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County-By-County Unemployment Rates Tell the Story – June 2013


West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined one-tenth of a percentage point to 6.1% in June 2013.

Unemployment rates climbed in 54 of the 55 counties.

Only Pocahontas County reported a declining unemployment rate.

Counties with unemployment rates above 10% included Mingo (10.5%), Mason (10.5%), and Webster (11.2%).

Counties reporting an unemployment rate below 5% included Monroe (4.9%), Pendleton (4.7%), Jefferson (4.2%), and Monongalia (4.2%).

West Virginia’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate climbed four-tenths of a percentage point to 6.3% in June.

County Total Unemployed   Unemployment Rate
JUN-13 MAY-13 JUN-12 JUN-13 MAY-13 JUN-12
Braxton 450 420 510 7.9% 7.4% 8.8%
Calhoun 230 220 280 8.2% 7.9% 9.9%
Doddridge 190 160 220 5.9% 5.0% 6.9%
Gilmer 180 170 250 5.6% 5.1% 7.3%
Lewis 430 390 530 5.1% 4.7% 6.2%
Ritchie 250 230 340 5.7% 5.2% 7.3%
WV 51,200 47,100 62,700 6.3% 5.9% 7.6%


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County Total Non-farm on Payroll   Goods Producing Employees   Service Providing Employees
JUN-13 MAY-13 JUN-12 JUN-13 MAY-13 JUN-12 JUN-13 MAY-13 JUN-12
Braxton 4,240 4,210 4,310 550 540 530 3,690 3,670 3,780
Calhoun 1,620 1,620 1,610 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......
Doddridge 1,510 1,520 1,420 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......
Gilmer 2,520 2,600 2,560 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......
Lewis 7,730 7,580 7,760 2,050 2,020 2,020 5,680 5,560 5,750
Ritchie 3,530 3,590 3,620 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......

Legislative Update – by – Delegate Brent Boggs - House Majority Leader - 07.29.13


Unbelievably, August arrives this week; school will be beginning soon, with lots of back-to-school shopping well underway; and, football practice just around the corner.  Despite the hot, humid weather of two weeks ago, last weekend was a welcome opportunity to turn off the A/C and open the windows.  Warm days, cool nights and a different feel in the air provide a welcome preview of what we can look forward to this fall.  Jean canned the first green beans from the garden this week.  Hard, rewarding work, but well worth the effort.

This is the final week of transition, as I’ll be moving to my new office, adjacent to the House Finance Committee Room, committee attorneys, analysts and staff.  During interim meetings last week, I took the opportunity to hold several meetings with Finance Committee legal counsel, budget and policy analysts. Additionally, it was good to touch base with Senate Finance Chairman Roman Prezioso and many of his staff with which I’ve worked for several years.  Also, Secretary of Revenue Robert Kiss stopped by to offer his congratulations, as well as provide an overview of the upcoming budget prospects for FY 2015.  Having served under Bob during his tenure as Speaker of the House, and with his earlier legislative service as House Finance Chairman, it was an insightful meeting.

In short, a host of new duties and responsibilities have begun to emerge.  I’m looking forward to more hands-on opportunities on policy issues than my previous position afforded.  As my friend and colleague in the Senate, Doug Facemire, serves as Vice-Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, I look forward to our working together for the citizens we jointly represent as well as the entire State.

During interims last week at the Capitol, the meeting of the Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority yielded a continuation of previous information.  Overcrowding at all the regional jails dominated discussions from their report, while the Division of Corrections also brought the severe overcrowding of Mt. Olive and Huttonsville facilities to our attention.  Additionally, the acute understaffing issue at Huttonsville has officials greatly concerned.  Remaining staff is forced to work mandatory overtime and days off are few and far between.  This combination of factors is a precursor of potential trouble ahead.

Legislation passed during the 2013 session will help substantially with overcrowding at all our correctional institutions.  However, it will not make a difference overnight.  In this time of tight budgets, nearly 85 percent of our budget dollars are areas that either cannot be cut statutorily or as a matter of public safety.  With numerous federal prison facilities located in our state, the opportunity for employment and advancement for those with a background in criminal justice is growing.  The downside is that state institutions cannot begin to keep pace with federal salary schedules.  At some point, we must be realistic in knowing that we must raise starting salaries for correctional officers if we hope to impact the growing staffing crisis and potential for even more severe problems.

Finally, Governor Tomblin recently announced the National Council of Compensation Insurance has again filed rate reductions for Workers Compensation in West Virginia.  The approximate 8.8% reduction will save state employers over $36 million annually in premium costs, effective November 01.  Further, since we privatized the system, employers have saved over $250 million.  Most of all, it is ongoing evidence that workplace safety is more of a priority for employers than ever before.

Despite the good news, many of us work at dangerous occupations.  Timber and mining are some of the most dangerous.  There can never be a let-up in efforts to provide everyone the safest working conditions possible.  When workers go home to their families safely at the end of each day, everyone wins.

Please send your inquiries to the Capitol Office at:  Building 1, Room 224-M, Charleston, WV 25305.  Or, call the Capitol office at 304.340.3220; Assistant to the Majority Leader, Jennifer McPherson at 304.340.3942 or fax to 304.340.3213.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.  For those with Internet access, my e-mail address is: “” .

You may also obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and leave me a message on the Legislature’s web site at  When leaving a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional information, including agency links and the state government phone directory, may be found at Also, you may follow me on Facebook at “Brent Boggs”, Twitter at “@DelBrentBoggs” , as well as the WV Legislature’s Facebook page at “West Virginia Legislature” or on Twitter at

Continue to remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  Until next week – take care.

Robert Lee Almy

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Robert Lee Almy

Age 70, of Hyers Run Road, Burnsville, WV passed away at 12:30 AM Saturday, July 27, 2013 in the University of Presbyterian Hospital following a brief illness.

He was born July 29, 1942 in Auburn, OH, a son of the late George Washington Almy and Doris Marie Butler Almy.

On August 15, 1972 he married the former Irena Jean Nicholson who survives. Robert and Irena enjoyed 40 years of marriage together.

Also surviving are one son, David Scott Almy of Miss.; one granddaughter, Alanna; one sister, Patsy Dowling of Andover, OH; one brother, George C. Almy of Middlefield, OH; and several nieces and nephews.

One son, Robert L. Almy Jr, preceded him in death.

Robert was employed for many years by B & I Taxi, an Amish Transportation Service. He was an honored veteran of the US Army and was stationed in Germany and Holland. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, riding motorcycles and working as a mechanic on his many vehicles.

Robert’s request for cremation has been honored and there will be a private family service.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent directly to the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the WV Veterans Nursing Facility at 1 Freedom’s Way Clarksburg WV 26301

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service of 144 Hackers Creek Rd. Jane Lew is honored and privileged to serve the family of Robert Lee Almy.

Charles Richard “Chuck” Allen

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Charles Richard “Chuck” Allen

Age 65 passed on to be with the Lord at home, suddenly, on July 26, 2013.

Chuck was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed hunting and fishing during his life. He quit school in the 10th grade to join the Armed Forces. In the Army, Chuck was a sergeant who earned several medals including three Bronze Stars during the Vietnam War. After returning, Chuck began working for Ridge Tool in Ohio for 5 years. He then returned home to WV and started working for Appalachian Timber Service in Sutton. He worked there for 35 years until he retired in 2009, to spend time with his wife, Jean, and the rest of his family. After his retirement Chuck went back to what he enjoyed; being the avid outdoorsman with his nieces, nephews, and granddaughters.

Surviving are Chuck’s wife of 44 years, Jean Allen of Normantown, WV; daughter Jennifer Snodgrass, husband Greg and daughters Cassie and Megan of Charleston, WV; sister Tommy McKenzie and husband Joe of Grafton, Ohio; sister Vona Moss and husband Dale of Elyria, Ohio; brother Jerry Allen and wife Jan of Perkins, WV; brother Henry Allen and wife Judy of West Milford, WV; brother Shorty and wife Kay of Normantown, WV; plus several nieces and nephews.

Services for Chuck will include a viewing at Richard Roach Funeral Home in Gassaway, WV on Monday, July 29, 2013 from 6-9 PM.

The funeral services will be on Tuesday, July 30 at 1:00 PM at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Normantown, WV with Pastor Richard Westfall officiating.

Levi Scott Stewart

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Levi Scott Stewart

8 years old, of Flatwoods, WV, recently passed away at his home.

He was born November 09, 2004.

He is the son of Valarie Lee Brown of Flatwoods, and Patrick Stewart of Gassaway, WV.

He is survived by his parents; two brothers, Dalton and Owen Brown; grandparents, Ralph and Patricia Boone of Wilsie, Robert (Bobby) Mollohan of Sutton, Kathy L. Beamer of Sutton; great-grandparents, Walter (Ted) and Iva Beamer of Sutton, Mary Duckworth of Gassaway; uncles, Chris Westfall of Sutton, Robert, David, Ab Stewart of Gassaway.

He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Albert Stewart; great-grandparents, Junior and Angels Mollohan.

A private graveside service was held with the Rev. Rod Nicholas officiating at the Mt. Hebron Cemetery.

Arrangements by the Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV.

Edgar Rollyson

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Edgar Rollyson

Age 84, of Frametown, WV passed away on July 20, 2013 at his residence.

He was born on March 26, 1929 to the late Edgar R. Rollyson and Ivy Myrtle Hamric Rollyson.

He worked as a Heavy equipment and Light equipment mechanic.

He was a Methodist by faith.

Edgar is survived by his wife of 65 years, Pearl Fox Rollyson; sons, Francis E. “Jack” Rollyson and wife Susie of Southport, NC, Kenny Ray Rollyson of Frametown; daughters, Melissa Renee Deuly and husband Dan of Frametown; sisters, Bernice Wiedner of OH, Nina Bailey of Akron, OH, Mildred Carroll of Akron, OH; a special niece who was like a sister, Phyllis Simmons, as well as 6 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Harold Rollyson, Charles Rollyson, Chelsie Rollyson, Beecher Rollyson; sisters, Edna Vincent, and Jean Bradey.

Services were held at Noon on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at the Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV, with the Rev. Brace Cook officiating.

Burial followed at the Rollyson Family Cemetery.

Friends called Tuesday, July 23 from 11:00 AM until the time of service at the funeral home.

Bernice Olive Nottingham Moore

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Bernice Olive Nottingham Moore

Age 86, of Servia, WV passed away on July 19, 2013 at Laurel Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Big Otter.

She was born March 09, 1927 to the late Raymond and Darlie Mollohan Nottingham.

Also preceding her in death was her husband, Charlie Moore and one sister, Linda Nottingham.

She is survived by her children: Kenneth and Donna Moore of Servia; Janet and Louie Mollohan of Duck; Allen Moore of Servia; Gary Moore of Servia; Terrie and Joe Bob Truman of Servia, and Michael Moore of Servia, sixteen grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are siblings, Anna Lee Stahlman of Servia; Norman and Rosalie Nottingham of Servia; James and Vida Lea Nottingham of Duck; and Larry and Carol Nottingham of Servia.

She was a homemaker and member of the Villa Nova Missionary Baptist Church.

She was a charter member of the Braxton County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and volunteered at the Mountaineer Food Bank.

Services were held 10:00 AM Monday, July 22 at the Richard M. Roach Funeral Home in Gassaway, WV, with the Rev. Joe Truman officiating.

Burial followed at the Moore Family Cemetery.

Friends called Sunday, July 21, from 6-9 PM at the funeral home.

Velva June Saunders

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Velva June Saunders

Age 87, of Morgantown, formally of Sutton, WV passed away peacefully Sunday, June 07, 2013 at her and her sisters residence.

She was born May 30, 1926 in Braxton County, WV to the late Oscar Buren and Roena Hess Leavitt. Also preceding her in death were husband; James “Wiley” Saunders, Jr., and her sister; Maxine Linger.

She was raised on Granny’s Creek, a protestant by faith and a homemaker.

Left to cherish her memory are her sons and daughter-in-laws; Mike and Judy Saunders and Mark and Sharon Saunders all of Lockport, NY, her sister and caregiver; Patricia Lewis of Morgantown, brother; Clyde Leavitt of Sutton, 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 PM Tuesday, June 09, 2013, at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with the Rev. Be Be Marshall officiating; burial was held in Cold Spring Cemetery, Lockport, NY. Friends called one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Saunders Family.

Betty Lou TOUPS

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Betty Lou TOUPS

Age 79, of New Martinsville, WV, died Sunday, July 21, 2013 in Ohio Valley Medical Center, Wheeling, WV.

She was born July 24, 1933 in Burnsville, WV, a daughter of the late Roy William and Mary Frances Knight Riffle.

Betty was a retired glass worker at the former Corning Glass Company.

She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in New Martinsville.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth J. Toups; two brothers, Bud and Bob Riffle; and a sister, Nancy Satterfield.

Survivors include three daughters, Jeanie (Tim) Booher of Jacksonburg, WV, Jackie (Rick) Bucher of Reader, WV and Julie (Randy) Brant of Dickson, TN; three brothers, Benjamin (Peggy) Riffle, Barry (Bobbie) Riffle and Thomas (Bonnie) Riffle, all of Fairmont, WV; a sister, Diana (Terry) Coffman, also of Fairmont, 10 grandchildren, Brandi Murray, A. J. Meeks, Jr., Kelsey Meeks and her fiance Frankie Simons, David J. Booher, Audrey Booher, Ryan Bucher, McKenzie Bucher, Megan Bucher, Aliesa Canterbury and Tyler Canterbury; 4 great grandchildren, Aleeah Fletcher, Lakyn Fletcher, Izzie Murray and Jaxon Murray; and a special nephew, Scott Coffman.

Family will received friends on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at Grisell Funeral Home & Crematory, 751 Third Street, New Martinsville, where funeral services was held on Thursday at 11 AM with Fr. John McDonough officiating.

Entombment to follow in Northview Mausoleum, New Martinsville.

Charles Gilbert Kittner

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Charles Gilbert Kittner

Age 85, of Sutton, WV, passed away July 25, 2013 at Heartland Nursing Home of Clarksburg.

He was born on August 25, 1927. He was the son of the late Audley Burdette and Margaret E. Watt Kittner.

Also preceded in death by his daughter, Beverly Kay Walsten.

He was a Controller for the Elk Refinery, retired from Union Carbide Corporation in South Charleston, WV.

He attended Gassaway Baptist Church and Church of the Nazarene and Church of Christ, and was a WWII Navy Veteran.

He is survived by his wife, Ruby Louise (Coombs) Kittner, sons, Charles Anthony Kittner & wife Ilene of Sacramento, CA, Stephen Gilbert Kittner and wife Valentina of Davenport, FL, daughter, Deborah Jean Hively and husband Danny of Crossville, TN, grandchildren, Christy Dolonich, Casey Hively, and Betsy Hively all of Crossville, TN, Jessica Kittner Vallenga and husband Roy of UT, Jason Snow of MD, Michael Kittner of Layton, UT, Shannon Kittner of Sacramento, CA, Travis Kittner, Carol-Ann Kittner, and Daniel Kittner all of Davenport, FL, 5 great grandchildren, siblings, Alice Belz of Beaumont, TX, Blanch Vinson of Boynton Beach, FL, Marji Reyes of Lakeworth, FL, Esther Hackett of Reedsville, PA, Robert Kittner of Orange, TX, David Kittner of Louisville, KY.

At Charles’s request there will be no viewing or service. Burial has taken place at Braxton Memorial Cemetery near Sutton.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, WV is humbled to serve the Kittner family

Hazel Gay Gross Casto

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Hazel Gay Gross Casto

Age 84, of Franklin, PA died Thursday July 18, 2013, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital at Pittsburgh, PA after a sudden illness.

She was born March 02, 1929, in Sutton, WV to the late Orpha Hue and Delpha Gay Jenkins Gross.

Hazel was retired with J.C. Penney Department Stores as a Secretary.

She worshipped at Grace United Methodist Church for 60 years in Franklin, PA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband; Rubel Ray Casto.

Surviving Hazel are her loving siblings; Johnie Gross and wife Diane , Kennieth Leon Gross, Jerry Gross and wife Pam, all of Sutton, Jimmy Gross and wife Arthela of Gassaway, Margie Best of Franklin, PA, Mildred Casto, Mary Mace, Louise Cline and husband Danny, Olive Fishbaugh and husband William all of Sutton and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were be held Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 2:00 PM at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Rev. Bill Hopkins officiating.

Burial followed at the Barnett Cemetery, near Sutton.

Friends called Sunday one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

The family suggest donations to:UPMC Presbyterian Hospital Family House200 Lothrop Street Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Casto family.

Glenville State College President’s Honor List for Spring 2013

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Glenville State College has announced the names of GSC students who attained the President’s Honor List for the Spring 2013 semester.

To be named to the President’s Honor List, a student must have a 4.0 grade point average on a minimum of 12 semester hours.
The students making the President’s Honor List are listed as follows according to their county of residence:

Barbour County:

•  John D. Cockerham, Jr.

Braxton County:

•  Candace M. Butler

•  Kathy J. Childers

•  Janis R. Collins

•  Cami D. Roberts

•  Megan L. Rollins

•  Annetta L. Snyder

•  Gregory T. Steele

•  Kyle J. Warner

•  Erica L. Whitney

Calhoun County:

•  Maria M. Clothier

•  Sarah B. Lane

Clay County:

•  Courtney E. Cole

•  Jeremy B. Cottrell

•  Courtney S. Holcomb-Bennett

Fayette County:

•  Derrick M. Crawford

Gilmer County:

•  Ezekiel G. Bonnett

•  Mary C. Butcher

•  Heather Coleman

•  Aaron Frymier

•  Debra K. Huffman

•  Tiffany M. Hulse

•  Andrea B. Minigh

•  Corri C. Phillips

•  Casey D. Pritt

•  Garrett J. Rinehart

•  Valeri Sprouse

•  Timothy A. Swiger

•  Ashley D. Woodford

•  Robert L. Woods

Greenbrier County:

Jacob R. Harper

Jackson County:

•  Andrew L. Bourgeois

•  Carly Caldon

•  Robert B. DeWees

•  Ronald Mullins

Lewis County:

•  John S. Edsall

•  Donald E. Grant

•  Hunter E. McWhorter

•  Joseph T. Perry

•  Cierra Pinkston

•  Kayla B. Rose

•  Rebekah M. Taylor

•  Adam D. Wilson

Lincoln County:

•  Morgan A. Scarpellini

Marion County:

Jessica A. Parsons

Nicholas County:

•  Christopher M. Baber

•  Lindsay B. Browning

•  Miranda L. Hughart

•  Betul Kudurogianis

•  Benjamin J. Neal

Pendleton County:

•  Trent A. Moats

Ritchie County:

•  Amanda Abramovich

•  Carol J. Bearce

•  Samantha J. Brookover

•  William N. Sarine, II

•  Kimberly D. Wilson

Roane County:

•  Matthew R. Brohard

Tyler County:

•  McKenzie M. Rose

Upshur County:

•  Michael P. Livesay, II

•  Benjamin T. Stingo

Webster County:

•  Christy L. Brooks

Wood County:

•  Jason K. Cantwell

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