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Today is Friday, March 04, the 63rd day of 2011. There are 302 days left in the year.

Thought for Today: “I do not understand the world, but I watch its progress.“ – Katherine Anne Porter, American author (1894-1980).

Today’s Highlights in History:


On March 04, 1861, Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as the 16th president of the United States. The U.S. Government Printing Office began operation. The Confederate States of America adopted as its flag the original version of the Stars and Bars (not to be confused with the more familiar Confederate Battle Flag).

On this date:

In 1789, the Constitution of the United States went into effect as the first Federal Congress met in New York. (The lawmakers then adjourned for lack of a quorum.)

In 1791, Vermont became the 14th state.

In 1811, the first Bank of the United States ceased operations as its charter expired.

In 1858, Sen. James Henry Hammond of South Carolina declared “Cotton is king” in a speech to the U.S. Senate.

In 1908, a fire at Lake View School in Collinwood, Ohio, claimed the lives of 172 children and three adults.

In 1930, Coolidge Dam in Arizona was dedicated by its namesake, former President Calvin Coolidge.

In 1940, Kings Canyon National Park in California was established.

In 1960, an explosives-laden French freighter, La Coubre, exploded in Havana’s harbor, killing at least 75 people.

In 1977, some 1,500 people were killed in an earthquake that shook southern and eastern Europe.

In 1981, a jury in Salt Lake City convicted Joseph Paul Franklin, an avowed racist, of violating the civil rights of two black men who’d been shot to death.

Ten years ago:
•  President George W. Bush dedicated a $4 billion aircraft carrier in honor of former President Ronald Reagan.
•  An oceanside memorial was held in Hawaii for 35 people who died in the accidental sinking of a Japanese fishing boat by a U.S. submarine.
•  Perennial presidential candidate Harold E. Stassen died in Bloomington, Minn., at age 93.
•  Singer Glenn Hughes, the “biker” character in the disco band the Village People, died in New York at age 50.

Five years ago:
•  President George W. Bush, visiting Islamabad, praised Pakistan’s fight against terrorism as unfaltering, but turned down an appeal for the same civilian nuclear help the United States intended to give India.

One year ago:
•  A Hollister, Calif., man with a history of severe psychiatric problems opened fire at a Pentagon security checkpoint; John Patrick Bedell, 36, wounded two police officers before being killed by police.
•  Two Germans and two Turkish men were convicted in Duesseldorf over a foiled 2007 plot to attack U.S. targets in Germany and given prison sentences ranging up to 12 years.
•  Turkey, a key Muslim ally of the United States, angrily withdrew its ambassador after a congressional committee approved a resolution branding the World War I killing of Armenians a genocide. (The measure, however, was never taken up by the 111th Congress.)

Today’s Birthdays:
Actress Paula Prentiss is 73
Movie director Adrian Lyne is 70
Singer Bobby Womack is 67
Rock musician Chris Squire (Yes) is 63
Singer Shakin’ Stevens is 63
Author James Ellroy is 63
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is 61
Singer Chris Rea is 60
Actor Ronn Moss is 59
Actress Kay Lenz is 58
Musician Emilio Estefan is 58
Movie director Scott Hicks is 58
Actress Catherine O’Hara is 57
Actor Mykelti (MY’-kul-tee) Williamson is 54
Actress Patricia Heaton is 53
Actor Steven Weber is 50
Rock musician Jason Newsted is 48
Actress Stacy Edwards is 46
Rapper Grand Puba is 45
Rock musician Patrick Hannan (The Sundays) is 45
Rock singer Evan Dando (Lemonheads) is 44
Actress Patsy Kensit is 43
Gay rights activist Chaz Bono is 42
Actor Nick Stabile (stah-BEEL’) is 41
Rock musician Fergal Lawler (The Cranberries) is 40
Country singer Jason Sellers is 40
Jazz musician Jason Marsalis is 34
TV personality Whitney Port is 26
Actress Andrea Bowen (“Desperate Housewives”) is 21
Actress Jenna Boyd is 18

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Scam Alert from Glenville’s Chief Moss - 03.03.11


City of Glenville Police Chief John Moss would like for the public be aware of a possible scam coming across the fax machines involving a 63 year old lady.

She wants to give $9.8 million away to someone to disburse to the needy, single mothers or to charity.

They lady alleges she is dying of cancer and is in the Queens hospital and requests their prayers and states she is wanting to give the letter receiver $9.8 million to disburse anyway they wish.

She said she asked God to forgive her for all her sins and hopes she can enter heaven when the time comes and slates the holy spirit has directed her to donate these funds to the receiver of the letter.

At the end of her letter she requests their full name, address and phone numbers to be contacted by her attorney in the future.

The lady also gave her name and address for replying.

Chief Moss also states”

“This Officer emailed her back and advised her who I was; and just in case the letter was sincere, that I was praying over her letter for her and her condition, I also advised her instead of putting a burden on someone to disburse this amount of money honestly, to give it to the one thing that is killing her, Cancer Research.

I also advised her I prayed a second prayer over her letter she had faxed me.  If this just a scam to gain personal information from on-suspecting victims, that the writer receives quick justice on earth and in the here-after.    If more than one person received a letter like this is very apparent that it is a scam.

Thank You, Chief Moss”

Following is the copy of the correspondence:

Hi Dear,
My name is Mrs. Anita Bridges. I am 63 years old. I am a dying woman who has decided to donate what I have to you for charity/ motherless babies/less privileged in the world. I was diagnosed for cancer for about 2 years ago. I have been touched by God to donate from what I have inherited from my late husband to you for good work of God. I have asked God to forgive me and believe he has because he is a merciful God. I will be going in for an operation next week.

I got your contact from a business directory and picked you randomly for this project. I decided to donate the sum of US $9.8 Million dollars to you for the good work of God. I know this may come as a surprise to you as you do not know me at all but I have prayed over this and out of all the contacts I was able to get from the internet, the holy spirit has directed rne to donate these funds to you. I do not want to take credit for any of these as life is vanity, We came to this world empty and will surely return back to the lord empty. I have lived my life in sin and have prayed to God to forgive my sins.

At tine moment I cannot take any telephone calls right now due to the fact that my relatives (That have squandered the funds I gave them for this purpose before) are around me and my health status also.

If you will accept this offer, I will be very grateful. My family lawyer will make take care of the legal procedure to complete the transfer of the funds to you. I want you to reply me with your full name and telephone number so that I can give it to my lawyer. Ones I receive your response, I will also give you my lawyers contact for you to open communication with him.

All I ask of you is to make sure that you use the money for the work of God and service to humanity. I know I don’t know you but I have been directed to do this by God, I wish you all the best and may the God bless you abundantly as you work toward this humanitarian mission.

Lastly I want you to pray for me regarding my health, because I have come to find out that wealth acquisition without God in one’s is vanity upon vanity. If you have to die, says the lord keep [???] and I will give you the crown of life. I believe we serve the same God and that we are all going back to him when we die.

May the Grace of our Lord, the love of God, and the sweet fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you now and forever more, Amen. You can reply directly to my email

Mail to: “”    “”

Your sister In the lord
Mrs. Anita Bridges

House Majority Leader Boggs Presents Citation to History Heroes

Mr. and Mrs. Bob Maxwell of Hightown, Virginia were presented with a History Hero award by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History during History Day at the Capitol recently.

Bob and Allie Maxwell were nominated for this award by the Gilmer County Historical Society for their restoration work on the historic log Methodist church Job’s Temple.


Mr. Bob Maxwell, a former Braxton County resident, is president of the Job’s Temple Association, whose origins date to the 1930s when his grandmother, Ella Woofter Maxwell, was a leader in the effort to preserve the building.

He and his wife Allie helped write the grant proposal to receive funding for restoration of Job’s Temple and worked onsite with the contractor during the restoration.

House Majority Leader Boggs recognized the Maxwells during the House floor session and also presented them with a citation from the House of Delegates honoring their work on Job’s Temple.

Delegate Boggs was pleased that he had the opportunity to recognize his friend and former basketball coach, Coach Maxwell, and his wife for their efforts to preserve a piece of West Virginia history.

“Coach and Mrs. Maxwell have dedicated a lot of time and a lot of hard work to this restoration project,” Boggs stated.  “I commend their efforts to preserve and restore Job’s Temple, and I wish them the best as they continue with this project.”

WVIAC Basketball Quarterfinals: Lady Pioneer Advance to Semifinals

#3 Glenville State 91, #6 Pitt Johnstown 73

Glenville State forced Pitt Johnstown into 31 turnovers, helping the third-seed advance to the semifinals with a 91-73 victory.


Five players scored in double figures for GSC. Danielle Woodmore hit for 21 while Tenisha Wilson totaled 20 points and eight rebounds. Mishae Miles had 13 points and 11 rebounds while Kristen Golden had 13 points and 14 rebounds.

For UPJ, Andrea Dalton ended her career with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Sheena Aden accounted for 20 points and six boards to go along with three assists.

Dalton’s lay-up with 15:31 to play gave the team a 12-8 advantage. However, the lead would not last long as GSC embarked on a 19-4 run to secure a 27-16 margin. GSC pushed the lead to 13 on two occasions, including when Wilson hit a lay-up for the last points of the half. Her bucket sent GSC into halftime with a 45-32 lead.

In the second half, GSC made it 65-43 with 12:34 to play for its largest lead. UPJ climbed within 13 on a charity toss by Dalton, but could get no closer.


#4 Seton Hill 58, #5 WV Wesleyan 41

Seton Hill advanced to the semifinals of the WVIAC Tournament by posting a 58-41 victory over #5 WV Wesleyan in the first game of the quarterfinal round.

SHU improves to 22-6 on the season while WVWC falls to 18-10.

The fourth-seeded Griffins were led by Jill Emberg’s game-high 19 points. Paige Alviani netted 15 while Joya Whittington pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds.

WVWC was paced by Jamie Kaufman’s 12 points and eight rebounds. Lydia Bridenbaugh added 10.

The Bobcats jumped out to a 6-1 lead behind four points from Daria Abros’kina, but the Griffins evened the game at six with 15:01 to play on Jordan Burkes’ lay-up. Emberg’s shot at the 13:01 mark gave SHU a lead it would not relinquish.

The designated home squad went on a 7-0 run in just 2:28, taking a 15-8 lead. WVWC would pull within four with 8:38 to play, but it was the closest the team would get the rest of the contest.

Alviani’s lay-up with 47 seconds to go in the first half gave SHU a 29-17 lead heading into the break.

SHU applied the pressure in the second half, scoring six of the first eight points. The Griffins extended the lead to 19 with just 3:24 to play.

For the game, SHU hit 46.9% of its shots while WVWC made 40.4 percent of its attempts. The difference was on the glass as the Griffins pulled down 37 rebounds to 24 for the visitors.


#1 Charleston 74, #8 Shepherd 62
Well rested after earning a first-round bye, the University of Charleston downed eighth-seeded Shepherd 74-62 to advance to Friday’s semifinal against #4 Seton Hill.

Lindsey Kentner led the way with a game-high 18 points in the win. Tarena Dixon posted 17 points and 11 rebounds while Ali Tobias netted 17. Tiana Beatty narrowly missed a double-double with 10 markers and nine points while Tianni Kelly grabbed 12 rebounds.

Shepherd was paced by Shelby Fayak’s 14 points and 13 rebounds. Carrie Saunders added 11 in the loss.

The lead changed hands seven times in the first period and was tied on six occasions. UC led by as many as nine on three occasions in the first half, but Shepherd clawed its way back into the game. Fayak hit a pair of free throws to slice the lead to seven at the break.

SU cut the margin to six at the 18:12 mark, but could get no closer the rest of the way.

UC went ahead 58-41 on a charity toss by Chrissy Keir only to have SU fight back and pull within seven at the 3:03 mark.


#7 Concord 65, #2 West Liberty 61

Concord put together a solid second half, outscoring West Liberty 43-36 en route to a 65-61 come-from-behind victory.

Jolysa Brown and Sidney Lindsey each accounted for 18 points to lead CU to victory. Brown notched a double-double after she grabbed 11 boards.

WL was guided by Jenni Robbins’ 21 points. Tori Hansen added 19 while Jordan Stacey had eight to go along with 13 rebounds.

WL jumped out to a 17-7 lead with 9:50 to play in the first half, but Amanda Smith’s three-point shot pulled CU even at 20 with 1:54 to go. WL carried a three-point lead into the break when Jordan Stacey canned a jumper at the buzzer.

The Lady Hilltoppers extended their lead to 34-25 just 4:35 into the second half, but the designated visiting squad clawed its way back into the game.

Two free throws by Lindsey and a three-point shot by Kristin Kidd pulled CU within two, 37-35. The teams battled back and forth until a tip in by Brown gave CU the lead for good at 55-54 with 3:35 to go.

CU extended the lead to six with 13 seconds remaining, ensuring the squad a spot in the semifinals.



UC vs. SHU at 1:00 PM on Friday.

Concord vs. #3 Glenville State at 3:00 PM on Friday.

~~  WVIAC  ~~

WV’s 27th State Superintendent to Began Her Tenure

Jorea Marple officially became West Virginia’s 27th state superintendent of schools on Monday during an oath of office ceremony at the West Virginia Culture Center in Charleston. She is the first woman to be appointed to the position.

The West Virginia Board of Education hired Marple from among three finalists for the post during its February meeting. Marple, who most recently served as the state deputy superintendent, brings nearly 40 years of educational experience to the position. On March 1, she will replace John T. “Ted” Mattern, who took over as state superintendent on Jan. 4 after Steve Paine retired.


“I am optimistic about the firm foundation we have built here in West Virginia and the contributions we have made on the national front to increase rigor, incorporate 21st learning skills and affect student achievement,” Marple said. “I look forward to working with students, parents, educators, administrators, higher education, all branches of government, business and the community to make the great strides necessary to transform our school system. Together, we can help all West Virginia children become good kids doing great work.”

Marple, who will earn $165,000 a year, will assume all the duties, responsibilities and authority granted to the state’s top education leader and serves at the will and pleasure of the board as its policy advisor and executive officer. West Virginia’s 55 county school districts serve about 282,000 students in preschool through 12th grade.

Marple has a doctorate in education administration from West Virginia University, has experience as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, university instructor, principal, assistant county superintendent, county superintendent, assistant state superintendent and deputy state superintendent. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Fairmont State and holds a master of arts in reading from WVU. She also is a published author on effective school leadership. Marple has experience in West Virginia schools in Marion, Monongalia, Greenbrier and Kanawha counties.

Man Is Held in Death of Area Toddler


A 22 year-old Hepzibah man is being held in the North Central Regional Jail without bond, facing what is equivalent to a felony first degree murder charge and a possible life prison sentence in the death of a Jane Lew toddler.

Christopher Thomas Sheppard was charged with the murder of a child by guardian or custodian in the case of the 14-month-old male child due to his failure to supply the child with necessary medical care.

The charge was filed by TFC A.S. Loudin of the West Virginia State Police Crimes Against Children Unit on Saturday, before Magistrate Dan Moody.

According to the complaint filed by Loudin, on Tuesday, February 22, at approximately 2 PM, Lewis County EMS was dispatched to an apartment located at Virginia Street in Jane Lew for an unresponsive 14-month-old male. The child was transported to Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital where he was treated and later transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

At Ruby, the child underwent brain surgery and later died, due to multiple blunt force traumas to the brain. The child also suffered from sixteen freshly broken ribs and five healing ribs; along with bruises to the left hearing area and torso, and injuries inside the mouth.

The child’s mother, identified as Julia Mick, informed officer Loudin that she had left the child at home with Sheppard, her boyfriend, while she went to help a friend. She told Loudin that upon returning to her residence she found the child in an unresponsive state and that she and Sheppard tried to wake the child by wiping him with cold wash cloths and a frozen juice can. When that did not work, Mick said she called 911.

Upon interviewing the accused, Loudin stated in the complaint that he was given “several different stories about the incident.” The last one, according to Loudin, was that Sheppard was giving the toddler a bath in the kitchen sink and left him unattended. Sheppard told Loudin the child fell out of the sink landing on the floor on his head.

Sheppard claimed that he probably broke the child’s ribs when he thought he was choking and was squeezing his rib area in an effort to help him. According to the complaint, Sheppard told Loudin that he gave the child CPR for 15 to 20 minutes but never called EMS until after Mick arrived and after the couple tried to wake the child. The complaint states that, “Mr. Sheppard further advised he heard Ms. Mick tell EMS the child woke up from his nap that way and he did not tell EMS what happened because he was afraid of his Harrison County bond being violated for being in Lewis County.”

At the time of the child’s death, Sheppard was out on a $25,000 bond in Harrison County where he is charged with manufacturing a controlled substance.

Sheppard was arraigned by Circuit Judge Thomas Keadle yesterday morning. Judge Keadle denied bond for Sheppard as the offense for which he is charged is classified as first degree murder. His preliminary hearing is scheduled before Magistrate Dan Moody on Thursday, March 10 at 9 a.m. Sheppard is represented by Weston Attorney Michael Smith.

Those accused of a criminal offense are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

~~  By JOHN G. WOLFE -  Weston Democrat - Weston, WV ~~

GSC Career Fair A Great Success

Local college students had a chance to land a job Tuesday, March 01, 2011 at the Annual Glenville State College Career Fair in Glenville at the Mollohan Center. The job outlook for college graduates this spring is brighter than last year, but it remains to be seen if employment recruiters pull the trigger and make hires or are only accumulating resumes of potential candidates.

Booths were set up by the employers in the Center to greet students seeking full or part-time jobs.

“It is encouraging … these companies are spending money to come here. It’s expensive for them to be here. If they weren’t serious about hiring, they wouldn’t be here,” an applicant said.

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“We have had really good luck with students here,” said one employer, who was representing the Army Corp of Engineers in Sutton in the event. “They are always well prepared and ask excellent questions.”

A variety of career opportunities were available at the College Career Fair.

Job seekers had the opportunity to interact and network with potential employers.

Many students had dressed professionally, with resume in hand, prepared to interview.

Oil and gas companies such as Waco Oil and Gas in Glenville especially were looking to fill positions.


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“With the economic downturn, those without skills are the first to be unemployed. There are many sectors where a bachelor’s degree is needed, and for the majority of jobs open right now, you definitely need more than a high school diploma”, said one employer.

“The turnout is really good compared to what I was expecting,” a GSC student stated. “I wasn’t expecting near that many people.”

Amy Fiddler, the Career Fair organizer said, “I felt the Career Fair was a great success.  Many of our students were excited about the conversations they were able to have with prospective employers.”

U.S. and State Flags to Be Lowered in Honor of WWI Veteran Corporal Frank Woodruff Buckles


Governor Earl Ray Tomblin issued a proclamation ordering all United States and State flags displayed at state facilities throughout West Virginia be lowered to half-staff in honor of World War I Veteran, Corporal Frank Woodruff Buckles.  He died at his home in Charles Town on Saturday, February 27, 2011 at the age of 110. Flags at State facilities are to be displayed at half-staff through sunset on the day of interment at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.

“Frank Buckles was our last American connection to the millions who fought in ‘The War to End all Wars’,” Gov. Tomblin said. “With his passing, we have lost a true patriot who, in his final days, continued to fight to establish a national WWI memorial in Washington D.C.  Mr. Buckles’ commitment to his fellow “Doughboys” and our country was truly inspiring.  He will be missed.  In his honor, I ask all West Virginians to pause to remember Mr. Buckles, and all our service men and women, who deserve our unwavering respect.”

Frank Buckles joined the U.S. Army at the age of 16, ultimately earning the rank of Corporal.  He drove ambulances and motorcycles for the Army’s First Fort Riley Casual Detachment, traveling across England and France and witnessing the European Theatre of World War I. Mr. Buckles later worked as a civilian for American President Lines, when he was taken captive during WWII and held for 3 ½ years by the Japanese. Upon retirement from the shipping industry, Buckles and his wife, Audrey, retired to West Virginia to raise cattle on their 330-acre Gap View Farm.

Frank Woodruff Buckles is survived by a daughter, Susannah Buckles Flanagan, and was predeceased by his wife, Audrey, who died in 1999. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Manchin Votes for $4 Billion in Budget Cuts


United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement after voting for the Continuing Resolution that calls for $4 billion in cuts to the federal budget over the next two weeks.

The bipartisan Continuing Resolution will keep the government running for an additional two weeks after the current funding measure expires Friday. The measure passed 91-9.

“Everyone – Republicans and Democrats – must come together to figure out a commonsense, bipartisan plan to create jobs and ensure that we are keeping our promises to seniors, our servicemembers, our veterans, and hardworking West Virginians who are counting on us to get the budget right,” Manchin said. “I voted for the Continuing Resolution today because it gets us on the path to cutting our spending and making the tough choices that will be required as we move forward.

“To solve a problem as big as our deficit and out-of-control spending, Democrats and Republicans are going to have to put partisan differences aside and work together on a commonsense solution. I, for one, am committed to doing just that.

“I look forward to being a part of the process, getting our fiscal house in order, cutting waste, and reining in our spending. For me, it is important that we prioritize our resources on commonsense issues – keeping our promises to seniors, veterans and hardworking families – while also making sure we don’t saddle our future generations with debt.”

A Personal Story at Dropout Prevention Meetings


More than one out of every four high school students in West Virginia will never earn their high school diploma. But state education leaders, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and the head of a national foundation aimed at curbing the dropout rate urged students at Capital High School to change that number at a meeting this week.

Tomblin, state Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple, David Hendrickson the chairman of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and Shelley Stewart with the Mattie C. Stewart Foundation all signed a community pledge promising to help students achieve the goal of graduation, not only from high school but college as well.

Stewart travels around the country talking with children about the importance of an education. At age 5 he become homeless after he watched his father murder his mother. But he says one teacher took an interest in him and it changed his life.

“My first grade teacher saw this little, homeless kid. And she said, “Shelley, if you learn to read, if you get an education, you can become anything you want to be.“

Stewart urged the students at Capital High School, their teachers and parents to aim high. He says all too often students don’t understand the importance of a high school and college diploma, so adults need to remind them.

“The children now are saying, ‘I want this. I want that.‘ But you can’t get this until you get an education to get a job,” Stewart said.

Stewart’s message echoes that of Tomblin’s. He introduced legislation this session aimed at decreasing the number of high school dropouts. The bill calls for the creation of a Dropout Prevention and Recovery Plan that identifies at-risk students, puts pilot programs into place to help keep kids in school and creates a revenue source to pay for the changes.

Tomblin said, “If West Virginia is to move forward, our youth must graduate from high school and be ready to either enter college or enter the work force as knowledgeable and skillful workers.“

Stewart says it’s important to learn student’s strengths and weaknesses and then help lead them toward the right education or career path.

“It does not mean every one of them is going to be an engineer or that everyone is going to be a scientist or a doctor. But get an education,” Stewart said. “There’s a place for you. And you can earn a great living. So we’ve got to start talking to them that they can.“

The Senate has passed the education bill. It’s currently in the House Finance Committee.

~~  WVMN ~~



Senator Jay Rockefeller today voted in favor of a short-term funding measure to keep the government operating for two weeks and avoid a government shutdown beginning on March 05, 2011.  He released the following statement:

“A government shutdown would impact the millions of people who use government services every day, such as seniors applying for Social Security or Medicare and veterans who rely on services.  Important government contracting work would be suspended and other federal employees who assist Americans would be unable to do so.  At the same time, our current spending is unsustainable, and we must determine real solutions to reduce costs and decrease the deficit.  We will address that issue in a sensible and responsible way.  With the elimination of future earmarks, I will work to press federal agencies to find other ways to fund high priority projects that are essential to our communities, such as mine safety, transportation projects, flood control projects, health care facilities, and the National Guard.  I will continue to work to create jobs, build for the future, and enact smart policies to bring the deficit down – without harming working families in West Virginia.”


How a government shutdown would impact you

Between 1995-1996, there were two separate government shutdowns which deeply impacted our country.  Here are some of the repercussions of such lapses in funding:

•  About 800,000 federal employees were unable to work.

•  Veterans received restricted health, welfare, financial, and travel services.

•  New Medicare applicants were turned away.

•  Up to 30,000 foreign visa applications went unprocessed each day, and 200,000 applications for U.S. passports went unanswered.  Both actions resulted in millions of dollars in losses for tourism dependent-industries throughout the country as well as U.S. airlines.

•  The National Institute of Health was unable to accept new patients for clinical research nor answer hotline calls regarding diseases.

•  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention limited the information of diseases, such as AIDS and the flu, and stopped disease surveillance and toxic waste clean up projects at 609 sites which caused the furlough of 2,400 Superfund workers.

•  The U.S. Border Patrol canceled the recruitment and hiring of 400 new agents and delayed various delinquent child-support cases.

•  Over 3,500 bankruptcies were suspended.

•  Of the $18 billion contracts in the Washington region, about 20% – or $3.7 billion – were impacted.

•  National museums and monuments closed down resulting in the loss of 2 million visitors.

•  National Park Service closed 368 sites resulting in the loss of 7 million visitors and about $14.2 million per day in tourism revenue.

Under a government shutdown, some federal government programs would continue to operate, though they would likely experience cuts in staff.  For example, entitlement programs like Social Security have separate funding streams, so Social Security recipients would continue to receive their benefits.  However, some of the employees at the Social Security Administration could be furloughed, which would cause a slowdown or backlog in responses depending on the length of the shutdown.

In the case of a government shutdown, Rockefeller’s office will be minimally staffed, as having a full staff working without pay is not permitted by law.  As a result, Rockefeller’s office would not be allowed to perform constituent services like casework, attend meetings or events, or answer mail, email, and telephones.  If this occurs, the offices’ phones and website will notify constituents of the situation, and Senator Rockefeller will respond to constituents as soon as possible once government operations resume.

One Shot Whitetail Deer Hunt Sets New Record Donations


Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the Governor’s One Shot Whitetail Deer Hunt raised a record $75,000 in donations for the Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) program.

The event, held December 05 and 06, 2010 at Stonewall Jackson Resort State Park in Lewis County, has been held the past four years to raise money for HHH, which is administered by the Division of Natural Resources.

“The Governor’s One Shot Committee set a very ambitious monetary goal for last year’s event and I congratulate them on their success,” Gov. Tomblin said during a check presentation at the Capitol on March 2. “I also want to thank all those who participated, from the hunters to the business sponsors, because they put food on the table for many West Virginia families. While I look forward to this year’s hunt, which will be the event’s fifth anniversary, I’d like to encourage West Virginians to make year round donations to our food pantries.”

The first event, held in 2007, raised $17,000, the second in 2008 raised $35,000, and the third in 2009 raised $50,000.

The HHH program allows hunters to donate legally-harvested deer to certified processors so the meat can be distributed to soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, senior centers, missions, churches and community centers around the state. The HHH program has been highly successful since it began in 1992, providing more than 100,000 meals to the neediest of West Virginians. However, the program also requires cash donations to pay for processing and distribution costs to benefit these needy individuals.

The One Shot event is sponsored by DNR and the One Shot Committee. Private individuals and businesses donate money for the opportunity to participate in guided antlerless deer hunts on private property near Stonewall Jackson Resort State Park and end the event with an auction and an award banquet. All venison from the hunt, along with profits from the sponsorships, goes to HHH.

“While we want to thank all our dedicated volunteers for their hard work and time, it simply couldn’t have happened without the generous support of the many corporations and individuals who are willing to put their money where their mouths are,” said DNR Director Frank Jezioro. “They stepped up again this year and were overly generous in bidding on the many articles donated for auction at our event and purchasing the corporate tables for the banquet. Having different organizations underwrite most of the cost of the event enables us to give the major portion of the money raised directly to the HHH program.”

Governor Tomblin and Director Jezioro also commended the landowners who allowed the participants to hunt on their property, providing not only a place to hunt, but also an opportunity to remove antlerless deer from overpopulated areas. Special thanks went to the many guides, who gave of their time to help the participants find the deer and assist with the harvest.

“We are already planning for this year’s event,” Jezioro said. “We have been contacted by new people and corporations that want to be part of next year’s Governor’s One Shot event for Hunters Helping the Hungry. At this time of giving there can be no greater gift than helping to feed less fortunate West Virginians.”

More information about the HHH program can be found at or by calling 304.558.2771.

AAA: Gasoline Prices on the Rise in WV


West Virginia gasoline prices increased 20.4 cents per gallon this week.

The average price for a gallon of self-serve, regular unleaded gasoline is $3.398.

According to AAA’s Fuel Gauge, crude prices churned higher throughout the week on escalating unrest in Libya.

After a temporary burst above $100 per barrel, prices pulled back slightly over the weekend, crude oil prices were relatively stable yesterday, settling down $0.91 at $96.97 at the close of formal trading on the NYMEX.

This settlement price marks a more than $3 increase from last Tuesday and a more than $12 increase from just two weeks ago.

The oil markets began trading last Tuesday by playing catch-up in pricing in the long weekend’s developments in Northern Africa and the Middle East, most notably the dramatic escalation of protests in Libya.

Concern of a potential impact on the region’s oil production drove prices higher by $7.37— or nearly 9% — to start the week, and had analysts discussing the possible impact on global supply.

Libya is one of the twelve members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), which collectively holds more that 44% of the world’s oil reserves, and as a country, has the largest proven reserves in Africa.

Libya currently produces 1.6 million barrels per day—making it the world’s 15th-largest exporter.

Last week Libya declared “force majeure” on oil exports from the country.

This is a clause used to relieve a party of their contractual obligations in the event of circumstances beyond their control. In this case, Libya invoked the clause on its crude obligations, effectively halting oil export from the country.

This news came with images of escalating violence in the country as Libyan leader Muammar Khaddafi continued to order violent responses to protests calling for his resignation, and was enough to send crude prices to overnight triple digit levels not seen since 2008.

The market was calmed somewhat by OPEC statements that the organization would off-set any lost production from Libya.

This was enough to bring prices back below the $100 per barrel level where they remained to end the week.

The run-up in crude prices last week has been mirrored by the price that drivers are paying at the pump.

All states now have an average price for regular gasoline above $3 per gallon.

The current national retail average price for a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline is $3.375, up 20.4 cents from a week ago and 67 cents higher from a year ago.

This week’s average prices: West Virginia Average = $3.398
Average price during the week of February 22, 2011 = $3.194
Average price during the week of March 2, 2010 = $2.724

Area Gasoline Prices on 03.03.11:

Arnoldsburg = $3.699
Burnsville = $3.339
Glenville =  $3.559
Grantsville =  $3.599
Gassaway =  $3.339
Harrisville = $3.559
Jane Lew = $3.679
Pennsboro =  $3.559
Weston =  $3.559
West Union =  $3.529

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