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Jacqueline J. McLaughlin

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Jacqueline J. McLaughlin

Age 74, of Harrisville, WV died July 01, 2012, at Bunner Home Care, Harrisville.

She was born March 09, 1938 at Camden on Gauley, Webster County, WV, the daughter of the late Edward and Virginia Malcom Sears.

Jacqueline most recently worked as a cook at the Senior Citizen Center, Pennsboro and formerly at United Hospital Center in the laundry, Anchor Hocking, Coca-Cola, American Legion and Foodland in Clarksburg. She volunteered at Community Resources and Ritchie County Bread Basket.

She is survived by four sons, Michael W. Blake of Pullman, Edward Blake of Stonewood, James Blake of Wallace and Randy Blake of Clarksburg; three daughters, Joyce Thompson of Powhatan Point, Ohio, Vicky Amos of Wyoming and Andrea McCullough of Anmore; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sisters, Sandra Sears of Clarksburg and Linda Sole of North Carolina. Jacqueline was preceded in death by her husband, Morley E. McLaughlin and son George Blake.

The family will receive friends at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, today, July 03, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM, with a graveside service at Pullman United Methodist Church Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

David George Six

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David George Six

Age 68, of Cairo, WV died July 01, 2012 at his residence.

He was born April 29, 1944 in Cairo, WV the son of the late Orval and Georgia Amick Six.

He was a U.S. Navy Veteran and had been employed by Asplundh and The Cairo Marble Factory.

David was a loving husband, Dad and friend and will be missed by all.

He is survived by sons, Steven Six of OH, and Tim Mathess of Ellenboro; daughters, Amanda Elliott of Parkersburg, April Six of Friendly, WV and Kayla Byrd of Cairo; eight grandchildren; brother, Lewis Six; and sisters, Mary Lou Walters, Dorothy Dickerson, Elise Davis and Irene Atwater.

He was preceded in death by his wife Teresa Cain Six; two children, Tammy Byrd Wells and Darrell Six; and brother Danny Six.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM, Friday, July 06, 2012 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Cairo.

Burial will follow in the Six Hill Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM.

MonPower: Area Customers without Power - 07.01.12

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Total Area customers without power on 07.01.12 - 6:02 PM:

Braxton: 5851

Calhoun: 3328

Doddridge: 2425

Gilmer: 3203

Lewis: 9918

Ritchie: 2947

Statewide Cooling Stations

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Counties Cooling Stations (Daytime Only) Shelters
Barbour   Belington Church of Nazarene 
Berkeley Martinsburg Fire Department  
S. Berkeley Fire Department  
Hedgesville Fire Department  
Martinsburg Mall  
Bedington Fire Department  
Boone Rt. 119 and Rt. 3 Intersection Racine Fire Department
Danville Fire Department  
Van Fire Department  
Wharton Fire Department  
Braxton   Gassaway Fire Department
  Burnsville Senior Center
  Braxton NG Armory
Cabell Beard Mortuary (304-522-8253)  
Calhoun Grantsville Fire Department  
Grantsville Comm. On Aging  
Clay   Big Otter Elementary
Fayette Mt. Hope Fire Department Fayetteville Church of God
Pax Fire Department Oak Hill Lewis Center
Meadowbridge Town Hall   
Gilmer   Glenville Rec Center
Grant Health Dept (8a-4p)  
Greenbrier Rainelle Med Center  
Rainelle Fire Department  
Williamsburg Community Center  
Hampshire Capon Springs (Rt 259 near Hardy)  
Christ Comm. Church Augusta (3-9)  
Hardy Baker Rescue Squad  
RRT Bldg (Moorefield behind 911)  
Harrison Anmoore Fire Department  
Nutter Fort Fire Department  
4H Center  
Jackson Ravenswood First Baptist  
Ripley High (until 4p)  
Grasslick Baptist Kenna (until 7p)  
Jefferson Washington/Jefferson High School  
Wildwood Middle School  
Kanawha Civic Center Kanawha City Rec Center
Kings Center Dupont Middle School
Marmet Rec Center Aldergates UMC Sissonville
Redeemer Lutheran Tyler Mtn Community Center
Pinch Central Fire  
Clendenin Fire Dept  
St. Paul Church (Nitro)  
Dunbar UMC  
St. Albans Lakewood Fire Department  
Poiroit Chuch Cross Lanes  
Cross Lanes Bible Church  
Lewis Midway Fire Department  
Christ Town Fire Department  
Weston Fire Department  
Lincoln Duvall Middle School  
Lincoln Primary Care  
Harts VFD  
McCorkle Community Center  
Logan Pride Headquarters in Logan  
McDowell   Five Loaves Two Fishes Kimball
  Sandy River Middle School
Marion Marion Rescue Squad Fairmont  
Marion Rescue Squad Mannington  
Marshall Benwood Fire Hall  
Chesapeake Building  
Cameron Fire Department  
Moundsville FD Bingo Hall  
Mason   Pt. Pleasant High School 
Mercer   Princeton Rescue Squad
Mineral Keyser #2  
Mingo Beech Creek Fire Department Matewan
Gilbert  
Monongalia American Red Cross Building  
Monroe Union Senior Center Lynnside Senior Center
Morgan St. Vincent Depaul Berkeley Spr (9-3 T,F)  
Nicholas   Summersville Senior Center
  Summersville FD
Ohio Salvation Army 16th and 28th St  
Pendleton Brandywine VFD  
Franklin Community Bldg  
Pleasants Jim Spence Center  
Pocahontas Marlington Fire Department Cass Community Center
Hillsboro Fire Department  
Durbin Fire Department  
Preston Kingwood Civic Center  
Putnam Tri-State YMCA Calvary Baptist (Poplar Fork)
Mt. Vernon Baptist (Teays Valley) Church of God (Teays Valley)
Judson Baptist (Winfield)  
Raleigh Bradley Fire Department  
Food Lion Sophia   
Roane Reedy Volunteer Fire Department  
Taylor Blueville Methodist  
Tucker Camp Kidd  
Tyler Sistersville Volunteer Fire Department  
Wayne National Guard Armory  
Ceredo Volunteer Fire Department  
Harmony Freewheel Baptist  
Webster Catholic Services Center  
Camp Ceasar  
     
Wood Church of Christ  
Lubic Volunteer Fire Department  
Wyoming Wyoming Court House Lobby  
Council on Aging Itmann

NWS: Severe Thunderstorm Warning – 07.01.12

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NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON WV ISSUED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PITTSBURGH PA 8:34 PM EDT SUN JUL 01 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHARLESTON HAS ISSUED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
                             
  EXTREME NORTHEASTERN WASHINGTON COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST OHIO…

  NORTHEASTERN BRAXTON COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA…

  NORTHEASTERN CALHOUN COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA…

  NORTHERN GILMER COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA…

  NORTH CENTRAL UPSHUR COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA…

  LEWIS COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA…

  NORTHEASTERN WIRT COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA…

  EAST CENTRAL WOOD COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA…

  WEST CENTRAL TAYLOR COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA…

  DODDRIDGE COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA…

  HARRISON COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA…

  EASTERN PLEASANTS COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA…

  TYLER COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA…

  RITCHIE COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA…


* UNTIL 9:30 PM EDT

* AT 8:31 PM EDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH.  THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 16 MILES WEST OF MIDDLEBOURNE TO 7 MILES NORTHWEST OF NORTH BEND STATE PARK TO 18 MILES SOUTHWEST OF NORTH BEND STATE PARK…  MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 45 MPH.

* OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO

  HARRISVILLE…      MIDDLEBOURNE…    WEST UNION…

  GLENVILLE…      WESTON…        CLARKSBURG…


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

IF YOU ARE IN THE PATH OF THIS STORM…PREPARE IMMEDIATELY FOR DAMAGING WINDS…DESTRUCTIVE HAIL…AND DEADLY CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING. PEOPLE OUTSIDE SHOULD MOVE TO A SHELTER…PREFERABLY INSIDE A STRONG BUILDING BUT AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

PLEASE REPORT HAIL…STRONG WINDS OR WIND DAMAGE TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BY CALLING TOLL FREE. 1.877.633.6772…WHEN YOU CAN DO SO SAFELY.

IN ADDITION TO DAMAGING WINDS…CONTINUOUS CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM. MOVE INDOORS IMMEDIATELY! LIGHTNING IS ONE OF NATURES NUMBER ONE KILLERS. REMEMBER…IF YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER…YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11:00 PM EDT SUNDAY EVENING FOR CENTRAL KENTUCKY AND SOUTHEAST OHIO AND CENTRAL WEST VIRGINIA.

Spirit Masks, Turkey Talk and More at North Bend State Park

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If anyone needs an “excuse” to visit North Bend State Park, the diverse outdoor activities planned for early July are reason enough.

“It’s all about getting families outdoors and staying active,” said Ken Zebo, North Bend State Park naturalist and activities coordinator.  “If the programs we offer at North Bend impact a life because something is learned or a topic creates a lifelong interest, then it’s all good.”

Activities include hikes, plant pounding (transferring plant pigments onto paper), herp hunts, cornhole, Wild about Wild Turkeys and ghost story hikes.  Special programs include Geology Rocks with Geologist Ken Ashton, Stepping Stones Band and W.Va. Snakes with Jim Fregonara.

North Bend also offers a youth program called Young People for Parks (YPP).  Many YPP activities allow youth to earn a patch and certificate. “Youth 6-16 are invited to participate in a minimum of three nature-based learning activities,” Zebo said.  Adults are also welcome on YPP activities. “Nature is wondrous regardless of age.”

All activities are free and open to the public.  North Bend State Park lodge is offering 35% off room rates July 01 – 05.  North Bend State Park is located in Ritchie County near Cairo, WV and Harrisville WV.  For information about park accommodations, hiking trails, lake and fishing, camping and the North Bend Rail Trail, visit www.northbendsp.com or call 304.643.2931.


Schedule of Events for North Bend State Park, June 27 – July 05, 2012

Wednesday, June 27

11:30 AM – Nature Center Open – 11:30AM – 1:30PM – Come inside for a chance to meet some of our wildlife friends. Take a look around and marvel at the mysteries of nature.

2 PM – Origami – Learn the Japanese art of folding paper and transform a flat sheet into a work of art. Make an animal to decorate and take home. Meet at the Nature Center. (1 hour)

3:30 PM – Herp Hunt – Hunt for our reptile friends and learn about the differences between reptiles and amphibians. We’ll hike to spot them in the wild. Meet at the Nature Center. (1 hour) YPP event

5 PM – Volleyball Game – Enjoy a game of volleyball on our sand court. Bring your friends. We will meet at the volleyball court by the amphitheater. (1 hour)


Thursday, June 28

10:30 AM – Nature Center Open – 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

1 PM – Animal Craft – Learn how to make your own animals by reusing items around your house. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Materials provided. We will meet at the Nature Center. (1 hour)

3 PM – Skulls and Skins – Turn the animal kingdom inside out and outside in. Explore skeletons, skulls and pelts of our local animal residents. Meet at the Nature Center. (1 hour) YPP event

4:30 PM – Scavenger Hunt – Become a nature super sleuth as you hunt for items in this nature-friendly scavenger hunt. We will meet at the Nature Center. (1 hour) YPP event


Friday, June 29

1:30 PM – Nature Center Open – 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

4 PM – Hibbs Cemetery Hike – Learn some West Virginia flora and fauna as you hike the trail to Hibbs Cemetery. Constant grade and great views. Meet at River Run Campground. (1 hour) YPP event

5:30 PM –Cornhole – Challenge your friends and the park staff to an exciting game of cornhole. We will meet at the Nature Center. (1 hour)

7:30 PM – Geology Rocks! (Presentation) – Join Ken Ashton, a geologist with the West Virginia Geologic and Economic Survey, and find out what rocks make up the Mountain State. Meet at the Lodge Conference Room. (1 hour) YPP event


Saturday, June 30

10 AM – Geology Rocks! (Hike) – Join Ken Ashton, a geologist with the West Virginia Geologic and Economic Survey, and find out what rocks make up the Mountain State. We will meet at the Overlook Trail trailhead, across from Cabin 1. (1 hour, 1.2 miles) YPP event

Noon – Nature Center Open – Noon – 2 PM

2 PM – Creeping, Crawling Crayfish – Experience the miniature world of crayfish in our creeks and streams. See if you can catch one and take a peek! Meet at the Nature Center. (1 hour) YPP event

3:30 PM – Fishing Derby – Bring your own poles and we’ll supply the bait. Certificates will be given to lucky anglers. We will meet at the pond by River Run Campground. (1 hour) YPP event


Monday, July 02

9:30 AM – Nature Center Open – 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Noon – Orienteering – Learn how to find your way in the woods using a map and a compass.  Materials and tools provided.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP event

1:30 PM – Spirit Animal Masks – Learn what your spirit animal is and make a mask to show it off!  Explore Native Americans and the link with spirit animals.  Meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)  YPP event

3 PM – Southern Railroad Trail Hike – Follow the old Harrisville Southern Railroad grade that now connects River Run Campground to the base of the dam.  Learn about the wildlife and vegetation along the way.  We will meet at River Run Campground.  (1 hour, 1.5 miles) YPP event


Tuesday, July 03

9 AM – Nature Center Open – 9 AM – 11 AM

11:30 AM – Tree Walk – Take a walk with the park naturalist and learn about some of the native trees of West Virginia.  This trail is paved and easy to walk.  Meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP event

1 PM – Wild About Wild Turkeys – Come talk turkey with the park naturalist and learn about these unique birds that inhabit our forests.  A great program for kids and adults of all ages.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP event

2:30 PM – Whiffle-ball Game – Round up your friends and come out to play America’s favorite backyard game!  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP event


Wednesday, July 04

9:30 AM – Bird Walk – Join the park naturalist in taking a closer look into the world of birds.  Binoculars and field guides are recommended but not required.  Meet at the lodge.  (1 hour) YPP event

11 AM – Venom and Poison – Learn what not to touch in the woods.  Join the park naturalist in learning how to identify dangerous plants and animals.  Meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP event

1:30 PM – Nature Center Open – 1:30 pm – 3:30 PM

3:30PM – Sand Art – Use your imagination to create a beautiful work of art out of sand.  Sketch out your picture, trace it with glue and sprinkle it with sand.  Meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)


Thursday, July 05

10 AM – Hibbs Cemetery Hike

11:30 AM – Herp Hunt – Join the hunt for our reptile friends!  Learn about the differences between amphibians and reptiles, frogs and toads, and turtles and tortoises.  We will take a hike to spot them in the wild and maybe handle a few.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP event

1 PM – Nature Center Open – 1 PM – 3 PM

3 PM – Scavenger Hunt

5:30 PM – Irish Road Bowling – You don’t have to be Irish or a bowler to enjoy this sport.  Come check out the most popular game at West Virginia State Parks!  No experience or equipment necessary.  Closed-toe shoes are required.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)


Friday, July 06

10:30 AM – Creeping, Crawling Crayfish

Noon – Nature Center Open – Noon – 2 PM

2:30 PM – Cornhole

5 PM – Tunnel 13 Hike – Experience the great outdoors with a slice of history mixed in. The trail is less than 1 mile long, flat, and easy to walk on. You will see an oil / gas well, Tunnel 13, and wildlife and vegetation along the trail.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour) YPP event

7:30 PM – Stepping Stone Band – Celebrate our country’s independence with this local group of talented musicians.  Listen to top 40 hits, country and soft rock favorites under the stars.  Stepping Stone will be performing at the amphitheater.  (2 hours)

Geraldine (Jerry) I. Nicholas

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Geraldine (Jerry) I. Nicholas

Age 90, of 1 Wyngate Drive, Parkersburg, WV passed away peacefully Monday, June 25, 2012.

She was born on June 27, 1921 in Smithville, WV, one of nine children, of the late John C. and Madge Fling Nutter.

She has one surviving sister, Maude VanMalsen of Muskegon, Michigan.

Jerry graduated from Harrisville High School in 1939. After the start of WWII, she moved to Muskegon, Michigan, where she worked as a welder for Continental Motors.

She was married to Albert Bosma of Muskegon, Michigan in 1943, until his death in 1960. In 1965, she married Charles M. Nicholas of Parkersburg, and celebrated 30 years of marriage until his passing in 1995.

A loving wife and homemaker, Jerry is survived by her children, Gene A. (Patricia) Bosma, Richard C. Nicholas, Terry L. (Marcia) Bosma, Susan L. (Michael) Haught, Alice A. (Thomas) Lauderman and Kem R. Bosma.

Jerry was an attentive and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her family and friends will miss her kind, generous spirit, her warm hospitality and her wonderful cooking.

Friends will be received on Thursday, June 28, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg.

A tribute of her life will be on Friday, June 29, at 11:00 AM.

Burial will be at the Nobe Cemetery in Calhoun County.

Sharon Virginia Holbert

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Sharon Virginia Holbert

Age 72, of Glendale Community, Cairo, WV, passed from this life June 22, 2012.

She was born in Cairo, WV, May 07, 1940, the daughter of the late Clyde and Alice Midkiff Nichols.

She was a member of the Pike Church of Christ.

She enjoyed doing geneology and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

She is survived by her first husband and father of her children, Ronald Wilson of Cairo; her children, Ronda Hedrick and husband Merrill, Ronald Wilson Jr., Robert Wilson and wife Deva (Coe), Richard Wilson and wife Sandra (Copp) and David Wilson and wife Christina (Thomason); two sisters, Carolyn Pierson and her husband Everett and Shirley Jonas; her grandchildren, Sharon (Missy) Jones, Sabrina Lowe, Andrew Hedrick, Kayla Juilfs, Stephanie Wilson, Craig Wilson, Darbie Carlson, Ryan Wilson, Tyler Wilson, Ethan Wilson, Tori Depue, Celeste Bradley, Beau Bradley and Alexis Bradley; her great-grandchildren, Shelby Jones, Mallory Jones, Riley Crum, Gage Jones, Chase Bailey, Shaylee Lowe, Devon Gilmore, Waylon Hedrick, Carlee Wilson, Joden Juilfs, Claire Carlson, Elijah Depue, Harmonie Bradley and Remington Goodnight; several nieces; and one nephew.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Fay Duelley and Donald Holbert; her grandson, Matthew Gilmore; a great-granddaughter, Tacoma Juilfs; her brothers, Kester Nichols and John Nichols; brother-in-law, Rodger Jonas; her nephew, Michael Anthony Jonas; and her step-children, Janet Duelley and Donald Duelley.

Her earthly body will be cremated and there will be a memorial service at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Leavitt Funeral Home in Parkersburg.

White Oak Decline Evident This Year in West Virginia

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Extensive white oak decline and mortality has been observed in several areas of Wood County.

A local forester, Jack Mathers, working for Haessly Timber and Logs in Marietta, Ohio, had been tracking this decline for several years and brought it to the attention of the West Virginia Department of Agriculture and the USDA Forest Service.

The WVDA, Forest Services and Mathers recently spent a day looking at several areas where this decline is occurring. One of the first things noted was that trees had substantial evidence of jumping oak gall wasp, Neuroterus spp., on the leaves.


Wasp Outbreak:

In 2010, there was a severe outbreak of jumping oak gall wasp in Cabell, Jackson and Wayne counties and in previous years, there have also been reports from other counties including: Harrison, Doddridge, Ritchie, Wood, Kanawha, Putnam, Roane, Gilmer, Wirt, Calhoun, Lewis, Braxton and Clay.

“Surveys are underway now to document areas of jumping oak gall wasp and oak decline,” said Agriculture Commissioner Gus R. Douglass. “At this time, we don’t know how wide-spread the problem is.”


What Happens:

These wasps lay eggs in the tissues of new oak leaves in the spring. Each gall contains a single immature wasp. The young galls look like small, green, flat buttons that turn brown as they mature. When mature, the galls fall off the foliage leaving small pits in the underside of the leaves where they were attached.

If there are numerous galls on the leaf, the entire leaf usually turns brown and falls off. Once on the ground, pupation occurs. Second generation adults overwinter inside the galls and will emerge next spring. The wasps are very tiny (1.0-1.5 mm long) and do not sting.


Result:

White oak can usually withstand one or two defoliations. But, if this has been occurring over several years with the trees undergoing multiple defoliations, the trees will eventually succumb to the stress.

“This stress leaves the tree wide open for secondary agents such as Armillaria root rot and Hypoxylon canker to establish along with other decay fungi and secondary insects such as wood boring insects,” said WVDA forest pathologist Jill Rose. “This causes further decline of the tree and, eventually, death.”

If you notice any major outbreaks of oak decline, contact the WVDA Plant Industries Division, 1900 Kanawha Blvd., East, Charleston, WV 25305-0191 or call 304.558.2212.

Rozilla Alice Flesher

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Rozilla Alice Flesher

Age 89, of Pennsboro, WV passed away June 23, 2012 at her residence.

She was born in Pennsboro, WV a daughter of the late Homer Brooks Flesher and Lenna (Dodd) Flesher.

Mrs. Flesher worked for the American Viscose in Parkersburg, the Aircraft Industry in Akron, J. C. Penny’s and the Foodland in Clarksburg.

She was a member of the Church of God.

Surviving is her son, Jerry Hileman and his wife Grace of West Union, Taylor’s Drain Community; sister, Jean Jones of Greenwood; brother, Richard Flesher of Weirton; and her former husband, Ray Hileman.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Ricky Ray Hileman; and six brothers and sisters, Lewis, Homer, Bill and Joe Flesher, Maxine Brooker and Betty Cumpston.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, 10:00 AM at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with Pastor Paul Cantrell officiating.

Interment will follow at the Bridgeport Cemetery.

Visitation will be Monday, 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

Wesley Denver Beckner

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Wesley Denver Beckner

Age 82, of Parkersburg, WV went home to be with his Lord on June 21, 2012 with his family by his side at his son’s home in East Liverpool, Ohio.

Denver was born on January 20, 1930, in Ritchie County, WV, the son of the late George P. and Lillie Ellen (Lewis) Beckner.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 28 years, Vonda Dawn (Palmer) Beckner in 2007.

Denver is survived by two sons, Denver K. and wife Wendy of Glenn Dale, Md. and Mark and wife Cheryl of East Liverpool, Ohio; one daughter, Susan Delong of Fort Myers Beach, FL; one brother, Charles (Jo Ann) Beckner of Lakeland, FlL; one sister, Patricia Marks of St. Clairsville, Ohio; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Denver was a 1948 graduate of Parkersburg High School, where he was a State Champion on the wrestling team, a member of the track team and he also was a champion in West Virginia Golden Gloves boxing. After a tour in the United States Navy, Denver returned to Parkersburg where he worked construction and was a member of Local 132 of the Operating Engineers.

While living and working construction in Wheeling, Denver found a new love in horse racing. After a few years of on the job training at the track, he opened his own public stable and enjoyed traveling with his family throughout the east, running and winning races. Along with horse racing, Denver loved building and riding his Harley’s. At his home on 23rd Street, he was always building motorcycles and selling them when a new idea came along. He will be remembered and truly missed.

Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 AM Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at Vaughan Funeral Home, 1010 Murdoch Avenue, Parkersburg, WV with Rev. Chuck Furbee officiating.

The family will receive friends Monday, June 25, 2012 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home.

Services will conclude with interment in the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Mary Loretta Moore

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Mary Loretta Moore

Age 75, of Pennsboro, WV, Farley’s Run Community, passed away June 21, 2012 surrounded by her family.

She was born in Uniontown, WV, a daughter of the late James William Utt and Mary Ruby (Shreves) Utt.

Loretta worked at the Pineview Nursing Home in Harrisville and Economy Industries in Pennsboro, all while raising her family and working on her farm.

She was a member of the Mt. Olive Church of Christ.

She was a loving and caring person and her family and friends were most important to her. Her kitchen was always open to anyone stopping for Sunday dinner.

Surviving are three sons, Jim Utt of Wick, WV, Kenny Utt (Vickie) of Pennsboro and Mike Moore (Jan) of Paris, IL; brother, Don Utt (Mary) of Perrysburg, Ohio; sister, Imojean Horner of Akron, Ohio; 11 grandchildren, James R. Utt, Joseph R. Utt, Kenneth G. Davis, Glennda M. Roberts, Sara G. Lattea, Kenneth G. Utt, Jr., Michael P. Moore, Jr., Maranda M. Keister, Jamey C. Moore, Matthew W. Hawkins and Jordan K. Skiles; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Beatrice Gay Utt.

Funeral services will be Sunday 2:00 PM at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro with Evangelist Terry Jones officiating.

Interment will follow on the family farm at the McFadden-Heaton Cemetery.

Visitation will be Saturday 4:00 to 8:00 PM.

Flo Marie Isner McCullough

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Flo Marie Isner McCullough

Age 90, of Washington, WV, passed away on June 20, 2012, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus, after an extended illness.

She was born November 03, 1921, in Ritchie County, WV and was the daughter of James Garfield and Grace Truman (Sinnett) Isner.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, A. Clifford (Cliff) McCullough; three brothers, Charles, Harmon (Tom) and Paul Isner; and two sisters, Wanita Swiger and Clara Wilson.

She is survived by her two sons, Gary (Misti) McCullough of Vincent, Ohio, Gregory (Kim) McCullough of Washington, W.Va.; two grandchildren, Ericha McCullough of Washington, WV, Miranda McCullough of Falls Church, VA; one great-grandchild, Sophia; and two sisters-in-law, Ruby Wilson of Harrisville, WV, and Mary Isner of Indianapolis, IN.

During WWII, Flo worked as a welder in the shipyards in San Francisco, CA, and then moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, to be with her husband Cliff while he supported war efforts in the shipyards there. After returning to West Virginia, she was a homemaker and enjoyed canning and crochet. She also enjoyed spending time with her family and dearly loved her cat Oscar.

Arrangements are pending at this time.

Kathleen M. Lunsford

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Kathleen M. Lunsford

Age 97, of Glenville, WV formerly of Troy, WV passed away on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 in Sunbridge Nursing Home of Glenville following an extended illness.

She was born in Ritchie County, WV on May 29, 1915: daughter of the late Clel Adams and late step mother Byrd Adams.

In August of 1935, she married Ralph Lunsford, who preceded her in death on April 11, 1978.

Mrs. Lunsford is survived by one daughter-in-law: Sharon K. Lunsford of Auburn, WV, five grandchildren: Paula Hardbarger, Joan Lunsford Henline, Ralph Keith Lunsford, Jr., Joyce Ann Martin and Roascoe Herbert Henline, thirteen great grandchildren: Jessica, Melissa, Michelle, Tamara, Link, Shylia, Kiara, Destiny, Bentley, Kyley, Ryley, Jessica and Elizabeth and several great great grandsons. She is also survived by one sister: Artie Adams of Clarksburg and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Ralph, Mrs. Lunsford was preceded in death by one son: Ralph Keith Lunsford, one foster son: Robert Brannon, three brothers: Wilmur, James and Elmer Adams and three sisters: Margie Adams Woofter, Eva Adams Sponaugle and Marie Moorhead Adams.

Kathleen was a homemaker.

She attended the Vadis United Methodist Church and was a member of the Midway Fire Department Auxillary of Vadis.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. main Avenue Weston on Friday, June 22, 2012 from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Friday at 1:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel.

Interment will follow services in the Carder Cemetery of Vadis, WV.


Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for Kathleen M. Lunsford.

Milton C. Smith

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Milton C. Smith

Age 85, of Spruce Creek, WV, died June 19, 2012 at Stonewall Jackson Hospital, Weston.

He was born at Spruce Creek on July 13, 1926, the last surviving son of the late Harvey and Georgia Bailey Smith.

Milton graduated from Harrisville High School and was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II. He worked in the garment factory in Harrisville, in the oil and gas industry and later retired from Union Carbide, Sistersville, all while farming his land.

He was a member of Harris-Ritchie Post 3554 VFW and Spruce Creek Baptist Church.

Milton is survived by his wife of 64-1/2 years, Juna G. Reed Smith; daughters, Sharon McCormick of Harrisville, and Rose Ann Smith of St. Marys; sons, Larry Smith of Parkersburg, Joe Smith of Auburn, Bill Smith of Sand Fork, WV, Paul Smith of Spruce Creek and Dave Smith of Tanner, WV; eleven grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two sons, James and Ronny Smith; five brothers, Floyd, Albert, Bailey, Jack and Edward Smith; one sister, Mabel Morris; and two grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, June 23, 2012 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, WV.

Burial will follow in the Spruce Creek Cemetery will full military rites by Harris-Ritchie Post 3554 VFW.

Friends may call at the funeral home, Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM.

County-By-County Unemployment Rates Tell the Story – May 2012

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The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in West Virginia climbed two-tenths of a percentage point to 6.9% in May 2012.

Unemployment rates climbed in 44 counties as well.

Six counties reported falling unemployment rates, including Pocahontas, Clay, Hancock, Randolph, Berkeley, and Mineral.

Five counties, Roane, Calhoun, Summers, Greenbrier, and Hampshire, reported no change in their unemployment rates in May.

Counties with unemployment rates above 11% included Mason (11.1%), Webster (12.0%), Boone (12.5%), and Pocahontas (14.4%).

Counties with unemployment rates below 6% included Putnam (5.8%), Jefferson (5.3%), and Monongalia (5.0%).

County Total Unemployed   Unemployment Rate
May-12 APR-12 May-11 May-12 APR-12 May-11
Braxton 530 510 520 9.5% 9.2% 9.1%
Calhoun 290 280 310 9.8% 9.8% 11.2%
Doddridge 200 190 290 6.3% 5.9% 9.1%
Gilmer 230 210 250 6.9% 6.3% 7.3%
Lewis 500 460 480 6.1% 5.7% 6.0%
Ritchie 320 280 400 7.1% 6.2% 9.2%
WV 59,200 55,400 63,200 7.3% 6.9% 7.8%

 

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County Total Nonfarm on Payroll   Goods Producing Employees   Service Providing Employees
MAY-12 APR-12 MAY-11 MAY-12 APR-12 MAY-11 MAY-12 APR-12 MAY-11
Braxton 4,110 4,130 4,270 460 450 580 3,650 3,680 3,690
Calhoun 1,740 1,710 1,600 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......
Doddridge 1,290 1,300 1,290 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......
Gilmer 2,590 2,590 2,630 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......
Lewis 7,420 7,450 7,340 1,870 1,950 1,630 5,560 5,500 5,710
Ritchie 3,630 3,620 3,300 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......

Rebecca Alcinda Smith

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Rebecca Alcinda Smith

Age 83 of Norfolk, VA, formerly of Pennsboro, WV, passed away June 15, 2012 at her daughter’s residence in Norfolk.

She was born July 04, 1929 at Beason, WV, a daughter of the late James C. and Lena Corine (Baker) Tallman.

Mrs. Smith was a school teacher at Greenwood Grade School and Buckley Elementary at Alexandria, VA.

She graduated from Pennsboro High in 1947, Potomac State College in 1950 and West Virginia University in 1952.

She was a member of the Beason U. M. Church and attended the Norview Baptist Church in Norfolk, VA.

Surviving is her daughter Mary Sharon Williamson (Jon) of Norfolk, grandchildren Martin K. Bailey II of Pennsboro and Cheryl L. Tyree of Norfolk, great grandchildren Christopher Bailey and Breeanna McNeal, brothers Charles Tallman of Pennsboro and Jennings Tallman of East Canton, OH.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Charles Andrew Smith, and brothers Dewey and Eber Tallman.

Funeral services were Monday 2:00 PM at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro with Evangelist Terry Jones officiating.

Interment followed at the Spring Hill Cemetery, Joseph’s Mills, WV.

Visitation was Sunday 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

PROMISE Scholars Recognized

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Ninety-five students from all over the state will earn tuition and fees up to $4,750 at approved two-year and four-year colleges and universities in West Virginia.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the program, which was launched in 2002 under the leadership of former Governor Bob Wise, former state Sen. Lloyd Jackson II and Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, who previously served as Senate president. Since the program’s creation, more than 32,000 students have been awarded the scholarship, and more than $315 million has been provided to help West Virginians attend college.

Tomblin said those funds represent a valuable investment in our state.

“Ten years ago, West Virginia made a promise to its young people: if you work hard, earn good grades and fully commit to pursuing a college education in our state, we will help you pay for a college education. That promise is paying off today for students and their families - but more important for our state. Research shows that receiving the PROMISE Scholarship helps ensure that our students graduate from college, because the program requires students to maintain a high grade point average and take a rigorous course load,“ Tomblin said. “Additionally, more than 60 percent of PROMISE Scholars work in state after graduation. To meet work force demands and grow our economy, West Virginia needs additional qualified college graduates. The PROMISE Scholarship is a valuable tool in helping keep young, bright West Virginians active in our local communities and across our great state.“

To receive the PROMISE Scholarship, students must obtain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, an overall ACT score of 22 and a score of at least 20 in each of four ACT subject areas.

The following students were awarded the PROMISE Scholarship this year:

Megann Boone, Braxton County High School;

Ryan Echard, Rebekah Honce, Sarah Potter and Courtney Small, Bridgeport High School;

Kristen Cosner, Angelica Harvey, Diana Kimble, Alex Pugh, Jordan Shaver, Scott Stoeckle and Kesley Wagoner, Buckhannon-Upshur High School;

Lucreshia Hescht, Buffalo High School;

Kaitlyn Slack-Hanna, Cabell-Midland High School;

Emily Blake, Charleston Catholic High School;

Benjamin Marshall, Clarke County High School;

Evan Gorman, East Fairmont High School; Brennan Dettinger, Joseph Hochgesang and Catherine Riggleman, Elkins High School;

Abigail McClung, Fairmont Senior High School;

Destinee Young, Frankfort High School;

Nicole Deitz and Ryan Pullin, George Washington High School;

Kirsten Reneau, Grafton High School;

Jeremy Feury, Greenbrier East High School;

Aaron Bugby, Greenbrier West High School;

Rebekah Lewis, Hampshire High School;

Amelia Riley, Hedgesville High School;

Abigail Hensley, Huntington High School;

Kayla Hinkley, Andrea Shepherd and Mark Stewart, Hurricane High School;

Dustin Pence and Nancy Perrine, James Monroe High School;

Garrett Grantham, Jefferson High School;

Megan Garcia, John Marshall High School;

Jared Ballard, Emmalee Stewart and Catherine Ullom, Lewis County High School;

Shawna Clayton, Liberty High School;

Dillon Williams, The Linsly School;

Destinie Hubbard and Erin Hudnall, Midland Trail High School;

Langley Salyers, Moorefield High School;

Eric Harshbarger and Katherine Vecchio, Morgantown High School;

Cierra Minter and Telena Sanson, Nicholas County High School;

Jordan Tate, Nitro High School;

Ashleigh Marker, Parkersburg South High School;

Sophia Bennett and Matthew Phares, Pendleton County High School;

Grant Basagic, Felicia Goldizen and Corey Rhodes, Petersburg High School;

Kayla Cunningham and Jackson Tyler, Poca High School;

Chloe Bland, Pocahontas County High School;

Emily Jenkins, Kimberlyn Ramsey and Rex Rosenberger, Preston High School;

Nathan Burchett, Charles Day, Hannah Gurtis, Jeremy Lawrence and Kurt Schindler, Ravenswood High School;

Joshua Metz, Ritchie County High School;

Seth Boggs, Riverside High School;

Elaine Ashman, Roane County High School;

Camille Fenz and Brandon Kroll, Robert C. Byrd High School;

Alexander Moss, St. Albans High School;

Alison Johnson, Asa Nichols, St. Mary’s High School;

Holden Akers-Toler, Shady Spring High School;

Sarah Phillips, Shady Spring High School;

Stephanie Frazer and Erika Langford, South Harrison High School;

Ashley Perdue, South Charleston High School;

Taylor Stacy and Amber Stewart, Spring Valley High School;

Mikaela Hutchinson, Teays Valley Christian;

Sarah Campbell, Tyler Consolidated High School;

Hillary DeWitt, University High School;

Robert Brosh, Cody O’Meara and Angela Pittinger, Washington High School;

Chelsea Rule, Webster County High School;

Yvonne Burch, Wheeling Park High School;

Bethany Jordan and James Young, Winfield High School;

Joshua Andrews, Sarah Rogers and Jordon Turley, home school.


More information about the PROMISE Scholarship and other state financial aid programs can be found through the College Foundation of West Virginia, the state’s free college planning website at www.cfwv.com.

Order Extends Flood Tax Relief in Eleven Counties

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signed Executive Order No. 9-12, which extends existing tax relief to taxpayers residing in eleven counties that suffered major flooding and extensive wind damage caused by March 2012 storms.

“Families and businesses continue to restore what Mother Nature quickly and swiftly destroyed,” Tomblin said. “With many West Virginians just now receiving insurance claim assistance, reconstruction efforts can be substantially furthered by continuing to waive the sales tax on certain building materials and supplies needed to restore life to normalcy.”

Executive Order 9-12 extends Executive Orders 3-12 and 7-12 through July 14, 2012. The order continues to suspend the consumer sales and service tax and use tax on purchases and uses of certain building construction materials and supplies, mobile homes, house trailers, modular homes and similar units that would substantially improve efforts to provide needed housing to affected citizens of West Virginia and to restore and reconstruct storm-damaged properties within the affected counties of:

Doddridge, Harrison, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Ritchie, Taylor, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo and Wayne.

Tax exempt purchases authorized by Executive Order 9-12 apply to eligible purchases made on or after March 02, 2012 and on or before July 14, 2012. A person seeking to make a tax exempt purchase should file an Exemption Certificate and must attach a verification document to the completed Exemption Certificate.

In the case of mobile home purchases, the purchaser must attach a copy of the FEMA Housing Assistance Letter addressed to the person that was rendered homeless by the flooding.

In the case of purchases of building materials and supplies, the purchaser must attach a copy of the FEMA Housing Assistance Letter or a copy of proof of settlement of an insurance claim for flood damage or an insurance adjuster’s record of damage inspection.

The Exemption Certificate is available at www.WVTax.gov. It also is available at the Taxpayer Services Division of the West Virginia State Tax Department, 1206 Quarrier Street, Charleston, WV, all State Tax Department field offices, county court houses and municipal buildings in the affected areas, many local hardware and home supply stores and the offices of many mobile home dealers in or near the flood areas.

For additional information on these exemptions, see Legislative Rule 110-15I and emergency rule 110-15J of the Code of State Rules or contact the West Virginia State Tax Department, Taxpayer Services Division at 1.800.WVA.TAXS (1.800.982.8297) or 304.558.3333.

White Oak Decline Evident This Year

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Extensive white oak decline and mortality has been observed in several areas of Wood County. A local forester, Jack Mathers, working for Haessly Timber and Logs in Marietta, OH, had been tracking this decline for several years and brought it to the attention of the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) and the USDA Forest Service.

The WVDA, Forest Services and Mathers recently spent a day looking at several areas where this decline is occurring. One of the first things noted was that trees had substantial evidence of jumping oak gall wasp, Neuroterus spp., on the leaves.

In 2010, there was a severe outbreak of jumping oak gall wasp in Cabell, Jackson and Wayne Counties and in previous years, there have also been reports from other counties including: Harrison, Doddridge, Ritchie, Wood, Kanawha, Putnam, Roane, Gilmer, Wirt, Calhoun, Lewis, Braxton and Clay.

“Surveys are underway now to document areas of jumping oak gall wasp and oak decline,” said Agriculture Commissioner Gus R. Douglass. “At this time, we don’t know how wide-spread the problem is.”

These wasps lay eggs in the tissues of new oak leaves in the spring. Each gall contains a single immature wasp. The young galls look like small, green, flat buttons that turn brown as they mature. When mature, the galls fall off the foliage leaving small pits in the underside of the leaves where they were attached. If there are numerous galls on the leaf, the entire leaf usually turns brown and falls off. Once on the ground, pupation occurs. Second generation adults overwinter inside the galls and will emerge next spring. The wasps are very tiny (1.0-1.5 mm long) and do not sting.

White oak can usually withstand one or two defoliations. But, if this has been occurring over several years with the trees undergoing multiple defoliations, the trees will eventually succumb to the stress.

“This stress leaves the tree wide open for secondary agents such as Armillaria root rot and Hypoxylon canker to establish along with other decay fungi and secondary insects such as wood boring insects,” said WVDA Forest Pathologist Jill Rose. “This causes further decline of the tree and, eventually, death.”

If you notice any major outbreaks of oak decline, please contact the WVDA Plant Industries Division, 1900 Kanawha Blvd., East, Charleston, WV 25305-0191 or call 304.558.2212.

PACF: Community Foundation Grant Deadline Is September 01, 2012

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Our Community’s Foundation - The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and the Regional Affiliates of Doddridge, Ritchie, Jackson, Mason counties and the Little Kanawha Area (Wirt/Calhoun) is accepting applications for grants for the fall cycle of its Community Action Grant Program. For the first time, the foundation’s grant application process will be online; applications must be submitted through the online process by midnight on September 01, 2012.

Organizations apply to PACF and/or any of the affiliates on the same online application form, the Foundation’s Community Action Grant Application. To access the online application form, visit the foundation’s web site, www.pacfwv.com, and go to the Grants section. Under “Applications and Forms” you will find a link to the online Community Action Grant application.

To be considered for a Community Action Grant, an applicant must be a private, non-profit organization, tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a public institution.

To be eligible for a grant from the Foundation, either the applicant or program to be funded must be located in the foundation’s 11-county geographic service area (Wood, Wirt, Doddridge, Ritchie, Pleasants, Roane, Calhoun, Gilmer, Jackson and Mason counties in West Virginia, and Washington County in Ohio).

Two Foundation affiliates have educational support opportunities available in the fall grant cycle.

The Ritchie County Community Foundation Affiliate has funds available to support professional development or post-graduate studies (i.e. coursework beyond undergraduate studies) for Ritchie County educators, as identified by Ritchie County schools, and/or for academic school improvement needs of Ritchie County schools.

The Mason County Community Foundation Affiliate (MCCF) has funds available to provide mini-grants of up to $1,000 to Mason County Schools to support teacher-initiated educational projects and programs that benefit Mason County students. Up to three teachers from each school in Mason County may apply for mini-grants; the applications must be submitted through the school. Schools apply for grants for these purposes using the online Community Action Grant Application form.

Organizations serving Mason County residents also have an opportunity to be considered for grants from the Gordon E. and Mildren R. Jackson Foundation Advised Fund administered by Our Community’s Foundation/Mason County Community Foundation.

The foundation’s grantmaking guidelines provide more specific information on eligibility and priorities for all types of grants; visit the foundation’s web site at www.pacfwv.com to access the grant guidelines and the online application form.

For more information on the Community Action Grant Program, contact Marian Clowes at 304.428.4438 or” ”.

GSC Awards Scholarships to Ritchie County Students

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Two Ritchie County High School graduates have been awarded scholarships from Glenville State College for the 2012-2013 academic school year.


•  Jesse Alborano of Harrisville was awarded the John C. Shaw Scholarship. Established in 1985 by John C. Shaw, President of Glenville State College from 1901-1908

This scholarship is awarded to academically talented freshmen from West Virginia. Alborano will also receive the Moyers Academic Scholarship.

This academic scholarship fund was established in 1993 by Dr. L. Dewitt and Virginia Singleton Moyers.

It is used to fund annual scholarships for capable but financially needy students who were born in West Virginia and are graduates of high schools within the state.

Financial need along with intellectual ability and academic performance are key factors in the selection process.

Awardees are chosen primarily from Braxton, Calhoun, Clay, Gilmer, Lewis, Nicholas, Ritchie, Roane, Webster, and Wirt Counties.

Alborano will be a freshman majoring in Forest Technology.


•  Joshua James of Harrisville will also be receiving the John C. Shaw Scholarship and the Moyers Academic Scholarship.

James will be a freshman majoring in Computer Information & Systems.

For more information about Glenville State College scholarships, contact the GSC Foundation office at 304.462.6380.

Glenville State College President’s Honor List for Spring 2012

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Glenville State College has announced the names of GSC students who attained the President’s Honor List for the Spring 2012 semester.

To be named to the President’s Honor List, a student must have a 4.0 grade point average.

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


Braxton County:
Tiffany L. Berry
Jeanie M. Bragg
Chance J. Chapman
Janis R. Collins
Christopher L. Rhodes
Jessica E. Stout
Kyle J. Warner
Erica L. Whitney


Calhoun County:
Chelsey L. Ball
Autumn J. Harkins
Andrew R. Metheney
Judith J. Urbanic


Clay County:
Courtney E. Cole
Tammy A. Dobbins-Wolfe


Gilmer County:
Ezekiel G. Bonnett
Marilynn L. Burkowski
Heather Coleman
Mischell Frame
Rachael M. James
Noah L. Kinder
Kelly M. King
Sydney J. Pettit
Elora D. Shock
Jessi L. Smith
Mistie R. Starcher
Asa C. Witte
Jacob N. Wolfe


Lewis County:
Courtney L. Clevenger
Cierra Pinkston


Ritchie County:
Amanda Abramovich
Samantha J. Brookover
Allan J. Crum


Roane County:
Courtney M. Miller


Webster County:
Opal D. Fox


Wirt County: Allen R. Arnold

Glenville State College Provost’s Honor List for Spring 2012

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Glenville State College has announced the names of GSC students who attained the Provost’s Honor List for the Spring 2012 semester.

To be named to the Provost’s Honor List, a student must have a minimum 3.5 grade point average.

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

Braxton County:
Candace M. Butler
Tyler J. Carr
Jared W. Conley
Maranda D. Frame
Ashley B. Gauldin
Marcy B. Hamilton
Stephany L. Harper
Tiffani L. Huffman
Morgan King
Sara K. Marks
Rachel R. Morrison
Nancy M. Mulhare
Casey D. Posey
Jillian D. Robison
Megan L. Rollins
Shirley J. Sartin
Kelly D. Westfall


Calhoun County:
Kenneth Carpenter
Dana G. Ferrell
Mark E. Geiger
Michaela K. Grogg
Melissa F. Jarvis
Wayne S. Johnson
Christinia M. LoVine
Kaitlin M. Mefford
Sarah J. Ratliff
Randy R. Smith
Ashley D. Woodford


Clay County:
Kimberly D. Nichols
Logan Ramsey
Julie A. Walker
Timothy L. Whitney


Doddridge County:
Amanda D. Yeater


Gilmer County:
Cary C. Barlow
Justin A. Brown
Brandy M. Burkhammer
Mary C. Butcher
Lindsay S. Butner
Devin K. Cottrill
Olivia F. Ferrell
David A. Finley
Brian L. Flesher
Aaron Frymier
Kyle S. Kelly
Sara J. McFarland
Andrea B. Minigh
Lukas C. Montgomery
Jacqueline K. Moore
Chasity N. Moyers
Casey D. Pritt
William M. Radcliff
Emily E. Ramezan
Rachel R. Ramezan
Nicole C. Riffle
Jamie N. Sponaugle
Timothy A. Swiger
Michael F. Wasylyk
Deandre L. Williams
Sara D. Wise


Lewis County:
Tiffany M. Johnson
Tyler N. Karp
Hunter E. McWhorter
Joseph T. Perry
Chad M. Stout
Justin C. Stumpter
Rebekah M. Taylor
Adam D. Wilson
Clara D. Wymer


Ritchie County:
Carol J. Bearce
Shana M. Gribble
Boris Nimcevic
Siona N. Osborne
Jared M. Shipe
Kimberly A. Smith
Kimberly D. Wilson


Roane County:
Racheal L. Fetty
Katie J. Nutter
Aaron S. Parsons
Clarissa Pinson
Chad Stricklin
Katherine J. Williams


Upshur County:
Sarah J. Lewis
Jacqueline M. Linger


Webster County:
Christy L. Brooks
Katelyn M. Lake


Wirt County:
Tate M. Linder
Samantha N. Moore

Bernice M. Shields

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Bernice M. Shields

Age 95, formerly of Cairo, Glendale Community, WV, passed away June 0, 2012 at CareHaven of Pleasants.

She was born April 30, 1917, a daughter of the late Charles E. Pifer and Hattie (Pyles) Pifer.

She retired from the garment industry in Ritchie County and had worked at numerous factories. She was a member of the Glendale Women’s Club and the Glendale Grange. She was active in the 4H.

Surviving are two daughters, Beulah Webb and her husband Oscar of Shultz Community and Carolyn Lonas and her husband Bob of Washington, WV, brother, Pearly Pifer (Edna) of Pike; and sisters, Polly Wilson of Aliquippa, PA and Mildred Hart of Pike. She also leaves behind four grandchildren, Kenneth Webb, Dan Lonas, Mike Lonas and Trina Barber; great-grandchildren, Nathaniel, Ben, Patience, Cole, Hayden and Corey; and great-great-granddaughter, Trinity Webb.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur Shields; daughter, Barbara Swesey; brothers, Donald and Hershel Pifer; sister, Glenda Martin; and granddaughter, Teresa Lynn Webb, and great grandson, John Alexandar Barber.

Funeral services were Sunday at 2:00 PM at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Cairo.

Interment followed at the Cairo Masonic Cemetery.

Visitation was on Saturday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

LouVonnia Lea Prunty

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LouVonnia Lea Prunty

Age 72 of Pennsboro, WV, passed away June 08, 2012 at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

She was born January 20, 1940 in Pullman, a daughter of the late Alphred McCloy and Wilma (Jones) McCloy.

Mrs. Prunty was a homemaker and previously worked for the Pennsboro and Harrisville Garment factories. She was an avid quilter and had won numerous blue ribbons and awards for her quilting.

She was a member of the Wince Chapel Church and Ladies Auxillary.

Surviving is her husband of 55 years, Francis Prunty Sr., two sons: Francis (Melanie) Prunty Jr. of Salem and Melvin (Heather) Prunty of Pennsboro, three daughters: April Lynne Prunty of West Union, Angela Christine Prunty of Pennsboro and Melinda Jane Prunty of Pennsboro, brother Alphred “Wimpy” McCloy of Pennsboro, four sisters: Edie Wright of Medina, OH, Ada Bills of Belmont, Wendy Steele of Pennsboro and Linda Kester of St. Marys.

She also leaves behind 12 grandchildren: C. J. Hartman, Chadrick Hartman, Teontia Dailey, Derek Dailey, Rebekah McKinney, Kenda Godfrey, Megan Utter, Marissa Utter, Tiffany Prunty, Brandi Prunty, Nicholas Prunty and Nathan Napier, and nine great grandchildren: Alaiyah Faith James, Christian Andres Ovalle, Whitney Godfrey, Landon Godfrey, Alexzander Sellers, Gavin Hartman, Lucas Hartman, Dylan Keplinger and Kyle Keplinger.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a daughter Louanna L. Prunty, brothers Johnny and Arlie McCloy and sister Elfreda Robinson.

Funeral services will be Monday at 11:00 AM at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro.

Interment will follow at the Mt. Pisgah Church Cemetery, Pullman.

Visitation was on Sunday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Kelly Breanna Foster

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Kelly Breanna Foster

Age 20, of Cairo, WV, passed away June 04, 2012, at her home following an extended illness and is now looking forward to the Lord’s return.

She was born November 07, 1991 in Jasper, GA, a daughter of Victoria Vanneste and her stepfather, Robert Harriman.

She attended Tollgate Seventh Day Adventist Church and also the Parkersburg Church of God in Mineral Wells, WV.

She was a member of the Pathfinders Club at Tollgate, was in 4-H and was on the prom committee at Ritchie County High School.

Along with her mother and stepfather, she is survived by one brother, Lenny Vanneste (Chris); five sisters, Ana DuPerron, Lori Bryant (William) all of Michigan, Katie Foster, Lizzie Foster and Rynn Foster all of Cairo. She also leaves behind the love of her life, Kory Cottrill.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday, June 24, 3:00 PM at the Tollgate Seventh Day Adventist Church with Pastor Daniel Morikone officiating.

Kimes Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Parkersburg is assisting the family.

Doddridge and Ritchie Counties: Animal Cruelty Case Being Investigated

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Those with the Ritchie County Humane Society and the Ritchie County Sheriff’s Department are working to identify the person or people responsible for the dozens of severely malnourished dogs found past weekend.

On Sunday, June 03, 2012, Ritchie County Humane Society Shelter Director Kitty Ray says two women brought more than 30 dogs to the site that, they say, they found abandoned on Sugar Run Road in Doddridge County.

“They’re in deplorable condition,“ Ray told MetroNews Affiliate WAJR-FM in Clarksburg.

She says some of the dogs are pregnant and many are scared.

“They have mange so badly that most of them do not have any hair.  Their toenails were extremely long.“

Ray says the dogs that have survived up to now are getting proper care.

“We’re going to give them every opportunity to recover and be adopted.  They have had such a terrible life, they deserve a chance at a normal life,“ she said.

For more information, you can contact the Ritchie County Humane Society at 304.643.4721.

Betty Lee Locke

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Betty Lee Locke

Age 84, of St. Marys, WV, departed this life on Saturday, June 02, 2012, at her residence.

She was born on October 25, 1927, at Ellenboro, WV, the daughter of the late John Franklin and Pleasy Garrison Wigner.

Betty had worked for Economy Industries, Harrisville, WV for 21 years and worked at the Colin Anderson Center, St. Marys, WV, for 18.5 years.

She was a member of the Cloverdale Church of Christ.

She enjoyed quilting and spending time with all her grandchildren.

She is survived by one daughter, Dianne Davis, Parkersburg, WV; one son, James Davis, St. Marys, WV; five grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, William Burl Locke; seven brothers, Alex, John, Clarence, Spencer, Earl, Paul, and Andy Wigner; five sisters, Rachel Bumgardner, Ruth Shaffer, Cora Pyles, Martha Sifert and Lucille Carpenter.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 04, 2012, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV, at 1:00 PM with David Williamson officiating.

Interment will follow in the Lamberton Cemetery, Ellenboro, WV.

Friends called the funeral home on Sunday, June 03, 2012, from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM and may call after 9:00 AM on the day of the service.

National Trails Day, Take a Hike at a WV State Park or State Forest - 06.02.12

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National Trails Day is a national event promoted by the American Hiking Society. West Virginia’s state parks joins other states in inviting visitors and guests to take a walk, hike or stroll or to ride a bike on June 02, 2012, National Trails Day.

“Visiting a state park or state forest on June 02 should include a short or long hike on a trail,” said Sissie Summers, programming services administrator with West Virginia’s state parks.  “Parks encourage hiking or a leisurely walk on parks and forests as part of the nationwide program. Folks are asked to record the length of the walk or hike taken on June 2 and send that information to our central park office.”

Log cards are available at all state park and state forest offices for use and are available online at www.wvstateparks.com under “special notices.”  Completed mileage reports submitted will receive a Trails Day patch and certificate of completion. Log cards can be turned in at the park or forest or mailed.

“Hiking on National Trails Day can be an individual pursuit or individuals may participate in a scheduled hike at the state park or forest,” Summers said. “We recognize that some people prefer self-guided walks, while others appreciate having a park naturalist guiding the walks.”  Parks and Forest offering a led hike or walk or a broader trails program include:


Hike Across West Virginia at Cacapon State Park

Hike a short cross-section in West Virginia’s eastern panhandle and essentially walk across the state along a 10-mile stretch across the ridge of Cacapon Mountain.

This activity is on Saturday, June 02, and starts from the nature center at 9 AM The hike is moderate to strenuous and hikers should bring water and snacks.

Appropriate footwear is required.  For activities and hike information, contact Renee Fincham, naturalist, at 304.258.1022 or visit www.cacaponresort.com.


Trails Day Hike at Watters Smith Memorial State Park

A guided hike on June 02 is scheduled at Watters Smith State Park and will be led by Superintendent Andy Bennett.

Bennett, an avid birder, celebrates National Trails Day with a guided bird walk that begins at 8 AM.

“We start from the activity building and look for song birds and birds of prey,” said Bennett.

The activity is free of charge.

Attendees should bring binoculars and wear sturdy hiking or walking shoes.

Following the hike, refreshments and prizes will be given away.

Watters Smith State Park is located at Lost Creek in Harrison County and is a day-use area with a focus on heritage farming and natural history.

The park website is www.wattersmithstateparks.com.


Twin Falls Trail Work for National Trails Day

Trails Day at Twin Falls State Parks includes trail maintenance and cleanup in various spots throughout the park, according to Bryan Danford, park naturalist.

“This is a great way to see a great park in southern West Virginia and feel a sense of accomplishment.”

Trail maintenance begins at 9 AM at the ball field area.  “At 1 PM there will be a plant identification and Tracking 101 programs.”

Following these hands-on programs will be a guided hike on Horsepen Knob, as well as, a guided bike ride on different trails in the park.

It is strongly recommended participants bring work gloves, water, and a sack lunch.

There will be some water and snacks provided throughout the day.

For any questions or for more information, email Bryan Danford at “bryan.w.danford@wv.gov” or call 304.294.4000.  Twin Falls’ website is www.twinfallsresort.com.


Canyon Rim Center Starting Point

Jim Phillips, Pipestem State Park naturalist, will lead a hike beginning at 10 AM starting from the Canyon Rim Center at Pipestem Resort.

“We’ll do some plant and bird identification and enjoy about one-and-a-half hours outdoors exploring nature.”

The hike will be along the Country Roads Walk or the Bluestone River if the tram is available.

For hiking and trail information at Pipestem State Park visit www.pipestemresort.com or call 304.466.1800x344.


Family Trails Day at North Bend State Park

The most extensive National Trails Day weekend program is at North Bend State Park in Ritchie County.

Nature Center visits, bird walks, sponsored races, rides and dinners by area associations and friends of North Bend are planned.

“National Trails Day is a day that promotes hiking.

We are adding other activities to promote additional outdoor recreation,” said Ken Zebo, park naturalist at North Bend.

Other activities over the June 01-03 weekend include a “Marvelous Mammal Hike” at 3:30 PM, a Luminary Hike at 8 PM and an 8:30 PM Night Hike on Friday, June 01.

June 02 features a bird walk at 9:30 AM and an Overlook Trail Hike beginning at 3:30 PM Sunday includes a Noon start time for “Race Around the Bend,” a West Virginia Mountain Bike Association point series race with prizes.

There is an entrance fee for this activity.

Race Around the Bend is sponsored by the North Bend State Park Foundation along with the River Valley Mountain Bike Association.

A complete list of events and activities at North Bend is posted at www.northbendsp.com under Events tab or call North Bend State Park at 304.643.2931.


West Virginia’s state park system maintains more than 800 miles of hiking trails.

Scheduled hikes and hiking trails maintained by state operated parks and forests are open to the public without charge.

Trails range from easy walks such as the Gentle Trail at Blackwater Falls or the Twin Oaks Trail at Twin Falls Resort to mountainous trails at Holly River or Coopers Rock State Forest.

The West Virginia state park system encourages outdoor activities as part of its mission statement.

Ritchie County: Family Trails Weekend at North Bend State Park - June 01-03, 2012

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North Bend State Park is extending National Trails Day, June 02, into a three-day Family Trails Weekend June 01-03, 2012.

Naturalists Ken Zebo and Adam Kirk have coordinated hike and interpretive activities with other events sponsored by the North Bend Rails to Trails Foundation, Lake Trail Foundation, WV Mountain Bike Association, North Bend State Park Foundation and the River Valley Mountain Bike Association, making the weekend an “all-out”-doors schedule for family and friends.

Unless indicated, activities are free and open to the public.


Friday – June 01, 2012


1:30 – 3:30 PM   Nature Center

Visit the North Bend Nature Center for a chance to meet some of North Bend’s wildlife friends.

Take a look around and marvel at the mysteries of nature.


3:30 PM   Marvelous Mammals Hike

Learn about the mammals of West Virginia and what make them special.

Meet at the North Bend Nature Center for this short hike to view signs of mammals in the park.


5 PM   Corn-Hole

Challenge your friends, family, and the park staff to an exciting game of corn-hole.

Meet at the Nature Center.


8 PM   Luminary Hike

Join the North Bend Rails to Trails Foundation for a hike from the Nature Center to the first tunnel for ghost stories.


8:30 PM   Night Hike

See what comes alive at night!

Join the park naturalist in using all your senses to experience the nocturnal world.

Meet at the nature center.

Saturday – June 02, 2012


9 – 10:30 AM   Kayak and Canoe Demonstrations

Join North Bend Adventure Outfitters for a half hour free demo with basic instruction at Cokeley Recreation Area boat ramp.


9:30 AM   Bird Hike

Join the North Bend naturalist at the Nature Center in taking a closer look into the world of birds.

Binoculars and field guides are recommended but not required.

The trail is paved, flat, and easy to walk on.


10 AM –Noon   WV Mountain Bike High School Racing Symposium

Symposium focusing on bringing Mountain Bicycle Racing to WV High Schools.

Anyone interested is welcome to attend this event in the lodge conference room.


10 AM   Lake Trail Fund-Raiser Equestrian Ride

Meet at the trail head in Ellenboro for a ride to benefit the Lake Trail Foundation.

There is a $10 donation which includes the fundraiser dinner.


11 AM – 1 PM   Nature Center

Come inside the North Bend Nature Center for a chance to meet some of North Bend’s wildlife friends.

Take a look around and marvel at the mysteries of nature.


Noon – 4 PM   Guided Horse Rides

Ride a horse sponsored by Lake Trail Foundation at shelter #3.

Yes, you too can ride!  Horses provided. Donations will be accepted.


Noon   Pre-Ride The Mountain Bike Race Course

Get a sneak peak at the WV Mountain Bike Association point series race courses for Sunday.

Ride with the River Valley Mountain Bike Association from the Cokeley Recreation area entrance.


1 PM   Bicycle Clinic

Join Kim Coram for a bicycle safety inspection, followed by a bike clinic in the lodge parking lot.


1:30 PM   Origami

Learn the Japanese art of folding paper and transform a flat sheet into a work of art.

Meet in the Nature Center with a park naturalist to make an animal to decorate and take home.


2 – 4 PM   Lake Trail Fund- Raiser Dinner

An $8 donation, all proceeds benefit the Lake Trail Foundation to continue development of the Lake Trail.

Menu includes hamburgers, hot dogs, bbq pork, sides, and beverage. Shelter #3.


3 PM   Overlook Trail Hike

Take a hike to the overlook of the lake and dam while learning about plants and wildlife along the way.

There is a great variety of terrain with few steep hills.

Meet the North Bend naturalist at the trailhead across from cabin #1.


5:30 – 6:15 PM   Group Ride To Cairo

Group Ride to Cairo on the Rail Trail for Live Entertainment


On the Rail Trail for Live Entertainment

Meet at shelter #3 for travel as a group along the rail trail to Cairo.

Hikers will be departing at 5:30 PM, bikers at 6 PM, and equestrians at 6:15 PM.

Return on your own.

A shuttle will be provided by North Bend State Park.

Saturdays on the Square presents Singer/Songwriter Todd Burge performing a benefit concert at 7 PM.


8 PM Sunset Paddle

End the day with a sunset paddle on the North Bend Lake sponsored by North Bend Adventure Outfitters at the Cokeley Recreation area boat ramp.

No charge to take part in this event; boat rentals will be available.

 

Sunday – June 03, 2012


9 AM Registration for Race Around The Bend


Noon   Race Around The Bend

Join in a West Virginia Mountain Bike Association point series race with prizes.

There is an entrance fee.

This event is sponsored by the North Bend State Park Foundation along with the River Valley Mountain Bike Association.


North Bend State Park is located in Ritchie County between the town of Cairo and Harrisville.

The park is open year-round and features a lodge, vacation cabins, campgrounds, outdoor swimming pool, hiking trails, 305 acre North Bend Lake, access to North Bend Rail Trail and full-service restaurant.

For information about North Bend State Park, visit www.northbendsp.com or call 304.643.2931.

William Burke Echard

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William Burke Echard

Age 56, of Harrisville, WV,  died May 30, 2012 at Camden Clark Memorial Campus, Parkersburg, WV.

He was born June 01, 1955 in Parkersburg, WV, the son of the late Burke R. and Geneva Greathouse Echard.

Bill worked for Asplundh Tree Expert Co., construction on the North Bend Lake Dam, and as a truck driver for N&N Disposal. He enjoyed working on vehicles, hunting, Chevy mud trucks and spending time with family and friends.

He attended Mt. Pisgah Church near Pullman.

Bill is survived by four daughters, Billie Jean Curtis of Cairo, Rachel Echard of Columbus, OH, Robin Lagunas and Michelle Craven (Steve) both of NC; two grandchildren Dakota Craven and Caydrian Miller; brothers, Robert Echard of Cairo, Raymond Echard of Freeport, and Doyle Echard of Mellin Ridge; half brothers, Charles Bibbie of Elizabeth, Bashford Echard of Mellin, Robert Sidwell of Parkersburg, Denver Echard of Parkersburg, Larry Echard of Newark NY, and Randy Echard of Macfarlan, and half sister, Shirley Ayers of Harrisville.

He was preceded in death by sisters, Sandra Kay Echard, and Judy Carpenter; and brother, James Echard.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, June 02, 2012 at Log Church at Cantwell with Rev. Clyde Border officiating.

Burial will follow in the Echard Homestead Cemetery, Mellin, WV.

Friends may call at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, Friday, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM.

Robert O. Montgomery

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Robert O. Montgomery

Age 74, of HC 69, West Union, WV, departed this life on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at the residence of his son in Parkersburg due to complications of lung cancer.

He was born in Parkersburg on August 27, 1937, a son of the late Ora and Bertha Cottrill Montgomery.

On March 07, 1959 he married Sandra A. Shafer Montgomery who survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Skylar O. Montgomery, Mineral Wells, Robert J. Montgomery, Warner Robins, GA, Clifford W. Montgomery, Parkersburg; grandchildren, Skylene Montgomery, Kesha Deitz, Robert Christian Walker and Tori Dunbar; two sisters, Rella A. Dawson, Rt.18 N. West Union, Mary Lou Dawson, Pennsboro; three brothers, William C. Montgomery, Woodsfield, Ohio, Glenn H. Montgomery, West Union, Charles J. Montgomery, Pennsboro, and several nieces and nephews.

Three brothers, Jerry E. Montgomery, Kenneth C .Montgomery and Walter J. Montgomery, preceded him in death.

Mr. Montgomery was retired from Pennzoil Corp. with 34 years service as a purchasing agent and was the owner and operator of Trails Inn, West Union.

A memorial service will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home, 212 Front. St., West Union on Friday, June 01, at 4:00 PM with Pastor Denver Burnside presiding.

A time of gathering will be held one hour prior to service.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Montgomery family.

Brenda Grudier

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Brenda Grudier

Age 67, of Harrisville, WV, departed this life Saturday, May 26, 2012, at Parkersburg, WV.

She was born May 23, 1945, in Cedar Grove, WV, a daughter of the late Donald and Garnetta Higginbotham Hudnall.

Brenda had worked for the WV Department of Tax and Revenue in Charleston, WV.

She was a member of Cornerstone Independent Church in Ellenboro, WV.

Brenda’s greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends.

Brenda is survived by her husband Danny L. Grudier; three daughters, Valerie Murphy, Anderson, IN, Barbara Musgrave, Deep Water, WV, and Norma Edens, Charleston, WV; two sons, Dale Coleman, Cedar Grove, WV, and Daryl Coleman Jr., Nitro, WV; one sister, Janet Osborne, Greenfield, OH; grandchildren, Angela Good, Kenneth Hancock, Jennifer Stalbins, Tara Murphy, Lacrisha Ramirez, Tyler Coleman, Joshua Bowe, Tina Pratt, Vivian Coleman, Breandrea Edens and Zachary Edens; and her canine son, Teddy.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas Franklin Hudnall and Donald E. Hudnall.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at 11:00 AM from the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, WV, with the Reverend Jack Norman officiating.

Interment will follow at the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Monday, May 28, 2012, and after 9:00 AM on the day of the service.

Mabel Elizabeth Cozzens

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Mabel Elizabeth Cozzens

Age 87, of Beverly, WV, died Wednesday (May 23, 2012) at Muskingum Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation.

She was born January 31, 1925, in Cairo, WV to Carl and Gertrude Hanlon Jackson.

She was a graduate of Garfield High School in Akron.

Mabel was a member of the Beverly Baptist Church.

She enjoyed quilting and knitting, and was an avid reader.

Mabel is survived by her son, Richard Cozzens of Panama City, FL; two daughters, Janet Cozzens of Beverly and Betty Ford (Steven) of Woodstock, GA; a brother, Glenn Jackson (Shirley) of Iuka, Miss.; a sister, Marilyn Fidler of Corinth, Miss.; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Delbert, in 1992 and a sister, Evelyn.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday (May 30, 2012) at the Lowell Chapel of Cawley & Peoples Funeral Home with Dennis Walburn conducting the service.

Friends may call on Tuesday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

Burial will be in Rainbow Cemetery.

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