A Flatwoods Monster Audio

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If, like me, you have a fascination for some of those decades-old monster-type tales that so dominated the field of Forteana years ago, you won’t want to miss this: it’s a newly available, one-hour-plus audio-recording of none other than the legendary Ivan T. Sanderson discussing his investigation of the Flatwoods Monster saga of 1952.

While many are content to place the Flatwoods affair into the UFO arena and nowhere else, I’m not so sure that the boundaries of the case should be limited to tales of aliens and nothing else. After all, sightings of flying, or floating, humanoids have played roles in a number of crypto-themed incidents, and Sanderson – of course – was hardly a stranger to Cryptozoology, hence my reasons for noting this latest addition to the Flatwoods story.

Here’s the publicity blurb for this priceless item:

“Here is renowned author and newspaper and magazine reporter Ivan Sanderson’s audio report of what he discovered in Braxton County, West Virginia. The incident is world famous and continues to be evaluated by the top UFO investigators. Considered one of the world’s most unusual happenings, the UFO was seen by at least 14 people.

“The date was September 12, 1952. A group of local boys saw what they described as a ’shooting star’ that fell to earth on the top of the hill adjacent to the playground. About the length of a football field away, they all saw an object that was glowing and hissing. Walking closer to check out the ’star’, they noted that it was about 10 feet around. A few feet away from this glowing object they saw two lights, much like the glow of flashlights, about 12 inches apart. One of the boys had a flashlight and when he turned it on the object a huge creature with a head that resembled the ace of spades, and clothing that, from the waist down, hung in great folds was seen. Newspapers sent special reporters to cover the story. Many investigators also came and took soil samples.

“With all the attention given to this sighting, one would think that a report would have been definite. However, it was never revealed what was found from the scientific tests and the investigation. A special bonus includes detailed UFO stories from special investigator Richard Hall.”

And H E R E’s where you can purchase this fine addition to a story from decades ago that – quite rightly – refuses to go away.

~~  Nick Redfern ~~

G-otcha™: The Shooter in Clay County Arrested

A man who ran for U.S. Senate in 2006 and West Virginia Attorney General in 2004 has been arrested for allegedly shooting a man in Clay County, West Virginia.

Hiram Lewis, age 41, a lawyer, is now facing serious felony charges for shooting Stephen Bogart in the leg on Wednesday, June 13, 2012.

Hiram Lewis told WCHS Television that Bogart busted his door down, came after him, and threatened his life giving Lewis no choice but to shoot him in the leg.

“I was totally within my rights. I was in my home when I shot him after he barged in my residence, and busted the door down,“ Lewis said to WCHS Television as he was taken to the Clay detachment of the West Virginia State Police.

Imprisonment Status:  Pre-Trial Felon
Full Name: Lewis,  Hiram  Carson
Height: 5’  10”
Weight: 195 lbs.
Birth Date: 01.15.1971
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 06.13.2012
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Pre-Trial Felon

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
12F CLAY COUNTY - Bail Amount: $100.000.00 Cash or Surety

Lewis is not denying that he shot Bogart in the leg, he is just saying it was self-defense.

Lewis says that he has known Bogart for a little over a week and was helping him out before the incident happened.

Lewis told WCHS Television that, “he [Bogart] was a homeless vet, and I was helping him out a little bit, letting him do some construction work on the camp that I just got, and he just went crazy today.“

Bogart told the West Virginia State Police that he was living at the home, therefore not breaking in.

Bogart was taken to CAMC Hospital where later police were called because he had become unruly and aggressive.

Hiram Lewis faces charges of malicious wounding and wanton endangerment.

He is being held behind bars at Central Regional Jail on a $100,000 cash or surety bond.

White Oak Decline Evident This Year

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Extensive white oak decline and mortality has been observed in several areas of Wood County. A local forester, Jack Mathers, working for Haessly Timber and Logs in Marietta, OH, had been tracking this decline for several years and brought it to the attention of the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) and the USDA Forest Service.

The WVDA, Forest Services and Mathers recently spent a day looking at several areas where this decline is occurring. One of the first things noted was that trees had substantial evidence of jumping oak gall wasp, Neuroterus spp., on the leaves.

In 2010, there was a severe outbreak of jumping oak gall wasp in Cabell, Jackson and Wayne Counties and in previous years, there have also been reports from other counties including: Harrison, Doddridge, Ritchie, Wood, Kanawha, Putnam, Roane, Gilmer, Wirt, Calhoun, Lewis, Braxton and Clay.

“Surveys are underway now to document areas of jumping oak gall wasp and oak decline,” said Agriculture Commissioner Gus R. Douglass. “At this time, we don’t know how wide-spread the problem is.”

These wasps lay eggs in the tissues of new oak leaves in the spring. Each gall contains a single immature wasp. The young galls look like small, green, flat buttons that turn brown as they mature. When mature, the galls fall off the foliage leaving small pits in the underside of the leaves where they were attached. If there are numerous galls on the leaf, the entire leaf usually turns brown and falls off. Once on the ground, pupation occurs. Second generation adults overwinter inside the galls and will emerge next spring. The wasps are very tiny (1.0-1.5 mm long) and do not sting.

White oak can usually withstand one or two defoliations. But, if this has been occurring over several years with the trees undergoing multiple defoliations, the trees will eventually succumb to the stress.

“This stress leaves the tree wide open for secondary agents such as Armillaria root rot and Hypoxylon canker to establish along with other decay fungi and secondary insects such as wood boring insects,” said WVDA Forest Pathologist Jill Rose. “This causes further decline of the tree and, eventually, death.”

If you notice any major outbreaks of oak decline, please contact the WVDA Plant Industries Division, 1900 Kanawha Blvd., East, Charleston, WV 25305-0191 or call 304.558.2212.

Grand Opening of Cabela’s in Charleston Set

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The long awaited Cabela’s store in Charleston will officially be opening in a couple months.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, August 09, 2012.

The ceremony will be led by Cabela’s executives and local dignitaries beginning at 10:45 AM, with the store opening at 11:00.

Cabela’s claim to be the World’s Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear.

The grand opening will be part of a weekend-long celebration featuring special guests, family activities, giveways and many other special activities.

The 80,000-square-foot store will join the Walmart, Sam’s Club and many other stores located in the Southridge Centre shopping area just off U.S. Highway 119.

The store will employ a total of 175 employees.

Most of them will come from the Charleston area.

The store will be the second Cabela’s in West Virginia, joining the Wheeling store that opened in 2004.

The Charleston store is one of six Cabela’s stores the company plans to open up across the country this year.

Yellow Poplar Trees a Sticky Mess This Year

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Homeowners in West Virginia may have noticed two pests on their yellow poplar trees this year – tuliptree scale and yellow poplar weevil. Neither insect is likely to kill trees, but tuliptree scale can cause a severe shower of sticky “honeydew.”

“We have received numerous calls of yellow poplar trees dripping sticky sap over everything. Heavy scale populations are responsible for this problem,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass.

Extreme infestations can cause branch dieback and mortality in trees of up to five inches in diameter.  Stressed trees increase tuliptree scale populations, so promoting plant health through proper watering, fertilization and site improvements will decrease the likelihood of heavy scale infestation. However, over-fertilization can also increase buildup of scale.

“The tuliptree scale has many natural enemies, but these predators are not capable of keeping the tuliptree scale at sub-outbreak levels all the time,” said West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) Forest Entomologist Tim Tomon. “If needed, yard trees may be treated to help control tuliptree scale.”

The honeydew is actually the excrement of the female insects after feeding on tree sap, he added. The substance is sugary and can attract ants and wasps. A black mold grows where the honeydew has landed if it is not washed away.

Stressed trees increase tuliptree scale populations. Promoting plant health through proper watering, fertilization and site improvements will decrease the likelihood of heavy scale infestation. Over-fertilization can also increase buildup of scale.

Horticultural oils can be used to control scale. This is effective against the stage that overwinters. Therefore, it must be done in early spring after danger of freezing has passed, but before the tree is putting on new growth.

Registered contact insecticides can only be used against the crawlers of tuliptree scale. This is the stage that hatches out of the eggs and is present from mid-August to mid-September. Contact insecticides that can be used for this include malathion and carbaryl, but check others for effectiveness against scales.  More than one application may be needed.

Systemic insecticides, such as imidacloprid, are also effective when applied as a soil drench or soil injection. These are applied to the soil around the base of the tree, and are taken up by the roots. They can technically be applied anytime the ground is not frozen or waterlogged. However, fall applications are recommended. In addition, sufficient soil moisture usually increases the effectiveness, so some irrigation prior to application may be necessary.

The insect is called a “scale” because it has a soft covering that resembles miniature turtle shells, particularly when a number of them are clumped together. Colors can vary greatly from grey/green to pink/orange mottled with black.

The yellow poplar weevil is less of a pest, although it causes unsightly holes on the leaves of yellow poplar. The adults feed and make holes in early spring. By late spring, mating and egg-laying have occurred, and larvae feed within the leaf tissues, which can cause browning or a scorched appearance in that portion of the leaf. Some loss of leaves may occur, but should not harm an otherwise healthy yellow poplar tree.

For more information, contact the WVDA’s Plant Industries Division at 304.558.2212.

Nonprofits Encouraged to Apply for Neighborhood Investment Program

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West Virginia nonprofits are encouraged to apply for Neighborhood Investment Program (NIP) tax credits granted by the West Virginia Development Office (WVDO) before the June 29, 2012 application deadline.

In 2011, Governor Tomblin proposed the Neighborhood Investment Tax Credit Program (NITC) increase the overall tax credit allocation from the-then $2.5 million to $3 million through 2016. The legislature supported this expansion.

Under NIP, qualified 501(c)3 organizations may use state tax credits as an incentive for donations to fund their eligible projects. To participate in NIP, organizations must have 501(c)3 nonprofit designation and be registered with the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office. Applications may be found at

In order to receive NIP credits through the competitive selection process, nonprofit projects must be community based, benefit low-income individuals, serve distressed neighborhoods, and be collaborative and innovative in addressing strongly demonstrated needs.

The applying organization should have low administrative costs and demonstrated capacity to deliver the proposed services.

G-TechNote™: ‘State-Sponsored Attackers’ Using IE Zero-Day to Hijack Gmail Accounts

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Microsoft’s advisory speaks of “active attacks” and follows a separate note from Google that references the IE flaw “being actively exploited in the wild for targeted attacks.”

Microsoft and Google have separately warned about a new Internet Explorer zero-day being exploited to break into GMail accounts.

The browser flaw, which is currently unpatched, expose Windows users to remote code execution attacks with little or no user action (drive-by downloads if an IE users simply surfs to a rigged site).

Microsoft’s advisory speaks of “active attacks” and follows a separate note from Google that references the IE flaw “being actively exploited in the wild for targeted attacks.”

A source close to these investigations confirm that these attacks prompted Google’s recent decision to warn GMail users about “state-sponsored attackers.”

The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted webpage using Internet Explorer.

An attacker would have no way to force users to visit such a website. Instead, an attacker would have to convince users to visit the website, typically by getting them to click a link in an email message or Instant Messenger message that takes them to the attacker’s website.

The vulnerability affects all supported releases of Microsoft Windows, and all supported editions of Microsoft Office 2003 and Microsoft Office 2007.

The vulnerability exists when MSXML attempts to access an object in memory that has not been initialized, which may corrupt memory in such a way that an attacker could execute arbitrary code in the context of the logged-on user.

[ Patch: Microsoft raises alert for dangerous IE, Windows flaws ]

In the absence of a patch, the company has shipped a “Fix-It” tool that blocks the attack vector for this vulnerability. See Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 2719615 for instructions on applying the automated tool.

Microsoft also recommends that Windows users deploy the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET), which helps prevent vulnerabilities in software from successfully being exploited.

Internet Explorer users can also configure Internet Explorer to prompt before running Active Scripting or disable Active Scripting in the Internet and Local intranet security zone. These mitigations can be found in the “Suggested Actions” of Microsoft’s pre-patch advisory.

Internet Explorer users should keep in mind that this vulnerability is different from another under-attack issue fixed yesterday with the MS12-037 bulletin.

Ceremony to Honor Statewide Main Street and ON TRAC Programs

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The Governor’s Main Street and ON TRAC Reception and Awards Program will be held Wednesday, June 27,2012, 5:00 PM at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex, in Charleston.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin will join Main Street West Virginia in hosting the annual event.

The program recognizes the achievements of the state’s 12 accredited Main Street communities and 16 ON TRAC (Organization, Training, Revitalization and Capacity) communities. More than 200 volunteers and officials from city, county and state government are expected to attend.

The ceremony is open to the public. Those planning to attend the Main Street and ON TRAC Reception and Awards Program should call 304.957.2056 or email” “.

The accredited Main Street communities are Charleston East End and Charleston West Side, both of Kanawha County; Fairmont and Mannington, both of Marion County; Kingwood, Preston County; Martinsburg, Berkeley County; Morgantown, Monongalia County; Philippi, Barbour County; Point Pleasant, Mason County; Ripley, Jackson County; and Ronceverte and White Sulphur Springs, both of Greenbrier County.

Main Street West Virginia, a program of the West Virginia Development Office, focuses on economic revitalization of historic commercial districts by providing technical services, design assistance, and continuous training of board/committee members and program managers using the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street Four-Point Approach®. The Four-Point Approach® includes comprehensive work in organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring.

The participating ON TRAC communities are Belington, Barbour County; Beverly and Elkins, Randolph County; Charles Town, Jefferson County; Madison, Boone County; Matewan, Mingo County; Mount Hope and Oak Hill, Fayette County; Parkersburg, Wood County; Parsons, Tucker County; Romney, Hampshire County; Rowlesburg, Preston County; Shinnston, Harrison County; Sistersville, Tyler County; Sutton, Braxton County; and Wheeling, Ohio County.

Created by Main Street West Virginia, ON TRAC is designed to help communities boost economic growth with evaluation, education, capacity building and networking.

Light hors d’oeuvres will be served immediately following the presentations.

Water Aerobics at Gilmer County Recreation Center Pool - Tuesdays and Thursdays


Water Aerobics classes are open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 5:30 to 6:30 PM at the Gilmer County Recreation Center swimming pool.

Working out in a pool helps your heart get aerobics, helps your flab become firm, helps you become healthier and all that helps you feel happier; so come on out and give it a try.

Anyone is welcome to attend classes.

Adults to teens are welcome, $2.00 per class.

Glenville: Bonnie’s Bus at Gilmer County Health Department – July 18-19, 2012

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Glenville: Weight Watchers – Because It Works – Session Begins Monday, 06.18.12


Spring Your Way into Weight Watchers Community Meeting, and Begin Your Weight Loss Journey Now!

Monday, June 18, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Trinity United Methodist Church
112 East Main Street
Glenville, WV

The program runs for 10-weeks.

Members may join during the first two weeks of a new series.

For more information contact: 1.800.788.3993


Please contact Carol Wolfe at 304.462.8915 for questions or additional information

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Experience a Power Start with Points Plus 2012!

Sand Fork Baptist Church Vacation Bible School – 06.15.12 – 06.17.12 This Friday - Sunday

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Little Pioneer Football and Cheerleading Meeting – 06.22.12

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This meeting is mandatory for coaches.

Time is short and we have lots to do and discuss.

Date: Friday, June 22, 2012

Place: Gilmer County Courthouse

Time: 6:00 PM

Anyone who would like to help with cheerleading should attend this meeting!

Glenville: Third Annual 5K Run/Walk – Saturday, June 23, 2012

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McKinley Marks Flag Day

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Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-WV) issued the following statement concerning Flag Day:

“Flag Day isn’t simply about honoring a particular design on a cloth,” said Rep. McKinley.  “It is more about taking time to reflect on our freedoms and the principles of our great nation for which that flag stands. The flag is a reminder of who we are.”

“America is not only the land of the free; it is the land of opportunity. The flag represents all that America has to offer and we should all take the time to reflect on tha,t today.”

G-Comm™: Hoppy’s Commentary - Straight Ticket Voting Advantage May Swing to GOP in WV


West Virginia is one of a dwindling number of states that still offers pure straight ticket voting (STV).  Just 15 states allow voters to make one mark or push one button for all races.  In November, Wisconsin will become the latest state to drop STV.

Of the states with STV, only West Virginia and 11 others offer voters the straight ticket option with no caveats.  New Jersey, for sample, only permits STV in the primary, while in North Carolina presidential electors must be voted for individually.

West Virginia’s dominant Democratic Party has shown interest in eliminating STV.  That’s probably because Democrats have a decided edge in voter registration (52% to 29%), hold a majority of public offices and have historically benefited the most from the straight ticket.

For example, in the 2008 General Election 14% of all ballots cast in the state were straight ticket Democrat, compared with nine% Republican.  The edge in Democrat-only votes may have made a difference that year in at least two statewide races. Republican Dan Greear lost by just 6,000 votes to incumbent Democrat Darrell McGraw in the Attorney General’s race and Republican Beth Walker missed a spot on the state Supreme Court by 6,000 votes.

However, the political advantage of the one-vote-fits-all option appears to be shifting to the Republicans.

In the 2010 General Election, 15% of all votes cast were straight ticket Democrat, but the Republicans were up to 13%.  And Republicans also demonstrated a higher degree of party loyalty.  The number of straight ticket Republican votes (69,926) represented 20% of total party registration (350,357), while the number of straight ticket Democratic votes (81,245) represented just 12% of party registration (656,689).

Former state Republican Party Chairman Mike Stuart predicts Republicans will overtake Democrats in November in the number of STV’s because of President Obama is at the top of the Democratic ticket.  “Conservative Democrats are going to check the Republican box,” Stuart said.

Stuart says even though his party may finally have the advantage, he would still like to see STV eliminated so that voters have to check every candidate in each race.

Former Democratic Party Chairman George Carenbauer is also an opponent of STV, which he believes is outdated.  “People are more independent than they used to be,” Carenbauer said.  “They have a lot more information than they used to and make up their own minds.”

Straight ticket voting dates back to the earliest elections in this country when voters simply told a polling clerk who they wanted to vote for.  Since they often couldn’t remember all the names, they could just say the name of the party.

That evolved during the 1800’s into a system where the party handed out lists of their candidates and voters would hand the list to the clerk.  Only when the government started printing the ballots in the late 1800’s did voters begin splitting their tickets.

More recently, ticket splitting has risen even more as the influence of the two dominant parties as waned and voters have become more knowledgeable about individual candidates.

Interestingly, former state Democratic Party Chairman Pat Maroney tried to stir up a retro movement at last weekend’s party convention by urging his fellow Democrats to vote straight ticket. 

Maybe that will work in some parts of West Virginia—particularly the south—where you still see signs that say “mark the rooster” (the symbol at the top of the Democratic ballot). It’s more likely, however, that conservative Democrat opposition to President Obama will trump nostalgia.

If Democrats do lose their advantage in STV’s in 2012, it will create a timely opportunity for them to join with Republicans in eliminating this Election Day relic.

Upcoming Movies - 06.15.12

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Rock of Ages

Opens Friday, June 15, 2012 | Runtime: 2 hrs. 3 min.

PG-13 - Sexual Content, Language, Some Heavy Drinking and Suggestive Dancing

It’s the story of small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rock ‘n’ roll romance is told through the heart-pounding hits of Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Whitesnake, and more.

Cast: Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Malin Akerman, Mary J. Blige, Alec Baldwin, Tom Cruise

Director: Adam Shankman

Genres: Musical Drama, Musical


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That’s My Boy

Opens Friday, June 15, 2012 | Runtime: 1 hr. 56 min.

R - Nudity, Crude Sexual Content, Pervasive Language and Some Drug Use

While still a teen himself, Donny (Adam Sandler) fathered a son, Todd (Andy Samberg), and raised him as a single parent. On Todd’s 18th birthday, Donny cut the youth loose. After years of estrangement, the older man shows up unexpectedly on the eve of his son’s wedding day, sending the young man’s life into a tailspin. Donny wants desperately to reconnect with Todd, but he must now deal with the repercussions of the bad parenting he exhibited in the past.

Cast: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester, Vanilla Ice, James Caan

Director: Sean Anders

Genres: Romantic Comedy, Comedy

Bon Appétit: Falafel Cakes

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  1/2 small onion, minced
  1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  1 (15.5 ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  1/3 cup imitation sour cream
  2 tablespoons cornmeal
  4 cloves garlic, minced
  1 teaspoon ground cumin
  1 teaspoon ground coriander
  1/2 teaspoon salt
  3/4 teaspoon hot sauce
  1/4 cup cornmeal
  2 tablespoons olive oil


Cook the onions in 1 1/2 teaspoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat until soft and translucent.

Pulse the garbanzo beans, imitation sour cream, cornmeal, garlic, cumin, coriander, salt, and hot sauce in a food processor until smooth.

Transfer to a bowl and stir in the onions; cover and chill for 30 minutes.

Place 1/4 cup cornmeal in a shallow dish.

Form the garbanzo bean dough into 6 patties, 1/2-inch thick; roll the cakes in cornmeal.

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

Cook the falafel cakes until browned on both sides, about 5 minutes per side.

Daily G-Eye™: 06.14.12

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Stargazing - 06.14.12


Below the curved tail of Scorpius, the scorpion, deep in southern skies, Ara, the altar, sends its tendrils of smoke billowing into the Milky Way.

The faint constellation probably originated in Sumeria about 5,500 years ago.

Future Neighbor

If not for its path across the sky, the star Gliese 710 would draw scant attention. It’s only about two-thirds as big and heavy as the Sun, and only a few percent as bright. So from its distance of about 65 light-years, it’s far too faint to see without a telescope. And even with a telescope, it’s nothing more than a tiny orange pinpoint.

In about a million-and-a-half years, though, Gliese 710 should be one of the brightest stars in the night sky — about as bright as Antares, the orange “heart” of Scorpius, which is low in the east as night falls. In fact, Gliese 710 is off to the left of Antares, in the constellation Serpens.

Gliese 710 is moving toward the Sun. There’s a good chance it’ll pass about one light-year from the Sun in 1.4 million years. That’s less than a quarter of the distance to our nearest neighbor today. And there’s a tiny chance that it could pass within one light-week.

Even at such close range, the star wouldn’t have much direct effect on Earth — it’s too small and faint. But it could have an indirect effect. It will stir up the comets that orbit far from the Sun, sending some of them plunging toward the Sun. The closer the star gets, the more comets it’ll send our way. And there’s a chance that some of those comets could hit Earth. Depending on how big they are, that could trigger global catastrophes — wiping out much of the life on Earth.

G-MM™: Meditation Moment - 06.14.12


We will be judged for our unresolved anger.

In today’s reading, Matthew has Jesus ‘lifting the bar’ for the early Christians—and for us. Jesus tells those listening that their virtue needs to go much deeper than that of the scribes and Pharisees.

Under the Old Law, You must not kill was the benchmark, but Jesus expects much more from his followers.

He addresses the subject of anger and he wants them to resolve their anger arising from or in their personal relations.

It is no good them making offerings before the altar while there is unresolved anger in their heart.

They need to hold out the olive branch, seeking reconciliation.

As Christians, we need to heed this advice.

Our challenge is to become peacemakers.

Unresolved anger in us creates blockages in our relationship with our Creator God.

Lord, we pray for the grace to help us resolve any anger in our heart.

1 Kings 18:41-46. Ps 64(65):10-13. Matthew 5:20-26.


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History on June 14, yyyy

Today is Thursday, June 14, the 166th day of 2012. There are 200 days left in the year. This is Flag Day.

Today’s Highlight in History:

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On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the Stars and Stripes as the national flag.

On this date:

In 1775, the Continental Army, forerunner of the United States Army, was created.

In 1801, former American Revolutionary War General and notorious turncoat Benedict Arnold died in London.

In 1922, Warren G. Harding became the first president heard on radio, as Baltimore station WEAR broadcast his speech dedicating the Francis Scott Key memorial at Fort McHenry.

In 1940, German troops entered Paris during World War II; the same day, the Nazis began transporting prisoners to the Auschwitz concentration camp in German-occupied Poland.

In 1943, the Supreme Court, in West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, ruled that children in public schools could not be forced to salute the flag of the United States.

In 1952, President Harry S. Truman officiated at the keel-laying of the nuclear-powered submarine USS Nautilus at the Electric Boat Shipyard in Groton, Conn.

In 1954, the words “under God” were added to the Pledge of Allegiance.

In 1967, the space probe Mariner 5 was launched from Cape Kennedy on a flight that took it past Venus.

In 1972, the Environmental Protection Agency ordered a ban on continued domestic use of the pesticide DDT, to take effect at year’s end.

In 1982, Argentine forces surrendered to British troops on the disputed Falkland Islands.

In 1985, the 17-day hijack ordeal of TWA Flight 847 began as a pair of Lebanese Shiite Muslim extremists seized the jetliner shortly after takeoff from Athens, Greece.

In 1992, Mona Van Duyn became the first woman to be named the nation’s poet laureate by the Library of Congress.

Ten years ago:

American Roman Catholic bishops meeting in Dallas adopted a policy to bar sexually abusive clergy from face-to-face contact with parishioners but keep them in the priesthood.

A suicide bomber blew up a truck at the U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, killing 14 Pakistanis.

Five years ago:

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared an emergency after the Hamas militant group effectively took control of the Gaza Strip.

Reputed Klansman James Ford Seale was convicted of kidnapping Charles Eddie Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee, two black teenagers who were deliberately drowned in Mississippi in 1964. (Seale, sentenced to life, died in prison in 2011 at age 76.)

Ruth Graham, the wife of evangelist Billy Graham, died in Montreat, NC, at age 87.

Former U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim died in Vienna, Austria, at age 88.

The San Antonio Spurs won their fourth NBA title in nine years as they defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 83-82 in Game 4.

One year ago:

President Barack Obama made a four-hour visit to Puerto Rico, becoming the first president since John F. Kennedy to make an official visit to the U.S. territory.

The long-delayed, problem-plagued musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” officially opened on Broadway.

Today’s Birthdays:

Real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump is 66

Rock musician Alan White (Yes) is 63

Olympic gold-medal speed skater Eric Heiden is 54

Singer Boy George is 51

Rock musician Chris DeGarmo is 49

Actress Yasmine Bleeth is 44

Actor Faizon Love is 44

Tennis player Steffi Graf is 43

Screenwriter Diablo Cody is 34

Actor-singer Kevin McHale is 24

Actress Lucy Hale is 23

Actor Daryl Sabara is 20

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Gilmer County: DHHR Retirees Luncheon

DHHR Retirees met at the newly remodeled farm house just outside of Glenville, now a Bed and Breakfast, called The Old Wolfe Inn, owned and operated by David Millard.

What a great time everyone had at The Wolfe Inn spending a few hours with retirees and enjoying a beautiful day.

An outstanding Lunch was served at the Inn. The table was elegantly set with fresh flowers and delicious food.

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Retirees: Don Bailey, Vonda Kuhl, Mildred Burke, Lorene Wolfe, Terry Harris,
Paul Westbrook, Mary L. Reed, Becky Collins, Larry Sponaugle, Rondal Sprouse,
Linda Dewees, Arlie Bleigh, Loretta Murphy, Patty Cottrell, and Jane Collins

Owner, David Millard, graciously gave us a tour of the Inn which was most interesting and informative.

The Old Wolfe Inn offers beautifully decorated rooms, sitting areas, and a large porch with ceiling fans.

The Inn has four bedrooms that has gorgeous woodwork and furnishings, several sitting areas, dining area, a fabulous kitchen and large pantry.

The Wolfe Inn is a spectacular place to spend a night, or book a private party. Rooms are reasonably priced with breakfast included.

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It is a great addition to Gilmer County and a very big thank you to David Millard for hosting our DHHR Retiree Luncheon. If interested in making reservations, call 304.462.8002.

Glenville State College Hosts Bullying Seminar

Twenty-four educators from eleven different counties in West Virginia spent Friday, June 01, 2012, learning how to combat bullying in their schools during a symposium at Glenville State College’s Morris Criminal Justice Training Center.

The program was made possible through a partnership between GSC and ARMA Training/Vistelar Group, who are experts in addressing the problems of youth bullying.

Bullying has become a nationwide problem.

A recent study by the ‘Family and Work Institute’ reported that one-third of youths are bullied at least once a month, while other studies say six out of ten American teens witness bullying at least once a day.

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Teachers and administrators attending the seminar learned
how to spot and combat bullying in their schools.

“There is a great need in our school systems to learn to effectively handle and combat bullying. This seminar is designed to help educators take a pro-active role in managing this serious issue,“ said Ron Taylor, GSC Morris Criminal Justice Training Center Director.

The training was conducted by ARMA Founder and Director Dave Young who is recognized internationally for his work in law enforcement training.

Attendees learned the different types of bullying, how to identify early stages of bullying, and effective strategies to help manage bullying.

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Instructor Dave Young (standing center) explains texting and
social media bullying with educators.

“The public awareness that is being brought to the issue of bullying makes it seem like this is a relatively new phenomenon, but bullying has always been around. The internet and social media has definitely increased opportunities for bullies to stay anonymous,“ stated Young.

Educators who received the training will be better prepared to recognize that bullying may be occurring in their classroom which should lead to earlier and more effective intervention to address the situation.

Parkersburg High School Assistant Principle Jeff Mennillo says this type of training is need for teachers and administrators. “I deal with the issue of bullying a lot. Seven or eight times per week, I meet with teachers and/or students because of bullying. It is a huge problem that I think has grown because of social media. Most educators do not have the training they need to handle these situations. Seminars like this will certainly help.“

Glenville State College is currently seeking a grant to fund a four-day bullying seminar which would concentrate on the different age groups of bullying and give the attendees the tools and information needed to train others in their school system how to handle bullying.

G-Fin™: West Virginia’s Unemployment Rate at 6.9% in May 2012

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West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate climbed two-tenths of a percentage point to 6.9% in May.

The number of unemployed state residents rose 1,900 to 55,600.

Total unemployment was down 7,500 over the year.

The national unemployment rate inched upward one-tenth of a percentage point to 8.2%.

Total non-farm payroll employment declined 2,000, evenly divided between the goods-producing sector (-1,000) and the service-providing sector (-1,000).

Within the goods-producing sector, employment declines of 1,400 in mining and logging and 400 in manufacturing offset a gain of 800 in construction.

Within the service-providing sector, employment declines included 700 in trade, transportation, and utilities, 400 in professional and business services, 300 in leisure and hospitality, 200 in educational and health services, and 200 in other services.

Employment gains included 400 in financial activities and 100 in government.

Since May 2011, total non-farm payroll employment has risen 5,700, where a gain of 5,800 in the service-providing sector overpowered a minor decline of 100 in the goods-producing sector.

Employment gains included 3,700 in educational and health services, 3,100 in construction, 2,000 in government, 1,600 in leisure and hospitality, and 700 in professional and business services.

Employment declines included 2,300 in trade, transportation, and utilities, 2,100 in mining and logging, 1,100 in manufacturing, and 200 in other services.

Employment in financial activities was unchanged over the year.

West Virginia’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate climbed four-tenths of a percentage point to 7.3% in May.

Seeking Entries for the 2012 Folk Festival Parade

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The 2012 West Virginia State Folk Festival parade will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2012, in downtown Glenville.

Line-up will begin at 10:30 AM on Sycamore Run Road and parade begins at 11:30 AM.

The antique car show will be on Main Street before the parade from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM.

Deadline to register is Monday, June 18, 2012.

This year’s parade is sponsored by Glenville State College.

For more information and to view a full schedule of events, please visit-

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West Virginia Troops to Teachers Program Sees Growth

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A program that helps veterans become teachers is growing in West Virginia.

West Virginia’s Troops to Teachers program is part of a national initiative to encourage veterans to become teachers in low-income communities.

West Virginia’s program ranked 12th in the nation for placing veterans in school systems in 2011.

State coordinator Robert Mellace tells the Charleston Daily Mail that 40 veterans have been hired since 2008. That is up from an average of one per year from 1994 to 2008.

Mellace says West Virginia’s program has drawn interest from 850 veterans around the world. More than 300 have registered in the state.

He says school systems want to hire veterans because they’re leaders and role models.

Program Allows Students to Gain Hands-On Industry Experience While Working Towards a Degree

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and Senator Jay Rockefeller today joined manufacturing and community and technical college executives to announce an innovative education-to-work Advanced Manufacturing Technician program.

The curriculum will become the cornerstone of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association’s new education initiative, the West Virginia Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education, or WV FAME.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia and Bridgemont Community and Technical College have teamed up to create the Toyota Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program. The program combines a cutting-edge curriculum, paid work experience, and instruction in highly sought after business principles and best practices from a world-class manufacturer that results in a two-year associate degree from Bridgemont. Twenty students will be selected for the inaugural class.

“This type of public-private partnership helps West Virginia’s manufacturing industry thrive. The partnership between Toyota, Bridgemont and the West Virginia Manufacturers Association will provide excellent opportunities for students and will become a model for others to follow,” said Governor Tomblin.

“The new Toyota Advanced Manufacturing Technician program is more great news for West Virginia’s workers, and demonstrates the innovative thinking among our high-tech manufacturers and our educational institutions,” said Senator Jay Rockefeller. “Innovation is laying the foundation for a new generation of manufacturing jobs in West Virginia, and I’m so impressed by the partnership between Toyota and Bridgemont Community and Technical College, and Kureha’s participation. Training our workers for the jobs of the future has long been one of my top priorities. Just this year I met with community and technical college presidents, and visited again the high-tech manufacturing at Toyota and Alcon to draw attention to efforts to better align workforce training with employer needs. I commend Governor Tomblin for his leadership in creating opportunities for our manufacturing sector, and for the hard work that the West Virginia Department of Education and the West Virginia Manufacturers Association are doing for our students and our workers.”

“Innovative curriculum such as the Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program helps advance economic development efforts and provide great opportunities for our students to enter high-wage occupations,” said Jim Skidmore, Chancellor of the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia. “Increasing the education attainment rates of West Virginians is vital because as our highly-skilled technical workforce grows, so do the prospects for new industries and new jobs across the state.”

“Students selected into the program will earn a wage while attending college and gain priceless work experience with a global manufacturing leader,” said Bridgemont President Jo Harris. “Students will attend classes two full days a week and work three full days at Toyota’s manufacturing facility in Buffalo at a starting salary of $17.78 per hour. They must maintain a ‘C’ or higher grade in all classes to be retained in the exclusive program.”

“Over five semesters, students can earn as much as $40,000 in salary, with planning, can cover all of the student’s education expenses,” noted Yoji “Yogi” Suzuki, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia.

Bridgemont Community and Technical College’s tuition is $146 per credit hour, plus fees, or approximately $1,950 per semester.

“While not guaranteed a full-time job at Toyota following graduation, graduates could be hired by the company; continue their education in engineering, technology or business; or pursue employment opportunities in the open job market,” said Karen Price, president of the WVMA. “Other manufacturing companies will be seeking employees with this high level of experience and training.”

Kureha PGA, another Japanese company which recently opened a new plant in Belle, has joined the program and is expected to take one Bridgemont intern this year.

Along with Bridgemont’s application for admission, participating companies will review and select potential students on the following criteria:

Academic success as measured through grades and class rank

Math capability as measured through ACT or SAT scores (minimum of 19 ACT)

Participation in Project Lead The Way (PLTW) as measured by the number of courses taken and the grades earned (PLTW is not required, but improves chances of selection)

Commitment to remaining absolutely illegal drug-free

For more information or to apply to the program, go to

PACF: Community Foundation Grant Deadline Is September 01, 2012

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Our Community’s Foundation - The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and the Regional Affiliates of Doddridge, Ritchie, Jackson, Mason counties and the Little Kanawha Area (Wirt/Calhoun) is accepting applications for grants for the fall cycle of its Community Action Grant Program. For the first time, the foundation’s grant application process will be online; applications must be submitted through the online process by midnight on September 01, 2012.

Organizations apply to PACF and/or any of the affiliates on the same online application form, the Foundation’s Community Action Grant Application. To access the online application form, visit the foundation’s web site,, and go to the Grants section. Under “Applications and Forms” you will find a link to the online Community Action Grant application.

To be considered for a Community Action Grant, an applicant must be a private, non-profit organization, tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a public institution.

To be eligible for a grant from the Foundation, either the applicant or program to be funded must be located in the foundation’s 11-county geographic service area (Wood, Wirt, Doddridge, Ritchie, Pleasants, Roane, Calhoun, Gilmer, Jackson and Mason counties in West Virginia, and Washington County in Ohio).

Two Foundation affiliates have educational support opportunities available in the fall grant cycle.

The Ritchie County Community Foundation Affiliate has funds available to support professional development or post-graduate studies (i.e. coursework beyond undergraduate studies) for Ritchie County educators, as identified by Ritchie County schools, and/or for academic school improvement needs of Ritchie County schools.

The Mason County Community Foundation Affiliate (MCCF) has funds available to provide mini-grants of up to $1,000 to Mason County Schools to support teacher-initiated educational projects and programs that benefit Mason County students. Up to three teachers from each school in Mason County may apply for mini-grants; the applications must be submitted through the school. Schools apply for grants for these purposes using the online Community Action Grant Application form.

Organizations serving Mason County residents also have an opportunity to be considered for grants from the Gordon E. and Mildren R. Jackson Foundation Advised Fund administered by Our Community’s Foundation/Mason County Community Foundation.

The foundation’s grantmaking guidelines provide more specific information on eligibility and priorities for all types of grants; visit the foundation’s web site at to access the grant guidelines and the online application form.

For more information on the Community Action Grant Program, contact Marian Clowes at 304.428.4438 or” ”.

Woman Killed, Two Others Injured in Crash

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A Nicholas County woman was killed and two men were injured when a car was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer.

Jean A. Cogar, age 78, of Summersville, WV, was killed, according to a statement from the Nicholas County Sheriff’s Department.

She was a passenger in a car driven by James D. Cogar, age 52, of Summersville, WV.

A tractor-trailer operated by Foster M. Marsh, 76, of Glenville, WV, rear-ended the car about 4:15 PM Sunday, June 10, 2012, at the intersection of U.S. Hwy 19 and WV Hwy 41 in Mt. Nebo.

The two men were injured. One was transported to Summersville Regional Medical Center and the other to Charleston Area Medical Center, but the release gave no further details.

G-otcha™: Girl Posed as Boy to Solicit a Girl from Linn, WV

Imprisonment Status:  Federal Inmate
Full Name: Hads,  Carissa  Ann
Height: 5’  2”
Weight: 100 lbs.
Birth Date: 06.16.1987
Gender: Female
Booking Date: 06.05.2012
Facility: North Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Federal Inmate

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
Posed as a 17-year-old boy on social networking online to solicit a 15-year-old female from Linn, WV, in October of 2010. An online tip alerted the officials that two children from Gilmer County, WV were in danger. Hads sent the girl a cell phone to be used for sending naked pictures. The mother of victim and two other 15-year-old children went with the girl and paid for Hads to stay in a separate room in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania motel in December 2011. They then had sexual encounters and more sexual encounters when the 15-year-old girl’s mother brought Hads to the family home on Linn, WV. Charges note coercion or enticement of a minor.


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Glenville: Gospel Singing and Potluck - 06.15.12

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There will be an old-fashioned Gospel Singing and Potluck Supper on Friday, June 15, 2012, at the Glenville Presbyterian Church Social Hall, WV Hwy 5 West of Glenville, WV.

No instruments; no performances; just eating and singing together.

Everyone is welcome.

Come in the back door and join us at 6:00 PM for supper.

Singing will follow.

Call Ginny Hawker for details at 304.462.8427.

Bon Appétit: Marinated Chicken Kabobs

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  1 (8 ounce) container fat-free plain yogurt
  1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese with basil and sun-dried tomatoes
  1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  2 teaspoons dried oregano
  1/2 teaspoon salt
  1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  1/4 teaspoon crushed dried rosemary
  1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into 1 inch pieces
  1 large red onion, cut into wedges
  1 large green bell pepper, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces


In a large shallow baking dish, mix the yogurt, feta cheese, lemon zest, lemon juice, oregano, salt, pepper, and rosemary.

Place the chicken in the dish, and turn to coat.

Cover, and marinate 3 hours in the refrigerator.

Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat.

Thread the chicken, onion wedges, and green bell pepper pieces alternately onto skewers.

Discard remaining yogurt mixture.

Grill skewers on the prepared grill until the chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear.

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