlemen are nervously looking (as if they were attempting to cross a busy intersection) for which outside element that will come in and break up the party.

Several crashers are lurking (like the disastrous oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico, financial unrest in southeastern Europe, increased violence from terrorists and lawless border wars, and the seemingly routine natural disasters) any of which could derail our economic recovery or destroy our rebounding beef export demand.

These events seem worlds away from grassroots cattle production, but with beef enjoying almost invincible supply/demand factors they are the issues weighing on the cattle markets.

But so far; stockers and feeders continue firm on near historical highs, fed cattle are maintaining their profits and position near the century mark, and packer cow buyers keep outbidding replacement female interests – even on middle-aged high production mothers.

Perhaps it’s easier to just revert back to simply fretting over the weather, which is a standby for agricultural worry warts.

But this spring has been almost ideal with adequate moisture levels in most areas, the majority of pastures are rated in good to excellent condition, and corn plantings are well ahead of schedule.

With the exception of the flood waters in Tennessee drowning-out the steel guitars at the Grand Ole Opry, weather concerns have been minimal so far this spring.

Feeder cattle marketing will soon taper off as we head into the long, hot summer and unlike most commodities – the extremely tight supplies tend to pressure the market as buyers struggle to fill trucks and orders.

But, demand is expected to be very good for any offering that is large enough to draw a crowd as we now know just how tight beef cattle numbers are at every level.

This week’s reported auction volume had 47% over 600 lbs and 45% heifers.

Auction Receipts:  219,300   Last Week:  260,700   Last Year:  217,800

Weston Livestock Auction, Weston, WV
Weighted Average Report for Saturday May 01, 2010

Cattle Receipts:  178
Slaughter cows made up 33% of the offering, slaughter bulls 7%,
replacement cows 4%, and feeders 56%.

The feeder supply included 33% steers, 41% heifers, and 26% bulls.

Near 23% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.
Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    305-305    305       127.50         127.50
    1    355-355    355       127.00         127.00
    2    440-440    440       127.00         127.00
    4    477-490    480    120.00-130.00     122.55
    2    515-520    518    111.00-121.00     115.98
    5    586-586    586       121.00         121.00
    1    610-610    610       106.00         106.00
    2    655-660    658    102.00-119.00     110.47
    1    960-960    960        84.00          84.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    240-240    240       105.00         105.00
    1    310-310    310       122.50         122.50
    3    356-356    356       127.50         127.50
    1    490-490    490       113.00         113.00
    2    500-545    523    105.00-107.00     105.96
                             Small 2
    1    295-295    295        95.00          95.00
                             Holstein Medium and Large 4
    1    245-245    245        62.00          62.00
    1    315-315    315        47.50          47.50   Thin
    3    415-415    415        59.00          59.00
Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    330-330    330       103.00         103.00
    2    435-445    440       112.00         112.00
    3    460-483    475    104.00-107.00     106.03
    1    500-500    500       100.00         100.00   Fleshy
    2    590-590    590       103.00         103.00
    1    595-595    595        84.00          84.00   Fleshy
    3    605-630    615    103.00-106.00     104.98
    2    650-660    655     99.00-102.00     100.49
    1    720-720    720        96.00          96.00
    1    760-760    760        91.00          91.00
    1    840-840    840        77.00          77.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    225-225    225        85.00          85.00
    1    250-250    250       111.00         111.00
    4    340-343    342    108.50-109.00     108.75
    3    355-375    368    101.00-112.00     108.47
    4    405-445    421    104.00-105.00     104.50
    5    470-475    473    101.00-108.00     106.39
    3    505-525    517    103.00-105.00     104.32
    1    650-650    650        97.00          97.00
    1    755-755    755        81.00          81.00
Feeder Bulls                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    440-440    440       105.00         105.00   Fleshy
    2    460-480    470    100.00-107.50     103.83   Fleshy
    1    530-530    530       103.00         103.00
    1    515-515    515        90.00          90.00   Fleshy
    1    570-570    570       119.00         119.00
    3    602-602    602       108.00         108.00
    1    660-660    660        80.00          80.00   Fleshy
    2    715-715    715        94.00          94.00
    2    960-980    970     66.00-76.00       71.05
                             Small 1
    1    495-495    495        85.00          85.00
    1    550-550    550        89.00          89.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    3    395-395    395    103.00-113.00     109.67
    3    413-430    419    106.00-113.00     108.40
    1    560-560    560       102.00         102.00
    1    615-615    615       100.00         100.00
                             Small 2
    1    270-270    270        83.00          83.00
    1    555-555    555        80.00          80.00
Bred Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    915-915    915       660.00         660.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Middle Aged
    1    940-940    940       650.00         650.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    2   1120-1120  1120       785.00         785.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred
    2   1250-1250  1250       775.00         775.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Aged
    1   1155-1155  1155       700.00         700.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred
Slaughter Cows                Breaker 70-80% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2   1440-1480  1460     57.50-59.25       58.39
                               Boner 80-85% Lean
    3    115-855    590     48.50-50.00       49.24
    1    880-880    880        54.00          54.00   High Dressing
   18    995-1350  1192     52.50-59.00       55.62
    6    970-1290  1121     58.75-62.50       59.73   High Dressing
    8    940-1360  1163     43.00-50.00       48.50   Low Dressing
    2   1415-1440  1428     56.00-58.25       57.13
    1   1530-1530  1530        58.50          58.50   High Dressing
                                Lean 85-90% Lean
   11    830-1280  1027     45.00-49.25       47.28
    1   1065-1065  1065        50.00          50.00   High Dressing
    6    840-1350  1043     35.00-44.75       40.40   Low Dressing
Slaughter Bulls                Yield Grade 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1395-1395  1395        65.50          65.50
    4   1170-1320  1219     55.00-59.50       57.31   Low Dressing
    5   1860-2190  2015     60.00-64.00       62.44
    1   1545-1545  1545        66.00          66.00   High Dressing
                               Yield Grade 2
    1   1315-1315  1315        57.00          57.00
    slaughter hogs    sows 3 head    
                    300-500lbs     42-52
     baby calves    2       beef
          newborn to 4 wks   80
           150-200lbs  by cwt  117.25
      cow calf pairs   18 head  
        age 2-8 calf under 250                    calf over 250
         L&M1  925-1035                              1025
         L&M2  775-885                               800-950
       age 8&up calf under 250                      calf over 250
         L & M 1    875-960
         L & M 2    725-785

        slaughter lambs  4 head
          90-100 lbs    145.00
         feeders  25
          75-90 lbs    148.00
          60-75        153.00    hair lambs  135.00
          45-60        147.50-149.00
         slaughter ewes  10 head 
          fleshy   38-44.00
          slaughter rams  5 head 
          goats 22 head 
          kids 17.50-20.00
          nannies mature       selection2     selection 1
                                80-85             120
           nannies young        42.50-45

Jackson County Regional Livestock, RIPLEY, WV
Weighted Average Report for Saturday May 01, 2010

Cattle Receipts:  340
Slaughter cows made up 12% of the offering, slaughter bulls 4%,
replacement cows 2%, and feeders 83%.

The feeder supply included 20% steers, 60% heifers, and 20% bulls.

Near 27% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.
Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    210-210    210       124.00         124.00
    3    270-295    282    122.00-127.00     124.26
    2    305-345    325    124.00-129.00     126.35
    2    355-385    370    124.00-132.00     127.84
    2    400-405    403    122.00-124.00     122.99
    1    465-465    465       121.00         121.00
   11    510-545    527    116.00-120.00     119.27
    6    550-580    562    110.00-120.00     114.72
    2    615-615    615       105.00         105.00
    2    655-680    668     97.00-108.00     102.40
    1    770-770    770        90.00          90.00
                             Small 1
    1    400-400    400       101.00         101.00
    1    535-535    535        88.00          88.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    325-325    325       113.00         113.00
    1    445-445    445       114.00         114.00
    2    480-485    483    110.00-115.00     112.51
    1    540-540    540        96.00          96.00
    1    560-560    560        89.00          89.00
    1    645-645    645        92.00          92.00
    2    700-720    710     83.00-88.00       85.54
                             Holstein Medium and Large 2
    2    555-595    575     47.00-62.50       54.48
    1    755-755    755        47.00          47.00
    1    835-835    835        54.00          54.00
Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    230-230    230       110.00         110.00
    2    280-285    283    102.00-105.00     103.49
    4    330-335    331    107.00-110.00     109.25
    6    355-395    374    100.00-114.00     107.99
   11    405-445    430    102.00-114.00     110.27
   15    450-495    473    107.00-117.00     113.50
    8    505-545    522    105.00-111.00     109.02
    9    565-590    572    100.00-111.50     107.51
    9    600-645    630     92.00-105.00      95.64
    3    655-697    683     94.00-97.00       94.96
    5    708-715    711     92.00-95.00       93.79
   11    784-784    784       100.50         100.50
    3    950-995    965        85.00          85.00
                             Small 1
    1    290-290    290        99.00          99.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    275-275    275       102.50         102.50
    5    300-340    328    103.00-114.00     108.41
    4    385-385    385    101.00-106.00     104.75
    5    405-435    417     97.00-106.00     100.92
   14    457-495    472     89.00-103.00      93.02
    7    500-545    512     91.00-102.00      99.28
    2    560-585    573     85.00-92.00       88.58
    2    605-615    610     96.00-100.00      98.02
    4    650-695    668     65.00-76.00       70.36
    2    720-725    723     61.00-62.00       61.50
    5    753-795    766     74.00-88.00       83.09
    1    820-820    820        74.00          74.00
                             Medium and Large 3
    1    770-770    770        55.00          55.00   BWF
Feeder Bulls                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    285-285    285       112.50         112.50
    2    327-327    327       128.50         128.50
    3    366-366    366       123.00         123.00
    7    402-447    423    115.00-123.00     119.02
    6    450-493    481    107.00-119.00     113.81
    6    505-520    513    107.00-119.00     112.03
    5    555-590    564    105.00-112.00     107.96
    2    630-640    635     99.00-102.00     100.51
    1    700-700    700        83.00          83.00
    1    845-845    845        75.00          75.00
                             Small 1
    2    505-505    505     84.00-94.00       89.00
    1    695-695    695        84.00          84.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    395-395    395       107.00         107.00
    2    460-475    468    100.00-105.00     102.46
    1    525-525    525       104.00         104.00
    3    575-585    580     98.00-106.00     102.67
    3    615-645    632     76.00-95.00       86.25
Bred Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Middle Aged
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2   1060-1120  1090    560.00-785.00     675.60   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    2   1345-1405  1375    675.00-750.00     713.32   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Aged
    1   1000-1000  1000       550.00         550.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
Slaughter Cows                Breaker 70-80% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    805-805    805        49.00          49.00
    1   1100-1100  1100        54.00          54.00
    7   1005-1385  1194     54.00-59.50       55.98   High Dressing
    3   1500-1575  1543     55.00-56.50       55.83   High Dressing
                               Boner 80-85% Lean
    1    785-785    785        47.00          47.00
    3    850-890    870     38.00-43.50       40.47   Low Dressing
    6    915-1350  1115     43.50-54.00       48.21
    7    900-1350  1101     50.00-59.50       53.68   High Dressing
    1   1270-1270  1270        44.50          44.50   Low Dressing
    1   1495-1495  1495        43.50          43.50
    1   1555-1555  1555        51.00          51.00   High Dressing
                                Lean 85-90% Lean
    1    760-760    760        33.00          33.00   Low Dressing
Slaughter Bulls                Yield Grade 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2   1055-1175  1115     64.00-67.00       65.58
    1   1325-1325  1325        71.00          71.00   High Dressing
    7   1520-1890  1733     60.00-66.00       62.20
    2   1820-1860  1840     74.00-78.50       76.23   High Dressing
    13  54.00-70.00
Cow Calf Pairs
    20  500.00-1000.00
    15  86.00-97.50
 Feeders      40.00-65.00
 Billies      30.00-92.50
 Nannies      45.00-75.00
   3   51.00-54.00
Baby Calves
    11  5.00-150.00

TechNews: Google Tweaks Search Pages and Logo


Google’s search results have looked a little different since two days ago.

Google is rolling out a redesign of its search pages that include a freshly scrubbed version of its logo.

The most obvious change, as outlined by Google is a new column of search options that changes to reflect what sort of search you’ve typed. You’ve seen this concept in action if you clicked the “Show options…“ link on most Google search-results pages—or used Microsoft’s surprisingly good Bing.

But in the new implementation, you’re supposed to see different categories of information in that left-hand bar.

For example, a query on a current sports topic could yield icons for “Updates” (a quick way to scan relevant Twitter posts), “Blogs” and “News.“

Other searches might feature shortcuts for video or book lookups (note that the Wall Street Journal reported that Google plans to open an electronic bookstore selling Web-based editions this summer).

Below those options, you may see suggestions to refine your query or “Something different” links to point you to related information.

The Google home page, in turn, features changes that may interest typographic nerds—the familiar logo, as seen above, is losing most of its drop-shadow effects and its tiny trademark symbol. (Trivia-question answer: Google uses a 1982-vintage font called Catull for this “wordmark.“)

Google has a reputation for obsessing over details that most people don’t care about, so it is understandable if you didn’t notice these changes until this. But if you did, what do you think?—and what improvements you’re still waiting to see from Google? The comments are all yours…

Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito – Legislative Update – 05.09.10


Happy Mother’s Day to all moms across the great state of West Virginia. Today our families join together to pay tribute to the mothers who have dedicated their devotion, time and love to each and every one of us.

This week, the House of Representatives joined me in honoring West Virginia as the birthplace of the Mother’s Day tradition, which was first celebrated in Grafton, WV. My legislation, which directs the Secretary of the Treasury to mint a coin commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the holiday, was passed by an overwhelming majority. The proceeds from the sale of the coin will go to breast cancer and osteoporosis research.

As we honor all of the mothers in our lives today, let us not forget the mothers who are currently away from their loved ones while serving honorably in the U.S. Military.

G-Fin™: U.S.A.: Economy Brief - 05.07.10


Employment Situation
Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 290,000 in April, the unemployment rate edged up to 9.9%, and the labor force increased sharply.

Job gains occurred in manufacturing, professional and business services, health care, and leisure and hospitality.

Federal government employment also rose, reflecting continued hiring of temporary workers for Census 2010.

Productivity and Costs
Productivity increased 3.6% in the nonfarm business sector during the first quarter of 2010 as unit labor costs fell 1.6% (seasonally adjusted annual rates).

In manufacturing, productivity grew 2.5% while unit labor costs fell 3.7%.

Gilmer County Public Service District Meeting - Monday


The regular monthly meeting of the Gilmer County Public Service District Board of Directors will be held on Monday, May 10, 2010, at 7:00 PM.

The meeting will be at Gilmer County Senior Citizens Center in Glenville.

The public is invited to attend.

Sand Fork: Sand Fork Church of God of Prophecy Revival


The Sand Fork Church of God of Prophecy will have revival from Sunday, May 09, 2010 to Wednesday May 12, 2010.

Evangelist, Tim Farmer from Tennessee,  on Sunday morning, May 09, 2010 at 11 AM service and Sunday evening at 6:00 PM.

Monday to Wednesday evening’s services will begin at 7:00 PM.

Freewill offering will be received.

Come and enjoy great Christian fellowship, worship and preaching.

Everyone welcome.

Revival: Upper Steer Run Baptist Church


Upper Steer Run Baptist Church will be having a revival beginning on Sunday, May 09, 2010.

Services will start at 7:30 PM.

Please join us in worshipping our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Everyone is welcome.

Elder Roger Stewart, pastor



Three Qualities.
The old Sears-Roebuck catalogs often offered three qualities of goods:  Good,  Better,  and Best.  Life offers us pretty much the same.  Some things in life are Good,  other things are Better,  but God offers A One – The Best.

A Good Name.
A good name is better than precious ointment…”  (Eccl. 7:1) .  Precious ointment is Good, but a good name is Better.  A good name is more difficult to obtain, because it must be earned.  A good name is more honorable to possess and has a much greater influence. But the name Christian is A One – The Best,  because it is the only name in which salvation can be found (Acts 4:12) ,  and in which spiritual blessings can be enjoyed (Eph 1:3) .

The Day Of Death.
…and the day of death than the day of one’s birth. (Eccl. 7:1) .  The day of one’s birth is Good, because it is a day of rejoicing,  a new beginning, and a day to remember, but the day of death is better.  The day of death releases one from toil and labor, from pain and suffering.  It draws a family closer together and closer to God.  But the day of one’s New Birth is A One – The Best,  because that is death to the old way of life,  and a transition to a new beginning,  which can lead to eternal life in Heaven.

The House Of Mourning.
It is better to go to the house of mourning,  than to go to the house of feasting;  for that is the end of all men;  and the living will lay it to his heart. (Eccl. 7:2) .  The house of feasting is Good.  It’s a time and place for laughter,  and laughter is good, and the fellowship is pleasant.  The house of mourning is Better, because it leads us to do some sober thinking about life, death, and eternity.  We learn more about ourselves, about true friendship, and about life at the house of mourning.  But the mourning that leads one to God is A One – The Best.  “Blessed are they that mourn:  for they shall be comforted. ”  (Matt. 5:4) .

The End Of A Thing.
Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof. (Eccl. 7:8) .  The beginning of a thing is Good, because it shows creativity and initiative.  It indicates drive and ambition, and creates zeal and enthusiasm.  But the end of a thing is Better, because it suggests persistence, perseverance,  and experience gained.  But the end of the Christian life is A One – The Best.  “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. (Psa. 116:15) .  “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord. (Rev. 14:13) .

Cherish The Best.
Let us enjoy all the Good things God has provided,  always choose that which is Better,  and cherish the Best.  But there is something even Better than the Best this life has to offer.  “Eye hath not seen,  nor ear heard,  neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. ”  (1 Cor. 2:9) .  “How Beautiful Heaven Must Be.” 

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:  “”  Web Site:

Harry Dean Moore


Harry Dean Moore
Age 64, of Ft. Meyers, Florida, where he resided with his wife Darla, passed away on April 22, 2010 following a brief battle with cancer.

He was born in Glenville on February 10, 1946, son of the late Alfred and Martha Moore.

Surviving are one son, Jeff, who resides in Mineral Wells, WV; one daughter, Kim, who resides in Florida; 3 grandchildren: Casey, Jake, and Tabitha.

Also surviving are two brothers: Bob Moore and his wife, Phyllis, of Exchange; Jim Moore and his wife, Carol, of Ohio; five sisters, Lenora Huff and her husband, Jesse, of Camden; Jean Nolan of Ohio, Mary Ferguson and her husband, Carl, of Ohio; Edna Kemper and her husband, Bill, of Camden, and Kay Moore of Glenville; and one sister-in-law, Mildred Grogg.

He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Harry was preceded in death by three brothers: Eugene, Ray, and William, and one brother-in-law, Jim Nolan.

Memorial services will be held in Glenville at a later date.

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