Gilmer County Schools Community Meetings - 02.26.15 and 03.24.15 - Tonight

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Winter Swap Meet – Saturday, March 07, 2015

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Finding parts for antique cars can be challenging, especially the early cars.

Some parts you can purchase through commercial vendors, but others are rare and you have to travel far distances to find.

Finally, the opportunity to find rare car parts locally is coming to the Mid-Ohio Valley on Saturday, March 07, 2015 in Marietta, Ohio.

The 6th Annual Winter Swap Meet will be held Saturday, March 07, 2015, at the Washington County Fair Grounds located at 922 Front Street, north of downtown Marietta.

The meet will be specializing in antique car parts.

Vendors will be selling parts, car bodies, complete cars and accessories for early Dodge, Chevrolet, Ford and other makes.

The event is sponsored by the Country Roads T & A Ford Club and the Mid-Ohio Valley Ford and Mustang Club.

The event will be held inside the Jr. Fair Building.

Admission is $5.00 per person and children under 12 are free.

The doors will be open from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Parking is free.

For more information call 740.538.0023 or email .

Or visit us on the web at

5K Pi Day Run/Walk - 03.14.15

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Annual Berry Plant Sale Deadline Line Extended Until This Friday, February 27, 2015

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Gilmer County Farm Bureau and WVU Extension Service- Gilmer County will once again be placing a bulk order for berry plants.

The berry plants that are available this year will be strawberries, blackberries, raspberries (both red and black), and blueberries.

We will also be offering asparagus roots.

If you would like to improve your garden by adding one or more of these berry plants contact the WVU Extension Service- Gilmer County at 304.462.7061, of the Calhoun Office at 304.354.6332, and we will mail you an order form.

Orders and payment is due by February 27, 2015, at the close of business, 4:00 PM. 

Once plants arrive all participants will be called and plants will need to be picked up within 5 days.

Do not miss out on this opportunity to add some fresh berries to your future family meals.

G-Comm™: Hoppy’s Commentary - Wild Day Under the Dome


Wednesday was a fascinating day, perhaps the busiest and most significant of this 60-day session. I’ll leave some things out, but here are some insights and observations from the Capitol.

—The pro-life movement is tantalizingly close to a significant change in the state’s abortion law. Both the Senate and House have now passed overwhelmingly the fetal pain bill that prevents abortions after 20 weeks unless the mother faces a serious medical risk or the fetus is not viable. Governor Tomblin is expected to veto the bill, just as he did last year. However, this year lawmakers have enough time to override the veto.

—Governor Tomblin clearly struggled to know what to do with the deer farming bill. Sportsmen pushed for a veto, fearing that deer will escape from farms and spread chronic wasting disease. They also wanted to keep all deer management issues within the DNR. However, supporters argued that deer farming is a burgeoning business and they wanted the industry regulated by the Ag Department. The deer farmers prevailed. Tomblin signed the bill last night.

—Question: What do you think the “West Virginia Intrastate Commerce Improvement Act” is about? HB 2881 doesn’t have much to do with commerce, but it does prevent cities and counties from passing ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. The House Government Organization Committee spent nearly two agonizing hours Wednesday trying to figure out the bill’s true intent before approving it and sending it to the full House.

—Another day and another parliamentary squabble in the state Senate. It happened when Senator Craig Blair (R-Berkeley) referenced information he received in a text during floor debate, a violation of Senate rules. Senate Democrats quoted Rule 55 to reporters after the session, while Republicans dismissed Blair’s blunder as a mistake, but no big deal. Meanwhile, Democrats continued to tweak Republicans by twice invoking a rule requiring a bill to be read in its entirety.

—Speaking of that, the state Chamber of Commerce’s Eugenie Taylor distributed red ribbons at the Capitol yesterday in what she jokingly called her “Free Lee Cassis” campaign. Cassis is the Senate’s assistant clerk who was charged with reading each bill aloud. Senate President Bill Cole wore one during yesterdays’ floor session.

—The Senate has given final approval to a bill that would loosen smoking ordinances in West Virginia. SB 109 gives county commissions the final say over smoking bans recommended by county boards of health. The bill, which now goes to the House, also provides exemptions for casinos, bars, fraternals and veterans organizations, if they meet certain criteria.

—West Virginia Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association President Sam Burdette continues to push for a buyout of breeders, but he’s having trouble getting the attention of lawmakers. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Mike Hall has said the dog racing subsidies are going to disappear at some point, but they may not have enough time to get to that issue this session

—Senate Judiciary Chairman Charlie Trump talked about putting a right-to-work bill on his agenda yesterday, but decided against it. I don’t think the Republicans are going to try to run the bill, but they keep floating it as a possibility.

Forced Blood Draws, DNA Collection and Biometric Scans: What Country Is This?

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The Fourth Amendment was designed to stand between us and arbitrary governmental authority. For all practical purposes, that shield has been shattered, leaving our liberty and personal integrity subject to the whim of every cop on the beat, trooper on the highway and jail official. The framers would be appalled.”—Herman Schwartz, The Nation

Our freedoms—especially the Fourth Amendment—are being choked out by a prevailing view among government bureaucrats that they have the right to search, seize, strip, scan, spy on, probe, pat down, taser, and arrest any individual at any time and for the slightest provocation.

Forced cavity searches, forced colonoscopies, forced blood draws, forced breath-alcohol tests, forced DNA extractions, forced eye scans, forced inclusion in biometric databases—these are just a few ways in which Americans are being forced to accept that we have no control over what happens to our bodies during an encounter with government officials.

Worse, on a daily basis, Americans are being made to relinquish the most intimate details of who we are—our biological makeup, our genetic blueprints, and our biometrics (facial characteristics and structure, fingerprints, iris scans, etc.)—in order to clear the nearly insurmountable hurdle that increasingly defines life in the United States: we are all guilty until proven innocent.

Thus far, the courts have done little to preserve our Fourth Amendment rights, let alone what shreds of bodily integrity remain to us.

For example, David Eckert was forced to undergo an anal cavity search, three enemas, and a colonoscopy after allegedly failing to yield to a stop sign at a Wal-Mart parking lot. Cops justified the searches on the grounds that they suspected Eckert was carrying drugs because his “posture [was] erect” and “he kept his legs together.” No drugs were found. During a routine traffic stop, Leila Tarantino was subjected to two roadside strip searches in plain view of passing traffic, during which a female officer “forcibly removed” a tampon from Tarantino. Nothing illegal was found. Nevertheless, such searches have been sanctioned by the courts, especially if accompanied by a search warrant (which is easily procured), as justified in the government’s pursuit of drugs and weapons.

Close to 600 motorists leaving Penn State University one Friday night were stopped by police and, without their knowledge or consent, subjected to a breathalyzer test using flashlights that can detect the presence of alcohol on a person’s breath. These passive alcohol sensors are being hailed as a new weapon in the fight against DUIs. However, because they cannot be used as the basis for arrest, breathalyzer tests are still required. And for those who refuse to submit to a breathalyzer, there are forced blood draws. One such person is Michael Chorosky, who was surrounded by police, strapped to a gurney and then had his blood forcibly drawn after refusing to submit to a breathalyzer test. “What country is this? What country is this?” cried Chorosky during the forced blood draw. Thirty states presently allow police to do forced blood draws on drivers as part of a nationwide “No Refusal” initiative funded by the federal government.

Not even court rulings declaring such practices to be unconstitutional in the absence of a warrant have slowed down the process. Now the police simply keep a magistrate on call to rubber stamp the procedure over the phone. That’s what is called an end-run around the law, and we’re seeing more and more of these take place under the rubric of “safety.”

The National Highway Safety Administration, the same government agency that funds the “No Refusal” DUI checkpoints and forcible blood draws, is also funding nationwide roadblocks aimed at getting drivers to “voluntarily” provide police with DNA derived from saliva and blood samples, reportedly to study inebriation patterns. When faced with a request for a DNA sample by police during a mandatory roadblock, most participants understandably fail to appreciate the “voluntary” nature of such a request. Unfortunately, in at least 28 states, there’s nothing voluntary about having one’s DNA collected by police in instances where you’ve been arrested, whether or not you’re actually convicted of a crime. The remaining states collect DNA on conviction. All of this DNA data is being fed to the federal government. Indeed, the United States has the largest DNA database in the world, CODIS, which is managed by the FBI and is growing at an alarming rate.

Airline passengers, already subjected to virtual strip searches, are now being scrutinized even more closely, with the Customs and Border Protection agency tasking airport officials with monitoring the bowel movements of passengers suspected of ingesting drugs. They even have a special hi-tech toilet designed to filter through a person’s fecal waste.

Iris scans, an essential part of the U.S. military’s boots-on-the-ground approach to keeping track of civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan, are becoming a de facto method of building the government’s already mammoth biometrics database. Funded by the Dept. of Justice, along with other federal agencies, the iris scan technology is being incorporated into police precincts, jails, immigration checkpoints, airports and even schools. School officials—from elementary to college—have begun using iris scans in place of traditional ID cards. As for parents wanting to pick their kids up from school, they have to first submit to an iris scan.

As for those endless pictures everyone so cheerfully uploads to Facebook (which has the largest facial recognition database in the world) or anywhere else on the internet, they’re all being accessed by the police, filtered with facial recognition software, uploaded into the government’s mammoth biometrics database and cross-checked against its criminal files. With good reason, civil libertarians fear these databases could “someday be used for monitoring political rallies, sporting events or even busy downtown areas.”

As these police practices and data collections become more widespread and routine, there will be no one who is spared from the indignity of DNA sampling, blood draws, and roadside strip and/or rectal or vaginal searches, whether or not they’ve done anything wrong. We’re little more than economic units, branded like cattle, marked for easy identification, and then assured that it’s all for our “benefit,” to weed us out from the “real” criminals, and help the police keep our communities “safe” and secure.

What a bunch of hokum. As I point out in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, these databases, forced extractions and searches are not for our benefit. They will not keep us safe. What they will do is keep us mapped, trapped, targeted and controlled.

Moreover, what if you don’t want to be forced to trust the government with your most intimate information? What if you don’t trust the government to look out for your best interests in the first place? How do you protect yourself against having your blood forcibly drawn, your DNA extracted, your biometrics scanned and the most intimate details of who you are—your biological footprint—uploaded into a government database?

What recourse do you have when that information, taken against your will, is shared, stolen, sold or compromised, as it inevitably will be in this age of hackers? We know that databases can be compromised. We’ve seen it happen to databases kept by health care companies, motor vehicle agencies, financial institutions, retailers and intelligence agencies such as the NSA. In fact, 2014 was dubbed the Year of the Hack in light of the fact that over a billion personal data records were breached, leaving those unlucky enough to have their data stolen vulnerable to identity theft, credit card fraud and all manner of criminal activities carried out in their names.

Banks now offer services —for a fee—to help you in the event that your credit card information is compromised and stolen. You can also pay for services to protect against identity theft in the likely event that your social security information is compromised and misused. But what happens when your DNA profile is compromised? And how do you defend yourself against charges of criminal wrongdoing in the face of erroneous technological evidence—DNA, biometrics, etc., are not infallible—that place you at the scene of a crime you didn’t commit? 

“Identity theft could lead to the opening of new fraudulent credit accounts, creating false identities for criminal enterprises, or a host of other serious crimes,” said Jason Hart, vice president of cloud services, identity and data protection at the digital security company Gemalto. “As data breaches become more personal, we’re starting to see that the universe of risk exposure for the average person is expanding.”

It’s not just yourself you have to worry about, either. It’s also anyone related to you—who can be connected by DNA. These genetic fingerprints, as they’re called, do more than just single out a person. They also show who you’re related to and how. As the Associated Press reports, “DNA samples that can help solve robberies and murders could also, in theory, be used to track down our relatives, scan us for susceptibility to disease, or monitor our movements.”

Capitalizing on this, police in California, Colorado, Virginia and Texas use DNA found at crime scenes to identify and target family members for possible clues to a suspect’s whereabouts. Who will protect your family from being singled out for “special treatment” simply because they’re related to you? As biomedical researcher Yaniv Erlich warns, “If it’s not regulated and the police can do whatever they want ... they can use your DNA to infer things about your health, your ancestry, whether your kids are your kids.”

These are just a few of the questions we should be asking before these technologies and programs become too entrenched and irreversible.

While the Fourth Amendment was created to prevent government officials from searching an individual’s person or property without a warrant and probable cause—evidence that some kind of criminal activity was afoot—the founders could scarcely have imagined a world in which we needed protection against widespread government breaches of our privacy on a cellular level. Yet that’s exactly what we are lacking.

Once again, technology has outdistanced both our understanding of it and our ability to adequately manage the consequences of unleashing it on an unsuspecting populace. As for all of those databases being sold to you for your safety and benefit, whether or not they’re actually effective in catching criminals, you can be assured that they will definitely be snatching up innocent citizens, as well.

In the end, what all of this amounts to is a carefully crafted campaign designed to give the government access to and control over what it really wants: you.

~~  John W. Whitehead ~~

Waltzing at the End of the World

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It’s hard to imagine celebrating nuclear war planning, but that’s what was on the agenda at Hill Air Force Base, near Ogden, Utah last Thursday, February 12, 2015.

At an official awards ceremony, there were prizes for “top performers” at the base including Team of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Key Spouse of the Year. Base commander, Col. Ron Jolly, said, “The Airmen here see the big picture and know that it is … about providing support to Team Hill.”

What is “Team Hill”? At one-million acres and 20,000 personnel, Hill AFB is tasked with maintaining and testing the “reliability” of, among other things, the country’s 450 Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles or ICBMs. The 60-foot-tall, 39-ton rockets, with 335-kiloton nuclear warheads (think Hiroshima, times 22), can fly 6,000 to 7,000 miles before detonating on targets chosen by the Global Strike Command (its real name) in Omaha.
Hill AFB’s “state of the art” test facility conducts exams of “nuclear hardness, survivability, reliability” … “nuclear radiation, air blast, shock and vibration” and “electromagnetic pulse.” These are the effects of nuclear weapons detonations, and the base keeps our ICBMs “reliable” — that is ready-to-launch from bunkers across North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska.

In ballistic missile terms, “reliability” means the guarantee that radioactive firestorms covering 40-square-miles-per-warhead can be unleashed a world away using rockets launched with the turn of a key. (Daniel Berrigan once wrote that in World War II the Germans delivered people to the crematoria, and that now missiles carry crematoria to the people.)

In April 2014, military teams still doing their Cold War duty — 26 years after the “war” ended — were given fresh encouragement when Hill AFB handed out its “Brent Scowcroft Awards.” They went to hard-working personnel in the “Launch and Test Team” and to others working in maintenance, logistics, acquisition and something called “sustainment.”

The prize is named after Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, who at the height of Cold War hostilities led a Reagan-era commission that recommended increased spending on ICBMs. The 1983 Scowcroft Commission recommended “a land-based force with a significant, prompt hard target kill capability.”

The euphemism “hard target kill” refers to H-bombs accurate enough to destroy another country’s missiles in bunkers before they are launched — a nuclear “first-strike.” This is what Minuteman III missiles can now accomplish and what they now threaten, 24/7, with their Mark 12A warheads. Scowcroft’s commission advised the Air Force to develop single-warhead missiles, which is exactly what our arsenal of Minuteman IIIs has become.

Like scandal-ridden “missileers” in their boring, dead-ended launch sites around Malmstrom Air Base, FE Warren Air Base and Minot AFB, Team Hill prepares and polishes the machinery of nuclear holocaust. Its ICBM System Program Office has “real” Minuteman missile “launch facilities and launch control center facilities.” Hill’s Nuclear Weapons Center “develops, acquires and supports silo-based ICBMs…manage spares…sustains silo-based ICBM systems” and it buys “spare parts, services, and repairs” for “Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) programs and ammunitions.”

Two years ago, Hill awarded a $90-million contract to a Cincinnati firm to build a new truck for hauling the giant ICBMs. The truck, called a “transporter erector,” installs and transports the rockets. According to the Air Base, it “will serve the Minuteman III ICBM through 2035.”

But what about the Peace Prize President’s “world free of nuclear weapons”? The Most Powerful Man can’t even close a small, relatively new, off-shore penal colony at Guantanamo. To even challenge — much less cut back — the trillion-dollar nuclear war budget, the Prez would need a massive grassroots anti-nuke rebellion and the fearlessness of MLK.

Meanwhile, the bureaucrats, attendants and supporters who plan and practice the unspeakable are so desensitized, distracted or benumbed, that at Team Hill’s Feb. 12 gala, “well-known local civic leaders and special guests presented the awards.” One event committee co-chair said, “We really wanted our award nominees to feel like celebrities.” The Public Affairs office boasted of “valet parking, interviews on the ‘red carpet,’ hors d’oeuvres, a string quartet and dancing.”

It’s past time to admit this behavior is deranged and to declare the nuclear war party over. The question isn’t how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, but how many “key spouses” can waltz atop 450 loaded ICBMs.

~~  John LaForge ~~

G-TechNote™: Good Housekeeping @Home

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Spring is coming, so get organized, and clean house

Regardless of any rodent’s forecast or chill in the air, it’s the time of year when people’s thoughts turn to spring.

And often that means spring cleaning. Good Housekeeping @Home, an app from the magazine, offers users cleaning and organization tips.

It has cleaning ideas for every part of your home, whether you’re looking to give your range top a deep clean or want to get the scratches out of your floor.

The app is also a decent resource for those everyday cleaning problems, thanks to its “stain-busters” section, which gives instructions on tackling a variety of stains, including those caused by “alcoholic beverages” and “zucchini.” Yes Zucchini Stain!

And it has articles for organizing and decorating, a la Pinterest or Buzzfeed, if you need inspiration.

Free, for iOS and Android devices.

Movie Review: ‘McFarland, USA’

You’ve seen feel-good football and baseball movies, plus great underdog stories of boxing, basketball, soccer and cycling. So what’s left? The 1980s-set “McFarland, USA” has the answer: It’s cross-country running.

The plot, based on a true story, is pretty much paint-by-numbers, and though “McFarland” adds a few surprising dashes of color, the look and feel are utterly familiar: an against-all-odds ascent, a nail-biting finale and recurring reminders that this isn’t just about some sports competition. (It never is.)

Kevin Costner plays Jim White, a hotheaded high school teacher and football coach who has lost his temper one time too many. After yet another dismissal, the only place he can find a job is at a school that will take whomever it can get. It’s in McFarland, Calif., a town where no one chooses to live, according to one of its young residents. People stay there because they have to.

So Jim and his family move to the San Joaquin Valley from Boise, Idaho, where he squandered a much cushier job. He brings his wife, Cheryl (Maria Bello), and daughters, Julie (Morgan Saylor) and Jamie (Elsie Fisher).

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“Are we in Mexico?” Jamie wonders when she wakes up near the end of the family’s southbound migration. You can understand her confusion. The White family is in the minority in their new town, which is composed mainly of Latino pickers — men and women who do the backbreaking work of harvesting fruits, vegetables and nuts. In case there was any question just how much these people struggle to make ends meet, a longtime teacher storms into Jim’s classroom to inform him that he has just moved to one of the poorest towns in the country. Point taken.

Temperamental guy that he is, Jim doesn’t last long as assistant coach of the football team, and why would he want to? The first game he attends is a 63-0 loss. But he notices that what these kids lack in tackling talent, they make up for in speed. They run everywhere, and considering many of them work with their parents in the fields before and after school, they know something about stamina. Suddenly Jim has an idea: Form a cross-country team.

He assembles seven boys and grooms them for glory. They’re horrible at first, of course, but they get better, as ordained by the sports movie bible. And all the while, they face discrimination during meets from preppy white kids and their preppy white coaches who live in places like Palo Alto — places, incidentally, where Jim wishes he could live.

At first Jim has no intention of staying in McFarland, but over the course of the movie he warms to the town, as do his wife and kids. Jim comes to the conclusion that 20-something Latinos riding around town single file in old, loud cars aren’t nearly as scary as he initially thought. They’re actually human beings with real human emotions who do nice human things. (Although in the world of the movie, any white character living in Palo Alto is never more than a racist, country club stereotype.)

And yet “McFarland, USA,” directed by Niki Caro (“Whale Rider,” “North Country”), serves a few worthy purposes. Movies don’t often stray from metropolitan settings even though there are more areas like McFarland than Los Angeles in the United States, and those places deserve their due. As do Hispanic actors. With the exception of small films, such as the recent “Spare Parts,” they are rarely cast in movies (unless they’re fulfilling a specific stereotype), despite plenty of talent.

Carlos Pratts is a particular standout as one of the runners, who is also interested in Jim’s oldest daughter. The 28-year-old actor is miscast here, given that he looks closer to 30 than 18. But Pratts still makes an impression, playing the team’s fastest runner, a loner who never imagined he would be anything other than a picker.

The movie also evokes emotions and suspense the way any good story about athletics should. A new sport doesn’t equate to new ground, but there is pleasure to be had in a formula that works.

★ ★

PG. Contains some violence and strong language. 128 minutes.

G-MM™: Meditation Moment   150226


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

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


Proverbs 4:23-24

Watch over your heart with all diligence,
For from it flow the springs of life.

Put away from you a deceitful mouth
And put devious speech far from you.

Matthew 12:9-14

Jesus, the Scribes, and the Law [2]

He went on from there and entered their synagogue. And a man was there with a withered hand. And they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”—so that they might accuse him.

He said to them, “Which one of you who has a sheep, if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out? Of how much more value is a man than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And the man stretched it out, and it was restored, healthy like the other.

But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him.

Matthew 23:23-24

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!

Matthew 5:17-20

Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.

Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Notes on the Scripture

(. . . cont’d from yesterday.)

The second Scripture quote above may seem to make very little sense, but it is sensible enough once explained. Jews were required to tithe in kind. A herdman with cattle, for example, would be required to give a percentage of his new calves to the Temple; a wheat farmer, a percentage of his wheat crop. Jesus here refers to the fact that the Pharisees would go to the ridiculous technical extreme of pulling ten percent of the leaves from a little herb bush (cumin or dill) in their garden, as part of their tithe. Yet they (or at least some of them) would turn a blind eye to frauds and mistreatment of the poor and weak.

Similarly, they criticize Christ for healing a human being on the Sabbath, because it violates their oral laws interpreting the Sabbath commandment; yet they will pull their own sheep out of a ditch.

Jesus was not contradicting the law of Moses when He did and said these things; He was contradicting the manmade law of the Pharisees. Christ did not abolish or relax an “iota” (the tiniest bit) of the Law.

So, keeping as our starting point that Christ did not abolish the law, why are we not sacrificing sheep or building temples? For certainly, the Law of Moses requires it.

The answer lies in the word “fulfill”; one might also say that much of the Law was “satisfied” or “completed” by Christ.

The easiest example are the laws regarding sacrifice to atone for sin. Christ was the perfect sacrifice, final and sufficient to atone for the sins of the entire world. (Hebrews 10:1-10) The laws about sacrifice have been satisfied or fulfilled, not abolished.

The other way in which we do not follow the letter of the Law of Moses is when Christ transformed it. For example, the law requiring the death penalty for adultery is “still on the books,” as they say. So why do we not execute adulterers? Because part of the gift of grace from God, the forgiveness of our own sins, was that we forgive the sins of others. (Matthew 6:22) It is for God, not us, to judge adultery, and He will impose the penalty or grant mercy.

Another set of laws was transformed by Christ; the most notable example is the Jewish law regarding impurity. Rather than being made unclean by what we touch or eat, we are now made unclean by what we do or say: “It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.” (Matthew 15:11)

This brings us to the primary reason for our discussion of Christianity and the Law of Moses. The lightning rod for the transformed aspects of the Law was circumcision. It visibly marked a Jewish man as one obedient to God and a participant in the covenant of Moses. Christ did not abolish the law of circumcision. But instead of undergoing minor surgery, being marked where other people can see it, Christian men (and women) must be “circumcised in their heart” where God can see it:
“But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God.” (Romans 2:29)

It is impossible to appreciate, or even understand, the Pauline epistles without a grasp of these concepts, so don’t gloss over this. Paul’s greatest doctrinal moments involve intense discussion of law and circumcision, and unless one grasps the meaning and significance of it, it makes utterly no sense.

Phyllis Jean Blazer

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Phyllis Jean Blazer

Age 76, of Belpre, Ohio, passed away at the Eagle Pointe Nursing and Rehab, on February 23, 2015, of cancer.

She was born in Gassaway, WV, on November 26, 1938, and was the daughter of the late Ernest E Jr.. and Mary Magadelen Ours Johnson.

She was a member of the Belpre Church of Christ.

Her life was making sure that her children and grandchildren were taken care of.

Survivors include her two daughters, Teresa Parsons of Belpre, and Lisa (Steve) Goodwin of Parkersburg; her grandchildren, Matthew and Michael Parsons, Brittany and Brent West, and Josh and Jordan Goodwin; her great-grandchildren, Karson Parsons and Drayden Harris; her brother, Robert (Gwen) Johnson of North Carolina; a niece, Debbie Reebenaker; and several other nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, V. Howard Blazer; her parents; and a brother, Ronnie Johnson.

Services will be 11 AM, Friday, February 27, at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre, with Ron Laughery officiating.

Burial will follow in the Sunset Memory Gardens.

Friends may call from 6-8 PM, Thursday, February 26, at the funeral home.

Helene Yvonne Dodd

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Helene Yvonne Dodd

Age 62, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life, unexpectedly on Monday, February 23, 2015, at her residence.

Helene was born December 02, 1952, in Parkersburg, WV, a daughter of the late Charles Brady and Oma (Boyce) DeBrular.

For the last nine years, Helene served as a booking clerk at the North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County. She was a proud graduate of Doddridge County High School with the class of 1971. After high school, in 1973, she and her husband Ronnie moved to Weirton, WV, while he was employed in the steel mills. While in Weirton, she was active in the Brooke High School athletic boosters. They moved back to Ritchie County in 2002, and later in July of 2005, she became the co-owner and operator of Dodd’s Sporting Goods in Ellenboro, WV.

She was a charter member of the restructured Ritchie County Fairgrounds, Inc. and she served on the nominating committee for the Board of Directors. She was also an active member of the Parkersburg Moose Lodge #1118 for the last 15 years, and she greatly enjoyed making crafts, traveling, and shopping.

She is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Ronnie Dodd; sons, Ronnie Lee Dodd II of Weirton, WV, and Darren Dodd (Danielle) of Pennsboro, WV (Tollgate Community); grandson, Dylan Dodd of Pennsboro, WV (Tollgate Community); her triplet sisters, Eileen Barker (Roger) of Pennsboro, WV, and Irene Cunningham (Buck) of Harrisville, WV; aunt, Lorraine DeBrular of Weston, WV; her little girl, Gaby; nephews, Charles Hinton of South Carolina, Mike Hinton of Cairo, WV, and Mikey West of Pennsboro, WV (Tollgate Community); along with several other nieces and nephews.

She also leaves behind her brothers and sisters-in-law, Gene and Kathy Dodd of Pennsboro, WV, Charles and Teresa Dodd of Ellenboro, WV, Fayetta and Ed Wilson of Pennsboro, WV, Connie Reel of Rupert, WV, Sherry and Leslie Hinton of Ellenboro, WV, Randy and Ruthie Seese of Ellenboro, WV, Tammy Leggett and Gary Fury of Pennsboro, WV, and Melissa and Emilio Veltri of Proctorville, Ohio.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Shirley Britton; brother, James DeBrular; nephew, David DeBrular; brother and sister-in-law, Buck and Joanne Brent; and her father and mother-in-law, Homer and Genevieve Dodd.

Graveside services will be 11 AM, Thursday, February 26, at the Greenwood Cemetery.

Visitation for Helene were from 3-8 PM Wednesday at McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV.


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Morris Selected for Summer Research Fellowship

Glenville State College Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Gary Morris has again been selected to participate in the West Virginia Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) Summer Fellowship Program.

In addition to the 2015 fellowship, he was also chosen to take part in the program back in 2011 and 2012.

During the nine-week program, Morris and fellow scientist Dr. Travis Salisbury will continue their research collaboration on a potential therapeutic target in breast cancer cells called the aryl hydrocarbon receptor. Morris, who also serves as chair of the GSC Department of Science and Mathematics, says the study could lead to understanding how to treat and reduce breast cancer risk in the context of human obesity.

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He and Salisbury, who is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Toxicology at Marshall University’s School of Medicine, initiated their research in 2011.

The mission of the WV-INBRE, as part of the National Institutes of Health IDeA Program, is to establish a consortium among selected institutions of higher education in West Virginia to enhance their capacity for educating and training faculty members and students in biomedical research.

“Since Glenville State College is a part of the consortium, our faculty are eligible to apply for the fellowship opportunity, but only two or three are awarded each summer. I’m very happy to be given the opportunity to continue the research that Travis and I have been working on,“ said Morris.

The pair will conduct their research at the Byrd Biotechnology Science Center at Marshall University. During the summer Morris explains that he will spend Monday through Thursday in Huntington and then commute back to Glenville on Fridays to catch up on administrative work for GSC and to spend the weekend with his family.

For more information about the research, contact Morris at or 304.462.6301.

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report - 02.24.15

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On Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Judge Jack Alsop started:

•  A jury trial in Gilmer County in the case of State of West Virginia vs. Janice Collins.

At 10:40 AM after the Clerk drew a panel of 20 jurors and individual voir dire was conducted in chambers, the defense filed a motion for change of venue.

The Court granted said motion and excuse the jury panel for the term, after thanking them for their service.

Judge also set the case for trial on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 in Webster County Circuit Court.

Collins is represented by Steve Nanners of Buckhannon.

•  State of West Virginia vs. Nathanielle Butler

He was before the Court with his attorney, Christopher Moffatt of Charleston.

Butler entered a plea to count 1 of his indictment charging him with delivery of a controlled substance.

He was readmitted to bond and released from Central Regional Jail pending his sentencing on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 11:40 AM.

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