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.
Gracious God, the coming of holidays brings with it a heightened awareness of my loneliness.
When the lack of a loving family around me leaves my heart feeling shriveled and small, open my eyes to the graces you shower upon me.
Show me those gifts of your love that I often miss when I’m consumed with the absence of affection in my life.
Let those graces remind me that your presence is sure and constant.
Let this lighten the darkness in my heart as surely as the sun dissolves the darkness of night.
I ask this for the sake of your love.
Thought for Today: “Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.“-James Michener, American author (1907-1997).
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Feb. 4, 1783, Britain’s King George III proclaimed a formal cessation of hostilities in the American Revolutionary War.
In 1789, electors chose George Washington to be the first president of the United States.
In 1861, delegates from six Southern states met in Montgomery, Ala., to form the Confederate States of America.
In 1932, New York Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt opened the Winter Olympic Games at Lake Placid.
In 1938, the Thornton Wilder play “Our Town” opened on Broadway.
In 1941, the United Service Organizations (USO) came into existence.
In 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin began a wartime conference at Yalta.
In 1948, the island nation of Ceylon-now Sri Lanka-became an independent dominion within the British Commonwealth.
In 1974, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was kidnapped in Berkeley, Calif., by the Symbionese Liberation Army.
In 1976, more than 23,000 people died when a severe earthquake struck Guatemala with a magnitude of 7.5, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
In 1999, Amadou Diallo, an unarmed West African immigrant, was shot and killed in front of his Bronx home by four plainclothes New York City police officers. (The officers were acquitted at trial.)
Ten years ago:
• Austrian President Thomas Klestil swore in a coalition government that included Joerg Haider’s (yohrg HY’-durz) far-right Freedom Party, a development which triggered European Union sanctions.
• Former House Speaker Carl Albert died in McAlester, Okla. at age 91. Singer Doris Kenner-Jackson of the Shirelles died in Goldsboro, N.C. at age 58.
Five years ago:
• Gunmen kidnapped Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena in Baghdad. (Sgrena was freed a month later; however, an Italian agent who’d secured her release was killed by U.S. gunfire at a checkpoint.)
• Actor and civil rights activist Ossie Davis died in Miami Beach, Fla. at age 87.
One year ago:
• President Barack Obama imposed a $500,000 cap on executive pay for companies receiving federal bailout money; the president also signed a bill extending health coverage to 4 million uninsured children.
• Lux Interior, co-founder and lead singer of the horror-punk band the Cramps, died in Glendale, Calif. at age 62.
Actor William Phipps is 88
Actor Conrad Bain is 87
Former Argentinian President Isabel Peron is 79
Actor Gary Conway is 74
Movie director George A. Romero is 70
Rock musician John Steel (The Animals) is 69
Singer Florence LaRue (The Fifth Dimension) is 66
Former Vice President Dan Quayle is 63
Rock singer Alice Cooper is 62
Actor Michael Beck is 61
Actress Lisa Eichhorn is 58
Football Hall-of-Famer Lawrence Taylor is 51
Rock singer Tim Booth is 50
Rock musician Henry Bogdan is 49
Country singer Clint Black is 48
Rock musician Noodles (The Offspring) is 47
Country musician Dave Buchanan (Yankee Grey) is 44
Actress Gabrielle Anwar is 40
Actor Rob Corddry is 39
Singer David (dah-VEED’) Garza is 39
Actor Michael Goorjian is 39
Boxer Oscar De La Hoya is 37
Rock musician Rick Burch (Jimmy Eat World) is 35
Singer Natalie Imbruglia (em-BROO’-lee-ah) is 35
Rapper Cam’ron is 34
Rock singer Gavin DeGraw is 33
Olympic gold medal gymnast-turned-singer Carly Patterson is 22
Glenville Police Department Report for January 2010
Larceny from vch.
Battery, 2 Counts
Active, Warrant Issued
Battery, Destruction Property
2 Arrests, Jail
Active with Suspects
Fleeing the Police
Rt. 5 E
Poss. Of Marijuana
Broke it Up
Verbal, Cleaned Up
Other Police Calls
Put it Down
Power Lines Down
Rt. 5 E
Called it in
Called it in
Shot and Buried it
Rt. 5 E
2 Loose Dogs
1 Loose Dog
Rt. 5 E
911 Hand Up
2 Vehicles Locked
Rt. 5 E
Rt. 5 E
Locked Out of Apartment
Got Him in
Took Him Home
Assist Other Agencies
WV Probation Officer
2 Vehicle Accident
Rt. 5 E
The Glenville City Police has received two new Police Cruisers from the USDA Grant on Friday and making preparations to have new bar lights, equipment, and decals put on them.
New light bars for two vehicles are included in the two Grants except it will not cover $1369.02 of it. Approval from Council is needed for this amount.
Also the Decals need to be on both Cruisers. Chief Moss currently has no estimate for the cost.
Chief Moss says the Cruisers need to be taken to get estimate or have someone to come up.
January 2010 Citations
• Cited 01.07.10 Erin Morgan (07.07.90) of Brunswick, Ohio was cited by Chief John Moss at the intersection of Mineral Road and N. Lewis Street for failure to stop for Stop Sign almost striking a Police Cruiser.
• Cited 01.10.10 Nathan T. Rexroad (04.05.91) of Gassaway, WV was cited on Elm Street for Possession of Marijuana less than 15 grams by PTLM Dave Teters.
• Cited 01.15.10 * Daniel J. Reed (10.07.85) of Cedar Creek, WV was cited by PTLM Dave Teters on S. Lewis Street for Public Intoxication.
• Cited 01.20.10 Patrick E. Martin (04.28.78) of Glenville, WV was cited by Chief John Moss for Trespassing and Public Intoxication on Conrad Ct. St.
* “A point of clarification:
The Daniel J. Reed of Cedar Creek listed as being charged with public intoxication on January 15, 2010 is NOT Daniel A. Reed of Cedar Creek Road.
Daniel A. Reed, is the husband of Ann M. Reed, and is the son of the late Alvin and Peggy Reed.
He is employed as a therapist at United Summit Center.
Daniel A. Reed wishes Daniel J. Reed well, but would like this clarified to squelch any rumors that are evolving.“
Lady Titans (9-6) were defeated by the Raiders (8-6) at home Tuesday night.
For Lady Titans:
• Tristan Toman with 12 points
• Jessica Montgomery with 8 points
• Hannah DeMarino with 6 points
• Megan Normant with 5 points
• Kourtney Beall with 4 points
• Brittany Blake with 3 points
• Maggie Lilli with 3 points
• Tiffany Young with 3 points
• Jenny Wolfe with 2 points
GFP Public Notice: Gilmer County Public Service District - ROUTINE MONITORING VIOLATION
ROUTINE MONITORING VIOLATION
Gilmer County Public Service District
PWSID #s: 3301106, 3301107, 3301109, 3301110
According to the Bureau of Public Health, our water system violated a drinking water standard during this year. Even though these were not emergencies, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we did to correct these situations.
We are required to monitor your drinking water on a regular basis. Results of regular monitoring are an indicator of whether or not our drinking water system meets health standards.
WHAT SHOULD I DO? : There is nothing you need to do at this time.
The table below lists the monitoring schedule described by how often we are supposed to sample, how many samples we are supposed to take, how many samples we took and when the samples were taken.
Number of Samples
When Samples Were
* Total Coliform Routine Monitoring Samples
One per Month
WHAT HAPPENED AND WHAT IS BEING DONE: During the testing period of 11.08, our District submitted the Total Coliform Routine Monitoring samples to our independent laboratory but the lab failed to report the results to the WV Bureau of Public Health until 01/23/09. Although our office submitted the samples in a timely manor, the Bureau of Public Health feels we should report to our customers by means of a Public Notice the late data submittal from our independent laboratory.
The Gilmer County Public Service District is making every effort and taking every precaution to return to compliance by issuing this Public Notice.
For more information, please contact: Martin Hess, Chief Operator at 304.462.4272 or at
PO Box 729
Glenville. WV 26351.
General guidelines to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800.426.4791.
This notice is being distributed by the Gilmer County Public Service District.
* Total Coliform Routine Monitoring Samples: Water sample collections made on each individual system that is submitted to the Clarksburg Water Board for testing to determine if there is any bacteria in the water sample.
Schools Encouraged to Prepare for the 03.27.10 Archery in the Schools State Tournament
As the result of five years of growing interest by West Virginia students, the Fifth Annual West Virginia Archery in the Schools (AIS) State Tournament will be held at the Charleston Civic Center on Saturday, March 27, 2010. More than 600 students from across the state are expected to participate, making this the largest archery tournament ever held in the state of West Virginia.
The AIS Program is the Division of Natural Resources’ largest and fastest growing education program – reaching more than 40,000 students through the participation of nearly 200 schools. Since the DNR implemented the program nearly five years ago, more than 1,000 students have participated in four state tournaments held in different parts of the state. With the continued growth and interest in the program, the DNR will move this year’s tournament to the state’s largest venue – the Charleston Civic Center, according to AIS Program Coordinator Jerry Westfall of the DNR Wildlife Resources Section.
“With that many student archers, we’re encouraging all participating schools to start working now to get their registration material in before the February 26 deadline,” said Westfall. “We are hoping this larger facility will give the schools that have not been to the state tournament before an opportunity to participate. We encourage all parents, principals and teachers to actively support their AIS Program and consider coming to the tournament. Schools can attend even if they do not have a full team of 12 co-ed students. A school can attend with even one student! That school would not be eligible for team awards, but that student would represent the school for any individual awards.”
Schools that have trained AIS instructors but have not yet purchased archery equipment still have the opportunity to participate in the tournament. “Certified instructors may volunteer to help with scoring and arrow-pulling at the tournament,” noted Westfall. “This would give instructors first-hand knowledge of what goes on at our tournament. Please call well in advance and let us know you would like to volunteer.”
At that Web site, teachers can click on links for: Tournament (which shows all registration material), Schools (showing all participating AIS schools) and News\Links, with a fact sheet describing the program in detail, or call Jerry Westfall at 304.558.2771.
Republicans Are Afraid State Prison Reform Will Result in Lighter Sentences for Criminals
Legal scholars told lawmakers Tuesday that the state has to revise how it sentences and houses prisoners to try to keep the prison population under control, but the report was immediately denounced by Republican leaders.
The West Virginia Law Institute says the state’s outdated criminal code allows for inconsistent sentencing that leads to prison overcrowding. WVU Law School Professor Bob Bastress also told lawmakers that the state should use work-release houses, half-way houses and other programs to ease the pressure on prisons.
But House Minority Leader Tim Armstead criticized the report as soft on crime.
“I truly believe that many of the findings and recommendations contained in the report…are completely out of line with the strongly held beliefs by most West Virginians,“ Armstead said. “One of the principle functions of state government is to protect West Virginians from crime.“
West Virginia is facing a serious prison overcrowding issue. The state has 1,300 more criminals than the state can house in its 5,015 prison beds. In addition, costs are rising. An inmate serving a life prison term may cost the state as much as $1 million over his or her lifetime.
Bastress told a joint meeting of the Senate/House Judiciary Committees that the state’s criminal code is a hodge-podge of laws, some dating back to before West Virginia became a state. He said that leads to inconsistencies in sentencing and sometimes excessive prison terms.
But Armstead said the recommendations could lead to lighter punishments for criminals. “Weakening our criminal justice system by reducing such criminal sentences, particular for felony offenses in our state, is not the right path to take and I hope that the legislature will resist any effort to do so.“
For their honeymoon, newlyweds Cliff and Cydney head to the tropical islands of Hawaii. While journeying through the paradisaical countryside the couple encounters Kale and Cleo, two disgruntled hitchhikers and Nick and Gina, two wild but well-meaning spirits who help guide them through the lush jungles. The picturesque waterfalls and scenic mountainsides quickly give way to terror when Cliff and Cydney learn of a grisly murder that occurred nearby and realize that they’re being followed by chance acquaintances that suspiciously fit the description of the killers.
Court of Claims Clerk Cheryle Hall discussed the courts payments to innocent victims of crime including those used for meth lab remediation; Del. Sharon Spencer plans to introduce legislation requiring notice to buyers or renters that the house was previously used as a meth lab and has potential health risks; Del. Kelli Sobonya discusses her bill to increase criminal penalties for failure to report child abuse and Del. Mark Hunt discusses the sessions first bill to address crowded conditions in state prisions.
State Senate’s efforts, during the regular, 60-day session of the West Virginia Legislature, to prevent students from dropping out of school.
The class would be an evening welding course. The class will run 3 hours per week for 10 weeks. A minimum of 5 students is needed.
The following areas of study may be available: SMAW (Stick), GMAW (Mig) Steel, GMAW (Mig) Aluminum, FCAW (Mig) Steel, GTAW (Tig) Steel, GTAW (Tig) Aluminum, Oxy-fuel Cutting, Oxy-fuel Welding, Oxy-fuel Brazing, Plasma Arc Cutting, Air Carbon Arc (gouging).
We also offer training for WV State Certification in plate and pipe welding.
The cost of the class will be $175.
If you are interested in any of these areas of welding technology and would like to enroll in the course please call Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center at 304.354.6151 by February 12, 2010.
Cabinet & Wood Crafting Class
The class would be an evening course and the anticipated length would be 10 weeks 3 hours a week. A minimum of 5 students is needed.
The class would include: shop safety, and operation of equipment (band saw, jointer, planer, moulder, lathe, router, table saw, radial arm saw, mitter saw, and hand tools); plane and finishing lumber; sizing lumber for project design; joint design for side and door panels; gluing and jointing material; style and rail designs; cabinet design (prints and patterns); flat vs. raised panels; tongue and groove lumber; drawer designs; edge designs; production of molding; preparation for finish; and staining and finishing methods.
The cost of the class would be $150.
If interested please call 304.354.6151 by February 12, 2010.
Gracious God, the days are shorter now as the shades of winter approach.
There is more darkness than light now, the air is crisper, and my soul is quieting down for a broader space of listening and reflection.
Fill me with gratitude for the change in seasons that offers me the opportunity to go deep within and find there the soft cloak of your loving presence.
I ask this for the sake of your love.
Today is Wednesday, Feb. 3, the 34th day of 2010. There are 331 days left in the year.
Thought for Today: “Your friend will argue with you.“ - Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Russian writer (1918-2008).
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Feb. 3, 1943, during World War II, the U.S. transport ship Dorchester, which was carrying troops to Greenland, sank after being hit by a German torpedo; of the more than 900 men aboard, only some 230 survived. Four Army chaplains gave their life belts to four other men, and went down with the ship.
In 1809, German composer Felix Mendelssohn was born in Hamburg. Congress passed an act establishing the Illinois Territory effective March 1.
In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln and Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens held a shipboard peace conference off the Virginia coast; the talks deadlocked over the issue of Southern autonomy.
In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for a federal income tax, was ratified.
In 1916, Canada’s original Parliament Buildings, in Ottawa, burned down.
In 1924, the 28th president of the United States, Woodrow Wilson, died in Washington, D.C. at age 67.
In 1930, the chief justice of the United States, William Howard Taft, resigned for health reasons. (He died just over a month later.)
In 1959, rock-and-roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson died in a small plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. An American Airlines Lockheed Electra crashed into New York’s East River, killing 65 of the 73 people on board.
In 1966, the Soviet probe Luna 9 became the first manmade object to make a soft landing on the moon.
In 1969, Yasser Arafat was elected chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s executive committee during a council meeting in Cairo, Egypt.
In 1989, Alfredo Stroessner, president of Paraguay for more than three decades, was overthrown in a military coup.
Ten years ago:
• The flight data recorder from Alaska Airlines Flight 261 was recovered from the Pacific Ocean off California.
• The Senate voted 89-4 to confirm Alan Greenspan for a fourth term as chairman of the Federal Reserve.
• Richard Kleindienst, who had served as U.S. attorney general during the Nixon administration and resigned during the Watergate scandal, died in Prescott, Ariz. at age 76.
Five years ago:
• Alberto Gonzales won Senate confirmation as attorney general.
• An interim report detailed conflicts of interest and flawed management in the U.N. oil-for-food program.
• An Afghan passenger jet carrying 104 people crashed east of Kabul, killing all on board.
One year ago:
• Eric Holder became the first black U.S. attorney general as he was sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden.
• The White House announced that Tom Daschle had asked to be removed from consideration as health and human services secretary after acknowledging he’d failed to pay all his taxes.
• Iran sent its first domestically made satellite, Omid (“hope”), into orbit.
Comedian Shelley Berman is 84
Former Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D-Md.) is 77
Football Hall-of-Famer Fran Tarkenton is 70
Actress Bridget Hanley is 69
Actress Blythe Danner is 67
Singer Dennis Edwards is 67
Football Hall-of-Famer Bob Griese is 65
Singer-guitarist Dave Davies (The Kinks) is 63
Singer Melanie is 63
Actress Morgan Fairchild is 60
Actor Nathan Lane is 54
Rock musician Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) is 54
Actor Thomas Calabro is 51
Actor-director Keith Gordon is 49
Actress Michele Greene is 48
Country singer Matraca (muh-TRAY’-suh) Berg is 46
Actress Maura Tierney is 45
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The only thing state educators have given us for many years is simply more of the same failings of education.
Clearly they are unable to fix the problems.
If the legislature can, more power to them.
We elect the legislators. The Manchin politicians put their family and friends in the department of education and see what we got!
In his “common sense” plea Mr. Martirano says they can fix it but never says how. Now he tells the Legislature the prior standards can’t be used because they were “deemed not college and career ready”!
As to funding, the State Board and DOE spends every dime they get their hands on but not for students or Teachers. The student budget doesn’t grow and neither does the budget of local boards of education. It is spent to increase Charleston connected staff and benefits, to grow the power structure. From all reports MONEY is the Boards major concern.
For years they have blamed local Boards of Education, Teachers and even the students for poor test results. They consolidated schools saying new buildings were needed to repair the failing system. The WV BOE established those standards. How can anyone possibly believe another of their cut and pasted programs will fix this mess?
Think I will move back to WV and go live up a hollow so far they have to pipe in the sunshine and just used oil lamps for light and wood for heat and cooking. Also have a water spring to cool things in.
RGW just posted the MUGSHOT of Laura Cottrill and her boyfriend the Meth Cookers out there on in LINN WV they may have been conspiring with Richard Neal and Marl Cottrill to get Ruth out of the house illegally. Some Court officials may be involved.
The Legislators need to stop the State Board and its departments from destroying records every 3 years to eliminate a paper trail of their actions. They have been told this previously by the Legislative Oversight Commission. It would seem this Board won’t take good advice! It shows their unwillingness to have transparency which discourages accountability.
As to Gilmer’s bloviating President, he never did work well with others. The Board must go in another direction if they really want out of intervention.
While on the subject of Common Sense-
Is it common sense for the WV School Building Authority (part of WVBOE) to award millions of dollars of no-bid contracts to only one firm?
The same firm all the time. Who donates big dollars to WV. By coincidence or by cronyism?
Is that even legal? Surely ethically wrong.
Please, Dr. M. for the sake of our state, our teachers, our children, just review the 2004 Legislative Education Audit, or the 2010 Legislative Audit, or the 2012 Efficiency Audit or the numerous other indictments of the WVDOE/State BOE. Our educational problems are for the most part INTERNAL!Hint. Pay our good teachers for the job they do. Tell a teacher what you want done and step back, way, way back and watch the results.Go back to W.W.Trent, State Superintendent (elected by the people) and the handful of help he had to run an efficient system.The Charleston wagon is full and the contents need to be spread on the fields. That is, in my opinion, where the nutrients are needed for real growth.
And like the retired teacher said, let the teachers decide how to teach the students the way that works for them. Standardized tests are not the way to evaluate education especially when teachers are forced to “teach to the test”. Technology in elementary school becomes no more relevant than game machines to the kids. Anyone can learn to use a computer but a computer won’t give you an education. You have to want to learn in order to learn. Education is much too important to become a government agency. It should be totally run by parents and teachers, not by bureaucrats! Now we have generations of parents who were cheated out of the education their parents thought they were paying taxes for. Is that how we want to continue?
Two weeks out and the poor woman hasn’t even been let back in the house to get her hairbrush? Rumor is it’s going to cost her $600 of her $700 monthly check to just get back in the door.
And what’s with the deer horns? If a cop can leave with people’s things, apparently just because he likes them, then what’s to stop someone coming back in the house with a little something in their pocket???
And all the poor woman did was try to tell the truth about a murder… and more recently, about the fact that guests in her home (that she was good enough to help out for a few days…) had needles. All Ruth has done, once again, is try to tell the truth.
Education is too important to be left to for profit manipulators. As one of the 1st ex-first ladies in the nation along with other board members on state boe to support no-bid contracts violating the laws of the state is a good proof of it. Remeber, education is an industry that should be either government run, or not for profits.
Local boards with well intenioned, is consistently overwhelmed by national teacher union and contractors powers controlled by WVDE.
We need far more transparancy and oversight of the finances of these billion dollar taxpayer funded entities. It is near impossible to even find out how much is spent on sports versus math, let alone how many sweetheart contracts are being manipulated.
Well, we seem to have done our best to de-professionalize the teaching career and school systems in general. Billion$ may be wasted, but if we shore up our confidence in teachers, provide support for teachers, and winnow teachers that reduce morale then it would be a much better environment. Of course, it’s not as easy as writing those words, but we aren’t even really trying it. For once, the U.S. should look to other countries that do well to learn leading practices. And standards are a ruse. Teaching someone to think and care about the world does not correspond to ensuring they know how to spell ‘inane’ and ‘blase’ for a week….which is exactly the words some of the students would use to describe their experiences.
Hmm? As a retired teacher I think of the problem in the education system. Sounds to me like there is a lot of work to be done. When it comes to education why not go back to the old way meeting each day with the students and the teacher teaching what they know best for their students. I am sick of hearing about all the funds spent on technology which are mostly useless. The Standardized tests are ridiculous. One person can have AP American History and her friend can have the schools problem children but they are evaluated by the scores just the same?
Politicians, mainly want to give us an education system driven by and for capitalism. Capitalism is just a regulation away from wholesale corruption. That truth was put on display for the world to see with the financial meltdown. We may trust our money to the capitalists in hopes of a big return but only a fool would trust his kids minds and his countries future to capitalists. I believe in well regulated free markets but that is something we have never had in this country. Free markets work, but the capitalism we are practicing is feudal and predatory. It isn’t government that needs to made small enough to drown it in the bath tub, its the crony capitalists cabal that runs the Republican party and too many Democrats for that matter…
The teachers have to teach what the State Dept. mandates. For the most part the State Department personnel/County Administrators are washed out teachers who couldn’t hack it in the classroom or are Manchin family disciples.
Dr. Martirano has an impressive resume. Probably has wonderful dreams, plans, and intentions.
However, it will not be enough that one individual can undo the power maze of previous appointments, hirings, friends, nepotism, and paybacks.
-For school districts to be under state control 10 to 15 years, is self explanatory of the state board to operate in any meaningful manner.
-If Gilmer has one board member, even the president, operating in the manner suggested, that in and of itself will keep you under intervention.
Dear Dr. Martirano, welcome to the real world of West Virginia and its system of education. Now, after 10 or more years of tyrannical tactics by the WVDOE it would seem an appeal for help is a little too late. Our children have suffered dire consequences for the muddled mess of directives wrapped in more than 4,749 pages of policies and almost 800 pages of statutes; the insensitivity of the OEPA citations for counties like Lincoln, Hampshire, McDowell, Mingo, Preston, Gilmer and maybe the governor`s county of Logan. What has been done and for what purpose? The good people have been generous in monetary support of the children, in the upper ten percent in per pupil expenditures, and the bottom ten per cent in achievement. Is it not time to stop digging ?
NOW you want to talk to the great unwashed masses of WV. Now that you and your board are in trouble you talk to us of common sense.
Aren’t you the same people that thumbed their noses at the Governor’s audit? The one that said WV was one of the most overly regulated and bureaucrat top heavy educational systems they had experienced?
No, it is not a small group of West Virginians asking for the Legislatures help to control the unbridled power of the State Board of Education. It was the whole darn state that voted for change after the Governor ignored pleas of his people.No recounts required.
Mr. Martirano common sense should tell you not to dance around the truth of ESEA with informed citizens. WV has always sought a waiver to the requirements of the Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA) otherwise known as NCLB (No Child Left Behind). Avoiding those requirements was the reason for creation of Next Generation Content Standards.
Then you say without it there would be no standards? How so? There were standards previous to the state’s watered down version of the non-benchmarked, newly created program called Common Core.They were waivered too. WV children are so far behind in actually meeting any national standard it is a crying shame and would indeed take years to bring them up where they should be. If you never start, it will never happen. The money should be spent for that, not for more lawyers to protect you and the Board. Aren’t you playing politics for the State Board right now? No one heard about the Board and its “stakeholders” participating in the consortia or development of Common Core until it was done. No public input permitted. You seem unaware of the timeline. Believe this, there are enough around here creating & juggling facts to build a case in their favor that intelligent people recognize the game when they see or hear it.
You seem and intelligent man. Your resume shows great experience. Please move away from the status quo and work to move education forward for West Virginia children. More of the same under a different name and lower standards will not do it and that’s what your ESEA Flexibility Waiver does.
You want people to listen to you!!?? Give us all a break.
We will listen to you the same exact way Gayle Manchin and the West Virginia Board of Education listened to the Gilmer County citizens you trampled on.
You say “common sense” is needed? That’s for daxx sure. We see it totally lacking in your close minded Board of Education, that wouldn’t listen to us.
Its a fair conclusion that YOUR West Board of Education is the VERY reason that West Virginia last election went Republican.
You may actually have to listen to the people now. Many truly hope so. Your board of education has ignored, and trampled, the people far too long.
All them “smart fellers” can opine all they want with their facts skewed to suit their agenda. Just look at last winter, just look at last summer, just look at this winter. They want to tell you the cold is a local phenomenon but did not Europe suffer through a bitter winter, one of the bitterest in history just a few years ago? A Gilmer countain dies every 15 seconds from global warming!