Trinity Ann Seelback


Chelsea Bender and Tyler Seelback of Weston announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, Trinity Ann Seelback, on March 07, 2011, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.
She weighed 7 pounds 3 ounces.

Nathin Rayne Wright


Nathin Rayne Wright was the name chosen for the first child born to Matthew Wright and Ashley Chipps of Ireland.
The little boy was born March 09, 2011, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.
He weighed 8 pounds 7 ounces.
Maternal grandparents are Shawn Chipps of Braxton County and Kerby and Tressa Watson of Ireland.
Paternal grandparents are John and Velvet Fultineer of Lewis County and Matt and Donna Wright of Tyler County.
His mother is employed on the front line at Weston McDonalds.
His father delivers at Pizza Hut.

Bon Appétit: Chicken Soft Tacos with Guacamole


1/4 C plus 2 tbsp vegetable oil, divided
3 cloves garlic, halved
2 sm serrano chile peppers or 1 sm jalapeno, halved
1/2 C loosely packed cilantro
1/3 C freshly squeezed lime juice (about 2 limes)
1 tsp salt, divided
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 1 1/4 lb)
1 lg white onion, sliced 1/4” thick
2 ripe hass avocados
12 corn tortillas (6” size)

Heat 1/4 cup of the oil in small skillet over medium heat.
Add garlic and chile peppers and cook, stirring frequently, until just brown, 1 to 2 minutes.
Process with cilantro, lime juice, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, and black pepper in blender or food processor until smooth.
Put chicken in shallow dish and spread half the garlic mixture over all sides of chicken.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.
Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden but still slightly crunchy, about 5 minutes.
Chop enough of the onion to make 1/4 cup and set aside.
Put rest of onion on a plate.
Save the skillet.
Peel and pit avocados and put flesh in a bowl.
Add reserved chopped onion, remaining garlic mixture, and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt.
Coarsely mash with potato masher or fork.
Return skillet to medium heat and add remaining tablespoon oil.
Lift each breast and let excess marinade drip off.
Discard extra marinade.
Add chicken to hot pan and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.
Brown on one side, about 5 minutes, then flip and finish cooking, 3 or 4 minutes longer.
Remove to cutting board.
Put reserved sliced onion in the skillet to reheat.
Scrape up any brown bits stuck to the bottom of the pan.
Wrap tortillas in damp paper towels and microwave on high 1 minute.
Remove paper towels and keep tortillas warm.
Cut chicken across the grain into 1/4” slices and toss with onion in pan.
Serve with tortillas and guacamole.

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Stargazing - 03.25.11


The brightest star in the night sky has some teeth to it. It’s the Dog Star, Sirius, part of the constellation Canis Major, the big dog.

Sirius is well up in the south at nightfall, with most of the other bright stars of Canis Major stretching below it.

The Big Dog

The brightest star in the night sky has some teeth to it. It’s the Dog Star, Sirius—part of the constellation Canis Major, the big dog. Sirius is well up in the south at nightfall, with most of the other bright stars of Canis Major stretching below it.

Canis Major is one of those rare star patterns in which you can actually see what the constellation is supposed to represent. It’s not as easy to pick out as the scorpion of Scorpius, or even the lion of Leo. But if you look carefully, you should be able to make out a pattern that does resemble a four-legged animal.

The constellation represents one of the hunting dogs of Orion, which is to the upper right of Canis Major during the evening hours. The other is Canis Minor. Both dogs seem to trail their master across the sky.

One interesting sight in Canis Major is a star cluster known as M41. It’s visible to the unaided eye as a faint smudge of light below Sirius. Binoculars or a small telescope reveal a swarm of several dozen stars. They’re all about 2300 light-years away.

To find the big dog, look for Sirius in the south as darkness falls, and in the southwest later on. It outshines all the other stars in the night sky, so it’s easy to find. It twinkles fiercely, especially when it’s low in the sky, blinking from red to green to pure white.

Sirius represents the front of the dog’s body. One of his forelegs stretches to the right, with his body and his hind legs below.

Meditation Moment - 03.25.11


Here I am, here I am. See, I have come to do your will.

The Lord sent the Word as a gentleness.

While unacknowledged in life, the beginnings of a greater thing were done: the death and resurrection of the divine Son.

What is it that in our times asks to be acknowledged?

Lest that rush of greater power crush us as it speaks?

I stand waiting, saying, ‘Here I am, Lord, I come to do your will’. But really this means, ‘Do not test me; I am happy in my home and way of life’.

Or it means: ‘I am tired of being beaten; let me use the stick today.’

Yet if we defer, defer, defer, all freedom is taken from us and history makes the choice instead.

Where once we merely paddled, now we drown: for time is the Lord’s.

Isaiah 7:10-14, 8:10. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will—Ps 39(40):7-11. Hebrews 10:4-10. Luke 1:26-38.

No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.” Helen Keller

Robert L. Kerns


Robert L. Kerns
Age 85, of Parkersburg, passed away March 22, 2011, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus.

He was born August 23, 1925, in Ritchie County, a son of the late Arthur C. and Zelma Michaels Kerns.

Robert was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII. He retired from E.I. DuPont Company after over 30 years of service.

He was a member of Mt. Olivet Lodge 3 AF&AM, and was a longtime member of the Parkview United Methodist Church.

Robert was an avid golfer and talented craftsman.

He is survived by his wife, Edna Hannan Kerns; one daughter, Barbara Morris; one son, David Kerns (Anne), all of Parkersburg; two sisters, Loretta Gates of Belpre and Oleta Williams of Parkersburg; one brother, Dennis Kerns of Parkersburg; three grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Saturday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Green Street, Parkersburg, with the Rev. Kenneth Noland and the Rev. Rick Brown officiating.

Burial will follow at Evergreen North Cemetery.

Vitation is 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 PM Friday at the funeral home.

Johnny L. Riffle


Johnny L. Riffle
Age 72 of Burnsville, WV passed away March 08, 2011 at home after a long illness.

He was born in Braxton County and was a son of the late Francis Thad and Ethel G. Nicholson Riffle.

He is survived by Marilyn Fraley of Burnsville; Sons, Harold Cornell of New York, James Cornell of New York, John “Bucky” Howes of Rosedale, Johnny Lee Howes of Glenville; Daughters, Mary Dennison of Sand Fork, Theressa Riffle of Weston; Sister Alice Riffle of Glenville, Half Sister Mary Ann Howes of Weston; and six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Francis Ray Riffle and Earley James Riffle.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM Saturday March 12 at Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home in Flatwoods, WV with Rev. John Verton officiating.

Burial was in King Cemetery at Copen, WV. Friends called from Noon to 2:00 PM Saturday at the funeral home.

Betty Lou Calhoun


Betty Lou Calhoun
Age 79, passed from this life on March 23, 2011, after many long years of battling cancer.

She was the daughter of the late Burlin “Junky” Gain and the late Bernice Carr Gain of Big Flint, where she was born on October 03, 1931.

She graduated from West Union High School in 1951.

After raising her children she worked for the Dainty Maid Factory, then she became a traveling secretary for the Doddridge County School Systems including the Big Issac, Summers, Smithburg, Carr and West Union Grade Schools, where she eventually became the permanent secretary at W.U.G.S. in 1969 and retired in 1993. After retirement she became part-owner and Vice President of J & J Flowers.

In 1951 she married Jackson Hayes Calhoun and in 1955 they made their home on Rock Run, where she currently resided.

Betty was a member of the West Union Baptist Church.

Betty loved her friends and neighbors and will be remembered by many for her sense of humor, but it was in her husband and family that she found her greatest joy.

Betty is survived by Jack, her husband of 60 years, daughter Jacqueline Dawn Cox and husband Alan Cox of West Union, WV; son Michael H Calhoun of Sprinfield, VA; granddaughter Melanie Ann Cox of West Union, WV; granddaughter Angela Dawn Hayhurst and husband Tony Hayhurst of West Union, WV; great-grandchildren Brandon Lewis Nicholson and Daron Lee Nicholson; step-great-grandchildren Shasta Dawn Hayhurst and Quentin Dallas Hayhurst; and step great-great-grandson Robert James Victor all of West Union, WV.

Funeral services will be held in the Spurgeon Funeral Home 212 Front St. West Union on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 11:00 AM with Reverend Mark Wood and Reverend Samuel Calhoun presiding.

Private interment services will be held at the convenience of the family.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Friday, March 25, 2011 from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM on Saturday until time of service.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Calhoun family.

William David “Billy” Rinehart


William David “Billy” Rinehart
Age 56, of Weston, died March 15, 2011, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

He was born November 18, 1954, a son of the late Channing Keith Rinehart and Mary Virginia Rothlisberger Rinehart, who survives.

Also surviving are four brothers, Joseph C. “Joey” Rinehart and wife Tammy of Weston, Thomas K. “Tommy” Rinehart and wife Roberta of Grantsville, James D. “Jimmy” Rinehart and wife Marilee of Jane Lew, and Robert S. “Bobby” Rinehart of Weston; two sisters, Mary E. “Betsy” McCormick and husband Dwayne of Grantsville, and Patricia A. “Patsy” Freeman of Weston.

One brother, Edward K. “Eddie” Rinehart, is deceased.

Mr. Rinehart was retired from working with Dominion, was a member of the Broad Run Baptist Church, a loving son and brother, he loved the outdoors and was a friend to all.

Friends were received Friday, March 18, at the Morris Funeral Home in Jane Lew from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM Funeral services were held at the Morris Funeral Home Saturday, March 19, at 2:00 PM with Rev. Ron Brown officiating. Burial followed in the Broad Run Cemetery.



Today - March 25, yyyy

Today is Friday, March 25, the 84th day of 2011. There are 281 days left in the year.

Thought for Today: “Scratch a pessimist, and you find often a defender of privilege.“ - Lord Beveridge, British economist (1879-1963).

Today’s Highlight in History:


On March 25, 1911, 146 people, mostly young female immigrants, were killed when fire broke out at the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. in New York.

On this date:

In 1634, English colonists sent by Lord Baltimore arrived in present-day Maryland.

In 1865, during the Civil War, Confederate forces attacked Fort Stedman in Virginia but were forced to withdraw by counterattacking Union troops.

In 1894, Jacob S. Coxey began leading an “army” of unemployed from Massillon, Ohio, to Washington, D.C., to demand help from the federal government.

In 1918, French composer Claude Debussy died in Paris.

In 1947, A coal mine explosion in Centralia, Ill., claimed 111 lives.

In 1957, the Treaty of Rome established the European Economic Community.

In 1965, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led 25,000 marchers to the state capitol in Montgomery, Ala., to protest the denial of voting rights to blacks.

In 1975, King Faisal of Saudi Arabia was shot to death by a nephew with a history of mental illness. (The nephew was beheaded in June 1975.)

In 1990, 87 people, most of them Honduran and Dominican immigrants, were killed when fire raced through an illegal social club in New York City.

In 1991, “Dances With Wolves” won seven Oscars, including best picture, at the 63rd annual Academy Awards.

Ten years ago:
•  At the 73rd Academy Awards, “Gladiator” won best picture; its star, Russell Crowe, won best actor; Julia Roberts won best actress for “Erin Brockovich”; Steven Soderbergh won best director for “Traffic.“

Five years ago:
•  In Los Angeles, half a million people marched to protest federal legislation to make illegal immigration a felony and build more walls along the border.
•  In Seattle, Aaron Kyle Huff opened fire in a house full of ravers, killing six of them before killing himself.
•  Kimmie Meissner won the ladies’ World Figure Skating Championships title in Calgary, Alberta.
•  Country music star Buck Owens died in Bakersfield, Calif., at age 76.
•  Movie director Richard Fleischer died in Woodland Hills, Calif., at age 89.

One year ago:
•  Osama bin Laden threatened in a new message to kill any Americans al-Qaida captured if the US executed Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self-professed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, or other al-Qaida suspects.
•  Defense Secretary Robert Gates approved new rules easing enforcement of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” ban on gays serving openly in the military.
•  Daisuke Takahashi gave Japan its first men’s title at the World Figure Skating Championships in Turin, Italy.

Today’s Birthdays:
Modeling agency founder Eileen Ford is 89
Movie reviewer Gene Shalit is 85
Former astronaut James Lovell is 83
Feminist activist and author Gloria Steinem is 77
Singer Anita Bryant is 71
Singer Aretha Franklin is 69
Actor Paul Michael Glaser is 68
Singer Elton John is 64
Actress Bonnie Bedelia is 63
Actress-comedian Mary Gross is 58
Actor James McDaniel is 53
Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., is 53
Rock musician Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet) is 5
Actress Brenda Strong is 51
Actor Fred Goss is 50
Actor-writer-director John Stockwell is 50
Actress Marcia Cross is 49
Author Kate DiCamillo (Book: “Because of Winn-Dixie ( WINN - news - people )“) is 47
Actress Lisa Gay Hamilton is 47
Actress Sarah Jessica Parker is 46
Former MLB All-Star pitcher Tom Glavine is 45
Olympic bronze medal figure skater Dr. Debi Thomas is 44
Singer Melanie Blatt (All Saints) is 36
Actor Lee Pace is 32
Actor Sean Faris is 29
Auto racer Danica Patrick is 29
Singer Katharine McPhee (“American Idol”) is 27
Singer Jason Castro (“American Idol”) is 24
Actress-singer Aly (AKA Alyson) Michalka (mish-AL’-kah) is 22

WV Lottery - 03.24.11








Gilmer County Residents Student Teaching for GSC

Five Gilmer County residents are currently completing their student teaching internships for Glenville State College.

•  Brittany Dawn Conrad is student teaching in at Gilmer County High School in English (5-Adult) with teacher Tabby Beall and in Math (5-Adult) under teacher Julian Phares.

Dr. Gayle Burkowski, Dr. Joseph Wood, and Mary Bland Strickland are Conrad’s GSC supervisors.

She is the daughter of Kim and Tony Conrad of Orlando.

•  John Mahlon Brown of Glenville is student teaching in Science (5-9) at Braxton County Middle School with cooperating teacher Marthena Bunn and in Math (5-9) under teacher Marinda Locke.

Dr. Joe Evans and Dr. Joseph Wood are Brown’s GSC supervisors.

He is the son of Paul and Carol Brown of Fayetteville.

(L-R) Brianna Lowther, John M. Brown, Brittany Conrad, Stacey Butler, Rebecca Chesser

•  Stacy Lynn Butler is student teaching in Social Studies (5-9) at Gilmer County High School with cooperating teacher Karen McClain and in Elementary Education at Sand Fork Elementary School with teacher Tracy Thorne.

Mary Bland Strickland and Dr. Michael Gherke are Butler’s GSC supervisors.

She and her husband Leon reside in Glenville with their three children.

•  Gilmer County High School Graduate Rebecca Jean Gray Chesser is student teaching in Elementary Education at Normantown Elementary School with teacher Tena Church and in English (5-9) at Ritchie County Middle School with cooperating teacher Sara Doak.

Dr. Shara Curry and Dr. Gayle Burkowski are Chesser’s GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Willard and Connie Gray of Cox’s Mills.

She and her husband Warren reside in Smithville.

•  Brianna Beth Lowther is student teaching in Early Education (PreK-K) at Sand Fork Elementary School with teacher Tonya Stewart and in Elementary Education (K-6) at Glenville Elementary School with teacher Nancy McVaney.

Shelly Ratliff is Lowther’s GSC supervisor.

She is the daughter of Joe and Kim Lowther of Linn.

These students are scheduled to receive their degrees during the 137th Glenville State College Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2011.

Time is Running Out to Win $1000!


Students have until April 01, 2011 to submit their “Righting a Wrong” videos for a chance to will $1000!

The West Virginia State Bar and the West Virginia Department of Education have partnered to offer West Virginia students the chance to win as much as $1,000 for creating a three minute video on “Righting a Wrong” to be placed on YouTube.

The second place finishers win $500, while third place receives $250.

The contest, which is open to West Virginia public school students in grades 6 through 12, gives participants the chance to create a video about a wrong that they would right, an injustice they would correct, or something that they would remedy within the judicial system.

Judging will be broken into a high school and a middle school level.

The creators of the first place videos also will be invited to attend The West Virginia State Bar’s Annual Meeting on April 15, 2011 in Charleston.

Videos will be judge based on originality, creativity, adherence to the theme and overall quality.

Entries must include a parental permission form for those under age of 18.

Submissions will be accepted from February 18 to April 01, 2011.

Students interested in entering the contest can download an application and other forms as well as rules at

Braxton County Residents Student Teaching for GSC

Four Braxton County residents are currently completing their student teaching internships for Glenville State College.

•  Brittany Dawn Conrad is student teaching at Gilmer County High School in English (5-Adult) with teacher Tabby Beall and in Math (5-Adult) under teacher Julian Phares.

Dr. Gayle Burkowski, Dr. Joseph Wood, and Mary Bland Strickland are Conrad’s GSC supervisors.

She is the daughter of Kim and Tony Conrad of Orlando.

(L-R) Sheran Helmick, Brittany Conrad, Megan Facemire, Joseph Evans

•  Joseph Merle Evans is student teaching in Business Education at Gilmer County High School with cooperating teachers Lora Chapman and Sarah Dennison.

Dr. John Taylor and Dr. Kevin Cain are Evans’ GSC supervisors.

He is the son of Mike Evans of Charlotte, North Carolina and Reta Evans of Sutton.

•  Megan Kate Facemire is completing her student teaching in Elementary Education (K-6) at Flatwoods Elementary School with teacher Peggy Squires and in Multi-Categorical Special Education (K-6) at Clay Elementary School with teacher Rebecca Boggs.

Barbara Adams and Tara Cosco are Facemire’s GSC supervisors.

She is the daughter of Diane and Jeffery Facemire of Sutton.

•  Sheran Boone Helmick is student teaching at Flatwoods Elementary School in Early Education (PreK-K) and Elementary Education with cooperating teachers Michelle Wilson and Minnie Coffman.

Shelly Ratliff and Barbara Adams are Helmick’s GSC supervisors.

She and her husband Randy reside in Sutton with their son Ross.

These four students are scheduled to receive their degrees during the 137th Glenville State College Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2011.

Calhoun County Residents Student Teaching for GSC

Two Calhoun County High School graduates are currently completing their student teaching internships for Glenville State College.

•  Jason Michael Cunningham is student teaching in Social Studies (5-Adult) at Calhoun County Middle/High School with cooperating teachers Brandi Richards and Dan Cosgrove.

Dr. Michael Gherke and Dr. Shara Curry are Cunningham’s GSC supervisors.

He is the son of Ralph and Deborah Cunningham of Grantsville.

(L-R) GSC student teachers Angela King and Jason Cunningham

•  Angela Rose King is student teaching in Elementary Education and Early Education (PreK-K) at Arnoldsburg Elementary School with cooperating teachers Shirley Hupp and Renita Benson.

Shelly Ratliff is King’s GSC supervisor.

She is the daughter of Roselee King of Chloe.

King and Cunningham are scheduled to receive their degrees during the 137th Glenville State College Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2011.

AAA: Gasoline Prices Drop More Than Four Cents a Gallon


West Virginia gasoline prices dropped after four straight weeks of increases totaling 44.5 cents.

The average price for a gallon of self-serve, regular unleaded gasoline is $3.576.

According to AAA’s Fuel Gauge, crude oil prices settled up $1.26 at $102.33 per barrel Monday, as the markets worked to analyze a weekend of developments in Libya.

Crude oil prices during the last week have continued to weigh the off-setting impacts of uncertainties to both future supply and future demand.

Last week, Saudi Arabia moved troops into Bahrain to quell protests in the neighboring country, following through on an assurance that it will not allow protestors to disrupt Saudi oil production.

While Bahrain is a minor crude oil producer, analysts viewed the Saudi move as escalating the state of unrest in the oil-rich region — placing upward pressure on the price of crude oil.

At the same time, shutdown of six Japanese refineries in the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami halted 1.4 million barrels per day of crude demand and added to analysts’ concern of a substantial reduction in global demand — placing downward pressure on the price of crude oil.

The remainder of the week saw a market that was subject to a mixed bag of signals engaged in a tug-of-war over prices: continuing violent clashes in Bahrain between protestors and Saudi security forces (upward pressure on crude prices); and further concern over developing crises at Japanese nuclear power plants (downward pressure on crude prices).

These signals included a United Nations’ (UN) decision on Thursday night to approve the enforcement of a no-fly zone in Libya, which immediately sent crude prices soaring as the markets hurried to price in this conflict escalation.

By order of the U.N. Security Council, over the weekend, U.S. and allied forces fired more than 100 missiles into Libya in an attack designed to protect Libyan civilians and enforce a ceasefire.

Additionally, reports of building unrest in Syria and Yemen added to the weekend rally of oil prices and continued to provide support in trading today.

With rapidly changing situations in Japan as well as Northern Africa and the Middle East, it is reasonable to expect the market to continue to shift on daily developments in both regions.

The volatile path of crude oil prices during the last week was accompanied by a relatively stable price of gasoline at the pump.

The current national retail average price for a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline is $3.547. This is down a penny from a week ago, but is up 37.9 cents from a month ago.

This week’s average prices: West Virginia Average = $3.576

Average price during the week of March 15, 2011 = $3.618

Average price during the week of March 23, 2010 = $2.877

Area Gasoline Prices on 03.23.11:

Arnoldsburg = $3.659

Burnsville = $3.619

Glenville =  $3.639

Grantsville =  $3.599

Gassaway =  $3.619

Harrisville = $3.599

Jane Lew = $3.599

Pennsboro =  $3.599

Sutton =  $3.619

Weston =  $3.599

West Union =  $3.599

Ritchie County Residents Student Teaching for GSC

Two Ritchie County residents are currently completing their student teaching internships for Glenville State College.

•  Rebecca Jean Chesser is student teaching in Elementary Education at Normantown Elementary School with teacher Tena Church and in English (5-9) at Ritchie County Middle School with cooperating teacher Sara Doak.

Dr. Shara Curry and Dr. Gayle Burkowski are Chesser’s GSC supervisors.

She is the daughter of Willard and Connie Gray of Cox’s Mills.

She and her husband Warren reside in Smithville.

(L-R) Rebecca Chesser and Betsy Nelson

•  Betsy Marie Nelson is student teaching in Early Education (PreK-K) at Harrisville Elementary School under teacher Kathy White and in Elementary Education at Glenville Elementary School with cooperating teacher Susan Chapman.

Shelly Ratliff is Nelson’s GSC supervisor.

She is the daughter of Denny and Kay Nelson of Nutter Farm.

Chesser and Nelson are scheduled to receive their degrees during the 137th Glenville State College Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2011.

Tomblin Vetoes DMV Fee Hike Bill


West Virginians won’t have to worry about fee hikes at the Division of Motor Vehicles after Governor Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed the bill.

Tomblin nixed the bill Wednesday, concluding it violated the U.S. Constitution’s protection of interstate commerce. That’s because it included language that would provide a fee limit only for in-state auto insurers.

But Tomblin also cited an increase in State Road Fund revenues in rejecting the bill. The measure aimed to hike an array of fees to raise nearly $40 million annually for the road fund.

Tomblin said the improving economy has led to an increase in vehicle purchases and other activity that generates road fund revenue. He also cited the fragile recovery as another reason for Wednesday’s veto.

Growth in Population in North Central and Eastern Counties


The U.S. Census Bureau today released more detailed 2010 Census population totals and demographic characteristics to the governor and leadership of the state legislature in West Virginia.

The official 2010 Census Redistricting Data Summary File can be used to redraw federal, state and local legislative districts under Public Law 94-171.

The census data are used by state officials to realign congressional and state legislative districts in their states, taking into account population shifts since the 2000 Census.

Data for West Virginia show that the five most populous incorporated places and their 2010 Census counts are Charleston, 51,400; Huntington, 49,138; Parkersburg, 31,492, Morgantown, 29,660; and Wheeling, 28,486.

Charleston decreased by 3.8% since the 2000 Census.

Huntington decreased by 4.5%, Parkersburg decreased by 4.9%, Morgantown grew by 10.6%, and Wheeling decreased by 9.3%.

The largest county is Kanawha, with a population of 193,063. Its population decreased by 3.5% since 2000. The other counties in the top five include Berkeley, with a population of 104,169 (increase of 37.2%); Cabell, 96,319 (decrease of 0.5%); Monongalia, 96,189 (increase of 17.5%); and Wood, 86,956 (decrease of 1.2%).

Gilmer County grew by 21.4%, the 3rd-largest gain during the decade, to 8,693. Located in the state’s central region, its jump may stem from the opening of a new federal prison there within the last decade.

The panhandle’s Berkeley County became the state’s 2nd most-populous, with 104,169 residents for a gain of more than 37%. It ranked 6th in 2000. It led the 55 counties in growth over the decade, followed by neighboring Jefferson County at 26.8%. These counties have increasingly become the home of commuters who work in the nearby Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area.

West Virginia remained overwhelmingly white, at nearly 94%, and with just 1.2% of residents describing themselves as Hispanic. But the Eastern Panhandle’s growth also contributed to a rise in the state’s minority population, including an 81.4% increase in the number of Hispanics. Both Berkeley and Jefferson counties have among the state’s highest percentages of blacks, Asians and Hispanics, the 2010 Census found.

But with the possible exception of Maine, which did not have available figures Wednesday, West Virginia has the nation’s lowest percentage of Hispanics. Besides Vermont and possibly Maine, it has the highest percentage of residents who identified themselves as white only.

Still, the ranks for West Virginia’s of African-American residents grew by 10.3%, rising from 3.2% to 3.4% of the overall population. The number of residents of Asian descent increased by 31.5%, but remains below 1% of the total population. Residents who describe themselves as belong to two or more races rose to 1.5% from 0.9%, for a 71.9% gain.

Wednesday’s figures will likely lead to more seats in the state Legislature for Berkeley and Jefferson along with Monongalia County. Its county seat of Morgantown, home of WVU, grew by 10.6%.

Those seats will likely come at the expense of the Northern Panhandle and Kanawha County, which remains the state’s most populous at 193,063 residents but for a drop of 3.5% from 2000. Its county seat, the state capital of Charleston, shrank by 3.8% over the decade to 51,400 but remains West Virginia’s largest city.

The state’s other major cities saw declines as well: Huntington, by 4.5%; Parkersburg, by 4.9%; and Wheeling by 9.3%.

McDowell County, which counted nearly 100,000 residents in 1950 before mechanization swept over the coal industry, experienced the steepest decline between 2000 and 2010. Losing 19.1% of its population, it slipped from 23rd to 31st with 22,113 residents. It’s also home to the state’s 2nd-largest percentage of African-Americans.

The state’s other southern coalfield counties also lost population. All told, West Virginia must redraw its three U.S. House districts. The 3rd District, which includes the coalfields, shed 14,739 people over the decade. The 2nd Districts, which stretches between the Ohio and Potomac rivers and includes the Eastern Panhandle, grew by 45,943 residents. Buoyed by Monongalia County and neighboring Preston County, where the population increased by 14.3%, the 1st District grew by 13,446 residents. But it would still need 1,670 or so more to reach the ideal size for a congressional district, of 617,665 residents.

Monongalia County and Putnam County, which adjoins Kanawha County and saw a 7.6% increase, experienced growth because of migration but also through “natural” means: births outnumbered deaths. For 70% of West Virginia’s counties, that wasn’t the case.

The trend that we see from these numbers will likely continue in the next two decades at least. The majority of West Virginia counties will experience negative natural growth, and that trend will intensify.

The 2010 Census found it had West Virginia’s highest percentages of Hispanics and African-Americans.

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons also built a new facility in Preston County since the 2000 Census.

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Little Pioneers Football & Cheerleading Golf Tournament – 05.13.11


Little Pioneers Football & Cheerleading

Golf Tournament

Four Man Scramble

Friday, May 13, 2011

At The Glenville Golf Club

$50 Per Person To Enter

Lunch Provided by:

Smoke House:  Pork BBQ & Beans
U-Pak:  Buns & Chips
Foodland: Potato Salad, Paper Plates, Napkins & Fork
Go-Mart:  Water, Power Aid

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Property Tax Valuations Down in WV


Property tax valuations in West Virginia have declined for the first time since 1999.

Deputy Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow tells the Charleston Daily Mail that property tax valuations for the fiscal year that begins July 01 will be $55 million less than for the current fiscal year.

State figures show that 25 of West Virginia’s 55 counties will lose tax revenue as a result of the decline. County property taxes are based on the valuations.

Clay County Commission President Jerry Linkinoggor tells the newspaper that his county will lose about $132,000 in property tax revenue.

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