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Hometown Team Gilmer County Crush Win the WV ASA 14u Class B Championship

Last weekend the Sue Morris Complex hosted the ASA WV State Class B Tournament with teams from all over WV including:

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Hometown team Gilmer County Crush went undefeated (5-0) in
tournament play for the weekend which led them to
win the WV ASA 14u Class B Championship Game!

Gilmer Crush: (FR) Coach Amanda Stoddard, Haley Wanstreet (3B),
Kassidy Heavner (P, 2B), Kira Riffle (P, 2B), Kailee Seabold (SS),
Keaton Moore (2B, RF), Taylor Armstrong (LF), (TR) Amber Frame (C),
Sierra Poling (1B, 3B), Beth Ramsey (1B, RF),
Kora Younts (P, 1B), Courtney Moore (CF), Coach Matt Stoddard


10B Registrations:

Barbour County Dirt Divas(10B)

Mon County Express(10B)

Synergy (10B)


12B Registrations:

Barbour Battitudes

(12B), Lewis County Blue 12u (12B)

Mon County Express (12B)

MoTown Cheetahs (12B),

Mountain State Girls Softball (12B)


14B Registrations:

Black Diamond Express (14C)

Gilmer County WV Crush (14B)

Lewis County 14-u (14B)

Mountain State Girls Softball (14B)


16B Registrations:

BC Blue Lightning (16B)

Mountain Shine (16C)

WV Wildfire (16B)


Results 10u :

*Champions: Synergy

*2nd place:  Mon County Express


Results 12u:

*Champions: MoTown Cheetahs

*2nd place: Lewis County Blue


Results 14u:

*Champions: Gilmer County Crush

*2nd place: Black Diamond Express


Results 16u:

*Champions: WV Wildfire

*2nd Place: Barbour County Blue Lightning

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Limited Bear Firearms Season Permit Applications Now Available

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Applications are now available for permits for the limited bear firearms season this fall in West Virginia.

Hunters are reminded that, concurrent with the traditional buck-gun season, a bear season without dogs will occur Nov. 24–Dec. 6, 2014, on public and private land in 17 counties, by permit only. Barbour, Braxton, Clay, Grant, Greenbrier, Hardy, Lewis, Mercer, Monroe, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Summers, Taylor, Tucker, Upshur, and Webster counties will be open for concurrent bear hunting with permits. Resident landowners, their resident children or resident tenants who live on the land are not required to apply for a limited bear firearms season permit or purchase a class DS bear hunting stamp to bear hunt on their own land.

“Counties that will be open for bear hunting during the buck-gun season are above their management objective and need additional bears harvested to achieve their goal,” said Colin Carpenter, black bear project leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. “Timing is critical when setting bear hunting seasons, and the limited bear firearms season will occur when the maximum number of hunters are in the woods. This is the second time that hunters in the majority of these counties will have the opportunity to harvest a black bear during the buck-gun season, and we hope they will take advantage of it.”

Each hunter must fill out a separate application that must be signed, dated, legible, complete, and received by the DNR Application Section by August 18, 2014. Successful applicants will be sent an “Eligibility Card” (permit) in the mail. This permit will indicate the county in which the applicant may hunt and provide instructions for obtaining a class DS stamp. Neither the permit nor the class DS stamp is transferrable, and the county of hunt cannot be changed.


Applications are currently available online at www.wvdnr.gov. Printed applications will be be available in late July at hunting license agents, DNR district offices, DNR Elkins Operations Center and the DNR main office in South Charleston.

Completed applications must be mailed to the Application Section, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 67, Elkins, WV 26241-0067, by August 18, 2014.

Details concerning bear hunting seasons can be found on pages 36-39 of the 2014-2015 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary.

West Virginia Treasurer Helps Localities Manage Finances

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An online billing program offered by the West Virginia Treasurer’s Office is making it easier for local governments and other entities to manage their finances.

The LGov program helps local entities process their bills, reduces paperwork and gets money into the system faster, Treasurer John Perdue told the Charleston Gazette.

“When people and cities do business online, they can pay their bills and get their own money a lot faster. This makes it a lot easier on towns and cities. We hope our program will develop into a lot more things than we are doing already,“ Perdue said. “Technology is the answer for the future.“

Users of LGov typically make payments through a website maintained by the local government or other entity, such as a public service district. The payments are routed through the treasurer’s office’s secure computer portals, and then deposited into a Board of Treasury Investments account.

During the 2014 fiscal year, the treasurer’s office processed $3.4 million in electronic receipts from 11 different government bodies, up about $1 million from the previous fiscal year.

“We can invest for towns, cities and other municipalities. We can do short investments. It is a great opportunity, especially for the small towns and cities. We can help them with many different things,“ Perdue said.

The program’s largest user was the city of Fairmont. It processed about $1 million in utility collections for the city, along with $126,000 from residents and local businesses to pay other fees, parking fines, business and occupation taxes and business license fees.

“The city of Fairmont joined the program relatively early on,“ Eileen Layman, Fairmont’s finance director, told the newspaper. “We were looking for a vehicle to offer our customers to pay their bills online and process credit card transactions through the Internet.“

Other cities using the LGov system include Hurricane, Dunbar, Shinnston and Eleanor. The Lubeck Public Service District, the Sissonville Public Service District and the Cabell County School Lunch Program also use the system.

Study Looks at Several Hospital Industry Issues

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The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog) today issued the Results of 2013 Leapfrog Hospital Survey, an in-depth examination of seven key areas of hospital quality and safety: medication errors, maternity care, high-risk surgeries, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) physician staffing, serious adverse events, safety practices, and hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) – including infections in ICUs, pressure ulcers, and injuries. The report, prepared by Castlight® Health, is based on hospital performance data gathered through the Leapfrog Hospital Survey of 1,437 U.S. hospitals in 2013, the highest hospital participation rate to date in the annual survey. The report is available at www.LeapfrogGroup.org/HospitalSurveyReport.


Key Findings Include:

More hospitals are adopting computerized physician order entry (CPOE) to reduce medication errors, with 616 hospitals fully meeting Leapfrog’s standard, a 65% increase from 2012. But some problems with performance of the systems persist, such as failure to alert on potentially fatal medication errors.

Dramatic improvement in areas of maternity care – especially in reducing early elective deliveries, with the average rate of early elective deliveries declining from 11.2% in 2012 to 4.6% in 2013. However, too many high-risk babies are being delivered at hospitals that aren’t optimally equipped to care for them. In 2013, less than 24% of hospitals fully met Leapfrog’s high-risk delivery standard, a decline from 37% in 2011.

Surprisingly high variance in predicted survival rates for high-risk procedures across hospitals, as well as in hospital-acquired injury and infection rates. For example, the predicted mortality rate varies five-fold for esophagectomies; six-fold for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair; and 131 out of 1,302 reporting hospitals have hospital-acquired injury rates of over one in 1,000, which is considered alarmingly high.

Better compliance with ICU physician staffing standards, shown to decrease mortality by as much as 40%. Notably, 41.7% of reporting hospitals fully meet this standard in 2013, compared to 39% in 2012.

Strong adoption of Leapfrog’s Never Events policy, with 80% of hospitals committing to abide by Leapfrog’s five principles when a Never Event occurs in their facility.

“The Leapfrog Hospital Survey tells an important story about the performance of hospitals. We’ve commissioned this report on behalf of our membership of employers nationwide, so we can tell that story to American families and help people select the best hospitals,“ said Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog. “The stakes couldn’t be higher. Hospital errors remain the third leading cause of death in the U.S., so we want patients and purchasers to put safety first.“

“The Leapfrog Hospital Survey is in line with Castlight’s interest to bring greater transparency to U.S. health care costs, quality and outcomes,“ said Jennifer Schneider, M.D., M.S., vice president of Strategic Analytics for Castlight Health. “We are pleased to bring our analytics capabilities to bear for this important project and to help identify quality and safety findings and areas for progress within the U.S. hospitals that participated in the survey.“

The report provides a call to action and serves as a catalyst for private purchasers and employers to work with hospitals directly to create safe, high quality care delivered at an affordable price. Key actions for employers that offer health care benefits include:

Review publicly available Leapfrog Survey data to better understand the quality and safety of the hospitals that serve their employees and their families.

Leverage Leapfrog Survey data when considering or innovating benefit design, particularly for those specific procedures examined in the report: childbirth, abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair, aortic valve replacement (AVR), pancreatectomy, and esophagectomy.

Consider the Leapfrog Survey results for hospital-acquired infection rates and ICU staffing in evaluation of high value providers, such as for a Center of Excellence program or Reference-Based Benefits program.

Urge hospitals to participate in the Leapfrog Hospital Survey to support greater transparency in health care and the movement toward value-based care.

Utilize a platform such as Castlight to educate and inform employees on how to find the safest and highest-quality care at the best price.

Pat’s Chat - 07.20.14

The Editor’s note for Pat’s Chat in The Record Delta for Wednesday, July 16, 2014 states that Country Roads Transit has assumed the role of the senior center van.  That is true, but I feel seniors will be missing the convenience of the senior van because I am told the Country Roads Transit will have to be notified a day ahead of time if one needs it.  Sometimes seniors do not KNOW that far ahead of time when they will need transportation.  Also, I am told that it will be curb-to-curb, meaning that seniors will not have help getting groceries to their door which the kind senior bus drivers tried to do.  The senior van will be greatly missed, I predict.  Although I am thankful for Country Roads, it will not fully replace the senior vans.

The first cousins of the grandchildren of Arlie and Golda McNemar met for a reunion dinner at Hickory House in Weston on July 11, 2014.  The picture shows the following:  Standing in Back: Sam Wiant, Harry Wiant, Jr., Randy McNemar, middle: Debbie Davis, Bobbie Haymond, Sharon McNemar, Pat Ridpath, Robin Bucklew (daughter of Pat) , Mary Ann Bucklew, Teresa Wiant (daughter of Harry); Seated: Ronnie McNemar, Debbie McNemar, Rusty Allison, Melissa Allison.  (Missing are Ellen Stilwell [wife of Denny Stilwell] and son Phil, Katie (daughter of Randy) & Tony Alicea with baby Isaac, and Bronson (son of Ronnie) & Heather McNemar with baby Gunner.  These folk left before the picture was taken.)  Absent from the reunion were Susie Munro and husband Jim, Freeda Wiant (wife of Sam),Wayne Davis (husband of Debbie Davis) Kathy Stover, Becky Mancini, Charlie Krone (husband of Nancy), Cindy McGill and husband Phillip.  Videos of past reunions were shown and several stories of past history were shared and enjoyed.  Hickory House personnel were gracious and the food was good.  I hope we will get first cousins together next year with none missing.

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Another former classmate died last week.  Georgia Burroughs Greenlief died July 06, 2014.  Here is the site where you can view pictures:  www.hardman-palettifuneralhome.com/book-of-memories/1904310/Greenlief-Georgia-/share-photos.php.  You will see her brother, Willis, too.  Willis is married to Susan, the daughter of the late Ada Wiant, a relative of mine.

Frank and Vivian Strader 55th anniversary was on July 18.  He graduated from Burnsville High School.  I saw this announcement in July 16 edition of The Weston Democrat and includes a picture of the couple on their wedding day 55 years ago.  They have one daughter, Tricia.  His brother, Clifford was in my class of 1951.

An event for former old Weston State Hospital employees is slated for September 14 at the Weston Senior Citizens’ Center.  1 to 7 PM.  Bring your own soft drinks and a covered dish to share.  Silverware, plates and napkins will be furnished.  If you have any questions, call Linda at 304.269.3211 or Libby at 304.203.0170 or Dianne at 304.2677.4059.  This is an alcohol-free event.  I’ll see you there, I hope.  (Yes, I worked for a short time in the old Weston State Hospital!)

No man can of himself understand his faults and errors. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9. We may talk a good story about our humility, spirituality, and commitment, but our hearts may be swelling with conceit and exalted righteousness.  The only way we can truly know ourselves is by beholding Christ in his words and works.  That is why I like a red-letter Bible where the words that Jesus spoke are red and easy to find.  We can read about what he did and what he taught.  When we see his consistent love it shows us our own lack of love. When we think about his purity and excellence, we see our own weaknesses and defects.  We can then see that if we are ever to be “saved” it will not be through our own goodness, but through God’s mercy and infinite grace….”No outward observances can take the place of simple faith and entire renunciation of self. But no man can empty himself of self. We can only consent for Christ to accomplish the work. Then the language of the soul will be, Lord, take my heart; for I cannot give it. It is Thy property. Keep it pure, for I cannot keep it for Thee. Save me in spite of myself, my weak, unChristlike self. Mold me, fashion me, raise me into a pure and holy atmosphere, where the rich current of Thy love can flow through my soul.”  (Christ’s Object Lessons page 159)

This is pretty heavy to digest, but only daily contact with Christ through prayer and exploration of his teachings and messages to us in Scripture can help us learn who he really is.  But there are many distractions out there to keep our mind filled with everything except Christ.  Music can be one of the distractions.  Music is powerful and can heal or harm.  Steven Tyler says that rock music is the strongest drug in the world.  One place I learned this was at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ki3-VcoEkfY.  There are dozens of different amazing videos at the Shepherd’s Call Ministry site relating the effects of different music..

My brother added Roku to our television.  It is not very expensive at Walmart and if you have not tried it, you will be surprised to find lots of free programs available to you.  The Roku device is not much bigger than a deck of cards but when it is attached (and if you have Wi-Fi and/or internet, I believe) you can choose many, many sites to view.  One is YouTube where I found Fountainview Academy videos.  The videos are made by students from this boarding academy.  These students travel to many locations with their musical instruments and even a grand piano and sing and play orchestral instruments amid beautiful scenic sites at beaches, on mountains, or other places.  It is great!  It is no wonder they have a large waiting list of parents wanting their children to experience this wholesome, beautiful way to use their musical talents.

If you have Roku for your television, please look for the Amazing Facts channel and find out about the Cosmic Conflict (also called The Great Controversy).  And, 3ABN is a channel that has healthful cooking programs, children’s programs, and many other interesting programs for the whole family.  The Hope Channel and other channels are also available.  For those who are history buffs, you may like www.biblehistory.com.

Maranatha!

West Virginia’s Latest News - 07.22.14

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HAMMER USED IN MURDER OF 90-YEAR-OLD MAN

A Charleston man pleaded guilty Monday to killing a 90-year-old man that he had previously done some odd jobs for.

Anthony Caldwell, age 39, said he used a hammer to take the life of George Molle back in January. Caldwell took a cigar box of cash and a jar of change after the attack.

Caldwell pleaded guilty to murder, charges of breaking and entering, burglary and robbery were dismissed as part of the plea deal.

Kanawha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey will decide if Caldwell will have a chance for parole after 15 years at his September 19, 2014 sentencing.


INMATES INJURED IN NICHOLAS COUNTY TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

Four inmates at a Fayette County prison work camp were injured in a Monday morning traffic accident on state Route 39 in Nicholas County.

The inmates were in a van traveling from Slayton Work Camp on the campus of Mount Olive State Prison to the DOH garage in Summersville when the van was struck head-on by a passenger car at 7:45 AM near the Peters Creek intersection.

The driver of the car, William Hanshaw of Summersville, slammed into a tractor trailer and then into the inmate van.

The driver of the van, corrections officer Aramand Brouillard of Belva and four inmates were injured. Brouillard and one of the inmates were treated and released from Charleston Area Medical Center.

Three other inmates were taken to the Summersville Medical Center after suffering minor injuries. Hanshaw was also hospitalized.


LEWIS REGIONAL JAIL BILL GETTING HIGHER

Lewis County’s regional jail bill hit another all-time high in June, nearing the $100,000 mark.

The county’s regional jail bill for 2004 inmates at nearly $50 a day was just over $96,000.

Lewis County officials are concerned that more than $770,000 allotted to pay regional jail costs may fall short.


FIRE DEPARTMENT CONSPIRACY

The West Virginia Fire Marshal’s Office is accusing members of a volunteer fire department in Wharton with forging state documents.

The office said it has filed felony criminal complaints against fire officer Ira Rash and fire chief Robert Rash of the Wharton-Barrett Volunteer Fire Department.

The filings charge Ira Rash with forgery of a public record and conspiracy, claiming he forged multiple certificates and documents for himself and other members of the department.

The certificates are required by law for fire departments as part of regular reviews of training and equipment.

Officials say the complaint also alleges Robert Rash knew of the altered documents and signed verifications to the state.

A phone number listed for the fire department went unanswered. Messages left at both residences were not immediately returned.


LGOV PROGRAM

West Virginia Treasurer John Perdue says a new online billing program will help local governments process their bills better and keep track of their finances.

The program called LGov is also expected to cut down on paperwork and moving money through the system faster and more efficiently.


VICTIMS OF A SMALL PLANE CRASH

A West Virginia man and his 24-year-old daughter have been identified as victims of a small plane crash in the Adironddack mountains in New York State.

Police there say 63-year-old Fred Kafka of Vienna, West Virginia, was piloting the plane that crashed over the weekend while trying to land at the Lake Placid airport.


UNSAFE INJECTION PRACTICES

Health authorities in Ohio are advising patients in that state who sought treatment at a clinic in West Virginia to be tested from some infectious diseases.

Ohio health officials say their counterparts in West Virginia have found possible unsafe injection practices at a clinic in McMechen (muhk-MAY’-kuhn) in Eastern Panhandle.


FILING FAKE CLAIMS

A former caseworker in Logan, West Virginia, has admitted to filing fake claims to more than $58,000 in government benefits from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

Shannon Collins, age 41, of Logan, pleaded guilty Monday, July 21, in U.S. District Court in Charleston to defrauding DHHR.

Collins, also known as Shannon Varney, worked in DHHR’s Logan County office.

Collins used Social Security numbers of two dead people to set up bogus accounts in 2009 that she used to submit claims and then had the benefit checks mailed to her.

She also obtained Mountain State Cards, formerly known as food stamps, which she used from April through December of 2009.

She faces up to 30 years in prison and a potential fine of up to $500,000 at sentencing, which is set for October 29, 2014.

Movie Review: ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’

“Planes: Fire & Rescue” appears to be a cartoon that’s designed for kids, and designed to sell anthropomorphized helicopter toys to kids. To be clear, it is both of those things. But this sequel — which improves slightly on its lazy predecessor, last year’s “Planes” — is also a movie made to appeal to the middle-aged, particularly those who enjoy watching an animated air show set to the sound of ­AC/DC.

With a narrative that focuses on planes and choppers launching second careers in the dangerous world of wildfire-fighting, “Planes: Fire & Rescue” touches on some of the same themes as “Cars,” the 2006 Disney and Pixar film that inspired these airborne DisneyToon Studios spinoffs. While the Lightning McQueen story celebrated the seemingly forgotten values of traditional, small-town America, the second “Planes” emphasizes the importance of reinventing the old and finding power in things — particularly aircraft with adorably animated eyeballs — that have been around for a while.

That doesn’t make “Planes: Fire & Rescue” a wildly better movie than “Planes,” an exercise in ­family-fare cliches in which a crop-duster realized that he could achieve great heights at great speed if he just believed in himself. But that subtext does make it a slightly more interesting one, even though most of the children at whom this release is ostensibly aimed won’t get any of its best jokes, which riff on cop shows from the ’70s and pickup trucks that use bad pickup lines in vehicular country-line-dancing bars.

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Dusty, the aforementioned crop-duster (voiced by Dane Cook), returns in “Planes: Fire & Rescue” and initially seems ready to continue his reign as a ­world-champion racer. After he’s been warned that a faulty gear box — one that no manufacturer bothers to make anymore — prevents him from accelerating to full throttle, he pushes himself into the red anyway. That leads to a spectacular crash that causes an even more spectacular fire at his airport home base in Propwash Junction.

Mayday, the aging resident fire engine with the voice of Hal Holbrook, successfully puts out the flames but still attracts the attention of safety officials, who shut down the airport until Mayday can upgrade and Propwash Junction can find a second flame extinguisher. That’s when a shaken Dusty steps up, traveling to a facility near Piston Peak National Park so that he can train with Blade Ranger, a flaming-red fire-and-rescue helicopter with the voice of Ed Harris. Cue the scene where Dusty is suddenly flung into a smoke-filled wildfire while AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” blasts through the multiplex speakers.

Dusty’s new adventure allows him to once again learn a new skill set and enables the animators to depict the devastation of rapidly spreading flames with daunting yet kid-friendly realism. Even in a film as simplistically plotted as “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” the Disney animators still take great care to capture the majestic beauty in the jagged landscapes and towering conifers of the Yellowstone-esque Piston Peak Park.

Unfortunately, the same contours and shading don’t apply to the characters in “Planes: Fire & Rescue.” A whole new fleet of flying and motoring beings debut here (translation: more toys!), including the spunky Dipper (Julie Bowen), a super-scooper who’s obsessed with Dusty and adds modest dashes of humor at moments when the story needs them. But none of them are particularly memorable, and, ultimately, neither is the movie.

Via a title card that opens the film, “Planes: Fire & Rescue” announces itself as a tale dedicated to the courageous firefighters who regularly risk their lives to save others. And while the story pays homage to them, as well as to elder statesmen and stateswomen who find second acts through selfless work, the movie never digs deeply enough to make those messages really resonate. The whole thing just zips by in an 84-minute flurry of flames doused and triumphs won that, if it lives on in the memory at all, will likely be all mixed up with recollections of “Planes.”

That’s the risk of pushing out a sequel less than 12 months after the original came out: Unlike the wildfire battlers in “Fire & Rescue,” the franchise hasn’t been around long enough to know how to truly soar in new directions.

★ ★

PG for action and some peril. 84 minutes.

Sports Brief - 07.22.14

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►   BIG 12 COMMISSIONER DOESN’T LIKE WHERE COLLEGE SPORTS IS HEADING: Composed and yet concerned, Bob Bowlsby opened media days with essentially a mayday message.

His voice—so subdued, so cottony—commissioned calm even as his words whispered “ALARM!”

Bowlsby used the Big 12 podium Monday morning to issue an SOS signal that had nothing to do with strength-of-schedule.

If you like college athletics now, Bowlsby warned, “you’re going to hate it” in the future.

There is game-changing litigation pending on multiple fronts that stretches far beyond players receiving the pocket change of video-game royalties. This is about lifetime scholarships, extended health care and union forces attempting to reclassify student-athletes as employee-athletes.

It will cost college athletic departments big money. And how big, Bowlsby says he can’t truly fathom.

“It’s impossible to quantify,” he said.

He foresees universities cutting non-revenue sports—specifically Olympic sports on the men’s side thanks to the parallel pressures of Title IX—as more money is required to fund athletes.

And while the sports consumer mass may not give two foot faults about tennis programs declining, Bowlsby cautions that changes could eventually sour fans on the sports they do care about.

His most dire forecast, one of his so-called “Armageddon scenarios,” involves sports agents roaming campuses to negotiate playing time.

“Change is coming,” he said. “If you like what you see in intercollegiate athletics right now, you’re going to be disappointed when the change comes.”

While admitting the college model needed tweaking—he says he first advocated a stipend in the late 1980s—Bowlsby is firmly entrenched with the institutional types who want to preserve amateurism even as schools seek to wring every free-market dollar that’s printed.

It’s a thorny, difficult-to-conceptualize stance, one that’s hard to digest even from a respected and astute leader like Bowlsby. Yet never forget, he answers to the athletic departments of 10 schools and, by job description, has their interests at the forefront.

More perspectives from breakfast with Bowlsby:

On the growing trend of transfers: “This is not free agency. This is about going to college.”

Bowlsby rightfully mentioned schools making huge investments in recruiting and developing players, because there’s a mutual agreement there on some level. Yet, in a curious example, he cited the concern over mid-major stars leaping to power programs. This was strange because it’s the Big 12 and the other high-visibility conferences that are nurturing the desire to leap by potentially offering alluring perks of all-you-can-eat meals and stipends the less-visible schools can’t offer.

On the new four-team playoff: “Anybody who thought this was going to resolve the controversies at the end of the year was probably barking up the wrong tree.”

Thank goodness we’ll still have something to rant about during the holidays.

How will schools handle the allowance of 24/7 dining for athletes? “We probably have 10 different models.”

Do any of those models extend 24/7 dining to sportswriters?

Lawless land? “The infractions committee hasn’t had a hearing in almost a year, and Ithink it’s not an understatement to say that cheating pays presently. … Right now, if you want to cheat, you can do it and you can get away with it. And there are benefits for doing that. … It’s easy to move money around. There are lots of people outside of universities that are handling things and they can’t be compelled to testify even if they get caught. They’ve gotten very sophisticated.”

Hey, doesn’t every five-star recruit have bitcoins?

College sports revenue isn’t endless: “The NCAA is currently headed down a path of significant financial difficulty. The lines of trend between the expenses and the finance and the revenue are going to cross in a negative way in the not too distant future. The revenues from NCAA television packages mostly is going up about 2.5% a year and expenses are going up about 4.5% a year.”



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►   GIANTS’ SNEE RETIRES: Long-time New York Giants offensive lineman Chris Snee announced his retirement on Monday.

Snee played 10 seasons in the NFL, all with the Giants, appearing in 141 games and winning two Super Bowl titles. He was selected in the second round of the 2004 draft out of Boston College.

“I think Chris was everything you could ever hope for in a player: toughness, integrity, and a lot of pride,“ Giants president and chief executive officer John Mara said. “Winning mattered to him. I think he set a great example for all of the other players. He’s somebody we’re going to miss very much. He was one of the greatest offensive linemen in Giants history, and he’ll be on that Ring of Honor someday.“

After missing the final 13 games of the 2013 season due to a torn labrum in his right hip, the 32-year-old had offseason elbow surgery.

“Chris is a pro’s pro,“ Giants general manager Jerry Reese said. “He played the game right. He was as tough and prideful as they come. We will miss him.“

Snee, who is Giants coach Tom Coughlin’s son-in-law, is a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

“To me, he was the best guard in all of football,“ Coughlin said. “No doubt. No matter who you put him against, all of the great defensive tackles in the game, the 350 (pound) guys, the 340 guys, he blocked them. When he first came here, he was so, so committed and so driven to excel at the professional level as he had excelled at the collegiate level (at Boston College).“

Snee’s retirement leaves just Eli Manning, Zak DeOssie and Mathias Kiwanuka as the only three Giants with rings from each of their last two Super Bowls. Manning is now the longest-tenured Giant, entering his 11th season.


►   GIANTS’ WILSON CLEARED FOR RETURN: New York Giants running back David Wilson announced Monday that he is cleared to return to football activities.

Wilson posted on his Twitter and Instagram accounts, “Just got cleared ..... #cleared for everything now the story continues #pocketrocket.“

In January, Wilson underwent neck surgery, putting his career in doubt. The procedure was a fusion of the vertebrae to repair a herniated disc.

The first-round draft pick in 2012 out of Virginia Tech suffered the injury last season during a Week 5 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. After being inactive for three weeks, Wilson was placed on injured reserve November 07.

He finished the campaign with 44 rushing attempts for 146 yards and a touchdown, along with two catches for eight yards. In two seasons with the club, Wilson has 504 yards and six touchdowns rushing. He also has a receiving TD.

The Giants begin training camp on Tuesday.


►   BILLS SIGN WR ROOSEVELT, DT COHEN: The Buffalo Bills signed wide receiver Naaman Roosevelt and defensive tackle Landon Cohen on Monday.

Roosevelt spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons with the Bills, recording 25 catches for 396 yards and one touchdown. He has bounced around the league since, most recently being released by the Detroit Lions last Saturday.

He is a University of Buffalo product and is one of four players on the roster who is a native of Buffalo.

Cohen joins his sixth club in six seasons. He played for current Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz in Detroit during his first two seasons. He also has spent time with New England, Chicago, Dallas and Jacksonville.



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►   A TRIO OF NBA TEAMS MADE MOVES: The Chicago Bulls re-signed guard Kirk Hinrich, who averaged 9.1 points and 3.9 assists in 73 games last season.

Indiana made a move to fill the vacancy created by Lance Stephenson’s departure to Charlotte, as the Pacers officially signed guard Rodney Stuckey, who averaged 13.4 points over seven seasons in Detroit.

Also, the Dallas Mavericks inked forward Richard Jefferson, who previously played for the Nets, Bucks, Spurs and Jazz in a 13-year career, and last season averaged 10.1 points and 2.7 rebounds in 82 games for Utah.


►   BULLS RE-SIGN HINRICH: The Chicago Bulls re-signed guard Kirk Hinrich on Monday to an undisclosed contract.

Hinrich averaged 9.1 points and 3.9 assists in 73 games with the Bulls last season.

“Kirk has always been a big part of creating the professional culture we want day in, day out surrounding our club,“ said Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Forman. “He helps our team in so many ways and Kirk had other opportunities elsewhere, but we are very happy he chose to remain in a Bulls uniform.“

An 11-year veteran of the NBA, the 33-year-old Hinrich has played in 767 regular-season games and averaged 11.8 points and 5.2 assists per contest.

The Bulls also signed second-round draft pick Cameron Bairstow. The forward was selected 49th overall after averaging 9.2 points and 4.8 rebounds in 134 games at the University of New Mexico.


►   STUCKEY INKS DEAL WITH PACERS: The Indiana Pacers made it official on Monday, signing guard Rodney Stuckey to an undisclosed contract.

According to a report in the Indianapolis Star last week, the deal is for one year.

“Rodney is a very talented player who can create and score in a variety of ways,“ said Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird. “We’re very happy to get a player with his experience and who has made it very clear of his desire to win.“

The 28-year-old Stuckey averaged 13.9 points per game last season with the Pistons. He holds career averages of 13.4 points and 3.9 assists over seven seasons—all with Detroit.

Stuckey will try to make up for the loss of Lance Stephenson, who left Indiana to join the Charlotte Hornets.


►   JEFFERSON SIGNS WITH MAVS: The Dallas Mavericks signed forward Richard Jefferson on Monday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Jefferson played in all 82 games last season for the Utah Jazz, starting 78, and averaged 10.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists.

A 13-year veteran, Jefferson has career averages of 14.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists with New Jersey, Milwaukee, San Antonio, Golden State and Utah. He helped the Nets to a pair of NBA Finals appearances.


►   BONNER RE-SIGNS WITH SPURS: Matt Bonner re-signed with the San Antonio Spurs on Monday.

The deal is reportedly for one season at the 10-year veteran minimum of $1.448 million.

Bonner, 34, averaged 3.2 points and 2.1 rebounds in 61 games last season, his eighth with the Spurs.

The 6-foot-10 forward has averaged 6.2 points and 3.2 rebounds in 690 career games for Toronto and San Antonio.


►   LAKERS RE-SIGN NICK YOUNG: The Los Angeles Lakers re-signed guard Nick Young to a multi-year contract on Monday.

The Los Angeles native averaged a career-high 17.9 points last season, his first with the Lakers.

“When Nick became a free agent in June, I expressed hope that we would be able to bring him back on a contract that was in the best interest of both the Lakers and himself, and I am proud to say we were able to do so,“ Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. “Nick was a bright spot for us last season, and we are happy to retain such a skilled player who is committed to being a part of what we are building as a franchise.“

Young, 29, has averaged 12.2 points in 480 career games with the Wizards, Clippers, Sixers and Lakers.

The Lakers also announced Monday that the team has re-signed forward Ryan Kelly, who started 25 games for the club as a rookie last season.

Kelly played in 59 games overall with Los Angeles in 2013-14, with the Duke product averaging 8.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists.

“Ryan did everything we asked of him as a rookie and showed great promise and potential,“ said Kupchak. “After rehabbing an injury last summer, he will have the benefit of a full offseason regimen and training camp for the first time in his NBA career, and we anticipate further development as a result.“


►   SUNS ADD TOLLIVER: The Phoenix Suns signed forward Anthony Tolliver on Monday.

Terms of the multi-year contract were not disclosed.

Tolliver averaged 6.1 points with 2.6 rebounds and shot 41.3% from 3- point range in 64 games last season with Charlotte.

“Anthony is a great fit for our style of play,“ said Suns general manager Ryan McDonough in a statement Monday. “His shooting, professionalism and leadership will help us as we try to continue to build a strong foundation going forward.“

The 6-foot-8 Creighton product has bounced around in a six-year NBA career, averaging 6.1 points with 3.7 rebounds in 307 games for San Antonio, Portland, Golden State, Minnesota, Atlanta and Charlotte.


►   HORNETS ANNOUNCE MARVIN WILLIAMS SIGNING: The Charlotte Hornets officially signed free-agent forward Marvin Williams on Monday.

Financial terms were not disclosed by the Hornets, but Yahoo! Sports had reported Williams agreed to a two-year, $14 million deal.

“We’re excited to add a player of Marvin’s caliber to our team,“ Hornets general manager Rich Cho said. “He will be a key piece of our frontcourt rotation with his versatility and ability to play both forward positions.“

Williams, 28, averaged 8.1 points and 4.3 rebounds the past two seasons with Utah.

The North Carolina product was selected second overall by Atlanta in 2005 and spent his first seven seasons with the Hawks, averaging 11.5 points and 5.3 rebounds.



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►   MOORE, CATCHINGS NAMED WNBA PLAYERS OF WEEK: Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore has earned her second straight WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week award, the league announced Monday.

Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings received the honor for the Eastern Conference for the period from July 14-18, extending her league record to 21 such awards over the course of her career.

Moore, the WNBA’s scoring leader this season at 24.1 points per game, racked up 32 points and nine rebounds to lead the Lynx to a 93-82 win over Tulsa on July 16.

She followed up with a 24-point performance in the West’s 125-124 overtime loss to the East in Sunday’s All-Star Game.

Catchings scored the deciding layup for the East in Sunday’s victory and came into the All-Star Game off back-to-back 25-point efforts.

The 2011 WNBA MVP also averaged 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals in the Fever’s two games.



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►   BLUES’ SOBOTKA TO PLAY IN KHL AFTER ARBITRATION AWARD: St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka was awarded a one-year contract through arbitration on Monday, but the team announced that he will play the 2014-15 season in the Kontinental Hockey League.

Financial terms of the arbitration award were not disclosed by the Blues, but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported it to be worth $2.725 million. The deal will be enforced upon his return to the NHL.
“We are looking forward to having Vladimir in a Blues uniform when he returns to the NHL,“ said Blues general manager Doug Armstrong in a statement Monday. “We wish him the best of luck in the upcoming season.“

Sobotka notched nine goals and 24 assists for a career-high 33 points in 61 games for the Blues last season. He also led the NHL with a 61.9% winning%age on faceoffs.

The 27-year-old Czech native spent the past four seasons in St. Louis after playing his first three years with Boston. He has 36 goals and 88 assists for 123 points in 381 NHL games.

Sobotka will play in Russia for Avangard Omsk in the KHL.

According to the Post-Dispatch, Sobotka asked to be traded and also refused a two-year, $6 million offer from the Blues.


►   FRANSON, LEAFS STRIKE DEAL: The Toronto Maple Leafs have avoided arbitration with Cody Franson, signing the defenseman to a one-year contract on Monday.

The deal is reportedly worth $3.3 million.

Franson, who turns 27 next month, ranked second in the league last season with 282 hits and amassed a personal-best 33 points in 79 games.

The 6-foot-5 blueliner has posted 28 goals and 105 assists in 322 career games with Nashville and Toronto.


PHILLIES ACTIVATE LEE: The Philadelphia Phillies have activated pitcher Cliff Lee from the 60-day disabled list to start Monday night’s game against the San Francisco Giants.

Lee’s last start came on May 18 against the Cincinnati Reds. He pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing only two runs in the Phillies’ 8-3 victory. He landed on the disabled list in late May with a left elbow strain.

The left-hander is set to make his 11th start of the season and has a record of 4-4 with a 3.18 ERA.

The Phillies made a host of other moves prior to the game as infielder Reid Brignac and catcher Wil Nieves were activated from the 15-day disabled list.

Outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. was designated for assignment, infielder Cesar Hernandez was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and catcher Koyie Hill was outrighted.


►   RANGERS ACTIVATE OF ADDUCI: The Texas Rangers reinstated outfielder Jim Adduci from the 15-day disabled list prior to Monday’s game against the New York Yankees.

Adduci had been sidelined three months with a fractured left finger he initially sustained while sliding into a base against the Chicago White Sox on April 17. He later aggravated the injury while on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock on June 7.

The 29-year-old Canadian had gone 6-of-13 with three RBI in nine games before landing on the DL.

Reliever Matt West was optioned to Round Rock to make room for Adduci on the active roster.


►   BRAVES ACTIVATE GATTIS: The Atlanta Braves activated catcher Evan Gattis off the 15-day disabled list Monday and sent catcher Christian Bethancourt to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Gattis has been on the DL since July 1 with a bulging thoracic disk.

Gattis, who was out of baseball before signing with Atlanta and appearing in 105 games as a rookie last season, is having a breakout year in 2014. He’s hitting .290 with 16 home runs and 39 RBI.


►   BLUE JAYS DFA RELIEVER SANTOS: The Toronto Blue Jays have designated struggling pitcher Sergio Santos for assignment, the team announced Monday.

Santos was rocked for 18 runs (17 earned) and 24 hits in 19 2/3 innings over 24 relief appearances for Toronto this season. The right-hander also was plagued by control problems, issuing 17 walks in those 24 games.

The Blue Jays acquired Santos from the White Sox in December of 2011, shortly after he put together a 30-save campaign as Chicago’s closer. He pitched in only six games the following season, however, before undergoing surgery on his right shoulder.

Pitcher Rob Rasmussen was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo in a corresponding move and will be active for Monday’s game against the Boston Red Sox.

Rasmussen has gone 1-1 with a 2.61 ERA and one save in 25 games for Buffalo. The left-hander was obtained by Toronto in a trade with Philadelphia back in December.


►   KIPNIS EARNS AL PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS: Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis was named American League Player of the Week for the third time in his career on Monday.

Kipnis batted .333 (5-for-15) with two homers, four walks and six RBI as the Indians opened their post-All-Star schedule by taking three of four from the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers.

He also won the award twice last season.


►   RIZZO EARNS NL PLAYER OF WEEK HONORS: Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has been chosen as the National League’s Player of the Week for his performance in the club’s first series following the All-Star break.

Rizzo belted three home runs in the Cubs’ three-game set at Arizona this past weekend, while amassing 14 total bases and five runs scored and going 5-for-11 at the plate. The first-time All-Star also knocked in four runs over those three games.

The three homers give Rizzo 23 for the season, matching Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton for tops in the NL.

Rizzo is the first Cubs player to win the NL weekly award since shortstop and fellow All-Star Starlin Castro did so for the period ending Aug. 7, 2011.

Others considered for the award were Stanton, Philadelphia’s Grady Sizemore, Neil Walker and Mark Melancon of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Arizona’s Addison Reed.


►   ROCKIES’ MORNEAU PLACED ON DL: A neck strain that kept Justin Morneau out of the Colorado Rockies’ most recent series has landed the veteran first baseman on the 15-day disabled list.

The Rockies announced the move, which is retroactive to July 14, prior to Monday’s game against the Washington Nationals. First baseman Ben Paulsen had his contract selected from Triple-A Colorado Springs to take Morneau’s place.

Morneau, whose 60 RBI are tied for fifth in the National League this season, sat out the entire three games of Colorado’s series at Pittsburgh this past weekend with the issue. It is unclear as to whether he sustained the injury while participating in last week’s Home Run Derby.

The 33-year-old underwent surgery to repair a pinched nerve in his neck while with Minnesota in 2011, missing more than six weeks following the procedure.

Morneau is putting together a strong first season in Colorado, having hit .312 with 13 home runs over 89 games in addition to his team-leading RBI total.

Paulsen, a third-round pick of the Rockies in the 2009 draft, was hitting .291 with 15 homers and 57 RBI in 95 games with Colorado Springs.

Pitcher Jair Jurrjens was designated for assignment to make room for Paulsen on the 40-man roster. The former Atlanta Braves All-Star made two starts for the Rockies earlier this month but was shelled for 11 runs and 20 hits over 9 1/3 innings.


►   YANKS’ TEIXEIRA DAY-TO-DAY WITH LAT STRAIN: New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is expected to miss the team’s entire three-game series against the Texas Rangers due to a mildly strained lat muscle.

Teixeira, who went 0-for-12 in New York’s first three games following the All- Star break, told reporters Monday that he hopes to be back in the lineup in 3- to-4 days.

The veteran slugger leads the Yankees in both home runs (17) and RBI (48) this season and owns a .231 average in 76 games.

Kelly Johnson will start at first base for Monday’s matchup with the Rangers.



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►   REST DAY: Monday was a rest day at the Tour de France with three days of mountain racing in the Pyrenees to follow. Just six more stages remain in the 2014 edition and Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali is comfortably in front with the overall leader’s yellow jersey.

He owns an advantage of 4 minutes and 37 seconds over Spain’s Alejandro Valverde.

Tuesday’s Stage 16 is a 237.5-kilometer trek from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon, which features five climbs—the last being of the highest category.



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►   CHARLESTON DIRTY GIRL RUN IN DISPUTE: An event set to bring more than 2,000 people into Charleston this coming weekend is in dispute.

The Dirty Girl Mud Run was set for Cato Park on Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Jama Jarrett with the Charleston-Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau said they got word the event had been canceled Sunday, less than a week before the run was to take place.

A team from Fayette County participates in the 2013 Dirty Girl Run held at Coonskin Park.

According to Parks and Rec Director John Charnock, the Dirty Girl Run will not be held at Cato Park. DepUty Mayor Rod Blackstone also confirmed the Dirty Girl Run was off.

However, according to the Dirty Girl Run Facebook page, the event is still on. “Charleston Dirty Girls, please note the event owners of Dirty Girl Mud Run have NOT canceled the event in Charleston, WV, as reported by the CVB and local media. Unfortunately, due to miscommunication, there are inaccurate reports the event has been canceled. Know that you will hear directly from Dirty Girl Mud Run should we have changes to announce!”

The popular 5k run features mud obstacles and donates part of the proceeds to breast and ovarian cancer research.



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►   DREAM COACH COOPER HAS TONGUE CANCER: Atlanta Dream head coach Michael Cooper has taken a temporary leave of absence from the team after being diagnosed with early stage tongue cancer.

Cooper will have surgery this week at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University in Atlanta. It typically requires two weeks to recover from the procedure, and the team said Monday a full recovery is expected.

Assistant Karleen Thompson will fill in for Cooper.

“The doctors and staff at Emory have been tremendous, and I know I’m in good hands,“ Cooper said in a statement. “I’m fortunate that my condition was diagnosed early, and this episode illustrates the importance of screening and early detection. I know the team will be in good hands with Coach Thompson at the helm during my absence, and I look forward to returning to the court soon.“

Cooper, who won five NBA titles as a player with the Los Angeles Lakers and two WNBA titles as a coach with the Los Angeles Sparks, is in his first season with Atlanta. The Dream lead the Eastern Conference with a 15-6 record.



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►   JOVANOVSKI ADVANCES IN AZERBAIJAN: Fifth seed and 2012 champion Bojana Jovanovski was a come-from-behind opening-round winner Monday at the Baku Cup tennis event.

The Serb overcame Austrian Patricia Mayr-Achleitner, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3, on the hardcourts at Baku Tennis Academy.

A Day 1 upset came when Israeli veteran Shahar Peer took out sixth-seeded Austrian Yvonne Meusburger, 6-2, 6-4. Peer was last year’s Baku runner-up to Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, who is this week’s second seed.

Poland’s Urszula Radwanska was leading Alison Van Uytvanck 6-1 when the Belgian retired.

Additional wins came for Poland’s Katarzyna Piter, Swiss Stefanie Voegele and France’s Pauline Parmentier.

The top-four seeds will all take to the courts on Tuesday, including top seed Sorana Cirstea of Romania.

The 2014 Baku champ will claim $43,000.



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►   BETTER LUCKY IS JUST THAT IN WINNING SHINE AGAIN STAKES: Better Lucky proved to be the luckiest of four Monday at Saratoga with a come from behind victory over a small but elite field in the $100,000 Shine Again Stakes.

Four older females, including Eclipse Award winner My Miss Aurelia, left the gate in the seven-furlong stakes. Former Delaware Oaks winner Grace Hall was the 6-5 favorite with My Miss Aurelia at 3-2, Bridgehampton 7-2 and Better Lucky the 5-1 longshot leaving from the outside post.

My Miss Aurelia, the 2011 champion 2-year-old filly, was making her first start in 16 months.

Ridden by Javier Castellano, Better Lucky trailed the field through the early going. Bridgehampton set the pace followed closely by Grace Hall and My Miss Aurelia.

At the top of stretch the first three runners were across the track with Better Lucky beginning her rally. Approaching the furlong pole Grace Hall was between Bridgehampton and My Miss Aurelia, and was jostled by those two and forced to move to the middle of the track.

Better Lucky, trained by Tom Albertrani for Godolphin Racing, came charging down the stretch to catch the top three yards before the finish. She was able to put her head on the wire first just in front of Grace Hall with My Miss Aurelia third and Bridgehampton last.

The time for the seven-furlong Shine Again was 1:22.56 on a fast track.

Scratched from the race were Toasting and Angel’s Glory.

Better Lucky, making just her third start of the year, garnered $60,000 for the win.

The daughter of 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper, has six wins, three seconds and five thirds from 17 career starts for $993,950, most coming in turf events.

Rarely going beyond a mile, Better Lucky was second in the seven-furlong Madison Stakes April 12 on Keeneland’s synthetic track and eighth in the one- mile Just a Game, a race she finished second last year, on Belmont Park’s turf course on Belmont Stakes Day.

Better Lucky returned $12.20 and $3.90, and Grace Hall paid $2.40 for place. There was no show wagering.

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TUESDAY, JULY 22, 2014


Major League Baseball - National League
San Francisco at Philadelphia, 7:05 PM - CSN-Bay, Philadelphia, MLB Net, DSS
Los Angeles at Pittsburgh, 7:05 PM - SportsNet LA, ROOT-Pittsburgh, DSS
Miami at Atlanta, 7:10 PM - FS-Florida, SportSouth, MLB Network, DSS
San Diego at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 PM - FS-San Diego, CSN-Chicago+, DSS
Cincinnati at Milwaukee, 8:10 PM - FS-Ohio, Wisconsin, DSS
Washington at Colorado, 8:40 PM -  MASN, ROOT-Rocky Mountain, DSS


American League
Texas at NY Yankees, 7:05 PM - FS-Southwest, My9, DSS
Boston at Toronto, 7:07 PM - NESN, SNET, DSS
Cleveland at Minnesota, 8:10 PM - SportsTime Ohio, FS-North, DSS
Kansas City at Chicago WSox, 8:10 PM - FS-Kansas City, CSN-Chicago, DSS
Baltimore at LA Angels, 10:05 PM - MASN2, FS-West, DSS
Houston at Oakland, 10:05 PM - CSN-Houston, California, DSS


Interleague
Tampa Bay at St. Louis, 8:15 PM - SunSports, FS-Midwest, DSS
Detroit at Arizona, 9:40 PM - FS-Detroit, Arizona, DSS
NY Mets at Seattle, 10:10 PM - SNY, ROOT-Northwest, DSS


WNBA
Tulsa at San Antonio, 8:00 PM - No scheduled television
Atlanta at Minnesota, 8:00 PM - SportsSouth, FS-North+, NBA TV
Indiana at Chicago, 8:00 PM - ESPN 2
Phoenix at Seattle, 10:00 PM - ESPN 2


Tour de France
Stage 16, 8:00 AM - NBCSN

Sand Fork Baptist Church Vacation Bible School - July 20-24, 2014 - Ongoing

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Rosedale Baptist Church Vacation Bible School - July 20-25, 2014 - Ongoing

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Rosedale Baptist Church Vacation Bible School

July 20-25, 2014

Sunday - Friday

6:30 PM to 8:45 PM

Everyone Welcome

Pastor: Elder Larry Fisher

THIRD ANNUAL GILMER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL ALL-CLASS REUNION - 2014

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The third annual Gilmer County High School All-Class Reunion will be held on Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Folks will have a chance to get reacquainted at Gilmer County High School during a meet/greet social time with tours of their Alma Mater from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

This event is free of charge and will be a wonderful opportunity to see former classmates and teachers that you haven’t seen in a while and a chance to get acquainted with alums from all classes at GCHS.

There will be a reception for dinner attendees at the Mollohan Campus Community Center on the campus of Glenville State College beginning at 3:30 PM followed by dinner at 5:00 PM.

Come early for registration and plenty of conversation.

The evening’s dinner program will honor all GCHS alumni in general with special recognition of GCHS’s ten year anniversary classes of 1974, 1984, 1994, 2004, and 2014.

Veterans and active military personnel will also be recognized.

All past and present administrators, teachers, coaches, and staff are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Dinners are $20.00 each for adults and $12.00 each for those under 10 years of age.

For planning purposes, please RSVP with your check to: Bob Hardman, Glenville State College, 200 High Street, Glenville, WV 26351.

If you have questions, contact Bob at 304.462.6181.

Click H E R E for Printable Dinner Registration Form

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Arnoldsburg: Basket Bingo - Friday, 07.25.14

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There will be a basket bingo held on Friday, July 25, 2014 at the Arnoldsburg community building.

Doors will open at 5:00 PM bingo beginning at 6:00 PM.

there will be a raffle for a savage axis 243 rifle as well as other raffles and silent auctions

concessions and early bird drawing

Early bird tickets are available through contact of:
Tammy Houchin at 304.655.7664 or Natasha McCumbers at 304.514.3655

All proceeds go to the building fund for cornerstone praise and worship

G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Academic Coach/Instructional Facilitator

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Title:
Academic Coach/Instructional Facilitator

Description:
To provide assistance to schools in core academic areas. To develop, implement and evaluate the coaching program and design and deliver effective staff development, initiatives, or 
strategies to enhance the instructional skills of teachers. 
 
1. Develop and implement the Gilmer County Schools coaching model 

2. Identify county curriculum priorities, Title I, Title II 3. Assist schools with assessment of current instructional practices and prioritizing areas of focus for curriculum enhancement. 

4.  Work collaboratively with administrators and teachers, Title I Teacher and Interventionists, to create the school’s academic Professional development plan, structure related coaching, and identify specific, measurable and attainable benchmarks for teacher and student performance. 

5.  Implementing coaching responsibilities that include but are not limited to:  modeling literacy lessons and strategies for all teachers; team-teaching literacy lessons with teachers; providing observation and constructive, positive feedback to teachers targeting literacy strategies being implemented; studying student work with the teacher as data that can inform teaching; assisting teachers in aligning their teaching with appropriate standards, curriculum and assessments; planning and delivering      professional development for teachers or administrators; serving as researcher for best practice and appropriate materials.

6. Assist in the development and implementation of instructional programs, grants, and school, county Strategic Plan.

7.  Knowledge/Expertise within interpreting data and providing guidance for teaching instruction at the school level. 

8.  Other duties assigned by the Superintendent .
 

Job Location or School Name:
Central Office

City:
Glenville

County
Gilmer

Qualifications:
1. Valid WV Teaching Certificate 
2.  Three years acceptable teaching experience 
3.  Experience & success in designing and delivering staff development 
4.  Knowledge of current trends and research that apply to literacy and instructional best practices 
5.  Demonstrates skill in providing staff development 
6.  Ability to identify and impart relevant research and resources to assist schools with the core curriculum 
7.  Experience in curricular planning 
8.  Interpersonal skills to effectively share proven instructional approaches with teachers and administrators and provide advice and coaching 
9.  Strong organizational skills  

Salary:
Based on Professional Salary Scale for Degree and Experience

Closing Date:
2014-07-28

Comments:

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

Apply to:
Gabriel J. Devono 
Superintendent 
Gilmer County Schools 
201 N. Court Street 
Glenville, WV 26351 
 
Fax: 304.462.5103

County Contact Email:
“gjdevono.k12.wv.us”

Ron Paul: What the Media Won’t Report About Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17

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Just days after the tragic crash of a Malaysian Airlines flight over eastern Ukraine, Western politicians and media joined together to gain the maximum propaganda value from the disaster. It had to be Russia; it had to be Putin, they said. President Obama held a press conference to claim – even before an investigation – that it was pro-Russian rebels in the region who were responsible. His ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, did the same at the UN Security Council – just one day after the crash!

While western media outlets rush to repeat government propaganda on the event, there are a few things they will not report.
They will not report that the crisis in Ukraine started late last year, when EU and U.S.-supported protesters plotted the overthrow of the elected Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych. Without U.S.-sponsored “regime change,” it is unlikely that hundreds would have been killed in the unrest that followed. Nor would the Malaysian Airlines crash have happened.

The media has reported that the plane must have been shot down by Russian forces or Russian-backed separatists, because the missile that reportedly brought down the plane was Russian made. But they will not report that the Ukrainian government also uses the exact same Russian-made weapons.

They will not report that the post-coup government in Kiev has, according to OSCE monitors, killed 250 people in the breakaway Lugansk region since June, including 20 killed as government forces bombed the city center the day after the plane crash! Most of these are civilians and together they roughly equal the number killed in the plane crash. By contrast, Russia has killed no one in Ukraine, and the separatists have struck largely military, not civilian, targets.

They will not report that the U.S. has strongly backed the Ukrainian government in these attacks on civilians, which a State Department spokeswoman called “measured and moderate.”

They will not report that neither Russia nor the separatists in eastern Ukraine have anything to gain but everything to lose by shooting down a passenger liner full of civilians.
They will not report that the Ukrainian government has much to gain by pinning the attack on Russia, and that the Ukrainian prime minister has already expressed his pleasure that Russia is being blamed for the attack.

They will not report that the missile that apparently shot down the plane was from a sophisticated surface-to-air missile system that requires a good deal of training that the separatists do not have.

They will not report that the separatists in eastern Ukraine have inflicted considerable losses on the Ukrainian government in the week before the plane was downed.

They will not report how similar this is to last summer’s US claim that the Assad government in Syria had used poison gas against civilians in Ghouta. Assad was also gaining the upper hand in his struggle with U.S.-backed rebels and the US claimed that the attack came from Syrian government positions. Then, U.S. claims led us to the brink of another war in the Middle East. At the last minute public opposition forced Obama to back down – and we have learned since then that U.S. claims about the gas attack were false.

Of course it is entirely possible that the Obama administration and the U.S. media has it right this time, and Russia or the separatists in eastern Ukraine either purposely or inadvertently shot down this aircraft. The real point is, it’s very difficult to get accurate information so everybody engages in propaganda. At this point it would be unwise to say the Russians did it, the Ukrainian government did it, or the rebels did it. Is it so hard to simply demand a real investigation?

Stop the Tax Inversions of Free-Riding Corporations

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Walgreens, Pfizer and other companies that use tax tricks are no different from Cliven Bundy

Walgreens, Pfizer, Medtronic and some other big American companies are working on a tax trick known as inversion. By acquiring or merging with a foreign company — the inversion — big companies can reduce or eliminate federal and state taxes on profits in the U.S.

The latest inversions have drawn a lot of criticism, even from sources usually considered cheerleaders for big business. “Positively Un-American,” declared Fortune magazine’s latest cover, while its story inside expressed revulsion at these moves.

Inversions, if not stopped, will spread. When Congress last enacted laws to thwart these moves in 2002, in part because of my reporting on an earlier round of inversions, I warned that the new laws included loopholes. As predicted, the inversion problem is back and could cause serious damage to both our economy and the rule of law.


Free-Rider Problem

Inversions are just part of a larger problem — one of the most important issues in economics and public policy, in fact. It’s the very same problem addressed by the Affordable Care Act, mandatory auto insurance requirements and motorcycle helmet laws.

It’s known as the free-rider problem. A free rider is someone who gets benefits that others pay for. 

Health and auto insurance makes sure those responsible pay for their health care or damage to others in automobile accidents. Likewise, helmet laws reduce the exposure of taxpayers to pick up the costs from motorcycle crashes, including not just brain surgery and chronic care but financial support for widows and orphans.

From another perspective, many people who oppose food stamps, Medicaid and other government assistance argue that the recipients are seeking a free ride and should get a job.

The free-rider problem also affects unions, when those workers who do not pay dues to cover the costs of contract negotiation and enforcement benefit from union contracts.

Companies that invert get all the benefits of operating in the United States, including purchases financed by taxpayers, while not equally shouldering the burden of supporting the government whose services, legal system and educated workforce enable their profits.

Why should you shoulder a burden that Walgreens,
and the other companies working on these tax dodges, seek to escape?
Why should you pay for their free ride?

Doing nothing to stop free-riding inversions means Congress will ultimately help those companies that abandon America for tax purposes at the expense of American companies that pay their taxes.

Walgreens took in $72 billion last year, a good portion of it filling prescriptions for people on Medicare, Medicaid and health insurance programs for government workers. The company wants to keep collecting that revenue from taxpayers, but it does not want to share the burden of supporting the state and federal governments that generate much of its business and profits.

What Walgreens’ directors and executives want is a subtle form of corporate welfare. They want to keep filling prescriptions paid for by government without supporting that government. If Walgreens and its ilk succeed with their tax trick, they will shift part of the burden of government off the company and its investors and onto not only its competitors but you, too.

How many days, hours or even minutes are you willing to work to provide Walgreens with this welfare? Why should you shoulder a burden that Walgreens, and the other companies working on these tax dodges, seek to escape? Why should you pay for their free ride?


Congressional Inaction

One sign of how distant official Washington has become from the rest of America is the lack of congressional debate about how tax tricks such as inversions tilt the commercial playing field in favor of the least ethical, least principled, least patriotic companies.

Corporations can make these moves because Congress and the White House under Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton have actually encouraged such shenanigans. In addition, tax lawyers figured out how to triangulate laws intended to block inversions into a pathway to low- or no-tax profits.

At its core, the free-rider problem is about shirking responsibility. But to some people shirkers are heroes. Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy offers a classic example.

Bundy refuses to pay grazing fees for cattle he runs on publicly owned lands. He also complains that his taxes pay for benefits going to people who do not share his white skin color.

When the federal Bureau of Land Management sought to enforce the law that requires payment for use of public lands, armed men and women showed up to defend Bundy. Any doubt about the potential for violence evaporated on June 8 when two of them murdered a pair of Las Vegas police officers in a failed attempt to ignite a revolution.

Bundy’s free riding not only cost you as a taxpayer, but it also put honest ranchers who paid their fees at a disadvantage. In the same way, Walgreens seeks to put other drugstore chains at a disadvantage if it inverts and cuts its corporate income taxes.

This is not an argument for, or against, the corporate income tax. I have long called for Congress to order an intense study of what it would take to eliminate the corporate income tax.

Rather, my argument is that Congress should impose rules that level the playing field.


Corporate Welfare

Companies have no right to welfare. Indeed, they do not even have an independent right to exist. Corporations and other artificial persons, collectively known in tax argot as “entities,” are creatures authorized by government. Government sets the terms of their existence.

The founders of this country were deeply suspicious of corporations. In the early days of our country there were few corporations; they were limited to a single purpose and typically allowed for only 20 years. It wasn’t until the early 19th century that government eased controls on creating corporations.

The states authorize corporations, and Congress has the power both to regulate commerce and to tax. It can stop these inversions in a variety of ways, but its efforts so far have been half-hearted and loophole-ridden. 

By failing to stop the free-riding efforts of Walgreens, Pfizer and others, Congress is acting less in accord with the principles of the framers and more like the fans of free-riding Cliven Bundy. There is a word for this inaction, too: despicable.

David Cay Johnston, an investigative reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize while at The New York Times, teaches business, tax and property law of the ancient world at the Syracuse University College of Law. He is the best-selling author of “Perfectly Legal,” “Free Lunch” and “The Fine Print” and editor of the new anthology “Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality.”

Losing Lebron: Reflections for Peacemakers and Educators

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As a huge fan of the Miami Heat, my heart was broken twice this summer: First, when the team was overwhelmed by the San Antonio Spurs to lose the 2014 NBA finals, and again when Lebron James announced he is leaving the team to return to his home, Cleveland, to play for the Cavaliers. Despite these disappointments, though, I believe that losing Lebron has much to teach us about dignity in the face of adversity, leadership, and forgiveness—all important themes for peacemakers and peace educators.

First, throughout his years in Miami, and in particular during the 2014 NBA finals, Lebron James was the model of nonviolent response during incredibly tough moments. When Indiana Pacer Lance Stephenson tormented James physically and mentally, even at one point blowing in his ear in an attempt to get a rise, James responded by devoting himself to his game, playing harder but not retaliating physically. This is the type of resistance used by famous peacemakers like Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.—it is not ignoring the affronts so much as channeling them into even greater commitment to the goal.

Second, Lebron James has modeled leadership on and off of the court. In addition to his obvious prowess with the basketball, he has helped catalyze renewed interest in using sports as a platform to challenge injustice. When African-American teenager Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, James and other Heat players led the way in protesting racial stereotyping and racial profiling by donning hooded sweatshirts while posing for team photos. No athlete was more outspoken in criticizing Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racism and demanding action by the NBA. Further, James has been an important financial supporter of Boys and Girls Clubs and has contributed more than a million dollars worth of computers and athletic gear to disadvantaged youth through his Lebron James Family Foundation.

Third, Lebron James is demonstrating the importance of forgiveness in his return to Cleveland. When he left in 2010 to play for the Heat, Clevelanders reacted poorly, burning his jerseys in effigy. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert wrote a scathing letter in which he called Lebron “selfish,” “heartless,” and “callous” and referred to the decision as a “cowardly betrayal.” Gilbert guaranteed that his team would win an NBA title before the Heat, which of course did not happen. This letter even stayed on the team’s website for the last four years, only to be removed days before James’ decision to return to the Cavs. Despite this nastiness, however, Lebron James has been nothing but gracious and forgiving as he has explained his decision to return home. In his essay for Sports Illustrated, he commented only on the importance of family and roots, modeling the sort of forgiveness peace educators seek to inculcate.

In sum, I will miss seeing Lebron James in a Heat jersey as much as every other fan of the team. But I admire him for his values, his leadership, and the gifts he shared with Miami. And, in another important reminder for peacemakers, I am viewing this change not as abandonment but rather as a chance to rebuild, to grow in a different direction, and to highlight that one individual is not a team.

~~  Laura Finley, Ph.D.  ~~

Bon Appétit: Frozen Chocolate Granola Bananas

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Ingredients:

  1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate bits
  2 Tablespoons orange juice
  2 bananas
  1 cup granola


Directions:

Line a small pan with waxed paper.

Bring a small saucepan of water (about 1 inch) to a simmer.

In a small bowl, combine the chocolate bits and orange juice. Place the bowl over the pan of simmering water. Stir continuously until melted and smooth.

Peel the bananas, then cut each banana in half crosswise.

Insert a fork into one end of each piece.

Dip each banana into the chocolate mixture, using a spoon to scoop the chocolate over the banana to make sure it is completely covered.

Roll the coated banana in the granola, then place the forked and coated bananas on the prepared pan. Freeze.

Makes 4 servings.

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

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•  1911 Hallie James Jameson informed the Marshall County Board of Education that she had gotten married two days before. The board notified Jameson that she would no longer be allowed to teach music in their schools, as it was their policy to not employ married women. The West Virginia Supreme Court set a precedent by supporting Jameson and she was able to regain her job. However, in 1916, the court did turn down the suit involving compensation during her two months off the job.

•  1919 The Wheeling Workhouse was closed after 147 years in operation, because for the first time there were no prisoners in the facility.

•  1921 Jacob Lutz was executed by hanging at the West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville (Marshall County) for a murder committed in Taylor County.

•  1930 The Dun Glen Hotel in Thurmond, Fayette County, was destroyed by fire.

•  1972 Coal mine fire at Blacksville, Monongalia County, killed 9. Mine owned by the Consolidation Coal Company.

Ask the Doctor: Woman’s Cholesterol Worry Not Warranted

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DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I would like your opinion.
My cholesterol is 206 mg/dL.
My HDL cholesterol is 71, my triglycerides 69 and my LDL cholesterol 121.
I do not want to take Lipitor because it affected my leg muscles.
I have taken red rice yeast for more than a year, but it doesn’t help me.
Should I continue the red rice yeast, or do you have another suggestion?
I am 87. - C.P.

ANSWER: Your doctor should be the one advising you on this, since he or she has a better picture of your total health.
Nevertheless, since you asked my opinion, I’ll give it.
You have to take matters into your own hands, however.
If I were you, I would be eternally grateful that my parents bequeathed me a set of genes as good as yours.
A cholesterol of 206 mg/dL (5.3 mmol/L) is so close to the normal of 200 (5.2) that it isn’t a health issue for you.
Your triglycerides are excellent, well below the normal of 150 (1.69).
Triglycerides act in concert with cholesterol to plug arteries.
Your HDL cholesterol - good cholesterol, the kind that keeps arteries free of buildup - is well above the desired minimum of 60 (1.55).
That’s a definite plus for you.
The higher the HDL, the better off you are.
Your LDL cholesterol, bad cholesterol, is more than acceptable for people at even a moderate risk for a heart attack.
You can consider yourself a very lucky woman.
I wouldn’t advise you to take any medicine or herbs.
At your age, you need not change or add to anything you’re currently doing.
I would not bother with the red rice yeast.
Everything is fine.
Don’t mess with it.

G-MM™: Meditation Moment - 07.22.14

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Lord, you teach us who are your true kindred: those who are one with you in seeking and doing your Father’s will.

Because we love you, this is what we want to do, but often we fail. Sometimes our failures are deliberate—called by you to be considerate of others, we act selfishly. Then we regret what we have done. Our failures and our efforts to amend make us realize how much we need your help. We cannot be kin to you unless we first acknowledge you as our savior upon whom we depend for grace to begin, to continue and to complete any and every good work. Teach us, Lord, to turn to you prayerfully and trustfully, Despite our weakness, help us to keep on trying to become someone you can recognize as your own.


Micah 7:14-15, 18-20. Lord, show us your mercy and love—Ps 84(85):2-8. Matthew 12:46-50.

Max Junior Lockard

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Max Junior Lockard

Age 87, of Flatwoods, WV went to be with the Lord on July 17, 2014, following a brief illness.

He was born on March 27, 1927. Max was the son of the late Ernest Wilbur and Hattie Oleta (Hoover) Lockard.

He was married on February 14, 1948 to Mary Helen (Cooper) Lockard, who survives him.

Also surviving are daughters, Linda (John) Conroy of Zolfo Springs, FL, Sandra (Terry) Hornbeck of Shinnston, WV; son Max Jay (Pam) Lockard of Flatwoods, WV; grandchildren, Shannon (Carrie) Boswell, Lorianne (Mark) Lowers, Jolie Wilson, Darick (Sabrina) Skidmore, Tara Cosco, Heath (Mandy) Lockard, Chad (Jamie) Lockard, Jay Conroy, and John Corey Conroy; 15 great- grandchildren. Brother, Jerry Lockard deceased and sister, Betty Sumter, also survive Max.

Max’s enjoyed spending time with his family. He took pleasure in dressing as Santa Claus during Christmas to make the holiday special for his children when they were young and later his grandchildren. He also had a love for the outdoors; he had many hobbies that included big game hunting, fishing, archery, boating and skiing. He also played tennis, volleyball, and enjoyed ballroom dancing. Max loved to travel, and had made many trips throughout the U.S., Mexico, Europe, and Canada and enjoyed wintering in Florida.

Max served in the Navy. Following his career in the armed forces, he opened a business in the 1950’s called Lockard’s TV, selling TV’s and operating the first cable company in Braxton County. Also, he opened Lockard’s Home and Farm Supply and was the first and only central WV John Deere Dealer at this time. In 1972, he added a Kawasaki Dealership, and then Polaris in 1985.

Family will receive friends on Sunday, July 20, 2014 from 4-8 PM at the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, 378 Flatwoods Corner Drive, Flatwoods, WV 26621.

Funeral services will be held on Monday July 21, 2014 from the Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Doug Smailes and Vaughan James officiating.

Interment will follow services at the Morrison Ridge Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Flatwoods U.M. Church, C/O Mindy Kniceley, PO Box 100, Flatwoods, WV 26621.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods will be caring for the Lockard family.

Aubrey A. Wright

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Aubrey A. Wright

Age 80, of Pennsboro, WV, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 20, 2014, at his residence.

Aubrey was born August 18, 1933, in Spencer, WV, a son of the late Onnie O. and Annie (Hawkins) Wright.

He served as a self-employed business man in Ritchie County for many years being the owner and operator of the former Wright’s Market of Pennsboro from 1970-1985 and then the Pullman Hardware Store from 1985-1998. Aubrey was a charter member of the River of Life Ministries in Ellenboro and a graduate of Spencer High School with the class of 1952. Aubrey loved fishing. While employed, Aubrey and his wife Rosa would spend summers with the family fishing in Nags Head, NC and after retirement, he and his wife had a 2nd home in Cameron, LA where they would spend many years fishing in Louisiana. Aubrey’s greatest joy was the customer relationship he had built with his friends during the time he owned the Pullman Hardware and also spending time with his family.

He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Rosa (Freeland) Wright; daughter, Anna Bunner (Jason) of Pennsboro; grandchildren, Aubrey Ingram, Michael Ingram, Destiny Bunner, & Jebediah Bunner all of Pennsboro; brother and sister in laws, Clyde & Sally Freeland of TN; Ray & Jackie Freeland of Parkersburg; Perl & Linda Freeland of Pennsboro; Eddie and Judy Hart of Ellenboro; Gary & Cindy Freeland of AK; Dave & Vickie Williams of Glendale Community; Jarvin & Vera Talkington of Parkersburg, and Johnny Freeland of Athens, OH, along with several nieces & nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Lansing and Olsten Wright; sister, Wanda Rader, and his beloved dogs, Rufus & Chico.

Funeral services will be 11 AM, Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the McCullough Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with Paul Elkins and Ruford Abner officiating.

Burial will follow in the Ellenboro Masonic Cemetery.

Friends may call the funeral home from 4-8 PM on Wednesday.

Aubrey was a strong advocate for the Wounded Warrior Project and a box will be set up at the funeral home for friends to bring in a donation to be sent to the project in Aubrey’s name.

07.22.14

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204 >>  WayBackWhen™: July 22

Today is Tuesday, July 22, the 203rd day of 2014. There are 162 days left in the year.


Thought for Today:

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“I hold that man is in the right who is most closely in league with the future. “ — Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian dramatist (1828-1906).


Today’s Highlight in History:

On July 22, 1934, bank robber John Dillinger was shot to death by federal agents outside Chicago’s Biograph Theater, where he had just seen the Clark Gable movie “Manhattan Melodrama.“


On this date:

In 1587, an English colony fated to vanish under mysterious circumstances was established on Roanoke Island off North Carolina.

In 1796, Cleveland, Ohio, was founded by General Moses Cleaveland (correct).

In 1893, Wellesley College professor Katharine Lee Bates visited the summit of Pikes Peak, where she was inspired to write the original version of her poem “America the Beautiful.“

In 1916, a bomb went off during a Preparedness Day parade in San Francisco, killing 10 people.

In 1933, American aviator Wiley Post completed the first solo flight around the world as he returned to New York’s Floyd Bennett Field after traveling for 7 days, 18 and 3/4 hours.

In 1943, American forces led by Gen. George S. Patton captured Palermo, Sicily, during World War II.

In 1944, the Bretton Woods Monetary Conference concluded in New Hampshire with an agreement to establish the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

In 1946, Jewish extremists blew up a wing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, killing 90 people.

In 1963, Sonny Liston knocked out Floyd Patterson in the first round of their rematch in Las Vegas to retain the world heavyweight title.

In 1975, the House of Representatives joined the Senate in voting to restore the American citizenship of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

In 1983, Samantha Smith and her parents returned home to Manchester, Maine, after completing a whirlwind tour of the Soviet Union.

In 2011, Anders Breivik (AHN’-durs BRAY’-vihk) massacred 69 people at a Norwegian island youth retreat after detonating a bomb in nearby Oslo that killed eight others in the nation’s worst violence since World War II.


Ten years ago:

The September 11 commission issued a report saying America’s leaders failed to grasp the gravity of terrorist threats before the devastating attacks of 9/11, but stopped short of blaming President George W. Bush and former President Bill Clinton.

The Army Inspector General’s office released a report on abuses by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan which found 94 cases of confirmed or alleged abuse and 39 deaths.

A new high-speed passenger train derailed in northwestern Turkey, killing 37 people.


Five years ago:

President Barack Obama told a prime-time press conference that Cambridge, Massachusetts, police had acted “stupidly” in the arrest of prominent black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., and that despite racial progress, blacks and Hispanics were still singled out unfairly for arrest. Earlier, the president met at the White House with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Millions of Asians witnessed the longest solar eclipse of this century; in some areas, totality lasted as long as six minutes and 39 seconds.


One year ago:

Frenzied crowds of Roman Catholics in Rio de Janeiro mobbed the car carrying Pope Francis as he returned to his home continent for the first time as pontiff, embarking on a seven-day visit.

The Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton, gave birth to a son, Prince George, who became third in line to the British throne after Prince Charles and Prince William.

2011 National League MVP Ryan Braun was suspended without pay for the rest of the season and the postseason, the start of sanctions involving players reportedly tied to a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.

One time Chicago cop-turned-actor Dennis Farina, 69, died in Scottsdale, Arizona.


Today’s Birthdays:

Opera singer Licia Albanese is 101

Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., is 91

Actor-comedian Orson Bean is 86

Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta is 82

Actress Louise Fletcher is 80

Rhythm-and-blues singer Chuck Jackson is 77

Actor Terence Stamp is 76

Game show host Alex Trebek is 74

Singer George Clinton is 73

Actor-singer Bobby Sherman is 71

Former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, is 71

Movie writer-director Paul Schrader is 68

Actor Danny Glover is 68

Singer Mireille Mathieu is 68

Actor-comedian-director Albert Brooks is 67

Rock singer Don Henley is 67

Movie composer Alan Menken is 65

Singer-actress Lonette McKee is 61

Jazz musician Al Di Meola is 60

Actor Willem Dafoe is 59

Rhythm-and-blues singer Keith Sweat is 53

Actress Joanna Going is 51

Actor Rob Estes is 51

Folk singer Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls) is 51

Actor John Leguizamo is 50

Actor-comedian David Spade is 50

Actor Patrick Labyorteaux is 49

Rock musician Pat Badger is 47

Actress Irene Bedard is 47

Actor Rhys Ifans (rees EYE’-fanz) is 47

Actor Colin Ferguson is 42

Rock musician Daniel Jones is 41

Singer Rufus Wainwright is 41

Actress Franka Potente (poh-TEN’-tay) is 40

Actress A.J. Cook is 36

Actor Keegan Allen (TV: “Pretty Little Liars”) is 27

Actress Camila Banus (TV: “Days of Our Lives”) is 24

Actress Selena Gomez is 22

WV Metro News: Gilmer County Commissioner Arrested, Charged with DUI

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The West Virginia Metro News Report:

The West Virginia State Police arrested and charged Gilmer County Commissioner Brian Kennedy with a DUI over the weekend.

Senior Trooper K. J. Varner II pulled Kennedy over at 8:00 PM on Saturday after he was seen driving erratically on U.S. Highway 33 in Gilmer County.

Once pulled over, Varner said he detected alcohol on Kennedy’s breath and initiated the proper procedures.

A secondary chemical test revealed Kennedy’s BAC was at 0.089, which is over the 0.08 limit.

Varner said Kennedy was cooperative while detained until around 10:30 PM, when Magistrate Judge Carol L. Wolfe arraigned and released him on a personal recognizance bond.

According to Judge Wolfe’s office, as of Monday, no dates have been set in regard to the case.

A representative from the Gilmer County Commission has not yet been available for comment on the matter at this time.

~~  Aaron Payne ~~

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Is this the same joker that ran on the platform of   “common sense for the common man”?

By vote him in again  on  07.22.2014

What gives people??
According to other posts he was driving on a revoked/suspended license??
This is now how many arrests for him??
Most citizens arrested like this go straight to being booked and jailed…....yet he walks on a personal recognizance bond?
Its not right people??
And we will get him for 6 more years as a commissioner??

By doing GC proud  on  07.22.2014

The law use to be if you were drinking and driving you went to jail for 24 hours and license were took away. Then you had to take classes to get them back and go to AAA meetings to. Does this law only go for a few people and not all. He could of killed his self or some one else. What is wrong with the people of Gilmer county, don’t you care any more? And the people we elected to hold up the law, give them a slap on the wrist and that is it. He could of killed one of your children or you. Would you not care? Even if you know the person who is arrested, they should get the same treatment as the rest of the people. Just because he is a commissioner doesn’t mean a thing when it comes to some ones life. Think about it.

By Betty  on  07.22.2014

Nothing will happen.  Just watch.  And I sincerely doubt his alcohol level was ONLY that low if the officer was clearly able to recognize alcohol on his breath.  Kennedy has his bread buttered and he knows it, and he’s going to slide right out of this.  It’s how they do it in Gilmer County.

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Wood County Victims in New York Plane Crash

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A Wood County man died Saturday morning in a plane crash in New York that also claimed the lives of his daughter and a friend.

Investigators said Fred Kafka, age 63, of Vienna, WV, was piloting the singe-engine craft that crashed near the Lake Placid Airport after apparently losing power.

Kafka was pronounced dead at the scene along with his daughter, Kathleen Kafka, age 24, and Reed Phillips, age 25, of Potsdam, NY.

They were both students at Clarkson University in Potsdam.

New York State Police Troopers say 63-year-old Fred Kafka, from West Virginia, was piloting his plane, which was a 1967 Mooney single engine four seater.  They say his passengers were his daughter, 24-year-old Kathleen Kafka, and 25-year-old Reed Phillips.  Kathleen and Reed were students at Clarkson University in Potsdam.

Sunday, federal and state investigators finished going over the site of a plane crash just outside Lake Placid.

“We just completed the on-scene phase right now,  And that is we’re documenting the perishable information, i.e. that information that once that aircraft leaves, or the weather changes, that information changes.  So that’s what we’ve been doing,“ said National Transportation Safety Board Senior Air Safety Investigator Paul Cox.

The plane was removed from the crash site around 1:30 Sunday afternoon, taken to a state police facility where investigators will go through individual components of the plane. 

“We’re going to be looking at the engine and the propeller,“ said Cox.  “We’re looking at the condition of everything, we’re also looking at examples of where an aircraft may have hit, how it might have hit, what happens after it hits, so we’re looking at a number of different things.  We’re primarily now collecting factual information, not doing analysis.“

Just before the crash, the airport manager says two planes were approaching the same runway from opposite directions, since the winds were calm.  He says they saw each other in plenty of time and veered off to the right as they were supposed to.  One plane came around for another approach and landed safely.  The other, which was the Mooney, still had the landing gear down and may have had the flaps down.  The airport manager said if that was the case, it would have likely been hard to regain a safe airspeed.

New York State Police say the plane banked very hard and climbed very steeply, leveled off at 200 feet, then spiraled down and crashed about a quarter-mile from end of the runway.
   
Investigators say they still have a lot of evidence to collect and interviews to conduct before they even begin to analyze the findings and figure out what happened.  While it will take a while to get the analysis, the NTSB says in about 10 days they’ll release the basic facts they’ve collected so far.

“Four to six months after that we will put out a factual report which takes that first information and adds to it, and up to a year later will come out a probable cause and an analysis,“ said Cox. 

The Lake Placid Airport manager says, while plane crashes get lots of media attention, other forms of transportation prove to be deadly at times.  He says flying in a properly maintained plane with a good pilot is still a safe mode of transportation.

GSC Yearbook and Campus Newspaper Archives Now Online

Glenville State College’s Robert F. Kidd Library staff recently finished digitally archiving the long-time campus newspaper, The Glenville Mercury as well the college yearbook, the Kanawhachen.

The Mercury was published regularly from 1929 until September 2001. Through the years many things were reported within the pages of the Mercury, such as visits to campus by Amelia Earhart in 1936 and Eleanor Roosevelt in 1939. The Phoenix, the current school newspaper, began publication in 2005.

“Some of the most interesting and unique material in the Mercury revolves around local legend, superstitions, ghost stories, and historical events. Another interesting part of the paper is the old advertisements for local services,“ said GSC Library Associate and Archivist Jason Gum.

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The Kanawhachen has been in print off and on for over a century, first beginning in 1911. The yearbook was so named due to the importance of the Little Kanawha River for transportation to and from the rest of central West Virginia during the early years of GSC. Kanawha, from the river, and the diminutive ‘-chen’ meaning little in German. Like most yearbooks, it chronicled campus life with photos, polls, and humorous quips. Both publications were mostly produced by students enrolled in GSC’s journalism class.

Until recently, the papers and yearbooks could only be viewed in person at the library. As with many older paper documents, the files were fragile and had to be handled with care.

“The years upon years of use and deterioration made me realize that, if these materials were going to survive much longer, something had to be done immediately. Each time some of the oldest issues were used, pieces of history were turning to dust, never to be seen again. Now, the original works can be preserved and treated as artifacts while the accessibility and search ability of the content has actually increased beyond what previous generations who created this treasure trove could have ever imagined,“ said Gum.

The process of digitalization began with a machine called the Book Drive Pro. It uses two digital cameras to take high-resolution images and then optical character recognition software makes the text on the pages word-searchable.

That means every word that was typed into the pages of the Mercury and the Kanawhachen can now be searched for specific topics or people in a compilation of over 100 years’ of Glenville State College history. Gum says the digitization process took about four years for all issues of both documents and that GSC saved between 10 and 20 thousand dollars by doing the process in-house.

To view either publication, visit www.glenville.edu and click on ‘Library’ near the top of the page. Next click ‘Archives’ located on the top left of that page. From there you can click on either ‘Kanawhachen Yearbook’ or ‘Mercury.‘

For more information about the GSC Archives, contact Gum at or 304.462.6163.

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This is awesome! And I’m so glad to see a project that I helped work on completed!  smile The archives dept at the GSC Robert F. Kidd library is an asset to Glenville, and GSC. The workers put a lot of effort into their work, and the work really shows it!

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