CommunityConcerns™: Minnie Hamilton, Will GC Bond Money Expand Waco Center’s Health Services

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Gilmer County citizens appreciate access to Minnie Hamilton (MH) health care in Glenville. Going there prevents the necessity of long and costly trips. What is troubling is secrecy involving what MH plans after its move to the Waco Center (WC). When the WC was being touted, citizens were told that services would be expanded there to include 24/7 access to health care.

The concern about what is going to happen next is important to the community because MH’s officials have remained silent. All details about MH’s operations at the WC originate from GSC’s officials. That is troublesome because they have no authority whatsoever to make commitments for MH.  Uncertainty surrounding MH’s move to the WC reminds us of recent years when citizens were assured that when the prison would be built in Gilmer County our economic problems would cease. We know what that promise got us. More businesses have failed, the County’s population has declined, our school system is under State intervention without any local oversight, we have more economic blight evidenced by greater numbers of abandoned and dilapidated buildings throughout the County, we have a worsening epidemic of crime including drug dealing, and GSC has economic troubles with rumors that it is uncertain if its upcoming payments on borrowed bond money, authorized by our County Commissioners, can be met.  Moody’s, a world renowned credit rating company, downgraded the quality of the bonds to Ba2, speculative with significant credit risk. The response from GSC was to discredit Moody’s analysis.

With promises of economic prosperity looming when the new federal prison was being promoted, citizens were told that a new jet airport with expensive housing was going in at the mouth of Cedar Creek to cause even more money to pour into the County. Rumors were spread that high performance aircraft would be built at the site, and it could become another Area 51 for the Nation’s high technology defense establishment. There was news too that billionaire Boone Pickens was going to develop an oil and gas theme park in the County to boost our economy. All hype about new economic prosperity was fabricated.

What is next? The best choice would be for MH’s officials to disclose official plans for future health care at the WC, and to prohibit GSC’s officials from distributing their version.  GSC’s severe public relations problem worsened after our County Commissioners approved the County’s bond issue to build Goodwin Hall. There were assurances from GSC that the new hall was needed to accommodate booming enrollment and Pickens Hall could not house all the new students.  An enrollment surge did not materialize and Pickens Hall is empty to suggest that Goodwin Hall was not needed for increased enrollments.

The issue of additional bonds for the WC by our County Commissioners, with GSC’s promise of increased health care with use of the money, concerns citizens. Is there any wonder that many citizens suspect that the real explanation for MH’s move into the WC is a creative way by GSC to get rent money to help lessen its money woes?

American Legion to Set Up Veterans Crisis Center in West Virginia

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The American Legion is sending a team of its experts to West Virginia to assist veterans in filing benefits claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs, and in gaining access to medical care at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, W.V.

Members of The American Legion’s System Worth Saving Task Force will hold a town hall meeting and set up a Veterans Crisis Command Center for local veterans and family members affected by delays in getting access to VA health care, or in getting their benefits claims adjudication.

The town hall meeting is scheduled for 7:00 PM on Monday, August 04, 2014 at American Legion Post 31 on 76 Bridge Street in Shinnston, WV.

The meeting is open to the general public and local veterans are encouraged to attend, especially those affected by wait-time delays.

The American Legion will also set up a Veterans Crisis Command Center at Post 31 on August 05-06, 2014.

Members of the Legion’s national staff, along with local Legionnaires, staff from VA facilities and volunteers from other organizations will be on hand to assist veterans and their families.

Services provided will include assistance in filing for VA appointment scheduling, grief counseling, benefits claims, and help with enrollment in VA health care.

Operating hours for the crisis center at Post 31 are Noon to 8:00 PM on August 05. 2014 and 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM on August 06, 2014.

The American Legion, with help from the VA and other organizations, has been operating week-long crisis centers for veterans and family members since early June in Phoenix, Fayetteville, NC, El Paso, Texas, St. Louis and Fort Collins, Colorado; another crisis center will open this week in Baltimore.

The Legion plans to operate such centers throughout the summer in several other cities.

7 Historical Facts That Completely Challenge What You Think You Know About The World

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Just when you think you understand how the world works, you learn…

1. The swastika was actually a symbol of good—until the Nazis got ahold of it.

The swastika has been around for over 3,000 years and commonly symbolized goodness and luck, up until its use by the Nazis in Germany. The now reviled image was used by cultures all over the world, including early Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and even Native Americans.

In more recent history, the swastika was still prominent just before the rise of the Nazi party. A few American uniforms featured the symbol in World War I, Coca Cola used it in advertising and, as seen above in this picture of the Edmonton Swastikas, sports teams even took its name. The Nazis deeply complicated the swastika’s long existence as a symbol for good, and looking back upon its thousands of years of prominence in cultural history can yield some results that appear incredibly strange with contemporary eyes. To salvage the image, it has been proposed that the clockwise version of the swastika should represent evil while counterclockwise would represent goodness.

2. Drunk debates were once a key aspect of any important decision-making process.

Perhaps you don’t have to be Don Draper to believe in the necessity of alcohol at the work place. When famous Greek historian Herodotus, travelled to Persia around 450 B.C., he found a culture that deeply valued the wisdom that comes while being drunk. The Persians he encountered would make sure that particularly important arguments were debated both while sober and drunk, as only ideas that made sense in both states were truly worthwhile. This process went both ways: Arguments originally had while drunk would be debated again the next day in soberness, and dry arguments would be followed up with discussions over wine.

C.S. Lewis expanded upon this idea in his “Letters to Malcolm,“ when he wrote:

I know this is the opposite of what is often said about the necessity of keeping all emotion out of our intellectual processes – ‘you can’t think straight unless you are cool.‘ But then neither can you think deep if you are.  I suppose one must try every problem in both states.  You remember that the ancient Persians debated everything twice: once when they were drunk and once when they were sober.

3. The Olympic Games used to award medals for art.

Maybe artists deserve varsity jackets, too. From 1912 to 1948, the Olympics held competitions in the fine arts, with medals being awarded for architecture, literature, music, painting and sculpture. The art produced was required to be Olympics-themed, so gold-winning pieces had names like, “Knockdown” and “Étude de Sport.“ The first winning work of literature was actually written by the founder of the modern Olympics, Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin, who supposedly wrote the piece, “Ode to Sport,“ under a pseudonym.

According to Frédy, adding an arts component to the modern Olympics was necessary because the ancient Greeks used to hold art festivals alongside the games. Over the years, dancing, film, photography and theatre were all proposed as additional events, but none of these ever became medal categories. In total, 151 medals were awarded before the Olympics removed the art competitions in favor of requiring host cities to provide cultural events to accompany the games.

4. Pink wasn’t always a girl’s color and blue a boy’s color—in fact, it was once the other way around.

The distinction of blue for boys and pink for girls didn’t take full hold until the middle of the 20th century. Many people already know that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt wore dresses as a child, but this was common practice for the time. Children would wear gender neutral, mostly white clothing that was easy to bleach clean, and wouldn’t get haircuts until around the age of six or seven. It wasn’t until department stores started marketing gender-specific colors that parents began to worry about making sure their children were wearing the “right” outfits.

Even when mass marketing began, the messages were mixed. The trade publication “Earnshaw’s Infants’ Department” featured an article suggesting, “the generally accepted rule is pink for the boys, and blue for the girls. The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger color, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.”

5. English was once a language for “commoners,“ while the British elites spoke French.

Despite the severity with which some contemporary English-speakers vehemently attack “incorrect” uses of the language, English used to belong to the people. In the formative years of the language, it was only spoken by “commoners,“ while the English courts and aristocracy mostly spoke in French. This was due to the Norman Invasion of 1066 and caused years of division between the “gentlemen” who had adopted the Anglo-Norman French and those who only spoke English. Even the famed King Richard the Lionheart was actually primarily referred to in French, as Richard “Coeur de Lion.“

To further mess with your preconceptions about the English language, the “British accent” was actually created after the Revolutionary War, meaning contemporary Americans sound more like the colonists and British soldiers of the 18th century than contemporary Brits. Of course, accents vary greatly by region, but the “BBC English” or public school English accent (which sounds like Austin Powers) didn’t come about until the 19th century and was originally adopted by people who wanted to sound fancier.

6. Money was once designed to discourage people from having too much of it.

Perhaps having quick and easy money isn’t truly in our best interests. According to Greek historian Plutarch, in his “Life of Lycurgus,“ the Spartans used long and heavy iron rods as their currency in hopes that it would discourage them from pursuing large amounts of wealth. This unusual currency was called “obeloi” and was supposedly so cumbersome that carrying multiple rods would require oxen.

A couple other things that might change the way you think about contemporary money: American presidents weren’t originally supposed to be on the nation’s currency, as that was seen as a practice of monarchies. Also, the idea civilizations relied on established barter systems before the rise of physical currency is probably incorrect. People may have traded things, but one of the only well-known bartering practices was more of a bonding and sex ritual between tribes in Northern Australia called the dzamalag.

7. A good night of sleep used to mean waking up sometime in the middle.

Are we sleeping all wrong? According to growing research about sleeping habits before the 20th century, people didn’t always sleep in one long block, but would briefly wake up in the middle to split the slumber into two sessions. During this time, people would reportedly engage in all sorts of activities, with the more scholarly using the time to read and write, while couples might spend the break having sex.

The two-part sleeping pattern was the product of people going to bed much earlier before the invention of electricity, which meant the world actually went dark when the sun set. For those who assumed candles were regularly lit at night before electric lights, historian Craig Koslofsky points out in his book, “Evening’s Empire,“ that we tend to overestimate their importance. He writes, “even the wealthy, who could afford candlelight, had better things to spend their money on. There was no prestige or social value associated with staying up all night.“

Contemporary society seems to have adjusted to the single session of sleep, but that doesn’t mean the transition has been entirely smooth. It has been suggested that those who consistently wake up in the middle of the night and have trouble falling back asleep, may simply have bodies that yearn for the way we used to operate.

Bonus Legend: Tickling may have been used as torture.

This one may be more of a legend, but still, tickling is not funny, dammit! It was apparently used as a form of torture during the Han Dynasty, as captives would recover quickly and no physical signs of abuse were left on the body. The ancient Romans may have also used tickle torture, where a goat would be brought in to lick the captive’s feet.

Although there is only shaky evidence that either of these modes of torture were actually employed, there appear to have been cases in which severe tickling was deemed abuse in more contemporary times.

~~  Todd Van Luling ~~

G-Fin™: U.S. Private Sector Adds 218,000 Jobs in July

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U.S. companies hired 218,000 workers in July, marking four straight month of private job growth above 200,000, but the figure fell short of what analysts projected and the previous month’s level, a report by a payrolls processor released on Wednesday showed.

Private job gains in June were 281,000, which was the strongest reading since November 2012.

Economists had forecast that the ADPNational Employment Report would show a gain of 230,000 jobs. The report is jointly developed with Moody’s Analytics.

U.S. companies slowed the expansion of their payrolls from June’s blistering pace with goods-producing firms adding 16,000 jobs compared with 43,000 in June.

Jobs in professional and business services increased by 61,000 in July, down from 79,000 in June, while positions in the trade/transportation/utilities category grew by 52,000 versus 56,000 in June.

Four Lessons From Early Education

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Educators and policymakers are grappling with how to better serve academically at-risk children at a time when data show the stubborn persistence of academic achievement gaps.

Many in K-12 schooling want change and are scouring the learning landscape for thoughtful guidance. They might be surprised to find important lessons from an unexpected source: early-childhood education.

High-quality early education is increasingly valued for its capacity to help children—especially those struggling to attain proficiency on state standards—to arrive at kindergarten ready to learn and more likely to garner the skills necessary to succeed. Children who attend high-quality early-education programs score higher on tests of school readiness, are less likely to need special education services, and are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college. These benefits accrue to all children who attend high-quality early-education programs, with low-income, African-American, and Latino children usually showing the greatest gains. Elementary and secondary educators increasingly see early education as essential to success.

As partnerships are forged and support for early education grows, K-12 will discover that the early-childhood field has figured out important keys to effectively serving children who are academically at risk. Beyond the benefits tied to intervening early in a child’s developmental trajectory, the early-learning field has strengths which, if adapted for elementary and secondary education, could help more K-12 schools improve long-term outcomes for high-needs children and accelerate the narrowing of achievement gaps.

Here are four lessons that elementary and secondary education could draw from the early-childhood sector as leaders seek to build P-16 systems and reimagine schools capable of helping all children attain the skills they need to succeed in the 21st-century economy and society.

Expand the mission. In high-quality early-childhood-education settings, the mission is to serve children and their families. This mission takes different forms in each community, but the federal Head Start program, which serves low-income, at-risk children across the nation, is illustrative: Head Start emphasizes developing relationships with families to support parents as their child’s first teacher and promote positive parent-child interactions.

This type of family engagement includes partnering with families to set goals and expectations, sharing information about child development, and supporting family participation in activities or services that promote healthy child development and learning. The aim is to build family capacity and foster the skills, habits, and resources families need to successfully support their children. Research shows lasting effects of these efforts on low-income parents’ interactions with their children, including reading regularly, engaging in math activities, and venturing to cultural institutions that support student learning.

Critically, this approach emphasizes strengthening rather than substituting for families. It shifts away from schools’ assuming core family functions to helping parents and guardians be effective family members, teachers, advocates, and role models for their children whenever possible. Similar engagement efforts in K-12, tailored to the needs of older children and their families, could yield important results.
The early-learning field has strengths which, if adapted for elementary and secondary education, could help more K-12 schools improve long-term outcomes for high-needs children.

Facilitate access to comprehensive services and other resources. In some states, every early-childhood program, whether in the public or private sector, is connected to resources and supports that are critical to the healthy development of children and their families. In Massachusetts, for example, programs are supported by a statewide network of Coordinated Family and Community Engagement grantees that help connect families to local educational, social, health, and mental-health resources.

Structures that scaffold teaching, focused on comprehensive services or other resources that support student learning, serve as the connective tissue between educational and external resources. Similar structures in K-12 would better align resources inside and outside of schools, support administrators and educators, and improve the ability of children and their families to access resources critical to learning and healthy development.

Cultivate all domains of child development. Educating the “whole child” is the linchpin of early-childhood pedagogy and refers to fostering growth across five domains of human development: cognitive, language, social, emotional, and physical. As a result, early-childhood teachers are overt about their role in developing character skills. Imbedded concepts like “wait your turn,” “use your words,” or “try again” are the precursors of delayed gratification, effective communication, and grit—all traits linked to positive academic and social outcomes.

Early-childhood teachers also emphasize curiosity and creativity. In the face of increasing academic standards and preschool-through-3rd-grade curriculum alignment, they have sought to protect student-directed learning, experiential education, and an emphasis on discovery and problem-solving. High-quality early-childhood curricula pursue academic concepts and materials through hands-on experiences designed to engage and motivate children to learn. By contrast, in too many K-12 schools, higher standards and prescriptive approaches to pedagogy have combined to extinguish the joys of learning and teaching.

Early educators are helped by policymakers who favor assessments that reflect a complexity of pedagogic purpose, making more room for a child’s natural curiosity and creativity, and the intentional development of social-emotional and character skills. Policymakers in elementary and secondary education are beginning to explore this direction. The National Governors Association has convened six states to create and pilot assessments across the birth-to-3rd-grade continuum that reflect a whole-child approach. Assessments in K-12 could eventually embrace a more holistic and engaging approach to education for all children.

Incentivize and support educational quality. States are providing incentives for improving the quality of early-childhood programs and supporting capacity-building at the program and classroom levels, where it matters most. Nearly 40 states, including Delaware, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania, have developed statewide systems that define educational quality across a diverse array of program structures and philosophies, leaving broad latitude to educators and program directors. These standards draw from academic research on effective education and typically include assessments of pedagogy accompanied by targeted professional development and differentiated technical and financial assistance to support educators and administrators in the delivery of positive early-learning experiences.

In addition, many states are improving teacher preparation. It may seem counterintuitive that early childhood has anything to teach K-12 about teacher quality. Only 35 percent of center-based educators have earned four-year college degrees. But in early childhood, unlike K-12, state policymakers have required current and aspiring teachers to attain higher levels of academic achievement and taken the lead to identify and support research-based professional development and practice through coordinated statewide delivery systems.

The corollary in elementary and secondary education is to allow the research on teacher quality, and the lessons we glean from teacher-induction and -preparation requirements in high-performing countries like Finland, to embolden us to raise expectations and build supporting delivery systems that help teachers and administrators best serve our children and bring our education system into the 21st century.

As education reformers confront the opportunities and limitations of the standards and accountability era of education reform and think anew about what more is needed to close the achievement gaps, early-childhood education may offer guidance that educators and policymakers across the P-16 continuum can use to better develop the potential of every child.

~~  Joan Wasser Gish - Serves on the Massachusetts Board of Early Education and Care ~~

West Virginia’s Latest News - 08.01.14

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Police in Charleston have charged a mother and a nanny after a 6-year-old girl was found in a boarded-up home infested with roaches and bed bugs.

A criminal complaint in Kanawha County Magistrate Court says officers saw no food in the home for the girl, whose clothes were dirty and had bugs crawling in them. She has been placed in the care of Child Protective Services.

Officers went to the home on the city’s west side after receiving a complaint about possible drug activity in the area.

Officers found Jessica McClure asleep in the home. McClure described herself as a live-in nanny. The girl’s mother, Kathryn Smith, was working at the time. Both are charged with child neglect creating the risk of injury.


Supermarket chain Kroger is tightening monthly purchase limits of cold medications that contain pseudoephedrine at its West Virginia stores.

The new limits at Kroger’s 40 pharmacies in the state will be effective in the coming weeks and are more restrictive than those under West Virginia law. Kroger didn’t follow the lead of some competitors that barred sales of cold medications that have pseudoephedrine as their only active ingredient.

“Single-ingredient (pseudoephedrine) is a legal and effective medication that customers with legitimate health needs want to be able to purchase,“ Kroger spokesman Carl York said Wednesday.

Kroger customers next month will be allowed to buy no more than 3.6 grams per month of cold medications containing pseudoephedrine. West Virginia law allows people to purchase 7.2 grams per month.

CVS in July announced it will no longer sell medications that solely contain pseudoephedrine at its 50 West Virginia stores and at 40 stores in neighboring states that are within 15 miles of the West Virginia border. Rite Aid, Fruth Pharmacy and Walgreens also have stopped selling single-ingredient pseudoephedrine cold products in West Virginia.

Kroger pharmacies sold more than 40,000 boxes of cold medications with pseudoephedrine last year, behind Walmart, Rite Aid and CVS.

Pseudoephedrine also is used to illegally manufacture methamphetamine. Police seized 207 meth labs across the state over the first half of this year. Law enforcement agencies seized a record 530 meth labs in 2013.

A bill that would have required a prescription to buy pseudoephedrine died on the final night of this year’s regular session after time ran out on an agreement between the House and the Senate.

York said Kroger has urged state officials to establish uniform rules to regulate pseudoephedrine purchases because the various drug store chains have different inventory policies.

“In the long-term, a voluntary approach is far less effective as it creates confusion for West Virginia customers who use these products to meet their health and wellness needs.“


West Virginia officials are telling college students to look through the state’s surplus property to save money on furniture or a used car.

The West Virginia State Agency for Surplus Property says its facility in Dunbar is a valuable resource for students on a tight budget.

Officials say they recently received a supply of furniture from Canaan Valley State Resort, including chairs, dressers, tables and nightstands. The agency also says it has a large assortment of vehicles on its lot.

All property is sold in “as is, where is” condition.

Movie Review: ‘Le Chef’ - Absurdity Fills The Menu

The more seasoned of the two skillet wizards who become friends and co-workers in “Le Chef” is known for meals that are well-crafted but old-fashioned. That also describes this predictable French comedy, which is amiable but far from piquant. While Alexandre Lagarde (Jean Reno) researches new ideas for his spring menu, director and co-writer Daniel Cohen serves up the cinematic equivalent of beef bourguignon.

Alexandre, who runs a three-star Paris restaurant named for himself, has a problem. The critics want the gimmicky new style known as molecular gastronomy, with ordinary foodstuffs tricked into bizarre forms. So does his callow young boss (Julien Boisselier), who inherited his father’s control of the restaurant, Cargo Lagarde.

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For Jacky Bonnot (Michael Youn), a Lagarde devotee, the challenge seems to be simpler. All he needs to do is hold a job — any job — to support girlfriend Beatrice (Raphaelle Agogue) and their imminent baby. But Jacky, who has only ever worked at diner-style eateries, can’t help turning out haute cuisine, and is inevitably fired. Even when he takes a gig as a painter at an upscale senior citizens home, he is drawn to tinker in the kitchen.

Inevitably, Alexandre visits a friend at the facility, where he discovers that Jacky has prepared a fine version of one of the three-star chef’s recipes. So Alexandre offers Jacky an unpaid tryout at Cargo Lagarde, which the younger man can hardly refuse. But neither can Jacky tell Beatrice that he just quit a paying job for a salary-free internship.

After evoking only warm smiles in its first half, “Le Chef” ultimately veers into farce. Jacky invites an eccentric Spanish chef to demonstrate his techniques, using liquid nitrogen and ducks he poached from a Paris park. (This infamy returns in a throwaway after-the-credits gag.) Then Alexandre and Jacky dress as a cartoonish Japanese couple — a samurai and a geisha — for a covert meal at a rival’s absurdly trendy restaurant. Even viewers who are amused by national stereotypes will likely squirm through this clumsy scene.

The film’s payoff is about as novel as a scoop of lemon sorbet. Alexandre’s style of cooking, lightly refreshed, is sure to triumph in the end. But while the movie spends most of its time in the kitchen, its moral is that chefs should budget more hours for home. Alexandre comes to realize he’s neglected his college-age daughter (Salomé Stévenin), and Jacky must make things right with Beatrice.

And if that means scurrying to the maternity ward with an engagement ring — well, it’s not just the food in “Le Chef” that upholds tradition.

Jenkins is a freelance writer.

★ ★

PG-13. Contains obscenity. In French, Spanish, Japanese and English with subtitles. 84 minutes.

Sports Brief - 08.01.14

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►   SEAHAWKS’ LYNCH ENDS WEEKLONG HOLDOUT:  Marshawn Lynch has ended his holdout after a week.

The Seattle Seahawks running back reported to training camp Thursday afternoon despite not receiving any extra money on the four-year extension he signed in 2012, according to reports. reported Lynch, who had been holding out since the Seahawks started camp last Friday, was expected to receive some financial concessions on the deal. He is in the third year of the four-year, $30 million pact.

Lynch, 28, has played for the Seahawks for the past four seasons, culminating in the franchise’s first Super Bowl title in February.

In 2011, he became the first Seahawks player to rush for 1,000 yards since Shaun Alexander in 2005. He has cracked at least the 1,200-yard mark in each of the last three years, rushing for 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns this past season.

Lynch was videotaped after arriving to camp wearing a hooded sweat shirt with “BEAST MODE”—his nickname—written across the front in neon letters.

According to, he was seeking more guaranteed money or more money up front on the deal that will pay him $5 million this season and $5.5 million in the final year of his extension in 2015.

The site said Lynch had racked up $500,000 in fines over his holdout, money that can be waived by the Seahawks.

►   RICE SAYS ACTIONS WERE ‘INEXCUSABLE’:  Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice addressed the media Thursday for the first time since the announcement of his two-game suspension for allegedly assaulting his then-fiancee.

“My actions that night were totally inexcusable,“ said Rice, alluding to the February incident between him and his now-wife Janay Palmer.

Surveillance video posted online by showed Rice lifting a motionless Palmer out of an Atlantic City casino elevator and onto the floor.

Rice was arrested and charged with simple assault-domestic violence.

In May, Rice was accepted into a pretrial intervention program that allowed him to avert prosecution and avoid serving any time in jail. The charges against him will be expunged from his record upon successful completion of the one-year program.

“That night I just replay over and over in my head. That’s not me,“ Rice said. “My actions were inexcusable.“

He also talked about the “pain” of having to explain what happened to their daughter.

Rice played in 15 games last season and tallied 660 yards and four touchdowns on 214 carries while adding 321 yards receiving. Over his career, the three- time Pro Bowl selection has rushed for 6,180 yards and 37 touchdowns and caught 369 passes for 3,034 yards and six scores.

►   RICE Ravens DE Urban tears ACL:  Baltimore Ravens rookie defensive end Brent Urban will miss the upcoming season due to a torn ACL in his right knee.

Head coach John Harbaugh disclosed the injury to Urban, who was hurt in Wednesday’s practice when being blocked by right tackle Jah Reid.

A fourth-round draft pick from Virginia, Urban would have likely played behind starter Chris Canty.

►   COLTS PLACE G THOMAS ON IR:  Indianapolis Colts guard Donald Thomas will miss the upcoming 2014 season after re-injuring his right quadriceps during Wednesday’s practice.

Head coach Chuck Pagano confirmed to reporters on Thursday that Thomas will be put on season-ending injured reserve.

Thomas, who signed a four-year, $14 million contract with the Colts in March of 2013, started the first two games at left guard last season before tearing the same quadriceps and missing the remainder of the campaign.

The seventh-year pro has made 23 career starts and played in 45 overall games, having had stints with Miami, Detroit and New England before joining the Colts.

Rookie Jack Mewhort, Indianapolis’ second-round pick in this year’s draft, was taking the majority of first-team reps at left guard following Thomas’ injury.

►   FALCONS DT JERRY RETIRES:  The Atlanta Falcons announced Thursday that defensive tackle Peria Jerry has decided to retire.

Jerry was coming off his best season. He started 14 games last year and recorded 33 tackles and 3 1/2 sacks.

The 29-year-old Jerry was selected by the Falcons in the first round (24th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. He totaled 67 tackles and 5 1/2 sacks over 64 career games with Atlanta.


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►   PAYING THE PRICE: TIGERS LAND RAYS LEFTY:  Add one more former American League Cy Young Award winner to the Detroit Tigers’ star-studded rotation.

Capping a frenetic trade-deadline day that saw several other prominent hurlers changing teams, the Tigers have acquired David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays in a blockbuster three-team swap that also includes the Seattle Mariners.

To obtain the 2012 AL Cy Young Award recipient, the Tigers sent pitcher Drew Smyly and shortstop prospect Willy Adames to the Rays. Tampa Bay also received infielder Nick Franklin from the Mariners, who got center fielder Austin Jackson from Detroit.

The stunning five-player deal ended months of speculation regarding the future of Price, a free agent following the 2015 season whom the small-market Rays were certain not to be able to retain. However, with Tampa Bay just 5 1/2 games behind for the AL’s second Wild Card spot and having recorded the best record in the majors since June 11, many in the industry believed the team would hold on to its ace through the season to make a playoff push.

One of the game’s premier pitchers over the last five seasons, Price amassed an 82-47 overall record with the Rays and tops the majors with 189 strikeouts in 2014. His best season came in 2012, when the 2007 No. 1 overall pick went 20-5 with a league-best 2.56 ERA and 205 strikeouts to edge out now-teammate Justin Verlander for the Cy Young Award.

An All-Star for the fourth time in 2014, Price owns an 11-8 record with a 3.11 ERA in 23 starts this season.

“David has been an important part of the Rays franchise and the winning tradition we have established during his Rays career. I can’t thank him enough for his contributions to the organization these past eight years, and we will clearly miss him,“ Rays owner Stuart Sternberg said in a statement. “These are difficult decisions we are forced to confront. Our fans have come to understand that reality, just as our organization has learned to operate with the challenges posed by the economic model and the growing disparity in our sport.“

The AL Central-leading Tigers targeted Price to combat Oakland’s acquisition of standout lefty Jon Lester from Boston earlier on Thursday. The 28-year-old joins a deep and talented Detroit starting corps that also contains 2013 Cy Young honoree Max Scherzer, the 2011 winner in Verlander as well as right- handers Anibal Sanchez and Rick Porcello.

Detroit did part ways with a quality everyday player in Jackson, a .277 career hitter who will be counted on to boost a Seattle offense that presently ranks last in the AL in runs scored. The 27-year-old has twice led the AL in triples and averaged nine home runs, 47 RBI and 16 steals since breaking into the majors in 2010.

Smyly gives the Rays a young and controllable starter who has had a solid season, producing a 6-9 record with a 3.77 ERA over 20 appearances (17 starts). The lefty is coming off a career-high 11-strikeout performance against the Angels this past Saturday.

The 18-year-old Adames was rated as the No. 3 prospect in the Tigers’ system by and was the youngest position player in the Class A Midwest League this season. He was hitting .269 with six homers, 50 RBI and 12 triples at the time of the trade.

Franklin hit 12 homers in 102 games as a rookie with Seattle last season but has struggled mightily at the major league level in 2014, going 6-for-47 at the plate in 17 games. The former first-round pick was considerably better in Triple-A, hitting .294 with nine homers, 47 RBI and a .392 on-base percentage for Tacoma of the Pacific Coast League.


The Oakland Athletics swung a deal to bolster an already stacked rotation, acquiring Boston lefty Jon Lester hours before Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline.

The AL West leaders also got outfielder Jonny Gomes and cash from the Red Sox in exchange for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

Boston also received Oakland’s 2015 competitive balance draft pick.

After already acquiring Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs this summer, the A’s continued to strengthen their pitching staff with the addition of Lester.

Lester, 30, was pulled from his scheduled start on Wednesday amid the swirling trade talks. He had a 10-7 record with a 2.52 ERA in 21 outings this season.

With aspirations of winning a World Series title, Oakland added a player in Lester who has flourished pitching in October. He has a career postseason ERA of 2.11 and won two rings during his time in Boston.

For the 33-year-old Gomes, he will begin a second stint with the A’s as he was on the 2012 squad. He is batting .234 with six home runs and 32 RBI over 78 games this season.

The Red Sox landed a power bat in the 28-year-old Cespedes. The two-time defending Home Run Derby champ has hit .256 with 17 homers and 67 RBI in 101 games this year.

►   A’S SHIP MILONE TO TWINS:  The Oakland Athletics continued to wheel and deal on Thursday, as they shipped lefty Tommy Milone to the Minnesota Twins for outfielder Sam Fuld.

This, of course, comes on the heels of Oakland acquiring lefty Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Boston Red Sox earlier in the day for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

Milone had already been the odd man out in the A’s rotation following their acquisitions of right-handers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs back in early July.

He was sent to Triple-A Sacramento shortly after the A’s made the trade with the Cubs. He went 6-3 with a 3.55 ERA in 16 starts for the A’s.

Fuld, meanwhile, started the year in Oakland, but was waived shortly after the start of the season. He was picked up by Minnesota and hit .274 in 53 games for the Twins after managing just six hits in 30 at-bats for the A’s.

He’ll likely platoon in left field with Gomes.


The St. Louis Cardinals acquired veteran starter John Lackey, pitching prospect Corey Littrell and cash considerations from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for two players ahead of Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline.

Heading from St. Louis to Boston are outfielder/first baseman Allen Craig and pitcher Joe Kelly.

The Cards are getting a two-time World Series winner (Angels in 2002, Red Sox in 2013) in Lackey, who has gone 11-7 with a 3.60 earned run average over 21 starts for the AL East cellar dwellers.

The 35-year-old right-hander accumulated 47 wins with Boston, and carries a career mark of 149-114 with a 4.02 ERA, 17 complete games and eight shutouts over 345 games—all but one of those starts—since breaking into the majors 12 years ago.

Craig, 30, is a veteran of five major league seasons, all with St. Louis. In 2014, he has batted .237 with seven home runs, 17 doubles and 44 RBI over 97 contests.

Kelly is in the thick of his third MLB campaign. He was 10-5 with a 2.69 ERA over 37 games (15 starts) last season, and has pitched to a 2-2 record and 4.37 ERA in just seven starts this year. Kelly did not take the mound from April 16 to July 11 due to a bothersome hamstring injury.

►   O’S ACQUIRE MILLER IN RED SOX’ FIRE SALE:  The Boston Red Sox continued Thursday’s trade-deadline roster purge by sending highly-coveted reliever Andrew Miller to division-rival Baltimore in exchange for pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez.

The move comes after the 2013 World Series champions pulled off a pair of blockbuster trades earlier in the day. Boston shipped staff ace Jon Lester along with outfielder Jonny Gomes to Oakland for All-Star slugger Yoenis Cespedes, then moved veteran hurler John Lackey to St. Louis for outfielder/first baseman Allen Craig and right-hander Joe Kelly.

Miller, a free agent at season’s end, had emerged as one of the most sought- after bullpen arms at the deadline with a dominant first half. The hard- throwing lefty has allowed just 25 hits while striking out 69 batters over 42 1/3 innings of work this season.

The 29-year-old also was a key contributor to last year’s championship run for Boston, posting a 2.64 ERA over 37 appearances and fanning 48 in 30 2/3 innings pitched.

Since becoming a full-time reliever in 2012, Miller has averaged 13.3 strikeouts per nine innings.

Rodriguez entered the season rated as the Orioles’ third-best prospect by Baseball America. The 21-year-old left-hander has compiled a 3-7 record with a 4.79 ERA in 16 starts for Double-A Bowie.


The Boston Red Sox continued their busy trade deadline day by sending shortstop Stephen Drew and cash to the division-rival Yankees for infielder/outfielder Kelly Johnson on Thursday.

Drew, 31, has struggled at the plate this season, hitting just .176 with four home runs and 11 RBI in 39 games. He is expected to play second base for the Yankees.

The nine-year veteran, who was re-signed by Boston to a one-year, $10 million contract in May, is a career .261 hitter and has 94 home runs with 427 RBI across 975 games for Arizona, Oakland and Boston.

Johnson played in 77 games for the Yankees this season, hitting .219 with six home runs and 22 RBI.

The 32-year-old owns a .251 career batting average with 130 home runs and 464 RBI in 1,128 games, spanning nine seasons with Atlanta, Arizona, Toronto, Tampa Bay and the Yankees.

Earlier in the day, Boston shipped pitcher Jon Lester along with outfielder Jonny Gomes to Oakland for All-Star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, traded veteran starter John Lackey to St. Louis for outfielder/first baseman Allen Craig and right-hander Joe Kelly and sent reliever Andrew Miller to Baltimore for pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez.

The last trade between the Yankees and Red Sox was on August 13, 1997 when New York acquired Mike Stanley and Randy Brown from Boston for Tony Armas and Jim Mecir.


The Washington Nationals acquired shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and cash considerations from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for infielder Zach Walters just ahead of Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline.

Cabrera, 28, was hitting .246 with nine home runs, 22 doubles and 40 RBI in 97 games for the Indians this season, and holds a .963 fielding average with 14 errors in 383 chances.

A native of Venezuela who has suited up for Cleveland for all of his 914 career appearances since 2007, Cabrera racked up a .270 average, 82 homers, 211 doubles and drove in 430 runs while crossing home 475 times. He has also accumulated a .978 fielding percentage in that time.

Walters has participated in 40 games over the last two seasons with the Nats, batting .234 with three homers and six RBI. The 24-year-old Wyoming native and switch-hitter batted .300 with 15 homers and 48 RBI in 60 games with Triple-A Syracuse this year.


The New York Yankees acquired infielder Martin Prado from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday.

In exchange for the 30-year-old Prado, the Yankees sent the Diamondbacks minor league catcher Peter O’Brien and a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Prado appeared in 106 games for Arizona this season, batting .270 with five home runs and 42 RBI.

Over nine seasons in the majors, he owns a career average of .290 in 944 games, hitting 71 homers and driving in 410 runs.

O’Brien has a combined .267 average with 33 home runs and 70 RBI over 102 games in Single-A and Double-A action this season.

►   BREWERS NAB PARRA FROM D-BACKS:  The Milwaukee Brewers made a move towards bolstering their outfield depth at Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline, acquiring Gerardo Parra from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for a pair of minor league players.

The Brewers will send Double-A outfielder Mitch Haniger and Single-A pitcher Anthony Banda to the Diamondbacks for Parra, a two-time National League Gold Glove award winner who is hitting .259 with six home runs and 30 RBI in 104 games this season.

Through six big league campaigns—all with Arizona—Parra owns a .274 overall batting average with 39 homers, 250 RBI and 51 stolen bases.

“The addition of Parra gives us a veteran player who helps to balance our lineup and also brings Gold Glove defense,“ said Brewers general manager Doug Melvin.

Haniger, a supplemental first-round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, entered this season ranked third among Brewers’ prospects by Baseball America. The 23-year- old was hitting .255 with 10 homers and 34 RBI through 67 games at Double-A Huntsville.

Banda, a left-hander who turns 21 on August 10, was 6-6 with a 3.66 ERA and two saves over 20 appearances (14 starts) for Wisconsin of the Midwest League. Milwaukee selected him in the 10th round of the 2012 Draft.

Outfielder Logan Schafer was optioned to Triple-A Nashville to open a spot for Parra on the active roster.

►   MARLINS ACQUIRE RHP COSART FROM ASTROS:  The Miami Marlins acquired starting pitcher Jarred Cosart from the Houston Astros in a six-player deal before Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline.

The Marlins also got infielder Enrique Hernandez and outfielder Austin Wates in exchange for outfielder Jake Marisnick, pitcher Francis Martes, infielder Colin Moran and a 2015 competitive balance draft pick.

Cosart, 24, has compiled a 9-7 record with a 4.41 ERA in 20 starts this season, his second with Houston.

The young right-hander, who was slated to start for the Astros against Toronto on Thursday, went 1-1 across 10 starts with a 1.95 ERA during his rookie season last year. He was originally acquired by Houston from Philadelphia as a part of the Hunter Pence deal in 2011.

Hernandez, 22, has hit .284 with a home run and eight RBI in 24 games since making his MLB debut on July 1.

Wates has played in 74 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City, hitting .299 with two home runs and 30 RBI. The 25-year-old has yet to play in the majors.

Marisnick, who appeared in 14 games for the Marlins this year, has spent most of the season at Triple-A New Orleans, where he hit .277 with 10 home runs and 40 RBI in 89 contests. The 23-year-old will avoid the minors for now and report directly to Houston.

Moran was selected sixth overall by Miami in 2013 and has spent the 2014 season with Class-A Jupiter of the Florida State League, while Martes has been playing at the rookie level in the Gulf Coast League.

►   MARINERS ADD OF DENORFIA:  The Seattle Mariners have acquired outfielder Chris Denorfia from the San Diego Padres for a pair of minor leaguers.

The Mariners are sending pitcher Stephen Kohlscheen and outfielder Abraham Almonte to the Padres.

Denorfia, 34, is batting .242 with a home run, 16 RBI and eight stolen bases in 89 games this year. However, he is a .301 hitter against left-handed pitching with an .809 OPS in his career.

He can become a free agent after the season.

A 19th-round draft pick by the Cincinnati Reds in 2002, Denorfia has batted .275 with 36 homers, 173 RBI, 260 runs scored and 55 stolen bases in 673 career games with the Reds, Oakland Athletics and Padres.

►   TWINS, SUZUKI AGREE TO EXTENSION:  The Minnesota Twins and All-Star catcher Kurt Suzuki have reached an agreement on a two-year contract extension, the team announced Thursday.

Suzuki, who had been slated to become a free agent at the conclusion of this season, will earn $6 million in both 2015 and 2016. The deal also contains a vesting option for 2017.

The veteran backstop is in the midst of a strong first season in Minnesota, which signed Suzuki to a one-year pact in December. He enters Thursday’s play with a career-best .304 average along with two home runs and 41 RBI, earning the first All-Star selection of his eight-year tenure in the majors.

Suzuki, a .257 lifetime hitter with 69 home runs over 929 major league games, has also received high praise from the Twins’ coaches for his defensive and leadership skills.

“I’m thrilled Kurt Suzuki will remain part of @Twins org for at least two more years,“ tweeted Twins president Dave St. Peter. “Tremendous competitor + great clubhouse presence.“

The Twins had reportedly been fielding offers on Suzuki prior to Thursday’s trade deadline in the event the two sides were unable to agree to an extension.

►   CUBS GIVE UP RUSSELL, BONIFACIO TO BRAVES:  The Chicago Cubs continued to be sellers at Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline, sending pitcher James Russell and utilityman Emilio Bonifacio to the Atlanta Braves for catching prospect Victor Caratini.

Russell, a left-hander, has gone 0-2 with a 3.51 earned run average in 44 appearances for the Cubs in 2014. He departs the only franchise which has employed him at the major-league level with a 10-16 record, 3.87 ERA and three saves over 316 games since 2010.

The journeyman Bonifacio hit .279 with two homers, 14 doubles, three triples and 18 RBI over 69 contests during his first season with the Cubs. He’ll join his seventh MLB franchise in an eight-year career.

Caratini, a native of Puerto Rico, was named a South Atlantic League All-Star for Single-A Rome, totaling four triples, five home runs, 18 doubles and 42 RBI along with a .279 average in 87 games.

►   JAYS SEND DAN JOHNSON TO DL:  The Toronto Blue Jays announced Thursday that first baseman/designated hitter Dan Johnson has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a left hamstring strain.

Johnson has played in 13 games this season and is hitting .235.

The Blue Jays also recalled right-handed pitcher Chad Jenkins from Triple-A Buffalo.

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►   DUSTIN JOHNSON TAKING LEAVE OF ABSENCE FROM PGA TOUR:  Dustin Johnson announced on Thursday that he is taking a leave of absence from the PGA Tour.

Johnson, an eight-time winner on the PGA Tour, released a statement to media outlets that read in part, “I am taking a leave of absence from professional golf, effective immediately. I will use this time to seek professional help for personal challenges I have faced.

“By committing the time and resources necessary to improve my mental health, physical well-being and emotional foundation, I am confident that I will be better equipped to fulfill my potential and become a consistent champion.“

The 30-year-old had withdrawn from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational earlier in the week. The PGA of America announced that Johnson will not take part in next week’s PGA Championship or the Ryder Cup in late September.

Johnson is fifth on the United States Ryder Cup points list. With him not playing the event, that means whoever is ranked 10th on the points list as of Monday, August 11, will make the team automatically.

The PGA Tour released a brief statement that read, “We have nothing to add to Dustin’s statement. But wish him well and look forward to his return to the PGA Tour in the future.“

►   LEISHMAN LEADS BRIDGESTONE; TIGER 4 BACK:  Marc Leishman fired a 6-under 64 on Thursday and grabbed a 1-stroke lead after the opening round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Leishman, the 2012 Travelers Championship winner, missed the cut at the Greenbrier, but has two top-10 finishes in his last three starts.

Ryan Moore posted a 5-under 65 and was joined in second place by a pair of former major champions Justin Rose and Charl Schwartzel.

Rickie Fowler headlines a group of four players at minus-3. He stands alongside Francesco Molinari, Graham DeLaet and Patrick Reed.

Defending champion Tiger Woods scrambled to a 2-under 68 at Firestone Country Club. He is tied for ninth place with Sergio Garcia, Jamie Donaldson, Brandt Snedeker and Keegan Bradley.

Woods opened with a 3-putt bogey from 10 feet out on the first, but answered with a birdie on No. 2. He dropped another shot on the fourth and responded with birdies on five and six from 18 and 10 feet out, respectively.

The eight-time winner of this event nearly holed his approach at eight and kicked that in for a birdie. Woods drove into the trees right of the ninth fairway and hit a tree with his second.

Woods hacked his third over the green and that led to a double-bogey as he made the turn at even-par.

At the 10th, Woods drained a 7-footer for birdie, then he parred five in a row. He converted a 22-foot birdie try at 16 to get to minus-2 and Woods parred the final two holes.

“I hit a lot of good shots today. I hit a few not so solid, but I kind of got it around a little bit and every time I dropped a shot, I got it right back,“ said Woods. “Bouncing back like that was nice. I just have to keep the ball in play and keep making birdies out there.“

Leishman birdied the 10th to start his round, then stuck his second at the par-4 13th to a foot and tapped in for his second birdie. He followed birdies on 16 and 17 with a bogey at the 18th.

The Australian moved back to 4-under with a 2-putt birdie on the par-5 second. After a birdie on the fourth, Leishman knocked in a 2-footer for birdie on the sixth to grab the lead.

That was short-lived as he bogeyed the seventh. Leishman bounced back with a 9-foot birdie effort on No. 8 to get back to 6-under and the lead. He parred the ninth, his last, to end there.

“I’m really happy with the start. I drove the ball pretty good for the most part. Irons and wedges were really good today. I gave myself some really makeable birdie putts, and was able to make them,“ Leishman said. “I’ve been playing pretty good for a while. It’s just a matter of putting the numbers on the board. Think it’s just the putting. Making the putts, which hopefully I can keep doing.“

Moore played the back nine first and posted one birdie and eight pars, while he poured in four more birdies and five pars on the front nine to close out a bogey-free round.

Rose, the 2013 U.S. Open champion, also had five birdies in a bogey-free round. The Englishman flew into a share of second with three birdies in his final four holes.

Schwartzel opened his round with a birdie on the 10th, but he followed with eight pars in a row. The 2011 Masters winner stumbled to a bogey on the first, his 10th.

The South African came right back with a birdie on the second. He poured in four consecutive birdies from the fourth to soar into second place. Schwartzel remained tied for second as he closed with a pair of pars.

NOTES: Leishman, who tied for fifth at the Open Championship, has the 18-hole lead for the second time in his career, with the first coming at the 2013 Masters ... Moore leads the PGA Tour in first round scoring average at 68.72 ... Open Championship winner Rory McIlroy, Masters champion Bubba Watson and world No. 1 Adam Scott all opened with 69s, while U.S. Open winner Martin Kaymer struggled to 7-over 77 ... McIlroy and Scott could take over the top spot in the world rankings with a win ... Phil Mickelson managed a 1-over 71 and is tied for 35th.

►   WATNEY HOLDS FIRST-ROUND LEAD AT BARRACUDA CHAMPIONSHIP:  Nick Watney had a bogey-free first round and he holds a 2-point lead using the Modified Stableford scoring system at the Barracuda Championship.

Watney, who carded nine birdies on Thursday en route to 18 points, is looking for his sixth career victory on the PGA Tour. His last win came at The Barclays back in 2012.

“I’m very pleased with the way I played today, and this is pretty close to home,“ Watney said. “So it’s nice to see a lot of friends and family. And I’m enjoying myself so far. And hope it continues like this.“

Geoff Ogilvy and Tim Wilkinson are both tied for second at 16 points, while Martin Laird and Chad Campbell are tied for fourth at 13, five points back of Watney at Montreux Golf and Country Club.

There is a four-way tie for sixth between Kevin Chappell, John Huh, John Rollins and Wes Roach at 12 points.

Scoring in the Modified Stableford system rewards eight points for a double- eagle, five points for an eagle, two points for a birdie and zero points for a par. A player loses one point for a bogey and two points for a double-bogey or worse.

Watney started his day on a strong note. After a par on the first hole, he drained his first birdie of the day to give him his first two points of the event. After another par at No. 3, Watney made his second birdie at No. 4 to move to four points.

The 33-year-old closed out his front nine with back-to-back birdies at eight and nine as he made the turn with eight points.

Watney made it three birdies in a row with another gain at No. 10. Following two pars, Watney poured in three straight birdies from No. 13, vaulting him to 16 points on the day. He closed his bogey-free round out with pars at 16 and 17 followed by his ninth birdie at No. 18.

“I played really well today. When I did miss a couple of greens, I missed a few greens early and chipped to within tap-ins and hit some really nice wedges. But that was the result of good driving,“ Watney said. “So I played really well. I feel like this has been kind of building for a while, and the thing that’s been missing is the putting, and I putted great today. So I’m very happy and looking forward to the next three days.“

Ogilvy, a seven-time PGA Tour winner who has not won since the 2010 SBS Championship, also had a bogey-free round. Starting the day on the back nine, Ogilvy made three straight birdies from No. 13 and added one more gain at No. 18 to put him at eight points for the day.

Making the turn, Ogilvy made it back-to-back birdies with a gain at No. 1. He added birdies at five, eight and nine to put him two shots back at 16 points.

Wilkinson had a strong day with just a couple of blemishes. After a bogey at No. 2, Wilkinson made three straight birdies from No. 3 followed by a bogey at No. 6. He got that shot back with a birdie at eight to put him at six points.

Wilkinson did a lot of his damage on the back nine, making five straight birdies from No. 10 to put him at 16 points. He parred the final four holes to finish there.

NOTES: Watney’s 18 points ties a single-day tournament record, which was set last year by Jonathan Byrd in the fourth round ... This is Watney’s fifth start at this event, with the last one coming in 2008 ... The first-round leader at this event has gone on to win four out of 15 times.

►   BALIN, BROWN HOLD LEAD AT SUSPENDED ATB FINANCIAL CLASSIC:  Daniel Balin holds the clubhouse lead, while Ted Brown was tied atop the leaderboard through 15 holes as first-round play was suspended due to inclement weather at the ATB Financial Classic on Thursday.

Balin and Brown, both of whom are seeking their first career victories on the PGA Tour Canada, are at 8-under, with Balin already in the clubhouse with his 64 at Sirocco Golf Club.

Defending champion Joe Panzeri, PC Financial Open and Syncrude Boreal Open winner Joel Dahmen, and Linus Gillgren all finished their rounds on Thursday and they are tied for third at 7-under 65.

Mauricio Azcue, Wes Heffernan, Christopher Ross, Stephen Carney and Brock Mackenzie are deadlocked in sixth place at 6-under, two shots off the lead. Azcue and Heffernan both finished their rounds with 66s and Ross is through 15 holes, while Carney and Mackenzie are both through 12.

Balin began his round on the front nine and carded his first birdie of the day at the second. Following four straight pars, Balin poured in back-to-back birdies at seven and eight before making the turn with a par at No. 9.

Balin added his fourth birdie of the day at No. 10. Two more pars preceded a birdie at the par-5 13th.

A birdie at 16 had Balin at 6-under for the day, and a big eagle at the par-5 17th put Balin in the lead at minus-8. He closed things out with a par at No. 18 and finished there.

Brown made his push toward the top of the leaderboard early with four straight birdies to begin the day from No. 1. Brown made his first par of the day at No. 5, but he got back to making birdies with back-to-back gains at six and seven. He rounded out the front nine with two pars at eight and nine.

Two more pars at 10 and 11 still had Brown at 6-under, but he vaulted into a share of the lead with Balin with back-to-back birdies at 12 and 13. Brown made pars on 14 and 15 before his round was stopped.

First-round play is scheduled to resume at 9:15 a.m. ET and second-round tee- times will be delayed 30 minutes.


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►   KOHLSCHREIBER, ROSOL OUSTED IN KITZBUHEL:  Top seed Philipp Kohlschreiber and third-seeded Lukas Rosol were among the losers Thursday at the Kitzbuhel Cup.

Belgian wild card David Goffin upset the German 2012 runner-up Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-5 to reach the quarterfinals on the red clay at Kitzbuhel Tennis Stadium.

Goffin then beat Italian Paolo Lorenzi 6-2, 6-1 to reach his first-ever ATP semifinal, as several players were forced into double duty on Thursday after rain wreaked havoc here on Wednesday.

Rosol gave way to Argentine qualifier Maximo Gonzalez 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in a quarterfinal affair, as Gonzalez will face Goffin in Friday’s semis.

In other second-round action involving seeds, No. 2 Spaniard Marcel Granollers mauled Argentine Diego Sebastian Schwartzman 6-3, 6-4; No. 4 Italian and 2010 champion Andreas Seppi advanced via walkover when Spaniard Pere Riba pulled out of the draw; No. 5 Austrian favorite Dominic Thiem dismissed Czech Jiri Vesely 6-3, 7-6 (7-3); and Argentine Juan Monaco tackled No. 7 Finn Jarkko Nieminen 6-3, 6-4.

One other second-rounder saw Lorenzi douse Spaniard Pablo Andujar, last week’s Gstaad champion, 6-2, 6-0.

Two more quarterfinals on Friday will pit the reigning Kitzbuhel champ Granollers against Thiem and Seppi versus last week’s Gstaad runner-up Monaco. The winners will meet in the other semifinal. Monaco was the Kitzbuhel titlist back in 2007.

This week’s winner will claim $104,000.

►   LI WITHDRAWS FROM U.S. OPEN:  World No. 2 star Li Na has withdrawn from the upcoming U.S. Open, citing a knee injury.

The two-time Grand Slam champion from China will also miss the big hardcourt events in Montreal and Cincinnati over the next two weeks.

Li said her knee has been bothering her for four months “and it is just not where I need it to be in order to play at the highest level.“

The 32-year-old captured the Australian Open in January and was the French Open champion three years ago. Li was a semifinalist at last year’s U.S. Open.

The 2014 U.S. Open will begin Aug. 25 in New York.

►   MAKAROVA, KUZNETSOVA INTO D.C. QUARTERS:  Seeded Russians Ekaterina Makarova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Svetlana Kuznetsova were all second-round winners Thursday at the Citi Open tennis event.

The second-seeded Makarova breezed past American Lauren Davis by a 6-2, 6-4 score to set up a quarterfinal meeting with Pavlyuchenkova, the fifth-seeded 2012 runner-up of this event who handled Japanese qualifier Hiroko Kuwata 6-3, 6-3 on the hardcourts at FitzGerald Tennis Center.

Kuznetsova, seeded sixth, got past Belgian Kirsten Flipkens 6-4, 7-5. The one- time world No. 2 will next take on Vania King, who vaulted past Christina McHale 6-1, 6-3 in an all-American affair.

The winner of this U.S. Open Series tournament will collect $43,000.


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        FRIDAY, AUGUST 01, 2014

Major League Baseball - National League
Philadelphia at Washington, 7:05 PM - CSN-Philadelphia, MASN, DSS
San Francisco at NY Mets, 7:10 PM - CSN-Bay, SNY, DSS
Cincinnati at Miami, 7:10 PM - FS-Ohio, Florida, DSS
Milwaukee at St. Louis, 8:15 PM - FS-Wisconsin, Midwest, DSS
Pittsburgh at Arizona, 9:40 PM - ROOT-Pittsburgh, FS-Arizona, DSS
Atlanta at San Diego, 10:10 PM - FS-South, San Diego, DSS
Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles, 10:10 PM - WGN (America), SportsNet LA, DSS

American League
Texas at Cleveland, 7:05 PM - TXA21, SportsTime Ohio, DSS
Seattle at Baltimore, 7:05 PM - ROOT-Northwest, MASN2, DSS
LA Angels at Tampa Bay, 7:10 PM - FS-West, SunSports, DSS
NY Yankees at Boston, 7:10 PM - YES, NESN, DSS
Minnesota at Chicago WSox, 8:10 PM - FS-North, CSN-Chicago, DSS
Toronto at Houston, 8:10 PM - SNET, CSN-Houston, DSS
Kansas City at Oakland, 9:35 PM - FS-Kansas City, CSN-California, DSS

Colorado at Detroit, 7:08 PM - ROOT-Rocky Mountain, FS-Detroit, DSS

Canadian Football League
Toronto at Montreal, 7:00 PM - TSN, RDS,
British Columbia at Calgary, 10:00 PM - TSN, ESPNews

Connecticut at San Antonio, 8:00 PM - CPTV Sports, NBA TV

Major League Soccer
Philadelphia at Sporting Kansas City, 8:00 PM - NBCSN

Major League Lacrosse
New York at Charlotte, 7:00 PM - CBSSN

CHAMPIONS - 3M Championship, 12:00 PM - Golf Channel
PGA/EUROPEAN - WGC Bridgestone Invitational, 1:30 PM - Golf Channel
PGA - Barracuda Championship, 6:30 PM - Golf Channel

Citi Open, 4:00 PM - ESPN 2
Citi Open, 7:00 PM - ESPN 2

Auto Racing
SPRINT CUP - 400 practice, 11:00 AM - FS1
SPRINT CUP - 400 qualifying, 3:30 PM - FS1

National Night Out To Be Celebrated in Lewis County

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The Weston Police Department and the Lewis County Sheriffs office have joined forces to celebrate the National Night Out on Tuesday, August 05, 2014 at the Lewis County Park.

Vendors and other interested participants will display from 6:00 to 9:00 PM John Shaffer of the Park will have free swimming that evening from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

National Association of Town Watch (NATW) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promote various crime prevention programs including neighborhood watch groups, law enforcement agencies, state and regional crime prevention associations, businesses, civic groups, and individuals, devoted to safer communities. The nation’s premiere crime prevention network works with law enforcement officials and civilian leaders to keep crime watch volunteers informed, interested, involved and motivated. Since 1981, NATW continues to serve thousands of members across the nation.

The introduction of National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, in 1984 began an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. NATW’s National Night Out program culminates annually, on the first Tuesday of August (In Texas, the first Tuesday of October).

NATW’s Executive Director, Matt Peskin introduced National Night Out in 1984.The first National Night Out took place on Tuesday, August 07,1984. That first year, 2.5 million Americans took part across 400 communities in 23 states.

The seed had been planted.

National Night Out now involves over 37.8 million people and 16,124 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.

The traditional “lights on” campaign and symbolic front porch vigils turned into a celebration across America with various events and activities including, but not limited to, block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from emergency personnel, rallies and marches, exhibits, youth events, safety demonstrations and seminars, in effort to heighten awareness and enhance community relations.

Peskin said, “It’s a wonderful opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie. While the one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs and violence, National Night Out represents the kind of spirit, energy and determination to help make neighborhoods a safer place year round. The night celebrates safety and crime prevention successes and works to expand and strengthen programs for the next 364 days.”

For more information on the event call Chief Randy Posey at the Weston Police Department, 304.269.3207 or Bobby Ryan at the Sheriff’s Department, 304.269.8251.

GCFRN: Back to School Bash - 08.01.14 - Today

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Braxton Fair and Festivals Celebration - July 29, 2014 - August 02, 2014

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Summer Swim Safety

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Camden Flats in Glenville, WV: Yard Sale - August 01-02, 2014

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Friday and Saturday August 01 and 02, 2014

Sheridan Street,  Camden Flats in Glenville, WV

8:00 AN til 6:00 PM

Everything must go

Primitives, Coach purses, household items, collectibles

Stoneware, antique dresser with mirror,weed eater, . .

Longaberger basket, 3 foot pipberry tree, antique ashtray stands

File cabinets, gun cabinet, twin bed and dresser, rocking chair

Roll top desk everything priced to go

Still finding goodies I had forgotten about

Jobless Kabul and the Works of War

The Gilmer Free Press

July 30, 2014 Kabul—Last week, here in Kabul, the Afghan Peace Volunteers welcomed activist Carmen Trotta, from New York, who has lived in close community with impoverished people in his city for the past 25 years, serving meals, sharing housing, and offering hospitality to the best of his ability.  Put simply and in its own words, his community, founded by Dorothy Day, exists to practice “the works of mercy” and to “end the works of war.” We wanted to hear Carmen’s first impressions of traveling the streets of Kabul on his way from the airport to the working class neighborhood where he’ll be staying as the APVs’ welcome guest.

He said it was the first time he’d seen the streets of any city so crowded with people who have no work. -Carmen had noticed men sitting in wheelbarrows, on curb sides, and along sidewalks, unemployed, some of them waiting for a day labor opportunity that might or might not come. Dr. Hakim, the APV’s mentor, quoted Carmen the relevant statistics: the CIA World Fact Book uses research from 2008 to put Afghanistan’s unemployment rate at 35% – just under the figure of 36% of Afghans living beneath the poverty level.  That’s the CIA’s unemployment figure – Catherine James, writing in The Asian Review this past March, noted that “the Afghan Chamber of Commerce puts it at 40%, the World Bank measures it at 56% and Afghanistan’s labor leaders put it at a shocking 86%.”

Overall statistics for Afghanistan are grim. A recent article in the UK’s Independent reported that one million children under five are acutely malnourished, 54% of girls do not go to school and war has displaced 630,000 Afghans within their own country. Relentlessly, the fighting continues. Now, on average, 40 children are maimed or killed in fighting every week.

Rustom Ali, a cobbler – a shoemaker, born here in Kabul – visited with me the day after Carmen’s arrival, and explained more about employment in his city, and the prospects for Afghans surviving this latest decade out of a near-half-century of near-constant foreign invasion.  He had to find time out of a 12-hour workday to meet with me.

Rustom mends shoes, or waits for shoes to mend, seven days a week, from 7 AM – 7 PM, at the roadside. His “shop” consists of a box containing equipment and a primitive, portable overhead shelter. He sits on a ledge, under the blazing sun, (or in freezing cold during Afghanistan’s harsh winter). 

Each day he earns about 250 Afghanis, equivalent to roughly $4.50 in U.S. money.  Dependent on him for food and shelter are his wife Fatima, his daughter Narghis (age 7), and 5-year-old Mehdi, his son; Rustom’s father also lives with them and has no work. Each day, the price of bread to feed the family is 100 Afghanis ($1.76).  Beyond supplying bread, rice, beans and oil, he must also pay for rent and gas. He will never be able to save money at this rate, despite his fierce yearning for a better future for his two children.

Twenty years ago, Rustom had hoped for a far different life for himself.  He had travelled to Iran and, although Iranians generally discriminated against Afghans, he was able to go to school, where he was an excellent student, always working part time as a cobbler. He enjoyed sports, and also liked learning English in his spare time. He showed me two notebooks he had begun then, filled with details about his family history and reflections about his life.

One day, when he was 18 years old and still living in Iran, a car carrying flowers to a wedding hit him as he crossed an intersection, catapulting him into the air.  He landed on his head.  After 48 days in hospital and then three more months spent recovering at home, he was finally able to walk and speak again.  His speech and memory are still affected by the accident. 

Rustom hired a lawyer, hoping a judge would compel the driver who caused the accident to pay some reparations.  But the driver was a native to Iran and Rustom was an Afghan.  “I endured great pain and permanent brain damage because of the accident,” he said, “But being treated as though I wasn’t a human being,” – the reaction of the Iranian court – “it was more painful.  Every day I could see this kind of discrimination against Afghans in Iran.”  And so he took his chances and returned to Kabul.

When I asked Rustom about his greatest hopes for his own children, he said that he and his wife teach them, every day, never to discriminate against others the way he was discriminated against in Iran.  He had been sorely hurt when the courts there refused to see him, a foreigner, as a human being.

Abdulhai, an Afghan Peace Volunteer, translated between me and Rustom, having developed a friendship with Rustom since they first sat and talked several months ago. Abdulhai had confessed to Rustom that he was struggling with loneliness and sadness.  Rustom offered comfort and encouragement. He has great hopes for Abdulhai, who has, in his view, a future much brighter than so many here, given his enrolment in school and his interest in learning new skills.  Rustom said that after four years sitting daily in the same place waiting to repair shoes, Abdulhai was the first person to engage him in a genuine conversation. 

Dehumanization is central to war. Rustom Ali’s and Abdulhai’s friendship defies dehumanizing forces in their impoverished society, so battered by war makers predatory ventures.
This morning, Carmen and Faiz, another APV member, took a long, early morning walk through a main street in the neighborhood where we live.  By now, Carmen is recognizing faces and names.  He knows the bakers who’ve stopped their work to share a cup of tea with him.  Sayyaf, who lost both legs during civil war in Kabul and survives by selling glasses and mousetraps from a somewhat ramshackle cart, waved to Carmen with a broad smile and offered him a cup of tea.

As the U.S. cobbles together justifications for its ongoing, foolhardy war in Afghanistan, glimmers of hope persist in small communities like Carmen’s in New York and the APVs in Kabul.  They agitate against war.  They believe that doing the works of mercy helps us set aside the works of war.  And, they’re renewed, consistently, by solidarity with others longing to form humane relations and, as Carmen’s community puts it, “build a new world within the shell of the old.”

~~  Kathy Kelly ~~

G-Comm™: Hoppy’s Commentary-Tank Law Too Expensive, Restrictive for Small Oil and Gas Drillers


Dozens of natural gas and oil drillers in West Virginia say it’s impossible for them to comply with the new regulations approved after the Freedom Industries chemical spill last January.

The Legislature, in response to the spill of thousands of gallons of MCMH that fouled the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians, passed SB 373, the Above Ground Storage Act.  The law, among other things, set up strict standards for the registration and inspection of nearly 40,000 storage tanks.

Dennis Xander, a West Virginia gas well operator, is among those arguing that the new law goes too far and is particularly punitive for smaller gas and oil operations.

For example, Xander argues there are not enough qualified engineers available to inspect and certify every tank in the state by the January 01, 2015 deadline.  He also says compliance costs are prohibitive.

Xander estimates the certification of each well will cost at least $3,000. He has 96 wells. “My costs would increase by almost $300,000, which is way more than our net income for all our WV production,” he wrote in an email to me.

The oil and gas operators have an ally in House of Delegates Speaker Tim Miley.  The Democrat, whose district of Harrison County is in the middle of the state’s drilling region, says the Legislature rightly passed a law to prevent another Freedom Industries, but the bill has had unintended consequences.

“These small producers of conventional wells are in survival mode at this time,” Miley wrote in a letter to Governor Tomblin.  “Any significant cost of compliance with new regulations is very problematic.  I would note that these operators and their operations had nothing to do with the chemical spill in the Elk River earlier this year.”

Miley, in his July 9th letter, called on Governor Tomblin to use his executive authority to provide some relief for the drillers.

That task has now fallen to state Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Randy Huffman, who has been meeting with drillers.  Huffman has some latitude to ease the burden, but he cannot, and should not, circumvent the law.

Government regulation is always a balancing act.  Policy makers must enact laws that protect the public safety, but are also reasonable enough to allow business and industry to operate.

The Governor and the Legislature moved quickly this year to plug a hole in the state’s regulatory system that permitted the untenable contamination of the water supply to a nine county region.  They had the right idea.

However, it’s evident now that with some parts of the law the pendulum swung too far.  Certain measures that may have sounded good at the time in a legislative committee meeting are just impractical.

State leaders need to figure out a way, either through executive action or a special session, to make the needed corrections to the law.

Fishing Report - 07.31.14



Anglers should call the Beech Fork Corps of Engineers office at 304.525.4831 and go to  for information and current lake levels.  Hybrid bass can be caught with shad imitating lures fished near the surface.  Some walleye and sauger have been reported from the tailwater area as well as stocked trout.  Catfish and bass anglers are reporting catches using various live and artificial baits.


With the nights beginning to cool, the fishing on the lake should begin to pick up.  Anglers should try their luck around any downed trees or weed beds using worms, small minnows or jigs for sunfish.  Bass anglers should concentrate their efforts along areas with good structure such as downed timber, rocky drops, or weed beds.  Top-water baits such as rapalas, tiny torpedoes, and sluggoes are excellent choices but anglers will find the best topwater action early or late.  Bluegills can provide anglers with some fast action.  Best baits are worms and small jigs.  Anglers can have a blast fishing for sunfish.  Channel catfish are also hitting in the lake primarily at night on chicken livers and worms.  Carp and channel catfish are hitting in the tailwaters with best baits being corn, and nightcrawlers, respectively.  Occasionally, anglers have been catching some other species such as smallmouth bass in the tailwaters on jigs and minnows.


The lake is at summer pool and clear.  The surface temperatures are in the 80’s.  Bass are in about 10-12 feet of water.  Crappie and bluegill are also hitting on jigs and live minnows.  We have received reports of Musky being caught in the upper end of lake.  The tailwaters were stocked with trout on May 27. For more information call Corps of Engineers at 304.853.2398 and go to


For information on current lake levels call the Corps of Engineers recorded message at 304.849.9861 and go to . The lake is at summer pool.  Surface lures late and early have been producing for some anglers.  Try your favorite lure or bait, right now is a great time to fish due to temperature levels.  Zara Spooks, pop Rs, jitterbugs, and buzz baits are favorites to try now early and late.  Muskies have been caught recently as well using a variety of baits.


Some spotted bass should be hitting on the lake but as the cool nights increase in frequency, the fishing should pick up.  The bass will be found along the rocky drops with points another good spot to try.  Good baits are plastic jigs in black and chartreuse colors or live shad.  Bluegill are providing consistent action in the standing timber.  Best baits are worms and small jigs, resp..  Hybrid striper and channel catfish fishing is good off of shallow points at night.  Best baits are chicken liver and softshell crayfish.  Anglers should concentrate their efforts early and late during periods of extreme heat.  Carp are also providing a lot of fun for night anglers.  Best baits are corn and dough balls.


The lake is at normal pool.  The surface temperatures are warming and in the 80’s.  Bass are in about 10-12 feet of water.  Crappie and bluegill are also hitting on jigs and live minnows.  A few walleye have also been in about 10-15 feet of water.


The lake is at summer pool.  The surface temperatures are warming and in the 80’s.  Bass are in about 10-12 feet of water.  Crappie and bluegill are also hitting on jigs and live minnows.  The tailwaters were stocked with trout on May 27.  Before heading to the lake please call Corps of Engineers at 304.269.7463.


The lake is at summer pool.  The surface temperatures are in the 80’s.  Bass are in about 10-12 feet of water.  Crappie and bluegill are also hitting on jigs and live minnows.  Lots of walleye have moved to upper end of lake.  Try minnows and small crank baits.  The tailwaters were stocked with trout on June 27.  Flows have been high in the tailwaters For more information contact the Corps of Engineers at 304.872.3412 and go to


The lake is at summer pool.  The surface temperatures are in the 80’s.  Bass are in about 10-12 feet of water.  Crappie and bluegill are also hitting on jigs and live minnows.  The tailwaters were stocked with trout on May 27.  Before heading to the lake please call Corps of Engineers at 304.765.2705 and go to


The lake is still at the summer level.  The water temperature is 79 degrees from the surface to 25 feet, 75 degrees at 50 feet, 70 degrees at 75 feet, and 66 degrees at 100 feet.  Smallmouth bass can be caught using crank baits or tube jigs along the shoreline.  Fish for crappie in the fish shelters between the boat ramps at the marina.  Start fishing for walleye at dark when they move into shallow water to feed.  During the day walleyes will be in the 30 to 50-feet depths.

The tailwater temperature is 67 degrees.  There are a lot of trout in the tailwater.  Walleye numbers are as high as they will be for the year in the tailwater, and this is the best place in northern West Virginia to fish for them.  Walleye fishing is best during higher flows (1,500 to 5,000 cubic feet per second) and trout fishing is best at low flows (less than 1,000 cubic feet per second).  Call the Corps of Engineers telephone hotline at 304.265.5953 for daily lake and tailwater conditions.


OHIO RIVER (New Cumberland, Pike Island, and Hannibal pools and tailwaters)

There are a lot of hybrid white bass, sauger, walleye, and white bass in the tailwaters and the river is in good fishing condition.  Walleye and sauger will start feeding about an hour before sunset and then throughout the night.  Jigs with minnows are particularly good baits but 3-inch plastic grubs and deep-running crank baits are also productive.  Hybrid striped bass will also move in and out of the tailwaters and can be caught using large crank baits, casting spoons, or cut bait.


The water temperature dropped several degrees last week which has been a recurring situation this year.  The best fishing success for sauger and walleye is during low light conditions 1 to 2 hours before and after sunset.  Sauger, smallmouth bass, walleye, and white bass are always attracted to the currents in the tailwaters.  Jigs with minnows are the best baits right now.  Channel and flathead catfish are abundant throughout the river.  Carp are being caught from shore at the Ruby Park and at the Star City ramp.  Troll large crank baits for muskies anywhere on the river.  The shoreline from the Morgantown lock to the mouth of Deckers Creek is always a good place to fish from the shore.


The easiest way to fish the lake for all species is drifting along the shoreline with a night crawler or minnow on a hook with a couple of split shot at a depth of 10 to 15-feet.  Cast small rooster-tail spinners for large bluegills and pumpkinseed sunfish in downed trees along the shoreline across from the Sunset Beach cove to the I-68 bridge.  Channel catfish are doing well and 2 to 3-pounders are abundant throughout the lake but are particularly numerous upstream of Mt. Chateau.  Night crawlers on a number 6 hook with a ½-1-ounce egg sinker cast into 15 to 25-feet of water will catch catfish.  The best areas for shoreline anglers are the Cheat Lake Park fishing piers and the Ices Ferry Bridge Public Access Site.  Cheat Lake has the best channel catfish population in this part of the state.

Try the tailwater fishing pier for sauger, smallmouth bass, walleye and white bass.  Jigs with minnows or 3-inch power grubs are the best baits.  White or chartreuse are good colors.  Start fishing at dark when sauger and walleye begin feeding.  The pier is located entirely in West Virginia about 25 minutes from Morgantown and is lighted for night fishing and is handicapped accessible.


South Branch and Cacapon Rivers

Streams throughout the eastern panhandle have risen over the past week.  The South Branch, Opequon, and Shenandoah Rivers are near normal flow while the Cacapon River is still below normal flow for this time of year.  The water temperatures have dropped to the upper 70’s over the past week at most locations.  The water may be turbid at some locations due to localized thunderstorms.  Anglers have been successful catching channel catfish and smallmouth bass fishing has been more successful over the past week.  Biological surveys are still indicated good channel catfish populations in the South Branch with lots of catfish over 25 inches.

Shenandoah River

Flows in the Shenandoah River are near normal for this time of year.  Fishing plastics and topwaters near the head of pools around the bedrock ledges and in the eddy’s is always a good strategy.

North Branch River

Flows in the North Branch are currently near 225 cfs and projected to remain at that level over the next couple days.  No additional white whitewater events are scheduled on the North Branch this year.  Check the Corp or Engineers webpage for specifics or schedule changes. 

Small Impoundments

Small impoundments are in great fishing condition.  Bass and bluegill are biting.  Largemouth bass are hitting topwater lures and plastics and bluegills can always be caught on worms.  Use weedless rigging techniques to prevent hooking aquatic vegetation.  Small impoundments are stratified so anglers should fish in less than 8 feet of water.  Cacapon State Park Lake, Edwards Run Pond and Fort Ashby Lake have received adult catfish stockings that can be caught throughout the summer.

Jennings Randolph Lake

Jennings Randolph Lake is currently five feet below conservation pool and will be dropping slowly.  Anglers should target smallmouth bass with crankbaits and topwater lures.  The WV ramp is open for the season and launching fees are no longer charged for the WV Ramp.  A $5 per day fee is still being collected for the Maryland Ramp.  Jennings Randolph Lake has a dedicated phone line for up-to-date recreational information 304.355.2890.

Mt. Storm Lake

Anglers at Mount Storm Lake should target striped bass, black bass and walleye.  Recent biological surveys indicate good bass and walleye populations.  Fish can be caught throughout the lake but many anglers do well fishing with chicken livers near the discharges.  Anglers and biological surveys have been reporting good catches of striped bass.


Water levels are normal and clear.  If you are looking for a place to go, please check the fishing regulations and the WVDNR website for a list of public access sites or call your local WVDNR district office for some advice and a place to fish.  Trout stocking season has concluded but holdover trout should be available throughout summer months at some locations as long as stream flow remain normal.


The New and Greenbrier rivers are providing some good fishing for smallmouth bass.  Anglers should try white/chartreuse buzzbaits, white plastic grubs, or small crankbaits or live bait such as helgrammites or softshell crayfish.  Spots below or above shoals are good spots to try your luck.  Fishing is still best early and late in all of the small impoundments in southern West Virginia and you should catch some fish.  Try spots at the end of points, weed beds, or fallen timber.  Best baits are plastic worms fished slowly along the bottom, spinnerbaits are also good choices.  Lakes such as Plum Orchard, Horse Creek, Hawks Nest, and Pipestem will all provide good bass fishing.  Channel catfishing is good in areas like Hawks Nest Lake and some of the other small impoundments.  Best time to fish is late night and very early morning with chicken livers or softshells.  This is a prime time to take a child or anyone fishing!  There is no better way to introduce a child or novice to fishing than to take them out for an evening of carp fishing.  Try chumming with creamed corn upstream of where you are fishing and use shredded wheat dough balls or whole kernel corn for bait.  The secret to the dough balls is to mix in a little flavored jello powder as you make the dough ball.  Make sure your rods are anchored down with a rock and the drag is loosened or a carp may take it!!!  Good spots to catch a carp are Bluestone and R.D. Bailey lakes, New and Kanawha rivers.


Lower Ohio and Kanawha Rivers

Reports of nice catfish boated.  Hybrids are biting behind locks along the Kanawha and Ohio, try shad type lures.

Guyandotte, Coal, Poca, Elk, and Mud Rivers

Anglers are reporting catches of game fish during float trips.  Try surface lures early and late for bass and muskie, and go to subsurface lures during the day.  Some bass anglers are having luck using various soft plastics.

Small Impoundments

A number of small impoundments have been stocked recently with catchable channel catfish, some are very large, give them a try.  Laurel and Chief Logan lakes are two waters in district 5 recently stocked.  Krodel Lake in Point Pleasant also received a stocking of catchable sized channel catfish.


Summer is an excellent time to fish Belleville tailwaters of the Ohio River.  Anglers are catching white bass, hybrid striped bass, and a few other species.  Lead headed jigs with twister tails (white or chartreuses), which are fished along the bottom, are the lure of choice.  Clever anglers are tipping their jig hooks with minnows or shad.  Best spots to fish these areas include eddies and back-current sections, and anywhere that river flows are unusual.  Schools of hybrid striped bass will periodically move up to the surface to ambush prey, so keep a look out for this activity.  When this activity is seen, agitator bobbers fished with rubber minnow imitations or fresh bait fished with surf casting equipment, generally provides the best result.  Fresh bait (small skipjack) can be caught from these areas using “Sabiki” rigs.  Fishing along the Willow Island tailwaters is restricted due to hydro-power development.  Anglers now have access only to a point approximately 150 yards below the dam, and flows have changed significantly.   

Elsewhere on the Ohio River fishing for catfish has been good.  Channel catfish anglers should use night crawlers, chicken liver, or prepared catfish type baits.  Live fish should be used for flatheads.  Good fishing sites for catfish include deep areas along islands and tributary mouths.

Fishing has been good for largemouth bass in area lakes.  Spinner baits, rubber worms, crank baits, and surface lures are producing bass in areas of good cover.  Good choices for area lakes include Mountwood in Wood County, Conaway Run in Tyler, Charles Fork in Roane, North Bend Lake in Ritchie County, and Elk Fork, Woodrum, and O’Brien lakes in Jackson County.  Best fishing times will be early in the morning and during the evening hours.  These lakes can also supply good bluegill fishing.  For these sunfish use trout magnets or spinners, small jigs, or small worms.

Summer is a good time to fish for channel catfish in area lakes and streams.  Chicken livers, night crawlers, and prepared catfish bait work well.  Remember fishing at night is generally better than fishing during the day for catfish in the summer.

Local musky streams should be fishable this weekend.  Summer musky anglers use large crank baits or jurk baits and best spots are usually around fallen trees or riffle areas.  Fishing has been quite good this year for musky along Middle Island Creek, the Little Kanawha River, and on the Hughes River and its forks.

Stream Conditions
NORTHERN Levels Conditions
Ohio River (Wheeling)     High     Muddy
Fish Creek   High     Muddy
Fishing Creek   High     Muddy
Big Sandy (Preston)   High     Muddy
Monongahela River   High     Muddy
Black Water Creek     High     Muddy
Wheeling Creek     High     Muddy
Buffalo Creek   High     Muddy
S. Branch (Potomac)   Normal   Clear    
S. Branch (Smoke Hole) Low     Clear  
Shenandoah River   Normal   Clear  
Patterson Creek   Normal   Clear    
N. Fork S. Branch Low     Clear  
Cacapon River Low     Clear  
Back Creek   Normal   Clear    
Opequon Creek   Normal   Clear  
Lost River Low     Clear  
CENTRAL Levels Conditions
Elk (Sutton)   Normal     Milky
Little Kanawha   Normal     Milky
Elk (Clay)   Normal     Milky
West Fork River   Normal     Milky
Gauley River   Normal     Milky
Cranberry River   Normal     Milky
Cherry River   Normal     Milky
Cherry River (N. Fork)   Normal     Milky
Cherry River (S. Fork)   Normal     Milky
Williams River   Normal     Milky
Knapps River   Normal     Milky
Greenbrier (E&W Forks)   Normal     Milky
Little River   Normal     Milky
Shavers Fork   Normal     Milky
Buckhannon River   Normal     Milky
Holly River   Normal     Milky
Elk River (Webster)   Normal     Milky
Elk River (Back Fork)   Normal     Milky
SOUTHERN Levels Conditions
New River (Hinton) Low     Clear    
Greenbrier (Hinton) Low     Clear    
Greenbrier (Ronceverte) Low     Clear    
Anthony Creek Low     Clear    
Big Creek Low     Clear    
Meadow River Low     Clear    
Turkey Creek Low     Clear    
Potts Creek Low     Clear    
Second Creek Low     Clear    
Pinnacle Creek Low     Clear    
Horse Creek Lake Low     Clear    
Big Huff Creek Low     Clear    
Indian Creek Low     Clear    
Glade Creek (New River) Low     Clear    
Marsh Fork Low     Clear    
New River (Gauley) Low     Clear    
Glade Creek (Man) Low     Clear    
Camp Creek Low     Clear  
East River Low     Clear  
Fork Creek Low     Clear    
Dry Fork Creek Low     Clear    
Berwind Lake Low     Clear    
Little Kanawha River Normal   Milky  
Ohio River Normal   Milky  
Hughes River Normal   Milky  

Bon Appétit:  Peanutty Ice Cream Pie

The Gilmer Free Press


Recipe makes 8 servings

  1 1/3 cups finely chopped peanuts
  3 tablespoons margarine, melted
  2 tablespoons white sugar
  1/4 cup peanut butter
  1/4 cup light corn syrup
  1/4 cup flaked coconut
  3 tablespoons chopped peanuts
  1 quart vanilla ice cream, softened
  1/4 cup mini candy-coated chocolate pieces


Combine the peanuts, butter and sugar; press onto the bottom and up the sides of a greased 9 inch pie plate. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine peanut butter and corn syrup. Add coconut and peanuts. Stir in ice cream just until combined. Spoon into crust.

Cover and freeze overnight or until firm. Just before serving, sprinkle with mini candy-coated chocolate pieces.

Flashback: What Happened on August 01, ....


•  1893 The county seat of Tucker County was moved from St. George to Parsons by 700 armed men led by Ward Parsons.

•  1912 Mother Jones addressed 6000 people at the Charleston levee, rallying the miners to support the strike.

•  1921 Baldwin-Felts agents killed Sid Hatfield and Ed Chambers on the McDowell County courthouse steps in Welch.

•  1926 Workers broke ground on the east wing of the new capitol building.

•  1955 Governor Marland appointed William Laird III of Fayetteville to succeed Milton J. Ferguson as State Tax Commissioner.

•  1969 UMW president Tony Boyle announced that the $35 cut from miner pensions would be restored, through an agreement on 24 June with Bituminous Coal Operators Association president George Judy.

Ask the Doctor: There Is Hope for Neuropathy


DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am a 79-year-old woman with peripheral neuropathy.
I have a numb left foot and pain extending the length of my leg and occasionally into the hip.
Early in the mornings, as I begin to move about, my leg seizes up, and the pain is intense.
I use a heating pad, which eventually eases the pain.
I have had diabetes for 30-plus years. It is well-controlled. - J.H.

ANSWER: Simplifying peripheral neuropathy invites egregious errors, but I hope it adds to people’s understanding of this condition.
“Peripheral” here refers to the arms and legs, mainly the legs.
Neuropathy is nerve injury.
Nerves that bring messages from the brain to muscles, instructing them to move, are motor nerves.
Nerves that bring sensations from the body and body surface to the brain are sensory nerves.
And some nerves combine both functions. Neuropathy can affect either kind.
Motor nerve impairment leads to muscle weakness, even to the point where muscles no longer work.
Sensory nerve impairment brings numbness, peculiar sensations or outright pain.
You have predominantly sensory nerve involvement.
The “seizing up” you describe is a muscle cramp, and that sometimes is part of the neuropathy picture.
Diabetes, deficiencies of some of the B vitamins, an autoimmune attack on nerves, excessive intake of alcohol and some inherited conditions lead to neuropathies.
Antidepressants can alleviate neuropathic pain.
Amitriptyline and Cymbalta are two that are often prescribed.
Seizure-control drugs like Lyrica and Tegretol also suppress it.
Capsaicin cream (Zostrix, no prescription needed) applied to the painful area can bring relief.
Lidoderm patches and lidocaine gel, products related to Novocain, offer easing of pain.
If routine pain medicines are ineffective and the pain is severe and disruptive, drugs like oxycodone and tramadol (morphinelike drugs) can be prescribed and should not be feared.
Get in touch with the Neuropathy Association.
It provides you with more-extensive explanations and guides you in treatments.
The phone number is 800.247.6968.

Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475.

G-MM™: Meditation Moment - 08.01.14


‘This is the carpenter’s son, surely?’

Jesus’ own people at Nazareth are unable to reconcile their knowledge of him as a neighbor with his identity as the Messiah. This pattern of being alienated from those closest to us is often repeated in our lives. Familiarity with a person can blind us to other gifts they possess. It is easy to frame a person with our expectations or our experience of them. Such framing inhibits and stifles potential growth. The inability of Jesus to work many miracles because of the lack of faith he encounters is a symptom of this failure to accept his true identity. Faith involves a broadening of one’s horizon, a freedom to be open to all possibilities. Attempts to pigeonhole people according to our own needs is antithetical to such faith.

Jeremiah 26:1-9 Lord, in your great love, answer me— Ps 68(69):5, 8-10, 14. Matthew 13:54-58.

Jackie Bruce Shaw

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Jackie Bruce Shaw

Age 59, of Sutton, WV passed away July 30, 2014 at Summersville Regional Medical Center.

He was born August 12, 1954 in Sutton, WV.

Jackie was a Deacon of the Shiloh Fellowship Church and a Christian.

He loved fishing, camping, motorcycles and fixing everybody else’s stuff.

He is survived by wife, Rebecca Edgar Shaw; daughters, Christina Short and Theresa Shaw Lambert; parents, Grant and Phyllis Spaur Shaw of Sutton; brothers, Tony Shaw of Delaware and Michael Shaw of Summersville; seven grandchildren.

Graveside service will be 11 AM Saturday, August 02, 2014 at the Barnett Cemetery, Bug Ridge, Sutton with Pastor Mark Hornish officiating.

A memorial service will be held 6:30 PM Sunday, August 03, 2014 at the Shiloh Fellowship, Sutton.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Osa Merle Wilson Fowler

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Osa Merle Wilson Fowler

Age 93, of Grantsville, WV, passed away July 30, 2014 at Minnie Hamilton Health Center.

Born November 17, 1920 in Apple Farm, WV, she was a daughter of the late George and Bessie Stump Wilson.

She was a long-time member of the Rush Run Baptist Church.

Osa enjoyed quilting, gardening and loved her cats. She dearly loved her friends and the staff at Aging With Grace.

The family would like to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation for the wonderful care she received at Aging With Grace.

She is survived by her son Mikel Ross (Sherry) Fowler of Parkersburg; daughter-in-law Barbara Fowler of Parkersburg; four grandchildren, Brenda Hronec of Westerville, OH, Beth Parsons of Parkersburg, Candace McClung of Parkersburg and David Fowler of Washington, WV; as well as eight great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death in addition to her parents by her husband Lowman Park “Wood” Fowler; son Randel Fowler; four brothers; five sisters.

Funeral services will be held Saturday August 02, 2014, 1:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with Rev. John Vannoy officiating.

Burial will follow in the Bethlehem Cemetery.

William J. Keen

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William J. Keen

Age 51, of Sutton, WV passed away July 30, 2014 at CAMC General Hospital.

He was born October 09, 1962 in Sutton, WV.

He was a carpenter.

He was preceded in death by his father, Stanley Webster Keen.

William is survived by wife, Margretta Hayes Keen; sons, Anthony and Brandon at home; daughter, Lacie Dunkin of Virginia; mother, Shirley McDivott Rigger of Clay; brothers, Stanley, Steve, Billy, Ronnie, Johnnie, and Tony; sister, Ruth Ann; several nieces and nephews.

Graveside service will be 2:30 PM Saturday, August 02, 2014 at the Walnut Grove Church Cemetery, Strange Creek with Pastor Max Reynolds officiating.

Arrangement by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Ernest J. “Ernie” Marrs

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Ernest J. “Ernie” Marrs

Age 92, of West Union, WV, departed this life on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, WV.

Ernie was born January 01, 1922 in Mounds City, IL, a son of the late John and Hattie (Fraunke) Marrs.

Ernie was retired from the United States Postal Service after a 30 year career of serving as a letter carrier for the residents in the West Union area. He was a proud WWII veteran of the US Army –AirForce where he was stationed in Germany during the war, and achieved the rank of sergeant. Ernie was a retired member of the West Union Volunteer Fire Department, served as one of the first crew members for the Doddridge County EMS in 1972, served as a dispatcher for the West Union Police Department, member of West Union VFW #3408 and the West Union American Legion, and was very active as a CB Radio operator having helped save lives with the use of his radio.

He is survived by his daughter, Lois Montgomery (Gary) of Salem, WV; son, Wayne Marrs of West Union, WV; brother, Carl Marrs of Colorado; sister, Edna Hipps of Illinois; grandchildren, Jenny Ensminger, Lee Montgomery, Lisa Hess, & TJ Montgomery, Tabby & Landry Marrs; great grandchildren, Madison, Coty, Taylor, Jacey, & Tyde, Colin, & Piper.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Bernice Marrs; son, Larry Marrs; brothers, Frank, Orville, & Albert Marrs; sisters, Christina Duncan, Juanita Talley, Florence Vaughn, & Bertha Grigsby.

Funeral services will be 2 PM, Sunday, August 03, 2014, at the McCullough Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV with Pastor Lee Montgomery officiating.

Burial will follow in the Cairo Masonic Memorial Park, Cairo, WV.

Visitation will be from 4-8 PM, Saturday, at the funeral home.


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2014 >>  WayBackWhen™: August 01

Today is Friday, August 01, the 213th day of 2014. There are 152 days left in the year.

Thought for Today:

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“Middle age snuffs out more talent than ever wars or sudden deaths do.“ — Richard Hughes, Welsh author and dramatist (1900-1976).

Today’s Highlight in History:

On August 01, 1944, an uprising broke out in Warsaw, Poland, against Nazi occupation; the revolt lasted two months before collapsing.

On this date:

In 1714, Britain’s Queen Anne died at age 49; she was succeeded by George I.

In 1876, Colorado was admitted as the 38th state.

In 1907, the U.S. Army Signal Corps established an aeronautical division, the forerunner of the U.S. Air Force.

In 1913, the Joyce Kilmer poem “Trees” was first published in “Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.“

In 1914, Germany declared war on Russia at the onset of World War I.

In 1936, the Olympics opened in Berlin with a ceremony presided over by Adolf Hitler.

In 1943, rioting broke out in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood after a false rumor spread that a police officer had shot and killed a black U.S. Army soldier who in fact had only been wounded; six people were killed in the violence.

In 1957, the United States and Canada agreed to create the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD).

In 1966, Charles Joseph Whitman, 25, went on a shooting rampage at the University of Texas in Austin, killing 14 people. Whitman, who had also slain his wife and mother hours earlier, was gunned down by police.

In 1971, the Concert for Bangladesh, organized by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, took place at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

In 1981, the rock music video channel MTV made its debut.

In 2007, the eight-lane Interstate 35W bridge, a major Minneapolis artery, collapsed into the Mississippi River during evening rush hour, killing 13 people.

Ten years ago:

The federal government warned of possible al-Qaida terrorist attacks against specific financial institutions in New York City, Washington and Newark, New Jersey.

A supermarket fire on the outskirts of Asuncion, Paraguay, killed more than 400 people.

World Trade Organization members meeting in Geneva approved a plan to end export subsidies on farm products and cut import duties across the world.

Karen Stupples won the Women’s British Open.

Alexandra Scott, a young cancer patient who’d started a lemonade stand to raise money for cancer research, sparking a nationwide fund-raising campaign, died at her home in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, at age eight.

Five years ago:

A fierce storm caused an outdoor stage at the Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose, Alberta, Canada, to collapse, killing one person and injuring dozens of others.

A gunman opened fired at a gay youth center in Tel Aviv, Israel, killing two people.

Former Philippine President Corazon Aquino, 76, died in Manila.

Naomi Sims, 61, believed to be the first black supermodel, died in Newark, New Jersey.

One year ago:

President Barack Obama faced congressional critics of the National Security Agency’s collection of Americans’ telephone records as he and Vice President Joe Biden joined lawmakers on both sides of the issue for an Oval Office meeting.

Defying the United States, Russia granted Edward Snowden temporary asylum, allowing the National Security Agency leaker to slip out of the Moscow airport where he had been holed up for weeks.

Actress-producer Gail Kobe, 81, died in Woodland Hills, California.

Today’s Birthdays:

Actor-director Geoffrey Holder is 84

Singer Ramblin’ Jack Elliott is 83

Former Sen. Alfonse D’Amato is 77

Actor Giancarlo Giannini is 72

Basketball Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams is 64

Blues singer-musician Robert Cray is 61

Singer Michael Penn is 56

Rock singer Joe Elliott (Def Leppard) is 55

Rock singer-musician Suzi Gardner (L7) is 54

Rapper Chuck D (Public Enemy) is 54

Actor Jesse Borrego is 52

Actor Demian Bichir is 51

Rapper Coolio is 51

Actor John Carroll Lynch is 51

Rock singer Adam Duritz (Counting Crows) is 50

Movie director Sam Mendes is 49

Country singer George Ducas is 48

Country musician Charlie Kelley is 46

Actress Jennifer Gareis is 44

Actor Charles Malik Whitfield is 42

Actress Tempestt Bledsoe is 41

Actor Jason Momoa is 35

Singer Ashley Parker Angel is 33

Actress Taylor Fry is 33

Actor Elijah Kelley is 28

Actor James Francis Kelly is 25

Actress Ella Wahlestedt (Film: “Earth to Echo”) is 16

WV Lottery - 07.31.14


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Gilmer County Family Court Report – 07.23.14

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Family Court Judge Larry Whited held Family Court in Gilmer County on Wednesday, July 23, 2014.

Two divorces were granted as follows:

•  Wendy Wilson (48) of Linn, WV divorced Thomas Wilson (49)  currently lodged in Central Regional Jail on July 23, 2014

•  Meranda Rene Carder (24) of West Union, WV divorced Dustin Wayne Carder (28) of Big Springs, WV on July 23, 2014

•  One divorce was rescheduled.

•  Several domestic violence cases were heard.

Gilmer County Magistrate Court Report - 07.29.14

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Civil Case(s):

Plaintiff Defendant Filed Served Amount
John Zsigray Robert Fox
Pickers Barn Antique
07.14.14 $450.00
Joe Eagle John R. Ellis 07.15.14 $775.00
Warren E. Hacker Levander Brown 07.23.14 $860.00
Credit Acceptance Corporation
c/o Atkins Law Office
James P. Scott 07.25.14 $3,406.99

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Misdemeanor / Criminal Case(s):

Complainant Defendant Offense Date Warrant
Chief Benton Huffman Jennifer Sue Helmick Failure to Report 07.14.14 07.14.14
Bond: $500.00
Chief Benton Huffman Jennifer Sue Helmick Leaving Scene 07.14.14 07.14.14
Bond: $500.00
Kenneth J. Varner II Brian S. Kennedy Driving Under The Influence 07.19.14 07.19.14
Bond: $1,000.00
Gerald B. Hough, Prosecutor Lilly Marie King Driving Suspended / Misc. 07.22.14 07.22.14
07.22.14: Plea of Guilty Entered - Fine $100.00 - Court Cost $160.25 - Total $260.25 - 6 Month Payment Schedule
Joseph R. Garrett Michael Shawn Billups Obtaining Money Under False Pretenses 07.24.14 07.25.14
Bond: $2,500.00
John W. Moss David Eric Bailey Domestic Battery 07.24.14 07.24.14
Bond: $5,000.00
Joseph R. Garrett Michael Shawn Billups Conspiracy To Commit A Misdemeanor 07.25.14 07.25.14
Bond: $2,500.00
K.J. Varner, II Cynthia J. Barker Domestic Assault 07.28.14
K.J. Varner, II Cynthia J. Barker Domestic Battery 07.28.14
Sheriff Larry Gerwig Jose Traveraso Fugitive From Justice 07.17.14
Sheriff Larry Gerwig Jesse Lee Kessinger Fugitive From Justice 07.12.14
Sheriff Larry Gerwig William Markel Warren Fugitive From Justice 07.24.14
Sheriff Larry Gerwig Carlos Wilson07.24.14 Fugitive From Justice

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Gilmer County Sheriff Citation(s):
Defendant Issued Charge(s)
Patrick Eugene Parker 07.22.14 Registration Violation, No Proof of Insurance

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Department of Natural Resources Citation(s):

Defendant Issued Charge(s)
Harry L. Heater 07.19.14 Illegal Burning of Refuse

G-LtE™: Will Gilmer County Regain Control of Its School System?

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If recent events are any indication, that is very unlikely!!!

One of the things that Gilmer County was cited for when the state took over was questionable hiring practices.

Recently, a position was posted where the most experienced applicant was not even interviewed, and the applicant with no experience was recommended for the job.

Could it be that our old “buddy system” where we hire our friends and family is at play, or since the decision makers were hired this way, were they simply passing on tradition?

~~  Author on File ~~

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The state said it was questionable to hire the Normantown Principal because of being a local and they wanted out of town hires.  Went on to be leader of exceptional school!  Who was right the local board or the state?
Isn’t it questionable that Blankenship put a relative at the High School before he retired for the third time and may still be on the state payroll for all we know?

What about the State Board of Ed assigning Gilmer County a Superintendent who never held that position before? That should be pretty questionable, especially in a county in such bad shape they needed put under intervention?

By Ask The State BOE They're In Charge  on  07.31.2014

Hiring practice laws for the school systems have changed in the past year.  Experience, or years of experience is no longer the top hiring criteria. When a person retires, the county does not have to post that job, that can automatically give it to a person that is on the RIF (Reduction in Force) list, or the transfer list.  That very thing happened in my school. A teacher with 15 years experience wanted to switch to a second grade position that was to be open because that teacher was retiring.  She did not have a chance to apply for the second grade job because the county gave it to one of the teachers on the transfer list.  Therefore, a person with experience will now be stuck in that position and will not be able to transfer just because they have more years experience.  The hiring practice with the point system no longer exists.  This system was put in place to keep nepotism down, and now it is back to where we started.  People are being hiring because they have friends/relatives in the system.  So, as usual in West Virginia, it is all “relative”. No pun intended.

By LindaV  on  07.31.2014

Watch. Gilmer gets audited and OEPA cites the county for this and state uses it as an excuse not to give the county back!!! Forgetting they did it or allowed it and local board had no control over employment.

By Jimmy D  on  07.31.2014

I would bet that overall the Gilmer school system is in a much worse state of affairs since the state department of education took over.

Anyone in the know,  *should* write a long list of what has gone wrong since the take over.  Public should know.

It seems obvious with Dr. Simmons and Dr. Armour elected to the board there has been no improvement whatsoever.  Moreover, probably worse off now.

By Johnnie  on  07.31.2014

Oh you mean the if everyone keeps their mouth shut the new Superintendent will give it back twins.  News flash: only the State BOE can take it and only they can give it back! The new ladies man said he was looking to give back in 6-8 months, next words out of his mouth was in a year.  When he turns 65 in two years he is gone with a fatter retirement and even if the State BOE gave it back today the rule is a two year probationary period under a state appointed superintendent and they can take it back any time! Ask the other intervention counties.
They OEPA audit recommends return to the State BOE.  Do you honestly believe Blankenship recommended to give back anything to Gilmer?  Director of OEPA did that and based it on the last audit.  Read the WV BOE minutes of December 11, 2013. That’s how it’s done and no other way. Not going to fall for the old shut up it’s an easy way out, go along to get along attitude like the last three years and keep voting them back in.

By No More Fairy Tales  on  07.31.2014

It’s a personal choice to choose between what the State tells you or to work to find facts. It’s take the easy way out or dig for truth. For example, when was the last time you read a properly advertised public meeting agenda of the Gilmer County BOE? Call that office (if anyone will answer) and ask about it.  You’ll be told by the county’s own employees the untruth that they only have to post it on the doors.  Really? Citizens are supposed to drive by every day and check the doors for a piece of paper, if one is there park the car and get out of the car, walk up and read what it says in case it’s a meeting agenda?  Not true and not what the open meetings law calls for but it is what we get and no one has asked why the BOE agendas on the GFP have been blank. Not possible an agenda can get in the paper in time with barely a 72 hour notice if that. Only publishes once a week.  Very quick to get it on the GFP. Those who really want to know the truth should want to know what’s going on with the Children, the Board and their tax dollars.

How about checking the State DOE website for the 2012-13 Report Card that replaced AYP?  Have you done that because truth is the third grad at Troy Elementary only had a 9.1 score in Math and at Glenvillle Elementary 4th grade Reading Language Arts only came in at 18.2 If it were not for the rest of the grades carrying the schools things would have been a lot more serious than transition status.  Obviously something went wrong there but have you heard about it?  Did the state retest those grades or evaluate the curriculum?  No.  The Troy score on the Westest2 Assessment Data for Math dropped from 50% in 2012 to 26.4% . The Glenville Assesment score in Reading dropped from 48.8% in 2012 to 41.1% in 2013. What’s being done about it? These children are supposed to be functioning at grade level by third grade.

The ACT scores also show very low results in critical thinking and writing at the High School level.  Whoever said 60% of the career center kids failed was wrong but did you check into that? Did you attend their graduation or just take the local newspaper letter to the editor word for it but the truth is critical thinking and writing is a problem and very necessary to the workforce of today.  The career center went after money for two more Teachers to try and help with that and much more needs to be done before the students ever get the.  Is the Board talking about it?

Better read the WV News article here about the Harman School in Randolph County.  There’s one with only about 50 students and the state doesn’t want to touch it and have another Pickens though topography and travel probably justifies it.  Why didn’t Phares handle that?  Their Commission is helping where was Gilmer Countys?  No one would justify two schools of over 200 for Gilmer no matter how far the students have to travel.No matter the need.

By Check It  on  07.31.2014

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Work Underway for Electric Project in Doddridge County

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FirstEnergy Corp. says construction is underway on a new transmission substation in Doddridge County to help meet the electric demands of the area’s rapidly expanding Marcellus Shale gas industry.

The company also says the new substation also will support and help enhance service reliability for Mon Power’s customers in Doddridge and neighboring counties.

Officials say crews recently completed the foundation work and erected steel structures at the new 11-acre site.

The $36 million project near Sherwood also includes a short transmission line to connect the new substation with an existing line located nearby.

The new substation is expected to be completed and operational in December 2014.

Mon Power serves about 385,000 customers in 34 West Virginia counties.

Frontier Workers Contract Talks

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Communication Workers of America took to the streets of downtown Charleston Wednesday afternoon to raise awareness about their ongoing contract negotiations with Frontier Communications.

The union’s current contract ran out on August20, 2013.

Both sides have agreed on more than a half dozen extensions over the last 12 months.

However, with the latest extension set to run out on Saturday, CWA members said they’re tired of waiting.

They want a new contract, something they said was promised by the company when it bought out Verizon back in 2010.

Members of the Communication Workers of America have been working under an extended contract for nearly a year.

They held a honk and wave event Wednesday in Charleston.

“(Frontier) made promises and commitments to former Verizon workers, the PSC and the people of West Virginia. We want them to keep their promises,” said CWA Local 2001 President Kenneth Williams.

Several dozen Frontier workers and CWA members stood outside the Embassy Suites on Lee Street in Charleston during their lunch break holding signs and waving for drivers to honk their horns in support.

Williams said after nearly a year of being patient, union members want a new contract with fair wages and health care.

“Their livelihood is in limbo until we get some kind of agreement,” stressed Williams.

During past talks, health care was one of the sticking point. Williams said there’s more than just one issue holding both sides back.

In a response to MetroNews, Frontier spokesperson Dan Page said, “We are continuing to bargain at the table and are hopeful to get an agreement in the near future.”

The CWA represents 1,500 Frontier workers across West Virginia.

~~  Jennifer Smith ~~

Survey: Parents Look to Teachers for Internet Safety Training

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Who’s responsible for making sure students get an education in online safety?

According to 4 out of 5 teachers, parents are relying on the schools too much in this regard.

A recent survey by security company AVG of 1,800 teachers around the world also found that 38% of teachers said they believe parents don’t know enough about online safety to be able to teach their own kids.

Two-thirds of respondents said that schools should provide better training on using the Internet as an educational tool; only 28% reported that they’ve had formal training.

77% added that Internet safety should show up in the syllabus.

Those numbers are fairly consistent with findings among American teachers specifically.

75% said they feel that parents are too dependent on teachers to teach Internet safety;

39% said they believe that parents lack an understanding about the subject;

68% said they think schools should do a better job of training on Internet use; and

70% suggested that Internet safety be part of the school syllabus.

Nearly three-quarters of teachers in the United States reported that they have never had formal Internet safety training themselves, even though 86% use Web content in the classroom and 40% assign online homework assignments.

Some other countries are being more aggressive in teaching online safety to their students. In Brazil 54% of teachers teach Internet safety “regularly” and 51% have been trained to do so.

80% of Australian schools have guidelines in place for cyberbullying issues and 75% have guidelines for dealing with students who view inappropriate content online.

“Today’s teachers are not only using the Internet regularly as part of their lessons, they are increasingly having to deal with the wider issues it generates and quite often, without any formal training,“ said Tony Anscombe, AVG’s senior security evangelist. “Given the degree to which the Internet is now used as an education tool, many teachers said their schools have put guidelines in place to deal with the most prevalent issues. The gap is that the majority of teachers had not received any formal training in online safety so these guidelines alone are not sufficient. When one in four teachers have had a child come to them with a cyberbullying issue, it is clear to see why more support is needed.“

West Virginia’s Latest News - 07.31.14

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West Virginia University at Parkersburg has signed a transfer agreement with Pierpont Community and Technical College.

Officials say the schools signed an agreement that allows students to get an associate’s degree in computer information technology at Pierpont and then transfer to WVU-Parkersburg to complete their bachelor’s degree in applied technology.

WVU-Parkersburg says the agreement will help meet West Virginia’s needs for advanced training in the areas of computer and networking technology.

Pierpont is based in Fairmont.


A reward in an animal abuse case in Braxton County has climbed another $5,000.

The reward fund is up to $6,500.

The reward money is being offered after the beating and apparent stabbing of a dog in Gassaway, according to the Humane Society of the United States.

The Humane Society is offering a reward of up to $5,000.

The Braxton County Animal Shelter is offering a $1,500 reward.

On July 17, 2014 local residents noticed a car drive past their home shortly before they heard a dog yelping and the car speed away.

A few hours later, the witnesses found a wounded female dog under their camper with several skull injuries, and she was immediately taken to the veterinarian.

An examination revealed her skull was split in two places and the right side of her skull was crushed.

Due to the repercussions of the attack, she was euthanized.

Authorities believe the dog was beaten with a blunt object and possibly stabbed in the head.

The dog, later named “Princess,” recently had puppies.

Two days after the incident, a malnourished 5-week-old puppy was found close to where Princess was left.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the shelter at 304.765.2200.


Thanks to a donation from Dominion Resources and the Dominion Foundation, West Virginia University’s Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering will be building a Natural Gas Measurement Laboratory, WVU announced July 29.

The natural gas industry operates and maintains a complex network of production, distribution and delivery system, including more than 2 million miles of distribution pipelines and 300,000 miles of transmission lines, to meet the growing demand for natural gas, according to the announcement. Gas flow measurement is the critical component of this system.

“Accurate gas flow measurement, which has enormous financial significance, is challenging because of the extremes of both high and low flow rates in this natural gas delivery system,” said Kashy Aminian, professor of petroleum and natural gas engineering at WVU. “The Natural Gas Measurement Laboratory at WVU provides students with the opportunity to become familiar with the gas flow measurement and control technology through hand-on experiments.”

In conjunction with “A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University,” Dominion Resources and the Dominion Foundation, provided $50,000 in funds and another $150,000 in donated equipment to the lab, along with technical support to oversee installation of the equipment, which will allow students in the department to access state-of-the-art equipment.

“Dominion Resources and the Dominion Foundation are proud to have an opportunity to provide grant funding to the WVU Department Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering,” said Brian Sheppard, vice president of operations for Dominion Transmission. “Our support of the program has enabled WVU to continue educating and graduating natural gas engineers of the highest quality.”

“Additionally, it has made it possible for Dominion to recruit many of these high-quality students to our ranks,” Sheppard said.  ~~  Sarah Tincher ~~


An Upshur County man remains in a coma nearly a week after he was found lying in the middle of WV Highway 4.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday Sebastian Michael Marple, of Buckhannon, is a patient at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

Marple was found in the middle of the road on July 24, 2014.

However, investigators are not sure how he got there or what happened to him.

Deputies will not comment on the exact nature of his injures.

They are asking for anyone with information to call the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office at 304.269.8251.


A man from Philippi was apprehended by the West Virginia State Police after he allegedly stabbed a woman for throwing a box containing his drugs and money.

John Edward Hull, age 44, is accused of stabbing his girlfriend in the arm during the argument on Milroy Road in Ireland, WV over guests he had invited to his residence.

When the State Police arrived, he claimed her wounds were self-inflicted.

After Troopers noticed bruises on her face, the woman told police Hull physically assaulted her, punching her and grabbing her by the throat to choke her after she had thrown the gray box which contained his keys and money into the woods.

Hull denied assaulting her but did acknowledge the argument.

Officers began a search for the box and once located discovered 3.9 grams of meth and just over $1000 in cash inside.

Hull is charged with two counts of felony malicious wounding and is being held in Central Regional Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail.


Students at Harman School in Randolph County will begin the 2014 school year in different locations after a unanimous decision was made by the Randolph County Board of Education during Tuesday night’s special session held at Elkins High School.

The reason for the action is because over the July 4 weekend, a large section of plaster fell from the ceiling in one of the rooms. The state Fire Marshal’s Office and architectural firm deemed the building was not safe until repairs can be made.

A venue change to the theater at Elkins High School for the meeting was requested in anticipation of a large crowd.

This proved to be a correct presumption.

Hundreds of students, parents and community members from Harman showed up to support the school and voice their concerns, which ranged from the future of the school itself to the lengthy bus rides when traveling to the alternative schools.

“The kids could be getting on the bus as early as 5 AM, some getting off the buses as late as 6 PM,“ Karin Huffman, a parent of four students at Harman said. “It makes for an extremely long day, especially for the younger students, some being as young as five years of age.“

The 150 students would be travelling from Harman to Elkins High, Elkins Middle, Midland Elementary and Jennings Randolph Elementary. Several facilities closer to Harman and others will be evaluated as possible temporary facilities.

Another concern brought up is this bus ride would affect the time students, and teachers, would have to do work outside of the classroom.

“It’s going to disallow [students] extra time in order to get their homework assignments done,“ Dave Armentrout, a teacher at Harman said. “Or, actually, preparation even for the teachers because we’re ultimately the ones too that’s going to have to travel that distance and it may cut back on the time that we have to actually have in close contact with the students as well as plan for the next day’s events.“

Another concern which drove residents out in droves on Tuesday night was the fear this relocation would lead to the ultimate end of the Harman School.

However, in an executive session, the board amended the superintendent’s proposal so it would read he has authority to “develop a plan to temporarily relocate students to alternative educational facilities.“

“There was no language in that recommendation suggesting possibly closing Harman School,“ Superintendent of Schools in Randolph County Terry George said. “That is not the goal of the administration nor the board members. Our goal is to make the necessary repairs to return the students of Harman back to their home school.“

The attention now turns to acquiring the estimated $175,000 needed to make the emergency repairs to get the students back to Harman and the $775,000 to remediate the entire facility.

Two anonymous donors kicked of the funding at the meeting with a check of $50,000 and $5,000.

“We got a good start tonight when we got commitments from donations inside totaling $55,000 and we have a commitment from the County Commission for another considerable amount of money,“ George said. “So we feel that we’re probably halfway to where we need to make the emergency repairs.“

Besides the County Commission, other politicians representing the area are working to secure funding.

Members of the legislature attempted to contact officials back in Charleston to see what could be done on a state level. The talks were progressing Tuesday but stalled in the evening before the meeting.

“We were really, really thinking that [Tuesday] we’d have some funds that would be coming from Charleston to help us,“ Delegate Denise Campbell (43rd District - Randolph County) said. “Not for sure exactly what happened that sort of put a wrench in that, but we are not going to stop at not having any assistance from Charleston.“

There are grants available the county can apply for, however most do not become available until after the school year starts on August 14.

A fund has been set up at Grant County Bank—which has seven locations in the area, including one in Harman—for people who would like to donate to the repair efforts.


More than 2,000 union workers and other mining supporters from Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio are rallying Wednesday afternoon in Pittsburgh against proposed stricter federal pollution regulations for coal-burning power plants.

They protesters complain the new regulations will hurt coal mining and raise energy costs.


Friday is the deadline for any residents and businesses to file claims in federal bankruptcy court if they were affected by the January chemical spill into the drinking water supply.

The January 09 spill at Freedom Industries’ plant along the Elk River caused a tap-water ban for 300,000 people for days.


A former West Virginia judge has reported to a Florida prison to serve his sentence for a corruption conviction.

Former Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury reported Tuesday to the minimum-security Federal Prison Camp Pensacola to begin serving a sentence of four years and two months.

Movie Review: ‘I Origins’ - The Eyes Have It. Or Do They?

The thesis of Mike Cahill’s new film “I Origins” — that reincarnated souls can be identified through iris biometrics, or high-tech eye scans — is certainly no more outlandish than the premise of “Another Earth,” Cahill’s 2011 entry into the world of sci-fi philosophizing. The filmmaker’s narrative-film debut, which he wrote with fellow Georgetown University graduate Brit Marling, postulated the existence of a parallel world just a short rocket trip away, and was as notable for its physical impossibility as for its intriguing existential implications.

But where “Another Earth” could be read as a giant metaphor for second chances, “I Origins” is a more straightforward thriller, the sort that can’t really be digested without swallowing its suppositions whole. What prevents them from landing in your stomach with a thud is the fact that its protagonists — a married couple played by Michael Pitt and Marling — are scientists who find the eye theory, at least initially, a load of hogwash.

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The fact that their skepticism mirrors ours helps immensely.

Pitt and Marling play Ian and Karen, eye researchers who accidentally discover, via a global database of eye scans, that there’s a child in India, played by newcomer Kashish, whose eyes exactly match those of a former girlfriend of Ian’s, a free spirit named Sofi (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey).

Much of the film’s first half is devoted to Sofi, who is killed in a freak — and unnecessarily gruesome — elevator accident on their wedding day. Yet even if Sofi hadn’t died, Ian later notes, their relationship was probably doomed. Sofi believed in a world of spirits, and Ian trusts only what he can see with his eyes. Like her husband, Karen is an empiricist. But when this eye-scan anomaly crops up, Karen encourages Ian to fly to India and investigate.

What he finds there is a mystery both open-ended and suggestive. The girl, Salomina, does indeed have Sofi’s eyes, which were an otherworldly combination of blue, hazel and other stray flecks of color. What seems, on one level, pure — if unlikely — coincidence, eventually gathers more weighty overtones when Ian tests Salomina with a game of pictorial association meant to determine whether she has, in some part of her unconscious mind, memories of a former life.

The film ends with an ambiguous, yet powerful conclusion. It doesn’t answer the question it raises, yet the way it’s asked keeps it echoing in your head.

Except that Cahill can’t seem to leave well enough alone. What follows that perfectly good — even perfectly beautiful — ending is a post-credits sequence that comes close to ruining the delicious uncertainty left hanging in the air. It’s the kind self-sabotage that has, oddly enough, become a hallmark of his films with Marling, who also starred in and produced “Another Earth.”

It’s not just Cahill. Marling also frequently collaborates with Zal Batmanglij, another Georgetown alum, whose film projects with her include “Sound of My Voice” and “The East.” To some degree, the problem with all four of these films (the last two of which deal with time travel and violent eco-radicalism) is the same. All too often, they begin in an intriguing direction but then run off the rails. They’re like late-night, dorm-room conversations that get taken too far when one of the participants — possibly fueled by a mind-altering substance — starts insisting that he or she has all the answers, when all that’s really needed is to ask the right questions.

★ ★ ½

R. Contains obscenity, nudity and sensuality. 113 minutes.

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