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Ressie Belle Wilson

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Ressie Belle Wilson

Age 99, of Burnsville, WV, passed away January 23, 2014 at 1:20 AM at Genesis Nursing Home, Glenville, WV.

She was born at Dutch, WV, on June 19, 1914, the daughter of the late Roy David (Hub) Conley and Mary Isa Allen.

She was raised in Burnsville, WV by the late Homer and Ollie Vankirk.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry T. Wilson of Burnsville, WV, on March 25, 1994; daughter, Dixie Lee and her husband Dale Junior “Pete” Ratliff of Auburn, WV; two grand-sons, Gary Lee “Moose” Ratliff of Manassas, VA and David Alan “Barney” Ratliff of Windham, Ohio; sister Anna Lea “Dolly” Hacker of Gassaway, WV, one brother Gail W. “Buster” Allen of Canton, Michigan and son-in-law Bennie Lee Willey of New Martinsville, WV.

She is survived by two daughters: Wanda Sue and husband Richard Strader of Crescent, PA and Margret Ann Willey of Burnsville, WV; four sons: Harry Junior Wilson and wife Peggy, Terry Tim Wilson and wife Donna of Crescent, PA, Jerry Jim Wilson of Burnsville, WV and Randy Gale Wilson of Franklin, WV. She is survived by 8 grandchildren; Susan and Brian Strader, Barbara Ratliff, Cynthia Warren, Lisa, Amanda, Logan and Zackery Wilson and 7 great-grandchildren: Melissa Strader, Alyssa, Reece and Angelina Warren, Cameron, Kayleigh and Carter John Wilson, and Brittany Georgalas, 3 great-great-grandsons: Landon Jacob Wilson, Anthony James and Joseph Alan Georgalas. She is also survived by 1 half-brothers & 2 half-sisters and several nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 225 Main Street, Flatwoods, WV from 4-8 PM.

Following visitation a private family closing prayer service will be held with Reverend Bryan Bukovesy officiating.

A private Family interment will be held on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at the Burnsville I.O.O.F Cemetery where Mrs. Wilson will be reunited with her husband.

In Lieu of Flowers donations can be made in Mrs. Wilson’s name to the Hospice Care Corporation of Burnsville, P.O. Box 323 Burnsville, WV 26335.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods, West Virginia will be caring for the Wilson Family.

Energy Companies Announce Natural Gas Activities

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Energy companies report activities in natural gas, especially related to Marcellus Shale formations.


Dominion has contracted to deliver 500 million cubic feet per day of natural gas produced in West Virginia to Ohio.

The gas will be drilled primarily from sites in West Virginia’s Lewis, Harrison, Gilmer and Ritchie counties.

Dominion also reached agreements with two natural gas producers to lease approximately 100,000 acres of Marcellus Shale rights in West Virginia.


Noble Energy announced it expects capital spending to rise to $4.8 billion, an increase of 23%, in 2014.

A portion of that budget will be spent on the wet gas area of the Marcellus Shale.

Sales volumes from the company’s Marcellus Shale operations in southwest Pennsylvania and northwest West Virginia are expected to nearly double.

Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Friday 01.24.14

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Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Thursday 01.23.14

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Thursday, January 23, 2014
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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Wednesday, January 22, 2014
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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
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Helen L. Haddox

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Helen L. Haddox

from Harrisville, WV passed away January 18, 2014, at Pineview Continuous Care, in Harrisville.

She was born December 07, 1924, in West Union, WV, a daughter of the late James A. Wilson and Ruby (Riggs) Wilson.

Mrs. Haddox was a Licensed Practical Nurse. She had worked several places including Calhoun General Hospital, Pineview Continuous Care, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Hospice, and as a private duty caregiver. Helen was also a volunteer EMT for the Ritchie County Emergency Squad in the Seventies.

She was a member of Mt. Pisgah Community Church where she served as secretary/treasurer and played the piano for services.

She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Surviving are her children, Harry Ronald Haddox (Laurie) of Harrisville, Linda Diane Hall of Harrisville and Karen Lee Roche (Paul) of Harrisville; her siblings, Mary Esther Props of Mahone, Jean Moore of Harrisville, David Wilson (Judy) of Harrisville and Oleta Jane Wilson (Robert) of Parkersburg. She also leaves behind seven loving grandchildren, Frank Hall (Jackie), Teresa Smith (John), Paula Herndon (Kathy), Denny Herndon (Colleen), Justin Roche, Ronnie Haddox and James Haddox; 12 great-grandchildren, Joshua and Mariah Hall, Jonah and Jacob Smith, Elijah Herndon, Denny Herndon III, Hannah McNabb, Alex Herndon, Taylor Haddox, Mercedes Furr, Devin Haddox and Caden Haddox; and nine great-great-grandchildren, Denny Herndon IV, Hayden, Haddox, Destiny, Dylan, Hope, Noah, Adyn and Cilas Hall.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry H. Haddox in 1997; grandson, Dustin Smith; and siblings, Freda Lytle, William “Buster” Wilson, Betty Wilson and James H. “Butch” Wilson.

Funeral services will be 1 PM Tuesday at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with the Rev. Jim Eakle officiating.

Interment will follow at Mount Pisgah Cemetery near Pullman.

Visitation will be Monday from 4-8 PM.

West Virginia Hunters Harvest 2,682 Black Bears in 2013

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West Virginia hunters harvested 2,682 black bears during the combined 2013 archery and firearms seasons, according to Paul Johansen, assistant chief in charge of game management for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The preliminary harvest data for the combined 2013 seasons were nearly identical to the 2012 harvest of 2,691 bears. The black bear harvest of 2013 marks the fourth time in the past five years that the harvest has topped 2,000 and is the second highest harvest on record.

        “As always, mast conditions had a tremendous influence on the distribution of this year’s bear harvest,” said Johansen. “The 2013 Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook documented the lowest statewide oak index in the survey’s history. However, oak mast was present in localized areas and was reported as most common in the higher elevations of the eastern mountains. An abundant beech and hickory crop statewide allowed the index for all hard mast to fall just 16 percent below the 42-year average.

        “Decreased mast conditions statewide allowed archers to pattern bears effectively and led to an increased archery harvest. Decreased mast conditions also led to a decline in the December firearms season harvest. The combined effects of firearms hunting with or without hounds in September and October and the concurrent bear and deer hunting seasons in 29 counties helped offset the decline in harvest during the December season.”

        Hunters took 851 bears during the 2013 archery season. The top five counties were Wyoming (75), Fayette (61), Raleigh (58), Logan (52) and Randolph (52).

        Firearms hunters harvested 1,831 bears during 2013. Hunters took 679 bears in September and October, 361 during the concurrent buck/bear season, and 791 during the traditional December season. The top five counties were Randolph (245), Pendleton (201), Greenbrier (151), Webster (134) and Pocahontas (131).

2013 WEST VIRGINIA BLACK BEAR HARVEST

County

Archery

September/October

Buck   Gun

December

Total

Barbour

22

10

9

5

46

Brooke

0

0

0

0

0

Hancock

0

0

0

0

0

Harrison

4

0

0

0

4

Marion

2

0

0

0

2

Marshall

0

0

0

0

0

Monongalia

7

0

3

1

11

Ohio

0

0

0

0

0

Preston

46

35

26

24

131

Taylor

4

0

0

0

4

Tucker

11

43

10

44

108

Wetzel

1

0

0

0

1

District I   Subtotal

97

88

48

74

307

Berkeley

2

0

0

0

2

Grant

7

27

11

45

90

Hampshire

20

0

12

3

35

Hardy

17

51

26

29

123

Jefferson

3

0

0

0

3

Mineral

7

8

2

5

22

Morgan

7

0

4

0

11

Pendleton

19

65

29

107

220

District   II Subtotal

82

151

84

189

506

Braxton

14

8

9

17

48

Clay

13

14

2

8

37

Lewis

3

0

4

0

7

Nicholas

35

39

26

45

145

Pocahontas

9

52

5

74

140

Randolph

52

87

17

141

297

Upshur

2

6

5

5

18

Webster

44

44

24

66

178

District   III Subtotal

172

250

92

356

870

Fayette

61

23

29

25

138

Greenbrier

29

43

17

91

180

McDowell

51

13

0

10

74

Mercer

27

0

2

3

32

Monroe

28

14

12

7

61

Raleigh

58

19

21

5

103

Summers

10

0

6

2

18

Wyoming

75

16

0

3

94

District   IV Subtotal

339

128

87

146

700

Boone

45

28

30

13

116

Cabell

0

0

0

0

0

Kanawha

29

19

20

10

78

Lincoln

3

0

0

0

3

Logan

52

10

0

1

63

Mason

0

0

0

0

0

Mingo

26

5

0

1

32

Putnam

0

0

0

0

0

Wayne

1

0

0

0

1

District V   Subtotal

156

62

50

25

293

Calhoun

2

0

0

0

2

Doddridge

0

0

0

0

0

Gilmer

0

0

0

0

0

Jackson

0

0

0

0

0

Pleasants

0

0

0

0

0

Ritchie

2

0

0

1

3

Roane

1

0

0

0

1

Tyler

0

0

0

0

0

Wirt

0

0

0

0

0

Wood

0

0

0

0

0

District   VI Subtotal

5

0

0

1

6

State Total

851

679

361

791

2,682

GSC Students Complete Student Internships

Eighteen Glenville State College students have completed their student teaching internships at area public schools.


Kimberly Wilson Jude completed her Glenville State College student teaching in Band and Music and Elementary Music (K-4). Her student teaching was done at Liberty High School under teacher Tom Day and at Peterson Central Elementary School under teacher Andrea Heath. Drs. John Taylor and David Lewis were Jude’s GSC supervisors. She and her husband Thomas live in Pennsboro (Ritchie County), West Virginia. Jude is the daughter of Frank and Benita Wilson of Pennsboro, West Virginia.


Robert Charles Pennington completed his Glenville State College student teaching in Elementary Education and Middle School Social Studies. He completed his student teaching at Harrisville Elementary School under teacher Jennifer Price and at Ritchie County Middle School under teacher Cynthia Newland. Dr. Shara Curry was Pennington’s GSC supervisor. He is the son of Chuck and Drema Pennington of Harrisville, West Virginia. Pennington graduated in December 2013.

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(FR, L-R): Kaitlin Mefford, Rebekah Taylor, Maria Clothier, Elizabeth Hardman, Janis Collins, Staci Moore,
Kaitlin Hawkins, Kimberly Jude, Lindsay Browning, Julia Keener.
(BR, L-R): Robert DeWees, Miranda Hughart, Rachel Smarr, Michael Baber, Robert Pennington,
Thomas Jude, Derrick Crawford, Valeri Garrant


Lindsay Beth Browning completed her Glenville State College student teaching in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. She completed her student teaching at Summersville Elementary School under teachers Peggy Benton and Laura Jarrett. Frances Fry was Browning’s GSC supervisor. Browning and her husband Corey reside in Canvas, West Virginia, and she is the daughter of Kenneth and Mary Drain of Pennsboro, West Virginia.


Thomas William Jude completed his Glenville State College student teaching in Music (K-4). He completed his student teaching at Pleasant Hill Elementary School under teacher John Bugby, at Arnoldsburg Elementary School under teacher John Bugby, and at Ritchie County High School under teacher Scott Tignor.  Drs. David Lewis and Shara Curry were Jude’s GSC supervisors. He lives with his wife Kimberly in Pennsboro, West Virginia. Jude is the son of Tommy and Susan Jude of Delbarton (Mingo County), West Virginia.


Julia Anne Keener completed her Glenville State College student teaching in Elementary Education (K-6) and Early Education (Pre K-K). She completed her student teaching at Glade Creek Elementary School teaching under Lori Symes and Michelle Vickers. Frances Fry was Keener’s GSC supervisor. She and her husband Gale reside in Summersville, West Virginia with their children Cody and Megan Bell and Cassie Keener. She is the daughter of William and Phala Tyler of Summersville, West Virginia.


Christopher Michael Baber completed his Glenville State College student teaching in Elementary Band (K-6) and Music/Band (9-12). He completed his student teaching at Lewis County High School under teacher R.J. Cook and at Gilmer County Elementary Schools under teacher Judy Leggett. Drs. John Taylor and David Lewis along with Don Sheets were Baber’s GSC supervisors. Baber is the son of David and Patty Baber of Craigsville, West Virginia.


Janis Henline Collins completed her Glenville State College student teaching in English (5-Adult). She completed her student teaching at Braxton County High School under teacher Lisa Vaughan and at Braxton Middle School under teacher Chris Locke. Frances Fry and Dr. Melody Wise were Collins’ GSC supervisors. She and her husband Bert reside in Heaters, West Virginia. Collins is the daughter of Sanford and Elsie Henline of Richwood, West Virginia.


Valeri Rose Garrant completed her Glenville State College student teaching in Physical Education (Pre-K- Adult) and Health (Pre-K-Adult). She completed her student teaching at Flatwoods Elementary School under teacher Tim Huffman, at Braxton County Middle School under Tim Huffman, and at Gilmer County High School under Waylon Kincaid. Janet Bailey was Garrant’s GSC supervisor. She is the daughter of Allen and Victoria Garrant of King George, Virginia.


Maria Michelle Kisner-Clothier completed her Glenville State College student teaching in Elementary Education (K-6) and in Special Education (K-6). She completed her student teaching at Arnoldsburg Elementary School under teacher Gina Freed and at Calhoun Middle School under teacher Steve Babrich. Tara Cosco was Clothier’s GSC supervisor. Clothier and her husband Cai reside in Millstone, West Virginia. She is the daughter of Phil and Patsy Kisner of Millstone, West Virginia.


Kaitlin Marie Mefford completed her Glenville State College student teaching in Elementary Education (K-6) and (Pre-K-K). She completed her student teaching at Normantown Elementary School under teachers Julia Stewart and Janet Coombs. Shelly Ratliff was Mefford’s GSC supervisor. Mefford is the daughter of Robert Mefford of Charleston, West Virginia and Tracy Cummingham of Grantsville, West Virginia. She and her daughter Raylee reside in Grantsville, West Virignia.


Kaitlin Ann Hawkins completed her Glenville State College student teaching in Elementary Band (5th and 6th), Music (9-12) and Music (K-4). She completed her student teaching at Braxton County High School teaching under Allen Heath and at Jane Lew Elementary School teaching under Tracy Alfred. Dr. David Lewis, Frances Fry and Shelly Ratliff were Hawkins’s GSC supervisors. Hawkins is the daughter of Ronnie and Rebecca Hawkins of Fayettville, West Virginia.


Derrick Matthew Crawford completed his Glenville State College student teaching in Music (9-12) and Music (Pre- K- 5). He completed his student teaching at Parkersburg High School under teachers Dan White, Pam McClain and Jeff Treadway and at Mineral Wells Elementary School under teacher Beth Buskirk. Drs. Shara Curry and David Lewis were Crawford’s GSC supervisors. He is the son of Lois and the late William “Bill’ Crawford of Gauley Bridge.


Elizabeth May Hardman completed her Glenville State College student teaching in English Education (5- Adult) and Math Education (5-9). She completed her student teaching at Lewis County High School under teacher Michele Allen and at Robert L. Bland Middle School under teacher Marlena Bright. Drs. Melody Wise and Shara Curry along with Don Sheets and Joseph Wood were Hardman’s GSC supervisors. Hardman and her fiancé Sean reside in Weston, West Virginia. She is the daughter of James and Brenda Hardman of Cowen, West Virginia.


Rebekah Marie Taylor completed her Glenville State College student teaching in Elementary Education ( K-6) and Special Education (K-6). She completed her student teaching at Peterson Central Elementary School under teacher Debbie Snyder and at Lost Creek Elementary School under teacher Amanda Beutman. Dr. John Taylor was Taylor’s GSC supervisor. She is the daughter of Gary and Suella Taylor of Jane Lew, West Virginia.


Rachel Jean Smarr completed her Glenville State College student teaching in Secondary Education History (5-12). She completed her student teaching at Buckhannon Upshur High School under teacher Bill Lanham and at Buckhannon Upshur Middle School under teacher Ruth Smith. Dr. John Taylor was Smarr’s GSC supervisor. She and her husband James reside in French Creek, West Virginia with their son David. Smarr is the daughter of Wease and Sandra Day of Buckhannon, West Virginia.


Staci Renae Moore completed her Glenville State College student teaching in Elementary (K-6) and English Education (5-9). She completed her student teaching at Clay Elementary School under teacher Marlene Phillips and at Clay County Middle School under teacher Sarah Holcomb. Frances Fry was Moore’s GSC supervisor. Moore is the daughter of Curtis and Kristina Moore of Looneyville, West Virginia.


Robert Bruce DeWees completed his Glenville State College student teaching in Chemistry and Physics (9- Adult). He completed his student teaching at Ravenswood High School under teachers Habeeb Rana and Jon Wheeler. Drs. Shara Curry and Joe Evans were DeWees’ GSC supervisors. DeWees is the son of Bruce and Lisa DeWees of Ripley, West Virginia.


Miranda L. Hughart completed her Glenville State College student teaching in Multi-Categorical Special Education and Elementary Education. Her student teaching was done at Glade Creek Elementary School under teachers Sandy DeMoss and Ms. Kopko. Frances Fry and Tara Cosco were Hughart’s GSC supervisors. She and her husband Bradley reside in Summersville, West Virginia.


These December 2013 graduates are now eligible to participate in the 140th Glenville State College Commencement Ceremony scheduled for Saturday, May 10, 2014 in the GSC Lilly Gymnasium. 

West Virginia Hunters Harvest 150,268 Deer in 2013

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Preliminary counts of game checking tags indicate West Virginia hunters harvested a total of 150,268 white-tailed deer during the recently completed bucks-only, antlerless, muzzleloader, archery and Youth/Class Q/Class XS deer seasons, according to Division of Natural Resources Director Frank Jezioro. This year’s total harvest was 14% above the 2012 deer harvest of 132,261.


Antlerless Deer Season

The 2013 antlerless deer season harvest of 57,350, which includes the Youth/Class Q/Class XS deer season, was 28% above 2012 and 24% above the five-year average of 46,105. “It is important to note that the antlerless harvest is the key component to any deer management strategy, as it controls the future deer population,” said Jezioro.

Antlerless hunting seasons were liberalized in many counties in 2013, with all or portions of 51 of the 55 counties open to antlerless firearms season. Hunters could harvest one to three antlerless deer, depending on the county. “This increase in hunting opportunity led to an increase in the harvest,” Jezioro said.

The top 10 counties are: Mason (2,526), Jackson (2,523), Preston (2,335), Wood (2,220), Roane (2,150), Ritchie (1,990), Lewis (1,982), Upshur (1,771), Monroe (1,698) and Wetzel (1,658).


Muzzleloader Deer Season

The 2013 muzzleloader harvest of 7,316 was 37% more than the 2012 harvest of 5,345, but was 2.5% below the five-year average of 7,507. “The muzzleloader season harvest appears to have rebounded from the effects of the change in season dates first made in 2012,” Jezioro said.

The top 10 counties are: Randolph (322), Braxton (312), Preston (249), Nicholas (247), Lewis (235), Fayette (232), Greenbrier (219), Upshur (212), Mason (209) and Ritchie (208).


Archery Deer Season

The bow hunters take of 28,574 deer was 11% above the 2012 harvest of 25,714, and 6% above the five-year average harvest of 26,994. Archery harvests are correlated to hard mast crops and the below-average acorn crop was a significant factor for the higher harvest in 2013.

The top 10 counties are: Preston (1,040), Kanawha (1,031), Wyoming (953), Raleigh (875), Wood (872), Logan (840), Fayette (796), Randolph (768), Monongalia (741), and Nicholas (738).

2013 WEST VIRGINIA DEER HARVEST
County Buck   Gun Antlerless Muzzleloader Archery Total
Barbour 1132 1141 155 509 2937
Brooke 389 606 63 271 1329
Hancock 273 473 73 422 1241
Harrison 1297 1601 172 635 3705
Marion 1132 1397 117 524 3170
Marshall 1057 1070 133 370 2630
Monongalia 1107 1394 142 741 3384
Ohio 398 476 40 299 1213
Preston 1757 2335 249 1040 5381
Taylor 636 690 99 255 1680
Tucker 522 434 94 326 1376
Wetzel 1536 1658 161 408 3763
District I Subtotal 11,236 13,275 1,498 5,800 31,809
Berkeley 900 959 76 543 2478
Grant 1158 987 97 363 2605
Hampshire 1662 1598 153 360 3773
Hardy 1456 1395 122 365 3338
Jefferson 448 539 57 345 1389
Mineral 1435 1208 85 370 3098
Morgan 747 768 88 251 1854
Pendleton 1175 722 87 300 2284
District II Subtotal 8,981 8,176 765 2,897 20,819
Braxton 1631 1556 312 558 4057
Clay 530 258 31 282 1101
Lewis 1707 1982 235 481 4405
Nicholas 842 546 247 738 2373
Pocahontas 982 403 125 334 1844
Randolph 1331 1153 322 768 3574
Upshur 1489 1771 212 610 4082
Webster 718 411 194 430 1753
District III Subtotal 9,230 8,080 1,678 4,201 23,189
Fayette 848 442 232 796 2318
Greenbrier 1554 1156 219 632 3561
McDowell 0 0 0 695 695
Mercer 555 412 140 627 1734
Monroe 1490 1698 138 636 3962
Raleigh 589 356 127 875 1947
Summers 991 1126 132 529 2778
Wyoming 0 0 0 953 953
District IV Subtotal 6,027 5,190 988 5,743 17,948
Boone 734 254 169 476 1633
Cabell 778 749 84 425 2036
Kanawha 1383 835 120 1031 3369
Lincoln 1121 964 164 523 2772
Logan 0 0 0 840 840
Mason 1516 2526 209 736 4987
Mingo 0 0 0 488 488
Putnam 1215 1445 153 645 3458
Wayne 983 489 60 385 1917
District V Subtotal 7,730 7,262 959 5,549 21,500
Calhoun 1170 1054 145 332 2701
Doddridge 1229 974 126 268 2597
Gilmer 1400 1234 156 377 3167
Jackson 1931 2523 168 706 5328
Pleasants 452 448 45 102 1047
Ritchie 1913 1990 208 422 4533
Roane 1914 2150 201 615 4880
Tyler 1010 1255 109 297 2671
Wirt 1197 1519 72 393 3181
Wood 1608 2220 198 872 4898
District VI Subtotal 13,824 15,367 1,428 4,384 35,003
State Total 57,028 57,350 7,316 28,574 150,268

Doddridge County:  Teenager Who Killed His Mom and Dad Pleads Guilty

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A Doddridge County teenager admitted in court Wednesday he shot and killed his father, mother and younger sister.

Joseph Spencer, age 17, of West Union, WV, pleaded guilty to three counts of first degree murder with mercy in connection with the Labor Day 2012 shootings.

Spencer used his father’s 9mm handgun in the murders of Frederick Spencer III, age 49, his mother Dixie Spencer, age 47, and his 9-year-old sister Patience Spencer.

After the case was transferred to adult status Spencer was charged with three counts of first degree murder.

The plea bargain with prosecutors allowed Spencer to plead guilty to three counts of first degree murder with mercy.

Prosecutors are recommending that two of the life with prison terms run concurrently and the other consecutively.

That would give Spencer a chance for parole after 30 years behind bars.

He is scheduled to be sentenced by Doddridge County Circuit Judge Tim Sweeney on Monday, February 10, 2014.

Frederick Spencer was a UPS pilot; Dixie Spencer was a science teacher at Ritchie County Middle School.

Patience Spencer was a student at Doddridge County Elementary School.

Jesecka Rhen Howerton

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Jesecka Rhen Howerton

Age 28, of Berea, WV, died January 12, 2014 at St. Marys Hospital, Huntington, WV.

She was born December 17, 1985 in Tampa, FL, the daughter of Roger Dale and Laura Ann Brumfield of Haw River, NC and Shannon Louise McDaniel and Charles “Chucky” Hardbarger of Berea.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by three children, Christopher Michael, Aiden Ryan and Bailey Louise; brothers, Charles Lee (Amanda) of KY, Justin Jonathan (Amanda) of WV and Stephen Alan (Danielle) of FL; sisters, Miranda Fay of WV, Katie Brumfield of WV and Amanda Brumfield of NC; many aunts, uncles and nephews; and grandparents, Tina and Joe Fellhauer of NC.

A gathering of friends and family will be held from 11 AM- 2 PM, Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville.

Francis W. “Frank” Cox

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Francis W. “Frank” Cox

U.S. Air Force veteran, age 83, died at his home in Murphytown, WV on January 14, 2014.

He was born in Ritchie County, WV on December 08, 1930 the son of the late Lloyd W. and Sylvia G. Jones Cox.

He was a 1950 graduate of Harrisville High School, a member of the Murphytown United Methodist Church and retired from the G. E. Chemical Company.

Frank is survived by his wife Betty L. Stansberry Cox; brothers, Samuel L. Cox and Edwin E. Cox, Harrisville; Sister, Glenda Lucille Bransford, Williamsburg, WV; daughters, Mary Ann Testerman, Delbarton, WV, Carolyn Cox, Martinsburg, WV, Judy (Jim) Prusack, Grantsville, WV, and Sandra Cox, Delbarton, WV; step-children Rosalinda Brown, California, Teresa (Allen) Wilson, Washington, DC, Cathy (Michael) Eckard, Oregon, Charles “Chuck” Stansberry, Ohio, Roxanna (Kenneth) Price, Pennsylvania, Janetta (Ron) Hampton, Maryland, Karlson Stansberry, Maryland, and Jason (Debbie) Stansberry, Maryland; granddaughters, Ruby and Amber Prusack, Grantsville, WV; and several other grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Frank was preceded in death by his first wife Lora Mae Laird Cox; sister, L. Jane Lordeon; Brother, David Wayne Cox; son-in-law, Virgil Testerman, and step-son, Stephen Stansberry.

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM, Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Rev. Mary Zimmer officiating.

Burial will follow in the Chevauxdefrise Cemetery, Washburn, WV.

Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday from 4-8 PM and Sunday from 12-2 PM.

West Virginia Hunters Harvest 1,013 Fall Turkeys in 2013

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Preliminary figures for the West Virginia 2013 fall turkey hunting season show a harvest of 1,013 turkeys, according to Curtis I. Taylor, chief of the Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section. The 2013 statewide harvest was 20% lower than 2012 and 12% below the five-year average.

Only District 2 in the Eastern Panhandle showed an increase (29%) in harvest while the other districts experienced declines. The decline in harvest occurred despite more counties being open for fall hunting than in 2012.

Fall wild turkey harvests are highly influenced by hunter participation, annual turkey poult recruitment, and hard mast conditions, said Taylor. Turkey brood observations this past summer were down slightly from 2012 and considerably below the five-year average. This was expected due to the high amount of rainfall in June and July which resulted in lower poult survival.

Top counties for 2013 were Preston (77), Monroe (71), Randolph (69), Greenbrier (58) and Pocahontas (55). Despite an increase in the number of counties open to fall hunting, the traditional fall hunt counties including Preston County, the Eastern Panhandle, and Mountain regions of the state, accounted for 63% of the total fall kill.

West Virginia Fall Turkey Harvest, 2009­–2013
County 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Barbour       30  
Brooke 14 6 6 7 9
Hancock 14 24 8 11 8
Harrison 25 0 20 26 20
Marion   12   15 4
Marshall 15 15 11 28 10
Monongalia   24 13 18 24
Ohio 7 16 12 12 11
Preston 83 80 76 63 77
Taylor   7   11 8
Tucker 25 28 17 25 14
Wetzel   9   14 2
District I Subtotal 183 221 163 260 187
Berkeley 30 18 35 18 37
Grant 51 42 31 31 45
Hampshire 49 30 22 22 43
Hardy 58 33 27 30 32
Jefferson          
Mineral 27 17 32 22 29
Morgan 24 14 18 5 13
Pendleton 51 38 38 46 25
District II Subtotal 290 192 203 174 224
Braxton          
Clay          
Lewis   12 22   8
Nicholas 116 46 61 98 39
Pocahontas 53 47 68 79 55
Randolph 75 58 142 77 69
Upshur 38 40 42 43 24
Webster 66 37 44 58 35
District III Subtotal 348 240 379 355 230
Fayette          
Greenbrier 103 92 90 138 58
McDowell   16     33
Mercer     52    
Monroe 105 59 63 89 71
Raleigh          
Summers   36 31 71 46
Wyoming   31     37
District IV Subtotal 208 234 236 298 245
Boone          
Cabell   6 5 10 1
Kanawha          
Lincoln   41     14
Logan         17
Mason 81 46 57 37 15
Mingo          
Putnam   38 21 21 2
Wayne          
District V Subtotal 81 131 83 68 49
Calhoun       14 8
Doddridge          
Gilmer         6
Jackson   19 33 35 18
Pleasants   2 2 5 4
Ritchie   12     2
Roane          
Tyler   17 9 6 1
Wirt 36 21 34 22 19
Wood 61 37 43 35 20
District VI Subtotal 97 108 121 117 78
Unknown 1   1 0  
State Total 1,208 1,126 1,186 1,272 1,013

Minnie Dell Layfield

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Minnie Dell Layfield

Age 86, of Oil Ridge, WV, passed January 11, 2014 at Pine View Continuous Care, Harrisville following a brief illness.

She was born Mary 27, 1927 at Elm Run in Ritchie County the daughter of the late Daniel Glen and Darla Jackson Layfield.

She is best remembered for giving to others and caring for them.

She was a faithful member of the Oil Ridge Community Church, Harrisville and regarded the members as her family. She loved God and serving Him.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Pauline McNemar; and brothers, Sammy Russell and Daniel glen, “Junney” Layfield.

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM, Friday, January 17, 2014 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville.

Burial will follow in the Layfield Cemetery, Bias Road near Cairo.

Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 11-1 PM.

Willard Homer Byrd

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Willard Homer Byrd

Age 90, of Harrisville, WV, formerly of Smithville, WV, departed this life on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Camden Clark Memorial Campus, Parkersburg, WV.

He was the last surviving child of the late Jesse Lane and Thessa Gragg Byrd Newlon.

Willard was a self-employed timber man, who along with two of his brothers Mac and Dude Byrd owned and operated the Byrd Brothers Inc. for many years.

He was a United States Army Veteran, having served in World War II and was a lifetime member of American Legion Post #15, Parkersburg, WV.

He was an avid Hunter and gardener and timber man.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Bernice Martin Byrd; daughters, Jackie Byrd Prim (Charlie), Harrisville, WV and Melanie Byrd (Butch), Alabama; son, Robert Willard Byrd (Venus), Smithville, WV; grandchildren, Shelli Prim Stinespring (Mike), Crystal Byrd Winland (Anthony), Robert Byrd II (Rebecca); great-grandchildren, Robert Byrd III, Hayden Byrd, Morgan Byrd, Charley Stinespring, Leo Stinespring, Zoey Winland and Kaige Winland.

In addition to his parents, Willard was preceded in death by three sisters, Mary, Otha and Dolly; six brothers, Burlen, Glenmer, Jesse Jr., James, Shirley and Franklin; and several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 PM, Saturday, January 18, 2014 at The Burnt House Community Building.

Interment will follow in the New Mt. Olive Cemetery, Burnt House.

Raiguel Funeral home, Harrisville, WV is assisting the family with arrangements.

Nellie Grace Harris Settle

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Nellie Grace Harris Settle

Ahe 76, of Little Hocking, Ohio, passed January 07, 2014, surrounded by her family and loved ones.

She was born on July 07, 1937, in Gilmer County, WV, a daughter of the late Alva and Delpha Dobbins Harris.

Nellie was a seamstress for Hodge Apparel.

She was a member of the Rush Run Baptist Church.

She loved fishing, camping, gardening, going to her beloved Bluegrass Festivals, and most of all, being with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her three children, Elaine Boston of Harrisville, WV, Greg Settle and wife, Kayvonne, of Little Hocking, and Jennifer Tallman and husband, Shawn, of Normandy, TN; seven grandchildren, Amanda Boston of Washington, D.C., Christina Layman and husband, Fred of Ellenboro, WV, Jordan and Collin Settle of Lubeck, WV, and Rachael, Nicholas and Allison Tallman of Normandy; three great-grandchildren, Tyler, Brady and Sophie Layman of Ellenboro; two brothers, Sam Harris of Strongsville, Ohio and Alva “Sonny” Harris and wife, Connie of Mineral Wells, WV; four sisters, Lyda Harris of Stumptown, Minnie Stalnaker of Grafton, WV, Sue Morton and husband, Leland of Harrisville, WV, and Lou Miller and husband, Joe of Stumptown; friend, Charles Settle of Marietta, Ohio; and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and Bluegrass friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth “Mike” Harris and Clarence “Bud” Harris; and three sisters, Betty Schoolcraft, Jean Lyons and Wanda Lee Harris.

Funeral services were held 10 AM on Friday, January 10, at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Pike St., South Parkersburg with the Rev. Kenny Kendall officiating.

Interment will follow at Collins Community Cemetery in Stumptown.

Visitation was from 2-4 and 6-8 PM Thursday at the funeral home.

Governor Tomblin Presents Small Cities Block Grants for Fiscal Year 2013 projects

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15 projects receive more than $12.9 million in investment dollars

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today presented more than $12.9 million in Small Cities Block Grant funds for 15 critical infrastructure projects for communities across West Virginia. More than $40 million in other federal, state and local funds will be used to complete each project initiative – serving over 11,000 West Virginia residents, most of which are low- and moderate-income individuals. As a result of these investments, nearly 3,500 households in communities across the state will receive new or improved services as a result of these investments.


“Today marks an exciting beginning for many anticipated improvements throughout West Virginia,” Governor Tomblin said. “Economic and infrastructure development efforts, like those supported by the Small Cities Block Grant program, represent a commitment to the future of our state—providing a foundation for future development in our communities and making West Virginia a better place to live.”


Small Cities Block Grant funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Community Development Division of the West Virginia Development Office manages the administration of these funds.


Brooke County Commission
$700,000
This $2.2 million project will construct a centralized sewer collection system in the Mahan Lane, Eldersville Road, Bruin Drive, and Louise areas of Brooke County. Approximately 89 new households, as well as the surrounding area, will benefit from this project.


Town of Burnsville (Braxton County)
$175,000
This $4.1 million project will extend water service to 68 households along
WV Highway 5, Long Shoal Road and Orlando in Braxton County, who currently rely on private wells that provide poor quality water.


Town of Chapmanville (Logan County)
$1,100,000
This $2.7 million project will improve reliability and enhance waters services to approximately 963 residential and small commercial customers in Chapmanville and the surrounding area.


Clay County Commission
$175,000
This $2.9 million project will provide safe and reliable water service to 136 households along Pack Fork Road and Independence Road off Route 16 in Clay County, where residents rely on poor quality wells.


Fayette County Commission
$559,900
This $1.5 million project will extend water service to approximately 59 households in the Kanawha Falls-Boonesborough area of Fayette County.


Town of Franklin (Pendleton County)
$1,300,000
This $3 million project will enable the Town of Franklin to improve its existing wastewater treatment plant and repair its existing wastewater collection system which serves approximately 455 residents. The project will correct deficiencies throughout the aging system which are needed to ensure its sustainability.


Jackson County Commission
$1,300,000
This $2.7 million project will enable the Cottageville Public Service District to extend sewer service to 95 new households in the Town of Cottageville in Jackson County. Currently, there is no sanitary sewer collection system in the project area and existing households have either substandard or nonexistent septic systems.


Lincoln County Commission
$1,300,000
This $2.8 million project will extend safe and reliable water service to the Frances Creek area of Lincoln County. Approximately 84 households will benefit from the extension.


Mineral County Commission
$1,300,000
This $10.5 million project will allow the Mineral County Commission to extend water service and increase capacity to approximately 413 households within the Fountain Public Service District.


Mingo County Commission
$1,500,000
This $4.7 million project will enable the Mingo County Commission to extend safe and reliable water service to approximately 309 households within the Ben Creek area of the Mingo County Public Service District.


City of Mullens (Wyoming County)
$997,366
This $9.8 million project will provide new water service to 130 households in the Ostego, Pierpoint and Maben in the western area of Mullens. The project will also include the consolidation of several smaller systems to provide more efficient and reliable water service throughout the area.


Ritchie County Commission
$787,500
This $1.6 million project will enable the Ritchie County Commission to extend safe and reliable water service to approximately 45 households within the Union Ridge-Victory Ridge area near Route 50 in Ritchie County.


City of Summersville (Nicholas County)
$537,730
This $3.2 million project will enable the City of Summersville to extend public water service to 96 households in the Muddlety Valley, Upper McMillion Creek, Werth and Persinger areas of Nicholas County in the Glade Creek Phase II-B Water Line Extension Project.

Wetzel County Commission
$175,000
This $1.5 million project would enable the Hundred Littleton Public Service District to provide water service to 81 new households along U.S. Highway 250 and WV Highway 7 in the Rush Run, Cottonwood, Burton and Pogue Run areas of Wetzel County.


Wirt County Commission
$1,000,000
This $6 million project consists of the extension of sewer service to customers in the Newark area and the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant near Spring Valley, as well as the elimination of failing treatment systems, in Wirt County. The project will serve approximately 334 area residents.

Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Wednesday 01.08.14

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Glenville State CollegeOpen
Gilmer County CourthouseOpen
Gilmer County Senior CenterOpen
Gilmer County Schools2-Hour Delay
Braxton County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>> All Closed
Calhoun County SchoolsAll Closed
Doddridge County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>> All Closed
Lewis County SchoolsAll Closed
Ritchie County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>> All Closed
Barbour County SchoolsAll Closed
Clay County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>> All Closed
Harrison County SchoolsAll Closed
Nicholas County SchoolsAll Closed
Pleasants County SchoolsAll Closed
Roane County SchoolsAll Closed
Tyler County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>> All Closed
Upshur County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>> All Closed
Webster County SchoolsAll Closed
Wirt County SchoolsAll Closed
Wood County SchoolsAll Closed

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Kay Virginia “Ginger” Seese

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Kay Virginia “Ginger” Seese

Age 66, of Ellenboro, WV, passed away Sunday, January 05, 2014, at PineView Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Harrisville, after a short battle with cancer.

She was born January 16, 1947, in Canton, OH, a daughter of the late Wilson and Velma (Tate) Prunty.

Ginger spent her life as a loving homemaker for her family. She was a graduate of Harrisville High School with the class of 1965.

She was a member of the Pennsboro United Methodist Church, and a life member of Harris-Ritchie Post #3554 Ladies Auxiliary.

In the last few years she enjoyed listening to her emergency scanner 24-7 and watching after her grand dog and cat, Aries & Demon.

She is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Dale Leon Seese; two sons, Paul Seese and fiance’ Jennifer Roby of Harrisville; Adam Seese and wife, Lindsay of Moundsville, WV; a daughter, Amanda Seese and husband, Craig Boso of Vienna, WV; daughter in law, Alicia Seese of Waverly, WV; brother in law, “Bucky” Monroe, sister in laws, Tammy Monroe, Penny Copeland (Charles Sr.), all of Ellenboro, WV; brother in law, Harold Davis of OH; grandchildren, Braden Pittman, Nate Boso, Marissa Seese, Tiffany Boso, and Kaylee Seese; nephew, Harold Davis, Jr (Toni) of Malvern, OH; nieces, Christy Radkin (Scott) of Chesterfield, SC; Cheryl Doolan (Jeff), Beloit, OH; Jody Clark (Sean), of Minerva, OH; uncles, Hubert Tate (Barbara), Wooster, OH; Glen Boyce, Pullman, WV; aunt, Betty Tate, St. Marys, WV; along with many cousins, great nieces & nephews, and great-great nieces & nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, “Peggy” Alexander and her wonderful loving maternal grandmother, Virginia Tate, who raised her from 18 months old to young adult hood, and her loyal good friend, Patty McDonald Joy.

Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date at the convenience of the family.

Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Tuesday 01.07.14

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Glenville State College? ? ?
Gilmer County CourthouseClosed
Gilmer County Senior Center? ? ?
Gilmer County SchoolsAll Closed
Braxton County SchoolsAll Closed
Calhoun County SchoolsAll Closed
Doddridge County SchoolsAll Closed
Lewis County SchoolsAll Closed
Ritchie County SchoolsAll Closed
Barbour County SchoolsAll Closed
Clay County SchoolsAll Closed
Harrison County SchoolsAll Closed
Nicholas County SchoolsAll Closed
Pleasants County SchoolsAll Closed
Roane County SchoolsAll Closed
Tyler County SchoolsAll Closed
Upshur County SchoolsAll Closed
Webster County SchoolsAll Closed
Wirt County SchoolsAll Closed
Wood County SchoolsAll Closed

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Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Monday 01.06.14

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Monday, January 06, 2014
Glenville State CollegeOpen
Gilmer County CourthouseOpen
Gilmer County Senior CenterOpen
Gilmer County SchoolsAll Closed
Braxton County SchoolsAll Closed
Calhoun County SchoolsAll Closed
Doddridge County SchoolsAll Closed
Lewis County SchoolsAll Closed
Ritchie County SchoolsAll Closed
Barbour County SchoolsAll Closed
Clay County SchoolsAll Closed
Harrison County SchoolsAll Closed
Nicholas County SchoolsAll Closed
Pleasants County SchoolsAll Closed
Roane County SchoolsAll Closed
Tyler County SchoolsAll Closed
Upshur County SchoolsAll Closed
Webster County SchoolsAll Closed
Wirt County SchoolsAll Closed
Wood County SchoolsAll Closed

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Florence “Ma” Swisher

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Florence “Ma” Swisher

Age 94, departed this life at her home, in Macfarlan, WV, January 03, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born January 29, 1919, at Macfarlan, WV, the daughter of the late Samuel M. and Anna Bennett Lamp.

Mrs. Swisher had served as a floor girl for the Garment Factory in Cairo, WV for 16 years. Mrs. Swisher is best remembered by her beloved students at Smithville Elementary School, where she served in the Foster Grandparent Program for 33 years, as Grandma Swisher. Mrs. Swisher has been a loyal member of the Macfarlan Community Church for 82 years.

Mrs. Swisher is survived by one son, David F. Swisher, Macfarlan, WV; four daughters, Betty “Josie” Murphy,(Bob), Elsie L. Rollins, Norma K. Nutt,(Clifford), each of Macfarlan, WV, and Barbara “Bobbie” Swisher, Elizabeth, WV; two sisters, Mildred Kontul and Letha Mae Bartow, Cleveland, OH; two brothers, Donald Lamp (Shirley), Walker, WV and Roscoe Lamp, Lubeck, WV; grandchildren, Lori Burnham, Brenda Bradley, Terry Rollins, Jackie Pettit, Marty Rollins, Sheena Pettit and Kristen Goodnight and 9 great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Swisher was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Basil M. Swisher in 1978; one son, Darold “Buck” Swisher; two brothers and four sisters and one son-in-law, Jack Rollins.

Special thank you to Charlotte Batten, Debbie Curfman and Pat Mason for the excellent care they provided.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM, Monday, January 06, 2014, at the Macfarlan Community Church, with Pastor Nathan Copen officiating.

Burial will follow at the Swisher Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, WV, January 05, 2014, from 4 PM until 6 PM and one hour prior the service at the church on Monday.

In lieu of flowers donation can be made to Housecalls Hospice, 1226 Market St., Parkersburg, WV 26101.

Darlene Garrett

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Darlene Garrett

Age 63, of Harrisville, WV, Passed December 05, 2013.

She was born on July 21, 1950, in Baltimore, MD, the daughter of Edward and Teresa Sliwinski.

She was a loving wife, mother and community volunteer.

She was a member of Christ Our Hope Church where she served as a bookkeeper, a member of the financial committee and a Sunday School teacher.

She was an avid gardener and artist.

Surviving, in addition to her husband of 40 years, Joseph L. Garrett, are her three daughters, Kimberly Holton (Jeremy) of Houston, Texas, Aimee Mucino (Helius) of Greensburg, PA, and Bethany Garrett of Port Orange, FL. She is also survived by her brother, Larry Sliwinski of Baltimore, MD; and her four grandchildren, Liam Mucino, Dannika Mucino, Lex Holton and Ellia Holton.

There will be no funeral service at this time as she donated her body to the WVU Human Gift Registry for educational purposes.

A memorial service will be scheduled in the spring for family and friends.

Darlene asked that any donations be sent to West Virginia University, Human Gift Registry, 1 Stadium Drive, Morgantown, WV 26505 for ovarian cancer research.

Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Friday 01.03.14

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Friday, January 03, 2014
Glenville State CollegeOpen
Gilmer County CourthouseOpen
Gilmer County Senior CenterOpen
Gilmer County SchoolsAll Closed
Braxton County SchoolsAll Closed
Calhoun County SchoolsAll Closed
Doddridge County SchoolsAll Closed
Lewis County SchoolsAll Closed
Ritchie County SchoolsAll Closed
Barbour County SchoolsAll Closed
Clay County SchoolsAll Closed
Harrison County SchoolsAll Closed
Nicholas County SchoolsAll Closed
Pleasants County SchoolsAll Closed
Roane County SchoolsAll Closed
Tyler County SchoolsAll Closed
Upshur County SchoolsAll Closed
Webster County SchoolsAll Closed
Wirt County SchoolsAll Closed
Wood County SchoolsAll Closed

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2013 Girls High School Basketball – 12.28.13

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#5 Williamstown (A) 87

Ritchie County (AA) 57


#4 Bridgeport 55

St. Marys (PA) 42


#2 St. Marys 46 (A)

Robert C. Byrd (AA) 36


#6 Lincoln (AA) 60

Frankfort (AA) 42

Delbert Franklin Bunner

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Delbert Franklin Bunner

Age 53 of Harrisville, WV, passed away December 28, 2013 at Care Haven of Pleasants in Belmont after a battle with cancer.

He was born January 06, 1960 in Parkersburg, WV, a son of the late Perry O. “Jack” Bunner and Margaret L. (Mason) Bunner.

Delbert worked for Perkins Oil and Gas.

He was a member of the Harrisville Apostolic Church.

He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and farming.

Surviving is his loving wife of 28 years, Kay (Lamp) Bunner, his children: Amanda Colvin (Paul) of Harrisville, Julie McCumbers (Kelvin) of Spencer, WV and Wade McDonald of Pennsboro, sister Teresa Pridemore (Danny) of Harrisville and brother Rick Bunner (Wanda) of Harrisville.

He also leaves behind nine grandchildren, a great grandson and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Tuesday 11 AM at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Reverend Alan Adams officiating.

Interment will follow at the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery.

Visitation was Monday 4-8 PM.

Area Counties 2013-14 New Year’s Courthouse Hours

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Barbour County

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John Allen Patterson

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John Allen Patterson

Age 43, of Thornton, WV, passed away December 27, 2013.

He was born July 8, 1970 in Gassaway, WV, a son of Fred Patterson of Clay, WV and the late Betty Hamrick Patterson.

John was a truck driver for Otet Trucking Company of Fairmont. He was a loving husband and father.

In addition to his father he is also survived by his wife of 21 years, Virgie Smith Patterson; daughter, Heather Gittman and husband, William of Thornton; son, Jesse Patterson of Thornton; stepparents, Joe and Julie Rose of Richwood; siblings, Cheryl Parks of Frametown, David Patterson of Frametown, Michael Patterson and wife, Brenda of Frametown, Diana Taylor of Frametown, Sandra Teapole of Harrisville, Rodney Patterson of Frametown and Jalene Delp and husband, Robert of Bomont.

Service will be 1:00 PM Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor C.T. Matthews officiating.

Burial will be in the Hamrick Cemetery, Swandale.

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

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Patricia “Joan” Elder Moore

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Patricia “Joan” Elder Moore

Age 69, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away December 29, 2013, at her residence.

She was born November 01, 1944, in Ritchie County, WV, a daughter of the late Richard W. and Jessie Jones Elder.

Joan was a 1962 graduate of Parkersburg High School, was a graduate of the St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Parkersburg, as a registered nurse, had worked for several local doctors and retired after 16 years, working for Dr. Nik Shaw. Joan enjoyed fishing and being with her family.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, William “Harold” Moore; two sons, Brian L. Moore (Susan Doughty) of Lafayette, CO, and Eric D. Moore of Parkesburg; two grandchildren, Kyle and Carson Moore; and a sister, Ernestine Snodgrass of Harrisville, WV.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Kester Elder.

Services will be at 3 PM Tuesday at Lambert-Taman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 3005 Grand Central Ave., Vienna, WV, with Pastor Mark Eaton officiating.

Visitation will be from Noon until time of services Tuesday at the funeral home.

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