U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT RANKS GSC ONE OF BEST COLLEGES FOR VETERANS
Glenville State College is ranked in the top 20 of the best colleges for veterans within the south regional colleges division by
U.S. News & World Report.
GSC received the number 17 score in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges because of graduation rates, faculty resources, reputation, and other markers of academic quality. In total, there were only 234 ranked schools across ten placing categories. The new rankings provide national data on schools that offer federal benefits including tuition and housing assistance to veterans and active service members. To qualify, colleges had to be certified for the GI Bill and participate in the United States Department of Veterans Affairs’ Yellow Ribbon Program and Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium.
GSC student veterans Hunter Sprouse,
GSC Student Veterans Association President Marc Jones, Erica Graham, and Cheyenna Kandal
“We have a large pool of faculty and staff that know what veterans need and the language that they speak. We are an affordable small school, and most of our departments have veterans in them and are therefore veteran friendly,” said twenty-one-year Air Force Technical Sergeant Veteran Jennifer Wenner, who is the former GSC Veterans Affairs Coordinator. Wenner previously attended and graduated from GSC utilizing her veteran’s benefits.
Sixty-six year old Paul Roach from Birch River in Nicholas County, West Virginia graduated in December 2013 with a Board of Regents Degree thanks to his veteran’s benefits. “I spent 23 years, 4 months, 2 days, 12 hours, and 16 minutes in the U.S. Army. I’ve been shot at, almost blown up by a bomb, and crashed in a C-5A Galaxy aircraft, but that was fun compared to what I had to do and write while attending Glenville State. But seriously, my time here has been fantastic. At the GSC Veterans Center, I had people I could really communicate with. They told me about the new ways, and I told them about the old,” said Roach, who plans to be a substitute teacher in Webster County.
GSC student veteran Paul Roach
GSC Registrar and Veteran’s Certifying Official Ann Reed stated, “I am currently developing fact sheets to aid veterans in attaining educational benefits. It’s always a pleasure to provide critically needed information to help veterans attend Glenville State College, and I feel especially good when they thank me for all of my assistance.”
Along with the Yellow Ribbon program, GSC participates in the GoArmy Educational Tuition Association for active duty, reservists, and National Guard soldiers. There is also a designated space on campus for veterans to talk, support each other, gather, and exchange information.
Former Marine Jonathan Clark originally from Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania stated, “Yellow Ribbon is why I came here. If you’re an out-of-state student, the program makes up the difference in tuition. That’s invaluable! Also, the GSC Veteran’s Club has given me a network of friends and peers. We sponsor an annual Veteran’s Military Ball, prepare packages for deployed vets, assist community veterans in attaining benefits and exploring educational opportunities and engage in a number of other campus-based and community veteran activities.”
For more information about using veteran’s benefits at GSC, contact Reed at
Gilmer County Circuit Court Report – 03.06.14
Chief Judge Jack Alsop presided over Circuit Court in Gilmer County on Thursday, March 06, 2014.
• One fugitive from justice waived extradition back to the state of Louisiana and authorities there have until 4:00 PM Monday, March 17, 2014 to pick William R. Mitchell up at the Central Regional Jail or he will be released.
Mitchell was represented by local attorney Shelly DeMarino.
After Sheriff Larry Gerwig called a list of defendants names 3 times in open court and they failed to appear, Judge Alsop directed that the capias’ previously issued remain in full force and effect against the following individuals:
• Brandon M. Leady
• William Davis McHenry
• Erin Jason DeWall
• Matthew Snyder
• Jaimey Gaines
• Jack E. Crawford
• Thomas Rusley
• Bernard Johnson
• Robert Baskin
• Christina Gayle Coombs
• Sandra Frick
• Edward C. Thompson Jr.
• Darrell J. Ford
• Travis M. Buford
• Justice Graham
• Kevin Neil Garrett
• Justin Derek Antoine
• Justin Miller
• Gary Terreal Shivers
• Joseph M. Stankiewitch
• Joshua C. Whitely
• Jarod C. Scott
Any law enforcement agency is directed to detain said individuals and hold them for further proceedings if they are found.
• State of West Virginia vs. Robert Lee Hacker
He was before the Court for further pretrial motions.
Hacker is represented by Steve Nanners and Bryan Hinkle, co-counsel both from Buckhannon.
His trial is set for Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 9:00 AM.
• State of West Virginia vs. Rodney G. Singleton
He was also before the Court with his attorney, Jerome Novobilski from Clay County.
His trial is also set for Wednesday, March 12, 2014.
• State of West Virginia vs. Ricky L. Townsend
He was before the Court represented by Bryan Hinkle.
After testimony was taken in his case Judge Alsop revoked his bond and his case is set for plea on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 10:30 AM.
• State of West Virginia vs. James Lee Ash
He was before the Court, without his attorney, Clinton Bischoff, whom the Clerk unsuccessfully attempted to contact.
Ash will enter a plea on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 1:30 PM.
• An old fugitive from justice case was before the Court involving Kenneth R. Fraker, who was wanted in the state of Ohio and Ritchie County, WV also has charges against him.
Judge Alsop will dismiss our case by order.
Fraker was represented by David Karickhoff of Sutton, WV.
• Attorney Karickhoff also had the case of State of West Virginia vs. William Clavel Smith called for arraignment on this date.
Arraignments are currently scheduled for 9:00 AM Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
However, Smith was arraigned on this date and entered a plea of not guilty to the charge against him.
His case was then continued to the July 2014 term of Circuit Court upon motion of the defendant.
• A juvenile matter was also heard and set for further hearing on Wednesday, April 09, 2014 at 1:00 PM.
Judge Alsop scheduled to return to Gilmer County on Monday, March 10, 2014 for his motion day, arraignments and other matter on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 and petit jury will commence on Wednesday, March 12, 2014.
Avoid Tree/Power Line Conflicts - Plant low-growing species from WV State Tree Nursery
Trees and power lines don’t mix. Avoid conflicts by planting the right tree in the right place. Low-growing species like silky dogwood, Eastern redbud and Allegheny chinkapin are excellent choices for planting under or near overhead power lines. All three species currently are available from Clements State Tree Nursery.
Silky dogwood is a large shrub, typically growing only up to 10 feet tall. It can easily grow into thickets because, where stems come in contact with the ground, roots are formed. Silky dogwood helps stabilize slopes, riverbanks and creek sides making it an excellent choice to plant for erosion control. It is also a favorite of wildlife, and can be planted in landscapes as an ornamental tree.
The Eastern redbud is small in height, usually reaching about 40 feet. Its small size makes it perfect for ornamental plantings in yards or landscapes where overhead power lines are common. Clusters of pink, purple or white flowers bloom in early spring, bringing much-needed color to the not-yet-green landscape. In autumn, the tree’s heart-shaped leaves turn yellow, making redbud a fall favorite among leaf peepers.
The Allegheny chinkapin is a shrub-like tree that reaches a height of only 15 to 20 feet. It is a species of chestnut and produces a small nut that is excellent for feeding wildlife, including squirrels, chipmunks, deer, woodpeckers and other birds. When several seedlings are planted in proximity, they can form a dense thicket that provides great cover for wildlife.
Order online at www.wvcommerce.org/ClementsNursery or call 304.675.1820. Order forms can be printed from the website and mailed to Clements State Tree Nursery, 624 Forestry Drive, West Columbia, WV 25287.
Gilmer County Commission Regular Meeting Report – 03.07.14
GILMER COUNTY COMMISSION
REPORT for REGULAR MEETING
Tuesday, March 07, 2014 @ 9:00 AM
Gilmer County Commission Room, 10 Howard Street, Glenville, WV
[video xx] = Order of line items on video
[video 01] I. CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order by Commission President Brian Kennedy. Commissioners Darrell Ramsey, Larry Chapman as well as the County Administrator Cindy Wilson, and Deputy Clerk XXXX for County Clerk Jean Butcher were present.
[video 02] II. PLEDGE of ALLEGIANCE TO THE U.S. FLAG
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by The President Kennedy.
[video 03] III. PUBLIC COMMENTS
There were not any public comments.
[video 14] 09:15 BEVERLY STUMP with Legal Shield – RE: Legal Shield Program Information 304.615.6563
Beverly Stump with Legal Shield explained to the Commissioners about the benefits her company offers for all the employees. She said the program is voluntary and for bi-weekly payroll it cost the employees about $14 per paycheck as a deduction. Commissioners felt the program was very good and asked Stump to set up a workshop to explain it to all employees. More details about the program on the video.
[video 15] 09:30 SUSAN STALNAKER-WARE, GCEDA – RE: Sign Resolution for LED Grant
Susan Stalnaker asked the commission to sign the resolution stating that GCEDA is the lead development entity in Gilmer County. The resolution was sign.
Susan Stalnaker along with Dave Millard explain to the Commissioners that a film to be made about Gilmer County during May-July 2015. The film is made by Culdee Production. The lead person is “Doc” Benson www.docbenson.org.
There is not cost involved either for GCEDA or the Commission. The film has a spiritual tone to it like the one made by the company for a town in Indiana. The film will promote Economic Development in the county. The Commissioners were asked to help promote the project. There will be multiple meetings before the shooting dates.
V. ROUTINE BUSINESS:
[video 04] 1) Exonerations and/or Consolidations
They were approved.
[video 05] 2) Estate qualifications and estate settlements
They were approved.
[video 06] 3) Board Appointments and/or Resignations
There were none.
[video 31] 4) Budget Revisions
[video 32] 5) Budget Control Report
There were several budget revisions brought up to Commission by Deputy Accounting Clerk Angel Ball. The Control Report and Revisions were approved.
[video 22] 6) Approve invoices for payment
The commission approved invoices for payments totaling $101,185.77.
[video 07] 7) Approve County Commission Minutes
The Minutes were reviewed and approved.
[video 08] 8) Receipt of County Board Minutes
a.) Local Emergency Planning Committee 02.04.2014
b.) Gilmer County Public Service District 01.13.2014
They were reviewed and accepted.
VI. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
[video 09] 1) Sign Susie Kirkpatrick’s contract as Office of Emergency Management Director
A one-year Contract approved and signed.
[video 10] 2) Sign Eric Squires’ revised contract as Deputy Director of Office of Emergency Management Director
A one-year Contract approved and signed.
[video 11] 3) Gilmer County Competitive Bid Policy
Commissioner Chapman said a workshop is needed before any decision is made. This line item was tabled until after workshop.
[video 12] 4) Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department Rent Proposal for the Ambulance Authority
[video 13] 5) Recreation Center Pool Repair Update
Commissioner Kennedy said, the bid process will start and the bid criteria will be published. It was noted that Nobel Energy has not fulfill their commitment with this project.
VII. NEW BUSINESS:
Discussion and/or action on:
[video 16] 1) Letter of Agreement E-911 and Dispatch Services for FY 2015
Tabled until next meeting on 03.19.14. July 01, 2014 - June 30, 2015 is the time period for the agreement.
[video 17] 2) Renewal of Little Kanawha Transit Authority contribution for FY 2015
The plan and contribution was approved.
[video 18] 3) Update Priority List for Region VII PDC Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy
There were several questions raised by the Commissioners. Commissioner Chapman said he will talk to them and come back with answers.
[video 19] 4) Sign Grant Application for an additional $1,000 for Replacement of EMS Roof
[video 20] 5) Sign Grant Application for an additional $10,000 for replacement of Old Jailhouse Boiler
[video 21] 6) Replacement of County Clerk’s Office Copy Machine
The purchase price of the unit is $3,898.00 and if it leased the total lease payment for a very short period will equal to ~$5,300.00. The Commissioners favored the purchasing option, but tabled the decision until next meeting.
VIII. ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT
[video 23] 1) Correspondences
[video 24] 2) Request from Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council for $1,000 funding help for Sr. Companion Program
[video 25] 3) Letter from Senator Joe Manchin regarding the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act
[video 26] 4) Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) Amendment
[video 28] 5) 36 letters requesting funding assistance for repair of the Recreation Center Pool have been mailed
[video 29] 6) Receipt of $20,000 Reimbursement for Old Jailhouse Boiler Grant
[video 30] 7) Work has begun on the Tanner Community Building to remediate the water damage
[video 27] 8) USDA Grant Application for the Sheriff’s car has passed the first step of the process
[video 33] IX. NEXT MEETING:
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM
[video 34] X. ADJOURNMENT
Getting Ready for Spring
Last week, I did my best to think spring by suggesting that it was time to put up a few nest boxes for cavity-nesting birds such as eastern bluebirds, tufted titmice, Carolina wrens and chickadees. This week, it’s time for the next step, despite a forecast for more severe winter weather. It will warm up — eventually.
One of my favorite March rituals is visiting my nest boxes to see that they are ready for the upcoming nesting season. I’ve already heard bluebirds, titmice and Carolina wrens singing on a few balmy sunny days. Males are advertising for females looking for a secure nesting cavity. Nest building usually begins in mid March, so I feel obliged to be sure the boxes are ready.
Unfortunately, this is not always a pleasant task after a severe winter like the one we’ve been enduring. Bluebirds roost communally in natural cavities and nest boxes on long cold winter nights. And I suspect that January’s polar vortex may have taken a toll. Sometimes it just gets too cold to survive.
One March day back in 1983 while checking my nest boxes, I found four dead adult male bluebirds huddled on the floor of a nest box. I was crushed, but still had many nesting pairs later in the spring.
I tell this sad tale not to dismay, but to alert less experienced nest box landlords to what may greet them when they check boxes this spring. If you don’t know it’s a possibility, finding a box full of dead birds can be terribly demoralizing. And if a child is tagging along, it can be devastating.
Most people blame themselves. They think their nest boxes are somehow the cause. They are not. If you find dead birds in nest boxes, you can be sure there are some in natural cavities as well. Multiple nights of 10 degrees below zero is one way nature weeds out the weak and the sick. On the bright side, you can assume that those that survive are strong and fit. They will make great parents for the next generation.
Finding a box with dead birds is a worst case scenario. Usually the task of preparing nest boxes for spring is more mundane. There may be a roof or two to replace or some squirrel damage to repair. At some boxes, deer mice and white-footed mice will have to be evicted. And some may be filled with stashes of nuts store by flying squirrels.
Your job is to prepare the boxes for cavity-nesting birds, so evict the squatters and remove any debris from the box. Rodents plan for disaster and maintain several dens so my advice is not nearly so heartless as it sounds. Plus, there’s always wiggle room. I love flying squirrels, and even though they eat more than their fair share of eggs and chicks in the spring, when I find flyers in a nest box I just say “hello” and move on.
After your boxes are cleaned out and ready to go, sit back and observe. In just a few weeks, birds will begin adding nesting material to the boxes. I usually have Carolina wren eggs by the third week in March. I find the season’s first bluebird eggs in early April, and the rest get busy by late April or early May. By the first week in May, house wrens will return and join the nesting frenzy.
If you’ve never put up a nest box, it’s not too late. In fact, as birds search for new nesting sites, now is the perfect to build or buy one. Bluebirds, Carolina wrens and house wrens nest at least two and sometimes three times per year. I often have an active bluebird nest as late as August.
Nest boxes can be purchased at nature centers and wild bird specialty shops such as Wild Birds Unlimited. And if you are a do-it-yourselfer, you can find detailed nest box plans at www.nestwatch.org and click the “Learn” button.
~~ Dr. Scott Shalaway - 2222 Fish Ridge Road, Cameron, WV 26033 ~~
Movie Review: ‘Stranger By the Lake’
Remember when “Basic Instinct” was such a shock to the senses, with its explicit sex and indifferent violence? How quaint. The French film “Stranger by the Lake” is an erotic thriller (heavy emphasis on the erotic) that makes that 1992 mystery look like “Nancy Drew.” What sets the engrossing “Stranger by the Lake” apart is that its excesses seem to point to a moral purpose beyond shock or entertainment value.
The lake of the film’s title is a vacation spot where gay men go to strip down, sprawl out, swim and, sometimes, venture into the woods for a bit of semi-private intimacy. Writer-director Alain Guiraudie takes an all-natural approach to his material, and not just because most of the men spend the movie in the buff. He takes long, lingering shots, never rushes a scene and uses no score, just organic sounds: the crunching of gravel underfoot in the parking lot, the gentle splashing of swimmers gliding across the lake, the gurgling as one man drowns another.
That last scene occurs at night as the protagonist, Franck (Pierre Deladonchamps), secretly looks on. A listless Adonis, Franck looks like a cross between an underwear model and a puppy with his sad eyes and earnest expressions. He’s between jobs, and he spends a lazy day trying to catch the eye of Michel (Christophe Paou), whose creepy nature and state trooper mustache nearly distract from his perfect, tan physique. (Another, funnier distraction: the big white tennis shoes Michel wears to stroll nude around the rocky beach.)
Later that night, when Franck witnesses Michel murder his lover, you’d think the young dilettante would either call the cops or run for his life. Instead, he starts a passionate relationship with Michel and protects the murderer when the body surfaces and a detective starts hanging around and asking questions.
Even with Guiraudie’s naturalistic depictions of revelry on the forest floor — the movie features many close-ups of various sex acts — there’s something surreal here, both in the way Franck falls for a murderer and the way Michel returns to the scene of his crime. The same goes for the relationship between Franck and another man, Henri. The pair talk as if they’ve known each other for ages when they’ve only just met.
In both of these relationships, Franck seems both intensely close to and extremely distant from his companions. No one talks about anything of substance, and each day consists of the same rigmarole of tanning, swimming and sex. The action is both strange and simplistic, qualities that make the film seem like it’s meant to be an allegory, but for what? It could be how some people insist on bad-idea relationships. Could there be a bigger red flag than watching your potential mate murder someone?
But the movie also calls to mind Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights.” Even when Franck and Michel say they love one another, they run off into the woods to be with others. Franck and all the other men loiter there, looking at each other as if they’re surveying confections in a bakery case. Franck’s interest in Michel seems to stem not solely from an attraction but also from a need for more excitement.
Nothing good can come of it, and not even a body in the lake can halt the men from congregating. This cold reality sometimes makes “Stranger by the Lake” feel more like an exercise than a story. But either way, it’s hard to forget.
Unrated. Contains pervasive graphic nudity and sex, violence and language. In French with subtitles. 97 minutes.
Gilmer County Board of Education Meeting Thursday - 03.13.14
Gilmer County Board of Education
Calhoun Gilmer Career Center LSIC
Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 5:30 PM
I. CALL TO ORDER
II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
III. CALHOUN GILMER CAREER CENTER LSIC
ATTORNEY GENERAL PATRICK MORRISEY RELEASES LIST OF TOP 10 CONSUMER COMPLAINTS FOR 2013
Morrisey: Providing a list of the 10 most common complaints received by
the Consumer Protection Division helps citizens make wise decisions.
As part of National Consumer Protection Week, today Attorney General Patrick Morrisey released a list of the Top 10 Consumer Complaints the Office’s Consumer Protection Division received in 2013.
“One of the primary goals of National Consumer Protection Week is to educate citizens so they can be armed with information and avoid being taken advantage of,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “I believe providing this list of the most common complaints received by our Consumer Protection Division will help citizens know what they should be aware of and help them make wise decisions.”
The list was compiled by analyzing more than 5,700 written complaints the Division received during 2013. Based on that analysis, the No. 1 complaint area was “promotions,” which includes complaints about contests, prizes and sweepstakes; telemarketing; robocalls; and other marketing and advertising complaints.
“Consumers always need to live by the old adage that if something appears too good to be true it typically is,” Morrisey said. “But scammers can be very convincing. They can make an offer that seems logical and harmless, but in the end seeks to separate you from your money.”
One of the more prevalent complaints under the promotion category focused on sweepstakes, prizes and contests. In many instances, consumers would receive calls about winning a prize, but could not collect the winnings until they paid certain fees.
“Consumers should always be wary if someone says you have to pay upfront for something that is free,” Morrisey said.
The complete Top 10 list is as follows:
• Autos/motor vehicles
• Credit issues
• Home repair/remodeling services
• Collection agencies
• General sales
• Miscellaneous complaints
• Electronic equipment
“Our Consumer Protection Division is on the front line every day working to protect fellow West Virginians from scammers and businesses that seek to take advantage of them,” Morrisey said. “Often we are able to mediate a problem between a consumer and a business. Other times we have to take additional steps to halt bad apples in their tracks and protect our friends and neighbors. Either way our Office is committed to ensure that West Virginians of all ages are protected.”
Morrisey said one of his Office’s major Consumer Protection initiatives over the next year will focus on preventing consumers from becoming victims.
“I believe one of our Office’s essential duties is to educate citizens about their rights, potential red flags they should be aware of and scams that are popping up in West Virginia and elsewhere,” Morrisey said. “We can prosecute those who take advantage of consumers, but it is better to prevent problems before they occur.”
Looking ahead, Morrisey said he believes identity theft will be a big issue throughout the rest of the year.
“In the past few months, we all have heard stories about massive data breaches at some of the nation’s largest retailers,” Morrisey said. “Those breaches really opened a lot of Americans eyes to the danger that hackers and cyber criminals can inflict from hundreds or thousands of miles away. It was an important, albeit painful, wakeup call that we have to be vigilant about protecting our identity as much as we protect our wallets.”
If you believe you have been a victim of a scam or an unscrupulous business, call the Attorney General’s Office Consumer Protection Division at 800.368.8808 or go online to www.wvago.gov.
Three Regional Networks To Air MEC Championships
The Mountain East Conference Basketball Tournament presented by GoMart will be televised by three regional networks.
ROOT Sports Pittsburgh, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic (CSN Mid-Atlantic) and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel Ohio (TWC Sports Channel) will all air both the men’s and women’s finals.
“We are very excited to be providing an unprecedented level of coverage for our members as part of the inaugural Mountain East Conference Basketball Tournament,“ Commissioner Reid Amos said. “This television package allows us to bring the exciting brand of Mountain East Conference basketball to millions of homes throughout the region.“
Veteran announcer John Sanders will be providing the play-by-play, with Frank Giardina as the analyst and Mark Martin serving as the host and report from the sidelines.
ROOT Sports Pittsburgh, which reaches 3.5 million homes, will air the game on Wednesday, March 12, with the women’s game at 6 PM and the men’s at 8 PM. CSN Mid-Atlantic, which is in five million homes, will show the games on Wednesday, March 12, with the men’s game at 7 PM followed by the women’s at 9 PM. Air dates for the games on TWC Sports Channel will be announced at a later time. TWC Sports Channel reaches 3.2 million homes.
Lady Pioneers will Host NCAA DII Atlantic Regional Tournament
The Glenville State Lady Pioneers will host the NCAA DII Women’s Basketball Atlantic Regional Tournament
Three teams from the Mountain East Conference earned invitations to the 2014 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, including Glenville State, which is the top seed and host for the Atlantic Regional.
The Pioneers (28-3) won both the Mountain East Conference regular season and tournament championships.
The University of Charleston, which finished third in the MEC regular season and runner-up in the conference tournament, is seeded seventh. The Golden Eagles will take on second-seeded Edinboro (24-5) from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.
West Liberty (20-10) also earned an NCAA Tournament bid as the eighth seed and will play Glenville State in the first round.
The Mountain East Conference and the PSAC each had three teams earn bids, and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) had two berths.
Friday, March 14, 2014 Schedule:
12:00 PM Game No. 1. Shaw vs. Gannon
02:30 PM Game No. 2. Charleston vs. Edinboro
06:00 PM Game No. 3. West Liberty vs. Glenville State
08:30 PM Game No. 4. Virginia State vs. Bloomsburg
General Admission – $7.00
Students (must show student ID), Seniors, and Children – $3.00
GSC Men Make History
The Glenville State men’s basketball team has made the
NCAA DII Men’s Basketball Atlantic Regional Tournament for the first time in school history
Three men’s basketball teams from the Mountain East Conference have earned invitations to the Mountain East Conference, the NCAA announced today.
West Liberty (26-3) is the second seed in the Atlantic Region, followed by Charleston (21-8) as the fourth seed and Glenville State (18-10) is the seventh seed. It is the first-ever appearance for the Pioneers in the NCAA Tournament.
GSC and WLU will have to face each other in the first round in East Stroudsburg, PA Charleston will take on Gannon out of the PSAC.
Four teams from the PSAC earned berths to the Atlantic Regional, and the MEC is represented by three teams. The CIAA is represented by Livingstone.
High School Girls Basketball - State Tournament 2014
High School Girls Basketball - State Tournament
(2)Greenbrier East vs. (7)Cabell Midland - Wedesday 11:15 AM
(1)Parkersburg South vs. (8)Hampshire - Wedesday 7:15 PM
(4)South Charleston vs. (5)Martinsburg - Thursday 11:15 AM
(3)Huntington vs. <(6)Morgantown - Thursday 7:15 PM
Winner of 1/8 vs. 4/5 - Friday 5:30 PM
Winner of 2/7 vs. 3/6 - Friday 9:00
Championship - Saturday 7:15 PM
(3)North Marion vs. (6)Keyser - Wedesday 9:30 AM
(2)Westside vs. (7)Scott - Wedesday 1:00 PM
(1)Fairmont Senior vs. (8)Grafton - Wedesday 5:30 PM
(4)Summers County vs. (5)Sissonville - Wedesday 9:00 PM
Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 - Friday 9:30 AM
Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4 - Friday 1:00 PM
Championship - Saturday 12:00 PM
(3)Tucker County vs. (6)Pocahontas County - Thursday 9:30 AM
(2)Saint Marys vs. (7)Fayetteville - Thursday 1:00 PM
(1)Huntington Saint Joseph’s vs. (8)Tug Valley - Thursday 5:30 PM
(4)Wheeling Central Catholic vs. (5)Charleston Catholic - Thursday 9:00 PM
Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 - Friday 11:15 AM
Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4 - Friday 7:15 PM
Championship - Saturday 2:30 PM
Gilmer County Beekeepers Association Meeting - Tuesday, 03.18.14
The Gilmer County Beekeepers will hold their meeting on 3rd Tuesday of each at 6:00 PM at GSC’s Robert F. Kidd Library in Glenville, WV.
This month meeting is on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
Everyone is invited to attend.
Bridal and Prom Expo - March 29, 2014
CGCC: All Adult Students Can Register for Fall 2014
Gilmer County Board of Health Meeting – 03.18.14
The Gilmer County Board of Health will be meeting Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 2:00 PM in the Conference Room at the Gilmer County Health Department on Mineral Road in Glenville.
As always the meeting is Open to the Public.
WV State Folk Festival Benefit Dance - 03.21.14
Bon Appétit: Szechwan Shrimp
Recipe makes 4 servings
4 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/4 cup sliced green onions
4 cloves garlic, minced
12 ounces cooked shrimp, tails removed
In a bowl, stir together water, ketchup, soy sauce, cornstarch, honey, crushed red pepper, and ground ginger.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Stir in green onions and garlic; cook 30 seconds.
Stir in shrimp, and toss to coat with oil.
Stir in sauce.
Cook and stir until sauce is bubbly and thickened.
Flashback: What Happened on March 12, ....
• 1847 - The Virginia General Assembly passed an act which incorporated the Weston and Lewisport Turnpike Company to construct a road from Weston in Lewis County to Lewisport in Doddridge County. Subscription books were opened under the direction of the following commissioners: in Weston, under Lewis Maxwell, Minter Bailey, John Flesher, Allen Simpson, Elias Fisher, John Morrow, William McKinley, Addison McLaughlin, and John Lorentz; and in Lewisport, under Ephraim Bee, Thomas S. Neel, John S. Davis, Chapman Stewart, Franklin Hickman, and William F. Lewing.
• 1849 - The Virginia General Assembly passed an act establishing a separate polling place at the forks of Freeman’s Creek in Lewis County.
• 1851 - The Virginia General Assembly passed an act which incorporated the Ritchie and Gilmer Turnpike Company to construct a road from a point on the Northwestern Turnpike at or near Schumla, to Harrisville in Ritchie County, to Glenville in Gilmer County. Subscription books were opened in Harrisville, under the direction of the following commissioners: George Collins, Eli Riddle, Philip Cox, Jr., A. L. Core, James Malone, Thomas M. Harris, and Isaiah Wells.
• 1886 - The Weston Building Association was incorporated in West Virginia by the following: W. G. Bennett, N. B. Newlon, Jacob Koblegard, E. M. Vandervort, and J. S. Lewis, all of Weston, Lewis County.
• 1873 - The governor approved acts authorizing that only white males over the age of 21 could serve on juries, despite a petition presented by Charles Arter from 64 African-Americans in Jefferson County who wanted to serve as jurors.
• 1884 - A coal mine explosion at Pocahontas Mine killed approximately 150.
• 1957 - The African- American Denmar Sanitarium in Pocahontas County was closed and its patients were transferred to the all-white Pincecrest Sanitarium in Beckley.
• 1960 - In his last college game, Jerry West scored 37 points to lead West Virginia University to a 106-100 victory over St. Joseph’s in an NCAA Basketball Tournament regional consolation game. During his career, WVU won 81 games and lost only 12.
• 1962 - Governor Wally Barron signed a trust agreement that would later link him to five associates indicted on bribery - conspiracy charges.
• 1974 - The Kanawha County Board of Education reviewed the list of recommendations by the textbook committee. Board member Alice Moore missed this meeting.
• 1992 - Logan County Circuit Court Judge Ned Grubb pleaded not guilty to federal bribery charges and announced he would seek re-election.
Ask the Doctor: Sluggish Digestion Is Painful
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My 52-year-old daughter, who has been healthy all her life, now has gastroparesis.
Can you give me some information on this disease? Is it curable? - M.M.
ANSWER: Normally the stomach takes two to four hours to empty.
Liquids pass through it even more quickly.
The stomach has to grind solid foods to reduce them to small pieces and to soften them so their nutrients and calories can be absorbed.
Gastroparesis is a sluggish stomach.
“Paresis” means “partial paralysis.“
Foods take forever to leave a stomach stricken with gastroparesis.
Diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, scleroderma, thyroid troubles and many other conditions are causes of it.
For a large number of sufferers, a cause can’t be found. It just happens.
Nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting and a feeling of fullness after only a few bites of food are some of the consequences of gastroparesis.
After an overnight fast, a scope examination of the stomach shows it still to be full of food.
Scans can help make the diagnosis.
The patient eats food that includes a safe radioactive material.
Serial scans show the radioactive material stays in the stomach for an inordinate amount of time.
“Curable” is too strong a word for this condition.
If an underlying illness is found as the cause, treatment of that illness usually treats gastroparesis.
When no illness is responsible for it, ways to increase the transit of food through the stomach are possible.
One is to increase the amount of fluids taken with meals.
Decreasing the fat and fiber content of meals is another way to speed the passage of food. Frequent, small meals are another strategy that’s helpful.
Metoclopramide (Reglan) often can ease symptoms.
Your daughter ought to take vitamins.
People with gastroparesis can develop vitamin deficiencies.
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G-MM™: Meditation Moment - 03.12.14
The sign of Jonah: unlikely people do the unexpected.
Vince was a crook and a con man. At one point, he was brought back from Canada in shackles. A heroin addict, he held up a bank and served seven years. After going into rehab, his counselor at a half-way house suggested he do some community work. Reluctantly, he agreed, thinking he would last six weeks. Five years later, he is the mainstay of efforts to provide Christmas gift parcels and food hampers for a thousand lonely, isolated people. Vince challenged his local church to get involved in the community and set up a regular Thursday barbeque for the homeless in the area, attracting 80 or more each week. Then he asked the church to ‘adopt’ a nursing home and provide Christmas gifts for the residents. Jesus, what can I do to relieve human suffering?
Jonah 3:1-10. A broken, humbled heart, O God, you will not scorn - Ps 50(51):3-4, 12-13, 18-19. Luke 11:29-32.
Harley Ronald Hefner
Harley Ronald Hefner
Age 83, of Berlin Road Weston, WV passed away on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at his home following an extended illness.
He was born in Weston, WV on November 29, 1930: son of the late Harley N. Hefner and Thelma (Queen) Hefner.
On September 03, 1960, he married Betty Jean (Newlon) Hefner, who survives.
Mr. Hefner is also survived by six sons: Gary Ronald (Debbie) Hefner and Harley Allen (Dreama) Hefner both of Berlin, Randy Hart (Jennifer) Hefner of Mt Clare, WV, Terry Preston Hefner and Bruce Leonard Hefner both of Berlin and Harley R. (Tammy) Hefner, II of Bridgeport and ten grandchildren: Brian, Nastausha, Cetera, Haley, Makenna, Jerrod, Cody, Madison, Luke and Makenzie. He is also survived by his pride and joys- two Yorky’s: Nikki and Sadie.
Mr. Hefner was owner of Hefner Mobile Home Park and Campground. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and member of the American Legion Post #4 of Weston. Ronnie was a member of the Weston Moose Lodge#1376, NRA, and played with the Lewis County Slo- Pitch Softball League, American Division. He was also a member of the Berlin United Methodist Church. Ronnie’s biggest loves were hunting and fishing.
Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on March 13, 2014 from 4-8 PM.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Frank Dipolo and Pastor Mark Anderson officiating.
Interment will follow services in the Friendship Cemetery of Berlin Community, Lewis County, WV.
Full Military honors will be conducted by the Lewis County Honor Guard.
Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Harley Ronald Hefner.
Thelma (Jane) Clutter
Thelma (Jane) Clutter
Age 71, formally of Sutton, WV, passed away March 08, 2014 at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, KY.
She was born March 21, 1942 in Out Crop, PA, the daughter of the late Beulah Clutter and Hansford Clutter. Also preceding her in death was her son, Philip Ware, and brother, Raymond Clutter, sister, Clara Marie Clutter.
Jane is survived by her daughter, Lynn Shaw (Bill) of Sutton, son, Stanley Ware of Beverly, OH, brothers and sisters, Bazil Melvin(Diane) of Exchange, Deloris Ware(George) of Centralia, Kay Hosey(Bert) of Franklin, KY, Maryland Hinkle(Phil) of Winchester, KY, Dwayne Cutlip of Bucyrus, OH, Pat Cutlip of Sutton, Patricia Cutlip of Sutton, half brothers, Robert Clutter (Darlene) of Craigsville, Eugene Clutter(Kim) of Craigsville, half sister, Clara Clutter of Webster Springs, 4 grandchildren, Jessica Given, Amy Short, Jeremy Duckworth, Joseph Duckworth, 7 great grandchildren, Abigayle Duckworth, Adalyn Duckworth, Rion Given, Aiden Given, Maddison Short, Maci Short, Trent Short.
At her request she will be cremated. Services will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, she requested donations be made to:
Rosemary C. Brooks Place
200 Rosemary Dr.
Winchester, KY 40391
Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Clutter Family.
2014 > WayBackWhen™: 2014
Today is Wednesday, March 12, the 71st day of 2014. There are 294 days left in the year.
Thought for Today:
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.“ — John Quincy Adams, American president (1767-1848).
Today’s Highlight in History:
On March 12, 1664, England’s King Charles II granted an area of land on the East Coast of present-day North America known as New Netherland to his brother James, the Duke of York.
On this date:
In 1864, Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant assumed command as General-in-Chief of the Union armies in the Civil War.
In 1912, the Girl Scouts of the USA had its beginnings as Juliette Gordon Low of Savannah, Ga., founded the first American troop of the Girl Guides.
In 1914, American inventor George Westinghouse died in New York at age 67.
In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered the first of his 30 radio addresses that came to be known as “fireside chats,“ telling Americans what was being done to deal with the nation’s economic crisis.
In 1934, a 6.6 magnitude earthquake shook much of northern Utah along with parts of Idaho, Montana, Nevada and Wyoming.
In 1938, the Anschluss merging Austria with Nazi Germany took place as German forces crossed the border between the two countries.
In 1939, Pope Pius XII was formally crowned in ceremonies at the Vatican.
In 1951, “Dennis the Menace,“ created by cartoonist Hank Ketcham, made its syndicated debut in 16 newspapers.
In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson won the New Hampshire Democratic primary, but Sen. Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota placed a strong second.
In 1989, some 2,500 veterans and supporters marched at the Art Institute of Chicago to demand that officials remove an American flag placed on the floor as part of a student’s exhibit.
In 1994, the Church of England ordained its first women priests.
In 2003, Elizabeth Smart, the 15-year-old girl who’d vanished from her bedroom nine months earlier, was found alive in a Salt Lake City suburb with two drifters, Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Barzee, who are serving prison terms for kidnapping her.
Ten years ago:
Marcus Wesson, the domineering patriarch of a cultlike clan he’d bred through incest, surrendered to police who found the bodies of nine of his offspring, all but one minors, at their home in Fresno, Calif. (Wesson was later convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death.)
Five years ago:
Disgraced financier Bernard Madoff pleaded guilty in New York to pulling off perhaps the biggest swindle in Wall Street history.
The Iraqi journalist who’d thrown his shoes at President George W. Bush received a three-year sentence. (Muntadhar al-Zeidi ended up serving nine months.)
Insurance broker Willis Group Holdings announced that Chicago’s Sears Tower would be renamed Willis Tower.
Lindsey Vonn became the first American woman to win the super-G season finale at the World Cup finals in Are, Sweden.
Philanthropist Leonore Annenberg died in Rancho Mirage, Calif. at age 91.
One year ago:
Black smoke poured from the Sistine Chapel chimney, signaling that cardinals had failed on their first vote of the papal conclave to choose a new leader of the Catholic Church.
Richard Beasley, a self-styled street preacher, was found guilty in Akron, Ohio, of murdering three down-and-out men who’d been lured by bogus job offers posted on Craigslist. (Beasley was later sentenced to death.)
Mitch Seavey, a 53-year-old former champion, won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in nine days, 7 hours and 39 minutes to become the oldest winner of Alaska’s grueling test of endurance.
Playwright Edward Albee is 86
Politician, diplomat and civil rights activist Andrew Young is 82
Actress Barbara Feldon is 81
Broadcast journalist Lloyd Dobyns is 78
Singer Al Jarreau is 74
Actress-singer Liza Minnelli is 68
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is 67
Singer-songwriter James Taylor is 66
Former Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., is 66
Rock singer-musician Bill Payne (Little Feat) is 65
Actor Jon Provost (“Lassie”) is 64
Author Carl Hiaasen (HY’-ah-sihn) is 61
Rock musician Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) is 58
Actor Jerry Levine is 57
Singer Marlon Jackson (The Jackson Five) is 57
Actor Jason Beghe is 54
Actor Courtney B. Vance is 54
Actor Titus Welliver is 53
Former MLB All-Star Darryl Strawberry is 52
Actress Julia Campbell is 51
Actor Aaron Eckhart is 46
CNN reporter Jake Tapper is 45
Rock musician Graham Coxon is 45
Country musician Tommy Bales (Flynnville Train) is 41
Actor Rhys Coiro is 35
Country singer Holly Williams is 33
Actor Samm (cq) Levine is 32
Actor Jaimie Alexander is 30
Actor Tyler Patrick Jones is 20
Actress Kendall Applegate is 15
WV Lottery - 03.11.14
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Troy Elementary School: Hat Day!
At Troy Elementary Friday March 07, 2014 students paid a dollar to wear a hat.
The 6th grade collected the money.
The money we raised from the hat day will go to the Gilmer County Public Library to help fund Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Gilmer County. The program provides Gilmer County children with a book in the mail every month until their 5th birthday.
Northern District of West Virginia Federal Court Report - 03.10.14
A commercial airline pilot has been indicted on charges of traveling across state lines in order to have sex with a minor female.
• MUSTAFA M. BAZBAZ, age 28, of Oakdale, Pennsylvania was named in a two-count Indictment charging him with “Travel with Intent to Engage in Illicit Sexual Conduct” and “Transportation of a Minor with Intent to Engage in Criminal Sexual Activity.”
BAZBAZ allegedly began communicating with a 15-year old female from Jefferson County, Ohio, in December of 2013 via the website known as MeetMe.com.
BAZBAZ is alleged to have misrepresented his age and name to the victim, claiming to be 17 years old and to be named “Mike B.”
It also alleged that BAZBAZ sent sexually explicit images of himself to the victim before arranging to pick up the victim near her home in Jefferson County in December of 2013.
The criminal complaint asserts that BAZBAZ then took the victim to a hotel room in Hancock County where he engaged in sexual intercourse with her.
If convicted, BAZBAZ faces up to forty years in prison.
This case will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert H. McWilliams, Jr. and is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Hancock County (WV) Sheriff’s Department.
In other matters considered by the Clarksburg Grand Jury, Ihlenfeld announced that CLAUDE JONES a/k/a “MIKE JONES,” age 29 and DESEAN LAMARR AARON, age 24, of Fairmont, West Virginia, were named in an eight-count Indictment charging them with “Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and to Distribute Crack Cocaine, Cocaine HCL and Heroin.”
JONES faces an additional six counts and AARON faces an additional two counts for the distribution of the controlled substances.
The defendants each face up to twenty years in prison on each count.
The case will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda E. Wesley and was investigated by the Three Rivers Drug Task Force.
ROBERT DALE TASKER, age 43, an inmate at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail in Belington, West Virginia, was named in a four-count Indictment charging him with three counts of “Threats Against the President,” and one count of “Threats Against Family Members of the President.”
TASKER faces up to five years in prison on each count.
This case will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randolph J. Bernard and was investigated by the United States Secret Service.
GARY ALLEN STEWART, age 31, of Sutton, West Virginia, was named in a four-count Indictment charging him with “Obstruction of Correspondence.“
STEWART faces up to five years in prison on each count.
This case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service, Office of Inspector General, and will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Stein.
ANTHONY SCOTT MOATS, age 39, of Lost Creek, West Virginia, was charged with being a “Felon in Possession of a Firearm.”
MOATS, who has prior felony convictions for burglary, drug distribution, and bank theft, is alleged to have possessed a firearm in September of 2013 in Monongalia County.
MOATS faces up to fifteen years in prison if convicted.
This case will be prosecuted by Wesley and was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Marshals Service.
An indictment is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
West Virginia County Leaders Will Not See Raise
The third time was not a charm for county elected leaders.
On the last day of the 2014 Legislative session SB 379 failed to make it out of a conference committee.
The legislation called for pay raises for county commissioners, county clerks, sheriffs, circuit clerks, assessors and prosecutors.
The 12% raise would have taken effect starting in 2017, 11 years after their last raise.
Patti Hamilton, the executive director of the West Virginia Association of Counties, thought the bill had a good chance.
The Senate passed it unanimously.
The House gave it the green light by a wide margin with a few changes, but when it went back to the Senate it did not get any traction.
“The surprise was that the Senate, at the very late hour of 11:30 PM, refused to concur with the House amendment,” explained Hamilton.
She said, after weeks of lobbying for the bill, elected county leaders were shocked.
“I know the county officials that worked very hard on it, who were there to the bitter end, were beyond disappointed. They were devastated,” stressed Hamilton.
They pay raises would not have come from state coffers.
It would have come from county money.
The auditor could only sign off on a raise if the county had additional cash to pay for the increase.
Hamilton said she still cannot figure out what happened.
“I worked on a pay raise bill in 2002 that was 10%. I worked on one in 2006 that was 20%. Why this has become so difficult, I couldn’t tell you,” said Hamilton.
However, she knows one thing for sure.
“They’ll try again next year.”
~~ Jennifer Smith ~~
MANCHIN URGES HHS SECRETARY TO REVERSE FDA APPROVAL OF ZOHYDRO
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to overturn the Federal Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of the powerful and highly addictive opioid drug, Zohydro Extended Release (ER). Senator Manchin expressed his concerns with FDA’s approval given that the FDA’s own expert advisory panel voted against the approval of Zohydro ER by a vote of 11-2 and health experts have repeatedly warned of the potential increase in prescription drug abuse if this highly addictive painkiller becomes publicly accessible. Senator Manchin urged Secretary Sebelius to act as swiftly as possible to keep this dangerous drug off the market.
Please read the full text of Senator Manchin’s letter below:
Dear Secretary Sebelius:
I write to respectfully request that you overturn the Federal Drug Administration’s recent approval of Zohydro Extended Release (ER), a powerful and dangerous opioid drug product with a high potential for abuse. For inexplicable reasons, the FDA approved Zohydro ER despite strong opposition from its own Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee, which voted 11-2 against allowing Zohydro ER to advance in the approval process. Simply put, the FDA’s approval of Zohydro ER, in its current form, must be stopped before this dangerous drug is sold to the public.
Zohydro ER is a controversial new prescription painkiller, which has up to 10 times as much hydrocodone as Vicodin and Lortab and will come in a formulation that can be easily crushed, snorted and injected. The prescription drug problem ravaging our nation, and our youth, is already an epidemic. Drug overdose deaths, including those from hydrocodone and hydrocodone combination products, have increased significantly every single year for over a decade. Indeed, 16,000 Americans die each year from abusing opioid painkillers, like hydrocodone. It’s no wonder the FDA finally decided in October of last year to reschedule hydrocodone combination drugs to Schedule II, despite taking more than 14 years to properly evaluate all the evidence. I applaud this long-awaited decision and am eager to see it finalized during the rule-making process. However, I am perplexed that the FDA decided the very next day to approve Zohydro ER, the most powerful hydrocodone drug ever. How can the FDA exhibit its awareness about the addictive nature of hydrocodone by recommending reclassification, but then approve a powerful hydrocodone drug which can be easily abused? Its inability to provide a satisfactory answer necessitates your involvement.
I am deeply troubled that the reason for Zohydro ER’s approval may be linked to allegations that the FDA gave manufacturers of prescription drugs the opportunity to pay thousands of dollars for the privilege to attend private meetings with FDA officials. The Washington Post and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported in October of 2013 that each company paid as much as $25,000-$35,000 to participate in these pay-to-play meetings, giving them undue influence over FDA’s approval process for prescription painkillers. Allegations have been raised that a new, scientifically questionable methodology for drug approval was created at these pay-to-play meetings. If true, we have an alarming explanation for the indefensible decision of the FDA to approve Zohydro despite the FDA’s own Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee voting 11-2 against approval.
This is not the first letter you’ve received on this topic, and the FDA has been urged many times to overturn their approval. Senators and Congressmen from both parties have written several times demanding an explanation for the FDA’s head-scratching approval and requesting your intervention. In addition, a coalition of health care and consumer groups, as well as 40 addiction treatment centers, joined last month to fight the FDA’s decision due to the unquestionable heavy abuse which will take place if the drug is released to the market. And in December, 28 attorneys general wrote to FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg warning that the approval of Zohydro ER “has the potential to exacerbate our nation’s prescription drug abuse epidemic.”
These demands cannot fall on deaf ears; too much is at stake.
I hope you will agree that there is a pressing need to stop the FDA from allowing Zohydro ER to be sold to the public. The FDA is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through proper regulation and supervision. In this area, it has failed in its duty. That is why I turn to you to either stop the FDA from moving forward in its approval process for Zohydro or require the agency to work with drug manufacturers to incorporate abuse-deterrent technologies into all dangerous opioids introduced to the market.
Given the potentially imminent release of Zohydro later this month, it is imperative that you act as soon as possible to keep this dangerous drug off the market.
Movie Review: ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’
It’s possible, I suppose, that some children may find things to like about “Mr. Peabody & Sherman.” The animated feature about a time-traveling dog with a genius IQ and his human companion has even more than the recommended daily allowance of scatological humor and B.O. jokes for the average 8-year-old.
Anyone much older than that — and certainly anyone who remembers the cartoons on which the film is based, which ran as segments accompanying Jay Ward’s Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons — is in for a big disappointment. Despite an updated CGI animation style, the movie has all the superficial attributes of the 1959-64 series but none of the charm. Both revolve around a boy named Sherman; his canine master, Peabody; a time machine; and bad puns. Yet by visual standards alone, the characters, rendered in eye-popping 3-D, resemble nothing so much as Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade floats.
They’re just as lifeless and inexpressive, too.
This is especially odd, considering that writer Craig Wright and director Rob Minkoff go to great lengths to flesh out the characters’ back stories and devote inordinate attention and energy to what is presented in the film as the father-son relationship between talking beagle Peabody (voice of Ty Burrell) and Sherman (Max Charles), the human child he lives with.
While it’s true that in the original series, Peabody legally “adopted” Sherman, anyone who has seen the old show can tell you that the relationship between the two was closer to pet ownership than paternal custody. Portraying Sherman as Peabody’s legal dependent, instead of as his slightly dimwitted best friend, not only violates the spirit of the original series but also is just plain weird.
“Peabody’s Improbable History,” as the television segments were called, was an irreverent, even subversively educational romp through famous moments in history. The new film is a sappy comedy about the difficulties of contemporary parenting. Sure, the plot superficially hops around in time — from the French Revolution to ancient Egypt to the Italian Renaissance to the Trojan War — but its main narrative has less to do with history than with the headaches of single fatherhood when your child is an idiot.
Sherman sets the story in motion by letting his classmate Penny (voiced by Burrell’s “Modern Family” castmate Ariel Winter) use the time machine, known as the WABAC, despite Peabody’s express instructions not to. In short order, Penny gets stuck in Egypt, where she is betrothed to the boy king Tutankhamun (Zach Callison), forcing Peabody and Sherman to rescue her. A subplot about the dangers of disrupting the space-time continuum only muddies the narrative and will upset even the most open-minded aficionado of cinematic time-travel conventions.
The question, then, is: Who is this movie for? Certainly not baby boomers who grew up with the series, and who probably only came to fully grasp its wordplay and wit when they were adults. Their teeth will likely be set on edge by the aggressively lowbrow nature of the script.
But what strange child cares about jokes referencing the 1999 film “Runaway Bride” or Bill Clinton’s dalliance with Monica Lewinsky? That’s right, Mom and Dad, the 42nd president pops up here to remind your child about that 1990s sex scandal. The off-color allusion is the only time the film goes quite this far, but it’s emblematic of the film’s inability to strike the right tone. Good luck explaining it on the way home.
Then again, you might not have to. If there are as few laughs as there were at the screening I sat through, that nasty little innuendo might fly right over Junior’s head.
In that sense at least, “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” does resemble the original cartoon, which always packed more gags into it than any child could be expected to understand. The difference is that with “Peabody’s Improbable History,” you had to grow up to get all of the humor, which ran from silly puns to more slyly sophisticated — if family-friendly — double entendres.
With “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” you’ll need not only your own WABAC machine, but also a shower.
PG. Contains mild action and rude humor. 82 minutes.
ROCKEFELLER ON NTSB INVESTIGATION INTO SISSONVILLE PIPELINE EXPLOSION
Senator Jay Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, released the following statement on the National Transportation Safety Board report following the December 11, 2012 natural gas pipeline explosion in Sissonville.
“The NTSB report should be a wake-up call for the pipeline industry. It is unacceptable that the Sissonville pipeline was not tested or inspected since 1988, and alarming that the company’s systems were not better prepared to detect or respond to this emergency. While fortunately there were no fatalities in the Sissonville pipeline explosion, there was substantial damage, which calls into question how much industry has been doing to secure pipelines running through our communities. This is why I held a field hearing last year in Sissonville to examine pipeline safety, and why I will be following up with Columbia Gas on their plans to implement the recommendations provided by the NTSB. West Virginians deserve to know that everything is being done to prevent disasters like this from happening again. ”
Area High School Boys Regional Basketball 2014
High School Boys Basketball - Regional:
Class AAA: (All Games Tuesday, March 11, 2014):
(17-7)Wheeling Park at (14-10)Morgantown
(11-13)Preston at (18-6)Parkersburg South
(17-5)Hedgesville at (17-5)Lewis County
(12-11)Elkins at (23-0)Washington
Class AA: (All Games Thursday, March 13, 2014):
(14-10)Ravenswood at (14-9)Fairmont Senior
(10-13)East Fairmont at (19-5)Roane County
(6-17)Frankfort at (21-0)Robert C. Byrd
(17-7)Bridgeport at (12-11)Keyser
Class A: (All Games Wednesday):
(17-7)Bishop Donahue at (19-5)Clay-Battelle
(17-6)Pendleton County at (19-4)Notre Dame
(16-6)Tucker County at (10-12)Moorefield
(18-6)Gilmer County at (18-6)Charleston Catholic
C-GCC: NEW High School Equivalency Test
A new high school equivalency test will be offered in Gilmer and Calhoun counties.
Due to Spring Break, classes will be available in March according to the following schedule ONLY.
March 04,05,06,10,11,12,27,28: Calhoun County classes will be held at the Career Center from 12:00 Noon to 3:30 PM.
March 04,06,10,11,27,28: Gilmer County classes will be held at St. Marks Church from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.
The test will continue to be free, but candidates will still have to pass a practice test prior to test enrollment.
Please call 304.354.6151 Extension 106 for more information.
Multi-Disciplinary State 4-H Shooting Sports Weekend Camp - Register by 03.14.14
The Multi-Disciplinary State 4-H Shooting Sports Weekend Camp will be held April 04-06, 2014 at the Gilmer County Recreational Center, Glenville, WV.
The cost is $50. This camp is for youth ages 12-21 (as of 01.01.2014) regardless of prior 4-H shooting sports experience in their home county.
Registration and Health Forms must be completed and have all appropriate signatures, and be postmarked no later than March 14, 2014.
For a copy of the registration materials, please contact the Extension Office at 304.462.7061.
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