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Ralph Jackson Blankenship

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Ralph Jackson Blankenship

Age 89, of Pennsboro, Bonds Creek Community, passed away March 27, 2012, at the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility in Clarksburg, WV.

He was born April 21, 1922 at Alum Creek, WV, a son of the late Wilburn and Mabel (Banks) Blankenship.

Mr. Blankenship retired as a union painter with 39 years for the IBPAT Local 1144 of Parkersburg. He enjoyed farming and hunting.

He was a member of the St. Marys Baptist Church.

He was a U. S. Army veteran of WWII where he was awarded two Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart.

Ralph was a member the Harmony Lodge #59 AF & AM, Pennsboro, 32nd Degree Mason, a member of the Nemesis Shrine of Parkersburg, O’Dell S. Long Chapter 25 and the Commandry, both of Pennsboro, and the Harris-Ritchie VFW Post 3554.

Surviving are his children: Linda Hamilton of Friendly, Connie Been (Mitchell) of Pennsboro, Dennis Blankenship (Malinda Jackson) of Pennsboro and Debbie Taylor (Pete) of Pennsboro, sister Geraldine Wade of Scott Depot, WV, brother Delmar Blankenship of Scott Depot, and brother Tommy Blankenship of Breinigsville, PA.

He also leaves behind six grandchildren: Michael and Shane Hogue, Kara Spillman, Kristen Hopson and Valerie and Jordan Taylor, 8 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years Louise (King) Blankenship in 2006, an infant daughter Nancy Ann Blankenship, sisters Audrey Robinson and Guynith McClure and brothers James Blankenship and Monty “Bunk” Blankenship.

Funeral services will be Saturday 11:00 AM at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro with Evangelist Terry Jones officiating.

Interment will follow at the Ellenboro Masonic Cemetery with Masonic burial rites given by Harmony Lodge #59.

Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM and until service time Saturday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility, One Freedom’s Way, Clarksburg, WV 26301.

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

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The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in West Virginia declined two-tenths of a
Percentage point in February 2012 to 7.2%.

Unemployment rates declined in nine counties.

These were Calhoun (13.2%), Gilmer (7.3%), Jefferson (5.9%), Monroe (7.2%), Pleasants (10.5%), Preston (7.6%), Putnam (6.5%), Taylor (7.9%), and Tucker (10.2%).

The rate did not change in Pendleton (7.0%) and Upshur (7.5%) counties.

The unemployment rate rose in the other 44 counties.

The county with the lowest rate of unemployment was Monangalia (5.2%).

The five highest unemployment rates were found in Hancock (13.9%), Calhoun (13.2%), Roane (13.0%), Wirt (13.0%), Brooke (12.9%) and Mason (12.9%) counties.

County Total Unemployed   Unemployment Rate
FEB-12 JAN-12 FEB-11 FEB-12 JAN-12 FEB-11
Braxton 660 600 720 11.6% 10.7% 12.6%
Calhoun 370 380 540 13.2% 13.5% 19.1%
Doddridge 280 250 320 8.7% 7.7% 10.0%
Gilmer 240 240 280 7.3% 7.4% 8.8%
Lewis 550 490 640 6.7% 6.1% 8.3%
Ritchie 400 360 530 8.8% 8.2% 12.4%
WV 65,900 62,500 73,300 8.2% 7.9% 9.3%

 

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County Total Nonfarm on Payroll   Goods Producing Employees   Service Providing Employees
FEB-12 JAN-12 FEB-11 FEB-12 JAN-12 FEB-11 FEB-12 JAN-12 FEB-11
Braxton 4,090 4,150 4,150 420 440 530 3,670 3,700 3,620
Calhoun 1,590 1,580 1,460 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......
Doddridge 1,280 1,260 1,280 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......
Gilmer 2,600 2,570 2,470 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......
Lewis 7,490 7,430 6,920 1,930 1,820 1,530 5,560 5,610 5,390
Ritchie 3,550 3,540 3,090 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......

Threda V. Crummett Delaney Booher

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Threda V. Crummett Delaney Booher

Age 92, of New Martinsville, WV, died March 24, 2012 at Sistersville General Hospital.

She was born march 05, 1920 at Devil Hole, WV, the daughter of the late Glenn M. and Margaret Gertrude Moore Crummett.

She was a teacher in a one room school in Ritchie County grades 1-8 with thirteen children. She later worked for Mon Power in Parkersburg and then in various furniture stores.

She was Methodist by faith.

She is survived by two daughters, Peggy Delaney of New Martinsville and Kathleen Delaney of Naples, FL; first cousin, Diane Kinzey of New York City and second cousin Darlene Mullen of Harrisville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, ronald Delaney; and sister Edna Newman.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM, Friday, March 30, 2012 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Pastor Robert Perine officiating.

Burial will follow in the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM.

Craft Vendors Sought for North Bend State Park May Events

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Art and craft persons looking for a venue to showcase their work are invited to consider two opportunities at North Bend State Park in May.

The park offers a rural setting and attracts a nice crowd for events.

“Pottery, sewing, jewelry, woodworking and those types of items are popular with visitors to the park for special weekends,” said Ken Zebo, activities coordinator at North Bend State Park.

Two events in May traditionally feature vendors with personally made arts and craft items: Engines and Wheels May 05 and Bluegrass Festival, May 11-12, 2012.  “At these events, the vendor and the crafter or artist is one and the same,” Zebo said.

North Bend State Park is located near Cairo and Harrisville.

It is a year-round vacation park with lodge and restaurant, cabins, campgrounds, hiking and biking trails, lake and fishing, and special events.

Zebo organizes special weekends and nature-based activities that are family oriented.

Artisans interested in being part of Engines & Wheels or Bluegrass Festival weekends should contact Ken Zebo at 304.643.2931 to make arrangements to be a vendor at either weekend.

William “Bill” Truax

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William “Bill” Truax

Age 77, of West Union, WV, departed this life on Friday, March 23, 2012, at his residence, following an extended illness.

Bill was born April 03, 1935 in Benwood, WV, a son of the late Charles T. and Bessie (Hall) Truax.

He was retired after 16 years of service from the Adams County Parks & Recreation in Colorado where he served as the chief heavy equipment mechanic. Bill was also employed by the former Judel Glass of Salem, WV. He was a veteran of the US Air Force during the Korean War era where he earned several ribbons and medals including the Sigmund Rei. He loved hunting, fishing, watching the deer, and an avid fan of John Wayne. Bill was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Patricia “Pat” (Evans) Truax; children, Margie Stout, Pennsboro, WV; William “Billy” Truax II (Garnie) and Sheila Mae Truax-Segard(Daniel), both of Denver CO; Kimi Truax, West Union, WV; son in law, Brad Stout, West Union, WV; brothers, Charles Truax, Jr., Denver, CO; Harry Truax, Salem, WV; John Truax, Eaton, IN; grandchildren, Miriam Engel, Denver, CO; Roland Fullmer and Nicholas Fullmer, both of West Union, WV; Mike Fullmer, Mt. Vernon, OH, along with 7 great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Sheila Truax.

Funeral services will be 7:00 PM on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at the McCullough Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV.

Friends may call from 4:30 to 7:00 M on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Glenda Jean Dotson

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Glenda Jean Dotson

Age 64, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on March, 24, 2012, at her residence.

Glenda was born July 30, 1946, on Buck Run near Pennsboro, WV, the daughter of the late Ernest Jefferson and Opal Faye (Sellers) Dotson.

She worked for 13 years at the Ritchie County Department of Health and Human Resources in Harrisville as a custodian.

She was a lifelong member of Pennsboro Church of Christ.

She greatly enjoyed telephone conversations with her family and friends and was a member of the Pennsboro Senior Citizens.

She is survived by her niece, Diane Wells, Pennsboro, WV; nephew, Gary Doak, Chandler, AZ; great-nephews, Chris (Lori) Wells, Harrisville, WV, and Evan Wells, Pennsboro, WV; and her great-great niece, Alexis Wells, Harrisville, WV.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Lona Doak.

Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Tuesday at McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV, with Evangalist Terry Jones officiating.

Burial will follow in Buck Run Cemetery, near Pennsboro.

Friends may call from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.

Freeze Watch: Cold Nights

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Temperatures could get down into the 20s and 30s in parts of West Virginia to start the week.

The National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Watch for the following counties from Monday evening through Tuesday morning:

Pleasants, Tyler, Wirt, Calhoun, Ritchie, Doddridge, Braxton, Gilmer, Lewis, Harrison, Taylor, Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, Marion, Monongalia

Meteorologists say it will be cold enough to damage or kill any sensitive outdoor plants.

That is not usually the case in March, but officials say almost two weeks of above normal temperatures have lead to an early start for the growing season.

 

 

Fred Ball

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Fred Ball

Age 80, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Thursday, March, 22, 2012, at Marietta Memorial Hospital, following a brief illness.

Fred was born August 11, 1931, in Ritchie County, (Holbrook Community), a son of the late Toy and Sylvia (Heckert) Ball.

He was a graduate of Doddridge County High School with the class of 1951. Fred volunteered as a dispatcher for one year and then served as the personnel director for 18 years for the Ritchie County Ambulance Authority, Pennsboro Division. He also served as a dispatcher for the Ritchie County Sheriff’s Office for one year before retirement. Fred began working as a TV repairman for the former TV Look Company of Pennsboro and also enjoyed working on small engines for the people in the community. He greatly enjoyed talking on the CB radio and was labeled as the “information” specialist” of Ritchie County. Fred served as the former leader of the Pennsboro Morning Stars 4-H Club and was awarded as a pinwearer.

He was a Christian by faith.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Norma “Pauline” Ball; daughter, Sandra Brightwell (Ronald), Waverly; granddaughter, Melissa Brightwell, Friendly, WV; brother, Gilbert Ball (Merylan), Charleston, WV; brother and sisters-in law, William “Bill” Nash (Marie) and Charles Anderson (Doris), both of Middlebourne, WV; sister-in-law, Janice Ball, Summers Community (Doddridge County), along with several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, David Dale Ball; sister, Catherin Ball; an infant sister, set of infant twins, and his nephew, David Charles Ball.

Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Monday at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with the Rev. John Frum officiating.

Burial will follow in the Alf Smith Cemetery, Tyler County.

Friends may call from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Sunday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Pennsboro Morning Stars 4-H Club, c/o Missy Lamp, 3053 White Oak Road, Pullman, WV 26421 or the Alf Smith Cemetery Fund, c/o Una Henderson, 202 McCoaches Lane, Sistersville, WV 26175.

High School Track and Field 2012: Ritchie Tri Mag./Tyler - Girls

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Ritchie Tri Mag./Tyler
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Girls 100 Meter Dash
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  H# Points
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Finals
  1 Standiford, Kiera            Magnolia                 14.01   2   5   
  2 Casteel, Hillary          10 Tyler Consol.            14.82   2   3   
  3 Hartsfield, Kaylee         9 Tyler Consol.            15.20   2   2   
  4 Yonaley, Shay             11 Tyler Consol.            15.35   2   1   
  5 Hafer, Breanna            12 Ritchie Co.              15.59   2 
  6 Matthews, Bridget          9 Tyler Consol.           x15.68   2 
  7 Taylor, Randy             11 Tyler Consol.           x15.82   1 
  8 Trail, Tiphany               Magnolia                 16.88   2 
  9 Wright, Stephanie          9 Tyler Consol.           x16.99   1 
 10 Putnam, Jamie             11 Ritchie Co.              17.50   1 
 
Girls 200 Meter Dash
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  H# Points
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  1 Cline, Kerstyn             9 Tyler Consol.            29.14   2   5   
  2 Jones, Tanya              10 Ritchie Co.              29.51   2   3   
  3 Suter, Keri               12 Tyler Consol.            30.92   2   2   
  4 Fletcher, Carly           10 Tyler Consol.            31.10   2   1   
  5 Casteel, Hillary          10 Tyler Consol.           x31.18   2 
  6 Yonaley, Shay             11 Tyler Consol.           x32.31   1 
  7 Hafer, Breanna            12 Ritchie Co.              33.63   2 
  8 Trail, Tiphany               Magnolia                 33.77   1 
  9 Taylor, Randy             11 Tyler Consol.           x33.91   1 
 10 Murdock, Alyssia             Magnolia                 34.26   1 
 11 Britton, Miranda          10 Ritchie Co.              34.28   2 
 12 Wright, Tara                 Magnolia                 35.54   1 
 
Girls 400 Meter Dash
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  H# Points
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  1 Emch, Jennifer               Magnolia               1:07.07   2   5   
  2 Jones, Tanya              10 Ritchie Co.            1:07.76   2   3   
  3 Cline, Lauren                Magnolia               1:07.84   2   2   
  4 Smith, Renee                 Magnolia               1:07.90   1   1   
  5 Fletcher, Carly           10 Tyler Consol.          1:10.71   2 
  6 Keys, Brooke               9 Tyler Consol.          1:10.74   2 
  7 Daughety, Courtney        11 Tyler Consol.          1:16.64   1 
  8 Murdock, Alyssia             Magnolia              x1:19.22   1 
  9 Yoho, Sydney               9 Tyler Consol.         x1:21.35   1 
 10 Wright, Stephanie          9 Tyler Consol.         x1:23.94   1 
 
Girls 800 Meter Run
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
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  1 Davis, Amanda             11 Ritchie Co.            2:50.12    5   
  2 Cline, Lauren                Magnolia               2:52.59    3   
  3 Smith, Haleigh             9 Tyler Consol.          2:53.43    2   
  4 Emch, Jennifer               Magnolia               2:54.57    1   
  5 Harshberger, Christa         Magnolia               2:55.61  
  6 Keys, Brooke               9 Tyler Consol.          3:02.37  
  7 Mace, Taylor               9 Ritchie Co.            3:08.52  
  8 Seckman, Lauren           11 Tyler Consol.          3:11.53  
  9 Sands, Shelby                Magnolia              x3:14.40  
 10 Cokeley, Becca            11 Ritchie Co.            3:15.28  
 
Girls 1600 Meter Run
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
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  1 Harshberger, Christa         Magnolia               6:05.55    5   
  2 Davis, Amanda             11 Ritchie Co.            6:13.84    3   
  3 Vanoy, Olivia              9 Ritchie Co.            6:14.64    2   
  4 Gogan, Marisa              9 Tyler Consol.          6:27.62    1   
  5 Keys, Brooke               9 Tyler Consol.          6:50.12  
  6 Rice, Kelly               10 Tyler Consol.          7:09.41  
  7 Cokeley, Anna             10 Ritchie Co.            7:39.28  
  8 Ensinger, Katie              Magnolia               7:58.10  
 
Girls 3200 Meter Run
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
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  1 Rice, Kelly               10 Tyler Consol.         15:18.25    5   
  2 Placer, Alyson            11 Tyler Consol.         15:56.11    3   
  3 Mace, Taylor               9 Ritchie Co.           16:24.44    2   
  4 Cokeley, Becca            11 Ritchie Co.           16:40.36    1   
  5 Henderson, Aubrey         10 Tyler Consol.         16:52.11  
  6 Ensinger, Katie              Magnolia              18:27.02  
  7 McIlvain, Julianne           Magnolia              22:56.93  
 
Girls 100 Meter Hurdles
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  H# Points
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  1 LeMasters, Haylea         11 Tyler Consol.            17.77   2   5   
  2 Clegg, Makayla            11 Tyler Consol.            17.85   2   3   
  3 Barker, Paige             12 Ritchie Co.              17.97   2   2   
  4 Standiford, Kiera            Magnolia                 18.42   2   1   
  5 Gump, Kylie               10 Ritchie Co.              19.46   1 
  6 Jones, Sami               12 Tyler Consol.            19.68   2 
  7 Long, Logann              11 Tyler Consol.           x19.76   2 
  8 Adams, Janessa             9 Ritchie Co.              19.79   1 
  9 Clegg, Emily                 Magnolia                 22.41   1 
 
Girls 300 Meter Hurdles
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
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  1 Adams, Janessa             9 Ritchie Co.              52.77    5   
  2 Hartsfield, Kaylee         9 Tyler Consol.            54.63    3   
  3 Gogan, Marisa              9 Tyler Consol.            55.35    2   
  4 Tille, Steffi                Magnolia               1:02.05    1   
 
Girls 4x100 Meter Relay
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    School                                               Finals  Points
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  1 Tyler Consolidated  ‘A’                               56.13    5   
     1) LeMasters, Haylea 11            2) Wable, Allison 11              
     3) Cline, Kerstyn 9                4) Suter, Keri 12                 
  2 Ritchie County HS  ‘A’                                56.40    3   
     1) Barker, Paige 12                2) Gump, Kylie 10                 
     3) Hall, Amanda 10                 4) Toman, Tristin 11              
  3 Magnolia High School  ‘A’                           1:02.09  
     1) Trail, Tiphany                  2) Strandholmen, Marie            
     3) Smith, Renee                    4) Wright, Tara                   
 
Girls 4x200 Meter Relay
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    School                                               Finals  Points
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  1 Ritchie County HS  ‘A’                              1:58.31    5   
     1) Barker, Paige 12                2) Toman, Tristin 11              
     3) Adams, Janessa 9                4) Jones, Tanya 10                
  2 Tyler Consolidated  ‘A’                             2:02.83    3   
     1) Reed, Sydney 10                 2) Bantug, Caroline 10            
     3) Suter, Keri 12                  4) Cline, Kerstyn 9               
  3 Magnolia High School  ‘A’                           2:07.90  
     1) Strandholmen, Marie             2) Clegg, Emily                   
     3) Goddard, Sarah                  4) Standiford, Kiera              
 
Girls 4x400 Meter Relay
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    School                                               Finals  Points
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  1 Tyler Consolidated  ‘A’                             4:46.03    5   
     1) Fletcher, Carly 10              2) Reed, Sydney 10                
     3) Bantug, Caroline 10             4) Suter, Keri 12                 
  2 Ritchie County HS  ‘A’                              4:56.32    3   
     1) Vanoy, Olivia 9                 2) Jones, Tanya 10                
     3) Davis, Amanda 11                4) Toman, Tristin 11              
  3 Tyler Consolidated  ‘B’                            x5:05.73  
     1) Smith, Haleigh 9                2) Yoho, Sydney 9                 
     3) Long, Logann 11                 4) Gogan, Marisa 9                
  4 Magnolia High School  ‘A’                           5:07.95  
     1) Strandholmen, Marie             2) Smith, Renee                   
     3) Sands, Shelby                   4) Murdock, Alyssia               
 
Girls 4x800 Meter Relay
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    School                                               Finals  Points
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  1 Magnolia High School  ‘A’                          11:41.93    5   
     1) Emch, Jennifer                  2) Harshberger, Christa           
     3) Goddard, Sarah                  4) Cline, Lauren                  
  2 Ritchie County HS  ‘A’                             11:43.66    3   
     1) Davis, Amanda 11                2) Cokeley, Becca 11              
     3) Vanoy, Olivia 9                 4) Cokeley, Anna 10               
  3 Tyler Consolidated  ‘A’                            11:46.65  
     1) Smith, Haleigh 9                2) Keys, Brooke 9                 
     3) Daughety, Courtney 11           4) Gogan, Marisa 9                
  4 Tyler Consolidated  ‘B’                           x13:25.07  
     1) Placer, Alyson 11               2) Seckman, Lauren 11             
     3) Rice, Kelly 10                  4) Henderson, Aubrey 10           
 
Girls 4x102.5 Meter Shuttle Hurdle
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    School                                               Finals  Points
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  1 Ritchie County HS  ‘A’                              1:11.25    5   
     1) Barker, Paige 12                2) Lamp, Andre 10                 
     3) Gump, Kylie 10                  4) Adams, Janessa 9               
  2 Tyler Consolidated  ‘A’                             1:11.95    3   
     1) Clegg, Makayla 11               2) LeMasters, Haylea 11           
     3) Jones, Sami 12                  4)                                
  3 Magnolia High School  ‘A’                           1:21.45  

Girls High Jump
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
=======================================================================
  1 Gump, Kylie               10 Ritchie Co.            5-00.00    5   
  2 Clegg, Makayla            11 Tyler Consol.          4-10.00    3   
  3 Cokeley, Anna             10 Ritchie Co.            4-10.00    2   
  4 Vanoy, Olivia              9 Ritchie Co.            4-08.00    1   
  5 Hafer, Breanna            12 Ritchie Co.           x4-06.00  
  6 Matthews, Bridget          9 Tyler Consol.          4-04.00  
  6 Jones, Sami               12 Tyler Consol.          4-04.00  
  8 Clegg, Emily                 Magnolia               4-02.00  
  9 Tille, Steffi                Magnolia               4-00.00  
 
Girls Pole Vault
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
=======================================================================
  1 LeMasters, Haylea         11 Tyler Consol.          7-06.00    5   
  2 Toman, Tristin            11 Ritchie Co.            7-00.00    3   
  3 Bantug, Caroline          10 Tyler Consol.          6-06.00    2   
 
Girls Long Jump
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
=======================================================================
  1 Garrett, Mykayla          11 Ritchie Co.           15-04.00    5   
  2 Goddard, Sarah               Magnolia              14-04.50    3   
  3 Clegg, Makayla            11 Tyler Consol.         14-02.50    2   
  4 Daughety, Courtney        11 Tyler Consol.         12-07.25    1   
  5 Smith, Haleigh             9 Tyler Consol.         12-04.00  
  6 Hall, Amanda              10 Ritchie Co.           11-10.00  
  7 Britton, Miranda          10 Ritchie Co.           11-09.25  
  8 Taylor, Randy             11 Tyler Consol.        x11-01.75  
  9 Cline, Kerstyn             9 Tyler Consol.         x9-10.00  
 
Girls Shot Put
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
=======================================================================
  1 Brown, Kacie Jo              Magnolia              26-05.00    5   
  2 Little, Mikayla           10 Ritchie Co.           25-07.00    3   
  3 Bunner, Evelyn            10 Ritchie Co.           24-09.00    2   
  4 Matthews, Bridget          9 Tyler Consol.         24-08.00    1   
  5 Dennis, Hannah             9 Tyler Consol.         22-03.00  
  6 Schlabowski, Megan        10 Tyler Consol.         21-08.00  
  7 Moore, Morgan              9 Ritchie Co.           20-04.00  
  8 White, Haley                 Magnolia              20-03.00  
  9 Young, Brianna               Magnolia              18-02.50  
 10 Robinson, Traysa             Magnolia             x17-07.00  
 11 Lamp, Samantha            10 Ritchie Co.          x17-02.00  
 
Girls Discus Throw
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
=======================================================================
  1 Little, Mikayla           10 Ritchie Co.              90-05    5   
  2 Brown, Kacie Jo              Magnolia                 69-04    3   
  3 Bunner, Evelyn            10 Ritchie Co.              67-05    2   
  4 Schlabowski, Megan        10 Tyler Consol.            66-05    1   
  5 Long, Logann              11 Tyler Consol.            62-11  
  6 Moore, Morgan              9 Ritchie Co.              59-06  
  7 Matthews, Bridget          9 Tyler Consol.            56-10  
  8 Lamp, Samantha            10 Ritchie Co.             x48-08  
  9 Young, Brianna               Magnolia                 48-03  
 10 Dennis, Hannah             9 Tyler Consol.           x47-00  
 11 White, Haley                 Magnolia                 41-06  
 12 Robinson, Traysa             Magnolia                x40-00  


 
                    Girls - Team Rankings - 18 Events Scored
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    1) Ritchie County HS           73        2) Tyler Consolidated         69   
    3) Magnolia High School        40                                           

High School Track and Field 2012: Ritchie Tri Mag./Tyler - Boys

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Ritchie Tri Mag./Tyler
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Boys 100 Meter Dash
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  H# Points
==========================================================================
  1 Rohde, Kage               10 Magnolia                 11.85   2   5   
  2 Sage, Justin              11 Ritchie Co.              12.30   1   3   
  3 Goff, Darrenger           12 Ritchie Co.              12.35   2   2   
  4 Ruble, Josh               SO Tyler Consol.            12.56   2   1   
  5 Weekley, Tim               9 Magnolia                 12.57   2 
  6 Griffin, Dustin           10 Ritchie Co.              12.85   1 
  7 Ice, Christian            JR Tyler Consol.            12.95   2 
  8 Postlethwait, Travis      12 Magnolia                 13.63   1 
—Aasland, Johan            SR Tyler Consol.               DQ   2 
 
Boys 200 Meter Dash
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  H# Points
==========================================================================
  1 Rohde, Kage               10 Magnolia                 23.78   2   5   
  2 Jones, Devon              11 Ritchie Co.              24.18   2   3   
  3 Hilvers, Jessie           11 Ritchie Co.              24.38   2   2   
  4 Weekley, Tim               9 Magnolia                 24.98   2   1   
  5 Estep, Drew               10 Magnolia                 25.28   2 
  6 Griffin, Dustin           10 Ritchie Co.              26.04   1 
  7 Ruble, Josh               SO Tyler Consol.            26.48   2 
  8 Satterfield, Clayton       9 Ritchie Co.             x26.53   1 
  9 Massey, Logan             10 Magnolia                x27.64   1 
 
Boys 400 Meter Dash
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
=======================================================================
  1 Hilvers, Jessie           11 Ritchie Co.              53.49    5   
  2 Allender, Jayden           9 Ritchie Co.              55.61    3   
  3 Romine, Dylan             JR Tyler Consol.            58.33    2   
  4 Pancake, Alex             11 Magnolia               1:00.75    1   
  5 Massey, Logan             10 Magnolia               1:00.79  
  6 Celedon, Ocar              9 Magnolia               1:03.30  
  7 Mantecon, Mario           JR Tyler Consol.          1:05.83  
 
Boys 800 Meter Run
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
=======================================================================
  1 Hardman, Clint            12 Ritchie Co.            2:09.92    5   
  2 Feeney, Bill              12 Magnolia               2:16.98    3   
  3 James, Josh               12 Ritchie Co.            2:18.33    2   
  4 Hinerman, Alec            12 Magnolia               2:18.58    1   
  5 Reynolds, Dylan           SO Tyler Consol.          2:18.92  
  6 Headly, Kenny             11 Magnolia               2:30.68  
  7 Pancake, Alex             11 Magnolia              x2:32.67  
  8 Pancake, Jacob             9 Magnolia              x2:33.68  
  9 Mantecon, Mario           JR Tyler Consol.          2:40.57  
 10 Elliot, Thomas            10 Ritchie Co.            2:46.61  

Boys 1600 Meter Run
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
=======================================================================
  1 Feeney, Bill              12 Magnolia               4:50.37    5   
  2 Hogue, Johnny             10 Ritchie Co.            4:53.71    3   
  3 Hinerman, Alec            12 Magnolia               4:54.52    2   
  4 Reynolds, Dylan           SO Tyler Consol.          5:09.77    1   
  5 Haught, James             11 Magnolia               5:27.93  
  6 Pancake, Jacob             9 Magnolia              x5:35.70  
  7 Dalrymple, Ryan           SO Tyler Consol.          5:40.93  
  8 Headly, Kenny             11 Magnolia              x5:51.36  
  9 McElvein, David            9 Magnolia              x6:00.13  
 10 Rable, Mikal              11 Magnolia              x6:05.86  
 11 Poling, Carson            12 Ritchie Co.            6:08.38  
 
Boys 3200 Meter Run
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
=======================================================================
  1 Hogue, Johnny             10 Ritchie Co.           10:25.83    5   
  2 Feeney, Bill              12 Magnolia              10:32.69    3   
  3 Hinerman, Alec            12 Magnolia              10:36.71    2   
  4 Dalrymple, Ryan           SO Tyler Consol.         12:05.74    1   
  5 Headly, Kenny             11 Magnolia              13:11.40  
  6 Rable, Mikal              11 Magnolia             x14:11.23  
 
Boys 110 Meter Hurdles
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
=======================================================================
  1 Smith, Jeremy             SR Tyler Consol.            18.27    5   
  2 Allender, Jayden           9 Ritchie Co.              19.33    3   
  3 Akers, Tyler               9 Magnolia                 21.43    2   
  4 Frey, Brandon             JR Tyler Consol.            24.49    1   
 
Boys 300 Meter Hurdles
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  H# Points
==========================================================================
  1 Hilvers, Jessie           11 Ritchie Co.              42.05   2   5   
  2 Aasland, Johan            SR Tyler Consol.            45.48   2   3   
  3 Smith, Jeremy             SR Tyler Consol.            45.87   1   2   
  4 Satterfield, Clayton       9 Ritchie Co.              46.70   1   1   
  5 LeMasters, Hunter         JR Tyler Consol.            47.81   2 
  6 Estep, Drew               10 Magnolia                 50.47   1 
  7 Fayette, Brandon           9 Magnolia                 54.63   2 
  8 Postlethwait, Travis      12 Magnolia                 54.78   2 
 
Boys 4x100 Meter Relay
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    School                                               Finals  Points
=======================================================================
  1 Ritchie County HS  ‘A’                                47.11    5   
     1) Sage, Justin 11                 2) Goff, Darrenger 12             
     3) Jones, Devon 11                 4) Griffin, Dustin 10             
  2 Tyler Consolidated  ‘A’                               49.93    3   
     1) Ruble, Josh SO                  2) Aasland, Johan SR              
     3) Ice, Christian JR               4) Smith, Jeremy SR               
  3 Magnolia High School  ‘A’                             51.29  
     1) Celedon, Ocar 9                 2) Estep, Drew 10                 
     3) Fayette, Brandon 9              4) Weekley, Tim 9                 
 
Boys 4x200 Meter Relay
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    School                                               Finals  Points
=======================================================================
  1 Ritchie County HS  ‘A’                              1:40.50    5   
     1) Goff, Darrenger 12              2) Allender, Jayden 9             
     3) Sage, Justin 11                 4) Hilvers, Jessie 11             
  2 Magnolia High School  ‘A’                           1:49.35    3   
     1) Haught, James 11                2) Celedon, Ocar 9                
     3) Massey, Logan 10                4) Fayette, Brandon 9             
 
Boys 4x400 Meter Relay
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    School                                               Finals  Points
=======================================================================
  1 Ritchie County HS  ‘A’                              3:48.64    5   
     1) Jones, Devon 11                 2) Hogue, Johnny 10               
     3) James, Josh 12                  4) Hardman, Clint 12              
  2 Tyler Consolidated  ‘A’                             3:59.91    3   
     1) Ice, Christian JR               2) Frey, Brandon JR               
     3) Romine, Dylan JR                4) Reynolds, Dylan SO             
  3 Magnolia High School  ‘A’                           4:21.89  
     1) Celedon, Ocar 9                 2) Massey, Logan 10               
     3) Pancake, Alex 11                4) Pancake, Jacob 9               
 
Boys 4x800 Meter Relay
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    School                                               Finals  Points
=======================================================================
  1 Tyler Consolidated  ‘A’                             9:26.03    5   
     1) Frey, Brandon JR                2) Dalrymple, Ryan SO             
     3) Reynolds, Dylan SO              4) Romine, Dylan JR               
  2 Ritchie County HS  ‘A’                              9:45.23    3   
     1) James, Josh 12                  2) Poling, Carson 12              
     3) Hardman, Clint 12               4) Elliot, Thomas 10              
  3 Magnolia High School  ‘A’                          10:12.81  
     1) Pancake, Jacob 9                2) Pancake, Alex 11               
     3) Headly, Kenny 11                4) McElvein, David 9              
 
Boys 4x110 Meter Shuttle Hurdle
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    School                                               Finals  Points
=======================================================================
  1 Tyler Consolidated  ‘A’                             1:10.58    5   
     1) Frey, Brandon JR                2) Smith, Jeremy SR               
     3) LeMasters, Hunter JR            4) Aasland, Johan SR              
  2 Magnolia High School  ‘A’                           1:19.56    3   
     1) Haught, James 11                2) Estep, Drew 10                 
     3) Fayette, Brandon 9              4) Akers, Tyler 9                 
 
Boys High Jump
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
=======================================================================
  1 Allender, Jayden           9 Ritchie Co.            5-08.00    5   
  2 Romine, Dylan             JR Tyler Consol.          5-06.00    3   
—Rohde, Kage               10 Magnolia                    NH  
 
Boys Pole Vault
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
=======================================================================
  1 Hall, Cody                12 Ritchie Co.           12-06.00    5   
  2 LeMasters, Hunter         JR Tyler Consol.         12-06.00    3   
  3 Haught, Paige             12 Ritchie Co.           11-00.00    2   
  4 Ruble, Josh               SO Tyler Consol.          9-02.00    1   
 
Boys Long Jump
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
=======================================================================
  1 Rohde, Kage               10 Magnolia              19-10.25    5   
  2 Weekley, Tim               9 Magnolia              18-09.75    3   
  3 Sage, Justin              11 Ritchie Co.           17-07.75    2   
  4 Satterfield, Clayton       9 Ritchie Co.           17-02.25    1   
 
Boys Shot Put
=======================================================================
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
=======================================================================
  1 Casey, Drew               JR Tyler Consol.         38-02.00    5   
  2 Dillon, Slade             SR Tyler Consol.         37-06.00    3   
  3 Earley, James             JR Tyler Consol.         32-04.00    2   
  4 Piekarski, Eric           11 Magnolia              32-02.00    1   
  5 Seckman, Caleb            12 Magnolia              31-08.00  
  6 Carpenter, Robbie          9 Ritchie Co.           30-10.00  
  7 Melott, Hunter            10 Magnolia              29-05.00  
  7 Rable, Jacob              12 Magnolia             x29-05.00  
  9 Warner, Ryley             SO Tyler Consol.        x28-00.00  
 10 Ratledge, Derek           10 Magnolia             x27-03.00  
 
Boys Discus Throw
=======================================================================
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points
=======================================================================
  1 Dillon, Slade             SR Tyler Consol.           123-06    5   
  2 Casey, Drew               JR Tyler Consol.           106-04    3   
  3 Carpenter, Robbie          9 Ritchie Co.             103-01    2   
  4 Warner, Ryley             SO Tyler Consol.            89-02    1   
  5 Rable, Jacob              12 Magnolia                 85-10  
  6 Ratledge, Derek           10 Magnolia                 85-03  
  7 Earley, James             JR Tyler Consol.           x81-02  
  8 Piekarski, Eric           11 Magnolia                 80-10  
  9 Melott, Hunter            10 Magnolia                x72-04  
 10 Seckman, Caleb            12 Magnolia                x59-09  

 
                    Boys - Team Rankings - 18 Events Scored
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    1) Ritchie County HS           77        2) Tyler Consolidated         58   
    3) Magnolia High School        45                                           

West Virginia DNR Works to Keep Bass Virus from Spreading

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State wildlife officials are working to prevent the spread of a virus that is potentially fatal to bass and they are asking anglers for help.

The Division of Natural Resources has found the largemouth bass virus in bass populations in Sutton Lake in Braxton County, Stonewall Jackson Lake in Lewis County, East Lynn Lake in Wayne County and North Bend Lake in Ritchie County.

The virus has not been linked to any fish deaths but it can be fatal, DNR fisheries biologist Chris O’Bara told West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

“The fish may die; initially it was thought it only caused mortality in larger fish, but with more investigation into the virus, we’ve found it does cause mortality in smaller fish as well,” he said. “We have found the virus in several populations within the state.”

The virus was first detected in a body of water about five years ago.

“It can be spread in numerous ways. One thing is moving fish; moving fish from one water body to another water body will definitely have effect in moving the virus, so we really stress that people don’t move fish from one water body to another water body,” Bara said.

A boat also can bring contaminated water into another body of water.

“To combat that we ask anglers, or any boaters for that matter, to clean their boats with just a simple bleach solution, ten percent bleach solution would most likely take care of the virus,” O’Bara said, “any type of the virus that they have, so if any area where they have standing water in their boats, we ask the anglers to clean that.”

The virus cannot be spread to humans and infected fish are safe to eat as long as they are well-cooked and well-prepared, he said.

Frances Dorean Masters

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Frances Dorean Masters

Age 81 of Pennsboro passed away March 18, 2012 at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph’s Campus.

She was born October 10, 1930 in Ritchie County, a daughter of the late Harvey Okey Richards and Margaret Violet (Elder) Richards.

Mrs. Masters retired from Colin Anderson Center as an aide and had worked in the Garment industry in Ritchie County.

She was a member of the Beason United Methodist Church.

Surviving is her husband of 58 years Dale William Masters, three daughters: Janet Goff (Jasyson) of Castalian Springs, TN, Julia Masters of Pennsboro and Lisa Taylor (Tim) of Villa Rica, GA, and a son James Masters of Pennsboro. She also leaves behind 8 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, sister Stella Richards of Pennsboro and brother Arnold Richards of Harrisville.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers: Darell, Stanley and Bernard Richards and an infant son George Masters.

Funeral services will be Thursday 3:00 PM at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro with Pastor Curtis Christian officiating.

Interment will follow at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.

Visitation will be Wednesday 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Mestil L. Richards

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Mestil L. Richards

Age 84, of Walker, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on March 19, 2012 at Ohio Valley Health Care, Parkersburg.

She was born April 07, 1927 at Smithville, WV, the daughter of the late Okey and Lola Cox Kirby.

Mestil was a homemaker and also had formerly worked at Pine View Nursing Home and Rubber Crafters in Smithville and she took care of elderly patients in her home.

She was a charter member of South Side Baptist Church, Harrisville.

She loved gardening, cooking and helping people in need.

She is survived by two sons, Raymond O. Richards of Hertfort, NC, and Larry G. Richards (Lois) of Walker; daughter-in-law, Linda Richards of Clay, WV; two sisters, Betty Wagner of Big Springs, WV, and Wanda Moore of Magadore, OH; grandchildren, Jeanett Stevens, Tammy Richards, Robert Richards, Brittany Richards, Julie Seagraves, Kevin Richards, Kimberly Farnsworth, and Beverly Weatherly; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter; and many friends she leaves at Ohio Valley Health Care.

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Richards; one son, Steve M. Richards; sisters, Colleen Gainer and Maxine Eagle; and brothers, Dennis Willard Kirby and Glennis Kirby.

A Service of Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 AM, Thursday, March 22, 2012 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Pastor Mike Sprouse and Pastor Mike Kirby officiating.

Burial will follow in the Fluharty Cemetery, Leading Creek.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to; Baptist International Organization, Linda Richards Foundation, PO Box 587, Jefferson City, TN 37760.

Ritchie Residents Student Teaching for GSC

Two Ritchie County residents are currently completing their student teaching internships for Glenville State College.


Jay Michael Cronin is student teaching in Physical Education (PreK-adult) and Health (5-Adult) at Ritchie County High School under cooperating teacher Chris Wells and at Harrisville Elementary School with teacher Marsha Knight.

Janet Bailey is his GSC Supervisor.

Cronin and his wife Carrie reside in Ellenboro with their children Seth and Drew.

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Joanna Kay Minney is completing her student teaching in Early Education (PreK-K) at Troy Elementary School under cooperating teacher Nicole Moyers and in Elementary Education (K-6) at Smithville Elementary School with teacher Holli Vaughn.

Dr. Shara Curry and Shelly Ratliff are her GSC supervisors.

She is the daughter of Sharon and Richard Bailey of Smithville.


Upon successful completion of their student teaching internships, these students are scheduled to receive their degrees during the 138th Glenville State College Commencement ceremony scheduled for Saturday, May 05, 2012.

President Obama Announces Federal Disaster Declaration For 11 WV Counties

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Eleven West Virginia counties are now part of a federal disaster area declared by President Barack Obama Friday night.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin says the declaration covers Doddridge, Harrison, Lincoln, Marion, Mingo, Monongalia, Preston, Ritchie, Roane, Taylor and Wayne counties that were all impacted by storms February 29 - March 05, 2011.

“These federal funds will provide much needed relief for the victims of recent devastating storms,“ Tomblin said in a prepared release. “I have visited the storm-damaged areas myself and I know how badly this assistance is needed. My thanks to Senator Rockefeller, Senator Manchin and Congressman Rahall for their hard work on this issue and their constant dedication to the people of West Virginia.“

Flooding hit Marion County and a tornado moved through Wayne and Lincoln counties. FEMA has declared residents in those three counties eligible for individual assistance. The other eight counties will receive public assistance, basically what state and local governments spent on clean-up and repairs.

Individuals in Lincoln, Marion and Wayne counties who were affected by the storms and need assistance should contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):

Register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov

Call 1.800.621.FEMA or 1.800.621.3362

Individuals with a speech or hearing impairment may call TTY 1.800.462.7585

Visit www.FEMA.gov or www.dhsem.wv.gov.

The West Virginia governor says he plans to seek another disaster declaration for victims of this week’s storms.

Leslie Wyman Dotson

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Leslie Wyman Dotson

Age 97 of Pennsboro, WV, passed away March 15, 2012 at the Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus.

He was born January 17, 1915 on Buck Run, Ritchie County, a son of the late Elias Robert Dotson and Martha Eleanor (Washburn) Dotson.

Mr. Dotson was an office manager for Mid-Atlantic Glass and retired after 41 years. He was a graduate of Pennsboro High class of 1933 and Mountain State Business College.

Leslie was a lifetime member of the Pennsboro Church of Christ.

He served in the U. S. Army during WWII in the European Theatre.

Surviving are two children: Delores Butcher and her husband Larry of St. Marys, WV and David Dotson of Pennsboro, six grandchildren: Debrah (Rob)Shaver, Tim Butcher, Brad (Pam) Butcher, Jason (Amy) Butcher, Holly (Scott) Petty and Shane (Lindsay) Dotson, seven great grandchildren: Anthony, Ben, Cole, Alex and Andrew Butcher, Kaitlyn Petty and Grace Dotson.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Wilma (Hart) Dotson November 19, 2011, brothers Ora, Lloyd and Berkley Dotson, twin sister Delcie Jackson and sister Lucile Dotson.

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

Interment will follow at the Pike Church of Christ Cemetery.

Visitation will be Saturday 4:00 to 8:00 PM and 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM Sunday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the West Virginia Christian Youth Camp 104 Kennywood Dr. Fairmont, WV 26554.

Guitars, Getaways, Quilts, and Running – A Spring Mix at West Virginia State Parks March 23-25

Guitar Workshop at Twin Falls State Park

Kessinger, Ritchey, and Shafer return as instructors for the Twin Falls State Park Guitar Workshop.  The weekend focus is on instruction and includes guitar electronics and sound, chords, flat-picking, and licks. Combined sessions with all attendees and instructors include jam etiquette, stories, questions and answers and discussion. Individual instruction is also a key element during the weekend.

Robin Kessinger is one of the country’s leading flatpick guitarists. He’s been featured on PBS and BBS television, is a National Flatpicking Champion and has won multiple-state flatpicking contests, multiple times.  An accomplished guitarist, his passion is to teach and to pass on his heritage to others to preserve the music.

Robert Shafer has played guitar professionally since 1981 and also a multiple-time winner of National flatpicking contests as well as multiple-state contests, multiple times.  He has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry.  His talent on the electric guitar has also receives rave reviews from Guitar Play Magazine, The Washington Post, Vintage Guitar Magazine and others.

Jim Ritchey is a recording engineer, published songwriter and touring musician. His songs have been recorded and performed by numerous artists including Kenny Rogers, Jim Messina and B.W. Stevenson.

“There are few places a person will find three more qualified musicians and teachers than at Guitar Workshop at Twin Falls,” said Scott Durham, park superintendent.  “If you’re just learning guitar or have been playing for years, this weekend is a must.” A two-night package including meals and instruction is available. Call 304.294.4000.

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Massages, pedicures, and facials – Oh My! at North Bend State Park

The Women’s Getaway 2012 at North Bend State Park is girlfriend weekend.  Lee’s Studio provides a variety of spa treatments beginning Friday through Sunday.  Sessions and classes include the newest techniques in the art of make- up application. Dr. Alex De Souza returns to the weekend bringing his tips, tricks, and professional knowledge. His Anti- Aging Luncheon will teach participants, course by course, about super foods anyone can take advantage of to improve their health and appearance. Throughout the weekend, enjoy sessions and classes that will inspire your creativity and interests. Several classes will be offered, including scrapbooking, cooking instruction, new trends in fashion and cosmetics, and diverse exercise classes.

Thresa Prunty will be reviewing several books related to women, including a special discussion on “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett. A beaded jewelry workshop from Treo Treasures is also scheduled.

Weekend packages include two nights lodging, meals and activities.  Spa treatments are an additional cost. Reservations are required by calling 304.643.2931. North Bend’s Quilters Spring Retreat begins on March 25 – 30, 2012.


8th Annual Mid-Ohio Valley Quilt Show at Blennerhassett Historical State Park

Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park promises a grand display for its 8th Annual Mid-Ohio Valley Quilt Show. The Museum of Regional History, located in downtown Parkersburg, will showcase area quilts and wall hangings. Prizes will be awarded for “Best of Show” and “People’s Choice.“  The display is open to the public.  Along with the quilt show, a private collection of antique and toy sewing machines, handkerchiefs, quilt blocks, and red work will also be on display. To learn more about how to display textiles for the show or about the event, please call the park office at 304.420.4800.


“Run the Rock” 10K at Coopers Rock State Forest March 25, 2012

The Coopers Rock State Forest Challenge began in the 1970s as a five-mile event and was changed to the Run the Rock 10K in 1991. The race is run on the last Sunday in March to take advantage of the final weekend of spring that Coopers Rock State Forest is closed to vehicular traffic. The course starts at the forest entrance and follows a rolling course on a paved road through the overlook and picnic areas before returning to a downhill finish.

“Run the Rock” at Coopers Rock State Forest begins at 2:00 PM. Registration begins at noon and the cost is $25 on race day or $18 pre-registration. The event is organized and conducted at the forest by the Morgantown Road Runners/WV Track Club and is open to the public to participate. This is a rain or shine event. To register to “Run the Rock,” call 304.215.9271 or email “john.snodgrass@comcast.net”.

Josephine M. Lewis

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Josephine M. Lewis

Age 84, of Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home in Penn Yan, NY, formerly of Troupsburg, NY, entered into rest on Friday, March 09, 2012 at Penn Yan Manor.

She was born in Hornell, NY on August 02, 1927, Josephine was the daughter of the late Joseph and Maude Reimann White.

She was a graduate of Troupsburg Central School. Following high school, Josephine attended Mansfield Teachers College where she received a bachelors degree in education and then received a masters degree from Geneseo State College.

On June 19, 1948, Josephine and Lawrence “Si” F. Lewis Jr. were married in Troupsburg.

He preceded her in death on December 26, 2001. Her brother, Francis White also predeceased her.

Josephine was a home economics teacher for many years, starting her teaching at Greenwood Central School for one year and then became the home economics teacher at Jasper Central School, a position she held for many years. While at Jasper, she acted as student council advisor for several years and had also been the cheerleading coach for a time.  Josephine and Si were long time members of the Troupsburg United Methodist Church. Following their retirements they enjoyed spending winters at their home in Florida.

Surviving Josephine are her sons and daughters in law, Larry Lewis (Annie Niver) of Penn Yan, Jeff & Lyn Lewis of Annapolis, MD and Michael & Darlene Lewis of Pennsboro, WV, her grandchildren, Gregory (Erin) Lewis, Brian (Ashley) Lewis, Matthew Lewis, Troy (Lorenna) Lewis, Fawn (David) Karciauskas and Devon Lewis, 8 great grandchildren, her sister, Charlotte Kernahan of Houghton, NY, her brother, Wilfred (Anna) White of Greenwood, NY, her sister in law, Beverly White of Hornell and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on Sunday, April 15 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the H.P. Smith & Son, Inc. Funeral Home, 1607 Main St. Woodhull, NY.

Funeral services will follow at 4:00 PM with Jerry Kernahan, her nephew, officiating.

Burial will be in Young Hickory Cemetery, Troupsburg, NY.

Memorials may be made to the Troupsburg United Methodist Church or the Penn Yan Manor Activity Fund, 655 N. Liberty St., Penn Yan, NY 14527.

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

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West Virginia’s unemployment rate climbed six-tenths of a percentage point to 7.7% in December 2011.

West Virginia’s unemployment rate rose four-tenths of a percentage point to 7.8% in January 2012.

Forty-six counties recorded increasing unemployment rates as well.

Six counties reported declining unemployment rates.

These included Lincoln (9.5%), Logan (7.8%), Nicholas (8.8%), Pocahontas (10.0%), Randolph (9.7%), and Webster (11.8%).

Three counties, Fayette (8.7%), Raleigh (6.7%), and Tucker (10.4%), reported no change in their unemployment rates over the month.

The five highest county unemployment rates in January 2012 were Calhoun (13.2%), Roane (12.9%), Wirt (12.4%), Wetzel (12.1%), and Mason (12.0%).

The lowest county unemployment rate in January was Monongalia (5.2%), followed closely by Jefferson (5.8%).

County Total Unemployed   Unemployment Rate
JAN-12 DEC-11 JAN-11 JAN-12 DEC-11 JAN-11
Braxton 610 570 740 10.8% 10.3% 12.7%
Calhoun 370 360 510 13.2% 12.5% 18.3%
Doddridge 250 250 300 7.8% 7.7% 9.4%
Gilmer 240 230 280 7.3% 6.8% 8.7%
Lewis 500 500 650 6.2% 6.1% 8.4%
Ritchie 360 330 450 8.2% 7.6% 10.4%
WV 61,600 59,200 72,700 7.8% 7.4% 9.2%

 

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County Total Nonfarm on Payroll   Goods Producing Employees   Service Providing Employees
JAN-12 DEC-11 JAN-11 JAN-12 DEC-11 JAN-11 JAN-12 DEC-11 JAN-11
Braxton 4,140 4,170 4,190 440 440 540 3,700 3,730 3,620
Calhoun 1,590 1,980 1,430 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......
Doddridge 1,260 1,300 1,270 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......
Gilmer 2,570 2,670 2,500 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......
Lewis 7,420 7,610 6,880 1,820 1,930 1,540 5,600 5,690 5,340
Ritchie 3,540 3,560 3,200 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......

Lenore M. Deem

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Lenore M. Deem

Age 94, of Harrisville, WV, departed this life on Saturday, March 10, 2012, at her residence, following a brief illness.

Lenore was born June 20, 1917, at Thursday, WV (Ritchie County) a daughter of the late William H. and Alta M. (Prather) Mossor.

She was a graduate of Harrisville High School and later Marshall University in 1942.

She worked as the bookkeeper for the former Mossor Oil & Gas Company and taught school for one year at Cairo, WV. She was a member of the Anne Royal Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Harrisville, and was a former member of the Garden Club, Library Board, and the Business & Professional Women’s Club.

She was a member of the Harrisville Church of Christ for many years and will always be remembered for her legendary cooking and for her knitting.

Lenore also published a book on the Prather Family history in which she was very proud of.

She is survived by her son, Kelley L. Deem (Lizett) of Harper’s Ferry, WV; brother, Roy Mossor of NC, and sister, Clara Bumgardner of Peachtree City, GA.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Jack K. Deem; brothers, John & Leonard Mossor, and sister, Naomi Clark.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM, Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Connie Mossor officiating.

Burial will follow in the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 PM on Tuesday March, 13, 2012 and from 10:00 to 11:00 AM on Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Lenore’s name to the Ritchie County Humane Society, RR1 Box 3, Harrisville, WV, 26362 or to the Ritchie County Library, 608 E. Main Street, Harrisville, WV, 26362.

Erma A. Hatfield Clevenger

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Erma A. Hatfield Clevenger

Age 96, of Harrisville, WV, departed this life on Saturday, March 10, 2012, at Heartland of Marietta nursing home in Marietta, OH.

Erma was born October 11, 1915 in Ritchie County, a daughter of the late Thurman and Lula (Haddox) Tanzey.

She worked for many years at the former drug store of Harrisville and was the co-owner of the C&E Polled Hereford Farm in Harrisville.

She was a member of the Harrisville Baptist Church for many years and will always be remembered for being a hard worker and devoted housewife for her family.

She is survived by her son, Ronald Hatfield and wife Margaret of Ellenboro, WV; grandchildren, Michael Hatfield (Karen) of Northfold Center, OH and Janet Goubeaux (Tim) of Stow, OH, along with her 5 great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her beloved husbands, Orlan Hatfield and Clyde Clevenger; brother, Lewis Tanzey and her sister, Pauline Gragg.

Funeral services will be 1:00 PM, Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with the Pastor Robert Perine officiating.

Burial will follow in the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 PM on Monday, March 12, 2012 and from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Lewis County: The Grand Jury Hands Down 12 Indictments - 03.05.12

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The Lewis County Grand Jury indicted 12 people on Tuesday, March 05, 2012.

Prosecuting Attorney Gary Morris presented 11 of them while a special prosecutor presented one.


•  Christopher Bills, 18, of Weston, was indicted on one count armed robbery and one county conspiracy.


•  Lawan Gaddy, 23, of Weston, was indicted on one count armed robbery (aid and abet) and one count conspiracy.


•  Tiffany Roach, 23, of Weston, was indicted on one count armed robbery (aid and abet) and one count conspiracy.


•  Angela Jean Burkhart, 43, of Weston, was indicted on one county death of incapacitated adult by a caregiver.


•  David Tyler Raines, 20, of Weston, was indicted on two counts grand larceny, one count burglary and two counts conspiracy.


•  Raymond Joseph Roselle, 19, of Weston, was indicted on one count grand larceny and one count conspiracy.


•  Thomas R. Pratt, 21, of Weston, was indicted on one count conspiracy, one count burglary and one count grand larceny.


•  Casey Cottrill, 30, of Wilsie, was indicted on one count forgery and one count uttering.


•  Daisy Mae Hall, 32, was indicted on one count failure to appear upon personal recognizance.


•  Adam Ryan Huntz, 31, of Weston, was indicted on two counts forgery and two counts uttering.


•  Jeffrey Allen White, 43, of Summersville, was indicted on one count breaking and entering, one count grand larceny and one count conspiracy.


•  Anthony Duane Falls, 31, of Weston, was indicted on one count uttering.

G-otcha™: Ritchie County’s Regional Jail Incarcerations - 03.05.12

Imprisonment Status:  Misdemeanor Pre-Trial

Echard,  Kimberly Dawn

Full Name: Echard,  Kimberly Dawn
Height: 5’  2”
Weight: 108 lbs.
Birth Date: 01.07.1978
Gender:

Female

Booking Date: 02.26.2012
Facility: North Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Misdemeanor Pre-Trial

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
12M RITCHIE COUNTY COURT - Bail Amount: $0.00

 

 

Imprisonment Status:  Pre-Trial Felon

Mcdonald,  Stephen Rex

Full Name: Mcdonald,  Stephen Rex
Height: 5’  7”
Weight: 245 lbs.
Birth Date: 06.01.1974
Gender:

Male

Booking Date: 02.25.2012
Facility: North Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Pre-Trial Felon

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
12F-13-18 RITCHIE COUNTY COURT - Bail Amount: $50,000.00

 Stephen McDonald, 37, with 4 counts of display of obscene material to a minor and two counts of soliciting a minor via a computer.

McDonald chatted online with a girl he believed to be 13 years old during an undercover chat sting operation in August 2011.

He sent 3 photos and participated in a webcam chat.

The Crimes Against Children unit in Charleston is handling the case.

 

 

Imprisonment Status:  Convicted Felon

Ahouse,  Kenneth Douglas

Full Name: Ahouse,  Kenneth Douglas
Height: 6’  0”
Weight: 150 lbs.
Birth Date: 04.30.1977
Gender:

Male

Booking Date: 02.24.2012
Facility: North Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Convicted Felon

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
08-F-25 RITCHIE COUNTY COURT - Bail Amount: $0.00

Barbara Ann Swesey

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Barbara Ann Swesey

Age 61, of Cairo, WV, passed away March 02, 2012, at her residence.

She was born in Harrisville, WV, a daughter of Bernice Pifer Shields of Belmont, WV, and the late Wilbur Shields.

She was a graduate of Cairo High School and Parkersburg Beauty College. Barbara had been the Activities Director at the Willows Nursing Facility and acting president of the Glendale Women’s Club. She enjoyed farming, loved her animals and was a homemaker.

She is survived by two sisters, Beulah Webb (Oscar) of St. Marys, WV, and Carolyn Lonas (Robert) of Washington, WV; two aunts, Polly Wilson of Pennsylvania and Mildred Hart of Pike, WV; one uncle, Pearly Pifer of Pike,WV; numerous nieces and nephews; and her dog, Sam.

In addition to her father, Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, George F. Swesey.

Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Wednesday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 400 Green St., Parkersburg, with Pastor Dean Ash officiating.

Interment will follow at Evergreen North Cemetery.

Visitation will be 5:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.

Girta Mae McFarland

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Girta Mae McFarland

Age 92 of Rock Creek, OH, formerly of Smithville, WV, passed away March 01, 2012 at her daughter’s residence in Ohio.

She was born January 14, 1920 at Oxbow, WV a daughter of the late Christopher B. and Deborah Blanche (Deem) Nutter.

Girta was a homemaker and along with her late husband, owned and operated the Mahone Store and the Mahone Auction House. She was a former volunteer for the Ritchie County Emergency Squad and loved to sew and quilt.

Girta was an active member of the First Apostolic Church in Harrisville.

Surviving is her son Ed McFarland (Lois) of Macfarlan, WV and daughter Louie Clay (Willis) of Rock Creek, OH, grandchildren: Deborah Newlon (Douglas), Charles Hatfield (Stef), Thomas Clay (Maryellen), Rita Spurlock (Tim) and Drew Hatfield. She also leaves her great grandchildren: Krystal Chernisky (David), Jessica Clay, T. J. Spurlock (Shawnna), Jeremy Newlon and Shawn Newlon, great great grandchildren: Sierra, David, Bobby, Skylar, Ian and Isaac.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Wilbur McFarland in 1982, grandson Lewis Willis Clay, three sisters: Ivy Moore, Lilly Cunningham and Virginia Lamp.

Funeral services will be Monday 11:00 AM at the First Apostolic Church in Harrisville with Pastor Alan Adams officiating.

Interment will follow at the King Knob Cemetery, Ritchie County.

Visitation was Sunday 2:00 to 5:00 PM at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville and one hour prior to services at the church.

State of Emergency in Seven WV Counties

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Due to flooding and flash flooding caused by continuous rainfall, high winds, mudslides and hail, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency, effective March 01, 2012, in the following counties:

•  Doddridge

•  Harrison

•  Marion

•  Monongalia

•  Preston

•  Ritchie

•  Taylor

“I want to thank all of the first responders and volunteers who have been working to help bring relief to the victims,“ Tomblin said.  “State and local emergency management officials, as well as West Virginia National Guardsmen, are onsite, assessing damages and offering assistance where needed.“

In addition to assisting in the clean.up effort, Governor Tomblin has authorized the West Virginia National Guard to begin an assessment of the affected areas.  Storm.related damage continues to threaten the health, safety, welfare and property of the citizens in the affected counties. Therefore, the state of emergency remains in effect for 30 days, unless extended or rescinded by another proclamation by the governor.

For emergencies, residents should call 911.

To report damage or for nonemergency assistance, residents should contact their county emergency operations centers:

•  Doddridge 304.844.7390

•  Harrison 304.623.4115

•  Marion 304.366.0196

•  Monongalia 304.598.0301

•  Preston304.329.1855

•  Ritchie 304.659.3334

•  Taylor 304.265.0904

“Above all, we want our citizens to be safe,“ Tomblin said.  “Do not attempt to drive through standing water on roadways and if you need assistance, please contact the appropriate authorities.“

Twenty-Eight WV Counties Under Tornado Watch

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The National Weather Service has placed several West Virginia counties under a tornado watch until midnight Friday night.

The counties listed include BOONE, BRAXTON, CABELL, CALHOUN, CLAY, DODDRIDGE, FAYETTE, GILMER, HARRISON, JACKSON, KANAWHA, LEWIS, LINCOLN, LOGAN, MASON, MCDOWELL, MINGO, NICHOLAS, PLEASANTS, PUTNAM, RALEIGH, RITCHIE, ROANE, TYLER, WAYNE, WIRT, WOOD and WYOMING counties.

The National Weather Service says it’s going to be an unsettled Friday evening as temperatures increase and meet with a cold front.

“We get warm air that comes through and it’s moist and that makes it very buoyant and when the cold front comes through it comes underneath that warm air and causes it to lift. There’s some good lifting with these storms,“ National Weather Service Meteorologist Liz Sommerville told MetroNews.

The storms are embedded in steady rain that is moving through the southern coalfields, through the Kanawha Valley and into central West Virginia. The possibility of severe storms is higher in southern counties the risk is less to the east.

The ground is saturated in many counties following heavy rain from earlier this week. A number of flash flood watches have already been issued.

“We definitely have a concern about flooding. So we’re monitoring it,“ Somerville said.

The storm threat will continue into early Saturday morning. The rest of Saturday is forecasted to start out cloudy before breaking for sun with highs in the 50s.

Virginia Ruth Ruddlesden

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Virginia Ruth Ruddlesden

Age 96, of Parkersburg (formerly of Harrisville), departed this life on Friday, February 24, 2012, at Ohio Valley Health Care, Parkersburg.

Virginia was born June 08, 1915, in Gassaway, WV (Braxton County), a daughter of the late Elliott and Bertie Rutherford.

She spent her life as a homemaker for her family.

She was a member of the Vienna Wesleyan Church.

She greatly enjoyed making quilts and gardening.

She is survived by her children, Clyde Ruddlesden of Parkersburg, Ramona Longwell of Sardis, OH, and Donald Ruddlesden of Vienna, WV; brother, Kirk Rutherford of OH, along with several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Maurice Dalton Ruddlesden; son, Dalton J Ruddlesden, and step-daughter, Dorothy.

Funeral services were 1:00 PM, Monday, February 27, 2012, at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with the Pastor Jack Harris officiating.

Burial followed in the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery.

Friends called from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Sunday at the funeral home.

Hildegard Edith Rexroad

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Hildegard Edith Rexroad

Age 80, departed this earthly life February 25, 2012, at her residence in Harrisville, WV, after a long illness.

She was born on February 06, 1932, in Berlin, Germany, the daughter of the late Ludwig Otta Schulz and Hildegard Agnes (Hapke) Schulz.

She was a graduate of mechanical and architectural draftsman college in Germany, and was employed by Siemen’s Corporation, as well as being an accomplished fine artist.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Ray H. Rexroad, Harrisville; one son, Michael Rexroad, Ashville, NC; one daughter, Iris Clymer, Coffeeville, KS; one brother, Kurt Schulz, Hamm, Germany; two sisters, Gisela Aitken, Orlando, FL, and Helga Fracker and husband Stan, Jackson, Michigan; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; as well as 35 nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one brother, Hulmut Schulz, Germany.

Hildegard was a very loving and caring lady who would literally give you the shirt off her back to those in need, who truly cared for her fellow man. This lady will be surely missed by those who knew her and loved her. If she did not gain entrance through the “Pearly Gates” the rest of us do not stand a chance!

Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Thursday at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with the Rev. John Frum officiating.

Burial will follow in King Knob Cemetery near Harrisville.

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

Adelene M. Spiker

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Adelene M. Spiker

Age 88, of Jane Lew passed away on Friday, February 24, 2012 in United Hospital Center of Bridgeport following a brief illness.

She was born in Ritchie County on July 15, 1923: daughter of the late Glenn Maxson and Gay (Britton) Maxson.

On May 17, 1946, she married Lynn Spiker, who preceded her in death on April 03, 1995.


Mrs. Spiker is survived by one daughter: Melinda (Byron) Chambers of Romney and one son: John L. (Sue Ann) Spiker of Jane Lew. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Kelly Hicks, Chris Chambers and Jonelle, John Bob, Byron L. and David M. Spiker and eleven great-grandchildren. Also surviving is one brother: Charles Maxson of West Union and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Lynn, Mrs. Spiker was preceded in death by one sister: Arlene Booher.

Mrs. Spiker was a teacher who taught typing and shorthand at Doddridge County High School, Weston High School and Lewis County High School and was a strong believer in the importance of an education. She received her B.S. in Education at Salem College and her Masters in Education at West Virginia University. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Weston. Also she was a member of the WV and Lewis County Retired Teachers Associations. Mrs. Spiker was a member of the Red Hats Society and was active with the Lewis County Senior Center of Weston.

Mrs. Spiker was known for her beautiful smile and friendly demeanor. She valued her friends and was always there to encourage others.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home on Sunday, February 26, 2012 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11;00 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with services conducted by family.

Interment will follow services in the Masonic Cemetery of Crystal Lake in Doddridge County.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is charge of arrangements for Adelene M. Spiker.

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