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Dr. Roy Glendon “Bill” Stout

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Dr. Roy Glendon “Bill” Stout

Age 84, of Gassaway, WV died on March 08, 2013.

He was born on August 04, 1928 in Copen, WV.

Roy received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of West Virginia, his Master’s from Virginia Tech, and his Doctorate of Philosophy from North Carolina State College. He was a US Naval Officer and served in Korea.

Roy retired in 1991 from the Coca Cola Company after 27 years of distinguished service. He began his career with the Minute Maid division of the company in 1964, as Director of Economics and Statistical Research in Orlando, FL. He transferred to Atlanta, GA, in 1966 to work at Coca-Cola’s corporate headquarters in Technical Research and Development. He held various positions in the department with responsibility for new products and consumer and market tracking information. In 1975, he was promoted to Manager of Market Research. In 1979, he was promoted to Vice President. In 1980, he was named head of the Corporate Market Research Group. In 1983, he was appointed Senior Vice President of Coca-Cola USA. In 1988, he was appointed Vice President, Global Market Research and served in this position until his retirement in 1991. His contributions to the Company’s domestic and worldwide business were far reaching. Research he directed was instrumental in decisions such as the launch of the “Coke Adds Life” campaign, the Company’s first plastic bottle, and the introduction of Diet Coke.

During his illustrious career, Roy was intimately involved in the creation of the Master of Market Research (MMR) program at the University of Georgia. He was on the faculty at Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, The University of Florida, The University of Georgia, NC State, and Rollins College. He also served on advisory boards of various journal publications including the Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Advertising Research, etc., and the MMR program. He published numerous articles as well as co-authored a marketing research textbook. For many years, Roy was a sought after distinguished guest lecturer at conferences, universities and association functions. He was also on the strategic planning committee for EPCOT center.

He was preceded in death by his parents Warder Martin Stout and Virgie McCoy Stout of Copen, WV and his brothers Loyd George Stout, George Leonard “Peck” Stout and Auldra McCoy “Bully” Stout.

He is survived by his wife Evelyn Kay Stout; his daughters; Betsy Jane Stout-Jones and husband Mark of Panama City Beach, FL, Taffey Ann Stout of Greensboro, NC, and Renee Michelle Faircloth and husband David of Sarasota, FL; grandchildren; Austin Mathew Faircloth, Parker David Faircloth, Aaron Alexander Faircloth, Stephen Daniel Faircloth, and Sierra Joy Faircloth; siblings; Vernon Burnell Stout, Eunice Lorraine Templeton, Mavis Jean Stout, Donald Wayne Stout, and Rendal Lee Stout.
The family is eternally grateful for the generous, loving care provided by Cora Mack, Carolyn Cawthon, Sandy Frame, Wilma Gunter, Dawn Lucas, Stacey Riffle, and George Smarr.

Funeral services were Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 2:00 PM at the Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, 708 Braxton St., Gassaway , WV. 304.364.2231, with Reverend Sharon West presiding.

Visitation was held from 11:00 AM to 1:45 PM prior to the service. Interment with military rites will be in the Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway.

Dinner was held immediately following at The Red Rooster Café, 608 Elk Stret 304.364.6023.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Margaret Hope Ballengee

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Margaret Hope Ballengee

Age 79, of Duck, WV died March 10, 2013 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, after a short illness.

She was born August 04, 1933, one of seven children of the late Roy and Hallie Hill Mollohan.

She was a homemaker and a member of Faith Baptist Church.

She enjoyed attending the Braxton County Senior Center where she volunteered with the Mountaineer Food Bank and participated in day activities such as group shopping trips. She had a great love of animals and leaves behind a devoted dog, Pattie.

She is survived by two sisters: Evelyn Schiavone of Berlin, MD and Betty Starr of Richwood, WV; a nephew, Mark Schiavone of Harpers Ferry, WV, two nieces, Sharon Lynch of Manassas Park, VA and MaryAnne Daly of Mill Valley, CA; sister-in-law, Virginia McCoy of Brenham, TX and her good friend and caregiver, Linda Voggs.

She was preceded in death by husband, Garland Ballengee, three brothers, Carl, Orville, and George Mollohan, and a sister, Mary Jean Keller.

Service will be 1:00 PM Friday, March 22, 2013, at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Rev. Johnny Conrad officiating.

Burial will be in the Perry H. James Memorial Park, Frametown, WV.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

GSC Visits with Braxton County Students and Parents

A Glenville State College Hidden Promise Scholars Program annual ‘Meet and Greet’ community gathering took place on the evening of Tuesday, February 19th in the cafeteria at Braxton County High School. The event was held to meet with parents and students from Braxton County to discuss program updates and upcoming summer camps as well as to answer any questions they have about the program.

Twelve GSC Hidden Promise Scholars from Braxton County along with their parents enjoyed pizza and soft drinks and met with GSC Hidden Promise Coordinator Jenny Boggs, GSC Hidden Promise Mentor Coordinator Stacy Adkins, and Braxton County High School Counselor Edna Wilson.

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The Hidden Promise Scholars program is an alliance among Glenville State College and county school districts across West Virginia aimed at improving communication between higher education and K through 12. Other goals include increasing the number of high school and college graduates as well as aligning the K-12 and higher education curriculum.

Hidden Promise Scholars are students in the eighth through twelfth grades from central West Virginia. Selected by county superintendents and principals, these students interact with Glenville State College students and faculty and explore the vistas that a college education opens. Hidden Promise Scholars will mentor with college students at their home schools and participate in an array of campus visits.

There are currently thirty-seven students in Braxton County who have been selected as Hidden Promise Scholars.

Upon high school graduation, Hidden Promise Scholars who enroll at Glenville State College receive an annual scholarship. The annual grant is renewable throughout their enrollment at GSC as full-time students maintaining standard academic progress.

Similar ‘Meet and Greet’ events are planned for each of the thirty-seven counties and Belpre, Ohio school systems that participate in the GSC Hidden Promise Scholars Program. “These community gatherings provide the opportunity to discuss the program in a casual setting and allow the scholars to meet their mentors in person. They are a very important part of the program, and I love having them,“ said Boggs.

To learn more about the GSC Hidden Promise Scholars Program, contact Boggs at “virginia.boggs@glenville.edu” or 304.462.6059.

Coleman L. ‘Elmer’ Friend

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Coleman L. ‘Elmer’ Friend

Age 81, of Belpre, Ohio, died Saturday, March 09, 2013, at his residence.

He was born in Strange Creek, WV, a son of the late Scott and Rose (Boggs) Friend.

He retired from the B&O Railroad after 29 years, and was a veteran of the United States Army having served in Germany with the 101st Airborne Division. Elmer was a 40 year member of United Transportation Union.

He was a member of Mullen Memorial Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sharon (Gumm) Friend; two sons, Gregory Friend of Papillion, NE, and Jeffrey Friend (Alisa) of Boonesboro, MD; four grandchildren, Cole, Taylor, Kyle and Ashton Friend; three sisters, Kathleen Gilliam of Carlyle, IL, Bessie Bass (Troy) of Montgomery, WV, and Imogene Perrine of Newton Falls, Ohio.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Calvin Friend; and sister, Geraldine Stout.

Services will be 1:00 PM Wednesday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre, with Rev. Kent Lowther officiating.

Burial will be at Rockland Cemetery.

Visitation will be 2:00-4:00 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM Tuesday.

Legislative Update – by – Delegate Brent Boggs - House Majority Leader - 03.11.13

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With the spring weather we all enjoyed last weekend and the robins making their appearance all around the yard, it provided a real mental boost from the snow, rain and mud.  Coupled with the time change, I’m looking forward to getting more accomplished around home and farm as the official start of spring inches closer each day.

Nearing the halfway point of the 2013 Regular Session, work continues under the dome in Charleston.  All major and minor committees are filling their agendas daily, while this week concludes the Finance Committee budget hearings in the House and Senate. The information gleaned from these hearings will have a bearing in the final budget numbers in April.

As of last Friday, March 08, a total of 887 bills have been introduced in the House of Delegates; ninety-seven of those currently are pending in the Finance Committee. In the Senate, 492 bills have been introduced and referred to their respective committees.

Early this week, a bill sponsored by me, Speaker Thompson, Finance Chairman White and several others, including area delegates Adam Young (Nicholas) and Dana Lynch (Webster) will address the volunteer firefighter workers comp premium issue.  A bill is also in the works in the Senate.  This is one of the most important issues we will address this session.


House bills coming up for passage through midweek in the House of Delegates include the following bills:

HB 2361 - Relating to the definition of “eligible veteran” for certain state training and employment preference benefits

Com. Sub. for HB 2553 - Authorizing the Secretary of State to administratively dissolve certain business entities

Com. Sub. for HB 2554 - Providing a procedure for the Secretary of State to reinstate certificates of authority for foreign corporations

Com. Sub. for HB 2760 - Creating a uniform regulation of firearms, ammunition, and firearm accessories

Com. Sub. for HB 2397 - Authorizing a county commission to temporarily fill vacancies in certain offices

Com. Sub. for HB 2414 - Conveying property to a nonprofit

HB 2729 - Allowing schools to voluntarily maintain and use epinephrine auto-injectors

Com. Sub. for HB 2747 - Relating to Open Governmental Proceedings


All work is being done while with a watchful eye toward the legislative calendar which dictates certain deadlines for each body to consider legislation.

After Day 30, the House Rules Committee begins to direct the legislative calendar.  Active bills are placed on the Special Calendar; inactive or bills that may need time to sync with moving Senate bills are placed on the House Calendar.

The 41st Day - March 25 - is the last day to introduce bills in the Senate and the House. (This does not apply to originating, supplementary appropriation bills, or resolutions).

At the end of this month, the 47th day, all bills must be reported out of committee in their originating house to ensure three full days for readings prior to passage.

Day 50 - April 03 - is the last day to pass bills out of the house in which they originated. Again, this does not apply to supplementary appropriation bills or the state budget bill.

Day 60 – April 13 – is the final day of the regular session.  Constitutionally, the session ends at midnight, unless extended by the Governor.

One question I’m often asked is why the Legislature waits to pass the budget at the expiration of the regular 60 day session.  The answer is that it’s not for lack of finishing our work in a timely manner but one of fiscal necessity.  That’s because we cannot complete the final version of the budget until we assess the fiscal costs associated with legislation that passed during the regular session.  This must be factored in so that any revenue generated by or costs attached to legislation passed is calculated into the budget estimates provided by the Governor and the budget bill.

While it may seem cumbersome, it is a big factor in why we pass a balanced budget each year and how our state finances and services remain among the most stable in the nation without any income tax increases for over a decade and still cutting consumer and business taxes.

Finally, West Virginia lost one of its eldest residents.  Mrs. Lovie Jones Hosey Crites was born in Hyre, WV and passed away last week at the age of 107.  My sincere condolences to her family.

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: “Brent.Boggs@WVhouse.gov” .

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 www.legis.state.wv.us/.  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 www.wv.gov. 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 twitter.com/wvlegislature.

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.

Edwina Virginia Davis

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Edwina Virginia Davis

Age 88, of Rosedale, West Virginia, born March 16, 1925, went to be with our Lord on March 08, 2013.

She was greeted in heaven by her loving husband of 56 years, Lyndon Roy Davis.

She was the daughter of the late Russell Yost and Bessie Clayton. She was a loving homemaker.

She was a Methodist by faith.

She is survived by sons, Lyndon L. Davis, wife Becky of Frametown; Ronald L. Davis, wife Judy of Rosedale; daughter, Mary Dale Seuss of Frametown; grandchildren, Jason and Kim Sears of Ravenswood, Tracy Sears of Clarksburg, Ryan and Amy Davis of Exchange, Lara and Brandon Dennison of Bridgeport, Kristi Davis of Bridgeport, Ian Davis of Rosedale; great-grandchildren, Johnathon and Katie Sears of Ravenswood, Sarah, Brian, and Brynne Davis of Exchange.

She was preceded in death by her sister Vivian Medlin.

Funeral service will be held on Monday, March 11, at 1:00 PM at the Richard M. Roach Funeral home in Gassaway, WV with Pastor Bryon Bukovesky officiating.

Friends called on Sunday, March 10, from 6:00-9:00 PM.

WV State Police: Victims In I-79 Accident Were Children Ages 12 and 14

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According to West Virginia Department of Transportation Two people died Friday, March 08, 2013 after a single car accident along Interstate 79 in Braxton County, WV.

The accident was happened about 2:00 PM in the southbound fast lane, near Frametown, WV.

West Virginia State Police says the two victims who died in a crash in were two children, ages 12 and 14.

State Police says the driver of a sport utility vehicle lost control, slid down a hill, hit several trees and landed in a ditch.

The kids were thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene.

Two other children and two adults were taken to the hospital, but are expected to be OK.

None of the children was wearing a seat belt.

West Virginia State Police said charges are pending.

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Carl Eugene Smith

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Carl Eugene Smith

Age 83, of Burnsville, WV, died March 04, 2013 at home.

He was born September 18, 1929 in Gassaway, WV a son of the late Dorsey and Roxie Boggs Smith.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by wife, MaryBelle Cole Smith; son, Carl Eugene Smith, Jr.; daughter-in-law, Donna Lynch Smith; infant daughter, Betty Smith; sisters, Jewell Short, Lucy Carr, Hapsey Morris, and Hazel Bobbett; brothers, Buhl Smith and Foster Smith.

Carl was a painting contractor and an Army of Veteran of the Korean Conflict.

He is survived by sons, Gary L. Short and wife, Becky of Newcomerstown, OH and David A. Smith and wife, Joy of Coshocton, OH; daughters, Donna “Jeanie” Dodd and husband, Jason of Newcomerstown, OH and Connie “Susie” Cumpson and husband, Pat of Cleveland, OH; sister, Ruby Forrest of Ohio; several grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Graveside service with military rites will be 1:00 PM Saturday, March 09, 2013 at Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway with Pastor Jim Criner officiating.

Friends may call from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Carlin E. Clifton

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Carlin E. Clifton

Age 88, a lifelong farmer of Little Birch, WV, passed away peacefully on March 04, 2013.

He was born the son of the late Jess E. and Ada B. Clifton.

He was also preceded in death by his sisters; Edna Stout (John Stout) and Edra Curry (Ronald Curry).

Carlin is survived by his brother; Clarence Clifton (Mary Clifton), along with many family members and friends.

The family will receive friends on Friday, March 08, 2013 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, WV.

Funeral services will be held Saturday March 09, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the funeral home.

Carlin will be laid to rest alongside his parents at the family’s private cemetery, Johns Cemetery, Little Birch, WV.

The family would like to express their gratitude and thanks to Carlin’s caregivers, Carol and Randy Rose, for the care, kindness, and friendship they provided to Carlin for many years.

Braxton County: 107-Year-Old Woman Dies

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A Braxton County woman died Sunday at the age of 107.

Lovie Crites, who was born in Hyre, WV in 1905, passed away at the Braxton County Health Care and Rehab Center in Flatwoods.

Employees at the facility said she was able to walk until two years ago.

Steve Jeffers, owner of the Greene Robertson Funeral Home in Sutton, said she didn’t look her age.

Crites, a homemaker, attended Wayside Community Church in Sutton.

A funeral will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday at Greene Robertson.

Lovie Jones Hosey Crites

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Lovie Jones Hosey Crites

Age 107, of Sutton, WV went home to be with her Lord on March 03, 2013.

She was born on September 01, 1905 in Hyre, WV, the daughter of the late John and Alice Pullin Jones.

She was member of Wayside Community Church in Sutton and a homemaker.

Lovie is preceded in death by her parents,husbands, Henry Hosey, and Gail Crites, step-father, David Perkins, step-daughter, Glenda Lea Fisher, brother Dorr Jones, half sister,Gracie Perkins McCormick, half brother, Gilbert Perkins.

Lovie was survived by her son; Burnell R. Hosey and wife Sharon of Little Birch, daughter; Doris Dean and husband Lewis of Jane Lew, grandchildren; Marty Hosey, Chelsea Hosey and Christina, Debra Walker, and Carla Walker, 6 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 07, 2013 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home in Sutton at 1:00 PM with Rev. Bobbie and Dale Harper officiating.

Burial will follow the service in the Skidmore Cemetery in Sutton, WV.

Friends may call on Wednesday from 6:00-8:00 PM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations to Wayside Community Church or Residents Activities Fund c/o Braxton Health care Center 200 Days Drive Sutton, WV 26601.

Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Wednesday 03.06.13

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Glenville State CollegeOpen
Gilmer County CourthouseOpen
Gilmer County Senior CenterOpen
Gilmer County SchoolsOpen
Braxton County SchoolsAll Closed
Calhoun County SchoolsOpen
Doddridge County Schools2-Hour Delay
Lewis County SchoolsOpen
Ritchie County SchoolsAll Closed
Barbour County SchoolsAll Closed
Clay County Schools2-Hour Delay
Harrison County SchoolsAll Closed
Nicholas County SchoolsAll Closed
Roane County SchoolsOpen
Upshur County SchoolsAll Closed
Webster County SchoolsAll Closed
Wetzel County Schools2-Hour Delay
Wirt County SchoolsOpen
Wood County SchoolsAll Closed

Please Send Us Your Closings and Delays

G-LtE™: The Good Trusting Citizens of the Mountain State

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The Good Trusting Citizens of the Mountain State,

West Virginia is a great place to have been born, to live, to raise a family.  Not many of us will dispute these facts.  Communities are made up of great neighbors, friends, and families that tend to look after each other much more than in other places in America.  The scenery, the climate, cost of living, vast recreational opportunities from rafting to fishing to railroad excursions, hunting and lots more are at every turn.

OK.  So now this question.  Why does our Great State of West Virginia remain at the bottom of nearly all economic and educational rankings?  I believe the answer reflects on the very goodness of our fellow citizens.  We are a very trusting, close knit, family oriented, mostly rural folks.  You trust your friends and neighbors.  We also trust our politicians.

We never stand back and look at the politicians with a good eye.  We trust them.  The politicians have learned this and have now for generations taken advantage of us.  We looked at them as ‘part of the family’.  We have not looked hard enough to actually evaluate what they have been doing.  We put our faith in them; they are ‘just one of us’.  Well, at one time that was the gist of it.  Somewhere along the line, these politicians, who were family and friends, discovered they could fleece us of our money, stuff their pockets with it, put all their family, friends, and cronies to work and build little empires for themselves.

So where are we now?  The state educational system is a ‘hot topic’ in Charleston as well as many other communities at present.

Do you realize West Virginia spends more dollars per student, than 95% of the other states?

Do you realize West Virginia students score at 47th in state education?

Our politicos that have controlled our West Virginia for the past 80 or so years, are really responsible for all our woes.  We trusted them and we have been taken squarely to the cleaners for giving them that trust.  They have failed the voters, most especially, with our failed education system.  We have been promised, told it will be repaired.  Myself and a lot of others do not believe it.  We think there is just more of the same old lip service and broken promises by the same old bunch.

All of these old horse incumbents that have caused the problems are now telling us they are up to fixing it?

A. Lincoln said it best:    “you can’t fool all of the people all of the time”.

Actions always speak louder than words and we can’t see anything but the same-o same-o.

We know now that Mingo County was under State Control for 12 years before they got it repaired and returned.  So how long will it take Charleston to repair the entire BOE?

Doubtful any of us alive today will live long enough to see that happen.

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Legislative Update – by – Delegate Brent Boggs - House Majority Leader - 03.04.13

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Now past the first quarter of the 2013 Legislature’s First Regular Session, both the House and Senate have passed 7 bills from their respective chambers.  Overall, there have been 1,214 bills introduced for discussion:  798 introduced in the House; 416 are in the Senate.  The four house bills include:

HB 2173 - Relating to funeral expenses for indigent persons;

HB 2314 - Authorizing a family court judge to order a child to be taken into custody in emergency situations;

HB 2477 - Permitting certain auxiliary lighting on motorcycles;

HB 2487 - Prohibiting the use of laetrile; and

HB 2505 - Increasing civil penalties imposed by the Public Service Commission for pipeline safety violations.

I was surprised by the handful of negative votes on the pipeline safety bill.  According to questions posed in debate on the floor, this generally applies to transmission lines eight inches and above. In the aftermath of the massive high pressure gas transmission line explosion and fire near Sissonville recently that destroyed homes and literally incinerated a large section of I-77, the bill would bring the fines for violations up to the same level as the federal penalties.

Budget hearings continue for the next two weeks with the following upcoming presentations:  Dept. of Commerce, School Building Authority, Public Education, Higher Education, Community and Technical Colleges, Attorney General, Supreme Court, Lottery, Agriculture, Conservation, Dept. of Transportation, Education & Arts, and Dept. of Environment Protection.  At the conclusion of these hearings, the bills will begin to move rapidly from the Finance Committee.

Last week, the Legislature posthumously honored WV State Police Corporal Marshall Bailey and Trooper Eric Workman.  As we honored their sacrifice in the line of duty, we also honored Roane County Deputy John Westfall who was wounded in the line of duty during the episode. Despite other wounds, Deputy Westfall’s life was saved by the bulletproof vest he was wearing during the gunfire exchange with the killer of our State Troopers.

Also, the ceremony called attention to the introduction of HB 2717 and SB 360.  Both bills would require that deputy sheriffs be issued ballistic vests upon completion of law-enforcement certification.  Fiscal notes estimate the cost at approximately $280,000 and ongoing costs thereafter.

I believe it would be helpful if the State instituted a grant program to assist in the initial and ongoing purchases of these to county governments.  It would be my hope that a program could be extended to city police as well.  I will monitor this measure as it moves through the system.

The time has long passed for this to be optional gear for any law enforcement officer.  Each officer should have this basic protection available.  Also, several groups, businesses and organizations are working to raise funds to assist and offset purchase costs, which are estimated at $550 to $1,000 each for modern, properly fitted vests.

On another important matter: Over the course of several legislative sessions, the Legislature has worked to responsibly reform our legal system in ways that will not unduly deter businesses from locating in our State but keeping intact the fundamental principals of fairness and for citizens’ access to the legal system when needed.  To that end, work continues, such as the 2012 creation of a Business Court docket within the circuit court system by the WV Supreme Court of Appeals to deal with business to business legal issues.  Other reforms have been enacted in recent years.

Likewise, we continue to respond to the issue by introduction of House Concurrent Resolution 44.  The bipartisan measure, sponsored by Speaker Rick Thompson, me and 14 other House colleagues, is strongly supported by the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the State Supreme Court of Appeals.  Chamber President Steve Roberts and Justice Ketchum also attended the announcement. The yearlong study will examine the current appellate rules and the effect on civil procedures.  I especially appreciate President Robert’s support of this initiative and his recognition of the reform measures enacted previously.

Finally, my congratulations to Cara Marshall on being selected the 2013 Braxton-Webster HSTA Student of the Year.  A student at BCHS and resident of Little Birch, Cara is planning to attend Marshall University this fall to major in Biology; on to medical school and plans to become a general surgeon after completing her studies.  I was proud to be joined by Senator Cann and Delegate Lynch for the presentation in the Capitol Rotunda.  Congratulations, Cara and best wishes for continued success.  You are truly a leader in school and the community.  We’re proud of you!


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: “Brent.Boggs@WVhouse.gov” .

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 www.legis.state.wv.us/.  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 www.wv.gov. 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 twitter.com/wvlegislature.

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.

Elizabeth “Libby” Cox

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Elizabeth “Libby” Cox

Age 89, of Sutton, WV passed away March 01, 2013 at Braxton Health & Rehab. Center.

She was born December 20, 1923 in Sutton, WV to the late Everett and Mamie Smallwood Facemire.

Libby was a retired nurse’s aide for Braxton Memorial Hospital and Richwood Hospital.

She is preceded in death by her parents, and a son, Randall Lee Cox.

Libby is survived by sons, Damon Cox and Keith Cox and wife Kimberly all of Sutton, daughter, Enola Cox Butler of McDowell County, WV, sister, Pauline Cutright of Sutton.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Tuesday, March 05, 2013 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Rev. Linn Schiefer officiating.

Burial will follow at Hoover Cemetery, Sutton.

Friends may call one hour prior the service at the funeral home.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbly serving the Cox family.

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James Roland Slaughter

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James Roland Slaughter

Age 74, of Napier, West Virginia passed away February 20, 2013.

He was born September 11, 1938 a son of the late James Slaughter and Beulah Jane Campbell Slaughter in Falls Mill, West Virginia.

He lived and worked in Ohio for many years then returning to West Virginia.

He was preceded in death by brothers; Dorris Slaughter, Paul Edward Slaughter and Rhondel “ Runt” Slaughter.” James is survived by his wife, Wanda Slaughter, son, Jimmy Slaughter and step-son Art Dean of North Carolina; a daughter, Carol Chapman of Ohio and step-daughter, Libby Linkliter of Rock Cave, West Virginia; sisters, Velma “Tommy” Slaughter, Falls Mill and Dorothy Rhodes, Spencer, West Virginia. He is survived by nephew Richard Slaughter of Falls Mill and two granddaughters, Melony and Jennifer Chapman.

Funeral services were held February 23, 2013 at 1:30 PM at Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, Flatwoods with Reverend Lonnie Ramsey officiating.

Burial followed in Falls Mill Cemetery, Falls Mill.

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

Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, Flatwoods is in charge of arrangements.

Betty M. Frame

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Betty M. Frame

Age 83, of Frametown, WV, died February 26, 2013.

There will be no services.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Harry Lawrence Morrison, Jr.

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Harry Lawrence Morrison, Jr.

763, of Varney, WV, passed away Thursday, February 14, 2013 at Charleston, following a lingering illness.

He was born February 25, 1939, at Sutton, WV. He was the son of the late Henry Lawrence Morrison, Sr., and Audra G. Boyce-Morrison Tingler.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Lee “Bubby” Tingler.

He was an Army Veteran serving in Korea. He was a retired manager from Flowers Baking Company.

He was a member of the Varney Baptist Church.

Henry is survived by his wife of 50 years, Loretta (McCormick) Morrison; four sons, Rodney (Linette) Morrison of Taylorville, WV; Gary Morrison of Newtown, WV; Timothy (Fawn) Morrison of Varney, WV, and Billy Morrison of Fayetteville, NC. Henry has five grandchildren, Nathaniel, Nicole, Kyle, Morgan and Amanda Morrison, and one great-grandson, Kaiden; one brother John Camden (Anna) of Sutton, WV; three sisters Doris (Jerrell) Stewart, Ann Gum, both of Sutton, WV, and Betty (Jack) Harris of Concord, OH, and several nieces and nephews. Henry made several acquaintances, both personal and professional throughout his life. He never met a stranger and will be sadly missed by all.

Services were held at 1:00 PM, Sunday, February 17, 2013, at Collins Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bill Snodgrass and Pastor Gifford Rawls officiating.

Burial followed at the Musick Cemetery.

Pallbearers were family and friends.

Collins Funeral Home at Switzer, WV, was in charge of the arrangements.

Musette Samples Berry

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Musette Samples Berry

Age 102, formerly of Sutton, West Virginia, and more recently of South Charleston, died Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at Genesis Healthcare’s Dunbar Center. She would have observed her 103rd birthday in three more months.

She was predeceased by her husband, James R. “Jimmie” Berry.

Survivors include son James Richard “Dick” Berry of Columbus, OH, daughters Nancy (Jim) Byrne of South Charleston, Carole Berry of Saint Albans, Pam Berry of Dunbar, Janet (Jim) Garrett of Manitowoc WI. She also had ten grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Musette was a graduate of Gassaway High School, and attended Glenville State College.

She spent most of her adult life in Sutton, where her late husband had a career as a public accountant. Both were heavily involved in local church, civic, fraternal, and government activities. Musette’s most important job was being a mother to five active children, but she also worked with her husband in his business in later years.

Musette enjoyed music all her life, and sang in the church choir for many years. For several years, she was director of the junior choir at Christ Church United Methodist, Sutton. She was active with her children’s activities, including helping with Girl Scouts and school projects.

In retirement, Musette and Jimmie enjoyed traveling and visiting children, grandchildren, and other relatives throughout the United States.

She will be well remembered by her family as a wonderful cook and homemaker who kept a home filled with laughter and love.

A memorial service was conducted Monday, February 25, at 3:00 PM at Christ Church United Methodist in Sutton, with Pastor Douglas W. Smailes officiating.

Cremains will be interred at Sutton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Boulevard West, Charleston, West Virginia 25387-2536.

Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium, Nitro, WV is assisting the Berry Family.

Legislative Update – by – Delegate Brent Boggs - House Majority Leader - 02.25.13

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With the first full week of the legislative session behind us, I’m writing this week from home, preparing to head back late Sunday evening for meetings.  After a week away, I really appreciated coming home to home cooking.  Jean even packed me a pan of cornbread to heat up as needed.  That’s a great care package from home.

Following the early rush of carryover bills from 2012, committees are settling in for debate on numerous bills and issues.  Governor Tomblin has begun to slowly bring out specifics of his agenda and proposals.  Meanwhile, both the House and Senate have each passed two bills for the other chamber to consider.  As of last Friday, there have been 966 bills introduced in both chambers; 609 in the House of Delegates and 357 in the Senate.

Last Wednesday, Governor Tomblin requested that House and Senate leaders join him in his office for a briefing and to announce issuance of his Executive order No. 1-13, mandating an immediate safety stand-down at all mining operations in West Virginia for at least one hour per shift over a twenty-four hour period.  His action was in response to the fourth mining fatality in two weeks, and the sixth fatal accident since November 2012.

Every shift at each deep mine, surface mine, prep plant and other operations was to meet with state inspectors, safety officials and others to “thoroughly review applicable health and safety laws and regulations, communication protocols, and any particularized safety issue apparent at their operation”, according to his executive order.

I applaud Governor Tomblin for his immediate and meaningful measure to call attention to mine safety by taking this important step.  While mining is a dangerous occupation, nothing is more important than safe operations, a safe workplace and safe work practices.  Remember the families of those involved in the recent mining tragedies.

One bill passed last week in the House was a bill I co-sponsored with the Speaker Thompson and several other members, House Bill 2471.  The bill clarifies that no person acting under the authority of the state or a political subdivision during a declared state of emergency may prohibit or restrict the otherwise lawful possession, use, carrying, transfer, transportation, storage or display of a firearm or ammunition or seize or confiscate any lawfully-possessed firearm or ammunition.  The bill passed the House unanimously.  The Legislature respects and recognizes the rights of all lawful individuals, granted by our forefathers, to keep and bear arms as stated in the 2nd Amendment.  The bill now goes to the Senate.

Late last Friday the House Judiciary Committee approved HB 2505 – a bill from Governor Tomblin that proposes hiking certain gas transmission pipeline fines per violation from $1,000 to $200,000, while the maximum civil penalty from a specific incident would increase from $200,000 to $2 million.  This is in response to the major fire that destroyed several homes and a section of I-77 north of Charleston a few weeks ago.  The bill will now be reported to the floor and up for passage sometime this week.

History Day at the Legislature is a very special annual event, with displays from all across West Virginia located throughout the Capitol rotunda.  Last Thursday, it was my honor to introduce the 2013 WV History Hero recipients in the House gallery on behalf of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.  Among the forty-eight honorees were Michael Gioulis and Kenneth John Connell.

Michael Gioulis is the leading professional and volunteer in the preservation of West Virginia’s historic buildings. He has directly helped to revitalize countless historic buildings, downtowns, and districts and, as a consultant, has assisted Main Street/ON TRAC Communities and the West Virginia Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority.  Additionally, he has been a member of the board of directors of Preservation Alliance for nearly 30 years.

Kenneth John Connell has been a dedicated student of and speaker on Civil War history for over twenty years.  A Confederate re-enactor, he annually recreates a Civil War encampment at the State Folk Festival during which he describes what life was like for infantry soldiers. Connell is a former vice president of the Gilmer County Historical Society and has been an important part of the society’s sesquicentennial program, in particular by giving an informative and emotion-packed lecture on the Civil War in Gilmer County and central West Virginia. Currently, he is the president of the Friends of Bulltown, which seeks funds for the Bulltown Historic Area in Braxton County.

On behalf of all West Virginians, we appreciate the ongoing contributions of these dedicated individuals and all our local historical societies and as they work to preserve and document our links to the past so we may better appreciate the vision, labor and sacrifices of previous generations.


How to Contact
Please send address your inquiries to the Capitol Office at: Building 1, Room 226-M, Charleston, WV 25305.  Or, call the Capitol office at 304.340.3220 or my Assistant to the Majority Leader, at 304.340.3262 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 “brent.boggs@wvhouse.gov”. You also may obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and other information from the Legislature’s web site at www.legis.state.wv.us/.  If you write or leave a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide.  Additional information, including agency links and state government phone directory may be found at www.wv.gov and on the Facebook site of the West Virginia Legislature.

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Remember to thank a veteran for their service to our nation and 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.

Frederick Edward Furst

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Frederick Edward Furst

Age 95 of Strange Creek, WV, formerly of Johnstown, PA passed away February 22, 2013 at home.

He was born March 20, 1917 in Johnstown, PA a son of the late Edward Tobias and Elizabeth Roth Furst.

He was a retired steelworker for Bethlehem Steel with 30 years of service; an Air Force veteran of WWII.

He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, Johnstown.

He enjoyed nature, gardening and woodworking.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Elizabeth Furst; brother, Edgar A. Furst; nephew, Richard Cover.

Surviving; son, Fred S. Furst of Johnstown, PA; daughter, Janet Furst of Strange Creek, WV; stepdaughter, Barbara A. Cover of Windber, PA; grandchildren, Megan E. Curtis of Oak Hill, WV, Erin M. Gentry of Herold, WV, Seth Boggs of Strange Creek, WV, Andrew S. Furst of Boulder, CO, Emmanuelle A. Furst of Boulder, CO, James S. Cover of Windber, PA and Ellen Beth Onderko of Poolesville, MD; and beloved great grandchildren.

Service will be 2:00 PM Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV with Pastor Bryon Bukovesky officiating.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

Interment will be 1:00 PM Wednesday, February 27, 2013 in the Grandview Cemetery, Johnstown, PA with Pastor Van Dyk officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family request that memorial donations be made to the American Red Cross, 113 Lakeview Drive, Charleston, WV 25313.

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

Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Friday 02.22.13

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Friday, February 22, 2013
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Gilmer County CourthouseOpen
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Glenville State College Bluegrass Band Performs Nationally and Close to Home

The Glenville State College Bluegrass Band has been on the road a lot in the past several months and plans to do the throughout this new year. Band members made appearances at numerous festivals and toured memorable locations that are all part of bluegrass history.

The band traveled to Nashville, Tennessee last summer and visited the famous Ryman Auditorium, former site of the Grand Ole Opry. While in Tennessee, GSC Bluegrass Band members stayed at the home of classic country music star Tom T. Hall and his wife Miss Dixie. They began work on recording their first CD in Hall’s studio with the assistance of GSC alumna Rebekha Long, who was the first graduate of the GSC Bluegrass Music Degree Program. The CD was released on October 23, 2012 at the annual GSC Bluegrass Concert during homecoming week and is now available for sale at the campus bookstore.

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GSC Bluegrass band members Ryan Spangenberg, Brittany McGuire, Richie Jones,
Toni Doman, Laiken Boyd, and Megan Darby at the historic Ryman Auditorium


The bluegrass band members also performed at last year’s Memorial Day celebration in Burnsville, West Virginia (Braxton County) letting them give back to a local community.

Ryan Spangenberg, a GSC senior bluegrass music major from Madison, Ohio, toured with the band last year. “Touring with the bluegrass band has been a very good opportunity for me because it demonstrates real life scenarios like those facing a professional touring band. We learned how to properly organize every aspect of a tour including transportation and budgeting living expenses for a group of musicians. I must say, overall, touring with the GSC Bluegrass Band has been a very enlightening experience,” said Spangenberg.

GSC Bluegrass Degree Program Director Megan Darby attended the Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival in Bean Blossom, Indiana last summer and spoke to attendees about the GSC Bluegrass Program. In honor of the program she was given the Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Wall of Fame board by Gary Hibbs. The board, which is over eight feet long and double-sided, was auctioned off for nearly $500 and has been signed by bluegrass legends like Earl Scruggs, Jack Cook, and Jesse McReynolds. The board is now proudly displayed in the GSC Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

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Toni Doman recording for the bluegrass band’s album


On another 2012 venture, the bluegrass band took a trip to ROMP: Bluegrass Roots and Branches Festival in Owensboro, Kentucky. That festival is hosted by the International Bluegrass Music Museum and features renowned performers such as Vince Gill and the Lonesome River Band. As a result, a partnership offering internship positions to bluegrass students at the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky is in the works and may begin as early as this summer.

Most recently, some of the band members played holiday tunes in the Grand Hall for guests staying at the Stonewall Resort (Lewis County, West Virginia). The band performed on February 7th at the Pioneer Grille restaurant in Glenville, West Virginia (Gilmer County) and will continue to perform on the first Thursday of every month through May.

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Bluegrass band members Brittany McGuire, Ryan Spangenberg, Laiken Boyd,
Richie Jones, Toni Doman, Robbie Mann, Jordan Young


“These performances in West Virginia and other states give the band members real life hands-on experience of what they are learning about in the classroom. The appearances also helped us spread the word about the Glenville State College Bluegrass Band and that GSC is home to the world’s first bluegrass music degree program,“ said Megan Darby, GSC Bluegrass Degree Program Director. Darby continued, “Our band members are also planning a ‘Home Is Where the Heart Is’ tour, which involves a performance in the hometown of each band member. The students will be responsible for planning, setting up, arranging, and advertising the events in their hometowns. We hope to have the shows’ schedule prepared by early summer.”

For more information on upcoming performances or about GSC’s Bluegrass Music Degree Program, contact Darby at “Megan.Darby@glenville.edu” or by phone at 304.462.6347.

Romaine M. Mack

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Romaine M. Mack

Age 95, of Gassaway, WV, passed away February 18, 2013 at home.

She was born February 15, 1918 in Jamestown, NY a daughter of the late Edward and Hettie Hewlett Morrison.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Mack in 2001 and all of her brothers and sisters.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed the outdoors and gardening.

Surviving; sons, Larry Mack and wife, Cora of Gassaway, Bill Mack and wife, Jo of Atlanta, GA and Ed Mack and wife, Jenny of Mercer, PA; daughter, Carolyn Thomas and husband, Lowell of Dawsonville, GA; seven grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.

The family would like to thank her caregivers for all their love and attention.

At Romaine’s request her body will be cremated.

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

James Robert May

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James Robert May

Age 56, of Akron, OH, formerly of Elmira, WV died February 14, 2013 in Akron, OH.

He was born November 21, 1956 in Cleveland, OH a son of the late Isaac Clay and Hazel June Gonder May.

He is survived by children, Tony May, James May II, Amy May, Matthew May Nicole May and Brandy May; brother, William Ballow of Duck, WV; sisters, Kathy Greer and Lorene Singleton both of Frametown, WV.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by sister, Joyce Wilkinson.

A memorial service will be held 8:00 PM Saturday, February 23, 2013 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV with Pastor John Cole Officiating.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

At Mr. May’s request his body will be cremated.

Velma L. Krafft

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Velma L. Krafft

Age 90, of 4893 Murphy’s Creek Road, Weston, WV passed away at 7:10 AM Friday, February 15, 2013 at her residence following a brief illness.

She was born March 22, 1922 in Weston, WV a daughter of the late Charles R. and Venah Joyce Kerns Skinner.

On June 06, 1941, she married Charles Dale Krafft, who passed away on September 05, 1988.

Surviving are one daughter, Mary Ann Krafft of Murphy’s Creek; one son, Donovan Krafft and wife Susan of Jane Lew; daughter- in- law Evelyn Krafft of Murphy’s Creek; three grandchildren: Charles Ray Krafft and wife Connie, Lisa Ann Davis and Jason Krafft, all of Weston; four great-grandchildren: Shane, Ciara and Zoe Davis and Charles Ray Krafft Jr; and one sister, Beulah Metz of Glenville, WV.

She was preceded in death by one son, Charles Howard Krafft, one brother, Howard Skinner, and one sister, Martha Krafft.

Mrs. Krafft retired January 22, 1985 from the Lewis County Board of Education as a cook with Central School with several years of service. She was a loving wife and mother who cherished her family most of all. She was Methodist by faith.

Friends called at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road, Jane Lew, on Sunday, February 17, 2013 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM on Monday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home with the Reverend Wease Day officiating.

Interment followed in the Krafft Cemetery in Braxton County.

Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the Krafft family.

Legislative Update – by – Delegate Brent Boggs - House Majority Leader - 02.18.13

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With a noon session last Wednesday in accordance with the West Virginia Constitution, the 2013 legislative session officially began.  Later in the evening, Governor Tomblin addressed a joint session of the Legislature, including the Board of Public Works, Supreme Court of Appeals, cabinet secretaries, a packed House gallery and a statewide radio and TV audience.  I was delighted to have Judge Facemire and Ed Given join me for the address, along with Jean.

The Governor touched on several important issues, including our economy, roads, healthcare, corrections and prison reform, drug treatment, the need for a drug-free workforce and several other important issues.  However, his remarks were overwhelmingly dominated – as expected – by education reform proposals for the upcoming session.  While his remarks only provided a conceptual overview of his agenda, we should actually receive the bills he proposes for introduction this week.  I believe both parties and both houses of the Legislature sense the need to make important changes to reverse many of the negative trends identified in the independent education audit.

The first few days of the 81st West Virginia Legislature’s 2013 regular Session has come and gone and members have been busily working to introduce and discuss pending legislation.  As of last Friday, the House of Delegates has introduced 517 bills while the Senate has introduced 192 bills for committee deliberation.

Already, the House Judiciary Committee reworked a 2012 bill that I cosponsored again this year.  House Bill 2434 relates to the compensation in the magistrate court system. Under the current code provisions, there is a two tiered salary system for magistrate court judges, assistants and their clerks and deputy clerks. The present two tiered system is based on county population and has been in effect in one form or another since the magistrate court system was created in 1976.  The current bill, submitted at the request of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, would eliminate the two tiered compensation system for magistrates and their staff, and establish uniform salaries for all of the respective positions. Most importantly the West Virginia Supreme Court has already allowed for this anticipated equalization in its proposed budget.  As many magistrates in the tier two counties have a higher caseload per magistrate and considerably longer on-duty and on-call time, it will place all on equal footing.  The bill died last year in the Senate.

This week, among the issues coming before the Legislature, we will welcome veterans for Veterans Visibility Day.  I look forward to sharing more about this special day and the activities next week.

Also, this week, presentations to the full House on studies required by legislation enacted by the Legislature during the 2011 4th Special Session, “The Horizontal Well Act” ; and 2012 regular session, HB4351 “The Mine Safety Act”.

On Tuesday, the Director of the Office of Miners Health, Safety and Training will present a study of the retention and recruitment of qualified mine inspectors, and make recommendations to the Legislature on ways to attract and retain new, qualified mine inspectors;


The Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety will report on 3 studies:

• A study of the safety of working or traveling in bleeder or gob areas of a longwall panel or pillar sections of mines where only one travelable entry in and out of the area exists;

• A study of the safety of installation of methane detection shut-off devices on machine extraction apparatus; And,

• A study of the need to expand protections for whistleblowers and other miners who refuse to work in situations they perceive as unsafe in underground mines;

The Board of Miners Training, Education and Training will present a study of the overall program of education, training and examination associated with the various miner specialties requiring certification under state law.


On Thursday February 21st at1:00 PM:

Horizontal Well Act – Two studies are to be presented by representatives of the Department of Environmental Protection and WVU, which undertook portions of the studies on:

• The impact to dwelling structures of noise, light, dust and volatile organic compounds generated by well drilling operations.

• The safety of pits and impoundments constructed and utilized in horizontal drilling operations.

Finally, thanks to Paul Summers, son of James and Wendy Summers, who paged for me and Delegate Walker last week.  Great job, Paul!


How to Contact
Please send address your inquiries to the Capitol Office at: Building 1, Room 226-M, Charleston, WV 25305.  Or, call the Capitol office at 304.340.3220 or my Assistant to the Majority Leader, at 304.340.3262 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 “brent.boggs@wvhouse.gov”. You also may obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and other information from the Legislature’s web site at www.legis.state.wv.us/.  If you write or leave a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide.  Additional information, including agency links and state government phone directory may be found at www.wv.gov and on the Facebook site of the West Virginia Legislature.

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Remember to thank a veteran for their service to our nation and 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.

Hilda Jane Loyd Reynolds

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Hilda Jane Loyd Reynolds

Psalm 116:15 “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” Hilda Jane Loyd Reynolds, our beloved mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, and friend, completed her sojourn here on earth at her home in Braxton County, WV, early in the afternoon, Friday, February 15, 2013.

Hilda was born October 02, 1918, in Exchange, WV, to the late Emory Asbury Loyd and Katie Sabina Frame Loyd.

Preceded in death by her parents as well as her firstborn child, a daughter named Martha (who passed away shortly after birth). She was also preceded in death by her late husband, Hayward F. Reynolds; and her siblings: Inez Loyd Hall, Helen Loyd Helms, Oliver Loyd, and Mae Loyd; as well as her grandson, Maxwell Anthony Reynolds.

Hilda is survived by her children: Donald H. Reynolds (wife, Sophia); Jerry A. Reynolds (wife, Patricia); Karen J. Martie (husband, William Gregory); Stephen M. Reynolds (wife, Cathleen); Maxwell E. Reynolds (wife, Sharon); and Keith F. Reynolds (wife, Sandy). Grandchildren, Beverly Renee’ Reynolds; Jerry Reynolds, Jr., Roger Reynolds, Brian Reynolds, Melonie Jane Martie, Francis “Frank” G. Martie, Melissa Jane Blankenship, Stephen Michael Reynolds, Jacob Emory Reynolds; Janna L. Grapperhaus; Donna Marie Reynolds, Tracy Lynn Reynolds. Her grandchildren: Hanna Lea Reynolds, Benjamin Lee Reynolds, Megan Leigh Diane Reynolds, Melissa and Michelle Reynolds, Elizabeth Nicole and Lila Marie Martie, Katie Lauren and Allison Brooke James, Ryan Douglas Blankenship, Lexi Jolene Blankenship, Brenton Chase Reynolds and Makayla, Abbey, Samuel, and Emma Rose Grapperhaus. Hilda is also survived by two sisters: Garnet Loyd Carr Winkler of Lake Milton, OH and Wilma Loyd Chandler of Clendenin, WV as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

All her life Hilda much preferred working outdoors (she was a great marksman-pesky critters and wild game were her targets). She also loved and grew many flowers and yearly vegetable gardens. She made and canned apple butter, jellies, vegetables, fruits and meats. For many years she and her husband, Hayward, raised hogs and made sausage, smoked hams and sides of bacon. They sold these products to help provide for their family. They tended their bee hives, grew yearly fields of sweet corn, cantaloupes, watermelons, and strawberries (marketing much of this produce). She was an accomplished seamstress-making clothes for her family and herself and over the years, she also made embroidered items, as well as a multitude of quilts. Hilda was a wonderfully unique and remarkable person, a good neighbor and friend. Her quiet, loving, nonjudgmental wisdom was a blessing to her family. Although she never complained her life often was not easy but, oh, what a difference it has made!

Dear Heavenly Father, we are grateful to You for blessing us with this wonderful daughter of Yours and we understand that she now, being absent from her body, is present with the Lord (II cor. 5:1-8).

She did receive Jesus as her Savior and Lord and was baptized in the Elk River in September of 1977 as a testimony to the world of her faith in Him. Father God, in the name of Jesus, we relinquish her to Your eternal loving care and pray that one day we all may join her there with You. Amen.

Service will be 1:00 PM Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Bryon Bukovesky officiating.

Burial will be in the Reynolds Family Cemetery, Gassaway.

Friends may call from 6:00 to 9:00 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.

Patty Jean “PJ” Brosius

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Patty Jean “PJ” Brosius

Age 10, passed away February 14, 2013 after a short illness.

She was born on November 19, 2002 to Christa Brosius of Gassaway, WV and Jeramy Brosius of Weston, WV.

PJ was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather; Charles Brown, great grandparents; Carl and Auda Davis of Sutton, paternal great grandmother; Mary Craig.

In addition to her parents she is survived by her brothers, Bobby (Bobo) McDivitt, Ben (Bubbub) McDivitt, maternal grandparents, Shirley Brown of Frametown and Gary Welch of Cowen, paternal grandparents Patty and Gary Craig of Clarion, PA, Tim Brosius of Punxsutawney, PA. Also surviving are several aunts, uncles and cousins and very special friends in her life, John (Poppy) Mollohan, Dave and Cathy Hardesty and her very special loving and devoted dog Sicilly.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Monday February 18, 2013 at Hope Baptist Church, Frametown, WV with the Rev. Rich Demastus officiating.

Burial will follow at Boggs Cemetery, Sutton, WV.

Friends may call 6:00-8:00 PM Sunday February 17, 2013 at the church.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbly serving the Brosius family.

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