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.
It is clear the voice of the people of Fayette County never mattered after intervention. George told them he was going to engage and interact with the citizens. Now he’s sent what the state wanted done all along to the state for their approval. Problem is the total amount he wants is about the total amount the SBA will have to disperse this year. The Fayette County students will be forced into long bus rides and across county lines. Their needs were never part of the State BOE’s thought process. No matter what they were told.
I visited the Hays City school site this week with a hydrologist and a flood plain modeler.
How can any thinking person contend that it is not in a flood zone?
Consider aerial photographs, USGS topographic maps, local topographic conditions including flood plain filling, and communicate with citizens who were around Glenville when the last big flood occurred.
Would the U. S. Corps of Engineers sign off on the site for being out of a flood zone? Take it as a personal challenge to get Corps sign off by those who are advocates for the project.
Go to the science and math department at GSC to see if anyone there certifies that the site is out of the flood zone.
Charleston officials want to shut up everyone who says that the site was a mistake. I would want to censor local talk too if I had been a party to the laughing stock decision.
Shame on Governor Tomblin, Dr. Sneed the head of the WV School Building Authrity, Dr. Martirano, members of the WV Dept. ED., the WV Board, and finally Gabe Devono who brokered the deal after signing checks for Cedar Creek!
Members of WV’s Legislature who knew details about the project should not be left out of the criticism.
None of you will want to show this project off around the country as an outstanding example of WV’s technological competency.
A fund should be started to get a court injunction against the project.
In 2013 only 21% met all four bench marks for college readiness? ACT math and science percentages disgraceful. The current statewide common core test results for math overall in the toilet. Science curriculum was changed per Wade Linger’s insistence but not included in the testing results.
Testing has identified major problem areas. When will the WVDE budget go to better pay for more highly qualified Teachers than administrators? When can they start using their teaching skills and stop being paper pushers?
Come on Rosedale area don’t give “Retired Ed” a hard time. I realize the words chosen seem harsh at first. I am sure being a retired educator the importance of words are fully realized… We were just expected to realize the comment wasn’t meant to demean any of us. We are who we are. I am sure calling Rosedale a hole-in-the-wall followed a definition listed in the dictionary as “a small place (such as a bar or restaurant) that is not fancy or expensive.” Also, to refer to us as Back Landers was surely meant as a compliment. “Retired Ed” could have gone on to explain that back-to-the-landers chose to be at nature’s mercy and to live with the inconveniences that this may entail. They were trading convenience for a life that fit their moral values. The trade-offs were self-sufficiency, simplicity, freedom and others things that cannot be enumerated, but I guess that should have been a given. I think we should give this past educator the benefit of the doubt on the use of the word “hippie “after all they were folks who rejected the values of conventional society.
Here is the way I choose to respond to these most unsurprising comments:
I want to thank “Retired Ed” for recognizing that I, like many others, live in a place that isn’t fancy by choice. A place where self-sufficiency is appreciated. Enjoying the freedom so many of our neighbors past and present fought to ensure. Also, thanks for recognizing our area as having strong moral values because I, like many others, definitely reject some of the values of the world we are living in today. Some of us are even brave enough to say we reject what is going on in Gilmer County.
Now, on the other hand, when “Retired Ed” referred to Glenville children as poor, I see two ways that can be taken by just reading the dictionary. One-lacking sufficient money to live at a standard considered comfortable or normal in society. Two - worse than is usual, expected, or desirable; of a low or inferior standard or quality. What did you mean by poor “Retired Ed”? I for one am offended by that statement. Hopefully, I just misunderstood the comment.
The Rosedale area is a wonderful place to live, seemingly so is all of Gilmer County. Just so sorry everyone can’t live in the land of milk and honey. Come and see us “Retired Ed” we might just teach the teacher. It is just a simple hard working life where neighbors help neighbors. You are welcome anytime, as long as you are respectful and willing to lend a helping hand when needed. I wouldn’t come to teach anything if I were you. Some of us are a hard bunch to handle. It would prove to be very stressful.
Good luck to you “Retired Ed” and thanks again for reminding me who I am. May God bless your retirement!
May I never forget…“Let me live in my house by the side of the road,
and be a friend to man.”
Don’t try to call the Board office if you have a problem. The phone rings and not even a recording picks up. Could it be while they have Nationwide Moving and Storage trucks doing the job and all the cars are over at MH there is no phone service?
Mr Devono told his board the football team was moving the office and it wouldn’t cost a thing. It’s on video recording. Of course you haven’t been able to call him and ask about that or anything for the past two days. Seems the maintenance employees of Gilmer County could be used to move into Leading Creek but not here at home?
Thank you GFP for posting minutes for the Calhoun Gilmer Career Center. Comparing those minutes to ones for Gilmer County’s Board meetings is a study in contrast.
At the CGCC there is a focused mission everyone understands and supports, nothing including finances, personnel, and details about instructional programs is kept secret from citizens, the meetings are structured to keep parents and everyone else fully informed, and you can tell from the minutes that emphasis down there is that every student is important to be treated accordingly.
No meaningless lip service. Demonstrated Center commitment to performance and student success instead.
Why the differences? They pertains to superior leadership and lack of censorship at the CGCC.
The later is one of the WVDOE’s intervention trademarks as Dr. Martirano peddles his community involvement pillar throughout WV.
You can’t have effective citizen involvement, support, and trust for common core or anything else, Dr. Martirano, when information is purposely withheld from people.
I do not know what the WVBOE expected for ROI, but if it wanted to ruin its WV support for common core its self-inflicted damage could not have been done better with a professional world class wrecking crew.
The highly circulated intervention documentation on social media proved to citizens that the WVBOE could not be trusted to run a centralized one size fits all education program for our children.
Negative publicity won’t stop and the WVBOE needs damage control fast to include ending its severe blunders in intervened counties.
Prisoners bring up a question. If they are subtracted out what is the full time (FTE) enrollment beginning each fall semester on campus for the past ten years? The administration always side steps this question to cause suspicion that the trend is moving down.
Sports does a lot to shore up the enrollment and the program has been very successful over the years. Team spirit is one thing GSC doesn’t lack.
That WACO center is a beautiful new facility and the Alumni and friend donate to keep the flag flying on the hill. What they want their money used for is up to the giver.
Online prisoner classes add to the count so there’s another contributor.
More community interaction would probably be a help. Thought they had a Teaching program but everything can always stand to grow. How to get it done is the big problem. Do not see state revenues being the answer as the population statewide is on the down side. Didn’t the Governor have to cut all of the colleges in the states budget the last two or three years?
GSC was once known far and wide for the quality of Teachers graduating. Unfortunately with the current standings regarding the state of education in West Virginia how effective could such a program be? It would take years to get a program off the ground and running, is there enough time?
Governor Tomblin is supporting the new State Superintendent of Schools agenda now. If the students sent to college aren’t ready then who will be trained as the high quality Teachers of tomorrow?
Begin at the beginning. There may not be a quick fix. It’s taken a lot of time and money to get where things are.
We are already at rocky bottom of that slippery slope at GSC and other schools.
Teacher ed. is one of several programs of which WV has too many. Criminal justice is another. At last count there were 20+ CJ programs in WV’s colleges and universities.
Wanna thin them out? Have each one ranked in quality and demand that when a new student enrolls the list must be given out. Let the survival of the fittest function.
Something like that could be done for fields for which jobs are scarce to help cut the rate of college grads with huge college debts to pay off to have to work at fast food businesses to make a living.
When a new student enrolls in a program at an institution give out a fact sheet about chances for getting a job in that field and the pay prospects. That would cut down on getting degrees in poor opportunity fields.
If disclosure information is not required to be given out as a higher education version of truth in advertising, profs in the bottom fields will hold back because candidness would work against their personal interests in keeping their classes filled.