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Lady Cats Fall to Lady Pioneers in Glenville

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Glenville State College Lady Pioneers used a 16-4 run to close out the first half and begin the second half to deal Pitt-Johnstown a 111-96 road loss on Saturday, December 04, 2010.

A basket and a three-pointer put the Lady Cats up 8-7 three-minutes into the game, but Glenville State outscored Pitt-Johnstown 14-3 over the next four minutes to build a 21-11 lead on a Miranda Reed jumper in the paint with just over 11 minutes left in the first half.

The Lady Cats came back and scored the next 10 points to tie it at 21, but the Lady Pioneers extended the lead back to five at 31-26.

Pitt-Johnson made it to 42-41, but Lady Pioneers closed out the first half on a 13-0 run, capped by an Autumn Davis three-pointer, to push the led to 45-41 at the half.

Glenville State extended the run to 16-4 and built the lead to 61-45 early in the second half.

Pitt-Johnstown cut the deficit to nine on three occasions, the last on a basket in the paint midway through the half to made it 72-63.

However, the Lady Pioneers quickly made it an 18-point advantage at 83-65 with an 11-2 run.

Pitt-Johnson’s Aden scored the next 11 points for the Lady Cats to make it 88-77 with six minutes to play.

Pitt-Johnstown then cut it to 91-83, but it never got any closer and the Lady Pioneers went on to the 15-point victory.

The Lady Pioneers shot 45% (44-96) from the floor and hit 16 three-pointers.

•  Tenish Wilson scored 17 points.

•  Beth Deren scored 17 points.

The Lady Pioneers improved to 5-3 overall and 3-0 in the WVIAC.

The Pioneers host Concord University for a conference game on Tuesday 12.07.2010 at 5:30 PM in Glenville.

Official Women Basketball Box Score
Pitt-Johnstown vs Glenville State
12.04.2010 5:30 PM at Glenville, WV

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VISITORS: Pitt-Johnstown 2-4, 2-2 WVIAC
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
32 Kelly Goode…...... *  1-7    0-3    0-0    2  3  5   3   2  5  3  0  1  19
33 Sheena Aden…...... * 13-26   0-0    7-9    4  3  7   1  33  1  5  0  4  38
34 Sara Trimarco….... *  0-1    0-0    2-2    1  6  7   2   2  3  6  0  4  35
40 Andrea Dalton….... * 14-27   5-11   3-5    0  5  5   0  36  1  3  0  2  38
42 Kayla Loughner…... *  4-13   1-3    2-2    0  5  5   2  11  1  2  0  0  22
11 Maria Montini…....    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  0  1  0  0   5
15 Elisa Schober…....    1-2    0-0    0-0    1  1  2   3   2  2  1  0  0  10
20 Rachel Johnson…...    0-1    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   0   0  0  0  0  0   3
23 Stacy Goode…......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  2  2  0  0   6
24 Grace Hyland….....    0-1    0-1    0-0    1  0  1   2   0  1  0  0  1   5
50 Inaya Stephenson….    5-7    0-0    0-0    4  5  9   3  10  0  4  0  0  19
   TEAM….............                        12  3 15
   Totals…...........   38-86   6-18  14-18  26 32 58  17  96 16 27  0 12 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 16-39 41.0%   2nd Half: 22-47 46.8%   Game: 44.2%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  5-12 41.7%   2nd Half:  1-6  16.7%   Game: 33.3%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  4-4  100 %   2nd Half: 10-14 71.4%   Game: 77.8%    0

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HOME TEAM: Glenville State 5-3, 3-0 WVIAC
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
01 WOODMORE,Danielle… *  7-14   1-1    1-2    0  2  2   1  16  5  4  0  2  23
04 WILSON,Tenisha…... *  8-19   1-4    0-1    3  5  8   4  17  1  4  0  0  20
12 REED,Miranda…..... *  6-10   3-4    2-2    0  1  1   0  17  6  3  0  3  22
20 BUTCHER,Catherine… *  1-5    1-5    0-0    1  1  2   3   3  1  0  0  2  18
44 GOLDEN,Kristen…... *  6-11   0-1    1-2    2  4  6   4  13  6  4  1  0  20
02 STEPHENS,Kim….....    0-3    0-3    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  0  0  0  2  14
03 DAVIS,Autumn….....    1-3    1-3    0-0    1  0  1   1   3  1  0  0  0  10
05 HUFFMAN,Tiffany…..    3-8    2-4    1-3    2  1  3   0   9  1  2  0  1  17
10 GOODSON,Kenyell…..    4-6    2-4    0-0    1  3  4   1  10  1  0  0  1  20
21 DEREN,Beth….......    6-8    5-7    0-0    0  0  0   2  17  0  0  0  3  16
30 MILES,Mishae….....    1-2    0-0    1-2    2  2  4   1   3  0  0  1  1   8
40 HAMBRICK,LaToya…..    1-7    0-0    1-4    4  3  7   0   3  0  1  1  0  12
   TEAM….............                         9  3 12
   Totals…...........   44-96  16-36   7-16  25 26 51  17 111 22 18  3 15 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 22-50 44.0%   2nd Half: 22-46 47.8%   Game: 45.8%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  8-19 42.1%   2nd Half:  8-17 47.1%   Game: 44.4%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  3-8  37.5%   2nd Half:  4-8  50.0%   Game: 43.8%    4

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Technical fouls: Pitt-Johnstown-None. Glenville State-None.
Attendance:
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Pitt-Johnstown….............   41   55  -   96
Glenville State…............   55   56  -  111

Sand Fork Town Council Meeting - 12.06.10

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On Monday, December 06, 2010, The Sand Fork Town Council will have the regular monthly meeting.

The meeting is at Town Hall and Community Center in Sand Fork at 7:00PM.

Sand Fork Town council meets the first Monday of each month.

U.S.A.: Employment Situation

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The unemployment rate edged up to 9.8% in November, and nonfarm payroll employment was little changed (+39,000).

Temporary help services and health care continued to add jobs over the month, while employment fell in retail trade.

Employment in most major industries changed little in November.

Nonfarm payroll employment was essentially unchanged in November (+39,000), and the unemployment rate edged up to 9.8%.

The jobless rate had been 9.6% in each of the prior 3 months.

Payroll employment has increased by an average of 86,000 per month since its recent low point in December 2009.

In November, temporary help services and health care added jobs, while employment fell in retail trade.

Temporary help services employment increased by 40,000 over the month. Since the industry’s most recent low in September 2009, employment has grown by 494,000.

In November, health care employment rose by 19,000, including a gain of 8,000 in hospitals.

Thus far in 2010, the health care industry has added an average of 21,000 jobs per month, about in line with average monthly job growth in 2009.

Retail trade employment decreased by 28,000 in November, including declines in department stores (9,000) and in furniture and home furnishings stores (-5,000).

Other major service-providing industries showed little employment change in November.

Manufacturing employment changed little over the month.

Following job growth earlier in 2010, factory employment has been relatively flat, on net, since May.

Elsewhere in the goods-producing sector, construction employment also changed little in November, while mining employment continued to trend up.

Average hourly earnings of all employees on private nonfarm payrolls were up by 1 cent in November to $22.75.

Over the past 12 months, average hourly earnings have risen by 1.6%.

From October 2009 to October 2010, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased by 1.2%.

Turning now to measures from the survey of households, the unemployment rate edged up to 9.8% in November.

Of the 15.1 million persons unemployed in November, 41.9% had been jobless for 27 weeks or more.

That proportion has been essentially unchanged since August.

Among the employed, there were 9.0 million individuals working part time in November who
preferred full-time work, about the same as in October.

The labor force participation rate was unchanged at 64.5% in November.

Among those outside the labor force—that is, persons neither working nor looking for work—the number of discouraged workers in November was 1.3 million, up from 861,000 a year earlier.

These individuals were not looking for work because they believe no jobs are available for them.

In summary, the unemployment rate edged up to 9.8% in November, and payroll employment was essentially unchanged.

GSC Student Speaks in Randolph County about Domestic Violence

Glenville State College senior, Gina Hamilton, spoke at the Randolph County Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigilance for the second year in a row.

The event was held on Thursday, October 28, 2010 as an effort to raise awareness of domestic violence.

It was hosted by the Randolph County Prosecutor’s Office, Women’s Aid in Crisis, and the Randolph County Family Resource Network.

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Hamilton is a nontraditional student who will graduate in December 2011 with a B.S. in Behavioral Science with concentration in Psychology/Sociology.

She is minoring in criminal justice and plans on attending graduate school to obtain a master’s in social work.

She spoke about overcoming the trauma of domestic abuse, being a survivor herself.

“My overall goal is to help victims of domestic violence overcome their trauma and succeed in life.  I also plan to persuade state legislators to toughen the penalties for domestic violence perpetrators.  I will continue this quest until I have succeeded,” said Hamilton.

“It is really nice to see Glenville students who are taking a leadership role in their communities, who are social activists - making a difference in the world around them.  Gina demonstrates the kind of compassion, commitment, involvement, and leadership that makes GSC proud,” said GSC Assistant Professor of Social Work/Sociology Dr. Ida Mills.

Hamilton resides in Randolph County with her three children. For more information on domestic violence assistance contact your local Women’s Aid in Crisis or Family Resource Network.

~~ By Matthew Thompson - GSC Public Relation ~~
Photo Courtesy InterMountain

Tax Cut Extension Plan Fails: Manchin, Rockefeller Vote Differently

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The United State Senate rejected two separate proposals that would have extended the Bush Tax Cuts in some form.

One proposal would have had the tax cuts continue for people making $250,000 or less—the other, for those making fewer than $1 million.

West Virginia’s senators were split on the issue.

Senator Jay Rockefeller voted in favor of the bill that would have extended the cuts for only those making fewer than $250,000, but voted against extensions for people with incomes more than that.

Senator Joe Manchin might be in the same party as Rockefeller, but he voted differently.

Manchin supported the plan to end tax cuts only for those making more than $1 million.

He voted against the proposal of raising taxes on people making between $250,000 and $1 million.

Manchin says he’s in favor of tax cuts for everyone, but was hoping to reach a compromise.

“While I have said repeatedly I prefer all the tax cuts be extended, I was open to a common sense compromise that would extend the cuts to those who make up to $1 million - or 99.9% of West Virginians. Unfortunately, that did not happen,“ Manchin said.

Rockefeller, meanwhile, says people making more than $250,000 don’t need tax cuts.

“I think extending the tax cuts for families up to the $250,000 threshold, coupled with extending unemployment insurance, is the best approach.  It provides needed relief to nearly 99% of West Virginians and pumps more money into the economy, but does so in a way that is fiscally responsible.  In my judgment, the top 1-2% simply don’t need another tax break that the country can’t afford right now,“ Rockefeller said.

Both bills failed in the Senate.

~~  WVMN ~~


Update: December 06, 2010 - 1:30 PM - Senator Manchin Explains Tax Cut Vote More


U.S. Senator Joe Manchin says he still favors limiting permanent Bush era tax cuts to only those Americans who earn less than a million dollars a year.

Manchin voted for an amendment back on Saturday that would have setup that scenario.

However, the amendment by Senator Chuck Schumer of New York failed to pass.

Manchin opposed an amendment by Senator Max Baucas setting that threshold at $250,000 a year.

“I’m not going to have that (under 1-million a year) before me again,“ said Manchin in a conference call with West Virginia reporters Monday. “The next time I get to vote is going to be one that’s been worked out by the Democrat leadership, Republican leadership, the President, and White House.“

Manchin says he’s almost forced to back whatever the compromise bill will be.

“We don’t have an option here.  There’s not an option to walk away and do nothing,“ Manchin said. “I do prefer extending the tax cuts, but based on a temporary fine guideline of time.  In this hard economic times, we’ve done everything we can but they should be extended and probably will be extended for a period of time.“

Manchin anticipates there will be a vote to extend the tax credits for everybody, but only for a limited time.

He says he could not support a bill to make those tax cuts permanent for all taxpayers.

GSC: North Central WV Alumni Chapter Christmas Dinner - Deadline Approaching

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West Virginia to Play in Florida Citrus Bowl

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2010-11 College Football Bowl Schedule
Bowl Location Date/Time Network
New Mexico Albuquerque, N.M. 18-Dec ESPN
BYU vs. UTEP University Stadium 2:00 PM
uDrove Humanitarian Boise, Idaho 18-Dec ESPN
Northern Illinois vs. Fresno State Bronco Stadium 5:30 PM
R+L Carriers New Orleans New Orleans 18-Dec ESPN
Ohio vs. Troy Louisiana Superdome 9:00 PM
Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, Fla. 21-Dec ESPN
Southern Mississippi vs. Louisville Tropicana Field 8:00 PM
MAACO Las Vegas Las Vegas 22-Dec ESPN
Utah vs. Boise State Sam Boyd Stadium 8:00 PM
S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia San Diego 23-Dec ESPN
Navy vs. San Diego State Qualcomm Stadium 8:00 PM
Sheraton Hawaii Honolulu 24-Dec ESPN
Hawaii vs. Tulsa Aloha Stadium 8:00 PM
Little Caesars Detroit 26-Dec ESPN
Florida International vs. Toledo Ford Field 8:30 PM
AdvoCare V100 Independence Shreveport, La. 27-Dec ESPN2
Air Force vs. Georgia Tech Independence Stadium 5:00 PM
Champs Sports Orlando, Fla. 28-Dec ESPN
West Virginia vs. NC State Florida Citrus Bowl 6:30 PM
Insight Tempe, Ariz. 28-Dec ESPN
Missouri vs. Iowa Sun Devil Stadium 10:00 PM
Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman Washington, D.C. 29-Dec ESPN
East Carolina vs. Maryland RFK Stadium 2:30 PM
Texas Houston 29-Dec ESPN
Illinois vs. Baylor Reliant Stadium 6:00 PM
Valero Alamo San Antonio 29-Dec ESPN
Oklahoma State vs. Arizona Alamodome 9:15 PM
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Dallas 30-Dec ESPN
Army vs. SMU Gerald J. Ford Stadium 12:00 PM
New Era Pinstripe Bronx, N.Y. 30-Dec ESPN
Kansas St. vs. Syracuse Yankee Stadium 3:20 PM
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Nashville, Tenn. 30-Dec ESPN
North Carolina vs. Tennessee LP Field 6:40 PM
Bridgepoint Education Holiday San Diego 30-Dec ESPN
Nebraska vs. Washington Qualcomm Stadium 10:00 PM
Meineke Car Care Charlotte, N.C. 31-Dec ESPN
South Florida vs. Clemson Bank of America Stadium 12:00 PM
Hyundai Sun El Paso, Texas 31-Dec CBS
Notre Dame vs. Miami Sun Bowl 2:00 PM
AutoZone Liberty Memphis, Tenn. 31-Dec ESPN
Georgia vs. UCF Liberty Bowl 3:30 PM
Chick-fil-A Atlanta 31-Dec ESPN
South Carolina vs. Florida State Georgia Dome 7:30 PM
TicketCity  Dallas 1-Jan ESPNU
Northwestern vs. Texas Tech Cotton Bowl 12:00 PM
Outback Tampa, Fla. 1-Jan ABC
Florida vs. Penn State Raymond James Stadium 1:00 PM
Capital One Orlando, Fla. 1-Jan ESPN
Alabama vs. Michigan State Florida Citrus Bowl 1:00 PM
Gator Bowl Jacksonville, Fla. 1-Jan ESPN2
Mississippi State vs. Michigan Municipal Stadium 1:30 PM
Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO Pasadena, Calif. 1-Jan ESPN
Wisconsin vs. TCU Rose Bowl 5:00 PM
Tostitos Fiesta Glendale, Ariz. 1-Jan ESPN/ESPN3D
Connecticut vs. Oklahoma U. of Phoenix Stadium 8:30 PM
Discover Orange Miami 3-Jan ESPN
Stanford vs. Virginia Tech Sun Life Stadium 8:30 PM
Allstate Sugar New Orleans 4-Jan ESPN
Ohio State vs. Arkansas Louisiana Superdome 8:30 PM
GoDaddy.com Mobile, Ala. 6-Jan ESPN
Middle Tennessee vs. Miami (Ohio) Ladd-Peebles Stadium 8:00 PM
AT&T Cotton Arlington, Texas 7-Jan FOX
LSU vs. Texas A&M Cowboys Stadium 8:00 PM
BBVA Compass Bowl Birmingham, Ala. 8-Jan ESPN
Pittsburgh vs. Kentucky Legion Field 12:00 PM
Kraft Fight Hunger San Francisco 9-Jan ESPN
Nevada vs. Boston College AT&T Park 9:00 PM
Tostitos BCS National Championship Game Glendale, Ariz. 10-Jan ESPN/ESPN3D
Oregon vs. Auburn U. of Phoenix Stadium 8:30 PM

City of Glenville Logo and Slogan Contest - Deadline This Friday

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City of Glenville Logo and Slogan Contest

Official Rules:

1. Logo - Flexibility is a key requirement, including the need to resize easily and to look good in black and white and as well as color (if logo is done in color). The final version of the logo will need to be suitable for high quality printing.

2. Slogan – What is Glenville to you? What is Glenville known for? How would you describe Glenville to others? Entrants must coin a slogan, 10 words or less, that captures the essence of the City of Glenville.

3. Designs must be original ideas. Logos or slogans found elsewhere will be disqualified.

4. The City of Glenville reserves the right not to select a winner if, in its sole discretion, no suitable entries are received.

5. The City of Glenville reserves the right to disqualify any Entrant or Entry at its sole discretion. No correspondence shall be entered into.

6. The Entrant with the winning design must give permission for the City of Glenville to make public and otherwise use the winner’s name for publicity purposes.

7. To guarantee anonymity during the selection process, personal information will be removed from all eligible entries and they will be viewed and voted on at the December City Council meeting on Monday, December 13, 2010.

8. Entrants may have multiple entries but they must be done by an individual. No group submissions will be accepted.

9. If two or more people come up with identical designs or very similar slogans, the earliest entry will be deemed the winning entry.

10. Entrants can submit a design for the logo, a slogan, or both.

11. Entries must include the entrants- name, address, telephone number, and age.

12. Entries can be submitted by mail, e-mail, or dropped off in person at City Hall during regular business hours- Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM:

City of Glenville
Logo/Slogan Contest
20 North Court Street
Glenville, WV 26351

Or “allman.tashuam@hotmail.com”

13. Entries must be received by 4:00pm on Friday, December 10, 2010. No late entries will be accepted. All entries become property of the City of Glenville. The City of Glenville is not responsible for lost, late, stolen, misdirected, damaged, incomplete, or illegible entries; or entries that are lost due to computer, internet, or electronic malfunction.

Questions can be directed to: Mayor Allman 304.462.8040 or “allman.tashuam@hotmail.com”

G-Comm: Wikitruths

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Is Julian Assange a traitor or a hero? Is confidentiality necessary to effective diplomacy? Is the United States a net force for good in the world? These may be important questions for debate, but they do not go deep enough.

The specifics of diplomatic behavior in the Wikileaks revelations are perhaps not surprising, but they confirm how deeply nations are invested in half-truths that cover up deeper, more significant whole truths. These half-truths only delay an inevitable shift that is taking place in the world, a shift demonstrated by two of the greatest challenges we face, nuclear weapons proliferation and climate change.

When a clutch of former secretaries of state and defense (George P. Shultz, William J. Perry, Henry A. Kissinger and Sam Nunn, Wall Street Journal, 4 January 2007) affirm that nuclear weapons have zero strategic usefulness and must be completely abolished, they are recognizing a challenge that cannot be solved by continued diplomatic hypocrisy and media manipulation. There is no military “solution” in the potential levels of violence achievable if major powers drift into ultimate catastrophe. War is so destructive that it has become obsolete. Yet nations go on trying to divide themselves into good ones that can be entrusted with nuclear weapons and bad ones who cannot. The sooner all nations admit the futility of this, the sooner they will pass through a great shift into a new level of cooperation. The same exactly is true for solving global climate change. It will not occur on the level of competitive jockeying for power and position revealed by secret diplomatic cables.

The week that saw the release of the first cables also witnessed a new crisis on the Korean peninsula. North Korea is a foreign policy challenge of daunting complexity, an acrid brew of nuclear weaponry, ultra-paranoid leadership, and the near-starvation of millions of its citizens. The North Korean military has the capacity to devastate its infinitely more prosperous neighbor to the South. But dangerous half-truths quickly became the story here, too. It was immediately forgotten that before North Korea fired upon the territories belonging to the South, the South had apparently been firing its own guns northward in a military exercise. North Korea escalated from target practice to killing real people, but the basic paradigm, for North Korea and everyone else, is that strength met with strength is the royal road to security. A retired American general, B.B. Bell, asserted on NPR that moving American ships closer to North Korea and conducting practice scenarios was not a provocation. However, in the same interview, he admitted that the number of such drills rises when tensions are high and falls when they are lower. If it is your side that is doing such drills, it is a “readiness exercise.” If it is their side, it is an act of war.

Or governments pretend that diplomatic and intelligence functions are completely separate, when in fact, as Wikileaks reveals, everyone is using every possible subterfuge to gather information to their own advantage — and rationalizing this on the basis of “my country, right or wrong.”

The first great adaptation to the paradigm shift that is happening around us is to move beyond the half-truth that “we” (whoever “we” is—Israel, Iran, the U.S., the North Koreans, the Chinese) are the white hats and “they” — whoever “they” are — are the black hats. That assumption conditions many of the “frank conversations” in the Wikileaks cables, and it is part of an old, win-lose notion of security that has become dysfunctional. The psychologist Carl Jung, writing over a half century ago about the divide between the capitalist and communist spheres, could have been talking about the tone of the cables:

“We should give a great deal of consideration to what we are doing, for mankind is now threatened by self-created and deadly dangers that are growing beyond our control. Our world is, so to speak, dissociated like a neurotic, with the Iron Curtain marking the symbolic line of division. Western man, becoming aware of the aggressive will to power to the East, sees himself forced to take extraordinary measures of defense, at the same time as he prides himself on his virtue and good intentions. What he fails to see is that it is his own vices, which he has covered up by good international manners, that are thrown back in his face by the communist world, shamelessly and methodically. What the West has tolerated, but secretly and with a slight sense of shame (the diplomatic lie, systematic deception, veiled threats), comes back into the open and in full measure from the East and ties us up in neurotic knots. . . But all attempts [to resolve the problem] have proved singularly ineffective, and will do so as long as we try to convince ourselves and the world that it is only they (i.e. our opponents) who are wrong. It would be much more to the point for us to make a serious attempt to recognize our own shadow and its nefarious doings. If we could . . . we should be immune to any moral and mental infection and insinuation.”

Beyond the great shift which is under way, the half-truth of differences between Arab and Jew, Shia and Sunni, Iran and Israel, The United States and the Taliban, the power of multi-national corporations and the power of ordinary masses of people, will dissolve into the whole truth forced upon us by such realities as nuclear weapons and rising global carbon emissions: I cannot survive without you, nor you without me, and what helps you feel more secure does the same for me. We are not white hats and black hats; we are all fallible human beings.

As Alexander Solzhenitsyn wrote, “The line between good and evil runs down the center of every human heart.” One of the meanings of the Muslim concept of jihad, “self-overcoming,” is based on this truth. When we move beyond “us and them,” there is only “us,” the human family, aware of our shadow, but potentially open to solutions that work for all—on the basis of three principles that hold true in our new world: War is obsolete. We are all in it together on one planet. Means determine ends. If diplomats operated from this understanding of self-interest, there would be little need for the secrecy that Wikileaks, reasonably or treasonably, has violated.

~~  By Winslow Myers, the author of “Living Beyond War A Citizen’s Guide”  ~~

Legislative Update – by – Delegate Brent Boggs - House Majority Leader - 12.06.10

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Two weeks ago, it was nearly 80 degrees on the afternoon of the opening day of deer season.  Fourteen days later, we’re in the midst of a full blown winter cold, snow and icy conditions.  I noticed that as of Sunday evening, a few counties had cancelled school due to the winter weather.  While I’d much prefer the cold and snow during deer season, our region is getting a bout of traditional winter weather in early December.  You know winter weather has arrived at our house when our cat, Biscuit starts sleeping in the dog house with the Chuck, our golden retriever.

While the winter holidays are upon us, December interim meetings are next week and it’s only five weeks until the start of the First Regular Session of the 80th West Virginia Legislature.  January interim meetings are set for January 09 – 11, 2011.  Also during this time, new member orientation and training will be ongoing for newly elected legislators.  The session officially begins at Noon on Wednesday, January 12 with Acting Governor Tomblin delivering the State of the State Address to a joint session of the Legislature at 7 PM that evening.

Additionally, the 2011 State of the State Address will truly be an historic event; I am informed it will be the first time that the WV Senate President, serving as acting governor, has delivered the address.

One of the most informative additions to open government in West Virginia was the live audio streaming of the House of Delegates floor sessions and committee meetings, as instituted by Speaker Thompson at the beginning of the 2010 session.  I’m pleased that this year, the Senate will also join in the streaming of audio from their floor sessions and committee meetings.  It is both educational and informative.  The links for this feature are located on the web page of the WV Legislature or go to the following link:  www.legis.state.wv.us/live.cfm

State budget news continues to trend positive, as the latest figures release indicate we are $121 million ahead of revenue estimates for the fiscal year.  This is the seventh consecutive month that our budget has outperformed estimates.  We stand 8.2% ahead for the forecasted amount by the WV Department of Revenue.  This should place us in a good position to balance the budget for the FY 2012 budget year that the Legislature will be addressing next month.

These are tough economic times.  However, a couple years ago when the bottom dropped out of the national economy, many states were forced into mandating furloughs and layoffs.  Vital services were cut in surrounding states and across the nation.  Through it all, West Virginia is one of only a select handful of states that remain financially strong and in the black.  Surrounding states are billions in debt, awash in red ink, with no relief in sight.

Furthermore, in the midst of the bad economy, West Virginia’s bond rating was increased this year, due in part to our rainy day reserves at over $630 million and a continuance of sound economic policies that pay down debt as a priority.  This benefits all citizens and allows for more funding for water, sewer and other infrastructure needs, along with SBA funds.

The long view is that we must proceed responsibly, being careful to keep spending in check and mindful of national policies that may have bearing on our budget.  All we need to do is look just beyond our state border and see what extreme measures other states are being forced to enact and endure.

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 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 “Boggs34@aol.com”. 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 www.legis.state.wv.us/.  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 www.wv.gov and on the Facebook site of the West Virginia Legislature.

Conclusion
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.

Movie Box Office - 12.05.10

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This Week Last Week Title Week #
1 2 Tangled 2
2 1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 3
3 4 Burlesque 2
4 5 Unstoppable 4
5 6 Love and Other Drugs 2
6 3 Megamind 5
7 8 Due Date 5
8 7 Faster 2
9 N The Warrior's Way 1
10 9 The Next Three Days 3

Calhoun County: Homemade Apple Butter

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The Calhoun County Committee on Aging has homemade apple butter for sale.

The pints are being sold for $5:00 at the Calhoun County Senior Center in Grantsville from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM Monday through Friday and at the West Fork Site from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

For more information, call 304.354.7017 or 304.354.7822.

Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Monday 12.06.10

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Monday, December 06, 2010

•  Glenville State College:  —-

•  Braxton County Schools :    —-
•  Calhoun County Schools :    2-Hour Delay
•  Doddridge County Schools :  All Closed
•  Gilmer County Schools :  2-Hour Delay
•  Lewis County Schools :  All Closed
•  Ritchie County Schools :  2-Hour Delay


Please Send Us Your Closings and Delays

Road Conditions - 12.06.10

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Road Section Condition
US 33/119 Glenville to Weston Snow Covered with Icy Spots and is being Plowed and Treated
US 33/119 Glenville to Stumptown Snow Covered with Icy Spots and is being Plowed and Treated
WV Hwy 5 E Glenville to Burnsville Snow Covered with Icy Spots and is being Plowed and Treated
WV Hwy 5 W Glenville to Grantsville Snow Covered with Icy Spots and is being Plowed and Treated
WV Hwy 47 Linn to Cox's Mills Snow Covered with Icy Spots and is being Plowed and Treated
I-79 Charleston to Elkview Slow Lane is Wet
Fast Lane is Snow Covered with Icy Spots and is being Plowed and Treated
I-79 Elkview to Big Otter Slow Lane is Snow Covered and is being Plowed and Treated
Fast Lane is wet with Snow Spots and is being Plowed and Treated
I-79 Big Otter to Flatwoods Slow Lane is Snow Covered and is being Plowed and Treated
Fast Lane is Snow Covered and is being Plowed and Treated
I-79 Flatwoods to Weston Slow Lane is Snow Covered and is being Plowed and Treated
Fast Lane is wet with Icy Spots and Snow Spots and is being Plowed and Treated
I-79 Weston to South Fairmont Slow Lane is Wet with Snow Spots and is being Plowed and Treated
Fast Lane is wet with Snow Spots and is being Plowed and Treated
I-79 South Fairmont to the PA Line Slow Lane is Wet with Snow Spots and is being Plowed and Treated
Fast Lane is wet with Snow Spots and is being Plowed and Treated
US 19 Summersville to I-79 Slow Lane is Wet with Slush with possible Snow or Ice Spots and is being Plowed and Treated
Fast Lane is Wet with Slush and Snow Spots and is being Plowed and Treated
US 33 Weston to Elkins West End - Slow Lane is Snow Covered and is being Plowed and Treated
West End - Fast Lane is Snow Covered and is being Plowed and Treated
East End - Slow Lane is Snow Covered with Icy Spots and is being Plowed and Treated
East End - Fast Lane is Snow Covered with Icy Spots and is being Plowed and Treated
US 50 Parkersburg to Clarksburg US 50 Clarksburg east end)- Slow Lane has Snow Spots and is being Plowed and Treated
US 50 Clarksburg (east end)- Fast Lane is wet with Snow Spots and is being Plowed and Treated
I-68 Morgantown to the Maryland Line Slow Lane is Wet with Icy Spots and Snow Spots and is being Plowed and Treated
Fast Lane is wet with Icy Spots and Snow Spots and is being Plowed and Treated

Update - 08:15 AM

Primary Road Conditions:
Roadways are Snow and/or Ice covered and are being Plowed and Treated in the following areas: Braxton, Lewis County.

With Snow and/or Ice spots and are being Plowed and Treated in the following areas: Calhoun, Gilmer, and Doddridge County.

Secondary Road Conditions:
Roadways are Snow and/or Ice covered and are being Plowed and Treated in the following areas: Ritchie, Braxton, and Lewis County.

With Snow and/or Ice spots and are being Plowed and Treated in the following areas: Wirt, Calhoun, Gilmer, and Doddridge County.

When driving in adverse weather conditions, please slow down, increase your following distance, and always wear a seatbelt. Highway conditions are subject to change with weather conditions.

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Primary Road Conditions :
Roadways are Snow and/or Ice spots and are being Plowed and Treated in the following areas Roane, Doddridge, Harrison, Marion, and Monongalia County.

Secondary Road Conditions :
Roadways are Snow and/or Ice covered and are being Plowed and Treated in the following areas Clay, Calhoun, Gilmer, Braxton, and Lewis County.

With Snow and/or Ice spots and are being plowed and Treated in the following areas Roane, Doddridge, Harrison, Marion, and Monongalia County.

When driving in adverse weather conditions, please slow down, increase your following distance, and always wear a seatbelt. Highway conditions are subject to change with weather conditions.

Bon Appétit: Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

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Ingredients:
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp trans-free margarine
3 onions, thinly sliced
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
4 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth
1/2 cup dry white wine (optional) 
8 slices crusty French bread
1/2 cup grated reduced-fat Swiss or Parmesan cheese

Directions:
Heat oil and margarine in large skillet over medium-high heat.
Add onions and saute, covered, until soft.
Add sugar and salt.
Cook, uncovered, 15 more minutes.
Stir in flour and cook 3 more minutes.
Stir onion mixture, broth, and wine, if using, in 4-quart or larger slow cooker.
Cover.
Cook on low 6 to 8 hours.
Toast bread.
Sprinkle with cheese, then broil until golden and bubbly.
Serve soup topped with slice of toast.

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