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.
Today is Thursday, May 20, the 140th day of 2010. There are 225 days left in the year.
Thought for Today: “One person with a belief is equal to a force of 99 who have only interests.“ - John Stuart Mill, English philosopher (1806-1873).
Today’s Highlight in History:
On May 20, 1961, a white mob attacked a busload of Freedom Riders in Montgomery, Ala., prompting the federal government to send in US marshals to restore order.
On this date:
In 1506, explorer Christopher Columbus died in Spain.
In 1861, North Carolina voted to secede from the Union.
In 1902, the United States ended a three-year military presence in Cuba as the Republic of Cuba was established under its first elected president, Tomas Estrada Palma.
In 1927, Charles Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, N.Y., aboard the Spirit of St. Louis on his historic solo flight to France.
In 1932, Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. (Because of weather and equipment problems, Earhart set down in Northern Ireland instead of her intended destination, France.)
In 1939, regular trans-Atlantic mail service began as a Pan American Airways plane, the Yankee Clipper, took off from Port Washington, N.Y., bound for Marseille, France.
In 1959, nearly 5,000 Japanese-Americans had their citizenship restored after renouncing it during World War II.
In 1969, US and South Vietnamese forces captured Ap Bia Mountain, referred to as “Hamburger Hill” by the Americans, following one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War.
In 1970, some 100,000 people demonstrated in New York’s Wall Street district in support of US policy in Vietnam and Cambodia.
In 1985, the FBI arrested John A. Walker Jr., who was later convicted of heading a spy ring for the Soviet Union.
Ten years ago:
• The five nuclear powers on the U.N. Security Council agreed to eventually eliminate their nuclear arsenals, as part of a new disarmament agenda approved by 187 countries.
• Red Bullet won the Preakness Stakes, outpacing Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus.
• Flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal died in Paris at age 78.
Five years ago:
• The US military condemned the publication of photographs showing an imprisoned Saddam Hussein naked except for his white underwear, and ordered an investigation of how the pictures were leaked to a British tabloid.
• President George W. Bush said he would veto legislation intended to loosen restrictions on embryonic stem cell studies, and he expressed deep concern about human cloning research in South Korea, research that was later discredited.
One year ago:
• In a rare, bipartisan defeat for President Barack Obama, the Senate voted overwhelmingly, 90-6, to keep the prison at Guantanamo Bay open for the foreseeable future and forbid the transfer of any detainees to facilities in the United States.
• A commission published a damning report on decades of rapes, humiliation and beatings at Catholic Church-run reform schools in Ireland.
• Suspended NFL star Michael Vick was released after 19 months in prison for running a dogfighting ring to begin two months’ home confinement.
• An Indonesian C-130 Hercules military plane carrying troops and their families crashed in East Java province, killing 99 people.
• Kris Allen won the eighth season of “American Idol,“ defeating fellow finalist Adam Lambert.
Actor-author James McEachin is 80
Actor Anthony Zerbe is 74
Actor David Proval is 68
Singer Joe Cocker is 66
Singer-actress Cher is 64
Actor-comedian Dave Thomas is 61
Rock musician Warren Cann is 58
New York Gov. David Paterson is 56
Actor Dean Butler is 54
TV-radio personality Ron Reagan is 52
Rock musician Jane Wiedlin (The Go-Go’s) is 52
Actor Bronson Pinchot is 51
Singer Susan Cowsill is 51
Actor John Billingsley is 50
Actor Tony Goldwyn is 50
Singer Nick Heyward is 49
TV personality Ted Allen is 45
Actress Mindy Cohn is 44
Rock musician Tom Gorman (Belly) is 44
Actress Gina Ravera is 44
Actor Timothy Olyphant is 42
Rapper Busta Rhymes is 38
Rock musician Ryan Martinie is 35
Actor Matt Czuchry is 33
Actress Angela Goethals is 33
Actress-singer Naturi Naughton is 26
Weston Police are looking for an older woman who two Robert L. Bland Middle School students say tried to abduct them.
The white-haired woman whom police believe is between the ages of 55 and 65, tried to get the younger boy to get into her red or maroon four-door Ford Contour while he was walking home on Rada Avenue on Friday, May 14, 2010 according to Chief Robert Clem.
The boy refused, and when the woman tried to get him into the car the second time, he ran ahead to catch up with his older brother, who was walking a few feet in front of him, police explained.
The women then attempted to get both boys to get into the car, but the older brother told her to leave.
And that caused the woman to leave quickly, According to the police Chief.
All law enforcements in the state have been made aware of the situation and have been asked to be on the lookout for the woman and her vehicle.
Anyone with information should contact the Weston Police Department at 304.269.3207.
Mt. Pisgah Baptist Association: 5th Sunday Meeting of the Ministries - May 2010
The 5th Sunday Meeting of the Ministers, Deacons, and Laymen of the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Association will be held with the Beech Grove Baptist Church on Saturday and Sunday, May 29 and 30, 2010 staring at 10:00 AM.
Sixteen members of the Glenville State College class of 1960 were honored along with the current class of 2010 during the 136th Commencement Ceremony held on Saturday, May 08, 2010 at the Jesse R. Lilly Jr. Gymnasium.
Members of the GSC Class of 1960 were honored as Fifty Year Graduates at the 136th Commencement Ceremony.
Pictured left to right, first row: Bob Blagg, Jack Deem, James Jones, Fred Taylor, Ray Boggs, and Jack Reed.
Second row: Wanda Reed, Gail Ratliff, Betty Cusack, Anna Belle Gillespie, Louise Byrd, Jane Richter,
Susan Cain, Phyllis Johnson, Berna Spencer, and Mary Jo Jones.
Fifty year graduates who returned to the GSC campus to take part in the celebration included:
• Bob Blagg of Canal Winchester, Ohio
• Dr. Ray Lewis Boggs of Point Pleasant, West Virginia
• Louise Machen Byrd of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and Morgantown, West Virginia
• Susan Lockard Cain of Wheeling, West Virginia
• Betty Ann Bennett Cusack of Wheeling, West Virginia
• Jack Alan Deem of Lewisburg, Ohio
• Anna Belle Sheets Gillespie of Milton, West Virginia
• Phyllis Jean Veith Johnson of Baltimore, Ohio
• James Roydice Jones of Winston-Salem, North Carolina
• Mary Jo Chisler Jones of Spencer, West Virginia
• Shirley Gail Ratliff of Rupert, West Virginia
• Andrew Jackson Reed of Glenville, West Virginia
• Wanda Bailey Reed of Glenville, West Virginia
• Jane Anne Riddle Richter of Athens, Ohio
• Berna Marita Shawver Spencer of Lilburn, Georgia
• Fred L. Taylor of Spencer, West Virginia
The honorees were treated to campus tours on Friday afternoon, a reception hosted by GSC President Dr. Peter Barr and his wife Betsy at the President’s house, followed by a banquet in the Mollohan Campus Community Center Ballroom.
Each fifty year graduate received a ‘goody bag’ filled with GSC souvenirs and memorabilia at the dinner, and were presented Honorary Medallions during the Commencement Ceremony.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for our 50 year graduates to visit with their former classmates, reminisce about their time at Glenville State College, and renew past friendships. The College’s recognition of these graduates’ accomplishment of 50 years ago is a small tribute and our way of recognizing their lifetime connection to Glenville State College,” said Debbie Nagy Special Assistant to the President/Director of Alumni Affairs.
Glenville State College began the tradition of honoring fifty year graduates at the school’s annual commencement ceremony in the spring of 2000.
All I can say about this is: Please, for the love of children. MAKE UP YOUR MIND !! I have taught 25 years and first it is one thing that is supposed to be the solution to all the education woes, and then it another WONDERFUL idea that is supposed to solve all problems. Can we at least try one thing long enough to see some long term results? Who knows what works and what doesn’t work anymore? It is very frustrating for a teacher, parent and a child. I think the education system has lost touch with what is reasonable and what are reasonable developmental expectations for children at different chronological ages. Kindergarten is now first grade, first grade is now second grade, in terms of what we are assigned to teach children. Please people in the public, please know that what teachers are teaching is a curriculum and pacing guide mandated by the state department. We don’t make the rules, but, we have to follow them. Please don’t put all the blame on teachers. There are good teachers out there that try every day to make a difference. Don’t put all of us in one basket. It is just like saying “all” men are bad, or “all” women are bad, etc. We all know that is not true. I surely don’t know what the answer is, but, PLEASE, will someone please just make up their mind?
Written by a professional liberal. By “migrant-travelers” does he means ILLEGAL ALIENS? Rather than fewer check points, more are needed. There’s already 11 MILLION illegal “migrant-travelers” here, exercising more and more political influence, and every day more cross the border illegally.
Ah, the wonders of modern technology and communication! So necessary for business and social interaction BUT vast areas of Gilmer County (and the rest of WV) are left behind. There won’t be any 5G service here, or 4G or even 3G. The major area of Gilmer County is without ANY cell service (and at times, without RELIABLE land-line service). Computer access is limited to satellite services or abysmal dial-up service. The last paragraph of the article talks about 5G service driving future economic and to create new jobs and create new markets and economic opportunities. Not here, not now and probably not anytime soon. Gilmer County gets left further and further behind.
I hope W&S does a better design job on the Cedar Creek school than the Linn school. Lewis County got stuck with an all electric school on a site with stability issues. Wait till they get their electric bill in a January or February. Gilmer County BOE dodged a bullet on that one as long as we don’t have to contribute to operating costs.
What more do we need to be proof positive of the fact that the State Bar is inherently lenient with its members? Sure the lawyer was disciplined, but it was a mere slap on the hands with a wink. If a common citizen had done something this serious there would have been jail time and financial ruin from having to pay for a legal defense. WV does not have the reputation of being a legal landmine by accident. One development we have going for us is involvement of the WV State Record in exposing stench, some of which we have right here in Gilmer County.
The question is why did W&S fail to acknowledge from the beginning that the US. Corps of Army Engineers had to issue a 404 Permit for the Cedar Creek site under terms of the Clean Water Act? Incompetence or adherence to the good old Gilmer County way of doing business by sweeping it under the rug? The victims here are the children who had to wait another year before a decision is made as to whether or not the State will fund a new school or Gilmer will have to come up with plan B.
I have the highest regard for educators and their dedication to their profession. Like in all professions there are good and not so good. Changes need to be made to weed out the not so good or get them the tools to improve their skills.
Honestly, I don’t hardly know anyone in Gilmer Co anymore. I have been gone to long. I do love Gilmer Co and hate to read the problems it is experiencing. Gilmer Co is suffering like a lot of other small WV counties from corruption, drugs and a poor economy. The government can’t fix the problems, only credible citilio stand up and run for office to restore the integrity of the county. Lastly, the citizens need to start grooming the students to become leaders and business people and encourage them to start thinking along these lines instead of graduating and leaving the county like I and many others had to. You can’t always wait for someone from the outside to come in and develop new business. Gilmer Co has always had an abundance of intelligent bright kids who go away to make their mark in the world. Im sure it is no different today as it was 40 years ago. I am getting off my soapbox. The bottom line is I love Gilmer Co and only hope for the best for it.
When Dr. Phares came to a town he learned that citizens had not been informed of details in the purchase agreement for the Cedar Creek School. Was something missed or are details still secret including how much would be paid for that undeveloped land?
We were told too that the reason funding for the school was withheld last year was that the architectural firm, Williamson and Shriver, failed to get a federal permit to cover a near by wetland. Regardless of that foul-up, the word is out that W&S will get the contract to construct the Cedar Creek School if State funding is obtained this year. This is unbelievable with reports of the inadequate site study at Linn by S&W with extra expense having to be borne by the State after subsurface problems occurred at the site to require costly strengthening for a foundation, more money had to be paid to S&W because there was failure in advance to document that natural gas could not be obtained at the school to require expensive redesign work, and the cost for energy over the life of the school will be much greater because it will be all electric.
Another glitch was that it was not determined in advance that there was potential for a landslide at the Linn site to require hundreds of thousands of extra expenses to fix. Maybe a federal agency could investigate how new schools are paid for by the State with no-bid contracts to wired in architectural firms. Perhaps the WV AG could do an audit and the Gazette would come here for investigative reporting.
It does not seem right that all honest citizens should have to pay for Doctor visits for prescriptions because of a few crooks.
If the legislature cannot figure out a better solution than this one, leave it all alone. Period.
~~To “Jones” about Phares. ANY and ALL employees with an IQ on the upside of 25, will carry water as they believe serves them best. Bet Phares is above 25. BTW Jones: Where do you get all your inside info? Bet you are telling goodies that the local GC school board doesn’t even know.
~~To “politics & greed drive WV State BOE” You signed with it right! The legislature is afraid of the State Ed system. It shows loud and clear. Tomblin could clear the deck with the BOE members. Have they? Naw. You could say they have doubled down with the latest appointment as board president.
~~WV politics is more entertainment than any reality show….except that it is ALL so very predictable.
Right on! Similar to all professions the bell shaped curve applies. In one tail are those under- performers who should not be in the classroom. Three is a wide middle section of those who are average, and the upper tail includes those who truly excel. The challenge is adopting a compensation system to exclude those in the lower tail, increase pay for the middle group and give the most compensation to those who are truly outstanding. We all know the highest performers in Gilmer. The bell shaped curve concept applies to principals too, but if an under performer is protected by the powerful we are stuck to cause our children to suffer.
Jones, if any credit to be given that you are able to write a reasonably coherent if not always factual sentence I am certain it goes to a Teacher.
That said, what schools? Gilmer County elementary schools are being consolidated down to one. The school in Lewis County belongs to Lewis County and will be governed by them. We will lose valuable jobs and several communities will be hurt economically. Four, five and six year old students will face earlier wake up times and longer bus rides. Teachers are being pulled from classrooms to train on yet another program that will be watered down with waiver after waiver if past performance is any indication of future success when it comes to the State Board of Ed and educational outcomes. The statistics do not lie.
I have no opinion of Mr. Phares as a person but I see no evidence he performs in anyone’s interest other than the State Board in order to keep his “interim” status and salary. That Board is doing its absolute best to establish total independence from any transparency or accountability to the citizens, W.V. Legislators and even the Governor yet they are totally funded by tax dollars.
By Politics & Greed Drive WV State BOE on 03.01.2014
It is unfortunate Gilmer lost, but what can one expect after the fight that broke out between the coaches and among players right after the JV game. Notre Dame coach should have stopped his cussing using bad language during the JV game which caused the big fight.
Phares has pushed to reform the hiring practices as well as change the school calendar. Both issues have been opposed by the teacher unions which in turn the politicians. The hiring practices change that was voted in last year was changed this year due to the pressure from the union. Additionally, changes at the WVDE have upset both the staff at WVDE as well as the legislature. Phares can be and is a horses rear-end most of the time and is not the type say and do things to make the legislature happy. He is not a guy I would want to hang out with but he is the guy to fight the teacher unions and the liberals to make changes in the education environment in WV. While there may not be much relief for Gilmer Co until the new schools are built, I do think Phares is the right guy to push the reforms to change the education process in WV.
What they are uncomfortable about is the fact that the man isn’t giving them information he promised last year during the budget hearings. The fact that he wants a separate attorney and op manager to set up as an independent agency with no transparency or accountability to the Governor or the Legislature.
The fact that the suggestions in the audit were ignored and people like Linger come out to deny the outcome.
By More Legislative Oversight of Phares on 02.26.2014
Hey! Mr Jones.
Everyone knows where Phares stands. NOT with GC schools.
Continued support of dysfunctional high school and district administrators, is NOT the kind of support needed in GC!
Mr Jones. I give you this opportunity to list Phares great ‘rufflings’ or reformation.
Give them to us. PLEASE.
The state board of education IS Joe Manchin’s board. Period.
Former board president Linger boyhood friend, school and college chum.
When Marple was canned, Linger wanted Phares in the worst way. Hire him now. If you think JM was not part of that decision, I have a big bridge in NYC for you to purchase.
Current board president. Very funny if you think JM was not involved.
His wife. No nepotism there, huh? lmao
Joe Manchin has created problems all across the state from WVU to WVDE. Politics and power is what old Joe is about. I will say Jim Phares is probably the right guy for the position he holds now. He is a hard nose guy that can push reform which he is doing at WVDE. I know some will disagree with that statement but he is making changes and ruffling feathers. Anytime you can make politicians and bureaucrats uncomfortable you are doing something right and that is what he is doing.
Mr Linger isn’t including RESA and the School Board Association employees included in that education budget and the audit. Poor little BOE, all they want is a six figure lawyer of their own.
What about Ted Mattern, where does his contract come in?
I did some research, and found that I am partially composed of carbon. I also learned that I have been exhaling carbon dioxide most of my life. That is the good news. Here is the bad. Yesterday evening, after a good old- fashioned dinner of beans and potatoes, the little woman and I began emitting copious amounts of methane. I now realize that we are immoral, sub clinical, psychopaths. In the name of all that is good and holy and for the sake of mother earth, please destroy us before it is too late.
If Mr. Linger is accurate with these numbers, a person would be inclined to think in an organization that >small<, they would and could be much more responsive in making corrections according to the audit. There is little to no excuse for all the West Virginia school takeovers, and then keep some counties under their thumb for 15 years. That reveals poor management in fine style.