GCHS Parent-Teacher Conference Rescheduled‏


The Parent-Teacher Conference for Gilmer County High School scheduled for 5-6:30 PM, Thursday, February 18, 2010 has been rescheduled for 5:00-6:30 PM,Thursday, February 25, 2010.

~~  Nasia P. Butcher, Principal   ~~

Upcoming Movies: 02.19.10

Shutter Island

Opens Friday, February 19, 2010 | Runtime: 2 hr. 18 min.
R  - Disturbing violent content, some nudity and language

The project centers on a U.S. marshal (Mark Ruffalo) who along with his new partner (Leonardo DiCaprio) travels to a Massachusetts island to investigate the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane. During their inquiry , the two encounter a web of deceit, experience a hurricane and become involved in a deadly inmate riot that leaves them trapped on the island. Ben Kingsley will play Dr. Cawley, the hospital’s enigmatic chief physician who must reluctantly play host to the two U.S. marshals.

Cast:   Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams, Max von Sydow
Director:   Martin Scorsese
Genres:   Thriller

Blood Done Sign My Name
Select Showing

Opens Friday, February 19, 2010

In 1970 Henry Marrow, a black Vietnam veteran, is murdered by a local white man, Robert Teel, and his sons. The Teels were acquitted by an all-white jury, which caused riots and arson in Oxford, North Carolina.

Cast:   Michael Rooker, Omar Benson Miller, Lee Norris, Rick Schroder, Lela Rochon, Rhoda Griffis, Nick Searcy, Gattlin Griffith, Nate Parker, Darrin Dewitt Henson
Director:   Jeb Stuart
Genres:   Drama

North Face (Nordwand)
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Opens Friday, February 19, 2010 | Runtime: 2 hr. 1 min.

The story: In 1936, Nazi propaganda urges German Alpinists to conquer the unclimbed north face of the Swiss massif, the Eiger, bringing two reluctant climbers, Toni Kurz and Andi Hinterstoisser, to begin their daring ascent and attempt to scale the infamous rock face, often called the Murder Wall.

Cast:   Benno Furmann, Florian Lukas, Johanna Wokalek, Georg Friedrich, Simon Schwarz, Ulrich Tukur, Erwin Steinhauer, Branko Samarovski, Petra Morze, Hanspeter Muller
Director:   Philipp Stolzl
Genres:   Action/Adventure

UPCOMING RELEASES (Dates Subject to Change; Not All Films in All Areas)
February 19: Shutter Island, Blood Done Sign My Name, North Face (Nordwand)
February 26: Cop Out, The Crazies, Defendor, The Yellow Handkerchief
March 05: Alice in Wonderland, Brooklyn’s Finest
March 12: Green Zone, Our Family Wedding, Remember Me, She’s Out of My League
March 19: Bounty Hunter, Repo Men, Diary of a Wimpy Kid
March 26: Clash of the Titans, How to Train Your Dragon, I Love You Phillip Morris
April 02: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Furry Vengeance, Last Song, Repo Man, Tyler Perry’s Why Did I get Married Too
April 09: Date Night, The Losers
April 16: Back Up Plan, Death at a Funeral, Kick Ass
April 23: MacGruber, Oceans, Wall Street II
April 30: A Nightmare on Elm Street
May 07: Iron Man II
May 14: Letters to Juliet, Robin Hood, Takers
May 21: Shrek Forever After
May 28: Prince of Persia Sands of Time, Sex and the City II

Glenville: House Fire on Sycamore Road

Images of House Fire on Sycamore (Mineral) Road near GC Recreation Center Pool
It happened Tuesday evening around 7:00 PM

Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene

Fire Fighters returned to the scene on Wednesday when the fire re-kindled

WV House and Senate - 02.17.10

The governors proposed amendment to give a property tax break to new businesses was up for a vote in the house today. Members expected a long debate as Del. Lane was expected to amend the Homestead exemption into the bill. However, the speaker ruled the amendment not germain to the legislation and did not allow it.
The House did, however, debate at length legislation to allow communities greater power in dealing with abandoned and dilapidated buildings.
And, Del. Phillips asked the Agriculture Committee to increase fines for harming police dogs.

WV House Approves Property Tax Break Proposal


Gov. Joe Manchin’s bid to exempt some business property from taxes by amending the West Virginia Constitution cleared the House of Delegates on Wednesday, but worries of lost revenue persist among counties.

The measure sent to the Senate 95-1 would ask voters to allow counties to decide whether to keep new business inventory and equipment off the tax rolls.

If senators adopt the resolution, the question would end up on the November ballot. Voter approval would allow the Legislature to set the tax break’s terms and a date from when acquired inventory or equipment would qualify. It would not apply to property held by public utilities.

Manchin’s Tax Modernization Project Work Group recommended the measure as a way to spur employers to expand and locate in the state. But property taxes provide the bulk of county revenues, and remain a key source of public school funding.

To win over counties, Manchin tweaked his proposal to let them each choose both whether to allow exemptions, and which classes of business to apply it to.

The West Virginia Association of Counties had earlier expressed guarded support for the measure, but has since adopted a neutral stance. Executive Director Patti Hamilton said the six groups that represent county elected officials no longer agree on the topic.

County commissioners support the proposal, but assessors recently decided against it, she said.

“They have historically always opposed tax exemptions, and other erosions to the tax base,“ Hamilton said.

As proposed by Manchin’s study panel, any tax break would be offset by some other source of revenue. The county clerks’ association want that assurance written into the ballot language, Hamilton said.

Delegate Patrick Lane, R-Kanawha, sought to amend the measure to increase the “homestead exemption” that reduces property taxes for low-income seniors. His amendment was ruled too dissimilar to the pending measure, because it dealt with non-business real estate property. Lane was similarly rebuffed by the House Constitutional Revision Committee before it advanced the measure last week.

TechNote: Microsoft Outlook with Facebook, MySpace?


Microsoft is taking another step toward turning Outlook, its desktop e-mail program, into a hub for information from popular social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace.

On Wednesday, Microsoft is released a “beta” test version of the Outlook Social Connector.

The add-on software, which was first discussed last November, adds a new pane to the main e-mail reading screen on Outlook.

When a user clicks to read an e-mail message, the new pane fills up with the sender’s most recent social-networking activities. Those could include the addition of a professional contact on LinkedIn or a “what I’m doing now” status update from Facebook.

Microsoft has a mixed record when it comes to Web trends. The company’s free Hotmail and Windows Live Messenger programs are widely used, but its Windows Live blog/social network didn’t pick up much steam in the face of competition from Facebook.

In this case, a small startup called Xobni has already built an Outlook add-on that combines inbox search with content from Facebook, LinkedIn and others.

Microsoft’s new software also treats Outlook itself as a social network. If the e-mail sender and recipient are jointly working on a document stored on a company’s Sharepoint server, both will see updates if one logs on to make edits.

For now, the new software doesn’t let people use Outlook to push information back up to LinkedIn, Facebook or other sites.

People using Office 2003, 2007 and beta versions of Office 2010 can download the updated Outlook Social Connector beta now.

LinkedIn, which is primarily used for business networking online, is the first company to make its add-in software available. It can be downloaded from

Microsoft said the Facebook and MySpace plug-ins will be ready for download by the time Office 2010 goes on sale in June.

Microsoft’s business customers have expressed concern that employees will become less productive if they have all this extra information at their fingertips.

Daily Prayer - 02.18.10


O God, wash my eyes clean, so I see the ugliness that steals life and hope from others.
Do not let the insistence on my own liberty be the ground upon which others are denied freedom.
I ask this in your name.

Roy H. Fisher


Roy H. Fisher
Age 75, of 124 1st Street Weston, passed away at 2:15 AM on Monday, February 15, 2010, in St. Joseph’s Hospital of Buckhannon following an extended illness.

He was born in Lewis County on September 24, 1934; son of the late George Russell Fisher and Vergie Mae (Posey) Fisher.

On May 29, 1959, he married Bonnie A. (Harter) Fisher, who survives.

Also surviving is one son, R. Allen Fisher and wife Kim of Weston; two grandchildren, Casey N. Fisher and fiancé Ben Brown and Nicholas A. Fisher and wife Jackie; and four great-grandchildren, Cole Brown, Maria Brown, Gavin Fisher and Dylan Fisher. He was also survived by one brother, Ronald G. Fisher of Jane Lew; two sisters, Ramona West of Weston and Carol Row of Junior; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Fisher was preceded in death by one brother, Jimmy D. Fisher; and one sister, Betty Taylor.

Mr. Fisher retired as a parking enforcement officer with the City of Weston. He served as a Deputy Sheriff of Lewis County from 1969-1974. Roy enjoyed hunting and fishing and being with his family.

Family and friends were received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home, Weston, on Tuesday, February 16, from 2-4 & 6-8 PM Funeral services were held on Wednesday at 2:00PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Clifford West and Reverend Russell Furr officiating. Interment will follow services in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens of Jane Lew.



Today: 02.18.yyyy

Today is Thursday, Feb. 18, the 49th day of 2010. There are 316 days left in the year.

Thought for Today: “What is man but his passion?“—Robert Penn Warren, American author, poet and critic (1905-1989).

Today’s Highlight in History:


On Feb. 18, 1885, Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” was published in the US for the first time (it had been published in Canada and England the previous December).

In 1546, Martin Luther, leader of the Protestant Reformation in Germany, died in Eisleben.

In 1564, artist Michelangelo died in Rome.

In 1735, the first opera presented in America, “Flora, or Hob in the Well,“ was performed in present-day Charleston, S.C.

In 1861, Jefferson Davis was sworn in as the provisional president of the Confederate States of America in Montgomery, Ala.

In 1930, photographic evidence of Pluto (now designated a “dwarf planet”) was discovered by Clyde W. Tombaugh at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Ariz.

In 1960, the 8th Winter Olympic Games were formally opened in Squaw Valley, Calif., by Vice President Richard M. Nixon.

In 1970, the “Chicago Seven” defendants were found not guilty of conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic national convention; five were convicted of violating the Anti-Riot Act of 1968 (those convictions were later reversed).

In 1977, the space shuttle Enterprise, sitting atop a Boeing 747, went on its maiden “flight” above the Mojave Desert.

In 1984, Italy and the Vatican signed an accord under which Roman Catholicism ceased to be the state religion of Italy.

In 2001, auto racing star Dale Earnhardt, Sr. died from injuries suffered in a crash at the Daytona 500; he was 49.

Ten years ago:
•  Iranians voted in an election that gave reformers a majority in the parliament, long a bastion of hard-liners.
•  Announcer Bob Hite Sr., whose rich voice introduced “The Lone Ranger” on radio, died in West Palm Beach, Fla. at age 86.

Five years ago:
•  Explosions tore through Baghdad and a nearby city on the eve of Shiite Muslims’ holiest day, killing three dozen people.
•  Uli Derickson, the flight attendant who’d helped save passengers during the 1985 TWA hijacking, died in Tucson, Ariz. at age 60.

One year ago:
•  President Barack Obama launched a $75 billion foreclosure rescue plan aimed at saving homes.
•  Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton began a two-day visit to Indonesia.
•  Eric Holder, the nation’s first black attorney general, said in a speech to Justice Department employees marking Black History Month that the United States was “a nation of cowards” on matters of race.
•  Pope Benedict XVI received House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the Vatican, telling her that Catholic politicians had a duty to protect life “at all stages of its development.“
•  The remnants of New York’s Shea Stadium were demolished.

Today’s Birthdays:
Former Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown is 88
Actor George Kennedy is 85. Former Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) is 83
Author Toni Morrison is 79
Movie director Milos (MEE’-lohsh) Forman is 78
Singer Yoko Ono is 77
Singer/songwriter Bobby Hart is 71
Singer Irma Thomas is 69
Singer Herman Santiago (Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers) is 69
Singer Dennis DeYoung is 63
Actress Sinead Cusack is 62
Actress Cybill Shepherd is 60
Singer Juice Newton is 58
Singer Randy Crawford is 58
Rock musician Robbie Bachman is 57
Rock musician Larry Rust (Iron Butterfly) is 57
Actor John Travolta is 56
Game show host Vanna White is 53
Actress Greta Scacchi (SKAH’-kee) is 50
Actor Matt Dillon is 46
Rapper Dr. Dre is 45
Actress Molly Ringwald is 42
Actress Sarah Brown is 35
Singer-musician Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek) is 33
Actor Tyrone Burton is 31
Rock-singer musician Regina Spektor is 30
Actor Shane Lyons is 22

WV Lottery - 02.17.10







05-08-24-30-33 HB: 17


07-08-19-26-36 PB: 15   PowerPlay: x 3  

Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Thursday 02.18.10


Status of Area Closings and Delays on Thursday, February 18, 2010

•  Braxton County Schools :    All Closed
•  Calhoun County Schools :    All Closed
•  Doddridge County Schools :  All Closed
•  Gilmer County Schools :  All Closed
•  Lewis County Schools :  All Closed
•  Ritchie County Schools :    All Closed

Please Send Us Your Closings and Delays

Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department Meeting Tonight


There will be a Special Support Group meeting at 6:00 PM tonight.

The meeting will be at the New Gilmer County FireHouse.

All members are urged to attend.



Issued by The National Weather Service
Charleston, WV
12:28 PM EST, Wednesday, February 17, 2010








Senator Jay Rockefeller today announced that West Virginia will be awarded two major Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants as a part of the funds made available by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Today is the one year anniversary of the signing of the ARRA into law.

“This needed funding is really going to make a difference for West Virginia—I am thrilled to announce this award today,” said Senator Rockefeller. “West Virginia’s economy relies on a healthy manufacturing sector to produce and transport goods—by improving our transportation network, we can create good paying and much needed jobs. West Virginians are strong and resilient—we can and will weather this economic storm, and this influx of transportation funding will help get our economy back on track.”

West Virginia will receive $34.7 million in rail and intermodal funding for the National Gateway Project and the Appalachian Regional Short-Line Rail Project.

Background for West Virginia
The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program was established by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to fund multi-modal transportation projects.  This funding is a discretionary, competitive, merit-based grant program administered by the Secretary of Transportation.  Highway, bridge, passenger and freight rail, transit, port, and intermodal projects are all eligible for the grants.  ARRA funded this new grant program with a total national allocation of $1.5 billion.

West Virginia received funding for the National Gateway Project, a package of rail infrastructure and intermodal terminal projects that will enhance transportation service options along three major freight rail corridors owned and operated by CSX through the Midwest and along the Atlantic coast. These improvements will allow trains to carry double-stacked containers, increase freight capacity, and make the corridor more marketable to major East Coast ports and shippers. TIGER funds will help complete the first corridor project, from Northwest Ohio to Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, through West Virginia and Maryland.

West Virginia also received funding for the Appalachian Regional Short-Line Rail Project, which will work to rehabilitate hundreds of miles on five unconnected short line railroads in three states, all operated by a single holding company. These investments include rail, crossties, grade crossing, bridge and tunnel work. The project will also use reflective tape at multiple crossings to improve safety.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) received 1380 applications requesting $56.5 billion in funding for surface transportation projects, well exceeding the $1.5 billion available.  As part of its review and selection process, the Secretary of Transportation was required to consider job creation and economic stimulus and to take measures to ensure an equitable geographic distribution of funds and an appropriate balance in addressing the needs of urban and rural communities.

WV Lawmakers Replace Term “Retarded” In Law Books


A growing number of advocacy groups believe the term has become a slur, and so West Virginia lawmakers are moving to erase the phrase “mentally retarded” from the state’s law books.

The House of Delegates unanimously passed a measure to the senate on Monday to replace “mentally retarded” with “intellectually disabled,“ and “mental retardation” with “intellectual disability.“

Neighboring Maryland made the switch last year. Washington State’s House of Representatives passed a similar measure this month.

Idaho lawmakers are considering one as well.

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GSC Percussion Ensemble Concert Tickets on Sale March 01, 2010


Tickets for the annual Glenville State College Percussion Ensemble Concert will be going on sale Monday, March 1, 2010.

The event will be held March 25 and 26, 2010 in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium at 7:00 PM.

GSC student tickets cost $5.00 for the March 26th performance but are free for the March 25th show.

The price of tickets will be $7.00 for other students and $10.00 for general admission.

For more information or to reserve tickets, contact GSC Fine Arts Department Assistant Sheri Skidmore at “” or 304.462.4130.
~~  By Annette Barnette - Public Relations & Marketing Director   ~~

DOH Snow Removal Fund Almost All Gone


The state Division of Highways’ snow and ice removal budget will be all used up by the end of the week.

DOH Business Manager told a state Senate committee Tuesday that as of last Thursday most every County DOH had spent the money allocated for this budget year. “They’ve either over expended in their snow and ice removal or were close,“ he said.

The DOH allocated $54 million to keep the roads clear this winter and only had $6 million left heading into this week. “We’ve spent 48-million dollars and you can see, we ain’t down yet,“ he told committee members.

The agency will get money from other line items as the winter weather continues. It hopes a federal disaster declaration will help rebuild the snow and ice removal budget.

“We’ve got another month to go,“ he said. “We will take any and all money you can give us.“

The amount spent on the state’s roads this winter will far exceed any of the last five winters. Snow and ice removal only cost $29.5 million in the 2005 budget year; $25 million in 2006; $31.8 million in 2007; $33 million in 2008 and $43 million in 2009.

GSC Movie Series - The Final Destination

Date: 02.18.2010
Day: Thursday
Time: 9:30 PM
Title: The Final Destination
Place: GSC Mollohan Center #315A
For more information, contact Kipp at 304.462.7361x6412

On what should have been a fun-filled day at the races, Nick O’Bannon has a horrific premonition in which a bizarre sequence of events causes multiple race cars to crash, sending flaming debris into the stands, brutally killing his friends and causing the upper deck of the stands to collapse on him. When he comes out of this grisly nightmare Nick panics, persuading his girlfriend, Lori, and their friends, Janet and Hunt, to leave… escaping seconds before Nick’s frightening vision becomes a terrible reality. Thinking they’ve cheated death, the group has a new lease on life, but unfortunately for Nick and Lori, it is only the beginning. As his premonitions continue and the crash survivors begin to die one-by-one—in increasingly gruesome ways—Nick must figure out how to cheat death once and for all before he, too, reaches his final destination.

A Company in Weston Joins STARS for NASA


A company in Weston has joined with two other north central West Virginia organizations in winning two contracts with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s for information technology services.

Information Research Corp. will partner with KeyLogic Systems in Morgantown and Galaxy Global Corp. in Fairmont to form the Science and Technology Alliance for Reliable Solutions (STARS).

The contracts total $3.5 million.

In support of the NASA Safety Center, STARS is providing Software Assurance Technical Excellence (SATE) services, including the development and delivery of coursework and automated tools to support software assurance practitioners.

STARS is joined by Alphaport LLC in the effort, according to information in a statement released jointly by the STARS group.

The release said the three companies have worked together in the past for NASA.

This time the effort is in direct support of the NASA Independent Verification and Validation Facility.

It will provide services to enhance tools and engineering approaches, and the STARS group will be joined by Sphere of Influence, a McLean, Va., software development firm in the project.

WV House and Senate - 02.16.10

The House Finance Committee wrapped up its budget hearings today with a visit from Secretary of Revenue Virgil Helton who is responsible for everything from budget estimates to tax collections. Chris Morris, the State Tax Commissioner and Mike McKown, Director of the State Budget Office, gave reports. During todays floor session, a constitutional amendment to allow counties to cut personal property taxes for businesses was advanced to a third reading with a key amendment pending.



The deadline for college students and college bound high school students to apply for state and federal financial aid for the 2010-2011 school year is quickly approaching.

All students seeking financial aid must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

FAFSAs can be submitted at any time but should be submitted by March 1, 2010 for the best consideration to receive state and federal financial aid.

The Glenville State College Financial Aid office has scheduled a free workshop at the Robert F. Kidd Library to assist students with electronic filing of their FAFSA.

•  Thursday, February 25, 2010 from 3:00-6:00 PM

Financial aid counselors will be at the library to help file FAFSAs.

In addition, on Sunday, February 21, 2010 from 2:00-5:00 PM the Robert F. Kidd Library is hosting College Goal Sunday (CGS), a volunteer program designed to help low income and first generation students complete their FAFSA.

2010 is the inaugural year for CGS in West Virginia. GSC is one of sixteen College Goal Sunday sites around the state where financial aid experts will provide assistance and information about FAFSA completion to students and their families.

To learn more about CGS visit

To complete the FAFSA students will need social security numbers for themselves and their parents and family income for 2009. If 2009 income information is not available a FAFSA can be submitted using estimated information that can be corrected when the actual income information becomes available.

The GSC Financial Aid office will assist you with any questions or concerns you may have about submitting a FAFSA, the FAFSA workshops, or financial aid funds that are available.

For more information visit the GSC Financial Aid office on the first floor of Louis Bennett Hall or call 304.462.4103.
~~  By Bob Edwards – GSC Public Relations Department   ~~

Daily Prayer - 02.17.10


O God, when we wake to yet another day of wonder and joy in the beauty of your creation, give us the heart to keep our needs simple, our desires soft, our wills pliable, so that we never participate in the exploitation of the earth, which is the work of your hands.
I ask this in your name.

C. Woodrow “Woody” Groves


C. Woodrow “Woody” Groves
Age 74, of Camden, WV, died Saturday, February 13, 2010, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, WV, following an extended illness.

He was born February 19, 1935, in Gilmer County, WV, the son of the late Dale W. Groves and Madeline Burke Groves.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Cathy Groves.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Phyllis C. Rohrbough Groves; two daughters, Kimberly Rush of Weston, WV, and Jeanne Pierce and husband Davy of Buckhannon, WV; two sons, Donald Groves of Camden and Ronald Groves and wife Kristal of Good Hope, WV; six grandchildren, Danny Groves, Dusty Lambert, Derrik Rush, Joseph Legenza, Christopher Groves and Casey Groves; four great-grandchildren, Danner Groves, Jaelyn Roop, Caiden Groves and Madeline Legenza; one step-great-grandchild, Kasey Davis; and one sister, Doris Foster and husband Bud of Glenville, WV.

Woodrow worked for Consolidated Natural Gas for over 35 years before retiring in 1991.

He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 118 of Gilmer County, Scottish Rite of Wheeling, Nemesis Shrine of Parkersburg and the Lewis County Shrine.

He was Methodist by faith.

He loved to care for his farm, spending time with his cattle and riding his tractor.

Friends called from 3 to 8 PM Monday, February 15, 2010, at Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Avenue, Weston, WV.

Funeral services were held 1 PM Tuesday, February 16, 2010, at the Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Bill Hunt officiating.

Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Weston.

Boyle Funeral Home, Weston.

Glenvil D. Nottingham


Glenvil D. Nottingham
Age 90, of Duck, passed away February 14, 2010 at home after a long illness.

He was born June 21, 1919 in Braxton County a son of the late Okey and Ada Marks Nottingham. He was a World War II veteran and a Baptist by faith.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Carl and Dana Nottingham; and two sisters, Velma and Mabel Nottingham.

Glenvil is survived by daughter, Brenda Stump of Nebo; brother Cecil Nottingham of Strongville, OH; sisters Irene Campbell of Duck and Faye Riddle of Pearland, TX; also his loving caregiver, Naomi Matheny of Big Otter.

Services were 2 PM Tuesday, February 16 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Elder Roger Gerwig officiating. Burial will be in the Jack Point Cemetery, Duck.

Friends called from 12:30 till time of service at the funeral home.

Kenneth L. Frame


Kenneth L. Frame
Age 75, of Birch River died Feb. 12, 2010. He was born on Nov. 23, 1934 in Nicholas Co., WV to the late Thurmond & Bessie Jackson Frame.

Kenneth was the owner and operator of Frame Service Station in Birch River for several years. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Iris June Frame, sons; Kenneth & Randell Frame and a daughter Joyce Frame.

He is survived by his daughters; Karen Lynn Frame and Sandra June Frame Martin and husband Doug all of Birch River. Two sisters: Arlene Holmes of Birch River, and Pauline Taylor of Summersville, WV, and 5 grandchildren.

Graveside service were held 1:00 PM on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010 at Birch River Cemetery. There was no visitation.

On line condolences can be sent to:

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home in Sutton is in charge of arrangements.

Mabel I. Crislip


Mabel I. Crislip
Age 81, of Petersburg, formerly of Chapel, Braxton County, passed away February 9, 2010 at Grant County Nursing Home, Petersburg.

She was born March 17, 1928 in Braxton County a daughter of the late Martin Ray and Ivy Lowers Mollohan.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Gassaway Baptist Church; she loved to quilt.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clayton Crislip in 1986; two sons, Roger and Larry Crislip; daughter, Sandra Mae Jones; grandson, John Paul Schoolcraft.

Mabel is survived by sons, Gary Crislip of Petersburg and Randy Neal Crislip of Lorain, OH; daughter, Cheryl Riley of Huron, OH: sisters, Bessie Hamrick of Massillon, OH, Deloris Phillips of Parkersburg, Arlene Skidmore of Gassaway and Carolyn Ellis of Fairmont; 15 grandchildren,; seven great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

Service was 11 AM Monday, February 15 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Rev. Gary Crislip officiating. Burial was in the James Hamric Cemetery, Tate Creek.
Friends called from 6 to 9 PM Sunday at the funeral home.

Doris Jean Howes


Doris Jean Howes
Age 71, of Gassaway, passed away February 12, 2010 at home after a short illness.

Doris was born August 29, 1938 a daughter of the late Criss and Edna Gerwig Brady.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Floyd Lester “Buck” Howes; young son, Lester Ray Howes; brother Carl Brady; and sisters, Mary Lou Clutter and Joann Potts.

Doris is survived by daughters, Debbie Brady and companion Dwayne Carpenter of Stephens City, VA and Bertha Kay Howes and finance Burton Leffingwell of Winchester, VA; granddaughter, Bethany Micheala Howes; brothers, Jim Brady of Gassaway and David Brady and John Brady both of Brandywine; sisters, Muriel Brown of Lake City, FL, Audrey Thomas and Thelma Carter both of Ohio.

Service were 11 AM Tuesday, February 16 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Bill Carr officiating. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery, Chapel.

Friends called from 6 to 9 PM Monday at the funeral home.



Today: 02.17.yyyy

Today is Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2010. There are 317 days left in the year.

Thought for Today: “Life resembles a novel more often than novels resemble life.“ - George Sand, French author (1804-1876).

Today’s Highlight in History:


On Feb. 17, 1897, the forerunner of the National PTA, the National Congress of Mothers, convened its first meeting, in Washington.

In 1801, the U.S. House of Representatives broke an electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr, electing Jefferson president; Burr became vice president.

In 1809, the Ohio legislature voted to establish Miami University in present-day Oxford. (The school opened in 1824.)

In 1864, during the Civil War, the Union ship USS Housatonic was rammed and sunk in Charleston Harbor, S.C., by the Confederate hand-cranked submarine HL Hunley, which also sank.

In 1865, Columbia, S.C., burned as the Confederates evacuated and Union forces moved in. (It’s not clear which side set the blaze.)

In 1904, the original two-act version of Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Madama Butterfly” was poorly received at its premiere at La Scala in Milan, Italy.

In 1909, Chiricahua (chi-rih-KAH’-wuh) Apache leader Geronimo (also known as Goyathlay, “One Who Yawns”) died at Fort Sill, Okla., at age 79.

In 1947, the Voice of America began broadcasting to the Soviet Union.

In 1959, the United States launched Vanguard 2, a satellite which carried meteorological equipment on board.

In 1964, the Supreme Court, in Wesberry v. Sanders, ruled that congressional districts within each state had to be roughly equal in population.

In 1972, President Richard M. Nixon departed on his historic trip to China.

Ten years ago:
•  A House panel said in a report that the program to inoculate all 2.4 million American military personnel against anthrax was based on “a paucity of science” and should be suspended; the Pentagon defended the program and vowed to continue the inoculations.

Five years ago:
•  President George W. Bush named John Negroponte (neh-groh-PAHN’-tee), the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, as the government’s first national intelligence director.
•  Iraq’s electoral commission certified the results of the Jan. 30 elections and allocated 140 of 275 National Assembly seats to the United Iraqi Alliance, giving the Shiite-dominated party a majority in the new parliament.
•  Actor Dan O’Herlihy died in Malibu, Calif. at age 85.

One year ago:
•  President Barack Obama signed a mammoth, $787 billion economic stimulus package into law in Denver; he also approved adding some 17,000 U.S. troops for the war in Afghanistan.

Today’s Birthdays:
Bandleader Orrin Tucker is 99
Actor Hal Holbrook is 85
Mystery writer Ruth Rendell is 80
Singer Bobby Lewis is 77
Comedian Dame Edna (AKA Barry Humphries) is 76
Country singer-songwriter Johnny Bush is 75
Football Hall-of-Famer Jim Brown is 74
Actress Mary Ann Mobley is 71
Actress Brenda Fricker is 65
Actress Rene Russo is 56
Actor Richard Karn is 54
Actor Lou Diamond Phillips is 48
Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan is 47
Actor-comedian Larry, the Cable Guy is 47
TV personality Rene Syler is 47
Movie director Michael Bay is 45
Singer Chante Moore is 43
Rock musician Timothy J. Mahoney (311) is 40
Actor Dominic Purcell is 40
Olympic gold medal skier Tommy Moe is 40
Actress Denise Richards is 39
Rock singer-musician Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) is 38
Actor Jerry O’Connell is 36
Country singer Bryan White is 36
Actress Kelly Carlson is 34
Actor Jason Ritter is 30
TV personality Paris Hilton is 29
Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is 29
Actress Meaghan Jette Martin is 18

WV Lottery - 02.16.10









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Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Wednesday 02.17.10


Status of Area Closings and Delays on Wednesday, February 17, 2010

•  Braxton County Schools :    All Closed
•  Calhoun County Schools :    All Closed
•  Doddridge County Schools :  All Closed
•  Gilmer County Schools :  All Closed
•  Lewis County Schools :  All Closed
•  Ritchie County Schools :    All Closed

Please Send Us Your Closings and Delays

Gilmer County Journal‏


Thanks to a break in weather, The Gilmer County Journal is now onnewsstands.

~~  Lisa Belknap - Editor   ~~
02.16.10   6:00 PM

Due to weather conditions, the distribution of the Gilmer County Journalhas been delayed. We will continue to update with the timeframe fordistribution.

~~  The Gilmer County Journal Editor   ~~

NWS: Winter Weather Advisory


Issued by The National Weather Service
Charleston, WV
3:04 PM EST, Tuesday, February 16, 2010








Issued by The National Weather Service
Charleston, WV
4:42 AM EST, Tuesday, February 16, 2010








Gilmer County Circuit Court Report - 02.12.10


Judge Jack Alsop presided over a pre-trial conference on Friday, February 12, 2010 in Gilmer County in the case of Lynn Moneypenny vs. Annette Krause.

Plaintiff Moneypenny was represented by Daniel Cooper and Defendant Annette Krause was represented by Tanya Kesner.

Judge Alsop denied the motion for summary judgment and denied 2 motions in limine and sustained 3 motions in limine.

Disclosure must be filed by Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 4:00 PM with the jury trial still scheduled for Thursday, February 25, 2010.

Circuit Clerk Karen Elkin advises jurors from the November, 2009 term of Circuit Court that this is the FINAL trial for this panel of jurors.

Letters were sent to 20 jurors last Friday about calling the recording on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 to check on the status of this trial.

Circuit Clerk Karen Elkin likes to once again, appreciate all the jurors who served at this term.

Gilmer County: ESC Meeting‏


The WVU Extension Service of Gilmer County will hold the Extension Service Committee meeting on Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 6:30 PM at the Holt House in Glenville.

This is a public meeting and all are welcome.

Jennifer Shirey
Extension Agent: 4-H Youth Development
WVU Extension: Gilmer County
201 North Court Street
Glenville, WV 26351



RECEIPTS:    Auctions   Direct   Video/Internet   Total
This Week     185,900   48,600       1,800     236,300  
Last Week     212,800   52,900     35,100     300,800  
Last Year     287,200   75,700     11,100     374,000

Compared to last week, feeder cattle sold firm to 3.00 higher on light receipts and equally good demand for both feedlot replacements and lighter weight cattle purchased for backgrounding.

For the second week in a row, weather conditions played a huge role in the feeder cattle marketing session as impassable country roads prevented producers from transporting their cattle to market.

However, buyers showed no reserve in purchasing those cattle that made it to the salebarns through the harshest weather conditions in decades, including the Dallas-Fort Worth area that received over a foot of snow this week and is experiencing their worst winter in 32 years.

Extremely light feeder cattle auction receipts prevailed across the United States, with the exception of the Northern Plains and out west through the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Northwest - which also had a good movement of direct feeders.

Direct trading through the rest of the country was light, especially for current delivery, although future delivery and basis trading was moderately active and posted prices that were a premium to current levels with help from higher CME contracts.

Despite arguments of inefficiency and vertical integration promoting economies of scale, our nations privately owned and operated livestock auction markets are still the driver and the benchmark for the US feeder and stocker cattle

Inclement weather has taken its toll on these facilitators of trade as auction receipts were down 35% from the same week last year, and two straight weeks of weather interruptions have resulted in a year-to-date auction movement that is 18% lighter than the five year average for the first six full weeks of marketing.

Countless salebarns through the Plains, Midwest and Southeast were forced to operate on minimal numbers or completely shut-down over the last two weeks, like the Ozarks Regional Stockyard that normally pulls thousands of crossbred feeder cattle each Tuesday from a 200 mile radius of southcentral Missouri and northcentral Arkansas.

Relentless wintry weather has also slowed chains and darkened beef and pork processing plants across the United States so far this year, resulting in cumulative red meat production totals that are a full 5% behind the same year-to-date total in 2009.

On the beef side, this is partly due to lighter slaughter weights (dressed steers 19 lbs lighter than a year ago) and less numbers of cows and bulls being harvested (currently running 3.8% behind last year).

Frigid weather has sapped showlist tonnage and the limited auction movement has made slaughter cow and bull orders hard to fill, despite surging prices with some ground beef facilities paying over 120.00 dressed for a plant delivered cow carcass.

Direct fed cattle markets have also picked up steam with Southern Plains feedyards selling cattle from 89.00-89.50, the best market since November 2008.

This week’s reported auction volume included 57% over 600 lbs and 42% heifers.

Regular Sale from Weston Livestock Market in West Virginia on January 30, 2010.
Heifers, 8  Head

Weight    M&L 1                    M&L 2     
200-300   85.00-86.00
300-400   94.00
400-500   84.00-85.00                   85.00-86.00
500-600   75.00
Bulls, 6  Head

Weight    M&L 1     
300-400   101.00
400-500   102.00
500-600   94.00     89.00
600-700   86.00
Slaughter Cows,11 Head

            Pct Lean Weight Range   Hi Dress      Avg. Dress   Lo Dress
  Breakers  75-80    1400           49.00                      
  Boners    80-85    1050-1840      45.25-47.00   40.00-43.00  38.00
  Lean      85-90    965-1035       38.50         37.00        33.00
Heiferettes, 2 Head
  800-1000 lbs.      60.00          
Stock Cows, 1  Head
          Age 2-5        
M&L1      630.00
Baby Calves Returned to Farms, 3  Head            Beef                
          100-150 lbs              65.00-66.00
Slaughter Bulls,  Y.G. 1-2, 3  Head
     1000-1500 lbs  High      50.00-53.50
Cow Calf Pairs, 1 Head
          Age   2-8 with calf 250 lbs        
M&L-1     800.00

Buckhannon Stockyard, Buckhannon, WV
Weighted Average Report for Wednesday February 03, 2010

Cattle Receipts:  31          Last week:                    Last year:  
Slaughter cows made up 29% of the offering
Slaughter bulls 3%, replacement cows 6%, other cows 3%, and feeders 58%.

The feeder supply included:
28% steers, and 72% heifers. Near 6% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2    415-415    415         1.05           1.05
                             Medium and Large 2
    2    495-495    495        92.00          92.00
    1    550-550    550        90.50          90.50

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2    385-385    385        89.00          89.00
    5    408-408    408        92.50          92.50
    5    482-482    482        88.00          88.00
                             Small 1
    1    785-785    785        66.50          66.50

Bred Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1245-1245  1245       555.00         555.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Middle Aged
    1   1250-1250  1250       525.00         525.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred

Slaughter Cows                Breaker 70-80% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1495-1495  1495        46.50          46.50
    1   1545-1545  1545        50.00          50.00   High Dressing
                               Boner 80-85% Lean
    1   1270-1270  1270        43.00          43.00
    2   1298-1375  1337     44.50-48.50       46.44   High Dressing
    1   1455-1455  1455        43.50          43.50
                                Lean 85-90% Lean
    1   1100-1100  1100        37.50          37.50
    2   1030-1345  1188     39.50-40.25       39.83   High Dressing

Slaughter Bulls                Yield Grade 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1750-1750  1750        57.75          57.75

The Gilmer County Democrat Women’s Club News


The Gilmer County Democrat Women’s Club is conducting its annual membership drive now.

Any registered democrat voter 18 years of age or older may join.

If interested, contact President Norma Hurley at “” or call her at 304.462.8118; or Secretary Karen Elkin at “” or call her at 304.462.8194.

You may also join us at our next monthly meeting which will he held on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at the Best Western Hotel conference room at 5:30 PM.

Light refreshments will be provided by President Hurley.

We continue to plan for our RALLY to be held Tuesday, March 23, 2010 also at the Best Western Hotel conference room from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Invitations will be mailed out soon for this event.

Senators Joe Minard and Douglas Facemire are planning to attend, as well as Delegate David Walker and Dot Underwood representing Governor Manchin. More details will follow so watch for updates.

Various members of the GCDW are planning to attend women’s day at the legislature on February 25, 2010.

A bus will be leaving Burnsville that morning for anyone planning to attend. Further information regarding this will be forthcoming as well.

WVDOH Needs Your Help


The West Virginia Division of Highways is asking state residents to avoid hindering snow removal efforts.

The DOH wants people not to throw shoveled snow in the streets and roadways.

Road officials say that can cause new snow and ice patches that could lead to an accident.

WV residents are also being asked not to abandon their cars on the side of the road during this latest winter event.

These empty cars hinder road clearing efforts.

The DOH has requested that local authorities tow these vehicles.

Anyone who finds their car has been towed can call their local 911 center’s non-emergency number to find the location of the car.

WV House and Senate - 02.15.10

The Governors plan to allow counties to give new businesses a tax break is on the fas track in the House. The bill passed out of the finance committee Monday and was read on the floor for the first time later in the day. It may be up for final passage as early as Wednesday.
The House also unanimously passed a bill Wood County Delegate John Ellem described as feel good legislation, changing the term mental retardation in the state code to intellectual disability.
And, a bill to tighten penalties for motorists who pass a school bus while its stopped to pick up or discharge children is back for another try with Del. Ralph Rodigheiro as one of its sponsors.

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