Cookbook by The Gilmer County 4-H Leaders Association
The Gilmer County 4-H Leaders Association is selling cookbooks created with recipes from 4-H members, leaders, and supporters.
The cookbooks are being sold for $12 each and can be purchased at the Extension Office, Courthouse, Gil-Co Pharmacy, or through any 4-H leader.
All proceeds will support the county 4-H camp and other county 4-H programs.
McGraw Backs NRA in Chicago Case
West Virginia is one of a group states that has joined in a brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court defending the Second Amendment rights of individuals who live in cities that have banned handguns at home.
Thirty-three state attorneys general have submitted the brief in a National Rifle Association and Otis McDonald case against the City of Chicago. McDonald is a community activist who lives in a high-crime Chicago neighborhood and can’t protect himself from threats by drug dealers, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said.
“The right to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment is not just a ‘fundamental’ liberty interest,“ the brief says. “In the Anglo-American tradition, it is among the most fundamental of rights because it is essential to securing all our other liberties.
“The Founders well understood that, without the protections afforded by the Second
Amendment, all of the other rights and privileges ordinarily enjoyed by Americans would be vulnerable to governmental acts of oppression.“
The U.S. Supreme Court has not decided if it will hear McDonald’s and the NRA’s appeal.
“Just as local governments cannot constitutionally act as ‘laboratories’ for iniatives to abrogate their citizens’ right to free speech or their freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures, nor can they nullify the fundamental right to keep and bear arms secured by the Second Amendment,“ the brief says.
California submitted its own brief in the case. The states that joined Texas and West Virginia are: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.
The Supreme Court struck down a ban on handguns in the District of Columbia last year.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit wrote June 3 that the matter should go before the Supreme Court.
“Federalism is an older and more deeply rooted tradition than is a right to carry any particular kind of weapon,“ the decision says.
“How arguments of this kind will affect proposals to ‘incorporate’ the Second Amendment are for the Justices rather than a court of appeals.“
Report Says $5B Needed for WV Roads by 2019
A new report says West Virginia will need to find $5 billion over the next 10 years to keep its roads and bridges from falling into further disrepair.
Trip, a nonprofit, Washington, D.C.-based transportation research group, says in a report released Wednesday that 8% of the state’s roads are in poor condition and 29% are in mediocre condition.
Additionally, the report says 15% of bridges 20 feet or longer are structurally deficient and another 22% are functionally obsolete.
West Virginians for better transportation, a statewide group seeking new ways to fund road maintenance, says the report is a wakeup call.
NC: NOTICE OF SERVICE OF PROCESS BY PUBLICATION
NOTICE OF SERVICE OF PROCESS BY PUBLICATION
STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA
In the District Court
Lori G. Flesher vs. Brian L. Flesher
09 CVD 464
TO: BRIAN L. FLESHER
Take notice that a pleading seeking relief against you as been filed in the above referenced action. The nature of the relief being sought is as follows:
You are required to make a defense to such pleading not later than 40 days after the 1st date of publication and upon your failure to do so the party seeking service against you will apply to the court for the relief sought.
This the 1st day of July, 2009.
Amber D. Ellis
Lucas & Ellis, PLLC
315 McIntosh Street
Sanford, NC 27330
WorkForce WV: Notice of Request for Proposal (RFP)
WorkForce West Virginia, a division of the Department of Commerce, announces the availability of US Department of Labor National Emergency grant funds for flood disaster clean-up activities in the following counties:
Mingo, McDowell, Wyoming, Raleigh, Mercer, Wirt, Roane, Gilmer, Calhoun, Upshur and Lewis.
Complete details will be available online by July 13, 2009 at www.workforcewv.org under the public information tab entitled NEG funding.
A public meeting/bidder’s conference to discuss the RFP process will be held on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 from 1:00PM to 4:30PM at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, 400 Second Avenue, South Charleston, WV.
Any questions may be referred to Martha Craig-Hinchman, assistant director, Employment Service Division, at 304.558.5050 or “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
Please contact Matthew Gable at 304.558.8414 or “email@example.com” to register for the bidder’s conference.
Joy Fay Godfrey Pickens
Joy Fay Godfrey Pickens
Died Wednesday, July 7, 2009, at the Heritage Nursing Home near Bridgeport.
She was born in Michigan on December 1, 1925; a daughter of Ralph and Dortha Cowger Godfrey.
In June of 1947, she was joined in marriage to John Hampton Pickens, who preceded her in death in 2003.
Surviving are three children, David Yongue of Hanover, Pa., John Pickens of Walkersville and Lyndia Ervolina (Anthony) of West Union; also two sisters, Carol Cool of Fairmont and Frances Breazeale of Geneva, Fla. Mrs. Pickens is also survived by eight grandchildren, Tony Ervolina, Hampton Ervolina, Tahney Yongue, Paxton Robinson, Norman Yongue, Justin Yongue, John “Willie” Pickens and Corey Pickens; and four great-grandchildren, Rase Ervolina, Dylan Huiet, Donovan Yongue and Andrew Yongue.
she was preceded in death by three brothers, Jollie Godfrey, Maurice Godfrey and Delmar Godfrey; and a sister, Geneta Murphy.
Joy loved gardening and listening to music and singing. She was Baptist by faith.
In accordance with her wishes, the body will be cremated.
Online condolences may be sent to “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
Michael Jackson, Heath Ledger and 20,000 Americans
What do they have in common? Accidental prescription drug poisoning.
Yes, Heath Ledger died after mixing pain medicines, anti-anxiety medicines and sedatives. And, while we don’t know the exact cause of Michael Jackson’s death yet (and we may never know), I think it’s a safe bet to say he died of prescription drugs gone wrong.
We hear a lot about the celebrities who die from drug overdoses, either intentional via suicide or by tragic accident like Michael Jackson and Heath Ledger. But, over 20,000 Americans also died from accidental overdose, the CDC said in 2004, the last year they counted this data. These accidents shouldn’t happen.
Unfortunately, accidental overdoses, aka fatal poisonings from prescription drugs, have increased substantially in the U.S. in the last decade. The numbers show women are hit hard. From 1999 to 2004, the death rate due to accidental poisoning doubled in women. Data suggest that this increase in accidental fatal poisonings is related to the increased use of pain medicines like OxyContin, which hit the market in 1996.
But sedatives and tranquilizers are also frequently involved. Taking large doses of these medicines or combining them with alcohol can slow the breathing rate. Overdoses and drug interactions can cause respiratory arrest, essentially a complete cessation of breathing, which then leads to cardiac arrest. The heart stops because no oxygen is reaching it to keep it beating.
The CDC said that accidental overdoses don’t just happen in big cities like Los Angeles or New York, either. The states with the largest increase in accidental fatal poisonings from 1999 to 2004 were West Virginia, Oklahoma, Maine, Montana, and Arkansas.
The risk for incorrect use of prescription drugs is higher than we’d all like to believe. Fortunately, most accidental overdoses aren’t fatal. Recently, the FDA and CDC have been working to track which drugs are involved in overdoses and why. Then, doctors and patients should be able to do more to prevent these occurrences.
If you or a loved one is taking many types of medicines, particularly a narcotic pain medicine and other drugs, make sure to always check doses and potential drug interactions with your doctor.
~~ Monica Zangwill MD MPH ~~
Today is Thursday, July 9, the 190th day of 2009. There are 175 days left in the year.
Thought for Today: “Invest in the human soul. Who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough.“-Mary McLeod Bethune, American educator and reformer (1875-1955).
Today’s Highlight in History:
On July 9, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read aloud to Gen. George Washington’s troops in New York.
In 1540, England’s King Henry VIII had his 6-month-old marriage to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, annulled.
In 1816, Argentina declared independence from Spain.
In 1850, the 12th president of the United States, Zachary Taylor, died after serving only 16 months of his term. (He was succeeded by Millard Fillmore.)
In 1896, William Jennings Bryan delivered his famous “cross of gold” speech at the Democratic national convention in Chicago.
In 1918, 101 people were killed in a train collision in Nashville, Tenn. The Distinguished Service Cross was established by an Act of Congress.
In 1938, Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cardozo died in Port Chester, N.Y., at age 68.
In 1947, the engagement of Britain’s Princess Elizabeth to Lt. Philip Mountbatten was announced.
In 1951, President Harry S. Truman asked Congress to formally end the state of war between the United States and Germany.
In 1974, former U.S. Chief Justice Earl Warren died in Washington at age 83.
In 1982, a Pan Am Boeing 727 crashed in Kenner, La., killing all 145 people aboard and eight people on the ground.
Ten years ago: A jury in Los Angeles ordered General Motors Corp. to pay $4.9 billion to six people severely burned when their Chevrolet Malibu exploded in flames in a rear-end collision. (A judge later reduced the punitive damages to $1.09 billion, while letting stand $107 million in compensatory damages; GM settled the lawsuit in July 2003 for an undisclosed amount.)
Five years ago: A Senate Intelligence Committee report concluded the CIA had provided unfounded assessments of the threat posed by Iraq that the Bush administration had relied on to justify going to war. The International Court of Justice ruled that Israel’s planned security barrier in the West Bank violated international law. Paul Klebnikov, the American editor of Forbes magazine’s Russian edition, was gunned down near his Moscow office. Actress Isabel Sanford died in Los Angeles at age 86.
One year ago: Prosecutors cleared JonBenet Ramsey’s parents and brother in the 1996 killing of the 6-year-old beauty queen in Boulder, Colo. Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, battling a brain tumor, walked into the Senate to cast a dramatic vote in favor of long-stalled Medicare legislation. Iran test-fired nine missiles, including ones capable of hitting Israel. Gunmen stormed a guard post at the U.S. consulate in Istanbul, touching off a firefight that killed three police officers and three assailants.
Actor-singer Ed Ames is 82
Actor James Hampton is 73
Actor Brian Dennehy is 71
Actor Richard Roundtree is 67
Author Dean Koontz is 64
NFL Hall of Famer and convicted felon O.J. Simpson is 62
Actor Chris Cooper is 58
TV personality John Tesh is 57
Country singer David Ball is 56
R&B singer Debbie Sledge (Sister Sledge) is 55
Actor Jimmy Smits is 54
Actress Lisa Banes is 54
Actor Tom Hanks is 53
Singer Marc Almond is 52
Actress Kelly McGillis is 52
Rock singer Jim Kerr (Simple Minds) is 50
Actress-rock singer Courtney Love is 45
Rock musician Frank Bello (Anthrax) is 44
Actor David O’Hara is 44
Rock musician Xavier Muriel (Buckcherry) is 41
Actor Scott Grimes is 38
Actor Enrique Murciano is 36
Rock musician Dan Estrin (Hoobastank) is 33
Actor-director Fred Savage is 33
Country musician Pat Allingham is 31
Actress Megan Parlen is 29
R&B singer Kiely Williams (3lw) is 23
Actor Mitchel Musso is 18
Actress Georgie Henley (“The Chronicles of Narnia” films) is 14.
WV State Board of Education Says ‘No’ To Two Proposals
The state Board of Education is staying out of scheduling when it comes to high school and middle school sports.
On Wednesday, the Board rejected a proposal that would have reduced the number of games during the regular season by 10% for all sports except for basketball and football.
“I think that’s a local board issue and not a state issue,“ says state Board Member Bob Dunlevy of the decision. “I believe that, if the local board wants to cut back on the ball games for cost purposes or for whatever reasons, that should be their decision, not our decision.“
The state Board has also again unanimously rejected a proposal that would have added another enrollment classification here in West Virginia for football, taking that number to four.
“We felt that the actual state itself is too small for four classifications and, the fact is, we’re consolidating more and more schools which is going to make our school population even smaller,“ Dunlevy says.
Starting this year, local school systems will have the option of starting the local basketball season a week earlier than in past years as part of a plan the Board did approve.
The starting date of practice will stay the same but, with the extra week, teams could get in more games in December to avoid weather cancellations later in the year.
~~ WVMN ~~
Gilmer County Energy Express
We invite you to be a volunteer at Energy Express, going in and reading one-on-one with the children or helping out during family style meals.
Please call the college 304.462.7361, so Leslie Campbell, the volunteer coordinator, can schedule you to help at the times that are convenient for you.
Gilmer County: Boo Bears and Boo Bunnies by CEOS
A reception was held on Monday, May 18, 2009 at 10:00 AM on the Gilmer County Court House Lawn to celebrate the 2009 Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS) Week and to finish up a county wide community service project.
69 Boo Bears and Boo Bunnies were distributed to the following organizations:
Gilmer County Sheriff
WV State Police
Gilmer County Firefighters
Approximately 30 more Boo Bears and Bunnies are being completed by CEOS Clubs at this time.
There are 5 CEOS clubs in Gilmer County.
To learn more about CEOS, contact the WVU Extension Office in Gilmer County at 304.462.7061.
~~ Jennifer Shirey - GC Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development ~~
Doddridge County Commission Names New Ambulance Authority Board
The Doddridge County Commission has created a free-standing government public corporation to take care of the EMS issues throughout the county.
The Commission will fund the Authority and has the right to appoint members, remove members and terminate the Authority if it deems necessary.
The new board members will first need to elect its officers before July 24, 2009.
The Authority will then provide a mutual aide contract to Ritchie County and the Salem Fire Department for the area it covers in Doddridge County.
Authority members may also work out a deal with the Doddridge County Emergency Squad, providing them with either a month to month contract or a six month deal, Commission President Angie Pratt says.
However, the Authority would have a right to renew or cancel that agreement at any time, Pratt also says.
A petition with more than 150 signatures was handed to the Commission at Tuesday’s meeting stating: “We, citizen’s of Doddridge County, state that we do support the Doddridge County Emergency Squad, a private, non-profit business and would request the Doddridge County Commission renew the contract for them to continue to provide services to Doddridge County.“
It will be up to the new Ambulance Authority, Pratt says, to decide what to do with the petition.The new board members are Barbara Knight, Ashley Gum, Lewis Swann, Jack Powell, Dr. Jonathan Newman, Zona Hutson and Clint Adams.
WV Board of Education: Textbook Policy Favors Electronic Materials
The West Virginia Board of Education is considering changes to its textbook adoption policy that would make it easier to buy electronic textbooks.
The policy would also mandate that most of the printed books it does buy be accompanied by interactive material for students.
The changes, to be considered this week by the board, would take effect in 2012.
WV is one of 22 states that approve a list of textbooks for all its public schools through the state education department, although counties have some discretion in choosing among books on that list.
Currently, the state spends about $150 million on textbooks every six years, which is the time it takes to cycle through every subject and get new books for every classroom.
If the board approves the new textbook adoption policy, the state would require that the primary instructional material in each classroom - what is now known simply as the “main textbook” - would have to come with an interactive component.
~~ From Ry Rivard - DM ~~
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WVU Extension Service: Food Preservation Workshops
The WVU Extension Service in Calhoun and Gilmer Counties will be offering FREE Food Preservation Workshops on July 28th and 29th at the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center. With the increase in home gardening as well as demand at local Farmers Markets, these workshops aim to teach individuals safe and proper food preservation methods through both classroom and hands-on experience in freezing and canning.
To participate, individuals must be able to attend both Tuesday and Wednesday. To fit most schedules, the workshops will be offered at two times. The first workshop will be offered from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Another workshop will be offered from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.
The workshops will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Each workshop can only hold 15 participants. The deadline for registration is Friday, July 17, 2009. Interested individuals need to contact the WVU Extension Service in Gilmer County to register for the workshop at 304.462.7061.
For more information about food preservation, local farmers markets, or testing your pressure canner, contact Brandy Brabham, WVU Extension agent in Calhoun County by calling 304.354.6332, or contact Jennifer Shirey, WVU Extension Agent in Gilmer County by calling 304.462.7061.
ROCKEFELLER URGES INTERESTED ORGANIZATIONS TO ATTEND HIGH-SPEED INTERNET WORKSHOP
After successfully fighting to include over $4 billion in broadband expansion in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (“Recovery Act”), Senator Jay Rockefeller today encouraged interested West Virginia agencies, nonprofit entities and businesses to attend a workshop this Friday in Charleston regarding available grants and loans for extending high-speed Internet in rural, unserved and underserved areas.
The public forum will be held at the Holiday Inn from 8 AM to 5:30 PM, and will include video remarks from Senator Rockefeller on the importance of taking advantage of this funding.
“As Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, I fought to expand funding for high-speed Internet for every pocket of our state,” Rockefeller said. “Access to broadband will open up new business and education opportunities, create badly-needed high-tech jobs and help jumpstart new economic growth.
“This is precisely the type of job-creating, long-term investment we sought to make happen through the Recovery Act – and that’s why I worked so hard to make sure broadband funding was included. The workshop being held in our state is an opportunity for nonprofit organizations, businesses, and state and local entities to hear more about the real opportunities available to them, what they need to do to apply and how we can make sure West Virginians everywhere have access to the unmatched opportunities broadband provides.”
Last Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden announced the release of $4 billion nationwide in Recovery Act grants and loans to expand broadband service.
Senator Rockefeller championed the fight for these needed funds.
The Recovery Act provided a total of $7.2 billion for broadband expansion – $4.7 billion to the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to deploy infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas, expand public computer center capacity, and encourage sustainable adoption of broadband service; and $2.5 billion to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) to invest in broadband deployment in rural communities.
Applications for this funding will be accepted beginning July 14, 2009 and ending at 5 PM on August 14, 2009. Eligible applicants include state and local governments, non-profit organizations, for-profit businesses and other statutorily-defined entities.
Friday’s public forum – the third of 10 being held across the country this month – is organized by the NTIA’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).
For additional information about broadband funding in the Recovery Act and on the workshops, visit: www.broadbandusa.gov .
Can Social Security Numbers Be Predicted?
It is possible to use publicly available data on state and date of birth to predict someone’s Social Security number, particularly if they were born after 1988 and in smaller states, according to an article published Monday in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The ability to use statistic inference to predict the sensitive data exposes the Social Security numbers to identity fraud risks on “mass scales,“ the article said.
Social Security numbers “were designed as identifiers at a time when personal computers and identity theft were unthinkable; today, abused as authentication devices, they enable an ‘architecture of vulnerability,‘ in which losses are incurred even in absence of fraud, because of costs caused by attempts to defend, and exploit, the system,“ the article concluded.
The researchers from Carnegie Mellon University analyzed Social Security numbers of people who have died to detect statistical patterns in the assignment of numbers. They were then able to use those patterns to predict a range of values likely to include a living person’s Social Security number. Birth data, meanwhile, can be inferred from data brokers, voter registration lists, online white pages, and social-networking profiles, the report said.
The researchers identified in a single attempt the first five Social Security digits for 44% of the records of the people listed as dead from 1989 to 2003 and the complete Social Security numbers in fewer than 1,000 attempts for 8.5% of those records.
On average, the researchers matched on the first attempt the first five digits for 7% of all records for people born nationwide between 1973 and 1988.
“Extrapolating to the U.S. living population, this would imply the potential identification of millions of SSNs for individuals whose birth data were available,“ the article says.
The report goes on to give an example of how someone could get the entire Social Security number by renting a botnet to apply for credit cards impersonating 18-year-old West Virginia-born residents. Following numerous assumptions, including that the attacker can find birth data for 50% of the potential targets and that inquiries with the correct first seven of nine digits are sufficient for a credit reporting agency to answer a positive match in half of the cases, an attacker could potentially harvest credentials at rates as high as 47 per minute, obtaining 4,000 credentials within two hours before the IP addresses used in the botnet were blacklisted, the article said.
Best Selling Pop Albums 07.06.09
|The E.N.D. - The Black Eyed Peas|
|Lines, Vines and Trying Times - Jonas Brothers|
|Far - Regina Spektor|
|Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King - Dave Matthews Band|
|Relapse - Eminem|
|Black Clouds & Silver Linings - Dream Theater|
|Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: The Album - Various Artists|
|The Fame - Lady GaGa|
|A Man's Thoughts - Ginuwine|
|Hannah Montana: The Movie (Soundtrack) - Miley Cyrus|
Tech Note: Your Keyboars’s Dirty Little Secrets
Next time you are eating at your desk, try not to think of multitude of germs lurking on your keyboard — along with some other unpleasant debris.
Nail clippings, chips, pastry crumbs, chewing gum and beard hair are some of the disagreeable detritus that accumulates inside the average keyboard.
Last year researchers for Which Computing tested more than 30 keyboards from a typical office and found some harbored levels of bacteria that could put their user at high risk of becoming ill.
In one case a microbiologist suggested the removal of a keyboard as it had 150 times the recommended limit of bacteria — five times filthier than a toilet seat that was swabbed in the same test.
The main cause of a bug-infested keyboard is users eating at their desk, as the crumbs encourage the growth of millions of bacteria, and not cleaning the dirty hands.
10 Disease-Fighting Foods You Need in Your Diet
Avocados are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
Strawberries, like other berries, are loaded with plant chemicals that your body requires.
Pineapples come complete with vitamin C, antioxidants, and fiber.
Romaine lettuce is one of the most nutrient-dense types of leaf lettuce, running circles around iceberg lettuce.
Walnuts contain omega-3 fats and other heart protective nutrients.
Beans of all kinds are terrific sources of protein, fiber, and carbohydrates.
Kale is a super food. It contains an abundance of disease promoting compounds with each bite.
Whole grains, such as oats, are rich in fiber. But don’t eat too many, because they are they are not nearly as nutrient dense as vegetables, fruits, and nuts. Most whole grain cereals and breads offer very little improvement over white flour cereals and breads. Better choices for grains include barley, quinoa, and brown or wild rice.
Dates can be used to sweeten baked treats or smoothies instead of refined table sugar. Dates are rich in iron, calcium, and phosphorus.
Radishes are often used as a salad condiment. These brightly colored roots are packed with micronutrients.
WVU Football: Limited Season Tickets on Sale
West Virginia University will place a limited number of 2009 football season tickets on sale Monday, July 13, 2009 at 9 AM.
Season tickets for the seven game home schedule are $325 each. Most available seat locations will require a Mountaineer Athletic Club annual contribution. Orders will be limited to eight tickets per customer based on availability.
Season ticket orders will be taken by calling 1.800.WVU.GAME or in person at the Mountaineer Ticket Office at the WVU Coliseum. No online orders will be accepted, and payment must be made by check, VISA, MasterCard or Discover.
The 2009 season will begin on Saturday, September 5, 2009 when WVU plays host to Liberty at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium at Noon.
John A. Keel - The Mothman Prophecies
John A. Keel
Author of “The Mothman Prophecies,“ died Friday. He was 79.
Keel died of congestive heart failure at a Manhattan hospital, his friend Larry “Ratso” Sloman, said Tuesday.
“The Mothman Prophecies,“ was made into a movie about paranormal phenomena starring Richard Gere.
Keel was born Alva John Kiehle. He was best known for his writings about unidentified flying objects and the paranormal.
In his 1970 book “UFOs: Operation Trojan Horse,“ he linked UFO reports to mysterious phenomena over the centuries.
“The Mothman Prophecies” was Keel’s account of his 1966-1967 investigation into sightings in West Virginia of a strange winged creature called the Mothman.
The book was loosely adapted into a 2002 movie starring Gere and Alan Bates, who played two parts of Keel’s personality
Illa Mae Yates
Illa Mae Yates
Age 82, of Weston, passed away Thursday, July 2, 2009, at 11:15 PM following a brief illness.
She was born January 3, 1927, in Orlando, a daughter of the late Addie Wheeler Beall and Mae Adeline Finster Beall.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John H. Yates, Sr. whom she married on February 12, 1950; and one sister, Lucille Heater.
She is survived by one son, John H. Yates, Jr. and wife Delores of Weston; one daughter, Janet Foster and husband Gary of Weston; one grandson, John H. Yates, III of Elkins; one brother, Franklin Beall of West Milford; one sister, Dortha Wilt of Kane, Pa.; one sister-in-law, Macel Yates of Clarksburg; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Illa loved sitting on her porch visiting with friends and neighbors, watching her hummingbirds, reading and working in her garden and flowers.
She was Methodist by faith.
Friends were received Monday, July 6, at Boyle Funeral Home, Weston. Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, July 7, at the Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Rodney D. Heckert officiating. Interment followed in Weston Masonic Cemetery.
Today is Wednesday, July 8, the 189th day of 2009. There are 176 days left in the year.
Thought for Today: “Fools are more to be feared than the wicked.“-Queen Christina of Sweden (1626-1689).
Today’s Highlight in History:
On July 8, 1919, President Woodrow Wilson received a tumultuous welcome in New York City after his return from the Versailles Peace Conference in France; Wilson then headed back to Washington, arriving around midnight.
In 1663, King Charles II of England granted a Royal Charter to Rhode Island.
In 1776, Col. John Nixon gave the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence, in Philadelphia.
In 1853, an expedition led by Commodore Matthew Perry arrived in Yedo Bay, Japan, on a mission to seek diplomatic and trade relations with the Japanese.
In 1889, The Wall Street Journal was first published.
In 1907, Florenz Ziegfeld staged his first “Follies,“ on the roof of the New York Theater.
In 1947, demolition work began in New York City to make way for the new permanent headquarters of the United Nations.
In 1950, President Harry S. Truman named Gen. Douglas MacArthur commander in chief of U.N. forces in Korea.
In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower began a visit to Canada, where he conferred with Prime Minister John Diefenbaker and addressed the Canadian Parliament.
In 1989, Carlos Saul Menem was inaugurated as president of Argentina in the country’s first transfer of power from one democratically elected civilian leader to another in six decades.
In 1994, Kim Il Sung, North Korea’s communist leader since 1948, died at age 82.
Ten years ago: An Air Force cargo jet took off from McChord Air Force Base in Washington on a dangerous mission to Antarctica to drop medicine for Dr. Jerri Nielsen, a physician at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Research Center who had discovered a lump in her breast. (The mission was successful; Nielsen was evacuated in October 1999.) Astronaut Charles “Pete” Conrad Jr., the third man to walk on the moon, died after a motorcycle accident near Ojai, Calif.; he was 69.
Five years ago: Adelphia Communications Corp. founder John Rigas and his son Timothy were convicted in New York of looting the cable company and deceiving investors. (John Rigas was sentenced to 12 years in prison; Timothy Rigas, 17.) A Swedish appeals court threw out a life prison sentence for the convicted killer of Foreign Minister Anna Lindh, ruling that Mijailo Mijailovic should receive treatment for his “significant psychiatric problems.“
One year ago: A bipartisan group chaired by former secretaries of state James Baker III and Warren Christopher released a study saying the next time the president goes to war, Congress should be consulted and vote on whether it agrees. A well-organized assault by gunmen on horseback on a U.N.-African Union patrol in Darfur left seven peacekeepers dead and 22 wounded.
Singer Jerry Vale is 77
Singer Steve Lawrence is 74
Actor Jeffrey Tambor is 65
Ballerina Cynthia Gregory is 63
Actress Kim Darby is 62
Children’s performer Raffi is 61
Actress Anjelica Huston is 58
News columnist Anna Quindlen is 57
Actor Kevin Bacon is 51
Rock musician Andy Fletcher (Depeche Mode) is 48
Country singer Toby Keith is 48
Rock musician Graham Jones (Haircut 100) is 48
Rock singer Joan Osborne is 47
Writer-producer Rob Burnett is 47
Actor Corey Parker is 44
Actor Billy Crudup is 41
Actor Michael Weatherly is 41
Singer Beck is 39
Country singer Drew Womack (Sons of the Desert) is 39
Christian rock musician Stephen Mason (Jars of Clay) is 34
Actor Milo Ventimiglia is 32
Rock musician Tavis Werts is 32
Singer Ben Jelen is 30
Actor Lance Gross is 28
Actress Sophia Bush is 27. Rock musician Jamie Cook (Arctic Monkeys) is 24. Actor Jake McDorman is 23. Actor Jaden Smith is 11.
Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey News
On the last business day of May job openings in the U.S. numbered 2.6 million, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today.
The hires rate at 3.0% was little changed in May and remained low, while the total separations rate at 3.3% declined.
WV Governor’s License Plates
With the exception of one or two non-renewals, there were no changes in assignment of the so-called governor’s license plates, Manchin administration spokesman Matt Turner said Monday.
By law, the governor’s office assigns low-numbered plates from 1 to 2001. Like other vanity plates, the plates come up for renewal each July 1.
Beside the exception for two vacancies because people died in the past year, there were no changes in the list, considered prestigious in some circles.
Some of the in-State assigned plates:
The governor is always assigned plate 1
Governor Joe Manchin also has plate 166
The Senate president always has plate 2
President Earl Ray Tomblin also has plate 15
House speaker always has plate 3
Milan Puskar, president of Mylan retains plate number 4
Lincoln County politico Lyle Stowers at 5
Glenville businessman Ike Morris at 6
Nikki Barone, Charles Town Races lobbyist and former aide to Gov. Bob Wise, at 7
Mary Manchin, widow of Manchin family patriarch John Manchin Sr., at 8
Barboursville businessman Bob Shell at 9
Former Gov. Gaston Caperton at 10
Two of the top 250 plates are registered to addresses outside of West Virginia:
Jim Bunn, CEO of Eagle Coal Cos., in Bristol, VA, plate 19
U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd in McLean, VA, plate 48
Steve Dale, deputy commissioner of the Division of Motor Vehicles, said it is not unheard of for West Virginia license plates to be registered to addresses in other states.
He said the most common scenario is for members of active-duty military whose assignments take them out-of-state.
“There is no particular requirement that you have a West Virginia address for a license registration,“ Dale said.
That is unlike driver’s licenses, which can only be issued to state residents, he noted.
Licensees living out-of-state must also pay West Virginia personal property taxes on their vehicles in order to renew the state plates, he said.
Time Has Come for WV Businesses to Face the Tax Increase
The state Workforce West Virginia office has sent a letter to employers across the state, notifying them of the unemployment compensation tax change.
Businesses must pay unemployment compensation taxes on the first $12,000 of each employee’s salary, up from $8,000 - the first time the rate has changed since 1981.
Employers pay the taxes quarterly. So if a worker met the $8,000 threshold in the first three months of the year, businesses must now pay taxes on an additional $4,000 of wages in the second quarter, which ended June 30, 2009.
If an employer’s workers did not reach $8,000 in wages the first quarter, businesses must pay until the $12,000 taxable amount is met.
The unemployment tax already raises about $140 million a year. The recent change is expected to bring in an additional $70 million for the jobless compensation fund.
The unemployment fund’s primary revenue source is the wage tax—about 2.7% on taxable wages for most employers in the state.
Under the new law, the taxable base would decrease to the first $9,000 of employee wages, if the fund reaches $220 million. The fund currently pays out about $32 million a month in claims.
West Virginia’s unemployment rate climbed to 8.5% in May, up from 6.2% in January. More than 67,000 state residents were without jobs. The June unemployment figures will be released next week.
Businesses must file their second-quarter “wage and contribution reports” by July 31, 2009.
West Virginia’s unemployment compensation fund last ran out of money in the early 1980s, forcing the state to borrow and repay millions in federal funds.
WV Teachers Protest Changes in Health Care
On Monday hundreds of teachers protested the legislation that affects future retirement benefits.
Teachers and State Troopers are upset about a plan that they say will raise health care costs for teachers hired January of 2010.
Currently, teachers pay a retirement premium of around $227 a month. But if the legislation is passed, premium is going to be more than $900 a month for an individual, and more than $2,000 a month for a family plan.
PEIA officials say these changes are necessary for the future of West Virginia. Robert Ferguson, Chairman of the PEIA, says, “What’s really going to hurt the future of West Virginia is if we continue to go in deeper debt than we are. That will affect our bond ratings, that will affect our infrastructure, that will affect our ability to build schools.“
Teachers, Troopers, and politicians alike worry the poor benefits will push certified workers away from West Virginia.
House of Delegates Majority Whip Mike Caputo says, “It sends a very bad message when we want to say, ‘Come home to West Virginia. Not only do we want to pay you very low, but guess what, when you retire, we don’t want to give you anything either.”
But PEIA officials say they have a $7 billion bill to pay. “To ignore the problem, to not pay the bill, is not the way to go. We need to find a way to pay the bill,“ explains Ferguson.
As for solutions, they all discussed concerns tonight, but ultimately are looking for political help in Governor Joe Manchin as they chant, “Hey, hey Joe, say it isn’t so.“
There is one more hearing in Huntington Tuesday night. The board votes on the issue on July 30, 2009.
Gilmer County Magistrate Court Report - 07.06.09
|James F. Persinger|
|UnRestrained Child - No Safey Seat|
WV State Police Citation(s):
|Jamie F. Persinger|
|UnRestrained Child - No Safety Seat|
Gilmer County Sheriff Citation(s):
|Paul W. Braham|
|Jeremiah L. Carr|
|Glenn M. Williams|
|Tammy M. McCord|
|Hospice Care, Corp.|
|Melody J. Gragg|
GSC Lady Pioneer Basketball Camp Dates Changed
The 2009 GSC Lady Pioneers will now be having individual camp from July 19-23, 2009 only.
The first session has been combined with the second do to lack of numbers.
Please contact coach
for details, or call 304.462.6226
FARMERS’ MARKET VOUCHERS NOW AVAILABLE AT SENIOR CENTERS
Senior citizens who qualify may begin signing up for the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) at senior centers throughout the state, according to Commissioner of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass.
“This is an extremely popular program that benefits agricultural producers large and small, while providing low-income senior citizens with fresh and nutritious locally-grown produce,” Commissioner Douglass said.
The SFMNP provides eligible seniors with $20 worth of coupons that can be used for fresh produce at local farmers’ markets. Participants can register for the program and pick up the coupons at the same time, but must meet specific age and income limits.
Participants must be at least 60 years old. A household of one must make less than $20,036, and a household of two must make under $26,955.
The program is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture – which will provide approximately $520,000 for the program this year. It is administered by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA), which provides training for vendors that accept the vouchers, and oversight of other program details.
For more information, contact the WVDA Marketing and Development Division at 304.558.2210.
Glenville State College Athletic Fest 2009
August 1, 2009
One Chevy Sedan
One 4x4 Chevy Silverado
One Honda Four Wheeler
Two Remington 11-87 Shotguns
Two Remington 700 BDL Rifles
30 Cash Prizes from $250.00 to 5,000.00
More Information at GSC Athletic Fest 2009 Website
Revamping WV Prison System Carries Steep Price
A study advocating an overhaul of West Virginia’s corrections system can’t be allowed to sit on a shelf and gather dust just because it carries a price tag of nearly $256 million, said Homeland Security and Military Affairs Secretary Jim Spears.
Spears chaired the study sought by Gov. Joe Manchin as a way of curbing inmate overcrowding in the state’s 14 prisons and 10 regional jails. The study, submitted to Manchin last week, carries 14 recommendations for revamping the system.
The recommendations include modifying sentencing laws to reduce terms for nonviolent crimes, diverting inmates with drug and alcohol abuse problems to treatment programs, expanding community-based sentencing and treatment options, adding 1,820 new prison beds by building community-based units, expanding an existing prison and building a 1,200-bed medium-security prison.
“The commission fully recommended that no single aspect of it is the silver bullet, but it has to be done in its entirety for it to have the positive impact we believe it will have,“ Spears said.
Manchin commissioned the study following a two-day summit in November on overcrowding in the state’s prisons. The system is designed for 5,300 inmates, but another 1,200 are being held in regional jails awaiting transfer to a state facility.
The corrections population grows by three inmates a day. The report said the state’s prison population is expected to hit 8,530 inmates by 2012. By 2017, the population is expected to hit 10,304 if the state doesn’t change sentencing, treatment, rehabilitation and housing policies, the commission’s report said.
An estimated 700 inmates could be kept out of the system if all branches of West Virginia’s government adopt the commission’s recommendations, said commission member Kent Carper.
“If the Legislature, the executive branch and the judicial branch actually takes the time to read it, it will be very hard to ignore,“ said Carper, who also is president of the Kanawha County Commission.
Since 1991, the Legislature has voted 75 times to modify sentencing laws or create new ones. Lawmakers also increased the mandatory minimum sentences for several crimes. The report found that between 2001 and 2006 sentences grew by as much as 33 months. The sentence for murder grew from 53.6 months to 86.1 months. Burglary increased 20 months to 44.4 months.
Nearly two-thirds of West Virginia inmates were sentenced for nonviolent crimes.
It costs about $28,000 a year to feed and house an inmate. Diverting up to 500 inmates a year to community-corrections programs could save the state at least $14 million. Community corrections includes home confinement, electronic monitoring or intense supervision, rather than prison.
“To believe the Legislature will soften criminal penalties across the board is a pipe dream,“ Carper said. “But people would support rehabilitation and using those savings to straighten them up.“
About 19% of the inmates suffer from mental health issues, yet the state has no programs to focus on mental health or substance abuse issues. Residential treatment centers are needed statewide, the report said.
Manchin has yet to say how he intends to address the report’s findings, but Senate Judiciary Chairman Jeff Kessler said the Legislature doesn’t have to wait for Manchin.
“The governor has a significant role to play,“ the Marshall County Democrat said. “Now, it cries out for legislative action and legislative solutions. It’s going to cost some money.“
Because of what Kessler termed a “looming crisis” the Legislature must at least consider building the new 1,200-bed prison. Construction estimates range from $100 million to $200 million.
“Our options are set out pretty clearly in the report,“ said Kessler, who served on the study commission. “Build several new prisons or address our penal laws.“
The governor’s study isn’t the only review of the state’s correction system. The state Supreme Court has launched its own review to determine how West Virginia is complying with a 2002 order on the transfer of inmates from regional jails to state prisons. State inmates held in regional jails do not receive training, rehabilitation and other services given to inmates being held in state prisons.
“If there isn’t some attention paid to this, the court system will step in and do the job of the other two branches,“ Carper said.
And if that happens, the state will have to follow the Supreme Court’s order regardless of the cost, Spears said. The court ordered the state to build a new maximum-security penitentiary in 1986 after declaring conditions in the former penitentiary unconstitutional.
The Supreme Court’s review isn’t expected to be completed until next year.
Gilmer County Relay For Life Team Event
Join the Gilmer County Relay for Life on Friday, July 10, 2009 at Ike Morris Stadium on the Glenville State College campus from 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM.
It’s a team event for all ages.
For more information contact Kipp Colvin 304.266.3418 or go to the Gilmer County Relay For Life Website.
3 slices bacon
1/3 cup brown rice
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 egg yolk
1/8 tsp. pepper
8 oz. pkg. prepared creamy onion or garlic snack dip
8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. dried oregano leaves
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cook bacon until crisp, then remove from pan, drain on paper towels and crumble.
Set aside. Cook rice as directed on package until tender and drain if necessary.
In large bowl, combined cooked and crumbled bacon, ground beef, egg yolk and pepper and mix gently.
On waxed paper, divide beef mixture into 4 4x6” rectangles, patting gently to form into shape.
In small bowl, combine cooked rice with onion dip.
Divide rice mixture over ground beef rectangles, spreading evenly.
Roll up the rectangles, starting with 4” side, to enclose rice mixture, using waxed paper to help roll (be sure to not roll the waxed paper into the meatloaves!).
Place rolls in a 10” baking dish. Pour tomato sauce over each roll, then top with cheeses and oregano.
Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes until beef is thoroughly cooked and rolls are browned.
WVDF: PUBLIC NOTICE - Public Tour Scheduled for July 11, 2009
The West Virginia Division of Forestry will be conducting a public tour at Kumbrabow State Forest on Saturday, July 11, 2009.
This tour will be to inform the public of plans for a timber harvest prescribed to provide more diverse wildlife habitat and forest growth potential.
The tour of the area in the southern portion of the forest will take place at 11 AM.
We will meet at the forest office on Kumbrabow State Forest. Bring substantial footwear, clothing appropriate for the weather, snacks and water.
The tour will involve a hike of a little over mile on uneven ground in the woods, and on an old road with very wet areas.
For more information contact Barbara Breshock at the Beckley office at 304.256.6775 or via email at “Barbara.A.Breshock@wv.gov”
Click for Map of Forest and Trails.
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