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
Actor Warwick Davis is 40
Reggaeton singer Daddy Yankee is 34
Musician Grant Barry is 33
Singer-songwriter Jessica Harp is 28
Rapper Sean Kingston is 20
Candidate Filing for 2010 Election Cycle as of February 02, 2010
Received in Mail February 1, 2010
Rick W. Frame - Democrat - Executive Committee
Willard Marks - Democrat - Circuit Clerk
Candidate Filings in Person:
Gilmer County Commissioner
Larry B. Chapman - DeKalb-Troy District
Darrell W. Ramsey - Glenville District
Glenn Ashley - Glenville District
Clerk of Gilmer County Commission
Robert A. Minigh
Brandy L. Jenkins
Gilmer County Circuit Clerk
Democrat Executive Committee
Republican Executive Committee
Sandra Moyers Pettit - Glenville District
Willard L. Wright, Jr. - Glenville District
Robert L. Radabaugh - Glenville District
Wilda Porter Jones - DeKalb-Troy District
Jess L. McVaney - City District
Anna Jean Rogucki - City District
Kay Allen - Center District
Gilmer County Board of Education
Larry Butcher - DeKalb-Troy District
Dorothy H. Rhoades - Glenville District
Phyllis Starkey - City District
Thomas “Tom” Ratliff - DeKalb-Troy District
Robert Radcliff - DeKalb-Troy
West Fork Conservation District Supervisor
Update - Number of seats available (02.02.10 6:30 PM) :
For County Commissioner - 1
Gilmer County Circuit Clerk - 1
Gilmer County Commission Clerk - 1
Gilmer County Board of Education - 3
Democrat Exec. - 8 Republican Exec. - 8 | 1 man and 1 woman per district - Four year term elected in the primary election
West Fork Conservation District Supervisor - 1 ~~ Beverly Marks - Gilmer County Commission Clerk ~~
Lady Titans Fell to Clay, But JV Had a Big Victory
Gilmer County 49 - Clay County 61
Gilmer County’s bid for victory fell short as the Lady Titans were upset by Clay County at the Monday night’s game.
• Hannah DeMarino with 12 points
• Jessica Montgomery with 11 points
• Maggie Lilli with 9 points
• Jordan Morris with 5 points
• Brittany Blake with 4 points
• Megan Normant with 4 points
• Olivia Somerville with 2 points
Gilmer County JV 61 - Clay County JV 18
Tiffany Young, Morgan Allen and Tristan Toman were too much Monday in Glenville for visiting Clay County JVs as the trio from Gilmer helped the Lady Titan JVs to an easy 61-18 victory.
• Tiffany Young with 19 points
• Morgan Allen with 15 points
• Tristan Toman with 10 points
• Tahni Harkleroad with 7 points
• Jamie Conrad with 4 points
• Alexues Sprouse with 4 points
• Laken Moore with 2 points
Glenville State College to Host Wear Red Day Luncheon
In an effort to raise awareness among local residents about the number one health threat in the country, heart disease, Glenville State College will host its annual Wear Red Day Luncheon on Friday, February 5, 2010 at Noon in the Mollohan Campus Community Center Ballroom.
February 5th is National Wear Red Day.
According to Kipp Colvin, “Our Wear Red Day Luncheon is a great opportunity to reach out to our local community and alert them to their personal risk factors for heart disease. By joining together, we can raise awareness locally about heart disease and help lead them on the path to prevention.“
This year’s luncheon guest speakers will include Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Registered Nurse George W. Butcher and Tim B. Butcher, Esq. of Butcher & Butcher law firm in Glenville. George Butcher will present a general overview of heart disease in America, and Tim Butcher will be sharing his personal story as a cardiac rehabilitation patient.
GSC’s Wear Red Day Luncheon will be held in conjunction with ‘The Heart Truth,’ a national awareness campaign warning women about their risk of heart disease. The campaign is sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with The Office on Women’s Health, and other organizations committed to the health and well-being of women.
National Wear Red Day was established as a day for Americans to wear red in order to show support for heart disease awareness. For more information about heart disease, visitwww.hearttruth.gov or call the NHLBI Health Information Center at 301.592.8573.
If you have questions about the GSC Wear Red Day Luncheon or would like to reserve your place at the special luncheon event, please contact Kipp Colvin at “Kipp.Colvin@glenville.edu” or 304.462.4114. ~~ By Dustin Crutchfield - GSC PR Department ~~
Parents, Teachers, Legislators and local Boards of Education excluded from the process. Pretty much says it all. If WV joined in 2009 then why didn’t local people even hear about it until the end of 2012? And we’ve not really heard that much since other than it’s what has to be done.
Nothing wrong with digging ditches unless that’s all millions of dollars in public education has prepared you to do and given all the reported college remediation courses there’s something to that.
Some say the Seniors don’t care and aren’t getting involved? Take a good look at that crowd.It spans all age groups. People know there should be balance not lop sided total oversight of education in the hands of a bloated, self serving and proven ineffective State Board who spends millions upon million in tax money year after year with absolutely no accountability for constant failure.
It is said it takes a village to raise a child. The way WV Next Generation Content Standards are being handled and how poorly the information has been put out to the public seems like some village is missing an idiot or three.Is it located in the state Capitol building?
WV voters in intervention counties can without doubt determine outcomes of State elections with the former AG as an example. What the politicos do not realize is how adept WV voters have become using their information age computers to keep informed and to spread the word throughout the State. Good example? What about all the severe criticism and public exposure of the State’s SNAFU at Cedar Creek? There is an epidemic of finger pointing by members of the WV Legislature and the Charleston crowd. They don’t realize that citizens understand the concept of buck stopping. The man at the top of the WV School Building Authority that provided funding for the school is none other than our Governor, Earl Ray Tomblin who presides over the SBA. All members of the State Board including Mrs. Manchin knew about problems related to the school. Their most recent act of defiance against Gilmer County was to approve paying the outrageous price for the Cedar Creek land anyway. Dr. Mark Manchin (who appointed him to the high paying SBA job—any guesses?) bailed out of the SBA to go to Harrison County after the decision was made to give SBA funds. Couldn’t have better campaign commercial material for influencing future election outcomes so thank you kindly Charleston for all your talented assistance.
to Mr/Mrs/Mz. Give Gabe A Chance.
To expect Mr. Devano to operate any different than Blankenship, would mean you do not understand what goes with the Capitol Bunch.
The WV Board of Puppeteers, under the leadership of Senator Manchins wife, will most certainly pull Devano’s strings in the same manner which Blankenships were pulled.
And it will continue to happen without any transparency, in smoke filled backroom deals.
Only a state intervention supporter will ignore every question about how the children are being treated and say it’s more important to protect the state superintendent. For three years all we heard was how fortunate we were to have Ron Blankenship who never once said he was sorry for anything he did or was forced to do until time to leave. Then he wanted to hug it out. That was until he left and didn’t see the Board President was his replacement. Then oh how bad he was, what horrible liars those people down in Charleston are! This is no different and no doubt comes from the same camp.
The state put a man here without one day of experience as a Superintendent. That’s how much they intend to “fix” Gilmer County. That’s how much respect they show. What Devono says he’d like to do versus what he does will always be two different things. Voicing the popular school of thought and doing the dirty deed behind closed doors is the mark of every good old boy. What date and time is this new Super going to stand up in front of the State BOE to demand return of local control and defend Gilmer County?
It’s supposed to be a free country but somebody better start holding “Gabes” feet to the fire for the students and Teachers. Manipulation of the behind scenes story is getting so twisted the truth gets buried deeper every day with forced secrecy and threats relating to job security more frequent. Don’t kid yourself.
The kind of thinking to just let them do what they want, give them what they want and they’ll go away encourages the state movement to get rid of our local boards to kill the public voice on education with no consequence, makes it easy. Consolidating counties with the schools is on the table now.
When over 100,000 votes combine from counties mistreated under intervention how small is that? Ask Darrell McGraw. It is obvious such attempts to suppress public information must be handled at the ballot box to be effective.
When State Appointed Superintendent Ron Blankenship changed the excess levy and used his Gilmer County collaborators to lie about it in order to spend the money any way the state wants we were told pass or fail there was no plan B for Gilmer County.That is true right now. Want to bet the same thing is true for Common Core?
Many thanks to the Gilmer Free Press for providing a forum for these long hidden secrets to come forward. If not for the internet and this site, how would anyone know anything about some of these things??
Maybe that’s how they always “did it” in good ole Gilmer County, but with the internet so available, there seems to be some explaining to do here.
A murder cover up does help explain why three of the heirs were so quick to try to secretly get rid of their father’s estate. No wonder Mike Murphy wants this wrapped up since witnesses are now coming forth that saw Everything. His wife is in knee deep and the two other heirs he’s paying for are felons and crooks. This was planned long before Willard Cottrill died and Mr. Hough DID have a conversation with the crooks well in advance, as stated by Sally Bozeat’s own words.
This whole episode of coverup of the murder of Willard Cottrill, and refusal to provide information goes back to the beginning. Who appointed Mike Wheeler to investigate a potential murder? Why was he the ONLY investigator involved? Even Mr. Hough as of a few months ago said he didn’t have enough information on this case until Mike Wheeler came back from sick leave!! Mr. Wheeler was way out of his element, had no idea what to do or how to conduct an investigation of this type. Because of this, much evidence was lost and/or disregarded. THIS is the problem in Gilmer County, they can’t admit they bungled a MURDER investigation and now they don’t know WHAT to do because it’s OBVIOUS it WAS a murder!
I am surprised by your comment, since I am a relative of AJ Woofter and currently have in my possession countless documents that will shock you that have to do with the estate. When Sheriff Metz was alerted of an actual crime involving that estate that came with PROOF by written documents, Metz refused to even get out of his chair saying, “I am not going to go over there and bother those people…” Metz was making reference to the law office of Butcher and Butcher and the executrix of the estate Rosa Belle Gainer-Cunningham. Family members firmly believe Rosa Belle Gainer and others should be in jail for what they did.
Further, Beverly Marks, along with Jean Butcher and the County Assessor’s office made sure that Rosa Belle Gainer received 6,000 from the death of Ruth Woofter, Albert’s sister, when Rosa Belle Gainer WAS NOT EVEN RELATED!! A CRIME, that Jean Butcher was shown proof of. Butchers reaction was to scream and throw the phone down, stating her lawyer said not to talk about it. Butcher in reality has no lawyer.
When Gerry Hough the prosecutor is fully aware of these facts, and allows crimes to go on and the Gilmer County Sheriff cooperates, they should ALL GO TO JAIL is what I think.
Now with the Cottrill Estate fully visible we are watching the same thing happening, only this time with the addition of a MURDER cover up.
I have many documents to publish to prove all of what I have said, would you like them to be published here on the GFP Ricky? I can always submit the story with documents.
With openness sweeping Gilmer County to stampede the high and mighty why are details about the A. J. Woofter estate being kept hidden? Reporting on what happened to that great man’s estate is important to alert citizens of grave errors to avoid with estate planning.
Gabe Devono was not here when the State made its string of bad decisions with its dictatorial rule. He has the choice of showing strength of character by doing what is right. What he can’t do is to ride the old horse of “I didn’t do it” and to blame Ron Blankenship and Charleston for past mistakes. The man deserves a fair chance and a reasonable break in period before he is judged. Ron Blankenship openly admitted that he had to do things he did not like with the message that he was under the thumb of others. Let us hope that Gabe will be an admired leader to serve in the best interests of Gilmer County not the limited few with political power and money.
Ah, now we get to the interesting part…. They Have Not talked to her about it. At all, and in fact, despite repeated FOIA requests, which have all been denied, they have continued to refuse to meet with me or reveal one fact of their 4 year “investigation”. And this “fourth heir” is the one that asked for an investigation in the first place, as well as an autopsy on Willard Cottrill that was also denied!
Harsh secrecy, is that what you call it? How about deliberate concealing of WV BOE actions both illegal and unethical to suppress public information showing nothing but contempt for this county’s elected Board, it’s citizens and it’s children. Ask about Common Core or about our schools the answers won’t be coming.
Take the time and follow a school bus or two. See the cars parked at the lower forks of Ellis or Newbern or out at Stumptown. Ask children why they are walking along roads with no shoulder morning and evening. They’ll tell you, they always have to walk to and from the school bus and won’t be talking about 500 feet no matter what the weather. School buses aren’t even running out to the borders of Gilmer County right now and who knows how many students will have to ride from Tanner all the way to Lewis County to fill their new school with Glenville just a short ride away. Who knows where the bus stops will be when we’re down to one grade school and one high school and have to haul the state required number over to Lewis County and fill their school with our kids before the high schoolers are brought back to town?
Ask your Board of Education members if they know where the buses are stopping to pick up right now or how many families are being paid for their kids to walk over a mile to a bus stop. Ask if they know how people are getting their children to school and picked up when they have to work or only have one car. They can’t tell you because they don’t know anymore and told not to ask. Ask this new Superintendent if you aren’t afraid to hurt his state paid feelings. Do you honestly believe he knows where these students live? Ask him if he knows where the sex offenders are living these days and if any children are walking past their house to get to a bus stop. Ask him when the state plows any road early if a bus doesn’t run there?
All the lies and deceit about where our money has been spent and how much debt our school system will be put in to build one elementary school in a place that won’t meet the needs because we need two schools to get the buses in on time to meet the laws for transportation by orders straight from the State Board of Education to their paid flunkies who don’t have a dog in this hunt and do not care what happens to any child but their own as long as they can get their hands on the public check book and play boss. This new $130,000 a year puppet we’re paying for won’t have any more answers than the last one.
By Ask Charleston About The Children on 08.25.2014
Here in Gilmer County we have first hand experience with State overreach and dictatorship. After years we still don’t know if we are any better off now than we were before the State took our schools. The State with its harsh brand of secrecy refuses to answer these questions. Do we have better qualified teachers overall, why have we had all the turnover of teachers and support personnel, are our children performing better, is our money being spent more wisely, why was more land purchased at Cedar Creek than needed when it is highly unlikely that Gilmer will ever have a population increase to merit building other schools, why was four times the value of the land paid for the school site, how much more money will be needed to put in a road to the school and other unannounced expenses and where will that money come from, how many of our students will be sent to Lewis County, what has the State done so far to remove specific deficiencies it claimed to exist to justify its take over and exactly what remains to be done before our schools are returned to local control? Another question is who was responsible for the inept planning to result in the site for our new school not being where cheap natural gas could be used for heating and how much will that mistake cost us over the years? Mr.Gabriel Devono, you were not here when all this happened, but you could answer the questions to provide information to Gilmer’s people.
This is Gilmer school related too. How did GSC’s enrollment pan out this time? Were we not told a few weeks ago that it would jump 17%? What was the actual % and what will it be when normal drop outs happen within a few weeks?
Venita Murphy is Mike Murphy’s wife? What does SHE have to say about what has been said? Why have we never heard a word from HER?? It’s a fact she got the morphine that killed her dad. Quiet as a mouse now.
No one is six counties under intervention is shocked Manchin and her Board don’t want to talk about this. Dictators don’t answer questions, it upsets the gestapo tactic apple cart. Not one person is surprised they grabbed federal money for consortium before the standards were finished or the ink was dry.
If they have to consider a change of plans it means they could be wrong and that can not happen. It’s the Teachers or the Parents or the Students fault or the local board just didn’t get it right, not the State Board. Ask them, then ask your local state appointed Superintendents because no matter how long they’ve had the big paycheck it won’t be their fault either.
Someone on here talks about getting ethical people to run? Well you better keep trying because unless and until we do these are the kind of people that will keep getting appointed on the friends and family plan of the good old boy network. That makes it our own fault.
It goes back and forth on the video, commission is waiving the bond Premium for one year, not the bond itself. There is a big difference there. Commissioners, can’t lower the bond or make the need for it to just go away? Original bond is for more than $330,000 and now executor want to drop the value of the estate to $60,000? Can Mr. Kennedy respond here to clarify what they are approving?
Always on the shady side no grass growing under their feet. Don’t forget new BOE Super rents from the grandson/son of Ratliff before he was on the job a month. R Ratliff sell insurance to the county and the board of ed? Jumped on that insider information PDQ. Who else heard Gabe D was looking to rent? Conflicts of interest in Gilmer County and nobody cares how ethical a deal is if a dollars on the table.
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Murphy did a pitiful job as executor and let the estate be looted. The bank account was cleaned out before Willard Cottrill was dead. He went in the hospital and was supposed to die. He fooled everyone and got better. They had to kill him because Murphy and his wife the daughter of Willard Cottrill had already stolen all of his money, so they killed him with a concoction of drugs including Morphine supplied by LOCAL in Glenville which was very much an ethical breach. THE DOCTOR LIED in the DO board inquiry and said Venita was the sister to Willard and that he had been under hospice care the last 24 hours. That hospice B*llsh*t was just that, a complete story where THE DOCTOR LIED to attempt to save her own skin for killing an innocent man.
NOW we have our prosecutor involved who is suppose to be investigating the murder which was never investigated. Wheeler stated he didn’t want THE LOCAL DOCTOR or Debbie to get into any trouble so never mentioned their name. By that very statement Wheeler proved to be a dishonest cop just like all the other law enforcement in Gilmer County.
This very case could very well get all the local elected officials and the whole lot of them caught breaking the law for they thought it was the right thing to do. A certain faction of citizens is watching every move they make in hopes of getting something that could be used to break the story regionally or nationally. It would be nice to get them all at once, for their crimes are numerous and they will just keep on breaking the rules as long as they think they can get away with it.
Paper said Tom R the older was on put the 4-H Committee for the Board of Education. Commission puts Tom R the younger on 4-H Committee.
Tom the youngers wife works for the board of ed. Both Board of Ed and Commission give money to the 4-H.
Tom the younger works for GSC. GSC trains teachers at Gilmer schools.
It may not be nepotism but it sure leans toward the shady side of friends and family and conflicts of interest when it comes to jobs and doing business in Gilmer County
“A little bit of action a few months ago” Mr. Murphy? Is that where you allowed the “sale” of the major part of the Mr. Cottrill’s estate for $25,000 cash and a camaro?? And all of this done without ANY knowledge or consent of one of the heirs? A little bit of action, indeed.
Also, How did any of the land get transferred out of the estate when one quarter of it still belongs to one of the heirs by the terms of the will?? Please explain.
Let’s be clear. Mr. Murphy is a complete and total liar and I’m here to say so. Mr. Murphy, NOR the other three years heirs have ever attempted ANY contact with me since they disowned me days after my father’s death almost four years ago. I was apparently disowned because I “messed everything up” by asking questions about the sudden cause of my father’s death (still being investigated according to PA Hough) and the looting of property that Mr. Murphy participated with and allowed - and there are many witnesses to this. In almost four years, neither Mr. Murphy NOR any of the other heirs have had ONE conversation with me concerning ANY attempted sale of my father’s estate. My interest and one fourth share in this state has been completely circumvented and stolen from me, and please let me be clear - I am in NO WAY ready to waive my share to this estate, nor am I ready to settle ANYTHING until someone can provide a LOT more information. I have the PROOF of what I say, Mr. Murphy does not because it doesn’t exist. Period. Oh, and decrease of the value of the estate? Why is that Mr. Murphy? Willard Cottrill’s will specifically said that the property was to be kept up by rental property income, which there was for several years, so why have you left it to fall completely apart? Not ONE DIME has been spent on upkeep… so yeah, it probably IS worth less now, but it’s YOUR FAULT!