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2014 ACT Results Show Snapshot of Student Performance in West Virginia

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West Virginia graduates out performed students across the nation in English and reading according to data released on Wednesday by ACT.

The state 2014 ACT average English score was 20.4 while the national score was 20.3.

The state ACT average reading score was 21.4 compared to the average national score of 21.3.

Across the state, 11,191 of this year’s high school graduates took the ACT. Of the state’s graduating class, 65% took the ACT at least once.

West Virginia’s composite score on the college entrance exam remained the same in 2014 at 20.6 while the national composite score increased from 20.9 to 21 over the same period of time.

The states 2014 ACT average math score was 19.5 and science score was 20.6.

“I applaud the graduating class of 2014 for their ACT achievement but there is still work to be done,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Charles K. Heinlein. “Students, teachers and parents must continue their unwavering focus on preparing our young citizens for future personal and professional success.”

According to ACT’s yearly report, The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2014, college and career readiness problems persist among U.S. high school graduates, with the majority ill-prepared for success at the next level. In West Virginia, only 19% of the test takers met all four of the ACT college readiness benchmarks.

ACT research shows that students who meet the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks are more likely to persist in college and earn a degree than those who don’t.

The benchmarks specify the minimum score students must earn on each of the four ACT subject tests to have about a 75% chance of earning a grade of C or higher and a 50% chance of earning a B or higher in a typical credit-bearing first-year college course in that subject area.

68% of West Virginia students scored at levels indicating they were ready for freshman English courses, compared to 64% of students nationwide. In reading, 45% of state test-takers were ready for freshman courses, ranking above the national%age of 44.

31% of West Virginia students were college ready in math, compared to 43% nationally. In science, 32% of West Virginia students were ready, compared to a national average of 37%.

ACT data suggest student aspirations are high.

The vast majority (95%) of 2014 ACT-tested graduates reported that they intend to pursue postsecondary education.

The report, however, cautions that having college aspirations isn’t enough.

A similar percentage (95%) of 2013 tested graduates aspired to higher education, but only 73% actually enrolled in a postsecondary institution in fall 2013.

The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement test made up of four separate exams in English, reading, mathematics and science, plus an optional writing test.

The test is administered in all 50 states and is the predominant college entrance exam in 25 states, including West Virginia. ACT also assesses a student’s ability to succeed in college.

Gilmer County Magistrate Court Report - 08.20.14

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Civil Case(s):

Plaintiff Defendant Filed Served Amount
Appalachian Piping PDTS Brian Hardesty & Deone Hardman 08.06.14 08.07.14 $800.00
08.13.14: Judgment for the Plaintiff > $800.00 and Immediate Possession of Property.
Appalachian Piping PDTS Steven Idleman & Kisha Riggs 08.05.14 08.11.14 $2,400.00
08.11.14: Substituted Personal Service
Optometric Eye Care Charlene Dulude 08.07.14 08.12.14 $495.55
Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Donna Kay Davisson 08.11.14 08.13.14 $3,833.13
Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Daniel Lloyd Husk 08.11.14 08.15.14 $1,787,07
08.18.14: Confessed Judgment * To Pay $75.00 Per Month.
Mary Heckert DBA Hands of Pride Devon Heater 08.14.14 08.14.14 $600.00
Camden Clark Medical Center  c/o Edward L. Harman Lisa M. Duskey 08.14.14 08.16.14 $772.86
Woodford's Accounting & Tax Joseph Williams III 08.15.14
08.20.14 Respondent to Pay $700.00 + $75 Court Cost. To Vacate Premises No Later Than 08.22.14



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Misdemeanor / Criminal Case(s):

Complainant Defendant Offense Date Warrant
Francis L. Raynor James Christopher Miller Possession of Controlled Substance (Hydro) 08.08.14 08.08.14
Bond: $5,000.00 - 0812.14: Bound Over to Gilmer County Circuit Court with 14F-65
Benton R. Huffman Jessica Mae Keith Possession of Controlled Substance Less Than 15 Grams 08.11.14 08.11.14
08.11.14: Plea of Guilty Entered * Placed on 6 Month Probation * CCP $30.00, Court Cost $160.25 * Six month Payment Schedule
STPR Kenneth Varnet Jamie Freda Persinger Driving Suspended / Revoked Non-DUI 2nd Offense 07.12.14 08.11.14
Bond: $500.00
Benton R. Huffman Cody Allen King Assault 08.11.14 08.11.14
Bond: $3,000.00
Benton R. Huffman   Brandishing Deadly Weapon 08.11.14 08.11.14
Bond: $3,000.00
A.F. Wendling, Inc. Jennifer Cummings Worthless Check 06.14.14 08.13.14
$1,028.10 + $25.00 = $1,053.10
CPT Jeremy D Jenkinks Adam Wayne Ramsey Trespassing 08.18.14 08.19.14
Bond: $2,500.00 - 08.19.14: Conditions of Bond * Placed on Home Confinement Thru GCSD
 
CPT Jeremy D Jenkinks Adam Wayne Ramsey Battery 08.18.14 08.19.14
Bond: $2,500.00 - 08.19.14: Conditions of Bond * Placed on Home Confinement Thru GCSD
CPT Jeremy D Jenkinks Adam Wayne Ramsey Disorderly Conduct 08.18.14 08.19.14
Bond: $2,500.00 - 08.19.14: Conditions of Bond * Placed on Home Confinement Thru GCSD
CPT Jeremy D Jenkins Corey Michael Bell Obstructing an Officer 08.20.14 08.20.14
Bond: $15,000.00



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WV State Police Citation(s):

Defendant Issued Charge(s)
Dakota C. Burkhammer 08.16.14 Speeding
Evelyn Ruth Lambert 08.14.14 Registration Violation
No Proof of Insurance



Gilmer County Sheriff Citation(s):
Defendant Issued Charge(s)
James Gale Barr II 08.08.14 Registration Violation
Operator’s
Elmer Jeanie Blair 08.11.14 Speeding
No Proof of Insurance
William T. Cochran 08.11.14 Driving Suspended/Revoked Non-DUI 2nd Offense
No Proof of Insurance
Dianna Davis 08.08.14 Speeding
Jordan Leigh Morris 08.20.14 Possession of Controlled Substance Less Than 15 Grams
Joseph C. Westfall 08.11.14 Speeding
No Proof of Insurance
Haley J. Wilson 08.15.14 Defective Equipment



City of Glenville Citation(s):
Defendant Issued Charge(s)
Jamie F. Persinger 08.11.14 Possession of Controlled Substance Less Than 15 Grams

 

GSC’s Student Support Services Hosting Pioneer-a-Palooza - Today

The staff of Glenville State College’s Student Support Services (SSS) will be hosting a ‘Pioneer-a-Palooza’ open house on Thursday, August 21, 2014 beginning at 3:30 PM in the GSC Amphitheater.

The event will include a barbecue, games, and a live concert featuring the band 3 AM Tokyo.

All activities are free and open to GSC students and the local community.

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“This annual open house event is meant to welcome everyone back for another exciting year. It helps inform the campus community about SSS programs and benefits, which include free tutoring, technological support, career exploration, community service and cultural events, scholarships, and more! This year’s activities – including a barbecue, 3AM Tokyo’s performance, and outdoor games – promise to be a fun and family-friendly time,“ said SSS Teacher/Counselor Ashley Hopkins.

3AM Tokyo has performed up and down the east coast and has proven to be a college town favorite.

Their music is a mix of electronic dance, pop, dubstep, and rock. The foursome, comprised of Grammy nominated singer/songwriter/producer ‘Picasso,‘ Jack Kolber, Jeff Lindsay, and Manny Rodriguez, recently released their debut album, ‘One of Those Crazy Nights.‘

Student Support Services is a federally funded program designed to help students succeed in college.

The program conducts community outreach and provides educational and cultural activities that aid students in earning their degrees.

Annually, SSS serves around 150 qualified students.

For more information about the ‘Pioneer-a-Palooza’ open house or Student Support Services programs, contact the SSS office at 304.462.6150.

State Calendar Contest Entries Due by October 01, 2014

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Those wishing to submit entries for the 12th annual West Virginia Operation Wildflower “Roadsides in Bloom” calendar photo contest have until October 01, 2014.

The contest is sponsored by the state departments of Environmental Protection and Transportation.

Judges will be looking for the best photographs of West Virginia wildflowers to include in the 2015 “Roadsides in Bloom” calendar. Photos must be taken in West Virginia. Twelve winners will be selected to represent the months of the year and a grand prize winner’s photo will be displayed on the calendar cover. Contest rules are:

— Each entry must be submitted as an 8x10 color print and must be landscape orientation. A digital copy on a CD must also be submitted.

— Flowers photographed must be growing along a West Virginia road and the road must be prominently visible in the photo. Flowers may be growing naturally or in an Operation Wildflower bed planted by the Division of Highways. Pictures of cultivated species planted in arranged beds, such as marigolds, pansies, etc., do not qualify.

— Name, address, phone number, e-mail address (if available) and a short description of the photo, including location and county where it was taken, must appear in the upper left-hand corner on the back of the photo. Photos will not be returned.

— No more than three entries per person will be accepted. One winning photo will be selected.

Entries should be mailed to: WV Operation Wildflower, Roadsides in Bloom Calendar Contest, WV Department of Environmental Protection/REAP, 601 57th St. S.E., Charleston, WV 25304.

The state’s Operation Wildflower beautification program is a joint effort between the DEP and the West Virginia Division of Highways. It includes more than 250 acres of wildflowers grown on West Virginia’s roadways.

For more information about the calendar or the rules of the contest, call the DEP’s Adopt-A-Highway Program at 1.800.322.5530.

West Virginia’s Latest News - 08.21.14

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BRIDGEPORT LOOKING INTO HIGH-SPEED INTERNET PROGRAM FOR RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES

The City of Bridgeport is looking into a program which would provide residents internet speeds possibly 200 times faster than the current average broadband speeds.

The goal of the project is to encourage business and economic development, enhance community safety and emergency capabilities, expand healthcare services and provide for future educational opportunities through internet service.

“We believe that access to high quality, affordable Internet has become an essential tool for economic development, enabling the city to better recruit businesses and residents to our city,“ City Manager Kim Haws wrote in a press release. “In addition, it certainly will add to the quality of life of our residents.“

City Council must take action at its upcoming meeting on Monday on a $100,000 budget revision to fund the capital investment in the project to begin the pilot program. The revision will fund the material and equipment to power the system.

During the pilot program, Citynet, a Bridgeport-based company, will partner with the city to operate and maintain the network at no cost to Bridgeport, connecting approximately 100 homes to a high-speed fiber network. The area will consist of the following streets: Vista, Valley, Village, and part of Ridgeway.

Residents would have the opportunity to sign up for the services by January 01, 2015 for a price ranging from $5 to $75. Fees collected from the project will be used to defray material and equipment cost of the pilot project.

Once the pilot program is completed, the city will ascertain the direction to proceed based upon the data collected and the success of the program.


MAN FACES MURDER CHARGE IN FATAL RALEIGH COUNTY FIRE

A Raleigh County man faces first-degree murder and arson charges in connection with a fire that killed another man.

Thirty-six-year-old Carl Cox is being held at the Southern Regional Jail on $500,000 bond.

West Virginia State Police tell media outlets that Cox is accused of setting a fire that occurred late Sunday night at a mobile home in Soak Creek near Sophia. The mobile home’s resident, 56-year-old David Davis, was killed.

Fire officials say two firefighters suffered minor injuries and another emergency responder was treated for smoke inhalation.

Troopers arrested Cox on Monday.


MORE CHARGES POSSIBLE IN MIRACLE MEADOWS CASE

The founder and executive director of the Harrison County Christian boarding school that is at the center of an investigation focused on allegations of possible abuse could face contempt of court and obstruction charges.

Joe Shaffer, the prosecuting attorney in Harrison County, said Gayle Clark violated a court order by having eight students—who had been removed from Miracle Meadows School in Salem by court order last week—at her own Ritchie County home.

In all, 19 students from Miracle Meadows were placed into the emergency custody of the state Department of Health and Human Resources.

“The judge’s prior court order granted physical custody of the children back to the parents, but legal custody temporarily remained vested in the DHHR.  Ms. Clark was fully aware of that.  She was given a copy of the court’s order.  All of the parents were given a copy of the court’s order and fully informed of the allegation,“ Shaffer said Wednesday.

“I’m not certain as to what’s in their minds (the parents of the eight students), but all I know right now is that they had been returned there (to Clark) and they were not supposed to be.“

A large-scale investigation was launched at Miracle Meadows after a school employee, Timothy Aaron Arrington, 36, of Salem, was arrested last week and charged with child abuse for allegedly choking one of the students to the point of unconsciousness in June.

The criminal complaint against Arrington alleged the child woke up handcuffed in his room and indicated Arrington may have handcuffed other students at other times.

Earlier this week, the board for Miracle Meadows School, which is affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventists, voted to file a lawsuit against the DHHR.  The claim is that the investigation is being handled improperly for a facility that is classified as a parochial alternative school.

“This requires speaking only to students listed in the initial allegation and forbids wholesale removal of all students and access and confiscation of school records,“ school officials said in a statement.

“The students of Miracle Meadows School come from all over the United States and are enrolled by parents-guardians who pay tuition, have ongoing contact with their children, and visit the campus on a regular scheduled basis and keep abreast of the progress and safety of their children,“ the school statement said.

Shaffer said the safety of the students is his main concern as well.  “What’s driving me in this is the protection of these children and the lack of perception on the side of the people who are running this school that these children are in imminent danger of harm,“ he said.

Though he would not provide details about the ongoing investigation at Miracle Meadows, he said a basic question about what is discipline versus what crosses the line, in terms of state law, was at the heart of it.

“I understand that parents are generally free to discipline their children and probably free to hand their child over to somebody who they feel is going to discipline them according to their standards,“ Shaffer said on Wednesday’s MetroNews “Talkline.“

“However, when it crosses the line of state law, that’s when we have to step in.“

The state Department of Education has revoked the exemption certificate issued to Mountain Meadows—citing the ongoing investigation.  That means the school is no longer considered an academic facility.

With that exemption, the school’s only requirement from the state had been to file test scores once a year.  There were no other educational oversights.


DOCTOR PLANS JOGGING CLINIC IN EASTERN PANHANDLE

Joggers of all types will have the chance to learn more about conditioning and training at a clinic in the Eastern Panhandle.

Dr. Mark Cucuzzella is offering a clinic on strength training September 05 at the Berkeley Medical Center’s Wellness Center in Martinsburg.

Cucuzzella is a veteran distance runner who has organized events in the Eastern Panhandle. He conducts monthly running clinics to promote proper form, injury prevention and improved performance.

The clinic is free and open to the public, although registration is required.

To register, call 304.264-1287x31814.


RAID LEADS TO DRUG BUST IN CLARKSBURG

Three people were arrested Tuesday evening in Clarksburg after a high risk drug search warrant was executed.

Maurice Lamar Garrison, 32, and Margaret Ellen Proctor, 31, both from Clarksburg, along with Andrew James Carter, 27, from Tampa, Florida, face drug charges after the Harrison County Street Crimes and Drug Unit, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department SWAT Team and the Salem Police Department’s K-9 Unit raided an apartment on Broaddus Avenue.

Authorities had previously been monitoring the location after receiving numerous complaints about drugs being sold in the building, and after a week, the SCAD Unit had obtained enough information to conduct an undercover controlled purchase operation. This led to the eventual raid.

Among the items seized were 28.3 grams of raw heroin worth $14,000 in Street Value, along with 81 Hydrocodone pain pills, one pound of marijuana, weighing scales, packaging materials and $13,731.22.

Garrison is charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin, conspiracy to distribute heroin, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, conspiracy to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute Hydrocodone and conspiracy to distribute Hydrocodone.

Carter is charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin, conspiracy to distribute heroin, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

Proctor is charged with delivery of Oxycodone, possession with intent to distribute Hydrocodone and conspiracy to distribute Hydrocodone.

All charges are felonies and all three are being held in North Central Regional Jail.


ONE DEAD IN VEHICLE-TRAIN ACCIDENT IN WEST VIRGINIA

Police say a Buffalo man has died after his pickup truck collided with a train at a crossing.

The Putnam County Sherriff’s Department tells media outlets that 73-year-old Charles Harrison was driving the pickup across an unguarded crossing when a Norfolk Southern train hit the vehicle.

The accident occurred Tuesday on state Route 62, just south of Buffalo. Harrison was pronounced dead at the scene.

A witness told deputies that the train’s horn was blowing when the collision occurred.

The road was shut down temporarily while the accident was being investigated.


MARSHALL COMMISSION OKS POWER PLANT AGREEMENT

The Marshall County Commission has approved an agreement for a proposed natural gas-fired power plant.

Under the agreement, the commission would own the 549-megawatt plant and lease it back to Moundsville Power to operate.

Moundsville Power would pay about $1 million annually to the county over 30 years in lieu of property taxes.

Media outlets report that the commission approved the deal on Tuesday.

The $615 million plant would be located in Moundsville.

Moundville Power chief financial officer Matthew Dorn told the commission that the company plans to begin construction next year.


ALLEGIANT AIR ADDS HUNTINGTON-PUNTA GORDA SERVICE

Allegiant Air is adding nonstop service between Huntington Tri-State Airport in West Virginia and Punta Gorda Airport in Florida.

The new service will begin November 20.

Flights will be offered twice a week on Sunday and Thursday.

Huntington Tri-State and Allegiant Air announced the service on Tuesday in a news release.


POLICE ISSUE 182 CITATIONS AS WVU STUDENTS RETURN

Police issued more than 180 citations and arrested more than a dozen people during West Virginia University students’ first weekend in Morgantown for the fall semester.

Preliminary figures released Tuesday by Morgantown police show 82 citations were issued for underage drinking between last Friday and Monday.

Police also issued 62 citations for open container violations.

Other citations included disorderly conduct, littering, public intoxication, nuisance party, obstructing and fake identification.

Fifteen people were arrested on a total 41 charges. Police didn’t provide details of the charges.


TOYOTA COMMITS $1M TO WV TECHNICAL COLLEGE

BridgeValley Community and Technical College has received a $1 million commitment from Toyota West Virginia to further enhance the college’s technology and training equipment.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said Tuesday the commitment at BridgeValley’s South Charleston campus will take place over five years.

The college’s new Advanced Technology Center prepares technicians for jobs in a variety of economic sectors, including the automotive industry.

Toyota and BridgeValley are partners in a two-year advanced manufacturing technician degree program.

BridgeValley was founded on March 20 after the consolidation of Bridgemont and Kanawha Valley Community and Technical Colleges. It also has a campus in Montgomery.


WVU PRESIDENT GORDON GEE WINDS DOWN 55-COUNTY TOUR

West Virginia University President Gordon Gee recently spread his message of ‘One West Virginia’ at one of the biggest events of the year — the 90th annual State Fair of West Virginia in Greenbrier County.

As summer nears its end, Gee is wrapping up his 55-county West Virginia tour, an initiative in which he wants to convince the state’s residents that WVU is “their university.”

And despite the three-and-a-half driving hours between Morgantown and Fairlea, fairgoers resonated with Gee’s message. Batches of folks decked out in gold-and-blue wandered the fairgrounds and many University supporters stopped to chat with the president or take photos with him.

“It is clear that the people of West Virginia love West Virginia, and they love West Virginia University,” he said.

At the Governor’s Day luncheon, Gee met with public officials including Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant; state Board of Education President Gayle Manchin; state Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick; and numerous legislators.

“This stop reinforced the importance of agriculture, education and our Extension offices in our great state,” Gee said.

Of course, a trip to the State Fair wouldn’t be complete without chowing down on hot, fresh Ben-Ellen donuts, or hopping onto a tractor.

Enjoy highlights from this trip in this latest video. You can also read Gee’s blog and view photos from his trip here.


NURSE SUES SOUTH CHARLESTON HOSPITAL OVER FLU SHOT

A South Charleston hospital is being sued by a nurse who says she was required to get a flu shot despite being allergic to the vaccine.

Susan Dean’s lawsuit said a new policy at Thomas Memorial Hospital required her to prove her allergy, even though she had an immediate reaction to a flu shot administered by another Thomas nurse 15 years ago.

Dean filed the lawsuit last week in Kanawha County Circuit Court, the Charleston Gazette reported.

Dean has been employee of the hospital for more than 30 years. To keep her job, the lawsuit says Dean underwent allergy testing in October 2013 and had a reaction. Since then, she has been hospitalized several times and is unable to work, the lawsuit said.

Thomas Memorial’s policy, which was implemented in September 2013, requires all health care workers, including volunteers and chaplains, to receive yearly flu shots. The hospital would grant exemptions if an employee had a statement from a doctor saying the employee was allergic to eggs, which would be verified through allergy testing at the employee’s expense; a previous episode of Gullian-Barre, a rare disorder where the body’s immune system attacks its nervous system, or upon recommendation from a doctor for a pregnant employee.

Hospital spokeswoman Paige Johnson told there also exemptions for religious reasons.

Employees who refuse to be immunized and who are found to not be exempt initially face a 30-day suspension without pay. They would be fired if they do not comply by the end of the suspension period.

Johnson said most medical facilities use the policy, which was set by The Joint Commission, an independent national organization that certifies thousands of health care organizations.

She declined to comment about Dean’s lawsuit. But she said the hospital considers exemption cases carefully.

“We have an entire team of infection control nurses and they are very aware of individual situations and we make provisions for those,“ Johnson told the newspaper.

In addition to damages, the lawsuit seeks to require medical professionals to undergo training to deal with employees’ allergy to the flu vaccine.


CAPITO, TENNANT TO FACE OFF IN WEST VIRGINIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CANDIDATE FORUM NEXT WEEK

Democrat Natalie Tennant and Republican Shelley Moore Capito will attend a U.S. Senate candidate forum next week.

State Chamber of Commerce President Steve Roberts says they’ll participate in the August 28 event as part of the chamber’s annual meeting at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs.

In the 2nd Congressional District, Democrat Nick Casey and Republican Alex Mooney will participate in a chamber forum August 29. The same day, Democrat Glen Gainer and Republican Congressman David McKinley will attend a 1st District forum.

Roberts says Democratic Congressman Nick Rahall won’t join next Thursday’s 3rd District event. Republican Evan Jenkins did RSVP.

Third-party candidates won’t be involved.

Tennant and Capito will also debate October 07 in Charleston. The West Virginia Press Association, West Virginia Public Broadcasting and AARP are organizing.

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Movie Review: ‘Land Ho!’ - An Icy Road Trip Loaded with Chuckles

Ten minutes into “Land Ho!,” viewers who still haven’t warmed up to the character of Mitch would be advised to sneak out and get a refund while there’s time. The comically boorish protagonist of the film is no more charming once you get to know him, and there’s no formulaic third-act redemption in store. Mitch remains like one of those embarrassing uncles whose behavior must be tolerated lest it ruin the holidays.

He’s also the film’s main attraction, despite the fact that this road-trip buddy tale plays out against scenic Icelandic vistas other films have used to great effect. Here, geysers and vast cascades are just background for a story of two retirees trying to have some fun before they’re too old.

Mitch is played by Earl Lynn Nelson, an untrained actor who happens to be the second cousin of Martha Stephens, who wrote and directed the film with Aaron Katz. Paul Eenhoorn, an Australian actor with many credits to his name, plays Colin, Mitch’s former brother-in-law who hasn’t seen him in the years since divorce broke family ties.

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We meet them as Mitch, a surgeon with plenty of disposable income, is giving his old friend an unexpected invitation: He has just bought a pair of first-class tickets to Iceland, and intends to pay all the expenses for a trip that will shake the cobwebs off their increasingly lonely lives. Reluctantly, Colin agrees.

Like his character, Nelson is a surgeon from the South, and everything from the faux-dramatic way he reads Lonely Planet blurbs aloud to the folksy vulgarity of his descriptions of women — the most memorable of which can’t be printed here — suggests that the real man’s personality inspired the film. Stephens even fictionalizes her relationship to him. Not long after the friends settle into Reykjavík, Mitch gets an e-mail saying that his own 20-something second cousin Ellen (Karrie Crouse) has been traveling in Greenland and is flying over. Would Mitch mind picking up Ellen and her traveling companion (Katz’s wife, Elizabeth McKee, a first-time screen actor) from the airport?

He most certainly would not. Ellen’s a “hottie,” Mitch tells Colin, and while that doesn’t mean he’s attracted to her — the archetype here is the embarrassing uncle, not the creepy one — Mitch believes that squiring two young women around town will help the men meet others. But not only do the youngsters prove unhelpful as wingmen, they’re no more interested in smoking pot with Mitch than Colin is. After a long night in a bar that just reminds the men of their age, the two pairs go their separate ways, leaving the men to tour the rest of Iceland alone, in their rented Hummer. Their most noteworthy misadventure will entail nothing more than a night spent sleeping on uncomfortable rocks.

Cinematographer Andrew Reed frames the scenes of human interaction nicely. But the film’s pale color palette doesn’t bring out the best in landscapes that inspire awe both in person and in such big-budget films as “Prometheus” and “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” (The next “Star Wars” film is reportedly shooting there as well, which adds some unintentional humor. A nighttime scene of Mitch and Colin arguing, illuminated only by two glow sticks they got in a night club, looks like a half-hearted showdown with miniature lightsabers.)

The men aren’t always fighting. They frolic through multiple happy montages set to the ’80s hit “In a Big Country.” But Colin’s sometimes testy reserve in the face of Mitch’s pushy high spirits provides the closest thing this low-key film has to drama.

Like most stars of road movies, they’re an odd couple; unlike most, both the friction between them and their underlying loyalty feel real, not contrived to supply a movie’s dramatic arc. We come to sympathize strongly with Colin, even though he says fairly little about his romantic setbacks. As for Mitch, who never shuts up, if you can stand him for 15 minutes, he’ll probably keep you chuckling for an hour and a half.

★ ★ ½

R. Contains drug use, sexual references and rough language. 95 minutes.

Mike Romano for WV Senate

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MEC Women’s Cross Country 2014

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The West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats have been picked to repeat as Mountain East Conference champions after a vote conducted by the league’s coaches.

WVWC finished with a maximum of 100 points in the poll after being picked to finish first on 10 ballots. The Bobcats dominated the 2013 MEC Championship with five runners in the top 10, and all of those runners are slated to return, including MEC Freshman and Runner of the Year Naomi Underwood.

Wheeling Jesuit was picked to finish second with 89 points and received the other first-place vote. The Cards will need to replace their top three finishers at the MEC Championship last year.

Charleston was picked to finish third with 75 points, narrowly in front of West Liberty in fourth with 73 points. Concord was tabbed to finish fifth, followed by Fairmont State (54), Notre Dame (51) and UVa-Wise (40). Urbana and Glenville State tied for ninth with 28 points, and West Virginia State rounded out the poll with 11 points.

2014 MEC Women’s Cross Country Preseason Poll
1. West Virginia Wesleyan (10) 100
2. Wheeling Jesuit (1) 89
3. Charleston 75
4. West Liberty 73
5. Concord 56
6. Fairmont State 54
7. Notre Dame 51
8. UVa-Wise 40
9.(t) Urbana 28
9. (t) Glenville State 28
11.  West Virginia State 11
() Indicates first place votes * Coaches not able to vote for own team

MEC Volleyball 2014

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Wheeling Jesuit was overwhelmingly picked to repeat as Mountain East Conference champion in volleyball in a vote conducted by the league’s coaches.

The Cardinals received a maximum of 121 points that included 11 first-place votes. WJU went 38-6 and advanced to the NCAA Semifinals where it lost to the eventual national champion Concordia. Makenzie Ripley, a first team All-MEC performer last season, returns along with the league’s Freshman of the Year Haley Kindall and Kayce Krucki, a second team All-MEC performer. WJU is ranked 17th in the initial American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) poll.

Fairmont State was picked to finish second with 108 points and received the other first-place vote. The Falcons graduated two first team all-conference selections, but bring back two others in libero Tiff Smathers and setter Tabbie Bias. FSU was runner-up to Wheeling Jesuit in the regular season and at the conference tournament in 2013.

Charleston, under first year head coach Jenna Brown, finished third with 93 points, followed by West Virginia Wesleyan (89) and Shepherd (85). Concord checked in at sixth with 61 points, in front of West Liberty (59) and West Virginia State (51). Urbana was ninth with 48 points, Notre Dame and UVa-Wise tied for 10th with 31 points, and Glenville State completed the poll with 15 points.

The 2014 regular season gets underway on Thursday, September 04. 

2014 MEC Volleyball Preseason Poll
1. Wheeling Jesuit (11) 121
2. Fairmont State (1) 108
3. Charleston 93
4. West Virginia Wesleyan 89
5. Shepherd 85
6. Concord 61
7. West Liberty 59
8. West Virginia State 51
9. Urbana 48
10. (t) UVa-Wise 31
10. (t) Notre Dame 31
12. Glenville State 15
() Indicates first place votes * Coaches not able to vote for own team

Sports Brief - 08.21.14

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►   BAYLOR BEARS:  2013 SEASON IN REVIEW: Baylor’s unprecedented success in 2013 came as a result of outstanding play on both sides of the ball, as Art Briles’ club dominated the opposition for much of the campaign.

The Bears had streaked out to a 9-0 start, scoring more than 60 points six times (70 or more four times) while permitting in excess of 14 on only three occasions. Double-digit wins over West Virginia, Kansas State, Iowa State, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas Tech had BU on course to win its first-ever Big 12 title. The team dropped a lopsided decision (49-17) at Oklahoma State just before Thanksgiving, but bounced back to take down TCU and Texas the next two weeks to claim the conference crown, and with it, a BCS Bowl bid against another upstart program in UCF.

The Fiesta Bowl matchup with the Knights was everything most expected it would be—a high-energy clash between two teams that certainly knew how to score points. In the end, UCF prevailed in a 52-42 final, slightly diminishing Baylor’s accomplishments, but Briles’ bunch certainly gave their rabid fans a season to remember.

2014 ANALYSIS:

OFFENSE: The Bears are set to move into a new stadium this fall, and the offense, under the direction of Heisman hopeful Bryce Petty, should help provide plenty of fireworks to help celebrate. Petty, now a senior, put up monster numbers a year ago, and could have conceivably been a more serious Heisman contender if not for the record-setting seasons turned in by some of the other outstanding players on the national scene. As it was, Petty threw for 4,200 yards, 32 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions, and he will be surrounded with an abundance of talent once again, notably senior wide receiver Antwan Goodley (71 receptions, 1,339 yards, 13 touchdowns).

Shock Linwood is back as the team’s top ground gainer, having rushed for 881 yards and 8 touchdowns in 2013 as a freshman.

A near total overhaul of the offensive line may provide some instability at the outset, and the key will be whether or not some of the guys who were battered and bruised last season are healed up and ready to go. Also, finding a replacement for two-time All-American Cyril Richardson won’t be easy.

Briles is aware of the challenges that lie ahead. But he knows that focus and preparation are the building blocks on which he hopes to construct another highly successful campaign.

“Our goal right now is we’re preparing to play 60 minutes to win a football game August 31st (vs. SMU). That’s our goal, that’s our objective, that’s the way we’re approaching it.“

DEFENSE: As mentioned earlier, the BU defense was superb last season, but the return of only four players with starting experience could mean a downswing this year. The loss of several key contributors won’t be easy to overcome, but if standout linebacker Bryce Hager returns to form after missing the final few games of last season due to injury that would be a huge help. Hager amassed 71 tackles from his spot in the middle of the field last season, and he will need to be even more active this fall as most of his teammates settle into new roles.

Up front is where the Bears appear to be strongest, as defensive ends Shawn Oakman and Jamal Palmer (5.0 sacks in ‘13) have the skill, and the coaches’ confidence to get the job done.

The secondary may take some time to jell as well, with the only notable returnee being junior safety Terrell Burt (2 interceptions in ‘13). Still, Briles and defensive coordinator Phil Bennett are excited about the potential of sophomores Terrence Singleton and Orion Stewart.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Spencer Roth is the only holdover on special teams, and the senior punter is hoping to up the ante after averaging nearly 46 yards per punt in 2013 en route to All-Big 12 honors, as well as All-America consideration. Freshman Chris Callahan appears to have the inside track on kicking duties, while the return game will feature any one of the talented speedsters Briles has at his disposal.

OUTLOOK: As long as Petty stays healthy, the Bears are going to be a formidable opponent for all who line up against them. The opener against SMU won’t be easy, but layups against Northwestern State and Buffalo will have the team in a favorable position as Big 12 play gets underway at Iowa State on the last Saturday in September.

Baylor will actually play three straight road games from September 13 to October 4, the last of which takes place at Texas. TCU and West Virginia are next, and the final four games will see the Bears tangle with Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Kansas State.

It will be interesting to see if Briles can get his troops to the top of the Big 12 mountain once again, but the more likely scenario will see them miss the mark by a narrow margin.

Regardless, Briles believes last year was a stepping stone to even greater things in the future.

“We’re very excited about 2014 without any question, because our guys have learned how to win at the highest level and have worked diligently on and off the football field to keep our name good, and that’s what it’s all about.“

 



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►   UAB BLAZERS:  2013 SEASON IN REVIEW: The UAB Blazers were one of three teams in the Conference USA East Division to finish the conference slate 1-7, and were one of four teams overall to do it in the league. The Blazers finished with a dismal 2-10 record, which included a 1-4 mark on their home turf.

Garrick McGee’s squad struggled to contain opposing offenses, allowing just under 498 offensive yards per game and a season total of 525 first downs. Quarterbacks that faced UAB enjoyed an average completion rate of 65.4% and 276.5 passing yards per game. McGee was replaced in the offseason by Bill Clark, who led FCS program Jacksonville State to a record-breaking 11-4 season and a berth into the national quarterfinals.

The Blazers played a relatively tough non-conference schedule in 2013. UAB began the season with a 34-31 overtime loss to Troy, and then was beat up pretty bad by LSU, 56-17. The Blazers picked up their first win of the season with a 52-28 win over FCS program Northwestern State. A loss to Vanderbilt closed out the team’s non-conference portion of the slate.

UAB only managed one more win the rest of the way in C-USA - a tight 27-24 edging of FIU. The Blazers closed out the season on a six-game losing streak, but managed to force overtime against the eventual conference champion Rice Owls.

2014 ANALYSIS:

OFFENSE: Prior to Jacksonville State, Clark had spent some time as the defensive coordinator at South Alabama in the Sun Belt Conference. But despite his defensive background (which will certainly help the Blazers this season), he managed to help transform a Jacksonville State offense that was an injury away from potentially reaching the FCS semifinals.

He might need a bit of time before UAB can be in the same type of position however, considering the Blazers are losing both quarterbacks that saw the field a year ago. Jonathan Perry, who threw for 10 touchdowns to lead the team, is gone. So is Austin Brown (nine touchdown passes). That leaves Clark with some big decisions this offseason, and he’ll be keeping an eye on Cody Clements and Jeremiah Briscoe very closely.

Whichever quarterback wins the starting gig will at least have an arsenal of weapons to which he can throw. Nine of the team’s top 10 pass catchers are back from last season, including Jamarcus Nelson, who topped the squad with 42 catches for 846 yards and eight touchdowns. Then-freshman Jamari Staples was second on the team with four receiving scores, and he’ll look to build on that total this year. Tight end Kennard Backman will provide another pass-catching outlet.

Perhaps the greatest loss on offense for UAB was running back Darrin Reaves. The productive back made the most of his 201 carries in 2013 by rushing for 980 yards and 12 touchdowns. His duties will likely fall primarily to Jordan Howard, who rushed for 905 yards and two touchdowns last season. He should have some lanes through which he can run since UAB is getting back three starting offensive linemen from 2013. Junior Cameron Blankenship (6-foot-5, 325 pounds) is the favorite to win one of the two vacant positions, while redshirt freshman Zach Sims is the other.

DEFENSE: UAB returns eight defensive starters from the 2013 season, including the top two tacklers from a year ago and four of the top five tacklers. Considering the abuse the defense took in 2013 (UAB allowed at least 30 points in a game to an opponent nine times during the season), having a healthy majority of experienced players back is an asset.

The success of the defense this upcoming season starts with linebacker Jake Ganus, who was the team’s top tackler last year with 93. He also racked up eight tackles for loss, an interception and a quarterback hurry. His eight tackles for loss was a team high. Clark may change the defensive scheme in 2014, but he’ll have Ganus along with veteran linebackers Derek Slaughter and multipurpose linebacker/defensive end Diaheem Watkins to use.

Up front, Watkins and Chris Rabb return to a defensive line looking for an anchor in the middle. Jontavious Morris is a candidate to fill the tackle position, but he could receive a push from fellow junior Robert Mondie.

“The biggest thing we have been able to do in the offseason is come together as a team,“ Watkins said. “Coach Clark has done a great job of creating a family atmosphere. We just have to stay hungry and stay together going into that first game against Troy.“

A good problem for Clark to have in the defensive backfield is figuring out which one of his experienced backs should start. Between Kelton Brackett, Lamarcus Farmer, Jordan Petty and Jimmy Jean, all four have starting experience and will see plenty of shared time in 2014. Nick Jackson and Calvin Jones should earn the starting safety positions headed into the season.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Ty Long continues to climb up the UAB record books in terms of field goals made. Now as a senior, the 2013 preseason Groza Award candidate will have a chance to firmly implant himself into Blazers history. He hit 16- of-24 field goals last year with a long of 50 yards.

Hunter Mullins returns to handle the punting duties once again after accumulating an average of 43.1 yards per punt with a long of 63. He sent 14 boots inside the 20 in 2013.

OUTLOOK: UAB is yet another Conference USA victim of player turnover. A 2-10 record is certainly not ideal, and it will be tough for the new coach Clark to come into an FBS coaching situation and have to pick a brand new quarterback to lead his squad.

Still, there are plenty of pieces returning that now have playing experience, and the wide receiver position is loaded with veteran talent. That should make the new quarterback feel much more at ease when the season kicks off, and will hopefully help improve the 214.8 passing yards per game the Blazers accounted for last season.

Defensively, the large number of returning starters is a good foundation. But those same players from last year were the ones who surrendered so much offensive output to opponents. Clark may have his own schemes in mind as he gets set to make the jump from FCS to FBS.

“I told our guys that it is not fair to our seniors to say we are going to win in four years,“ Clark said. “That is not the climate we are in anymore. I think our players have already seen a difference in the way we train and the way we prepare. I hope they have already seen the kind of climate we want to create here.“

The schedule for the Blazers is tough once again, as they’ll start the season for the second year in a row with a matchup against Troy. Then UAB takes on Mississippi State, Alabama A&M, and kicks off conference play with FIU on September 27. The Blazers will finish up the non-conference portion of the schedule on October 25 at Arkansas. Key conference battles will be between the Blazers and North Texas (October 11), Middle Tennessee (October 18) and Marshall (November 22).

The pieces are there for the Blazers as they start building back up. UAB hasn’t won more than five games in a season in any of the last five years, and it will take some time to get back to that point again. But under the direction of Clark and with so many returning players, the Blazers are on the right path.

 



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►   BROWNS NAME HOYER STARTING QB:  Brian Hoyer will be the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns to begin the season.

Coach Mike Pettine made the announcement on Wednesday morning, selecting Hoyer over rookie Johnny Manziel.

“We’ve maintained all along that if it was close, I would prefer to go with the more experienced player,“ said Pettine in a statement Wednesday. “Brian has done a great job in the meeting rooms and with his teammates on the practice field and in the locker room.“

The Browns will open their season on September 7 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Hoyer started each of the Browns’ first two preseason games. He completed 6- of-14 passes for 92 yards in the opener against Detroit and was just 2-of-6 for 16 yards this past Monday against Washington.

Manziel, selected with the 22nd overall pick in May’s draft, threw for 63 yards on 7-of-11 passing in the first preseason game against the Lions. He was 7-of-16 for 65 yards with a touchdown on Monday, but was also sacked three times.

“It’s obviously disappointing,“ said Manziel after practice Wednesday. “I didn’t play terrible (in the first two preseason games), but I made strides. If I would have done better in the last two weeks, it would have been different outcome. I’m going to continue to give it my all every day.“

Hoyer started three games for the Browns last year, but a torn ACL in the first quarter of a Week 5 victory over Buffalo ended his season. He led Cleveland to a pair of wins in his first two starts and completed 57-of-96 passes for 615 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions in his limited action.

The Michigan State product entered the NFL with New England as an undrafted free agent in 2009 and appeared in 13 games over three seasons with the Patriots. He then split the 2012 campaign with Pittsburgh and Arizona, making one start in two appearances with the Cardinals.


►   STEELERS BRING BACK KEISEL:  The Pittsburgh Steelers have re-signed defensive end Brett Keisel to a two-year contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Keisel has played his entire 12-year career with the Steelers, who selected him in the seventh round of the 2002 NFL Draft. However, he had not received a contract offer as an unrestricted free agent this summer. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the Arizona Cardinals were set to make him a proposal earlier this week.

The Post-Gazette reported a deal with the Steelers was in the works on Tuesday and Keisel revealed his plans to stay in Pittsburgh on Twitter.

“I am very excited to finish what I started in 2002 with the @steelers,“ Keisel wrote. “Time to get to work!!“

Keisel has started 110 of the 144 games he has played with Pittsburgh and has helped the Steelers to a pair of Super Bowl titles. He has 29 career sacks with seven forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries.

A 2010 Pro Bowl selection, Keisel also has three sacks in 16 postseason games.

The Steelers released defensive tackle Al Lapuaho to open a roster spot.


►   BUCS RELEASE HAWKINS:  The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins on Wednesday.

Hawkins spent last season with the San Diego Chargers, appearing in just four games, after playing his first five years with the Tennessee Titans.

In six seasons in the league, Hawkins has 71 catches for 771 yards with one touchdown.


►   JIM KELLY HAS NO EVIDENCE OF CANCER:  Doctors treating Jim Kelly for sinus cancer said there is no longer evidence of cancer in the Hall of Fame quarterback.

“The treatments so far have completely eliminated Mr. Kelly’s pain, and his level of function has essentially returned to normal. Further, on physical examination, there is no evidence of cancer,“ Dr. Peter Constantino said in a statement released by The New York Head & Neck Institute at Lenox Hospital in Manhattan.

Kelly had the follow-up screening Tuesday, three months after completing several rounds of radiation and chemotherapy. He will undergo a series of tests over the coming week to determine if further treatment is necessary.

“It is possible that no further treatment will be required, and the testing over the next week will define this issue,“ Constantino said.

Kelly was initially diagnosed with cancer in his upper jaw in June 2013 before undergoing surgery. Doctors found a recurrence of that cancer in March.


►   BRONCOS WR NORWOOD TEARS ACL, DONE FOR YEAR:  Denver Broncos wideout Jordan Norwood has suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in one of his knees during a Wednesday practice and is out for the season.

The Denver Post was first to report the news, revealing that Norwood fell awkwardly at the sideline while going against cornerback Brandon Harris for a pass by quarterback Peyton Manning. He was carted off the field, then sent for an MRI, which revealed the extent of the damage.

“Appreciate the love n support from friends fam fans and the like. ACL, ShmayCL. Ill be back in no time. Blessed, favored, n in my Gods hands,“ Norwood stated on his Twitter account.

Norwood, undrafted out of Penn State, spent last season away from football. He posted 13 catches for 137 yards in two games with Cleveland in 2012, and has posted 36 receptions for 405 yards and one score for the Eagles and Browns.

He garnered the interest of the Broncos through the club’s GM, Tom Heckert, for whom Norwood played in his previous two league stops.


►   TINGELHOFF SELECTED AS SENIOR NOMINEE FOR PRO FOOTBALL HOF:  Minnesota Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff was selected as the senior nominee for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015.

Tingelhoff will be an automatic finalist on the ballot next February.

A six-time Pro Bowl selection and five-time First-Team All-Pro, Tingelhoff never missed a game in 17 seasons with the Vikings from 1962-78. He started all 240 games he played and appeared in 19 postseason games, including four Super Bowls.

Tingelhoff will join 15 yet-to-be-named modern-era finalists in addition to two contributor finalists from which the Class of 2015 will be selected. The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s selection meeting will be held on Jan. 31, 2015, in Arizona, the day before Super Bowl XLIX.


►   49ERS’ DORSEY INKS EXTENSION:  San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey has signed a two-year contract extension through the 2016 season.

Dorsey is entering his second year with the 49ers, but could miss a majority of the 2014 campaign with a biceps injury he suffered during training camp in early August.

“Glenn is a true pro who has quickly become a valued contributor to our organization both on and off the field,“ said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke. “He is a quick study and a very good football player that has earned this extension, and we look forward to his future contributions.“

Dorsey joined the Niners in 2013 on a two-year contract and switched from defensive end to the interior of the line. He started 13 of the 16 games he played last season and notched 41 tackles with two sacks.

The 29-year-old LSU product spent his first five seasons in Kansas City after the Chiefs made him the fifth overall pick of the 2008 draft. He has 279 career tackles and six sacks in 82 NFL games, 78 of which have been starts.


►   IT’S ‘JOHNNY BACKUP’ IN CLEVELAND:  Johnny Manziel made things very easy for Mike Pettine.

The only real question in Cleveland was if the first-year head coach had the authority to play the quarterback he wanted on Week 1 in Pittsburgh.

One of the underreported aspects of the so-called Brian Hoyer-Manziel competition for the Browns’ starting quarterback job was the fact that there were others involved in the decision-making process outside of Pettine, his offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and his quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains, the three people who know better than anyone else that Manziel is simply not ready to start an NFL game.

Rookie general manager Ray Farmer drafted Manziel with the 22nd overall pick back in May and obviously has a stake in his future as does team owner Jimmy Haslam, who was sold on the fact that “Johnny Football” was going to be the face of his franchise and the superstar who would finally elevate the Browns’ brand from bumbling to must-see.

To a degree Manziel has been as advertised when it comes to star power. The former Heisman Trophy winner has been a television ratings juggernaut, the key cog in the NFL Network’s highest-rated preseason game, and the impetus that made Monday’s game between the Browns and the Redskins ESPN’s second highest- rated preseason telecast.

On the field, however, it’s been a far different story.

As many around the Browns feared Manziel showed up for training camp woefully unprepared and behind the 8-ball because of his laissez-faire attitude during his first offseason as a professional.

If you are wondering just how bad Manziel’s first few months as a pro have gone consider that at least two organizations trying to pump up their own young quarterbacks coined the term “anti-Manziel” to describe them.

Sources close to both the Eagles and Vikings used that term to describe Nick Foles’ understated leadership style, as well as Teddy Bridgewater’s willingness to work when talking to The Sports Network.

The Browns, meanwhile, were ignoring common sense and enabling their own young QB as he jetted off to Hollywood, Sin City or Austin every time he had a free moment during offseason activities.

The straw that broke the camel’s back for the team seemed to be the picture which surfaced showing Manziel with a rolled-up bill in a nightclub bathroom.

“I’ve talked about that with coach Pettine; I’ve talked about it with Ray Farmer and the people that I need to talk about that with,“ Manziel dodged at the beginning of camp when asked about the picture and all it entails. “Moving forward, they’re good with everything and I’ve told them everything I need to.“

As he’s prone to do, however, Manziel couldn’t help himself and defended his behavior.

“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with me going out and having a nightlife and having a social life,“ he said. “I am 21 years old, and I do like going out. It was the offseason. It’s free time for us, and if I want to go out and hang out with my friends or go to nightclubs or do things like that, then I think that’s within my rights to be doing that. I think there are other guys throughout the league that are doing that. I’m not trying to compare myself to anybody else, but I think that’s within my rights to be doing that.“

The Browns, however, obviously had a problem with Manziel’s behavior and Haslam took it on his shoulders to finally address it.

“I don’t want to wear this subject out,“ he said when camp commenced. “Johnny said it himself. He made some mistakes. We expect better from him. I’m sure he’ll perform now. We’re anxious to see what he can do on the field, which is what really counts.“

Early Wednesday morning Pettine finally confirmed Hoyer, a Cleveland native with a journeyman’s background, would be under center in western Pennsylvania when the 2014 regular season kicks off on September 7.

“(Hoyer) was the clear leader from the beginning,“ Pettine admitted. “We’ve maintained all along that if it was close, I would prefer to go with the more experienced player. Brian has done a great job in the meeting rooms and with his teammates on the practice field and in the locker room.“

Indeed Manziel would have been a tough sell to the veteran players in Cleveland’s locker room who understand what it takes to be successful at this level.

“I’m 21 years old and age is not an excuse, but I need to mature and I have done some immature things but moving forward I’m going to try and mature and get better and handle myself better as a professional,“ Manziel said.

Pettine, though, would be derelict in his duty to assume Hoyer, who is attempting to return from a torn anterior cruciate ligament his right knee suffered during the Browns’ October 3 victory against the Buffalo Bills last season, is any kind of long-term answer.

And that means the coach has to keep building up Manziel.

“He’s certainly made great strides,“ the coach said of his embattled rookie QB. “We are pleased with where he is, and he has shown that he has come a long way in his ability to pick up the playbook, be coachable and lead an offense. We are confident that Johnny is going to have a great future, but we just felt that Brian still had a decided edge on him.“

That might seem like an oxymoron but it’s all Pettine has right now.

 



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►   SCHILLING SAYS CHEWING TOBACCO GAVE HIM CANCER:  Former All-Star pitcher Curt Schilling said chewing smokeless tobacco gave him cancer.

Schilling, appearing on WEEI radio in Boston, said he is in remission after undergoing treatment for squamous cell carcinoma. He revealed his diagnosis in February with a statement through ESPN and spoke publicly about it for the first time on Wednesday.

The 47-year-old six-time All-Star said he chewed tobacco for about 30 years and firmly believes it is the reason he developed cancer.

“I’ll go to my grave believing that was why I got what I got,“ Schilling said during the radio interview. “Absolutely. No question in my mind about that. I do believe without a doubt, unquestionably, that chewing is what gave me cancer.

“I’m not going to sit up here from the pedestal and preach about chewing. ... It was an addictive habit, I can think about so many times in my life when it was so relaxing to just sit back and have a dip and do whatever. And I lost my sense of smell, my taste buds for the most part, I had gum issues, they bled, all this other stuff. None of it was enough to ever make me quit.

“The pain I was in going through this treatment, the second or third day, it was the first thing and the only thing in my life that I’ve ever had that I wish I could go back and never have dipped. Not once. It was so painful.“

Schilling said he lost 75 pounds during his treatment, which included radiation and chemotherapy, and added that his recovery is challenging.

“There are so many things that are damaged during the process,“ Schilling noted. “I don’t have any salivary glands, so I can’t taste anything, and I can’t smell anything right now. And there’s no guarantee they’ll come back.“

The news about Schilling comes just two months after Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn died after battling cancer of the salivary gland following his use of smokeless tobacco.

Schilling pitched 20 seasons in the majors with five different teams (Baltimore, Houston, Philadelphia, Arizona, Boston) before retiring following the 2007 campaign.


►   RAYS ACTIVATE OF MYERS:  Reigning American League Rookie of the Year Wil Myers was activated from the 60-day disabled list by the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday.

Myers had been on the DL since June 1 due to a slight stress fracture in his right wrist. The injury occurred during outfield collision with teammate Desmond Jennings during a game in Boston.

He didn’t have surgery for the injury, but did wear a cast and missed 70 games in total.

The 23-year-old captured the AL’s top rookie honor after batting .293 with 13 home runs and 53 RBI in just 88 games last season, but was in the midst of a sophomore slump in 2014. Myers was hitting just .227 with five homers and 25 RBI through 53 games at the time of the injury.

To make room on the roster, the team optioned Vince Belnome back to Triple-A Durham, while moving Jerry Sands from the 15-day DL list to the 60-day.


►   RED SOX ACTIVATE ROSS FROM DL:  The Boston Red Sox activated catcher David Ross from the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday among a flurry of roster moves.

Ross had been bothered by plantar fasciitis in late July, and was finally placed on the disabled list August 2, one day after his last game appearance, against the New York Yankees.

The 37-year-old Ross is batting just .192 with six homers and 12 RBI in 40 games this season.

In addition, Boston optioned catcher Daniel Butler and pitcher Steven Wright to Triple-A Pawtucket and recalled utilityman Alex Hassan from its top farm club.

Hassan went 1-for-7 and scored a run in his first major-league recall, from June 01-03.

Wright allowed one run over four relief innings on Sunday against the Astros. Butler finished 0-for-11 in three games earlier in August.

 



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►   TULSA’S SIMS CAPTURES ROOKIE MONTHLY HONOR:  Tulsa’s Odyssey Sims was named the WNBA’s top rookie for the month of August.

Sims led the WNBA in scoring during the month with an average of 23.5 points. She scored 20 or more points in five of the six games and 25 or more in three of those contests.

The Baylor product, who was selected second in the 2014 WNBA Draft, led all rookies in scoring during the season with an average of 16.7 points and 4.2 assists.


►   WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20, 2014 SCOREBOARD: 

Texas   «5
Miami4
Seattle3
Philadelphia   «4
Toronto   «9
Milwaukee5
NY Mets   «8
Oakland5
Houston   «5
NY Yankees2
Atlanta 2
Pittsburgh   «3
Arizona2
Washington   «3
LA Angels   «8
Boston3
Detroit   «6
Tampa Bay0
Cincinnati3
St. Louis   «7
San Francisco   «8
Chicago Cubs3
Baltimore   «4
Chicago WSox3
Cleveland   «5
Minnesota0
Kansas City2
Colorado   «5
San Diego   «4
Los Angeles1

 



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►   TORRES HAS SETBACK IN RECOVERY FROM ACL INJURY:  The San Jose Sharks revealed on Wednesday that forward Raffi Torres was forced to undergo another surgery on his right knee.

“Raffi recently underwent a surgical procedure in Toronto to alleviate an infection in his previously surgically repaired right knee,“ said Sharks GM Doug Wilson in a statement. “The procedure involved removing the graft previously implanted in his repaired knee in September 2013. Raffi has started a rehabilitation phase, but will need to repeat the surgical procedure to repair the ACL damage suffered on September 20, 2013. We expect Raffi to return to the team during the 2014-15 season but no official timeline for his return is being set at this time.“

Torres was signed to a three-year deal in the 2013 offseason. He recovered well enough from the initial surgery to appear in five regular-season games and all seven of San Jose’s historic first-round defeat to the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings.

The 32-year-old Torres is a veteran of 12 NHL campaigns with the Islanders, Oilers, Blue Jackets, Sabres, Canucks, Coyotes and Sharks.


►   RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FORMER FIRST-ROUND PICK HAYES:  The New York Rangers agreed to terms with free agent forward Kevin Hayes on Wednesday.

Hayes was selected with a first-round pick by Chicago in 2010, but could not agree to terms with the Blackhawks by the deadline last Friday and became a free agent.

The Blackhawks retained Hayes’ rights through college. He concluded his collegiate eligibility last season and had until August 15 to reach a deal.

Hayes was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in college last season. He skated in 40 games for Boston College and compiled 27 goals with 38 assists to rank second in the nation with 65 points.

The 22-year-old Massachusetts native scored 44 goals and added 88 assists for 132 points in 142 collegiate games. He helped BC win the national championship in the spring of 2012.

Chicago, under terms of the collective bargaining agreement, will receive a compensatory pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. It will be the No. 24 selection in the second round.


►   NHL CHANGES DRAFT LOTTERY RULES AGAIN:  The National Hockey League on Wednesday announced further changes to its draft lottery.

In an attempt at addressing greater competitive balance in the league and among its non-playoff participants, the%ages of each team which does not qualify for the postseason will be altered. Each of the bottom four clubs will receive lower odds, while the 10 best will see their odds increase.

Last season, the worst club in the NHL had a 25% chance of winning the lottery and picking first, while the new allocation lowers that to 20%. The second-worst club enjoyed 18.8% odds of winning, which are now lowered to 13.5%.

The 13th and 14th non-playoff franchises, which previously had a less than one-percent chance to win the lottery, will now see the odds increased to two% and one%, respectively.

In addition, beginning in 2016, three separate draws will be held to determine each of the top three picks in the draft. The winners will be locked, in order, from first to third slot.

The alterations come just over 18 months since the league announced its previous change, which made all 14 teams that fail to qualify for the playoffs eligible to win the right for the top selection. Previously, only the five teams with the fewest points in the standings had the opportunity to win the lottery.

Changes announced this year will take effect over a two-year period, starting with next season’s lottery.

 



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►   STEWART SITTING OUT BRISTOL, BURTON FILLING IN:  Tony Stewart will not compete in Saturday night’s Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Stewart-Haas Racing announced on Wednesday.

It’s the third straight Sprint Cup race that Stewart has skipped since he struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car race on August 09 at Canandaigua (NY) Motorsports Park.

Jeff Burton will substitute for Stewart in the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet for the second straight week. Last Sunday, Burton started 27th and finished 37th at Michigan International Speedway. He experienced a mechanical issue and had to spend more than 20 laps in the garage for repairs.

Burton, who is running a partial schedule in the series this season before he serves as an analyst for NBC Sports’ coverage of NASCAR next year, has 40 Cup starts at Bristol, which includes a victory in the March 2008 race there.

Regan Smith drove Stewart’s car to a 37th-place finish in the August 10 Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International.

SHR noted that Stewart’s plans for upcoming Sprint Cup races have yet to be determined. After Bristol, the series moves on to Atlanta Motor Speedway (August 31) before the 26-race regular season concludes at Richmond International Raceway (September 06). The Chase for the Sprint Cup championship begins on September 14 at Chicagoland Speedway.

Stewart is currently 25th in the point standings and has yet to win a race in the series this season.

There are presently no criminal charges pending against Stewart; however, the investigation regarding Ward’s death is ongoing. The investigation could take several more weeks.

 



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►   FURYK TO PLAY IN PGA GRAND SLAM:  Jim Furyk will be the final competitor in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

Furyk will join this year’s three major champions—Bubba Watson, Martin Kaymer and Rory McIlroy—in the foursome that will compete in the 36-hole event to be held October 13-15 at Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton, Bermuda.

Since McIlroy won both the British Open and PGA Championship, Adam Scott was initially invited to round out the field as the defending champion of the event. Scott, though, was unable to compete due to a scheduling conflict.

Furyk, the 2003 U.S. Open champion, was runner-up in this year’s Major Champions Points List, which charts the performance throughout the year of active major champions.

“It’s exciting to cap a great year in golf by matching a foursome of the game’s premier performers over 36 holes,“ said PGA of America president Ted Bishop in a statement Wednesday. “The PGA Grand Slam of Golf is a reward for achieving a milestone in a golfer’s career.“

Furyk won the Grand Slam of Golf in 2003 and again in 2008.

 



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►   SERENA IS TOP SEED AT THE OPEN:  Five-time champion Serena Williams is the top seed for the U.S. Open, which will begin Monday in Flushing Meadows.

The world No. 1 great has won the last two Opens by beating former top- ranked star Victoria Azarenka in a pair of finals. The powerful American has reached the last three finals in Flushing, having finished as a runner-up in 2011.

Williams is followed in the seedings by French Open runner-up Simona Halep, Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova, former Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska and French Open titlist Maria Sharapova, who was a U.S. Open champ in 2006.

Seeds 6-through-10 in New York will be Angelique Kerber, Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard, former French Open champ Ana Ivanovic, former U.S. Open runner-up Jelena Jankovic and former Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki.

Five of the top-10 seeds—Williams, Sharapova, Ivanovic, Jankovic and Wozniacki—are former or current world No. 1s.

 



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►   WICKED STRONG AND TONALIST MEET AGAIN IN TRAVERS:  Wicked Strong and Tonalist, first and second in the Jim Dandy Stakes, meet up again in Saturday’s $1.25 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

The 1 1/4-mile “Mid-Summer Derby” has attracted a field of 10 3-year-olds, including Haskell Invitational winner Bayern.

Wicked Strong, trained by Jimmy Jerkens for Centennial Farms, will start from post 7 with his regular jockey Rajiv Maragh. The morning line has the Jim Dandy champ as the 7-2 third pick with Tonalist at 3-1 and Bayern the 2-1 program favorite.

Wicked Strong, wearing blinkers for the first time, captured the Jim Dandy over Tonalist on July 26 by a solid 2 1/4 lengths. The victory made the colt a millionaire as he has banked $1,244,610 with three wins in nine career starts.

“We needed to see that from him,“ Jerkens said about the Jim Dandy. “He’s been slowly developing all along. He certainly didn’t run bad in those (Triple Crown) races, but he hadn’t put it together like that. It was good to see.“

The 3-year-old began his 2014 season with a disappointing ninth-place finish in the Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park. After a fourth in an optional allowance race, he won the Wood Memorial at odds of 9-1.

Wicked Strong overcame some problems in the Kentucky Derby to finish fourth and again finished fourth, in a dead heat with California Chrome, in the Belmont Stakes won by Tonalist.

Tonalist has drawn to Wicked Strong’s immediate inside for Saturday. Trained by Christophe Clement, the colt will again have Joel Rosario in the saddle.

“I’m looking forward to the Travers. I’m looking forward to a mile and a quarter. I’m looking forward to the pace scenario. I’m excited. Let’s go,“ Clement said.

Owned by Robert Evans, Tonalist gained national attention with his Belmont Stakes victory, denying California Chrome the Triple Crown. Four weeks prior to the Belmont the colt won the Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park.

Tonalist has won half of his six career starts for $1,077,000.

Bayern, trained by Bob Baffert for Kaleem Shah Inc., will break from post 2 with Martin Garcia getting his second straight mount on the colt.

Bayern ran away from the field to win the Haskell by 7 1/4 lengths as he won for the first time beyond a mile. Coming into the Haskell, the colt’s biggest win came in the seven-furlong Woody Stephens Stakes on the Belmont Stakes program, He won that stakes by seven lengths.

“The Haskell was pretty impressive,“ Baffert said. “Will he take a step backward? I don’t know, but he looks good. He’s not a really big horse, but he’s fast. He’s a handy horse, and he’s got a lot of speed. I’m not totally convinced he can go a mile and a quarter, but he’s pretty fast. You just have to let him go and what happens, happens. You can’t worry about it. When you have a horse with that kind of brilliant speed, you have to use it.“

The 3-year-old, unraced last year, has four wins from seven lifetime starts for $1,077,680.

Here is the field for the Travers in post position order: Commanding Curve, Shaun Bridgmohan, 15-1; Bayern, Martin Garcia, 2-1; Charge Now, Junior Alvarado, 15-1; V. E. Day, Javier Castellano, 15-1; Viva Majorca, Julien Leparoux, 20-1; Tonalist, Joel Rosario, 3-1; Wicked Strong, Rajiv Maragh, 7-2; Kid Cruz, Irad Ortiz Jr., 12-1; Ulanbator, Brian Hernandez Jr., 30-1 and Mr Speaker, Jose Lezcano, 10-1.

 

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 21, 2014


Major League Baseball - National League
Arizona at Washington, 4:05 PM - FS-Arizona, MASN, DSS
Atlanta at Cincinnati, 7:10 PM - SportSouth, FS-Ohio, MLB Network, DSS
San Francisco at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 PM - CSN-Bay, Chicago, DSS
San Diego at Los Angeles, 10:10 PM - FS-San Diego, SportsNet LA, DSS


American League
Houston at NY Yankees, 1:05 PM - CSN-Houston, YES, MLB Network, DSS
Cleveland at Minnesota, 1:10 PM - SportsTime Ohio, DSS
Detroit at Tampa Bay, 1:10 PM - FS-Detroit, MLB Network, DSS
LA Angels at Boston, 7:10 PM - FS-West, NESN, MLB Network, DSS


National Football League - Preseason
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7:30 PM - KDKA, 6ABC, NFL Network


WNBA - Playoffs
Washington at Indiana, 7:00 PM - ESPN 2
San Antonio at Minnesota, 9:00 PM - ESPN 2


International Soccer
Tottenham Hotspur FC vs. AEL Limassol FC, 12:55 PM - beIN Sport


Little League World Series
International elimination game, 3:00 PM - ESPN
United States elimination game, 7:30 PM - ESPN


Golf
EUROPEAN - D+D Real Czech Masters, 5:00 AM - Golf Channel
EUROPEAN - D+D Real Czech Masters, 9:00 AM - Golf Channel
PGA - The Barclays, 2:00 PM - Golf Channel
WEB.COM - WinCo Foods Portland Open, 6:30 PM - Golf Channel


Tennis
Connecticut Open, 1:00 PM - ESPN 2
Winston-Salem Open, 3:00 PM - ESPN 2

Glenville Center Employee Involvement Committee RADA Cutlery Fundraiser

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FPWV1011- House For Sale

House for Sale

Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries - 08.21.14

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CLERK OF THE COUNTY COMMISSION OF GILMER COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA
NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND BENEFICIARIES

The administration of the estates(s) of the following deceased is pending before the Clerk of the County Commission of Gilmer County, 10 Howard Street, Glenville WV 26351.

The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below.

Notice is hereby given that the estate(s) of the following has been opened for probate.  Any interested person objecting to the validity of the will, the qualifications of the personal representative or the venue or jurisdiction of the court, shall file notice of an objection with the County Commission within ninety days after the date of the first publication or within 30 days of service of notice, whichever is later.  If an objection is not timely filed, the objection is forever barred.

All persons having claims against the estate(s) of the said following deceased, whether due or not, are notified to exhibit their claims, with the voucher thereof, legally verified, to the undersigned, at the County Clerk’s Office on or before November 19, 2014  otherwise they may by law be excluded from all benefit of said estate(s).  All beneficiaries of said estate(s) may appear on or before said day to examine said claims and otherwise protect their interests.

Claims against the estate must be filed in accordance with West Virginia Code 44-1-14a.

 

DECENDENT NAME PER.REP/NAME REPER.REP/ADDRESS ATTORNEYNAME
ADDRESS
FID./COMM.NAME
ADDRESS
Bernice Mae Moyers Charles Victor Moyers 1245 Butchers Run Road None Required None Required
Cedarville, WV 26611
Loretta Mary Jane Robinson Debora J. Hern
Timothy R. Robinson
17 1st Ave, Ravenswood, WV 26164 None Required None Required
229 Turkey Lick Rd, Tanner, WV 26137
John William Hickman Brenda Sue Rexroad
Pamela Jane Moss
697 Turkey Fork Rd, Sand Fork, WV 26340 None Required None Required
2125 Spruce Run Rd, Glenville, WV 26351

 


Clerk of Gilmer County Commission
Jean Butcher
10 Howard Street
Glenville, WV 26351

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : August 21, 2014

Survey: Nearly 8 Out of 10 Americans Report Working on Vacation

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TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*, revealed the results of its working-on-vacation survey of more than 16,100 employed respondents across 10 countries, including more than 2,100 in the U.S.

77% of U.S. respondents report having worked on vacation during the past year, compared to an average of 40% in the nine other countries included in the poll—Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain and the U.K.


Why People Work on Vacation

51% of U.S. respondents say they do not mind doing a little work on vacation, while 44% would prefer to be totally disconnected, and five percent enjoy being connected to work while on vacation.

Across all countries surveyed, the top reason respondents cited for working on vacation is that there may be urgent situations that need attention – 65% of U.S. respondents report feeling this way.

U.S. respondents are the most likely to report feeling guilty if they don’t work on vacation (18%), and also the most likely to say that their managers expect it (18%).

Email Trends and Online Connectivity

91% of U.S. respondents typically check work email while on vacation.

Of those who check work email on vacation, 37% say it is an everyday habit and do not consider it to be “work” while on vacation.

40% check work email several times per day, while 5% admit to taking a peek every hour or more.

31% of respondents say the rise in Internet connectivity and mobile devices has created an expectation from employers that they should always be available to work.

A further 32% say it has meant that they feel a need to check in while out of the office.

How U.S. Vacation Time Stacks Up Against the Rest of the World

U.S. respondents receive less paid vacation time than any of the countries surveyed – 18 days in the U.S., compared to the average of 24.

The majority of U.S. respondents (76%) do not feel the amount of paid vacation time given in the U.S. is fair compared to what the rest of the world receives.

U.S. respondents on average would like an additional four days of vacation, considering 22 days of paid vacation to be fair and reasonable.

However, this is the lowest expectation of the countries surveyed – Brazilians and Russians want the most at 33 days per year.


Compared to Rest of World

1. Germans – 83%

2. French – 79%

3. Italians – 76%

4. British – 72%

5. Australians – 72%

6. Spanish – 71%

7. Japanese – 69%

8. Americans – 60%

9. Russians – 58%

10. Brazilians – 57%

1. Germans – 89%

2. Australians – 87%

3. French – 84%

4. Russians – 81%

5. Japanese – 80%

6. Brazilians – 76%

7. Italians – 74%

8. Spanish – 69%

9. British – 67%

10. Americans – 24%


Putting a Dollar Value on Vacation Days

21% of U.S. respondents would take a pay reduction in order to gain more time off. For each extra day, the average amount they’d be willing to have their pay decreased is $350.


Give Me a Break

61% of U.S. respondents say their vacations leave them feeling refreshed and recharged, and 39% say they are better able to handle work stresses after taking a vacation. These benefits typically last 1-2 weeks (27%).

To ease the transition back to work, 53% return from trips a day or two early to rest and unpack.

“The TripAdvisor survey shows that Americans receive less vacation time than other countries, and when they do take time off it is often more like a ‘workation’ than a vacation,“ said Brooke Ferencsik, director of communications for TripAdvisor. “In today’s highly connected world, most Americans feel the need to stay plugged in even while out of the office.“

Turning America Into a War Zone, Where ‘We the People’ Are the Enemy

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“If you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me. Most field stops are complete in minutes. How difficult is it to cooperate for that long?”—Sunil Dutta, an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department for 17 years

Life in the American police state is an endless series of don’ts delivered at the end of a loaded gun: don’t talk back to police officers, don’t even think about defending yourself against a SWAT team raid (of which there are 80,000 every year), don’t run when a cop is nearby lest you be mistaken for a fleeing criminal, don’t carry a cane lest it be mistaken for a gun, don’t expect privacy in public, don’t let your kids walk to the playground alone, don’t engage in nonviolent protest near where a government official might pass, don’t try to grow vegetables in your front yard, don’t play music for tips in a metro station, don’t feed whales, and on and on.

For those who resist, who dare to act independently, think for themselves, march to the beat of a different drummer, the consequences are invariably a one-way trip to the local jail or death.

What Americans must understand, what we have chosen to ignore, what we have fearfully turned a blind eye to lest the reality prove too jarring is the fact that we no longer live in the “city on the hill,” a beacon of freedom for all the world.

Far from being a shining example of democracy at work, we have become a lesson for the world in how quickly freedom turns to tyranny, how slippery the slope by which a once-freedom-loving people can be branded, shackled and fooled into believing that their prisons walls are, in fact, for their own protection.

Having spent more than half a century exporting war to foreign lands, profiting from war, and creating a national economy seemingly dependent on the spoils of war, we failed to protest when the war hawks turned their profit-driven appetites on us, bringing home the spoils of war—the military tanks, grenade launchers, Kevlar helmets, assault rifles, gas masks, ammunition, battering rams, night vision binoculars, etc.—to be distributed for free to local police agencies and used to secure the homeland against “we the people.”

It’s not just the Defense Department that is passing out free military equipment to local police. Since the early 1990s, the Justice Department has worked with the Pentagon to fund military technology for police departments. And then there are the billions of dollars’ worth of federal grants distributed by the Department of Homeland Security, enabling police departments to go on a veritable buying spree for highly questionable military-grade supplies better suited to the battlefield.

Is it any wonder that we now find ourselves in the midst of a war zone?

We live in a state of undeclared martial law. We have become the enemy.

In a war zone, there are no police—only soldiers. Thus, there is no more Posse Comitatus prohibiting the government from using the military in a law enforcement capacity. Not when the local police have, for all intents and purposes, already become the military.

In a war zone, the soldiers shoot to kill, as American police have now been trained to do. Whether the perceived “threat” is armed or unarmed no longer matters when police are authorized to shoot first and ask questions later.

In a war zone, even the youngest members of the community learn at an early age to accept and fear the soldier in their midst. Thanks to funding from the Obama administration, more schools are hiring armed police officers—some equipped with semi-automatic AR-15 rifles—to “secure” their campuses.

In a war zone, you have no rights. When you are staring down the end of a police rifle, there can be no free speech. When you’re being held at bay by a militarized, weaponized mine-resistant tank, there can be no freedom of assembly. When you’re being surveilled with thermal imaging devices, facial recognition software and full-body scanners and the like, there can be no privacy. When you’re charged with disorderly conduct simply for daring to question or photograph or document the injustices you see, with the blessing of the courts no less, there can be no freedom to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

And when you’re a prisoner in your own town, unable to move freely, kept off the streets, issued a curfew at night, there can be no mistaking the prison walls closing in.

This is not just happening in Ferguson, Missouri. As I show in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, it’s happening and will happen anywhere and everywhere else in this country where law enforcement officials are given carte blanche to do what they like, when they like, how they like, with immunity from their superiors, the legislatures, and the courts.

You see, what Americans have failed to comprehend, living as they do in a TV-induced, drug-like haze of fabricated realities, narcissistic denial, and partisan politics, is that we’ve not only brought the military equipment used in Iraq and Afghanistan home to be used against the American people. We’ve also brought the very spirit of the war home.

This is what it feels like to be a conquered people. This is what it feels like to be an occupied nation. This is what it feels like to live in fear of armed men crashing through your door in the middle of the night, or to be accused of doing something you never even knew was a crime, or to be watched all the time, your movements tracked, your motives questioned.

This is what it’s like to be a citizen of the American police state. This is what it’s like to be an enemy combatant in your own country.

So if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, by all means, stand down. Cower in the face of the police, turn your eyes away from injustice, find any excuse to suggest that the so-called victims of the police state deserved what they got.

But remember, when that rifle finally gets pointed in your direction—and it will—when there’s no one left to stand up for you or speak up for you, remember that you were warned.

It works the same in every age. Martin Niemoller understood this. A German pastor who openly opposed Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in a concentration camp, Niemoller warned:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

~~  John W. Whitehead ~~

Bon Appétit: 10 Ways to Dress Up Corn on the Cob

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It’s hard to improve on the delicious simplicity of summer-perfect corn on the cob slathered with butter and sprinkled with salt.

But we figured we’d give it a try anyway. And we quickly learned that fresh corn is a splendid foundation on which all manner of flavor combinations can be built, from sweet (check out the Fluff masterpiece below) to savory (bacon, anyone?) to spicy (chili lime!). So use our list as a starting point and see how many directions you can go with your corn.


— BLUE CHEESE CHIVE BUTTER

Mash together 4 Tablespoons softened butter with 4 Tablespoons crumbled blue cheese. Stir in 2 Tablespoons finely chopped chives and 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper. Spread on hot corn on the cob.


— OLD BAY BOIL

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Season heavily with Old Bay Seasoning. Boil husked ears of corn until tender, about 5 minutes. Serve with butter and an additional sprinkle of Old Bay.


— SPREADABLE BACON

Cook 1 slice of bacon per ear of corn. In a food processor, crumble the bacon and process until finely chopped. Add 1 Tablespoon of butter per ear, a pinch of salt and black pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar. Spread on hot corn on the cob.


— HERB VINAIGRETTE

In a small bowl, whisk together 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard, 3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar, a hefty pinch of salt and black pepper, 3 Tablespoons olive oil and 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh thyme. Drizzle over the corn.


— TOASTED ALMOND AND TARRAGON

Spread 1/2 cup ground almonds on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees until golden and toasted, about 8 minutes. Allow to cool. Mix in 2 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh tarragon and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Coat each hot ear of corn with butter, then roll in the almond-tarragon mixture.


— TOASTED MARSHMALLOW

Husk six ears of corn, skewer with long skewers, and coat lightly with cooking spray. Grill over medium-high until tender and lightly charred, turning frequently. Spread each ear of corn with a couple tablespoons of marshmallow spread (Fluff). Turn the grill flame up (or use a campfire) and toast the marshmallow on all sides.


— SMOKED FETA AND PEPPER

Finely crumble 1/2 cup smoked feta cheese. Mix in 2 Tablespoons finely chopped pickled jalapeno peppers. Coat each hot ear of corn with butter, then roll in the cheese and pepper mixture.


— JERK GRILLED

Whisk together 1 tablespoon water and 2 tablespoons molasses. Using a pastry brush, lightly coat 4 ears of corn with the molasses mixture. Sprinkle all over with purchased or homemade jerk seasoning. Grill over indirect heat on well-oiled grates until tender.


— CHILE LIME

Spread cooked ears of corn on a platter. Sprinkle with fresh lime juice, finely grated lime zest, ground cumin, minced serrano chile and salt.


— SAFFRON AND OLIVE CREAM

Mix 2 Tablespoons minced Kalamata olives, 2 Tablespoons minced green olives, a pinch of saffron and a pinch of black pepper into 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese. Spread over hot corn on the cob.

Ask the Doctor: Multiple Sclerosis Treatable

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DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My doctor thinks I might have multiple sclerosis.
All this started because I couldn’t see well out of my left eye.
That has cleared without any treatment.
I know very little about this illness, except that it leaves a person wheelchair-bound.
I understand there is no treatment.
I am 41 and have four children.
I am devastated by all this.
Please explain it to me. - G.S.

ANSWER: Multiple sclerosis gets its name because many (multiple) scars (sclerosis) appear in the brain and spinal cord.
The scars come about due to a disruption in myelin, the insulating material for nerves.
When myelin is lost, nerve transmission is interrupted.
That’s the basis for all the symptoms of MS.
It’s believed that antibodies attack myelin.
What turns on the production of these antibodies remains unknown.
Often, the first sign of MS is a vision disturbance such as the development of a blind spot in one eye.
Weakness of an arm or leg, a staggering walk, numbness in a body region, sensitivity to heat with a worsening of symptoms and outright pain in a particular area are some of the signs of this illness.
Almost as a rule, the initial signs and symptoms disappear.
For the diagnosis, a return of different symptoms points to MS.
MRI scans show the brain and spinal cord scars with great clarity.
Changes in spinal fluid add evidence to the diagnosis.
The most common kind of MS is relapsing-remitting MS.
Symptoms go but are followed by a new outbreak of different symptoms.
In time, the symptoms can become permanent.
About 350,000 people in the United States have this illness.
Women patients outnumber men by a factor of 3 to 1.
Peculiarly, geography has a great influence.
People who live in northern climates are more likely to come down with it than are those who live in southern climates.
The illness most commonly appears between the ages of 20 and 50.
Treatment is available.
We’re jumping the gun in talking about it since you have not been officially diagnosed as having it.
Bear in mind that treatment has made this illness not as hopeless as you imagine.

Flashback: What Happened on August 21, ....

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•  1734 Governor Gooch granted millwrights John Smith and Rees Smith 425 acres in western Jefferson County, including the land for present-day Middleway.

•  1888 The Thurmond Land Company, with its main office in Virginia, filed its charter with the secretary of state.

•  1920 A three-hour battle occurred between guards and striking coal miners in Mingo County; six were killed.

•  1992 A new report revealed toxic emissions at the Union Carbide plants in South Charleston, Kanawha County, had increased over the last year, while the emissions of two other Kanawha County chemical firms had decreased.

G-MM™: Meditation Moment - 08.21.14

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Restore to me the joy of your salvation.

Reformation and restoration are at the heart of God’s desire to win his people to himself and bring them back to the loving relationship he deeply desires. David’s psalm is a moving prayer of repentance after his transgressions as he throws himself on God’s mercy to create a clean heart. In the gospel, the people invited to the wedding are too busy with worldly affairs and so are deaf to the call to join the heavenly feast. What is my response? Am I willing to come and put on the clothes of a pure and loving relationship—the life God is calling me to enjoy? Lord, let your will be done in my innermost being so that transformation may begin in me as in David.


Ezekiel 36:23-28. I will pour clean water on you and wash away all your sins—Ps 50(51):12-15, 18-19. Matthew 22:1-14.

Mary Catherine “Kate” Goff

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Mary Catherine “Kate” Goff

Age 87, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August, 20, 2014, at her Auburn, WV residence, in the same room that she was born.

Born on May 02, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Alvin “Fields” and Pearl (Hoff) Tharp, Sr.

She was the bride of the late Earl Goff and they had celebrated 54 years of marriage at the time of his death in 2001.


Mary was a Christian by faith.

She was a life-long wife, mother, and homemaker for her loving family. Her children and grandchildren were the joy of her life.  She hosted the weekly Sunday family lunch, annual Goff reunion, and amazing holiday events in her home as long as she was able.  She was active in the SouthFork Grange at Berea, 4-H sewing leader, and was the Folk Festival Ritchie County Belle in 2002.  She loved traveling with the Senior Citizens and was the caregiver of many elderly family members.  Mary was a proud graduate of Harrisville High School with the class of 1936.

She was a 50+ year member of the Auburn Baptist Church. 


She is survived by her seven children, Diana Riddle of Clarksburg, WV; Anita Bonnett (Eddie) of Shelbyville, KY; Gene Goff (Jill) of Auburn, WV; Dwight Goff (April) of Elizabeth, WV; Pam Crouch (David) of Auburn, WV; Allen Goff (Teresa) of Sardis Community in Harrison County; Jeff Goff (Sheri) of Glenville, WV; 23 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren; sister, Ruth Ann Smith of Uniontown, PA; brother, Junior Tharp of Massillon, OH; sister in law, Willa Mae Brown of Huntington, WV, along with several nieces and nephews.


In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Stephen and son in law, Charles Riddle.


Funeral services will be 11 AM Monday, August 25, 2014, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV with her son, Pastor Dwight Goff officiating.

Burial will follow in the HazelGreen Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-8 PM on Sunday, August 24, 2014 and from 10-11 AM on Monday, at the funeral home. 

08.21.14

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2014 >>  WayBackWhen™:  August 21

Today is Thursday, August 21, the 233th day of 2014. There are 132 days left in the year.


Thought for Today:

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“Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that happen to a man.“ — Leon Trotsky (1879-1940).


Today’s Highlight in History:

On August 21, 1944, the United States, Britain, the Soviet Union and China opened talks at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington that helped pave the way for establishment of the United Nations. (The talks concluded on October 7.)


On this date:

In 1614, Transylvanian Countess Elizabeth Bathory, believed complicit in the killings of dozens, possibly hundreds, of young women and girls, was found dead at age 54 nearly four years after being sealed off in her castle chambers.

In 1831, Nat Turner led a violent slave rebellion in Virginia resulting in the deaths of at least 55 white people. (He was later executed.)

In 1858, the first of seven debates between Illinois senatorial contenders Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas took place.

In 1911, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” was stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris. (The painting was recovered two years later in Italy.)

In 1940, exiled Communist revolutionary Leon Trotsky died in a Mexican hospital from wounds inflicted by an assassin the day before.

In 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an executive order making Hawaii the 50th state.

In 1963, martial law was declared in South Vietnam as police and army troops began a violent crackdown on Buddhist anti-government protesters.

In 1972, the Republican National Convention opened in Miami Beach.

In 1983, Philippine opposition leader Benigno S. Aquino Jr., ending a self-imposed exile in the United States, was shot dead moments after stepping off a plane at Manila International Airport. The musical play “La Cage Aux Folles” opened on Broadway.

In 1984, Democratic vice-presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro appeared before reporters in Queens, New York, to field questions about her family’s finances.

In 1991, the hard-line coup against Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev collapsed in the face of a popular uprising led by Russian Federation President Boris N. Yeltsin.

In 1993, in a serious setback for NASA, engineers lost contact with the Mars Observer spacecraft as it was about to reach the red planet on a $980 million mission.


Ten years ago:

The International Gymnastics Federation ruled that South Korean Yang Tae-young had been unfairly docked a tenth of a point in the all-around gymnastics final at the Athens Olympics, costing him the gold medal that ended up going to Paul Hamm (hahm) of the United States; however, the ruling did not change the final result in which Yang received the bronze.


Five years ago:

A wildfire broke out north of Athens, Greece; in the days that followed, the blaze spread, charring 80 square miles before being extinguished.

A high-level delegation of North Korean officials paid their respects to late former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung.

Leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted to lift a ban that prohibited sexually active gays and lesbians from serving as ministers.


One year ago:

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was sentenced at Fort Meade, Maryland, to up to 35 years in prison for spilling an unprecedented trove of government secrets.

The National Security Agency declassified three secret court opinions showing how in one of its surveillance programs, it scooped up as many as 56,000 emails and other communications by Americans not connected to terrorism annually over three years.

Former space shuttle astronaut C. Gordon Fullerton, 76, died in Lancaster, California.

Music promoter Sid Bernstein, 95, who booked such top acts as Jimi Hendrix, Judy Garland and the Rolling Stones and brought The Beatles to Carnegie Hall in 1964, died in New York.


Today’s Birthdays:

Former football player Pete Retzlaff is 83

Actor-director Melvin Van Peebles is 82

Playwright Mart Crowley is 79

Singer Kenny Rogers is 76

Actor Clarence Williams III is 75

Rock-and-roll musician James Burton is 75

Singer Harold Reid (The Statler Brothers) is 75

Singer Jackie DeShannon is 73

College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Willie Lanier is 69

Actress Patty McCormack is 69

Pop singer-musician Carl Giammarese (jee-ah mah-REE’-see) is 67

Actress Loretta Devine is 65

NBC newsman Harry Smith is 63

Singer Glenn Hughes is 62

Country musician Nick Kane is 60

Actress Kim Cattrall is 58

College Football Hall of Famer and former NFL quarterback Jim McMahon is 55

Actress Cleo King is 52

Retired MLB All-Star pitcher John Wetteland is 48

Rock singer Serj Tankian (TAN’-kee-ahn) (System of a Down) is 47

Figure skater Josee Chouinard is 45

Actress Carrie-Anne Moss is 44

Retired MLB player Craig Counsell is 44

Rock musician Liam Howlett (Prodigy) is 43

Actress Alicia Witt is 39

Singer Kelis (kuh-LEES’) is 35

TV personality Brody Jenner is 31

Singer Melissa Schuman is 30

Olympic gold medal sprinter Usain (yoo-SAYN’) Bolt is 28

Actor-comedian Brooks Wheelan (TV: “Saturday Night Live”) is 28

Actor Cody Kasch is 27

Country singer Kacey Musgraves is 26

Actress Hayden Panettiere (pan’-uh-tee-EHR’) is 25

Actor RJ Mitte is 22

“Move-In Day” at GSC

Approximately 350 freshmen arrived on campus at Glenville State College on Friday, August 15th for the 2014 fall term.

Glenville State College’s class of 2018 is made up of students from throughout West Virginia, nine other states, and the District of Columbia.

Orientation and social events were provided to the new Pioneers throughout the weekend to ease the transition into student life at GSC.

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Glenville State College Instructor of Mathematics Ashely Haddox (L) and senior criminal justice major
Garrett Rinehart (R) help a new student move into Goodwin Hall


Cameron Fowler and his mother Lana Bragg came from Summersville on Friday morning to start his Pioneer experience.

Fowler credited the many helpers who were on hand to help him move into Goodwin Hall.

His mom also was positive about the next step in her son’s life. “I’m so proud to see him starting college,“ she said.

Faculty and staff continued the time-honored tradition of assisting the new students to move in.

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Cameron Fowler and Lana Bragg at GSC’s Move-In Day


“Move-In Day can be overwhelming for new students and their families. We all enjoy this opportunity to help our Pioneers in any way that we can; more importantly, we make our faces known and get to know some of the class of 2018,“ said GSC Admissions Counselor Trae Sprague.

Parents and families of the new Pioneers also had an opportunity to meet GSC President and Mrs. Barr when they held a session for parents to inform them about what GSC offers students and the unique point-of-view of the presidential couple.

“You can make a difference in their successes – they won’t always tell you that – but you can,“ Betsy Barr told parents.

“We feel that Glenville State is a very caring community and we’re glad that you and your student chose us,“ continued President Barr.

On Sunday, August 18th a Pioneer Picnic & Community Fair allowed community businesses, churches, and organizations to set up displays to introduce and promote themselves to the new students.

The event also was an opportunity for the new Pioneers to learn what the community has to offer them during their time at Glenville State College.

Upperclassmen returned to campus on Sunday, and fall semester classes started at 8:00 AM on Monday, August 18, 2014.

Students may still register at GSC until Friday, August 22, 2014.

For more information, contact the GSC Office of Admissions at or call 304.462.6130 or toll free at 800.924.2010.

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report – 08.15.14

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Judge Richard A. Facemire held Court in Gilmer County on Friday, August 15, 2014.


•  One fugitive from justice waived to return to the state of New York and authorities there have until 4:00 PM Monday, August 25, 2014 to pick up Jose Traveras or Central Regional Jail will release him.

Traveras was represented by Clinton Bischoff of Summersville.


Several arraignments were heard as follows:

•  State of West Virginia vs. Clayton McCune

He was arraigned and pled not guilty and asked for his case to be continued to the November 2014 term of Court.

Later he flunked his drug test and was sent to Central Regional Jail until he tests negative for drugs.

McCune was represented by Bryan Hinkle of Buckhannon.


•  State of West Virginia vs. James C. Miller

He was also before the Court for arraignment and for revocation of his bond due to his being incarcerated again.

Miller pled not guilty and his trial was set for Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM and his bond was revoked and he was returned to Central Regional Jail.

Miller is represented by Valentina Wheeler of Charleston.


•  State of West Virginia vs. John Patrick Paletta

He was arraigned and he is set for second trial Tuesday, October 28, 2014.

He was returned to Central Regional Jail where is is incarcerated and he was represented by Christopher Moffatt of Charleston.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Joe Williams III

He was also arraigned and pled not guilty and his trial is set third on Tuesday, October 28, 2014.

He is represented by David Karickhoff of Sutton.


•  State of West Virginia vs. James Lee Ash

He was set for arraignment but federal authorities refused to allow him to attend Court.

Judge Facemire entered an order resetting his arraignment for 9:00 AM Monday, August 25, 2014, and directing the Sheriff serve a copy on the administrator of the jail to permit Ash to participate by video arraignment.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Kimberly Demastus

She was before the Court for several motions and Judge Facemire granted the motion to continue filed by defense attorney, Mark Hudnall and continued Demastus’ trial to the November 2014 term of Court and informed Mark Hudnall that all further motions would be heard by Judge Alsop.


•  One juvenile matter was also heard.

Parents Must Prepare for Back-to-School Season, Too

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At Glenville State College in Gilmer County, lots of energy goes into recruiting the state’s high school graduates. Several initiatives, from bringing students on campus for tours and assigning mentors to summer camps, are aimed at getting students more familiar with the concept — and importance — of higher education, according to the school’s president, Peter B. Barr.

For the school, 90 percent of the students come from in-state. Many of them are first-generation college students. Many times, it’s the parents who take some convincing when it comes to sending their children off to school. The parents often need to understand that letting their children go doesn’t mean they’ll be gone forever, he said.

Melissa Gattuso, regional coordinator of the GEAR UP campaign that promotes higher education in more than a dozen of West Virginia’s more disadvantaged high schools, wishes there were better ways to reach those parents who are unsure about the prospect of college for their students.

Teaching those parents to choose their words carefully could go a long way, according to Gattuso. A discouraging word here or there might mean the difference for students who live in places where going to school simply isn’t part of the culture.

Gattuso says parents should try not to make their students feel guilty for leaving to go to school. For parents who want to be more proactive about helping their students with preparing for college, there are plenty of things they can do, even if they didn’t graduate college themselves.

Going along on campus visits is one important way both parents and students can get more comfortable with specific schools, said Sabrina Cave, executive director of the Mountaineer Parents Club at West Virginia University and the associate vice president for Student Life Communication.

Parents clubs at many schools are a good way for parents to be kept better informed about what is going on at their children’s schools, she said.

One of the first and most important steps toward going to college is filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and that’s one area where students will need their parents’ help, according to Cave. Parents need to understand, she said, every single student must fill out this very important form whether they plan to accept aid or not. Students also will need information from their parents in order to accurately complete the application, including information about parents’ income, she said. The forms can be turned in after Jan. 1, with a March 1 deadline — and must be completed each year.

To stay on track with the FAFSA and other important paperwork and college requirements, Cave recommends working closely with high school guidance counselors as well as the financial aid office of the school where the student plans to attend. When financial aid workshops are offered, parents should participate, she said.

Being on the lookout for local scholarships is something parents are great for, she added.

In a sense, once students are off to college, they are on their own; but when students, especially freshmen, encounter a problem, it’s most often their parents who they turn to for answers, according to Cave. With today’s technology, students and their parents are potentially more in touch than ever before — according to a survey, she says, they even make contact on average between five and seven times a day through different avenues like email, text message and Facebook.

Sometimes the best way to help can be learning to let go, according to Cave.

“Parenting a college student is much different than parenting your high school student,” she said.

Pointing students in the right direction when they have a problem is more beneficial than trying to solve the problem for them.

Parents can be the most helpful by becoming familiar with the right resources to direct their students, according to Cave, whether it’s knowing where to receive health care on campus or encouraging students to talk with their professors during office hours.

~~  JESSICA WIANT - The State Journal - 08.1.42014 ~~

Epi-Aid Addendum Released

The Gilmer Free Press

​The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources received the Epi-Aid Trip Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Epi-Aid Trip Report is an addendum to a previous report conducted by the CDC.  The report reviewed the State’s epidemiological capacity during the Elk River chemical spill response.

The request was made by the Bureau for Public Health during an EPI-Aid request that brought CDC to West Virginia to assist with emergency department chart reviews, and the Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER). 

“We are currently reviewing and considering the recommendations outlined by CDC,” said Dr. Loretta Haddy, WV State Epidemiologist and Director of DHHR’s Office of Epidemiology and Prevention Services. “Over the last six months, the Bureau for Public health has been exploring additional training opportunities that will further strengthen the response preparedness of our agency’s epidemiologists during times of disaster.  Additionally, we have been working with the WVU School of Public Health to create internships opportunities to help further recruit epidemiologists.  The Bureau for Public Health has professional and capable epidemiologists that step in during disaster situations to help protect the safety and well-being of West Virginians.  CDC’s recommendations confirm we’re taking the appropriate steps to ensure this continues.”

Click H E R E to read the report in its entirety.

G-TechNote™: Don’t Face an XP Rerun-Businesses Should Prepare for Windows 7 End of Support Now

The Gilmer Free Press

Do you care if your employer is running Windows 7 without patches in 2020?

Many workers will have moved on from their current roles by 2020, but if organisations want to avoid being stuck on Windows 7 without security updates, they should start preparing now.

Following Microsoft’s warning last month that it would stop providing free security updates to Windows 7 in 2020, analyst firm Gartner is telling CIOs to begin preparing for the end of support for the OS now — that is, if they want to avoid the headaches that many organisations continue to face after Microsoft cut off support for Windows XP this April.

“While this feels like it’s a long way off, organisations must start planning now, so they can prevent a recurrence of what happened with Windows XP,“ said Stephen Kleynhans, research vice president at Gartner.

Microsoft’s Mainstream support, which includes feature and security updates for Windows 7, ends in 2015. However, its extended support, which includes free critical security updates, ends on 14 January 2020. The same goes for Windows 7 Service Pack 1.

Windows 7 hasn’t achieved the 80% share Windows XP did at its height, but with 51% share today, according to NetMarketshare, it’s still the world’s most widely-deployed desktop OS. As such, Microsoft could extend the deadline as it did with XP.

That said, it’s probably not wise to gamble on Microsoft moving its goalposts, nor leave migration plans too late, given the complexities of dealing with the interdependencies between Windows 7 and browser-based enterprise applications.

According to Kleynhans, the main obstacle to an OS upgrade away from Windows 7 will be application compatibility. “The biggest compatibility issues in terms of applications not working will continue to be those that require specific releases of Internet Explorer,“ he said.

Organisations still stuck on Windows XP will likely be familiar with this issue if they’d built line of business applications that were dependent on Internet Explorer 6, which itself was tied to XP. 

With slow uptake of Windows and around a 10% share of the desktop today, Windows 8 and 8.1 haven’t proved to as popular as Windows 7. But, said Kleynhans, the newer OS does offer benefits to the enterprise and should be on their menu.

“Microsoft has moved to a more fluid approach to releasing and updating Windows. In the 18 months since its release, Windows 8 has had two significant updates, and we expect more during the next year,“ he noted.

“Organisations that have already deployed some Windows 8 PCs, or that decide that Windows 8.1 Update 1 provides an attractive platform, should not shy away from deploying new devices with the OS.“

Other organisations running applications that need to be supported and validated by ISVs “may find skipping Windows 8 for most devices makes sense”.

One strategy organisations can consider is to deploy Windows 8 on newly-bought PCs, which offers a way to phase Windows 7 gradually.

Another would be to skip Windows 8 and try Windows Threshold or a subsequent release, which Gartner reckons will be the choice most opt for at the expense of still running some Windows 7 after 2020.

A third option would to be replace all Windows 7 devices with Windows 8, but Gartner doesn’t recommend this without a solid business case.

G-Fin™: U.S. Consumer Prices Rise Modestly in July

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U.S. consumer prices barely rose in July as declining energy costs partially offset increases in food and rents, which could give the Federal Reserve ammunition to keep interest rates low for a while.

The Labor Department said on Tuesday its Consumer Price Index edged up 0.1% last month after increasing 0.3% in June. In the 12 months through July, the CPI increased 2.0% after advancing 2.1% in June.

Inflation pushed up a bit from March through June, but labor market slack, marked by tepid wage growth, is keeping a lid on price pressures.

That could add to the view that the U.S. central bank will be in no hurry to raise its benchmark interest rate.

The Fed targets 2% inflation and it tracks an index that is running even lower than the CPI.

The Fed last month said the risk of inflation running persistently below its target had diminished somewhat. It has kept its overnight lending rate near zero since December 2008 while nursing the economy back to health.

Last month’s gain in consumer prices was in line with economists’ expectations.

Energy prices fell broadly after rising in each of the last three months.

Gasoline prices fell 0.3% last month after surging 3.3% in June.

Food prices increased 0.4% after rising 0.1% in June.

A drought in California is driving up food prices.

Stripping out food and energy prices, the so-called core CPI ticked up 0.1% after a similar gain in June.

In the 12 months through July, the core CPI increased 1.9% after rising by the same margin in June.

The core CPI was held back by declining prices for used trucks and a plunge in airline fares.

There was a moderate increase in the cost of prescription medication.

Rents rose 0.3% in July and prices for new motor vehicles rebounded 0.3%.

West Virginians Against the Common Core Town Hall Forum August 24, 2014 in Bridgeport

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State BOE President Gayle Manchin Announces
That She Will Not Attend Town Hall Forum & That No One from
State Board Will Meet with Anti-Common Core Advocate Dr. Sandra Stotsky!

Senator John Unger is First High Profile Democrat to
State Publicly that He has Concerns with Common Core!

Town hall meeting on Common Core planned

Delegate Mike Folk, R-Berkeley, is in a unique position to comment on West Virginia’s version of Common Core standards - entitled Next Generation - since he’s an elected official and also has children in the Berkeley County school system.

Simply put, he’s not a fan - especially after having been unsuccessful in attempts to help his second-grader with math homework last year, a frustration that was shared by other family members (one a double major in math and biology, the other an engineer) who also couldn’t figure it out, Folk said, adding that he’s not surprised some states are withdrawing from participating in these new math standards.

“I am against the Common Core, the way it is being done currently, because they are trying to do higher-level reasoning at an age when young children just can’t do that yet. And I also object to the fact that state board of education members approved it a month before the standards were even finalized,“ he said.

“I’ve also talked to a lot of teachers who have a problem with it, because it takes a lot of flexibility away from them in the classroom and they also realize one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to their students. Other parents have had similarly frustrating experiences, which is sad because they are the ones who want to be involved and help with their children’s education,“ Folk said.

As result, he’s planning to attend a town hall forum August 24 in Bridgeport that is being held on the eve of state legislators arriving there for their August interim meetings.

It’s being sponsored by West Virginians Against the Common Core and will feature former Harrison County Board of Education president Mike Queen as well as Senator Donna Boley, who is proactively working with the citizen activists and in Charleston against the new standards.

Keynote speaker will be Dr. Sandra Stotsky, professor of education emerita, University of Arkansas, where she held the 21st Century Chair in Teacher Quality. She served as senior associate commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education from 1999-2003, where she was in charge of developing or revising all the state’s K-12 standards, teacher licensure test and teacher and administrator licensure regulations.

Stotsky was also one of five members of the Common Core Validation Committee which would not sign off on the standards as being internationally benchmarked, rigorous or research based, according to information promoting the conference.

In an August 11 email, Stotsky took issue with Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s comments in The Journal regarding his commitment to educational reform and a goal of having all third-graders able to read at grade level.

“There are many things Governor Tomblin can do to make sure beginning reading is taught better in West Virginia schools than it has been. But Common Core has the wrong answers, and leads West Virginia backwards,“ she wrote.

Senator John Unger, D-Berkeley, who serves on the Education Committee, chairs the Joint Committee on Children and Families and also chairs the Southern Legislative Conference, said he has concerns about the Common Core standards despite wanting to see education move forward in West Virginia.

“My position is that we put too much energy into these educational fads, which a lot of times ends up taking away from teachers and how they are able to teach. I believe in accountability, but I also believe in letting them do their job,“ said Unger, who has been a legislator for 16 years.
Explaining that he’s already seen programs like No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top implemented, Unger said Common Core is the latest in educational reform but surely won’t be the last.

“I have to wonder why we always seem to put so much attention on teacher preparedness, which I agree is vitally important, but what about student preparedness? What about making sure children aren’t hungry when they come to school so that they can effectively learn?“ he said.

~~  August 17, 2014 - Martinsburg Journal - JENNI VINCENT ~~


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Core Concerns
Education program not without opponents

Growing concerns about West Virginia’s version of Common Core educational standards have prompted some citizens - including a long-term legislator - to look into them even deeper, more than a year’s worth of research that resulted in an informal organization dedicated to fighting it.

These opponents - all members of the Constitutional Advocates group that meets regularly in St. Marys, West Virginia, now also part of West Virginians Against Common Core - are not only interested in educating others at the grassroots level, they also hope it isn’t too late to make a difference when it comes to state political and educational leaders too.

Ultimately, they’d like to see a moratorium placed on it until further studies can be done on the new standards and objectives - perhaps resulting in state leaders deciding to opt out of it all together, not unlike action being considered in other places, group members maintain.

That’s because they object to most things about the state’s version, known as Next Generation, including the lack of any legislative oversight or involvement in its adoption in 2010 as well as the timing of its being endorsed by non-elected state Board of Education members.

They question how much teachers were involved in this standard-setting process and would like for parents to also have been informed as this decision was being considered.

But that’s only the beginning

Opponents see this reform as part of an attempt to nationalize the educational system and claim it is illegal for the federal government to be involved in education this way.

There are also the costs associated with making this change (45 states and the District of Columbia have already adopted these standards or their own version of it) to be considered, they say, as well as potential threats to student privacy rights and how data collected on them will be used.


INDIVIDUALS TAKE ACTION

And then there’s something else motivating these folks, perhaps the most important reason of all, said Wood County resident and anti-Common Core activist David Flinn.

“Basically we are parents, grandparents and great grandparents who are just worried about the future of all children,“ said Flinn, a 72-year-old great grandfather who regularly shares his fears with other family members since he serves as a kind of informal researcher for the opposition group.

“Our goal for more than a year now has been to do thorough research to ferret out the truth, and report it to people before it is too late. The truth is there for anybody who wants to see it. We will be glad to sit down with anybody and share the findings of our research efforts.
At this point, Flinn said he and other group members are concerned about related issues including student assessments, curriculum and instructional materials.

Flinn also has little good to say about former Governor Joe Manchin and then state superintendent of schools Steven Paine who combined forces to “bring this monster to our state under the light of darkness because they knew it would not withstand public scrutiny, and the light of objective analysis and truth.“

He’s no less critical of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and other legislators who “continue to deny the real situation, the backlash that’s out there in the state” because of the newly implemented standards.

Fellow activist Angie Summers agrees that the Common Core approach has not yet been proven effective nationally, and she also can’t understand why West Virginia officials - elected politicians as well as professionals within the state Department of Education - refuse to even acknowledge concerns about it being used to educate state students.

She is concerned not only about the standards but “associated tests, the massive expansion and access to the student data base and the untold associated costs that will filter down to counties and their citizens.“

There have been some successes, including anti-Common Core resolutions have been passed by the West Virginia Farm Bureau, West Virginia Grange and the state executive committee for the West Virginia Republican Party, Summers said.

After reading an August 07 article in The Journal quoting Tomblin’s remarks about primarily seeing anti-Common Core reactions at national governors’ meetings, Summers sent him a letter challenging these statements and also extending an invitation to the group’s upcoming town hall meeting featuring Dr. Sandra Stotsky.

It will be held August 24, 2014 beginning at 6:00 PM at the Courtyard Marriott in Bridgeport, a date and location that was chosen to coincide with legislators’ interim meetings, she said.


MEANWHILE, IN CHARLESTON OFFICIALS DISAGREE

Veteran legislator Sen. Donna Boley, R-Pleasants, who was originally appointed to the House of Delegates in 1985 by former Governor Arch Moore, has been doing her part in Charleston to educate her peers and gain support for additional time to study the new standards.

It’s a collaborative effort, especially since WVACCC members sent Tomblin a proposal requesting a two-year moratorium on student assessments while statewide public hearings could be held.

“I’d like to see us do what other states are doing by going back to study this issue again, and have a moratorium in place until the legislature knows what Common Core is all about,“ she said.

Additionally, Boley and Delegate Jim Butler, R-Mason, introduced legislation opposing Common Core standards during this year’s session. While the Senate passed a bill that would have allowed for the moratorium, she said it was unsuccessful in the House.

“I still remember the blank stares I got from the other Republican senators when I first asked them what they thought about Common Core. Knowing about it is important, because that’s when you realize just how much of this is aimed at taking away state control in our educational system,“ said Boley, who serves on the Education Committee.

She also disapproved of other earlier federal initiatives, including No Child Left Behind, which ultimately proved to be unpopular in many quarters and amounted to the “dangling of financial incentives to states.“

To date, however, her requests to personally meet with Tomblin to discuss the issue have been unsuccessful, she said.

She remains unconvinced that this is the best way to educate state students, stressing that youth in various states have different needs and shouldn’t be treated in a “one size fits all” fashion.

“All children are not common,“ Boley said, adding that she also worries about students being put on career paths too early instead of allowing them to be children.

No stranger to these kinds of criticisms, state Department of Education interim associate superintendent Clayton Burch is also interested in getting the message out about Common Core and how it has been implemented statewide for math and English language arts.

“At the end of the day, even though we do have some tensions over our Common Core standards the bottom line is that it has been fully implemented and our counties are moving ahead with it without a problem. But that’s not to say it is always well understood, either,“ said Burch.

“For example, I hear people use the term Common Core curriculum and that’s absolutely not correct, because it is standards and objectives. So, as soon as someone uses that term, we have a problem,“ he said.

Burch, who normally serves as executive director for the Office of Early Learning, said he also understands that “some people are still divided” about who created the new standards and why.

“It’s also a shame that folks don’t give credit to the Council of Chief State School Officers, basically state superintendents, along with the National Governors Association, but all of the sudden it has suddenly fallen on the Department of Education somehow,“ he said.
Despite some confusion, it’s never wrong for parents to ask questions about their children’s education as well as how they can be best involved in it, Burch said.

“We do want people to understand that curriculum is still at the local level. I also think this is an opportunity to understand what this policy allows us to do, as well as what we have to do. And once people really understand how much local control there still is, I think that will make a positive difference,“ he said.

The state has always had standards, so that part isn’t different, Burch said.

He said the new standards don’t dictate what is taught, but rather where students are expected to be at a certain point in their educational progress or grade level.

“These are just some that a lot of state school officers and governors have agreed need to be aligned and look alike. The choices that have to be made involve how they are going to be taught, or what the materials look like that teachers will be using in their classrooms - which is solely in local hands,“ he said.

“No is the perfect time to highlight just how much local control there is in West Virginia, and how local educators are going to have a large say in implementing these new standards,“ Burch said.


BEEN THERE, DONE THAT

Hedgesville High alumnus Saira Blair, a May graduate who is now entering her freshman year at West Virginia University, said she knows a little about the new standards from her limited exposure, but not as much as younger students who’ve had more experience with them.

However as the Republican nominee for the 59th delegate district, she has stronger opinions and worries that there’s too much federal involvement in school districts.

New standards and teaching methods may not only be a problem for students, Blair said, but also teachers who’ve been on the job longer and may find it harder to adapt - comments that she’s already heard from some parents who are confused by them, especially when it comes to helping their children with math homework.

There was a similar response on The Journal’s Facebook page when local parents were asked to comment on the Common Core standards. The majority of them criticized the new policy.

“It’s hard enough to get kids to do homework! Now with 15 extra steps this is stupid. What was wrong with the old ways? Einstein never had a problem with it,“ wrote Lisa Tolson Campbell.

“It’s not fun,“ agreed Jaclyn Evans. “As someone who’s going to be affected by it, and also has a brother who is younger and going into it, it makes me want to cry. The standards for things and what they want are so off. I want to graduate and get out of this system.“

~~  August 17, 2014 - Martinsburg Journal - JENNI VINCENT ~~

 

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No one is six counties under intervention is shocked Manchin and her Board don’t want to talk about this. Dictators don’t answer questions, it upsets the gestapo tactic apple cart. Not one person is surprised they grabbed federal money for consortium before the standards were finished or the ink was dry.
If they have to consider a change of plans it means they could be wrong and that can not happen. It’s the Teachers or the Parents or the Students fault or the local board just didn’t get it right, not the State Board. Ask them, then ask your local state appointed Superintendents because no matter how long they’ve had the big paycheck it won’t be their fault either.

Someone on here talks about getting ethical people to run?  Well you better keep trying because unless and until we do these are the kind of people that will keep getting appointed on the friends and family plan of the good old boy network. That makes it our own fault.

By the way GFP.  What time is this meeting?

By Never Say Die  on  08.20.2014

Common Core is simply a shield for educators to hide behind.

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West Virginia sheep need to understand that the educators under the leadership of Gayle Manchin know what is best for her flock.

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