Time for Project FeederWatch

Project FeederWatch, Cornell University’s citizen science program sponsored by the Lab of Ornithology, has begun a new season. New volunteers are always welcome.

FeederWatch project director Dr. Emma Grieg, who has just completed her first year on the job, says anyone can participate. “Our materials teach what participants need to know. Even counts of common birds, such as cardinals and chickadees, are useful. And volunteers don’t even need to identify every species they see.” she said.
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And if volunteers have questions or problems, they are encouraged to contact FeederWatch staff by email or phone. “We love communicating with volunteers to make their experience more rewarding,” Grieg says.

Assuming you have suitable habitat with some woody cover, you can expect 12 to 20 species over the course of the winter. Based on data submitted from FeederWatchers nationwide last year, the most frequently seen species was the dark-eyed junco. Other common species recorded in other states were chickadees, blue jays, mourning doves, cardinals, titmice, goldfinches and downy woodpeckers.

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“With more than 20 years of data from all across the country,” Grieg says, “we have more data than any one ornithologist could ever collect. And now we are able to publish our findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals. For example, we are getting insights into the effects of climate change on bird distribution.”

One of the benefits of FeederWatch is that the army of skilled birders grows every year. Collecting the data is fun, and can be done with children and grandchildren, so I doubt the program will ever want for volunteers.

One topic that FeederWatch emphasizes is the occurrence and spread of the eye disease (a type of conjunctivitis) that infects house finches. House finch eye disease was first noticed in 1994 when people observed birds at feeders with swollen, runny eyes. It was determined to be the result of a strain of bacteria usually found in poultry.

Andre Dhondt, director of Bird Population Studies at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, led a team that trapped and tested nearly 2,000 individual birds of 53 species from 2007 to 2010. Tests revealed that 27 species of birds were infected by this bacterium.

“The results were shocking,” Dhondt says. “This bacteria, Mycoplasma gallisepticum, is much more widespread than anyone thought, although in most species there are no signs of conjunctivitis.”

In addition to house finches, species testing positive for exposure to the bacteria included black-capped chickadees, tufted titmice and American goldfinches. But exposure was also detected in forest species such as the wood thrush.

“That was another surprise,” Dhondt says. “How on earth do wood thrushes get infected with mycoplasma? They are not a feeder bird at all. We have always assumed that feeders play a major role in the transmission of the disease, and this study shows that’s not necessarily so.”

Fortunately, though many species can be infected with this bacterium, only house finches regularly show swollen eyes as symptoms, and FeederWatchers are still collecting data on this species.

If you see infected birds at your feeders, here’s what the Lab of Ornithology suggests. Leave sick birds alone, take down the feeders and clean them thoroughly, and be sure to wash your hands afterward. And just make it a rule to keep your feeders clean.

Launched in 1987, Project FeederWatch compiles information gathered by volunteers from all across North America. Last year, 128,586 checklists were submitted from 9,940 unique locations by more than 20,000 volunteers.

To become a FeederWatch volunteer, visit, call 800.843.2473 during normal business hours or send a check to Project FeederWatch, P.O. Box 11, Ithaca, NY 14851-0011. The $18 fee ($15 for Lab of Ornithology members) covers all materials, data analysis and publication of each year’s results.

If FeederWatch sounds interesting, but for some reason you cannot set up bird feeders, click on the “FeederWatch Cam” link to watch a live video feed from a feeding station in northern Ontario. It features a variety of northern species, including gray jays, grosbeaks and finches that are unlikely to be seen in the lower 48.

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Concurrent Black Bear Hunting Opportunities During Deer Season

Deer hunters are reminded that a concurrent bear season without dogs will occur from November 24 through December 06, 2014, in all or parts of 28 counties, according to Colin Carpenter, Black Bear Project Leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

Seventeen counties in the eastern mountains will be open to concurrent deer and bear hunting on private and public land, and require hunters to have applied for and received a limited bear firearms season permit to participate, or be a resident landowner hunting on their own property.

The counties open to limited bear hunting on private and public land during the buck-gun season include Barbour, Braxton, Clay, Grant, Greenbrier, Hardy, Lewis, Mercer, Monroe, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Summers, Taylor, Tucker, Upshur and Webster.

Berkeley, Boone, Fayette, Hampshire, Jefferson, Kanawha, Monongalia, Morgan, Nicholas, Preston and Raleigh counties will be open for concurrent bear hunting during the buck-gun season on both public and private land. Hunters in these 11 counties do not need a limited bear firearms season permit to participate. This is an increase from the 10 counties that were open for concurrent bear hunting during the buck-gun season in 2013.

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“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,” Carpenter said. “Timing is critical when setting bear hunting seasons, and the concurrent buck-gun bear season will occur when the maximum number of hunters are in the woods.

“The larger-than-average acorn crop of 2014 will mean that bears will be dispersed across the landscape. To be successful, hunters will have to locate active feeding areas because bears won’t have to move long distances to find food. These special seasons offer a unique opportunity for hunters who may have never bear hunted before to harvest a bear and we hope that they take advantage of this additional chance,” said Carpenter.

Bear hunting opportunities continue after the buck-gun season. All or parts of 24 counties will be open for bear hunting with or without hounds December 08-31. In addition, all or parts of 37 counties will be open for bear hunting without hounds December 08-31.

Successful hunters are encouraged to submit a premolar tooth from each harvested bear. In addition, hunters who harvest a female black bear are encouraged to save the reproductive tract or all the entrails. Hunters can get a bear tooth envelope at all official game checking stations. Hunters with reproductive tracts or entrails should keep them cool or freeze them and contact their nearest DNR District Wildlife Office to arrange pickup. Data obtained from tooth samples and reproductive tracts are used for black bear population monitoring.

Hunters are reminded to purchase a bear damage stamp as well as an appropriate hunting license.

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

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An Associated Press review of state records shows a former boarding school in Salem was named in more than a dozen complaints of abuse and mistreatment over the past five years.

Since 2009, the Department of Health and Human Resources has received 15 formal complaints about West Virginia private schools, including 13 about the Miracle Meadows School.

The DHHR released the complaints to the AP in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

A Miracle Meadows teacher was accused in August of choking a young resident unconscious and handcuffing other residents in their rooms to restrain them.

The teacher and the school’s co-founder were arrested, the school was shut down and the DHHR removed the school’s 19 students.

The school is in the process of being sold.


A Raleigh County man has been sentenced to life in prison for his role in the death of a Charleston man.

Media outlets report 26-year-old Deveron Patterson of Mabscott was sentenced Friday in Kanawha County Circuit Court for first-degree murder in the death of 28-year-old Kareem Hunter. Patterson was given mercy, meaning he could be eligible for parole after serving 15 years.

Patterson had testified he helped assault Hunter, carried him and put him in the trunk of a car. Hunter’s body was discovered in a shallow grave near an abandoned house near Beckley in October 2013.

Co-defendant Miguel Quinones of Charleston is set for trial in February.

Kelsey Marie Legg of Marmet previously was sentenced to up to eight years in prison for her role in the case.


An early Saturday morning fire has left a home in Harrison County destroyed.

The blaze was sparked sometime before 4 AM, when crews arrived on the scene along Chevy Drive in Wallace.

While firefighters attempted to contain the fire, the home was ruled a total loss.

The family was home at the time, but managed to escape unharmed.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is being conducted by the Wallace Fire Department.


A complaint filed on behalf of the state Fire Commission against the practices of Clarksburg’s Code Enforcement Office will soon go to a hearing.

According to Lawrence Messina with the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, appointed hearing examiner Jeff Blaydes set the December 16 – 19 dates at Bridgeport City Hall.

The complaint, filed by the Attorney General’s Office on behalf of the Fire Commission, alleges Clarksburg’s Code Enforcement Officers were either unlicensed or had invalid continuing education certificates, were unlawfully operating under previous building codes and practices and the four employees named worked toward personal gain for themselves and others utilizing public funds. The complaint states the incidents occurred from 2006 though this year.

After the complaint, a cease and desist order was issued on the office’s operations regarding enforcement in July, after the commission claimed “agents of Clarksburg have been retaliating against property owners, revoking issued building permits without valid stop work orders and generally continuing to engage in conduct in violation of the State Building Code,” as written by Assistant Attorney Stephen Connolly.

In an effort to comply with the commission, the city returned the number of members on the Building Code Appeals Board to five from three, adopted an ordinance which implements the most recent building codes word-for-word and the two remaining employees involved in the allegations entered into personal agreements with the commission to surrender their certifications, agreeing not to work for the city’s Code Enforcement Office again –Adam Barbario and Keith Kesling still work for the city but in different roles.

Clarksburg has also hired two new individuals to serve as Code Enforcement Officer who passed the International Code Council test to receive certification.

However, this has not completely resolved the issue from the commission’s standpoint and the cease and desist order remains in place while the two new officers were only approved by the commission for property maintenance only.

Members of city leadership have claimed the commission’s inability to move swiftly has endangered the public as condemned building remain, and some are catching fire. Mayor Catherine Goings penned a letter to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, asking his office to look over the situation and possibly meet with both parties.

According to The Exponent Telegram, Tomblin’s office received the letter and will consider the request.

Beyond the complaint, the practices of the Code Enforcement Office remain the subject of two federal lawsuits.


A Fayette County man is in jail after a standoff with law enforcement Thursday.

William Ray Smith, age 41, forced his way into the home of his wife he was no longer living with at gunpoint and held her captive.

Smith held the gun to the woman as State Police from Oak Hill arrived on the scene which, after several verbal commands to stand down, resulted in authorities shooting him in the arm after the woman broke free and ran. Smith retreated into the house afterward and did not come out until a negotiator convinced him to surrender himself.

While his injuries were not serious, he was eventually taken to Raleigh General Hospital.

Smith faces charges of kidnapping, wanton endangerment and attempted murder and is being held at Southern Regional Jail.


A Beckley man apologized Friday for helping kill a Charleston man last year. Devron Patterson was sentenced to life in prison with a chance for parole in 15 years following the death of Kareem Hunter.

Hunter was killed in the town of Marmet and his body later dumped just off the West Virginia Turnpike in Raleigh County.

Patterson was one of three people charged in the death.


U.S. Senator Joe Manchin said Friday he expects to know within “three or four months” if Congress is going to change for the better with Republicans in charge. And if it doesn’t, Manchin may return to West Virginia to run for another office.

During a conference call with reporters reacting to President Barack Obama’s immigration reform plan, Manchin said it’s no secret how frustrated he has become with the workings in Washington. He said he’ll soon have to make a decision whether to stay or not.

“If this is a dead-end street and these people here are just doomed on total chaos, do I have an option of seeing if the people would think about me coming back to West Virginia? I would look at that but I’m really committed to making this work, I’ve got to be honest with you,” Manchin said.

It’s not the first time Manchin has mentioned a possible return to West Virginia to run for governor in 2016. He was elected to two four-year terms as governor but left in the middle of second term after being elected senator following the death of longtime U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd in 2010.

Manchin was asked if he’s set a deadline on making a decision next year on whether to run for governor in 2016.

“We still have the same leaders—Harry (Reid) and Mitch (McConnell)—I hope both of them have learned a lesson. If they haven’t I think it will show pretty quickly, in the first three or four months,” Manchin said. “I’ll be able to tell at that time if it’s going to be the ‘same old, same old’, just a lot of rhetoric, worried about themselves and not the country and thinking if I can make a better contribution in public service somewhere else, maybe back home.”

On immigration reform, the senator said he disagreed with President Obama’s timing of the announcement. Manchin said he should have given Republicans a deadline to come up with a bill before moving on his own.

“I didn’t think that was the way to do it or the way to bring people together, especially after the election results,” Manchin said.

The senator added some of the President’s plan looks a lot like the immigration reform bill the Senate passed and a year and a half ago and the House has refused to take up. He said President Obama has been upset with Republican House leaders because of the inaction.

“The bottom line is I’m saying, ‘Mr. President, move off of that. Give enough time now, today’s a new day, the people voted a couple weeks ago. They voted for change. Give this change a chance to work. That’s all I’m saying,” Manchin said.

Manchin voted against making Sen. Harry Reid minority leader in the new Congress. He restated Friday the new GOP majority in the Senate needs someone like himself to vote with them and he will if he feels it’s best for the country.


Police in Wood County say autopsies and toxicology test results should help them determine what caused the death of two men.

The bodies of Steven Harter, Jr., age 24, and Edward Williams, age 28, were found in a home in Davisville Thursday.

Deputies said they don’t suspect foul play and they’ve also ruled out carbon monoxide poisoning.

The bodies are at the state Medical Examiner’s Office.


Two coal companies have announced the layoffs of 190 workers in West Virginia and Kentucky.

A statement from St. Louis-based Patriot Coal says 130 workers have been idled immediately at its Corridor G Mining Complex near Madison.

Patriot cites the struggling coal market and a difficult regulatory environment for the layoffs.

Alpha Natural Resources says in West Virginia, layoffs involve 25 workers at a Wayne County mine, 22 at the Ruby Energy mine in Mingo County, and one worker at a Delbarton Prep Plant. In Kentucky, 12 workers will be idled from Alpha’s Taylor Fork mine in Pike County, while 26 others will work for an undetermined amount of time to remove equipment and close the mine.

In a statement, the Bristol, Virginia-based company cited an oversupply of thermal coal.


A company has bid $6.2 million plus royalties to frack under state wildlife conservation land in Tyler County.

State officials say Antero Resources bid more than $12,000 an acre for Conaway Run Wildlife Management Area fracking rights. The offer includes a 20-percent royalty on what’s extracted.

The bid was unveiled Friday in Charleston on the 518-acre property’s oil and natural gas rights. No fracking contracts have yet been finalized.

Previously, West Virginia accepted bids for 22 miles of state land under the Ohio River. Six miles are under contract negotiations. Another 11 miles are out for bid. Seven more miles are being considered.

Other properties being considered are 131 acres under Fish Creek in Marshall County; Jug Wildlife Management Area in Tyler County; 24 acres in Doddridge County.


West Virginia environmental officials are planning a seminar for businesses and organizations about state and federal regulations.

The state Department of Environmental Protection says the informative meeting will take place in Wheeling on December 18.

Department of Environmental Protection ombudsman Terry Polen will conduct the seminar with the West Virginia University Industrial Extension Service.

Polen will discuss permits; spill pollution control and countermeasures; used oil, hazardous and solid waste regulations; oil and gas permits; toxic release inventories; aboveground storage tank rules; stormwater prevention plans and groundwater protection plans.

Registration ends December 12.


An exotic dancer has sued a Martinsburg gentleman’s club for wages not paid and fees withheld.

Christina A. Robinson filed a lawsuit against Taboo Gentlemen’s Club and its owners in the circuit court of Berkeley County, West Virginia, on November 1. The lawsuit was transferred to federal court Friday.

Robinson alleges that she was forced to pay unfair fees for shifts and table dances she performed. She also says she should have been paid minimum wage. She argues that not being paid minimum wage violates the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Robinson is represented by Gregg C. Greenberg out of Silver Spring, Maryland, who has helped to bring similar cases against gentlemen’s clubs elsewhere, including the Blue Parrot in Morgantown.

Robinson is asking for back pay and damages.

Movie Review: ‘National Gallery’ - Go Deep Inside the Famous London Museum

The documentary “National Gallery” opens silently, with a parade of masterpieces popping up onscreen, one after the other. Then a soft buzzing sound emerges, getting louder as the view expands to show a man entering a gallery to wax the floors.

That scene sums up the films of Frederick Wiseman, who has been making documentaries since 1967. His movies examine the inner workings of particular places, proving that what may be commonplace to one person can be utterly fascinating to another. Wiseman has applied this approach to a fancy strip club in Paris and the Idaho state legislature, among dozens of other locations, and now he has turned his lens on London’s National Gallery, which houses more than 2,300 works, including paintings by Vermeer, Van Gogh, Titian and da Vinci.

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The movie takes a fly-on-a-wall approach. There is no narration, characters are never explicitly identified and no one speaks directly to the camera. Rather, we are left to piece together the stories and figure out who’s who in budget meetings and docent tours, art classes and lighting discussions.

This could all be rather dull, especially considering the film’s three-hour run time. But a good dose of dry British humor keeps things light, and Wiseman has a keen sense of what footage to include. (Even informational tours prove to be utterly engrossing.) We hear the story behind Rubens’s “Samson and Delilah” and one possible explanation for that mysterious skull at the base of “The Ambassadors” by Hans Holbein the Younger. At one point, a conservationist holds up an X-ray of Rembrandt’s “Portrait of Frederick Rihel on Horseback” to reveal another painting beneath the masterpiece.

A few thought-provoking themes crop up, including that two people can witness the same thing and come away with entirely different reads. This idea may be most clearly expressed in a drawing session with a nude model. The camera pans from the woman to the students’ works-in-progress, and no two are alike.

“National Gallery” could have used a few more edits; its long run time may limit its appeal. But the film is remarkably engaging and, with close looks at so many important pieces of art, bursting with beauty.

★ ★ ★

Unrated. Contains nude models and brief strong language. 180 minutes.

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►   High school Football Playoff Quarterfinal Results


#6 South Charleston (9-2)  24  at   #3 University (10-1)  20

#7 Huntington (8-3)  28  at   #2 Cabell Midland (10-1)  21

#5 Point Pleasant (10-0)  28   at   #4 Martinsburg (10-1)  49

#8 Wheeling Park (9-2)  14   at   #1 Capital (10-0)  35


#7 Nicholas County (10-1)  20   at   #2 Frankfort (11-0)  26

#8 Robert C. Byrd (9-2)  14   at   #1 Bridgeport (10-1)  35

#5 Wayne (9-2)  35  at   #4 Mingo Central (10-1)  17

#14 Ravenswood (8-3)  25   at   #6 Westside (9-2)  42


#10 Buffalo (9-2)  19   at   #2 Tug Valley (10-1)  36

#9 Moorefield (9-2)  0   at   #1 St. Marys (11-0)  36

#12 Bishop Donahue (9-2)  20   at   #4 Clay-Battelle (10-1)  30

#14 East Hardy (8-3)  22   at   #6 Williamstown (9-2)  42

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►   Mountaineers, Big 12 finalize 2015 football schedule

West Virginia won’t play a road game during the first month of the 2015 football season, according to the schedule released Wednesday.

The Mountaineers’ opponents have been known for months, but the schedule couldn’t be finalized until the Big 12 set its lineup for conference games.

West Virginia opens the season with three home games against nonconference foes: September 5 against Georgia Southern, September 12 against Liberty and September 26 vs. Maryland.

The Mountaineers won’t travel until an October 3 game at Oklahoma.

2015 West Virginia football               
September 05          Georgia Southern
September 12           Liberty
September 26           Maryland
October 03           at Oklahoma
October 10               Oklahoma State
October 17            at Baylor
October 29            at TCU (Thursday)
November 07            Texas Tech
November 14            Texas
November 21        at Kansas
November 28            Iowa State
December 05         at Kansas State

What’s not to like: Two byes within a five-week span. The first bye comes during Week 3, following money games against Georgia Southern and Liberty and preceding the Maryland matchup. That’s not exactly optimal timing.

The next bye comes about a month later on October 24, wedged between road trips to Baylor and a Thursday night game at TCU. Having two byes in the first half of the season means West Virginia will play six consecutive weeks to close the regular season.

Recall that Oklahoma and West Virginia agreed to move up their meetings in 2013 and 2014 to avoid an early-season bye. In the case of 2015, Baylor has a September 19 bye like WVU, but moving up that game is unlikely because it would create a 19-day gap between games in October for the Mountaineers.

October gauntlet: The month features three road games against teams projected to be among the Big 12’s elite—Oklahoma, Baylor and TCU. (Oklahoma has a bye preceding the game against West Virginia.)

Around the Big 12: Texas Tech plays 11 straight Saturdays before its first bye week November 21, which precedes a Thursday night game vs. Texas and then, that’s right, another bye to close the season. … Texas plays the toughest nonconference schedule (at Notre Dame and hosting Cal). The only other intersectional matches of note: Oklahoma visits Tennessee, Texas Tech plays at Arkansas and TCU visits Minnesota.

Quoting Oliver Luck: “Seven home games return in 2015, and I think our fans and the Morgantown community will appreciate the extra game and another chance to see the team play at Milan Puskar Stadium,” said WVU’s athletics director. “The rivalry with Maryland returns at home for the first time since 2012, and the Big 12 schedule week-to-week will be a great test for our team.”

Quoting Dana Holgorsen: “Our schedule will be very competitive, with our non-conference opponents and the always-tough Big 12 slate,” the coach said. “The 2015 schedule will bring great challenges and great opportunities for our program.”

The kickoff times and television schedule will be announced later.

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►   Defense keeps Herd’s dream season alive; Marshall moves to 11-0

The Thundering Herd needed a defensive touchdown and a fourth down stand at its own 10-yard line, to pull out at 23-18 win over UAB Saturday afternoon at Legion Field.

“They (UAB) played extremely hard and they’ve done that all year,” Doc Holliday said about the Blazers. “Sometimes throughout the year you’ve got to grind one out. That’s the definition of grinding one out, of course you don’t like them that way. But at the end of the day I’m proud of the way the football team found a way to win and that’s all that matters.”

UAB took an 18-17 lead with 11:29 left in the game on a 10-yard touchdown run by Jordan Howard, who finished the day with 168 yards on the ground. The Herd, trailing in the fourth quarter for the first time all season, started the ensuing drive on its 25-yard line and passed its way into UAB territory. But the drive stalled at the UAB 29 after a pair of incomplete passes and a Diaheem Watkins sack back to the 35.

Tyler Williams’ punt on fourth down may have been the play of the game for the Herd. The punt rolled dead at the 1-yard line forcing UAB to start in the shadow of its own goal post.

“That punter was able to punt that ball down there and that was huge,” asserted Holliday.

That punt, with 8:20 to play, set up what would turn out to be the game winning touchdown for the Herd. Three plays later, UAB quarterback Cody Clements was hit in the endzone by Marshall’s Arnold Blackmon jarring the football loose and Rashawde Myers was there to recover the ball in the endzone for the go-ahead score.

“Arnold made a good play, he came around the corner and knocked the ball out. It was more of a ‘look what I found’ type deal and it just happened to be in the endzone,” grinned Myers after the win.

“We got this thing in practice where we go back and forth and work on meeting in the backfield,” said Blackmon. “It’s about practice. We practice hard and we play hard.”

But the upset-minded Blazers were not done yet. UAB got the ball back down 23-18 at its own 25 and started to work its way down the field, mostly on the broad shoulders of running back Jordan Howard, who rushed for 40 yards on the final drive.

The Blazers moved the ball down to Marshall’s 10-yard line, needing a touchdown for the win, were forced to go for it on fourth-and-one. Howard lined up in the shotgun in the wildcat formation and Marshall’s defense drove him back for a yard loss to preserve the win.

“We really just prepared for everything, whether he (Howard) was going inside or outside,” said Blackmon.

Marshall needed its defense to step up Saturday as the offense struggled to finish drives, leaving potential points on the field.

On the first drive of the game, Marshall slashed through the Blazers’ defense down to the UAB 6-yard line. Rakeem Cato appeared to score on a quarterback keeper on first-and-goal, but the play was called back on a holding penalty. UAB’s defense stiffened forcing a 23-yard field goal attempt, which Justin Haig missed wide right.

In the third quarter, Marshall appeared to be on its way to extend its precarious 17-6 lead. On third-and-goal from UAB 1-yard line, Devon Johnson and Rakeem Cato mishandled the exchange on the handoff; the ball came loose and rolled out of the endzone for a touchback.

Penalties also hurt the Herd. It was flagged 11 times for 90 yards on the day. Five of those flags were for false start penalties along the offensive line.

“It’s obvious we didn’t play as well as we have all year but we found a way to win and that’s all that matters,” admitted Holliday. “We’re 11-0 and we’re happy to be there.”

Marshall outgained UAB 515 to 346. Devon Johnson led all rushers with 171 yards on 20 carries, becoming the first Marshall running back to run for 100+ yards in seven consecutive games.

Rakeem Cato was 20-for-38 for 284 yards, two touchdowns and interception. Cato connected with Tommy Shuler for a 28-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and later Angelo Jean-Louis caught a deflected pass and went 43 yards for a touchdown.

Marshall returns home next week to face Western Kentucky. Kickoff is set for noon on Friday.

The Herd then awaits the winner of Rice vs. Louisiana Tech for the Conference USA Championship game on December 06.

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►   Top-25 College Football Game Resuts

(Saturday, November 22)

Final Score: (1) Florida State 20, Boston College 17

Roberto Aguayo atoned for an earlier miss, hitting a 26-yard attempt with three seconds left in regulation, which kept top-ranked Florida State’s win streak alive with a 20-17 victory over Boston College at Doak Campbell Stadium. Jameis Winston finished 22-of-32 for 281 yards and a touchdown to Nick O’Leary for the Seminoles (11-0, 8-0 ACC), who extended their string to 27 consecutive victories. Rashad Greene totaled 106 yards on eight receptions and O’Leary added three catches for 59 yards. Dalvin Cook registered 77 yards on 15 carries and Karlos Williams posted an early rushing score. Tyler Murphy ended up with 73 yards and a touchdown each through the air and on the ground for the Eagles (6-5, 3-4), who did their best but dropped their fifth straight game to FSU. Jon Hilliman led BC with 73 yards on 14 attempts, while Shakim Phillips posted a TD reception in defeat.

Final Score: (2) Alabama 48, Western Carolina 14

Derrick Henry scored three touchdowns to help No. 2 Alabama in a 48-14 win over Western Carolina on Saturday. Henry rushed for 92 yards with two touchdowns and added a TD reception for the Crimson Tide (10-1), who took a week off from their vaunted SEC schedule with an FCS opponent prior to the Iron Bowl against arch-rival Auburn next weekend. Blake Sims went 17-of-22 passing for 222 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in the win. Alabama star wide receiver Amari Cooper left the game, however, with an apparent left knee injury after taking a hard hit in the first quarter. Cooper finished with three receptions for 46 yards. Chris Black took over in his absence and hauled in six passes for 101 yards. Troy Mitchell threw for 221 yards and two touchdowns to Spearman Robinson for Western Carolina (7-5), which has lost all four meetings with the Crimson Tide.

Final Score: (3) Oregon 44, Colorado 10

Marcus Mariota had another huge game for Oregon, throwing three touchdown passes and adding another on the ground, to lead the third-ranked Ducks to a 44-10 rout of Colorado on Saturday. Mariota continued his Heisman campaign with 323 passing yards and 73 rushing yards for the Ducks (10-1, 7-1 Pac-12), who have won six straight since their lone loss of the season against Arizona on Oct. 2. Royce Freeman led the Oregon ground attack with 105 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Buffaloes (2-9, 0-8) used two quarterbacks but could not find success through the air. Jordan Gehrke and Sefo Liufau combined to complete just 16-of-32 passes for 105 yards. Christian Powell led Colorado in rushing with 51 yards on five carries. Oregon outgained Colorado 597-226.

Final Score: (4) Mississippi State 51, Vanderbilt 0

Dak Prescott threw for 193 yards and accounted for four total touchdowns to lead No. 4 Mississippi State to a 51-0 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday. Prescott threw three touchdown passes, two of which went to Joe Morrow, and also rushed for 30 yards with a score for the Bulldogs (10-1, 6-1 SEC), who bounced back from a 25-20 loss to Alabama last week. Mississippi State can clinch the SEC West with a win over arch- rival Ole Miss next weekend, coupled with an Alabama loss to Auburn. Johnny McCrary completed 15-of-31 passes for 160 yards with an interception for the Commodores (3-8, 0-7).

Final Score: (6) Baylor 49, Oklahoma State 28

Devin Chafin had three rushing touchdowns to lead No. 6 Baylor to a 49-28 victory over Oklahoma State. Chafin finished the game with 21 carries for 106 yards. Shock Linwood had 113 yards with a score on 21 carries and Bryce Petty was 18-for-29 for 262 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Bears (9-1, 6-1 Big 12), who have won three straight since their lone loss of the season at West Virginia. Mason Rudolph went 13- for-25 for 281 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Cowboys (5-6, 3-5), who have dropped five straight games. Desmond Roland and Rennie Childs each had a rushing touchdown in the loss.

Final Score: (7) Ohio State 42, Indiana 27

Jalin Marshall returned a punt 54 yards for a touchdown and added three receiving touchdowns in the fourth quarter, lifting the seventh-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes over the Indiana Hoosiers, 42-27, on Saturday. With the win, Ohio State (10-1, 7-0 Big Ten) captured the Big Ten’s East Division crown and clinched a spot in the conference championship game for the second straight year. Marshall caught five passes for 95 yards for the Buckeyes, who have won a record 23 consecutive Big Ten bouts during the regular season. J.T. Barrett completed 25-of-35 passes for 302 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. Indiana’s (3-8, 0-7 Big Ten) Tevin Coleman rushed for 228 yards and three touchdowns in the loss.

Final Score: Arkansas 30, (8) Ole Miss 0

Rohan Gaines’ 100-yard interception return touchdown highlighted a banner day for the Arkansas defense, which stifled a mistake-laden Ole Miss in a resounding 30-0 victory over the No. 8 Rebels. Gaines’ big play was one of six turnovers forced by Arkansas (6-5, 2-5 SEC) in the resurgent Razorbacks’ second consecutive shutout over a ranked opponent. The Hogs halted a 17-game losing streak in SEC play with last week’s 17-0 blanking of then-No. 20 LSU. Bo Wallace was responsible for four of the miscues, tossing two interceptions and losing a pair of fumbles on a forgettable afternoon for the Ole Miss offense, which mustered just 63 rushing yards in the third straight conference loss for the sliding Rebels (8-3, 4-3).

Final Score: (9) Georgia 55, Charleston Southern 9

Hutson Mason passed for 187 yards and three touchdowns, all in the first half, and No. 9 Georgia cruised to a 55-9 win over FCS foe Charleston Southern on Saturday. Mason played only two quarters because of the lopsided score. The Bulldogs scored points on each of their first five drives and led 38-3 at halftime. Nick Chubb rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns on only nine carries for Georgia (9-2), which will clinch a spot in the SEC championship game if Missouri loses against Arkansas next week. Austin Brown was 4-of-10 for 15 yards and one interception for Charleston Southern (8-4) before he got injured late in the first half.

Final Score: (10) Michigan State 45, Rutgers 3

Jeremy Langford and Nick Hill each ran for two scores in the 10th-ranked Michigan State Spartans’ 45-3 rout of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Saturday. Langford carried the ball 16 times for 126 yards for the Spartans (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten), who have won two in a row since a loss to Ohio State on Nov. 8. Hill rushed for 59 yards on 12 carries. Connor Cook completed 16-of-24 passes for 254 yards for Michigan State, which racked up 520 yards of total offense. Michigan State’s slim hopes of making the Big Ten title tilt for the second straight year were dashed when Ohio State beat Indiana on Saturday. the Buckeyes captured the Big Ten’s East Division crown and clinched a spot in the conference championship game for the second straight year. Gary Nova connected on 11-of-26 passes for 108 yards and two interceptions for the Scarlet Knights (6-5, 2-5), who were unable to build off last weekend’s win over Indiana.

Final Score: (11) UCLA 38, (24) Southern California 20

Brett Hundley settled in after an early blunder and finished with three passing touchdowns and another on the ground to lead No. 11 UCLA to a 38-20 victory over No. 24 Southern California on Saturday. Hundley threw for 326 yards on 22-of-31 passing after throwing an interception on his first pass of the game and for the Bruins (8-3, 6-2 Pac-12), who have won three straight games against the rival Trojans. Paul Perkins rushed for a game-high 93 yards and a score on 24 carries, Thomas Duarte hauled in two passes for 95 yards and a touchdown and Devin Lucien and Eldridge Massington each added receiving scores in the win. UCLA can now move on to the Pac-12 Championship Game against Oregon with a win over Stanford next Friday. Cody Kessler, who compiled 771 yards and nine touchdowns in his two previous games, was limited to just 214 passing yards and one score with an interception on a 22-of-34 completion rate. Javorious Allen ran for 60 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries and Justin Davis made a TD catch for the Trojans (7-4, 6-3), who were coming off a 38-30 win over California.

Final Score: (13) Arizona State 52, Washington State 31

Taylor Kelly passed for 232 yards and four touchdowns and No. 13 Arizona State overcame a first-half deficit to beat Washington State 52-31 on Saturday. D.J. Foster ran for 96 yards and three touchdowns for the Sun Devils (9-2, 6-2 Pac-12), who bounced back from last week’s 35-27 loss to Oregon State, which snapped a five-game winning streak. Cameron Smith had six catches for 131 yards and two touchdowns in the win and Fred Gammage and Kody Kohl also had touchdown receptions. Washington State (3-8, 2-7) led 21-7 in the first half and 24-21 at the break but lost for the fifth time in its last six games. Cougars quarterback Luke Falk passed for 601 yards and three touchdowns in the loss. Vince Mayle caught 15 passes for 252 yards, giving him 101 catches this season.

Final Score: (14) Wisconsin 26, Iowa 24

Melvin Gordon rushed for two touchdowns as 14th-ranked Wisconsin held off a charge from a plucky Iowa team for a 26-24 win on Saturday. The victory sets up a showdown against Minnesota next Saturday in Madison, with the winner securing the Big Ten West title and a spot in the conference championship game. Gordon finished with 200 yards on 31 carries, tying Ron Dayne’s single-season Big Ten rushing record of 2,109 yards set in 1996. Gordon broke the FBS single-game rushing record a week ago with 408 yards against Nebraska, but Oklahoma true freshman Samaje Perine eclipsed his mark with 427 yards on Saturday. Joel Stave completed 11-of-14 passes for 139 yards and scrambled 12 yards for a key third down late in the fourth quarter as Wisconsin (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) won its sixth straight game. Jake Rudock threw two touchdown passes and added a score on the ground for Iowa (7-4, 4-3).

Final Score: (15) Arizona 42, (20) Utah 10

Arizona will be on the UCLA bandwagon later on Saturday, but will quickly have to hop off if the Bruins beat USC. First things first. Nick Wilson ran for 218 yards and three touchdowns as the 15th-ranked Wildcats rolled to a 42-10 win over No. 20 Utah on Saturday afternoon. Arizona (9-2, 6-2 Pac-12) is currently one of four two-loss teams in the Pac-12 South. The Wilcats need a UCLA win over USC on Saturday and a Bruins loss to Stanford on Friday along with a win over Arizona State to make it to the Pac-12 title game at Levi’s Stadium.

Final Score: (16) Auburn 31, Samford 7

Cameron Artis-Payne ran for 129 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries as 16th-ranked Auburn posted a 31-7 win over Samford at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Tigers overcame a sluggish start and 14 penalties to pull away from the FCS-level Bulldogs and halt a two-game skid as they enter next Saturday’s Iron Bowl showdown with No. 2 Alabama. Nick Marshall threw for 164 yards on 10-of-17 passing with one touchdown and an interception for Auburn (8-3), which also received rushing scores from Quan Bray and Roc Thomas. Michael Eubank completed 17-of-31 throws for 140 yards and one touchdown for Samford (7-4), but was intercepted twice during a second half in which the Bulldogs were held scoreless.

Final Score: (18) Marshall 23, UAB 18

Ra’Shawde Myers recovered a fumble in the end zone with 7:35 remaining and No. 18 Marshall remained undefeated with a 23-18 win over UAB on Saturday. With its offense struggling, Marshall overcame an 18-17 deficit with big plays on special teams and defense. The Thundering Herd downed Tyler Williams’ punt at the 1-yard line and Arnold Blackmon stripped UAB quarterback Cody Clements in the end zone on third down. The ball ended up with Myers, whose touchdown gave Marshall (11-0, 7-0 C-USA) its 12th straight win dating back to last December’s Military Bowl. Rakeem Cato passed for 284 yards and two touchdowns for Marshall, but threw an interception in the fourth quarter then led to a go-ahead touchdown for UAB.

Final Score: (19) Missouri 29, Tennessee 21

Maty Mauk threw two touchdown passes and Marcus Murphy ran for two as No. 19 Missouri picked up a crucial 29-21 win over Tennessee. Mauk completed just 12-of-25 throws for 230 yards, but his fourth-quarter TD passes to Jimmie Hunt and Bud Sasser were the difference. Murphy ran 19 times for 82 yards, and Russell Hansbrough added 68 yards on 15 carries. Missouri (9-2, 6-1 SEC) controls its own destiny in the SEC East. With a win next week against Arkansas, the Tigers will return to the SEC championship game for the second straight season. If Arkansas wins, then Georgia, which finished its SEC regular-season slate last week with a win over Auburn, would represent the division in the title game. Joshua Dobbs, who had totaled 11 touchdowns over Tennessee’s last three games, went 24-for-37 for 195 yards with one touchdown and an interception. The Volunteers (5-6) need a win next week at Vanderbilt to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2010.

Final Score: Minnesota 28, (21) Nebraska 24

The Minnesota Golden Gophers are in the driver’s seat to represent the West division in the Big Ten title game after rallying to beat No. 21 Nebraska without their best offensive player. Mitch Leidner scored his second rushing touchdown with 3:25 remaining in the fourth quarter to lift the Golden Gophers to a 28-24 win over the Cornhuskers. Leidner completed 8-of-17 passes for 135 yards and added 110 yards on the ground for Minnesota (8-3, 5-2 Big Ten), which overcame a 21-7 halftime deficit to post its first victory in Lincoln since 1960. Golden Gophers star running back David Cobb rushed for 80 yards on 15 carries, but left after pulling up lame with a hamstring injury on a third-quarter touchdown run.

Final Score: (22) Colorado State 58, New Mexico 20

Dee Hart scored six touchdowns to lead 22nd-ranked Colorado State to a 58-20 rout of New Mexico. Hart ran for 230 yards and five touchdowns and added two catches for 42 yards and a receiving score for the Rams (10-1, 6-1 MWC), who have won nine in a row since a Sep. 6 loss at Boise State. Garrett Grayson was 23-of-29 for 389 yards and three touchdowns. He became the school’s all-time offensive leader in the triumph. New Mexico’s (3-8, 1-6) ground game was effective, totaling 301 yards, but it wasn’t enough. Jhurell Pressley ran for 109 yards on seven carries, while quarterback Lamar Jordan ran for 74 yards and scored a touchdown.

Final Score: (23) Oklahoma 44, Kansas 7

Oklahoma freshman Samaje Perine broke the week-old FBS single-game rushing record to lead the No. 23 Sooners in a 44-7 rout of Kansas on Saturday. Perine rushed for 427 yards, surpassing the record set last week by Wisconsin junior Melvin Gordon, whose 408 yards against Nebraska in just three quarters broke LaDainian Tomlinson’s 15-year- old FBS mark. It took Perine a little longer, but not much. He set the new mark on his last run, a 42-yarder 2 1/2 minutes into the fourth quarter after shaking off a few would-be tacklers near the line. The game was played in the rain after a 90-minute delay because of lightning and most of Perine’s big runs came with little contact.

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►   Saints try to stop Superdome skid against Ravens

The Superdome used to be the New Orleans Saints’ salve, an edifice that could soothe any ailment the team might have.

Not anymore.

The struggling Saints have dropped two straight on their home field and will try to stop the bleeding when they host the well-rested Baltimore Ravens on “Monday Night Football.“

New Orleans, considered by many to be a true Super Bowl contender before the season started, remains relevant in the NFC playoff picture only because of the division they play in, the dismal NFC South.

A 27-10 loss to Cincinnati at the Superdome in Week 11 lowered the Saints’ record to 4-6 but that’s still good enough to be tied for the top spot in the South with Atlanta entering the weekend, although the Falcons currently hold the tiebreaker thanks to their 4-0 mark in division play.

“I feel good about our chances and the opportunity that we have,“ New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees said. “We’re learning a lot about how to win. Failure can be the best teacher at times.“

It taught them plenty against the Bengals as Brees threw for 255 yards and a touchdown on 33-of-41 passing but the Saints dropped back-to-back home games for the first time since 2012, when they lost the season opener to Washington and then to Kansas City in overtime in Week 3.

New Orleans had won a club-record 11 straight home games in the regular season until a Week 10 overtime loss to San Francisco.

Mark Ingram added 67 yards on the ground on 23 carries and caught a game-high seven passes for only 30 yards.

“We kind of felt going in we were going to run a sequence there: certain run then come back to a pass. They defended it well and we weren’t able to get anything,“ said New Orleans head coach Sean Payton.

“We can’t escape the reality of where we are right now,“ Brees added. “You are what your record says you are. We’re a 4-6 team right now. None of us feel that because we’re still in contention that that’s good enough. We still have a lot of work to do.“

The Ravens, on the other hand, play in the ultra-tough AFC North, where every team is at least two games over .500 and Baltimore, despite its 6-4 mark, is tied for last with Cleveland entering Week 12. Cincinnati, at 6-3-1, tops the division with Pittsburgh next at 7-4.

“Every win is important,“ said Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith. “In our division, there are a bunch of talented teams. It’s going to be interesting down the stretch. Hopefully, we come out on top.“

The Ravens are coming off their bye week after halting a two-game skid by coasting past Tennessee, 21-7, back on November 9 in the Charm City.

“Players took some time off and kind of emotionally and physically recharged a little bit,“ Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “You don’t realize how exhausted you are until you get a chance to take a deep breath and relax.“

Justin Forsett rushed for 112 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Titans while Joe Flacco finished 16-of-27 for 169 yards and one score to Smith for Baltimore, which shook off a pair of road division losses to the Bengals and Steelers.

“Going into the bye, you want to feel good about things and get back on track,“ tight end Owen Daniels said.

The Ravens and Saints have met just five times previously with Baltimore holding a 4-1 advantage, including a 30-24 win on December 19, 2010, the last time the two teams met. The clubs haven’t clashed in New Orleans since October of 2006, also a Ravens win (35-22).

Baltimore is 9-9 all-time on Monday nights while the Saints are just under that .500 barrier at 17-18.


Both Brees and Flacco tend to excel under the national spotlight.

Brees has won nine of his past 10 starts on “Monday Night Football” with a 118.6 passer rating in those contests. Meanwhile, Flacco has won four of his past five starts on MNF.

Both have been buoyed by a renewed running game. In New Orleans Ingram has stabilized things and leads the NFL in rushing since Week 8 with 459 yards on the ground. That’s important because impact rookie receiver Brandin Cooks had surgery to repair a broken right thumb this week and is gone for the season.

Baltimore’s Forsett leads all NFL backs with 5.4 yards per rush and will be matching up against a defense that has allowed nearly 150 yards on the ground over its past three games.

Each team has struggled with turnovers, though. The Saints are minus-nine on the season and while Baltimore is barely on the plus side of the ledger (plus- one), Flacco has been regressing recently, throwing five interceptions in his last four games.

Facing Rob Ryan’s defense could get Flacco headed back in the right direction. The Saints are 24th in the NFL against the pass and have only created 10 takeaways, the fifth-worst mark in the league.

Brees, who leads the NFL with a nearly 70% completion percentage, is also facing a unit that struggles stopping the passing game. The Ravens are 21st in football against the pass and have managed just six picks on the season.

Brees has never beaten the Ravens, however, going 0-3 against them in his career, once when he was with the Chargers and twice with New Orleans.

“I am aware. Thanks for reminding me,“ Brees said of his lack of success against Baltimore. “It doesn’t matter who we’re playing. Every time I step on the field, I want to win. But certainly, you want to say that you’ve beaten every team.“


Although there are six games left on their schedule, this could be the last stand for the Saints, who haven’t lost three straight home games since a six- game slide in 2005.

“There have been a number of tough losses, close losses, and what that means is at this point in the season, that margin for error becomes that much more slight,“ Payton said. “We’re playing a six-game season right now. We have to find a way to get a win this week.“

The guess here is that this is the last chance for New Orleans to reestablish its mojo inside the Superdome and the Saints will get it done ... barely.

“We’re going to have a tough environment,“ Harbaugh said. “They’re coming off two losses, they’re a very proud team, very well coached, very talented. We’re going to have our hands full and we’d better be ready to go. I’d like to think our guys understand that, but we’ll find out Monday night.

Predicted outcome: Saints 24, Ravens 21

►   Divisional dominance

A rather stark contrast will be highlighted on “Monday Night Football” when the Baltimore Ravens visit the Big Easy to take on the New Orleans Saints to cap off Week 12 of the NFL season.

With six games to go in the campaign for each team, it’s the 6-4 Ravens who are in the basement of the ultra-tough AFC North, while the underwater Saints remain relevant in the NFC playoff picture because of the division they play in, the dismal NFC South.

A 27-10 loss to Cincinnati at the Superdome in Week 11 lowered New Orleans’ record to 4-6 but that’s still good enough to be tied for the top spot in the South with Atlanta entering the weekend, although the Falcons currently hold the tiebreaker thanks to their 4-0 mark in division play.

Conversely, the Ravens play amongst a group where every team is at least two games over .500, making the AFC North the first division since the 1935 Western Division in which every member is at least two games in the black at any point in a season.

“I probably feel the same way I felt about it when the season opened, this is the best division in football,“ Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh stated. “That’s only going to serve to make us all better in the end.“

Harbaugh’s Ravens, despite that 6-4 mark, are tied for last with Cleveland in the AFC North entering Week 12. Cincinnati, at 6-3-1, tops the division with Pittsburgh next at 7-4.

By next week, the Bengals conceivably go from first to worst.

“Every win is important,“ said Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith. “In our division, there are a bunch of talented teams. It’s going to be interesting down the stretch. Hopefully, we come out on top.“

Perhaps a better indication of just how good the AFC North has become is its clubs’ record outside its confines. The four AFC North teams currently sport a 17-7-1 mark against non-division opponents, the best of any division in the football and a winning percentage of .700.

Since the AFL-NFL merger back in 1970, only seven divisions have ever finished with a combined winning percentage of .700 or better in contests outside the division. Three of those produced that particular season’s Super Bowl winner, including the 2013 Seattle Seahawks from the NFC West.

The Seahawks, who were one of three different 10-win teams in the NFC West a season ago, finished with a 13-3 mark en route to the Lombardi Trophy.

Success outside one’s division also foreshadows a significant playoff presence.

All seven of those divisions with a .700 or better out-of-division mark produced at least two playoff teams, with four of them sending three teams to the postseason.

“(The AFC North) has always been competitive, but this year you are really seeing the youth and talent that has been on these teams stepping up and growing into those roles,“ Cincinnati left tackle Andrew Whitworth said. “It’s going to be a heck of a challenge to win this division.“

Others believe playing each other so consistently helps each team when they venture outside the North.

“When you play against playoff-caliber teams, it definitely helps you,“ Pittsburgh safety Will Allen claimed. “Being in a tougher division brings better competition and it brings a greater preparation for what’s to come.“

And what’s to come is plenty.

With six weeks remaining in the regular season, 12 different AFC clubs in a 16-team field have records of .500 or better.

“The meaningful games come at the end of November and December,“ Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer said.

All four teams in the AFC North plan on playing in those meaningful games.

►   Broncos TE Thomas questionable, Sanders probable

Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas was listed as a non-participant in practice for a third straight day on Friday, leaving his status uncertain for this weekend’s game against the Miami Dolphins.

Thomas, the NFL’s leader with 12 touchdown catches this season, did take part in a few individual drills during Friday’s session, according to the Broncos’ website. The team officially declared the 2013 Pro Bowl selection questionable for Sunday’s contest.

Thomas sprained his left ankle in the first quarter of last week’s 22-7 loss at St. Louis and did not return to the game.

The news was considerably better in regards to wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who returned to the practice field Friday and is probable to play against the Dolphins.

Sanders was forced out of the St. Louis game in the third quarter after sustaining a concussion on a vicious hit from Rams safety Rodney McLeod. The offseason acquisition was cleared by a neurologist on Thursday night, however.

Prior to departing last week’s tilt, Sanders recorded five catches for 102 yards and a touchdown for his third 100-yard effort in Denver’s past four games.

The Broncos will definitely be without running backs Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball for Sunday’s matchup, with both players ruled out. Hillman will miss a second straight week with a sprained foot, while Ball aggravated a groin injury against the Rams. It was his first action since Week 5.

Backup tight end Virgil Green is considered questionable with a calf injury, but was a limited practice participant throughout the week.

►   Fitzgerald questionable for Cards-Seahawks

The Arizona Cardinals remain unsure as to whether they’ll have Larry Fitzgerald available for Sunday’s key NFC West clash with the Seattle Seahawks.

Fitzgerald sat out of practice for a third straight day on Friday as he continues to rest a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee, with the Cardinals listing the veteran wide receiver questionable for this weekend’s clash with the reigning Super Bowl champion Seahawks at Qwest Field.

Arizona head coach Bruce Arians said Friday that Fitzgerald’s status won’t be determined until pregame warmups, though he was hopeful that the eight-time Pro Bowl honoree will be able to play.

“Practice at his age right now is overrated sometimes,“ Arians said. “We’ll see if he can capably play on Sunday at the game.“

Fitzgerald sustained the injury, which was diagnosed as a Grade 2 sprain, during the first half of last week’s 14-6 Arizona win over Detroit. The 31- year-old did return to the contest but was limited to just two catches for 33 yards.

Running back Andre Ellington is expected to participate in Sunday’s matchup after putting in a full practice on Friday. The Cardinals’ leading rusher is dealing with injuries to his foot and hip, but was termed probable on Friday’s injury report.

The Cardinals enter Sunday’s showdown with an NFL-best 9-1 record and a six- game winning streak. Seattle currently stands three games back of Arizona in the division at 6-4.

►   Chiefs bring in Avant

Seeking help to a struggling receiver corps, the Kansas City Chiefs signed veteran Jason Avant to an undisclosed contract on Friday.

Avant, who was released by the Carolina Panthers on Tuesday, reunites with his original NFL head coach in Andy Reid. The 31-year-old spent his first eight seasons playing under Reid in Philadelphia from 2006-13, recording 51 or more catches in three of his final four seasons with the team.

The nine-year veteran signed with the Panthers as a free agent back in March, but managed just 201 yards and a touchdown on 21 catches over 11 games with Carolina.

For his career, Avant has compiled 318 catches totaling 3,847 yards with 13 touchdowns.

He joins a Kansas City squad that has trouble finding a reliable No. 2 receiver opposite Dwayne Bowe this season. No Chiefs wideout other than Bowe has caught more than 14 passes through the team’s 11 games.

Wide receiver A.J. Jenkins, who had only nine catches in nine games this season, was placed on injured reserve in a corresponding move. The former first-round pick has missed Kansas City’s last two contests with a shoulder problem.

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►   Hold your horses

Prior to Thursday Night Football, there was not a single Oakland Raiders player fantasy owners could trust.

Despite the emergence of running back Latavius Murray against the Chiefs, there still isn’t a Raiders player owners should feel confident placing in a playoff starting lineup.

No doubt, Murray looked impressive on Thursday, rushing for 112 yards and two touchdowns. He should see a huge bump in carries the rest of the year and is therefore, the “best” fantasy option on Oakland.

But for a team that features a washed-up Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones- Drew, a rookie quarterback and no-name wide receivers, that isn’t saying much.

Murray gained his 112 yards on just four carries, which is a double-edged sword. Obviously, that makes Murray’s average in Week 12 a whopping 28 yards- per-carry. On the other hand, the big runs could also be an aberration. Murray gained 90 of his yards on one carry.

If not for the concussion Murray suffered in the middle of the second quarter, he could have had a really huge night. As it was, he finished with over 23 fantasy points in standard leagues.

But before fantasy owners hurry to go pick him up on the waiver wire, ask this question: are you really ready to trust an Oakland Raiders running back with a fantasy championship on the line?

Even with the 179 yards on the ground in Week 12, the Raiders are averaging 73.5 yards per game, good for last in the league. The last time a team had fewer than 73 rushing yards per game in a single season was the Lions in 2006.

Prior to Week 11, the Raiders were averaging just 62.1 rushing yards per game, which was the lowest average since the Lions gained 42.5 yards per game on the ground in 1946. So before this sudden outburst in rushing yards, the Raiders were statistically the worst running team in nearly 70 years.

Plus, even with the average increasing 11 yards per game over the last two weeks, there are still just 18 teams since 1932 with fewer rushing yards per game than the 2014 Raiders, and over half of those teams played before the NFL merger.

For fantasy owners in deeper keeper leagues and dynasty leagues, Murray is definitely a guy worth targeting. He is the most promising, young, offensive player in Oakland and paired with a young quarterback, he has tremendous potential.

But for fantasy owners in the hunt for a 2014 fantasy championship, I would roll with the horses who got me to the playoffs in the first place, rather than turn to a still relatively unproven rookie, coming off a concussion, who is on one of the 20-worst rushing teams in the history of the NFL.

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►   MEC Basketball Roundup

Shepherd 109, Glenville State 98 | Final Stats

Morgan Arden and Rachel Johnson combined for 53 points to help lead Shepherd past Glenville State, 109-98, on Saturday afternoon at the Waco Center. A 19-4 run over the first seven minutes of the second half gave the Rams a double-digit lead it would not relinquish.

Arden finished with 30 points, aided by 12-of-15 shooting from the free throw line to lead Shepherd (3-0, 1-0). Johnson was 10-of-14 from the field on her way to 23 points and also added eight rebounds. Cara Mason had eight points and dished out eight assists. Briana Vaden added 14 points and Kristina Prange chipped in 12.

Glenville State (0-2, 0-1) was led by 23 points from Keyanna Tate. Paige Tuttle added 14 points and Katrina Salins and Tayana Stewart each contributed 11 points.

Shepherd made its only three-point attempt of the game, while Glenville State was 7-of-31 from behind the arc.

West Liberty 87, Charleston 65 | Final Stats

Liz Flowers scored 30 points and West Liberty shot 52% from the field as West Liberty defeated Charleston, 87-65.

Flowers was 11-of-19 from the field and sank eight of WLU’s 17 three-pointers in the game for her 30 points. Kailee Howe added 17 points and handed out a game-high 14 assists. Emily Bucon chipped in 10 points for the ‘Toppers (2-1, 1-0).

Kiara Johnson had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Nichole Perry had 16 points and four assists, and Monet Saunders had 14 points for the Golden Eagles.

WLU was 17-of-32 (53%) from behind the three-point line, while UC was just 2-of-11 (18%).

Notre Dame 78, Concord 61 | Final Stats

Notre Dame used a balanced attack to defeat Concord, 78-61, on Saturday at Murphy Gymnasium.

The Falcons (2-1, 1-0) were paced by Lauren Langenderfer’s 18 points in 28 minutes of action. Martha Nagbe scored 17 and Alyssa Kraus had 13, while Kelsey Miller added 11 points and 14 rebounds off the bench for NDC.

Rachel Artrip led Concord (0-3, 0-1) with 22 points and eight rebounds. Melea Smith scored 12 and Jacqueline Kestner recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Fairmont State 74, West Virginia Wesleyan 67 (OT) | Final Stats

Fairmont State withstood West Virginia Wesleyan’s late rally and came away with a 74-67 overtime win over the Bobcats on Saturday at the Rockefeller Center.

Fairmont State (5-0, 1-0) led from the opening basket until Stacey Remar’s three-pointer with four seconds left tied the game at 59-59. A three-point play Emily Puskarich with under a minute left in the overtime session stretched FSU’s lead from two points to five and helped clinch the win for the Falcons.

The Falcons got a pair of double-doubles from Emily Lohr (17 points and 14 rebounds) and Hallie Gunnoe (17 points and 10 rebounds). Amanda Ruffner added 16 points and eight boards. FSU held the Bobcats to just 32% shooting from the field.

Mari Stewart led WVWC (0-3, 0-1) with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Kiki Devane also had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Adrian Cunningham had 13 points.

UVa-Wise 51, Urbana 39 | Final Stats

UVa-Wise forced 22 turnovers and held Urbana to just 24% shooting to come away with a 51-39 road win on Saturday at the Grimes Center.

Taylor Sandidge had 13 points and five rebounds to help the Cavs (1-2, 1-0) pick up their first win of the season. Blair Harding added 10 points and seven boards for UVa-Wise.

Tori Purk was the only Urbana player to reach double figures as the Blue Knights fell to 0-3 overall and 0-1 in the MEC.

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►   WVU Hoops Improves to 3-0

At a glance there wasn’t much that West Virginia didn’t seem to do well in its opening game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

The Mountaineers forced turnovers on defense, played unselfishly on the offense end and limited their own mistakes. It all added up to an easy 91-65 victory over George Mason Thursday.

Still coach Bob Huggins thinks his team can play better this week.

“I thought we played really well for stretch, and then we got a big lead and we would kind of stop playing and our pressure just wasn’t very good. Our offense was worse,“ Huggins said. “When you get ahead I think even if it’s subconsciously you start looking for shots instead of looking to score. And then we just turned them loose at the basket the whole second half which is not a good thing to do.“

Devin Williams led the barrage for the Mountaineers with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Jonathan Holton added 16 points and seven rebounds.

West Virginia (3-0) led by as many as 31 points and never allowed George Mason (1-2) to get it below 20 in the second.

For Williams it was his third straight double-double. It was the 11th of the sophomore’s career.

“Devin was good, I want him to be great,“ Huggins said. “He was good, but Devin can be so much better and that’s what I want for him. Sometimes he doesn’t understand why I’m upset with him, but I’m upset with him because I know how good he can be.

“Good guys don’t take plays off. We gotta not take plays off. That’s not just Devin, that’s everybody. We gotta stop taking plays off.“

Williams played sparingly in the final 20 minutes, being sent to the floor after a collision underneath the basket. But he was able to walk off under his own power and is expected to be fine.

Patrick Holloway led the Patriots with 17 points.

West Virginia used its quickness in the first half to speed up George Mason’s offense, racking up 10 steals and forcing 16 Patriots’ turnovers. Those turnovers led to 19 Mountaineers’ points, including several dunks.

The dominance extended inside the paint, where West Virginia outscored George Mason 24-8 for the half and 40-26 for the game.

George Mason entered the game having committed just 18 turnovers combined in its first two outings.

“They were just physically stronger and pushed us around,“ Patriots coach Paul Hewitt said. “What we talked about coming in here was turnovers and offensive rebounds and they dominated that. We had 24 turnovers and they had 19 offensive rebounds and that’s pretty much the game.“

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►   Report: Red Sox offer Sandoval contract

The Boston Red Sox have offered free-agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval a five-year deal, according to a report.

A Major League source, per the Boston Globe, stated that the offer is for $95 million.

The switch-hitting third baseman, considered one of the top hitting free agents, helped the San Francisco Giants win their third World Series title in the last five years.

The 28-year-old hit .366 in the postseason and posted a .279 average with 16 homers and 73 RBI during the regular season.

Sandoval declined the Giants’ qualifying offer of $15.3 million for the 2015 season.

►   Report: White Sox sign LaRoche for two years

The Chicago White Sox have reportedly agreed to a two-year contract with first baseman Adam LaRoche on Friday.

The Chicago Tribune is reporting the deal is worth $25 million and will be announced as soon as a spot on the roster is cleared for LaRoche.

The 35-year-old just finished his 11th season in the majors as he batted .259 with 26 home runs and 92 RBI in 140 games for Washington.

In 1,478 games with Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Boston and Washington, he has a career average of .264 and has clubbed 243 home runs with 838 RBI.

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►   NHL Game Results

(Saturday, November 22)

Final Score: St. Louis 3, Ottawa 2

Brian Elliott made 24 saves and Alex Steen netted the deciding goal in the latter stages of the second period as St. Louis nipped Ottawa, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon. Max Lapierre and Vladimir Tarasenko also provided goals while Alex Pietrangelo recorded a pair of assists for the Blues, who snapped a two-game skid. Mika Zibanejad and Erik Karlsson tallied for the Senators, with Robin Lehner making 30 stops as the hosts lost for the fifth time in seven contests.

Final Score: Montreal 2, Boston 0

Carey Price stopped 33 shots for his second shutout of the season as the Montreal Canadiens grabbed a 2-0 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday. Tomas Plekanec had a goal and an assist, Andrei Markov scored and Brendan Gallagher dished out two helpers for the Canadiens, who have won eight of their last nine games. Tuukka Rask allowed both goals on 23 shots for the Bruins, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.

Final Score: Toronto 4, Detroit 1

Tyler Bozak scored two goals in the third period to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. Leo Komarov tallied a goal and an assist and Peter Holland also lit the lamp for Toronto, which has won two straight on the heels of a three-game skid. Jonathan Bernier turned aside 26 shots in the win. Tomas Tatar provided Detroit’s lone marker and Jimmy Howard made 24 saves in defeat.

Final Score: Tampa Bay 2, Minnesota 1

Ben Bishop made 30 saves, including 12 in the third period to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night. Steven Stamkos and Alex Killorn scored for the Lightning, who were coming off back-to-back losses at the end of a 1-2 road trip. Zach Parise scored for the Wild, who had a four-game winning streak snapped. Darcy Kuemper gave up both Tampa Bay goals and faced 28 shots in the loss.

Final Score: NY Islanders 4, Pittsburgh 1

John Tavares recorded a goal and an assist as the New York Islanders got the better of the Pittsburgh Penguins once again with a 4-1 decision at Nassau Coliseum. Tavares, Anders Lee and Brock Nelson all scored in the third period and Jaroslav Halak came up with 27 saves to help the red-hot Islanders complete a home-and-home sweep of the Penguins. New York, winners in eight of its last nine, bested the Pens in a 5-4 shootout in Pittsburgh on Friday. The Penguins mustered only Evgeni Malkin’s first-period goal in dropping consecutive games for the first time since Oct. 22-23. Thomas Greiss posted 31 saves in the loss.

Final Score: Philadelphia 4, Columbus 2

Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek picked up two assists apiece and four different players registered goals, as Philadelphia doubled up Columbus, 4-2, on Saturday. Brayden Schenn, Mark Streit, Wayne Simmonds and Braydon Coburn tallied once each for the Flyers, who put a season-worst four-game losing streak to rest. Steve Mason earned his first win since Nov. 8 with 20 saves. Boone Jenner and Matt Calvert scored for the Blue Jackets, who have lost three in a row. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 33 shots in the setback.

Final Score: Buffalo 2, Washington 1

It’s been a tough week for the people of Buffalo, but the Sabres gave their fans something to cheer about from their snowbound homes on Saturday with a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals. Torrey Mitchell scored the winning goal in the third period for the Sabres, who had not played since Tuesday when a lake-effect storm dumped more than five feet of snow on the western New York region. Buffalo’s scheduled game Friday against the New York Rangers was postponed in the aftermath. Matt Moulson also scored for the Sabres, while Jhonas Enroth made 43 saves in a brilliant effort. Buffalo has won three straight games for the first time since late February. Matt Niskanen scored the lone goal for Washington, which had won its last two games. Braden Holtby made 24 saves in defeat.

Final Score: Nashville 3, Florida 2 (SO)

Filip Forsberg scored in the fourth round of the shootout to prevent an epic collapse from the Nashville Predators, who pulled out a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers. The Predators held a comfortable 2-0 lead before Florida scored twice in the final minute of regulation, with Nick Bjugstad forcing overtime with 30.3 seconds left in the third period. Rocco Grimaldi potted his first career NHL goal just 12 seconds earlier for the Panthers, who received an outstanding 48-save effort from Roberto Luongo that helped Florida steal a point. Colin Wilson and Matt Cullen both scored in Nashville’s sixth victory in its last eight outings, with Pekka Rinne stopping 28 shots.

Final Score: Dallas 5, Los Angeles 4

Jamie Benn led the way with two goals and one assist, and Dallas survived a late challenge from Los Angeles to claim a 5-4 victory at American Airlines Center. Tyler Seguin and John Klingberg totaled a score and helper each for the Stars, who almost blew an early four-goal lead but held on to record back-to-back home wins for the first time all season. Jason Demers also tallied, while Cody Eakin added a pair of assists to back 37 saves from Kari Lehtonen. Justin Williams netted a pair of goals with Kyle Clifford and Jarret Stoll contributing two assists each for the Kings, whose three-game win streak came to an end. Jonathan Quick allowed five goals on only 23 shots in the loss.

Final Score: Colorado 4, Carolina 3

Zach Redmond’s second goal of the game came with 1:35 to play as the Colorado Avalanche grabbed a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday. Jarome Iginla had a goal and an assist and Erik Johnson also scored for the Avalanche, who have won three of four. Reto Berra was pulled less than 17 minutes into the start after giving up three goals on 10 shots. Calvin Pickard turned aside all 17 shots he faced in relief to pick up the first win of his career. Nathan Gerbe, Andrej Nestrasil and John-Michael Liles all scored for the Hurricanes, who have lost five of six.

Final Score: Calgary 5, New Jersey 4 (SO)

Jiri Hudler scored the first of two Calgary goals with the netminder pulled in the closing minutes to help forge a tie, then netted the winner in a shootout to lift the Calgary Flames to an improbable 5-4 win over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday at the Saddledome. Hudler scored with 2:22 remaining to pull the Flames within one and Curtis Glencross tied it with just five seconds to play in regulation. After the overtime period could not solve things and each team scored once in the first three rounds of the shootout, Hudler snapped a wrister past Scott Clemmensen and Travis Zajac’s response glanced off the glove of Karri Ramo to end it. Ramo finished with 25 saves for the Flames, who finished 4-1-0 on a five-game homestand. Glencross netted two goals and Josh Jooris also scored in the victory. Clemmensen gave Cory Schneider a night off for the first time this season and made 33 saves in defeat. Adam Henrique notched a goal and an assist, while Mike Cammalleri scored in his return to Calgary. Cammalleri, who also had a goal in the shootout, played the past 2 1/2 seasons with the Flames before signing as a free agent in July. Schneider had started each of New Jersey’s first 20 games, something even the great Martin Brodeur did not accomplish during his long tenure with the Devils. But, coming off a shutout of Edmonton on Friday night, Devils coach Pete DeBoer finally gave his top netminder a breather.

Final Score: Chicago 7, Edmonton 1

Jonathan Toews scored twice and Marian Hossa added a goal and three assists as the Chicago Blackhawks crushed the Edmonton Oilers, 7-1. Patrick Kane and Kris Versteeg each had a goal and an assist, while Duncan Keith and Marcus Kruger each scored a goal for the Blackhawks, who have won three straight and five of six. Corey Crawford stopped 24 shots in the win. David Perron scored the only goal of the game for the Oilers, who have lost six straight. Ben Scrivens was tagged for five goals on 13 shots in a little over one period of action, while Viktor Fasth stopped 15-of-17 shots in relief.

Final Score: Arizona 4, San Jose 3 (SO)

Antoine Vermette scored the lone goal of the shootout to lift the Arizona Coyotes to a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday. Vermette, Arizona’s third shooter, skated up the middle and wristed a shot off the left goal post and off the back of Antti Niemi for the win. Shane Doan finished with a goal and an assist, David Schlemko and Vermette also scored and Mikkel Boedker supplied two helpers for the Coyotes, who ended a two-game skid. Devan Dubnyk made 40 saves and stopped San Jose’s three attempts in the shootout to improve his record to 5-0-1 on the season. Joe Pavelski, Andrew Desjardins and Tommy Wingels all lit the lamp for the Sharks, who received 22 saves from Niemi.

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►   Woods picks Chris Como as new swing coach

Tiger Woods tweeted on Saturday that he has chosen Chris Como to be his new swing coach.

“Happy to have Chris Como consulting and working with me on my swing. I’m excited to be back competing,“ Woods tweeted around noon ET Saturday.

Woods, who is coming off an injury-plagued season, parted ways with his old coach Sean Foley in August after Woods missed the cut at the PGA Championship. Foley had worked with Woods for about four years.

Como is a 36-year-old Texas native who was named one of the “best young teachers” by Golf Digest in 2013.

Woods is expected to make his return to golf on December 04 at the Hero World Challenge, which is Woods’ tournament. Woods played in just eight events last season due to back surgery and he has not competed since the PGA Championship in August.

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►   Rosberg wins pole, Hamilton qualifies 2nd for Abu Dhabi GP

Nico Rosberg won his 11th pole position in Formula One this season after topping his Mercedes teammate and championship leader Lewis Hamilton in Saturday’s qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Rosberg beat Hamilton for the pole with a lap in 1 minute, 40.480 seconds, which was 0.386 seconds quicker than Hamilton’s lap. It was the third consecutive pole win for Rosberg and the 12th time this year that Mercedes has started 1-2 in a grand prix.

Sunday’s season-ending Abu Dhabi GP at Yas Marina Circuit will determine the F1 world championship between Hamilton and Rosberg. They are the only drivers who remain eligible for the title. Hamilton enters this 55-lap race with a 17- point lead over Rosberg, who won the most recent grand prix in Brazil two weeks ago. The Abu Dhabi GP will award double the amount of points, with the winner collecting 50, second place receiving 36 and third place 30.

Therefore, if Hamilton finishes no worse than second in this race, he will claim his second world championship, regardless if Rosberg wins the event.

If Rosberg wins and Hamilton finishes third or lower, then Rosberg will clinch his first F1 title.

“It was a great day again today, for sure, and I’m thankful to the (Mercedes team) engineers, because they did a good job with the car, and I was really happy with the setup,“ said Rosberg, who scored his 15th career F1 pole, including his first in the Abu Dhabi GP. “It all worked out well, and I got a good lap together in the end. I’m pleased with that.

“But of course, it’s only one step, a very small step, because this weekend is about the championship, not about pole position or anything.“

Hamilton posted the quickest lap in the opening and second qualifying rounds. In Q3, he had to abort his first lap when he locked up his brakes and nearly went off course. Hamilton’s last lap in Q3 was clocked in 1:40.866. He led the way in Friday’s two practice sessions, while Rosberg was fastest in final practice, held shortly before qualifying.

“I generally didn’t have the best of laps, but it was still a really good qualifying session, and I enjoyed it,“ Hamilton said. “The car was fantastic. Tomorrow will be a special day.“

Valtteri Bottas qualified third with a lap in 1:41.025, while his Williams teammate, Felipe Massa, took the fourth spot.

Red Bull drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel, the four-time world champion, placed fifth and sixth, respectively, in qualifying. This will be Vettel’s last race with Red Bull before he moves over to Ferrari for the 2015 season, replacing Fernando Alonso.

Daniel Kvyat from Toro Rosso qualified seventh, followed by McLaren’s Jenson Button. Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Alonso completed the top-10.

This could be Button’s last race in F1, as it is widely rumored that Alonso will replace him at McLaren for next season. Button, the 2009 world champion, has been competing in F1 since 2000.

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


National Football League
Cleveland at Atlanta, 1:00 PM - CBS, DSS (705)
Cincinnati at Houston, 1:00 PM - CBS, DSS (707)
Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1:00 PM - CBS, DSS (708)
Tennessee at Philadelphia, 1:00 PM - CBS, DSS (709)
Tampa Bay at Chicago, 1:00 PM - FOX, DSS (710)
Green Bay at Minnesota, 1:00 PM - FOX, DSS (711)
Detroit at New England, 1:00 PM - FOX, DSS (712)
St. Louis at San Diego, 4:05 PM - FOX, DSS (713)
Arizona at Seattle, 4:05 PM - FOX, DSS (714)
Washington at San Francisco, 4:25 PM - FOX, DSS (715)
Miami at Denver, 4:25 PM - CBS, DSS (716)
Dallas at NY Giants, 8:30 PM - NBC

National Basketball Association
LA Clippers at Memphis, 6:00 PM - FS-Prime Ticket, SportSouth, DSS
Portland at Boston, 6:00 PM - CSN-Northwest, New England, DSS
Charlotte at Miami, 6:00 PM - SportSouth, SunSports, DSS
Golden State at Oklahoma City, 7:00 PM - CSN-Bay, FS-Oklahoma, NBA TV, DSS
Denver at LA Lakers, 9:30 PM - Altitude, Time Warner, DSS

National Hockey League
St. Louis at Winnipeg, 4:30 PM - TVA, FS-Midwest, TSN3, DSS
Montreal at NY Rangers, 7:00 PM - RDS, MSG, NHL Network, DSS
Arizona at Anaheim, 8:00 PM - FS-Arizona, West, DSS
Chicago at Vancouver, 9:30 PM - CSN-Chicago, SNET-Pacific, DSS

Canadian Football League - Playoffs
Montreal at Hamilton, 1:00 PM - TSN, ESPN
Edmonton at Calgary, 4:30 PM - TSN,

College Basketball
Puerto Rico Tip-Off, 11:30 AM -
Massachusetts vs. Florida State, 12:00 PM - ESPN U
Charleston Classic, 1:30 PM -
Texas A&M-CC at Saint Louis, 2:00 PM - FS-Midwest
Puerto Rico Tip-Off, 2:00 PM - ESPN U
Providence vs. Notre Dame, 2:30 PM - ESPN 2
Northwestern State at Oklahoma, 3:00 PM - FS-Oklahoma
Catawba at Radford, 3:00 PM - Big South Network
Charleston Classic, 3:30 PM -
Newman at Wichita State, 3:00 PM -
NC Central at Creighton, 4:00 PM - FS1
South Florida at NC State, 4:00 PM - ESPN U
Nicholls College at Holy Cross, 4:05 PM - Patriot League Network
Puerto Rico Tip-Off, 4:30 PM - ESPN 2
Eastern Illinois at Cincinnati, 5:00 PM - FS-Ohio,, DSS
FAU at Georgia, 5:00 PM - FSN, DSS
Presbyterian at Louisiana Tech, 5:00 PM - American Sports Net, MASN
St. Francis-NY at Rutgers, 5:00 PM - Big Ten Network+
Massachusetts Lowell at Fordham, 6:00 PM - SNY
Montana State at Kentucky, 6:00 PM - SEC Network
Paradise Jam, 6:00 PM - CBSSN
USC Upstate at UCF, 6:00 PM -
Puerto Rico Tip-Off, 6:30 PM - ESPN 2
Charleston Classic, 6:30 PM - ESPN U
Sacred Heart at Ohio State, 7:00 PM - Big Ten Network
Tennessee State at Vanderbilt, 7:00 PM - FSN, DSS
Mercer at Colorado State, 8:00 PM - Mountain West Network
Northern Arizona at Ole Miss, 8:00 PM - SEC Network
Pacific vs. Washington, 8:00 PM - Pac-12 Network
Hall of Fame Tip-Off, 8:00 PM -
UC Irvine at St. Mary’s (CA), 9:00 PM - Comcast
Charleston Classic, 9:00 PM - ESPN 2
Paradise Jam, 9:00 PM - CBSSN
Long Beach State at UCLA, 10:00 PM - Pac-12 Network

Women’s College Basketball
Creighton at Connecticut, 1:00 PM -, SNY, DSS
Georgia at Georgia Tech, 2:00 PM -
San Diego State at South Carolina, 2:00 PM - SEC Network+
Toledo at Purdue, 2:00 PM - Big Ten Network+
Northwestern State at Arkansas, 3:00 PM - SEC Network+
Western Kentucky at Miss State, 3:00 PM - CBSSN
IPFW at USC Upstate, 3:00 PM -
Georgetown at Kansas, 3:00 PM - Jayhawk TV, DSS
Middle Tennessee at Ole Miss, 4:00 PM - SEC Network+
Texas at UCLA, 4:00 PM - Pac-12 Network
Ave Maria at Florida Gulf Coast, 5:00 PM -
Chicago State at Oakland, 6:00 PM -
North Carolina at Oregon, 6:00 PM - Pac-12 Network

College Football
FCS Selection Show, 11:00 AM - ESPN U

Major League Soccer - Playoffs
New England at New York, 1:30 PM - NBC
Seattle at Los Angeles, 5:00 PM - ESPN

International Soccer
Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool, 8:00 AM - CNBC
SSC Napoli vs. Cagliari Calcio, 8:55 AM - beIN Sport
Hull vs. Tottenham, 10:55 AM - NBCSN
Levante UD vs. Valencia CF, 10:55 AM - beIN Sport
AC Milan vs. FC Internazionale Milano, 2:40 PM - beIN Sport

EUROPEAN - DP World Championship, 2:30 AM - Golf Channel
LPGA - CME Group Tour Championship, 1:30 PM - Golf Channel

Davis Cup - Switzerland vs. France, 7:00 AM - Tennis Channel
Davis Cup - Switzerland vs. France, 10:00 AM - Tennis Channel

Auto Racing
FORMULA ONE - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, 7:30 AM - NBCSN


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Dog Jog - 11.23.14 - Today

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Gilmer County Recreation Center: Pancake Breakfast - 11.23.14 - Today

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All you can eat pancake breakfast


The Gilmer County Recreation Facility

To benefit the roofing and bathroom projects

When: November 23, 2014 (Sunday)

Price: $7.50 Adults

$5.00 Children under 10 years

Time: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Buckwheat or regular pancakes Scrambled eggs


Sausage links

Biscuits and sausage gravy

Fried potatoes

Homemade Biscuit


Beverages: Coffee, water, Orange Juice or milk

Location: From the stoplight, take WV Highway 5 West towards Grantsville for
.1 miles and turn right on Sycamore Run Road for .5 miles.
Make a left at the Golf Course intersection and proceed up the hill to
the Recreation Center

If you get lost, follow the crowd

Support a good cause and enjoy the food and the visit with your
friends and neighbors!!!!



RECEIPTS:    Auctions     Direct    Video/Internet     Total
This Week     264,600     45,300           600        310,500 
Last Week     266,300     26,900        27,500        320,700 
Last Year     298,100     35,000         6,000        339,100

Compared to last week, steer and heifer calves sold steady to 5.00 higher with instances 8.00-10.00 higher on calves throughout the Southern Plains and Northern Plains.

A light test of yearling feeder cattle continued to sell fully steady to 3.00 higher.

Demand remains very good on all weights of calves and true yearlings.

Harvest is winding down across the Corn Belt and the cheapest corn prices in four years is causing many Midwestern and Northern Plains farmer feeders to consider “walking off” a portion of their crop to town.

This has farmer feeders anxious to get their cattle bought and placed in their yards with the record corn crop near harvested.  Last week’s cold front also boosted calf interest with widespread hard-freezes which will eliminate many airborne viruses plaguing new calf purchases this fall.

Optimism remains high at this time as buyers continue to be eager bidders to replace the fed cattle they have sold at historically high prices.

The calf market has come through the heavy auction offerings and the deliveries in October and November of prior video and direct sales relatively unscathed as country deliveries are mostly complete.

Lighter auction runs are upon the market with the onset of holiday schedules and there seems to be plenty of demand to push feeder and stocker cattle prices even higher.

At the St. Joseph, MO Stockyards on Wednesday a part load of fancy yearling steers weighing 715 lbs. sold at 267.00.

Also on Wednesday in Torrington, WY 105 head of fancy steer calves averaging 503 lbs. sold with an average price of 322.54.

Very high feeder cattle prices have left producers questioning the high risk that is being encountered, however the high fed cattle market has followed suit.

Last Friday’s impressive gains in the fed cattle market by short bought packers reinforced bullish psychology as the market carved out territory north of 170.00 at 172.00.

Historically small fed cattle numbers will remain quite bullish with strong support hopefully sparking additional follow through buying.

Last week packers were not allowed to set one week out and had to procure inventory to do business and it appeared to be a chase between packers to fill their needs.

Boxed beef prices have found some support, posting gains as business has seemed to pick up looking past Thanksgiving, and right after, Christmas is just around the corner with ham as its main entrée.

The beef market will have to battle these two holidays, as beef is still the preferred meat and also at its highest price level ever.

Friday’s afternoon Cattle on Feed Report was mostly neutral as November 01 inventory was at 100% of a year ago; placements at 99% of a year ago; marketings at 92% of a year ago.  October marketings are lowest since series began in 1996.

This week’s auction volume included 44% over 600 lbs. and 39% heifers.

AUCTION RECEIPTS:  264,600   Last Week:  266,300   Last Year:  298,100

Weighted Average Report for Wednesday November 19, 2014

Cattle Receipts:  86 

Slaughter cows made up 43% of the offering, slaughter bulls 3%,
replacement cows 8%, other cows 16%, and feeders 29%.

The feeder supply included 56% steers, 40% heifers, and 4% bulls.

Near 32% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1 - 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    445-445    445       265.00         265.00
    2    465-475    470    225.00-250.00     237.37
    1    490-490    490       210.00         210.00   RED
    1    540-540    540       210.00         210.00   SMOKE
    2    550-550    550    230.00-237.50     233.75
    4    663-663    663       215.00         215.00
    3    990-990    990       166.00         166.00   RED

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1 - 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    300-300    300       230.00         230.00   RWF
    1    390-390    390       220.00         220.00
    2    415-425    420       220.00         220.00
    1    525-525    525       185.00         185.00
    3    525-525    525       120.00         120.00   RWF
    1    835-835    835       160.00         160.00
                             Small 1 - 2
    1    395-395    395       135.00         135.00   SMOKE

Feeder Bulls                Small 1 - 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    455-455    455       105.00         105.00   RWF

Bred Cows                  Large 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    950-950    950   999.00-1500.00    1500.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Aged
    1   1200-1200  1200   999.00-1050.00    1050.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
                            Medium 1 Young
    1   1075-1075  1075   999.00-1550.00    1550.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
                            Medium 1 Middle Aged
    1   1160-1160  1160   999.00-1700.00    1700.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    2   1200-1355  1278   999.00-1600.00    1553.03   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    1   1100-1100  1100   999.00-1600.00    1600.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred

Slaughter Cows                Breaker 70-80% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    9   1060-1370  1268    108.00-120.50     115.75   High Dressing
    3   1460-1650  1540    100.00-105.00     101.91
    3   1450-1550  1507    108.00-113.00     110.39   High Dressing
                               Boner 80-85% Lean
    5    990-1380  1219     91.00-103.00      94.87
    7   1115-1290  1221    105.00-112.50     108.68   High Dressing
    2   1000-1220  1110     79.50-90.00       85.27   Low Dressing
    1   1450-1450  1450        98.00          98.00
    2   1450-1465  1458    107.00-108.50     107.75   High Dressing
                                Lean 85-90% Lean
    2    810-1030   920     73.00-75.00       74.12
    3    815-1195   975     50.00-65.00       55.25   Low Dressing

Other Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    850-850    850       105.00         105.00   Per Head
   10    990-1195  1087    103.00-150.00     120.39   Per Head
    3   1215-1295  1253    111.00-115.00     112.63   Per Head

Slaughter Bulls                Yield Grade 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1430-1430  1430       119.00         119.00
    1   1960-1960  1960       129.00         129.00
    1   1690-1690  1690       139.00         139.00   High Dressing

Cow Calf Pairs
          2-8yrs old w/calf under 250lbs         1850.00-2150.00
          2-8yrs old w/calf over 250lbs          
          Over 8 w/calf under 250lbs             1600.00-1750.00
          Over 8 w/calf over 250lbs

BabY Calves
    1     Beef    155.00

Weston Livestock Marketing, Weston, WV
Weighted Average Report for Saturday November 15, 2014

Cattle Receipts:  451

Slaughter cows made up 19% of the offering, slaughter bulls 6%,
replacement cows 2%, other cows 0%, and feeders 73%.

The feeder supply included 28% steers, 34% heifers, and 38% bulls.

Near 25% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    320-320    320       250.00         250.00
    4    410-410    410       292.50         292.50
    6    455-489    483    285.00-295.00     286.57
   11    557-580    561    224.00-239.00     236.18
    5    620-620    620       220.00         220.00
    1    680-680    680       211.00         211.00
    1    670-670    670       180.00         180.00   Smoke
    1    805-805    805       177.50         177.50   Smoke
    1    870-870    870       176.00         176.00
    1    860-860    860       187.50         187.50   Smoke
    1    965-965    965       165.00         165.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    275-275    275       235.00         235.00
    2    360-360    360       230.00         230.00
    4    414-414    414       260.00         260.00
    9    485-485    485       266.00         266.00
    2    538-538    538       220.00         220.00

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    280-280    280       260.00         260.00
    1    265-265    265       265.00         265.00   Smoke
    1    305-305    305       180.00         180.00
    4    426-426    426       205.00         205.00
    1    430-430    430       180.00         180.00   Red
    1    400-400    400       210.00         210.00   Smoke
    5    491-491    491       200.00         200.00
    4    520-547    540    200.00-202.50     200.60
    3    508-535    517    175.00-177.50     175.86   Red
    2    555-595    575    190.00-195.00     192.59
    4    630-633    632    194.00-195.00     194.75
    1    665-665    665       170.00         170.00   Smoke
    2    755-790    773    157.50-162.50     160.06
                             Medium and Large 2
    3    337-337    337       212.50         212.50
    2    300-300    300    190.00-200.00     195.00   Red
   10    418-418    418       210.00         210.00
    2    423-423    423       175.00         175.00   RWF
    5    402-402    402       217.50         217.50   Smoke
    5    460-497    484    195.00-205.00     201.16
    1    530-530    530       180.00         180.00
    1    500-500    500       202.50         202.50   Smoke
    1    560-560    560       160.00         160.00   RWF
    2    660-675    668    165.00-167.50     166.26
    1    680-680    680       160.00         160.00   Red

Feeder Bulls                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    375-375    375       225.00         225.00
    1    385-385    385       170.00         170.00   RWF
    1    350-350    350       182.50         182.50   Exotic
    3    405-435    415    275.00-285.00     281.51
    2    488-488    488       275.00         275.00
    1    510-510    510       222.50         222.50
    1    520-520    520       175.00         175.00   Red
    1    505-505    505       180.00         180.00   RWF
    3    565-565    565       214.00         214.00
    1    565-565    565       185.00         185.00   RWF
    1    620-620    620       190.00         190.00   Red
    1    605-605    605       180.00         180.00   Smoke
    2    668-668    668       209.00         209.00
    1    650-650    650       180.00         180.00   Red
    3    665-680    675    190.00-206.00     198.73   Smoke
    1    710-710    710       160.00         160.00
    1    715-715    715       170.00         170.00   Smoke
    1    945-945    945       100.00         100.00
    1    960-960    960       100.00         100.00
    1   1045-1045  1045       100.00         100.00
                             Small 1
    1    790-790    790       122.50         122.50
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    255-255    255       247.50         247.50
    2    325-325    325    202.50-210.00     206.25
    1    340-340    340       240.00         240.00   Red
    4    326-326    326       267.50         267.50   Smoke
    1    375-375    375       242.50         242.50   Smoke
    4    411-411    411       255.00         255.00
    1    430-430    430       217.50         217.50   Red
    1    410-410    410       146.00         146.00   RWF
    3    465-465    465       265.00         265.00
    1    465-465    465       170.00         170.00   RWF
   10    495-495    495       247.50         247.50   Smoke
    1    520-520    520       202.50         202.50   Red
    3    610-640    630    187.50-195.00     190.77
    1    630-630    630       155.00         155.00   Smoke
    2    670-680    675    157.50-170.00     163.80
    2    700-735    718    137.50-140.00     138.72   RWF
    2    760-770    765       160.00         160.00

Bred Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2   1055-1125  1090   999.00-1500.00    1319.38   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    2   1210-1220  1215   999.00-1200.00    1175.10   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred

Slaughter Cows                Breaker 70-80% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2   1325-1350  1338     93.00-95.00       94.01
    6   1080-1365  1262    107.00-117.00     113.12   High Dressing
    3   1495-1530  1507     92.00-98.00       95.02
    2   1475-1490  1483    106.00-109.00     107.49   High Dressing
                               Boner 80-85% Lean
    8   1050-1330  1196     89.00-100.00      94.34
    6   1030-1365  1268    105.00-118.00     114.48   High Dressing
    2   1000-1360  1180     80.00-81.00       80.58   Low Dressing
    3   1420-1450  1440     95.00-100.00      97.34
                                Lean 85-90% Lean
    5    880-1180  1010     86.00-91.00       87.80
    2   1115-1250  1183    102.00-107.00     104.36   High Dressing
    7    820-1175   956     74.00-85.00       80.37   Low Dressing
    1   1535-1535  1535       107.00         107.00   High Dressing

Heiferettes                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1020-1020  1020       125.00         125.00   

Slaughter Bulls                Yield Grade 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2   1320-1355  1338    122.00-130.00     125.95
    1   1295-1295  1295       133.00         133.00   High Dressing
    3   1150-1485  1345    100.00-116.00     110.45   Low Dressing
    5   1570-1905  1694    120.00-129.00     125.67
    3   1640-1850  1733    133.00-137.00     134.97   High Dressing
    2   1865-1900  1883    114.00-119.00     116.52   Low Dressing

Weighted Average Report for Saturday November 15, 2014

Cattle Receipts:  925 

Slaughter cows made up 7% of the offering, slaughter bulls 2%,
replacement cows 4%, other cows 0%, and feeders 87%.

The feeder supply included 50% steers, 39% heifers, and 10% bulls.

Near 24% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

This sale included  consignments  of preconditioned calves
Calves noted as value added were weaned a minimum of 45 days  and double vaccinated


Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1 - 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    3    261-261    261       260.00         260.00   RED
    1    290-290    290       255.00         255.00   SMOKE
    5    310-337    326    260.00-305.00     280.16
    2    335-335    335       315.00         315.00   Value Added
    1    360-360    360       285.00         285.00
    3    390-390    390       225.00         225.00   RWF
    2    355-390    373    275.00-297.50     286.78   SMOKE
    8    373-390    384    282.50-285.00     284.09   Value Added
    9    400-440    426    227.00-295.00     274.69
   20    408-445    425    275.00-310.00     290.36   Value Added
   29    450-495    480    245.00-262.50     255.49
    4    457-490    471    215.00-235.00     227.30   SMOKE
   25    451-492    475    260.00-287.50     277.90   Value Added
    5    510-545    528    177.50-262.00     240.87
    1    505-505    505       210.00         210.00   RED
    1    545-545    545       170.00         170.00   RWF
    2    537-537    537       243.00         243.00   SMOKE
   36    515-548    534    247.50-260.00     256.78   Value Added
   24    550-596    574    220.00-251.00     231.28
    1    575-575    575       210.00         210.00   RED
    1    575-575    575       220.00         220.00   RWF
   35    555-590    577    233.00-260.00     245.75   Value Added
   19    602-645    634    209.00-245.00     223.89
    1    620-620    620       192.00         192.00   RED
    1    635-635    635       210.00         210.00   RWF
    9    602-630    606    212.50-236.00     228.06   SMOKE
   21    600-641    626    223.00-241.00     233.68   Value Added
    9    670-680    678    217.50-229.50     226.66
    1    690-690    690       212.50         212.50   RED
    3    666-666    666       195.00         195.00   RWF
    1    685-685    685       227.50         227.50   SMOKE
   14    651-689    678    215.00-229.00     219.20   Value Added
    4    705-745    719    196.00-216.00     207.68
    1    735-735    735       209.00         209.00   SMOKE
    5    730-732    731    218.00-222.00     220.40   Value Added
    3    765-790    777    172.00-208.00     190.12
    1    785-785    785       202.50         202.50   RED
    3    785-795    788    161.00-215.00     196.85   RWF
    1    820-820    820       200.00         200.00
                             Small 1 - 2
    1    375-375    375       200.00         200.00   SMOKE
    1    530-530    530       210.00         210.00
    1    650-650    650       160.00         160.00   RWF
                             Medium and Large 2
    3    260-297    285    242.50-260.00     254.67
    1    310-310    310       245.00         245.00
    3    355-380    372    240.00-255.00     244.78
    2    397-397    397       222.50         222.50   EXOTIC
    1    500-500    500       212.50         212.50
    1    580-580    580       226.00         226.00
    2    665-685    675    182.50-187.50     184.96
                             Medium and Large 3
    1    435-435    435       147.50         147.50
    1    450-450    450       160.00         160.00
    2    510-530    520    160.00-170.00     165.10

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1 - 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    4    250-258    256    245.00-255.00     247.44
    1    335-335    335       220.00         220.00
    2    305-305    305       200.00         200.00   RED
    1    320-320    320       185.00         185.00   RWF
    1    300-300    300       240.00         240.00   SMOKE
    4    350-395    366    225.00-247.50     233.07
   33    403-445    425    230.00-247.00     235.50
    7    412-425    421       220.00         220.00   SMOKE
   19    427-446    441    232.50-248.00     239.05   Value Added
   15    458-493    477    229.00-237.00     231.66
    3    450-490    477    200.00-210.00     203.15   SMOKE
   12    453-460    458    240.00-243.50     242.64   Value Added
   19    500-540    514    200.00-222.50     218.86
    1    505-505    505       210.00         210.00   RED
    3    515-520    517    180.00-206.00     197.28   RWF
    3    515-535    528    210.00-220.00     213.25   SMOKE
   21    522-538    531    218.00-239.00     230.23   Value Added
   18    552-590    557    210.00-221.00     215.93
   22    555-572    566    222.00-229.00     226.73   Value Added
    7    630-640    631    180.00-217.50     190.69
    6    639-639    639       221.00         221.00   Value Added
    3    665-675    670    190.00-200.00     196.67
    2    687-687    687       170.00         170.00   RED
    5    650-695    668    205.00-214.00     210.25   Value Added
    7    722-740    726    157.50-186.00     181.42
    3    823-823    823       178.00         178.00   Value Added
    1    880-880    880       170.00         170.00
                             Small 1 - 2
    4    448-448    448       226.00         226.00
    1    545-545    545       177.50         177.50
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    280-280    280       220.00         220.00
    2    325-325    325    215.00-220.00     217.50
    2    350-355    353    220.00-232.50     226.29
   15    410-434    424    215.00-223.00     220.09
    1    480-480    480       212.50         212.50
    1    455-455    455       205.00         205.00   SMOKE
    2    507-507    507       177.50         177.50
    1    565-565    565       192.00         192.00
    2    620-635    628    185.00-187.00     185.99
    1    620-620    620       151.00         151.00   RWF
    1    695-695    695       180.00         180.00
                             Medium and Large 3
    1    325-325    325       162.50         162.50   SMOKE
    1    525-525    525       177.50         177.50
    1    545-545    545       152.50         152.50   SMOKE
    1    645-645    645       160.00         160.00   RED

Feeder Bulls                Medium and Large 1 - 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    235-235    235       255.00         255.00
    2    287-287    287       270.00         270.00
    2    315-315    315       240.00         240.00
    1    390-390    390       252.50         252.50   SMOKE
    6    450-470    462    250.00-267.50     259.92
   11    525-542    533    189.00-254.00     237.07
    9    526-535    531    172.50-210.00     189.01   RED
   10    507-545    519    204.00-210.00     208.13   SMOKE
    6    552-596    580    225.00-240.00     236.67
    2    600-640    620    217.50-222.50     220.08
    2    637-637    637       200.00         200.00   SMOKE
    4    650-690    673    187.50-225.00     213.37
    2    705-725    715    157.50-182.50     169.83
    4    765-797    784    140.00-157.50     144.33
    2    850-875    863    140.00-190.00     165.36
    1    865-865    865       130.00         130.00   RWF
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    515-515    515       205.00         205.00
    1    570-570    570       177.50         177.50
    1    605-605    605       187.50         187.50

Bred Cows                  Large 1 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1260-1260  1260   999.00-2350.00    2350.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
                            Large 1 Middle Aged
    1   1295-1295  1295   999.00-2050.00    2050.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 1 Middle Aged
    1   1390-1390  1390   999.00-1625.00    1625.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Aged
    4    960-1185  1089   810.00-1185.00    1006.80   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    1   1300-1300  1300   999.00-1100.00    1100.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
                            Medium 1 Young
    1    925-925    925   999.00-1850.00    1850.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    4   1235-1460  1298   999.00-2575.00    2219.03   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
                            Medium 1 Middle Aged
    3   1220-1285  1245   999.00-2200.00    1696.80   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    1   1565-1565  1565   999.00-2000.00    2000.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    1   1205-1205  1205   999.00-1600.00    1600.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred
                            Medium 2 Young
    1   1085-1085  1085   999.00-1400.00    1400.00   Per Head  1-3 Months Bred
    4    768-768    768   999.00-1400.00    1400.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
                            Medium 2 Middle Aged
    1    760-760    760       925.00         925.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    7    970-1115  1040   999.00-1400.00    1257.49   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    3   1210-1260  1227   999.00-1360.00    1286.85   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred

Slaughter Cows                Breaker 70-80% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    3   1100-1375  1193    111.00-114.00     112.54   High Dressing
    1   1510-1510  1510       104.00         104.00
    4   1430-1685  1545    113.00-121.50     116.55   High Dressing
                               Boner 80-85% Lean
    3    740-875    802     90.00-100.00      95.83
    5    590-845    758     70.00-85.00       81.00   Low Dressing
   16    910-1285  1107     91.00-110.00      95.23
    6   1035-1340  1121    100.00-110.00     106.01   High Dressing
   11    960-1275  1063     71.00-90.00       84.29   Low Dressing
    3   1400-1490  1440     80.00-95.00       89.39
                                Lean 85-90% Lean
    2    815-1040   928     77.00-83.00       80.36

Fat Cattle
    4    1200-1450          132.00-150.00

Other Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Middle Aged
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    760-760    760       127.50         127.50   Per Head

Slaughter Bulls                Yield Grade 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2   1490-1490  1490    119.00-124.00     121.50
    1   1490-1490  1490       136.00         136.00   High Dressing
    2   1375-1385  1380    113.00-116.00     114.49   Low Dressing
    6   1615-1985  1746    118.00-129.00     125.51
    3   1680-2005  1815    130.00-132.00     130.96   High Dressing

Cow Calf Pairs
 Head                                               sel1                   sel2
          2-8yrs old w/calf under 250lbs      1850.00-2000.00
          2-8yrs old w/calf over 250lbs 
          Over 8 w/calf under 250lbs          1800.00-1875.00          1260.00-1400.00
          Over 8 w/calf over 250lbs

Goats                        Sel 1          Sel2
 Head     Sm Billies      90.00-150.00    65.00-90.00
          Bg Billies     175.00-220.00   125.00-165.00
          Sm Nannies      90.00-125.00    65.00-90.00
          Big Nannies     90.00-155.00    75.00-90.00
          Wethers        85.00-155.00
Baby calves
    7    New Born Beef    150.00-200.00
         New Born Dairy    50.00-100.00

Market Hogs 
    2    200-250    67.00-76.00

    2    67.00

    2    16.00-21.00

    2    51.00

    1    50lbs    150.00

    2    42.50-60.00

Bon Appétit: Sweet Potato Minestrone

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Recipe makes 6 servings

  1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  1 large onion, chopped
  2 large stalks celery, chopped
  2 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  salt and pepper to taste
  1 (28 ounce) can Italian-style diced tomatoes
  5 cups vegetable broth
  2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  2 large carrots, sliced thin
  6 ounces green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces
  5 cloves garlic, minced


Heat oil in a soup pot over medium-high heat. Saute onion, celery, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper until tender, about 5 minutes.

Stir in tomatoes, with the juice, broth, sweet potatoes, carrots, green beans and garlic.

Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes.

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The Roman Emperor Constantine changed the day of Christian worship
from the Sabbath Day to Sunday.  Truth or Tradition?

The Christian Sabbath?
Folks often call Sunday the Christian sabbath, a term which is completely foreign to the Bible.  In the Bible, the sabbath day has always been, and will always be, Saturday, the seventh day of the week.  “Six days shalt thou labour, and do all; thy work:  But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God.”  (Exodus 20:9-10) .  That was a special day God set aside for Israel to observe, as instructed in the Law of Moses,  which law was taken out of the way, nailed to the cross with the death of Jesus (Colossians 2:14) .

The Christian Day of Worship.
The frst day of the week has special meaning for the Christian.  It is the day our Lord rose from the grave (Matt 28:1-6) .  The Holy Spirit was poured out on the twelve apostles, and the church began on Pentecost, the first day of the week. (Acts 2) .  The Passover was always on the sixth day, and Pentecost was always fifty days after the Passover, thus Pentecost would always fall on the first day of the week.  Disciples came together to observe the Lord’s Supper on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7) ,  and Christians were told to lay by in store on the first day of the week (1 Corinthians 16:1-2) .  The writings of the early church leaders clearly show that from the Day of Pentecost, AD 33, Christians assembled on the first day of the week for worship.

The Roman Emperor Constantine.
Until the reign of Constantine, Christians endured much persecution, but this emperor favored Christianity.  Historians disagree as to whether Constantine himself became a Christian, but he made Christianity an official religion throughout the Roman Empire.  Did he change the day of Christian worship from the Sabbath day to the first day of the week?  Constantine reigned from 306-337 AD.

Acts of the Apostles.
Luke wrote Acts of the Apostles about 63 AD, and he records that near the end of Paul’s Third Missionary Journey,  he came to Troas,  “And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them.”  (Acts 20:7) .  These early Christians were meeting on the first day of the week almost 250 years before Constantine.

First Corinthians.
Paul wrote a letter to the church in Corinth about 57 AD, in which he admonishes this congregation:  “Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.  Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him.”  (1 Corinthians 16:1-2) .  Why the first day of the week?  That was the day they came together to worship.  So again, these early Christians were meeting on the first day of the week long before Constantine arrived.

Steer Creek Church of Christ,  3466 Rosedale Road,  Stumptown WV 25267
Minister: Gene H Miller, 3281 Rosedale Road, Shock WV 26638-8410.
Phone:  304.462.0384     E-Mail:  “”  Web Site:

Walter (Phil) Payne

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Walter (Phil) Payne

Age ge 70, of Mount Zion, West Virginia, changed his residence to the Realms of Glory on November 17, 2014.

He was the son of Walter (Dub) and Annie Ruth Payne of, FL.

Surviving are his wife of 50 years Joyce Payne, sister and brother in law Betty & Billy Odom of Madison, FL. Four children, son Sam Walter Payne (wife Linda), daughter Mary Payne, son Alvin Freeman Payne, son William (Bill) Payne (wife Teresa).

Three grandchildren, Katherine Marie Christian (husband Nathan), Jared & Celina Payne and Pastor William Lee Payne. Two great grandchildren, Zoe & Zachary Payne.

There will be a memorial service Sunday November 23 at 1 PM at Victory Baptist Church in Grantsville.

Family requests in lieu of flowers, donations to be used to purchase KJV Bibles to distribute to those in need.

Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, is assisting the Payne family with arrangements.

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Police Storm Calhoun County House Take Murder Suspect into Custody

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A Gilmer County man wanted for an October Braxton County murder was taken into custody by a team of U.S. Marshals and West Virginia State Police Troopers early Saturday morning at a secluded house near the community of Orma in Calhoun County.

Investigators believe Jeremy Wolfe, age 29, of Glenville,WV had been hiding out in the residence since the death of Crystal Dean.

Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Terry Moore says they staked out the location for nearly two days before deciding to go in Saturday morning.

He said the West Virginia State Police Special Response Team led the way.

“We weren’t 100% sure the subject would be armed when we attempted to arrest him. The location of the residence in a wooded area made it hard to tactically approach it without a special response team,” Moore said.

Wolfe resisted arrest.

He had to be taken to a hospital.

He was released and taken to the South Central Regional Jail where he is being held without bail on a charge of first-degree murder.

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It is alleged Wolfe killed Dean, age 36, of Orlando, WV, after the two were seen leaving Bones Bar in Burnsville, WV at 1:30 AM on October 13, 2014.

Dean’s body was later discovered in a wooded area near Oil Creek not far from her home.

Moore said the investigative team began the stakeout Thursday.

“We had people on the ground for over 24 hours and had been in the area for a day prior as well,” Moore said.

There were about 20 law enforcement personnel on the scene Saturday including those with the U.S. Marshal Service, state police, Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department and the state DNR.

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Oh my Lord!  I pray blessings on this lady and her family.  I know their pain.  Fortunately, her murderer was found and prosecuted. Thanks to every and all that investigated her murder and made the man responsible.

By Note taker  on  11.22.2014

Can we please be clear?  Which Jeremy Wolfe IS this? Any relation to Carole Wolfe or not?

Several murder investigations currently open in Gilmer County that need the guilty to look like this.  Just sayin’.

By Yay.  on  11.22.2014




By ZKT  on  11.22.2014

All around a very sad story.  No winners here.
Prayers to both families.

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Funding will deliver medical services and educational opportunities to rural communities in West Virginia

On National Rural Health Day, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin announced $1,225,611 in federal funding to CAMC Health Education and Research Institute, Monongalia County General Hospital Company and West Virginia Network. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded the funding through its Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program. The funds will be used in a variety of ways to help remotely connect residents in West Virginia’s rural communities to medical services and educational opportunities.

“These smart investments will make it easier for West Virginians living in remote areas of our beautiful state to access the best available medical resources and educational opportunities while not having to drive long distances to our urban communities,” Senator Manchin said. “This funding will provide long-distance medical services and establish innovative learning tools, which will truly help improve the quality of life for thousands of West Virginians.”

The DLT Grant Program establishes interactive video conferencing to connect patients and students in rural communities to their medical professionals, teachers or experts in additional areas of expertise. 

Listed below are the individual award amounts:

$229,368 - CAMC Health Education and Research Institute: Funding will be used to increase access to mental health services for approximately 5,000 children and adolescents living in the rural areas of Boone, Calhoun, Fayette, Greenbrier, Jackson, Kanawha, Pocahontas, and Webster Counties.

$496,252 – Monongalia County General Hospital Company: Funding will be used to connect medical professionals in Morgantown with health care providers and patients in the rural areas of Barbour, Monongalia, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker and Webster Counties.

$499,991- West Virginia Network: Funding will be used to provide classroom video conferencing capabilities at twelve West Virginia campuses and create a mobile application that will enable instruction for adults seeking to complete a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree.

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Read this announcement well, and ask your self:  How many people do I know that would benefit from this?

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WV WesTest Scores: Reports on Other Media Sources

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State Embargo Delays Student Test Score Release

An embargo halting the release of student standardized test scores will remain in effect until all county data is returned and validated, a Department of Education spokesperson said Thursday.

Westest results, which typically are shared with county boards of education in the summer, must first be verified before their release to the public. The process has taken longer than expected this year and has been the source of much frustration for local school officials.

The department has blamed the months-long delay on new digital testing methods. This was the first year the test was administered solely online, an endeavor that also experienced widespread problems.

“The worst thing we can do is release something and it be wrong,” said Liza Cordeiro, the department’s communications director. She later added the department exercises caution when dealing with student information.

The delay, however, has irritated local school officials.

During a Kanawha County Board of Education meeting Tuesday, board President Robin Rector said the department is to blame, not the counties.

Schools boards use the data to determine which schools need intervention and inform teachers what subjects need more attention.

Cordeiro said school boards should already have their results though.

At the board’s meeting Tuesday, Kanawha County Deputy Superintendent Tom Williams said the embargo could be lifted as early as Thursday. While the moratorium continues, Rector said she would be surprised if the results aren’t issued in time for board members to discuss them at their next curriculum meeting on December 01.

Last year, the test results were released in early September and revealed statewide gains in reading and math proficiency.

Kanawha County also showed improvement. More than 40 percent of county schools were given a “success” ranking, which is the highest designation in the department’s new school accountability system.

The rankings are designed to identify areas where schools may be struggling. A success label is given only when a majority of students meet academic benchmarks and the school meets attendance, graduation and achievement goals.

This is the last year Westest scores will be released by the department. Starting this spring, the state will switch to the Common Core-aligned Smarter Balanced Assessment tests.

~~  Samuel Speciale ~~

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Westest Scores Delayed Again

Last year’s standardized test scores have still not been announced, though their release was expected Thursday.

State Department of Education Spokeswoman Liza Cordeiro did not give a specific date, but said scores can be expected in the very near future.

“We are still validating and working with counties. Ultimately, we don’t want to have a mistake and put misinformation out there and have to retract. We’re being very careful and taking our time,” Cordeiro said Thursday. “There’s a lot of effort being made to check and double check, so with that said, we’re not going to be putting those out publicly this week.”

Test scores are typically announced publicly in August each year and reviewed by teachers over the summer.

Cordeiro said in September that the Westest 2 scores were delayed because last year was the first time students took the test online instead of with pen and paper.

The transition to computer testing requires a compatibility test to be conducted by the test vendor, which takes time, she said.

While teachers across the state have received their test results by now, they, too, received them later than usual.

Teachers and local school officials cannot release information about their scores until the Department of Education lifts its embargo.

Christine Campbell, president of the state’s branch of the American Federation of Teachers, told the Gazette in September that she heard concerns from teachers across the state about the effect later test results could have on their classrooms.

Teachers were required to determine student learning goals based on those scores by November 01.

“Usually, everyone had time at the beginning of the year, before the kids came, to analyze data to kind of guide what they need to focus on,” Campbell said then. “…If we’re going to use test scores to rate schools and evaluate teachers, then we should have them in as early as possible.”

Earlier this week, Kanawha County school board members also voiced concerns about the late release of the scores.

“I just express discomfort and frustration with the fact that we’re going to be halfway through the academic year and we don’t know where the achievement levels are for our students for the 2013-14 school year, and I need to publicly say that,” Robin Rector, Kanawha school board president, said in a meeting on Tuesday. “This board is interested in the achievement of our students… and I am anxious for the time and the day that we get to share that with our community and the public.”

Rector said she hopes the results will be available for the school board’s curriculum meeting scheduled for December 01.

~~  Reach Mackenzie Mays ~~

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Remember who is in charge of this latest foul up. It is Mrs. Manchin and her State Board of Education! How much more evidence is needed before Governor Tomblin will declare the Board hopelessly dysfunctional and to disband it to start over? What Charleston counted on was for West Virginians to be Gruberized when if fact we are astute in using our computers in this information age. Charleston, wake up. We are on to you. What better proof is there than the shakeup on election day? Who made money in designing the computer program for the testing? Any familiar Charleston names? Sounds like a State Board version of the federal roll out of the Affordable Care Act.

By Enough Already WV Citizens?  on  11.22.2014

Per the DOE website the final delivery date for this info to county offices was September 11, 2014.  So we can’t read.
Now Charleston thinks we’re deaf too.  On last months tape Mrs. H asked Mrs M for the individual school Westest2 results after Mrs. M. gave a little presentation showing some composite numbers combining all the schools.  Mrs. M. essentially said she could do that but would have to check.(with Devono?) When Mrs. H. asked this month the Super (after chasing the question around Robin Hoods barn) said it was decided not to give the information. Some boards have it and can’t give it to the public for some unknown reason.  Our board can’t even see it.Now we citizens don’t know what we hear? In the Daily Mail Cordeiro says “school boards should already have their results though”.

By Manchin, Linger, Matirano What's Up?  on  11.22.2014

Wonderful example of nepotism and the good ole boy system at work.
Heaven forbid these elite would actually hire the best person for the job.
This is what you get when some crony pal is bestowed employment.
Will West Virginia ever get past this?

By voters know  on  11.22.2014

Cordeiro at WVDE says “school boards should already have their results though”: She is right, they do have it. What they are having problem with is to manipulate it so it can make the state look good. Statically you cannot just increase the results everywhere because it puts some of the data above and beyond. The Dictatorial ruling of WVBOE and WVDE has been a failure and they are having trouble to admit what is the fact. They are hoping by delaying people might forget. But We Won’t. We hear all the bragging about state’s successful program without a legitimate proof.  What does a kid do when he gets a good grade? Can’t wait and runs to show it to everyone. How about when the grade is bad? You guessed it!

By Reality Check  on  11.22.2014

How amazing when all the State Board does is to produce blunders. Consider what happened with the Leading Creek school with chaos still going on, the auction barn school site scandal, Cedar Creek project with purchasing too much land at too high a price and having to sell it off after money was paid out, and finally having to build on a Glenville site which would have been rejected had business been done openly and honestly. This is the very same Board that expects Gilmer County to be joyful about its iron fist control over our school system. Oh yes, the same State Board has been in control for years while WV wallows in bottom place for the quality of our public education. The Board’s record of performance gives the public confidence, right? Wonder what the qualifications are for the person running the Board’s failed WESTEST testing program?

By Save Gilmer From State Board  on  11.22.2014

Does it seem that the State is running our central office in a way to require staff there to keep information from our board members? We hear that it happened that way when the State shut down the Cedar Creek project because of Charleston’s mismanagement. Word is that the central office staff knew about it weeks before our board while they worked secretly under the superintendent’s orders to grease skids for the Glenville site. How does the State’s style of management fail to cause friction between the central office staff and our school board? State’s intentional strategy to divide and conquer or more managerial ineptness?

By HR Specialist  on  11.22.2014

You want a school system that really works?
Populate that state board in the Capitol with 9 of West Virginia’s BEST teachers!  They know what needs done.
This Board of Ed is so stuck on policy and procedures, the ability to teach children has been completely lost.
Governor, time to clean out the Manchin appointments.

By no more Dem votes  on  11.22.2014

no more Dem votes?

The rumor is Manchin might switch party. Then what?

By a dem  on  11.22.2014

Forget the test results.  Let’s teach all the kids as if they would love to learn and see what happens. If some falter, help them.  If they are way ahead of the rest, give them work on the next grade level now and let them progress.  Rather than teach to the test and test results, let’s teach to the child!  Of course, if the state found out, they’d have a fit as that doesn’t fit the mold they are setting up of indoctrinating children and telling some of them they are too dumb to learn - as well as boring the intelligent ones so they will drop out of school.

By Karen Pennebaker  on  11.22.2014

Let’s forget about the WesTest scores and teaching to the test.  Teach to the child.  Treat all children like willing learners and help those who falter.  Those who are way ahead should get work on the next grade level and be allowed to go at their own pace, too.  Of course, this doesn’t fit with the state’s idea of indoctrinating children. Instead, the concept of teaching to the test convinces some children that they are too dumb to learn and bores the achievers into dropping out of school.  Education is too valuable to be trusted to governments!

By Karen Pennebaker  on  11.22.2014

The way this State Board runs education is attributable directly to the Governor who appointed his friends.  When do the Teachers have time in the classroom to teach?  They are too busy running to training meetings for the next new thing.
This Superintendent is too busy running back and forth between Mon County, RESA and Charleston or doesn’t know how to do his job here so he fobs it off on the Academics Coach who has to leave the schools to run be a secretary at unpublished meetings of the Leading Creek advisory council based on a hush hush MOU signed back in 2012 or secret Gilmer School planning committee so she can write down what was done and even the board meetings since he seems not to know how to use a tape recorder or doesn’t trust his own Secretary.How the young woman finds time for her own little children is hard to figure.
The appointed Super has no time for the children but says we have a good little education system here.  We do but it’s no thanks to any State Superintendent or State BOE intervention. Good Teachers and the Students drive achievement supported by a goal oriented Board of Education that paid attention to what went on. Gilmer County always knew this and the required state test results backed it up.

By What Is Devono's Job?  on  11.22.2014

​-to by a dem.  Well, if Manchin flip flops, that will tell us for sure he wasn’t really a Democrat, right?  And if he becomes a Republican or Independent, that will confirm he is only in politics for just “himself”.
It will clearly show Joe is for Joe.
PS- NEVER vote for an incumbent either.

By knew all along 'bout Joe  on  11.22.2014

Its obvious these scores being with held shows that the information will not place the State Board of Education in a good light.
Now its omission and cover up time.

By why else withhold ?  on  11.22.2014

Are all schools holding up giving out these test results?
If not, why not?
Schools not releasing the test information, is it because they have negative results?

By teacher ret.  on  11.23.2014

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According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of WV, 13 people have been arrested after an investigation into a heroin and prescription painkiller pipeline from Philadelphia to Morgantown.

Federal and local law enforcement announced the results of a 65 count federal indictment in Morgantown Friday, November 21.

William Ihlenfeld, II, U.S. Attorney, indicated this was “one of the largest drug investigations in recent memory in this region.“

In a joint press conference with the FBI, Monongalia County Sheriff’s Detectives, Morgantown and Granville city police departments and the WV State Police, Ihlenfeld said, “Heroin and opioid painkillers are the number one problem for law enforcement in Northern WV.“

Addressing the media, State Police Captain James Merrill said “It’s easy for drug dealers to target small towns, but investigative techniques kept them from making it a permanent operation.“

Those arrested today include:

Juwan Robert Woods, also known as “Whiz,” 31, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,

Qaaim Clark, also known as, “Q,” 34, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,

Keevus Weeks, also known as “Shake,” 31, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,

William Montague, III, also known as “Will,” 24, of Darby, Pennsylvania,

Kalif Briggs, also known as “Boo,” 32, of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania,

Loren Delaney, also known as “Lo,” 23, of Morgantown, West Virginia,

Keyara Peters, also known as “KP,” 21, of Riversville, West Virginia,

Britany Wodzinski, 24, of Buckhannon, West Virginia,

Ryan Buckland, 28, of Morgantown, West Virginia,

Jessie Marie Fox, 22, of Mill Creek, West Virginia,

Robert Wyatt Michael, 24, of Fairmont, West Virginia,

Tara Dustin, 23, of Morgantown, West Virginia

Timothy Charles Burnette, 45, of Morgantown, West Virginia.

Several individuals have not yet been located, including:

Raheem Cuffee, also known as “Heem,” 30, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Brett Ehrhardt, 28, of Morgantown, West Virginia,

Alexander Benzel, 28, of Morgantown, West Virginia,

Terri Shuttlesworth, 24

Erik Jones, 27, of Morgantown, West Virginia,

Alicia Tavagilone, 21, of Morgantown, West Virginia

Ryan Brooks, 28, of Morgantown, West Virginia,

and An unidentified individual known only as “Shadow.”

Anyone with information on whereabouts of the aforementioned individuals are encouraged to contact the West Virginia State Police at (304)-285-3200, the FBI at 412.432.4000, or the U.S Marshals Service at .304.623.0486.


Morgantown police are searching for two suspects in an armed robbery on Clark Street.

According to detectives, the men entered the house through an unlocked door where they showed a gun and a stun gun to the victim before shocking him and takingn off with electronics.

Both men were wearing bandanas cover their faces.

Descriptions have been released of the suspect.

One man was described as having a tan complextion and muscular build.  He is approximately 6’3” and 250 pounds.

The second suspect was described as a short, dark complected black male who is approximately 5’5” and 140 pounds.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to call 911 or contact the Morgantown Police Department at 304.284.7522.


An Upshur County man has pleaded guilty to charges related to hiring the two men who murdered the man he believed to be his wife’s lover.

Rodolfo Villagomez Correa, age 34, a Mexican national illegally in the country, admitted in court Thursday to second degree murder and conspiracy to commit the murder of Joshua Oberg in January 2012.

Correa paid Jessie Lee Heater, of Buckhannon, $5,000, to shoot and kill Olberg. Hearter then gave $500 to his accomplice Robert Eugene Siron III, of Weston, to not say anything.

The investigation into the three began after Olberg’s body was found off of Bull Run Road in a shallow grave after six months of searching.

Hearter is currently serving life in prison on first degree murder and other charges, while Siron is serving 15 years for his involvement with the case.

Correa’s sentencing was scheduled for January 13.

Correa is already serving a three year, 10 month sentence after pleading guilty in 2012 being in the country illegally and to owning 16 firearms. The judge must decide whether the state and federal sentences should run consecutively or concurrently.

The process of deportation will begin for Correa at a later date.


A popular style of event will be taking place in Harrison County for possibly the first time this weekend.

The Gem, Mineral, Jewelry & Fossil Show has been successful in Morgantown and Event Curator Ray Garton believes it will do as well in Clarksburg.

“The one we have in Morgantown is very well attended, we had 1,300 people come to the show in September,“ he said. “In Clarksburg, we have a really good network of people. We were also the sponsors of the big dinosaur exhibit they had out at the Harrison Parks and Recreations [Complex] in February.“

The organizers of the events like to refer to it as a museum where you can buy most of the exhibits, but beyond the vendors, Garton said it is an opportunity to bring the family out to learn.

“Even though dealers are there to sell some things, we really try to stress the educational value of it also. In fact, we’ll have some science demonstrations, some fantastic science projects on Sunday.“

Part of the educational experience will be in the opportunity to view items one would typically have to go to a large museum to see, especially the fossils.

“Things like dinosaur teeth, dinosaur bones, a replica skull of an allosaurus dinosaur, there’ll be trilobites, there’ll be crinoids, there’ll be plant fossils, there’ll be ammonites, a wide variety of fossils.“ Garton said these fossils will range in age “from more than a billion years to maybe only 10,000.“

Garton also hopes to encourage education by alluring amateur enthusiasts.

“We ask people to bring any rock, minerals that they may have collected themselves over the years to get them identified,“ he said. “We have several geologist there who really know their stuff and will be able to get an identification on these things people may have had for years but don’t know where they are.“

The Clarksburg Gem, Mineral, Jewelry and Fossil Show opens Saturday at 10 AM inside the Harrison County Parks and Recreation Complex and runs through 5 PM on Sunday.


West Virginia University president Gordon Gee says a “culture change” is needed on campus in the wake of a fraternity member’s death.

In a statement released Friday, Gee says the death of 18-year-old Nolan Burch signals the need to address excessive alcohol drinking at the university as well as “the irresponsible and reckless behaviors that often follow.“

Burch died November 14, two days after officers were called to the Kappa Sigma fraternity house and found someone performing CPR on him.

The Morgantown chapter of Kappa Sigma had been suspended since mid-October.

WVU fraternity activity has been indefinitely suspended.

An official cause of death has not been announced in Burch’s death, but media reports suggest it was related to excessive drinking.

Morgantown and WVU university police are investigating.


Nearly 300 people attended the Giles County Board of Supervisors’ public hearing on a proposed natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to Virginia.

The Roanoke Times reports that executives of the two companies pushing the 300-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline field questions Thursday night about the proposed route and the project’s environmental impact. They also were targeted by critics, including one person who shouted, “How do you sleep at night?“

The pipeline is a joint venture of EQT Corp. and NextEra Energy. It would run from Wetzel County, West Virginia, to another pipeline in Pittsylvania County, and would deliver natural gas to Virginia from the Marcellus and Utica shale deposits. The proposed route includes about 19 miles in Giles County, where it would cross the Appalachian Trail.


West Virginia officials are unveiling offers to frack under wildlife conservation land in Tyler County.

On Friday in Charleston, the state Department of Commerce will publicly open bids for oil and natural gas rights under Conaway Run Wildlife Management Area.

The bid deadline on the 518 acres was Thursday. A 20-percent royalty on what’s extracted is required.

It’s the second major state land West Virginia has opened for fracking. The state took bids for 22 miles under the Ohio River in northern West Virginia, including six miles under contract negotiations. Another 11 miles are out for bid.

Other properties being considered are 131 acres under Fish Creek in Marshall County; Jug Wildlife Management Area in Tyler County; 24 acres in Doddridge County; and seven more miles under the Ohio River.

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