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Virgil I. Boggs

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Virgil I. Boggs

Age 84, of St. Marys, WV, formerly of Sutton, WV went to be with the Lord on Tues. April 30 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Gilmer County, WV on January 27, 1929 to the late Roy and Chloe Boggs.

He was also preceded in death by his sister, Louella Simmons.

Virgil was a member of Greensburg Temple Baptist Church of Greensburg, OH and also attended Poplar Ridge Community Church, near Sutton and Cow Creek Methodist Church of St. Marys, WV.

He was a Teamster for Local 24 of Akron, OH. Virgil loved God, his family, camping, fishing, hunting, western books, John Wayne movies, puzzles and a good game of dominoes.

Virgil leaves behind his loving wife of 62 yrs. Geraldine Jamison Boggs and 7 children, Dianne (Stan) Texter of Akron, OH, Janice (Steve) Hughes of Frametown, WV, Sharlene Heiney of Grantsville, WV, Donna (Mike) Bunner of St. Marys, WV, Wayne (Carla) Boggs of Akron, OH, Dwight Boggs of Venice, FL, Duane Boggs of Manassas, VA, brother, Paul (Judy) Boggs of Cape Coral, FL, aunt, Martha Villers of Columbia Station, OH, 18 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, 11 step grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM on Saturday May 04, 2013 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with the Pastor David Chapman officiating.

Burial will follow at Bug Ridge Community Cemetery, near Sutton, WV.

Friends may call two hours prior at the funeral home.

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

Gilmer County High School Graduate Interns at West Virginia Legislature

Jennifer Papouschek, a recent graduate of the University of Charleston, was selected earlier this year as one of a handful of Judith A. Herndon Internship Fellows for the 2013 Legislative Session.  Jennifer is the daughter of Kent and Susan Papouschek of Burnt House, Ritchie County.  Jennifer interned with Delegate David Perry (D-Fayette) this session


Jennifer attended Troy Elementary School and is a 2009 graduate of Gilmer County High School.

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Delegate Brent Boggs (D-Boggs), Jennifer Papouschek and Delegate David Perry (D-Fayette)


She majored in Public Policy with a minor in Psychology at the University of Charleston, graduating Cum Laude in December 2012.  Jennifer began working at the Department of Revenue, Office of the Cabinet Secretary, at the end of her freshman year as part of the Governor’s Internship Program.  She continued to work with the Department of Revenue until she began the Herndon Internship Program with the Legislature earlier this year.  Jennifer is no stranger to the House of Delegates, as she also served as a Frasure-Singleton Intern in 2010 with Delegate Ron Walters (R-Kanawha).

Delegate Perry spoke highly of Jennifer, stating, “it has been most refreshing and gratifying to have someone of her academic, professional and personal integrity to have shared the legislative process with for the session.“ As she wrapped up her work as the Legislature concluded the session, Jennifer reporting having a positive experience through the fellowship program.  “It has been an outstanding and rewarding experience to have taken part in the 2013 Herndon Internship. I am honored to have had the privilege to work alongside our state’s distinguished legislative members of the House of Delegates. This experience has allowed me to put my academic work into motion which I am confident will only further my ability to positively impact our state in the future.“

Delegate Boggs was pleased to welcome Jennifer to the Capitol this year.  “Jennifer was an important contributor in the legislative process with her intellect, strong work ethic, and communication skills. I am proud of her accomplishments and willingness to serve as one of our distinguished Herndon Fellowship interns.”

Pierpont Community & Technical College’s LPN program to Hold Open House, May 01, 2013

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Pierpont Community & Technical College’s LPN program, based at the Braxton County Higher Education Center at Braxton County High School, will hold an informational open house for individuals interested in enrolling in the program.

The open house will run from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at the Center.

“There has been lots of interest in this program,” said Dr. Rosemarie Romesburg, Dean of Pierpont’s School of Health Careers. “We want to make sure anyone interested knows what is required to gain admittance into the program, and also to learn more about a range of health career options, including practical nursing, phlebotomy, and lab assistant. I would encourage anyone interested in these fields to come by our open house and talk with us.”

Gassaway: Ramp Dinner - 05.12.13

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Little Kanawha Independent Church REVIVAL - 04.29.13 - Starting Tonight

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There will be a Revival at the Little Kanawha Independent Church starting Monday, April 29, 2013 at 7:00 PM.

There will Special Singing nightly.

Speaker will be Rev. Dennis Estes from Buckhannon.

We invite everyone to come and join us for a joyous time in the Lord.

Ronzel Roberts, Pastor.

Legislative Update – by – Delegate Brent Boggs - House Majority Leader - 04.29.13

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It’s always difficult to transition back from the legislative session to a regular work schedule, although on the railroad there seems to be no such thing as regular hours or schedule.  However, I used a vacation day last week to take Carson and Kenzie to the circus.  They had a barrel of fun and it was a great evening for Jean and me to enjoy the grandkids.

Earlier that day, I spend at the Capitol for some post-session work and planning for May interim meetings.  House and Senate clerks and legislative staff continue to prepare bills for enrollment, obtain the required signatures and deliver them to the Governor for his review and action.  Other than the three bills vetoed for minor errors and re-passed during the extended session, the Governor has yet to use his veto power since we adjourned.  Last week, Governor Tomblin has signed twenty-two additional bills into law.  They are:

SB 208 - Making supplementary appropriation from State Fund, General Revenue, to Department of Commerce, Division of Labor, and DHHR, Division of Human Services

SB 523 - Making supplementary appropriation of unappropriated moneys to various accounts

SB 524 - Supplementing, amending, decreasing and increasing appropriations from State Road Fund to DOT

SB 525 - Making supplementary appropriation of federal funds to various accounts      

SB 526 - Making supplementary appropriation of federal funds to DHHR, Division of Human Services-Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

SB 664 - Decreasing appropriations of public moneys in State Fund, General Revenue  

HB 2108 - Making the offense of failure to wear safety belts a primary offense  

HB 2361 - Relating to the definition of “eligible veteran” for certain state training and employment preference benefits

HB 2463 - Repealing the article that permits the sterilization of persons deemed to be mentally incompetent

HB 2521 - Relating to the West Virginia Contraband Forfeiture Act

HB 2538 - Expiring, supplementing, amending, increasing, and adding items of appropriation in various accounts

HB 2541 - Making a supplementary appropriation from the State Fund, State Excess Lottery Revenue Fund, to the Department of Health and Human Resources, Division of Human Services

HB 2553 - Authorizing the Secretary of State to administratively dissolve certain business entities

HB 2729 - Allowing schools to voluntarily maintain and use epinephrine auto-injectors    

HB 2815 - Clarifying and modifying the process of appointing and terminating guardians for minors    

HB 2858 - Relating generally to consumer rate relief bonds

HB 2923 - Relating to directors of state-chartered banking institutions

HB 2992 - Eliminating duplicative reporting requirements imposed on distributors of imported cigarettes

HB 3003 - Facilitating compliance with the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement      

HB 3028 - Expanding the number of hours temporary state personnel may work in a calendar year    

HB 3086 - Relating to juvenile services and criminal justice institutions    

HB 3159 - Granting exceptions from certain compulsory attendance statutes to the Monroe and Nicholas County school systems (local bill)

Finally, Governor Tomblin announced last week that his Chief-of-Staff, Rob Alsop, is stepping down soon after an extremely successful tenure.  I’ve known Rob for many years and he has performed admirably for the Governor and also in his many other prominent roles on the state and federal level.  I’ve worked closely with Rob in my role as Majority Leader and his professionalism, work ethic and ability to build consensus on difficult issues has resulted in extremely successful legislative initiatives for our State.  He has also helped forge a great working relationship between the Legislature and the Tomblin Administration.


Please send your inquiries to the Capitol Office at:  Building 1, Room 224-M, Charleston, WV 25305.  Or, call the Capitol office at 304.340.3220; Assistant to the Majority Leader, Jennifer McPherson at 304.340.3942 or fax to 304.340.3213.  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: “Brent.Boggs@WVhouse.gov” .

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.

Franklin James “Hoot” Gibson

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Franklin James “Hoot” Gibson

Age 55, a resident of Cassity, passed from this life Monday, April 22, 2013, at his home.

He was born Saturday, September 07, 1957, in Braxton County, WV, a son of the late Scott Henry Gibson and Elizabeth Florence Belknap Gibson.

Left to cherish Hoot’s memory are his two children, Frank Gibson and companion, Megan Fincham, of Mill Creek, and Amanda Salisbury and companion, Mike Wilson, of Beverly; four grandchildren, Breanna Gibson, Trenten Matura, Trenton Marino and Keaton Salisbury, three sisters, Martha McCauley and husband, Kenny, of Ohio, Kathy Swecker and companion, Charles Lambert, of Middle Mountain, and Melinda Phillips and husband, Jr., of Valley Bend; three brothers, Rick Gibson and wife, Kim, of Ohio, Wayne Gibson and wife, Susan, of Cassity, and Vince Gibson and wife, Angie, of Point Mountain; and several nieces and nephews.

Hoot was preceded in death by two brothers, Winford Gibson and Edward Gibson.

Hoot attended the schools of Coalton and had worked as a coal miner for Bedford Coal Company and Carter-Roag. He loved hunting and fishing, being outdoors and entertaining his many friends.

Visitation was conducted at the Randolph Funeral Home Thursday, April 25, from 4:00 until 6:00 PM, the funeral hour.

Members of Hoot’s family officiated, and his request for cremation followed.

The Randolph Funeral Home and Cremation Services has been entrusted with the arrangements for Franklin James “Hoot” Gibson.

Little Kanawha Independent Church REVIVAL - 04.29.13 Monday

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There will be a Revival at the Little Kanawha Independent Church starting Monday, April 29, 2013 at 7:00 PM.

There will Special Singing nightly.

Speaker will be Rev. Dennis Estes from Buckhannon.

We invite everyone to come and join us for a joyous time in the Lord.

Ronzel Roberts, Pastor.

Karen A. Nottingham

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Karen A. Nottingham

Age 51, of Hedgesville, WV, went home to the Lord Sunday, April 14, 2013 after a short illness with cancer.

She was born on April 21, 1961 in Braxton County, WV.

She is survived by her loving husband, Aaron, her two sons, Aaron II and Christopher, and a daughter, Autumn, all at home. Father, Orville Mollohan of Duck, WV, sisters Carrie Mace of Frametown, WV, Sarah Bender and Jennifer Rhodes, both of Sutton, WV, Sue Hanna and Cindy Phillips, both of Cleveland, OH, and Valerie Linsinbigher of FL, brothers, John Mollohan of Duck, WV, Charles Mollohan of Martinsburg, and Orville Mollohan II, of Hedgesville, mother in law Donna K. Nottingham of Akron, OH, grandmother Grace James of Frametown, WV, and several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

Karen was preceded in death by her mother, Ann Mollohan, father in law, Gale Nottingham, grandfathers, Spencer James and Ivan Mollohan, and grandmother, Elsie Mollohan.

Her body was cremated and a Memorial Service was held on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at 2 PM in Providence Bible Church, Hedgesville, WV, where she was a member.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 122 Waverly Court, Martinsburg, WV 25403.

Arrangements entrusted to Rosedale Funeral Home, 917 Cemetery Road, Martinsburg, WV 25404.

Bayward Butler

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Bayward Butler

Age 95 of Exchange, WV died April 18, 2013 at home.

He was born November 8, 1917 in Belfont, Braxton County, WV.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1946, advancing to the rank of Chief Petty Officer. Since that time, he has been a resident of Braxton County and devoted his life to family, farming, education and community service.

He was a graduate of Gassaway High School and Glenville State College and retired from Braxton County Public Schools in 1980 where he served as a teacher and coach.

Following his retirement from teaching, he accepted new challenges and responsibilities in his community, county and state. He was an active member of the Farm Bureau serving as county president for over 20 years and was also the Elk Soil Conservation District Supervisor for over 30 years during which he received many perfect attendance awards.

Mr. Butler received many honors for his service to community and state. In 1994, he was recognized as the Braxton County Citizen of the Year, in 2000 he received the WV Farm Bureau’s Distinguished Service Award, in 2003 he was awarded the Soil Conservations’ District Supervisor Award and in 2009 he was enshrined in the West Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame.

In addition to the Farm Bureau and Soil Conservation Service, he was also a member of the Cutlips Baptist Church, where he served as a Sunday School teacher for over 50 years, the Cattleman’s Association, Braxton County Association of Retired School Personnel, the Gideons, FFA Alumni, 4-H Allstars, the American Legion, the Braxton Coalition and the Braxton County Solid Waste Authority. He rose to leadership positions in almost all of these groups due to his quiet demeanor, persuasive personality and leadership ability.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Mary Butler, who passed away December 16, 2012 and his parents, Bill and Etho Butler; a sister, Winifred Tinney; brothers Bayard, Bailey, Broaddus along with other infant siblings and two great-grandchildren.

He is survived by sisters Emma Lou Watrous, Lumber Bridge, NC; Thelma Holloway, Uniontown, OH; brother, Blondie Butler, Carthage, MO: children Bill and wife Sharon, Buckhannon, WV; John and wife Kathy, Hampstead, MD; Bernard and wife Roberta, Burnsville, WV; George and wife Donna, Exchange, WV; Kandee Johnson and husband Jeff, Exchange, WV and Steve and wife Sherri, French Creek, WV. Also surviving are 19 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Butler were held Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 1:30 PM at Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, Flatwoods, with Rev. Bryon Bukovesky and Rev. David Gunner officiating.

Burial followed the service in Fairview Cemetery, Gassaway.

Friends called the funeral home from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM Saturday, April 20, 2013.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Burnsville Hospice Care, P.O. Box 323, Burnsville, WV 26335.

Lenore Hutchinson

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Lenore Hutchinson

At 96 years of age, we lost, but heaven gained, our beloved mother, Lenore Hutchinson, April 19, 2013.

It just happened to be our Dad’s birthday and he probably already had a big Rook game ready and waiting with some of their close friends that passed before.

Born to Hoy and Iva Wilson Furby January 27, 1917 in Copen, WV, she had nine siblings; Denver, Paul, Virginia, Junior, Pearline, Jean and Eddie, all deceased. Janice and Rodney still living.

Also preceding her in death was her husband, Willis Hutchison and son Willis Jr. They have six children still living; Phyllis Hagen (Wayne) of Riverside, Alabama, Lois Kelly (Larry) of Pinch, WV, Ruth Browning (Karl) of Sutton, Bill Hutchison (Loretta) of Flatwoods, Pam Stump (David) of Reedsville, WV and Donna Knight (Steve) of Flatwoods.

Thirteen grandchildren; Phil Cutlip (Joyce) of Lewisburg, Terry Roberson of Georgia, Cindy Bowder (Alan) of PA, Brian Berry (Lynda) of Charleston, Christie Dallas of Alabama, Lisa Rodgers of Sutton, Sheila Berry of Georgia, Michele Neck (Barry) of North Carolina, Dana Hutchison (Paula) of PA, Deana Kliene of Morgantown, Clay Stump of Morgantown and Jessica Gibson (Ben) of Flatwoods. Eighteen great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren.

Our mother, grandmother, friend and quiet example will be greatly missed.

She was a member of the Stone Run United Methodist Church.

By her request, there was no viewing. Combined visitation and funeral was Tuesday, April 23, 2012 at Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, Flatwoods.

Family gathered at 1:00 PM with public visitation beginning at 2:00 PM.

Funeral services wiere at 3:00 PM with Rev. Vaughn James officiating.

She was laid to rest at Stone Run Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a request for donations to the, Stone Run Cemetery, c/o Knight, 1617 Stone Run Road, Flatwoods, WV 26621 would be very appreciated.

Marjorie Olean (Westfall) Davis

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Marjorie Olean (Westfall) Davis

Entered her final rest April 21, 2013.

Born on February 21, 1931, she was preceded in death by her parents, Muriel and Byrl Westfall; siblings, Doris Drake, Brenice Westfall, and Barbara Singleton; her daughter, Carol Ann Minnich; four grandsons, Lucas Gibson, Jeremiah, Gibson, Joseph Gibson, and Jacob Minnich; and one granddaughter, Hannah Salazar.

Marjorie leaves behind children, Martha Cook of Exchange, WV, Sandra and Samuel Gibson of Herold, WV, Roland and Sue Davis of Exchange, WV, Jackie and Nelson Salazar of Beckley, WV; grandchildren, Chad Gibson, Benjamin and Jessica Gibson, Abby and Howard Wankmuller, Mandy and Travis Brown, Maggie Gibson, Richard Andrew Minnich,  Angela and Chris Spouse of Glenville, WV, Charlie and Michelle Cook,  Tiffany and Brian Balis, Nathan Davis, Ian, Jacob, and Zane Haymond, and Darien Salazar; great-grandchildren Jocelyn, Corina, and Vera Gibson, Cassidy, Emily, and Katie Brown, Kaitlyn and Kelsie Balis, Sydney and Hayley Sprouse, Thea, Alisha, Meiya, and Charles Cook III., Carmela and Malachi Wankmuller, Kurt and Shaylyn Minnich, Ciena and Presley Gibson and Brayden Minnich; siblings Janet and Steve Duckwork of Sugar Camp, WV and Eddie and Cindy Westfall of Exchange, WV.

Marjorie was a Sutton High School Alumni, attended Glenville State College and began her career as a school teacher in a one roomed school in Bonnie, WV. She later worked at the Sutton General Hospital, was a 25 year employee of Ben Franklin Company, and was employed with her former husband at Davis Vault, Inc. - Davis Construction.  Following this, Marjorie continued to work at various jobs, including quilting. She continued her employment through Central Senior Agency of WV where she worked at the United Christian Food Bank and then at the Department of Health and Human Resources where she retired at age 78.

Marjorie was an active member in her community where she was a long time member at the Sunrise Methodist Church and later attended the Shavers Fork Community Church.

She will be long remembered by hosts of friends, family, nephews, nieces, cousins, and acquaintances that she touched along the way. Her ability to remember dates and places was impeccable along with her ability to spread laughter with her candid story telling.  She also was a well known hostess, known for never turning anyone away from her home and most specifically her table.  The wealth she was proud to acquire was her friends, family, and solid reputation. She leaves behind shoes not easy to fill, but many wonderful memories.

Services will be at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home in Sutton, WV.

Friends may call 6:00-8:00 PM Thursday, April 25.

There will be funeral services Friday, April 26 at 11:00 AM at the funeral home.

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

Mountaineer Food Bank Seeks Clicks to Help Fight Hunger

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Mountaineer Food Bank is hoping the public can help them click their way to a grant from Walmart by voting for them in the “Fighting Hunger Together” initiative - a national campaign where money is awarded to programs that get the most votes for their innovative and effective programs that help alleviate child hunger.

The public will decide what organization will receive the grants through a voting campaign at www.facebook.com/walmart that includes more than 300 different hunger relief organizations from across the country. The more votes a Feeding America food bank or partner agency gets, the better chances they have of winning the money. The funds won will then be used to support local child hunger relief programs.

The public will be able to vote on their food banks from April 01 through 11:59 PM ET on April 30, 2013 at www.facebook.com/walmart. Descriptions of programs from across the country that are dedicated to reducing child hunger in their communities will be posted on the voting site along with a “vote” button. Visitors to the page can award one “vote” a day to their favorite program. At the conclusion of the voting, top vote getters will split $3 million in funding from Walmart.

If awarded funds through this project, Mountaineer Food Bank would use them to purchase and supply food to up to 10 Back Pack programs sites in West Virginia specifically Kanawha, Harrison and Berkeley counties. Back Pack programs provide food to elementary age children for weekends and extended school breaks, often when food is unavailable. The funds would be able to purchase enough food to supply each site for an entire school year and help thousands of young children escape hunger. Here in West Virginia, there are an estimated 80,000 children who struggle with hunger.

For more information and to vote for Mountaineer Food Bank, please go to: apps.facebook.com/walmartlocal/?applet=hunger&organization=33&agency or visit www.mountaineerfoodbank.org.

WVSSAC: WV High School Softball Rankings: April 23, 2013

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Class A

1. Wheeling Central (6) 17-5

2. Buffalo (2) 19-4

3. Moorefield (2) 18-2

4. Sherman 17-5

5. Gilmer County 17-6

6. East Hardy 12-6

7. St. Marys 15-6

8. Man 12-5

9. Doddridge County 14-7

10. Valley Fayette 10-4

Others Receiving Votes: Bishop Donahue 12, Cameron 4, Wahama 4.


Class AA

1. Herbert Hoover (6) 14-2

2. Ritchie County (4) 21-2

3. Scott 16-5

4. Wayne 18-4

5. James Monroe 17-2

6. Petersburg 19-5

7. Roane County 21-0

8. East Fairmont 19-8

9. Lincoln 16-9

10. Robert C. Byrd 13-7

Others Receiving Votes: Braxton County 4, Sissonville 3, North Marion 2.


Class AAA

1. John Marshall (10) 24-3

2. Cabell Midland 21-4

3. Hurricane 23-4

4. Lincoln County 21-6

5. Musselman 19-4

6. Wheeling Park 16-5

7. Morgantown 19-7

8. Ripley 16-4

9. St. Albans 19-4

10. Shady Spring 11-2

Others Receiving Votes: Hedgesville 4, Point Pleasant 1.

GSC Juried Student Art Show Winners Announced

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The 6th Annual Glenville State College Juried Student Art Show is open through May 03, 2013 in the GSC Fine Arts Center Gallery.

GSC Assistant Professor of Art Liza Brenner said, “Every year, the competition for this show becomes more competitive. I feel just getting into the show is a real honor. The judges did a great job selecting the work and also creating a very cohesive show with a somewhat dark theme.”

Fifty-seven works of art were submitted to the judges for their deliberation this year. Twenty-five pieces of two-dimensional art were submitted as well as sixteen three-dimensional pieces. Forty-one works were chosen to be displayed in the gallery.

There are a variety of mediums in the gallery as well. Traditional drawings, paintings, and photography line the walls while handmade creations fill the remainder of the room.

The winning submissions for this year’s gallery were announced during the opening reception on March 25, 2013.


•  The Provost’s Award went to Amber Lane, a senior GSC marketing major from Glenville (Gilmer County), West Virginia.

•  First place went to Toni Doman, a sophomore business major from Cameron (Marshall County), West Virginia.

•  Second Place went to Jullian Malone, a sophomore studio art major from Alum Bridge (Lewis County), West Virginia.

•  The third place winner was Asa Witte, a junior psychology and sociology major from Cox’s Mills (Gilmer County), West Virgina.

•  Honorable Mention was awarded to Elora Shock, a senior studio art major from Rosedale (Braxton County), West Virginia.

•  The Linda Abraham Memorial Award was granted Alizabeth Bailey, a freshman interdisciplinary studies student from Hinton (Summers County), West Virginia.


“I’ve been coming to the gallery shows for many years. The judges did a great job at creating a theme, and the whole gallery feels like it all goes together well,” said senior GSC art major Sarah Norman of Glenville (Gilmer County), West Virginia.

The public is invited to visit the gallery and enjoy the creative works on display.

For more information, contact Brenner at or 304.462.6346 or Sheri Skidmore in the GSC Fine Arts Department at or 304.462.4130.

Gassaway: Mountaineer Food Bank to Hold Open House - May 09, 2013

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Little Kanawha Independent Church REVIVAL - 04.29.13

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There will be a Revival at the Little Kanawha Independent Church starting Monday, April 29, 2013 at 7:00 PM.

There will Special Singing nightly.

Speaker will be Rev. Dennis Estes from Buckhannon.

We invite everyone to come and join us for a joyous time in the Lord.

Ronzel Roberts, Pastor.

County-By-County Unemployment Rates Tell the Story – March 2013

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West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined three-tenths of a percentage point to 7.0% in March 2013.

Unemployment rates declined in all 55 counties during the month of March.

Five counties reported unemployment rates of 12% or higher, including Clay (14.6%), Webster (13.3%), Wirt (12.6%), Calhoun (12.0%), and Roane (12.0%).

Counties with unemployment rates at six percent or less included Monroe (6.0%), Harrison (5.8%), Pendleton (5.5%), Jefferson (4.3%), and Monongalia (4.1%).

County Total Unemployed   Unemployment Rate
MAR-13 FEB-13 MAR-12 MAR-13 FEB-13 MAR-12
Braxton 580 660 560 10.2% 11.5% 10.0%
Calhoun 340 420 320 12.0% 14.6% 11.9%
Doddridge 210 260 240 6.7% 7.9% 7.0%
Gilmer 210 260 230 6.4% 8.3% 7.5%
Lewis 510 600 500 6.2% 7.3% 6.2%
Ritchie 320 410 320 7.3% 9.1% 7.5%
WV 57,800 64,900 60,000 7.3% 8.1% 7.6%

 

 

 

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County Total Nonfarm on Payroll   Goods Producing Employees   Service Providing Employees
MAR-13 FEB-13 MAR-12 MAR-13 FEB-13 MAR-12 MAR-13 FEB-13 MAR-12
Braxton 4,180 4,170 4,180 540 540 480 3,650 3,620 3,700
Calhoun 1,600 1,590 1,540 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......
Doddridge 1,480 1,470 1,270 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......
Gilmer 2,550 2,520 2,570 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......
Lewis 7,600 7,610 7,490 2,040 2,070 2,000 5,570 5,540 5,500
Ritchie 3,560 3,550 3,440 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......

Legislative Update – by – Delegate Brent Boggs - House Majority Leader - 04.22.13

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Before beginning the news of the session, it is impossible to begin without commenting on the tragic and riveting events in Boston over the last week. And, while in the midst of the terrorist manhunt and shootout, a Texas community was nearly leveled by a fertilizer plant explosion.  Once again, our nation pulls together to prevail over terrorists and disasters.

This week, its back to the railroad as the combined budget extended session and first extraordinary session of the 81st Legislature ended last Thursday.  The budget conferees are to be commended for completing the work between House and Senate versions of the budget in near-record time.  Likewise, the bills placed on the Governor’s special call each passed and allowed legislators to conclude the business at hand.  The bills on the Governor’s special call proclamation were:

HB 103 - Distribution of state funds to volunteer fire departments

HB 105 - Rule-making authority relating to administration, collection and enforcement of local sales, use and excise taxes by Tax Commissioner

SB 1001 - Permitting Monongalia county commission levy district excise tax

SB 1003 - Relating to magistrate court system compensation

SB 1005 - Making supplementary appropriation from Civil Contingent Fund and Consumer Protection Fund

The volunteer fire department bill is especially important, as it provides a multi-year plan for shoring up the workers compensation premium dilemma facing many departments.  While it will require further legislative action in the future, it is the best start we’ve had in years in dealing with the problem on a long-term basis.

Also during the session, three bills were identified as having technical defects (incorrect title, code section, or other minor detail that, despite the small problem, would cause the legislation to be invalid).  The House amended and re-passed House Bill 2431, which relates to the application process for a state license to carry a concealed weapon; House Bill 2814, which relates to human trafficking; and House Bill 3160, which establishes a pilot initiative for schools. Schools that are built to serve students from two counties will establish a board to represent the needs of both counties.  This bill is extremely important to Gilmer and Lewis Counties regarding the proposed joint elementary school at Linn.  I am pleased the technical defect was noted and repaired while the Legislature was still in session.  Each of these bills is awaiting final action by the Governor.

Through last Friday, the Governor has signed into law 19 bills.  They are:

SB 60 - Relating to name-change notice publication requirements

SB 71 - Requiring descriptions of easements and rights-of-way include width in addition to centerline; exception

SB 80 - Including substitute teaching in job duties of certain professional educators employed by county boards

SB 197 - Expiring funds from State Fund, General Revenue, and making supplementary appropriations to various accounts

SB 359 - Relating generally to reforming public education

SB 383 - Authorizing family court judges appoint counsel in certain contempt cases      

SB 412 - Relating to county conservation district supervisors

SB 421 - Exempting certain school mascot from prohibition of firearms possession on school grounds (local bill for Parkersburg South High School)   

SB 430 - Defining “employment term” in Teachers’ Defined Contribution Retirement System    

SB 431 - Relating to public employer liability for delinquent retirement contributions      

SB 458 - Permitting PEIA operate Medicare retiree health plan on calendar-year basis  

SB 496 - Finding and declaring certain claims against state

SB 571 - Extending time Oceana City Council can meet as levying body (local bill for Wyoming County community)

SB 638 - Terminating certain severance tax exemption for production of natural gas or oil

HB 2487 - Prohibiting the use of laetrile

HB 2784 - Relating to the Deputy Sheriff Retirement System Act

HB 2940 - Relating to regional meetings among certain officials of county boards of education  

HB 3013 - Authorizing the establishment of job creation work groups

HB 3104 - Authorizing certain legislative rules regarding higher education

Now that spring has arrived, there are numerous fundraising dinners for good causes throughout the area. While it’s difficult to attend all, please take time to support the initiatives that will help our community, programs, and citizens.  It’s always enjoyable to enjoy these events with friends and neighbors. 

Finally, I want to conclude by expressing my condolences to the Butler family in the passing of our friend, Bayward Butler.  His faith, dedication to family, service to nation and state, education and public service was best exemplified by his quiet leadership.  He touched many lives and truly made a difference.


Please send your inquiries to the Capitol Office at:  Building 1, Room 224-M, Charleston, WV 25305.  Or, call the Capitol office at 304.340.3220; Assistant to the Majority Leader, Jennifer McPherson at 304.340.3942 or fax to 304.340.3213.  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: “Brent.Boggs@WVhouse.gov” .

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.

SPECIAL SING at the Little Kanawha Independent Church - 04.20.13 - This Saturday

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There will be a Special Sing at the Little Kanawha Independent Church, at Burnsville on April 20, 2013.

The service will start at 7:00 PM.

The featured singers will be The BrighterSide Quartet from Belva, WV.

Bring a friend and come and join us for a joyous time in the Lord.

Everyone Welcome!

Ronzel Roberts, Pastor

Lenore Hutchison

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Lenore Hutchison

At 96 years of age, we lost, but heaven gained, our beloved mother, Lenore Hutchison, April 19, 2013. It just happened to be our Dad’s birthday and he probably already had a big Rook game ready and waiting with some of their close friends that passed before.

Born to Hoy and Iva Wilson Turley January 27, 1917 in Copen, WV, she had nine siblings; Denver, Paul, Virginia, Junior, Pearline, Jean and Eddie, all deceased. Janice and Rodney still living.

Also preceding her in death was her husband, Willis Hutchison and son Willis Jr. They have six children still living; Phyllis Hagen (Wayne) of Riverside, Alabama, Lois Kelly (Larry) of Pinch, WV, Ruth Browning (Karl) of Sutton, Bill Hutchison (Loretta) of Flatwoods, Pam Stump (David) of Reedsville, WV and Donna Knight (Steve) of Flatwoods.

Thirteen grandchildren; Phil Cutlip (Joyce) of Lewisburg, Terry Roberson of Georgia, Cindy Bowder (Alan) of PA, Brian Berry (Lynda) of Charleston, Christie Dallas of Alabama, Lisa Rodgers of Sutton, Sheila Berry of Georgia, Michele Neck (Barry) of North Carolina, Dana Hutchison (Paula) of PA, Deana Kliene of Morgantown, Clay Stump of Morgantown and Jessica Gibson (Ben) of Flatwoods. Eighteen great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren.

Our mother, grandmother, friend and quiet example will be greatly missed.

She was a member of the Stone Run United Methodist Church.

By her request, there will be no viewing.

Combined visitation and funeral will be Tuesday, April 23, 2012 at Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, Flatwoods.

Family may gather at 1:00 PM with public visitation beginning at 2:00 PM.

Funeral services will be at 3:00 PM with Rev. Vaughn James officiating.

She will be laid to rest at Stone Run Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a request for donations to the, Stone Run Cemetery, c/o Knight, 1617 Stone Run Road, Flatwoods, WV 26621 would be very appreciated.

Braxton County: Two Tractor trailers Accident

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The state Division of Highways says traffic is going to be slow moving on Interstate 79 southbound in Braxton County, WV for most of Friday afternoon following an accident that involved two tractor trailers.

The crash occurred between the Flatwoods and Sutton exits in the Noon hour.

The DOH says motorists can expect delays.

One of the two large trucks caught on fire following the crash.

G-otcha™: Braxton Man Behind Bars for Operating Meth Lab

Imprisonment Status:  Pre-Trial Felon
Full Name: Roupe,  Hollis Ray
Height: 5’  10"
Weight: 140 lbs.
Birth Date: 08.24.1985
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 04.18.2013
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Pre-Trial Felon

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
13F-84-85 BRAXTON COUNTY - Bail Amount: $100,000.00
Charged with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine meth lab.
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Jeffery Lane Moore

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A 8-pound, 9-ounce baby boy named Jeffery Lane Moore was born to Karen D. and Jeffery L. Moore of Sutton, WV.

The little boy was born on Wednesday, April 03, 2013, at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston and is the couple’s second child.

The mother is the former Karen Steel and is a homemaker.

The father is an equipment operator.

Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Cosner of Burnsville, WV.

Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Steele of Sutton, WV.

George Bailey Lloyd

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George Bailey Lloyd

Age 92, of Gassaway, WV, died April 17, 2013 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston.

He was born July 18, 1920 in Braxton County, WV a son of the late William Bruce and Mary Elizabeth Cutlip Loyd.

He was a Braxton County school bus driver with 231/2 years of service and a life-long farmer. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Grey Petry Lloyd; daughter, Paulett Lloyd Butler; sisters, Mary Francis Loyd, Barbara Elizabeth James.

He is survived by daughter, Peggy (Dave) Graham; sister, Virginia Lee Schiefer; son-in-law, Rhendal Butler; grandchildren, Dorlinda Jane (Ronnie) Steele, Scott (Lisa) Butler, Chris Butler, and Matt (Libby) Graham; great grandchildren, Val Smith, Hannah Steele, William Steele, Tommy Butler, Stacy Butler, Bailey Graham, Braden Graham, and Brant Graham.

Service will be 2:00 PM Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastors Bryan Ferrell and Bill Carr officiating.

Burial with military rites will be in the Fisher Cemetery, Flatwoods.

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

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach funeral home, Gassaway.

Rebecca Jane Sprouse

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Rebecca Jane Sprouse

Age 70, of Weston, WV passed away on April 13, 2013 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital after a long struggle with health problems.

She was born February 27, 1943 in Laurel, MD: a daughter of the late Melvin Earl Lowther and Thelma Wimer Lowther.

Jane was an employee at the Society of the Blind.

She attended church at Copley Methodist Church in Lewis County, WV.

In addition to being preceded in death by her parents, she was preceded in death by her three brothers, Terry, Teddie and her twin, Homer.

Jane is survived by her husband of 33-years, John Robert Sprouse; three daughters, Shirley (Daniel) Teter of Heaters; Suzanne (Mark) Wine of Burnsville, WV and Christel (Herman) Miller of Exchange, WV.

Surviving grandchildren include James (Jaime) Teter of Sutton, WV; Kenneth Teter of Heaters, WV; Brittany (Brandon) Blake of Burnsville, WV; Stephanie (Adam) Smyth of Sutton, WV; Jason Ratliff of Wirtz, VA; Joshua Hoffman of Exchange, WV and Quinton Wine of Burnsville, WV.  Surviving great-grandchildren include Cameron Currence, Danielle Teter, Haygen Smyth and two more any day.

Two brothers survive, Gerald (Dorie) Lowther of Roanoke, WV and Ronald (Betty) Lowther of Sutton, WV; two sisters, Betty (Earl) Cayton of Napier, WV and Mary Conley of Jane Lew, WV.

Funeral services for Jane will take place on Friday, April 19, at 1:00 PM at Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home in Flatwoods with Rev. Delmas Singleton officiating.

Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery, Green Hill.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 18, at the funeral home from 6 - 8 PM. 

Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, Flatwoods, West Virginia is in charge of arrangements.

Sutton: Elk River Music and Arts Festival - April 19-20, 2013 - This Friday and Saturday

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Frank Allen Severance

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Frank Allen Severance

Age 49, of Sutton, WV, died April 13, 2013.

He was born January 22, 1964 in Danbury, CT.

He was the owner of Southern Pride Construction Company.

Frank was preceded in death by his dad, Lawrence Fabian Wilkins and son, Soloman Severance.

Surviving are sons, Fabian Nate Severance, Chris Severance, Terry Michael Eagle, Colt Severance, Chad Severance, and Zacharia Wayne Severance; daughter, Nicole Severance; mother, Cecelia Ida Mowery; sisters, Maureen (John) Kuhl, Gloria (Mark) Cotter, Tina Moody (Rick); grandsons, Braxton Miller and William Severance; nieces, Ashley Galouch, Erica Galouch, Lisa Pester, Lindi Stump, Sarah Stump, Megan Stump, Salena Boggs, Tabitha Carter, and Rickie Moody; nephew, Nathan Galouch; great nieces, Rylea, Hanlea, and Carlea Campbell, Lillian Harmon, Chloe Gentile, Skylar Boggs, Madilyn Pester, Leah Suttouch, Kaylee Singleton, Teagan Galouch, and Jayden Galouch; great nephews, Simon Harmon, Ethan Carter, Blake Fahmie and Gary Joe Boggs III.

Memorial service will be Noon, Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at Frank’s residence on the mountaintop on Bug Ridge, Sutton.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

G-otcha™: Braxton Woman Behind Bars for Having Sex with Male Teen

Imprisonment Status:  Pre-Trial Felon
Full Name: Skidmore,  Shirly Ann
Height: 5’  2"
Weight: 145 lbs.
Birth Date: 11.01.1955
Gender: Female
Booking Date: 04.14.2013
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Pre-Trial Felon

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
13F-72,73,74 BRAXTON COUNTY - Bail Amount: $60,000.00
Arrested for having sex with a 15-year-old male on multiple occasions in 2012.

She started the relationship with the teen through computer in June of 2012.

Then she met the teen.

They continued their relations until August of 2012.
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