Gilmer County Circuit Court Report - 02.25.10
Chief Judge Jack Alsop appeared in Gilmer County Circuit Court on Thursday, February 25, 2010 and tried a civil case with Judge Facemire’s November, 2009 panel of jurors.
The November 2009 term ends on Friday, February 26, 2010 with Judge Alsop starting his March 2010 term on Tuesday, March 02, 2010 when the grand jury will appear at 8:30 AM to consider their indictments.
Although Circuit Clerk Karen Elkin had left a message on the juror telephone that the trial was still on for Thursday unless school was cancelled.
Judge Alsop called her early on Thursday morning (while jurors were still calling the recording) and asked her to contact as many of the jurors as she could reach and have them still appear for trial.
Clerk Elkin immediately turned off the message and she and her staff began calling jurors personally and asking them if they could make it to Court.
Thirteen of the twenty jurors eventually showed up and the trial began and ended at 11:45 AM with a jury verdict in favor of the plaintiffs and awarded them $16,051.95.
Judge Alsop thanked the jurors for their service at the November term on behalf of himself and Judge Facemire and excused them for the term.
The civil trial was Lynn and Lola Moneypenny vs. Annette Kraus
It involved a car accident and injuries.
Moneypennys were represented by Dan Cooper of Clarksburg and Ms. Kraus was represented by Tanya Kesner of Charleston, WV.
GSC BUSINESS DEPARTMENT OFFERING TAX RETURN ASSISTANCE
Those who need help filing their 2009 income tax returns may want to take advantage of a free service being provided by the Glenville State College Business Department through the IRS’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
Free tax help is available to GSC students, faculty, staff, and the general public. The VITA program offers assistance to low to moderate income (generally $49,000 or below) people who need help preparing their basic income tax returns. Completed returns may be electronically filed.
GSC senior Accounting major Megan Claytor of Strange Creek in Braxton County West Virginia is providing tax return assistance under the direction of GSC Associate Professor of Business Cheryl McKinney, CPA.
GSC senior Accounting student Megan Claytor (left) and Professor Cheryl McKinney
(right) help GSC student Joe Evans of Sutton,complete his 2010 tax returns.
This is the third year that Evans has taken advantage of the
GSC VITA program file his returns.
Claytor volunteered for the program and has completed an IRS training and certification course in basic income tax preparation using materials provided by the IRS. “There was a lot of reading and research required for the program. I was surprised at the depth of the training,” she said.
The GSC VITA program is located in the lower level of the Robert F. Kidd Library. Tax assistance is available on Tuesdays from 3:00-7:00 PM through April 13, 2009 with the exception of Tuesday, March 09, 2010 when Glenville State College is closed for spring break. A few sessions will be scheduled before the April 15, 2010 tax deadline to make-up for the sessions that were cancelled due to winter weather. The exact dates and times will be announced when available.
Those who wish to receive free tax assistance from the GSC VITA site, should bring this year’s tax package, wage and earnings statements (Form W-2) from all employers, interest and dividend statements (Form 1099), a copy of your 2008 tax return if available, any relevant information about income and expenses, Social Security numbers for taxpayers and dependents, and bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit information.
“The benefit of the VITA program for Glenville State College is two-fold. First, the free income tax assistance provides a needed service to the campus and community. Secondly, it affords some of our Accounting students to gain practical experience and apply the concepts they have been learning,” said Cheryl McKinney.
This is the third consecutive year that GSC has offered the VITA Program which has assisted thirty tax payers each year.
For more information about the GSC VITA program, contact McKinney at 304.462.7361xt6263.
~~ Bob Edwards - Public Relations Department ~~
Top Selling Music Albums - 02.25.10
|Soldier of Love Sade|
|Need You Now Lady Antebellum|
|The E.N.D. The Black Eyed Peas|
|The Fame Lady Gaga|
|Rebirth. Lil Wayne|
|I Dreamed a Dream Susan Boyle|
|The Element of Freedom Alicia Keys|
|Another Round Jaheim|
|Haywire Josh Turner|
|Fearless Taylor Swift|
TW = This Week LW = Last Week WOC = Weeks On Chart
GFP - 02.26.2010
WV School Boards of Education Sue the State Over Benefit Costs
Fifty of West Virginia’s 55 county school boards are asking a circuit court judge to place sole responsibility for funding retiree health care costs on the state.
The school boards filed a lawsuit Monday in Kanawha County Circuit Court against the state’s Public Employees Insurance Agency, its finance board and the state auditor.
The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of a measure the Legislature adopted in 2006 that allows PEIA to charge government employers yearly amounts to address the state’s unfunded liability from non-pension retiree costs.
The school boards argue that the state should be responsible for paying for the benefits promised to current and retired public employees, as it sets retiree health benefits and rates. They also object to having to list as current debt what they don’t or can’t pay toward their “annual required contribution.“
If allowed to continue, the payments could force cash-strapped school boards’ to cut staff and educational programs, and delay school construction and maintenance plans, among other things, it is argued in the lawsuit.
The 50 school boards’ liability range from about $36,000 a year to nearly $1.1 million for larger school systems, for a total of about $45 million.
12th District Senators Announce Receipt of $1.4 Million in Community Initiative Funds
WV State Senators Joseph M. Minard, D-Harrison, and Senator Douglas E. Facemire, D-Braxton, were presented $1,471,539 via the Community Development Block Grant 2008 Midwest Floods Recovery Assistance on Tuesday February 23, 2010 during a ceremony in the Governor’s office. The funds are to be used to help communities recover from disasters, aid in the elimination of slums or blight, or to eliminate a condition that poses a serious and immediate threat to the welfare of a community.
Receiving community initiative funds for the Town of Sutton from left to right are:
Shane Whitehair, Region VII, Rosemary Wagner, Executive Director, Region VII,
Senator Joseph Minard, Governor Jo Manchin, Sutton Councilperson John Campbell
and Senator Douglas Facemire.
“Senator Facemire and I are absolutely thrilled to receive funding for some of our district’s most distressing problems,” Minard said. “We had to address high risk areas for flooding which are the most imperiled storm drainage systems, which surely are dangerous to our highways and most importantly to our neighbors and friends.”
While West Virginia applied for eight funding projects, six were approved. Of the six, three are within the 12th Senatorial District.
“My colleague and I have been diligently working for economic projects in our shared district,” said Facemire. “The receipt of these dollars serves to drive Senator Minard and myself to further acquire the financial assistance our towns and communities need and deserve if they are to thrive and grow.”
Receiving funds on behalf of the City of Salem from left to right are:
Kent Rollins, Region VI, Senator Joseph Minard, Governor Jo Manchin
and Senator Douglas Facemire.
Recommended and Fully Funded Projects within the 12th Senate District include:
• $500,000 to the Town of Sutton for a storm drainage line construction along North Hill Road which poses a high risk for flooding and property damage to Sutton Elementary School and a residential section. 72% of the population will benefit from these dollars.
• $500,000 to the City of Salem for acquisition and demolition of four commercial buildings that are creating major flooding problems in the downtown area, creating an impediment to economic development. 59% of the public will be affected.
• $471,539 to the Harrison County Commission so that it may project its focus on residential properties located in Wallace, Wyatt, and New Quarters in the flood plan as well as properties in Beard’s Run, Seminole and Quiet Dell near steep hillsides. This money also will benefit 100% of the residents.
Other Recommended and Fully Funded Projects include:
• $500,000 to the Town of Hambleton to replace the storm drainage line along WV State Route 72, which floods each time it rains because of damage caused during the June 2008 disaster. One hundred percent of residences will be served. 96% of residents will benefit from the project.
• $500,000 to the City of Parsons for construction of a formal storm drainage system to serve residents along Second Street and Battle Street. Public roads and private driveways are being washed our regardless of the “makeshift” remedies. These funds will affect 66% of the population.
• $500,000 to the Calhoun County Commission for the acquisition and demolition of seven residential properties which are blights on a spot basis. The remaining land will be intended for use as parks and other green spaces which enhance the purpose of better and healthy living.
For further information, please contact Senator Joseph M. Minard at 304.357.7904 and Senator Douglas E. Facemire at 304.357.7845
STATE MEAT INSPECTION PROGRAM READY FOR CHANGES IN NATIONAL SYSTEM
The West Virginia Department of Agriculture’s (WVDA) Meat Inspection Program is ready for changes to the meat inspection program by adoption of the Public Health Information System (PHIS), which is expected late this year, according to West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass.
Meat and Poultry Inspection Division (MPID) Director Dr. Robert Pitts says that equipping field inspectors with laptop computers in recent years means they will have the ability to use the same PHIS software that will be used by federal inspectors to conduct inspections.
In the past, the computer system would randomly generate tasks for inspectors to complete on a given day, but those tasks did not always coincide with the daily activities of a particular processing plant. These uncompleted tasks led to “holes” in the dataset.
The new system will allow those tasks to be pushed forward until an appropriate day so that a monthly report can be generated. It will also require more information on inspector findings to show that processors are operating in an acceptable manner.
“When I was first elected agriculture commissioner in 1964, it was apparent to me that many meat distributors saw West Virginia as a dumping ground for inferior products,” Commissioner Douglass said. “I vowed that the WVDA would have a meat inspection program second to none.”
That goal has become a reality. The program has received top marks in USDA reviews over the past three decades, and the program has remained technologically up-to-date. Last year, MPID purchased a polymerase chain reaction machine, which allows rapid genetic testing of samples for pathogens such as E. coli O157:H7 or Listeria monocytogenes in both raw and cooked products.
The state program parallels USDA’s meat inspection system, which mainly oversees plants involved in interstate commerce. State programs such as West Virginia’s fill gaps in the federal program, both in terms of manpower and programming.
“There simply are not enough federal inspectors to cover all the small commercial processing plants out there,” said Dr. Pitts. “Plus, in West Virginia, we provide a great deal of technical assistance in helping plants construct or remodel facilities, develop proper labels and meet pathogen reduction regulations.”
He also noted that USDA does not routinely inspect distributors or custom plants, which typically process animals for the farmers that raised them. Although the state program does not inspect the animals in custom plants as it does in commercial facilities, the state does inspect the facilities quarterly to ensure sanitary conditions. Similarly, distributors are inspected for sanitation, storage temperatures, pest control and product separation.
“This program is really a bargain for West Virginia consumers,” said Commissioner Douglass. “We have a dozen inspectors throughout the state, ensuring safe and wholesome products, and the federal government picks up half the tab.”
GFP - 02.26.2010
Farm & Livestock
Fishing Report - 02.25.10
BURNSVILLE – The lake is at winter pool, and frozen. Fishing is slow. The tailwaters are open and a few walleye have been caught. For more information call Corps of Engineers at 304.853.2398.
STONEWALL JACKSON – The lake is at winter pool, and milky with some ice. Fishing is fair. Before heading to the lake please contact Corps of Engineers at 304.269.7463.
SUMMERSVILLE – The lake is at winter pool and frozen. Fishing is slow. Trout were stocked in the tailwaters on February 2. If you are looking for a back country trout fishing experience hike down in and enjoy. For more information call Corps of Engineers at 304.872.5809.
SUTTON – The lake is at winter pool and frozen. Fishing is slow. Some trout still remain in the tailwaters from the fall trout stockings. Before heading to the lake please call Corps of Engineers at 304.765.2705.
TYGART LAKE – The lake is ice covered and not safe for fishing. Call the Corps of Engineers telephone hotline at 304.265.5953 for the current lake elevation and tailwater conditions. The tailwater temperature is 34 degrees. There are trout and walleyes in the tailwater for hardy anglers. Lots of walleyes have moved into the tailwater during the recent high flows.
CHEAT LAKE – The lake is ice covered and not safe for fishing.
OHIO RIVER (New Cumberland, Pike Island, and Hannibal pools and tailwaters): The mouths of tributaries are good places to fish during the winter, particularly during the winter water conditions. Fish will move into the mouths to escape the current of the main river and conserve energy. Saugers can be very abundant in these areas, particularly if there is a deep hole nearby. The mouth of Fishing Creek below New Martinsville is one of the better wintering areas. The mouth of Fishing Creek can also be a good area for bank anglers to catch hybrid striped bass. Other good areas during high water are Fish Creek, Wheeling Creek, and Buffalo Creek. Heated industrial and power plant discharges also attract hybrids all winter.
MONONGAHELA RIVER – Water levels are normal with ice in some areas. The tailwaters are ice free. Saugers and walleyes usually begin feeding at dusk in the tailwaters but will be active during the day when the water is turbid. The Westover side of the river below the Morgantown lock can be productive during high water conditions. Jigs with minnows are always good baits but 3-inch plastic grubs will also be productive.
Elk River – Winter is an excellent time to pursue muskie, give them a try using large plugs, spinnerbaits and in-line spinners such as the ‘double cowgirl’. But, recently all streams and rivers have been high and muddy. Once the streams come back down try for muskie and walleye using preferred lures (jigs, crankbaits, soft plastics). Walleye will be preparing to spawn over the next month or two, try for them at creek mouths, below shoal areas and near structure. The WVDNR is conducting a muskie study on the Elk River currently. If an angler keeps a muskie with what appears to be a metal tag on the dorsal fin, please contact the district office in Pt. Pleasant immediately (304.675.0871). We would like to gather information (total length = tip of snout to maximum length with the tail fin lobes squeezed together, location of capture, tag number) from the tagged fish. Flyers have been placed at put-ins, and in small tackle/convenient stores along the Elk River in Braxton, Clay, and Kanawha counties. Your participation is much appreciated.
Small Impoundments - Bass, bluegill and catfish are in their winter pattern and most small impoundments are now frozen and unfishable from the shore. Select small impoundments have received spring trout stockings. Check the fishing regulations to determine which small impoundments receive early spring trout stockings.
CENTRAL WEST VIRGINIA
Water levels are normal and clear and lots of streams are iced over. February trout stockings are in full swing this week. It’s a great time of year to catch a big walleye! Give walleye fishing a try this week on the Elk River where tributaries run into the main river. Please remember to buy your 2010 fishing license before heading out to your favorite fishing spot.
WEST-CENTRAL WEST VIRGINIA
Trout have been stocked into several lakes throughout the area, these include Mile Tree Lake in Roane County, Mountwood Park Lake in Wood County, Rollins and Turkey Run lakes in Jackson County, Tracy Lake and Pennsboro Water Supply Reservoir in Ritchie County, and Cedar Creek State Park Ponds in Gilmer County. In February Conaway Run Lake in Tyler County will receive trout, and Mountwood and Rollins lakes will receive a second stocking. Trout anglers can use a variety of baits including small worms, mealworms, salmon eggs, cheese, or trout power bait. Lakes may be frozen, and anglers should use caution before venturing out upon frozen lakes. Four inches of new clear ice is the minimum thickness for travel on foot, however there is no such thing as 100 percent safe ice! When lakes are not frozen small spinners, Joe type flies, and trout magnets also work well.
Winter is an excellent time to fish Ohio River Tail-waters, and sauger fishing has been red hot this winter! Anglers fishing below the Belleville and Willow Island dams are catching sauger, walleye, and a few other species. Riggs using suspended minnows or lead headed jigs with twister tails (white or chartreuses), which are fished along the bottom, are the lure of choice. When the river is running high and muddy clever anglers are tipping their jig hooks with minnows. Best spots to fish these areas include eddies and back-current sections, and anywhere that river flows are unusual slow. Warm water discharges associated with industrial facilities hold fish in the winter along the Ohio River. Best bet for lures here include crank baits and rubber jigs. Expect to catch white bass, hybrid striped bass and a few other species at these hot spots.
Winter fishing for largemouth bass can be good during warm sunny days in area lakes. Slowly fished rubber worms or jig-and-pig combos are good terminal tackle choices. Area lakes with good winter bass angling opportunities include Mountwood in Wood County, Conaway Run in Tyler County, Charles Fork in Roane County, North Bend Lake in Ritchie County, and Elk Fork and O’Brien lakes in Jackson County.
Musky streams are expected to be fishable this weekend. Winter musky anglers use medium to large lures, and they concentrate their fishing efforts around brush piles or other areas of good cover. Middle Island Creek, the major streams in the Hughes River system, and the Little Kanawha River are good area musky waters.
Trout Stockings This Week
February 25, 2010
• Middle Fork River
• Poorhouse Pond
• South Branch (Smoke Hole)
• Teter Creek Lake
February 24, 2010
• Burnsville Tailwaters
• Chief Logan Pond
• Elk River
• Hills Creek
• Jimmy Lewis Lake
• Kimsey Run Lake
• Laurel Fork Lake
• Little Kanawha Headwaters
• Lost River
• Moores Run
• Pipestem Lake
• Right Fork of Little Kanawha
• Stonewall Jackson Tailwaters
• Sutton Tailwaters
• Trout Run
• Waites Run
• Warden Lake
February 23, 2010
• Big Sandy Creek
• Blaney Hollow & Morgan Run
• Clear Fork of Guy
• Conaway Run Lake
• Coopers Rock Lake
• Dunkard Fork
• Hopkins Fork
• North Fork of Fishing Creek
• Pinnacle Creek (lower)
• Pond Fork
• Right Fork of Middle Fork
• South Branch (Franklin)
• South Fork of Fishing Creek
February 22, 2010
• Berwind Lake
• Bullskin Run
• Camp Creek
• Dry Fork (McDowell)
• East River
• Evitts Run
• Mash Fork
• Opequon Creek
• Rocky Marsh Run
• Tuscarora Creek
SBA (School Building Authority) Working around the Weather
The harsh winter weather has made it difficult for those with the state School Building Authority to review 34 projects under consideration for funding.
The SBA has four staff members who each cover a different area of the state. SBA Executive Director Mark Manchin says they’ve been hampered trying to review the projects under consideration because of snow, snow and more snow.
“It’s impacted my staff (with), obviously, traveling and getting to schools and secondly the fact that schools aren’t in.“
One project in particular has been nearly impossible to reach.
“For example, we’re working very closely with Preston County as they prepare for their bond. We literally can’t get there and they’re facing some major issues there.“
Parts of Preston County are still buried under up to four feet of snow. In the past three weeks, students have only had one full day of class.
Manchin says his staff needs time and relatively good weather to write up their reports at each individual site.
“For new school construction it takes anywhere from two to three days and for a renovation of an existing building or an addition to classrooms probably a day.“
But Manchin stresses, the inclement weather will not put them behind schedule.
“We’ll have all the information by mid-March. Everything will be gathered. And by mid to late March we’ll already start prioritizing those projects.“
The SBA will meet with each county that’s submitted a project on March 22 or 23, 2010 for interviews.
The Authority will announce their final decisions in April.
This year, the SBA has $70 million in funding to allocate.
GFP - 02.26.2010
Bon Appétit: OPEN-FACE CHICKEN SANDWICH WITH ROASTED RED PEPPER AND CHEESE SPREAD
12-ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained and patted dry
8-ounce log goat cheese
4 ounces cream cheese
3 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon hot sauce
Salt and ground black pepper
4 large, thick slices sourdough or other rustic bread
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons butter
4 Peppadew peppers or jarred banana pepper slices, diced
Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
In a food processor, combine the red peppers, goat cheese, cream cheese, garlic, lemon juice, hot sauce, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper.
Process until smooth, scraping the side of the bowl as needed.
The mixture should be thick and spreadable.
Arrange the bread on a baking sheet, then drizzle the slices with the olive oil.
Toast on the oven’s top rack for about 5 minutes, or until just crisp.
Meanwhile, carefully slice each chicken breast horizontally to form 2 thin cutlets.
In a wide, shallow bowl, mix together the flour, garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper.
Dredge each cutlet through the flour mixture, lightly coating both sides.
In a large skillet over medium-high, melt the butter.
Add the cutlets and cook until lightly browned on the bottom, about 4 minutes.
Flip and cook for another 3 minutes, or until cooked through.
To serve, spread a thick smear of the red pepper and cheese mixture over each slice of bread.
Top each with a chicken cutlet, then sprinkle with diced peppers.
Alternatively, you also can prepare this dish as an appetizer by cutting both the bread and chicken into smaller pieces and assembling as directed.
GFP - 02.26.2010
President Obama Nominates GSC Graduate John Foster to Be a U.S. Marshal
President Obama nominated John Foster to be a U.S. Marshal. Foster is a nominee for the Southern District of West Virginia.
John Foster: Nominee for U.S. Marshal, Southern District of West Virginia
John Foster is a Judicial Security Inspector with the United States Marshals Service (USMS) in the Southern District of West Virginia. Since 2007, he has overseen the protection of federal judges, U.S. attorneys, federal public defenders, and other court personnel. He joined the USMS in 1990 as a Deputy U.S. Marshal. From 1985 to 1990, Mr. Foster was a trooper with the West Virginia State Police in Summersville, WV. He is retired from the West Virginia Air National Guard, in which he served from 1980 to 2000. Mr. Foster was awarded a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree from Glenville State College in 1991. He has also earned an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science from the Community College of the Air Force in 1989, and an Associate’s Degree in Political Science from Marshall University in 1986.
Daily Prayer - 02.26.10
Gracious God, I so easily fall prey to patterns of behavior that separate me from you and others.
I want to do the right thing, the good thing, the loving thing, but temptation stalks the rim of my life like a prowling animal.
Before I know it, I’ve fallen into its grasp and begun the downward spiral into what is less than full life.
Help me, God, to see when temptation is trying to cleverly captivate me.
Give me the strength and fortitude to make choices for health and spiritual wholeness.
Keep me faithful in my love for you and faithful to the wonder of being given the gift of life.
I ask this for the sake of your love.
GFP - 02.26.2010
Religion | G-MM™
Vaughn L. Davis
Vaughn L. Davis
Age 75, of Birch River died February 21, 2010 in CAMC-General Division, Charleston. He was born November 27, 1934, a son of the late John L. and Audra Stonestreet Davis. Also preceding him in death were his first wife Wanda L. Martin Davis, daughter Tammy Hissam, and brother Gene Davis.
He was an Army Veteran and an Iron Worker with Union 301, Charleston.
He is survived by his wife Darlene Whytsell Brown Davis; two sons Timothy J. Davis & wife Betsy and Thomas V. Davis & wife Bonnie both of Birch River; one daughters Teresa D. Davis Conrad & husband John of Birch River; one step-son Timothy Lee Brown of Georgia; one step-daughter Pamela Charity of Virginia; son-in-law Alvin Hissam; two brothers Paul Davis of Canfield and William “Bud” Davis of Birch River; one sister Mary Carder of Edmonds, WA; 5 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; and 6 step grandchildren.
Funeral service was held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at the Birch River Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Murphey officiating. Burial was in the Cox Cemetery, Birch River with military graveside rites by American Legion Post 33. Friends called from 6 – 8 PM Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton.
Donations may be made to Birch River Baptist Church, Birch River, WV or American Heart Association, P O Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693.
Funeral arrangements are by Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton.
Martha E. Jones
Martha E. Jones
Age 90 of Macfarlan, WV, passed away February 24, 2010 at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.
She was born November 23, 1919 in Licking County Ohio and was married to Frank Jones on May 23, 1981 who preceded her in death.
Private burial will be in the Saunders Cemetery at Big Springs.
Stump Funeral Home of Grantsville is in charge of the arrangements.
Martha Ellen Brown Sims Jones
Martha Ellen Brown Sims Jones
Age 90, of Macfarlan, died Wednesday, February 24, 2010, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.
She was born in Utica, Ohio, the daughter of the late John and Ruth Tewell Brown.
She was a 1937 graduate of Homer High School, Homer, Ohio, and retired as a housekeeper from Denison University in the 1980s.
Surviving are one sister, Dorothy Brown Troyer of Utica; special friend, Howard “Hawk” Hawkins of Macfarlan; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, J. Allen Sims; her second husband, Franklin D. Jones; two brothers, Robert and Joseph Brown; and one sister, Sara Edwards.
Burial was in Saunders Cemetery, Big Springs. Memorial service will be held Saturday, 1:00 PM, at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Alfred Hickman.
Today is Friday, Feb. 26, the 57th day of 2010. There are 308 days left in the year.
Thought for Today: “There is one thing more powerful than the armies of the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.“ - Victor Hugo (1802-1885).
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Feb. 26, 1940, the United States Air Defense Command was created.
In 1802, French literary giant Victor Hugo was born in Besancon (buhz-an-SOHN’).
In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from exile on the Island of Elba.
In 1870, an experimental air-driven subway, the Beach Pneumatic Transit, opened in New York City for public demonstrations.
In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure establishing Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.
In 1929, President Calvin Coolidge signed a measure establishing Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
In 1945, a midnight curfew on night clubs, bars and other places of entertainment was set to go into effect across the nation.
In 1952, Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that Britain had developed its own atomic bomb.
In 1979, a total solar eclipse cast a moving shadow 175 miles wide from Oregon to North Dakota before moving into Canada.
In 1987, the Tower Commission, which probed the Iran-Contra affair, issued its report, which rebuked President Ronald Reagan for failing to control his national security staff.
In 1993, a bomb built by Islamic extremists exploded in the parking garage of New York’s World Trade Center, killing six people and injuring more than 1,000 others.
Ten years ago:
• Pope John Paul II, concluding a three-day trip to Egypt, visited Mount Sinai, where he prayed for religious tolerance in a garden under the peak revered as the place where Moses received the Ten Commandments.
Five years ago:
• Fifteen months after Japan’s last liftoff ended in a spectacular fireball, an orange and white H-2A rocket blasted off from a remote southern island, carrying a weather and navigation satellite.
• Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak ordered his country’s constitution changed to allow presidential challengers in an upcoming fall election.
• A fragment of granite bearing the name “John” - all that remained of a memorial to the six people killed in the 1993 terror attack on the World Trade Center - was installed as the central piece of a new post-9/11 memorial.
• Former Time magazine editor and U.S. ambassador to Austria, Henry A. Grunwald, died in New York at age 82.
One year ago:
• President Barack Obama laid out his first budget plan, predicting a federal deficit of $1.75 trillion.
• General Motors Corp. posted a $9.6 billion loss for the fourth quarter of 2008.
• The Pentagon, reversing an 18-year-old policy, said it would allow some media coverage of returning war dead, with family approval.
• Former Chicago Bulls player Norm Van Lier died at age 61.
Singer Fats Domino is 82
Country-rock musician Paul Cotton (Poco) is 67
Actor-director Bill Duke is 67
Singer Mitch Ryder is 65
Rock musician Jonathan Cain (Journey) is 60
Singer Michael Bolton is 57
Actor Greg Germann is 52
Democratic National Chairman Tim Kaine is 52
Bandleader John McDaniel is 49
Actress Jennifer Grant is 44
Rock musician Tim Commerford (Audioslave) is 42
Singer Erykah (EHR’-ih-kah) Badu is 39
Rhythm-and-blues singer Rico Wade (Society of Soul) is 38
Olympic gold medal swimmer Jenny Thompson is 37
Rhythm-and-blues singer Kyle Norman (Jagged Edge) is 35
Rock musician Chris Culos (O.A.R.) is 31
Rhythm-and-blues singer Corinne Bailey Rae is 31
Country singer Rodney Hayden is 30
Actress Taylor Dooley is 17
Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Friday 02.26.10
Status of Area Closings and Delays on Friday, February 26, 2010
• Glenville State College: Starting at 10:00 AM
• Braxton County Schools : All Closed
• Calhoun County Schools : —-
• Doddridge County Schools : All Closed
• Gilmer County Schools : All Closed - Faculty on 2-Hour Delay
• Lewis County Schools : All Closed
• Ritchie County Schools : All Closed
Please Send Us Your Closings and Delays
WV Lottery - 02.25.10
GFP - 02.25.2010
PEIA Health Screen Cancellation
The PEIA Health Screening scheduled for Friday February 26, 2010 at Gilmer County High School has been cancelled.
It has not been rescheduled at this time.
~~ Bev Ferguson - RN, Gilmer County School Nurse ~~
WV Hwy 74 Closed Due to Rock Slide
WV Division of Highways’ workers are working on WV highway 74 trying to remove the rock slide that has caused the road to be closed.
The rock slide is about Gilmer – Ritchie County line. Which is between Cox’s Mills and Auburn.
CommunityConcerns™: Hot Monogamy and 4-H?
Gilmer Free Press has received numerous concerns about the issue involving Gilmer County 4-H Extension Service, Glenville State College, Gilmer County Board of Education, and Gilmer County Commission.
• Glenville State College offering a class in Psychology about Love
• Jenny Shirey, the Extension Agent at Gilmer County 4-H Extension Service is involved in teaching the class.
So far, so good, and one cannot see any problems with this.
However, the concerns pointed out to the purchases of series of materials for the class taught at Glenville State College using the 4-H and CEOS funds.
These funds are part of $25,000.00 Levy Funds voted for by Gilmer County Citizens and provided by Gilmer County Board of Education to the Extension Service.
According to The Gilmer Free Press investigations, the following books were purchased from Amazon and approved and paid for by Gilmer County Commission on February 02, 2010:
• Hot Monogamy: Essential Steps to More Passionate, Intimate Lovemaking
• The Truth About Love: The Highs, the Lows, and How You Can Make It Last Forever
• The Power of Commitment: A Guide to Active, Lifelong Love
• Time for a Better Marriage: Training in Marriage Enrichment
• Thera-Band Exercise Bands
The Gilmer Free Press has found the books to be very sexually explicit and adult books at a cost of $329.74, according to amazon.com website.
Now the CommunityConcerns:
• What do these books have to do with the 4-H program which involves young kids?
• Why is the Levy and Gilmer County Board of Education Funds, which are tax-payers’ money, being used for Adult materials?
• Why is a Levy Fund being used to pay for materials for a course taught at Glenville State College?
• Why did Gilmer County Commission approve the payment of invoices for these materials?
• Why is an Extension Agent spending time at college teaching the class while she is getting paid to be at the extension office?
The Gilmer Free Press contacted Jenny Shirey of the Extension Service, John Bennett, Superintendent of Schools, and Larry Chapman, the Gilmer County Commission President for an explanation on this matter.
Only Mr. Chapman responded.
Mr. Chapman voiced his concerns about the matter. He intends to share this concern with the other commissioners, gather all factual information associated with the billing, and speak with the local extension service representatives of which Commissioner Hess is a member.
He noted the extension leadership committee is comprised of honorable volunteers and thought they are planning to have a meeting on Thursday, February, 25, 2010.
Mr. Chapman assured Gilmer Free Press that as soon as his findings are complete, GFP will be contacted with the outcome.
======== Update 02.25.10 10:05 AM - From Mrs. Dorothy Rhoades ===========
Since the School Levy has been in existance, it has provided money to supplement the 4-H program. It was never the intent of the levy to purchase books for an adult class at Glenville State College. If the Extension Agent wants to teach this class on her own time with Glenville State College providing the materials, I see no problem with that. However, I certainly do not believe that School Levy Funds should be used for this purpose. I will be interested in seeing the Gilmer County Commisions explanation for approving this expenditure.
======== Update 02.25.10 12:04 PM - From Mr. Chapman===========
Dorothy Rhoades, Gilmer County Board of Education Member
The next meeting date and time for the Gilmer County Extension Service has been confirmed for 6:30PM tonight February 25 at the Holt House in Glenville. This meeting is open to the public.
======== Update 02.25.10 03:11 PM - From Mr. Bennett ===========
I talked to Jenny Shirey, the Extension Agent and she advised me that the books in question were not purchased with Gilmer County Schools Levy Monies.
John D. Bennett, Superintendent
Glenville State College’s Lady Pioneers make NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Top 10 List
Glenville State College’s Lady Pioneers were named to the D-II Atlantic Region’s list of top 10 teams.
WVIAC women’s teams comprise half of the teams listed.
The other four conference teams sharing the honor are: No. 4 West Liberty, No. 7 Seton Hill, No. 8 Charleston, and No. 10 West Virginia Wesleyan.
The Lady Pioneers entered the list at No. 9.
Four WVIAC men’s teams were named in their respective list.
West Liberty maintains the top spot in the men’s rankings. No. 4 West Virginia State,
No. 6 Fairmont State, and No. 7 Alderson-Broaddus give the WVIAC four teams in the men’s poll.
The NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Basketball Committees update their rankings again March 3, and release their final list of the season during a live web-cast, Sunday, March 7, 2010.
The complete top 10 list of women and men’s Atlantic Region teams are:
Atlantic Region Women:
1.. Gannon, PA (28-0 D-II, 22-0 in-region)
2.. California, PA (19-6 D-II, 19-6 in-region)
3.. Millersville, PA (21-4 D-II, 21-4 in-region)
4.. West Liberty (16-8 D-II, 16-8 in-region)
5.. Virginia State (21-5 D-II, 20-4 in-region)
6.. Bowie State (16-7 D-II, 16-7 in-region)
7.. Seton Hill (19-6 D-II, 19-6 in-region)
8.. Charleston (17-7 D-II, 17-6 in-region)
9.. Glenville State (15-7 D-II, 14-6 in-region)
10. West Virginia Wesleyan (16-8 D-II, 16-8 in-region)
Atlantic Region Men:
1. West Liberty (22-1 D-II, 22-1 in-region)
2. Indiana, PA (20-2 D-II, 20-2 in-region)
3. St. Augustine’s, NC (22-4 D-II, 22-4 in-region)
4. West Virginia State (22-3 D-II, 20-2 in-region)
5. East Stroudsburg, PA (18-4 D-II, 18-4 in-region)
6. Fairmont State (16-4 D-II, 16-4 in-region)
7. Alderson-Broaddus (19-5 D-II, 19-5 in-region)
8. Kutztown, PA (19-5 D-II, 19-5 in-region)
9. Mansfield, PA (15-8 D-II, 14-7 in-region)
10. Mercyhurst, PA (15-8 D-II, 15-8 in-region)
This is the final week of the 2009-10 regular season play, with two games remaining for Glenville’s men and women.
Tonight, Thursday, February 25, 2010the Lady Pioneers host Salem University. Game time is 5:30 PM.
Tip-off time for the men’s game is 7:30 PM.
The season concludes at home Saturday night against visiting West Virginia Wesleyan.
According to the WVIAC website first round play in the annual WVIAC Tournament gets underway Monday, March 01, 201 for the women. First round play is at campus sites.
The men start their elimination rounds a day later, Tuesday, March 02, 2010 at campus sites.
The final eight games for both men and women are played at the Charleston Civics Center. Games there begin Wednesday, according to their website.
The WVIAC Championship finals for men’s and women’s divisions are Saturday, March 06, 2010.
Additional details have yet to be released.
Records listed above are through Sunday, February 21, 2010.
Story compiled from WVIAC news releases and information on its website.
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