Rockefeller Fights to Close Corporate Tax Loopholes
Legislation that Saves Taxpayers $260 Million
Senator Jay Rockefeller has introduced legislation to close the “Reverse Morris Trust” corporate tax loophole. This tax shelter has been used by corporations seeking to sell unwanted assets without paying taxes on the money they make. Senator Rockefeller’s legislation would close this corporate tax loophole, saving taxpayers $260 million over ten years according to the nonpartisan congressional Joint Committee on Taxation.
“Corporate tax loopholes need to be shut down – plain and simple,” said Senator Rockefeller, a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over this issue. “This harmful loophole allows businesses to take advantage of the law at the expense of hard-working taxpayers. By insisting that companies pay their fair share of taxes, we are promoting common-sense tax policy and good business practices.”
Under a “Reverse Morris Trust” transaction, a parent company can spin-off a subsidiary that merges into the acquiring company tax-free, as long as the shareholders of the parent company control more than 50 percent of the voting rights of the resulting merged company.
Under current law, parent companies must pay taxes on gains from their subsidiaries if they receive cash payments, but not if they receive payments in the form of debt securities.
The Rockefeller legislation fixes this problem by making debt securities paid to a parent company taxable income (as if it were cash payments).
This removes the tax incentive to leave a subsidiary and the merged company saddled with high levels of debt, which can harm workers and hinder future business investments.
Consumer Price Index
On a seasonally adjusted basis, the CPI-U declined 0.1% in April after rising 0.1% in March.
The index for all items less food and energy was unchanged in both March and April.
Real average hourly earnings for all employees rose 0.1% from March to April, seasonally adjusted.
This increase stems from a 0.1% decrease in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), while average hourly earnings remained unchanged.
Real average weekly earnings rose 0.4% over the month.
Producer Price Index
The Producer Price Index for Finished Goods declined 0.1% in April, seasonally adjusted.
This decrease followed a 0.7% advance in March and a 0.6% decrease in February.
Prices for finished goods less foods and energy rose 0.2%.
Quarterly Data Series on Business Employment Dynamics
From June to September 2009, the number of gross job gains from opening and expanding private sector establishments was 6.3 million, a decrease of 124,000 jobs compared to the previous quarter.
The number of gross job losses from closing and contracting establishments fell to 7.3 million, a decline of 739,000.
Mass Layoffs (Monthly)
In April, employers took 1,856 mass layoff actions involving 200,870 workers.
The number of mass layoff events increased by 228 over the month, and associated initial claims increased by 50,006. Sixteen of the 19 major industry sectors reported over-the-year decreases in average weekly initial claims.
Gracious God, my heart is ready to burst with joy.
Like a flower, I want to push through the cold winter soil and share my gladness with the world.
I want everyone to experience the wonder of life that I feel right now.
Let my joy shine forth so that those cloaked by sadness may find their sorrow lifted, if only for a moment.
I ask this for the sake of your love.
Jackson “Jack” Conrad
Age 86 of Conrad Court, Glenville departed this life Wednesday, May 19, 2010 following an extended illness.
He was born June 12, 1923 at Dusk Camp, Gilmer County a son of the late Leland F. and Hallie Furr Conrad.
Born, raised and educated in Gilmer County, Jack began to make his mark on the community and state.
During the 1940-41 school year Glenville High School won the state basketball tournament in Morgantown. During the final game Jack scored 49 points. That record still stands for the old WVU Field House.
During the 1941-42 basketball season, Glenville State College won the state tournament with senior Bob Armstrong and four freshmen, Jack being one of them.
In the fall of 1942 he worked in a war industries plant in Charleston.
A veteran of WW II, Jack served in the US Army 79th Division. He served in France was wounded twice and medically discharged with Purple Heart and Cluster. Honorably discharged with rank of Sergeant he was awarded PH (Military Order of the Purple Heart); PUC (Presidential Unit Citation); AAM (Army Achievement Medal); ASR (Army Service Ribbon) and CDCON (Good Conduct Medal).
He worked in the Conrad family restaurant and motel business in Glenville from 1945-48.
Jack received his AB in secondary education from Glenville State College in 1951.
He attended WVU 1950-53 and earned an MA in Guidance. Then attending part-time earned a Secondary Principal’s certificate and then a full Public Administration certification. While a student at WVU he began teaching at Morgantown High School later becoming Assistant Principal.
He was employed in Student Services at Fairmont State College from 1961 until 1973. In July 1973 he took a leave of absence from Fairmont to return to the family business in Glenville.
He worked at Potomac State College of WVU first in Administrative Research, then Registrar and Director of Admissions. In 1985 he retired with Emeritus status from Potomac State and WVU and took over management of Conrad Motel in Glenville.
He became legally blind in 1986 due to Macular Degeneration.
July 2008 he sold the Conrad Motel to Glenville State College with an agreement that it would remain his home and he finally retired.
Jack was inducted into the Fairmont State College Student Affairs Hall of Fame February 2007; Glenville High School Alumnus of the Year 2005; received Glenville State College Alumni Service Award February 22, 1995; and this Saturday, May 22, 2010 was to have been inducted into the Curtis Elam Athletic Hall of Fame at Glenville State College.
He was a very active member of the Glenville Presbyterian Church.
On September 05, 1942 Jack was united in marriage to M. Jo Bush Conrad who preceded him in death April 20, 2003.
Of this marriage there were three children, two of which survive: Stephanie Conrad Evans and husband Jim of Danville, VA and Charles R. “Charlie” Conrad and wife Kathy of Richmond, VA. One daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Conrad of Morgantown wife of the late Hunter Jackson “Jack Jr.” Conrad (DOD February 06, 2007) survives.
Four grandchildren survive: Jay Evans and wife Karina of Tampa, FL; Kristen Evans Vickers and husband Patrick of Washington Courthouse, OH; Tami Evans Bolden and husband Robbie of Chesapeake, VA and Ted Conrad of Atlanta, GA. Five great-grandchildren survive: Benjamin Evans, Isabella Evans, Andrew Vickers, Reagan Jo Vickers and Ethan Jackson Bolden. One niece survives Madelyn Sue (Suzie Kidd) Shipe-Hart and husband Brian of Niskayuna, NY. One sister-in-law survives Dottie Bush Shea and husband Jack of Alpharetta, GA. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and friends.
A special group of survivors who gave exceptional care and friendship: Peggy Losh, Nancy Greenlief, Roberta Smith; Avonne Nichols; Millie Beall, Alycia Wolfe, and “Fran Schmetzer, Lori Plummer, Pedro Montgomery and Thelma Norman,” his loving church family.
Jack was the last surviving member of his immediate family having been preceded by one sister Madelyn Conrad Kidd.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 22, 2010 at Glenville Presbyterian Church, Glenville, WV with Rev. David Krum officiating.
Burial will follow in the Meadow Lane Cemetery, Glenville (with full military honors).
Friends may call 5:00-8:00 PM, Friday, at the Glenville Presbyterian Church on Rt. 5 West in Glenville and one hour prior to services at the church.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Glenville Presbyterian Church Sunday School Wing Building Fund, c/o Glenville Presbyterian Church, PO Box 187, Glenville, WV 26351.
Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville is assisting the family of H.J. “Jack” Conrad with arrangements.
Today is Friday, May 21, the 141st day of 2010. There are 224 days left in the year.
Thought for Today: “Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny.“ - Carl Schurz, American politician (1829-1906).
Today’s Highlight in History:
On May 21, 1927, Charles A. Lindbergh landed his Spirit of St. Louis near Paris, completing the first solo airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 33 1/2 hours.
On this date:
In 1542, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto died while searching for gold along the Mississippi River.
In 1832, the first Democratic National Convention got under way, in Baltimore.
In 1881, Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross.
In 1892, the opera “Pagliacci,“ by Ruggero Leoncavallo, was first performed, in Milan, Italy.
In 1910, a year-old Jewish settlement near the port city of Jaffa adopted the name Tel Aviv (Hebrew for “Hill of Spring”).
In 1924, 14-year-old Bobby Franks was murdered in a “thrill killing” committed by Nathan Leopold Jr. and Richard Loeb, two students at the University of Chicago.
In 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean as she landed in Northern Ireland, about 15 hours after leaving Newfoundland.
In 1956, the United States exploded the first airborne hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.
In 1979, former San Francisco City Supervisor Dan White was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the slayings of Mayor George Moscone (mahs-KOH’-nee) and openly gay Supervisor Harvey Milk; outrage over the verdict sparked rioting. (White was sentenced to seven years and eight months in prison; he ended up serving five years and committed suicide in 1985.)
In 1980, Ensign Jean Marie Butler became the first woman to graduate from a U.S. service academy as she accepted her degree and commission from the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.
Ten years ago:
• Nineteen people were killed when a charter plane crashed in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania.
• “Dancer in the Dark” won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival; the Grand Prize went to “Devils on the Doorstep.“
• Death claimed actor Sir John Gielgud at age 96 and author Dame Barbara Cartland at age 98.
Five years ago:
• Afleet Alex regained his footing and his drive after being cut off by Scrappy T in a frightening collision and breezed home to win the Preakness Stakes; Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo finished third.
• The Belgian film “The Child” won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
• Comedic actor Howard Morris died in Hollywood at age 85.
One year ago:
• President Barack Obama made his case for closing the Guantanamo prison camp, denouncing what he called “fear-mongering” by political opponents; Obama made his case moments before former Vice President Dick Cheney delivered his own address defending the Bush administration’s creation of the facility.
• Former Pfc. Steven Dale Green, convicted of raping a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and killing her and her family, was spared the death penalty after jurors in Paducah, Ky. couldn’t agree unanimously on a punishment.
• A 66-year-old woman with terminal cancer became the first person to die under Washington state’s new assisted suicide law.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Ron Isley (The Isley Brothers) is 69
Rock musician Hilton Valentine (The Animals) is 67
Actor Richard Hatch (“Battlestar Galactica”) is 65
Musician Bill Champlin is 63
Singer Leo Sayer is 62
Actress Carol Potter is 62
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is 59
Actor Mr. T is 58
Music producer Stan Lynch is 55
Actor Judge Reinhold is 53
Actor-director Nick Cassavetes is 51
Actor Brent Briscoe is 49
Actress Lisa Edelstein is 42
Actress Fairuza Balk is 36
Rapper Havoc (Mobb Deep) is 36
Actress Ashlie Brillault is 23
Actor Scott Leavenworth is 20
Actress Sarah Ramos is 19
Dr. Sherry Jones Recipient of the GSC’s Faculty Award of Excellence
Dr. Sherry Jones, Glenville State College Department of Business Chair, was awarded the Faculty Award of Excellence at the 2010 Glenville State College Commencement Ceremony on May 08, 2010.
She has taught over twenty years at GSC.
Many of her family are GSC Alumni, namely - husband, David Jones, sons Chris and Casey Jones, daughter-in law Amy, mother Betty Woofter, brother Kent Woofter -all graduates of GSC.
Sherry’s grandfather, Claude Woofter, worked in maintenance at GSC and her aunt, Judy Woofter Jones and uncle, Lyndall Jones, are also GSC graduates.
Sherry’s grandmother, Irene Shiflet Langford was a cook in the old Verona Maple Hall; her great uncle, Beryl Langford was a former registrar.
Sherry taught mathematics at Gilmer County High from 1981 to January of 1988.
She was named Gilmer County teacher of the Year in 1987.
In January 1988, she left her position at GCHS to begin her present career at GSC.
She was named Curtis Elam Professor of Teaching Excellence from 2005-2008.
In 2008 she began serving at the GSC Business Department Chair and continues in that position at present.
Some of Sherry’s past accomplishments include Co-Valedictorian of the GCHS Class of ‘72; GSC Magna Cum Laude graduate in 1975; MA in Education from WVU in 1984; PhD in Education from University of Tennessee in August 2008; and she has completed 184 hours of graduate work over the course of her career.
Sherry has presented at State, Regional and National Associations.
She has also been the author of several publications.
Department of Business peers nominated Sherry with this recommendation: “...she has proven herself to be a dedicated educator who takes a personal interest in her students and the quality of education they receive. Dr. Jones has the rare quality of being able to blend her professionalism with sincere personal concern for her students and colleagues.”
Glenville State College President’s Honor List for Spring 2010
Glenville State College has announced the names of GSC students who attained the President’s Honor List for the Spring 2010 semester.
To be named to the President’s Honor List, a student must have a 4.0 grade point average.
The students making the President’s Honor List are listed as follows for the area counties:
• Manuel V. Arambula
• Casey D. Posey
• Megan L. Rollins
• Jennifer L. Young
• Shaina R. Cain
• Andrew R. Metheney
• Kristina G. Beron
• Jessica E. Blake
• Rebecca J. Chesser
• Brittany D. Conrad
• Dustin M. Dent
• Mary V. Dickey
• Dustin W. Freshour
• Aaron Frymier
• Rachel D. Sprouse
• Stephanie D. Sumner
The 2010 State High School Track Meet will be held Friday and Saturday, May 20-21, 2010 at Laidley Field - University of Charleston Stadium in Charleston.
State Track Meet Director’s Dottie Gandee and Richard Messenger have set the start time for 2:00 PM on Friday and 9:00 AM on Saturday.
Gilmer County Track and Field Athletes will be participating in this event.
Since the first state track meet in 1918, the former Charleston High School holds the record for the most state boy’s track titles with 17, followed very closely by Huntington High with 16.
The record for consecutive boy’s state track titles belongs to the former Stonewall Jackson High School of Charleston as the Generals won 8 straight titles between 1948 and 1955.
The first girl’s state track meet was held in 1975 and since then Parkersburg holds the record for most titles with 11, followed very closely by the Class A track stars from Doddridge County with 10, including five in a row between 2003 and 2007.
Tickets for the 2010 State High School Track Meet are priced at $8.00 for adults and $7.00 for students.
They also have an “all session” pass available for $15.00 for adults and $12.00 for students.
Opens Friday, May 21, 2010 | Runtime: 1 hr. 33 min. PG - Brief language, mild action and some rude humor
After challenging an evil dragon, rescuing a beautiful princess and saving your in-laws’ kingdom, what’s an ogre to do? Well, if you’re Shrek, you suddenly wind up a domesticated family man. Instead of scaring villagers away like he used to, a reluctant Shrek now agrees to autograph pitch forks. What’s happened to this ogre’s roar? Longing for the days when he felt like a “real ogre,” Shrek is duped into signing a pact with the smooth-talking dealmaker, Rumpelstiltskin. Shrek suddenly finds himself in a twisted, alternate version of Far Far Away, where ogres are hunted, Rumpelstiltskin is king and Shrek and Fiona have never met. Now, it’s up to Shrek to undo all he’s done in the hopes of saving his friends, restoring his world and reclaiming his one True Love.
Cast: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz Director: Mike Mitchell Genres: Animated, Comedy, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Opens Friday, May 21, 2010 | Runtime: 1 hr. 39 min. R - Strong crude and sexual content, violence, language and some nudity
Only one American hero has earned the rank of Green Beret, Navy SEAL and Army Ranger. Just one operative has been awarded 16 purple hearts, 3 Congressional Medals of Honor and 7 presidential medals of bravery. And only one guy is man enough to still sport a mullet. In the 10 years since his fiancée was killed, special op MacGruber has sworn off a life of fighting crime with his bare hands. But when he learns that his country needs him to find a nuclear warhead that’s been stolen by his sworn enemy, Dieter Von Cunth, MacGruber figures he’s the only one tough enough for the job. Assembling an elite team of experts—Lt. Dixon Piper and Vicki St. Elmo—MacGruber will navigate an army of assassins to hunt down Cunth and bring him to justice. His methods may be unorthodox. His crime scenes may get messy. But if you want the world saved right, you call in MacGruber.
Cast: Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe, Val Kilmer, Powers Boothe, Maya Rudolph Director: Jorma Taccone Genres: Action Comedy, Parody/Spoof, Comedy
UPCOMING RELEASES (Dates Subject to Change) May 28: Prince of Persia Sands of Time, Sex and the City II June 04: Marmaduke, Get Him To The Greek, Killers June 11: The A Team, Karate Kid June 18: Jonah Hex, Toy Story III June 25: Grown Ups, Knight & Day June 30: Twilight Saga: Eclipse July 02: Last Airbender July 09: Despicable Me, Predators July 16: Inception, Sorcerer’s Apprentice July 23: Dimmer For Schmucks, Ramona And Beezus, Salt July 30: Beastly, Cats & Dogs Revenge Of Kitty Galore, Charlie St. Cloud August 06: The Other Guys, Step Up 3D August 13: Eat Pray Love, Expendables, Scott Pilgrim V. The World August 20: Lottery Ticket, Nanny Mcphee Returns, Takers August 27: Piranha 3D, The Last Exorcism, Going The Distance September 01: The American September 03: Born To Be A Star, Machete September 10: Resident Evil Afterlife 3D September 17: Adjustment Bureau, Easy A, The Town September 24: Eagle Of The Ninth, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, You Again, Legend Of The Guardians October 01: Alpha And Omega, Let Me In, Social Network October 08: Life As We Know It, Secretariat October 15: Jackass 3-D, Red October 22: Paranormal Activity II, Saw VII 3D October 29: My Soul To Take November 05: Due Date, Megamind November 12: Unstoppable November 19: Harry Potter And Deathly Hallows (Part One In 3D); Next Three Days November 24: Burlesque, Faster, Love And Other Drugs, Red Dawn December 10: Chronicles Of Narnia: Voyage Of The Drawn Treader December 17: How Do You Know, Tron: Legacy, Yogi Bear December 24: Gulliver’s Travels, Little Fockers, True Grit
Jesse M. and Kristen M. Cates of Weston announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, Eden June Cates, on May 04, 2010, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.
She weighed 5 pounds 6 ounces.
Her mother is the former Kristen Garrett and is a nurse.
Her father is an engineer.
Maternal grandparents are Terry and Lorna Garrett of Athens, TN.
Paternal grandparents are Joe and Melba Cates of Chattanooga, TN.
Annabella Kaylee Tenney was the name chosen for the third child born to George and Nicole Tenney Jr. of French Creek.
The little girl was born May 04, 2010, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.
She weighed 7 pounds 9.5 ounces.
Her mother is the former Nicole Heater.
Her father is a timber cutter.
Maternal grandparents are Gary and Debi Heater of Weston and Bea McQuain and Aaron Bender of Heaters.
Paternal grandparents are George and Patty Tenney of French Creek.
Tenly Paige Weaver was the name chosen for the daughter born to Tiffany Beckner and Rodney Weaver of Weston.
The little girl was born April 30, 2010, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.
She weighed 5 pounds 11 ounces and was 20.5 inches long.
She has one brother, Zane Patrick Weaver.
Her father is employed by Prince Petroleum.
Maternal grandparents are Tim and Diana Beckner of Weston.
Paternal grandparents are Rodney and Cindy Weaver of Weston.
Steven and Tarra Sherrard of Weston announce the birth of their little girl, Savanna Renee Sherrard, on May 08, 2010, at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
She weighed 8 pounds 4 ounces.
Maternal grandparents are Randy Smith and Cathy and Bob Jones.
Paternal grandparents are Richard and Mary Lou Bonnett.
Alek Michael Bragg was the name chosen for the baby boy born to Mike Bragg and Becky Ratliff, both of Weston.
Alek was born on May 01, 2010, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.
He weighed 5 pounds 15 ounces and was 19 inches long.
Alek has three sisters, Darien, Paige and Tenley Bragg, all of Roanoke.
Mike is employed at Superior Well Service in Jane Lew and Becky is employed at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Gracious God, fill my heart with the delight and abandon that is so palpable in children at Christmas time.
Give me the desire to stare wide-eyed and curious at the miracle of life, the power of love, and the profound awe of mystery.
Remind me to be child-like in my joy as I look expectantly for the blessings that saturate my life.
I ask this for the sake of your love.
Ervin M. Yeager
Age 80 of Troy, WV passed away on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at his home.
He was born at Index, Gilmer County, a son of the late Granville and Florinda Yeager.
Surviving are his six sons, Charlie (Karen) Yeager of Troy, Robert (Ola) Yeager of Weston WV, Roger Yeager of Gassaway WV, Reggie Yeager of Ashby WV, Arthur (Shirley) Yeager of Sand Fork WV, and Lane (Mary) Yeager of Jane Lew WV; six daughters, Judy (Bruce) Fisher of Weston, Annette (Charlie) Ledbetter of Ohio, Wanda Yeager and Connie (Ralph) Tinney all of Fairmont WV, Brenda (Ronnie) Thompson and Patty (Jimmy) Stump all of Stouts Mills WV; 40 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Cleo “Stell” Yeager; three brothers, Outt, Junior and Buck Yeager; two sisters, Rachael Plant and Merril Frederick; two sons, Dwayne and Steven; and two grandsons, Bruce Fisher and David Taylor.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM on Friday, May 21, 2010 at Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville. Rev. Phillip Wilson will officiate. Interment will be in the Yeager-Taylor Cemetery on Dusk Camp.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:00 AM on Friday until time of services.
Age 84, of Pennsboro, WV died Tuesday, May 18, 2010, at Belmont, WV.
She was born on May 02, 1926, at Glendale, WV, a daughter of the late Jonathan F. and Sylvia Dawson Gilmore.
Jeanette was retired from the Colin Anderson Center, St. Marys, WV as a nurse’s aide, and a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Ellenboro, WV.
She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Richard “Dicky” and Linda Blouir of Pennsboro; daughter, Carolyn Sheets of Pennsboro; brother, Frank Gilmore of Langsville, Ohio; sisters, Betty Moneypenny of Ellenboro, Violet Quebedeaux of Opelousas, La., and Faye Utter of Moundsville; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by daughter, Sharon Blouir; son, David Blouir; brothers, Russ Gilmore and Rich Gilmore; and sisters, Helen Rhoushausen and Donna Hinton.
Funeral services will be held 11 AM Friday at McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro with Pastor Dan Martin and Pastor Bud Corbin officiating. Burial will follow in the Ellenboro Masonic Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home today from 4-8 PM.
Connie Lynn Alderman
Age 53, of Ireland, passed away on Saturday, May 15, 2010, at the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown following a sudden illness.
She was born on December 22, 1956; daughter of the late William Alderman and Margaret Louise (Posey) Alderman of Jacksons Mill.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by four children: Dianna, Breanna, Kia and Steven; five grandchildren; one brother: William Alderman of Jacksons Mill; and two sisters: Judith Buckhannon of Flatwoods and Rebecca Lowther of Walkersville.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by one grandson; and two brothers: Randy Alderman and Rick Alderman.
Connie was a glassworker with several local glass factories and glass cutting shops. She enjoyed crocheting, music, playing on the computer, watching birds, and all animals.
Family received friends at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home, Weston, on Tuesday, May 18, from 11 AM to 1:00 PM Funeral services were held on Tuesday at 1:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Mike Riffle officiating. Interment followed in the Orlando Cemetery, Orlando.
Charles Edward Williams
Age 71, of Sutton died at home on May 12, 2010. Charles was born on December 17, 1938 in Braxton County to the late Murl and Aretta Smith Williams.
He was a retired Coal Miner.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents, sister Virginia Pullin and his companion Garnet.
He is survived by his children; Terry Smith, Jerry Cutlip, Mike Cutlip, Robert Cutlip, Steve Cutlip, Jeff Cutlip, Pam Rose all of Sutton, and Sherryl Wayne of Gassaway. Brothers; Delbert L. Williams of Glenville, WV, Paul Cutlip. Sisters; Edith Garriston of Ohio, Elouise Workman and Loretta Bailey both of Sutton, Charlotte Fox of Burnsville, Mava Belle McDivitt of Summersville, WV.
Funeral Service was held on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 1:00 PM at greene-Robertson Funeral Home, with Rev. Bobbie Harper officiating. Friends called one hour prior to the service.
Burial was in Braxton Memorial Cemetery, Sutton, WV.
After reading all the comments on the last Commission meeting, and watching the video of Mr. Murphy talk in circles, it would appear that the only thing left for the Commission to do would be to appoint a Special and legitimate attorney or an actual Investigator that is trained to do such things, to go back and look at this whole debacle from the beginning, and find out who’s telling the truth and who is not regarding Mr. Cottrill’s death and alleged estate distribution.
I can understand the need to protect private information like social security numbers. When the state government has an oopsi do they get a free pass? Shutting down an important database seems a bit drastic. After Tennant’s other debacle in the county, it makes you wonder who’s minding the office. If that is her solution rather than scanning and fixing the database as needed, I’d say she doesn’t have the wherewithal to solve problems.
It looks like she decided not to fix the problem and instead make people who need the information pay for the extra staff time required to screen the info.
If she can’t fix something that simple she doesn’t belong in Congress.
It is almost impossible to show enough appreciation for Gilmer Free Press fair, unbiased and accurate reporting on every issue of importance to West Virginia citizens and especially Gilmer County. The local newspaper seems to put its editor’s personal political slant on every report that would be of any value to the public and without the GFP truth would be lost about the Courthouse, the City, the College, local Boards, State government, taxation, Police actions- anything of importance in our community and our state. Without it the people here would have no voice.
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.