World Vision Visit to Troy Elementary School

World Vision, a non-profit organization, donated dozens of supplies to Troy Elementary teachers Wednesday, August 21, 2014.

The supplies included: pens, paper, tissues, disinfectant wipes, pencils, erasers, folders, and a variety of other items.

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First Grade teacher Ms. Cherri West is selecting items from the World Vision Donation Van

These items that were donated are usually purchased with a teacher’s own money.(not provided by taxes or the school system)

All Troy teachers were excited to receive the items and were grateful for the donations from World Vision that directly benefit Troy Elementary students.

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A World Vision volunteer is assisting 2nd grade teacher Ms. Bonnett

The West Virginia Board of Education Wants To Hear From You

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The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) is looking to the public for input on ways to redesign principalship programs in the state.  The board, during its monthly meeting, discussed Recommendations for Transforming School Leadership in West Virginia.

The report, compiled by ICF International for Imagine West Virginia, sets forth recommendations that would update the training and roles of school administrators.

“This document sets the stage for monumental changes in the way we prepare principals to step into one of the most important roles within a school,” said Gayle Manchin, WVBE president. “The decisions and actions regarding school principal leadership taken at this time will determine the state’s future regarding the performance of our schools and students. The proposed recommendations turn how we have always done things upside down, forcing leaders to rethink what works and what has not worked for decades.”

Recommendations for a redesigned principalship include:

RECOMMENDATION 1: Redesign the role of the principal from building manager to instructional leader.

Learning and student achievement improve in schools where the principal is an instructional leader.

RECOMMENDATION 2: Redesign principal preparation programs in West Virginia’s institutions of higher education to align with the role of instructional leader and incorporate a strong clinical foundation.

Transforming the school leadership will require the WVBE to adopt more stringent program approval criteria based on the new role and program elements of a rigorous clinical preparation program.

RECOMMENDATION 3: Establish WVBE, or an independent authority established by the Board, with the authority to screen and approve applicants to principal preparation programs.

Transforming school administration should include a well-designed process for selecting and approving applicants. Applicants should be screened by a committee of the WVBE based on selective criteria established by the Board. Successful completion of an approved program, assessment of competencies, and licensure would follow a similar Board approval process.

RECOMMENDATION 4: Redesign the salary schedule for school administrators.

Salary adjustment for successful completion of an approved principal preparation program should be conferred when the program participant assumes the position, not when he or she receives the credential.

RECOMMENDATION 5: Adopt a career ladder for teachers; one that clearly articulates advance instructional roles and credentials, accompanying clinically-based graduate level training for each advanced credential, and corresponding salary adjustments for various clinical positions.

One attractive possibility is the creation of the position of “master teacher” or “teacher leader,“ where good teachers are trained and assigned the additional role of assisting other teachers. These teacher leaders would be paid extra for performing this role.

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“Frontier Table” Book Signing and Foodways Tours at Blennerhassett Island State Park

Local historians Martha and Richard “Dick” Hartley have spent the past 25 years researching the food that early settlers in Western Virginia prepared and ate.

Unearthing more than 230 reference sources, they have assembled little-known facts and fascinating anecdotes about the struggles and triumphs of our ancestors after they crossed the rugged mountains and floated down the rivers into what is now West Virginia.

Their research can be found in their book “The Frontier Table – A Treatise & Source Book on Western Virginia Foodways History - 1776 – 1860.”

The Hartleys will be discussing and signing copies of “The Frontier Table” Sunday, August 24, 2014, at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History in Parkersburg from 1:30 to 3 PM.

Light refreshments of foods prepared from historic recipes will be served.

The Hartleys will present a short commentary on some of their remarkable food findings at 2 PM.

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Martha and Dick Hartley

Scott Cain will provide hammered dulcimer music. Dr. Ray Swick will serve as event host and answer questions about the museum and the history of the island and the Blennerhassetts.

The book also shares information about crops that were planted and harvested, about food and food equipment which was available for purchase or barter, and about the cultural influences on the peoples coming into the Western Virginia “melting pot.”

The book’s numerous illustrations include historical sketches and prints from the Western Virginia region by early artists.

It is rich in unique and cultural heritage and increases our understanding of the importance of food production to the frontier family table.

The references guide readers to sources and more in-depth information about antebellum West Virginia.

The Hartleys, West Virginia natives, volunteer as museum docents and hearth cooks, bringing the fare of an earlier time to the present as they prepare and serve foods using historic recipes and methods.

As docents in period costume, they explain and demonstrate the backbreaking daily chore of getting even the simplest foodstuffs ready to serve to a hungry family.

They truly understand the trials of early settlers food supply, preparation and storage.

West Virginia’s Canada Goose Season Opens September 01, 2014

West Virginia’s 2014–2015 waterfowl seasons will begin statewide Monday, September 01, 2014, with the opening of the early Canada goose season.

The early Canada goose season ends on September 13, 2014.

Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise until sunset.

All other general waterfowl hunting regulations apply to the September season.

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Hunters must possess a federal waterfowl stamp and a free Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration card in addition to a regular hunting license. HIP cards are free and available from DNR offices and all hunting license agents.

“Canada geese are found throughout West Virginia, but the largest concentrations are in the major river valleys where agriculture and suburban landscapes provide an abundance of open land,” Taylor said. “Scouting is a key to success when it comes to goose hunting, as the birds quickly adapt to changing food sources or hunting pressure.”

Locating geese the day before you plan to hunt should be a standard practice, Taylor advised.

Loafing and roosting areas do not change frequently unless hunting pressure is heavy, but feeding areas can change on a daily basis.

Hunters should also seek out hunting opportunities near towns and golf courses, as these areas may wish to have local goose populations reduced.

Because most goose hunting is found on private lands, it is important for hunters to maintain a good relationship with landowners.

Some wildlife management areas also offer goose hunting and hunters should contact the appropriate DNR district office with questions about specific areas.

Waterfowl hunters are reminded of two important toll free numbers.

Federal waterfowl stamps may be purchased with a credit card by calling 1.800.782.6724.

Hunters who harvest a banded bird may call 1.800.327.2263 to report the bird and find out when and where it was banded.

Banded birds may also be reported online at

G-Fin™: U.S. Jobless Claims Fall, Continued Claims at Seven-Year Low

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The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell slightly more than expected last week, pointing to a sustained improvement in labor market conditions.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits declined 14,000 to a seasonally adjusted 298,000 for the week ended August 16, the Labor Department said on Thursday.

Claims for the prior week were revised to show 1,000 more applications received than previously reported.

Economists had forecast claims slipping to 300,000 last week.

A Labor Department analyst said there were no special factors influencing the state level data.

The four-week average of claims, considered a better measure of labor market trends as it irons out week-to-week volatility, rose 4,750 to 300,750.

But at that level, it remains consistent with solid job growth and claims are back at their pre-recession levels.

U.S. Treasury debt prices were little changed on the data, while the U.S. dollar slipped slightly against other major currencies.

The claims report covered the period during which the government surveyed employers for August’s non-farm payrolls data.

The four-week average of claims fell 8,500 between the July and August survey periods, suggesting another month of relatively strong job gains.

Non-farm payrolls increased by 209,000 in July, marking the sixth consecutive month that job growth topped 200,000, a sign of strength last seen in 1997.

The firming jobs picture appears to have caught policymakers by surprise.

Minutes of the Federal Reserve’s July 29–30 policy meeting published on Wednesday showed officials viewing the improvement in labor market conditions as “greater than anticipated” and hinted that could lead to an early interest rate increase.

The U.S. central bank had previously described the labor market slack as “significant”, but the minutes showed many policymakers thought this characterization “might have to change before long.“

The Fed has held its benchmark interest rate near zero since December 2008.

The jobless claims report showed the number of people still receiving benefits after an initial week of aid fell 49,000 to 2.50 million in the week ended August 09.

That was the lowest level since June 2007 and hinted at a decline in the jobless rate.

G-TechNote™: Google Considering YouTube, Gmail Accounts for Kids

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Google is considering allowing online accounts for children under the age of 13 and give their parents control over how the service is used.

Google has been working on a version of YouTube, its video-sharing site, for youngsters and is considering other child-friendly accounts such as its Gmail system, citing a person familiar with the matter.

Internet companies such as Google and Facebook do not offer their services to children under 13, but it is tough to catch users who sign up by providing false information.

A U.S. law called Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA, imposes strict controls on the collection and use of information about children under 13.

Google’s effort is partly driven by the fact that some parents are already trying to create accounts for their children and the company wants to make the process easier and compliant with the rules, citing a person familiar with the effort.

Google’s move was first reported by technology news website The Information.

West Virginia’s Latest News - 08.22.14

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On Wednesday, 7 of 12 counties comprising Regional Education Service Agency District VII held special board of education meetings simultaneously in Bridgeport.

During the state legislature’s 2013 session, House Bill 2940 passed and required “...all county superintendents of schools and members of county boards belonging to the same regional educational service agency shall meet together to identity administrative, coordinating and other county level services and functions that may be shared…“

Representatives from Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Monongalia and Taylor counties sat down together with the goal of finding way to share services with one another.

Dr. Barbara Parsons, Monongalia County School Board President and Financial Officer with the West Virginia School Board Association said collaboration was the original goal when they started meeting before the legislation passed.

“Let’s find ways that we can create some economies of scale, save some money by sharing services and let’s sit down and work on it.“

After a brief introduction, the boards split up an formed groups, mixing with other counties.

“They break up into groups and work on paperwork,“ Howard O’Kull, Executive Director of the WVSBA said. “They’ll look at some state statistics regarding enrollment, financial figures, things unique to the region as far as services that are already provided.“

The information provided broke down state statistics—such as the per pupil expenditures at public school in the state was less than the national average at $11,113 in the 2013-2014 year—but also broke down statistics strictly for RESA VII such as pupil to administrator ratio (174.77) and expenditures for instruction and instructional support ($401,932,708) for the 2012-2013 school year.

The groups collaborated to discuss what each county could bring to the table to share so every county could more efficiently use their dwindling funds.

With Monongalia County one of the only to see an increase in enrollment while other are burdened with decreases, Parsons said she thinks they have insight to offer to others.

“We’re looking at ‘Aren’t there ways we can share some of the things we do?‘ because we have expertise in the business office, we have expertise in the administrative office,“ she said. “Maybe if we could get all of these groups together to talk about that, we could help the counties that are experiencing the biggest declines.“

Similar meetings are taking place in the other seven RESA districts and O’Cull said they will significant in determining the future of education in the state.

“I think it’s very important because West Virginia is facing a persistent decline in the number of students we have and the more this decline continues, which it’s projected to, then the less monies a lot of counties will have for administrative services.“

RESA VII is the largest in terms of the number of counties included.

A second meeting will be held in Elkins on August 27 for the remaining five counties, Barbour, Preston, Randolph, Tucker and Upshur.


West Virginia United Health System announced an initial agreement on Wednesday which would transfer sponsorship of St. Joesph’s Hospital to its United Hospital Center in Bridgeport.

In a statement, Bruce Carter, CEO of United Hospital Center said “We are very pleased to welcome the talented and compassionate medical, nursing, and administrative staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital to the UHC family.“

If the transfer were to be approved, leadership at St. Joseph’s would remain the same and there would be no disruption to patient care.

St. Joesph’s President and CEO Sue Johnson-Phillippe also released a statement, citing a desire to keep the facility’s ability to serve the community intact as a reason for the decision.

“There are fewer Sisters here to oversee their healthcare ministries and this move is part of their strategic planning to secure the future of St. Joseph’s Hospital for its community,“ she said.

The agreement is not finalized, it must go through different stages and varieties of review before UHC can become the parent corporation for St. Joseph’s Hospital.


One of the victims in an armed robbery in Morgantown early Thursday morning is in custody, after police discovered he was a fugitive from justice.

Two men were robbed along Willey Street just before 2:00 AM Thursday.

Police say a group of four men approached the victims and demanded money and valuables.

The suspects then fled the scene.

Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston says they have only a vague description to work from right now.

“Detectives are trying to obtain any surveillance footage that may have been in the area,“ says Preston.

Also complicating the investigation, one of the victims is wanted on criminal charges in Michigan.

Preston says that man was taken into custody.


West Virginia is sharing more than $17.3 million from NASA to increase student and faculty engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at community colleges and technical schools.

Officials say the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia is getting funding through the National Space Grant and Fellowship Program.

Thirty-five awards were granted after a solicitation to members of the national Space Grant Consortia.

NASA says the winning proposals outlined ways to attract and retain more students from community and technical colleges in STEM education.

The Community and Technical College System of West Virginia is working to increase the number of degrees awarded in advanced manufacturing, energy and information technology at its nine colleges on 24 campuses.


Police are looking for the man who robbed a bank in Ripley Thursday morning.

The robbery was reported at just before11:30 AM at the Premier Bank on South Church Street.

Authorities said the suspect was armed, wearing black, carrying a tan bag and wearing a motorcycle helmet when he entered the bank and demanded money.

He ran out of the building into some nearby woods. No injuries were reported.

“Several officers saw him several hundred yards away from the bank upon their initial response and then he fled up into the woods,” State Police First Sgt. O.S. Starsick said. “We don’t know if had somebody waiting–we don’t have anything that points to that.”

Schools in the Ripley area were placed on precautionary lock-down status for the rest of the school day.

School buses were escorted through the city by police cruisers because the search was still active when schools dismissed.

Buses did not run the Cedar Lakes area where it’s believed the suspect could be hiding out.


Two people are hospitalized with severe injuries after a crash in Wirt County.

It happened around 1:30 PM Thursday on WV Highway 14, south of Mineral Wells.

A Nissan Sentra hydroplaned and went left of center, hitting a Chevy Traverse.

There were a total of five people in both cars, all taken to the hospital.

Two people who were trapped in the Sentra had severe injuries.


A move by the federal government will restrict the prescription of painkiller hydrocodone drugs, like Vicodin and Lortab, the number one prescribed controlled substance in West Virginia.

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration will make the announcement Friday that it’s moving hydrocodone from Schedule III to the more restrictive Schedule II.

West Virginia Board of Pharmacy Executive Director and General Counsel David Potters said the new classification will impact how the drugs are stored, stocked, transported, prescribed and dispensed.

“The whole idea to is cut down on the amount of supply available in the medicine cabinets at any one time,” he said.

Hydrocodone is at the top of the list of prescribed drugs in West Virginia. Potters said it also is the most diverted and abused.

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin applauded the reclassification.

“Today was a tremendous step forward in fighting the prescription drug abuse epidemic that is rampant across West Virginia and our country,” Manchin said in a news release. “As Governor and now as U.S. Senator, I have diligently fought to stem the tide on the prescription drug abuse, and rescheduling these highly addictive drugs will help prevent them from getting into the wrong hands and devastating families and communities.”

Schedule II drugs are not allowed to be refilled, a prescription is required each time. Also, in many cases, only doctors can prescribe them.

“It is removing it from the prescriptive authority from many of the mid-level practitioners if not all of them,” Potters said.

Under Schedule II the written prescription expires in 90 days and at pharmacies many of them are kept in locked safes or cages. Potters added making a drug a Schedule II also gives physicians a cause to pause and consider prescribing it.

“It tends to push them to think, ‘Do I really want to prescribe this? Or do I want to prescribe something that has been found by the DEA to be less addictive and less subject to abuse?”

The new rule is expected to be announced Friday and take effect in 45 days.

Potters said West Virginia’s hydrocodone problems come from the excess that’s found in homes across the state.

“More than 70% of all of the controlled substances that are diverted are taken from, given away from or sold from our families’ medicine cabinets,” he said. “They’re not stolen from pharmacies or stolen from warehouses.”

Senator Manchin said he has seen the pain the abuse of hydrocodone-combination drugs can cause in West Virginia communities. He said the finalization of the rescheduling is a major step in the right direction.

“Although there is much more that must be done to curb prescription drug abuse, I am confident that rescheduling hydrocodone will undoubtedly begin saving hundreds of thousands of lives immediately,” Manchin said.

The West Virginia Legislature passed a bill earlier this year that limits hydrocodone drugs to no more than a 30-day supply and no more than two refills. Potters said that law would stay into effect along with the new classification.


A traveling exhibit on the role of sports in American culture is making its way across West Virginia.

The West Virginia Humanities Council is sponsoring a state tour of the new Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit “Hometown Teams.“

Officials selected six museums and cultural and community organizations to host the exhibit and provide public programs about their local sports culture.

The exhibit is on display at the Weirton Area Museum & Cultural Center through September 27.

It began at the Parkersburg Art Center in February and then moved to the Larry Joe Harless Community Center in Gilbert, the Preston County Sports Museum in Rowlesburg and the Randolph County Community Arts Center in Elkins. The exhibit will be on display at the Morgantown History Museum in October.

Movie Review: ‘Siddharth’ - A Mystery with No Simple or Cliche Solution

Movies and television have turned us into believers of fanciful feats of heroism. We’ve seen so many examples of reality-defying comeuppance that we don’t just accept it when, for example, Liam Neeson hunts down his daughter’s captors in “Taken,” killing and maiming countless villains along the way; we expect it.

It’s far more jarring to witness the reality of such a situation — just what “Siddharth” offers. The film by writer- director Richie Mehta features much less action than quiet desperation, but it works, thanks to brilliant performances by Tannishtha Chatterjee and Rajesh Tailang, who play parents living in Delhi. Mahendra (Tailing) is barely scraping by as a zipper repairman, spending day after day wandering the streets, alerting locals over a megaphone that the “chain-wallah” is at work. It’s not a lucrative business, and Suman (Chatterjee) stays home with their two kids, so to supplement the family’s income, they send their 12-year-old son, Siddharth, to work for a month in a far-flung village.

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But on the day Siddarth is supposed to return home, there’s no sign of him. Hollywood conditioning tells us that Mahendra should break out his nunchucks and go find his son, doling out harsh vengeance along the way. But Mehta has no use for fantasy. Instead, Mahendra shifts into neutral for a bit, hoping his son might just magically turn up, while Suman grows increasingly worried. When Mahendra finally seeks help, the police berate him for illegally sending his son away. “You people never learn,” the officer flatly tells him. “Child workers are easy targets for abductions.”

That’s enough to make Mahendra want to rush to Siddharth’s last known address. But he and Suman do the math and realize it would take him 40 days of working to earn enough for the bus ticket.

Watching this family can feel confounding at times. The parents not only send their child away to work, but Mahendra isn’t even sure whether Siddharth is 12 or 13, and neither parent has a photo of him. But director Mehta accomplishes a lot with his establishing shots, showing scenes of poverty and anguish through claustrophobic city streets, lost souls and peeling paint, which seems to be the only notable feature in every home interior. This is such a foreign world that it becomes impossible to question Mahendra’s decisions.

For all the film’s realism, however, its soundtrack tends to be distractingly dramatic. But the story itself never wavers when it comes to portraying the truth. At one point, Mahendra asks some street kids whether they have any intel. One of them responds: “Maybe he got lucky and left this world.”

Of course, we want a happy ending. It feels good to cheer along as an action hero proves he will stop at nothing to protect his family, even if his actions are unbelievable. But “Siddharth” provides something more valuable than a tidy resolution: a glimpse of the complicated nature of life a world away.

★ ★ ★

Unrated. Contains brief strong language. In Hindi with subtitles. 97 minutes.

Mike Romano for WV Senate

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MEC Men’s Cross Country 2014

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The Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals have been picked by the coaches in the Mountain East Conference to win the 2014 men’s cross country conference title.

The Cardinals finished with 78 points and were picked first on six ballots. WJU won the inaugural MEC title in 2013, but graduated its top runner in Luke Holubeck. However, the team brings back its next two runners in Patrick Stanton and Joe Molek, who finished second and third at last year’s conference championship behind Holubeck.

West Virginia Wesleyan finished second in the poll with 72 points and three first-place votes. The Bobcats have three first team All-MEC selections returning, including the league’s Freshman of the Year in Wes Stowers.

Concord was third with 64 points and had the other first-place vote. Notre Dame College was picked fourth with 50 points, followed by Charleston, competing in its first season in men’s cross country, was fifth with 46 points. UVa-Wise was sixth (38), followed by West Liberty (36), Fairmont State (26), Urbana (20) and Glenville State (20).

The 2014 season gets underway on Sept. 6.


2014 MEC Men’s Cross Country Preseason Poll
1. Wheeling Jesuit (6) 78
2. West Virginia Wesleyan (3) 72
3. Concord (1) 64
4. Notre Dame 50
5. Charleston 46
6. UVa-Wise 38
7. West Liberty 36
8. Fairmont State 26
9. (t) Urbana 20
9. (t) Glenville State 20
() Indicates first place votes * Coaches not able to vote for own team

Sports Brief - 08.22.14

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►   TCU HORNED FROGS:  2013 SEASON IN REVIEW: By all accounts, the 2013 season was one of great disappointment for Gary Patterson and his TCU Horned Frogs.

The campaign got off to a rough start as TCU dropped a 37-27 decision to LSU, and the team alternated wins and losses over its next several games. Its victories came against Southeast Louisiana, SMU and Kansas—not exactly the cream of the college football crop.

The Frogs lost three straight from October 19 to November 2 (Oklahoma State, Texas, West Virginia) before notching only their second conference win in a 21-17 decision at Iowa State. TCU would fall to both Kansas State (33-31) and Baylor (41-38) to close the regular season, and at 4-8 it meant the Horned frogs would fail to go to a bowl game for only the second time in the last 16 years.

Patterson, while certainly not happy with how last season played out, is ready to turn the page and begin the process of climbing back up the Big 12 ladder.

“Really excited about getting that taste out of our mouth. The only way to do that is to get back, get going.“


OFFENSE: TCU’s offense was rather inept last season, ranking near the bottom of the Big 12 in scoring (25.1 ppg), rushing (118.6 ypg) and total offense (344.8 ypg). The loss of most of the starters, including nearly all the skill position players, from that unit can be viewed as either a curse or a blessing, but the guys who are back should help propel the Frogs to greater heights this time around.

A totally new offensive system, under the direction of co-coordinators Doug Meacham and Sonny Cumbrie should also give the squad a boost.

The quarterback job will either go to the athletically-gifted Trevone Boykin or Texas A&M transfer Matt Joeckel. Both have a different skill set, but each has the ability to lead the team up and down the field. Helping in that regard will be a receiving corps, that could feature Boykin should Joeckel get the nod under center, as well as junior Josh Doctson (36 receptions, 440 yards, 4 touchdowns).

Patterson knows consistent play from his quarterback is the key to having an efficient offense.

“I think the key is to find the guy that has the swagger, that allows us to move the football, score the points and the guy that’s not going to turn the ball over,“ he went on to say, “Felt like last year, if we just would have done that, we would have had an opportunity to win a couple more ball games.“

The run game boasts a pair of fleet-footed backs in juniors B.J. Catalon and Aaron Green, the former of whom rushed for 569 yards and 6 scores a year ago. The offensive line, which has three starters back in the fold, needs to show more consistency.

DEFENSE: The TCU defense was actually pretty darn good in 2013, allowing just 356.4 ypg to rank second in the Big 12, with its effort against the run being the best in the league at a mere 130.8 ypg.

With the majority of the starters back for another go, the Frogs could be even better this season. It all starts up front where guys like senior Chucky Hunter and junior Davion Pierson will try and make up for the loss of talented-but-troubled star Devonte Fields (2013 Big 12 Freshman of the Year) who was released from the team recently after being suspended earlier this summer for his alleged involvement in an off-the-field issue.

The linebacking corps should be very strong, as senior Paul Dawson is back as the team’s top tackler (91), and joins fellow seniors Jonathan Anderson and Marcus Mallet as guys who have the talent and experience to get the job done.

The secondary lost some key contributors, but seniors Kevin White and Sam Carter, along with junior Chris Hackett return to hopefully make this a real area of pride after the team had such an outstanding campaign in 2013 (second- most interceptions in the Big 12 at 19).

SPECIAL TEAMS: The kicking game should be just fine as juniors Jaden Oberkrom and Ethan Perry are back after putting forth steady performances last season. The return aspect of things should also be in good hands, as Catalon was one of the top kick returners in the league last year (26.5 ypr), while sophomore wide receiver Cameron Echols-Luper ranked third in punt returns (13.4 ypr).

OUTLOOK: TCU needs a bounce-back year after stumbling its way through the 2013 campaign. The schedule opens with winnable games against Samford, Minnesota and SMU, the first two being at home, but then comes the start of Big 12 play.

The first half of the conference slate is much tougher than the second, as early bouts with Oklahoma, Baylor and Oklahoma State will tell Patterson all he needs to know about his team. Win a couple of those and the Frogs could be on the road to success. Lose most, or all of them, and it will take a near- perfect run down the stretch to get them back to a bowl game.

It’s a safe bet the club will be bowling once again, but just what tier that postseason experience is in is anybody’s guess.


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►   COWBOYS LB HOLLOMAN HAS CAREER-THREATENING NECK INJURY:  Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Thursday the career of linebacker DeVonte Holloman appears to be over because of a serious neck injury.

Holloman battled neck issues last year, missing six games because of the problem, and had struggled with the injury again during this preseason.

“DeVonte got information back from the doctors he visited with regarding his neck and it doesn’t look like he’s going to be able to play football anymore,“ Garrett said during a media briefing Thursday. “It’s in relation to the injury he had last year. I think he had a similar injury this year. They are related.“

Garrett wouldn’t divulge specifics of the injury, reiterating only that is a neck injury.

Holloman was selected by the Cowboys with a sixth-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. The South Carolina product started two games last year and notched 14 tackles while also contributing on special teams.

►   BELL, BLOUNT BUSTED FOR MARIJUANA POSSESSION:  Pittsburgh Steelers running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount face charges of marijuana possession and Bell faces an additional charge of DUI, according to multiple media outlets.

The two ball carriers and an unidentified female were arrested after Ross Township Police in Pittsburgh smelled the scent of marijuana coming from a black Camaro that Bell was driving.

The three jointly admitted to possessing the marijuana and likely face charges, while Bell was taken to a local hospital for a blood test to see if he was driving under the influence.

Bell finished with 860 yards on 244 carries in his rookies season with the Steelers in 2013. Blount, meanwhile, is spending his first season in Black and Gold after signing an offseason deal with the team.

Pittsburgh visits Philadelphia on Thursday to kick off Week 3 of the preseason.


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►   CANO, JONES, PUIG AND PUJOLS TO LEAD MLB STARS IN JAPAN:  Robinson Cano, Adam Jones, Yasiel Puig and Albert Pujols are among the big league stars that will travel to Japan for a series of games this November.

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington will guide the MLB stars in the five-game set against a team of Japanese All-Stars.

It will mark the 11th All-Star series and the 36th time overall that a team of Major League Baseball players will tour Japan for games. The current five-game format was adopted in 2006, the last time a group of MLB stars squared off against a team of Japan All-Stars. The MLB team went 5-0 eight years ago.

The opening game will take place in Osaka on November 12 before heading to Tokyo for three games on the weekend of November 14-16. The final game of the series will be in Sapporo on November 18.

Two exhibition games will bookend the series—the first on November 11 and the last on November 20.

►   CUBS PLACE CASTRO ON BEREAVEMENT LIST:  The Chicago Cubs placed shortstop Starlin Castro on the bereavement list on Thursday.

Castro left the team on Wednesday following the death of his cousin.

The 24-year-old is hitting .284 with 13 homers and 64 RBI this season.

In addition, Chicago placed pitcher Edwin Jackson on the 15-day disabled list due to a right lat strain.

Jackson is 6-14 with a 6.09 ERA this year.


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►   MAYA MOORE NAMED WNBA MVP:  Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore was named the WNBA Most Valuable Player on Thursday.

Moore was the runner-up to Los Angeles Sparks star Candace Parker for the honor in 2013 and this year was a runaway winner. She received 35 first-place votes and 371 total points from a nationwide panel of 38 sportswriters and broadcasters.

Phoenix guard Diana Taurasi finished second in the balloting. The 2009 MVP garnered two first-place votes and 242 points. Atlanta’s Angel McCoughtry was third in the voting, followed by Parker and Phoenix center Brittney Griner, who received the other No. 1 vote.

Moore, the first Minnesota player honored as MVP, helped the Lynx to a record of 25-9 and the second seed in the upcoming Western Conference playoffs. Only Phoenix had a better record at 29-5.

In 34 games this season, Moore averaged a league-high 23.9 points with a WNBA- record 12 games of 30-plus points. Her best outing of the year was a 48-point performance in a double-overtime win against Atlanta on July 22. It was the second-highest output in WNBA history.

Moore also had a league-best 295 field goals made, tied for third with 62 3- pointers made and finished eighth in rebounding at 8.1 per game. She was the conference’s player of the month three times and player of the week five times.

The Connecticut product was previously honored as the league’s top rookie in 2011 and last year won the WNBA Finals MVP after leading the Lynx to their second title in three years.

►   STORM WIN TOP PICK IN WNBA DRAFT LOTTERY:  The Seattle Storm won the WNBA draft lottery Thursday and will have the No. 1 pick in 2015.

Seattle and Tulsa both had equal chances (36 percent) at winning given their league-worst 12-22 records, while the Connecticut Sun actually had two shots for a combined 28 percent chance stemming from an April trade with New York.

The Sun, who won last year’s lottery, settled for the third and fourth picks. They acquired New York’s first-round pick in a draft-day deal involving Tina Charles.

Tulsa will pick second.


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►   KESELOWSKI GRABS FIRST WIN IN TRUCK SERIES AT BRISTOL:  Brad Keselowski claimed his first victory in the Camping World Truck Series after holding off Darrell Wallace Jr. in the closing laps of Thursday’s UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

This 200-lap race was scheduled for Wednesday night but persistent rain forced postponement until the following day.

Keselowski, the driver/owner of the No. 19 Ford and the 2012 Sprint Cup Series champion, passed Kyle Busch, the pole sitter, for the lead on lap 125 and then ran in front for the remaining 76 laps around this 0.533-mile, high-banked short track.

Wallace challenged Keselowski for the top spot during the final 10 laps and at one point was right on his back bumper, but Keselowski pulled away and beat Wallace to the finish line by 0.8 seconds.

Keselowski scored his maiden truck win in his 62nd start. He had finished second five times before earning his first victory in the series. Keselowski also became the 25th driver to win a race in all three of NASCAR’s national touring series. He has 13 victories in Sprint Cup and 30 in Nationwide.

“It took a long time to get here, but we made it,“ Keselowski said in Bristol’s Victory Lane. “This series means so much to me. It’s great to win as a driver.“

Keselowski and his father, Bob, became the first father/son duo to win races in the Truck Series. Bob Keselowski’s lone victory in the series came on Sept. 4, 1997 at Richmond.

“My family has been a part of this series since the inception, and I feel like I have too, whether I was watching as a kid or now as a team owner and a driver,“ Keselowski said. “I got my start in this series. Ran my family bankrupt in this series, trying to make it. Caught some other breaks to make it to the Cup Series. I’ve had all the success in the Cup and Nationwide level but never here [in the Truck Series].

“Part of it is because I did it the hard way, trying to do it myself. Everybody knows I like to do things the hard way. But we’re here, and I’m proud of everyone that got me here.“

Ron Hornaday Jr. finished third, followed Matt Crafton, the defending series champion, and Johnny Sauter, the current points leader. Sauter holds an eight- point advantage over Crafton, his teammate at ThorSport Racing.

Busch and Keselowski were the only drivers who led in this race. Busch ran in front for a total of 81 laps, while Keselowski held the top position for 119 laps.

With less than 25 laps to go, Busch was running in third but had a flat right- rear tire, causing him to make slight contact with the wall. He ended up finishing six laps behind in 24th. Busch has won a truck race at Bristol four times, including a victory here last year.

Hornaday is now 17 points behind out of the lead, while Ryan Blaney trails by 24 points following his 13th-place finish.

Wallace’s second-place run moved him to within 33 points of Sauter.

“We finished second, but I wish we could take it back,“ Wallace said. “I thought I got on [Keselowski’s] bumper pretty good getting into [turn] 1 but not enough. I would’ve had to wreck him to get by him. I respect Brad and what he does. Congrats to him.“

John Hunter Nemechek finished sixth, followed by Joey Coulter, Cole Custer, Ben Rhodes and Corey Lajoie.


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►   RYU TIES COURSE RECORD, CLAIMS EARLY LEAD IN ONTARIO:  So Yeon Ryu fired a course-record tying 9- under 63 on Thursday as she claimed a 1-stroke lead at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open.

Ryu, who has nine top-10 finishes this season, is seeking her third career win on the LPGA Tour. Her last victory came at the 2012 Jamie Farr Owens Toledo Classic.

“I failed (to win) so many times, but at the same time I learned so many things,“ Ryu said about her season. “I’ve just got through all the tests, and I want to make it this one.“

Na Yeon Choi carded an 8-under 64 during her opening round at London Hunt and Country Club to sit in second place, while Anna Nordqvist is alone in third at 7-under 65.

Inbee Park, who won the LPGA Championship last week for her fifth career major title, Azahara Munoz, Danielle Kang and Xi Yu Lin share fourth at 6-under 66.

Two-time defending champion Lydia Ko shot a 2-under 70 to sit among a large group of players tied for 34th place. Ko is seeking her third straight win at this event.

Ryu opened her bogey-free round with a par before converting a birdie at the second. She would add birdies at the fourth and seventh to make the turn at 3- under.

Ryu poured in four birdies in a five-hole span from the 10th to jump to 7- under.

Another gain at the 17th pulled her even with clubhouse leader Choi, and she made it two straight birdies at the 18th to move into sole possession of the lead.

“When I was warming up, my shot was really bad, so I had zero expectation I could play this low,“ Ryu said. “But I played really well, so I’m really happy with what I’m doing today.“

Choi had earlier started on the back nine and got her round started with a birdie. After rolling in another birdie at the 13th, she picked up another shot at the 16th to make the turn at 3-under.

She then caught fire around the turn, reeling off five straight birdies from the first to race to 8-under. That run included a pair of chip-ins at the first and fifth.

A bogey at the sixth halted her momentum, but she quickly got that shot back with a birdie at the seventh and parred her final two holes to end at minus-8.

“The first hole I started with a birdie. It just feels good, I guess a lot of vibes from there,“ said Choi. “I didn’t really try to shoot a low score, like 7-, 8-under today, but I think that’s why I played well today.“

Nordqvist posted seven birdies during her opening round to finish in third place.

NOTES: Ryu has 27 top-10 finishes since her last win ... Choi has 10 top-10 finishes since her last win at the 2012 CME Group Titleholders ... Ryu had three chip-in birdies in her opening round ... Karen Sjodin had a hole-in-one at the second hole. It was the seventh of her career, but first on the LPGA Tour.

►   VAN PELT TOPS CROWDED BARCLAYS LEADERBOARD:  Bo Van Pelt fired a 6-under 65 on Thursday and grabbed a 1-stroke lead after the opening round of The Barclays.

Van Pelt hasn’t won since 2009 and has just one top-10 finish this season. In his last three starts, he has one missed cut and a pair of top-15 finishes.

Hunter Mahan posted a 5-under 66 and is tied for second place with eight other players. Including this tournament, Mahan is the only player that has competed in all 29 FedExCup playoff events.

The five-time PGA Tour winner was joined at minus-5 at Ridgewood Country Club by Jim Furyk, Paul Casey, Charles Howell III, Brendon de Jonge, Brendon Todd, Ben Martin and Cameron Tringale.

Danny Lee, Ryo Ishikawa and Russell Knox share 11th place at minus-4.

Keegan Bradley, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, 2010 winner Matt Kuchar and Justin Rose, who shared second place last year, are among 19 players tied for 13th place at 3-under 68.

Defending champion Adam Scott is one stroke behind that group at minus-2.

PGA Championship winner and Open Champion Rory McIlroy struggled to a 3-over 74, which left him tied for 102nd place in the 122-player field.

Van Pelt flew out of the gate with three straight birdies. He made a 5-footer at the first and drained a 23-foot try at No. 2. Van Pelt’s third shot to the par-5 third stopped inside two feet and he kicked that in for birdie.

Following that opening burst, Van Pelt remained two off the lead as he ran off 12 consecutive pars. He drained a 9-foot birdie effort at the 16th to get within one of the large group of leaders.

Van Pelt jumped ahead of that group as he holed an eagle chip from just short of the green at the par-5 17th. He closed his bogey-free round with a par at the last to grab the first-round lead for the eighth time in his PGA Tour career.

“I felt my preparation was good coming in, but you just never know. It’s nice to get off to a good start. You know, I hit it close on one, made a nice putt on two and pretty much had a gimmie on three. Anytime you can get ahead of a tough golf course, I think it just relaxes you a little bit,“ Van Pelt said. “I hit really good in the middle of the round, had four or five good ones in a row that I didn’t make. The up and down at 15 really kept my round going.“

Mahan opened with a birdie at the first and another at the fifth. After six pars in a row, he traded a bogey for a birdie from the 12th. Mahan converted three straight birdie efforts from the 15th to get to 5-under. He parred the last to end there.

“I definitely went through a period where I didn’t hit it as well as I normally do, and I think that kind of weighed on me more than it should have. I feel like it’s a good time, good opportunity, being 33 years old, to look at myself, look at my game and look at how I do things and examine them,“ said Mahan, who is trying to earn one of Tom Watson’s captains picks for the Ryder Cup. “So I’ve been thinking about that over a month or two, thought fully about it and I think right now in the last month or so, I’ve really been focusing on the details of myself and my game.“

Tringale, who disqualified himself from the PGA Championship last week, mixed six birdies and one bogey in his round of 66. Furyk, Martin and de Jonge did the same.

“We had great kind of rhythm in the round. Everyone was playing well and hitting a lot of quality shots, so it kind of felt like I was just trying to keep up,“ said Tringale, who played with Mahan and Charl Schwartzel.

Todd and Howell had seven birdies and two bogeys in their rounds, while Casey had a bogey-free round with five birdies.

NOTES: Van Pelt has played the first two playoff events every year of the FedExCup ... Of the seven times Van Pelt had a piece of the first-round lead, his best finish a solo second place at the 2012 Quicken Loans National ... In the seven years of the FedExCup, 46 players that started outside the top 100 on the points list entering the first playoff event were able to move on to the second event.

►   DONALDSON JUMPS OUT TO LEAD AT CZECH MASTERS:  Seeking a spot on the European Ryder Cup team, Jamie Donaldson grabbed an early, 1-shot lead following the first round at the inaugural Czech Masters.

Donaldson, who has not won on the European Tour this season, fired a 6-under 66 on Thursday at Albatross Golf Resort. Donaldson, a two-time winner on tour, has not won since the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship last year.

“I know what I’ve got to do this week so it’s just a case of going out and doing it,“ said Donaldson. “It’s another golf tournament where you’ve got to go out there and play as well as you can and content to win the tournament. I’m in a position to do that now. I just need more of the same over the next three rounds.“

Mikael Lundberg is right on Donaldson’s heels after his opening-round, 5-under 67.

Bradley Dredge, who finished runner-up to Marc Warren at last week’s Made in Denmark, headlines a group of 10 players sitting two shots back at 4-under 68. Dredge is joined by Paul Waring, Kenneth Ferrie, Danny Willett, John Hahn, Keith Horne, Lee Slattery, Soren Kjeldsen, Matthew Nixon and S.S.P. Chowrasia.

Donaldson started off strong, coming out of the gates with a birdie at the par-5 first to get into red numbers early. Donaldson briefly dropped back to even-par with a bogey at the third, but he got that shot right back with his second gain at No. 4.

Following three straight pars, Donaldson got to 3-under for the day with back- to-back birdies at eight and nine. After making the turn with a par on 10, Donaldson tripped to his second bogey of the day at the par-4 11th. Like his first bogey, Donaldson atoned for his mistake right away with his fifth birdie on the par-5 12th.

Donaldson added another birdie at 14 before rattling off two straight pars on 15 and 16. He shot to the top of the leaderboard with a pair of birdies at 17 and 18, both par-4s, to get to minus-6.

“It was a good day,“ Donaldson said. “I played nicely - the course was playing tough early on, quite windy and then died down late, but that finish is pretty tough, so I’m happy with the result.“

Like Donaldson, Lundberg was playing in the afternoon and he too got off to a hot start with birdies at one and two to quickly get to 2-under. After two straight pars, Lundberg picked up his third birdie at the par-4 fifth.

Lundberg’s first and only mistake of the first round came at No. 7, when he dropped a shot with a bogey at the par-3. Lundberg made the turn with two pars at eight and nine before pouring in his fourth birdie at the 10th.

Two more birdies at 12 and 13 preceded a string of five straight pars to end Lundberg’s round, putting him one behind Donaldson.

“I played really steady and really solid,“ Lundberg stated. “I only made one mistake today and made some putts so it doesn’t get much better than that.“

NOTES: Entering this week, Donaldson currently sits at No. 8 in the Ryder Cup world points and No. 5 in the European points ... Donaldson finished tied for second at the WGC-Cadillac Championship this year ... Tee times for the morning groups were delayed one hour due to lightning. Afternoon tee times were delayed 50 minutes.


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►   DJOKOVIC COULD MEET FEDERER IN U.S. OPEN FINAL:  The draw was revealed Thursday for the U.S. Open and top seeds Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer could meet in the final in two weeks.

The world No. 1 Djokovic will open up against Argentine Diego Schwartzman and could face 13th-seeded 6-foot-10 American John Isner in the fourth round. The Serbian star could meet eighth-seeded Andy Murray in the quarterfinals in a rematch of the 2012 U.S. Open final, which was won by Murray.

The two-time Grand Slam champion Murray, who was also a U.S. Open runner-up back in 2008, will open against Dutchman Robin Haase next week.

Potential semifinal opponents for Djokovic could be third-seeded Australian Open champ Stan Wawrinka or fifth-seeded Canadian star Milos Raonic. Wawrinka will open against Czech Jiri Vesely, while Raonic will face a qualifier in the round of 128.

The five-time champion and former runner-up Federer could then loom for the 2011 titlist and four-time runner-up Djokovic in the title match.

Djokovic is the reigning Wimbledon champ and French Open runner-up who was last year’s U.S. Open runner-up to Rafael Nadal and has appeared in the last four U.S. Open finals.

The 2013 champion and two-time titlist Nadal pulled out of the Open this week due to a right wrist injury.

In the bottom half of the draw, the 17-time Grand Slam king Federer will be the favorite to come out. The Swiss icon will open up against Aussie Marinko Matosevic and could face seventh-seeded Bulgarian star Grigor Dimitrov in the quarters. Dimitrov will open against American Ryan Harrison.

Potential semifinal opponents for the Wimbledon runner-up Federer or Dimitrov could be sixth-seeded former Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych or fourth- seeded former Roland Garros finalist David Ferrer. Berdych will open against former U.S. Open champ Lleyton Hewitt, while Ferrer will take on Bosnian Damir Dzumhur in round one.

The 33-year-old Federer beat Ferrer in last week’s Cincinnati Masters final.

The 2014 U.S. Open will get underway Monday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

►   SERENA COULD FACE SHARAPOVA IN U.S. OPEN TITLE TILT:  World No. 1 Serena Williams could face former top-ranked star Maria Sharapova in the final at the 2014 U.S. Open, as the draw was revealed Thursday in New York.

The five-time champion Williams will open against promising fellow American Taylor Townsend and could face 24th-seeded Samantha Stosur in the fourth round in a rematch of the 2011 U.S. Open final, which was stunningly won by the Aussie.

A potential quarterfinal opponent for Williams could be eighth-seeded former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic, while a semifinal outing for the American could feature third-seeded Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova, seventh-seeded Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard or 16th-seeded Victoria Azarenka on the other side of the net. Kvitova will open against France’s Kristina Mladenovic, while Bouchard will battle Belarusian Olga Govortsova and the two-time Australian Open champion Azarenka will tangle with Japan’s Misaki Doi in the round of 128.

Williams, who has appeared in three straight U.S. Open finals, beat the former top-ranked Azarenka in the last two finals in Flushing, both in three sets.

The two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova could meet 27th-seeded rising American Madison Keys in the third round, Azarenka in the fourth, and Bouchard in the quarters. Bouchard is the only woman to reach at least the semifinals in the first three Grand Slam events this year.

The bottom half of the draw is highlighted by second-seeded French Open runner-up Simona Halep and the fifth-seeded Sharapova, who was this year’s French Open champ and captured her lone U.S. Open title back in 2006.

Halep will open up against little-known American Danielle Rose Collins, while the five-time major champion Sharapova will face fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko in round one.

Halep and Sharapova could meet in the semifinals in a rematch of their Roland Garros final, which was won by the Russian veteran. Halep could meet two-time U.S. Open champ Venus Williams in the fourth round, while Sharapova could face former world No. 1 and 2009 U.S. Open runner-up Caroline Wozniacki in the fourth. Sharapova could meet Halep or Venus in the quarterfinals, and Halep or Sharapova could face fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the semis. Halep, like Sharapova, could face Serena in the final.

A potential quarterfinal opponent for Radwanska could be sixth seed Angelique Kerber, who could meet American Sloane Stephens in the fourth round.

The 2014 U.S. Open will begin Monday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.


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Major League Baseball - National League
San Francisco at Washington, 7:05 PM - CSN-Bay, MASN, MLB Network, DSS
St. Louis at Philadelphia, 7:05 PM - FS-Midwest, NBC10, DSS
Atlanta at Cincinnati, 7:10 PM - FS-South, Ohio, MLB Network, DSS
Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, 8:10 PM - ROOT-Pittsburgh, FS-Wisconsin, DSS
Miami at Colorado, 8:40 PM - FS-Florida, ROOT-Rocky Mountain, DSS
San Diego at Arizona, 9:40 PM - FS-San Diego, Arizona, DSS
NY Mets at Los Angeles, 10:10 PM - SNY, SportsNet LA, DSS

American League
Chicago WSox at NY Yankees, 7:05 PM - CSN-Chicago, My9, DSS
Houston at Cleveland, 7:05 PM - CSN-Houston, SportsTime Ohio, DSS
Tampa Bay at Toronto, 7:07 PM - SunSports, SNET, DSS
Seattle at Boston, 7:10 PM - ROOT-Northwest, NESN, DSS
Kansas City at Texas, 8:05 PM - FS-Kansas City, TXA21, DSS
Detroit at Minnesota, 8:10 PM - FS-Detroit, North, DSS
LA Angels at Oakland, 10:05 PM - FS-West, CSN-California, DSS

Baltimore at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 PM - MASN, WGN (America), DSS

National Football League - Preseason
Jacksonville at Detroit, 7:30 PM - WXYZ7
NY Giants at NY Jets, 7:30 PM - CBS2
Carolina at New England, 7:30 PM - Panthers TV, WBZ
Oakland at Green Bay, 8:00 PM - CBS
Chicago at Seattle, 10:00 PM - FOX32, NFL Network

Canadian Football League
Montreal at Winnipeg, 8:30 PM - TSN, RDS,

WNBA - Playoffs
Chicago at Atlanta, 7:30 PM - NBATV
Los Angeles at Phoenix, 10:00 PM - NBATV

Major League Soccer
Real Salt Lake at FC Dallas, 9:00 PM - NBCSN

International Soccer
Evian vs. Paris Saint-Germain FC, 2:25 PM - beIN Sport

EUROPEAN - D+D Real Czech Masters, 5:00 AM - Golf Channel
EUROPEAN - D+D Real Czech Masters, 9:00 AM - Golf Channel
PGA - The Barclays, 2:00 PM - Golf Channel
WEB.COM - WinCo Foods Portland Open, 6:30 PM - Golf Channel

Connecticut Open, 1:00 PM - ESPN 2
Winston-Salem Open, 3:00 PM - ESPN 2

Auto Racing
FORMULA ONE - Belgian Grand Prix practice, 8:00 AM - NBCSN
SPRINT CUP - IRWIN Tools Night Race practice, 11:00 AM - FS1
SPRINT CUP - IRWIN Tools Night Race practice, 1:30 PM - FS1
NATIONWIDE - Food City 300 qualifying, 3:30 PM - FS1
SPRINT CUP - IRWIN Tools Night Race qualifying, 5:30 PM - ESPN 2
NATIONWIDE - Food City 300, 7:30 PM - ESPN

Horse Racing
Personal Ensign Handicap, 4:30 PM - TVG

Country Roads Cook-off Rescheduled for August 24, 2014

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The fourth annual Country Roads Cook-Off, which was postponed from its original date on July 27, has been rescheduled for August 24.

The event was postponed due to inclement weather, but despite its new date, it still will have most of the features that would have been present originally.

That includes all six participating teams and the People’s Choice Award in which civilians can sample all entries and vote on the best dish.

The Cook-Off will be held adjacent to the Bridgeport Farmers Market and will open at 10 AM In the case of inclement weather, it will be moved to an indoor location to be determined.

Questions about the Cook-Off can be directed to Debbie Workman at 304.669.4340.

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Glenville: FREE Band Bash - 08.22.14 - Today

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FREE Band Bash this Friday, August 22, 2014 from 5:00-7:00 PM at the Glenville Presbyterian Church located on WV HWY 5 W, #1172 1 mile from the stoplight, just past the Gilmer County Fire Department.

All is welcome!

A feature performance by the hard-working Glenville State College Marching Band will the highlight of the evening at 6:30 PM.

There will also be free food available including hotdogs, baked beans, coleslaw and ice cream.

Not only that, but many yard games, face painting and even a castle bounce is going to be there for a fun-filled Friday night.

If anyone has questions, they can direct them to Pastor Charlie Ringe at 304.462.7239.

Ava Raine Lake

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Derek and Lora Lake of Hacker Valley, WV announce the birth of their daughter, Ava Raine Lake.

She was born Wednesday, August 06, 2014 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.

The little girl weighed 10-pounds, 2-ounces.

She is the couple’s second child.

The mother is the former Lora Brown and is a homemaker.

The father is employed at High Point Construction.

Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Brown of Cleveland, Ohio.

Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Lake of Hacker Valley, WV.

Peyton Nicole Oldaker

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Brian Oldaker and Irene Workman of Weston, WV announce the birth of their daughter, Peyton Nicole Oldaker.

She was born Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.

The little girl weighed 7-pounds, 6-ounces.

Maternal grandparent are Jerry and Cathy Workman of Weston, WV.

Paternal grandparents are Pat and Linda Oldaker of Wildcat, WV.

Alexis Marie Leon

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Christopher and Rebecca Leon of Jane Lew, WV announce the birth of their daughter, Alexis Marie Leon.

She was born Saturday, August 09, 2014 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.

The little girl weighed 7-pounds, 8-ounces.

She is the couple’s second child.

The mother is the former Rebecca Williams and is a homemaker.

The father is employed as an aircraft detailer.

Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Williams of Jane Lew, WV.

Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Dallman of Jane Lew, WV.

G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Elementary Teacher-Third Grade - GES

Elementary Teacher-Third Grade

Grade Level:

Teacher’s Responsibilities: Implements programs of study; Fosters a classroom climate conducive to learning; Utilizes instructional management systems models that increase student learning; Monitors student progress towards mastery of Content Standards and Objectives; Communicates effectively within the educational community and with parents on a regular basis; Meets professional responsibilities and demonstrates competency in the knowledge and implementation of technology standards as they apply to the classroom.               

Job Location or School Name:
Glenville Elementary



West Virginia Certification in Elementary Education K-6. Qualifies or agrees to qualify as a “Highly Qualified Teacher”.

Based on Professional Salary Scale for Degree and Experience

Closing Date:


• Application for employment; Copy of WV Teaching Certificate; Current transcripts for undergraduate and graduate work; Previous two evaluations    
•Current employees submit Bid Sheet (located on the county website). 

Apply to:
Judith A. Stalnaker, Personnel Director 
Gilmer County Schools 
201 N. Court Street 
Glenville, WV 26351 
Fax: 304.462.5103

County Contact Email:

G-OB™: Part-time Office Assistant/ Education Outreach Coordinator

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The West Fork Conservation District, located at the USDA Service Center in Mount Clare, is currently accepting resumes for a Part-time Office Assistant/ Education Outreach Coordinator.

This position is a part time hourly position, with 30 hrs max, with no benefits.

Applicant must possess appropriate office skills, and be competent with Microsoft office and publisher.

Applicant is responsible for the development of brochures, newsletters, and other educational materials.

Applicant must be able to facilitate the delivery of the district’s conservation agriculture and education programs.

Applicant must be able to interact with the general public and be bondable.

Some local travel is required.

Additional requirement is pre-employment drug testing, and background investigation.

Interested inquiries please send resume to the following address:

                West Fork Conservation District
                Attention: Robin Ward, District Manager
                87 Ollie Lane Suite 104 Mt. Clare, WV 26408

Resumes may also be submitted VIA email to .

Resumes must be received by September 05, 2014, or until the position is filled.

No phone calls please.

G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Custodian-Evening Shift - GCHS

Custodian-Evening Shift (2:30 PM to 10:00 PM)

Grade Level:
High School

I. The service employee shall maintain positive work habits. 
II. The service employee performs duties efficiently and productively. 
III. The service employee maintains and/or upgrades skills.  
1.Cleans, sweeps, mops or buffs all areas of the building assigned. 
2.Cleans and sanitizes all plumbing fixtures and drinking fountains daily. 
3.Cleans unusual classroom spills on demand. 
4.Cleans carpet area with vacuum cleaner or scrubbing machine as appropriate. 
5.Removes all waste and trash from his/her area and prepares it for proper disposal daily. 
6.Washes windows and waxes floor on a regular basis. 
7.Sweeps sidewalks and removes debris from grounds as needed.   
8.Reports repairs beyond his/her ability to the principal and/or maintenance supervisor.   
9.Insures that unnecessary lights are off to conserve energy. 
10.Insures that building is securely locked. 
11.Maintains the school grounds in a clean, attractive manner. 
12.Maintains positive work habits. 
13.Performs duties efficiently and productively. 
14.Maintains and/or upgrades skills. 
15.Performs other related duties assigned by the school building principal. 
16.The employee understands that he/she must be physically able to handle, lift, move or maneuver large cleaning equipment, move desks, chairs or other classroom furniture and equipment as needed and bend, reach or push as required during course of performing duties of a custodian. 

Job Location or School Name:
Gilmer County High School



High School Diploma or GED;  Hold classification title in category of employment or meet the definition of the job title pursuant to WV Code 18-4-8c;  Possess the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully carry out the responsibilities of the position.

Based on Gilmer County Salary Scale, commensurate with job classification and years of service

Closing Date:


•Application for employment  
•Current employees submit Bid Sheet (located on the county website). 
•Incomplete application packets will not be considered. 

Apply to:
Judith A. Stalnaker, Personnel Director 
Gilmer County Schools 
201 N. Court Street 
Glenville, WV 26351 
Fax: 304.462.5103

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Fishing Report - 08.21.14



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, respectively.  Hybrid striper and channel catfish fishing is good off of shallow points at night.  Best baits are chicken liver and soft-shell 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 78 degrees from the surface to 25 feet, 74 degrees at 50 feet, 73 degrees at 75 feet, and 71 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 and in downed trees along the shoreline.  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 71 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 is still 75 degrees which is lower than normal for this time of year.  The best fishing success for sauger and walleye is during low light conditions one to two 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.


Crappies are being caught using minnows around downed-trees along the shoreline.  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 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.  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

Most streams throughout the eastern panhandle have risen and are near normal flow for this time of year.  Some stream could be slightly turbid due to the localized thunderstorm.  The water temperatures are in the mid 70’s at most locations.  Anglers have been successful catching channel catfish and smallmouth bass in the riffles.  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 200 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 tail-waters 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 baits 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 it’s forks.

Stream Conditions
NORTHERN Levels Conditions
Ohio River (Wheeling)     High   Milky  
Fish Creek   High   Milky  
Fishing Creek   High   Milky  
Big Sandy (Preston) Normal     Milky  
Monongahela River   High   Milky  
Black Water Creek   Normal     Milky  
Wheeling Creek     High   Milky  
Buffalo Creek   High   Milky  
S. Branch (Potomac) Low     Clear    
S. Branch (Smoke Hole) Low     Clear  
Shenandoah River Low     Clear  
Patterson Creek Low     Clear    
N. Fork S. Branch Low     Clear  
Cacapon River Low     Clear  
Back Creek Low     Clear    
Opequon Creek Low     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)   Normal     Milky  
Greenbrier (Hinton)   Normal     Milky  
Greenbrier (Ronceverte)   Normal     Milky  
Anthony Creek   Normal     Milky  
Big Creek   Normal     Milky  
Meadow River   Normal     Milky  
Turkey Creek   Normal     Milky  
Potts Creek   Normal     Milky  
Second Creek   Normal     Milky  
Pinnacle Creek     High     Muddy
Horse Creek Lake     High     Muddy
Big Huff Creek     High     Muddy
Indian Creek     High     Muddy
Glade Creek (New River)     High     Muddy
Marsh Fork     High     Muddy
New River (Gauley)     High     Muddy
Glade Creek (Man)     High     Muddy
Camp Creek     High     Muddy
East River     High     Muddy
Fork Creek     High     Muddy
Dry Fork Creek     High     Muddy
Berwind Lake     High     Muddy
Little Kanawha River Normal   Milky  
Ohio River Normal   Milky  
Hughes River Normal   Milky  

Bon Appétit: Summer Edamame Succotash

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  3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  2 cloves garlic, minced
  1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  Pinch of red pepper flakes
  2 ribs celery, chopped
  1 red bell pepper, cored and chopped
  4 ears corn, kernels removed
  1 cup shelled edamame
  1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  2 Tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  2 Tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  Kosher salt and ground black pepper


In a large deep skillet over medium-high, melt the butter. Add the garlic, onion and red pepper flakes, then saute for 4 to 5 minutes, or until tender. Add the celery, red pepper, corn kernels and edamame. Cook for another 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, thyme and chives, then season with salt and pepper. Cook for another 2 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Makes 8 servings.

Flashback: What Happened on August 22, ....


•  1864 A skirmish occurred at Huntersville, Greenbrier County.

•  1866 The Democratic Party held its first West Virginia state convention in Parkersburg, greatly diminished in participation due to the disenfranchisement of former Confederates by the Test Oath Act. Benjamin Smith was nominated as the candidate for governor.

•  1872 Secretary of State’s Papers, Election Returns, Boxes Six and Seven, West Virginia State Archives.

•  1888 At their convention in Charleston, the Republicans nominated General Nathan Goff of Clarksburg as candidate for governor.

•  1990 Russell County, Virginia Circuit Court Judge Donald McGlothin ordered the UMW to pay $52 million in fines to Dickenson and Russell counties, the largest fine ever handed down against a labor union.

Ask the Doctor: Fever Continues As Threat


DEAR DR. DONOHUE: When I was 5 years old, I had rheumatic fever.
We didn’t have any medicines for it then.
I was put on bed rest.
I have a heart murmur as a result.
I am writing to you because I wonder what’s happened to this illness.
I never hear about it. Has it gone? - H.T.

ANSWER: Rheumatic fever hasn’t gone, but the number of cases has declined from the bad old days.
A few serious and fairly large outbreaks have occurred in the U.S. in the recent past.
Worldwide, the number of cases is still large.
The reasons for its decline in the U.S. aren’t fully known.
Rheumatic fever follows a strep throat - “strep,“ as in the bacterium Streptococcus.
Prompt treatment of strep throat prevents rheumatic fever.
You must have been raised in the days before there was wide use of penicillin.
It’s not the strep germ itself that causes the illness; it’s the antibodies that are made in response to the strep infection that do the damage.
Those antibodies can deform heart valves.
Heart involvement is the most serious aspect of rheumatic fever.
Other signs are painful joints, purposeless flailing of the arms and legs, a body rash and small bumps under the skin.
All these leave the patient without causing permanent problems.
Your heart murmur could be the aftermath of rheumatic fever.
You’re lucky you never have needed any treatment for it.
Many times, the deformed valve of rheumatic fever has to be replaced.
People who had one attack of rheumatic fever are at risk of having a second attack.
For that reason, these people are put on a schedule of penicillin to prevent another strep throat.
The treatment goes on for years, but is stopped later in life.
You would not benefit from it at this late date.

G-MM™: Meditation Moment - 08.22.14


Lord, you ask us to love you totally and to love others as ourselves.

Because I am selfish, I fail often to love you as you deserve and to give to others the love they need from me. In a vision, your prophet Ezekiel saw you breathing new life into the dry bones of a people loved by you but unfaithful to you. Despite my weakness, you love me. Paul teaches that you wish to breathe your love into my unresponsive heart: ‘The love of God is poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit who is given to us.’ Lord, help me to resist the selfish desires that press on me so strongly. By your Holy Spirit, teach me to desire you above all else, and to share your love with others, especially those closest to me.

Ezekiel 37:1-14. Give thanks to the Lord, his love is everlasting—Ps 106(107):2-9. Matthew 22:34- 40.

Donnie Clavel McCumbers

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Donnie Clavel McCumbers

Age 84, of Rosedale, WV went to be with the Lord on August 20, 2014.

He was born August 26, 1929, in Braxton County, WV to the late French and Anna McCumbers.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Ivy Hall McCumbers; son, Donnie McCumbers Jr.; four brothers; and four sisters.

He was a Christian.

He worked for the Town of Gassaway for many years and was an Army veteran of the Korean War.

He was a wonderful father to his seven children, Priscilla Brady (Jack) of Washington, Brenda Wade of Parkersburg, Daniel McCumbers (Patty), Dallas McCumbers (Mary) and Rachel Perrin (Jake), all of Rosedale, and David McCumbers (Lisa) of Arnoldsburg. His pride and joy were his 24 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 2 PM Saturday, August 23, at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, with Pastor Roger Johnson officiating.

Burial with military rites will be in the Mount Run Cemetery, Rosedale.

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

Linda Lou Craig Skinner

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Linda Lou Craig Skinner

Age 65, of Westfield Road in Jane Lew, WV passed Friday, August 15, 2014 at Crestview Manor in Jane Lew.

She was born August 31, 1948 in East Liverpool, Ohio: a daughter of the late Shirley Craig and Eva Jane Warrick Allen and step-mother Eleanor Craig.

Two daughters, Sherry Strother of Westfield Road and Crystal Skinner of Jane Lew; and two grandchildren, Brett and Brittany Strother were her reason for living.

Survivng are three sisters, Eliza (Raymond) Buckman of West Milford, Laneeta (Tim) Barnhouse of Weston and Christine (Scott) Rinehart of Weston; three brothers, Rusty Craig of West Milford, Dave (Lisa) Perrine of Weston and Chris Craig formally of Weston.

Mrs. Skinner had been employed at the Alkahn Label Factory.

She was a member of the Message of Life Tabernacle of Weston.

She was a true friend to all who knew her. She was also a lover of dogs and cats and her flowers. She will be truly missed by all.

Friends were received at the Morris Funeral Home in Jane Lew, on Thursday, August 21, from 6 - 8 PM.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home Friday, August 22, at 11 AM with Pastor Bob Hoover officiating.

Burial will be held in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Morris Funeral Home of Jane Lew is in charge of the funeral services for Linda Lou Skinner.

Edsel Stalnaker

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Edsel Stalnaker

Age 90, of U.S. Highway 33 West, Camden, WV passed August 12, 2014 at Ruby Memorial Hospital of Morgantown, following a sudden illness.

He was born June 20, 1924 in Gilmer County: son of the late Crate Stalnaker and Gay Knotts Stalnaker.

Surviving are one brother, Keith Stalnaker of Camden; and one sister, Arnolee Scherer of Greenville, PA.

He was proceeded in death by five brothers and three sisters.

Mr. Stalnaker was an army veteran of WWII, where he served during war time in Italy, France and Germany. He was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge near the Rhine River.

Mr. Stalnaker was a recipient of the Purple Heart and many other awards, was charter member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter #697 of Weston and a member of Weston Moose Lodge #1376.

He and his brothers, Gerald “Red” and Keith Stalnaker owned and operated Stalnaker Electric in Weston for 48-years.

He was a member of the Message of Life Tabernacle Church of Weston, was on the Board of Trustees at the time the church was established and also served in several different offices of the church.

At Mr. Stalnaker’s request, there was no visitation.

A christian funeral service and burial was held Saturday, August 16, at 2 PM at the Masonic Cemetery in Weston with Pastor Rob Hoover officiating.

Full military honors were offered.

Morris Funeral Home of Jane Lew is in charge of the funeral and commital services for Edsel Stalnaker.


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2014 >>  WayBackWhen™:  August 22

Today is Friday, August 22, the 234th day of 2014. There are 131 days left in the year.

Thought for Today:

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“Life does not give itself to one who tries to keep all its advantages at once. I have often thought morality may perhaps consist solely in the courage of making a choice.” — Leon Blum, French statesman (1872-1950).

Today’s Highlight in History:

On August 22, 1914, Austria-Hungary declared war against Belgium.

On this date:

In 1485, England’s King Richard III was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field, effectively ending the War of the Roses.

In 1787, inventor John Fitch demonstrated his steamboat on the Delaware River to delegates from the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.

In 1846, Gen. Stephen W. Kearny proclaimed all of New Mexico a territory of the United States.

In 1851, the schooner America outraced more than a dozen British vessels off the English coast to win a trophy that came to be known as the America’s Cup.

In 1910, Japan annexed Korea, which remained under Japanese control until the end of World War II.

In 1922, Irish revolutionary Michael Collins was shot to death, apparently by Irish Republican Army members opposed to the Anglo-Irish Treaty that Collins had co-signed.

In 1932, the British Broadcasting Corp. conducted its first experimental television broadcast, using a 30-line mechanical system.

In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Vice President Richard Nixon were nominated for second terms in office by the Republican National Convention in San Francisco.

In 1962, French President Charles de Gaulle survived an attempt on his life in suburban Paris.

In 1968, Pope Paul VI arrived in Bogota, Colombia, for the start of the first papal visit to South America.

In 1972, President Richard Nixon was nominated for a second term of office by the Republican National Convention in Miami Beach. John Wojtowicz (WAHT’-uh-witz) and Salvatore Naturile took seven employees hostage at a Chase Manhattan Bank branch in Brooklyn, New York, during a botched robbery; the siege, which ended with Wojtowicz’s arrest and Naturile’s killing by the FBI, inspired the 1975 movie “Dog Day Afternoon.”

In 1989, Black Panthers co-founder Huey P. Newton was shot to death in Oakland, California. (Gunman Tyrone Robinson was later sentenced to 32 years to life in prison.)

Ten years ago:

As shocked spectators watched, armed thieves stole one of four versions of the Edvard Munch (moongk) masterpiece “The Scream” and a second Munch painting, “Madonna,” from the Munch museum in Oslo, Norway. (The paintings, visibly damaged, were recovered in August 2006; three men were convicted in connection with the theft and sentenced to prison.)

Five years ago:

Dozens of wildfires broke out across Greece, torching olive groves, cutting off villages and sending residents fleeing as one of the largest blazes swept perilously close to the capital’s northern suburbs.

One year ago:

Egypt’s ousted leader Hosni Mubarak was released from prison and transported to a military hospital in a Cairo suburb to be held under house arrest.

A day after being sentenced to up to 35 years in prison for leaking secrets, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, in a statement to NBC’s “Today” show, announced he intended to live as a woman named Chelsea and undergo hormone treatment.

A mysterious glitch halted trading on the Nasdaq for three hours.

Today’s Birthdays:

Heart surgeon Dr. Denton Cooley is 94

Broadcast journalist Morton Dean is 79

Author Annie Proulx (proo) is 79

Baseball Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski is 75

Actress Valerie Harper is 75

Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells is 73

Writer-producer David Chase is 69

CBS newsman Steve Kroft is 69

Actress Cindy Williams is 67

Pop musician David Marks is 66

International Swimming Hall of Famer Diana Nyad is 65

Baseball Hall of Famer Paul Molitor is 58

Country singer Holly Dunn is 57

Rock musician Vernon Reid is 56

Country singer Ricky Lynn Gregg is 55

Country singer Collin Raye is 54

Actress Regina Taylor is 54

Rock singer Roland Orzabal (Tears For Fears) is 53

Rock musician Debbi Peterson (The Bangles) is 53

Rock musician Gary Lee Conner (Screaming Trees) is 52

Singer Tori Amos is 51

Country singer Mila Mason is 51

Rhythm-and-blues musician James DeBarge is 51

International Tennis Hall of Famer Mats Wilander is 50

Rapper GZA (JIHZ’-ah)/The Genius is 48

Actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (ah-day-WAH’-lay ah-kih-NOY’-yay ah-BAH’-jay) is 47

Actor Ty Burrell is 47

Celebrity chef Giada DeLaurentiis is 44

Actress Melinda Page Hamilton (TV: “Devious Maids”) is 43

Actor Rick Yune is 43

Rock musician Paul Doucette (Matchbox Twenty) is 42

Rap-reggae singer Beenie Man is 41

Singer Howie Dorough (Backstreet Boys) is 41

Comedian-actress Kristen Wiig is 41

Actress Jenna Leigh Green is 40

Rock musician Bo Koster is 40

Rock musician Dean Back (Theory of a Deadman) is 39

Rock musician Jeff Stinco (Simple Plan) is 36

Actor Brandon Adams is 35

Actress Aya Sumika is 34

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