Braxton Residents Student Teaching for GSC

Five students from Braxton County are currently completing student teaching internships for Glenville State College.

Tiffany R. Balis is completing her student teaching in Early Education (PreK-K) and Elementary Education at Flatwoods Elementary School with cooperating teachers Michelle Wilson and Minnie Coffman. Connie Stout and Barbara Adams are Balis’ GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Roland and Sue Davis of Exchange and Mike and Sandy Hughes of Point Pleasant. She and her husband Brian reside in Little Birch with their daughters Kaitlyn and Kelsie.

Luella J. Dancy is completing her student teaching in Elementary Education at Flatwoods Elementary with teacher Donna Warner and in Math (5-9) and Health (5-Adult) at Braxton County High School with teacher Pam White. Barbara Adams and Joseph Wood are Dancy’s GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of the late Donald Nichols and Emogene Slaughter of Flatwoods. She and her husband James reside in Birch River with their five sons: Robert, Bryan, Jeremy, Josh, and Jeff.

Teresa Jayne Jackson is doing her student teaching in Early Education (PreK-K) at Burnsville Elementary School with teacher Joyce Hamrick and in Social Studies (5-9) at Braxton County Middle School with teacher Laura Jarvis. Dr. Michael Gherke, Connie Stout, and Barbara Adams are Jackson’s GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Margaret Hoffman of Elkview. She and her husband Jim reside in Gassaway with their son Tyler.

GSC Student Interns (L-R): Tiffany R. Balis, Luella J. Dancy, Teresa Jayne Jackson,
Kayla Boggs White, and Stephanie Jarrell Sumner

Stephanie Jarrell-Sumner is completing her student teaching in Music Education at Arnoldsburg Elementary School and Pleasant Hill Elementary School with teacher John Bugby and at Gilmer County High School with teacher Randall Cook. Dr. David Lewis, Don Sheets, and Shelly Ratliff are Sumner’s GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Dennis and Starla Jarrell of Gassaway. She and her husband Matthew reside in Gassaway.

Kayla Boggs-White is completing her student teaching in English (5-Adult) at Belington Middle school with teacher Janet David and at Phillip Barbour High School with teacher Heather Halfin. Dr. Gayle Burkowski and Dr. John Taylor are Boggs’ GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Kevin and Patti Lunceford of Flatwoods and Doug Boggs of Jasper, Indiana. She and her husband Adam reside in Elkins.

Successful completion of student teaching internships will qualify these students for December 2010 graduation.

They will be eligible to participate in the 137th Glenville State College Commencement Ceremony scheduled for Saturday, May 14, 2011.

Area Counties Election Results - 2010


Lewis County
Candidate    Office  Votes
Chad Kelley    D   Assessor   3237 
Bob Taylor    R   Assessor   1982 
Tom Fealy    D   County Commission   2501 
Richard Bonnett    R   County Commission   2204 
Pat Caufield    -   County Commission   498 
Doddridge County
Candidate    Office  Votes
Ralph Sandora    R   County Commission   1135 
Randy Plaugher    I   County Commission   1072 
Amendments and Levies For Against Notes
Fire Levy 1141 1116 Needs 60% to pass - now 50%
Ritchie County
Candidate Votes
Samuel Rogers D County Commission 1946
Brian Morton R County Commission 1044
Amendments and Levies For Against Notes
Excess Levy 1857 1116 Needs 60% to pass - now 62.5%

Braxton County:

County Commission
Gary Ellyson Democrat unopposed

Circuit Clerk
Susan Lemon Democrat unopposed

County Clerk
Susan Lunceford Democrat unopposed

West Union: State Workers Die in Traffic Accident


Two state employees died Monday in a multi-vehicle crash in Doddridge County.

State Police say the victims were traveling in a van that was attempting to turn onto U.S. Route 50 west from Route 18 at about 10 AM on Monday, November 01, 2010.

The van collided with a truck loaded with rocks.

A third vehicle was also involved.

The victims, John Mayfield of New Martinsville and Valerie Fortesque of Wheeling, were in the van.

They were on their way to a training academy in Glenville.

They were pronounced dead at the scene.

Governor Joe Manchin Wins US Senate Race in WV


Governor Joe Manchin has kept West Virginia’s U.S. Senate seat in the hands of the Democratic Party.

The popular governor won the special election for the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd’s seat, despite Republican efforts to paint him as a rubber stamp for the policies of President Barack Obama. The president’s popularity, and that of his policies, has been on the decline as the economy continues to sputter.

Byrd died in June at age 92. Manchin will serve the final two years of his term.

Morgantown millionaire John Raese had hoped issues such as Obama’s environmental polices involving coal and federal health care legislation would make him the first Republican to represent West Virginia in the Senate in more than 50 years.

Calhoun Residents Student Teaching for GSC

Three students from Calhoun County are currently completing student teaching internships for Glenville State College.

Jacob Daniel McCumbers is completing his student teaching in Early Education (PreK-K) and Elementary Education at Pleasant Hill Elementary School with cooperating teachers Kristie Ritchie and Patty Haught. Shelly Ratliff is McCumbers’ GSC supervisor. He is the son of Dennis and Sandy McCumbers of Grantsville.

GSC Student Interns (L-R): Deborah Leigh White-Toppings, Britini Lee Whited, and Jacob Daniel McCumbers.

Deborah Leigh White-Toppings is doing her student teaching in Early Education (PreK-K) and Elementary Education at Arnoldsburg Elementary School with teacher Renita Benson and at Glenville Elementary School with teacher Nancy McVaney. Shelly Ratliff is Toppings’ GSC supervisor. She is the daughter of Bernice and Jim White of Chloe. She and her husband Bobby reside in Chloe with their daughter Gina.

Britini Lee Whited is completing her student teaching in Early Education (PreK-K) and Elementary Education at Glenville Elementary School with cooperating teachers Kim Freeland and Julie Perrin. Don Sheets and Connie Stout are Whited’s GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Jack and Delores Whited of Grantsville.

Successful completion of student teaching internships will qualify these students for December 2010 graduation.

They will be eligible to participate in the 137th Glenville State College Commencement Ceremony scheduled for Saturday, May 14, 2011.

Republican David McKinley Wins by a Slim Margin


Republican David McKinley wins the 1st District U.S. House of Representatives race over Democrat Mike Oliverio by the slim margin of 734 votes.

Mike Oliverio is planning to ask for a recount.

G-Comm: Home Ownership is Still Part of the American Dream


In the midst of yet another contentious campaign season, our country’s state attorneys general have found something to agree on. Republicans and Democrats alike, all 50 state AGs, have agreed to investigate the latest foreclosure scandals that are rocking the housing industry and homeowners nationwide.

It seems the same lenders that got us into the subprime mortgage mess used the same attention to detail — or lack thereof — in their foreclosure processes. Robo-signers at Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase and other banks approved thousands of foreclosures each month without real review, denying homeowners the right to a fair and thorough process. After the problem came to light, some, including Bank of America and GMAC, put a freeze on foreclosures. But now, after reviewing a few hundred out of 120,000 pending foreclosures, Bank of America, along with GMAC, has lifted its freeze. Am I the only one not reassured by such a “thorough” review?

Many families facing foreclosure today are in this mess because of unscrupulous practices. Since 2005, I have criticized the subprime mortgage industry for targeting African Americans and Hispanics with deceptive mortgages that increased their profits, but left thousands of homeowners holding the bag. Just this week, FDIC Chair Sheila Bair acknowledged that both the federal government and the financial industry failed to question how banks were proceeding with foreclosures without violating certain standards. Yet when the financial crisis first hit, homeowners took a backseat while the government bailed out the banking industry, AIG, GM and Chrysler, and now, the same people who encouraged the mess we’re in are back looking for another easy way out.

No family should be thrown out of its home until the system is fixed. Now is the time for the Obama administration to stand up for homeowners and institute a moratorium on foreclosures. The administration has been reluctant to impose a moratorium because it says it would further hurt the housing industry; but isn’t it worse to simply sweep this problem under the rug? At a recent housing conference, Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke announced that regulators are looking at how the latest foreclosure problems might affect the real estate market. Surely they will find that the housing industry would be better helped by addressing the problem at hand and restoring confidence in the economy.

Truly helping the housing industry means doing right by homeowners, both by protecting those caught up in the foreclosure mess, and also by ensuring that opportunities remain for people who can afford to buy a home.

For generations, the government has provided federal incentives to help families fulfill the dream of homeownership. But now, some critics are using the mortgage meltdown to question homeownership’s place in the American Dream, and whether the federal government should provide incentives to encourage it. This is a false argument that is nothing more than a tactic being used to divert attention away from the real problem and to support conservatives’ agenda to reduce, or eliminate, historic support for homeowners.

Removing this support will effectively close the door on the next generation of homeowners, especially for many African Americans and Hispanics who are working to become the first homeowners in their families.

Despite the economic downturn, homeownership today still represents a family’s primary means of financial advancement. In addition to the tax benefits owning a home provides, a home is also a protection against inflation and most importantly, a form of forced savings.

Equally important — and often overlooked — are the societal benefits of homeownership. Owning a home naturally promotes stability, and studies have proven that homeowners are more likely to be involved in their community and more active in deterring crime than renters because they have stake in maintaining a healthy neighborhood. According to a study by the New York Federal Reserve Bank, children of homeowners perform better in school, and homeowners themselves report higher levels of self-esteem and overall happiness. If we close the door, future generations won’t have the same opportunities we do today to realize the benefits of homeownership.

We’re living in a cynical time. Americans are cynical about the economy, about the role of government and about their children’s prospects for the future. The one thing that Americans aren’t cynical about is the promise of the American Dream and of homeownership’s role in that dream. In fact, according to a recent survey by the National Association of Realtors, nearly eight out of 10 Americans believe that buying a house makes good financial sense, and more than half (53 percent) of current renters said that owning a home is a priority in their future.

We should do all we can to preserve and protect home ownership and the American Dream for today’s homeowners as well as future generations.

~~  By Donna Brazile ~~

WV County Boards to Appeal Dismissal of Benefits Case


Several county school boards plan to take a dispute over who is responsible for retiree health care benefits to the West Virginia Supreme Court.

In September, a circuit judge threw out a lawsuit filed by 50 of the state’s 55 school boards that challenged the constitutionality of a 2006 law.

The law allows the Public Employees Insurance Agency to charge government employers yearly amounts to address the state’s unfunded liability from non-pension retiree costs.

The school boards say the state should have sole responsibility for funding retiree health care costs.

Microloan Funding to Help Braxton, Clay, Gilmer, and Lewis Counties


USDA has selected recipients in 36 states to receive funds to make loans to boost small business development, create jobs, and strengthen rural communities.

The funding is being provided through the Rural Microentreprenuer Assistance Program (RMAP), which was authorized by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill).

This program provides direct support for small business formation and offers technical assistance and training to small rural businesses.

This initiative continues the effort of the Obama Administration to rebuild and revitalize rural communities.

In many cases, an entrepreneur needs only a small amount of money, a microloan, to get started. This program creates opportunities for small businesses to prosper by giving them access to capital and it also helps to create new off-farm income opportunities that help to support owners of small and mid-sized farm operations.

In West Virginia, Mountain CAP of WV, Inc., was selected to receive a $500,000 loan and a $104,106 grant.

Mountain CAP of WV is awarded the funding to expand their programs for providing assistance to small businesses in Barbour, Braxton, Clay, Fayette, Gilmer, Lewis, Nicholas, Randolph, Roane, Upshur and Webster Counties.

WV Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin - 11.02.10


It is with a great deal of pride that I congratulate Governor Joe Manchin on his victory and election to the United States Senate. As he celebrates the victory of a long and hard fought campaign, I and my wife Joanne extend to him and to the first lady Gayle Manchin, our very best wishes along with the assurance their service will continue to bring great distinction to West Virginia and its people.

Governor Manchin has served West Virginia for the past six years as a strong and visionary leader and he takes with him to his new post the same high standards that he brought to the governorship. I look forward to working with him, to continue the path of progress which we have partnered.

Lewis County Students Teaching for GSC

Two students from Lewis County are currently completing student teaching internships for Glenville State College.

GSC Student Teacher Interns Tara Amber White (left) and Micah Lauren Stover

Tara Amber Wine is completing her student teaching in English (5-Adult) at Gilmer County High School under cooperating teachers Becky Sprouse and Janette Ramezan. Dr. Gayle Burkowski and Don Sheets are Wine’s GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Jeffery Wine and Dawn Wine of Weston.

Micah Lauren Stover is doing her student teaching in Elementary Education at Jane Lew Elementary School with teacher Alicia Tinney and at Robert L. Bland Middle School with teacher Diana Chewning. Tara Cosco is Stover’s GSC supervisor. She is the daughter of Sherry and Scott Lambert and Don and Becky Markley of Weston. She and her husband Rocky reside in Weston with their daughter Montgomery.

Successful completion of student teaching internships will qualify these students for December 2010 graduation.

They will be eligible to participate in the 137th Glenville State College Commencement Ceremony scheduled for Saturday, May 14, 2011.

Gilmer County: Angel Tree Applications Deadline Approaching


Community Resources, Inc. will start taking ANGEL TREE applications on Monday, October 25, 2010 and will take them through Friday, November 05, 2010 ONLY.

Applicants must be income eligible and the application is for children from Birth to 14 years old.

Parent must bring in list of sizes (coat, pants, shirt, and shoes).

Please tell your friends and neighbors so no child is left out.


For more information, call 304.462.8698.

Glenville: Craft Sale and Flea Market‏ - This Weekend


Heavenly Hills Fabrics and Crafts is sponsoring a craft sale and flea market event at the Gilmer County Recreation Center to run simultaneously with the annual Gun Show, Saturday, Sunday, November 06-07, 2010 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Our vendors will be in the Agricultural Building which is partially enclosed and equipped with electricity and bathroom facilities.

Vendors may begin setting up on Friday, November 05, 2010 at 5:00 PM.

Anyone interested in being a vendor at this event may call 304.462.4339 and leave a message or visit and click on the Vendor Form link near the middle of the page.

Spaces are 10 ft x 10 ft and are available for $25 for an inside space, $20 for an arena space.

We still have plenty of room for crafters and flea market sellers.

Thanks so much for your help and should you have any questions or need further information, please feel free to contact us at “”, which is the quickest and easiest way to reach us.

Bon Appétit: Slow Cooker Beef Chili


6 oz lean beef top round, cut into chunks
1 tbsp olive or canola oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 cup canned crushed tomatoes
1 cup chicken broth
1 can (15 oz) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
4 tsp sour cream
4 tsp grated extra-sharp cheddar cheese

Pulse beef in food processor 1 minute, until coarsely ground.
Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat.
Cook beef and onion until browned, 4 to 5 minutes.
Transfer to 4-quart or larger slow cooker.
Add bell pepper, garlic, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, tomatoes, and broth.
Cook on low 4 to 6 hours.
Add beans and cook on high, stirring occasionally, 1 more hour.
Serve topped with dollop of sour cream and sprinkle with cheese.

Stargazing - 11.03.10


The fingernail-thin crescent Moon has a couple of companions at first light tomorrow: the star Spica, which is just to the lower left of the Moon, and the planet Saturn, which is farther to the upper left of the Moon.

Daily G-Eye : 11.03.10

Bob Reed The Builder U.S. 44 Cent Postage Stamp will be released in a few days‏!!!!
~~  By Gary Collins ~~

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Meditation Moment - 11.03.10


‘If you do not hate father, mother—and your own life too—you cannot be my disciple.’

It is important to understand Jesus’ words.
He is using a Jewish expression of his time in which ‘hate’ means ‘love less’.
He is saying that we should love our relatives and ourselves less than we love God.
We need this advice because we often give God second place in our lives.
Love of God should come first, all other loves later.
Jesus goes on to say that his disciples should take up their cross and follow him.
Discipleship is not an easy option.
We have to be ready to renounce everything.
Of course, it is worthwhile, but we naturally shrink from it.
It is only with Our Lord’s help that we can follow him.
Dearest Lord, help me.

Philippians 2:12-18. The Lord is my light and my salvation—Ps 26(27):1, 4, 13-14. Luke 14:25-33.

Frank Gainer


Frank Gainer
was born September 13, 1917 in Grantsville, WV, to Okey and Ester Ann Gainer.

He began employment with Hope Gas Company in Grantsville in 1938.

He married Vesta Burroughs in 1939.

Frank was drafted into the U.S. Navy in 1944 and served his country in the South Pacific Theater on LST Troop Transporter. He was sent home for his father’s funeral in 1945 and was discharged as the war ended.

He resumed working for Hope Gas until his retirement in 1975. He spent his life in and around Grantsville and became a member of the Rush Run Baptist Church where he served on several committees and drove the church bus until 1998.

Frank enjoyed being with people, especially later in life at The Senior Center in Grantsville. He also liked bowling, hunting, fishing and farming.

He is survived by a sister, Tootsie Blankenship of Grantsville; two sons, James O. Gainer (Sharon) of Parkersburg and Thurl J. Gainer (Judy) of Harrisville; five grandchildren, James O. Gainer II of Grantsville, Shellie Gainer (Lance) of Newport Beach, California, Mark Gainer (Suzanne) of Orient, Ohio, Thurl J. Gainer, Jr. (Cathy) of Dublin, Ohio, and Staci Goff (Scot) of Harrisville; three great grandchildren, Mitchel and Alex A. Gainer of Dublin, Ohio, and Wyatt Goff of Harrisville.

He was preceded in death by four infant siblings; five sisters, Euthal Gainer of Grantsville, Gladys Bower of Parkersburg, Louise Rusniek of Steubenville, Ohio, Claire Smith of Caldwell, Ohio, and Dutch Jarvis of Grantsville; and two brothers, George of Steubenville and Harry of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Arrangements are being handled by Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville.

Services will be conducted at 10:00 AM Wednesday with viewing one hour prior to services and 5:00-8:00 PM on Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers he would prefer donations to the American Cancer Society or Rush Run Baptist Church, Stumptown, WV.

Interment will be at Collins Cemetery, Stumptown, beside his spouse of 67 years.

Deborah J. Craig Dowell


Deborah J. Craig Dowell
Age 58, of 516 Broad Street Weston passed away on Monday, November 01, 2010 in Crestview Nursing Home of Jane Lew following a brief illness.

She was born in Weston on December 10, 1951: daughter of Ivan Junior Craig and Norma Jean (Smith) Craig of Jane Lew.

Mrs. Dowell is also survived by two children: Brittany Jo Burkhammer and Shane Michael Craig both of Weston.

Also surviving are two brothers: David Allen Craig of Baltimore, MD and Richard Wayne Craig of Flowery Branch, GA.

Mrs. Dowell was a nurse’s aide. She attended the Valleyview Nazarene Church of Weston.

At the request of Mrs. Dowell, her body will be cremated.

A Memorial Service to commemorate Debra’s life will be held on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 11:00 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Toby Dukich officiating. Family and friends will gather and share fellowship time from 10 AM until 11 AM at the funeral home before services.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for Deborah J. Dowell.



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