GSC Honors Long-Time Employees

The Gilmer Free Press

Glenville State College honored fourteen faculty and staff at its annual Service Awards Luncheon on Friday, December 12th in the Mollohan Campus Community Center Ballroom. GSC President Dr. Peter Barr presented service award pins and certificates of appreciation for their years of service to Glenville State College. The event was held in conjunction with the annual employee holiday luncheon.

Those recognized included:

40 Years of Service

•  Rick Sypolt - Department of Land Resources, Professor Emeritus

35 Years of Service

•  Patty Snyder - Academic Affairs, Executive Secretary

30 Years of Service

•  Neal Benson - Institutional Research and Reporting, Director

•  Cheryl McKinney - Department of Business, Associate Professor of Business

25 Years of Service

•  Dr. Gary Arbogast - Department of Business, Professor of Economics

•  Janet Bailey - Athletic Director and Department of Education, Associate Professor of Physical Education

•  Jerry Burkhammer - Resident Life, Director

•  Nalani Dolpies - Robert F. Kidd Library, Library Associate

•  Elbon James - Physical Plant, Trades Specialist

•  Lois Miller - Dining Services, Accounting Assistant

20 Years of Service

•  Dr. Alison Witte - Department of Science and Mathematics, Assistant Professor of Nursing

15 Years of Service

•  Suzetta Burton - Physical Plant, Campus Service Worker

•  Dr. Kevin Cain - Department of Education, Associate Professor of Education

•  Carol Goodrich - Department of Business, Administrative Secretary

•  Jason Phares - Office of Technology, Information Systems Manager

•  Connie Stout O’Dell - Department of Education, Director of Teacher Education Field Placement

•  Richard Turner - Physical Plant, Maintenance Worker

Those with thirty or more years of service were earlier recognized by West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin for their dedication at a ceremony held in Charleston.

The years of employment for these awards were calculated through June 30, 2014.

CommunityConcerns™:Where Does Gilmer County’s Board of Education Stand on The Hays City Site

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A long standing hot issue has been the State’s role in making decisions for elementary schools for Gilmer County’s children.

Numerous perplexing issues remain because of poor communications by the State. This is prone to happen when official information is not in writing. Because the State routinely withholds information including details about how much of the County’s money was spent, it is unrealistic to expect our Board members to be more thoroughly versed on some school system business than anyone else in the County.

Originally citizens were promised that few if any teachers and staff would lose jobs when the new Leading Creek would be built and we were told that in addition to Gilmer’s children at Troy going to Leading Creek considerable numbers of students from Sand Fork must go there too. It is understood that the State reversed itself because we hear now that students from Sand Fork will not be forced to go Leading Creek.

Presently, the State claims that if Troy’s parents submit requests their children will not be forced to go there either.

One topic that the State avoids is how excess levy funds authorized by Gilmer County’s citizens will be administered for students going to the Leading Creek School.

Will levy money be sent to Lewis County for our students who will go there?

Another subject involving money is the State’s end of subsidies to Gilmer County. We have been credited for more students than we have and future funding will be based strictly on actual student counts.

Will Lewis County count Gilmer County’s children going to Leading Creek to increase its funding or will Gilmer County get to count those students as ours for State funding purposes?

The prevailing opinion of citizens is that the State’s decision to build the bi-county Leading Creek School occurred behind closed doors without in- depth analysis of the full set of consequences.

For one example how many Troy teachers will lose jobs and how will the rippling effect of riffing affect Gilmer County’s school system?

Another unknown is how tenure will work for Troy teachers going to Lewis County and what will their career security status be should they return to Gilmer County?

Something else unclear is whether or not Gilmer’s students who finish the sixth grade at Leading Creek will return to Gilmer County or must they stay in Lewis County to complete high school?

We hear that Lewis County’s fifth and sixth graders will be sent to a middle school, but our students will remain at Linn. At this late date it is even unclear if there will be enough students at Leading Creek for the State to have justified building a new school there.

The State’s decision to build an elementary school at Hays City is a red hot topic in the County. If a vote were to be permitted today by the State it is believed that the overwhelming majority of Gilmer County’s citizens would oppose building a consolidated school at that location because of controversy associated with it being in a commercial zone, the murky process used by the State to make the decision, concerns about what may happen during floods, and prevailing beliefs that the site was used for dumping unknown materials.

Rumor has it that our Board had absolutely no say in the Hays City site selection, choosing the architect by competitive bidding compared to the more costly no bid process the State is using, choosing the prime contractor or anything else.

When a Board member is asked questions about the Hays City project the typical response is distinct hesitancy to talk about the subject. That type of response could be interpreted by some citizens as tacit approval of the State’s actions to turn the public against our Board.

Most citizens assume that the Board was muzzled by the State.  Additionally, the overall understanding is that the State assigned itself unrestricted authority to make all decisions for Hays City, our Board was excluded from all   school site selection processes in Gilmer County beginning from early stages, and everything is locked in as a done deal for the Hays City site.

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In last Gilmer County Board of Education meeting held last Monday, a new blame game was introduced by Mr. DeVano. He said the State’s position is that Gilmer made ALL the selections and recommendations and State approved what Gilmer Suggested! (Video of the meeting to be published on Tuesday, December 23, 2014)

With this new information, as elected officials accountable to the public we deserve an official explanation of where each member stands on Hays City.

Our Board of Education was either a willing party in support of the Hays City project or it wasn’t, and it either gave its official approval for decisions or it didn’t.

When State officials including Mr. Gabriel Devono speak about Hays City they tend to use phraseology like “we passed it by the Board” and “ decisions for Cedar Creek were made by Gilmer County’s Board of Education” to give distinct impressions from the State that Gilmer’s Board members consented.

Perhaps we are victimized by the State’s legal interpretation to enable it to unilaterally authorize its appointed County superintendent to be the official Gilmer County Board of Education.

How could our Board communicate with us?

•  One way would be to conduct an open public meeting for questions and answers without citizens being subjected to humiliation by the State.

•  Another way would be for the Board to submit an official written statement to the public.

•  The third way would be to have an up or down vote on whether or not the Board participated in decision-making for Hays City and for each member’s vote to be recorded for public disclosure.

Let us discover where our Board stands on Hays City.  If the information is not disclosed all the Board’s members should resign.

Dr. William Simmons, Mr. Tom Ratliff, Dr. Carl Armour, Mrs. Misty Pritt, and Mrs. Norma Hurley the ball is in your court.

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As a citizen and resident of Gilmer County W.V.  I would like to say that over the past three years I have not seen the question of where to locate any Gilmer County school on any regular or special public agenda of the Gilmer County Board of Education or heard the question of where to locate such put forth while attending those public meetings.

I refer you to the Memorandum of Understanding between Gilmer and Lewis County Boards of Education. The public document was provided by the Gilmer Free Press site and addresses specifics of student funding, school fund distribution upon closure, transportation and costing, employee hiring, etc. It has a signature page one may consider informative.

Best Wishes For The Holiday Season To All
Norma Hurley, Normantown W.V. 304-462-8118

By Norma J Hurley  on  12.22.2014

What you read in the papers and on the free press, watching meeting videos, and hear at the resturants.  You draw conclusion our local board is out of all decisions.  Common sense would tell you our board would not choose that site over at Crooked Run, and for God’s sake NOT that xxelish flood zone, dump site at Hays City.  Choosing that site is the work of fools.

By reader  on  12.22.2014

We hear the only member who could have any involvement in decision is Bill Simmons. I like to hear it from him whether he is responsible.

By here say  on  12.22.2014

by watching the video, the board members are kept from talking or asking questions during regular meetings. Since simmons is the board president, he should call a meeting to just let the board members fulfill their responsibility and explain to citizens their positions. If bill is not willing to call the meeting then he should resign and let someone else do it.

By solution  on  12.22.2014

Have you noticed? in the meetings our board president always sides with the state! He never asks any questions and always preaches the same stuff over and over and over. He does not even like when other board members make a comment or ask question. Is he on our side or the politicians? Isn’t it time for him to do something for people instead of keep talking big?

By my take  on  12.22.2014

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WV Counties 2014-15 Christmas and New Year’s Courthouse Hours

Below, is a complete list of dates all 55 West Virginia County Courthouses will be closed for the Christmas and New Year’s Day Holidays.

The dates are subject to change on the orders of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and/or state Supreme Court Chief Justice Robin Jean Davis.

For updated information in a specific county, call the county commission office at the number provided.

The Gilmer Free Press

Barbour County



December 24 and December 31 - Half Day

December 25 and January 01 - All Day Regular

Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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Berkeley County



December 24 and December 31- Starting at Noon

December 25 and January 01 - All Day

Regular Hours: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The Gilmer Free Press

Boone County



December 25 and January 01 - All Day

Regular Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The Gilmer Free Press

Braxton County



December 24, 25 and January 01 - All Day

December 31 - Starting at Noon

Regular Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The Gilmer Free Press

Brooke County



December 25 and January 01 - All Day

Regular Hours: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Cabell County



December 24 - Starting at Noon

December 25 and January 01 - All Day

December 31 - Beginning at 12:30 PM

Regular Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

The Gilmer Free Press

Calhoun County



December 24 and December 31 - Starting at Noon

December 25 and January 01 - All Day

Regular Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

The Gilmer Free Press

Clay County



December 24-Half Day

December 25 and January 01 - All Day

December 31 - Half Day except the County Clerk’s Office which will remain open All Day

Regular Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The Gilmer Free Press

Doddridge County

West Union


December 24 and December 31 - Staring at Noon

December 25-26 & January 01 - All Day

Regular Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

The Gilmer Free Press

Fayette County



December 24 and December 31 - Half Day

December 25 and January 01 - All Day

Regular Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The Gilmer Free Press

Gilmer County



December 24 - starting at 11:30 AM

December 25-26 & January 01 - All Day

December 31 - starting at Noon

Regular Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Grant County



December 24 and December 31 Half Day

December 25 and January 01 - All Day

Regular Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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Greenbrier County



December 24 and December 31 - Starting at Noon

December 25 and January 01 - All Day

Regular Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

The Gilmer Free Press

Hampshire County



December 24 and December 31 - Half Day

December 25 and January 01 - All Day

Regular Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The Gilmer Free Press

Hancock County

New Cumberland


December 24 and December 31 - Starting at Noon

December 25 and January 01 - All Day

Regular Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

The Gilmer Free Press

Hardy County



December 24-25 & December 31-January 01 - All Day

Regular Hours: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The Gilmer Free Press

Harrison County



December 24 and December 31 - Starting at Noon

December 25 and January 01 - All Day

Regular Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

The Gilmer Free Press

Jackson County



December 24 and December 31 - Half Day

December 25 and January 01 - All Day

Regular Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

The Gilmer Free Press

Jefferson County

Charles Town


December 24 and December 31 - Starting at Noon

December 25 and January 01 - All Day

Regular Hours: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The Gilmer Free Press

Kanawha County



December 24 and December 31 - Half Day

December 25 and January 01 - All Day

Normal Hours: Monday-Wednesday & Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Thursday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

The Gilmer Free Press

Lewis County



December 24 and December 31 - Half Day

December 25 and January 01 - All Day

Normal Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The Gilmer Free Press

Lincoln County



December 24 and December 31 - Half Day

December 25 and January 01 - All Day

Regular Hours: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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Logan County



December 24 and December 31 - Half Day

December 25 and January 01- All Day

December 26 and January 02 - All Day except the Circuit and Magistrate Clerk’s Offices which will be open

Regular Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

The Gilmer Free Press

Marion County



December 24 and December 31- Half Day

December 25 and January 01 - All Day

Regular Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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Marshall County



December 24 and December 31 -Half Day

December 25 - 26 & January 01 - All Day

Regular Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Friday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

The Gilmer Free Press

Mason County

Point Pleasant


December 24 and December 31 - Half Day

December 25-26 and January 01 -All Day

Regular Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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McDowell County



December 24 and December 31 - Half Day

December 25 and January 01 - All Day

Regular Hours: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The Gilmer Free Press

Mercer County



December 24 and December 31 - Half Day

December 25,26 and January 01 - All Day

Regular Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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Mineral County



December 24 and 31 - Half Day

December 25 and January 01- All Day

Regular Hours: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

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Mingo County



December 24 and December 31 -Starting at 12:30 except the Circuit and Magistrate Clerk’s Offices which will remain open

December 25 and January 01 - All Day

Regular Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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Monongalia County



December 24 and December 31-1:00 PM

December 25 and January 01 - All Day

December 26 - per discretion of office

Regular Hours: Monday 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Tuesday - Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Monroe County



December 24 - Half Day

December 25, 26 and January 01 - All Day

Regular Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 AM

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Morgan County

Bath (Berkeley Springs)


December 24 and December 31 - Half Day

December 25 and January 01 - All Day

Regular Hours: Monday, Tuesday & Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Thursday: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

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Nicholas County



December 24 and 31 - Half Day

December 25 and January 01- All Day

Regular Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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Ohio County



December 25 and January 01 - All Day

Regular Hours: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

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Pendleton County



December 24 and December 31 - Half Day

December 25 and January 01 - All Day

Regular Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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Pleasants County

St. Marys


December 24 and 31 - Starting at Noon

December 25, 26 and January 01- All Day

Regular Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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Pocahontas County



December 24 and December 31 - Half Day

December 25 and January 01 - All Day

Regular Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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Preston County



December 24 and December 31 - Starting at Noon

December 25 and January 01 - All Day

Regular Hours: Monday 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Tuesday - Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Putnam County



December 16 - 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM for Christmas Party

December 24 and December 31 - Half Day

December 25 and January 01 - All Day

Regular Hours: Monday-Wednesday & Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Thursday, 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

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Raleigh County



December 24 and December 31- Starting at Noon

December 25, 26 and January 01 - All Day

Regular Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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Randolph County



December 24 and December 31 - Half Day

December 25 and January 01 - All Day

Regular Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

The Gilmer Free Press

Ritchie County



December 24 and 31 - Starting at Noon

December 25 and January 01- All Day

Regular Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Roane County



December 24 and 31 - starting at Noon

December 25 and January 01- All Day

Regular Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Saturday 9:00 AM - Noon except on a Holiday

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Summers County



December 24 and 31 - Half Day

December 25 and January 01 - All Day

Regular Hours: 8:30:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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Taylor County



December 24 and December 31- Half Day

December 25,26 and January 01 - All Day

Regular Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

The Gilmer Free Press

Tucker County



December 24 and 31 - Half Day

December 25 and January 01- All Day

Regular Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Tyler County



December 24 and December 31- Half Day

December 25 and January 01 - All Day

Regular Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Upshur County



December 19 and December 31 - Half Day

December 25 and January 01 - All Day

Regular Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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Wayne County



December 24 - Starting at Noon

December 25 and December 26 - All Day

January 01 - All Day

Regular Hours: Monday-Wednesday & Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Thursday, 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

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Webster County

Webster Springs


December 24 and December 31 - Half Day

December 25, 26 and January 01 - All Day

Regular Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Wetzel County

New Martinsville


December 24 and December 31 - Half Day

December 25 and January 01 - All Day

Regular Hours: Monday - Wednesday & Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Thursday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Saturday 9:00 AM - Noon

The Gilmer Free Press

Wirt County



December 24, 25 and December 26 - All Day

January 01- All Day

Regular Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Wood County



December 25 - All Day

January 01 – All Day

The Gilmer Free Press

Wyoming County



December 24 – All Day

December 25 - All Day

January 01 – All Day

Gilmer County Senior Center 25 Days of Christmas Sweepstakes’ Winners thru 12.22.14

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Gilmer County Senior Center 25 Days of Christmas Sweepstakes’ Winners thru 12.22.14
Date Winners Prizes
December 01, 2014 Debbie Weaver Dell Laptop, Mary Kay Product, Photo Album, Coffee Gift, GSC Sweatshirt, Gift Card, Scarves
December 02, 2014 Chris Rogers Gift Card from Bruffey’s Trucking, Eye Exam from Dr. De Marino, Hair Care from Cutting Edge Salon, Dominoes Gift Certificate, Season Tickets from Glenville State College, $40 Cash from GCSC
December 03, 2014 Suzann Wolfe Gift Card from Darrell Ramsey, Corn Hole Set from Robert’s Builders, John Deer Hat from Lockards, Gift Certificate from Old Wolfe Inn, Homemade Pillows from Ruth Baughman, Gift Card from JoAnn Stewart
December 04, 2014 Mike Greathouse Cherry Credenza donated by Mike Beall of Dynamic Graphics
December 05, 2014 Wayne McHenry Gift Card from John Moss, Car Care from Dollar General, Crochet Scarves from Jordanne Pritt, Gift Card from Brian Kennedy, JD Hat from Lockards, 32” Television form Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital
December 06, 2014 Brittany White Gift Certificate to Durbin Rocket, Pampered Chef from Connie Stewart, Sam’s Pizza, End Table from Don Bailey, Avon from Betty Riffle, Primitive Chalk Board from Weston Dairy Mart, Gift Card from Bill Frymier, Wall Sconce from Leah Dorsey
December 07, 2014 Phyllis Wolfe Rifle Scope, Homemade Afghan, Coffee Gift, Gift Card, Cash
December 08, 2014 Brent Boggs Microwave, McDonald’s Meals, Hand Painted Slate, Scarves, Gift Card, Fruit basket, Gift Card, Shirt
December 09, 2014 Beverly Haynes Premier Risen Table, Homemade Toy Box,  Gift Card, Democrat Subscription
December 10, 2014 Christopher Farley Office Chair, Quilt, Gift Card
December 11, 2014 Suzetta Burton Gift Card $50, Crock Pot $40, Longaberger Gift $199, Gift Certificate $20
December 12, 2014 Janet Hamilton Picnic Table $175,2 Value Meals,Gift$ 100, Gift Certificate $25
December 13, 2014 Ronnie Radcliff Mary Kay Products $200, Gift Certificate $10, Season Basketball Tickets $125
December 14, 2014 Scott Wolfe Gift Certificate $75, Gift Certificate $25, Bowl Set $85, Floor Sweep $50 Gift Certificate $15
December 15, 2014 Whitney Adams Office Chair $329, Gift Card $25, Democrat Subscription $30
December 16, 2014 Jackie Broome Cookware Set $125, Pampered Chef $75, Scarf $10, Pioneer Grille $25, Pioneer Car Wash $50
December 17, 2014 Gerry Moore Gift Card $25,  2 Value Meals $12, Gift Card $20, Avon Products $100, Tupperware $75
December 18, 2014 Chuck Junkins Vera Bradley Set $124, Gift Card $25, Gift Card $ 100, Homemade Basket $40
December 19, 2014 Mescal Kuhl Pampered Chef Products, Gift Card
December 20, 2014 Frances Wolfe Gift Card, Air Compressor, Gift Card, Filled Longaberger Basket
December 21, 2014 Edna West Gift Card, Ski Lift Tickets, Digital Camera
December 22, 2014 Jake Ireland Gift Card, UV Sunglasses, Nextbook, Gift Card

Annie’s Project to Be Offered Again by WVU Extension Service

The Gilmer Free Press

Annie’s Project, the popular program which provides risk management education for women in agriculture, is coming back to our local area through the West Virginia University Extension Service.

An advanced level is being added for participants who completed the original training.

Annie’s Project provides training, resources and networking opportunities to help West Virginia women build viable, efficient and sustainable farm businesses.

The first courses cover everything from business planning, finances and marketing to food safety and insurance.

The second level teaches business, estate, retirement and succession planning.

Both groups can expect meaningful networking opportunities that extend well beyond the course.

The program will be offered in Sutton, WV as well as other locations around state during the winter and spring months.

The fee for the course is $25, and includes materials and refreshments.

Some financial aid is available for those who find the cost prohibitive.

Classes are scheduled to start January 20, 2015, at 6:00 PM at the Braxton County High School.

Please register by January 16, 2015 by contacting one of the following WVU Extension Offices- Gilmer, Braxton, or Lewis.

For questions contact one of the following WVU Extension Agents, Daisy Bailey at 304.462.7061 (Gilmer County), Debbie Friend at 304.765.2809 (Braxton County), Bruce Loyd at 304.269.4660 (Lewis County)

By using local experts to provide instruction, Annie’s Project has built a solid track record of success in more than 34 states.

The WVU Extension Service is partnering with the WVU Small Farm Center, Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NESARE), West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition (WVFFC), West Virginia Department of Agriculture, Farm Credit of the Virginias and Farm Service Agency to provide the training in West Virginia.

Braxton County Arm Robbery Suspect on the Loose

The Gilmer Free Press

On Saturday, December 20, 2014, there was an armed robbery at BP Station in Flatwoods, WV.

The suspect is described as white man about 6’1, wearing a dark, hooded jacket, blue jeans, boots, a white mask and light-colored gloves.

He Used a gun demanding cash from employees.

Please call Sutton Detachment of West Virginia State Police Detachment at 304.765.2101 if you have any information.

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G-Fin™: U.S.A.: Economic Brief – 12.19.14

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Regional and State Employment and Unemployment (Monthly)

In November, 41 states and the District of Columbia had over-the-month unemployment rate decreases, 3 states had increases, and 6 states had no change.

Non-farm payroll employment increased in 37 states and the District, decreased in 12 states, and was unchanged in Idaho.

State Quarterly Personal Income, 1st Quarter 2014-3rd Quarter 2014‏

State personal income growth averaged 1.0% in the third quarter of 2014, down from 1.2% in the second quarter.

Growth in personal income–the sum of net earnings by place of residence, property income, and personal current transfer receipts–slowed in 38 states and in the District of Columbia.

The percent change across states ranged from -0.2% in South Dakota (the only state with a decline) to 1.4% in Texas.

Inflation, as measured by the national price index for personal consumption expenditures, slowed to 0.3% in the third quarter from 0.6% in the second quarter.

County Employment and Wages

From second quarter 2013 to second quarter 2014, Midland, Texas, had the largest percentage increase in average weekly wages at 9.0%. Weld, Colorado, had the largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment in June 2014 at 8.9%.

Travel and Tourism Satellite Accounts, 3rd Quarter 2014‏

Real spending on travel and tourism decelerated in the third quarter of 2014, increasing at an annual rate of 1.3% after increasing 3.3% (revised) in the second quarter.

Real gross domestic product (GDP) also decelerated, increasing 3.9% (second estimate) in the third quarter after increasing 4.6%.

U.S. International Transactions, 3rd Quarter 2014‏

The U.S. current-account deficit—a net measure of transactions between the United States and the rest of the world in goods, services, primary income (investment income and compensation), and secondary income (current transfers)—increased to $100.3 billion (preliminary) in the third quarter of 2014 from $98.4 billion (revised) in the second quarter.

The deficit remained at 2.3% of current-dollar gross domestic product (GDP).

The increase in the current-account deficit was more than accounted for by an increase in the deficit on secondary income.

In addition, the surplus on services decreased.

These changes were partly offset by a decrease in the deficit on goods and an increase in the surplus on primary income.

Consumer Price Index

On a seasonally adjusted basis, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers declined 0.3% in November after being unchanged in October.

The index for all items less food and energy increased 0.1% in November after rising 0.2% in October.

Real Earnings

Real average hourly earnings rose 0.6% in November, seasonally adjusted.

Average hourly earnings increased 0.4% and the CPI-U decreased 0.3%.

Real average weekly earnings increased 0.9% over the month.



AASL: Innovative Reading Grant

The American Association of School Librarians Innovative Reading Grant supports the planning and implementation of programs for children that motivate and encourage reading, especially with struggling readers.

Selection criteria include the potential to measure and evaluate a literacy project that promotes the importance of reading and facilitates the learners’ literacy development by supporting current reading research, practice, and policy.

Maximum award: $2,500.

Eligibility: reading programs specifically designed for children (grades K-9) in the school library setting.

The program must encourage innovative ways to motivate and involve children in reading.

Applicant must be a member of AASL.

Deadline: February 01, 2015.

AASL: Collaborative School Library Award

The American Association of School Librarians Collaborative School Library Award recognizes and encourage collaboration and partnerships between school librarians and teachers in meeting goals outlined in Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs through joint planning of a program, unit, or event in support of the curriculum and using school library resources.

Maximum award: $2,500 to the recipient’s school library.

Eligibility: school librarians that are personal members of the AASL.

Deadline: February 01, 2015.

Bezos Family Foundation: Bezos Scholars Program at the Aspen Institute

The Bezos Scholars Program at the Aspen Institute seeks students who are independent thinkers, demonstrated leaders, and engaged community members.

Participants meet one another and engage in seminars and informal meetings with the international leaders, acclaimed thinkers, and creative artists who participate in the annual Aspen Ideas Festival.

Following attendance at the Aspen Ideas Festival, the student/educator scholar teams will return home and create Local Ideas Festivals in their schools.

Maximum award: participation in the Aspen Ideas Festival, June 27-July 03, 2015.

Eligibility: applicants’ schools must be public high schools (including charter and magnet schools) where at least 25% of students are eligible for free/reduced lunch.

Potential scholars must be legal U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents in their junior year with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and be taking Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate classes.

Scholar applicants must demonstrate leadership in school and community and have scored exceptionally well on the PSAT/SAT/or ACT.

Deadline: February 17, 2015.

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UPDATE: Police in Preston County have released the name of the person killed Friday night near Morgantown in a wreck on Interstate 68.

Investigators said 22-year-old Eric Schaetzle of Cherry Hill, New Jersey was in one of vehicles that was part of a chain reaction crash near the Coopers Rock exit.

ORIGINAL: One person was killed and several others injured in a chain-reaction accident Friday night on Interstate 68 in Preston County near the Monongalia County line.

The crash occurred around 9:30 PM near the Coopers Rock exit and closed both east and westbound lanes of the interstate for several hours, creating a several mile-long traffic backup.

Authorities in the Preston County sheriff’s office said the initial wreck was caused by debris in the roadway.

The name of the victim has not been released.


A mystery donor in Morgantown is continuing a tradition that began in the late 1970s.

Every year since at least 1978, someone has slipped a $1,000 bill into a Salvation Army kettle in the city.

Salvation Army Lt. Allen Adkins tells media outlets that he’d heard about the mystery gift. But this is the first time he has encountered it.

Adkins says he wants the donor to know that he is thankful for the gift.

The organization’s red kettle campaign raises money to help people throughout the year.


A flu outbreak in Tyler County has contributed to an early start to the Christmas holiday break for students.

Officials closed all schools in the county on Friday. West Virginia Department of Education spokeswoman Liza Cordeiro says the county also called off classes planned for Monday and a half day on Tuesday.

County schools superintendent Robin Daquilante says more than 25% of the county’s 1,245 students weren’t in school in the past week due to the flu, strep throat or other ailments.

She said not enough substitute teachers were available Thursday to cover for sick teachers, forcing several classes to be combined. Some teachers also had come to work sick.

County sports and other extracurricular activities were suspended until December 29.


The groundbreaking for a trash-to-fuel facility in Martinsburg has been pushed back several months.

John Decker with project investor Apple Valley Waste told the Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority recently that financing for the project may not be completed until February.

Entsorga West Virginia had hoped to break ground on its first U.S. facility this month.

Decker says he believes the project is in “good shape.“ He says he’s already received calls from companies wanting to transport their materials to Entsorga once the facility opens.

The $19 million waste facility would produce solid fuel from trash. The authority had approved the project last January.

Entsorga will pay the authority more than $3.6 million over a lease agreement’s 30-year period.


Two police officers in the Harrison County town of Lumberport were shot at Saturday night.

Investigators said the officers returned fire, but the shooter got away. There were no injuries.

The officers were investigating a report of a suspicious person. Police said that person is the one who fired the shots.

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Al Sharpten and Barry Soetoro have been ensighting
riots against all police in this country. two policemen were shot and killed in NY another was attacked but was saved by other police. Another policeman was shot and killed in FL and two policemen was shot at in Harrison County WV nobody was killed in this crime but the assailent got away.
  We had planed to visit one of our daughters in Atlanta and another in Tampa this week but we canceled the trip because we felt it was not safe to travel. We hop that things get cleared up by nest summer because we have another trip planned to visit our son in Boston.

By JIM d-WV  on  12.22.2014

Since the legal system suck, citizens are taking the law in their own hand, following the bible’s suggestion: an eye for an eye.

As for your trip as long as all the people are treated like crooks, some will attempt to beat the system and there will be endless violence.

What is good for goose should also be good for gander.

Our government cannot complain about others hacking when they do it themselves everyday(NSA).

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Movie Review: ‘Annie’ - An Uneven Remake That Promises Not To Be Timeless

Quvenzhané Wallis is an Annie for the modern age. She has the street smarts to navigate New York, sprinting across subway platforms and pedaling down streets on a Citi Bike, and the business savvy to come up with creative solutions to her financial predicaments. When she needs to get her hands on $40 fast, she knows where to find it: at the bodega across the street, where the owner will pay the girl to doctor the dates on expiring bottles of milk and orange juice.

The title character in Will Gluck’s funny, but uneven and overlong, update of the musical “Annie” isn’t just cute and sweet — that’s not what we want in our protagonists anymore. She’s cute and sweet and scrappy and droll.

John Huston’s 1982 version and the musical it was based on took place during the Great Depression, and while elements of that movie are undoubtedly dated, this new rendition of “Annie” could feel even more antiquated, and sooner, with its Auto-Tuned songs, references to memes, depictions of flashy technology and jokes about cellphone companies spying on customers.

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The most basic outline of the plot remains the same. Annie lives in a foster home with a handful of other girls under the supervision of the mean-spirited boozehound Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz, turning in a performance that feels thoroughly false). Annie’s path crosses coincidentally with that of Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx), a mayoral candidate, Purell obsessive and self-made billionaire. In an effort to soften his prickly image, Will takes in Annie. And the girl, smooth operator that she is, repays him by mugging adorably for the paparazzi.

Eleven-year-old Wallis scored an Academy Award nomination in 2012 for her role in “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and she has no trouble carrying her speaking scenes. But the musical interludes are more problematic; she and many of the other actors sound digitally processed. The only performer who doesn’t sound like he had his pitch perfected is Foxx, who has an amazing voice but looks so serious and impassioned during his big solo, he appears to be starring in an R&B video.

The pop star Sia and producer Greg Kurstin contributed to the soundtrack, reworking the original songs and penning new tracks, including the Golden Globe-nominated “Opportunity,” sung by Wallis. Some of the updates are better than others. “It’s the Hard-Knock Life” is a fun track sung by the foster kids, who use the sounds of banging mops and stomping feet as instruments. But the attempt to turn “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” into a dance song is a misfire that doesn’t work in the movie and won’t fare better at a club.

“Annie” can feel a bit edgy for a kid’s movie. When one of the girls asks what “hard-knock life” means, an older roommate glibly tells her, “it means our life sucks.” But, more problematically, it’s too long for a kid’s movie. A couple of the songs could easily be cut, and some of that time would have been better spent focusing on the relationship between Annie and Will, whose bond at times comes across as artificial.

There are some very funny moments in the movie, even for grown-ups, including a video of Will that goes viral. The absurd machinations of Will’s smarmy political adviser are also good for a laugh. But ultimately, “Annie” is so fixated on being current that it will never be more than a passing fancy.

★ ★

PG. Contains some mild language and rude humor. 118 minutes.

C-GCC: NEW High School Equivalency Test

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78.75% passing rate!!!!

That is the current status of the new West Virginia High School Equivalency exam.

That means that out of every one hundred people that take the test, almost eighty of them pass it.

So if you have been scared off from taking the new test, don’t be!

Besides, classes are available to help you prepare for it.

Classes will be available according to the following schedule:

•  Calhoun County classes will be held at the Career Center on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11:30 Noon to 3:00 PM

•  Gilmer County classes will be held at St. Marks Church on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 - 5:30 PM.

The test will continue to be free, and candidates will still have to pass a practice test prior to test enrollment.

Please call 304.354.6151 Extension 106 for more information.

Lady Pioneers Come From Behind to Defeat Winston Salem State 79-76

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Katrina Salins hit four huge free-throws as the Lady Pioneers came from behind to defeat the Winston Salem State Rams on Saturday afternoon, 79-76.

The Lady Pioneers would get off to a fast start as GSC took a six point lead, 14-8, midway through the first half. However Winston Salem State would bounce back and claim a 10 point halftime lead, 39-49.

In the second half the Rams would build on their halftime lead as they took a 12 point lead, 59-47, with under 15:00 minutes to play in the game. However Glenville State would begin to battle back and cut the Rams lead to just two points, 70-68, at the 3:29 minute mark.

The Lady Pioneers defense would then get several big stops and after two made free-throws by Katrina Salins GSC would take their first lead of the second half, 75-74 with 1:41 left to play.

However Winston Salem State would come right back and score but GSC would still hold a one point lead, 77-76, with 30 seconds left. The Rams would then foul Salins again with only 12 seconds left to play. Salins would knock down both free-throws as the Lady Pioneers would hold on and win by three, 79-76.

Glenville State had 20 turnovers in the game while Winston Salem State turned it over 16 times. The Lady Pioneers won the rebounding battle as they outrebounded the Rams by four, 46-42.

Keyanna Tate scored 17 points and grabbed a game high nine rebounds for Glenville State. Freshman Kayla Tibbs was the only other Lady Pioneer to score in double figures as she chipped in with 10 points.

Katrina Salins, who hit the four big free-throws, chipped in with nine points and four assists while Brittany Jackson also scored nine points and also handed out four assists.

Winston Salem State was led by Dionna Scott as she scored a game high 20 points.

The Lady Pioneers (3-4, (2-2)) return to action Saturday, January 03, 2015 when they travel to take on MEC foe West Virginia State. Tip-off is set for 2:00 PM.

Official Basketball Box Score
Winston Salem State vs. Glenville State
12.20.14   2:00 PM  at Waco Center
VISITORS: Winston Salem State 4-6

                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
01 SMILEY,Morgan….... *  1-1    0-0    1-2    0  3  3   2   3  1  4  0  0  26
05 MCNEIL,Keshira…... *  5-15   0-1    0-0    3  1  4   2  10  2  2  0  1  25
10 PALMER,ShaQuira….. *  1-2    0-0    2-2    2  2  4   4   4  0  0  2  0  16
14 SCOTT,Dionna…..... *  8-16   0-1    4-5    3  5  8   4  20  0  1  0  2  31
21 CRAINE,Jeri…...... *  2-4    0-0    1-2    1  1  2   2   5  0  3  0  1  18
03 PORTER,Angel….....    5-10   0-0    1-2    2  2  4   2  11  1  2  0  0  23
15 EDWARDS,Tiana…....    3-9    3-7    0-1    1  2  3   1   9  0  1  0  0  20
23 WILDER,Briana…....    0-3    0-0    0-0    1  1  2   0   0  1  0  0  0   8
24 ARNOLD,Briana…....    0-1    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
33 CARTER,Jasmine…...    5-9    0-1    1-1    4  2  6   2  11  0  0  0  0  16
42 GRAHAM,Jovanah…...    1-5    0-0    1-3    1  2  3   3   3  3  3  0  2  16
   TEAM….............                         1  2  3
   Totals…...........   31-75   3-11  11-18  19 23 42  22  76  8 16  2  6 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 19-44 43.2%   2nd Half: 12-31 38.7%   Game: 41.3%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-9  33.3%   2nd Half:  0-2   0.0%   Game: 27.3%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  8-12 66.7%   2nd Half:  3-6  50.0%   Game: 61.1%    3

HOME TEAM: Glenville State 3-4

                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
01 Katrina Salins…... *  1-3    1-2    6-6    2  2  4   1   9  4  1  0  0  23
04 Keyanna Tate…..... *  5-12   0-2    7-7    5  4  9   4  17  2  2  1  2  28
12 Kayla Tibbs…...... *  2-7    2-6    4-4    1  2  3   0  10  0  1  2  3  22
20 Briauna Nix…...... *  2-4    0-0    2-4    1  3  4   3   6  0  0  0  1  18
22 Angenay Williams…. *  2-12   1-6    2-2    2  0  2   0   7  2  5  0  1  23
02 Paige Tuttle….....    2-5    1-3    1-1    0  3  3   1   6  1  3  0  0  12
03 Tayana Stewart…...    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
10 Skyy Lewis….......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  0  1  0  0   3
13 Chanice Lee…......    0-0    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
21 Kristin DesRocher…    2-2    1-1    0-0    1  0  1   0   5  1  0  0  0   8
24 Madison Martin…...    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   0   0  0  1  0  0  15
25 Briana Smythe…....    3-8    0-0    1-2    1  2  3   4   7  1  2  0  0  12
32 Brittany Jackson….    3-6    1-2    2-2    1  1  2   1   9  4  4  0  2  23
34 La’Shaughn Jones….    1-2    0-0    1-1    1  5  6   4   3  0  0  2  0  10
35 Julie Bishop….....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
   TEAM….............                         1  4  5
   Totals…...........   23-61   7-22  26-29  17 29 46  18  79 15 20  5  9 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-33 36.4%   2nd Half: 11-28 39.3%   Game: 37.7%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  4-11 36.4%   2nd Half:  3-11 27.3%   Game: 31.8%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 11-13 84.6%   2nd Half: 15-16 93.8%   Game: 89.7%    1

Technical fouls: Winston Salem State-None. Glenville State-None.

Attendance: 219

Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Winston Salem State…........   49   27  -   76
Glenville State…............   39   40  -   79

Pioneers Pick Up Road Win Over Alderson Broaddus 82-66

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The Glenville State Pioneer men’s basketball team traveled to Philippi, West Virginia to take on the Alderson Broaddus University Battlers and walked away with a 16 point road victory over the Battlers.

In the first half of action the Pioneers would see the Battlers jump out to a 12-4 lead with 16:00 minute left to play till halftime.

The Pioneers would then mount a comeback and take their first lead of the game at the 8:07 minute mark as Sedric Nady hit two free-throws, 23-21.

However despite the comeback Alderson Broaddus would lead Glenville State at halftime, 33-31.

In the second half Alderson Broaddus would again get a great start as they added to their halftime lead, 44-35, with 15:00 minutes to go in the game. Again the Pioneers would be up to the task of making a comeback and would do so and tie the game up at 47 all with under 10:00 minutes to play.

After that tie it sparked the Pioneers offense as they would build a 10 point lead, 71-61 with 3:33 left to play. Alderson Broaddus would try and make a run but the Pioneers would prove to be to much as they walked away with a big road victory over Alderson Broaddus, 82-66.

Glenville State’s defense caused Alderson Broaddus to turn it over 19 times while the Pioneers only turned it over nine times.

The Pioneers shot 44 percent from the floor while the Battlers shot 41 percent.

Donte Morales scored a game high 26 points for the Pioneers. He also grabbed five rebounds in the victory. Brien Winston had a big game off the bench for GSC as he scored 16 points, grabbed six rebounds, and had eight steals.

Reggie Williams chipped in with 14 points and five rebounds while Juwan Wells had 10 points and six rebounds on the night. Sedric Nady led the Pioneers in assists with four.

Alderson Broaddus was led by Thylas Perkins as he scored 16 points and finished with eight rebounds.

The Pioneers (8-2, (4-0)) return to action Saturday, January 03, 2015 when they travel to West Virginia State University. Game time is set for 4:00 PM.

Official Basketball Box Score
Glenville State vs Alderson-Broaddus
12.20.14   4:00 PM   at Philippi, WV
VISITORS: Glenville State 8-2

                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
01 Sedric Nady…...... *  0-6    0-2    4-6    1  5  6   1   4  4  2  0  2  26
03 Donte Morales….... *  9-15   5-6    3-3    1  4  5   1  26  1  0  3  1  37
11 Reggie Williams….. *  4-10   2-5    4-4    1  4  5   4  14  1  3  0  2  30
12 Luke Campbell….... *  2-5    2-4    0-0    0  2  2   1   6  3  0  0  1  33
23 Brett Morris…..... *  3-8    0-1    0-0    0  3  3   2   6  0  2  1  0  20
00 Brien Winston…....    7-11   0-0    2-2    4  2  6   1  16  2  0  0  8  29
22 Hunter Given….....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
32 Juwan Wells…......    4-9    1-3    1-1    4  2  6   1  10  3  1  0  1  21
33 Alonzo Molina…....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  1  0  0   1
34 Kalleone Moret…...    0-1    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
50 ED Newell…........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
   Team….............                         3  2  5
   Totals…...........   29-65  10-22  14-16  14 24 38  11  82 14  9  4 15 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-31 38.7%   2nd Half: 17-34 50.0%   Game: 44.6%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-9  33.3%   2nd Half:  7-13 53.8%   Game: 45.5%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  4-6  66.7%   2nd Half: 10-10 100 %   Game: 87.5%   1,1

HOME TEAM: Alderson-Broaddus 7-4

                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
11 Dowdell,Tobias…... f  3-5    0-0    0-1    2  2  4   4   6  2  1  1  1  27
15 Lemon,Richard….... f  6-9    0-0    1-3    5  3  8   2  13  0  6  0  0  26
35 Perkins,Thylas…... f  6-13   4-8    0-1    3  5  8   1  16  1  2  1  1  35
10 Bilal,Ali…........ g  1-6    1-4    0-0    0  2  2   2   3  3  1  0  0  25
22 Tatum,Malcolm….... g  4-9    2-3    2-2    1  4  5   2  12  4  5  1  2  34
03 Shamdeen,Sanar…...    1-2    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   2  0  1  0  0   3
04 Miller,Ron….......    0-2    0-1    1-2    0  2  2   2   1  1  0  0  0   9
05 Haywood,Jordan…...    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   2
20 Harper,Chavez…....    0-1    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   0   0  0  1  0  0   2
24 Colston,Devin…....    0-2    0-2    0-0    0  3  3   1   0  1  1  0  0  12
32 Williamson,Paul…..    2-8    2-7    0-0    0  1  1   2   6  1  1  0  0  17
34 Cugini,Angelo…....    3-5    1-3    0-3    2  1  3   0   7  0  0  1  0   8
   Team….............                         4     4
   Totals…...........   26-62  10-28   4-12  18 23 41  16  66 13 19  4  4 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 13-34 38.2%   2nd Half: 13-28 46.4%   Game: 41.9%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  7-16 43.8%   2nd Half:  3-12 25.0%   Game: 35.7%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  0-0   0.0%   2nd Half:  4-12 33.3%   Game: 33.3%    1

Officials: Mike Lazo, Joe Januck, Matt Abbott

Technical fouls: Glenville State-Brien Winston. Alderson-Broaddus-None.

Attendance: 202

Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Glenville State…............   31   51  -   82
Alderson-Broaddus…..........   33   33  -   66


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2014-15 College Football Bowl and Playoff Results - 12.21.14

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2014-15 College Football Bowl Results

Bowl Winner Score
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Nevada vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
The Gilmer Free Press Louisiana-Lafayette 3-16
Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Utah State vs. UTEP
The Gilmer Free Press Utah State 21-6
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
Utah vs. Colorado State
The Gilmer Free Press Utah 45-10
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Western Michigan vs. Air Force
The Gilmer Free Press Air Force 24-38

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►   Steelers lock up playoff berth, move into AFC North lead

The Steelers are back in the playoffs.

Ben Roethlisberger threw a touchdown pass and Pittsburgh’s defense held strong in a 20-12 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs at Heinz Field.

The Steelers (10-5) secured a wild card berth and will host Cincinnati next Sunday for the AFC North title. The Bengals (9-4-1) host AFC West-champion Denver Monday night.

Pittsburgh, in the playoffs for the first time since the 2011 season, held the Chiefs (8-7) out of the end zone and limited them to four Cairo Santos field goals. Kansas City’s playoff hopes are slim heading into next Sunday’s home game against San Diego (9-6).

The Steelers exacted revenge on the Chiefs for last season. In the final week, Kansas City rested the majority of its starters in a 27-24 overtime loss to San Diego. That ultimately knocked Pittsburgh out of playoff contention.

The Chiefs lost for the fourth time in five games.

Shaun Suisham’s 23-yard field goal widened Pittsburgh’s lead to 20-9 with 4:04 remaining. That capped a 12-play, 70-yard march that took 6:14 on the clock. The drive was aided by a 24-yard pass interference penalty on Jamell Fleming on 3rd-and-3 from the KC 48.

Santos split the uprights from 23 yards out with 1:37 left, but the Steelers were able to kill the clock when the Chiefs failed to recover the onside kick.

Roethlisberger completed 18-of-25 passes for 220 yards. Le’Veon Bell rushed 20 times for 63 yards and a touchdown in Pittsburgh’s third consecutive win.

Alex Smith finished 31-of-45 for 311 yards for the Chiefs, who also received 29 rushing yards from Jamaal Charles.

Suisham’s 23-yard field goal capped Pittsburgh’s 11-play, 80-yard drive to open the game. The big play of the march was a 44-yard reception by Martavis Bryant down the right sideline during a 3rd-and-4 play from the Pittsburgh 21.

Santos tied the game with a 35-yard field goal on KC’s first possession, during which Smith converted a key 3rd-and-16 with a 19-yard connection to Albert Wilson.

The Chiefs pushed the envelope twice in the second quarter in an attempt to get into the end zone. First, they faked a field goal, and Travis Kelce’s 6- yard gain gave the Chiefs a 1st-and-goal from the 6. The drive stalled, and Santos kicked a 25-yard field goal with 9:25 left in the half.

Pittsburgh battled back to grab a 10-6 edge. Roethlisberger converted a 3rd- and-7 with a 13-yard pass to Markus Wheaton to the KC 32. A 14-yard reception by Heath Miller brought the ball to the 6, but the Chiefs made two stops from the 1 on a pair of incompletions. On 4th-and-goal, Bell rushed off right tackle into the end zone with 4:18 remaining.

Smith led the Chiefs from their own 16 to the Pittsburgh 12. but on 4th-and- inches and under 30 seconds left in the half, the Chiefs opted to run Charles up the middle. He was met by linebacker Lawrence Timmons and a host of Steelers for no gain. On the play prior, De’Anthony Thomas caught a 5-yard pass, which would have been a first down, but replays showed Thomas’ knee hit the ground before he stretched the ball to the marker.

Charles was stripped of the ball midway through the third quarter. The turnover led to Roethlisberger’s 3-yard TD connection to the middle of the end zone to Antonio Brown with 34 seconds left in the quarter for a 17-6 margin. Roethlisberger appeared to injure his knee during the scoring play when defensive tackle Vance Walker stuck his foot out and made contact with the Pittsburgh QB just as he stood in the pocket and threw the TD pass.

Roethlisberger went to the locker room but returned in time for Pittsburgh’s next offensive series after Santos drilled a 43-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter.

Game Notes

Brown had seven receptions for 72 yards ... Bell’s TD was just the third rushing one allowed by KC all season ... Pittsburgh has won six straight games in December.

►   Romo, Cowboys rout Colts, win NFC East

Tony Romo threw for 218 yards with four touchdowns on 18-of-20 efficiency to lead the Dallas Cowboys to a 42-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts, and help clinch the franchise’s 19th NFC East title in the process.

Dallas (11-4), which just needed a win in one of its final two games after Philadelphia’s loss to Washington on Saturday, captured the division crown for the first time since 2009.

The Eagles, meanwhile, have been eliminated from playoff contention.

DeMarco Murray was active even though he underwent surgery Monday on his fractured left hand sustained in last Sunday’s win over the Eagles. Murray rushed for 58 yards on 22 carries with a touchdown.

Terrance Williams hauled in two touchdown passes, while Jason Witten, Dez Bryant and Cole Beasley each had a touchdown grab in the Cowboys’ third straight win.

The Colts (10-5), who clinched the AFC South last week, had their four-game winning streak snapped.

Andrew Luck threw for a career-low 109 yards on 15-of-22 passing with two interceptions before getting substituted for Matt Hasselbeck late in the third. Luck’s 41.7 passer rating was the lowest of his career.

Dallas had a very productive touchdown drive to open the game that was prolonged by a taunting penalty.

On 3rd-and-11 from midfield, Romo checked down to Lance Dunbar, who was dropped by Jerrell Freeman for a loss of four on the play. However, Freeman stared down Dunbar as he got up from the tackle which warranted the taunting violation. Five plays later, Romo capped the 15-play, 80-yard drive that spanned 8:24 with a 9-yard TD to Williams on a slant that gave the Cowboys a 7-0 lead.

Indianapolis went backward on its first possession, then Colts coach Chuck Pagano tried some trickery on fourth down. The punt team was sent out at the 19-yard line and punter Pat McAfee dropped back to pass. He lofted a pass to an open Dewey McDonald on the near sideline, but McDonald dropped the easy first down to give the ball back to Dallas in excellent field position.

Romo didn’t wait long to punch another touchdown in, hooking up with Bryant for a 19-yard score following McDonald’s blunder.

The Cowboys continued to add on with another scoring drive that bridged the first and second quarters. Bryant hauled in a 24-yard pass from Romo toward the end of the first. Later in the march, Beasley caught a crossing pattern, slipped under D’Qwell Jackson and raced into the end zone for a 24-yard touchdown to make it 21-0.

The Colts were forced into another punt following three more unsuccessful plays. Dallas proceeded to chew up 6:31 of clock with Murray capping the 10- play drive with a 1-yard touchdown run.

Dwayne Allen then dropped his third pass of the half while wide open deep down the far sideline that would have given the Colts their initial first down of the game. Reggie Wayne finally gave the visitors a fresh set of downs on a swing pass with under six minutes to play in the half.

Indianapolis moved past midfield for the first time with under a minute left, but Luck was intercepted by J.J. Wilcox in the back of the end zone to close the half.

The second half started how the first half ended with a Cowboys interception of Luck. Nick Hayden got a hand on a pass at the line of scrimmage and Anthony Hitchens hauled in his first career interception. Dallas went backward on the possession, though, and Dan Bailey missed wide from 52 yards out.

Romo’s 15th consecutive completion was a 25-yard touchdown to Witten. That mark was a personal best for Romo, who also passed Troy Aikman (32,942) for the franchise lead in passing yards on the play.

Brandon Weeden relieved Romo in the fourth and hit Williams for a 43-yard touchdown, then Hasselbeck found Zurlon Tipton for a 1-yard touchdown pass with 5:24 remaining to account for the final margin.

Game Notes

Dallas snapped a three-game home losing streak ... Cowboys right tackle Doug Free was again inactive with an ankle injury ... The Cowboys have never shutout an opponent while scoring 40-plus points ... Murray is 28 yards shy of Emmitt Smith for the most rushing yards in franchise history ... The Colts were last shut out in a 38-0 loss to New England in 1993 ... Witten had a team-high 90 yards on seven receptions ... Hakeem Nicks caught a team- high nine passes for 72 yards in the loss ... Hasselbeck finished 15-of-21 for 126 yards with a touchdown.

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Final Score: Carolina 17, Cleveland 13)

Cam Newton accounted for two touchdowns and the Carolina Panthers picked up a crucial win to set up a winner-take-all NFC South showdown next week. Newton’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Stewart in the fourth quarter was the difference, and Carolina topped the Cleveland Browns, 17-13, on Sunday. The scoring strike to Stewart, which capped a 7-play, 66-yard drive, came less than three minutes after the Browns took their first lead on Brian Hoyer’s 81-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jordan Cameron. Hoyer replaced Johnny Manziel late in the first half after the rookie exited with a hamstring injury. The Panthers (6-8-1) will travel to Atlanta next week with the division on the line. Whoever wins that game will clinch the NFC South and host a playoff game.

Final Score: Detroit 20, Chicago 14

Joique Bell’s touchdown run in the fourth quarter gave the Detroit Lions a 20-14 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Detroit’s win coupled with Green Bay’s triumph in Tampa Bay, means the winner of the NFC North will be decided next week as the Lions will travel to Lambeau Field in a winner-take-all Week 17 matchup. The Lions came into the game having been assured of a playoff spot due to Philadelphia’s loss to Washington on Saturday. It is the first time since the 2011 season that the team has made it to the postseason. Green Bay also locked up a playoff spot Sunday. Matthew Stafford had a rough game as he went just 22-for-39 for 243 yards with a pair of red zone interceptions, while Reggie Bush also had a rushing touchdown for the Lions (11-4), who have won four straight to reach 11 wins for the first time since going 12-4 in 1991. Jimmy Clausen played admirably in the start, as he was under center in favor of a benched Jay Cutler. Clausen finished the game 23-for-39 for 181 yards and a pair of touchdown passes along with an interception for the Bears (5-10), who have lost their past four games.

Final Score: Houston 25, Baltimore 13

Randy Bullock converted a franchise-record six field goals while Arian Foster threw a touchdown pass as the Houston Texans downed the Baltimore Ravens, 25-13, in Week 16 action. Case Keenum passed for 185 yards and was picked off once after completing 20-of-42 passes to record his first career win as a starter for the Texans (8-7), who guaranteed themselves at least a .500 season with their third win in the last four. Foster also racked up a game-high 96 yards rushing on 25 attempts while C.J. Fiedorowicz was the beneficiary of his scoring throw. Andre Johnson totaled 65 yards on six catches and reached the 1,000-reception plateau. Joe Flacco had one of his worst days as a professional, completing only 21 of his 50 passes for 195 yards, two touchdowns to Torrey Smith and three interceptions for the Ravens (9-6), who had a two-game win streak snapped. Baltimore needs a win next week at home against Cleveland and some help in order to snag a wild-card berth. Steve Smith picked up 49 yards on five grabs, while Justin Forsett was held to 19 yards on 10 carries.

Final Score: Miami 37, Minnesota 35

Terrence Fede blocked Jeff Locke’s punt out of the end zone for a safety with 41 seconds left, sending the Miami Dolphins to a 37-35 win over the Minnesota Vikings. The blocked punt came after Damien Williams’ 3-yard TD catch tied the game for the Dolphins. The fourth quarter featured a combined 41 points. Despite the win, Miami (8-7) was eliminated from playoff contention due to the Steelers’ win over Kansas City. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said in the locker room after the game that head coach Joe Philbin will be back next season. Ryan Tannehill completed 35-of-47 passes for 396 yards, four touchdowns and an interception for the Dolphins, who snapped a two-game skid. Lamar Miller carried the ball 19 times for 92 yards and a score and caught five passes for 58 yards. Mike Wallace hauled in five passes for 58 yards and two touchdowns. Teddy Bridgewater connected on 19-of-26 passes for 259 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for the Vikings (6-9), who have lost two in a row. Matt Asiata carried the ball 16 times for 58 yards and two touchdowns. Greg Jennings caught three passes for 56 yards and a score.

Final Score: Atlanta 30, New Orleans 14

Matt Ryan threw for 322 yards and the Atlanta Falcons’ maligned defense rose to the occasion in a season-saving 30-14 victory over New Orleans that dropped the erratic Saints out of the NFC South race. Entering this critical divisional showdown ranked at the bottom of the NFL in total defense, pass defense and sacks, the Falcons put forth their best effort of the year on that side of the ball to set up a winner- take-all matchup with Carolina for the NFC South crown next Sunday at the Georgia Dome. Atlanta (6-9) held the Saints to 328 total yards and came up with five sacks and four takeaways, including a pivotal fumble from Jimmy Graham at the goal line early in the fourth quarter and Osi Umenyiora’s 86-yard fumble return touchdown on the final play. Ryan did his part as well, completing a sharp 30-of-40 passes with a touchdown and no turnovers. Julio Jones racked up 107 yards on seven catches after not practicing the entire week due to a hip injury. Drew Brees finished 30-of-47 for 313 yards and a touchdown to Graham, but was intercepted twice in the loss, the fifth straight at the Superdome for New Orleans (6-9).

Final Score: Pittsburgh 20, Kansas City 12

The Steelers are back in the playoffs. Ben Roethlisberger threw a touchdown pass and Pittsburgh’s defense held strong in a 20-12 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs at Heinz Field. The Steelers (10-5) secured a wild card berth and will host Cincinnati next Sunday for the AFC North title. The Bengals (9-4-1) host AFC West-champion Denver Monday night. Pittsburgh, in the playoffs for the first time since the 2011 season, held the Chiefs (8-7) out of the end zone and limited them to four Cairo Santos field goals. Kansas City’s playoff hopes are slim heading into next Sunday’s home game against San Diego (9-6). The Steelers exacted revenge on the Chiefs for last season. In the final week, Kansas City rested the majority of its starters in a 27-24 overtime loss to San Diego. That ultimately knocked Pittsburgh out of playoff contention. The Chiefs lost for the fourth time in five games.

Final Score: Green Bay 20, Tampa Bay 3

The Packers clinched a spot in the playoffs for the sixth straight season on the backs of their defense, limiting the Buccaneers to 109 yards of offense in a 20-3 win over Tampa Bay Sunday. Next week the Packers host the Detroit Lions, and the winner of that game clinches the NFC North title. Detroit rallied for a 20-14 win at Chicago Sunday. Offensively the Packers (11-4) were led by Aaron Rodgers once again as he threw for 318 yards and a touchdown to Jordy Nelson. Rodgers completed 31-of-40 passes. Nelson caught nine passes for 113 yards and fellow receiver Randall Cobb set career highs with 11 catches and 131 receiving yards. Eddie Lacy ran for 99 yards on 17 carries, including a 44- yard touchdown to open the scoring in the first quarter. Tampa Bay (2-13) got only 16 rushing yards, led by Doug Martin with 17. His longest run of the day was four yards. McCown completed just 12-of-26 passes for 147 yards. Vincent Jackson caught three passes for 60 yards, and Mike Evans added 49 yards on four receptions.

Final Score: NY Giants 37, St. Louis 27

Odell Beckham Jr. put on a show once again, amassing 148 yards and two touchdowns on eight catches to help the New York Giants record a 37-27 win over the St. Louis Rams. New York’s third straight victory featured another jaw-dropping performance by the rookie sensation, who followed up an 11-reception, 130-yard effort at Tennessee in Week 14 with last Sunday’s 12-grab, 143-yard, three-touchdown display against Washington. Beckham wasn’t the only Giant to put up big numbers on a day in which New York (6-9) piled up a season-best 514 yards. Eli Manning threw for 391 yards and three touchdowns while completing 25-of-32 attempts, Rueben Randle caught six passes for 132 yards and a touchdown and Andre Williams added 110 rushing yards on 26 carries. St. Louis (6-9) hadn’t allowed a touchdown in any of its previous three games, having yielded only 12 points during that stretch. Shaun Hill hit on 24-of-32 throws for 290 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for the Rams. Kenny Britt finished with 103 yards on nine catches, while Tre Mason had 76 yards and a touchdown on 13 rushes in the loss.

Final Score: Dallas 42, Indianapolis 7

Tony Romo threw for 218 yards with four touchdowns on 18-of-20 efficiency to lead the Dallas Cowboys to a 42-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts, and help clinch the franchise’s 19th NFC East title in the process. Dallas (11-4), which just needed a win in one of its final two games after Philadelphia’s loss to Washington on Saturday, captured the division crown for the first time since 2009. The Eagles, meanwhile, have been eliminated from playoff contention. DeMarco Murray was active even though he underwent surgery Monday on his fractured left hand sustained in last Sunday’s win over the Eagles. Murray rushed for 58 yards on 22 carries with a touchdown. Terrance Williams hauled in two touchdown passes, while Jason Witten, Dez Bryant and Cole Beasley each had a touchdown grab in the Cowboys’ third straight win. The Colts (10-5), who clinched the AFC South last week, had their four-game winning streak snapped. Andrew Luck threw for a career-low 109 yards on 15-of-22 passing with two interceptions before getting substituted for Matt Hasselbeck late in the third. Luck’s 41.7 passer rating was the lowest of his career.

Final Score: Oakland 26, Buffalo 24

Derek Carr passed for 214 yards and two touchdowns, while Sebastian Janikowski kicked four field goals as the Oakland Raiders topped the Buffalo Bills, 26-24, on Sunday. Carr completed 17-of-34 attempts and tossed scores to James Jones and Jamize Olawale for the Raiders (3-12), who have a chance to match their win total of the past two seasons if they top the Broncos in Denver next week. Latavius Murray and Darren McFadden combined for 140 yards on 32 attempts, while Kenbrell Thompkins posted 90 yards on five receptions. Kyle Orton finished 32-of-49 for 329 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions for the Bills (8-7), who conclude the regular season at New England seven days from now having been eliminated from postseason contention. With the running game largely shackled to the tune of 13 yards on 13 attempts, Fred Jackson totaled 93 yards on nine catches, while Sammy Watkins, Scott Chandler and Robert Woods posted a TD catch apiece.

Final Score: Seattle 35, Arizona 6

Marshawn Lynch wasn’t on the field for the start of the game due to an upset stomach. Following a drink of water and a mouthful of skittles, he was ready to go. Lynch then gave the Arizona Cardinals faithful nausea with a back-breaking touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. Lynch broke off a career-high 79-yard scamper to put the game away as the Seahawks seized control of the NFC West with a 35-6 victory over the Cardinals on Sunday night. The Seahawks had already held a 21-6 advantage before Lynch took a handoff off left tackle. He burst through the hole and cut across the field along the right sideline and stiff-armed Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson at the Seattle 45. Lynch then powered through Peterson and Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson across midfield and Alex Okafor was unable to make a shoe-string tackle at the 20 before he leapt into the end zone to complete the phenomenal touchdown. Seattle won for the eighth time in nine games following a 3-3 start and can win the NFC West and clinch homefield advantage throughout the NFC Playoffs with a win over the St. Louis Rams next Sunday afternoon. The Seahawks hold the tiebreaker over Arizona after sweeping the season series. Lynch carried the ball 10 times for 113 yards and two scores. Russell Wilson was 20-of-31 for 339 yards and two touchdowns, while racking up 88 yards and a score on the ground for Seattle (11-4), which totaled a franchise-record 596 yards.


Final Score: Washington 27, Philadelphia 24

Kai Forbath kicked a 26-yard field goal with five seconds remaining to lift the Washington Redskins to a 27-24 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday. The Redskins snapped a six-game losing streak and dealt a significant blow to the Eagles’ playoff hopes. Philadelphia has lost three straight games since a Thanksgiving win at Dallas gave it sole possession of first place in the NFC East. A win at home by the Cowboys against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday will eliminate the Eagles from postseason contention. The Eagles (9-6) have been prone to turning the ball over this season and cornerback Bashaud Breeland intercepted Mark Sanchez’s pass at the Washington 42-yard line inside the two- minute warning. Robert Griffin III then threw a short pass to Pierre Garcon, who spun out of a defender’s grasp for a 23-yard gain. A roughing the passer penalty tacked on 15 more yards and the Redskins added one more first down, forcing Philadelphia to use each of its three timeouts before Forbath nailed the go-ahead kick. The Eagles, who had erased a 24-14 deficit, were still alive with three seconds remaining because Forbath drilled Trey Burton with the kickoff at midfield. Cornerback David Amerson knocked down Sanchez’s pass in the end zone to end the game. Griffin completed 16-of-23 passes for 220 yards with one interception and Darrel Young had two 1-yard touchdown runs in the third quarter for Washington (4-11). Sanchez was 37- of-50 for 374 yards and threw two touchdown passes to Riley Cooper. Tight end Zach Ertz set an Eagles franchise record with 15 catches for a career-high 115 yards.

Final Score: San Diego 38, San Francisco 35 (OT)

Philip Rivers’ arm got the San Diego Chargers to overtime. Eric Weddle’s arm helped them win the game once they got there. Rivers led two touchdown drives in the final nine minutes of regulation and Weddle forced a fumble that led to Nick Novak’s winning 40-yard field goal in overtime, as the Chargers rallied to beat the San Francisco 49ers 38-35 in a thriller on Saturday night. San Diego trailed by 21 points at halftime and by 14 in the fourth quarter before Rivers’ touchdown passes to Antonio Gates and Malcom Floyd, the last one coming with 29 seconds left on the clock. Weddle, the veteran safety, stripped wide receiver Quinton Patton on a 20-yard end-around—just San Francisco’s second play in overtime—and Novak split the uprights for the win. Rivers passed for 356 yards with four touchdowns and San Diego (9-6) overcame his three interceptions, including two that led to 14 San Francisco points in the first half. The playoff-hopeful Chargers stopped a two-game losing streak, winning without injured stars Ryan Mathews and Keenan Allen. Despite 355 rushing yards, the 49ers (7-8) suffered their fourth straight loss, guaranteeing them their first non-winning season under Jim Harbaugh. Colin Kaepernick had the second-longest touchdown run by a quarterback in NFL history, a 90-yarder late in the third quarter that restored San Francisco’s 14-point lead. It came two just two plays after his fumble was recovered in the end zone by Corey Liuget for a San Diego touchdown. Kaepernick passed for 114 yards with a touchdown to Bruce Ellington and rushed for 151 on seven carries. Frank Gore added 158 yards on 26 rushes, including a 52-yard touchdown run less than two minutes into the game.


Final Score: Jacksonville 21, Tennessee 13

Jordan Todman’s 62-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter highlighted the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 21-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night. Blake Bortles completed 13-of-26 passes for 115 yards and one touchdown for the Jaguars, who scored 21 straight points after falling behind 10-0. Todman carried the ball five times for 71 yards for Jacksonville (3-12), which avenged a 16-14 loss to these Titans on Oct. 12. Toby Gerhart rushed for 53 yards and a score on 12 carries. Tennessee turned back to Charlie Whitehurst due to injuries and he connected on 24-of-35 passes for 287 yards and one touchdown. Leon Washington caught seven passes for 62 yards and a score. Bishop Sankey carried the ball 14 times for 44 yards for the Titans (2-13), who have lost nine in a row.

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►   Things we learned on Sunday of Week 16

Overall fantasy points leader, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck threw for less yards than rookie Blake Bortles. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick rushed for more yards than anyone except 49ers teammate Frank Gore. And Houston place-kicker Randy Bullock was successful on six field goal attempts.

So much for things going according to plan in Championship Weekend.

Below are a few more things we observed:

Cleveland at Carolina

The biggest question entering this matchup was how Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton would look after his unfortunate car accident. More specifically, owners were wondering how mobile he would be. Well, he looked good on the first possession, rushing two times for 19 yards, and showed no signs of laboring. Newton continued to look unaffected throughout the whole game, finishing with 201 passing yards, one touchdown and one interception, along with 65 rushing yards and one additional score on the ground.

Panthers’ tailback Jonathan Stewart has taken complete advantage of the absence of teammate DeAngelo Williams. After rushing for a combined total of 230 yards and one touchdown during his previous two games, Stewart was able to keep his hot hand going on Sunday, totaling 129 yards and a receiving touchdown to cap off his day.

The Johnny Manziel Show of 2014 may already be over. He left Sunday’s contest during the second quarter with a hamstring injury and was only 3-of-8 for 32 yards before his departure. Quarterback Brian Hoyer took over and was not particularly sharp, but he completed an 81-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jordan Cameron to salvage both players’ afternoons. Hoyer finished 7-of-13 for 134 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Cameron’s long touchdown catch led to the majority of his team-high 88 receiving yards.

Carolina rookie wideout, Kelvin Benjamin, continued to be the Panthers’ top option. He had a team-high 12 targets for 47 yards on five catches. He is now just one yard short of his first 1,000-yard season.

Fantasy owners have been begging the Browns to stick with one featured running back, and they got their wish during Week 16. Isaiah Crowell recorded 16 carries, while no other player rushed more than two times. However, Crowell finished with just 55 yards on the day.

Detroit at Chicago

We had a Reggie Bush sighting. The Detroit Lions’ halfback had been dealing with an ankle injury for much of the season and had accumulated only 224 rushing yards, 187 receiving yards, and one score heading into Week 16. However, he opened up the scoring for Detroit with a first-quarter 13-yard touchdown run and finished with 98 combined yards.

Bush’s teammate, fellow tailback Joique Bell, has cemented himself as the lead back in Detroit, but had only three carries for five yards during the first half. Good thing they play two halves because Bell was able to help owners with a 17-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown run, which got him going. He ended up with 17 carries for 74 yards and two receptions for 13 more yards.

Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford was able to move the ball during the first half of play, passing for 148 yards. Yet what fantasy owners do not want to hear is the fact that he threw two interceptions inside the red zone before halftime. Unfortunately those owners stayed disappointed until the final whistle, because Stafford was unable to find the end zone and finished 22- of-39 for 243 yards.

Most of Stafford’s yards went to none other than receiver Calvin Johnson, who posted six receptions for 103 yards, on 12 targets.

With Chicago Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler benched for Week 16, Jimmy Clausen was given his first start since 2010, and he did a decent job during the first half. His numbers will not overwhelm you, but Clausen was able to manage 106 passing yards, along with completing an 11-yard touchdown pass to Matt Forte with 30 seconds left in the second quarter. He did throw for another score during the second half, but was plagued by seven drops from Chicago pass- catchers.

One of the culprits of those drops was Chicago wideout Alshon Jeffery. He did manage a touchdown on six catches for 72 yards, but clearly did not make the most of his 15 targets.

Forte’s second-quarter touchdown helped his afternoon immensely. He ended his afternoon with only 55 rushing yards on 19 carries, but was able to manage six receptions for 40 additional yards.

Baltimore at Houston

Houston Texans’ quarterback Case Keenum received his first start of the season, and while many did not expect him to do much coming into this game, he came out of the gate playing well, going 8-of-13 for 120 yards on three first- quarter possessions. He did enough to help Houston to a victory, but probably not fantasy owners as he threw for 185 yards and one interception, along with 19 yards rushing.

Houston running back Arian Foster tossed his first career pass, and he now owns an impressive passer-rating (127.1) after it went for a touchdown. Yet, the reason owners drafted Foster was for his running ability, and he totaled 96 yards on 25 carries, and also had one catch for 23 yards as well.

Texans’ wideout Andre Johnson was the biggest benefactor of Keenum starting the game. He saw nine targets during the first half, and caught five of them for 64 yards, but did almost nothing in the second half, adding just one more catch for one yard. His six receptions for 65 yards on 13 targets were all team-highs.

Hopefully owners started Houston place-kicker Randy Bullock. He was the fantasy stud of this matchup, converting all six of his field goal attempts, and totaling 19 points on the afternoon.

While Keenum and the Texans’ offense were able to move the ball during the first half, Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens had two quarters they would like to forget.

Baltimore’s quarterback had a dreadful opening half, going 3- of-18 for only 27 yards and two interceptions. His 16.7% completion percentage was the worst any quarterback has totaled in any half this season. Flacco did manage two touchdowns during the second half, but still had a horrible stat line, going 21-of-50 for 195 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.

Typically when a quarterback struggles, the rest of the team does as well. Ravens’ tailback Justin Forsett had his worst game of season, recording only 19 yards on 10 carries. Not what fantasy owners want out of their RB1 during the championship round.

Baltimore wide receiver Torrey Smith was the one player on the team who came through for owners during Week 16. He made the most of his 12 targets by catching five passes for 59 yards and two scores.

Minnesota at Miami

Fantasy owners who continue to start Minnesota Vikings’ running back Matt Asiata must understand that his production is dependent on whether he gets into the end zone or not. Those owners will be happy this week, as Asiata scored the opening touchdown of the game, on a 1-yard run and added his second on a 5-yard scamper during the fourth quarter. He finished in typical fashion with 16 carries for just 58 yards.

The guy who hands the ball off to Asiata, Teddy Bridgewater, has really improved as the season has progressed. The Vikings’ signal-caller connected on a beautiful third-down touchdown for 21 yards to wideout Greg Jennings, giving Minnesota a 14-0 lead. While that lead quickly disintegrated, Bridgewater ended his afternoon with a 114.1 passer rating, along with 259 yards, two scores and one interception.

Jennings’ touchdown grab was essentially his lone highlight. He finished with a team-high 58 receiving yards on three receptions.

Miami Dolphins’ quarterback Ryan Tannehill could not get much going through the first quarter and a half, but on his third possession the switch seemingly went on and he connected on the first of four touchdown passes. Tannehill threw for 396 yards with those four scores.

Dolphins’ receiver Mike Wallace has rebounded during his second season in Miami. He caught two touchdown passes, and now has an impressive 10 scores on the season.

Miami running back Lamar Miller had not totaled over 90 yards since Week 11, but came to life on Sunday. He likely made fantasy owners jump for joy, as he put together 19 carries for 92 yards and a touchdown, along with five catches for 58 more yards.

Atlanta at New Orleans

Steven Jackson doing what Steven Jackson does - sit due to injury, this time a quad. Remember when he was a reliable fantasy running back? Neither do I. Actually it was around 2009.

Matt Ryan had 209 yards and a touchdown ... at halftime. he would finish with 322 yards and the Falcons will play Carolina for the division title next weekend.

Julio Jones caught seven balls for 107 yards. Practice? We’re talkin’ ‘bout practice, man, practice. Apparently Jones, like Allen Iverson, doesn’t need it.

Did we see the future of the Falcons running game on a 31-yard touchdown run by Devonta Freeman?

Jalen Saunders took the opening kickoff back 99 yards, but somehow didn’t score. What are the odds of that? Mark Ingram’s fantasy owners thank him for the Christmas gift.

The Saints went for it on fourth and seven at the Atlanta 39 in the first quarter and the Drew Brees pass appeared to be picked off or at least incomplete and the announcer said it didn’t make a difference. I guess he didn’t have Brees as his fantasy league quarterback.

Brees hit Jimmy Graham for two touchdown passes, but on the first one the zebras ruled he failed to cross into the end zone before fumbling. I’d say they need to watch the game a bit closer. And no, I don’t have Graham on any of my five fantasy teams.

New England at New York Jets

The Jets had no one who could cover Rob Gronkowski. Too big and too fast. It’s a common complaint around the league. Gronk caught his 12th touchdown pass of the season tying him with Antonio Gates and Julius Thomas for the position lead.

Other than Tom Brady to Gronkowski, however, the Pats offense did little in the first half. They “amassed” 52 yards in the first 30 minutes and finished with just 231 yards.

Without LeGarette Blount, the Pats divided up the running back work fairly evenly between Jonas Gray, Shane Vereen and Brandon Bolden making no one fantasy worthy.

The Patriots’ win today was Bill Belichick’s 230th (including playoffs), passing Curly Lambeau for fourth on the all-time wins list by a head coach. For fantasy owners he’s ranked No. 1 as the “most frustratingly unpredictable coach.“

In fact, Geno Smith passed for more yards than Brady in this one (210-182). But hey, Geno, in the fourth quarter when you are in field goal range, don’t take a sack, dummy. Rex Ryan the blame is on you too. Why are you passing the ball?

Kansas City at Pittsburgh

Still waiting for that first Kansas City touchdown pass to a receiver. Glad I’m not holding my breath. Alex Smith did throw for 177 first-half yards and a season-high 313 yards.

Jamaal Charles was missing in action for a second straight weekend. It was a horrible time for him to go into a slump, with the fantasy championship on the line.

Le’Veon Bell continued to make his contribution to your championship hopes. This time with a 1-yard touchdown run. He has eight touchdowns in the last five games. He didn’t produce many yards, however, just 72 combined.

Antonio Brown made it 15 games in a row with five or more catches this season and 31 straight over two seasons.

Green Bay at Tampa Bay

Eddie Lacy apparently didn’t need his vision to get into the end zone. He’s been dealing with an eye issue due to his contact lenses, but it didn’t change the fact he’s been running the ball very well lately, including his longest touchdown run of the season from 44-yards out. His owners will be unhappy, however, because he finished the game with 99 yards rushing, one short of the bonus.

Aaron Rodgers wasn’t feeling well, injured his left leg and still threw for over 300 yards and a touchdown. He’s just that good.

Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson combined for 244 yards and a touchdown with both guys cracking the 100-yard mark.

With four minutes remaining in the first half the Bucs have 20 yards of offense. I hope you didn’t start any of them. They finished with 109 yards and three points. This Bucs team needs a complete rebuild.

New York Giants at St. Louis

Odell Beckham Jr. was at it again, catching an early touchdown pass. With his fourth catch of the day he passed Jeremy Shockey for receptions by a Giant rookie (74).

Beckham Jr. didn’t stop there. He caught a second touchdown pass, this one 80- yards in length, in the third quarter giving him his third consecutive 100- yard bonus performance (8-148-2) and sixth in his last eight games. Can you say fantasy superstar?

A great first half from Eli Manning: 16-of-18 for 200 passing yards and a TD. It was the highest first-half completion percentage of his career (88.9%). He finished 25-of-32 for 391 yards and three touchdowns.

Andre Williams rushed for more than 100-yards for the second time in three games. He’s starting to look better, but he still needs to figure out a way to get involved in the passing game if he wants to stay on the field and be a consistent fantasy-worthy asset.

The Rams’ Tre Mason put together another fine game despite limited touches. He ran the ball just seven times in the first half, but averaged 7.6 ypc and scored once. Too bad they fell so far behind they couldn’t use the running game.

Indianapolis at Dallas

The already-in-the-playoffs Colts looked like they were on vacation and not playing an NFL game.

The resulting blowout was a disaster for fantasy owners who had been carried for 14 weeks by fantasy points leader Andrew Luck. Luck sat down for good midway through the third quarter with a career-low 109 passing yards and two interceptions.

Indianapolis gambled on a fourth-down pass from punt formation at their own 19-yard line in the first quarter. When it backfired, the Cowboys went right to Dez Bryant for a quick-strike touchdown and the rout was on.

DeMarco Murray didn’t seemed too bothered by the hand injury. He scored a 1- yard run in the second quarter to give the Cowboys a 28-0 lead. That also should have signaled the time for the Dallas coaching staff to get him out of the game and rest his broken hand, but he played into the third quarter. Not sure why, but he added a few points for fantasy owners in that time.

Tony Romo was 13-of-14 for 155 yards and three touchdowns in the first 30 minutes. He completed 15 in a row though his third quarter touchdown pass to Jason Witten and finished 18-of-20 for 218 yards and four touchdowns.

What December swoon? Romo has 10 TD passes and zero interceptions this month. And his Cowboys are 3-0.

Buffalo at Oakland

In case you haven’t been paying attention, Dan Carpenter led the league in made field goals heading into Week 16. He hit a bonus-earning 54-yarder to end the first half.

Sammy Watkins caught a big one early (42-yard TD) in what was expected to be an easy win over the 2-12 Oakland Raiders. It’s always good to get your receiver an early touchdowns because if it does turn into a rout the winning team doesn’t throw much later on in the game. Of course, it didn’t turn out that way.

A Derek Carr touchdown pass was the first the Bills had given up in 17 quarters despite facing Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers during that time.

Latavius Murray started slowly, but finished the day with 23 carries for 85 yards. Fantasy owners have to like the workload with McFadden seeing the other nine rushing attempts.

Garbage time was good for Kyle Orton owners. Down by two scores for most of the fourth quarter Orton finished the day with 329 yards and three scores courtesy of two final stanza touchdown passes.

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►   With a No. 38 RPI, Wofford will gauge West Virginia’s ability to refocus

Not since their final night in San Juan had the West Virginia Mountaineers been so fiery and dogged, at least not to their coach’s satisfaction.

Bob Huggins sensed the ambush of Connecticut back on Nov. 23 evolved into a false pinnacle that left his team feeling too satiated. In complete accord was point guard Juwan Staten, who noticed a receding hunger from West Virginia’s first five games to its subsequent five.

What the Mountaineers needed to regain their edge, said Staten, turned out to be game No. 11, which resulted in Saturday night’s 83-69 win over N.C. State at Madison Square Garden.

“Yeah, I think we got it back,” he said. “I don’t think we’ve played with as much passion and intensity since Puerto Rico. We were wanting to get ranked and prove to the world how good we were, and once we did that, I think we got a little lax.”

If handling a solid ACC opponent showed a glimpse of WVU rekindled, Monday night’s quick-turn game against a mid-major that actually sports a higher RPI than the Wolfpack will test the ability to maintain.

Will the Mountaineers remain stuckin a New York state of mind, or is all this trap-game stuff nonsense? Here’s the primer for tonight …

WOFFORD (9-2) at No. 22 WEST VIRGINIA (10-1)

Tipoff: 7:30 PM Monday in Morgantown (West Virginia Media local TV affiliates)

Scouting Wofford: After a 20-13 season that culminated with an NCAA loss to Michigan, Wofford returned seven players who averaged 4.4 points or more. So the Southern Conference favorites possess continuity and chemistry. … The Terriers have never beaten a ranked team (0-19), but their 55-54 win at N.C.State on Dec. 14 certain caught WVU’s attention. … After dropping its opener 74-59 at Stanford, Wofford later fell 66-62 at William & Mary—a loss that ended a swing of five games in nine days. … Senior point guard Karl Cochran paces the team in scoring (13.6), rebounds (6.8), assists (3.3) and steals (2.2). Junior guard Spencer Collins adds 11.4 per game. The Terriers don’t feature a starter taller than 6-6.

Another Terriers tidbit: With an enrollment of 1,600 students, Wofford is the third-smallest school in Division I, ahead of only Presbyterian and VMI, which West Virginia beat 103-72 last month.

Williams awakens: Being 6-foot-8 and absurdly muscular doesn’t guarantee a player can get shots off at the rim, as Devin Williams’ 44-game career at West Virginia proves.

During a recent six-game stretch, when he made only 13-of-36 attempts (36 percent), Williams was particularly ineffective. That drought ended against N.C. State—one of the nation’s top shot-blocking teams—with a season-high 16 points on 6-of-11 shots.

“I’ve just got to continue to believe in my craft. Although I haven’t been playing real good offensively I’ve been in the gym everyday trying to figure it out,” Williams said. “I think this game really helped me out, really boosted my confidence.”

Fellow forward Jonathan Holton liked what Williams brought to the Garden: “Devin had energy. You could see it in him—he played like a real beast. It could be scary as we go forward.”

Huggins doles compliments: The rotations on the press haven’t always been reliable and the shooting has been downright dreadful in spurts, yet West Virginia has positioned itself to chase an NCAA bid with some winning work in the nonconference slate.

“This group, they let you coach them,” Huggins said. “I can get on their butts pretty good and they respond to it. They don’t take anything personal.”

Holton a threat from 3 again? The coach had no contempt for Holton launching late-game 3-pointers on Saturday. Huggins just wants more of them to go in, as Holton’s final two attempts did. Those lifted his season 3-point accuracy to 18 percent.

“If we’re going to make a serious run, he needs to make those shots,” Huggins said. “Because we can spread people then and let Wannie do what he does.

“We watch Jon shoot everyday—it’s not like he can’t shoot. It just hasn’t transferred over to the games yet. I think he gets anxious and gets in a hurry.”

Guard Jaysean Paige figures it’s a matter of time before Holton’s jump-shooting practice pays off.

“He works on that corner shot a lot, so I believe in him shooting the 3-ball. It hasn’t been falling, but as long as he works on it everyday, you can’t knock him for shooting it. It’s going to start falling sometime.”

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►   Top-25 College Men’s Basketball Game Results

(Sunday, December 21)

Final Score: (6) Virginia 76, Harvard 27

Chalk up another impressive defensive effort for the unbeaten Virginia Cavaliers. Mike Tobey had 15 points and 10 rebounds, as the No. 6 ranked team dominated Harvard, 76-27, at John Paul Jones Arena. Malcolm Brogdon also scored 15 for Virginia (11-0), which is off to its best start since the 1992-93 season. The Cavaliers entered the day ranked second in the nation in scoring defense (47.9 ppg), behind only Kentucky (47.7 ppg). Virginia has held opponents under 70 points in a nation- leading 17 consecutive contests. It was also the second time this season the Cavaliers held an opponent under 30 points. They beat Rutgers, 45-26, on Nov. 29. Corbin Miller scored eight for Harvard (7-2), which shot 16 percent (8- of-50) from the field in its first game since a 12-day layoff for final exams. The Crimson had a six-game winning streak snapped. Harvard went 1-of-20 from the floor in the first half. That ties an NCAA record with Northern Illinois for fewest field goals in a half. The Huskies were 1-of-31 against Eastern Michigan on Jan. 26, 2013.

Final Score: (17) Maryland 73, Oklahoma State 64

Jake Layman’s first career double-double helped No. 17 Maryland overcome a late rally and top Oklahoma State, 73-64, in a non-conference showdown on Sunday. Layman shot 7-for-12, finishing with 21 points and 11 rebounds in Maryland’s fourth straight win following an 11-point loss to Virginia on Dec. 3. The Terrapins (11-1) won seven straight to open the season. Freshman Melo Trimble continued his strong play at point guard, making all seven of his free throws and netting 15 points with four assists, and fellow rookie Jared Nickens scored 11. Le’Bryan Nash had 17 points and nine boards to pace OSU (9-2), losers in two of four after also starting the season 7-0.

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►   Nuggets’ Gallinari out indefinitely

Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari has been diagnosed with a meniscus tear in his right knee and is out indefinitely.

The news was unexpected, as Gallinari scored 19 points and helped lead the Nuggets to a win over the Pacers on Saturday. He had been limited this season with knee soreness.

Gallinari is expected to undergo surgery.

The sixth-year forward is averaging 7.8 points and 3.0 rebounds in 18.8 minutes per game, the lowest totals since his rookie year.

►   NBA Game Results

(Sunday, December 21)

Final Score: Toronto 118, New York 108

Kyle Lowry and Lou Williams led the way with 22 points apiece as six players scored in double figures for the Toronto Raptors in a 118-108 victory over the New York Knicks on Sunday. Lowry also had nine assists and three steals for the Raptors, who have won six in a row. Greivis Vasquez and Terrence Ross tallied 21 and 18 points, respectively. Carmelo Anthony ended with 28 points for the Knicks, who have dropped five straight. Jason Smith and Jose Calderon contributed 16 and 15 points, respectively, with Calderon also dishing out 10 assists.

Final Score: Cleveland 105, Memphis 91

LeBron James scored 25 points and handed out 11 assists to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 105-91 win over the short-handed Memphis Grizzlies Sunday. Dion Waiters scored 21 off the bench for Cleveland, including 13 in the final quarter to keep the game out of reach. The Cavs shot 60.5 percent from the field while making 7-of-14 from long distance. Anderson Varejao chipped in 18 points and Kyrie Irving added 17 points with 12 assists in Cleveland’s second straight win. Memphis was without Tony Allen for the third straight game and Zach Randolph missed the contest with a sore right knee. In their absence, Marc Gasol scored 23 points, pulled down 11 boards and added five assists for the Grizzlies, losers of two straight. The Grizzlies were just 1-of-16 (6.3 percent) from beyond the arc and never led.

Final Score: Brooklyn 110, Detroit 105

Mason Plumlee posted 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Brooklyn Nets, who survived a late comeback effort by the Detroit Pistons to hold on for a 110-105 victory at the Barclays Center. Brooklyn had a 15-point fourth-quarter lead cut down to one after Kentavious Caldwell-Pope buried a 3-point shot with 9.8 seconds left, but held off the Pistons over the remainder to halt a three-game losing streak. Plumlee went 9-of-10 from the field and Joe Johnson recorded 16 points and seven assists for the Nets. Jarrett Jack, starting in place of an injured Deron Williams, contributed 15 points and 10 assists to the win. Caldwell-Pope finished with 20 points and Andre Drummond had 18 along with 20 rebounds—13 on the offensive end. However, the Pistons couldn’t complete the rally and fell for the 17th time in 19 games.

Final Score: Miami 100, Boston 84

Luol Deng scored 23 points to lead the Miami Heat to a 100-84 win over the Boston Celtics on Sunday. Heat forward Chris Bosh (calf) missed his fifth straight game, while Dwyane Wade (right knee contusion), Hassan Whiteside (left toe) and Josh McRoberts (knee) were also inactive. Rookie James Ennis posted his best scoring game as a pro, going for 16 points to help Miami snap its five-game home losing streak and two-game losing streak overall. Norris Cole had 15 points and Mario Chalmers supplied 11 points and 10 assists in the win.

Final Score: Philadelphia 96, Orlando 88

Behind 21 points and six assists from Michael Carter-Williams, the Philadelphia 76ers started a seven-game road trip with a 96-88 win over the Orlando Magic. Five players reached double figures for Philadelphia as it ended a five-game losing streak. Nerlens Noel posted 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Henry Sims and Robert Covington joined Noel by posting double-doubles as well. Sims had 12 points and 12 boards, with Covington recording 11 points and 10 rebounds. Victor Oladipo led all scorers with 23 points for the Magic, who have lost four straight and six of their last seven. Despite getting 19 points and 17 rebounds from Nikola Vucevic, Orlando was outrebounded by Philadelphia 52-43.

Final Score: Sacramento 108, LA Lakers 101

DeMarcus Cousins led the way with 29 points and 14 rebounds as the Sacramento Kings battled back in the fourth quarter to take a 108-101 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. Rudy Gay finished with 24 points and six assists, Ben McLemore had 23 points and eight boards and Darren Collison scored 19 for the Kings, who ended a five-game skid and won for the first time under interim head coach Tyrone Corbin. Nick Young had 26 points and Kobe Bryant supplied 25 points on a poor 8-of-30 shooting display for the Lakers, who have dropped their last three contests.

Final Score: Phoenix 104, Washington 92

Eric Bledsoe had 17 points and nine rebounds as the Phoenix Suns defeated the Washington Wizards 104-92 on Sunday night. Goran Dragic posted 16 points, six rebounds and four assists, while Markieff Morris tallied 17 points for Phoenix, which has won three straight on the heels of a six-game losing streak. John Wall recorded 14 points, eight assists, five boards and three steals and Bradley Beal added 14 points and seven boards for the Wizards, who had their six-game winning streak snapped.

Final Score: Indiana 100, Minnesota 96

C.J. Miles scored 28 points off the bench to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 100-96 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday. Roy Hibbert supplied 15 points with eight rebounds and David West netted 14 points for Indiana, which snapped an eight-game road losing streak. Mo Williams poured in 24 points with 10 assists for the Timberwolves, while Shabazz Muhammad and Chase Budinger deposited 21 and 13 points, respectively. Minnesota has lost five straight.

Final Score: New Orleans 101, Oklahoma City 99

Anthony Davis had 38 points and 12 rebounds as the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-99 on Sunday night. The Thunder regained possession with 10 seconds left following a Pelicans shot clock violation. Russell Westbrook got the ball at the top of the arc and dribbled to the left elbow before Jrue Holiday poked it away. Westbrook got it back at the 3-point line and rose for the triple from straightaway and the ball clanked off the front of the rim. Tyreke Evans came down with the rebound after Serge Ibaka’s tip attempt was off the mark to seal the outcome. Davis, who was 16-of-22 from the field, was coming off a 3-of-14 performance from the floor during New Orleans’ 114-88 blowout loss to Portland on Saturday night.

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►   NHL Game Results

(Sunday, December 21)

Final Score: Colorado 2, Detroit 1 (SO)

Jarome Iginla scored the decisive goal in the ninth round of the shootout as the Colorado Avalanche edged the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 at Joe Louis Arena. Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Duchene scored on Colorado’s first two chances in the tiebreaker, but the Red Wings stayed alive with goals from Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar in rounds two and three. Detroit’s Petr Mrazek and Colorado’s Calvin Pickard then matched one another save for save until Iginla’s goal to begin the ninth round. Pickard then made a right pad save on Brendan Smith to secure the victory. Pickard finished with 34 saves for the Avalanche, who have won back-to-back games for the first time since Nov. 22-25 and concluded their road trip at 2-0-1. They have played beyond regulation in four of their last five games, going 3-0-2 over that stretch. Mrazek, starting in place of Jimmy Howard (lower-body injury), made 22 saves for a Detroit team winless in its last six games (0-2-4). The Red Wings have totaled six goals during their current skid.

Final Score: Dallas 6, Edmonton 5 (SO)

Shawn Horcoff scored in the eighth round of the shootout to give the Dallas Stars a 6-5 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday. In the eighth round, Horcoff’s wrister went in between the pads of Ben Scrivens, and Anders Lindback stopped Anton Lander’s wrister with the glove for the win. Tyler Seguin had two goals and an assist, while Jamie Benn totaled a goal and an assist for the Stars, who have won four straight. Lindback stopped 9-of-10 shots to get the win in relief of Kari Lehtonen, who allowed four goals on 19 shots before getting pulled halfway through the second period. Taylor Hall scored two goals with an assist, Mark Arcobello had two goals and Teddy Purcell recorded a goal and two assists for the Oilers, who have lost seven straight. Scrivens stopped 40 shots in the loss.

Final Score: Boston 4, Buffalo 3 (OT)

Loui Eriksson scored the game-winning goal 2:14 into overtime to lift the Boston Bruins to a 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday. Eriksson took a touch pass from Milan Lucic through the neutral zone and fought off a defender before firing a shot through the pads of Jhonas Enroth for the win. Dougie Hamilton finished with two goals and an assist, Chris Kelly also scored and Zdeno Chara added two helpers for the Bruins, who are 5-0-1 in their last six games against the Sabres. Tuukka Rask made 25 saves in the win. Tim Schaller scored his first NHL goal, while Andrej Meszaros and Rasmus Ristolainen also lit the lamp for the Sabres, who have dropped their last three. Enroth stopped 33-of-37 shots in defeat.

Final Score: NY Rangers 1, Carolina 0

Cam Talbot made 18 saves in backstopping the surging New York Rangers to a 1-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Sunday night in the back end of a home-and-home set. Ryan McDonagh scored in the first period to give Talbot all the support he needed. The backup goaltender, who signed a contract extension on Friday, has three wins this season, all coming via shutout. The Rangers won their season-high sixth straight game and continued their home dominance against the Hurricanes, who have dropped eight in a row at Madison Square Garden. Anton Khudobin played well for Carolina, making 30 saves, but he still remains in search of his first win this season. The Hurricanes have lost eight of their last nine games overall.

Final Score: Chicago 4, Toronto 0

Antti Raanta stopped 31 shots for his second shutout of the season to lead the Chicago Blackhawks in a 4-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday. Patrick Kane posted a goal and two assists while David Rundblad, Jonathan Toews and Kris Versteeg all lit the lamp for the Blackhawks, who have won three of their last four. James Reimer allowed all four goals on 34 shots for the Maple Leafs, who have dropped their past three.

Final Score: Philadelphia 4, Winnipeg 3 (OT)

Jakub Voracek’s goal 10 seconds into overtime finished off a furious comeback as the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Winnipeg Jets, 4-3, on Sunday. Claude Giroux pressured Dustin Byfuglien on the forecheck and Voracek was there to take the loose puck and emerge from behind the net to beat Ondrej Pavelec with a quick wrister for the win. Voracek continued his frenetic scoring pace with two goals and Vincent Lecavalier’s second goal of the night tied the game late in regulation for the Flyers, who were coming off a 7-4 win over Toronto on Saturday. Rob Zepp stopped 25-of-28 shots in his NHL debut. The 33-year-old became the oldest NHL netminder to win his first career start since 41-year-old Hugh Lehman in 1926. Matt Halischuk, Mathieu Perreault and Byfuglien all lit the lamp for the Jets, who had their two-game winning streak come to an end. Pavelec made 19 stops in defeat.

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►   Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia, according to several media reports.

The 72-year-old, three-time world heavyweight champion, who has been battling Parkinson’s disease for 30 years, went to an undisclosed hospital Saturday morning. His prognosis is “good” for recovery, spokesman Bob Gunnell said in a statement to several media outlets.

Ali, who retired from boxing in 1981, has traveled the globe on humanitarian missions. He was the final Summer Olympic torchbearer in 1996.

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ABC - American Broadcasting Company
CBS - Columbia Broadcast System
FOX - Fox Entertainment Group
NBC - National Broadcasting Company
JIP - Joined in Progress
TSN - Sports Network (Canada)
SNET/SN - Rogers SportsNet (Canada)
RDS - Reseau des sports
MSG - Madison Square Garden Network
TNT - Turner Network Television
TBS - Turner Broadcasting System
SNY - SportsNet New York
CBSSN - CBS - College Sports Network
CSN - Comcast SportsNet
TCN - The Comcast Network
NBCSN - NBC Sports Network
NESN - New England Sports Network
MASN - Mid-Atlantic Sports Network
ROOT - Root Sports (Pittsburgh, Northwest, Rocky Mountain)
CST - Cox Sports Television
FCS - FOX College Sports
FS - FOX Sports Regional
RSN - Regional Sports Networks
CPTV - Connecticut Public Broadcasting
TVG - Horse Racing Channel
FS1 - FOX Sports 1
TWC - Time Warner Cable Sports Channel
* - If Necessary


National Football League
Denver at Cincinnati, 8:30 PM - ESPN

National Basketball Association
Denver at Charlotte, 7:00 PM - Altitude, SportSouth, DSS
Toronto at Chicago, 8:00 PM - SNET One, CSN-Chicago, DSS
Portland at Houston, 8:00 PM - KGW, ROOT-Southwest, DSS
Utah at Memphis, 8:00 PM - ROOT-Northwest, SportSouth, DSS
Atlanta at Dallas, 8:30 PM - SportSouth, FS-Southwest, DSS
LA Clippers at San Antonio, 8:30 PM - FS-Prime Ticket, Southwest, DSS
Sacramento at Golden State, 10:30 PM - CSN-California, Bay, DSS

National Hockey League
Nashville at Columbus, 7:00 PM - FS-Tennessee, Ohio, DSS
Ottawa at Washington, 7:00 PM - RDS, TSN5, CSN-DC, DSS
Pittsburgh at Florida, 7:30 PM - ROOT-Pittsburgh, FS-Florida, DSS
San Jose at Anaheim, 10:00 PM - CSN-California, FS-Prime Ticket, DSS
Arizona at Vancouver, 10:00 PM - FS-Arizona, SNET-Pacific, NHL Network, DSS
Calgary at Los Angeles, 10:30 PM - SNET-West, KCOP, DSS

College Basketball
Stetson at Florida State, 2:00 PM -
Ill-Chicago at Northwestern, 2:00 PM -
Ohio vs. George Washington, 2:30 PM - ESPN U
Elon at Kennesaw State, 3:00 PM -
Dartmouth at Penn State, 4:00 PM - Big Ten Network+
DePaul vs. Colorado, 4:30 PM - ESPN U
Manhattan vs. Fordham, 6:00 PM - SNY
Citadel at Michigan State, 6:00 PM - Big Ten Network+
Miami-Ohio at Ohio State, 6:00 PM - Big Ten Network
Gardner-Webb at Purdue, 6:00 PM - Big Ten Network+
UT Martin at Butler, 7:00 PM - FS1
Oakland at Clemson, 7:00 PM -
Florida A&M at East Carolina, 7:00 PM -
Towson at Navy, 7:00 PM - Patriot League Network
Northern Ill at Notre Dame, 7:00 PM -
Liberty at Princeton, 7:00 PM - Ivy League Digital Network
Colgate at Syracuse, 7:00 PM - ESPN U
Kansas vs. Temple, 7:00 PM - ESPN 2
Mercer at Tennessee, 7:00 PM - SEC Network
SE Louisiana at UCF, 7:00 PM -
East Tennessee State at VCU, 7:00 PM - CSN-DC+
VMI at Virginia Tech, 7:00 PM -
Bucknell at Wake Forest, 7:00 PM -
New Orleans at Indiana, 7:05 PM - Big Ten Network
Columbia vs. Connecticut, 7:30 PM - SNY
Long Beach State at St. John’s, 7:30 PM - CBSSN
Wofford at West Virginia, 7:30 PM - WV Media
Southern at Baylor, 8:00 PM - FS-Southwest
UAB at Chattanooga, 8:00 PM - FSN, American Sports Network, MASN
Charleston Southern at Colorado State, 8:00 PM - Mountain West Network
North Florida at Iowa, 8:00 PM -
Coppin State at Michigan, 8:00 PM - Big Ten Network
Furman at Minnesota, 8:00 PM -
Weber State at Oklahoma, 8:00 PM - Sooner Sports
Chicago State at SIU Edwardsville, 8:00 PM - FS-Midwest
Incarnate Word at Tulsa, 8:00 PM -
Penn at Vanderbilt, 8:00 PM - SEC Network+
Jacksonville State at Air Force, 9:00 PM - Mountain West Network
Milwaukee at Arkansas, 9:00 PM - ESPN U
Wisconsin at California, 9:00 PM - ESPN 2
College of Charleston at LSU, 9:00 PM - SEC Network
North Dakota at Marquette, 9:00 PM - FS-Wisconsin
Northern New Mexico at New Mexico State, 9:00 PM -
UC Santa Barbara at Oregon, 9:00 PM - Pac-12 Network
Miami-Florida vs. Providence, 9:00 PM - FS1
UC Riverside at San Diego State, 11:00 PM - FS-San Diego
Tulane at Washington, 11:00 PM - Pac-12 Network
Loyola Marymount vs. Wichita State, 11:00 PM - ESPN U
Nebraska at Hawaii, 1:00 AM - ESPN U

Women’s College Basketball
Temple at Villanova, 11:30 AM - Big East Digital Network
Belmont at Georgia, 7:00 PM - SEC Network+
UT Martin at Missouri, 8:00 PM - SEC Network+

College Football
BYU vs. Memphis (Miami Beach Bowl), 2:00 PM - ESPN

International Soccer
Juventus FC vs. SSC Napoli, 12:30 PM - beIN Sport
Stoke vs. Chelsea, 2:55 PM - NBCSN

Horn Creek Baptist Church Christmas Eve Service - 12.24.14

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Christmas Eve Service (12.24.14) at Horn Creek Baptist Church

Services start at 7:00 PM

The church is located on 47W in Cox’s Mill, WV 26342

For more information, please contact Pastor Joe Sealey at 304.462.7895

Glenville: EXTENDED HUGE INDOOR SALE!!! - Monday thru Wenesday



EXTENDED Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

December 22-24, 2014

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Gilmer County Recreation Center - Shawnee Hall

Glenville, WV

Plus older boot inventory will be reduced to just $50/pr!

All New Rocky, Georgia, Durango Brand Clothing from adult to youth(Coats, Pants, Shirts.)

Boots (Casual, Western, Insulated & Non, also Steel Toed) for Outdoor Hunting or work use.

Also, Camo & Bling Purses (some concealed carry) plus an array of Guns, Knives, Hunting items,
1200 thread ct. camo sheet sets, crafts, tools, home décor,
candles, melts and misc. items from the home.

Questions call 304.477.3654.

We Buy, Sell, and Trade.

West Fork Conservation District Supervisors Meeting – Wednesday 01.07.15


The West Fork Conservation District Board of Supervisors monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 07, 2015, at the USDA Service Center, Mt. Clare, WV.

The meeting starts at 9:00 AM.

Please if you have questions contact Robin Ward district manager for the West Fork Conservation District at 304.627.2160 x 109.

The West Fork Conservation District in West Virginia is comprised of the following four (4) counties located in the northern-central portion of the state:

•  Doddridge County
•  Gilmer County
•  Harrison County
•  Lewis County

Grow Your Gardening Knowledge and Share Your Time

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WV Legislative Update: Delegate Brent Boggs - 12.22.14


As I write this week, our home is just beginning to quiet a little on Sunday evening as the entire family gathered at our home today for a Christmas time together.  Justin’s family traveled in for church services and the day; Jessica and the boys arrived Saturday evening, but have to leave Tuesday to head back to South Carolina.  With the pleasant weather, the kids could play outside.  Between Jean’s great dinner and the kids opening a few of their gifts since we won’t all be together on Christmas Day, it was a wonderful time together.  Lots of love and laughter filled this old house.

While the kids will be back in their own homes on Christmas Day, continuing with their own traditions and memories, I’ve learned that Christmas cannot always be the way I’d like.  In my mind, Jessica and Justin will always be little kids. But as time passes, I’ve learned to appreciate the wonderful blessing of a loving family and the knowledge of having four generations under roof together again this year – even for one brief afternoon – is a priceless gift for which I am truly thankful.  However, we’re most thankful for that first Christmas in Bethlehem.

Well, electric trains were not on the gift list this year for any of the grandkids.  However, if you mention trains during Christmas season, you usually get comments on the Polar Express.  It could be in regard to the children’s book, movie or the popular excursion on the Durbin and Greenbrier Valley RR from Elkins to Belington.  However, at the Capitol last week, the train conversations were centered on the WV State Rail Plan and the resolution I sponsored last session to explore the feasibility of expanded commuter rail service in the State.

Unlike Amtrak’s Cardinal – a dedicated run on the national passenger rail system through southern West Virginia – commuter rail service is more in line with the eastern panhandle’s MARC service.  As I’ve mentioned before, one of the prime corridors for consideration in WV would be the Charleston – Huntington area through Putnam County that parallels I-64.  The major hurdle would be sharing the rails with existing CSX freight trains and Amtrak.

With that as a backdrop, each state receiving federal funds for railroads must have a state rail plan, as it provides guidance for future freight and passenger rail planning and expansion.  It also sets out long term investment strategies. West Virginia’s most recent plan was completed last December.  Prior to that plan’s release, sixteen public meetings were held around the state to solicit public input for the draft plan.

The consultant that put the plan together for West Virginia received nationwide recognition for their efforts and the Federal Railroad Administration has suggested other states use the WV plan as a model.  It references future prospects and further study of commuter rail if funding is available. The future study would include feasibility studies of potential new regional passenger rail service corridors, as mentioned above between Huntington and Charleston; and Fairmont or Morgantown to Pittsburgh. Additional work would also need to be conducted relating to the improvement and expansion of the existing Amtrak service through West Virginia and the increased usage of daily service to other states.

It always starts with a price tag.  A ballpark estimate of conducting such detailed analysis on the two possible commuter corridors mentioned is around $400,000. The analysis would examine potential ridership, line capacity for shared use, capital costs, potential revenue, and governance structure.

We will never return to the golden era of passenger rail service, but it is still a valuable and viable alternative to the billions needed to build more interstate lanes, larger airports and restrictive locks and dams.  And while 400K is a hefty price tag, the potential to save billions in future construction costs, reduce already crowded highway corridors, and save taxpayers in long-term savings is well worth serious future consideration.

Please send your inquiries to the Capitol Office at:  Building 1, Room 462-M, Charleston, WV 25305.  Or, call the Finance Committee office at 304.340.3230; or Jennifer McPherson at 304.340.3942; or, fax to 304.340.3388.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.  For those with Internet access, my e-mail address is: .

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

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


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Last week, it was my privilege to join executives and key leadership from Diamond Electric Manufacturing Corporation in announcing the company’s decision to relocate its North American headquarters to West Virginia. With this investment, Diamond Electric’s West Virginia facility has grown to be the company’s largest production operation in the world and has found confidence in our state’s skilled workforce and strong business climate. Diamond Electric already employs 335 hardworking West Virginians, and this expansion project is expected to add 10 to 15 new positions at the Eleanor facility, creating new jobs and new opportunities for West Virginia workers and their families.

Since becoming your governor four years ago, improving our business climate to encourage job creation has been my number one priority. The fact that we successfully competed for the U.S. headquarters of an international company such as Diamond Electric shows these efforts are paying off.

We’ve worked to create a climate where companies are encouraged to innovate, expand and create new jobs, and companies around the world are noticing the changes we’ve made. For the third straight year, we’ve cut business taxes. We’ve reduced workers’ compensation costs by more than 60 percent, and this year, businesses operating in West Virginia saw a 10th straight reduction in worker’s compensation premiums. We’ve stabilized our employment trust funds, we’re tackling our debts, strengthening our education system, and we are one of the most fiscally responsible states in the country.

As we continue to take these important steps, we are committed to improving educational programs and increasing opportunities to ensure our state’s growth and economic success. Our middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities and community and technical colleges have stepped up to the task of finding ways to strengthen our state’s skilled and capable workforce. We are making every effort to help companies investing in West Virginia grow by supporting their future.

During my trade mission to Japan in 2012, I met with companies who expressed interest in relocating and expanding their operations in West Virginia. Since then, companies including Hino Motors, Nippon Thermostat, NGK Spark Plugs, Wheeling-Nisshin, Toyota and Diamond Electric have invested more than $136 million in the Mountain State. Today, West Virginia is home to more than 20 Japanese companies providing stable, good paying jobs for more than 2,500 West Virginia workforce.

Mr. Hironori Kurita, president of Diamond Electric Manufacturing Corporation, said it best: “We are happy to tell everyone that the people make the difference in West Virginia. They make us strong and they give us pride ... we are happy to be here.“ 

I appreciate the continued confidence business and industry leaders, like Diamond Electric and Mr. Kurita, have shown in our state, and I am confident companies around the world will continue to notice the good work we are doing in the Mountain State. This week, our state took another step forward on the path toward a brighter future. That’s something every West Virginian can take pride in.

Congressman McKinley: 12.19.14

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A Partial Victory on Coal Ash

For the past four years we have sought to find a workable solution for the regulation of coal ash, the unavoidable byproduct of burning coal, that will maintain hundreds of thousands of jobs, encourage recycling, protect the environment, and provide certainty. Today the EPA made a decision to not regulate coal ash as a hazardous material, meaning it can continue to be recycled and used in everyday products, such as concrete, bricks, and wall board. This announcement shows that our work has made a difference, but there is still more to be done.

Removing uncertainty on coal ash will allow more coal byproducts to be recycled and protect the 316,000 jobs related to coal ash. We’re proud to have played a role in helping avoid the disastrous outcome a hazardous designation would have created. However, the EPA falls short of offering a functional regulatory system, fails to address key issues, and still leaves uncertainty for both industry and environmental groups. A legislative answer is still necessary to close many of the open-ended questions and concerns the EPA left us under this regulation.

The plan we laid out in H.R. 2218 calls for federal standards for coal ash disposal and requires the states to develop disposal programs that meet those standards. This approach was developed in consultation with states, utilities, recyclers, and the EPA, and remains the best way to ensure coal ash can continue to be disposed and recycled in a safe and economical manner.

This solution has received strong bipartisan support and passed the House on multiple occasions since 2011, but has consistently been blocked in the Senate. Early next year we plan to introduce a similar bill to address this problem once and for all. With new leadership in the Senate, we expect our common sense plan can finally pass the Senate and be signed into law.

Nominating Future Leaders

Earlier this week, my office nominated 15 West Virginia students to United States service academies including the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S Military Academy, and the Merchant Marine Academy.

Congressional nomination is the first step in a process toward appointment to a military academy. Nominated students must also meet the stringent admission requirements of the academies to earn an appointment.

These students are the future leaders of America.  To earn this nomination they have excelled both inside and outside the classroom and shown strong leadership potential. Their hard work and exemplary character make me proud to be a West Virginian.

These young men and women have a strong desire to serve their country. I wish them the best for the future and look forward to seeing what they accomplish.

Marshall University President Stephen Kopp, Rest in Peace

Marshall University and West Virginia lost a true leader this week after the sudden death of Marshall University president Stephen Kopp. Marshall Board of Governors chairman Michael Sellards called Kopp “one of the most dedicated and long-serving president in the 177-year history of Marshall University.” His dedicated to higher education saw Marshall University grow over his 9 year tenure.

This is a truly tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers are with President Kopp’s wife, their children, grandchildren, and the entire Marshall community, during this time of loss and healing.

Working for the Hearing Impaired

As someone with a hearing impairment, in Congress I have worked to advocate for people who face similar challenges. This week the Charleston Daily Mail highlighted my efforts and personal experience I have on the challenges the face people with hearing impairments.

Some of my accomplishments include fighting against a proposed Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rule that would have eliminated longstanding Medicare coverage on several types of hearing devices. This issue was personal to me, as a hearing impaired American with a cochlear implant and a grandfather of a child with a hearing devise.

In Congress I also serve as co-chairman of the Congressional Hearing Health Caucus. I hope with my personal experience I can work to open doors of opportunity for hearing challenged people.

Continuing Our District Work

Earlier this week I continued my travels through the First Congressional District and holding several meetings in Harrison and Hancock Counties. In Hancock County I met with the Salvation Army and other organizations that help low income families and continued in Harrison County with a roundtable discussion with North Central West Virginia Airport officials. At the meeting we were able to discuss their concerns about the workforce, business, and how my office can help fight for their issues in Congress.

Over the past four years I have traveled through all 20 counties and held nearly 250 meetings in the First Congressional District meeting with individuals, businesses, and other groups. These meetings ensure that my office understands the issues facing industries in West Virginia, and allows me to better represent the First District. Next Congress, we will continue holding these discussions. Keep an eye out, I may be coming to a town near you.

Holiday Season

With the holiday season upon us my offices will remain open on December 22-23, December 29-31, and January 02.

From myself, Mary, the whole McKinley family and staff - Happy Holidays. We look forward to continuing serving you in the 114th Congress.

If you are ever in the Washington D.C. office please drop in and say hello. If you want an appointment just give my office a call at 202.225.4172, or submit a request on my website at
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Investing in the Next Generation of Public Servants

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As this chapter of my Senate career comes to a close, I feel fortunate to have been able to dedicate fifty years to public service. I could not imagine a more rewarding career.

As I see and talk with the incredible students across our state, I am optimistic about our future. These bright stars will be the public servants and leaders of tomorrow. I hope they find the noble calling of public service to be as rewarding as I have.

In schools throughout West Virginia, students are learning, experiencing, and growing into those who will shape our future.  I am proud of the work being done by the amazing educators and mentors in each of these schools.

And I was proud to announce the founding of the John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy and Politics, and the establishment of my Senatorial Archives at West Virginia University as a new place for students to ignite their passion for public service through ferocious academic thought, deep and fearless research, and solid policy.

Giving a student or young person the chance to “get outside of themselves” by experiencing a different environment is a hallmark of growth and a natural path to service. Often, these experiences offer the richest and most meaningful learning opportunities. I know my time in Japan and experience as a VISTA volunteer in Emmons were the most personally transformative times of my life. Those days set my moral compass for public service.

Yet many students do not have the financial ability to engage in service learning opportunities. So, I am especially honored to announce today that I will be endowing a scholarship to the School of Policy and Politics for those who are pursuing a path in public service.

This annual scholarship will help outstanding students by supporting intensive, service learning opportunities related to policy, leadership, and public service in areas related to challenges facing the state of West Virginia. I believe there is no better investment in our future than to help tomorrow’s leaders find their path to help create a greater and stronger future for West Virginia and the Nation.

In all of our communities in West Virginia, one thing is clear – public service is the driving force behind our state. Our public servants keep us safe, educate our children, nurse our loved ones back to health, and protect us. They are the heart of our state.

I look forward to seeing the next generation of young West Virginians who will find themselves in public service, embrace the future, and pave the way to tomorrow.

Bon Appétit: Egg and Avocado Breakfast Sandwich

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Servings: 6 sandwiches

Hot Sauce

  1 red bell pepper
  ¼ medium mango, cut into pieces
  2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  Kosher salt


  9 large eggs
  ¼ cup whole milk
  ¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter
  ¾ cup grated extra sharp cheddar
  Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  6 kaiser rolls, split, lightly toasted
  1 avocado, sliced
  3 ounces drained pickled cherry peppers or Peppadew peppers, thinly sliced


Hot Sauce

Heat broiler. Roast bell pepper on a broilerproof baking sheet, turning occasionally, until blackened in spots, 12–15 minutes. Place in a small bowl; cover tightly. Let sit 10 minutes. Peel and remove seeds.

Purée bell pepper, mango, brown sugar, vinegar, orange juice, lime juice, and cayenne in a blender, thinning with water as needed, until smooth; season with salt.

Do Ahead: Hot sauce can be made 1 week ahead. Cover and chill.


Whisk eggs and milk in a medium bowl. Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook eggs, stirring, until mostly set but still runny in parts, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and mix in cheese; season with salt and pepper. Build sandwiches with rolls, hot sauce, eggs, avocado, and cherry peppers.

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Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.

Luke 1:67-80

Zechariah’s Prophecy

And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying,

“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,

For he has visited and redeemed his people and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David,

as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us;

To show the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us.

That we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
Jesus and dove

For you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins,

because of the tender mercy of our God;

Whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,

to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel.

Notes on the Scripture

Zechariah’s spontaneous hymn of praise is often called the Benedictus (Latin for “blessed”, the first word of the hymn), but is also simply called “The Canticle (or Song) of Zechariah”. The first half is a general song of thanks to God, for the time of the Messiah is finally at hand for Israel. It seems to have a flavor of the Old Testament, for it recalls the time when Israel was independent and powerful under David (and Solomon), and the theme is deliverance of Israel from her enemies. So Zechariah announces that God’s promise to Israel is on the verge of fulfillment, after almost 2000 years.

The imagery of the “horn”, used here and throughout the Bible, does not translate well into modern times, but it resonated greatly at the time. The problem is primarily one of technology; 2000 years ago, a horn was a natural symbol of power, because the world was full of oxen and their horns were immensely powerful. Additionally, lacking modern communications, the horn of a ram was used both in battle and in worship as a signaling device. Jewish altars had four horns at their corners, and often one of these horns might be grasped by a person seeking sanctuary.

A modern-day equivalent to “horn of salvation” just doesn’t exist; a sword of salvation or a tower or rock of salvation, might be more understandable, but they simply are not accurate.

Zechariah then changes voices and speaks directly to his miraculous son, a key player in the road to Redemption. And here the tone changes to distinctly New Testament, for the key themes are forgiveness of sin, peace, and light versus shadow. The Bible is in a period of transition, reflected in Zechariah, who is really preaching Christ before His birth. We also hear an echo of Isaiah 40:

Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her,
That her warfare is ended, That her iniquity is pardoned; . . .

The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
“Prepare the way of the Lord;”

Paul R. Morrison

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Paul R. Morrison

Age 94, of Sutton, WV, passed away peacefully at his home on December 20, 2014, after a long illness. He was born on June 15, 1920, in Newville, WV.

Paul was an Army Veteran of WWII and was previously employed with Penn Line. He began his employment with the Given Company in Sutton in 1950, recapping tires in the shop. From 1971 to 1982, he traveled throughout nine neighboring counties as a route salesman/truck driver. He became the President and General Manager in 1983 until 1989 when he retired upon the store’s closing.

He also faithfully attended Sutton Baptist Church for many years.

He was an excellent provider and was known for his hard work and being an honest, kind-hearted man. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He enjoyed gardening with his wife, riding his four-wheeler and especially, spending time with his grandchildren.

Paul is preceded in death by his parents, Homer Stanley and Nell Morrison; sisters, Jane Lewis and Freda McQuain; and brother, Charles Morrison.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Anna Brown Morrison; daughter, Mildred Bennett (Gary) of Sutton; granddaughters, Staci Lynch (Nathaniel) of Sutton; Jasmine Bennett-Belknap (C.J.) of Morgantown; two great-grandchildren, Haylie Lynch and Liam Lynch; and sister, Rose Culp of Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Tuesday December 23, 2014 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Rev Allan Copenhaver officiating.

Burial will follow at Newville Cemetery, Newville, WV.

Family will receive friends one hour prior the service at the funeral home.

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

Delgreta Lee Tarbet

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Delgreta Lee Tarbet

Age 81, of Doe Run, West Union, WV, departed this life on Friday, December 19, 2014 at her residence, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born February 17, 1933 in West Union the daughter of the late Harry E. and Mildred D. Lewis Cline.

Mrs. Tarbet served as the first Magistrate Court Clerk in Doddridge County, from 1975 until 1998. She enjoyed quilting, traveling and listening to gospel music and was a loving wife and mother.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years William L. “Bill” Tarbet; two daughters, Debra L. Adams, West Union, WV and Cheryl A. Tarbet, West Union, WV who had been her special caregiver for the last years and her canine companion Jack.

Delgreta was the last surviving member of her immediate Cline family. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother Harry E. Cline Jr.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at the McCullough Rogers Funeral home, Pennsboro, WV at 1:00 PM with the Rev. Don Newlon officiating.

Internment will follow in the West Union Masonic Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Monday, December 22, 2014 and after 9:00 AM on the day of the service.

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Odds and Ends

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Last week’s column on binoculars mentioned that ten-power or stronger optics can be difficult to hold steady and that’s why I prefer eight-power binoculars. Reader David Walker suggested that I consider using binoculars with an image stabilization system. Using gyroscope technology, a push of a button steadies the image.

I do not own such a pair, but I have used them and they do work. Walker has had a pair of Canon 10x30s with image stabilizers for 10 years.
Kaufman - BB

He says, “I love these binoculars. They are the perfect size, easy to focus and with the push of a button, the image is stabilized and stops shaking.”

So if for any reason you have trouble holding binoculars steady, consider a pair with an image stabilization system. This does increase the price of the binoculars, but it’s a small price to pay for a steady view.

• • •

I’ve already received multiple requests for my all-season, no-melt peanut butter suet, so here’s my favorite recipe, courtesy of Martha Sargent, a birder friend from Alabama.

I get requests for this recipe each winter, so I’m happy to reprint it. Your woodpeckers, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches and blue jays will love it.

Ingredients: One cup crunchy peanut butter, two cups “quick cook” oats, two cups cornmeal, one cup lard (no substitutes here), one cup white flour, and one-third cup sugar. Melt lard and peanut butter over low heat, then stir in the remaining ingredients. Pour into a cake pan about one-and-a-half inches thick. Cut the blocks to size, separate them with wax paper, and store in freezer.

To make the suet even more irresistible, feel free to add sunflower kernels, peanuts and/or raisins.

• • •

Ohio’s north coast, the southern shore of Lake Erie, is one of the country’s premier birding destinations. In fact, in May it can be argued that it rivals Cape May, New Jersey as the best birding spot in the country. But unless you attend the Biggest Week in American Birding (May 08-17, 2015, or have a birder friend who lives in the area, it’s difficult to know exactly where to go, and precious time can be lost finding your way around.

The publication earlier this year of the “Lake Erie Birding Trail Guidebook” solves that problem. This 232-page summary of 88 popular birding areas spotlights destinations from Toledo to Conneaut. In addition to birding hotspots and species lists, the Guidebook includes notes on park shelters, restrooms and online resources.

To order a copy of the book, send a check for $20 (ppd.) payable to “Ohio Sea Grant,” Attn: Nancy, 1314 Kinnear Road, Area 100, Columbus, OH 43212, or call 614.292.8949 to pay by credit card.

• • •

If you’re looking for a conservation organization to support and you love owls, get to know the Montana-based Owl Research Institute ( For more than 20 years, the Owl Institute has been conducting long-term field studies of many species of owls. Last summer’s snowy owl nesting study marked its 23rd year, making it the second longest study of its kind in the world. Other field research includes barn owls (10 years), flammulated owls (7 years), northern hawk owls (9 years), boreal owls (20 years), northern saw-whet owls (29 years), northern pygmy owls (29 years) and long-eared owls (27 years).

The Owl Institute offers opportunities for volunteers and interns to work on various projects. And this spring there should be live owl cams set up at nests of great horned, long-eared and snowy owls.

• • •

Finally, consider participating in a Christmas Bird Count this year. The 115th CBC runs from December 14 through January 05, 2015. Volunteers devote an entire day to counting all the wild birds they can find. Local leaders determine the exact date for local counts. Visit, and click on “Find a count near you.”

The CBC was one of the first attempts to engage the public in conservation, and it has become the longest running citizen science program in the world. Though skilled birders form the backbone of CBCs, beginners are always welcome. CBCs are a great way for first-time birders to learn how to identify birds in the field and make real contributions to science.

~~  Dr. Scott Shalaway - 2222 Fish Ridge Road, Cameron, WV 26033 ~~

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