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Charles Ray Carr

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Charles Ray Carr

Age 84, went to be with the Lord on June 08, 2014, from his home in Sutton, WV following an extended illness.

He was born January 28, 1930, the fourth child of ten to the late Wesley Clark and Georgie Duckworth Carr of Sand Fork, WV.

He is preceded in death by his parents and also three brothers, Brown Carr, Wesley Carr, and Carl Carr, and Ray’s own son, Stanley Ray Carr.

Ray is survived by his loving wife Rita Mullins Carr, and his three daughters, Patti Carr and partner Rodger Belknap of Sutton, WV, Debbie Helton and husband Greg of Greenback, TN, and Brenda Crews and husband Chris of Woodstock, NY. Grandchildren: Jessica Junk Jarrett, Michael Junk, Lindsey Carr James, Kara Carr, Madelyn Crews and Lylah crews. Ray was proud of three great-grandchildren Hunter James, Eason Jarrett, and Natalee Dixon. Surviving brothers and sisters include, Howard Carr and wife June of Sand Fork, WV; John Paul Carr and wife Jean of New Martinsville, WV; Lilly Robinson of Sutton, WV and Virgie Weiler of Germantown, OH; Violet June Askins and husband Emory of Germantown OH; Naomi Jarvis and husband Jack of Palm Bay, FL. Also a large part of Ray’s family is 23 nieces and nephews, along with many, many great-nieces and great-nephews.

Ray loved the Lord and was a member of Sugar Creek Baptist church.

He was employed in Baltimore, MD at Martin Marietta Aircraft and also United Parcel Service. Returning to his home of WV in 1984, he owned and operated Carr’s Service Center the Exxon for several years. He truly enjoyed being a mechanic. Ray loved his family; he was a hardworking man, honest and kind. He’d do anything possible to help you in need. This special, lovely man will be greatly missed by family and friends. He leaves us all with the most cherished memories.

In lieu of flowers memorial fund donations may be made to Rita Carr, P.O. Box 212, Sutton, WV 26601.

Service will be 11 AM Friday, June 13, 2014 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Allen Legg officiating.

Burial will be in the Frame Cemetery, Sutton.

Friends may call from 6-9 PM Thursday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Webster County Native Returns Home for Directorial Debut

A Webster County native says he sees a lot of film potential in the Mountain State.

“To me, West Virginia is just this totally untapped place when it comes to film. There’s been very little actually done there,” said Josh Stewart, a filmmaker who grew up in Diana. “There’s so few people that really understand the beauty of that state. It’s just the most amazing place.”

Stewart returned to West Virginia to film “The Hunted” — his directorial debut. “I wanted to keep it minimal. I wanted to have a small crew, a small cast, a very contained production,” he said of the project on Monday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”

In addition to directing the film, Stewart wrote, co-produced and starred in “The Hunted.”


It tells the story of Jake, played by Stewart, and Stevie who head into the woods of West Virginia with dreams of landing their own hunting show by finding a monster buck. They find the buck they’re looking for, but something else finds them.

“This movie’s based on an actual experience that happened to me and a roommate of mine and I just took that story and fictionalized it,” said Stewart. Such storytelling, he said, is a tradition. “There’s so much folklore about our state. There’s so many ghost stories about our state and we all grew up telling them, listening to them.”

Stewart’s acting resume includes roles in “The Dark Knight Rises” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” along with television parts on “Third Watch,” “Dirt” and “Criminal Minds.”

He attended West Virginia Wesleyan and graduated from West Virginia University before moving to New York, NY to study acting. “The longer that I’ve been away from the state, the more I long to come back and the more than I want to go back,” Stewart said.

Stewart will be back in West Virginia later this month. Screenings of “The Hunted” are scheduled for June 19, 2014 in Bridgeport and June 26, 2014 in Morgantown while the movie is set for wide release this September.

The film was shown last weekend in Sutton.

~~  Shauna Johnson ~~

WV Regional Jails: Contact Visitation Ends July 01, 2014

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Contact visits will be a thing of the past at West Virginia’s 10 regional jails beginning July 01, 2014.

Regional Jail Authority Director Joe DeLong told MetroNews last week a temporary ban put into place earlier this year will be permanent in a few weeks.

He said the privilege was being abused by inmates who used it to smuggle drugs into the jails.

“We had inmates who would come in with their loved ones and be able to give an embrace, a hug, and press the Suboxone strip up against the clothing and with the naked eye you couldn’t see it but the inmate knew where it was and would go back and remove the Suboxone strip,” DeLong said.

There were other instances of drugs being passed in a kiss and some being placed in babies’ diapers.

“There are very few jails across the country that allow contact visitation or who have ever had it,” DeLong said. “It’s a privilege not a right.”

The Regional Authority will offer expanded non-contact visitation time to take the place of visitation time. DeLong said there’s also a plan to allow video visitation from home.

“If they have a computer at home with a webcam they will actually be able to go on and sign-up and actually not have to come to the jail,” DeLong said.

The contact visitation areas in the 10 regional jails will be converted into space for new pre-parole programs set to be offered state inmates being housed in regional jails.

DeLong said in the end it makes since to eliminate the contact visitation in the interest of rehabilitation and safety.

Flatwoods: West Virginia Day Festival - June 14-15 2014

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Hillbilly Proud Productions and Shentel will host a weekend long celebration featuring Music, Motors, and Mountains ; Saturday and Sunday, June 14 and 15, 2014 at Holly Gray Park, just 5 minutes from Flatwoods, WV.

The gates open at 9:00 AM both days. The first 500 cars each day will receive a door prize with further prizes awarded throughout the day. Food and vendors set up near the Family Area along with the Braxton County Animal Shelter, The Black Diamond Girl Scouts, an infant area, kids’ activities, inflatables and more to keep everyone entertained.

Mud bog begins at noon with all classes of the speed pit & the 2’ pit racing on Saturday. Sunday races begin at noon with the 2’ pit open and racing in the deep pit.

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Car show on Saturday featuring classics, muscles, and imports and on Father’s Day a 4x4 Show with vehicles intended for racing and recreational use. Each day registration for the shows will end at 1:00 PM with door prizes and trophies awarded. Registration is free with gate admission.

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The Schmitt’s Saloon Musical Stage will host The Davisson Brothers both days of the festival. Saturday, The Davisson Brothers Band will take stage at 8:00 PM with The Mon Valley Pickers opening the show at 7:00 PM. Sunday will be a special Father’s Day Show beginning at 1:00 PM. The show features the Davisson Brothers Band along with their father’s band The Eddie Davisson Band, their nephew Landon McFadden and WVU football legend Owen Schmitt.

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The West Virginia Day Festival is set at beautiful Holly Gray Park in Braxton County, West Virginia and is just 5 minutes from the I-79 Flatwoods exit with hotels, dining and more available nearby. Admission for adults is $12 a day with weekend packages available for $20. Kids under the age of 12 are free and military members can get ½ off with presentation of an active ID.

Grants Available for Historic, Archaeological Sites in WV Affected by Hurricane Sandy

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Grants are available for West Virginia historic and archaeological sites in counties affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History made the announcement last Thursday.

About $173,000 in supplement grant funding was approved by the National Park Service.

Eligible projects include the restoration, rehabilitation, or archaeological development of historic sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places that were adversely affected by the hurricane.

All applications must include documentation of damage related to the hurricane. July 15 is the deadline to apply.

The funds are available in Barbour, Boone, Braxton, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lewis, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Preston, Raleigh, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker, Upshur, Webster and Wyoming counties.

Braxton Rebels vs. Gilmer Mustang

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Gilmer Mustangs best Braxton Rebels in shootout, 11-8 to run win total to 13-3

Fans were treated to a high-scoring affair Thursday as Gilmer Mustangs outscored Braxton Rebels 11-8 in six innings.

The teams totaled 16 hits, including three extra base hits in the game.

Tristan Peggs racked up four RBIs on two hits for Gilmer Mustangs. He doubled in the fourth inning and singled in the fifth inning.

Tristan got it done on the bump on the way to a win. He allowed four runs over 4 1/3 innings. He struck out six, walked three and surrendered four hits.

Jadyn Stewart was charged with the loss. He allowed six runs in 3 1/3 innings, walked six and struck out four.

Gilmer Mustangs closer Gary Hess put away the final two outs to record the save.

The top of the first saw Braxton Rebels take an early lead, 3-0. More runs came home for Braxton Rebels when S scored and T scored on a walk by Isaiah Mowery.

Gilmer Mustangs went up for good in the third, scoring four runs on two singles.

After pushing across two runs in the top of the fifth, Braxton Rebels faced just a 7-5 deficit. An error and a groundout by Isaiah set off Braxton Rebels rally. Gilmer Mustangs stopped the rally after Tristan got Mason Abraham to fly out.

It didn’t take long for Gilmer Mustangs to answer as it scored four runs of its own in the fifth. Gilmer Mustangs scored on a two-run single by Aaron Balland a two-run single by Tristan.

Three runs in the top of the sixth helped Braxton Rebels close its deficit to 11-7. An RBI single by Beau Liston and a walk by Tyler Toler gave Braxton Rebels life. Finally, Gary got Isaiah to strike out to end the game.

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Sutton: Free Solo Concert, Amelia Chan - 06.13.14

Amelia Chan, of th e Montclaire String Quartet and West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, will be performing a solo concert at Café Cimino Country Inn. Works by composers including Bach, Telemann, Prokofiev, Ysaye, and Piazzolla.

This performance is FREE and open to the public!

616 Main Street, Sutton WV - 304-765-2913

Special room rates available at Days Hotel (off exit 67 on I-79), Just tell them you are here for the Amelia Chan Concert!

 

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Biography Information on Amelia Chan:

Amelia Chan currently holds the Mary Price Ratrie Concertmaster chair of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and is violinist of the Montclaire String Quartet.

Recent and upcoming highlights include playing Scheherazade under Gerard Schwartz; performing as orchestral soloist in John William’s Three Pieces from Schindler’s List; featured as soloist in Grant Cooper’s orchestral work Appalachian Trail; a recital at the Eastern Mennonite University (VA); premiere of a work by composer John Beall with the Montclaire String Quartet; a residency at the Hong Kong International Youth Music Festival; a recital in South Dakota; and an upcoming solo recording project with Pittsburgh-based producer and sound designer Don Maue. Amelia has performed regularly with the New York Philharmonic. As concertmaster, she has worked with renowned conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Manfred Huss, Sergiu Commissiona, Theo Alcantara, Elizabeth Schulze, Anton Coppola, Grant Cooper, Zednek Macal, Graziella Contratto, Jorge Mester, and Julius Rudel. This summer, she will appear as guest concertmaster with the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong in her native city.

Amelia’s performances have been heard on WQXR, New York; WQED, Pittsburgh; West Virginia Public Radio; Scottish Radio, Scotland; and Radio 4, Hong Kong. She has been a recording artist for the Carnegie Hall website.

A devoted educator, Amelia Chan is on the faculty of the West Virginia State University, and has given master classes in universities and high schools in the US. With the Montclaire String Quartet, she performs age specific outreach programs for over 14,000 kids yearly. In her teaching, Amelia places strong emphasis on the awareness and anatomy of movement as related to music-making. She sees them as integral tools in developing playing technique and understanding musical ideas. She has extensive experience working with both professional and student musicians of different instrument focuses.

Amelia started learning the piano with her father John Chan. She then began her violin study at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She is a graduate of the Mannes College of Music and Manhattan School of Music. Her teachers have included Alice Waten, Albert Markov, Shirley Givens, Lisa Kim, Yoko Takebe, Sheryl Staples, Glenn Dicterow, and double-bassist Julius Levine.

WV Legislative Update: Delegate Brent Boggs - Chairman of the House Committee on Finance - 06.09.14

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First, I want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers for Jean last week, as she underwent total knee replacement surgery at Cabell Huntington Hospital.  She was released from the hospital by mid-week and continues to recover more quickly than I could have imagined.  While we regretted missing the PPR dinner at Burnsville and other local events, we were able to attend church together Sunday morning.  Pacing herself will take time and full recovery is weeks away, but we’re thankful she is off to a great start.


A moving reminder of the price of freedom was marked last week with the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Listening to the first-hand accounts of surviving soldiers, sailor and airmen that participated in the largest invasion force in history was a sobering reminder from the past that freedom is not free.  While D-Day marked the beginning of the end of the war in Europe, thousands of our servicemen would be killed and wounded that day and tens of thousands more killed or wounded before the war concluded in Europe and the Pacific.  The WW II toll included hundreds from West Virginia, including my uncle, Lawrence Earl Boggs and many others who gave their all.

In the last seventy years, wars and conflicts around the globe have claimed the lives of thousands more brave men and women in our Armed Forces.  As I write, we still have thousands of our troops in harm’s way; still protecting our nation and freedom.  Their extraordinary service and sacrifice, like those from wars, conflicts and battles past, demand our respect and appreciation, now and for all future generations.  Thank you to all that served and to those currently serving in our Armed Forces.


House Speaker Miley and Senate President Kessler have approved the Interim Studies topics for 2014.  Additional studies may be added by the President and the Speaker at a later date: The list is too extensive for one column, but I will begin with a portion this week and the remaining topics in upcoming columns.


Agriculture and Rural Development

HCR141 - Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to undertake a study to genetically modified foods

SCR42 - Requesting Joint Committee on Government and Finance study farmers market vendors

SCR79 - Requesting Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study cottage food industries and small farms,


Joint Commission on Economic Development

SCR81 - Requesting Joint Committee on Government and Finance study craft beer business

SCR84 - Requesting Joint Committee on Government and Finance study implementation of advertising program to promote tourism


Joint Committee on Children and Families

SCR49 - Requesting Joint Committee on Government and Finance study responsibilities for child protection and care

SCR68 - Study housing quality and affordability


Joint Committee on Health

Study substance abuse prevention, treatment and rehabilitation including permitting first responders to use Naloxene and the creation of a Good Samaritan law to protect a person of certain misdemeanor when reporting overdoses.

Study the expansion of the Medicaid aged and disabled waiver program.

HCR114 - Requesting a study on whether to create a statutory option for persons with health coverage to fill prescriptions through any pharmacy

HCR121 - Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study the possible effects on insurance billing

HCR59 - Urging the Governor to direct the Bureau of Senior Services to issue a report on the needs for in-home care

SCR95 - Requesting Joint Committee on Government and Finance study long-term care planning


Joint Legislative Oversight Commission on State Water Resources

HCR51 - Requesting the Joint Committee on Government Organization and Finance study the need for interconnectivity and other improvements in West Virginia’s water resources

SCR98 - Study management of contaminants that can impact public water quality and distribution


Joint Standing Committee on Education

Study recommendations following increasing physical activity for children and youth in communities

HCR134 - Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to conduct a study on Regional Education Service Agencies

HCR135 - Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to conduct a study on requiring instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation

HCR136- Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study the feasibility of implementing an electronic job applicant database as a part of the statewide job bank

HCR137 - Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study methods for improving overall student health in West Virginia; and studying “move to improve” initiative as proposed in SB455.

HCR138 - Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study the effectiveness of current policies regarding mandatory reporting by school personnel of student harassment, intimidation or bullying

HCR97 - Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to conduct a study regarding strategies for increasing the number of college graduates in the state

SB330- Issues related to SB 330

SB409 - Relating to education reform

SB537 - Providing state institutions may apply for alternative fee and tuition schedule

SB546 - Granting in-state tuition to military eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill


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 W. Hickman

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John W. Hickman

Age 77 of Collins Run Road, Glenville, West Virginia, went to be with the Lord, Friday evening June 06, 2014 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Born July 07, 1936 in Gilmer Station, West Virginia, son of the late Oscar Hiram and Mamie Lou Crutchfield Hickman.

John began working in the coal mines of Gilmer County at age 16 and retired in 1995 with 43 years experience. In his younger years he enjoyed going to automobile races and taking care of his 5 beautiful children.  John loved fishing, spending time outdoors, listening and dancing to loud country music with his children, having long conversations about the Bible, and spending time with his grandchildren.

He was also a Christian by faith.

On August 01, 1958 he was united in marriage to Mary Frances Cosner,  who survives at their Collins Run home.

Surviving are 5 children, Brenda Rexroad and husband Frank of Turkey Fork, Dusk Camp, WV; Jerry Hickman and companion Mae of Gassaway, WV; Pam Moss and husband John of Glenville, WV; Liz Hickman of Glenville, WV; and Charlene Dulude and husband Dean of Glenville, WV.

There are 9 grandchildren surviving, Jonathan Rexroad and wife Tracy, Lisa Marie Phares and husband Alex, Michelle Jamison and husband Matt, Nathan Jamison, Jessica Hutchinson and husband David, Jacqulyn Swiger and husband Timothy, Ashley Moss Smith and husband Charlie, Travis Moss, and Daniel Dulude and companion Megan.

He is also survived by 7 great grandchildren.

Along with his parents John was preceded in death by 1 sister, Phyllis Marie Carson.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV, 26351 at 1:00 PM Tuesday, June 10, 2014 with Pastor Bryan Groves and Chaplin Bryon Bukovesky officiating.

Burial will follow in the Steele Cemetery, on Turkey Fork.

Friends may call from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (the funeral hour) Tuesday at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of John W. Hickman with arrangements.

Veon “Babe” Davis

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Veon “Babe” Davis

Age 86, of Sutton, WV went home to be with the Lord on Friday June 06, 2014.

He was born on October 15, 1927 in Centralia to the late Lloyd and Elsie (Lucky) Davis.

“Babe” was a member and former superintendent and trustee of The Wayside Community Church in Sutton. He cherished the opportunity to tell others about his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and bible study. Through out his life Babe worked in the timber industry, managed The Laurel Court Esso of Flatwoods. Babe will be best remembered as co-owner and operator of Babe and Ann’s Grocery on Wolf Creek Road in Sutton. He served his country in World War II as a military policeman in the U.S. Army.

Those left to cherish his memory is his wife of sixty one years, Ann Morton Davis, children, Sharon Wine (Buddy) of Myrtle Beach, SC, Bruce Davis (Debbie) of Sutton, and Mike Davis (Regina) of Little Birch, grandchildren, Lindsay Wine of Marietta, GA, Garrett Wine of Greenville, SC, Erica Davis Shaver of Morgantown, WV and Meredith Davis Wine of Morgantown, WV, step granddaughter, Lori Ann Stover of Little Birch, great grandchildren, Brooklyn and Masen Wine and Madison and Rylan Shaver all of Morgantown, WV, step great grandchild, Troy Stover of Little Birch, brother Victor Davis of Sutton and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, June 08, 2014 at 3:00 PM at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Rev. Bobbie Dale Harper and Rev. Tom Harper officiating.

Burial will follow at Morton Family Cemetery, Sutton.

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

In lieu of flowers family suggest donations be made to: Wayside Community Church 1092 Old Turnpike Rd. Sutton, WV 26601.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Davis family.

West Virginia Hunters Harvest 9,017 Spring Turkeys in 2014

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Preliminary harvest figures for the 2014 spring gobbler season indicate West Virginia hunters checked in 9,017 bearded turkeys, according to Curtis I. Taylor, chief of Wildlife Resources Section of the Division of Natural Resources.

This year’s harvest represents a 19% decline from the 2013 harvest and a 6 percent departure from the five-year average.

Only District 2 had a harvest increase (up 5%) when compared to 2013.

All other districts had harvest declines when compared to last year: District 1 (down 20%), District 3 (down 28%), District 4 (down 17%), District 5 (down 27%), and District 6 (down 16%).

Preston (344) and Mason (297) counties led the state in total harvest. Rounding out the top 10 counties were Jackson (294), Wood (268), Harrison (264), Wyoming (263), Fayette (243), Greenbrier (242), Ritchie (237) and Roane (235).

“In most years, a significant portion of the spring gobbler harvest is composed of 2-year-old birds. Poor wild turkey reproduction in 2012 resulted in fewer birds of this age class available to hunters during the spring season,“ Taylor said. “According to field reports, hunting pressure also was down from past seasons. This factor likely contributed to the overall harvest decline.“

Earlier predictions, which were based in part on measures of wild turkey recruitment and last fall’s mast crop, led wildlife biologists to anticipate a lower statewide harvest in 2014, according to Taylor. These forecasts for a lower harvest this spring proved to be accurate.

“Biologists are hopeful this spring will continue to provide moderate-to-average rainfall, support above-average reproduction and allow wild turkey populations to expand,“ Taylor said.

West Virginia Spring Turkey Harvest , 2010-2014
County 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Barbour 157 160 182 162 171
Brooke 91 93 74 104 84
Hancock 109 107 92 110 110
Harrison 265 242 282 355 264
Marion 179 135 163 218 149
Marshall 316 253 224 300 219
Monongalia 257 218 221 262 174
Ohio 94 92 87 131 91
Preston 321 325 330 403 344
Taylor 86 76 93 103 87
Tucker 68 56 62 57 84
Wetzel 199 125 210 256 203
District I Subtotal 2,142 1,882 2,020 2,461 1,980
Berkeley 89 86 88 98 113
Grant 102 102 114 129 143
Hampshire 149 119 120 124 137
Hardy 158 123 101 129 135
Jefferson 27 42 43 60 56
Mineral 121 78 86 87 93
Morgan 68 70 56 54 63
Pendleton 98 100 95 117 94
District II Subtotal 812 720 703 798 834
Braxton 186 172 119 238 175
Clay 65 85 77 147 68
Lewis 237 201 181 221 184
Nicholas 163 166 161 221 163
Pocahontas 106 108 124 160 127
Randolph 197 142 94 217 186
Upshur 241 213 199 262 129
Webster 102 99 94 118 111
District III Subtotal 1,297 1,186 1,049 1,584 1,143
Fayette 215 234 176 287 243
Greenbrier 226 253 235 299 242
McDowell 270 228 154 308 214
Mercer 175 186 146 177 160
Monroe 145 158 162 206 208
Raleigh 182 215 185 277 215
Summers 231 210 176 258 207
Wyoming 287 242 132 291 263
District IV Subtotal 1,731 1,726 1,366 2,103 1,752
Boone 185 185 144 230 159
Cabell 236 134 129 138 82
Kanawha 261 311 214 332 234
Lincoln 278 188 157 213 178
Logan 194 169 133 246 181
Mason 551 445 343 370 297
Mingo 115 138 92 141 98
Putnam 323 236 196 225 150
Wayne 234 182 92 144 105
District V Subtotal 2,377 1,988 1,500 2,039 1,484
Calhoun 120 96 138 179 135
Doddridge 150 121 111 138 126
Gilmer 135 137 132 191 147
Jackson 286 290 244 326 294
Pleasants 72 68 81 83 73
Ritchie 239 212 233 326 237
Roane 207 195 193 236 235
Tyler 196 135 133 211 136
Wirt 166 157 164 193 173
Wood 279 277 236 294 268
District VI Subtotal 1,850 1,688 1,665 2,177 1,824
State Total 10,209 9,190 8,303 11,162 9,017

Flatwoods: Construction of Walmart Superstore Has Begun

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The construction of the new Walmart in Flatwoods, Braxton County, WV began in late May od 2014 on an 11.88 acre tract of land across from the Pilot Service Center and behind the Flatwoods Outlet Mall.

Originally a deal was first started in 2006.

However, transaction was never completed due to the state of economy.

Then in February 2013 negotiations began again.

After clearing “numerous” hurdles the deal was finally closed in April of 2014.

The finished 129,000 square foot facility will house Walmart Supercenter #6951-00.

Lenard S. Fiore Inc. of Altoona, PA is the general contractor for the project that has a $10,000,000 construction budget.

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Couple Wanted In Money Scam bt Glenville Police

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Two persons in the surveillance camera photo are wanted and Glenville Police is looking for your help. 

Glenville police said a man and a woman are working as a team to distract employees at the check out counter only to then rob them.

On Sunday the couple entered Mountaineer Mart in Hays City in Glenville and bought a $3 lottery ticket and paid with a $5 bill.

He then told the employee he gave her a $50 bill.

Officers say he continued to confuse the cashier, then swiped $100 from the counter.

The couple then went to Foodland and continued the scam.

Glenville Police also said they have reason to believe the couple did the same thing in Braxton County.

If you know anything about these suspects, call Glenville Police at 304.462.7411.

West Virginia State Folk Festival 2014 Belles

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GSC President’s Honor Roll Lists for Area Counties

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The Glenville State College Spring 2014 President’s Honor List has been announced. To be named to the GSC President’s Honor Roll, students must have a 4.0 grade point average and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours.

The students making the GSC President’s Honor List are listed as follows according to their counties of residence:


Braxton County:

•  Kathy J. Childers

•  Larissa E. DeLuca,

•  Marc A. Jones

•  Melissa L. Petry

•  Christopher L. Rhodes

•  Cami D. Roberts

•  Connie L. Roberts

•  Megan Lynnette Rollins

•  Ashley R. Smallwood

•  Sharon R. Yost


Calhoun County:

•  Sarah B. Lane

•  Emily L. Snyder


Clay County:

•  Casey A. Burdette

•  Courtney E. Cole

•  Julie A. Greenlee

•  Courtney S. Holcomb-Bennett

•  Catherine N. Nottingham

•  Lauren K. Stover


Gilmer County:

•  Amanda J. Abramovich

•  Ezekiel G. Bonnett

•  Jonathan E. Clark

•  Ashley R. Gish

•  Tara B. Grieco

•  Edgar D. Lewis

•  Hannah M. McCune

•  Andrea E. Osborne

•  Jodie L. Parsons

•  Casey D. Pritt

•  Brett M. Rinehart

•  Ashley D. Woodford


Harrison County:

•  Samuel A. Brooker

•  Bradley M. Stutler


Lewis County:

•  Joseph T. Perry

•  Jami K. Rice

•  Thomas P. Snyder


Nicholas County:

•  Sarah J. Hypes

•  Betul Kudurogianis

•  Annabeth R. Marsh

•  Fred A. Roberts, III

•  Morgan L. Smyth

•  Kathryn A. Younts


Ritchie County:

•  Samantha J. Brookover

•  Sara A. Rollins


Roane County:

•  Kayla D. Simons


Upshur County:

•  Sarah A. Gillespie

•  Benjamin T. Stingo


Webster County:

•  Harvey M. Hawkins

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GSC Spring 2014 Provost’s Honor List for Area Counties

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The Glenville State College Spring 2014 Provost’s Honor List has been announced.

To be named to the GSC Provost’s Honor Roll, students must have grade point averages between 3.5 and 3.9 and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours.

The students making the GSC Provost’s Honor List are listed as follows according to their counties of residence:


Barbour County:

•  John D. Cockerham, Jr.


Braxton County:

•  Crystal L. Barrow

•  Robert C. Cline

•  Bryan K. Foster, Jr.

•  Ashley B. Gauldin

•  Jesse L. King

•  Kristen F. Meadows

•  Ryan C. Singleton

•  Annetta L. Snyder

•  Casey D. Toler

•  Emmitt R. Wayne,

•  Mischell L. Workman

•  Clara D. Wymer


Calhoun County:

•  Moriah J. Creelfox, Sr.

•  Danielle N. Kendall

•  Justin G. Morris

•  Megan L. Prater

•  Anthony B. Richards

•  Randy R. Smith

•  Amara A. Yoak


Clay County:

•  Ryan M Bennett

•  James R. Hubbard

•  Erica D. Perdue

•  Erica L. Whitney


Gilmer County:

•  Autumn D. Bloom

•  Teayria G. Cool

•  Conner T. Ferguson

•  David A. Finley

•  Bethany B. Frymier

•  Clair L. Gilbert

•  Monica L. Goguen

•  Larisa D. Gordon

•  Hollie N. Gragg

•  Landon P. Gumm

•  Jacqueline K. Hashman

•  Debra K. Huffman

•  Christina L. Jenkins

•  Nicholas B. Lambert

•  Adrian D. Patterson

•  Heather C. Patterson

•  Emily E. Ramezan

•  Charity C. Ramsey

•  Anthony M. Rock

•  Jason D. Rosenburg

•  Kristal M. Sheets

•  Zandel M. Sponaugle

•  Valeri M. Sprouse

•  Abigail L. Stalnaker

•  Gregory T. Steele

•  Jason K. Taggart

•  Jenny N. Wolfe

•  Tiffany D. Young


Harrison County:

•  Joshua L. Smith


Lewis County:

•  Mariah L. Daniels

•  Richard C. Jones, II

•  Hunter E. McWhorter

•  Kayla B. Rose

•  Charlotte C. Squires


Nicholas County:

•  Andrew J. Bailes

•  Marcella R. Bragg

•  Jasin S. Coulter

•  Chelsea D. Dorsey

•  Ashley M. Dyer

•  Alexandria D. Fitzwater

•  Nathan M. Kincaid

•  Benjamin J. Neal

•  Jonathan E. Nicklow

•  Kathryn G. Waddell


Ritchie County:

•  Jesse M. Alborano

•  Joshua C. Kaplan

•  William N. Sarine, II

•  Jared M. Shipe

•  Kimberly A. Smith


Roane County:

•  Shelby L. Montgomery


Upshur County:

•  Brittany N. Hardy

•  Abigail E. Moore


Webster County:

•  Matthew I. Perkins

•  Brendan M. Rumney


Wirt County:

•  James L. Lynch


Wood County:

•  Anthony M. Jones

•  Kayla A. Lowers

•  Brooke N. Radabaugh

•  Meghan D. Ruddlesden

•  Shelby M. Scott

•  Jade E. Spencer

•  Katelyn R. Walls

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G-otcha™: Regional Jails - Braxton County - 06.03.14

Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name: Kenny Ray Rollyson
Height: 6’  0"
Weight: 182 lbs.
Birth Date: 01.23.1954
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 06.01.2014
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

Offender Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location Charge(s)
Braxton County - Bail: $0.00 CARRY CONCEAL WEAPON 2ND
OBSTRUCTING




Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name: Adam Wayne Ramsey
Height: 5’  10"
Weight: 200 lbs.
Birth Date: 01.07.1986
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 05.31.2014
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

Offender Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location Charge(s)
Braxton County - Bail: $0.00 OBSTRUCTING
PUBLIC INTOXICATION




Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name: Eva Doris Seykoski
Height: 5’  5"
Weight: 123 lbs.
Birth Date: 07.17.1959
Gender: Female
Booking Date: 05.31.2014
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

Offender Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location Charge(s)
Braxton County - Bail: $0.00 DUI (1ST OFFENSE)




Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name: James Robert Bennett
Height: 5’  10"
Weight: 160 lbs.
Birth Date: 09.16.1985
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 05.30.2014
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

Offender Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location Charge(s)
Braxton County - Bail: $0.00 DOMESTIC BATTERY
DOMESTIC ASSAULT 1ST/2ND(BY THREATS)




Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name: David Michael Tinney
Height: 5’  6"
Weight: 130 lbs.
Birth Date: 03.13.1975
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 05.29.2014
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

Offender Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location Charge(s)
Braxton County - Bail: $40,000.00 CUTIVATION OF MARIJUNA
MANUFACTURE DELIVER POSSESSION W/INTENT MANUFACTURING CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

WV Legislative Update: Delegate Brent Boggs - Chairman of the House Committee on Finance - 06.02.14

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We were all saddened last week at the passing of Arlene Herndon.  Assessor for the past six years and previously over a decade on the Braxton County Board of Education, Arlene was a friend and fine county official that always had a kind word, friendly smile and a great work ethic.  Our entire community shares in the loss of this dedicated public servant, friend and civic leader.  Our sincere condolences and prayers go out to the Herndon family.

As the school year nears an end, we send hearty congratulations to the 2014 class of graduates from both Braxton County High School and Gilmer County High School.  High school graduation is one of the mileposts in life that hold special meaning and importance as you reflect back in years to come.  Whether you are moving on to high education, post-secondary training, directly into the workforce or into the military, we all wish you the very best in the days ahead.

Also, congratulations to the Gilmer County High Baseball team on their making the Class A state playoffs with a win the regional final at Buffalo-Putnam last week.  It’s a big accomplishment to make the state playoffs and we will all be supporting the team as they move through the tournament.  To the coaches, players, parents and fans - let’s keep the momentum going and support the Titans.

Likewise, congratulations to BCHS pole vaulter Bryson Dennison on his winning the AA state championship pole vault title.  This is an outstanding achievement, made even more significant that he won by having to overcome the lack of track and field facilities at BCHS.  Great job, Bryson!

Another recent milestone in central West Virginia is the 25th season of Landmark Studio for the Arts.  Over the past quarter century, Landmark has provided a host of arts and entertainment events and cultural activities for our area.  Moreover, Landmark draws tourists and visitors to Sutton and the surrounding area, helping all our local businesses.  It has provided a showcase for hundreds of talented local residents and a positive impact on the community and state.  To all those that have worked so long and hard to ensure the success of Landmark Studio, I am greatly appreciative.

Early in my legislative career, I worked hard to secure a DMV regional office located at Flatwoods to serve the citizens of central West Virginia.  This has saved our citizens countless trips to other locations, and thereby a great deal of time and personal expense.  However, a bill that passed during the regular session, SB 431, will have an impact on drivers in our state as they renew their operator’s license.  The bill, now signed into law by Governor Tomblin, changes the renewal cycle for driver’s licenses issued by DMV from 5 years to 8 years.  DMV will have the ability to stagger renewal schedules to implement the transition to an 8 year renewal cycle.  The bill also allows DMV develop an on-line notification program to notify for renewal and to add the option of renewal on-line.  The bill also allows a military ID to be used to prove current legal name and address for purposes of renewal of a driver’s license; a category that was not previously included in the list of acceptable documents.

More and more functions of state government are becoming available on-line.  Citizens are requesting these changes and we’re working to encourage and mandate agencies to move forward.  In this instance, it will reduce waiting times at certain locations; allow for citizens to better manage their personal schedules and allow an additional opportunity to let state government be more user-friendly.  The bill is effective July 01, 2014.

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.

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