Donna K. Talkington Brannon
Loving wife, mother, & grandmother stepped into heaven February 02, 2010 at 11:40 PM at home, surrounded by family & friends following complications from a liver transplant.
Donna was born January 08, 1947. She was the daughter of the late C. Cloyd & E. Louise Ellifritt Talkington.
She was a graduate of Normantown High School class of 1964. She was also a graduate of Glenville State College earning a Bachelor of Arts in education.
Donna was employed by Calhoun County Board of Education for 30 years at Arnoldsburg Elementary School, where she was a 2nd grade teacher until her retirement in June 2002.
Donna was a member of the Little Kanawha Independent Church in Burnsville where she worshipped with many wonderful friends each Sunday, prior to her illness.
On July 17, 2009, Donna received a liver transplant at UPMC in Pittsburg, PA. Following a long & extensive recovery, she returned home October 1, 2009. A few days after, a benefit dinner was hosted by high school classmates & lifelong friends in her honor.
Those who had the privilege of knowing Donna knew of her love of God & family. She always thought of others before herself, even until her last moments. Her faith, courage, & strength were an example & inspiration to all.
Donna is survived by her devoted husband & caregiver, John R. Brannon of Normantown. Her eldest daughter Stacy D. Davis & husband Wes of Hurricane, WV. Her youngest daughter & faithful caregiver Karrie B. Jack & husband Bernie of Slaty Fork WV. She had 3 adoring grandchildren: Jacob Matthew Davis, Sarah Catherine Davis, & Katie Elizabeth Jack. She also had 1 brother, Gary L. Talkington of Greenwood WV.
The family would like to thank family & friends who provided love & support during her final days & hours. The family is most grateful for the Hospice nurses Misty, Eunice, & Heather who provided quality & compassionate care.
Funeral Services will be conducted at 11:00 AM Saturday February 6, 2010 at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. with Rev. Ronzel Roberts officiating. Burial will follow in the Cedarville Cemetery, Cedarville WV.
Friends may call from 6-9 PM Friday evening at the mortuary.
Flowers are appreciated but the family request memorial contributions be made to the Hospice Care, P. O. Box 323, Burnsville WV 26335. Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Donna Kay Brannon with arrangements.
Critical Funding Helps States with Budget Shortfalls
West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller is working on legislation that would extend by six months the increase in the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) that states currently receive from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
In addition to ensuring coverage for children, parents, seniors, and people with disabilities, this extended funding will help states like West Virginia retain employees and relieve state funding shortfalls.
“We absolutely need this six months of relief while we weather this economic storm – too many families depend on this program for us to allow a shortfall of funding,” said Senator Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care. “Medicaid is a significant economic generator in West Virginia, paying almost 20 percent of the total cost of West Virginia’s health care system and supporting an estimated 19,800 jobs in the state while providing essential health care coverage for the 390,000 West Virginians who currently rely on Medicaid each year.”
At a regular session of the County Commission of Gilmer County, West Virginia, held at the courthouse thereof on the 2nd day of February 2010, as provided by law, the following order was entered of record, to-wit:
In compliance with the Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act (Public Law 98-435), as interpreted by the Secretary of State as Chief Election Official for the State of West Virginia, relative to improving access for the handicapped and elderly to polling places for elections, the Gilmer County Commission this day doth Order the Clerk of this Commission to publish and post, as required by law, notice of the intent of this Commission to make the following changes in polling places in Gilmer County:
That the polling place for Precinct Number 13 at Tanner in DeKalb-Troy District be changed from the K & P Harmony Lodge to the Tanner Community Building located at 209 Tanner School Rd, Tanner, WV.
ENTER this 2nd day of February 2010 by Order of the Gilmer County Commission.
GILMER COUNTY COMMISSION
Clerk of the County Commission of
Gilmer County, West Virginia
The governor wants voters to decide on a new amendment to reduce or eliminate property taxes on new business inventory and equipment. The issue was debated at a public hearing Wednesday afternoon. And, Del. Bill Hamilton is again co-sponsoring a bill to raise the beer tax a penny a bottle to help treat those who suffer from substance abuse. Among the three bills passed by the House today is one to make it easier for the parole board to release non-violent offenders from the states crowded prison system.
Opens Friday, February 5, 2010 | Runtime: 1 hr. 35 min. R - Strong bloody violence throughout, drug content, pervasive language and brief sexuality
A low-ranking intelligence operative (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) working in the office of the U.S. Ambassador in France takes on more than he bargained for when he partners with a wisecracking, fast-shooting, high-ranking U.S. agent (John Travolta) who’s been sent to Paris to stop a terrorist attack.
Cast: John Travolta, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Kasia Smutniak, Richard Durden Director: Pierre Morel Genres: Action
Opens Friday, February 5, 2010 | Runtime: 1 hr. 48 min. PG-13 - Some sensuality and violence
“Dear John” tells story of John Tyree, a young soldier home on leave, and Savannah Curtis, the idealistic college student he falls in love with during her spring vacation. Over the next seven tumultuous years, the couple is separated by John’s increasingly dangerous deployments. While meeting only sporadically, they stay in touch by sending a continuous stream of love letters overseas—correspondence that eventually triggers fateful consequences.
Cast: Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried, Henry Thomas, Richard Jenkins, Scott Porter Director: Lasse Hallström Genres: Romantic Drama, Drama
UPCOMING RELEASES (Dates Subject to Change; Not All Films in All Areas) February 5: From Paris With Love, Dear John February 12: Valentine’s Day, The Wolfman February 19: Shutter Island February 26: Cop Out, The Crazies, Defendor, The Yellow Handkerchief March 5: Alice in Wonderland, Brooklyn’s Finest March 12: Green Zone, Our Family Wedding, Remember Me, She’s Out of My League March 19: Bounty Hunter, Repo Men, Diary of a Wimpy Kid March 26: Clash of the Titans, How to Train Your Dragon, I Love You Phillip Morris April 2: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Furry Vengeance, Last Song, Repo Man, Tyler Perry’s Why Did I get Married Too April 9: Date Night, The Losers April 16: Back Up Plan, Death at a Funeral, Kick Ass April 23: MacGruber, Oceans, Wall Street II April 30: A Nightmare on Elm Street May 7: Iron Man II May 14: Letters to Juliet, Robin Hood, Takers May 21: Shrek Forever After May 28: Prince of Persia Sands of Time, Sex and the City II
Is there a downside to backing your data to a flash drive, then deleting it from your hard drive?
The answer simply is BIG YES.
Making one backup, then deleting the file from your hard drive, is no better than not backing up at all.
You are still violating First Law of Computing: Never have only one copy of anything.
And if your only copy is on a flash drive, that’s especially dangerous. Those things can easily get lost or stolen.
If you’re going to keep files on a flash drive and not also put them on your hard drive, you need to back up the flash drive. Copy the files to another flash drive every day or so, or burn them to a DVD.
PUBLIC NOTICE(2): BOARD OF REVIEW AND EQUALIZATION
BOARD OF REVIEW AND EQUALIZATION
Pursuant to Chapter ll, Article 3, Section 24, of the Code of the State of West Virginia, as amended, upon motion duly made and carried, the County Commission will meet for the purpose of reviewing and equalizing the assessments made by the Assessor of the County of Gilmer for the year 2010, beginning on the 29th day of January 2010 at 9:00 AM, and continuing in session by appointment, extended through the 23rd day of February 2010 (Saturdays and Sundays excepted).
The Commission shall proceed to examine and review the property books and shall add on the books the names of persons, the value of personal property and the description and value of real estate liable to assessment, if any was omitted by the Assessor. They shall correct all errors in the names of persons, in the description and valuation of property, and cause to be done whatever else may be necessary to make the valuation comply with the provision of the Chapter. But in no case shall any question of classification or taxability be considered or reviewed.
If any person fails to apply for relief at this meeting, he shall have waived his right to ask for correction of his assessment list for the current year and shall not thereafter be permitted to question the correctness of his list as finally fixed by the County Commission, except on appeal to the Circuit Court.
All persons who desire to appear before the Board to discuss current 2010 property assessments are invited to do so.
Glenville State College students, faculty, and staff will be showing off what GSC has to offer April 19 – 23, 2010 for the annual Spring 2010 Pioneer Preview. This event will open the campus up for tours and educate interested students on what GSC is all about.
“The Spring Preview is a great opportunity for students to check out the campus and ask any questions that they may have about GSC. They can talk with faculty and staff about the programs, life on campus, and the overall experience as a Pioneer.
The Spring Pioneer Preview offers many exciting activities so that students and parents can come together with faculty, staff, and current students and feel like part of the Pioneer community,” said GSC Admissions Counselor Adrian Duelley.
In addition to individualized pre-registration, each day includes:
• 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM meet and greet with GSC admissions staff and receive an overview of available financial assistance with GSC financial aid staff
• 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM testing, advising, and pre-registration
• 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM ‘Pioneer Trail’ (stopping by the Admissions Office for a tour, Student Life to get a GSC ID, Dining Services to set up a meal plan, Public Safety to purchase a parking pass), and many others to prepare students for Fall 2010 at Glenville State College.
Special events taking place during the week consist of:
• Comedy Caravan (Monday, April 19th at 9:00 PM in the Rusty Musket)
• Campus Picnic and Sandy Sowell Game Show (Tuesday, April 20th at 11:00 AM in the Amphitheatre)
• Bingo (Wednesday, April 21st at 12:15 PM and 9:00 PM in the Rusty Musket)
• Premium Night (Thursday, April 22nd at 4:30 PM in the Mollohan’s Restaurant)
• Blue and White Football Game (Thursday, April 22nd at 6:00 PM at Morris Stadium)
• National Jelly Bean Day (Friday, April 23rd at 11:00 AM in the Rusty Musket)
• GSC Softball vs. Shepherd (Friday, April 23rd at 4:00 PM at the I.L. and Sue Morris Field)
• Concert Band Concert (Friday, April 23rd at 7:00 PM in the Fine Arts Auditorium)
For more information on the Spring 2010 Pioneer Preview or Glenville State College, contact the GSC Admissions Office at 304.462.6130 or at 800.924.2010. ~~ By Annette Barnette - GSC Public Relations & Marketing Director ~~
Another snowstorm on the way this weekend is just adding more salt to the wound of the Division of Highway’s snow removal budget.
DOH officials say they have already spent 66% of the SRIC [Snow Removal and Ice Control] budget and they have got six to eight weeks of possible bad weather left to go.
With more than 35,000 miles of roads to maintain and a $54 million dollar budget for the 2009-2010 Winter Season, supplies are still holding up. But how much longer that will be the case all depends on the weather.
The $54 million SRIC budget needs to last from November through April and most years it does. But with storm after storm blanketing the state with snow, it’s been a rough season so far.
The DOH is hoping French Creek Freddie’s prediction of an early spring on Groundhog’s Day is accurate.
Age 74, of Jane Lew, passed away on Sunday, January 31, 2010, at 4:41 p.m. at the Crestview Manor Nursing Home of Jane Lew following an extended illness.
He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on January 7, 1936, son of the late Ralph Rahfuse and Irene (Miller) Rahfuse.
Mr. Rahfuse is survived by two daughters, Tina Hawkins of Jane Lew and Laura Nalle of Moscow, Idaho. In addition to his daughters, he is survived by two grandchildren, Mitchell Hawkins of Jane Lew and Alexandra of Idaho. Robert is also survived by one sister, Marian Miller.
Mr. Rahfuse was a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and worked as a chemical engineer for the Department of Energy. Mr. Rahfuse volunteered his time and service to the Bridgeport Public Library and the Humane Society. He truly enjoyed gardening and being outdoors.
Family received friends at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home, 730 North Main Avenue, Weston on Wednesday, February 3, 2010, from 3-4 PM. A Memorial service were held on Wednesday at 4 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Clifford West officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Bridgeport Public Library, Attention: Sharon Saye, 1200 Johnson Avenue, Bridgeport, WV 26330 or the Harrison County Humane Society, Attention: Laura Miller, Rt. 2, Box 932, Shinnston, WV 26431.
Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of the arrangements for Robert Rahfuse.
Abuse of functions occurs when an official provides proprietary or confidential information, in exchange for interest in any property, transaction or company.
When you become aware of these exchanges and transactions at any level, expose them for what they are and make changes.
This is a wonderful article. No longer do we have to insinuate the failure of public education.
Thank you Governor Tomblin for setting the record of failure straight for West Virginians.
Claiming that 64% of community college and technical school students need help is pretty much saying a 64% failure rate. What of the students that have not entered the ranks of additional schooling? You might think there rate of failure would be much higher if considered?
Yes, West Virginia is on the leading edge for sure. At the current rate, we will soon own 50th place in educational outcomes. Move over Mississippi, here we come.
Governor Tomblin says “In fact, 64 percent of West Virginia community and technical college students need developmental courses in English or math.“ However, he is totally missing the boat when he is bragging on it only taking one semester for them to catch up. In a normal world, NONE of the students who graduate from high school and go on to higher education should need 5 minutes of remediation in mathematics or English. The fact that remediation is needed by the majority shows our K-12 system is failing the students, totally. What we need is the state to get out of the education business, since it’s obvious they don’t know what they are doing!
Thomas Jefferson once said that one man with courage is a majority.
John F. Kennedy, One man can make a difference, and every man should try.
It’s not too late to stop the travesty of forced intervention for the purpose of controlling the public check book and the devastation produced by the over reaching, self granted authority of your WV Board of Education.
Governor, with all due respect, if just one time you would concentrate the tools and abilities at your disposal to start from the bottom up providing a solid Pre-K through 12 education without the fancy window dressing WV might pull itself out of the education hole that’s been dug.
Addressing problems from the top down, after the fact, has not brought any resolution.
Looks like madness has taken over and replaced education, nationwide. Time for parents to take over and make sure their children are not taken over by oligarchs in the “education” field determined to indoctrinate children into submission. The whole idea of any government running education is insane!
Did the county commission of Gilmer follow the rules when they put their administrator on the health center board while she still worked for them? The GCC President bragged in the paper that his board had voted for the MH lease and his fellow commission did the same in last weeks meeting. The administrator is the president of the health center board. Commissioner C is on there as well so that explains that. Funny thing about it is the MH lease wasn’t on the commission agenda so did they follow the rules then? Were they following the rules when they didn’t have a clerk to take minutes during delegation? Heard a lot of serious questions got asked that never made the news.
Have watched the June 1 video and the May. When board members can only vote yes the question was the right one. What are they doing there?
All my family knows for sure is if they have the money to do improvements on someone else building, paying high rent not necessary under the law while they won’t pay for a fifth grade teacher, then they don’t need any excess levy from us.
What has been done to deal with the County’s drug epidemic and to feed our children among the poor?
Far too much has been done under the guise of doing it for the children when the real reason has been palm greasing for the politically connected.
That philosophy is the reason WV ranks at the bottom for education while we are near the top for what we pay.
Blame goes to the top officials including our timid legislators who wring their hands while refusing to take corrective measures. It has to do with those checks flowing in to pay for political campaigns.
This is a challenge to Dr. Martirano and Dr. Daniel. The two are in the lead now for public education in WV and a new leaf could be turned.
Citizens would appreciate an objective assessment of how education has improved during the four years the WVBOE has controlled Gilmer County’s school system.
The question has been asked many times without getting answers. The silence suggests that overall intervention has been a flop and it has not achieved anything to improve the quality of education for Gilmer’s children.
Have achievement test scores improved and has truancy lessened, for examples?
It seems that the State equates spending money to progress to leave a county far worse off than what it was before intervention.
The unneeded move to MH to serve raw political purposes is a prime example. Respect for the taxpayers was not shown to inform them how much more money would have to be spent for the new location compared to what is being paid now.
As usual we are expected to blindly accept the State’s standard “trust us” approach without asking questions.
Secrecy about money being spent is always a sign for corruption and mismanagement for citizens to watch for.
There must be a full accounting for every penny of new spending under the State’s control to include what was spent for facilities including those for the Linn school, the auction barn site, Cedar Creek and the new Gilmer County Elementary school.
Nothing is known about the State’s spending for personnel and other outlays to indicate that there have been any notable improvements in Gilmer County’s school system.
Our delegates and senators have kept silent about what the County has gone through.
At the very least they should demand a full financial accounting for public disclosure. Does anyone think that this would be unreasonable?
Need to know what time to be at the bus stop! When is the Superintendent going to put out the bus routes? Told they would be changing at the end of this year and not a word since? How can we work and get the child to school and back if we don’t know for sure what we have to do to get him there? School starts August 13.
Now the preschoolers have to go to Head Start? No room at the inn in Glenville. To think the state says we didn’t need two schools.
Throw the children away for a dollar is the common theme. Does anybody believe the state won’t grab federal money for this? WVBOE loves that corporate welfare, forget the children. Throw them to the lions! WVBOE needs money.
Gilmer County Commission decided they needed money dedicated for the children to cover their bills.They say every BOE employee should have a private office while no court house employee has one. Gilmer County Commission needs money.
Lewis County BOE decided they needed Gilmer County money dedicated for our children to replace dilapidated Alum Bridge School.
Gilmer County paid for the architect, paid for half the land, paid for half the slip, sent over Gilmer County materials for curriculum, Gilmer County pays with students and student aid formula and Gilmer County paid for technology. Lewis County needed money.
Gilmer County BOE forced to bring children out to primary roads in order to get to a school bus but they’ll be truant if they can’t get there.
Gilmer County children have done without fifth grade Teachers at three elementary schools for years
.Gilmer County couldn’t keep their Math director at the High School and cut down to only one guidance counselor this past year while four elementary schools shared one between them. In the meantime the state took out Gilmer’s advanced placement courses.