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.
I am a student at GSC and I don’t even know what is going on with that part of the Waco Center and I am there almost daily. I heard that Minnie Hamilton did not want to sign the contract with the college to provide the services, but then again as I read this article I may be wrong. If so there goes another wasted bit of money for GSC.
Well written article.
We have many of the same situations existing in central WV. Gilmer included.
Albeit thankfully on a smaller scale.
How close are we to becoming another Welch?
You say it can’t happen to Gilmer and our area?
Think again. Depending on the extraction industry of coal, gas, oil, all results the same.
Don’t say that the College will be our savior either. It won’t. It can’t.
If it was going to, we wouldn’t be in continual population decline all ready.
When our community starts to resemble Welch, you think that kids will come to Glenville? Hard enough all ready to get them here.
Of course, we have the city, led by the county commission trying desperately to cover up our problems.
All the work with “dilapidated buildings”.
It is only covering the underlying problems in this community.
Simply treating the symptom, and not the cause of it. Doesn’t help a thing.
Please inform us about the WACO medical center. Will it open immediately, what will be the hours, and what services will be provided? This will be a great addition for Glenville and the Gilmer County Community. Thanks WACO.
The only “planning” was someone’s idea that a new school would “improve education”. The public was told the state won’t renovate old schools and they have been doing that in other counties, so that was obviously not true. Intercounty schools take more and more away from parents and teachers and put it in the hands of bureaucrats. This isn’t improving anything and if they ever get a building built, it is going to cost more than it would have to renovate all the existing schools in Gilmer County AND Alum Bridge. Hiring an architect with no bidding process is an invitation to graft and corruption!
I would say that the architects have NO issue with site planning. Its pretty much apparent, with them receiving a no bid contract, they are free to run the bill? Seems so?
The only thing they are on the hook for is additional fees for poor planning?
The architect doesn’t seem overly concerned about the landslide since work is continuing on the school. The work at the intersection near Rite Aid ended up being more extensive than the DOH originally planned. Driving piling for that slide failed soon afterwards necessitating removal of a substantial amount of dirt.
The slide initiated by the new school site work, appears to have damaged property that Lewis County may not own. The spring rains which could worsen the situation are still to come.
Besides removing the dirt, the paving that was installed will be damaged or have its life shortened by the heavy equipment that will have to be used to remove the dirt.
It remains to be seen if the improper site design will result in additional damage to the property above the school site. 20/20 hindsight without benefit of engineering shows the amount of cut and fill design should have never been used. Instead fill should have been brought in rather than attempt to use the cut material for fill.
The BOE needs to carefully review the design for the new proposed Gilmer school given the architects history. The architect seems to have issues with site planning.
Can you explain how the Gilmer County Students and Citizens will be better served by these new schools?
Many of the public have been told by our local school board that there will be NO gym and NO library.
It would be nice to hear an explanation from Mr Simmonds the Board President. Can you enlighten residents?
We all should take a look at the requests for money recently submitted to the SBA. Many are for remodeling and some for more money to complete new school projects that were underfunded. Locally Lewis, Braxton and Ritchie counties have received money to remodel school buildings over the past three years. The smaller intervention counties are being forced into dire financial straits by state control of their check books and putting buildings in place they can not afford.
Very interesting work that our Senator Rockefeller is doing.
It is obvious that the United State’s Congress can see the value of rehabbing a school building.
It is a shame that the elected lawmakers in Charleston, WV do not have the same foresight.
Our schools can be rehabbed. Charleston give us the reasons why not!
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Government has tried and deserves the credit. However, where the government has failed is to make sure the programs are implanted properly. When the funds go to those who are already rich and just buy lands so they can get money from the government, they poverty never changes. Funds have become available, but they never reach the ones who were intended for. Greed of few is one of the big reasons for poverty in rural communities.
Compared to Lewis County which has seen constant drug busts after the new sheriff took office, Gilmer County seems to have a much lower number. Based on reports elsewhere, it’s unlikely Gilmer county has less of a drug problem especially given the FBI’s report.
Gilmer County seems to be business as usual. If you’re going to pursue economic development in a swamp, it might be a good idea to drain the swamp first.
Rankings are important to enable the public to know how their teams compare. Considerable time and effort are expended in assembling the data and all statistics related to the massive task. The question for those who focus on moving the State forward socioeconomically is why with our State ranked near the bottom for the quality of its k-12 school system, we don’t focus on acquiring information to openly disclose how each of our K-12 schools rank academically? Is it because West Virginians don’t care, do we have a cultural trait of denial of how our schools actually perform, or is it that our politicians, teacher’s unions, and school administrators don’t want accurate and comparative information to surface? Imagine how it would be for Gilmer County if the quality of education at the GCHS ranked near the top in WV. Presently, parents do not have access to accurate information to know how it ranks although we have been told that it is one of the best schools in WV. Being positive is OK, but show us accurate comparative information State Board of Education. If we had the information for each school in the State perhaps a new movement would start to inject good old fashion competition among the State’s school systems. That achievement would contribute significantly to the betterment of our struggling people. Does anyone out there disagree?
>BRAVO< states it well.
We all know that control of wealth results in control of power.
Be reminded that over 50% of the budget of the State of West Virginia is under control of the Department of Education.
You suppose that has any connection as to why there are so many Manchin names on the payroll there?
To the person commenting on the leadership change, you are so correct. Without a change locally nothing can change. Same is true at the state level. The state board of education president is a politician not an educator. These leader need to pay more attention to the needs of the students and teachers rather than listening to the capitalist vendors who want to just sell and sell creating a tangling web for both students and teachers. Why can’t they do what the rest of the world does? The rest of the world let the teachers teach expecting the students to learn. As long as we let the capitalist run the education system we will be on the bottom of the list comparing to the rest of the world. Isn’t it a wonder why the students who come from other countries have a better success rate at the college level? There needs to be a total sweep of the education department in Charleston. The current crew keeps repeating the same thing over and over expecting different results, wasting lots of money, with too much of the same old rhetoric over and over.
Interesting isn’t it that some individuals are diverting attention from the real issue which is what is being done to improve the quality of education for our children. Are there plans to improve student performances with math, reading and other subjects to prepare them for the world? Too much time is being wasted on personal attacks and attention getting including making claims that some board members are holding secret meeting when they linger to talk after meetings terminate, and there are constant claims that there is intentional violation of State statutes to infer that criminals or at least incompetents serve on the board. If all the divisive efforts were to be expended on making wise recommendations to improve the quality of our schools and enlisting greater involvement of parents in partnering with teachers to benefit children, the wasted energy and personal attacks could be put to positive use to benefit our County.
These issues all are directly attributed to State intervention of our schools.
The State Board of Education has full ownership of the problems. Period.
The State appointed the Superintendent and are totally responsible for anything he does, right or wrong.
On a more personal level, James Phares, State BOE Superintendent and Gayle Manchin are the anointed, appointed leaders.
Their contact info is easily found online. Message them.
b) Special meetings may be called by the president or any three members, but no business may be transacted other than that designated in the call.
What part of “IN THE CALL” do you not understand? Why are you so worried about the who but not what is happening? Are you saying Gilmer County citizens are deaf, blind and not able to understand videos and documents? Why don’t you respond to the code sections or questions about the published agendas?
Any meeting of the board is a public meeting and has to be advertised by call to the public. You can’t have a quorum present and discuss business without that unless an absolute emergency comes up. Assistant Superintendent to Phares, Charles Heinlein, said this to two about to be elected in front of private citizens at a Coalition meeting before they were ever elected to office. As an attorney he wanted to make sure there wasn’t an illegal quorum of the board present there.
The code sections a writer gave about March hearings are straight from the WV Auditors Guidelines for Boards of Education from what I read. You should try that. Just because the State Superintendent feels he is all powerful doesn’t mean he is all powerful. Just because he’s used to running poor Calhoun County as a dictator doesn’t make him right. It just means he’s used to being followed and not questioned and that is sure what is going on around here. If he is questioned he ignores. This board’s leadership follows. How many questions about legalities has he ignored from delegation and from Mrs. Starkey? All of them.Now they actually present a document showing a continuation that was never on an agenda? Really? Is that just fine with you?
Deny what you will, shoot the messenger if you have to but follow WV Code and show some respect. Quit changing to subject to defend your hero. Address the issues presented since you seem to care so much. Were you at the Board meetings?
The allegations are wild and smell more of pent up personal opinion than being fact based. It is easy to be critical, but it is challenging to offer convincing evidence and to recommend remedies. What qualifies you as a legal authority and on what basis do you allege that when board members talk at the end of meetings official business is being conducted? There is more than meets the eye here. Why not attend a board meeting to openly face its members and Mr. Blankenship with your allegations and proposals for corrective action? If you are convinced that a disaster looms, and there is intentional wrong don’t you have an obligation to come forward as your civic responsibility?