WV Remains on Track to Carry Out Much-Debated Federal ID Law

West Virginia continues to issue new driver’s licenses that meet national standards adopted after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Deputy Division of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Steven Dale updated lawmakers on carrying out the federal Real ID law.

The DMV began the process with licenses up for renewal or applied for this year.

West Virginia’s 1.3 million drivers must renew their licenses every five years.

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WV Driver’s License
“Not For Federal Identification”
Sample shown for citizens over age 21.

These are issued over the counter at all DMV
locations as of January 03, 2012.

Some lawmakers questioned why the new licenses are mailed out, given the nature of delivery service in mostly rural West Virginia.

Seventeen states so far refuse to carry out the law.

But after January 2013, only people from Real ID-compliant states can board commercial flights and enter federal buildings without additional security screenings.

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WV Driver’s License for
“Federal Identification Use”
Sample shown for citizens over age 21.

These are applied for at all DMV locations, however
they arrive at the applicant’s address through UPS in
approximately 15 business days.

The DMV’s website explains the license requirements: Click H E R E

Announcements for GCHS Students – 2012-13

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Announcement #1:

Enrollment for new students in Grades 7-12 at Gilmer County High School will be held on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 through Friday, August 17, 2012 9:00 AM – 3 PM, by appointment with Mr. Daniel Reed, counselor.

Please call 304.462.7960 to make an appointment.



Announcement #2:

Orientation for 7th grade students will be held on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 6:00 PM in the Commons Area.

Students will receive their schedule and meet their teachers, receive a tour of the school, rent a locker ($5), and parents will be signed up for GCHS Edline in the computer lab.


Announcement #3:

Freshmen Step-Up & new student orientation will be held at 6:00 PM, Tuesday, August 21, 2012 in the GCHS Gymnasium.

Students will receive a tour of the school and meet their teachers, rent a locker ($5) and parents will be given an opportunity to sign up for GCHS Edline in the computer lab.


Announcement #4:

GCHS students in grades 9-12 who would like to make schedule changes may do so Wednesday, August 15, 2012 through Friday, August 17, 2012 by appointment with Mrs. Anita Roberts.

Please call 304.462.7960 to schedule an appointment.

West Virginia Pension Investments Still Face Challenges

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The person who helps oversee the investment of the $9 billion in state pension funds says it is probably a good idea to keep the required annual growth rate at 7.5% despite a bad investment year last year.

State Investment Management Board Executive Director Craig Slaughter told state lawmakers that even though pension funds invested grew by just 1.1% last budget year the growth number should probably stay where it is.

“I don’t see significant differences over the past. We still tend to think that 7.5% is a good long-term number and I emphasize long-term,“ Slaughter said.

Slaughter says the 7.5% growth requirement will be hard to reach in the current budget year too.

The director says the market is a tough place to do business now.

He says financial troubles in Europe are making investment growth very difficult.

“There are plenty of risks,“ Slaughter said. “Inflation could spike up unexpectedly. We could fall into a period of deflation, which is also really bad.“

Because the invested pension funds did not grown by 7.5%, state agencies will have pay more for their share of employee pensions, from the current 14% to 14.5%.

Slaughter also told lawmakers the state Investment Management Board is considering real estate investments for the future.

He says prices are so low now for real estate it’s believed the return on such investments would be very positive.

WVDNR Wildlife Resources Section Files Legislative Rules for Review

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The Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has filed legislative rule changes with the Secretary of State’s office, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Division’s Wildlife Resources Section.

The proposed rules will be open for review and written comment until 10:00 AM August 31, 2012.

The availability of the proposed rules will be advertised in the State Register.

In addition, the proposed rules will be available for review at each DNR district office, the Elkins office and the South Charleston office.  Individuals interested in reviewing the proposed rules should contact the Wildlife Resources Section staff at these offices.

Written comments may be submitted to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief, Wildlife Resources Section, 324 4th Avenue, South Charleston, WV 25303.

General Trapping Rule

Minor modification to language relating to the size of foothold traps which can be set under water, and the addition of state forests to those public areas in which a trapping permit is required.

Defining the Terms Used in all Hunting and Trapping

Modifications to this rule include removing language relating to amber, red and green lights for hunting coyotes at night.

Special Waterfowl Hunting Rule

Revisions to this rule include the removal of language pertaining to the management zones for waterfowl, modifying the language pertaining to the definitions of bait and baiting, and modifying the age of the accompanying licensed adult during the youth waterfowl season to make the age requirement consistent with the other youth hunting seasons.

Special Fishing Rule

The proposed rule change represents a clarification in establishing the no use of live minnows in certain waters as established in Series 60.

Special Boating Rules

The proposed rule change represents a change to the boating regulation for Ridenour Lake from no boating allowed to rental boats only.

Deer Hunting Rule

Revisions to this rule include language which addresses the checking requirements for deer relating to the change in the deer daily bag limit to two for all deer seasons, and modification to language which prohibits small game hunting during that portion of the antlerless deer season which coincides with the first three days of the buck firearms season.


This rule revises the current legislative rule relating to falconry to be in compliance with recently passed Federal Regulations §50CFR21.

State Seeks Revised Contribution Cap Ruling

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West Virginia will continue to cap contributions to state candidates and political party action committees.

That is the message from election officials after a federal ruling that allows unlimited contributions to independent PACs.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston blocked that $1,000-per-election cap last week.

He says it is very likely that the cap infringes on free speech.

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant is West Virginia’s elections chief.

She has asked Johnston to revise his ruling to ensure that it only applies to PACs that spend independently of candidates and political parties.

One such PAC, Stay the Course West Virginia, and two of its potential donors won last week’s ruling.

Their pending lawsuit argues the cap is unconstitutional.

They say they do not object to Tennant’s request.

Cantaloupe Recall Expanded to Include Honeydew Melons and West Virginia

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Commissioner of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass is warning consumers with a taste for fresh melons to be sure that any cantaloupe or honeydew they may have purchased recently is not part of an expanding recall of melons produced by Burch Equipment LLC in North Carolina.

Burch Equipment issued an earlier recall on cantaloupe that did not include West Virginia. Now the company is expanding its recall to include all of this growing season’s cantaloupes and honeydew melons that may remain on the market because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Some of these melons may have been distributed in West Virginia.

The whole cantaloupes are identified by a red label reading Burch Farms, PLU 4319. All cantaloupes involved in the recall were grown by Burch Farms. However some of the cantaloupes may have been identified with a “Cottle Strawberry, Inc.” sticker, also with PLU 4319. Cantaloupes from Burch Farms were shipped in both corrugated boxes (nine cantaloupes per case) and in bulk bins.
Honeydew melons involved in this expanded recall do not bear any identifying stickers and were packed in cartons labeled “melons.”

The cantaloupes and honeydews involved in this expanded recall were sold to distributors between June 23 and July 27, in the following states: FL, GA, IL, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, and VA, VT and WV. The melons may have further been distributed to retail stores, restaurants and food service facilities in other states.

“It’s going to be very difficult to determine whether honeydews are subject to this recall or not,” said Commissioner Douglass. “Consumers will need to check where they bought their honeydews to see if the vendors have any information regarding the source.”

Commissioner Douglass also renewed his call for funding to move the West Virginia Department of Agriculture’s (WVDA) outdated food safety laboratories to the Regional Technology Park in South Charleston.

“This is another example of the importance of government food safety programs and the technology they rely upon to protect public health,” he said. “The West Virginia Department of Agriculture desperately needs to relocate its laboratories … but we’re still looking for the necessary funding. Although this is an expensive proposition, it is an investment that will pay dividends to the well-being of all West Virginians for many decades into the future.”

WVDA inspectors are aware of the recall and are checking store shelves for affected products during their regular duties, Commissioner Douglass added.

Although no illnesses associated with this recall have been reported, Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. The incubation period for Listeria monocytogenes can be 1 to 3 weeks, but may be in the range of 3 to 70 days.

Burch Equipment LLC is requesting any consumer that may have one of these cantaloupes or honeydews to discard the product. Questions can be directed to Burch Equipment LLC at 910.267.5781, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, or e-mail “”.


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West Virginia is among the states affected by a recall of a wide variety of fruit, vegetable and sandwich products, according to West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass.

Missa Bay, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ready Pac Foods, Inc., of Swedesboro, New Jersey, is voluntarily recalling 293,488 cases and 296,224 individually distributed units of fruit, vegetable and sandwich products containing apples with the use‐by dates of July 08, 2012 through August 20, 2012 because they contain diced or sliced apples that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

No illnesses have been reported in association with this recall, but Listeria monocytogenes was discovered on equipment used to produce apple products.

“This is another example of the importance of government food safety programs and the technology they rely upon to protect public health,” said Commissioner Douglass. “The West Virginia Department of Agriculture desperately needs to relocate its laboratories to the West Virginia Regional Technology Park in South Charleston, but we’re still looking for the necessary funding. Although this is an expensive proposition, it is an investment that will pay dividends to the well-being of all West Virginians for many decades into the future.”

WVDA inspectors are aware of the recall and are checking store shelves for affected products during their regular duties,  Commissioner Douglass added.

Consumers who may have purchased the affected product are asked to record the use‐by date and/or UPC code number, immediately dispose of the product, and contact the Ready Pac Consumer Affairs Department,  toll‐free at 800-800‐7822, Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM PDT to obtain a full refund.  Customers with questions may contact Ready Pac at 800.800.4088,  ext. 2900, Monday‐Friday, 7:00
AM‐5:00 PM PDT.

More information is also available at

Retailers should check their inventories and store shelves to confirm that none of the product is present or available for purchase by consumers or in warehouse inventories. Ready Pac customer service representatives have already contacted retailers and are in the process of confirming that the recalled products are not in the stream of commerce.

Besides West Virginia, the recalled products were distributed from the Missa Bay, LLC facility to retailers and foodservice operators in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia,  Washington D.C., Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky,  Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri,  Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Although no illnesses associated with this recall have been reported, Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. The incubation period for Listeria monocytogenes can be 1 to 3 weeks, but may be in the range of 3 to 70 days.

The specific products in the list below are included in the recall:

Product Description Use-by-dates UPC Code
BK Fresh Apple Slices, 2oz, “Burger King” label On or before August 13 n/a
Snack Pac Apples & Caramel, 4oz, “Hannaford” label On or before August 18 4126817191
Snack Pac Apples, Granola & Yogurt,  4.3oz, “Hannaford” label On or before August 18 4126817195
Apple Slices, 1.2oz, “McDonalds” label
  (ONLY in the following states: CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ , NY, PA, RI, VT)  On or before August 19 n/a
On or before August 19 n/a
Diced Apples for Fruit & Maple Oatmeal, 0.92oz, “McDonalds”  label (ONLY in the following states: CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ , NY, PA, RI, VT) On or before August 19 n/a
Fruit & Walnut Snack, 5.75oz, “McDonalds” label On or before August 20 n/a
Apple Blue Pecan bistro, 4.75oz, “Ready Pac” label On or before August 12 7774529497
Fruit Frenzy, 32oz, “Ready Pac” label On or before August 18 7774523086
Fruit Tray Bien, 32oz, “Ready Pac” label On or before August 18 7774521606
Ready Snax Apples, Cheese with Caramel Dip, 4oz, “Ready Pac” label On or before August 18 7774523896
Ready Snax Apples, Celery, Raisins with Peanut Butter, 4oz, “Ready   Pac” label On or before August 18 7774523897
Ready Snax Apples, Granola & Yogurt, 4.3oz, “Ready Pac” label On or before August 18 7774523086
Super Fruit Blend, 6oz, “Ready Pac” label                       On or before August 17 7774521606
Ready Snax Apples, Cheese with Caramel Dip, 4oz, “Ready Pac” label                On or before August 18 7774523896
Ready Snax Apples, Celery, Raisins with Peanut Butter, 4oz, “Ready   Pac” label On or before August 18 7774523897
Ready Snax Apples, Granola & Yogurt, 4.3oz, “Ready Pac” label On or before August 18 7774523086
Super Fruit Blend, 6oz, “Ready Pac” label On or before August 17 7774521606
Super Fruit Medley, 10.5oz, “Ready Pac” label On or before August 16 7774523896
Sweet Sunshine Platter, 37oz, “Ready Pac” label On or before August 16 7774523897
Apple, Blue Cheese   & Pecan Complete Salad Kit, 8.75oz, “Safeway Farms” label On or before August   18 7774523089
Apple Caramel   Dipper, 6.7oz, “Wawa” label On or before August   16 7774523076
Apple Peanut Butter   Dipper, 6.5oz, “Wawa” label On or before August   15 7774523746
Apple Slices,  3.5oz, “Wawa” label On or before August   16 7774524204
Baby Carrots, 3oz, “Wawa”  label On or before August   16 2113033680
Chicken Salad   Snack, 6.7oz, “Wawa” label On or before August   12 2619100394
Chicken Salad   Sandwich, 7.8oz, “Wawa” label On or before August   10 2619100268
Fruit & Cheese,  6oz, “Wawa” label On or before August   11 2619102232
Protein Power Pack,  7.8oz, “Wawa” label On or before August   11 2619102517
Red Grapes, 3oz, “Wawa”  Label On or before August   13 2619102760
Turkey & Cheese   Sandwich, 7.7oz, “Wawa” label On or before August   10 2619105670
Apples, Celery,  Raisins & Peanut Butter, 4oz, “Wegmans” label On or before August   18 2619102567
Apples, Cheese   & Caramel Dip, 4oz, “Wegmans” label On or before August   15 2619102565
Apples, Granola   & Low Fat Vanilla Yogurt, 4.3oz, “Wegmans” label On or before August   18 2619102518


Gilmer County Recreation Center Pool: FREE Swim Day on Saturday August 18, 2012

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The Gilmer County Recreation Center pool will be having a FREE swim day on Saturday August 18, 2012.

This is our way of thanking all the patrons that have supported us all summer and used our facility.

Pool hours are 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM.

Come out and enjoy cooling off a day on us.

Thanks again for your support and we look forward to seeing you again next year.

Gassaway: Coal Rally – 08.19.12


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Sunday, August 19, 2012 AT 3:30 PM

Kenton Meadows Field, Gassaway, WV

Featuring: West Virginia’s Most Beloved Football Coach,

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GSC Board of Governors to Meet August 17, 2012 - This Friday

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The next Glenville State College Board of Governors meeting will be held at 11:30 AM on Friday, August 17, 2012 at the Morris Criminal Justice Training Center, just one mile west of Glenville on WV Hwy 5 W.
The public is welcome to attend.

Those wishing to address the Board must complete a public comment form.

The public comment forms will be available directly before the Board meeting begins and will be located in the public seating area.

The Board agenda will be available in the President’s Office and on the GSC Board of Governors website at least five business days prior to the meeting.

For more information, please contact Glenville State College Executive Assistant to the President Teresa Sterns at 304.462.4110.

Bon Appétit: Stuffed Zucchini

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  3 zucchini
  1 pound pork sausage
  1 cup dry bread crumbs
  1 clove garlic, minced
  1 (32 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
  1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Trim stems from zucchini and slice lengthwise.

Scoop out seeds and put in bowl. Mix seeds with sausage, garlic, bread crumbs, and parmesan cheese.

Stuff squash with sausage mixture and place in 9x13 inch baking pan.

Pour sauce over squash and cover pan with foil.

Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until sausage is cooked.

Remove foil and cover with mozzarella cheese.

Cook until cheese is melted.

Daily G-Eye™: 08.15.12

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Stargazing - 08.15.12


The first “contact binary” — two stars that are touching each other — ever discovered is W Ursae Majoris.

It’s in Ursa Major, the big bear, which is the home of the Big Dipper.

The Dipper is in the northwest at nightfall, with faint W Ursae Majoris well to its right.

Contact Binaries

Many stars have close companions — other stars that are so close that the two whirl around each other once every few days. But a few take closeness to the extreme — they enfold each other in a warm embrace.

The first “contact binary” ever discovered is known as W Ursae Majoris. It’s in Ursa Major, the great bear, which is the home of the Big Dipper. The Dipper is in the northwest at nightfall, with faint W Ursae Majoris well to its right.

More than a century ago, two German astronomers noticed that the system’s brightness varied by a factor of two every four hours. They considered several possibilities for the rapid change. Their best guess was that the two stars were so close together that they eclipsed each other every four hours.

Later observations found that one star is a bit bigger and heavier than the Sun, while the other is smaller. But the two stars are the same brightness and color — something that shouldn’t happen for two stars of different mass. That means the stars are not just touching each other, but they’re also sharing the gas in their outer layers. The gas from the bigger star pumps up the temperature and brightness of the other.

The stars may have formed a bit farther apart and slowly spiraled together, or they could be the product of a single star that split apart soon after its birth. Either way, the two are among the closest of stellar siblings — locked in a perpetual embrace.

G-MM™: Meditation Moment - 08.15.12


‘The Mighty One has done great things for me.’

Such powerful words of faith and trust from Mary in the Magnificent.

Easy words to recite, but not so easy to believe!

I have watched and learned from a good friend over the last three years.

She does believe this in her heart despite her circumstances.

In this period, her 16-year-old son suffered severe brain injury in a car accident, she lost all her possessions in floods, both her mother and mother-in-law died and her own health deteriorated with constant hemorrhaging and a tumor in her neck.

In spite of all, my friend has made constant choices to put her faith and trust in God.

Just as the lives impacted by Mary are many, so too, are those influenced by my friend.

Do we believe in those words too?

Apocalypse 11:19; 12:1–6, 10. The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold—Ps 44(45):10–12, 16. 1 Corinthians 15:20–26. Luke 1:39–56.

Thomas “Tommy” Frank Stopkowitz

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Thomas “Tommy” Frank Stopkowitz

Age 53, of 261 Cottage Avenue, Weston, WV passed away on August 11, 2012 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following a brief illness.

He was born on April 25, 1959 in New Brunswick, NJ son of Frank Kettern Stopkowitz and Judy Ann (Barrett) Stopkowitz.

In addition to his parents, Thomas is survived by one daughter Amanda Stopkowitz of Vero Beach, FL and one granddaughter Kayla Jennings. Also surviving is one brother Tim Stopkowitz of Browns Mill, NJ.

Mr. Stopkowitz was preceded in death by one brother: Frankie Stopkowitz.

Thomas worked in construction.

Tommy was born Roman Catholic by faith.

He loved to fish, hunt and play softball.

At Tommy’s request, there will be no visitation.

A graveside service will be conducted by Reverend J. Stephen Vallelonga at the Machpelah Cemetery of Weston at a later date.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for Thomas “tommy” Frank Stopkowitz.

Betty L. Willis

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Betty L. Willis

Age 86 of New Matamoras, OH passed away in the Woodsfield Nursing & Rehab.Center, Woodsfield, OH.

She was born on July 06, 1926 in West Union a daughter of the late Samuel and Ottie Mae Myers Ferrell.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Fred Willis whom she married on July 12, 1958.

Also surviving are two sons, Bob Seese, Akron, OH, Jed Willis and wife Trudy, South Amhest, OH, 3 grandchildren, Amanda Rey, Norton, OH, Alex and John Willis, South Amherst, OH, 2 great grandchildren, Allison and Jason Rey, Norton, OH, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband Robert M. Seese, 3 brothers and sisters.

Betty was United Methodist by faith and had attended the New Matamoras United Methodist Church and was a member of the West Union Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #56.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home 212 Front St. West Union on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 11:00 AM with Pastor David McCauley presiding.

Interment will follow in the Masonic Memorial Park, West Union.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Thursday, August 16, 2012 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM on Friday until time of service.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Willis family.


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History on August 15, yyyy

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 15, the 228th day of 2012. There are 138 days left in the year.

Thought for Today:

“Men are from Earth, women are from Earth. Deal with it.” — George Carlin, American comedian (1937-2008).

Today’s Highlight in History:

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On Aug. 15, 1483, the Sistine Chapel was consecrated by Pope Sixtus IV.

On this date:

In 1057, Macbeth, King of Scots, was killed in battle by Malcolm, the eldest son of King Duncan, whom Macbeth had slain.

In 1769, Napoleon Bonaparte was born on the island of Corsica.

In 1812, the Battle of Fort Dearborn took place as Potawatomi warriors attacked a U.S. military garrison of about 100 people. (Most of the garrison was killed, while the remainder were taken prisoner.)

In 1914, the Panama Canal opened to traffic.

In 1935, humorist Will Rogers and aviator Wiley Post were killed when their airplane crashed near Point Barrow in the Alaska Territory.

In 1945, in a radio address, Japan’s Emperor Hirohito announced that his country had accepted terms of surrender for ending World War II.

In 1947, India became independent after some 200 years of British rule.

In 1961, as workers began constructing a Berlin Wall made of concrete, East German soldier Conrad Schumann leapt to freedom over a tangle of barbed wire in a scene captured in a famous photograph.

In 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened in upstate New York.

In 1971, President Richard Nixon announced a 90-day freeze on wages, prices and rents. Bahrain declared its independence from Britain.

In 1974, a gunman attempted to shoot South Korean President Park Chung-hee during a speech; although Park was unhurt, his wife was struck and killed, along with a teenage girl. (The gunman was later executed.)

In 1998, 29 people were killed by a car bomb that tore apart the center of Omagh (OH’-mah), Northern Ireland; a splinter group calling itself the Real IRA claimed responsibility.

Ten years ago:

President George W. Bush, using Mount Rushmore as a dramatic backdrop, pressed Congress to give him a flexible, fast-moving homeland security department.

Five years ago:

Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy (DAH’-nuh-hee) pleaded guilty to felony charges for taking cash payoffs from gamblers and betting on games he’d officiated in a scandal that rocked the league. (Donaghy spent 13 months in federal prison.)

A magnitude-8 earthquake in Peru’s southern desert killed some 540 people.

Master jazz percussionist Max Roach died in New York at age 83.

One year ago:

A relentless barrage of bombings in Iraq killed 63 people, striking 17 cities from northern Sunni areas to the southern Shiite heartland.

Jim Thome (TOH’-mee) hit his 600th home run an inning after he hit No. 599 to help the Minnesota Twins outslug the Detroit Tigers 9-6. (Thome became the eighth major league player to reach 600.)

Today’s Birthdays:

Actress Rose Marie is 89

Political activist Phyllis Schlafly is 88

Actor Mike Connors is 87

Game show host Jim Lange is 80

Actress Lori Nelson is 79

Civil rights activist Vernon Jordan is 77

Actor Jim Dale is 77

Actress Pat Priest is 76

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is 74

U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., is 74

Musician Pete York (Spencer Davis Group) is 70

Author-journalist Linda Ellerbee is 68

Songwriter Jimmy Webb is 66

Rock singer-musician Tom Johnston (The Doobie Brothers) is 64

Actress Phyllis Smith (TV: “The Office”) is 63

Britain’s Princess Anne is 62

Actress Tess Harper is 62

Actor Larry Mathews is 57

Actor Zeljko Ivanek (ZEHL’-koh eh-VON’-ehk) is 55

Actor-comedian Rondell Sheridan is 54

Rock singer-musician Matt Johnson (The The) is 51

Movie director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (ihn-YAH’-ee-tu) is 49

Country singer Angela Rae (Wild Horses) is 46

Actor Peter Hermann is 45

Actress Debra Messing is 44

Actor Anthony Anderson is 42

Actor Ben Affleck is 40

Singer Mikey Graham (Boyzone) is 40

Actress Natasha Henstridge is 38

Actress Nicole Paggi is 35

Figure skater Jennifer Kirk is 28

Latin pop singer Belinda (cq) is 23

Rock singer Joe Jonas (The Jonas Brothers) is 23

Actor-singer Carlos Pena is 23

Actress Jennifer Lawrence (Film: “The Hunger Games”) is 22

Rap DJ Smoove da General (Cali Swag District) is 22

WV Lottery - 08.14.12









15-23-34-39-55     Mega Ball: 32   Megaplier: x 4  

Shooting Report in Gilmer County

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Update 08.17.12:

Elise Coen still at Ruby Memorial.

She was shot in the back and bullet still lodged in her body.

Larry Bush who was hit in the head with a baseball bat is in Trauma Center in Charleston.


Update 08.15.12:

Shooting happened as the result of a domestic dispute.

Larry Bush, age 40, shot Elsie Coen, age 48, in the back during a domestic dispute.

Bush then left the shooting scene, and when he returned he was hit by another man with a baseball bat.

As the result they are both in the hospital.


According to various reports received by the Gilmer Free Press there has been a shooting on Lower Cedar Creek Road close to WV highway 5 W.

The Gilmer County law officials are not releasing any information at this time.

The reports indicates a woman was shot by a man Monday evening, August 13, 2012.

The woman was flown to Ruby Memorial in Morgantown via the HealthNet.

Local Journalist John Wolfe, Recipient of Multiple Awards

John G. Wolfe from Glenville, WV is the recipient of multiple awards in journalism.

John won the awards in the Better Newspaper Contest conducted by the West Virginia Press Association for the year 2011.

The presentation was at the banquet held Saturday evening, August 11, 2012 at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, Lewis County, WV.

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Following are the awards John won for his work at The Weston Democrat:

•  First Place Best Photography  - News; for a photo of a balloon launch in honor of missing Aliayah Lunsford.

•  Second Place Best Photography  - Feature; for a photo he took of fire trucks with crossed ladders in honor of Bob Marsh of Weston, during his funeral procession.

•  Second Place Best Coverage of Legal Issues  - for a story John did on the murder of toddler Rex Mick of Jane Lew, and the arrest of Christopher Sheppard in the case.

•  Third Place Best Reporting of Government Affairs - for a story he did on a Weston City Council meeting.

It should be noted that John Wolfe has worked as a reporter at The Weston Democrat for five years now.

G-LtE™: State of the Mingo County School System (Gilmer County? Sound Familiar?)

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Rex Non Potest Peccare - The King Can Do NO Wrong

I, William D. Duty, am the current President of the statutory corporation named “The board of education of the county of Mingo”.  I point out that in many respects, the corporate character of the Mingo County BOE is, or at least is “normally”, similar to the corporate character of private corporations.

What I mean is that in private corporations, a board of directors is elected and charged with the sound management of the corporation.  Most often, the actual day to day management of the corporation is done by and through a chief executive officer (or CEO) who is hired by, reports to and is responsible to the Board of Directors. If the profitability of the corporation, its overall financial situation, and/or its overall performance, is not what it should be, the CEO must explain to the board of directors why things are not as they should be.

If the shareholders (i.e., the actual and true owners of the corporation) are disgruntled as to how the Board of Directors deals with the CEO or how the Board of Directors otherwise addresses the problems at issue, the shareholders have the power and authority to elect new members to the Board of Directors.

In many respects, this system of accountability and responsibility is the essence of American capitalism.

It is within this general framework that America became the richest nation on Earth and the envy of the rest of the world. It has worked by and large because of a basic principle:  those with authority not only have responsibility, they are accountable to those who ultimately pay the bills.  This is what works and has worked for many, many, years.  It is a system of what is commonly known as one characterized by “checks and balances”.

Before proceeding to express what I observe the current state of the corporation known as the board of education of the county of Mingo to be, it is necessary to compare and contrast some of the likenesses and differences between the “normal” corporate operation and nature of the board of education of the county of Mingo with the corporate nature and operation of private sector corporations.

The elected members of the county board of education are roughly analogous to a board of directors in a private sector corporation.  S18-5-1 of the West Virginia Code states that “each county school district shall be under the supervision and control of a county board of education, which shall be composed of five members, nominated and elected by the voters …”

Thus, according to W.Va. law, county boards of education are, like private sector boards of directors, charged with and responsible for the sound management of their respective corporations.

In the corporations known as county boards of education, the county superintendent of schools can be likened to the CEO of a private sector corporation.  According to W.Va. Code S18-4, county superintendents of school are hired and appointed by county boards of education and are accountable to county boards. In fact, S18-4-10 of the W.Va. Code clearly states that, “The county superintendent shall act as the chief executive officer of the county board…..”

Finally, shareholders in private corporations can change the way their corporation is managed by electing a new board of directors. Similarly, voters in county elections normally can change the way their school system operates by electing new members to their board of education.  Up to this point, the above analogies appear to indicate that the aforementioned system of checks and balances would foster sound management principles in county school system “corporations”.

However, there is a caveat, a glaring dissimilarity between the private and county corporations; a fundamental difference which skews the abovementioned model(s) or system(s) of “checks and balances” to the point of non-recognition.

This contrast between the private sector model and the “county board model” is as follows: under W.Va. law, (and in spite of the language of S18-5-1 of the W.Va. Code), it is the non-elected W.Va. State Board of Education (not the elected county board members) which holds the cards; which is the ultimate authority; and which can and often does take over county school systems without any direct accountability to the voters – the true owners of county school systems.

In theory, takeovers by the State Board of Education of county school systems are to remedy problems which exist in spite of the “normal” operation of the aforementioned system of checks and balances.  In effect, the State Board of Education can be likened to the ideal of a benign dictator – a foreign entity who supposedly steps in and corrects problems which local, county officials and voters are unable or unwilling to solve.

It is worth noting again that this “benign” dictator is not directly accountable to voters.

Nevertheless, the current system “is what it is” and it is not the intent of the undersigned to debate whether or not it works better than a “normal” system of checks and balances.

However, the corporation known as the board of education of the county of Mingo has been, to one degree or another, under the (abnormal) supervision/control of this “benign dictator” since 1998.  Thus, the current state of the Mingo County school system at least reveals something about the efficacy of the “benign dictator’s” rule in Mingo County.

Since 1998, the Mingo County superintendent of Schools has been named by the State Board of Education. Thus, the CEO of the county school system has not been accountable to the elected members of the Mingo County Board of Education for more than 14 (fourteen) years. It nearly goes without saying that no board of education (or board of directors) can have any more than a superficial ability to effect the day to day management of a corporation when that board has no control over the actions of its CEO.

But again, the focus herein is not whether the State BOE should have done what it has done, but rather to briefly examine whether this “benign” dictator has remedied the problems it identified as its justification(s) to exercise plenary control over and of the Mingo County school system in 2004. (Again, the county school system had been under some degree of State BOE control since 1998. At the very least, it was the State BOE’s chosen county superintendent who became CEO of the county school system in 1998.)

Again, in 2004, the State BOE exercised its authority to “fully “ take over the county school system and thereupon effectively stripped the county BOE of its ability to exercise any meaningful supervision of or control over the county school system.  Two of the most important of the “benign dictator’s” stated reasons for its plenary takeover of the county school system were/are to remedy alleged financial mismanagement by the elected county board members and to correct alleged unacceptable academic achievement/progress by Mingo County students.

Of course, these and/or the other alleged problems used by the benign dictator to circumvent the will of the Mingo County voters who elected the members of the county BOE were not at all attributed to or blamed upon the CEO of the school system. This anomaly is not difficult to explain, since the county superintendent/CEO was and is the “agent” of the “benign dictator”, (which apparently still subscribes to the outdated maxim of rex non potest peccare – meaning, the king (herein benign dictator) can do no wrong).

In any case, it is now time to take a look at what the benign dictator has done by examination of at least two of its stated justifications for its 2004 takeover of the Mingo County school system.

There are at least several standards or measuring devices used by the state of W.Va. to evaluate student performance/achievement. It goes without saying that the primary goal of any school system is to foster the development of young people into productive members of society and to do so efficiently. (In fact, every young person in W.Va. has a fundamental constitutional right to a thorough and efficient education.)

With regard to some of the most noteworthy of these standards, the results are as follows:  In 2011, the average student ACT scores in Mingo County are lower than they were in 2004; in 2011, the dropout rate for Mingo County students is higher than it was in 2004; there are few, if any, indicators/standards utilized by the State of W.Va. to evaluate student performance that even imply that the takeover of the Mingo County school system has in any way improved the quality of education in Mingo County and/or otherwise benefitted the school children of Mingo County.

With regard to finances, the county school system was virtually debt free in 2004.  Since 2004, the benign dictator has borrowed more than 3 million dollars – a debt payable by Mingo County taxpayers.  The benign dictator chastised the county board of education in 2004 for having about 19 more teachers/professional educators and 42 more school service personnel than allowed by the state formula.

In 2012, Mingo County was roughly 44 (43.43) teachers and 52 (51.97) school service personnel over the state formula.

According to the State’s own figures the annual cost of the number of “over formula teachers” and “over formula service personnel” increased (from 2004 to 2012) by about two million dollars/year as a result.  This 2 million/year liability is a cost to be borne solely and exclusively by Mingo County taxpayers.

The State Board of Education’s own audits very clearly evince that its actions show a profound disregard for sound financial management principles.

There are few, if any, accepted measurements of financial/fiscal stability that even hint that the financial condition of the Mingo County school system has improved in any way, shape or form since 2004.

More importantly, the taxpayers of Mingo County are now saddled with millions upon millions of dollars of debt and other obligations that did not exist in 2004.

In sum, it is difficult to comprehend how the “benign dictator’s” actions have in any way corrected alleged financial problems or otherwise benefitted the citizens of Mingo County in any way, shape or form. (Note: In spite of this dismal state of affairs, the CEO of the county school system remains in charge of the day to day management of the county school system.

In conclusion, the state of the Mingo County school system is not satisfactory. The actions of the State BOE have been predatory rather than benign with regard to the students and taxpayers of Mingo County.  If and when the State BOE decides that it is time for its mismanagement of the Mingo County school system to end and that it is time to give back supervision and control of the county school system to the elected members of the Mingo County BOE, such supervision and control at a minimum must give the county BOE the opportunity to choose its own superintendent/ CEO and include some means to indemnify the Mingo County taxpayers from the (additional) financial liabilities/obligations created since 2004.

GSC Students Returning This Weekend for Academic Year 2012-2013

The Gilmer Free Press

The 2012-2013 academic year for Glenville State College will begin this weekend as students will arrive this in preparation for the first day of classes on Monday, August 20, 2012.

Move-in Day

Move-in day for new students will be Friday, August 17, 2012.

Beginning at 8:00 AM students will be allowed to move into their rooms at Goodwin Hall or Pioneer Village.

New students will receive plenty of move-in help thanks to a Glenville State College tradition.

Many members of the GSC faculty and staff will be on hand to help students and their parents with the task of carrying their belonging from their vehicles to the rooms that will be their homes for the next nine months.

Increase in Enrollment

Once again, Glenville State College will experience an increase in enrollment.

Over nineteen-hundred students are expected to be registered for the fall semester with over four-hundred of them being freshmen or transfer students.

This marks the fifth consecutive year that GSC overall enrollment has grown.

The increased enrollment also means an increase in the number of students who will be living in the residence halls.

For the first time since the late 70s, over six-hundred students will be living on campus.

“The return of the students each year is almost like Christmas for me. I get excited each year to meet the young men and women that will make GSC their home for the next four years. I love the opportunity to help mold and shape their futures and to help them become successful. How can you not get excited about that,“ said Jerry Burkhammer, GSC Director of Student Affairs.

Orientation Activities

Friday afternoon will be filled with orientation activities for the students and parents including the annual GSC Matriculation Convocation at 2:00 PM in the Fine Arts Auditorium which officially welcomes them into the Pioneer family with the reciting of the academic oath of excellence.

The orientation process for new students will continue throughout the day on Saturday.


Upperclassmen will return to campus on Sunday, August 19, 2012.

Campus Picnic and Community Fair

The big event on Sunday will be the Campus Picnic and Community Fair from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM on the Clark Hall lawn.

Community businesses, churches, and organizations are invited to set up displays to introduce and promote themselves to the students through the use of coupons, gift certificates, free samples, and information.

This is a great opportunity to introduce these new Pioneers to what the community can offer them during their experience at Glenville State College.

The return of the students not only is welcome on campus but also throughout the Glenville community where the influx of students will invigorate the local economy.

Many local businesses add welcome back students messages to their signs and windows.

There is still time for prospective students to enroll for the fall semester at GSC.

For more information, contact the Admissions Department at or call 304.462.6130 or toll free at 800.924.2010.

Schedule of activities available at

GSC Honored by The Inter-Mountain Readers’ Poll

Glenville State College has won both the ‘Best College’ and ‘Best Employer’ categories in The Inter-Mountain newspaper’s 2012 ‘Best of the Region’ readers’ poll.

In addition, Emil Suder, GSC Assistant Coordinator of Correctional Education & Off-Campus Programming, has been selected as ‘The Best Teacher’ and was also named ‘Best Volunteer’ by the poll.

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Suder is a repeat winner of the poll having taken the same honors for three consecutive years.

“I am very appreciative of this honor,“ said Suder. “I love working with people and love teaching.“

Suder is a native of Elkins. He earned an Associate Degree in Business from Davis & Elkins College in 2005 and a Bachelor of Arts in History in 2006. He received a Master in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and has completed post-graduate work. He coordinates and teaches classes at the Federal Correctional Institution-Gilmer as well as at GSC’s off-campus locations. Suder spends many hours in volunteer community service through his association with the Independent Order of the Odd Fellows. Currently, he is the Grand Master, the highest officer at the state level, and is the youngest person to hold that title.

Glenville State College was also named ‘Best College or University’ in The Inter-Mountain’s reader poll in 2010.

The Inter-Mountain, which covers several West Virginia counties including Randolph, Barbour, Upshur, Pocahontas, Tucker, and Pendleton, has conducted the poll for the past ten years. Ballots are printed in the paper asking readers to write in their choices for the best businesses, services, and people in the region. The paper, that is published Monday through Saturday, has a circulation of about 9,500.

Visit  to view the complete results of the Readers Poll which were published in the July 31, 2012 issue of The Inter-Mountain.

WVDNR: Wildlife Resources Section to Conduct Statewide Deer Spotlight Surveys

The Gilmer Free Press

Over the next several weeks, the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will be conducting spotlight surveys throughout 41 counties of the state to evaluate deer population densities.

“Monitoring deer population levels is an important component of the 2011-2015 West Virginia White-tailed Deer Operational Plan” said Gary Foster, supervisor of WVDNR game management.

“We will be using a method called ‘spotlight distance sampling.’ It has been used by numerous state fish and wildlife agencies throughout the country to help determine deer population densities and recruitment.”

Surveys will involve sighting deer along randomly selected roads by searching adjacent fields and woods with spotlights.

Surveys will not involve the collection of live or dead animals and will not involve personnel entering onto private property.

Spotlight surveys will be completed by mid-September.

New Damages Discovered: State Hoping for Reconsideration in Connection with Derecho

The Gilmer Free Press

Damage assessment teams with FEMA and state Office of Emergency Services are taking another look at individual property damage following the June 29, 2012 Derecho.

The federal government turned the state down for individual disaster assistance last week but Governor Earl Ray Tomblin is seeking reconsideration and sent the teams back into the field last Friday.

FEMA spokesman Frank Blake says teams looked at damage they had not seen before on Monday during stops in Nicholas, Fayette, Mason, Braxton and Lincoln counties.

“The possibility is we missed things the first time because those damages had not been reported to county emergency management,“ Blake said.

“People were without power and they were also without telephone service and by the time those services were restored people had already done a lot of clean-up and they sort of put things in the back of their minds.“

Blake says there still may be some residents who have not reported damages from the storm.

“You need to do so now so the county (emergency) manager can send us out to see those and verify those damages,“ Blake said.

The reworked damage assessment numbers are expected to be submitted for reconsideration later this week.

The state is already receiving federal disaster help in the form of public assistance.

The state, counties, cities and towns are being reimbursed for damages sustained during the storm and what it cost for get things back to normal.

12 States Now Have High Obesity

The Gilmer Free Press

A new government survey shows 12 states now have very high obesity rates.

Overall, more than a third of adults are obese but rates vary by state.

The latest figures are based on a 2011 telephone survey that asked adults their height and weight.

For the first time, households with only cell phones were included.

State rates remained about the same although states with very high rates went from 9 to 12.

At least 30% of adults are obese in Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia.

Colorado was lowest, at just under 21%, and Mississippi was highest at nearly 36%.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the figures Monday.

Gilmer County Schools - Bus Schedules for 2012-13 School Year



Run times are approximate and subject to change.
All Students need to be at designated bus stop at least 10 minutes prior to scheduled pick up.
Bus #65 Darrel Ramsey
7:10 County Line 3:15 Glenville Elementary School
7:20 Robert’s Service Center 3:25 Gilmer County High School
7:25 Mouth of Sinking Creek 3:33 Center St., Mineral Road, Sycamore
7:40 River Street 3:45 River Street
7:50 Sycamore 4:00 Mouth of Sinking Creek
7:55 Mineral Road 4:10 Robert’s Service Center
8:00 Gilmer County High School 4:20 County Line
8:10 Glenville Elementary School  
Bus #57 John Isenhart
7:15 Trace Fork 3:15 Glenville Elementary School
7:25 Tanner School 3:18 Main Street (Elementary School Only)
7:37 Mouth of Third Run 3:20 Watch Me Grow Daycare
7:50 Gilmer County High School 3:25 Gilmer County High School
7:55 Main Street (Elementary School Only) 3:50 Mouth of Third Run
7:58 Watch Me Grow Daycare 3:55 Tanner School
8:05 Glenville Elementary School 4:00 Trace Fork
Bus #67 Glen Greathouse
6:45 Turkey Fork 3:20 Sand Fork Elementary School
6:48 Tolar Fork 3:30 Mouth of Gluck Run
7:05 Dusk Camp 3:40 Duck Run (Transfer Bus #66)
7:22 Low Gap 3:43 Duck Run
7:25 Edna Street 3:55 Sand Fork Elementary School
7:28 Sand Fork Elementary School 4:00 Edna Street
7:40 Duck Run 4:10 Low Gap
7:50 Gluck Run (Transfer Bus #66) 4:15 Turkey Fork
8:02 Sand Fork Elementary School 4:27 Tolar Fork
4:34 Dusk Camp
Bus #66 Susie Kirkpatrick
6:55 Gilmer Straight 3:15 Gilmer County High School
7:00 Copen 3:40 Duck Run (Transfer Bus #67)
7:10 Stout’s Mills 3:45 Lynch Run
7:15 Head of Sliding 3:55 Marge Burke Bridge
7:20 Route 5 4:00 Sand Fork Elementary School
7:25 Sand Fork Elementary School 4:05 Route 5
7:30 Marge Burke Bridge 4:10 Head of Sliding
7:40 Lynch Run 4:15 Stout’s Mills
7:50 Appcon (Transfer Bus #67) 4:25 Copen
7:55 Glenville Elementary School 4:40 Gilmer Straight
8:05 Gilmer County High School  
Bus #68 Tim White
7:11 Right Fork Ellis 3:10 Sand Fork Elementary School
7:25 Ellis 3:30 Gilmer County High School
7:45 Head of Joe’s Run 3:40 Glenville Elementary School
7:50 Sand Fork Elementary School 3:50 Sand Fork Elementary School
8:05 Gilmer County High School 4:00 Head of Joe’s Run
4:20 Ellis
4:30 Right Fork Ellis
Bus #62 Randy Hitt
7:05 Rocky Fork 3:30 Gilmer County High School
7:34 Indian Fork 3:35 Main Street (High School Only)
7:41 Upper Sand Fork (Bridge) 3:50 Sand Fork Elementary School
7:45 Mouth of Ellis 4:00 Mouth of Ellis
7:55 Sand Fork Elementary School 4:04 Upper Sand Fork (Bridge)
8:05 Main Street (High School Only) 4:11 Indian Fork
8:10 Gilmer County High School 4:35 Rocky Fork
Bus #64 Colin Hartshorn
6:50 Rosedale 3:30 Gilmer County High School
7:10 Head of Tanner (#4) 3:53 Normantown Elementary School
7:33 Aunt Minnie’s Farm 4:03 Route 33/119
7:38 Route 33/119 4:08 Aunt Minnie’s Farm
7:45 Normantown Elementary School 4:41 Mouth of Tanner (#4)
8:15 Gilmer County High School 4:51 Tanner
Bus #56 Dean Baringer
6:50 Lower Level Run (Turnaround) 3:23 Normantown Elementary School
6:55 Cedarville Store 3:38 Mouth of Cedar Creek (Transfer Bus #70)
7:03 Leatherbark 3:50 Head of Spruce Run
7:20 Head of Bull Run (Turnaround) 4:00 Cedar Creek State Park
7:30 Cedar Creek State Park 4:10 Head of Bull Run
7:40 Head of Spruce Run 4:20 Head of Leatherbark
7:46 Mouth of Cedar Creek (Transfer #70) 4:32 Cedarville Store
8:10 Normantown Elementary School 4:38 Lower Level Run
Bus #63 James Hacker
6:50 Mouth of Cub Fork 3:15 Glenville Elementary School
6:53 Perkins Hill Bridge 3:25 Gilmer County High School
7:04 Hunter Run Road & Steer Creek 3:32 Brooklyn
7:07 Turn at Sherwoods 3:40 Camden Flats
7:19 Head of Steer Run (Jim Moss) 3:56 Normantown Elementary School
7:30 Mouth of Steer Run 3:58 Mouth of Steer Run
7:37 Normantown Elementary School 4:15 Turn at Sherwoods
7:53 Camden Flats 4:19 Hunter Run Road/Steer Creek
8:00 Brooklyn 4:25 Perkin’s Hill Bridge
8:05 Gilmer County High School 4:32 Cub Fork
8:10 Glenville Elementary School  
Bus #70 Mike Hill
6:55 Head of Laurel Run 3:27 Gilmer County High School
7:06 Mouth of Flat Run 3:35 Mouth of Cedar Creek (Transfer Bus #56)
7:20 Mouth of Popular Lick 3:45 Grass Run (Transfer Bus #60)
7:35 Normantown Elementary School 3:50 Normantown Elementary School
7:42 Mouth of Grass Run (Transfer Bus #60) 4:10 Mouth of Poplar Lick
7:46 Mouth of Cedar Creek (Transfer Bus #56) 4:25 Laurel Run
8:05 Gilmer County High School 4:30 Flat Run
Bus #60 Virgil Meadows
6:41 Chestnut Lick 3:25 Normantown Elementary School
6:56 Mouth of Chestnut Lick 3:45 Mouth of Grass Run (Bus #70 Transfer)
7:06 Stumptown 4:00 Grass Run
7:16 Mouth of Owens Run 4:10 Normantown Elementary School
7:20 Normantown Elementary School 4:25 Mouth of Owens Run
7:36 Grass Run 4:35 Stumptown
7:42 Mouth of Grass Run (Bus #70 Transfers) 4:45 Mouth of Chestnut Lick
8:06 Normantown Elementary School 4:55 Chestnut Lick
Bus #59 Kelvin Sprouse
6:50 Head of Big Run Road 3:30 Gilmer County High School
7:00 End of Coning’s Straight 3:45 Baldwin Church (Transfer Bus #55)
7:15 Troy Elementary School 4:00 Fink Creek Road
7:25 Head of Hemlock Road 4:08 Hemlock Road
7:35 Linn (Transfer Bus #55) 4:35 End of Coning’s Straight
8:01 Glenville Elementary School
8:07 Gilmer County High School
Bus #61 Sam Perrin
6:55 County Line on Route 9 3:30 Gilmer County High School
6:58 Route 9 3:33 Beverly Drive
7:08 Tanner Creek Road 3:50 Troy Elementary School
7:13 Jesse’s Run 4:10 Newberne
7:25 Newberne 4:20 Jesse’s Run
7:45 Troy Elementary School 4:25 Tanner Creek Road
8:05 Beverly Drive 4:35 Route 9
8:10 Gilmer County High School  
Bus #55 Todd Stewart
6:30 Upper Horn Creek 3:25 Troy Elementary School
6:35 Cox’s Mills 3:45 Baldwin Church (Transfer Bus #59)
6:45 Auburn 3:55 Dowell
6:58 Lower Horn Creek 4:15 Cox’s Mills
7:15 Dowell 4:25 Auburn
7:36 Linn (Transfers with Bus #59) 4:35 Upper Horn Creek
7:45 Troy Elementary School  
Revised 08.07.12 - Joe Frashure

Appalachian Trail Still Evolving after 75 Years; 99% of Path Has Been Moved or Rebuilt

The Gilmer Free Press

Like the people who hike it, the Appalachian Trail is always moving.

Although Tuesday marks the 75th anniversary of its completion, the nearly 2,200-mile path from Georgia to Maine is never really finished.

In the decades since the original path was built, 99% has been relocated or rebuilt, and transferred to public ownership.

That means the trail and some 250,000 contiguous acres are better protected from development.

Mark Wenger is executive director of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in Harpers Ferry.

He says that as desirable land becomes available, it will continue to shift.

Wenger says the relocations and rebuilding have also made the path itself more sustainable.

It was originally routed straight up and down many mountains, which worsened erosion and made hiking much harder.

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Applications for 2012 Limited Permit Areas Having Antlerless Deer Seasons - Deadline is 08.24.12

The Gilmer Free Press

Applications for the 2012 Limited Permit Antlerless Deer Season are now available at all West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) district offices, Elkins Operations Center and South Charleston Headquarters.

These applications may also be downloaded by Clicking H E R E.

Limited permit areas provide antlerless deer hunting opportunities in counties or areas of the state where wildlife biologists have determined that limited numbers of antlerless deer permits are necessary to meet management objectives.

Two wildlife management areas (Elk River and Upper Mud River), one state forest (Calvin Price), national forest land in Tucker County and five counties or portions thereof (Clay, Fayette, Nicholas, Pocahontas and Webster) will have a limited number of Class N licenses for resident and Class NN licenses for non-resident antlerless deer hunting from October 25-27 on private land only and November 19 through December 01, December 13-15 and December 28-31, 2012 on private and public land.

Applications for these limited antlerless deer hunting licenses must be received by the DNR before the close of business on August 24, 2012.

The 2012 limited antlerless deer season will provide an opportunity for 650 residents and non-residents to participate on the two WMAs, one state forest, and national forest land in Tucker County.

An additional 1,500 residents and non-residents will be selected to hunt antlerless deer in the five counties or portions thereof (Clay, Fayette, Nicholas, Pocahontas and Webster) with restricted antlerless deer hunting.

West Virginia Virtual School Program Helping More Students

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State education officials say West Virginia Virtual School is helping more at-risk students complete their educations and earn a diploma.

The program provides high school students the opportunity to recover lost credit through flexible scheduling, online coursework and the virtual school.

The classes were piloted in 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years. During the pilot, student enrollment in the West Virginia Virtual School jumped from 1,980 to 2,083.

State Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple says at-risk students need opportunities and alternatives to stay in school and on a path to high school graduation.

The virtual school is aiding other students with its Spanish courses.

It also is helping bring advanced placement courses and core course offerings to students at schools were curriculum is limited.

Sweep Screening Begins to Begin in Gilmer County Schools

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Gilmer County Schools will begin their required screening to determine speech/language, hearing and vision abilities in the school population.

Screening will begin in September and will continue throughout the year as warranted by policy and code.

The screening methods that will be used are the Fluharty Preschool Screening Test, Speech Language Samples, K-1 Speech Ease Screening Inventory, Impedance and Puretone Audiometry and Timus Vision Screening.

The screening may be conducted by Bev Ferguson: RN Gilmer County Schools, Dr. LuAnn Hendershot: Audiologist RESA 7, Susan Lilly: Speech Language Pathologist or Juliea Morgan: Speech Language Pathologist.

Parents will receive the results of the screenings.

If you have any questions or do not wish for your child to participate, please call the principal at your child’s school.

Benefit Dinner: Frank Rexroad - 08.19.12

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Gilmer County Back to School Bash – Tuesday, 08.21.12

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Clarksburg: Grandparents Rights Peaceful Demonstration! - 08.15.12

A peaceful Demonstration is planned for in front of the Harrison County Courthouse for

Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 from Noon till 1:00 PM.

Please make a sign, wear a red T-shirt and join us.

We would love to see enough Grandparents and supporter to circle the block!

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Fundraiser: TUPPERWARE SALE at GES – 08.18.12

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TUPPERWARE SALE at GES on Saturday August 18, 2012

From 12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM

The proceeds with go to help CJ Cottrill with Medical bills

He was hurt in a bad logging accident

Stumptown: FREE Ice Cream Social and School Supply Give Away - 08.17.12 - This Friday

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FREE Ice Cream Social and School Supply Give Away

Friday, August 17, 2012

Steer Creek Church of Christ, Stumptown (3.5 miles up Rosedale Road)

Begins at 7:00 PM

Door prize drawing and FREE school supplies for students

Community welcome

Come and visit with fellow students, friends and neighbors

Ron Paul: Legalize Competing Currencies


I recently held a hearing in my congressional subcommittee on the subject of competing currencies.  This is an issue of enormous importance, but unfortunately few Americans understand how the Federal Reserve and Treasury Department impose a strict monopoly on money in America.

This monopoly is maintained using federal counterfeiting laws, which is a bit of a stretch.  If any organization is guilty of counterfeiting dollars, it is the Federal Reserve.  But those who dare to challenge federal legal tender laws by circulating competing currencies—at least physical currencies—risk going to prison.

Like all government created monopolies, the federal monopoly on money results in substandard product in the form of our ever-depreciating dollars.

Yet governments have always sought to monopolize the issuance of money, either directly or through the creation of central banks. The expanding role of the Federal Reserve in the 20th century enabled our federal government to grow wildly larger than would have been possible otherwise.  Our Fed, like all central banks, encourages deficits by effectively monetizing Treasury debt.  But the price we pay is the terrible and ongoing debasement of our money.  Allowing individuals and business to use alternate currencies, especially currencies backed by gold and silver, would expose the whole rotten system because the marketplace would prefer such alternate currencies unless and until the Fed suddenly imposed radical discipline on its dollar inflation.

Sadly, Americans are far less free than many others around the world when it comes to protecting themselves against the rapidly depreciating US dollar.  Mexican workers can set up accounts denominated in ounces of silver and take tax-free delivery of that silver whenever they want.  In Singapore and other Asian countries, individuals can set up bank accounts denominated in gold and silver.  Debit cards can be linked to gold and silver accounts so that customers can use gold and silver to make point of sale transactions, a service which is only available to non-Americans.

The obvious solution is to legalize monetary freedom and allow the circulation of parallel and competing currencies.  There is no reason why Americans should not be able to transact, save, and invest using the currency of their choosing.  They should be free to use gold, silver, or other currencies with no legal restrictions or punitive taxation standing in the way.  Restoring the monetary system envisioned by the Constitution is the only way to ensure the economic security of the American people. 

After all, if our monetary system is fundamentally sound—and the Federal Reserve indeed stabilizes the dollar as its apologists claim—then why fear competition?  Why do we accept that centralized, monopoly control over our money is compatible with a supposedly free-market economy?  In a free market, the government’s fiat dollar should compete with alternate currencies for the benefit of American consumers, savers, and investors.

As Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises explained, sound money is an instrument that protects our civil liberties against despotic government. Our current monetary system is indeed despotic, and the surest way to correct things simply is to legalize competing currencies.

G-Comm™: Into the Storm

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Bobby Kennedy loved to quote Aeschylus, or some such, to the effect that “ships are safe in harbor, but that is not why men build ships.“  Both Bobby and Aeschylus should have known this: ships are not always safe in harbor.  When the storm rises, ships are in danger of being battered in harbor.  They must head out into the storm.  My French friend recently sent me a wonderful video of a navy frigate heading into the waves.  It’s an artistic rendering of what sailors must do in perilous seas.

Mitt Romney has just done this in his selection of Paul Ryan as a running mate.  Romney clearly understood that his own attacks on the abysmal record of President Obama were not gaining traction.  He also understood that whether or not he embraced the Paul Ryan budget, the liberals would try to tie it to him like a tin can on a dog’s tail.

He might have tried to find a safe harbor.  But he didn’t.  He brought the fighting Wisconsin congressman onto the platform with him.  And let Paul Ryan come out swinging.  The only safe course is to head straight into the storm.

Now, we can see for the first time in this campaign a path to victory.  Romney can return to the stately and dignified role he fills well, and Ryan can go after Obama’s disastrous record as the helmsman who has nearly wrecked the ship.  If we are not yet on the rocks, we’re headed straight for them.  And all the mindless Obama team can say is forward.

Forward toward what?  Mr. Obama is now saying he wants to do for all American industry what he did for GM and Chrysler.  More bailouts?  More government control?

This is not really crony capitalism.  It is directed socialism.  And it’s a disaster.  It will give us structural unemployment rates like those of Europe.  It invites more corruption and failure like Solyndra.  It will blight the prospects of generations to come.

Perhaps the most interesting comment came from Jon Ward on the liberal Huffington Post.

And as Ryan got going into his remarks and warmed up, he gathered momentum. It was clearly evident that Ryan is going to supply Romney with intangibles that favorability polls suggest the candidate has sorely lacked: energy, vigor, emotion, feeling.

“America is an idea. It’s the only country founded on an idea,“ Ryan said emphatically. When he mentioned that rights come from God and not from man—a bedrock belief of conservative governance—the crowd broke into lusty chants of, “USA, USA, USA!“

Surely, the belief that our rights come from God and not from man is “a bedrock belief” of conservatives.  But only of conservatives?  Since when?

John F. Kennedy memorably said: “The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.“  That was in his inaugural address in 1961.

Thomas Jefferson wrote: “... [all men] are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights[.]“  That was in his Declaration of Independence in 1776.

Can we really have fallen so far away from our entire history that a belief in natural, God-given rights is now a bedrock belief only of conservatives?  It used to be the belief that united all of us.  That’s why the crowd that cheered Paul Ryan chanted “USA! USA!“ and not “GOP! GOP!“

If now only conservatives steer by that polar star, then Barack Obama has already achieved his stated goal of fundamentally transforming this country.  How does he want to transform us?  We don’t need to know what grades he got in college, but it would be most instructive for him to share with the nation which courses he took at Columbia.  From Stanley Kurtz’s research, we know he attended Socialist Scholars Conferences while he was a student in New York City in 1983.  And we know that the formative influence on his worldview as a teenager was Frank Marshall Davis, a life member of the Communist Party.  Grove City College professor Paul Kengor has shown the powerful influence of this radical mentor on the future president.  

The coming election offers us a rare opportunity for a course correction.  When the ship of state seemed in danger of foundering in 2009, Barack Obama steered hard left and took on more water.  Now, everyone who loves this country has only one duty.  Avoid those rocks and man the pumps.

~~  Robert Morrison ~~

Bon Appétit: Candied Bacon

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  1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  2 tablespoons maple syrup
  ground black pepper to taste
  1 pound thick-cut bacon


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Mix brown sugar, rice vinegar, maple syrup, and black pepper in a small bowl.

Place bacon slices on cooling rack set over a baking sheet.

Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, turn slices, and bake another 5 minutes.

Remove bacon and brush both sides with brown sugar mixture.

Return bacon to the oven and bake another 5 minutes.

Repeat basting every 5 minutes until bacon is browned and crisp, about 35 minutes.

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Stargazing - 08.14.12


The planet Mercury is quite low in the east about 30 or 40 minutes before sunrise for the next few days.

It looks like a fairly bright star, but you need a clear horizon to see it.

Tomorrow it will be close to the lower left of the Moon.

Moon and Mercury

If you like sunrises and sunsets, the planet Mercury would be an interesting world to visit. The planet has no atmosphere, so there’s none of the vivid color that comes with sunrise and sunset here on Earth. But Mercury has something that Earth doesn’t. It can have two sunrises and sunsets, or two sunsets and sunrises, all within a few hours of each other — and all at the same point along the horizon.

Mercury is visible for a few days through the glow of our own sunrise. It’s quite low in the east about 30 or 40 minutes before sunrise. It looks like a fairly bright star, but you need a clear horizon to see it. It’s easier to find tomorrow morning, because it’s close to the lower left of the Moon.

The odd mixture of sunrises and sunsets is a result of Mercury’s long day and its orbit around the Sun. Mercury spins slowly, so on average, it’s about six Earth months between one sunrise and the next. But Mercury’s orbit is stretched out, so its orbital speed varies.

As a result, the Sun moves across the sky at an uneven pace. It can stop and even reverse direction — creating the odd sequences of sunrises and sunsets.

Although there’s no air to create twilight, the sky would brighten a bit before the Sun climbed into view — the result of the Sun’s hot outer atmosphere, called the corona. The silvery corona would form a hazy dome of light above the horizon — one more reason to enjoy a sunrise on the little planet Mercury.

G-MM™: Meditation Moment - 08.14.12


He called a little child to him.

Jesus tells his disciples not to worry about who is the greatest in heaven.

His response is to ignore the question initially but to let them know that, unless they change, they won’t ever enter his kingdom.

They need to come as a little child to qualify as ‘the greatest’.

Then he says that to welcome one child is to welcome him.

We need to embrace their simplicity and trust.

A further message is never to despise any of these little ones.

Finally, the message of the lost sheep.

The sheep that strays, is lost and then returns gives much more joy than the ninety-nine who never strayed.

God the Father does not want any of us to be lost.

Lord, we pray for the grace to heed each of these messages.

Ezekiel 2:8–3:4. How sweet to my taste is your promise—Ps 118(119):14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131. Matthew 18:1–5, 10, 12–14.

Joseph Arthur Patrick

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Joseph Arthur Patrick

Age 50, of Sutton, WV died July 21, 2012.

He was born April 07, 1961 in Norristown, PA a son of the late Arthur and Rose Marie Pasquale Patrick.

He was a Master Electrician; a Christian by faith and loved to hunt and fish.

He is survived by wife, Lucinda Matthews Patrick; daughters, Rachel Morrison (Juston) of Sutton and Sarah Mowery (David) of Gassaway; brothers, Frank Patrick of York, PA and George Patrick of Frametown; sister, Gladys Hoard of Gassaway; granddaughter, Lucinda Morrison.

Service was held 11:00 AM Thursday, July 26 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Rick Canfield officiating.

Burial was in the Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway.

Friends called one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Geneva E. Poole

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Geneva E. Poole

Age 94, of Parkersburg, WV passed away on August 12, 2012, at her residence.

She was born July 17, 1918 in Gilmer County, WV, the daughter of the late Shelton and Eva Riddle Bartlett.

Geneva was a homemaker and she will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by her son, Charles E. Poole II; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Charles Everett Poole in 2000; and a brother, Hosea G. Bartlett in 1953.

At her request, there will be no visitation or services.

Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg is assisting the family with private cremation services.

William Dale Wallbrown

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William Dale Wallbrown

Age 90, of Arnoldsburg, WV, passed away on August 13, 2012, at Parkersburg Care & Rehabilitation Center.

He was born February 12, 1922 at Beech, WV, a son of the late Will and Grace (Price) Wallbrown.

He retired from WVDOH and formerly worked at Roane Roofing, Mon Power and Jones Oil & Gas.

He attended the Leatherbark Community Church.

He enjoyed gardening, hunting and flowers in his yard. He was a WWII veteran.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Randy Jarvis of Parkersburg; one grandson and his wife, Jayson and Cheryl Jarvis of Hickory, NC; two great-grandchildren, Anderson and Amelia Jarvis of Hickory; and three sisters, Hazel Brannon of Arnoldsburg, Eula Hall of Spencer and Pearl King of Ripley.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie of 66 years on February 21, 2012; brothers, Harley, Carl and Bernard; and a sister, Irene.

Services will be 11:00 AM Thursday at the Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Rick Matheny officiating.

Burial will be in the Liberty Hill, Cemetery, Arnoldsburg.

Visiting hours will be from 4:00 to 8:00 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.

The Wallbrown family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at Parkersburg Care & Rehab.


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History on August 14, yyyy

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 14, the 227th day of 2012. There are 139 days left in the year.

Thought for Today:

“The aims of life are the best defense against death.” — Primo Levi, Italian chemist and writer (1919-1987).

Today’s Highlight in History:

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On Aug. 14, 1962, robbers held up a U.S. mail truck in Plymouth, Mass., making off with more than $1.5 million; the loot has never been recovered.

On this date:

In 1848, the Oregon Territory was created.

In 1908, a race riot erupted in Springfield, Ill., as a white mob began setting black-owned homes and businesses on fire; at least two blacks and five whites were killed in the violence.

In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law.

In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill issued the Atlantic Charter, a statement of principles that renounced aggression.

In 1945, President Harry S. Truman announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally, ending World War II.

In 1947, Pakistan became independent of British rule.

In 1948, the Summer Olympics in London ended; they were the first Olympic games held since 1936.

In 1951, newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst, 88, died in Beverly Hills, Calif.

In 1969, British troops went to Northern Ireland to intervene in sectarian violence between Protestants and Roman Catholics.

In 1973, U.S. bombing of Cambodia came to a halt.

In 1992, the White House announced that the Pentagon would begin emergency airlifts of food to Somalia to alleviate mass deaths by starvation. Federal judge John J. Sirica, who had presided over the Watergate trials, died in Washington at age 88.

In 1997, an unrepentant Timothy McVeigh was formally sentenced to death for the Oklahoma City bombing.

Ten years ago:

Mexican President Vicente (vih-SEN’-tay) Fox angrily canceled a scheduled meeting with President George W. Bush hours after Texas executed Javier Suarez Medina, a Mexican national, for killing Dallas police officer Lawrence Cadena.

Pop artist pioneer Larry Rivers died in Southampton, NY, at age 78.

Five years ago:

Teacher-astronaut Barbara Morgan transformed the space shuttle Endeavour and space station into a classroom for her first educational session from orbit, fulfilling the legacy of Christa McAuliffe, who died in the Challenger disaster.

Toy company Mattel recalled 18.6 million lead-tainted, Chinese-made toys worldwide, its second such recall in as many weeks.

One year ago:

Syria used gunboats for the first time to crush the uprising against Bashar Assad’s regime, hammering parts of the Mediterranean coastal city of Latakia after thousands marched there to demand the president’s ouster.

Keegan Bradley won the PGA Championship after staging an amazing comeback to force a three-hole playoff and beat Jason Dufner at Atlanta Athletic Club.

Today’s Birthdays:

Broadway lyricist Lee Adams (”Bye Bye Birdie”) is 88

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Russell Baker is 87

Singer Buddy Greco is 86

Baseball Hall of Fame coach Earl Weaver is 82

College Football Hall of Famer John Brodie is 77

Singer Dash Crofts is 74

Rock singer David Crosby is 71

Country singer Connie Smith is 71

Comedian-actor Steve Martin is 67

Actor Antonio Fargas is 66

Singer-musician Larry Graham is 66

Actress Susan Saint James is 66

Actor David Schramm is 66

Author Danielle Steel is 65

Rock singer-musician Terry Adams (NRBQ) is 62

“Far Side” cartoonist Gary Larson is 62

Actor Carl Lumbly is 61

Olympic gold medal swimmer Debbie Meyer is 60

Film composer James Horner is 59

Actress Jackee Harry is 56

Actress Marcia Gay Harden is 53

Basketball Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson is 53

Singer Sarah Brightman is 52

Actress Susan Olsen is 51

Actress-turned-fashion/interior designer Cristi Conaway is 48

Rock musician Keith Howland (Chicago) is 48

Actress Halle Berry is 46

Actress Catherine Bell is 44

Country musician Cody McCarver (Confederate Railroad) is 44

Rock musician Kevin Cadogan is 42

Actor Scott Michael Campbell is 41

Actress Lalanya Masters is 40

Actor Christopher Gorham is 38

Actress Mila Kunis is 29

TV personality Spencer Pratt is 29

NFL quarterback Tim Tebow is 25

WV Lottery - 08.13.12








G-LtE™: New Schools

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I am just curious and was wondering if ANYONE can give a reasonable explanation as to why the high school cannot be converted to a grade school and middle school and then only build a new high school?

The high school uses all the Morris’ sports facilities so a gym would be the only extracurricular facility needed.

It seems to me there is so much wasted money being spent that we DO NOT have.

I know there is talk of SBA money but essentially, that money comes from our tax dollars and is not manna from Heaven.

I am really disgusted with every time you turn around, a NEW plan has been formed and everyone asks themselves “Where did this one come from?“

I am tired of always being told of what will be instead of having a say in anything (is that a totalitarian government?) “They” want to build all these new schools and with the mess this county is in, who would want to move here with their children and expose them to this?

Greed seems to be word of the day for some and the children in the schools will be the ones suffering.

Many parents are speaking of taking their children out of the county and there goes more of a population decline.

The ones who have worked hard all their lives just want to enjoy life without all the drama this generates!

Our children need to feel they have a secure future instead of uncertainty.

I strongly believe if they would ask for spiritual guidance to make decisions, all this conflict would disappear. Think about!!

~~  Ms. Sadie ~~

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report – 08.09.12

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At 9:00 AM on Tuesday, August 07, 2012 Judge Facemire heard a fugitive from justice hearing.

Jabbar Womble was wanted in Pennsylvania and waived extradition back to PA.

Authorities there have until 4:00 PM Thursday, August 16, 2012 to pick him up or Central Regional Jail will release him.

He was represented by Steve Nanners from Buckhannon.

Nanners also represented Jimmie Stewart who appeared before the Court for pretrial motions.

Further motions in his case will be heard on Monday, August 20, 2012 at 1:30 PM in Braxton County.

His trial is still set for Tuesday, August 28, 2012 and Judge Facemire took the motion to continue under advisement.

Also on Tuesday, August 07, 2012 Chief Judge Jack Alsop appeared at 11:00 AM for a civil pretrial in the case of Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital vs. Crystal Marks Miller.

After hearing arguments from plaintiff and defendant, Judge Alsop entered judgment in the case and cancelled the bench trial set for Tuesday, August 14, 2012.

Crystal represented herself pro se and Christopher McCarthy represented Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital.

JudgeAlsop returned to Gilmer County at 9:00 AM Thursday, August 09, 2012 for a juvenile hearing, 10:15 AM for a probation revocation hearing in State of West Virginia vs. Jerry Blackwell.

Blackwell was represented by David Karickhoff of Sutton.

Another juvenile matter was set for 11:00 AM.

On Monday, August 13, 2012 will be Judge Alsop’s regular monthly motion day and he has a full half day of hearings scheduled.

G-FYI™: Gilmer County Intra-County Student Transfer,  Policy – 5118

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The following Gilmer County Schools policy is up for public comment until Thursday, August 23, 2012.





The Superintendent shall cause to be published both a text description and a map of the attendance area for each school. Proposed modifications of attendance areas shall be placed on first reading at a regularly scheduled meeting. The Board shall not take action upon such proposed modification until the next ensuing regularly scheduled meeting.

Exceptional Students.

The “home school” for exceptional students shall be within the attendance area of residence unless a student’s IEP designates a school outside the area of residence based upon educational/related services programming needs.

Attendance Requirements.

Except as hereinafter provided, students shall be required to attend the appropriate school within the attendance area where they reside. Residence shall be determined by the residence of the custodial parent[s], guardian or legally responsible adult or institution.

School Registration.

Applications for admission to the public schools shall be made at the appropriate school located within the attendance area of student residence. The principal or other person responsible for admission and registration procedures may require the submission of information to verify residence. If admission is sought at a school outside the attendance area of the student resident, application shall be made to the Superintendent’s designee.

Transfer Criteria.

The following criteria shall be considered with respect to applications to attend schools outside the attendance area of student residence:

1. Student-teacher ratio limitations,

2. Any factors relevant to the best interest of either the student or the school district.

3. With respect to exceptional students, receipt of written acknowledgment that the basis for the application is non-programmatic.

Out of Area Enrollments/Continuing Status.

Upon the approval of an application of a student to attend a school outside the area of residence, such student shall be deemed to be a resident of the receiving school’s attendance area for purposes of this policy. Furthermore, any student who has been approved to attend school outside the area of residence may elect to be considered a resident of the attendance area of school or schools fed by the school to which the student has transferred. Provided, however, in the event any applicable pupil-teacher ratio is exceeded by virtue of out-of-area transfer students, such transfer students shall be subject to return to the school in the area of residence. For all approved student transfers as of the effective date of this policy, students subject to return shall be returned on a last in / first-out basis. For student transfers approved after the effective date of the policy, students shall be returned on a random selection basis determined by the Superintendent.

Superintendent-Initiated Transfers.

The Superintendent may transfer any student from one school to another for reasons determined to be in the best interest of the school district.


Any decision by the Superintendent or his or her designee to either disapprove a request to enroll a student in a school outside the attendance area of a student’s residence or to transfer a student from one school to another may be appealed to the Board. The Board’s decision on any such appeal shall be final.


Students who are admitted to schools outside the attendance area of residence shall not be entitled to transportation. However, such students may ride on existing school bus routes on a space-available basis.
Review Schedule.

This policy shall be reviewed in accordance with the Policy Review Schedule published by the Superintendent.

Legal References
West Virginia Code § 18-5-16

Approved: _______________________

Effective Date: _______________________

A Deadly Saturday in West Virginia

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Past Saturday was a particularly deadly one on West Virginia highways as five people were killed in separate accidents.

Police in McDowell County say a head-on collision Saturday morning near Panther claimed the life of one of the drivers. The victim was 23.

An investigation continues in Beckley where a bicyclist was hit by a car at around Noon on Saturday near the intersection of Third Ave. and First Street. The bicyclist died at Raleigh General Hospital.

A crash on Interstate 81 in Berkeley County claimed a man’s life Saturday afternoon. The 62-year-old victim died after he lost control of his car and it flipped over.

A motorcycle wreck in Monroe County at around 2:30 PM Saturday afternoon claimed the life a 63-year-old man. The victim, William Norman Jones of Grandview was involved in the wreck on Route 3 near Sweet Springs.

Sheriff’s deputies in Nicholas County say a man was killed Saturday night after losing control of his vehicle on U.S. Highway 19 near Birch River. James Edward Lawson, age 32, Birch River died at Summersville Regional Medical Center.

There was also a deadly accident Friday night in Hampshire County on Ford Hill Road near Rio. Police say Shawn Bowman, age 42, of Cumberland, Maryland died after losing control of his car.

Gilmer County Commission Meeting - 08.14.12


Agenda for Regular Meeting (Amended)
August 14, 2012 @ 9:00 AM
Location:  Gilmer County Commission Room, 10 Howard Street, Glenville, WV

Call meeting to order

Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. Flag

Public Comments


        Discussion and/or action on:

                  •  09:15 AM   Lisa Smarr – Recreation Center

                  •  09:45 AM   Emily Arnold and Leon Ramsey - Ramsey Associated

                  •  10:00 AM Dave Matthews – Road Name Change

Routine Business

        Discussion and/or action on:

                  •  Exonerations and/or Consolidations

                  •  Approve estate qualifications and estate settlements

                  •  Budget Revisions

                  •  Control Report

                  •  Board Appointments and/or Resignations

                  •  Approve invoices for payment

                  •  Approval of the minutes of the County Commission

New Business

        Discussion and/or action on:

                  •  Building Commission Appointment – Lance Woodford (R)

                  •  Building Commission Oath

                  •  Radio Tower Cable and Antenna - Police Department and EMS – E.P.G. Grant

                  •  Lignetics

                  •  Mountaineer Food Bank Donation

                  •  Gilmer County Back to School Bash Donation

                  •  Health Center Board of Trustees By-Laws

                  •  Courthouse ATM Installed

                  •  Flood Plain Settlement

                  •  Tree and Stump Removal

                  •  Dawson Farm Animal Reimbursement

                  •  Results of 911 Poll

                  •  911 – Finance or Levy

                  •  Generator Program

                  •  Letter from the Governor

Final London 2012 Olympics Medal Count

Final London 2012 Olympics Medal Count

Olympic Medal Tracker Gold Silver Bronze
United States Total: 104 46 29 29
China Total: 87 38 27 22
Russia Total: 82 24 25 33
Great Britain Total: 65 29 17 19
Germany Total: 44 11 19 14
Japan Total: 38 7 14 17
Australia Total: 35 7 16 12
France Total: 34 11 11 12
South Korea Total: 28 13 8 7
Italy Total: 28 8 9 11
Netherlands Total: 20 6 8 8
Ukraine Total: 20 6 5 9
Canada Total: 18 1 5 12
Hungary Total: 17 8 4 5
Spain Total: 17 3 10 4
Brazil Total: 17 3 5 9
Cuba Total: 14 5 3 6
Kazakhstan Total: 13 7 1 5
New Zealand Total: 13 5 3 5
Belarus Total: 13 3 5 5
Iran Total: 12 4 5 3
Jamaica Total: 12 4 4 4
Kenya Total: 11 2 4 5
Czech Republic Total: 10 4 3 3
Poland Total: 10 2 2 6
Azerbaijan Total: 10 2 2 6
Romania Total: 9 2 5 2
Denmark Total: 9 2 4 3
Sweden Total: 8 1 4 3
Colombia Total: 8 1 3 4
Ethiopia Total: 7 3 1 3
Georgia Total: 7 1 3 3
Mexico Total: 7 1 3 3
North Korea Total: 6 4 0 2
South Africa Total: 6 3 2 1
Croatia Total: 6 3 1 2
India Total: 6 0 2 4
Turkey Total: 5 2 2 1
Lithuania Total: 5 2 1 2
Ireland Total: 5 1 1 3
Mongolia Total: 5 0 2 3
Switzerland Total: 4 2 2 0
Norway Total: 4 2 1 1
Slovenia Total: 4 1 1 2
Serbia Total: 4 1 1 2
Argentina Total: 4 1 1 2
Trinidad and Tobago Total: 4 1 0 3
Uzbekistan Total: 4 1 0 3
Slovakia Total: 4 0 1 3
Tunisia Total: 3 1 1 1
Thailand Total: 3 0 2 1
Armenia Total: 3 0 1 2
Belgium Total: 3 0 1 2
Finland Total: 3 0 1 2
Dominican Republic Total: 2 1 1 0
Latvia Total: 2 1 0 1
Egypt Total: 2 0 2 0
Chinese Taipei Total: 2 0 1 1
Estonia Total: 2 0 1 1
Malaysia Total: 2 0 1 1
Bulgaria Total: 2 0 1 1
Puerto Rico Total: 2 0 0 1
Indonesia Total: 2 0 1 1
Moldova Total: 2 0 0 2
Qatar Total: 2 0 0 2
Singapore Total: 2 0 0 2
Greece Total: 2 0 0 2
Algeria Total: 1 1 0 0
Bahamas Total: 1 1 0 0
Uganda Total: 1 1 0 0
Venezuela Total: 1 1 0 0
Grenada Total: 1 1 0 0
Portugal Total: 1 0 1 0
Montenegro Total: 1 0 1 0
Botswana Total: 1 0 1 0
Cyprus Total: 1 0 1 0
Guatemala Total: 1 0 1 0
Gabon Total: 1 0 1 0
Morocco Total: 1 0 0 1
Saudi Arabia Total: 1 0 0 1
Kuwait Total: 1 0 0 1
Bahrain Total: 1 0 0 1
Afghanistan Total: 1 0 0 1
Tajikistan Total: 1 0 0 1
Hong Kong Total: 1 0 0 1

$9 Million in Budget Cuts for West Virginia Department of Education

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With budget cuts of 7.5% looming over the state for next year, state agencies are beginning to search for areas where cutbacks can be made. With these cutbacks, comes the concern that a lot of areas will be impacted, including public education.

WV State School Superintendent Dr. Jorea Marple says although the funding formula for county school systems won’t be touched by the cuts, but other education programs will not be spared.

“What that means is that there will be budget cuts that impact programs and services, really to students, to schools, and to staff,“ Marple told MetroNews.

The directive from Governor Earl Ray Tomblin that state agencies trim their 2013-14 budget requests by 7.5% will mean $9 million in cuts for public education.

Superintendent Marple says everything is on the table for review. She already knows the budget for the Schools for Deaf and Blind will be cut by $1 million.

“It could mean for some programs a dramatic reduction in services and perhaps in some instances they would not exist,“ Marple said.

At this time, the Department of Education has not made any decisions on where cuts will be made.

“It’s going to be a variety of strategies,“ says Marple. “We are just beginning the process of looking at how we could most effectively make cuts.“

Marple says the department is looking really hard at each and every program so they can make as reasonable cuts as they can.

The cuts will funnel down to county school systems which rely on state funding for many programs.

The state Department of Education receives the largest allocation of any state agency funded by the state budget, more than half of state budget funds go toward education.

There is ongoing discussion concerning an education audit completed late last year that made several recommendations on how the department could run more efficiently.

G-Fin™: U.S.A.: Economic Brief – 08.10.12

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U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes

U.S. import prices declined 0.6% in July after decreasing 2.4% in June and 1.5% in May.

Falling prices for both fuel and nonfuel imports contributed to the overall drop.

U.S. export prices rose 0.5% in July following a 1.7% decline the previous month.

Extended Mass Layoffs (Quarterly)

In the second quarter of 2012, 1,476 extended mass layoff events involved 262,848 worker separations; both measures were down from the second quarter of 2011.

Productivity and Costs

Productivity increased 1.6% in the nonfarm business sector in the second quarter 2012; unit labor costs rose 1.7% (seasonally adjusted annual rates).

In manufacturing, productivity increased 0.2% and unit labor costs increased 0.3%.

Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey

There were 3.8 million job openings on the last business day of June, little changed from 3.7 million in May, but up from June 2011.

The hires rate (3.3%) and the separations rate (3.2%) were essentially unchanged over the month.

U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services, June 2012

Total June exports of $185.0 billion and imports of $227.9 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $42.9 billion, down from $48.0 billion in May, revised.

June exports were $1.7 billion more than May exports of $183.3 billion.

June imports were $3.5 billion less than May imports of $231.4 billion.

West Virginia Gets Funding for Criminal Justice Efforts

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West Virginia will receive more than $947,000 in federal funding for criminal justice efforts.

U.S. Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin and Congressman Nick Rahall announced the funding.

The funding from the U.S. Department of Justice will enhance work in forensic science and criminal evidence processing.

It also will support improvements in the juvenile justice system, along with state and local delinquency prevention and intervention efforts.

West Virginia State Police will receive about $364,000 to help reduce a backlog in DNA forensic cases.

WV State Police also will use a $200,000 grant earmarked for the Division of Justice and Community Services to implement a new system for improving criminal background checks.

An additional $384,000 will help the Division of Justice and Community Services with program support and improvement.

Glenville State Head Coach David Hutchison at the 2012 WVIAC Media Day











WV State Agencies Weigh Options Ahead of ‘14 Cuts; Must Propose Ways to Trim Spending by 09.01.12

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West Virginia state agencies are reviewing their options for complying with a 7.5% spending cut sought by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin for the upcoming budget year.

Less painful choices include a halt to hiring, eliminating unfilled job slots and not replacing employees who leave or retire.

Administration officials say they’ve heard no talk yet of layoffs. But they are also not ruling them out.

State law requires agencies to submit their proposals for the next budget by September 01, 2012. But they have been bracing for possible cuts.

State budget forecasts since 2010 have warned of a potential deficit threat during the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

The call for belt tightening follows several years of gradual cuts both to business and consumer taxes.

Administration officials downplay their role in the projected budget gap.

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