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Gilmer County Family Court Report – 03.12.14

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Family Court Judge Larry Whited appeard in Gilmer county Family Court on Wednesday, March 12, 2014.

He heard 5 cases.

•  He performed a marriage between Carrie Cole and Craig Randolph.

•  One case was dismissed.

•  One case was sent to mediation.

•  One divorce was granted between Deanna Frederick (34) of Glenville, WV and Joseph Frederick (30) of Duck, WV.

•  Another case had a parenting plan and property agreement filed.

•  Another case was referred to another Court for further proceedings.

Teresa Ann McCumbers

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Teresa Ann McCumbers

Age 50, of Rosedale, WV passed away on March 18, 2014 at the Hubbard Hospice House.

She was born May 14, 1963 to the late Cecil Oakes and Janice Eggers Curry Oakes.

She worked for the West Virginia Department of Highways as an equipment operator.

Teresa is survived by her mother; Janice Eggers Curry, TX, daughters; Tiffany Abel, Kristy Craddock, Katie Abel, Haley McCumbers, Amanda Vigil, son; Tyler Coleman, brothers; Jimmy Oakes, Bobby Oakes, sister; Vicky Oakes, grandchildren; Kaylie, Mady, Kayla, Isabel, and Caden.

She is preceded in death by her father; Cecil Oakes, step-father; David Eggers, and granddaughter; Addilynn.

Services for Teresa will be held, Saturday, March 22 at 8:00 PM at the Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV with Rev. Robey Godfrey officiating.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

At Teresa’s request, her body will be cremated after the service.

West Virginians Report ‘Intelligent Fireball’ UFO over Braxton County

A West Virginia Dad in Sutton relates a UFO encounter his daughter and two friends had where a fireball-looking object appeared to move intelligently overhead, according to March 07, 2014, testimony in Case 54493 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The father tells the story from his daughter’s point of view about the event, which occurred about midnight on March 2, 2014. West Virginia MUFON Assistant State Director Dennis Henshaw is investigating.

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The daughter and two friends were on their way to pick up a friend from work when a bright light was first noticed.

“Light was bright enough to see from other lights,“ the witness stated. “Stopped to see what it was and thought it was a meteor. It came down towards a plane, commercial type, and thought it was going to hit it. Fireball stopped as if to let plane pass, and then continued.“

The witness described the object.

“It made a zigzag pass, glowed brighter, and then dimmer. Had tentacles (shafts of light come out from top and bottom), shoot from top and bottom. It dimmed to almost nothing. We thought it was gone and then it came back on and finally disappeared behind the mountain.“

Although no images or videos were included with the MUFON report, which was filed on March 07, 2014, the reporting witness states that one of the friends in the car did record video from a cell phone.

“I was thrilled, scared and praying while watching this. We all were.“

Sutton is a town in Braxton County, WV, population 994. West Virginia has a current UFO Alert Rating of 5 with a low number of recent reports nationally. West Virginia had 3 UFO reports in February 2014 - the 38th highest reporting state - while California had 59 reports - the highest reporting state in the nation.

You can read more details about other recently reported cases at the UFO Examiner home page. The above quotes were edited for clarity. If West Virginia MUFON investigates and reports back on this case, I will post an update. Please report UFO activity to MUFON.com.

~~  Roger Marsh ~~

Audrey Olive Drake

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Audrey Olive Drake

Age 95, of Belfont, Braxton County, WV passed away March 16, 2013 in Jennings, OK.

She was born October 23, 1918 in Clay County, WV a daughter of the late John and Ellie Truman Stockwell.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Frank Drake; sons, Bob Drake, David Drake and Jerry Drake; granddaughter, Lindy Gail; five sisters and four brothers.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Edward and Cynthia Drake of PA; daughters-in-law, Barbara Frame of WV, Canna Drake of WV and Sheila Drake of OK; granddaughters, Dottie, Shelly, Jo Lori, Tara and Haeley; grandsons, Carson, Eric, Michael, Roger, Mark, James, John David “J.D.”, David and Thomas “T.J.”; numerous great grandchildren; good friend, Sue Hall.

Audrey was known as loving, giving Christian woman. She spent the majority of her life in her beloved mountains of West Virginia. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and digging ginseng. Audrey was also known for her beautiful quilt making and delicious homemade apple butter. Her greatest love, pride and joy were her four sons second only to her love of the Lord. Audrey’s favorite pastime was spent sitting on her front porch with family and friends.

She was a member of the Belfont Simpson Baptist Church for 50 years.

Service will be 1 PM Friday, March 21, 2014 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Burial will be in the Perry H. James Memorial Park, Frametown.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

WV Students Recognized by Federal Prosecutors

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U.S. ATTORNEYS BOOTH GOODWIN AND BILL IHLENFELD RECOGNIZE
HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS AS AMBASSADORS FOR JUSTICE

Third annual ceremony lauds students for exceptional character, commitment to social justice
 

United States Attorneys Booth Goodwin, Southern District of West Virginia, and Bill Ihlenfeld, Northern District of West Virginia, today recognized 88 high school juniors from throughout West Virginia as U.S. Attorney’s Ambassadors for Justice.  The afternoon ceremony to honor the recipients took place at the Culture Center in Charleston.  The U.S. Attorney’s Ambassador for Justice program is an initiative co-sponsored by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern and Northern Districts of West Virginia.  It honors high school juniors who have shown outstanding leadership skills and a commitment to social justice. 

Today’s ceremony marked the third time that U.S. Attorney Goodwin has recognized leaders from high schools in the Southern District of West Virginia.  This year, U.S. Attorney Ihlenfeld joined to recognize students from the Northern District of West Virginia as well.

“I am very pleased to honor these remarkable high school juniors from throughout the state of West Virginia as Ambassadors for Justice,”   U.S. Attorney Goodwin said.   “These 88 students have each demonstrated a powerful ethical compass and have shown tremendous leadership.”   Goodwin continued, “ Their ideas and perspectives are invaluable in helping to identify and resolve common and important issues.  These are students who are willing to step forward and do something if one of their peers makes a self-destructive decision or bullies someone else.” 

Goodwin said that he and U.S. Attorney Ihlenfeld share concerns about problems facing young people in West Virginia.  “This isn’t just an award or a title.  This is an ongoing mission for us, for our offices, our communities and for each of these Ambassadors for Justice.  Together, we can exert positive influence in our schools and communities,” said Goodwin.

The U.S. Attorney’s Ambassadors for Justice program was created by U.S. Attorney Goodwin two years ago in response to rising school bullying and social media threats involving young people.  The program was also spurred by a February 2012 school shooting at Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio, in which a student opened fire on his classmates, killing three and wounding two others.  Other episodes involving planned violent attacks by young people that were prevented due to the swift actions of students and school Prevention Resource Officers here in the Southern District of West Virginia have also encouraged U.S. Attorney Goodwin’s initiative.

Nominations to be U.S. Attorney’s Ambassadors for Justice are made by school principals and administrative leaders.  Goodwin said that outstanding character,  devotion to citizenship, and a commitment to serving others are fundamentals for nomination.  This year, 87 high schools in 46 counties in West Virginia nominated 88 outstanding students to be Ambassadors for Justice. 

The 2013 U.S. Attorney’s Ambassadors for Justice are as follows (by county/student name/high school): 
Please note:  Individual photos of each student will be available soon at: www.justice.gov/usao/wvs/AforJ

Barbour County
Karlie Smallwood, Philip Barbour High School Complex

Berkeley County
Jacob Orlando, Martinsburg High School
Tyler Brewster, Musselman High School

Boone County
Cortney Belcher, Van Jr./Sr. High School
Lindsay Collins, Sherman High School
Michael Miller, Scott High School

Braxton County
Logan Frame, Braxton County High School

Brooke County
Paraag Gupta, Brooke High School

Cabell County
Chantz Gould, Cabell Midland High School
Robert Senior, Huntington High School

Calhoun County
Erica Jones, Calhoun Middle/High School

Clay County
Cayla Black, Clay County High School

Doddridge County
Wyatt Ford, Doddridge County High School

Fayette County
Tyler Brandstetter, Meadow Bridge High School
Kaitlyn Akers, Valley High School
Aaliyah Sears, Oak Hill High School
Cody Zackoski, Midland Trail High School

Grant County
Brandon Streets, Union Educational Complex

Greenbrier County
Jordan Tincher, Greenbrier West High School
Allegra Browne, Greenbrier East High School

Hampshire County
John Seldon, Hampshire High School

Hancock County
Brennan Smith, Oak Glen High School

Hardy County
Bekah Mongold, East Hardy High School

Harrison County
Bryan Van Norman, Liberty High School
Joseph Ellis, Notre Dame High School
Megan Talbott, South Harrison High School

Jackson County
James Curry, Ravenswood High School
Matthew Groves, Ripley High School

Kanawha County
Maura James, St. Albans High School
Ian Perry, Riverside High School
Hanna Fuller, Nitro High School
Aric Taylor, Sissonville High School
Logan Shomo, South Charleston High School
Joshua McClung, Herbert Hoover High School
James Lares, George Washington High School
Sarah Clifford, Capital High School

Lincoln County
Mark Neace, Jr., Lincoln County High School

Logan County
Jonathan Collins, Man High School
James Frye, Logan Senior High School

Marion County
Colton Moor, East Fairmont High School
Morgan Pethtel, North Marion High School

Marshall County
Matthew Vucelik, Bishop Donahue High School
Jacqueline Gellner, John Marshall High School

Mason County
Mary Workman, Point Pleasant Jr./Sr. High School
Ja’nae Cundiff, Wahama High School
Charles Mayes, Hannan Jr./Sr. High School

McDowell County
Cody Adair, River View High School

Mercer County
Hayley Parnell, Montcalm High School
Cody Goins, Bluefield High School
Lindsey Masters, PikeView High School
Caleb Robinette, Princeton Senior High School

Mineral County
Micah Beachy, Frankfort High School

Mingo County
Chase Justice, Mingo Central High School
Hayden Sturgell, Tug Valley High School

Monongalia County
Dominic Muttillo, Morgantown High School
John Kolar, University High School

Monroe County
Dillon Bradley, James Monroe High School

Nicholas County
Rebecca Passarella, Nicholas County High School
Shanley Amick, Richwood High School

Ohio County
Colin Kelly, Linsly School
Maria Miller, Wheeling Central Catholic High School
Megan Chacalos, Wheeling Park High School

Pendleton County
Autumn Smith, Pendleton County Middle/High School

Putnam County
Brandon Stone, Winfield High School
John Hathaway, Winfield High School
Daria Seccurro, Hurricane High School
Christian Buckley, Poca High School

Raleigh County
Emily Fedders, Woodrow Wilson High School
Julie Castle, Liberty High School
Josef Heller, Shady Spring High School
Sean Worix, Independence High School

Randolph County
Linsey McCollam, Elkins High School
Luciano Casillas, Pickens Elementary/High School
Hannah Currence, Tygarts Valley Middle/High School

Ritchie County
Nicholas Tate, Ritchie County High School

Roane County
Aaron Roberts, Roane County High School

Taylor County
Athena McMillen, Grafton High School

Tucker County
Morgan Moss, Tucker County High School

Upshur County
Mikinna Poling, Buckhannon Upshur High School

Wayne County
John Newman, Tolsia High School
Taylor Ward, Spring Valley High School

Wetzel County
Soren Shade, Magnolia High School
Craig Allen, Paden City High School
Victoria Smallwood, Valley High School

Wirt County
Elizabeth Adams, Wirt County High School

Wood County
Jessie Pratt, Parkersburg South High School
Jordan Lallemont, Parkersburg High School

Wyoming County
Aerial Deskins, Westside High School

Legislative Update – by – Delegate Brent Boggs - House Majority Leader - 03.17.14

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Last Friday evening, the Legislature concluded work on the FY 2015 budget, passing the conference committee report by a wide margin in both the House and Senate.  During last week’s budget session, a host of negotiations took place in order to facilitate agreement by the conferees, allowing us to meet formally Thursday evening and sign the conference committee document.  Both houses completed work on the budget Friday morning and sent the document to the Governor for his action.

One of the most important inclusions in the FY 2015 budget is an additional $5 million dollars dedicated to in-home care for the Title XIX Aged and Disabled program.  Long underfunded by DHHR, the Senate version of the budget and the Governor’s budget included no additional funding.  I am appreciative of the supportive senators, including Senator Facemire, as Vice Chair of Senate Finance, for his hard work to urge his colleagues to accept the House position on this important appropriation.  Coupled with an additional $1 million in a special session supplemental appropriations bill, the Legislature has set aside funding to eliminate at least half of the aged and disabled waiting list for much needed in-home care.

The $6 million total - if signed by the Governor - will reap multiple benefits.  With a 3 to 1 match from the federal government, it will generate $24 million; create 500 healthcare jobs and add about $40 million in economic activity, according to the WVU Bureau of Business and Economic Research.  Contrary to some reports otherwise, the $5 million is built into the budget and the $1 million from the legislative TRAFFIC account.  It did not come from Attorney General’s office funds.  However, we did expire $9 million from his office for other uses.

Additionally, the Legislature’s budget added $13 million over the Governor’s recommendation for secondary road repair, paving and maintenance; restored multiple cuts to grants to public libraries, domestic violence prevention, and other programs to assist children and families.  We also partially restored cuts to predator control for the Department of Agriculture; added an additional $2 million to the WV State Police, in part to fund additional troopers in the Crimes against Children unit, where on-line perpetrators are preying on our kids.  Funds were also included and increased for the Correctional Training Academy at Glenville.

With the passage in the extended session of the lottery realignment bill (previously HB 4333); additional funds were secured from racetracks and the racing industry to add much needed revenue to next year’s budget, while also favorably increasing our bond – debt ratio.  State employees, teachers and service personnel also received a salary increase.

As Finance Chairman, this was an extremely challenging budget year.  However, we have presented to the Governor a balanced budget.  We did no deficit spending, instead drawing on a small percentage of our state rainy day fund, set aside for just such a purpose already contemplated by the Governor.

Just like any working family that wisely sets aside a portion of earnings for unforeseen circumstances, the amount used from the rainy day fund is not borrowing.  No one went to a bank, Wall Street or any financial institution.  Moreover, we’ve already instituted a plan to replenish the rainy day funds at a faster rate than previously incorporated.  I think that is responsible use of taxpayer funds.

Additionally, the Legislature set up the mechanism for our first ever Future Fund.  Providing certain benchmarks are met, a portion of the increased severance tax on our natural resources will be placed in a fund to benefit our citizens in coming decades.  Had this been done decades ago when coal was booming, West Virginia would have billions saved and available to use for our citizens.  I’m glad to be part of moving in the right direction for future generations.

I’m looking forward to briefing you in the coming weeks on the bills that passed; the ones that failed; and what it all means for the coming year.

Please send your inquiries to the Capitol Office at:  Building 1, Room 462-M, Charleston, WV 25305.  Or, call the Finance Committee office at 304.340.3230; or Jennifer McPherson at 304.340.3942; or, fax to 304.340.3388.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.  For those with Internet access, my e-mail address is: .

You may also obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and leave me a message on the Legislature’s web site at www.legis.state.wv.us/.  When leaving a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional information, including agency links and the state government phone directory, may be found at www.wv.gov. Also, you may follow me on Facebook at “Brent Boggs”, Twitter at “@DelBrentBoggs” , as well as the WV Legislature’s Facebook page at “West Virginia Legislature” or on Twitter at twitter.com/wvlegislature.

Continue to remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  Until next week – take care.

Ola M. Groff

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Ola M. Groff

Age 92, of Sutton, WV passed away at home on March 15, 2014.

She was born October 22, 1921 in Holly, WV, a daughter of the late John William Grimm and Lula Myrtle (Rose) Grimm.

Mrs. Groff in addition to her parents was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Frank Groff and daughter, Marlene Gregory, brothers, Buren, Byron, Boyd, Buell, Bill and Berton Grimm and sisters, Ocie Wilmoth, Ora Eubank and Virgie Skidmore.

Ola is survived by her daughters, Marjorie Singleton and husband Max of Napier, Karen Fox and husband Bob of Ripley, son-in-law, Robert Gregory of Heaters. She is also survived by grandchildren, Linda James, Robyn Stewart and Jim, Tammy Facemire and Doug, Todd Fox and Lisa and Mike Fox and Shawna, great grandchildren, Nathan James, Ian Stewart and Sonya, Heath Stewart and Michele, Joseph Stewart and Terri, Corey, Kayla and Jessica Facemire, Derek, Tyler and Courtney Fox, Carson and Gavin Fox and great great grandchildren, Jadyn, Landon, Ashton and Gabriella Stewart, one brother Berl Grimm of Cleveland, OH and sister-in-law’s, Marie Grimm of Evans, WV, Freda Sonnie of Cleveland, OH and Nell Grimm of Hazard, KY.

Friends may call from 6-8 PM Monday, March 17 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home in Sutton.

Funeral services will be at the funeral home at 11:00 AM Tuesday, March 18 with Rev. Paul Beatty officiating. Burial will follow at the Groff Cemetery.

In Lieu of flowers the family requests donations in memory of Ola to: Hospice Care of Burnsville, P.O. Box 323 Burnsville, WV 26335.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Groff Family.

Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Monday 03.17.14

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Monday, March 17, 2014
Glenville State College
Gilmer County Courthouse
Gilmer County Senior Center
Gilmer County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Braxton County SchoolsAll Closed
Calhoun County SchoolsAll Closed
Doddridge County SchoolsAll Closed
Lewis County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Ritchie County SchoolsAll Closed
Barbour County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Clay County SchoolsAll Closed
Harrison County SchoolsAll Closed
Nicholas County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Pleasants County SchoolsAll Closed
Roane County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Tyler County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Upshur County SchoolsAll Closed
Webster County SchoolsAll Closed
Wirt County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Wood County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed


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West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Announces Public Meetings March 17 and 18, 2014

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The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold 12 public meetings across the state in March to provide hunters, trappers, anglers, landowners and other interested parties an opportunity to review and comment on proposed 2014 hunting regulations for white-tailed deer, wild turkey, black bear and boar, proposed 2015 - 2016 general hunting and trapping regulations, proposed 2015 fishing regulations and amphibian and reptile regulations. These meetings will be held from 6 to 8 PM. Monday, March 17 and Tuesday, March 18.

“These public meetings have been designed to use an ‘Open House’ format,” said DNR Director Frank Jezioro. “This informal meeting style allows people to attend at their convenience during the scheduled meeting times, learn of proposed regulation changes, discuss these proposals with personnel from the Wildlife Resources and Law Enforcement sections, and comment on the proposed regulations and other wildlife-related issues.”

Written comments from the public on these proposed hunting, trapping and fishing regulations also are encouraged. The deadline for written comments is April 4, 2014. Anyone interested in attending the meetings scheduled in their areas should note these dates and locations:


Monday, March 17, 2014:

•  Fairmont – East Fairmont High School (Commons Area)

•  Princeton – Chuck Mathena Center (Rotunda Room)

•  Martinsburg – James Rumsey Technical Institute (Cafeteria)

•  Milton – West Virginia Pumpkin Park (Office Building)

•  Spencer – Heritage Building

•  Flatwoods – Braxton County High School


Tuesday, March 18, 2014:

•  Glen Dale – John Marshall High School (Cafeteria)

•  Moorefield – South Branch Inn (Rt. 220)

•  Elkins – DNR Operations Center

•  Beckley – Beckley - Raleigh County Convention Center

•  Logan – Chief Logan State Park Conference Center

•  Parkersburg – City Building (Lobby)

Jack Middleton Boone

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Jack Middleton Boone

Age 75, of Upper Sleith, Braxton County, WV passed March 09, 2014 at Oakland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Oakland, MD.

He was born August 16, 1938 a son of the late Robert Warren and Vera Ethel Mick Boone.

Jack was a former municipal judge for Gassaway, Burnsville and Clendenin. He was the owner of the Elk and Little Kanawha News. He was a history buff and loved antiques. He was a member of the Frametown Volunteer Fire Department and an Army veteran.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Hunter Ford Boone, Robert Randolph Boone, Captain Lowell Boone and Daril Crislip.

He is survived by sister, Peggy June Miller of Upper Sleith; sisters-in-law, Doris Boone of Harrisville and Sally Crislip of Ohio; several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 1 PM Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Rev. Jimmie Adkins officiating.

Burial will be in the Boone Family Cemetery, Upper Sleith.

Friends may call three hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Juanita E. Tanner

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Juanita E. Tanner

Age 94, graduated from this life on March 12, 2014, at the Bower’s Hospice House in Beckley, WV.

She was born February 27, 1920, the youngest child of John and Rosa Simmons Rader, of Gassaway, West Virginia.

Juanita spent a majority of her life in Gassaway, leaving only to move closer to her sister, Marie, in Rock Springs, GA. The two of them cared for their mother who lived to be 112. As Juanita’s health began to decline, she moved to Fayetteville, WV to live with her son, Jack, and his wife, Marion. Juanita was a graduate of Gassaway High School. She worked for many years as a bookkeeper for Rader Buick in Gassaway and later for Belknap Trailer Sales. She was a fifty-year member and Past Worthy Matron of Gassaway Chapter #32 Order of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed knitting, travel, camping, and the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration in Shelbyville, TN. She was happiest with her family and driving down the road. She taught most of her seven grandsons to count by fives and tens before they started to school. She liked to play rummy and set back and she was usually scorekeeper, and she played to win! Juanita was preceded in death by her husband, Russell W. Tanner, and her son, James F. Tanner.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

In addition, to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Marie Costello and Marmel Brown, and brothers, Garland, Orlando “Tink”, and Lanta Rader.

Left to cherish many wonderful memories are her sons and their families: Jack and Marion Tanner of Fayetteville, WV; Jerry and Jan Tanner of Myrtle Beach, SC; a dear daughter-in-law, Dr. Mary Tanner and her husband, Homer Kemp of Ringgold, GA; seven grandsons, Brian (Sonja), James, Jeffrey (Beth), Russell (Stephanie), Waide, Andrew (Jacque), Matthew (Kelly), and Charlie (Sharla); six great-grandsons R.J., Drew, Zane, Jerry, Luke, and Brock; one great-granddaughter, Abbigail; several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the caregivers at the Raleigh County Commission on Aging Day Care, and the staff at the Bower’s Hospice House for their compassionate care.

Funeral services will be held at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV, with Pastor Rusty Tanner officiating on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 2 PM.

Burial will follow at Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway.

Friends may call from 12:00 PM until time of the service.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Raleigh County Commission on Aging, 1614 S. Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV 25801 or to Bower’s Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801.

Joann Elizabeth Wine Ratliff

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Joann Elizabeth Wine Ratliff

Age 67, of Burnsville, WV passed away at 8 PM on Wednesday March 05, 2014 at the Cabell Huntington Hospital following an extended illness.

She was born in Copen, WV on March 04, 1947 a daughter of the late Alfred Glen Wine and Ruby Mae Sands Wine.

She is survived by four children: Sherry L Ratliff of Gassaway, Jerry Ratliff and companion Chaz Dent of Charleston, Donna Ratliff and Mark Ratliff, both of Burnsville; ex-husband and special friend, Thomas Ratliff; five grandchildren: Julie Ratliff of Lewisburg, Elizabeth Cottrell and husband Corey of Gassaway, Jack Thayer Jr. and wife Heather and Danny Thayer, all of Burnsville, and Kendra Ratliff of Shinnston; step grandchildren: Amanda Carson and Ethan Carson of Burnsville, Kendra Posey of Weston, Andrea Drayne of Chesapeake VA, Harry Butcher of Weston, Samantha Posey of Weston, and Samuel Butcher of Burnsville; great grandchildren: Nathaniel Thayer, Dominic Cottrell, and Mya Drayne; step great grandchildren: Peyton and Dalton Butcher; five sisters: Jean Meeks and husband Gary of Parkersburg WV, Jenette Cincrak and husband Andrew of Akron OH, Gae Anderson and husband Jim of Elk View WV, Laurel Martin and husband Bob of Tidioute PA, Ressie Conrad and husband Bill of Aurora WV; one brother, Johnny Wine and wife Aleta of St. Mary’s WV; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Lorene Williams.

Joann was a retired home health care worker for Seneca Mental Health in Nicholas County. She enjoyed sewing, reading and cooking.

Joann’s request for cremation has been honored and the family will have a private Celebration of Life Service at a later date.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent directly to the family.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd in Jane Lew is honored and privileged to serve the family of Joann Ratliff.

Thelma (Jane) Clutter

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Thelma (Jane) Clutter

Age 71, formally of Sutton, WV, passed away March 08, 2014 at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, KY.

She was born March 21, 1942 in Out Crop, PA, the daughter of the late Beulah Clutter and Hansford Clutter. Also preceding her in death was her son, Philip Ware, and brother, Raymond Clutter, sister, Clara Marie Clutter.

Jane is survived by her daughter, Lynn Shaw (Bill) of Sutton, son, Stanley Ware of Beverly, OH, brothers and sisters, Bazil Melvin(Diane) of Exchange, Deloris Ware(George) of Centralia, Kay Hosey(Bert) of Franklin, KY, Maryland Hinkle(Phil) of Winchester, KY, Dwayne Cutlip of Bucyrus, OH, Pat Cutlip of Sutton, Patricia Cutlip of Sutton, half brothers, Robert Clutter (Darlene) of Craigsville, Eugene Clutter(Kim) of Craigsville, half sister, Clara Clutter of Webster Springs, 4 grandchildren, Jessica Given, Amy Short, Jeremy Duckworth, Joseph Duckworth, 7 great grandchildren, Abigayle Duckworth, Adalyn Duckworth, Rion Given, Aiden Given, Maddison Short, Maci Short, Trent Short.

At her request she will be cremated. Services will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, she requested donations be made to:

Rosemary C. Brooks Place
200 Rosemary Dr.
Winchester, KY 40391

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Clutter Family.

Northern District of West Virginia Federal Court Report - 03.10.14

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A commercial airline pilot has been indicted on charges of traveling across state lines in order to have sex with a minor female.

•  MUSTAFA M. BAZBAZ, age 28, of Oakdale, Pennsylvania was named in a two-count Indictment charging him with “Travel with Intent to Engage in Illicit Sexual Conduct” and “Transportation of a Minor with Intent to Engage in Criminal Sexual Activity.”

BAZBAZ allegedly began communicating with a 15-year old female from Jefferson County, Ohio, in December of 2013 via the website known as MeetMe.com.

BAZBAZ is alleged to have misrepresented his age and name to the victim, claiming to be 17 years old and to be named “Mike B.”

It also alleged that BAZBAZ sent sexually explicit images of himself to the victim before arranging to pick up the victim near her home in Jefferson County in December of 2013.

The criminal complaint asserts that BAZBAZ then took the victim to a hotel room in Hancock County where he engaged in sexual intercourse with her.

If convicted, BAZBAZ faces up to forty years in prison.

This case will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert H. McWilliams, Jr. and is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Hancock County (WV) Sheriff’s Department.


In other matters considered by the Clarksburg Grand Jury, Ihlenfeld announced that CLAUDE JONES a/k/a “MIKE JONES,” age 29 and DESEAN LAMARR AARON, age 24, of Fairmont, West Virginia, were named in an eight-count Indictment charging them with “Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and to Distribute Crack Cocaine, Cocaine HCL and Heroin.”

JONES faces an additional six counts and AARON faces an additional two counts for the distribution of the controlled substances.

The defendants each face up to twenty years in prison on each count.

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda E. Wesley and was investigated by the Three Rivers Drug Task Force.


ROBERT DALE TASKER, age 43, an inmate at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail in Belington, West Virginia, was named in a four-count Indictment charging him with three counts of “Threats Against the President,” and one count of “Threats Against Family Members of the President.”

TASKER faces up to five years in prison on each count.

This case will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randolph J. Bernard and was investigated by the United States Secret Service.


GARY ALLEN STEWART, age 31, of Sutton, West Virginia, was named in a four-count Indictment charging him with “Obstruction of Correspondence.“

STEWART faces up to five years in prison on each count.

This case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service, Office of Inspector General, and will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Stein.


ANTHONY SCOTT MOATS, age 39, of Lost Creek, West Virginia, was charged with being a “Felon in Possession of a Firearm.”

MOATS, who has prior felony convictions for burglary, drug distribution, and bank theft, is alleged to have possessed a firearm in September of 2013 in Monongalia County.

MOATS faces up to fifteen years in prison if convicted.

This case will be prosecuted by Wesley and was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Marshals Service.


An indictment is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Naomi D. Hosey

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Naomi D. Hosey

Age 80, of Sutton, WV passed away March 09, 2014 at Braxton Health & Rehab. Center, Sutton.

She was born October 06, 1933 the daughter of the late Ola Clutter and Lovie Payne.

Naomi was a homemaker.

She was a member of Centralia United Methodist Church and was a 1952 graduate of Sutton High School.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Gaylord Hosey, brothers, Robert Clutter, Fred Clutter.

Naomi is survived by her son, Gary Hosey (Ramona) of Centralia, daughter, Barbara Ann Taylor (Leonard Earl) of Vermillion, OH, sister, Dolly Ann Johns of Sutton, grandchildren, David Gary Hosey (Jennifer), Kristi Renee Martin (David), Billie Joe Satava (Dan), George Bert Taylor(Cecila), great grandchildren, Katlyn, Alex, Eva, Paul, Jerico, Lane, Riley, Emily.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Thursday March 13, 2014 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with the Rev. Russell Shaw officiating.

Burial will follow at Centralia Cemetery near Sutton.

Friends may call one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to serve the Hosey family.

Lillian Ruth Cook

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Lillian Ruth Cook

Age 68, of Mt. Nebo, WV, passed away on March 07, 2014 following a brief illness.

She was born on October20, 1945 in Burgoo, WV, she was the daughter of the late Julian and Elizabeth Ronk Ward. She was retired from United National Bank as a Branch Manager.

She was a member of Jordan Chapel Church in Canvas, and had a great love for her family and her dogs.

She is survived by her Loving husband, Eugene Wayne Cook, sons, Michael and wife Allisha Cook of Richwood, James Cook of Summersville, brothers, James Ward of Wichita ,KS., Keith Ward of Phoenix, AZ., sister, Jean Rohrbaugh of Manassas, VA, 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Bill Browning, Robert Ward, Eddie Ward, and sister, Sandy Ward.

Memorial services will be held on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Birch River Baptist Church where a Memorial gathering with family and friends will start at 1:0 PM.

At Mrs. Cook request the body has been cremated.

In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations to the Nicholas County Humane Society.

Greene-Robertson funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Cook family.

Legislative Update – by – Delegate Brent Boggs - House Majority Leader - 03.10.14

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I’m writing from home this weekend, having arrived back a few hours ago after the completion of the regular 60 day session of the Legislature.  This coming week, the budget conference committee begins its work.  As Finance Chairman, I have selected to join me as budget conferees on behalf of the House: Finance Vice-Chair Reynolds, along with Delegates Perdue, Williams, Anderson, A. Evans and Canterbury.  In addition to the budget bill, the Governor will need to amend his extended session call for the budget, due to the failure of several revenue bills that are needed to balance the remainder of FY 2014 and FY 2015.

One of these bills – HB 4333 – was previously passed by the House a couple weeks ago.  It’s a very complex bill that deals with the revenue stream to a host of agencies, programs, and projects, including funding from excess video lottery and lottery that flows to every county and incorporated city and town in the State.  The bill generated substantial controversy for panhandle delegates and senators as to reducing revenue going to the racing industry.  When the bill passed the Senate late Saturday night, less than 10 minutes remained until the midnight deadline, providing no opportunity to review any changes made to the bill.  Along with the contents of supplemental appropriations bills SB 344 and SB 345, these measures will certainly re-emerge in some form during budget week.

As of the midnight deadline, a total of 198 bills passed both houses and will go to the Governor for his action.  This is only a few less bills than passed last session, but with the unavoidable delays due to the water crisis that affected the first several weeks of the session and a couple weather-related delays that shut government down briefly, the productivity was on par with previous sessions.  Major bills that passed include the comprehensive water and tank regulation bill that has consumed much of the attention this session.  Working its way through five major committees, the bill was adopted by the House and Senate on Saturday.  As the session ended at midnight, it will take a few days for staff in the House and Senate Clerk’s offices to unwind the trail of paperwork, motions and roll call votes to ascertain what passed and what may have fallen victim to the midnight deadline.  I’ll provide a full and complete overview in the next several columns.

Having previously served on the Finance Committee for nearly an decade and two years as Vice-Chair prior to becoming Majority Leader five sessions ago, the move up to chair the Finance Committee has required a great deal of time in renewing my most recent focus from administrative duties to fiscal policy; and, to the study and review of the complexities of the State budget and spending units.  The professional staff of the Finance Committee is truly the backbone of the budget and fiscal process in the Legislature.  Long before the session began, I’ve been working with them a portion of each week in preparation for the session so we could hit the ground running.

Additionally, many of you have visited the office and hopefully many more will do so in the future. All that call or visit are always impressed with the professionalism, courtesy and friendliness of our staff with which I’m privileged to work.  My appreciation goes out to them for their dedication and strong work ethic – often working 18 hours or more a day during the peak of the session.  These twelve men and women have my deep appreciation for all they do for me and the committee, constituents, the House and the entire State.  Thanks to each and every one for a successful regular session and as we continue to complete the budget process and any other challenges the Governor places on a special call this week.

Please send your inquiries to the Capitol Office at:  Building 1, Room 462-M, Charleston, WV 25305.  Or, call the Finance Committee office at 304.340.3230; or Jennifer McPherson at 304.340.3942; or, fax to 304.340.3388.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.  For those with Internet access, my e-mail address is: .

You may also obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and leave me a message on the Legislature’s web site at www.legis.state.wv.us/.  When leaving a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional information, including agency links and the state government phone directory, may be found at www.wv.gov. Also, you may follow me on Facebook at “Brent Boggs”, Twitter at “@DelBrentBoggs” , as well as the WV Legislature’s Facebook page at “West Virginia Legislature” or on Twitter at twitter.com/wvlegislature.

Continue to remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  Until next week – take care.

John Byron Dean

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John Byron Dean

Age 85, of South Point, OH, went home peacefully to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 07, 2014 at Jo-Lin Health Care Center, Ironton, OH.

He was born October 24, 1928 in Sutton, WV a son of the late, Dana Lee and Beulah Pearl Cutlip Dean.

He was preceded in death by six brothers and three sisters.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Eleanor Smith Dean of South Point, OH; two daughters, Dianne Manning (Wayne) of Huntington, WV and Stephanie Edwards of Proctorville, OH; son, Tim Dean (Tina) of Huntington, WV; six grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren which were his pride and joy. He is also survived by brother, Homer Dean (Carolyn) of Sierra Vista, AZ; sister, Shelba Halstead (Shorty) of Summersville, WV and several nieces and nephews.

John was retired from Texaco and was an Army veteran of the Korean War.

He was a faithful and active church member of the Nazarene Church for many years. He loved the Lord with all his heart. He never grew weary of letting his light shine.

We are going to miss a wonderful husband, father, papaw and friend but Heaven is going to be richer because of his presence.

A special thank you to the Jo-Lin Health Care Center staff who became part of our family.

Service will be 3 PM Monday, March 10, 2014 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, with Rev. Larry Brisker officiating.

Burial with military rites will be in the Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

GSC Senior Crowned Ms. WV Sweetheart Festival 2014

Glenville State College senior natural resource management major Hillary Tinney has been crowned Ms. West Virginia Sweetheart Festival 2014.

The annual pageant took place on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at the Braxton County Senior Center in Sutton, West Virginia.

Tinney competed in the festival against young women from all across the state. She won after different portions including a personal interview, evening gown competition, and an onstage question and answer session. As Ms. WV Sweetheart Festival 2014, she will be eligible to compete at the West Virginia state pageant of her choice.

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GSC’s Hillary Tinney at the
2014 Ms. WV Sweetheart Festival


“It’s an amazing feeling to have achieved this goal,“ said Tinney. “Considering the past years of what I’ve been through and achieving this goal, the feeling pretty much can be summed up as pure thankfulness.“

Tinney is no stranger to the pageant circuit. She has been involved since 2007 when she was named the Clay Agriculture Fair Queen. Since then, she’s also been crowned Miss Gassaway Days 2009 and Mrs. Clendenin Fall Festival 2012.

Joining her at the pageant were her sorority sisters from GSC’s Alpha Theta Xi and 2013 GSC Pioneer Football Team Captain Kyle Warner. Thanks to their support, Tinney received another crown and sash as an award for having the best cheering section.

After this win, Tinney plans to compete at the Ms. West Virginia International Pageant which is scheduled for March 29th at the Clay Center in Charleston. “And there’s always the Ms. WV Tourism state pageant and Ms. West Virginia USA which take place later on this year,“ added Tinney. “My glass ceiling has already been broken, so there really is no limit to achieve a state title that will allow me to compete on the national level.“

Tinney is originally from Widen (Clay County), West Virginia.

Webster County Woman Found Guilty of Murder, Serving Life Sentence

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A Webster County woman has been convicted for the second time in the 2009 shooting death of her husband.

A Braxton County jury convicted Julia Surbaugh of Webster Springs, WV Thursday night on a charge of first degree murder without mercy.

Surbaugh was originally tried and convicted in 2009 but the Supreme Court threw out the verdict in 2012 and ordered a new trial.

The second trial was moved to Braxton County and lasted for 10 days until the jury returned the guilty verdict Thursday night.

Surbaugh was immediately sentenced by Circuit Judge Richard Facemire to spend the rest of her life in prison with no chance for parole.

Diana Lynn Stokley Friend

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Diana Lynn Stokley Friend

Age 68, of Chapel Road, Gassaway, WV, passed away March 02, 2014 at home.

She was born November 15, 1945 a daughter of the late John E. and Mary Anna Belle Rogers Nicholson.

Diana was retired from Brown’s Lumber and Rexroad Lumber, Gassaway with over 20 years of service. She also worked for Hill’s Department Store and for W.T. Grant. She was a 1964 graduate of Washington Irving High School.

She was a member of the Fairview United Methodist Church, Chapel.

In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by husbands, Eugene Stokley and Ancel Friend.

Surviving; son, John R. Stokley and wife, June of Flatwoods; granddaughter, Nicole Foley of Flatwoods; great granddaughters, Addyson and Larkyn Foley; sister, Beverly Fowler of Sebastian, FL; brother, Barry Nicholson of Boynton Beach, FL.

Service will be 11 AM Friday, March 07, 2014 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Bill Carr officiating.

Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery, Chapel.

Friends may call from 6:00 to 9:00 PM Thursday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Senate Bill 373: House Finance Committee

The House Finance Committee removed several of the major amendments included in the water resource protection water bill.

Area High School Basketball Schedule - 03.04.14

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High School Boys Basketball - Sectional (Tuesday, 03.04.14):

•  (8-13)Wirt County at (17-5)Gilmer County, 7:00 PM

•  (3-18)Braxton County at (5-15)Ritchie County, 7:00 PM

•  (4-16)Philip Barbour at (10-11)Lincoln, 7:30 PM

•  (1-19)Liberty at (11-9)Grafton, 7:30 PM

•  (10-4)Harman vs. (17-4)Notre Dame at Elkins, 5:45 PM

•  (11-11)Saint Marys vs. (17-5)Clay-Battelle at Magnolia, 7:30 PM


High School Girls Basketball - Regional (Tuesday, 03.04.14):

•  (7-15)Lewis County at (18-4)Martinsburg

•  (19-4)University at (22-0)Parkersburg South

Mary Helen Reed Cutlip

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Mary Helen Reed Cutlip

was raised to glory on February 27, 2014, following a brief illness.

She was born September 26, 1926, in Burnsville, WV, the oldest daughter of Gilbert and Gladys Reed.

She graduated from Sand Fork High School in 1944 as valedictorian of her class. She attended college at Glenville State College and completed her degree in 1948 at West Virginia University, majoring in home economics, with extra classes in art.

She worked briefly as a designer at the Diamond Department Store in Charleston, WV, before returning to Glenville, to complete her teaching certificate. She taught home economics for two years at Troy High School. During that time, she met Ancil B. Cutlip, a vocational teacher at Normantown, WV, whom she married August 04, 1950.

She became a full-time mother and homemaker, caring for their two children and her mother-in-law. She delighted in utilizing her home economic skills in caring for her home and family. She was known for her hospitality with delicious meals and home-made bread, cookies, cakes and pies. She was also an excellent seamstress, making most of her and her daughters’ clothes.

Her mother-in-law taught her to spin wool on a spinning wheel and she began demonstrating the skill at the West Virginia Folk Festival in Glenville. In 1964, she was invited to the Mountain State Art and Craft Fair in Cedar Lakes, and continued to share her knowledge and skill there for 18 years. She also traveled throughout West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C., sharing the history and traditions of spinning.

She supported her husband’s work in the West Virginia Cooperative Extension Service, demonstrating cooking and sewing procedures, and she was a 4-H leader.

After her husband’s retirement, they returned to Glenville, where they cared for her mother for 15 years. After celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, they moved to Vienna, WV

Mary Helen grew up in church where her mother played the piano. At the age of 19, she attended a revival meeting at the First Baptist Church, Glenville, and there trusted Jesus Christ as her Savior. She has been a church member in each community where she lived, helping in Vacation Bible Schools, providing meals and participating in the women’s mission circles. She loved reading her Bible and devotions and prayerfully remembered family and friends. At the time of her death, she was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Parkersburg.

She was welcomed into the Church Triumphant by her parents; her husband, Ancil of 54 years; her sister, Lois Reed Adams; her son-in-law, Marvin “Skip” Hawley; and extended family back through the generations of the great cloud of witnesses. She is survived by her two daughters, Rebecca Lynn with her husband the Rev. Daniel Taylor of Dover, DE, and Joyce Ann Hawley of Williamstown, WV; four grandchildren, Keren Hawley Threlfall and her husband Daniel of Greenville, SC, Mary Beth Hawley of Yokohama, Japan, and her fiance Lewis Baumgardner, Jacob Taylor of Vienna, and Sarah Taylor of Newark, Ohio; three great-grandchildren, Hana Kate, Eden and Justus Threlfall; three step-grandchildren, Michael (Joan) and Mark Hawley and Kelly (Erik) Klaustermeyer; and a step-great-grandson, Matt Ryan. She is survived also by her sister, Jean Mills of Michigan; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 AM April 26, 2014, at the Emmanuel Baptist Church.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to support missionaries J.D. and Rhonda Reed, International Ministries, American Baptist Churches USA, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851 or Wood County Christian School, 113 West Ninth Street, Williamstown, WV 26187.

Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Tuesday 03.04.14

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Glenville State College
Gilmer County Courthouse
Gilmer County Senior Center
Gilmer County Schools2-Hour Delay
Braxton County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Calhoun County SchoolsAll Closed
Doddridge County SchoolsAll Closed
Lewis County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Ritchie County SchoolsAll Closed
Barbour County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Clay County SchoolsAll Closed
Harrison County SchoolsAll Closed
Nicholas County SchoolsAll Closed
Pleasants County SchoolsAll Closed
Roane County SchoolsAll Closed
Tyler County SchoolsAll Closed
Upshur County SchoolsAll Closed
Webster County SchoolsAll Closed
Wirt County SchoolsAll Closed
Wood County SchoolsAll Closed


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Class A

Gilmer County (17-5)

Calhoun County (8-15)

Clay County (7-13)

Doddridge County (8-13)

Notre Dame (17-4)

Parkersburg Catholic (13-8)

South Harrison (6-16)

St. Marys (11-11)

Tyler Consolidated (6-16)

Williamstown (17-6)

Wirt County (8-13)


Class AA

Braxton County (3-18)

Ritchie County (5-15)

Bridgeport (16-6)

Liberty (1-19)

Lincoln (10-11)

Philip Barbour (4-16)

Roane County (16-4)

Robert C. Byrd (19-0)

Webster County (8-14)


Class AAA

Lewis County (15-5)

Buckhannon-Upshur (5-16)

Nicholas County (13-9)

Parkersburg (7-12)

Parkersburg South (15-6)

WV Senator Sam Cann: 02.28.14

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We are approaching the final week of session here in Charleston. Crossover day has passed and the Senate is now only considering legislation that has been sent over from the House of Delegates. The Senate was able to pass a substantial amount of legislation over to the House before the conclusion of Crossover Day. I am confident that the House will take initiative to pass some of these important bills on to the Governor for signature before the end of session.

Some of the bills we’ve sent over to the House that I believe will have the greatest positive impact on West Virginia include the Future Fund bill and the Water Resources bill. The House-version of the Project Launchpad bill has also been sent over to the Senate for consideration. I’ve discussed these bills in detail in previous columns and I am proud to report that these bills are making significant progress in the Legislature.

The Future Fund bill, which creates a special-revenue, interest-bearing account in the state treasury, has been introduced in the House and is currently being considered by the Judiciary Committee. The Water Resources bill, which increases regulations to protect state water resources, has passed through the House Health and Human Resources Committee and is now being considered by the House Judiciary Committee. Finally, the Project Launchpad bill, which aims to increase jobs and introduce new technology to the state, has passed through the House and is now being considered in the Senate Finance Committee.

The Senate has also taken a focus on trying to increase the salaries of our teachers. We passed Senate Bill 391 last week which will increase teachers’ salary in the state across the board by $837. While this increase is modest, it is the first step in a bigger picture that will increase teachers’ salary over the course of many years that will result in a more competitive wage for teachers. If we want the best and brightest teaching our youth, we must be able to offer them the competitive salaries they deserve.

A bill has also passed through the Senate that will increase salaries for State Police forensic lab employees. West Virginia is currently spending roughly $5 million holding inmates in prison who are waiting on forensic testing for their case before they can go to trial. If we are investing more money on employing more forensic lab employees and paying them a more competitive salary, we can avoid holding so many inmates in prisons that may be innocent, therefore saving money long-term.

As always, I am proud to serve the great people of the 12th district and work hard to ensure a bright future for the Mountain State

To write me, my address is Senator Sam Cann, State Capitol, Building 1, Room 218-W, Charleston, WV 25305. You can also call me at 304.357.7904. I encourage all of my constituents to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Legislative Update – by – Delegate Brent Boggs - House Majority Leader - 03.03.14

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Jean and I agree on many things.  We differ on several, as well.  I’ve always enjoyed some snow and cold weather and she likes the warm summers.  I think after this winter, she’s bringing me around to her way of thinking.  As most of the State braces for yet another round of extreme winter weather, I write this week from the Capitol, getting a head start back to Charleston from the anticipated treacherous highways.

Speaking of roads, I cannot recall a winter that has taken a more devastating toll on secondary road.  Potholes abound, pavement is crumbling and vehicles are being severely damaged by the road conditions.  Even temporary repairs are difficult, as the time between storms keeps manpower devoted to keeping roads cleared.  DOH employees are doing the best possible, trying to make repairs between snow storms, rain and extreme cold.  The extremes have also triggered numerous slips and slides.

As we work on the budget this final week of the regular session, I’m hoping we can restore some of the cuts in the Governor’s budget, along with including some substantial additional funds for secondary road repairs, paving and maintenance.  Without a major road repair program this spring, many of our roads will become increasingly dangerous.

Friday, February 28 marked the fifty-second day of the session.  Crossover Day, the last day for bills to be considered in their house of origin outside of budget or supplementary appropriation measures, occurred last Wednesday.  The House had 148 bills were passed by the 50th day this year, and the Senate passed 146 bills this session.  To date, twelve bills have completed action and were sent to the Governor:

SB 341 Making supplementary appropriation from State Excess Lottery Revenue Fund to Division of Human Services

SB 346 Making supplementary appropriation from Lottery Net Profits to DNR and Bureau of Senior Services

SB 402 Permitting recovery of service charge and fees charged to Tax Commissioner by financial institutions

SB 443 Relating to State Police Retirement System

SB 444 Relating to Public Employees Retirement System

SB 452 Relating to TRS annuity calculation of member with reciprocal service credit

HB 4177 Making a supplementary appropriation to various agencies

HB 4182 Supplementing, amending, increasing, decreasing, and adding items of appropriations in various accounts

HB 4350 Providing for the awarding of a West Virginia Veterans Medal and ribbon, and a West Virginia Service Cross and ribbon to certain qualifying West Virginia Veterans

HB 4359 Relating to licensure of managing general agents of insurers

HB 4372 Permitting the Commissioner of Financial Institutions to require the filing of certain reports, data or information directly with the Division of Financial Institutions

HB 4504 Providing for sharing juvenile records in certain circumstances with another state

In the House last week, we passed House Bill 4310, which would make permits or applications for a permit to carry a concealed weapon exempt from public records requests.

Also, in light of the increasing and alarming number of violent attacks in and around schools and involving school children, the House passed House Bill 4501.  This measure would allow current or retired law enforcement officers employed as school guards to carry a gun on school property provided that they meet the criteria and qualifications to carry a concealed weapon as a “qualified law enforcement officer” under the criteria set forth in the Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA) of 2004.

The House also passed HB 4588, known as the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act”. The pro-life proposal now goes to the Senate for consideration.

HB 4168 The “Buy America Act” Requiring materials, supplies, equipment and other items purchased by the state and its agencies to be made in the United States, subject to certain limitations and restrictions.

On budgetary issues, the House passed HB 4333 at pulls down approximately $39 million toward balancing the state’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget that begins July 01.  The legislation seeks to help close the expected hole of at least $140 million in next year’s budget by taking funds from a variety of one time monies and lottery allocation deductions.     

Those deductions include $4.8 million from a fund to support racetrack purses and $1.4 million from casino subsidies.  The proposal also seeks cuts in the amount of $6.8 million from various state government funds, which would include $5.5 million from two funds for improvements to the Capitol Dome and Capitol renovations.  The bill does not take any funds from the excess video lottery funds that automatically flow to counties and towns.

The bill also takes $20 million in a one-time reduction for sewer and water infrastructure projects and $5 million from a fund to promote business expansion, formation and recruitment.  The Budget will still need to be reconciled in the extended budget session following the end of the 2014 Regular Session, but this measure seeks to lessen the impact of expected budget cuts.

Please send your inquiries to the Capitol Office at:  Building 1, Room 462-M, Charleston, WV 25305.  Or, call the Finance Committee office at 304.340.3230; or Jennifer McPherson at 304.340.3942; or, fax to 304.340.3388.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.  For those with Internet access, my e-mail address is: .

You may also obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and leave me a message on the Legislature’s web site at www.legis.state.wv.us/.  When leaving a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional information, including agency links and the state government phone directory, may be found at www.wv.gov. Also, you may follow me on Facebook at “Brent Boggs”, Twitter at “@DelBrentBoggs” , as well as the WV Legislature’s Facebook page at “West Virginia Legislature” or on Twitter at twitter.com/wvlegislature.

Continue to remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  Until next week – take care.

Gertrude Jenkins

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Gertrude Jenkins

Age 66, of Chapel, Braxton County, WV, passed away February 28, 2014 at home.

She was born November 14, 1947 in Gilmer County, WV, a daughter of the late Jacob I. and Mamie Clevenger Mowery.

She worked for Kenny Shoes, Glenville, WV; Rubber Factory and Tent Factory, Normantown, WV; Braxton County Senior Citizens and Mid City Plaza Video.

In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.

She is survived by ex-husband, Marple Jenkins of Chapel; children, Sandra Carper of Gassaway, WV; Mamie Fields of Frametown, WV and Lester Jenkins of Gassaway, WV; brothers, Clayton Mowery of Grantsville, WV and Burnie Mowery of Weston, WV; sister, Mary Jenkins of Perkins, WV; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

At Gertrude’s request her body will be cremated.

There will be no services.

Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Monday 03.03.14

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Monday, March 03, 2014
Glenville State CollegeAdvisory Issued,
Classes Delayed until 10:00 AM,
Status Change:  Classes Cancelled, Staff 2-Hour Delay
Gilmer County CourthouseClosed
Lewis County CourthouseClosed
Ritchie County CourthouseClosed
Upshur County CourthouseClosed
Gilmer County Senior Center
Gilmer County SchoolsAll Closed
Braxton County SchoolsAll Closed
Calhoun County SchoolsAll Closed
Doddridge County SchoolsAll Closed
Lewis County SchoolsAll Closed
Ritchie County SchoolsAll Closed
Barbour County SchoolsAll Closed
Clay County SchoolsAll Closed
Harrison County SchoolsAll Closed
Nicholas County SchoolsAll Closed
Pleasants County SchoolsAll Closed
Roane County SchoolsAll Closed
Tyler County SchoolsAll Closed
Upshur County SchoolsAll Closed
Webster County SchoolsAll Closed
Wirt County SchoolsAll Closed
Wood County SchoolsAll Closed


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