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Trinity Ann Seelback

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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

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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

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Ingredients:
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)

Directions:
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.

Daily G-Eye : 03.25.11

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Tornado Storm - 03.23.2011‏


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Stargazing - 03.25.11

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

03.25.11

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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:

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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

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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.

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(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!

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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 wvde.state.wv.us/wvstatebar.

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.

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(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.

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(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

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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.

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(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

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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

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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.

Little Pioneers Football & Cheerleading Golf Tournament – 05.13.11

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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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Allegheny Surveys – Dwayne Matheny
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Continental Petroleum
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Fairgrounds Car Wash
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Hardman’s
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Pizza Hut
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Quick Lube Scott
Ramco Technologies
Rich Gas Station-Glenville
Rite-Aid Pharmacists-Lisa Stewart & Lea Ann Phares
Rockwell Resources
S & R Oil & Gas
SEC Oil & Gas - Ron Stalnaker
Shelly DeMarino Attorney at Law
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For More Information Contact: Roger Stewart at 304.269.3777

Property Tax Valuations Down in WV

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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.

Softball: Lady Pioneers Win against Salem International

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The Lady Pioneers softball team swept the Salem International in a double header on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at Sue Morris Complex in Glenville.

In first game Lady Pioneers won by a score of 10-0 in 5 innings of play.

The Lady Pioneers had their bats working against Salem as they had 12 hits to Salem’s 4.

Meagan Lesser led the Lady Pioneers as she went 2 for 2 with 3 RBI’s and 3 runs scored.

Brittney Handley went 2 for 3 with 3 runs scored while Erin Morgan went 2 for 3 with an RBI and 2 runs scored.

Also for GSC Lacey Williams went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI’s and a run scored.

Meagan Lesser pitched all 5 innings as she allowed 4 hits in the game.

In game two Salem took a quick 9-4 led but the Lady Pioneer battled back in the top of the fifth right before the storm hit to tie it up at 9 apiece as Courtney Rzepka had a 8-4 sacrifice to drive in Lacey Williams.

The second game then went into a rain delay and will be made up at a later date as it is tied 9-9 going into the bottom of the fifth inning.

Glenville State College vs. Salem International University
Mar 23, 2011 at Glenville, WV (Sue Morris Complex)

 
Glenville State 10 (6-12)
 
Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Brittney Handley cf…...  3  3  2  0   1  0  1  0   0
Erin Morgan 2b…........  3  2  2  1   0  0  2  2   0
Megan Lesser dh/p….....  2  3  2  3   2  0  0  1   0
Lacey Williams c…......  4  1  2  2   0  2  0  1   0
Christie Hittel 1b…....  2  0  1  2   1  0  7  0   0
Carly Caldon rf….......  3  0  1  0   0  0  1  0   1
Katelyn Porter lf….....  2  0  0  1   0  0  2  0   0
Brittnay Spencer ss…...  3  0  0  1   0  1  2  2   2
Morgan Scarpellini 3b….  3  1  1  0   0  2  0  1   3
Ally Southall p/dh…....  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals…................ 25 10 11 10   4  5 15  7   6
 
Salem Int. 0
 
Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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NELSON,HALEY cf….......  3  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   2
BROWN,LINSEY 1b….......  2  0  0  0   0  0  6  0   0
WILSON,HAYLEY c….......  2  0  1  0   0  0  5  2   0
MANGOLD,KATIE ss…......  2  0  0  0   0  0  1  3   1
MCGOLDRICK,ANGELA lf…..  2  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
COUTURIER,LISE p…......  2  0  1  0   0  0  0  1   0
HOPKINS,COURTNEY 2b…...  2  0  1  0   0  0  1  0   0
HEALTHER rf…...........  2  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   1
 WILL,LORI pr….........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
WEBB,EMILY 3b….........  2  0  1  0   0  0  1  0   0
Totals…................ 19  0  4  0   0  0 15  6   4
 
Score by Innings                R  H  E
——————————————————————————————————————-
Glenville State….. 203 410 - 10 11  0
Salem Int…........ 000 00X -  0  4  2
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E - WEBB 2. LOB - GSC 6; SIUS 4. 2B - Erin;
Megan; WEBB. SH - Erin; Katelyn.

SB - Brittney H 3; Lacey; Morgan.
 
Glenville State        IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
——————————————————————————————————————————————-
Ally Southall…....  0.0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0
Megan Lesser….....  5.0  4  0  0  0  0 19 19
 
Salem Int.             IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
——————————————————————————————————————————————-
COUTURIER,LISE…...  5.0 11 10 10  4  5 25 31
 
Win - Megan.  Loss - COUTURIER.  Save - None.

Attendance: 45

~~  GSC Sports  ~~

Upcoming Movies - 03.25.11

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Sucker Punch
Opens Friday, March 25, 2011 | Runtime: 2 hr. 0 min.
PG-13 - Thematic material involving sexuality, violence and combat sequences, and for language

“Sucker Punch” is an epic action fantasy that takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, and her incredible adventures blur the lines between what’s real and what is imaginary.She has been locked away against her will, but Babydoll (Emily Browning) has not lost her will to survive. Determined to fight for her freedom, she urges four other young girls -the outspoken Rocket (Jena Malone), the street-smart Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens), the fiercely loyal Amber (Jamie Chung) and the reluctant Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish) -to band together and try to escape their terrible fate at the hands of their captors, Blue (Oscar Isaac), Madam Gorski (Carla Gugino) and the High Roller (Jon Hamm). Led by Babydoll, the girls engage in fantastical warfare against everything from samurais to serpents, with a virtual arsenal at their disposal. Together, they must decide what they are willing to sacrifice in order to stay alive. But with the help of a Wise Man (Scott Glenn), their unbelievable journey - if they succeed - will set them free.

Cast: Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, Oscar Isaac, Carla Gugino, Jon Hamm, Scott Glenn
Director: Zack Snyder
Genres: Psychological DramaFantasy AdventureAdventure

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Opens Friday, March 25, 2011 | Runtime: 1 hr. 36 min.
PG - Some mild rude humor and mischief

Wimpy Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon), now in seventh grade, thinks he has it all together. He has mastered middle school and gotten rid of the Cheese Touch. However, Greg’s older brother, Rodrick (Devon Bostick), is itching to cut him down to size. He gets the perfect opportunity when their mother (Rachael Harris) tries to force the boys to bond. Rodrick may be Greg’s chief tormentor, but he feels his constant pranks are just what his little brother needs to prepare him for life’s hard knocks.

Cast: Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Rachael Harris, Robert Capron, Steve Zahn
Director: David Bowers
Genres: Children’s/FamilyFamily-Oriented Comedy

G-Comm: John Lennon: ‘We’re Only Trying to Get Us Some Peace’

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Drove from Paris to the Amsterdam Hilton, Talking in our beds for a week. The newspaper said, “Say what you doing in bed?” I said, “We’re only trying to get us some peace.” —John Lennon, “The Ballad of John and Yoko” (1969)

It was 1969, and the Vietnam War was raging. Protests, riots and societal turmoil were ripping at the seams of the western world. Into this political furnace stepped the unlikely characters of John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

John and Yoko married in March, checked into the Amsterdam Hilton in Holland for their honeymoon and, to the surprise of many, immediately announced that a “happening” was about to take place in their bed. Holland was permissive, but even the chief of Amsterdam’s vice squad issued a warning to anyone planning to attend. Despite this, 50 news people crowded outside John and Yoko’s hotel room, Suite 902. “These guys were sweating to fight to get in first because they thought we were going to make love in bed. That’s where their minds were at,” Lennon later recalled.

This week marks the 42nd anniversary of John and Yoko’s first infamous bed-in for peace in Amsterdam. Immortalized in the Beatles’ song “The Ballad of John and Yoko,” the bed-ins were much more than sensational media events staged by celebrities for whom the “cause” is politically expedient and risk-free, which we see so much of today. Rather, the bed-ins for peace (and against war) were John and Yoko’s way of taking a moral stand on what they considered to be the issue of their day, and they paid the price for it.

The concept of the bed-ins and their “origins lie in Yoko’s days as a performance artist, and the notion that spectacular public action can be an art form in itself,” writes Paul DuNoyer in We All Shine On (1997). “John, too, was shrewdly aware of how the ‘bed-in’ concept might titillate the press and TV crews with its implicit (though ultimately unfulfilled) promise of sexual exhibitionism.” However, when newsmen entered the room, John and Yoko were sitting in bed, wearing pajamas. And they announced that they would stay in bed for a week as “our protest against all the suffering and violence in the world.” The idea was to use the amazing image that Lennon the Beatle possessed in order to promote peace.

For seven days, starting on March 26, John and Yoko conducted interviews ten hours a day, starting at ten in the morning. In response to their efforts, a media frenzy ensued. “We did the bed-in in Amsterdam just to give people the idea that there are many ways of protest,” Lennon said. “Protest by peace in any way, but peacefully. We think peace is only got by peaceful methods. To fight the establishment with their own weapons is no good because they always win, and they’ve been winning for thousands of years. They know how to play the game of violence.”

One interviewer, however, noted that some were not taking John and Yoko and the bed-ins seriously, saying they were humorous. Lennon replied, “We stand a better chance under that guise, because all the serious people like Martin Luther King and Kennedy and Gandhi got shot.”

Strangely enough, Lennon’s antics raised the ire of both the Left and the Right. Indeed, Lennon’s pacifism seemed misplaced to the Left. As one columnist for the Village Voice wrote, “Lennon would never have achieved enlightenment if thousands of his forbears hadn’t suffered drudgery far worse than protest marches and cared enough about certain ideals—and realities—to risk death for them.”

If the Left was hostile, the establishment press was outraged by the bed-ins. “This must rank as the most self-indulgent demonstration of all time,” one columnist wrote. To John and Yoko, for whom the bed-ins were deeply personal, the stark criticism cut deeply. As Lennon later lamented in “The Ballad of John and Yoko”:

Christ you know it ain’t easy, You know how hard it can be. The way things are going They’re gonna crucify me.

Despite the criticism levied against the bed-ins, they represented an astute exercise in media politics. “John and Yoko rejected the view held by many in the antiwar movement,” writes professor Jan Wiener in Come Together: John Lennon in His Time (1991), “that the newspapers and TV were necessarily and exclusively the instruments of corporate domination of popular consciousness. The two of them sought to work within the mass media, to undermine their basis, to use them, briefly and sporadically, against the system in which they functioned.”

As a media event, the Amsterdam bed-in and subsequent ones held by John and Yoko certainly made headlines, but were they effective in helping the anti-war movement? It was a question that frustrated Lennon to no end. For example, when asked about the success of the bed-ins, an irritated Lennon responded, “Some guy wrote, ‘Now, because of your event in Amsterdam, I’m not joining the RAF, I’m growing my hair.’” And when a skeptical reporter asked whether staying in bed meant anything, Lennon replied, “Imagine if the American army stayed in bed for a week.”

While the first bed-in in Amsterdam was historically significant , the second one in Montreal was musically significant, resulting in one of the great peace anthems of the 20th century when Lennon composed and recorded “Give Peace a Chance” in his hotel room. As DuNoyer writes:

By 1 June John felt he had a powerful peace anthem on his hands, and ordered up a tape machine. Still in bed with Yoko, with a placard behind them proclaiming “Hair Peace”, he invited all his varied guests (including the LSD guru Timothy Leary, comedian Tommy Smothers on guitar, singer Petula Clark, a local rabbi and several members of the Montreal Radha Krishna Temple) to sing along to his new composition. “Give Peace a Chance” was a chugging, repetitive mantra, interspersed with John’s impromptu rapping, a babbled litany of random name-checks (ranging from the novelist Norman Mailer to the English comedian Tommy Cooper) and impatient dismissals of “this-ism, that-ism”. The rapping was a decade ahead of its time. But it was not of primary importance, for this was another of John’s “headline” songs (in the tradition of “All You Need Is Love” and “Power to the People”) whose deliberately simplistic chorus mattered far more.

Years later, Lennon said, “In my heart, I wanted to write something that would take over ‘We Shall Overcome.’” With “Give Peace a Chance,” he succeeded. In fact, within several months of recording the song it was being played on radio stations around the world.

By October of 1969, “Give Peace a Chance” was a universal chant at anti-Vietnam War demonstrations. On November 15, during a peace rally in Washington, DC, the legendary folk singer Pete Seeger led nearly half a million demonstrators in singing “Give Peace a Chance” at the Washington Monument. “The people started swaying their bodies and banners and flags in time,” Seeger later recalled, “several hundred thousand people, parents with their small children on their shoulders. It was a tremendously moving thing.”

Later, Lennon was asked what he thought about that day. “I saw pictures of that Washington demonstration on British TV, with all those people singing it, forever and not stopping,” he said. “It was one of the biggest moments of my life.”

At year’s end, Lennon told interviewer Barry Miles: “There’s a mass of propaganda gone out from those two bed-ins… Every garden party this summer in Britain, every small village everywhere, the winning couple was the kids doing John and Yoko in bed with the posters around… Instead of everybody singing ‘Yeah Yeah Yeah’ they’re just singing ‘Peace’ instead. And I believe in the power of the mantra.”

Just before leaving Great Britain in 1971 to live in America, Lennon told biographer Ray Coleman, “I’d like everyone to remember us with a smile. But, if possible, just as John and Yoko who created world peace forever. The whole of life is a preparation for death. I’m not worried about dying. When we go, we’d like to leave behind a better place.”

“Give Peace a Chance,” the one lasting remnant of the bed-ins, was to enter the world’s consciousness more completely than any other song Lennon wrote. Eleven years after the infamous bed-ins, as tearful mourners gathered outside the Dakota Building on the night of Lennon’s murder, this was the song that they instinctively chose to express their grief and commemorate his life.

When the management at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel heard the news of John Lennon’s death, they turned out all the lights in the building as a mark of respect—that is, with the exception of Suite 902, which shone like a beacon over the city. That room is now a museum of sorts with a collection of books, videos and paraphernalia on both Lennon and the Beatles. And fittingly, on the ceiling are the opening words to “All You Need Is Love”:

There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done. Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung. Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game It’s easy.

~~  By John W. Whitehead ~~

Bon Appétit: Whole Roasted Chicken with Tomato Basil Butter

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Directions:

FOR THE BUTTER:
4 plum tomatoes, cored and quartered
1 small handful fresh thyme sprigs
4 garlic cloves, peeled
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 ounces butter, softened
1/4 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves, chopped

FOR THE CHICKEN:
1 whole organic chicken (about 4 pounds)
2 large carrots, coarsely chopped
2 large celery stalks, coarsely chopped
1 onion, cut into 6 to 8 wedges
1 garlic head, cut horizontally in half
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

ROAST THE TOMATOES:
Preheat the oven to 250F.
Toss the tomatoes, thyme, and garlic on a baking sheet with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
Arrange the tomatoes on a baking sheet and place the thyme and garlic atop the tomatoes.
Roast gently for 2 1/2 hours or until the tomatoes have shrunk and shed most of their water.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

MAKE THE BUTTER:
Place the softened butter in a large bowl and mix with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula for 30 seconds to whip the butter.
Chop the cooled tomatoes and mix them and the basil into the butter until the mixture is well blended.
Season to taste with pepper, then spoon the butter onto a large sheet of plastic wrap or wax paper, forming a log.
Roll into a cylinder that’s about the thickness of a sausage.
Refrigerate until the butter has set, about 1 to 2 hours.

ROAST THE CHICKEN:
Preheat the oven to 375F.
Unwrap the butter and slice it into discs that are about 1/4-inch-thick and set aside.
Beginning at the neck end of the chicken and using your fingers, carefully make a pocket between the flesh and skin of the chicken breasts and the top of the legs.
Gently slide enough of the butter mixture into the pocket under the skin to evenly coat the breasts and legs.
Stuff the cavity of the chicken with half of the carrots, celery, onion, and garlic.
Using butchers’ string, tie the legs of the chicken together or truss the chicken and tuck the wings under the body.
Place the remaining chopped vegetables and garlic into a roasting pan and set the chicken atop the vegetables.
Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
Roast for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until an instant-read meat thermometer placed into the thigh of the chicken reads 165F.
Remove the chicken from the oven and tent it loosely with foil.
Set aside at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes.

TO SERVE:
Remove the fat from the pan juices.
Carve the chicken and arrange it on a serving platter.
Pour the pan juices over the chicken and serve immediately.

Daily G-Eye : 03.24.11

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Sand Fork, WV - 03.23.2011‏


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Stargazing - 03.24.11

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The Moon follows a bright star across the sky in the wee hours tomorrow: Antares, the “heart” of Scorpius.

The Moon itself is actually in the neighboring constellation Ophiuchus, the 13th constellation of the zodiac.


Moon and Antares

The Moon follows a bright star across the sky in the wee hours tomorrow: Antares, the “heart” of Scorpius. They rise around 2 AM, and are low in the south at first light, with orange Antares well to the right of the Moon.

Even though the Moon is close to the scorpion, it’s not actually in Scorpius right now. Instead, it’s in the next constellation over: Ophiuchus, the 13th constellation of the zodiac.

There was a kerfuffle about the zodiac earlier this year. In an interview, an astronomer was explaining how the constellations have shifted relative to the Sun since they were first drawn thousands of years ago. Because of that shift, the Sun doesn’t cross the constellations of the zodiac at the same time of year as it did then.

A lot of people interpreted the remarks to mean that astronomers were getting ready to re-draw the zodiac. That’s just nonsense, though. Earth wobbles on its axis like a spinning top. That changes the dates at which the Sun crosses through the borders of each constellation—a process that never stops.

And the Sun actually crosses 13 constellations, not 12—the 13th is Ophiuchus, the serpent bearer. The amount of time the Sun spends in each constellation depends on the constellation’s width along the Sun’s pathway. So the Sun actually spends more time in Ophiuchus than it does in Scorpius.

So astronomers aren’t changing a thing about the zodiac. Mother Nature handles that all by herself.

Meditation Moment - 03.24.11

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Happy are those who hope in the Lord

Today’s reading provides us with two very poignant images. Lazarus, the beggar, is presented as someone who after a life of isolation, suffering and poverty enjoys the fruits of human destiny in the company of Abraham.

In opposition to this we have an unnamed person who enjoyed a lavish and somewhat self-centred earthly life and now seeks relief from the torment of eternal life.

What do these images say to us about our world today?

How often do we become immersed in values that carry us away from God?

There is always something better on offer—a bigger home, more clothes, a new car.

The point Jesus makes in the parable is clear.

A person’s material and physical circumstances are no measure for God’s eternal grace.

When we share our good fortunes and opportunities with others, we bring joy and happiness to others and to ourselves.


Jeremiah 17:5-10. Happy are they who hope in the Lord—Ps 1:1-4, 6. Luke 16:19-31.


For whether you understand it or not, whether you believe it or not, whether you accept it or not, each and every one of you is a participant in the collective. Whether you think you have agreed to be or not, you are. Your energy ripples out tremendously more than you imagine and is affecting tremendously more than you imagine, and it mingles with every other energy in your reality, in your world. You may view yourselves as one small singular individual that perhaps touches some few individuals that you immediately interact with, but this is incorrect. You are touching throughout your world, whether you know any other individuals objectively or not. This is not to say that you are not participating and that you are not touching; you ARE.

Rev. Larry “Baby Ray” Conrad

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Rev. Larry “Baby Ray” Conrad
Age 62, of Burnsville, danced into heaven March 14, 2011 to meet his Lord and Savior.

He was born July 08, 1948 at Sutton. He is a son of the late Ralph and Thelma Byrne.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Denzil Ray, James Eugene “Spink” and Jackie Hamon; sisters, Francis L. Byrne and Sarah Elizabeth “Libby” Woods.

He worked in law enforcement for 27 years, starting as a policeman for the Town of Burnsville. He served four years as a Clay County Deputy Sheriff and then was elected for two terms as Clay County Sheriff. He later served as a Police Chief for the Town of Clendenin and the Town of Gassaway.

He began in the ministry at the age of 18. He was a United Methodist Pastor of many small community churches in Roane, Clay and Braxton Counties. He touched many lives and guided many souls to the Lord.

He was a Mason.

Surviving, loving and devoted wife, Darlynda Jarrell Conrad; loving sister, Lena Jo Riffle of Burnsville; brother, Eugene Morgan “Butch” Conrad of Youngstown, OH; sons, Zack Conrad and wife, Kate of Cowen and Ryan Prince and wife, Angela of Frametown; daughter, Robyn Ramsey and husband, Josh of Burnsville; three grandchildren, Cayleb Ryan Prince, Raylee Beth Williams and Jessie Lee Ramsey; special niece, Alice Pinyan and several nieces and nephews; special friend, Noble Rollyson.

He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Service was 2:00 PM Sunday, March 20, 2011 at the Gassaway United Methodist Church with Rev. Basil Hensley and Rev. Dewey Tanner officiating.

Burial was in the Little Kanawha Memorial Gardens, Heaters.

Friends called from 6:00 to 9:00 PM Saturday at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Goldie Grace Butcher

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Goldie Grace Butcher
Age 79, formerly of Weston, passed away at 8:30 AM Monday, March 21, 2011, at Davis Memorial Hospital, Elkins.

She had been a resident in Nella’s Nursing Home for the past 8 years.

She was born December 10, 1931, in Lewis County, a daughter of the late Fred Linger and Pearl Marsh Linger.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Thomas E. Butcher; two brothers, James Linger and Andrew Linger; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Homer Butcher Jr. of Weston; one daughter, Terri E. Hawkins and husband Thomas E. of Jane Lew; one granddaughter, Misty Corley and husband Scott of Jane Lew; one grandson, Jason E. Hawkins and wife Janie of Weston; two great-granddaughters, Marrah Corley and Maizie Corley of Jane Lew; one great-grandson, Joshua Hawkins of Weston; and one brother, Bill Linger.

Goldie was a homemaker, but also worked at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in the 1970s then in-home health care before getting alzheimers and suffering many strokes.

She was Baptist by faith.

Friends called from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Wednesday, March 23, at Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Avenue, Weston.

Graveside services will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, March 24, at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Weston.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Goldie to, Alzheimer’s Association, WV Chapter, 1114 Quarrier Street, Charleston, WV 25301-2412.

Vesta Brown Stalnaker

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Vesta Brown Stalnaker
Age 97, of Mineral Wells, died March 22, 2011, at her residence.

She was born June 02, 1913, in Chloe, WV, a daughter of the late Albert and Artie Suttle Brown.

She was a school teacher for 34 years having a master’s degree in elementary education and receiving her degrees from Glenville State and West Virginia University.

She also attended Walnut Methodist Church.

She is survived by her daughter, Norita (Harold) Hilton of Mineral Wells; granddaughter, Trisha Renee Hilton of Parkersburg; and brother, Rector (Helen) Brown of Virginia.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Vada Duffield; and three brothers, Sherman, Shirley and Sheridan Brown.

Services will be 1:00 PM Friday at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg with the Rev. Norman Butler officiating.

Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 PM Thursday at the funeral home.

03.24.11

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Today - March 24, yyyy

Today is Thursday, March 24, the 83rd day of 2011. There are 282 days left in the year.

Thought for Today: “If merely ‘feeling good’ could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience.“ - William James, American psychologist (1842-1910).

Today’s Highlight in History:

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On March 24, 1765, Britain enacted the Quartering Act, requiring American colonists to provide temporary housing to British soldiers.

On this date:

In 1882, German scientist Robert Koch announced in Berlin that he had discovered the bacillus responsible for tuberculosis.

In 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill granting future independence to the Philippines.

In 1944, in occupied Rome, the Nazis executed more than 300 civilians in reprisal for an attack by Italian partisans the day before that had killed 32 German soldiers.

In 1955, the Tennessee Williams play “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” opened on Broadway.

In 1958, rock-and-roll singer Elvis Presley was inducted into the Army in Memphis, Tenn.

In 1976, the president of Argentina, Isabel Peron, was deposed by her country’s military.

In 1980, one of El Salvador’s most respected Roman Catholic Church leaders, Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, was shot to death by a sniper as he celebrated Mass in San Salvador.

In 1989, the supertanker Exxon Valdez ran aground on a reef in Alaska’s Prince William Sound and began leaking 11 million gallons of crude oil.

In 1995, after 20 years, British soldiers stopped routine patrols in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

In 1999, NATO launched airstrikes against Yugoslavia, marking the first time in its 50-year existence that it had ever attacked a sovereign country. Thirty-nine people were killed when fire erupted in the Mont Blanc tunnel in France and burned for two days.

Ten years ago:
•  Three car bombs exploded almost simultaneously in southern Russia, killing some two dozen people in the worst act of terror to hit Russia outside warring Chechnya in months.
•  A Twin Otter plane crashed into a mountainside house on the Caribbean island of St. Barthelemy, killing all 19 people on board and one person on the ground.
•  US skater Michelle Kwan won her fourth World Figure Skating title in Vancouver, British Columbia; Irina Slutskaya of Russia got the silver, and American Sarah Hughes earned the bronze.

Five years ago:
•  Thousands of people across the country protested against legislation cracking down on illegal immigrants.
•  In Selmer, Tenn., Mary Winkler was charged with shooting to death her minister-husband, Matthew Winkler, in the parsonage of their church. (Mary Winkler, who said she’d been abused by her husband, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and received a three-year prison sentence, but was granted probation for most of it.)

One year ago:
•  Keeping a promise he’d made to anti-abortion Democratic lawmakers to assure passage of historic health care legislation, President Barack Obama signed an executive order against using federal funds to pay for elective abortions covered by private insurance.
•  Actor Robert Culp died in Los Angeles at age 79.
•  Singer Johnny Maestro died in Florida at age 70.

Today’s Birthdays:
Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti is 92
Fashion and costume designer Bob Mackie is 72
Actor R. Lee Ermey is 67
Movie director Curtis Hanson is 66
Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire is 64
Rock musician Lee Oskar is 63
Singer Nick Lowe ( LOW - news - people ) is 62
Rock musician Dougie Thomson (Supertramp) is 60
Fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger is 60
Comedian Louie Anderson is 58
Actress Donna Pescow is 57
Actor Robert Carradine is 57
Microsoft ( MSFT - news - people ) CEO Steve Ballmer is 55
Actress Kelly LeBrock is 51
Rhythm-and-blues DJ Rodney “Kool Kollie” Terry (Ghostown DJs) is 50
TV personality Star Jones is 49
Country-rock musician Patterson Hood (Drive-By Truckers) is 47
Actor Peter Jacobson is 46
Rock singer-musician Sharon Corr (The Corrs) is 41
Actress Lara Flynn Boyle is 41
Rapper Maceo (AKA P.A. Pasemaster Mase) is 41
Actor Jim Parsons is 38
Actress Alyson Hannigan is 37
NFL quarterback Peyton Manning is 35
Actress Lake Bell is 32
Rock musician Benj Gershman (O.A.R.) is 31
Actress Keisha Castle-Hughes is 21

WV Lottery - 03.23.11

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7-3-2

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7-5-7-2

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06-15-21-35-38     HB: 18    

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05-15-26-28-32     PB: 09   PowerPlay: x 2  

Normantown Elementary Honor Roll-3rd Nine Weeks – 2010-11

Normantown Elementary School

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Principal’s Honor Roll (4.0)

TYLER MOORE

SUSAN ROBERTS

DELAINEE ROBERTS


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Honor Roll (3.2-3.9)

4TH GRADE

STEVEN COTTRILL

JACCOB KLAPKA

MADISON MOHR

RICHARD PRITT


5TH GRADE

ANTHONY LAGRONE

ASHLEE WHITE

CYNTHIA MURPHY


6TH GRADE

KELCI FRYMYER

RYAN SINGLETON

LUCAS TANNER

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K-9 Unit Search at Gilmer County High School

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A K-9 unit visited Gilmer County High School on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, around 9:30 AM.

The search covered the entire interior of the high school and the parking lot.

However, the classrooms were not searched.

The school was put on a “Code Yellow” lock down.

Students and teachers were confined to their rooms for approximately one hour while the drug dogs were lead through the hallways.

No one could enter or leave the school during that time.

The K-9 unit also went through the parking lot sniffing around students’ cars.

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GCVFD: Thank You - $5000.00 Check Received

On behalf of the Gilmer County Firefighter’s, we would like to send out a big THANK YOU to all who come to Bingo each Monday evening and support the local Fire Departments in Gilmer County.

The $5000.00 check that was presented Monday evening, March 21, 2011, will go toward the upgrade of our SCBA equipment (breathing apparatus) and also help with another equipment needed to help our fire fighters stay safe while serving the citizens of Gilmer County.

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Martin Hess (Member of GCVFD Bingo Committee) presenting a check to
Jack McCartney (Member of GCVFD Finance Committee) in the amount of $5000.00
for the purchase of equipment for the Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department.

We would like to remind everyone in Gilmer County to come out and enjoy an evening of fun with friends and family at the Glenville Fire Station located at 606 West Main Street in Glenville just beside Little Kanawha Medical Center each MONDAY EVENING at 6:00 PM.

~~  Report and Photo by Eric Squires - GCVFD ~~

New Online Project Showcases Stories of Community Development throughout WV

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The Our Mountain State website ourmountainstate.org features audio visual stories of home grown businesses, organizations, and programs that are making a difference in their communities.

The project is a collaborative initiative of the WV Community Development Hub, WV Prevention Resource Center and Dream Catcher Creative.

“Our Mountain State was developed to draw attention to local efforts to bring about community change,” said Beth Campbell of the WV Prevention Resource Center. “Improving the well-being of a community happens through many venues including new businesses, art and cultural projects, volunteer opportunities, and health and wellness programs.”

“Too often, we focus on what is going wrong in our state,” said Kent Spellman, Executive Director of the WV Community Development Hub. “Our Mountain State archives positive stories from across West Virginia, and we hope it will encourage other communities to take action and tell their stories as well.”

Our Mountain State currently profiles initiatives in the following communities:

• Big Ugly (Lincoln County) Step by Step Organization

• Charleston (Kanawha County) Pedaler’s Paradise & Spokes for Folks

• Dunbar (Kanawha County) Kanawha Institute for Social Research & Action

• Fayetteville (Fayette County) Fayette County Farmers Market & Gourmet on the Gorge Catering

• Huntington (Cabell County) Adam Johnson Memorial Run / Huntington Community Gardens Gallery 842 / Trees for Tomorrow Volunteer Group

• Kermit (Mingo County) ABLE Families Non-Profit Organization

• Point Pleasant (Mason County) Main Street

• Princeton (Mercer County) RiffRaff Arts Collective

• Rand (Kanawha County) Rand Caring Center

• Rock Cave (Upshur County) Fish Hawk Acres

• Shinnston (Harrison County) Bocce Pavilion

• Statewide College Summit West Virginia

Additional projects and communities will be chronicled in the future. Ideas for stories may be submitted to “contact@ourmountainstate.org”.

Our Mountain State has been developed with federal funds from a Projects of Regional and National Significance Grant from the U.S. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.

Our Mountain State is the topic of the current episode of Prevention West Virginia, which airs this month through mid-April on several cable channels including Suddenlink Channel 17 (Thursdays at
10:30 AM, 4:30 PM, and 10:30 PM; Fridays at 4:30 AM; and Saturdays at 7:30 PM).

Additional information about Prevention West Virginia is available at www.prevnet.org/preventionwvTV/default.aspx.

~~  By Michele Burnside - WV Prevention Resource Center ~~

FactCheck: County Commissioner Residency Requirements

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There have been several questions and comments about the location of the Gilmer County Commissioner Brian Kennedy’s Residence.

Mr. Kennedy was living in Glenville when he was elected. But since, he has moved to the Normantown area.

Brian has said various times that he spoke with the Secretary of State’s office for confirmation on this prior to moving to his farm in Normantown.

The Gilmer Free Press has learned when the person chooses to run for county commission, they must be residing in the magisterial district of which they are seeking election.  However, nothing is said they have to remain in that district throughout their term.  Obviously upon seeking re-election, the candidate would once again need to be living in the district for which they are seeking office to represent.

The interpretation is based on the following West Virginia Code:


WEST VIRGINIA CODE

§7-1-1b. Legislative findings; qualifications for county commissioners.

(a) The Legislature finds that:

    (1) There is confusion concerning when a candidate for county commission must be a resident of the magisterial district he or she wants to represent;

    (2) The Supreme Court has discussed the residency requirement in several cases and has conflicting interpretations;

    (3) It is imperative that this issue be permanently resolved at the time of filing to ensure the citizens have choice on the ballot;

    (4) It is essential the citizens know they are voting for a person who is qualified to be a candidate; and

    (5) With the expense of holding an election, tax payer moneys should not be wasted of officials who could never serve.

(b) A candidate for the office of county commissioner shall be a resident from the magisterial district for which he or she is seeking election:

    (1) By the last day to file a certificate of announcement pursuant to section seven, article five, chapter three of this code; or

    (2) At the time of his or her appointment by the county executive committee or the chairperson of the county executive committee.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2010 2nd Special Session

Capito to Visit the Area Today

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U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito will be making her way to Lewis and Randolph counties Wednesday, March 23, 2011, to meet with constituents during two stops.

Her tour begins at 9:45 AM Wednesday at the Lewis County Senior Center, where she will participate in “Community Matters.“ During the visit, Capito will accept questions from seniors and address House legislation that may affect seniors.

In a news release, Capito says she thinks the security of retired West Virginians and their access to health care must be protected.

Capito supported legislation to give seniors more flexibility in managing their IRAs and a better plan for the future.

Although there has been debate about the future of the Social Security program,

Capito has opposed its privatization and is “committed to keeping the promise to West Virginia seniors.“

Later that day, Capito is scheduled to arrive at the Elkins Fire Department at 3:00 PM. There, she will tour the fire department, meet with Chief Tom Meader and firefighters, and thank them for their service to keeping local communities safe and secure.

In 2009, Capito was involved with ensuring a $619,638 federal grant in order for the EFD to purchase a new tower truck.

The public is invited to both events.

Gilmer County E.M.S. Board of Directors Meeting - Thursday, 03.24.11

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The Gilmer County E.M.S. Board of Directors will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 5:30 PM.

The meeting will be held at the G.C.O.E.S. building located beside the State road garage.

All public welcomed.

Food Tax Reduction Will Take Effect Next Year

The 1% reduction to West Virginia’s food tax is now set to take effect on January 01, 2012.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signed into law the legislation allowing for that reduction earlier this week.

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The reduction will cost the state $26 million.

“Food is a life necessity and one, I believe, that should be affordable for every individual,“ Governor Tomblin said in a statement.  “I hope this change will assist our seniors and families handle the expense of everyday living more comfortably.“

Approval for the food tax reduction came during the 2011 Regular Legislative Session which wrapped up earlier this month.

There had been a call for the food tax to be completely eliminated at the State House, but there was not enough support from state lawmakers to take that step now.

G-Comm: Riding the Tiger

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Fifty-four rebel Republicans defected from House Speaker John Boehner’s rule this week. The gentleman from Ohio, in what was likely a traumatic moment for him, had to depend on Democrats to pass the Republican stopgap budget bill.

Democratic Whip Representative Steny Hoyer of Maryland told The New York Times that Boehner is “riding a tiger,” then added that the danger with this is winding up inside the tiger’s stomach.

This isn’t Charlie Sheen “tiger blood” bluff talk. This is the reality of politics in Washington.

The Blue Dog Democrats can attest to that fact. They tried to out-do the Republicans and tea partiers by opposing health reform and extending the Bush tax cuts — only to be thanked with defeat at the polls in November.

In truth, Mr. Boehner cannot control the tea party. Like his predecessor, Ms. Pelosi, both major parties have their share of principled partisans. And they are also textbook ideologues.

Like some liberals in my own party (yes, I am a Democrat), tea party Republicans don’t have a political philosophy — they worship at the altar of a political theology. Only some of these guys do not have tossing out heretics in mind — it’s more akin to burning them at the stake.

As many long time observers of Capitol Hill now fully understand, the tea party Republicans are turning the budget bill into a catchall for narrow, special-interest social interests. They are gung-ho on attaching non-germane social legislation such as restricting funding for abortion, Internet neutrality and regulating global warming, to the fiscal year 2011 budget bill.

Their insistence on these measures and so many others are weighing down budget compromises, and slowing negotiations to a snail’s pace. It is now political reality that Boehner will not be able to pass a bill to keep the government running until the end of the fiscal year without some Democrats.

The tea party Republicans loathe what they see as their leader’s amoral approach, and are determined to bleed the government dry. It reminds me of 19th-century physicians who thought blood-letting would cure ailments.

This means the Republican leadership strategy of straddling the line between the tea party and the public’s demands will not work. Let’s look at that strategy.

On budget cuts, it is time to state the obvious. The Republicans put higher taxes on the rich, cuts in defense, and, in essence, cuts in entitlements off the table. They are focusing their energy now on cutting what represents just 12 percent of the budget non-security domestic discretionary.

Many Democrats, including this one, believe the Republicans are not serious about deficit reduction because if they were, they would put everything on the table — closing corporate loopholes, and ending subsidies to special interests, defense and entitlement spending. President Obama must do the same.

So why, you ask, is the GOP not willing to find common ground with Obama and the Democrats? Because they want to dictate where the cuts should come from and not look at the impact that could lead to hurting our economic recovery or throwing more people in the line for unemployment benefits.

Folks, let us face it. They aren’t serious; they’re just playing political games with the economy. It’s called the game of chickens!

This is no time to be playing strategy games. The time has arrived for Speaker Boehner to decide to be a 24/7 campaigner or a statesman.

With Japan reeling economically from its triple disasters and the world economy reflecting that impact on the global market, only serious statesmen will do.

It’s time for the president to call the House speaker and the Senate majority leader over to fashion a serious compromise that helps spur more economic growth that will bring in revenues and help to reduce the federal deficit.

Politics aside, it’s time to call on all our lawmakers to get serious about genuinely working together to pass the fiscal year 2011 budget bill before the end of the month or their next congressional recess.

That means giving as well as taking.

The alternative is more legislative gridlock and the potential for a government shut down, something Boehner says is irresponsible, while the tea party Republicans are almost giddy about the possibility.

Henry Clay, the great orator and statesman, also wears the title “the great compromiser.” He was a senator from the State of Kentucky. Our elected officials in Washington and elsewhere may want to reflect on Mr. Clay’s advice. He said:

“Mr. President, what is a compromise? It is a work of mutual concession — an agreement in which there are reciprocal stipulations — a work in which, for the sake of peace and concord, one party abates his extreme demands in consideration of an abatement of extreme demands by the other party: it is a measure of mutual concession — a measure of mutual sacrifice.”

It’s time for lawmakers to get back to the negotiating table, offer a compromise that involves shared sacrifice from all.

~~  Donna Brazile ~~

Bon Appétit: Spinach Stuffed Shells

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Ingredients:
24 jumbo pasta shells (6 oz)
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
8 oz sliced mushrooms
1 can (14.5 oz) no-salt-added diced tomatoes
1 can (14 oz) artichoke hearts (packed in water), drained and coarsely chopped
1 pkg (10 oz) frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 1/2 C 1% cottage cheese
2 med carrots, shredded
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/8 tsp kosher salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 C shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese (2 oz)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Prepare pasta per package directions (reduce cooking time by 2 to 3 minutes).
Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
Add mushrooms. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
Add tomatoes (with juice) and artichokes.
Cover and simmer 4 minutes.
Combine remaining ingredients except mozzarella in large bowl.
Fill shells with mixture and divide among 8 individual baking dishes coated with cooking spray.
Spoon desired amount of sauce over each.
Cover loosely with foil and bake 20 minutes.
Sprinkle with cheese and bake uncovered 10 minutes or until bubbly.

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Stargazing - 03.23.11

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Antares, the bright orange “heart” of Scorpius, the scorpion, is quite close to the lower left of the Moon in the early morning hours tomorrow.


Lightning Shows III

The next time you find your starship a little low on antimatter, you might want to swoop low over a big thunderstorm. [sfx: storm sounds] A recent discovery shows that some storms generate beams of antimatter that shoot into space at almost the speed of light.

These high-energy particle beams accompany outbursts of gamma rays that appear to be produced by lightning. The strong electric field atop a thunderstorm can create a geyser of electrons. When an electron’s path is deflected by a molecule in the atmosphere, the electron emits a gamma ray. So many electrons shoot from the top of a thunderstorm that they can create a brilliant flash of gamma rays lasting a couple of thousandths of a second.

These flashes were discovered by an orbiting gamma-ray telescope in 1994. Since then, another space telescope has detected more than a hundred of them.

A couple of years ago, the telescope also detected the energy signature of positrons, the antimatter counterparts of electrons. The positrons are produced when gamma rays from a storm pass near the centers of atoms, causing the gamma rays to transform into electrons and positrons. These particles then spiral into space along the lines of Earth’s magnetic field, forming a tightly focused beam.

A small satellite scheduled for launch later this year will study the gamma-ray flashes and their particle-beam offspring, offering new insights into the inner workings of thunderstorms.

NWS: Tornado Watch for the Area – 03.23.11

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED TORNADO WATCH 55 IN EFFECT UNTIL 9:00 PM EDT THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS.

IN WEST VIRGINIA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 34 COUNTIES

IN CENTRAL WEST VIRGINIA

BRAXTON CALHOUN CLAY GILMER JACKSON NICHOLAS ROANE TAYLOR WEBSTER

IN NORTHERN WEST VIRGINIA

BARBOUR DODDRIDGE HARRISON LEWIS RITCHIE TYLER UPSHUR WIRT WOOD

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF… BUCKHANNON… BURNSVILLE… CLARKSBURG… CLAY… FLATWOODS… FLATWOODS… GASSAWAY… GLENVILLE… GRANTSVILLE… HARRISVILLE… PARKERSBURG… PENNSBORO… SPENCER… SUMMERSVILLE… SUTTON… WEST UNION… WESTON.

Meditation Moment - 03.23.11

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‘Anyone who wants to become great among you must be your servant … the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve.’

This sums up the essence of the Christian message.

Surely ‘The Servant Song’ lists the ways we can live out this message today:

Will you let me be your servant? Let me be as Christ to you;
Pray that I may have the grace to let you be my servant, too.
We are pilgrims on a journey, we are travellers on the road;
We are here to help each other. Walk the mile and bear the load.
I will hold the Christ-light for you in the night-time of your fear;
I will hold my hand out to you, speak the peace you long to hear.
I will weep when you are weeping; when you laugh I’ll laugh with you.
I will share your joy and sorrow, till we’ve seen this journey through.


Jeremiah 18:18-20. Save me, O Lord, in your steadfast love—Ps 30(31):5-6, 14-16. Matthew 20:17-28.


Your abundance or lack of it in your experience has nothing to do with what anybody else is doing or having. It has only to do with your perspective. It has only to do with your offering of thought. If you want your fortunes to shift, you have to begin telling a different story.

Hester Elizabeth Curry

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Hester Elizabeth Curry
Age 80, of Mt. Zion, WV, passed away March 22, 2011 at Minnie Hamilton Health System in Grantsville.

She was born May 10, 1930 in Calhoun County, a daughter of the late Andy and Mary West Kight.

She attended the Cherry Fork United Methodist Church, White Pine Community and was a retired cook at the Calhoun County Committee on Aging.

Surviving are four daughters, Micky Hickman (Phillip) of Renick WV, Della Nicholas (Burl) of Mt. Zion, Lynn Morrison (Weldon) of Nobe WV and Bea Robinson (Tim) of Tanner WV; 2 sons, Chip Whipkey (Barb) of Leonardtown MD and Mike Whipkey (Nancy) of Arnoldsburg WV; a brother, Bob Kight (Nadine) of Akron OH; two sisters, Tiny Gardner of Morgantown WV and Betty Gifford of Buckhannon WV; 16 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Whipkey; a daughter Vicky and a son Bobby.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Thursday, March 24 at Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating.

Interment will be in the Kight Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:00 AM Thursday until time of services.

Joseph Lawson Garton

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Joseph Lawson Garton
Age 71, of 166 Sunset Drive Weston passed away on Monday, March 21, 2011 at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born on March 11, 1940: son of the late Hugh Garton and Merle (McCardle) Garton.

On October 23, 1982, he married Alice Jean (Schmac)Garton, who survives.

He is also survived by one daughter: Tammy Jones and husband Rob of Jane Lew and two step sons: Rick Robinson of Weston and Charles Sendling of Atlanta, GA. Also surviving are two grandchildren: Coalton and Morgan Jones, one step grandson: Logan Robinson and one step granddaughter: Ashley Sendling. He is also survived by one sister: Martha Jane Postlewait and husband Ervin of Jane Lew, one sister-in-law: Geraldine Garton and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Garton was preceded in death by two brothers: James and Charles H. Garton.

Mr. Garton retired from the West Virginia Department of Highways as a heavy equipment operator with 30 years of service.

He was a member of the Haleville Union Mission Church of Weston and was an avid camper.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 from 5:00-8:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Pastor William JB Gum officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Broad Run Cemetery of Jane Lew.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for Joseph Larson Garton.

Wanda “Sue” Hoover

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Wanda “Sue” Hoover
Age 77, of Harrisville, WV went home to be with her Lord March 21, 2011, at the Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus, following a serious health condition.

Sue was born April 14, 1933, in Washburn, WV (Ritchie County), a daughter to the late Gilbert Wade and Nellie Jones.

She spent her life as a homemaker for her family, was employed earlier in life at the former Garden Fresh market of Harrisville, and was a long standing member of the King Knob United Methodist Church. Sue truly enjoyed feeding and watching all the birds that visited her many bird feeders, and she loved to cook.

She is survived by her son, Rocky L. Hoover, Harrisville; her grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Marl Burdette “Buck” Hoover; her daughter, Rita Evonne Deem; brothers, Kenneth, Emmett, Howard and Jack, infant brother, Gilbert Jr.; and her sister, Mildred.

Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Friday at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with the Rev. Marsha Plybon officiating.

Burial will follow in the King Knob Cemetery, near Harrisville.

Friends may call 4:00-8:00 PM Thursday and from 11:00 AM-1:0- PM Friday.

03.23.11

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Today - March 23, yyyy

Today is Wednesday, March 23, the 82nd day of 2011. There are 283 days left in the year.

Thought for Today: “What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn’t much better than tedious disease.“ - Alexander Pope, English poet (1688-1744).

Today’s Highlight in History:

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On March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry delivered an address to the Virginia Provincial Convention in which he is said to have declared, “Give me liberty, or give me death!“

On this date:

In 1743, George Frideric Handel’s oratorio “Messiah” had its London premiere.

In 1792, Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 94 in G Major (the “Surprise” symphony) was performed publicly for the first time, in London.

In 1806, explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, having reached the Pacific coast, began their journey back east.

In 1919, Benito Mussolini founded his Fascist political movement in Milan, Italy.

In 1933, the German Reichstag adopted the Enabling Act, which effectively granted Adolf Hitler dictatorial powers.

In 1956, Pakistan became an Islamic republic.

In 1965, America’s first two-person space flight began as Gemini 3 blasted off with astronauts Virgil I. Grissom and John W. Young aboard for a nearly 5-hour flight.

In 1981, the US Supreme Court, in H.L. v. Matheson, ruled that states could require, with some exceptions, parental notification when teenage girls seek abortions.

In 1994, Wayne Gretzky broke Gordie Howe’s National Hockey League career record with his 802nd goal.

In 1996, Taiwan held its first direct presidential elections; incumbent Lee Teng-hui was the victor.

Ten years ago:
•  Russia’s orbiting Mir space station ended its 15-year odyssey with a fiery plunge into the South Pacific.
•  Russia said it was expelling 50 US diplomats in retaliation for the expulsion of 50 Russians by the US Newspaper columnist Rowland Evans died in Washington, D.C., at age 79.
•  Greenpeace International co-founder David McTaggart died in Umbria, Italy, at age 68.

Five years ago:
•  US and British forces freed three Christian peace activists—one Briton and two Canadians—near Baghdad, ending a four-month hostage ordeal that saw an American in the group killed.
•  Police took DNA samples from 46 members of the Duke University lacrosse team after a woman hired to dance for a party charged she’d been raped. (Three players were indicted on charges of attacking the woman, but the rape counts were later dropped and the players exonerated.)
•  Stephane Lambiel of Switzerland won his second straight World Figure Skating Championships title, in Calgary, Alberta.
•  Conductor and opera company director Sarah Caldwell died in Portland, Maine, at age 82.
•  Desmond T. Doss Sr., a conscientious objector whose achievements as a noncombatant earned him a Medal of Honor in World War II, died in Piedmont, Ala., at age 87.

One year ago:
•  Claiming a historic triumph, President Barack Obama signed a $938 billion health care overhaul, declaring “a new season in America.“
•  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met twice with President Obama in an attempt to defuse a spat over Israeli construction in east Jerusalem.
•  The National Football League changed its overtime rules for playoff games.

Today’s Birthdays:
Comedian Marty Allen is 89
Sir Roger Bannister, who broke the 4-minute mile in 1954, is 82
Movie director Mark Rydell is 77
Motorsports Hall of Famer Craig Breedlove is 74
Singer-producer Ric Ocasek is 62
Singer Chaka Khan is 58
Actress Amanda Plummer is 54
Actress Catherine Keener is 52
Actress Hope Davis is 47
Comedian John Pinette is 47
Actor Richard Grieco is 46
Country musician Kevin Griffin (Yankee Grey) is 46
Actress Marin Hinkle is 45
Rock singer-musician Damon Albarn (Blur) is 43
Actress-singer Melissa Errico is 41
Rock musician John Humphrey (The Nixons) is 41
Actress Michelle Monaghan is 35
Actress Keri Russell is 35
Gossip columnist-blogger Perez Hilton is 33
Actress Nicholle Tom is 33
Country singer Paul Martin (Marshall Dyllon) is 33

WV Lottery - 03.22.11

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5-4-2-2

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03-06-09-19-20-22

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01-14-35-50-53     MB: 43   Megaplier: x 4  

Fundraisers for the American Red Cross Grassroots Campaign

Led by Chairperson Darrel Ramsey, five local residents have organized a grassroots “Heros Campaign” for the Mid-Ohio Valley American Red Cross which serves eight counties including Gilmer.

Darrel Ramsey along with co-chairs Niki Ramezan, Lindsey Estep, Nicole Riffle, Tim Swiger, and Meredith Gillett started raising funds on March 10 that benefit Gilmer County. Since this time they have raised approximately $2,500, half of their $5,000 goal.

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(L-R) Leah Dorsey, Roxane Mcatee, Darrel Ramsey, and Niki Ramezan

Last Wednesday and Thursday the chairs made 200 dozen pepperoni rolls and within two days sold them all. Also, last Friday the chairs set up a bake sale in front of United Bank and Family Dollar selling the pepperoni rolls and baked goods. They would like give a big thanks to all who helped prepare the pepperoni rolls, donated a baked good for the sale, purchased food from the sale, and those who gave a donation.

This week on Thursday, March 24th the chairs will be hosting a Premier Design Jewelry Party to benefit the campaign. The event will start at 6:00 PM and be held at the Glenville Elementary School. Anyone wishing to make a pre.order please contact a chair person. This Saturday, March 26th the chairs are going to have two fundraisers. The first is a car wash at the Foodland parking lot starting at 9:00 AM, and the second is a bucket brigade that will be held in various locations in Glenville.

Anyone interested in volunteering with a fundraiser, or making a donation to the American Red Cross please contact a chair person.

Darrel Ramsey 304.462.5190
Niki Ramezan 304.266.8177
Lindsey Estep 304.266.6371
Nicole Riffle 304.462.8448
Tim Swiger 910.787.6798
Meredith Gillett 304.904.1063
Roxane Mcatee 304.904.2017

~~  Report and photo by Justin Brown ~~

Roanoke: Special Election for Governor

West Virginia’s county clerks are spending two days going over election rules, regulations and changes in preparation for the two special gubernatorial elections later this year.

Natalie Tennant, the WV Secretary of State is holding an election seminar at Stonewall Resort in Lewis County.

“We had to have this in March to be able to train before the May election for any new county clerks or any new practices or procedures that need to take place.“

Tennant says county clerks have a lot of things to keep in mind when dealing with a special election.

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Gilmer County officials, Angie Moore and Jean Butcher attended the election seminar
at Stonewall Resort to prepare for the upcoming special gubernatorial election.
(L-R) Angie Moore, Gilmer County Clarks’ Office, WV Secretary of State Natalie Tennant,
and County Clerk Jean Butcher
~~  Photo by John Wolfe ~~

“We do make sure and work with the counties, that they hit their deadlines, that they follow the process and they are able to follow the timelines that take place,” Tennant said.

A County Clerk says a refresher course in election laws is always helpful. But he says even more important is the time the clerks have to sit down and talk to learn from each other.

“We get together and tell war stories and the precincts and problems we may be having. It’s just a big communication conference,” he said.

Tennant says clerks really do learn from one another.

“It’s an exchange for best practices and how one county may encounter a situation that another county might be able to use that same situation to solve a problem or advance its process.“

The seminar will be focusing on when absentee ballots might need to go out.

“We talk about when poll workers have to be chosen and trained. We talk about the different voting machines and update them on that,” according to Tennant.

The special primary election to choose a new governor is set for Saturday, May 14, 2011.

The special general election is Tuesday, October 04, 2011.

Senator Manchin to Visit Braxton County -  “Our Values, Our Priorities”

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) launched a weeklong tour of West Virginia that will focus on “Our Values, Our Priorities.” In a speech at the University of Charleston, he emphasized the need for Washington to face our fiscal reality head-on, to determine this nation’s priorities, and to make the difficult decisions that will solve America’s financial challenges.

“There are some in Washington who believe we can simply ignore the fiscal peril we face as a nation. They are wrong,” Manchin said in remarks prepared for delivery. “I will not tell you that we can have everything we want and that there will be no cuts or sacrifice. That would be a lie. I will not stand here and tell you that figuring out our priorities is easy. It is not.

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“We must get our fiscal house in order. We must be honest about what we value and what we need to spend your tax dollars on, not just what sounds good. We must be willing to make the difficult decisions.”

Senator Manchin announced today that he will vote against raising the debt ceiling unless the vote is linked to a real budget plan that begins to fix this nation’s financial mess.

“We cannot make budgets based on the next election, they must be for the next generation. That is why I will challenge Republicans and Democrats to stand up and confront the fiscal problems we face,” Manchin said.

Senator Manchin also outlined the priorities and values that will guide him through the upcoming budget talks in Washington: creating jobs, strengthening our families, protecting our seniors, growing small businesses, and achieving energy independence. This week, Manchin will travel to 10 counties across West Virginia to talk about these priorities, highlighting a different value each day.


Excerpts of yesterday’s remarks as prepared for delivery:

“If you want to be strong and help other people, you have to be strong yourself.”

“There are some in Washington who believe we can simply ignore the fiscal peril we face as a nation. They are wrong.”

“I will not tell you that we can have everything we want and there will be no cuts or sacrifice. That would be a lie. I will not stand here and tell you that figuring out what priorities are is easy. It is not.”

“We must get our fiscal house in order. We must be honest about what we value and what we need to spend your taxpayer dollars on – not what just sounds good.”

“I have never put together a budget - be it my family’s or as governor - that was based on how much we wanted to spend, but on what we had.”

“That is why I will vote against raising the debt ceiling unless the vote is linked to a real budget plan that begins to fix our fiscal mess. We cannot make budgets based on the next election; they must be based on the next generation.”

“In the coming weeks, we will face many difficult budget decisions. I know it will not be easy. I know that it will take compromise. I know it will be partisan and difficult. I know that everyone will have to give up something and no one will want to relinquish anything. But we cannot ignore the fiscal Titanic of our national debt and deficit.”


Highlights and themes for the week include:

Monday: Creating Jobs: Speech at University of Charleston at 10 AM in Charleston

Tuesday: Taking Care of our Children and Families: Tour of Head Start Facility, 9:45 AM in Dunbar

Wednesday: Keeping our Promises to Seniors: Major Legislative Announcement and Roundtable on Seniors Issues, 10:15 AM in Charleston

Thursday: Supporting Small Businesses: Visits to Main Street in Sutton and Gassaway, “Coffee and Common Sense” Event in Gassaway

Friday: Achieving Energy Independence: Visit to the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown and a Town Hall meeting in Fairmont

 

Details of Braxton County Visit:

Our Values, Our Priorities: Supporting Small Businesses


Visit Main Street in Sutton

When: 8:30 – 9:30 AM
Where: Main Street, Sutton
What: Senator Manchin will visit local businesses on Main Street in Sutton.


Visit Main Street in Gassaway

When: 9:45 – 10:45 AM
Where: Main Street, Gassaway
What: Senator Manchin will visit local businesses on Main Street in Gassaway.


“Coffee and Common Sense” in Gassaway

When: 11 AM-Noon
Where: Red Rooster Café, 602 Elk Street, Gassaway
What: Senator Manchin will host “Coffee and Common Sense” at the Red Rooster Café in Gassaway to hear the concerns and priorities of West Virginians.

WV Student Teacher Accused of Soliciting Sex Online with Girls

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A former student teacher at Philip Barbour High School has been accused of using the Internet to solicit sex from two underage female students.

The Inter-Mountain reports 22-year-old Joshua J. Ware of Canton, Ohio, was arraigned last Friday on two felony counts of sexual child abuse by a custodian or person of trust.

A criminal complaint says authorities were looking into a report that a student had hit Ware.

The student indicated to authorities that Ware was having inappropriate online chats with his sister. Investigators then learned Ware allegedly solicited online sex from two girls.

Investigators took statements from the girls and two other witnesses.

Ware’s attorney didn’t immediately return a telephone message left at her office.

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