Donna K. Talkington Brannon

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.

Titans Survive and Trinity Christian Wins the Class A Title


Gilmer County   35   -  Pendleton County   28

The Gilmer County Titans defeated Pendleton County 35-28 in the Class A boys consolation game of the Big Atlantic Classic Wednesday at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.

It was a slow game! The score was only 9-9 at halftime.

Both teams were shooting in the 16% range.

The Titans got their first look at a budding standout in Terrell Hill, who compiled a double-double for Gilmer County.

Hill scored 10 points, all in the second half, and pulled down 10 rebounds while adding three blocks and an assist.

Cody James hit three 3s while adding three steals and two assists.

Gilmer County (9-5)
•  Ryan Hough 0 2-6 2
•  Frank Hosey 0 1-2 1
•  Cody James 4 0-0 11
•  Joel Roberts 4 1-2 9
•  Jalil Hosey 1 0-0 2
•  Terrell Hill 3 4-4 10

Totals: 12 8-14 35.

Pendleton County (7-5):
•  Colin Mitchell 0 1-2 1
•  Josh Redman 2 0-0 4
•  Tyler Gardiner 3 2-4 8
•  Ryan Gillespie 1 2-2 4
•  Trent Moats 2 3-5 7
•  Logan Mowery 1 0-0 2
•  Micah Bailey 1 0-0 2

Totals: 10 8-13 28.

Gilmer County   6 3 10 16 — 35

Pendleton County   8 1 10 9 — 28

Three-Points :
Gilmer County:  3 (James 3);
Pendleton County:  None

Fouled out :  None

Trinity Christian 52   -  Charleston Catholic   50

No. 8 Trinity Christian beat top-ranked Charleston Catholic 52-50 Wednesday night to take home the tournament title trophy.

Governor to Sign Calendar Bill


Governor Joe Manchin will sign the first piece of legislation of 2010 session into law this morning.

The Governor’s signature will be affixed to the 180 day school calendar bill.

The future law requires children to receive 180 days of classroom instruction.

It gives county school systems the flexibility of establishing a beginning and end date for the school year to accomplish that goal.

The bill signing is scheduled for 10:30 AM Thursday in the Governor’s Reception Room.

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.

Beverly Marks
Clerk of the County Commission of
Gilmer County, West Virginia

WV House and Senate - 02.03.10

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.

Basket Bingo: Gilmer County Rec. Center



Longaberger Basket Auction


    Where:  Gilmer County Rec. Center

    When:    February 13, 2010

    Time:    Doors open at 12:00 p.m.

                Game starts at 1:00 p.m.

    Cost:    $20.00 for 20 Games


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Upcoming Movies: 02.05.10

From Paris With Love

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


Dear John

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 ###
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

TechNote: Backing Up to a Flash Drive


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.





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.

To make an appointment call 304.462.7641.

Beverly Marks, Clerk

Gilmer County Magistrate Court Report - 02.03.10


Civil Case(s):

Stacey BrightBob Lowther01.26.1001.26.10$0.00
John ZsigrayGilmer County PSD01.28.1002.01.10$600.00
Mary MillerJeremy A. Wolfe02.01.10$232.50

Criminal Case(s):

Michael J. WheelerGary Allen RichardsDomestic Battery01.22.1001.23.10
Officer David Teters IIBrian Rebel DarbyObstructing Officer(3)01.24.1001.24.10
Officer David Teters IIBrian Rebel DarbyDestruction of Property(3)01.24.1001.24.10
Officer David Teters IIBrian Rebel DarbyBattery(4)01.24.1001.24.10
Officer David Teters IISteven Ray MessnerBattery(4)01.24.1001.24.10
Officer David Teters IISteven Ray MessnerDestruction of Property(3)01.24.1001.24.10
Officer David Teters IISteven Ray MessnerAssault01.24.1001.24.10
Deputy Cason S JonesDanielle M Brunecz


Officer David Teters IISione L. Ma'AfuBattery01.24.1001.28.10
Officer David Teters IILani Ma'AfuBattery01.24.1001.28.10
Deputy M J WheelerElvis Steven IdlemanDriving Under Influence01.29.1001.29.10
Deputy M J WheelerElvis Steven IdlemanDestruction of Property01.29.1001.29.10
Officer David Teters IILani Ma'AfuBattery02.01.0102.01.10

WV State Police Citation(s):

Davis A Bayless01.11.10Driver Suspended - Other
Teresa L Blackburn01.28.10Speeding
Michael A Cheek01.25.10No Proof of Insurance
Savanah R. Jamison01.13.10No Proof of Insurance
Florence M Parker01.27.10No Proof of Insurance
Tina Michelle Ward01.28.10Motor Vehicle Inspection
No Proof of Insurance

Gilmer County Sheriff Citation(s):

David A Finley01.25.10Registration Violation

No Proof of Insurance


Worthless Check(s) Details:

Dana J. ClarkGlenville Foodland$100.62
Nicole M CemaGlenville Foodland$20.80

Bluegrass Saturday Night 02.06.10


Saturday February 06, 2010 beginning at 7:00 PM at the Upper West Fork Park located on Rt. 16 at Chloe, WV.

Featuring: Stanley Hamrick & Round-Ups

No alcohol allowed.

For more information call Sharon Settles at 304.655.8280

GSC Spring 2010 Pioneer Preview


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   ~~

WVDOH: Road Clearing Fund


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.

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