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G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – HEAD ATHLETIC COACH - Girls - GES, TES

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AVAILABLE POSITIONS:
Elementary Girls Basketball Coach
Glenville Elementary School
Troy Elementary School

JOB DESCRIPTION:

FOR THE POSITION OF: HEAD ATHLETIC COACH

REPORTS TO: Principal/Athletic Director

JOB GOAL: To assist with participating student to achieve a high level of skill, an appreciation for the values of discipline and an increased level of self-esteem


RESPONSIBILITIES:

Professional and Interpersonal Relations

1. cooperates with building principal,

2. cooperates with athletic director,

3. develops rapport with coaching staff within the school,

4. organizes coaching staff,

5. develops positive relationship with participants,

6. develops positive relationship with student body,

7. develops positive relationship with faculty,

8. develops positive relationship with parents and community,

9. develops positive relationship with game officials,

10. develops positive relationship with news media,

11. develops positive relationship with opponents,

12. employs appropriate conduct during games,

13. employs appropriate conduct during practices,

14. attends league, conference and WVSSAC,

15. participates in activities that foster professional growth and development,

16. motivates staff and players toward desired goals, and commands respect by example in appearance, manners, behavior and language.

Coaching and Related Areas

17. develops high caliber and quality instruction,

18. teaches fundamental skills,

19. handles athletic injuries,

20. cares for equipment,

21. supervises participants and disciplines team appropriately,

22. designs quality organization of practice sessions,

23. designs pre-season planning,

24. supervises managers and other support personnel,

25. manages budget,

26. follows purchasing procedures,

27. initiates game organizational skills,

28. follows board of education, league, conference, and WVSSAC policies,

29. devotes time and energy to coaching duties,

30. follows end of season procedures,

31.  performs other duties as assigned by principal/athletic director.


EMPLOYMENT TERM: 2014-2015 season


QUALIFICATIONS:

* Hold or qualify for West Virginia Certificate as required under State Board Policy 5202

* Possess the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully carry out responsibilities of the position.


SALARY: County Supplement - $600


SUBMIT: Application for employment; Copy of WV Coaching Certificate; Current employees submit Extra Curricular Bid Sheet (located on the county website) Incomplete application packets will not be considered.


Send these documents to:
                                  Judith Stalnaker, Personnel Director
                                  Gilmer County Schools
                                  201 North Court Street
                                  Glenville, WV 26351


CLOSING DATE:  Wednesday, October 01, 2014 - 3:00 PM


As required by federal laws and regulations, the Gilmer County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, marital status, disability, age and national origin in employment and in the administration of any of its education programs or activities.  Inquires may be directed to Title IX Coordinator, Gilmer County Board of Education, 201 N. Court Street, Glenville, WV 26351, phone 304.462.7386; to the Elimination of Sex Discrimination Program Coordinator, 304.558.7864; or the U.S. Department of Education’s Director of the Office of Civil Rights, 215.596.6795.


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Posted: 09-24-14

G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Facilitator for Gifted Education, Itinerant

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POSITION: Facilitator for Gifted Education, Itinerant


JOB DESCRIPTION: Responsibilities and Performance Criteria


FOR THE POSITION OF: SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER - GIFTED


REPORTS TO: School Principal


CLASSROOM TEACHERS’ RESPONSIBILITIES:


I. The teacher shall implement the programs of study.  The performance criteria for this area shall include:

    A. Bases instruction on adopted curricula for the school.

    B. Demonstrates accurate and current knowledge in subject field.

    C. Develops appropriate lessons to teach instructional objectives.

    D. Employs a variety of instructional strategies to augment achievement.

    E. Uses content scope and sequence in planning.


II. The teacher fosters a classroom climate conducive to learning. The performance criteria for this area shall include:

    A. Follows established school discipline procedures that include West Virginia Board of Education Policy 4373, Student Code of Conduct.

    B. Establishes procedures and rules that enhance learning.

    C. Encourages students’ attendance.

    D. Sets high positive expectations for student performance.

    E. Encourages and acknowledges individual student accomplishments and appropriate behavior.

    F. Treats students in a fair and equitable manner.

    G. Accommodates individual learning differences.

    H. Creates and maintains an environment that supports learning.

    I.  Communicates with parents.


III. The teacher utilizes instructional management systems models that increase student learning. The performance criteria for this area shall include:

    A. Prepares and implements lesson plans.

    B. Begins lesson or instructional activity with a review of previous material as appropriate.

    C. Has materials, supplies and equipment ready at the start of the lesson or instructional activity.

    D. Introduces the instructional activity and specifies instructional objectives.

    E. Directs and adequately supervises students to be on task quickly at the beginning of each instructional activity.

    F. Presents reading, writing, speaking, and listening strategies using concepts and language that students understand.

    G. Provides relevant examples and demonstrations to illustrate concepts and skills.

    H. Assigns developmentally appropriate tasks.

    I.  Provides instructional pacing that ensures student understanding.

    J. Maximizes student time-on-task.

    K. Makes effective transitions between instructional activities.

    L. Summarizes the main point(s) of the instructional activity.

    M. Encourages students to express ideas clearly and accurately.

    N. Incorporates higher level thinking skills.

    O. Assists students to develop productive work habits and study skills, enabling communication with parents as needed.

    P. Provides remediation activities for students.

    Q. Designs, delivers, and assesses student learning activities addressing the state adopted instructional goals and objectives.

    R. Integrates a variety of technology applications and learning tools to augment student achievement.


IV. The teacher monitors student progress towards mastery of instructional goals and objectives. The performance criteria for this area shall include:

    A. Gathers, stores, and monitors data related to student learning for use in assessing progress toward achieving the instructional objectives.

    B. Follows grading policies and regulations.

    C. Maintains accurate and complete student records.

    D. Monitors and evaluates student progress.

    E. Provides feedback on student work.

    F. Monitors student attendance.


V. The teacher communicates effectively within the educational community, and with parents on a regular basis.  The performance criteria in this area shall include:

    A. Communicates student progress according to established procedures and policies.

    B. Communicates regularly and effectively with students, co-workers, parents/guardians, and the community, and exhibits appropriate interactive skills.

    C. Follows confidentiality procedures regarding students, parents/guardians, and fellow staff members.

    D. Speaks and writes standard English clearly, correctly, and distinctly.

    E. Determines and utilizes appropriate community resources.


VI. The teacher meets professional responsibilities. The performance criteria for this area shall include:

    A. Adheres to established laws, policies, rules, and regulations.

    B. Interacts appropriately with students, other educational personnel, and parents.

    C. Participates in activities that foster professional growth.

    D. Is punctual with reports, grades, records, and in reporting work.

    E. Performs assigned duties.

    F. Strives to meet county/school goals.

    G. Commands respect by example in appearance, manners, behavior and language.


VII. The teacher demonstrates competency in the knowledge and implementation of technology standards.  The performance criteria shall include:

    A. Demonstrates a sound understanding of technology operations and concepts.

    B. Plans and designs effective learning environments and experiences supported by technology.

    C. Implements curriculum plans that include methods and strategies for applying technology to maximize student learning.

    D. Applies technology to facilitate a variety of effective assessment and evaluation strategies.

    E. Uses technology to enhance productivity and professional practice.

    F. Understands the social, ethical, legal and human issues surrounding the use of technology in PreK-12 schools and applies that understanding in practice.


ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE CRITERIA:

1. Provides individual and/or group instruction.

2. Observes students in the regular classroom setting.

3. Administers SAT screening tests to students referred through SATs.

4. Prepares and submits to the Office of Special Education signed written reports of SAT test results and recommendations for multidisciplinary assessment.

5. Attends Eligibility Committee Meetings/IEP meetings upon notification of the building principal or special education director.

6. Prepares individual education plans (IEPs) stating goals and objectives for each student receiving services.

7. Reviews and revises the IEPs annually.

8. Maintains valid and up-to-date student records.

9. Informs parents regularly of their children’s progress and seeks their cooperation and support.

10. Sends student progress reports to parents as required.

11. Consults with classroom teachers, parents, and others regarding student progress and suggestions for educational modifications.

12. Attends special education staff meetings.

13. Attends and/or participates in special education in-service/continuing education and other staff development activities.

14. Informs the principal/special education director of concerns or potential problems regarding the program.

15. Submits requisitions for materials to the building principal.

16. Maintains an inventory of materials purchased to serve special students.

17. Maintains professional standards in compliance with the laws, procedures, and policies set forth in federal, state, and county regulations


EMPLOYMENT TERM: 2014-2015 School Year – $25.00 an hour up to 8 hours a week


QUALIFICATIONS: West Virginia Certification in Special Education Gifted 1-8. Qualifies or agrees to qualify as a “Highly Qualified Teacher”.  Possess the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully carry out responsibilities of the position.


SALARY: Based on Professional Salary Scale for Degree and Experience


SUBMIT: Application for employment; Copy of WV Teaching Certificate; Current transcripts for undergraduate and graduate work; Previous two evaluations.  Current employees submit Bid Sheet (located on the county website).Incomplete application packets will not be considered.


Send these documents to:
                                              Judith Stalnaker,
                                              Personnel Director
                                              Gilmer County Schools
                                              201 North Court Street
                                              Glenville, WV 26351


MUST BE RECEIVED BY: Wednesday, October 01, 2014 – 3:00 PM


As required by federal laws and regulations, the Gilmer County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, marital status, disability, age and national origin in employment and in the administration of any of its education programs or activities.  Inquires may be directed to Title IX Coordinator, Gilmer County Board of Education, 201 N. Court Street, Glenville, WV 26351, phone 304.462.7386; to the Elimination of Sex Discrimination Program Coordinator, 304.558.7864; or the U.S. Department of Education’s Director of the Office of Civil Rights, 215.596.6795.


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Posted: 09.24.14

G-OB™: Little Kanawha Bus Is Now Hiring One Full Time or Part Time Driver

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Little Kanawha Bus Is Now Hiring One Full Time or Part Time Driver to Work in Gilmer County

Minimum Qualifications:

Individual must be 23 years of age or older. Individual must be able to pass a physical examination and be certified medically acceptable for work by the examining physician. Individual must be able to pass a back ground check and have no serious accidents in the past five years. Individual must be able to pass a Pre-Hire Drug test and enter a Random Drug and Alcohol Pool with other LKB employees upon their employment. Individual must be willing to take training in CPR, First Aide, PASS and other trainings requested. This position could be an asset for a retired individual that would like to supplement their income. Starting salary will be $8.00 an hour. Full time driver would receive vacation and sick leave. Insurance also available. Part time drivers do not receive benefits.

This position will be to transport in Gilmer County area and transport to Clarksburg, Flatwoods, and Weston on specific days and drive in Calhoun if needed on other days if hired for a part time position. If hired for a full time position individual would work in the office helping answer phones on days not driving.

Please call toll free at 1.866.354.5522 with any questions. Little Kanawha Bus is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.


LETTERS OF INTERST AND RESUME MUST BE RECEIVED no later than 4:00 PM on October 10,  2014 TO THE FOLLOWING:

Darlene Crane/Manager
PO Box 387
Grantsville, WV 26147

Can also email: or fax to 304-354-6225

Turning Americans into Snitches for the Police State:‘See Something, Say Something’ & Community.

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Turning Americans into Snitches for the Police State: ‘See Something,
Say Something’ and Community Policing


“There were relatively few secret police, and most were just processing the information coming in. I had found a shocking fact. It wasn’t the secret police who were doing this wide-scale surveillance and hiding on every street corner. It was the ordinary German people who were informing on their neighbors.”—Professor Robert Gellately

If you see something suspicious, says the Department of Homeland Security, say something about it to the police, call it in to a government hotline, or report it using a convenient app on your smart phone.

(If you’re a whistleblower wanting to snitch on government wrongdoing, however, forget about it—the government doesn’t take kindly to having its dirty deeds publicized and, God forbid, being made to account for them.)

For more than a decade now, the DHS has plastered its “See Something, Say Something” campaign on the walls of metro stations, on billboards, on coffee cup sleeves, at the Super Bowl, even on television monitors in the Statue of Liberty. Now colleges, universities and even football teams and sporting arenas are lining up for grants to participate in the program.

This DHS slogan is nothing more than the government’s way of indoctrinating “we the people” into the mindset that we’re an extension of the government and, as such, have a patriotic duty to be suspicious of, spy on, and turn in our fellow citizens.

This is what is commonly referred to as community policing. Yet while community policing and federal programs such as “See Something, Say Something” are sold to the public as patriotic attempts to be on guard against those who would harm us, they are little more than totalitarian tactics dressed up and repackaged for a more modern audience as well-intentioned appeals to law and order and security.

The police state could not ask for a better citizenry than one that carries out its own policing.

After all, the police can’t be everywhere. So how do you police a nation when your population outnumbers your army of soldiers? How do you carry out surveillance on a nation when there aren’t enough cameras, let alone viewers, to monitor every square inch of the country 24/7? How do you not only track but analyze the transactions, interactions and movements of every person within the United States?

The answer is simpler than it seems: You persuade the citizenry to be your eyes and ears. You hype them up on color-coded “Terror alerts,” keep them in the dark about the distinctions between actual threats and staged “training” drills so that all crises seem real, desensitize them to the sight of militarized police walking their streets, acclimatize them to being surveilled “for their own good,” and then indoctrinate them into thinking that they are the only ones who can save the nation from another 9/11.

As historian Robert Gellately points out, a Nazi order requires at least some willing collaborators to succeed. In other words, this is how you turn a people into extensions of the omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent police state, and in the process turn a citizenry against each other.

It’s a brilliant ploy, with the added bonus that while the citizenry remains focused on and distrustful of each other and shadowy forces from outside the country, they’re incapable of focusing on more definable threats that fall closer to home—namely, the government and its cabal of Constitution-destroying agencies and corporate partners.

Community policing did not come about as a feel-good, empowering response to individuals trying to “take back” their communities from crime syndicates and drug lords. Rather, “Community-Oriented Policing” or COPs (short for Community Partnerships, Organizational Transformation, and Problem Solving) is a Department of Justice program designed to foster partnerships between police agencies and members of the community. (Remember, this is the same Justice Department which, in conjunction with the DHS, has been providing funding and equipping local police agencies across the country with surveillance devices and military gear. These same local police have been carrying out upwards of 80,000 SWAT team raids a year on individuals, some of whom are guilty of nothing more than growing tomatoes, and breeding orchids without the proper paperwork.)

Mind you, this is a far cry from community engagement, which is what I grew up with as a kid. Then as now, there were always neighbors watching what you bought, what you said, what you did, who you did it with, etc. My own mother proudly peered out our living room window with a pair of military-issue binoculars to keep an eye on the goings on in the neighborhood. The difference was that if there was a problem, it was dealt with as a community. When my neighbor spied me running through his flower garden, he didn’t call the cops—he called my mother. When I sassed the manager of the general store, he didn’t turn me in to the cops—he reported it to my mother. Likewise, when my next-door neighbor (who happened to be the police chief) caught me in the act of egging cars one Halloween, he didn’t haul me down to the precinct—“I’m taking you to a far worse place,” he said, “your Dad.”

So, if there’s nothing wrong with community engagement, if the police can’t be everywhere at once, if surveillance cameras do little to actually prevent crime, and if we need to “take back our communities” from the crime syndicates and drug lords, then what’s wrong with community policing and “See Something, Say Something”?

What’s wrong is that these programs are not, in fact, making America any safer. Instead, they’re turning us into a legalistic, intolerant, squealing, bystander nation content to report a so-called violation to the cops and then turn a blind eye to the ensuing tragedies.

Apart from the sheer idiocy of arresting people for such harmless “crimes” as raising pet chickens, letting their kids walk to the park alone, peeling the bark off a tree, holding prayer meetings in their backyard and living off the grid, there’s also the unfortunate fact that once the police are called in, with their ramped up protocols, battlefield mindset, militarized weapons, uniforms and equipment, and war zone tactics, it’s a process that is near impossible to turn back and one that too often ends in tragedy for all those involved.

For instance, when a neighbor repeatedly called the police to report that 5-year-old Phoenix Turnbull was keeping a pet red hen (nickname: Carson Petey) in violation of an Atwater, Minnesota, city ordinance against backyard chickens, the police chief got involved. In an effort to appease the complaining neighbor and “protect a nearby elementary school from a chicken on the loose,” the police chief walked onto the Turnbull’s property, decapitated the hen with a shovel, deposited the severed head on the family’s front stoop, and left a neighborhood child to report the news that “the cops killed your chicken!”

Now things could have been worse. The police chief could have opted to do a SWAT-team style raid on the Turnbulls’ chicken coop, as other police departments have taken to raiding goat cheese farmers, etc. The Turnbulls could also have been made to serve jail time or pay a hefty fine for violating an established ordinance. In fact, this happens routinely to individuals who grow vegetable gardens and install solar panels in violation of city ordinances.

At a minimum, the Atwater city council needs to revisit its ban on backyard chickens, especially at a time when increasing numbers of Americans are attempting, for economic or health reasons, to grow or raise their own organic food, and the police chief needs to scale back on his aggression towards our feathered friends. But what about the complaining neighbor?

It’s fine to be shocked by the convergence of militarized police in Ferguson, Mo., it’s appropriate to be outraged by the SWAT team raid that left a Georgia toddler in the ICU, and it’s fitting to take umbrage with the inane laws that result in parents being arrested for leaving their 10-year-old kids in air conditioned cars while they run into a store, but where’s the indignation over the police state’s partners-in crime—the neighbors, the clerks, the utility workers—who turn in their fellow citizens for little more than having unsightly lawns and voicing controversial ideas?

In much the same way the old African proverb “it takes a village to raise a child” was used to make the case for an all-encompassing government program of social welfare, the DHS and the DOJ are attempting to make the case that it takes a nation to catch a terrorist.

To this end, the Justice Department identifies five distinct “partners” in the community policing scheme: law enforcement and other government agencies, community members and groups, nonprofits, churches and service providers, private businesses and the media.

Together, these groups are supposed to “identify” community concerns, “engage” the community in achieving specific goals, serve as “powerful” partners with the government, and add their “considerable resources” to the government’s already massive arsenal of technology and intelligence. The mainstream media’s role, long recognized as being a mouthpiece for the government, is formally recognized as “publicizing” services from government or community agencies or new laws or codes that will be enforced, as well as shaping public perceptions of the police, crime problems, and fear of crime.

Amazingly, the Justice Department guidelines sound as if they were taken from a Nazi guide on how to rule a nation. “Germans not only watched out for ‘crimes’ and other deviations” of fellow German citizens, Gellately writes, “but they watched each other.”

Should you find yourself suddenly unnerved at the prospect of being spied on by your neighbors, your actions scrutinized, your statements dissected, and your motives second-guessed, not to worry: as I point out in my book A Government of Wolves, this is par for the course in the American police state.

~~  John W. Whitehead ~~

G-Comm™: Hoppy’s Commentary - Losing the “War on Poverty.”

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“It’s no shame to be poor.  But it’s no great honor either.”  Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof.

New figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show that in 2013 nearly one in five (18.5%) West Virginians live in poverty.  The Charleston Daily Mail reported last week that’s slightly higher than the previous year—17.8 percent—and nearly at the highest rate in recent years of 18.6 percent in 2011.

The Daily Mail goes on to report that 98,000 West Virginia children, or about one-quarter of all children in the state, live below the poverty line.  The federal government defines poverty as a family of four living at or below $23,500 a year.

The state and the country have sizable safety nets, which have raised the standard for living of the poor throughout the years.  According to a study by the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, the living conditions of those defined as poor by the Census Bureau are significantly better than they used to be.

Eighty percent of poor households have air conditioning.  Nearly three-fourths have a vehicle and 31 percent have two or more cars or trucks.  Nearly two-thirds have cable or satellite TV.  Half have a personal computer.  More than half of poor families with children have a video game system.

But of course poverty presents myriad challenges.  As anyone who has struggled financially knows, simple problems, such as a needed car repair, a broken refrigerator or new shoes for the kids, can become overwhelming obstacles, especially when they come in bunches.

Wealth redistribution and social programs ease the burden and a compassionate society has an obligation, a social contract if you will, to help those in need.  However, those actions do not solve poverty.  If they did, we would have eliminated poverty by now.

According to U.S. Census figures, the poverty rate in America is 15 percent, and it’s held pretty close to that mark for the last 50 years.

The Heritage’s Robert Rector reports that in the 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson launched the war on poverty, we have spent $22 trillion dollars.  “Adjusting for inflation, that’s three times more than was spent on all military wars since the American Revolution,” Rector writes.

The left wants to solve poverty through more spending on social programs, but that only goes so far.  The best way out is by way of a thriving economy.  As Nobel Prize winning economist Milton Friedman said, “There has never in history been a more effective machine for eliminating poverty than the free enterprise system and the free market.”

The ability of individuals to freely engage in their economic pursuits, a strong work ethic, and personal responsibility are the most powerful tools available for breaking out of poverty.

Bon Appétit: Country Apple Dumplings

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Ingredients:

Recipe makes 16 dumplings

  2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored
  2 (10 ounce) cans refrigerated crescent roll dough
  1 cup butter
  1 1/2 cups white sugar
  1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle Mountain Dew™


Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.

Cut each apple into 8 wedges and set aside. Separate the crescent roll dough into triangles. Roll each apple wedge in crescent roll dough starting at the smallest end. Pinch to seal and place in the baking dish.

Melt butter in a small saucepan and stir in the sugar and cinnamon. Pour over the apple dumplings. Pour Mountain Dew™ over the dumplings.

Bake for 35 to 45 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.

G-MM™: Meditation Moment

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The readings for today invite us to reflect on the interaction between God and ourselves.

Psalm 118(119), from which six verses are taken for today, has 174 verses. Every one is an encouragement to observe the Law of God. One way to personalize these references is through the words of the Lord’s Prayer when it addresses God as Our Father and prays, ‘Thy kingdom come, thy will be done.’ Our understanding of the goodness of God, the source of the Law of God, grows from our commitment in daily life to God’s will for us. When Jesus sent his disciples out to preach to the people about the kingdom of God, he told them not to worry even about food and clothing but to let God’s work be their priority.

Proverbs 30:5-9. Your word, O Lord, is a lamp for my feet—Ps 118(119):29, 72, 89, 101, 104, 163. Luke 9:1-6.

Barbara Anne Clagett

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Barbara Anne Clagett

Age 63, of Sutton, WV passed away Tuesday September 16, 2014 at her residence.

She was born on April 04, 1951 in Baltimore, MD. Barbara was a Real Estate Agent and a homemaker.

Barbara was survived by her loving husband, Carroll (Buck) Clagett, son, Tommie Gilbert of Walkersville, MD, daughter, Kathy Gilbert of Walkersville, MD, sister, Shirley Davern of Cable, OH, 3 grandchildren.

Upon her request the body has been cremated.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Clagett family.

Betty Lee Williams

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Betty Lee Williams

Age 87, of Harrisville, WV passed September 23, 2014 at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

She was born October 04, 1926 at Racy, WV, the daughter of the late Clinton and Jessie C. Edman Griffith.

Betty was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking and her pets.

She was a member of North Fork Baptist Church, Racy, WV.

Betty is survived by two daughters, Loretta Williams Winburn (David) of Columbia, SC, and Barbara Williams Turner (Paul) of Florence, SC; grandchildren, Lindsay Winburn Palevich (David), Rachel Maria Winburn, Heather Turner Mathews, Paul William Turner and Arbie Hugh Turner; great-grandchildren, Stanley Dustin Mathews, Allison Haley Mathews and Aubrey Marie Palevich.

She was the oldest member of the Williams family with many generations of nieces and nephews surviving.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Andrew Williams, Jr.; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Effie and Charles Williams and one sister.

Funeral services will be held at 11 AM, Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Pastor Darrell Farley officiating.

Burial will follow in the Log Church Cemetery, Cantwell.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 4-6 PM, Friday.

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G-TechNote™: Warning: Do Not Update Your iOS 8 Software

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Apple has had to pull its first update to iOS 8 after many users reported that downloading the software disabled their phones.

According to the Apple-focused news site MacRumors.com, many users reported losing cell service and the ability to use Touch ID after downloading the latest update. The newest tweaks to the software were supposed to add fixes to HealthKit—the health and fitness hub that Apple had to delay the night before iOS 8 launched last week—and various changes to address some problems early users had reported. These include a problem with messaging that leads to “unexpected cellular data usage,“ problems accessing photos from Photo Library, and changes to improve the thumb-friendly “Reachability” feature on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

“We have received reports of an issue with the iOS 8.0.1 update,“ said an Apple spokeswoman in a statement. “We are actively investigating these reports and will provide information as quickly as we can. In the meantime we have pulled back the iOS 8.0.1 update.”

The update is no longer listed on Apple’s security update page.

The problems with the software appear to be affecting only Apple’s newest devices—the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Users of older phones and iPads have so far not reported any problems. Macrumors said the problems span phones with all the major carriers, AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint. Resetting the phones did not help.

Apple earlier this week said that the iPhone 6 launch was its biggest ever, selling 10 million units around the world in its first weekend. In terms of revenue, the iPhone is the company’s most important device.

Despite the blockbuster debut, there have been a few things to mar Apple’s normally smooth debut. Just days before Apple chief executive Tim Cook introduced the phone onstage, hackers targeted the iCloud accounts of several celebrities, and personal photos of major stars such as Jennifer Lawrence. Shortly after that, Apple released new privacy measures and Cook said publicly that Apple could do more to let users know about privacy options.

On Wednesday, Apple faced another small problem, as reports circulated around the Web that its new iPhone 6 Plus was becoming warped when people sit with the large phone in their pockets—a problem some have dubbed “Bendgate.“ Many of the photos circulating online, however, appear to be doctored. It’s difficult to independently verify how many people have seen their phones warp due to normal use.

Jim Tatman Takes Oath of Office as Mayor of Sand Fork

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Sand Fork Town Recorder, Sharon Radabaugh reading The Oath of Office to,
Jim Tatman, acting new Mayor, for the Town of Sand Fork.

The Sand Fork Town Council met for an emergency council meeting on September 19, 2014.
A letter of resignation from Mayor Heidi Love was presented.
Following discussion, the letter was accepted.
Council member Jim Tatman will fill the unexpired term of Mayor (07.01.13 — 07.01.17).
The council extends their thanks and appreciation to Heidi for her service to the Town.
Sand Fork Town Council

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report – 09.22.14

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On Monday, September 22, 2014 Judge Richard A. Facemire heard a 3 page docket in Gilmer County.


•  He heard and reset 16 juvenile matters.


State of West Virginia vs. Daniel McCormick

He was before the Court with his attorney, Matthew Thorn of Morgantown.

A potential plea bargain was discussed with the Judge, who was not very supportive of the same.

However, he asked the attorneys to submit their proposal and continued the matter to Thursday, October 02, 2014 at 10:40 AM.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Van R. Ramsey Sr.

He was before the Court for sentencing upon his former conviction by jury of reckless driving.

Judge Facemire sentenced him to 90 days in Central Regional Jail, but suspended the sentence and placed Ramsey Sr. on 2 years’ probation and fined him $500.00 and court costs.

Ramsey also must perform 75 hours of community service and is to have no contact with the victim and/or his family.

Medical costs are to be submitted to the Judge who took that matter under advisement regarding the victim=s medical bills.

Ramsey Sr. was represented by Daniel Grindo of Gassaway and Joyce Morton of Webster Springs.


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He was also before the Court for sentencing and he was sentenced to 1-5 years in the penitentiary.

However, his sentence was suspended and he was placed on 5 years’ probation and must pay court costs within 18 months.

Gibson must also enroll in long term substance abuse treatment and submit to a psych evaluation.

He also must pay $11.00 per month to the Clerk for probation and community correction fees.

Gibson was represented by Bryan Hinkle of Buckhannon.

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West Virginia Libraries Celebrating Banned Books Week

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Libraries across West Virginia are celebrating Banned Books Week, September 21-27, to draw attention to the books people prefer we not read.

The American Library Association launched Banned Books Week in 1982 in response to an increase in challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,000 books have been challenged since 1982. Bannedbooksweek.org reports that 307 books were challenged 2013, and that many more go unreported each year.

Banned Books Week 2014 focuses on comics and graphic novels, which often face the zeal of those who would ban them. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund highlights a number of challenged graphic works, including Marjane Satrapi’s “Persepolis.”

In step with libraries across the nation, West Virginia libraries are supporting banned books and the freedom to read. One of the most striking displays greets visitors to the Philippi Public Library in Barbour County: the cardboard effigy of a man who can’t read banned books.

“There’s yellow caution tape over his eyes,” said Philippi library director Judy Larry. “He can’t see because he’s been censured. He can’t speak because the word ‘censured’ has been taped over his mouth.”

The effigy wears a t-shirt that reads, “I’m with the Banned.” The back of the t-shirt lists frequently banned books, including “Harry Potter,” “The Grapes of Wrath” and “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”

The Philippi Public Library is giving away the t-shirts, according to Larry, along with “I’m with the Banned” bookmarks. “We want people to come in and explore banned books, pick up a t-shirt and a bookmark or two, and maybe get their picture taken with the guy in the t-shirt.”

Raleigh County Public Library is celebrating Banned Books Week by letting their patrons return books without fines. “We’re running our Banned Books Week and Fine Free Week at the same time,” said Amy Stover, collection development and programming librarian at the Raleigh County Public Library. “We’re doing this in honor of the fact that we’re all free to read whatever we like, and we want to give our patrons a chance to clear their fines in celebration of that.”

The Raleigh County Public Library also hosts a display, according to Stover. “We have a display of the most commonly banned books, and some that people wouldn’t think of as banned books, such as Eric Carle’s ‘Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me.’ That one always shocks people that it’s banned. Another is ‘In the Night Kitchen’ by Maurice Sendak.”

At the Bridgeport Public Library, teens celebrated banned books with a read-a-thon on September 15. The library is sponsoring a Banned Books Reading Challenge through the end of September.

The Parkersburg & Wood County Public Library is committed to banned books as well. “It’s safe to say that our celebration of Banned Books Week this year is bigger than it ever has been,” wrote Parkersburg research librarian Carey Clevenger in a recent email.

“I was asked to assist with Banned Books Week this year because I’m one of the only staff members with an interest in comics,” Clevenger wrote. “I designed some posters listing the titles of graphic novels that have been challenged in various places across the country.”

Clevenger added that he is proudest of the bookmarks he “made for the graphic novels on the Banned Books Display. On the front, I have the book’s title along with the reasons given for banning the book.”

For more information on Banned Books Week, visit Bannedbooksweek.org.

The West Virginia Library Commission serves the people of West Virginia and encourages lifelong learning, individual empowerment, civic engagement and an enriched quality of life by enhancing library and information services for all West Virginians. More information is available at www.librarycommission.wv.gov.

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Testimony Wraps-Up in Kanawha County Office Removal Case

It’s now up to a three-judge panel to decide if Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants should be removed from office. Testimony wrapped up at the Kanawha County Courthouse early Tuesday afternoon.

The Kanawha County Commission wants to see Plants gone. Its attorney called about a dozen witnesses over a day and a half. Its last witness was Lew Brewer, an expert on legal ethics and former executive director of the state Ethics Commission. He testified that Plants violated several rules of conduct including: conflict of interest, interfering in attorney-client privilege, denigrating a public official and interfering with the administration of justice.

Brewer said no matter what the outcome of the hearing, Plants’ name and reputation have been tainted and his office will continue to have problems handling domestic-related cases that are now being handled by a special prosecutor.

“This conflict will continue. Right now, it’s indefinite but even after he is tried, because he hasn’t been tried on those charges, it will continue. It will be a lingering, continuing conflict once those charges have been resolved,” Brewer testified.

Plants is charged with a pair of misdemeanors. He allegedly committed domestic battery when he disciplined his son with a belt that left a bruise and he allegedly violated a domestic protection order his ex-wife had obtained.

Brewer said those who are prosecuted by Plants’ office could say they didn’t get a fair trial and victims might claim his office didn’t do enough to go after their attackers.

Brewer stressed that after Plants was charged with domestic battery against his son, he should have realized how serious the situation was and stayed out of further trouble instead of violating a protective order.

“Even in a set of public officials, the prosecuting attorney is one of those who is held to the highest of standards,” testified Brewer.

He went on to say that when Plants and his office attacked Special Prosecutor Don Morris for how much he was being paid to handle the domestic cases Plants was disqualified from, it was yet another violation and a very bad decision.

“You just have to sit there and suck it up. That’s basically the rule. Yes, it may be cost somebody money. It may be costing his budget. It may be costing the county budget. But it is necessitated to comply with the law,” according to Brewer.

Special Prosecutor Morris is being paid $200-an-hour. Brewer was paid $250-an-hour by the county commission for his testimony in the case.

Plants’ attorney Jim Cagle went after Brewer during cross-examination saying Brewers conclusions were unsubstantiated because the legal expert relied on transcripts from hearings and yet no verdict has been handed down. At times, the questioning got contentious.

“Remember, remember what we’re….,”Cagle said.

Brewer cut in, “I’m still reviewing my response to your earlier question.”

Cagle fired back, “Mr. Brewer, let me speak. It’s my turn.”

After a short lunch recess, the county rested its case. Cagle called Plants new wife, Sarah Plants, to the witness stand. However, the questioning didn’t last long. The three-judge panel ruled her testimony was hearsay and she quickly stepped down. Cagle then rested his case.

The judges requested both sides submit findings of fact and conclusions of law to the panel by October 03. They will consider all the evidence and, at a later time, rule on whether Plants should be in or out permanently as prosecutor.  No word on how long that will take. The panel’s recommendation will be forwarded to the state Supreme Court for final approval.  ~~  Jennifer Smith ~~


Morgantown Man’s Death Ruled Accidental Drowning

A Division of Natural Resources officer says a Morgantown man’s death has been ruled as an accidental drowning.

39-year-old Manuel Nicholas Nevera was not wearing a life jacket when he went out alone on the Monongahela River on a personal watercraft on September 01.

Wade says Nevera couldn’t swim and had little experience using the watercraft.


Chesapeake Bay States Getting U.S. Funding for Bay

Federal officials announced nearly $10 million in grants Tuesday to help the Chesapeake Bay states keep pollution from flowing into the battered estuary.

The money, through the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund, is targeted at 45 projects and will leverage more than $19.6 million in matching funds, according to the Chesapeake Bay Program and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

EPA regional administrator Shawn M. Garvin said the projects “will return lasting benefits to communities throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed, helping them become healthier, stronger and more resilient, especially to the impacts of a changing climate.“

The Chesapeake Bay is amid a federally directed, multibillion-dollar restoration effort. Runoff from urban centers, farms and other sources has created an oxygen-depleted “dead zone” in the bay where little life exists and has harmed other marine life.

The $9.8 million in grants is targeted at reducing the flow of pollutants into the bay, through the management of stormwater, the creation of reefs supporting water-filtering oysters and other measures.

Of the 45 projects announced, one-third of the programs are in Virginia and West Virginia. Some of the recipients, the grant totals and projects are:

— Eastern Mennonite University, $200,000, to assess local streams and establish priorities for restoration.

— The Virginia Department of Transportation, $200,000, for buffering along stream channels and other water protection efforts.

— Lynnhaven River, $200,000, to support oyster reef restoration in this Virginia Beach waterway.

— The Piedmont Environmental Council, $200,000, to work with home owner associations on stormwater improvements.

— James Madison University, $200,000 to restore more than 1,000 feet of headwaters tributary to Blacks Run in Harrisonburg.

— Trout Unlimited, $140,608, to expand an existing brook trout habitat in the upper James River watershed.

— Town of Ashland, $200,000, to replace a parking lot with permeable paving material.

In West Virginia:

— Trout Unlimited, $300,000, to recruit landowner participation in programs to reduce sediment and nutrient runoff.

— The Potomac Conservancy, $50,000, to protect the 1,715-acre White Horse Mountain.


Drillers Using More Sand, Water for WV Wells

Energy companies are using more water and sand to extract natural gas from the Marcellus shale in Marshall and Ohio counties, a new report by a research firm said.

Companies working in what’s called the “wet gas window” of the two counties are using up to 10 million gallons of water for each project, along with 13 million pounds of sand. That’s up from about 4 million gallons of water and 1 million pounds of sand a few years ago, according to the report by Wood Mackenzie.

The use of sand for wells in the two counties increased 58% between 2012 and 2013 alone, the report shows.

The drilling technique, called hydraulic fracturing or fracking, uses water, abrasives and chemicals to extract natural gas laced through shale deposits.

“Using more sand and water has allowed us to be able to get a larger return,“ Corky Demarco, executive director of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association said.

Companies are extending horizontal laterals farther into the Marcellus formation, which calls for more sand and water, DeMarco said.

“We are forcing more sand and more water in there to keep the cracks open,“ he said.

Gastar Exploration is averaging 5,000-foot-long laterals in Marshall County, according to a recent company report.

“We are learning as we go along with this formation. I don’t know that is going to change for a while. We are trying different things, especially in that wet area,“ Demarco said.

Trucks transport sand and water to the well sites. Briny wastewater left over from the fracking job is transported to disposal, unless companies recycle it.

“We are constantly working to recycle more of the water,“ Demarco said. “We don’t want to have to use all these trucks any more than people want them to be out there taking up the roads.“


WV Gets Pipeline Safety Inspection Repayment

West Virginia’s pipeline safety program will receive nearly $453,000 from the federal government.

Congressman Nick Rahall announced the grant Monday from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. More than $47 million is being distributed in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

The safety administration reimburses state pipeline safety programs for a portion of their total expenses in a given year. The state programs employ more than 320 inspectors who are responsible for 80% of the nation’s intrastate and distribution pipelines.

In West Virginia, the state Public Service Commission handles pipeline inspection and enforcement of safety regulations.


SEC Alleges Insider Trading in Coal Acquisition

Federal regulators claim that three men used insider information to profit illegally from Arch Coal’s acquisition of International Coal Group.

Frank Tamayo schemed with two other men to generate more than $5.6 million in profits from 13 mergers and acquisitions, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission says in a lawsuit. The court filing alleges the men traded on nonpublic information taken from law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

Only Tamayo, of Brooklyn, New York, is named as a defendant. He pleaded guilty last week to federal securities fraud charges stemming from the same transactions. The other two men, Steven Metro and Vladimir Eydelman, are named in the complaint and described as participants in the scheme.

Federal authorities have previously alleged that Metro stole insider information from the law offices of Simpson Thacher, and Eydelman worked as a stockbroker. Federal prosecutors in New Jersey say Tamayo was working as a mortgage broker between 2009 and 2013 when he received the insider information.

One of the transactions described in the complaint involves Arch Coal’s acquisition of International Coal Group in spring 2011. It says the men received information from a source inside Simpson Thacher after ICG sent a draft merger agreement to Arch Coal and the law firm. Nine days later, on April 29 2011, Tamayo purchased 40,000 shares of ICG stock. After Arch Coal announced that it would purchase ICG on May 2, Tamayo began selling shares. He made $135,052 in illegal profits from the coal transaction, according to the complaint. In total, the scheme generated $231,276 in illegal profits from the ICG acquisition, it says.

As described in the complaint, a Simpson Thacher employee would pass information to Tamayo, who would then pass information to a stockbroker. The complaint says insider information was shared between Tamayo and the stockbroker at Grand Central station. Tamayo would write stock symbols of companies being acquired on Post-It notes or napkins. “Tamayo then chewed up, and sometimes ate, the post-it note or napkin to destroy evidence of the tip,“ the complaint reads.

The lawsuit was filed Friday in New Jersey, the same day Tamayo pleaded guilty to federal securities fraud charges. The securities fraud charges were brought by U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman in New Jersey.

The SEC asks that Tamayo be ordered to surrender the illicit trading profits, pay civil penalties and be permanently barred from violating securities law.

A phone call to Tamayo’s residence was not immediately returned Tuesday, nor were emails and a phone call to Tamayo’s lawyers immediately returned.

In an email to the Wall Street Journal Monday, one of Tamayo’s lawyers wrote: “We cannot comment except to say that on Friday Mr. Tamayo took the first step in the process of accepting full responsibility for his actions.“


Parkersburg Murder Suspect Now in a Mexican Jail Awaiting Deportation or Extradition Proceedings Back to U.S. To Face Charges of Killing A One Year Old Girl

A Pleasants County man wanted for the August killing of a one-year old girl in Parkersburg was located and arrested in Mexico City.

Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin said they had been searching daily for Curtis Dean Richards II, 30, of St. Marys, but didn’t start to get any strong leads on his whereabouts until offering a reward last week.

“We felt that was going to be a key piece into figuring his location out,” said Martin. “As it turned out it did play into giving somebody the incentive to provide additional information and agreeing to work with our detectives to lure him out of hiding in Mexico City.”

Martin was purposely vague on the details surrounding Richards’ arrest in Mexico, but indicated it included assistance from the FBI and U.S. Marshal Service which have offices in Mexico City.

“Mexico City is a very densely populated area with about 20 million people,” Martin said. “I think he was obviously trying to evade capture and not face consequences for his crime, but we’re not sure what tie he had to Mexico City. I’d like to know that myself.”

The trail picked up when Richards’ vehicle was discovered last week in the town of Evergreen, Alabama.  A county sheriff’s deputy found the vehicle with no registration abandoned in a parking lot. Detectives also received information he may be headed to Mexico and used maps to plot and trace what possible route he would take.

“I have my doubts he entered Mexico legally or left the U.S. legally,” said Martin.

For now, Richards is lodged in a Mexican jail as authorities work out the details of his return to West Virginia to face the charges.  Martin said they’ll first try to have him deported by the Mexican government, but if that doesn’t’ work they’ll have to use diplomatic channels through the U.S. State Department and U.S. Justice Department to have him extradited.

“It could take two weeks, it could take two years,” Chief Martin said. “We just don’t know, but he’s sitting in a Mexican jail and that eases our mind as far as locating him.”

Richards faces the charge in Wood County in the murder of Ariella Noel Merinar, 1, of Parkersburg.  Police alleged Richards was the boyfriend of the child’s mother and was watching Ariella and her two-year-old sister on August 5 while their mother was at work.

Richards was initially questioned about the child’s death and told police the two-year-old choked the one-year-old with a blanket while she slept. An autopsy, completed several days later, revealed severe head and neck injuries on the victim. By then, Richards had left the area.


Man Arrested For Allegedly Threatening Trash Crew

Dunbar police were called the scene of an incident Tuesday morning when city trash collectors were confronted by a man in the 900 block of Park Drive.

Dunbar Police Chief Jess Bailes said Clarence Murry was arrested on charges of making terroristic threats and threatening government employees. Police say Murry accused the trash collectors of providing information to police in an ongoing drug investigation in which he is a suspect.

The sanitation workers told police Murry threatened to shoot them and the police if he found out they had provided information to investigators.

Chief Bailes said police had executed a previous search warrant on Murry’s home and he was charged with simple drug possession.

Dunbar police escorted the garbage truck as the crew collected the rest of the trash on the street Tuesday morning.

Movie Review: ‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them’- Pulled Together, Falling Apart

“The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” debuted at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival as two films. Billed as a work in progress, the movies took the form of twin chapters of a single narrative. Running a little over three hours, the films — subtitled “Him” and “Her” — told the tale of a couple in crisis, spinning events, in “Rashomon”-like fashion, from the respective vantage points of a lost and lonely New York restaurateur named Conor (James McAvoy) and his estranged, depressive wife, Eleanor (Jessica Chastain).

After distribution rights were picked up by the Weinstein Co., first-time filmmaker Ned Benson recut the he-said, she-said saga into a single, two-hour package synthesizing both narratives. “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them” made its bow at this spring’s Cannes Film Festival, and has now arrived in American theaters. Next month, there are plans for a limited release of “Him” and “Her.”

Knowing this back story — or even making the herculean effort to ultimately see all three films — is not, strictly speaking, necessary to appreciate what arguably could be called the final version of the film. Yet the shadow of its past informs the latest incarnation of “Rigby,” a deeply moving, beautifully acted and ultimately mournful meditation on the gulfs that open between people, especially when tragedy falls like a cleaver.

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After a brief prologue featuring a silly date early in Conor and Eleanor’s courtship, the real drama opens in earnest, cutting abruptly to a scene of Eleanor attempting to kill herself by jumping off a bridge. That’s her first “disappearance” of the film, which later refers to the fact that she leaves Conor, moving back in with her parents (William Hurt and Isabelle Huppert) even after she is released from the hospital.

How we got from that happy scene to the later ones of sorrow and separation is the substance of the rest of the movie. “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” excavates Conor and Eleanor’s history — not, as you might expect, by flashbacks. Rather, it peels the onion by showing the couple trying — painfully, incompletely, perhaps impossibly — to rip off whatever scab is left from the wound that has been inflicted on them by fate, or that they have inflicted on each other, even unknowingly.

The tragedy that befell them soon becomes clear, although its precise circumstances are left to the imagination. As with 2010’s “Rabbit Hole,” an equally powerful story of a husband and wife torn apart by misfortune, the rift that drives Conor and Eleanor apart isn’t necessarily because one blames the other. In grief, the film hints, we are alone, perhaps unreachably so.

As Conor later recalls, he and his wife were a million miles away from each other while living in the same apartment.

Benson suggests that this may not be a condition of their particular situation. By making three movies — two showcasing different sides of the story, with a third integrating them, while failing to find a happy ending — the filmmaker underscores what may be a universal truth: We are united only in our isolation. Benson drives home this argument with his supporting cast, with includes fine, subtle performances by Ciaran Hinds as Conor’s father, a man moving on from his third wife, and Jess Weixler as Eleanor’s sister, a single mother.

Other characters reinforce the notion that regret and recrimination aren’t personality flaws, but features of human nature.

Like the Beatles song that inspired the title character’s name, “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” is about lonely people, trying to connect. It’s heartbreaking, but not entirely without hope, striking a tone of ambiguity that’s driven home by a sequence showing Eleanor and Conor visiting the same park, separately, but in the same shot. Are they together, or are they apart? It’s not clear.

Like two movies on the same subject, it’s as if they’re covering the same ground, disconnected, but looking for a place where they can come together to share their stories.

★ ★ ★ ★

R. Contains mature thematic material, obscenity, fist-fighting and sensuality. 123 minutes.

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