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.


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


1Soldier of Love Sade12
2Need You Now Lady Antebellum24
3The E.N.D. The Black Eyed Peas837
4The Fame Lady Gaga769
5Rebirth. Lil Wayne43
6I Dreamed a Dream Susan Boyle913
7The Element of Freedom Alicia Keys56
8Another Round Jaheim32
9Haywire Josh Turner52
10Fearless Taylor Swift1067

TW = This Week   LW = Last Week     WOC = Weeks On Chart

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



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.”

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.

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.

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.



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.
Set aside.
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.

Servings: 4.

WV House and Senate - 02.25.10

In the House, Del. Bonnie Brown is the lead sponsor of a bill to create a state policy that shackling of pregnant inmates can only be allowed in extraordinary circumstances which was endorsed by the Judiciary Committee. The House also passed a bill which paves the way for the Higher Education Policy Commission and the Council for Community and Technical Colleges to move to a new location in South Charleston. And a bill to extend present all-terrain vehicle regulations to include utility terrain vehicles also passed on third reading.

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.

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: 02.26.yyyy

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.

Today’s Birthdays:
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








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 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.
Dorothy Rhoades, Gilmer County Board of Education Member

======== Update 02.25.10 12:04 PM - From Mr. Chapman===========

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.
Drew Moody

WV Magistrates: Common Sense vs. College Degree


The value of real life experiences compared to having a college degree erupted into a heated debate Wednesday in the House of Delegates at the state capitol.

The House passed a bill, 61-37, which will eventually require candidates for county magistrate to have a college degree. The current requirement is a high school education.

Several delegates spoke out for and against the bill. The opponents, like Delegate David Walker, D-Clay, say the bill is unfair.

“We’re going to say to the people of the state of West Virginia just because you are a high school graduate you cannot hold a public office that you desire. I’m appalled,“ Walker said.

Randolph County Delegate Mike Ross told fellow delegates the bill ignores experience gained through commonsense. While Del. Margaret Smith, D-Lewis, said the four magistrates she appears before in her region of the state are excellent and none of them has a college degree.

The bill wouldn’t take effect until 2014 and it would not include current magistrates.

Del. Walker says the House of Delegates is wrong for saying who and who cannot seek public office. “I say if that man with a bachelor’s degree wants to be a magistrate get on the ballot and let the people decide who they want,“ Walker shouted during his floor speech. “Not a legislative body that will eliminate 75% of the people of West Virginia.“

Before the House passed the bill Judiciary Committee Chairman Tim Miley, D-Harrison, told delegates they either value education or they don’t. “There’s an argument floating around here that suggests that commonsense and a college education are mutually exclusive, they’re not, they’re simply not,“ Miley said.

The chairman added that all of West Virginia’s surrounding states, with the exception of Kentucky, require advanced degrees for magistrates. “That’s life,“ Miley said. “Every job has certain requirements that are consistent with the needs and expectations of that job.”

Both the state Supreme Court and county Magistrate’s Association support the bill. It now heads to the state Senate for consideration.

GSC Senior Recital to Be Held This Saturday 02.27.10


Glenville State College students, James D. Messenger and Travis Truax, will perform in their Senior Recital on Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 3:00 PM.

The event is free to the public, and refreshments will be served following the event in the GSC Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

James D. Messenger is a senior Music Education major (pre-k to adult) with a concentration on trumpet. Messenger is from Doddridge County where his parents Jim and Martha Messenger currently reside.

He is involved in many music ensembles at GSC including:
•  Concert Band
•  Marching Band
•  Brass Ensemble
•  Jazz band
•  Percussion Ensemble
•  Choir
•  Chamber Singers

He is also vice-president of MENC (National Association for Music Education) and a member of ACDA (American Choral Directors Association).

Messenger’s set-list for trumpet contains the following:
•  ‘Beautiful Colorado’ by Joseph De Luca,
•  ‘Trumpet Concerto in Eb’ by Joseph Haydn,
•  ‘Musetta’ from ‘La Boheme’ by Giacomo Puccini,
•  ‘Trompett Aria’ by J.  Brouquieres, and
•  ‘Adagio in Sol minore’ by Remo Giazotto

“We work to improve ourselves as musicians the entire time that we are in school, and our senior recital is a chance to prove what we have learned,” said Messenger.

Travis Truax is a senior Music Performance Major with a concentration on tuba. He is from St. Mary’s in Pleasants County. He is a member of the GSC concert band, marching band, brass ensemble, jazz band, and tuba/euphonium ensemble. Truax is also a member of Alpha Xi Omega.

Truax’s set-list for tuba contains the following:
•  ‘Tuba Rhapsody’ by Clare Grundman,
•  ‘Sonata in A Minor’ by Antonio Vivaldi,
•  ‘Sonata for Bass Tuba’ by Thomas Beversdof, and
•  ‘Con Te Partiro’ by Francesco Sartori

“Our goal is to strive to be better musicians, and our senior recital pushes us to try to reach the top,” said Truax.

For more information about this event, contact Fine Arts Department Assistant Sheri Skidmore at “”  or 304.462.4130.

Glenville: Office of Alan B. Mollohan – 02.26.10


First District Congressman Alan B. Mollohan’s Area Representative, Jan Merandi, will be available to visit residents of Gilmer County to discuss with constituents any problems concerning a federal agency or questions or comments regarding legislative concerns.

She will be at the Gilmer County Senior Citizens’ Center from 10:30 AM until 12:30 PM on Friday, February 26, 2010.

Residents are encouraged to visit the Congressman’s aide during this time at the same location the fourth Friday of each month.

Her telephone number in Clarksburg is 304.623.4422.

Clerk of the Gilmer County Commission: Estates - 02.24.10



This day as prescribed by law, Beverly Marks, Clerk of the County Commission of Gilmer County, West Virginia, presented a report showing all the fiduciary and probate orders entered by her in vacation of said Commission, which are as follows:

•  February 3, 2010, Melody F. Davis qualified as Administratrix of the estate of Charles W. Davis, deceased.  Bond posted in the amount of $500.00 with Western Surety Company as her surety.

•  February 5, 2010, Gene H. Miller and Marvin G. Miller qualified as Co-Executors of the Last Will and Testament of Gale Miller, deceased. Bond waived in the will.

•  February 5, 2010, the estate of Margaret L. Moss, deceased, being $100,000.00 or less exclusive of real estate specifically devised and non-probate assets, or there being only one beneficiary of the probate estate, was this day withheld from reference to a Fiduciary Commissioner and remains in the hands of the personal representative for settlement.

•  February 9, 2010, a claim having been filed against the estate of Harriett V. Clegg, deceased, and an objection to the allowance of said claim having been filed by the Executrix of said estate, the estate was this day referred to Stacy Harlow, Fiduciary Commissioner for this Commission, for proof and determination of Claims and settlement of said estate.

•  February 16, 2010, George David. Kemper, qualified as Executor of the Last Will and Testament of George D. Kemper, deceased.  Bond waived in the will.

•  February 18, 2010, Tammy M. King qualified as Executrix of the Last Will and Testament of Roland S. Cole, deceased.  Bond waived in the will.

•  February 22, 2010, the estate of James Lee Hacker, deceased, being $100,000.00 or less exclusive of real estate specifically devised and non-probate assets, or there being only one beneficiary of the probate estate was this day withheld from reference to a Fiduciary Commissioner and remains in the hands of the personal representative for settlement.

•  February 23, 2010, Susan Ellen Hathaway qualified as Executrix of the Last Will and Testament of Bruce Edward Hathaway, deceased. Bond waived in the will.

•  February 23, 2010, Linda Joyce Fisher requested probate of a paper writing purporting to be the Last Will and Testament of Charles Edwin Fisher, deceased.  Probate continued until such time as the depositions for the proof of the said paper writing are properly executed and returned to the clerk.

•  February 24, 2010, the estate of William Jack Bonnett, deceased, being $100,000.00 or less exclusive of real estate specifically devised and non-probate assets, or there being only one beneficiary of the probate estate was this day withheld from reference to a Fiduciary Commissioner and remains in the hands of the personal representative for settlement.

•  February 24, 2010, Timothy B. Butcher qualified as Ancillary Administrator CTA with will annexed of the estate of Jacqueline D. Rudisch, deceased. Bond posted in the amount of $100.00 with R. Terry Butcher as surety.

•  February 25, 2010 John R. Brannon qualified as Administrator of the estate of Donna A. Brannon, deceased.  Bond posted in the amount of $500.00 with Kenneth H. Brannon as surety.

WVDNR: 2009-10 West Virginia’s Trapping Seasons to Close Soon‏


The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources reminds sportsmen and sportswomen that the 2009 – 2010 trapping season for:
•  Raccoon
•  Fox
•  Bobcat
•  Mink
•  Muskrat

ends on February 28, 2010.

The trapping season for Beaver will end on March 31, 2010, and beaver trappers are reminded that it is illegal to set traps other than underwater sets during the month of March.

All beaver and bobcat pelts are required to be checked at an official game checking station within 30 days of the close of their respective seasons. Raccoon, Fox, Mink and Muskrat pelts are not required to be checked at an official game checking station.

Trappers, hunters and fur dealers are reminded that furs shipped out of West Virginia must have a fur shipping tag.  These shipping tags are available at all West Virginia Division of Natural Resources’ District Offices and most game checking stations.

The general public is reminded that now, before the trapping season ends, would be a good time to deal with nuisance muskrat or beaver problems. Trappers may be more likely to assist landowners with nuisance problems while their gear is in working order and pelts are in prime condition.

G-InMyOpinion™: Bullying or Horseplay


I was troubled with one statement that was made at the last meeting of the Gilmer County Board of Education on Monday, February 22, 2010.

An investigative report was given about an alleged bullying incident at Gilmer County High School.

School Superintendent talked with the parent, looked at the reports, tried to get information from the Summit Center, and listened to an audio recording of the phone conversation of the parent with High School officials. When it was reported about a video tape of one of the incidences involving the student’s wrist being cut, the superintendent said he did not think there was any bullying action and he called it just NORMAL HORSEPLAY.

In a write-up titled, InMyOpinion: “Bullying” on January 05, 2010, I tried to point out that Bullying is becoming a serious issue and school officials need to take steps to prevent it.

At the time I did it because of several incidences that were reported to Gilmer Free Press. We asked for proof and were shown evidence of such.

Gilmer County Citizens as well as The Gilmer Free Press would like for the issue be addressed. I proposed some steps that Education officials should take to prevent such actions.

People do not report on bullying to make a school look bad, they do it to make the school better.

Some may argue that the current incident was blown out of proportion, but should any amount of bullying be permitted?

I think proper and equal action must be taken against the students who do the bullying, as well as the victim regardless of who they are.

I think the following should explain what bullying is. I have also included the references that one can go to for further explanation. I should note that a poster is displayed at the high school which explains bullying very well.


Bullying is a repeated and ongoing negative action toward one or more students.

These negative actions can be direct, as in verbal or physical contact, facial or other body gestures, or indirect, as in the intentional exclusion or refusal to comply with another person’s wishes.

Bullying occurs when the victim, typically someone viewed as powerless and not retaliatory, is sought out by another, who is characteristically seen as physically powerful or dominant.

Hence, bullying may be simply defined as the act of constant aggression toward another individual who lacks the same power.

Who Are the Victims of Bullying?

•  International and national studies indicate that between 9% and 15% of any student population is a victim of bullying.

•  A U.S. study of more than 15,000 sixth to tenth grade students indicated that 10.6% were victims of bullying.

•  Researchers have found that bullying among adolescents at the school level is extensive.

•  Most victims are identified as physically and socially weaker than their peers.

•  Even though boys and girls are equally at risk of being bullied, several studies report that school boys are more often victimized.

•  Passive victims exhibit reclusive and introverted mannerisms while provocative victims may appear hyperactive, lack concentration, and generally tend to irritate others. Although it may appear that the provocative victim is aggressive, this individual is typically overpowered by the bully and ultimately becomes the victim in the end.

•  Victims of bullying “often look at themselves as failures and feel stupid, ashamed, and unattractive”.

•  Many adolescents think that teasing, name-calling, shoving, and other harmful actions are just playful pranks. This mindset may be reinforced by the adults in their lives.

•  Some adults maintain a belief that students must learn to deal with bullies by themselves (i.e., tough it out). Negative feelings, combined with a mixed array of changes in their bodies, their relationships with their peers and adults, and their emotions increase the risk factors associated with adolescence.

What Coping Mechanisms Are Used by Victims of Bullying?

•  Depression, isolation, low self-esteem, lack of hope, fear, insecurity, and violent or self-destructive behavior are just a few of the mannerisms evident in victims of bullying.

•  Victims of bullying often avoid hallways, restrooms, and even switch schools in an effort to distance themselves from other students. Instead of being visible to others, they will “hang out” in the office, other classrooms, or a secret corner during lunch and break time.

•  Some students will create a map of safe havens and plan a circuitous route through school to escape being victimized.

•  Most victims will not report incidence of bullying.

•  Aggressive victims will internalize the continuous victimization until they can no longer cope. Once they have reached their limit, they resort to violence (i.e., shooting a gun, starting a fire, or becoming bullies themselves). Others may choose self-destructive behaviors such as smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, or taking drugs.

How Can Educators Instill Resiliency-Building Strategies in Victims of Bullying?

To help school victims of bullying break the cycle of despair, it is imperative that the adults in these children’s lives take action. School-wide intervention programs led by caring adults with high expectations and an actively engaging curriculum that includes meaningful literature, collaborative learning, and service learning activities are specific strategies that appear to foster resiliency in victims of bullying.

School-Wide Intervention Programs

Efforts must be used to decrease bullying incidents and improve the social climate of schools.  Programs that advocate the implementation of school policies that include astute observation, clear communication, and consistent protection.

Furthermore, researchers assert that changing school culture requires the active involvement of teachers, administrators, support staff, and volunteers. Every adult must make a commitment toward eradicating incidents of bullying.

High Expectations and Caring Relationships Build Resiliency in Youth

By increasing pro-social bonding, establishing and clearly communicating consistent boundaries, teaching life skills, providing care and support, and offering opportunities for meaningful participation, school personnel can foster support and resiliency for youth in need. Additionally, teachers who notice student interactions and respond immediately to inappropriate behavior, and those who listen carefully and respond thoughtfully, while simultaneously challenging student thinking, demonstrate high expectations in a culture of care.

An actively engaging curriculum that includes meaningful literature, collaborative learning, and service learning fosters resiliency-building in victims of bullying. Connecting the curriculum to student lives promotes in-depth discussion through critical and compassionate thinking.

Furthermore, the use of quality literature that incorporates coping and problem solving strategies is necessary.

By identifying with literary characters’ experiences, victims of bullying can relate these events to their own lives. Since peers are probably the greatest asset for school youth, drawing upon this resource is vital for empowering victims of bullying. Collaborative learning can be a successful strategy for “reconnecting disruptive and alienated students”. Changes in self-esteem, peer perception, and individual social status can lead to a feeling of school connectedness and positive peer relationships—protective factors that can be fostered in every school student. Service learning is also acknowledged as an effective method that supports empowerment, engagement, and the development of community. With each of these protective factors in place, no student is left on the fringe.

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~~  G. Dave Ramezan   ~~

PERSONAL INCOME TAX TIP #2: The Personal Income Tax and Senior Citizens

WV State Tax Commissioner
Christopher G. Morris

West Virginia’s senior citizens’ personal income tax modifications and credits differ from other West Virginia tax modifications.

West Virginia taxpayers must file an annual personal income tax return by April 15th each year for the preceding year. You must file a State income tax return: if you were required to file a federal return; if you were not required to file a federal return, but your West Virginia adjusted gross income is greater than your personal exemption allowance; or to obtain a refund. You may be required to file a return even if you do not owe any tax.

A personal exemption of $2,000 is allowed for each person. The number of your West Virginia personal exemptions are the same as your federal exemptions. A surviving spouse is allowed one additional $2,000 exemption for two taxable years following the year of death of his or her spouse.

Computation of West Virginia taxable income begins with federal adjusted gross income to which specific increases and/or decreases are made. Each taxpayer who is (a) age 65 or older during any part of the taxable year; or (b) permanently and totally disabled may deduct from their federal adjusted gross income up to $8,000 of his/her income received from any source. If a joint return is filed by two qualifying individuals, up to $8,000 of income received by each individual may be deducted.

An individual, regardless of age, may deduct up to $2,000 of benefits received from West Virginia Teachers Retirement System, West Virginia Public Employees Retirement System, Military Retirement and Federal Retirement Systems.

The total amount of any benefit (including survivorship annuities) received from any West Virginia state or local police, deputy sheriff’s or firemen’s retirement system may be deducted.
Military retirees are able to take an additional decreasing modification for military retirement up to $20,000.

Please be aware that social security income is taxable for West Virginia income tax purposes to the extent that the income is includible in your federal adjusted gross income.

Seniors that are eligible for the Homestead Exemption Program administered through their county may be entitled to claim a refundable income tax credit. New this year, Seniors must file a state income tax return to claim the credit. The State Tax Department will not process the credit without the completed return. You should review the information on page 43 of the Personal Income Tax Booklet and publication TSD-411.

New this year, only seniors who are 65 or older and who experienced a property tax increase of at least $300 on their owner-occupied West Virginia home over the past year may qualify for the Senior Citizen Property Tax Deferment if they meet the income criteria. Application and approval must be obtained through their County Assessor to be able to claim the credit. Please see page 9 of the 2009 Personal Income Tax Booklet for more information.

For additional information on tax credits and personal income tax tips for senior citizens, please visit our TSD-413 publication located our web site at

Upcoming Movies - 02.26.10

Cop Out

Opens Friday, February 26, 2010 | Runtime: 1 hr. 50 min.
R- Pervasive language including sexual references, violence and brief sexuality

Two longtime NYPD partners on the trail of a stolen, rare, mint-condition baseball card find themselves up against a merciless, memorabilia-obsessed gangster. Jimmy the veteran detective whose missing collectible is his only hope to pay for his daughter’s upcoming wedding, and Paul is his “partner-against-crime” whose preoccupation with his wife’s alleged infidelity makes it hard for him to keep his eye on the ball.

Cast: Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Seann William Scott, Adam Brody, Kevin Pollak, Guillermo Diaz
Director: Kevin Smith
Genres: Detective Film, Comedy, Police Comedy


The Crazies

Opens Friday, February 26, 2010 | Runtime: 1 hr. 41 min.
R - For bloody violence and language

David Dutten (Timothy Olyphant) is sheriff of Ogden Marsh, a picture-perfect American town with happy, law-abiding citizens. But one night, one of them comes to a school baseball game with a loaded shotgun, ready to kill. Another man burns down his own house…after locking his wife and young son in a closet inside. Within days, the town has transformed into a sickening asylum; people who days ago lived quiet, unremarkable lives have now become depraved, blood-thirsty killers, hiding in the darkness with guns and knives. Sheriff Dutten tries to make sense of what’s happening as the horrific, nonsensical violence escalates. Something is infecting the citizens of Ogden Marsh…with insanity. Now complete anarchy reigns as one by one the townsfolk succumb to an unknown toxin and turn sadistically violent. In an effort to keep the madness contained, the government uses deadly force to close off all access and won’t let anyone in or out – even those uninfected.

Cast: Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell, Danielle Panabaker, Joe Anderson
Director: Breck Eisner
Genres: Horror



Opens Friday, February 26, 2010(limited) | Runtime: 1 hr. 41 min.
R- For drug use and language throughout, violence and sexual content

Bruined and beaten, arm in a sling, neck in a brace, Arthur Poppington sits in front of court-appointed psychologist Ellen Chum. After making her swear to secrecy, Poppington begins to tell the story of his secret life as “Defendor” - yes, that’s an “OR” - spelling is not one of his super powers. By day, Poppington directs traffic around road construction sites, but at night he dons a pair of black tights, a black jersey with a crude “D” duct-taped to his chest, and trawls the streets as his alter ago. As Defendor, Poppington engages in what he believes is a super heroic fight against crime in an attempt to fulfull his unrealized dream of capturing his archrival, Captian Industry - a gun trafficking crime lord who Poppington mistankenly believes is responsible for the death of his mother. Defendor’s problems with the law begin with his intervention in a trick gone bad. When coming to the aid of Katerina Debrofkowitz, an underage prostitute, Defendor tangles with her pimp, Chuck Dooney - a crooked undercover cop. By doing so, Defendor bumbles his way into a criminal underwold, and the stage is set for a showdown with Captain Industry.

Genres: Comedy and Drama


The Yellow Handkerchief

Opens Friday, February 26, 2010(limited) | Runtime: 1 hr. 42 min.
PG-13 - For sexual content, some violence, language and thematic elements.

Brett Hanson is an ex-convict, just released from prison after serving six years for manslaughter and now adrift in a world of new freedoms and responsibilities. Finding initial difficulties in reconciling himself to a troubled past, Brett crosses paths with lonely and troubled teenager Martine and her new ‘ride’ Gordy. The trio head out in the same car and direction—Martine to cut loose and get away from her family, Gordy to get closer to Martine, and Brett who must decide whether he wants to return to his troubled past and an uncertainty with May, the woman that he left behind. Once on the road, the trio find their relationships forging and changing in myriad ways, but it is Brett’s story and his need to reconcile his past to his future that drives the two young people to reassess their own passages as well.

Genres: Drama, Romance and Remake

UPCOMING RELEASES (Dates Subject to Change; Not All Films in All Areas)
February 26: Cop Out, The Crazies, Defendor, The Yellow Handkerchief
March 05: Alice in Wonderland, Brooklyn’s Finest
March 12: Green Zone, Our Family Wedding, Remember Me, She’s Out of My League
March 19: Bounty Hunter, Repo Men, Diary of a Wimpy Kid
March 26: Clash of the Titans, How to Train Your Dragon, I Love You Phillip Morris
April 02: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Furry Vengeance, Last Song, Repo Man, Tyler Perry’s Why Did I get Married Too
April 09: Date Night, The Losers
April 16: Back Up Plan, Death at a Funeral, Kick Ass
April 23: MacGruber, Oceans, Wall Street II
April 30: A Nightmare on Elm Street
May 07: Iron Man II
May 14: Letters to Juliet, Robin Hood, Takers
May 21: Shrek Forever After
May 28: Prince of Persia Sands of Time, Sex and the City II

WV House and Senate - 02.24.10

Bluegrass Saturday Night 02.27.10


Saturday February 27, 2010 beginning at 7:00 PM at the Upper West Fork Park located on Rt. 16 at Chloe, WV.

Featuring: Calhoun Country

No alcohol allowed.

For more information call Sharon Settles at 304.655.8280

Warning about Potential Census Scams


WV Attorney General Darrell McGraw is warning residents to be wary of scams while the 2010 Census is being conducted.

McGraw says tricksters could try to use the census to obtain personal information.

He says authentic census forms don’t ask for

•  Social Security Numbers,
•  Information about Income or
•  Credit card Information

The Census Bureau also doesn’t use the Internet to solicit information.

Census takers have government badges marked with their name, a Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date.

The census begins on Monday, March 01, 2010.

The Beer Tax Has Gone Flat


The House Health and Human Resources Committee Wednesday killed legislation that would have raised the tax on beer to pay for additional substance abuse programs in the state.

Instead, the committee created and passed a new bill that appropriates $25 million from a surplus in Medicaid to fund the programs.

Initially, the legislation raised the tax on a barrel of beer (31 gallons) from the current $5.50 to $19.25. Retailers, beer distributors and wholesalers fought hard against the bill, arguing the tax would have driven up the price of a case of beer by about $2.

The surplus won’t be there for long. According to state budget estimates, the Medicaid surplus will disappear after 2012 and be followed by deficits at least through 2015.

The bill calls for the money to pay for drug and alcohol abuse treatment programs in un-served and under-served areas of the state.

Thirty-five counties have no substance abuse programs.

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