Glenville Lions Club Donates $1,000.00 to GCPR

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Glenville Lions Club donated the first seed money for the
new restrooms /office at the Gilmer county recreation center project.

The club donated $1,000.00 to start the project.

We would like to thank this club for there thoughtfulness to help out with our project!!!

Thank you !!


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U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller announced $1,191,254 in federal funding to protect and improve the health of women, children and families in West Virginia.

The funding will be received by the West Virginia State Department of Health and Human Resource’s Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health (OMCFH).

The goal of the OMCFH is to establish partnerships with qualified health centers, physicians, local health departments and clinics to ensure all West Virginians have access to quality medical services.

In addition to ensuring accessible, quality care, the OMCFH will use the funding for early intervention programs to identify newborns at risk of death or those who are suffering from developmental delays or complications. Mothers and children who are screened will receive the necessary medical care. The funding will also be used to support the Right from the Start Program, which provides comprehensive services to low-income women, children and infants from birth to age one, as well as the Parent Network Specialists System and Adolescent Health program, which both provide necessary support for families and children into adolescent years.

“Making sure all West Virginia families have access to quality medical services is so important, especially our mothers and children who face health complications and require special health needs,” Senator Manchin said. “This grant will allow the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources to provide our health centers and facilities across the state with the essential resources to care for at-risk mothers and their infants and children in need.”

“Throughout my career, I have always supported programs aimed at giving kids a healthy start in life through access to quality prenatal care and children’s health services,” said Rockefeller. “This funding gives West Virginia the ability to keep up its maternal and child health services, which are critical to the overall health and well-being of our state’s children.”

The two-year funding comes from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant Program. This program serves 44 million American women and children and it is the only federal program that is solely dedicated to the health of women, children and families.

For more information on the West Virginia programs supported by the Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant, please Click H E R E .

Report Proposes Changes to WV School System to Allow Counties to Focus on Achievement

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A state commission has recommended changes to West Virginia’s public school system to allow counties to better focus on student achievement.

A report released Monday by the Commission on School District Governance and Administration recommends shifting some of the counties’ managerial duties to the state’s eight Regional Education Service Agencies.

The change would require a restructuring of the regional offices, which help counties in their districts apply for grants and provide technical support. Their duties also have included training staff.

“There are no plans to eliminate the state’s 55 county school system structure but we are looking at ways to be more efficient and effective,“ West Virginia Board of Education President Gayle Manchin said. “For example, could county systems save money by merging administrative duties like finance and human resources? The money saved could go back to the classroom.“

Department of Education spokeswoman Liza Cordeiro said several recommendations would require changes to policies and procedures, which would require public input.

Cordeiro said the state board will review the commission’s report.

The board established the commission in 2013 in response to a request from Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to study the governance of the county school systems.

Boyd Senior Recital Planned - Tonight

Glenville State College Bluegrass music major Laiken Boyd will perform her senior recital on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 7:00 PM in the GSC Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

The recital is free to attend and open to the public.

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Boyd, from Cameron (Marshall County), West Virginia, has focused primarily on the bluegrass fiddle while at GSC.  However, she also has taken courses in bluegrass guitar, mandolin, upright bass, and vocal applied lessons and plans to demonstrate a little bit of each of those at her recital.

“It has been a great experience for me as a musician to learn and grow here at GSC. I couldn’t ask for a friendlier, or more professional, learning environment. I have learned so much about being a bluegrass musician throughout my time with the bluegrass band here. After I graduate this fall I plan on attending Appalachian State University for a Masters’ in Appalachian Studies. Glenville State has given me the means to confidently pursue this next step in my education,” said Boyd.

“Laiken has been a true asset to the bluegrass program at Glenville State College, and we all hate to see her go so quickly. I am really proud of the musician that she has become. I have no doubts that she will be successful in pursuing her Master’s at Appalachian State. If you enjoy good old-time and traditional bluegrass music, you don’t want to miss this Senior Recital,” said GSC Bluegrass Music Program Director Megan Darby.

For more information about the recital or the GSC Bluegrass Degree Program, contact Darby at or 304.462.6347.

Arbor Day Poster Contest Open to All WV Fourth- and Fifth-Graders

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West Virginia Division of Forestry officials and the Urban and Community Forestry Council encourage teachers with fourth- and fifth-grade students to participate in the 2015 West Virginia Arbor Day Poster Contest.

This year’s theme is “Trees Are … Beneficial!” Contest submissions will be accepted through March 02, 2015.

The contest is open to all West Virginia fourth- and fifth-grade public-, private- and home-schooled students.

One winner from each grade will receive a $30 cash prize from the West Virginia Forestry Association.

In addition, an awards ceremony will be held at the school of each winner and a tree will be planted in his or her honor.

Visit  for contest rules, activity guide and other information.


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Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today announced that West Virginia consumers who filed valid claims related to the purchase of liquid crystal display (LCD) laptops, monitors, and TVs should be on the lookout for settlement checks stemming from an antitrust price-fixing lawsuit that was resolved in 2012.

Consumers who purchased products with LCD screens between January 01, 1999, and December 31, 2006, and who filled out valid claims may receive a check. According to the settlement, claimants will receive $43.49 for each computer monitor or laptop claimed and $86.98 for each LCD TV. All told, West Virginia consumers and businesses will collectively receive approximately $912,000 in settlement checks.

The checks are expected to be mailed within the next few days.

“These settlement checks are a long-time coming for citizens of West Virginia who may have paid higher prices for LCD screens and monitors due to alleged price fixing by some of the largest LCD manufacturers,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “Regardless of their reasoning, businesses cannot work together to artificially inflate prices of any commodity. Because of actions by some manufacturers, the free market system that this nation enjoys was not able to work in the way in which it is intended.”

Consumers will receive different checks based on the type of claims filed. For example, a West Virginia consumer who claimed one laptop, one desktop monitor and one television would receive a check for $173.96.

“Our Office was pleased to join with other state attorneys general on this case,” Morrisey said. “When companies engage in price-fixing, it raises costs to consumers and creates an uneven playing field for businesses.”

Attorneys general representing Arkansas, California, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, New York, West Virginia, and Wisconsin joined private purchaser lawyers in a lawsuit that alleged manufacturers of thin film transistor liquid- crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels conspired to prevent competition and increase prices. The states, consumers and companies reached the $1.1 billion multi-state settlement in 2012.

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A Jackson County man was arraigned in Ripley Thursday after being indicted on charges alleging he threatened to set off a bomb on a school playground earlier this year.

Jackson County prosecutors secured an indictment this week from a grand jury against Blake Ryan Garnes. The 20-year-old Garnes, of Evans, was arrested June 26 after police found what they called a functioning bomb in his house.

The criminal complaint said Garnes admitted to making the bomb. A raid on his home also found writings about his desire to harm children. Police also used information from a confidential informant.

Garnes was originally charged with making a terroristic threat and being in possession of an explosive device. He remains in the South Central Regional Jail on $500,000 bail.


The streets of a Wayne County town are crowded this week as thousands of people make the trek to Kenova’s Pumpkin House, a popular destination each Halloween for decades.

Kenova Mayor Ric Griffith is behind the Pumpkin House, located at 748 Beech Street, where thousands of carved pumpkins — the creative work of many volunteers — are again on display.

“We have 3,000 pumpkins displayed here every year.” Griffith told MetroNews.

When the Pumpkin house first started in 1978, the number of pumpkins involved was much smaller — fewer than 10.

“(Then) We did 500 or 600 hundred pumpkins at first here,” Griffith said.

“For the year 2000, we carved 2,000 and some volunteers complained, so the next year I bought 3,000 and they quit complaining,” he said. The pumpkins cover the entire lawn and all available spaces on the home.

The C-K AutumnFest in Wayne County was created because of the Pumpkin House and the number of people who came from across the United States to see the display.

James Lemaster, a young boy, listed all his favorite parts of Halloween. “Drawing pumpkins and drawing bats,” Lemaster said at the Pumpkin House. “And carving pumpkins!”


The case of sex-related charges against a Harrison County Magistrate will be heading to a grand jury.

Probable cause was found Wednesday in the case against Magistrate Mark Gorby, who was arrested on Oct. 9 on allegations of having forced sexual intercourse on an underage female while she was living with him between 2005 and 2009.

Testimony was presented to Special Magistrate Kim Blair from the accuser, the accuser’s mother and the State Trooper assigned to the case.

The alleged victim, who was Gorby’s stepdaughter at the time of the alleged abuse, recounted the five times Gorby allegedly forced intercourse, beginning when she was around 9 years of age until the final time when she was 12.

She did not admit any abuse occurred until August of this year — the accuser now 18-years-old– while in rehab receiving treatment for heroin usage, first telling a fellow patient and then her father.

The special prosecutor representing the state asked the accuser to tell the court why she delayed telling someone about the alleged abuse. She claimed Gorby bribed her with things her mother would not let her have and also told her that if she spoke about it to anyone, she and her family would have to go back to not having “nice things” they couldn’t afford while living in a single-bedroom home financed by a single mother. After her mother and Gorby’s relationship ended in 2009, she claimed it was not a subject she wished to discuss.

Her mother was called on by the defense to testify. She said she had her suspicions, claiming she could hear Gorby entering the child’s room on multiple occasions late in the night, but never took the child to a doctor because her suspicions did not include intercourse. She also claimed to have stopped asking the child in 2010 after repeated denials.

The defense argued there was no probable cause due to the victim previously denying any abuse taking place. Also, the claim was made that the credibility of the accusations were in question since they were not brought about until the accuser was in a dysfunctional point in her life and the drugs may have skewed her recollections.

However, the prosecutor for the state said they were not arguing guilt or innocence at this time and the testimony was sufficient in determining the case should go to trial.

Magistrate Kim Blair agreed with the state and determined the case should go to Harrison County Circuit Court. However, a schedule for future hearings has not yet been set.

Gorby was originally freed on bond but a new bond agreement was reached after Wednesday’s hearing, in which he is prohibited from any contact with the accuser.


Arguments were presented Thursday to a three-judge panel appointed by the Supreme Court to consider the removal of Clarksburg City Council Member Samuel “Zeke” Lopez from his position based on actions surrounding an event which led to his conviction on domestic assault.

While no ruling was given after the nearly six hour hearing, Judge H. L. Kirkpatrick from the 10th Judicial Circuit, Judge Rudolph J. Murensky from the 8th Judicial Circuit and Judge Jack Alsop from the 14th Judicial District did decide twice that there was enough evidence from council members Gary Bowden, Robert Caplan and Margaret Bailey, represented by attorney Tom Dyer, to at least proceed with the case.

The first such instance came at the beginning of the proceedings when Greg Shillace, the attorney representing Lopez, filed a motion to dismiss, claiming the incident occurred before his current term and therefore the petition should have been filed before his reelection, based on previous court cases.

The second instance came after the petitioners presented their witnesses, when Shillace requested a judgement as matter of law from the three-judge panel under the same circumstances.

However, the petitioners argued their case does not pertain to the one incident in April 2013, but rather a series of events which allegedly led to a cover up, allowing Lopez to be reelected to council in June of the same year before his arrest in July.

The three-judge panel ruled in favor of the petitioners both times, saying the alleged contrivance carried over into the current term and the case should proceed. However, they did not say this point will be completely dismissed in their final decision.

Among those called to testify by the petitioners were Joshua Gleisberg, Chris Harris and J.M. Moore, the three officers which initially responded to the domestic call, Lt. Robert Cook who looked over the initial reports from the officers and Trooper John Wayne Smith, who investigated the alleged cover-up as part the Political Corruption Task Force.

The officer upstairs with Lopez, Gleisberg, as the other two were taking a statement from his wife testified a call was made to Marshall Goff, the then Chief of Police in Clarksburg, stating he needed help and “messed up bad,” according to the officer.

All three officers testified that as they attempted to remove Lopez from the house in handcuffs, Lt. Tim Smith arrived at the request of Goff and ordered the handcuffs off of Lopez. Smith then drove him to the home of Lopez’s cousin.

They then claim their reports were ordered to be turned in directly to Goff, who then took the reports to the prosecuting attorney’s office. This occurrence not being typical, but not against procedure.

Lopez was called to the stand to give his side of the story and claimed the three officers were not truthful in their testimony, as he only made the call on behalf of his wife who he felt was being intimidated by the officers as they were trying to get a statement about the dispute.

His belief is that the officers, who did not openly support him in his campaign, were there for political reasons and were only looking for “a feather in their cap” in arresting a city council member.

Goff was the only witness called by the respondents Thursday afternoon. He also denied the claim Lopez called him reaching out for help and never attempted to cover up the incident, saying it was out of his hands when he turned the reports over to the county’s prosecuting attorney. He did admit that, upon review, an outside agency from either the county or state should have been called to the scene, rather than sending Smith, who he claims he did not instruct to release Lopez unless “something was going on.”

He also stated that despite entering into a plea agreement with the federal government to avoid prosecution on the basis of lying to a federal agent about the matter, he never lied. Investigators claimed Goff lied about how many times he and Lopez made contact the night and following day after the incident. Goff’s defense was the investigators only asked if he had contact with Lopez –which he responded to affirmatively– not how many times he had contact.

When asked by Dyer why enter into a plea agreement and tarnish a long law enforcement career based on a technicality, Goff said it came down to the cost of defending himself being too much and “providing for my family.” Part of the plea agreement allowed Goff to keep his pension.

Ultimately, the petitioners claimed Lopez abused his position by having others cover up the incident until after he was reelected and lied about the events afterward, while the respondents argued there has never been evidence to support these claims, merely conjecture.

The three-judge panel determined because they had heard from every witness each side brought up in the case, they did not need the second day scheduled for the hearing. Instead, the tribunal set a deadline of November 10 for both parties to submit briefs and a Nov 17 for responses.

A date for a final ruling has not yet been set.


Investigators with the State Fire Marshal’s office have determined a Wednesday morning fire which caused severe damage to a Barbour County motel was accidental.

Electrical issues in the attic of the Mid Town Motel in Belington sparked the blaze, resulting in eight fire departments from three counties responding at around 6:15 a.m., Wednesday.

Ten units were destroyed while many others received smoke damage.

No guests were injured as all were able to escape the fire safely.


Marshall University will host a series of public forums to discuss the future of higher education funding in West Virginia.

Next month’s programs at three of the university’s campuses will give faculty, staff, students and residents an opportunity to learn about the impact of budget cuts and ask questions. Legislators and representatives from the governor’s office and the Higher Education Policy Commission have been invited to participate on the panels.

The forums are sponsored by the university president’s office and the Faculty Senate Legislative Affairs Committee.

Programs are set for Nov. 13 in Huntington, Nov. 18 in South Charleston and Nov. 20 in Point Pleasant.


A state Department of Environmental Protection official says the installation of detectors is nearly complete at six West Virginia landfills that will accept low-level radioactive drilling waste from natural gas operations.

Legislation passed earlier this year required radiation monitoring of drill cuttings sent to landfills and overturned tonnage limits for those particular landfills.

The DEP then crafted emergency rules for radiation detector placement. Work on the rule started after a landfill without detectors was stopped from accepting radioactive materials determined to be slightly above background levels.

DEP Division of Water and Waste Management director Scott Mandirola says detectors will be in place at two landfills in Harrison County and one apiece in Brooke, Ohio, Wetzel and Wood counties. Loads of cuttings above a certain radiation level must be rejected.


The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia is getting a federal grant to expand Putnam County’s Veterans Treatment Court.

Officials say the $50,000 federal planning grant will allow the court to expand into a Mental Health and Veterans Treatment Court.

The grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice will cover the salary and benefits for a full-time treatment court manager for the Putnam County Mental Health and Veterans Treatment Court.

The veterans program is a combination of federal resources and state resources to offer treatment over incarceration.

The Putnam County program will be the second full-fledged Mental Health and Veterans Treatment Court in West Virginia. The other is in the circuits that cover Brooke, Hancock, Ohio, Marshall, and Wetzel counties.

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Movie Review: ‘E-Team’

There’s a very cool television series hiding in plain sight in “E-Team,” Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman’s improbably entertaining documentary about four glamorous world travelers whose jobs happen to be reporting on war crimes and human rights abuses.

As emergency investigators for Human Rights Watch, Anna Neistat and her husband, Ole Solvang, regularly visit such war-torn battlefields as Syria and Libya, where they meticulously record the experiences of civilians who have been subjected to unimaginable violence and degradation. Their reports are then disseminated to the media and in international courts as evidence that, with any luck, will bring perpetrators to justice and otherwise invisible stories to public consciousness.

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It’s all very earnest and high-minded, but “E-Team” thankfully dispenses with self-righteousness and portrays Neistat, Solvang and their colleagues — weapons expert Peter Bouckaert and Berlin-based Fred Abrahams — not as do-gooders, but as glamorous, sophisticated cosmopolitans who also are on the side of the angels. For every grisly shot of death and carnage in “E-Team,” Chevigny and Kauffman include soothing images of the couple in their Paris apartment, playing piano and tending to their bright 12-year-old son; the film’s most tense sequence, when the investigators sneak into Syria, plays like a real wartime thriller. (The film, which plunges viewers directly into the often dangerous action, deservedly won a cinematography award at the Sundance Film Festival.)

“E-Team” has come into some criticism for compromising the seriousness of its subject by focusing on Neistat and Solvang’s marriage — think Nick and Nora Charles of “The Thin Man” meet “Homeland” — but it’s refreshing to see human rights work presented not as a chore, but as a deeply meaningful ad­ven­ture. The film’s subtext, having to do with Neistat’s pregnancy and the tensions between global obligations and parental ones, leaves it to filmgoers to answer the enterprise’s most haunting questions. Exciting, absorbing and stubbornly optimistic in the face of overwhelming devastation, “E-Team” will, with any luck, shed deserved light on the routine sacrifices these activists and professionals make for the sake of human values. The cool factor suggests that it might inspire some viewers to take up the cause as well.

★ ★ ★

Unrated. Contains graphic wartime violence and adult themes. 88 minutes.

G-Eye™: Minnie Hamilton

In Memory of Minnie Hamilton
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Minnie Hamilton, A Calhoun County Nurse
After Whom
The Minnie Hamilton Health Services
(Grantsville, WV and Glenville, WV)
Is Named

Re-Elect Senator Larry Edgell

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Log Cabin Crafts

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Fundraiser for LISA DUSKEY - 11.01.14

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Please Vote Tuesday, November 4!!

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G-Biz™: Pioneer Grill Custume Party - 10.31.14

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►   Glenville State vs. Shepherd University

The Glenville State Pioneer football team racked up 588 yards of total offense as they held on to a thrilling victory, 41-38, over the Notre Dame College Falcons at Morris Stadium.

Between the Pioneers offense and the Falcons offense there was 1,152 total yards of offense in the game.

GSC running back Rahmann Lee rushed for a game high 121 yards and two touchdowns while Tevin Drake rushed for 69 yards on 13 carriers.

Quarterback Sean Steele threw for 392 yards, a career high, as he went 20 for 26 with two touchdowns. Dante Absher was the Pioneers leading receiver as he caught seven passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns. Rahmann Lee also caught four passes for 100 yards on the day.

On defense the Pioneers were led by Spencer Steele as he had a team high 13 total tackles. Jeff Kidder finished the day with 13 total tackles and an interception while Gary Henderson chipped in with 11 tackles and an interception.

Notre Dame was led by quarterback Ray Russ as he threw for 438 yards as he went 49 for 67 with five touchdowns but had three costly interceptions. Russ’s favorite target was Mitchel Shegos as he had a career day as he caught 23 passes for 160 yards.

The Pioneers improve to 4-4 (4-4) on the season and in conference play. They return to action next Saturday, November 1st when they travel to Shepherd University with kickoff starting at 12pm.

This week the Pioneers travel to Shepherd to take on the Rams. Shepherd comes into the matchup after having a bye last week.

Last Years the Pioneers fell at home to Shepherd 45-19.

Rahmann Lee is ranked 8th in All Purpose Yards in the country and 10th in Rushing Yards.

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►   Week 10 High School Games in the Area

Class A

Parkersburg Catholic (2-6)  at   Gilmer County (3-5)

Calhoun County - A (2-7)  at   Clay County (4-4)

Liberty (H) - AA (5-4)  at   #5 Doddridge County (7-1)

#9 Williamstown (6-2)  at   Ritchie County - AA (3-5)

Roane County - AA (3-5)  at   Wirt County (1-7)

#6 Ravenswood - AA (7-1)  at   #1 St. Marys (8-0)

#2 Clay-Battelle (8-0)  at   #6 Notre Dame (6-2)

Valley - Wetzel (5-3)  at   #14 Tyler Consolidated (5-3)

South Harrison (4-4)  at   Paden City (3-5)

Class AA

Braxton County (3-6)    BYE WEEK

Pocahontas County - A (4-5)  at   Webster County (2-6)

#1 Bridgeport (7-1)  at   #10 Fairmont Senior (6-2)

#11 Robert C. Byrd (6-2)  at   Elkins AAA (3-5)

Lincoln (2-7)    BYE WEEK

Pikeview (2-7)  at   #9 Nicholas County (7-1)

East Fairmont (2-6)  at   Philip Barbour (1-7)

Class AAA

#11 Lewis County (7-2)    BYE WEEK

#16 Buckhannon-Upshur (5-3)  at   #16 Preston (5-3)

Riverside (0-9)  at   Parkersburg (4-4)

#9 Wheeling Park (6-2)  at   #8 Parkersburg South (6-2)

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►   Paisley is the picker for GameDay

ESPN College GameDay announced Thursday afternoon West Virginia native and country music superstar Brad Paisley would be the ‘guest picker’ during GameDay’s show in Morgantown Saturday morning.

GameDay Host Chris Fowler tweeted, “Hello West Virginia! Good memories here thru the years. @CollegeGameDay honored to have native @BradPaisley join as guest picker!“

The official College GameDay Twitter account followed, “This week’s guest picker is @BradPaisley! #GetUp4GameDay”

Paisley, a Glen Dale native, grew up on Mountaineer football and remains a huge fan today. Paisley once walked on stage at the CMA awards with a guitar sporting a “Flying WV.“

GameDay’s guest picker comes on set the last few minutes of the show and makes predictions on the the top college football games of the day. WVU basketball coach Bob Huggins was guest picker during GameDay’s last visit in 2011.

►   West Virginia fans are not happy about Marshall QB Rakeem Cato coming to GameDay

ESPN’s College GameDay will be headed to Morgantown this weekend for the Mountaineers’ big game against TCU. A guest of honor, appropriately, is the best college football player in West Virginia, Rakeem Cato (yes, even including WVU WR Kevin White). But that’s kind of awkward, since he isn’t a Mountaineer.

West Virginia has this weird thing with Marshall where they’re too embarrassed to consider a Conference USA school their rival, but they also really don’t like the Thundering Herd. Mountaineers fans aren’t too pleased about seeing Cato get honored on their big day, and even Marshall fans are on edge to see what will happen.

►   Clint Trickett’s Long Journey to Success and a Life in Coaching

It took until his senior year of college, but West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett finally has a team to call his own.

Trickett’s journey back to West Virginia has been well documented. The son of Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett spent his early teenage years around the Mountaineers program when his father was an assistant under Rich Rodriguez from 2001-06.

But the former 3-star recruit signed with Florida State, not West Virginia, in 2010. A career backup, Trickett sat behind EJ Manuel and transferred in the spring of 2013 before Jameis Winston was inevitably named the starter.

However, it was the stress of playing under his father, not playing time, that caused Trickett to finish his career elsewhere. “The working environment was uncomfortable with my dad on staff,“ Trickett told Bruce Feldman, then of, in January.

Now the main man for the Mountaineers, Trickett has led his team by his actions and his words.

At 6-2, the Mountaineers are ranked No. 20 in the first College Football Playoff standings and host No. 7 TCU on Saturday, with ESPN’s College GameDay in attendance. More importantly, West Virginia controls its destiny in the Big 12 title hunt.

Trickett was willing to do anything for the teammates he’d just met. He didn’t know them well, having just transferred as a grad student from Florida State. So he took the “show-me” route instead—and took hit after hit and played the 2013 season with one good arm.

“If they saw me get hurt,“ Trickett said, “take a couple of shots a game and play at 50 percent, they’d say ‘He’s going to sacrifice his body for this team.‘“

“Sacrifice” is an interesting, albeit accurate, choice of words, as it felt like Trickett was, in essence, sacrificed to blitzing defenders regularly. At a listed weight of 185 pounds, that’s a lot of punishment.

In his interview with Feldman, Trickett acknowledged that he played through most of last season—a disappointing 4-8 campaign for the Mountaineers—with a torn labrum, which he sustained in his first start against Oklahoma State.

That same month, he sent out a picture from his Twitter account, which has since been deleted, showing the gruesome result post-surgery.

Nine months later, Trickett is 100 percent healthy and ranks sixth in the country with 2,763 passing yards. He’s played for his father and with a torn labrum. TCU he can handle. 

Building Relationships

Trickett returned to a place he knew with an opportunity to start as a grad student. For someone who grew up around the West Virginia program, though, Trickett felt like a stranger upon his return to Morgantown in 2013.

“I came here last year and people didn’t know me,“ Trickett said. “But I knew if, given the time, [my teammates and I] could build a relationship.“

The chemistry between Trickett and his teammates didn’t come right away. Chemistry was an issue in general for West Virginia a season ago. Between myriad injuries and a revolving door at quarterback with Trickett, Paul Millard and Ford Childress, the Mountaineers couldn’t consistently get things to work on offense. As a result, West Virginia averaged 26 points a game.

“That timing and that rapport did not exist at any time last year,“ head coach Dana Holgorsen said.

Trickett’s shoulder injury didn’t allow him to physically develop that timing with his receivers in the offseason. “I wasn’t able to competitively throw until right before camp started,“ Trickett said. So, he did everything else he possibly could.

He watched spring practices from the sidelines and a coach’s point of view. Though he couldn’t actually practice, Trickett made sure he stayed as mentally sharp as possible. Trickett essentially doubled up on his “film sessions” by watching film and then watching live-action practices. “You hear the term mental reps,“ Trickett explained, “well, there were a lot of mental reps.“

He also spent the offseason getting to know his teammates on a deeper level. Mike Casazza of The Charleston Daily Mail wrote in August of the car rides Trickett would give leading receiver Kevin White in the offseason. It was that time, traveling together, that the two really built their relationship:

“It was West Virginia’s quarterback who came up with clever way to spend more time with his big receiver, Kevin White. Trickett was the one who said he’d drive 20 or so minutes out of his way after a brief getaway in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, to Allentown, where he’d pick up White and take him back to campus. He knew they’d be in the car for about five hours and they could make the time count.
“I got to know Clint outside of football,” White said. “We talked about life stuff. It helped us bond and get to know each other better.”
They talked football, too, and went over the 2013 season, how they fared in their first year with the Mountaineers, what they wanted to change as seniors this fall. They got to know what they thought of one another, of strengths and weaknesses, of what one could do to make the other better.”

Through eight games, Trickett and White have connected 72 times for 1,047 yards and eight touchdowns. Not bad for a quarterback-receiver combo that hadn’t truly practiced together in well over seven months.

While White is getting the Heisman consideration, Tricket has been a completely different player this year. He’s thrown for more than 300 yards in seven of West Virginia’s eight games, including a 511-yard performance in a 40-37 win over Maryland. (White had a season-high 216 yards against the Terps.) Trickett’s “worst” performance? A modest 238 passing yards and two touchdowns in a 34-10 win over Oklahoma State.

The Leader

Trickett has, barring injury, five more games in a West Virginia uniform. He’s been determined to make every one count. After a tough first season in Morgantown, Trickett has taken over as the team’s unquestioned leader.

It starts on the field. With the exception of four attempts by freshman William Crest in garbage time against Towson, Trickett has thrown every pass for the Mountaineers in 2014. He is, without a doubt, the go-to guy for the Mountaineers offense.

Holgorsen added that Trickett’s relationship with White tells just part of the story. The quarterback has a strong bond with second-leading receiver Mario Alford, who had a season-high 136 yards against Oklahoma State while White was held in check with just three catches for 27 yards.

Trickett also takes responsibility for the offensive line, which has been much-maligned over recent years. “At the Oklahoma State game, Clint huddled up those guys [before each drive] and talked to them for about 10 to 15 seconds to calm them down,“ Holgorsen said.

“That relationship exists with each and everybody on offense.“

It’s no surprise that a coach’s son is the vocal leader of the team. Put simply, the Trickett family is made to coach. Trickett’s brother, Travis Trickett, is the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Samford University.

Trickett wants to keep playing, whether in the NFL or Canadian Football League, for as long as he can. Football is what he knows. To him, it’s fun. He’s enjoying the moment because he knows it will eventually come to an end.

At that point, Trickett will follow the family path and get into coaching. “That’s been set up for me from when I was born,“ he said. “A 9-to-5 job? I can’t imagine doing that. February? That’s signing day for me.“

Four years ago, Trickett signed his National Letter of Intent with Florida State. In a couple of months, he’ll leave West Virginia as one of the better turnaround stories in college football.

The journey has been long for Trickett, at times both awkward and painful. It certainly hasn’t always gone according to script. It has, however, molded Trickett into the player he is today. And the coach he’ll be one day.

“I wouldn’t trade it for anything,“ he said.

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►   Holliday not worried about rankings; looking forward to seeing Cato on ‘GameDay’

Doc Holliday continued a familiar refrain Thursday morning when he was asked about his reaction to Marshall not being included in the initial top 25 ranking by the College Football Playoff Committee.

“We just worry about what we control and that is becoming a better football team every day, going out and preparing to play each game and take them one at a time. At the end of the day we’ll look up and see where we are.”

That’s been Marshall’s attitude since the preseason when hype of an undefeated season began to build momentum with prognosticators forecasting Marshall’s first perfect season since 1999. With two-thirds of the season in the books, Marshall is right where it expected to be. It is a perfect 8-0, is dominating opponents by an average of 30 points per game and is ranked 23rd in both the AP and Amway Coaches’ Polls.

However, it is still on the outside looking in when it comes to the poll that determines if the Herd is playing in a major bowl game on New Years’ Eve or another bowl around Christmas.

“We understand that rankings right now don’t mean a whole heck of a lot,” said Holliday. “What the important thing is, that five or six weeks down the road we are where we want to be. That’s when they are important and they are relevant.”

Despite being left off the initial rankings, Marshall has found itself back in the college football discussion nationally. ESPNU aired a half-hour All Access on Marshall’s campus this past week and coaches and players have made multiple appearances on national radio and television shows throughout.

Marshall will again be in the national spotlight this weekend when quarterback Rakeem Cato makes a live appearance on ESPN “College GameDay,” which just happens to be originating from Morgantown this weekend.

Obviously, that did not sit well with man WVU fans who took to social media to express their displeasure. When Holliday was asked if Cato appearing on “GameDay” in Morgantown, he didn’t see any issue with it.

“Here you’ve got a great success story who just happens to play for a football team in West Virginia, who has overcome a lot of adversity, and they’ve invited him to come up there and tell his story,” said Holliday.

This will be the second time “GameDay” has featured Cato. He was the subject of a piece voiced by ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi earlier this season documenting his upbringing in Miami and his journey to Huntington where he was become one of the top quarterbacks in the country.

Holliday doesn’t feel Cato being on the set of “GameDay” in Morgantown is in anyway an attempt to try to upstage WVU. In fact, he sees the success that Marshall and WVU are experiencing this season to be a positive for the entire state and an opportunity to showcase the best the West Virginia has to offer.

“I’m happy for the state of West Virginia. We’ve got hard working people that football is extremely important to them. What’s wrong with having two good football teams in the state? Their food tastes a little better, everybody is happy and there’s nothing wrong with that.”

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►   Ingram runs for 2 TDs, Saints beat Panthers

New Orleans followed up Sunday night’s drubbing of Green Bay with another impressive showing.

Except this one came on the road.

And it put the Saints on top of the so-so NFC South.

Mark Ingram ran for 100 yards and a pair of touchdowns and New Orleans defeated the Carolina Panthers 28-10 on Thursday night.

The Saints broke a scoreless deadlock by scoring on three straight possessions in between the second and third quarters to build a 21-7 advantage and cruised the rest of the way en route to ending their seven-game, regular-season road losing streak.

Following a career-high 172 rush yards Sunday, Ingram topped the 100-yard mark again after tallying just one 100-yard rushing performance prior in his first 40 games.

Drew Brees was 24-of-34 for 297 yards with a touchdown and an interception and added a rushing score for the Saints (4-4), who have bounced back from a 1-3 start by winning three of their last four contests.

Jimmy Graham caught seven passes for 83 yards and a score, while Kenny Stills added five receptions for 72 yards in the triumph.

Junior Galette recorded two of New Orleans’ four sacks and its defense held Cam Newton to just 151 yards passing with an interception on just 10-of-28 efficiency.

Newton carried the ball seven times for 43 yards and a touchdown for Carolina (3-5-1), which accumulated just 231 total yards.

The Panthers are 1-5-1 since a 2-0 start.

The first of the Saints’ three straight scores came at the 2:38 mark of the second quarter.

Newton initially eluded some Saints pressure by moving to his right, but didn’t see a converging Galette from behind as he strip-sacked him at the Carolina 4.

New Orleans linebacker Curtis Lofton recovered the loose ball and Ingram followed the pulling left guard Ben Grubbs off the right side for a 3-yard TD run two snaps later.

The Saints defense then forced a three-and-out and briskly traveled 85 yards in 10 plays to put another touchdown on the board right before the half.

Brees hit Stills for a 17-yard completion on a 3rd-and-10 and Carolina cornerback Antoine Cason committed a pass interference on Robert Meachem in the end zone on a 3rd-and-17 from the Carolina 33.

Brees then flipped a back-shoulder throw to Graham isolated in coverage in the back right corner of the end zone with three ticks to go in the half.

Carolina picked up 70 yards of offense on its initial march of the third, nearly matching its first half total of 89.

DeAngelo Williams took a screen pass for 30 yards on the opening play and Newton finished off the sequence with a 10-yard TD run. On the highlight-reel score, Newton spun to his left to escape from cornerback Patrick Robinson’s blitz off the edge and ran away from Galette along the left sideline before diving inside the 5 and reaching the ball out inside the left pylon.

The Saints answered with an elongated 6:10, 14-play, 80-yard series.

Brees found Brandin Cooks for a 15-yard completion on an initial 3rd-and-9, hit Stills to pick up 12 on a 3rd-and-7 and snuck it in on fourth down to complete the drive late in the third.

Graham Gano nailed a 31-yard field goal early in the fourth to get Carolina within 21-10, but the Saints drained the ensuing 7:27 off the clock prior to Ingram darting through for the back-breaking 3-yard score with 5:30 left.

New Orleans turned the ball over on its first two touches, each while in Carolina territory.

Panthers defensive tackle Dwan Edwards hauled in a deflected pass while the Saints were driving inside the red zone on their first sequence, and Mario Addison recovered a Brees fumble following Charles Johnson’s strip-sack on their second.

Carolina, though, couldn’t capitalize despite driving into Saints territory on each of its first three series.

Saints cornerback Corey White picked off Newton to end the Panthers’ third drive after Brenton Bersin dropped a pass over the middle early in the second.

Game Notes

Ingram became the first Saints back to run for over 100 yards in consecutive games since Deuce McAllister from Dec. 3-10 of the 2006 season ... New Orleans began the season 0-4 away from home ... The Saints had 375 total yards ... New Orleans was 7-of-13 on third down, while the Panthers finished 6-of-14.

►   NFL Game Results - Week 9

Final Score: New Orleans 28, Carolina 10

New Orleans followed up Sunday night’s drubbing of Green Bay with another impressive showing. Except this one came on the road. And it put the Saints on top of the so-so NFC South. Mark Ingram ran for 100 yards and a pair of touchdowns and New Orleans defeated the Carolina Panthers 28-10 on Thursday night. The Saints broke a scoreless deadlock by scoring on three straight possessions in between the second and third quarters to build a 21-7 advantage and cruised the rest of the way en route to ending their seven-game, regular-season road losing streak. Following a career-high 172 rush yards Sunday, Ingram topped the 100-yard mark again after tallying just one 100-yard rushing performance prior in his first 40 games. Drew Brees was 24-of-34 for 297 yards with a touchdown and an interception and added a rushing score for the Saints (4-4), who have bounced back from a 1-3 start by winning three of their last four contests. Jimmy Graham caught seven passes for 83 yards and a score, while Kenny Stills added five receptions for 72 yards in the triumph. Junior Galette recorded two of New Orleans’ four sacks and its defense held Cam Newton to just 151 yards passing with an interception on just 10-of-28 efficiency. Newton carried the ball seven times for 43 yards and a touchdown for Carolina (3-5-1), which accumulated just 231 total yards. The Panthers are 1-5-1 since a 2-0 start.

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►   Knicks spoil LeBron’s return to Cleveland

LeBron James is home.

It doesn’t matter that he only shot 5-of-15 in his first home game in front of a raucous crowd at Quicken Loans Arena in four years, or that he turned the ball over eight times, or even that his Cavaliers lost.

What matters, is that he’s home.

Carmelo Anthony spoiled James’ homecoming, scoring 25 points to lead the New York Knicks past Cleveland on Thursday, 95-90.

James’ long anticipated return to Cleveland didn’t go quite according to plan, but there are 81 more regular season games to go for the new-look Cavs to sort things out. Kevin Love, acquired in a blockbuster deal from the Timberwolves, had 19 points and 14 rebounds in his first action in a Cleveland uniform, while returning star Kyrie Irving led the way with 22 points and seven assists.

The four-time MVP James famously left his hometown for the Miami Heat following the 2009-10 season. He led Miami to four straight championship appearances, winning two, before signing with Cleveland this offseason.

“It was a huge night,“ said James. “It was exciting for the fans, exciting for the city. Now we can just play regular basketball.“

James finished with 17 points, five rebounds and four assists in the setback. The Cavs are 2-6 in season openers with him in the lineup.

“My turnovers, some of them were careless and some of them were chemistry. I’m throwing passes where I was hoping some of my teammates would be.“

After leading 67-64 through three quarters, the Knicks used a 10-1 run midway through the fourth to create a nine-point cushion. Anthony capped the surge with a 3-pointer, and the lead was 80-71.

With 2:20 to play, Love hit a 3-ball from the left wing to pull the Cavs within five. Cleveland then forced a 24-second violation and Irving hit a circus layup.

Love could have tied it with another 3 from the left wing on the next possession, but hit the front rim. At the other end, J.R. Smith got a floater to fall to give the Knicks some breathing room with 48 seconds to play.

Anthony followed a James layup with a difficult baseline jumper with 25.9 left, and Irving’s 3-ball at the other end spun around the rim and fell out. Jason Smith secured the rebound, and the game for the Knicks.

“They showed a high level of trust and confidence in each other,“ said new Knicks head coach Derek Fisher. “They showed a lot of patience and composure, and those are the types of things we need as we move through this season.“

Earlier, Love carved out space underneath for an open layup on Cleveland’s first possession of the game, entering the scoring column just 13 seconds in. Anthony then scored six straight points at the other end around a pair of James missed jumpers.

James’ first field goal of his return came at 6:30 of the first on a trademark outlet pass from Love. James absorbed a foul from Anthony in transition and muscled in a layup but missed the ensuing free throw out of a timeout.

His layup was part of a 14-2 Cavs run that Shane Larkin finally ended with a pull-up jumper seven minutes in.

Cleveland assisted on nine of its 10 field goals in the first quarter and led 25-18 after one.

The lead reached 11, but New York clawed to within three midway through the second after Quincy Acy’s layup and tied it late in the period on J.R. Smith’s 3-pointer. It was 42-42 with time winding down in the half when Irving threw an alley-oop to Tristan Thompson just before the buzzer sounded.

James finished the opening half 1-for-9 from the floor with four turnovers, but Cleveland led 44-42.

The Knicks were the hot team out of the break, opening the third quarter on a 9-2 run to go in front, 51-46. They never trailed after that.

Game Notes

This was the first game of James’ career that he had at least eight turnovers, fewer than 20 points and fewer than five assists ... James and Irving both logged more than 43 minutes of playing time ... New York’s bench outscored Cleveland’s, 41-12 ... Jason Smith and Iman Shumpert both scored 12 for the Knicks ... Prior to the game, the Knicks announced that point guard Jose Calderon would miss 2-to-3 weeks with a strained right calf.

►   Mavs top Jazz in home opener

Dirk Nowitzki and Chandler Parsons dropped 21 points apiece and the Dallas Mavericks toppled the Utah Jazz on Thursday, 120-102, in their home opener.

Two nights after losing a tight game to the defending-champion Spurs, Dallas’ stars made sure it wouldn’t fall to 0-2. Nowitzki and Parsons shot a combined 17-of-29 from the floor.

“We were moving the ball,“ Parsons said. “Our spacing was unbelievable.“

Al-Farouq Aminu contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds off the bench, Monta Ellis netted 14 points with six assists and Tyson Chandler scored 13.

The Mavs led by as many as 30 points and never trailed.

Derrick Favors went for 17 points and 11 rebounds for Utah, which hasn’t won in two games this season. Gordon Hayward and Trey Burke both scored 16 points in defeat.

“We have to focus on the defensive end,“ said Favors. “We did a good job with it in the preseason, and I think that got to our heads a little bit. We thought we were a good defensive team, and now reality set in.“

Dallas made its first eight shots from the floor, asserting its dominance from the opening tip. Nowitzki, Ellis and Chandler each hit a pair of field goals in the early going to stake the hosts a 20-11 lead. The Mavericks shot 64 percent (16-of-25) in the opening period and led 36-20.

Devin Harris came off the bench and scored eight of his 12 points in the second as the red-hot Mavs extended their lead to 69-44 at halftime.

Utah made things interesting late in the third, twice pulling to within 14 points, but Aminu and Brandan Wright both made two free throws and J.J. Barea nailed a jumper to make it 88-68. The lead was 20 after three.

Barea signed with Dallas earlier this week after he was waived by Minnesota. The speedy, undersized combo guard was a key cog during the Mavericks’ title run three years ago before signing with the T’Wolves the following offseason.

Game Notes

The Mavs have won 21 of 23 against the Jazz at home, and six straight meetings overall ... Seven Mavericks scored in double figures ... Dallas only turned the ball over nine times ... Utah was outscored 52-28 in the paint.

►   Pekovic, Wolves top Pistons

Nik Pekovic had 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Detroit Pistons 97-91 on Thursday night.

Thaddeus Young posted 19 points, Ricky Rubio supplied 11 points and eight assists and Mo Williams added 13 points and four assists for Minnesota, which fell at Memphis in its opener Wednesday night.

“Good win overall, I thought that we played pretty good defense for most of the game. Played hard, played aggressive,“ Wolves head coach Flip Saunders said.

Caron Butler tallied 24 points and eight rebounds off the bench to lead the Pistons, who lost at Denver to open their season Wednesday.

D.J. Augustin provided 20 points and six assists, while Andre Drummond put up 11 points and 12 boards in defeat.

After Butler’s triple tied the game at 88-88 with 1:43 left in the fourth, Minnesota outscored Detroit 9-3 the rest of the way.

Young knocked down a three at the other end and following Drummond’s missed hook shot, Williams banked in a runner to give the Wolves a 93-88 advantage with 52.4 seconds to play.

Drummond split a pair of foul shots for Detroit before Minnesota sunk 4-of-6 foul shots to seal the outcome.

Earlier, the game was tied 21-21 after a quarter of play and Young’s late jumper in the first half gave the Wolves a 45-44 edge heading into the locker room.

A 15-2 Minnesota third-quarter run helped it build a 70-51 spread at the 4:56 mark and took a 75-65 margin into the fourth.

“We just absolutely melted down,“ Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy said.

Butler netted the first six points during a 12-0 Detroit spurt, which Drummond capped with a layup to pull the Pistons within 80-79 just before the midway point of the fourth.

Game Notes

Top overall NBA draft choice Andrew Wiggins had eight points on 4-of-9 shooting for the Timberwolves… Minnesota shot 48.7 percent (37-of-76) from the floor, while Detroit finished at 41.8 percent (38-of-91).

►   Wall, Wizards down Magic

John Wall had 30 points and 12 assists as the Washington Wizards defeated the Orlando Magic 105-98 on Thursday night.

Marcin Gortat posted 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Paul Pierce supplied 16 points for the Wizards, who bounced back from a season-opening loss at Miami Wednesday.

“We created more offense from our defense than our eight preseason games and the one last night,“ Wizards head coach Randy Whittman said.

Nene added 12 points, five assists and three steals in his season debut after serving a one-game suspension after leaving the bench during a scuffle with Chicago in the preseason.

Nik Vucevic provided 23 points and 12 rebounds, Ben Gordon netted 22 points off the bench and Evan Fournier put in 21 for Orlando, which fell to New Orleans on Tuesday.

“I loved the urgency they played with once they got down,“ Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn said.

After Wall sunk two free throws to stake Washington to a 94-83 advantage midway through the fourth, Fournier knocked down a 3-pointer to pull the Magic within 96-93 with 3:27 left.

Pierce sandwiched a pair of jumpers around two Fournier free throws for a 100-95 Wizards lead with 1:53 remaining.

Tobias Harris turned the ball over and Vucevic missed a jumper on consecutive possessions before Gordon hit all three of his free throws after being fouled from beyond the arc to whittle the gap to 100-98 with 44.1 ticks on the clock.

Wall responded with a driving layup at the other end and scored the final five points in all to seal the outcome.

Earlier, Washington led 28-23 after a quarter of play and Wall nailed a triple at the first-half buzzer for a 54-51 edge heading into the locker room.

Wall scored six points and Pierce netted the final five during a 15-4 Washington surge in the third, giving the Wizards a healthy 72-57 spread midway through the frame.

The Wizards built that margin to as high as 17 before settling for an 82-66 cushion heading into the final frame.

Game Notes

Washington was 7-of-13 (53.8 percent) from beyond the arc and scored 17 points off 18 Orlando turnovers ... Orlando shot 51.4 percent (37-of-72) from the floor.

►   Westbrook leaves with hand injury

The most injury-ridden team in the NBA might have lost another one of its key pieces on Thursday.

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook left the game against the Los Angeles Clippers with a right hand injury and is out for the remainder of the game.

Westbrook appeared to get his hand caught on teammate Kendrick Perkins’ torso while battling for offensive rebounding position midway through the second quarter. He remained in the game for a possession before removing himself and heading to the locker room.

The Thunder are already without reigning MVP Kevin Durant, who had foot surgery during the preseason, along with guards Reggie Jackson, Anthony Morrow and Jeremy Lamb and big man Mitch McGary.

►   NBA Game Results

Final Score: Washington 105, Orlando 98

John Wall had 30 points and 12 assists as the Washington Wizards defeated the Orlando Magic 105-98 on Thursday night. Marcin Gortat posted 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Paul Pierce supplied 16 points for the Wizards, who bounced back from a season-opening loss at Miami Wednesday. Nene added 12 points, five assists and three steals in his season debut after serving a one-game suspension after leaving the bench during a scuffle with Chicago in the preseason. Nikola Vucevic provided 23 points and 12 rebounds, Ben Gordon netted 22 points off the bench and Evan Fournier put in 21 for Orlando, which fell to New Orleans on Tuesday.

Final Score: Minnesota 97, Detroit 91

Nik Pekovic had 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Detroit Pistons 97-91 on Thursday night. Thaddeus Young posted 19 points, Ricky Rubio supplied 11 points and eight assists and Mo Williams added 13 points and four assists for Minnesota, which fell at Memphis in its opener Wednesday night. Caron Butler tallied 24 points and eight rebounds off the bench to lead the Pistons, who lost at Denver to open their season Wednesday. D.J. Augustin provided 20 points and six assists, while Andre Drummond put up 11 points and 12 boards in defeat.

Final Score: Dallas 120, Utah 102

Dirk Nowitzki and Chandler Parsons dropped 21 points apiece and the Dallas Mavericks toppled the Utah Jazz on Thursday, 120-102, in their home opener. Two nights after losing a tight game to the defending-champion Spurs, Dallas’ stars made sure it wouldn’t fall to 0-2. Nowitzki and Parsons shot a combined 17-of-29 from the floor. Al-Farouq Aminu contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds off the bench, Monta Ellis netted 14 points with six assists and Tyson Chandler scored 13. The Mavs led by as many as 30 points and never trailed. Derrick Favors went for 17 points and 11 rebounds for Utah, which hasn’t won in two games this season. Gordon Hayward and Trey Burke both scored 16 points in defeat.

Final Score: New York 95, Cleveland 90

LeBron James is home. It doesn’t matter that he shot only shot 5-of-15 in his first home game in front of a raucous crowd at Quicken Loans Arena in four years, or that he turned the ball over eight times, or even that his Cavaliers lost. What matters, is that he’s home. Carmelo Anthony spoiled James’ homecoming, scoring 25 points to lead the New York Knicks past Cleveland on Thursday, 95-90. James’ long anticipated return to Cleveland didn’t go quite according to plan, but there are 81 more regular season games to go for the new-look Cavs to sort things out. Kevin Love, acquired in a blockbuster deal from the Timberwolves, had 19 points and 14 rebounds in his first action in a Cleveland uniform, while returning star Kyrie Irving led the way with 22 points and seven assists. The four-time MVP James famously left his hometown for the Miami Heat following the 2009-10 season. He led Miami to four straight championship appearances, winning two, before signing with Cleveland this offseason. James finished with 17 points, five rebounds and four assists in the setback.

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National Basketball Association
Memphis at Indiana, 7:00 PM - SportSouth, FS-Indiana, DSS
Cleveland at Chicago, 8:00 PM - FS-Ohio, CSN-Chicago, ESPN
Philadelphia at Milwaukee, 8:30 PM - CSN-Philadelphia, FS-Wisconsin, DSS
San Antonio at Phoenix, 10:00 PM - KENS, FS-Arizona, DSS
Portland at Sacramento, 10:00 PM - CSN-Northwest, California, DSS
LA Clippers at LA Lakers, 10:30 PM - FS-Prime Ticket, Time Warner, ESPN

National Hockey League
Toronto at Columbus, 7:00 PM - SNET-Ontario, FS-Ohio, DSS
Los Angeles at Detroit, 7:30 PM - FS-Prime Ticket, Detroit, DSS
Anaheim at Dallas, 8:30 PM - FS-West, Southwest, DSS
Nashville at Calgary, 9:00 PM - FS-Tennessee, SNET-West, DSS

Canadian Football League
Hamilton at Ottawa, 7:30 PM - TSN,

College Football
Cincinnati at Tulane, 8:00 PM - ESPN 2
Tulsa at Memphis, 8:00 PM - ESPN U

College Hockey
Boston U at Providence, 7:00 PM - OSN
Massachusetts Lowell at New Hampshire, 7:00 PM - FCS
Vermont at Notre Dame, 8:00 PM - NBCSN
Minnesota at St. Cloud State, 8:30 PM - FSN-North, FCS
Boston College at Denver, 9:30 PM - ROOT-RM

Major League Soccer - Playoffs
No games scheduled

International Soccer
AS Monaco FC vs. Stade Reims, 3:25 PM - beIN Sport

CHAMPIONS - Charles Schwab Cup Championship, 4:30 PM - Golf Channel
PGA - CIMB Classic, 11:00 PM - Golf Channel

Auto Racing
NATIONWIDE - O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge practice, 12:00 PM - FS1
SPRINT CUP - AAA Texas 500 practice, 1:00 PM - FS1
CAMPING WORLD - WinStar World Casino 350 qualifying, 3:00 PM - FS1
FORMULA ONE - U.S. Grand Prix practice, 3:00 PM - NBCSN
NATIONWIDE - O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge practice, 4:30 PM - ESPN 2
SPRINT CUP - AAA Texas 500 qualifying, 6:30 PM - ESPN 2
CAMPING WORLD - WinStar World Casino 350, 8:30 PM - FS1

Horse Racing
Breeders’ Cup World Championships, 5:00 PM - NBCSN

Halloween Masquerade Dance - 11.01.14 - Saturday

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Glenville: HUGE INDOOR SALE!!! – Friday thru Sunday, 10.31.14 - 11.02.14 - Starting Today



Friday, Saturday, Sunday

October 31, 2014 - November 02, 2014

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Questions call 304.477.3654.

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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

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Hundreds of book and VHS titles available

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Drop by to Shop, Visit or Donate

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In today’s world, bullying has become a nationwide epidemic. Whether we read stories from local news reports, hear rumors from close friends or have our own personal experiences, each of us has either been affected by bullying in some way. As a father, I’m deeply moved by each disheartening story brought to my attention, as I often find myself asking the question most parents do: “What if it were my child?“

While bullying affects individuals of all ages and takes place in many environments, studies have shown it predominantly occurs in middle and high schools during extracurricular activities or online through social networks. In fact, according to the 2011 National Center for Education Statistics report, nearly one-third of all students ages 12 to 18 reported they were bullied at school.

Discussions about what actions and behaviors are considered to be bullying are ongoing. On the most basic level, bullying is a form of aggressive behavior demonstrated through the use of force or coercion that affects others. Bullying behaviors are often habitual and can include verbal harassment or physical assault that may be repeated toward a specific victim and may be directed toward victims on the grounds of race, religion, gender, sexuality or ability.

Unfortunately, bullying has the potential to call into question the safety of what most consider a safe place. These behaviors deprive our children of not only physical safety and security in school, but also their ability to concentrate and learn.  The sad reality is bullying has a number of harmful effects on our state’s students including school avoidance, loss of self-esteem, increased anxiety and depression. These behaviors are not something that should be taken lightly. 

Here in West Virginia, we must do our part to work toward a solution that puts a stop to bullying. During the month of October, both our nation and state recognized National Bullying Prevention Month, and as it draws to a close, I encourage all West Virginians to continue to educate others and raise awareness in your communities about bullying prevention.

The people of our state are known around the country and across the globe for our kindness and hospitality - a tradition we must continue to share with our children today and for generations to come. Together, we can and will build a culture of caring and respect throughout our schools and communities. We must continue our efforts to work together to ensure the Mountain State remains a great and safe place to call home. 

G-OB™: Little Kanawha Bus Is Now Hiring One Full Time or Part Time Driver

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Little Kanawha Bus Is Now Hiring One Full Time or Part Time Driver to Work in Gilmer County

Minimum Qualifications:

Individual must be 23 years of age or older. Individual must be able to pass a physical examination and be certified medically acceptable for work by the examining physician. Individual must be able to pass a back ground check and have no serious accidents in the past five years. Individual must be able to pass a Pre-Hire Drug test and enter a Random Drug and Alcohol Pool with other LKB employees upon their employment. Individual must be willing to take training in CPR, First Aide, PASS and other trainings requested. This position could be an asset for a retired individual that would like to supplement their income. Starting salary will be $8.00 an hour. Full time driver would receive vacation and sick leave. Insurance also available. Part time drivers do not receive benefits.

This position will be to transport in Gilmer County area and transport to Clarksburg, Flatwoods, and Weston on specific days and drive in Calhoun if needed on other days if hired for a part time position. If hired for a full time position individual would work in the office helping answer phones on days not driving.

Please call toll free at 1.866.354.5522 with any questions. Little Kanawha Bus is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.


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Can also email: or fax to 304.354.6225

Upskirting, Downblousing, and the Continued Public Harassment of Women

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As if enduring the routine cat calls and doing whatever we must to “protect ourselves” against the possibility of being sexually assaulted isn’t enough, now women must also take care that no one surreptitiously takes a photo of our nether regions. It would seem that if there is any such thing as a right to privacy it would cover our private areas, in particular in cases in which we have elected to cover them with shirts, skirts or dresses. Yet, according to several judges in the last two years, we cannot expect to be free from being “upskirted” or “downbloused” by some fool who wishes to see or take videos of our bras and panties.

On September 4, 2014, Washington, D.C. Superior Court Judge Juliet McKenna dismissed the charges against Christopher Cleveland, who had been loitering at the Lincoln Memorial taking pictures up women’s skirts without their consent or even their knowledge. When Cleveland was arrested in June 2013, police found multiple images of women’s crotches and butts on his camera. McKenna ruled that women have no expectation of privacy when wearing skirts or dresses in public, and thus there was not sufficient evidence to charge Cleveland despite his “repellent and disturbing” behavior. In 2012, a group of boys at a Christian school in Texas videotaped up the skirt of a girl during lunch. While the school initially said it would expel the boys, they reversed course and merely asked them to apologize at an assembly.

A year earlier in Texas, Ronald Thompson was charged with 26 counts of improper photography after taking underwater pictures of clothed children at a San Antonio water park. Most were wearing bathing suits. In an 8-1 ruling, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals said photos, like paintings, films and books, are “inherently expressive.” Presiding Judge Sharon Keller said that “The camera is essentially the photographer’s pen and paintbrush.” Although it is illegal to take pictures or video of someone without their consent in a dressing room or private bathroom, the first amendment protection to free press trumps any notion of privacy while one is in a public place, even when you are clothed in such a way that the perpetrator has to take great measure to capture said photos or video.

In yet another example, Michael Robertson, 32, of Massachusetts was accused of secretly videotaping and photographing women wearing skirts who were sitting across from him on an MBTA trolley. Robertson allegedly did this twice in 2010, aiming his cell phone between their legs. Initially, Robertson was charged with misdemeanor criminal voyeurism. His case was eventually heard in 2013 by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts (SJC). Unfortunately, the existing law on criminal voyeurism was written at a time when cell phone cameras were not common, and thus it was worded such that it protected victims from being videotaped by a camera hidden in a ceiling or wall. Prosecutors were, according to the SJC, unable to prove that the women had a reasonable expectation of privacy on the train and that the images involved either actual or partial nudity. The court said, “Because the MBTA is a public transit system operating in a public place and uses cameras, the two alleged victims here were not in a place and circumstance where they reasonably would or could have had an expectation of privacy.” Not long after, in March 2014, Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill making photographing or recording video under a person’s a misdemeanor.

Congress passed a federal law in 2004 making it a crime to photograph people’s “private area(s)” on federal properties, including national parks and military bases, or to broadcast such images. They left it to the states to address protections in other public spaces. Some states have already updated their laws to reflect this “new” form of harassment. In Florida, video voyeurism is a felony. Washington state changed its law to add language acknowledging a right to privacy in public as well as private spaces. Yet others argue that law will do little to deter voyeurs. Some maintain that the best deterrent is to take the picture of the perpetrator and expose him publicly. Of course, even better would be for everyone to recognize that women simply want to be able to walk and travel free of harassment, whether it be verbal, physical, sexual, or via your cell phone.

Clearly, we have much room for improvement, as illustrated by the fact that a commentator on Fox News used the Massachusetts decision as just one more chance to “slut shame” women. Defense attorney Evangeline Gomez explained that women made a choice to wear certain clothes and thus deserved no legal protection. Of course, women cannot even “protect themselves” by wearing pants. At least not in the many schools across the country that have banned girls from wearing skinny jeans, leggings and yoga pants because they might distract the boys. One North Dakota school even showed the girls some clips from Pretty Woman to compare their attire to that of prostitutes.

As Jessica Goldstein wrote in her 2010 Op-Ed for ThinkProgress, “Remember: when you’re female, if someone else behaves in a manner that is completely, irredeemably inappropriate, the person who is actually responsible is you.” Such a sad but accurate commentary on what absolutely must be changed: our mindsets.

~~  Laura Finley, Ph.D.  ~~

Bon Appétit: Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki Sauce

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Recipe makes 6 servings

  1/4 cup olive oil
  2 tablespoons lemon juice
  2 cloves garlic, minced
  1 teaspoon dried oregano
  1/2 teaspoon salt
  1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into bite-sized pieces

  1 (6 ounce) container plain Greek-style yogurt
  1/2 cucumber - peeled, seeded, and grated
  1 tablespoon olive oil
  2 teaspoons white vinegar
  1 clove garlic, minced
  1 pinch salt
  6 wooden skewers, or as needed


Combine 1/4 cup olive oil, lemon juice, 2 cloves minced garlic, oregano, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large resealable bag. Add chicken, coat with the marinade, squeeze out excess air, and seal the bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

Mix yogurt, cucumber, 1 tablespoon olive oil, vinegar, 1 clove minced garlic, and 1 pinch salt together in a bowl. Refrigerate tzatziki sauce for flavors to blend, 1 to 2 hours.

Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate. Soak wooden skewers in a bowl of water for about 15 minutes.

Remove chicken from marinade and thread onto the soaked skewers. Discard unused marinade.

Cook the skewers on the preheated grill, turning frequently until nicely browned on all sides and chicken is no longer pink in the center, about 8 minutes per side. Serve with tzatziki sauce.

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G-MM™: Meditation Moment


The Lord grant us a peaceful night and a perfect end.

Our help is in the Name of the Lord;
The maker of heaven and earth.

Let us confess our sins to God.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father: We have sinned against you, through our own fault, in thought, and word, and deed, and in what we have left undone. For the sake of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, forgive us all our offenses; and grant that we may serve you in newness of life, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

May the Almighty God grant us forgiveness of all our sins, and the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm 4
1   Answer me when I call, O God, defender of my cause; *
you set me free when I am hard-pressed; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
2   You mortals, how long will you dishonor my glory; *
how long will you worship dumb idols and run after false gods?
3   Know that the LORD does wonders for the faithful; *
when I call upon the LORD, he will hear me.
4   Tremble, then, and do not sin; *
speak to your heart in silence upon your bed.
5   Offer the appointed sacrifices *
and put your trust in the LORD.
6   Many are saying, “Oh, that we might see better times!“ *
Lift up the light of your countenance upon us, O LORD.
7   You have put gladness in my heart, *
more than when grain and wine and oil increase.
8   I lie down in peace; at once I fall asleep; *
for only you, LORD, make me dwell in safety.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm 134
1   Behold now, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, *
you that stand by night in the house of the LORD.
2   Lift up your hands in the holy place and bless the LORD; *
the LORD who made heaven and earth bless you out of Zion.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Lord, you are in the midst of us, and we are called by your Name: Do not forsake us, O Lord our God. Jeremiah 14:9,22

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit
For you have redeemed me, O Lord, O God of truth.
Keep us, O Lord, as the apple of your eye;
Hide us under the shadow of your wings.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil.

Lord, hear our prayer;
And let our cry come to you.
Let us pray.

Visit this place, O Lord, and drive far from it all snares of the enemy; let your holy angels dwell with us to preserve us in peace; and let your blessing be upon us always; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.

Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

Luke 2:29-32

Lord, you now have set your servant free *
to go in peace as you have promised;
For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, *
whom you have prepared for all the world to see:
A Light to enlighten the nations, *
and the glory of your people Israel.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

The almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless us and keep us. Amen.

Sophie Lynn Wood and Charleah Beth Wood

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Sophie Lynn Wood and Charleah Beth Wood

became God’s twin angels on October 28, 2014.

Born to Tiffany Isenhart and Harley Wood at St. Joseph Hospital in Buckhannon, West Virginia.

Charleah was born first at 8:17 PM, weighing 5 pounds 14 ounces, and 18 3/4 inches.

Sophie followed 2 minutes behind at 8:19 PM, weighing 4 pounds 6 ounces and 17 1/2 inches long.

Sophie looked like her daddy, Harley, while Charleah looked more like her mommy, Tiffany, and her Grandpa Charles.

Sophie and Charleah are joined in heaven with their maternal Grandpa, Charles Robert Isenhart and great-grandpa, Franklin Lee Isenhart, great- grandma, Carolyn Burkhammer, great aunt, Kathy Wheeler,  paternal grandpa Kevin Wood, and great-Grandpa Robert Sears.

The twins are survived by their mommy and daddy, older sister, Jasmine, and big brother, Cameron, grandmas Missy Wood of Buckhannon, and Jean Isenhart of Fairmont, grandpas Dave Hoy of Buckhannon and Chris Romano of Fairmont, uncles, Richard Wood of Weston and Charles Thompson of Ohio, aunts, Crystal Smith of Kentucky,  Becky Lambert of Normantown, Melissa Isenhart of Ohio, Sandra Branson of Virginia, and Chelsea Miller of Fairmont.

Sophie and Charleah are survived by many other family members, and friends of their mommy and daddy’s.

They loved feeling their brother, sister, and daddy rub mommy’s belly and getting kisses from them all. They loved feeling Cameron and Jasmine’s hugs and hearing them say “baby” all the time. The family didn’t get much time with the twins, but they were loved by everyone.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV, 26351 at 2:00 PM Sunday November 02, 2014 with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

Burial will follow in the Cedarville Cemetery, Cedarville, WV.

Friends and family may call from 1-2 PM Sunday afternoon at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc is assisting the family of Sophie Lynn and Charleah Beth Wood with arrangements.

Gordon E. Jenkins

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Gordon E. Jenkins

born January 18, 1942, went home to be with the Lord October 29, 2014.

Gordon was the son of the late Arch and Lena (Smith) Jenkins of Orton, WV.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Wavelene; son, Jeffrey (Beth) Jenkins of Gassaway; daughters, Shelly (Eddie) Facemire of Gassaway and Kristie (James) Hill of Fairmont; four grandchildren, Bryan (Maria) Jenkins, Aaron (Lesli) Jenkins, Olivia and Noah Facemire; five great-grandchildren, Lydia, Sarah, Emily, Aubrey and Arthur Ryan. Gordon is also survived by siblings, Goldamurl Atchison and Geraldine Cogar both of Weston, Greta Hardman of Grafton, OH, Glena (Roy) Green of Lagrange, OH, Ralph Jenkins of Parkersburg, Charles (Wilda) Jenkins of Normantown and twin Golden (Betty) Jenkins of Glenville and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by brothers, Emerson of Parkersburg, Eugene and Marple both of Grafton, OH and infants Woodrow and Marvin.

Gordon was longtime member of the Crooked Fork Baptist Church, Perkins, WV where he served as deacon, treasurer, trustee, and song leader.

He retired after many years from Hope Natural Gas Company.

Service will be 11 AM Saturday, November 01, 2014 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Roger Stewart officiating.

Burial will be in the Crooked Fork Baptist Church Cemetery, Perkins.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 PM Friday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Dale Edward McFarland

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Dale Edward McFarland

Age 63, passed away Sunday, October 19, 2014 at Amherst Manor Nursing Home, under the care of Sprenger Hospice.

He was born December 01, 1950 in Lorain, to the late George and Rosezena (nee Edinger) McFarland.

Dale graduated from Brookside High School and attended Akron University for two years. Most of his working life was spent driving 18 wheeler trucks until illness forced an early retirement.

He lived happily in Grantsville, West Virginia for 10 years, returning to Lorain area in 2012.

He is survived by his brothers, Joseph (Jeanne) of Avon and George Lee (Gisela) of Sheffield Lake; sister, Fern (Jim) Gallagher of Elyria; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 24 years, Sharon Faye in 2004.

Funeral services are private.

Interment will be in Grantsville, West Virginia.

Arrangements handled by Misencik Funeral Home, Avon.

The family would like to thank the staff of Amherst Manor and Sprenger Hospice for their compassionate and loving care of Dale.


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G-Eye™: Speed College Counseling and Collaborative Fair at GSC

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On Friday, October 17, 2014, West Virginia GEAR UP hosted a unique admissions counseling activity in conjunction with the regional College Day college fair event which took place at Glenville State College.

While students from the originally invited high schools of Braxton, Calhoun, and Gilmer were visiting the college display tables in the traditional college fair format, the WVGU students from Clay, Roane, Webster, and Wirt began preparing for “Speed College Counseling” which was held that afternoon.

Students from all four WVGU schools were randomly assigned to small groups. These student groups then worked together through a few short activities in order to further hone their leadership and relationship development skills.

The ultimate outcome of these activities led these students to develop relevant and meaningful questions for the college admissions representatives.

The questions aimed to dig deeper into the core and the culture of our West Virginia colleges and universities.

The WVGU Regional Coordinator and their support staff worked side by side with the students to ensure that the questions are relevant and appropriate. Additionally, an admissions representative had the option to “pass” on any question and this process was fully explained during the activity introduction.

After a few brief instructions by the WVGU Regional Coordinator, all students and admissions representatives found their assigned positions and began at the sound of the gong.

The gong was rung every 3 to 5 minutes (final time allotment was dependent upon several factors which were not be known until the day of the event).

Each time the gong sounded, the admissions representatives quickly rotated to the next student station and the process immediately resumed and continued. The ultimate goal was to have every admissions representative address every group of student.

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The 2nd Annual Gilmer, Braxton, and Calhoun County Collaborative Fair at Glenville State College was held at the Waco Center.

Colleges, Universities, and Learning Instructions had the opportunity to speak with approximately 400 students throughout the day.

Archived Films Being Converted for Online Viewing

Thanks in part to a West Virginia Humanities Council grant, staffers in the Glenville State College Archives have been working to digitize several old 8- and 16-mm films.

Work on the project of converting the films mostly progressed over the summer with workers continuing to add to the varied collection. The materials have included footage from Glenville State College football games from the 1960s through 1980s, mid-century homecoming parades, pre-WV State Folk Festival Gilmer County music festivals, documentaries regarding local culture, and more.

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Many of the 16-mm reels already in the Archives’ holdings were collected by former GSC First Ladies Irene Powell and Sandy Freeman. GSC Library Associate and Archivist Jason Gum stated that the majority of the collection features past football games and were actually discovered recently. “These more recent reels were found in the back of a storage trailer that was being torn down for construction of the Waco Center. [GSC’s Athletic Director] Janet Bailey is always mindful when she sees such things and called me to look the materials over. These were probably going to end up in a dumpster, but we’ve now been able to add them to our collection while also making them widely accessible,“ said Gum.

Gum explains that on average there is anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour of labor dedicated to each film. So far nearly 200 reels of film have been converted – with nearly as many hours devoted to the project.

Several of the newly digital files have been uploaded to the GSC website and are viewable via YouTube. To see the films, visit and click on ‘Library’, then ‘Archives.‘ From there, choose ‘Film Digitization Project’ from the left-hand menu.

According to Gum, the Glenville State College Archives, which is housed in the Robert F. Kidd Library, is always looking for additional historical audio/visual materials that relate to the institution.

For more information about this project, other items in GSC’s Archives, or to learn more about having relevant items archived, contact Gum at or 304.462.6163.

Why This West Virginia Town Has No Cellphones

“Some people, they’ll come here, they’ll say ‘What do you do?‘ I just say, ‘I’m doing it right now.‘“

That’s Artie Barkley, a local resident featured in this National Geographic video about the National Radio Quiet Zone, extolling the virtues of one of the most peculiar and peaceful places in America.

Pocahontas County in West Virginia is home to the Green Bank Telescope, a marvelous piece of machinery that surveys the skies for radio signals from across the universe. But the telescope, built in 1956, is so sensitive that any local radio signals could interfere with its mission. “A cellphone on Mars would be the brightest radio object to us in the sky,“ one of the scientists in the video notes.

As a result, Congress created the National Radio Quiet Zone, an area of 13,000 square miles around the telescope. In the towns nearby, such as Green Bank, residents go without any kind of wireless technology. That includes cordless phones, cellphones, wi-fi routers—even digital cameras and garage door openers. As the video notes, the zone is something that could never be created today—you’d have a hard time talking anyone, even a card-carrying luddite, into giving up all this stuff. But because the Quiet Zone was established decades ago, the folks who live here just never adopted wireless modern conveniences and got used to living without them. (They have hardwired Internet in their homes.)

Unsurprisingly, residents invented workarounds for the restrictions. Ham radio is big here, taking the place of cellular communication. Allegheny Mountain Radio, the one station in the area, broadcasts at an extremely low frequency to meet the rules. Snowshoe Ski Resort, which lies just within the border of the quiet zone, uses a distributed antenna system (DAS) to provide a small amount of cell service for the skiiers and boarders who come there. When the system went in last summer it was the first time the resort had cell service.

Inconvenient? Sure. But the old-timers here don’t seem to mind. And if the radio observatory picks up some amazing signal from deep space, then the sound of silence will have been worth it.

~~  Andrew Moseman ~~

Project AWARE Grant Awarded to the West Virginia Department of Education

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The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) will receive a grant for $9.7 million to curb gun violence by connecting families, schools and communities to mental health services.

West Virginia was one of 120 states and local school districts to receive the Now is the Time Project AWARE grant for mental health first aid training. The grant is part of a major national initiative to support teachers, schools and communities in recognizing and responding to mental health concerns among youth in West Virginia.

Project AWARE’s purpose is to increase awareness of the mental health issues throughout the state by training school personnel and other adults who interact with school-aged youth on how to detect, respond and connect children and families who may have mental health issues with the appropriate services.

“We understand the critical role schools play in ensuring that behavioral problems are identified early so that young people can grow and thrive in a healthy environment,” said Michael Martirano, West Virginia Superintendent of Schools. “Left untreated, childhood mental and emotional disorders can lead to poor outcomes in school, limited employment opportunities and other negative economic impacts in adulthood. This funding will help develop a comprehensive, coordinated and integrated program for advancing wellness and resilience in our state’s educational system.”

The funding provided by Project AWARE grant will begin the process of developing an interconnected systems framework linking the school climate policy, positive behavioral interventions and supports, comprehensive school counseling programs, student advisory programs, mental health first aid and mental health services in order to leverage individual program strengths within a community schools framework.

Public school students in PreK-12 from county school systems in Berkeley, McDowell, and Wood counties were selected for intense focus and will serve as the demonstration sites to guide the development of a statewide sustainable systems’ approach to improve mental health services.

The Now is the Time Project AWARE grant was made possible through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and will be administered over five years.

SAMHA Grant Link can be found at

U.S. College Students Face High Debt, Shattered Dreams

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While Germany makes university tuition free,
the U.S. allows for-profit colleges to prey on low-income students

On October 01, Germany’s Lower Saxony became the last German state to make college free to all, including international students. Briefly breaking from a national tradition of free universities, Germany began charging a small amount of tuition in 2006, but that experiment failed. German leaders now say the tuition-based education is “unjust” and unfairly privileges students from affluent backgrounds. “Tuition fees degrade the educational opportunities for bright young people from low-income families,” Gabriele Heinen-Kljajic, state minister for science in Lower Saxony, told the state parliament in September.

By contrast, tuition in the United States at both public and private colleges has risen steeply over the past 10 years. Even worse, private for-profit colleges have proliferated around the country, with enrollment growing by 225% from 1998 to 2008. These colleges prey on low-income students, leaving many deep in debt, without a degree, and in low-paying jobs that bear little resemblance to the descriptions in for-profit college’s recruitment pitches and late night television ads.

When I was 16 years old, I got very lucky. The oldest of 10 children in a low-income Minnesota farm family, I won admittance to the University of Chicago. The school wanted small town students, and federal student aid was a lot more generous than it is now. A combination of federal grants and National Merit and University of Chicago scholarships covered most of the tuition. I worked part-time and took out student loans to cover the rest of my expenses, but the loans were manageable. I received a world-class education and a good start on life.

Today, students from low-income households face a colder, meaner college world. Low-income students are more likely to enter college without adequate preparation and to drop out before completing a degree.

The miseducation of many college students is financed in part by the same government programs I used, but with enormously different consequences. Today’s federal grants pay a far lower proportion of college costs than they did in decades past. That means students finance a greater part of their own education through loans, leaving them in debt when they graduate or withdraw from college.  This is not fair to the students or the taxpayers who partly foot the bill.

Predatory Education

The worst predators in today’s college world come from the private, for-profit college sector. They spend lots of money on recruiting, focusing especially on low-income, first-generation college students and on students who may lack the test scores and high school grades to be admitted to other colleges. The for-profit college sector spends far more money on advertising and recruitment than on instruction. Both their television ads and recruiters paint enticing pictures of future career success, even though the school’s coursework may not qualify students for jobs. Typically, they also spend little on job placement (PDF) for their students.

Students in for-profit colleges pay higher tuition, take out larger loans and default in larger numbers than those in public colleges or in private, non-profit colleges, as documented by a U.S. Senate investigation. The same investigation found that, of the students who enrolled in for-profit colleges in 2008-9, more than half had left, without degrees, by 2010. Students at these colleges experience high rates of unemployment and lower incomes. 

For-profit colleges charge higher tuition than their public counterparts or private, non-profit colleges. They also receive a high and growing%age of their income from public funds.

Because grants are not enough to pay the high tuition, 96% of students at for-profit colleges also take out loans, a far higher%age than at public or non-profit colleges. Students at for-profit colleges take out higher loans, often from college-sponsored lending institutions charging higher interest rates (PDF).

Federal law says that for-profit colleges can get up to a whopping 90% of their income from federal loans and grants. Last year, 27 colleges in the U.S. violated this rule, receiving more than 90% of their income from federal loans and grants.

That’s not all. Veterans’ benefits are not included as part of the 90-percent rule. Military veterans can receive up to $20,235.02 per year for tuition and fees at a private school. This has made veterans a prime target for recruiters at for-profit colleges.

Earlier this month the Star Tribune ran a feature story about Stephen Chan. A Marine Corps veteran, Chan signed up for a criminal justice program at the Minnesota College of Business, planning for a career in law enforcement. He did better than most for-profit college students by completing all required coursework and graduating on time. And then his dreams fell apart when he found out that his degree doesn’t meet the requirements for employment as a police officer in Minnesota.

Last week the Department of Defense put the Minnesota College of Business and its national parent, Globe University, on probation. That means no new students can use veteran’s benefits to enroll in the school. But much more needs to be done to stop unethical colleges from preying on veterans and low-income students.

The Minnesota College of Business is not the only culprit. In 2010 PBS published a similar story about students in the Corinthian Colleges’ nursing program. The students paid $30,000 for a 12-month program. The substandard training they received included a “pediatrics rotation” in a daycare center and a psychiatric rotation that consisted of a visit to a museum of Scientology. Unsurprisingly, the students could not get jobs after graduation.

As with the nursing students at the Corinthian Colleges, Inc., one of the largest chains of for-profit colleges, Chan ended up deep in debt and with a useless degree. More than a dozen state attorneys general are investigating and prosecuting for-profit colleges for their abuses. That’s essential, but still not enough.  State and federal governments need to tighten oversight of these colleges and to prosecute for false advertising. When colleges say they are training students for specific jobs — such as police officers or nurses — they must be required actually to provide the coursework needed to qualify for those jobs. Some requirement for reporting actual costs, graduation rates and job placement rates would also help prospective students compare their options.

The German Model

The issue of student debt is not limited to for-profit colleges, of course. State budget cuts for higher education funding have left many public university students and their families with massive debt burdens. From 2007 to 2014, student loan debt doubled, with the total topping one trillion dollars, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The prevalence of predatory for-profit colleges in the United States and their ability to secure government funding captures a fundamental problem with American higher education, especially in light of Germany’s new policy. If the American dream depends on education, more and more Americans are being priced out of the dream market, while more and more Europeans are able to pursue that dream.

If we believe in education opening doors to opportunities, we need to make public higher education affordable and accessible to all. That means reversing 25 years of declining state support for higher education and considering the German model of high quality higher education, available free of charge to all who can do the work. If the U.S. government is committed to financing the pursuit of college degrees, then it should also take the necessary steps to rein in their cost and ensure their value.

~~  Mary Turck - An adjunct faculty member at Macalester College ~~

West Virginia News

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A drug bust in Lewis County resulted in the arrest of an individual believed to be involved in drug crimes for nearly two decades.

Catherine Thomas has been charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, with more charges pending, after the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant late Tuesday evening on her residence at 279 Sand Run Road.

“The arrest that was made could be considered rather significant, for multiple sources have stated for nearly two decades the defendant had been heavily involved in the drug trade,“ Sheriff Adam Gissy said.

According to Gissy, deputies located and seized 2.8 grams of Crystal Methamphetamine, 3 pounds of Marijuana, Xanax pills and more than $3,000.

The approximate street value of the illegal drugs totals nearly $15,000.

Additional arrests are pending.


West Virginia is ranked No. 21 overall in the Tax Foundation’s 2015 State Business Tax Climate Index.

Released Tuesday, the index is designed to be a gauge for business leaders, government policymakers and taxpayers of how state tax systems compare nationwide.

“We’re looking at all elements of taxes that apply to businesses,” said Scott Drenkard, manager of state projects for the Tax Foundation.

“We’ve got individual income taxes, corporate income taxes, sales, property and unemployment insurance taxes.”

According to the Index, this year’s 10 best states are:
1. Wyoming
2. South Dakota
3. Nevada
4. Alaska
5. Florida
6. Montana
7. New Hampshire
8. Indiana
9. Utah
10. Texas

According to the Index, this year’s 10 worst states are:
41. Iowa
42. Connecticut
43. Wisconsin
44. Ohio
45. Rhode Island
46. Vermont
47. Minnesota
48. California
49. New York
50. New Jersey

West Virginia was largely in the middle of the pack.

In a breakdown, the Mountain State was ranked No. 26 for individual income taxes, No. 25 for sales taxes, No. 23 for unemployment insurance taxes, No. 25 for property taxes and No. 17 for corporate taxes.


A Berkeley County woman faces prison time after attempting to defraud the government.

Debra Myers, age 52, of Martinsburg was convicted in federal court after she admitted to her role in a tax fraud conspiracy where she signed five fraudulent tax returns at the direction of her boyfriend, a tax preparer, and allowed more than $30,000 in improper refunds to be deposited into her bank accounts.

Myers entered a guilty plea Tuesday to a one-count Information alleging she conspired to defraud the IRS and faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

As part of the plea agreement, she also agreed to pay $38,843.00 in restitution.

The investigation into Myers’ case was led by the IRS and the West Virginia State Police, Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Camilletti is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government and U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble presided.


An Ohio native has entered a guilty plea to federal drug crimes in Wheeling.

Jewan Kyle, age 28, of Cleveland, Ohio, was convicted Tuesday of distributing heroin near Bloch Playground on Wheeling Island.

Kyle, who has multiple prior felony drug convictions, was charged with one count of distribution of heroin within 1000 feet of a protected location after an investigation by the Ohio Valley Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative.

The Task Force is comprised of the West Virginia State Police, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, the Wheeling Police Department, and the DEA.

Kyle, who will remain in custody pending sentencing, faces between 1 and 40 years in prison and fine of up to $2,000,000.00.

U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld, II prosecuted the case on behalf of the government and Senior U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp presided.


The federal EPA has received 1.5 million public comments on the agency’s Clean Power Plan that will impact the emissions of existing coal-fired power plants.

EPA acting assistant administrator for the agency’s Office of Air and Radiation Janet McCabe told reporters Tuesday the agency is making more information available for comment.

“This does not change the proposal that we put out in June, it simply discusses some key ideas that we’ve been hearing consistently from a diverse set of stakeholders,” McCabe said during a conference call. “The NODA (notice of data availability) gives us a chance to ensure that all stakeholders and the public are aware of these issues and can consider them in their comments.”

McCabe said there have been lots of comments made about natural gas, the response by states to the new rule and timelines. She said that information will now be made available for other people to see so they can comment.

“This is all about providing information and ideas for people so that they can give us their best thoughts on it. So we are taking this step for our purpose to make sure that everybody has access to that information that we are hearing on these issues,” McCabe said.

The public comment period ends December 01.


Putnam County police say a man was shot and killed Monday afternoon at a mobile home in the community of Bancroft. Deputies charged his roommate with murder.

Deputies said Troy Cobb, age 20, was shot with a large-caliber handgun during an argument at around 3 p.m. They allege his roommate Jacob Smailes pulled the trigger. They charged Smailes with murder Tuesday evening.

Investigators said there was an eyewitness at the scene.

Smailes, who called 911 to report the shooting, is lodged in the Western Regional Jail without bail.

Deputies said the initial call was there had been an accidental shooting at #5 Old Ferry Trailer Park but they later determined the shooting was intentional.


Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Chris Atha was injured in a struggle at the Kanawha County Judicial Annex.

Atha was working in Magistrate Court, when a man who was awaiting a mental hygiene hearing, became combative. The man reached for Atha’s gun, but the safety holster prevented him from drawing it.

Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Mike Rutherford explained why the man couldn’t draw the gun.

“The holsters that we have are triple retention holsters,” Rutherford said. “All three of the safety mechanisms were functioning and in the secure position.”

Officers tazed the man in an attempt to subdue him, but it did not stop him.

“The man was still attempting to get the gun,” Rutherford said. “And the weapon went off inside the holster.”

The bullet was fired into a bench, but debris from the holster scraped Atha’s leg.

The man was finally subdued and taken to CAMC General to remove the prongs from the tazer.

“As soon as he is released from Charleston General,” Rutherford said. “He will be transported to a mental health facility and we will look into possible criminal charges.”

Atha’s injuries weren’t serious.

“The deputy had just minor injuries, just enough we are going to have him looked at,” Rutherford said. “We don’t believe he will need any stitches or anything like that.”


Ten units of a Barbour County motel were destroyed by fire early Wednesday morning.  The blaze was reported about 6:15 a.m. at the Mid-Town Motel in Belington.

The fire apparently started in one of the rooms.  All guests managed to escape the hotel without injury. Eight fire departments from three counties were called in to help get the fire out.

The state Fire Marshal has been called to the scene to investigate.


Developers of a proposed interstate natural gas pipeline have moved to begin a federal review of the project.

Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this week to initiate the agency’s pre-filing process.

Commission spokeswoman Tamara Young-Allen tells The Roanoke Times that the process is designed to identify and resolve issues before a formal application is filed.

The 300-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline is a joint venture between EQT Corp. and NextEra Energy Era Inc. It would run from Wetzel County, West Virginia, to another pipeline in Pittsylvania County.

The pipeline must be approved by the commission before it could be built.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin have expressed support for the pipeline.


Negotiations are underway to resolve FirstEnergy’s proposed $151.5 million rate increase for two West Virginia subsidiaries.

The West Virginia Public Service Commission had planned to hold evidentiary hearings on the company’s request this week. The executive director of the PSC’s Consumer Advocate Division, Jackie Roberts says the hearings are in recess as negotiations continue.

The proposed increase includes $103 million in base rate charges and $48.5 million for vegetation management.

FirstEnergy spokesman Todd Meyers says the company has been working with all parties to reach a settlement agreement.

Any agreement must be approved by the PSC.

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