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Virgil Harold Conrad

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Virgil Harold Conrad

Age 87, of Red Lick Road, Roanoke, West Virginia passed away on Sunday, November 24, 2013.

He was born in Braxton County, WV on December 22, 1925, son to the late Stanton Henry Conrad and Minnie Edith (Williams) Conrad.

On November 13, 1948 he married the late Ellen Ruth (Pumphrey) Conrad.

He is survived by two daughters: Edna Cutright of Weston Milissia Conrad of Roanoke, five sons: Earl Conrad of Jane Lew, Wayne Conrad, Charles Conrad, Alvy Conrad, and Jacky Conrad all of Roanoke, two brothers: Ray Conrad of Jane Lew Clyde Conrad of Weston. Two sisters: Wilma Pumphrey of Weston and Wanda Riffle of Newton Falls, Ohio, also surviving are many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

In addition to his wife, and parents, he was also preceded in death by one son: Donald Conrad, one brother: Jimmy Conrad and three sisters: Geneva Vanirk, Mary Buckhannon, and Thelma Pumphrey.

Virgil’s interests in life were family and friends. He loved horses, hunting with his coon dogs, gardening and blue grass music. In later years he loved to talk about his hunting stories.

Friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 North Main Avenue, Weston, WV on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 from 5:00-8:00 PM.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 1:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Mike Riffle officiating.

Interment will follow services and Mr. Conrad will be laid to rest in the Titchenell Cemetery in Braxton County.

The Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the Conrad family.

Mid-State Archery (Flatwoods) to Host Next Archery in the Schools

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The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section (DNR) will hold its next instructor training for the Archery in the Schools (AIS) Program February 12-13, 2014, at Mid-State Archery in Flatwoods, according to Krista Snodgrass, program coordinator.

Since its inception in 2004, AIS has become the DNR’s largest educational program introducing archery to more than 85,000 students as part of their physical education (PE) classes in over 300 West Virginia schools. The program teaches Olympic-style, target archery in both public and private schools Grades 4 through 12.

“Mid-State Archery is looking forward to hosting another training in central West Virginia for more teachers to get certified to teach archery in the schools,” said Ron Burroughs with Mid-State Archery. “We are very excited about providing our facility to a program that is getting more youth involved in an activity that teaches a skill that can be taken with them beyond the classroom.”

“In order for schools to have the AIS Program, they must first have a certified instructor – preferably a physical education instructor or coach who will introduce as many kids as possible to the joys of target archery,” said Snodgrass. “DNR only has about four trainings a year and, because class size is limited to 25, training slots are highly sought after. As an added incentive, teachers taking this training may be eligible to receive Continuing Education Hours (CEH’s) – provided they submit their paperwork to their principal before the end of the school year.”

To ensure a training slot, anyone interested in getting a school involved in the program is encouraged to apply as soon as possible, before the February 03 deadline. The training costs $25 for all school employees and $50 for non-school employees. This fee will be paid to WVDNR – Archery in the Schools Program (via check, money order, or exact currency only) during the first morning of the training.

To register for the AIS training at Mid-State Archery, please call Krista Snodgrass at 304.558.2771; email for information on the AIS Program, or visit the DNR’s AIS website at www.wvdnr.gov/archery.

Benefit Dinner for Fred Mowery - 12.08.13

Benefit Dinner for Fred Mowery - 12.08.13

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Legislative Update – by – Delegate Brent Boggs - House Majority Leader - 11.25.13

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As I write Sunday afternoon, the stores, restaurants and local businesses are teeming with hunters – local, in-state, and from outside the WV borders – to participate in the opening day of deer season.  After a preliminary trip to the farm early this afternoon, I’m typing while I wait for Justin to arrive.  As much as I love to hunt, the opportunity to spend a little time with family and friends during deer season is always memorable.  Over the next few years, I’m looking forward to having the grandkids join in.

On the way to the farm, many new homes have been built in recent years and sites for others are in progress.  However, there are still several “old home places” that have been well maintained and coming to life during hunting season.  It’s a tradition that is alive and well throughout West Virginia.

Interim meetings concluded last Wednesday at the Capitol and one of the first meetings of the day – Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority – yielded some good news.  After years of increasing, the number of Division of Corrections inmates being held in our Regional Jails is actually on the decline.  While the numbers are preliminary, it is hopefully a trend that we will continue to see in the coming months.  Due to the overcrowding at Huttonsville and Mt. Olive, many state-sentenced prisoners have been held in regional jails until bed space opens; often for months or beyond a year.  This has resulted in severe overcrowding, increased costs, and increased mandatory overtime for an already understaffed workforce at many of our Regional Jails.

Legislation passed during the 2013 legislative session should assist in continuing this trend in the months ahead.  Also, the conversion of Salem from a juvenile facility to an adult facility will further aid in reducing overcrowding.  But the one element that looms large is the ever increasing number of drug related inmates.  We must put increased emphasis on inmate drug treatment; monitoring and testing after release or parole; and working to locate suitable employment opportunities on completion of sentences.  Without these elements in place, the revolving door of the correctional system will continue to turn for many as repeat offenders.

Finally this week, as a matter of personal preference, I don’t participate in the “black Friday” shopping and sale events that begin in the middle of the night on or shortly after Thanksgiving Day.  This normally requires folks to travel for miles to big box retailers; spend money on gas and food; and, upon arrival, be subjected at best to long lines and longer waits.  On the other end of the spectrum, TV stations will spend next weekend airing reports of the pushing, shoving and often, human stampedes.

Jean talked me into gong with her once about 25 years ago.  Since then, we’ve both learned a valuable lesson.  When possible, shop locally.  It saves money, time and keeps dollars circulating in our communities close to home.

This Saturday, November 30 is designated as Shop Small Saturday.  Started in 2010, this national day in support of local small businesses continues to grow.  Moreover, it calls attention to the backbone of our national economic strength: our small business community.

These are the retailers that sponsor our little league sports teams; the businesses that are there for us, day in and day out, when school and community call for donations and assistance.  Everything from schools to senior citizens, athletic boosters, charitable fundraisers, and community projects that need local funds to make them a success, our small business owners are there to do the heavy lifting in our communities.

As we enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday this week and our thoughts soon turn to the Christmas season, remember our local businesses.  They are our neighbors, our friends and a dynamic part of our community.  Remember to Shop Small.

I read the following, posted at a small, mom and pop restaurant along the way while traveling to visit Jessica and the boys.  I photographed it, as the message is one that we all need to remember:

“When you buy from a local small business, you are not helping a CEO buy a third vacation home.  You are helping a little girl get dance lessons; a little boy get his team jersey; a mom and dad put food on the table; a family pay a mortgage; a student pay for college.  Our customers are our shareholders, they are the ones we strive to make happy.”

Good advice we should all remember.


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.

Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito – 11.22.13

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Thousands of families across West Virginia have grown their families through adoption, and I’ve cosponsored two bipartisan pieces of legislation to help families adopting children from abroad.

The first, H.R 3386, would allow state courts to correct an adopted child’s name or date of birth. Current law does not recognize state court orders to amend a child’s name or date of birth, creating confusion when children are older and apply for a passport, driver’s license or Social Security card. The Accuracy for Adoptees Act cuts red tape for families by requiring federal agencies to accept and recognize state court orders amending a child’s name or date of birth.

The second, H.R. 3323, would establish a bureau at the State Department to serve as a diplomatic hub on international child welfare. It would also consolidate the processing of all inter-country adoptions under the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services. The Children in Families First Act streamlines bureaucratic systems, helping families navigate the international adoption process.

Every child deserves a loving family, and I am proud to support these legislative efforts to encourage and streamline adoption.


MARSHALL UNIVERSITY

I spoke to students competing in the semi-finals of the West Virginia Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition at Marshall University today. In the competition, students create business plans in one of three categories: hospitality and tourism; lifestyle and innovation; and STEM/technology. Three grand prizes will be awarded of $10,000 cash each plus accounting, legal and virtual or physical incubator space.

If you have a student who would be interested in entering next year’s competition, please visit www.be.wvu.edu/bpc/ for more information.


MOBILE OFFICE HOURS

I will be holding mobile office hours in Nitro, Berkeley Springs, Elizabeth, Ranson, Sutton, Buckhannon, Romney, Weston, Ripley, Paw Paw and St. Albans in the next two weeks. My staff will be available to help Second District residents who are having problems with federal agencies and programs. Please bring along documents you have received from federal agencies related to your issues.

Monday, November 25
10:30-11:30 AM
Nitro Senior Center
301 21st St.
Nitro, WV 25143

11:30 AM to 1 PM
Berkeley Springs Senior Center
106 Sand Mine Road
Berkeley Springs, WV 25411


Tuesday, November 26
10:30-11:30 AM
Wirt County Senior Center
Washington Street
Elizabeth, WV 26143

11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Jefferson County Senior Center
103 W. Fifth Ave.
Ranson, WV 25438


Wednesday, November 27
10:30-11:30 AM
Braxton County Senior Center
33 Senior Center Dr.
Sutton, WV 26601


Monday, December 02
10:30-11:30 AM
Upshur County Senior Center
28 N. Kanawha St.
Buckhannon, WV 26201


Tuesday, December 03
11:30 AM to 1 PM
Romney Senior Center
School Street and Birch Lane
Romney, WV 26757


Wednesday, December 04
10:30-11:30 AM
Lewis County Senior Center
171 W. 2nd St.
Weston, WV 264520


Thursday, December 05
10:30-11:30 AM
Ripley Senior Center
121 S. Church St.
Ripley, WV 25271

11:30 AM to 1 PM
Paw Paw Senior Center
783 Winchester St.
Paw Paw, WV 25434


Friday, December 06
10:30-11:30 AM
Hansford Senior Center
500 Washington St.
St. Albans, WV 25177
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G-otcha™: Man Who Confessed to ‘Rainbow Murders’ Executed

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The white supremacist who confessed to the 1980 “Rainbow Murders” in Pocahontas County was put to death in a Missouri prison Wednesday morning.

Joseph Paul Franklin, 63, who claimed he murdered as many as 20 people in several states between 1977 and 1980, was executed by lethal injection in connection with a Missouri murder.

In 1997 Franklin told a Cincinnati prosecutor that he murdered hitchhikers Nancy Santomero, 19, of New York, and Vicki Durian, 26, of Iowa on June 25, 1980 in Pocahontas County. The women were traveling to a Rainbow Family meeting in the Monongahela National Forest.

Franklin’s confession came four years after Pocahontas County resident Jacob Beard was convicted for the crimes.

After a number of legal proceedings focused on Franklin’s confession, Beard was found not guilty by a Braxton County jury in a second trial that took place in May 2000.

Franklin never stood trial on the 1980 murders.

Those who investigated the Beard case told the Charleston Daily Mail Tuesday they still believe Beard committed the murders, not Franklin.

“If you look at the forensic and ballistic evidence, it is not consistent with Franklin’s statement,” former Pocahontas County Sheriff Jerry Dale told the newspaper. “I’ve worked in prisons myself and I know how inmates work. There’s a society within a society.”

Dale claims Franklin read about the deaths in a crime magazine.

“He got the number of times the victims were shot wrong. The trajectory of the shots – nothing makes sense,” Dale told the Daily Mail.

Kailey Dawn Hilton

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Kailey Dawn Hilton is the name chosen for the daughter born to Michelle Jamison and Matthew Hilton of Burnsville, WV.

She was born Tuesday, November 05, 2013 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.

The little girl weighed 6-pounds, 10-ounces and is the couple’s first child.

The mother is a homemaker and the father is a land surveyor.

Maternal grandparents are Jeffrey Moss and Elizabeth Hickman of Glenville, WV.

Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs, Matthew Hilton of Summersville, WV.

Charles Eugene Ball

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Charles Eugene Ball

Age 78 of Sutton, WV, lost his battle with cancer, on November 20, 8:00 AM.

Thanks to the Lord, and the wonderful medical staff of CAMC, he enjoyed a good year, reuniting with friends and family, leaving good memories to all who knew him.

Born February 12, 1935, he was the son of Wade and Marjorie Ball, of Cazy. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, and brother, Howard.

Known by all as Charlie, he was fond of wintering in Florida each year. There, he made numerous friends, and enjoyed their company throughout the winter months. He also had a host of good neighbors and friends in his hometown, with whom, he maintained close relationships. He knew no strangers, and would often strike up a conversation with anyone, willing to talk-such was his character.

Charlie was a Korean War veteran, and served on airbases in France and Germany. He proudly retired from Bethleham Steel, as a UMWA coal miner, with 20 years of service. He loved coon hunting, and would spend his entire weekends in some hollow, each fall. He spent time hunting with his sons, and cherished their time together. He also loved fishing, and camping in general, especially on Williams River, where he would fish daily, often catching trout when no one else could seem to get a bite.

His last and most satisfying days were spent at his camp in Roane County, WV, where he had purchased a hunting camp. He lived to see his camper taken there, a porch built, and enjoyed taking a doe, in late October of this year, in his sick, and frail condition…he fought his illness until the very last day, with great determination. He will be greatly missed by all.

He is survived by his sons, Eddie Ball and wife Patty, and Jeff Ball and wife Sharon all of Bob White, WV. He is also lovingly survived by 13 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren and 12 great great grandchildren.

Services will be held 10 AM Saturday November 23, 2013 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, WV with his son Eddie briefly speaking.

He will be honored with a military funeral, hosted by his closest veteran brotherhood, American Legion Post #33, Sutton.

Burial will follow at 2 PM at Family Memorial Gardens, Low Gap, WV.

A very special thanks to Boone Home Health and Kanawha Hospice, who provided care in his last days, and the Handley Funeral Home, working in cooperation with Greene-Robertson Funeral Home in our time of need. Your work on his behalf and for the family, is much appreciated.

Family suggest donations be made to: Kanawha Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd., W. Charleston, WV 25302 of David Lee Cancer Center, 3100 MacCorkle Ave. SE. Suite 101 Charleston, WV 25304

Greene- Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to serve the Ball Family

Marla Gean Barker Rowan

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Marla Gean Barker Rowan

Age 78 of Sutton, WV, passed peacefully from this Earthly life, at home, on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, surrounded by the family who loved her greatly.

Though she long suffered acute and chronic illnesses, and Parkinson’s disease weakened her body, and at times clouded her mind, her optimism, wit, and sense of humor never left her.

Marla was born March 10, 1935 at Lost Run in Arcola, Webster County, WV, the fourth child, of Harvey Granvel and Goldie Lynch Barker.

Her family later moved to Braxton County, and after eighth grade graduation, her parents did not think it was a good idea to come to town to attend high school. She so loved learning, that she and her principal begged her parents to let her finish her education. She graduated from Sutton High School in 1952, being the first in her family to do so.

On July 26, 1952, she entered into marriage to the love of her life, Hurshel Giles Rowan. In the early years, while her husband was at sea, she was practically a single parent.

She became a very self- sufficient and progressive woman, but drew her strength from the Lord and her family. In 1959 she graduated from the Northern Institute of Cosmetology in Lorain, Ohio. Later, the family moved back to West Virginia. She owned and operated Marla’s Beauty Shop in Sutton for many years, while assisting her husband with his business, Sutton Services. Marla and Hurshel worked side by side, loving each other through 61 years of marriage.

Marla was a long time member of the World Wide Church of God, founded by Herbert W. Armstrong. She lived a Christian life, leading by example.

She was an intelligent, well- spoken lady with many interests and talents. She was an avid reader and life- long learner. She enjoyed a good joke, cooking great meals, painting landscapes with Bob Ross, perusing her many cookbooks, watching General Hospital, and spending time with her family. She was especially fond of her station wagon, finding a bargain at Goodwill, and large purses which she knew how to fill.

Those who preceded in death, were her parents; sisters, Ida Belle Rowan and Caroline Dillon; brothers, Garlan, Granvel, Robert Lee, and Arlen (Brownie), and son-in-law, Albert (John) Skidmore.

Surviving Marla is her loving husband, Hurshel; daughters, Rhonda Skidmore and Haley (Grant) Stump of Sutton, Cheryl (Harlis) Mitchell of Frametown, WV, and son, Hurshel Rowan Jr. of Sutton. Surviving grandchildren are Lori (Robert) Hill of Morgan Hill, CA, Jonna Skidmore of Sutton, Andrea Mitchell of Frametown, WV, Erin (Stacy) Carson of Burnsville, WV, and Hurshel Lee Simmons of Summersville, WV. Seven great-grandchildren survive; Kanyon Moore, Robert Carson, Rachel, Talia, Connor, and Jack Hill, and they are expecting a new brother or sister in December. Surviving siblings are sisters, Ruth Barker of Mountain Park, MD, and Sherry Kay (Jerry) Carter of Grafton, Ohio and brothers, Donnie (Betty) Barker and Bobby (Diane) Barker of Cleveland, Ohio.

Funeral service will be 2 PM Sunday, November 24, 2013, at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV with Rev. Vaughn James officiating.

Interment will follow at the Braxton County Cemetery in Sutton, WV.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 6-8 PM.

We will miss her infectious laugh and bright smile, but she will live on through her family and our memories.

G-Biz™: Acumera Provides Trusted Connection Services for Go-Mart

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Acumera – the leader in Trusted Connection Services for retail organizations – today announced it is providing network security, connectivity and visibility for West Virginia-based Go-Mart, which operates more than 100 convenience stores in West Virginia and surrounding states.

“Our Trusted Connections Services, such as managed VPNs and the web-based AcuVigil dashboard, are key tools to help reduce Go-Mart’s operating expenses and improve uptime. We are excited to support Go-Mart stores and their team with our services.”

In addition to significantly reducing the costs associated with managing and maintaining Go-Mart’s network, Acumera’s C-Store Connections package will deliver enhanced security and visibility for the company’s day-to-day operations. According to Go-Mart General Manager Paul Gaughan, Acumera is also providing valuable support for Go-Mart’s ongoing Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) compliance policies and programs.

“One of the factors that attracted us to Acumera is the breadth and depth of the team’s PCI knowledge, and their willingness to guide us through the complex process of building and maintaining a PCI-compliant network,” said Gaughan. “By specializing in network security for the convenience store space, Acumera has been able to jump right in, understand our network design, and address security requirements throughout all of our stores quickly, efficiently and cost effectively.”

As a part of the C-Store Connections package, Acumera will also provide Go-Mart with broadband carrier management services, managed VPNs, network operations center support and remote system visibility through the AcuVigil™ dashboard.

“Like many of our customers in the industry, Go-Mart is facing increasing pressure to improve network security and design, streamline operations, enhance visibility into store systems and reduce downtime, all while managing limited IT resources,” said Acumera CEO Dirk Heinen. “Our Trusted Connections Services, such as managed VPNs and the web-based AcuVigil dashboard, are key tools to help reduce Go-Mart’s operating expenses and improve uptime. We are excited to support Go-Mart stores and their team with our services.”


About Go-Mart

Based in Gassaway, West Virginia, Go-Mart, Inc. operates more than 100 convenience stores in West Virginia, Virginia and Ohio. The company traces its history back to 1914, when brothers Fred, Charles and Rod Heater, operating as the Heater Oil Co., began selling axle grease, kerosene and other petroleum products to farms and businesses in central West Virginia. In 1970, the Heaters built the state’s first self-serve gas station, which soon expanded to become the first “Go-Mart” convenience store.


About Acumera

Founded in 2002, Acumera provides Trusted Connection Services to multi-site merchants, specializing in the reduction of headaches caused by network management and security issues. Customers are free to focus on running their businesses because Acumera actively manages their networks and provides unparalleled visibility and remote management capability. Acumera gets customers’ stores, network clients and devices securely connected and keeps them connected. In addition to network status, merchants have real-time insight into key operational measures, such as fuel inventory levels and environmental and food safety temperatures. As a result, Acumera customers say they love their network. To learn more, visit Acumera on the web at www.acumera.net.

G-Biz™: Premier Bank to Buy Bank of Gassaway

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Premier Bank, Inc. plans to buy the Bank of Gassaway for $20.3 million as part of a deal to expand the bank’s footprint along the Interstate 79 corridor.

Premier Financial Bancorp Inc., parent company of Premier Bank, announced details of the deal Tuesday.

Under terms of the agreement, Premier, will pay $20.3 million in cash for the Bank of Gassaway and merge its five branches - located in Gassaway, Sutton, Flatwoods, Clay and Burnsville - into Premier’s operating system.

The transaction, which is still subject to regulatory approval, is expected to close early in the second quarter of 2014.

Premier Financial is currently a $1.1 billion bank holding company. Company officials say the purchase of the Bank of Gassaway, which has $165 million in assets, will be immediately accretive to earnings once it’s complete.

Robert Walker, Premier’s president and CEO, said the Bank of Gassaway was a “natural fit” in terms of both geography and operations.

“I have had several discussions with their senior management team and they do business the way we like to do business, on a personal level,“ Walker said.

Bank of Gassaway CEO JoAnn Truman said bank officials were excited about the merger and it will benefit the bank’s existing customers.

“We believe Premier is a vibrant and growing community bank franchise,“ Truman said. “Their management team has a history of operating banks that are strong, healthy performers within their local communities with an inviting, friendly community bank atmosphere.“

~~  by Jared Hunt - Daily Mail Business Editor ~~

G-otcha™: Braxton Woman Behind Bars for Cutting Her Husband with a Knife

Imprisonment Status:  Pre-Trial Felon
Full Name: Roberts,  Amanda Rae
Height: 5’  9"
Weight: 160 lbs.
Birth Date: 11.17.1988
Gender: Female
Booking Date: 11.19.2013
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Pre-Trial Felon

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
13F- Braxton County - Bail: $0.00
Charged with MALICIOUS ASSAULT, WOUNDING, BATTERY

In fighting with her boyfriend in Sutton, WV, she cut his chest with a knife.

Legislative Update – by – Delegate Brent Boggs - House Majority Leader - 11.18.13

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I write this week as our home is preparing for Thanksgiving and I’m heading to the Capitol for November interim meetings.  At home, we’re gearing up for everyone planning to be in for the holiday weekend –  or at least on Thanksgiving Day, subject to all the variables that can happen with kids, grandkids, weather, etc.  The opportunity to be together again this year is a great blessing for which I’m increasingly thankful as the years go by.

As always, we’re thankful for our veterans.  And, on Veterans Day, Braxton American Legion Post 33 and the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Scout leaders sponsored a great dinner and program for veterans and their family members at the Braxton Senior Center.  The Scouts served the dinner and I want to report that they made us all proud.  Working like professionals well beyond their years, the scouts were respectful, attentive and friendly in honoring our veterans.  Likewise, the veterans were equally appreciative of those young men and women that will be our future veterans and leaders.  Thank you to those that prepared the delicious meal and for those that planned and participated in the Gassaway Veterans Parade earlier that morning.

Additionally, the local economy will receive a big seasonal boost with deer season beginning on Monday, November 25.  Hunters have been preparing for months for the upcoming two-week season, with the biggest impact during the first week.  Also, it means additional revenue for sports shops, restaurants, convenience stores, and many other retailers.  This is always a multi-million economic shot-in-the-arm for our State.  I’m looking forward to being in the fields and woods on opening day, along with thousands of other hunters throughout West Virginia.  If you have questions about the current rules and regulations, visit the DNR website at www.wvdnr.gov.

Most importantly, stay safe and look out for your fellow hunters. And remember to wear plenty of blaze orange.

I was pleased with the announcement in Wood County last week by Governor Tomblin and Odebrecht officials on the promising news of a long-sought ethane cracker facility to be formally known as ASCENT (Appalachian Shale Cracker Enterprise).  This announcement represents a potential billion dollar investment that will have a positive fiscal impact for our entire state.

The several hundred acre site is exacting what is required for this type facility: flat land, major navigable river; main-line rail access; and close proximity to a major 4 lane highway.  These factors considerably reduce the number of potential sites in West Virginia.

While no official construction start date was announced, a portion of the site is occupied by the former GE polymer facility that has been downsizing for several years.  It will close in 18 months and the old plant razed to make room for the new cracker facility and three separate polymer production facilities nearby.

Several legal, supply, permitting and other critical hurdles are ahead.  However, the developer has already spent millions in doing site research, securing options, meeting with construction trades and other necessary work that will make this a reality for the natural gas industry and other major employers that depend on the finished products from a cracker facility.  The importance of this investment will mean that the energy produced here at home can also be converted and value-added to produce even more valuable petrochemical byproducts that are the building blocks for many essential products.

I also want to make mention of a comment that an Odebrecht official, Mr. David Peebles, made during the announcement at WVU-Parkersburg branch campus.  He advised the many students in attendance to continue their education, obtain the skills needed for future employment and to stay drug-free.  Mr. Peebles was providing some sound advice for their personal economic future.


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.

Ursie M Radcliff

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Ursie M Radcliff

Age 79, of Kansas City, MO, passed away peacefully in her home on November 11, 2013.

Ursie was preceded in death by her parents, Major and Mary Dean; husband, Bill J. Radcliff and 3 sisters, Alice Allen, Virginia Watkins, and Nesbeth James.

Survivors include her children, Jeffrey Radcliff and wife Diane of Charlotte, NC and Sharon Cannon of Kansas City, MO and 3 grandchildren, James Radcliff and Dominic and Daniel Cannon.

Ursie was a member of Platte Woods United Methodist Church and was very active in the Seekers Sunday School Class.

Her career as a registered nurse enabled her to bring comfort and care to many people over the years. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and loved the “Lunch Bunch”. She loved her grandchildren dearly; baking for them and others was a joy. She was known as “Mom Mom” or “Grandma Ursie” to her grandchildren, as well as many young people North of the River.

Family will receive friends at the Morrison Ridge United Methodist Church, Airport Road, Sutton, WV on Monday, November 18, 2013 from 10-11 AM.

Funeral services will follow visitation and be held at the Morrison Ridge United Methodist Church at 11:00 AM with Reverend Jim Malick officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to her childhood church, Morrison Ridge United Methodist Church, Airport Rd, Sutton, West Virginia, 26601.

Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home of Flatwoods will be caring for the Radcliff family.

Braxton County Electronics Recycling – Saturday, November 16, 2013

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Braxton County Solid Waste Authority will hold an Electronics Recycling collection event on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Flatwoods Mall parking lot in the area across from DMV.

Collection will be from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and is free to the public.

Covered electronic devices and electric items will be collected.

We will accept computers, TVs, microwaves, etc.

We will NOT accept appliances and air conditioners.

Jerry Ray Drake

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Jerry Ray Drake

of Jennings, Oklahoma passed away on Saturday, November 02, 2013, at the age of 76 years, two months and twenty one days.

Jerry was born August 12, 1937, in Ivydale, West Virginia.

He was the son of Frank Herbert and Audrey O. (Stockwell) Drake.

As a young boy Jerry was raised in Clay County and graduated from Gassaway High School. Following graduation Jerry joined the United States Marine Corps. He was inducted into the service of his country on July 11, 1955 in Frametown, West Virginia. After four years of active service Sergeant Jerry Drake was honorably discharged on July 10, 1959, at Camp Lejeunne, North Carolina. During his time in the Marines Jerry was a member of the All-Marine Boxing Team. Jerry returned home and soon moved to Ohio where he enrolled in college. He completed three years of higher education and was very active in the Golden Gloves and even boxed Semi-Pro. Jerry also coached American Legion Baseball for several years during that time.

During his time in college Jerry worked as a Test Engineer for Lear-Siegler from 1959 till 1961. Jerry then began working at Brown Fintube and in 1973, Jerry opened his own facility KDM Manufacturing. They made custom motor cycle parts as well as other manufacturing components. In 1976, Jerry moved to Oklahoma and was the Plant Superintendent for Thermatechnology. While at Thermatechnology Jerry was promoted to vice president and later CEO. In 1986, the facility closed and Jerry opened Drake Manufacturing. This time Jerry’s company made air cooled heat exchangers which he operated until 1993. On March 19, 1986, Jerry was united in marriage to Sheila and the couple established their initial home in Cleveland. Jerry shut the operation down and took a two year leave to do what he wanted. He hunted and farmed for nearly two years then accepted employment with Whirlpool in 1995. In 2000, Jerry and Sheila purchased property between Cleveland and Hallett and built their current home where he has continued to reside. Jerry worked at Whirlpool until 2002, when he retired.

Jerry loved to work. He especially enjoyed ranching and hay farming. Anything that had to be done outdoors Jerry took great pleasure in doing it. Jerry spent many hours hunting and fishing. He was very project oriented and there was nothing that he could not do or fix. He loved to sing and play guitar. Jerry loved being around people and was always playing a practical joke on someone. His family and grandbabies were his life. Always looking forward to seeing them and spending quality time with each and every one. Jerry was very devoted to his church and God who he loved immensely. Jerry was often quoted saying “If I die tomorrow I will stand in front of my Lord and say I have enjoyed every day of my life.”

Survivors are his loving wife Sheila of the home, mother Audrey Drake of the home; four sons Michael Drake and his wife Darla of Cleveland, Oklahoma, Roger Drake and his wife Keri of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Mark Drake and his wife Lori of Tulsa, Oklahoma, James Drake and his wife Shanna of Jennings, Oklahoma; one daughter Crystal Daugherty and her husband Charles of Cleveland, Oklahoma; one brother Edward Drake and his wife Cynthia of Monaca, Pennsylvania; seventeen grandchildren, two great grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends.

Jerry was preceded in death by his father Frank Drake, two brothers Bob Drake, Dave Drake and one grandson James Matthew Drake, II.

Funeral services were held 2:00 PM Thursday, November 07, 2013 at First Baptist Church with Casey Muse, J.D. Hostutler and Jack Fountain officiating.

Burial followed in the Woodland Cemetery under the direction of Chapman-Black Funeral Home.

GLENVILLE STATE COLLEGE STUDENTS VISIT GETTYSBURG BATTLEFIELD

Glenville state College History Professor Dr. Art DeMatteo recently hosted a trip to the historic Gettysburg Battlefield for eleven GSC students currently or previously enrolled in his ‘History of the Civil War and Reconstruction’ class.

“Gettysburg was such an amazing place to visit. We can look at the photos from our textbook, but after having actually visited, you can really sense the loss the nation experienced there,“ said history and political science senior Carol Bearce of Pullman (Ritchie County), West Virginia. “I’m thankful to Professor DeMatteo for going the extra mile to let us actually experience history in person,“ added Bearce.

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Glenville State College group that visited the historic Gettysburg Battlefield:
Adam Fuller, Dr. Tommy Smith, Matt Samples, Andrew Bourgeois, Kelly Hendrick, Cody Carnifix,
Professor Art DeMatteo, Paul Roach, DeMatteo’s grandson Ethan, Chris Rhodes,
Kevin Hardbarger, Ronnie Mullins, Jonathan Bevins, and Carol Bearce.


“Although the Gettysburg Battlefield National Park was closed due to the government shutdown, we were able to tour historic sites in the town and did manage to see a number of important battle sites up close including the legendary Little Round Top and Devil’s Den,” DeMatteo stated. “The high point of the trip was the Gettysburg Museum and Cyclorama located at the Visitors Center, which remained open despite the shutdown,” continued DeMatteo.

“It was great that we got to visit Gettysburg. Professors don’t often take their classes on field trips, and I feel we learned a lot more about it than we ever could have from a book,“ said psychology and sociology junior Adam Fuller of Durbin (Pocahontas County), West Virginia.

Accompanying the group was U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Historic Interpreter Tommy Smith, the Bulltown Battlefield Park Ranger in Braxton County, West Virginia. Smith said, “It was a fantastic trip. I personally was honored to be on this hallowed ground.” Smith followed up the Gettysburg trip with a visit to DeMatteo’s class on October 30th to give a presentation and to display uniforms for the students to see.

Other students who participated included Matthew Samples, Jonathan Bevins, Kelly Hendrick, Paul Roach, Andrew Bourgeois, Ronnie Mullins, Kevin Hardbarger, Cody Carnefix, and Christopher Rhodes. DeMatteo’s wife, Betty, and his grandson, Ethan, also enjoyed the excursion.

“At Glenville State, we like to say we are a family. . .this really proved to be an exciting and educational extended family trip for all concerned,” DeMatteo concluded.

For more information about the trip or the GSC History Program, 304.462.6273.

Rockefeller, Manchin Announce Funding for Braxton County Head Start Program

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Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin today announced more than $531,000 in federal funding for the Braxton County Board of Education to improve and support their Head Start Program

“We must do everything possible to give children a positive, healthy start in life. For so many decades, the Head Start Program and its wonderful and dedicated teachers and staff in West Virginia have given so much of themselves to make sure our most disadvantaged girls and boys are prepared to handle the demands of classroom instruction,” said Rockefeller, a long-time advocate for the Head Start Program. “We’ve seen what a difference it makes in the futures of our youngest ones when they’re provided access to a good meal, social services, and a caring counselor and teacher. I’m thrilled Braxton County is receiving this funding boost that goes toward helping our youngest West Virginians succeed when they start school.”

“When we talk about what we value as West Virginians and as Americans, we need to choose our priorities based on our values,” said Senator Manchin. “That means keeping our promises to those who matter the most to us, and our children should be at the top of that list. I am pleased that this grant will help provide the children in Braxton County with the services necessary to succeed. No child’s education, meals or basic health care services provided by Head Start should be stripped away because Congress cannot solve our nation’s spending problems, and I will continue to work with my colleagues to make sure essential programs like Head Start remain funded for West Virginia’s children.”

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded $531,336 to the Braxton County Board of Education for its Head Start Program.

Head Start is a national development program for low-income children that helps prepare them for school from a young age. The program, administered by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), offers eligible children and their families access to critical health, nutrition, education, and social services.

G-otcha™: Braxton Man Behind Bars Charged with Petit Larceny

Imprisonment Status:  Misdemeanor Pre-Trial
Full Name: Dailey,  Phillip Warren
Height: 6  6"
Weight: 240 lbs.
Birth Date: 04.21.1984
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 11.14.2013
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Misdemeanor Pre-Trial

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
13M-666 BRAXTON COUNTY - Bail Amount: $2,500.00
Charged with petit larceny.

Makenna Renae Ault

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Makenna Renae Ault is the name chosen for the daughter born to Nathan and Heather Ault of Buckannon, WV.

She was born Monday, October 28, 2013, at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.

The little girl weighed 5-pounds, 11-ounces and is the couple’s third child.

The mother is the former Heather Jarrett of Gassaway, WV and is homemaker.

The father is a mechanic.

Maternal grandparents are Robert and Debra Jarrett of Gassaway, WV.

Paternal grandparents are Frank and Darla Streets of Volga, WV.

Jayse Levi Hibbs

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Jayse Levi Hibbs is the name chosen for the son born to Jeffrey and Ashley Hibbs of Buckhannon, WV.

He was born Thursday, October 31, 2013, at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.

The little boy weighed 8-pounds, 8-ounces and has one sibling, Gemma.

The mother is the former Ashley Norman and is a homemaker.

The father is a pipe welder.

Maternal grandparents are Rodney and Renee Norman of Braxton, WV.

Paternal grandmother is Paula Hibbs of Burnsville, WV.

Mildred L. Singleton

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Mildred L. Singleton

Age 83, of Burnsville, WV, passed away on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at her daughter’s house. 

She was born on August 10, 2013, in Gilmer Station, WV, a daughter of the late Raymond Carson and Mary (Ratliff) Carson. 

On May 19, 1956, she married Roy Donald “Don” Singleton, who preceded her in death on July 24, 2009. 

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by brothers, Raymond “Kit” Carson, Roy E. Carson and Romeo Carson; and sisters, Beatrice Carson and Ruth Spaur.

She is survived by two daughters, Roberta Butler and husband Bernard of Burnsville, WV, and Royce Jo Steele and husband Jeff of Sliding Run. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Heather Singleton, Tabitha Butler, Derrick Kit Butler, Shayne Morgan Butler, Kaylee Hope Butler, Gregory Tyler Steele and Lucas Steele; great-grandchildren, Devon Jakob Butler, Kobe Mikael Singleton, Savanna Lee Singleton and McKenzie Mae Butler; and three step-great-grandchildren, Lyric Rice, Teia Rice and Phobe Rice. Also surviving are brother Larry Carson and sister Ann Singleton.

Mildred was a member of the Little Kanawha Independent Church in Burnsville.

Mildred loved to work in her flower bed and loved yellow roses. Mildred enjoyed celebrating and decorating for the holidays. She was also a sports fan and would watch almost any type of sports on TV, her favorite being basketball, and her favorite team was WVU. Most of all, Mildred loved her family.

Family will receive friends at the Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, 225 Main Street, Flatwoods, WV, on Friday, November 15, 2013, from 4-8 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at 11 AM at the Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Chapel with Reverend Ronzel Roberts officiating.

Interment will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Beech Fork Road, near Arnett. 

Little Kanawha Independent Church REVIVAL - 11.13.13 - Ongoig

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There will be a Revival at the Little Kanawha Independent Church at Burnsville, starting Wednesday, November 13, 2013.

It will start at 7:00 PM each evening.

There will be Special Singing Nightly.

The speaker will be Rev. Dennis Estes from Buckhannon.

Pastor Ronzel Roberts.

Everyone Welcome.

Come and join us.

G-otcha™: Braxton Woman Behind Bars for Sexual Assault

Imprisonment Status:  Pre-Trial Felon
Full Name: Skidmore,  Shirley Ann
Height: 5’  2"
Weight: 145 lbs.
Birth Date: 11.01.1955
Gender: Female
Booking Date: 11.12.2013
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Pre-Trial Felon

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
13-F-20 BRAXTON COUNTY - Bail Amount: $0.00
Charged with sexual assault, 3rd degree.

G-otcha™: Braxton Woman Behind Bars for Uttering

Imprisonment Status:  Pre-Trial Felon
Full Name: Hamner,  Kayla Michelle
Height: 5’  0"
Weight: 100 lbs.
Birth Date: 07.08.1991
Gender: Female
Booking Date: 11.12.2013
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Pre-Trial Felon

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
13F-233 BRAXTON COUNTY - Bail Amount: $50,000.00
Charged with uttering.

G-otcha™: Braxton Man Behind Bars for Controlled Substance

Imprisonment Status:  Pre-Trial Felon
Full Name: Rollyson,  Joshua Seth
Height: 5’  10"
Weight: 160 lbs.
Birth Date: 04.08.1983
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 11.12.2013
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Pre-Trial Felon

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
13F BRAXTON COUNTY - Bail Amount: $0.00
Charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance.

Little Kanawha Independent Church REVIVAL - 11.13.13 Starting Wednesday

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There will be a Revival at the Little Kanawha Independent Church at Burnsville, starting Wednesday, November 13, 2013.

It will start at 7:00 PM each evening.

There will be Special Singing Nightly.

The speaker will be Rev. Dennis Estes from Buckhannon.

Pastor Ronzel Roberts.

Everyone Welcome.

Come and join us.

Legislative Update – by – Delegate Brent Boggs - House Majority Leader - 11.11.13

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“A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards. More than that no man is entitled, and less than that no man shall have.”  President Theodore Roosevelt in a speech to veterans, Springfield, IL, July 04, 1903.

As I write this week on the eve of Veterans Day, the words of President Roosevelt are as relevant today as when he delivered his remarks 110 years ago.  “Support our Troops” should always be action, not just words.  Of all the citizens of our great nation, we owe more to veterans – men and women – and their families than all others.  It was a great honor to attend the Veterans recognition dinner at the Gilmer Senior Center last week and I’m equally looking forward to the same at the Braxton Senior Center on Veterans Day.  Thanks and God bless all our veterans, past and present.

Interim legislative meetings are scheduled for next Monday, November 18 through Wednesday, November 20 at the Capitol.  Below is the full schedule for meetings for your reference and review.

Interim Committee Schedule: November 18 - 20, 2013

 

Monday, November 18, 2013
Convene Adjourn Committee Location
09:00 AM 10:00 AM Finance Subcommittee B Senate Finance
09:00 AM 10:00 AM Government Organization Subcommittee C House Gov. Org.
09:00 AM 10:00 AM Select Committee on Infrastructure Senate Judiciary
10:00 AM 11:00 AM Select Committee on Veterans’ Affairs House Gov. Org.
10:00 AM 12:00 PM Legislative Oversight Committee on Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority Senate Finance
11:00 AM 12:00 PM Joint Standing Committee on Finance House Gov. Org.
11:00 AM 12:00 PM Joint Standing Committee on the Judiciary House Chamber
12:00 PM 01:00 PM Forest Management Review Commission House Gov. Org.
12:00 PM 01:00 PM Joint Standing Committee on Pensions and Retirement House Judiciary
01:00 PM 02:00 PM Commission on Special Investigations Senate Finance
01:00 PM 02:00 PM Government Organization Subcommittee B House Gov. Org.
01:00 PM 03:00 PM Legislative Rule-Making Review Committee Senate Judiciary
02:00 PM 03:00 PM Joint Committee on Technology House Finance
03:00 PM 04:00 PM Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability Senate Finance
03:00 PM 05:00 PM Legislative Oversight Commission on Health and Human Resources Accountability House Gov. Org.
04:00 PM 05:00 PM Agriculture and Rural Development Senate Judiciary
05:00 PM 06:00 PM Government Organization Subcommittee A Senate Judiciary
05:00 PM 06:00 PM Joint Standing Committee on Education House Chamber
05:00 PM 06:00 PM Select Committee on Minority Issues House Finance
06:00 PM 07:00 PM Legislative Intern Committee House Finance
06:00 PM 07:00 PM Select Committee on Outcomes-Based Funding Models in Higher Education House Judiciary



Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Convene Adjourn Committee Location
09:00 AM 10:00 AM Education Subcommittee C - Audit Issues House Judiciary
09:00 AM 10:00 AM Equal Pay Commission House Finance
09:00 AM 10:00 AM Finance Subcommittee A Senate Finance
10:00 AM 11:00 AM Employee Suggestion Award Board - Joint Committee Conference Room W-330
10:00 AM 11:00 AM Joint Commission on Economic Development House Gov. Org.
12:00 PM 01:00 PM Judiciary Subcommittee C House Judiciary
12:00 PM 01:00 PM Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability Senate Finance
12:00 PM 02:00 PM Legislative Oversight Commission on Health and Human Resources Accountability - Molina MEETING & VISITATION
01:00 PM 02:00 PM Education Subcommittee A - Public Education House Judiciary
01:00 PM 02:00 PM Judiciary Subcommittee A Senate Judiciary
01:00 PM 02:00 PM Post Audits Subcommittee Senate Finance
01:00 PM 02:00 PM Select Committee on PEIA, Seniors and Long Term Care House Finance
02:00 PM 03:00 PM Commission on Interstate Cooperation Senate Finance
02:00 PM 03:00 PM Joint Committee on Technology House Finance
02:00 PM 03:00 PM Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Subcommittee House Gov. Org.
03:00 PM 04:00 PM Council of Finance and Administration Senate Finance
03:00 PM 04:00 PM Education Subcommittee B - Higher Education House Judiciary
03:00 PM 04:00 PM Joint Legislative Oversight Commission on State Water Resources House Gov. Org.
03:00 PM 05:00 PM Judiciary Subcommittee B Senate Judiciary
04:00 PM 05:00 PM Finance Subcommittee C House Finance
04:00 PM 05:00 PM Legislative Oversight Commission on Workforce Investment for Economic Development House Gov. Org.
05:00 PM 06:00 PM Labor and Worker Safety Issues House Gov. Org.
05:00 PM 07:00 PM Joint Committee on Children and Families House Finance
06:00 PM 07:00 PM Legislative Rule-Making Review Committee Senate Judiciary
07:00 PM 08:00 PM Joint Committee on Government Operations - JOINT MEETING House Chamber
07:00 PM 08:00 PM Joint Standing Committee on Government Organization - JOINT MEETING House Chamber



Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Convene Adjourn Committee Location
09:00 AM 10:00 AM Joint Standing Committee on Education House Chamber
10:00 AM 11:00 AM Joint Standing Committee on Finance House Chamber
10:00 AM 11:00 AM Joint Standing Committee on the Judiciary House Gov. Org.
11:00 AM 12:00 PM Joint Committee on Government Operations - JOINT MEETING House Chamber
11:00 AM 12:00 PM Joint Standing Committee on Government Organization - JOINT MEETING House Chamber
12:00 PM 02:00 PM Joint Committee on Health House Chamber
01:00 PM 02:00 PM Joint Committee on Government and Finance Senate Finance

Finally, happy 63rd wedding anniversary to my parents, Doyle and Ethel Mae Boggs.  I’m blessed with great parents that continue to lead by example.  Thanks, Mom and Dad, from all your family and friends.

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.

G-otcha™: Braxton Man Behind Bars on Fraud Charges

Imprisonment Status:  Misdemeanor Pre-Trial
Full Name: Gentile,  Timothy Charles
Height: 5’  9"
Weight: 150 lbs.
Birth Date: 06.03.1971
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 11.08.2013
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Misdemeanor Pre-Trial

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
113M-493 BRAXTON COUNTY - Bail Amount: $0.00
Charged with fraud, false pretenses, and fraudulent schemes.
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Sarah “Ann” Loyd

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Sarah “Ann” Loyd

Age 70, of Heaters, WV, passed away November 06, 2013 at Braxton County Memorial Hospital after a long illness.

She was born April 19, 1943 a daughter of the late Cecil and Susan Posey Loyd.

Ann loved to watch” Saturday Night Live” and was an avid WVU fan.

She is survived by sisters, Mary Loyd of Heaters, Bettie Kirchner (Jerry) of Columbia, SC and Polly Jones (Bill) of Oak Hill; brothers, Raymond Lloyd (Loretta) of Lockport, NY, Jerry Loyd (Jeannie) of Mount Clare, Eugene Loyd (Janet) of Gassaway, Frank Loyd (Sheila) of Sutton and Billy Joe Loyd of Heaters; nephew, Gary Loyd and niece, Martha Pugh whom she helped raise; very special nephew, Little Delmer.

In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by brothers, William James Loyd and Freddie Ray Loyd; sister, Emma Lea Stout and her husband, Burton.

Service will be 2 PM Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Delmas Singleton officiating.

Burial will be in the Little Kanawha Memorial Gardens, Heaters.

Friends called from 6 to 9 PM Saturday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

G-otcha™: Gassaway Man Behind Bars for Attempted Assault, Soliciting Minor on Facebook

Imprisonment Status:  Pre-Trial Felon
Full Name: Hinkel,  Harry Jacob
Height: 5’  10"
Weight: 183 lbs.
Birth Date: 07.03.1991
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 10.31.2013
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Pre-Trial Felon

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
13F-222\223 BRAXTON COUNTY - Bail Amount: $100,000.00
He was arrested by West Virginia State Police after he was accused of attempted sexual assault and soliciting a minor via Facebook.

Harry Hinkel, Jr. from Gassaway, WV was on probation for grand larceny when officers arrested him at his home last week.

Troopers said Hinkel knew the 12 year old female, he lured over the Internet.

He was attempting to conduct an inappropriate relationship with the juvenile.

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Berton H. Grimm

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Berton H. Grimm

formerly of Kanawha Run, Sutton, WV passed away on Monday, November 04, 2013 at Elder Care Health and Rehabilitation in Ripley, WV.

He was born on January 19, 1931 in Holly, WV a son of the late John William Grimm and Lula Myrtle (Rose) Grimm.

On August 2, 1958 he married Freda Marie (Engel) Grimm.

In addition to his parents Mr. Grimm was preceded in death by brothers Buren Grimm, Byron Grimm, Boyd Grimm, Buell Grimm, and Billy Grimm, sisters Ocie Wilmoth, Ora Eubank, and Vergie Skidmore.

In addition to his wife he is survived by two daughters Deborah Smith and husband (Doug) of Akron, OH, Sandra Kay Day and husband William of Sewickley, PA, and one son Gary Wayne Grimm. He is also survived by grandchildren Holly Cumming and husband George, Jennifer Keefer and husband Steve, Dalton Day, Garrett Day, Taylor Grimm, Tyler Grimm and Brandon Grimm, great grandchildren Brady Adkins, Camdyn Cummings, and Austin Keefer. Mr. Grimm is also survived by one brother Berl Grimm of Cleveland, OH, one sister Ola Groff of Sutton, WV, and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Grimm was a member of the Epworth United Methodist Church in Ripley, WV.

Mr. Grimm loved to hunt, fish, go boating, and playing golf his favorite golfer was Phil Mickelson. He was also a WVU football fanatic and he also kept an immaculate yard and it was a well-known fact that you were not allowed to park on the grass. Mr. Grimm’s greatest joy was spending time with his Children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Family will receive friends on Saturday, November 09, 2013 from 2-4 PM at the Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, 225 Main Street, Flatwoods, WV.

Funeral services will follow visitation in the Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home Chapel at 4:00 PM with Reverend Darrell Tackett officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Mt. Hebron Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimers’s association at alz.org/donate.

The Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home of Flatwoods will be caring for the family of Berton H. Grimm.

Calvin Hoover Mayes

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Calvin Hoover Mayes

Age 85, of Rocky River, OH, formerly of the Bendale Community of Weston, WV passed away Thursday, November 07, 2013 at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born May 30, 1928 in McDunn, Fayette County a son of the late Jeff Brooks Mayes and Virgie Mae Atha Mayes.

He was twice married, first to the former Pauline Knicely, who preceded him in death, then on June 28, 1980 he married the former Rebecca Taylor who survives.

Also surviving are three daughters: Cathy Dougan of Rocky River OH, Anna Knock of Columbus OH, and Virgie Pavick of Northfield OH; one son, Calvin Talbert Mayes of Maple Heights OH; one sister, Nina June Perdue of Falls View, WV; and ten grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Dee Saxer, nine brothers and five sisters.

Calvin was employed as a machine operator in the manufacturing business for over 40 years, working at Prototype Development for many of those years.

He was a member of the Union Mission Church in Buckhannon.

He enjoyed hunting and the many fishing trips to Canada.

Friends and family will gather at the Union Mission Church in Buckhannon at 1 River Rd. (Vicksburg Road) on Monday, November 11, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Funeral services will follow at 1:00 PM with Reverend Dennis Estes officiating.

Interment will follow in the High Knob Cemetery on Airport Road in Flatwoods, WV.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service of 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew WV is honored and privileged to serve the family of Calvin Hoover Mayes.

Gotcha™: Gassaway Man Behind Bars on Felony Charhes

Imprisonment Status:  Pre-Trial Felon
Full Name: Richardson,  John Ryan
Height: 5’  11"
Weight: 160 lbs.
Birth Date: 06.11.1985
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 10.29.2013
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Pre-Trial Felon

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
13F-202 \203- 13M-641\642 BRAXTON COUNTY - Bail Amount: $20,000.00
This Gassaway man broke into the Sutton Moose Lodge back in September of 2013.

He was arrested by Sutton Police and charge with multiple felony and misdemeanor charges.

The surveillance video from the Sutton Moose Lodge on the date of the incident shows Richardson and another male removing an air conditioning unit from the back wall of the lodge, which caused substantial damage to both the unit and the wall.
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Russell Delbert Losh

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Russell Delbert Losh

Age 70 of Mount Olive, West Virginia, departed this life on Monday November 04, 2013 following a long battle with cancer.

Born December 12, 1943 in Sand Fork, WV, son of the late Harry Losh and Genevieve Pritt Jones.

In his youth he enjoyed hunting , fishing and spending time with his family.

Russell was also a Baptist by faith.

Surviving is 1 son, Russell D. Losh Jr. of Weston,  2 sisters, Dorthy Townsend and husband Bob of Cox’s Mill, WV; Teresa Grimm of Clarksburg, WV; 2 Brothers, Leon Losh and wife Susan of Sutton, WV; and Robert Floyd of Tennessee.

Along with his parents he was preceded in death by 4 brothers and 4 sisters.

At Russell’s request he was cremated and a memorial service will be held at the Leading Creek Baptist Church at a later date.

The family requests that contributions be made to Ellyson Mortuary Inc. to help pay funeral expenses for Russell.

They can be made to Ellyson Mortuary Inc., 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville WV 26351.

Terry Doyle Vaughan

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Terry Doyle Vaughan

Age 102, of Jacksonville, Florida died on November 05, 2013.

He was born on February 22, 1911, in Elmira, Braxton County, WV, the son of Edna Heinzman and Squire Lee Vaughan.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Zella Hall Vaughan; two sisters, Glenna Nichols and Erie Hollister; his daughter, Barbara Barna, and his grandson, Scott Barna.

Survivors include his sister, Helen Cobb of Charleston, WV; his son and daughter-in-law, Edwin and JoAn Vaughan of Woodside, CA; four grandchildren, Sherri Johnson of Jacksonville, FL; Joseph Lee Vaughan of Riverside, CA; Laura Vaughan Lange of Woodside, CA; and Stephen Doyle Vaughan of Redwood City, CA; eleven great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandson.

Doyle was married to his wife Zella for seventy years.

For many years he was a member of the First Baptist Church of South Charleston, WV and Grace United Methodist Church of Merritt Island, Florida.

Doyle served in the navy during World War II and for twenty-eight years worked for the Union Carbide Corporation in South Charleston, WV.

A funeral service celebrating his life will be held at the Albert’s Chapel Methodist Church at Sand Ridge, WV Sunday November 10, 2013, 2:00 PM.

Friends may call at the church from 1:00-2:00 PM prior to the services.

Local arrangements are being handled by the Stump Funeral Home of Grantsville.

He will be buried beside his wife of seventy years, Zella Hall, who preceded him in death.

In lieu of flowers, memorials should be sent to the Elmira Baptist Church, Duck WV, 25065.

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