Spring Interns Complete Student Teaching for GSC

GLENVILLE, WV—Fifteen students have completed their student teaching internships for Glenville State College and have qualified for May graduation.

Katelyn Nikkay Deem completed her student teaching in Elementary Education (K-6) and Social Studies (5-9) at Arnoldsburg Elementary and Calhoun Middle School with Tammey Webb and Dan Cosgrove. Dr. Tara Cosco and Dr. Shara Curry were Deem’s GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Bobby and Shannon Lockhart of Palestine, West Virginia.

Stefanie Jaye Gladders completed her student teaching in English (5-adult) at Gilmer County High School with Grace Wine and Kristen Smith. Dr. Shara Curry and Dr. Melody Wise were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Pam and Berry Gladders of Vernon, British Columbia, Canada.

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Spring 2015 GSC Student Teachers (L-R) Nicholas Yale, Shelby Scott, Alyssa White,
Julie Greenlee, Seth Stemple, Stefanie Gladders, Katelyn Deem, Kayleigh Huck,
Heather Roop, Morgan Mullins, Andrea Osborne, Jared Shipe, Jessica Parsons,
Hunter McWhorter, Jodie Parsons

Julie (Cantrell) Greenlee completed her student teaching in Business and Marketing (5-adult) with Leslie Godfrey at Braxton County High School. Dr. Tara Cosco and Cinda Echard were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Randy and Mahalia Cantrell of Duck, West Virginia. She also resides in Duck with her husband Brian Greenlee and children Brianna, Joel, Jary, Jaylin, and Ian.

Kayleigh Ann Huck completed her student teaching in Elementary Education (K-6), General Math-Algebra l (5-9), and Science (5-9) at Glenville Elementary School and Gilmer County High School with Kim Cottrill, Monica Haley, and Tracy Ferguson. Dr. Shara Curry, Dr. Joe Evans, Dr. Tara Cosco, and Joseph Wood were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Steve and Maria Huck of Delaware, Ohio.

Hunter Evan McWhorter completed his student teaching in Social Studies (5-adult) at Buckhannon Upshur Middle School and High School with Chris Gow and Tim Bennett. Dr. John Taylor was his GSC supervisor. He is the son of Ralph and Barb McWhorter of Horner, West Virginia.

Morgan Lyn Mullens completed her student teaching in Elementary Education (K-6) and Early Education (PreK-K) at Gauley River Elementary with Rose Gordon and Peggy Crowe. Her GSC supervisor was Dr. Shelly Ratliff. She is the daughter of Mark and Leslie Mullens of Craigsville, West Virginia.

Andréa Elizabeth Osborne completed her student teaching in Elementary Eduation (K-6) and General Math-Algebra l (5-9) at Glenville Elementary School and Robert L. Bland Middle School with Amanda Poole and Tammie Lattea. Dr. John Taylor and Dr. Tara Cosco were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Hugh and Sharon Haddad of Charlotte, North Carolina. She currently resides in Glenville, West Virginia with her husband Issac Osborne.

Jessica Ann Parsons completed her student teaching in Elementary Education (K-6) and Early Education (PreK-K) at Sand Fork Elementary School with Ronnie Facemire and Tonya Stewart. Dr. Shelly Ratliff was her GSC supervisor. She is the daughter of Jon and Valerie Parsons of Worthington, West Virginia. Parsons was also named Outstanding Student Teacher by the education honor society Kappa Delta Pi.

Jodie Lee Parsons completed her student teaching in Elementary Education (K-6) and Multi-Categorical (K-6) at Arnoldsburg Elementary School and Normantown Elementary School with Sonja Hartshorn and Tena Church. Dr. Tara Cosco was her GSC supervisor. She is the daughter of Sandy and Gene McNemar and Rick and Donna Parsons of Normantown, West Virginia.

Heather Nicole Roop completed her student teaching in Elementary Education (K-6) and Early Education (PreK-K) at Panther Creek Elementary with Chris Tinney, Heather Williams, and Theresa Dennison. Dr. Shelly Ratliff was her GSC supervisor. She is the daughter of Karen and Randy Wilburn of Thurmont, Maryland and Dewey and Lori Beachley of Lewis Center, Ohio. Roop resides in Summersville, West Virginia with her husband Chad and children Corey and Emily.

Shelby Marie Scott completed her student teaching in Music (PreK-K) at Glenville, Sand Fork, Normantown, and Troy Elementary Schools and Gilmer County High School with Judy Leggett and at Lewis County High School with Cinda Jamison. Dr. Shelly Ratliff and Dr. Davis Lewis were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Alison Montgomery and John Davis of Parkersburg, West Virginia.

Jared Michael Shipe completed his student teaching in Social Studies (5-adult) at Ritchie County Middle School and Gilmer County High School with Lisa Stemple and Lindsey Bush. Dr. Shara Curry was his GSC supervisor. He is the son of Robert and Linda Shipe of Harrisville, West Virginia.

Seth Joseph Stemple completed his student teaching in Music (PreK-adult) at Alum Bridge, Roanoke, and Jane Lew Elementary Schools, Robert L. Bland Middle School, and Lewis County High School with Whitney Ballard, Tina Norman, and RJ Cook. Dr. John Taylor, Dr. David Lewis, and Dr. Shara Curry were his GSC supervisors. He is the son of Steven and Sharlene Stemple of Fairmont, West Virginia.

Alyssa Brooke White completed her student teaching in Music (PreK-adult) at Braxton County Middle School, Braxton County High School, and Glenville, Sand Fork, Normantown, and Troy Elementary Schools with Bo McMillion, Cinda Jamison, and Judy Leggett. Dr. David Lewis and Dr. Tara Cosco were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Angel and Jason Gladfelter of Buffalo, West Virginia.

Nicholas Gordon Yale completed his student teaching in Music (PreK-adult) at Buckhannon-Upshur High School, Pleasant Hill Elementary School, and Arnoldsburg Elementary School with Jeremiah Smallridge and John Bugby. Dr. John Taylor, Dr. David Lewis, and Dr. Shara Curry were his GSC supervisors. He is the son of Marcia Beller of Beckley, West Virginia.

Senior teacher education students take part in an internship during their final semester at GSC. At the conclusion of their internship students must complete a presentation illustrating their mastery of the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards as well as the standards of their particular area of study.

These students will participate in the 141st GSC Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 09, 2015.

For more information about the Teacher Education Program at Glenville State College, contact 304.462.4119.

Summer Criminal Justice Camp Coming to GSC

GLENVILLE, WV — Glenville State College recently announced the dates of its annual Criminal Justice Summer Camp for 2015.

This year’s four-day event will take place July 19th through July 23rd with camp organizers saying that it will be a fun, but serious approach to the criminal justice field.

Students will be introduced to techniques used in criminal investigations then use those techniques to identify suspects in mock crimes.

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Activities in the works for this year’s camp include scuba diving, an obstacle course, crime scene investigation, evidence processing, firearms safety, and more.

“The 2015 Glenville State College Criminal Justice Summer Camp gives students a basic understanding of crime scene investigation. Hands-on activities allow them to process a mock crime scene, develop suspects, and prosecute the suspects in a faux court proceeding,” said GSC Director of Public Safety Ron Taylor.

An enrollment fee of $400 will cover food, housing, activities, and camp supplies.

To register or for more information, contact Taylor at or 304.462.6450 or call Marissa Fox at 304.462.6280.

Glenville City Council Meeting - 05.04.15   -  Tonight

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Glenville City Council
Monday, May 04, 2015
7:00 PM

Pledge of Allegiance

    I. Call To Order

  II. Public

          Public Comment at 6:30

          Approval of Minutes – April 06, 2015
          Minutes of last meeting

III. Reports

          B. Financial -

          C. Street Report -

          D. Police-

          E. Glenville Utility-

          F. Recorder- 

          G. Mayor’s Comments :

                      -City Wide Yard Sale June 12th and 13th

                      - Reminder to Council to report any issues in their Wards

                      - Congratulations to 2015 Graduates

                      - Report on Spring Clean Up (Thank you’s)

                      - Update on Powell Street

                      - Banners and Flags

                      - Need approval for (check) canine Inserts totaling $5,644.43, reimbursement amount from Grant will be $5,000.00

IV. Unfinished Business :

          Amendment to Charter, 2nd Reading

V. New Business :   N/A

VI. Other Business to come before council

VII. Next council meeting:

          June 01, 2015 at 7:00 PM

VIII. Adjourn


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CHARLESTON, WV — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is urging West Virginians to be on the lookout for letters claiming to be a notification of lottery winnings.

The Attorney General’s Office has received calls and questions from consumers who received a letter purporting to be a winning prize notification for an international sweepstakes lottery. The letter includes a check to be used to pay for the prize’s processing fee.

The letter directs the consumer to contact a claims agent to activate the check. Once the check is activated, the winner is told to deposit the check, and then withdraw the same amount to send back to the sweepstakes officials to cover processing and fees. The consumer is not aware he or she has been scammed until the prize check bounces. By then, the scammers have collected the “processing fees” sent by the consumer and moved on to other potential victims.

“When people hear that they won the lottery, they sometimes allow their initial excitement to override warning signs they may typically notice. We want to help protect people from losing their hard earned money to a scam,” Attorney General Morrisey said.

The letter is from Shaw Financial Inc., listing four international offices including the United States, Africa, Ireland, and England. Shaw Financial Incorporated has multiple scam reports on The check is written from Eclipse Enterprises Inc.

The Better Business Bureau has not given either company a rating. On its website, the BBB says the company and address provided on the check are nonexistent.

Sweepstakes and lottery scams are often common in West Virginia, and in 2014, was the third most common type of scam reported to the Consumer Protection Division. Morrisey offers consumers tips on how to identify and ignore the malicious claims:

  •  Keep your money and your information to yourself. Never share your financial information with someone who contacts you and claims to need it.

  •  If you have to pay upfront to collect winnings, it’s no prize. Legitimate sweepstakes will never ask you to pay fees to participate or to receive a prize.

  •  Research the company or lottery to see if they are legitimate. Do an online search with the word “scam” after it to see if anything pops up. By checking out a company’s details, users can easily spot discrepancies.

  •  Organize your sweepstakes entries. You can only win sweepstakes that you enter, so if you receive a notification, you can easily check to make sure that you actually entered that contest.

If you believe you have been a victim of a lottery scam or other scam, call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 800.368.8808 or the Eastern Panhandle field office in Martinsburg at 304.267.0239.

To file a report online, go to

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HONOLULU, HI — The Marine Corps is investigating the death of a Hawaii-based Marine in California.

The Marine Corps said in a statement Saturday Gunnery Sgt. Eugene Jones was found unresponsive in his barracks room at the Staff Noncommissioned Officer Academy in Camp Pendleton.

He was found at 8 AM Wednesday, two days after checked in at the academy to take a course. Medical responders pronounced him dead at the scene.

Jones is from Montgomery, West Virginia. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Headquarters Company Commander 1st Lt. Nicklas Anthony says Jones was an integral part of the Installation Personnel Administration Center and the Headquarters Battalion team at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.


CAIRO, WV - The West Virginia Marble Festival is moving to the home of the state’s last remaining marble factory.

The annual festival has been held in Cairo (KAY’-roh) for 20 years. Media outlets report that the festival will move to Paden City, home of Marble King, in 2016.

Festival coordinator Millie Coty says Cairo formerly was the home of three marble factories. She says the festival began as a way to meet and talk to workers from those factories.

Coty says organizers believe the time has come to move the festival to Paden City.

Paden City Mayor John Hopkins says he looks forward to working with the festival. He says it will showcase not only Marble King, but also the history of the community’s glassmaking and pottery.


CHARLESTON, WV – The Joint Select Committee on Tax Reform will meet for an all-day session Monday to examine the current tax system and examine if any changes are needed.

Tax committee co-chair and House Finance Committee Chairman Eric Nelson said the meeting has two main goals.

“What the goal of the group is to review where we are,” Nelson explained, “and from a basic principal standpoint, ask is our tax environment a fair system, is it simple, and will it promote economic growth?”

Nelson said that the business franchise tax that came off the books on January 1 made West Virginia more competitive with surrounding states, something that the committee wants to examine in the coming weeks.

“Through this whole process we want to see how competitive we are with other states,” he said. “At later meetings we’ll have some national entities come in and talk about what other states have done.”

Nelson felt that since it has been so long since taxes had been examined, it was important to have the meeting and go into it with an open mind.

“We’ve not as a state looked at our tax situation since 2006, nine years,” he said. “And then prior to that it was seven years. So I think it’s prudent upon us to on a regular basis always ask are taxes where they need to be.”

He commended the committee as a “great group” and a “bipartisan group”. The 16 member committee plans to meet at 8:30 AM Monday at the Capitol.


PARKERSBURG, WV — Two churches are working together to provide free and healthy produce while helping participants battle drug problems.

Bill Hess, a member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, donated the ground for a garden to be cultivated by participants through the Day Report Center in Parkersburg.

Produce from the garden will be taken to two Healthy Spot Farm Stands at Mt. Pleasant and at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Parkersburg, said Pastor Scot Clark of Mt. Pleasant.

“This is an opportunity where I am connecting some dots,“ Clark said.

Those fighting an addiction will work in the garden, which is about 50-feet square with additional ground available, Hess said.

Hess’ involvement is because a member of his family is battling an addiction. He was willing to donate the ground for a garden.

“I said I’d be happy to,“ he said.

The garden, located off 26th Avenue in south Parkersburg, will give participants something to do rather than look for drugs, Clark said.

“Idle hands are the devil’s workshop,“ he said.

The site on 26th Avenue is on the bus line, Hess said. Many of the participants do not have their own transportation, he said.

While the garden aids participants, the aim is to provide healthy produce to the community, Clark said. It’s another way to connect the people and the churches and help those of modest means.

“The goal is to get free produce into the hands of those who need it most,“ he said.

The produce will be available at the Healthy Spots at the churches, Clark said. Other sources of food that will be cultivated include home gardeners who have surplus produce, he said.

A massive plant day when most of the crops will be sowed will be scheduled for the first week of June, Hess said. A work schedule also will be organized until harvest time.

To be planted are the usual garden varieties of tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, peppers, cabbage and other staples, except corn, Clark said. Corn is available numerous places, he said.

“I think we’re going to concentrate on salad stuff,“ Clark said.


BLUEFIELD, WV - Authorities have euthanized a pit bull that was at the center of a West Virginia Supreme Court case involving municipal court powers.

Bluefield Police Chief D.M. Dillow the dog’s owner, Estella Mae Robinson, consented to the euthanization.

Dillow says police received a complaint recently that the dog, named Major, had chased a mail carrier. Police seized the dog last week and a veterinarian euthanized him.

Major had faced euthanization in 2013 after he bit an animal control officer. Robinson appealed the euthanization order by a Bluefield municipal court judge to Mercer County Circuit Court and then the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court ruled in October 2014 that the municipal court didn’t have the authority to order the dog’s euthanization.


MOUNDSVILLE, WV - A former fire chief and his wife have received probation for using a Marshall County volunteer fire department’s funds to buy personal items.

Media outlets report that Donald and Marsha McCloud each pleaded guilty last week to fraudulent use of a credit card. In addition to one year of probation, they each received a six-month suspended sentence.

Donald McCloud is a former chief of the Washington Lands Volunteer Fire Department. Prosecutors say the McClouds used the fire department’s credit card to buy nearly $25,000 worth of groceries, music downloads and other personal items.

The couple was charged in 2013.

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OAK HILL, WV—A Fayette County family is recovering after an ATV accident last night near Page.

The crash happened on WV Highway 61, and deputies said the driver of the ATV, James Robins, was heading south toward Oak Hill, when he ran off the road, lost control, and flipped.

A four and five year old riding in the ATV were not hurt, but taken to the hospital as a precaution.

An adult female suffered minor injuries, but the male driver was seriously hurt and moved from a hospital in Oak Hill to Charleston, where he’s considered in stable condition.

Robinson is now facing criminal charges, including gross child neglect creating risk of injury DUI causing injury and DUI with a minor in the vehicle, along with obstructing an officer and disorderly conduct.


HUNTINGTON, WV—A Cabell County man is behind bars after police said he tried to burglarize a home while the owners were sleeping.

According to court documents, dispatchers got a call about a burglary in the 1400 block of Cedar Crest Road in Huntington.

The homeowners told dispatchers they woke up and found Jeremy Bartram in their living room trying to steal several items.

When Bartram saw them, the homeowners said he took off running.

Police found Bartram hiding in the bathtub of a house next door.

They said they found meth and marijuana on him at the jail.

Bartram is charged with burglary and bringing drugs into a correctional facility and is currently in the western regional jail.


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Lincoln’s hometown re-enact his funeral

SPRINGFIELD, IL — At Abraham Lincoln’s death, Secretary of War Edwin Stanton declared, “Now he belongs to the ages,“ but the meticulous, 150th anniversary funeral procession his hometown presented Saturday proved how profoundly the prairie city still considers the slain president its own.

Thousands of people, including many in period costume, gathered at the Old State Capitol, where the 16th president lay in state, to pay tribute to the simple, country lawyer who saved the Union and thrust the nation toward abolishing slavery.

Ranks of soldiers in Union blues and pallbearers, including several direct descendants of those who accompanied Lincoln’s casket in 1865, retraced the route from a downtown train station to the old capitol square, where the coffin was taken from a replica hearse and placed on a catafalque during opening ceremonies.

Drums pounded out a funeral march and many of the 1,250 Civil War re-enactors strode by while a costumed chorus sang the “Star-Spangled Banner,“ and a man in a top hat with a black mourning sash trailing from it ran kid gloves over the coffin to prepare it for a bouquet of flowers.

At the Old State Capitol, where Lincoln served in the Legislature and in 1858 riveted a deteriorating union with his “House Divided” speech, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner opened the weekend’s activities, declaring that Lincoln returned to Springfield a hero for saving the nation and setting its future course.

“His legacy has withstood the test of 150 years, and our love for him has only grown stronger,“ the Republican said.

The re-enactment brought onlookers from far and wide, including many men donning top hats and women in hoop skirts carrying parasols. Even a century-and-a-half later, some felt compelled to attend.

“Lincoln is a magnet to draw all types of people together for the common good, and we need some common good in our country with all the upheaval lately,“ said Bob Churchill, of Riverton, referring to the unrest over police shootings around the nation.

It was a natural place to be for Noah Vaughn, a Springfield native steeped in Lincoln from childhood visits to the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg National Park and Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. where Lincoln was fatally shot.

“Lincoln is just a big part of our lives,“ said Vaughn, who was at the train station with his wife, Megan, and daughters Klaire, 8, and Kennedy, 5. “This is about his legacy and honoring everything he meant to our country and what he means to Springfield.“

The nation lost a leader, while in Springfield, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield said in his opening-ceremony invocation, residents grieved for “not only an esteemed and respected statesman, but their beloved friend and neighbor.“

The period pageantry was juxtaposed with bottled-water sales, onlookers sipping gourmet coffee, and a sea of camera phones stretched above heads to catch glimpses of the action. Before presenting to Rauner a ceremonial coin his country minted for the occasion, Paolo Rondelli, ambassador from San Marino to the U.S., even turned his camera phone on the throng for an image to send home to the southern European country.

The Great Emancipator’s hometown has a checkered history on race. A 1908 race riot spawned the birth of the NAACP, the nation’s oldest civil-rights organization and, 99 years later, on this same capitol square, another politician who had been a little-known state legislator, Barack Obama, announced his intention to become the nation’s first black president.

Lincoln scholar Michael Burlingame noted in his keynote address that on April 11, 1865, two days after the Confederate surrender, John Wilkes Booth made up his mind to kill Lincoln after he heard the president say blacks should have at least limited voting rights.

As much as Martin Luther King and others who were slain during the 1960s push for equality, Burlingame said, “It is appropriate for us in the 21st Century to regard Abraham Lincoln as a martyr to black civil rights.“


MONTPELIER, VT — At Vermont’s Norwich University, 20 high school students will build computers they’ll be able to take home. At Dakota State University in South Dakota, about 200 students will learn about programming. In Southern California, 250 middle school Girl Scouts will be given tiny computers, the chance to fly drones and earn special patches.

And none of the children or their parents will have to pay a cent.

The camps are part of an expanding but modestly funded program called GenCyber that is funded by the National Science Foundation and National Security Agency. The agencies are taking the long view in fulfilling an insatiable need for cybersecurity experts, both in government and private industry, by teaching children about the threats that can be found online, as well the basics of defense and how to make sure they don’t misuse the information they are collecting.

“In order to be really cyber aware, or be ready for the next wave of the cybersecurity workforce, a student, high school, college or new grad entering the workforce really needs to be fundamentally strong in those principles and programming,“ said Josh Pauli, an associate professor at Dakota State who will oversee this summer’s program, expected to draw 200 students to the Madison, South Dakota, campus. “We’re trying to bake it in early when these kids are 15, 16, 17 years old.“

Last year, the NSA and NSF collaborated on a pilot program that ran six such summer camps across the country, for both children and teachers. They set a goal of 30 for this summer, but demand was so great there are 43 at a cost of about $4 million, said Steven LaFountain, the dean of the College of Cyber at the National Security Agency, who is credited by many with conceiving the idea.

LaFountain said that his original goal was to get to 200 camps by 2020, but that demand is so great it could happen sooner.

The camps vary in length; some are day camps, some sleepover. There are different camps for high school and middle school. Some are just for girls, some just boys, some mixed. Some camps are just for teachers.

Victor Piotrowski, the lead program director of the CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service program run by the National Science Foundation, said the camps are part of a broader effort by the federal government to attract people to cybersecurity at a time when, as he put it, the unemployment rate in that workforce is zero.

“Every company now has it on its radar, and everybody wants to hire computer science specialists, and unfortunately we don’t have the capacity,“ Piotrowski said.

The 20 high school students who will attend the camp at Norwich, which is nationally recognized for its cybersecurity programs, will build their own computers, learn about attacking and defending networks, and hear from speakers, said Peter Stephenson, the director of the school’s Center for Advanced Computing and Digital Forensics.

“Obviously, the government is hoping, especially the NSA, is hoping that they’ll be able to take advantage of some of these students as they progress, but there’s no requirement here that these students move on to government,“ Stephenson said.

Dakota State had 350 applications for 200 spots this summer, Pauli said.

Claire Jefferson-Glipa, of the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio, east of Los Angeles, said troops were looking for ways to give girls from low-income areas an edge. She cold-called Tony Coulson, the director of the Cyber Security Center at California State University, San Bernardino, after hearing about the school’s cyber programs.

Last December, 300 girls went to the school for a one-day workshop called “Cyber Pathways for Middle School Girls.“ It was so successful they put together the weeklong program that will be held there next month.

The girls will receive small computers they can take home. They will learn how to build and create firewalls and spend time taking apart electronic equipment. They’ll also fly drones.

“It will be a fun cat-and-mouse game between teams, where one team will take a turn flying the drone and the others will take turns trying to take control over those drones,“ Jefferson-Glipa said.

Sophianna Satiana, a seventh-grade Cadette Girl Scout from Riverside County who got her first exposure to cybersecurity at the December workshop, said the workshop helped her become aware of the need for such protections.

She plans to attend the summer camp but said she didn’t know if she’d go into cyber security when she grows up.

“I guess I really want to learn how to protect myself and stay safe,“ she said.

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NEW YORK, NY — The U.S. government announced a system Friday to compensate people harmed by Sudan, Iran and Cuba using some of the $8.9 billion forfeited by France’s largest bank for violating U.S. economic sanctions by processing transactions for clients in blacklisted countries.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Goldstein revealed the plan after U.S. District Judge Lorna G. Schofield formally sentenced BNP Paribas consistent with the bank’s guilty plea last year. She said the bank must turn over the forfeiture and pay a $140 million fine. It also pleaded guilty to state charges.

Federal authorities say the forfeiture set a record for a sanctions case brought by the Justice Department and for a penalty imposed in a criminal case involving a bank.

The bank admitted conspiring to violate the International Emergency Powers Act and the Trading with the Enemy Act. It said it processed billions of dollars in illegal transactions on behalf of clients in Sudan, Cuba and Iran as it violated U.S. trade sanctions imposed to block the participation of some countries in the global financial system.

A lawyer for the bank said Friday that it was committed to ensuring its reforms meet proper standards.

In anticipation of Goldstein’s announcement, about 15 victims of the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa came to court. They cited court rulings concluding al-Qaida relied on support from Sudan to carry out terror attacks, including the bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.

They left unhappy after Goldstein and another government lawyer announced that anyone harmed during the 2004 to 2012 stretch in which the bank admitted wrongdoing could file a claim at and that others harmed outside those years could also try to make an argument for compensation.

“Total disappointment,“ said Marina Kirima, a Seattle resident who worked at the embassy in Kenya when it was bombed. “It’s like starting all over again.“

She added: “I was thinking that they would start the process to give the victims something, however small.“

Her younger brother, injured in the blast, never walked again and died from lingering injuries 14 years later, she said outside court. In all, 224 people died in the blasts, a dozen Americans among them.

James Ndeda, a systems specialist at the U.S. embassy when he suffered a skull fracture in the Nairobi bombing, motioned toward other unhappy victims.

“As you look at these faces, they’re all disappointed,“ he said. “This process has taken too long.“

Ndeda, who lives in Seattle, said he is in touch with about 500 victims of the bombings in Africa.

“I don’t know what to tell them,“ he said.

Attorney Bill Wheeler, among a team of lawyers who won an $8.7 billion award in 2013 for about 600 clients, including the embassy bombing victims, said government attorneys had indicated money would be forthcoming.

“Then they said, ‘We’ll come up with this silly website thing,‘“ he said with disgust. “This website sounds like something a bunch of high schoolers would come up with.“

Friday’s hearing did not displease everyone. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio noted in a release that $448 million of the BNP forfeiture will go to the Manhattan district attorney’s office and $447 million to the city, some of which will be used to equip all police officers with smartphones.


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WV Eighth Graders Receive Golden Horseshoe Award on Friday, May 01, 2015

CHARLESTON, WV – Knowledge of the Mountain State really paid off for a group of eighth graders who were honored with a prestigious award at the Culture Center Friday.

On Friday, 233 eighth grade students from across the state received the award for their knowledge of history and culture.

State Superintendent Michael Martirano inducted the students from all 55 counties as Knights of the Golden Horseshoe Society during a pinning ceremony at the Culture Center in Charleston. The award is considered one of the greatest honors bestowed upon students in West Virginia.

“The Golden Horseshoe is coveted by many in the state, but received by very few,“ said Martirano. “It is an honor that these students can be proud of for years to come.“

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The Golden Horseshoe test has been administered in West Virginia each year since 1931 and is the longest running program of its kind in the United States. The top-scoring students in each county receive the prestigious award. Each county has at least two winners. The exam tests student knowledge on West Virginia citizenship, civics and government, economics, geography, history and current events.

The Golden Horseshoe originated in the early 1700s in Virginia when then-Governor Alexander Spotswood saw the need for exploration of the land west of the Allegheny Mountains, most of which is now West Virginia. Spotswood organized a party of about 50 men to explore the frontier. At the end of the exploration, he presented each member of the party with a golden horseshoe.

Translated from Latin, the inscription on each horseshoe read, “Thus it was decided to cross the mountains.“ On the other side was written, “Order of the Golden Horseshoe.“ Because of this, the recipients became known as ‘The Knights of the Golden Horseshoe.‘“

Those who Received Golden Horseshoe Award in the Region Are:


Ariel Jones
Gage Poling
Anna Ruf

Brady Bender
Garrett Perkins
Sydney Skidmore

Jeremy Parsons
Destiny Wager

Oliva Legg
Heather Sears
James Summers

Andrew McKinney
Jamila Wright

Logan Phares
Kaylene Snyder

Hailie Davis
Brooke Driscoll
Alanna Lowther
Tristan Nolte
Vincent Pinti
Gunnar Webb

Brice Johnston
Ryan Overton
Makenna Spangler

Kate Belmont
Hannah Dorsey
Brayden Hornsby
Madison Spencer

Haley Mitchel
Michael Sammons
Samuel Summers

Dylan Hammack
Carley Jarrell
Jeffrey Proctor-Kinsley

Dylan Seckman
Noah Smith
Alaina Thompson

Anthony Cutlip
Tyler Sikarskie
Seth Warner

Andrew Holcomb
Parker Stout
ShaiAnne Williams

Cameron Melott
Jordan Stackpole
Noah Wade

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Calhoun’s Truancy Rate Unavailable, Gilmer School’s Truancy Rate 50%

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WV state school board member Wade Linger recently said that in some counties teachers are missing more days than their students.

State education officials acknowledge there may be a problem but couldn’t provide any firm numbers to support the Linger’s allegation.

Thirty-nine of West Virginia’s 55 counties had more than a quarter of their students truant last school year. Twenty-four out of 55 had more than a third truant.

Four counties — Gilmer, Lewis, McDowell and Wyoming — had more than half their students truant.

Calhoun school superintendent Tim Woodyard did not respond to a public information request regarding the rate of Calhoun student absenteeism.

Woodward also declined to comment on the teacher rate of absenteeism.

Last year, Calhoun Schools said significant progress had been made in reducing student truancy, but the truancy rate is not available.

Students are considered truant when they have five or more absences.

The Kanawha school board unanimously voted to revise its employee attendance policy to add the requirement that teachers and other workers show proof of a doctor’s appointment within five days once they return to work.

In 2013, legislators pushed a bill to address the alleged problem, then-state schools Superintendent Jim Phares said informal data showed Linger’s assertion was true for most counties.

The state Department of Education doesn’t have teacher absenteeism data that’s comparable statewide, said spokeswoman Liza Cordeiro.

“There is not a standardized mechanism for reporting from county to county,” Cordeiro said. “We are currently working with a team to develop standardized reporting categories and should have concrete numbers by this summer.”

Dale Lee, president of the West Virginia Education Association teachers union said, “I think there may be individual instances where it is being abused… and those individuals should be dealt with themselves. But as a whole, I don’t think it’s a problem.”

Less than six months later, The Kanawha school board unanimously voted to revise its employee attendance policy to add the requirement that teachers and other workers show proof of a doctor’s appointment within five days once they return to work.

“What we found was happening was that once people started getting letters warning them of their six unexcused absences, they started piling up the doctors’ excuses, which created a lot of hassles,” said the Kanawha school board’s lawyer, Jim Withrow.

Kanawha Schools Superintendent Ron Duerring said that Kanawha County faces issues with having to pay for substitutes to cover for employees who start off a school year, use all 15 sick days and then quit before school gets out.

Duerring said, “When things like this come up, it’s really deflecting away from the real issues and the problems that we’re having.”

~~  Bob Weaver - Challenge WV ~~

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This reveals another major failure with the WVBOE’s intervention. We know now that it has neglected truancy in Gilmer County.

This brings up another sticky issue. The WVBOE refuses to reveal if we are better off or worse off in the personnel category than we were before intervention 4.5 years ago.

Gabe and Blankenship reminded everyone that they were in total control of personnel decisions and the local level has nothing to do with it although the County pays the bills.

It would be revealing to know how much of the truancy occurred at the GCHS where about 1/2 of the County’s students go.

No wonder WV is at the bottom for education. The WVBOE’s emphasis is on building schools and bankrupting Counties. Results for students linger at the bottom of the priority list.

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West Virginia News   15050301

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CHARLESTON, WV - After a 2014 chemical spill polluted drinking water for more than 300,000 people in West Virginia, lawmakers there quickly mandated tighter surveillance of the state’s chemical storage tanks. It revealed dozens of tanks that shouldn’t have been in service still posed a potential threat to drinking water for more than 134,000 people downstream.

Some were corroded and a few were filled with hazardous chemicals.

But under pressure from industry, lawmakers have already exempted thousands of tanks from the law.

Industry groups said the original law would stifle business.

Environmental and watchdogs groups say the law is working, despite officials’ urgency to scale it back.

Regulators say the problem tanks are now mostly drained, and owners are monitoring others until they’re taken out of service for repairs.


ROMNEY, WV - Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s task forces on substance abuse are slated to meet in Romney and Morgantown.

On Monday at 12:30 PM, one of the Governor’s Regional Substance Abuse Task Forces will gather at the South Branch Inn in Romney.

State officials are asking residents in Pendleton, Grant, Hardy, Mineral, Hampshire, Morgan, Jefferson and Berkeley counties to participate.

Another meeting will take place at 6 PM at Lakeview Resort in Morgantown.

Residents in Monongalia, Preston, Marion, Doddridge, Harrison, Taylor, Barbour, Tucker, Gilmer, Lewis, Upshur, Randolph and Braxton are asked to join.

The meetings will focus on treatments and best practices for the opioid epidemic in West Virginia.

The sessions will explain abstinence and medication-assisted treatment options.


CHARLESTON, WV - West Virginia University’s Board of Governors has approved a tuition increase of nearly 10% for in-state students.

Out-of-state students will pay nearly 5% more for tuition starting in the fall semester under the board’s vote yesterday in Morgantown.

The Higher Education Policy Commission must approve the in-state tuition increases.

West Virginia Arrests   15050301

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MORGANTOWN, WV – The suspect in a sexual abuse case in Morgantown is in custody after a downtown foot chase.

Theodore Gibbs, 23, is accused of forcing himself on 70-year-old woman on April 25.

“There was a relationship with a family member of the victim and the assailant at one point in time. So, they knew each other,” explained Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston. “Following the report and investigation, the officers were able to obtain an arrest warrant.”

Gibbs, who has no permanent address, has been in trouble before Preston said.

“This is the first thing of this caliber and magnitude that he has done obviously. But, that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have the capacity to do more. So, right now, he’s in custody.”

Police spotted Gibbs Friday afternoon near Wall Street and University Avenue.

He’s familiar to law enforcement.

“He has been arrested not solely by our police department. He has a criminal history. He is known to law enforcement. We were able to locate him quickly and get him off the street,” Preston said.

When approached by police, Gibbs ran.

A foot chase ended at the Chestnut Street parking garage where Gibbs was arrested.

Gibbs was scheduled for arraignment Friday evening on a charge of first-degree sexual abuse.

U.S.A. News   15050301

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CHIHUAHUAN DESERT, Texas—Private space company Blue Origin successfully launched and landed a tourism vehicle, New Shepard, Wednesday from a remote area in western Texas, reported Friday.

“Any astronauts on board would have had a very nice journey into space and a smooth return,“ founder and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wrote in a blog post.

The capsule, fit for six people, reached an altitude of more than 307,000 feet, or 58 miles, effectively breaking through the mesosphere located above the ozone layer.

One major goal for private space companies like Blue Origin and Tesla is to reuse their vehicles’ propulsion modules, or boosters, in order to increase flight accessibility to the public. Wednesday’s test flight did not reach that goal, but Bezos is optimistic that the assembly of new modules is already underway. “We’ll be ready to fly again soon,“ he wrote.

Company president Rob Meyerson told reporters that “significant” testing must be done before they invite willing humans on board for trial runs.


SEATTLE, TX—Aerospace giant Boeing has discovered yet another technical problem with its 787 Dreamliner—and this one could rob the aircraft of its power at 35,000 feet, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

According to the FAA, Boeing discovered the glitch during routine testing. Apparently, software installed on the 787 triggers the glitch if the aircraft is connected to onboard or ground power for at least 248 continuous days, the FAA report said.

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Wall Street Journal reported the FAA’s safety directive concerning the software Friday.

While that might seem like a long period of time to have a commercial jet connected to power, the 787’s software takes such a long time to boot up each time that some airlines may be tempted to keep it connected, experts say—kind of like how many people never turn their laptops or PCs off because it’s simply more convenient to leave them running continuously.

If the Dreamliner isn’t powered down regularly, the software can push all four of the plane’s main generator control units into “fail safe” mode—which can cut off the jetliner’s entire electrical system, no matter whether it’s parked on the tarmac or flying at 35,000 feet over the Pacific Ocean. And such a loss in power could rob pilots of their ability to fly the jet.

If that scenario unfolded, the jet would momentarily resort to battery power and deploy a ram-air turbine—a fan-like generator that uses outside air, like a windmill, to create a small amount of emergency power.

The 787 is the most power-thirsty commercial jetliner in existence—as it uses twice as much electricity as the Airbus A-380, the largest jetliner in the world, the Journal report said.

The FAA safety directive instructs all U.S. 787 operators to power down the aircraft’s systems at regular periodic intervals to prevent the glitch from occurring. Boeing said powering down the electrical systems of its aircraft is part of regular maintenance, and just last week it encouraged carriers to voluntarily power down the systems at least every four months.

The directive applies to about two dozen 787s are operated by U.S. carriers, but foreign carriers will likely also heed the agency’s warning and apply the safety measure to the other 230 Dreamliners flying around the world.

Boeing said it will issue a software update to correct the glitch later this year.

For the 787, which entered commercial service in October 2011, this new headache is the latest in a long line of technical problems that have dogged the aircraft since its introduction.

In 2013, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board opened a safety inquiry after multiple reports of a fuel leak and one report involving electrical wiring. That same month, the FAA officially grounded all 787 airliners due to a potential fire hazard with its battery system—the first time the agency removed any aircraft model from flight since 1979.

At the center of the 787’s grounding was overheating of its lithium ion batteries made of lithium cobalt oxide. The FAA allowed 787 flights to resume in April 2013 after Boeing redesigned the battery system.

Later that same year, a Norwegian carrier removed a 787 from its operations fleet because it said the plane had broke down on six different occasions.

World News   15050301

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We all make mistakes and some of us learn from them. What is even better is to learn from other people’s mistakes, where they pay for those mistakes while we learn free of charge.

Many Americans who say that we should learn from other people, especially Europeans, mean that we should imitate what they did. That may make those who talk this way feel superior to other Americans. But let us never forget that the most disastrous ideologies of the 20th century – Communism, Fascism and Nazism – all originated in Europe. So did both world wars.

More recently, Europe has been belatedly discovering how unbelievably stupid it was to import millions of people from cultures that despise Western values, and which often promote hatred toward Western people.

Maybe that is a mistake that we can think about when Congress finally decides to do something about our open borders and our immigration laws that we refuse to enforce.

European antitrust regulators are giving us another free lesson in confused thinking by filing antitrust charges against Google, on grounds that its searching facilities give preferential treatment to Google’s own searching services over other competing searching services.

The European Union’s commissioner for competition explained the basis for the complaint against Google: “We have a focus on a certain conduct, a certain behavior which, if our doubts are going to be proven, we would like to change because we believe that it hampers competition.“

Some of us think laws should be clear-cut statements of what you can and cannot do. Indicting people under laws that can lead to fines in the billions of dollars over what “we believe” or what international bureaucrats have “doubts” about is not really law. It is an exercise of arbitrary power, based on whatever subjective notions are in vogue among government bureaucrats.

The history of American antitrust law shows too many similar vague and confused notions masquerading as law. The idea that the accused must prove their innocence, under the “rebuttable presumptions” of the Robinson-Patman Act of 1936, was a forerunner of the same mindset under later “disparate impact” theories in civil rights law.

What such fancy words boil down to is that very little evidence is required to shift the burden of proof to the accused, in defiance of centuries-old legal traditions that the accuser has the burden of proof in criminal cases and the plaintiffs have the burden of proof in civil cases. Otherwise, any fact or theory that sounds plausible to legal authorities is enough to force the accused to prove a negative or lose the case.

Such violations of the legal standards used in most other cases are usually inflicted on those who have already been demonized and whose guilt has been assumed and punishment is fervently desired, such as big business, employers accused of discrimination or men accused of rape.

Google is accused of running its Internet search programs in such a way that they are more accessible to the public than other search programs available through Google. Since people can search through other sources besides Google, it is not at all clear why Google cannot run its own operation for its own benefit, while others run their operations for their own benefit.

The whole point of competition in the market is to create economic efficiency which, by its very nature, means eliminating the less efficient producers. Confusion about the difference between maintaining competition and maintaining competitors has long plagued antitrust law on both sides of the Atlantic. But Americans seem in recent years to be recognizing the difference.

In Europe, there still seems to be a notion that big companies with many customers should help their smaller competitors survive – especially if the big companies are American and the smaller companies are European. In other words, Google should be run in such a way that competing search programs are as prominently featured as Google’s own search program.

Whatever the case that could be made for this argument, as a matter of manners, noblesse oblige or whatever, people in charge of antitrust law are not in charge of manners or noblesse oblige. Law is too serious to be subordinated to fashionable notions or political expediency.

~~  Thomas Sowell - An author, economist and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University ~~

WVSBDC celebrates National Small Business Week

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CHARLESTON, WV — In honor of entrepreneurs during National Small Business Week May 04 - 08, the West Virginia Small Business Development Center will offer workshops for startup businesses at no cost.

The standard rate for the Business Fundamental workshop is $35. Led by WVSBDC business coaches, the workshops are designed for those who are thinking of starting, or have had a business for one year or less.

Workshop attendees should still register for workshops so WVSBDC business coaches can supply materials for all participants.

“More than 95 percent of West Virginia businesses are small businesses,” said Kristina Oliver, state director, West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC). “Our mission is to not only encourage entrepreneurs to start businesses, but to continue to help them succeed and grow.”

The WVSBDC has scheduled several workshops during National Small Business Week. The roster of workshops held across the state year round can be found on the agency’s website by clicking the training calendar.

May 05
- Harrisville, 6 – 9 PM, 217 West Main Street. Contact: Marsa C. Myers,

- Berkeley Springs, 9 AM – Noon, The Pines Opportunity Center, 109 War Memorial Drive. Contact: Mary Hott,

- Wheeling, 9 AM – Noon, WVNCC B&O Building Room 418, 1704 Market Street. Contact: Donna Schramm,

- Welch, 10 AM – 1 PM, 90 Howard St, Welch.  Contact: Harold Patterson,

- Grantsville, 6 – 9 PM, Commons Area, Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center, 5260 East Little Kanawha Highway. Contact: Marsa C. Myers,

- Williamson, 9 AM – Noon, 1100 East 4th Avenue. Contact: Dreama Wolfingbarger,

- Winfield, 9 AM – Noon, 5664 State Route 34. Contact:, Bryan Shaw, 304.528.5617

May 07
- Martinsburg, 9 AM – Noon, 5550 Winchester Avenue. Contact: Mary Hott, 304.380.3279

- Bluefield, 1 – 4 PM, 219 Rock Street, Mahood Hall, Paul Cole School of Business. Contact: Harold Patterson,

- Moorefield, 6 – 8:30 PM, Ste. 2, 151 Robert C Byrd Industrial Park Road. Contact: Beth Ludewig,

- Buckhannon, 10 AM – 1 PM, Upshur County Economic Development Authority, 30 East Main Street. Susie Higgins,

- Beckley, 1 – 4 PM, WorkForce West Virginia building , 299 New River Drive. Contact: Joe Carlucci,

- Charleston, 9 AM – Noon, 1116 Smith Street. Dreama Wolfingbarger, 304.957.2083

May 08
- Huntington, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI ) Building, 1050 Fourth Avenue, briefing room. Contact: Amber Wilson,

The workshops are the second step in the WVSBDC Three Step Jump Start.

Step 1: Watch the online video on the WVSBDC website The video explains available WVSBDC services available to new and established entrepreneurs.

Step 2: Attend a workshop led by a WVSBDC business coach. The training, designed for startup and new (1 year or less) companies, covers business fundamentals. Typically, workshops are offered at a minimum cost. This year, the cost is waived during Small Business Week.

Step 3: Make an appointment with a WVSBDC business coach. The coach works with the business owner as an advisor and guide. Coaches can help with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services. There is no cost for WVSBDC’s confidential one-on-one coaching services.

The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

Twenty-four Teams of West Virginia Eighth Graders to Compete in Sixth Annual History Bowl

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CHARLESTON, WV – The West Virginia Division of Culture and History will hold its sixth annual State History Bowl Championship on Tuesday, May 5, at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex, Charleston. Twenty-four teams of eighth graders from 18 schools in 13 counties will vie for the championship title. Activities begin with a general assembly at 9 AM, followed by the first round of competition at 9:30 AM.

Guest moderators, including Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, Department of Education and the Arts Deputy Cabinet Secretary Martha McKee, Senior Advisor to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin F. Raamie Barker, Counsel to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District Steve Ruby, Chancellor of Higher Education Policy Commission Dr. Paul Hill, Delegate Michael Ferro (D-Marshall), Sesquicentennial Commission member Larry Swann, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, and West Virginia Division of Culture and History Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, will preside over several sessions.

The double-elimination tournament includes lightning rounds and team rounds featuring questions about state and county history, culture, geography, government, heritage, sports and tourism prepared by the staff of the division’s Archives and History section.

The Archives and History staff developed more than 1,800 questions for its online Quick Quizzes. Teams preparing for the tournament use the Archives and History Daily Trivia and Quick Quizzes as helpful tools from the division’s website,

Eighth graders in public, private and home-school education programs are eligible to compete on the four-person teams in double-elimination tournament play. The regional winners and runner-up teams from each district and the top eight teams from a play-in competition will compete in the tournament final.

The play-in competition was held to accommodate schools that were unable to compete in their regional round because of inclement weather and school closings. It also was open to all schools throughout the state that wanted to get a second chance in the History Bowl tournament.

Competitors include the following teams:

Andrew Jackson Middle School                       Cross Lanes, Kanawha County
Belington Middle School                               Belington, Barbour County
Cameron High School (2 teams)                      Cameron, Marshall County
East Hardy Early/Middle School (2 teams)          Baker, Hardy County
Edison Middle School                                   Parkersburg, Wood County
Fairview Middle School                               Fairview, Marion County
Frankfort Middle School                               Ridgeley, Mineral County
Independence Middle School (2 teams)              Sophia, Raleigh County
Jackson Middle School (2 teams)                      Vienna, Wood County
Keyser Middle School                                 Keyser, Mineral Couny
Madison Middle School                               Madison, Boone County
Peterstown Middle School                             Peterstown, Monroe County
Richwood Middle School                               Richwood, Nicholas County
Shady Spring Middle School (2 teams)              Shady Spring, Raleigh County
Sissonville Middle School                             Sissonville, Kanawha County
Summersville Middle School                         Summersville, Nicholas County
Taylor County Middle School                         Grafton, Taylor County
Wayne Middle School (2 teams)                      Wayne, Wayne County

For more information, contact Matt McGrew, tournament director and education coordinator for Archives and History, at 304.558.0230.

West Virginia News   15050201

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CHARLESTON, WV —The Mason County Board of Education faces almost $17,000 in state environmental fines for sewage issues at three elementary schools.

A Department of Environmental Protection consent order signed last month cited problems at Ashton Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary and Beale Elementary.

The order says sewage treatment plants at the schools exceeded their limits of several substances discharged into waterways 65 times combined from June 2012 to December 2014.

DEP cited instances in June and September 2012 when Beale Elementary exceeded fecal coliform limits by about 15,000 and 14,000%.

The order says Roosevelt Elementary created deposits and sludge banks at the bottom of its receiving stream.

The order says equipment wasn’t properly set up and maintained at Ashton and Roosevelt.


CHARLESTON, WV—The state tourism division’s record keeper has been subpoenaed in the criminal cases over a massive chemical spill last year.

In Charleston federal court Thursday, the subpoena says the Division of Tourism records custodian must attend the May 06 hearing for Freedom Industries officials facing federal charges.

The subpoena requires producing correspondence involving Tourism Commissioner Amy Shuler Goodwin’s office about the January 2014 chemical spill.

Goodwin is married to U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin, whose office is handling the case.

Ex-Freedom officials Gary Southern and Dennis Farrell want Goodwin’s office off the case, saying some staffers are conflicted because they were affected by the spill. Prosecutors disagree.

The spill spurred a tap-water ban for 300,000 people for days.


HUNTINGTON, WV — The dean of Marshall University’s medical school has established a scholarship at the school in honor of his wife.

The university has announced that the Mary R. Shapiro Scholarship is an endowed scholarship that will be awarded to a medical student who is a poster or oral presentation winner at the annual School of Medicine Research Day. The award is renewable for three additional years pending normal academic progress.

Dr. Joseph I. Shapiro and his wife came to Huntington in 2012 when he was named the fifth dean of the medical school. Mary Shapiro is a registered nurse and the daughter of a physician.


CHARLESTON, WV—West Virginia’s biggest water utility wants to increase its rates by 28%.

On Thursday, West Virginia American Water announced a $35.5 million case to increase rates with the Public Service Commission.

The company attributes the proposed increase to $105 million in system improvements since 2012 and $98 million in projects planned through February 2017.

West Virginia American Water says the increase doesn’t include costs from the January 2014 chemical spill, which sullied its water for 300,000 people for days.

If approved, the average family using 3,256 gallons per month would see their monthly water bill increase from $41.27 to $52.90.

The minimum bill for 1,500 gallons would increase from $23.20 to $30.06.

The PSC has up to 300 days for review. New rates wouldn’t be effective before February 2016.

West Virginia Arrests   15050201

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WESTON, WV — More than a dozen people are facing drug charges in Lewis County and Upshur County after an operation led by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department Thursday.

According to Sheriff Adam Gissy, the department conducted a “drug sweep,” targeting 13 individuals who were involved in meth and oxycodone trade within Lewis County. Of those individuals, six had a Lewis County address, six had an Upshur County address and one had a Harrison County address.

Members from the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office and Buckhannon Police Department assisted with the warrant service on those individuals located in Upshur County.

“Cooperation is key in curbing crime in general,” Gissy said. “Those whom are involved in criminal activity often ignore county lines; thus the importance of multi-jurisdictional collaboration.”

The ten individuals arrested were Whitney Higginbotham, Justin Moots, Harold “Bucky” Murphy, Charles Merriman, Daniel Maxson, Dashuan Grimes, Nancy Webb, Justin Bleigh, Chance Wickline and Troi Foster.

As of 4:15 PM Thursday, according to Gissy, Theodore O’Connell, Amanda “Mindy” Ruble and Jamie Wright remained at-large.


MORGANTOWN, WV—Officers of the Morgantown Police Department began investigating a reported incident in which a 70-year-old woman was sexually assaulted on April 25, 2015.

Officers were able to identify a suspect upon an investigation.

Theodore Gibbs, 23, was confronted on May 01 near Wall Street and University Avenue in Morgantown. Police attempted to take him into custody, but Gibbs fled the scene on foot. Officers later apprehended him at the Chestnut Street Parking Garage.

Gibbs was charged with first degree sexual abuse.


CHARLESTON, WV — A West Virginia man who admitted stealing expensive lawn ornaments has been sentenced to four months in jail.

Media outlets report 39-year-old Christopher Derricks of Sissonville apologized in court before being sentenced on a grand larceny charge Thursday.

Court records show yard sculptures and lawn ornaments were reported stolen last spring in Charleston, including a metal wheel valued at nearly $2,000. Dozens of confiscated items have since been returned to their owners.

A Kanawha County circuit judge sentenced Derricks to up to 10 years in prison but said he would suspend the sentence in September.


LAVALE, MD — Two people wanted by West Virginia State Police were arrested at a Maryland mall.

The Cumberland Times-News reports Allegany County deputies were called due to a disturbance complaint at the Country Club Mall, where they encountered 33-year-old Tabbatha Marie Rayner and 27-year-old Donald Lee Rutler.

The officers checked police records and found outstanding warrants on Rayner and Rutler for theft, forged documents, receiving stolen property and related offenses.

The two were arrested and taken before an Allegany County court commissioner, who ordered both to be held without bond pending extradition back to Mineral County in West Virginia.

It is unclear if Rayner or Rutler has a lawyer.


MARTINSBURG, WV - A federal prosecutor says a former loan officer has pleaded guilty to bank fraud.

U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld says 39-year-old Kimberly Haslacker of Romney entered the plea Friday in federal court in Martinsburg.

Haslacker was a loan officer at The Bank of Romney. Ihlenfeld says she used her position to submit fake loan applications in her name and those of friends and relatives to obtain nearly $170,000.

She faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine at sentencing.

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