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Hardman Fork Baptist Church Revival - 10.14.12

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The Hardman Fork Baptist Church will hold a revival meeting beginning Sunday, October 14, 2012 and continue throughout the week.

Services will begin at 7:00 PM nightly.

Everyone is invited to come and share an evening with the Hardman Fork Baptist Church, located on Grass Run Road off of U.S. Hwy 33W/119S in Letter Gap, WV.

Gilmer County Park and Recreation Center Meeting - 10.16.12

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The Gilmer County Parks and Recreation Board will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday October 16, 2012 in the Dining Hall.

Meeting is open to the public and begins at 6:00 PM.

G-Comm™: Hoppy’s Commentary - Tomblin v. Maloney

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Republican Gubernatorial candidate Bill Maloney promised he was going to go after Governor Earl Ray Tomblin in their first and only debate of the campaign… and he did.

Tomblin had just finished the first question with a routine answer about manufacturing when Maloney launched.  “I’ve heard this for so long… you just don’t get it,” Maloney said to Tomblin.

The Governor appeared ready for the first assault, saying of Maloney, “He’s blamed me for every job loss the last forty years.  I’ve only been Governor for 20 months.”
There was more of the edgy repartee throughout the hour-long debate at the Clay Center Tuesday night.

When Maloney finished yet another broadside about how the state needs “structural changes,” Tomblin countered, “’We’ve got a lot of good things going on in West Virginia, (Maloney) points out only the bad things.”

And then later the two sparred over the controversy concerning the use of stimulus money to buy expensive Internet routers, with Maloney saying the money was wasted.  When Tomblin said the money had not been wasted, Maloney countered with a sarcastic “really?”

When Maloney said to Tomblin, “You and your buddy Obama,” Tomblin shot back, “What’s your point?”

The moderator, the seasoned Charlie Ryan, let the two have their swipes.  It was evident early on that neither was going to take their allotted time to answer questions and respond so the debate moved swiftly and covered a lot of ground.

Veteran political wags will question whether there was any new material—there didn’t seem to be—but debates are not for the junkies; they are for the voters who might have actually tuned in on statewide radio or television to help them make up their minds.

And there are, in fact, differences between the two:

—Maloney says West Virginia has a cap-and-trade law that is bad for the coal industry.  Tomblin says Maloney should read the law because he doesn’t understand it.

—Tomblin says he’s been fighting the EPA “since the first day I’ve been in office” over its assault on the coal industry.  Maloney says Tomblin hasn’t done enough and he’s met miners that have “almost given up hope.”

—Maloney says Tomblin has been sitting on a comprehensive audit of the public education system, while Tomblin says he’ll have a “full recommendation” for changes in education with the start of the legislative session in February.

—Maloney says he will fight to repeal Obamacare.  Tomblin is implementing the law, but also trying to determine whether to opt out of the expansion of Medicaid.

—Tomblin said “We’ve turned our state around,” while Maloney charges that Tomblin wants to “Stay the course… I say we need a brighter future.”

As debates go, this one will never been remembered as a classic, especially since just a few days ago the country watched the historic Presidential debate, but no matter.  It was lively (much of the time) and reasonably informative.

The shame is that we won’t have more debates.

G-OB™: CALHOUN-GILMER CAREER CENTER - Natural Resources Management Teacher - 10.15.12

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Title:
Classroom Teacher Natural Resources Management

Grade Level:
High School

Description:
The successful applicant will be responsible for teaching skill sets associated with agriculture and natural resources management. Skills set will include management practices in areas of soil, water, forest, wildlife and land as well as skill sets in the areas of basic agricultural production, agricultural mechanics, surveying, GIS/GPS and environmental regulations. The successful applicant must possess the ability to communicate  with the school community, teach program specific theory, and design and facilitate appropriate lab applications.  The successful applicant must possess the ability to continually develop their program by consulting with natural resource management business and industry including the oil and gas industry. The instructor must have the ability to develop relationships with industry, to secure industry related resources, and to organize / participate with an industry specific advisory council. The successful applicant must be willing to grow professionally as an instructor and continue to develop technical skills related to agriculture and natural resources management. The successful applicant must be willing to serve as the FFA advisor at the school.  
 
 
JOB DESCRIPTION:
 
FOR THE POSITION OF:  TEACHER 
 
REPORTS TO: Director 
 
PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES: 
 
I. The teacher shall implement the program of study. The performance criteria for this area shall include: 
 
    A. Bases instruction on adopted curricula for the school. 
    B. Demonstrates accurate and current knowledge in the subject field. 
    C. Develops appropriate lesson to teach instructional objectives. 
    D. Employs a variety of instructional strategies t augment achievement. 
    E. Utilizes content scope and sequence in planning. 
 
II. The teacher shall foster a classroom climate conducive to learning. The performance criteria for this area shall include: 
 
    A. Follows established school discipline procedures which include West Virginia Board of Education Policy 4373 - Student Code of Conduct. 
    B. Establishes procedures and rules that enhance learning. 
    C. Encourages students’ attendance. 
    D. Sets high expectations for student performance. 
    E. Encourages and acknowledges individual student accomplishments and appropriate behavior. 
    F. Treats students in a fair and equitable manner. 
    G. Accommodates individual learning differences. 
    H. Creates and maintains an environment that supports learning. 
    I. Communicates with parents. 
 
III. The teacher shall organize teaching strategies to maximize allocated instructional time to increase student learning. The performance criteria for this area includes: 
 
    A. Prepares and implements lesson plans. 
    B. Begins lesson or instructional activity with a review of previous material as appropriate. 
    C. Has materials, supplies and equipment ready at the start of the lesson or instructional activity. 
    D. Introduces the instructional activity and specifies instructional objectives. 
    E. Directs and adequately supervises students to be on task quickly at the beginning of each instructional activity. 
    F. Presents reading, writing, speaking, and listening strategies using concepts and language which students understand. 
    G. Provides relevant examples and demonstrations to illustrate concepts and skills. 
    H. Assigns developmentally appropriate tasks. 
    I. Provides instructional pacing that ensures student understanding. 
    J. Maximizes student time-on-task. 
    K. Makes effective transitions between instructional activities. 
    L. Summarizes the main point(s) of the instructional activity. 
    M. Encourages students to express ideas clearly and accurately. 
    N. Incorporates higher level thinking skills. 
    O. Assists students to develop productive work habits and study skills, enabling communication with parents as needed. 
    P. Provides remediation activities for students. 
    Q. Designs, delivers, and assesses student learning activities addressing the state adopted instructional goals and objectives. 
    R. Integrates a variety of technology applications and learning tools that augment student achievement. 
 
IV. The teacher shall monitor student progress towards mastery of instructional goals and objectives. The performance criteria for this area includes: 
 
    A. Gathers, stores and monitors data related to student learning for use in assessing progress toward achieving the instructional objectives. 
    B. Follows grading policies and regulations. 
    C. Maintains accurate and complete student records.  
    D. Monitors and evaluates student progress. 
    E. Provides feedback on student work. 
    F. Monitors student attendance. 
 
V. The teacher shall communicate with students, parents, educational personnel, and others, utilizing standard grammar, listening skills and clarity in the presentation of ideas. The performance standards in this area includes: 
 
    A. Communicates student progress according to established procedures and policies. 
    B. Communicates regularly and effectively with students, co-workers, parents/guardians, and community, exhibiting appropriate interactive skills. 
    C. Follows confidentiality procedures regarding students, parents/guardians, and fellow staff members. 
    D. Speaks and writes standard English clearly, correctly, and distinctly. 
    E. Determines and utilizes appropriate community resources. 
 
VI. The teacher shall demonstrate behavior that reflects established professional responsibilities (i.e. attendance, punctuality, and verbal/nonverbal communication). The criteria for this area includes: 
 
    A. Adheres to established laws, policies, rules, and regulations. 
    B. Interacts appropriately with students, other educational personnel, and parents. 
    C. Participates in activities which foster professional growth. 
    D. Is punctual with reports, grades, records, and in reporting work. 
    E. Performs assigned duties. 
    F. Strives to meet county/school goals. 
    G. Commands respect by example in appearance, manners, behavior and language. 
 
VII. The teacher shall demonstrate competency and knowledge in the implementation of the technology standards identified by West Virginia Board of Education policies. 
 
    A. Demonstrates a sound understanding of technology operations and concepts. 
    B. Plans and designs effective learning environments and experiences supported by technology. 
    C. Implements curriculum plans that include methods and strategies for applying technology to maximize student learning. 
    D. Applies technology to facilitate a variety of effective assessment and evaluation strategies. 
    E. Use technology to enhance productivity and professional practice. 
    F. Understands the social, ethical legal and human issues surrounding the use of technology in PreK-12 schools and applies that understanding in practice. 
 
RESPONSIBILITIES: 
 
1. Work with area colleges, the administration, and faculty to enhance the seamless curriculum initiatives.  (Articulation Agreements) 
2. Help coordinate work-based activities in public schools and/or local businesses. 
3. Utilize effective behavior management systems in the classroom that focus on student learning and time on-task. 
4. Establish a network of resources for program completers. 
5. Participate in recruitment activities for the Natural Resources Management programs. 
6. Other duties as assigned by the Director. 
7. Have up-to-date technology knowledge and experience. 
8. Coordinate FFA. 
9. Initiate student recruitment activities at both high schools. 

Job Location or School Name:
Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center

City:
Grantsville, WV

County:
Gilmer

Qualifications:
The applicant must have a valid WV Teaching Certification endorsed in Vocational Agriculture 9-12 or Agriculture Education 9-12 or eligible for certification 
 
OR  
 
The applicant must have or be willing to obtain a West Virginia vocational teaching permit or certification in forestry. In accordance with guidelines established by WVDE; the applicant must pass both the written and performance content specialization examination (NOCTI) by 
March 1 of the first year of employment, the applicant must take and pass the Basic Skill Achievement Test before beginning employment, and must agree to complete the teacher education program at WVU Institute of Technology within three years from the date of employment. 
 
Applicants without a college degree must hold a high school diploma or GED and have four (4) years of 8,000 clock hours of satisfactory and reasonably continuous work experience forestry.  Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree from an approved college or university in an area related to the specialization must have two (2) years or 4,000 clock hours of satisfactory and reasonably continuous work experience in forestry. Each full year of training related to specialization area may count for one-half year toward the four years of required work experience. 
 
Experience in teaching Natural Resources and Forestry classes preferred. Experience with leadership development through the National FFA Organization preferred. Understanding of applied science principals in many facets of the agriculture, food and natural resources industry preferred.  Industry experience in natural resources management and forest management preferred. 

Salary:
Per State Adopted Salary Schedule

Closing Date:
2012.10.15

Comments:

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: FY2012-2013 200 Day Contract
 
DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATION AND RESUME: October 15, 2012 – 4:00 PM

Apply to:
Bryan P. Sterns, Director 
Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center 
5260 E Little Kanawha Hwy 
Grantsville, WV 26147 
Telephone:  304.354.6151 
Fax:  304.354.6154 

County Contact Email

“bsterns@access.k12.wv.us”

Bon Appétit: Spaghetti Carbonara

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Ingredients:

  4 ounces guanciale, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  1 tablespoon olive oil
  1 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
  2 eggs
  3 tablespoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  3 tablespoons grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  1 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
  6 ounces spaghetti
  1 cup reserved pasta water
  3 tablespoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  3 tablespoons grated Pecorino Romano cheese


Directions:

Cook guanciale with olive oil and 1 teaspoon ground black pepper in a Dutch oven over medium-low heat until almost crisp, about 5 minutes.

Reduce heat to low.

Whisk eggs, 3 tablespoons Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, 3 tablespoons Pecorino Romano cheese, and 1 teaspoon ground black pepper in a bowl.

Set aside.

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.

Cook spaghetti in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, 10 to 12 minutes.

Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water.

Pour reserved pasta water and drained spaghetti into the bacon-pepper mixture; stir to combine.

Slowly pour egg mixture into the pasta mixture; cook, stirring constantly until the egg mixture forms a thick sauce, 1 to 2 minutes.

Remove from heat.

Stir remaining 3 tablespoons Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and 3 tablespoons Pecorino Romano cheese into the pasta mixture and serve.

Daily G-Eye™: 10.10.12

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Stargazing - 10.10.12

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Look for the Moon in the east at first light tomorrow.

The bright star Regulus, the “heart” of Leo, the lion, is to its left or lower left.

Venus, the “morning star,” is well below them.


Moon and Regulus

The powdery “dirt” that covers much of the lunar surface is almost as dark as charcoal. In the far-distant past, though, it was almost white. It’s been darkened by exposure to radiation — mainly the flow of charged particles from the Sun known as the solar wind.

Yet the lighter color still shows through in some beautiful patterns known as lunar swirls. They look like dollops of cream being swirled into a cup of coffee.

A recent study says the swirls are protected by magnetic “bubbles” that deflect the solar wind.

The Moon doesn’t generate a magnetic field today, but it did in the distant past. That magnetized the rocks, which create their own magnetic fields around them.

The study found that in places, these fields produce magnetic bubbles that extend dozens of miles above the surface. They deflect the negatively charged particles known as electrons around the bubble. The electrons hit the lunar surface at the edges of the bubble, forming a dark outline.

Funneling away the electrons creates an electric field that shoots the positively charged protons in the solar wind back into space.

The result is a lunar deflector shield — a magnetic bubble that blocks radiation, keeping the surface below nice and bright.

Look for the Moon in the east at first light tomorrow. The bright star Regulus, the “heart” of Leo, the lion, is to its left or lower left. And Venus, the “morning star,” is well below them. More about Venus and the Moon tomorrow.

G-MM™: Meditation Moment - 10.10.12

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One of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord teach us to pray.’

‘Those who pray will be saved; those who do not pray will be lost.’ Perhaps the black and white nature of this statement does not appeal greatly to us these days, but it does bring home the necessity of prayer.

If we do not pray, how can we come closer to God?

In particular, in praying through the Scriptures we come to know Jesus in his humanity, his courage, his care for the outcast and the poor, his humility.

With time that closeness will strengthen and deepen so that we come to know Jesus as our companion and friend.

Then we will want to serve him.

Jesus tells us we do this by serving others, especially those we meet every day—our family, friends, community, neighbors, workmates.

We can achieve this intimacy with Jesus by talking to him in prayer.


Galatians 2:1-2, 7-14. Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News. Ps 116(117). Luke 11:1-4.

Emmons Bliss Smith

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Emmons Bliss Smith

Age 82, of Arnoldsburg, WV, died October 06, 2012 at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Systems after an extended illness.

Emmons was born December 08, 1929, in Calhoun County, WV, a son of the late Spurgeon Smith and Enid Cooper Smith.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by an infant brother.

Emmons is survived by his wife of 48 years, Genevieve Smith; his children, Randal (Kandas) Smith of Millstone, WV; and Shelley (Joe) Lynch of Arnoldsburg; four grandchildren, Nicholas and Makayla Smith of Millstone and Trevor and Reagan Lynch of Arnoldsburg; five brothers, Calvin Smith of Michigan, Jack and John Smith of Ohio, Richard and Lowell (Rita) Smith of Missouri; three sisters, Patricia (Ken) DeBow of Missouri, Dormal Meeks of Florida and Ruby Thompson of Mississippi.

He had an AB degree from Glenville State College and a Masters degree from West Virginia State University. He was a school principal and teacher for 37 years.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1951-1953 with overseas duty in Japan. He was an avid cattle farmer and timber buyer. He loved deer hunting and spending time with his family.

He was baptized by Kenneth Cruikshank and reaffirmed his faith in God recently.

Funeral services will be held Thursday October 11, 2012, 1:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg with the Rev. Rick Metheney and Rev. Carl Marks officiating.

Interment will be in the Sycamore Baptist Church Cemetery at Mt. Zion, WV.

Friends may call at the funeral from 6:00-8:00 PM Wednesday October 10, 2012.

Robert M. “Bob” Keith

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Robert M. “Bob” Keith

Age 82, of Harrisville, WV, died at his residence on October 09, 2012.

Bob was born September 04, 1930 on Stewart’s Run, near Harrisville, the son of the late Holman and Rena (Kibbe) Keith Bunner.

He was a proud graduate of Harrisville High School with the class of 1949. He worked for 10 years for the B & O Railroad and later retired from the Union Carbide plant of Sistersville in 1988 after 28 years of service as an insulator.

He was a member of Riddle’s Chapel Congregational Church of Harrisville.

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years Emma Jean (Snodgrass) Keith; daughter Tonda (Keith) Delancy (James) of Williamstown; son, Robert Keith II (Mindy) of Harrisville; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren along with two brothers, Cameron Keith of Pennsboro, WV; and Sherwood Keith of Bristol, WV.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant sibling; brother, Ralph Keith, and sister Dorothy (Keith) Jones.

Graveside services will be 2:00 PM, Thursday, October 11, 2012 at the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery with Rev. Dan Martin officiating.

Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Charles B. Langfitt

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Charles B. Langfitt

Age 80, of Court St., West Union, WV,  departed this life on Sunday, October 07, 2012 in the United Hospital Center, Bridgeport.

He was born June 10, 1932 in Charleston, WV a son of the late Bruce B. and Helen Bohnert Langfitt.

On December 23, 1955 he married Elizabeth “Betty” Smith Langfitt who preceded him in death on September 30, 2005.

Surviving are one daughter, Lee Ann Riley, and husband Tim, Alvy, grandchildren, Christa Johnson, Pennsboro, WV; Heather Smith and husband Ernie, West Union, Brandon Rogers and wife Casey, West Union, Charlie Rogers, El Paso, TX and Lucas Rogers, Greenville, SC eight great grandchildren, two brothers, Donald K. Langfitt, Fredericksburg, VA and Herbert E. Langfitt, Odessa, TX.

Mr. Langfitt was a graduate of Salem High School and Salem College where he attained a degree in English. He retired from the U.S. Army and worked for the State of West Virginia with 20 years service for the ABC Commission & Dept. of Highways. Charlie had served as Mayor of West Union. He was a charter member of the Doddridge County Emergency Squad and was a member of the first crew. He was a member of West Union Fire Department for 36 years where he had served as Assistant Fire Chief. He was a member of West Union Post #25 American Legion.

Charlie was a member of West Union Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home, 212 Front St., West Union on Friday, October 12, 2012 at 1:00 PM with Pastor Mike Hamilton presiding.

Interment will follow in the Masonic Memorial Park, West Union with full military rites accorded by the combined Doddridge County Veterans organizations and the Fireman’s Final Call by the West Union Fire Department.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Thursday, October 11, 2012 from 4:00-8:00 PM.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Langfitt family.

10.10.12

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History on October 10, yyyy

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 10, the 284th day of 2012. There are 82 days left in the year.


Today’s Highlight in History:

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On Oct. 10, 1962, President John F. Kennedy, responding to the Thalidomide birth defects crisis, signed an amendment to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act requiring pharmaceutical companies to prove that their products were safe and effective prior to marketing.


On this date:

In 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy was established in Annapolis, MD.

In 1911, Chinese revolutionaries launched an uprising which led to the collapse of the Qing Dynasty and the establishment of the Republic of China.

In 1913, the Panama Canal was effectively completed as President Woodrow Wilson sent a signal from the White House by telegraph, setting off explosives that destroyed a section of the Gamboa dike.

In 1938, Nazi Germany completed its annexation of Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland.

In 1967, the Outer Space Treaty, prohibiting the placing of weapons of mass destruction on the moon or elsewhere in space, entered into force.

In 1973, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, accused of accepting bribes, pleaded no contest to one count of federal income tax evasion, and resigned his office.

In 1982, Father Maximilian Kolbe, who died in the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp, was canonized by Pope John Paul II.

In 1985, U.S. fighter jets forced an Egyptian plane carrying the hijackers of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro to land in Italy, where the gunmen were taken into custody.


Today’s Birthdays:

Entertainer Ben Vereen is 66

Singer John Prine is 66

Actor Charles Dance is 66

Rock singer-musician Cyril Neville (The Neville Brothers) is 64

Actress Jessica Harper is 63

Author Nora Roberts is 62

Singer-musician Midge Ure is 59

Rock singer David Lee Roth is 58

Country singer Tanya Tucker is 54

Actress Julia Sweeney is 53

Actor Bradley Whitford is 53

Actress Rebecca Pidgeon is 47

Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre is 43

Actress Wendi McLendon-Covey is 43

Race driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 38

Actress Jodi Lyn O’Keefe is 34

Singer Mya is 33

Singer Cherie is 28

WV Lottery - 10.09.12

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06-15-16-22-37     Mega Ball: 03   Megaplier: x 4  

Effort to Build Modern Communications Network for First Responders

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Senator’s Recently Passed Public Safety Network Legislation Creates First-Ever Nationwide,
Interoperable Public Safety Broadband Network

First responders in West Virginia and around the country will have access to a first-of-its-kind dedicated nationwide interoperable wireless broadband network thanks to legislation Senator Jay Rockefeller authored and shepherded through Congress earlier this year.

Rockefeller explained provisions of his public safety spectrum legislation during a keynote speech today at the 6th Annual West Virginia Statewide Interoperable Radio Conference.

“West Virginia’s first responders – our police officers, firefighters, and EMS workers—courageously face danger each and every day in order to keep us safe,” Rockefeller said. “They are heroes in our communities and do a great job. My bill brings state of the art technology into their work by making sure, especially during times of crisis, that first responders from all over can communicate with each other in real time. This new high-speed network will revolutionize communications among all emergency response officers and allow even more rapid, thorough, and safe action to protect our people.”

Taking the lessons learned from communications challenges that arose from disasters such as the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 and the Upper Big Branch mine explosion, Rockefeller wrote legislation that will create a nationwide, high-speed advanced wireless communications network that all agencies can use during emergencies. Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, fought for the radio network for years, and finally saw its provisions signed into law in February.

Rockefeller thanked officials at today’s conference for their extraordinary efforts in helping him make his public safety legislation a reality.

“I made this my highest legislative priority over the past few years because I am determined to always make sure you have the very best resources at hand,” Rockefeller said. “But I couldn’t have done it without the many visits you all made to Washington to push my bill forward and the phone calls you made to elected officials, urging them to take action.

“And I am enormously thankful for the selfless work you do in protecting West Virginians,” Rockefeller said.


Background:

The provisions of Rockefeller’s public safety spectrum legislation were signed into law in February. The law will, for the first time, build a dedicated nationwide, interoperable broadband network enabling police, firefighters, EMS workers and other first responders to have access to advanced communications capabilities when responding to natural disasters or other crises and keep America safe. It will help prevent the kind of communications failures that occurred during rescue efforts at Ground Zero on 9/11 and at Upper Big Branch mine.

CHESAPEAKE APPALACHIA PLEADS GUILTY TO CLEAN WATER ACT VIOLATIONS

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Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC (hereinafter “Chesapeake”) entered pleas of guilty today in federal court to three violations of the Clean Water Act related to natural gas drilling activity in Northern West Virginia, according to United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld, II.

Chesapeake pled guilty to three counts of “Unauthorized Discharge into a Water of the United States” in that it discharged sixty (60) tons of crushed stone and gravel into Blake Fork, a water of the United States, on at least three different occasions in December of 2008. Chesapeake also admitted that after discharging the stone and gravel that it then spread the material in the stream to create a roadway for the purpose of improving access to a site associated with Marcellus Shale drilling activity in Wetzel County, West Virginia.

“Our nation’s wetlands play a critical role in maintaining water quality, reducing flood damage, and providing habitat for fish and wildlife,” said David G. McLeod, Jr., Special Agent in Charge of EPA’s criminal enforcement program in West Virginia.  “The defendant illegally filled at least three sensitive wetlands; in one instance, obliterating a natural waterfall.  This plea agreement demonstrates that those who illegally fill in or destroy these essential natural resources will be prosecuted.”

The plea agreement calls for Chesapeake to pay a fine of $200,000 for each conviction, for a total fine of $600,000.  It also requires that Chesapeake be placed onto probation for two years and be under the supervision of the Court during that time period.

Additionally, the parties have agreed that separate violations committed by Chesapeake and occurring in connection with impoundments constructed in Marshall and Wetzel Counties would be addressed by civil penalties and not via criminal charges.

The Clean Water Act, also known as the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, was enacted by Congress to restore and maintain the integrity of the Nation’s waters.  It prohibits the discharge of any pollutant from a point source into the waters of the United States without a permit.  Discharges of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States are prohibited unless authorized by a permit issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Chesapeake violated the Clean Water Act when, in 2008, it selected the location for an access road to a site associated with its drilling activities, hired construction contractors to discharge and spread rock and gravel in Blake Fork in order to develop access to the Hohman Pit, and supervised and directed the work of the construction contractors. These contractors hired by Chesapeake discharged gravel from dump trucks into Blake Fork, also known as Blake Run, on at least three separate and distinct occasions.

Chesapeake’s contractors, under the supervision of a Chesapeake employee, subsequently used bulldozers to spread the 60 tons of gravel in Blake Fork to develop access to the Hohman Pit in order to facilitate Marcellus Shale gas drilling activities. Chesapeake failed to obtain a Clean Water Act permit prior to this discharge.

Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy Corporation.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Criminal Investigation Division.  It is being prosecuted by David Perri, Assistant United States Attorney.

GSC Freshman Hidden Promise Scholars Welcomed to the Program

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Glenville State College President Dr. Peter Barr and his wife Betsy welcomed fifty-one freshmen GSC Hidden Promise Scholars to the college at the GSC Hidden Promise Scholar Annual Fall Dinner. At this event, new participants were able to meet fellow scholars along with GSC faculty and staff who are involved in the program.

“You are a Hidden Promise Scholar because someone thought you were special and reached out to you. It may have been a teacher, a principal, or someone else. It is now your responsibility to give back to who designated you as a Hidden Promise Scholar candidate. Do a good job in school and graduate and be an example to those still in high school that are deciding whether or not to further their education,“ said Barr.

The Hidden Promise Scholars program is an alliance among Glenville State College and county school districts across West Virginia aimed at improving communication between higher education and K through 12. Other goals include increasing the number of high school and college graduates as well as aligning the K-12 and higher education curriculum.

Hidden Promise Scholars are students in the eighth through twelfth grade from central West Virginia. Selected by county superintendents and principals, these students interact with Glenville State College students and faculty and explore the vistas that a college education opens. Hidden Promise Scholars will mentor with college students at their home schools and participate in an array of campus visits.

There are currently thirty-one students in Calhoun County who have been selected as Hidden Promise Scholars.

Upon high school graduation, Hidden Promise Scholars who enroll at Glenville State College receive an annual scholarship. The annual grant is renewable throughout their enrollment at GSC as full-time students maintaining standard academic progress.

During the evening event, upperclassmen in the Hidden Promise Scholars program gave the freshmen advice on how to succeed in college.

Senior Scholar Representative Stephanie Stacy of Millstone, West Virginia (Calhoun County) had three steps to college success: “Go to class, do your homework, and don’t be afraid to ask questions!“

Junior Scholar Representative Ethan Epling of Spencer, West Virginia (Roane County) had a more straightforward approach to getting ahead, “Study!“

Sophomore Scholar Representative Bobbie Payne of Webster Springs, West Virginia (Webster County) gave these words of encouragement, “Your fellow Hidden Promise Scholars are here for you whenever you need us; everyone can make it to graduation!“

Freshman Hidden Promise Scholar Andrew Anderson of Mount Lookout, West Virginia (Nicholas County) is already blending into college life, saying, “GSC has been great, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Guild welcomed me to campus my first week!“

For more information, contact GSC Hidden Promise Mentor Coordinator Jenny Boggs at “Virginia.Boggs@glenville.edu” or 304.462.6059.

G-LtE™: The Upcoming Presidential Race

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I live out of state but read a recent article in your site with regard to a suggestion that the public vote for a third party candidate. I believe that is a cop out. Please allow me to explain why.

I totally agree with your assessment that Mitt Romney is not up to the challenge, even his wife questions how he would handle the stress. The Republicans made a pact in 2008 when Obama was elected. Their pact was to do everything in their power to be an obstacle to anything Obama proposed to do. They were not and have not worked towards solving the employment problems. Their only plan was to put Obama out of work. Well, folks that is not going to work! In fact, they have not worked towards any proposals that would help the common folk, the working class, only the rich.

If you want to be part of another obstacle group, then waste your vote and your time. How can Obama be blamed for everything, including the weather like some idiot Republicans have! Go ahead and vote for a loser like Mitt Romney who does not value women by not wanting to give them equal pay for equal work. Are you also willing to let Romney to make decisions for women’s bodies? Do you want your wife, daughter or sister to be forced to bear the child of rape? Which by the way, a son of Romney has a surrogate for bearing his children…guess what? The hypocrite has a clause in that contract that she can have an abortion if necessary. But those restrictions are only for you or me…the 47% of the American population that he does not care about…only the rich..

People, please wake up and fight for your rights! Do you have the money to give your children who want to attend college? That is what Romney’s solution is; he will eliminate Pell grants and wants to raise interest rates for college loans. By the way, he wants your children to go to war not to college. If Romney gets elected, he will side with his former business buddy in Israel and start a war with Iran. We cannot afford another war that was started by Republicans. Our economic problems were started by the billions upon billions of debt. Not to mention the greatest tragedy, the sons and daughters, fathers and mothers who have been killed or badly injured fighting a senseless war!

And, if you are under 55, he will give you a voucher to buy health insurance. You have worked for your social security and your health care and you deserve it. You are part of the 47% of Americans that he does not care about. You do not have the millions that he has in off shore accounts and you are also paying a much higher percentage of your paycheck than he ever will. And, when he loses, let’s see just how quickly he amends his recently filed tax return to make himself appear to pay 14%! That is a guarantee. Oh, and by the way, his campaign fund is already in debt big time! How can he run a country if he can’t contain his own campaign debt?

No one is perfect but I have to give President Obama credit. He is slow to anger, keeps a cool head and is smarter than anyone in Washington! I am white and was raised in the South. I went to a segregated school but I believe in being fair and giving someone a fair shake. You simply cannot blame EVERYTHING on President Obama. Please reconsider your valuable vote, do not give it away and the worst thing you can do is not vote. If you do not vote you cannot be heard. Yes, I am on Medicare and need it as you will and we all will in our aging population. We all deserve to receive some benefit for working all our lives. We are not part of the politicians world who incidentally, only have to work two years to get a life time pension and healthcare for life. Is your life and that of your family and friends not as important?

Respectfully.

Dian Clark

Outside Group Investigating Sexual Harassment Complaints at Regional Jails

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The executive director of the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority says he’s looking outside the agency for help finding weaknesses in the system.

Joe DeLong updated members of a Legislative committee on Monday during interim meetings.

Last month a corrections officer at the Southern Regional Jail in Raleigh County was arrested and charged with four counts of imposition of sexual acts on a person under supervision. William Roy Wilson II, 39, is accused of exchanging cigarettes for sexual favors from three female inmates at the Beaver facility.

DeLong says it wasn’t until this incident came up that he learned of Wilson’s history with the Regional Jails Authority.

“That officer had had several pending sexual harassment claims and/or lawsuits dating back, I believe, to 2008,” the director told the committee.

DeLong says an investigation into a completely different matter uncovered Wilson’s alleged activity.

“We sent our investigators in to investigate the complaint [in the kitchen] and found no basis for some of the things in the complaint. We found enough basis implicating other improper acts and called in the State Police,“ DeLong said.

The executive director says the state Regional Jail Authority needs help to look over their policies and procedures, both past and present, to see if any inappropriate activity has been slipping through the cracks.

“I have requested through the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety that an outside, independent investigator be assigned to come in and look at the events that have lead up ultimately to that arrest,” he said.

DeLong says it could lead to other areas where the regional jail system has failed and action needs to be taken.

Pharmacy Linked To Outbreak Issues Wide Recall

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The pharmacy that distributed a steroid linked to an outbreak of fungal meningitis has issued a voluntary recall of all of its products, calling the move a precautionary measure.

The New England Compounding Center announced the recall Saturday. The company said in a news release that the move was taken out of an abundance of caution because of the risk of contamination. It says there is no indication that any other products have been contaminated.

The Food and Drug Administration had previously told health professionals not to use any products distributed by the center.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted updated figures to its website Sunday showing 91 confirmed cases of the rare form of fungal meningitis. The outbreak spans nine states and has killed at least seven people.

The states with reported cases are: Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia.

The steroid linked to the outbreak had already been recalled, and health officials have been scrambling to notify anyone who may have received an injection of it. The Massachusetts pharmacy that made it has said it is cooperating with investigators.

It is not yet known exactly how many people may have been affected, though it could affect hundreds or even thousands of people who received the steroid injections for back pain from July to September.

Meningitis is caused by the inflammation of protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. Fungal meningitis is not contagious as are its more common viral and bacterial counterparts.

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